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'Zombie Wars' Documents An Apocalypse Of Bad Decisions

NPR Books - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:03am

Aleksandar Hemon's darkly hilarious new novel follows a sad-sack Chicago teacher whose screenwriting dreams lead to catastrophe. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "crazy in the best sense of the word."

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Remembering A Troubled Brother In 'Lord Fear'

NPR Books - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:03am

Lucas Mann's new memoir pieces together family memories to create a portrait of his heroin-addicted older brother, who died of an overdose. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it difficult but necessary.

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‘Goebbels: A Biography,’ by Peter Longerich

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:30am
The implausible career of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief, who followed the Führer even in death.







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The Shortlist: Waterloo

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:30am
Four new books are among the many written to mark this year’s bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo.







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Commissioner declines to fire Grand County manager

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 5:33pm
Grand County Board of Commissioners Chairman Merrit Linke has rejected a call by a local citizens group to terminate County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.The group, Citizens for Transparency in Grand County Government, called for a motion to terminate Curran at a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon, May 12.More than 60 people filled the commissioners’ meeting room for the hearing.Group spokesmen John Dickinson and Chas McConnell presented a packet of information to commissioners and citizens to back up their assertions of mismanagement in the county.Much of the discussion centered on the county’s handling of the building department scandal, which saw more …

Grand County Search and Rescue members save lives

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:49pm
Three years ago Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) initiated a new member training program called the SAR Academy. It is designed to recruit a small group of potential members and get them field ready within a few months. The annual program focuses on targeting individuals who are willing to volunteer, have the potential to become a valuable asset and have a high probability of sticking with us for at least a few years.GCSAR invests a large amount of time and energy in our new members, so member retention is critical. We recently lost four of our newest members because …

New center expands child care options for Grand County parents

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:41pm
Little Sprouts Learning Center, a new center for children ages’ infant through preschool, will open their doors on June 15; helping to respond to local needs for expanded early childhood care.When they do open the new nonprofit will drastically expand Granby’s, and Grand County’s, early childhood care options. Little Sprouts Executive director Jessica Driver is excited about the new venture.“We will have an emphasis on infant and toddler care providing an additional 28 infant/toddler spots, which surveys have shown is the area of greatest need in the county,” said Driver. “We will also care for preschoolers.”The Little Sprouts Learning Center …

Annual garage sale has Church of the Eternal Hills abuzz

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:33pm
Sue Perkins knows that on Friday, May 15, when volunteers go to open the doors of Tabernash’s Church of the Eternal Hills around 4 p.m., a crowd will be waiting.Perkins predicts that around 200 people will be queued up outside the church’s annual garage sale.Since the early 1980s, the congregation of Church of the Eternal Hills has gathered in the spring to peddle clothes, furniture, outdoor gear and countless other items.It’s somewhat of a Fraser Valley tradition.“A lot of people just look forward to it for saving money, and they look forward to dumping a lot of their stuff off, …

Fraser Valley Elementary School honors volunteers

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:25pm
At Fraser Valley Elementary School, community members are more than willing to lend a hand. The school has more than 68 volunteers that offer in-class assistance for a variety of subjects including math, reading and music.Staff and students gathered to celebrate those volunteers at a volunteer appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, May 12.“It’s just so neat to see grandmas come in and 22-year-olds that work at the ski area,” said Patty Finnegan, a fourth-grade teacher. “It really builds a relationship with the kids.” …

Fraser meeting recordings available online

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:25pm
The Town of Fraser has begun offering audio recordings of Fraser Board of Trustee meetings.Recordings are available on the town’s website, frasercolorado.com.Fraser is the first town in Grand County to offer recordings of its meetings.Grand County began posting recordings of the board of county commissioners’ meetings earlier this year. …

McElroy Award nominations sought

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:21pm
Do you know someone who exemplifies service to healthcare and whose contributions to Grand County need recognition?The Grand County Rural Health Network is accepting nominations for the 2015 Therese McElroy Award for Excellence in Healthcare Service. The criteria are simple: In at least 500 words, tell us about someone who best personifies service in healthcare and would be a worthy role model to be emulated by others.Therese McElroy, RN was honored with the first ever award in 2013 for 50 years of service, most of which was in Grand County. We believe McElroy is our modern-day “Nursey Young”; she is …

Disney workshop in Grand Lake aims to enhance customer service

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:41pm
“The Disney Way,” written by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson, talks about, “Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company.”In the entertainment industry, Disney is synonymous with customer service. If you’ve visited one of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, you likely have experienced what it means to be treated like a guest, instead of a customer or client.When Samantha Miller, Executive Director the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, and DiAnn Butler, Economic Development Coordinator, started talking about a customer service workshop, little did they know that one of the leading experts on how Disney does customer service would …

Brower: Building strong communities, one entrepreneur at a time

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:33pm
It’s been more than seven years since I was the publisher and editor at the Grand County newspapers. And yet, people want to know: Brower, what is it that you’re doing these days?When I say I’m an Enterprise Facilitator for the Grand Enterprise Initiative I can see that I’ve really raised more questions than answers. Many times, the facial expression I see could be summarized by a large and emphatic question mark.So I simplify it. I say I’m a business management coach. I provide free and confidential business management coaching to anyone who wants to start or expand a business …

Hot Sulphur Springs tree program gets growing

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:17pm
Hot Sulphur Springs’ new tree program takes root on Saturday, May 16, with seedlings from the Colorado State Forest Service being made available free of charge to the town’s residents.The seedling sendoff will be from 10 a.m. until noon at the HSS Community Garden in Town Park near the tennis courts and water treatment plant.Several varieties of conifers are among the selections, as well as deciduous seedlings like cottonwood and aspen. The limit is two trees per resident, although heartfelt appeals for more will be considered. Bring a bucket to take home a load of good planting soil.The tree program …

Skier injured in avalanche near Berthoud Pass

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:09pm
Grand County Search and Rescue evacuated a 46-year-old male skier who was injured in an avalanche near Current Creek on Berthoud Pass on Sunday afternoon, May 10.The skier had been caught in an avalanche and sustained a knee injury that prevented him from skiing out, according to information released by GCSAR. The avalanche occurred in Moonlight Basin. GCSAR responded with 12 members, four MMRT members from Grand County EMS, and a deputy from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.GCSAR met three members of the party at Current Creek, and quickly learned that two skiers were caught, one injured, and the injured …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, May 3-9, 2015

Local News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:37pm
Grand County transactions May 3-9Winter Park Lodge II Bldg A, Unit 202, Bldg F – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Sara Christine Hayes Niesyty and Gregg Niesyty, $145,000Inn at SilverCreek PH I Condo Unit 117 – Ruben Valdez to Soonie Suh, $22,500Stagecoach Meadows Sub Lot 60 – Kenneth Ostrov to Melinda and James Williams III, $152,900Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 26 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Rhodri and Rachel Leach, $551,450Lakota Flg 6, Tract E, Lot 18 – Alpine Glow LLC to Joseph and Joyce Dominguez, $138,000Lakota Flg 6, Tract E, Lot 18 Week C – …

Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:31pm

Mann has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. She reflects on her life and work in a new memoir called Hold Still.

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Myth, Fantasy And Sci-Fi Dovetail In 'Archivist Wasp'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:03am

Nicole Kornher-Stace's new novel follows Wasp, an Archivist tasked with hunting ghosts to scavenge information about the past for her primitive post-apocalyptic society — where all is not as it seems.

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ArtsBeat: Marvel Comics Reveals a Female Thor

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:49am
In issue No. 8 of the Thor series, the identity of the woman wielding Thor’s mighty hammer is revealed: it’s Dr. Jane Foster, a former girlfriend of the hero.







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The Artistry Fails In 'Trompe L'Oeil'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:03am

Even talented artists have trouble creating the illusions known as "trompe l'oeil." Critic Michael Schaub says Nancy Reisman's tragic new novel of the same name never jumps into three dimensions.

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