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Granby musher competes in national race

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:21pm
YMCA of the Rockies Marketing Director Martha Sortland is sleep-deprived. Not from late nights at bars or parties, although the company she keeps can be rowdy and loud. The 29-year-old dog musher is preparing for a 103-mile mid-distance dog sled race starting Sunday, Jan 24. Last Sunday night Sortland, equipped with expedition-weight clothing, a headlamp, and a team of eight enthusiastic Alaskan huskies, covered 50 miles of terrain in two 25-mile runs with four hours of rest in between. Sortland, the dogs, and dog handler and coach, Steve Peterson, got finished well past two in the morning. “It’s a huge …

Celebrate our Park’s Centennial, and ski free

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:01pm
The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Grand Lake Nordic Center is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was created in 1914. The Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate with them the center is offering free ski passes for the official celebration day on Monday, Jan. 26, as well as discounted rental prices of $10. The center will also offer a 1.5-hour guided snowshoe tour at 11 a.m., and a visit from a Park ranger starting at 10:30 a.m. Call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 for more information. Celebrate and enjoy the mountain majesty and …

Celebrate Park Centennial, ski free

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:01pm
The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Grand Lake Nordic Center is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was created in 1914. The Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate with them the center is offering free ski passes for the official celebration day on Monday, Jan. 26, as well as discounted rental prices of $10. The center will also offer a 1.5-hour guided snowshoe tour at 11 a.m., and a visit from a Park ranger starting at 10:30 a.m. Call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 for more information. Celebrate and enjoy the mountain majesty and …

Archery goes Underground in Kremmling

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:45am
KREMMLING — Starting a new business can be a daunting task. But the casual ease Jason Wikberg and Chris Overholt use to discuss their new indoor archery range belies the months of work the two men have put in to make their dream a reality. Archery Underground, an indoor archery range, is scheduled to open Jan. 31 in what was previously the underground bowling ally at 306 Central Ave. Wikberg and Overholt are friends and hunting buddies. The two men have discussed the possibility of opening an archery range for some time. When the basement facility in Kremmling opened up …

Obituary: Arnie J. Green Jr.

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:17am
Arnold “Arnie”Joseph Green Jr., passed away peacefully after a long illness on Jan. 18, 2015, in Colorado. He was a devoted son of Millie Eva Green Hebert and the late Arnold Joseph Green Sr.; devoted step-son of Arthur Hebert; loving father of Amy Z. Green; loving brother of Angela M. Green, Anthony M. Green, Ashley “Stevie” Green and Annette M. Green; loving step-brother of Beverly Sanford, Candace Thagard (Howard), and Arthur G. Hebert; loving brother-in-law of Will Webb, Rita Green, and Joanie Carew; former husband of Ann Anderson Green; dear friend of Courtney Smith. We greatly appreciate the loving care …

Obituary: Gene Darrah

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
Gene Darrah passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS. Gene was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Burwell, Neb., to Lyle “Bud” and Ellen (Meuret) Darrah. Gene grew up on a ranch east of Burwell and attended a one-room country school. In 1953, his parents leased out the family ranch and moved to Grand Island, Neb., so Gene could attend St. Mary’s High School. Gene later graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1957. In 1958, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Grand Junction, where they bought a Holstein dairy farm. …

Delicious Short Stories, Ripe On The Vine In 'Honeydew'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:03am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse has rapturous praise for Edith Pearlman's new story collection: "The first thing I wanted to do after finishing was, well, I wanted to go right back and start from the beginning."

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Muftic: Insulting religion sparks predictable results

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
Je suis Charlie, a cry raised in support of freedom of the press, was an admirable reaction to the terrorist attack on a French weekly publication that specialized in satirical cartoons guaranteed to insult Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and more. Hats off to the million-plus demonstrating in Paris on behalf of freedom of speech, even if many of those marching did not agree with the editorial policy of the publication, Charlie Hebdo. No one in the U.S. mainstream media has published or reproduced the kind of editorial content like Charlie Hebdo. Why? After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect free speech like …

Hamilton — A tale of three soldiers: Gant, Petraeus, and Bergdahl

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
The first word in the Uniform Code of Military Justices (UCMJ) is “uniform,” which doesn’t have to do with the wearing of military uniforms. “Uniform” means that the Code of Military Justice is supposed to be applied “uniformly” to all who serve in our armed forces and are, thereby, subject to its provisions. With that in mind, we come to the strange cases of retired Army Maj. Jim Gant, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who could possibly be tried under the UCMJ for desertion. (See: UCMJ Article 85.) Those who read Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: …

DeVos: Visiting the Red Lobster

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
For years my wife has said, “We should check out the fall colors in New England.” I totally agreed. She wanted to watch leaves turn red and I wanted to watch lobsters turn red. We compromised by planning a seven-day leaf-peeping, crustacean-eating contest along the north Atlantic Coast. The problem is that our dogs are borderline psychotic and we have two screaming feathered pigs that some would charitably call parrots. It’s easy to get someone to house-sit for us once. Not twice. We went through our contact list, searching for someone who hadn’t changed their number or weren’t blocking ours. …

Be a part of fat bike history in Winter Park

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:05am
History is about to made this Sunday, Jan. 25, and you can be a part of it. Winter Park’s first organized group Fat Bike ride is starting at 1:30 p.m. (have to specify as Fat Bike riders sometimes ride late into the night) at Hideaway Park (next to the Winter Park Chamber). Not only will you be part of a historic ride, you will get to ride singletrack Fat Bike trails made by a one of a kind 24-inch-wide groomer. While other resorts are embracing the competitive side of Fat Biking on limited options at cross country ski areas, we …

By the Book: Daniel Handler: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:40am
The author, most recently, of the novel “We Are Pirates” (and, as Lemony Snicket, numerous children’s books) likes to read Miss Manners.






The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:03am

Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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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. …
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