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t Tuesday night’s meeting, Police chief Jim Kraker and code enforcement officer Rich Carlson conducted a workshop on the new Short-Term Rental (STR) code the board approved on August 27. “With the passage of the STR code in August, we wanted a chance to go over expectations,” said chief Kraker. Town manager Aaron Blair clarified the application process. All properties registered as STRs must also have a current sales tax license and proof of insurance. As the applications come in, they will be assigned to appropriate staff members in the Finance and Clerk’s office for processing. A one-time application fee of $100 applies to each STR, plus annual permit fees of $200 for a studio or 1 bedroom; $300 for 2 bedrooms; and, $400 for 3 or more bedrooms. Blair told the trustees he planned to include notice of the new STR code in the town’s water bills and will also post notice on the website, the notice board at Town Hall and through social media. Chief Kraker suggested working with the county’s GIS, adding properties registered as STRs to the database. This would allow Carlson the ability to access the information most efficiently. Trustee Natascha O’Flaherty asked, “How do you track multiple complaints/ repeat offenders?” Carlson replied, “On my system, I am allowed to go in and add, flag and remove codes.” He said he had just uploaded the STR code that day. “Getting to where they get recorded, I can pull by name, address, street, region - whatever you want to do, I can program it.” Chief Kraker added, “Looking at the permit system, the name of the property owner and address would be included.” “We wouldn’t want prior owner’s offenses to carryover to a new owner,” said trustee O’Flaherty. Chief Kraker affirmed it would be a dual system. Officer Carlson also offered to show the trustees how the record management system works. As for inspections, chief Kraker told the trustees the fire department would ad-

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dress that with them. “This is a business. It does work to have some pre-inspection.” “We want feedback. Some will be trial and error. It took a long time to develop the code,” said chief Kraker. “We are going to have growing pains. Differentiating between what is a police manner vs. a code enforcement issue.” He noted that they are not looking to use third offenses, which are subject to $1000 fine and/or revocation of permit. Code violation is a criminal offense. “Looking at it, and discussing with Rich, it could be both. We will have to be careful about charging double.” Mayor Paul Chavoustie asked, “Is the slate wiped clean after a year?” Manager Blair stated it was, annually, and trustee O’Flaherty confirmed they had agreed on a rolling 12 month basis. “I feel we can solve some of the problems,” said chief Kraker. “It doesn’t solve the unsettling aspect of having different neighbors every night.” Complaints will be received via the town’s dispatch phone number, which is equipped for both non-emergent and emergent calls. “What do you do about the chronic complainer?” asked trustee Nick Raible. “It justifies the case if it is founded,” said chief Kraker. “If unfounded and it continues, it is documented. It can turn into false reporting, obstruction or harassment, but it has to be vetted through investigation. It needs to be documented as such, and the only way to do that is to go into it as an investigation.” STR code violators will receive a warning at the first offense; a $500 fine for a second; and, as mentioned above, a third offense will result in a $1000 fine and/or revocation of the permit. Chief Kraker reiterated the importance of good communication about the new code. “We had a good summer, with less complaints than normal,” he reported. Mayor Chavoustie observed that more and more STRs are using professional management companies to manage their rentals, resulting in less complaints. “It’s much better and much less hassle.”

Noting this will be a learning process, chief Kraker recommended adding in terms of what is posted in STR advertisements. He told the trustees the department gets a lot of calls on rental properties. “It has to be posted with their address,” he urged. He also asked that door/alarm codes be provided, so the department can assist renters when they cannot turn the alarm off. Trustee Josh Hardy suggested, “It might be worth reaching out to realtors, to let them know that proposed sales must go through the process.” Manager Blair told the trustees the draft STR application would be available at the next meeting. Granby Public Art Committee (PAC) members appointed Following the workshop, the trustees moved directly to appointing the seven members of the newly created Public Art Committee. Before the vote, several more PAC candidates addressed the board to make introduction. John Henley said he had been a sculptor, artist and fabricator for about 20 years. He had taken a 6-8 year hiatus and started back up about 5 years ago. His home features a studio and sculpture garden and he is looking to host some shows and events there. “It has been proven time and again, with a devotion to the arts comes money. It may not result in retail sales for artists, but it brings patrons. With the murals, no one can deny it has slowed people down 2-5 miles an hour on Agate.” Henley added, “I have a very full schedule, but would like to bring some of my experiences to the community.” Long term, he said he would like to have a co-op Gallery in Granby. “Steamboat has one, and 16 people participate. The average retail sale is close to $2,200. It is possible to do this in a mountain town. I’d like to try to help.” Justin McGuan told the trustees, “I think Granby is moving in a good direction. I just got appointed to the school board, so I am not sure how much time i can put into it.” Hopper Becker said, “I am present-

ly a knifemaker. The reason I want to participate is that I have lived in Granby quite a while now. I love Granby. I enjoy the laid back atmosphere and quietness. I really enjoy the growth and I want to help facilitate moving forward.” Becker added, “Opinions are like junk drawers. We all have them and they are all messes. We need to be representative of the whole populace, the organization needs to serve all people and be non-confrontational, and do something good for all people. That’s a little about me and why I want to serve. I am happy to be here.” Autumn Bishop said, “I feel honored to participate, near and dear to my heart, and lay the groundwork to make positive contributions to the community.” Bishop outlined her thoughts on PAC development which included getting to know fellow committee members, defining the mission and developing bylaws. “Begin with the end in mind is key to success.” It would also be important to draw from other art committee experiences to learn what works and best practices. Identifying projects and diligently documenting learning for benefit in the future. Brainstorming with PAC members and community stakeholders, making a list of donors and grants would be part of the process, and finally, presenting their recommendations to the board for questions and approval. After the candidates had spoken, town clerk Deb Hess handed each trustee a list of the candidates and asked that they select their top seven candidates. Trustee O’Flaherty addressed all the candidates, saying, “Regardless of the outcome, if you are not on the initial committee, we thank you for showing an interest in art.” Upon tallying the initial votes, clerk Hess deemed that a run-off was necessary for the final 2 committee members, so she distributed another round of ballots to the trustees. When the voting was completed, she announced the names of the new PAC members: Hopper Becker, Autumn Bishop, Deb Brynoff, Sarah Cichon, John Henley, Justin McGuan and Sarah Villa. The PAC will meet in the next few weeks to share ideas and prepare a 2020 budget.


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Infinite West to host Permaculture Composting Workshop Staff Report I Winter Park Times

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ere in Grand County, there’s a movement afoot to reduce our impacts on the environment. We’re remembering to take our stash of reusable bags to the grocery store, avoiding single-use plastics, bringing our own ‘to go’ containers when we go out to eat and recycling what’s left. The only thing we haven’t gotten good at is composting. Each year, the US sends over 50 million tons of compostable waste to the landfill and it is estimated that basic composting could reduce that amount by 30-40%. The question is, how do we do it en masse here in Grand County? Local nonprofit, Infinite West, has been leading the charge for sustainability since the late 2000’s. Last spring, they held a Community Composting Workshop that proved composting could be quite successful at our elevation. The workshop highlighted several composting methods that would put organic matter, otherwise destined for the landfill, to better use. While efforts to find an ideal location for community composting have stalled, there are still ways for us to compost while living among wildlife in the high country. One of those methods is “permanent agriculture” or “permaculture”. This meth-

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od works with natural elements such as the sun, wind and water to provide nutrients and shelter to your garden. On Sunday, September 22nd, from 10 am - 2 pm, Infinite West is hosting a Permaculture Composting Workshop at Sisu Farms in Granby. Trish Cyman, professional permaculturist, will lead the hands-on (hands dirty) composting workshop using permaculture methods and philosophy. Participants will observe, learn and build examples of permaculture beds using recycled materials and compostable household waste that will keep it out of the landfill and result in a natural, low-maintenance, sustainable mountain garden. Funded by a grant from the Grand Foundation, the event, ‘Permaculture: What is it & Why do it?’, is free and open to everyone. Sisu Farms is located at 405 County Road 61 (2nd property west of the high school). The workshop will start with a Permaculture Introduction at 10:15 am; Raised Beds from 10:30-11; Keyhole Garden from 11-noon; Spiral Garden 12:151:15 pm; and finish up with the Pallet Bin from 1:15 - 2 pm. To learn more, visit the Infinite West Facebook page.

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uesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting opened with Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Board President, Janet Engel, handing over a check for $40,000 to the county. “Thank all of you for your incredible support for this year’s Fair and Rodeo events,” said Engel. She told them the Fair and Rodeo had been very successful and the Easton Corbin concert on Saturday night was also successful, but “not as much as we hoped.” Engel explained there were a few missed steps along the way, and, going forward, the Fair Board wants to go ahead and try again next year. In late May, the commissioners had appropriated an additional $40,000, outside the 2019 budget, to help the Fair Board with up front expenses related to the concert. Costs for entertainment, stage, lighting, production, security, additional port-o-potties, advertising and promotion exceeded the board’s coffers and the commissioners accepted the risk of appropriating the funds understanding that, if the Fair was successful, they would repay the $40K, and if not, the Board would provide an accounting of funds received and repay as much of the $40K as was available.

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The Demolition Derby, held the following Saturday, was also very successful. Previous events yielded between $1518K, and this year, with a record 2,500 in attendance, they raised $29K. Engel told the commissioners that Will and Becca Jones, who had run the event for many years had announced this year would be their last. “The Fair Board is trying to figure out how to go forward, see if we can continue the Demolition Derby,” said Engel. “They had contacts with all kinds of sponsors. It is a big hurdle to crux, but we will figure out something.” Commissioner Kris Manguso encouraged Engel and the Fair Board to continue the event. “I think they are willing to share the information,” said commissioner Manguso, referring to the departing Jones’. Engel thanked the commissioners, road and bridge and staff for their support of this year’s event. “We are looking forward to continuing what I hope is the same kind of fair next year. Thank you.” Assistant County manager Ed Moyer said, “I want to thank the Fair Board and Janet. It took a lot of courage to get out there on a limb, with the risks to put on the concert. It was a huge success. I wanted to thank her publicly.” Commissioner Manguso observed, “What was different this year was security.” She told Engel the use of a local firm for security was appreciated. “Kudos to us for having the foresight,” said Engel. “It was a leap of faith to spend the money for security. We will continue to do that.” Small Buildings, Big Problem Deputy and Code Enforcement officer Ricky Liberalli next addressed the

commissioners with observations on public perception of accessory dwelling units. “I just want you guys to be aware, from the Sheriff and Community Development, of an issue on small buildings.” Liberalli reported there are several small outbuildings, including at least one storage unit, where individuals are suspected of having taken up residence. “I would love to invite any and all of you to ride with me on my circuit. We have stuff that runs from Icebox Estates all the way to Big Horn Park. No matter where we go, we find people living in conditions with no sanitation. We need to rethink the small building concept.” He told the commissioners it becomes a nightmare for the departments in terms of enforcement. “This is something to mull over,” said Liberalli, adding, “and, seriously, anytime you guys want to ride around, we can load up the vehicle, bring a sack lunch and ride around.” Community Development staffing Community Development director Robert Davis told the commissioners that both Julie Nessen and Joan Lyons had tendered their resignations. He asked that he be able to retain them on a parttime basis, until the department is able to fill the positions. Both staff members had indicated they would waive the county health insurance, which would result in savings to the budget. “I personally hope they are able to work part-time for as long as possible,” said commissioner chair Richard Cimino. The commissioners unanimously approved retaining the two staff members on a part-time basis until the positions are filled and the new employees are sufficiently trained. “We approved your going to part-time, but we did not approve your leaving,” commissioner Merrit Linke lightheartedly told Nessen and Lyons. Fire Conditions ‘Moderate’ Sheriff Brett Shroetlin provided an update on fire conditions. He told the commissioners that the matrix they utilized to determine action had dropped down a little bit. “We had a small fire start yesterday up at highways 14 and 40, and they were able to put it out with gatorade bottles,” he reported. “I see no reason to move forward, we are trending downward.” Commissioner Linke said, “I really appreciate the scientific approach to the matrix you have provided.” Chairman Cimino added, “I was so relieved to see the rain. It was a gully washer.” No fire restrictions have been implemented in Grand County this season. The cooler weather and moisture have contributed to favorable conditions.

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ext week, Grand County residents and visitors will be treated to the 8th Annual US Constitution Week in Grand Lake, known as the Premier Constitution Week Celebration in America and including nationallylauded speakers, music festival, fireworks display, and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cookoff and competition! “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” … And thus begins the most important legal document governing our nation, going on to articulate the fundamental principles that are meant to guide and unite both leaders and citizens in a common framework. Similarly, “bringing citizens together” was the primary motivation behind Grand Lake’s now well-established U.S. Constitution Week, according to event founder and Grand Lake resident Tom Goodfellow. More specifically, the idea was to “bring citizens together and to educate with the idea of having a

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Marissa Lorenz I Special to the Winter Park Times better understanding of our founding fathers and the US Constitution.” Goodfellow first proposed the idea after the town’s 2012 4th of July fireworks display was cancelled, due to fire danger. “Of course, everyone was disappointed and citizens were trying to decide what event or when to shoot off the fireworks that had already been purchased,” he explains. “I felt it should be related to something of historical nature about our country or military.” Subsequent research led him to the discovery of Constitution Week, enacted into law by President Eisenhower and the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1956, but not widely celebrated. And thus, the event was born! Eight years later, Grand Lake’s Constitution Week has grown into a full-blown celebration. There have been over 30 speakers over the years and both constitutional scholars and “street smart” folk are invited to speak, just not politicians. Local restaurants act as venues for the speaker sessions and provide appetizers for attendees. Local lodging establishments offer lodging for guest speakers. And immeasurable volunteer hours are put into planning and implementing the event. Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director, Emily Hagen, also notes the event’s growth and positive impact on local businesses. “Grand Lake is so much more than a summeronly town,” she says, “and Constitution Week has certainly laid the foundation to increase visitation in September. In 2018, the Town of Grand Lake reported car counts just 200 short of vehicles counted on the 4th of July, and sales tax collections have continued to increase in what once was considered an ‘off season’ for the Town.” This year, event coordinators are excited to welcome back Kevin Sorbo, of “Hercules” fame, as the keynote speaker. Sorbo is also a director, producer, actor, and proud advocate of free-speech. He will speak on Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 AM in the Town park. Other not-to-be missed events that day are the BBQ competition, with a $10,000 purse; music festival, featuring Grand Lake’s own Peggy Mann Band, Buckstein, and the Lowdown Drifters; the raffle drawing and silent auction; and the fireworks show over Grand Lake at 8:30. But Goodfellow would not want you to miss out on the rest of the week’s planned festivities. He especially recommends Thomas Krannawitter’s Monday night speakeasy talk, titled “Is the US Constitution Racist?”, and Thursday’s

speaker, Penn Pfiffner, addressing Colorado’s constitutional TABOR amendment in “Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights: Can you Justify it?” The event has not been without challenges, as admitted by Goodfellow himself. The 2016 event prompted controversy with keynote speaker, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, when things got political at an event that has worked hard to remain non-partisan. But Goodfellow chalks it up to the “nature of the beast.” “Of course, Constitution Week has some critics,” he acknowledges. “I don’t expect that to change, but we do try to listen and make adjustments.” However, this year’s energy surrounding the event seems to be one of solidarity among the County’s local political groups and of continued enthusiasm and learning, even for Goodfellow. “I think the most astonishing thing I have learned since the inception of the event is just how absolutely brilliant our founding fathers were.” For more information, a complete event line-up, answers to FAQs, and the complete text of the US Constitution, visit the event webpage at www.USConstitutionWeek.org.


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A moving experience

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riends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies. I’ve always loved that saying, much more than moving. When I mention to casual friends that I am indeed “moving,” the common response is, “what a hassle.” But over the weekend when I ran into a buddy he said, “oh, let me know if I can help.” Then he stood there and looked me in the eye. I was tempted to test him and ask him if he’d help me move some bodies. I’ve had to move twice over the last couple of years, but this is my most drastic move ever. Mostly because I don’t know where I’m going. Even though I have pared down my stuff considerably over the last few moves, I still find myself with stacks of stuff that’s hard to let go of. I know what you are thinking. Storage unit. I’m resisting that because (no

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offense) storing stuff that I don’t use or touch seems to me a kind of mild form of mental illness. If I can’t get at it, I don’t need it, right? Last fall I anticipated this coming move by purchasing a small, used RV, because living on a house with wheels is a step up from living under the bridge in Carbondale, right? My “Escape Pod” is a minimalist dwelling but it does have the prerequisites: shower, toilet, single bed, small sink, engine. It even has a small garage in the back where I can stack up stuff that doesn’t fit in the living space. So far I have put mostly camping supplies in there so I can move outside when the weather is nice. Plus, I have a lot of camping gear after decades of rafting adventures. For perspective, the living space in the Escape Pod is so small that if I do simple calisthenics I will be crashing into walls and falling on the bed. But, if everything is stowed and the foldout table is hidden and the dog is on the bed I can do a gentle pirouette, as long as I keep my arms mostly in and don’t lose my balance. The stuff that I care about falls into three categories: camping stuff, music stuff and archival stuff. The camping stuff is practical, although I have too much (three tents?). The music stuff is mostly practical, although I have too much (seven guitars?). And the archival stuff is historical.

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got angry at the MPE Board and Management again when I read their new GM’s article in the September issue of their Colorado Country Life magazine. Instead of being open and honest, they now claim that their Broadband Project was only needed for the electric operation all along due to some obsolete communications technology, e.g. 3G. This is total BS! That is why it makes me angry. It was touted from the beginning by former GM Sifers as the MPE Broadband Project, an effort to bring broadband internet service to rural areas of the MPE territory. They even contracted with two consultants to develop a business plan for broadband internet service, but of course denied my request for a copy of those final reports. Lucky for us ratepayers they chose not to build the over $90 million project to install fiber to every meter but settled for only the $6-7 million backbone fiberoptic cable system between substations and MPE offices in order to lease fiber capacity to internet service providers. Of course, some of that capacity can be used for the electric system but

was not needed for that purpose after having just built a $300 thousand backbone communication system that was a hybrid of microwave and other technologies. Or did MPE let their AMI vendor off the hook on delivering the backhaul communications from their smart meters? And tell me why is MPE planning a fiber optic cable extension into the Town of Winter Park where they have no substations or offices located? I cannot express how genuinely disgusted I am with MPE – they decided to abuse their monopoly privileges which they enjoy as the only electric utility provider in the area and have tarnished the reputation of all electric cooperatives in Colorado. Of course, this is all legal, unregulated and even follows their seven cooperative principles nothing there that even suggests that they should be open and honest with us member-owners. Just keep feeding us BS and you will begin to believe your own crap.

The archival stuff is the most challenging. I’m the kind of media creator that does projects and throws them in a box when I’m done. Over the weekend I dove in and found myself pulled in a million directions looking at boxes of cassette tapes, reel-to-reels, CDs, photographs, negatives, slides, videos, lyric sheets and more. I still have a lot of the equipment I used to create these things. I have culled many things but still have equipment like a four-track cassette recorder, eight-track tape recorder, film cameras, digital cameras, an analog synthesizer, a “Magic Genie” organ, early effects units, guitar foot pedals, guitar amplifiers, a bass amplifier, microphones, microphone stands, cases and two glass heads. This is after selling several guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, microphones, preamps and so much more. I swear to you I am down to the minimum! I was merciless over the weekend. If a CD did not have a label on it, I threw it out, probably chucking my musical version of “Tommy” in the process. As I worked through things I realized that I have led a richly creative life. Through circumstances I have had to learn and create on an ever-changing platform of technologies. I started with a pinhole camera and a reelto-reel tape recorder and moved my way into the ever-shifting digital age starting with floppy discs all the way up to solid-state hard drives. I’ve recorded more than 30 albums and I’m still recording as we speak. I have shot countless hours of video

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that I have never looked at. The footage I have looked at is heart rending stuff for me. A videographer just sent me some footage of a rock opera I wrote and produced at the Wheeler Opera House in 1996 and 1997. I have never looked back but watching his film from more than 20 years ago was moving, especially the incidental, backstage, intermission and cutaway shots. The video is a veritable who’s who of the Aspen creative scene in the mid-1990s. Actors, directors, producers, musicians, journalists, photographers, my mom and dad, wife and kid and all the fun and artistic folks that made up the fabric of Aspen way back then. Looking back I now realize that the rock opera “Umbrella Man” was a thermonuclear explosion of creativity in a town full of talent and opportunity. I have reel-to-reel audio recordings of the show, video in two formats and thousands of photographs and negatives, many of which have never been printed. The show featured a full orchestra in the pit, a rock band on stage and a 16-person cast. We made all the sets and I financed the show with donations from the community. I’d love to share it with you but I have to figure out a way to get it into twominute slices that can be posted on YouTube. But first, I have to get out of my Redstone apartment by the end of the month. Steve Skinner can be reached at nigel@sopris.net.

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ou might wonder why this “Man Around Town” article sounds a bit like a Public announcement. In one sense it is but let me also confess right up front – I love the Fall Festival season. Tasty food, good music and fun games for those of all ages. What’s not to like? On Saturday the Fall Festival season officially kicks off with the 19th annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Grand Kids Learning Center (GKLC). Most of the games are aimed for Kids (such as a bouncy house and train rides) but for those a bit older you can always enjoy a game of cornhole or bobbing for donuts (much better than apples). There is always good food, and I will be working the caramel apples booth to support my granddaughter who attends GKLC. Life is pretty good when you can just kick back on a nice day at Winter Park/ Fraser’s first Fall Festival of the year. An added bonus to enjoying this Fall Festival is that it’s the major fund raiser for GKLC. Money goes to support the continued expansion of the school, which recently grew with the merger of two long-time

organizations. They have two locations now with one serving infants and toddlers and the other location focused on preschool and pre-K students. GKLC serves students between the ages of 8 weeks through 6 years old. GKLC has been serving the children of Grand County for many years. I recently found out that they are serving second (and in one case third) generations. Parents who went through the program years ago are now sending their own kids to GKLC to get an early start on their learning experience. GKLC’s continued growth not only comes from strong leadership and excellent teachers (some of whom have been there over 10 years and that I’ve gotten to know through my granddaughter) but also by creating strong partnerships with other community groups such as the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. I spoke with GKLC’s director, Ashley Bobo, and she walked me through their various programs, GKLC’s staff members and community partnerships. In addition to the Chamber as the main sponsor, this year includes over 50 local sponsors thanks to

many local restaurants (if you have room after eating the festival food, please visit them), many real estate companies and related services, and medical groups among others. Music will be provided courtesy of the Blues Society. It’s a very impressive sponsorship list and shows the tremendous support GKLC gets from the community! So, come out Saturday and enjoy this year’s first Fall Festival. Hideaway Park, noon to 5 pm. There’s also an online silent auction and you can get the app to participate while at the Festival. And if you’re feeling especially energetic, and want to also support GKLC further, sign up and play some golf the next day at GKLC’s annual Bert and Ernie Golf Tournament. It may be one of the last times you’ll be able to get out to Pole Creek and chase that little white golf ball around. Online sign up can be found at https:// www.classy.org/give/240404/#!/ donation/checkout. See you there! Please send any comments to Bebarwick@gmail.com.

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he has spent her life building a resume that includes a “Who’s Who” list of dignitaries. She has been in and out of government roles, sat with kings and queens and been part of global humanitarian relief projects on the other side of the planet. Felicia Muftic has been a columnist with the Sky-Hi News since the summer of 2007 and recently parted ways with the Colorado Mountain News Media organization. We would like to welcome her to our grassroots effort and look forward to a new chapter in her celebrated career. Muftic’s style is based on current events from a pragmatic, fact-based, reasoned perspective. Felicia has nearly 50 years of involvement in politics, finance, and consumer affairs as either a fly on the wall in international, national, state and local levels or a participant. Parallel to all of

this is intense involvement for over 50 years in the political process, serving in both cabinet and staff in the administration of Denver Mayor Federico Pena. Partially educated in Europe and a graduate of Northwestern University, her interests are not confined to US domestic problems, but she also has a world view and experiences which are often reflected in her columns. Ms. Muftic has spent the last 12 years sharing her liberal views with the community and sticking her neck out from time to time in the circle

of philosophical positioning. She is not scared to reach across the isle and incite debate on controversial political perspectives. Muftic said, “If you have an idea that makes sense, I want to hear your reasoning and would like to see the facts that support your view.” In my opinion, a columnist that takes on the serious issues should be applauded, whether you agree with their point of view or not. A good columnist has to have grit and guts to put it on line in today’s judgmental society. It is much easier to sit back, relax and play armchair quarterback. I say, “Get in the game, people”, that is what American democracy is all about. Never be afraid to express your views. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Winter Park Times, newest columnist, Felicia Muftic. #roundofapplause <here>

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Valley Briefing Rare Harvest Moon rises Friday the 13th Tonight, the full Harvest Moon will reach its fullest at 10:33 pm. At its apogee, at 252,511 miles from Earth’s center, the ‘micromoon’ will actually appear 14% smaller than a super moon, of which we have had a few in the last few years. The last time the U.S. saw a full moon on Friday the 13th was October 13, 2000, and it won’t happen again until August 13, 2049. The combination of a full moon with Friday the 13th is a double-whammy for the superstitious (as well as law enforcement and hospital emergency room staff). Avoid black cats, walking under ladders and dudes in hockey masks and enjoy this rare event!

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Library District Board seeks to fill vacancy

The Grand County Library District (GCLD) Board of Trustees immediately seeks interested candidates for a trustee position representing District 2, but open to any Grand County resident. District 2 encompasses the central portion of the county, including Granby and Grand Lake. Trustees participate as a member of a team to protect and advance the interests of the broader library community by effectively advising the executive director in the policies, promotion, and development of GCLD. Terms are two years long and there are no term limits. Preferred qualifications of a Trustee include a strong desire to preserve and promote the library as a public forum for the sharing of information and ideas without prejudice, willing and able to give time and talent to the library, schedule permits participating in monthly meetings, occasional committee meetings, special library functions, and other community events at which the library is promoted, and the ability to assess information and make important decisions. A full trustee job description can be found at www.gcld.org/trustees.

FVMRD looking for Field Trip locations

The popular Fraser Valley Rec youth field trip program is looking for local businesses interested in hosting field trips over the course of the next year, and into the future. If you’ve got a place for the kids to tour, arts & crafts or pizza/food to make, contact emily@ fraservalleyrec.org.

Historical Happenings October 17th, 2019 6:30 pm The next “Happening” with dessert and great history stories, will be a happenin’ at the Station, the Grand Lake Fire Station! It will feature the stories of Patricia McLean Rust and her daughter Heidi Daly. They are related to just about every pioneer in the Grand Lake and Grand County areas, and have got good ones to share. Don’t miss this! Plus, now thru mid-2020 The special exhibit at the Grand County Historical Association’s Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs continues: “Down the River” about the John Wesley Powell expedition to map the Colorado River. Granby Rec after school The Granby Recreation Department is offering an After-School Adventure! This after-school program is offered everyday after-school from 4:10 to 6:00 PM. Any child age Kindergarten through grade 5 is welcome. We meet in the Granby Elementary Lunchroom. The cost is $8 per day, pre-registered. Activities include; arts & crafts, sports, games, homework help, and free play. If you have any questions or would like to register your child, call the Rec Dept at (970) 8873961.

Autumn begins early in Rky Mtn National Park

Autumn begins on September 23, but it arrives earlier than that at Rocky Mountain National Park. Autumn is a time of changes, especially weather-related changes, across all the altitudes in the park. At the lower altitudes of about 8,300 feet, around the west entrance, weather in mid September has ranged in temperature from freezing to 80 degrees. The park can experience rain events, frost, hail, and many lovely fall days. At the Alpine Visitor Center, at almost 12,000 feet, both snow and hail may fall. This results in both overnight and short term closures of Trail Ridge Road for safety purposes. The tundra turns to fall colors, with browns, golds, and russets replacing the vibrant blooms of summer. A few flowers still bloom at lower elevations. Elk gather in herds as the bulls bugle to entice cows to join their harems. Migratory birds head south. If you plan to visit the park in at this time, bring your camera, but also bring an extra layer of warm clothing to accommodate the changing weather conditions.

FTC sends warning

As part of its regular monitoring of health-related advertising claims, the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to three companies that sell oils, tinctures, capsules, “gummies,” and creams containing cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. The letters warn the companies, which the FTC is not identifying publicly, that it is illegal to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease without competent and reliable scientific evidence to support such claims. A warning for consumers to be careful about marketing campaigns that create false claims.


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CPW reminds residents of Bear Aware responsibilities

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has received over 3,800 bear-incident reports since April 1, most involving bears trying to access food sources. The number of reports is expected to grow in the next few weeks as bears enter hyperphagia, the period of preparing for hibernation when bears spend up to 20 hours a day on the hunt for 20,000 or more calories.

A restaurant employee in the Winter Park area was fortunate to receive only minor injuries on Thursday, August 29 from a bear that was hiding in the business’s dumpster. The startled bear swatted the employee on the head when surprised by the employee dumping that evening’s trash. Though the bear was repeatedly seen by the restaurant staff and Nusiance Bear in Winter Park trash has to be euthanized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. other locals on a regular basis, no rePhoto DJ Hannigan ports were made to CPW to help try and extremely habituated and demonstrated first place if we get a report.” haze or remove the bear from the area no fear of wildlife and police officers on until after the incident was reported. the scene. Because of the attack and the Not reporting bear incidents is unfordangerous behavior, CPW officers put tunately not unique to one interaction or “We all know that when bears have the bear down. area. Several recent human-bear interaceasy food sources, they will keep coming tions have been the direct result of bears back to them,” said JT Romatzke, Region“In this case, there was a clear pattern being conditioned to human food sources al Manager for CPW’s Northwest Region. of where and how the bear was moving when residents and businesses accept “It’s not so much a bear problem as a each night, but people in the area had bears getting into trash and don’t take human problem when we don’t prevent the attitude that it was normal for bears the steps to secure waste nor call CPW bears from finding easy meals, and also to get into trash,” said Romatzke. “It when bears repeatedly return. when we accept bad bear behavior as took a person getting injured for somenormal. We need people to call us early one to finally call us. By that point, this Because most human-bear interactions and often when bears become a nuibear was so conditioned to getting food are preventable, CPW echoes the frustrasance, instead of waiting for a worstthat it had become dangerous. We need tions and concerns of those who become case scenario.” people to understand that you are not upset when these animals face consedoing bears any favors by not calling us; quences because of problems people CPW officers monitored the area after we can work together to prevent these have caused. Keeping communities safer the incident, and the bear returned as animals from becoming dangerous in the and bears away from attractants reexpected. Officers say the animal was

quires a partnership between CPW, community businesses and residents making a commitment to using dumpsters and trash cans specifically designed to keep bears out. Though often used with the best of intentions, modified dumpster lids, raccoon-proof cans, and self-rigged options are simply not sufficient to keep bears out of trash. “We become wildlife officers because of our love for Colorado’s wildlife, and putting down an animal is one of the worst parts of our job,” said Romatzke. “It’s frustrating, because we don’t want to see bears put down any more than our residents do. But if people, or even our trash companies, aren’t putting in the effort to be Bear Aware and help us out, these types of conflicts will keep happening.” CPW promotes Bear Aware principles all year long, aiming to minimize interactions that put both humans and bears at risk. Being “Bear Aware” includes easy-to-execute behaviors such as securing trash cans and dumpsters, removing bird feeders, closing garages, cleaning and locking your car and calling CPW when bears become a nuisance. When Coloradans refuse to follow these common-sense principles, bears become habituated to seeking out meals from homes and populated areas. When bears are habituated, as in this case, they often lose their instinctual fear of humans, which can lead to increased risks to human health and safety.


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Fraser Valley Library hosts a Tech Training Class at 11 am. To register, call (970) 726-5689. LEGO @ the Library at the Granby Library at 1 pm. Create | Share | Play! For more information, visit gcld.org.

Friday, September 13 - Defy Superstition Day

Conversational Spanish Group meets weekly from 9-10 am at Paella Restaurant in Winter Park. For more information, contact Lori Myers (970) 531-0006. Fraser Valley Library hosts a Tech Training Class at 11 am. GCHA hosts a presentation on the Coal Miners’ Strike of 1927, with author Nicholas Berhhard, at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser 6 pm. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake has Hayden & Friends, starting at 6:30 Friday Night Lights! Middle Park Panthers Football play at Estes Park, 7 pm. Listen to the game on KRKY 930 AM or 101.9 FM. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 8p

Saturday, September 14 - Cream-filled Doughnut Day

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort has live music with Andy Straus at Heck’s Tavern, from 8 - 10 pm. The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Trivia Night, 8pm.

Tuesday, September 17 - Constitution 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. Granby Library hosts a Tech Training Class at 10 am. To register, call (970) 887-2149.

Wednesday, September 18 - Respect Day

Granby Library hosts Story Time at 10 am. This is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. Rotary Club of Granby meets at noon at Maverick’s Grill.

Pancho & Lefty’s Charity Golf Tournament at Grand Lake Golf Course benefits Mountain Family Center. Shotgun start at 10 am.

Hot Sulphur Springs Library hosts Family Movie Night at 4:45 pm.

19th annual Winter Park FallFest at Rendezvous Event Center from noon - 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Grand Kids Early Learning Center.

Granby Ranch hosts Music at Milestone at the base of the Milestone Lift with live music by Tierro with Bridget Law, starting at 5 pm.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 8p

Fraser Valley Library hosts ‘Great Decisions’, America’s largest discussion group on world affairs from the Foreign Policy Association.

Sunday, September 15 - Greenpeace Day

Sunday Funday at the base of Granby Ranch features live music by Matty Brown on the Grill Patio from 1 - 4 pm. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 2p Idlewild Spirits in Winter Park hosts Industry Night, starting at 3 pm.

Thursday, September 19 - Talk Like a Pirate Day

The Fraser River Valley Lions Club meets at 7:30 am at Carver’s Restaurant in Winter Park. fraservalleylions.org Fraser Valley Library hosts Story Time at 10 am. This is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5.

Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse in Grand Lake has live music with Martin & Taylor at 5:30 pm.

Winter Park Chamber luncheon: Seasons of Change starts at noon at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. To register, contact maria

Monday, September 16 - World Ozone Day

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

Grand Lake kicks off their 8th annual Constitution Week. For a fulline-up of events, visit the Constitution Week Facebook page.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 6p

Hot Sulphur Springs Library hosts Story Time at 11:15 am. Story Time is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under 5

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

CDP Chair Morgan Carroll and staff host an Outreach Stop at the Grand Elk Grill at 6 pm. For more information, email karin@coloradodems.org.

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

Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting

Friday, September 20 - Concussion Awareness Day

Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake has live music with Hayden & Friends, starting at 6:30 pm. Homecoming! Middle Park Panthers Football plays Steamboat Springs at home at 7 pm. Come on out to cheer them on or listen to the game on KRKY 930 AM or 101.9 FM. Brickhouse 40 in Granby has live music with Matt Brown at 7 pm. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 8

Saturday, September 21 - World Gratitude Day

Snow Mountain Ranch Trail Running Festival gets started at 7 am. For information and to register for the 2-day event, visit snowmountainranch.org. Granby Chamber hosts an Artisan Market at The Lot from 10 am - 2 pm. GCHA presents Lynn Waring as Alberta Sprague, a historical accounting of her life and adventures in Grand County, from 2-3 pm at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser, and, the Travelin’ Food Dude at Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs at 2:30 pm. Grand Lake’s 8th annual Constitution Week wraps up with BBQ competition, live music, beer and fireworks over the lake. All Day till dusk Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 8p

Sunday, September 22 - Doodle Day

Infinite West hosts ‘Permaculture: What is it & Why do it?’ at Sisu Farms in Granby from 10 am - 2 pm. For information, visit their Facebook page. Colorado Headwaters chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts the Healthy Rivers Concert at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Featuring live music by Caitlyn Taussig and The Rifters, tickets to the fundraiser include admission to the Headwaters River Journey interactive exhibit. Starts at noon. coheadwaters.org Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ at 2p Idlewild Spirits in Winter Park hosts Industry Night, starting at 3 pm.

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CONSTITUTION WEEK FEATURES

BBQ, BEER, MUSIC AND FIREWORKS

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he Constitution Week festival is going to wrap up next Saturday, September 21st with a Street Vendors Party, Live Music, Cold Beer and the Colorado State Championship BBQ Competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The cool crisp rocky mountain air will be filled with the sights, sounds and aroma of sizzling BBQ. Jason “Bigg” McKeel, one of the organizers for the event, said, “This is the Nascar circuit for some of the best BBQ in the world.” Chefs from all over the country are going to make their way to the mountains of Colorado to show off their smoking rigs. Bigg said there should be at least 31 grill master and rotisseur teams competing, with over forty vendors participating in the fair along Main Street. “Don’t know much about the Constitution Week Festival, but the Colorado Mountains are beautiful and there is no better place to hold a BBQ competition,” said Bigg. The grillardin’s will be preparing roasted, smoked and braised meats for the enjoyment of the crowd and judges behind the scenes. According to McKeel, “This will be the sizzle of the steak and icing on the cake, wrapping up a weeklong celebration.” Bigg said he is looking forward to this event, coining one of his favorite phrases, “I am just a redneck from Nashville. Every weekend you can catch me smoking meat somewhere.” The event will feature three bands on the main stage. Local Favorite, Peggy Mann will kick off the concert in the park, followed by up and coming country singer, Buckstein and the Heard. Colorado native Buckstein has become famous for his original tune titled, The Grizzly Rose. “An awesome, legendary place right in my own backyard in my hometown. Some of you out there have your own ‘Grizzly Rose’ in your hometown so you know what I’m talking about. I wrote that song after the first week I ever played there. I’ve taken that stage over 100 times since then. We made a video and put it

up on Youtube. The video was meant to show the good times that await anybody who may walk through the door. We took a shot. We hope we did it justice.” Colorado grown, born and raised at 5280, Buckstein said he hears “I don’t like country music but I like you”. He said he gets that a lot. “Randomly.” He can’t really tell you why. Maybe it’s that “no-fear-of-the-edge” mentality that hooks the non-country-lovin’ folk while he manages to maintain a balance of traditional vibes that will remind you of a modern day John Wayne. He’s a 6’4” bass-baritone powerhouse who once hit 200 million television sets worldwide as a contestant on “American Idol.” With each performance, he fights to create something electric, something that grabs you and makes you look up. Maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s why some people don’t like country and yet... they like him. Headlining the BBQ and Music festival will be the Low Down Drifters, a country folk rock band from Stanwood, WA. They formed around a shared love of songwriting with the goal of fostering and furthering the tradition of country music. The Drifters built up a solid fan base and core group of original songs leading up to the 2016 release of their album Wood & Water which resulted in opportunities to play with artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Parker McCollum, Jason Boland, and the Randy Rogers Band. The past few years have taken the Drifters from writing and playing their original songs for friends to playing at venues and festivals across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. They are currently in post production and working on their next album while continuing to play shows in an ever increasing circuit and creating new fans wherever they go. They will certainly be a highlight of the week long celebration. Grand Lake, Colorado celebrates the best in barbecue with lots of food, cold beer, hand-crafted cocktails, and live music Saturday, September 21st on Main Street. Fireworks over the lake at dusk.

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Sunday, September 29th, 2019, 10:00 AM @ Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse for the

7th Annual Taking Steps for Cancer 5K Walk/Run/Auction

Help raise funds for families fighting cancer in Grand County! Have fun while helping others! No One Fights Alone. Trophies Awarded to Largest Team & Team Earning the Most Money!

10:00 Opening Ceremony- 5K Walk/Run 10:30 Silent Auction Opens 11:15 Lunch served by Daven Haven 11:45 Awards 12:00 Live Auction Begins 1:00 Live Auction Ends 1:15 Silent Auction Closes Followed by entertainment by Martin & Taylor!

Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse, 604 Marina Drive, Grand Lake Register online: www.mountainfamilycenter.org/events


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Temporary trail closures

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everal Winter Park area trails are closing temporarily while a fuels reduction project is underway in the Vasquez Road and Leland Creek area. Initially slated to begin September 10, the contractor has been delayed 10-14 days. Barricades and signs have been staged, but the trails remain open for the public to use until work begins, at which time the barricades will be activated. The closure will be in effect from late September through mid-December and includes the general forest area west of Vasquez Road (FSR 148) and southeast of Leland Creek Road (FSR 159), as well as Take D’Leap, Leap Frog, D4 and D3 trails. The work involves thinning and clearing 135 acres of trees using large machinery and logging trucks to fell, skid, deck, load and haul trees. The closed area and trails will not be safe for visitors while work is in progress.

This work is part of an ongoing district-wide effort to help the forest recover from the impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and to improve watershed resiliency and wildlife habitat. The work removes predominantly lodgepole pine from the impacted forested areas while encouraging the regeneration of lodgepole pine and other species. Remaining slash will be piled to cure and then burn in winter conditions. Some of the existing trails will be damaged by the work. The contractor will perform restoration and repairs to any forest system trails that are damaged as a result of logging operations. The Forest is working with Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) through the Trail Smart Sizing project to enhance the trail system in the area once the logging is complete. For more info and to see a map of the closure area, visit: fs.usda.gov/.

BOCC...continued from PG 4 Donor-advised fund excess reallocated to Mental Health transport At a previous meeting, Grand Foundation executive director, Megan Ledin, told the commissioners that $20,000 of the 2019 donor-advised funds had been allocated to Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA), but since the commissioners opted to fund HTA directly from the general fund, the funds could be redirected. Finance Director Curtis Lange had worked with the sheriff and Jen Fanning, executive director of Grand County Rural Health Network, to provide background for the board to make a decision on where to direct the $20K excess. Lange told the commissioners that, according to Fanning, $19,474 had been spent on transports year-to-date. 28 people had been transported, at an average cost of $708 per transport. In the second half of 2018, they had spent $16,501. “They would be happy to receive these

funds.” Sheriff Shroetlin recommended the $20K go directly to Mind Springs Health, since they hold the contract with Citadel, the company that provides the transport services for M1 mental health holds. Funding for the transports had previously been paid through a grant, which was exhausted in May, creating a gap in providing necessary transport services. “My intent is to have the county step up to make sure the county will fund to June 2021,” said chairman Cimino. “As we evaluate in 2020, we know the deadlines and need to remember this. Through June 2021 is where I want to go.” “We expect to have 10-15 more this year, based on trends,” said sheriff Shroetlin. “Next year, we’ll keep analyzing and keep track of this, too. We can report back.”

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IRVING TAKES PODIUM In New Zealand

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Noah Bowman, Birk Irving, and Aaron Blunck on the podium at the Winter Games NZ World Cup halfpipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

nder blue skies, no wind, and a perfectly sculpted pipe, U.S. Freeski Team member Birk Irving (Winter Park, CO) earned his second FIS World Cup victory at the Winter Games NZ halfpipe season opener on Saturday with an unprecedented line up of tricks at Cardrona Alpine Resort. “I have been wanting to do a 1440 and the double-cork-720 in a run for a long time,” said Irving. “I am so surprised and psyched I was able to put them both down together. I’m probably the most hyped I have ever been about a run.” The double-cork-720 may not be a high degree ro-

tation, but the air awareness and execution required to land back on his feet due to the axis of the spin is second to none. Prior to dropping in on his final run, Irving ignored the leaderboard. “I wasn’t really thinking about where I was standing in the rankings,” he said. “I just tried the run I thought I needed to win and it worked out.” For the women, Birk’s sister, Svea Irving (Winter Park, CO) put down a solid first run complete with a left side 900 and beautiful flare but was unable to break into podium contention. Kexin Zhang and Eileen Gu of China took home the gold and silver medals

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respectively, while Russian Valeriya Demidova closed out the podium earning the bronze. Unlike many of the early events of the season, there seemed to be very little rust to shake off for the majority of the field. The athletes were motivated to make their mark at the outset of the 2019-20 season and came out with high energy, great attitudes, and execution at a level that resembled mid-season form. With only three events in the books, U.S. Freeski and Snowboard athletes have collected five podiums, signaling a very successful start to the season.


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Volleyball Team loses back to back matches this week

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he Lady Panthers Volleyball team had a tough week losing two matches back to back Tuesday and Wednesday night. On Tuesday Middle Park hosted the Platte Valley Broncos, lead by #3 Kaira Alvarez, and defeated the Panthers 3-1 in a non conference home game. The Lady Panthers won the first game 2514 but then were out played and lost 3 in a row to the Broncos. The Middle Park students lead cheering fans both nights but the Broncos and the Mustangs took it to the Lady Panthers. In both losses the opposing team each

had a run on points that was hard for the Panthers to overcome. The Panthers Volleyball team has seen much success in the last four years making it to the state championships year after year. The 2019 team has some talented players still trying to find a way to work together as a unit. This seems to be a rebuilding year for the Lady Panthers. Come out to cheer on the hometown team onTuesday, Sep 17 at 6:00 PM when they face off with the Academy Wildcats in Granby


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