Day: March 1, 2018

What’s Happening

Friday, March 2 19th Annual Jane-A-Thon, benefitting Invest in Kids, starts at 8 am. To register, visit Vertical Bistro in the Village at Winter Park Resort hosts live music with Thunder & Rain from 2 – 5 pm. The Derailer, Winter Park Resort, hosts their Fat Tire Friday Music Series 3-5 pm, with performances Fridays through April 13. First Friday at The Dean Public House in Hot Sulphur Springs, with 10% of proceeds going to West Grand School’s Unpaid Lunch Tab program. 4 – 9 pm. FREE Community Dinner at Cranmer Memorial Chapel in downtown Winter Park from...

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Community Briefs

Town of Fraser moves forward with Code Revisions At the Town’s Workshop and Board of Trustees meeting on February 21, Martin Lander and Gerry Dahl of Plan Tools walked members of the Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees through an updated Land Development Code and Zoning draft, making note of requested changes during the workshop. The draft includes several proposed changes that would increase density in downtown Fraser with the addition of two overlay districts: the Riverwalk Mixed Use District and the Victoria Village Overlay District. A public hearing was scheduled for February 28 where several community members...

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Commissioners Approve New Paving Partnership

BOCC Approves Paving Partnership At the most recent meeting of the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Board gave unanimous direction to pursue a unique partnership with residents of Winter Park Ranch’s Mulligan Street, addressing a long-time effort by residents to pave their small stretch of road. Residents have twice attempted to pass a ballot measure for the creation of an LID or Local Improvement District, a common way to finance and construct improvements in a subdivision or neighborhood, where costs are ultimately billed to residents of the district via their property tax bill. Twice, those attempts...

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New Horizons: Sustainability in Action

A column by Robyn Wilson Care for People Care for People is one of the three ethics in permaculture along with Care for the Earth, and Care for the Future in this three-part series. But, why care for people? The interconnection between how we care for the earth and how we care for people is so tightly bound that one indicates the well-being of the other. In current events today, it is impossible not to think of how stressed our society has become. The daily news of mass shootings, hate speech, personal greed, and fear of others are overwhelming....

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Creative Contributions

Editor’s Note: The Grand Crew program offers kids a different approach to education. Experiential learning that enhances the participant’s engagement in real life positions throughout the community.  The program incorporates the fundamental building blocks of curriculum into a combination of educational experiences throughout the community. Recent activities spurred a series of writings from Grand Crew student, Hunter Leroux. Hunter recently took a snowshoe tour at Rocky Mountain National Park and wrote: If you have considered going out on a snowshoeing adventure, it isn’t too late.  Snowshoeing has probably the shortest learning curve of any wintersport and is affordable to most.   Walking through the trees of Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most peaceful things a person can do.  When you snowshoe through the Park, it becomes awe inspiring. The click of the snowshoes against your boots, the creaking of the trees, the squeaking of the hero snow against itself, the cold on your cheeks and the peaceful setting make for an almost magical setting.   The eerie stillness of it all makes me feel safe. The bright white of the snow reflected by the sun, the green of the trees with the snow in the background looks like a postcard. I set out with a group of others on a short hike from Kauwaneechee Visitor’s Center led by Park Rangers.  The rangers were enthusiastic about everything,...

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Letters to the Editor

From selling hot dogs, baking pies and flipping pancakes to offering fine dining at progressive dinners in Grand Lake or the Fraser Valley and a summer social at Grand Lake Yacht Club, The Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc. was able to raise more than $ 43,000 in 2017 for the Grand County Library District.  This money was used to fund programs for children and adults, plus enhance the circulation collection of books and DVDs. As the organization enters its thirty-fourth year, the Directors of The Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc. extend a Grand Thank You...

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Where do we draw the line?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That text is the Second Amendment to the Constitution. It was ratified in 1791, when militias were a very big deal. As the text was being edited and argued, an earlier version further explained that, conversely, you couldn’t force religious people to own guns or serve in a militia. In order to understand the meaning of these finalized 27 words, they must be considered collectively. They are, after all, only one sentence....

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Dispensaries Eye the Competition

It’s been four years since Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries first opened their doors to recreational users, and Grand County has been no exception to the “green rush”. From Serene Wellness’s opening in 2013 as a medical dispensary to Bonfire Cannabis Company, the newest addition in Tabernash, it’s clear the area’s weed industry doesn’t mean to slow down any time soon. “It certainly makes the stores have to up their game. The customers have choices,” said Dan Volpe, owner of Serene Wellness, in an interview. Starting in Empire, Serene Wellness was one of the first legalized dispensaries in the state and...

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