Author: Casey Malon

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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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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Winter Park Council gets updates on housing, events

At the February 20 Town Council meeting, Megan Ledin, Executive Director of Grand Foundation updated the Town Council on the Town’s affordable housing donor fund. She told the Council that “the fund is sitting at $215,700, with another $34,300 needed for full matching funds” and, that “they have several grant applications out and hope to get the additional funds soon”. She added that, in the most recent fund cycle, “18 families that work or live in Winter Park were served by the fund, receiving a little less than $50,000 in total”. Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Executive Director, Catherine...

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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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Wildlife Crossings Provide Safer Passage to Travelers

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reports that highway underpasses and overpasses built for wildlife are significantly reducing the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions on roadways throughout Colorado. According to CPW, on Colorado Highway 9 south of Kremmling, recently constructed overpasses and underpasses have cut wildlife-vehicle collisions by 86% percent in the last two years. Colorado Highway 9 is a major traffic route between Kremmling and Silverthorne, where an estimated 3,100-3,600 vehicles travel daily. The narrow roadway also bisects feeding and watering habitat frequently used by wildlife. In 2013, following numerous wildlife-vehicle collisions, and human fatalities, CDOT, Grand County, Colorado Parks...

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2018 Ride the Rockies Highlights Grand Lake and Winter Park

2018 Ride the Rockies Highlights Grand Lake and Winter Park   The annual Ride the Rockies Bike Tour route was announced last week, and, this year’s event will feature two stops in Grand County. The 418 mile ride begins and ends in Breckenridge, covering 25,935 vertical feet in elevation, with stops in Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park/Fraser along the way. Beginning Sunday, June 10, the tour heads out from Breckenridge, traveling 77 miles, covering Fremont and Tennessee Passes and winding up in Edwards for their first night.  From Edwards, they’ll travel 80 miles to Steamboat Springs,...

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The Magical World of Ice

  Last Sunday, Grand County locals Christine, Jon, Abby and Lily Smith piled in the car and went on a road trip to Summit County. They’d purchased tickets for the Dillon Ice Castles online, and, with a 30-minute reserved window to enter, they questioned their choice of taking Berthoud Pass over to I-70 on a Sunday afternoon but made it without any trouble. Dillon’s Ice Castles were created on a softball field in the Town Park, about a mile south of I-70 in the Town of Dillon. The spot has limited use in the winter and has become a...

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Valentine’s Day by the Numbers

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. Mention this day to someone and you’ll be met with a variety of emotions and sentiment. Stories of the origin of St. Valentine’s Day frequently include accounts of the martyrdom of a priest named Valentinus or Valentine. Roman emperor Claudius II had nullified engagements and banned new marriages in order to increase the size of his army. Valentine defied the ban and continued marrying couples until he was discovered and killed on February 14, 270 AD. There are stories of another priest, also named Valentine, who was martyred on February 14 in a different year...

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