Day: January 4, 2018

Grand County Board of Commissioners

Tuesday saw the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) gather for their first regular meeting and first round of decision-making in 2018. The Board heard their annual First-of-Year resolutions, accomplishing such rote business as setting the year’s public meetings, building closures, and mileage reimbursement, as well as re-appointing department heads and other positions that serve “at the pleasure of the Board.”  In all, they passed eight resolutions and voted down one, declining to re-appoint Alan Hassler as the County Attorney. In standard business, the BOCC appointed Commissioner Merrit Linke to serve as Chair in 2018, with Commissioner Rich...

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Health Care is Still Available and Affordable in Colorado!

A great deal of political conversation engulfed the Affordable Care Act and healthcare in 2017 making some people believe they either couldn’t get or couldn’t afford health care in 2018. The good news is that you can absolutely get affordable health coverage for 2018. There’s still time, but it is running out. Colorado enjoys an extended deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” In Colorado, open enrollment ends Friday, January 12, 2018. Health care is still available and still affordable! Despite what you may have heard, around 80% of...

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Important Ice Safety Tips from Colorado Parks & Wildlife

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Winter has finally arrived across Colorado bringing freezing temperatures and snow to the state. But despite the chill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone that lakes, ponds and streams still may not be ready for winter activity. If going to a state park, check with staff about ice thickness before heading out. Here are a few more basic safety rules to follow when enjoying winter adventures on the ice. These and many more tips are available on the CPW website at First, always assume that unsafe ice conditions may exist. Ice thickness changes with...

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New laws in Colorado: January 1st

A number of new laws went into effect in Colorado on January 1st.  In 2018 Employers, debt collectors, teen sexters and pot growers are among those who have new laws on the books this year.  Here are a few . Minimum Wage Following a 2016 voter-approved ballot measure, minimum wage will rise once again across the state. The minimum wage for tipped employees will go up to $7.18 per hour. Currently, minimum wage for hourly, non-tipped workers sits at $9.30. Starting in 2018, minimum wage will go up to $10.20 an hour. That number will continue to rise until...

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Grand Nordic Corner

Granby Ranch is a four season mountain community of 5,000 acres nestled in the heart of Grand County and is widely recognized for its family friendly culture.  In the summer Granby Ranch offers downhill mountain biking, lift served cross country mountain biking, hiking, chairlift rides, dining and golf.  In winter the Ranch features downhill skiing and boarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoe trails. Granby Ranch is perfect for families with all trails leading to the base lodge making it impossible to get lost as well as their friendly, knowledgeable ski instructors and even night skiing.  There are two Nordic trail...

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Face it, you’re a phone junkie.

The average American adult now spends an incredible eight hours and 41 minutes looking at a digital screen every day, which is longer than we spend asleep. What’s more, most of that screen-time is spent looking at our phones, which we check 150 times a day on average. As the functionality of our phones has increased, we’ve become increasingly dependent on them. Most of us – particularly millennials – would admit to being hooked on our phones, but this is hampering our productivity, our relationships and our health. The trouble is, it’s addictive. Likes and shares stimulate the dopamine...

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Artist Spotlight: Marie Johannes

Marie Johannes has a beautiful studio tucked away in her home hidden from distractions of every day life.  A place of beauty and out the window lies a landscape that inspires every stroke in her palette of color and light. Over the years, Marie has studied just about every art medium and she summed it up “As we tell our story of life, we change and as we change we share our story through our artistry.”   Growing up in Dearborn Michigan, the youngest in the family, Marie was “always interested in the visuals”.  Her  Mom was a gardner...

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Ferrets Released to Wild

When it comes to rescuing and preserving our endangered species, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffers will trek to all corners of the state, day and night, good weather and bad, to fulfill their mission. That was the case Dec. 13 as a CPW team from Denver and Colorado Springs drove hours to the far southeast edge of the state to make sure four black-footed ferrets were carefully and properly deposited in new burrows as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to rebuild a population twice thought to be extinct. It was 30 degrees and the sun was settings as...

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