Month: September 2017

We are never far from a cemetery

We have at least two things in common. We are all going to die and we are all alive right now. Within that framework we have a few levers of control but not much. Walking a cemetery reminds me of our commonalities. Besides getting the dog out for an opportunity to chase chipmunks, strolling among gravestones provides a chance for somber reflection. For years I have wandered the monuments and mounds in the cemeteries in Carbondale, Colorado. White Hill has stunning views of Mt. Sopris and the Crystal River Valley. At Evergreen Cemetery in town I assisted with installing...

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Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s Annual Grant Awards Luncheon

Fraser Valley Lions The Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s annual grant awards luncheon was on September 19 at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. This year the Lions Club Foundation of Fraser Valley, Inc., which is the charitable giving arm of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, awarded a record total of $40,000 in grants to 29 carefully selected Grand County non-profits. Award recipients vary greatly in their purpose and who they serve. Here’s where Lions Club reinvested in our community with the money you spent at the local campgrounds, on pancake breakfasts at the yellow Lions trailer, at the...

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Grand County Spotlight

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently heard updates from the Grand Foundation, the Office of Economic Development, and an annual presentation from the Middle Park Conservation District. COUNTY BLOCK GRANTS REVIEWED The Board welcomed Megan Ledin, Executive Director, and Stacy Starr, Grants Coordinator, from the Grand Foundation to discuss the County’s donor-advised fund, whose management was turned over to the Grand Foundation for the first time in 2017. Ledin and Starr presented on the 2017 grant cycle, reviewed applications and awards, and sought direction from the Board for the 2018 funding year.   Ledin indicated that the 2017 fund was $225,000, an amount that represented a 25 percent cut from the year before, reflecting a general restriction enforced across the County budget. She further reviewed that the BOCC had given a very specific mission in 2017, to focus on the areas of health and human services, with some monies going toward education organizations. She said that it was that direction and the 25 percent budget cut that informed their granting decisions. All grant applications were reviewed by a committee composed of Grand Foundation board and staff, and while they were used as resources, any committee member who served with any applicant organizations were asked to abstain from that funding vote. They examined how well the applicant organizations or projects fit within the intention areas, and looked...

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted :  A Conversation with a Restaurant Owner. After a dozen years, the Mountain Rose is going to close its doors. Not move because business is booming, or, having outgrown the location. The Rose is closing because keeping good help has become too much work for local restaurateur, Gail Rorabaugh. Rorabaugh: Living the Dream When we were approached in 2005 to open a restaurant in the space that used to be The Kitchen, my husband, Mike Meindl, said “it isn’t opportunity knocking, it’s opportunity knocking down the door.”  He wasn’t wrong.  So we took out a second mortgage...

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Jon deVos Celebration of Life

Jon deVos Friday Report From his office chair in Fraser, Colorado. He made us smile. He made us giggle. He made us raise an eyebrow. He made us laugh out loud! Sometimes it went beyond a chuckle and turned into a full-on, gut wrenching roar that brought a tear to the eye. He pushed political boundaries with a touch of humor in a way that made you scratch your head and occassionally, you were impelled to bust out the dictionary to brush up on a word or phrase. His depth of intelect was always filtered by his angled thoughts...

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Hot Places to See Cool Fall Colors in Grand County

FIVE HOT SPOTS FOR FALL COLOR  It’s that time again in the high country!  Fall is upon us, and the leaves are peaking. As the seasons change, our mountain colors explode into a vibrant mix of autumn hues. The leaves don’t change to yellow up here, they turn the color wheel on edge with a dramatic and interesting spectrum of colors.  Here are five of our favorite spots to take in all the fall color: 1. Fall Colors in Winter Park. Discovery Loop/ Jim Creek Trail This popular hiking trail is just 3 miles South of downtown Winter Park....

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Community Briefs

Community Briefs General Election Cancelled On November 7, while many in the state and country will be voting on state, local, and school district issues, Grand County residents will be going about Tuesday-as-usual. The Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has cancelled the 2017 general election. “We’ve never cancelled an election, to my knowledge,” commented Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, whose office is responsible for election administration. But an unusual number of circumstances lined up this year to result in no ballot measures being moved forward for the County ballot. Rosene explains that odd year or coordinated...

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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day Achieves Phenomenal Success with your help By Diana Lynn Rau and Cindy Kleh “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” This quote by Mattie Stephanek was used in 2015 by HTA to describe how National Public Lands Day works.  This annual event where hundreds of people get together, work hard, have fun, and achieve so much for Public Lands epitomizes the meaning of her words.  This is your chance to give back to the trails you love by getting together, working hard whether it is in the field manning...

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