Month: August 2017

Columnist: Steve Skinner

This place is alright if you like scenic splendor I was alarmed by the alarm honking in my left ear at 4:30 in the morning. I had to get to Rangely from old town Winter Park and needed to be there bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by 9 a.m. I was headed to learn about working in “The TANK Center for Sonic Arts,” a massive steel water tower in Rangely. The sonic echo chamber was once used for the Rio Grande railroad and is now deployed as a performance space and recording studio. It’s amazing what you’ll do when you have nothing to do. Pulling onto I-40 on a summer morning before dawn is one of life’s sweet pleasures. The bosom of stillness, coolness and lingering dark hold the truck, the mountains and the valley in a cool embrace. I was gazing through the Tacoma windshield in a bit of a fog on the inside, not drunk but not at the top of my game, either. Watch for wildlife and maybe the police? I was feeling kind of in between while passing through Winter Park, Fraser and then Tabernash. There was cool air, fog, misty mountains and not much else on the road and in the fields. Like my dad would say, “This place is alright if you like scenic splendor.” On that moody morning, I was remembering the first time...

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Your Letters

To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, I want to thank everyone who participated in our 2017 Annual Fundraiser at B Lazy 2 Ranch last Sunday! It was a beautiful afternoon to reflect on everything we have done in collaboration with friends and partners to protect open lands and water resources in Grand County. It was also an opportunity to showcase future opportunities as we enlarge the scale and scope of our conservation activities including greater emphasis on helping to sustain working ranches, rural communities, and watershed health. For Grand County is a special and important place not only for the Colorado River headwaters and the rich diversity of human communities, but also for crucial wildlife habitat and movement corridors that in many respects make it an ecological cross roads as well as the heart of the West. It was inspiring that so much of Grand County came out to support us as we celebrated the past year despite competition with numerous other events in addition to the eclipse.  We had great food by Stone Creek Catering, great people, and great conversation. Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Special thanks to Janet and Wendy Engel for hosting the event, the many donors who contributed including Mike Turner of...

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Around Grand County

The recurring theme of roadways, both public and private, has kept the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) grappling with questions of gravel, money, and access. Discussions have not resulted in unanimous consent and have left many questions and concerns unanswered. In spite of this, a recent BOCC workshop ended in direction to County staff to make 2018 budgetary preparations for paved road maintenance that does not include the maintenance of “residential” roads. A separate consideration concluded with two votes for and one abstention on a Site Disturbance Request by Quad Ranch LLC, aka Devils Thumb Ranch, to...

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Labor Day: Resort life has its perks

The perks of resort lifestyle are obvious although I find that I have less and less time to enjoy them and so the Labor Day Holiday is a grim reminder of my fleeting scope of freetime.  One of the drawbacks for the majority of Americans is we work too much.  Labor Day in particular is one of the holidays that has an irony of its own with a heritage of celebration and achievement, it is just another day at the office for many. Recent studies have painted a grim picture of the American work force: Longer days, less vacation...

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Crooked Creek Saloon

Rosie Getting More than a Little Love Crooked Creek Saloon is getting a facelift and much more.  The renovation project, part of the Fraser Enhancement Grant Program, will update the curb appeal and entrances to the Eatery and Saloon.  Toni Hallgren, owner of the colorful saloon and Eatery for nine years, said, “it is time” and, she is excited to do some work on the outside of the building. The new look will encompass a makeover for Rosie as well, the saloon gal that has been the icon for the establishment for over 40 years. The history of Rosie...

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Winter Park Stops the New Town of Fraser Underpass

A temporary restraining order was filed by the Town of Winter Park against the West Mountain Metropolitan District, Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC and Clark Lipscomb (Defendants) with claims of irreparable road damage. The town received a temporary restraining order that stops all work on the project.  A hearing is scheduled for Friday September 1st at 8:30am in Hot Sulphur Springs District Court with Judge Hoak. The new restraining order comes just  2 weeks after a verified complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by the Town of Winter Park on  August 11th against the same parties. According...

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Valley Briefing

Fraser Business Offers Professional Work Space Rick Holden of Holden’s Computers is opening a new Fraser co-working site next to his computer repair and electronics store in Murdoch’s Plaza or the Fraser Valley Shopping Center. “This will be a perfect spot for the person who needs a space to work for a few hours a day, is starting a business and can’t afford a full-on office with utilities or who just needs a space to work away from home and be around like-minded people” Holden says. To start, the newly remodeled space will have 7 floating desks available. Each desk location will offer excellent internet, printing to a top-quality color laser jet printer and a quiet atmosphere. Fraser Workspace will also offer additional amenities like coffee, water, a refrigerator, and microwave. “This will be a business hub that won’t be a full-on incubator because we won’t be offering reception or phone-answering services,” Holden says. “In these days of cell phones and remote access, reception services aren’t in high demand.” Holden, who has operated his computer services business for eleven years in the Fraser Valley, says he can see that there are many types of people here who would need this sort of a shared business space. Lone rangers who operate location neutral businesses could have a need for it. One of the many vacationing business travelers may have a...

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