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Bats and Other Wildlife pose potential exposure to Rabies Casey Malon
s the sky grew dark the other night, I stepped out into the growing twilight to catch a glimpse of the stars and I caught a glimpse of the slightly awkward flapping of a bat as it darted about looking for a meal. I know that most people don’t like bats, and don’t get me wrong, I don’t like them in my house and I have no desire to really touch one. But there is something fascinating about these misunderstood mammals and their night time rituals.
animal. It is extremely difficult to see a bat bite, even on a human who knows where he or she was bitten. Bat bites leave almost no mark behind but can spread saliva and rabies. Skunk teeth also are small enough that it may be difficult to tell whether a pet has been bitten. Any animal that is found unattended or in close contact with a skunk or bat is assumed to be at risk for rabies unless rabies testing of the wild animal shows it is negative.
Grand County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies
It is not uncommon to find a bat in Grand County, it is also not uncommon for bats to carry rabies. As of July 9, 2018, Grand County Public Health had spoken with several individuals about bats and exposure to bats. They have sent 5 bats in for testing; 2 came back negative, 2 are pending results, and, 1 tested positive for rabies. The positive bat exposed people to rabies during the night, while they were sleeping, and rabies prophylaxis was administered. In 2017, bat exposures affected several people in Grand County and they received recommendations for rabies protection by immunization. Bats, moths, and the flowers that they pollinate represent the night shift of the natural world, carrying on the work of pollination long after the sun sets. Colorful butterflies and charismatic hummingbirds get all of the attention, but the creatures of the night have their own secret charm. Bats and skunks are the main sources of rabies in Colorado. Other mammals can be infected with rabies from bats and skunks. Domestic animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, and horses can become infected by being bitten by a rabid wild
There is a Bat in my house, what should I do? Bats are actually wonderful creatures and are very important to our natural environment and ecosystem (eating about 4,500 bugs, including mosquitoes, every night). They do not seem quite as wonderful when they show up in our homes. Bats tend to show up indoors more often this time of year because young bats born in the spring are now old enough to take to the air in search of food and new places to live. Finding a live or even a dead bat in your bedroom can be upsetting. It can also present
a serious risk to your health. According to Brene Belew-LaDue, RN, BSN, Director, Grand County Public Health, “Currently in Colorado, bats are second to skunks in testing positive for rabies.” While only a very small percentage of bats actually carry rabies, “the
consequences of actual rabies exposure can be catastrophic, because an untreated rabies infection is almost always fatal.”
then capture it. Once safely captured, keep the bat in the room with the doors and windows closed. Be sure to not let it escape or set it free.
Here are some tips on how to safely manage things when a bat gets into your living space. If you find a bat, dead or alive, in your home, especially in your bedroom in the morning, there is a possibility that you could have been bitten while you were asleep. This risk applies to anyone sleeping in the area, including an infant or a pet. Even though all your instincts may tell you to shoo the live bat out, or toss the dead bat in the trash, stop and consider the following concerns:
If you wind up having to kill the bat, be careful not to damage the bat’s head, since the brain needs to be intact for proper testing. Put the container with the bat in it in the fridge to help preserve the tissues that need to be analyzed. Then call Grand County Public Health.
1. With no bat to test, it’s impossible to know if you or a loved one was exposed to rabies (the probability is low but the risk is high). 2. Bat bites are often hard to notice. 3. The only way to properly evaluate your exposure risk is to have the bat tested in a lab. 4. If the test is negative, you are in the clear. 5. If the result is positive. or. if the bat is unavailable for testing. you will need to undergo rabies vaccination. If you find a dead bat, use a paper towel or disposable rubber gloves and carefully place it in a container (Tupperware-type container) and put it in the fridge for safe keeping. Call Grand County Public Health at (970) 725-3288. Public Health will send it to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Lab for testing. If you find a live bat, try to catch it safely. Be extremely careful when attempting to catch the bat to avoid being bitten. The most common method of capture is to wait until the bat lands on a wall or other surface, then place an empty Tupperware-type container over the bat, and, slide the cover under and secure it. Some people use a broom or tennis racket to knock the bat out of the air and
If you find a bat outside, or, in a closed off area of the home or workplace that DID NOT have access to a sleeping person or pet, there is no need for a rabies test. You can either leave the bat alone or release it outside. If you have any questions about such a situation or do not know what to do, contact Grand County Public Health at (970) 725-3288.
Eight ways to protect yourself and your family: 1. Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious of stray dogs and cats. Rabid animals do not always appear vicious! 2. Teach children to leave wildlife alone. Be sure your child knows to tell you if an animal bites or scratches them. 3. Have your veterinarian (or local animal shelter) vaccinate your pets and livestock against rabies. Keep their vaccinations up-to-date. 4. Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins. Open trash and feed bags attract wild or stray animals to your home or yard. 5. Feed your pets indoors; never leave pet food outside as this attracts wildlife. 6. Keep outdoor pets in a fenced yard. 7. Avoid all contact with bats, especially bats found on the ground. If you find a bat on the ground, don’t touch it. Report the bat and its location to your local animal control officer or health department. 8. Call your doctor right away if an animal bites you. Contact your local health department to report the incident.
Valley Briefing G.A.P. application deadline is July 15 Grand Foundation’s G.A.P. Fund supports Grand County Youth by providing financial assistance with participation fees for non academic activities. Applicants can request assistance with Camp Fees, Sports Club dues, participation dues, Rec. District programs, etc. Must be a full-time resident Grand County youth between the ages of birth and 18 years of age to apply. Head to https://buff.ly/2NEgqwc to fill out an application.
Stay at the HiLonesome Hut for FREE! Headwaters Trails Alliance will be working on the Strawberry Trail, adjacent to the hut. This will be a fun backcountry experience with living comforts of the hut (solar generated electricity, a stove, hot and cold running water, and indoor toilet). There is also camping available at the hut, if preferred. There will be several different trail improvement opportunities for volunteers to work on including a turnpike installment, vegetation removal along the trail, and trail tread improvements on a new constructed stretch of trail near the hut. We will arrive to the hut on Friday afternoon for project prep and set-up (tools and equipment will be staged at the work site. Bring your bike to bike to the hut and to check out the trails near the project! We will be carpooling people to the hut between 4 and 6pm on Friday July 13th. Please contact HTA to coordinate a pick-up. We will start work at 8am from the hut on Saturday and work until about 4pm (weather depending). Sunday we will work from 8am until about 3pm. Bring your meals and personal gear for 2 days. There is running potable water and flushable toilets available. Tools, hard hats, and gloves are available and coffee, and limited refreshments for after will be provided by HTA. Please be ready with eye protection (sunglasses or glasses are fine), closed toe working shoes, and long pants for the each work day. For further details, directions and to sign up, contact HTA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 726-1013.
Trout Unlimited needs help with stocking Volunteers are needed to help release native Greenback Trout on July 16 & July 18. Sign up for one or both days here: https://coloradotu.org/volunteer
Grand Nordic receives grant funds Exciting News! Grand Nordic’s effort to support and grow opportunities for young Nordic skiers in Grand County
received a significant boost this month, thanks to a $3,000 grant from The Grand Foundation. The grant will help fund new equipment for preschool and elementary school “Learn to Ski” programs, much-needed upgrades for the East Grand Middle School ski inventory, and additional high school uniforms to support a growing team. In addition, Grand Foundation’s support will provide more scholarship funds for local high school Nordic athletes to assist with costs of program fees, racing fees and equipment. Visit grandnordic.org to learn more.
Granby’s Shorefox fishing permits available online The Town of Granby has permits for fishing the Colorado River on the Granby Trails parcel available online. Note that each individual angler must secure and pay for their own reservation. Violators may be ticketed. To reserve your permit and for more information, visit: activityreg.com.
Vendor spaces available for FREE at Fraser MTB Festival Any creative types interested in FREE exhibit space in the artist village during the Fraser MTB Festival, July 27-29, can contact the Town of Fraser to reserve a free space. The Town seeks to feature as many Grand County local artisans as possible. FREE space, bring your own pop-up tent and your art! Call (970) 7265491 to reserve your space.
CPW investigates the poaching of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak; up to $5,000 reward offered for information Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to two mountain goats that were shot and found dead on July 3, approximately 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail. On July 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two young male “billy” mountain goats, estimated to be between 1-2 years old, were shot and killed just over a half mile from the summit of Quandary Peak. The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range. Wildlife Officers ask anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity. “We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching,” said Tom Davies, See More Briefs, page 4
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District Wildlife Manager with CPW. “Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal.” A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. Anyone with information can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT or email: email@example.com to report any information. Callers or emailers may remain anonymous if they choose. “Quandary Peak is a well-traveled, popular 14er, and we hope someone active on the trail during a busy holiday week can help us find the party or parties responsible,” said Davies. Penalties for this crime are covered under C.R.S. 33-6-109, Wildlife--illegal possession. For more information on CPW regulations or stopping poachers, visit cpw.state.co.us.
Sugarloaf Fire Update The Sugarloaf Fire started on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from a lightning strike near the South Fork of Darling Creek, just south of Byers Peak Wilderness. The area is rugged and steep, remote with no roads and no safety zones for firefighters. It is part of the Mountain Pine Beetle “bug kill” that devastated lodgepole pine forests 20 years ago in various parts of the Forest. The numerous dead trees still standing now present a particularly dan-
Valley Briefs, continued from page 3 gerous condition from extreme overhead hazards and high potential for sudden and unexpected tree fall. And lightning. The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Eric Stuart, and using a suppression strategy. The number one goal is to protect the public and firefighters, followed by protection of private and public property and infrastructure. The size of the fire is currently at 1,279 acres, with 52 personnel; 3 Engines; 1 Type-3 Helicopter; 1 Type-1 Helicopter assigned to the incident. On Tuesday, the crew picked up a small spot fire on the northwest side of Darling Creek, lined it and worked on it to remove all heat. The fire received no rain on Tuesday, even though rain from surrounding thunderstorms moving through the area was prevalent. Crews continue to search for any other spots on the northwest side of Darling that may be lingering. All structure protection for the homes and mine infrastructure has been completed. Crews continue to patrol and test hoselays. Over 6,000 feet of hoselay is in place, and will remain so until the Sugarloaf Fire is no longer a threat. 20% of the perimeter of the Sugarloaf Fire is now contained. The fire is not immediately threatening homes or businesses.
GRAND LAKE BOAT PARADE
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Warm temperatures, high winds and dangerously dry conditions prompted officials throughout the county to cancel 4th of July fireworks displays this year. Grand Lake always has a backup plan that is fun for the community and the participants. Of Course, A Local Boat Parade. The shores were lined with spectators as boats passed by the frontage road marina. This particular vessel was a crowd favorite with patriotic hymms echoing accross the lake as more than a dozen boats got into the holiday spirit for the 2018 Lighted Boat Parade.
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS in place.
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BLM lands in Jackson County enter Stage 2 fire restrictions Stage 2 fire restrictions began for Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson County July 11. All BLM lands in Eagle, Grand and Summit counties are also under Stage 2 restrictions.
Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, coal, wood burning stove or sheepherders stove, including in developed camping and picnic grounds. Devices using pressurized liquid or gas are exempted; Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, building or tent; Using an explosive requiring fuse or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets and tracers or incendiary ammunition; Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor, and without a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher and a round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches that is readily available for use; Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame except with a current permit, contract or letter of authorization. The use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices is always prohibited on federal lands. Fire restrictions will be in place until further notice. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire. Many other areas in Colorado are also under fire restrictions. For more information about fire restrictions, go to http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html. Fire officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are urging the public to continue to be cautious as conditions continue to dry in northwestern Colorado. Precautions people should take include avoiding parking in tall dry grass, or driving OHVs in areas where dry grass can be ignited by hot exhaust. It only takes one spark to start a wildfire â€“ equipment should have working spark arresters and trailers should be inspected to ensure chains are not dragging.
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We need a ranger on the range volunteers who worked the lines and supported the efforts to feed and support those with the shovels and hoses.
am feeling a combination of shock, relief, thankfulness and wariness now that the Lake Christine Fire is not threatening downtown Basalt. I live part time in Redstone and part-time in Fraser. Just like here, in the Roaring Fork Valley we all knew that fire would eventually come, but to see it happen in the back yard is a real eye-opener. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that fires that spark during prolonged droughts are extremely dangerous and downright shocking to witness firsthand. Many structures and probably many lives were saved because of the incredible performance of valley responders who worked in concert with federal officials. The community benefitted from how well the response was organized and executed, from Keith Brink, chief of fire operations, right on down to the regional and local firefighters and countless local
The pilots flying customized aircraft on low and dangerous missions in wild and windy weather have nerves of steel, and contributed to saving hundreds of homes in Basalt and the vicinity. They put it all on the line so that others could carry on. Wow. Such bravery and dedication and expertise are not to be underestimated or taken for granted. The creatures of the forest had to run, fly or simply die as walls of flame overtook their habitats and homes. Forest ecosystems have a way of renewing and regrowing after a wildfire. The flame and ash shift the phases of the fire regime. Certain organisms benefit from these burned conditions, and some are rising from the ashes right now. Before celebrating any rebirth and regrowth, though, we should consider the influence of inconvenient man-influenced climate change on the ecosystem. Climate researchers say that one effect of recent changes is hotter fires in drier areas, leading to less regrowth from woody plants and increased vulnerability in the future. I’ve only been in Colorado for 36 years. I can testify that from my perspective the local environment has become steadily hotter and drier and more combustable.
YoUr LeTTers Re STRs: Countering a Letter in the Skyhi news last week. I understand the need for funding infrastructure. However, I’ve already demonstrated to the county that my owner-occupied STR contributes WAY more in taxes to the county than it utilizes in resources. The “problems” created by STRs are NOT those of owner-occupied ones (noise, parking, garbage, etc.) so we should NOT be responsible for that through fines, permit requirements, etc. Also, the county needs to figure out taxation of cyber-companies. AirBnB & VRBO are the fasting growing lodging companies in the country and don’t own a single building. UBER & Lyft are the fastest growing transportation
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How convenient it would be to simply not believe that we impact our environment. But when I look around I see humans everywhere. Like ants. The human infestation has been fueled by an economic engine that burns stuff at the expense of the natural world. Humans are part of the natural world, and burning stuff has come naturally to us for hundreds of thousands of years. Climate change is natural. And human. Now our brains are so big that we know what’s happening. That doesn’t make it easy to act collectively. The arguments continue. Local climate changes have led to beetle infestations, less rain and snow, shorter winters, increased dust and pollution, and the ability to grow tomatoes in Aspen. We simply must do what we can to address our local issues instead of relying on putting heroes in harm’s way. It does not help that the leader of the free world claims that climate change is not real, but a hoax perpetuated on the world by communists from China. Now is our chance to work on preventing this kind of catastrophe and address the causes, both little and large. The spark for the Lake Christine Fire started with tracer round fire at the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range. A much smaller fire, the Byers
companies w/o owning a single vehicle. Rather than tax the schoolteacher who uses his own vehicle to drive visitors around on weekends or further tax the Grandma who rents a room in her basement to weekend guests, you need to figure out how to tax these billion dollar companies who are making money, recruiting, advertising, and promoting their business in our county. Lastly, a $400K annual budget to administer the brand new (6month) STR program seems excessive. Growing more bureaucracy while raising taxes to pay for it all while shafting Grand County small business owners seems counter to the stated Republican agenda. Yet, those are the plans of our 100% Republican elected county representatives. Did I miss something? Kathy Gilbertson
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Canyon Fire was started by .223 full metal jacket rounds at the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in 2015. Some argue that the range in Basalt should have been closed because of local Stage 2 fire restrictions and extreme dry conditions. (The Byers Canyon Range just closed due to fire danger.) The day the fire started in Basalt, it was illegal to smoke outside but still legal to shoot weapons unsupervised. Still others point out that some kind of licensing system on guns and stuff like tracer rounds might (once again) slow the unqualified from ruining things. Yes, the Lake Christine Fire was ignited by locals misbehaving with guns, but the rest of us share some responsibility for creating the conditions that led to high fire danger in the first place. That fire could have easily been sparked by a trailer dragging a chain, a careless smoker of weed or tobacco, fireworks or other firearms, or kids playing with matches. The community response and the expertise of the firefighters was nothing short of phenomenal. We owe it to them and each other to prepare for and prevent the next catastrophe. The fire season has just begun. Reach Steve Skinner at nigel@ sopris.net.
ANoNYMoUs iN PHoeNiX To ‘Anonymous’ in Phoenix, I would like to say I have always enjoyed when Frank Watts has a letter to the editor. He shows a wealth of common sense, which is very lacking to our world today. The left wing liberals are the ones who named us conservatives ‘deplorable’ and ‘Nazi’. If Hillary wanted to call me a deplorable for not choosing her as my president, that’s perfectly fine with me, I’ll be a deplorable and admit it to anyone who cares to listen. And why wouldn’t the Winter Park Times print Frank’s letter? Don’t you remember that lengthy hate filled ABC list, called ’Trump Alphabet’ the Winter Park Times printed in their May 18, 2018 edition? Apparent-
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THe riGHT sTUff ... It was quite a scene. I am sure you saw it on the internet. A gay couple was quietly having dinner at a restaurant when a group of religious fanatics started yelling at them, “Shame!” They disrupted their evening, berating their lifestyle based on “moral grounds”. The restaurant owner asked them to leave, and this was during “Pride” month! Twitter exploded in support of the owner, for “standing up for her beliefs”. Bad behavior or the wrong belief system deserves to be punished, right? A member of congress went on TV, calling for people to “push back” when you find any gay couple in a department store, gasoline station or anywhere else in public. I guess conservatives want to punish people who have a different point of view. Oh wait, it wasn’t a gay couple, no, it was someone who works in the Trump Administration that was being harassed by self righteous zealots. Trump Derangement Syndrome is stronger than ever. And it wasn’t conservatives wanting to shout down a political opponent, it was the Far Left. You don’t have
to listen to cable go? It is difficult to find news very long any “news” outlet that to see to see the doesn’t have a political media, members of agenda. Politics is seeping congress, celebrities in to everything, such as and the Twitter movies, sports, school accounts that are curriculums, commerce, often quoted in and the workplace. It news stories, to seemed like every John Digirolamo conclude that the company had to celebrate Democratic party June as “Pride” month. has moved farther Well, what if I don’t left. The far left has long want to celebrate? Will they given up trying to persuade claim July to be “Traditional Americans with a better ideas Marriage” month? Don’t hold and it is now replaced with your breath. shouting, bullying and name But political hatred is calling. And many liberals nothing new, it is very much cheer and call it justified. And exacerbated by the internet, the media eats it up. social media and the 24 hour They are so obsessed with news cycle. An actor was hating Trump, that all rationale quoted when he called the is gone. What would be the president a “tyrant” who has reaction if Trump cured cancer? “made himself king”, and one The media would decry with who goes on “wild tirades”. the headline: Trump puts The actor went on to describe doctors out of business. the president as someone If Trump walked on water? who uses “coarse jokes, has The headline: Trump can’t vulgar smiles and his policies swim. are a disgrace.” The actor? If Trump solved world hunger? It wasn‘t Jonny Depp, Peter The headline: Trump causes Fonda or Amy Schumer. It was poor kids to gain weight. The John Wilkes Booth criticizing sad and scary thing is that I Abraham Lincoln. am only half joking. Where did all the reasonable Democrats
cont’d Anonymous in Phoenix, previous page ly ‘Anonymous’ in Phoenix thinks only their side gets a say. Sounds awfully familiar these days doesn’t it? To the Winter Park Times, regarding your July 6, 2018 article about the Stage 2 fire restrictions, I would like to state that my husband and I owned and operated a fireworks stand in Granby for 29 years. Of course that required us to stay current with all the laws associated with fireworks. The last we knew, we do not believe the fire restrictions can stop the SALE of fireworks. There’s a big difference between selling, buying or using fireworks. You can look it up in the Colorado Revised Statutes, where only a State mandate can restrict the SALES, under certain conditions. I find the Winter Park Times to be more informative and newsworthy than
oNe More TiMe. . . I used to be just “a deplorable racist” but now I’m a “Nazi”. People who believe as I do about illegal immigration are being regularly called Nazis by the left and their media. We have suddenly shown our stripes by wanting to separate families! Never mind that we are merely in favor of enforcing long existing legislation. Never mind that Obama did the same thing without the media hype. Never mind that the parents are breaking our law. Never mind that families that come to any Port of Entry on the border are not separated. Never mind that some of these kids are brought in by child traffickers. Never mind that some of these
our local Granby paper. Thank you for that. ‘Anonymous’ in Phoenix, I would like to repeat back to you: What ever happened to love thy neighbor as thy self? I also ask you to join me in dropping the negativity and spend at least as much time ourselves, and encouraging others, to help unite our country before we’re torn completely apart; to be tolerant of others and their opinions; to honor our right of free speech, without spewing nastiness and screaming ‘racist’ at anyone who differs with us. Like Frank Watts, but unlike ‘Anonymous’ in Phoenix, I’m not afraid to sign my name. Nancy Covey, Granby kids are with bogus parents. Never mind that some of these kids are brought in by MS 13. Never mind that Cartels foster kids’ entry in order to occupy border agents so as to bring drugs in easier. Never mind that conservative efforts to change the law are regularly rejected by the left in hopes that they will have some kind or issue for the fall elections. The left’s platform for the fall elections is now fully developed; Hate Trump - defend MS13, hate Trump - defend Hamas, hate the Trump family gut the tax cuts, hate Conservatives defend illegal immigrant criminals, call conservatives Nazis. Frank B Watts, Winter Park Highlands
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Busy Summer for Grand County Search and Rescue O
nly half way through the summer and it has already been a busy season for Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR). GCSAR is a first responder in the off-road backcountry. Grand County covers 1860 square miles of which 60% is back country. GSCAR accompanies or transports EMS personnel to injured or ill subjects, and then transports subjects out of the backcountry to waiting EMS ambulances. Ten missions have been completed since early June and have included seriously injured hikers, bikers and campers – as well as hikers who have gotten lost. These missions have included: • A hiker with appendicitis symptoms west of Monarch Lake was brought out via a wheeled litter to EMS ambulance. • A seriously injured biker on Flume Trail was brought out via a wheeled litter to EMS ambulance. • Injured climber who fell on Lone Eagle Peak. Flight for Life helicopters were used to insert GCSAR members into the backcountry for rescue and conduct aerial searches for the subjects. Colorado Air National Guard was called in order to retrieve the injured party from a ledge with a hoist operation using a Black Hawk helicopter. The subject was then taken to Granby Airport and transferred to Flight for Life for transport to a Denver hospital. • Supporting Grand County EMS with a bike rider participating in the Singletrack bike race who suffered a head injury near Elk Meadow Trail. The subject was transported via Flight for Life. • Supporting Rocky Mountain National Park personnel with a backpacker who had a severe health emergency and was unconscious. The backpacker was brought out via litter with horses and mules and transported via Flight for Life. • Missing inebriated camper at Corona Lake who was found at another camp site. • Lost hikers in Hell Canyon Loop without food, map or GPS were guided out via text as GCSAR used Terrain Mapping software to guide the hikers to a main trail.
Team preparing for evac of injured biker on Flume Trail
• Lost hikers near King Mountain Ranch were guided out via cell as GCSAR used Terrain Mapping software to guide the hikers to a main trail. • Supporting Jackson County Sheriff with lost hikers in the North Supply Area. GCSAR used Terrain Mapping software to determine the location of the hikers for the Sheriff. • GSCAR also provided fire evacuation support for the Grand County Sheriff during the Grand Lake Fire. GCSAR recommends that everyone traveling in the backcountry, whether it be for a short day trip or a lengthier excursion, should carry these essentials. Remember that cell service may not be available or spotty in the backcountry. • A map of the areas and a compass • Cell Phone • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries • Extra clothing – including hat, gloves and rain gear • Sunglasses • Extra food and water • Fire Starting Kit (while respecting any applicable fire bans) • Pocketknife • First aid kit • Emergency shelter GCSAR is an all volunteer organization available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with a fully qualified team of trained personnel to deal with any search or rescue within Grand County area. Upcoming opportunities to meet GCSAR will be: • Kid’s Camp at Snow Mountain Ranch in late July • National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, from 5pm to 8pm at Polhamus Park in Granby • Touch-a Truck day is Saturday, August 18, from 10am to noon in the Granby High School parking lot. GCSAR does not charge for services and is funded entirely by donations and grants. To support GCSAR, please visit us on Facebook or the GCSAR website http://grandcountysar.com/.
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ArtAffair stages 45th year Michael Turner
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hat is it about the Alpine ArtAffair that keeps artists and visitors interested? Karen Vance said, “The artists love the warm welcome they receive and the locals love the sense of community the event provides.” Vance added, “Some say they come to the ArtAffair just to see the friends they’ve been too busy to see all year.” And for Karen Vance, local painter and mentor to many inspiring artists, “I just love the ArtAffair, it is one of my favorite events all year!” The Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair is a long standing tradition of art and crafts, music and food and camaraderie, but the art itself is the event’s backbone. This juried event brings a high caliber of artists who compete for ribbons, prestige and bragging rights. Photographers, jewelers, painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, woodworkers and more – all with a never-ending flow of creativity come to this event to compete and sell their work. Other artists offer porcelain, metal work, textile, carving, and candle artistry. This year marks the 45th Annual Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair and will be held from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, July 14, and from 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday, July 15. More than 80 booths will be located in Hideaway Park at the Rendezvous Event Center. Admission is free. A highlight of the event for most of the patrons is talking with the artists, and
learning about their craft. You can pick up some great tips or ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Grab a card and refer to them later for that special gift or home decor piece for your castle. Many of the artists do custom work. You never know, you might see something you want to purchase next year or even online. The Alpine ArtAffair is made possible by the efforts of the all-volunteer committee. They glean the best from a wide field of applications and deal with all the details required for an event of this magnitude. Artist booth and jury fees fund scholarships for local college-bound art students and local arts programs. There is something for all age groups. Children’s activities include arts and crafts and mini-workshops for the crafty individuals and, of course, free face painting. Hawkquest returns with rescued birds of prey, giving demonstrations. This is a great opportunity to be up close and personal with amazing raptors and to learn more about their beauty and the part they play in the ecosystem. Local artists exhibiting their creations at the Alpine ArtAffair this year include Vance, Callie McDermott and Sunnyside Pottery, Rachel Rayburn of Altitude Jewelry, Cathy Rapp and Anne Buel of Red Fleece Studios, painters Deborah Loftness and Jeffrey Bartholomew, photographer Gary Piper, Stanley Loftness of Sunrise Flutes, and Katie and Rob Plutt of Plutt Designs, LLC.
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“44th Annual Alpine ArtAffair was a huge success building on years of tradition” according to Cheryl Day, Event Organizer. See WINTER PARK TRADITION, page 10
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A WINTER PARK TRADITION ArtAffair, continued from page 9
Returning veterans of the creative showcase include photographer Roger Doak (15+ years) and Rocky Stiers of Stiers Jewelry Designs (25+ years). The Alpine ArtAffair is also excited to welcome a dozen new artists this year, but on a sad note, one less; potter John Burnett (20+-year veteran) of Burnett’s Pottery passed away in December, 2017. “He will be greatly missed, as I know he had a local following of patrons,” said Cheryl Day, board president and event coordinator since 2008. This is the third year for the Alpine ArtAffair’s new schedule and location at the Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park. With its own weekend (instead of during JazzFest), the Alpine Art Affair is one of the main events this weekend in the Fraser Valley. The board has been excited about these changes and the public has been very receptive to them.
The music of Weston Smith (Saturday), and Red Dirt Hill (Sunday), is set to intermingle with the creative vibes along the grassy walkways through the park, starting at 2 pm each day. Meanwhile, children’s face painting and community and charitable booths are also planned (including ones from Grand County Wilderness and Grand County Advocates). The Lions Club is set to flip flapjacks for breakfast 7:30-11 am both mornings, with other food vendors to include Smokin’ Moe’s, Rocky Mountain Lemonshakes and White Water Kettle Corn. Come early, have breakfast, stroll through the park and be stimulated with art and entertainment; visit with the artists and your friends. And possibly take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art that speaks to that creative part of your soul.
Scholarship Recipient Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair scholarship recipient Amelia Matteson is a certified combatant in six different stage “fight” disciplines through the Society of American Fight Directors, a unique program offered at Columbia College Chicago, where she graduated with a degree in musical theatre. She said she learned a lot about her art going to school to earn a degree in it, and that the funds she received from the ArtAffair went to paying her tuition there, as well as some credits at Red Rocks Community College. Head shot and stage photo compliments of Amelia Matteson.
The mission of the Winter Park Alpine Artaffair is to support the arts within the greater community of Grand County. Student scholarships are funded through the collection of Booth Fees from participating artists and food vendors. Graduating seniors, within Grand County, pursuing the Arts at a post high school level are eligible to apply for a scholarship awarded by the Winter Park Alpine Artaffair.
in Quitugua, a master falconer and long time environmental educator, founded HawkQuest in 1986. He has trained, handled and flown birds of prey as diverse as the Bald and Golden eagles and the Saw-whet owl. For more than 25 years, Kin has dedicated himself to educating the public about the place of raptors in our ecology. Kin created HawkQuest believing environmental awareness is a key to the survival of the world as we know it, and education - of our nation’s youth in particular - is paramount to this process. He has developed many educational programs such as HawkQuest’s unique Classroom-in-the-Wild. Kin has received national recognition for his work combining educational and ecological concerns, having appeared on both local and national television programs. Kin also serves as a consultant to organizations which promote the welfare of birds of prey. The HawkQuest Booth is always a crowd favorite as a team of handlers show and tell their winged companions.
Jeff Bartholomew, one of this weekend’s Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair artists and a third-generation Colorado native, says he comes by painting naturally. “Grandmother was always creating,” he said. “She would paint hummingbirds and blue columbines in China dishes.” His great-aunt Lizzy was also a “prolific” oil painter, his father a wood worker and avid craftsman. Bartholomew was painting (left-handed, from his mother’s side of the family) live during the First Friday art exhibit at Winter Park Framewerx and Uptripping. He finished up some of his own hummingbirds to show this weekend, “attempting to capture their energy and playfulness.” Photo by Cynthia McCoy, This Side of Berthoud.
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45th Annual Poster is a part of Govenor Hickenlooper’s Collection Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper knew right away what scene in Karen Vance’s oil painting “High Country Autumn” depicted. When the two met, he told her Bowen-Baker Gulch, in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Kawuneeche Valley, was his go-to place for solitude. It is one of Vance’s favorite places to paint and the painting, she said, is one of her best. “So I thought it appropriate to honor the ArtAffair with it.” (The Winter Park ArtAffair in July 1983 was the first showing of her paintings in Winter Park). The work graces this year’s commemorative poster. “High Country Autumn” by Karen Vance.
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45th Alpine ArtAffair Poster. “High Country Autumn”, Painting is from the Colorado Governor’s Mansion Collection. Original oil painting by Karen Vance. Proceeds All proceeds from Art Poster sales goes toward funding scholarships for Fraser Valley students pursuing the arts. This Year’s Artist Karen Vance has graciously donated the image of her oil painting for the 45th Alpine ArtAffair Poster. Karen is a well established and recognized oil painter. She resides in the Fraser Valley. Cost The cost of this year’s Art Poster will be $25.00. The poster will be available for sale both days of the Alpine ArtAffair. July 14th & 15th. Located Volunteers will be happy to assist you with your purchase located under the covered picnic area.
Photographer Cathy Rapp calls this composition of frames “A Table by the Window”. She captured the images last fall in Rocky Mountain National Park, thinking it’d be cool to shoot through a window into a room with a visible table, and (then) out a window on the other side of a cabin. (It’s) “Kinda like reflections of the past, living inside the cabin in the present, and the image beyond the window (as) a window into the future.” “A Table by the Window” compliments of, and by Cathy Rapp.
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July 13, 2018 Cooper Creek Square has live music with Cowboy Brad (John Denver Tribute) from 12-2 pm. Colorado Headwaters Land Trust hosts their Land, Lunch & Lager fundraising event at B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, from 2:30-5:30 pm. Email: info@ coloradoheadwaterslandtrust.org for information.
Friday, July 13 - Embrace your Geekness Day
Granby’s Farmer and Artisan Market has local vendors and live music by Gary Key, starts at 2 pm. Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser hosts Grand County Storytellers “Family in the Fraser Valley”, 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 a Corn Hole tournament, starts at 5:30 pm. Music on the Square at Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park features music by Forest Sun, starts at 6 pm. The Headwaters Center in Winter Park hosts a Community Dance event (21 & over) with DJ EvAAA, starting at 6 pm. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm.
Hand made items will also be for sale. 10 am - 5 pm.
Squeaky B’s in Grand Lake has live music in the Beer Garden with Doesn’t Matter, starting at 2 pm.
Creative Journaling with Janice Dahl, at Fraser Valley Library, starts at 2 pm. Call (970) 726-5689 to register.
The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has free pool, starting at 7 pm.
Vertical Bistro in the Village at Winter Park has live music from 2-5 pm.
Margarita Monday at Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Fraser, starts at 5:30 pm.
“Old West Night” at High Country Stampede Rodeo at the John Work Arena in Fraser, starts with Junior Rodeo at 3 pm. RMRT presents “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 6 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainSqueaky B’s in Grand Lake has live music in the Beer Garden with Gary rep.com Key, starting at 5 pm. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm. 6:30 pm. Grand County Blues Society and the Winter Park Pub present live music with the Heather Gillis Band, starting at 7 pm on the outdoor stage.
The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has live music with Wyatt Lowe, starting at 8 pm.
Eagle Wind Sound hosts a Sound Showcase with Wyatt Lowe & the Mayhem Kings, starting at 7 pm. Email: email@example.com for tickets.
RMRT presents “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 8 pm pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainrep.com
The Parshall Inn has live music with Bottle Rocket Hurricane, starting at 7 pm.
The Village at Winter Park has live music with Desmond Jones, starts at 9 pm. Free movie night featuring the movie Coco, at the base of Winter Park Resort. Show starts at dusk. Ullr’s Tavern has live music by Hawthorne Roots, starts at 9:30 pm.
Saturday, July 14 - Mac & Cheese Day
The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has live music with Grassfed, starting at 8 pm. RMRT presents “The Full Monty” at 8 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainrep.com Ullrs Tavern has live music with Blink 90210, starts at 10 pm.
Sunday, July 15 - Pet Fire Safety Day
Grand County Wildfire Council hosts a FREE Chipping Day at Highway 34 & CR 48, from 8 am - 5 pm. Call (970) 887-3380 for information.
Alpine ArtAffair at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park features exhibitors and vendors from across the region, with live music on the Rendezvous Event Center stage. Starts at 9 am.
Alpine ArtAffair at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park features exhibitors and vendors from across the region, with live music on the Rendezvous Event Center stage. Starts at 9 am.
Yoga in the Park at Cooper Creek Square, starts at 9 am. Limited mats available.
Grand Lake’s Buffalo Days celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast in Town Park, starting at 7 am followed by a 5K that starts at 9 am. Visit grandlakechamber.com for all the details. Peaks ‘n Pines Quilt Guild hosts their 8th Annual Quilt Show at the Community House in Grand Lake. Vintage, Contemporary, Traditional, Ornamental, Guild Challenge, and a Special Exhibit will be on display.
Monday, July 16 - Get out of the Doghouse Day
Grand Lake’s Buffalo Days celebration has Cowboy Church in Town Park, starting at 10 am, and the Parade gets underway at 1 pm on Grand Avenue. Visit grandlakechamber.com for all the details. Peaks ‘n Pines Quilt Guild hosts their 8th Annual Quilt Show at the Community House in Grand Lake. Vintage, Contemporary, Traditional, Ornamental, Guild Challenge, and a Special Exhibit will be on display. Hand made items will also be for sale. 10 am - 5 pm.
Tuesday, July 17 - World Emoji Day
It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, starting at 5 pm.
Mountainside Yoga in the Village at Winter Park Resort, starts at 5 pm. Limited mats available. Fraser’s Picnic in the Park, at Old School House Park, has live music by Red Dirt Hill, starts at 6 pm. The Creekside Eatery at Crooked Creek Saloon hosts Trivia Night, starting at 7:30 pm. RMRT presents “Annie” at 7:30 pm pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainrep.com
Wednesday, July 18 - Mandela Day
Grand Lake’s Summer Concert in the Park series has live music by Jubilant Bridge, starting at 5 pm, in the Grand Lake Park Gazebo. Local’s Night at Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco in downtown Winter Park, starts at 5 pm. Lavender Elephant hosts a Creative Lab: Intro to Natural Dyes 101, starts at 6 pm. Visit the Lavender Elephant Facebook page to RSVP. The Crooked Creek Saloon hosts “Wednesdays in the Garden” with live music by Kay Irvine, benefitting Mountain Pet Rescue, from 6-8:30 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. RMRT presents “The Full Monty” at 7:30 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainrep.com
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Thursday, July 19 - Ice Cream Day
The Fraser Valley Lions Club meets at 7:30 am at Carver’s Restaurant in Winter Park.
The Winter Park - Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser. High-Note Thursday at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park features music by Grant Farm, starts at 6 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. RMRT presents “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at 7:30 pm at the theatre in Grand Lake. Tickets: (970) 627-3421 or visit: rockymountainrep.com
Friday, July 20 - Space Exploration Day
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Music on the Square at Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park features music by Shaun Munday, starts at 6 pm. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo in the Park, starting at 7:30 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has live music with Craig Pierce, starting at 8 pm.
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RIDDLE ME THIS What did the hangman get his wife for her birthday? ...did you guess the last one?
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FRASER At the July 11th Board of Trustees meeting, following an Executive Session, the Board unanimously approved the consent agenda, which included the June 13th meeting minutes, Ordinance No. 455 to amend Chapter 10 regarding trash (“dumpster poaching”), and, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County for Fraser River Trail Maintenance pertinent to the recent Open Lands, Rivers and Trails (1A) grant award of $43,500.
CR 72 Realignment Project The Trustees next discussed the CR 72 realignment project. Town Manager, Jeff Durbin, described the current road at a 13% grade, which creates difficult driving conditions in winter. He said the solution is to realign the road to the backside of the new Drop trash and recycling facility, reducing the grade and improving access. The realignment would be done on town-owned land. He also mentioned that a swap of a small parcel is underway with the Cemetery. The realigned road would still be considered as CR 72, and the project costs would be shared with the County and Denver Water. Denver Water’s Special Use Permit states that they will contribute toward roadway improvements at a rate of somewhere between 10-20%. The County would then split the remaining costs 50/50
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE with the Town. An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the County would be engaged to formalize cost allocations and the Town would also manage the project. The Town had put the project out to bid and received several proposals, one notably lower. Using that bid amount, the cost to the Town would be approximately $143,000. Durbin stated that this cost had not been budgeted, but with other projects deferred, they can afford the expense. It was agreed that the Trustees would wait to award the contract to the bidder until the IGA with the County has been signed. Durbin said he would have the IGA available at the August 1 Board of Trustees meeting, after which the work could begin.
Waterline Projects The Town had also requested bids for two waterline projects. The Doc Susie waterline project completes the emergency work that was started in the winter when a pipe burst. The other project is on Byers Avenue, from the railroad crossing to Norgren. They’d done some work on this last year and hoped to complete it this
year. The bids received came in for amounts much higher than anticipated. Town staff had discussed the projects and the bids with the Water and Wastewater Committee at their last meeting. The recommendation was that the Town rebid the Byers Avenue project, but move forward with the Doc Susie project, since the condition of the pipes is questionable. After discussion, the Board felt it would be better to rebid both projects and try to get the Doc Susie project started in the fall.
Town purchase of Pond #2 nearly complete Durbin told the Trustees that an Operating Agreement, part of the Purchase and Sale Agreement of Fraser Pond #2, located by the Fire Station, with Grand County Water & Sanitation District #1 is being reviewed by water attorney, Chris Thorne. The agreement should be suitable for execution in time for the August 1 closing. Durbin emphasized this is “great for water and sustainability”.
Fraser River Corridor Pilot Project Town Planner, Catherine Trotter, updated the Trustees on the status of the Fraser River Corridor Master Plan. The construction documents for the Pilot Project went out to bid in the spring and they had received one bid. Skinny Traffic LLC, a company based in Fraser, submitted a bid of $59,696 for the pilot project, consisting of redoing the trails around the Lions Pond and adding ADA compliant features. Trotter told the Trustees the bid came in lower than anticipated. The Town had removed tree planting from the bid and is working with a homeowner north of town to transplant trees from the property instead. The Board unanimously approved the bid award. Trotter told the Trustees that they’re in the process of putting together a grant strategy to fund the rest of the project. During 2019 budgeting, she said she would be seeking input from the board on what comes next. “We need to be strategic when going for grant dollars”, said Trotter. For more information, visit: frasercolorado.com
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