Author: Michael Turner

Fraser River Corridor Master Plan/Survey

Fraser River Corridor Master Plan/Survey Michael Turner  I   Winter Park The Town of Fraser recently hosted a multi day envisioning session and open forum discussion that included a series of open house presentations, tours and social events all aimed at developing the Fraser River Corridor Master Plan, a plan that is intended to enhance the 120 Acre, 2 mile stretch of river from Rendezvous entrance to Safeway known as Cozens Ranch. The plan is in its development stages and the Town of Fraser is seeking input from the community to create a vision for the property that identifies...

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Miracle to be Alive!

Volunteer Firefighters and Rescue team members from East Grand Fire and Grand County Search and Rescue safely executed a difficult 400 ft. uphaul of a seriously injured driver of an SUV that drove off Berthoud Pass on Saturday around 4 PM. The driver launched over the edge near MM 228 which is a large turnout area above the second switchback, tumbling down 400 ft. eventually stopping in trees and rocks. The 78 year old driver and his car were almost invisible from the turnout and no one reported the accident. He was eventually able to make a 9-1-1 call...

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Be the hero or the goat!

It’s a new season and the gridiron action is heating up, the spotlight is on and all eyes are focused on the rising star as the home team breaks the huddle.  It’s 3rd down and 8 in one of the biggest games of the season. The game is on the line but more over, the season is on the line. The defense is tough!  What do you do?  Do you make the playoffs or do you head off to Disneyland on an early vacation?  These are the moments that make or break you, so, you quickly weigh the options. Do you run a play action pass or how about a draw play up the middle, maybe end around, or maybe go big and throw down field on the fly route?. The options are wide open.  If you are not a football fan maybe these terms don’t resonate, so I will bring it back to center, they are all choices of risk and reward.  Why the hell am I writing any of it is the real question, I hate football, right? I’m at Cow Creek Campground on Green Mountain Reservoir, Heeney Colorado. Home of the World Famous Heeney Tick Fest. Well it used to be, anyway.  Conveniently, they eradicated all the ticks and the festival years ago. The snow covered peaks of the Gore Range are absolutely beautiful and I...

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Winter Conditions Mark the Burning Season

As winter conditions settle in, the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area. Hand piles are a result of crews using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment is complete. Last season, the Sulphur Ranger District accomplished more than...

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We are never far from a cemetery

We have at least two things in common. We are all going to die and we are all alive right now. Within that framework we have a few levers of control but not much. Walking a cemetery reminds me of our commonalities. Besides getting the dog out for an opportunity to chase chipmunks, strolling among gravestones provides a chance for somber reflection. For years I have wandered the monuments and mounds in the cemeteries in Carbondale, Colorado. White Hill has stunning views of Mt. Sopris and the Crystal River Valley. At Evergreen Cemetery in town I assisted with installing...

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Winter Park Master Plan

The Town of Winter Park has spent the last decade utilizing a well thought out master plan that helped set the stage for today’s policies, developments and infrastructure. The Master Plan from 2006 has been a successful road map for the community and a vast majority of the items identified in the plan of ‘06, a plan that weathered an economic implosion if you will, have been addressed over the years. “We are finally seeing the economy blossom” said Jimmy Lahrman, Mayor of Winter Park  “It is time to rethink the Master Plan and start looking to the needs...

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Granby Trails and RV Resort

Vision for the Granby Trails and RV Resort a Reality. The Orvis/Shorefox property at the corner of Hwy34 and Hwy40 started as a dream nearly two decades ago by a group of investors that wanted to develop the 1500 acre parcel into a world class golf and fishing community.  The group sunk $60 million into the projects infrastructure before investor money fell short in 2007.  As the investment team tried to rally support, the economic bubble of 2008 burst and the investors were forced to abandon the project. Paul Chavoustie, Mayor of Granby knew the potential of the property...

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Smoke from Wildfires

The haze from wildfires are burning across the west is socking in over the mountains.  Nearly 60 wildfires are burning in the west. Including the Big Red Fire NW of Steamboat as of 7pm the fir was a little over 800 acres.  Fire Officials are concerned as the Big Red Fire is showing extreme behaviors right now.  In fact a large part of the country is experiencing hazy skies due to out of control fires in states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Time outside should be limited and it’s a good idea to keep doors and...

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