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Vol. 3, No. 11 August 16, 2019

Winter Park

Fraser Tabernash Granby

Hot Sulphur Springs

Grand Lake



cover photo by Michael Turner

GRAND COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION: hosts their 8th annual ‘Taste of History’ fundraiser at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park this Saturday.. Page 5


SolShine Music Festival rocks the park at the Rendezvous Event Center on Saturday night. Highlights is entertainment section Page 11


Duckels Construction has begun demolition of the bridge over the Fraser River on CR 8. Page 8

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t the meeting on August 6th, several members of the community addressed the town council during the Town Hall meeting. Old Town representative, Gigi Dominguez, expressed frustration with projects still to be completed. “This is a 2018 capital project that is still not finished,” said Dominguez. While the new street lamps have been installed, the old ones still have yet to be taken down. Minimal flowers and a lack of signage are also disappointments. “There is absolutely no signage for the Fraser River Trail. You’re mixing traffic with vehicles and it is not safe.” Dominguez added, “I have been told to stand in front of you. I am willing to stay on this, but who do I need to speak with?” Town Manager, Keith Riesberg, told Dominguez he would follow up with staff and they would work with her.

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W i n t e r P a r k To w n C o u n c i l the town. “Our intent is to maintain our revenue to fund our capital projects. You guys want to keep doing what you want to do and we want to keep doing what we want to do.” Councilman Art Ferrari asked, “Have you done a deep dive on a financial analysis to see whether the new housing and condos would impact your income?” Holzwarth explained they get very little from initial residences at 7.15% of the mil levy value, plus impact fees. At 29% of the mil levy, he added, “I love commercial/business buildings.” But with over 80% residential in the district, revenue collections are low. The district operates on a $1.5 million budget, part of which is capital expenditures funded by their reserves. The goal of the measure is to add between $400,000-500,000 a year so that the reserves are not depleted. “We have the same funds as we

said Sawatzky. “They are safer, faster and more capable. Now that I am a resident, I want to drive my Razor around town. We use it for recreation and for fun.” Sawatzky told council he believed Winter Park and Fraser would be a great place to get some trail access. “I don’t think we need to change anything, but I’d love to add some trails. It’s easier than getting around by truck. I am not sure of the process, but I would rather get in front of it now. There are alot of us that would like to be able to drive our side by sides.” Councilman Jim Myers asked, “Are there lights? Turn signals?” Sawatzky told council that he had received a registration from the state of South Dakota for his Razor. “South Dakota is a friendly state,” said Sawatzky. They require the OHV have a horn, seatbelt, lights and turn signals. He added that the state of Utah reciprocates SD law. “You can drive anywhere, except for the interstate in UT, KS, WY, OK, NM”. However, Colorado does not reciprocate. Mayor Pro-Tem Nick Kutrumbos asked if he had spoken with Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA). “It’s an interesting conundrum,” said Sawatzky. “I have worked a little bit with HTA, but I always hear that we are not an OHVfriendly community.” “I would suggest you work out designated trails with unilateral support. It may help with the approval process,” said Kutrumbos.

East Grand Fire Protection District No. 4 Chief, Todd Holzwarth, told council the district is planning to put a question on the 2019 ballot for a revenue stabilization measure. The finalized verbiage will go before their board at the August 19 meeting. Chief Holzwarth told council they would be requesting a letter of support from

had ten years ago. We can’t operate like that forever,” said Chief Holzwarth. Zach Sawatzky, who recently moved into a home on Trestle Drive, asked the council to consider making changes to the town code to allow OHV vehicle travel on certain roads that access motorized trail routes. “Side by sides are a really big go cart,”

Sawatzky said he had contacted the Colorado OHV coalition. The representative he spoke with told him ‘I am not from there. You need to get this started.’ Of 63 communities in Colorado with OHV access, Sawatzky told council he’d seen no resort communities listed. Town Manager Riesberg said the topic was slated for a future workshop for input and guidance to determine whether it was something they wanted to consider.

Casey Malon I Winter Park Times “The state has said it’s up to the county. The county says it’s up to the individual towns. Granby allows OHVs on certain streets, as does Hot Sulphur Springs and Grand Lake.” Sawatzky added, “It’s really about access.” Mayor Jimmy Lahrman stated, “I am very supportive. We have talked about this for a year and a half. I agree we need to get out ahead of this. Glen (Police Chief Trainor) and his officers have a lot more to do than write citations for this. It’s in our best interest to accelerate this a little bit and work with Fraser. I see this leading into not only OHV, but snowmobile access in wintertime.” Fraser Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor told council, “One of the issues we have had is that CR 8, CR 72 and CR 73 are not ATV routes in Grand County. Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs have ATV routes. In reality, the only place you could access in Winter Park is Vasquez Road. It would still be unlawful to drive on 72 and 73, because they are not ATV routes.” Chief Trainor added, “The county does this every spring designate OHV routes. Somebody has to go and request the routes be made part of it.” Manager Riesberg said the topic would be added to an upcoming Workshop agenda. Special Event Permits approved Winter Park Craft Fair - August 9-11, in the lot adjacent to King’s Crossing. Byers Peak Bistro & Brewery - live music following Highnote Thursdays and possibly into September, weather permitting. Council approved music from 8:30 - 11 pm through the end of August. Whiskey & Wings - August 31 and September 1, from noon to 4 pm in the Village at Winter Park Resort. Winter Park Fraser Chamber events include a Membership Appreciation Party (private event) at the final High Note Thursday on August 22 from 6 8 pm; Uncorked Wine Festival at the Rendezvous Event Center on August 24 from 2 - 6 pm; and, the Fall Fest on September 14 from noon - 5 pm at the Rendezvous Event Center. To learn more, visit

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Asphalt Paving Project back on track this weekend Michael Turner I Winter Park Times


uality roads are important to every economy. They are key to any dependable transportation infrastructure. Paying for asphalt is expensive and the County has made significant investments in our roadways in the last few years. At 8000ft to 9000ft above sea level, Mother Nature adds a secondary dimension of wear and tear on the road system in the form of ice and snow, playing a role in Grand County’s Road and Bridge maintenance budget. This summer, Grand County is investing over $2 million on the east end of the county with a 2019 asphalt plan focused on the replacement of 4” asphalt on 20,934 feet of county roads. The county roads in the initial 2019 plan included CR 53 (7,422’); CR 515 (3,629’); CR 832 (1,093’); CR 838 (2,074’); CR 84 (4,158’); CR 8500 (458’); and, CR 858 (2,100’). At the April 23rd Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) meeting, Road & Bridge Superintendent, Chris Baer, presented the commissioners with a bid for acceptance from United Companies of Grand Junction to complete this year’s project list. The bid was broken into segments. The first reflected the approved work scheduled for this summer on County Roads (CR) 515, 832, 838, 8500, 84 and 858 on about 2.4 miles of roadway. The total amount to complete these projects is $1,717,475. The second segment showed an alternate for 1.4 miles of road improvements on CR 53 YMCA / Snow Mountain Ranch Road (SMR). The total cost for construction amounted to $757,466. (split with SMR at $378,733 each) As part of the plan, Baer, told the commissioners the 2019 plan would involve pulverizing the existing asphalt and mixing it with new material, which reduces the amount of new asphalt needed for each section. According to several studies done by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), recycling roadbeds is an important component in management plans and can reduce overall repaving costs by as much as 30%. To insure quality and road base standards are met, independent contractors are hired to test the density

of asphalt and retrieve core samples to provide asphalt content, gradation and density. The road surface and material is tested using nuclear density testing gages to insure strength and durability. Baer said, “It is important that core samples adhere to guidelines or the asphalt could fail prematurely and ultimately cost the taxpayer’s more money.” This summer, when CR 53 tests came back pointing to sub par material, Baer made the decision to stop work on the project and evaluate the product and find a solution with the contractor before moving forward. Baer said, “When we did the tests on CR 53, we felt it was important to stop and regroup so we get it right.” He added, “United has done a good job resolving the mix issues and is ready to move forward again.”

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Kate McIntire, Grand County Manager, said, “We are investing a significant amount of money in these roads and we want them to stand the test of time. Ultimately, the county wants to work with local companies as much as possible, but we have standards and a responsibility to the community and are working collaboratively with our partners to get it right.” McIntire said, “We know the delay has been an inconvenience, but United is set to start up this weekend and has put together a schedule to finish the project in the next few weeks.” Spokesman for United said, “We are committed to quality products and workmanship, honesty and integrity and we have put together an aggressive work schedule to finish this work as soon as possible.” Baer said the company plans to mill County Road 53 on Friday and Saturday, then start paving again the first of next week. “United wants to complete CR 53 by the end of August, then work on the other roadways on the list.” The finish work and fill along the edges is expected to be complete by late September. It’s been said that “beauty is only skin deep”. It’s even true in the construction industry, where what is underneath is more important than how good the job may look on the outside. “The real question you should be asking yourself is this: Will it stand the test of time?”

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Granby Board of Trustees


t Tuesday night’s meeting of Granby’s Board of Trustees, led by Mayor Pro-Tem Deb Shaw, trustees Josh Hardy, Becky Johnson and Nick Raible made short work of the agenda. Town Manager Aaron Blair presented a bid for repairs at Town Hall, which had been budgeted as a part of the 2019 capital repair plan. The work entails repair of the soffit and roof system, including snowmelt and snow stops. “It should have been fixed a few years ago,” said Blair. He told the trustees the biggest challenge had been in getting bids for the work, since most contractors are so busy. Blair presented a single bid of $15,250 for the work, which could be completed by the end of th year. The amount quoted was less than what had been budgeted for the project. Trustee Becky Johnson said, “I think it’s a reasonable bid amount. I make a motion that we accept the bid and he go ahead and get it done.” The trustees agreed unanimously. Manager Blair told the trustees, “Thank you, we do appreciate it.” The trustees next reviewed and unanimously approved Resolutions 201908-13A, amending the public place for posting and 2019-08-13B, amending the imposed fees for research and retrieval of public records. Town attorney Nathan Krob explained that, in July, the state passed HB-1087, transitioning local governments from

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posting physical notices of public meetings in physical locations to posting notices on a website, social media or other official online presence “to the greatest extent practicable”. Town Clerk Deb Hess clarified that the town would still post a physical copy of the meeting notices on the board in front of town hall, but will also post the notice on the town’s website. She added, “ I have about 250 on my (email) distribution list. I am happy to add any more that would like to receive information electronically.” Resolution 2019-08-13B amends the fees the town imposes for research and retrieval of public documents. The first hour will remain at no cost, but a second and more hours will now be charged at a rate of $33.58 per hour, the statutory maximum allowed by the state. Clerk Hess told the trustees that she did not receive many requests, “maybe one every few months”. Attorney Krob projected that requests may increase, as “the public wants to become more aware, and that’s their right.” The fees help the town recoup some of the costs associated with the requested research. The trustees also unanimously approved continuation of the public hearing for Town’s model traffic code. Attorney Krob explained they were waiting for CDOT to update the code and recommended the continuation go another two months to avoid the need for re-noticing. The public hearing was moved to the October 8 regular meeting.

Teen Vaping on the Rise


octors are warning about how vaping can damage the lungs of teenagers. Just in the last couple of weeks, physicians across the country are speaking out about kids who landed in the hospital with severe medical problems and they suspect it is tied to vaping. This is an alarming example of why local parents are taking their children in for simple tests to see if they are among the nearly four million American high school and middle school students who are vaping right now. E-cigarette use among teens is skyrocketing. A recent study by the National Institute of Drug Abuse revealed more than a third of high school students tried it over the last year. One 15-year-old boy even landed

in rehab after he says he got hooked and was spending $170 a week on vaping nicotine. WHY DO TEENS LIKE VAPING? • • •

Tastes better than “old-fashion” tobacco cigarettes Gives smoother, more potent nicotine “buzz” Easier to hide at home and school

The U.S. Surgeon General even issued an advisory about vaping, calling it an epidemic and urging parents to keep their kids away from e-cigarettes. If you suspect your child is vaping or using drugs of any kind. It is time to have a real conversation about the effects and consequences of prolonged drug use.

Colorado River District coordinates water releases Staff Report I Winter Park Times

Healthy Brown Trout on the Colorado above Kremmling


ow streamflows and warm days are threatening the health of trout in the Colorado River in Grand County as daytime water temperatures have risen into the harmful range of 60 degrees-plus F. The Colorado River District is partnering with local officials and federal agencies to increase to cool the water and ease pressure on fish populations. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Bureau of Reclamation and the River District just bumped up flows in a critical stretch of the river by 35 cubic feet a second (cfs), nearly doubling river flow to 75 cfs. The water is being released from Granby Reservoir from storage normally dedicated to boosting flows for endangered fish in the lower reaches of the Colorado River near Grand Junction. The Colorado River District is employing its Wolford Mountain Reservoir near Kremmling as a storage vessel for the trout water, so it can be later used for the endangered fish, its original purpose. This makes the gamefish-endangered fish tradeoff possible. “Thank you for stepping up and offering the space in Wolford to accommodate the exchange,” said Ed Moyer, the Grand County Assistant County Manager who is the county’s lead on water issues. “This will help decrease temperatures in the Colorado River between Windy Gap and the Williams Fork River.” This segment of the river near Hot Sulphur Springs is sensitive to low flows and high temperatures due to transmountain diversion operations that move water from the west side of the Continental Divide to the Front Range, thus reducing local flows. Once the river descends past the confluence of the Williams Fork River, flows increase, as they do again after the confluence with the

Blue River and Muddy Creek. “Don Meyer, Senior Water Resources Engineer at the River District, creatively collaborated with stakeholders to ensure that Wolford Mountain Reservoir could facilitate the exchange,” said Andy Mueller, River District General Manager. Mueller said the increased flows are critical to supporting Grand County’s sport-fishing industry, a major piece of the county’s recreational economy. The River District in recent years has been a catalyst and a source of stored water releases that benefit wildlife, recreation, power production and irrigation needs. In the poor water year of 2018, it used water stored in Ruedi Reservoir in Pitkin and Eagle counties to help flows in the Roaring Fork River that later benefited endangered fish, power production and agricultural production in the Grand Valley. It also encouraged local entities who own stored water in Ruedi to do the same. Then this past winter, River District water in Ruedi was released into the Fryingpan River to help prevent anchor icing. “For more than 20 years, the Colorado River District has assisted recovery efforts for endangered fish by building dedicated pools of storage at Wolford Mountain and Elkhead Reservoirs. These reservoirs also assist municipal, industrial and agricultural water users,” Mueller said. “In today’s age, we are finding creative ways to dedicate stored water to even greater environmental good that also benefits other water user segments. “This is yet another example of how the Colorado River District works to protect western Colorado water and West Slope water users, which we’ve been doing since 1937,” Mueller said.

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There’s still time to catch a show Staff Report I Winter Park Times


he 2019 summer season has been one for the record books at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, but all good things must come to an end. There are only a handful of performances left for the summer season, so if you wanted to catch a show, now is the time to make it happen! ‘Sister Act’ is based on the 1992 movie of the same name. Deloris Van Cartier sees her boyfriend and his crew shoot someone he believes “squealed” on them. She heads to the police station and tells them what she saw and they put her into a witness protection program at a convent, where they are certain he’ll never find her. Used to smoking and drinking, Deloris faces challenges with her new surroundings, but as a singer, she finds her place leading the choir. The choir gains popularity, bringing unwanted attention to the nontraditional choir and hilarity ensues. The final two performances are Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm. The musical comedy ‘Disaster!’ is a parody of 1970’s disaster movies. The show is set in 1979 Manhattan during the opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discotheque in New York City. The characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of the building’s lack of safety measures which lead to catastrophe. The show features 39 songs from the era, including I will survive, 25 or 6 to 4, Hot Stuff and I’m


still standing. The final two performances are Monday, August 19 at 6 pm and Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 pm. The Stephen Sondheim musical, ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ tells the story of Todd, a barber and serial killer who, with the help of the widow, Mrs. Lovett, disposes of the bodies by turning them into meat pies. “This is a stunning, epic musical thriller and the plot will shock you to the core”, said artistic director, Michael Querio. The show does feature theatrical violence and is not intended for younger viewers. The final two performances are Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 pm and Friday, August 23 at 8 pm. After a short, 5-day break following the summer show close, the theatre’s fall production of ‘Always… Patsy Cline’ hits the stage on August 30th and runs through the end of September. More than a tribute to the legendary singer who died tragically at age 30, it is the story of Cline’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who met Cline at a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and corresponded with her until her untimely death. Inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were always signed “Love always... Patsy Cline”, the show features 27 Patsy Cline hits including Crazy, I fall to pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking after Midnight. Tickets are available at

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his Saturday, Grand County Histor- of History on August 17, from 11 am - 2 ical Association (GCHA) hosts their pm. Enjoy a champagne brunch, silent 8th annual ‘Taste of History’ Champagne and live auctions and great company. Brunch fundraiser at the Headwaters This year’s auction items include trips to Center in Winter Park. Africa and Disney World, ‘his and hers’ For almost 50 years, GCHA has bikes, artwork by Pem Dunn and Karen worked diligently to preserve the Vance, jewelry by P. Anastasia Gentle heritage and history from which our of the Gentle Design and a stay in Page, community has grown. Their four muArizona. seums house artifacts that are available The event is also part of their annual to educate the public on the rich history membership drive efforts. Join GCHA of our area, from paleoindians of 10,000 and be a part of preserving our heritage, years ago, to the pioneers that settled history, culture, and community! here, despite the cold, to the invention of the Bradley Packer that redefined the Tickets for this year’s 8th annual ski industry. ‘Taste of History’ are available at grandThe 2019 Taste of History celebrates, by email shanna@ the pioneering families of Grand County, call (970) 725as an acknowledgement to the 100 3939, or, at any GCHA museum during year anniversary of the Pioneer Society normal hours of operation. of Grand County. The Pioneer Society included members of the original homesteading families and acted as the parent organization of GCHA. Funds raised at the ‘Taste of History’ support GCHA programs, keeping historic preservation and education alive and allowing them to continue providing low to nocost programs for the residents of Grand County, from Winter Park to Kremmling. Everyone is invited to play a role in supporting education, history, culture, and heritage in Grand Volunteers Trude and Shawn manning the check in table. County by attending the 2019 Taste

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Iron Mike is Going to Need an Iron Lung Tyson’s conversation skills have never been that snappy but now he’s as dull as a baseball bat. I’d print the exact quote from the Fox interview but it might spoil your day. Plus, the amount of moronic F-bombs he spills in two sentences would fill up this entire paper. He also claims to be making $500,000 a month selling Iron Mike bud to California dispensaries.


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ike Tyson doesn’t do anything halfway. He killdozed his way through his boxing career and had a professional record of 50-6-2 with 44 knockouts. He likes tattoos so much that he had a “tribal tattoo” engraved on half of his face his face, saying that it represents his, “warrior status.” The only thing that will ring your bell more than heavyweight boxing is heavyweight smoking. On a recent Fox News interview, Iron Mike, warrior face slightly sagging, copped to smoking $40,000 worth of weed per month. His partner in crime, Eben Britton, said that, “We smoke ten tons of weed on the ranch a month.”

Big money spoils everything and Mike Tyson is the perfect example of someone who has been hopelessly dumbed down by having too much money, too much testosterone and way too much THC. Back in the day he said some real meaningful stuff. Like, “When Jesus comes back, these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.” And, “Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent.” Now he mumbles incoherently and cashes checks for a living. Last fall, the state of Colorado released its first comprehensive baseline report on the effects of cannabis on Colorado and her users.

Talk about building up a tolerance!

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The Denver Post reported that, “The number of adults who use marijuana increased between 2014 and 2017, with men getting high more often than women and young adults ages 18 to 25 the most frequent users.” All these users are spending a lot of dough, one gram at a time. By last October Colorado had recorded $1.27 billion in sales. I know what you are wondering … “What are the downsides to factory farming pot?” I’m glad you asked because William Vizuete, associate professor at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health has discovered that large grows release a high level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs have been found to be harmful to humans causing stuff like cancer and liver damage. That’s why we have low VOC paints and other chemicals. There are more than 600 legal grow operations in Denver alone and officials are now concerned that the emissions from these big grows are combining with vehicle exhaust to create a toxic stew of ground level ozone. The illegal grow operations are potentially worse, emitting VOCs and sucking up precious water resources and spreading pesticides

across the land. I voted to legalize weed. Locking people up for having a bong hit is expensive and excessive. But just like many other things produced on an industrial scale, there are real consequences that go beyond enabling the casual user. People like Mike Tyson are cashing in while smoking $40,000 worth of pot each month. By the way, that must be fake news. Friends that are in the know say you can get about $2,000 for a pound of good Colorado bud. I’m no mathematician but that means Iron Lung Mike is burning down 20 pounds per month. There are about 453 grams in a pound. You can roll at least two fatties per gram. That’s 900 doobies per pound. That’s 18,000 blunts a month. Each big fat number would give you at least 30 big tokes. That’s 540,000 lung-fulls per month. The average person takes about 20,000 breaths per day. That means Mike is breathing 600,000 times per month, with only 60,000 smoke-free breaths. He must have tattoos on his lungs.

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Crew working at the Moffat Tunnel. They are using George Lewis cantilever beams for railroad bridge. At that time it would have been West Portal, Colorado. estimated as early 1900 Submitted by: Serena Fanning, Pioneer Village Museum

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yOU’re OnLy as sick as the secrets that yOU keeP L

Words from and old friend fighting for his life

et’s start with a question you have secrets? What is the definition of a secret? Do your secrets hide the story you should be telling? Your secrets are real and they are who you are. Why are your secrets, secrets? Of all the secrets that you have, can you share one with us? Sometimes a secret is as easy or as hard as just being honest. Sometimes honesty requires quiet reflection….long quiet reflection, which means time with mental focus ...repeatedly. If not, are you really painting a picture that is 100% true? Do you love your job? Do you love yourself? Have you done things in your past that still linger and hurt? Do you workout as much as you should? Are you struggling with your child or a spouse? Do you struggle with food? Do you struggle with cancer? Do you struggle with death? The answer needs to be more than a yes or no. It requires thought, help, time and revisiting. Do you realize that most people even keep secrets from themselves. You can probably think of one if you try. From my perspective, secrets can cause harm which can cause a whole host of negative results. I also understand that the juice just ain’t worth the squeeze when it comes to sharing some secrets….

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y road, Grand County Road 50, is to be sprayed in its “rights of way”, to kill “noxious weeds”, maybe Monday, Aug. 26, starting at 8 a.m. WARNING TO LOCALS & TOURISTS! You, kids, infants, pregnant women, asthmatics, dogs, cats, pets, horses, birds, bees, fish & wildlife will be exposed to Grand County’s spraying, using unmarked trucks, of poisonous herbicides/ pesticides, once again, in their yearly war against plants they call “noxious weeds”, including Scentless chamomile, Oxeye daisy, thistles, & yellow sweet clover, which is not “noxious”, but is sprayed anyway, etc. Grand County’s Weed Control trucks should have large signs on them, clearly alerting the public that they are spraying “POISONS” on public lands, and they should put written signs on the ground, indicating when it’s safe to be back in that sprayed area. They spray weed poisons NEAR STREAMS, NEAR OUR WELLS, etc. Herbicides to be used on County Road 50 rights of way are Milestone and Telar XP. If you read these herbicide labels, and translate them into plain English, you will GASP! * You may have heard about lawsuits

you need to know the difference. Here is one that might cause some pain and it ain’t worth the squeeze…my mother-in-laws meatballs are better than anyone in my family ...I might not be getting a birthday or Christmas card this year because of that, but I wanted to make the point. I bring all of this up because I want to share some secrets. I started seeing a psychologist every week and it has been amazing. I have also started deep conversations with a neighbor about God. He is a teacher at a Baptist church and is devoted, patient and kind to me. I have come to realize that I am not sharing things, things that could relieve stress, anxiety, anger…things that can make me happier, a better husband, father, friend ...things that can bring real spirituality to my life. Those are not secrets, those I wanted to share. Here are some secrets… 1) I don’t treat my wife the way she deserves to be treated. We both come from broken parents and that has never really been addressed or dealt with. It carries over into our relationship with each other and our kids.

2) I’m tired of dealing with cancer treatments and struggle with depression, anger and fatigue. 3) I’ve never been truly happy and intimacy has always been difficult for me. 4) I abused drugs and alcohol for 15+ years and came clean at 38 years old. There are more, but that is enough for now. Do I feel better… no, not at all actually. I’m slightly concerned about sharing these “secrets” with the public. But I want you to really know me, the real me, the real me I am working towards. I have put up a brave face this last year and have tried to minimize any concerns friends and family might have. I wanted to help you and thought, what I have learned and changed, maybe could help others. What I have learned is the need to truly connect, to be honest, to not be afraid. TO HAVE FAITH!! These are the real lessons ...all else follows. I am grateful for so much and some may know that but I know I become more grateful as I grow. However, stopping negativity and truly growing, starts with sharing some secrets ...or in some cases truth. -30-

Letter tO the editOr against the weed killer “Roundup” that causes cancer. But, Grand County’s weed spraying foreman, Amy Sidener, told me that Roundup herbicide is no more dangerous than the herbicides she uses on weeds, on edges of our roads! Do Grand County’s herbicides ALSO cause cancer? Please pull weeds on your property, and please put “DO NOT SPRAY” signs on your property, to prevent Grand County’s spraying of poisonous herbicides on or near your property! Every weed pulled means less poisonous herbicide spraying in our areas. Call Amy Sidener, Foreman, Grand County Natural Resources (weed spraying), at (970) 887-0745 (office), to tell her NOT to spray on or near your property. Ask Amy to use mowing, volunteers pulling up weeds, goats, grass seeds, etc., INSTEAD of spraying POISONS. And ask when spraying will be happening in your areas. Call me for more information, at (970) 531-5000. Sincerely, Carol Sidofsky, GrandCountians Against Spraying Poisons(GASP) Fraser, CO

Greetings, I’m compelled to respond to Melinda McWilliams’ interesting revision of US history (WPT, Letters to the Editor, August 9, 2019). Setting aside the Supreme Court’s affirmations that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right, a brief reading of the anti-federalist writings, and history of the Bill of Rights will clearly show that the founders were concerned with limiting the power of the new Federal government, and wished to enumerate (not grant) some of the rights of the citizens. Where the founders wished to differentiate between Federal, State, and People, they said so. James Madison, with Thomas Jefferson’s inspiration, drafted the Bill of Rights to help assuage some of the concerns of the anti-federalists, necessary to the ratification of the Constitution by the states. To say that this one amendment does not apply to the people, but all the others do, indicates that further reading is in order. Conrad Long Fraser, CO 80442

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Valley Briefing Vernon named Public Works Director The Town of Winter Park has announced that Gerry Vernon will assume the role of Public Works Director. Vernon replaces Russ Chameroy, who left the position in the spring. Vernon has worked for the Town for 3.5 years as the Capital Projects & Parks Manager and has gained extensive knowledge of the community during that time. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Town of Winter Park the past few years and look forward to continuing in this new role,” said Vernon. “Public Works is my passion so I am very excited to join the public works team and dedicate my efforts to solving the big and small issues associated with serving our guests and residents.” As Capital Projects & Parks Manager, Vernon oversaw the construction of the Hideaway Park stage and is managing the new public works facility project. He was also instrumental in the initial work for the new Lift Transit Operations Facility, slated for construction in 2021. Before coming to Winter Park, Vernon served as the Public Works Director for the City of Smithville, MO and the Public Works Coordinator for the City of Berlin, WI. He started his public works career as a street laborer and heavy equipment operator for the City of Colby, KS. With thirty plus years of local government experience, including city management, the hiring committee felt that Vernon’s depth of knowledge and experience made him the best choice to fill this position. For the short term, Vernon will be fulfilling both positions of Public Works Director and Capital Projects & Parks Manager. During this transition time, the Town will be evaluating the current organizational structure and determining how Vernon’s previous role will be filled.

Granby Chip & Seal project underway

Granby’s 2019 Chip and Seal Project began this week and will continue through completion as weather permits. This year’s scope of work includes the following: Jasper Ave, Topaz Ave, Jasper Court, 8th St, Horn St, High St, Meadow Road, New Church Ave, New Church Circle, Garnet Ave – 1st St to the west end/Cul-de-sac, Garnet Lane, 2nd St, 3rd St, Mesa Ave, all the alleyways in town, Railroad Ave, 5th St, and CR 574. Order of execution will be determined by the contractor performing this work. Please keep roads and right-of-ways clear at all times. The Town of Granby appreciates your cooperation and patience during this year’s chip and seal project, helping create and maintain a safe working environment for both the contractor and the Town’s Public Works crew.

Rocky Roads

Beginning August 21 through August 28, weather and conditions permitting, micro resurfacing will begin from the Colorado River Trailhead to the Grand Lake Entrance. Single lane closures of 2 miles will exist with pilot car operations and wait times of up to 20 minutes.

Adjacent parking lots will be closed for the day prior to work passing that area, to allow parking lots and pullouts to be resurfaced and to avoid vehicles being trapped behind fresh micro seal. For more information, visit

County Medication Disposal Sites

Did you know that there are three unused medication disposal sites in Grand County? Fraser Winter Park Police Department, the Granby Police Department and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office all have licensed medication disposal facilities. To find out what can and can’t be accepted, visit:

CR 8 Bridge Closure

The County Road 8 bridge replacement project began this week. The road closure at the bridge will divert all traffic on CR 8 and Wapiti Drive up Wapiti Drive and down CR 804 for travel. The bridge replacement is expected to take three months to complete. Bus stops located on CR 8 and Wapiti Drive will be suspended until all required inspections of the new bridge are complete. With more traffic being diverted up Wapiti Drive and down CR 804, please be courteous and aware of your surroundings and allow extra travel time for your commute.

Last Friday Night at the Lot of the season

This Friday, August 16th, is the final Friday Night at The Lot for the Summer, and the Cornhole Championship! $15 buy-in per team, cash only! Open to players age 18 and over. The tournament will follow ACO (American Cornhole Organization) rules. First team to 21 wins. Check-in 5:30-6pm Tournament begins at 6:15 pm. Double Elimination. For specifics, call: (970) 887-2311. Teams fill up quickly, so if you plan on playing, register at events/event/fridaynight/

Bring out your trash

The Town of Fraser will host a Fraser Cleanup Day on August 24th from 114. This is a great way for residents to dispose of unwanted items that would otherwise prove to be quite costly. Drop off is limited to one truck load or medium trailer load limit per household. Jim Miller, with Blue Life Limited, will be onsite to accept electronics at no cost to residents. No appliances, construction materials or waste, semi or tractor tires, hazardous waste or toxic waste, liquid waste, household chemicals, car batteries, petroleum products or contaminated soil are allowed. Roll-offs for disposal of unwanted items will be provided at The Drop, Fraser’s pay as you throw trash and recycling facility located at 440 County Road 72. Reasonable proof of residency required. A limited number of tickets will be provided for residents to dispose of their items at the Granby Transfer Station through Friday, August 30th.

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Pearl Dragon Opens New Location

A crowd of people wait patiently for seats at Pearl Dragon Restaurant in Granby Tuesday night. After an extensive remodel, the restaurant reopened in their new location this week. The Pearl Dragon is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and closed Mondays. Photo by Casey Malon

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here are rights, and then there are “rights”. There are national rights, state rights and local rights. A state or local right would be something like the right to access your property. Someone who owns land around yours cannot keep you from accessing your land. The national rights are carefully delineated in the Constitution Bill of Rights: religion, speech, press, assembly, keep and bear arms, private property, etc. The national rights are carefully crafted by our founders to be universal, God given, unalienable rights for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Notice the word “pursuit” - not a guaranteed right! The most important aspect of national rights is that they do not require taking of money/property from someone else to satisfy your rights. State or local “rights” might. We often forget that the federal government isn’t our only level of government. The founders didn’t. The tenth amendment clearly states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution . . . are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.” So when a national politician says that we have a right to ________ (you fill in the blank), he/she is likely trying to buy

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your vote, emotionally if not by direct payment. They are telling you that the federal government should do something that the state or county, or city/town, or the people have the authority to do! Yes, slick lawyers/politicians/courts have found some ways around the Constitution but not always with desirable results. The right to health care for example is not an unalienable federal right according to the Constitution. Most “health” measures proposed at the federal level of government require money to be taken from some to be given to others. This is nice for vote getting but not in the spirit of the Constitution. Such “feel good measures should be done by the States, Local Government or we the people. Some folks like to quote the bible for caring for the needy but I don’t believe the bible says this should be accomplished via government. Ask yourself, who is most likely to know who needs health care; your church, the Rotary/Lions, the city/town, County State or a bureaucrat/politician in Washington DC? The “right” to health care, affordable housing, payment of college loan debts, etc. at the federal level is simply Horse Puckey.




Construction crews started work on the CR 8 bridge project this week. The project is funded 80% by CDOT and the town of Fraser and the county split the remaining costs. Photo courtesy Town of Fraser

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Tuesday, August 20 - Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Local artist Karen Vance teaches a Watercolor Workshop every Tuesday, from 9 am - 3:30 pm at her Club Meadowridge Studio. For information and reservations, call (970) 726-5837. Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub starts at 5 pm.

Friday, August 16 - Tell a Joke Day

Conversational Spanish Group meets weekly from 9-10 am at Paella Restaurant in Winter Park. Contact Lori Myers (970) 531-0006.

Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo at Town Park, starts at 7:30 pm. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Disaster!’ at 8 pm.

Yappy Hour with Grand County Pet Pals on the patio at Granby Ranch 5pm Ullrs Tavern has live music with Grant Farm, starting at 10 pm. Granby Chamber hosts the final Friday Night at the Lot with live music by Bottlerocket Hurricane, and Cornhole Championships, starting at 6 pm. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake has live music with Hayden & Friends, starting at 6:30 pm. Brickhouse 40 in Granby has live music with Marvin Gohman from 7 pm. Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo at Town Park, starts at 7:30 pm. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ at 8 pm.

Sunday, August 18 - Bad Poetry Day

Fraser’s Picnic in the Park has live music by Peggy Mann, from 6 - 8 pm at the Old School House Park. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 21 - Poet’s Day

Rotary Club of Granby meets at noon at Maverick’s Grill.

Yoga in the Park is at Cooper Creek Square, starting at 9 am. Limited mats available.

Granby Ranch hosts Music at Milestone at the base of the Milestone Lift with live music by Jeremy Garrett, of the Infamous Stringdusters, & his Funk Band, starting at 5 pm.

Sunday Funday at the base of Granby Ranch features live music on the Grill Patio from 1 - 4 pm.

Grand Lake Summer Concert Series has live music by Red Dirt Hill in the Gazebo at Town Park, from 5 - 7 pm.

A Cornhole Classic tournament and silent auction to benefit Justin Bontrager starts at 2 pm at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To register, email

GCHA Book Club discusses the book, Killdozer, at 6 pm at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser.

Idlewild Spirits in Winter Park hosts Industry Night, starting at 3 pm.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Sister Act’ at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 22 - Eat a Peach Day

Coca Cola Movie Nights on the grassy knoll at the bottom of the cabriolet at Winter Park Resort features the movie ‘The LEGO Movie’. Show begins at dusk. Blankets and warm layers recommended.

The Dean Public House in Hot Sulphur Springs has live music with Mickey & Trish starting at 4 pm.

The Fraser River Valley Lions Club meets at 7:30 am at Carver’s Restaurant in Winter Park.

Ullrs Tavern has live music with Liver Down The River, starting at 10 pm.

The Winter Park Pub has live music by The Jelly Roll Bakers, starting 5 pm.

Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon.

Saturday, August 17 - Geocaching Day

Join Grand County Historical Association for a ‘Taste of History’ Champagne Brunch fundraiser at 11 am at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. For tickets, visit Vertical Bistro in the Village at Winter Park Resort has live music by Marvin Gohman from 2 - 5 pm. SolShine Music Festival features performances by The Rick Lewis Project, Blind Pilot and Band of Horses from 5 - 10 pm at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park. Tickets available at Squeaky B’s in Grand Lake has live music with The Unemployed Architects, starting at 5 pm. Granby Ranch has live music with Weston Smith at 6 pm. High Country Stampede First Responder Night and Awards Night: Junior rodeo starts at 3 pm; the main performance starts at 7 pm at the John Work Arena in Fraser.

Grand Lake Area Historical Society hosts a Community Dinner at the Smith-Eslick Cottage Camp in Grand Lake at 5:30 pm. Info (970) 627-8324.

Monday, August 19 - Photography Day

The Headwaters Center in Winter Park hosts free Community Yoga at 6 pm. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents the closing performance of ‘Disaster!’ at 7:30 pm.

Grand County Democrats meets at Grand Manor Restaurant in Granby at 6 pm for social hour, 7 pm meeting. Guest speaker is Andrew Romanoff, candidate for Colorado Senator.

The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser hosts Open Mic Night, starting at 9pm.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Disaster!’ at 6 pm.

Friday, August 23 - Daffodil Day

GCHA presents ‘Fly with an Airline Pilot Day’ at 11 am at the Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum in Granby. For information, call (970) 531-1100. Brickhouse 40 in Granby has live music with Crazy Mountain Billies 7 pm.

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

Rotary Club of Grand Lake hosts Bingo at Town Park, starts at 7:30 pm.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort has live music with Andy Straus at Heck’s Tavern, from 8 - 10 pm.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents the closing performance of ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ at 8 pm.

The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Trivia Night, 8pm The Parshall Inn has live music with Mickey & Trish, starting at 7 pm.

The final High Note Thursday at the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park has live music with Hunker Down from 6 - 8 pm.

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Life is a summer, full of fun, in the mountains, and under the sun.

his Saturday evening, August 17th, the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce hosts the only night show of their summer concert series at the Rendezvous Event Center. The SolShine Music Festival will light up Hideaway Park with Rick Lewis Project opener Rick Lewis Project followed by indie bands Blind Pilot and headliner, Band of Horses. Tickets are available at Rick Lewis Project The Rick Lewis Project was formed in early 2015 by drummer and radio personality Rick Lewis 103.5 The Fox. Formerly known as The Groove Hawgs, Lewis has assembled a talented group of all-stars including vocalist, Sarah Snead-Hornbuckle, Brian Hornbuckle on bass, Joe Sellers on keys, Michael Hornbuckle, Dave Preston and Cody Templeman on guitar, Kenny Hoffman on percussion and Rick Lewis on drums. No strangers to the Winter Park stage, they’re always a rockin’ favorite.

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Band of Horses Band of Horses Beginning with their first LP, the RIAA gold-certified “Everything All The Time”, Band of Horses have positioned themselves as a mainstay for more than a decade with 5 studio albums in total, including Grammy-nominated “Infinite Arms”, “Mirage Rock” produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, and most recently, “Why Are You Ok” executive-produced by the illustrious Rick Rubin. Formed and led by singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, the South Carolina-based band has given us a multitude of much-loved singles, including “The Funeral” and “No One’s Gonna Love You”, and have played globe-spanning headline tours as well as shows with greats like Pearl Jam and Neil Young. The Rendezvous Event Center gates open Saturday afternoon at 4 pm and the show starts at 5 pm. For tickets, visit

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Focus on Sustainability Polly Gallagher, Executive Director GCLD

Mister V of the Grand Gazette teaching a class of Fraser Elementary students.


hree years ago, the budget picture for Grand County Library District (GCLD) had a very different outlook than those presented at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. That evening, Director of Finance & HR Tara Thompson presented the 6-month budget review. Over the past few years GCLD has pivoted the budgeting approach to a zero-based budget from an incremental budget. Through this approach, funds are set aside for specific operational functions as revenue allows while utilizing reserves for thoughtful capital projects and debt servicing. “Local taxes generate 92% of the funds coming into the library district. The additional funds are provided through the generous donations from the Friends of Grand County Library, Grand County Library Foundation, and other donors or grants,” stated Tara Thompson. “The direction provided by the GCLD Board of Trustees was to create a sustainable level of service that can be funded through that tax base. We are doing this with roughly 47% of our budgeted funds being spent at the 1Ž2 way point of this year. Our focus with the strategic plan is people, place, and platform. Our two greatest expenditures are on our staff and facilities. This aligns with the strategic plan of customer service and knowledgeable, resourceful staff, as well as facilities that can be the community hub.” This current year, GCLD is budgeted to run at a deficit in order to allow for a significant pay down of the districts building debt. Funds from the temporary .95 mill levy, as well as

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a contribution from the Grand County Library Foundation (dedicated to library sustainability), will allow the district to pay down $1.1 million in principal this year and $500k for the next seven years, saving the taxpayers approximately $1.2 million in interest payments. “This is a nice conversation to have. Knowing who we are and making a financial plan for it. Such a contrast from previous years,” Trustee and Finance Committee Chair Marcus Davis stated. “It is good to see us taking steps toward stability and forward thinking.” Following the budget presentation, an update on the strategic plan was presented. Many of the programs and library resources are financially underwritten by funds raised by the Friends of Grand County Library. While early literacy services, such as story time, are considered a base level of GCLD programing, as well as continuing to add to our ever-changing library collection and e-resources, an increase in school-age, teen, and adult programming has taken place. Using data-driven decision-making to determine what our programs are, as well as what to add to our collection, is a necessity to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community. GCLD is not just considering numbers but impact in the community. For more details on the GCLD budget and strategic plan, go to If you would like to financially contribute towards the continued health and sustainability of the library, please contact the Friends of Grand County Library or Grand County Library Foundation.

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Seeking Historical Designation


rand County Historical Association’s (GCHA) Heritage Park Museum will be considered by the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board for nomination to the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The State Register is Colorado’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation. Listing in the State Register provides recognition and assistance in preserving our state’s heritage. The review will take place on September 20, 2019 at the History Colorado Center in Denver. The Depot is significant because it is the last intact building of its kind.

Originally, there were about 26 depots constructed along the Moffat Tunnel Rail Corridor; however, Kremmling’s depot is the only one that has not been converted into another structure. The building was constructed in 1906 and contains a room for passengers and living space for ticketing agents. Although it was remodeled by the railroad in the 1950s, the depot at Kremmling still retains many of its original 1906 characteristics. To learn more and support GCHA’s preservation and education efforts, visit


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n August 12th, Indian Peaks Charter School Director Michelle Kennard announced that Indian Peaks Charter School will be closing its doors. “We have served this community for many years and have seen many truly wonderful and unique students come through our doors.” Kennard said school enrollment was too low, so the Colorado Charter School Institute (CCSI) made the tough decision to close the doors. “I will miss our students and staff very much, we weren’t just a school, we were a family,” said Kennard. “It was an honor to teach French to such fun loving, gifted students for 14 years. I’ll never forget all the messes we made in the kitchen, our dinners at Le Central in Denver, our Mardi Gras bashes, skits, games,songs, and all the fun we had learning about this beautiful language and culture,” said French Teacher and Assistant Director, Kate Elliot. “These kiddos kept me young and added laughter to my life. A sea of faces flashes before me and I am grateful for the lessons learned from each one of them. My prayers for a bright and beautiful future for all.” Indian Peaks Charter School(IPCS) was originally conceived as Indian Peaks Academy in 1995 by a group of parents anxious for educational choice in Grand County, calling for a rigorous content-rich curriculum, foreign language

in all grades, and a 5-day school week. At first, a lack of facilities prevented the school from opening; however, parents continued to search. Five years later, the Grand County Education Complex was created and Indian Peaks Charter School - a parent driven, free, public school opened its doors in September 2000. Indian Peaks took the next five years to implement the vision of the founding families. In the fall of 2016, Indian Peaks Charter School moved out from under the East Grand School District jurisdiction and transitioned over to Colorado Charter School Institute (CCSI). Demonstrating successful academics and having students involved in various aspects of the community beyond our school, Indian Peaks is proud of their students as they truly became aware and exemplary young citizens. Through generous efforts and sacrifices of their Educational Team and Families, IPCS offered Grand County children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade a rigorous curriculum coupled with small class size, which typically leads to academic success. “I do know East Grand School District is a quality choice for our students’ education and our students will be in good hands there. If I can offer any help during this time of transition please reach out,” said Director Kennard.

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“¡Buenos dias clase!” by Abby Smith


ach morning started out with this same greeting in Costa Rica, and for the next eight hours, we would only hear and speak Spanish. Since my freshman year of high school I had been dreaming of the Costa Rica trip. The prerequisite for this trip was completing three years of high school Spanish and maintaining a ‘C’ grade or higher. On June 7th, 2019 the Middle Park High School junior spanish class left for Costa Rica and spent the next 10 days immersed in the Costa Rican culture and environment.

out to an island where we were given snorkeling gear. The water was crystal blue and the sand was so white the sun reflected off it. While snorkeling, a few students were lucky enough to see a sea turtle, but unfortunately many of us got stung by jellyfish. Our final day was a beach and surfing day. We were given the opportunity to boogie board or learn to surf. After hanging out at the beach, we went to our final dinner in Costa Rica.

It may sound difficult to have Throughout the trip we traveled to speak spanish and meet new to three different regions with people and constantly be going diverse climates, activities and and going everyday, but Costa food. The first town we traveled Rica was honestly life changing. to was Trinidad De Dota in central The trip not only sparked my Costa Rica. Here we were split into interest to immerse myself in groups of two or three students different cultures, but it also and were introduced to our local brought me closer to my fellow homestay families. The next day classmates. Our trip leader 2019 Middle Park High School Spanish Class Trip to Costa Rica. Photo provided by Abby Smaith we took multiple hikes. Our first and spanish teacher, Profé hike took us up to the top of the Stephanie Irving, stated “We snakes for different ages of students. The (spider monkeys) and toucans. We also continental divide, where we had a great group this year! I saddest part was leaving. My classmate saw an ocelot, which is a type of wild could see both the Pacific and Caribbean love seeing them experience what they Emily DePlata said, “It was definitely an cat, and we were told that this had oceans. After that, our guide, Marco, have been learning over the past 3 years experience of a lifetime and after you never been seen before on a past trip. took us up through different rainforests in Spanish. I hope this trip has sparked go through with something like that, The second day we were there we went and taught us about the difference their interest in language even more you really see how much you find joy on a volcanic rock hike that lasted most between primary and secondary forests. and gives them the desire to travel and in every little thing you do.” I’ll never of the day. This was one of the hottest The best part was that we learned all explore the world!” forget how nice our families treated us, days and the longest hike. It was also the the information in spanish. After our and how welcome the townspeople made first day it didn’t rain on us, of course. hikes we would go back to our families I can’t express how grateful I am to us feel.They were so patient with our Our last day in La Fortuna, we went to to share a meal and get to know them. have gotten to experience this trip, and I struggles in speaking their language. a dance studio where we were taught The final day in Trinidad De Dota we urge anyone that has an opportunity like The term three different latin dances including this to seize the moment and go out and ‘Pura Vida’ is a the bachata. It was hilarious to see how explore. ¡Pura Vida! common phrase uncoordinated we were, but we learned used in Costa quickly and had a lot of fun. Rica. It initially translates to The next day we drove to our final pure life, which destination, Playa Samara. When we the Costa arrived there we were immediately Rican people met by a really seem to preservation cherish. They organization make the most who brought us out of every to plant trees, situation and in the pouring find the best rain. Driving in everyday back from tree and that really planting, we showed in were surprised these families. with a beach After Trinidad stop. All of us De Dota we ran into the traveled to the water despite district of La the rain and Fortuna, where immediately we stayed at started messing the base of around. That “ocelot” Jungle cat licking his lips after lunch. Photo provided by Abby Smaith the Arenal night we got volcano. Unlike to our private Trinidad, Arenal was more of a tourist hotel. We had played a town soccer game. Because attraction city instead of a tiny town. the whole hotel soccer is so popular the entire town Arenal is famous for its large, dormant to ourselves showed up to watch and play. After the volcano. The two mornings we were where we game we also had a fiesta, a party that there we had the option to go on a danced and most of the town showed up to as well. morning walk or run. On our 6 am swam and just Before we left the next morning we morning walks, we saw a variety of got to hang out. stopped by the only school in the town. animals, including mono capuchinos The next day, We had brought craft projects with us Hiking throgh the rain forest. Photo provided by Abby Smaith (white faced monkeys), mono arañas we kayaked such as tie dye, slap bracelets and toy

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What a difference a day makes!



On Wednesday, in just a matter of hours, the 3-story Dairy Apartments in Granby became a reality. 12 prefabricated, modular sections, were set into place at the corner of First and Jasper in about four hours as curious neighbors stood by, watching in awe. Crews will finish off the roof and interior finishes, along with utility and asphalt work in time for the first tenants to move in sometime in September. Photo by Casey Malon

Smokey celebrates a B-Day S

mokey Bear (not “the bear”) was born on August 9, 1944, when the US Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. Artist Albert Staehle was asked to paint the first poster of Smokey Bear. It depicted a bear pouring a bucket of water on a campfire and saying “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 fires.” Smokey Bear soon became very popular as his image appeared on a variety of forest fire prevention materials. In 1947, his slogan became the familiar “Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!” Then in the spring of 1950, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a young bear cub found himself caught in a burning forest. He took refuge in a tree, and while managing to stay alive, was left badly burned. The firefighters who retrieved him were so moved by his bravery, they named him Smokey. News about this real bear named

Smokey spread across the Nation, and he was soon given a new home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The living symbol of Smokey Bear, he played an important role in spreading messages of wildfire prevention and forest conservation. Smokey died in 1976 and was returned to Capitan, New Mexico, where he is buried in the State Historical Park. To learn more, visit

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CORNHOLE CHAMPIONSHIP This Friday Night in Granby

The Granby Chamber of Commerce is holding the final Friday Night at the Lot and Cornhole tournament of the season on August 16th. Winners will have a spot on the trophy and bragging rights for the year.

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inally we have rains again – Over this past weekend, the Pineapple Express natural we were camping on the phenomena is blessing us with Colorado River when the moisture and clouds to keep the rains came. There was not garden from burning up! I can as much rain in the river finally leave my shade cloths off canyon as in east Grand the garden for a day or two and County. Here where we my rain barrels are full again with live, on Red Dirt Hill, even life-giving moisture. Yes, rain the ditches that I have barrels are again legal in Colorado, encouraged on each side Diana Lynn Rau especially if you are on a well. Our of my house showed the own Grand County Andy Miller effects of water torrents fought long and hard a few years ago to with big piles of pine needles, sand, restore that privilege. But the storms gravel and small branches forming over the weekend were a bit harsh, even blocks in the channel that often made overflowed my barrels, and much of the water overflow the banks. What hard rain washed off the hillsides before I really noticed was that the culverts being absorbed by the dry ground. under the driveways of many of our How many times do you drive a road neighbors’ houses are now clogged with up a narrow canyon and see signs that that same material – lots of sand, gravel say “CLIMB TO SAFETY IN THE EVENT and pine needles. The culverts will no OF A FLOOD”. If you have ever watched longer function unless people take the a torrent of water cascade down a time to clear them out. Please take time creek bed or a canyon floor, you know this weekend and check to make sure what those signs really mean. Water the culverts at YOUR house are clear. can have a mind of its own and it is a We also checked the bigger hills on our force of nature not to be ignored. Too section of the Fraser to Granby Trail much water in the wrong place is very between the YMCA and Tabernash to dangerous. As a testament to that, we see the effect of the hard rain. We have recently had the anniversary of the Big many rolling dips across the trail and Thompson Flood that swept away both watershed ditches along the side of the people, animals and property. So many trail to help guide water off the trail areas were completely devastated, and before it does damage. When the rolling my sister-in-law and brother-in-law dip is oriented at an angle with the were in Estes Park when that happened downhill slope to redirect the water that to tell us the real story. is being shed down the trail, it becomes


ecause the Grand Foundation provided a grant to the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo, the fair had no gate fee this year which allowed visitors to stroll the midway, experience adventures, visit the Exhibit Hall, attend the Pioneers and Citizens luncheon-celebration, and enjoy their County Fair. Many families took advantage of the opportunity to connect with Grand County heritage.

a very effective way to keep ruts from forming and washouts from occurring. It is a simple technique that really works and is barely noticeable when riding a bicycle and or when Nordic skiing. The dip has to be relatively deep but wide enough and the bottom can be lined or armored with flat rocks IF the rocks have enough space between them to allow the water to flow. Otherwise the rocks merely interfere with the water flow and compound the problem. Many people placed the rocks too close together in the recent past and just formed a dam. You need to also dig a good-sized collection area above the dip and a bigger run-off area below the dip to give the water a place to go. Volunteer overnight project on Strawberry West Trail August 22-23 Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) does many work projects that teach this and similar techniques to their volunteers on regular projects. Next week, Aug 2223, there is a fun overnight volunteer project on Strawberry West Trail. The group will be hiking to Strawberry West from the High Lonesome Hut to a section of trail that has flooding due to beaver dam construction. The HTA leaders and volunteers will be altering trail around the dam to preserve the habitat and to make a clear path for trail users. The High Lonesome Hut is a 3-story hut with running water, flushing toilets

middLe Park fair & rOdeO

County Fair Royalty are encouraged to volunteer in their community and at the fair. Here Taylin Harthun, helps out at the Pioneers & Citizens luncheon. Taylin attends West Grand High School.

The Pioneers & Citizens award lunch was packed with community members supporting this year’s honorees, Pioneers Lois Lynch and from Drowsy Water Ranch, Ken and Randy Sue Fosha. Citizens of the Year are Lurline Curran, Penny Hamilton and Caroline Smith

and solar electricity. Participants who wish to stay in the hut will need to bring a sleeping bag and enough food for 2 days (kitchen utensils, pots and pans, coffee pot, and stove are provided in the hut). Volunteers will have the opportunity to ride bikes in from the High Lonesome Hut gate at their leisure, or catch a ride with HTA on Tuesday evening, August 21st. (Time TBD). This will be a fun opportunity to enjoy some fresh air, meet other volunteers and give back to the trails! If you are interested in joining HTA on this project, please email Erica at or call (970) 726-1013 by August 20th to reserve your space! Another fun opportunity is the last free day for locals for the summer at Snow Mountain Ranch on August 25. Grand County residents can receive a free day pass, with proof of residency. You’ll also be able to sign up for a free summer tubing hill session but space is limited so check in early! Check in at the Programs building for your free day pass that gives access to miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing (rentals available, or bring your own), pool, mini golf, roller skating, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, family programs and more! You must register for the tubing hill session in person at the Programs Desk. Space is limited. Info go to

by Penny Hamilton

One of the important goals of the County Fair is to recognize and develop the talent of our youth. Here 4-H member from Parshall, Penny Myer, earned Grand Champion status for her cake decorating in her age group.

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