Wildfire Closes Radium Campground & Boat Launch
A number of wildfires are burning across the west, including several too close to home. The Grand County Office of Emergency Management lists 5 major wildfires in the state of Colorado, of which FOUR are located within the Northwest Region, which includes Grand County. The Mill Creek Fire has burned 270 acres north of Hayden in Routt County, and, the Gutzler Fire, located on federal land southwest of the Grand County line has grown to over 300 acres due to the increasingly dry conditions. The Radium campgrounds and boat launch area have been closed to the public for use as a staging area to fight the fire. Should the fire move into Grand County, local agencies may be asked to respond. Updates are available on the Grand County Office of Emergency Management website.
Everyone is reminded to PLEASE keep your fire pits under control and manageable, decreasing the chance of a rogue spark. Regional resources are currently spread very thin due to these wildfires and being proactive can go a long way!
As a result of the wildfire-caused smoke, Colorado and Grand County Health Departments have issued a Smoke Alert urging at risk population to take precautions and avoid prolonged exposure. For more information, contact Grand County Public Health at (970) 725-3288.
Grand Lake Hosts 2 Arts and Crafts Fairs
Grand Lake, the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, hosting 2 wonderful Arts & Crafts Fairs, outdoors, in the Town Park:, July 8-9 and August 5-6. We offer a wide variety of crafts, from jewelry, pottery, clothing, photography, glasswork, woodworking, metal art, bath and beauty and so much more! Come on over to the west side and explore our boardwalk and beach as well.
Rodeos in Grand County
John Work Rodeo Arena in Fraser kicks up Saturdays. Exciting Rodeo Entertainment and Lots of Fun for Families and Groups from Mutton Bustin’ to Bull Riding, Clown Acts to Roping, and so much more!! Old West Night. Junior Rodeo – 3:00pm. Main Performance – 7:00pm. Enjoy The Dean Public House BBQ from 4:00 – 9:00pm. Rain or Shine, we have covered stands. Be sure to check out our website for each night’s special events.
Kennedy Retiring After a 40 Year Medical Career
Dr. James Kennedy is retiring in August, after a diverse career in the medical industry and 13 years in Winter Park. Kennedy opened Byers Peak Family Medicine in 2005 and will leave the family business to his daughter, Dr. Kelley Glancey. When asked what he was going to do with all his free time he said, “Travel and enjoy the mountain lifestyle.”
Advocates For a Violence Free Community Needs Volunteers
Advocates are currently seeking individuals that are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity. We are always looking for people to answer the 24/7 crisis line but also have other opportunities where they can make a difference.
If you know of anyone that might be interested in volunteering with Advocates, please contact Sheila Kesler at 970-725-3442 or submit an application on the volunteer page of their website.
Sheila Kesler – Victim Services Coordinator/Shelter Manager
17th Annual Grand Classic Golf Tournament
Pole Creek Golf Club and Golf Granby Ranch hosted the 17th Annual Grand Classic Golf Tournament with the Grand Foundation. 200 Golfers participated in this year’s event. Through corporate sponsorships and golfer registrations, the sold out event net over $50,000!
According to Nicole Reeves, Grand Foundation Events Coordinator, and, the Grand Classic Committee, these funds will make a significant impact in our community by providing improved local programs and services offered to visitors, second homeowners and residents.
More Rec News…
The Fraser Valley Rec District had the opportunity to host two other events that brought people to Grand County in June. The Fraser Valley Sports Complex hosted the Caba Thin Air Baseball Classic June 16th – 18th. Twenty teams, ages 8 – 14, participated and 50 games were played in 3 days. The Grand Park Community Rec Center held a 2 Day Gymnastic Meet that hosted 10 teams with 270 competitors around the State.
KFFR Offers DJ Training
The community is invited to DJ training at KFFR, the Fraser valley’s community radio station. DJ training for volunteer announcers is Tuesday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the KFFR studios upstairs from Elevation Pizza near Murdoch’s in Fraser. Do you have a passion for music and serving the community in a unique and fun way? Then KFFR wants you. Please e-mail your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.