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Obituary: John Brice Sheriff

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:25pm
John Brice Sheriff was born May 25, 1926, in Denver to Glenn and Adaline Morgan Sheriff. His whole life revolved around operating the Sheriff Ranch, which was homesteaded by his great-grandmother and grandfather in 1881.He attended 12 years of school in Hot Sulphur Springs in the building that now houses the Grand County Museum. John served his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1944 through 1946. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the Japanese signed the surrender, ending the World War II. Three days later he walked through the …

U.S. House passes RMNP “wedge” legislation

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:25pm
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to incorporate a wedge of land located between Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest into the Arapaho National Forest.The bill was approved by a vote of 381-30. It is the first Democratic bill from the House Natural Resources Committee to be approved by the full House this session. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who represents Grand County and other portions of north central Colorado. The bill is officially titled “The Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015.” The legislation will incorporate 10 previously privately owned …

Mountain Parks Electric prepares for multimillion-dollar meter project

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Beginning this month Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) will be installing new advanced meters throughout its service region.The new meters will transmit electricity usage data via a radio frequency to MPE headquarters. MPE officials hope to complete the full project by December 2016.A factsheet provided by MPE points out that currently approximately 50 percent of U.S. households have advanced meter systems for their electricity usage. Most of MPE’s existing meters, 83 percent, are already remotely read. The data from those meters is transmitted via a grounded neutral wire in the existing power-line infrastructure. The data is sent to substations throughout the …

Munro: This land is our land, part deux

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:29pm
Back in late February, in the throes of a bad case of cabin fever, I penned a screed about a nascent movement across the West to transfer ownership of federal lands to the states, or perhaps even into private hands. At the time, the prospect appeared dim.Then, as if on cue, the stage lights clanked on with the subtlety of a train horn in a library. The Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth passed a budget amendment in late March supporting the concept of selling, transferring or trading federal land to the states. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, …

Guest opinion: ‘Corrupt system’ led to Judge McClelland’s ouster

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:05pm
I read Kim Trygg’s letter concerning Judge McClelland’s non-retain vote by the District Judicial Performance Commission.While Ms. Trygg has the procedure for Judicial Retention correct, what we all fail to realize is that the system has been intentionally and covertly biased to retain certain judges and not retain certain others. A succinct review of the process is necessary to show what I will call a “judicial scam” perpetrated by certain parties in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Administrative Division of the Supreme Court, and members of the State Colorado Judicial Performance Commission.1. After an initial “probationary” period of two years; …

Swiftboaters gear up for contest

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Beware the Swiftboaters bearing tidings of wrongdoing . They may be trying to sink your candidate.Swiftboaters have been in business ever since politics in a democracy and a free press existed, but they did not get their name until the 2004 presidential campaign. It has become the modern word for unfair campaign smear tactics.In 2004 a 527 political group ”Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” drew on a book by John O’Neill, political activist supporting the Vietnam War since 1971 and a longtime antagonist of John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president. The Swiftboater group ran ads near the end of …

Swiftboaters gear up for 2016 contest

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Beware the Swiftboaters bearing tidings of wrongdoing . They may be trying to sink your candidate.Swiftboaters have been in business ever since politics in a democracy and a free press existed, but they did not get their name until the 2004 presidential campaign. It has become the modern word for unfair campaign smear tactics.In 2004 a 527 political group ”Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” drew on a book by John O’Neill, political activist supporting the Vietnam War since 1971 and a longtime antagonist of John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president. The Swiftboater group ran ads near the end of …

Hamilton — ObamaCare: Where is it now?

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Whatever happened to ObamaCare? Well, right now it is stuck like an unplugged electric car high-centered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS).Thirty-six states did not bite on the ObamaCare lure to create state-run insurance exchanges. The SCOTUS may rule that the folks who signed up for ObamaCare in those 36 States are not eligible for the federal subsidies (taxpayer handouts) that make ObamaCare less costly.But how did ObamaCare become law in the first place? Number one, it needed Democrats to control the House, the Senate and the White House. Number two, it required a convoluted scheme to …

DeVos: They wouldn’t, would they?

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
The cost of the 2016 election may top $5 billion. Wow, even saying it slow, five-thousand-million dollars is a bunch of money to throw away on yard signs. Why it might even be enough to finish off the VA hospital in Aurora.But it seems to me there’s a more transparent way to get to where we’re headed. Why not just auction off public officials to the highest bidder? Of course I know that’s exactly what we’re doing now, but the money is being frittered away on endless bombast and scripted talking points about how ungodly foul and despicable each other’s …

Spring riding season arrives in Fraser Valley

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
We’ve been anxiously waiting for bike season, and it is here. I’ve pretty much put away my fat bike and have been getting out on the cross country ride. It feels so good to get back on the dirt.There is something that feels right about rolling over the rocks and roots of my favorite trails. I love the feel of the wind in my face from my own efforts and not just a cold breeze from the spring’s next storm. I even encountered a few bugs on my last ride. Spring riding is often when I see the most wildlife. …

ArtsBeat: Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist to Stop Drawing Muhammed

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:11am
Muhammad “no longer interests me,” Rénald Luzier, who works under the name Luz, said in an interview.






Letters: ‘Spinster’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:54am
Readers respond to a recent review of Kate Bolick’s “Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own.”

Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:17am

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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Philip Glass: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:39am
The composer and author of “Words Without Music” says his favorite books about music “are not serious books about the philosophy of music or music awareness or whatever you want to call it.”

William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:03am

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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ArtsBeat: War Stories Both Quiet and Loud

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:19am
“A Sailor’s Story” by Sam Glanzman and “Joe Kubert: Enemy Ace” are reminders of the power of war comics.






Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:03am

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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‘Beyond: Our Future in Space,’ by Chris Impey

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:30am
An astronomer sees a glorious future for humankind in space — one that includes colonies on the moon and Mars in 2045.

Vail Valley man injured in hash oil explosion

Local News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:57pm
EAGLE-VAIL — Colorado’s marijuana industry has taken off with a bang — literally.An Eagle-Vail man said a malfunctioning valve in his legal hash oil cooking system caused an explosion Wednesday afternoon.About two hours after the explosion, Ryan Wilhelm, 24, called the Vail Daily from the local hospital to tell his side of the story.Wilhelm said he was outside on the back porch of his Eagle-Vail townhome when a valve failed on his closed-loop hash oil system. They’re designed to keep highly flammable butane gas from escaping.“The valve popped, and I jumped back,” Wilhelm said. “When I did, the static electricity …
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