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Hope, but no change

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:09pm
County Road 804, the road that bends around behind Safeway, is the most heavily afficked county road in all of Grand County, according to county commissioner, James Newberry, in a meeting Thursday, April 16.That road is getting some long-needed repairs. Construction will begin in May with completion by October in a joint effort between the county, the town of Fraser and the Winter Park Ranch Water & Sanitation District. Several representatives from these groups, EMTs and law enforcement crowded the Old Church in Fraser, vastly outnumbering the five residents who showed up to hear it.The plan calls for a top-to-bottom …

Muftic: GOP sets sights on Hillary’s character

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:01pm
The GOP primary candidates are revealing common threads in their strategies besides the past year GOP themes. While the past issue positions still are referenced, they are also attempting to do as much damage to their presumed opponent Hillary Clinton early in the game since she still polls well ahead of any announced and unannounced Republican candidates. Many individual voters still ask elected officials “what have you done for me lately?” Off-setting pocket book issues in the minds of voters are party affiliation, demographic identification, the importance of ideology over other considerations, and personal dislike of the candidates’ traits. Which …

Hamilton — EMP attack: What are the after-effects?

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:01pm
Two seemingly unrelated recent events should command the attention of every American. First, the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), at a cost of $700 million, is going to move its communications gear back inside the depths of Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain. Why? Because of the growing threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.Secondly, Russian President Vladimir Putin just announced that Russia will provide Iran with Russia’s first-class S-300 Air Defense System. Ergo: About a year from now Iran’s nuclear-weapons production facilities will be virtually immune from attack by Israel and/or the United States. Moreover, nothing in the pending nuclear-arms agreement restrains …

Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

NPR Books - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:55am

Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.

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Grand County Master Trails Plan just the beginning

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:53am
Headwaters Trails Alliance held a meeting on April 21 to give a brief overview and gather public input for the Master Trails Plan. More than 70 people attended the two sessions. Scott Linnenburger, who has been contracted to complete the plan, did an excellent job of giving an overview as well as explain a few of the hurdles ahead. There are quite a few stakeholders in our area. Some of those are the U.S. Forest Service, the BLM, towns of Winter Park and Fraser, Grand County, private landowners, Winter Park Resort, Denver Water and Grand Adventures.In addition there are special …

Fishing Report: The bite is on

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:45am
Most of the ice in the area is gone, and fishing is great. Egg and worm patterns are working awesome in all the creeks and rivers.Pike in Williams Fork are hitting in the afternoon. Try baits that move VERY slowly. Rainbows and suckers are up in the inlets, worms are working very well. Brown trout are hitting small crank baits and jigs during low light periods. Lake trout are throughout the water column.Bernie Keefe has been guiding the Middle Park area for over 20 years. …

Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 7:53am
Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book 4,” which centers on the author’s yearlong stint as a sexually frustrated young teacher in northern Norway.






Olen Steinhauer: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 7:00am
The author, most recently, of “All the Old Knives” says the best espionage stories “not only ask questions about how spying is performed, but they also question the value of the job itself.”

'Lovelace And Babbage' Is A Thrilling Adventure

NPR Books - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:03am

Sydney Padua's rollicking graphic novel about computing pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend, says critic Etelka Lehoczky.

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ArtsBeat: Star-Studded Book Tour Planned for Judy Blume’s Latest

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:35pm
Ms. Blume will cross the country to promote her new book for adults, “In the Unlikely Event.”






ArtsBeat: Baryshnikov to Perform in a Show Based on Brodsky’s Poetry

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:42am
The show will not use dance, Mr. Baryshnikov said, but will incorporate body language along with selected poems by Joseph Brodsky.






Toni Morrison's New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

NPR Books - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:03am

The Nobel Prize winner has become a giant in the literary world, but reviewer Saeed Jones says that her latest novel can only stand with confidence when it has the idea of the author as its spine.

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'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

NPR Books - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:03am

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse, alternate-history Wild West, full of talking animals and vampires.

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‘Mr. West,’ Sarah Blake’s Poems About Kanye West

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:30am
A “lyric biography” traces the career and influence of Kanye West.






Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Map: Collected and Last Poems’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:30am
This Nobel Prize-winning poet was interested in everything here on earth.






‘The Do-Over,’ by Kathleen Ossip

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:30am
In a wide-ranging collection, sonnets, acrostics and prose poems explore mortality and loss.






Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

NPR Books - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:01am

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.

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ArtsBeat: New $200,000 Carnegie Fellowships to Aid Researchers in Humanities and Social Science

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:05pm
The award, to be given annually, supports a year or two of full-time research and writing.






Grand County clerk, treasurer, assessor discuss their elected offices

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:49pm
Three of Grand County’s elected officials met with citizens to discuss their positions and experiences at the Grand County Democrats’ monthly meeting on Monday, April 20.The meeting was the first in a series called “Eyes Wide Open” that seeks to elucidate the “process and responsibilities of county government.”The following is an abridged excerpt from the exchange, edited for clarity.Sarah Rosene Clerk and Recorder What skills did you have going into office?Before I ran for county clerk, I actually worked as a title examiner for Grand County Abstract. I did work in the assessor’s office before that and when I ran …

‘Michelle Obama: A Life,’ by Peter Slevin

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:34pm
Michelle Robinson Obama, an Ivy League-educated lawyer, has deep roots in the city of her birth.






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