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Learning By Doing partners hold ribbon cutting and dedication for the recently completed Fraser Flats River Habitat Project. The project to restore and enhance the aquatic habitat on Fraser River is a showcase of LBD’s collaborative effort that began last May when 143 community volunteers helped with revegetation along the river.

Fraser vote doesn’t sit well with everyone: At the May 16th Fraser Town Board Meeting residents and business owners voice their concerns about the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project set to take place in the next year. The board room was filled with supporters and opponents of the project. .... Page 2

It’s a dusty start for a piece of art: Betsy and Gary deVries are at it again, producing the first quilt art panels of the summer. The Grand Quilters create a quilt trail, wood block painted in quilt designs which are hung around businesses throughout Grand County. Stay Tuned for more from the Trail.

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Fraser Moves Forward with Medians A

Casey Malon

t Wednesday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, Town Planner, Catherine Trotter, gave background on the Town’s Strategic Plan for the historic downtown district, which runs from Safeway to CR 8. The process began in the fall of 2016 and provided several opportunities for community engagement. Through the process, the town identified key items such as improved safety of US 40 and making the downtown more vibrant to be most important. With that, the Strategic Plan was adopted and grants for funding were submitted. The Town received $350,000 from CDOT for Safe Routes for Schools (crosswalks) and another $432,000 from CDOT for placement of medians. The town consolidated the grant funds under an IGA to more easily manage the project. When applying for the Safe Routes for Schools grant from CDOT, Trotter told the Board that Fraser Valley Elementary School leaders were instrumental in collecting data and providing information on how students got to and from school. Cindy Rimmer’s fourth grade students then presented the results of a project they’d worked on during the school year. The students described how they went about the project and came to the determination that school Parking Lot safety was the area that most needed their attention. They found that adding crosswalks and signage would improve safety and help cut down frustration in the drop-off lane at the school. They went through the list of materials needed, the associated costs and distributed a flyer to all in attendance. Ms. Rimmer told the Board that the “project has been amazing”, that all voices are important and valued and she thanked the Board for their time and support. Trustee Andy Miller opened discussion regarding the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project. He said the effort was started a few years ago and the goal was to make Fraser more walkable and invitable. “We’ve held open houses seeking input many times” said Miller. CDOT dictates speed limit, based on average speeds, so the town does not have the ability to reduce the speed limit. “The goal of the project is to alert drivers that they’re entering a town. We don’t want

to confuse the driver, but make them aware.” Miller acknowledged that US 40 is a challenging road to cross in Fraser. He said the current pedestrian bollards are moved on and off the road during winter to accommodate plowing, so they’re not always alerting drivers of the crossings. He also noted that drivers are not always stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk. The project’s design is intended to slow traffic and make the roads more pedestrian friendly. He also reminded the crowd that, many years ago, a bypass was discussed, but routing traffic away from towns is not desirable. Trustee Herb Meyring said he believed that most of the pedestrian traffic is along the river, and not on US 40. He said he was not opposed to placing medians at both ends of town, but did not feel placement in the middle of town was necessary. Trustee Parnell Quinn said he agreed with Miller and asked the crowd opposing the project “Which one of the children’s lives are you willing to risk or lose while crossing US 40?”. Trustee Eileen Waldow stated she’d been concerned with the intersection of Eisenhower and US 40 for six years and felt the median placement on US 40 would make it worse. Waldow wanted to consider looking at other design options such as more clearly marked lines on the road. Trotter stated that medians provide huge safety benefits, noting that drivers currently do all sorts of willy-nilly things now, without direction. She said she was uncertain what would happen to the funding if the design is modified at this time. She stated that it’s not only pedestrian safety, but vehicular accidents are of concern as well, and the crux of the problem is the intersection at Eisenhower. The floor was opened to public comment and a number of local business owners and residents spoke to the Board about their concerns with or support for the project. A local business owner asked “How did we end up with a single option? With expressed opposition, the town has a responsibility to say no to CDOT on the design.” A resident described the current road as giving “an impression of a K-Mart parking lot” and looks forward to seeing something done.

Another stated that he was a big believtown.” er in infrastructure and felt the project Other residents in support of the would be an improvement, but asked project said it would improve the town’s why there wasn’t a stoplight at Eisenappearance and could make it more hower. charming, and also talked about the Kim Hannah, owner of the Fraser alternate routes available to avoid the Quick Stop had collected 433 signatures intersection altogether. Matt Stefanski in opposition of the project and presentof Fraser described the intersection as a ed copies to the Board. Hannah said “the “Mad Max car chase” at 8 am. Stefanski, Quik Stop is a hub and no one I have spo- who patrols at Winter Park Resort in ken with has said they are in favor of the winter, said that “the only way to slow medians”. She said she had contacted people down is a physical barrier”, and, CDOT and they had told her they’re not “if we don’t do this now, we’ll be talking raising the speed limit and the project about it again in five years”. was being driven by the town. She said Martin Carmody of Fraser told the she supports safer crosswalks and that Board that he was adamantly opposed to CDOT told her the town could sepawhat’s been going on. He said he “cannot rate the two grants. “It will affect my support it if it causes a hardship to even business in a huge way,” stated Hannah. one business”. He suggested installing “When access is blocked and it makes it flashing signs warning drivers to slow difficult to get in and out, people will not down as they come into town, to “try come. This project will not improve pea simple solution first”. One resident destrian traffic as much as it will impact felt the whole project was based upon my business.” speculation with no guarantees the Barry Young, owner of the new distown’s vision would be realized and tillery in downtown Fraser, stated “As a preferred the town develop organically. resident and business owner, residents He described the number of accidents in want to be able to walk and ride their the area as statistically insignificant and bikes downtown.” He observed that even if there were more, they would still people are not driving 35 mph and said be insignificant. it is “terrifying” to cross US 40. He went Town Clerk Antoinette McVeigh next on to say “As an EDAC member, looking read five letters from Fraser residents at what other businesses have done in and business owners who were unable to town, I see a vision of a vibrant, walkattend the meeting, all in support of the able downtown in Fraser with art, shops, project. bars and restaurants. I feel we are at the After the public comment was closed, cusp of major investments in our town the Board discussed their positions on and we need people other than residents continued Fraser Medians page 14 come to our town. The downtown plan is exciting and this is the first step. It’s important that we don’t stumble on this first step. This will be very helpful for businesses in our town. I would like to see people come and park and walk. We can’t widen the streets, but we can be a walkable Fraser Town Board of Trustees Chamber. Standing Room Only.


Michael Turner

The way that consumers shop in-store is fundamentally changing. Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning their groceries after they’re done shopping is a thing of the past. Old school, if you will? City Market in Granby has opted for a new alternative allowing customers to Scan and Go with a phone app or handheld store device. The rise of ‘Scan and Go’ technology, coupled with other industry developments, is helping retailers overhaul the buying experience. So, what do retailers need to know about Scan and Go, and what are its benefits? Scan and Go technology is designed to make the shopping experience simpler, faster and more convenient. Just as barcode technology transformed the efficiency of retail stores in the early 1980s, Scan and Go is set to become retail’s next great disruptive technology, improving a range of existing retail practices. Last week I spent a few minutes speaking with Barbara Elliot, City Market spokesperson and master of the Scan and Go system in Granby. Barbara’s words of encouragement gave me the confidence to give it a Go. Feeling like I was born a couple of decades too soon, I got my geek on and headed out with my grocery list and a portable scanner in hand, ready for a new shopping experience. The convenience of scanning while shopping is actually very efficient, although the system has a few quirky workarounds to master. The first stop was produce. Scanning fruits and vegetables is next to impossible with the handheld scanning device. I quickly discovered the trick: Scan the barcode then grab the item you want. One advantage of the Scan and Go system is processing the

produce purchases. No more picture searching at the self checkout stand. The scanner knows what I selected and easily translates the purchase to the scales. I quickly moved through the store making my selections, checking prices and adding items to my shopping bag - in my cart. A handy calculator on the scan device keeps a running tally of items so you can see what you are spending as you go. The best part of the experience is the check out. My items were already bagged. I weighed my bags for confirmation, swiped my card and out the door I went. I bought a small cart of items totalling about $75 in two bags. I could see a large cart being an adventure, but for my needs it was a good experience. I will definitely use the system again. Overall, I give the City Market Scan & Go two thumbs up. “We’re trying to make shopping more convenient,” said Barbara Elliott, employee at City Market in Granby. And for shoppers who find it most convenient to go the traditional route with a cashier scanning their purchases? “Our goal is to provide customers with a variety of options so they can check-out however they prefer.” Just as self-checkout machines are more efficient than waiting in line for an assistant to scan items and process your payments, Scan and Go is the next logical step in streamlining and enhancing the in-store experience. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending as you shop. For stores, the technology costs less than installing additional self-checkout lanes. And like other automation technologies, it shifts some of the work to shoppers while freeing up employees for other tasks. That’s especially critical as stores look for ways to maximize workforce efficiency.

Barbara Elliot a Scan and Go expert at City Market in Granby.

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This was the headline for an to some real poop talk soon – the Grand editorial I wrote for the Winter Park Huts Association has a few innovative Manifest when the Windy Gap Reserapproaches to this smelly issue which is voir won approval from the Army Corps also increasingly polluting our backof Engineers. In its Environmental Imcountry. pact Statement the agency said losing Limited trail kilomewhat amounted to just a “typical” cotters led to the density of users. We are tonwood grove was not a reason to reheaded down the same crowded and ject a permit for a dam which, as many poorly maintained path. The US Forest of us predicted, has been one more Service report at the last trail agenknife in the Colorado River’s heart. The cy meeting hosted by the Headwaters large shallow reservoir below Granby Trails Alliance was their agency has raises downstream river been clearing downed water temperatures, one trees and cutting trees more insult added to a likely to fall over trails nearly terminally ill na(killed by the Mountional treasure. tain Pine beetle) for the I repast 8 years – largely to luctantly voted for the the exclusion of almost question 1A on the ballot all other back country in 2016, approving a .3 projects. Having more tenths of a percent sales than half of the agency’s tax to support open space, annual budget disappear water and trail efforts into firefighting certainly in Grand County. The does not help. Our comreasons for my relucmunity must step up if andy milleR tance were proven as the we hope to keep even our County Commissioners on existing trails open. April 24 allocated $1 million to address HTA has been slowly a problem created by the Northern Coldenigrated on the County Commisorado Water Conservancy District – a sioners radar from a status of being a problem eastern slope taxpayers should near-county department to becoming pay for themselves. Three million was just another grantee pleading for a part requested, meaning this will return in of the Commissioner’s annual allocation future 1A funds discussions. to the Grand Foundation. HTA’s request I voted for 1A because for operating funds from 1A revenue I know the severe problems our existing was the only grant rejected by the trail system faces, and because I believe Board. Summit County benefits from we need to both re-route and build new a full time, fully staffed and equipped trails to better serve inevitable growth trails department, as do many other in Middle Park. The legality of the recreation economy based Colorado County Commissioners 15% cap set on counties. The Board has promised to the amount of 1A money spent on trails look for other funding sources for HTA, is questionable because this restriction discussions are pending. did not appear in the ballot language. Mountain biking is the My yearly sojourn last Fraser Valley’s largest summer busimonth took me to Patagonia – finding ness. Trails are a major economic driver there a landscape incredible to behold. for at least 2/3 of the county – and will The disappointing part of the trip might improve for Kremmling if the Wolford foretell our future. In both Chile and area expands to include complimentary Argentina, limited public lands concennon-motorized uses in addition to its trate users in relatively small parks. already excellent motorized system. Steep terrain, large icecaps and a small We must address investment in trails resulted in sharing these critical local issues and not use the Mt. Fitz Roy trail with 100 people local tax money to fix the damage the on what equated to a very stormy late Front Range has inflicted on our rivers. October off-season day in Los Glaciares It is time for our elected representaNational Park. A ranger told me I would tives to do the heavy lifting to bring have seen 500 on a summer January real money to our county to address day. He added they had a staff of 8 trail these problems. Barring a fix by the maintenance people in a Park nearly 7 Commissioners, it may also be time to times bigger than our Rocky Mountain consider another ballot issue to remove National Park. the questionable 15% trails money The real heart break restriction, allow for 1A monies to go to was found when I walked off the trail new trail construction and to help fund to water the landscape – finding piles the operation of a County trails departof human waste and white toilet paper ment. littered everywhere. I’ll treat readers

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Fraser Valley Metropolitan Rec District Board Election Results The results of the May 8th Board election have been tallied, and, incumbent David McKnight is joined by new Board members Kelley Glancey and Al White. The three will each serve 4-year terms on the Board of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. They will be sworn in at the next Board meeting on May 22nd.

The Road Ahead:

Rich Cimino, Grand County Commissioner special to the Winter Park Times


he 2018 Colorado Legislative session ended on May 9th. There were some significant achievements including bills that partially addressed transportation, education, and the public employee retirement system (PERA). One area that the Legislature did not come to agreement on is Health Care, specifically Health Insurance. Health Insurance costs for everyone are quite high, whether you get health insurance from your employer or if you get health insurance from the individual marketplace. A health insurance policy for a household can cost over $20,000 a year. Regardless if your employer pays for the policy, or you pay for it yourself, that cost is a burden that prevents businesses from more productive investments and prevents individuals from saving for their children’s college or saving for their own retirement. Many community leaders have come together for this fight, and we have many people to thank for helping us. Jen Fanning, the executive director of the Grand County Rural Health Network and her entire team took the lead early on to educate us

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Health Insurance in Colorado

on how the individual marketplace works. Elected Leaders like Eileen Waldow of Fraser and Dan Gibbs of Summit County have been instrumental in rallying leaders to this mission. And my fellow Commissioners, the County Manager, and the staff of Grand County and many other local leaders have all helped to develop workable solutions at the state level. If we are successful in achieving lower health insurance costs for the individual marketplace, there will be increased participation making the pool healthier. This will reduce risk for insurers and reduce hospital loss to uninsured which translate into lower costs for small and large group plans too, meaning lower health insurance costs for everyone. Health Insurance costs are largely influenced by national law. But national law is not the only factor, Colorado State policies also have huge implications. We decided to focus on what can be changed at the State Level to improve the system. I testified at the State Legislature in the Spring of 2017 in support of bills that would have lowered health insurance costs. Those bills failed, but our testimony raised visibility. We spent the Summer and Fall of 2017 working with other County Commissioners across the state as well as Legislators to better understand the situation and garner support. We got support from Representative Bob Rankin (R), HD-57; Representative Chris Kennedy (D), HD-23; Senator Don Coram (R), SD-6; and Senator Kerry Donovan (D), SD-5. We got the majority of Colorado Counties Incorporated (CCI), and Counties and Commissioners Action Together (CCAT), both associations of County Commissioners, to vote in favor of several bills in 2018 that would reduce health insurance costs. We gained serious momentum! We approached the 2018 Legisla-

tive Session with 2 basic approaches to reduce Health Insurance costs in Colorado: 1) Move from 9 geographic rating areas to 1 2) Re-insurance The best solution for Colorado would be Solution 1) Go from 9 areas to 1 geographic rating area. Geographic rating areas artificially impose zones where health care costs are estimated. In this scheme Grand County is in zone 9, the West Zone, which is the most expensive in the state. Our health insurance policies can be TWICE as expensive as the cheapest zones which include Denver. A household of two, both 55 years old, would pay $2,255 per month for insurance in Grand County. In Denver the same household would pay $1,178. This

A household of two, both 55 years old, would pay $2,255 per month for insurance in Grand County. In Denver the same household would pay $1,178. This needs to change. needs to change. Six States and the District of Colombia have a single Geographic Rating Area statewide, the largest of which is New Jersey. Unfortunately this bill did not have the votes. The sponsors of the One Geographic Rating Area, HB18-1311, decided to postpone indefinitely, which killed their own bill. They

did this to focus their efforts on the Reinsurance Bill. Solution 2) The Reinsurance Bill, was HB18-1392. It came the closest to passing, making it through the House with bi-partisan support. However, it was killed in committee in the Senate on May 4th. Reinsurance basically has the State cover a segment of high cost patients, which allows the insurance companies to reduce their risk, and then they lower premium cost. This strategy has been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic governors and elected insurance commissioners in Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon, all of which have re-insurance programs. Wisconsin and Maryland just passed bills for re-insurance and Louisiana is expected to pass legislation this year. This re-insurance bill would have reduced Grand County health insurance by about 25%, and Denver’s health insurance by about 15%. Everyone in Colorado would have lower health insurance, yet the Senate killed this bill. Finding healthcare options and solutions that make sense to families throughout Colorado is my passion and we will continue to work on this. The Road Ahead for health insurance is to shape the debate for 2019. We will spend time again in meetings and conferences through this summer and fall to develop workable solutions for our healthcare systems. We will make presentations to associations like CCI, CCAT, and CML (Colorado Municipal League) and others. We will meet with the insurance industry and hospitals and doctors. We will shape the perspective of the 2019 Legislature to get a bill passed that finally improves the affordability of health insurance in Colorado. Then people can have a little extra money to save for retirement, or pay for college or trade school, or buy a better vehicle or healthier food.

The Era of Megafires Comes to Town D

r. Paul Hessburg of the US Forest Service and North 40 Productions present the Era of Megafires. The Grand County Wildfire Council (GCWC), North 40 Productions, the US Forest Service, and Colorado Timber Resources are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Grand County’s Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Fraser on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at

11:00am. The GCWC will also be hosting the first Community Chipping Day at East Grand Fire from 8am to 1pm (77601 US Hwy 40, Winter Park). The Era of Megafires is a 60-minute, digital presentation featuring Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. In this multi-me-

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dia presentation, Hessburg explains that over the past decade, the number of large, severe wildfires has been on the rise. These megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres; they can destroy or severely damage human communities, wildlife habitat, and natural resources. This special presentation conveys the conditions that lead to megafires and how they might be managed or

mitigated. “A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg says. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests? The goal of this project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding and ability of ordinary citizens so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands.”


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Time to bring back streaking I knew I could get you to read at least the first sentence of this column with that headline. Read on. I have treats for you. We are all obsessed with the human body. And nowhere do you find the body more on display than at the beach. If you really want to go all the way, you have to go to a nude beach. In our parents’ days, we heard of nudist colonies, places where young and beautiful beatniks smoked weed and drank wine and frolicked in mud baths in the altogether, all together. We all saw the compelling posters. I don’t know about you but I spent a long winter building up body fats and dry skin, including an occasional itchy rash. My doctor said my skin looked “dry” and urged me to use skin moisturizer, something we tough guys often forget as we are putting on the Carharts. Like many of us mountain people, I split for tropical climes this off-season, seeking moist air, beaches and a chance to air out the wrinkles and folds that had been under many layers of protective clothing. Maybe it’s because the islands are blowing up, but I found shockingly cheap airfare to Maui and got on that plane. When we touched down and they opened the cabin doors for arrival, the plumeria-scented breeze was like an instant balm. The lips felt moist. The red spots vanished, and the air was full of oxygen and deeply nuanced scents. After a couple of days chasing turtles in the tourist hotspots, we decided to attend a locals’ traditional party on a not-so-secret beach on the far end of the island. A quick stumble over a lava hill led us to a strip of sand with gentle waves and scattered with locals. A closer look revealed that many were “pants down.” You know what they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

So I went and these retirees did not look pants down like the working type. and headed Late in the afternoon there was straight for a steady stream of new recruits the water, arriving, bringing drums and where other drinks. A small group started like-mindthe drum circle with a bleached, ed nudists mistimed pulse that went nowere bobbing where but somehow changed the about. Swimatmosphere to something more Steve Skinner ming naked is electric. More and more drumliberating, to mers showed, and before long an say the least. Without too much exotic African couple were leadgraphic detail, salt water beats ing the ensemble with a simpler, the pants off of synthetic fabrics more compelling tribal beat and every day. The ocean is the wetrudimentary commands that resuit. And the wetsuit suits me. ally got things going in the right After the bobbing, it was time direction. for a dash back to the beach chair. I almost forgot I was naked Not too fast. Must avoid flapping and started moving my hips. As about and drawing attention with the light lengthened there was a quick movements. higher ratio of clothed Not too slow. Don’t to non-clothed partyIt was as though goers. I slipped on my want to risk evocative strutting, either. a rare species of shorts and walked closNo, the nude-beach to the circle. Havalbino sloth seal er cadence should be ing my eyes suddenly had emerged slow and carefree. behold a nude man I snuck a look from the ocean when I forgot where around. I couldn’t I was because of the and no one understand why evmusic is unsettling and noticed. eryone was not starstartling. I would have ing at me. It was as to get used to it. There though a rare species were still more fissures of albino sloth seal had emerged on display than on the Big Island. from the ocean and no one This scene was going off and it noticed. I made it to the chair, was time to split, time to weave popped up the umbrella, plopped our way through the naked crop, down and made a nonchalant gaze some sitting, some prone, some directly in front of me into the up, some down, some sideways. endless ocean. Some sitting on a towel, staring Glancing around, I saw other into a cell phone as if to say, “I ghastly species mingling among feel naked without my device.” the beautiful people. No one is I saw a lot of cell phones out perfect, and nowhere is this more there on Maui, mostly on the popobvious than a nude beach. Most ular public beaches where waves, of the people you wouldn’t mind wildlife, sand and sunsets were seeing naked were clothed, and right there, front and center. All most of the people you’d prefer to you had to do was look up. But see clothed were naked. some couldn’t, and it made me a The hairless apes were at this little sad. Because to be human particular beach for a weekly means we all share the same gathering of the tribe. There were flesh, the same habits and the many old hippies, smoking joints same lameness. Some are better in their wrinkled leather suits. I than others at covering it up, but saw a lot of lonely looking guys everyone eventually sags and the but some had their gals with grim reaper comes for us all. them. It made me wonder, where Steve Skinner thinks we should did these old hippies come from? bring back streaking, starting in How did they get here and how the Experimental Forest. Reach did they live? Maui is expensive, him at

SPRING PUBLICATION SCHEDULE AND THANK YOU!!!! I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for their kind words, notes of encouragement and a BIG THANK YOU to the readers that made monetary donations to help keep the publication alive and strong. The last couple of weeks we have

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Your letters A recent letter to the editor asked for an explanation for resistance to Trump and recommendations for action. Since 2015 I have watched, listened to, read about and kept notes about Trump’s beliefs, behaviors, decisions, statements and actions. (I do not use social media.) To me he is debasing the presidency and harming our country socially, culturally, environmentally, internationally and probably economically. I have summarized this assessment in a Trump Alphabet:

A = Authoritarian, alienating allies, attacking public lands, anti-science, anti-intellectualism,admires dictators, adulterer. B = Bully, bigot, blamer, believes torture works. C = Conman, chameleon (political), conceited, creates chaos to deflect criticism, calls opponents demeaning nicknames, corrupt businessman, condones political violence, clueless about international diplomacy. D = Demagogue, deflector, disrespects women, damaging US agencies and institutions, dismantling environmental laws, protections and EPA to benefit polluting industries and businesses. E = Egomaniac, embarrassment. F = Fear-monger, flip-flopper, fosters tribalism, fuels negative political discourse, filling the swamp with his own slime, fosters evangelical supporters’ hypocrisy. G = Global warming denier, governs as if everything is a real estate deal. H = Habitual liar, hypocrite. I = Islamaphobe, intolerant, irrational, impulsive, ignores informed advice, incites and exploits extreme populists, nationalists and racists. J = Jeers, jobbery (public business for private gain). K = KKK hero. L = Loose cannon. M = Morally bankrupt, misinformed, motivated only by personal fame and gain. N = Narcissist, nepotist. O = Oligarch, ostentatious, obnoxious, obstinate, only agenda is to undo Obama’s accomplishments, obsessed with his TV ratings. P = Plutocrat, paranoid, petty, panders to public anxiety and prejudices, pulled out of critica international agreements (Paris Climate Accord, Iran Nuclear Deal). Q = Quack. R = Reckless, reality-TV management style. S = Shameless, smug, scandalous, silent about injuries, deaths, and property damage from natural disasters. T = Toxic personality, Twitter tantrums, TV-run State (mainlines FOX News. FOX says it, Trump spreads it), third-grade vocabulary. U = Unapologetic, untrustworthy, uninformed, undermining US standing worldwide, unqualified advisors (Ivanka, Jared, Fox & Friends, Sean Hannity). V = Vindictive, volatile, values personal loyalty to him over the country’s needs. W = Whiner, warmonger. X = Xenophobe. Y = Yammerer. Z = Zealot. My recommendation – vote Trump and his elected supporters out of office. Melinda McWilliams

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GET OUT IN FRONT: New Baby on the Way! In one month (assuming the stork is on time) • And don’t stop there. There Grand I will become a grandfather for the second time, County libraries have other great programs like the which is one of the true joys for being on the other “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” and “Babies, side of 60. And granddad duty can by a handful, Books and Bags”. The librarians will explain the especially when she will be just a few miles away. various programs for you, but when you visit Wanting to get ahead of my many duties, and remember to get both your child’s new library card wanting more than just the usual assignments, and a special gift. And starting June 4 you can sign I ventured off to the Fraser Library, part of the up for the Summer Reading Program. You might Grand County library system ( I even see me there, reading to my granddaughter. already knew the library and staff were wonderful, So if you have young kids, or like me just want but had no idea what they offered kids, most a good read, stop by the library. They have a great especially newborns. program too where they’ll email you lists of best What a surprise I found! sellers in different categories (fiction, religion, Stopping at the front desk, non-fiction, etc.). It’s an easy way to find librarians Cindy Schinzel Hald, books that will interest you. The Fraser Mandie Zeigler and Jeanette librarians also promised to start posting McQuade were more than helpful. those lists in the library soon. Lastly, if They offered advice in several going to the library is too hard, check out areas. I also met with Jeanie their e-library program. It’s the easiest Johnson, Director of PR for the system I’ve found anywhere, from finding a entire county system. Let me share book to downloading to your Kindle, Nook a few of their programs: Bruce Barwick or phone. • The Dolly Parton ************* Imagination Library was most If you have stories or topics to share, exciting to me. The entire program is FREE (all email me at With courtesy of the various Rotary Clubs in the county) the coming of spring, and trail maintenance to all children under five. Once signed up, the child beginning, I’ve starting working with Headwater receives a free book from Dolly in the mail. What Trails to explore the much needed work they do to a great way to start your own library. As soon as make all our trails useable, especially for those of her parents pick a name, my granddaughter will us less skilled in riding over rocks and roots. With be signed up for Dolly’s Imagination program. And the new publication of the Rollins Pass book, that remember, it’s all FREE! might be a good place to start.

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Dear Editor, I want to talk about my expiriance of fostering puppies for Mountain Pet Rescue. I also write this letter in hopes to encourage others to at least try fostering. Wouldn’t you like to do something for all of those cats and dogs who need homes? My family and I fostered 8 puppies who were transferred from Texas by the Pet Pals Program to Granby by airport. In Texas, they were dumped on the side of a highway in a cardboard box in 100 degrees. Mountain Pet Rescue was in dire need of a nearby foster before they could fly them to Colorado. We made a decision. We fostered all eight puppies for 10 days. Then they were sent to another foster in Steamboat. Almost half of the litter were adopted before being sent to the other foster. We all got super attached to the puppies but we knew it was for the best that they were adopted and we knew that Mountain Pet Rescue

was going to find good homes for all of them. Mountain Pet Rescue as of 2017 and 2018 combined, has saved and found homes for over 2,075 animals. If you can help and be a part in this, that would be amazing. Fostering eight puppies isn’t as hard as it seems and you can foster cats or dogs of whatever age. You don’t have to foster eight, you could start off fostering one or two. It was only difficult for a day because we were still getting used to the schedule but after it was fun an almost enjoyable! Just by doing the most simple things could help you as a person and a whole community. Sincerely, Emma B If you are interested in fostering please contact this number. Mountain Pet Rescue needs all the fosters they can get! Mountain Pet Rescue 970-281-7381

A Big Thank You..... A little Downton Abbey atmosphere was enjoyed by all who attended The Friends of the Grand County Library Afternoon Tea on April 28th. Guests were treated as royalty with fine service, traditional food, tea and live music. The event raised over $1000 to help fund and enhance programs for children and adults at our five Grand County libraries. A big thank you to the generous donors who made this event possible: Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church-venue, C Lazy U Ranch-catering, High Flutin’/Alpine ClassicDuo-music, B Lazy 2 Ranch-table linens, Trinity Episcopal Church-tables more Letters and Opinions page 8

Town of Grand Lake-tables, City Market-gift card for flowers, Corner Mallloan of items for table settings and center pieces. Our heartfelt thanks also go out to the many volunteers who gave generously of their time and talents including servers, bakers, kitchen staff and table movers. We couldn’t have done it without you! With great appreciation, The Friends of the Grand County Library And the Afternoon Tea Committee

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MORE ON TRAILS Adopt - A - Trail

Photo courtesy of Grand Nordic


e have been flirting with Spring weather since early April and, just when you think Spring is really here, we have another brief return to winter. Enough is enough - I for one am yearning for the warm sunny days that we normally have and I think they are finally here. The snow might come again in spurts but hopefully last only the day and the warm sun will make short work of it. Time to get the garden going but don’t forget to protect those tender young plants until they can survive the cooler and even cold nights as well as the midday fierce sun. Thanks to nature’s bounty, there is water in Grand County, even where it isn’t supposed to be. More is trickling down from high country, and high country is loaded. The early purple Pasque flowers and blue Lanceleaf Chiming Bells are everywhere welcoming the sun earlier this week. Be careful where the trails are still soft. We are so anxious to get out on those great single tracks but many of the single tracks are not ready for us. Bike tire tracks and footprints made in wet, soft dirt will last as ruts all summer. Please try to wait until the trails dry out before using them. Most road base areas like the Fraser to Granby Trail are in good shape. Call ahead for trail closures. Take time to help streams stay within their banks. Help by rearranging rocks or digging out silt from last season or removing a fallen tree or tree branch cogging the stream bed. Here’s a couple of trail tips or reports from the US Forest Service Sulphur information desk in Granby: Doe Creek Trail is along the Arapaho Bay Road about three miles from Highway 34. Doe Creek West is fairly dry and hikable while Doe Creek Trail is very wet through the meadow.

Diana Lynn Rau A hiker should be able to get very near the Strawberry West Trail. Watch for falling trees with the saturated soil conditions – periods of high winds will bring down more trees across the trails so alert. Monarch Lake – the last mile of road that goes up Monarch Lake opened May 7th. The Cascade Creek trail along the north side of the lake is passible up around 2.5 miles from the Monarch Cabin. Please climb carefully over fallen trees – do not create a side trail around the fallen tree. This keeps the areas alongside the trail from eroding and losing vegetation. Colorado River Trail should be mostly snow free although some may linger in shade areas. To get there, drive from Highway 34 on Cty Rd 66 / Green Ridge Road past the campground to the closed gate. Hike beyond the gate, along the road, to the AA Bar Ranch Barn where the trail begins. The Colorado River Trail goes one mile SE from the barn and to Columbine Bay of Lake Granby along the Colorado River. Dogs are allowed on leash on this trail but Moose and other wildlife are often seen so keep a safe distance. Animals will be protecting their young – both male and female moose may become aggressive toward both dogs and hikers. If they do – you and your pet are in danger. Moose always have the right-of-way and they can move fast! Do NOT cross the river bridge at the AA Bar Ranch barn into Rocky Mtn National Park with pets.

Animals everywhere will be protecting their young. Please do not attempt to approach them, touch them, or feed them. Keep your distance as animal parents can turn on you or the young can be injured trying to flee. Be aware that many moose in our area carried ticks in their winter fur. As they shed that fur when bedded down (even in your back yard!), that area can become infested. Keep checking both your family and pets for ticks this year, even if it seems unnecessary. Learn about trail maintenance techniques, wilderness ethics and regulations, crosscut and hand saw training and wildlife safety by attending the Colorado Public Lands Day Stewardship Workshop Training this Saturday 19 May at the St. Louis Creek Campground from 10am-4pm Join Headwaters Trails Alliance, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service-Sulphur Ranger District, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts for this free workshop to learn more about the environment you play in and enjoy. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. Please RSVP for this workshop by calling HTA at 970-726-1013 or emailing gcadoptatrail@ Adopt -a-Trail is headed by Headwaters Trails Alliance operating with the US Forest Service and is the best friend of our county trails system. Grant writing by HTA has helped fund summer staff to head this ever expanding program because the concept is so beneficial and really works. People taking care of a specific trail are also cognizant of the need to take care of all our trails. Many more trails need attention. Please consider adopting your favorite trail by contacting Erica Bean, HTA Adopt-A-Trail Coordinator at or Meara McQuain at HTA 970-7261013.

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One great program almost vanished

More letters Dear Editor, Grand County resident Pastor Paula Steinbacher represented women at the UN in NYC! A leader in our community and a pastor for Church of Eternal Hills went to represent women at the UN conference in New York City at the end of March and beginning of April. The UN Commission on the Status of women is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women and we were lucky to have Paula Steinbacher representing us. More than 4,300 representatives from more than 600 organizations attended the UN conference . Isn’t it amazing that we have someone representing Grand County at this huge event in New York City? This event is important because women around the world still suffer discrimination. An estimated 15 million girls are getting married before they are married while Figures from UNICEF

showed that about 32 million girls of primary school age and 29 million lower secondary school age girls are not getting an education. Women and girls need rights to an education around the world. I spoke to Paula and she had this to say, “Be thankful for your education and the freedom to choose what you study after high school. In many parts of the world middle school aged girls cannot attend further schooling do to transportation, poverty, and social or cultural norms.” This shows that not all women get the opportunities we get and to be thankful for what you get because some kids don’t get a choice. Learning about the UN conference about women’s rights made me feel lucky that I get to go to school, choose a career and I will get to vote. Many women around the world do not have the same rights we have in the United states and I am lucky to be a girl growing up in Granby, Colorado. Sincerely, Zandra Walker

The Right Stuff ...

When Barbara Bush passed away last month, Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar tweeted that Bush was a racist, and that she was “happy the witch is dead”. As a Fresno State alumni, this really rankled and embarrassed me more that the typical nutty professor tweets that make the headlines. The same tweet dropped an “F” bomb, accused Mrs. Bush of raising a war criminal, and bragged that she can’t be fired because she has tenure. In another tweet, she stated that she’s “happy” former President George W. Bush “is probably really sad right now”. Her tirade is the start of a good argument to abolish tenure, but that isn’t the point I want to make. In a few sentences she demonstrated how society has degraded in the past 20 years. 1-Dignity: To tweet her remarks less than 24 hours after the death of Mrs. Bush shows a complete lack dignity and was completely disrespectful. Put simply, Ms. Jarrar’s behavior is low class and her words come across as angry, hard-hearted, mean spirited and purposefully divisive. 2-Why do you have to be so mean? Her words were meant to hurt. Criticize the Bush family of politicians all you want, but she offered no evidence of “racist” remarks by Barbara Bush. She called them names and then was gleeful in their pain. That behavior reveals her to be an ugly person. She is not alone, and with the rise of social media, teens and adults are bullied on line and now “Twitter-wars” between famous people make the headlines. It is so easier to be nasty while sitting comfortably in front of your computer or phone. Internet anonymity allows someone to easily and quickly try to hurt someone, most of the time that you don’t know personally and from across the miles.

To The Editor

Unfortunately, the behavior is getting worse among all age groups and social demographics. 3-The Sandpaper effect: Like sandpaper, there John Digirolamo are degrees of coarseness in our societal behavior, such as the ever increasing use of profanity. Whether in television, late night comedy or social media the use of bad language is pervasive compared to a mere 20 years ago. We’ve lowered the standards, and language that might have been considered shocking is sadly now the norm. Vulgarity isn’t good for society and goes hand in hand with the ease of tossing insults across cyber space. Like changing the coarseness of sandpaper, little by little, modern society has accepted rougher behavior. Now, it’s just part of the daily profanity laced rant.. Now, the most overused headline is “Celebrity drops F-bomb”, replacing the headline “Celebrity wears racy outfit in public”. We are devolving, not evolving. Her own words make me wonder what Ms. Jarrar is teaching in her creative writing classroom? I’d bet money that every one of her students knows her political persuasion, which is unfair to her students. These students should be graded on their work, not whether they write a paper that they know the professor will agree with. Although Ms. Jarrar has a right to her opinion, consider an old fashioned cliché like “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. It rings true here. Put that in your classroom curriculum.

Don’t Forget the RMRT Welcome Back Party! Wednesday May 30th 5:00-7:00pm El Pacifico Restaurant and Bar Grand Lake, Colorado

Dear Editor, I am writing a letter to the editor because a great program was almost shut down. This program is the National Sports Center for Disabled (NSCD) horseback riding program. This program is not only beneficial to people with disabilities but also to able bodied people. Nicole Robinson is the supervisor for the program she organizes everything but volunteers. Nicole doesn’t do everything her two coworkers Rebecka Johnson and Allie Johnson are both instructors and teach the lessons. One option for able bodied and disabled people is rodeo club an activity for ages five and up. This will be held in June and July. This program is crucial to some peoples life.

A Quadriplegic can walk after he rides horses this has not happened with any other treatment but riding horses. The movement of the horses’ legs moves your hips it a direction nothing else does. This loosens the hips which in turn can help him walk. The program has five lessons a day and in the late season have volunteer rides. Volunteers can’t be under the age of 14. This program is great for both people with disabilities and non disabled people if you would like to contact the NSCD volunteer office use this number you can volunteer or schedule a lesson with this number. 970.726.1546 or Sincerely, Cassidy Davis

Valley Briefing Trail Ridge Road conditionally set to open May 25 The highest continuously paved road in the US is set to open on Friday, May 25. With the highest point of 12,183 feet above sea level, Trail Ridge Road passes through Rocky Mountain National Park, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, and is generally open during the summer and early fall months each year. The route is about 50 miles and can take about 2 hours to drive non-stop through the park, with stops along the way at the Visitor’s Center or to take in the scenery or wildlife will add to that drive time. The road’s opening and closing is based upon weather conditions. This year, it is set to open on Friday, May 25, but you may want to call the road’s status line before you plan a trip through the park: (303) 586-1222.

Public Input Sought on Kauffman Creek Vegetation Project The U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Kauffman Creek Vegetation Management Project in Grand County. The project area is located about 10 miles northwest of the town of Granby, in an area on the Arapaho National Forest that has been heavily impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, resulting in high levels of forest mortality. The main purposes of the project are to regenerate areas with high forest mortality, salvage dead and dying timber before it loses its marketable value, and to reduce hazardous fuels buildup near private property and other resource values. It is designed to promote healthy forest conditions, resilient to potential future insect and disease infestations. Public comments should be submitted by June 11th. Members of the public interested in exploring ideas about the project should plan to attend the open house meeting at the Sulphur Ranger District office in Granby on May 22,

2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More project information is available through the project website: kauffman. For additional information or to email comments, contact Kevin McLaughlin, Vegetation Program Manager, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, at or (970) 295-6646. Feedback also can be mailed or hand delivered to – Kevin McLaughlin, US Forest Service, 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO 80446.

Open House at Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum Monday, May 21, 2018 starting at 11AM to 1PM, Charles Lindbergh re-enactor, Will O’Donnell, and the volunteers of the Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum host a FREE community Open House to celebrate the 91st anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic, solo Trans-Atlantic flight in the famed Spirit of St. Louis. Learn all about the flight across the Atlantic Ocean and Charles Lindbergh’s triumph landing in Paris on May 21, 1927. Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum, 1023 County Road 601, Granby/Grand County Airport in the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal. For more information, visit:

The Lift continues to operate on Spring Schedule The Lift started its spring schedule at the end of April. Spring service means that: Service reduces to one line that goes between Winter Park Resort and Fraser with new fixed-route service in Grand Park. Buses on this route run once an hour between 7am and 2am. Service to Granby will stop operating until mid-November. Please call for service between 12am - 2am. If you’re near a bus stop in the Winter Briefs, continued page 11


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What it Takes to Brew Up High

ndy Brumenschenkel began his Friday morning as usual, brewing beer. As the head brewer and founder of Hideaway Park Brewery, he brews between once and twice a week and spends about 11 hours doing it. He’s one of several professional brewers in the county and one of hundreds across the state. National craft beer sales grew by 5 percent last year, making it one of the steadiest growing industries across the nation. But brewers in Grand County have some additional challenges in this increasingly competitive market.

faster, meaning brewers must make additional calculations. Tom Caldwell, head brewer at The Peak Bistro & Brewery, has also figured out the sometimes challenging chemistry.

Brianna Gunter

special to the Winter Park Times

“We oxygenate our wort quite a bit, more than normal,” Caldwell said in an interview, while in the middle of his own brewing day. “One of the biggest differences is that when you’re at high altitude your taste changes. You taste more bitter things.” According to Caldwell, airlines are just starting to learn these things and will soon start offering their passengers beers specially made for altitude. In fact, some foreign airlines have already started doing this.

Still, being a small-business local brewer in the Rocky Mountains with steady flows of both tourists and locals has its benefits. “I never wanted to Andy Brumenschenkel Owner and BrewMaster Hideaway Park Brewery. be a big distribution brewer,” Brumenschenkel said. “We have “Water doesn’t boil at 212 [degrees the ability to brew whatever we want… Fahrenheit] up here,” Brumenschenkel We’re always doing something new.” said in an interview at his brewery. “It’s Caldwell also pointed out that brewing 196 [degrees Fahrenheit], so your evapup in Grand County is different because oration and caramelization of the sugars of the available water. of the wort are different.” For the unfamiliar, the basic process of making beer involves extracting sugars out of grains to get wort and then yeast, which can then be turned into alcohol and carbon dioxide, forming what people know as beer. The multistep process is done through varying levels of heating, cooling and boiling. In high altitude areas like Grand County, the lower boiling temperature means that the process must take longer. Colder temperatures also carbonate beer

“Coors talks about having Rocky Mountain water, but it’s running down 70 [to Golden] and picking up everything,” he said. “We really have that clean, pure water…There’s no heavy filtration needed.” Hideaway Park Brewery in Winter Park opened about four years ago, while The Peak opened in 2015. As many locals remember, The Peak was formerly under different ownership as The Library, also popular for its beers. Over in Granby is Never Summer Brewery, which opened on the premise of the home brewing and wine-making store, Everybody’s Brewing It in 2016. Newest to the scene is Grand Adventure Brewing in Kremmling, which opened just last year. Also started in Grand Lake in 2002 is Grand Lake Brewing, which has since moved its operations to the Front Range but has not changed in name.

all photos by Brianna Gunter Andy working a big beer day at Hideaway Brewery in Winter Park.

well have both been working professionally for several years but began in home brewing to teach themselves the craft. Neither have any formal training, and almost all of their brewing experience has been at high altitude. “Mostly it’s just been trial and error, learning what I can,” said Caldwell. “I’m more of an artistic brewer than a scientific one.” Brumenschenkel shared similar thoughts. “I spent 8 The spent grain from the brewing process actually makes good livestock feed once the months just reading sugars have been removed. It’s about 30 percent protein and no carbs. everything I could,” protein and no carbs.” he said. “It was trial by fire.” Both brewers also said that a big difference about beer in general at high altitude is that people who drink it tend to feel its intoxication effects faster. Nevertheless, brews from high altitude still tend to have the same alcohol percentages as their lower level counterparts, simply due to popularity. In addition to supplying locals and tourists alike with craft brews, the county’s breweries help serve another purpose. The spent grain from the brewing process actually makes good livestock feed once the sugars have been removed. “It’s great feed,” said local farmer Carl Wood while picking up the grains at Hideaway Park. “It’s about 30 percent

Wood gets weekly loads of used grain (usually still steaming) after Brumenschenkel is done with it and takes it all straight to his cattle. According to Caldwell, The Peak has similar arrangements with two other local farmers. Grand County has become a growing beer destination over the past several decades, like the state surrounding it. Colorado now has the third most breweries per capita in the nation. Denver also hosts the yearly Great American Beer Festival, which draws attendees from all over North America. Grand County itself hosts the annual Winter Park Beer Festival, this year on August fourth.

Out of all the county breweries, Hideaway Park and The Peak sit the highest in elevation, at about 9,100 feet above sea level. Grand Adventure Brewing is the lowest point, at about 7,313 feet. Comparitively, Denver is at about 5,500 feet. Brumenschenkel and Cald-

all photos by Brianna Gunter Tom Caldwell Head BrewMaster The Peak Brewery in Winter Park.

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Saturday, May 26

5K Rainbow Run benefitting NSCD at the YMCA Nordic Center course, starts at 10:30 am. (970) 531-3030. Mountain Moon Yoga hosts “Happy Hips” with Debbe Knutson, from 2-4 pm. To register, visit

Friday, May 18

Fight for Feltz Benefit at The Creekside Eatery at the Crooked Creek Saloon, starts at 2 pm.

Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at 6:30 pm.

PEO Swap for Scholarships “Garage Sale” at Church of the Eternal Hills, starts at 3 pm.

It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, starting at 5 pm.

Tuesday, May 22

Granby Chamber hosts their “Summer Stirrup” at Antler Basin Ranch in Granby, starts at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact the Granby Chamber at (970) 887-2311.

The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser hosts Trivia Nights at 7:30 pm. Teams of six, or join in on another team.

Friday Night Meetings, hosted by Celebrate Recovery Grand County, at Grand River Assembly, 257 W Topaz in Granby. A group dinner starts at 6 pm, followed by a large meeting and open share group.

Friends of Grand County Library host their 27th Annual Grand Lake Progressive Dinner in Grand Lake. Reservations: (970) 627-8353, or stop by the Juniper Library.

Fraser Valley Folk Concerts present lyricist and storyteller, Joe Johnson, at the Fraser Historic Church. Show starts at 7 pm.

Ping Pong Night at Grand Lake Center from 5-7 pm. Call (970) 509-0658 for information.

Saturday, May 19

Colorado Public Lands Stewardship Day, a free workshop with HTA, USFS and CPW, at St. Louis Creek Campground in Fraser, starts at 10 am. Volunteer Day at Camp Chief Ouray, starts at 8 am. Call (970) 887-2648 for information. Granby Town Clean-up Day. Drop off at Town Hall, Zero Jasper Ave; or, Town Shop at 550 E Topaz. Proof of residency required. 8 am-2 pm. Wellness Info Sesh & Workout, featuring free Core de Force (MMA style) workout. 9:30-11:30 am at the Granby Library. The Chuckwagon Cafe and Bar in Granby hosts a Pool Tournament, starting at 2:30 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser hosts live music with Bottlerocket Hurricane, starts around 8 pm.

Sunday, May 20

The Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Grand Lake hosts a Pig Roast Fundraiser, benefitting the Fraser Creative Learning Center, starting at 1 pm.

Monday, May 21

Wednesday, May 23

Idlewild Spirits (under Rudi’s Deli in Winter Park) presents weekly pick-up game nights (5-10 pm). Games on hand. People are also encouraged to bring games.

Thursday, May 24

The Winter Park - Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser. Fraser Valley Metropolitan Rec District hosts a weekly Slack/Acro Jam at Grand Park Rec Center, starts at 7 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser and guest host musicians present Open Mic Night, starting at 9:30 pm. Acoustic guitar may be on hand to play or for backup.

Friday, May 25

Granby Ranch opens for the summer season at 10 am. Weather permitting: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opens for the season. Call (970) 586-1222 for current status. Never Summer Brewing Company in Granby hosts a Client Appreciation Night with live music by Gary Key. Starts at 5 pm.

Headwaters Ecology & Community Center Grand Opening features live music, non-alcoholic drinks and a raffle. Starts at 5:30 pm with ribbon cutting at 5:45 pm.. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser hosts live music with Red Dirt Hill, starts around 8 pm

Sunday, May 27

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge’s Annual Silent Auction and Open House starts at 1:30 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser usually has live music and Free Pool, starting at 7 pm. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm.

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day

Grand Lake’s Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony begins at 10 am on Grand Avenue. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 29

It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, starting at 5 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser hosts Trivia Nights at 7:30 pm. Teams of six, or join in on another team.

Wednesday, May 30

Vista Vibe at Granby Ranch, with music by Kenny Lee. Starts at 4 pm. Winter Park Young Professionals hosts a Networking Mixer at the Winter Park Pub, starts at 5 pm. Grand Arts Council hosts the RMRT Welcome Back Party at El Pacifico in Grand Lake from 5-7 pm.

Thursday, May 31

The Winter Park - Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser.

Azteca in Fraser is hosting a Dinner Fundraiser for Winter Park Christian Church, starting at 5 pm.

Friday Night Meetings, hosted by Celebrate Recovery Grand County, at El Pacifico in Grand Lake has live music by Peggy Mann, starts at 6:30 pm.

Girls Night at the Spa at The Lodge at Crestview Ranch in Granby, benefits The Bridge Grand County. Starts at 6 pm.

Essential Oils Perfumes Class at Altitude Jewelry in Cooper Creek Square. Starts at 6 pm.

Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm.

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Park/Fraser area, but not located along US40 or in Grand Park, call dispatch at 970-726-4163 to have the bus drive off its route and come pick you up at your nearest stop. Hourly service will run until midJune when route frequency changes to accommodate more summer activity. Also, until further notice, the bus will not be servicing the stop in front of Safeway. For service to/from Safeway, please pick up the bus at the stop on Country Road 804, located on the south side of Safeway.

Colorado Public Lands Day is May 19th Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with partners from federal, local and state agencies, are all celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands. Colorado Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to give back to our lands and unify communities across the state. “Not only do public lands conserve critical habitat for fish and wildlife, they also sustain a vibrant economic engine for Colorado,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “Whether it’s tourism,

hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or dirt biking, our public lands are a vital part of Colorado’s allure and natural beauty.” Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bipartisan bill into law. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life. Some state park events include: • Arkansas Headwaters: 27th Annual Clean Up/Green Up • Lathrop State Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Kids to Parks Day Activity • Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at the Garden • Stagecoach State Park: Free Community Lunch and Pre-Summer Trash Pick-Up • Lory State Park: Mullein Control to Celebrate Public Lands Day! • Colorado State Parks Photo Campaign Locally, the event kicks off at St. Louis Creek Campground in Fraser at 10 am. For event information, visit cpw. or

Bi-Partisan Candidate Forum:


Middle Park High School

by River Lathers Intern with the Winter Park Times

n May 3rd, the MPHS senior Government & Economy class hosted a student-led Bipartisan Candidate Forum at the High School. The forum saw different candidates running for various positions take the stage and answer student-formulated questions. Some of the candidates included Doug Robinson & Victor Mitchell, both republicans, who are running for Governor of Colorado, as well as Roger Barris (Libertarian), Peter Yu (Republican), Mark Williams (Democrat) and Nick Thomas (Self described independent democrat) who are all running for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. Also present were candidates running for State Treasurer and candidates running for Attorney General. During the forum, the students up on stage asked the candidates many questions about a variety of topics, such as funding for education and housing, the future of affordable living, funding for planned parenthood, opinions on DACA, opinions on fracking, etc. Candidate for Governor of Colorado, Victor Mitchell, even said “There are some of the best questions we’ve heard all year on the campaign trail.” As it says in the name of the class, learning about government is a very big part of this class that all seniors are required to take. But organizing this forum, then coming up with questions,

creating and distributing posters and folders, calling candidates, getting up on the stage and interacting with the people who are supposed to represent our voice really showed us how easy as well as important it is to become involved in local(ish) government. The forum even encouraged a friend of mine who previously had no interest in politics to register to vote. And for that, a huge thank you to all the students who organized and participated in the forum, as well as a thank you to Jack Dugwyler (our gov & econ teacher), Sandy Doudna (chair of the Grand County Democrats), Chas McConnell for printing all our posters, and many many others. And finally, a special thank you to the students who so strictly and professionally kept the candidates to their two minutes of time in the spotlight. Timekeepers are historically very undervalued, but we appreciate you. Every single candidate who participated in the forum brought something unique and personal to the table. An example of this would be that Mark Williams and Nick Thomas, who are both running for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. The two candidates will be holding a nonpartisan candidate forum aptly titled “Unpacking Gun Violence” in Boulder on May 20th. The forum will take place at the Unity Center at 2855 Folsom, starting at 2 pm.

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t is that time of the year when the snow is (sort of) melting, green fuzz has begun to appear on aspen branches, birds with happy songs are arriving in droves, and days full of sunshine are getting longer. On top of that, we live in an area of abundant natural beautyfresh mountain air, clear streams, breathtaking vistas, and beckoning trails. One might think these would be universal prompts for happy feelings, a sense of well-being, satisfaction with life, etc. But I think it is worthwhile to understand that quite the opposite is also true. Every year for the last 50 years, from the months of April to June, it has been well documented/recognized that there is an increase in suicide rates. In addition, our little slice of heaven sits right smack dab in the middle of a region known as “the suicide belt”. Both of these sobering tidbits of information, although depressing – are vitally important; as someone you know and/ or love may be suffering from depression/suicidal thoughts, and it is essential to keep this on your radar – even in spring, even in the beautiful mountains. So, what is going on? As it turns out, nobody knows. There are multiple theories about the spring seasonal peak in suicide. One theory is that the increase of pollen/allergens causes systemic

inflammation (allergic reaction) in some people, which has been associated with an increase in depression and suicidal thoughts. Another idea is that people with depression may experience motivation to act on suicidal thoughts when the days get longer/brighter; and/or this type of weather change can trigger manic behavior in persons who suffer from bipolar disorder. Yet another theory is that the push to get out and socialize in the spring- rather than binge-watch Netflix in a kind of winter hibernation- puts extra pressure on those at risk, which can increase their feelings of social isolation. I’m not sure what I can recommend here – maybe make sure you or anyone you know suffering with allergy symptoms seeks effective treatment? Or maybe invest in a good pair of sunglasses (never a bad idea)? Or maybe abide by the advertisements on the back of the Winter Park bathroom stalls and avoid winter hibernation? The most important thing I can communicate, though, is that you need to recognize this. A little less elusive is this so-called “suicide belt”. If you were to lay out a map of the U.S.A., and draw a nice circle around the string of mountains called the Rockies, your mark would include “the 20 best places to live in winter”, six national parks, multitudes of resort/vacation desti-

nations, probably a few moose – and you will have drawn “the suicide belt”. It is known as such because people living at high elevations are 30% more likely to commit suicide. It is thought, not surprisingly, that this is related to low oxygen levels- this tampers with brain chemistry, causing a drop of serotonin and an increase in dopamine. I’m telling you this because it is a neuro-chemical problem- the people that are experiencing this issue cannot simply “get over it”, put on their “big girl panties”, or pull themselves up by their own boot straps. They can, however, have a friend like you that may recognize the risk and talk to them, or ask them how they can help, or navigate them towards mental health services, etc. Some other well-known risk factors seem to occur more frequently in the “suicide belt” – access to firearms, social isolation in rural areas, a culture of rugged individualism, poverty, and a demand for mental health services that seems to outpace the supply. Here are some things to look out

for, that might indicate a person is at risk for suicide (taken from WebMD): Becomes withdrawn- the person avoids friends/family, loses interest in social activates, becomes isolated. Focuses on death- there may be talk of wanting to die, or fixation on the topic of death and dying. They may research ways to kill themselves or buy a gun/knife/pills. Shows despair- The person may talk about unbearable pain, or feel like they’re a burden on others. Makes plans- The person may take steps to prepare for death, such as updating a will, giving away stuff, saying goodbye. Swings in mood or sleep- The person may be sad, anxious, depressed, or angry; they may also be irritable, moody, or aggressive. But they can suddenly be calm once they’ve decided to go through with the suicide. They may sleep a lot more or less than usual. Alcohol and drugs- Substance abuse raises the chance of suicide. Using a lot of drugs/alcohol may be an attempt to dull the pain and/or harm themselves. Acts recklessly- The person may take dangerous chances, such as driving drunk or having risky sex. How to help-Take all suicide warning signs seriously. Your involvement and support may help save a life. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved one if they are thinking of suicide, is depressed, or has problems – this won’t cause them to act on their feelings, but it can help ease suicidal thoughts. Encourage the person to talk to a mental health professional. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open – you can reach a trained counselor at 800273-TALK (8255). If someone is threatening to kill themselves, do not leave them alone. Call 911 or, if you can do so safely, take them to the nearest emergency room. So this lovey spring, in the beautiful mountains, don’t forget - every year, around 42,000 Americans die by suicide, more than a million others attempt it, and around 9 million people think about it. But it is preventable – not only by doctors, or specialists, or counselors/psychiatrists, or churches – but by you, recognizing someone at risk.

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River Lathers

Snippets of Senior Life




rand County has really been a blessing. It’s a small comfortable community, it’s made me the person I am today. Growing up in a rural area hasn’t always been easy, but it sure has taught me a lot. Having RMNP in my backyard will be something I never take for granted. The activities are endless here, from skiing to lake days, its overall the dream place. I’m thankful for having grown up in this community, though I am going to miss it, I am ready to branch off into the real world and conquer my dreams. Next year I plan on attending Colorado State University. My brother goes to CSU and I’ve just fallen in love with the campus and Fort Collins. I plan on studying something along the lines of Environmental Science and CSU has a few really good programs in that field. 15 years from now i’ll be 33 so hopefully, I will have a steady career and be doing something I love and enjoy, preferably working outdoors. The coolest thing I have ever done was parasailing. I went to Young Life camp in Detroit Lakes Minnesota at Castaway Club and it was a week of fun, exciting adventures. Along with parasailing I went ziplining and rode a banana boat on the lake. My favorite things consist of spending time with family and friends as well as journaling

oing to school here with the same people has been a really cool experience. I feel like I know every person in our class. I have had the same group of friends because of our sports interests. It has has kinda felt like a little family of people you know you trust. I think I’m going to miss volleyball home games, and all the dances the most. For any of the upcoming seniors, I would tell them to enjoy every minute of school and all the school activities because before you know it you will be graduating. Next year I will be attending Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne Wyoming. I chose LCCC because it is full of kids with common interests. I plan on studying Elementary Education and minoring in Equine Training and Management and the school offers a wide range of choices. As for the future, I see myself living somewhere on the Front Range or Wyoming. I would love to be an elementary school teacher. Ideally, I will have a farm with many different animals. The coolest thing I have ever done was going on River Trip my Junior year of High School. My absolute favorite things to do are playing volleyball, and rodeo.

SOME FAVORITES: Animal: Donkey Singer: Thomas Rhett Movie: Mean Girls

SOME FAVORITES: Animal: Dogs Movie: Perks of being a Wallflower Book: Hamlet

WILL Delay



iddle Park High School taught me that it is necessary in life to have a good work ethic and always get your work done to the best of your ability. I learned this from being involved in a variety of sports while also keeping up with schoolwork.

As for next year, I will be attending Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, where I will be throwing for the Warrior Track and Field team. In 15 years I see myself with a stable job. I’m not yet sure what field I’ll go into, but I see myself having good relationships with my parents, bosses and friends. And hopefully I will be still putting my best foot forward everyday and feel happy with what I am doing and where I am at in my life. The coolest thing I’ve ever done was going on on a rafting trip with my classmates during the end of my Junior year. Some of my favorite things to do are lifting weights and going on hikes in the area.

SOME FAVORITES: Animal: Dog Band: Pearl Jam Movie: Star Wars Episode III Book: Sports Illustrated (not really a book)



hat did I take away from going to school here? Well, a diploma. Just kidding. In all seriousness, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to grow up. Our school is so unique and different from every other school out there. I feel like the graduating class of 2018 is so much more than just a class but a small family. We’ve practically known each other our whole lives, and we’ve created a bond that I think will last a lifetime, and that’s something that just doesn’t happen at big schools. Next year I will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder, School of Engineering (Sko Buffs!). I plan to major in engineering and minor in Spanish. In all honesty, I have no idea where I’ll be 15 years from now. I don’t think anyone really does, and that’s okay. All I know is that wherever I end up, it’s where I’m supposed to be. The best experience I’ve ever had was our 10-day cultural comparison trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We spent two nights with a family in a small town called Trinidad de Dota, speaking Spanish all day, every day. We got to experience their daily life and culture, and it was one of the most exciting, eye-opening, experiences I’ve ever had. I’m passionate about photography. I have a collection of old cameras, and my walls are lined with pictures of everything from old polaroids pictures to disposable camera film.

FAVORITES: Animal: Sloth Movie: Captain America Band: Artic Monkeys Book: No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

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TOWNSEND “TOM” P. BURGE Life Celebration: June 19th 2-5pm Tom was born in Rochester, N.Y. After graduating from University of Rochester, he served in the Navy during World War 2. He had a long and prosperous career with Xerox Corporation in Denver and Dallas, but missed the mountains of Colorado. Back to his beloved Rockies he and his family settled in Evergreen and Winter Park in the early 70’s. Tom became a real estate developer and agent, as well as a general contractor in Evergreen, but mainly focused on Winter Park. He was a key developer for the Meadow Ridge area. He also was a part of the team who developed the Pole Creek Golf Course in Grand County. Tom loved to play golf, snow ski, and dancing with his lady Jane to his favorite jazz music. He passed peacefully after his battle with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane, his daughter and son-inlaw, Amy and Tim Skaling, and his 2 grandchildren, Adrienne and Sammy Skaling. Tom is also survived by his son, Jim Burge. Please join family and friends to celebrate Tom’s life at his favorite hangout in Winter Park, Deno’s on HWY 40 on what would have been his #91 bday, June 19 from 2-5.

FRASER MEDIANS the project. Trustee Meyring said he supported beautifying the town by placing medians at each end to make it more attractive and they could deal with Eisenhower at a later time. Trustee Waldow said she agreed with Meyring on the medians, but felt that crosswalks are still an issue. Trustee Ryan Barwick said he shares a lot of mixed emotions and understands the fear, but “Eisenhower is the crux of the issue”. He said, “If it’s not addressed, you’re pushing the problem”. As for crosswalk improvement, the only way to do it is with an island or median. To allow growth to occur, there will be added traffic, and Eisenhower must be addressed soon. Trustee Katie Soles said she has had a hard time with the proposed long median from Byers to Eisenhower, but noted that “every time I make a turn onto Eisenhower, I always hope that someone doesn’t hit me”. She said the “times are changing, and I support this project. It will make Fraser more appealing”. Trustee Waldow added that “Promoting businesses is always important and this does not seem to support several. I don’t understand what CDOT’s stance is on this and I’d like to know what they have to say.”

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Trustee Parnell Quinn, who lives close to US 40, stated that ”near misses are just lucky”. He added, “I think this will improve business. It makes it clearer and more people will pass the businesses that have expressed concern”. Trustee Andy Miller said it’s important to keep the projects together as CDOT does not respond well to confusion and we could lose the grant altogether. We’ve been working on this a long time and “the rubber hits the left lane”. He went on to say “You’re not going to make everyone happy. I think the less confusion at that corner is going to make it better.” He suggested the Town look at making improvements to one of the medians set by the Fraser Quick Stop to improve accessibility. He observed that “The medians allow drivers to only turn left at street crossings, just like Steamboat. This happens when a community gets busier.” Mayor Phillip Vandernail told the Board that “Delaying this is not going to do any good. Let’s put this to a vote.” Trustee Miller motioned to pass the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project and put the project out to bid. Trustee Quinn seconded the motion and the motion was passed, with Trustees Waldow and Meyring voting against the project.

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Shop Local. O

wning a small retail business in the Fraser Valley has its challenges. With so many internet vendors offering sale pricing and expedited shipping for most products, it takes a lot of dedication, vision and drive to launch a retail business in a small town and keep it afloat. For owners Lara Kurtak and Eric Russell of Local Experience in Winter Park, it’s all about the customer. Local Experience opened in December 2012, in a small shop adjacent to the Winter Park Post Office. Russell had previously managed a local ski shop and the idea for the store came to him while he was filling his gas tank across the street from the empty storefront. Recognizing there were no shoe stores in the valley, he thought this would be

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the perfect place to open shop. While the store primarily offers an assortment of footwear, including brands such as Birkenstock, Chaco and Haflinger, they also carry a variety of comfort “black work shoes”, ten different brands of ski boots, offer custom orthotic and bootfitting, backpacks, Thule ski and board racks and Photo by Casey Malon accessories, and they even tune The Local Experience Yeti greets guests and provides a special photo opportunity for visitors. skis and boards in winter. In “Both Eric and I grew up in Grand County and we the summer, they also set up a bike wash free for love it here”. visitor use. The store has moved twice since opening, and, they’ve been in their current location in the Viking Lodge for about eighteen months. Located at the corner of US 40 and Vasquez Road in Winter Park, it’s a highly visible and convenient location (just look for the Yeti).

Partners in life and business, Kurtak and Russell both staff the shop, from 10 am - 5 pm daily, even during mud and shoulder seasons. Photo by Casey Malon “We can do this because Local Experience owners Lara Kurtak and Eric Russell are ready for summer with a broad selection of sandals to choose from. we don’t pay ourselves,” Kurtak joked.

“We want to give our customers exceptional service,” said Russell. “This community is special and we want to help keep it that way.” He went on to say that guest loyalty allows them to continue on. “When a customer has a good experience, they tell their friends and families, and this helps keep us going,” Russell said. The shop features a frequent shopper deal, and, their socks are always “buy 3, get one free”. “It takes a special person to live here,” said Russell, and “our goal is to create a special environment and provide a genuine local experience”. While I was there, they received a shipment of Chaco sandals and were in process of unpacking the new styles. Having seven pairs of my own, they’re one of my guilty pleasures, so it’s no surprise that I left with “just one more pair”. So before you click “buy” next time, pay a visit to their shop and instead support a truly local business - they’re here for and because of you.

This season’s cast of RMRT performers. R

ocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has completed casting for their 51st season. This season’s productions are Annie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, The Full Monty, and the fall show, Pump Boys & Dinettes! 22 performers were selected from over 1200 auditions held across the country to round out the 2018 professional company. This season, the RMRT company includes: Danny Adams, Matilde Bernabei, Cara Chumbley, Stephen Coakley, Conor Finnerty-Esmonde, Nicole Harley, Zach Holden, Valerie Igoe, Taylor Margaret Johnson, Josh Kellman, Brian Maurice Kinnard, Chris Mauro, Russell Mernagh, Ethan Ray Parker, Maya Rowe, Sharon Sachs, Neil Stratman, Tyler Symone, Katherine Viviano, P. Tucker Worley, Heather Zurowski, and Marek Zurowski. Also back for another season are Director and Music Director Michael Querio, Director Jeff Duke, Music Director Greg Paladino, Costume Designer Jesus Perez and Choreographers Clark Ausloos and Jennifer Lupp. Tickets for the 2018 Season are still available. Stop by the box office on Grand Avenue in Grand Lake, call (970) 627-3421, or order online at:

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RIDDLE ME THIS What starts with the letter “t”, is filled with “t” and ends in “t”? ...did you guess the last one?

... it was not a question.

BLM invites public to comment on Blue Valley Land Exchange


special to the Winter Park Times

n keeping with the Administration’s goals of increasing public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation, the Bureau of Land Management is considering the Blue Valley Land Exchange in Grand and Summit counties. Today, the BLM released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this proposal, which initiates a 45-day public comment period. “The BLM values diverse views, and we are looking forward to this next step of public engagement,” said Colorado Acting State Director Greg Shoop. “The input we receive will help us determine whether this exchange is in the public’s interest.” Under the proposal, the BLM would exchange nine parcels totaling 1,489 acres of federal land in Grand County for nine parcels totaling 1,830 acres of non-federal, private land in Grand and Summit counties. In this case, the BLM would gain more land than it would exchange; however, based on the appraisal, these parcels are equal in value.

The proposed exchange would result in the BLM and members of the public gaining access to nearly a mile of Blue River frontage near the confluence with the Colorado River, plus an additional 1.66 miles of river frontage that is currently inaccessible except by floating. In addition, 300 acres of the exchange would be within the boundaries of the White River National Forest, which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. In return, the BLM would relinquish title to 400 acres of land that provides 0.3 miles of walk-in Blue River fishing access near Trough Road. More than half of the BLM acreage that would be exchanged is surrounded by private land and has no public access. The majority of the other BLM-managed public lands

considered for exchange are small, isolated parcels that receive little public use. The proponent of the proposed land exchange, Blue Valley Ranch, would also fund several improvements on public land, including facilities for float-boaters on the Blue River near the confluence with the Colorado River. Facilities consist of a new take-out for raft and kayaks, wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms, trails, and parking areas, among others.

Proposal could increase access for hunting and fishing in Grand and Summit counties

“It is important for the BLM to receive public feedback because the Bureau will only complete this proposed exchange if we determine it is in the public’s interest,” Shoop said. “We are considering this exchange because of the potential to increase public access

and important big-game winter range on public lands.” The BLM will host two public open house meetings to answer questions, provide more information and take written comments. The first will occur on June 4 in Silverthorne at the Summit County Library North Branch, 651 Center Circle; the second will be June 6 in Kremmling at the Grand County Fairgrounds Extension Office, 210 11th Street. Both meetings will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public can stop by anytime during the open houses. More information about the proposed land exchange, including maps, is available online at The BLM must receive comments by June 25. Comments may be submitted to, faxed to 970-724-3066, or mailed to P.O. Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459. ###

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The Week Ahead in the Fraser Valley Friday PM Showers







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Sunrise: 5:58 Sunset: 8:01

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Mountain Parks Electric and its power suppliers award more than $30,000 in college scholarships to local high school seniors

Sunrise: 5:52 Sunset: 8:06 Sunrise: 5:51 Sunset: 8:08


2018 Scholarship Winners: FRONT ROW: Janna McNulty MPHS, Raelee Granger MPHS, Abigail Turner MPHS, Nicholas Lawrence MPHS, Emma Enebo MPHS, Kacie Babcock NPHS, Cole Walker MPHS, Morgan Jones (winner of MPE essay contest) WGHS BACK ROW: Jayden Edson (runner up in MPE essay contest) WGHS, Ralin Corrales WGHS, Sydney Ritschard WGHS, Joshua O’Hotto WGHS, Garrett Miller WGHS, Madeline VanBemmelen MPHS, Nicolas Martin NPHS


n May 12, at its 69th annual meeting in Granby, the Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) Board of Directors awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships for local, college-bound high school seniors. New this year: MPE, in honor of its long-time employee who touched so many lives in the community, awarded one Rosemary Knerr Memorial Scholarship to a student from each of the three local public school districts. Middle Park High School scholarship recipients include: Nicholas Lawrence – $2,500 Rosemary Knerr Memorial Scholarship Emma Enebo - $2,000 Mountain Parks Electric Scholarship Abigail Turner - $2,000 Mountain Parks Electric Scholarship Ryan Christianson - $2,000 Mountain Parks Electric Scholarship Cole Walker - $2,000 Mountain Parks Electric Scholarship Railee Granger - $2,000 Mountain Parks Electric Scholarship Madeline VanBemmelen - $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship Janna McNulty - $1,000 Tri-State G&T and MPEI Matching Scholarship MPE’s scholarships come from its educational trust, which is funded by unclaimed patronage capital from MPE’s membership. “It gives Mountain Parks Electric great satisfaction to support the local youth as they further their education,” said Tom Sifers, MPE’s General Manager. “These scholarships are just another example of our steadfast commitment to the communities that we serve.”

A few FVE first graders at the art show opening. Pictured behind is a Community quilt that they created, with the help of talented parent, Nicole Barker, called, “My Fraser Valley”.


he Fraser Valley Elementary School (FVE) student art show is an annual event in the spring and is always featured at the Fraser Valley Library, showcasing the talent and creativity of our young artists. The show runs through May 24, so there’s still time to stop and check out the creative stylings of East Grand Students. The students reflect on the artwork they have created throughout the school year, each choosing one piece of art that they are most proud of, thus creating the art show. 3D art is displayed on opening night at the show and is then moved to glass cases in the library. The display

also features 2 accordian boards with artwork displayed on them up, or ask the librarians for help. “I love watching the students come to the show and being so proud of their artwork. I too am proud of my students! The young talent and creativity is amazing,” stated FVE Art Teacher, Shelley Peeters. “This has been a great year for art. We have so much talent in our community, I am constantly amazed by our kids!”.


top by The Fraser Valley Library before May 24th!

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H Official Night Shows at Smokin’ Moe’s - Friday (6/22) & SatURDAY (6/23) H PLUS! Keeping The Blues Alive Youth Stage, MUSIC ON THE SQUARE, LIVE MUSIC AT Ullrs Tavern, and Winter Park Pub

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