Pursuit/Standoff with armed suspect
Last Saturday, at approximately 4:25 pm, deputies with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office observed a male known to have an active warrant. When deputies attempted to stop the suspect, he accelerated to speeds over 100 mph. The suspect crashed his vehicle and attempted to escape on foot, close to mile marker 208 (three miles west of Granby).

Deputies negotiated with the suspect, Karl Scott Kolb, 36,  for nearly 2 hours before he finally surrendered and was taken into custody. Both directions of Highway 40 were closed due to the potential danger to the public during the standoff, resulting in significant traffic back-ups in both directions. Kolb has been charged with multiple felony violations including eluding police, violating bail bond conditions and reckless endangerment.

Interested in becoming a firefighter?

East Grand Fire Protection #4 is accepting applications for their next Recruit Class. If you are interested and have questions, call (970) 531-3424 to discuss the prospect of becoming a firefighter as well learn more about the benefits of being part of the organization. Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, March 8th. To download an application, visit: EastGrandFire.com.

GCHE offers class on how to use Google to market your business

On March 6th, from 9 am – 3 pm, learn strategies to get your business featured in search results and increase your bottom line. The course is presented by Grand County Higher Education (GCHE) at the Higher Minds Loft in the Headwaters Center in Winter Park.

The cost of the class is $75, and, scholarships are available. Registration for the course is required at: www.gchighered.org.   

Dillon Ice Castles to close March 9

On Tuesday, the popular exhibit announced it would be closing for the season on March 9th – two weeks later than last year. Since the Ice Castles opened on December 21, 2018, thousands have toured the man-made attraction in the center of Old Dillon in Summit County. If you’ve been holding out, there is little time left to make a trip over and see them before they close. To make a reservation, log on to: icecastles.com/dillon.

Wands for Wildlife

Please do NOT throw away your old mascara wands! Instead, clean the used wand with soap, place in a ziploc bag and mail them to a Wildlife Refuge accepting donations. These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud and other contaminants from wildlife. The wands work great for medical care and wound treatment also.

Mail clean, used wands to: Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 1211, Skyland NC 28776 or check with the wildlife refuge of your choice to see if they accept them.

WIC open enrollment for new participants

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) provides healthy foods, breastfeeding support and nutrition education, and community resource assistance and referrals to those that meet financial qualifications. New participants may be eligible to receive a $50 gift card. There are walk-in clinics every Friday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Mountain Family Center at 480 E Agate Avenue in Granby. For more information, call (970) 725-3288.

The Lift Transit to host Open Houses

The Lift will be hosting two open houses in March that will provide the community with information on the service and present several service alternatives for the Summer Schedule for the Regional Commuter Line. The dates the open houses will be held are March 11th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Granby Visitor’s Center; and, March 12th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at theRendezvous Room (behind the stage at Hideaway Park).

The community is encouraged to attend one or both of these two meetings, located at each end of the Fraser Valley. The Open Houses offer the public a forum to provide The Lift with feedback on the kind of service it would like to see between Granby, Fraser, and Winter Park from May – November. There will also be general information on the different levels of service that is provided by The Lift.

Grand County History Happenings  

In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, GCHA is hosting a presentation about suffrage in Colorado and the United States. Learn about these brave pioneers and the fight for rights that we enjoy to this day!

The new Research Center and Computer Lab is now open at Pioneer Village. A computer is available with access to the Museum’s collections in PastPerfect, the museum’s software. This is free to all members of the community. Pioneer Village Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 4 pm.

New display coming to Pioneer Village on April 27, 2019! Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition.

Learn From Lindbergh and celebrate the anniversary of his epic Spirit of St. Louis solo flight in 1927!  At the Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum in the Granby Airport on Monday, May 20th from 11am – 1pm.

To learn more, visit grandcountyhistory.org.

Daffodils fundraiser will be March 12

Northwest Colorado Health is holding its Hospice Daffodils fundraiser on March 12th to support hospice and palliative care services in Grand County. Bunches of 10 or more can be ordered online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/daffodils. Online orders will be delivered March 12th. Daffodils also may be purchased from 10 am – 4 pm on March 12th at City Market in Granby. Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. For more information, call (970) 871-7609.

HYPE 2019! – Like TED Talks? Then Get HYPE’D
Bringing today’s inspirational thought leaders from all around Colorado to Winter Park to bring your ideas to life! Prepare for a night of seven accelerated presentations that will be powerful and compelling. HYPE is designed as a summit for all Professionals Networks of Grand County, hosted by the Winter Park Young Professionals.
The event will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 pm, at the Silver Screen Cinema in Winter Park (next to Ullrs Tavern). Buy $15 early bird tickets at playwinterpark.com/hype.

Middle Park High School Philanthropy Fund is looking to award nonprofits
The Middle Park High School – Student Philanthropy Fund (MPHS-SPF) is a student run Designated Fund of the Grand Foundation that supports organizations that enhance the quality of life in Grand County, Colorado. This fund was
established in 2019 to enable High School Students to learn the philanthropic side to grant funding.

This year, the grant application process will be granting out five (5) $2,000 grants in the five (5) focus areas of need in the community. These five focus areas were determined by the student run SPF committee. These five focus areas include: 1. Health and Human Services, 2. Environment, 3.Education, 4.Arts & Culture, and 5. Amateur Sports and Recreation.
The deadline to submit an application is March 15th at 12:00pm (MST). To apply, go to grandfoundation.com >  Designated Funds and search for the MPHS SPF Fund.

20th annual Invest in Kids Jane-a-thon

March 1st and 2nd, Invest in Kids will host its 20th annual Jane-A-Thon at Mary Jane/Winter Park Resort.This ski-a-thon fundraiser is a two-day event that raises thousands of dollars for Invest in Kids and their programs.

Sign up for $30 early bird with a commitment to raise $150, and start fundraising early! If you’re a Winter Park pass holder, registration is only $15.

Get pledges from your friends and family knowing that you will enjoy a day on the slopes supporting a great cause. There will be prizes awarded for the best fundraising and other fun ski/snowboard challenges.

For information, call (303) 839-1808 ext. 123.

IKON 2019-20 season passes go on sale March 5

While enjoying the over 17 feet of snow Winter Park Resort has picked up this season, it’s already time to get ready for 2019-20 as both the Ikon and Winter Park season passes will go on sale March 5, 2019 and be available at their lowest prices.  

The Ikon Pass unlocks adventure with access to 38 iconic winter destinations across the Americas, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and is a collaboration of industry leaders – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Thredbo, Niseko United, Valle Nevado, and NZ Ski. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.  New features for the Ikon include a renewal discount, 2019 spring access to nine resorts including Winter Park, payment plan, and discounted passes for children 5-12. Ikon passes start at $919 for renewal or $949 if buying for the first time, while Ikon Base passes are $619 if renewed and $649 if purchased from scratch. Kids passes are $199 for Ikon and $159 for Ikon Base.

Those looking to exclusively explore the seven territories of Winter Park Resort can get a Winter Park season pass featuring unlimited skiing/riding with no-blackouts for $449 for an adult. This season, Winter Park will also be launching a special Winter Park 4-Pack featuring four days of enjoying 3,000 skiable acres with holiday blackout restrictions. Prices and sale date for the 4-Pack will be announced in August.

For more information on all passes available this spring, visit ikonpass.com.