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Green Mountain Cliff Jumping Spot Closed The U.S. Forest Service has banned access to a popular cliff jumping spot at Green Mountain Reservoir, after a tragic death last week.  The spot has been growing in popularity and rescue teams have been busy fielding calls at the location throughout the summer. James Cummings, 27, of Denver, died after jumping from the cliffs on August 2nd. Cummings never surfaced after diving from the ledge according to witnesses. Rescue teams recovered the body the next day in 70 feet of water. Standing Up for Clean Water Ephemeral and intermittent streams account for...

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Leftover Salmon

For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. They are firmly settled in the long lineage of bands that defy simple categorization, instead setting their own musical agenda. During Leftover Salmon’s twenty-five plus years as band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. Over that time, Leftover Salmon’s sound has grown and evolved while staying true to the roots and guiding spirit of the band’s founding members – mandolinist/singer Drew Emmitt and guitarist/singer Vince Herman. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Today, Leftover Salmon is fueled by the rhythm section of drummer Alwyn Robinson, keyboardist Erik Deustch and long time bassist Greg Garrison, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. Catch them Saturday night in Hideaway Park at the Rndezvous Event Center.They’re actually playing 3 different CO events in one weekend- Bohemian Nights in Ft. Collins, SolShine, and then Vince+Friends at YarmonyGrass And that’s going to be happening a lot more, Leftover...

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Volario’s: Where Food is the Celebrity

VOLARIOS/CAFFÉ GIACONDO                                                                                                           Foodie@winterparktimes.com A friend and I made an impromptu stop in a little Italian restaurant back when I lived in California.  We were enjoying a cocktail at the bar when we detected a “buzz” amongst the staff.  Suddenly, the front door burst open and in...

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New Grocery Store

Fireside Market and Eatery Winter Park is rapidly changing it’s curb appeal. One of the pieces of the new puzzle is taking shape.  We stopped in and found the crew pouring concrete flooring in the new Grocery store space and spent a few minutes with the new manager/director.  The new market and eatery is an independently owned and family run grocery store with a focus on “fresh.” The familiar face, Nathan Svoboda, Store Director spent five years running sister store, Breckenridge Market and Liquor.  Nathan is excited to be back home, literally.  When he accepted the position in Breckenridge...

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Colorado Roads Cause For Concern

Colorado Department of transportation made a quick pass down Highway 40 and repaired several sections of pavement last week.  With funding in question for a major paving project, CDOT repaired the worst sections and put bandaids on sections contractors believe will hold out for another season.  The problem is they missed a few (thousand). Deterioration and road failures are common throughout Colorado and especially Grand County due to the continuous freeze-thaw cycles.  When moisture seeps into cracks in the surface of a road and freezes, it causes it to expand. When the ice thaws that space is left empty,...

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Community Briefs

Valley Briefing Paving on HWY 40 Paving operations on U.S. Highway 40 are taking place over the next few weeks from Berthoud Pass to Craig. Crews will be doing maintenance work and paving from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. During paving operations, delays should be expected as the pavement is compacted. According to CDOT spokesperson, “We have a short window before the weather makes paving prohibitive” Motorist should also be aware that there will be intermittent shoulder closures EB/WB on Berthoud Pass due to wall repair Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM. The wall project should be...

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Eclipse Across America

Graphic on North American Path Courtesy NASA The year 2017 may be an anomaly for more reasons than we can count, but the universe has a gift for all of us this summer. On Monday, Aug. 21, a rare total solar eclipse will take place in an event NASA dubbed the Eclipse Across America. This special eclipse will be visible in the daytime across North America from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. NASA defines an eclipse as what happens when “one heavenly body, such as a moon or planet, moves into the shadow of another heavenly body.” A solar...

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Deal Combines Four Resort Giants

Photos Courtesy Winter Park Resort Sale closes on deal to combine Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, KSL, Intrawest, and Mammoth Resorts as one company A new joint venture of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company announced Monday, July 31st  that the purchase of Intrawest Resort Holdings, the parent company of Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Ski Area, and of Mammoth Resorts is complete. The sale combines Intrawest, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, KSL, and Mammoth Resorts as one company. This new entity boasts 12 four-season mountain resorts with approximately six million skier visits, 20,000 skiable acres and significant land available...

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