Day: March 8, 2018

Winter Park Town Council Meeting draws crowd

It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting and Public Hearing for the Roam Property Annexation and Final Development Plan (FDP). Jeff Vogel, with Vogel and Associates, presented an overview of the project to the Council and attendees, incorporating many of the comments received at the February 6th Public Hearing into the presentation. Vogel said that Fraser River Development Co (FRDC) and Town staff have been working on the conditions of approval and have further revised the FDP and agreement. A newly revised draft had been presented earlier that morning. In his presentation, Vogel clarified trail...

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Let’s talk Trash: should recycling be included and does it pay off?

When one says the word trash, I think of the 5-10% of what we normally put in our trash cans as being actual trash that cannot be re-used, upcycled, or recycled. Where-as everything else has the potential to be re-used, upcycled, or recycled.  Most do not know it, but almost everything is becoming recyclable. Technology and the will to do it, is making trash obsolete. Disposable razors, deodorant containers, toothbrushes, mattresses, and inhalers are all recyclable now. Still, with technology figuring out how to do it, the biggest question posed always is: does it make sense economically to recycle?...

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Middle Park High School Nordic Season

The 15 athletes who qualified for State will head to Tennessee Pass Nordic Center in Leadville on Wednesday afternoon to preview the course. They will tackle an individual start classic 5K on Thursday morning and a pursuit start skate 5K on Friday afternoon. Leadville, CO– The MPHS Nordic and Alpine squads teamed up to take on the rest of the league in Leadville at the State Meet this week. The team bus rolled out on Wednesday after a rousing school send-off rally. On the Nordic side, 10 men and 5 women earned the right to take on an individual...

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Community Briefing

Locals report Fraudulant Credit Card Use Over the weekend, several locals alerted the community via social media that they had experienced credit card fraud, suspecting use of a skimmer or similar device or possibly a data breach. According to reports, amounts ranging from $50 to $300 had been deducted from bank accounts. Some users had been notified by their card companies or banks, but some discovered the use after checking their account status. Winter Park Fraser Police Chief Glen Trainor said that they’d taken several reports and an investigation is underway. The WPFPD advises that, if your card has...

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River Management: Are permit lotteries helping?

Ah, rafting! Those of us lucky enough to have experienced the sport and made it part of our lifestyle are lucky indeed. With just the right mix of excitement and relaxation, coupled with spectacular scenery, a multi-day trip down the river is a relatively low-cost option for an excellent vacation getaway.   If you’ve been part of the sport for a while, you’ve probably noticed that increasing popularity of the sport has made it more challenging to actually get on the river.  An overnighter on the upper Colorado River was once something that you just showed up for, rigged...

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What’s Happening

  Friday, March 9 Vertical Bistro in the Village at Winter Park Resort hosts live music with the Weston Duo 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. Friday Night Meetings, hosted by Celebrate Recovery Grand County, at Grand River Assembly, 257 W Topaz in Granby. A group dinner starts at 6 pm, followed by a large meeting and open share group. The Winter Park Pub usually presents live music starting around 6 pm. Pancho and Lefty’s in Grand Lake has live...

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Two days, two races… Be the Boss!

The 35th Annual Snow Mountain Stampede stomps into Grand County this weekend drawing recreational skiers, local racers and national competitors to the rare opportunity to race both classic and skate marathons back to back in the same weekend.  Skiers completing both marathons will receive a Ranch Boss 100K belt buckle while those completing both 25K races will receive a Ranch Hand 50K belt buckle. These marathons are also the highest altitude marathon races in the country deserving top bragging rights. This year the Stampede course will remain on Snow Mtn Ranch property using a 10K course and a 25K...

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View from Xerex

During the midst of a ride up Winter Park on the high speed Comet T Bar in 1966 my Norwegian cross country ski “instructor” demonstrated how to take off one thin racing ski, wax it and put it back on as I desperately tried to balance on a similar set of sticks. Calling these sticks skis is a stretch, they could more accurately be described as gossamer thin balsa wood core, hickory wrapped toothpicks attached to the user’s low top track shoe thin boots by a binding affectionately and appropriately called a rat trap. My grandparents, after a trip...

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