Turn Back the Pages: Feb. 28, 2008 | SkyHiNews.com

Turn Back the Pages: Feb. 28, 2008

Five years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees continued hearings on the annexation of SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch. The board decided to continue the hearing on the proposal because not all the language on the annexation and development agreement had been finalized. Several other issues were raised by the public, including worries about the location and density of a proposed “attainable housing” project in SolVista.

– Meanwhile, the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District voiced concerns regarding the proposed annexation of SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch to the town of Granby. Representatives for the district raised concerns about the agreement’s proposed municipal exclusion and questioned using a two-district metro district structure with a mill levy cap of 50 mills for the infrastructure development. Silver Creek also raised concerns about a proposal to allow septic tanks in two portions of the SolVista project.

– Members of the Grand Lake community spoke out against the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District’s decision to lay off longtime golf course superintendent J. R. Wolff. The board had voted unanimously to restructure the district and eliminate the position. Under the new reorganization, the golf course department would be led by a new positions entitled “Manager of Golf Course Operations.”

– Shane Dorsey and Jami Jo Griess announced their wedding engagement. C. R. Davis’ decorative stones were displayed throughout the county. Diana’s Pizzeria opened up at the Pine Cone Plaza. And, the National Park Service announced that if all went according to plan, it was closing Trail Ridge Road to snowmobiles by next winter.

Ten years ago, the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Board began discussion regarding annexation of the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort baths. The previous fall the town allowed the resort to be connected to the town’s sewage treatment plant and the planning commission started annexation procedures in January. A key concern expressed by the resort’s owner was how development of the Pine Air subdivision could affect the water flow to the hot springs.

– The potential of adding wilderness designation near James Peak gained the attention of the Grand County Board of County Commissioners. Wilderness designation there had been discussed previously, with concerns over the use of mountain bikes, snowmobiles and existing roads in the proposed area. Commissioners also learned more about a 20,000 acre “blow down” of timber near the Mt. Zirkel wilderness.

– The proposed Indian Meadows Golf Course and Subdivision returned to Granby for approval, this time as a nine-hole golf course proposal on 344 acres featuring 174 multi-family units, 18 duplex lots and 25 single-family lots for a total of 235 units. During the previous eight years there had been six different versions of the Indian Meadows Project before the town for review.

– Great skiing skills won the state skiing championship title for Middle Park High’s boys ski team. Middle Park blew past its competition with a final points total of 652.5 (its closest rival was Summit County with 626 points).

– Friends and family helped Ben Wharton celebrate his 10th birthday. Terra Lawrence turned 18. Zoe Courville was named to the 1998 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” And, Uwe Krupp of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team was up with his mom racing sled dogs at the High Altitude Championships at Winding River Resort.

Twenty-five years ago, the County Emergency Medical Services director told the county commissioners he felt the county should start trying to recover the costs incurred in sending a stand-by ambulance to events like football games, races, rodeos and concerts. The county sent ambulances free to 56 events the previous year and only three groups made any donation toward the county’s expense. The county commissioners approved charging a fee of $50 per event and $10 an hour plus expenses.

– County commissioners also tabled a rezoning request by developers Voigt-Warner and Co. for a second time for their Ouray Ranch project. The developers were asking to rezone 51 acres of the 442-acre site from forestry and open to residential zone. Although neighboring property owners voiced no opposition to the project, the commissioners said they were concerned the rezone could constitute spot zoning and open the way for more development of isolated tracts with multiple water and sanitation needs.

– The Kremmling Area Development Association board of incorporators completed articles of incorporation for the organization. The board would meet next to set up by-laws for the non-profit corporation. Its stated purpose was to develop, strengthen and promote existing services, businesses and industries and to seek out, promote and encourage establishment of new services, businesses and industries in the Kremmling area.

– Gene Clemens was honored for his volunteer service by the U.S. Forest Service. Two 10,000-gallon gas tanks were buried in a 50’x50′ fuel farm area at the Kremmling Airport. Grand Country Savings and Loan Association entered into a merger agreement with American Pacific Bancorp of Colorado. And, a custom, 1972 Ford Pinto which its owner thought was “designed by God” was up for bid at the Grand County Sheriff Department’s public sale.

Fifty years ago, patrol officers set up a roadblock in Grand County and found 12 vehicles out of 50 they contacted with violations. They said those vehicles which did not have signal lights should have them installed at once as the vehicle came under the regulations of a new law which became effective at the beginning of the year. The officers also urged drivers to keep their vehicles in good condition because roadblocks were planned for in the future as well.

– Colorado took a step toward putting its income tax collections on a current basis as the State House of Representatives approved one of the major bills in Gov. Steve McNichols’ legislative program. The proposal being considered would require all corporations and individuals not subject to state income tax withholding to make tax payments on a quarterly basis.

– Feb. 20 was the new deadline for signing up acreage under the Wheat Acreage

Reserve program for 1958. Amos Horn, chairman of the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, reminded farmers of the new deadline, which was found necessary because of an unexpected high sign-up in some areas.

– Friends and family helped Calvin Hemphill celebrate his 10th birthday. Maintenance patrolman David Brady of Granby was awarded a 15-year service pin

by the Colorado Department of Highways. The Senior Girl Scouts enjoyed a snowshoe hike with guide Bill Rutherford. And, Kremmling’s weather for the week marked the highest temperature at 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the lowest at -9 degrees.

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