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Turn Back the Pages: November 8, 2007

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Five years ago, based on the number of absentee ballots requested, the Grand County Clerk and Recorder was expecting a fairly heavy turnout of voters at the local election. The clerk expected the office had more than 1,600 absentee ballots out, which was a record number for a non-presidential election year.

– Grand Elk officials met with members of the Granby Chamber of Commerce to answer questions about the development acquiring additional water rights and property, its proposed commercial center and the general impact that it would have on the business community. One issue address was Grand Elk’s purchase of additional water rights from the Horn Ranch. The general manager said the purchase was necessary “to keep the golf course green.”

– Following a foreclosure proceeding for nonpayment of a mortgage, the owners of the Casa Milagro Bed and Breakfast began a long legal road to try to maintain control of their property. One route they took was filing personal liens against several employees of the county.

– Two alpacas owned by Linda and Marv Dewey made a special visit to the Indian Peaks Charter School. Friends and family helped Carla Lawn and Gladys Heckert celebrate their birthdays. An unusual storm left more snow in Granby and Silver Creek than in most other parts of the county. And, construction was under way on the first multi-million-dollar home to be located in Fraser, at The Ridge at Rendezvous.

Ten years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees conducted its annual discussion of Christmas decorations, reaching similar conclusions as those reached each year in more than a dozen years. Most agreed that the lighting in Granby was the least impressive in the county, and agreed that more bright lights, different from what had been used in the past, would help solve the problem. However specific action to remedy the lack of yule-time luminescence was in short supply.

– The East Grand School Board said farewell to two of its members, Jim Courville of Winter Park and Terry Lange of Granby, who were both leaving as a result of the Nov. 4 election. Courville had served 10 years on the board and Lane had completed a four-year term. Neither had run for re-election. The board also gave its approval for a health survey to be conducted among students in grades 7-12, their parents and school staff members.

– If the proposed 1998 budget aired at a public hearing was adopted, the mill levy on Grand Lake real estate would drop from 9.409 mills to 6.967 mills. The decrease resulted from a major increase in the assessed valuation of properties. The Grand Lake Board of Trustees also discussed a 6.54-percent drop in sales tax (compared to the same month a year prior) due to main street being torn up for major upgrades.

– Aila Waldow would be among 1,100 youth from across the U.S. who would be attending the 76th National 4-H Congress in Memphis, Tenn. Steve Cormey dressed as Ranger Sam Crane for a Halloween party, while Tish Linke, dressed as Cruella Deville, helped put on the Granby Chamber Fall Fashion Show. The Little Pinecone Theater presented “Grease.” The Middle Park High Lady Panther volleyball team was headed for the state championships. And, the MPHS boys cross-country team won their first-ever state championship title.

Twenty-five years ago, landowners who had refused to comply with the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District sewer hookup order had a reprieve. The Shadow Mountain Lakes Homeowner’s Association, Inc., obtained a court order forcing the district to stop demanding compliance with the mandatory hookup.

– The crash landing of an Aero A-Star helicopter on Corona Pass in July was thought to have been falsely reported. The pilot had originally said that the crash was an accident but during subsequent investigations his witnesses changed their story, saying he had offered them a portion of the anticipated insurance settlement.

– After a well-organized protest from residents of Fraser’s only remaining single-family home neighborhood, the town’s board of trustees denied a request to rezone the area to allow multiple-family homes. Residents of the area, bounded by Norgren and Byers avenues, complained that increased traffic and parking problems would accompany any multiple-unit construction in the area.

– Lani Farbstein and Ester Urista were the top local winners in the fourth annual chili cookoff. A second application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission for an FM radio station in Kremmling. Henderson Mine/Mill reinstituted its out-placement program and estimated a loss of about 60 workers. And, Winter Park was one of 13 Colorado communities taking part in a University of Colorado program to bring acclaimed films to audiences.

Fifty years ago, tularemia, commonly called rabbit fever, was diagnosed in beaver taken from Colorado mountain streams. Landowners, hunters and hikers were cautioned against drinking from streams and urged to take precautions in handling game by both the Colorado State Department of Public Health and the Colorado Department of Game and Fish.

– The Asiatic flu had taken prevented many victims at Kremmling Union High School, teachers as well as students, from attending school for at least a week. At times the schoolhouse was said to be practically uninhabited because of the lack of attendance. In fact, on Friday, the school was closed because of the bug.

– In other school news, less than 23 percent of all Grand County was taxable for schools. Total tax loss for the county in 1956 was $2,288.90. Eight hundred acres acquired by the city and county of Denver deleted some $1,884.50 in taxes while school tax loss for the same time was $730.94 for the Fraser Valley District 2 and $438.06 for Union High District No. 3. Senator Fay DeBerard planned to present a bill to the Colorado legislature bringing the matter to its attention so that some reimbursement could be given to the school districts involved.

– Friends and family helped Lizzie and Mark Fletcher and Mr. and Mrs. Nels Kronquist celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries. Local car dealerships were showcasing the new 1958 Chevrolets and B-58 Buicks. And, the Colorado State Patrol announced that seat belts were being installed in all patrol cruisers.


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