Turn Back the Pages: Dec. 25, 2008
Grand County, Colorado
Five years ago, property owners in the area urged the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District to stop fighting with the SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch. With an operating budget of $1.1 million for 2004, the SilverCreek district was in line to spend nearly $470,000 on lawyers in 2003 and 2004 in its legal battles. The legal battles were in connection with the town of Granby’s efforts to annex the SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch and to exclude portions of the SCWSD
– Two key revenue sources for Grand County, the Highway Users Trust Fund/state gasoline tax share and sales tax, showed significant improvement as the end of the year neared. Sales tax income was out of the red for the first time with October’s payment from the state, which climbed .14 percent. Grand County’s share of state gasoline tax was about $200,000 ahead of projections.
– Grand Lake Mayor Gene Stover announced he would be stepping down from the position after 20 years in the spring. Joe and Sue Cisneros were the new owners of Paul’s Creekside Grill. And, Grand Elk purchased 408 acres of the Horn Ranch for $2.04 million.
Ten years ago, demand for new telephone lines was out-pacing supply in Grand County, causing significant delays in service from US West. Hit the hardest were businesses who needed to be able to tie business and residential communications systems together. Several residents were being offered some credit toward cellular phone service, but it didn’t take care of Internet needs.
– The Hot Sulphur Springs town board approved its 1999 budget which included a new water rate increase. Fund breakdown was $228,969 for the general fund, $129,722 for the water fund, $103,349 for the sewer fund, and $22,543 for the conservation trust fund. The water rate would go up from a $20 per month base rate to $27.
– Mary and Earl Baumberger were gearing up the barn animals for the live nativity performance. Dog Chloe and cat Bogart won the Grand County Pets Pals pet photo contest. The Wild Wear Fashion Show raised funds for the Flying Heels Arena. And, sign crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation were installing new speed limit signs in Granby from 35 to 30 mph through town.
Twenty-five years ago, two large parcels of federal land in Grand County were now the property of the state of Colorado and the possibility of them being developed was announced. The land tracts, one 351 acres south of Granby, the other 639 acres northeast of Kremmling, were formerly administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Under an old “in lieu of school sections” act, Gov. Richard Lamm accepted title to the parcels along with about 1,000 acres of other BLM land in the state on behalf of the State Board of Land Commissioners.
– A press release from the Detroit office of the U.S. Department of Justice told of the recent federal indictments of 28 people allegedly involved in a coast-to-coast cocaine ring. Highlighted in red ink on the first page was the mention of the Grand County Sheriff’s Department as having provided significant assistance in the five-year multi-agency investigation that resulted in the indictments.
– Christine Binder was crowned queen at the 12th Annual Snowball Dance. Carol and Joe Morales were the operators of the new cross-country ski touring center at the Soda Springs Ranch development. Belgian horse sleigh rides at Bar Lazy J, with prime rib dinner for two, cost $29.95. And, Mr. Ed’s Market was adding 7,000 square feet of floor space to the store, allowing expansion of the check-out area, generic and frozen food sections, and the meat department.
Fifty years ago, Colorado Game and Fish Department crews took 3,000,000 kokanee eggs at Granby and the “Twin Lakes.” Eggs would be hatched at Glenwood Springs Hatchery, then planted and established in those reservoirs with a fluctuating water line throughout the state. Findings by the staff showed that kokanee were abundant enough to liberalize the season on them in several reservoirs.
– In related news, the state fur manager reported there was a slow and steady climb in the beaver population throughout most of Colorado. In a few years predictions were that there would be a normal number of the animal in the state. In 1957 the beaver population was extremely low due to an epizootic infection of tularemia in some areas.
– Barbara Nelson and Herbert Ritschard and Billie Nelson and Richard Miller were wed in a double-ring ceremony. El Grande Theatre was presenting a seven-day run of “The Ten Commandments.” Bob’s Western Motel received national recognition in the new edition of “Duncan Hines Lodging for a Night.” And, State Highway Patrolman Verlyn Clark apprehended two men in a stolen car who had driven away from the Conoco Station in Hot Sulphur Springs without paying for gas, given chase with town Marshall Melvin Knox, and ran a road block at Fraser and evaded another at the Downieville Port of Entry.
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