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Winter Park Ranch’s mysterious leak identified as water main break

The case of the mysterious leak has been solved.

Winter Park Ranch’s ongoing problem with excess above-ground water causing damage to a driveway and possible other homes was found to be from a leak in the water main of the Winter Park Ranch water district system, Grand County commissioners learned Tuesday.

Water was flowing slowly out of the hillside above Cranmer Road, finding its way to a Winter Park Ranch home.

Labeled a “continuing saga,” the cause of the leak was not easy to determine, even after a series of tests.

County nursing beyond borders

A nurse from the Grand County Public Health and Nursing Services may be assisting Alamosa in the wake of a salmonella outbreak in the town’s water system.

As many as 237 cases hold the potential for salmonella poisoning, according to reports released Tuesday, and 72 are confirmed with 10 hospitalizations. No deaths have yet been reported.

Gov. Bill Ritter declared a state of emergency in Alamosa, and public health departments and nursing services throughout the state have been called to assist.

Since help may be needed into next week, the Grand County service is standing by to send someone if called upon, according to Public Health Director Brene Belew-LaDue. Alamosa’s county nursing service is similar to Grand County’s, Belew-LaDue told commissioners Tuesday when seeking permission for staff travel.

“It is not a public health department. It is staffed the same as we are,” she said.

Identifiable thanks given

Superintendent Jeff Perry of the West Grand School District surprised county commissioners with a gift Tuesday.

The superintendent said he was appreciative of the county for several reasons, which he listed, and wanted to grant the board a token of that appreciation, at which point he set name plates identifying each commissioner ” Nancy Stuart, Gary Bumgarner and James Newberry ” on the table in front of elected officials.

Perry placed another in front of County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran and handed others to department heads.

It turned out to be not only a kind gesture for commissioners, but for those who will be visiting the boardroom and may need a little help knowing who’s who.

Highway 34 project runs afoul of county zoning

A zoning violation has taken place in the midst of a major tree-removal project along Highway 34.

The Colorado Department of Transportation awarded a Nebraska logging company the bid to remove every mid-sized adult lodgepole pine tree along the highway corridor, a project that has been ongoing for a few weeks.

But the company’s decision to store piles of logs on private property in a tourist-zoned area is not sitting well with the county. The logger is paying a private property owner to use the land, but that use is not allowed according to zoning laws.

Such violations can lead to fines of up to $100 a day, but the county has held off in citing the logger.

Commissioner Nancy Stuart granted the logging company a 30-day period to find another location to store the mounting logs.

That time period expires mid-April, and if the violation persists beyond that deadline, the Nebraska company could be responsible for fines dating back to the first day of violations.

“There’s a lot of ‘forestry and open’ zoned land close to there,” Stuart said, suggesting the logger should find another piece of land. “And I don’t know why they don’t haul it off anyway,” she said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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