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ArtsBeat: Marlon James Among Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners

New York Times Sunday Book Review - 9 hours 25 min ago
The annual awards are given to books that deal with race and diversity.

‘ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - 9 hours 55 min ago
Three books attempt to understand the Islamic State.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s ‘Heretic’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - 17 hours 54 min ago
Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes that extremist violence is rooted in Islam’s fundamental texts.

Mountain Rescue: Location, Location, Location

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:01pm
Go back in time to 1992. Portable phones that utilized land-based antenna towers were large, expensive and only worked in limited areas. Satellite phones were also available, but were, and still are, much too expensive for common use.When there was a backcountry emergency help could only be summoned by sending somebody out to the trailhead so they could drive to a phone and call the authorities. If someone was alone and in trouble traditional techniques were, and still are, worth a try. Signal fires, mirrors to attract aircraft, SOS signals like three shots fired or three Xs in the snow …

Grand Lake Chamber still seeking Uber drivers

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:01pm
Summer is just around the corner in Grand County.The high country teems with events and activities throughout the warmer months from music festivals to fishing tournaments. While there is no shortage of stuff to do or ways to entertain; getting to and from your destination, especially if you have imbibed any alcoholic beverages, can be difficult to impossible depending on where you are in the county.In January the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce made initial contacts with the Uber corporation in hopes of bringing its service to the county. No drivers have signed up for the service yet and the …

Study: Healthy, beetle-kill forests pose similar fire risks

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:37pm
EAGLE COUNTY — As big swaths of forests in the region have turned red, then brown, then gray during the past decade, people looked at the dead trees and wondered if large wildfires were more likely and what additional damage they might cause.But according to a new study from the University of Colorado, large wildfires are no more likely in forests hit by beetle infestation than in those that are healthy.The study was published last week in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” Using federal maps, the study looked at areas of western forests burned by wildfire in …

Munro: Emptying our wallets FASTER than ever

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:29pm
Back in March 2009 when then Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law the bill that became known as FASTER, much fanfare accompanied the anticipated $252 million annually the law was supposed to generate for fixing Colorado’s roads and bridges.A year later, state lawmakers were already greedily reaching into the cookie jar and using license fee revenues to fund operating costs of the Department of Motor Vehicles.So much for truth in advertising.And now, one of the most onerous aspects of the FASTER bill — late registration fees that can cost up to $100 — has become such a staple of Colorado’s …

Check out the Veterans Choice Card

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:33pm
Of special interest to Veterans of the United States Military in Grand County is the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.Basically the program allows veterans living more than 40 straight-line miles from the nearest VA medical treatment facility (Golden Clinic) or those who have waited longer than 30 days for an appointment at your VA medical facility, to receive treatment at your local provider, so long as that provider is pre-approved. You, the veteran must verify your eligibility by calling 866-606-8198 for authorization.For veterans in Grand County at this time the straight line miles distance from Granby to …

Grand Lake’s Whally fundraiser ends April 6

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:45pm
It’s warming up out there, and Whally the Water Heater wants to remind everyone that he will need to be rescued in the next few weeks after he falls through the ice on Grand Lake. Have you guessed the day and time of him falling through the ice yet?This fundraiser to support community summer events ends Monday, April 6, and the winning guess takes half the pot. So swing by the Grand Lake Chamber, The Sagebrush, or Pancho and Lefty’s to make your guess and support the community. One guess costs $5 or get three guesses for $10. Good Luck. …

Fraser Rec announces weight loss winners

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:45pm
Congratulations to the Fraser Valley Recreation District’s Shed Your Winter Coat Weight Loss Challenge winners:First Place: Kristie LukesSecond Place: Robin DresenThird Place: Bibiana ApplebyThe winners received $100, $50, and $25 in rec center dollars respectively.Most dedicated participant: Bibiana ApplebyThe most dedicated award was given to the person who attended the most group exercise and personal training classes.Grand Prize winner: Darcee KisslerThe grand prize winner was drawn from the pool of participants who qualified by losing between 4-10 percent of their original body weight or more than 2 percent body fat. Darcee receives $320 cash.The FVMRD Mud Season Fitness Challenge runs …

Grand Lake Easter Egg Hunt is April 4

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:37pm
The Grand Lake Fire Protection District is sponsoring the Annual East Egg Hunt in downtown starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4.The event is free to kids of all ages and features prizes for special eggs found in the park. Sparky the Fire Dog is also scheduled to make an appearance.In addition, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 3, volunteers will be coloring Easter eggs at the Grand Lake Firehouse. …

The Wallflowers take center stage for Winter Park Resort’s Springtopia

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:30pm
WINTER PARK – Winter Park Resort’s 75th anniversary season will come to a close on April 25-26 with its annual Springtopia celebration, two full days of revelry that include a free concert by The Wallflowers on Saturday, April 25, and the venerable Coca-Cola Spring Splash on Sunday. The Wallflowers, a critically-acclaimed, Grammy award winning band whose hits include “One Headlight,” and “6th Avenue Heartache,” will perform a free concert on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the base of Winter Park in front of West Portal Station.Limited VIP tickets are available for the show for $75 and includes access to …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, March 22-28, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:29am
Grand County Transactions, March 22-28Grandview Villas Unit 102 – Global Asset Recovery LLC to 203 Landry Holdings LLC, $150,000Columbine Lake Lot 96, Block 8 – Caleb Carroll to Steven and M Frances White, $212,500Columbine Lake Lot 32, Block 10 – Barclay and Priscilla Corbus to Duane Rule and Emma Chanin, $482,000Shadow Mountain Estates Lot 7 – Stansbery Family Trust to David and Jennifer Mayhew, $302,000Mesa Vista Subdivision Lot D36 – Robert E Pritchard Revocable Trust to Ronald Janusz, Lesley and Storme Mathisen, $165,000First Valley Addn to Granby Lot 16, Block 4 – Richard and Anina Romshek to Clarence and Margaret …

From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

NPR Books - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:15am

The late novelist's Millennium series is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

NPR Books - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:03am

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).

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Bookends: When It Comes to Reading, Is Pleasure Suspect?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:00am
Anna Holmes and Benjamin Moser debate whether pleasure in reading is trivial or vital.

A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

NPR Books - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:03am

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:30am
A portrait of a volatile boy wonder and his path to technological vanguard.

‘The Contender,’ a Biography of Andrew Cuomo

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:30am
A biography of Andrew Cuomo shows how he has often defined himself in opposition to the record of his father, Mario.

'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

NPR Books - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:58am

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.

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