Fraser Valley, here’s mud … er, dirt … in your eye |

Fraser Valley, here’s mud … er, dirt … in your eye

Here’s Mud in Your Eye. As if Grand Park hasn’t created enough big ugly unhealthy piles of dirt right along our main street, they’re digging again and creating more. This time they’re chewing up the middle of the meadow, leaving a huge pile of dirt adjacent to the bike path, on the other side of the fence. With the relentless wind that’s continuing through the spring, dirt at both ends of the development, and now in the middle, create clouds of dust that choke bicyclists, runners and walkers, and blow into cars, homes and stores. I drove by last week when a chunk of Grand Park blew in my truck window and into my left eye — not a great thing while driving. But air quality and erosion control are state responsibilities, I keep being told, not something local authorities can manage.

In the Raw. The Sushi Bar’s new location in the old Lost Boys (and old Fontenot’s and old Marvin’s) won me over. I was skeptical that the cavernous place could be turned into something as intimate as sushi restaurants should be. But they did it. The walls have been painted a rich dark red with black accents and a fun teal color on the lower part of one bar. Fish tanks, fish art and mirrors supply the minimal decorations. Intimacy is created by sheer gold-colored fabrics draped loosely from one upstairs banister across the dining room to the other.

It’s an open yet intimate space, comfortable and casual. The Mary Jane Rolls are as tasty as they ever were. There’s plenty of room to dine at the sushi bar itself and good space to maneuver around the dining room tables. A dozen seats line the cocktail bar which currently holds a vat of what looked like 50 slices of pineapple infusing vodka with a lot of tropical flavor. There’s no arguing that the building still has the best deck in town. But beware the $2 take-out charge.

More Food Fun. Now is the time to enjoy the wonders of Morales Farms’ asparagus. Head to the farm itself or the Granby Farmer’s Market on Fridays to scoop up the tiny, tender, incredibly tasty spring sprouts. Drizzle them with a little olive oil, roast them on the grill or in the oven, sprinkle with shredded parmesan or crumbled goat cheese, a little salt and a squeeze of lemon — yum.

Goodbye Stephanie. Stephanie Sadler died June 7 after a long and repeated bout with cancer that she fought heroically. She leaves behind a young son and many friends, including several dozen in Grand County. A private funeral was held last week in Denver, but a local memorial service is being planned to celebrate Stephanie’s life among us. Details are being worked out, but look for something at the top of Berthoud Pass in the next few weeks.

Lend a Hand, or an Oven. Do you have some free time or know how to bake? The Grand County Historical Association is looking for volunteers to help staff booths at, Kremmling Days (June 20-21), Alpine ArtAffair (July 26-28) and the Winter Park Craft Fair (Aug. 9-10). Additionally, cooks are encouraged to contribute home-baked pies to be sold at Kremmling Days with the proceeds going to the association’s museums.

I’ll be the first to buy apple pies, for which I have an incurable weakness. For details or to volunteer, call the Cozens Ranch Museum at 970.726.5488.

Get Outside. It’s sunny. It’s warm. It’s time to get out and stay out before it snows again. Head over to the Cooper Creek Square plaza on Fridays for the Music on the Mall series of live music between 4:30 and 7pm. It starts June 28 with Ali Grayson. Face painters will be there weekends from June 28 through Aug. 31.

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