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Snow Shoot snowmobile expo in Grand Lake very hush-hush

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

TONYA BINA/SKY-HI DAILY NEWS

Snow Shoot in Grand Lake is under way until March 12, but event officials are stressing the privacy of the annual snowmobile manufacturer’s media expo.

Angie Getchel of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, who the town invited to yesterday’s workshop for an event update, said semi-trucks belonging to the industry’s four major snowmobile manufacturers have arrived and are setting up for the imminent arrival of about 110 members of the media from around the world.

But the public is forbidden entrance to the expo grounds to protect industry product information, and it’s reported 24-hour security is in place until the end of Snow Shoot.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is aiding in security, and anyone lacking credentials found snooping around could be arrested, Getchel said.

This is the second year Snow Shoot has been hosted in Grand Lake.

Last year’s event precipitated magazine spreads about Grand Lake and its forest trails in publications such as “SnoWest,” “Snowmobilers,” “Snow Goer/ Snow Week,” “American Snowmobiler,” Recreation Publications, “Snowmobiler TV” and “Snow Goer, Canada,” “Snowtech Magazine” and several foreign publications.

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SnoWest rated Grand Lake No. 1 in all of Colorado for its snowmobiling.

The town of Grand Lake was Snow Shoot’s largest local sponsor for the second consecutive year, contributing $20,000 from the general fund.

And, several Grand Lake businesses are wining and dining industry officials throughout the upcoming week.

Snow Shoot is the industry’s largest event, where the next year’s snowmobile models are revealed to the international market.

“We’re excited about it. It’s a huge thing for Grand Lake” Getchel said, but added that she couldn’t provide further details. “We don’t want to compromise the manufacturers’ privacy. This a huge, huge deal for them.”

Town tree removal effort stands to cost more

The town of Grand Lake has entered into an agreement with Brett Stanley of Stanley Excavating to dispose of an estimated 3,500 yards of slash, a consequence of the town’s major tree removal project.

Town Manager Shane Hale priced the rental of an air-curtain burner after is was found the timing and location of an incinerator loaned by Rocky Mountain National Park posed too many hurdles to overcome.

But the quoted cost of having a contractor operate a rented incinerator exceeded $70,000, Hale reported to the town board last night, a price too steep for town officials.

So another option was explored, put forth by the local company Stanley Excavating. Brett Stanley, owner, offered the use of his property at 195 County Road 48 to store slash with the thickness greater than 2 inches and smaller than 4 inches for $6 per yard.

Stanley Excavating would become responsible for the slash upon receipt, and come next winter, would dispose of the slash in open burns or however is seen fit.

Stanley’s company has been disposing of slash in this manner for the previous five years without complaint, according to Hale.

“I will admit, I was uncomfortable with this direction when it was first broached,” Hale wrote in a memo to the board, “since an air curtain burner is safer. Upon receiving quotes for operating the burner, I met with Mike Long (Grand Lake fire chief), Ken Lund (Columbine Lake Subdivision), Brett Stanley and Bernie McGinn (town Public Works) on site to discuss the project. Ultimately, the group agreed that an open burn would be the best option since it can only occur during winter months, versus an air curtain burner that could theoretically be run year-round.”

The town’s “best guess” is that because of this change in course, the project will cost $21,000 more than originally planned.

This expense, town officials reasoned, is still less than what the town’s hired contractors charge to haul slash farther away for disposal. The town calculated the cost of contractors hauling it would be around $34,000.

The town-hired tree contractors, Grand County Tree Care and Hills Tree and Shrub will be responsible for hauling the slash to the Stanley site, according to the Stanley contract.

The contracted tree-removal companies share the responsibility of either selling or finding another way to get rid of the town’s estimated 4,476 trees ” 4 inches in diameter or larger ” the standing survivors and casualties ultimately extracted from the town rights of way.

And Grand County Tree Care is ready to start work in the main section of Grand Lake, Hale reported, extending its government rate to private residences.

” To reach Tonya Bina, e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com or 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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