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The Grand County Board of Commissioners has moved to file an appeal in a recent decision to grant Snow Mountain Ranch a full property tax exemption for religious use. The board moved at their Aug. 12 meeting to allow Grand County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola to move forward filing appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals. DiCola had recommended that Grand County Commissioners appeal the decision from the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals to grant religious use tax exemptions to YMCA of the Rockies, which owns Snow Mountain Ranch. “With taxes, we just want to get it right,” DiCola told …
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.
Also, an interview with Ursula Le Guin; notable books coming out this week.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Richard Flanagan, author of the new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Lewis Buzbee's account of his idyllic youth in the California public school system is relentlessly positive, though bracketed with criticism of current school policy and a firm call for more funding.
At age 14, author Aaron Gwyn was lonely and angry. His dad was dead. His mom was addicted to pills. Then he discovered The Stranger, a novel of absurdity and detachment. Somehow, it helped him deal.
In spring 2001, Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton signed up for the National Guard expecting just a few days of drills each month. Soldier Girls tells the stories of their deployments.
Eleanor Davis' gorgeous new How to Be Happy doesn't actually tell you how to be happy; rather, it dramatizes the promise of happiness, and the funny and tragic effects that follow on from it.
Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.
The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.
NPR's Petra Mayer sees the sights at San Diego Comic-Con with Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman — and discusses what happens when wizardly kids have to face an adult world, without mentors.
Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.
GOP House votes on immigration bills last Friday were a gift to Democrats, ensuring high Hispanic support for Democrats for years to come. In Colorado statewide races, the Hispanic vote is significant. More than 485,000 Hispanics, 12 percent of the electorate, are registered to vote. In 2012, President Obama got 75 percent of their vote. Several other battleground states also have large numbers of Hispanic (or Latino) voters, and they could determine the balance in the U.S. Senate. Two Colorado Republican congressmen bucked their party and voted no on the Republican bill. The impact is to deprive Democrats of some …
From Mexico to Chicago, from past to present, Maria Venegas confronts her gun-toting father’s violent legacy.
In Bret Anthony Johnston’s debut novel, the rescue of a missing boy is only the beginning of his family’s healing process.
The heroine of Anya Ulinich’s graphic novel goes on a campaign to rectify her woeful romantic inexperience.
For tens of thousands of Americans who journeyed west, the gold rush offered a chance for a better life.