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Turn back: Granby OKs fire impact fees

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Five years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees OK’d fire impact fees on all new development within the East Grand Fire District No. 1 boundaries. The fire district’s fee program would assess $626 per unit fee on all new construction in the district, payable at the time a building permit was issued.

– The Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District slashed its expenditures and planned to make more further cuts in the coming weeks in an effort to stem the tide of summer financial losses. The district’s board had already cut 10 percent of the district’s overall operating expenses across the board.

Ten years ago, sightings of mountain lions were increasing in Grand County. Several residents had reported seeing the predators and many had expressed concerns. The Colorado Division of Wildlife was getting more and more reports, especially in the past decade.

– A slight drop in overall student enrollment was reported on the first day of school in the East Grand School District. A total of 1,211 students were enrolled, showing a drop of 30 students from the first day of classes in 1997. Officials thought the drop was because the start of the school year was taking place two weeks before the Labor Day weekend and that the numbers could jump an extra 10 to 20 students in the following two weeks.

Twenty-five years ago, a rock slide in Big Gore Canyon blocked the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad tracks and forced Amtrak passenger trains to detour through southern Wyoming. The 20 x 70-foot slide consisted of about 95,000 tons of rock. Bus service for passengers along the Colorado route was available in emergencies but it only followed the I-70 corridor, leaving passengers in Granby out of the loop.

– In response to complaints from residents that enforcement was lax, the Grand County Sheriff’s Department and its Fraser contract officer announced plans to step up traffic enforcement. Both Fraser town trustees and the audience agreed speeding in the old part of town and the Ptarmigan area were getting out of control.

– The El Grande Theatre was showing “Superman III” while the Silver Screen Cinema featured “Staying Alive.” Three Frenchmen rolled through the county on a 3,000-mile cross-country roller-skating tour of America. And, William P. Johnson, Sky-Hi News publisher, announced his purchase of the Winter Park Manifest from Virginia Cornell, who would remain publisher of the latter.

Fifty years ago, Kremmling Little Leaguers won the trophy at the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club-sponsored Little League tournament. Teams competing were Yampa, Glenwood Springs, Kremmling, Walden, and two teams picked from the best of the four-team league in Steamboat.

– Sandra Deanne and Ray Mitchell announced their wedding engagement. A farewell party was held for Mr. and Mrs. John Custer, who were moving to Denver. The annual Grand County Pioneer Picnic was held at the Red Hill Campgrounds. The Ramona Theatre was showing “Wild is the Wind,” “Fort Dobbs,” and “Teacher’s Pet.” And, Alex Jameson of Jameson Chevrolet Company of Kremmling was selected as a candidate for a “Mr. Colorado Dealer of 1958” award.

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