Free Christmas Tree Dropoff

Time to get rid of your Christmas tree? You can drop off your Christmas tree at the designated drop off area anytime at 855 County Road 731 (farmhouse) in Fraser, right behind the rodeo grounds. There is no charge to drop off your tree.

Please place your tree in the designated area at the drop off location for either “treated trees” purchased at City Market, Safeway, or other locations where the trees have been treated/sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides or “untreated trees” that have not been sprayed by any chemicals. Christmas trees purchased at Murdoch’s are not treated with chemicals.

We’d like to give a big “THANK YOU” to the Kotrba Family for providing this service to the Fraser Valley Community and helping to keep Christmas trees out of the landfill!

Nutrition and Cooking Class

Mountain Family Center is offering a free six-week cooking class for adults with pre-diabetes and diabetes diagnoses. You’ll learn how to create healthy and delicious meals to prevent or manage your diagnosis and strategies for meal planning, how to save money at the grocery store and much more. The classes will be held Tuesdays, starting February 11, from 5-7 pm in the Lion’s Club Educational Kitchen at Mountain Family Center. For more information and to register, call Jordyn or Bailey at (970) 557-3186.

2020 Census job opportunities

The 2020 US Census is coming and they’re still looking for people in Grand County to help with the count. Learn more and apply at

Daddy / Daughter Dance Slated for February 1

Join the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District and the Granby Recreation Department for the 17th Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance to be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Inn at Silvercreek Ballroom. 

The dance is available to all young ladies ages 3 and over, along with the adult escort of their choice. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a DJ will play your favorite dance tunes and coordinate fun games. 

Tickets are $35/couple and $5/additional child and can be purchased at the FVMRD Offices at the Grand Park Recreation Center or the Granby Recreation Department located at the Granby Town Hall. Tickets will be $40 per couple the day of/at the door.  Pre-purchased tickets include coupons for local restaurants that can be used the night of the event for dinner discounts. 

Volunteers Needed

Devil’s Thumb Ranch has chosen Mountain Family Center as the beneficiary for this year’s Stagecoach Classic cross-country ski race! They are still in need of volunteers, and we’d love it if some of our MFC supporters were able to help out! The race is on Saturday, January 25th and they need help with the Registration Table, Aid Stations, Start and Finish Line, and more. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and pint glass as well as complimentary soup and a drink. Contact Amy Robison for more information and to sign up at or (970) 363-7567.

Another Volunteer Opportunity

Wells Fargo Ski Cup Volunteer Opportunities are now posted for the 45th annual event February 21-23, 2020. Existing volunteers can sign up through Volgistics and new volunteers can complete the Well Fargo Ski Cup Volunteer Application at Volgistics. For more information, call (970) 726-2546. Either way, you will be helping the NSCD and are guaranteed to have a GREAT time!

Family Dodgeball Night 

Bring the whole family out on Thursday, January 30 for a night of exercise and wild fun!  The Granby Recreation Department is sponsoring a Black-light Family Dodgeball Night from 7 – 8 pm at the Granby Elementary School.  No pre-registration is required for this free event, just show up with your sneakers. Parents are asked to attend with their children (Kindergarten and up).  For more information, call the Recreation Department at (970) 887-3961.

Assistant Town Manager Joins the Town of Winter Park

To start 2020, the Town of Winter Park is excited to welcome a new staff member to the team. Alisha Janes has been hired as the Assistant Town Manager, a new position that’s been added to the organization. Janes has spent 10 years working in the public sector and served as Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Brighton since March 2018.

“I am very excited to join the exceptional team at the Town of Winter Park. I also look forward to hearing from and working with the community and enjoying the best of Colorado’s great outdoors,” commented Janes.

As Assistant Town Manager, Janes will take over the Town’s workforce housing initiatives while also taking the lead on sustainability projects and a variety of other tasks (updating policies, assisting with grant applications, etc.). Janes’ first day with the Town of Winter Park will be Monday, January 27.

Janes has achieved her Master’s in Public Administration and is pursuing a Certified Public Manager Certificate through the University of Colorado-Denver. She’s also active in local government professional organizations including Vice-Chair of Colorado Women Leading Government, a member of the ICMA Welcome Committee, and writing for Engaging Local Government Leaders (where she was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Local Government).

Submitted by Todd Holzwarth, Chief East Grand Fire District

Small fire breaks out at The Vintage Hotel

Mid-afternoon on Saturday, January 11, a small fire on roof of Vintage Hotel, no extension, minor damage, lots of traffic to deal with in the parking area. No effect on Winter Park Resort operations, two East Grand units responded plus GCEMS and F/WP PD. No injuries.