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Survey Request The Grand Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving all of Grand County, Colorado which seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Education, Amateur Sports and Environment is conducting a strategic plan to address organizational priorities over the next three to five years. The survey of priorities and strategies is available on the Grand Foundation website at GrandFoundation.com/survey with input being sought from local governments and special districts, businesses, community organizations, and non-profits. As a stakeholder in the Grand Foundation, we request less of than 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey as your input is invaluable.  This survey will be available online for the next few weeks. Sincerely, Megan Ledin, Executive Director Public Lands Day Thanks! Grand County has once again benefited from the largest and longest running National Public Lands Day in the entire country with accomplishments surpassed by none.  In 23 years NPLD has completed multiple  projects each year like reroute of the Devils Thumb Trail, rehabe trails in Rocky Mountain National Park or cleanup of the Colorado River.  Over the years, hundreds of dedicated volunteers from various local community organizations and paid staff from each of the local Federal land agencies have enjoyed working together so much that most keep coming back....

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Superintendent’s Corner

Frank Reeves Last week was homecoming at Middle Park High School.  It was fun to see our students engage in dress up days, decorate the building, participate during the prep rally and compete on the fields and court.  Homecoming is a great time to build school and community spirit.  It is also a time for traditions such as the bonfire and powder puff football.   In the spirit of traditions, we at East Grand hopefully started a couple of new traditions.  On Wednesday we had a cook out for all employees and their families.  The hamburgers and hot dogs were served on the front yard of the high school and we had a great turnout.  We will continue to have this event during future homecomings as it gave our staff a chance to mingle with employees from other schools as well as gave the administration a chance to  interact with staff in a more relaxed manner.  Special thanks to our high school students who helped cook. Another new tradition was started through working with the Granby Chamber of Commerce.  Local businesses donated gifts that were drawn for during the football game.  All  a fan had to do to get a ticket was wear purple.  It was a chilly evening but the stands were filled with purple.  The community support during the game was awesome and I know our athletes...

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Making a living on your land with your tools may be in jeopardy

  View From Zerex I am very proud of the accomplishments my now-grown Child Care students have achieved, and few make me prouder than Ehren Samuelson. For the past few summers I am amazed at how many of my former students and friends of my two grown sons answer the fatherly query “Where are you working?” with the answer, “Fencing with Ehren.”             Ehren’ s company “Tickle My Fencing” employs 10 or more hard working men and women every summer as he delineates property boundaries with many types of fencing. I’d bet he easily has miles of historic buck...

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Cary Kennedy Unveils Public Option Proposal to Achieve Universal Health Care for Colorado

Democratic Candidate for Governor Cary Kennedy proposes bold, problem-solving healthcare platform   How much will your healthcare cost over your lifetime? I am talking about from birth to death, the cost of an average human life.   How much would you invest per month to never worry about healthcare coverage over the course of your lifetime? Do you know someone that is afraid to go to the doctor because they don’t have healthcare coverage? If the conversation started with the philosophy of human healthcare could we find a solution?   Democratic candidate for Governor Cary Kennedy, unveiled a plan...

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Letters to the Editor

Superintendent’s Corner: Frank Reeves – East Grand School District Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with the Winter Park – Fraser Rotary Club.  It was a great discussion and anytime I can get the opportunity to brag about our schools and district I am happy to do so.  The best part about talking to community groups is the realization that in East Grand, philanthropy towards the schools is incredible.  When the Rotarians review all of the programs they support and the Lions Club gives to help our kids succeed, we become a better school.  Our local businesses also give support both financially and in other ways to make our schools better places.  Individuals and families also often come forward with help to make sure that we are able to provide greater equity for all of our students. Government entities also partner with the schools in ways to provide more opportunities for our students.  Our recreation districts are available to us and other agencies provide support in areas like mental health or outdoor education. The Grand Foundation and our non-profits play a huge role in helping both our students and our staffs have what they need to improve.  We simply could not offer the same quality of education without support from the many non-profits in our county. I am amazed at the goodwill towards our schools the community...

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Just wanted to thank you for your coverage in today’s issue (9/1/2017) “UnderPass Impasse”. As a full-time resident of the adjacent community of Alpine Timbers, I am pleased to see some attention brought to this controversial topic. The Impact to our community by this local development company has been severe, without any consideration to the Habitability of its Residents including: * Constant Huge Noisy Construction Vehicles/Dump trucks Speeding up and down Kings Crossing and Forest Trail.   * Endangerment of pedestrians, local children riding their bicycles and Wildlife. * Shaking House foundations. (OMG !, Thought I was back in Earthquake California). * Dirt all over our well maintained Winter Park Roads. * Disturbing the quiet and peaceful nature of living in a pristine environment. (The reason we all moved here!).   Bottom Line. The issue remains. What is in the best interest of The Residents of Alpine Timbers? Claude W. Diamond J.D. P.O.Box 960 Winter Park, Colorado 80482 (970) 281-5151   Dear Editor, I am writing to you today to share with you my opinion and concerns about the fight over the new underpass near the train crossing in Winter Park on Kings Crossing Road. Why is the government of Winter Park fighting the new underpass connection? When this affects the safety of our children, our families, our residents and our guests. Three headlines I never want...

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Your Letters

To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, I want to thank everyone who participated in our 2017 Annual Fundraiser at B Lazy 2 Ranch last Sunday! It was a beautiful afternoon to reflect on everything we have done in collaboration with friends and partners to protect open lands and water resources in Grand County. It was also an opportunity to showcase future opportunities as we enlarge the scale and scope of our conservation activities including greater emphasis on helping to sustain working ranches, rural communities, and watershed health. For Grand County is a special and important place not only for the Colorado River headwaters and the rich diversity of human communities, but also for crucial wildlife habitat and movement corridors that in many respects make it an ecological cross roads as well as the heart of the West. It was inspiring that so much of Grand County came out to support us as we celebrated the past year despite competition with numerous other events in addition to the eclipse.  We had great food by Stone Creek Catering, great people, and great conversation. Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Special thanks to Janet and Wendy Engel for hosting the event, the many donors who contributed including Mike Turner of...

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Letters to the Editor

To The Editor: The horrific events that took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., have once again ripped at the heart of our country and its people. As we continue to read about and see the blatant hate and racism on display, we are appalled. And we hope you are too. As ministers of the Gospel, and faithful followers of Christ, we are called to speak out against such actions. Let it be known that YMCA of the Rockies adamantly denounces all forms of hate and racism. It is never acceptable! And we firmly stand with and support our brothers and sisters of every color, every race, every faith tradition, every sexual orientation and identity, every disability, and every socio-economic status. And again, we hope you do too. As our staff gathers in the coming days for a time of prayer, we will be lifting up all who have been, and continue to be, victims of racism and hate. And until such horrible actions cease to be, we will continue to pray daily! We will also be praying for our country, as well as those who instigate such blatant disrespect for our fellow Americans and the values for which we stand. Those who would engage in and/or support racism and hate under the banner of Christianity are terribly misguided. That is not the Christian faith we proclaim and...

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