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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:16pm

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.

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Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:17am
In “Ghettoside,” Jill Leovy describes a homicide case in South Los Angeles to examine the epidemic of unsolved murders of African-American men in America.

'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:03am

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03am

Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country — all in a controlled, icy-cool style.

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County retains information systems director

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to retain the county’s director of information systems. Commissioner James Newberry made a motion to terminate Martin Woros, effective immediately, at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting, “I am disheartened by it, but in recent events, things that have come to the attention of the commissioners, and for the safety of the employees, I would make a motion that Grand County terminate Martin Woros,” Newberry said during the meeting. The board did not elaborate on the information that led Newberry to make the motion. County Attorney Jack DiCola told the board that …

Community Briefs

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
Movie celebrates Park’s 100th anniversary Jan. 26 is a significant date in the history of Rocky Mountain National Park. On that date in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the Park. To commemorate this centennial the Rocky Mountain Conservancy commissioned a film “Rocky Mountain National Park: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder.” This centennial movie will premiere in our area on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Refreshments will be served after the film. …

ArtsBeat: Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Announced

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:20pm
Among the writers whose books were nominated: Thomas Piketty, Phil Klay, Chang-rae Lee, Marlon James, and Marilynne Robinson.

BLM plans to burn slash piles south of Parshall

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:01pm
The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn 75 slash piles of lodgepole pine now through February if weather conditions are favorable. Fire personnel burned 35 slash piles in December. Slash piles are burned when snow is at least 3 inches or more on the ground and the chance of fire spreading is unlikely. The burn pile locations are on BLM land and are the result of timber sales and salvage and/or fuel reduction treatments of beetle killed lodgepole pine. The Mule Creek prescribed burn project area is eight miles south of Parshall off Grand County …

Summit County DA investigating James Newberry over mileage charges

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:29pm
The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into allegations of impropriety by a Grand County commissioner. The allegations stem from revelations brought to light in July that County Commissioner James Newberry had filed expense reports for the same mileage to both Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, of which Newberry is president. Newberry has maintained that his actions did not violate the law or county policy. “My comment would be, I welcome the investigation and having fresh eyes on it, and I guess that’s it,” Newberry said. A letter from Grand County Attorney Jack …

Granby welcomes new police officer

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:49pm
The snowy cold and serene beauty of small town America are a long way from the hot and dusty streets of Las Vegas where Officer Jeff Heitzenrater started his career in law enforcement. Now he’s patrolling the highways and byways around Granby, and while he jokes about dealing with the temperatures, he says he and his family are enjoying their new home very much. Heitzenrater was welcomed by the Granby Board of Trustees this week and has been serving the citizenry of Granby since the beginning of December. The 33-year-old Brockway, Pa., native originally went to school for multi-media technology …

Granby mourns passing of civic leader Raffety

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:41pm
As the New Year dawned Grand County lost one of its civic leaders. On Jan. 1 longtime Granby Mayor and Town Trustee Ed Raffety passed away from natural causes in Denver. Raffety became a leading figure in local government beginning in the early 1990s and continuing through the next two decades. Raffety and his wife Pat first moved to Grand County in 1969 from Denver, settling into a home on the north fork of the Colorado River. The couple opened Mr. Ed’s Market in Granby. During this time Ed got a taste of his future civic involvement when he spearheaded …

Book Review: 'The Jaguar's Children' By John Vaillant

NPR Books - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant.

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ArtsBeat: James Patterson’s Most Expensive, Exploding Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:11pm
His next book “Private Vegas,” to be published on Jan. 26, will have a special, exploding edition, to be sold for $294,038.

ArtsBeat: ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ Delays Plans for Broadway

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:10pm
The play will extend its run in Toronto; advance sales for a Broadway run have been sluggish.

‘Guantánamo Diary,’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:19pm
“Guantánamo Diary” is a profound account by a current detainee of what it’s like to be collateral damage in the war against terror.

Boston Brass performs Jan. 23 in Tabernash

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:09pm
Called North America’s finest brass ensemble, the Boston Brass performs for the first time in the Grand County Concert Series, with RE/MAX Peak to Peak, Town of Winter Park, Vasquez Inn and Volario’s as the Supporting Sponsors for the concert. The musicians of the Boston Brass have the credentials and history to deliver a unique evening of entertainment. From Costa Rica, Jose Sibaja, trumpet, has held positions with the Miami Symphony, Sinfonieta de Caracas and Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela. He’s active in South Florida’s Latin music scene and toured the world in Ricky Martin’s band for eight years. Sibaja has performed …
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