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Turn Back the Pages … Granby town shop helps hide satellite dishes

Cyndi McCoy
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
Annie Rockwell of Golden instructed several locals in the fine points of English riding at the Potts Ranch in 1983. Here, Grand County, Colorado, resident Shawn Simonds takes horse Jim over obstacles while practicing her English riding skills.

Five years ago, a “satellite farm” on U.S. Highway 34 near Granby would be history after the Granby Board of Trustees agreed to allow Comcast Cable Television to install two receiver dishes behind the Granby town shop. The agreement was reached contingent upon Comcast installing a security fence complete with slating that blended in with the surrounding area.

– Indian Peaks Charter School requested the East Grand Board of Education allow it to add grades seven and eight back into its school for the next year. The school asked the board to grant it an extension/renewal of its contract and as part of the request, it also wanted to re-establish the charter school’s full-time equivalent student count at 80.5.

Ten years ago, county budget hearings were in full force. One of the biggest expenditures was the Sheriff’s Department, with 80 percent of its budget for wages and benefits for about 46 employees. Sheriff Rod Johnson was requesting about $2 million to run the jail, the department, animal control, and fulfill contracts for police service in all county towns except Kremmling (which had its own department).

– The first figures on the building project’s financial condition were presented to the East Grand School District, showing it was close to $3 million over its original budget. The lion’s share of the cost overruns came in the construction of the new East Grand Middle School, over budget by an estimated $2.3 million (originally estimated to costs a total of $10.3 million). Another $500,000 was estimated to be over budget for the construction of Middle Park High School’s athletic and classroom additions, originally estimated to cost around $1.8 million.

Twenty-five years ago, the area experienced its first measurable snowfall of the season. Trail Ridge Road was closed early in the week due to blowing snow, 4-foot drifts and ice build-up. Rocky Mountain National Park records showed the average final closing date of the road as Oct. 10 in the last 51 years. The earliest closing was Sept. 26, the latest was Nov. 11.

– Authorities from Grand and Clear Creek counties chased a 23-year-old California driver at speeds of more than 95 mph before an Empire policeman cut him off and he slid to a stop on Interstate 70 near Georgetown. He was arrested and booked on charges of vehicular eluding, reckless driving, speeding, driving without a valid license and expired license plates.

– William P. Johnson named Patrick Brower publisher of the Sky-Hi News and Grand Lake Prospector. Despite rumors of an imminent opening, officials at AMAX’s Henderson Mine and Mill said they had no word about it from company headquarters. And, a small 130-kilowatt hydroelectric plant would begin operation on the Blue River south of Kremmling, enough power to supply 30 homes.

Fifty years ago, about 85,000 hunters took to the field for the big game season. The U.S. Forest Service issued a warning that all areas of the state were particularly dry and hunters should observe extreme caution when using fire.

– Zeta Pi Chapter, Eastern Stars reported its audiometer program, started in 1957, showed that in that year 1,031 school children were checked throughout Grand County. Almost 350 of the youths needed to be rechecked, 56 audiograms were made, and 22 letters were sent to parents notifying them of attention needed.

– Mr. and Mrs. Harry Larkin of Tabernash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends. MMFA James Knox arrived in Hot Sulphur Springs on furlough before heading out to Rhode Island for destroyer duty in the Atlantic. And, Ernest Zamora, aviation machinist’s mate third class, USN and son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zamora of Tabernash, was taking part in a First Fleet Striking Force Exercise, nicknamed “Barnstorm,” with Attack Squadron 195.

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