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ArtsBeat: PEN Announces Finalists for 2015 Awards

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 8:02am
Phil Klay, Sheri Fink and Naomi Klein are among the finalists.

Freeman Dyson: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:00am
The physicist, mathematician and author, most recently, of “Dreams of Earth and Sky” says the best books he knows about mathematics and physics are nearly a hundred years old.

Lewis And Clark Battle Giant Spiders In 'Dead Lands'

NPR Books - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:00am

Benjamin Percy's new thriller re-tells the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition, against a postapocalyptic future backdrop where the Mississippi has dried up and monsters roam the West.

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‘Operation Nemesis,’ by Eric Bogosian

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:30am
Eric Bogosian uncovers an organization that aimed to assassinate the perpetrators of the Armenian genocide.

‘The Fall of the Ottomans,’ by Eugene Rogan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:30am
Taking on Britain and Russia led to the collapse of Ottoman rule, and its consequences.

Letters: ‘Eleanor Marx: A Life’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:27pm
Readers respond to recent reviews of Rachel Holmes’s biography of Eleanor Marx, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Sympathizer” and more.

ArtsBeat: Short Stories for E-Readers, 99 Cents Each

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:34pm
Vintage/Anchor Books will release single stories for digital readers throughout the month of May, including classics and some original works.

ArtsBeat: Dictionary of American Regional English Faces Shutdown

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:21am
The 52-year-old project tracking regional language variations across the country is searching for a new source of funding.

'All The Rage' Has All The Despair, And All The Confusion, Too

NPR Books - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:03am

Courtney Summers' new YA novel centers on a girl who was raped at a party, and the community that mostly doesn't believe her. Critic Tasha Robinson says the book's portrait of trauma packs a punch.

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Children’s Books: Frank Viva’s ‘Outstanding in the Rain’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:00am
Frank Viva’s ingenious new picture book fashions a charming story out of sound-alike phrases.

'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

NPR Books - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:03am

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

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‘The Shadow of the Crescent Moon,’ by Fatima Bhutto

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:30am
Pakistani siblings in the border region near Afghanistan confront unending violence.

‘Michelle Obama: A Life,’ by Peter Slevin

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:30am
Michelle Robinson Obama, an Ivy League-educated lawyer, has deep roots in the city of her birth.

From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

NPR Books - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:32am

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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Grand County organization helps heal scars of war

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:53pm
War leaves many scars, not all of them visible.As a new generation of warriors returns home from foreign fields they are discovering that recovery is not a destination, but a process. Nathan Newkirk, President CEO and founder of Rocky Mountain Warriors Project, knows all about that journey.Newkirk is an unassuming young man with sandy brown hair whose eyes seem much older than his face. Born in 1983, he spent nearly seven years in the military. He joined up in 2002 serving in both the Navy and the Army. He fought alongside Marines as a Navy Corpsman and also worked as …

County to initiate search for new attorney

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:53pm
Grand County will move forward with soliciting applications for the county attorney position.The Grand County Board of Commissioners decided that the county would only consider applicants from within Colorado at its Tuesday, April 14 meeting. Commissioners agreed that elected and appointed officials as well as the public will be able to weigh in on the selection at some point, though they seemed to reject a suggestion that the county hold a “meet and greet” to gather public input into the process.The salary range for the position is $100,227 to $150,341.County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran said her office would work to …

Mountain rescue: Backcountry Survival – The Ten Essentials

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:33pm
Shorts and tank tops while hiking around Columbine Lake in summer are fine ... until the sun goes down or a sudden hailstorm hits. During my six years as a volunteer with Grand County Search & Rescue, I have lost count of the number of missions where the subject was ill prepared for the weather. Upon reaching the subject, the usual response is, “I was just out for a day hike.”It does not take much, a sprained ankle, broken tibia, an unexpected rain or snowstorm, to turn “just a day hike” into a life-threatening emergency. If this happens late in …

New planner a familiar face in Grand County

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:25pm
Bill Gray worked as a planner for Grand County for nearly 10 years before taking a position in Eagle and, later, Colorado Springs.But for Gray, the allure of Grand County was just too much.After spending more than a decade elsewhere, Gray has returned to Grand County to head its planning and zoning department.Since starting on Jan.5, he’s been busy with the usual duties of his office, overseeing the permitting of a new gravel pit near Kremmling as well as handling the minutiae of a county planning department.“It’s just kind of lots of little minor things,” Gray said. “Allowing people to …

Winter Park’s Trestle named top bike park in the Rockies

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:01pm
It’s no secret among Coloradans that Trestle Bike Park is a world-class destination for downhill junkies.Now the Winter Park biking mecca has been voted the top bike park in the Rocky Mountains by riders from across the continent.Trestle took the honor in the 2014 Rider’s Choice Awards, an online contest held by popular mountain biking website’s the second year that Trestle has taken the region’s top spot.“I think it just goes to show the reputation of Trestle Bike Park within the biking industry,” said Steve Hurlbert, communications director for Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park. “These are people …

Fraser Holiday Inn closed after small fire

Local News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:53pm
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Fraser is closed after a fire caused damage to part of the roof.East Grand Fire responded to a call for a small fire in the building around 11:45 a.m. on Monday, April 14, said Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth.No one was injured in the blaze, which started in the building’s attic space, Holzwarth said. The fire was contained by a sprinkler system in the attic.The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though Holzwarth said it appeared that the source was wiring in the roof’s heat tracing system.“It’s really hard on that stuff …
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