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It’s not just mindless turkey-talk to suggest that Thanksgiving is even more meaningful, and that the holiday takes on even greater significance, amid the backdrop of challenging circumstances or trying times.

If we accept that axiom, then Thanksgiving 2020 should be far more meaningful and carry much more significance than most. After all, no matter how we slice this turkey, 2020 has served up heaping portions of adversity and has provided a perfect recipe for civil and political unrest almost from the start.

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At the beginning of October, the Park County commissioners were hoping to apply for the least restrictive of Colorado’s five levels of COVID response and protection.

It is called “Protect Our Neighbors,” level green, and allows for larger numbers in group gatherings outdoors as well as indoors.  

Instead of being able to go to PON as anticipated a month ago, the county moved up from Level Blue Cautious to safer at home, Level Yellow Concern on Nov. 16.

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Dumb deer? Somehow, someway, they always know when it’s hunting season! (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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There has been a considerable amount of discussion in political circles over the last few days regarding what constitutes a mandate for winners of electoral races.

According to Wikipedia, a mandate in politics is “the authority granted by a constituency to act as its representative. The concept of a government having a legitimate mandate to govern via the fair winning of a democratic election is a central idea of representative democracy.”

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Judging by the scene at voting locations accross Park County on Nov. 3, one might be misled into thinking there was very little interest at all in this year’s elections.

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The Flume is proud to be a part of Red, White & Bailey, whereby American flags are provided to local businesses and proudly flown year-round.

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Local wildlife photographer DJ Hannigan generally has a way of keeping his subjects at ease in their natural habitats while he rolls off award-winning shots. However, this particular Park County ground squirrel seems to be an exception to the rule. Hannigan said he wasn’t sure what the squir…

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Having been severely limited in terms of family outings and community events for the past seven months, Platte Canyon-area youth are probably looking forward to Halloween even more than usual this year.

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Those who opt to vote in person at the polls Tuesday will have a full slate of candidates and propositions to consider.

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Sebastian Jules Lundquist is a native-born Colorado boy who climbed Mount Bierstadt this last fall at age seven with his Dad and Mom on a very cold and windy day. This was his first 14teener and just a walk in the park with his youth and energy. Congratulations Sebastian. He is the grandson …

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The historic Hartsel Community Center gets updates, thanks to the help and donations of volunteers and the Conservation Trust Fund. See story, page 8.  (Photo by Lori Bennett/The Flume)

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In 1974, the Park County Sheriff’s Office was at a loss to identify a man found dead off County Road 62 near Grant, Colo. His body was discovered by hikers, and was situated at the base of a towering rock formation on the south side of Guanella Pass.

No clues were ever found at the scene to assist in identifying the man, but fingerprints and dental records were obtained as part of an autopsy. That information failed to match with regional missing persons cases, so newspapers, including The Flume, published articles about the discovery in hopes of drumming up leads.

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The South Park cross country team and coaches gathered for an impromptu photo Oct. 8 at the South Park Invitational Meet in Fairplay. The coaches are Head Coach Bryan Shane and Assistant Coach Nina Asher. (Photo courtesy of Beverly Rafferty)

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Park County residents are prepared for wind, dust, snow, fires, gravel, potholes, hail and more when they travel in the county. Few are prepared for an airplane landing unexpectedly on a gravel road. 

When Rey Ortiz, Hartsel resident and former Army aircraft mechanic, left his home Oct. 7, he did not expect that shortly thereafter he would see a small airplane land right in front of his truck, but that is exactly what happened. 

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With election day looming less than a month away, Park County District 2 Commissioner Richard Elsner and challenger Richie Frangiosa faced off in a cordial but spirited public debate Oct. 6 at Platte Canyon High School.

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There I was, minding my own business, when a moose trio entered our yard. Just passing through, like real quick, not stopping to eat the aspens (this time). (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office generally receives about 600 calls per week, running the gamut from motor vehicle accidents and ATVs on county roads, to shots fired and illegal campfires. 

Such calls are all part of a normal day’s work for Sheriff Tom McGraw and his deputies, and all varieties of calls require timely response and are taken extremely seriously.

But lately, there has been a dramatic increase in a particular type of call that ranks amongst the least favorite for responding deputies: domestic violence-based calls. 

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The Flume is pleased to announce that it will be serving as the moderating party for an Oct. 6 public debate between District 2 Park County Commissioner Richard Elsner and challenger Richie Frangiosa.

The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Canyon Room at Platte Canyon High School.

The format for the debate will consist of introductions by both the incumbent and challenger, followed by questions pertaining to a variety of issues central to Park County and its residents. 

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is standing by its previously announced decision to remove the traffic light situated at the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and Park County Road 43A. 

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From an economic perspective, it’s nice to know that Park County’s only medical facility, South Park Healthcare in Fairplay, is adding staff members and expanding services.

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Autumn is here, and businesses are gearing up to get locals and visitors alike ready for the season. Platte River Outfitters 11th Annual Carhartt Sale will run Sept.18-Oct. 3, coinciding with the 285 Gold Rush Days.

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Park County School District RE-2 and Platte Canyon School District RE-1 are working diligently to continue the business of educating students while also adhearing to health guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the spread of the corona virus. 

PCSD RE-2 Superintendent Cindy Bear, and PCSD RE-1 Superintendent Mike Schmidt each took time recently to provide reports to The Flume regarding how students and staff have handled the new normal during the initial stages of the new academic year.

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“We kept getting reports of trash being strewn all over Fairplay Beach,” said Fairplay Mayor Frank Just. “It had the look of vandalism so we assumed it a group of kids or something.”

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Labor Day provides an appropriate occasion to prepare a barbecue feast, watch television from our favorite lounging chairs, catch up on chores, take a hike, go camping or embark upon a leisurely scenic drive.

The holiday also presents an ideal occasion to explore employment, labor, wages and cost of living as they pertain to Park County residents and Coloradans as a whole.

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With a speedy response, the Southern Park County Fire Protection District kept two lightning strike fires near the mica mine southeast of Guffey contained to a small area without spreading Aug. 21.

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The Thorpe Fire near Tarryall is reported at 100% containment, which means a sufficient fire line has been established around the perimeter of the fire to prevent anymore spread. USFS crews are in patrol, clean-up, and repair mode. Smoke might still be seen as in photo, but everything around…

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DJ Hannigan noticed this stunning sunset Aug. 10 looking west from Grant. Thankfully, he took the time to record it for the benefit of The Flume audience. (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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It’s been said that life is not a destination with an end, but a path down which we continue to journey as long as we can breathe.

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This cow moose and her calf cooled off in marshy terrain atop Kenosha Pass last weekend. While being photographed, Mom waded effortlessly through the knee-deep water while her calf did its best to follow along, sometimes stumbling and splashing, but always close behind. (Photo by Kelly R. Ki…

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As if to say “Welcome to my house,” this cow moose hangs out near a Pike National Forest boundary marker. (Photo by D.J. Hannigan/The Flume)

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at a private residence in Fairplay.

That call led to a 10-plus hour standoff that ultimately demanded not only the attention of many Park County Sheriff’s Office personnel, but also required a visit from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.

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What is the most prudent plan for educating students while still facing public health concerns related to COVID-19?

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The pace was slow and the road was long, but Marvin Sandoval and his burro Buttercup braved steady rainfall and stiff competition to defend their title in the 72nd Annual World Championship Pack Burro Long Course Race Saturday in Fairplay.

The Long Course was lengethened to a staggering 31.8 miles this year, making it the the longest pack burro race in the history of the sport.

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Jayla, 3, of Bailey, says hello to a furry friend Saturday at the 100th annual Park County Fair. Despite COVID-19 restrictions and rainy weather, the fair went on in modified form July 14-19. (Photo by Kelly R. Kirkpatrick/The Flume)

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