Turn Back the Pages: Dec. 12, 2007
Five years ago, East Grand School District would be forced to dip into its reserves to pay for a drop in enrollment for the school year. The Board of Education learned that the district would have to absorb a loss of an estimated $142,762 in state funding. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners met with Phelps Dodge officials to review the Henderson Mine and Mills status, noting no jobs were likely to be lost in the following year. Phelps Dodge also announced major efforts to battle beetle kill in its 12,000 wooded acres were in the works. Grand Nordic was collecting donations to help buy a ski bench in honor of Bill Chambers, a strong supporter of the cross-country ski club and an avid skier. Chambers, who was injured in a motorcycle accident the previous summer, was undergoing treatment for his injuries. The bench would be placed at Devils Thumb Ranch. The Granby Board of Trustees approved an ordinance that allowed a proposed Italian eatery, under construction at Pine Cone Plaza, to sell beer and wine. Upon review the board discovered that the restaurant would be within 500 feet of Granby Elementary School, a violation of town code. To accommodate the request, the board agreed to reduce the town code distance restriction for beer and wine liquor licenses from 500 feet to 250 feet. For the second year Chelsea Gould put together the free winter clothing exchange. The High Country Smokers Snowmobile Club held its first organizational meeting. A condo in Winter Park Ranch suffered severe fire damage after an in-floor heater overheated. And, SolVista ski area opened for the season reporting some of the best early-season conditions it had in years.Ten years ago, the SilverCreek Resort received the blessing of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its proposed 18-hole golf course. That meant construction on the golf course could begin as soon as summer came around again. The layout of the course envisioned 14 holes running parallel on the south side of the Fraser River, with four other holes on the Strawberry Creek side. In its struggle to re-open, the Berthoud Pass ski area presented an $80,000 check to the Grand County treasurer for back property taxes. The ski area hoped to open before Christmas and had dealt with a series of problems with financing, state and federal permits, and the managing owners death in November. U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard won a victory with the Fish & Wildlife Service concerning the ability of the Denver Water Board to replace a safety device on Williams Fork Reservoir. The device had been due for repair, but expensive studies required by the FWS under the Endangered Species Act caused Denver to drop its planned replacement. The reversal of the decision allowed Denver to proceed with replacement of a portion of a dam on Williams Fork that was designed to erode and allow for the release of water in the event of too much pressure being placed on the dam. The East Grand Board of Education took action to expand its land holdings within Granby. In a unanimous vote the board authorized spending $350,000 to buy the 11.99 acres of vacant field, commonly known as the Snowy Owl property, south of the Middle Park High School. On the Trail Snowmobile Rentals donated a new Ski-Doo to Grand County Search & Rescue. The Granby community ice rink at Kaibab Park was open for free use. Grand Recycles warehouse operation moved into the former Mountain Parks Electric facility. And, the Grand County Resource Center was collecting donations for a new program to help fund childrens activities.Twenty-five years ago, the Fraser Valley would take the lead from the Grand Lake area in 1983 for having the highest property taxes in the county. A 430-percent increase in the mill levy for the East Grand Fire Protection District No. 4 would give affected property owners a probable total levy of $100.88 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The final figure was yet to be determined. With the acquisition of four micro-computers through a federal grant the previous spring, students at Granby Elementary were increasingly using the computers as part of their regular classroom activities. The Granby Elementary PAC purchased a printer to go along with the Apple II terminals and bought another Apple II Plus terminal, this one with a color monitor, to add to the system. The Grand County Sheriffs Departments investigation into the shooting of Charles Ryno in Fraser (by his wife) in October revealed Rynos alleged involvement in several crimes. Officers served Ryno summonses charging him in the burglary of a Fraser residence, cattle rustling, and the illegal taking of an elk. He was also charged with theft by receiving in connection to a theft out of Englewood and for his connection with the burglary of a video game in the Highland Laundry. Mountain Bell closed its Bell Customer Service Center in Granby. Accidents, DUIs and thefts highlighted the sheriff notes. The 25th Annual Middle Park Hereford Association Bull Sale honored the memory of charter member Rod Hinman. The Grand Lake Board of Trustees had a new street light placed at the corner of Center and Marina drives. And, the Colorado Dept. of Highways announced it would be using more signs to announce the Chain Law in Colorado during the winter of 1982.Fifty years ago, the seventh annual December Hereford bull sale in Colorado Springs was a triumph for Middle Park breeders. Of the four prizes offered, three were taken by Grand County ranches. DeBerard Cattle Co. won the reserve grand championship, George Field, the grand champion pen of two; and Rod Hinman, the reserve grand championship on a pen of two. The DeBerard bull was the highest-selling animal of the sale, bringing in $2,150. One hour parking on the west side of Second Street in the block where the new Kremmling post office was located went into effect. The new parking ordinance was passed by the town council in order to relieve congestion in the block, which also contained Esmiols Department Store and the Bank of Kremmling. According to the Colorado Game and Fish department, 13,594,128 fish had been planted through Nov. 1 in the state. The total included 11,582,379 trout and 2,011,749 warm water species. The plant so far was considerably below that of the previous year, primarily because the department planted only two million walleyed pike in 1957 compared to seven million in 1956. The decrease in the plant of walleyes was due to the inability to obtain walleye eggs from other state sources. Richard Eby received his 25-year service pin from the Department of Highways. The El Grande Theatre was showing Loving You with Elvis Presley and Lizabeth Scott. And, John Barnes, Jr. set a safety record in his railroad division through his safety shoe idea which prevented toe injuries.
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