Turn Back the Pages … Grand County fights whooping cough
December 11, 2008
Five years ago, the East Grand School District, in cooperation with the Grand County Public Health Nursing Service, was taking action to combat a whooping cough outbreak that had stricken eastern Grand County. Vaccination clinics were scheduled at two area schools to be administered to children over the age of 6. Because about 25 percent of the students had been ill and absent the East Grand School District canceled classes for a day.
– Winter marked the first time in more than 25 years that snowmobiling wouldn’t be allowed on Trail Ridge Road. Snowmobiling would continue to be allowed on the North Supply Trail link, but all other snowmobile routes in Rocky Mountain National Park would be permanently closed.
Ten years ago, the East Grand Board of Education discussed the possibility of imposing an evening curfew on children under the age of 18 in Granby. The town manager informed the school board that the town board was considering a curfew due to increased nighttime vandalism within the town limits by area youth.
– Winter Park Highlands residents wanted to enhance their neighborhood by going after some 160 acres of Bureau of Land Management land set for an exchange in 1999. The Highlands homeowner association sought Grand County Board of County Commissioner support of a proposal that would see single-family home lots limited to 12, more greenbelt and open space, improved access to existing open space, and a promise to clear up long-existing survey errors.
– Dustin Trail put in more than 300 hours of work improving the backstop and fencing at Bromley Field as part of his Eagle Scout project. East Grand Middle School’s eighth grade team took a first and third place in the Brain Bowl. And, Sales tax revenues to the Town of Grand Lake showed a massive 30 percent jump for September sales ($83,321 compared to $64,113 for the same month in 1997).
Twenty-five years ago, because of the existing facilities and relative safety of the Granby site, officials with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad preferred Granby as the train depot site in Grand County. The Moffat Tunnel Commission also assured Granby it was not endorsing Winter Park as a potential Amtrak stop over Granby.
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– The county hoped to save taxpayers more than $1 million by refinancing its year-old jail construction sales tax revenue bond. The $2 million in bonds, issued in August 1982, allowed the county to build the new jail in Hot Sulphur Springs with the promise to pay back bond holders out of a voter-approved 1 percent county sales tax.
– The Lariat Saloon hosted the first-ever Sleaze Ball introducing the “Louis Pasteur” “shot that cures.” A rash of burglaries plagued the area. Sen. Gary Hart introduced the 1983 Colorado Wilderness Act which, if it became law, would give 26,000 acres of Arapaho National Forest land in the county protected wilderness status. The county’s new juvenile diversion program marked the end of its first year, one which had no troubled youths placed in out-of-county residential facilities. The Silver Screen Cinema was showing “The Big Chill.” And, KSKE, Grand County’s first radio station, went on the air at 105.5 FM in the east end and 106.3 in Kremmling.
Fifty years ago, Kremmling Town Council called attention to the fact that private water lines, sewage lines and cesspool disposal systems had no right of way or legal authorization in a public thoroughfare (including streets or alleys). All water connections to the Kremmling water system would require written application and a service connection and inspection fee of $5.
– About 50 people were in attendance representing areas along Highway 40 at the annual National U.S. 40 Association Convention in Utah. A report of the financial status of the association revealed that almost $6,000 was spent in 1957 in advertising use of the highway.
– The Zeta Pi Chapter of the Eastern Star Association met at the home of Bernetha Ceriani for “An Evening in Paris.” The El Grande Theatre was showing “Rock-A-Billy Baby.” The Ramona Theatre was showing “10 North Frederick” with Gary Cooper.
And, in recent years, the amount of money spent for food by each American had not increased as much as income after taxes.