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Riddell: The difference between leadership and management

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41pm
It is very easy and quite common for all of us to forget that companies do not make decisions. Individuals within companies make decisions that change company directions, policies, and strategies. Indeed, it is one of the primary roles of leadership to devise and manage changes that lead to sustainable improvement in the organization.Nowhere are the responsibilities of management more critical than in running a small business. Yet so many folks never quite understand that leadership and management are two different functions. While there are quite a few books written on both subjects, I have found a couple of simple …

Mountain Parks Electric will conduct meetings about advanced meters

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:25pm
GRANBY – Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) is investing in new advanced meters in an effort to improve the reliability and efficiency of its electric distribution system. MPE will begin installing the new meters in May. An installation schedule will be updated periodically on MPE’s website (, its social media sites (on Facebook and Twitter) and in local media.The impact of the installation is anticipated to be minimal. MPE members will lose power for a few minutes on the day of the installation. The subsequent electric bill will include two meter readings, one from the old meter and one from the …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, March 15-21, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:01pm
Grand County transactions, March 15-21Shadow Mountain Estates Lot 4 – Vincent Comella to Daniel and Kathy Lavender, $69,900Wolverine Ridge Condos Unit 2 - Wolverine Retreat LLC to Mark and Kristinna Spiewak, $214,000Claytons Ranch Acres Lot 8 – Theodore and Betty Birdsill to Eric Sondermann and Tracy Dunning, $445,000Columbine Lake Lot 30, Block 6 – Steven and Deborah Wagor to Kevin Taylor, $210,000Sawmill Station Townhomes Phase 3, Unit 10B; Sawmill Station Townhomes Phase 2, TRT D – Kelly Burton to Pamalyn Allen, $368,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 3, Unit 7 8 – Hi Country Associates, Hi Country Partners to JMRW LLC-6000 Broadway …

P.E.O. scholarship available for women

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:01pm
Are you a woman planning to continue your education? You may qualify for up to $2,500 in scholarship funds from P.E.O., “Promoting Educational Opportunities.”To qualify, candidates must reside in or have in the past resided in Grand County. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or have one soon.Applicants need to have a specific educational goal, (college, or vocational degree, certificate, or license) and must plan to use the scholarship within the current application year: 2015-2016. You will need to provide confirmation of enrollment from your chosen educational institution, if selected. Deadline for application submission is April 30.Contact: …

Give Back to Colorado’s outdoors as a volunteer

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm
Work to protect forests from future wildfires, build a trail in the wilderness, repair Colorado’s flood-damaged parks, embark on a canoe adventure while restoring endangered plant habitat, and help sustain popular trails from the Front Range to the high country.These are just a few of the more than 55 volunteer stewardship opportunities offered by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) between April and October. Opportunities are available for thousands of volunteers of all ages, skill levels, and interests, in locations across the state, including Grand County.A complete calendar of opportunities to get involved is at’s 2015 calendar of volunteer opportunities …

NW BOCES director finalists listed on web

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm
Finalists for the Executive Director position at Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be posted on the organization’s website,, according to officials there.More information about contacts can also be found on the website. …

Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays in Tabernash March 27

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:45pm
Trio con Brio Copenhagen performs in the season finale of the Grand County Concert Series. This Danish-Korean piano trio tours worldwide and appears for the first time in Grand County on Friday night, March 27. Supporting sponsors for this concert are Destinations West, Fraser Valley Lions Club and WESTAF Tour Grants. “It is with strong local support and help from grants that we have the opportunity in Grand County to hear musicians who perform in major venues around the world,” said Judy Baxter, president of the concert series. “Trio con Brio has been on our radar for several years, and …

Grand County Council on Aging restructures

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:25am
The Grand County Council on Aging is undergoing restructuring this week in anticipation of several staff changes and would like the public to know the organization is operating as usual.As many as three staff changes, including the director, are in process, but all services will remain intact, according to Council officials. For more information, call Charlotte, 970-627-8255, or James, 970-531-2072 …

ObituaryJane Thankful Ford WattsFeb. 9, 1937 — Jan. 13, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:17am
The Memorial Celebration for Jane Thankful Ford Watts will be at the YMCA-Snow Mountain Ranch Legacy Reunion “Cabin.” It will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, and friends and family are invited.Her wonderful life as a teacher, mother, grandmother and volunteer will be celebrated with the family.The full obituary was printed on Jan. 28 and can be seen online at …

Kremmling woodworker relocates to larger shop

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:09am
KREMMLING — After three productive years at its original location on Park Avenue, the carving and custom furniture shop owned by professional carver and artist Mark Mahorney has relocated to an industrial lot on the south side of town.The business, woodZwayz, best known for its eclectic mix of caricature carvings and one-of-a-kind rustic furniture pieces, outgrew the tiny gas station that served as its debut location and expanded onto a two-acre lot on Highway 9 next to the Tri River building.“We’re looking forward to the opportunities more space affords us,” said Mahorney. “We have plans this summer to launch a …

Prescription drug disposal box available in Grand County

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:01am
Colorado is addressing the growing problem of the abuse of prescription medicine with a new public awareness campaign, “Take Meds Seriously.”Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the education effort in a news conference at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The campaign is aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and misuse in the state.Statistics and recent surveys reveal how pervasive prescription drug misuse and abuse is in Colorado. Thirty-five Coloradans died each month in 2013 from unintentional drug overdoses. Nearly 224,000 Coloradans misuse prescription drugs each year. At least a third of Coloradans surveyed admitted …

By the Book: T. C. Boyle: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:50am
The author, most recently, of “The Harder They Come” is mad about nature writing: “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.”

Grand County rescuers save man who lost shoes in deep snow

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:37am
Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR), was paged out Saturday afternoon, March 21, to rescue a man who had lost his shoes in the backcountry.Braden Huff, 18, of Highlands Ranch went for a hike up Baker Gulch in the Neversummer Range wearing only tennis shoes, even though there was several feet of snow in the area. About two miles from the trailhead he lost both of his shoes in deep snow.Luckily, he was able to reach 9-1-1 with his cell phone. Huff had some food and water, but no way to start a fire.A team of six GCSAR volunteers with …

‘Night at the Fiestas,’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:16am
Wayward souls in New Mexico seek out personal deliverance in this debut story collection.

Joseph Kanon’s ‘Leaving Berlin’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:11am
In Joseph Kanon’s thriller, a German-born American writer becomes a spy in Cold War East Berlin.

‘Hausfrau,’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:02am
The troubled heroine of this debut novel strays from her stable Zurich fold.

ArtsBeat: ‘Family Life,’ by Akhil Sharma, Wins Folio Prize

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:31am
A panel of five writers chose Mr. Sharma, who will receive an award of almost $60,000. “The fact that I got this prize doesn’t mean that I wrote the best book,” he said, “it just means that I got this prize.”

Bookends: What’s More Important to You: the Initial Rush of Prose or the Self-Editing and Revision That Come After It?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:30am
Thomas Mallon and Cheryl Strayed discuss the stages of their creative process.

Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

NPR Books - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave

NPR Books - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41am

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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