Day: December 14, 2017

Tommelfest Ski Festival – Devils Thumb Holiday Market

Devils Thumb Resort, Colorado University and Grand Nordic combine forces each year to host the Annual Tommelfest Ski Festival. A tradition that dates back more than a decade according to Diana Lynn Rau, President of Grand Nordic.”The festival is a kick off for ski season with a focus on historic nordic traditions.”  A crowd favorite is a display of strength in the traditional keg toss while putting down pints of grog.  The activities varies year to year but you will always see the traditional attire of Celtic Nords donning horned hats, kilts and fury vests and boots. Last weekend’s...

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What’s Happening

Friday, December 15 Granby Ranch celebrates the opening of the 2017-2018 season when lifts open at 9 am. For more information, visit Today’s the deadline to submit the best lighting photo for the “Bragging Rights to Lights” holiday light contest. Upload to contest page and get friends to vote Facebook/ Granby Ace Hardware. Chance to win $300. City Market in Granby hosts a holiday local book event with author, Penny Hamilton. A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet children’s picture book and Around Granby history book will be available for purchase and autographing from 11 am to...

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Connect for Health Colorado Enrollment Deadline Approaches!

If you have been in the market for 2018 Health Care coverage, Friday, December 15th is the last day to enroll in coverage via Colorado’s Health Care Exchange, ConnectForHealthCO, to get a January 1st effective date. While congress is currently proposing modifications to the Act as part of the Tax Reform Bill, no changes to current regulations have been instituted, so all requirements are still in place. Connect for Health Colorado was established by the state as the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health care exchange (an alternate to the Federal site: when the Act was implemented in 2013....

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Community Briefs

Cooper Creek Square’s new Light Show is Live! Cooper Creek Square’s “Spirits of Winter” Light Show went live on December 10th. After a few days of testing the newly installed light and sound system, the first Light Show of the winter season successfully launched on Sunday night. Cooper Creek Square contracted Blazen Illuminations of Loveland to help with design and installation of the massive system featuring over 20,000 lights. Blazen has been involved in the theme park and entertainment industries since 1998. They established the Holiday Lighting display for Denver’s City and County building in 2009, and, it takes a team of four installers eight days to complete. “Cooper Creek Square’s building design makes an interesting palette.” observed Blazen Installer Truitt Murrow. Blazen’s team of four installers arrived on Monday, December 4, and they worked through the following Sunday to ensure a seamless inaugural performance of the new show. The light show, a 30-minute mix of lights synchronized to music, was funded in part by a downtown enhancement grant from the Town of Winter Park. The added funds allowed Cooper Creek Square to expand the show, creating a “must see” attraction. The show is centered in the Courtyard, but light placement allows for it to be viewed from different vantage points throughout the plaza. The show features a prelude, where lighting feature “teasers” are introduced, and, the main show...

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Fraser River Corridor Master Plan Updates

Jerry Nissen Special to the Winter Park Times There’s only one more chapter left for me to read in the new book Endurance, A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by astronaut Scott Kelly. On one of his last days on the International Space Station before returning to earth, Kelly spent many hours repairing one of the toilets on the Space Station. It was a crappy (sorry for the wordplay) way to spend some of his last hours in space, but incredibly important. Similarly, toilets are one important part of the discussion of the Fraser River Corridor Master...

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A Little Fortitude Goes a Long Way

From a Buddhist monastic to the bottom of the barrel, I’ve seen it all this past two weeks. Life’s rich pageant continues in the life of Steve Skinner. I’m sure the same can be said for you or practically anyone with eyes wide open. Just put out a net and catch a marauding bulldozer or a political leader with pants down. My travels have taken me from the Roaring Fork Valley, to the Crystal River Valley to the Fraser Valley, to Reno, Nev., and back again. The sex scandals bursting in the air are a holiday reminder that it’s...

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Coping with our troubling chapter in the human story

By far the best place to hold a first grade Halloween party is an old English Castle, which is where our Air Force bus delivered 27 supercharged 6-year-olds on a fall morning in 1973.             During my practice teaching stint at the Lakenheath Air Force base north of London I took weekend motorcycle trips across the English countryside to identify unique Friday field trip destinations. I had found this castle keep, a five story structure replete with winding secret passageways, on a lofty hilltop spot where students could overlook the sea from the keep’s roof lookout.             My politics...

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Your Kids’ FOMO Is Not Worth More Holiday Debt

With the holidays upon us, parents are making a list and checking it twice. And that list seems to be getting longer … while the bank account gets smaller. That often happens when kids catch an acute case of FOMO during the holiday season. The “Fear of Missing Out” includes not getting some of the gifts they want, or the latest, cool things their friends are receiving.    So mom and dad go way over the family budget. They hit the credit cards, and the holiday bills climb. After all, overspending on gifts and beginning the New Year with...

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