Turn Back the Pages: September 24, 2007
Five years ago, the U.S. Forest Service announced it may be too late to do much to mitigate the mountain pine beetle outbreak in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. The 36,000-acre area, which contained Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, had been hit hard by the pest. Proposed thinning would be more for fuel reduction purposes.
– In a related note, 28,000 acres in the Williams Fork River drainage were heavily infested with mountain pine beetles and dead lodgepole pines. The U.S.F.S. was formulating a plan to deal with that area, but officials announced it might be another two years before any on-the-ground mitigation could take place. The Forest Service planned to salvage as much of the timber as possible, estimated at between 12 and 15-million board feet.
– The East Grand Board of Education unveiled a new administrative policy that would control fundraising activities in the future. Its purpose was to help coordinate the annual activities as well as ensure the efficient use of any funds or materials donated for school activities or programs.
– The Daven Haven Lodge and Cottages were subdivided and put on the market. A complete county-wide fire ban was still in effect. The Grand County Sheriff’s Department donated a Chevrolet Suburban, which had recently been totaled in a wreck in Granby to Middle Park High for a study project. The Grand Lake Golf Course Restaurant would stay open for the winter. And, children playing on the cliffs above Kremmling found what police officers believed to be a human hand (further testing was scheduled to determine whether it was a human hand or a skinned bear paw).
Ten years ago, after almost two years of negotiations, Winter Park Resort submitted its final development plan for a base village to Winter Park town officials. The zoning document for the base project provided for a mixture of as many as 1,454 condominiums, townhomes, and hotel units with 154,100 square feet of commercial space over a total of 75.5 acres. The plan also included 24 acres of open space, featuring the Fraser River.
– East Grand School District reported a good turnout in student numbers for the first week of its Monday program. It was announced that 201 students were participating in the program, new for the school year and voluntary.
– The Hot Sulphur Springs Board of Trustees agreed to participate in a sewer line extension to Spruce Street. The new line would fun from Nevava Street to Cedar Street, then north on Maple Street and east to Hemlock Street. It was agreed to split the project into seven shares, with Jodie Boxell responsible for three, the town responsible for three, and the remaining part picked up by Paul Ohri.
– Wedding bells rang for Clive and Tammy Smith, as well as Vicky Whitehead and Don “Turtle” Wall. Jim Iverson retired as general manager of Mountain Park Electric (after 10 years). Lt. Roger Vance announced his retirement from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department after 18 years of service. Casa Milagro bed and breakfast’s doors were open in the Williams Fork area. Local fire and rescue crews extinguished a small grassland fire above the Lassiter Ranch, attributed to a lightning strike. And, the Never Summer Chorus entertained at the 50th anniversary celebration of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1947 at the Daven Haven Lodge.
Twenty-five years ago, a Rio Grand freight train locomotive caught fire in Granby, just a week since a major train derailment in Byers Canyon. An initial check revealed nothing, but a second check found the electrical wiring in the locomotive ablaze. The engineer separated three locomotives from the rest of the train and moved them down to the bridge behind the hitching post, a more accessible location for the Granby Volunteer Fire Department.
– Convicted murderer Robert Lee Lyons was extradited to Ohio to face charges of kidnapping and rape. He plead guilty to first-degree murder the previous week in the shooting death of a Kremmling man and was sentenced to life in prison.
– The Board of County Commissioners discussed mobile home zoning policies. Residents approached the board for permission to place mobile homes on property not normally zoned for that purpose. After some heated verbal warfare, the matter was continued.
– A water tank with a one-million-gallon capacity was nearly complete at SilverCreek. The tank would provide water for the ski area, the Inn and all of Innsbruck. Water would be pumped to the tank from wells on SilverCreek property.
– The Town of Granby announced a town logo design contest. The Climax Mine near Leadville suspended its operations for a minimum of seven weeks. And, a joint effort among the county’s chambers of commerce and town officials resulted in the formation of the Grand County Chamber of Commerce.
Fifty years ago, Kremmling Public Schools enrolled 434 students on opening day, reaching a new record. Of the total, 319 were enrolled in the grade school, and the high school enrollment reached 115. This was an increase of 96 students over the close of the 1956-57 school year.
– The greatest monthly travel in the history of both Rocky Mountain National Park and Shadow Mountain National Recreation Area was recorded during August with 506,730 visitors entering RMNP and 360,457 entering the SMNRA.
– Colorado’s aspen-covered mountain slopes were expected to be more spectacular during fall and it was predicted they would remain colorful longer than usual. Because of exceptionally high rainfall during the year, it was said that the aspen leaves would cling to the branches long after they have turned color (rather than drying and falling off).
– The Middle Park Fair board chose Amos Horn as Citizen of the Year. Mrs. Robert Ruth hosted a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Hattie Qualls. The Lloyd Bock and Bob Shay families took in the circus in Denver. Ruth and Karla Ritshard from the “Muddy community” went off to Mesa College. And, good weather brought the haying season to a close.
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