Grand County: Turn Back the Pages
June 26, 2008
Five years ago, two weeks after a standing-room-only meeting over the use and abuse of the boardwalk by town merchants, the Grand Lake Board of Trustees revisited the issue and discovered little had changed. The issue pitted those who felt the boardwalks had become so cluttered that the town was beginning to look like a flea market against some who felt they could not maintain a viable business in town without using the boardwalk to display their wares.
– The Grand Elk Ranch General Improvement District was given the OK to issue $5.75 million in limited tax general obligation bonds, clearing the way for payment of back bills by Grand Elk Ranch and Club. The bond issue wrapped up the overall $7.5 million bond issue for the Grand Elk GID that paid for infrastructure placement and utility improvements at Grand Elk Ranch and Club.
– Ann Feucht and Avis and Ryan Gray were signing copies of their new book “In Their Own Spirit, Voices of Courage from a Rocky Mountain Village.” A dozen youths and three leaders from Riverside Baptist Church helped with some much-needed chores for Granby senior citizens. The Granby Business Center launched a Community Cares program. The Shores of Shadow Mountain hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication. Denver Broncos fullback Howard Griffith participated in the Something Grand Celebrity Golf Extravaganza at the Grand Elk Golf Course. And, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was closed following a foot of snow on the upper reaches of the highway.
Ten years ago, Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies would be improving its Grand County facilities with the help of a $3 million bond that the Grand County Board of County Commissioners agreed to help sponsor. The loan would be used to enlarge the facility’s sewage disposal system, improve the water system, build an eight-bedroom family reunion lodge, improve maintenance buildings, pave the KIVA parking lot, and remodel other facilities.
– Michael Martin Murphey’s WestFest advance ticket sales were below expectations. About 2,300 tickets had been sold for the three-day festival even though early announcements had predicted that 10,000 people a day would show up.
– Mike Dickinson and Lisa Peterson announced their engagement. Rocky and Lori Crane were honored with the No. 1 Retailer – Garments and Accessories award at a Polaris company convention. More than 2,000 bicycle riders rode through Grand County as part of the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour. The Red Fox restaurant was up for sale in Grand Lake. And, an effort to speed up the transfer of the lease on Spirit Lake Marina from Tom and Lori Phillips to Silver Creek by July Fourth was unable to be granted.
Twenty-five years ago, a six-month investigation by the Grand County Sheriff’s Department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Western Slope Strike force into local drug traffic (of speed, cocaine and marijuana) resulted in the arrest of three more local men. The three arrests followed the arrests of three other people suspected of drug trafficking in Grand County, and the Sheriff’s Office had prepared arrest warrants on three more people as well.
– A land sale contract between Louisiana Pacific Corp. and three Kremmling property owners was scheduled for signature. The L-P Intermountain Division general manager was to present an “earnest Money” check for $5,070 to representatives of the Town of Kremmling, Grand County commissioners and Colorado River Land Corp at a scheduled meeting. Balance of the $50,700 for the property would be paid by L-P at the close of escrow.
– The Driftwood Lodge was adding on to the north end of its motel. The Grand County commissioners gave approval for Grand County Water and Sanitation District’s expansion plans. Flooding from the Fraser River postponed softball games at Kaibab Park. And, surveys received by the East Grand School District showed a majority of students, parents and teachers liked the new four-day school week.
Fifty years ago, a new regulation of the Colorado Game and Fish Commission required a $1 use permit, or annual parking permit at four recreation areas of the Colorado Game and Fish Department starting July 1. The four areas were Mount Evans, Green Mountain, Willow Creek and Irving R. Poley (Bonny reservoir). The money collected was said to be necessary to cover the cost of maintaining and policing department recreational areas, including the removal of trash.
– Bids were opened on a 4.7-mile $2,147,220 continuation of the widening of the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass. A passing lane was started in July 1957 with a $1,780,000 project covering three miles. The new job would bring the improvement to within seven miles of the pass summit.
– Friends and family of Elizabeth Free helped her celebrate her birthday with a trip to Georgetown, Central City and Silver Plume. Seventeen Grand and Summit County 4-H club members went to the Cameron Pass 4-H Club Camp. The Hot Sulphur Springs Little Leaguers won their third ball game by defeating Granby. And, the body of a Parshall rancher was found in the Colorado River nine miles below where he fell into the river May 29.