Disposable Bag Fee Exemption Extended

As part of the continued effort to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure while local businesses begin or continue the process of reopening, the Town of Fraser has extended the suspension of disposable bag fees to October 15, and the Town of Winter Park’s has been extended to October 31, 2020. While Town sustainability initiatives are a priority, lowering the risk to our residents and guests during this pandemic is vital. Thank you for your help in keeping our community healthy and resilient!

Grand County Pet Pals Spay/Neuter Vouchers  

Grand County Pet Pals (GCPP) is proud to announce they have been awarded a $900 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation to be used to provide spay/neuter vouchers to our community. With a mission to find every pet a home, BISSELL Pet Foundation focuses their efforts on adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping, and emergency support. GCPP hopes to address overcrowding in shelters and rescues by preventing unwanted litters of cats and dogs in Grand County. These funds will be used to provide spay/neuter vouchers to local dog and cat owners in need. 

GCPP will host a special spay/neuter voucher event at the Grand County Animal Shelter on July 19th from 10:30am – 12 pm. They will have $100 off vouchers for cats and $150 off vouchers for dogs and have 25 available of each. First come, first serve! One voucher per household, please. If you have a cat and a dog you can get one voucher for each. Anyone interested in picking up a spay/neuter voucher can stop into the Grand County Animal Shelter at 3475 CR-57 in Granby on July 19. GCPP will be allowing one customer in the shelter at a time to get the voucher and mask wearing will be required! For more information, visit gcpetpals.org.

Grand Lake Historical

Sad but necessary news…The Grand Lake Historical Association is cancelling the Super Stars for the Cottage Camp benefit fundraiser, scheduled for July 24th, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all our guests.  The group will work hard to make next year’s Super Stars amazing! Postponed, but not forever!

A big Thank you to Tight Like That, to hosts Andrea and Barton Rice, and to all who helped guide this necessary decision. Donations can still be made to the Smith-Eslick Cottage Court Museum project, and thank you very much for your support in the past. The Smith-Eslick Cottage Court MUSEUM will open from 1–4 pm for guided tours beginning July 1st.

For more information, contact the Cottage Camp Fundraising Committee:  Elin Capps, Sandia Bruton, Jim Cervenka, Lesley Janusz, Sandy Kukoy, Kathy Means, Layla Schnacke and Patti Stahl.

Karen Vance Studio open by appointment

Local artist, Karen Vance, continues to paint and create during the pandemic. Locals and visitors are welcome to visit her studio and partake in classes by appointment only. To schedule a visit, call (970) 726-5837 or visit karenvanceart.com.

Fraser Mountain Mural Walk

The Town of Fraser and the Fraser Public Arts Committee (Fraser PAC) are excited to bring back the popular Mountain Mural event this summer, but it’s going to look a little different. The 2020 Fraser Mountain Mural Walk will take place August 7th & 8th, and, like last year, the artists will compete for awards and recognition by producing their best work on 8ft x 8ft primed panels. Because the future site of the Fraser Center for Creative Arts does not allow adequate space for social distancing, the artists will instead create their works across town, with easels being placed on various host business properties. The public is encouraged to visit each location by taking a “walk” through town to watch each artist create their mural masterpieces.

The Fraser Mountain Mural Walk is a platform for local, front range and national artists to compete for cash prizes as well as generating creative energy and raising awareness for The Fraser Center for Creative Arts. This year’s themes continue to celebrate the Fraser Valley with Local History, Local Preservation, Transportation and Outdoor Life.

The completed artwork will be auctioned online, and bidding will be open during the event. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the artist and the remainder will go to the Fraser Center for Creative Arts 501(c)3. 

The Fraser PAC is still looking for some volunteers to help with the event. To volunteer and learn more, visit frasermountainmuralfest.com.

The Lift Transit operating on Summer schedule

Need a Lift? The Lift Transit service is currently operating on the regular summer schedule. Back door boardings are planned through the rest of summer. Please call (970) 726-4163 for a pick-up at any call-and-ride stop.

Check TheLiftWP.com for schedules, rider alerts, and the most up-to-date transit info.

Planning a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park?

In order to manage a safe number of summertime visitors daily, the park has implemented an online reservation system. All visitors planning a visit between the hours of 6 am – 5 pm must book a visitation slot through recreation.gov

When recreating, park visitors should follow local area health orders, maintain social distance, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

  • Keep your distance. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Cloth face coverings should also be worn while in park restrooms.
  • Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Know your limits. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest search and rescue parks in the country. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Winter-like conditions exist in high elevation areas of the park. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way.
  • Protect wildlife. Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. 

For more information, visit nps.gov/romo/