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Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Local News - 3 hours 27 min ago
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were fighting a small fire on Vasquez Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, was reported to be about 50 feet by 100 feet in size, according to a press release from the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. Helicopter support was en route to the fire as of 3 p.m. Tuesday No structures were being threatened, according to the press release. Smoke from the fire may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40. …

Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

NPR Books - 4 hours 9 min ago

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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Fraser couple weds after eleven years together

Local News - 4 hours 47 min ago
There was no wedding planner for Fraser residents Eric Van Herwaarden and Philip Naill’s July 11 wedding in downtown Denver. No tuxedo rentals. No fragrant bouquets or champagne toasts. But there was a lot of celebrating. “I can’t tell you how welcoming everyone was, and how excited they were to be able to finally do this,” Van Herwaarden said of the Denver county clerk staff who guided them through the process. Van Herwaarden and Naill said “I do” during a maelstrom of legal activity regarding the rights of gay couples to marry in Colorado. The family went to Denver that …

Kremmling chamber director reluctantly resigns

Local News - 5 hours 35 min ago
On Thursday [July 17], I announced my resignation as the Executive Director of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a decision that stunned some in the community, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to others. I accepted the position in December of 2013 after weighing the pros and cons of a lean, part-time salary with no benefits against leaving my husband’s business. We decided together for me to take the job because we are passionate about Kremmling and West Grand’s future. My husband and I chose to settle in Kremmling in 2009. We were not placed here via …

Deputy dampens parade enthusiasm

Local News - 5 hours 59 min ago
What a wonderful Buffalo BBQ celebration! Good clean fun was had by kids 8-80 in the wet zone. Parade participants had the left turn option to avoid the water and several did. Those who enjoy the water games came through with plenty of their own ammo. Nice job Grand Lake Plumbing, you have raised the bar! Even Brett Schroetlin, Grand County Sheriff candidate, got baptized! He looked like he was having a blast as we all were. Perfect until a deputy marched into the middle of the wet zone loudly announcing that “the next person who throws a water balloon …

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

NPR Books - 6 hours 23 min ago

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Winter Park Resort gears up for Colorado Freeride Festival

Local News - 7 hours 3 min ago
WINTER PARK – With some last-minute touches to trails and courses this week, Winter Park Resort is ready to welcome the world to the 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival, beginning this Thursday, July 24, and continuing through Sunday, July 27. The largest event of its kind in the United States, the Colorado Freeride Festival features nearly 900 athletes representing more than 20 different countries competing in five mountain bike disciplines; Specialized Enduro, Epic Singletrack Cross-Country, Air Downhill, Slopestyle, and Intergalactic Pond Crossing. The four-day festival is the only U.S. stop for the Enduro World Series, which will bring in all of …

Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

NPR Books - 7 hours 54 min ago

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.

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Byers Peak Trailhead near Fraser closed for improvements July 23-25

Local News - 8 hours 7 min ago
FRASER – The U.S. Forest Service is planning improvements to the popular Byers Peak Trailhead, which will be closed for three days while the project is completed. Located in the Fraser Experimental Forest, the trailhead accesses a 4-mile long bike/hike to the summit of Byers Peak. In recent years, the trailhead parking area has deteriorated, according to agency officials. Beginning this week, Forest Service crews began replacing a damaged culvert just below the parking area and address potholes. As a result, the trailhead will be closed July 23 through July 25. Hikers wishing to climb Byers Peak during that time …

Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - 11 hours 56 min ago
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.

Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

NPR Books - 14 hours 27 min ago

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

NPR Books - 14 hours 53 min ago

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

NPR Books - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:17pm

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

NPR Books - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:20pm

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

NPR Books - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:53am

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

NPR Books - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

NPR Books - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:15am

Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

NPR Books - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 1:33pm

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

NPR Books - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 8:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

NPR Books - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 8:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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