Turn Back the Pages: Berthoud Pass closed by a blizzard
March 19, 2008
Five years ago, the East Grand School District declared a snow day and officially closed all its schools due to a blizzard. Closing the schools because of heavy snowfall was apparently a first-ever event for the district. The massive storm also closed Berthoud Pass, with up to five feet of new snow reported in some areas of the county. The Granby Board of Trustees renewed its law allowing sandwich board signs in town. The new law included stronger enforcement provisions, and in particular the town was now authorized to remove sandwich board signs that were left out beyond the permitted time. The Grand Elk General Improvement District changed the investment banking firm it was using to sell the bonds for Grand Elk Ranch and Club. The move was made because the districts original investment bank was unable to sell all the bonds that needed to be issued to pay for infrastructure improvements put in at the Ranch and Club in 2002. Aley Miller Home Furnishings opened in Pine Cone Plaza. The Grand Lake Rotary and Pakistani bowlers raised more than $2,000 for the new Juniper Library. A Longmont boy was detained after completing a seven-store shoplifting spree in Grand Lake. And the town of Fraser and local builder Mike Winey converted the 12 apartments at the Crooked Creek Complex into condominiums.Ten years ago, a 22-mile auxiliary power line scheduled to be built between Fraser and the Henderson Mine would eventually bring new property tax revenues to the county. The project, which was the topic of numerous hearings in 1997, was supervised by Tri-State Electric, the countys third largest taxpayer. The new line would move Tri-State above the $10 million mark in assessed value. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners discussed suppression of dust on County Road 5 during the upcoming summers Young Life construction after receiving requests from several residents to use water only (instead of magnesium chloride). A review of the special use permit providing guidelines for building the Christian camp required it to participate in dust control on a pro-rated basis with other projects in the area. Parking, affordable employee housing and controlled growth were the main items talked about during a candidate forum in Grand Lake. The forum drew more than 30 citizens to hear Dennis Everhart, George Rhoades, Aron Rhone, Tom Weydert and Jim Peterson outline reasons why they would like to be elected to one of the three open posts on the town board. A Denver-based appraiser was scheduled to perform another appraisal on the Pioneer Park property in April in a joint effort between the town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Union Pacific Railroad and Great Outdoors Colorado to come up with an agreeable sale price for the property. Disparity in opinions about the value of the property occurred when the towns appraisal was $46,000 less than an appraisal done for the railroad. Nancy Anders was running for re-election for county assessor. Duane Dailey was running for county commissioner (District 3). Mike LaSelle, Windy Surriugarte, Raymond Bernal Jr., Clara Garner, Stanley Bernal, Spaulding Goetz Jr. and Phil Shipman were candidates in the HSS election race (for mayor and three trustee seats). And, nine Middle Park High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society: Wendy Allison, Lura Barber, Therese DiCola, Stacee Jennings, Jeremie Salyards, Thea Stern, Michelle Tinkler, Lindsey Weydert, and Shelly Regehr.Twenty-five years ago, a frozen sewer line and a leak on the south shore tank (near Grand Lake) had become a major problem for the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District. The only way work crews could get to the site was by snowmobile and an agreement on road plowing there was needed. Workers were carrying out sewage in 50-gallon drums on snowmobiles. The line causing the problem was supposed to be heated, but tests showed about 500 feet of the line was not. A Rio Grande locomotive bumped a mans car back onto County Road 716 after he mistakenly turned onto the railroad tracks thinking it was a road. The locomotive was car-less and moving slowly but couldnt stop in time. It struck the vehicle and pushed it 46 feet. Granby seniors voiced worries about the safety of their residences at the Grand Living Solar Senior Homes. Each apartment was equipped with an escape window/emergency exit rather than a back door if a fire were to ever block their front door. But the windows were very narrow, with a stretch to reach the first step and a three-foot drop to the ground on the outside. Engineer Gary Cooper and attorney Ron Stern asked the county commissioners for help in getting U.S. forest Service permission for an easement for a south entrance to the SilverCreek development. The USFS wouldnt give approval for the easement to U.S. Highway 40 near the Tabernash campground until the county filed a formal application. Patricia Grimes and Gary Childress announced their wedding engagement. The Cop Report was rife with cabin break-ins and thefts. The SilverCreek Athletic Club opened. Berthoud Pass Ski area celebrated its 46th anniversary. And, Chrissy Lewis of Parshall was added to the American Nordic A Team that was expected to compete in the 1984 Olympics in Yugoslavia.Fifty years ago, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution in which it joins with the signers of a petition directed to the Congress of the U.S., through the Hon. Wayne Aspinall … to the end that there may be a prompt and immediate investigation … of the acts and activities of … the Bureau of Reclamation, in the matter of the operation of the Western Slope features of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project … .Complaints outlined in the petition included infringement upon and violation of vested property rights, rights to the use of water, of the Blue River, the Colorado River and their tributaries. The Kremmling Volunteer Fire Department was called to the La Casa Cafe to extinguish a fire that started in a wall between the dining room and kitchen. Damage wasnt too heavy and repairs to the wall were already in the planning stages. Putting the Right to Work amendment on the November ballot got off to a flying start with nine local residents circulating petitions for signatures. Con Ritschard, local chairman, said the Right to Work meant simply that an employee should be able to decide whether or not to join (stay in or quit) a union for himself. Mrs. Kilker and Mr. Reiff held the high scores after an evening of Bridge. As Mary Frances Jones of Maryland started her first day as Kremmling high schools new English teacher, Louise Head and Howard Reed received life membership pins for their 18 and 20 years (respective) of service to the Kremmling schools. Donald and Douglas Case sold Case & Son Equipment Co. to Charles deGanahl and Thomas Russel, owners of the Lazy EH Ranch near Yampa. And, while John Holzwarth was visiting home (from Fort Collins) he measured the snow on the Lulu Course.