Turn Back the Pages … East Grand schools decide against voter survey
December 17, 2008
Five years ago, the East Grand Board of Education denied a proposal to conduct a telephone survey to find out why voters turned down the districts bond issues in the November election. The superintendent had suggested the district contract with a Denver-based polling agency to conduct the survey, which would have cost about $10,500. The Grand Lake Board of Trustees decided to reconsider an earlier decision to reject funding $500 for the Grand County Water Quality Information Network. The board had misunderstood the purpose of the organization as redundant water quality monitoring but the entity proposed to collect water data from more than 120 already-established monitoring sites in the county to create a centralized database. Beyond Beauty and Nail Detail moved from the Granby Business Center to the Inn at SilverCreek. Jack and Patti Applebee were selling off the assets and closing The Furniture Store. And, Grand County Search & Rescue search teams located three individuals who had been backcountry skiing earlier on Berthoud Pass after they returned to their car a day later.Ten years ago, the Grand Lake Board of Trustees took the first of several steps toward the annexation of 20 acres that could hold up to 60 new residential units. The board OKd a resolution of Intent to Annex, clearing the way for the formal planning and public hearing process to begin on inclusion of the proposed Naturewood project into the town limits. Telephone calls for ambulances, fire departments and police were going to be handled through a new dispatch facility. The new Grand County Combined Communications Center would begin handling emergency calls in January and would be operated by the Grand County Sheriffs Department. Garey Sutherby opened the Hockey Hound store. Sandy Hersman received the $10,000 grand prize for her entry in the 1998 Kodak International newspaper Snapshot Awards. Marylou Moyer, M.D., was a new face at Timberline Medical Center. And, the SilverCreek Resorts ski area would open a little later than planned because of unseasonably warm temperatures. Twenty-five years ago, officials with the East Grand School District, Grand County Board of County Commissioners and Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1 discussed the possibility of joint legal action fighting tax increment financing if it gained the approval of the Winter Park Town Council. The towns plan proposed to finance $24 million of development in its downtown area. Total snow accumulation on Berthoud Pass in November broke all previous records with more than 80 inches of snow for the month. Knox Williams, lead avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, reported 84 inches had fallen at the Berthoud Pass recording station. The previous record for the snowiest November at that spot was in 1970 when 79 inches of snow had fallen there. St. Anthonys new four-bed emergency medical center had been open for 30 days and had served more than 80 patients. Citizens and the town board searched for a solution to Grand Lakes lack of 24-hour emergency ambulance service for the winter. The Bureau of Land Management reported rafting use on the Colorado River between Gore Canyon and Dotsero was down almost 20 percent for the year. And, in accepting a rate increase and programming expansion proposal from Heritage Cablevision, Grand Lake trustees stipulated that Heritage not drop the Christian Broadcasting Network as originally planned.Fifty years ago, more than $75 worth of damage was done to the junior high building in Kremmling. The vandals used a picket from a white fence to beat out more than 40 window panes on the south side of the building and one of the lamp globes on the front entrance. Meanwhile, in related news, vandals also destroyed property belonging to the Kremmling Volunteer Fire Department. Two of the large speakers for the public address system were damaged so heavily they had become worthless. Other acts of destruction included heavy damage to the piano in the Middle Park Fairgrounds pavilion, and the repeated act of pushing the small snow plow off the skating rink on the Town Square down into the gutter and leaving it in the water. John Barnard Sr. was named president of the Colorado River Water Users Association. The Ramona Theatre and Middle Park Times were organizing two free Christmas shows for school children in West Grand County. And, Grand County would receive $17,000 from Forest Service receipts taken in during 1958.