Some weekend Grand County residents need to clean up their act |

Some weekend Grand County residents need to clean up their act

Weekend Warrior Wounds. Generally, I like my Front Range-based neighbors. They come up here most weekends to relax away from their daily grind, get in some on-trail or on-slope time and have some fun. Most of them treat the area and those of us who live here with respect. Most of them. Lately, just some of them.

I don’t know if it’s the new economic strain of owning a second home, or just bad manners, but this past weekend brought out a lot of irresponsible, disrespectful behavior that I saw or heard about. Trash, fires, parking and driving habits were among the irritating acts.

While walking my dog Sunday morning, I watched two women from Denver (as announced by their metro-area middle school bumper sticker) pull out of their driveway and into my condo complex to dump their trash into and, because one bag was ripped, around the Dumpster. They were surprised when I snapped a photo of them and their license plate. When confronted, I explained that what they were doing was illegal, subject to a fine and simply rude since those of us who live here pay for trash pickup. I have no idea if the county enforces homeowner association trash regulations, but I made my point strongly enough that they quickly drove off, leaving me to pick up the spilled garbage.

Across town, a weekender family with a home near one of my friends left a small fire smoldering when they headed back to Denver. Yes, Sunday was rainy and damp, but the fire continued to smoke and burn within spark-jumping distance of a very big slash pile. A few shovels of dirt took care of the fire, but cleaning up after part-time residents shouldn’t become a full-time job for the rest of us.

Arts Events. Even the people behind the Art Out of Thin Air group were surprised by the interest in and support of their visual arts coalition. They had their first meeting in Granby with a near full house and even more interest expressed online. The next meeting is Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at a location to be announced soon. Artists are encouraged to bring photos or samples of their work. To be part of the growing local arts community, e-mail them at

Holiday craft fairs are fast approaching, so get your wish list in order:

The Grand Arts Council’s Holiday Craft Bazaar will be held Thanksgiving weekend at the Grand Lake Elementary School. Shop among local artists and crafters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The annual Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District’s Holiday Fair will again be held at the Fraser Elementary School. It’s a fun one-day event on Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes plenty of activities for kids. For more information, call Michelle Lawrence at 726-8968.

A New Look. The Grand Foundation, which distributes a lot of money in this county, has a great new, attractive, active Web site that makes great use of the beauty of our area and how it fits in with the theme of Give Where You Live. Go to to take a look.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to

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