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Winter Park home builder wins online awards

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:57pm
Terra Firma Custom Homes Inc. of Winter Park has been awarded Best of Houzz 2015 for both design and service.Houzz (, a leading platform for home building, remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was …

Obituary: Theodore ‘Ted’ Thompson

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:49pm
Theodore “Ted” Thompson, of Heeney passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2015.Ted was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Ilwaco, Wash., to Ted and Martha Thompson. As a young boy, he moved to Aspen where he was a successful competitive cross country ski racer through high school. During his youth, he spent time in Summit County with his uncle and aunt, Max and Edna Dercum. After meeting his wife, they moved to the Heeney area. After a few odd jobs, he settled at Culbreath Ranches, working as a ranch hand until retirement. Ted was an accomplished photographer, writer, world traveler and …

Letter: Was there a conflict in County Court judge selection?

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:25pm
To the Editor:This letter is in response partly to the article written more than a month ago about the newly appointed county judge. It is also a look back at the events and procedures that led us to this appointment.As a voter, I was totally unaware of the legal process of electing and evaluating judges in Colorado. At one time, all judges in the United States were appointed by chief executives or the legislature. In the nineteenth century, the power was given back to the people in most states and judges were elected in the same way as other public …

Personal locater beacons – the good, the bad, the ugly

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:17pm
Over President’s Weekend Kate Martrosova attempted to traverse the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The weather deteriorated after her pre-dawn start, with 140 mph winds, sub-zero temperatures and chest deep snow. According to most reports, she was fairly experienced and was equipped with appropriate clothing and gear, including an emergency personal locator beacon (PLB).Matrosova activated her PLB at 3:30 from somewhere between Mt. Adams and Mt. Monroe, only about 3 miles into the 15-20 mile trek. Rescue crews were not able to locate her body until the following day because of a number of factors, especially the weather. …

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:09pm

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:09pm

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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Snow Mountain Stampede takes place March 7-8

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:53am
The 32nd Annual Snow Mountain Stampede for recreational skiers, local racers and national competitors takes place March 7 & 8 with all competitors vying for the podium, goodie-bags and cheers from family and friends.The YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch will host two days of classic and skate races. Ultra-fast trail conditions with lots of snow and more on the forecast are expected. Overnight lodging specials are available at Snow Mountain Ranch and the Nordic center is hosting a Stampede sale.Saturday’s freestyle races offer 10k, 21k and 42k options followed by a picnic and a 2k children’s race. Sunday’s races …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Feb. 22-28, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:37am
Grand County transactions, Feb. 22-28Columbine Lake Lot 13, Block 8 – John Dellaport and Theresa Jehn-Dellaport to John and Terri Korpal, $35,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 10, Unit 1 2 – India Moon to Joshua and Amanda Gaube, $145,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 3, Unit 17 18 – Joseph and Marilyn Frederick to Peter and Elizabeth Hancock, $125,000Columbine Condos Unit 4 – Scott Murphy to Lucas Mouttet and Shay Bright-Mouttet, $104,000Lake Forest Subdivision Lot 14, Block 2 – Gerald and Phyllis Bozarth to Allan and Katie Nicely, $75,000Red Quill Village Townhomes Lot 33 – Kelby Bethards to Kay Mehl, $420,000Inn at SilverCreek …

Second Winter Park Ski Train sells out in four hours

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:41am
WINTER PARK — Consider it the “Train of Dreams” — operate it, and they will come.Amtrak and Winter Park Resort announced shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday that they will operate a second Winter Park Express excursion train on March 15, taking passengers and their ski gear by train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning — then back to Denver that evening — in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.By 1 p.m., the train was sold out and more than 450 skiers had secured their tickets to Winter Park. The first ski excursion train, scheduled for March …

'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:03am

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.

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Bookends: Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:30am
Dana Stevens and Rivka Galchen discuss the books they return to, and why.

A Life Examined — And Examined, And Examined In 'Ongoingness'

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:03am

Writer Sarah Manguso has been a compulsive diarist since childhood; her new memoir documents the ways motherhood has changed her writing. Critic Heller McAlpin says it's full of lovely observations.

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David Vann’s ‘Aquarium’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:00am
A seemingly chance encounter cracks open dark family secrets in David Vann’s novel.

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Trigger Warning’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:00am
In horror stories and science fiction, fairy tales and poetry, Neil Gaiman explores the transformative power of imagination.

Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:36am

The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.

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Suspect in Grand County Building Dept. theft seeks public defender

Local News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:09pm
The continuing legal saga of Brigid Irish took an interesting turn Friday Feb. 27.Irish was in District Court Friday and appeared before Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment. During her appearance Irish informed Judge Hoak she has submitted a letter to dismiss William Frankfurt as her attorney. Frankfurt also appeared in court Friday to formally present his motion to withdraw from the case.Irish will now seek legal representation from a public defender. Judge Hoak informed Irish she would need to fill out the proper paperwork to determine if she qualifies for a public defender.Because Irish has dismissed her legal counsel …

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

NPR Books - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:17am

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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Laura van den Berg’s ‘Find Me’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:32am
Laura van den Berg’s heroine picks her way across an American wasteland, searching for the mother who abandoned her.

Irvine Welsh’s ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:32am
Irvine Welsh’s tale of abduction and mutual obsession.

‘The Age of Dignity,’ by Ai-jen Poo With Ariane Conrad

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:32am
Changing how society deals with caregiving.

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