Day: January 18, 2018

Ballot Measure 1A: Ready to Roll-out the First Grant Cycle

You might recall that, on November 8, 2016, the voters of Grand County approved Ballot Measure 1A allowing Grand County sales tax to be increased .3% for a period of ten years and beginning on January 1, 2017. Per the fund’s December 2017 Financial Report, and also reflecting an approximate two month revenue lag, $1,054,000 had been collected and deposited into the fun thus far. The measure, as it appeared on the ballot in compressed form, stated the funds collected are “to be solely used for: Keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers, like the Fraser River,...

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Thankful I Can Still Think

Most of us have had concussions. Just living gets you your share of bumps, bruises, headaches and heartaches. You never know the causes and conditions that lead us to being the combination of sparks and cells that we are this minute. Maybe my concussions kept me from being even more of a genius than I am right now. I played football when I was a kid. Pop Warner. I was small, elven (think Peter Pan), and when I suited up in the pads, tights, stockings, jock strap, helmet and the rest I looked like a kid that just borrowed...

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Open Range – Dandelion Whine

It’s funny how our brains have a way of a way of marking important, sometimes extended, events with vignettes that serve as way points to help us navigate memories later. And so it was that my hunting partner and I were slowly walking back to the truck on the last day of second rifle season last year when I encountered something that, for me, summed up a salient aspect of the 10-day experience. There we were walking through a small patch of sagebrush at about 8,500 feet. The day was warm already, just before noon, and the sun beat...

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Smoother Mornings When Your Child Has ADHD

Getting your kids ready for school is a work in progress in many American homes.  It may resemble a three-ring circus for some, a regimented drill team for others, or somewhere between chaotic and orderly. Ideally it becomes easier as the kids grow older, become more empowered and get themselves ready without much fuss. But there can always be wrenches thrown into the routine as the focus and time-management skills waver. And for families who have kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), there can be more challenges than most.    For those families,...

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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor I was one of the first AirBnB (Short Term Rental) hosts in Grand County. I have always tried to be in compliance with all regulations, pay my fees and taxes, and be a good neighbor to those nearby. I love where I live, I love the people who appreciate and share it with me, I love hosting folks (and I love that I can be paid for it, working in my own home without bothering anyone).  But right now I am frustrated by county government! They enacted a 500% increase in my fees AND 10...

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Reality check: There’s nothing ‘healthy’ about pot

“The Clinic Colorado”, “The Health Center”, “High Country Healing”… are names that bring to mind optimization of heath, professional help with chronic disease, or maybe a nice place to get a flu shot (it’s not too late, by the way!  Get your flu shot!).   In reality, however, these “clinics” specialize in a liberal provision to the unsuspecting public of a substance that can cause disturbing hallucinations/paranoia/seizures, chronic lung disease, unrelenting vomiting, heart arrhythmias, and even testicular cancer.  The above listed entities are actually marijuana shops in Colorado- not clinics, and have nothing to do with health.  If they were...

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More Americans Want to Legalize Marijuana Than Ever Before

The percentage of adults in the U.S. who favor legalizing marijuana has doubled since 2000, to the highest level ever, according to a new survey. The survey, released Friday by Pew Research Center, found that 61% of American adults believe the drug should be made legal. Currently, eight states and Washington, D.C. allow recreational marijuana use, while 29 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam allow medical marijuana use. The drug is illegal under federal law. Americans are divided along partisan and generational lines in terms of support for legalization of marijuana, according to the survey, which was conducted in...

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