Month: August 2017

Letters to the Editor

To The Editor: The horrific events that took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., have once again ripped at the heart of our country and its people. As we continue to read about and see the blatant hate and racism on display, we are appalled. And we hope you are too. As ministers of the Gospel, and faithful followers of Christ, we are called to speak out against such actions. Let it be known that YMCA of the Rockies adamantly denounces all forms of hate and racism. It is never acceptable! And we firmly stand with and support our brothers and sisters of every color, every race, every faith tradition, every sexual orientation and identity, every disability, and every socio-economic status. And again, we hope you do too. As our staff gathers in the coming days for a time of prayer, we will be lifting up all who have been, and continue to be, victims of racism and hate. And until such horrible actions cease to be, we will continue to pray daily! We will also be praying for our country, as well as those who instigate such blatant disrespect for our fellow Americans and the values for which we stand. Those who would engage in and/or support racism and hate under the banner of Christianity are terribly misguided. That is not the Christian faith we proclaim and...

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Deer Valley Resort to be Acquired

Deer Valley Resort to be Acquired by Newly Formed Resort Company and Joined with Intrawest, Mammoth Resorts, and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings New Company’s portfolio increases from 12 four-season mountain resorts to 13 with the addition of iconic Utah resort. The newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Henry Crown and Company that in July joined Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings today announced, with Deer Valley Resort, that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the newly formed entity to acquire Deer Valley Resort. Financial terms of...

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Report Points to Strong Tourism Year

Results include first quarter lodging tax returns as ‘strongest ever’ The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board (GCCTB) recently presented its annual report to the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), offering positive news on tourist activity and economic impact for the first part of 2017. As tourism grows as a primary economic driver in Colorado, the Tourism Board plays an important role in the promotion and marketing of Grand County to potential visitors. The stated goal is to “drive tourism to the county and increase bookings through the Chambers, lodging properties, activity vendors and other tourism entities.” It is primarily self-funded through a 1.8 percent lodging tax on local vacation properties, excluding those in the Town of Winter Park. Other funding sources come from the Colorado Tourism Office and website advertising. Monies collected or received are granted to local tourism organizations, used for public relations activities, or for direct advertising throughout Colorado and other targeted markets. Statistics presented by Karen Ruby, Advertising Contractor for the Tourism Board, showed a 9 percent increase in lodging tax revenue for the first quarter of 2017 when compared with the same time period in 2016, indicating the “strongest quarter ever.” In fact, the data show added revenue for each comparable quarter since 2013, resulting in an overall increase year over year. In 2016, total revenues were $784,897, a 13.3 percent increase over...

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Museums Become Key Part of Community

Grand County Historical Association’s Taste of History Fundraiser is August 26 Cozens Ranch is the little museum that could. Starting out as a homestead, the ranch became a community center much as it is now for the town of Fraser. GCHA schedules several walking tours, history chats and treks out of the museum. Far-ranging topics have included Charles Clayton’s Fraser Walking Tour; Dr. Jason LaBelle’s Archaeology of Rollins Pass; Helen Thorpe’s Women Soldiers; Trine Bumiller’s Artist Residency in Rocky Mountain National Park; Frank Pilkington’s and Tim Nicklas’ talks on Winter Park’s history; and Martin Smith’s Duck Stamp investigations. These...

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Farmers Almanac

Wisdom from Way Back Before there were weather apps for your smartphone, or the National Weather Service, people looked to the signs of nature to prepare for what’s to come. The Farmers Almanac, not to be confused with the Old Farmer’s Almanac, is North America’s most popular reference guide and one of the oldest continuously published periodicals. Its history is as rich and diverse as the Almanac itself. What? You didn’t know there was a difference? Actually, neither did I! Early in America’s history, many regions published their own localized version of an Almanac, based upon historical recordings and...

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Trouble Down the Trail

The E-Bike Controversy Fall is a great time to get out on the trail in Grand County.  It’s a time for locals to enjoy the outdoors without the big crowds of summer. When you are out there this fall, keep your eyes open for a growing trend out on the trail. A controversial trend in the making. You may have already encountered cyclists cruising at faster than usual, quite effortless speeds, and, if not, it won’t be long before you do. I am talking about the “e” bike or pedal-assist bikes. They come in a variety of styles, sizes...

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Valley Briefing

Miles and Miles of Glass A contractor for CenturyLink has been in the process of laying fiber optic cable in parts of Grand County and in the Fraser Valley as part of Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) contract, a contract that is said to bring “high-speed” Internet services to more than 53,000 rural households and businesses in Colorado. CenturyLink plans to offer internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 1.2 million locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks. According to Eden Recor of Grand County Internet Services, “This is not the future of broadband, although it is a start.”  Recor added, “The average household needs 40-meg today and businesses need “that much and more” both ways, up and down, to compete in the changing marketplace.” Century Link is accepting a total of approximately $500 million a year for six years to connect Colorado. “We’re pleased to help bridge the urban-rural digital divide by bringing high-speed broadband to more than 53,000 households and businesses in high-cost markets in Colorado,” said Terry Beeler, CenturyLink mountain west region president. “While CAF II funding does not address all markets in our footprint, our company investment for CAF II is significant, and we look forward to working closely with Colorado policymakers to find funding and deployment solutions for additional markets.” “Over the last few...

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Out with the Old and In with the New

New Arrow Development in Downtown Winter Park The old Shed Restaurant Property in center of downtown Winter Park is prepped and ready for demolition.  Crews did remediation work on tile flooring that contained a small amount of Asbestos and the building is set to make way for the new development of Arrow at Winter Park.  Brain N. Novak, Founder of Summit Legend, a development, architecture and construction real estate firm located in Denver, Colorado is heading up the project.  Novak’s firm has designed and built several projects throughout Colorado and California including the Trailhead Lodges in Winter park and...

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