History: Turn Back the Pages 11-15
Five years ago, Grand County voters went to the polls and re-elected Rod Johnson as sheriff. Johnson, the incumbent Republican candidate, won re-election with a total of 3,777 or 79.8 percent of the vote. His challenger, Darrel Mulloy, received 956 votes or 20.2 percent of the vote. Several more elk, and the first deer were identified with chronic wasting disease in the Middle Park Colorado Division of Wildlife District. The discoveries brought the total positive test results to four elk and one deer. In other wildlife news, hunter numbers in general had made a dramatic recovery from the previous years slump. The Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. Board of Directors proposed a seven-percent overall rate increase effective Jan. 1. Tri-State cited the continued drought as one of the factors driving rates up. The production of electricity from hydroelectric generation was down significantly. SolVista Golf & Ski Ranch reached a milestone, completely selling out its older real estate offerings, while entering into a plan of introducing a couple of new developments. SolVista, Inc. also celebrated the one-year anniversary of establishing its own real estate firm, SolVista Realty, LLC. Marcia House was named to the Sorts Hall of Fame at Defiance College in Ohio. Amanda Shumway and William Grimes announced their engagement. Margaret Keller and Dan Canup exchanged wedding vows. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed for the season Nov. 1. And, 40 acres near Parshall with BLM access was on the market for $95,000.Ten years ago, the East Grand School District Board of Education took a hard look at the districts results from a new statewide test of academic standards. Students in the EGSD had better scores on average than other fourth graders across the state. In reading proficiency, the local students scored 75 percent compared to 57 percent statewide. In writing, East Grand had 47 percent to the states average of 31 percent. Although it wouldnt be officially set until Dec. 16, figures indicated Grand Countys mill levy would be cut nearly 20 percent, from 13.155 to 10.426 mills. The cut would bring in almost 5.5 percent more property tax revenue. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners listened to several complaints regarding jet skis on Grand Lake and in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. Jurisdiction, regulations and concerns about personal watercraft would be the topic of an agenda items set for the future. There were no immediate plans to fill the position at the Silver Creek Resort formerly held by Steve Bromberg, who resigned from his job as vice president of operations. Bromberg, who resigned to pursue other opportunities in the ski industry and his own cleaning business, would work as a consultant through the ski season. Dave Johnson and Bernie McGinn put up the Christmas decorations on street lamps in Grand Lake. Judge Wayne Williams administered the oath of office to East Grand School Districts three new school board members: Kathrine Morck, Bridget Johnson and Gail Brooks. And, 1,000 licenses were quickly sold out for a special late-season elk hunt in the Middle Park area.Twenty-five years ago, a four-day search for a missing out-of-state hunter ended sadly when his body was found in an area on Gore Pass, where he was last seen. It was determined he died instantly of electrocution from a lightening strike. Kremmling resident Lisa Underbrink defeated incumbent Rosella Simmons of Hot Sulphur Springs in the Republican primary race for county assessor. Theirs was the only contested county race in the local primary election. A total of 908 Republicans out of 2,099 registered voted, and 203 of 898 registered Democrats voted. Work progressed as the old Union High School took on a stripped down look before becoming the Silver Spruce Senior Apartments. Construction cost was about $642,500, with overall development expenses reaching almost $912,000. The Kremmling Town Board agreed to help the Volunteer Fire Department with a $12,000 loan to assist it in the purchase of a new fire truck. The loan was to be paid back with 50 percent of the KVFDs sales tax revenue. James Petty revealed his secrets for winning Pac-Man. Fraser Valley resident Mary Elmblad was autographing copies of her latest mystery novel Little Company. Noble Underbrink signed up for the annual demolition derby for the third year in a row to raise funds for the West Grand Booster Club. Wrangler Tire and Tune was one of Granbys newest businesses. And, the grounds crews at Pole Creek Golf Course had to regularly break down beaver-cut debris piles that were threatening to swamp the greens and tees.Fifty years ago, the checkout of game animals through the Colorado Game and Fish department stations remained a little below that of the previous year. Reports from the eight permanent check stations for the first eight days of the season showed 21,164 deer checked out compared to 24,984 in 1956, 2,056 elk compared to 2,277, and no bear compared to 59 the previous season. In other Game and Fish news, more hunters had been lost during Colorados big game hunting seasons than during any other year in the history of the department. The department estimated that about 25 reports of lost hunters had reached the office, but most of them had been rescued by hunting companions or reached safety without the help of searching parties. A representative group of property taxpayers assembled at the junior high school in Kremmling to hear a report on surveys made for a proposed sanitation system. The group indicated their desire that immediate steps be taken to form the district and in general get the ball rolling to obtain a sewage system for the town. In observance of Veterans Day the combined posts of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign WArs and Cooties presented the 4th Annual Veterans Day Program in schools throughout the county. The program included an air show by jet planes from the Air National Guard, Buckley Field out of Denver. Deanna Copley celebrated her fourth birthday and Terry Weimer celebrated his fifth birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fletcher celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Gary Daniels and Wilson Cox reported to Denver to e sworn in for Air Force duty. And, Trail Ridge Road, which had temporarily closed on five previous occasions already, had officially closed for the season by Nov. 1.
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