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Day – Indiscriminate winds topple healthy trees

Janet Day/ Talk of the Valley
Grand County, Colo.

Huff and Puff: What’s Mother Nature have against lodgepole pine trees anyway? First she infects them with beetles. Now she blows them over.

This week’s high winds made a mess out of the tall thin pines, sending them crashing over onto roofs, driveways, power lines and roads. One blew over onto my neighbor’s roof in the exact spot where another tree fell last year. At least this time it didn’t take out the chimney.

All around my ridge-top neighborhood, the wind gusts pulled trees up by the roots or snapped off their tops. The saddest part is that most of the fallen trees I’ve seen were healthy. You’d think nature could at least help us clear out the dead ones.

Energy Efforts: Liz McIntyre and the Grand County Business Economic Development Association just sent out a few fun energy conservation tips.

First, stay on top of your energy use, learn about rebates and sign up for incentive programs by going to A little knowledge can go a long way in reducing utility bills.

Then check your personal energy use by finding out how foot-friendly your home neighborhood, business location or favorite vacation spot is by going to

While Grand County boasts of great hiking trails, its communities aren’t really walker-friendly. Still, think about taking a nice walk to the store instead of driving a few blocks.

Beer Bash: How did I miss this? Among all its usual festivals and events this summer, Winter Park will host the first Colorado Mountain Beer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Hideaway Park. The event, a benefit for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, features brews and tunes with tastings available from more than 25 breweries and live music. I’ve got my stein chilling in the freezer already.

Pet Politics: Vote early. Vote often. Help the Grand County Animal Shelter and Grand County Pet Pals win an Animal Rescue Site grant to care for abandoned and neglected pets. Go to, click the link to the challenge and vote for our local shelter using Granby, CO as the location. You can cast a vote every day through Aug. 22, so get those fingers clicking.

Furniture Fuss: I know I get crabby this time of year seeing all the trash and litter that piled up over the winter, but an excess of household furniture on the side of the road this spring is taking my ire to a new level. Seriously, how many couches, recliners or mattresses need to sit out in the snow and rain on the side of Wapiti Drive and elsewhere before someone with authority does something about it?

I fear the seasonal renters who owned some of the furniture accompanying appliances are long gone, but the owners should be liable for cleaning up their property. Disposal is actually a little easier with the Granby transfer station and Kremmling drop-off spot open instead of the landfill.

Most of us with excess furniture and other items to get rid of them the right way – by having a yard sale. The people at Circle H Retreat between Granby and Grand Lake on Highway 34 host their second annual yard sale and party tomorrow. Stop by the lodge on Lake Granby to shop for great bargains on new and used items from a variety of sellers, enjoy the view with a drink or meal and listen to live music.

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