Turn Back the Pages: October 1, 2007
Five years ago, the Grand Lake Board of Trustees wanted Rocky Mountain National Park to complete an environmental impact statement before poisoning the fish in Pettingell Lake. RMNP had a proposal to kill the hybridized Yellowstone trout in the lake to provide a habitat for the endangered, native cutthroat trout.
– The overall valuation of building permits for the year was down. Figures released by the Grand County Department of Building and Sanitation showed that the county issued building permits with a total valuation of $70 million (down from $90 million in 2001). However, the actual number of permits issued for single family dwellings was nearly the same for both years.
– The 85th Annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo announced its queen and attendant as Dalene Acord and Sheridan Jones. Meanwhile George and Joyce Engel were named Middle Park Fair Citizens of the Year and Pioneers honored were Joe Marte, John Sheriff, and Margaret Burger. The event was dedicated in memory of Con Ritschard, Barb Lawson, Tommy (Charles) Davison, Wayne Harbert, and Whitey Sherman.
– The town of Granby OK’d an ordinance that established a water supply protection district zone. The action was largely in response to a request from the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District. The district wanted a law passed to help protect SilverCreek’s wells, which were near the town.
– Larry Bishop was the newest member of the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District Board of Trustees. Local fire departments had to be summoned to extinguish two illegal blazes, including a trash fire in a barrel. Rail fencing and landscaping were installed at the new Shores at Shadow Mountain Subdivision. And, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners sent a letter of support to U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis regarding his Healthy Forests Reform Act, suggesting the act be expanded into a long-term management plan.
Ten years ago, Grand County agreed to pay a former county employee, Kris Boy, $6,500 in settlement of a threatened lawsuit for wrongful dismissal. Boy, a former employee of the assessor’s office, had threatened to sue the county because of her dismissal in the fall of 1994 in the midst of an election campaign that pitted incumbent assessor Nancy Anders against a former employee, Deb Brynoff.
– The Silver Creek Resort was in the early stages of a land exchange that would put 1,294 acres of Bureau of Land Management property at SilverCreek under SilverCreek ownership. In exchange, the federal government would gain three separate parcels totalling 736 acres, that were under private ownership in Grand and Eagle counties.
– Members of Middle Park High School’s Homecoming court were Megan Harrison, Caleb Montandon, Maggie Fisher, Randall Davis, Danielle Babcock, Lucas Adams. Patty Fasso and Josh Johnson were crowned Homecoming queen and king.
– Anjuli Ninesling was named the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo queen. Cathy Walton-Smith became a proud first-time grandmother. Diesel, a Bullmastiff owned by Ike and Cathy Harms, won two awards at a national competition. A life-size bronze statue of the late big band leader Glenn Miller was on display in the Grand Lake town park. Middle Park High School added an athletic training class to its offerings. And, a major screwup was found in the addresses of many of the 8,500 voter cards mailed out by the Grand County Clerk and Recorder office.
Twenty-five years ago, a viral disease usually uncommon in Colorado causing blisters around the mouths of horses and cattle was diagnosed in the state. Clinical signs included high temperature and appetite loss, followed by blisters on the tongue, gums and lips and on cows’ teats.
– Builders affected by Fraser’s suspension of water tap permits in the Ptarmigan subdivision showed up before the Board of County Commissioners to protest. Property owners in that area could not get building permits without the water taps, which were being withheld until the town settled a dispute with the developer over the area’s water system.
– The East Grand Fire Department responded to a house fire near Byers Peak Ranch. The blaze was apparently started when a five-gallon bucket of tar was left unattended on the kitchen stove. It was going to be used to tar the shed roof next door.
– A group of Kremmling residents asked the BOCC for help in securing land for expansion of the Kremmling Cemetery. A Forest Service official said the agency might be willing to allow the expansion on its land, if land of equivalent value could be found for a trade.
– Doug Baker was the first Grand County Soap Box Derby champion to win a race at the national competition. Mark Gibberd won both preliminary heats and the main event in the hobby-stock class at the grand opening of the Granby Speedway. And, plaques in honor of Catherine Brown and Frieda Edwards were attached to two recently purchased church pews at the Trinity Episcopal Church.
Fifty years ago, 80 students were enrolled in the Hot Sulphur Springs grade school. Eighteen students were entered into the primary room, 23 in the 3rd and 4th grades, 23 in the 5th and 6th grades, and 16 in the 7th and 8th grades.
– Daisy May Jenne and H. Henry Yust were the honored pioneers of the 41st Annual Middle Park Fair. Citizens of the Year included Amos Horn. Rodeo queen and attendants were Georgeann Field, Janet Brown, and Patty Perkins (respectively). The annual 4-H Fat Beef and Lamb sale at the fair was well attended with a top price of 78 cents per pound being paid for the champion steer (raised by Harold Curry).
– The 1958 license plates featured a new design. The plates would have green numerals on a green off-white background with the word “Colorful” in script lettering centered at the top and an embossed figure of a skier on the extreme right-hand side.
– Connie Cantril celebrated her fourth birthday. Louise Caddell (Grand Lake postmaster) and Elmer Stephens (Green Mountain Reservoir superintendent) exchanged wedding vows. Meanwhile, Mary Lou Pickering and 2nd Lt. Lenn Kasdorf announced their engagement. A surprise 25th anniversary tea party was given in honor of Judge and Mrs. Wilbern Shiflet. The county announced the courthouse would be closed Saturday for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. And, all citizens were urged to join in the first celebration of International Letter Writing Week Oct. 6-12.
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