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Prop. 105 brings GMO issue to Colo. ballot

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
GMO’s, shorthand for Genetically Modified Organisms, have become something of a buzzword over the last few years. This November Colorado voters will decide whether to require a label of “Produced With Genetic Engineering” for any food item that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material. If approved the proposition would not apply to food for animals, alcoholic beverages and several other categories of consumables. The proposition states, “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning labeling of genetically modified food; and, in connection therewith, requiring food that has been genetically modified or treated with …

National Forest visitor monitoring begins

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland began a yearlong effort on Oct. 4 to gain a better understanding of how many visitors recreate in the national forest. This process, known as National Visitor Use Monitoring, is geared toward collecting data on what types of recreational activities visitors engage in and how satisfied they are with the facilities and services provided. Similar surveys are conducted every five years. The last survey conducted in 2010 estimated 5.4 million annual visits to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. Downhill skiing was found to be the …

Grand County commissioners respond to audit critiques

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners have responded to the findings from an annual financial audit of the county for 2013. The audit identified “material weaknesses” in the county’s financial statements, as well as “significant deficiencies” the county’s application for federal grand money. Grand County auditor Rubin Brown stated in a Sept. 23 meeting that he intended to issue an unmodified opinion for county finances, giving the county the highest opinion possible. The county has already addressed the audit’s first concern, which identified shortfalls in the county building department’s financial reporting. Specifically, the audit stated that the department did not …

Prop. 104: Transparency or an assault on local control?

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:17pm
Should collective bargaining between local teachers unions and school districts be open to the public? It is a question Coloradans will decide on the November ballot when they consider Proposition 104. Proposition 104 states, “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring any meeting of a board of education, or any meeting between any representative of a school district and any representative of employees, at which a collective bargaining agreement is discussed to be open to the public?” “We are for local control,” said East Grand School District Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. “Prop. 104 takes that control …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions,Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:17pm
Grand County Transactions Sept. 28-Oct. 4 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3231 – First Western Trust Bank to Mark and Polly Thrush, $359,000 Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 8, Block 2 – Russell Drangstveit and Tamara Pogue to Laura and Jean Glise, Jeremiah Walnofer, $275,000 Old Park Filing #2, Lot 1, Block B – Gail Nicholson to David and Sharon Solawetz, $39,000 Lakeside at Pole Creek Townhomes Unit 14A – Steven and Natasha Gallaway to Brian Fonseca and Jennifer Dorosz, $393,500 Hi Country Haus Bldg 23, Unit 5 – Teresa McCracken, David and Carole Shulman to Corey Adkins and …

Letter: Udall hasn’t held a private job

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:53pm
To the Editor: To the voters of Grand County: I have researched Mark Udall’s work (employment) record. His records show that he has never worked in the private sector in his career. How can Udall help create jobs when he has never had a job except for the government or a nonprofit? His record in the Colorado House of Representatives is almost a total zero. His 10 years in the U.S. Congress is without one single accomplishment of merit. His five years in the U.S. Senate is a record of doing what Harry Reid tells him to. The people of …

Letter: Support Republican candidates

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:37pm
To the Editor: It’s a month until the “midterm” elections, and I am writing to support Republican candidates, across the board. This year, there are several very key races in which Democrats need to be “fired.” John Hickenlooper has not been a strong governor. He signed two of the stupidest “gun laws” ever, which were pushed by Michael Bloomberg, who should keep his nose out of Colorado politics — period. Hickenlooper also failed in the “Chucky-Cheese murders,” aka Nathan Dunlap case. He could have let the execution go on, or he could have commuted to a life sentence, but he …

Letter: Grand County citizens already chose Schroetlin for sheriff

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:29pm
To the Editor: I am writing concerning the upcoming sheriff’s election. Most of you know that I spent 20 years with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and retired as undersheriff in August 2013. Here are my thoughts on the upcoming election. I was there for the Grand County Republican Assembly and, yes, I nominated Brett Schroetlin for sheriff. After the votes from the delegates chosen at the precinct caucuses were tallied, Brett Schroetlin won the majority of the votes. Then the vote went to the primary election and again Brett Schroetlin won the majority of the votes. To me it …

There’s still plenty of great riding around Grand County

Local News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:09am
The snow on the ground is a reminder that weather always wins and winter is ready to pounce at any time. As much as I love the winter, I’m not ready to put the bike away. I guess it is the sound of the tires on the ground, wind in my face and the feeling of the bike rolling under me that makes me want the fall to continue. A challenge with fall weather is knowing where to ride when snow flies, what trails remain good when things get wet and how to work around the weather. Early season snows …

ArtsBeat: Sinead O’Connor’s Memoir Promises Deep-Dish Dirt

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:44am
The Irish singer said, “I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with” in the book, coming in March 2016.

Bookends: Is This a Golden Age for Women Essayists?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:00am
Cheryl Strayed and Benjamin Moser discuss the current generation of women essayists.

Book News: Agatha Christie And The Secret Of The Lost Lockbox Jewels

NPR Books - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:28am

Long hidden in a common trunk, Christie's family jewelry is now heading to auction. And the day's secrets don't end there: J.K. Rowling also stirred Twitter with a cryptic hint about her new book.

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'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

NPR Books - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:03am

Ann Leckie's eagerly awaited sequel to last year's Ancillary Justice quickly wraps up dangling plot threads, and sends heroine Breq on a brand new adventure, this time at the helm of her own ship.

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Security Lapses Trigger Questions About What Secret Service Agents Do

NPR Books - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:06am

The lapses by the elite presidential detail shined a spotlight on the agency. What does an agent do in a day? To find out, Rachel Martin talks to ex-agent Dan Emmett, author of Within Arms Length.

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Panetta: Fight Against Terrorism Will Be A Long, Sustained War

NPR Books - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:06am

In a new memoir, Leon Panetta says he and other presidential advisers argued to leave some U.S. forces in Iraq after 2011. That might have left Iraq in better position to fight ISIS, he tells NPR.

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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

NPR Books - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:17am

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.

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Historian: FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another.

NPR Books - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:26pm

In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.

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Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:14pm
Auschwitz serves as the backdrop to Martin Amis’s novel of intimacy and moral collapse.

'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

NPR Books - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:33pm

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.

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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

NPR Books - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:30pm

In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson explains that Pentagon officials wanted a system the Russians couldn't attack, and 1984 made the public wary of new technology's Big Brother potential.

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