Day: February 22, 2018

Mountain Family Center Expands Operations

Last month, Mountain Family Center (MFC) closed on the purchase of their building, located at 480 E Agate Avenue Granby. By securing a centrally located, permanent location, the non-profit is now better able to serve members of the community in need. “Across the board, the building will streamline our ability to be more efficient in many ways”, said Helen Sedlar, President and Executive Director of Mountain Family Center (MFC). During this same time period, MFC’s discussions with local support organization, the Grand Angels (GA), focussed on collaboration of the two entities that serve many of the same needs within...

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Freestyle Art comes to Winter Park

Have you ever wondered what happens to an old pair of skis or snowboard when it arrives at the landfill? As it turns out, pretty much nothing can be done with them. They are set aside to decay in a pile, because they’re not recyclable and they are not likely to break down naturally in our lifetime. First Tracks Friday is the brainchild of Jill Sutcliffe of The Viking Lodge, Shannon Henn of Uptripping, and Suzie Cruse of WP Framewerx who wanted to create an art-centric event in the town of Winter Park.   The new event engages community...

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Letters to the Editor

To the Editor I am for responsible growth that benefits the people and the town of Winter Park. The annexation agreement and Final Development Plan, fdp, for ROAM as currently written does not legally insure those benefits. I am specifically concerned with the cost burden to the Town which is nowhere addressed in actual costs but frequently stated in this binding agreement as, “the town will be responsible for…” For example: the town will be responsible for improvements to Porphyry park which includes parking and restrooms, improvements to the road accessing the park, and funding and construction of the...

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What’s Happening

Friday, February 23 43rd annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup! The Wells Fargo Ski Cup boasts the longest running professional ski race in the country and serves as a signature fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. See all the race action and check out the Silent Auction tent at the base of Winter Park Resort. Visit: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is holding Youth Theatre Registration from 8 am – 5 pm. This season, there are three youth theatre summer camps available to children ranging in age from 7 years old to 18 years old.  To register,...

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Community Briefs

Winter Park Town Council Accepts Resignation of Town Manager Last week, the Winter Park Town Council accepted a letter of resignation from Drew Nelson, Town Manager. Mr. Nelson was appointed Town Manager in September 2008 and served in that capacity until his resignation. Council expressed gratitude to Drew for his leadership over the past 10 years; noting the community’s positive momentum. In the last decade, the Town has invested in making Winter Park a livable, vibrant community with initiatives such as new affordable housing programs; expanded and improved public transit services; improved pedestrian and bicycle safety; development of single-track...

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Free Groomed Skiing on the Fraser to Granby Trail

Grand County has a treasure in the Fraser River Trail and Fraser to Granby Trail connecting towns and recreation areas.  It is an ongoing cooperative effort of government, non-profits, businesses and individuals that is rarely seen. Started in 1998 by Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and spearheaded by Headwaters Trails Alliance, the trail is still a work in progress.  The public trails system extends from the Winter Park Resort to Granby over both public and private lands and is useable both winter and summer with a few exceptions.  The WP Resort and towns of Winter Park and Fraser created...

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Superintendent’s Corner

Dear East Grand Community, I am sending this to you now because I am sure that the terrible news out of South Florida is continuing to affect us all. It is becoming to common that school shootings and violence seem so prevalent in our world today. We hope that the community and families of Parkland can recover from this tragedy and that this event will create change than can save many future lives. While events such as this – and other recent similar incidents – happen, much of the attention is placed on the criminal and those that are...

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It’s time for Baumgardner to resign

It is certainly no secret our State Senator Randy Baumgardner has long been an embarrassment to the citizens of the district he represents. After well-substantiated charges of sexual harassment against a legislative aide during the 2016 legislative session were brought to light, Baumgardner stepped down as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. We would be better served if he resigned altogether. In 2009 I made a visit to the State House of Representatives when Baumgardner served as our State Representative as I “lobbied” to pass a bill, the passage of which allowed for roof-top collection of rainwater in addition to or as a replacement for a domestic well permit.  The Grand Huts Association needed this legislation to make legal the planned water system for the new Broome Hut on Berthoud Pass. My friend Emily Arell, a key Democratic aide in the state legislature, helped me drive this innovative bill through the process.  We met briefly with Randy on the house floor, where he encouraged me to vote for him in the next election.  After leaving the floor, Emily related her disbelief he was campaigning while on the house floor. In 2012, while running for the State Senate, the Denver Post reported Baumgardner had an unregistered sex offender living in his house in Hot Sulphur Springs.  Baumgardner voted against a comprehensive re-write of the state’s sex offender registration laws in...

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