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Book Review: 'Citizen: An American Lyric'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:24pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. It's been nominated for a National Book Award.

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Muftic: It’s time to sign up for Obamacare again

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
Open enrollment for Obamacare has already begun and to be insured by Jan. 1, sign ups must be completed by Dec. 15. Grand County has cut its uninsured numbers in half and the Colorado state-run exchange is ranked as one of the four best run sites in the U.S. for signing up for insurance. The exchange is where you can compare policies and buy private health insurance, and it provides a method to administer subsidies to make insurance affordable based on an individual’s or family’s income level. This is not the same sign up site as the one that got …

Hamilton: Red China and Iran: Negotiations 101

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
By now, history should have taught the Obama administration the truth behind the statements of two experienced negotiators: Great Britain’s Lord Palmerston (1784-1865) famously said, “England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests.” Dr. Henry Kissinger warned both Presidents Nixon and Carter than no American president should ever become involved in a negotiation where the outcome is in doubt. Last week, President Obama negotiated a deal with Red China — the world’s largest polluters of earth’s atmosphere — whereby the U.S. could cut our carbon emissions by 25 percent in an …

Guest opinion: Granby acts to restrict youth access to tobacco

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
On Nov. 11, the Granby Town Board voted in favor of changing town municipal code to restrict minors’ access to tobacco and nicotine products. This new policy prohibits self-service displays (including e-cigarettes and cigarillos), minors stocking or selling tobacco or nicotine products, and product giveaways. It also requires proof of age through positive identification at the time of purchase. The passage of this ordinance is a result of tireless work of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Grand County Teen Council who presented their Photo Voice project “How tobacco retail establishments affect youth.” Teen Council seniors presented their projects at …

DeVos: Browsing the Green Mile antique stores

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
“Could I get an ounce of ditch weed?” I asked, trying not to count his nose rings. “What’s that?” “What’s ditch weed? Good Lord, man, I can’t believe I’m hearing you say that. It’s all we smoked in the ’70s. It was everywhere, you know, fueling the revolution. You’ve never heard of it? ” “The ’70s!” he repeated, “Revolution? You mean like 1776? Did George Washington really smoke dope?” He stared at my hairline, as if noting that it was receding like a British warship. I glared back, marveling at the ignorance of youth, “Uh no,” I said, “I meant …

Television film crews to follow Grand County deputies

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is headed to the small screen. Film crews from a national television channel will soon be in Grand County filming the GCSO as they keep the peace during the cold winter months. Grand County Undersheriff John Stein confirmed film crews will soon be working directly with department deputies as they crisscross the snow covered terrain of the high country. The name of the channel the program is being filmed for is not being released at this time. There is also little information available regarding the format, content or length of the program beyond the …

Rau: Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A complete Nordic resort

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Nestled in the shadow of the Continental Divide near Tabernash, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 6,000 acres of sweeping meadows and meandering creeks. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Since 1938, cowboys and poets and ranchers and city folk and Nordic skiers have escaped to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Today the Ranch offers a classy and upscale get-away. The Main Lodge offers cozy single rooms and multi-room suites, a cafe, pub/bistro, fitness center, theater, a six-sided, three-story fireplace constructed from stones gathered from a rockslide near the ranch, and even a miniature bowling alley. The cabins range in size …

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

NPR Books - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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In the Fraser Valley, the time for fat tire bikes has arrived

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:49pm
The last set of snowstorms ended our mountain biking on dirt. At this point mountain biking can morph into many different forms. There is the dream and fantasy of next summer’s rides or escaping to the desert to get that trail fix. That is oftentimes accompanied by interludes across the internet looking at your favorite mountain biking sites and rides in distant places. Let’s not forget searching your own photos with a bit of nostalgia of past rides and great places. There is every employer’s favorite, the daydreaming at work, which may not be productive but most often more satisfying. …

BLM seeks commercial rafting applications for Upper Colorado River

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:25pm
KREMMLING — In an effort to ensure a variety of recreational opportunities are available within the Upper Colorado River Special Recreation Management Area, the Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is encouraging special recreation permit applications from commercial outfitters that can provide unique opportunities for the public. In particular, the office is looking for applications from guides and outfitters that provide fishing trips for special populations or people with disabilities; accredited universities seeking to incorporate visits to the area into its coursework; or other opportunities not currently available, either for the general public or for underserved populations. “We recently …

‘Orientation Express’ takes fam tour of Fraser Valley businesses

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:09pm
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s Orientation Express Program is targeting front-line staff throughout the community to explore what local businesses have to offer. This program is intended to build on Open for Business Week (Dec. 1-5). The goal is to use the Orientation Express Program as another tool to internally market what the community has to offer. The community will be segmented according to the following geographical locations with destination tour stops within each region. Tours will take place between 4-7 p.m. • Monday, Dec. 1 — Winter Park North • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — Winter Park …

Fully Involved: Use turkey fryers only with great care

Local News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:09pm
It is hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey — or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fires and serious burn injuries, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advise against using them. The NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys, or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer. This model uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey. Fryers heat around five …

Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

NPR Books - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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George W. Bush’s ‘41: A Portrait of My Father’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:39am
George W. Bush’s “41,” an affectionate biography of his father, takes readers through the touchstones of an extraordinary life.

Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

NPR Books - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

NPR Books - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Brigid Irish headed to District Court

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
Brigid Irish, the sole defendant in the case of $500,000 stolen from the Grand County Building Department, was back in Grand County Court on Monday afternoon. Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared before Judge Ben McClelland for a preliminary hearing. Irish previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing via phone call during a status conference in County Court on Nov. 3. She appeared Monday in person, a requirement of the court, to officially waive her right to the hearing. During the proceedings Judge McClelland asked Frankfurt if Irish was going …

Hot Sulphur Springs lawmaker chosen for Senate leadership

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs was recently chosen by his fellow Republicans for the position of Majority Whip for the 2015 legislative session. His appointment as Majority Whip places Baumgardner in a leadership position in the state Republican Party. As Majority Whip, Baumgardner will work to keep other Republicans on the floor of the Senate voting according to the desires of the party leadership. He will closely monitor how other Senators vote and will be tasked with lobbying and pressuring other Senators to vote the way the leadership wants. Baumgardner explained his new role saying, “The majority …

Grand County manager responds to criticism

Local News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:41pm
Editor’s note: A recently published report from a grand jury investigating the theft of more than $500,000 dollars from the Grand County Building Department found no additional criminal culpability for the theft, though the report was heavily critical of multiple county officials. To view an article detailing the report, click here. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran sat down with the Sky-Hi News to address recent criticism stemming from the report, among other things. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran has responded to criticism of her job performance after a grand jury report questioned the efficacy of her position in …
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