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Stevi Arellano is a senior at South Park High School, and this is her second year as a South Park High School cheerleader. Stevi is a multi-sport athlete with a determination and drive to succeed at everything she sets her mind to. Along with her dedication to sports, she continues to mainta…

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The South Park boys varsity basketball team took the championship trophy after defeating the Cotopaxi Pirates and the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers during the first weekend of play at the Cotopaxi Invitational Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

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Local citizens outside the Bailey Community Center were horrified Sunday at the Bailey Cowboy Christmas, to witness Santa Claus being hustled into a back room, roughed up, and his big red bag of goodies forcibly taken by an infamous band of outlaws known as the Park County Regulators.

Shots rang out as the group of heartless outlaws attempted to escape with Santa’s gifts in tow. But just when it looked like all hope was lost, children swarmed the group en masse to confiscate the goods and put them back into the hands of their rightful owner. Santa’s beard and hat were somewhat disheveled by the entire episode but he was otherwise unharmed.

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A gray-crowned rosy finch flock lights on a tree in Park County. The bird is a species of passerine bird in the family Fringillidae native to Alaska, western Canada, and the north western United States. Due to its remote and rocky alpine habitat, it is rarely seen.

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In a story featured by The Denver Channel (Channel 7), Christina and Michael Mansfield, after buying a home in Park County, subsequently found out that their home did not have a final certificate of occupancy from Park County.

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One of the best Christmas gifts imaginable might be not having to go down the hill for Christmas. After all, what, precisely, are the advantages to leaving the tranquillity of the mountains and doing your Christmas shopping in Denver, unless you just thrive on large, pushy crowds?

Hmmm ... I’m still thinking.

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As I sat down with family and guests for Thanksgiving dinner, I couldn’t help thinking about Maggie Long and her family and friends. This was the first Thanksgiving without Maggie. There were a lot of other firsts in 2018, first Easter without Maggie, a graduation without her, summer activit…

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The 33rd Annual Holiday Bazaar in Fairplay to benefit South Park Schools

A bustling bevy of holiday fun and entertainment will be offered Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Fairplay Schools campus. The Fairplay Schools campus is located at the intersection of Seventh and Hathaway Streets.

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The After Hours Mixer between the Platte Canyon and Conifer Area Chambers of Commerce was well-attended Thursday night at Tomahawk Ranch. The primary purpose of the event was to decorate Christmas trees, each of which was sponsored by a specific local business, and then to donate the trees t…

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The Mountain Do-ers met on Thursday to complete delightful holiday snowmen, made from wooden posts, paint, trinkets and complete with flannel scarfs. Laurie Trimble led the inspiration but this craft was enjoyed by all. If you are interested in our craft club, we meet at the Platte Canyon Co…

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At its November membership meeting, the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s recipient of the annual GRACIE award, given for community service in the Bailey area. This year’s recipient was Marcel Flukiger, owner of Aspen Peak Cellars in Bailey. Marcel and his wife Julie wi…

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Chris Long led the third Eagle Scout Rank Community Service project to benefit McGraw Memorial Park. The 20-acre park in Bailey is maintained by the Park County Historical Society, totally by volunteers and donations. Boy Scout Troop 238 has improved McGraw Park three years in a row. Previou…

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Wishing you were in New York City outside a Macy’s, wondering if you might snag your toy at a deep discount, while taking a risk that you will be trampled or at least rumpled by the end of the day?

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Americans seemingly share a rather singular notion about what it means to give thanks, and what it looks like when we do so. For the vast majority of us, it means we take time to express gratitude and appreciation for what we have, good fortune we’ve encountered, and even the hardships we’ve endured. And when we do so, both as individuals and as a nation, it looks like, of all things, Thanksgiving.

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A recent string of unfortunate local events has created a heightened sense of awareness regarding those who assume the responsibility of overseeing law enforcement efforts in Park County.

The job of Park County Sheriff offers more than its fair share of challenges. Keeping the peace, pursuing crimes, and creating an environment where citizens feel secure is paramount, of course.

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Halloween in the Guffey area was cancelled this year as residents awoke to nine inches of fresh snow Halloween morning. With the Guffey Community Charter School closed for a snow day, there was no parade around town, no haunted house at Bill Soux’s garage or the Freshwater Saloon, no Trunk o…

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Michael Kelley is the South Park High School Athlete of the Week. As a junior, Michael tallied up 527 receiving yards this football season, positioning him in fourth place among the A-8 Central conference receiving stat leaders. On the other side of the ball, Michael led the Burros in tackle…

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Sunset, late October, on Tarryall Road, just south of Jefferson.

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Natalie and Tom Wells of Ranch of the Rockies in Hartsel are doing well and plan to celebrate 57 years of marriage Nov. 18 this year. When asked about the secret to a long marriage, they both jokingly replied,” We can’t get divorced because neither of us would take our four children.” In thi…

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Commish with a Dish meetings that Park County commissioners hold throughout the county, are held twice a year. Meetings are held in Alma, Hartsel, Bailey, Guffey and Lake George.

The meetings are town-hall-style, where the commissioners give community members updates, and then there is time for questions. The commissioners bring a main dish, and residents add side dishes and desserts for a potluck-style meal.

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Swarms of fast-moving emergency vehicles on restricted roadways, paired with frantic residents escaping from or racing back to their homes in a raging inferno of flames and smoke, could undoubtedly result in a perfect storm of chaos and confusion in the event of a Bailey-area wildfire.

Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Joe Burgett says Bailey-area residents can absolutely count on being impacted by wildfires in the future. According to Burgett, it is not a matter of “if,” but “when, and where.”

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A familar sight on U.S. Highway 285 has been high level communications work, sometimes taking the form of hard-hatted workers in buckets. Residents and businesses are excited about the communication upgrades.

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Billy Vaughn Downare was born on Sept. 29, 2018 at 6:26 p.m. Billy weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, at 20 inches. He is the first-born son to Micky Vaughn Downare and Sydni Lari Downare.

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In the same fashion that The Flume handled sharing information about the five Sheriff’s Office candidates, the newspaper has given the candidates for District Three’s commissioner’s seat the same courtesy.

Each candidate was asked to write a position paper, which would detail what that candidate would like to do as commissioner.

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Jackson Kaib, 18, stopped in Hartsel along with 49 other bike riders, to fuel up with snacks on a three day bicycle ride. The cyclists were from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and rode to Buena Vista, camped and planned to ride back to Colorado Springs over three days.

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In the same fashion that The Flume handled sharing information about the five Sheriff’s Office candidates, the newspaper will give the candidates for District Three’s commissioner’s seat the same courtesy.

Each candidate has been asked to write a position paper, which would detail what that candidate would like to do as commissioner.

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Abby Elliot is a sophomore at South Park High School, and this is her second year as a SPHS cheerleader. She attended the State Cheerleading Competition in the 2017 season and also was an active participant at cheer camp this past summer, where she and her team were awarded “Most Improved Te…

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With banners, streamers, flags and doodads flying, about 30 students and about that many family, friends and community members joined the Wheel Rally Sept. 27, sponsored by the Guffey Community Charter School, to parade around the Guffey rectangle from Main Street to Fourth Street, to Canon …

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Park County sees a large number of long distance bicyclers who travel from Canada to Mexico, and sometimes as far as Argentina, and also from east to west and west to east. This year, it seemed there were fewer bicyclists than usual, maybe due to the active Colorado fire season. This Septemb…

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