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Authorities battle wildfire near Grand Lake

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:09pm
Authorities are currently fighting a fire near Grand Lake near the Tonahutu Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire is around five acres in size, said Kyle Patterson, public information officer for Rocky Mountain National Park, in an email. Firefighters on scene have requested a helicopter,two type II fire crews and a ten-person fire module, Patterson said. The lower Tonahutu Trail from the junction of Green Mountain south to the trailhead and the spur trail from Kawuneeche Visitor Center are currently closed. Authorities believe lightning caused the fire, Patterson said. Check back for updates. …

Authorities battle fire near Grand Lake

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:09pm
Authorities are currently fighting a fire near Grand Lake near the Tonahutu Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Preliminary reports have the fire between one and five acres in size. Firefighters on scene have requested a helicopter and two type II fire crews, said Reid Armstrong, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District. Check back for updates. …

Sen. Mark Udall campaigns in Granby

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:33pm
Sen. Mark Udall passed through downtown Granby and grabbed a cup of coffee at the Midtown Café while campaigning for re-election. Udall and his entourage arrived around 3:30 p.m. on Monday and were greeted by supporters at the café. “This is about choices,” Udall told supporters, “when it comes to the future, what the quality of life in Grand County is going to be.” During his seemingly impromptu speech, Udall touted his record in securing $700 million for flood recovery efforts on the Front Range and taking action against the pine beetle epidemic, which has had a disproportionate effect on …

Rep. Cory Gardner visits Granby Library during campaign swing

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:45pm
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner made a pit stop at the Granby Library while on the stump during the weekend. Gardner, a Republican and representative for Colorado’s 4th District, is hoping to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in November. Speaking before a crowd of about 80 people on Saturday, Aug. 9, Gardner, of Yuma, touted his “small town” approach to government, stating, “It’s about what we can do to get government out of the way and let America work.” Gardner admitted that the contest will be a “tight race all the way through,” citing different polls that show both …

Rocky Mountain National Park considers closing Crater Trail

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:37pm
Due to excessive erosion and damage to sensitive natural and cultural resources, the Crater Trail, a short trail located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, will remain closed to use for the remainder of this year, according to the National Park Service. The Crater Trail is a 1-mile dead-end trail that is normally open to visitor use by mid-August each year after the bighorn sheep lambing season. The trail leads to the top of the Continental Divide and provides an overview of “The Crater” located on the west side of Specimen Mountain. Park staff are considering closing …

Beaver Creek Road to close for repairs

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:37pm
A 2-mile section of Beaver Creek Road (FSR 133) will be closed from Wednesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 16, while a new culvert is installed. The road will be closed from the gate near the forest boundary on County Road 50 at the northwest end of the road to the junction with spur road 133.2H. Through travel will not be possible on closure days. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday morning. …

‘Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,’ by Charles Marsh

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:43pm
A biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was executed by the Nazis in 1945.






In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

NPR Books - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:15pm

Julie Schumacher's anti-hero pens recommendations for junior colleagues, lackluster students and former lovers. The novel deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage.

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Boulder Brass performance in Tabernash caps concert series

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:45pm
GRAND COUNTY – A grant awarded by the Grand Foundation is supporting an ensemble of the Boulder Brass to perform in Grand County. Their concert on Friday night, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash is the finale for the 2014 concert season. “We are grateful to the Grand Foundation for their support. Simply put, we would not be the organization we are today without the Grand Foundation,” said Judy Baxter, president of the Grand County Concert Series (GCCS). A dozen musicians from the Boulder Brass will play for the first time in …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 3-9, 2014

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
Grand County transactions Grand View Highlands Filing #1, Lot 9, Block 1 – Secretary Housing Urban Development to Susan Avre, $159,256 River Run Condominiums Unit 104, Bldg C, Garage Unit C15 – Anselm Dines to Paul and Barbara Melinkovich, $126,000 Columbine Lake Lot 71, Block 8 – Irene M Stodden Revocable Trust, Irene M Stodden Living Trust to Darren and Kerry Endorf, $290,000 Stuarts Minor Subdivision Lot 1 – Bob Stuart to David Wise and Kenda Fuller, $28,000 HES 163 SEC 3 TWP 4N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document; HES 163 SEC 10 TWP 4N R 77W Partial …

Obituary: Donna Woolwine Lutz

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
Donna Woolwine Lutz lost her battle with Leukemia on July 17, 2014. She was born on Feb. 2, 1955, to Robert and Alouise Woolwine of Granby. Her family moved to Boulder in 1971 and she graduated from Boulder High School in 1973. She worked in the medical field and real estate. Donna married Randy Lutz in 1990 and moved to Niwot where she lived until her passing. She is survived by her husband Randy; her brother Randy Woolwine of California; and her nephew Spencer Woolwine of California. She is also survived by Dorothy Lutz and Sharron and Ron Bates along …

On the Record: ‘The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972’ and ‘The Nixon Defense’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:07am
Two books based on President Nixon’s taped conversations show him reveling in foreign policy success and lying about Watergate.






Letter: God is constant, not mutable

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:01am
As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage …

Guest oppinion: Grand County supports Non-Cigarette Tobacco Retail Licensing

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
“By the time most people get to 10th grade, they have already decided whether they smoke or not.” This quote came from a focus group done with Middle Park High School students. We are fighting a battle in Grand County. A battle against Big Tobacco. There are at least eight tobacco retail shops in Granby, which is considered a “tobacco swamp” by Counter Tools, a website that tracks alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana retailers. A tobacco swamp is defined as more than 1.5 retailers per 1,000 people. With Granby’s population of approximately 1,800 people, that would be the equivalent of living …

Letter: Judge’s evaluation doesn’t match juror’s experience

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
To the Editor: Regarding the Sky-Hi News article on Aug. 6, “State panel: Don’t retain Judge McClelland,” I was recently on a jury for a trial for which Judge McClelland was the presiding judge. When I read the Sky -Hi article regarding the state panel’s recommendation, I couldn’t reconcile the panel’s finding with my recent experience. The Judge McClelland I witnessed was courteous and fair to both prosecution and defense. He was respectful of the jury and took time to answer questions and explain points of law as necessary. At the conclusion of the trial and after the jury had …

Letter: Obama’s lack of foresight alarming

Local News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
To the Editor: President Obama doesn’t seem to realize that inaction is an action. His response to the various crises here and around the world is to go to fundraisers and make smart aleck speeches. Besieged allies in Ukraine and Kurdistan have been denied the ammunition and logistical support they desperately need. Some 40,000 were put at risk of slaughter and a vital dam was lost when the Kurds ran out of ammunition. These problems have been clearly developing for months. Obama’s incredible lack of foresight is alarming. It’s really risky to be a friend of the U.S. Obama’s excuse …

Bookends: Which Book Is Begging to Be Made Into a Movie?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:47am
James Parker and Dana Stevens discuss books that should get the big-screen treatment.






Book News: George R.R. Martin Was Told Sci-Fi Would Rot His Brain

NPR Books - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:47am

Also: a history of novels written entirely in dialogue; the subversiveness of Harriet the Spy.

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Exclusive First Read: Jules Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother'

NPR Books - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:00am

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Jules Feiffer's first graphic novel, Kill My Mother. It's a classic noir tale with delightfully strong, flawed female leads and some modern plot twists.

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Author Explores Irony And Identity In 'A Chinaman's Chance'

NPR Books - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:02am

Eric Liu, a former presidential speech writer, addresses in his book how his American identity is "completely infused by [his] Chinese-ness."

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