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For Summer Reading Lists, Some Schools Take A More Modern Approach

NPR Books - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:16pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kathryn VanArendonk, who teaches developmental reading and writing at Union County College, about how some schools are including contemporary books on summer lists.

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Mountain Adventure Childcare offers day-care services in Three Lakes region

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:57pm
Finding quality local childcare can be difficult in Grand County. There are relatively few facilities to service the needs of the county; and as with all childcare facilities the number of available slots is limited.Starting at the end of August, residents of Grand Lake and the Three Lakes Region will have a new nearby childcare facility to provide for their needs. Mountain Adventure Childcare, owned and operated by Abbie Wilkes, will open for business on Aug. 31.Wilkes first moved to Grand County four years ago. She has worked at day-cares in the area and for the Fraser Creative Learning Center. …

Rau: A mental hike back to the ‘Tuesday Group’

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:33pm
Trails have long been a mainstay of the Grand County culture and economy and a huge draw for people both vacationing and looking for a new place to live either full-time or part-time or to retire to. Old roads like the Boulder Wagon Road and the Berthoud Pass Wagon Road were an instrumental part of the original settling of Grand County and parts of these today have been revitalized as trails into the Fraser Valley.The original settlers used railroads and wagon roads that gave way to our modern road system – basically Highway 40 and the Moffatt Tunnel and rail …

Forever Plaid opens Aug. 28 at Rocky Mountain Rep

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:09pm
GRAND LAKE – After a sold out closing weekend, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens its final production of the season with the musical favorite, Forever Plaid, featuring dozens of songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s.The upbeat family show tells the story of a clean-cut high school singing quartet that dreams of recording an album. The only problem? The Plaids are killed when their car collides with a bus of parochial schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. However, the group returns from the afterlife for another chance at musical success.This entertaining story of the …

Gore Fest 2015 a best bet for the adventurous

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:01pm
For all those enthusiasts crazy about either Colorado, mountains, rivers, hiking, camping, barbecuing, whitewater, or any and all rolled into continuous fun, this weekend’s Gore Fest 2015 promises to deliver.While the world-class Gore Canyon Whitewater Race has long been a favorite of whitewater extremists, the completion of the new Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, dedicated in July, has organizers hoping it will not only expand the competition, but will make it more accessible to the greater outdoor community.The classic downstream race itself, once a qualifying event for the US Rafting finals, takes place on the Colorado River in the remote and …

Grand County Library program focuses on young children and reading

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:53pm
Do you have children between 0 and 5 years of age? If so, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is the Library program for you.GCLD Libraries encourage all Grand County families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies show that families who start reading aloud to children at birth strengthen language skills and build vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers. Sounds daunting? Reading only three books a day adds up to over 1,000 books a year. Only one a book a day equals 1,000 books read by the time a new baby …

Grand County Library program focuses on young children and reading

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:53pm
Do you have children between 0 and 5 years of age? If so, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is the Library program for you.GCLD Libraries encourage all Grand County families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies show that families who start reading aloud to children at birth strengthen language skills and build vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers. Sounds daunting? Reading only three books a day adds up to over 1,000 books a year. Only one a book a day equals 1,000 books read by the time a new baby …

Grand County economic sessions set for September

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:37pm
Grand County businesses and community leaders are encouraged to take advantage of three September offerings to expand the vision they have for their work place.Sponsored by the Grand County of Economic Development, the three events are designed to educate, collaborate and elevate each other to new heights.Instead of packing everything into a week of seminars, Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler has designed three distinctive events that can stand alone. However, to get a more complete picture of the county and fully expand and elevate your organization, you are encouraged to attend all three events.Butler said she is also sensitive to …

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Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:37pm
Grand County businesses and community leaders are encouraged to take advantage of three September offerings to expand the vision they have for their work place.Sponsored by the Grand County of Economic Development, the three events are designed to educate, collaborate and elevate each other to new heights.Instead of packing everything into a week of seminars, Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler has designed three distinctive events that can stand alone. However, to get a more complete picture of the county and fully expand and elevate your organization, you are encouraged to attend all three events.Butler said she is also sensitive to …

Rocky Mountain National Park sets final 100th anniversary dedications

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:29pm
The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary culminates with rededication events the first week of September. A celebration is scheduled for Sept. 3, at Holzwarth Historic Site on the west side of the park. The official rededication ceremony will be held on Sept. 4, at Glacier Basin Campground on the east side of the park. On Thursday, Sept. 3, Peggy Mann will perform and Cowboy Brad Fitch and ice cream will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holzwarth Historic Site.However, to attend this event, visitors must board a shuttle bus from the …

Granby’s Friday Fest is back

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:21pm
Granby’s Friday Fest/Farmers-Artist Market is back. Join us for a unique shopping experience and pick up some fresh palisade produce or freshly roasted chili’s. We also have a variety of vendors offering BBQ, homemade pies and breads, tamales, vegetarian foods, rhinestone apparel, pottery, jewelry, natural skin care products, unique antler, aspen and leather crafts, coffee, hot sauces, candles, chimes, handmade cards and more.Join the community party, bring your blanket and chair and enjoy live entertainment with Cari Eyres from 3 to 4 p.m., then Matty Brown from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, and Bobby Walker on Sept. 4. …

Elk Creek Loop among best trails in Fraser Valley

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:21pm
At least once a summer you need to do a ride outside of those go to favorite trails, one that you may not have done or don’t make the time to remember how much fun it is. The Elk Creek Loop and Upper Elk Creek is just that type of trail experience.This ride will take you on some of your favorite trails and maybe a few that you overlook. The climbs will make you earn them, the descents will have you smiling and the singletrack bliss through the forest will clear your mind of the daily thoughts that may age …

Granby’s Friday Fest is back again

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:21pm
Granby’s Friday Fest/Farmers-Artist Market is back. Join us for a unique shopping experience and pick up some fresh palisade produce or freshly roasted chili’s. We also have a variety of vendors offering BBQ, homemade pies and breads, tamales, vegetarian foods, rhinestone apparel, pottery, jewelry, natural skin care products, unique antler, aspen and leather crafts, coffee, hot sauces, candles, chimes, handmade cards and more.Join the community party, bring your blanket and chair and enjoy live entertainment with Cari Eyres from 3 to 4 p.m., then Matty Brown from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, and Bobby Walker on Sept. 4. …

Fishing Report: Still hot as summer winds down

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:05pm
Not much has changed this week. The Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park is fishing very well for brookies; dry flies in the evening have been awesome. The Colorado is fishing very well with a hopper dropper combo in the afternoons.The area lakes are fishing very good lake trout continue to hit small jigs, power minnows or Gulp produced very well last week. Rainbows and Browns are hitting small spoons near the shore in the evening. As the fish are rising cast your spoons to their ring. Powerbait along the lake shores have been catching lots of 12-14” rainbows. …

The ‘Walking Jukebox’ performs at Music On The Mall on Friday

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:57am
WINTER PARK – Local favorite Gary Key, also known as “The Walking Jukebox,” will kick off this summer Music on the Mall on Friday, Aug. 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Cooper Creek Square in downtown Winter Park. Gary is a well-known, full-time musician from Winter Park with a repertoire of over 700 songs. He prefers to play from audience requests rather than to go by a song list … so come with a song in mind.Playing guitar and harmonica, along with a wide range of covers, Gary is sure to entertain and interact with audiences of all ages. He covers …

Toddler and Preschool Story Hour

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When: Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:00 AM
Where: Juniper Library at Grand Lake at Juniper Children's Library

Story Hour is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5 years. Come to socialize, read books, and familiarize your child with the wonderful world of the library! Please call 627-8353 for more information.

How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

NPR Books - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:42am

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.

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History chat chronicles Grand County’s colorful past

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:33am
Do you ever wish you had lived in the pioneer days? Those folks had the inspiration to cross the Ute trails over the mountains to camp on the side of Colorado’s largest lake. They discovered the courage and adaptability to live in the mountains while digging a ditch to divert water out of the Grand River.Pioneer folk worked at the Hotel DeHardscrabble or showed the stamina to walk from Denver to work on the Harbison Dairy ranch. Settlers to Grand County watched the Arapaho and Ute travel on their ponies through what would become Rocky Mountain National Park. They would …

Photo: Getting the scoop

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:25am

Obituary: Michael Muftic, M.D.

Local News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:57am
Michael Muftic, M.D., passed away on Aug. 14, 2015, due to complications from colon cancer. He died peacefully surrounded by family and with Felicia, his wife of 54 years, holding his hand. He was 82 years old.Dr. Muftic was born in Ulcinj, Montenegro (at the time part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), on Jan. 18, 1933. His birth name was Miodrag which was later changed to Michael when he became a naturalized US citizen. His father, Sevki Muftic, was the Royal Governor and his mother, Emina Muftic (nee Celar), came from a distinguished family in Herzegovina. Dr. Muftic was the …
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