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Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Grand Lake pitcher T.J. McKeehan tags out a Kremmling runner, who tried to score on a passed ball, at the plate during the first inning of a little league game in 1983. Kremmling's team went on to win the game 24-12.

Five years ago, King Soopers revealed plans for a 58,000-square-foot grocery store at the Grand Elk Commons Commercial center. The store would be its first Western Slope grocery store, usually operating City Markets on the West Slope and King Soopers on the East Slope in the larger urban markets.

– Questions about the chemicals that would be used to poison fish in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Pettingell Lake were raised during a public meeting in Grand Lake. The meeting marked the first stage in the environmental review process needed by the National Park Service before it could continue with its plan to put Colorado River cutthroat trout in high mountain lakes in the park.

– Elizabeth Kurtak and Andy Petersen exchanged wedding vows. Doris Braun was named Grand Marshall for the annual Buffalo BBQ parade in Grand Lake. Grand County was under a partial fire ban with all open burning prohibited. And, the valuation of building permits issued by the Grand County Department of Building and Sanitation was down 10 percent for 2003 compared to 2002.

Ten years ago, water use, quality and regulations, as well as water control and projects, topped the list of discussion items for the Grand County Board of County Commissioners through an update by officials of the Water Quality and Quantity Committee of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. At the time the group was examining hydrological conditions in the basin and related growth impacts and trying to develop a coordinated approach to solving attendant problems.

– Despite delays and rising costs, the construction of new school facilities in the East Grand School District was under way. The construction project was approved by voters in the previous November’s election. A $17.5 million bond was paying for the building of additions at Middle Park High School and Fraser Valley Elementary and the construction on a new East Grand Middle School.

– More than 300 runners participated in the Buffalo 5K, the largest number ever to race in the annual event (overall winner was Gabe Olchin with a time of 16:06.1). The Lariat team’s float playing “Cheeseburger in Paradise” won top honors in the bar category in the 51st annual Buffalo BBQ parade. And, the county finalized and adopted its 80-page 1998 Grand County Master Plan.

Twenty-five years ago, the greatest water release on record from Lake Granby swelled the Colorado River, causing minor flooding. The reservoir was near capacity with an inflow of 4,238 cubic feet per second. With limited capability to pump water to Eastern Slope storage reservoirs near capacity, the Bureau of Reclamation was forced to release water through the spillway gates for the first time since 1974.

– A crowd of more than 120 people packed a county commissioners public hearing on proposed mobile home regulations. After two hours of testimony and a total of 41 letters entered into public record, the commissioners decided to make no decision on the controversial proposal that would have allowed permanent placement of mobile homes in the county’s Forestry and Open zone.

– A low-flying jet startled Granby residents. Mark Murphy bagged a 240-pound black bear on Stillwater Creek with a single shot from a compound bow. And, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that 24 property owners in the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District did not have to hook on to the system before the next ruling on the challenge of the district’s right to compel connection.

Fifty years ago, representatives of the Mann Construction Co. of Denver were in Kremmling making plans to get construction under way on the sewage collection system. Mann Construction Co. was lowest among five bids submitted to the Kremmling Sanitation District with a bid of $79,823.45.

– The County Agricultural Agent reported several calls made by some residents to examine diseased spruce trees growing in their yards. In all cases, he said, the trees had proven to be infested with a spruce mite.

– More than a dozen Troop 105 Boy Scouts of Hot Sulphur Springs attended camp at Chapman Dam. The H.S.S. Fire Dept. sponsored a carnival with rides and concessions. The Women’s Club of Kremmling was gearing up for its annual Art and Flower Show. And, the Democratic County Assembly named three candidates for county office: Clint Metzler for county clerk and recorder, Axel Bernhard for re-election as county assessor and Leo Mater for county sheriff.