Current Fire Danger has Changed to MODERATE 

According to East Grand Fire Protection District No. 4, higher than normal precipitation this year does not mean that fire danger is not significant. Increased moisture leads to increased growth, especially grasses and the forest undergrowth. A few dry days is all it takes to turn these into dangerous ignition sources. Officials remind residents and visitors to please be careful when recreating in our beautiful county and make sure your campfire is DEAD OUT, and NEVER leave it unattended. East Grand Fire has already responded to multiple unattended campfires in the area. 

Meadow Trail improvement project this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, over 100 volunteers will participate in a trail improvement and rerouting of 1,700 linear feet on the Meadow Trail, from Friendship Drive to Crosstrails in Idlewild. The trail will be closed during construction. 

The project is a collaboration between Headwater Trails Alliance (HTA), the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, Rendezvous Colorado, a private landowner, Arapaho National Forest and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). 

If you are interested in volunteering for the project, call HTA at (970) 726-1013.

CHLT’s ‘A Grand Afternoon’ fundraiser at B Lazy 2

Everyone is invited to join Colorado Headwaters Land Trust (CHLT) for ‘A Grand Afternoon’ of fun, family-friendly celebration and fundraising on Sunday afternoon, July 21 from 12:30-4:30 pm at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser. Tickets include a delicious Mexican lunch buffet by Stone Creek Catering, and 2 drinks provided by Bottle Pass Liquors. There will also be a cash bar. Come meet your neighbors, see old friends, and show your support for land conservation in Grand County. 

To learn more and to purchase tickets for ‘A Grand Afternoon’, visit or call: (970) 887-1177. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Grand Foundation has teamed up with local nonprofits and organizations to create a single source of various opportunities to volunteer throughout the county. If you are looking for ways to give back to the community, visit and sign up today!

Fuels Reduction Cost-Share Program

The Grand County Wildfire Council is offering private landowners and collective groups of private landowners the opportunity to apply for incentive cost-share funding in an effort to implement recommendations outlined in approved Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). Funding and/or technical assistance is available to assist homeowners/landowners with completing defensible space and/or landscape-scale fuels reduction projects. Applications will be accepted until available funding has been expended. To find out more, visit

Grand Lake selects interim town manager

Grand Lake selects Greg Clifton to serve as interim town manager. Clifton comes with a wealth of municipal administrative experience and has served as local governmental attorney for several communities in Colorado. He will serve as interim town manager for Grand Lake through the summer, but has accepted another municipal position in Flagstaff, AZ and will be relocating.

Granby Rec. summer Cheer Camp

Join The Studio coaches for a fun and exciting time while we spend time both inside and outside!  We will learn basic cheer movements, tumbling, and stunts while working together as a team! All kids, ages 3 and up, are welcome. Camp will be held at the Granby Community Building from 9–11:30 am, July 22–25 (Monday through Thursday). The cost is $65. For more information or to register, call the Granby Recreation Department at (970) 887-3961.

Snow Mountain Ranch and Grand County partner on GCR 53 improvements

Snow Mountain Ranch and Grand County have partnered to make improvements to County Road 53, the mile-long road that connects Snow Mountain Ranch to US 40. Snow Mountain Ranch and Grand County have agreed to a 50/50 split of the cost for repaving County Road 53. 

“Snow Mountain Ranch has been part of the Grand County Community for 50 years, and we are so thankful this is where we live and work. We’ve grown with the community, and look forward to continuing to positively impact the lives of our guests, staff and Grand County neighbors,” stated Trueman Hoffmeister, Snow Mountain Ranch Center Director. 

The partnership between Snow Mountain Ranch and Grand County is mutually beneficial and an exciting endeavor for both parties. County Road 53 is not only an access road to Snow Mountain Ranch, but also offers public access to Forest Service land for recreation, emergency response and environmental maintenance. 

“Grand County appreciates Snow Mountain Ranch’s on-going commitment to the community and partnership with the County to facilitate the repaving of County Road 53 in 2019,” stated Richard Cimino, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. 

Construction on County Road 53 has commenced and asphalt paving will be completed by early August.

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships are headed to Winter Park

Winter Park is honored to host this year’s USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships with official event days July 23-28. And with this honor comes the need for hundreds (you read it right, hundreds) of volunteers.

Let’s show ‘em what Winter Park is made of! Sign-up to volunteer and receive a volunteer t-shirt and lunch. Our generous volunteer policy also allows you to earn a ticket, good for summer or winter, for every 6 hours of service. All your time volunteering will be combined. Volunteers are needed as early as July 20th. Students are welcome and encouraged to get their Grand County community service hours for graduation. To volunteer, call (970) 726-5514 or visit

5th annual ‘Nepal: Here to Help’ fundraiser

On Wednesday, August 7th, Tashi and her son, Karma, will be preparing a home cooked, traditional Sherpa dinner to raise funds to provide education for the children who live in the Everest region of Nepal. The dinner will be held at Kukoy’s Cabin, 13026 Hwy 34 in Grand Lake. Starting at 5 pm, the evening will have music by the Alpine Classic Duo, jewelry by Tashi, an auction featuring Nepal Art, LuminAID solar lanterns, traditional weavings to empower women, crafts from Nepal and more. Don’t miss this special night! Tax-deductible $50 donation per person. RSVP to (970) 627-8487 or (303) 408-9736.



Made it! 78 year old Army Veteran Jack Daugherty crosses the finish line at last Thursday’s 25th annual Rendezvous Run for Independence Photo by Patrick Daugherty


Join the Friends at Tops of the Rockies What is Tops of the Rockies? The Tops refers to unique table top collections created by businesses and individuals. The “tops” are sold to the highest bidder in a lively auction. Make your reservations to be at the Grand Lake Yacht Club on July 13 at 5:30 pm at or at any Grand County library.