Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River by Gary Hansen

Grant Stevens, a mid-level manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, only wanted to build dams. He never imagined he would be swept into a desperate race against an environmental terrorist bent on restoring the Colorado River by blowing up the dams.

This is a novel written by a local author, Gary Hansen.  It is an action/adventure story dealing with what would happen if terrorists tried to destroy the dams on our rivers.

-Laura Ridl, Director of Operations

Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River|Paperback 



Hidden Figures 

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

I love this movie because it is a true story that shows how some very strong and extremely gifted women were able to overcome discrimination in the 1960s South. The value they added to our space program was astonishing.

-Laura Ridl, Director of Operations

Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX



Work Life with Adam Grant

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

I was introduced to Adam Grant by a professor while I was in grad school. I love learning how people’s minds work (including my own) and better-understanding everyone around me. This podcast has some interesting insights into some high-profile business minds. 

Episode to start with: “When Work Takes Over Your Life with Arianna Huffington.” Arianna Huffington from Huffington post talks about the dangers of burnout.

Kym Ridl. Marketing Manager

WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast