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Grand Lake offers grants up to $1,000

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:09pm
The Town of Grand Lake is once again seeking applications for its semiannual Commercial Enhancement Grant Program. The deadline for submitting grant applications is May 1.The Grand Lake Commercial Enhancement Grant Program offers qualifying Grand Lake organizations and businesses the opportunity to receive a matching grant for, “aesthetic property improvements.” Approved grant applications will be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the total projected cost of an approved project up to a $1,000 maximum contribution from the Town of Grand Lake. The applications are available online by going to and clicking on the hyperlink provided. Applications are …

Grand County commissioners consider policies on open records, ethics

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners reviewed several draft policies relating to open records requests, ethics and communications at its Monday, April 20, policy workshop. The board has not yet approved the policies.Public RecordsThe county attorney’s office has drafted a policy setting guidelines for fees for open records requests.The policy proposes charging the statutory maximum research and retrieval fee of $30 per hour after the first hour for open records requests, while maintaining its 25-cent charge for copies after the first 10 pages. During the meeting, Commissioner Kris Manguso proposed lowering the hourly fee to $25.Assistant County Attorney Robert “Bob” …

Lady Panthers dominate soccer pitch this season

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:57pm
The Lady Panthers soccer team has dominated the pitch this year, going undefeated on the season and outscoring their opponents 45-5 over the course of seven games.Middle Park’s new head soccer coach for the girls’ squad, Jared Bacon, spoke highly of the girls and the work they are putting in during practice and in games.“These girls are playing at the level everyone thought they could be playing at,” said Coach Bacon. “They are working as a team and being creative.”The Lady Panther’s offensive unit has been outstanding this season. Sophomore Annalys Hanna leads the team with 13 goals. She is …

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

NPR Books - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:25pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

NPR Books - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:11pm

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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Bringing Disney’s management secrets to Grand County

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:21pm
Did you ever pick up a book and after you read it you knew it would remain with you for the rest of your life? That is what happened to me in the early 2000s. Reading “The Disney Way, Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in your Company,” started a journey that was invaluable for my previous business team. Fifteen years later, working as Grand County Economic Development coordinator, “The Disney Way” became an invaluable contact once again. This has led to a workshop that will be held on May 15 in Grand Lake with Bill Capodagli, one of the …

Riddell: Focusing on execution

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:21pm
In his iconic novel, War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy describes a scene of German army officers consoling each other following a defeat. Their shared sentiment was that they lost the war, but their plan was the right one. What they actually had was a failure to execute.Similar to a football coach with a great game plan, the players still have to block, tackle, pass, and catch. So many well intentioned business managers and owners spend a great deal of valuable and productive time coming up with their great plan only to see their best intentions fail. The folks that make …

9Health Fairs scheduled for Granby, Kremmling

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:33am
Free and low-cost health screenings will be available at the 9Health Fairs taking place in Granby and Kremmling in May.The Granby 9Health Fair takes place May 2 at Granby Elementary School. The Kremmling fair is set for May 16 at the K-8 school in Kremmling.All the spring 9Health Fairs in Grand County occur on Saturdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m.The Fraser 9Health Fair is set to take place in the fall.This year’s Granby 9Health Fair is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Granby with generous assistance and coordination from Grand County EMS.A Total Wellness Zone will be a new offering at this …

Engagement: Jeremy Nixon and Ruth Murphy

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:09am
Jeremy Nixon and Ruth Murphy of Kremmling would like to announce their engagement as of Feb. 26, 2015. They have set the date to unite their hearts and join their families for Aug. 15, 2015. The wedding and reception will be held here in Grand County. …

Birth: Cooper Adam Long

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:01am
Cooper Adam Long, son of Kelly and Darren Long of Hot Sulphur Springs, was born on April 14, 2015, at 11:48 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.His siblings are Evan and Logan Long. Cooper’s grandparents are Mike and Barb Martin of Fort Collins; and Jeanette Long of Eldridge, Iowa. …

Obituary: David Lawrence Kurtak

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:53am
David Lawrence Kurtak, 79, passed away on April 3, 2015. Born at home on his parent’s farm in Snowden, Pa., Dave became a pilot, served in special forces, and landed on aircraft carriers while serving in the Navy as a young man. He studied electronics and electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, started his own consulting company for the aluminum industry, and traveled the world throughout his life.He and wife, Anne, moved to Colorado in the late ’60s. They raised their three girls in Grand Lake and later Silver Creek. Dave loved skiing, fishing, splitting wood, football, dogs, gambling, …

Middle Park High School hosts concert

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:53am
A unique concert combining many high school bands and MPHS Choir will be held Wednesday, April 22, at Middle Park High School.The special event will include four northwest Colorado high school bands combining to perform a concert of exciting music, followed by the MPHS Choir. This is an annual event that rotates among participating schools. The schools represented will be Hayden High School under the direction of Derek Hurshman, South Routt under the direction of Kelli Turnipseed, West Grand under the direction of Dan Bowerly and Middle Park under the direction of Brad Pregeant.The band music presented will be “Lost …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, April 12-18, 2015

Local News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:37am
Grand County transactions April 12-18Cozens Pointe at Grand Park Unit 202, Bldg B, Garage C – Gary Leisy Revocable Trust and Wendy Leisy Revocable Trust to Geoffrey Waters. $339,500Beaver Village Flg #3, Bldg 19, Unit 102 – Krasimir and Kelly Stankov to Georgia Gueck, $185,500Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Block 3, Lots 8,24 – Ross and Heather Caldwell to Nolan Bray, $155,000Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 91 Timeshare 091551 – Jack and Verna Malson to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 86 Timeshare 086502 – Michael and Tammy Weigner to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500Stein …

Bookends: What Do You Read While You Write?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:00am
Zoë Heller and Anna Holmes discuss their reading habits while working.

'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

NPR Books - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:43am

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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‘The Light of the World,’ by Elizabeth Alexander

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:30am
Alexander’s memoir — part elegy, part scrapbook — reflects on the sudden death of her husband.

No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

NPR Books - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 1:51am

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."

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Winter Park’s Nik Seemann makes U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Local News - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:41pm
In the United States, most young skiers competing at the highest level have a common dream – to make the U.S. Ski Team.For Grand County native Nik Seemann, the dream just became a reality.Seemann, 17, received a call over the weekend from Joe Davies, the U.S. Ski Team’s aerials coach, informing him of his selection to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s aerials squad.“I was stoked,” Seemann said of his reaction to the news. “I was surprised that he called. I wasn’t expecting a call.”For the back-to-back Freestyle Junior National Aerial Champion, taking a spot on the team has long been …

Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize

NPR Books - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:35pm

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

NPR Books - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:58pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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