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Obituary: Arnie J. Green Jr.

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:17am
Arnold “Arnie”Joseph Green Jr., passed away peacefully after a long illness on Jan. 18, 2015, in Colorado. He was a devoted son of Millie Eva Green Hebert and the late Arnold Joseph Green Sr.; devoted step-son of Arthur Hebert; loving father of Amy Z. Green; loving brother of Angela M. Green, Anthony M. Green, Ashley “Stevie” Green and Annette M. Green; loving step-brother of Beverly Sanford, Candace Thagard (Howard), and Arthur G. Hebert; loving brother-in-law of Will Webb, Rita Green, and Joanie Carew; former husband of Ann Anderson Green; dear friend of Courtney Smith. We greatly appreciate the loving care …

Obituary: Gene Darrah

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
Gene Darrah passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS. Gene was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Burwell, Neb., to Lyle “Bud” and Ellen (Meuret) Darrah. Gene grew up on a ranch east of Burwell and attended a one-room country school. In 1953, his parents leased out the family ranch and moved to Grand Island, Neb., so Gene could attend St. Mary’s High School. Gene later graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1957. In 1958, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Grand Junction, where they bought a Holstein dairy farm. …

Delicious Short Stories, Ripe On The Vine In 'Honeydew'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:03am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse has rapturous praise for Edith Pearlman's new story collection: "The first thing I wanted to do after finishing was, well, I wanted to go right back and start from the beginning."

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Muftic: Insulting religion sparks predictable results

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
Je suis Charlie, a cry raised in support of freedom of the press, was an admirable reaction to the terrorist attack on a French weekly publication that specialized in satirical cartoons guaranteed to insult Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and more. Hats off to the million-plus demonstrating in Paris on behalf of freedom of speech, even if many of those marching did not agree with the editorial policy of the publication, Charlie Hebdo. No one in the U.S. mainstream media has published or reproduced the kind of editorial content like Charlie Hebdo. Why? After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect free speech like …

Hamilton — A tale of three soldiers: Gant, Petraeus, and Bergdahl

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
The first word in the Uniform Code of Military Justices (UCMJ) is “uniform,” which doesn’t have to do with the wearing of military uniforms. “Uniform” means that the Code of Military Justice is supposed to be applied “uniformly” to all who serve in our armed forces and are, thereby, subject to its provisions. With that in mind, we come to the strange cases of retired Army Maj. Jim Gant, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who could possibly be tried under the UCMJ for desertion. (See: UCMJ Article 85.) Those who read Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: …

DeVos: Visiting the Red Lobster

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
For years my wife has said, “We should check out the fall colors in New England.” I totally agreed. She wanted to watch leaves turn red and I wanted to watch lobsters turn red. We compromised by planning a seven-day leaf-peeping, crustacean-eating contest along the north Atlantic Coast. The problem is that our dogs are borderline psychotic and we have two screaming feathered pigs that some would charitably call parrots. It’s easy to get someone to house-sit for us once. Not twice. We went through our contact list, searching for someone who hadn’t changed their number or weren’t blocking ours. …

Be a part of fat bike history in Winter Park

Local News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:05am
History is about to made this Sunday, Jan. 25, and you can be a part of it. Winter Park’s first organized group Fat Bike ride is starting at 1:30 p.m. (have to specify as Fat Bike riders sometimes ride late into the night) at Hideaway Park (next to the Winter Park Chamber). Not only will you be part of a historic ride, you will get to ride singletrack Fat Bike trails made by a one of a kind 24-inch-wide groomer. While other resorts are embracing the competitive side of Fat Biking on limited options at cross country ski areas, we …

By the Book: Daniel Handler: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:40am
The author, most recently, of the novel “We Are Pirates” (and, as Lemony Snicket, numerous children’s books) likes to read Miss Manners.






The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:03am

Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

NPR Books - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:16pm

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.

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Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:17am
In “Ghettoside,” Jill Leovy describes a homicide case in South Los Angeles to examine the epidemic of unsolved murders of African-American men in America.






'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:03am

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

NPR Books - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03am

Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country — all in a controlled, icy-cool style.

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County retains information systems director

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to retain the county’s director of information systems. Commissioner James Newberry made a motion to terminate Martin Woros, effective immediately, at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting, “I am disheartened by it, but in recent events, things that have come to the attention of the commissioners, and for the safety of the employees, I would make a motion that Grand County terminate Martin Woros,” Newberry said during the meeting. The board did not elaborate on the information that led Newberry to make the motion. County Attorney Jack DiCola told the board that …

Community Briefs

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
Movie celebrates Park’s 100th anniversary Jan. 26 is a significant date in the history of Rocky Mountain National Park. On that date in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the Park. To commemorate this centennial the Rocky Mountain Conservancy commissioned a film “Rocky Mountain National Park: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder.” This centennial movie will premiere in our area on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Refreshments will be served after the film. …

ArtsBeat: Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Announced

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:20pm
Among the writers whose books were nominated: Thomas Piketty, Phil Klay, Chang-rae Lee, Marlon James, and Marilynne Robinson.






BLM plans to burn slash piles south of Parshall

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:01pm
The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn 75 slash piles of lodgepole pine now through February if weather conditions are favorable. Fire personnel burned 35 slash piles in December. Slash piles are burned when snow is at least 3 inches or more on the ground and the chance of fire spreading is unlikely. The burn pile locations are on BLM land and are the result of timber sales and salvage and/or fuel reduction treatments of beetle killed lodgepole pine. The Mule Creek prescribed burn project area is eight miles south of Parshall off Grand County …

Summit County DA investigating James Newberry over mileage charges

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:29pm
The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into allegations of impropriety by a Grand County commissioner. The allegations stem from revelations brought to light in July that County Commissioner James Newberry had filed expense reports for the same mileage to both Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, of which Newberry is president. Newberry has maintained that his actions did not violate the law or county policy. “My comment would be, I welcome the investigation and having fresh eyes on it, and I guess that’s it,” Newberry said. A letter from Grand County Attorney Jack …

Granby welcomes new police officer

Local News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:49pm
The snowy cold and serene beauty of small town America are a long way from the hot and dusty streets of Las Vegas where Officer Jeff Heitzenrater started his career in law enforcement. Now he’s patrolling the highways and byways around Granby, and while he jokes about dealing with the temperatures, he says he and his family are enjoying their new home very much. Heitzenrater was welcomed by the Granby Board of Trustees this week and has been serving the citizenry of Granby since the beginning of December. The 33-year-old Brockway, Pa., native originally went to school for multi-media technology …
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