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It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

NPR Books - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:03am

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.

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Could Winter Park Ski Train make a comeback?

Local News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:45pm
WINTER PARK — Amtrak officials said they would “closely look” at the performance of a one-day Ski Train in March to inform their decisions about future service.Hope they didn’t blink.The Winter Park Express’ maiden trip sold out less than 12 hours after it was announced on Feb. 25, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.Marketed as a one-off promotional event celebrating Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, the Winter Park Express will shuttle 400 passengers on a round trip from Denver to Winter Park Resort on March 14.Though Amtrak has only mentioned one trip, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said its success …

Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:23am
Neil Gaiman reviews Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Buried Giant,” a quest narrative set in a mythical time of ogres, sprites and dragons.

'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color

NPR Books - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:03am

V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.

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Children’s Books: ‘Winnie’ by Sally M. Walker

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am
A picture book tells the story of the real bear who inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

The 1970s, Warts (And More Warts) In 'Inner City Romance'

NPR Books - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:03am

Underground cartoonist Guy Colwell's dyspeptic chronicle of the 1970s captures a decade when idealism was out of style. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Colwell's style is uneven but at times beautiful.

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Grand Lake Classic back as the Foxy Freestyle

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:33pm
The last day in February is set for the return of Nordic racing to Grand Lake.On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race will be held at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. The Foxy Freestyle is a re-imagining of the no longer operational Grand Lake Classic, which was held for 25 years at the Grand Lake Nordic Center before being discontinued in 2007.The Foxy Freestyle is being staged by the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), and all proceeds from the event will go to the organization. It is being billed as a family friendly event with a …

Theft suspect scheduled to appear in District Court March 2

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Elizabeth Valree Carmichael, 47, is scheduled to appear in District Court on Monday, March 2, for an advisement hearing on charges she stole more than $451,000 from the Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County.An arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 7 for Carmichael, who now lives in Lubbock, Texas. The suspect turned herself into Colorado authorities on Jan. 17, according to court documents, posted bond and returned to Lubbock with the permission of the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case.Court documents indicate Carmichael needs to travel to the Southwest and East …

Feds raid Texas group that called West Grand part of their own

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
West Grand residents who were concerned about possible annexation into the Republic of Texas can breathe easy.The Texas-based secessionist group, which has claimed that part of western Grand County falls into its resurrection of the bygone republic, was the target of a federal raid on Monday, Feb. 23, the Houston Chronicle reports.Local police, sheriffs, and agents of the Texas Rangers and FBI raided the group’s “congressional meeting” in Bryan, Texas, after the Republic subpoenaed local residents and a judge to appear before its “court” at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the Chronicle reports.Ed Brannum, the “General Land Commissioner” …

Buddhist temple tests roofers’ mettle

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
Nestled up against the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristos in the shadow of Kit Carson Peak and just north of the Great Sand Dunes stands something you would expect to find on the other side of the world — a Buddhist temple.The Sangdo Palri Temple is a new three story temple located just outside the town of Crestone. Construction of the new temple began in 2011. Exterior work on the building was completed in late 2014.The temple provided an incredible opportunity for the Grand County construction firm The Roofing Company to showcase its craftsmanship. Workmen and metalsmiths from …

Winter Park 2014 sales tax collections set record

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:45pm
Sales, lodging and accommodations tax revenues for 2014 seem to suggest that an economic recovery has occurred in parts of the Fraser Valley.The Town of Winter Park had its biggest tax revenue year on record, topping its next highest year, 2007, by 1 percent.Winter Park set tax collection records in July, August and December, finishing the year with more than $4.5 million in tax collections, up 10 percent from last year.“Everything was up so people seem to be happy,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce. “They had a good year, and we …

Sky-Hi News ‘three-peats’ for General Excellence

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:05pm
For the third year running, the Sky-Hi News has been named the best newspaper in Colorado in its circulation class.The newspaper won the coveted General Excellence award during the Colorado Press Association’s 137th Annual Convention at the Downtown Westin Hotel in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 21. In all, the Sky-Hi News won 27 awards for work published between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014.The newspaper competes in the Class 4 circulation category, which includes papers with circulation between 4,001 and 7,000. This year’s contest entries were judged by newspaper peers from the Missouri Press Association. Awards are granted in …

After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

NPR Books - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

NPR Books - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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Panther boys Nordic squad finishes 2nd in league

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:09am
A police escort ushered the Middle Park Nordic and Alpine teams out of Granby this past Wednesday en route to Summit County for the Nordic and Alpine state championships. The Nordic championships were held Thursday and Friday at the new Adventure Park in the Frisco Nordic Center complex. On Thursday, the Skate Championship 5K skate took place. MPHS girls finished in 10th place. Sierra Smith was the top Panther racer in 30th at 20:03. Emily Jensen followed her in 55th at 21:46. Darby Howard rounded out the team in 56th at 21:50. The boys finished in 6th. Theo Loo placed …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Feb. 15-21, 2014

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:53am
Grand County transactions, Feb. 15-21 Forest at St Louis Creek Subd TRT 4 – Benjamin Monroe to JVR Properties LLC, $250,000Lakeview Subdivision Unit 3, Bldg B – Van Donselaar Family Trust to John and Janet Anderstrom, $125,000Mountain Meadows Subdivision Block 1, Lots 4,5 – Michael and Glenda Collins to Tim and Michelle Eubank, $254,000Hills at Winter Park Ranch Lot 6 – Rodney and Kimberly Aulick to Martha M Ha Revocable Trust, $295,000Grandview Villas Unit 201 – Global Recovery One LLC to Rick, Lisa, Rod and Michele Flanigan, $150,000Columbine Lake Lot 4, Block 11 – Flores Trust, Lyndee Sternad, E R …

Riddell: Finding the right employees is critical

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:37am
As long as Grand County remains a service based recreational economy, finding and keeping good employees will remain a major challenge. While every successful company in any geographical area must consistently meet this challenge, the transitory nature of Grand County’s recreationally focused workforce adds even more complexity to this very real issue. Today we are going to try to provide some structural insights with the goal of providing a different path to sustainable success. Before addressing specific retention ideas, perhaps the best place to start is an honest appraisal of the role of the service providing employee. Specifically, does the …

Letter: Our forests managed for special interests

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:21am
To the Editor:I read Drew Munro’s article about public land. It is quite interesting that we have much the same thoughts about “Public Lands,” and the increasing restrictions placed on use, access, and the “double taxation” in the form of fees.First, I don’t use the National Parks much, so I will keep them out of this letter.I frequently use the Arapaho National Forest, and the BLM lands mostly in Grand County, and I get to other places occasionally.I am sick of the disaster that has become the U.S. Forest Service. They do not manage the “Public’s” property anymore for the …

Letter: Obama’s foreign policy record is abysmal

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:21am
To the Editor:If Felicia Muftic’s column announcing that the 2016 GOP presidential candidates are lacking in foreign policy experience had been written by anyone else, I would have considered it a brilliant effort at satire. However, I am sure she thought her piece to be serious and insightful.While she is correct to point out that many GOP candidates do not have strong foreign policy backgrounds and thus are POTENTIALLY vulnerable to missteps in this arena , her column lacks any credibility by failing to address the current administration’s utter failure in handling foreign affairs.President Obama came to the White House …

Letter: Candidate’s honesty about faith is laudable

Local News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:13am
To the Editor:To quote an icon of the GOP, “Well, there you go again.” I am of course referring to Felicia Muftic and her never-ending biased rhetoric toward Christians in her column in the Sky-Hi News. This past week she wrote about potential GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker, among several others.Gov. Walker, who is open about his Christian faith, was in England recently and he was asked about creationism. Ms. Muftic deftly wrote, “… he refused to deny the concept of creationism …” thereby raising eyebrows and disbelief he still believed in it. Ms. Muftic went on to imply …
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