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Surf’s up: Gore Canyon Whitewater Park ‘open for non-business’

Local News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:53pm
Stakeholders from Grand County, Eagle County and the Bureau of Land Management met on Wednesday, May 13, with staff from Kissner General Contractors and RiverRestoration for a post-construction inspection of the newly completed Gore Canyon Recreation In-Channel Diversion project at the popular Pumphouse Recreation Area near Kremmling. The park, known as the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, is the cumulation of five years of coordinated effort involving extensive planning, outreach, negotiation, water court processes, engineering, fundraising and permitting. Taking the lead on the initiative were Grand County commissioners, one of five major funding partners, including Eagle County, the Department of Local …

'Black Snow' Is A Lyrical Landscape Of Hope And Menace

NPR Books - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:03am

Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch's new novel follows an Irish farmer in 1945, struggling against adversity. Critic Alan Cheuse says Lynch's prose is so gorgeous, it makes him want to give up writing.

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Blues from the Top profiles: Eric Gales lets his music do the talking

Local News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:53am
Blues guitarist Eric Gales can’t always tell people what he’s thinking. But after decades of performing he knows one thing: What he can’t express in words will always come out in his music.“Sometimes I can’t speak what I want to say,” Gales said. “But I can play it.”Gales, who grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the youngest of five boys, began that conversation on the drums. He started playing when he was just 4 years old.“I grew up in a home full of musicians,” Gales said. “I loved it.”Soon after, one of brothers handed him a guitar.“I picked it up the …

Take care of Fraser Valley’s trails this time of year

Local News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:05am
I’m writing this and trying to be in denial that the weather forecast for sunny and warm was wrong. Of course, that is the forecast I wanted to believe and not the accurate one of unsettled weather with a strong chance for rain.Rain and snow at this time of year makes it a bit difficult and sometimes frustrating to get out on the trails. What was dry last week is wet again. he ground is already saturated from the melting snow. Add to that a bit of rain with some snow, and you have at times some muddy conditions. Some …

Letter: Grand County was well represented during water negotiations

Local News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:49am
To the Editor:I have known John Dickinson for over 35 years, and I have always liked him, but like me he too is not always right. It hurt to read that he was critical of the way that Lurline Undebrink Curran represented Grand County in the negotiations with Denver Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.The only thing weak about the representation that Grand County had during these negotiations was the position that Colorado water law put them in from the beginning. Denver and Northern own enough water rights in Grand County to legally dry up the headwaters of …

'Millionaire' Tracks One Man's Fruitful Obsession With The Bard Of Avon

NPR Books - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:03am

Andrea Mays' new book digs into the history of Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Library, the legacy of oilman Henry Clay Folger — who, like William Shakespeare, found his greatest fame in death.

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Joseph J. Ellis: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00am
The historian and author, most recently, of “The Quartet” keeps Plato, Kant, Hume, Locke and Nietzsche on his shelves. “Just looking over at them reminds me that once upon a time I was a very serious young man.”


In 'Paddy Buckley' Suffering Through Four Last Days With Dark Comedy

NPR Books - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:03am

Jeremy Massey's debut novel centers on an undertaker with magical abilities — like communicating with dogs and flies. Critic Jason Sheehan says Massey has an eye for black humor.

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‘James Merrill: Life and Art,’ by Langdon Hammer

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:30am
A biography of James Merrill looks at the work that grew from his life, and at his literary collaboration with a longtime partner.


‘Weed the People,’ by Bruce Barcott

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:30am
More than 40 years after Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, America is rethinking its relationship to marijuana.


‘Rise of the Robots’ and ‘Shadow Work’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:02am
“Rise of the Robots” explores how technology threatens even the nimblest and most expensively educated, and “Shadow Work” shines light on the increase of unpaid work.


A Fortune In Folios: One Man's Hunt For Shakespeare's First Editions

NPR Books - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:24am

Henry Folger once spent nearly a year's salary on a William Shakespeare first folio. In The Millionaire and the Bard, Andrea Mays chronicles his obsession with collecting the playwright's work.

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Letter: It’s up to locals to control underage tobacco use

Local News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:Every year 480,000 people die from smoking related diseases. Approximately 42,000 of those deaths are non-smokers who were exposed to second-hand smoke. Nicotine, the substance found in cigarettes, dip, chew, cigarillos, snus, and electronic cigarettes, is reportedly just as addictive and difficult to quit as heroin.On behalf of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a substance abuse prevention nonprofit, I urge citizens of Grand County to examine our collective attitude toward smoking, and consider the health implications.According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2013, more than one in five Grand County junior and senior males use tobacco dip or chew; …

Letter: Why keep a package that’s not yours?

Local News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:This is to the person that chose to pick up a package from our Granby Post Office that was clearly not yours and keep it, delivered on April 28. You picked up the package at the counter with my name on it, and I’m sure there isn’t another MARY TINDLE here in Grand County.What has happened to Grand County? It was not yours to get. That package was a gift. WAS, [but] not now. My mother always taught us treat people they way you wanted to be treated. All I have to say now is KARMA ...Cathy TindleGranby …

Letter: Who benefits from Winter Park bus system?

Local News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:I see that Intrawest figured out how to unload the current shuttle bus system to the town(s).I know that the town(s) are rolling in taxpayer money (ha-ha!). Intrawest, which is now and forever the biggest user of the bus system, has figured out how to dump the cost off onto the taxpayers and improve their corporate bottom line all at once, and avoid the necessity of an election for now. Good for them, Bad for us.Just how big a bus system will Intrawest (and those in favor of tax- funded buses) be demanding? Will you all be satisfied …

Letter: Radical Islam deserves ridicule

Local News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:The Texas Mohammed cartoon contest turned out to be a success in at least two ways. First, it rid us of two radical Islamist crazies, and second, it reminded us that there are those who seek to deny us our right of free speech.We have all seen, read and heard despicable slurs made toward various racial, political, gender and religious people, beliefs and groups. The cartoon contest should have come and gone like other such activities. The attack seems to demonstrate a need for free speech to be tested from time to time. We don’t want any group …

'Nimona' Shifts Shape And Takes Names — In Sensible Armor, Of Course

NPR Books - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:33pm

Comics creator Noelle Stevenson has written for Boom! Studios and Marvel's new female Thor. Her webcomic Nimona, about a young shapeshifter with a streak of villainy, has just been released as a book.

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Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:53pm

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.

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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:40am

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Orwell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.

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ArtsBeat: Sheri Fink and Joshua Horwitz Are Among PEN Award Winners

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:14am
Ms. Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial” won the John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

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