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Cimino: on healthcare page 9

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Vol. 2, No. 2

Winter Park

Fraser Tabernash Granby

Hot Sulphur Springs

June 15, 2018

Grand Lake



COVER PHOTO: Chris “Henry” Rohling and Tony Jameson celebrating with friends on the Upper Colorado River.

Hot Sulphur Days: The Town of Hot Sulphur hosts the

54th annual party weekend to celebrate summer. Parade, Fireworks, Live Music and Family Fun. Page 14

Headwaters Center:

Interactive experience brings a new level of dining to the Fraser Valley. The Devil’s Thumb Ranch culinary team presents a new option. Page 13

cover photo by Michael Turner

Firewise Tips : NFPA’s Firewise Communities team recom-

mends you improve your “home ignition zone”—the house and surrounding area within 100 to 200 feet. Pg 18

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June 15, 2018

Idlewild Development stalls in Planning


t the Winter Park Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 12th, Gale Schrag, Manager of WP Idlewild LLC, and Dave Williams, with DTJ Design, presented the amended Final Development Plan for the proposed Idlewild Village, which was zoned and annexed into the Town in 2007, to the Planning Commission and Town staff. The 22 acre property located east of the Fraser River on Ski Idlewild Drive was previously zoned as a Planned Development allowing up to 319 residential units, 70 accommodation (hotel) units and an undetermined amount of commercial square footage. The original application filed with the Town in the spring submitted that the Plan, once completed, would include 269 multifamily (condominium) units and 50 townhomes. It also proposed an increase in accommodation units to 150, which the developer stated was needed to attract a full-service hotel franchise to the property. The application also indicated that all parking would be accommodated in under building or attached parking structures and garages, minimizing surface parking. As a result, the developer also requested a variance increase in building height of the hotel facility to eighty feet (25’ taller than Code allows), 65 feet for the condominium buildings (30’ taller than Code allows), and up to forty three feet (8’ taller than Code allows) for the Townhomes. When presented at the May 8 Planning Commission meeting, the Commission requested the applicant revise the application, considering revisions decreasing building height,

townhome design that follows the natural topography of the land, added sight line drawings, exhibit of existing grades, clarification of a minimum amount of convention space supplied with the hotel development, defined building coverage and gross density, setbacks and the winter trail to be a year-round, permanent trail through the development. Further discussion on the development was continued to the June 12th meeting. Schrag told the commissioners and staff the application had been revised and resubmitted for approval. He said they tried hard to accommodate suggestions received at the last meeting and had to reduce the number of units by 60 condos and 3 townhomes to meet the requested building height reduction. He also told them that he had two interested hotel companies interested, Hyatt Place and IHG’s Hotel Indigo, but could not get a commitment until the Planning Commission and Town Council approve the Final Development Plan. Williams went over the design changes impacted by the decreased building heights. He told the commissioners that they want to have the townhomes follow natural topography of the site but cautioned that disruption to topography during construction occurs. “To say it’ll follow the slope will be tough due to excavation”, stated Williams. Many of the buildings will be a stepped design from ground to rooftop, so measuring the building height will vary at different points in the buildings. Williams showed new design renderings and assured the commissioners that existing homes would still have unobstructed ski slope views. The revised plan also estimated hotel employee housing to provide 31-32 “pillows”, based upon a 150 unit hotel, $2/square foot for all commercial use areas, and 2.25% in real estate assessment and transfer fees.

During the public comment period, residents of the surrounding area approached the podium to discuss their concerns with the development. The Town had also received six letters prior to the meeting commenting on the project. One resident went to the length of hiring a drone operator to photograph the sight views at the proposed building heights to 65’. Comments regarding concerns with the building height and the “radical change” it will make to the character of town, the precedent to approval of the building height would open the door to other developers asking same, the added building height does not provide an additional financial benefit to the town, since the number of approved residential units were unchanged. Concerns with the spring that runs year-round on the proposed hotel site could inhibit the ability to construct underground parking, and how will the developer mitigate the wetland and assure adequate retention of stormwater is maintained to protect the Fraser River? No soil testing has been done thus far - what happens if they cannot build below ground parking?

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discussion included considering reevaluation of the Town Plan’s height restrictions to determine whether the 35’ and 55’ limits are truly where they need to be set. They also talked about the lack of soil testing and engineering that had been done, because if the soil does not allow for below ground construction of the parking, it will require significant overhaul of the current plans. Before considering approval of a 150 room hotel, they wanted a minimum amount of conference space to be defined. They also wanted to see the results of an updated traffic study and asked staff to look into extending Rosie’s Way in to the new development. The plans for setbacks and building height are more conceptual than actual, making it difficult for the commissioners to make the best decision.

Several spoke in support of the project, saying that a full-service hotel is needed in town and the 10’ wide winter trail fulfills an important need to the community.

Commissioner Jonathan Larson motioned for continuation to the July 24th meeting, adding the following conditions: bring in a 3rd party to verify sight lines to see where they land for heights; submit the results of the engineer’s traffic study; add language to the FDP with a proposed minimum square footage of conference space and define “full-service” hotel. He also requested further investigation of extending Rosie’s Way be conducted, that external parking be defined in residential section PA1, and inclusion of access points to both the Wheeler and VZF properties be outlined in the FDP. With this information, Larson said the 65’ vs. 55’ building height would be reviewed at the next meeting. In response, Schrag told the commissioners they are not willing to bear the burden of the expense to extend Rosie’s Way. He said he would prefer the commissioners vote to approve or deny the application and move on to the Town Council.

After the public comment closed, the Commissioners began discussion on the development, taking the comments received into consideration. The

The motion for continuation was approved in a 3-1 vote. You can read more on the development on the Town’s website:

The proposed use of Ski Idlewild Road was another concern as it is already a busy side street with heavy utilization. An initial traffic study had been completed in 2007 and Ski Idlewild was found to be an adequate access point for the development. This was prior to the opening of Hideaway Park, so the results were questionable. Extending Rosie’s Way was suggested as a better option to the development.

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Winter Park Resort

Opening with 85% of Bike Park


inter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 16 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 9th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park. Starting at 10 a.m., the Winter Park Chocolate Festival, which will include 20 different vendors, is a must for chocolate lovers and sweet-tooths of all kinds, with chocolate tasting, chocolate pairings, and even chocolate eating contests. The festival, which is located in the Village at Winter Park, also will feature live music and entertainment for the whole family throughout the day. Sample tickets are just $1 apiece and are sold in groups of 10 or 20. Tickets are good for samples of truffles, fudge, and liquid chocolate. Meanwhile, Colorado’s premier mountain bike park, Trestle, will open for the season with a variety of trails for riders of all abilities. Steve Hurlbert, Director of Public Relations and Communications for Winter Park Resort said, “The trail crew has done an unbelievable job and 85% of the bike park will be open on Saturday.”

ment of the Zephyr Express lift, Trestle Bike Park will be serviced by both the Gemini Express and Eskimo Express lifts. This summer the base area will undergo some major changes with the removal and replacement of the Zephyr lift with the new Gondola and infrastructure. In addition, construction crews are doing a snowmelt installation project around the plaza area of the Zephyr Mountain Lodge that will disrupt traffic flow throughout the summer as they tear up the plaza to lay piping for the new snowmelt system. Hurlbert said, “Even amidst all of the construction projects at the base area, we are still going to offer all of our traditional base activities. Plus, we have a great lineup of events this summer.” Winter Park base activities will also be open this weekend, including the state’s longest Alpine Slide, the 18-hole putting course, Leaps & Bounds Bungee, scenic chairlift rides, and the human maze, just to name a few. Restaurants and shops in the Village will be open as well, providing plenty of options for eat and drink.

Mother Nature lended a hand this spring as the Trestle Trail Crew worked tirelessly to clear out and make ready for an opening day top to bottom trail system.

The weekend is the just the start of a busy summer at Winter Park that includes popular events like The Village Uncorked wine festival, Whiskey & Wings, and a brand-new on-mountain Oktoberfest.

Opening Day trails will include favorites like Green World, Long Trail, Shy Ann, and Rainmaker as well as new trail Dirty Dozen. With the ongoing replace-

For a complete list of summer events and lodging deals, please visit www.




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Trestle Bike Park opening from top to bottom.

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Presented by the Town of Fraser

Granby amends Town Zoning Regulations

t Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, Town Manager Aaron Blair presented Ordinance 895, proposed Zoning Updates to the Board for approval. Blair said the 3 different items had recently been approved by the Planning Commission and met the goals of the Town’s Downtown Enhancement Plan. The first is a change to Central Business District (CB) parking. With new developments being planned in the District, the amendment would apply to residential units within the CB. It would require that one parking space per unit be located at the rear of the building, with exceptions to allow for parking on the side to be considered by the Town Manager if a hardship exists. Parking would not be allowed within the build-to zone. For new buildings, thirty percent of the parking requirement may be met offsite, as long as it is within one block of the residence. Recognizing the challenge existing buildings present in meeting the new code revisions, he added that, for buildings constructed before 1970, seventy-five percent of the parking requirement may be met off-site, as long as it is within one block. Another option could be for the developer to pay into a parking fund, possibly at $15,000 per unit to further develop parking within a certain radius of the building, so they aren’t parking on the street. The town will remain flexible to comply with ADA requirements. Short-term loading zones would also be considered, so that residents may unload their vehicles before parking them off-site. The second item addressed pertained to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), clarifying that the maximum occupancy of the 400 square foot units would be 2 adults and no more than 3 total (baby/ child(ren) would be allowed). The length of occupancy in the ADUs is a minimum of 180 days. Blair told the Trustees that he’d been approached with a request to reduce the minimum to 90 days in order to accommodate summer seasonal

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workers. The Board held firm with the 180 day minimum, because short-term rentals are not considered a good fit for these dwellings. The third item discussed was the Highway and General Business District zoning which impacts the Town’s overall quality of life. The updates addressed trash receptacles, sidewalks and pathway requirements and site landscape standards. Blair considers these as “pretty basic” and would not cost the developer a lot of money. While not extensive, they will help improve and soften property appearance within the district. The updates would require developments to construct a pathway along the front of the business which could be linked together with future developments. Blair told the Trustees that “Sidewalk fees in lieu” was popular in Naples, FL, where he’d previously worked. This would allow the developer to pay a fee in lieu of constructing a sidewalk, and the fees would be used at a later date to build sidewalks when the project is built out. “We don’t want sidewalks to nowhere”, said Blair. The new Dollar General store was mentioned, since it lacks any landscaping on the parcel. The Town is looking into ways to work with the store to improve the barren site and give it a more welcoming appearance. Blair told the Trustees that when the Town fills the newly created Code Enforcement Officer position, that position will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing all aspects of the Town Code and imposing penalties as necessary. Chief James Kraker told the Trustees that he’d received some great applicants for the position and he hopes to make a decision and offer very soon. Ordinance 895 was approved unanimously. To learn more, visit:





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The Death of Net Neutrality Y

ou may or may not have followed the net neutrality story bundled in the blitz of Whitehouse media over the last year but many believe the internet as we know it may have finally changed forever. Will it become the big business monopoly many fear and hate?

But I believe most Americans aren’t buying Pai’s baseless claims that net neutrality rules stifled investment in broadband networks. One study in April found that 86 percent of respondents in the U.S. opposed repealing the regulations that prevent telecom pseudo-monopolies from creating internet fast lanes and selectively throttling traffic to

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cisions by federal agencies. It was an encouraging moment because more Republicans voted with Democrats than was originally expected. But for the CRA procedure to fully succeed, it still needs to pass the House, and Democrats will have to convince more than 20 Republicans to join them in a vote. We have what’s set to be a competitive race in the midterms this November, and Democrats are determined to make this an election issue, so it’s still possible we could see Republicans cross the aisle. Internet activists are making it as simple as possible for you to contact your representatives to let them know how you feel.

Ever since the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality last December, we’ve seen the protections for a free and open internet declared dead more than once. Last week, the rules “officially” came off the books. The reality is net neutrality is on life support and there’s still reason to believe it will return. The process of overturning regulations is a slow one. Following the FCC’s vote to repeal the Title II protections, the changes were applied to the federal register in April and went into effect today. In an op-ed for CNET, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the new “regulatory framework will both protect the free and open internet and deliver more digital opportunity to more Americans.”

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certain websites. And there’s still a strong legal effort to preserve the rules that will ensure equal treatment “Plain and across the web.

nia inched closer to passing its own net neutrality laws last week, and New York is working on similar legislation. Just simple, getting those two enorthanks to the FCC’s roll- mous states on board back of net neutrality, would create a signifiinternet providers have cant amount of pressure for ISPs to apply the the legal green light, rules in all states, but the technical ability, such legislation would and business incentive likely face legal chalto discriminate and ma- lenges from the telecom nipulate what we see, companies.

A lawsuit filed by 23 state attorneys general to block the net neutrality repeal is still pending. We’ve also seen 100 US mayors pledge to refuse to do business with read, and learn online.” At the federal level, any internet service providers who the Senate voted to save violate net neutrality the Title II protections protections and states are working in May using the Congressional Reto create their own laws that could view Act that allows the legislative have national ripple effects. Califorbranch to override rule-making de-

In a statement sent to the press, Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote, “Plain and simple, thanks to the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality, internet providers have the legal green light, the technical ability, and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate what we see, read, and learn online.” But she said the multi-faceted legal momentum around the country shows the fight is far from over. “We won’t stop today. It’s too important and our future depends on it,” she wrote. We may see net neutrality “die” another death or two in the coming months, but we’re looking at a long time to come before you can bury it and call it a day.


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Namaste: Now we’re cooking



Bees in the world to cover my tender, ginger lips in that wind and thin, dry air.

ow do you burn broccoli at high altitude or make “perfect” banana bread at 8,000

Well, you will have to ask a fourth grader or you could purchase “Namaste: A Cookbook Honoring Our Mountain Communities,” a new local offering that has the burnt broccoli recipe, the banana bread recipe, tons of Nepali dishes and fun facts about Grand County. The book is available at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Naked Aspen in Fraser. The cookbook was assembled by fourth graders from Fraser Valley Elementary. Proceeds benefit Tashi and Lhakpa Sherpa and their efforts to rebuild their lodge in Nepal, which burned down last year. The family lives part time in the Fraser Valley selling jewelry from Nepal. Sure you probably know that the columbine is the official state flower but do you know why? According to these smarty pants fourth graders the blue represents the big sky, the white pedals stand for snow and the yellow represents the gold in them thar’ hills. News to me. OK, what about Granby? They say that Granby, founded in 1904 was once known as the “dude ranch of the world.” Like all the other towns here in the valley I’m pretty sure that the dudes outnumber the pretty ladies. For perspective, Granby had 30 people, mostly dudes, living in it in 1910. It could be argued that Granby is a lot more exciting now that the population has topped 1,916 people, according to 2016 census figures. And Fraser? The kids point

Steve Skinner out that Doc Susie was the first doctor in Fraser. She got to town in 1907 and her waiting room included both horses and loggers. According to Forbes, logging is the second-most dangerous occupation on earth, right behind crab and crustacean fishing. Fraser was named after Reuben Frazer, a pioneer settler that may have been treated after a horse at Doc Susie’s place. Rueben saw plenty of logs in the Fraser Valley but he probably never ate a crab or crustacean. The Grand County facts are just icing on the cake.There are Nepal facts in this page turner, too. Everyone knows about Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Standing at 29,035 feet it has not crumbled despite the crushing rush of ant-like humans desperately hurrying to prove something to someone or just to climbing it because it’s there. I never heard of Lhotse, the fourth tallest mountain on earth. Even though it will never have the fame of Everest, Lhotse’s got to feel pretty big at 27,940 feet. You may be in great shape, but I will need many canisters of oxygen just to stand at that elevation. And there’s not enough Burt’s

It’s pretty nifty that the Fraser Valley has connections with the Sherpa family. The students have a special connection. Sir Edward School in the Khumbu region of Nepal is a sister school to Fraser Valley Elementary. The kids exchange letters across the continents and cultures. Next thing you know Ms. Finnigan, Ms. Rimmer and Karma Sherpa will be leading the class to the top of Lhotse or Everest after visiting the rebuilt lodge. What’s heartwarming is is that our local students have undertaken such a generous and philanthropic effort on the behalf of others. This cookbook took time and coordination and craft and a lot of dessert tasting to get off the ground. I also appreciate the fact that the recipes don’t assume that you are already a three-star Michelin chef. They cover the basics, including how to fix rice, a foundation of the Hindu diet. (If you are going to make ‘Dal Bhat’ then you’d better have the rice part down). Besides the history, the facts and the exotic recipes, the Namaste cookbook has favorite formulas from Fraser Valley moms and families, from appetizers to desserts. Looking into these simple local recipes is like looking at a snapshot of local life as it is right here, right now. Until I started reading the book I had completely forgotten about how to make Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad. Thanks to Alondra Terrazas it will be in the fridge soon. Steve Skinner likes to try new things. Reach him at

leTTeRS To The eDiToR In your recent staff article “Fraser Planning approves Grand Park preliminary plats” you repeatedly said that I, Steve Sumrall, preferred “mountable curbs”. I said no such thing, and, quite the opposite, I suggested belly pans for drainage control and direction. A mountable curb is is the less sever cousin of a “ barrier curb”. It presents an obstruction much like a speed bump but

more abrupt, that allows a vehicle to access a driveway, that a barrier curb would deter. My easement is a 600’+ by 35’ roadway for access and utilities to a commercial zoned property. A “curb cut” is normal for intersecting road ways, with belly pans directing drainage. Instead, was the “mountable curbs” on the plan being used primarily for drainage control to direct flow? What

Serving the Fraser Valley and Grand County “We live it. We get it. Let’s talk.”

is lost in the article is that the original plan showed parking within the easement as well as mountable curbs. The developer stated, at the beginning of the meeting, that he had agreed to remove the parking from the easement. My position is clear, mountable curbs do not belong in roadways!

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YouR leTTeRS To the Editor: I was forwarded the comments on Baker Street Drive and I’m going to take the opportunity to reply to Mr. Behlen’s concerns. If you plan on publishing Mr. Behlen’s concerns, in the interest of fairness, I would ask that you publish my reply. Town Council members in reply to Mr. Behlen’s comments, the concern isn’t just about “losing a few dirt parking spaces in the ROW”. At the meeting behind Baker Dr what was discussed was the overall parking situation with 28 spots behind Hernando’s, 14 spots behind Strip and Tail going away and a concern from the residents of Telemark as the parking shifts to not allow any overnight parking. Anyone who has been to Hernando’s or Strip and Tail on a Friday should be concerned with the loss of these parking spots While there will be a parking garage and a good sized one at that, this loss of parking will severely impact Hernando’s and Strip and Tail, people will drive by and if the parking lot is full they will go somewhere else. I have traveled all over the state and beyond going to “world class ski towns” many have the standard of parallel parking on the Main St. and diagonal parking on the side streets. Parking like this behind Hernando’s was one of the suggestions that came out in the workshop that morning. While this solution does not fit standards it is imperative for town to review their standards and codes as Winter Park is going through these periods of rapid change and see which standards are working for the Winter Park of the future not against it, rather than blindly following the current codes. When the plans were revealed on May 19, 2015 I was present. More than one of the buildings have moved from the original plan. Concessions were made to the neighbors to the South and I gave WPD two easements to help with traffic flow and parking, none of these things were on the original plans. Additionally on those plans the Strip and Tail building was not in its current position the rendering had that building positioned along the west end of the lot which made it hard to envision where the sidewalk would be in relation to the current Strip and Tail building. The current plan also has no trees that were mentioned. Safety was also mentioned as an issue. If the town proceeds with the sidewalk behind Hernando’s pedestrians can walk that sidewalk, then turn onto the existing sidewalks and cross the street at the intersection with 40 a well lit intersection with a stop light to control traffic, probably much safer than crossing behind the buildings. This is not an eleventh hour conversation as Mr. Behlen has implied, I have been in conversations with Town staff and council since last fall about this issue. In conversations with citizens and leaders of other ski towns they all reflect if they could go back in time they would add more parking and get ahead of the housing crisis in their respective towns. The council and staff of Winter Park are being very proactive about our housing issues and I hope they will do the same with parking. Have a wonderful day Ed Raegner - Winter Park CO

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Contributors Marissa Lorenz, News Steve Skinner, Columnist John Digirolamo, Right Stuff Christian Gravius, Lifestyle Rich Cimino, Healthcare


Letters may be emailed to: editor@ or submitted online under the “letters” link. Letters should include the author’s name, address and telephone number for verification purposes.

Birthday Witches

They say it’s your birthday!

followed Bishop to the gallows while some 150 more men, women and une 2nd passed quietly children were accused into the night and we over the next several completely forgot to pop months. By September the cork on a bottle of 1692, the hysteria had champagne to celebrate begun to abate and public our birthday! The Winter opinion turned against Park Times is now the trials. The Court later officially a year older and annulled guilty verdicts maybe a touch wiser so against accused witches Michael Turner I thought I would layout and granted indemnities a couple of pearls from the to their families. Bitterness jewelry box to gaze upon. lingered in the community, and the painful legacy of the Salem witch trials Spring is a time for renewal, growth has endured for centuries. and expansion; we feel it in the air.


Even though we can do this at any time during the year, it feels just right to do it each Spring. We seem to have that extra energy and focus to get physically active, take action, and create change. This is the time of year to envision endless possibilities, and to use our creative gifts to reach new levels of achievement, wellness, happiness and success. It is the perfect time to let go of the old and make room for the new. This can apply to traditional spring cleaning but most importantly we need to apply it to our lives and the lives of our families and friends. It is a time to let go of old grudges, resentments and anger, the emotions that poison the soul and those around you. For example, the infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court hanged the first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, in June. Eighteen others

When we let innuendo and emotion drive our thoughts we lose focus on truth and become part of a mob looking for conviction without cause. If you have been on the wrong side of this group, you feel as if you were propelled back in time. At the Middle Park High School 2018 graduation celebration this year, MPHS English Teacher, John Reynolds gave a thought provoking keynote address that spoke about life’s social journey. The message was based around the ultimate life lesson of social behavior. Reynolds said, “Conflict is a real part of everyday life”. Wisdom comes from learning to deal with each situation open and honestly and finding a healthy outcome through communication. So as we move into summer and onward in our journey toward the next big thing in our path, look for truth and understanding. Life is a record of your social being, so open your mind and allow your spirit to soar by cleansing the soul of grudges and animosity. It can be almost as rewarding as a springtime garage sale.

More letters June 12, 2018

To: Town of Fraser Trustees, Town Manager and Town Planner, Sky Hi News, Winter Park Times: After being away for a month, I have been catching up on back newspapers. There have been a few articles about the goings on of the Town of Fraser government. Unfortunately, they smack of GREED. If I recall correctly, sustainability is one of the Town’s main principles. Having a solid opportunity to do something toward that, banning plastic bags, the Town wimped out in the name of money. Levying a 10 cent charge for the bags does little to reduce plastic bag numbers and creates administrative burdens for both the Town and stores. The reasons given in the newspaper for not wanting a ban sounded like a smoke screen. Do you really think people are going to spend dollars in gas to go to City Market and back to save a few cents on bags? Do you think people are going to shop at the market in Winter Park and have a larger grocery bill to save a few cents on bags? Does the Town of Fraser actually think

bags are important enough to dictate shopping choices?? Fraser has talked about a bag ban off and on for many years. What is really behind not moving forward with a bag ban right now?? Obviously, most of the Board and Staff did not see the documentary “Bag It” or really cares about being “sustainable” as your Town material states or is oblivious to all the plastic bag litter around the state. Come on Fraser, man up. The second issue, which I have already weighed in on to the Town, is those obstacles (medians) proposed for the middle of Highway 40 in the name of pedestrian safety or beautification or traffic calming or whatever. Fairly recently, the Town of Empire installed a couple of those medians. Have they changed the way you drive through Empire? Do you think they beautify the Town? Do the medians in Winter Park cause you to drive differently? Do you even really see them anymore? People have crashed into the medians in Winter Park during snowstorms. Regarding existing structures, driving

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my small car, I had to stick its nose out to the traffic lane to see oncoming traffic when turning left from Eisenhower. How well thought out is this current proposal? In the newspaper, someone is quoted saying their flowers will make Fraser ‘more charming’. Think about how much of the year Fraser will actually have blooming flowers. There are other places to put flowers besides the middle of the road. I would hate to think that someone is looking at the beautiful flowers instead of paying attention to the pedestrians and traffic around them. My experience as a regular driver through Fraser is that only about 10% of the time is traffic going as fast as the speed limit. It’s doubtful that medians will slow traffic even more. In Winter Park, those structures block the view of businesses on the other side of the road, block the view of oncoming traffic when turning onto the highway and effectively eliminate a turn lane. Medians block the view of children, short adults and animals increasing the potential for

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a collision. They take up space where traffic could have been and concentrate it in other places. They certainly aren’t beautiful. Many people spoke against the medians proposed for Fraser or signed a petition against them. It seems public sentiment is against them. Isn’t it the job of the Board and Town staff to act in the interest of the townspeople and business/ property owners? The reason given for moving forward against public sentiment is the grant money. Has Fraser even looked into making a change in the plan with the grantors? Fraser would not be the first entity to revise or turn in a grant. Don’t you think the grantor would agree to a lesser amount? So, in the name of money, Fraser would put up medians that who?? want for what actually valid reasons? This is disappointing. Sincerely, Bev Ewer Jay Clough Melanie Zwick

The Right Stuff ... Father Knows Best. But does he? That depends on the person. That depends on the man. June 15th marks Father’s Day this year, probably made up by the people over at Hallmark Cards, but it is certainly a worthwhile time to acknowledge the role of Dads. A father can be created by mere biological events, where as a Dad means the man has a positive involvement in the child’s life. It certainly includes step-dads, grandparents and male role models. What makes a good Dad? Time is Flowing Like a River: Both the quantity and quality of time spent with your children are important, and it doesn’t have to be a special or planned event. But it does have to be consistent and ongoing. Children need consistency, from birth to teenager and beyond. That can be in the form of family meals, helping with homework, playing games, sharing interests or as simple as watching a ballgame together. Both quality and quantity matter. Jon Leonetti said, “If you want to see what you really value in your life, look at how you spend your time”. Kids will notice if they are important. To put it simply: Be there. The breakdown of the nuclear family is at the center of most of our nation’s problems, and a diminished relationship with the Dad are too often a byproduct. Spending ordinary moments with your children are the foundation of those relationships, and those relationships matter, both for the child and the parents. Basic Instinct: At our core as humans, there are certain parental instincts that transcend race, age and economic status. It is important for fathers to provide and protect. Being a provider is more than financial, although that is important. It also includes providing a stable home, emotional and spiritual support, and preparing them for this modern world. Technology has changed the world since I was a kid, some for the better, but many things for the worse.

Bad decisions in my day didn’t live forever on someone’s social media account. Today, kids have it tougher and a dad should be proactive in protecting their child John Digirolamo from the evils of this world, and preparing them to deal with whatever comes their way. Many fathers are immature themselves, but you owe it to your kids to grow up so you can help them grow up. All kids need protection, not because they are defenseless, but because they need to know that their Dad will be there to protect them They need to know that their Dad sees them as precious.

No friend Zone: An important job of both parents is to teach your child right from wrong. In this heated political climate, many don’t agree on what is right vs. wrong, but your child needs to be taught your values. Yes, you want your child to think for themselves, but their Dad needs guide them in the right direction. I sure don’t want that job left to social media sites, pop music stars, celebrities or what’s trending on Twitter. A Dad needs to guide his kids on what to do, what not to do, how to make good decisions, take responsibility for their actions, and encourage their child to become the best version of themselves. In other words, prepare them for adulthood. It is not easy, and frequently unpopular with your child. You can’t do that by being their friend, you do that by being their parent. There is a lot of political talk about “privilege” in a negative context. But the privilege of having a great Dad (and Mom) is something society should want for all kids. I do, and I am grateful. It definitely makes the world a better place.

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Grand Lake Municipal Fee

The Municipal Fee established by Ordinance 06-2017 for purposes of providing streetlight, police services and dispatch services was put into effect January 1, 2018. The Grand Lake Board of Trustees received comments from citizens expressing concerns about the municipal fee. The Board has heard and considered the comments made by its citizens and has determined that the fee should be discontinued. The Town has assessed and is in the process of collecting the quarterly municipal fees for the first quarter and second quarter of 2018, as required by Ordinance 06-2017. By Ordinance 03-2018, the municipal fee will be discontinued beginning with the third quarter. For more information, visit:

Grand County sends 2 deputies to assist with 416 fire Last weekend, Grand County Sheriff ’s Department sent 2 deputies down to the 416 Fire in La Plata County. They were assigned to patrol evacuated neighborhoods to stop anyone that wanted to burglarize or damage homes while the residents were evacuated. Thank you to Sgt Ellison and Deputy Hines for serving our community and other communities in need!

High Altitude Gardening Class Offered in Granby

CoRReCTioN...oooPS In last week’s article entitled “Fraser Planning approves Grand Park preliminary plats”, we missed the gist of Steve Sumrall’s statement regarding curbs in the new Elk Creek Condominium development. Mr. Sumrall recommended a curb cut with valley pans for drainage control and direction and stated he did not want mountable curbs. According to Mr. Sumrall, mountable curbs are a less severe cousin of a “barrier curb”. They present an obstruction similar to a speed bump, but are more abrupt, when allowing a vehicle to access a driveway, where a barrier curb would deter access. Sumrall stated that a curb cut is normal for intersecting roadways, with valley pans directing drainage. He does not want to see mountable curbs used in the proposed development. We apologize for this error and will work on better note-taking skills. We make every effort to cover the news and public meetings accurately and as indepth as possible. If you see a mistake in our reporting, do not hesitate to contact us at or call me directly. Michael Turner 970.531.7269

Join the Granby Recreation Department and Grand County gardener Peg VandeVoort in a fun class to learn how to garden in our mountain environment. They’ll cover soil and site preparation, plant materials that grow in high altitudes, perennial and rock gardening, native plants, and principles of Xeriscape landscaping. The class will be held on Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Granby Community Building. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the Granby Recreation Department at (970) 887-3961.

Buffalo Mountain Fire breaks out in Summit County

Continued dry conditions sparked a fire on Tuesday, and hundreds of residences in the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina developments were evacuated as dry and windy conditions prevailed. Crews from Summit County, the US Forest Service and surrounding counties, including East Grand and Kremmling Fire Districts, responded to fight the rapidly growing fire, where embers were sparking more fires in the area. Evacuees were requested to go to the Silverthorne Recreation Center for shelter and the Summit County Animal Shelter helped with pet concerns.

Officials reminded citizens that the fire zone is a No Drone Zone, and to keep drones grounded as emergency services respond to the fire. On Wednesday, reports indicated that the source of the fire was human-caused. On Wednesday morning, residents were allowed to temporarily return to their homes to collect personal belongings, but it was still uncertain when they would be able to return home for good.

Primary Ballot Drop-off locations On Monday, June 18th, voters can drop off completed and signed ballots for this year’s Primary Election at several locations throughout the county. New this year, unaffiliated voters can participate in the primary by selecting one party’s ballot and completing it (do not complete and submit both, or they won’t count). Voting in the Primary does not affect the unaffiliated voter’s status. Here’s a list of the drop-off locations: Grand County Administration Building, 308 Byers Ave, Hot Sulphur Springs CSU Extension Hall, 210 11th Street, Kremmling Granby Town Hall, Zero Jasper Avenue, Granby Grand Lake Town Hall, 1026 Park Avenue, Grand Lake Grand Park Community Recreation Center, 1 Main Street, Fraser All ballots must be received by Election Day, Tuesday, June 26th, at 7 pm. Postmarks do not count.

Winter Park Receives CDOT Grant for New Buses

Growing the Lift transit system has become a top priority for the Town of Winter Park over the past few years. To help achieve this goal, the Town recently received a CDOT FASTER grant of $480,000 for vehicle replacement in 2019. This will cover the cost of a new low-floor transit bus, and a new shuttle bus to be used for paratransit service. Thanks to the voter-approved sales tax dedicated to the transit system, the Town is able to meet the match requirement to receive this and other CDOT capital improvement grants. Many of the Lift buses are due for replacement, and this will help ensure that the Lift has a strong fleet to meet the needs of Fraser Valley residents and visitors.

New Buses on Their Way

With the cost of one new bus covered by the CDOT grant, two new buses have been ordered and will be delivered in early 2019. Like the new buses that arrived this past March, the vehicles will have low floors, ergonomic seats, and modern lighting.

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Colorado Can Work Together to Stabilize Health Insurance! By Rich Cimino, Grand County Commissioner and Governing Board Member of Counties and Commissioners Acting Together


oloradoans in every corner of the state struggle with the ever-increasing cost of health insurance on the individual market which has reached exorbitant levels and gets worse every year. According to the Colorado Division of Insurance, the issue is being felt regardless of zip code, with three years of annualized premium increases in excess of 20%, and even higher in rural and mountain communities. This means the average cumulative premium increase in the individual market has amounted to approximately 72% over the past three years.

retirement. Many work under the table or turn away work to stay below the income levels required to qualify for lower cost health insurance. Some move away or falsely use a friend’s address in a lower cost area to afford health insurance. These are drastic and risky measures.

State lawmakers have an opportunity to take positive action this week in HB 18-1392, the Individual Health Insurance Market Stabilization Act. Counties & Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT) support this bipartisan bill to create a high-cost reinsurance program that buffers the insurance risk for unusually expen-

These cost barriers cause healthy consumers to drop insurance thus leaving a risk pool that is sicker and more expensive. Everyone’s health insurance will increase – across all groups. As a Grand County Commissioner I know these people. Here in rural Colorado we have family, friends and neighbors that pay thousands of dollars a month for health insurance. The high cost health premiums impede people’s ability to afford housing and transportation, or save for education and

Failure to stabilize health insurance this year will hurt many Colorado citizens, particularly small business owners and employees that don’t qualify for a group plan. Immediate action is needed to stop the rising prices and secure market stabilization in the individual market.

sive claims such as for transplant and cancer care. This bill will provide protection to health insurance companies and in return will lower health insurance costs for our citizens. The whole state will see lower individual rates, Rural Colorado will see the greatest savings.

Re-insurance by itself will not fix health care in Colorado. Health Care cost savings for hospitals and health care providers are the next step, and the legislature is also working on this front and will continue work in 2019. Reinsurance is the first step to stabilize the individual market and it has worked in other states. 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. We won’t find solutions if we kick the can down the road another year. Reinsurance is not a perfect solution, it is a solution that will have a dramatic impact now on the lives and livelihood of many Coloradans. We urge state lawmakers to follow their local county commissioners in supporting HB 18-1392. Our communities can’t wait!

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June 15, 2018 Ullr’s Tavern has live music with Heartbyrne (Talking Heads Tribute), starting at 9 pm.

Friday, June 22

Grand Lake Heart & Soul meets to discuss events, initiatives and more at Sagebrush BBQ at 8 am. Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend kicks off at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park at 3:30 pm.

Friday, June 15 National Flip Flop Day

GLMRD hosts a Sketch & Hike program for kids, starting at 9:30 am at Grand Lake Center. (970) 627-2415. Epic Mountain Sports in downtown Winter Park hosts “Shop, Sip and Save” from 4-7 pm. GCHA hosts Grand County Storytellers at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser, starts at 5 pm. Granby Chamber hosts “Friday Nights at the Lot”, at the new Visitor’s Center in downtown Granby. Featuring live music, a Beer Garden, Food Truck and Corn Hole games, starting at 5:30 pm. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm. RMRT premiers “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 8 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: Ullr’s Tavern has live music with Broccoli Samurai, starting at 10 pm.

Saturday, June 16

Winter Park Chocolate Festival in the Village at Winter Park Resort, starts at 10 am. Switchback Music Festival at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park has live music with Judge Roughneck, Iya Terra, Tribal Seeds and Soja. Gates open at 11 am. Tickets: Vertical Bistro in the Village at Winter Park has live music from 2-5 pm. Flying Heels Rodeo at Flying Heels Arena in Granby. Concessions open at 5:30 pm.

Switchback Music Festival at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park has live music with Rick Lewis Project, Hirie, Citizen Cope and Ziggy Marley. Gates open at 11 am. Tickets:

Monday, June 18 National Go Fishing Day

Margarita Monday at Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Fraser has live music with Osborne & Key, starts at 5:30 pm. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 19

The Fraser Valley Lions Club meets at 7:30 am at Carver’s Restaurant in Winter Park. It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, plus open mic with Andy Straus starting at 5 pm. Mountainside Yoga in the Village at Winter Park Resort, starts at 5 pm. Limited mats available.

Wednesday, June 20 National Ice Cream Soda Day

Vista Vibe, with live music by Kenny Lee, at Granby Ranch. Starts at 4 pm.

Blues from the Top pre-party at Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse and Saloon features live music with Southern Avenue, starts at 8 pm. RMRT presents “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 8 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has live music with Red Dirt Hill, starting around 8 pm. The Blues Review out with new project. Free movie night featuring Despicable Me 3, at the base of Winter Park Resort. Show starts at dusk.

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Thursday, June 21 - Welcome Summer!

RMRT presents “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 8 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets:

High-Note Thursday at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park features the Kris Lager Band, starts at 6 pm.

Ullr’s Tavern has live music with Policulture, starting at 10 pm.

Celebrate Recovery Grand County meets on Thursday nights during the Summer at Grand River Assembly Church in Granby. Potluck at 6:00, Music at 6:45 and Meeting at 7:00 pm.


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

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.

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

Cooper Creek Square hosts “Kidlates - Movement for the Family”, starting at 10:15 am.

Granby Library hosts author and adventurer, Jennifer Pharr Davis for a discussion on “Pursuit of Endurance”, starts at 5:30 pm.

“Sisters of Courage” Walking Tour meets at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center Future of the Blues All Star Showcase at Cooper Creek Square, starts at 6 pm. in Rocky Mountain National Park at 1 pm.

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

Sunday, June 17 Father’s Day

Granby Chamber hosts “Friday Nights at the Lot”, at the new Visitor’s Center in downtown Granby. Featuring live music, a Beer Garden, Food Truck and Corn Hole games, starting at 5:30 pm.

RMRT presents “Annie” at 7:30 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets:


This is a photo, from 1960, of David Swartwout, a professional Painter, Sculptor and Graphic Designer, teaching his daughters, to paint “en Plein Air” at a Chicago area forest preserve. My sister’s, Susan Blackwood, Lindy Schneider, and I have all become professional Artists. Thanks to our Dad and Mentor. Karen Vance

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Margarita Mondays at Azteca in Fraser INTRODUCING


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Azteca in Fraser has a new deck and is celebrating this summer with live music every Monday. Gary Key (bass) and Matty Brown (guitar and vocals) will be playing crowd favorites as patrons enjoy margarita filled happy hours with a view. The happy hour session will feature food and drink specials every Monday (weather permitting) starting at 5.

MEET THE THEATRE ORPHANS Leapin’ Lizards! Grand Lake has just been overrun with orphans! Opening Night was Friday, June 8th. The 2018 summer season at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre kicked off with a bang with Annie, Friday, June 8th at 8 pm. Dress rehearsal was absolutely fabulous. Pictured from left to right, we are proud to introduce you to: Jazmine Strader, Chloe Wilson, Avery Chaput, Anabelle Wheeler, Sierra Matz, Daisy O’Brien, Zandra Paige Walker, Helen Reichert, Bridget Brown, and Justice Warner. Tickets are on sale now for our 2018 season! Stop in at our box office on Grand Avenue in Grand Lake, call (970) 627-3421, on order online at www.RockyMountainRep. com. We can’t wait for you to meet everyone!!


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his weekend’s Switchback Festival features two days packed with entertaiment by both world class artists and up and coming favorites. Saturday’s show includes music from Judge Roughneck, Iya Terra, Tribal Seeds and SOJA, and, on Sunday, the Rick Lewis Project, HIRIE, Citizen Cope and Ziggy Marley round out the weekend’s powerhouse line-up.


fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. For Hemphill, who pens the lyrics, chords and melody, each song starts with an experience: meeting someone, reading something, experiencing something that seems pertinent to the human condition. We’ve been conditioned to accumulate, compete and break others down around ourselves -not inherent to the human condition, but rather taught. Those things can be untaught. The real us is in there, somewhere.” All of this is translated into short, sweet packages of music. For SOJA, whose live show is an explosion of energy and positivity, music is a means of helping people relate in a more affirmative way. It also asks people to look inside themselves and really ask what it is they want to do with their life and how they can be happy. SOJA’s music is about finding that happiness and peace we all deserve and helping others do the same, something “Amid the Noise and Haste” aptly conveys in its songs. Soja headlines Saturday’s Switchback Festival. To learn more, visit


“I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Jacob Hemphill says. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.” This is the philosophy behind SOJA’s music, a simple statement that has driven the D.C. area band, who blend reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop. Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world since. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international

From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer). Tribal Seeds

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Sunday, June 24th

Grand Lake Swim Beach Pre-Party at the Western Riviera in Grand Lake, food by BareBones BBQ, live music by Martin and Taylor!

REGISTER EARLY! PRE-PARTY LIMITED TO 100! Polar Plunge + Pre-Party: $40 (BEST DEAL!) Polar Plunge only: $25 “Chickens” welcome too!!! Visit, under “Events” tab, to register. Grab your friends and family, throw on some costumes and come on out!

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now boasts six members, including: Victor Navarro (bass), Ryan Gonzo (guitar, vocals) & Luis Castillo (keys, vocals). Tribal Seeds’ unmatched musical talent and authentic sound has brought them to the forefront of the reggae rock genre, as their art form has reached people of all ages across the United States, and worldwide. To learn more, visit

ZiggY MARleY

Ziggy Marley’s life story is filled with changes and transitions. In fact, change has been the one constant in his life. From his earliest days, raised in Trench Town, Jamaica, to the present, he has been guided by his keen awareness and driving compassion. These qualities are the earmarks of his work and his journey. The eldest Marley son is not one to let any moss grow under his feet. Ziggy released his first solo album “Dragonfly” in 2003 which featured Flea and John Frusciante of Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the track “Rainbow in the Sky” and reached number three in Billboard’s top reggae albums. His second release “Love Is My Religion” in 2006 through his father’s label Tuff Gong Worldwide continued the success of his previous album and earned him another Grammy in 2007 for Best Reggae Album. It was the title track which saw Ziggy reach unprecedented heights as he blossomed into a worldwide star with his music the hitting airwaves. Continuing his father’s namesake, Ziggy has continued building on the Marley legacy divulging into children’s author, philanthropist and musician. Ziggy Marley headlines Sunday’s Switchback Festival. To learn more, visit

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A Culinary Experience Casey Malon


eadwaters Center is raising a glass to the educational experience and dining options with cooking demonstrations that will make your mouth water and your tastebuds jump for joy. On Monday evening, June 4th, twenty fortunate guests attended the first Interactive Cooking Demonstration at the Headwaters Ecology & Community Center in Winter Park. Hosted by the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort culinary team, Chef John Leslie, Chef de Cuisine John Christlieb, and Pastry Chef Taylor Houston led attendees through the preparation of each course, and Sommelier Evan Biner described the wine pairings he’d selected for each that evening during the demonstrations. As we arrived, we were treated to a predinner reception with a refreshing glass of White Knight Prosecco and a fruit and cheese platter. It was a beautiful late spring evening, so we enjoyed it on the deck overlooking the Fraser River and the Continental Divide. Guests toured the new facility, chattering among themselves, and the atmosphere was filled with anticipation of what the night would bring.

photo by Michael Turner

John Christlieb showed us how they prepared a Fuji Ahi Salad, made up of fresh farm greens, red cabbage, english cucumber, carrot, fuji apple, grilled shiitake mushroom, toasted sesame seeds and pickled ginger, mixed with a sweet wasabi vinaigrette. Chef John Christlieb expertly sliced veggies as Chef John Leslie showed the group how to put a sear on the ahi. The salad was topped with the spicy seared ahi tuna (which means “tuna tuna”, joked Chef John Leslie). We were also treated to the full recipe for this course via email the next day. The wine accompaniment for L -R: Headwaters Center Senior Manager, Andrea Caflisch with Devil’s this course was a semi-dry Thumb Ranch Resort culinary team, Chef de Cuisine John Christlieb, Pastry Trimbach Riesling from Chef Taylor Houston, Chef John Leslie and Sommelier Evan Biner. Alsace, France, which complimented the salad Beaumes de Venise from France for dessert and it perfectly. was, again, perfect. As the evening drew to a close, the culinary Our main course was team mixed with the group, talking about their comprised of “melt in your backgrounds, careers and how they came to the mouth” Shiraz-braised beef Fraser Valley. Headwaters Center Senior Manager, short-ribs which had been Andrea Caflisch, told the group about the next slow-cooked that afternoon interactive cooking demonstration, a 4-course with a Shiraz demi glaze. beer pairing, which is coming up on Monday, July Chef Leslie recommended 2nd at 6 pm. pan searing the short-ribs on all four sides before cooking them “low and slow” at 275 degrees for four hours. The entree was completed with a side of roasted sweet potato, poblano chili, pearl onion hash, cumin roasted baby carrots and micro greens. A glass of Gemtree Dragon’s Blood Shiraz from Mclaren Vale, Australia paired nicely with the dish.

The team from Devil’s Thumb Ranch has elevated the dining and culinary options in the Fraser Valley!

As the demonstration got started, we rose from our seats and gathered around the large counter which connects the main room to the professional kitchen. Chef John Leslie and Chef de Cuisine

Each time we returned to our table, we found our settings had been cleared of any empty glasses, our waters had been refilled, and, our napkins had been folded neatly, all adding to a truly exceptional experience.

Photos by Michael Turner Dessert: Lemon curd, marscapone and panna cotta with a blueberry compote and topped with a handmade almond tuile.

Pastry Chef Taylor Houston chose an intricate dessert of lemon curd, marscapone and panna cotta with a blueberry compote and topped with a Photos by Michael Turner handmade almond tuile. All chefs joined Pan Seared Fuji Ahi Salad paired with a semi-dry Trimbach Riesling from Alsace, in to assist Chef Houston in putting the France, which complimented the salad perfectly. complex dessert together for us. Evan Biner chose a glass of Domaine de Durban Muscat

For about the cost of a nice dinner, this is an excellent way to garner a few cooking and pairing tips from the pros while enjoying a palatable, interactive experience. You can find out more about upcoming events and purchase tickets at

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201 Eisenhower Drive Fraser, Colorado 80442


Hot Sulphur Days Festival


he annual Hot Sulphur Days celebration returned to the streets of Hot Sulphur Springs last weekend as one of the official summer kick off parties. The festivities Friday night at Town Hall featured a throw together jam with Red Dirt Hill Band a children’s carnival, pie baking contest, silent auction and dancing in the street. “It’s an annual tradition” commented local Steve Disciullo, “and it’s a fun small town thing,” Christine Lee, one of the organizers of Hot Sulphur Days said, “Everyone is welcome, but it’s really to bring our community together. Nothing fancy, just fun.” Each year, Saturday is the busiest day of the festival and begins with a complimentary pancake breakfast at the fire station served by the Hot Sulphur Springs Parshall Fire District. Some locals took advantage of the free admission at the Pioneer Village Museum before taking to the streets to watch the reenactment of the Texas Charlie Shootout at noon. Texas Charlie was gunned down on the streets of Hot Sulphur Springs in 1884 and to this day no one was charged in that incident. Following the shootout was the annual small town parade with prizes for best costume, best motorized entry and more. Live music and award winning BBQ at noon along with kids games,pony rides, horseshoe tournament and Bad Water rocked the park until dark as the Saturday Night fireworks display finished off the evening. “The fireworks are always amazing,” said Sally Disciullo “Our local firefighters do a fantastic job and I think they

have a little fun putting on the show.”

Sunday morning wrapped up the with a church service in the Town Park courtesy of the Hot Sulphur Springs Community Church. Make sure you save the date for next year and a great way to kick off summer. According to the Hot Sulphur Days Committee the event brings out about 400 people each year and helps the community come together. Dan Nolan Resident and Committee member, “It’s a chance for the townspeople to learn a little bit about their town, come together and enjoy themselves.” Nolan said the committee members spend several months planning the event each year and they always welcome volunteers and participants. If you want more info you can contact event organizers at info@

Yvonne Knox, Hot Sulhur Days event committee and Chamber of Commerce Director leads the Pie Contest and Auction. The event raised close to $2000. photo Casey Malon

Why No Fire Ban in Grand County? The unseasonably hot and dry conditions we are currently experiencing have caused many to ask why the county has not yet imposed a fire ban. The county utilizes a checklist of factors they use for consideration of when fire restrictions should be implemented (above). At this

time, Grand County has still not imposed any fire restrictions. The Winter Park Times has attempted to reach officials at the Grand County Sheriff ’s office for a status update, but no response had been received at the time of press.

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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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Coping with the Loss of a Pet The loss of a pet can bring as much grief as the loss of some human friends and family members. This makes sense when you consider the role our animal companions play in our everyday lives. You cared for your pet’s every need and, because they could not speak, you learned to communicate in other ways. Such caring builds intimacy similar to that found between a parent and their infant; love without conflict, jealousy, or any of the other complications found in most relationships. So when a pet dies, the depth of your grief reflects your loss of a special relationship. “When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio , a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups. “Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too often family members and friends say things like, ‘Just get another one.’ Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship, as others may advise, embrace your sorrow. Your grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.” Dolan-Del Vecchio offers these tips for those grieving the loss of a pet: • Share your grief with empathetic friends. Spend time with people who

understand your closeness with your pet. Even some friends may be insensitive, so be careful to avoid “get over it” types of people. “Unfortunately, many people see animals as if they were non-living objects,” Dolan-Del Vecchio says. • Attend a pet loss support group. Pet loss groups provide a concentrated dose of social support. Meeting with others who also grieve and share similar emotions can boost one’s healing greatly. • Keep moving. Exercise is a healer. It boosts feelings of well-being and calm, improves sleep and brightens your mood. • Be creative. Whether you lean toward writing, scrapbooking, ceramics, photography or making collages, creative projects may contribute to healing. • Spend time in nature. Nothing quiets the mind and soul like a stroll through a park, nature preserve, or by the seashore. “The natural world brings special benefits when your heart has been torn by grief,” Dolan-Del Vecchio says. “The sights, sounds, and smells of nature connect us to eternal, circular stories of life and death in ways that go beyond our usual thoughts and feelings, and this experience brings solace to many people.” “It’s important to care for yourself when you’re grieving your pet,” Dolan-Del Vecchio says. “This requires some planning and acts of will, as grief can diminish energy and motivation. You can lessen your distress through self-care. Above all else, be gentle with yourself.”

Half of Americans don’t use their vacation time. Three reasons to make that vacation mandatory:

3. Employees who take time off are happier and less likely to leave their jobs.

1. It hurts more to pay out vacation in cash. Workers who use vacation perform better than those who don’t.

How to help? Make disconnecting mandatory. Lock workers out of email and create a policy stating that only in the event of a real emergency should vacationers be summoned.

2. Post-holiday increased creativity and problem-solving. One in five startup ideas came while on vacation.

Work Well, Play More

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RIDDLE ME THIS I can be crushed to pieces but only if I am given away first, I can be clogged and attacked but that’s usually my own doing. No matter how many problems I have, you wouldn’t dare let me go. What am I? ...did you guess the last one?

... He was born in a giant hotel.

Homes Can Survive Wildfires by Grand County Wildfire Council


ildland fire is a natural process, and is necessary for the survival of many plants and animals. But no one wants to see homes lost to fire. If you live near wildlands or have recently experienced extremely dry conditions, your home may be at risk. Unfortunately, once a wildfire starts, firefighters may not have the time or resources to protect every home in its path. However, you can take action to protect your home before a fire starts. NFPA’s Firewise Communities team recommends you improve your “home ignition zone”—the house and surrounding area within 100 to 200 feet. Following are steps you can take to reduce a home’s vulnerability: Use non-combustible construction materials, such as stucco, brick, and cement siding. Consider using Class-A asphalt roof shingles, clay tile, or slate roofing materials.

Prune all trees so the lowest limbs are six to 10 feet from the ground and remove dead or overhanging branches. Within five feet of the home, use nonflammable landscaping materials, such as rock, pavers, annuals, and high-moisturecontent perennials. Select low-growing plants with high moisture content that are free of resins, oils, or waxes that burn easily. Remove leaves and pine needles from gutters and around your home and attachments, such as decks and fences. Allow 30 feet between tops of trees to reduce the risk of crown fire. Detailed landscape techniques and building construction choices are online at Contact your local fire department or Colorado state forestry office for specific local fire information. Contact a landscape specialist for low-flammability plants for your area.

Fire Danger in Grand County is reaching a hazardous conditions. Protect our community. Courtesy Photo

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The Week Ahead in the Fraser Valley Friday





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t’s not every day people jump up and down in excitement while bidding on things like used sweatshirts, old backpacks and horse masks, but that’s exactly what happened at Camp Chief Ouray’s staff auction held June 7. The idea is simple; Camp Chief Ouray staff members bring in items they have laying around or offer services like laundry and babysitting. From there, staff bid on the items, and the highest bidder takes them home. With 100 percent of the auction’s proceeds going towards the Camp Chief Ouray scholarship fund, the event means a lot more than picking up a new hoodie or tent. This year, over $5,400 was raised for the scholarship fund, bringing in $1,000 more than last year’s. While a coupon good for four guests to take a scenic plane ride was up for grabs,

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Camp Chief Ouray Staff Auction an old backpack ended up going for $140, making it the single most expensive item. Also on the auctioneers table, everything from brand-new Patagonia shorts with a starting bid of $20, to a can of Campbell’s tomato soup with an asking price of $1 got hands flying and bid wars ensuing.






Old Items Turn Into New Opportunities at Camp Chief Ouray Staff Auction


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Sunrise: 5:32 Sunset: 8:24 Sunrise: 5:32 Sunset: 8:24

Rocky Mountain National Park ...offers some great climbing

For the Camp Chief Ouray staff and prospective campers, the auction is a winwin situation. Staff members get rid of old and unwanted things, while taking home something new and also give a child the opportunity to attend camp. According to Camp Executive Mike Ohl, the money raised this year is enough to send seven kids to Camp Chief Ouray on a full scholarship. Since 1909, Camp Chief Ouray has been the adventurous playground and traditional overnight camp for kids ages 7-17. Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows—boredom is simply not an option, and the opportunities for growth and learning are endless. To learn more about Camp Chief Ouray and how to send more kids to camp, please visit

CCO Staff raise $5400 in auction of previously used items.

Thought this was a cool shot of myself and my friend Glen Frank, climbing the Petit Grepon in RMNP last week. We both live in Granby. He’s in turquoise and I’m in green. submitted by Chris Michalowski Courtesy Photo Kristin Spronz

June 15, 2018 | Winter Park Times  

Winter Park Times, 47th edition, 6/15/18

June 15, 2018 | Winter Park Times  

Winter Park Times, 47th edition, 6/15/18