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New Books About Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:32am
Biographies of Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli highlight their similarities and their differences.

‘Women in Clothes,’ by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and Many More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:31am
In “Women in Clothes,” more than 600 women respond to a survey about how they present themselves.

Charles M. Blow’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:30am
In this memoir, the Times columnist Charles M. Blow describes how he surmounted his rage at childhood mistreatment.

‘Lila,’ by Marilynne Robinson

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:30am
A young woman with a past of hardship and suffering makes a new start in Gilead, Iowa.

Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:30am
Oprah Winfrey has propelled many books onto the best-seller list, but her collection “What I Know for Sure” — No. 6 on the advice and how-to list — is the first best seller that is all her own.

The Shortlist: Katherine Howe's 'Conversion,' and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:29am
New books by Isabel Gillies, Carl Hiaasen, Katherine Howe and Rick Yancey.

Letters: ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:29am
Readers respond to recent reviews of books by Martin Wolf and Sophie Hannah.

Open Book: Books to Love and Hate

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:29am
Children are such impressionable readers that their literature easily becomes a battleground.

Panthers hopeful for Homecoming victory

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:01pm
The students and staff at Middle Park High School have long awaited a well-deserved win for the football team. Despite the lack of wins, fans have flocked to the games and have eagerly supported this hard working team through both good times and the bad times. The stage is set for a battle between the Pinnacle Timberwolves and the Middle Park Panthers at today’s Homecoming Football game in Granby. Both teams are coming off losses from last week, and both are preparing to show they have what it takes to win this important league match-up. Not only are the fans …

Our view: Vote no on 67 and 68

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm
The ballot for this year’s election is relatively sparse by Colorado standards. Nevertheless, a few issues will confront voters in addition to the midterm political races. Here’s our take on two of them. Amendment 67 Maybe the 10th time will be a charm. Well, not really, but this will be the third time in recent years a measure such as this has landed on Colorado’s ballot. In both 2008 and 2010 voters rejected the amendments by a margin of more than 70 percent. One might wonder what makes proponents of these so-called “personhood” amendments think they will succeed this time. …

DeVos: Freddie takes on Martha

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm
I was thinking the other day, now that the French are helping us bomb ISIS in the Middle East, freedom fries are a thing of the past. Even Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are ordering french fries again. That happy thought crossed my mind as my wife set lunch in front of me. And such a lunch! It was as if post-prison Martha Stewart had set the plate down herself. It was a magnificent hamburger like you would expect from Elway’s Steakhouse or perhaps the Brown Palace. As I stared, my eyes misted in quiet gratitude that my wife had …

Hamilton: War weary or just world weary?

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:21pm
Readers of a certain age may remember the famed radio news broadcaster Gabriel Heatter and his catch phrase: “Ah, there’s good news tonight.” Unfortunately, today’s news is dominated by a new Islamist threat called ISIS or Putin’s threats against Ukraine or the possibility that President Obama may be cutting a deal with Iran so the Mullahs can have nuclear weapons. As a consequence, we see polling data claiming Americans are “war weary.” But are Americans “war weary” or just weary, in general? We know that our military, which the Obama administration is cutting in half, is weary from repeated overseas …

Muftic: ‘Personhood’ measure could outlaw birth control

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:21pm
Does the personhood amendment ban certain kinds of birth control? That is becoming a key question in the Colorado Senate campaign. Buried in a recent meandering judgment call, it might be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. That is hardly comforting. Furthermore, scientific facts should trump political opinions, and the facts are supported by those most scientifically involved in the issue: The personhood amendments ban certain kinds of birth control and more. Found at the end of is this gem: “The nonpartisan American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that defining a fertilized egg as …

Winter Park-Fraser Chamber unveils new online map

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:05pm
The Winter Park–Fraser Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a new interactive map feature that allows visitors to easily navigate area attractions. The Winter Park Playground Map uses geo-location to help visitors demystify the tourism scene around Grand County, showing nearby restaurants, activities and more. “This map is great not only for people who come to Winter Park for vacation and want relevant information to their current location, but it’s also wonderful for our members,” said Catherine Ross, with the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber, in a prepared statement. “This feature increases the chances that Winter Park businesses will be found by guests …

No picnic: Grand county women experience food stamp budget

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:41pm
Many people have probably never considered what it’s like to try to subsist on what used to be known as food stamps. Last week, some people in Grand County decided to experience it. Helen Sedlar, Jen Fanning and Sally Ryman were among those who participated in the Food Assistance Challenge, which entailed feeding themselves and their families on the equivalent of receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food assistance available in Grand County. “My dog ate better [than us],” said Ryman, program coordinator for the Grand County Rural Health Network. Ryman’s family of two adults was allotted $34.50 …

9Health Fair takes place in Fraser on Oct. 11

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:33pm
The Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s “9 Health Family Fair” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fraser Elementary School. The fair features free and low-cost screenings for children and adults, ranging from hearing and vision to dental, blood chemistry and flu shots. Details are online at (Find a Fair - Fraser). Or information is available at 1-800-332-3078. If you are familiar with the fair and ready to participate, register at 9HealthFair/Find a Fair/ Online Registration. You may also register the day of the fair at Fraser Elementary. Adults and children, regardless of income levels, …

He’s not serving your roommate’s ramen

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:25pm
In the United States, rarely is the word “ramen” synonymous with gourmet fare. Then again, rarely are we in touch with the world beyond our borders. And the world of ramen noodles is no different. The food that conjures images of fusty dorm rooms, crusty old microwaves and bricks of Styrofoam-like noodles in the minds of Americans is a culinary stalwart in its home of Japan. Ramen is every bit as important to Japanese culture as Kabuki Theater or Ikebana, and its place in the Japanese identity is sealed in the dish’s many permutations from region to region. Now, Grand …

Grand County residents asked to participate in Grand Profile survey

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:25pm
Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles about the Grand Profile. Look for the other two next week. Grand County residents are being asked to help shed some light on the economic make-up of the community. Very soon, business and resident surveys will be hitting mail boxes, in-boxes, town offices and chambers of commerce in an attempt to collect comprehensive local information about who lives, works, and plays in Grand County in an effort to develop a comprehensive community profile. The effort, dubbed the Grand Profile, will help civic and business leaders make informed decisions about the future …

Granby woman scares bear up a pole

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:17pm
Bear activity is picking up as winter approaches, and many area residents are learning first-hand what fare pleases the palate of the American black bear. One Granby woman caught a couple of bears in flagrante raiding a food source that’s pretty ubiquitous around the county – dog food. Pam Minear had just fed her four dogs their final meal of the evening when she caught a small bear scampering away from a stash of dog food on her porch. Minear caught sight of the bear’s “small little butt” slipping off of her porch, but her encounter didn’t end there. “The …

Volunteer delivers literacy by the truckload

Local News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:09pm
More than half a dozen times a year, Cathy Craig loads boxes of books into her Toyota 4Runner and heads north out of Granby. And not just a few books. Sometimes 40 boxes, with up to 30 books apiece. She has repeated this ritual since 2009, when she read about a bake sale to raise funds for the library at Fort Washakie, Wyo. Craig attended the sale during one of her regular sightseeing trips to Wyoming, and so began her book-ferrying odyssey. Among those she met at the sale was Robin Levin, director of library services at the Washakie School …
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