Turn Back the Pages: East Grand County asks for school construction bond
August 21, 2008
Five years ago, Grand County voters were being asked to approve an $11.15 million bond issue to pay for the repair and expansion of school facilities and equipment by the East Grand School District in the upcoming November election. The six-member East Grand Board of Education gave its unanimous approval to go ahead with the bond issue.
– The Granby Town Board and Granby fire district representatives agreed that more discussion was needed on a proposal to impose a fire impact fee in the district’s boundaries. The fire district proposed to assess $626 per unit on all new construction in the district, with the money to be used to pay capital expenditures of the fire department.
Ten years ago, Grand Lake town trustees unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding that paved the way for establishment of the Grand County Housing Authority through the year 2002. However, some expressed concerns about the fact that the county, Winter Park Resort and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser each would have a director on the five-member board, with one director serving the other county towns.
– Baseball was made an official spring sport at Middle Park High School for the upcoming school year. The East Grand Board of Education made the decision to adopt baseball as a boys varsity sport, with only one board member casting a dissenting vote (citing concerns about the new program’s funding, scheduling and facilities).
Twenty-five years ago, pine bark beetles were starting to emerge from infested trees locally and the Colorado State Forest Service banned the hauling of untreated infested wood until Sept. 15 when the beetle flight was completed. By restricting wood hauling, the Forest Service hoped to prevent the infestation from spreading to lodgepole trees adjacent to roads and highways.
– Rocky Mountain National Park’s $5.67-million project to improve the west side of Trail Ridge Road got under way despite complaints from park neighbors about the impact of an accompanying gravel pit operation and the park’s plan to close the usually plowed 11-mile section to Phantom Valley to vehicles. The park decided not to plow or open the reconstruction to vehicle traffic for the winter because of possible damage to the relatively unprotected road base.
Fifty years ago, awards for the various events in the 1958 Regatta were announced at the annual Commodore’s Ball in the Club House of the Grand Lake Yacht Club. The most sought-after honor, the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, went to Howard Everest of Oklahoma City. He also won the Bryant Speed Cup for the fastest time with 36 minutes, close to the record of 34:15.
– News items included many car accidents in the area. Eight people were injured in a two-car collision east of Tabernash. The passenger of a car trying to pass a semi was injured when it left the road. And a Denver man in a Ford pickup avoided a head-on collision east of the Moffat Tunnel.