Latest Grand County, Colorado Stories

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Jerd Smith Colorado will delay for several months any ruling on whether the proposed Glade Reservoir in northern Colorado would harm water quality in the Cache la Poudre River. The state's water-quality ruling is one of several approvals the project will need before it can be built. The reservoir, proposed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, would supply water to more than a dozen fast- growing towns in northern Colorado. But it has drawn fire from environmentalists and...

2008-08-05 09:00:13

By Deb Acord You're headed to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day and you really want to hike. But you're taking Grandma and Grandpa with you, and they're more interested in strolling than hiking. And elevation? Forget about it. Fortunately, there's a place in this sprawling park where the grandparents can stroll while you get a workout. Your starting point: Sprague Lake, a popular day-use area off Bear Lake Road. The lake is picture-perfect, its surface glassy except for the...

2008-08-02 00:00:14

By Dan England, Greeley Tribune, Colo. Aug. 2--WHAT IS IT? Snowdrift Peak (12,274 feet). WHERE IS IT? Rocky Mountain National Park. HOW LONG IS IT? Almost 17 miles. You'll gain more than 3,000 feet. HOW DO I GET THERE? Take U.S. 34 west through Estes Park, then follow the signs to Rocky Mountain National Park. Take Bear Lake Road to the parking lot and start up the Flattop Mountain Trail. IS THERE A FEE? $20 to get into the park, although if you're arriving early -- which you...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

It's great news that an agreement has been struck to restore the clarity of the largest natural lake in the state. Formed by glaciers and sustained by natural sources of fresh water, Grand Lake is one of Colorado's unique natural wonders, and has been a scenic attraction for decades. Considering that it required a year of public hearings and meetings to reach what seems to us to be an obvious conclusion, however, it is understandable that locals in the quaint town that lines the lake and...

2008-07-04 09:00:23

By Jerd Smith Colorado has stepped forward to save one of its most important natural wonders, Grand Lake, establishing for the first time a standard to restore the renowned clarity that has drawn thousands to the lake's shores for more than a century. After a year of public hearings and meetings, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in June agreed with lake activists and Grand County that the ancient glacier-fed lake's clarity should be re-established. When the work...

2008-05-05 21:00:13

The owner of a Colorado snowmelt diversion ditch agreed Monday to pay $9 million to repair damage done to Rocky Mountain National Park when it breached. The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Park Service said the owner of the Grand River Ditch, Water Supply and Storage Co., agreed to the fine, levied to fund an environmental clean-up effort in the Kawuneeche Valley at the headwaters of the Colorado River. The ditch ruptured at an elevation of 10,175 feet in May 2003, sending...

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