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 The History of May Day

Throughout the years and decades, there have been different meanings, festivities, and representations of May Day. The meaning of seasonal change has been the most significant one amongst different countries.

May Day is one of the four ancient Celtic cross-quarter days, making it an astronomical holiday as it falls between the March equinox and June solstice. Originating from its Celtic name, “Belthane,” Beltane was a spring celebration that included dancing, singing, special bonfires, and house doors and animals would be decorated with yellow May flowers and ribbons. During this time, in various communities in Ireland, people would visit special wells and the Bethane dew was believed to bring beauty and…

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Appliance Therapy: What to Do If Your Dishwasher Is Terrible at Cleaning Your Dishes

 

As kitchen appliances go, there are few loved more than the dishwasher. They can be a major time saver – that is, if your dishes are coming out clean. Let's take a quick look at a few steps you can take if your dishwasher is not doing its job.


Give It A Good Cleaning

 It may seem a bit strange to think about having to clean the dishwasher, but they do require maintenance from time to time. Grease, bits of food and leftover detergent can all build up, leading to reduced performance.

 Here's one cleaning recipe to try. On the top rack of the dishwasher, place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container and run a cleaning cycle. Once it has…

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All property owners are required to have a permit for open air burning in accordance with Park County Ordinance 2019-01.  Did you know that most of Park Counties fire protection districts allow you to do this online? You can even renew your previous permit! They are only $10 and are good for the calendar year.  You can pay with a major credit card, PayPal or you can drop off cash or check at your local fire station.

For more information on your fire district follow these links!


Jefferson/Como Fire Protection District- Click Here

Hartsel Fire Protection District- Click Here

Northwest Fire Protection District- Click Here

Lake George Fire Protection District-Click Here

Platte Canyon Fire Protection District- Click Here

Elk Creek…

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Located in Park County, CO and the Mosquito Mountain Range, Montgomery Reservoir is a high elevation (10,873 feet) manmade lake that sits in a beautiful alpine setting between Alma, Colorado (80420) and Hoosier Pass. It’s located only about ten minutes from Alma.

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Como was first a hamlet founded by prospectors seeking gold in the 1859 Colorado gold rush. As ranchers homesteaded South Park, Como grew to include a post office, store, saloons and cemetery. The town’s big break came in 1881 when the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad (South Park Line) chose Como as their division point. They built a round house, maintenance yards, depot, restaurant and hotel. The population exploded to about 500, with twice that many trains crewmen and passengers in town at any given time.

The South Park Line ran trains through Como south to Buena Vista and Gunnison until a 1910 flood washed out the Trout Creek Pass section. The high line over Boreas Pass, through Breckenridge, then over Fremont Pass to Leadville…

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Five Reasons to Love Snow:

1. Snow Brings Out the Inner Child

Kids love snow and the older we get the more we realize that being a kid is actually the most magical time of our lives. Playing in, riding on, and throwing snow at each other helps us remember (and rekindle) that magic but with the added appreciation of adulthood.

2. Snow is Soft

Everyone knows making mistakes is a key part of learning anything. On skis or a snowboard this usually means falling on your face and/or butt. Falling is how you get better but snow beats concrete, gravel or dirt every time.

3. Snow Makes Everything Beautiful

Take some dead trees, a bunch of gross mud, even a broken down car and add a few inches of fresh white snow… instant postcard! Add…

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COMO RAILROAD ROUNDHOUSE

 

 

Como, Colorado, located north of Fairplay, was an important railroad town for the narrow gauge Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad. The railroad reached Como from Denver in 1879 and built a switch and maintenance site for the Boreas Pass line into Breckenridge, Colorado. What was called the "High Line" left the original route at Como, and proceeded across Boreas Pass to Breckenridge, and then across Fremont Pass to Leadville. This route was known for crossing the Continental Divide twice (from the Atlantic side to the Pacific side at Boreas Pass, and back to the Atlantic side at Fremont Pass), and was very difficult to operate in winter. At its peak, the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad had 335 miles of…

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Spaniards called South Park Valle Salado (Salt Valley) for the salt springs used by the Ute and other tribes. The French, who were in the area as early as the 1700s, used the Creole name Bayou Salade (Salt Marshes). American trappers, or mountain men, who began filtering into South Park in the first decade of the nineteenth century, used a mix of the French and Spanish and titled the valley Bayou Salado for the salt springs and the salty, standing water that grew rich, high protein grasses favored by big game. The name South Park was taken from the French parc, meaning game preserve and referring to the area’s vast herds of wildlife. According to historian Virginia McConnell, the name South Park was first used in the 1840s when a chain of mountain…

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This holiday season, a Christmas tree from a remote part of western Colorado will glow in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The residents of Jefferson were elated that the tree paid a visit to our town on its way to the Capital.

But first, it’s got to get there.

Resting in a giant cradle with a rubber bladder full of water secured snugly against its trunk, the Capitol Christmas Tree is touring its home state via big rig before heading east. The victory lap for the 55-foot-tall Engelmann spruce started Tuesday in the tiny town of Norwood, not far from Telluride, and will continue through Sunday. 

Denver and Grand Junction are on the itinerary, but most of the stops are scheduled for much smaller communities, including Ouray, Salida…

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The South Park pronghorn herd (PH-30) has the distinction as being the highest elevation herd within the state of Colorado. This herd is likely at the extent of the pronghorn's habitat range, occupying a high elevation (9,000-10,000 feet) grassland steppe ecosystem. It is a relatively small herd that has maintained around 1,000 animals in recent years, but has seen numbers as low as 300 in the early 1970s. This herd experiences periodic low recruitment rates and it is not uncommon to see pre-hunt fawn:doe ratios fall below 20: 100. Game damage issues in the past kept harvest high and the overall population well below 1,000 in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Extended periods of drought and severe winters appear to be limiting factors for this herd more…

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