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George W. Bush’s ‘41: A Portrait of My Father’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:39am
George W. Bush’s “41,” an affectionate biography of his father, takes readers through the touchstones of an extraordinary life.

Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

NPR Books - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

NPR Books - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Brigid Irish headed to District Court

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
Brigid Irish, the sole defendant in the case of $500,000 stolen from the Grand County Building Department, was back in Grand County Court on Monday afternoon. Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared before Judge Ben McClelland for a preliminary hearing. Irish previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing via phone call during a status conference in County Court on Nov. 3. She appeared Monday in person, a requirement of the court, to officially waive her right to the hearing. During the proceedings Judge McClelland asked Frankfurt if Irish was going …

Hot Sulphur Springs lawmaker chosen for Senate leadership

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs was recently chosen by his fellow Republicans for the position of Majority Whip for the 2015 legislative session. His appointment as Majority Whip places Baumgardner in a leadership position in the state Republican Party. As Majority Whip, Baumgardner will work to keep other Republicans on the floor of the Senate voting according to the desires of the party leadership. He will closely monitor how other Senators vote and will be tasked with lobbying and pressuring other Senators to vote the way the leadership wants. Baumgardner explained his new role saying, “The majority …

Grand County manager responds to criticism

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:41pm
Editor’s note: A recently published report from a grand jury investigating the theft of more than $500,000 dollars from the Grand County Building Department found no additional criminal culpability for the theft, though the report was heavily critical of multiple county officials. To view an article detailing the report, click here. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran sat down with the Sky-Hi News to address recent criticism stemming from the report, among other things. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran has responded to criticism of her job performance after a grand jury report questioned the efficacy of her position in …

State proclamation honors former Winter Park CEO Jerry Groswold

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:25pm
Gerald F. Groswold, longtime resident and former CEO of Winter Park Resort, was honored Saturday, Nov. 15, by the Grand Foundation, community, the governor and the State of Colorado as a whole. The scene was Volario’s Restaurant in downtown Winter Park. It was the 12th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner, which is hosted each year by Bob and Suzanne Fanch and benefits the Grand Foundation. Following the final course, Ben Watson, Board Chair of the Grand Foundation, stood to honor Gerald with the Lifetime Legacy Award. This award was created to honor individuals who have dedicated their lives to the Foundation, and …

Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

NPR Books - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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Letter: A great Republican victory

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am
To the Editor: The election was certainly a shock to the Democrats. This victory was monumental for the Republicans and devastating for the Democrats. Their attempts to spin the results are hysterical. Let’s take a look at some of the most pathetic: “Republicans blocked Obama on all progress and made Obama and Democrats unpopular.” Let’s see ... Obama has the White House, Democrats had the Senate for six years and Democrats had both houses for two years ... but lack of “progress” was the Republicans fault! They did nothing about illegal immigration and now blame that on Republicans. The Republicans …

How judicial nominating commissions work

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am
In the wake of Grand County Judge Ben McClelland not being retained by voters on Nov. 4, officials with the Colorado Judicial Branch forwarded this information to the Sky-Hi News about the process for filling the vacancy on the bench. McClelland is scheduled to complete his term on Jan. 13, 2015. In 1966, Colorado voters passed a constitutional amendment which provides that state judges be appointed rather than elected on a political ticket. Now, when a vacancy occurs in a county or district judgeship, the judicial district nominating commission interviews applicants and recommends individuals to the governor for consideration and …

Obituary: Clarence Woodard

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:57am
Clarence “Butch” Woodard passed away Nov. 15, 2014, two weeks shy of his 68th birthday. Butch was born in Rocky Ford on Dec. 1, 1946, to Clarence and Elsie (Heil) Woodard of Sugar City, Colo. He lived in Sugar City in his early years until the passing of his father. His mother remarried Glen Smith of Sugar City and they soon moved to La Junta where he attended school. Butch was a Boy Scout attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He belonged to the Koshare Indian Dancers and Kiva in La Junta. Butch was a member of the Navajo Tribe …

Obituary: LaVon Alexander

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:49am
LaVon “Cookie” Alexander died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Kremmling. Cookie was born July 12, 1926, to Artie and Vera (Scott) Cook, in Oakley, Kan. She graduated from Oakley Consolidated High School in 1944, and moved to Denver, where she worked at Mercy Hospital, Gus’s Bakery, and the Cobusco War Plant. In August 1945 she entered the Telegraphy School for training, and in September 1945 she went to work for the Rio Grande Western Railroad. She worked between Denver, Pueblo and Craig, eventually ending up in Winter Park and Hot Sulphur Springs, where she met and married Gerald “Tuffy” Allison …

Searchers look for hiker missing on Longs Peak

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:41am
A search and rescue operation is ongoing for a hiker authorities believe has gone missing in the Longs Peak area in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Peter Jeffris, 25, of Broomfield, was reported to have left Sunday morning to climb Longs Peak. He did not arrive at work on Monday morning and his car was located in the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot. RMNP Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who was in the Longs Peak area on Sunday, Nov. 16. Call 970-586-1204. Search and Rescue teams searched portions of the Longs Peak area until dark Monday night. …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Nov. 9-15, 2014

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:33am
Grand County transactions Nov. 9-15 SEC 12 TWP 1N R 78W Partial Legal – See Document – John and Leslie Nichols to Siegfried and Suzanne Meissner, $260,000 Mountain Homes at Sundance Point Lot 5 – Carol Lloyd to Kevin and Marti Curtis, $430,000 Beaver Village Flg #2, Bldg 4, Unit 104 – Catia Manganelli-Davidson to Jon Hoogenboom and Sabrina Archibald, $148,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 8, Unit 831 – Paul and Leslie Hartmann to Vanessa Dos Santos, $249,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 204, Bldg B – Mark and Lisa Chamberlain to Mark Rushing, $212,000 Lot 5 SEC 27 TWP 3N R …

Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘All Things Possible’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:47am
From New York to Washington and back, Andrew M. Cuomo reflects on his life’s defining moments.

Guest opinion: Keep legal notices where the public can find them

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:45am
When government is adopting new zoning regulations, reviewing applications for retail marijuana licenses or inviting dialogue and discussion about any number of the myriad powers it may exercise, it is required by Colorado law to notify the public. Since statehood, Colorado’s public has relied on local newspapers to publish such notices. Colorado Counties Inc., the association of county commissioners, has voted to pursue state legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of in community newspapers. Similar legislation was defeated in 2013. In 2014, the Colorado Press Association won approval of legislation to create …

Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

NPR Books - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:42am

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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Bookends: How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:00am
Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the role of poetry has changed since Shelley called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

NPR Books - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:03am

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.

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