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Montana's Almost Crowded Now, Thanks To The Colorful Characters Of 'Crow Fair'

NPR Books - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 5:03am

Thomas McGuane's new story collection gives us a large cast of Big Sky dreamers, schemers and down-and-outs. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's a fascinating portrait of the state — with bonus bears.

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By the Book: Kazuo Ishiguro: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of “The Buried Giant” was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes as a child.

Erik Larson’s ‘Dead Wake,’ About the Lusitania

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:30am
Hampton Sides reviews Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake,” which recounts the final voyage of the Lusitania, one of the colossal tragedies of maritime history.

ArtsBeat: Elizabeth McCracken Wins $20,000 Story Prize

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:30pm
Ms. McCracken won for her collection “Thunderstruck.”

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

NPR Books - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:14pm

Gordon co-founded Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore. When their marriage broke up in 2011, so did the band. Gordon talks about rebuilding her life, writing her memoir and her new band Body/Head.

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ArtsBeat: Chrissie Hynde to Publish Memoir

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:31am
The Pretenders singer’s memoir will be published by Doubleday in September.

Black Bodies In White Words, Or: Why We Need Claudia Rankine

NPR Books - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:03am

Writer and photographer Syreeta McFadden says that when she's challenged to prove the existence of everyday racism, she directs friends, allies and enemies to Claudia Rankine's powerful Citizen.

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A Vivid Portrait Of Tudor Turmoil In 'Lamentation'

NPR Books - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:03am

The sixth volume of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake mysteries is set during the last days of England's King Henry VIII, as a potentially explosive religious manuscript written by his queen has gone missing.

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Ishiguro's 'Buried Giant' Gets Lost In Its Own Fog

NPR Books - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:03am

Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is set in a mythical Arthurian England. Though the premise was promising, the book is too vague to make much of an impact.

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Condominium Management Company-Vacations Inc. ownership changes

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:05pm
WINTER PARK — The former general manager of Condominium Management Company and Vacations Inc. has purchased the company from its longtime owner.Robert Blay purchased CMC from Michael Dybicz, who has owned and operated the company for 35 years.CMC manages more than 30 homeowner associations in Grand County. Its sister organization, Vacations Inc., manages more than 100 short-term rental properties in the county.Blay’s business background includes a stretch as president of his family’s international production and distribution business in the film and television industry, which he sold before retiring to Granby Ranch in 2013.“The business I ran before had very demanding …

Middle Park snowpack remains near normal

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:33pm
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kremmling Field Office snow surveyors Mark Volt and Vance Fulton took the March 1 snow survey measurements during the last days of February, and even with the recent warm weather, the survey shows that the Upper Colorado River Basin is in pretty good shape!Snowpack in the high elevation mountains above Middle Park now ranges from 78 percent to 128 percent of the 30-year average, with the overall average for Middle Park at 102 percent.Last year at this time the area was at 141 percent of average. Snow density is averaging 25%, which means that …

Bear Mountain Ranch theft suspect appears in District Court

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:17pm
Elizabeth Carmichael, 47, accused of stealing more than $451,000 from Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County, appeared in District Court on Monday morning, March 2, with her attorney Kristopher Hammond.Carmichael appeared for a Hearing on Advisement before 14th Judicial District Judge Mary Hoak.The suspect waived her right to formal advisement Monday morning and her lawyer requested a preliminary hearing. Carmichael and her counselor are scheduled to be back in District Court on Monday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m.A mandatory restraining order was placed on Carmichael Monday morning, which is a common procedure in such cases. The two protected parties …

Winter Park home builder wins online awards

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:57pm
Terra Firma Custom Homes Inc. of Winter Park has been awarded Best of Houzz 2015 for both design and service.Houzz (, a leading platform for home building, remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was …

Obituary: Theodore ‘Ted’ Thompson

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:49pm
Theodore “Ted” Thompson, of Heeney passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2015.Ted was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Ilwaco, Wash., to Ted and Martha Thompson. As a young boy, he moved to Aspen where he was a successful competitive cross country ski racer through high school. During his youth, he spent time in Summit County with his uncle and aunt, Max and Edna Dercum. After meeting his wife, they moved to the Heeney area. After a few odd jobs, he settled at Culbreath Ranches, working as a ranch hand until retirement. Ted was an accomplished photographer, writer, world traveler and …

Letter: Was there a conflict in County Court judge selection?

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:25pm
To the Editor:This letter is in response partly to the article written more than a month ago about the newly appointed county judge. It is also a look back at the events and procedures that led us to this appointment.As a voter, I was totally unaware of the legal process of electing and evaluating judges in Colorado. At one time, all judges in the United States were appointed by chief executives or the legislature. In the nineteenth century, the power was given back to the people in most states and judges were elected in the same way as other public …

Personal locater beacons – the good, the bad, the ugly

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:17pm
Over President’s Weekend Kate Martrosova attempted to traverse the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The weather deteriorated after her pre-dawn start, with 140 mph winds, sub-zero temperatures and chest deep snow. According to most reports, she was fairly experienced and was equipped with appropriate clothing and gear, including an emergency personal locator beacon (PLB).Matrosova activated her PLB at 3:30 from somewhere between Mt. Adams and Mt. Monroe, only about 3 miles into the 15-20 mile trek. Rescue crews were not able to locate her body until the following day because of a number of factors, especially the weather. …

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:09pm

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

NPR Books - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:09pm

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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Snow Mountain Stampede takes place March 7-8

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:53am
The 32nd Annual Snow Mountain Stampede for recreational skiers, local racers and national competitors takes place March 7 & 8 with all competitors vying for the podium, goodie-bags and cheers from family and friends.The YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch will host two days of classic and skate races. Ultra-fast trail conditions with lots of snow and more on the forecast are expected. Overnight lodging specials are available at Snow Mountain Ranch and the Nordic center is hosting a Stampede sale.Saturday’s freestyle races offer 10k, 21k and 42k options followed by a picnic and a 2k children’s race. Sunday’s races …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Feb. 22-28, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:37am
Grand County transactions, Feb. 22-28Columbine Lake Lot 13, Block 8 – John Dellaport and Theresa Jehn-Dellaport to John and Terri Korpal, $35,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 10, Unit 1 2 – India Moon to Joshua and Amanda Gaube, $145,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 3, Unit 17 18 – Joseph and Marilyn Frederick to Peter and Elizabeth Hancock, $125,000Columbine Condos Unit 4 – Scott Murphy to Lucas Mouttet and Shay Bright-Mouttet, $104,000Lake Forest Subdivision Lot 14, Block 2 – Gerald and Phyllis Bozarth to Allan and Katie Nicely, $75,000Red Quill Village Townhomes Lot 33 – Kelby Bethards to Kay Mehl, $420,000Inn at SilverCreek …
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