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Fraser Valley Elementary receives Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:57pm
Fraser Valley Elementary School was recently awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. The Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student academic growth. Schools that receive the award exceed expectations related to “longitudinal academic growth” and meet or exceed expectations on “academic growth gaps” on their school performance frameworks. Fraser Valley Elementary is receiving the award for the third year in a row. The findings are based on student growth on TCAP scores in reading, writing and math. The top 130 schools across the state received this award out of 1,734 public schools in 2014. …

GOCO grants fund projects across Grand County

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:57pm
If you bought a ticket for the Colorado Lottery recently, give yourself a pat on the back. More than $900,000 in lottery proceeds will make their way back to Grand County to enhance trails and open spaces from Winter Park to Kremmling. Great Outdoors Colorado, which distributes the proceeds in the form of grants, awarded money to support a new pedestrian bridge in Fraser, permanently preserve 622 acres of the Troublesome Creek Ranch in Kremmling, and add 1.2 miles of trail to the Arrow Trail System in Winter Park. Troublesome Creek Ranch The Conservation Fund will purchase a conservation easement …

Annual Mountain Messiah performance is Dec. 21

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:49pm
‘Tis the season for music. The 18th annual Mountain Messiah community sing-a-long will take place at the chapel at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch on Dec. 21. Billed as one of the highest performances of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah,” the Grand County performance is open to the public. Those interested in performing a solo, conducting a chorus or accompanying on the piano should contact Joan Shaw at 970-726-4626 or by email at mountainidoscolorado@gmail.com. Classical musicians who are interested in performing should also contact Shaw. Mountain Messiah will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free for all ages. …

Granby Model Train display evokes memories of Christmases past

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:33pm
Fluffy white powder falls silently and piles up outside our doors. All across the county multi-colored strings of lights and traditional decorations remind locals and visitors alike that Christmas is just around the corner. As the holiday season approaches people often fall back on traditions, passed down within families, mooring our current experiences to past memories. From singing carols to trudging off into the forest and cutting down a Christmas tree; the traditions of each family serve as a backdrop to the festivities. For Dave Naples, president of the Grand County Model Railroad Club, “Christmas isn’t Christmas without model trains.” …

Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

NPR Books - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

NPR Books - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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Ice fishing tournaments loom in Grand County

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:13am
Thick ice, the lure of the “big one,” the promise of prizes, and beautiful scenery to take in while you wait out your catch. It’s all in store this winter in Grand County, which plays host to three major ice fishing contests in January and February. Here are the details ice anglers need to know to get on the hook for thousands of dollars in prizes and priceless bragging rights. Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest From Jan. 23-25, this contest emanates from Granby. The competition takes place during three days on three popular fishing lakes in the Granby area: Lake …

Naked Aspen Designs donates to local nonprofits

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:57am
Support one of your favorite local nonprofit organizations up to Dec. 24 just by shopping for that special gift. Rob Peeters, owner of Naked Aspen Designs in the Fraser Shopping Center, will give 5 percent (up to $5) of each purchase to your choice of the following local nonprofits: Grand County Blues Society, Grand County Historical Association, Grand County Pet Pals, Grand County Search and Rescue, Headwaters Trails Alliance and Shining Stars Foundation. The shop features several Colorado artisans and craftsman (including Peeters), with items as varied as pottery, framed art, jewelry and jewelry boxes, soap and candles as well …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Dec. 7-13, 2014

Local News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:57am
Beaver Village Flg #1, Bldg 1, Unit 103 – Mark and Katherine Oppold to Winter Park Place LLC, $144,000 Village at Arrowhead 2nd Flg, Grand Elk Ranch & Club, Lots 65,85,86 – Jack Gerstein to Park Plaza Investors LLC, $3,000 Trail Creek Estates 2nd Filing, Lot 101 – Bradford and Heidi Wells to Dwayne Hunt, $248,000 Parsons Outright Exemptions Lot 33 – Cape Town Land Company LLC to Cheryl Coleman, $250,000 Stillwater Estates Lots 17,18,19 – Alex Brewer Company LTD/LLLP to Helena Auyang, $1,050,000 Mountain Shadows Estates 3rd AMD, Lot M30 – James and Stephanie Moline to J2 Construction LLC, …

Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

NPR Books - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:26am

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Bookends: Should Writers Respond to Their Critics?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am
James Parker and Zoë Heller discuss the pitfalls for writers who directly respond to their critics.






Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

NPR Books - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

NPR Books - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:00pm

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

NPR Books - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:48am

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

NPR Books - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:09pm

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.

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ArtsBeat: Nobel Gives French Novelist U.S. Boost

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:02pm
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Patrick Modiano’s latest novel, “So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood,” to be published in late 2015.






This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

NPR Books - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 3:41am

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Isabel Quintero's novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. It's the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling with her identity.

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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

NPR Books - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:17pm

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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Book Review: 'The Convert's Song' By Sebastian Rotella

NPR Books - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Convert's Song" by Sebastian Rotella.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 11, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:03pm

Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me offers canine-themed quotes, stories and photos. It appears at No. 15.

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