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COVID-19 is a real threat here in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. The last major pandemic in the U.S. occurred from April 2009 until April 2010, when A/H1N1 (the Swine Flu) came to the U.S. via Mexico.

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A friend shared an interesting online post with me over the weekend. It read “If COVID-19 forces Planned Parenthood to be closed for two weeks, the virus will have saved more lives than it has taken.”

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The real news is COVID-19, and you are all more current on rising numbers, the details social separation, how to self-quarantine, sheltering in place and business closures.

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As of this writing, the U.S. Senate has been locked in the hard work of putting together an aid package to come to the support of those Americans suffering the economic impacts of the Chinese Virus outbreak.

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Given the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Polis’ State of Epidemic Disaster Emergency, the legislature deemed it prudent to adjourn for two weeks, returning on March 30, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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The article “Community rallies to build home for local veteran” sure put a smile on our faces. What a wonderful project that Patty Pugliese and Jim Dexter took on to the find the people and resources to build a new comfortable and livable home for Mr. Bright. Thanks so much for sharing this …

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Capitol Bill Watch: There were 564 total, up from 537 last year in the House there were 360 bills and in the Senate, 204 bills. There were 33 signed into law and 33 postponed indefinitely and 98 bills killed.

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“Integrity, excellence, and respect.” These are not my words. They are the values of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. They are also the words Sheriff Shrader used this year when he thanked Steve Vincze for 33 years of dedicated service. The Vincze name may sound familiar.

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Colorado’s explosive growth makes the 2020 Census more important than ever. Because of our growth, Colorado has a good chance of picking up an additional Congressional district.

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The state of Colorado and Park County in particular are rich in mineral resources.  Historically, the extraction of these minerals has enriched both the state and corporate mining interests; but, unfortunately, long-abandoned operations have left many areas of the state with extremely hazard…

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The Town of Fairplay wishes to thank all those that participated in making the Second Annual Fairplay Mountain Mardi Gras such a great success. Our sold-out event had over 200 people in attendance and raised over $17,000 for local non-profits.

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Quite a few bills are making their way through the Transportation and Energy Committee regarding climate change, energy conservation, global warming and green energy.

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For the untold thousands of readers out there who are tired of hearing about Super Tuesday Primary delegate totals and would like an update on bill totals at the Capitol, here it is.

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Take a good long look in the mirror Mr. Bob Seay. Your very words and accusations directed at the Republicans (Democratically speaking, The Flume, Feb. 28) in this country is, sadly, exactly what you Democrats have been doing for years.

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A big bill in the Senate this past week was SB20-163, the vaccine bill which carries the  official name of “Concerning the Modernization of the School Entry Immunization Process, and In Conjunction Therewith, Making an Appropriation.” Now you know why we just called it the Vaccine Bill.

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Last week’s column compared the Capitol to a haunted house. If you were in the building Tuesday morning, you probably would have believed it. House members were walking around like zombies after being on the House floor until 4 a.m., debating the death penalty bill.

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As you head to your caucus on Saturday, Democrat or Republican, keep in mind that you will be voting on delegates to future meetings (county assembly, congressional district meetings, state assembly).

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As an avid Flume reader, I appreciated Lynda James’ article on the camping ordinance in the Feb. 21 issue.

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My family and I have been Park County landowners for over 50 years, and enjoyed the natural beauty and wonderful people in the area for those decades.

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Steve Vincze is a man of honor; he has established a solid reputation for being honest, fair and firm with over 30 years as a deputy Sheriff.

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HB20-1019 (Prison Population Reduction and Management) didn’t start out with any real sense of urgency, but circumstances beyond the legislature’s control put it on the fast track.

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President Trump is very proud of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he and Cory Gardner should remember the words of the first President of post-Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin:

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Have you ever gone through a haunted house at Halloween and every so often a body would pop up out of a casket and scare the bejabbers out of you?

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They tell you not to “marry a bill” but to “carry a bill.” This makes perfect sense, given the number of things that can derail a perfectly good bill. Furthermore, it seems there are always people that are more than happy to point out why it is not a perfectly good bill.

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For those of you who are a bit skeptical of politicians, I just wanted to let you know they do listen to their constituents and we can make a difference.

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A couple of weeks ago, I reiterated in this column the process a bill has to go through to become law.

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Military Appreciation Day has always been a significant event at the Capitol. Previously held in the House chambers, the benches along the walls would be full of men and women in uniform, with spectators in the gallery. The Senators would join their colleagues in the House to offer joint tributes.

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Candidates can’t be everywhere. That’s why we have caucuses.

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This past week was Supplemental Week at the Capitol. Supplementals are supposed to be the final true-up for last year’s budget. Simply stated, the Joint Budget Committee makes recommendations for every department’s budget to balance said budget for the prior fiscal year.

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I wanted to thank all who labored over the years to find us a physician. I have been to South Park Health Care twice, seeing Dr. Hattaway. I am very picky about the medical care I receive. I found him to be knowledgeable and equally as important, very easy to talk with as we explored options…

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Last week, the Park County Coroner posted the deeply disturbing notice on the county website of a six-year-old child’s death from influenza. Our community lost a cherished little human to a medical tragedy that was possibly avoidable, even though this child had cystic fibrosis.

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No doubt you already know the repeal of the death penalty bill passed the Senate and has moved on to the House. While not typically a topic for polite conversation, it gets no more comfortable when you spend hours in debate of the subject.

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By the time you read this edition of “Takin’ It To The House … ,” a quarter of the 120-day 2020 legislative session will be in the rear-view mirror. Time does fly when you are having fun.

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I have become aware of another new bill in the legislature. This is HB-1011 and is titled “Helping Others Manage Early Childhood Act.” Here is a small portion of the intent: “The (public awareness) campaign must be implemented in each county and target family, friends, neighbors, families wh…

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It seems that everyone in Colorado agrees we need to do more to improve the condition and capacity of our roads. After that the unity begins to crack as people talk about funding and priorities.

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With 270 bills introduced in the first eight days of the session, it sounds like we left the starting gate at full sprint, but in reality, this is how it is supposed to work.

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It has been good to see some comments on my recent writings, even when they don’t agree with me. The purpose of these articles is to get people thinking and talking, so that’s good. I would like to point out that I never said anyone was above the law; I’m simply one of millions of Americans,…

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Changes in Colorado’s election laws for the 2020 election should increase voter participation, but some of these changes could cause some confusion.

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The Friends of the Fairplay Community have been honored to serve Fairplay and surrounding communities since 1938. Our mission was to improve learning and technology opportunities in the community by providing a location where residents could access educational resources.

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Wow -- What a first week of the second session of the 72nd General Assembly! A lot of “Pomp and Circumstance” was packed into the first two days. However, as I like to say, there was a lot more pomp and very little circumstance to be had in those 48 hours!

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The “Republican Perspective” article in the Dec. 13 issue of The Flume was very revealing as to the current impeachment.

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Our representative Congressman, Joe Neguse has voted to impeach our President for charges that do not meet the standards as set out in the U.S. Constitution. He has a safe district, and Eastern Park County is just a footnote in his representation.

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(Editors note: This article was submitted before the U.S. House voted to impeach President Trump)

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We met a bunch of angels in Fairplay on Saturday, Nov. 30; earth angels, that is.

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I write to thank Bob Seay (Democratically speaking, The Flume, issue Dec. 6, page 6) for his baseless preaching which falsely alleges the pure motives of Democrats attempting, without either sufficient evidence or due process, to reverse the result 2016 presidential election.

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George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified at the House Judiciary impeachment hearing, and was asked about actions taken by previous Presidents. His professional opinion is that each of these would be considered an impeachable offense given the wide latitude now bei…

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