Turn Back the Pages … YMCA seeks tax exemption
December 31, 2008
Five years ago, YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch sought tax exemption for being both religious and charitable (totaling $250,000). Of the more than 2,400 YMCAs in the nation, all of them were exempt from property taxes, officials noted in a press release. Hit the hardest would be the East Grand School District, which stood to lose more than $100,000 if the exempt status was approved.
– The Grand Lake and Granby fire departments responded to a two-home fire near Sunset Point. When firefighters arrived at the scene one house was completely engulfed. They saved several adjacent homes but the blaze destroyed the home where the fire started and one nearby house.
– Snowmobile racer Wesley Selby won his first pro race at Steamboat Springs and was revving up to compete in the Winter X-Games at Aspen. King Soopers purchased eight acres in Grand Elk ($1,222,300) for a new store. And, clear days and nights dominated the weather for at least a full week, resulting in cold nights that sent the temperatures well below zero.
Ten years ago, District Judge Joel Thompson ordered the county to pay $52,253.43 in fees to attorneys who represented several groups involved in a County Road 408 lawsuit. Two years prior several property owners filed suit against the county over the location of a non-maintained road. The county had contended the road represented a legal easement.
– The Great Outdoors Colorado Board awarded $4.65 million to 98 projects across the state, including $73,300 to the Town of Granby for ball field improvements at Kaibab Park. The funds would be used for sod and lighting, as well as the development of a playground at the site.
– Allen Darrah opened his cell phone company Ultimate Communications in Granby. Dr. Rick Foutch, DO, joined the staff at the Centura Granby Medical Center. A Rio Grande caboose and a snowplow train car became historic attractions at the Pioneer Village Museum. And, an accounting error gave a guy the chance to (almost) make off with more than $100,000 from the Community First National Bank in Kremmling.
Twenty-five years ago, though on average they were a couple of inches smaller than in years past, the kokanee salmon were spawning in Lake Granby by the thousands. By the middle of the month the Colorado Division of Wildlife expected to see a million eggs a day. The state quota for the year was eight million eggs. The eggs would supply the fish hatchery needs for most of Colorado, as well as needs in California, Utah, Wyoming and North Dakota.
– Granby’s consulting engineer announced defective concrete poured for the water treatment plant on the Kaibab property would have to be torn out and removed.
Although final tests weren’t completed on the new water storage tank near the Granby airport, it looked as if additional work would be needed to correct concrete problems there as well.
– Kerry Lynch, of SilverCreek, won the season’s first combined Nordic World Ski Cup competition in Austria. An application was filed with the Federal Communication Commission for a Granby-based AM radio station. After several months of dormancy, Colorado Mountain College was returning to business in Grand County. The county was denying additional development at SilverCreek until its concerns over the availability of sewer taps were resolved. And, the county’s overwhelmed road crew would be increased by two equipment operators after the supervisor reported it couldn’t keep up with the constant storms.
Fifty years ago, the American Problems class of West Grand High completed its survey on the amount of interest in the community and school in starting a teenage recreational center. The opinion was almost 100 percent in favor of a recreation center among both adults and students.
– The Air Force’s talking satellite proved that the United States could match and possibly excel Russia “in throwing its weight around,” according to the research department of the World Book Encyclopedia. The Atlas had boosted the total weight of American satellites launched to more than 8,900 pounds, more than twice the weight of Russia’s three Sputniks combined.
– The Colorado Department of Highways commended Wilson Stoner for his 15 years of service. Delores Barber and Edward Knorr exchanged wedding vows. A year’s subscription to the Middle Park Times went from $3 to $3.50. And, Changing Times predicted prices of everyday necessities would settle down for at least half of the new year, with a mild increase in the price of hi-fi, shoes and plumbing equipment.