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The summer reading program at the Guffey Library is a great way for kids to learn and experience new fun things, as well as read some great books, over their summer break. This year’s theme was “A Universe of Stories.”

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Recently I helped with directing traffic for the Iron Man competition held in Boulder County. It got me thinking about safety issues when dealing with special events and emergency situations while I was trying to endure standing in the 90-degree-plus temperatures.

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As we age, things change, yet change is difficult to adjust to. But because change is probably the only constant in life, I feel it is the one thing I need to accept.

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On Friday, Aug. 9, the Fairplay Library offered children a wildflower hike through their STEAM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics) program with Bernie and Linda Nagy. With 20 kids in tow, Bernie and Linda introduced the children to flowers they have …

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The Platte Canyon School District has made good on its promise to make every effort necessary and to dedicate as many resources as are required to ensure the safety and security of students and staff on each of their campuses.

Consequently, top-of-the -line technology, on-campus school resource officers, intensive preparations with first responders, and extra incident-management training for staff have all been focal points for Superintendent Mike Schmidt in recent months.

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More than 50 golfers assembled Aug. 7 in picture-perfect weather at Collegiate Peaks Golf Course in Buena Vista for the first-ever Nate Carrigan Charity Golf Tournament.

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Imagine a 1830s trappers’ camp, a Native American encampment, and a wagon train of St. Louis traders all converging on a high Colorado plain - you’ve got a Mountain Rendezvous. Re-enactors all over the country enjoy camping together throughout the year, living an early 19th century lifestyle…

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Arkansas Valley Flywheelers will host their 24th annual Lake George Pull and Show at Lake George Community Park, Aug. 17 and 18. The event is free and open to the public.

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The third weekend in August is always a good time to be in Lake George, but for gem and mineral aficionados, that’s the traditional weekend of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Show. Whether you are an amateur rock hound, a hobbyist, a professional geologist, or just looking for a great deal o…

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 67 animal control calls, 894 citizen assist calls, 15 paper services, 138 traffic stops and 13 welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 1,127 in the last two weeks, with the following arrests:

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DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering all active-duty military and veterans free entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks during the entire month of August. Free access for veterans and active-duty military in August is a program CPW offers in appreciation to those who serve and ha…

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Sometime before the mail fraud incident, the Beerys went back to Missouri for a short time, and their first child, James C,. was born April 4, 1870, in Missouri. Both Beery and his wife Mary Castello were from Missouri and most likely had relatives still there.

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When Jack Hansell isn’t busy overseeing his brewery, working at Moore/Ace Lumber and Hardware, being the treasurer of Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce or camping with his wife, he is busy supporting good causes.

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Unsuccessful teacher’s salary negotiations have prompted an emotionally-charged dispute between Park County School District RE-2 and its educators.

PCSD RE-2 encompasses Edith Teter Preschool, Edith Teter Elementary School, South Park Middle School and South Park High School, all of which are located in Fairplay.

The district also includes Lake George Community Charter School and Guffey Community Charter School.

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Did you know that the town of Como was once a railroad town? Unlike many mountain towns in Colorado, Como was not a mining town, but a railroad town – and narrow gauge  railroad, for sharp mountain turns, at that.

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The American Mountain Summer Buckle Series in Lake George has been hosting barrel racing events for three years at Lake George Arena in Lake George Community Park off U.S. Highway 24. The producers are Lake George Community Association. Steve and Kim Plutt run the events, assisted by other v…

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In the July 29, 2019 edition of The Flume, the winning bidder of the Grand Champion 4-H steer was listed as Maverick Home Remodeling of Lakewood, Colo. The winning bidder was Maverick Excavating of Hartsel.

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The Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area at 599 Rosalie Road has officially opened its Brett Ericson Picnic Area with six brand-new picnic tables. While BOERA funding covered the cost of materials, the labor came from a very special source: Scout Troop 238 from Platte Canyon Communit…

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A pair of highly-recognizable local figures were hanging out together at Burro Days in Fairplay last weekend, posing for photos and drawing constant attention from visitors of all ages.

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A Red Flag Warning is a warning issued by the National Weather Service to advise firefighters that conditions are ideal for a wildfire to start and spread rapidly.  There are many factors that determine the application of a Red Flag Warning.  It could be a combination of the below and is not…

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There is happiness and then there is joy. Happiness makes you grin, giggle even, and put a spring in your step. Joy’s grin and giggle moves on up your whole body.

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Taken a few weeks ago by my house west of Guffey. (Photo by Flip Boettcher/The Flume)

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Lightning struck on Saturday, July 20, as a thunderstorm passed through the Bailey area. The view was looking down Deer Creek valley along CR43, from Forest Ridge subdivision. The higher mountain behind the bolt and to the right is Crooked Top Mountain. (Photo courtesy Joe Maskasky)

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Remember the pregnant cow moose photos from a couple months ago? She was molting so bad that some thought she had winter ticks syndrome. Remember the cut off ear? She’s sleek black now, and now she has her calf with her. (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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Once again this summer, musicians from around the country unite at Wilderness on Wheels amphitheater to celebrate music, life, nature, and the power of friendship to enrich us all. The Family Music Festival, a benefit for the Wilderness on Wheels Foundation, hosts four bands Saturday, Aug. 3…

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Elevenmile and Spinney Mountain State Park officials are partnering with Landon Mayer Fly Fishing to host the fourth annual “Clean the Dream” volunteer event on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for creative burro management on the fly.

Seemingly indifferent to the need for more speed and a greater sense of urgency during the final 200 yards of Sunday’s 71st Annual World Championship Long Course Pack Burro Race in Fairplay, Marvin Sandoval’s burro, Buttercup, lumbered lazily toward the finish line despite being frantically pressed by Bob Sweeney and his capable burro, Yukon.

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While passing through Lake George, you will see a mini strip mall of sorts on the opposite side of the lake from U.S. Highway 24. The sign bears the name of Bla Bla Blah Caffe, as well as the other two occupants, Tumbling Trout Fly Shop and Stevens Carpet Plus. The little café is nestled in …

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Anyone who has camped or fished in the area of Lake George is well aware of Starky’s General Store on the corner of U.S. Highway 24 and County Road 96. Jim Starkweather has been the owner for 15 years, and stocks fishing supplies; camping items; some hunting supplies, except guns and ammunit…

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It’s about that time again, and the school bells are starting to ring in the coming 2019-20 school year at the Guffey Community Charter School.

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Events surrounding the 2019 Park County Fair will likely always hold a place within the halls of Isabel Garcia’s fondest memories.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 34 animal control calls, 514 citizen assist calls, three paper services, 74 traffic stops and four welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 629 with the following arrests:

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