Silver Creek Fire flares back up

High winds and low humidity caused fire activity to increase at the southern end of the Silver Creek Fire, spreading on to Latigo Ranch Wednesday afternoon. Located northwest of Kremmling, two smaller plumes were visible to the area from the fire burning in the containment area created by  fire crews over the past month.

A much larger plume that could be seen across the region is on the northern edge of the fire, near the Buffalo Park area. Part of that fire was outside of the northern containment section.

The Incident Commander of the fire requested local assistance, and, 2 crews from Kremmling and a crew from Grand Fire responded Wednesday afternoon.

At the time of press, the fire is estimated to cover about 5,008 acres and is reported at 76% containment. Conditions are forecast to be hot, dry and windy and could impact fire activity and size in the coming days.

There are currently no pre-evacuation or evacuation orders in place. Fire crews and Grand County officials are being extremely proactive in determining next steps. Information on the fire can be found at

Grand County is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, which continue to be extended until the threat of wildfire concludes for the season.  

Chinking Workshop at the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch

Historic Fraser, Inc. is pleased to report that great progress is being made on the restoration of the Ford Barn, on the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch.  “The concrete foundation is in place, damaged logs are being repaired or replaced, and soon, we’ll order trussing and the corrugated metal roof. Our hope is to be basically finished before winter sets in so the Ford Barn will be secure against the weather once again,” says Kent Wehmeyer, HFI.
“During this process, we’ve received so much interest and support that we’ve planned a chinking workshop for those who are interested in working hands-on. The workshop will be taught by Kevin Murray, who owns Empire Carpentry and specializes in historic preservation. At this workshop, you’ll learn how structures were chinked in the late 1800’s,” states Ronda Paschal, also of HFI.
The daub, burlap and wood block chinking was used by Colorado pioneers because it added much needed insulation and structural strength to the whole building. The wood blocks add structural strength to logs that can be as long as 25’ from notch to notch and the daub and burlap provide insulation in the winter.  According to Kevin Murray, the General Contractor on this project, “When we’re redoing it, we have to do the exact same thing because otherwise it’s a false history.”
Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Place: On CR 5, between CR 5171 and CR 518
Let us know you’re coming by emailing:                                                                      

Please include your name and best contact information.
Bring your hammer and come prepared to work and learn about our history!


Granby seeks volunteers to help paint downtown mural

Art and creative expression can transform our public spaces. The Granby Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Granby Main Street and the Town of Granby are a strong proponents of public art and believe it is vital to fuse art and service to enhance the community.

The Granby Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Granby Main Street, the Town of Granby & the So-Gnar Creative Division are bringing an opportunity for residents to join in on contributing their creative efforts to bring some great new energy to the downtown area.

On September 23rd and 26th, the community will join forces to transform a 300 foot long retaining wall, right in the heart of Granby’s main street. They’re looking for creative volunteers to sign up for an art creation session to bring the underpass to life with a collaborative mural alongside artists Pat Milbery, Pat McKinney & Hunter Stevens of the So-Gnar Creative Division.

Mural Painting

Sunday, September 23rd:

1st Art Creation Session: 9:00am–11:00am

2nd Art Creation Session: 11:00am–1:00pm

3rd Art Creation Session: 1:00pm–3:00pm

4th Art Creation Session: 3:00pm–4:00pm

Wednesday, September 26th:

1st Art Creation Session: 2:30pm–4:30pm

2nd Art Creation Session: 4:30pm–6:30pm

Sign up to paint (no art experience necessary) – all you need to do is show up, wearing clothes you don’t mind getting paint on! All supplies will be provided free of charge including paint brushes, rollers and anything you may need to help create the mural and have fun.

For more information and to sign up, call (970) 887-2311, email or visit


Granby Workforce Center hosts Open House

During September, state and county-run employment offices, or, Workforce Centers, are partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment to spotlight a variety of services and resources available to the state’s 2.7 million men and women in the state’s labor force and the 170,000 Colorado businesses that hire them.

With Governor Hickenlooper’s proclamation, September is now ‘Workforce Development Month’ in Colorado. The month officially kicked off on Wednesday, September 5, with ‘Keep Colorado Working Day’, a day focused on connecting job seekers with employers. The numerous activities offered during Workforce Development Month are designed to help keep workers and employers moving in the right direction.

As part of Workforce Development Month, the Granby Workforce Center will host an Open House on Wednesday, September 26, from 11am-1pm.  All are welcome to come meet the local Workforce Center staff and learn about the services the Workforce Center offers to job seekers and businesses. Light snacks and refreshments will also be served,

Contact the Granby Workforce Center at 469 E. Topaz, Granby, CO 80446, (970) 887-1857 or email:  for more details.

Volunteers Needed to Restore South Fork Trail

The state’s largest outdoor stewardship organization, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), is seeking volunteers aged 14 and up for a volunteer project taking place on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 at the South Fork Trail in Grand County’s Williams Fork area, about an hour’s drive southwest from Granby.

The project will utilize up to 100 volunteers to perform important maintenance work on the multi-use trail, including building a new turnpike to lift the trail out of muddy conditions and installing drainage structures to mitigate erosion, as well as a few minor reroutes. Volunteers’ efforts will significantly help the U.S. Forest Service Sulphur Ranger District maintain the 24-mile trail and make the route more sustainable for years to come.

Participation in the project is free and volunteers may register for one or both days. VOC will provide meals for all volunteers as well as campsites near the trailhead. To register for the project, visit or contact Jamie Burke at (303) 715-1010 ext. 116. To learn more about Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), visit