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Whether those attending Christmas or Christmas Eve church services in Park County are regular attendees, or whether they generally attend services exclusively during the Yuletide season, they are all more than welcome at the many churches whose doors will be open to the public for upcoming h…

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Does Santa have time for a small rural town in South Park, even a town with a population of 25 to 27? The answer is on Dasher, Donner and Blitzen, yes. And the event even includes free dinner, carolling, a hayride and dessert.

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Lake George Fire Protection District, along with Florissant, Cripple Creek, Divide, and Northeast Teller County Mountain Communities Fire Stations, are conducting a toy drive of unwrapped new toys for less fortunate children in their districts. Toys are being collected at the stations above,…

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With the coming of the winter heating season, the Colorado State Forest Service is debuting a new tool to help builders make new buildings more climate conscious and less dependent on non-renewable sources of energy.

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Thanks to all that came out for the Festival of Trees Nov. 23. The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce event was sponsored by Conifer Gutter Services and Best Awning Company and held at the beautiful Evergreen Memorial Barn in Marshdale. There were around 100 in attendance Saturday afternoon fo…

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To touch her kitten for is like nothing I have ever touched. All my life I’ve had cats and have thought them all beautiful. But there came along this little white girl, and not only is she not unlike any cat I’ve ever seen but, well, let me tell you about her.

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Maybe, just maybe, Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 80 motor vehicle and accident calls, 42 animal control calls, 135 motor assist calls, 13 reckless driving calls, 171 traffic stops, 25 welfare checks and 842 other calls. The total calls amounted to 1308.

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An elk cow and her calf take in the first snow of the season. (Photo by D.J. Hannigan/The Flume

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From the head of Currant Creek, going south down the creek, the southeast corner of the William Harrison Beery homestead (see The Flume July 26 and Aug. 9) touched the northwest corner of Hannah Hammond’s homestead on the creek.

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Ute Indians and other tribes, Spanish and French explorers, Zebulon Pike, fur traders, miners, ranchers, three towns, and a railroad were all at one time, part of the area known as Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs.

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What do Victorian gentlemen, saloon girls, cowboys, and Victorian ladies have in common? They will all soon gather in Fairplay to celebrate the 25th Annual Victorian and Cowboy Ball.

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Two years after the Dec. 1, 2017 murder, of Maggie Long, much has changed.

Parties responsible for conducting the murder investigation have changed, with the election of a new county Sheriff in November of 2018.

The murder investigation itself has also evolved, as an assortment of crime-solving agencies, in conjunction with the Park County Sheriff’s Department, have distributed an increasingly frequent string of public announcements and updates pertaining to the case.

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A perfect storm of road closures, weather and holiday traffic helped the Park County Sheriff’s Office, emergency services and community volunteers work off their Thanksgiving holiday meals.

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In the wake of a Park County School District RE-2 teachers’ strike Oct. 14-24, Superintendent Joe Torrez, along with the entirety of the district’s five-member school board, have either departed, or have publicly announced a date for their departures from the district.

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On Nov. 15, 2019, Dillon J. Himes graduated from basic training for the United States Air Force. He graduated as an airman and will be stationed at Keesler Air Force Base to study Client Systems before he gets his orders for his next station. He attended high school at South Park High.

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At its monthly board of directors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District received $500 from the Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area to benefit its Chief Davis Fire Scholarship Fund.

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The Christmas season in downtown Bailey will kick off Dec. 8, when the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce presents Cowboy Christmas. The festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Bailey Community Center, 83 Main Street.

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Park County Commissioners and Sheriff Tom McGraw are in complete agreement that maintaining the Park County Jail has become economically cumbersome. They even agree as to the multitude of reasons why the jail has become so burdensome from a budgetary perspective.

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Dust off that Christmas sweater, hang those Christmas lights and join the Town of Fairplay for a fabulous holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 7.

From noon until 6 p.m., you can enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday treats, open houses and holiday sales at participating Fairplay merchants.

Then gather with fellow community members at Sixth and Front Streets beginning at 4 p.m. to enjoy free hot drinks, Christmas cookies and visits with Santa.

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Broadband. We’ve all heard of it, but just what is it, anyway? While it is continually evolving, the Federal Communications Commission currently defines broadband as 25 Mbps (megabits per second) download speed and three Mbps upload. Is that a big deal? Currently, people can easily run multi…

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Platte Canyon High School speech season has started. The team was at Eagle Valley for the Turkey Bowl, Saturday, Nov. 16. The speech team has a new head coach, Nathan Forgille.

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Every beginning has an ending and every ending has a beginning. And both involve change, something that is hard for most of us.

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Colorado State University Extension, Park County, in cooperation with Colorado State Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins, is offering a seedling tree program for landowners who wish to plant trees or perennials for conservation purposes.

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While there are no laws governing which dishes must appear on Thanksgiving dinner tables, for many the fourth Thursday of November simply would not be complete without turkey. Turkey can be cooked in various ways, but roasting might be the most popular method used by Thanksgiving celebrants.

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Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Grange in Florissant, the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place. A traditional dinner will be served and the Grange Band, Page 34, will provide the entertainment. Serving begins at 6 p.m. and usually wraps up about 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to atten…

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Children of all ages are invited to come to Lake George Library for the 15th annual “make your own candy house party.”  It takes place Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at the library in Lake George. It’s fun, it’s festive, and free.

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As part of the Guffey Community Charter School and the Guffey Library working together more, Park County Head Librarian Pat Shepard and the Guffey Library Head Librarian Rita Mick have been helping implement the new reading literacy program called Fast Forward at the school, according to sch…

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The holiday season is a time of giving. The generosity on display during the holiday season may not have an official start date, but the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving Day may be the unofficial beginning of the giving season.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 17 animal control calls, 366 citizen assist calls, seven Motor Assist calls, seven reckless driver calls, 167 traffic stops and 13 welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 577.

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The lark bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) is a medium-sized American sparrow native to central and western North America. It is also the state bird of Colorado. (Photo by Syd Trabue, Hartsel)

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The following students at Edith Teter Elementary were awarded Character Matters awards for Responsibility during the month of October.  Pictured (top row, from left to right) Paige Kemp, Kyle Basnett, Tasean Spears, Sadie Valenti and Cady Cooper. (Bottom row, from left to right) Britney Shif…

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If you attended any special events this year, such as the Plein Air Arts Celebration or Burro Days in Fairplay, chances are you saw some smiling people from the Friends of Fairplay Community organization serving roasted pig, ice cream and peaches or serving up pizza and game nights. The penn…

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Nov. 9, 28 nonprofits (501)(c)(3), participated and attended the first annual event to benefit these organizations. The event was sponsored by the Alma Foundation, hosted by the South Park Chamber and supported by The Town of Fairplay.

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Deer Creek Elementary school students quietly observed Veterans of Foreign Wars 8661 members raising the American Flag in honor of our Veterans, Nov 11. (Photo by Charlie Wytias)

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Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to unveil the first of two local signs for Bailey. The northside sign was installed Nov. 1. “Welcome to Bailey – Mountain Strong Together” is the message, with large gold-leaf lettering that shines in the sun. It’s located on the northwest s…

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The Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 GRACIE award: Pat Davis of House Call Hearing.

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From the monumental, like the loss of a loved one, to the utterly trivial, like struggling to reset our car clocks after falling back an hour, life’s inevitable challenges often drive our daily agendas, dictate our emotions and impact our temperament and treatment of others.

We often harp on the day-to-day difficulties we face, regrets we might harbor, how we believe we have been victimized, what pain we feel, and what confuses, upsets or offends us. Sometimes those emotions can become completely consuming, causing us to lose sight of the many things for which we should be grateful.

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For centuries, Native American tribes of Utes, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, Comanches, and others occupied the area known as Park County. There was plenty of water and game to sustain them, and stone and petrified wood for making tools and weapons. Long before the natives arrived, there is significan…

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With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, the Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area is in the home stretch with preparations for its sixth annual Bailey Turkey Trot.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 26 animal control calls, 340 citizen assist calls, 10 motorist assist calls, five reckless driver calls, 137 traffic stops and 13 welfare checks. The total calls amounted to 531.

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In The Flume’s Nov. 8, 2019 article “Perspectives regarding mental health, suicides in Park County,” Harry VanGulick did not pass away in the spring of 2017; it was Dec. 14 of 2016. His parents Susan and Dale have been married for 28 years, not 21.

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Has anyone noticed that they have fewer birds at their bird feeding areas? It may not be your imagination.

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A quick trip to Lake George on a cold Veteran’s Day, when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a patriotically decorated 1929 Model A Ford pickup. That was only the second year that Henry Ford made pickups, and this one is proudly owned by Steve McCoy of Lake George.

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PeaceWorks, Inc. is a charity organization in Park County that is the lead organizer for a Community Resource Fair, which includes the popular clothing giveaway event in Fairplay, Nov. 20, noon until 3 p.m. at the South Park Community Church, 600 Hathaway Street in Fairplay.

PeaceWorks, Inc. Executive Director Lori Cuno said, “This a free event. It is for anyone that would like to participate, there are no requirements and no documentation is needed. It is an opportunity to learn about the resources available if needed.”

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