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State of the Colorado River: An unusual year for snowpack, runoff

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:01pm
It’s been a fickle season for snowpack, and runoff could go either way in this unusual water year.That was the message delivered by regional water managers at the Colorado River District’s State of the River meeting on Tuesday evening, May 26, in Granby.During the meeting, officials from the Upper Colorado River Basin’s biggest water interests including Northern Water, Denver Water and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spoke about some of the basin’s biggest issues, including the state of runoff and snowpack in the region and the movement at Ritschard Dam on Wolford Mountain Reservoir.Though snowpack seemed to falter during what …

New chamber director revels in Kremmling’s offerings

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:37pm
“Kremmling is a diamond in the rough, and we love it that way,” says Shelly McManus, who took the helm of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director earlier this spring. “We are untapped and untamed,” she continues, confirming the chamber’s new slogan, one whose powerful, boundless energy is reflected in the speaker herself.McManus is a creative entrepreneur, a live-music devotee, an outdoors explorer, a world traveler, a conversation starter ... who just happens to also have had a long career in the financial services sector.It is this combination of skills and experience, filled out with a natural …

East Grand School District OKs portions of 2015-16 budget

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:21pm
While youngsters across Grand County have been anxiously anticipating the start of summer, officials from the East Grand School District have been busy developing a new budget for next school year.A portion, though not all, of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 was approved by the Board during its meeting on May 19. The EGSD fiscal year runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.During the meeting the Board approved the compensation plan and benefits package for the district for 2016. The new budget includes a 1.7 percent cost of living salary increase for district employees, a 4 …

Blues from the Top profiles: Chris Cain, the ‘best guitarist you’ve never heard of’

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:37pm
Just mention Chris Cain’s name, and musicians in the blues world start buzzing.“Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today,” said blues rock singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa. “The best guitarist you never heard of.”Chicago blues guitarist Kate Moss agrees.“Chris Cain is one the most dynamic artists I’ve ever seen live. His energy and attack are second to none, and on top of that his vocals are amazing.”Cain has been singing the blues since childhood. His father grew up in Memphis, Tenn., on historic Beale Street and loved to share the music with his son.Cain started attending concerts …

Green Corner: Try environmentally sound pest control

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:21pm
It’s that time of the year again when the bugs like to come out and play and move into our homes. Instead of buying expensive poisons that could potential be gotten into by children, pets, or get sucked up into your vegetables, try some of these natural deterrents.There are numerous pests that make their way in once spring has sprung. The biggest problem I have found in Grand County are ants. These guys are relentless and can climb up walls to get in.The best way to really get rid of them is boric acid. This stuff is a naturally mined …

Tips for biking the Fraser Valley with children

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:05pm
It looks like the weather might actually be nice this weekend, or at least a bit nicer. This may be a good time to get out and enjoy the trails with your kids. Nothing can be more rewarding than taking a kid mountain biking. On the other hand nothing can be more frustrating than taking a kid mountain biking. In order to avoid the latter, I thought I would toss out a few ideas to make it an enjoyable experience. The most important part of the ride may be route selection. You want a route that isn’t too long or …

Rau: Here’s to more sunny days

Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:33am
Finally spring has arrived, with occasional return to winter. There has been way too much rain for most of us, and we are yearning for the sunny days we normally have.The snow will come again in spurts but hopefully last only the day and the warm sun will make short work of it. Time to get the garden going, but don’t forget to protect those tender young plants until they can survive the cooler and even cold nights as well as the midday fierce sun. Thanks to nature’s bounty, water is everywhere, even where it isn’t supposed to be.Be careful …

ArtsBeat: James Bond to Find an Old Acquaintance in New Novel: Pussy Galore

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:49am
The author Anthony Horowitz reveals some details of his coming James Bond novel, “Trigger Mortis.”







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Local News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:37am

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

NPR Books - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:18am

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

NPR Books - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00am

As a writer and critic, I am not just bored with this conversation. I am sick of it. I have written these sentences before. I will write them again.

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David McCullough: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:00am
The author, most recently, of “The Wright Brothers” originally planned to write fiction. “Again and again come vivid reminders that the truth often is not only stranger than fiction, but far more remarkable as a story.”







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'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

NPR Books - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 5:03am

Equal parts thriller and alarm call, Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel depicts a future America ravaged by drought. Reviewer Jason Heller says Bacigalupi keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.

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Travel

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:30am
New books take us on a quest for Atlantis, and to Kilimanjaro, Amsterdam, Vietnam, Scandinavia and elsewhere.







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Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:30am
Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted,” Terry Pratchett’s “A Blink of the Screen” and more.







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‘I Take You,’ by Eliza Kennedy

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:30am
In Eliza Kennedy’s salty first novel, a young lawyer named Lily is having serious doubts about getting married.







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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

NPR Books - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:29am

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

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ArtsBeat: Dashiell Hammett Papers Go to University of South Carolina

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:50pm
The Dashiell Hammett archives include hundreds of letters and a replica of the Maltese Falcon.







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In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

NPR Books - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:46pm

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.

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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:23am

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

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