Author: WPT Opinion

Coping with our troubling chapter in the human story

By far the best place to hold a first grade Halloween party is an old English Castle, which is where our Air Force bus delivered 27 supercharged 6-year-olds on a fall morning in 1973.             During my practice teaching stint at the Lakenheath Air Force base north of London I took weekend motorcycle trips across the English countryside to identify unique Friday field trip destinations. I had found this castle keep, a five story structure replete with winding secret passageways, on a lofty hilltop spot where students could overlook the sea from the keep’s roof lookout.             My politics...

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Say What You Want

You would have to be a little tippy to deny that the climate is changing. Whether it is natural planetary evolution or humans are the dominant cause of the rising global temperature change, scientist can confirm the facts.  If you look at a few of the pointers it is pretty clear something is going on. Hurricane Harvey was the biggest rain event ever to hit the continental United States and wreaked havoc in Texas at a cost likely to exceed all previous storms on record. Hurricane Irma, was the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever observed. Additionally, two weeks of flooding...

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Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of the Waterkeeper Alliance in New York. November 14, 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ℅ Waterkeeper Alliance 180 Maiden Lane, Ste. 603 New york, NY. 10038 Dear Robert, My name is Kirk Klancke and I have been a resident in Grand County and the headwaters of the Colorado River for 47 years. Being a fly fisher and a rafter, a father and a grandfather, I have had a special relationship with the Colorado River for all of those years. About 25 years ago I got tired of...

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View from Zerex

Allow me to paint a picture of the future of our valley with a broad brush, hoping no one will bristle while considering the details of a vision of trains, buses and gondolas moving residents and visitors into and around our community. During the fall Winter Park/Fraser Chamber general membership lunch meeting, Winter Park Ski Area President Sky Foulkes discussed future improvements to the valley’s economic centerpiece.  He mentioned the Vasquez Ridge Expansion, which has been in planning stages since the mid 1980’s.  He also discussed problems moving skiers up and out of the main base area. Access was...

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Letters to the Editor

Grand Lake’s Town Board room was packed to capacity Monday night with concerned residents seeking resolution over the potential loss of our Grand Lake based ambulance. The conversations between residents and the county’s Lee Stabb and Ray Jennings with EMS were well-modulated and at times even creative. Grand Lake was the first in the county to start a 24/7 fire and ambulance service, an uphill battle precipitated by need.  However, to understand the true gravity of the situation, history and facts must be reviewed: a. Since we lost our Grand Lake school, we also lost the vitality of residential...

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Columns

They are laughing at us – Steve Skinner If I were younger I’d tell you now that I am being raised by coyotes. I guess, now that I’m so much older, I am living with coyotes but still learning, nonetheless. From my perch above Fraser I find that trickster coyote is active and lurking. My neighbor has purchased a high-powered light that he uses to scan the woods for glowing eyes. I’ve seen foxes and signs of bears but the coyotes always let me know they are out there with their yippy voices and piles of hairy poop. My little shelter dog, “Chooch,” would be no match for the pack. Native Americans, all the way back to the Myth Age, spoke of the trickster coyote, who knew human nature and invented copulation. Coyote apparently told the first lie when he told God that he was not laughing. Clearly he was laughing. Coyote was always portrayed as a “he,” and he could appear as a human if he wanted. From the descriptions I’ve read, he could pass for a winter tourist in a fur coat in Winter Park. Navajo legend says that coyote looked like a man in a “hairy coat, lined with white fur that fell to his knees and was belted at the waist.” We’ve all seen that guy in town. The Atka Lakota Museum and Cultural Center...

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Letters to the Editor

Sarcastic Wit As a life long idea man, I have some ideas for current critical problems: The Broncos need to have John Elway do more television commercials! The Democrat party needs to have more Hollywood support! Global warming folks need to see grapes grown in Iceland again! Colorado public education needs to see a three day work week! Silicon Valley needs to release more products with more faults quicker! The internet needs more commercials! The county needs to rehire the attorney who suggested taxing the YMCA! The state needs to spend more on light rail and bike paths and less on roads! The country needs more programs to aid illegal immigrants! I need to grow less hair! Just a sincere attempt to find solutions. Frank B Watts Winter Park Highlands   To the Editor I am often in awe of the beauty in Grand County. Especially when the seasons start to change and snow covers the divide, I am reminded why I love Grand County. With the holidays drawing near and Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, less than a month away, now is the time I reflect on why I give. I joined the Board of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust because the land along the Colorado River and its tributaries and in Grand County is unique and is at risk from the pressures brought on...

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View From Xerex

Like many long-time Grand County residents, I have – on more than one occasion – pushed up hard against what is allowed by our land use regulations.  The 1974 story of a friend’s red-tagged Tee Pee on my Icebox Estates lot, complete with two Harley Davidsons instead of the expected four legged steeds parked out front is a bit too long for this space – but another tale is worthy of recounting. Tracy Welch, an old friend and a teller at Grand Mountain Bank, told me they call my house “Andy Miller TV” because of the constant activity across...

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