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Janet Day – Don’t look now, but Denver is trying to take more Fraser Valley water

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

Where Will Our Water Go? The Moffat Firming Project has nothing to do with getting flabby muscles into shape for ski and board season. But it has everything to do with keeping Grand County healthy.

The Denver Water Department project seeks to divert even more Fraser River water from this area to the Front Range. According to Kirk Klancke, President of the Colorado Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the project will devastate a river already “on life support.” More than 60 percent of the Fraser River is sent to the Denver area, leaving barely a trickle flowing in late summer.

The public comment period has started, so learn more about the project and make your opinion heard at a series of meetings. Local informational meetings will be held in mid-November. Formal public hearings will be held in Boulder on Dec. 1, at Silver Creek on Dec. 2 and in Denver on Dec. 3. For more information, go to http://www.coloradoriverheadwaters.org

Support the Searchers: Join me and many others on Thursday to support Grand County Search and Rescue with a special wine-tasting event (including some holiday gift-buying opportunities) at Verso Wines in Cooper Creek Square from 4 until 8 p.m. Mike Leiser from Search and Rescue will be behind the bar pouring all those tastings. That big dump a couple weeks ago and skiers anxious to hit the snow have already led to avalanche problems, so support the great local team that helps get people out of trouble.

Will Move For Food: Wild Horse Gourmet opens its new location in Cooper Creek Square on Nov. 16, adding more retail offerings, cooking classes and in-store events to the yummy takeout that has made Chris French’s company a go-to spot for lunch, dinner and catering. Sign up for email recipe, event and promotions updates by sending your email address to welovefood@gmail.com.

While you’re at Cooper Creek, be sure to stop by the new Seven Sisters store and check out the great inventory Cheryl Key has collected, with more arriving soon after her latest shopping trip to Peru.

Rockin the Ranch: Devil’s Thumb Ranch gets the valley on its feet and on its skis Dec. 12 with its Tommelfest celebration. Kick off the Nordic season with free lessons from the University of Denver Nordic Team, live music from the Denver-based Rockabilly band Brethren Fast, competitions, a barbecue, beer and grog garden, retail specials and prizes. For details, go to http://www.DevilsThumbRanch.com.

So Soon? I’m in no mood to start thinking about Thanksgiving yet with all the cooking, cleaning, family and friends. It always seems easier to go out to eat and this year I may actually do that. A new addition to the Turkey Day dining options is Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Course. The restaurant will be serving a four-course dinner from 5 until 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are required so call 970.887.9797 soon. If you’re hosting out-of-town guests for the holiday, the view from Bistro 28 is sure to impress.

Changes: Congratulations to Stephanie Miller, who’s leaving the Fraser Library to join the Winter Park city government staff. And a big welcome to Laura Veenstra, who’s joining the library full-time.

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