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Philip Ziegler’s ‘Olivier’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:17am
A biography of the “strangely hidden” man who, since boyhood, wanted to be “the greatest actor in the world.”

‘Brando’s Smile,’ by Susan L. Mizruchi

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:17am
A biographer of Marlon Brando delves into the archives and tries to demystify her complex subject.

Letters: The Word

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:15am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.

ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:09pm
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.

‘The Utes Must Go,’ a history chat

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:53pm
Peter R. Decker, college professor, author, policy analyst and rancher, combines his knowledge, experience and education in his many books about the West, including “The Utes Must Go,” his book and the topic of his lecture at Cozens Ranch Museum, a free event scheduled for 5 p.m. July 25. Decker attended boarding school, Middlebury College, and earned his Ph.D. in American History at Columbia University. In 1974, after teaching at Barnard College, he was ready to head West. He and his wife found a ranch in Ouray County. In 1980 they moved permanently and now Decker is owner and operator …

Economy gaining steam in East Grand County

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:25pm
A recent slew of business openings and improvements in Winter Park could be a sign that the economy is rebounding. The recently opened Vasquez Creek Inn and Hideaway Park Brewery are the latest examples of business owners investing in the downtown area. “Things are improving and looking better, and people’s businesses are growing,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce. The property transaction for Vasquez Creek Inn, formerly the German-style inn and restaurant Gasthaus Eichler, closed on Sept. 6, 2013, for $1.4 million, according to the Grand County assessor’s website. Bob and Suzanne …

Ben Macintyre’s ‘A Spy Among Friends’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:08pm
Ben Macintyre’s latest nonfiction thriller, “A Spy Among Friends,” is about Kim Philby, the high-level British spymaster who turned out to be a Russian mole.

Kai Bird’s ‘The Good Spy’ and Jack Devine’s ‘Good Hunting’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:08pm
Kai Bird tells the story of Robert Ames, an American operative in the Middle East, while Jack Devine’s memoir recounts his time helping rebel fighters battle Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

Obituary: Francis Warren Rempel

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:57pm
Grand Lake and Denver resident the Rev. Dr. Warren Rempel, cofounder of the Shadowcliff Retreat Center and retired minister of Trinity Church in the Pines in Grand Lake, passed away Dec. 27, 2013. The Shadowcliff Lodge Chapel will host a celebration of his life from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 405 Summerland Park Road, followed by a reception from 2 to 3:30p.m. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott, who died in 1989, and his three sisters, Mary, Margery and Dorothy. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patt Wylder Rempel, …

Obituary: Bruce Alan Lang

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:49pm
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bruce was known as a colorful local character of Winter Park for the last 40 years. His quick-witted one-liners are his legacy to those who crossed paths with him. For those who knew him more than casually, he shared intellectual and deep discussions, along with many laughs in between. He was a “Cat In the Hat” (his favorite author Dr. Seuss). He survived many lives as a cat would. He left us peacefully in his sleep free of dependence and pain. He loved the mountains and would never leave Grand County; even Denver was too far …

Letter: Kremmling Chamber director didn’t understand community

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:25pm
To the Editor: When I read the opinion piece in the July 24 Sky-Hi News offered by Christine Mahorney, who is the outgoing Kremmling Chamber director, she said she moved to Kremmling because she liked the community and the schools. While any reasonable person condones respectful debate on delicate subjects and not bullying, harassment, or hate mail, just what about Kremmling made her believe the community was largely in favor of expanding beer gardens at public events? Most people don’t give a rip what one does privately behind closed doors and are generally in favor of business establishments that are …

Jon DeVos: The Q is out there somewhere

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:17pm
It was in high school that true love dragged me into typing class. I would have followed Mary Ellen Shea anywhere those days, but fortunately we only had to go as far as Sister Mary Bernice in Room 213. Unfortunately, that’s also as far as it went with Mary Ellen Shea. She started hanging on the football quarterback and my interest in stupid typing waned as quickly as my interest in stupid Mary Ellen. So that’s how I learned how to type, sort-of. I’m pretty firm on the stuff around the center of the keyboard but the keys get squishier …

Grand County real estate transactions, July 13-19, 2014

Local News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:53pm
TRT 3 SEC 35 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Francis Delay and Kristie Holford-Delay to Jeremiah and Kimberly Huntington, $465,000 Elk Creek Village Filing 1, Unit D, Bldg A – Debra Thurston to Sarah Baker, $205,000 Ice Box Estates Lot 14 – Karl and Christina Smith to Thomas Rutkowski and Victoria Peglar, $392,500 Ridge Estates No. 2, Lot 10 – Neal Trust to John and Catherine Logan, $65,000 Val Moritz Village 1st Filing, Lot 14, Block 3 – Douglas Streepey and Lisa Yoakum to Karen M Bonde Trust, $65,000 Val Moritz Village 1st Filing, Lot …

Lake Granby spill ends

Local News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:09am
Water that began to spill over the Granby Dam spillway at Lake Granby on Wednesday, July 16, is now headed instead toward the Front Range through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. The lake officially started spilling last Wednesday, according to Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, when the water level reached 8,279.5 feet. Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wrote in an email late Tuesday night, July 22, that the spill had ended and diversions to the Front Range through the tunnel increased to 408 cubic feet per second. Meanwhile, she wrote, releases from the dam into the Colorado …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:45pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service declared a small fire on Vasquez Ridge contained Tuesday evening. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, grew to be a bit more than 50 feet by 100 feet in size, said Reid Armstrong, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Suphur Ranger District. The USFS used helicopter support to douse the fire because it was so inaccessible, Armstrong said. Officials believe the fire was human caused, though the USFS is still investigating, Armstrong said. No structures were damaged during the fire, which occurred in an area …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:45pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were fighting a small fire on Vasquez Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, was reported to be about 50 feet by 100 feet in size, according to a press release from the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. Helicopter support was en route to the fire as of 3 p.m. Tuesday No structures were being threatened, according to the press release. Smoke from the fire may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40. …

Photos: Winter Park Jazz Festival

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:37pm

Remembering a giant of Grand Lake

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
When I asked people what kind of man Warren Rempel was, a few recurring themes were worthy of note. Peacemaker, tenacious, dynamic, vital, remarkable, firebrand – these were just a few of the adjectives that adorn Rempel’s memory in the minds of those whose lives he touched in some way. Rempel, a stalwart in the Grand Lake community and a champion of humanity, died on Dec. 27, 2013. He was survived by his wife Patt, his daughter Sue and his son Peter. Rempel left behind a legacy of charity and goodwill that exists not only in the minds of those …

Grand Lake residents peruse streetscape, signage ideas

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
The Town of Grand Lake held a public outreach meeting to gather public feedback on its streetscape and way finding master plans on Friday, July 17. Representatives from Grand Lake, Munn Architecture and Terracina Design presented photos of various examples of streetscapes and signage and asked citizens to rate each one. Munn Architecture and Terracina Design have partnered under contract with the town to develop the two master plans. The streetscape master plan focuses on sidewalks, outdoor eating areas, storefront improvements, and pedestrian and vehicular access to Grand Avenue. The way-finding master plan focuses on signage around downtown Grand Lake. …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Local News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:29pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were fighting a small fire on Vasquez Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, was reported to be about 50 feet by 100 feet in size, according to a press release from the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. Helicopter support was en route to the fire as of 3 p.m. Tuesday No structures were being threatened, according to the press release. Smoke from the fire may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40. …
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