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The team at Crow Hill Insurance would like to convey our appreciation for disseminating information about our Ninth Annual Shred-a-thon. The event was a tremendous success. We were able to raise over $1,700 in cash as well as many items for donation to Blue Spruce Habitat For Humanity ReStor…

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I take exception to Tim Peterson’s “Republican perspective” that President Trump holds no responsibility for the catastrophic impact that the coronavirus has had on the United States. One big bottom line is that the United States now has had over 148,000 people die from the virus, while the …

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We are witnessing the downfall of America. What we are seeing in Portland, Ore. are the acts of a despot. Mr. Trump thinks he holds all power and authority to send military into a state to attack peaceful protests.

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Well, these continue to be interesting times with no end in sight. As I write this, a pro-police rally down at the capitol is being interrupted by a group demanding the police departments be defunded. For almost three months now, people have been demanding their voices be heard and their rig…

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What a great 100th year Fair. With COVID-19 it was a difficult year to even think about organizing a fair, let alone actually putting one on. The support we received from everyone this year was tremendous. I cannot express how much it is appreciated by the board.

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I feel it is necessary to express my opinion in regards to what is happening in this country since we have been impacted by another virus from a foreign country. What is referred to as the Baby Boomer Generation, consisting of those born between 1946 and 1964, are no longer the majority of A…

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Many Democrats prefer to stay on the sidelines rather than getting involved with politics, local or otherwise. I used to be one of those people. I always voted and often donated to campaigns, but more than that was just not part of my personality. That all changed after the 2016 election, wh…

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Recently, I stopped by one of the prominent businesses, which I will not name, in Fairplay to pick up supplies. I had just come from Lake City where every other car was from Texas, the closest state with a rash of recent covid-19 outbreaks. Undoubtedly, a percentage of those folks were carry…

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The “Public Meeting” that CDOT held July 9, 2020 was a presentation of what CDOT has already decided to do – not an attempt to obtain and consider public input. Everyone had questions. Dozens were left unanswered. Here were some of my questions and observations:

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If we erase our history, are we condemned to repeat it? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? There is currently a strong movement in our society to remove all traces of the Confederacy, including statues of men who actually had accomplishments both good and bad.

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Construction for the removal  of the stop light at the CR 43A/U.S. Highway 285 junction will begin in September 2020, and a virtual community meeting on July 9 led by a local resident will, hopefully, clarify the timeline and design.

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The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m. on June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives. After a testy and historic 84 day session, the House adjourned sine die (from the Latin “w…

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In response to Louise Peterson’s article, “Democratically speaking: Are you a racist?” (The Flume, June 5, 2020), I appreciate her speaking to the inherent racism in many white people. I am a white woman and aware of my white privilege. However, these past couple of weeks have me rethinking …

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 When things get crazy here at the Capitol, the following lines from one of George Jones’ hit songs come to mind: “Well, the race is on … and the winner loses all.”

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In light of all the recent happenings in Colorado and nationwide, I’d like to applaud our Sheriff, Undersheriff and the entire law enforcement community of Park County.

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I wanted to thank Sheriff Tom McGraw, Undersheriff Steve Spodyak and Bev Bushaw of the Park County Sheriff Office for selecting me as one of the recipients of the Nate Carrigan College Scholarship.

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This statement shouldn’t be controversial, but I have discovered that there is a lot of resistance to the idea.

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There’s good news for parental rights in regards to vaccinations and home schooling, as well as a mea culpa from me.

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Wow – a lot of things have happened since the last column.  My wife Kristi and I celebrated our 39th anniversary, the Capitol got trashed (multiple times), curfews became normal and a little legislation got passed. Who would have ever thought the novel coronavirus would be bumped off the fro…

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I’m always puzzled when people call President Trump a racist. Yes, racism is still alive in this country, as evidenced by recent events and the memory of unnecessary killings over the last few years. However, I don’t understand how people can say that President Trump is instigating this attitude.

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As I was picking up a few things at a Pine Junction hardware store, I noticed quite a few customers inside were not wearing masks, as advised by county and state health officials.

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The budget was approved by both chambers. It took a Saturday session, but the budget is on its way back to the Joint Budget Committee to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions.

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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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I have known Amy Mitchell for several years. Mitchell, both a patriot and staunch conservative, is the best Republican candidate in the June primary for County commissioner District 1.

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The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It spells out Americans’ rights in relation to their government.  Moses and the people of Israel were given the 10 Commandments, Americans were given the Bill of Rights, both are pretty big deals.

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 The current session got off to a good start after the Memorial Day weekend. The Senate spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in committees or in session on the floor basically clearing the calendar to pave the way for all things budget and some prioritized bills.

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I am writing this letter to show my support of my sister,  Katie Spodyak, who is running for District 1 commissioner.

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Back east where I grew up, it was all private land. When my family moved to Colorado in 1972 we were thrilled to see all the National Forest and open space lands with wildlife of all kinds roaming free and unhindered. Today in Park County I am still thrilled to see the herds of elk and prong…

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, racism is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

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My husband Richard and I have lived in Park County for the past 56 years. Having raised our family here and having owned a thriving construction business for most of that time, therefore we have a vested interest in Park County’s direction and future not only for ourselves, but for our child…

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I am very happy to express my full support for Katie Spodyak’s campaign for the office of Park County commissioner, representing District One.

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 I have high hopes for part two of the second regular session of the 72nd General Assembly. Word on the street is we’re going to wrap everything up in three weeks as opposed to the 58 days we have remaining of our 120 day constitutional limit. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to t…

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Another Memorial Day Weekend has passed, with all of its modified flag ceremonies and cemetery tributes, travel, “Safer At Home” picnics, family get-togethers and all the other events that mark the beginning of summer.

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May 14, I awoke with a swollen tongue, an allergic reaction to medications I was taking. By 6:30 a.m., I could no longer swallow.

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It is with great pleasure that I support Katie Spodyak for Park County commissioner. I have lived in Park County for nearly 40 years and had the opportunity to teach at Platte Canyon School District for nearly 30 years. Through those years, I met many students who were delightful to teach, b…

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All Americans should have a voice in our presidential elections and every vote should matter. Millions of Americans, whether they live in rural, suburban or urban areas, are totally irrelevant when it comes to presidential campaigns. That would change under a national popular vote. Coloradan…

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It’s official. We’re looking to cut 3.3 million dollars out of the budget. It’s pretty safe to say the pain will be spread throughout the budget. The Joint Budget Committee is still at work taking a second and third look at every department and every program.

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Recent events have us seeing the value of the outdoors in a new light. Recreation and access to pristine public lands are vital to us all. Our ability to recreate responsibly at a safe distance has given us the opportunity to get a much-needed refresher from these stressful times.

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