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Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:03am

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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‘Beyond: Our Future in Space,’ by Chris Impey

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:30am
An astronomer sees a glorious future for humankind in space — one that includes colonies on the moon and Mars in 2045.

Vail Valley man injured in hash oil explosion

Local News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:57pm
EAGLE-VAIL — Colorado’s marijuana industry has taken off with a bang — literally.An Eagle-Vail man said a malfunctioning valve in his legal hash oil cooking system caused an explosion Wednesday afternoon.About two hours after the explosion, Ryan Wilhelm, 24, called the Vail Daily from the local hospital to tell his side of the story.Wilhelm said he was outside on the back porch of his Eagle-Vail townhome when a valve failed on his closed-loop hash oil system. They’re designed to keep highly flammable butane gas from escaping.“The valve popped, and I jumped back,” Wilhelm said. “When I did, the static electricity …

Grand Elk subdivision looks to the future after tumultuous past

Local News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:17pm
The Grand Elk subdivision in Granby, on the rebound after years of financial struggles, is a complex mix of overlapping private and quasi-governmental entities.The 684-lot subdivision is owned variously by regular homeowners, developer Koelbel and Company, and in an odd twist the Grand Elk Improvement District, a quasi-governmental entity made up entirely of the Granby Board of Trustees.The development has had a tumultuous past. The first developer, Grand Elk LLC, was foreclosed on in 2009, leaving substantial outstanding debts. The Grand Elk Homeowners Association (HOA) took the lead in overseeing the administration of the subdivision afterwards and has worked for …

‘Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat,’ by Paul Halpern

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:28pm
The story of two great physicists and their doomed competition to create a grand unified theory.






Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:34pm

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:38pm

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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A Futuristic Private Eye Gets In Over Her Head In 'Depth'

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:00am

Lev AC Rosen's dystopian thriller, set in an underwater New York City, is an expert mix of the sci-fi and hardboiled genres. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a nervy crime caper with hidden depths.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:03am

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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‘The Turner House,’ by Angela Flournoy

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:30am
An African-American family story is also a story of Detroit.






‘Days of Rage,’ by Bryan Burrough

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:30am
Bryan Burrough examines domestic terrorism of the 1970s and ’80s.






Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:51pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author and illustrator Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus, the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda, was purged from Moscow stores because of a swastika on the cover.

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Citizens, organizers discuss Grand County Master Trails Plan

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:21pm
Citizens, stakeholders and local officials came out to offer their input on the Headwaters Trails Alliance’s Master Trails Plan in Winter Park on Tuesday, April 21.The meeting focused on the plan’s first subarea, which encompasses the southeastern portion of Grand County including the Fraser Valley.The original Master Trails Plan was developed in 1995, with the goal of establishing the Fraser to Granby Trail. The Headwaters Trails Alliance was formed at the same time to meet that goal.The plan has been revised multiple times since then, and in January 2015, HTA started its search for a consultant to help complete a …

ArtsBeat: ‘Maestra,’ Psychological Thriller by L. S. Hilton, Scooped Up By G.P. Putnam’s Sons

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:39pm
G. P. Putnam’s Sons bought the rights to “Maestra,” the first novel in a trilogy by L. S. Hilton, in a low-seven-figure pre-emptive deal.






Grand County activist with ties to Nepal appeals for quake relief

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:45pm
Susanne Jalbert, Ph.D., first traveled to Nepal in the late 1980s.An avid outdoorswoman, Jalbert was drawn to the mountainous country on a trekking trip.Her trip around famed Himalayan peak Makalu was stymied by poor weather, as were most trekkers across the region, but Jalbert said the experienced sparked a lifelong bond with the country and its people.“I went for the trekking, and I stayed for the people,” she said.An internationally renowned activist, Jalbert has been involved in the founding of five women-centered organizations in Nepal since she first visited the country.Her love for the mountains brought her consulting business to …

Brigid Irish arraignment in District Court on April 30

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:49pm
Nearly one year after an arrest warrant was first issued for her, Brigid Irish will be back in District Court on Thursday, April 30, for an arraignment before 14th Judicial District Judge Mary Hoak.Irish is scheduled to appear at 2:15 p.m. Irish was in court on March 9 for an arraignment that was continued until April 30. During another arraignment appearance in late February, Irish informed Judge Hoak that she was dismissing her attorney William Frankfurt.During that appearance, Irish also informed the court that she would be seeking a public defender. On March 9, Chris Hamsher, public defender out of …

ArtsBeat: Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:21pm
Anthony Bozza, who was hired in 2010, has filed suit in federal court, saying that Ms. Love failed to complete payment for his work.






Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards literacy grants in Grand County

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:17pm
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs that focus on the arts, languages and sciences.Since 2008, more than $300,000 has been awarded to organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business, including Grand County where Swift owns the Sky-Hi News.This year in Grand County, the Foundation made two awards.The Friends of Grand County Library will receive a $2,000 grant for a program that focuses on increasing awareness of the importance of reading to preschool children and materials …

The Green Corner: Grand County offers multiple recycling options

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:53pm
Welcome to The Green Corner. This is a new column offered by Infinite West that will be addressing Green ideas and facts that affect Grand County.To start off, let me introduce Infinite West to you. We are 501c3 that has been around for over five years now. Our mission is to promote, encourage and support sustainability in Grand County through education and action. Having introduced ourselves, welcome to spring! I want to start this column letting you know what we have already here in Grand County in the way of sustainability. Let’s start with recycling, since everyone will be finding …

Mountain Rescue: When the rubber hits the road

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:37pm
Mountain Rescue is a very specialized subdivision in the world of search and rescue, which includes an array of services from urban search and rescue, to fire rescue to combat search and rescue. The specialization in search and rescue for individuals and organizations depends on several factors including terrain, techniques and the need for search and rescue in a particular area. There is a lot of overlap between specialties. Fire rescue, mountain rescue and cave rescue share many technical rigging skill sets. Urban search and wilderness search tactics are very similar. All search and rescue organizations are made up of …
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