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Turn Back the Pages … Investigators suspect arson in Granby fire

Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Colorado Division of Wildlife technician Joe Timchak retrieves a 3-week-old osprey from its nest before lowering it 30 feet to the ground. Some DOW officials were concerned about human disturbance, pesticides and the wind threatening the birds' survival in 1983. Technicians discovered the birds were maintaining their population in Grand County at about eight to 10 pairs.

Five years ago, arson investigators concluded arson was the cause of fires that consumed a large modern home and a turn-of-the-century log house a quarter mile apart on the old Marte Ranch near the base of Blue Ridge. Fire crews from the Granby Fire Department, assisted by the East Grand and Grand Lake fire departments, responded to the blazes but were unable to save the two homes.

– The new King Soopers store planned for Grand Elk Ranch and Club announced it would break ground in a couple weeks. Ranch and Club representatives briefed the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District Board of Directors on plans to open the 58,000-square-foot store in the fall, and especially addressed questions regarding its proposed fuel center, with several wells three miles from the proposed location.

Ten years ago, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners accepted a revegetation plan proposed by Harrington Landscapes that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association hoped would salvage its special use permit for a powerline between Fraser and the Henderson Mill. Tri-State agreed to amend its special use permit to include a cash bond in the amount of the final bid for the reclamation project, estimated at up to $100,000.

– Audiences were treated to local and statewide talent during the Colorado and Wyoming State Showdown on the True Value/Jimmy Dean Country Showdown at SilverCreek. Stephanie Varone of American Fork, Utah, competed against the five other regional winners for the title of the event, sponsored through the local radio station KRKY and SilverCreek.

– Friends and family helped Jim Peterson celebrate his birthday. Karen Bloomfield took the trophy and the checkered flag in the pickup class during Midwest Auto Salvage’s demolition derby. Bonnie Rozean was named to the Western Slope post at Grand County Resources for Youth. The Grand Lake Area Arts Council hosted its first Tombstone Tales event. And, Granby’s sales tax revenues were in a strong upward trend.

Twenty-five years ago, Almost 300 members of the North American Mycological Association and several expert mushroom specialists were thankful for Grand County’s wet summer, which provided a “bumper crop” of mushrooms to study and eat at Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies. One of Grand County’s most delicious specimens was the Boletus edulis.

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Fifty years ago, West Grand County Schools opened their doors with 418 students enrolled. This was a drop of approximately 37 students from the previous school year. Almost all of the decrease was due to the absence of the lumber workers whose children were usually in attendance.

– The Social Security Amendments of 1958 provided increased monthly payments to about 160 people in Grand County, beginning with the checks that were due early in February 1959. The amount of the increase would be about 7 percent, although the increase in some checks would be slightly more and slightly less in others.

– A warning was issued to all parents about the extreme danger involved when children played around the ditches being dug by the contractor for the Kremmling sewer system. The contractor also pointed out that considerable damage was being done by children throwing rocks and breaking sewer pipe, which was expensive to replace and could delay the work.

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