Turn Back the Pages: December 6 | SkyHiNews.com

Turn Back the Pages: December 6

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Five years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees OK’d a hunting ordinance that allowed hunting to take place in the town limits under certain conditions. The ordinance addressed a proposed SolVista annexation to Granby in which more than 5,200 acres would be brought into the town. At the time hunting was allowed at SolVista under strict limitations.

– The Grand Lake Board of Trustees brainstormed about creating enough parking space to meet the future needs of the town. The issue came up as part of the board’s discussion on renewing the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre lease for use of the Community House. Mayor Gene Stover suggested RMRT consider adding a one-dollar seat tax on every ticket to be put in escrow to help with the issue.

– Shadow Mountain Village was being restored. Some of the buildings, which had housed generations of federal workers, had been shuttered because they were uninhabitable, while other had their roofs cave in. All were in need of repair which was finally forthcoming in part to a $700,000 grant received from the federal government.

– Colin Newell, Derrick Hittson, Judd Nutting and Drew Barber earned All-Conference awards during Middle Park High School’s soccer season. The Grand Arts Council was getting ready to put on its annual melodrama, “The Shame of Grand Lake.” The Berthoud Powder Guides’ snowcat ski and ride service began its season two weeks earlier than scheduled. And, snowmobiling enthusiasts were given another season before the National Park Service decided whether to continue allowing snowmobiling in parts of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ten years ago, long-standing access to public hunting sites and federal land near Granby were key issues of a proposed trade of public and private land near SilverCreek. Boating and kayaking access were also of some concern regarding the possible swap. The proposed land exchange was for 1,329 acres of federal land located in an around the SilverCreek Resort for 728 acres of private lands.

– In other Granby news, it looked as if the town’s sales tax revenues for 1997 would surpass the record year of 1996. The town brought in $614,911 from its four-percent sales tax. The unexpected monthly jump in November pushed the annual collections up by more than 1.6 percent.

– The efforts of a seasonal Winter Park worker who had broken into a Grand Lake store were thwarted when a nearby businessman, who happened to be Mayor Gene Stover, ran down the thief and tackled him. John Fleming, who had been hanging out with Stover, also ran after a second thief who got away, but returned just in time to help Stover hold the other man while waiting for the police to show up.

– Dave Webb celebrated a monumental birthday. The Middle Park High School Jazz Band performed with local band Mango Chutney to help raise funds for the school’s music program. Granby hosted its first-ever Parade of Lights. Grand Recycles’ new warehouse got a loading dock and ramp. And, in response to his Wyatt-Earp-like heroism running down thieves, Mayor Stover was given a billy club at the Grand Lake town Christmas party.

Twenty-five years ago, the Colorado Water Conservation Board issued a preliminary notice of minimum stream flows for the Fraser Valley basin based on recommendations by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. But some felt the attempt to establish minimum stream flows for the Fraser River and other streams in the basin threatened future growth and development in those areas of the county.

– Eight local teenagers were identified as suspects in a burglary operation resulting in at least 20 thefts in the Grand Lake area, one to two dozen car burglaries that around Rocky Mountain National Park, and several tire thefts in Granby. The group was also implicated in several residential and business burglaries in the county.

– The Windy Gap water diversion construction project was closing down for the winter unless a contractor could be found to work underneath the motor floor of the pumping plant area. The overall contract for the project was still slated for completion in July 1984 but the plant was about two months behind schedule.

– The office of the Grand County Clerk and Recorder released figures showing that voter turnout in the county varied greatly according to age and party affiliation. Voter turnout for the county was 65.4 percent with 2,930 of 4,474 registered voters casting their ballots. Republicans over 65 years of age showed the best overall record.

– Bruce and Melinda Forster were the new owners of Buck and Doe Lounge at Elk Valley Ranch. The Silver Screen Cinema was showing “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “On Golden Pond.” And, Workers at the Henderson Mine were told not to return to work until April, the second extension of a shutdown which was originally supposed to last only five weeks.

Fifty years ago, Grand County car owners started to receive postcards from the County Clerk’s office concerning the 1958 license plates. The numbers for the new plates would start with the number one and continue through 999 in each series. There would also be no more than three registration numerals in each series.

– The Town of Kremmling announced it would be strictly enforcing its ordinance prohibiting dogs “to run at will whether licensed or not.” If the ordinance was not complied with by mid-December, the town said it would be forced to take steps to control the animals found loose.

– Work was progressing on the ski tow for the Baker Mountain Ski Club. The county had a cat working clearing sagebrush for ski runs and a tow was already up. To celebrate, the club was putting together a ski movie, fashion show and one-act play.

– Donna Ostergaard was elected to McCalls teen fashion board. Leota Crabb was honored at a bridal shower. Mr. and Mrs. Vinton Milner celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. Cub Scout Pack No. 97 enjoyed an excursion through the Green Mountain Dam Plant. The Ramona Theatre was featuring “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” And, an abundance of early powder allowed the Steamboat Springs ski area to begin operations.

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