Grand Mountain Bank Sponsors 15th Annual Food Bank Benefit
Now in its 15th year, the Grand Mountain Bank Golf Tournament for the benefit of Grand County’s church food banks and Mountain Family Center will be held on Thursday August 23, 2018 at the Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby. The shotgun start for this scramble tournament will be at 1:30 p.m. Since its inception in 2004, the tournament has raised over $120,000 for the local church food banks and Mountain Family Center.
Grand Mountain Bank President, Frank DeLay, noted that “Even though the local economy has improved, we continue to see a tremendous need of funds for the local food banks. As a community banker, we are still seeing the struggles of many in our local community to make ends meet. Also, as the only community owned bank in Grand County, Grand Mountain Bank takes seriously our responsibility to help serve the social and community interests of our local citizens. This annual golf tournament is one of the ways we fulfill that responsibility.”
To register to participate in this worthwhile event, simply stop by any of the four Grand Mountain Bank locations in Grand County. The officers, directors and employees of Grand Mountain Bank truly appreciate the support of the tournament sponsors, players and donors and look forward to seeing everyone at the Tournament. For more information, please call Grand Mountain Bank at 887-1221.
East Grand students return to school August 27th
As the summer season begins to fade, students at East Grand Schools will head back to school on Monday, August 27th. Remember to slow down in school zones as law enforcement officers accross America will be out in full force in the coming weeks. All local student information can be found at egsd.org or by calling (970) 887-2581.
Grand County Animal Shelter hours
From August 17-24, the shelter will be open by appointment only, due to being short-staffed. Please call before you head down, so they don’t miss you. The Shelter remains closed on the weekends. (970) 887-2988
Volunteers needed Saturday, August 18th
The Colorado Mountain Club is looking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance work in the Phases trail system at the Strawberry Recreation Area near Tabernash on August 18. No experience necessary, lunch and tools are provided. Volunteers will need to have long pants, boots, at least two liters of water, sunscreen, day pack, and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Please sign up for more information and directions to the worksite at: cmc.org/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?ID=41954.
Blue Sky Trail work scheduled for Sunday
Headwaters Trails Alliance’s next trail project is coming up on Blue Sky Trail this Sunday, August 19th. Join HTA and Winter Park Framewerx as they work on Blue Sky to improve drainages and clear hazard branches and downed trees close to the trail. There will be prizes from Winter Park Framewerx for volunteers that join. Meet at the top of Blue Sky Trail at 9 am on August 19th and will wrap up around 4 pm. If you can’t make the whole time, you are still welcome to join and find the crew on the trail. Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes and have eye protection. Bring plenty of water and lunch. We hope to see you there! Call HTA with questions: (970) 726-1013.
Volunteers needed in Granby
The Granby Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is currently looking to add to its current list of Volunteers. Do you have an interest in Community Involvement? Opportunities to help include Town Art Projects, Community Events, and more. Call the Chamber at: (970) 887-2311 or email: Info@granbychamber.com
Winter Park seeking suggestions for Flow Trail name
The new flow trail that recently opened on the west side of town is in need of a name and the Town of Winter Park is looking for suggestions. Suggestions can be submitted via the following link: slatecommunications.formstack.com/forms/wp_trail. The Town’s naming committee will review the submissions and choose their favorites and will come back for a vote on the final options.
Grand County Council on Aging (GCCA) to merge with Mountain Family Center (MFC)
Following the retirement announcement from GCCA Executive Director Lisa Jonas, the GCCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to begin a collaborative merger process with MFC at their May board meeting. Official documents were signed July 26, 2018.
“The Board of Directors felt it was of great importance that current services offered to seniors in Grand County continued,” said Kelly Howard, President of the Board of Directors for GCCA. “The GCCA strongly believes that MFC and its dedicated Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff have the desire and collaborative resources to serve Grand County Seniors.”
Transitioning organizational logistics is expected to take the next six months. During this time, seniors can expect continuity in transportation services, as well as additional programs, services, and resources offered by MFC. GCCA will continue to work out of the Senior Center in Granby until MFC’s new location opens next summer.
Recent uptick in theft reported in the Fraser Valley
In the past month, the Fraser Winter Park Police Department has taken several reports of stolen bicycles and a stolen vehicle as well. The bicycles have been stolen from private residences, out of vehicles and even from the front of a local business in downtown Winter Park. The truck was stolen from a residential parking lot.
“All this growth has its downside”, said Chief Glen Trainor. “We are seeing as many people here during the week as we had seen on weekends in the past.”
Several of the stolen bikes were neither secured nor locked, which provides a thief with the perfect opportunity to easily make off with the goods. While not foolproof, locking your bicycle, your vehicle and your home tends to inhibit crimes of opportunity.
As our community continues to grow, be a little more mindful of valuables and avoid making it too easy, for those that might be tempted, to take what is not theirs.
If you experience a theft, or witness suspicious activity, be sure to report it to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. While investigations are not always solved, each case provides descriptions, clues and patterns which can eventually lead to an arrest and possible recovery. Fraser Winter Park PD: (970) 722-7779; Granby PD: (970) 887-3007; Grand County Sheriff: (970) 725-3343.
Fires have burned in several mountain areas in Colorado this summer.
So if you’re planning to hunt on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, check with those agencies for the latest backcountry travel, fire and closure information.
To check on national forest lands in Colorado, start by going to the web site of the U.S. Forest Service.
To check on Bureau of Land Management, go to the BLM web site.
A link to some closure information can also be found on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, but the information might not be the latest available. Check CPW’s “Know before you go” link.
While fires on national forest lands have ranged in size from 5,000 to 50,000 acres, the burned areas are small compared to the size of each national forest and Game Management Unit. For example, the 416 Fire near Durango comprised about 50,000 acres but the entire San Juan National Forest encompasses 1.8 million acres. The vast majority of federal public lands are unaffected by the fires.
“While fires have gotten a lot of attention they should not hamper big-game hunting in an entire Game Management Unit,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Hunters can get the best information about federal lands by contacting the appropriate land management agency.”
Bow hunters and muzzleloader hunters concerned about closures should check on conditions as soon as possible. The bow season starts Aug. 25; muzzleloader season starts Sept. 8.
The first regular rifle season does not start until October 13th, so conditions in specific areas could change substantially between now and then.