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June 5 Granby Rodeo Results

Granby Rodeo at Flying Heels Arena

June 5 event results

PEEWEE GOAT UNDECORATING — Lizzie Bruchez, 11.79; Paisley Hester, 17.93.

JUNIOR BARREL RACING — Tymber Mahon, 28.73; Cheyenne Kujala, 29.24.

JUNIOR POLE BENDING — Cheyenne Kujala, 28.93; Levi Kujala, 37.43.

JUNIOR GOAT TYING — Tymber Mahon, 13.94; Cheyenne Kujala, 25.03; Levi Kujala, 27.51; Paisley Hester, 120.19.

INTERMEDIATE BARREL RACING — Myka Grajeda, 18.81; Ashley Smith, 19.81; Flint Krempin, 21.41; Amber Hester, 21.45; Teagan Bruchez, 21.89; Penny Myer, 21.99; Stran Leachman, 22.41; Riley Mahon, 23.32; Lexi Petefish, 24.15; Luci Bruchez, 26.38; Emiliano Mendiola, 29.58.

INTERMEDIATE POLE BENDING — Luci Bruchez, 22.49; Jarrett Grajeda, 23.5; Amber Hester, 24.23; Flint Krempin, 25.69; Myka Grajeda, 26.86; Teagan Bruchez, 27.61; Riley Mahon, 27.92; Stran Leachman, 28.03; Ashley Smith, 29.48; Lexi Petefish, 31.61; Penny Myer, 33.64; Emiliano Mendiola, 38.13.

INTERMEDIATE GOAT TYING — Ashley Smith, 8.98; Luci Bruchez, 10.62; Myka Grajeda, 11.35; Lexi Petefish, 15.78; Riley Mahon, 17.09; Amber Hester, 18.03; Stran Leachman, 19.03; Jarrett Grajeda, 19.2; Rudy Mendiola Jr., 21.82; Ryder Linke, 25.55; Flint Krempin, 28.89; Emiliano Mendiola, 45.13.

INTERMEDIATE BREAKAWAY — Ashley Smith, 3.65; Rudy Mendiola Jr., 4.51.

INTERMEDIATE TEAM ROPING — Flint Krempin/ROBBIE CROWDER, 8.22; Riley Mahon/AMY MAHON, 10.66; Ashley Smith/RUDY MENDIOLA JR,12.45; Rudy Mendiola Jr./JAKE MAHON, 13.46; Luci Bruchez/DILLON KUJALA, 14.11; Stran Leachman/SAM KUJALA,14.58; Ashley Smith/SHAE MEEKS, 28.58; Myka Grajeda/RUDY MENDIOLA JR, 40.47.

SENIOR BARREL RACING — Sara Leachman, 20.36; Foster Krempin, 22.59; Sailor Fausle, 24.73; Hope Johnson, 24.91; Violet Barr, 25.72.

SENIOR POLE BENDING — Hope Johnson, 24.02; Foster Krempin, 24.43; Violet Barr, 26.85; Sara Leachman, 29.81.

SENIOR GOAT TYING — Foster Krempin, 19.74.

SENIOR BREAKAWAY — Foster Krempin, 2.52.

SENIOR TEAM ROPING — Sara Leachman/STRAN LEACHMAN, 17.52; Foster Krempin/ROBBIE CROWDER, 39.2.

TIE DOWN ROPING — Foster Krempin, 15.44.

CHUTE DOGGING — Riley Mahon, 4.14; Foster Krempin, 6.23; Ryder Linke, 6.65; Stran Leachman, 8.16; Flint Krempin, 13.38; Riggin Cathcart, 14.09.

MENS BREAKAWAY — Rudy Mendiola, 5.28.

WOMENS BREAKAWAY — Peyton Crowder, 4.14; Tish Linke-Krempin, 9.78.

MIXED TEAM ROPING — Tish Linke-Krempin/Foster Krempin, 9.57.

OPEN TEAM ROPING — Robbie Crowder/Kelly Florian, 8.19; Rudy Mendiola/Tel Linke, 10.82; Rudy Mendiola/Rudy Mendiola Jr., 11.72; Gabriel Torres/Foster Krempin, 24.68.

LOCAL BARREL RACING — Kayla DeSanti, 19.1; Sego Krempin, 19.17; Julie Martin, 19.34; Lexie Petefish, 23.37; Scarlett Tioghman, 37.05.

Grand County Fishing Report: Warm temps driving lake trout to deeper depths

This lake trout was caught recently in Lake Granby.
Courtesy Fishing with Bernie

Here is this week’s Grand County fishing report

Grand Lake: The water temperature is 45-51 degrees, and both inlets are flowing hard. The rainbow and brown bite has been slower this week with most fish being caught in 5-10 feet of water early in the morning.

Lake trout are hanging from 35-55 feet mostly. Small plastics tipped with sucker meat jigged along the bottom has been catching most of the lakers.

Williams Fork: The ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water capacity is at 77%. The lake is 16 feet low. Surface temp is 54 degrees in the early morning, rising to the low 60s by the afternoon.

The lake trout bite remains slow to fair with mostly juvenile fish being caught in 60-70 feet of water on small grubs tipped with sucker meat. With the water warming quickly, mature fish are moving off the shallower humps to deeper drop-offs.

Fishing for rainbows and kokanee will be slow for the season. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has not stocked since 2019 in an effort to rid the lake of gill lice. Northerns are slow, but they can be found in shallow water sunning. Slow moving suspending or floating jerk baits may entice a strike.

Lake Granby: The water temp is 50-54 degrees and will be increasing quickly with the anticipated temperatures this week. Rainbow trout fishing is excellent in the inlets and moving water with a small piece of worm drifted in the current; pink and silver spinners also have been working well.

Brown trout are condition dependent but can still be a great bite on crankbaits if it gets windy or in those low light periods of the day along rocky shorelines.

Lake trout have started to move deeper, but the bite remains very good. Tube jigs have been the most consistent in 30-50 feet of water. The color of the tube they want seems to change by the day. We are finding some groups of fish that don’t seem to want to bite, but if you keep moving, you will find an active group.

The fishing report is brought to you by Fishing with Bernie. Owner Bernie Keefe and his team have been guiding in Grand County for more than 25 years. Sam Hochevar, Randy H. and Dan Shannon contributed to this report. Go to www.FishingWithBernie.com or find Fishing with Bernie on Facebook or Instagram for more.


Fitness Trail: Get ready, get set, hike!

We live in one of the most spectacular settings in the world here in Grand County. And now that the snow is melting after a fabulous winter sport’s season, it is time to prepare for all of the warm weather outdoor activities at our doorstep.

Mountain trail hiking is one of many excellent outdoor activities that provides us with beautiful views, vistas and fresh air and may be an effective form of cardiovascular and muscular endurance exercise which improves stamina and burns calories. However, throughout the beautiful weather months, it is imperative to continue performing your regular exercise program to remain healthy regardless what season is upon us.

This week, consider adding the following exercise modalities and exercises to your macro program to enhance your hiking performance. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

• All forms of cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running, cycling and swimming will improve the stamina required for successful hiking. However, cycling and swimming are basically nonweight bearing forms of cardiovascular exercise. Therefore, since weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise, such as walking or running on an incline treadmill (a 3% grade is recommended) or stair climbing (see below for specific stair climbing guidelines) more closely simulate the stamina and muscular strength/endurance that hiking requires, these activities should be included.

• Stair climbing improves cardiovascular endurance and prepares the legs and the nose to toes core dynamically for the total body strength required to hike. Using a staircase, stair climber or a step platform, climb for one to three minutes initially and work your way up to 15-60 minutes of continuous stepping, one to three times per week. Incorporate high intensity interval training as well (HIIT) to improve your explosive power catapulting you up those steep grades quickly and efficiently. And if you would like to more closely simulate hiking with a backpack, then train with one as well. Begin with five pounds in the pack and work your way up to the relevant increment of weight that you will be packing.

• Total Body Functional Training includes multi-muscled and compound exercises to move the body through full and complete ranges of motion, such as squats, alternating squats with overhead presses with a medicine ball, body bar, or kettle bell. Lunges, both stationary and traveling and performed through all three planes of motion (sagittal-right/left; frontal-anterior/posterior and transverse-add a torso/hip rotation as you lunge).

• Additionally, add full body extensions, which require you to squat, then press up onto the balls of the feet as you press load over the head. Wood chops, making certain that you externally and internally rotate the hips. Pull ups/pushups and variations of each should be an integral part of your program.

• Consider single leg deadlifts and squat swings with kettlebells which are excellent lower body and nose to toes core exercises and combine these with intervals of shuffle/bounce drills with a medicine ball or slam ball which also addresses the power component mentioned earlier.

• Train on unstable surfaces such as BOSU Balance Trainers, Strongboards, wobble boards, etc. to simulate the unstable/uneven terrain.

• Performing knee tucks, mountain climbers and hanging leg raises emphasizing nose to toes core.

• Remember to perform myofascial release techniques prior to your hike, directly following the hike and then, perform your stretching/flexibility segment.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness in Granby. She may be reached at her website at www.mtnlifefitness.com and her email at jackie@mtnlifefitness.com.


Vail Resorts slashes Epic Pass prices by 20%

Skiers and riders wait in line to board a lift on opening day Nov. 13 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge and Keystone Resort in Summit County, announced its Epic Pass products will be reduced in price by 20% next season.
Photo by Liz Copan / Studio Copan

EAGLE — Vail Resorts is turning the clock back on its Epic Pass prices to reward loyal customers following a trying year. On Wednesday morning, the resort operator announced that it is lowering the price of passes by 20% across the board.

The reset takes Epic Pass products back to prices last seen during the 2015-16 season, when Vail Resorts offered access to only 11 North American resorts. Now, it offers unlimited access to 34 North American resorts in addition to access to resorts across the globe.

In a news release, Vail Resorts said it is making the move to honor the loyalty of its passholders.

“The ski industry, our company and skiers and riders everywhere just navigated the most challenging season we have ever encountered,” CEO Rob Katz said in the release. “… As we double down on our pass strategy by dramatically reducing our pass prices, we are excited to make it easier for everyone to move into a pass, and we remain fully committed to ensuring continuous improvements in the guest experience.”

Katz went on to say that the pricing change also is an effort to grow the sport and make it more affordable.

“The new prices announced (Wednesday) not only provide value to existing skiers and riders, but we also believe they will contribute to the growth and vitality of our sport as we bring new people and higher engagement into the industry, which we think is imperative,” Katz said. “We also believe these lower prices will benefit our financial results based on new learnings from the past few years.”

The price reduction applies to the entire Epic Pass portfolio, which is on sale for the 2021-22 winter season at EpicPass.com.

The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down from $729 last season) with no blackout dates, and the full Epic Pass is priced at $783 (down from $979 last season).

All 2021-22 pass products will come with Epic Coverage, at no additional cost, which provides full or partial refunds for personal events like job loss, injury or illness, as well as for certain resort closures, including closures due to COVID-19.

The move comes a little more than a year after COVID-19 cut the 2019-20 season short. Vail Resorts made the unprecedented decision to temporarily shut down all of its North American resorts March 14, 2020 — a decision that became permanent in the days that followed.

The company was then forced to reinvent the on-mountain experience at all of its resorts in just eight months to pull off a ski season in a pandemic, which included launching a much-scrutinized reservation system to limit crowds. In a letter to passholders Friday, Katz wrote that the company will be getting rid of the reservation system starting next season.

2021-22 Epic Pass pricing

Epic Pass

Unlimited access to all Vail Resorts properties, including Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort. No blackout dates.

• Adult (13 and older): $783

• Child (ages 5 to 12): $399

• Child (ages 4 and younger): free

Epic Local Pass

Unlimited access to Keystone and Breckenridge. No blackout dates.

• Adult (19 and older): $583

• Teen (ages 13 to 18): $471

• Child (ages 5 to 12): $303

• Child (ages 4 and younger): free

Summit Value Pass

Unlimited access to Keystone and limited access to Breckenridge.

• Adult (ages 19 and older): $471

• Teen (ages 13 to 18): $383

• Child (ages 5 to 12): $263

• Child (ages 4 and younger): free

Keystone Plus Pass

Unlimited access to Keystone. Blackout dates: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 26-31, Jan. 15 and Feb. 19-20. Limited access to Breckenridge and Crested Butte.

• Adult (ages 13 and older): $311

• Child (ages 5 to 12): $215

• Child (ages 4 and younger): free

Grand Nordic: Saturday’s sunshine, sublime grooming made for a wild Stampede; congrats to winners, participants


2021 Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede on Saturday.
Amy Golden / agolden@skyhinews.com

The last year has been crazy with COVID-19 fears, restrictions, and losses. People have been cooped up at home, unable to go to work even if their work stayed open. Schools learned to cope with kids and teachers forced to learn and work from home and sometimes in-person classes. Creative people worked in person in small groups, with masks and social distancing, and some have created new businesses from old.

Tourism and many local businesses suffered, and people feared transmission of the virus through gatherings. But people embraced Grand County’s outdoors, and the Nordic community blossomed. We had to make adjustments to the way we operate, but it was easy to spread out people in thousands of acres.

Nordic has been able to keep our family and friend groups and traditions alive through the worst of the pandemic, just by its very nature. After the highest spikes in local COVID cases had passed and medical personnel started getting a handle on precautions and treatments as vaccines became available, the Nordic world has been able to hold Treks and races.

The longest running tradition in Grand County Nordic circles is the Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede, started in 1984 by Jim and Nancy Young. Last year was to be the 37th annual Stampede, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 closing the Nordic Center and the entire YMCA prior to the race.

Because COVID-19 is still a concern, 2021 organizers enforced masks and social distancing around the Nordic Center and small group starts for both the freestyle and classic days. The free kids skiing in the 2k freestyle race Saturday were the largest group ever with over 40 ranging from age 3-15 participating.

Grand Nordic gives a large stuffed bear to the race winner on both freestyle and classic days. On Saturday, local Kadin Starr skated to out-sprint the huge field. On Sunday, Denverite Lucas Wik outskied a much smaller classic field to claim the second huge bear and then went on moments later to take second in the 10k men’s classic.

Several years ago, the Stampede became a two-day race weekend. It was the only opportunity in the country to ski back-to-back marathons — 50k or more each day. That is over 31 miles each day!

Skiers who finished both days received a special Ranch Boss buckle to celebrate their achievement. This year the top ranking female Ranch Boss skier was Hana Hejduk and the top-ranking male Ranch Boss skier was Ryan Sederquist.

Also completing both 50k races were Jitka O’Farrell for the women, and Eric Meyer, Chris Marcione, Ryan Berry, Tom Saele, Dave Bijur, Greg Molenaar, and Odd Bersvendsen in the men’s races.

And what a difference a day makes! Saturday was moderately warm and sunny with a beautiful packed trail, perfect for freestyle skiing. The grooming was impeccable.

The top male finishers in Saturday’s freestyle 50k were Dan Weinberger, Eric Meyer, and Ryan Sederquist, while top women finishers were Jill Sorrensen, Lillian Marcione and Hana Hejduk. Then the much-heralded snowstorm moved in Saturday evening laying down overnight many inches of heavy snow that still was blown in the wind!

The classic skiers had their work cut out for them on Sunday. The classic 50k’s top male skiers were Ryan Sederquist, Chris Marcione, and Eric Meyer. The top female finisher was Hana Hejduk, followed by Jitka O’Farrell. Hats off to everyone who finished that day — that was a huge feat in itself.

Skiers also completed in the 25k race each day to earn the Ranch Hand Buckle. The top female Ranch Hand was Maria Wik, as well as Helen Carlsen, Marie-Ange Anderson, Kiki Silver, Kristin Brousseau, and Sharon Crawford.

The top male Ranch Hand was Jamie Mothersbaugh, followed by Michael West, James Urbonas, Peter Girard, and Mark Moll. The top male finishers in Saturday’s freestyle 25k were Jamie Mothersbaugh, followed by Michael West and James Urbonas, while top female finishers were Maria Wik, Kiki Silver, and Marie-Ange Anderson.

The top finisher in Sunday’s classic 25k for the men was Michael West, followed by Jamie Mothersbaugh, and Patrick Brower, while the top finishers for the women were Maria Wil, Helen Carlsen, and Traci Macnamara McCoy.

The 10k freestyle men’s race Saturday was led by Peter Valentyik, Matthew Mosca, and Lucas Wik, and the women’s race was led by Zoe Silver, Kajsa Wil, and Nora Quatrachi. Both races were finished by Lucas Wik, Colby West, Cyrille Duperret, Zoe Silver, Kajsa Wik, Nora Quatrachi, Anne Gallager West, Riley Silver and JoAnn Weaver.

Congratulations to all finishers!

Diana Lynn Rau is the president of Grand Nordic. For more, check out www.grandnordic.org/.

Winter Park Comp Center athletes earn chance to compete internationally

Jaxson Holme skiing at Winter Park Resort. Holme is one of four athletes headed to international competitions and he will compete at the World Rookie Tour Finals in April.
Courtesy Jay Stewart

Four athletes with the Winter Park Competition Center are headed overseas after impressive freeski and freeride performances throughout the season here.

From the freeski team, Jaxson Holme and Bennett Kobe of Winter Park, will be headed to Kitzsteinhorn, Austria for the World Rookie Tour Finals from April 11-14.

Meanwhile, two members of the Winter Park snowboard team — Jack and Samantha Lansky of Boulder — will compete at the Freeride Junior World Championships in Verbier, Switzerland from March 30 to April 3.

“We’re really proud of these athletes for bringing their A-game and staying focused despite the unusual challenges this season brought,” said Ashley Speigelhoff, communications coordinator for the competition center.

Holme and Kobe qualified for the World Rookie Tour Finals with top finishes at the USASA World Rookie Tour Qualifier slopestyle event at Winter Park Resort on Feb. 11-12. Holme took gold in the Freeski Rookie Men’s division (ages 15 and up), as well as the Freeski Youth Men’s division (ages 15-16).

Kobe won gold in two divisions, placing first in his age group in the Freeski Breaker Boys (ages 13-14) and winning top overall skier in the Freeski Grommet Boys (ages 14 and up).

The Lanksys landed their chance to compete in Switzerland after Samantha ranked third and Jack fourth in the overall standings for the 19-20 season in the 15-18 age division.

These four athletes aren’t the only ones from the competition center who have been successful in the past season either.

Winter Park’s Birk Irving placed third in the men’s Ski Superpipe at the X Games and World Championships in Aspen this year, marking his first trip to the podium at X Games Aspen. Another Winter Park native, Hunter Carey won silver in the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games.

Grand County Fishing Report: Expect some slush after recent snowstorms

Expect new slush on Grand County’s lakes with recent snowfall.
Courtesy Fishing with Bernie

Here is this week’s Grand County fishing report.

Grand Lake: There is a couple feet of fresh snow on the lake, so look out for new slush pockets. The bite has slowed down in the last couple days due to the weather moving through the area. Browns and rainbows are still being caught in 5-10 feet of water especially around the inlets. Small plastics imitating nymphs like clams maki plastics on tungsten heads have been producing fish. Lake trout are being found suspended over deep water, 80-plus feet. Small spoons and grubs tipped with sucker meat have been working on the suspended lakers.

Williams Fork: The lake was starting to get some slushy soft spots in the afternoons, and with the recent snowstorm, the slush will be getting worse. The snow on the shorelines will help extend our ice season for a little while as well.

Snow drifts on the side roads will be an issue for a few days until the plows can get out to the lake. Fishing has been good if you can stay on top of fish. Lots of pressure on the lake the last few weeks has kept the lake trout scattered and moving day to day. Fish have been wanting to come off bottom and chase in the afternoon. Try and change your presentation as the weather changes and the day progress. What was working in the morning may not be what will trigger them on the afternoon.

Lake Granby: With all the new snow came new slush. Slush was mostly in the Arapahoe Bay area, but anticipate seeing it spread more throughout the lake and be prepared in case you get stuck in the slush if you head out.

Fishing has been fair this week with the constantly changing weather. Rainbow fishing has been best early in the morning, right as the sun comes up. Areas where water is coming in to the lake as well as along the dams have been producing well. Small silver and blue spoons as well as tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms have been getting bites.

Lake trout are being caught from 50-80 feet with some fish being caught suspended over the deep water structure. Spoons and small tubes are the most consistent producing baits right now. We are anticipating the bite picking up any time now with spring conditions rapidly approaching. As always, check the ice as spring approaches conditions can change quickly.

The fishing report is brought to you by Fishing with Bernie. Bernie Keefe and his team have been fishing guides in Grand County for more than 25 years. Sam Hochevar, Rhett Feltman and Dan Shannon contributed to this report. For more, www.FishingWithBernie.com.

Keystone Resort extends ski season by a week

Keystone Resort announced Tuesday, March 9, that it would extend its closing date by a week — maybe more.
Photo from Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort has extended its season by one week and is now set to close April 11.

While the resort took a conservative approach to its scheduled closing date this year because of pandemic-related uncertainty, spokesperson Loryn Roberson said the overall success of the season led to the decision to stay open longer than anticipated.

“Obviously, this season has been like nothing we’ve ever experienced, and we’ve done everything we can to get open — that was our main goal — and then stay open and keep everyone safe,” Roberson said. “And we’re super grateful for our guests who have done their part in helping us stay open, and because of that, we were excited to offer a little bit of a longer season so that our guests could have a little bit more time on the snow, on the mountain and do what they love.”

Roberson said the new closing date is more aligned with Keystone’s traditional closing date in April. Breckenridge Ski Resort will maintain its plan to close May 31.

It’s no secret that it’s been a rough snow year for Colorado ski resorts. With a later start and less snow than last season, the pandemic hasn’t been the only obstacle ski areas have faced. Despite warmer temperatures that have hit Summit County in March, Roberson was confident that snow conditions would hold up long enough to accommodate the later date.

“We’re definitely excited to see the snow that’s coming up in the forecast,” Roberson said. “March is still traditionally one of Colorado’s snowiest months, so I think we’re excited to get that refresh, and hopefully we’ll continue to see a lot of snow in the forecast.”

While Summit County experienced a dry start to winter, Roberson said the resort’s high-tech snowmaking system set the mountain up for success in the early season and helped to build a solid base. Typically, the base built up at ski areas in the early season is what allows the mountain to stay open into the spring. Roberson noted that the resort plans to continue operating out of both base areas — River Run and Mountain House — until its closing date.

As for Summit County’s other ski areas, Copper Mountain Resort has set its closing date for April 25, while Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has not set a closing date. A-Basin is often the final ski area to close for the season. While A-Basin closed for the 2019-20 season June 7 after reopening for about two weeks following the COVID-19 shutdown, the ski area has been known to stay open as late as the Fourth of July.

Vail Resorts also announced the season at Beaver Creek Resort and Vail Mountain in Eagle County would be extended by a week. Those new closing dates are April 11 and 18, respectively. The season could be extended even further if conditions permit, according to a news release.

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon set to reopen May 1

Hanging Lake will once again be taking visitors starting May 1.

That’s according to David Boyd, public affairs officer for the White River National Forest.

Boyd said the U.S. Forest Service is working with Glenwood Springs officials to reopen the 1.2-mile trail to visitors who have obtained permits through Visit Glenwood Springs.

The pristine, turquoise waters and the trail leading to it has been closed to the public since the Grizzly Creek Fire torched the area surrounding the lake and it’s trails in 2020

Boyd said the structures along the trail and area right around the lake were untouched by the fire.

“The main thing we worry about after a fire is debris flow and sedimentation,” Boyd said.

“Hanging Lake is this beautiful, clear water and so there could be impacts resulting from a big push of sediment, but we just don’t know because we haven’t seen it yet.”

Boyd said work will be ongoing throughout the summer to stabilize trails that came close to areas that were burned by last summer’s fire.

From there, the lake water will be closely monitored to see if there’s any impacts due to runoff.

“The hydrology is complicated and not very well understood,” Boyd said of Hanging Lake.

The Glenwood Springs City Council is expected to amend their Hanging Lake Shuttle Service contract with H20 Ventures to align with plans where no shuttle transportation would be provided.

Instead, people who have obtained a permit will be allowed to drive their own vehicle to the Hanging Lake parking lot.

“The Forest Service believes that it will be easier for people to evacuate in case of a sudden thunderstorm that could cause a life threatening debris or mudflow,” meeting documents state.

“The limits on people allowed will still be enforced by H2O Ventures and funding will still be collected for the Forest Service to help protect Hanging Lake into the future.”

H20 Ventures will operate a check-in service at the gate house. Visitors without tickets will be turned away and instructed to purchase tickets online or by phone before returning. Traffic will be controlled by a supervisor stationed in the parking lot.

The amendment to the contract will remain in effect until Nov. 30 if passed during Thursday night’s meeting. The condition of Hanging Lake and status of the public health emergency will then be evaluated.

The U.S. Forest Service will determine whether to extend the amendment or allow the city to operate under the original terms of its contract with H20 Ventures.



Grand County Fishing Report: Don’t put away your short rods just yet

This is one of the big fish caught this week during guided trips in Grand County.
Courtesy Fishing with Bernie

Here is this week’s Grand County fishing report

Grand Lake: Grand Lake continues to grow ice with the current temperatures that we are having up there. Along with the cold temps comes snow, and that means pockets of slush can be found throughout the lake. Please plan accordingly when thinking about what type of boots are needed to ensure a comfortable fishing experience.

Rainbows and browns are still being caught, but they have moved off into slightly deeper water in search of their next meals. Focus your efforts in 10-20 feet of water, and hit the water very early in the day for the fastest action.

Small jigs tipped with wax worms have been best. We would suggest a small CLAM caviar jig or drop kick jig for best results.

Lake trout have been starting to show up suspending over deep water. This week, we found fish at over 160 foot depths. Pay special attention to your electronics when locating the suspenders and make sure that your presentations are above them at all times.

These suspending fish are looking up for prey and having your bait anywhere from 2-20 feet above them will pay off. Spoons tipped with a small amount of meat or small soft plastics will definitely grab their attention. White, green and grey have been the beat colors when fishing soft plastics or swim baits.

Williams Fork: Ice conditions are holding strong with a light snowpack on top of the ice leading to some slush later in the day. Heavy winds have made a few snowdrifts on the side roads going around the lake, but they should clear up soon.

Fishing has been very slow for lots of people I have spoken with. With the full moon fading away, things should start to pick back up. March can be a really fun month to fish, so don’t give up on the short rods quite yet!

Rainbow fishing has been picking up in the shallows as they are starting to switch gears and think about spawning. Lake trout can still be found at 40-60 feet, but the hard part has been getting bites.

Slowly hitting bottom with a 2-4 inch bait has been getting most of the bites. As the snow starts to melt off the ice throughout March, we should start to see more northern pike move into the shallows to catch any sun they can on sandy and soft dark bottoms. Enjoy the ice while it is here because it is gonna be fading away before we know it.

Lake Granby: Ice conditions are good and the slush is minimal with good travel through most of the lake. Fishing conditions have continued to improve over the past week.

Rainbows and browns are biting in shallow rocky areas early then moving deeper as the sun comes up. Small tungsten jigs and spoons will entice bites. Lake trout are still being caught through most depths, with most consistent success coming between 50-80 feet.

Starting to see some suspend over deeper water structure. Color depends on the day, but small tubes, grubs, and spoons tipped with sucker meat will produce bites. When in an area where fish are present but not biting, don’t be afraid to move to find those that will bite.

The fishing report is brought to you by Fishing with Bernie. Bernie Keefe and his team have been fishing guides in Grand County for more than 25 years. Jake Foos, Rhett Feltman and Dan Shannon contributed to this report. For more, www.FishingWithBernie.com.