2012 D e C e m b e r /J a n u a r y #3-11
Grand Mesa Summit Challenge
Highest Sled Dog Race In N. America
When most people think of dog sledding, Alaska
Dogs and mushers converge on Western Colorado
comes to mind. But Delta County is one of few
vacation destination for annual international race
places in the lower 48 to catch dog sleds in action.
On January 26-27, Delta County will host the 7th
Delta County tourism coordinator Kelli Hepler
annual sanctioned Grand Summit Challenge Sled
says it isn't just the dogs who are howling with
Dog Races on Grand Mesa. At 10,300 ft, the sprints
anticipation over this event. "This race brings a lot
are the highest dog sled races in North America.
of excitement each year, and all the businesses in
Displaying some of the best dog sledding teams in
the sport, the Grand Mesa Summit Challenge Sled
Delta County are making preparations to welcome
Dog Races are International Sled Dog Racing As-
the sled teams back and show visitors a good
sociation (ISDRA) sanctioned, and typically feature
more than 40 teams. From the traditional Huskies
A region of many superlatives, Delta County
and Malamutes to Rottweilers and mixed breeds,
also boasts the longest snowmobiling trail in the
all kinds of dogs pull mushers through miles of
contiguous United States, the Sunlight to Powder-
powdery snow. The mushers are almost as diverse,
horn Trail on Grand Mesa, giving race-goers their
men and women of all skill levels representing
own chance to dash through the snow at top-dog
Photo: Delta Tourism
various states.
The competition features multiple races between four and 12 miles, with the
Cozy spots to curl up for the night are nestled in the friendly towns of Ce-
number of dogs varying from one to eight. The challenge also includes a junior
daredge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia, which also
race and skijoring, a sport where one or two dogs pull a musher on cross-
feature some of the tastiest places to eat and most unique cultural activities.
country skis. Competitors in each race will vie for cash prizes.
More info about Delta County is available at
More Than $19.4 Billion Of Relief In The Form Of Debt Forgiveness
more than $10.5 billion on principal reduction that helps borrowers stay in
Colorado Attorney General Announces $207.4 Million In Statewide
their homes, lowering monthly payments on more than 118,000 loans and ac-
Consumer Relief Thus Far From National Mortgage Settlement
tually reducing struggling homeowners' loan balances by more than $88,000
The independent monitor for the National Mortgage Settlement on November
on average.
19 issued a nationwide report outlining the consumer relief activities of the
In October, Colorado announced that 100 percent of the additional $51.17
five banks that are parties to the settlement. Since March 1, 2012, the banks
million in foreclosure-prevention funds received under the settlement have
disclosed that they have extended more than $26.1 billion in mortgage relief to
been distributed. Consumers interested in learning more about the multistate
more than 310,000 homeowners or roughly $84,385 per homeowner. Colorado
agreement may visit or www.colora-
Attorney General John Suthers announced the report shows $207.4 million in
consumer relief has gone to 3,700 homeowners in Colorado.
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about Colorado's ongoing fight against mortgage and foreclosure fraud, visit
progress on the broadest and most robust principal reduction program in the
the Office of the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Information Center.
nation's history."
Homeowners facing foreclosure also should contact the Colorado Foreclosure
More than $19.4 billion of the overall completed consumer relief has come in
Hotline: 1.877.601.4673(HOPE) or visit
the form of debt forgiveness. Because of the settlement, banks have provided
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