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Hamilton — Deflategate: Change the rules

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:53pm
Instead of Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, or even Ferguson, this week’s news space is taken up by NFL football inflation stories that would benefit by some scientific input. So, here goes: Two hours and 15 minutes prior to kick-off, each team submits for official inspection the 12 footballs it wants its offense to use during the game. The official norm is between 13.5 and 12.5 pounds of pressure. Despite the fact that the officials handle the ball before and after every down, the officiating team at the recent New England Patriots’ 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts …

Munro: Hugo Post, R.I.P.

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:29pm
Reporting and editing hundreds of stories per year can change one’s perspective on the news. Incidents others might interpret as unusual or noteworthy sometimes pass as mundane to hardened newsroom denizens. One story can fade into another, and sometimes in the crunch of deadline, expedience takes precedence over writing a perfect headline or crafting that precise turn of phrase. But one thing we prefer to preserve above all else is our basic humanity. I was thinking about this recently while reading an email from Jennifer Post. You have no reason to recognize that name, and neither did I until I …

Rau: Stagecoach Classic draws 500 skiers

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:13pm
Last weekend over 500 people enjoyed the trail that for many years connected Devil’s Thumb Ranch with the old Idlewild ski area next to the town of Winter Park. Last year was the inaugural event opening this trail again after many years closed off by new landowners in the valley. With the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service and some creative rerouting among private landowners, Devil’s Thumb and the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber groomed a 15 km trail that is only open once a year. The day was typical Colorado starting cold and warming up to low 20s and somewhat cloudy. …

Habitat for Humanity seeks applications for 2015 home

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:57pm
Habitat for Humanity of Grand County is seeking applicants for its 2015 Habitat house. Habitat works with volunteers, local businesses, churches, and a family in need of better housing to build a simple, affordable, energy efficient home. When the house is completed, we sell the home to the family with an affordable monthly mortgage payment. Habitat builds homes to meet Energy Star standards thus making sure that a family can have the lowest possible heating bills as well as a very low cost mortgage. To date the organization has completed 11 Habitat homes in Grand County, five in Granby, one …

Fraser Valley Lions Club awards $37K in nonprofit grants

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:41pm
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Fraser River Valley Lions Club hosted a luncheon at the YMCA of the Rockies to present checks for dollars granted to nonprofit organizations in Grand Ccounty. The gifts totaled $37,585 in categories including arts and culture, education, families and children, sports and recreation, and miscellaneous.  Forty-two grantees had submitted applications to the Lions Club, describing the ways funds would be used to enhance the lives of people in Grand County. Having been advised of their selection and grant amounts, each organization sent representatives to the event to enjoy lunch with Lions and other nonprofits, and to take home their checks to benefit their …

In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

NPR Books - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Photos: Winter Park Resort celebrates 75th

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:45am

Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

NPR Books - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:39am

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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River district frets over flawed dam above Kremmling

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:29am
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado River District board of directors was told last week it is time to address the steady settling and movement occurring in Ritschard Dam, which holds back 66,000 acre-feet of water to form Wolford Mountain Reservoir, 5 miles upstream of Kremmling. “The continued movement of the dam at Wolford Mountain Reservoir is the most important issue currently facing the River District,” states a Jan. 8 memo from John Currier, the chief engineer at the district. Though the dam is far from being at risk of failure, if that happened at some point in the future with …

Free Chili Social on Jan. 30 in Granby gets the toes a-tappin’!

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:21am
So many of us love to live here in the Rockies, riding bikes and hiking during the summer, skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter. But for more than a few Grand County residents, there is another fun and physical activity that keeps them moving all year long. It’s a great cardio work-out, keeps their minds sharp and alert, and quite frankly, is just a whole lot of fun. Welcome to the wonderful and often misunderstood world of Modern Western Square Dancing. Around in various forms since the 1800s, and currently the Official Dance of Colorado, square dancing saw its popularity …

Great Fraser Valley trails didn’t build themselves

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:13am
The past few days of spring-like weather has me thinking about summer. I was thinking it was May and not January. Even the ice in my driveway was beginning to melt. Friends’ pictures of weekend birthday getaways in the desert reminded me of the warmth you feel on a July day. My fat tire rides took me on some of my favorite summer trails. My mind starts to think of all the effort that goes into the trail experience I was having that day. Even though I was on snow the trail begins from the dirt below. Many a hard …

Winter Park’s Irving posts double win on national tour

Local News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:53am
Birk Irving of Winter Park won both the mens halfpipe and slopestyle competitions on Wednesday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa., competing at the second stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, according to The 15-year-old rookie team rider dominated the 22-foot halfpipe, posting the two highest scores of the day and landing a switch cork 900 for the first time, according to the website. On the slopestyle course, Irving linked a switch rightside 900 to a leftside double 1260 to ice his win. “It’s crazy to think about sweeping pipe and slope, because last year I was just doing …

Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:03am

Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:03am

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed follow-up to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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Parcells' Book Details Highs And Lows Of His NFL Coaching Career

NPR Books - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:03am

Bill Parcells recently recounted his life and career in a memoir, Parcells: A Football Life. David Greene sits down with Parcells to talk about his legacy, and the challenges the league faces today.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

NPR Books - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

NPR Books - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:59am
Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.

By the Book: Kelly Link: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:00am
The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”

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