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ArtsBeat: Lily King, Roz Chast and Kate Samworth Win Kirkus Prizes

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:31pm
The prizes, which each come with a $50,000 award, were handed out for the first time.

Grand County finishes preliminary budget

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:17pm
Grand County’s 2015 preliminary budget shows some improvements over last year. The county’s beginning fund balance for 2015 is around $25.7 million, up from $22.8 million at the beginning of 2014. Revenues are projected to be slightly down to $28.6 million from $29.8 last year, and expenditures are projected to decrease in 2015 to $41.4 million from $44.1 million in 2014. The budget includes tentative funds to stream Grand County Commissioners meetings, county finance director Scott Berger said. The budget will go before the commissioners for final approval on Nov. 11 and official adoption on Dec. 9. The budget is …

Robinson sentenced to 10 years in million dollar burglary case

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm
William Congr Robinson has been sentenced to 10 years prison in the Colorado Department of Corrections, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of Second Degree Burglary (class 3 Felony), one count of Theft (class 3 Felony) one count of Second Degree Burglary (class 4 Felony), one count of First Degree Criminal Trespass to vehicle (class 5 Felony), and 57 counts of Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender (a class 5 Felony). Upon release from prison, he will serve an additional five years on parole and was ordered to pay $40,419.72 in fines, restitution …

East Grand Board opposes 68 & 104

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:29pm
No on Amendment 68 and no and Proposition 104; the East Grand School District (EGSD) Board of Education voted unanimously this week to oppose the two ballot measures pertaining to public education set for this year’s election. The Board also heard a presentation about the district’s planned technology initiative to provide all EGSD students with their own Chromebook laptops. The first Chromebooks will be received by eighth-grade students at East Grand Middle School. EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. explained the planned insurance program the district intends to offer with the Chromebooks. The Chromebooks will be provided free of charge to …

Granby hardware store manager/owner named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:41pm
GRANBY — Amy Kaplanis, store manager and co-owner of Granby’s Country Ace Hardware, was recently recognized by the Diversity Journal as a 2014 “Woman Worth Watching.” Kaplanis said she felt she was chosen for the distinction by Diversity Journal because she is succeeding in an industry not typically associated with women, the hardware business. “You don’t normally expect to see women owning hardware stores,” she said. She did point out that she is seeing more and more women managers and store owners within the Ace organization. Kaplanis is not a native Coloradan and said she grew up no place in …

Granby Police escort bear out of town

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:17pm
Residents of Granby should keep their garbage cans locked up tight and out of reach because there have been a few bear sightings in town as of late. The most recent incident occurred Tuesday evening at about 9:30 p.m. Granby Chief of Police Bill Housley explained the bear was in the area of west Topaz near the Granby Elementary School. According to county dispatcher call logs, the bear was also in Polhamus Park. Chief Housley said this was not the first incident this fall of a bear seeking food in town garbage cans. “It is not uncommon to get bear …

Fraser bus shelter reflects town’s spirit

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:09pm
At the beginning of 2013, the site of the old Goranson Station in Fraser was a barren plot of contaminated land. Old underground fuel tanks had leeched chemicals into the soil, and the site was in dire need of remediation. “It was a sight that definitely needed some TLC,” said Catherine Trotter, Fraser’s town planner. The site was landscaped in the summer of 2013, but Trotter, along with Public Works Director Allen Nordin, decided that the site was missing something. It lacked “wow factor,” Trotter said. Given the site’s location along U.S. Highway 40, a shelter seemed like the perfect …

Grand Profile to share initial data on Nov. 5

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:37pm
On Nov. 5, the first unveiling of a comprehensive analysis of Grand County’s economic drivers and outlook will take place at a meeting open to the public. The county-wide, collaborative effort, dubbed “The Grand Profile,” has the goal to first collect information, and then analyze the economic drivers of, physical assets, preferences and characteristics of residents, visitors and businesses in Grand County with the hope of aligning economic development efforts on both a local and regional front. “This is an exciting opportunity for all of us living, working, and playing in Grand County to better understand ourselves and, more importantly, …

Obituary: Joseph “Joe” Murray

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:13pm
Joseph “Joe” Stanley Murray passed away Oct. 12, 2014. He was born Oct. 14, 1942, in Edgewater. He was preceded in death by many loved ones including his parents, Douglas and Josephine Murray, and his wife Lee Ann Murray. Joe began visiting Grand County in 1946 when Berthoud Pass was still a dirt road and before the dam to create Lake Granby had been built. In that time he proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. In 1968 he relocated his family to Grand County permanently. Originally living in the Winter Park area, he …

Diana Lynn Rau: Trail project a great way to cap season

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:05pm
Last weekend was glorious! Perfect weather for the last major trail project on the Fraser-to-Granby Trail. Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) paired up with Adopters Winter Park Christian Church to raise the approaches to the Middle Bridge, just below the Church along US Highway 40 above Tabernash. The beavers have been most active above the trail crossing as well as below, and the trail has been flooding this summer. The project went exceptionally well as a result of donations made by so many entities (Full disclosure: I planned the project.). We could have used another volunteer or two but those we …

‘A Brief History of Seven Killings,’ by Marlon James

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:47pm
Marlon James’s novel examines complicated politics and the growth of gang violence in Jamaica.

Fraser Valley trails research, marketing in the works

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:57am
My recent rides have me thinking how lucky we are to be enjoying this fantastic Indian Summer. I’m still riding many of the higher elevation trails and am waiting on the last few rides on the dirt “down valley” at Granby Ranch or the Phases in Tabernash. As we are winding down our riding many others are in the process of planning improvements to the mountain bike experience for the future. I thought I would touch on a few things that are in the works. The Winter Park Chamber is in full swing on many levels to increase the riding …

Muftic: 2014 election is about the future

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:25am
This election, 2014, is much more about the next president than it is about the current one. The longer term will have a far greater impact on our country’s direction than the shorter one. Our vote this November is mostly about what happens in the post-Obama presidency, because those we are electing will influence a very likely Supreme Court vacancy and legislative deadlocks. Any elected senator has six years to warm a Senate seat. The future Senate will have the opportunity to decide on whatever this court punted, from Roe v Wade, to same-sex marriage, to affirmative action, to election …

Hamilton: Ebola and Bergdahl: Election politics?

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:25am
In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Obama for what he might do toward world peace rather than for what he had done after only nine months in the Oval Office. Then, on March 23, 2010 — without a single Republican vote for it — President Obama signed ObamaCare into law. Because it has been pretty much downhill for America at home and abroad ever since, that may have been the high-water mark of the Obama presidency. But President Obama is not entirely at fault. As president, he had every right to appoint members of the executive …

Letter: Vote for John Stein for Grand County sheriff

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:17am
Attention all Democrats of Grand County, please take advantage of a great opportunity. The Republican Party of Grand County voted at its primary election to remove Rod Johnson as our county sheriff. However, now we are all able to write in and vote for John Stein on the general election ballot. If Sheriff Johnson had taken his retirement and supported his undersheriff in the primary, I believe John Stein would be the only name on this ballot. At the local level we Democrats don’t have a choice except by a write-in vote for the most qualified new sheriff, John Stein. …

Letter: Countering Hamilton’s innuendoes

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:09am
To the Editor: In William Hamilton’s opinion, “Ebola: Will government protect us?” I ask myself, which government, the “do nothing” Republican-controlled Congress or the Obama administration? Knowing his previous opinion, he means Obama, and in order to make us mistrust the Obama administration, he questions their trustfulness, that they make us “think” ebola is transmitted by coming in contact with the bodily fluid of ebola victims. And, for good measure, he throws in the HIV/AIDS scare of the ’80s (wasn’t Ronald Reagan president then?) and the 50,000 Central American minors, who will now bring all kinds of diseases to American …

Letter: Railroad underpass issue raises questions

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:09am
Let’s try to pull the wool over these mountain locals again. As a resident of Winter Park and a Board member of a local HOA affected by the discussion about a railroad underpass in Fraser, I have some rhetorical questions: 1. Why should Winter Park Residents spend millions on a private, for-profit real estate development improvement in Fraser? 2. Why doesn’t the developer or the town of Fraser spend their own tax dollars or pass a bond if this is so important to them? 3. Winter Park has two roads to cross the railroad tracks already and an alternative access …

Letter: Vote for Brett Schroetlin for Grand County sheriff

Local News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:09am
To the Editor: As we near the end of this long election process, I would like to urge all of you who have not yet made their decision in the race for Grand County sheriff — our only contested race — to cast you vote for Officer Brett Schroetlin. In case you didn’t know, Officer Schroetlin went all the way through the whole political process — starting with the GOP County Assembly, garnering the ballot’s top line and going on to unseat a multiple-term incumbent sheriff in the primary. It was evidently obvious the voters wanted to see a change. …

ArtsBeat: Filling In an ’80s Comic With Real Graffiti Tags

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:05am
The creators of the first issue of DMC, a new series of comics, are using tags belonging to real graffiti artists.

Atul Gawande: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:00am
The author, most recently, of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is a great fan of Dr. Watson: “He is intelligent, observant and faithful, the way we want all doctors to be.”

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