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Turn Back the Pages … Water group opposes Windy Gap Firming Project

Three girls show their school spirit with coordinated makeup during a volleyball match at Middle Park High School's homecoming in 1998. Jes Pankau and Kelly Christiansen were crowed king and queen during the football game against West Grand High's Mustangs.

Five years ago, a Grand Lake area water quality monitoring group voiced its opposition to the Windy Gap “firming” proposal presented to citizens in Grand County. The project, if approved, could involve the construction of a new reservoir(s) and would result in additional water being diverted from the Windy Gap Reservoir to the northern Front Range.

– The Town of Granby began the process of annexing the Mountainside Condos at SilverCreek. The annexation effort by the town came in the wake of the 5,014-acre annexation of the SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch, which brought into the town limits all the SolVista property that surrounded Mountainside and created an enclave of county jurisdiction in the town.

Ten years ago, Grand County’s share of Colorado gasoline taxes jumped almost $50,000 in July over projections based on 1997 revenues. Revenue at the end of July totaled $204,188 ahead of budget expectation and the county financial director said the $244,814 check from the state was the biggest one-month receipt for the fund he’d ever seen.

– Colorado Division of Wildlife game managers said good habitat conditions, an elk herd well above population objectives, and an unlimited number of either-sex elk licenses during the second and third seasons should produce outstanding opportunities for hunters. As the hunting season began, Colorado had more than 200,000 elk, the most of any state or Canadian province.

– Tami Wold won a Jeep in the Grand Lake chamber raffle. Grand Lake’s town sign read: “Enjoy fall, you known what’s next.” New county D.A.R.E. officer Audry Clark was the top student in her team at the Colorado Police Academy in Colorado Springs. And, Sky-Hi News columnist Cece Krewson said good-bye and headed for his home Tunkhannock, Pa., after 16 years with the newspaper.

Twenty-five years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees tentatively committed to spending approximately $15,000 for a small park and walkway to service the Amtrak passenger train station. Amtrak had said the station, owned by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, was inadequate to serve the long passenger trains that run daily from Chicago, Ill., to San Francisco, Calif.

– Middle Park High School added five new elective classes to its curriculum. They were: computer literacy, general physical science (including chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography, astronomy and weather), journalism, general literature (“The Hobbit” and “White Fang” were on the list), and advanced typing.

– Greg Henry opened the Git-N-Pack shoe store in Granby. Former Denver Bronco quarterback Craig Morton served and spoke at the Pole Creek Invitational awards dinner. And, archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institute completed preliminary examination of two 10,000-year-old dig sites near Kremmling and would return the next summer to complete their work (the Folsom-type sites were unique for this altitude and found to be farther west than most other similar sites).

Fifty years ago, Kremmling Town Council approved raising water rents $1 per tap effective Jan. 1, 1959. The money raised from the increase would be used for the control of mosquitoes, which costs about $3,000 yearly. Water users were invited to attend a November meeting with objections or suggestions.

– The Colorado Game and Fish department predicted fewer hunters than on opening days in former years (80,000 to 90,000) were expected to be in the field when the Colorado deer, elk and bear seasons opened in western Colorado. The estimate was based on reduced bag limits on deer approved by the Colorado Game and Fish Commission, and hunters delaying startup of their trips since the deer were still high up because of mild weather.

– Leo Mater of Kremmling was appointed National Aide-de-Camp to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief. The El Grande Theatre featured “Peyton Place” with Lana Turner. And, a $500 reward was being offered by the Mann Construction Co. for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who stole or damaged, or attempted to do so equipment or material on the Kremmling Sewer Project site.

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