Eisenhower Dr Closed at the Tracks for 2 Weeks
Union Pacific has closed the Railroad Crossing at Eisenhower Drive through July 28th.  The detour is the Fraser stoplight to the Parkway by the Colorado Adventure Park.  Save time and make plans to use alternate route until the crossing repairs are complete.  You can also go the backway from County Rd 50.


FFL photo courtesy of Grand County Search and Rescue

Grand County Search and Rescue Special
The Grand County Search and Rescue Equestrian Team was dispatched Monday night to the Continental Divide Trail near Monarch Lake to rescue a 21 year old camp counselor who had a burn injury to his foot. One of the campers had tipped over a pot of boiling water causing the injury.

Jesse and Apache with their riders assisted the ground crew to evacuate the subject down a steep trail and around the lake to the trailhead, arriving there around 2:45 am. The young man was picked up by camp staff and transported to Middle Park Medical Center for treatment.

On Wednesday, there was great cooperation between the Grand County Sheriff, EMS, Hot Sulphur Fire, Flight for Life and GCSAR to get a 14 year old girl airlifted to Denver.  FFL was on the scene within 30 minutes of the initial page and launched with the patient 1 hour and 10 minutes after the initial page. The subject suffered a head/neck injury from a horseback accident about 2 miles out from the Drowsy Water Ranch.

Food Bank in Grand Lake Needs Help
“It’s summer!  The weather is warm, the kids are out of school and Grand County locals are working hard.  But, even hard work doesn’t make ends meet for all locals.  The Grand Lake Women’s Golf Association is asking for your help to fill the pantry at the Grand Angels Food Bank at Trinity Church in the Pines.  July 12th – July 19th you’ll find drop-off boxes for non-perishable food items at Mountain Food Market, Circle 3 Grocery, Grand Lake Center, Lakeview Conoco, Stillwater Yoga Studio and the Grand Lake Golf Course.

The Grand Lake Golf Course is offering incentives for food donations at the Course.  July 12 – 19 bring in a food donation and receive a FREE bucket of practice balls.  And, on July 18 and 19 a reasonable food donation will get you a half-priced golf cart for anyone playing golf.

If you’d rather donate cash, you can mail your tax deductible donation to Trinity Church in the Pines – Food Bank, PO Box 676, Grand Lake, CO 80447 (reference GLWGA) or you’ll find a cash donation collection table this Sunday, July 16th in Town Park, Grand Lake from 10 am – 2 pm.  Thank you for your generosity and for being Neighbors Helping Neighbors!”

Grand County Rural Health Network Awards Excellence
The Grand County Rural Health Network Award for Excellence in Healthcare Service” nominees are individuals who best personify service in Grand County’s healthcare system, and would be a worthy role model to be emulated by others.

The GCRHN board of directors is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Healthcare is Wade Walker, RPh, pharmacist at City Market. Most people know him as the kind-hearted and helpful pharmacist. He exemplifies a professional role model. He collaborates with the health care team and community organizations to improve patient care. He is always helping patients ensure the best path for them by informing them of resources available or trying creative ways through their insurance to make it work for the patient. His energy is always positive. You know he is very busy but he never makes you feel like you are bothering him. He is always willing to help or answer questions about medications in a way that people understand.

Past recipients include: Therese McElroy in 2013; Mary Jo Hargadine, RN in 2014; Hannah Foley, NP and Ray Jennings in 2015, and Val Lind, RN in 2016.

Bulls, Boots, and BBQ – Save the Date   
th Annual Bulls, Boots, and BBQ fundraiser Thursday, August 17 from 6-10 pm at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser.  The fundraiser is an ‘Olde-Fashioned Barn Dance’ to honor the past, present, and future of healthcare in Grand County, while raising money for a local nonprofit that educates the community on health issues, and ensures access to the healthcare system for all Grand County residents.

Event tickets are $75 per person.  Purchase tickets at Winter Park Optical, online at www.gcruralhealth.com, or call 970-725-3477.  Tickets include:  BBQ dinner and 2 drink tickets; unlimited mechanical bull riding and an old-west photo booth; and a live and silent auction.

Adventure Race Returns to Granby Ranch
The 2017 Never Summer Adventure Race is returning to Grand County, Colorado on July 22-23. Racers from around the country will compete in either a beginner to moderate 6 hour race or an advanced 24 hour race. Teams of 2, 3, or 4 will stay together the entire race and mountain bike epic single track, travel cross country on and off trail on foot, and packraft one of the region’s most scenic stretches of river all while navigating an unmarked route with only a map and compass. Participants will receive regional topographical maps with checkpoints plotted just prior to the race. They will then work together to strategize the best route from point to point. The start and finish location is Granby Ranch, with 24 hour racers starting 9am on July 22nd and 6 hour racers starting 8am on July 23rd. Late registration ends July 14th. If you’d like to come cheer on participants, 24-hr teams will race to the finish with a 9am cutoff and 6-hr teams will race to the finish with a 2pm cutoff, so please join us at Granby Ranch for the race finishes Sunday.  Race website: http://www.myjourneyracing.com/never-summer-ar.html

Victorian Tea at the Rapids Lodge
July 19th    2-4pm  at 210 Rapids Lane in Grand Lake
Food and Fun $20  Rsvp historicgrandlake@gmeil.com
Limited Seating:  Sponosred by the GrandLake Historical Society
To benefit the Cottage Court Project

Meet Candidate for Attorney General
Phil Weiser, July 16th  11am-1pm, Residence of Carla Donelson, 71 Pine Martin Lane (CR 6425), Mountain Shadows Estates, Grand Lake, CO 80447. RSVP Please by emailing daniel.eric.rauch@gmail.com

Philanthropy Days Announces Keynote Speaker
Registration is open for the Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD), and organizers are pleased to announce the keynote speaker at this year’s conference.

Patch Adams, M.D., will headline the event, to be held Sept. 27 to 29, 2017, in Craig. Adams is a medical doctor, clown and founder of the Gesundheit Institute. His work was made famous by the 1998 movie featuring the late Robin Williams as the title character.

“I interpret my experience in life as being happy,” Adams said. “I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.”

Adams believes that laughter, joy and creativity are integral parts of the healing process. He and his colleagues have practiced health care focused on mutual trust between providers and patients for 43 years. He will present at RPD to regional nonprofit and governmental leaders and foundation representatives from across the state and nation about using these same principles in community service work.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Patch Adams to Northwest Colorado and experience his contagious zest for helping others,” said Kate Nowak, executive director of Routt County United Way and conference co-chair. “He will really set the tone for an inspiring, forward-looking conference that will leave us all with new energy and ideas for our important work.”

In addition to Adams’ keynote address, he will also present a targeted workshop, part of the interesting program developed by the local Steering Committee to meet the unique needs of nonprofit leaders from Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.

Event organizers anticipate more than 300 nonprofit, government and grant-making institutions and individuals will attend RPD. Those interested in learning more or registering should visit NorthwestRPD.org. Registration is $150 for early birds who register by Aug. 11, or $175 after that date. Full and half scholarships are also available, and applications can be completed at the same website by Aug. 1.

Regional and state government officials are also encouraged to attend the conference, particularly the Town Hall discussion and reception on Sept. 27. Government officials receive a special discounted rate for selecting particular events to attend.

For more information, visit NorthwestRPD.org, call event coordinator Kyleigh Lawler at 814.360.8212 or follow event updates on Facebook at facebook.com/NWRPD.