Turn Back the Pages: Granby gets ready to go to court
July 17, 2008
Five years ago, Granby filed with the District Court the paperwork necessary to take over providing water and sewer services for the 5,000-acre SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch, which the town had recently annexed. The SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District had expressed no intention of negotiating Granbys proposed exclusion of SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch, and it looked as if the two entities would be talking about it in court. Boaters and other recreational users of Lake Granby rejoiced at the lake level, which had risen dramatically in the previous weeks. The rise, from 89 feet below lake Granbys capacity to 20 feet below, put the level 11 feet above the lowest point of boat ramps on the lake. The lake is the largest storage component of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Bob and Ardath Costello celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Former Hot Sulphur resident Nat Ross Schroer set a new course record while winning the Mountain Mayhem 24-hour race in the United Kingdom. And, in a surprise decision, Indian Peaks Charter School announced it was eliminating two grades from its K-8 program.Ten years ago, several Granby residents and a former town trustee asked the Granby Town Board to consider putting a question about the towns 4 percent use tax on the ballot for the fall, feeling is was of little use. Granby assessed a 4 percent sales tax for all retail purchases in the town, generating about $627,000 in 1997. In tandem with that tax it also assessed a 4 percent use tax on all lumber, autos and motorcycles purchased by Granby residents. The East Grand Board of Education was discussing finding coaches and possibly adding a boys baseball program. The search for a new head football coach at Middle Park High School resulted in a temporary solution with the appointment of Jack Dugwyler as the teams interim head coach. Meanwhile, several local Little League and other baseball supporters pushed to include boys baseball in the 1998-99 school year athletic program. It was felt that waiting a year to implement the program would give the board time to work out facilities for it. Former Lemmon Lodge operator Carmen Pearson was prominently featured in the July-August edition of Country Woman magazine. George and Romaine Wilcinski celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. K.C. Newell, Kyli Richardson and Rachael Snell qualified for the state gymnastics meet. Grand Lake trustees approved a lease with Silver Creek that would replace the one held by Tom and Lori Philips for the Spirit Lake Marina operation. And, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners moved toward a permanent open fire ban ordinance to allow for quick responses to dangerous fire conditions. Twenty-five years ago, AMTRAK began its daily train service through Granby. A mudslide in Thistle, Utah, which caused the original postponement of its planned startup in April, had been surmounted and a 2,600-foot tunnel was completed through the slide that covered Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad tracks. AMTRAKs plans to run daily passenger rail service through Colorado had also been threatened in a legal challenge by the state of Wyoming, which wanted the train to continue running its California Zephyr from Denver through southern Wyoming rather than Colorado. Windy Gap Project officials said there would be no major delays in construction as a result of flooding in the construction area around the pumphouse at the project site. High water from the swollen Colorado River flowed over a coffer dam surrounding the pumphouse construction area, inundating cranes, tractors, trucks and filling the lower 40 feet of the unfinished pumphouse with water. A theatre group trying to form at the El Monte in Granby called itself Seat of the Pants Productions. Middle Park Communication Corp. of Winter Park announced it had been granted an FM broadcasting license for the Kremmling area, with another new FM offering from the University of Northern Colorados public radio station KUNC. A new, tougher drunk driving law took effect in Colorado that allowed officers to confiscate the drivers license of motorists who refused to take an intoxilyzer test. And, lab tests performed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the explosion that ripped through the Rustic Stables was caused by dynamite set with a timing device.Fifty years ago, U.S. Senators Gordon Allott and John A. Carroll announced that the Federal Government would make an immediate payment of $1,424.14 to School District No. 1 of Kremmling. The amount was made available under Public Law 874 providing financial assistance for schools in federally affected areas. An early season survey of the Colorado travel industry indicated a record-breaking volume of visitors for the summer. However, the Rocky Mountain AAA reported that not all segments of the travel industry were sharing equally in the tourist traffic. Katherine Zachary and Doyle Likely, Jr. were married at the Kremmling Community Church. Bobby Logan entertained guests in Kremmling during his ninth birthday. Many residents enjoyed a community picnic at Silver Spur campground. And, Hohnholz & Sons and Ritschard & Son of Kremmling got some new Aberdeen-Angus cows they bought from Thomas Angus Ranch of Hot Sulphur Springs.