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HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — In an emotional sentencing hearing, 14th Judicial District Court Judge Mary Hoak rejected a plea agreement for Lucas Paul Ackerman, in which he would have served one year in jail for DUI and had a four-year deferred judgment on one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault. “I find that this plea bargain diminishes the seriousness of this crime,” Hoak said. “Someone’s life was lost. People were seriously injured. The defendant had a high blood-alcohol content, I could venture as far as a very high blood-alcohol content. “It sends the wrong message to …
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS—County commissioners worked to shed some light on a tumultuous investigation surrounding the building department, noting the scandal has been traced to a single person. The county commissioners held a public hearing and discussion on the building department and confusion surrounding its investigation of $500,000 that went missing over the course of 12 years during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 3. “We know this creates a very negative perception on the county for sure, but there’s also a lot of misconceptions out there,” Commissioner Merrit Linke said. “Grand County still open for business.” Commissioners explained the inquiry …
GRANBY—A change in state water regulations means residents in south Granby could be flooded with hefty rate increases. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notified the Granby/Silver Creek Water and Wastewater Authority last spring that it’s reclassifying one of its three wells as “under the direct influence of surface water.” While local water managers say it hasn’t changed the water’s quality, the new classification has left the water authority scrambling for ways to bring its water up to snuff and meet the new requirements. After consulting with an engineering firm, the authority decided the most feasible alternative is …
DENVER— Denver Water, Trout Unlimited and Grand County today announced agreement on a package of river protections designed to keep the Fraser River and its trout populations healthy. The Mitigation and Enhancement Coordination Plan brings to a close several years of discussions over the proposed Moffat Collection System Project and its potential impacts on the Fraser River. All sides called the stakeholder agreement as a breakthrough that balances municipal needs and environmental health. Trout Unlimited called the agreement “a victory for the river.” “The Fraser is a river beloved by generations of anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts —it’s the …
Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.
The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.
Grace Metalious, whose “Peyton Place” was a publishing sensation, died 50 years ago. Thomas Mallon and Anna Holmes talk about how the novel holds up today.
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The French capital wasn't always beautiful. Author Joan DeJean details the city's transformation in the 17th century, as new bridges and boulevards turned desolate terrain into the City of Light.
Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder in Queens, N.Y., and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.
The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Here we discuss Chapters 1 through 10.