18th annual Blues from the Top Lineup announced

Last Thursday night, Grand County Blues Society announced the lineup for the 18th annual Blues From the Top Festival, coming to the Rendezvous Event Center this summer.

Saturday, June 27th will feature Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, Sugaray Rayford, Sue Foley, Charlie Musselwhite and headliner Jonny Lang.

Sunday, June 28th brings AJ Fullerton, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Eric Gales, Southern Hospitality with Damon Fowler, JP Soars andVictor Wainwright, and headliner Oteil & Friends.

Tickets are on sale now. Take advantage of early bird pricing and go online to bluesfromthetop.org.

Fraser receives DOLA Grant for Open Space

The Town of Fraser was awarded a Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant for $299,900 to construct a new restroom facility in the Lions Ponds area of the Cozens Ranch Open Space. This is a 50% match, with the other 50% coming from Town funds.

The project includes a 280 sf bathroom, new water and sewer infrastructure, and provision of utilities to the site. The new restroom will be available for year-round use and construction is anticipated to begin this year.

Downtown Plan Draft Released for Community Review

After nine months of community conversations and design work, the Town of Winter Park is excited to release a draft of the Downtown Plan.

Creating a Downtown Plan has been a major focus for the Town to ensure that our downtown is thriving, walkable and welcoming for locals and visitors alike. Based on community input, the document provides a vision and implementation plan for downtown Winter Park. The plan utilizes four guiding principles, Culture, Mobility, Economy and Environment, while also incorporating the visions of the Imagine Winter Park Master Plan.

Before the draft is adopted, the Town needs final community input to ensure it meets the vision and needs of locals. To offer feedback, complete an online survey by March 12, or, participate in either of the two public hearings:

  • Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 8 am.
  • Town Council meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30 pm.

To learn more, view the draft plan and complete the survey, visit wpgov.com.

2020/21 Winter Park Resort and IKON Season Passes on sale now

While there are nearly two months left to this incredible season, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season. On March 5, Winter Park Resort and IKON 2020-2021 season passes went on sale. This is the perfect opportunity to lock in the lowest prices on pass products, as they will only go up from here.

The Winter Park Resort pass is available at $489; the IKON Pass, with access to 41 resorts around the world and no blackout dates, will run you $999; the IKON Base Pass, with access to 39 resorts with holiday blackouts, costs $699; and the new IKON Session Pass 4-Day is $399. Payment plans are available on several of the products, allowing budget flexibility and payoff well before next winter arrives.

To secure the best available pricing for next season, visit winterparkresort.com.

East Grand Fire Spring Academy

If you are interested in becoming a part of East Grand Fire, now is the time! The Fire District is accepting applications for their 2020 spring academy until March 18th. If you have any questions about what it takes to become an East Grand Firefighter, contact Lt. Henry at (970) 726-5824. An application is available at: eastgrandfire.com.

Don’t Use Fire Hydrants for Private Snow Storage

It has been snowing a lot this year and snow storage is at a premium. The Public Works Departments work hard to keep you safe and the roads passable. Part of the Town’s safety concerns is the fire department having access to fire hydrants to protect your life and property. While the Town strives to dig them out, private snow management operations are using fire hydrants for snow storage. Burying fire hydrants in hardpack snow will delay response time in event of a fire and could result in loss of life and property.

Also, hydrants can be damaged and left inoperable by poor snow management. Hydrants are made to ‘break-away’ when hit by a plow to prevent damage below ground. A broken and buried hydrant will surely be costly in an emergency.

Please be aware of hydrant locations and discuss this safety concern with your snow management operators.

Daffodils fundraiser is March 10

Northwest Colorado Health is holding its Hospice Daffodils fundraiser on March 10 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 10. Daffodils also may be purchased from noon to 5 pm on March 10 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.

Filing Your Taxes Soon?

If you get a state income tax refund in 2020, you will have a NEW opportunity to donate some or all of it to support Grand County Pet Pals’ ongoing work. ReFUND Colorado puts you in charge of where your donation goes.

  • Decide how much of your refund to donate.
  • Enter Grand County Pet Pals and our registration number #20063001547 in the Donate to Colorado Nonprofit Fund line on your state income tax return, tax software, or give this info to your tax preparer when you share your documents.

Learn more about this great new initiative at ReFUNDWhatMatters.org.  The animals of Grand County thank you for your kind support!

Testimony of Christ Broadcast

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold a two day local conference on the 7th and 8th of March.  There will be an evening session on March 7th at 6pm for participants over eighteen, and a general session on March 8th at 10am for all ages. Speakers will include church leaders serving in the Vernal Temple, the Denver South mission area, and local church offices.   The focus of the conference will be on gaining a testimony of Christ. Visitors are welcome to attend any session. All meetings will be held at 1295 W 9th Street in Craig, CO and will also be broadcast live to chapels for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the following communities: Granby, CO; Steamboat Springs, CO,Rangely, CO;  Meeker, CO; and Baggs, WY.