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What is the most prudent plan for educating students while still facing public health concerns related to COVID-19?

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The pace was slow and the road was long, but Marvin Sandoval and his burro Buttercup braved steady rainfall and stiff competition to defend their title in the 72nd Annual World Championship Pack Burro Long Course Race Saturday in Fairplay.

The Long Course was lengethened to a staggering 31.8 miles this year, making it the the longest pack burro race in the history of the sport.

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Jayla, 3, of Bailey, says hello to a furry friend Saturday at the 100th annual Park County Fair. Despite COVID-19 restrictions and rainy weather, the fair went on in modified form July 14-19. (Photo by Kelly R. Kirkpatrick/The Flume)

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Park County School District RE-2 administrators announced plans and fielded questions July 21 pertaining to the return of students for the 2020-21 academic school year. Administrators were assembled at the district’s multi-use room in Fairplay while communicating virtually with stakeholders via Zoom.

Students district-wide are scheduled to return to their respective campuses Aug. 25, but a nagging cloud of uncertainty still looms amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

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The majestic bighorn sheep is one of many Park County wildlife species to be captured through the lens of D.J. Hannigan. Learn more about Hannigan and see more of his spectacular shots on Pages 6 and 7.

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Some Bailey-area residents contend that planned improvements on U.S. Highway 285 are ill-conceived, and that information regarding the improvements were not communicated to stakeholders prior to a July 9 meeting in which the Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled its specific plans to relieve accidents and congestion on one of the state’s deadliest thoroughfares.

The crux of the issue is the planned removal of a traffic light at the corner of U.S. Highway 285 and CR 43A, and whether it will reduce congestion and prevent accidents at the increasingly-busy, and increasingly hazardous intersection.

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If you have ever ridden on mountain biking trails in and around Park County, odds are that your ride went better than it would have if not for the volunteer efforts of Mark Lyons.

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Locals and tourists alike will delight in the breathtaking scenery and joyous sound of the cascading river while enjoying award-winning wine and scrumptious food. When the music is playing, you just feel like your on vacation.

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Much like a typical Park County mountain road, the path to ultimate fulfillment for Como’s Jackie Wille was winding, unpredictable and sometimes treacherous.

Wille spent the first portion of her life in dogged pursuit of a lofty but illusive dream.

Despite ever-challenging circumstances that often made her idealistic vision for happiness appear unattainable, she never surrendered or lost hope.

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Members of Albuquerque’s Model A Club, Poco Quatros, made a pitstop in Bailey on their way to Pikes Peak. Club President John Gibbs said they were also on a parts run, and when the coronavirus pandemic settles down somewhat, they might come back with more cars. (Photo by Vivian Rosso/The Flume)

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A rare metrological event called a derecho (Spanish meaning “straight”), ran through Colorado on Saturday, June 6. The Bucksnort Saloon in Sphinx Park had a tree go through its roof, and South Elk Creek Road was blocked in both directions by other downed trees. Even cars were damaged by down…

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More than 60 demonstrators took to the streets of Fairplay in a peaceful protest Friday morning to express their displeasure regarding police violence against minorities.

Like many of the recent protests in communities nationwide, Friday’s protest in Fairplay was centered around the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American who died May 25 in Minneapolis, Minn. after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and held face down on pavement.

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“We are getting a lot more people interested in bicycling supplies and information as opposed to last year,” said Richard Pica, sales associate for High Alpine Sports store in Fairplay. “It could be because they want to get outside after the virus lockdown,” he added.

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It was a beautiful, sunny mountain morning with only a few gusts of wind for the drive-in Guffey Community Charter School graduation ceremonies held at Sarah’s Place at the Bakery, located on the south side of the school with plenty of parking.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying being outside and visiting, with the proper social distancing and masks, of course.

School Principal Martine Walker introduced the teachers, Jenny Hartman, sixth to eighth grades, Lynda MacDonald, third to fifth grades and former kindergraten to second grade volunteer Kathie Boucher.

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A brown bear, in Bailey, relaxes on the ground, eyeing the photographer. (Photo by D.J. Hannigan)

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Members of the state’s Joint Budget Committee recommended last week that Colorado legislators cut more than $500 million in funding for K-12 education in the coming school year. That recommendation, if accepted by lawmakers, would represent a 15 percent cut in the state’s total K-12 education budget of $4.6 billion.

The call for cuts was proposed due to economic losses the state incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Those losses have created a $3.3 billion shortfall in the state’s annual budget.

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Answers to longstanding mysteries and unsolved crimes are sometimes provided with the use of forensic reconstruction, a lot of perseverance and collaboration, and a little luck.

The John Aden murder case, for example, began when a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer discovered Aden’s remains while hiking near Tarryall Reservoir in 2014.

With only the skull and mandible of the victim with which to work, Park County Coroner David Kintz began the process of attempting to identify the deceased.

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A murder case that occurred in Park County more than six years ago has resulted in the arrest of James Kevin Aden, a resident of Iowa.

Aden appeared in court via a video conference Tuesday for an advisement meeting before Park County Court Judge Brian Green.

Aden will be formally charged before 11th Judicial District Judge, Stephen A. Groome, with the murder of his brother, John Aden, at a hearing set by Judge Green for May 18.

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In coordination with state efforts, STRIDE Community Health Center in Denver announced today the expansion of its COVID-19 and IgG Antibody testing to include mobile on-site testing for rural and suburban communities and businesses in need.

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What’s good for public health is not necessarily good for business, and what’s good for business is not necessarily good for public health.

Governmental leaders and decision-makers at all levels are pondering a perplexing dilemma that forces them to address mounting financial concerns and loss of revenue on one hand, and continuing public health concerns on the other.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that there had been a 1-day delay in paying benefit payments for those people who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday. Five of the deaths are connected to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to be tested.

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Rotary Club of Conifer volunteers brave the elements to continue delivery of the weekly food bags to students at local schools. Prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic,  the 285 BackPack Project was delivering between

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When we are dining, we always appreciate great service with a great personality and smile. With her extensive knowledge of the menu and a quick wit, Matti Hill is entitled to this award. She won Best Server at Crossroads Pub and Grill in Pine Junction. (Photo by Vivian Rosso/The Flume)

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People’s Choiice voters like the way Dianna Roder of Roder and Associates Tax and accounting handles their numbers. They tied with their best business friends, Ascent Accounting in Pine Junction. (Photo by Vivian Rosso/The Flume)

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