Fraser Valley Metropolitan Rec District Board Election Results

The results of the May 8th Board election have been tallied, and, incumbent David McKnight is joined by new Board members Kelley Glancey and Al White. The three will each serve 4-year terms on the Board of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. They will be sworn in at the next Board meeting on May 22nd.

Trail Ridge Road conditionally set to open May 25

The highest continuously paved road in the US is set to open on Friday, May 25. With the highest point of 12,183 feet above sea level, Trail Ridge Road passes through Rocky Mountain National Park, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, and is generally open during the summer and early fall months each year.

The route is about 50 miles and can take about 2 hours to drive non-stop through the park, with stops along the way at the Visitor’s Center or to take in the scenery or wildlife will add to that drive time. The road’s opening and closing is based upon weather conditions. This year, it is set to open on Friday, May 25, but you may want to call the road’s status line before you plan a trip through the park: (303) 586-1222.

Open House at Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum

Monday, May 21, 2018 starting at 11AM to 1PM, Charles Lindbergh re-enactor, Will O’Donnell, and the volunteers of the Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum host a FREE community Open House to celebrate the 91st anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic, solo Trans-Atlantic flight in the famed Spirit of St. Louis. Learn all about the flight across the Atlantic Ocean and Charles Lindbergh’s triumph landing in Paris on May 21, 1927. Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum, 1023 County Road 601, Granby/Grand County Airport in the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal. For more information, visit:

Public Input Sought on Kauffman Creek Vegetation Project

The U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Kauffman Creek Vegetation Management Project in Grand County.

The project area is located about 10 miles northwest of the town of Granby, in an area on the Arapaho National Forest that has been heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, resulting in high levels of forest mortality.

The main purposes of the project are to regenerate areas with high forest mortality, salvage dead and dying timber before it loses its marketable value, and to reduce hazardous fuels buildup near private property and other resource values. It is designed to promote healthy forest conditions, resilient to potential future insect and disease infestations.

Public comments should be submitted by June 11th. Members of the public interested in exploring ideas about the project should plan to attend the open house meeting at the Sulphur Ranger District office in Granby on May 22, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More project information is available through the project website:

For additional information or to email comments, contact Kevin McLaughlin, Vegetation Program Manager, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, at or (970) 295-6646. Feedback also can be mailed or hand delivered to – Kevin McLaughlin, US Forest Service, 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO 80446.

Fraser Elementary Shows Off their Stuff

A few FVE first graders at the art show opening.  Pictured behind is a Community quilt that they created, with the help of talented parent, Nicole Barker, called, “My Fraser Valley”.  

The Fraser Valley Elementary School (FVE) student art show is an annual event in the spring and is always featured at the Fraser Valley Library, showcasing the talent and creativity of our young artists. The show runs through May 24, so there’s still time to stop and check out the creative stylings of East Grand Students.

The students reflect on the artwork they have created throughout the school year, each choosing one piece of art that they are most proud of, thus creating the art show.  3D art is displayed on opening night at the show and is then moved to glass cases in the library. The display also features 2 accordian boards with artwork displayed on them….open them up, or ask the librarians for help.

“I love watching the students come to the show and being so proud of their artwork. I too am proud of my students! The young talent and creativity is amazing,” stated FVE Art Teacher, Shelley Madsen-Peeters. “This has been a great year for art. We have so much talent in our community, I am constantly amazed by our kids!”.

The Lift continues to operate on Spring Schedule

The Lift started its spring schedule at the end of April. Spring service means that:

  • Service reduces to one line that goes between Winter Park Resort and Fraser with new fixed-route service in Grand Park. Buses on this route run once an hour between 7am and 2am.
  • Service to Granby will stop operating until mid-November.
  • Please call for service between 12am – 2am.
  • If you’re near a bus stop in the Winter Park/Fraser area, but not located along US40 or in Grand Park, call dispatch at 970-726-4163 to have the bus drive off its route and come pick you up at your nearest stop.

Hourly service will run until mid-June when route frequency changes to accommodate more summer activity.

Also, until further notice, the bus will not be servicing the stop in front of Safeway. For service to/from Safeway, please pick up the bus at the stop on Country Road 804, located on the south side of Safeway.

Colorado Public Lands Day is May 19th
Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with partners from federal, local and state agencies, are all celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands.
Colorado Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to give back to our lands and unify communities across the state. “Not only do public lands conserve critical habitat for fish and wildlife, they also sustain a vibrant economic engine for Colorado,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “Whether it’s tourism, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or dirt biking, our public lands are a vital part of Colorado’s allure and natural beauty.”
Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bipartisan bill into law. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.
Some state park events include:
•    Arkansas Headwaters: 27th Annual Clean Up/Green Up
•    Lathrop State Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Kids to Parks Day Activity
•    Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at the Garden
•    Stagecoach State Park: Free Community Lunch and Pre-Summer Trash Pick-Up
•    Lory State Park: Mullein Control to Celebrate Public Lands Day!
•    Colorado State Parks Photo Campaign

Locally, the event kicks off at St. Louis Creek Campground in Fraser at 10 am.

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Company Announced For Rocky Mountain Rep’s 2018 Season

This season’s cast of RMRT performers    Courtesy RMRT

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has completed casting for their 51st season. This season’s productions are Annie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, The Full Monty, and the fall show, Pump Boys & Dinettes!

22 performers were selected from over 1200 auditions held across the country to round out the 2018 professional company. This season, the RMRT company includes: Danny Adams, Matilde Bernabei, Cara Chumbley, Stephen Coakley, Conor Finnerty-Esmonde, Nicole Harley, Zach Holden, Valerie Igoe, Taylor Margaret Johnson, Josh Kellman, Brian Maurice Kinnard, Chris Mauro, Russell Mernagh, Ethan Ray Parker, Maya Rowe, Sharon Sachs, Neil Stratman, Tyler Symone, Katherine Viviano, P. Tucker Worley, Heather Zurowski, and Marek Zurowski.

Also back for another season are Director and Music Director Michael Querio, Director Jeff Duke, Music Director Greg Paladino, Costume Designer Jesus Perez and Choreographers Clark Ausloos and Jennifer Lupp.

Tickets for the 2018 Season are still available. Stop by the box office on Grand Avenue in Grand Lake, call (970) 627-3421, or order online at: