Granby says ‘no’ to idea of Dozer Days
July 19, 2005
GRANBY – Should Granby make hay of its misfortune last year and host a celebration called “Dozer Days”? That’s what the Sky-Hi News asked in a straw vote, and 72 percent of respondents said no in no uncertain terms. “Not only no, but hell no,” scribbled one voter.The idea was nominated almost immediately after muffler-shop owner Marvin Heemeyer last year tore through the town in a fortified bulldozer, wrecking or damaging 13 buildings while causing $5 million in damage.Dismay remains the dominant response. “Why would anyone want to celebrate a day of fear and destruction that ended in a death (Heemeyer’s suicide),” wrote Jo Moore. “Speaking as someone who was hearing the gunfire, seeing the destruction and trying to calm terrified children – to say nothing of being forced from our homes for 24 hours – none of us, particularly the children, need or want to be reminded of that day.”Tahoe-area resorts had very, very good winterNORTH TAHOE, Calif. – Are the Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts soon to inherit the crown as the center of skiing in North America? A big winter has at least one economic development official talking such talk.”We are on the edge of the next best thing,” said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Colorado and Canada have had their turns, and now it’s Tahoe’s turn, he told the Tahoe World.What inspired such optimistic talk was a winter that arrived early and stayed steady, even as resorts to the north faltered. As a result, collections of the lodging tax – a good barometer of the tourism economy – were up 21 percent in the Thanksgiving-December period, while the first months of this year were up 10 percent.’Lunatics’ survive another grueling bout in San JuansSILVERTON – The Hardrock Hundred may be the craziest of all the mountain races. As the name implies, it covers 100 miles, but they are very, very difficult miles – including crossing a 14,000-foot peak as well as the crest of several ranges.The winner this year is a familiar figure, Karl Meltzer, a bartender from the Salt Lake Valley. He has won three of the last four years. He finished the final six miles this year at a pace of 10 minutes 30 seconds per mile. Keep in mind that he had been running for 28 hours at an average elevation of above 11,000 feet.It’s not just men punishing themselves. The lead female runner, Sue Johnston, was two hours back. She didn’t compete last year because she was pregnant. But even this year, there was no rest for this weary competitor. During at least one aid station, reports the Silverton Standard, she paused to breast-feed her baby.”This is how we’ve been so successful as a species,” the wife of one competitor said as she waited for her “favorite lunatic” to stride into Silverton. “A whole bunch of people come together to support a lunatic idea.”Mountain biker fined $400 for popping wheelieCANMORE, Alberta – Because mountain bike trails in the nearby forests are closed due to danger from grizzly bears, mountain bikers have been spending more time in Canmore. One recently popped a wheelie while going through a four-way intersection and promptly got a $400 ($325 US) fine.Police there told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that he was ticketed in accordance with a law that finds wheelies could distract and confuse drivers, as they might be unsure where the cyclist could turn.The bicyclist maintains than the fine was an overreaction, as nobody else was at the intersection. Police said there was more to the story that the bicyclist let on, although they didn’t spill the beans to the newspaper about just what that was.