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Muftic: GOP political tricks likely to backfire in 2016

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:25pm
Are Republicans performing dumb political tricks when they try to destroy President Obama’s major domestic initiatives of Obamacare and immigration reform with threats of shutting down the government? Possibly.Polls reflect and are warnings of backfires. Continuing resolutions and compromise are temporary band-aids but eventually the time clock runs out and a nasty taste is left in the voters’ mouths.In the fall of 2013 much of the federal government was shut down over Obamacare. The radical right of the GOP, the Tea Party wing, tried to defund implementation of the health care reform law and they tied it to the government …

Hamilton — Proxy war: The president and the prime minister

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:25pm
Since 2009, the Obama administration has favored the Palestinians over Israel. Meanwhile, in order to retain U.S. funding for Israel’s essential Iron Dome missile-defense system, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has turned the other cheek.But now, President Obama has gone a step too far by dispatching four of his top political operatives to teach Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents how to defeat Mr. Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections. Their leader, Jeremy Bird, was the genius behind President Obama’s grass-roots election campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Bird has now joined Victory 2015, the “anybody but Bibi,” political campaign.This week, …

DeVos: A quiet, comfortable cave

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:25pm
Archeologists used to think that prehistoric society began as hunters and gatherers. They figured the men got up before dawn, sharpened their spears and spent a tough day poking woolly mammoths.Cavewomen, they figured, got up a bit later, dusted the stalactites and spent a few hours raising kids while gathering wild wheat, barley and hops for the evening stew.Recent evidence indicates it wasn’t quite so. Apparently cavemen were lazy slugs who just lay about the cave all day dreaming up ways to invent beer. It seems cavewomen did it all, including a lot of mammoth-poking. Plus, to the shame and …

Grand County real estate recovery slow, steady

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:25pm
Tax revenues seem to suggest the recovery of Grand County’s tourism economy is in full swing, but the real estate market has been a bit slower to rebound.Total real estate transactions in 2014 were down slightly from the year before, according to data from the Land Title Guarantee Company.However, gross volume was at its highest since 2008 at $425.5 million, up around 30 percent from 2013, according to the data. The data paints a complicated picture, though it seems to suggest a recovery is under way.The market in Grand County tends to be heavily influenced by the state of markets …

Middle Park student receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:13pm
The spirit of volunteerism runs strong throughout Grand County, and one young Middle Park High School girl exemplifies that, taking it upon herself to selflessly serve other members of her community.Emily Jensen is a freshman at MPHS who was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The award was presented on behalf of President Barack Obama.Jensen received the award for her volunteer work on the Obstacle Run, Dinner and Silent Auction held last year in support of the Mountain Family Center. …

Libraries that rock: Guitar-lending program in Grand County leads national trend

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:49pm
Books may still be libraries’ bread and butter, but today’s libraries also lend unusual items that may not fit on the shelves of tradition.In Perham, Minn., cardholders can check out lifejackets, a four-person tent and a camp stove. Community members in Great Bend, Kan., don’t have to invest in a new cake pan — their library checks out over 100 different shapes and sizes for their baking customers. Residents of Oakland, Calif., needing tools for a DIY project need look no further than their local library’s shelves.Here in Grand County, guitars, basses, drums and drum pads and keyboards check out …

Photo: Senator samaritan

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:17pm

Granby Ranch tries Fit For Snow to lower workers’ comp claims

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:29pm
Working at a ski resort can be physically demanding.Ski school instructors and Ski Patrol members spend their days in fast paced and extreme environments where the difference between safety and serious injury can be a matter of split seconds and quick thinking. Proper physical preparation and mental clarity keep workers safe, and help the business bottom line by reducing worker’s comp claims.To that end Granby Ranch is trying out a new employee pilot program this year called Fit For Snow. Granby Ranch is testing the program with both its Ski School and Ski Patrol employees, areas in the ski resort …

Fraser ALCO officially closed

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:21pm
ALCO officially closed the doors to its Fraser location on Friday, Feb. 28.Though ALCO filed for bankruptcy last year, its Fraser location stayed open through February as liquidators continued to move inventory into the store.Craig Clark, who has been in the process of purchasing the ALCO Center through his LLC, Fraser Valley Shopping Center, said lease negotiations with a new tenant are ongoing, though he could not name the prospective tenant on the record.Clark also owns a marijuana dispensary, Fraser’s second, in the shopping center. …

Obituary: David Edgar Harris

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:05pm
David Edgar Harris passed away on Feb. 1, 2015, at the age of 73. David was born June 3, 1941, to Helen Pearl Gauff and James Nathan Harris in Wenatchee, Wash. David was known to be a hot rodder and racer in his youth and still has a record for fastest car in the class Fuel Modified Dragster, since abandoned. He lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nev., and finally ended up in Tabernash.David is survived by his ex-wife Christine Harris; sister, Judy Finch; sons Thomas Harris, Steven O’neil, and Robert O’neil; and his daughters Latricia Lewis, Nicole …

Granby Elementary students raise $7,500 for charities

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:05pm
Granby Elementary School held a fundraiser called “GES Hops for Healthy Hearts” on Feb. 25 & 26 and raised more than $7,500 for local charities, the American Heart Association and for improvements to their school’s playground.All 350 students participated during their P.E. class time, led by teacher Maggie Keller, through a variety of events that included hopping, jumping, swinging and scootering. The students collected pledges for their participation and earned prizes for the different levels of money they raised.In addition to the prizes, the top fundraiser in each grade will throw a cream pie at a teacher, principal and counselor, …

Winter Park Ski Down for Cancer set for March 21

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:49pm
WINTER PARK – For the fifth straight season, the Winter Park Resort Professional Ski Patrol is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids to fight cancer in the TJV Ski Down for Cancer on Saturday, March 21.Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, the TJV Ski Down for Cancer will once again consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease. …

In 'The Buried Giant,' Exhausted Medieval Travelers 'Can't Go On,' But So 'Go On'

NPR Books - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:09pm

Kazuo Ishiguro's latest recalls the plays and novels of Samuel Beckett. It's a masterful blend of fantasy, Arthurian romance, myth, legend and postmodern absurdity — and it's unforgettable.

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Nordic doesn’t get much better than Grand County

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:45am
Families skiing or just playing in the snow, laughing together, cheering each other on; kids proudly wearing their medals grinning from ear to ear; delicious meatballs and soup and wine and more. What more can delight you in one day?Last Saturday was packed with those photo opportunities of a lifetime as locals and visitors alike skied picture perfect trails for the Foxy Freestyle at the Grand Lake Touring Center. Kids at tender young ages crossed the finish line for the first time ever and each one received a medal at the Sons of Norway Barnelopet at Snow Mountain Ranch Legget …

It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

NPR Books - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:43am

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

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Fully involved: Take steps now to recover from disaster

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:37am
No one likes to think about disastrous events that could damage or destroy one’s home, but we see daily reports in the news of devastating incidents. While we probably need not worry about lava flows, earthquakes, tornados, or plagues of locusts here in Grand County, no part of the world is without risk.Here, where we have come to live amongst the trees, we are at risk of wildfire. Throw in burglary, vandalism, an electrical malfunction, a simple accident in the kitchen, or a forgotten candle and you have an arguably very small, but nevertheless real chance, of a catastrophic loss. …

Fraser Valley mountain biking has come a long way

Local News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:05am
These are exciting times for mountain biking. We have seen new trails and there is a vision for an amazing trail system. Recently Winter Park was named the No. 3 mountain bike destination by has been a long time since this type of excitement has been seen in Winter Park. There has been a lot of effort to make that type or distinction possible. It doesn’t happen overnight but takes years to reach that quality of experience.Roughly 25 years ago several people met in the Bank of Winter Park. It was there that the first vision for mountain biking …

ArtsBeat: Andrew Solomon Named President of PEN American Center

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:45am
Mr. Solomon will take over for departing president Peter Godwin.

ArtsBeat: New Publisher for German-Language Edition of Martin Amis’s ‘The Zone of Interest’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:21am
The Swiss publisher Kein & Aber has picked up Martin Amis’s concentration-camp satire after the author’s longtime German publisher rejected it.

Exclusive First Read: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake'

NPR Books - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 8:03am

The Devil in the White City author Erik Larson turns his attention to the sinking of the liner Lusitania almost 100 years ago — a turning point that helped bring the United States into World War I.

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