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Letters: ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:20am
Readers respond to a recent review of Nicholas Wade’s “A Troublesome Inheritance” and more.






Christopher Beha’s ‘Arts & Entertainments’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:17am
Christopher Beha’s antihero, a washed-up actor, makes a Faustian bargain with a cynical television producer.






The Shortlist: Sarah Bird’s ‘Above the East China Sea,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:17am
New books by Sarah Bird, Jennifer Vanderbes and Kate Mosse.






‘Becoming Freud,’ by Adam Phillips

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:16am
In this brief biography, Adam Phillips focuses on the discovery of the unconscious.






Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:16am
Liane Moriarty, whose “Big Little Lies” is No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list, realized something while reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”: “I couldn’t write a sexy spanking scene to save my life.”






Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:16am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:15am
Paperback books of particular interest.






YMCA of the Rockies granted full property tax exemption

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
The Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals has granted YMCA of the Rockies a full property tax exemption for religious use after originally denying the exemption. The ruling means that YMCA of the Rockies will avoid paying upward of $200,000 in property taxes annually for its 2,187-acre Snow Mountain Ranch, located outside of Granby. “We are pleased that the Board of Assessment Appeals has aligned their decision with the Court of Appeals and lifted up the YMCA of the Rockies’ sincere Christian Mission,” said Kent Meyer, CEO of YMCA of the Rockies, in a press release. “This ruling correctly applies both …

New Fraser art studio offers classes, events

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
White. It’s the pervasive and, after a few long months, stiflingly bland shade of winter. So why not add a little color to it this year? A Fraser-based business now provides the tools, expertise and environment to channel your inner artisan with a variety of art projects and events. “It’s really about making art with your friends or someone that you go with, your family or you can even come by yourself, and it’s a step by step process,” said Katrina Larson, co-owner of Studio 564. Studio 564’s Fraser facility offers a creative space for a range of art projects …

Union Pacific chiefs visit Granby

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
The upper echelon of Union Pacific Railroad executives stopped in Granby this week to promote relationships with local communities. The Union Pacific Foundation invited leaders from Grand County’s communities and presented community grants to Grand County Search and Rescue, the Shining Stars Foundation and Routt County United Way. The Union Pacific Foundation first announced the grants in April 2014 as part of $244,000 given to 30 Colorado-based non-profit organizations. Union Pacific CEO Jack Koraleski, COO Lance Fritz and Union Pacific Foundation President Bob Turner arrived on one of Union Pacific’s Heritage Trains to present the awards and speak with local …

Free camping near Winter Park has its costs

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:01pm
Shannon Gilmour and some friends from Centennial were looking for a place to camp this summer and ended up next to Vasquez Creek. They found a campsite to accommodate their group of 12 people and two dogs the first weekend in August. “A friend of mine who has a condo up here told me there was camping up this way, but I really have to give credit to the uncovercolorado blog. He rated it fifth in the state,” Gilmour said. Indeed, “Vasquez Ridge” appears fifth on the list of Best Camping in Colorado from a June 2013 entry on the …

Mountain Family Center celebrates 35 years

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:21pm
The Mountain Family Center was founded in 1979 as the Fraser Valley Women’s Resource Center as a grass roots volunteer service organization. The founding mothers met frequently to combat the isolation of living in rural remote Grand County. Throughout their visits, they recognized many problems the entire community was facing: the difficulty making ends meet in a seasonal resort economy; lack of public transportation; limited access to services; hunger; the hardship of losing utilities to keep homes warm; or worse, losing current living situations because rent could not be paid during low seasons. Helping Grand County families and individuals became …

‘The Thing With Feathers’ and ‘The Homing Instinct’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:57pm
Two scientists’ studies of migrating birds shed light on their intelligence and ability to love.






Darragh McKeon’s ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:56pm
Darragh McKeon’s novel of the Chernobyl disaster captures the inner workings of a crumbling Soviet Union.






Column: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Grand County visit

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:33pm
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper visited longtime friend and fellow entrepreneur Bob Scott in Grand Lake on Thursday, July 31, during a campaign swing that later included a half-hour visit to the Sky-Hi News office in Granby. Expecting a shorter visit and being in the midst of a deadline, I thought perhaps we might have to cut our time short. Not to worry. It quickly became clear that the governor, who made a point of noting he’s “not a good politician,” really isn’t too shabby, which means he can talk ... at length ... engagingly. Of course, one might expect that …

Jon DeVos: Always camp near the car

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:01pm
It’s just past midnight on the first night of your long-threatened camping trip. The hissing noise that’s been keeping you awake has finally quit now that your air mattress is flat. There’s a Florida-shaped rock grinding into your back, suspected grizzlies are circling your tent and you’re miles outside pizza delivery range! Camping is considerably more expensive than your basic 5-star hotel. But if you decide to splurge and hang the expense, be extra cautious with the tent. Many marital difficulties have their roots in putting up the camping tent. It’s not just sheer irony that tents and tense are …

Hamilton: Immigration and geo-politics fraught with dangers

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:53pm
Immigration Made Simple: Polls show 80 percent of U.S. citizens want the border children returned to Central America and our southern border controlled. Legislation written by the Democrat-controlled Senate is long on amnesty and short on border control. Legislation passed last week by the Republican-controlled House is long on border control and short on amnesty. President Obama wants open borders and amnesty for all. Take your pick. Noted intelligence analyst, Elizabeth Bancroft, writing in The Intelligencer: Joint Studies in U.S. Intelligence, says, “... We are seeing ... the infiltration of thousands of unwanted Latin American children mobbing the borders, being …

Walk for Wilderness in Winter Park on Aug. 10

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:49am
The Walk for Wilderness set to take place from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 is focused on and geared for children. It will be a great opportunity to share the wilderness with any children in your life. The walk will feature a short hike in the area behind Hideaway Park, a little “wilderness” in town. A “Nature Hunt” will be part of the experience with children seeing how many natural items they can find on a given list and answering questions about the wilderness. Prizes will be awarded for the most items found, interesting flowers identified and animals and …

Columbine Lake Trail closed Aug. 13-16

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:41am
The popular U.S. Forest Service trail to Columbine Lake, which is accessed from the Junco Lake Trailhead in the Arapaho National Recreation Area, will be closed to all use Aug. 13-16 while a group of more than 30 volunteers from Grand County Wilderness Group, Headwaters Trails Alliance and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps work with U.S. Forest Service crews to reroute the trail onto a more sustainable path. Portions of the 1.3-mile trail cross wet meadows and climb eroding slopes, causing extensive resource damage as hikers attempt to avoid soggy and muddy areas. Sections of the trail will be improved from …

Wilderness Spotlight: Byers Peak Wilderness

Local News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:25am
On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. Since then, four wilderness areas have been established in Grand County that are managed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District.: Indian Peaks, Never Summer, Byers Peak and Vasquez Peak. Calendar of Events Grand County Wilderness Group and the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District are hosting a variety of events this season to celebrate 50 years of wilderness. A full listing of events is available at GCWG.org. August’s events include: Aug. 10: Walk for Wilderness. This hike will be a great opportunity to share …
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