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‘The Monopolists,’ by Mary Pilon

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
The story of Monopoly, and the woman unrecognized for her role in its creation.

The Shortlist: Michael Crummey’s ‘Sweetland,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
New books by Michael Crummey, Jonas Lüscher and Jonas Karlsson.

‘The Great Beanie Baby Bubble,’ by Zac Bissonnette

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
A history of the Beanie Baby phenomenon.

Crime: Michael Robotham’s ‘Life or Death,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
In Michael Robotham’s “Life or Death,” an inmate escapes the day before his scheduled release.

‘The Seventh Day,’ by Yu Hua

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
In Yu Hua’s novel, the dead who can’t afford burial wander aimlessly in the afterworld.

‘The Opposite of Spoiled,’ by Ron Lieber

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
How to talk with children about money.

‘Heaven’s Bankers,’ by Harris Irfan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
Islamic finance is revolutionizing the world economy.

Open Book: The Way We Read Now

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:59am
Recent global economic woes have brought the subject of money back into fashion in fiction.

‘Thrift,’ by Andrew L. Yarrow

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:32am
A history of the 20th-century American thrift movement.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Adapting Books

NPR Books - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:46am

On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's Funny Girl. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.

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Grand County begins streaming commissioners meeting audio

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:13pm
Grand County will begin live audio streaming of board of county commissioners meetings on March 24.The meetings will be available via Grand County’s website, Users can access the audio by clicking on the “Connect With Us” icon on the homepage.Other features will allow listeners to move to specific times in archived recordings through an interactive agenda posted with each recording.The county has already archived the March 10 board meeting, which is now available through the website. …

Grand Lake approves long awaited Streetscape Masterplan

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:05pm
After two years of monthly meetings the Grand Lake Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan has been adopted by the Board of Trustees.According to the Masterplan document, available for viewing on the Grand Lake Town Web site, the Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan, “is a comprehensive effort to enhance the function and appearance of the street.”The Masterplan covers a 100-foot wide corridor from Portal Road to Hancock Street in downtown Grand Lake, the entirety of Grand Lake’s main street between the store fronts on each side of the road. The Masterplan includes the town’s boardwalks in the corridor. The text of the document …

Grand County approves permit for Blue Valley gravel pit

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:57pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a special use permit for a temporary sand and gravel pit near Kremmling.The board voted unanimously to grant the permit to Kirkland Construction LLLP following a five-hour hearing on Tuesday, March 17.The 30-acre site, located on Blue Valley Ranch, will supply material for safety improvements along State Highway 9.Blue Valley Ranch, which has already contributed millions of dollars to the CDOT project, will lease the site to Kirkland.The site, which is located along SH-9 where the project will take place, will also include a ready-mix concrete batch plant and an asphalt plant.Kirkland …

Fifth season of Ski Down Against Cancer is March 21

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:49pm
WINTER PARK – For the fifth straight season, Winter Park Resort Professional Ski Patrol is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids to fight cancer in the TJV Ski Down Against Cancer on Saturday, March 21. Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, the TJV Ski Down for Cancer will once again consist of Winter Park employees and resort volunteers skiing/riding down Lower Hughes at around 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded …

Brothers in healing: No Boundaries program helps wounded veterans through NSCD

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:33pm
Will Treacy was thrown from his Humvee in January 2008 in Afghanistan.Eric LaBarge was hit by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.Stephen Jackel was caught in a blast in Afghanistan.Sitting among a handful of other combat-wounded veterans in the Moffat Station cafeteria, Nick Morris is a little more candid.“I got blown up,” he says. Everyone laughs. “I had bad day.”For civilians, words like IED, blast and combat are vague notions. They’re the abstractions used to frame a narrative that most Americans will never understand. That of war.This disconnect in experience often makes assimilation a challenge for veterans returning home.“Coming back …

Grand Enterprise Initiative counsels local businesses to achieve goals

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:09pm
The economic situation in Grand County has been steadily improving since a low mark was reached shortly after the Great Recession hit the global economy in 2008.Working to continue the upward trend in local economics is the Grand Enterprise Initiative (GEI) and Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower. According to their website the GEI “supports new and existing businesses in Grand County.” They “provide free and confidential business coaching to anyone that wants to improve their existing business or start a new business.”The GEI provides a business counseling and facilitating service.“I don’t try to do marketing or sales for clients. I don’t …

Rocky Mountain Rep announces video auditions for guest artist roles

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:37pm
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will conduct video auditions for guest artists interested in performing with the RMRT company in one of the three summer shows during the 2015 season.The theater is looking for adults or adult-looking high school students for ensemble, chorus, and supporting roles. No children’s roles are available and the theater is not auditioning children for the 2015 season.Performers interested in auditioning should have some singing, acting, and dance experience. Applicants should prepare a video up to 2 minutes in length demonstrating their singing ability with a song or an excerpt of a song. It would be preferable …

Letters: The Content of Character

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:18pm
Readers respond to recent reviews of Shelby Steele’s “Shame,” Jason L. Riley’s “Please Stop Helping Us” and more.

Letter: E. Shore Trail doesn’t link Granby

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:09pm
To the Editor:I have owned property at the south end of Shadow Mountain Lake for over 25 years and built a residence there 13 years ago. Over that time the East Shore Trail has been my favorite trail for hiking and running with my children and now my grandchildren. It has a gentle grade with scenic lake views making it very enjoyable for young and old alike.I have followed closely the proposal and discussions initiated by Headwaters Trails Alliance and the International Mountain Bicycling Association regarding bicycle use approval on that portion of the trail within Rocky Mountain National Park: …

Guest opinion: Hit and run skiers add insult to injury

Local News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:53pm
Four Winter Park ski patrollers stood at the top of the Super Gauge Express on Saturday afternoon, March 14. Two more, on skis, were stationed slightly further downslope. They were waiting there for a snowboarder in a blue jacket and black helmet with a blue bandana and blond facial hair. He never came.The snowboarder had been involved in a collision with another skier. Rather than stay with the injured skier, or go to get patrol, he ran off. This snowboarder is one of an increasing number of skiers and boarders who ride recklessly, hurt other people, and then compound the …
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