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Winter Park business navigates maze market

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:49pm
In 1987, Greg Gallavan saw “The Wooz” in Time magazine. The Wooz was a gigantic human maze in Vacaville, Calif. Gallavan had always been interested in mazes so, on a whim, he took off for California to see The Wooz for himself. “I went out there just to go do it,” Gallavan said. “I was interested, you know? Well, I get there, and they have as many ticket windows as a ski area.” The experience was a bit of a revelation for Gallavan, who at the time was tiring of his job in the food and beverage industry. He wanted …

Fraser board to revisit Grand Park subdivision

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:49pm
Fraser’s board of trustees will vote on Wednesday, Sept. 17, on whether to approve the plats and plan for a major subdivision within the Grand Park development. Despite a recommendation for approval with conditions from the town planning commission and staff, the board tabled action on the application for The Willows at Grand Park at its Sept. 3 meeting after some trustees expressed reservations with some of the application’s items. The Willows is a proposed subdivision of townhomes in the larger Grand Park development in Fraser. Some of the more prominent points of contention included the developer’s reluctance to dedicate …

Granby events celebrate the ‘Code of the West’

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:29pm
Fresh off its win at the All-Chamber Chili Cookoff (pictures on page 16), the Granby Chamber of Commerce is celebrating “Code of the West” week when Granby celebrates western heritage, spirit and values. Events this weekend include mountain man tales with a hay ride and marshmallows over the campfire (Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch) on Friday night, Sept. 12, from 7-9 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 13, a harvest market, bingo, country music, a dance and kids games will be featured in Polhamus Park from noon to 3 p.m. Barbecue and craft vendors will also be available. Dress western and …

Grand County Council on Aging hosts pizza party fundraiser

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:29pm
The Grand County Council on Aging will host its annual pizza party fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Grand River Inn. Formerly Betty’s Café, the Grand River Inn is located at 10658 Highway 34 in Grand Lake. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 for kids 7 and under. Prices include pizza, salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. All proceeds from the evening go directly to the Grand County Council on Aging in support of senior services. Grand County Council on Aging’s mission is to help Grand County seniors and disabled …

ArtsBeat: The Dirty Details of War

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:28pm
The comics in “Two-Fisted Tales: Volume 3″ and “Bomb Run and Other Stories” show war in its raw detail.

Francis Fukuyama’s ‘Political Order and Political Decay’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:16pm
Francis Fukuyama chronicles international political history to define liberal democracy and discover how and why it develops.

‘Thirteen Days in September,’ by Lawrence Wright

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:16pm
Joe Klein reviews Lawrence Wright’s minute-by-minute account of the 1978 Camp David peace talks between Israel and Egypt.

Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:16pm
Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” brings together history, geography and modern politics in considering how to balance the competing desires of nations.

A Night in Morocco is as close as Grand Lake Community House

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:13pm
Tickets are on sale for the annual Grand Arts Council fundraiser “A Night in Morocco,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13. Back by popular demand, this is the 11th year for this annual fundraising event. This year’s event includes a lavish stage show, a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail, and a selection of great hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or at the door, with the food and cocktails sold separately. In addition, there will be a silent auction with many hand-made items created by local artists. Special guest musicians, the Fellaheen Ensemble, will play throughout …

Joe Meyer takes reins of BLM in NW Colorado

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:05pm
The Bureau of Land Management has named long-time employee Joe Meyer as the new Northwest Colorado District Manager based in Grand Junction. Meyer comes to BLM Colorado from Wyoming, where he has been the Field Manager for the BLM Casper Field Office since 2008. “Joe brings wealth of experience to the position,” said BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch. “His commitment to working with the public and local cooperators will be a tremendous asset to BLM Colorado.” Meyer will lead the BLM Northwest District, which includes 5 million surface acres and 8.4 million acres of mineral estate in the Colorado …

Winter Park mountain bike trails expand quickly

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:41pm
These are exciting times for mountain biking. We have seen new trails and there is a vision for an amazing trail system. It has been a long time since this type of excitement has been seen in Winter Park. Roughly 25 years ago several people met in the Bank of Winter Park. It was there that the first vision for mountain biking began. Originally the thought was mountain biking would create a summer economy in a struggling town. Mountain biking was in its infancy. There was no trail system, no signs, no maps, we barely new what singletrack was. Bikes …

The Friday Report: Put the fun back in Funk & Wagnall

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:41pm
The roots of the English language extend back to the cave paintings at Lascaux Grotto, in Dordogne, France. Carbon-14 dating puts that about 15,000-13,000 BC, but if you’re a Creationist, call it about 1958. Found near the paintings was a curious narrative composition, leading linguists to believe there was a rudimentary written language used even then. Scientists have named this theoretical original language, Proto-Indo-European. At first, things changed slowly. For 100,000 generations man was a hunter-gatherer, concerned with little more than subsistence and procreation, whereas a scant 80 generations separate us from the time of Christ. About 2,500 BC, increasing …

Get out and give back to Grand County on Public Lands Day

Local News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:01pm
In July I wrote about National Public Lands Day, this year scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27.  This is only two weeks away and the projects to be worked on go right to the heart of trails for hikers, bikers, Nordic skiers, and boaters alike. NPLD is a nationwide event that has taken place every year for the last 20 years at the end of September.  This is a cooperative effort by the federal land agencies and the public to provide you with the opportunity to give back to your public lands. In recent years the federal budgets have been hacked away …

ArtsBeat: Back From the Brink, Poetry Group Makes Cash Prizes Bigger Thanks to a Grant

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:24pm
The National Poetry Series, which was in danger of closing last year, increases the cash prizes for its Open Competition to $10,000 from $1,000.

ArtsBeat: David Mitchell Coming to New York for ‘Bone Clocks’ Tour

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:44am
The novelist will tour ten American cities in September, including Boston, Houston, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

ArtsBeat: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:20am
The list includes the Americans Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler; the British writers Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith; and the Australian author Richard Flanagan.

Sara Paretsky: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:00am
The author of the V. I. Warshawski novels, most recently “Critical Mass,” was hugely influenced by “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”: “I felt as though I’d fallen into words and wanted to drown in them.”

Grand County rejects accounting firm oversight proposal

Local News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has rejected a proposal from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal for implementing new policies and procedures in the county, and will instead allow county officials to take the helm. A steering committee on the matter had condensed the Alvarez & Marsal proposal into five main target areas including policies and procedures, financial reporting, support for accounts receivable software and a fit/gap analysis to determine what further software would benefit the county, said Lurline Underbrink-Curran, county manager. The committee estimated that implementing new policies and procedures would cost around $12,000, while obtaining support for accounts …

Grand County law enforcement agencies receive excess military gear from feds

Local News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:01pm
Recent events in Ferguson, Mo., have sparked a national debate about numerous issues related to race, policing standards and civil rights. The protests and riots and the response from law enforcement has brought to a head previously simmering discussions regarding the militarization of local police forces. The debate regarding the militarization of police and the need for military hardware is especially applicable to Grand County. The act of domestic terrorism committed by Marvin Heemeyer 10 years ago left local law enforcement scrambling for a solution to stop the rampage. The Sky-Hi News requested information from Grand County law enforcement agencies …

Grand County health network addresses mental health, other issues

Local News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:41pm
Since Grand County completed its Community Health Assessment last year, there has been a lot of conversation about the county’s capacity to treat those suffering from mental health issues. The assessment identified mental health as its top priority, and the issue surfaced again during the Grand County sheriff candidate’s forum in June, when both candidates expressed concern that county law enforcement didn’t have the resources to deal with substance abuse and mental health issues. Now, the Grand County Rural Health Network has unveiled a plan to address shortfalls in mental health services in the county. Jen Fanning, executive director of …
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