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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 …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, April 19-25, 2015

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:21pm
Grand County transactions April 19-25Granby Ranch Filing 5 First Administrative Plat Lot 32 – William and Nicolle Davies, Gabrielle Bartusiak to Elizabeth Helen Smith Titus and Stephanie Meadows, $295,000Grand View Highlands Filing #1, Lot 28, Block 3 – Kurt and Amanda Stoltz to Rochelle Loughry, $390,000Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 4, Unit 5 – Edward and Irene Desroches to Edward and Lauri Briscoe, $117,000Pine Tree Plaza Condominiums Unit 306 – Greenzweig Revocable Trust to Fredric Brumfield, $192,750Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 2, Unit 3 – John Wahl and Erin Stromley Wahl to Jeff Manning, $93,000Frontier Investment Company Addn to Kremmling Block 26, …

Granby plans road construction for summer months

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:21pm
Summer is coming and with it comes road construction season.The Town of Granby recently put out a request for bids for an asphalt milling and overlay project for three side streets in Granby. The proposed work includes Fourth Street in Granby from Highway 40 to Diamond Avenue, Diamond Avenue from Fourth Street to First Street, including 30 feet of North Second Street, and First Street from Diamond Avenue to Highway 40 excluding where the road intersects Jasper Avenue, where the existing asphalt is still considered good.Granby Town Manager Wally Baird said the Town hopes to begin work on the projects …

Health screenings at no charge or low-cost offered at 9Health Fairs

Local News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:21pm
Editor’s note: A version of this press release that appeared in the April 22 edition contained incorrect prices. The prices are corrected below.Free and low-cost health screenings will be offered at the 9Health Fairs taking place in Granby and Kremmling in May.The Granby 9Health Fair takes place May 2 at Granby Elementary School. The Kremmling fair is set for May 16 at the K-8 school in Kremmling. All the spring 9Health Fairs in Grand County occur on Saturdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m.The Fraser 9Health Fair is set to take place in the fall.This year’s Granby 9Health Fair is sponsored by the …

Bookends: What’s It Like Reading Saul Bellow’s ‘Henderson the Rain King’ Today?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00am
Bellow’s novel divided critics when it was first published in 1959. James Parker and Francine Prose discuss the experience of reading it today.

What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:03am

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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‘Ordinary Light: A Memoir,’ by Tracy K. Smith

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:30am
A memoir of race, faith and a mother’s devotion, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.

Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:30am
Jon Krakauer describes cases of acquaintance rape at the University of Montana.

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 1:49am

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

NPR Books - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:00am

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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