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13th Blues from the Top fires up Winter Park

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:13pm
“I’m open for business in your neighborhood,” belted singer Sadie Johnson at this weekend’s 13th Annual Blues from the Top Festival, echoing the late great Etta James. “The Blues is my business ... and business is good!”And it was — Johnson, a dozen main-stage acts, a dozen more emerging young performers and thousands of fans filled downtown Winter Park to celebrate the rhythms, spirit and community that are ubiquitous with this distinctly American genre of music.The event, presented by the Grand County Blues Society, kicked off its 13th year with a free concert in Hideaway Park Thursday night, featuring the …

Grand County Sheriff’s Office featured in new TV series

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:09pm
Residents of Grand County will want to set their DVRs in July when the Grand County Sheriff’s Office heads to the small screen with the premier of National Geographic’s new show Rocky Mountain Law.The show will premier Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic channel. A sneak peek of Rocky Mountain Law will be shown on the same channel on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.Photographers and film crews from National Geographic spent several months this winter traveling with sheriff’s deputies as well as deputies from Boulder and Eagle counties to film the unique terrain and challenges …

Grand County adopts new expense policy

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:01pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a new expense and reimbursement policy for county employees and officials.Commissioners had delayed approval of the policy after some found its wording regarding approval for meal expenses ambiguous.The board ultimately decided to keep the wording in question when it approved the policy at its Tuesday, June 23, meeting.The section in question states that employees must obtain department head approval before incurring meal expenses. The county’s auditor, McMahan and Associates LLC, suggested adding the language.During the board’s June 16 meeting, County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola said he took the wording to mean that …

Grand County ranch listed for $8.95 million

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:53pm
A massive new ranch property has found its way to the market in Grand County.The 300-acre King Mountain Ranch, located just west of state Highway 125 halfway between Hot Sulphur Springs and Rand, landed on the market June 5 with a list price of $8.95 million.King Mountain Ranch is surrounded by Arapaho National Forest and features its own 36-acre reservoir and a one-half mile airstrip.“It is without a doubt the most unique listing I’ve had in my 30-year career,” said Lance Gutersohn, broker and owner at RE/MAX Peak to Peak in Winter Park and the property’s agent. “I’d say the …

Tops of the Rockies annual gala raises funds for library programs

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:53pm
The annual fundraising gala, Tops of the Rockies, is set to take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11th at the Grand Lake Yacht Club.This exciting night is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand County Library and features great wines, excellent appetizers and live music in a beautiful setting at the historic Grand Lake Yacht Club, right on the shores of beautiful Grand Lake.The event features unique, artistic items used to create tabletops that will be put up for live auction during the evening. A silent auction will also be held. “This year the Friends will also …

Gore Canyon Whitewater Park Grand Opening set for July 13

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:45pm
After five long years, the $1.7 million Colorado River enhancement project, known as Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, is now complete and open.The Colorado Water Conservation Board needed to approve the implication of the recreational in-channel diversion (RICD), known commonly as a whitewater park. After the Grand County team showed 100 letters of support from kayakers and other recreationalists, the RICD was awarded.The project’s fundraiser and coordinator, Caroline Bradford, explained the RICD and its promise for future generations and recreation.“You have a manmade structure in the river that diverts the stream flow in order to provide whitewater for recreation,” Bradford said. …

Jared Polis: Continuing Colorado’s legacy of conservation

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:33pm
Those who live here know that the sunrise from atop Quandary Peak, the alpenglow of the Gore Range, and mountain valleys flush with columbine are at the core of Colorado’s character.Coloradans and tourists alike flock to our mountains and open spaces to ski, hike, mountain bike, hunt, and fish, among many other activities. In the process, they add billions to our state economy each year. It’s important that we sustain this natural resource and economic driver.Generations of Coloradans have understood this. Beginning with the Wilderness Act in 1965 to the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993, and most recently, the hard …

Grand County’s cancer services move to Mountain Family Center

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:09pm
Team Grand County’s cancer-related services will transition from the Grand County Rural Health Network to Mountain Family Center, effective July 1.Team Grand County’s main focus is to provide financial assistance to people living with cancer. Mountain Family Center already provides funding for rent, utilities, mortgage and other household necessities and often helps clients with other expenses associated with an unexpected medical condition.In an effort to streamline access to specialized funding for local cancer clients, Mountain Family Center has agreed to manage Team Grand County’s cancer fund. By adding cancer-related expenses that cover pharmacy, gas, and hotel vouchers, Mountain Family Center …

Pocket art gallery opens in Granby

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:01pm
Ray Sikes, gallery coordinator for the University of Texas at Tyler, will hold an open house exhibition of modern/contemporary paintings and sculpture on Friday, July 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 365 Agate Avenue, Suite B, in Granby.The gallery will be operated in conjunction with Joyous Skin Care at the same address.Art featuring watercolors by Alexis Serio, small sculptural pieces by Wesley Stolusky, prints by James R. Pace, oil paintings by Michelle Taff, mixed media by Ray Sikes and collage work by Philana Oliphant will be part of the opening event. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come by …

Obituary: Francis (Fran) Cassidy

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:45pm
Francis (Fran) Cassidy passed away June 25, 2015, at age 88 after a long illness. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Fran attended Loras College and The University of Tokyo, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in anthropology. He was a U.S.A. Army veteran serving with the Army of Occupation stationed in Japan. Upon college graduation, Fran started his career as an archeologist and part-owner of a construction company in New Mexico. He then began a broad international business career when he joined the WABCO Equipment Group as a field representative based in Peru for South America. Fran …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, June 21027, 2015

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:29pm
Grand County transactions June 21-27Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Bldg 1 & 2, Unit 2502 – Dawn Nelsen, Dawn Taylor to Zephyr Mountain Lodge Association Inc, $4,796.93Columbine Lake Block 8, Lots 77,78 – Carole Baer to James Guzik and Carol Larson, $405,000Village at Mountain Sky Grand Elk Ranch & Club Lot D31 – Barret Trust to David Hall and Maris Blair, $546,500Shores of Shadow Mountain Subdivision Lot 18 – Dominic Iannelli and Beverly James to James and Patricia Gorrell, $190,000Winter Park Village Lot 4, Block 5 – Tracy Zaik and Bruce Hodgkins to Gene and Lynda Wall, $115,000Village at Buckhorn Grand …

ArtsBeat: Zadie Smith to Collaborate on a Screenplay

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:21pm
The novelist Zadie Smith will write her first screenplay, with the French director Claire Denis.









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Riddell: The ‘Leaky Boat Model’

Local News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:21pm
One of the required attributes of every successful athletic coach is his or her ability to foster a spirit of teamwork among the team members. The coach’s ability to somehow collect and then distill disparate interests and motivations into a simple understandable framework is often overlooked by casual observers, boiled down to only success in winning not losing.But what needs to be understood is that the “just win, baby” bumper sticker is an aspirational umbrella where winning becomes the means to the end. In high school, for example, the focus on winning can very well be underscored by opportunities for …

How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

NPR Books - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:33am

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.

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After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect

NPR Books - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:24am

A massive new anthology collects the impressive and varied work of the Montreal-based publisher Drawn And Quarterly, whose comics and graphic novels represent a deeply human kind of storytelling.

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A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill'

NPR Books - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:03am

Naomi Jackson's first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother's small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says "it's not a perfect book, but it's a lovely one."

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Bookends: Do Genre Labels Matter Anymore?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:00am
Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison discuss whether categorical descriptions are as stable or as useful as they used to be.









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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

NPR Books - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:03am

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

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‘Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,’ by Kristen Green

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:00am
After Prince Edward County closed its public schools, black children had no access to education.









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Children's Story Hour

Evanced Events RSS - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:58pm
When: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Fraser Valley at Fraser Valley Urban Community Meeting Room

Story Hour is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 6 years (though, all ages are welcome). Come to socialize, read books, and familiarize your child with the wonderful world of the library! Please call 726-5689 for more information.
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