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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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The well-established Cutthroat Cafe wins again with Best Breakfast. Their other meals are award-winning as well. Posing are owner Chip Thomas and Jessica Keller.

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In a press release from the Park County Coroner’s Office, dated April 12, the county announced the first death related to the coronavirus.

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It has been said that a river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.

Leona Nelson very likely would have agreed.

Nelson passed away March 31 at her home in Shawnee at the age of 89, but not before leaving an indelible, one-of-a-kind footprint in her wake.

Perhaps Nelson’s swath of influence was so wide, in part, because she wore so many hats during her remarkably active lifetime. First and foremost, Nelson was a wife, a mother to four children and a grandmother to 15 grandkids and great-grandkids.

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While Coloradans are already encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when going on grocery runs, they can take additional sanitary steps to ensure their purchases remain contaminant-free.

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To cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Salida residents have begun joining a loosely organized national movement to howl at 8 p.m. every night outside their homes.

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The Park County Coroners Office can confirm that a 39 year old male resident of Florida died from COVID-19 at a residence in the county on April 11, 2020.  Park County Public Health conducted a disease tracing investigation and have determined that the risk to Park County Citizens is low.

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Little does this calf realize, but in about a month, momma will set him free on his own so that she can give birth to the new calf. (Photo by D.J. Hannigan/The Flume)

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Young Interact Rotarians from Platte Canyon High School, Elijah Dimon-Ainscough (left), freshman, and Drew Heineman (right), senior, helped gather hundreds of coats and blankets to donate to a small nonprofit called Halo’s Closet, located on West Colfax. The dozen or so bags and large boxes …

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Requiring students to physically attend classes and encouraging them to exchange ideas in a social setting has proven over time to be amongst the most efficient and effective methods of educating the masses. Hence, the traditional, lecture-based classroom environment has been the preferred learning model for educational institutions at all levels since our nation’s inception.

So what happens when that tried and true model, out of sheer necessity due to a viral pandemic, is abruptly abandoned and replaced by what is commonly referred to as “distance learning?”

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The following is an interview with Annemarie Linnehan, Self Sufficiency Programs manager for Park County Human Services.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently issued an executive order extending the deadline for businesses to remit sales tax by 30 days.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently signed an executive order that extends the deadline to file certain business documents and information to county assessors from April 15 to June 15.

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in 2018 over 30 million small businesses accounted for 99.9 percent of the total businesses in the United States. Over 59 million small business employees accounted for 48% of the total employees across the country.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has compiled a list of COVID-19 symptoms, from mild to severe, to help people determine what steps they should take.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom announced Friday the state and federal guidelines for COVID 19 precautions now include recommendations for the general public to wear a non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essentia…

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STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to p…

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