Author: WPT Staff

What’s Happening

(covering events through November 2, 2017) Friday, October 20 Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for Governor, will host a “Meet and Greet” at Casa Mexico in Cooper Creek Square from 11:30 am – 1 pm. The High Country Conservatives meet at Maverick’s in Granby at noon every Friday. A non-profit, 12-step, Bible-based recovery program “helping resolve life’s hurts” meets at 6 pm every Friday at 257 W. Topaz, behind Granby Elementary. The Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Department (286 E. Grand Ave.) is hosting a community chili dinner starting at 6 pm. The Winter Park Pub hosts live music starting at...

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A chilling winter tale or something more?

When we think of ghost stories, we may visualize old castles and graveyards with haunting spirits lurking in the shadows. For many, such stories are nothing more than fantasy. But some people are more open-minded about paranormal activity and try to understand the unknown. Are these lost souls from the past? If so, who are they and why do they remain? Some people have tales of unexplained interactions and sightings that cannot be easily dismissed. If you have passed through Fraser lately you have noticed a landmark undergoing a facelift but would you know of the tale that lay...

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Community Briefs

Grand Nordic News As we move into preparation for winter.  Have you checked out your ski or snowshoe equipment?  The Alpine Swap is over and the Nordic Ski Swap is coming Oct 27 at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.  Clean out your closet and bring your used gear to sell or donate to Grand Nordic for our kids programs in Grand county. Those​ ​wanting​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​equipment​ ​should​ ​bring​ ​it​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Snow​ ​Mountain​ ​Ranch​ ​Nordic​ ​Center​ ​between​ ​5​ ​and​ ​6​ ​pm​ ​to register.​ ​Check-in​ ​forms​ ​are​ ​also​ ​available​ ​online​ ​at​ ​​​​ ​.​ ​The​ ​doors​ ​open​ ​at​ ​6​ ​pm​...

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A Critter Summer

by Charles Clayton It started in spring with the annual arrival of the vultures that roost in the cottonwoods across from the swankiest hotel in Taos.  Mornings and evenings they would swoop gracefully over our house as they made their way towards the hinterland in search of rotting donkeys and roadkill prairie dogs.  Then the magpie family showed up and chased the dog around the yard for a couple weeks, followed by two rogue roosters arriving in the neighborhood in early June…strutting and crowing at  5 am.  Our neighbor caught one and cooked it up for his family, then...

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New Mountain Bike Skills Park at Snow Mountain Ranch

by Kristen Spronz Have you tried out the newest addition to Snow Mountain Ranch yet? The new progressive mountain bike skills park is fun, yet challenging for riders of all ages and abilities. The skills park is home to 37 features and is designed so that riders are able to improve their skills whether they go through all of the features, skip a few or even stick to just one feature. The skills park has been a dream for a while, but Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director Bill Pierce, Trail Crew Leader Elliott Leslie, and their team made it a...

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The origin of a holiday: A Celtic Tradition

It’s almost that time of year when kids of all ages get into costume and stroll around neighborhoods ringing doorbells and begging for treats. When you think about it, trick or treating is kind of a weird thing. Where did it come from anyway? A little research uncovers some interesting and wierd facts about the odd tradition.  The practice began with the Celtic tradition of celebrating the end of the year by dressing up as evil spirits. The Celts believed that, as we moved from one year to the next, the dead and the living would overlap, and demons...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Protect and find a cure. Stop the greed. It’s October! You know what that means — candy shelves overstuffed with fun sized candy bars, sweaters, boots, tights and scarves in department store commercials — and everywhere you turn, pink crap for sale under the guise that buying it means that you’re promoting Awareness for breast cancer. Thing is, not only is most of that crap doing nothing to actually cure breast cancer, it’s attempting to translate cancer guilt into profits, sometimes in incredibly silly, unhelpful ways. Sometimes the very products hawking pink crap are actually selling products that cause cancer! The “Big Pink” business of breast cancer is appalling and if you look at some of the organizations representing the cause you quickly realize that capitalizing on human compassion can be sickening. Some $ 7 billion a year is committed to breast cancer research and awareness campaigns. Is it any wonder that the disease has become a gold mine for pink profiteers and old-fashioned hucksters? Everyone wants a piece of the pink action. Jump on pintrest and you can find a mile long list of big businesses cashing in on breast cancer: Fried Chicken, Junk food, Barbie dolls and even power tools are jumping on the pink ribbon bandwagon. Many never put a dime towards research and have no intention of helping find a cure for the most profitable...

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Case for breast cancer screening is powerful

by The Country Doctor “I don’t believe in breast cancer screening” – a puzzling, yet not uncommon statement heard (in variation) more often these days,  thanks to the stupefying  information floating around out there about breast cancer screening.  First, let us all unanimously agree- breast cancer screening does, in fact, exist.  Second, breast cancer is not an insignificant disease – about 1 in 8 women will get to experience invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes.  This is the same number of people in the population who are left-handed.  Or the percentage of veterans in the homeless population.  Or the number of people who would like to change their vote from Mr. Trump to anyone else.  Literally. Anyone.   The point is, chances are either you or a close family member has had or will have some uncomfortable/intimate experience with this disease.  The breast cancer screening controversy affects all of us; and the reality is the major insurance companies, following the lead of Medicare and Medicaid, will base their decisions to cover breast cancer screening on the recommendations made by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), which are as follows: The USPSTF recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49   Women aged 50 to 74 should undergo screening mammography every other year Current evidence is insufficient to determine additional benefits and harms of screening mammography...

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