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 complete in late 2017.

Eisenhower Drive is open
After two weeks of complete closure and a detour on the Fraser Parkway, locals and residents are enjoying the new and  improved railroad crossing in Fraser.  Jeff Durbin, Fraser Town Manager, “the project took care of some utlity work, drainage problems and allowed us to improve the crossing” he added “we want to thank the community for their patience.”

Grand County Characters on the Move 
Stage Stops with the Grand County Characters Saturday.  Enjoy Accurate Portrayals of Grand County & Colorado Histor throughout the county.  This week the Characters are starting in Winter APrk and traveling to Hot Sulphur Springs.  Meet at Adolfs in Old Town Winter Park for coffee. Car pool to Cozens Ranch, the 4 Bar 4, Cottonwood Pass, and the Stagecoach Inn, now The Dean Public House, in Hot Sulphur Springs. Tour begins at Adolf’s in Old Town Winter Park at 9:00 a.m. – Friday, August 4th – site of an Early Stage Stop.  Tim Nicklas will greet present day travelers and “set the stage” for the morning’s activities.  Cozens Stage Stop – Grand County’s Stage Stop Living History Museum.  The Cozen’s family fed and housed early travelers as they passed through the valley.

4 Bar 4 – Judy Stanfill as Mrs. McQueary (Most likely wife of James Allen McQuery (Polk). She will regale with stories of the McQueary Brothers early county history. Her Daughter, Josephine, was briefly married to Frank Byers. Theirs was the first recorded divorce in Grand County.

Cottonwood Pass – Don Daily as John A. Himebaugh, first Justice of the Peace in the County.   Mr. Himebaugh will have stories to tell of why he never sent prisoners to Clear Creek County District Court and how frontier justice was served.  The Tour Finishes off in Hot Sulphur a town steeped in western lore.  If you have a hankering to join the fun of supporting and being a part of the Grand County Characters, you too can become a member. Call for reservations 970-726-5488 Cost: GCHA members $25, General Public $35  Aug 4, 2017   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NSCD Volunteer Opportunities
Summer is coming to an end… and school is just around the corner! Our Therapeutic Horseback Riding (THR) program is still going strong, and any junior volunteers (14 years+) still looking to fulfill their school-mandated community service hours are welcome to join us this week.

Our THR Center is located at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA, about 15 minutes from Winter Park Resort. Adult volunteers are needed to walk alongside the horse, stabilizing and interacting with the participant as they receive instruction from our THR staff. Junior volunteers often assist with ranch chores, tacking horses, and leading the horses during lessons. No experience with horses is needed, though it is recommended for junior volunteers!

New NSCD volunteers can sign up to volunteer with the THR program online or through Facebook.. ->

Shining Stars Foundation
Push your limits with these stunning, remote races in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Our half marathon and 5K are perfect for athletes of all levels, but will be sure to challenge you as you enjoy the dazzling mountain views. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Shining Stars Foundation, a local nonprofit that serves children and families facing cancer or another life-threatening illness.

Saturday Aug 5, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Middle Park Fair and Rodeo
Grand and Summit Counties 101st celebration of western life and traditions. Dog show, horse shows, 4-H shows, exhibit hall, entertainment, ranch rodeo, CPRA rodeo , Jr. livestock sale and much more.  Smash Em’ Up Derby is always a crowd favorite.

Aug 4, 2017 – Aug 13, 2017
12:00 AM – 11:59 PM