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‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me,’ by Sofka Zinovieff

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:12am
In the 1930s and ’40s, a resplendent English estate was the home of a most unconventional family.

The Shortlist: ‘We Could Not Fail,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:00am
New books include “We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.”

Author’s Note: Romanticizing the Reader

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:42am
Diane Ackerman says that readers and writers provide a kind of outside family for one another.

‘I Refuse,’ by Per Petterson

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:22am
Per Petterson’s new novel is about lost parents and the unexpectedly divergent paths of childhood friends who meet again as adults.

‘Lurid & Cute,’ by Adam Thirlwell

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:15am
A loafer lapses into a hedonistic, drug-hazed life.

Imaging the future: Students excited about Middle Park High’s new 3D printers

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:21pm
Two relatively small machines sit atop a work counter in Middle Park High School.They are not much bigger than a microwave and as they operate the machines make a sound not unlike an old dial-up Internet connection. Each machine has an arm that moves suddenly and precisely in sweeping, circling and jerking motions dispensing a small stream of liquid plastic resin. In a few short hours each machine will slowly form an object where once there was only empty space.The machines are known as 3D printers, and while the technology behind them was developed in the 1980s, the printers have …

Bob Singley, Winter Park skiing legend, inducted into Hall of Fame

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:41pm
Bob Singley is a pretty humble guy.Though he’s arguably one of the most important figures of the freestyle skiing revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s, he doesn’t like to make a big fuss about it.When contacted for this article, Singley was a bit reluctant.“Oh, you know, I really think people are tired of hearing about me,” he said with genuine concern.But try as he might to avoid the limelight, Singley is once again making headlines.Later this year, the legendary skier and stuntman will be inducted to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame as an athlete and pioneer of …

Seeds to sow: Grand Roots offers seed library and edible gardens

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:33pm
Jessica Foley, a mother of two in Grand Lake, did not set out to create the Grand Roots Project, Grand County’s non-genetically modified seed bank. Three years ago she wasn’t an experienced gardener, and she bought her food at the grocery store.But like many parents, she was concerned about what her family was eating.In 2012, Foley’s 4-year-old son was exhibiting some behaviors that worried her. He missed social milestones and preferred isolation over interaction.Foley changed one thing that she could — his diet. She prepared all organic food for her family for three days, and immediately saw a dramatic difference. …

Letter: The irony of gun control

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:37pm
To the Editor:As former New York City mayor Bloomberg continues to promote his laugh-inducing pursuit of saving us all from kid-gobbling pop machines, the world watches.While our government works to pry the rifles from the hands of patriotic Americans, the world is watching.As the Iranians observe us, they giggle at our current administration’s politically obsessed attempts at disarming Americans. Meanwhile, they chant “Death to America!” their fists held high in the air. To them, a disarmed U.S. would be highly desirable. We are an American populace that still foolishly believes that Russia is no longer an enemy, or a threat. …

Letter: Let’s remedy Colorado’s lack of respect for unborn children

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:21pm
To the Editor:In 2004, Congress enacted, and President Bush signed, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes the “child in utero” as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal crimes of violence. The law defines “child in utero” as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”These are all legal terms for an unborn child. How can Colorado law define a child that has not yet taken a breath of Colorado air not a victim? That …

Play Days fundraiser: good food, music April 30

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:21pm
Good food, live music by Matty Brown, a silent auction with tons of offerings and socializing are all part of the annual Granby Play Days Preschool fundraiser dinner set to start at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Brickhouse 40 in Granby. A portion of all dinner proceeds will go to the operations of the preschool, located in the little red schoolhouse at First and Jasper Streets in Granby. Silent auction proceeds will also fund the school.“We’re inviting the community to bring their family and come out and have a good time while benefiting a good cause,” says Gretta Fosha, …

ArtsBeat: Reese Witherspoon Will Be the Voice of Harper Lee’s Second Novel

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:15pm
The actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

Bike Granby Ranch, Trestle named among best in Colorado

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
An online guide has listed two Grand County mountain bike parks among the best in the state.Both Bike Granby Ranch and Trestle Bike Park were named to Mountain Advisor’s list of the five best mountain bike parks in Colorado.Mountain Advisor is an online adventure travel guide owned by the same parent company as Transworld and Bike magazines.Trestle took the second spot, while Granby Ranch was fifth.“It’s good,” said Jamie Wolter, Granby Ranch’s bike park manager, of the recognition. “It’s exciting.”Both Granby Ranch and Trestle offer unique opportunities for all varieties and skill levels of mountain biking. Trestle recently announced the …

Obituary: Yvette Guertner

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
Yvette Guertner, 62, of Grand Lake passed away April 17, 2015, at home surrounded by family and friends. Yvette was born May 12, 1952, in Keene, N.H., to Norman and Lorette (Dumas) Piper. She enjoyed working retail sales in Grand Lake, most recently at Whispering Pines.She is survived by husband Mike Guertner of Grand Lake; son Shawn Guertner and family of Aurora; sister Barbara Ouellette of Keene, N.H.; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Tracy Lynn.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Yvette’s name to Heart of the Mountains Hospice, PO …

DeLores WoodsJune 3, 1922 – April 3, 2015

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
DeLores Woods passed away in her home in Granby on April 3. Born in Tipton,Okla., on June 3, 1922, to Jake and Lenora Dick, she married Harold Woods on Jan. 17, 1940. They had two children, Barbara Jean and Billy Dean Woods. DeLores has five granddaughters Tammy (Preston) Pearman, Vicki Adamson, Lisa (Kevin) Schucard ,Shelly (Tyler) Dickey, Wendi Archer (Jeff Weaver) and grandson Tim Woods. Daughter in-law Sandy Woods. DeLores has five great grandchildren Lenea, Kayla, Shayla, Madison, Brode, and Ethan and one great-great granddaughter Kaleah.Services will be held Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at St.Johns Episcopal church, 390 …

Kremmling workshop focuses on heritage and ag tourism

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:25pm
Agritourism will be the featured topic of a one-day Colorado Tourism Office workshop coming to Kremmling on Wednesday, May 6, at the Allington Inn & Suites.The workshop is tailored to the needs of the community. Ranches and farms are encouraged to participate in this program if you are interested in additional income for your business. The State of Colorado has decided to promote agritourism for rural economic development.The workshop, which is from 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. will include lunch provide by the Colorado Tourism Office. RSVP to or (970) 874-9532.“Agritourism” is defined as the practice of engaging in …

Colorado Basin snowpack still sub-par

Local News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:17pm
Last week’s storms, which snarled I-70 and calmed fears of an early start to wildfire season, didn’t significantly improve the regional water supply picture. April 20 snowpack levels in Western Colorado ranged from 40 percent of average in the Southwestern basins to 71 percent in the Colorado Basin. The statewide snowpack was at 61 percent of average.The South Platte Basin snowpack, upstream from Colorado’s most populated areas, got the biggest bump out of the storms and reached 94 percent of average. Combined with above-average Front Range storage, that should take some pressure off diversions from Grand County. However, statewide, the …

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 …
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