Turn Back the Pages: September 25, 2008 | SkyHiNews.com

Turn Back the Pages: September 25, 2008


Five years ago, Rocky Mountain National Park was distributing $39,000 in federal funds to assist four volunteer fire departments, including the Grand Lake Fire Department. As part of the National Fire Plan, the Rural Fire Assistance program was designed to increase firefighter safety, enhance the fire protection capabilities of rural fire departments and assist surrounding communities. This was the largest combined distribution amount awarded to the four eligible fire departments since the program was enacted in 2000.

– More than 40 Grand Lake residents told members of the Grand County Library District Board they did not like any of its architect’s sketches, objected that he was hired without bids, and they wanted him fired and local architects given the chance to design the proposed new Juniper Library. In other Grand Lake news, the town had its first-ever local bank with the opening of Grand Mountain Bank and the Grand Lake Brewing Company was awarded two medals for its microbrews at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.


Ten years ago, three of the parties involved with a large, billboard-style sign that advertised Grand Mountain Trading Company were served with a Granby town summons and complaint telling them to removed the sign. It was the town board’s thought that the sign wasn’t a billboard until advertising appeared on it at the beginning of the summer, explaining the long delay in formal legal action about the billboard, which was put in place in early 1997.

– Grand Meadows housing project sales got a big boost in part from the Winter Park Resort’s purchase of 10 units there for employee housing. They were purchased by Winter Park Services, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of the not-for-profit Winter Park Recreation Association, which meant that the 10 units were taxable (other holdings at the ski area owned by WPRA were not subject to property taxes, which had been a source of contention with some county and local officials for many years).


Twenty-five years ago, citizens continued in an uproar over a male exotic dance revue in Grand Lake’s Little Bear saloon Aug. 31, accusing the town board of allowing indecent acts to take place in violation of town code. The board was presented with a petition signed by 110 residents regarding the issue, but the consensus among board members was that a show could not be shut down ahead of time because of fear it might become obscene.

– St. Anthony Hospital Systems of Denver signed an agreement establishing a community clinic and emergency center in Grand County. The company leased space from the Timberline Medical Center southeast of town, with a tentative opening date set for Oct. 1, depending on shipment of equipment.

– Jo Ellen Patty of Grand Lake and Phillip Maynard of Carbondale were married at Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Chapel in Las Vegas. Prizes at the Bert and Ernie Golf Classic included a Saab. A Minneapolis, Minn. management group bought Bank of Kremmling. And, state-collected retail sales revenue figures for the first half of 1983 showed Grand County revenues increased 3.3 percent (over the same period in 1982), an increase similar to that of the same period statewide.


Fifty years ago, the first of a multiple series of wells to be drilled in a search for natural gas in the Middle Park area, Kamphausen No. 1 Government, was down to 984 feet northwest of Kremmling. The plan was to test all potential oil- and gas-bearing sands. If gas was found it would be distributed to users in the west end of the county east to Fraser, where franchises were being sought by the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Co., Inc.

– A civil suit was filed in the county court by the receiver for the Pioneer Mutual Compensation Co., against 74 residents to collect $3,791.54. The assessment due, he said, was equal to the premium on each and every policy in effect at any time during April 1, 1953 to March 31, 1954.

– The Hot Sulphur Springs community booth at the Middle Park Fair won first place. Middle Park and North Park shippers scored noteworthy sales at Denver, topping the market in lambs, light steer yearlings and two-year-old steers. And, the floor and south wall at The Middle Park Times office was being demolished to replace the old foundations for the two linotype machines, which had been sitting six inches below the floor.

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