Last week’s big snowstorm did not deter enthusiastic families from attending Edith Teter’s 20th Annual Early Childhood Fun Fair. More than 65 children exercised and explored a variety of activities provided by Edith Teter Early Learning Center, South Park Parents as Teachers and dedicated community partners. Sincere thanks to the South Park Recreation Center, Mountain BOCES, Katie Beach, Thompson Family, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, High Mountain Hygiene, Girl Scouts, South Park Ambulance, Town of Fairplay, One Spirit Yoga - Spirit of Dance, Subway and the preschool staff. We are so grateful for this generous and supportive community.
Deer Creek Elementary had its biannual Literacy Night April 23, and it was another great success. We want to thank the Conifer Rotary Club and 285 Pizza Pies for sponsorship and support in bringing our families and staff together for a night of learning, laughter and fun. This Spring’s theme was “Acing Math.” Families and teachers were engaged in tasks practicing area, perimeter, fact practice, sequencing and fractions. Kids left with prizes, packs of cards and directions to continue playing with numbers and math. Thanks to everyone who came and our incredible teachers for making this such an extraordinary evening for our community!
You did right by putting that picture of a Great Blue Heron, in such a prominent location on the front page of the April 10 edition of The Flume.
As a past board member of the Platte Canyon School District Board of Education, I would like to show my support for Bryan Krause as the new superintendent for PCSD.
As a Park County registered voter and tax paying property owner, I am continuing to express my concerns about the Apogea festival being held this June east of Bailey, pending approval of their event permit applications.
On behalf of the Carl Duncan Memorial American Legion Post #172, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals and organizations for their help and support with the annual Easter Egg hunt at South Park City: the town hall and public works staff of the Town of Fairplay, Town of Fairplay Board of Trustees, South Park City, Pat Pocius, the Easter Buuny (Robyn), Shelby and Haley, Austin and Courtney, Mark and Dee, Gabby, Dave and Neva, Ingram, Jeffro and all the bunny helpers at the Legion who stuffed more than 700 eggs.
Last week I reported that two big issues would take the spotlight in the House, a list of gun bills and HB15-1323 (the assessment bill), which is an attempt to reduce the number (and frequency) of assessments.
April 12, 2015
This past week the House gave preliminary approval to the $25 billion budget bill. (The bill includes $9.6 billion in discretionary spending including a 6.4 percent increase or $573 million over the current budget.) The Senate proposed over 75 amendments, but the House held their amendment total to only 39! The vast majority of the proposed amendments were defeated on party line votes.
Last week we talked about March Madness coming to the capitol in the form of the state budget, known as the Long Bill.
March Madness for College Basketball has reached a fever pitch and will spill over into April before the winner is determined. “March Madness” is cranking up under the Golden Dome this week as well. At the end of last week, each of the 100 members of the 70th General Assembly had their copy of the Long Bill (the state’s upcoming budget) on their desk. The Long Bill and the accompanying departmental budgets are over three inches thick (591 pages) and deal with over $26 billion in spending. The madness begins with the Senate reading the bill across the desk for formal introduction. Both the Ds and the Rs will then break out into their separate caucus discussions and plan priorities and strategies. The games really begin when the two “teams” take the Senate floor to do battle over the document (along with a myriad of amendments).