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East Grand starts school year with more students

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 2:13pm
The new school year kicked off for the East Grand School District (EGSD) on Monday, Aug. 31.Finalized enrollment figures are not yet available and the official head count will be in October, but early estimates show 1,306 students enrolled at EGSD, an increase of approximately 25 students for this school year over last school year.District officials point out the enrollment figures were taken during elementary testing, when some students might not have been officially enrolled. The School District employs 111 teachers. The full number of District staff, not including coaches or substitute teachers, is 187.Middle Park High School has the …

Joan Shaw honored with quilt for Grand County Friends Of The Library

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:41pm
Recently at a Friends of the Library board meeting it was suggested that the Grand Quilters make a Joan Shaw memorial quilt to be raffled to fund the 2016 summer reading program. Simultaneously, Roger Shaw gave Joan’s stash of her fabrics to the Grand Quilters.Immediately the ladies of the Grand Quilters had an idea to use the pattern (pineapple blossom) Joan had used in the last quilt she had made before her death ... and to use fabrics from her stash.Diane Fisher got the quilters together in the fellowship hall at Church of the Eternal Hills. So many fabrics were …

Sisters on the Fly host vintage camper tour in Grand Lake

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:09pm
The public is invited to join Sisters on the Fly at Elk Creek Campground in Grand Lake on Saturday, Sept. 12 ,from 2-4 p.m. for a tour of their (mostly) vintage camper trailers.Admittance is free but a suggested donation of $10 per person will be collected to benefit Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer support group using fly fishing to heal participants both mentally and physically.Over 50 members of Sisters on the Fly will be attending the “R n R” Rockin the Rockies Grand Lake Style Meetup event in Grand Lake. Participants are coming from as far away as Oklahoma …

Middle Park’s Caleb Kissler inspires the best in teammates, others

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:53pm
During last school year’s basketball season at Middle Park High School, Caleb Kissler, who was a sophomore at the time, played a fantastic game against Bennett High School. Kissler scored four 3-pointers in a row, and the electric atmosphere in the gym is a reminder to all athletes and students to start this school year off with strong team and school spirit.Caleb is 16 years old and is now a junior at Middle Park. He’s been playing basketball since elementary school. He participates in other sports, including soccer and track; his events in track are the 200 and the 100-meter …

Fraser: Dwight Eisenhower’s summer playground

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:37pm
At the Taste of History Champagne Brunch and Social, the Grand County Historical Association will offer guided tours of President Eisenhower’s summer playground at Byers Peak Ranch.Join us on Saturday, Sept. 12 ,for the Taste of History Champagne Brunch fundraiser, and purchase tickets ($40 - $50) online at www.grandcountyhistory.org.According to Charles Clayton, President Dwight Eisenhower is probably Fraser’s — if not Grand County’s — most famous visitor. From 1948 to 1955, and possibly as early as 1938, Eisenhower visited the Fraser Valley many times. During the early years of his presidency, from 1953-55, Eisenhower visited 26 days. He always stayed …

Granby businesses participate in Children’s Hospital fundraiser this weekend

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:05pm
Several Granby stores and restaurants, including Ace Country Hardware, Brickhouse 40 and Maverick’s Grille, will be participating in a fundraiser this weekend for Children’s Hospital in Denver.The fundraiser is being conducted in honor of Reese Caroline Richardson, Baby Reese, who died suddenly in June at the age of six weeks.Donations are being accepted under the auspices of Childern’s Miracle Network Hospitals and will be taken all weekend at participating outlets, some of which are offering discounts for specified gift levels.At Ace Country Hardware, donations of $5 or more earn people a special bucket. Most goods that fit into the bucket …

Granby hosts season’s final farmer’s market

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:05pm
The season’s last Friday Fest/Farmers-Artist Market in Granby will be Sept. 4 from 3-7:30 p.m.The Granby Chamber Chili Cook-off will take place from 3-7 p.m. Stop by and vote for your favorite chili to represent Granby in the All Chamber Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Grand Lake Plumbing.There will be a variety of vendors offering homemade pies and breads, tamales, vegetarian foods, hodown and rhinestone apparel, pottery, jewelry, natural skin care products, unique antler gifts, aspen and leather crafts, coffee, hot sauces, candles, chimes, handmade cards and more.Bring your blanket and chair and enjoy live entertainment with Cari …

Grand County trails plan heads to implementation phase

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:25am
Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Trails Alliance office in Fraser. This will be a meeting where we will begin to lay out our plans and direction for next year.The past several years our goal has been to keep the Master Trail Plan (the final plan to be created by HTA) and marketing efforts moving forward. This was high priority due to the importance of mountain biking and trails to the community, not only as recreation value but as a key economic component of our outdoor …

Grand Bio: Grand Lake man an autofocus camera pioneer

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:01am
Norm Stauffer, a resident of Grand Lake, holds 72 U.S. patents and numerous foreign ones. You may have met him at the post office. This is his story.Norm’s boss, Roger Erikson, had his feet up on his desk when he said, “If you can keep these slides in focus, maybe we can sell some of the projectors that are piling up in the back storage room.”Honeywell’s slide projector in 1965 was popping in and out of focus due to heat from the projector’s lamp heating up the slide. One week later Norm came back to Roger with a prototype that …

Rau: Trail groups have storied history in Grand County

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:29am
Our trail system keeps growing and developing from wagon trails and a means to travel from town to town to a recreational asset for our community.Grand County residents are mostly confirmed trail users in one form or another, one season or another. Many groups have been created that cater to that active part of our population.Back in the mid-80s, The Over The Hill Gang from Copper Mountain started operating in the Fraser Valley, mainly catering to skiers in the 55-plus age group. A local group broke off and formed the SkiMeisters, a group of active older adults now coming from …

Conservation Corps helps preserve Grand County resources

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:57am
In 2015, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Conservation Corps continued to help conserve and preserve Northern Colorado’s cultural and natural resources both in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding national forest by sending 36 youth divided into six crews into the field to work alongside the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in specific districts throughout the area. Within Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Crew maintained 112 miles of trail to ensure safe and sustainable public access. As the season progressed, they began working on flood recovery projects. This included restoring the tread on the Cow …

Letter: Granby Ranch listens

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:09am
To the Editor:I and apparently many other people expressed their concerns that a crosswalk was absent at the top of Village Way where the Granby to Fraser trail crosses the road. With speeding motorists, it was very dangerous to hikers, runners, and cyclists.I contacted Jamie Wolter who assured me a painting a crosswalk would be done plus a caution sign. That same day it was done.Now I can feel somewhat safe crossing the road. It is nearly impossible to see or hear the traffic coming from the east. Granby Ranch motorists, please slow down and obey the law.Thank you Granby …

DeVos: Squonk sighted in Tabernash

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:01am
Young people often come up to me and ask, “Jon, what should I do with my life?”The answer to that question carries grave responsibility. A frivolous answer might send a young man or woman careening down an irresponsible, twisted life-path until one day they wake up badly sunburned wearing glow-in-the-dark disco attire at Burning Man. So I reach deep into an immense wealth of experience and life-knowledge before thoughtfully resting my chin between my thumb and forefinger while squinting thoughtfully off to the third star on the left. Then I lean in close, glance furtively in both directions and whisper, …

Hamilton: Iran sweeps table: How will chips be played?

Local News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:01am
When Congress votes to scuttle President Obama’s one-sided, nuclear-arms deal with the “Death to Israel” Mullahs, be sure to thank those, irrespective of political party, who vote to dump the deal.Write down the names of those who vote for the deal with Iran and/or refuse to vote to override an almost certain presidential veto. Readers can decide who puts principle above political party and who puts political party above principle.With the help of nuclear North Korea and imported nuclear physicists, Iran has been enriching uranium for decades. Iran has had more than enough time and enough borrowed expertise to create …

Superpowers Meet The Supernatural In 'Wayward'

NPR Books - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:03am

Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will get a kick out of Wayward, a graphic novel series that takes the magical-teens-battling-evil-monsters trope and transplants it to a lovingly-rendered Tokyo.

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Jesse Eisenberg: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 6:00am
The actor and author, most recently, of the story collection “Bream Gives Me Hiccups” says Uta Hagen offers some excellent stage advice: “If you have to act stoned, imagine a helium balloon inflating inside your skull.”









'Sorcerer' Is A Delightful Romp With Deep, Solid Roots

NPR Books - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 5:03am

Zen Cho's new novel is a charming, character-driven romance, set in a magic-ridden Regency England — but there are serious questions of race and class underpinning the lighthearted action.

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Timothy Snyder’s ‘Black Earth’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:00am
Timothy Snyder argues for a new interpretation of the Holocaust that looks at concerns over food and other resources.









‘The Hotel Years,’ by Joseph Roth

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:00am
A selection of Joseph Roth’s journalism, produced between the wars in Europe’s hubs and outposts.









Renowned alpinist will speak at Nepal fundraiser in Fraser

Local News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:41pm
Erik Weihenmayer went to Nepal with a dream and returned with a son.On May 25, 2001, the alpinist and adventurer became the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, but he was well on his way to forging a lifelong connection with the country and its people before ever stepping foot on its tallest mountain.He’d previously attempted two other summits in Nepal and had spent a great deal of time getting to know its people.“I was building my foundation, learning about Nepal, learning about Sherpas and learning about the different cultures and ethnicities and laying the groundwork for climbing the …
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