Author: WPT Staff

Influenza Season is Coming

By A Country Doctor  Winter Park Approximately one human lifespan ago, around this time of year, people started dropping like flies.  Small children, elders, and healthy/fit young people were succumbing to an illness that spread like wildfire across the United States.  Governments, businesses, and health care entities struggled ineffectively to react – windows of transportation vehicles were ordered to be open to the fresh air, elevator use was banned, sporting events cancelled, and shuttered bars were taking customers in through back alleys.  Schools, theaters, and churches were shut down – some converted to makeshift hospitals to help with...

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Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s Annual Grant Awards Luncheon

Fraser Valley Lions The Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s annual grant awards luncheon was on September 19 at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. This year the Lions Club Foundation of Fraser Valley, Inc., which is the charitable giving arm of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, awarded a record total of $40,000 in grants to 29 carefully selected Grand County non-profits. Award recipients vary greatly in their purpose and who they serve. Here’s where Lions Club reinvested in our community with the money you spent at the local campgrounds, on pancake breakfasts at the yellow Lions trailer, at the...

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted :  A Conversation with a Restaurant Owner. After a dozen years, the Mountain Rose is going to close its doors. Not move because business is booming, or, having outgrown the location. The Rose is closing because keeping good help has become too much work for local restaurateur, Gail Rorabaugh. Rorabaugh: Living the Dream When we were approached in 2005 to open a restaurant in the space that used to be The Kitchen, my husband, Mike Meindl, said “it isn’t opportunity knocking, it’s opportunity knocking down the door.”  He wasn’t wrong.  So we took out a second mortgage...

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Jon deVos Celebration of Life

Jon deVos Friday Report From his office chair in Fraser, Colorado. He made us smile. He made us giggle. He made us raise an eyebrow. He made us laugh out loud! Sometimes it went beyond a chuckle and turned into a full-on, gut wrenching roar that brought a tear to the eye. He pushed political boundaries with a touch of humor in a way that made you scratch your head and occassionally, you were impelled to bust out the dictionary to brush up on a word or phrase. His depth of intelect was always filtered by his angled thoughts...

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Hot Places to See Cool Fall Colors in Grand County

FIVE HOT SPOTS FOR FALL COLOR  It’s that time again in the high country!  Fall is upon us, and the leaves are peaking. As the seasons change, our mountain colors explode into a vibrant mix of autumn hues. The leaves don’t change to yellow up here, they turn the color wheel on edge with a dramatic and interesting spectrum of colors.  Here are five of our favorite spots to take in all the fall color: 1. Fall Colors in Winter Park. Discovery Loop/ Jim Creek Trail This popular hiking trail is just 3 miles South of downtown Winter Park....

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Community Briefs

Community Briefs General Election Cancelled On November 7, while many in the state and country will be voting on state, local, and school district issues, Grand County residents will be going about Tuesday-as-usual. The Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has cancelled the 2017 general election. “We’ve never cancelled an election, to my knowledge,” commented Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, whose office is responsible for election administration. But an unusual number of circumstances lined up this year to result in no ballot measures being moved forward for the County ballot. Rosene explains that odd year or coordinated...

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges between Fraser and Winter Park The work throughout the Valley is reaching a feverish pace as crews work to get as much done as possible before the snow flies. If you take a drive through the Fraser Valley you can see first hand the progress of change. A project that is flying under the radar is a bridge between Fraser and Winter Park that is almost ready for a historic crane flight. Rendezvous is putting in a two piece pedestrian bridge across the river that will connect the development with the trail systems in and around the...

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Perking Up the Fraser Flats

Stream Channeling Underway for the Fraser Flats River Habitat Project Kirk Klanke   Special to the Winter Park Times Colorado River Headwaters Chapter, Trout Unlimited A cooperative group of East and West Slope water stakeholders, called Grand County Learning By Doing (LBD), is addressing the aquatic impacts of the water diversions from the county’s streams and river. Its pilot program, the Fraser Flats River Habitat Project, is a public-private stream restoration project now under construction to benefit river health on 0.9 miles of the Fraser River just above County Road 83. Previously, flows on this section of the Fraser River...

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