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BOCC: Ballot measures proposing increased taxes on Pot
Casey Malon at Winter Park Times reporting
t the August 21 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the commissioners revisited the discussion on two ballot measures proposing increases to sales and excise taxes collected by retail marijuana facilities in Grand County. Resolution 2018-8-21 (Ballot Measure 1A) pertains to all sales of retail marijuana and marijuana products sold in Grand County and proposes a 5% sales tax increase, up from the current 1% sales tax currently collected and deposited into the County’s General Fund. The County Finance Department estimates that this increase would bring in an additional $310,000 in revenue and the ballot language will reflect this amount. Resolution 2018-8-22 (Ballot Measure 1B) would impose an additional 5% excise tax on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed retail marijuana by a cultivation facility located within Grand County. The County Finance Department estimates that this increase would bring in an additional $155,000 in revenue and the ballot language will reflect this amount. Currently, a 2.9% state sales tax, a 15% retail marijuana state sales tax, a 1% county sales tax, plus a 15% state excise tax applies to all retail marijuana sales in unincorporated Grand County. The Town of Fraser collects additional sales tax from businesses licensed in town, which would not be affected by either ballot measure, if passed.
The Board unanimously approved Resolution 2018-8-21, adding the measure proposing a 5% increase in retail marijuana sales tax to the November 2018 ballot. The commissioners then discussed the topic of the increase in excise tax, as applicable to local “grow” facilities, of which there is currently one business, Igadi, in Tabernash. Colorado Statute allows county and municipal governments to collect up to a maximum of 5% in additional excise tax. Two resolution options had been presented to the commissioners - one with the flat 5%, and, a second with a graduated amount option, which would increase over time. Commissioner Linke stated that he felt the graduated approach was too complicated and that they should consider the flat tax amount. Commissioner Cimino asked whether other counties were collecting this additional excise tax and at what amount. “Maybe we gain a competitive edge if we charge 2%, or, not put it on the ballot at all”, said Cimino. Commissioner Manguso added “We only have one legal grower in the county, I don’t want to put something on the ballot that is going to cost us more than we collect”. County Finance Director, Curtis Lange, assured the commissioners that the grower is already paying the state a 15%
excise tax, so it would be easy to manage the additional collection. It is estimated that it would cost the county approximately $30,000 per year to administer the tax increase(s). This includes the cost of a .25 FTE and added transportation costs, since the businesses are cashbased, requiring the use of an armored car. Commissioner Cimino reiterated that he would like to look at proposing less than the 5% maximum allowed, in order to have a competitive advantage over other counties and incentivize future economic development. Ultimately, the commissioners approved the “flat rate” resolution with the maximum 5% excise tax, which is applicable to wholesale marijuana cultivation operations. The measure will appear on November’s ballot as Ballot Measure 1B. At the October 9th BOCC meeting, during Public Comment, Igadi Ltd representative, David Michel, appeared before the commissioners to talk about his concerns with the two proposed ballot measures and the estimated amount of revenue generated by both measures. In 2017, Igadi reported total sales in the amount of $2,180,036. If 2019 sales are the same, this would generate about $109,000 in additional revenue. Michel stated that he believed Igadi captures about 50% of the retail market in Grand County and felt the $310,000 estimate
During the meeting on August 21st, a meeting attendee questioned the Board’s motivation for the proposed increase. “It seems that, just about every week, you’re asking for more taxes. Does the county really need this?” he asked. Another citizen in attendance agreed with the observation, but expressed that the increase in law enforcement and EMS services, as related to the marijuana industry, should be subsidized by the users through such taxes. Commissioner Manguso stated “I am a limited government person, but it is my firm belief and opinion that the voters need to speak. The people of Grand County need to make these decisions.”
listed on Ballot Measure 1A was greatly exaggerated. On Ballot Measure 1B, which proposes a 5% increase in excise tax, Igadi’s CFO had estimated the additional revenue to the county to be $34,272 annually, a little more than one-fifth of the $155,000 estimate listed on the ballot. “Unless another cultivation operation opens in Grand County and produces five times what Igadi is licensed to produce, this number is a misrepresentation”, said Michel. “I don’t know what to do about this”, said Michel. “It’s troubling that the public will be voting on this and seeing revenue numbers that cannot be reached.” County Finance Director Curtis Lange told the Commissioners that he had obtained the figures from the state to base his calculations and maintained that he was comfortable with the numbers and estimates listed on the ballot. Commissioner Linke stated “We all agree that this is an estimate. There are no implications if the amount is miscalculated, whether too high or too low”. County Finance Director, Curtis Lange, explained the calculation methodology utilized in basing the estimates that appear on the November Ballot to the Winter Park Times. In the state tax report for the month of May 2017, the county had $222,219 in sales taxes, which represented 5% of the 2017 annual sales tax total of $4,210,805. With that number and percentage in mind, the state report for May 2018 showed $309,809 in marijuana sales which, at 5% of the annual amount, projects an annual sales total of $6.2 million in 2019. 5% of this amount is $310,000 which is the amount of anticipated revenue shown in Ballot Issue 1A. Lange went on to explain that marijuana excise taxes are based on the average monthly retail price determined quarterly by the State. Using a factor of 100% markup by the marijuana retailers, this estimates what the wholesale price of sales may be. The wholesale amounts are what is taxed by the excise tax. With
Pruning marijuana plants in a grow facility outside Grand County.
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Pot, continued from previous page
Marijuana: proposed tax increases a 100% markup on sales, the retailers could be purchasing their inventory for half of the sales amount of the projected $6.2 million. The wholesale price is calculated at $3.1 million, and, at a rate of 5%, equals $155,000 in estimated excise taxes. This amount appears as the estimated revenue amount in Ballot Issue 1B.
A Business’ Perspective
Igadi Ltd is headquartered on US 40 in Tabernash and has dispensaries located in Central City, Idaho Springs, Lafayette and Nederland. With a staff of 40 employees in the Tabernash location, it is the largest business of its type in Grand County. It is also the only marijuana cultivation operation in the county. David Michel spoke with the Winter Park Times about his concerns with Ballot Measures 1A and 1B. Aside from the concerns with the revenue estimates Michel voiced at the October 9th BOCC meeting, Michel told us that Igadi is limited in the amount of marijuana they are able to produce, based upon the building’s square footage and licensure. “The number is not going to go up. We only have so much space”, said Michel. “We were all set to build an additional
7500 square feet of cultivation at our facility in 2016 when the County imposed a moratorium on any new building. This would have created 20 new jobs at our Tabernash Facility. During that time, we built more cultivation in projects outside the County and if these new taxes pass, particularly the excise tax – we are further disincentivized from expanding our operations in Grand County.” Igadi currently remits a 15% excise tax to the state. Adding another 5% excise tax to this amount would require the business to adjust pricing to cover the added tax. This will have an affect on their customers who may opt to go to another less expensive dispensary, resulting in lost business. “It feels as though the county is targeting Igadi, and, it forces us to look at whether we want to continue to do business here.”
Now, it’s our turn
The ballots are now in the mail and should arrive any day. The marijuana industry is still in its infancy and what happens five or ten years from now is pretty much anyone’s guess. It is now up to the voters to choose what makes the best sense for the residents, visitors and local businesses of Grand County for now and into the future.
Fire Districts awarded for collaboration by SDA
wo local special districts have been awarded a 2018 Collaboration Award from the Special District Association of Colorado (SDA). East Grand County Fire Protection District No.4 and Tabernash Meadows Water and Sanitation District received their award at the SDA Annual Awards Luncheon as part of the SDA Annual Conference which was held September 12-14 in Keystone, Colorado. SDA presents the Collaboration Award annually to special districts that have effectively and efficiently partnered with other entities and local governments to form successful working relationships for the benefit of their citizens. In 2015, East Grand Fire and Tabernash Meadows began exploring the idea of extending a fire protection water supply outside of the Water District. Discussions continued for the next several years, and through a collaborative approach, issues involving water supplies, construction costs, and long term maintenance were reviewed and resolved. An agreement to proceed with the project was eventually reached, and it was completed at the end of 2017, with additional in-kind contributions from Grand County. The new system, known as the Tabernash Fire Protection Water System, has greatly improved the Fire District’s ability to provide water to a heavily commercialized area that was previously serviced by water shuttled in Fire District Tenders. This dependable fire flow for a busy commercial area that supports many critical activities
is imperative for the local community. The highly effective working relationship developed by both Districts led to the ultimate successful completion of this critical project, which benefits both citizens and visitors to the area. Ann Terry, SDA’s Executive Director, was thrilled to recognize the exceptional work of both districts. “The spirit of collaboration demonstrated by both East Grand Fire and Tabernash Meadows has not only benefited the citizens of these districts, but it is also a true testament to the success that can be achieved through partnerships.” About the Special District Association of Colorado The Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) is a statewide membership organization created in 1975 to serve the interests of the special district form of local government in Colorado. Special districts fill a vital role in providing many of the basic services and public needs of the people of Colorado, including fire and rescue services; water and wastewater treatment and delivery; parks and recreation amenities; hospitals; libraries; and cemeteries. SDA has over 1,815 district members and 285 associate members.
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VALLEY BRIEFING Voter Registration Important Dates Election day is Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to register online is Monday, October 29. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center. The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Monday, October 29. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6. You can also register and vote on Election Day. If you would like to register to vote or update your voter registration record and you have a Colorado Driver’s license or ID card, you can do this online at GoVoteColorado.com. Visit co.grand.co.us/147/Elections for information on Grand County elections.
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Historic Fraser Inc is pleased to report that great progress is being made on the restoration of the Ford Barn on the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch. “The concrete foundation is in place, damaged logs are being repaired or replaced, and soon we’ll order trussing and the corrugated metal roof. Our hope is to be basically finished before winter sets in so the Ford Barn will be secure against the weather once again,” says Kent Wehmeyer, HFI. “During this process, we’ve received so much interest and support that we’ve planned a chinking workshop for those who are interested in working hands-on. The workshop will be taught by Kevin Murray, who specializes in historic preservation. At this workshop, you’ll learn how structures were chinked in the late 1800’s,” states Ronda Paschal, also of HFI. The daub, burlap and wood block chinking was used by Colorado pioneers because it added much needed insulation and structural strength to the whole building. The wood blocks add structural strength to logs that can be as long as 25’ from notch to notch and the daub and burlap provide insulation in the winter. According to Kevin Murray, the General Contractor on this project, “When we’re redoing it, we have to do the exact same thing because otherwise it’s a false history.” The event takes place on Saturday, October 12th, from 10 am - 5 pm, on CR 5, between CR 5171 and CR 518 in Fraser. Bring your hammer and come prepared to work and learn about our history! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand County lifts Fire Restrictions On Tuesday, October 9th, the Board of County Commissioners officially lifted the Fire Restrictions. After a very hot and dry summer, the recent moisture led to the decision. Residents and visitors should still manage all fires responsibly. Precautions people should take include
ensuring campfires are dead-out before leaving camp, avoiding parking in tall dry grass, and avoiding driving OHVs in areas where dry grass can be ignited by hot exhaust. It only takes one spark to start a wildfire – equipment should have working spark arresters and trailers should be inspected to ensure chains are not dragging.
Controlled Burn activity near Cottonwood Pass set to begin With cooler temperatures and precipitation in the Grand County forecast, the first possible burn window begins Oct. 10-11 for the Blue Ridge Prescribed Fire near Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs. The first units are located in the northwest portion of the project area, between Big Meadows and Cottonwood Pass. Fire managers will be looking for a window with the right amount of wind, fuel moisture, temperature and precipitation in the forecast to allow the controlled fire to burn the desired fuels. For more information on this prescribed burn, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/ blueridge.
Congratulations Devil’s Thumb Ranch Condé Nast Traveler just announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa recognized as the #11 top resort in Colorado. “This honor is true testimony to our collective commitment and the work of our staff and recently named general manager Dan Abrashoff to elevate our guest experience and services” said Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa COO, Eric Mason. “We greatly appreciate our guests’ vote of confidence.” Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recordingbreaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.
Reward oﬀered for information on recent Grand Park vandalism
The Grand Park billboard signs along Hwy 40 have been a target for vandalism since they were erected nearly a decade ago. The senseless paint splash attacks have created a point of controversy for locals and visitors for years. The bandits struck again last week and this time the Fraser Winter Park Police Department is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or group responsible for the vandalism to the Grand Park signs on US Hwy 40. Those with information are asked to call the Fraser Winter Park Police Department at (970) 722-7779 or Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Callers can remain anonymous.
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Fraser Trustees approve bag fee
he Town of Fraser has now joined other Colorado mountain communities in the battle against single-use plastic bags. At the October 3rd Board of Trustees meeting, the Trustees talked through two versions of Ordinance 458, which establishes a new “disposable bag fee” in the Town of Fraser. The first version applied solely to “Food Stores” and the second added “Retail Stores” to the mix. In the end, they approved a $.20 fee for single-use plastic or paper bags, applicable to both Food and Retail Stores which will take effect on April 1, 2019. Town Manager Jeff Durbin provided background on the initiative, which has been the subject of many discussions since residents presented the town with a signed petition several years ago. The petition lead to a countywide waste diversion study in 2016. The results of which allowed the town to establish The Drop “Pay As You Throw” facility, and to look at a Bag Fee and work on educational programs. Assistant to the Town Manager, Michael Brack, presented the two versions of Ordinance 458 to the Trustees. “This addresses a problem that we’ve seen for a very long time, the negative effects of disposable bags” said Brack. The disposable bag fee is necessary to address the environmental problems associated with disposable bags and to relieve Town taxpayers of the costs imposed upon the Town associated with the use of disposable bags. The Town Board intends that the Ordinance will assist in offsetting the costs associated with using disposable bags to pay for the mitigation, educational, replacement, and administrative efforts of the Town. Bag fees received will also financially support The Drop, Fraser’s pay-as-youthrow trash and recycling facility, and related sustainability initiatives. Not all bags are included in the Ordinance. Bags used by consumers in stores for package bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy or small hardware items; bags that contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish; bags that contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where dampness may be a problem; bags that contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods; and, non-handled bags used to protect a purchased item from damaging or contaminating other purchased items when placed in a reusable bag are excluded from the fee. It also excludes bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs and newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags for uses such as food storage, garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags. Food and Retail stores will be responsible for collection, tracking and remittance of bag fees to the town. To offset the costs of administration, education, signage and improved infrastructure to increase plastic bag recycling, the stores will retain 40% of each bag fee collected. To implement the program successfully, the stores will have to update their point of sale systems in order to charge appro-
priately. “The town will work with any business that has issues setting up their system”, stated Brack. The Ordinance was drafted with a $.10 per bag fee proposed, having found that amount to be most suitable for the community. “It’s a buck a bag in California - you can’t get plastic bags in San Francisco, but you can buy a paper bag for a dollar” said Trustee Miller. “10 cents is not going to stop me from using plastic bags, I think it needs to be higher” said Mayor Vandernail. Brack told the Trustees that the Fraser Safeway estimates they distribute around around 1 million single-use bags per year to customers. He added that Murdoch’s estimates they give out between 10,000-15,000 bags per year. Safeway Store Manager Nathan Svoboda worked with the town on drafting the ordinance. Trustee Waldow asked Svoboda how the bag fee implementation went in the town of Breckenridge. “The biggest thing up front is customer push back”, said Svoboda. He said an Outreach program from the town will help educate customers to understand the positive impact the fee will have for the town. He added that Breckenridge gave away a lot of reusable bags at the beginning to help soften the blow. Durbin stated that “the town will create materials to tell the story, why we are doing it and why it’s important”. Trustee Waldow shared that she had recently spoken with an outreach coordinator in Breckenridge who advised that it is important to get with local lodging companies and explain that “we are a sustainable community, we love our environment and we do what we can to protect it”. She added that Breckenridge is now considering raising their bag fee from $0.10 to $0.20 per bag. “I’d like to start it at $0.10, so it’s not such a shocker”, stated Trustee Soles. “I’d rather do it once”, said Trustee Barwick. Trustee Soles stated that she was hesitant and suggested defining a square footage of a retail store, so that small businesses are not impacted by the bag fee. “Some of our top ten retailers are in smaller buildings”, said Durbin, eliminating the suggestion from consideration. The Trustees next discussed the Exemption which applies to participants in a federal or state Food Assistance Program. The Trustees were split on whether to leave it in or remove it, ultimately deciding to remove it. The draft documents had also been shared with the towns of Winter Park and Granby, but the town had not yet received any feedback. Fraser resident, Ernie Royball, suggested the town make a few reusable bags available to residents to help get the program started. Trustee Miller agreed with Royball, saying “Breckenridge put some money into their kickoff. We should make an investment to kick this off successfully”. Trustee Waldow made a motion to approve Ordinance 458 for both Food and Retail stores, with a fee of $0.20 per bag, no exemptions and to take effect on April 1, 2019. All Trustees voted in favor with the exception of Trustee Soles who cast a dissenting vote.
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Update from the Center of the Universe voyages blend together like a delicious smoothie, but one thing is obvious: The place is constantly changing.
It’s time for the annual update from “down there,” The Center of the Universe (TCOTU). For the purposes of this article TCOTU is located precisely at the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah. For context, at least some of the water flowing by in the Fraser River joins the Upper Colorado River and flows downhill through Gore Canyon, past Dotsero, and then Glenwood Springs. From there that water meanders to Grand Junction and Moab before joining the Green River and dumping into Lake Powell 35 or so miles later. For 17 years I have been visiting TCOTU on an annual fall raft trip. In the grand scheme of things 17 years is not as huge as a gnat’s hair on a gnat’s head. This reminder comes every time you open your eyes to the geological history revealed in Canyonlands. But for me, 17 years is a mighty long time. Memories of these
I am a woman in my early 50’s, recently divorced from a wonderful man who I am still friends with. We have lived in the Valley for a long time and have made a lot of friends here. I am finally feeling like I am ready to start dating again. Both of our kids are grown and out of the house. My problem is that I know all of the eligible men in the area and really have no interest. In fact, the idea of dating one of them seems kind of creepy
This year we put our boats in the water on Sept. 21 at Ruby Ranch, about 20 river miles below the town of Green River, Utah. The ranch is a sprawling oasis of green in the desert, an alfalfa farm with massive sprinklers pumping colossal gulps of Green River water onto thirsty alfalfa in the hot desert sun. They have a boat ramp and allow the public access for a small fee. From Ruby Ranch we floated down for 143 river miles through sandstone layers representing millions of years of earth history. The 97 river miles before TCOTU feature lazy, sometimes sluggish current. The biggest boating challenge is presented by the occasional upstream breeze, sometimes elevating to gales, blowing away anything that’s not strapped down and even peeling away some stuff that is strapped down. This year has been one of the three lowest water years on record in the Colorado River watershed. It’s been dry and hot. There are massive sandbars along the Green, some hundreds of yards long. These inviting and sometimes foreboding bars have grown over the past year thanks to those sandstone walls, less water and lots of hot, dry wind. We camped on several of these temporary islands and peninsulas knowing full well that the only thing standing between us and a real hot mess was the threat of a sideways sandy windstorm. We got lucky mostly. since we have all been friends for so long and most of them either know my ex or I know their ex wives. I am considering on line dating but it just seems so scary and desperate as well. I have heard horror stories about married men putting up profiles, about “hook up” type people and stalkers as well. On the flip side, I know quite a few people who have met wonderful partners on these sites and are very happy. I know I’m not going to meet anyone at the grocery store or out at bars! I don’t want to just date for the sake of dating, I’d just like to find someone to share time with and go from there. What are your thoughts? Sincerely, Too Old for This
Dear Too Old,
Here are a few things you might be too old for: short shorts, selfie sticks, glitter eyeshadow, one piece body suits, thong bikinis, raves, hitchhiking, mullets, Long
And then there’s green slime, which is in all of our rivers and has increased on the Green River as well. There is a threat from zebra mussels and other predatory species. We had to fill out a form proclaiming that our boats were clean before we launched. Floating the last 97 miles of the Green River can be magic. Warm, mild days and crystal-clear nights full of stars and satellites blend together and seat you in a bigger world where things matter, only so much more. As you reach for a cold canister of beer out of the cooler, your eye might be drawn to a cliff dwelling or other artifact that makes you wonder how people survived down here without shelter and Sam’s Club and boats and straw hats and coolers brimming with luxurious adult beverages. Miners baked in the hot sun in the same place you might be camping, hunkering down under a colorful beach umbrella chuckling at the descending chirp of a bunch of horny male canyon wrens.
beginning of the bend. In the two circuits we describe almost the figure 8. The men call it a ‘bowknot’ of a river; so we name it Bowknot Bend.” At last we reached the last mile above the Colorado confluence. It was here that the major and his men scaled the 1,300foot sandstone face to reach a stunning view of the confluence. This is no easy hike, much of it going straight up loose sandstone marked by intermittent kerns. There are several features where a hiker has to do a bit of rock climbing if she wishes to continue. Some of these are frightening to the average hiker, but if a one-armed Civil War vet could make it, so can you, right? Standing there at the top of the cliff, looking way, way down on what the Utes considered TCOTU, the mighty confluence, is the pith point for an expedition through Cataract Canyon. Breathtaking.
On the way down you go through a very winding section named “Bowknot Bend.” John Wesley Powell gets most of the credit for exploring, mapping and surveying this stretch of river. He and his men named most of the main features during river expeditions down the Green and Colorado that he led in 1869 and 1871.
Below, 43 more river miles await, including some big pools, eddies and drops. These water features peak in a place called “Big Drop 3,” or “Satan’s Gut.” It was here, at this historic low water level that I spent 10 minutes perched sideways at a 45-degree angle struggling not to flip my 16-foot cataraft onto a patiently waiting, truck-sized rock. What happened in those 10 minutes is the stuff of legend and a tale best told over a few canisters.
In his journal he wrote, “We sweep around another great bend to the left, making a circuit of nine miles, and come back to a point within 600 feet of the
Steve Skinner notes that the Colorado at TCOTU is flowing more than twice as high today as it was a week ago. Reach him at email@example.com.
Island Ice Tea, any cocktail that is BLUE and maybe a few more things that are escaping me right now, but what you are not too old for is ROMANCE, dating, excitement, crushes, companionship and certainly no LOVE. So, get over that idea and let’s get on with it. It is great to hear that you and your ex have a good relationship, that is very special. And yes, living in a small town has it’s dating challenges for those of us over 35. While the idea of dating someone you have known in the context of being married seems strange, I can only say that you may find that the men you knew in one way have a lot to offer that you were unaware of as a married friend. When you look at people in a different way, you may find hidden gems. In addition, you may find the love of your life in the produce section! As far as online dating goes, I say YES! Of course, do your research. If you are looking for someone your age you might not like a site called “cougars.com”, if you are not an active person you would want to avoid “activesingles.com”, and I’m guessing sites like “tinder.com” would not be appropriate for you. There is an unfortunate stigma attached to
online dating for those of us of a certain age. Some people don’t use these sites because they feel like it is a last resort but I say that’s crazy. In this day and age, people do not meet in bars like they did in the 80’s and 90’s. Online dating, in my humble opinion, is a safer and more sober option. There are some basic rules to follow when starting out at online dating... always meet in a public place, drive your own car to the meeting spot, never have more than two alcoholic drinks and don’t believe the photo that is posted on their page is current! If you follow these rules and add some of your own, I think you will open yourself up to meeting some interesting people. It is really scary to put yourself out there, but I believe you are fabulous and will attract someone equally as fabulous! Remember, sometimes you have to kiss a lot frogs to find your prince....and then again, you may find out that you actually like frogs! Big Big Love,
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The Right Stuff ... Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? In 1968, Simon & Garfunkel released the song “Mrs. Robinson” and it was included in the famous movie, “The Graduate”. One of the more notable lines in the song is “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you”. DiMaggio, the star baseball player and former husband to Marilyn Monroe was already retired in 1968. Years later he met Paul Simon and asked why that line appeared in the song. DiMaggio was heard telling Simon that he didn’t go anywhere. Simon explained that he considered DiMaggio a hero and heroes were in short supply. 50 years later, we are still in short supply of heroes. Remember the Heroes: Our society tends to idolize famous people, which is probably why they think that their opinion matters to us. I am sure they feel justified since they have more Facebook friends and Twitter and Instagram followers than you do. But they are flawed as we all are, and in the internet age everything gets captured in a picture or video. Famous people also talk and Tweet too much, so criticism flows quickly. We know too much about everyone and we live in a culture
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where people love to tear others down. Heroes will eventually disappoint us and frequently a person is lauded as a hero and villain simultaneously. It’s difficult to find a hero that everyone can agree on, I don’t think we will.
A friendly smile to a stranger
Putting someone else’s needs before your own, even if it’s just for a few hours
Calling someone who you suspect is lonely, just to say hello
Praying for someone who is sick or hurting
Helping your kids with their homework or their overhand volleyball serve
Winter Park Times
HEROES OF TOMORROW
Ordinary Time: But there are heroic acts. Especially ones that don’t require you to be big, or strong, or young, or smart or brave. Ordinary behavior, by ordinary people, can turn out to be extraordinary. The ones that most people never notice or get reported in the news. Small acts of kindness and caring do matter. Some examples:
We are publishing newspapers: October 26th November 9th ..then weekly throughout the winter. John DiGirolamo •
Sending a thank-you card, the old fashioned way, hand written and sent through the mail
Thank You’s LETTER 1
udos and thanks to the gardeners for Fraser and Winter Park for another season of beautiful flowers along US 40 and around the towns. It was a challenging summer weather-wise (hot, dry, and windy) but you prevailed. Your hard work and dedication to beautifying our community is greatly appreciated.
Telling the truth when it is inconvenient
Giving someone an inexpensive gift for no specific reason
Melinda McWilliams, Fraser
Cleaning up after yourself even though you know your Mom will do it for you
Just listening when that’s all the other person really wants you to do
I could go on and on. Do something good that no one will notice. It’s worth a try.
ravo to John DiGirolamo’s editorial regarding the entertainment and the football entertainment industry’s bias, unhumor and stupidity. Well written, truths and keen insight. Keep it up! Frank Watts, Winter Park Highlands
The truth will set you free.
Effective leadership is crucial in the coming years. Effective local leadership is critical during economic boom times, which we are enjoying now. Growth must be managed effectively, and financial reserves bolstered in recognition of inevitable tougher times in our future.
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My direct observations and knowledge of the office convince me Manguso has provided an experienced, The upcoming West Grand reasoned voice commissioner race, voted on during her first by all Grand County resiterm on the board. Andy Miller dents, provides a stark choice Her past experience between experience and the as the head of the inevitable risk of introducing another County Planning department also gives political newcomer into our local leadManguso an excellent understanding of ership. The race also raises questions Grand County land use regulations and concerning commitment to a political challenges. party. Effective land use planning not only Bill Thompson is a long-time Repubpreserves the landscape quality critlican running on the Democratic ticket ical to attract visitors; it is the key to against incumbent Republican Commismaintaining the quality of life we all sioner Kris Manguso. The method used enjoy. Manguso is the only present to gain a ballot spot in a party he has board member with extensive experino prior commitment to was complex. ence in this critical realm, losing her The fact a Republican chooses to run on input would gut the Board’s ability to the Democratic ticket says much about effectively deal with difficult land use Thompson. issues. After winning the Democratic primary against Commissioner Jane Tollett, I sat in on many County Commissioner meetings in preparation for my unsuccessful run in the 2016 Commissioner race. I also sat in on several years of Commissioner’s meetings while covering the county beat for the now defunct
Recently, she has been pushing back hard against consideration of moving the county jail to Granby. It is nearly impossible to understand why the county might again try to pull the rug out from under the small town serving as our county seat.
Thompson, a Kremmling rancher, has served as the West Grand Water Commissioner for nearly 40 years. Knowledge of the enforcement of water rights is certainly important, but this is a small part of the myriad administrative roles of a County Commissioner. The BOCC has always been well represented by a member of the ranching community. This segment of our county economy – critically important for the preservation of basin water rights and for conservation of open spaces – can only flourish if our tourism based economy also remains vibrant. My nearly 40-year involvement with local politics, presently as a Fraser Town Trustee, has shown our wonderful county constantly struggles to meet the challenges presented to our community because of our close proximity to the Front Range. As our water disappears, as I have said before in this column, residents will continue to pay increased water and sewer rates because of our increasingly depleted watershed. This year’s Fraser budget sees us sharing in a $6 million upgrade (with two other sanitation districts) to the regional plant brought about because of low river flows. Bill Thompson told the Middle Park Times in April he fully supports the Colorado River Cooperative and Windy Gap Intergovernmental Agreements.
Manguso has consistently questioned how we are presently dealing with further diversions from a nearly dry watershed. Although these agreements provide a first step toward funding basin impact solutions, visionary thinking will be needed to find monetary sources to fully mitigate damages caused by low water flows. Granby Commissioner and local rancher Merritt Linke continues to provide a strong voice for his segment of our community. New Fraser Valley representative Rich Cimino appears to be coming up to speed as our representative, but his short time in the county and lack of political experience continues to present him with a difficult learning curve. Manguso’ s in-depth understanding of both rural values and her land use planning background provide the broad-based experienced board voice we cannot afford to lose. Democrats should join Republicans to re-elect Commissioner Kris Manguso. Miller will likely scratch the last of his hair from his shiny dome trying to figure out the complicated November ballot. His main message for November? Vote! You can register anytime up until 7 p.m. on election day, Nov. 6. Govotecolorado.com Reach Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
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s Superintendents of our two great school districts in Grand County, we are writing this letter in hopes to gain your support for Amendment 73 in the upcoming November election. Amendment 73 will raise over $1.6 billion dollars statewide on an annual basis. The money will then be distributed to districts based on student count. For East Grand, that means an additional $2,000,000 every year. West Grand School District will receive over $800,000 each year. This money will be raised by a graduated income tax increase for those who report over $150,000 of taxable income on their Colorado income tax returns. Income taxes paid by “C” corporations will increase as well. For most (92%) of Colorado’s tax payers, there will be no income tax increase at all. In addition, Amendment 73 addresses the problems created by the Gallagher Amendment. Business property taxes will be reduced from 29% and fixed to 24%, while personal property taxes will be set at 7% of assessed valuation, down from the 7.2% from the previous year. Our Grand County communities believe in strong local control of how our taxpayer money is spent. Amendment 73 is aligned with that belief. Amendment 73 distributes money based on specific student factors but does not dictate how that money is spent locally. Amendment 73 includes language for full day kindergarten funding, as well as increases in funding for English Language Learners (ELL) and Gifted and Talented (GT) students. Finally, Amendment 73 uses a formula to fund districts with students qualifying for both free and reduced price lunch where the current formula only provides districts with funding for free lunch priced students. Both East Grand and West Grand districts have surveys out to the public asking how best to use this additional funding. Topics that seem of importance in both districts are the recruitment and retention of staff and re-establishing programs that have been cut over the past decade due to reductions in funding.
Opponents to Amendment 73 claim that this amendment will have a negative impact on other special districts when in fact it only changes the tax structure for education. Amendment 73 has been reviewed by the legislative legal counsel 3 times and all 3 times they concluded Amendment 73 will have no effect on any other special district or entity. Amendment 73 only changes the tax structure for education. Opponents claim that the language surrounding tax increases is misleading. For example, opponents claim that corporate taxes will raise by 23% from its current 4.63%. The amendment says the increase will be in increments not in percentages and that the 1.37% increase will make “C” corporation taxes total 6%. Last, those opponents who are saying there is a better way to fund our schools do not understand recent school funding history in Colorado. Over the past 9 years, East Grand has been underfunded by over $8 million dollars, while West Grand’s funding gap exceeds $4 million dollars during the same time period. Throughout this time, many solutions to close this gap have been offered to our legislators. However, there has been an unwillingness from legislators to change anything. No way of funding is perfect, but doing something to fix a problem is a far better solution than doing nothing. Please support our Grand County Schools and vote in support of Amendment 73. We have great schools, great students and great communities. With this increase in funding we will be able to provide more opportunities and a higher quality education for our students. Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.
Frank Reeves, Superintendent, East Grand School District Darrin Peppard, Superintendent, West Grand School District
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October 12, 2018
To The ediToR... I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. – Adlai Stevenson The 2018 Election Season is nearly over and I, for one, am happy to have that be the case. For me, and 63 other County Clerk and Recorders, the Election Season is very different from the election process. The Election Season is one that often includes interest in new candidates, appreciation for incumbents, and a look toward the future of our community and Country. The election process is so much more than just printing a ballot and sending to our voters. It includes updating and processing voter moves, party affiliation changes, cancellations, and processing updates through the National Change of Address Act; meeting with candidates and potential candidates to help them understand our complicated ballot access laws; ensuring that election equipment, ballot stock, and sensitive election consumables are securely stored with a chain of custody; ensuring that cyber security is maintained at the highest level; training election judges; constructing a ballot that complies Federal and State laws and ensuring all this is done with transparency. In the County Clerk and Recorder Office, the election process moves along as other opportunities to serve our citizens continue. Motor Vehicle and Driver License services are an important part of our daily work. Those services help keep our citizens legally operating vehicles
and using our roads. Marriage and Civil Union licenses, real estate recording, birth and death filings and certifications are just a few of the other services that are so important to citizens. To protect the integrity of these services, it is important to have experience and understanding. In accordance with state law, the ballots will be mailed on October 15 to all active registered voters. Ballots must be in the office of the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day – November 6, 2018. There are a number of candidates on the ballot, judges for retention, and many ballot questions. I have served as Grand County’s Clerk and Recorder for 27 years. I run for office, not to see my name on the ballot, but to provide service to our citizens in a place I have called home for 42 years. I understand our services from the ground up. I know the history of elections, motor vehicle, driver license, recording, licenses services and why that history is important; where all these services are today; and how we can make our services better for our citizens into the future. I ask for your vote on November 6, 2018. Sara Rosene Grand County Clerk and Recorder
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October 12, 2018 Ullrs Tavern has live music with Winston Ramble, starting at 10 pm.
Saturday, October 20 - Community Media Day
The Grand Lake Center hosts a Fall Candle Holders craft class from 10 11 am.
Friday, October 12 - World Egg Day
Devil’s Thumb Ranch hosts a Nordic ski sale and swap at Zach’s Mercantile. Starts at 8 am.
Chuckwagon Cafe in Granby hosts a Pool Tournament, starts at 2:30 pm and Line Dancing class, from 6-9 pm.
Tuesday, October 16 - World Food Day
Granby Chamber hosts Business over Breakfast: Digital Marketing Series 1, at Granby Town Hall, starting at 8 am.
3rd annual Community Baby Shower at the Granby Library, starts at 11 am.
It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, starting at 5 pm.
Winter Park Resort Competition Center hosts their 34th annual Ski & Board Swap in West Portal Station, starting at 5 pm.
The Town of Winter Park hosts a welcome reception for new Town Manager, Keith Riesberg, at the Rendezvous Event Center Green Room from 5:30 - 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
The Chuck Wagon Cafe in Granby hosts a Line Dancing class, from 6-9 pm.
Saturday, October 13 - Train Your Brain Day
Winter Park Resort Competition Center hosts their 34th annual Ski & Board Swap in West Portal Station, starting at 9 am. The Grand Lake Center hosts a DIY Snuffle Mat for your dog craft class, starting at 9:30 am. Westside 40 in Granby hosts a Holiday Card making class, starting at noon. RSVP recommended on their Facebook page. Uptripping in downtown Winter Park is hosting a Community Pumpkin Decorating Party from 1 - 8 pm. Bring your pumpkins and carving tools. WP Framewerx is providing paint and brushes. Pumpkin lighting at 6:30 pm. Chuckwagon Cafe in Granby hosts a Pool Tournament, starts at 2:30 pm and Line Dancing class, from 6-9 pm. Lord of the Valley Church in Granby hosts Family Game Night from 6:308:30 pm. (970) 887-9252 Ullrs Tavern has live music with Avenhart, starting at 10 pm.
Sunday, October 14 - International Dessert Day
Grand County Weddings & Events Association hosts the Grand Showcase at Granby Ranch, starting at 11 am. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has free pool, starting at 7 pm.
Monday, October 15 - Global Handwashing Day
Deadline for GAP Fund grant applications. For information, visit grandfoundation.com Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at 6:30 pm. The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Trivia Night, starting at 8 pm.
Ullrs Tavern has live music with the For Peace Band, starting at 10 pm.
Sunday, October 21 - International Apple Day
Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash hosts a Family Dinner Night, starting at 5 pm. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser has free pool, starting at 7 pm.
Monday, October 22 - Smart is Cool Day
Winter Park Winery in Fraser hosts Capricorn Moon Yoga, starts at 6 pm.
Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Texas Hold ‘em games, starting at 6:30 pm.
Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Open Mic/Karaoke night, starting at 6 pm.
The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Trivia Night, starting at 8 pm.
The Creekside Eatery at Crooked Creek Saloon hosts Trivia Night, starting at 7:30 pm. The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) has DJ Monix, starting at 9:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 17 - Wear Something Gaudy Day
WPFCC hosts the 14th annual Business Expo at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park, starts at 4 pm.
Tuesday, October 23 - Boston Cream Pie Day
It’s Taco Tuesday at the Winter Park Pub, starting at 5 pm. Open Mic night also starts at 5 pm. Winter Park Winery in Fraser hosts Restorative Yoga, starts at 6 pm. Pancho & Lefty’s in Grand Lake hosts Open Mic/Karaoke night, starting at 6 pm.
Idlewild Spirits hosts Wellness Wednesday, starting at 5 pm.
The Creekside Eatery at Crooked Creek Saloon hosts Trivia Night, starting at 7:30 pm.
The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Open Mic Night with host musician Cody Porche, starting at 9 pm.
The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) has DJ Monix, starting at 9:30 pm.
Thursday, October 18 - Chocolate Cupcake Day
The Fraser Valley Lions Club meets at 7:30 am at Carver’s Restaurant in Winter Park. The Winter Park - Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser. Granby Chamber of Commerce hosts Business after Hours mixer at H&R Block, starts at 5:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 24 - United Nations Day
Idlewild Spirits (under Rudi’s Deli in Winter Park) presents weekly pick-up game nights (5-10 pm). Games on hand. People are also encouraged to bring games. The Basement (downstairs from Strip & Tail) hosts Open Mic Night with host musician Cody Porche, starting at 9 pm.
Thursday, October 25 - International Artists Day
Friday, October 19 - Evaluate Your Life Day
The Winter Park - Fraser Valley Rotary Club meets at noon at the Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser.
The Chuck Wagon Cafe in Granby hosts a Line Dancing class, from 6-9 pm.
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The Parshall Inn hosts a Fall Painting Workshop, starting at 6 pm. RSVP with your project selection on their Facebook page.
Celebrate Recovery Grand County meets at Grand River Assembly Church in Granby. Potluck at 6:00, Music at 6:45 and Meeting at 7:00 pm.
If our walls could talk, what would they say?
efore the Stock Market Crash of 1929, times were good and Yale economist Irving Fisher was jubilant. “Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau,” he rejoiced in the pages of the New York Times. That pronunciation would go on to be one of his most frequently quoted predictions — but only because history would record his declaration as one of the worst market readings of all time. At the time he said it, in early October, he had good reason to believe he was right. On September 3, 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average swelled to a record high of 381.17, reaching the end of an eight-year growth period during which its value ballooned by a factor of six. That was before the bubble began to burst in a series of “black days”: Black Thursday, October 24, when the market dropped by 11 percent, followed four days later by Black Monday, when it fell another 13 percent; and the next day, Black Tuesday, when it lost 12 percent more. Consistently bullish, Fisher pronounced the slide only temporary. In his defense, he was not the only optimist on Wall Street. After witnessing nearly a decade of growth, most economists, investors, and captains of industry believed that the market’s natural direction was up. The beginning of the crash struck them not as a sign of financial doom, but as an opportunity for bargains. History tells us that the stock market crash of 1929 was not the sole cause of the Great Depression, but it did accelerate the global economic collapse of which it was also a symptom. By 1933, nearly half of America’s banks had failed, and unemployment was
approaching 15 million people, or 30 percent of the workforce. Turn the page, and, nearly 90 years later, we are living a dream by comparison to that bygone era. Take a drive through the Fraser Valley and you see the changes our community is making in a robust economy and you start to think to yourself, “the roaring 20’s are headed our way again!” During the renovations Toni Halgren wanted to add a wine room to her dining area. The iconic Fraser establishment has been a part of the community for decades, and, when Brad Swartzwelter, Winter Park Express Ski Train Train Conductor and part-time carpenter, fired up his sawzall he found a treasure trove of media from the days leading up to the crash of 1929. Many businesses are getting a facelift in the process and one of the oldest establishments in the Fraser Valley has spent the last few years transforming the dining room and menu. And now this summer, the Crooked Creek Saloon took the next step and upgraded its curb appeal with a complete external makeover. The building has undergone several additions over the years, and the north end of the building was once the Fraser schoolhouse. In the walls of the old schoolhouse were a collection of Denver Post newspapers from August and September 1929. Newspaper was one the best methods of insulation in that era. Over the years, Crooked Creek Saloon folklore has taken a life of its own and even a ghostly sighting from time to time has been reported. Imagine, if you can, the topics of conversation while those newspaper pages were hidden behind the plaster of time. This news tip from Gary Key and Sam Osbourne.
Brad Swartzwelter, Amtrak Train Conductor for the Winter Park Express Ski Train and Carpenter, finds a treasure trove of old Denver Post newspapers from the summer of 1929 inside a wall of the Crooked Creek Saloon’s Creekside Eatery while installing the new wine room. Photo Michael Turner
October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018
WINTER PARK PUB IS NOT FOR SALE
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he recent appearance of the “For Sale” sign is fueling the rumor mill. Contrary to appearances, the Winter Park Pub is not for sale. The property has been on the market for over two years. Jeff Williams states that, “The Pub is a Winter Park icon with an amazing history and big plans to move forward”. Jeff is excited about the upcoming season and states that, ‘the food quality has never been better than now”. The bread is house made at Carver’s Bakery and a plethora of burger selections that are all hand pattied include one of the local favorites, the Truffle Burger. This burger is the brainchild of local, celebrity chef Chris Ciccarelli. Taco Tuesday is another favorite where Blake Richard, the local Hot Sauce Librarian has accumulated 195 different hot sauces that are available to try with those tacos. If you bring a hot sauce with you to contribute to the collection you can The Winter Park Pub at Kings Crossing is an Iconic establishment that is not going away anytime soon! even have a free Budweiser (only on Tuesdays). and enjoys subscriptions to ESPN Game Plan, Big 10, SEC and NFL Sunday Ticket. New plans for the upcoming season include the You can even enjoy $2.50 Barbeque Pork re-opening of the upper bar. This space will have Sliders during the NFL football games. a lounge feel and will host small music events as well as provide a venue for private events such If you want to keep up what’s happenas birthdays, anniversaries and holiday parties. ing at The Pub, follow their Facebook The Pub will also have premier ski and snowboard page or follows on Instagram at Pubstamovies as well as host their annual Avalanche gram. If you’re haven’t seen this Winter Awareness seminar. Park landmark, you can find it at 78260 US Hwy 40 in downtown Winter Park. The Pub continues to be a favorite sports bar
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October 12, 2018
Granby Board of Trustees Updates At the Board of Trustees meeting on October 9th, the Board heard from several funding recipients seeking continued funding from the town. Nancy Franz, with the Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition, which collects public recycling on Saturdays in the Country Ace Hardware parking lot thanked the town for their monthly contribution of $400 per month. Having just celebrated the sixth year of operation in September, Franz told the Trustees that they hoped the town will continue to give to their cause. Trustee Johnson asked Franz whether there was a set schedule for electronics pick-up? Franz told her that Jim Miller comes over from Kremmling about once a month, but there’s not a set schedule. There is a sign with Miller’s information on it posted at the Saturday drop-off site, and, Franz added “he will come pick up from your house”. She told the Trustees that she would ask Miller if he woould be open to regularly scheduling a drop off date. Since the program’s inception, the town has contributed $400 per month to help fund the initiative. Grand Lake also donates, since they do not have recycling available in town. The Trustees questioned whether this amount was still adequate. “Between the funds received from Granby and Grand lake and the donations received each Saturday, it’s paying the bills”, said Franz. The Drop in Fraser has also helped with volume. Tish Linke, with Flying Heels Rodeo, was listed on the agenda to appear next, presumably with the Rodeo’s annual request for $1,000 to fund a town-sponsored prize saddle, but did not appear. Next, Patrick Brower with the Grand Enterprise Initiative (GEI) told the Trustees that he would “love to receive funding for our effort again in 2019”. GEI originally started in Granby in 2012 and has since expanded to a countywide initiative which has supported 360 clients. Brower told the Trustess that a client is anyone who has contacted GEI for Business Management coaching on both starting a new business or expanding an existing business. He said his list of clients includes nonprofits and some local municipalities. Brower told the Trustees that Granby represents 31% of their overall client base and that some of the businesses GEI has helped have continued to grow. The GEI model connects businesses with resources to help them succeed, because “you can’t do it all yourself”, said Brower. GEI was initially launched with a large grant from Marise Cipriani of Granby Ranch and funds from the Town of Granby. Since then, those funds have been reduced and the primary funding source is Grand County. Contracted under Dianne Butler with Grand County Economic Development, the county funds $45,000 annually to GEI. Additionally, GEI receives $10,000 from Mountain Parks Electric, $10,000 from Freeport McMoran, $5,000 from the Town of Fraser, $5,000 from the Town of Granby, $3,000 from the Town of Winter Park, $3,000 fom the Town of Kremmling and $1,000 from the Town of Grand Lake, totalling $82,000 in 2018. Brower told the Trustees that administrative costs are approximately $13,000 per year and the balance goes to paying
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Brower, who is a contract employee of GEI. Brower told the Trustees that GEI Chair, Merrit Linke, had advised him that Grand County has committed another $45,000 in 2019. The GEI Board is comprised of three local business leaders: Mike Periolat, Wally Baird and Peggy Smith. Brower said some of the local businesses he’s recently assisted include Lionshead Coffee and Mad Munchies, the new Escape Room, a Granby-based company that contracts with construction companies on installation of sound, phone, internet all over the county, and a real estate office. He added that there are also two new digital/web-related businesses based in Granby that he has been working with. All of the businesses come to GEI by referral, and there is no active marketing of GEI’s services which are free and confidential. To find out more, visit grandei. org. The Trustees were advised that the line items for each of the requests have been included in the 2019 draft budget and can be further discussed during the budget process. Granby appoints new members to Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment 2 candidates submitted letters of interest for the open positions. Joe Fuqua has been a Granby resident since 1985 and works as a Wastewater Plant Operator, managing the Fraser water treatment plant. He told the Trustees that he was impressed with the growth over the last 6-7 years and wants to give input and be involved in development. Fuqua was appointed to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Jeffrey Sanchez has been a second homeowner since May 2006 and moved to Granby full-time in 2017. Sanchez retired from his position as Deputy Chief of Poilice from the City of Englewood. He told the Trustees that he wants an opportunity to be “on the other side of the fence”. He said he is excited to see the projects going on around town and wants an opportunity to be more involved. He also told them he’d previously been the main liaison on a $27 million building project for the City of Englewood. Sanchez was appointed to the Planning Commission. Town accepts Health, Dental, Life and Disability renewals Town Finance Director, Sharon Spurlin, presented the reneal materials to the Board for their review and approval. The Town’s coverages renew on December 1st and the Trustees were glad to see less than a 10% increase on the medical plan, 0% increases on the dental and life coverages and minimal increase in the long-term disability coverage through Unum. Spurlin recommended approval of the renewal. She told them that Employee Meetings are set for November 1. “Staff does appreciate the benefits and the resolution is available, if you are so inclined”, said Spurlin. “Good benefits are key to attracting and retaining good staff ”, stated Trustee O’Flaherty. With that, Resolution 2018-10-09 was unanimously approved.
October 12, 2018
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For nearly 2 months I’ve been away from Winter Park. Scotland, Germany, and Napa (CA) were all on the travel schedule. As I’m finally back, I thought I’d share a few highlights from our trip and how each of these places have much in common with Winter Park especially in terms of the people and their life styles. Let’s start in Scotland, where our guide (Jodie) took us to the Scottish Highlands. She was born and raised in Scotland and is passionate about telling its story, from its richness to its sadness (think battle of Culloden and the destruction of the Clans by the British). Like the mountains of Colorado, the Highlands are a challenging environment to survive. I wish Winter Park had a bit of their rain and many lakes, but they can keep their peat-infused whiskey. Like many in Grand County, the folks of the Highlands are a proud, passionate people who move toward the future with one eye on their history. Our second stop was in Edinburgh, Scotland, which just happened to be hosting their annual, month-long Edinburgh Festival. Tens of thousands of tourists were there, which seemed only fitting for a city second only to London and one of Europe’s 4th strongest economic cities. I found the Edinburgh locals to be as warm and welcoming as those in Grand County. Even the tourists seemed relaxed and enjoying the sights, sounds, food and entertainment. International artists preformed throughout the day and night. And if you ever go, buy tickets to the Royal Tattoo performance at the Edinburgh Royal Castle. Bands from around the world play, including the US Air Force drill team. The Scottish bagpipe bands matched proudly too and were the evening’s highlight. Upon leaving the show we walked the Royal Mile and enjoyed the many outdoor performers. And for the record, Haggis is not as bad as it sounds. It goes especially well with a pint of beer. After Scotland, we met up with family and friends in Munich, Germany. I hadn’t seen my German relatives in many years, so we all met on a wonderful summer night in my Aunt and Uncle’s garden. Food and drink made the evening delightful, but the conversation was what made the night so memorable. My uncle is recovering from a stroke and showed amazing energy when talking about his newest passion (at
85, he’s had a few). Using the lessons offered by the “Gesundheit Institute” (made famous by the film Patch Adams starring the late Robin Williams), he’s bringing humor to stroke and other patients dealing with depression and anxiety. It’s clearly worked for him, and I enjoyed both his humor and jokes (although much was lost in translation) and especially admired his passion and desire to help others. As you may know from my earlier articles, I especially enjoy talking to people about their passions. For the Winter Park Times, I’ve written about some of the wonderful groups and people that support kids in Grand County (i.e., CASA, Shining Stars, the Scott Hughes Foundation) and some very different hobbies such as “Shedding”. No matter where you go, people seem the same but just with different passions. For example, orchestra music in Europe is alive and well. My niece’s husband makes his living by repairing and tuning violins for professional musicians. It’s quite an art form and requires a significant apprenticeship and very fine motor skills. In a 30-minute conversation I learned more about violins, musicians, orchestras and those that repair the instruments than I ever thought possible. And since a newly repaired violin can sell for $10,000 or more, it’s quite profitable. My last stop in Napa was unplanned and was due to a death in the family. My visit to Napa, where I grew up and my dad still lives, was to help him recover from the loss of his wife. While I dealt with those personal issues, I couldn’t help but notice that Winter Park and Napa are both having the same discussion, and struggle, with how to manage growth. The local Napa newspaper and old friends I visited all talked about the ridiculous housing prices, the rebuilding of Napa’s downtown area (damaged in the earthquake) and the continuous battle between new development and protecting Napa’s unique character and vineyards. For those of us in Winter Park and Grand County, it sure sounded familiar. I’m now ever so glad to be back. My time away was enjoyable, entertaining and made me appreciative of the world away from the Rockies. Now that I’m back I hope to start writing more about the great history of the Winter Park area and Grand County. If you have any ideas along those lines, let me know at email@example.com. http://www.patchadams.org/
October 12, 2018
You Might Have A Toxic Time Bomb Ticking In Your Mouth R
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esearchers warn about toxic exposures in the environment and how those may lead to major health issues. Sometimes that toxicity may start in the mouth – and set the stage for serious diseases. Recent studies associate poor oral health with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory infections. Among those studies: two in 2016 that found those diagnosed with periodontal disease faced a higher risk of stroke and heart disease. “The mouth is the gateway to a person’s health and well-being,” says Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a periodontist and author of HEAL UP! Seven Ways To Faster Healing And Optimum Health nutritionist. “Controlling the toxin levels in our mouths is important not only for health, but it’s also vital for whole-body health. Bacteria and infections in the mouth can travel throughout the body and lead to major health issues.” oral Moldovan lists four factors that affect toxicity in the mouth and can lead to larger health trouble: •
Toxic bacteria. Fusobacte-
rium, a common bacterium that causes periodontal disease, was recently linked to colon and esophageal cancer, Moldovan says. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a pathogen in chronic periodontitis, has been found to be associated with atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. “Sugar feeds toxic bacteria,” Moldovan says. “The healthier we eat, and the less sugar we eat, the more friendly bacteria we promote.” • Mercury. Silver dental fillings can contain up to 50 percent mercury, a neu-
rotoxin. Research shows high levels of mercury can cause damage to the lungs, immune system, brain, kidney and heart. “Some people may experience toxicity symptoms such as headaches, blurry vision, fatigue and muscle weakness,” Moldovan says. “When we remove one of these fillings, it becomes significantly more toxic, as odorless gas is released that can be easily inhaled. It’s of utmost importance that the dentist take safety measures to minimize the toxic mercury gas in the air during removal.”
• Medications. “The most common oral side effect I see in my patients taking antidepressants, as well as other medications, is dry mouth,” Moldovan says. “The rate of cavities exponentially increases when there’s a lack of saliva. If dry mouth isn’t addressed, some cavities can get deep under the gums and teeth cannot be saved.” Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids produced by bacteria, limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. •
Toothpaste ingredients. Among the toxic chemicals in toothpaste is triclosan. “I’ve seen many of my patients react to this antibacterial ingredient,” Moldovan says. “Sloughing and red gums are common. Another is Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which was named allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. These get absorbed through the thin layer of mucosa in the mouth.” “There are lots of ways for toxins to enter your mouth and grow into a problem,” Moldovan says. “But with knowledge and good, consistent oral practices, controlling the bacteria and toxin levels in your mouth is doable, and it can go a long way toward preventing bigger health issues.”
October 12, 2018
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n a town named Winter Park, in the state of Colorado, anyway, snow and wintery conditions can show up just about every month of the year. After the long, hot and dry summer we just had, it appears that Mother Nature has made a point of showing us who’s in charge.
ing lot, take time to clear snow and ice off your car, including your windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk. Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility. Use caution when snow banks limit your view of oncoming traffic.
The first snow of the season fell over the past week, and, unfortunately, caught more than a few people by surprise. On Monday, US 40 on Berthoud Pass was closed for a short period of time as crews worked to clear the carnage, which included several vehicles that slid off the road and a jack-knifed semi truck. Statistics show that snow, slush or icy roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes.
As you get on the road, remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, not roads covered in snow and ice. You should reduce your speed and increase your following distance as road conditions and visibility worsen. Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions – you want as much control of your car as possible. Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy, and avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks. The drivers can have limited visibility, and the road in front of them could be worse than the road behind.
If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to take a few steps and get your vehicle ready for winter. First and foremost, make sure your car is stocked with a winter driving survival kit along with an ice scraper, a snow shovel and sand, salt or kitty litter. This way, you’ll be prepared if winter weather arrives while you’re away from home. It’s also a good time to check your tires to determine whether it’s time to replace them or whether you need snow tires. A few habits to adopt regularly during the winter months can also help prepare you for a wintry drive. Make it a practice to keep your gas tank at least half full so you can run your engine and stay warm if you get stuck or stranded. Keep your windshield wipers in good condition and your windshield fluid reservoir filled so you can clear snow and ice from your windshield. If you plan to travel when inclement weather looms, monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations or internet traffic and weather sites. You can also sign up for weather alerts to receive text messages and optional alerts for your area. Of course, do not check your phone while driving, and avoid all unnecessary distractions when you’re behind the wheel. Before you leave the driveway or park-
If you do venture out or are unexpectedly caught in a snowstorm and encounter problems, if your car is safely out of harm’s way, stay in your car and wait for help. You can run the car heater to stay warm for 10 minutes every hour, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. There is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if snow blocks the pipe and enables the deadly gas to build up in your car. Open your window slightly to help prevent any buildup. Remember, driving in winter weather can be challenging, even for experienced drivers. Slowing down, allowing increased time to come to a stop, wearing your seatbelt, devoting your full attention to the road and being aware of changing conditions can help you drive more safely. If your travel route takes you into remote areas with limited cell phone coverage, consider informing a third party of your travel plans that include your route and when you plan to arrive. This way, if you are overdue, first responders will know where to start looking. If you’re unsure whether it is safe to drive, consider waiting until the roads improve. Nothing is as important as your personal safety.
No injuries reported when a beer truck hits an icy spot last week sliding off the highway. Adverse conditions force closure in both directions of Hwy40 over Berthoud Pass for a short period Monday, October 8th.
Courtesy of Grand County Sheriff’s Department
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October 12, 2018
RIDDLE ME THIS What is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of elements? ...did you guess the last one? False. Some cogs may be pabs, but not definitely all of them..
Guns a Blazin’....
Ribbon Cutting for New Trail ....
Winter Park’s new snowmaking system ready to blow.
On September 28th, HTA celebrates another successful collaboration.
Testing has been completed on Winter Park’s new re-vamped snowmaking system, meaning snowmaking operations are ready to begin in earnest. Over the summer, Winter Park invested over $4 million on new pipes, snow guns, and compressors, enabling the resort to make more snow more efficiently. Mother Nature has also chipped in, dumping more than 10” of natural snow this week. Winter Park will open for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, November 14. Photo by Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort
We are proud to announce that Iko Trail is officially open! We would like to thank everyone for your support and all who made this possible! USFS-Sulphur Ranger District Tony Boone and crews, Town of Fraser, Colorado Winter Park & Fraser Chamber - Colorado, Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, Headwaters Trails Alliance and all of our supporters. We look forward to more successes with our Trail Smart Sizing collaborative project in the upcoming field seasons. Happy Trails!! Photo Courtesy HTA Staff
October 12, 2018
ENVIRONS The Week Ahead in the Fraser Valley Friday
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Sunrise: 7:13 Sunset: 6:26
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Sunrise: 7:13 Sunset: 6:25
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Sunrise: 7:14 Sunset: 6:24
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Sunrise: 7:15 Sunset: 6:23
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Break the Online Shopping Addiction Habit W
ith shopping available to us at our fingertips 24/7, it’s easier than ever to POINT, CLICK and BUY! One out of 14 Americans has some form of shopping addiction, otherwise known as “oniomania.” As we head into the holiday season of stuff, and with online retailers sweetening their deals, more of us than ever before are at risk of becoming addicted to online shopping. That’s why local storage and organizing experts have launched an awareness campaign called “Empty Your Shopping Cart! Top 10 Tips to Stop Browsing and Buying,” a nationwide effort to warn consumers they are Prime targets — pun intended — for this growing problem! “Our business has seen 20% growth each year for the last three years! We see mountains of things our customers accumulate in their homes, garages, attics — and they need our storage units, because they bought much of this stuff online and don’t even have a place to keep it all,” says Michael McAlhany, CEO and founder of UNITS Moving and Portable Storage, a nationwide franchise with local storage experts in our area. “Online shopping addiction has become a real and pervasive problem we want to help stop with this awareness campaign. The convenience makes it way too easy for us to buy stuff we can’t afford and have no place to store.”
tempt you to buy things you don’t need. Block internet access to your favorite shopping sites so you’re not tempted to browse when you’re bored or need a spending fix. Delete shopping apps from your mobile devices. Pay cash for everything you buy. When you pull out cash, it puts up a physical barrier between you and what you’re about to buy, giving you time to really think about your purchase. Don’t fall for store ploys, like spend $100 and get free shipping. These are marketing tactics to get you to buy more than you really want or need. Eat before you shop, even internet shop. Studies show we buy more when we’re hungry. Sleep on it. Before you hit “Confirm Purchase,” keep the item in your shopping cart but walk away and give it a day or two. If you really want it, you’ll know after the waiting period. Download apps, such as STAY FOCUSD, which limit your time on a website, so you don’t browse for stuff you don’t need. Don’t internet window shop. Only buy what you need. Don’t internet shop when you’re sad or anxious. A Huffington Post survey reveals 1 in 3 people shop to deal with stress
Top 10 Tips To Stop Browsing and Buying
How Did Internet Shopping Become a National Pastime?
• Delete your credit cards from retailers’ websites. They say it’s convenient for faster check-out, but it prevents you from taking time to pull out your credit card and really think about your purchase. • Unsubscribe to all those enticing daily deals and sales emails. They
Sales Surﬁng High – Professors at Harvard Medical School say we get a dopamine jolt from buying stuff, and our brain tweaks us to want more, more and more. Online shopping gives us that immediate happiness hit, and we feel the secondary joy of delayed gratification when the order
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arrives a few days later, making it more physiologically rewarding than shopping in stores.
Amazon Addicts – 100 million people (a third of the U.S. population) have signed up for Amazon’s Prime Program to pay $119 a year for “free” two-day shipping. Now, many other retailers offer free shipping too, making online shopping harder to resist because you don’t have to battle shopping traffic and crowds, and don’t have to lug around heavy bags and boxes because the goods arrive right at your door. Return Resisters – A recent NPR/Marist
poll reveals 9 in 10 consumers rarely or NEVER return stuff they buy online. Even though most retailers have made it a pretty easy process, many consumers don’t want to bother following the directions to return a purchase they’ll never wear or use.
Mountains of Things – The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that in 2017 Americans spent $240 billion — twice as much as they spent in 2002, on goods like clothes, telephones, watches, books and communications equipment. Last year alone, Americans spent, on average, more than $971 on clothes, buying 66 pieces of clothing each and more than seven pairs of shoes. Houses of Hoarders – We need more space for all our stuff. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies reports that last year the average size of a single-family house in America was more than 2,400 square feet, a 23 percent hike from 20 years ago. The number of self-storage units such as UNITS mobile containers is increasing too. The U.S. has some 52,000 storage facilities nationwide, double the amount from 20 years ago. “We have some folks who keep
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our storage containers right in their driveway or backyard because they just don’t have space in their homes for all their stuff, and we have others who keep it in our climate-controlled facility,” says McAlhany. “We’ve had to change the way we do business because, with mountains of stuff people are buying online, we’ve had to add special temperature controls and flooring and walls to our containers to make sure we preserve everyone’s belongings with no damage, mold or mildew.” We’ve included our Internet Shopaholic Quiz to help determine if someone is headed for trouble.
QUIZ – Are You at Risk for Internet Shopping Addiction? • I like to shop online because it’s anonymous and I can avoid social interaction at the mall. • I feel I can’t stop internet shopping. I get angry or upset if I have to stop. • My internet purchases have hurt my relationships and/or my financial situation. • I hide things I buy online because I’m afraid others will think the purchases are unreasonable or a waste of money. • I often feel guilty after I buy something online. • I have online purchases with the tags still on them or sitting in unopened boxes because I never used or wore them. • I shop online at work and it makes me less productive. • I shop online to reduce stress. • I’ve given up other activities I enjoy to shop online. • Online shopping makes me relax and feel better. If you answered yes to five of the 10 you may be headed for trouble!
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