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A senseless act of cruelty has sparked an ongoing investigation by the Park County Sheriff’s Office and Park County Animal Control personnel.

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Living in the mountains has it’s perks as well as challenges. In Park County, one of those challenges is finding affordable housing.

Average prices for houses have skyrocketed to between $450,000-$500,000, and on the other end of the spectrum are older trailer parks; nothing affordable for working families in-between.

Park County’s housing dilemma, which is somewhat common in many locations statewide, is attributed to a myriad of factors such as supply and demand and an abundance of short-term rentals.

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The South Park Food Bank is busy getting boxes ready for their Thanksgiving meal distribution. They will be collaborating with the South Park Senior Center this year and giving meals to about 150 families. Edith Teter 5th grade Creative Arts students volunteered their time and helped pack th…

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One of three commercial lots in Bear Mountain Ridge Planned Unit Development was rezoned to residential Nov. 2.  Commissioner Ray Douglas was absent from the meeting.

The PUD is just north of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District station in Pine Junction and south of Woodside Park subdivision.

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Park County commissioners waived a $1,700 rezoning fee for 40 acres located north of Hartsel in Section 25, Township 10 South, and Range 75 West Oct 26. The actual application to rezone from Conservation Recreation to Agriculture will be heard at a later date.

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According to unofficial results released by the Park County Clerk and Recorders Office at 11:31 p.m. Tuesday, local voters flatly rejected two ballot issues that would have provided taxpayor assistance to the Park County Sheriff’s Office (Ballot Issue 1A) and Platte Canyon School District RE-1 (Ballot Issue 4A).

Voters did, however, narrowly approve Ballot Issue 4B to benefit Park County School District RE-2.

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Even though all results are still unofficial, it appears that a variety of school board positions changed hands Tuesday in both Platte Canyon School District RE-1 and Park County School District RE-2.

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The Platte Canyon Huskies celebrate as the final gun sounds, and they now sit alone atop the Class 1A Foothills League standings following a down-to-the-wire victory over the Bennett Tigers Oct. 23 in Bailey. The victory also broke a 10-year drought against the Tigers and sets up another hug…

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In an effort to prove the Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. software accurately tallies votes, Park County commissioners voted to use Clear Ballot Group Inc. personnel and software “to conduct an independent post-election verification of election results.”

County Clerk and Recorder Debra Green said that recently, several Colorado county clerks decided to verify ballot counts using Clear Ballot in order to make sure the Dominion ballot tabulation was accurate.

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  For the first time since 2014., the Platte Canyon boys cross country team won the Frontier League cross country meet Oct. 14. Platte Canyon coach Mike Demko was named Frontier Coach of the Year.

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Fairplay’s Mayor, Frank Just held a ribbon cutting and presented the official certificate of occupancy to the Board of Rocky Mountain Rural Health in Fairplay on October 1. RMRH is located at 600 Main Street in Fairplay and dedicated to meeting the health care needs of Park County residents.…

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The recent resignations of two sheriff’s deputies have exacerbated an already challenging situation for Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw and his  staff, and finding adequate patrol coverage on a day-to-day basis continues to be a major concern.

That’s why McGraw has been making the rounds campaigning for Ballot Initiative 1A which could bring relief in the form of a one percent sales tax that could generate as much as $3.2 million for the Park County Sheriff’s Office if passed by voters Nov. 3.

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Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw was invited to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Town of Fairplay Monday evening to discuss Ballot Initiative 1A, a proposed measure that could provide as much as $3.2 million for the PCSO if approved by voters.

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Fairplay businesses will host trick or treating at locations throughout the Town of Fairplay for children Oct. 28 from 11 a m. - 3 p.m. Little creatures will be welcomed at businesses with orange signs for Halloween fun. The route includes Front St., Main St. and the county building.

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The Platte Canyon School District has put a bond issue on the November ballot. Recently, Superintendent Mike Schmidt addressed reader’s questions about this bond issue.

What is the difference between a mill levy override and a bond issue?

Schmidt:  A bond issue is only for capital projects and a very narrow list of other purposes. The district issues debt and that debt is purchased as bonds that are bought by investors.  Investors like to buy bonds from school districts. These bonds become a risk-free investment because investors know the school district isn’t going out of business.

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Majestic splashes of gold like these have been commonplace in recent weeks, but  colder temperatures and high winds  signal a swift and certain end to the fall foliage season. The season’s first snow showers arrived Tuesday, followed by howling winds Tuesday night into Wednesday. Spectacular…

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A group of local citizens are currently collecting signatures in an attempt to recall Park County Commissioners Richard Elsner and Ray Douglas.

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The Platte Canyon Huskies football team turned in an impressive homecoming performance despite unusual circumstances Saturday in their first conference football game of the season against the Sheridan Rams.

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About 25 men and women met at 10:30 Saturday to protest recent Texas and southern states strict laws limiting abortion rights. They peacefully walked up and down Fairplay’s Main Street, reporting many supportive horn honks and thumbs up by passing motorists.

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Platte Canyon School District RE-1 hosted the first of two community meetings to seek community input on two facility options proposed for the bond issue on the November ballot. Voters are asked to approve the district bond issue. Community input will drive which facilities option will then …

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This looks like a moose with a message, but photographer DJ Hannigan says the exact message was difficult to decipher.

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The Park County RE-2 School Board recently approved final language for  Ballot Initiative 4B and unanimously passed a resolution to support the measure.

The board described the initiative as ‘long-awaited,” and added that, if passed, would “resolve the district’s current financial struggles.”

PCSD RE-2 represents the schools in the town of Fairplay, Lake Geroge and Guffey.

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Patricia “Pat” Ann Ownbey was born February 5, 1938, near the end of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, in Denver and was adopted by Walter and Verna May Tracy. Pat passed away Sept. 17, 2021 in Canon City after having lived in the Guffey area for 76 years.

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The Platte Canyon Fire Department Community Room was filled to capacity Friday evening for the Bailey Town Hall Meeting.

Local owner and chair of the Safe285 Committee Mark Linne’ began the meeting by explaining this was a general meeting, not just about safety of the highway. Linne’ told the audience about a recent meeting with a banker from Utah. After seeing the area, the banker told Linne’, “You are fortunate to live here. You live in a paradise.”

Linne’ explained that each person on the panel would give a 20-minute presentation followed by questions from the citizens who were encouraged to be respectful and to present a broad range of questions.

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It is no secret that Park County residents enjoy some of the lowest tax rates in the state, and that Park County voters have flatly rejected a myriad of ballot initiatives proposing tax increases in recent election cycles.

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American Legion Riders lead off the procession following the memorial service for former Town of Fairplay Mayor Gabby Lane that was attended by close to 500 people at the South Park High School football field, Sept. 19.

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We might think of swimming as purely a summer sport, but this bull moose has no problem taking a dip on a brisk autumn morning with temperatures hovering right around freezing.

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Park County Creative Alliance along with Plein-air artists and local musicians presented Pass Notes 2021, which was spending afternoons at Boreas (Sept. 11) and Hoosier Pass (Sept. 18) where musicians from the county played a variety of music while local artists took in the colors and scenery as inspiration for their art.

Each of the days welcomed approximately 100 people to watch the artists and listen to the music fill the area.

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Park County commissioners approved a vehicle lease program with Centennial-based Enterprise Fleet Management Sept. 7.

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Photographer DJ Hannigan recently had a brief stare-down with this adult black bear.

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Given the option, we would probably all settle for living life to the fullest while we are here, and being fondly remembered when we are gone.

Longtime Fairplay resident Gabby Lane did just that with a style all his own, and many throughout Park County and beyond are mourning his recent death and remembering the good times and laughter that seemed to follow him where ever he went.

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In the Aug. 30, 2019 edition of The Flume, former editor Walter Newton reported in a brief article that the remains of an unknown male had been discovered in the Lost Park area near the vicinity of County Highway 77.

The story stated that a shelter had been constructed in the vicinity near where the body was discovered, and at that time, Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr. reported to The Flume that the body had “been there for a significant amount of time.”

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The Park County School District busses will run as close as possible to this published schedule. The students should be ready for the bus at least five minutes before it is scheduled. Please be aware that changing weather and road conditions may affect the scheduled arrival and departure tim…

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Park County School District held its Pre Service training Aug. 23-30.  Day one held a great start to the year, as two teachers received a huge surprise from Horace Mann. High School Teachers Mr. Goss and Mrs. Farestad both had their current #donorschoose projects fully funded.

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Hartsel Days 2021, which was held Aug. 28 and 29, was a huge success.

Activities included watermelon eating contests for children and adults, the bed race, rummage sale, local vendors, food trucks, two pancake breakfasts, the rubber duck race, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, live music and children’s activities, such as the popular money mountain.

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Voters will decide Nov. 2 whether to increase Park County’s sales tax by one percent to help fund the Park County Sheriff’s Office. The county commissioners approved a resolution placing it on the ballot Aug. 17.

Commissioner Dick Elsner said they had a robust discussion with the sheriff earlier but didn’t say what the discussion entailed.

The question states the money generated from the additional one percent sales tax is “to be used for the Park County Sheriff’s Office for enforcement services in Park County.”

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