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Assistant Manager Cindy Gharst submitted the draft 2021 county budget to the county commissioners Oct. 15.

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Lake George Charter School’s Lion’s Pride PTO is inviting everyone to come to their Trunk or Treat, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. in Lake George Community Park for a haunting good time.

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The October Guffey Community Charter School board of directors meeting is the time for the teachers’ presentation of their teaching materials and curriculum for the school year. For a number of years this has also been a school open house and community pot luck, with students presenting the …

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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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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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Newer buildings and homes in Park County often need repairs after a harsh winter. The seasons can be even rougher on old historic buildings, such as the Hartsel Community Center.

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The Senior Alliance of Platte Canyon and the Rotary Club of Conifer sponsored a 9Health Fair at the Platte Canyon High School last Saturday, Oct. 17. Over 120 participants were able to get a number of lab tests as well as free influenza immunizations. The entire fair was set up to provide a …

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On Sept. 13, at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Cripple Creek, a special ceremony was held for three men of the 10th Special Forces Group of Fort Carson, Colo., who lost their lives this past year. Their names have been added to the granite markers beneath the U.S. Army helicopter at the cemetery.

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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 Bureau of Land Management and Park County signed an agreement for the Sheriff’s Office to patrol Guffey Gorge during peak use times. The commissioners signed the agreement Oct. 8. 

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The Park County Livestock Committee has announced a rare opportunity, enabling youth who are interested in joining the Park County 4-H program a chance to be chosen as the winner of a market lamb, provided by a sponsor, that the youth will raise from the beginning of April to be shown and so…

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With the passing of long time, 26-year, Guffey resident Joan LePage, the community lost a valuable member.

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Our community is facing unprecedented social, public health and economic instability with the COVID-19 pandemic. Via a CARES ACT grant, Park County is able to provide financial assistance to households that have experienced a COVID-19-related income loss. The primary goal of this program is …

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Each fall, Pikes Peak Historical Society holds an auction as its major fundraising event of the year. This year, due to health restrictions, the auction is being conducted on-line. The auction will go live off the PPHS website, http://www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org. 

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LAKE GEORGE, Colo. – When new rangers are in training, a common phrase we hear is “we cannot train you for everything that may happen, because anything can happen.” 

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In this busy time of the year it might be more challenging for our local residents to get their flu shot or the screenings they need. Luckily, the 9Health Fair is here to help. It will be held this Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Platte Canyon High School gymnasium. 

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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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Fairplay’s curb appeal and visiual image recently took a quantum leap forward with the completed construction of a larger-than-life entrance sign (pictured above) situated at the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and Colorado Highway 9. 

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to seven Accident/Motor Vehicle calls, 33 animal control calls, one ATV/Dirtbikes on County Road calls, five Illegal Campfire calls, five Motor Assist calls, 11 REDDI Report/Reckless Driver calls, seven Shots Fired calls, 83 traffic stops and three …

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A good time seemed to be had by all at the 2020 Tomato War on Saturday, Sept. 26, hosted by The Corona’s at Freshwater saloon in Guffey, as both sides, the Texans and the Coloradans, hurled 600 pounds of overripe tomatoes at each other. All proceeds and donations went to the Rocky Mountain C…

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The Hartsel Community Library and the Hartsel Community Center were fenced in recently with a brand new white fence. And this is just one of the improvements, thanks to grant money applied for and awarded from the Colorado Trust Fund.

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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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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 10 Accident/Motor Vehicle calls, 26 Animal Control calls, two ATV/Dirtbikes on County Road calls, 16 Illegal Campfire calls, nine Motor Assist calls, 21 REDDI Report/Reckless Driver calls, nine Shots Fired calls, 38 traffic stops and four welfare…

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Each fall, the Pikes Peak Historical Society holds an auction as its major fundraising event of the year. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the auction is being conducted online. The auction will go live off the PPHS website, http://www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org. Just look for the auction…

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Residents of South Park know that cold weather can move in quickly after Labor Day and remain until after Memorial Day. With that in mind, close to 20 Woodchuck volunteers met in Hartsel last Saturday and got busy.

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Painters from the All American Paint Company stand by ready for their curtain call and chance for their moment of fame on the Food Network. (Photo by Lori Bennett/The Flume).

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Pass Notes is a project of the Park County Creative Alliance that combines the beauty of the Colorado fall golden aspen show with music and art of the creative people of the county. 

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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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A new ambulance station will soon be built in Hartsel. The lot is adjacent to U.S. Highway 24 just northwest of its intersection with State Highway 9. 

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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 Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 10 Accident/Motor Vehicle calls, 28 animal control calls, one ATV/Dirtbikes on County Road calls, 10 Illegal Campfire calls, six Motor Assist calls, 17 REDDI Report/Reckless Driver calls, 17 Shots Fired calls, 49 traffic stops nine welfare checks…

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DJ Hannigan, whose photographs often grace the pages of The Flume, has had his photograph “Ermine sneaks out for a peek” selected for the cover of the 2021 Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice Seasons of Our Mountains calendar.

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

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There is a new closet in downtown Bailey, only this one doesn’t hold clothes or shoes. It holds medical equipment one may borrow following an injury, surgery or illness. Nurse lending closets can be found in more populated areas, but that means a long drive for those in need here. The Senior…

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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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