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Park County is an attractive place to raise a family. Many young families move to Park County for the small town and rural atmosphere while still being in close proximity to the zoo, museums, recreational centers and all the city has to offer.

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Finally: When the Senate Republicans called for a special session on July 28 to address COVID-19’s impact on schools, students and their parents, it was called a “political stunt to try to score cheap points.” Now that we’re knee-deep in the what we saw coming, “extraordinary action is requi…

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At 77 years old, Captain William Bainbridge White moved to Canon City in 1890 and possibly lived with his son Henry, who moved there in 1884 with his family. Next door to the east lived wealthy Canon City pioneer David Robinson. White’s son-in-law James B. Morford lived to the west. Morford …

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The art of photography is when instead of merely capturing a realistic rendition of the subject, the photographer is aiming to produce a more personal – typically more evocative or atmospheric –impression. One might simplify, by saying that fine art photography describes any image taken by a…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the Tri-Fire Toy Drive is underway. Lake George, Four-Mile and Florissant have joined together to gather toys for those in need in their communities.

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Wildfires have been raging in Colorado lately and thousands upon thousands of acres have burned along with many homes. Those of us who live in the mountains know the fear and the reality of wildfires. We are blessed having the United States Forest Service and our local volunteer fire departm…

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Sadly, Sarah’s Place at the Bakery in Guffey closed its doors permanently on Nov. 16, but former owner Dana Peters will be re-opening the business, simply called The Bakery, in early December, she said.

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Kristine Helsper, a science teacher at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, noticed that NASA was sponsoring a contest for students. The contest, entitled “NASA Wear Challenge,” entailed coming up with ideas for space travel clothing for astronauts that would protect them from the harmful im…

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North London Mill Preservation Inc. received a wildlife habitat 1041 permit from Park County commissioners Nov. 19. The permit addresses mitigation of wildlife impacts for NoLo to operate an outdoor recreational facility on mining zoned land in Mosquito Gulch.

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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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This year the Park County Veterans Service Officers applied for and received a State of Colorado Veterans Assistance Grant. These grants are intended to help veterans with specific problems and designed so they do not duplicate similar grants to other local organizations. Very few of these g…

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Rachel Halverson-Burgess, age 50, is a Hartsel resident who shares her experience with symptom discovery, testing, quarantine, contact tracing, getting supplies and recovery from a bout with COVID-19.

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After two months in Florida, a return trip several months ago involved flying from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Chicago on a big new plane and then a rickety prop plane back to Lexington.

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The Guffey Community Charter School has been open for in-person learning since the end of August, and so far so good. Only one student has had to use the isolation tent set up in the multipurpose room.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Nov. 11, 2020 – Wildfires are both natural and inevitable – including in wildland-urban interface settings where millions of Coloradans live. These fires can be particularly destructive in areas where forests are unhealthy, unmanaged and unnaturally dense.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Oct. 26, 2020 – Coloradans who are dealing with broken tree limbs after this past weekend’s snowstorm may be considering actions to protect and repair them.

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Park County has been extremely fortunate to have had fewer COVID-19 cases than many of its neighboring counties. But recently, cases have been on the rise and Park County health authorities have released the following information in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

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“Shop locally” is a phrase heard often these days. What does that mean for Fairplay, and what are some unique gift ideas for holidays or special occasion?

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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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The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to eight Accident/Motor Vehicle calls, 14 animal control calls, four Campfire-Illegal Campfire calls, nine Motor Assist calls, nine REDDI Report/Reckless Driver calls, seven Shots Fired calls, 93 traffic stops and two welfare check and 348 Miscellan…

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It’s cold and windy. Want to golf? This is now possible in Fairplay, all year round at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Company with their new professional golf simulator.

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DENVER - Changing your clocks with your driving habits during daylight saving time can help prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions. Wildlife experts advise drivers that wildlife is on the move so be aware, drive with caution, and slow down especially at night.

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The Columbine Kids 4-H Club Poinsettia sale will continue. This will be the sixth year the Club will be offering live Christmas wreaths, Christmas cactus, and poinsettias in various sizes with multiple options for color.

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DENVER - As Colorado Parks and Wildlife opens Fishers Peak State Park for a limited “sneak peek” recreation opportunity, the agency continues to look ahead for future state park opportunities. Demand for accessible outdoor spaces remains high in the state, and CPW invites Coloradans to share…

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Lake George Fire Protection District joined Four Mile Fire and Florissant Fire Protection Districts at the Four Mile Fire Station for a joint training session presented by the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control (DFPC). The trainers were Colorado State Trainer John Cole and Four…

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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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The Old West is alive and active in Park County thanks to the efforts of the Park County Regulators, a group of dedicated and authentic Old West reenactors.

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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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Moose have been seen frequently this year in South Park. But, there is one kind of moose that is always there, Java Moose, at 730 Main Street in Fairplay.

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Eagle Rock Ranch, located south of Jefferson on Tarryall Creek, has been a hay and cattle ranch in continuous operation for over 150 years. It is one of the oldest in Park County. The ERR is opening a store in Fairplay at historic 530 Front Street, where one can purchase ERR pasture-raised, …

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If your group is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that focuses on the mountain community between Shawnee and Conifer, you are invited to apply by Dec. 16 to be a beneficiary of the Platte Canyon Community Partnership (PCCP) Resale Boutique in Bailey.

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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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Going, going, gone, and the first on-line auction of Pikes Peak Historical Society proved to be a profitable and fun endeavor. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, PPHS was unable to open the museum this year or provide educational programs, which left a void in the income needed for bas…

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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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