Fraser Valley snowfall reveals new views |

Fraser Valley snowfall reveals new views

Winter Wonderland. Last week’s snowfall elicited some “Wow!” reactions among locals. Not for the snow itself ” it can snow any month of the year here ” but for what it exposed.

The white layer on the ground created enough contrast to show off exactly how much tree removal has occurred this summer. Hillsides that once appeared to be nothing but trees now reveal roads, homes and wide swaths of clear-cut land. New homes stand alone on bare lots while old homes best left hidden among the vegetation are visible in all their in-need-of-renovation glory.

On the upside, whenever the economy rebounds, a lot of people will be able to sell homes and land at a premium because of the newly opened up mountain and valley views.

Walking around the trails at the old Idlewild Ski Area and beyond this weekend made me wonder about the possible dangers on trails this winter. Thousands of dead trees, with shallow root systems no longer gripping the soil, are at risk of toppling over in the wind. Even the light breezes this weekend made them creak and sway more than I’m used to. Newly fallen trees were everywhere. If this winter is anywhere near as windy as last, I’m keeping a helmet on even when just snowshoeing.

Artistic Endeavors. I’ve said and written repeatedly that this county is loaded with artistic talent that should be brought together and could become an attraction for visitors. There already are shows and art walks, but nothing truly unifying. There have been talks and meetings involving locals businesses and governments, but now some artists are taking it upon themselves.

All visual artists are invited to an informal gathering next Friday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Maverick’s restaurant in Granby. It’s an opportunity to meet other artists, re-connect with old friends, exchange ideas and learn about what’s being created in Grand County. Professional artists, hobbyists and everyone in between are invited, as are friends and family, even if they’re not artists themselves. The expectation is to have monthly meetings around the county.

Nominations Sought. We all know people around the area who do more than most. They work to improve their lives and others; they volunteer a lot of their time; they’re deeply involved in the community. So nominate them for the Vicki T. Corlett Award of the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.

Nominees must be passionate and involved in the community through their jobs or volunteer efforts, work with youth activities, be a positive role model in the community and take that extra step above and beyond what’s required for the greater good of the county and its residents.

The Corlett award, named after the organization’s founder and former executive director, will be presented at the annual Red Ribbon Week breakfast on Oct. 30. Nominations should be no more than one page. They can be mailed or e-mailed to Grand Futures, PO Box 1170, Granby, CO, 80446 or Nominations must be received by Oct. 2.

Plenty of Produce. Last week’s recipe for salsa using Morales Farms produce, including radishes, got some attention from readers. I’ve received e-mails from people who learned in Mexico or Argentina to put radish in salsa, from people who say it’s particularly great with fish, and from one person who suggested tossing in a little mango to bring down the heat and kick the flavor up for fish tacos.

There’s still time to experiment on your own. While the weekly Friday Frenzy at the Granby Farmer’s Market has ended, the produce-selling continues every Friday through the first weekend in October when the Granby Oktoberfest will close out the season. That should bring us nicely into apple, pumpkin and squash season.

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