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Obituary: Anita Lewis Thompson

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:41pm
Anita Lewis Thompson, Nonnie to her family and Nita to many friends, age 88, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and neighbor, she was born April 17, 1927, in Denver. Her parents were ranchers Dudley D. and Ethel Lewis. Anita enjoyed a wonderful childhood on Z-D Hereford Ranch in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. She moved to Kremmling in 1951 and operated a ranch on Troublesome Creek with her husband Bill Sr. before moving to Riverside Ranch in 1959.Anita gave selflessly to her family and countless friends. She generously shared coffee, meals, encouragement and love to …

Obituary: Virginia Mae Burkhardt

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:41pm
Virginia Mae Burkhardt passed away on May 1, 2015, at her home in Ellicott City,Maryland, with her husband Walter and her son Robert at her side. Virginia was born on April 23, 1925, in Chicago to Robert Lyle and Lura Mae Campbell. She graduated from high school in Maywood, Ill. In 1961 she met Walter Burkhardt at a dance and later that year they were married. They spent the next 53 years together until her death.Through the years, they spent many happy days in the mountains hiking and camping and the two sons learned to enjoy skiing. They purchased some …

Murdoch’s signs lease for ALCO space in Fraser

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:17pm
Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply has signed a lease to occupy the vacant space in the former ALCO shopping center, the center’s owner said.ALCO vacated the space in February after its parent company, ALCO Stores Inc., filed for bankruptcy in October 2014.Murdoch’s has been in negotiations with the complex’s owner, Western Centers Inc., since November 2014, said Craig Clark.Clark’s company, Fraser Valley Center LLC, has the center under contract and plans to close in October 2015.“As a representative for Western Centers and future owner of the center, we couldn’t be more excited,” Clark said. “I think it’s great for the …

‘Fraser Free Radio’ hits airwaves

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:09pm
Residents of east and central Grand County have a new signal on their radio dials.KFFR 88.3 FM, Grand County’s new community-based non-profit radio station, launched on April 22. By doing so, the station met the construction permit deadline for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and will become a fully licensed FM radio station later this summer.“There are hurdles in creating a sustainable operation and we met our deadline, but it was a challenge with raising money and acquiring the best equipment and technical support. We did manage to meet the April 24 deadline and it was very gratifying,” said Denis …

Grand County moves to alleviate Trough Road movement, settling

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:09pm
Grand County officials hope to a new drainage system can alleviate settling and movement on a landslide area on the Trough Road.The section of road, approximately 3.5 miles from the State Highway 9 intersection, sits atop a hill saturated with groundwater, which causes the hill to move and the roadbed to constantly settle.Road and Bridge Superintendent Ken Haynes said the county hopes a horizontal directional drilling project on the toe of the downhill slope of the road can drain some of that groundwater, mitigating the settling and obviating the Sisyphean task of filling the settled area with gravel year after …

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition receives grant

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:01pm
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition announced today that it has received a $25,000 Daniels Fund grant for the general operating fund of the organization.GFPC provides education and programming for substance abuse prevention for youth and other residents in communities of the 14th Judicial District of Northwest Colorado, including the counties of Grand, Routt and Moffat. “The grant will help enable our offices and programs to continue in this critical work,” said Susan Baird, managing director. “General operating funds support and sustain programming. The best programs and efforts come about only because of dedicated staff with the offices, equipment and professional development …

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Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:01pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is seeking public input on a proposal to include Forest Plan management direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Grand and other counties where forest lands are locatedCurrently, the 1997 Forest Plan does not provide specific direction on how recreational sport shooting should be managed.“Due to increasing residential development, housing density, public use, increased public participation in recreational sport shooting and associated health and safety issues, the U.S. Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to include direction for managing recreational sport shooting,” according to a statement released …

ArtsBeat: Daniel Clowes’s ‘The Complete Eightball’ Comes Out Next Month

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:11pm
Mr. Clowes discusses Eightball’s history and his latest work, “Patience,” a 180-page time-travel adventure due next March from Fantagraphics.






Grand County Real Estate Transactions, April 26 to May 2, 2015

Local News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:45am
Grand County transactions, April 26 to May 2Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub Lot 103, Block 14 – Selene RMOF REO Acquisition II LLC to Daniel Felt, $11,000Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Unit 1709 – Schmidt Living Trust to Derek and Eileen Kiernan Johnson, $364,500Alpine Acres Sub Block 1, Lots 17,18 – William and Janet Busse to Jonathan Raevsky and Katelyn Lapham, $235,000Hot Sulphur Springs Block 9, Lots 7,8 – Daniel Cook to HSS MBAR11 LLC, $105,000Pole Creek Valley Subdivision Lot 87 – Citibank NA TSTE, WAMU Asset Backed Certificates, WAMU Series 2007-HE3 to Jesse Kussow and Kari Moe, $414,900Miller Subdivision TRT 24,25 – …

Bookends: What’s the Best Book That’s Been Made Into a Great Movie?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:12am
Alice Gregory and Charles McGrath discuss the best literature that’s succeeded on the big screen.






‘The Quartet,’ by Joseph J. Ellis

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:30am
Joseph J. Ellis points to a small faction of founders as the driving force behind the Constitution.






‘Freedom of Speech,’ by David K. Shipler

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:30am
David K. Shipler visits free-speech battlegrounds: school curriculums, whistle-blowers, arts funding, the Internet and PACs.






‘Look Who’s Back,’ With a Resurrected Adolf Hitler

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:30am
In Timur Vermes’s novel, a resurrected Führer becomes a media sensation in present-day Germany.






Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:00am

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next."

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Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:03am

The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out, titled It's A Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do.

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Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

NPR Books - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:31pm

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.

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Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

NPR Books - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:23am

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.

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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

NPR Books - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 8:03am

Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."

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'I Take You' Is Madcap Marital Mayhem

NPR Books - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:03am

Eliza Kennedy's snappy new novel follows Lily Wilder, a high-powered litigator conflicted about her upcoming wedding because she's having too much fun with sex, booze and work to settle down.

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