Author: Michael Turner

Labor Day: Resort life has its perks

The perks of resort lifestyle are obvious although I find that I have less and less time to enjoy them and so the Labor Day Holiday is a grim reminder of my fleeting scope of freetime.  One of the drawbacks for the majority of Americans is we work too much.  Labor Day in particular is one of the holidays that has an irony of its own with a heritage of celebration and achievement, it is just another day at the office for many. Recent studies have painted a grim picture of the American work force: Longer days, less vacation...

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Winter Park Stops the New Town of Fraser Underpass

A temporary restraining order was filed by the Town of Winter Park against the West Mountain Metropolitan District, Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC and Clark Lipscomb (Defendants) with claims of irreparable road damage. The town received a temporary restraining order that stops all work on the project.  A hearing is scheduled for Friday September 1st at 8:30am in Hot Sulphur Springs District Court with Judge Hoak. The new restraining order comes just  2 weeks after a verified complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by the Town of Winter Park on  August 11th against the same parties. According...

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Trouble Down the Trail

The E-Bike Controversy Fall is a great time to get out on the trail in Grand County.  It’s a time for locals to enjoy the outdoors without the big crowds of summer. When you are out there this fall, keep your eyes open for a growing trend out on the trail. A controversial trend in the making. You may have already encountered cyclists cruising at faster than usual, quite effortless speeds, and, if not, it won’t be long before you do. I am talking about the “e” bike or pedal-assist bikes. They come in a variety of styles, sizes...

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Flower Girls of Winter Park

AKA “Flower Felons” As the last rays of summer sun were kissing the Valley floor this week, I decided to take a drive in search for a cover story. Passing by the Pub, in downtown Winter Park, I decided to stop and smell the roses quite literally, because I noticed, buried deep in their work on the side of the road, there were four girls, the flower girls of Winter Park. I sat on a nearby bench for a few minutes as they popped, cut and picked the deadheads from the bed, filling buckets and buckets, and, as it...

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Solar Eclipse

Michael Turner I Winter Park Times The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 is only days away. Some are complacent, but many of us are buzzing with excitement as this event will mark the first time in this century that a total solar eclipse will cross the contiguous (48) United States. People will be flocking to locations along the “path of totality” to get a better look; they’ll be witnessing the Moon completely block out the Sun’s rays. It’s a time for festivals and celebrations. Could be a bucket list check mark for some. But let’s not forget that...

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Hummingbirds

I must admit we went through more than a few pounds of sugar over the years enjoying the feeding frenzy of one of the smallest birds on the planet.  As a young raft guide we use to tell stories of the hummingbirds hitch hiking on the backs of Canadian Geese headed south for the winter but in fact that tale is far from truth. Although it made a great discussion floating the lakes of the Upper Colorado, the tiny birds embark on quite a different journey as they make their way back to Central America and a climate better...

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Phase One of New Underpass

Dirt Work for roadways and infrastructure of new RailRoad Underpass in Fraser.   Documents Contained in the links of this article were provided by: • Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC • The Public Utilities Commission • and the Town of Winter Park The documents were used for research on the project and have not been altered or used in any way other than facts for our story.  There is more information and historical records about this project and encourage the readers to explore the information and ask questions. The only information other than these documents that we could find is the...

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Rhubarb

The Rodney Dangerfield of Veggies I was driving to Devils Thumb last week for the annual Trout Unlimited Banquet and noticed a sign on the side of the road that said “Rhubarb for sale”, I kind of chuckled to myself because for many years I had a contorted belief that the plant was better suited for someone elses palette. Whether you have a taste for Rhubarb or not, the jury is still out for many. One thing is for certain it loves the Fraser Valley. My neighbor is a high altitude gardening guru and a local purveyor of Rhubarb...

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