Author: Michael Turner

For Those Who Are Still Listening

You may have caught the tidbit I buried last week deep on page (whatever) regarding the human attention span.  All week, I felt a need to expound upon  information I stumble across in my daily intake of useless information. A survey of Canadian media consumption by Microsoft found, since the year 2000 (or about when the mobile revolution began) that the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds. We now have a shorter attention span than goldfish, according to an official report from 2015. Attention span was defined as “the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted.” I tried to read the entire 52-page report, well, not really, I skimmed it.  Still, a quote from Satya Nadella, the chief executive officer of Microsoft, jumped out at me. “We are moving from a world where computing power was scarce to a place where it now is almost limitless, and where the true scarce commodity is increasingly, human attention”. CEO Wisdom, right? Okay, so you have to take everything with a grain of salt, especially a report from Microsoft whose flash-based digital ads seem to be loosely attached to science. It’s obvious that our devices have rewired our brains. We think in momentary blips of expounding interruption. The trash piles up around the relevant tidbits in a never ending stream of distractions. And, the last...

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Construction Is Booming

Fraser Valley suddenly is hot property with new construction including a Grocery Store, Affordable Housing, Community Center, and in Grand Park. Photos by Michael Turner. Construction Bust Trends to Boom New residential and commercial construction is booming in Colorado mountain resort towns, led by Pitkin County, which reported sales topping $2 billion last year.  Eagle County was second, with big property deals in Vail and Beaver Creek. Summit County, which includes Breckenridge, was next, followed by Routt County and, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. It is easy to see the next wave of growth pulsing through Grand County. A...

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Vasquez Road Fire

The first fire of the season is reminder of the tender conditions in and around Grand County.  A fire broke out this afternoon near Vasquez Creek in Winter Park and grew to a little over and acre according to Todd Holzwarth, Chief of East Grand Fire District. At approximately 1:30 pm fire crews were dispatched to a wildfire three miles south of Hwy 40 on Vasquez Road near the Denver Water Board Road. Vasquez (GCR 7) is closed to the public. The fire is approximately one acre burning in timber on USFS land. Cause is undetermined, but fire officials...

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Hideaway Park Stage Comes To Fruition

One of the great things about the Winter Park lifestyle is all the outdoor and recreational opportunities at our fingertips. You can jump on a bike and in minutes be deep in your own woodsy experience. You can you can hike to the top of the divide and enjoy the majesty of the Rockies or soar high above the Valley floor in a hot air balloon for a sunrise perspective that is quite humbling. Your list of favs may be much different depending on the season, but one thing is for sure, when it comes to resort communities, few...

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Print Media: Not Dead Yet

This week I thought I would toss out some concepts behind the multimedia of tomorrow for a little self analyzation of this newspaper endeavour. The name Multimedia is self explanatory. When broken down, the first part of the word “multi” means many and “media” is the collective of creative mediums. I have produced television media for 25 years, a medium I know well. I have produced everything from family movies, national ads and trailers to infomercials, documentaries and news stories.  With that being said, print is a new medium for me.  Nothing like getting in before it dies, right?  Better late than never, I guess. (insert your favorite cliche here). I think it’s fair to say that the internet is the host for all creative mediums, and as host, has branded itself as a medium in its own right. The pure nature of open source informational exploration is purely revolutionary and “with evolution brings life and death”. Darwinism 101.  So we must ask the question, is print dying?   The delivery of the written word is definitely evolving and as journalism, blogs and social networks evolve, print media will continue to find it’s final resting place in our evolution. Many believe it has a finite future but truly, will it ever die? Here’s my thought, no doubt interactive media is going to play a large role in the future...

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Water: Then & Now

Water advocacy champion Kirk Klanke gears up for a day of fishing on the Fraser. Photo Courtesy Trout Unlimited   Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series:  Water History and a look into the future.   Grand County is home to the headwaters of the famed Colorado River — the river that brings water to five other arid Western states. Our water is the lifeblood of semi-arid Colorado and Grand County is one of the most water-rich areas in the state, and yet faces a shortage due to historical water agreements and plumbing projects started in the late 1800’s. The...

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Vol 1 Edition 2

Like any start up business, Volume1 Edition1 had some rough edges and some bright spots. I wanted to thank everyone for the kind comments we received.  Most commented was “how do I get a copy?”. With that in mind, I thought I would dedicate some ink to our new-to-us, Winter Park Times newspaper distribution boxes: the solution to the burning question I faced in the last week and I assure you they will be popping up like wild flowers in the coming days. Currently, they stand like soldiers, gracing my driveway much like the patchwork of green and yellow dandelions. Ok, on with it already. A few months ago, after a couple of years of discussion, we finally pulled the trigger to start this newspaper.  In one of our first brainstorming sessions, the print and distribution conversation came to the surface.  So, after that meeting, I grabbed a bottle of wine and headed off to my less than luxurious office chair on a hunt for the perfect box, a real box with character. I knew I was going to find the coolest box ever, right?   Well, three glasses in and still no real prospects when up pops a company that specializes in newspaper boxes.  Serious!   Long story short, I met a genuine, hard working guy, John Knowles from Pennsylvania that recovers and refurbs old newspaper boxes and...

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Resort Slides Into Summer

Photos Courtesy Winter Park Resort   Winter’s grasp has finally eased its spring tension allowing Winter Park Resort, to ramp up for one of the best summers yet. The resort is opening Saturday June 10th with a variety of trails open despite the snowpack present around the mountain. Plus, there will be plenty to do off the mountain bike to complete the guest experience.  The Alpine Slide, Climbing Wall, Slopeside Putting Course and the Village Shops and Restaurants will be ready for opening Day. No matter what season Winter Park Resort is always moving and shaking.  I tracked down...

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