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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

NPR Books - 16 hours 24 min ago

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

NPR Books - 16 hours 46 min ago

Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too

NPR Books - 18 hours 53 min ago

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature

NPR Books - 18 hours 53 min ago

In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

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High speed chase suspect appears in Court

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
In the early morning hours of May 6, Brian Unger, 26, of Longmont, led Grand County law enforcement officers on a half-hour long high speed chase, according to court documents. Unger was arrested in Boulder County on July 29 after law enforcement officers were called to a domestic disturbance, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson. He was arrested for burglary, trespassing and attempted assault in connection with the domestic disturbance, Johnson said. The pursuit of Unger started in Fraser and ended west of Kremmling when law enforcement abandoned the chase because it became too dangerous, the documents indicate. Law enforcement …

GL Town Manager announces resignation

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
Grand Lake Town Manager David Hook has announced he will be stepping down from his position as town manager and has begun searching for a new job. Hook will finish out his contract with Grand Lake, which expires in February 2015. Hook informed the Grand Lake Board of Trustees on Aug. 10 of his decision. In a letter from Hook dated Aug. 13, he states, “This decision did not come easy. I have treasured my time as Town Manager and as a member of such a special community.” Hook goes on in the letter to explain his decision to resign …

County makes progress on new controls

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners moved forward with new internal controls to track cash flowing through county coffers. County department heads gathered in the commissioners meeting room on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to discuss a list of directives regarding new policies for the county, including establishing standard operating procedures for documenting, handling and transferring cash. The list of 15 areas of focus was adopted at the commissioners July 22 meeting and based off of an internal accounting investigation conducted by accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal. The investigation followed in the wake of a scandal in the county building department in …

Home is where the school is

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
Like most teachers in mid-August, Shelly Mathis has been preparing for the upcoming school year. She cleaned out her school supply closet and prepared a new curriculum. She set up her classroom. But Mathis’ classroom has just two students: her daughter, Liberty, a sophomore, and her son Ben, a seventh-grader. She’s been their teacher since the beginning. “Home schooling was never my plan, but Liberty started asking to teach her how to read when she was 2. So I asked my teacher friends how to do that and they got me started,” Mathis said. Mathis has offered her children the …

Gore Canyon Whitewater Park authorized

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
KREMMLING – Authorization has been given to establish the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park at the Pumphouse Recreation Site on the upper Colorado River. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave the authorization on Aug. 15. Grand County submitted a right-of-way application to build engineer-designed boulder and block features across the full width of the river upstream of the Pumphouse boat launch 2. Grand County was recently awarded historic water rights for constructing this waterpark. The engineer-designed boulders and block-like concrete objects would be placed across the stream channel. The objects would not be visible at normal flows and would allow …

Fees for employees addressed after multiple subpoenas

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to reimburse legal fees for the county manager after she was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. The commissioners made the motion at their Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to enter into a contract with Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, a Denver-based law firm, for County Manager Lurline Underbrink-Curran’s legal fees. Underbrink-Curran and several other county employees, including the county finance director and county treasurer, have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, which is based in Routt County. A grand jury is a prosecutorial tool used to investigate possible criminal …

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

NPR Books - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Letter: How about some constructive conservative ideas?

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:21pm
To the Editor: I have recently decided to describe my politics as “Progressive Libertarian.” In brief, as a Progressive Libertarian, I think that the duties of a government, as stated in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, is to provide for the common defense, preserve domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity. Those “liberal” policies enacted during the 1930s (Social Security, UI Benefits, Labor Union protections, confiscatory upper marginal tax rates, strict banking regulations etc.) as well as policies enacted in the 1960s (Civil Rights Acts, Medicare/Medicaid, food subsides …

Local national forest Facebook page debuts

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:13pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland now have a Facebook page in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Updates about popular places to visit near Fort Collins, Boulder, Nederland, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Winter Park and Grand Lake will be available on the page. The page will also share photos and volunteer opportunities through this site, as well as information about projects and events. “Like” the page at www.facebook.com/usfsarp. (If searching for the site, you must type “The Forest Service-Arapaho” and it will come up. There is another Arapaho and Roosevelt Site, but it is not ours.) …

Headwaters Trails Alliance dons new signs

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:05pm
Thanks to a $33,000 grant from the State Trails Program, four trails totaling almost 27 miles are receiving new signs. The signs feature elevation profiles, “you are here” maps, authorized use information, as well as points of interest along the trail. Mile markers have also been installed along the trails. The new signs are a product of two years of planning, funding, designing, GIS work, production and installation. “Our goal was to get needed information out there and available for our visiting population”, said Maura McKnight, HTA executive director. The new signs are featured on the Fraser River Trail, Fraser …

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

NPR Books - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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In Winter Parks, so many trail choices, so little time

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57am
One of the hardest things about mountain biking in Winter Park is deciding what to ride. I think you know you are living/visiting the right place when this is a problem. There are so many options to choose from. It’s tough: Do I ride something new, create a new loop or go with an old standby? Many times the “old standby” is one of the best experiences. One of my favorite rides is the Tipperary Race Course. http://epicsingletrack.com/downloads/kor_course.pdf I think this is an all time classic ride. It has beautiful climbs through aspen and pines (yes even a few live …

Delays on Trail Ridge Road

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:37am
On Monday, Aug. 25, weather permitting, a chip seal project will begin on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park from the Alpine Visitor Center to Rainbow Curve, an approximate 11-mile section. During the project, traffic will be reduced to one lane, and 30-minute delays can be expected. The project will take place through Friday, Aug. 29. Cyclists and motorcyclists should be prepared for rough road conditions. Fog sealing will take place after the chip seal has been completed and after the Labor Day weekend. The project is intended to seal and protect the road surface. All facilities and …

Lawsuits, ignorance threaten Obamacare

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:21am
There is a great deal of confusion over the recent appeals courts’ decisions about Obamacare (ACA) in the Halbig suit. At issue is whether the law permits those who got Obamacare through the federal exchanges to get their premiums subsidized by taxpayers to make them affordable. One three-person panel appeals court dominated by Republicans ruled against the ACA subsidies of federal exchange-issued policies, and the other with more Democrats ruled in support of the subsidies. The administration is appealing the anti-ACA decision to have a ruling of the full bench of justices. The issue could still go to the Supreme …

Valerie Jarrett: The woman who stays for dinner

Local News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:13am
Washington insiders are well aware that the key decision maker in the Obama White House is Valerie Bowman Jarrett. Washington lobbyists know that if they have an idea or project to push, unless it has the blessing of Valerie Jarrett, it is probably dead in the water. Valerie Jarrett may have even more power than Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Recall, in 1919, President Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke and, for the next 18 months, Mrs. Edith Wilson decided which papers President Wilson saw and which ones he signed. But, despite her influence on President Obama, Valerie Jarrett is not well-known outside …

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

NPR Books - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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