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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

NPR Books - 4 hours 18 min ago

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

NPR Books - 5 hours 42 min ago

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

NPR Books - 7 hours 23 min ago

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

NPR Books - 8 hours 23 min ago

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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UPDATED: Wildfire south of Granby fully contained

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
9:32 a.m. — The “553 fire” near Cottonwood Pass is fully contained. Light rain assisted fire crews in keeping the blaze around 1 acre in size, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple agencies fought the fire above County Road 553 near Cottonwood Pass. Authorities believe the fire is the result of a July 15 lightning strike. The fire was burning mostly fine ground fuels and beetle-kill pines and did not threaten any structures. It is located on private property. A total of 31 personnel from the East Grand Fire Protection District, Granby Fire Protection …

County commissioners approve rezone for possible Tabernash marijuana grow

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved rezoning for a parcel that could become Grand County’s first licensed marijuana grow operation. The board approved the rezoning of the former Highland Lumber parcel in Tabernash from tourist zone district to business zone district at its July 22 meeting. Wells Fargo Bank took ownership of the 11-acre parcel and building after foreclosing on the owner. Realtor Lance Gutersohn, who represents Wells Fargo, sought to rezone the land from tourist to business. The property is already under contract with a potential buyer who intends to turn the facility into a medical marijuana …

Veteran finds peace on the Continental Divide Trail

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:33pm
As Shawn Murphy treks along the precarious Continental Divide Trail, he has lots of things to think about. Pondering the curvature of a ridgeline, calculating the distance to the next water source, these are the kinds of things that occupy his mind from day to day. But he also contemplates less tangible themes. “What it boils down to is you have to want to face your demons and deal with them,” Murphy said. “If you don’t, you’ll never change.” Murphy is a combat veteran. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he joined the U.S. Army in 1984, doing undercover military police operations …

Talking Shop: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm
Name/title: Frank & Gigi Dominguez /Owners Alpine Sun Ski & Sport /Owners Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 2. Business/business location: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport & Adolfs Event Center & Tavern. Both businesses are located in the historic Adolfs Building in Old Town Winter Park, 1008 Winter Park Drive Winter Park, CO 80482. 3. How long have you been in business?: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport, 30 years; Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 1 ½ years 4. How did you get started in this business?: Frank had been managing a ski shop in Winter Park and Alpine Sun Ski & …

Colorado AG should stop fighting same-sex marriage

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:45pm
U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore recently declared Colorado’s marriage ban unconstitutional — the latest of dozens of state and federal rulings striking down similar bans across the country. State Attorney General John Suthers has continued to defend Colorado’s ban, despite acknowledging that it is likely to be overturned in the end. Suthers has already wasted taxpayer dollars on the appeal of the state-level ruling, and he has indicated that he intends to waste further state resources on an appeal of today’s federal decision. Were he to drop his needless appeals in these cases, marriage equality would come to the …

Same-sex marriage a ‘race to the bottom’

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:37pm
To the Editor: That federal judge who struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage evidently hasn’t learned much from the past. In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago? The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. But eventually the people wised up and realized that was a mistake (e.g., Plato condemned homosexual activity), and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground. Now, wayward, ever-so-trendy “progressives” are trying to take us back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known …

Letter: Liberals have a lot of nerve talking about truth

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:29pm
To the Editor: Given the national display of liberal lies and lawlessness, it is hard to believe that a liberal would choose to use the word “untruths” in a headline attempting to define the opposition. However, the author of “My View” did just that while attempting to defend the Obama rubber-stamp known as Mark Udall. It didn’t stop there. Right out of the Udall playbook and TV commercials comes the never-ending liberal narrative of the war on women; “the GOP’s anti-reproductive rights planks?” What! The only warfare taking place are liberals insulting the intelligence of women by insisting that they …

Kansas teen dies on Longs Peak

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:21pm
Rocky Mountain National Park personnel experienced a busy weekend responding to a series of backcountry incidents since Friday, July 25, when an 18-year-old Kansas teen fell to his death on Longs Peak. The Boulder County Coroner’s office identified the teen as Nicholas L. Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kan. Hellbusch apparently fell to his death near the Ledges on the Keyhole Route early Friday, when park rangers were contacted by a person climbing the route that he and a group he was climbing with saw a body below The Ledges. Rangers reached the body at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed the death. The …

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

NPR Books - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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Grand County real estate transactions July 20-26, 2014

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:53pm
River Run Condominiums Unit 104, Bldg B – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Matthew and Carolyn Ziegler, $115,000 Dietrich Addition to Kremmling Block 6, Lots 9,10 – Robert and Catherine Jones to Daniel Diehl and Patricia Bushey, $150,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 21, Block 1 – Linda Christenson to McAnally Family Trust, $99,000 Elk Run Winter Park Sub Flg 3, Lot 64 – Michael and Tamara Robey to Joel A Clifton Revocable Trust and Susan L Clifton Revocable Trust, $760,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 7, Unit 732 – Michael and Kathryn Patton to Cheryl Denton, $340,000 Shadow Mountain …

In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

NPR Books - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

NPR Books - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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IMBA trail crew coming to Winter Park

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:41am
Winter Park — The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Winter Park from July 31- Aug. 3 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique and spend time digging in the dirt. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend’s events. The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA trail-building schools, meeting with government officials and land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve local mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program …

Grand Mountain Bank sponsors annual food bank benefit

Local News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:33am
A local tradition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The Grand Mountain Bank Golf Tournament to benefit the four church food banks and the Mountain Family Center in Grand County will take place Thursday Aug. 7, at Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby. The shotgun start for this scramble tournament will be at 1:30 p.m. “Even as the economy at large shows some improvement, we see the numbers of hungry and needy in Grand County continue to rise,” said Grand Mountain Bank Chairman John Selman. “Mountain Family Center provided food to more than 3,800 Grand County residents in 2013, a …

The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:48am
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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

NPR Books - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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