Turn Back the Pages: October 18, 2007
Five years ago, the Granby Board of Trustees and the Silver Creek Water and Sanitation District signed an intergovernmental agreement, which had been in negotiation for almost a year. The agreement cleared the way for Grand Elk Ranch and Club to proceed with developing a portion of its land and required that Granby share some of its sales tax income from Grand Elk with the SCWSD. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners discussed the spiraling cost of health care insurance for county employees. The countys financial director anticipated an increase of almost 25 percent of the current health care insurance costs. Fire managers at Rocky Mountain National Park announced they would begin slash pile burning around its borders. Exclusion of fire for the past century since the park was founded had resulted in what the park called unnatural forest conditions in some areas, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of a wildfire. After two years of intensive infrastructure installation, Koelbels Rendezvous project was concentrating on selling property at the development. The subdivision encompassed 1,000-plus acres on both sides of U.S. Highway 40. By the end of October, the project manager hoped to have all of the public services up and running. Middle Park High School student Ryan Chase raced to a second-place finish in the Holy Family Invitational. Cpl. Dave Batura of the Colorado State Patrol received the Granby Chambers Officer of the Month award. Kelsey Romshek and Rebecca Unruh were crowned Middle Park High Schools homecoming king and queen. The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo featured a showcase of vintage farm, ranch and construction equipment. And, the Granby town board discussed hunting in certain portions of town.Ten years ago, a search continued for a hunter from Wheat Ridge who disappeared in the rugged back Troublesome drainage east of Kremmling. Grand County Search and Rescue had already dispatched eight team members to the scene and searchers from Summit, Routt and Jackson counties were added, as well as an Air National Guard helicopter. Three bullets were fired into a Granby home as the owner worked in her kitchen. An iron trivet stopped the course of one of the bullets, possibly saving her from serious injury. Two teenage brothers who were shooting at birds with their parents rifle were found to be the culprits. A development group under the name of Silver Creek Meadows Golf Course and Subdivision submitted preliminary plans to the town of Granby for a 600-unit housing development and an 18-hole golf course to be located on the projects 447 acres. The proposal was the resurrected form of a previous golf course proposal known which was known as Indian Meadows. Jan Powells English literature class was part of a new Monday program offered at Middle Park High School. The class dressed up in medieval garb and sat down to a meal of food typical of the Middle Ages. The activity helped the students understand the descriptions of medieval life described in Chaucers Canterbury Tales which they were reading. Members of Middle Park Highs boys cross-country team won the Metro League Championship. Country Hardware received the OK from the town of Granby to move its main street lumber yard. High winds toppled several trees in the Grand Lake area. And, with almost six inches of new snow on the ground, a second Sunday passed without a Broncos game.Twenty-five years ago, a skeleton crew remained at Edwards Hines Lumber Co. which had reduced two more employees, leaving the number of employees left at four. The division controller said he thought the move was made to save money, although the head office had not explained the layoffs. He also said there was no word on a sale of the sawmill. The Kremmling Town Board gave the go ahead for preparation of a lease for building space for a Fixed Base Operation at McElroy Field. The board tentatively approved a 15-year automatic renewal lease proposal, with yearly negotiable rental fees. The Hot Sulphur Springs Board of Trustees authorized the repair of four major leaks in the towns water system, amounting to well over one-million gallons of water loss per month. Cost of repairs, projected at $1,950, were hoped to be made up by water savings within two months. After more than two months of summer training in West Germany, Middle Park Olympian Kerry Lynch said he was right on schedule for competition at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. He had placed 12th in the Nordic combined in the 1980 Olympics. Dawn Hetherington won the Big Fish Contest when she reeled in a 7.5-pound, 25-inch rainbow trout out of Williams Fork Reservoir. The Silver Screen Cinema was featuring E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Annie. The A&W Drive-in was closed due to technical difficulties. And, articles of incorporation for the new Grand Lake Merchants Association were filed with the Secretary of State.Fifty years ago, Nellie Slocum reported spotting a fireball in the sky at 4:10 a.m. She told The Times that the fireball was blue in color and that the light was very visible from her home in Kremmling. She also reported that it was headed toward the north when it passed over and that shortly after sighting it she felt and heard a terrific explosion followed by several smaller detonations. The Kremmling Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at the L. M. Mohr home. Most of the damage was confined to smoke from the blaze which started from an overheated oil furnace. The Hot Sulphur Springs Girl Scouts and their leaders took a hike to the State Game and Fish Ranch. Their guests were the local Boy Scout troops and their leaders. All enjoyed a hamburger fry and picnic, games and singing. Home Town News, a daily fixture in the KOA Radio program lineup, celebrated its first birthday. During that time KOAs Home Town News Editor Chuck Henning estimated he had read about 91,000 home town newspapers from Colorado and surrounding states on the program. Don Blouch and Morris Long returned from an excursion down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The Hot Sulphur Springs Grade School softball team defeated the Granby Grade School team. Congressman and Mrs. Wayne Aspinall were in Kremmling visiting friends. And, the Rocky Mountain AAA Club urged hunters to sight-in their high-powered rifles at firing ranges or rocks instead of road signs.
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