Congrats to Fraser Winter Park PD

The Fraser Winter Park Police Department was recently recognized by Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for Outstanding Team Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement. The award was presented to Sergeant Sean Curran and Officer Tyler Kupser at a ceremony on May 22nd.

Thank you to everyone for your support in helping us keep Fraser and Winter Park a safe and fun place to live, visit and work!

Small earthquake rattles Gypsum

On Tuesday morning at about 7:30 am, the USGS confirmed that a 2.7 magnitude earthquake hit southeast of Gypsum, at a depth of about 3 miles. Gypsum is located 45 miles southwest of Grand County’s southwestern border. No injuries or damage were reported.

Colorado Climate Action Plan moves forward

Colorado House Bill 1261 was signed into legislation May 13 mandating aggressive reduction in statewide greenhouse gas pollution. The bill states that Colorado shall have statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 26%, 50% reduction by 2030, and 90% reduction by 2050. Another large piece to this, is the mandate for entities like Tri-State Electric (the County’s power supplier) to reduce GHGs by 80% by 2030.

Governor Polis signs ‘Ban the Box’ bill

On Tuesday, Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1025 into law. The bill, most commonly referred to as the ‘Ban the Box’ bill, would ban Colorado employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history during the hiring process. However, it does not prevent employers from conducting background checks. The bill will take effect in September 2019 for employers with 11 or more employees, and smaller companies will have until September 2021 to comply. Additionally, Governor Polis signed a measure banning Colorado public colleges and universities from asking about criminal history on their applications on Tuesday as well. Colorado becomes the 12th state in the US with ‘Ban the Box’ legislation.

Trail Ridge Road to open when conditions cooperate

The recent moisture received in the month of May, while beneficial in decreasing the state’s drought level, has further delayed the opening of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Typically open by Memorial Day weekend, continued snowfall and wintry conditions has challenged snowplow operators in clearing the roads. Last week, when operators arrived from the east side of the Alpine Visitors Center, they found the facility nearly buried by the winter’s snow. Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park project the operators, who began their work in April, will get the road open for the season “when weather and conditions permit”. For current road status information, call (970) 586-1222.

The Drop Status Update

Fraser’s free recycling and pay as you throw (PAYT) facility named The Drop is steadily gaining momentum and becoming more financially sustainable.

2019 Additional Costs for The Drop

  • A 2.4KW solar system was installed in February 2019 to power the facility.
  • 75 tons of crushed rock were laid in March 2019 to mitigate muddy conditions in the walking and driving areas.
  • One remaining expense this year will be the installation of a new gate on the opposite side of the facility once the CR 72 Realignment Project is complete and the old stretch of CR 72 is vacated.

2019 Quarter 1 Revenues and Expenses:

Revenues $11,876.87

Operating Expenses $14,020.59

Profit/Loss ($2,143.72)

Percentage of 2019 Q1 Operating Expenses Covered By Revenues: 85%

2019 Construction Costs for The Drop:

Solar PV Install $13,982.59

Crushed Rock for Dirt Lot $977.53

Total 2019 Q1 Construction Expenses $14,960.12

Percentage of 2019 Q1 Construction and Operating Costs Covered By Revenues: 41%

Update on Recycling Materials Accepted

Recycling just got a lot easier. Some recent miscommunication issues between Waste Management and The Trash Company’s Transfer Station have been resolved to publish a new list of recycling materials accepted at the materials recovery facility (MRF) that Grand County’s recycling goes to in Commerce City.

Changes to Recycling Materials Accepted at The Drop:

  • We can now accept any plastic container labeled #1 thru #7
  • Metal and plastic lids and caps are now acceptable, but please keep them attached to the container
  • Styrofoam #6 is no longer accepted
  • No shredded paper

For more information about recycling at The Drop, please visit the Town of Fraser’s website at