USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships coming to Winter Park

USA Cycling recently announced the 2019 USA Cycling National Championships schedule. With races from coast-to-coast, the country’s best riders will compete across each discipline to win the U.S. title. The 2019 National Championship schedule begins in March, and continues with at least one championship nearly every month, including races at the junior, collegiate, amateur, elite and masters levels.

“The USA Cycling National Championships bring together the top racers in the U.S. who are all racing for the honor of wearing the Stars and Stripes jersey and being crowned national champion,” said so many riders at every level to realize their dreams of competing on the national stage,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, USA Cycling President & CEO. “The races are guaranteed to be thrilling and rewarding to watch. And, for the elite-level riders, the 2019 National Championships will be key with the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics one year away.”

This year, from July 23-28th, the Mountain Bike National Championships move out west and take over Winter Park Resort in Colorado

“The USA Cycling National Championships are an incredible opportunity for so many riders at every level to realize their dreams of competing on the national stage,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling Vice President of Operations. “The races are also a chance for cities and cycling communities around the country to come together and watch America’s best riding at their best. The National Championships are not to be missed, and we are continuing to work to make each of the events bigger and better.”

For more information on the races, visit Follow @USACycling throughout the year for updates and results from all of the National Championships.


Veterans to visit local schools

American Legion Post 88 and Grand County Veterans are going to make the following school visits to increase the awareness of the contributions that our veterans have made to this country.
Monday, November 5:
Winter Park Christian School at 8 am: POW Table Presentation and Q&A session;
Fraser Valley Elementary School, 10:30 am: POW Table Presentation and Q&A session;
Granby Elementary School, 3 pm, Q&A session.


Wengert tenders resignation

At the October 16th Winter Park Town Council meeting, Town Manager Keith Riesberg announced that Town Finance and HR Director, Bill Wengert, had submitted his letter of resignation. Wengert will join his wife in Colorado Springs in mid-November.

Wengert has been with the town for more than ten years. “Recognizing that he plays a lot of roles, we would like to retain him on a consulting basis”, said Riesberg.

Mayor Jimmy Lahrman stated “Our community is better for your service and we are going to miss you”.

The Town has already begun their recruiting effort to find a suitable candidate to fill Wengert’s shoes. For more information, visit


Fraser Valley Lions Club seeks Announcer

Winter Park Resort has asked the Lions Club if there is any member who would like to take on the “Announcer” position for the Alpine Races this season. This is an “inside warm” position. Jacque Ossian used to fill this position, but she and Mike have moved from the valley. Please contact Jeff Browne at (970) 531-6596 if you have any interest or questions.  


Forest Service Announcement

Stillwater Boat Ramp in the Arapaho National Recreation Area will be closed through October 26, possibly through the 29th, while concrete is being poured. Boat inspections and access on and off the water will be available at the Sunset Boat Ramp during this time.


Mother/Son Dart Warz Adventure November 2

If synchronized basket weaving is too tame and full contact chainsaw juggling is too rough, why not give Dart Warz a try?

If you love paintball but don’t want to ruin a good shirt, rally the troops and head to Dart Warz in Centennial, CO. It’s a great way to build teamwork, develop leadership & communication skills, exercise & just have FUN! Inside the huge indoor arena, you’ll be using foam darts instead of paintballs for a safer, cleaner good time.

Join the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District and the Granby Recreation Department for a Mother/Son Dart Warz Adventure to be held on Friday, November 2, from 9 am until 4:30 pm. For more information or to register, call Granby Rec. at (970) 887-3961 or Fraser Valley Rec. at (970) 726-8968.

This year’s event is available to all boys, along with the female adult escort of their choice. We will depart the Granby Community Building at 9 am (or Grand Park Rec. Center at 9:30 am). The cost is $65 per couple and $25 for each additional boy, and includes transportation to and from Dart Warz, dart gaming, and pizza.  Pre-registration is required by October 30. For more information or to register, call Granby Rec. at (970) 887-3961 or Fraser Valley Rec. at (970) 726-8968.


Youth Ukulele and Guitar Lessons in Granby
Join Granby Rec. and instructor Colleen Murphy Beatty for Ukulele and Guitar classes. In these fun and informative 6-week classes, we will learn basic strum patterns, and chord shapes and some easy songs.  Students will learn how to tune their instrument and a brief history of the Uke and Guitar. Students should bring their own instrument, but options are available to purchase or rent. Ukulele is available for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade from 1 – 2 PM, and Guitar is offered for all kids grades 2nd through 12th.  2nd – 5th graders will have guitar class from 2 – 3 PM, and 6th – 12th graders will have class from 3 – 4 PM. Classes will be held on Fridays, October 26 – December 7 (no class November 23). All classes will be held at the Granby Community Building. A minimum of 5 students per class, and pre-registration is required by calling Granby Rec. at (970) 887-3961 or online at   


Granby Adult Co-ed Volleyball Begins Soon

Grab your volleyball shoes and come to Middle Park High School for the 2018 – 19 co-ed volleyball league. The season will begin on Tuesday, November 13, with an open gym and league organizational meeting from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Representatives from all teams or individuals looking for a team are asked to attend. Team registration deadline is Friday, November 16. League play will begin on Tuesday, November 27. The cost is $350 per team. League games will be held from 7:00 – 9:30 PM on Tuesday nights through February, including an end of the season tournament.

If you have a team or are looking to join one and can not make it to the November 13 open gym and meeting, call Julie at the Granby Recreation Department (970) 887-3961 to register.


Scammers slamming the area

The Fraser Winter Park Police Department has had many calls lately of individuals reporting tax scams.
Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
Here are a few things to be aware of:
Scammers scheming around October 15 deadline
IRS warns of scams related to natural disasters (scammers will often try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters)
After filing a return is the scammers favorite time to scam because many taxpayers have recently filed a return and may be waiting for a response from the IRS
New twist on phone scam; scammers will direct taxpayers to to “verify” calls, they will claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.  They many know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
• Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
• Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
• The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
Feel free to contact the Fraser Winter Park Police Department at (970) 722-7779 if you feel you have been scammed, if you have given money to any scammers or received any phone calls.


4-H Open House dates

Middle Park 4-H and CSU Extension, Grand County will be offering two open house dates this year. On November 1st, we will host at the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds in Kremmling from 6 to 8 pm. On November 6th, we will host at the Granby Community Building from 7 to 8:30 pm. At both locations there will be leaders and members from local clubs to answer all of your 4-H questions. This is a great opportunity to see what 4-H is about, meet members and leaders, and learn what projects are available. Please call (970)724-3436 or email if you have questions.