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In times of so much chaos, it’s important to recognize when good things happen. Senate Bill 217,  “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity,” which passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support, is one of those good things.

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If you have ever ridden on mountain biking trails in and around Park County, odds are that your ride went better than it would have if not for the volunteer efforts of Mark Lyons.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 16 Accident/Motor Vehicle calls, 33 animal control calls, eight ATV/Dirtbikes on County Road calls, 11 Illegal Campfire calls, 14 Motor Assist calls, 19 REDDI Report/Reckless Driver calls, 19 Shots Fired calls, 39 traffic stops and 10 welfare che…

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Despite the Coronavirus, the Park County Fair will continue. The Fair will be held July 15 through July 19. The community can expect “some differences due to the social distancing requirements but we will have the same activities” Park County Commissioner Richard Elsner stated.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation recently announced a virtual public Zoom meeting set for July 9 at 6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and to seek public input regarding a planned safety improvement project by CDOT that will focus on U.S. Highway 285 in and …

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When the school bell rings next month for the 2020-21 school year, the Guffey Community Charter School will have a new K-2 grades teacher, Elizabeth Jackson. The school is planning on being open for the next school year, but not sure how it will be structured yet, maybe shorter hours and/or …

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Unofficial results indicate that Richard Elsner easily retained his District 2 Commissioner’s seat over challenger Cynthia Sherriff, and Amy Mitchell emerged victorious in a field of four candidates for the District 1 commissioner’s seat in Tuesday’s Park County Republican Primary Elections.

 Elsner captured 2,125 votes to Sherriff’s 1,305, with 3,430 total votes cast.

In a crowded field of candidates for the District 1 commissioner’s post, Mitchell garnered 1,100 votes to hold off Katie Spodyak (920), Steve Vincze (912) and Garrison Genschork (648), respectively.

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The 2020 Platte Canyon High School graduation ceremony was delayed by about a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was also modified somewhat for purposes of social distancing,

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As people begin to venture out of self-isolation, Park County Creative Alliance (PCCA) is excited to unveil their new map for “Art Adventuring” in Park County. The map offers a guide to find galleries, shops, eateries and other businesses around the county. It’s a good way to discover local …

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Volunteers in Park County come in many sizes, shapes, backgrounds, skills, talents and flavors. They also take on a variety of assignments, long term, short term and some that are carried out just for a special event, such as Burro Days.  

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On Saturday, June 20 from noon-1 p.m., a group of 13 people from Guffey staged a Black Lives Matter rally at the Guffey turnoff of Colorado Highway 9 onto Park County Road 102/59. The rally was also held in conjunction with the nationwide celebration of Juneteenth Day.

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The North-West Fire Protection District conducted forestry training recently, on private property near Fairplay.  Fire Captain Kyle Stamp, who supervised the exercise, explained, “Because this acreage had so many standing dead, leaning and fallen aspen – it offered good field experience and …

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Much like a typical Park County mountain road, the path to ultimate fulfillment for Como’s Jackie Wille was winding, unpredictable and sometimes treacherous.

Wille spent the first portion of her life in dogged pursuit of a lofty but illusive dream.

Despite ever-challenging circumstances that often made her idealistic vision for happiness appear unattainable, she never surrendered or lost hope.

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The June Guffey Community Charter School board of directors meeting was face-to-face, not online, the first since the February meeting. It was nice to see everyone and hear their comments, tone of voice and discussions.

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I know full well that this could not, or would not, happen today in any U.S. hospital due to the virus.

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Summer weather is here, and so are the many sun-centric activities Coloradans enjoy across the state. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather comes a three-month peak for impaired driving.

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As public fireworks displays are canceled across the country, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges people to refrain from using consumer fireworks when celebrating on and around July 4.

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DENVER – Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2) was confirmed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Thursday in dead wild jackrabbits found east of Barr Lake State Park in Adams County.

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DENVER, Colo. - With warmer weather and decreasing restrictions, more people are recreating in the outdoors, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeing an increase in the number of sightings of potential wolves in the state.

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11 motor vehicle calls, 25 animal control calls, three ATVs on county road calls, 19 illegal campfire calls, 14 motorist assist calls, 13 reckless driver calls, 16 shots fired calls, 82 traffic stops, two welfare check and 363 other calls. The to…

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Members of Albuquerque’s Model A Club, Poco Quatros, made a pitstop in Bailey on their way to Pikes Peak. Club President John Gibbs said they were also on a parts run, and when the coronavirus pandemic settles down somewhat, they might come back with more cars. (Photo by Vivian Rosso/The Flume)

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If you have never attended a Downare Brothers Auction, you are missing out. But the good news is you can attend the 14th annual consignment sale June 27 beginning at 10 a.m. which will be held at the usual site, two miles south of Hartsel on Colorado Highway 9.

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Despite the cancellation of several popular summer events in South Park, many summer activities are beginning to blossom with typical summer enthusiasm.

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Platte Canyon High School seniors were given the option of having a severely modified and scaled-down version of graduation ceremonies, holding graduation remotely, or waiting a month or so to see if COVID-19 concerns might decline to allow for something more traditional.

The seniors wisely opted for the third option, and will reap the benefits of their patience with a modified, in-person graduation ceremony June 27.

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Park County Republican Party Chairman Tim Peterson moderated a county commissioner candidate forum for District 1 candidates May 30, on Zoom, a virtual meeting software application. District 2’s candidate forum was June 6.

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Are you getting tired of everything today being designed to please the young? Now, I love the young and I guess they bring a freshness to our music and our fashion and our dancing. But what about us old folks? Do you know, that when we dance, we touch each other? We like romance.

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DENVER - Beginning Friday, June 5, hunters will have the option to apply to draw a license in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new secondary big game draw. The secondary draw replaces the old leftover draw. The secondary draw opens after the results of the annual primary big game draw have been…

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DENVER, Colo.- This week, county clerks across Colorado are mailing ballot packets for the June 30 statewide primary election

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to seven motor vehicle calls, 20 animal control calls, five ATV on county road calls, 14 illegal campfire calls, 16 motorist assist calls, 14 reckless driver calls, 17 shots fired calls, 87 traffic stops, three welfare check and 423 other calls. The…

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A rare metrological event called a derecho (Spanish meaning “straight”), ran through Colorado on Saturday, June 6. The Bucksnort Saloon in Sphinx Park had a tree go through its roof, and South Elk Creek Road was blocked in both directions by other downed trees. Even cars were damaged by down…

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The death of his father, John Bender, in 1902 probably brought Martin back to the Bender Ranch on Currant Creek, perhaps leaving Elk Smith to take care of the property at Eldred.

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The Platte Canyon Community Partnership Resale Boutique in Bailey Plaza on U.S. Highway 285 is reopening Tuesday, June 16, with new days and hours, and customers will find the shop refreshed, restyled, and restocked.

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I could not be more honored to endorse the candidacy of Amy Mitchell, for Park County commissioner, District 1.

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Respectfully, I rebut Representative Wilson’s sweeping generalization of the criminal activity of the protesters in Denver (The Flume, June 5, 2020). In fact, the great majority peacefully and lawfully demonstrated per their Constitutional right.

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I am writing to support Katie Spodyak for county commissioner, District 1. I believe Spodyak is the only candidate running who has the experience necessary to help this county overcome the challenges we will face in the coming years.

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