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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

NPR Books - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:00am
The author, most recently, of “Lovers on All Saints’ Day” says the toughest thing about translating is being unfaithful to the original: “Doing a little violence to a sentence you love is hard, and many sleepless nights can be caused by it.”

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

NPR Books - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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‘Out of Ashes,’ by Konrad H. Jarausch

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:00am
A historian tracks Europe’s course through one of its most tumultuous eras.

Muftic: Economics front and center presidential debate

Local News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 6:13pm
A mini-firestorm between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush about job creation and part time workers got me digging into the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) site to find just how many part-time workers wanted to work full time. What I found was the number of part-time workers in June seeking full-time jobs (2 million) is not a high percentage of either part-timers or of the total 149 million labor force. While important to each individual affected, only 10 percent of all part-timers were actually seeking full-time employment. About 78 percent of part-timers were part-timers by choice and the rest …

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

NPR Books - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:38pm

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

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Grand County Search and Rescue saves man at Bowen Lake

Local News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:57pm
Grand County Search and Rescue Called for Second High Altitude Rescue in Three WeeksGrand County Search and Rescue was paged at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, for a 20-year-old male, at Bowen Lake with probable altitude sickness at the 11,400-foot high lake. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office was alerted through a Delorme “In Reach” two way satellite paging\texting device. This device is different than the PLB (personal locator beacon) used during last week’s mission in the Meadow Creek area. The Delorme device gives an exact GPS location and allows for two way communication through a third party rescue center.The subject …

ArtsBeat: Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler Among Booker Prize Nominees

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:50pm
There were five American writers among the 13 nominees for the literary award.

Winter Park, Granby Ranch Bike Patrols keep trails safe

Local News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:17am
Every year hundreds of thousands of people from across the state and throughout the world take the long, often tedious and sometimes dangerous roads into the high country to reach Grand County. They come for the scenery, for the atmosphere and to get away. Many will come to hurtle down our mountain slopes at incredible speeds. More than a few of these people will spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for a few days in the high country, living a life they can only dream of on vacation. For a few lucky souls though that dream is something of …

YMCA, Adam’s Camp build new facility

Local News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:17am
YMCA of the Rockies and Adam’s Camp are moving forward with the construction of a new 6,500 square-foot facility at Snow Mountain Ranch.The two organizations will split the cost of the new $2.8 million building, which will include a space for conducting intensive developmental therapies and a commercial kitchen to accommodate the approximately 1,000 Adam’s Camp participants that travel to Snow Mountain Ranch each summer, said Sarah Hartway with Adam’s Camp. Adam’s Camp is an adventure camp that provides intensive, multi-disciplinary therapy to children with developmental disabilities.The organization brings campers to Snow Mountain Ranch for five weeks each summer, Hartway …

New Grand Lake horse manure codes proposed by citizens

Local News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:17am
Grand Lake is a town where old western charm meets modern mountain appeal. That dichotomy, between old and new, traditional and modern, is both an asset to the community and a recurring source of friction, as multiple competing interests are often weighed at the municipal government level.This friction often takes shape in debates surrounding Grand Lake’s municipal codes; from property set backs to signage requirements the city government of Grand Lake regularly finds itself addressing issues arising from the struggle between the classical and the contemporary. At the Grand Lake Board of Trustees meeting Monday night July 27 the Town of Grand …

'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

NPR Books - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:28am

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History

NPR Books - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:03am

Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.

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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

NPR Books - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:03am

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.

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Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

NPR Books - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:03am

It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.

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‘The Dying Grass,’ by William T. Vollmann

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:00am
William T. Vollmann’s novel looks to the 1870s as westward expansion ignites the Nez Percé War.

Fraser Experimental Forest tour set for Aug. 1

Local News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:57am
Do you ever wonder what goes on at the end of St. Louis Creek Road? Join Banning Starr and Douglas McLain, resident scientists, as we tour the camp, examine old maps and photos, and learn about the special work going on for decades in this unique research station.Bring your water, sun screen, and brown bag lunch. After touring the camp and its historic buildings, people may extend the visit with a more hearty walk or drive to remote research areas.The Fraser Experimental Forest, located just outside of the Town of Fraser, was established in 1937. The purpose for its creation …

Trail Ridge Road resurfacing project begins July 29

Local News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:49am
On Wednesday, July 29, weather permitting, a resurfacing project will begin on Trail Ridge Road from Lava Cliffs to the Colorado River Trailhead, an approximate 14-mile section. During the project, traffic will be reduced to one lane, and 15-minute delays should be expected.These delays will take place through Aug. 21 with intermittent delays up to Sept. 1. Work is not planned to take place during weekends. The parking lot at Lava Cliffs along Trail Ridge Road and half of the Timber Lake Trailhead parking lot on the west side will be closed during this project for the staging of materials.Timber …

Granby aviation museum greeting visitors, locals for free this weekend

Local News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:49am
On Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteers of the Friends of Granby Airport will be greeting visitors and local residents interested in learning more about the Granby-area aviation history at the Emily Warner Field Aviation Musem.International historic figures as President Dwight Eisenhower and Charles Lindbergh have connections to our community that are outlined in museum exhibits.Come and learn more. Admission is free. …
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