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Henderhan – 2009: Taking a look back

Laurie Henderhan / West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

I just spent a couple of days looking through last year’s papers to see what happened, for a year-end review. It was really an eye-opener. I don’t know how many times I thought – Oh, I forgot about that, I don’t remember that happening or I sure did enjoy that weekend.

While a lot of what happened is everyday news, there were some things that could be called major events that happened in Kremmling over the last year. Here is a general roundup of some of the regular and some of the major events that Kremmling saw in 2009. 

• The West Grand School District was looking for a new superintendent. Interviews were held in March and a new superintendent, Kevin Chalfant, was hired.

The school board saw a major turnover with five new members, Brendan Gale, Susan Ritschard, Tim Thomson, Christina Whitmer and Brett Davidson being elected in November. In the same election the tax override was defeated.

All of this was accomplished while the school term proceeded smoothly. The West Grand students continued to excel in the classroom and in the numerous extra-curricular activities that make up a school year. The year culminated in the graduation of the Class of 2009.

Congratulations to all of our students for their accomplishments in academics, sports, music, and community service.


• The majority of the summer months were spent replacing the aging water lines in town. The town received grant money to be used for the project and a lower than expected bid allowed for more repairs to be made.

The highlight (or lowlight) of the replacement came in September when the town had no water for a day while the crews determined which lines went where, and how the old lines fed each other to get a tie in finished.

We had to boil water for a couple of days while testing was done to determine if the water was safe.

The streets remain unpaved until the project is completed and the paving can be done at one time.


• We enjoyed an evening of entertainment when the Harlem Ambassadors came to town and played against the Kremmling Cliffjumpers. The high school gym was filled with people who got to see a great show. Proceeds from the evening benefited Cliffview Assisted Living Center and other area organizations.


• Therese Mc Elroy was named Citizen of the Year by the West Grand Education Foundation. A banquet in her honor was held in June.

Therese is well known for her many years of service to the school and the community and this honor was well deserved.


• Tabor and Tyler Scholl were National Cross Country Champions. The brother and sister finished first over more than 100 other runners in their individual races at the AAU National Jr Olympic Running Championship in Orlando, Fla., last fall.


• The annual Kremmling events went off without a hitch.  The 12th Annual Wolford Ice Fishing Contest in February drew more than 400 fisherman and women looking for the lucky tagged fish.

Kremmling Days weekend was jampacked with a parade, games, 5-K race, bar-b-que and events and action for all ages.

The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo moved from September to August last year and was enjoyed by all who attended.  There was also an Open Water Fishing Contest at Wolford Reservoir with Jim Mahon being one of the winning fishermen.


• We have seen new businesses open, Mountain Dollar, Allington Inn, High Country Treasures, and GP Printing are just a few, good luck to them this next year. Some of the local businesses have moved to larger, more accessible storefronts as The Last Time ‘Round Thrift Shop and Wild West Outfitters did. 


• There have been remodels, renovations, and replacements that spread out over the year, with many continuing into 2010. Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $160,000 in Lotto funds for the rebuilding of the tennis and basketball courts next to the library. This project will include new fencing, lights and landscaping for the area, which was built in the 1980s.

The library has just finished a remodel that took about two months.

The Cattle Kings hockey league is celebrating the new roof over their ice rink that should make a big difference in the ice conditions this winter.

The Pepsi warehouse was converted to offices for the coroner, a sheriff’s annex, living space for the EMTs on-call and space for vehicles to be housed inside.


There is much more that could be mentioned, but space and time do not allow it here. Kremmling had a pretty good year in 2009 all in all – accomplishments our residents can be proud of and positive things happening. I hope this new year will be even better to us and we will be looking back on 2010 sooner than we think.

 – Contact me at lhwestside@gmail.com or 970-531-2431 or 724-9575. Have a good week.

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