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An ongoing salary dispute between South Park School District RE-2 and its educators reached a boiling point over the weekend and resulted in a teachers strike that began Monday morning.

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Friday, Oct. 4, Representative Jim Wilson was recognized by the Society of Health and Physical Educators for his work during the 2019 legislative session. The ceremony took place at the Denver Hyatt of Aurora during the annual Colorado SHAPE Convention.

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The Park County Human Services Office is doing its part to ensure that all residents, regardless of income, are able to sustain energy costs throughout the winter months.

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DENVER – With the first day of autumn upon us, the Colorado Department of Transportation is seeking to hire both permanent and seasonal full-time and part-time highway maintenance workers and snowplow drivers for the adverse weather ahead.

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The Seniors Alliance of Platte Canyon has invited service providers and businesses to meet seniors and show that the Bailey area can support a strong provider network for seniors. The expo will be held Friday, Oct 18, from 9:30 a.m untit 1:30 p.m., at Platte Canyon High School in the east bu…

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Jealousy is a negative emotion and almost never helps a friendship or relationship. My trusty dictionary uses words like, intolerance, rivalry and unfaithfulness. It is not a good trait.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 27 animal control calls, 445 citizen assist calls, 15 illegal campfire calls, three motor assist calls, 14 reckless driving calls, three traffic stops and 11 welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 518.

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Aileen (left) and Maralily (right) are among the first children to check out the new hard-bound books now available in the Children’s Section at the Bailey Library. With a $400 donation from Friends of the Bailey Library, matched by a grant from the Pilcrow Foundation, the Bailey Library sta…

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Young Zakkary displays his early literacy materials he received from the Growing Readers Together program funded by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and administered by the Colorado State Library System. All four Park County Public Libraries have participated in distributing tote bags fille…

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The annual Guffey Community Charter School Wheel Rally was held Sept. 26 on a beautiful, fall mountain day. About 35 students, family and community members participated in the event, which included things on wheels that are human-powered; things like bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, wag…

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Pikes Peak Historical Society announces their annual auction Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., at Lake George Charter School’s gym. Viewing of items begins at noon. While you are viewing the items, you are welcome to enjoy a homemade pulled pork sandwich with a drink and cookie for a $5 donation…

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Bison Peak Lodge in Lake George teamed with Challenge America’s music therapy program for service members and veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Over the weekend of Oct. 3 through 6, 14 veterans, six song writers, seven music instructors, and three volunteers from Challenge America enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of Bison Peak Lodge at Puma Hills with their hosts John and Lily Kessel, all free of charge.

Challenge America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit out of Balsalt, Colo., who has made it their mission to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives.

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When teachers within Park County School District RE-2 voted in landslide fashion to authorize a strike if ongoing salary negotiations with the district continued to stall, they also requested clearance to strike from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at that time.

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In a continuing effort on the part of Burland Firewise to create a defensible space and to lessen the adverse impacts of wildfires, the ninth Saws and Slaws event is well underway.

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The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative will present its annual Alma Buckskin Cemetery Moonwalk, Saturday, Oct. 12. Those walking through the cemetery will be able to listen to the dead speak, soaking in the flavors of Alma’s history and maybe come upon an occasional ghost.

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Dr. Ken Hattaway and his staff received a warm welcome Friday, as a large crowd turned out for the grand opening of South Park Health Care in Fairplay.

The arrival of the new medical facility will offer residents of South Park a local health care option for the first time since 2013.

Dr. Hattaway’s clinic is located at 525 Hathaway Street. The clinic will provide well-child, adult care and women’s health services, chronic disease management and behavioral health services, as well as urgent care for colds, flu, and cuts and scrapes.

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The Seniors Alliance of Platte Canyon is stepping up its advocacy campaign with three events in October. Each event is designed to connect Platte Canyon-area senior citizens with providers of basic needs and services such as transportation and medical care.

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FAIRPLAY, Colo. – Fire managers on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike National Forest will take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, when they occur, to conduct several prescribed burns on about 800 acres in these loca…

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Recently I saw a TV program that had a message so powerful that it kept me up half the night.

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When someone has been an active outdoorsman or woman, and a tragic accident or serious disease changes their lifestyle drastically, Wilderness on Wheels Foundation in Grant is there to make sure their outdoor activities continue, although perhaps in a slightly different manner.

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The Park County Historical Society gold panning and prospecting trip was a day of learning and adventure. We all met at the Como Community Center, and drove east on County Road 15. We made our way to Tarryall Creek, on the north side of CR 15. We set up a canopy and table for use in the pann…

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Park County Creative Alliance along with Plein Air artists and local musicians wrapped up their final afternoon at the Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center.

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Park County Historical Society presented “Art in the Park,” Sunday, Sept. 22, at McGraw Memorial Park in Bailey. Participants who wanted to display and sell art were not charged a vendors fee; they simply were asked to RSVP with PCHS before the event. Denise Emma  set up her display of fabri…

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A structure fire, on a sparsely populated portion of Gap Road in the Elkhorn subdivision, was reported Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21, around 1:30 p.m. Occupants of the home were able to escape and call 911. The fire moved into the trees on one side of the house, resulting in a small wildland fire.

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You have seen the signs around encouraging you to become a census employee. If you were alive in 1790, not only would you be a media star and hounded for your secrets to longevity, but you would have been counted in the very first U.S. Census.

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With the passing of the first month of the new school year, things at the Guffey Community Charter School are settling into a familiar routine. There are now 40 students enrolled, making this the largest school enrollment since becoming a separate charter school in 1999.

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Fans of Colorado’s brilliant fall colors may find their experience even further enhanced at the top of three of the passes overlooking the South Park National Heritage Area in Park County.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 35 animal control calls, 499 citizen assist calls, four illegal campfire calls, seven motorist assist calls, 16 reckless driver calls, 104 traffic stops and eight welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 673.

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The Sept. 6 edition of The Flume wrongly stated that Paul Gould was the head coach of the Platte Canyon High School girls softball team. The Lady Huskies are in fact led by head coach Bob Ikola.

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Lake George Outfitters and Gymkhana closed out their 27th year in style. Through the generosity of their 42 sponsors, they were able to pass out numerous ribbons and quite a variety of prizes including grooming supplies, buckles, clothing, gift cards, a photo yearbook, tack and a saddle.

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Involvement from committed parents and educators who wish to enhance learning experiences for their children and students comes in many shapes and forms.

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A grass fire that started near County Road 64 in Bailey, Sunday, Sept. 15, grew to 15 acres by Monday. As of this writing, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District says the fire is 50 percent contained, and due to cloudy conditions and some humidity, they expected it to be contained soon. Resi…

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A piece of South Park history was lost Thursday, Sept. 12, to a fire near Spinney Reservoir in the Hartsel Fire Protection District. The call came in at 4:57 p.m. to HFPD, according to Fire Chief Chris Tingle, and shortly after, mutual aid was requested from Lake George Fire Protection Distr…

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Tuesday, Sept. 3, a serious storm hit in the evening to a portion of the South Park region near Lake George and the state parks of Spinney, Eleven Mile, and Charley Myers were closed. However, according to Jason Clay of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Spinney is the only one that remains closed.

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Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary tells me that wisdom is the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships. It also says a wise person has a deep understanding of life things.

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Millions of dogs reside in shelters or in foster homes just waiting for someone to make them permanent members of their family. The ASPCA says there are nearly four million dogs in shelters across America. Bringing home a puppy or an older dog can be an exciting, selfless endeavor.

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