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Local News - 8 hours 45 min ago
Al Olson of Grand Lake has been elected chairman of the Grand County Republican Party. Olson, who also serves as the official registered agent of the High Country Conservatives, was elected last week by members of the executive committee of the county party. The local wing of the party has not adopted its own platform and essentially hews to the state party platform, he said. But the local party does have a mission. “It all boils down to getting out the vote,” Olson said. “That’s what we’re going to work hard on.” Olson succeeds Glenn Snieder, who is leaving the …

Lake Granby spilling again

Local News - 8 hours 45 min ago
After a long week of wet weather, Lake Granby is spilling once more. Steady rain on both sides of the divide has filled Front Range reservoirs, limiting the amount of water being diverted through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. As of Wednesday evening, July 30, Shadow Mountain Dam was releasing about 550 cubic feet per second, said Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Granby Dam was also releasing around 550 cfs. Releases from Granby Dam were primarily through the river gate, though some water is coming over the spillway. On the other side of the divide, officials expect …

Middle Park Fair and Rodeo kicks off

Local News - 8 hours 45 min ago
August is here, and the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is just around the corner. The annual event, held this year from Aug. 1-10, boasts a number of attractions for the whole family, including 4-H shows, culinary events and games. This year the fair will be a little different, said Matt Friesen, fair and rodeo board president. “One of the key changes to the schedule from years prior is the demolition derby is actually Saturday the 16th,” Friesen said. The fair shifted the date of the demolition derby because of other events in Adams County and Cheyenne, Wyo., Friesen said. …

Grand County moves to establish more internal accounting controls

Local News - 8 hours 45 min ago
County officials are moving to implement more comprehensive internal controls in the wake of a scandal that rocked the Grand County Building Department. The Grand County Board of Commissioners approved a list of 15 directives and questions for consideration at their July 22 meeting. The list is based on recommendations from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal, which conducted a forensic accounting investigation following the discovery of $500,000 in misappropriated funds in the county’s building department. Former county employee Brigid Irish has been charged in relation to the case. Directives include establishing standard operating procedures for county departments, determining the feasibility …

Songstress Megan Burtt performs in Winter Park

Local News - 8 hours 53 min ago
WINTER PARK — Megan Burtt is what you’d expect to hear if John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt had a child in the south during the ’60s and ’70s. This Denver-based songstress has crossed the oceans studying human emotion and transforming her research into song. She will be performing Friday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Cooper Creek Square’s Music on The Mall. In 2013 Burtt recorded her third full-length album called “The Bargain” (to be released early 2015) inspired from a life-changing trip to Mississippi in 2007, and the years to follow. These days you can find Megan with three …

Judy Kay McElderry Benson Feb. 16, 1939 - July 24, 2014

Local News - 8 hours 53 min ago
Originally from Drakesville, Iowa, Judy settled in Grand County in 1988. She worked as the administrative assistant at Mountain Family Center for more than 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed her position. She devoted her life to loving God and serving Him. She is survived by her kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. She is also survived by her beloved grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby. A memorial service will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash) on Aug. 9, …

Youth, teen programs flourish at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Local News - 10 hours 53 min ago
This summer Joel and Laura Bess Ewing, together with 1-year-old Gus, swapped Chicago city life for the tranquil shores of Grand Lake where they will be teaching Grand County youth and teens the fundamentals of acting. Joel is the new education director at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Laura Bess is directing the Youth Theatre Workshop (7- to 9-year-olds) and Youth Theatre Production (10- to 12-year-olds). Both Ewings have been with RMRT for three years helping with youth and teen theatre. “We are thrilled to be heading up RMRT’s youth and teen programs,” said Joel. Both he and Laura Bess …

William Hamilton: Elections: Better than impeachment

Local News - 11 hours 25 min ago
One hears a lot of talk among conservatives and even among some right-of-center Democrats about impeaching President Obama for failing to see that the laws of the land are “faithfully executed.” But, before the right-wing Republicans and the Tea Party get their collective shorts wrapped around the impeachment axle, it would be well to look at the current state of the Democratic Party which is, to say the least, in a state of disarray. The far Left of the Democratic Party is unhappy with Obama because he has not yet installed a statue of Vladimir Lenin in the White House …

Felicia Muftic: The limits of U.S. leadership

Local News - 11 hours 25 min ago
President Obama has come under fire for a good part of his presidency from the GOP for “being feckless” and “leading from behind.” I have lost count of the number of times Sen. John McCain has advocated getting militarily involved in this or that conflict. Sen. Lindsey Graham calls Secretary of State John Kerry “delusional” and the president “King of Indecision” but ignores reality. There are limits to U.S. ability to lead our allies. The old saying fits: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. If the leadership’s judgment is wrong or misleads us …

Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

Local News - 11 hours 25 min ago
In regards to Wayne Lela’s view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual’s right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in “deviant” behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the …

Jackie Wright: Movement tempo during strength training

Local News - 11 hours 41 min ago
Observing is a fundamental component for every trainer working in the personal training profession. During every aspect of our training relationship with each client (i.e. assessing, researching, designing, teaching, coaching and training), we are closely observing each of the movement patterns the client performs continually identifying possible imbalances that may lead us to designing corrective exercise or modifications addressing their limitations. Corrective exercises, adjustments and modifications of movement patterns are designed to help our clients achieve their desired goals/objectives. However, regardless how well we train our clients, occasionally they may increase the tempo of the movement when performing an exercise. …

You can thank local agencies for Grand County’s great trails

Local News - 12 hours 13 min ago
The local agencies in Grand County are definitely working for you. Trails took a beating this spring from the huge runoff from almost record snows. Where trails had been in need of repairs before, now those trails desperately need attention. In today’s busy world, some people barely have time to get out and enjoy the beauty surrounding us in Grand County, let alone help maintain that beauty. Agencies like BLM and the U.S. Forest Service as well as organizations like Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) and International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have been providing opportunities to learn about both trail building …

Where Love's Concerned, This 'Magic Barrel' Is No Magic Bullet

NPR Books - 15 hours 50 min ago

Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.

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Amy Bloom: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - 15 hours 54 min ago
The author, most recently, of “Lucky Us” would like to invite Sappho, George Bernard Shaw and James Baldwin over for a literary dinner. “It’s not clear to me that everyone will get along.”

Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

NPR Books - 18 hours 38 min ago

Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.

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This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales

NPR Books - 18 hours 51 min ago

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

NPR Books - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:13am

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

NPR Books - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:44am

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

NPR Books - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:04am

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

NPR Books - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:03am

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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