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One of the most contentious and least understood of Colorado’s new laws is the agreement to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. States in the Compact have agreed to assign all their electoral votes to the candidate who gets the most votes across the country. There are currentl…

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Every mass shooting, I suffer survivor’s PTSD. I feel the adrenaline flood the stomach, a huge rock sits where my heart should be, and the tears of rage start to fall. I am sick beyond words of all this hatred and killing.

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I am glad that the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission unanimously decided to move forward in consideration of adopting state Zero Emission Vehicle standards to reduce further the air pollution in our state, and I welcome the opportunity for transportation that does not pollute.  The sta…

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I’m a little late getting this out this year but it’s better late than never! On behalf of the Park County Fair Board, I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s fair such a success. The support we receive from groups, businesses, agencies, and individuals through donations, volunte…

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As our state’s roads continue to get worse and worse, Coloradans are wondering when the legislature is finally going to make them a priority.

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My name is Charles Titus.  My wife and I were traveling from Fairplay, Colo., west about two miles when my serpentine belt broke on my Duramax truck. My cell phone would only work on 911. I called Park County Sheriff’s Office. They sent Patrol Deputy David Edstrom, and he took me back to Fai…

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The 54th anniversary of Medicare affords an opportunity to evaluate the successes and shortcomings of the system of healthcare in America. I have worked in rural hospitals and clinics for 34 years and see Medicare as the shining example of an equitable and humane method of providing clinic v…

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Ned Zamarripa, a local Bailey resident, was recently recognized by Project Healing Waters for his dedicated volunteer service to our disabled veterans. Ned has fastidiously dedicated his time to helping our disabled veterans rehabilitate from their physical and emotional injuries through men…

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It was good to see the Fogelsonger kids’ success in the Fair judging and witness the community recognition of their individual efforts. We are indeed fortunate to have the Fogelsonger family in our community. Theirs is a family that works hard to raise children who exemplify the best of trad…

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A recall election isn’t just an attack on elective officials. It is an attack on voters. Those behind the effort to recall Governor Polis are telling the 53% of Colorado voters who voted for Polis that their votes don’t count.

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Let’s look at another issue where Democrats and Republicans seem to be miles apart now, but it wasn’t always that way: illegal immigration. Yes, I did use the word “illegal,” because there is a prescribed way to enter this country. My mother’s father was an illegal, but when he saw what the …

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It’s not a good sign when one of the few Democrats in this county writes to tell us how fortunate we are to have the Democrats making things happen in Denver. It is all about making them the higher controlling authority in the end. They have ignored our past votes to stop the regulations on …

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We enjoy Trooper Tips by Gary Cutler. He provides informational articles which are really good. Even driving rules that we should all know are still worth reading as a reminder to each of us. Very glad Mr. Cutler devotes the time to write these articles.

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Last time we looked at a proposal by Kristen Gillibrand regarding financial aid for higher education. Let’s take a look at an interesting idea by another strong Democratic contender for next year’s presidential race, Elizabeth Warren.

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You don’t have to follow state politics very closely to know that rural Coloradans tend to vote for Republican candidates. Colorado reflects a larger national trend in which rural voters are more conservative and urban or metropolitan voters identify as Democrats or Progressives.

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Regarding the story “South Park City Museum” in Summer in the Park, Page 61, mention is made of the book, “A Town is Born.” The full title is “A Town is Born: The Story of South Park City.” The authors names were misspelled in the story, corrected they are: Laura Van Dusen and E. J. “Gene” A…

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I would like to continue discussing differing viewpoints of the two major parties on critical issues over the next couple of months, but first let me respond to the thoughtful letter by Steve Plutt in the May 31 edition of The Flume regarding President Trump’s support for Red Flag bills.

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Heartfelt thanks to the 13 hardy men and women who braved the cool and cloudy weather early Wednesday, May 29, to help with the U.S. Highway 9 Spring Trash Pick-up between Fairplay and Alma.

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In response to Steve Plutt (letters to the editor, May 31 issue), I ask what would be the alternative to Trump?

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In response to the “Republican Perspective” column of May 17 by Tim Peterson, regarding the “Red Flag” bill,  I, too, opposed that bill in any form, and I happen to agree with Peterson that it does go against our constitution.

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I would like to give a huge “thank-you” to the following businesses from the area that made such generous donations to the South Park School Foundation Casino Nite fundraiser. They are:

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It’s almost summer and time to reflect on why we live in Park County. Through all the snow and chilly weather, we have stayed planted right here enjoying the view. We love hiking in our backyard, some enjoy hunting on public lands, or camping in the woods and fishing our streams and reservoirs.

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Thankfully, the 2019 liberal-led Colorado Legislative session is over. The number and more importantly, the kind of bills introduced should be considered embarrassing by Colorado voters. So many of the bills dealt with our Legislature offering to tell you what to think and how to act. Of the…

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It’s an overused saying, “whiskey’s for drinkin’; water’s for fightin’ over,” and I usually disagree. If we hope to find solutions to Colorado’s and Park County’s water problems, we need to stop fightin’ and start workin’ together.

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What a wonderful turnout at Daddy Daughter Dance 2019. The fabulous feedback from all who expressed enjoyment and appreciation was awesome.

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We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time to the Fairplay 9Health Fair, April 27. All of the volunteers were awesome, many coming from as far as Denver and Buena Vista to bring their medical expertise and service to the citizens of South Park…

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Thank you for your work to explain the complexity of North Fork of the South Platte River flows, and how those flows are governed, to the readers of The Flume (Competing interests collide on the North Fork of the South Platte River, May 9 issue).

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I found the letter from the secretary of the Colorado Democratic Party in the May 3rd edition of The Flume quite interesting.

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Now that things are not moving so fast, we have time to dive a little deeper into a bill that passed and was sent to the Governor. First let me say I support apprenticeship programs; there is nothing like hands on training under a good, qualified mentor to learn a skill or a trade.

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I would like to thank the owners of Guffey’s Corona’s at Freshwater restaurant, for going over and above to accommodate us.

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The first session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. At 6:45 p.m. May 3, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

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Parkland, Fla., mass shooting survivor Robert Schentrup attended the ceremony April 12 as Governor Jared Polis signed Colorado’s “Red Flag” law.

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In broad strokes, here’s what the first session of the 72nd General Assembly looked like. Democrats held a majority in both chambers, the Governor’s Office and all of the statewide offices. They took very little time in showing they were going make hay while the sun shined.

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As the sun rose over the Capitol April 22, we had 12 days remaining to finish up the session. The backlog of bills facing the Legislature was daunting. In my seven years in the Legislature (2013 – present) the total number of bills has been 613, 621, 682, 685, 681+, 720+ and only 587 this session.

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As this is being written, we have five days left in the session; when the Constitution says 120 days, it means 120 days. The final gavel on the first session of the 72nd General Assembly will come down no later than Friday midnight, May 3.

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The Colorado Legislature is coming to the end of one of its most productive sessions ever. Empowered by a clear mandate from Colorado voters, Democratic majorities in the Colorado House and Senate have passed important legislation that was long overdue.

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Colorado Open Lands would like to thank the Park County Board of County Commissioners and the Land and Water Trust Fund Board for their recent decision to support our work to help restore key streams and wetlands in Park County.

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There is a mixed bag of bills coming up early in the week I have a few on third reading that I would expect will pass with little discussion.

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After weeks of conflict and controversy over several bills and the state budget, it was finally kindergarten time at the Capitol.

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As we enter the final weeks of the session, the flurry of bill signing will only intensify. Some bills are signed into law amid much fanfare and hoopla, others quietly in the governor’s office with no audience or cameras.

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As the only legislator drinking from the aquifer contaminated by PFAS, it seemed fitting that I’d be part of HB19-1259, the bill trying to bring some transparency to their use. PFAS is shorthand for a manmade family of chemicals with about a six-syllable name that is or was found in everythi…

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The last month of the session is upon us, and the race is on to get a final bunch of bills into the process. Going into the long bill debate last week, the bill total was: Senate 235, House 312.

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HB 1177 (Red Flag Bill) has nothing to do with addressing mental health debate, but has everything to do with people control, infringement upon personal liberties, a dislike for the Second Amendment and firearms ownership. Recent articles and testimony surrounding Red Flag laws sums it up qu…

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We wanted to let our Sheriff’s Office know that we support their decision to not enforce the Red Flag Bill should it be signed into law by Governor Polis.

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I read your “From the desk of the editor” March 29 and couldn’t agree with you more (regards Second Amendment Sanctuary counties and Red Flag bill). These politicians that the leftists have put into office are over-stepping the Constitution and the voters wishes with all these bills being in…

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