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Letter: Alworth, Grand Lake firework a disappointment

Grand Lake firework a disappointment

This year’s Grand Lake fireworks display was disappointing at best. Starting the show an hour late is always going to create disappointment, but how this delay was managed, can only be judged as epic failure. With NO updates on any Grand Lake social media sites, the absence of the “Black Goat” Speaker car, and no announcements using the speakers on the beach is unbelievable. Rumors surfaced that “the detonators were missing and the show was in doubt!”, demonstrating how in the absence of real information, disinformation will fill that void. No official communication in this age of technology is completely unacceptable. Many visitors began giving up and the number of people I witnessed leaving before the show began was unprecedented. Also, why was the fireworks barge was located so far east? Many early low explosions happened behind trees within Lemon Lodge and the GLYC, making those impossible to see for many. Seems like someone lacked any understanding of where the main audience and town were located. Then the show at barely fifteen minutes was too short . Waiting an hour for THAT, clearly left the opinion that this show was NOT worth the wait. Having a home along a prominent exit from the PUBLIC waterfront, I heard more negative comments that I can remember Those impressions and experiences are not the things that bring visitors back! Seeing the number of business that are closed along Grand Ave. gives the impression that this town is struggling. The negative impressions left by this show, give visitors less of a reason to return than ever before. Marketing studies have shown, those who have a negative experience will share that with eleven people, while those who have a positive experiences are generally only shared with two people. It would seem the Grand Lake fireworks show is surviving on reputation and if things continue unchanged, a new reputation is developing that will drive visitors elsewhere! Considering that three shows in the last five years were less than successful; knowing this is Grand Lake’s biggest event that draws the most visitors, it is hard to understand with a year to prepare, how those responsible for the 2016 event were unable to execute this task. Then when the plan went wrong, they gave the impression that they were asleep at the wheel. Not exactly the results this event is expected to produce.

Ryan H. Alworth

Trusting they will find a solution

“Without libraries, what have we? We have no past and no future.” – Ray Douglas Bradbury

We as residents of Grand County, Colorado have spent our personal resources to retain the highest quality, most creative and far thinking professionals to provide us and our children the best possible library system. We trust that their collective genius will find a solution to the financial problems facing the operation of the District that include continued branch operation in Hot Sulphur Springs, the most rapidly growing community in the county.

Ken Ball


In response to Maggart’s article about the Stillwater Pass area,

Regarding the article “Grand County Rambler” by Lance Maggart. My family has lived in the Stillwater Pass area since the 1960s. I would agree that the area is a beautiful area for various recreational activities. I would caution users that road and trail conditions on Forest Roads 123 and 120 above the Idleglen Staging area haven’t been maintained in years. FS Road 123 over Stillwater Pass is down to one lane with erosion cuts just above the Idleglen Staging area. Washout repairs were attempted several years ago but discontinued. Lack of ditching has allowed run off to erode the remaining lane. Where it was a popular auto route it now is barely accessible for 4-wheel drive. Forest Road 120 above the North Supply Road and including the North Supply Road takes at least a pickup to navigate the holes, erosion cuts, exposed boulders. The Bowen Interpretive trail road is impassable except for OHVs and traveling FS 120 from there up, good luck. FS 120 ends at the trail to the beautiful Blue Ridge Trail described in this article. The Forest Service in our area would rather have workers building fences and installing gates to exclude the public from historic access than having them ditch and maintain public access. The Arapahoe National Forest management seems to have little interest in basic road maintenance or trail and campground rule enforcement, at least in the Stillwater area.

Larry Ivy


Please keep the Hot Sulphur library open

My family and I have lived in Grand County for 34 years. My husband and I raised three boys, each graduating with honors from Middle Park High School. I have taught in the public school system as well, having retired ten years ago. Throughout this time, we have watched the population of the county grow. To keep up with the demands of the community, the library system blossomed. The collection of excellent books bring information, and provide an environment that allows the imagination to grow. The pioneers that came 150 years ago, knew the necessity of having a library in their community. Schools, libraries, churches, places to gather… essential pieces that drew others from the eastern seaboard to explore and settle in the frontier. Towns grew. People came. As the necessary amenities were ignored, or reduced, the draw to settle in a community was eroded. Due to budgets, Grand County has already lost one elementary school in Grand Lake . If I were in my 20s or 30s and had children, this would not be a positive piece in my decision to relocate. I would want a school in my community. I would also want a library.

Yes, we have four other libraries in the county; Granby being the closest to Hot Sulphur. But it is a bit of a drive. Easy access in a loving comfortable environment is the demanding ingredient of the love of books to be “caught.” You cannot teach this love…it must be experienced. Families in Hot Sulphur are cut off from the Granby exposure by the 10 miles. Property development is growing in the Hot Sulphur direction due to more reasonable real estate values. This growth is a positive piece of the county’s economy. The opportunity is rich for many. But if the basic pillars of a healthy community are eliminated, then the growth will not happen. Many children in Hot Sulphur can now walk to the library (which is a rare opportunity in Denver), but will not be able to do so if the library is closed. Successful young adults in todays world that were raised in Hot Sulphur, have memories of Children’s Story hour, art activities, life skills, tutoring etc. in the Hot Sulphur Library. Each opportunity led to their success as they now contribute to making the world of today a better one. Please keep the library at Hot Sulphur open.

Ann Heckman


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