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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

NPR Books - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

NPR Books - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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Human bones found in Indian Peaks

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:17pm
Human bones recently recovered in the area of Thunderbolt Creek in the Indian Peaks Wilderness have been identified as Patricia Wallace, 74, of Lafayette. The remains were first discovered in the Indian Peaks Wilderness on Aug. 9 by the Sippel family from Sante Fe, N.M. The family discovered the bones while searching for a campsite in the area along Thunderbolt Creek. Search and rescue and local law enforcement began searching the area and additional human remains. Clothing and accessories were located. Identification located inside a backpack found near the remains was that of Patricia Wallace. The search for Wallace began …

Grand County transportation authority forms

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
A group of community leaders has appointed an unofficial transportation authority to work on improving transportation in Grand County. Representatives from both the public and private sectors convened at the Grand County Transportation Stakeholders Summit on Monday, Aug. 18, in the Mountain Parks Electric Community Meeting Room to discuss new possibilities for transportation throughout the county. Leaders chose five focus areas in which to move forward: resurrecting the now defunct “ski train” from Denver to Grand County, upgrading Grand County’s current transportation system, establishing a cross county transportation system between Kremmling and Winter Park, identifying funding alternatives for transportation, and …

TCAP scores show mixed results across Grand County

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
Grand County schools didn’t follow Colorado’s overall downward trend in standardized testing scores, though some grades still lag behind the state average for reading, writing and math, according to results released Aug. 14. The state results for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, measured student proficiency in reading, writing and math for third through 10th grades. Scores in reading and writing showed an overall upward trend in East and West Grand schools from last year, while West Grand students stayed somewhat flat on math scores. However, comparing the percentage of third through 10th-graders who were advanced or proficient in …

Man save woman from Hot Sulphur Springs sewage pond

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
A Littleton man is being hailed a hero after rescuing a woman from a pit of putrefaction in Hot Sulphur Springs. College student Tanner Bishop heard screaming while near the Hot Sulphur Springs Post Office on Aug. 4, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Upon investigating, Bishop discovered a woman in the town’s sewage pond. The woman was attempting to retrieve her dog when she slipped into the pond and was unable to get traction on the pond’s slick rubber liner. Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson presented Bishop with a Certificate of Appreciation for his …

'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

NPR Books - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

NPR Books - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

NPR Books - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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Kayaker killed in Gore Canyon identified

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:57pm
The Grand County coroner has identified a kayaker who was found dead in the Gore Canyon as 38-year-old Elizabeth “Beth” McVay, of Boulder County, officials said. Coroner Brenda Bock determined that McVay died from blunt force trauma after falling from a riverside cliff. McVay became separated from her kayak near the upper end of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River on Aug. 16. Grand County Dispatch received a report stating McVay was trying to scale an embankment on the side of the river around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, according to a press release. Her body was discovered at the …

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

NPR Books - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:54pm

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.

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Letter: Liberal ‘plan’ baffling

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:54pm
To the Editor: I cannot really understand how liberals think but here is my take on their plans for our future. They will give out lavish welfare payments and programs so people don’t have to work. These people will continue to vote for them. Then, they will legalize drugs so those same people won’t be bored. Meanwhile everyone else will pay higher taxes to support “welfare.” The math doesn’t really work so they will give amnesty to 20 million illegals so they can work to help pay for the moochers. Wait, now that they are legal, the new immigrants will …

Letter: Cartoon lacked humor, doesn’t apply here

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:46pm
To the Editor: In response to the editorial cartoon in the Sky-Hi News on Aug. 12 illustrating that school supplies include Kevlar vests and concealed weapons: Dismissing the total lack of humor, it was, at best, completely inappropriate for our school district. Please allow me to make a more responsible comment to the parents of the 1,200 school children preparing for back-to-school: First, every member of the school district has no greater priority than school safety. From the Board of Education to the teachers in every classroom, every decision is made with attention to safety first. All children should arrive …

Malala Yousafzai: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:16pm
The activist and co-author of “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” relished “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the first book she read in the hospital when recovering from an attack by the Taliban.






Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 10-16, 2014

Local News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:21am
Grand County Transactions Aug. 10-16, 2014 Schwans Subdivision Exemption TRT 1 – Viclean LLC to M B Inc, Marlya Fedynska, Serguei Nikolaev, $226,000 Silverstar Condominiums Subdivision Unit 9 – Mary McDonald to Sandstone Properties LLC, Sterling Investment Group LLC, $78,375 SEC 5 TWP 1S R 80W Partial Legal – See Document; SEC 6 TWP 1S R 80W Partial Legal – See Document; SEC 8 TWP 1S R 81W Partial Legal – See Document; SEC 9 TWP 1S R 81W Partial Legal – See Document; SEC 10 TWP 1S R 81W Partial Legal – See Document – Galloway Inc to San …

Bookends: Can Writing Be Taught?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:00am
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught.






Authorities investigate injury accident near City Market in Granby

Local News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:25pm
The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection leading into the Granby City Market area. On Fri. Aug. 15, a 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Donna Victoria, 22, of Tabernash was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 when she attempted to turn onto Thompson Road. When she did so the Durango collided with a 1994 Chevy Camaro driven by Denis McCarthy, 72, of Grand Lake McCarthy and a 70-year-old female passenger riding in the Camaro suffered serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. Victoria did not receive any injuries related …

‘Churchill and Empire,’ by Lawrence James

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:25pm
A study of Winston Churchill’s contradictions and passions and his long relationship with empire.






Woman killed in Gore Canyon identified

Local News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:13am
The Grand County Coroner has identified a kayaker who was found dead in the Gore Canyon as 38-year-old Elizabeth “Beth” McVay, of Boulder County, officials said. Coroner Brenda Bock determined that McVAy died from blunt force trauma after falling from a riverside cliff. McVay became separated from her kayak near the upper end of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River on Aug. 16. Grand County Dispatch received a report stating McVay was trying to scale an embankment on the side of the river around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, according to a press release. Her body was discovered at the …
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