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Turn Back the Pages: Dec. 20, 2007

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Five years ago, the Colorado River Water Conservation District was hanging on to controversial water rights it owned on Ranch Creek while the potential of a reservoir there was reevaluated. The item had been an issue for more than a year regarding whether the River District should turn over 185 cubic feet per second to Grand County or give the county 170 cfs and sell 15 cfs to Fraser and the Koelbel Rendezvous development.

– The East Grand Board of Education approved a revised memorandum of understanding between itself and the town of Granby, the Grand County Library District and Grand County. If finally approved by all the entities involved, the four-way deal would pave the way for building a new library in Granby, as well as provide a new site for the Granby skate park, the expansion of the Granby Town Hall and the school district’s acquisition of a lot adjacent to the Granby Elementary School.

– The Grand County Board of County Commissioners denied a variance for a building adjacent to the Outpost Inn near Fraser, telling the owner it had no jurisdiction to grant the variance. There were almost 20 letters in opposition to the project from neighbors, most of whom pointed out that the area was for single-family homes.

– Wes Selby won the open 800 cc modified main event in the sport division at the first race of the WSA National Snocross Series. Donors skied free in exchange for canned goods given to SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch. Santa stand-in Mickey Rourke listened to kids Christmas wishes on behalf of the Independent Sports Club. And, Tom Sifers and Greg Guthridge of Mountain Parks Electric helped decorate the spruce tree at the entrance to the Grand Living Solar Senior Homes.

Ten years ago, the Grand County Planning Commission neared finalizing recommendations for a county-wide master plan that would incorporate the goals of the Grand County Strategic Growth Control process. A key element of the process was the identification of zones around towns and growth regions where planners felt higher density growth was appropriate.

– U.S. Forest Service supervisor Peter Clark informed the Board of County Commissioners that the lodge at Berthoud Pass had finally won approval and opened two days before Christmas. Clark emphasized, however, that the lift and downhill skiing operation would not get the official go-ahead until the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board confirmed the lift on the east side of U.S. Highway 40 had been inspected and approved.

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– The East Grand School District was offering a unique school-to-career course for both students and teachers. The new class was developed by the EGSD in partnership with Metro State College of Denver. In the student version participants would take part in activities that demonstrated how skills learned in the classroom could be applied in business and industry.

– Christina Kliewer and James Pederson were wed. Former 14th Judicial District Judge Claus Hume was appointed Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Friends threw a “grandfather shower” for Kent Laflin. The Tindle home won first place in the residential category of the Granby Christmas Lighting Contest. And, the power went out in Fraser, causing the county’s only traffic light to shut down for a spell.

Twenty-five years ago, the National Park Service announced that wolves wouldn’t be reintroduced into Rocky Mountain National Park anytime in the near future, despite rumors to the contrary. Reintroducing wolves had been listed as an alternative for helping control the growing elk herd in the park, but it had been a proposal for a few years. Wolves were natural in the park at one time, but hunting pressure and human encroachment eventually eliminated all of them in the area.

– The town of Kremmling considered formation of an urban renewal authority to ensure the continued operation of the Edward Hines Lumber mill in town. Town resolution No. 1982-11-4 mentioned the importance of the mill and that its closure for the previous 15 months had denied employment and economic benefit to the area.

– The Winter Park Ski School, owned and directed by George Engel since 1945, was sold to the Winter Park Recreational Association. The sale of the ski school gave the ski area operation of what was one of the largest privately operated concessions at the area. Engel, whose unique teaching methods were heralded for at least two decades, was also the first full-time ski patrolman at Winter Park.

– A Lakewood woman was listed in stable condition at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver after what was reported as an accidental shooting at the Shadow Mountain Motel. The motel’s owner had shown the woman how to shoot a small .22 caliber revolver earlier that afternoon and that night the gun had gone off in a chair lying next to a fireplace where the she was lying.

– Jennifer Yost was awarded a letter for her participation on the Knox College women’s volleyball team. The professional football players’ strike ended and the NFL season resumed. The La Leche League had grown into a worldwide organization with more than 4,000 mothers’ groups in 43 countries encouraging the breastfeeding of infants. And, county commissioners approved the final plat of Phase II of The Inn at SilverCreek; the new Ramada resort hotel being completed would be expanded to almost twice its size with the addition of 150 more units.

Fifty years ago, a vocational guidance program open to juniors and seniors was being initiated at the Kremmling high school. Under the program students would work with men or women in the career field they were considering. Almost 30 students had signed up for the new program.

– The Carbondale Bulldog team picked an all-opponent team composed of football players from all the teams in the league who they thought were the hardest players they played against. Four of Kremmling Union High School’s players were chosen: fullback Ed Pickering, fullback Dick Lucas, right guard Harry Meyer, and left halfback Dennis Oldson.

– Owing to the large enrollment in the local schools the free annual Ramona Theatre/Middle Park Times Kids Show would be presented in two sections. Kremmling grade and junior high students would see it at 10 a.m. with Parshall, Radium and senior high students to attend at 1 p.m.

– Mrs. Myrtle Israel was chosen as the deputy chief of staff of the VFW Auxiliary. Mrs. Ralph Bachman substituted as teacher for the 5th and 6th grades during Mrs. Eslick’s absence. Bad winds drifted snow over the county’s roads. The Fraser Church started a youth choir. And, newly elected Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis Division 8, Chancy Van Pelt, held a training school for other newly elected officers.

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