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by Cameron Wood

photo by Mike Wilson
Luke Mogck takes the ball for another offensive gain. Mogck had two TD
receptions during the Homecoming win over Rangley 46:0.

Mustang Started out the week against the Rams from Soroco. The Mustangs tied the game with a score of 28 to 28. Mustangs put up a good fight and had a lot of good runs. In the last quarter of the game the Mustangs were down by one touchdown. Then the ball was fumbled and Ashton Williams was quick to the recovery. The Mustangs put another touchdown in and that put the game at a tie.

The West Grand Mustangs continued their successful season with a Homecoming win against an outmanned Rangely squad 46-0. As been the custom this year the varsity offense only played one series in the second half which produced a running clock, allowing the JV ‘s to take over. In fact, in 4 games they have not entered the second half of play.

Meanwhile, the varsity defense produced another shutout and allowed very few yards. So far they have had 12 points scored on them in 7 games. All tracksters, they are athletic and run to the ball very well. The biggest test of the season comes this Thursday night in Oak Creek when they face the leading rusher in 8-man, Jace Logan. The Junior has 2100 yards rushing and 30 tds. He has excellent speed and great cutback ability. Every time he touches the ball it could go the distance. Soroco enters the game with a 5-2 record while the Mustangs are 7-0.

One thing that is not lost on this coaching staff is what they have on the offensive side of the ball. “We have more players capable of touch and score than I can remember in all my years,” says Coach Brown. “But what is missed by many fans is this offensive line is striving to be our best in a long time. Senior Junior Dominguez with Juniors Marcos Ramirez, Austin Stauffer, and Noah “5A” Dickerson are very impressive so far with the work they are doing.” Below is a scoring summary from the game.

In the first quarter Luis Dominguez ran the football for a four yard run and the first touchdown of the game. After that Junior Fletes ran the ball in for the 2-point-conversion. Then Luis Dominguez ran a 64 yard run for the second touchdown. Followed by Junior Fletes on the two point conversion. The final touchdown in the first quarter was scored by Luke Mogck with a 39 yard pass run from Brady Gore. The two point conversion was not completed. The final score for the first quarter was 22 to 0. In the second Quarter Luke Mogck completed a 26 yard pass run from Brady Gore. The two point conversion was put in their by Junior Fletes. Luis Dominguez then had a 3 yard run In to the touchdown zone. Brady Gore ran the two pointer in. The final score for the Mustangs on their Homecoming night was scored in the third quarter by Junior Fletes and the extra point was scored by Luis Dominguez. That put the final score was 46 to 0.

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by Tara Walker

Ivanka Krugler will find out this Friday whether she has been approved to be a licensed family home child care provider in Kremmling. She finished her final inspection on Monday and is excited at the opportunity to serve more Kremmling families. Kremmling has 2 licensed slots for infants under 2, but that will double when Ivanka is certified.

Ivanka and her husband have lived in the county for almost 6 years. A year ago, Ivanka was living in Kremmling while commuting to Silverthorne for her work as a manager. While her original college background was in education, she was taking business classes and moving in a new direction when she had her son Maximus. She found herself searching for childcare. She didn’t know that her background in education and business would lead to new opportunities as a childcare provider.

Ivanka struggled to find licensed daycare for infants in Kremmling. Only one provider was licensed for two infants and that provider had a waitlist. Ivanka decided to find work in education and childcare so that she could better care for her son. She worked briefly with a homecare provider in Granby before finding a great fit with Little Sprouts Learning Center in Granby. “I wanted to find good reliable daycare for my precious son, my baby. I loved Little Sprouts, and you get a discount if you work there, but you still have to pay if you have a child needing care. What I was making and paying for childcare wasn’t making sense financially,” Ivanka explained. She looked at her situation in Kremmling and saw other families with similar struggles with childcare and she decided that she wanted to make a difference. “Lack of childcare can really stunt the growth of a community because people want to move here and live here, especially with the cost of living going up in Summit County and the improvements they’ve made on Highway 9. To live in Kremmling, you need to have the care for children and families. The more families that live here, the more they can give to the community and the community can grow. I wanted to offer the other families what I was looking for last year.” Ivanka and her husband purchased a house in Kremmling that would be a good fit for her small business as a childcare provider. She is currently watching a limited number of children until her license is approved. Once approved, she will be able to watch 6 children from birth to 17 years old and 2 additional before or after school children during non-school hours or school holidays. Of those six children, 2 children can be under 2. Her son is currently 17 months old and is taking one of the infant allocations. Once certified, she will have a few more openings.Ivanka has a set schedule and curriculum where her philosophy is to make sure they are having fun while learning. She loves incorporating art and music into everything they do. She is

Ivanka has a set schedule and curriculum where her philosophy is to make sure they are having fun while learning. She loves incorporating art and music into everything they do. She is infant, child and adult CPR certified and has also had FEMA emergency management training, multi-hazard planning for childcare. She is prepared to safely care for children in Kremmling.

“Being certified and having the training is more peace of mind for parents so that they know that the person that is watching their child is knowledgeable and prepared to take care of their child in an emergency. Being licensed is important when you are looking for a childcare provider. I hope more people will be inspired to become licensed providers because it only helps our community. Grand Beginnings is a great resource and if anyone is interested, they will help every step of the way.” Ivanka Krugler can be contacted by email at [email protected] or at 815-307-6385. Grand Beginnings can offer assistance at getting certified and also can connect you to resources if you are searching for childcare options, call 970-725-3391.

Ivanka Krugler can be contacted by email at [email protected] or at 815-307-6385. Grand Beginnings can offer assistance at getting certified and also can connect you to resources if you are searching for childcare options, call 970-725-3391.

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1924 Hot Sulphur Springs School Building became the Grand County Historical Association’s Pioneer Museum in 1974.
1924 Hot Sulphur Springs School Building became the Grand County Historical Association’s Pioneer Museum in 1974.

by Donald Dailey

The Hot Sulphur Springs Women’s Club established a nucleus for a Grand County Public Library on December 15, 1932. Books were received from the Denver Public Library, and Mrs. A.G. Fish, President of the Colorado Federation of Women’s Clubs. One local resident donated 50 books, and the club purchased nine new books from proceeds of a social event. Library hours were from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of renting books was 50 cents for six months. Occupancy for the library were at club members homes. Due to growth and interests, the library moved into the town’s Community Church.

On January 19, 1938 the Hot Sulphur Springs Women’s Club voted to give the collection of 500 books to the citizens of Grand County.

On January 8, 1938 a new brick Courthouse (Grand County Administration Building) was dedicated in Hot Sulphur Springs. On March 8, the County Commissioners appointed a Grand County Library Board and included the County Superintendent of Schools as a board member. The new library lined the walls of the second floor adjacent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. The Commissioners agreed to fund the library with a 1/lOth mill levy. When the Colorado State Library sent 200 books, it forced the library to be moved into the basement.

On January 6, 1941 Grand County’s primary historian, Daisy Jenne became the County’s Librarian for 20 years. The Grand County Pioneer Society and County Attorney Schneider saved a log building from destruction that had served as the County’s Courthouse from 1888 to 1902. The Society moved the building from downtown Hot Sulphur Springs to the southwest corner near the Courthouse. The Pioneer Society removed the clapboard exterior siding and installed a new roof. The Library Board requested $200 from the Commissioners to finish the interior. Books were transferred using a bucket and pulley system from the Courthouse basement to the renovated log courthouse. Mrs. Jenne opened the Grand County Library and Pioneer Museum on October 11, 1941. Three more branches were opened by the Library Board. Kremmling-1967, Fraser-1968, and Granby-1970. The Juniper Library at Grand Lake, a project of the Junior Women’s Club opened on December 13, 1933. Two 1969 events were the release of the Grand County Pioneer Society’s book, Island in the Rockies by Robert C. Black 111, and the completion of the Courthouse West Wing. On June 12, 1971 the Pioneer Society hosted three events in Hot Sulphur Springs. A reception at the library/museum, Community Church Memorial Service, and dedicated a petrified wood monument at the Courthouse West Wing. Elmer and Martha Weimer donated the petrified wood in honor of all Grand County Pioneers. A banquet followed at the Bar Lazy J Ranch near Parshall.

To accommodate a new Grand County Sheriff’s Department and Jail structure, the library was returned to the Courthouse in August 1975. The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand County Pioneer Society, Grand County Historical Association (GCHA), and East Grand School District, negotiated the museum. To have the museum in the 1924 Hot Sulphur Springs School Building, a land swap was agreed to. In 1976 the County moved the library/ museum building to GCHA’s Pioneer Village Museum Complex. The interior ofthe building has been retrofitted to the original 1888-1902 Courthouse. Through the combined efforts of Hot Sulphur Springs civic organizations and Grand County government, a “Community Alliance of Libraries, Museums, and Schools” (CALMS), have been preserved for past, present, and future generations.

Contributed in Memory of Grand County Librarian Shirley Dailey

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News of flooding was first reported on Monday this week after an unexpected dip in temperatures froze
a pipe in the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Due to fast action by Bill Crouch of the County Maintenance
department, the water was switched off and the damage was minimalized. The area most affected was
in the ceiling and carpet squares around the circulation desk, amounting to approximately a quarter of
the library. The collection of books, DVDs and other library material were mostly unharmed and were
quickly packed up and stored away. Unfortunately the Library is closed while repairs are in process. We
apologize for the loss of service to Hot Sulphur library users. The Grand County Library District is working
to open the doors as soon as possible. Meanwhile, books, DVDs, audiobooks etc. may be returned as
usual to the drop box outside the Hot Sulphur Library building. Pre-school story hour will be held on
Wednesdays at 11:15am at the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall. Items which have been placed on hold
will be available for pick up at the Granby Library. For updates and more information please check the
GCLD website at

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by Tara Walker

Winter Park gave a transit workshop presentation for the Grand County Board of County Commissioners earlier in September. County Commissioner Richard Cimino began the workshop by asking the question, “Can stakeholders evaluate whether a collaborative effort could be made to add to the transit system?”

Currently, the Lift system has 14 fixed routes with stops in Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash and Granby. An estimated 500,000 riders use the transit system in Grand county annually. The Lift transit system provides around 30,000 service hours of free transit to the community at an operating cost of around 2.5 million.

In 2015, the Town of Winter Park took over operation of the Winter park resort shuttle and assumed the contract with First Transit, becoming the first yearround transit system in Grand County. The town of Winter Park has a 2% sales tax to help fund the Lift transit system while Fraser has a 1% sales tax to help with funding. Fraser voters originally voted for the sales tax to fund transit, trails and capital projects, but 100% of tax dollars has gone to the transit system so far. In addition to funds from tax dollars, the town of Winter Park receives a grant of around $150,000. The town actively seeks out stakeholders to contribute to funding to support the routes that are currently in use.

HOA contracts brought in $92,000 in 2017 with a projected increase of 7% in 2018. Winter Park Town manager Drew Nelson, “We assumed the contract that Winter Park had with First Transit and just entered into a new contract in August. We reduced costs significantly. We do have 16 contracts with HOAs, mostly in the Meadow Ridge area, and Beaver Village.”

If you visit Winter Park or Fraser, you will see signage and bus stations for the Lift transit system. However, it may not be as obvious that the transit system has 6 stops in Granby with 5 round trips daily that run until 9pm at night during ski season. It’s not as obvious because Granby isn’t currently funding the route and there is no signage or bus stations at this time.

Winter Park town manager Drew Nelson described the Granby stops as “flag stops where the resort tells the employees where they need to go.” Commissioner Cimino stated during the meeting, “Stakeholders and county may need to think of signage or bus stops.” An estimated 24,735 riders utilized the Granby Route for the 2017/18 year at an operating cost of $94,000. Drew explained that there is a need for the Granby route as employees have housing in Granby and need transportation to the resort and other jobs in the area.

The transit workshop on September 19th provided an opportunity for stakeholders and community members to ask questions while the town of Winter Park provided an overview and information about what more partnerships could mean for the county when it comes to transportation. The workshop outlined that the transit system was not originally meant as a solution to regional transportation issues and the cost of the transit system is currently largely on Winter Park and Fraser although the transit system offers transportation solutions for four municipalities. Drew Nelson explained that if stakeholders want more routes or more of a voice in the decision-making process, they will need to be contributing to the costs.


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Board Member Carol Hunter and Counsel Noriyuki resign

submitted to the Grand Gazette

Issues arising over the separating of the Grand County Library Foundation is proving vexing to the Grand County Library District as board members struggle to define what the role of the foundation should be. Originally the foundation was formed in 20??. and served as an off-shoot of the library board. Its primary role at that time was ?? Now the discussion revolves around if it is a conflict of interest for both the the Grand County Library District Board of Trustees (GCLD) and the Grand County Library Foundation (GCLF) met Tuesday night to discuss budget, resignation of both a member and legal counsel, and consideration of reorganization of the Foundation, a 501(c)3. The GCLD and GCLF members are the same, each person holding the same office or position on both boards.

Sitting as the board of directors of GCLF, GCLD finance director Tara Ingle reported that the foundation 2017 income is $7,000 to date. Anne Douden, who co-chaired a community action group (CAG), with Carol Hunter (who resigned from both boards), reported that a group of Grand County citizens has been atttempting to revitalize the foundation. but a stand-still has occurred between the present Board of Directors of GCLF and the focus group over by-laws and a memorandum of understanding with GCLD.

Douden stated that the CAG had compiled bylaws and a mission statement, submitted them to the current GCLF, but no action has been taken. Sally LeClair, president of both GCLF and GCLD, speaking as president of GCLF stated that the GCLF is contemplating a change to the current bylaws and those need to be reviewed before deliberating the CAG proposed bylaws. LeClair appointed Jim Sloan and Douden to review both sets of bylaws and present the comparison results to the GCLF board.

“I personally believe the foundation has to be a stand alone, separate entity to work for the good of the District,” stated Jim Sloan. Douden said that former legal counsel’s “recommendation that (GCLF) cannot be a pass through organization “ and the separation “needs to be done”.

Lengthy discussions regarding conflict of interest and acceptance of restricted donations led by Director Marcus Davis occurred, but no resolutions were made. Ingle presented the 2018 GCLF budget. Meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

A few minutes later, the GCLD monthly meeting was called to order by GCLD president, Sally LeClair. The resignations of Carol Hunter as trustee and Georgia Noriyuki as legal counsel, were announced, and the consent agenda approved. Merilyn Hunter, president of The Friends of Grand County Library, Inc., briefed the group on Friends upcoming events.

A discussion was held on a current year appropriations budget, then Stephanie Ralph, executive director, reported September department highlights. One student has enrolled in the Career Online High School, and two more students are working through the prerequisite course. Interested persons should contact the district office or local library for more information about the program. Ralph then asked the trustees for direction on the current At Large A (District 2) vacancy with the result that the vacncy will be posted.

Ingle presented the 2018 proposed budget, which was later approved for public posting on the internet at and at the administration building.

The Board approved a “Back to School Amnesty” for overdue books and fines that will occur in November. More details will be announced by the district office at a later time. Then Sloan announced results of the trustees’ selfassessment survey, the action item of approval of the 2018 proposed budget for posting, the GCLD adjourned.

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In the civil case against the Town of Kremmling, Robert “Mark” Smith was awarded $760,000 yesterday in federal court at the Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver with Senior District Judge Richard P. Matsch presiding.

The official judgment states, “Pursuant to the jury verdict, plaintiff Robert Mark Smith will have and recover damages in the amount of $350,250 from defendants Todd Willson, Scott Spade, and Town of Kremmling, Colorado jointly and severally, punitive damages in the amount of $254,170 from defendant Todd Willson, and punitive damages in the amount of $175,170 from defendant Scott Spade.” In addition, all of Smith’s fees for legal counsel, estimated to be over $100,000, will also be paid be the defendants. The Town of Kremmling does have insurance, and the Town could decide to pay the punitive damages owed by Sergeant Willson and Chief Spade. According to Smith’s attorney, Darold Killmer, it is a common practice for municipalities to cover the costs. The Town could also decide to appeal the case, and the defense is expected to file a Rule 50B which would provide a new trial and could nullify the jury’s verdict if approved. A Rule 50A motion was filed by the defense after evidence closed, but was denied by Judge Matsch. The Town of Kremmling is represented by Josh A. Marks of Berg, Hill, Greenleaf and Ruscitti, LLP. The Town of Kremmling board will have an executive session at their regularly scheduled meeting next Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The lawsuit named the Town of Kremmling, Sergeant Willson, Chief Spade, and Officer Robert Dillon as defendants. The 12 jurors came to their decision after nearly eight hours of deliberation and reviewing a week’s worth of testimony and evidence. They decided Smith’s 4th Amendment rights had been violated through the use of excessive force by Sergeant Todd Willson and Chief of Police Scott Spade of the Kremmling Police Department (KPD) on the night of March 5, 2013. Chief Spade was not present at the incident on March 5, 2013, but was a defendant based on his individual and official capacities. He has served as Chief of Police since 2004. According to Attorney Killmer, juries often hold command staff more accountable.

The jury upheld the actions of Kremmling Police Officer Robert “Bob” Dillon and dismissed all charges against him. In the civil case, Smith had charged that his 1st Amendment rights had been violated by Officer Dillon acting in retaliation of his protests of the Town’s codes, and that Officer Dillon, Sergeant Willson and Chief Spade had violated his 4th Amendment rights with the use of unnecessary force when completing a welfare check.

Much of the trial surrounded the incident of the welfare check orchestrated by Officer Dillon. On the evening of March 5, 2013, Officer Dillon received a dispatch call for a possible domestic disturbance involving a woman and a person named Mark, who owned a trailer park and drove a Jeep Cherokee. Longmont resident, Donna Snyman contacted dispatch after receiving a call from her distraught and emotional friend who said she was hurt by her boyfriend. She was afraid to ask her boyfriend to take her to the hospital because he would be mad and couldn’t contact police because she didn’t know the address. She abruptly ended the call by saying, “he is coming.” Alarmed, Snyman reached out to authorities with the information she had. She was then contacted by Officer Dillon who was able to determine that it was highly probable her friend, a possible victim of domestic violence, was staying with Robert “Mark” Smith.

The KPD had an extensive history with Smith involving issues of noncompliance with Town codes for water meters. Smith asserts the codes were unfair to his mobile home park, the Eagles Nest Trailer Park along Highway 40, and he was being singled out for enforcement as soon as he purchased the mobile home park in 1997. In 2008-2009, tensions escalated with Town Trustees and resulted in harassment charges and Officer Dillon who had the best rapport with Smith at that time made the arrest without incident, but Smith commented that if it had been Spade or Willson he would have shot them. The KPD officers did have knowledge of Smith’s gun collection and that he kept at least one gun by the front door.

From these interactions Officer Dillon, Sergeant Willson and Chief Spade repeatedly reported that Smith had developed a pattern of unpleasant interactions with KPD officers involving “flipping them the bird,” spitting on the ground when they were near, lunging at them with fists clenched, using profanity, accusing them of selling out, and even issuing threats that he would shoot them. From this history, Officer Dillon felt back-up was needed and contacted Sergeant Willson, who was off-duty, and the Grand County Sheriff’s office. From this request, Colorado State Trooper Nathan Lyons responded as a courtesy, and Sergeant Dan Mayer and Officers Zachary Luchs and Mike Reed of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office also responded. Of the three responding from the Sheriff’s office, only Sergeant Mayer is still employed with the county. During this time, Smith’s lawyers also argued that Officer Dillon could have asked Sergeant Mayer to take the call to avoid conflict. This strategy had been used to avoid conflict with Smith in other incidences successfully. The prosecution also argued that a simple “knock and talk” would have been appropriate for a welfare check as this was originally deemed. The prosecution portrayed Smith as, “All bark and no bite” and that he would not act on his threats – they were part of his protected 1st Amendment rights as protest. It is interesting to note that the Grand County Sheriff Deputies were originally named in the civil case, but were eventually dropped. During the testimonies of the law officials, most of their recall of the incidences was similar with few variations. It was recalled that Officer Dillon met with the others at the Car Wash in close proximity to Smith’s house and apprised them that Smith may be “unfriendly towards law enforcement” and that he did have guns. Officer Dillon states he made a call to Chief Spade who was at home sick. Chief Spade approved of the plan. As the officers were congregating at the car wash, they made a loose plan to approach the home from different vantage points. Officer Dillon took the lead and approached the door. Smith reports he had been taking a shower and answered the door in his underwear. Officer Dillon asked if the alleged victim was there and reports Smith admitted she was and that she was asleep. Smith reportedly became combative using expletives for the officers to get off his property and asking if they had a warrant. Smith maintains that he did resist arrest, but did ask them to get off his property. Officer Dillon testified that he blocked punches from Smith and continued to move forward as Smith tried to shut the screen door on him. Sergeant Willson, Sergeant Mayer and Deputy Luchs followed into the home as did Trooper Lyons. When Trooper Lyons entered the home, he stated seeing an altercation with three of four individuals.

In one the most disputed points in the case, Sergeant Willson admits he tasered Smith, but says the taser did not deploy correctly. The other officers heard the sound and electricity of the popping that confirmed it didn’t fire correctly. Smith says he was tasered at least three times. Around this time, Deputy Luchs says he took Smith to the ground using a “common peroneal knee strike” which caused him to fall to the floor. Luchs restrained his head and torso while Sergeant Mayer restrained his legs. Smith was laying face down in order to cuff him. Officers were yelling – “Quit resisting. Stop,” to Smith. At one point, Mayer asked Willson if they wanted him cuffed and Willson responded, “Yes,” and helped handcuff him. Mayer then states that once Smith knew they were with the Sheriff ‘s office he quit fighting, and said, “I don’t have a problem with you.”

Trooper Lyons reported he approached the alleged victim and found her asleep. Upon wakening her he witnessed bruises on her arms and found her to be confused at the circumstances and inebriated. Trooper Lyons said she did not admit to Smith hurting her, but felt she still needed an ambulance because of her current state and stepped out of the house to call paramedics. Officer Dillon testified he already had EMS on standby before reporting to the scene. Officer Dillon then approached the victim and believed himself to be the first one to approach her and reported that she was sitting up and alert. He states that he also observed bruising and that she did admit to Smith hurting her. Trooper Lyons said her admitting to being assaulted was surprising and wondered if Officer Dillon influenced her, especially in her inebriated state. Her alcohol blood content level measured over 0.4.

Later, the alleged victim also said she was confused and felt that she was coerced to say Smith had hurt her. However, her medical records obtained from Middle Park Medical Center also had notes of her admitted assault as did a voicemail message to the Assistant District Attorney at that time, Ashley Shelton, “He never hit me – he just drug me by my hair…” The alleged victim also states that she was confused because she and Smith did have a fight two days earlier and had “fallen down” his front steps together, but they had not fought on March 5. She refused to testify against Smith saying she was never hurt by him, and all charges against Smith were dropped by the District Attorney’s office.

After Smith was transported to the jail in Hot Sulphur Springs, it was reported by Lieutenant Kyndra Gore that Smith did not report any injuries. Sergeant Mayer followed up with Smith’s medical history of strokes and an ambulance was offered, but Smith declined reporting no injuries. Smith sought medical attention after his release from jail and Dr. Mark Norden, an internal medicine physician in Frisco, testified that Smith had chest trauma, facial trauma and dysuria (difficulty urinating) after the altercation. Smith was also diagnosed with Costochondritis an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join the cartilage. Smith states while being under arrest he was struck and kick by officers.

After the incident, Smith filed his civil case in 2015 and is represented by Darold Killmer and Michael Fairhurst of Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP. As a highly decorated, Vietnam veteran, Smith’s PTSD was also documented, and documented in his psychiatric records is a preoccupation with justice and his ill-treatment at the hands of the Town of and Kremmling and its employees. He compares his dispute with the Town and fighting for his Constitutional Rights as a battle. After the jury announced their verdict, he stated that he did have some closure after Town Manager Don Van Wormer begin the fight nearly two decades ago.

Mark Smith is scheduled for another jury trial in District Court at the end of the month for a felony menacing charge.

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As winter conditions settle in, the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area. Hand piles are a result of crews using chainsaws to thin the forest. Much of the smaller cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. Piles must be burned before the treatment is complete.

Last season, the Sulphur Ranger District accomplished more than 805 acres of pile burning, which included burning approximately 362 large machine piles and 684 smaller hand piles. This season’s pile burning could begin next week and will continue through the spring, as conditions allow.

Piles are only ignited under favorable weather conditions. Adequate snow cover, precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Piles that are ready for burning are prioritized based on elevation, aspect, access, and proximity to homes.

Smoke, flames and glowing embers are often visible and are part of normal operations. Snow helps contain the piles and firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Areas on the Sulphur Ranger District with hand and machine piles ready for burning are:

Arrow Fuels: 2,500 hand piles and 15 machine piles; Potential impacts: Arrow Tunnel area, Corona Pass Rd. Lakota Trail Area, Winter Park Resort; General Location: East/Southeast of the Town of Winter Park. North/NE of Winter Park Resort and Lakota Subdivision.

Winter Park Fuels/Upper Fraser: 2,500 hand piles and 162 machine piles; Potential impacts Town of Winter Park, St. Louis Creek, Vasquez Creek Rd and Vasquez Creek area subdivisions, Elk Creek Road, Town of Fraser and Hwy 40 corridor general area; General Location: South and West of Winter Park, Southwest of Fraser.

Keyser Creek Fuels: 250 machine piles; Potential impacts: County Road 3, Church Park, and Forest Service roads 139, 140, 137, and 259. General location: north and south of Keyser Creek

Jericho RD Fuels: 700 hand piles; Potential impacts: Jericho Rd; General Location: Northwest of Kamloop Cove of Lake Granby or Granby Dam.

Trail Creek Fuels South: 450 hand piles Potential impacts: Chief Trail, Bussey Hill, Biscuit Row, Kessel Terrace, Panorama Ln, Peaks Point; General Location: South of Rainbow Bay of Lake Granby

Trail Creek Fuels North: Approx. 5200 hand piles; Potential impacts: County Rd 41, 42, 412, 413, 414, 415, Grouse Rd; General location: 2.5 miles Northwest of Fish Bay of Granby Lake.

ANRA/ Supply Creek Fuels/ Kauwuneeche Road South: 60 machine piles and 3,000 hand piles; Potential impacts: County Rd 4, Kauwuneeche Rd, 454 Rd, Meredith Manor, Areas west of Shadow Mtn Lake, Columbine Lake and Grand Lake; General Location: 1.5 miles west of Trail Ridge Marina of shadow Mtn Lake.

ANRA/Supply Creek Fuels/ Kauwuneeche Road North 45 machine piles and 1,000 hand pile; Potential impacts: Kauwuneeche Rd, Meredith Manor, Winding River Ranch, Sun Valley Ranch, Onahu Lodge, Areas North and West of Shadow Mtn Lake, Columbine Lake and Grand Lake; General Location: 1.5 miles Northwest of Columbine Lake, Supply Creek Trailhead area.

Willow Creek Fuels East: 2,300 hand piles; Potential impacts: Highway 125 or Willow Creek drainage General Location: .25 east of Highway 125, Forest Road 121, Kauffman Creek area

Pass Creek 308 machine piles Potential impacts: Elk Creek, Bronco Creek, Kauffman Creek and Denver Creek drainages. Vagabond Ranch; General Location: East of Highway 125 and West of Gravel and Little Gravel Mountains, along Forest Service roads 121, 123, and 190.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see and-health. To check the latest updates on when burning will occur, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @ usfsarp. To get added to our email notification list, send an email to [email protected] and ask to be added to the Sulphur Pile Burning list. For a complete list of where burning is occurring this season as well as updated accomplishments and photos, visit our Inciweb Page at incident/4648.