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…
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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…
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.
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
The Senate passed the budget this past week, the one thing we are required to do by law. This was the most collegial process the Senate has enjoyed on any major piece of legislation this year.
Last week you got to read about many of the storms moving through the Golden Dome. Once in a while, a ray of sunshine breaks through. Such was the case when SB 19-103 made it to the House floor. SB 19-103 became known as the “Lemonade Stand” bill, allowing minors to operate a small business…
While the marquee (controversial) bills get the attention, the majority of the bills going through the Legislature focus more on some detail or clarification that should or perhaps should not be added to existing legislation. Most have bipartisan sponsors and virtually all pass or fail on bi…
SB-182, the Repeal of the Death Penalty bill, has been introduced, and it appears to be pretty straightforward. Colorado has been back and forth on this issue. In 1859 we had the first legal execution, in 1897 the death penalty was abolished, in 1901 it was reinstated, in 1972 the U.S. Supre…
After reading the article concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit that the owners of the Riverbend Eatery are fighting, and the fact that the bill to fix the language of the ADA has languished in Congress for over four years, it surely provides us with a firm basis to demand t…
We heard it was coming, and with SB 181 (Oil and Gas bill) having been introduced late Friday and already scheduled for a committee hearing four days later, it’s pretty obvious leadership has decided to fast track this bill. As a member of the Transportation and Energy committee I’ll be stud…
We’re starting to see a few more controversial bills making their way through the labyrinth called the Legislature. I’m not complaining; more testimony and discussion should make for a better bill and a better law – but not always.
The National Popular Vote bill will soon have made it through both houses and will land on Gov. Polis’ desk for his approval. The bill is being supported as a move for Colorado to make the popular vote the method by which our President is to be chosen. This bill is a bait-and-switch effort …
The Governor, the Senate, the House and even the sidewalks around the capital overflow with ideas on how to improve education, but it seems like some good ones are getting nowhere.
The Joint Budget Committee’s supplemental bills cleared the House this past week. Supplemental bills are used to “true up” departmental budgets from under or over estimations on last year’s budget “guesstimates.”
This Week's Mountain Guide
- Rena Diane Aker
- Park County Sheriff’s Blotter
- Coworking space opens in Fairplay
- Bailey native serves with U.S. Navy helicopter squadron
- Riders pedal their way to top honors in HUNDO, HUNDitO races
- Historic narrow gauge railcar returns home
- Betty Jean Long
- Red, White and Bailey
- Sixth Annual Heritage Day and Chicken Rodeo
- Fairplay will be a rockin’ destination all summer
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