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Bailey-area residents overwhelmingly disapproved when the Colorado Department of Transportation first announced plans to remove the traffic light at U.S. Highway 285 and Park County Road 43A.

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Not all the early settlers along Currant Creek had a homestead, and the turnover was high. Just north of Job Sweet’s homestead, the 1879 survey map lists a house at the 1908 homestead of Alonzo MacDonald and another on Hank Hammond’s 1894 homestead.

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The Park County RE-2 School District will join the other 178 school districts throughout Colorado in celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month.

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Hundreds of thousands Trump supporters turned out at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6 on the day of a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes and certify former Vice President Joe Biden as President Elect.

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Preschool Lead Teacher Shanna Nickel has worked for the Platte Canyon School District for a year and a half. She began working in Deer Creek Preschool as a floater, filling in as a substitute and was in charge of the after-school program previously offered at Deer Creek Preschool.

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Very few of us exude a quiet confidence and a high level of competence in all that we do. Even fewer of us are able to maintain a consistently kind, caring disposition – even under trying circumstances.

Sandra Jean Hagan was one of the few who could, and that’s just part of the reason a huge void and many heavy hearts have been left in her wake since her passing on Nov. 8, 2020. Hagan was 64.

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DURANGO, Colo. – You don’t need to travel to an office to register your recreational vehicle. Just pull up the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and get it done from the comfort of your home. It’s easy to register, just go to the CPWShop web site.

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Bayou Salado Trading Post conjures up images from a trading post of old where rugged individuals rode their horse or walked for miles to pick up hard tack, side pork and news from the outside world.

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Some locations in Colorado have a knack for posting bone-chilling thermometer readings this time of year, and one such location is Park County’s own Antero Reservoir.

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COVID-19 vaccinations have officially made their way to Park County, and a public statement was released by Park County Public Health last week confirming the good news.

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Just as they were for the entirety of the 2020 fall semester, Park County schools will remain open to on-campus attendance for the upcoming spring semester, according to school officials within the Platte Canyon School District RE-1, Park County School District RE-2 and Guffey Community Char…

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FAIRPLAY, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public for help in identifying the person who killed a moose near Kenosha Pass.

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Despite an outside temperature hovering around -7, it was a good day to look for local wildlife. We found these adult cows and one juvenile out for a morning stroll Dec. 27.

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For the December Guffey Community Charter School’s board of directors meeting, the administrator monitoring reports addressed Ends Policy-6, which governs the school community connection. Even in this time of the coronavirus, there have been limited school and community interactions.

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DURANGO, Colo. – You don’t need to travel to an office to register your recreational vehicle. Just pull up the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and get it done from the comfort of your home. It’s easy to register, just go to the CPWShop web site.

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Jan Hazelbaker recently announced that she will be passing Delwood Square Liquors on to her daughter and son-in-law  

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Santa, aka Junior Firefighter Tristen Weaver, made an appearance recently along with other members of Lake George Fire Protection District volunteers to deliver the toys and gifts collected as part of the Tri-District Toy Drive. Lake George teamed with Florissant and Four-Mile Fire Protectio…

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What are some of Park County’s most influential people saying when asked to share thoughts and recollections about 2020?

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This year was challenging, to say the least, for existing businesses in South Park due to the pandemic and subsequent forced closures. Sadly, some businesses closed their doors permanently, including, but not limited to, Dream Stream Cafe in Fairplay and Bla Bla Blah Cafe in Lake George. Other businesses expanded and a few new ones opened for the first time.

Otto’s Cart and Kiki’s Peak Produce kept locals and travelers alike fed with fresh food in Alma. The Al-Mart General Store provided its goods and also implemented special anti-virus cleaning procedures early this year.

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DJ Hannigan captured this inspiring photograph Dec. 29 on the North Fork of the South Platte River near Bailey. (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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Park County commissioners approved the 2021 projected county budget of $38.878 million and signed four state-required, budget-related resolutions, Dec. 17. Dollar amounts have been rounded by The Flume. 

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With a second vaccine receiving emergency approval this week, we may feel the pandemic is near its end. It’s not. The pandemic is raging - we’ve had the highest totals of daily Covid-19 deaths this past week, and we haven’t even factored in the surge from all the holiday travel. Cases will s…

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From kindergartners in Mrs. Seller’s class at Edith Teter

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Bailey’s Christmas Tree. 

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The Guffey Community Charter School did not have their Winter Program this year, but they found a way to celebrate the holidays anyway. On the last day of school before the two week winter break, Sarah Garoutte hosted Santa’s Workshop at the school in the morning. The community donates items…

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The Town of Fairplay has been planning various aspects of Fairplay Forward for more than a decade, and is proud to announce that the project, and the accompanying website, is finally off the ground.

The primary objective of Fairplay Forward is to develop a community-driven strategy to be used to guide the physical and economic development of the downtown and the rest of Fairplay.

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Park Alliance for Young Children is a non-profit organization in Park County that was developed by leaders in the early childhood community. Park Alliance for Young Children was initially developed to fulfill Colorado mandates for oversight committees related to early childhood programs. The…

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Award-winning wildlife photographer DJ Hannigan and The Flume Editor Kelly Kirkpatrick recently hit the back roads at sun-up to capture award-winning photos of majestic Park County moose.

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The “Old West” is defined somewhat by legends and tall tales. Some are even embellished with hints of still buried treasure or booty of ill-gotten gains.  Park County has its own version of a legend and the possibility of buried treasure hidden by a notorious gang.

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The first reading of a proposed ordinance regulating short term rental properties and requiring a license to operate one was held Dec. 10.

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The holiday season is often filled with the aroma and song lyrics of homemade pies and treats. And what a perfect season for Fairplay’s Front Street to add a new bakery, full of homemade goodies.

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This group of resilient female mule deer weather a Park County snowfall. (Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume)

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Anyone can now receive a free COVID test at the Bailey Library’s lower parking lot, 350 Bulldogger Road, most Mondays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Park County Public Health Director Lynn Ramey told the county commissioners Nov. 25 during her weekly update.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation publicly announced its plans to remove the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 285 and Park County Road 43A in a press release dated Nov. 9.

The press release stated that “Removal of the traffic signal at CR 43A allows traffic on U.S. 285 to flow through the area, removing the traffic backups currently occurring.” The press release also stated the removal of the light would provide for safer and more efficient routes, decrease possible crash locations at the intersection and would free right turns at CR 43A allowing for improved traffic flow.

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Deer Creek Elementary School has sponsored a Giving Tree each year at the holiday season to help families with gifts for children. This year the tradition of the Holiday Giving Tree will continue with some adjustments due to COVID restrictions.

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Thanksgiving morning started out brisk and beautiful in Bailey. The cold and COVID could not keep some hardy runners from enjoying the 7th Annual Bailey Turkey Trot sponsored by Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area.  

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On Nov. 24, the Southern Park County Fire Protection District in Guffey hosted a flag retirement ceremony. According to Fire Chief Eugene Farmer, this was the first of what will hopefully become an annual event, but in warmer weather. It was snowing and 27 degrees that evening.

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