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School District 38 Board of Education, Dec. 17: Board votes to close Grace Best, reconfigure others

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: At the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 summit on financing Dec. 10, Jon Hutchison, a music teacher at Creekside, spoke.

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Right: Board member Mark Pfoff responded to questions. 

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Below: More than 250 people attended the summit Dec.10.

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Below: Grace Best Elementary School in downtown Monument is slated for closure. Photo by Mike Wicklund.

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Monument Sanitation District Board, Dec. 17: Residential fees increase $3 per month beginning April 1

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Below: Tri-Lakes Wastewater Treatment Facility Manager Bill Burks gives his annual report to the directors of the Monument Sanitation District, Palmer Lake Sanitation District, and Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District at the annual Joint Use Committee meeting on Dec. 8. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Woodman Hills joins PPRWA

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Below: Larry Bishop, manager of the Woodman Hills Metropolitan District. At the Nov. 18 regular monthly meeting of the Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority (PPRWA), the Wooman Hills Metropolitan District was formally accepted as a member of the PPRWA. The other members of the PPRWA are the Cherokee Metropolitan District, the City of Fountain, the Donala Water and Sanitation District, the Town of Monument, the Town of Palmer Lake, and the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District. Photo by John Heiser.

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Triview Metropolitan District Board, Dec. 22: District OKs 2010 budget

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Below: Steve Burks is sworn in on Dec. 8 as the newest director of the Triview Metropolitan District board by Monument Town Manager Cathy Green at Town Hall. Burks was appointed to replace former director Julie Glenn. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Monument Planning Commission, Dec. 9: AutoZone site approved for Monument Ridge center

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Below; Principal Planner Karen Griffith briefs Ed Delaney, Glenda Smith, Becki Tooley, and Chuck Baker of the Monument Planning Commission and Gary Shupp, town attorney, on Dec. 9 in Town Hall about the site plan for a new AutoZone store in the Monument Ridge Center. Thomas and Thomas Inc. owner Leslie M. Thomas, landscape architect Jeff Cramer, and consulting engineer Virgil Sanchez of M&S Civil Consultants, Inc. look on. Photo by Jim Kendrick

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Palmer Lake Town Council special meeting, Dec. 3: Water rates increased to pay for plant expansion loan; Moreland sworn in as police chief

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Below: Palmer Lake Police Chief Kieth Moreland. Photo by Mike Slavick, Monument Police Investigator.

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Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Board, Dec. 9: 2010 budget approved; funds authorized

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Below: New TLMFPD administrative assistant Jennifer Martin at her desk in the fire districtís office. Martin was previously employed as the director of Social Services at the Pikes Peak Care and Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs. Her husband, Richard, is a Denver firefighter who works part-time for the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire District. They have three children attending D-38 schools. Martin has a bachelorís degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She is also an active volunteer with many Tri-Lakes social assistance programs in addition to her position as a Palmer Lake planning commissioner. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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Top weather events of 2009

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Below: The table details the 2009 yearly weather summary for the Palmer Divide region. Note that the weather station is located one-half mile east of Highway 83 off Walker Road at an elevation of 7,371 feet. Be sure to check out the weather section of my Web page at www.thekappels.com/Weather.htm for more weather fun and facts.

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the weather charts as a PDF file. This is a 92 Kbyte file and will take about 30 seconds to download using a dial-up modem. Click here for help with PDF downloads. To view and print the file, you will need to download and install the free Acrobat Reader Program.

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Snapshots of Our Community

Monument celebrates Small Town Christmas, Dec. 5

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Photos by David Futey

Below: The Lewis-Palmer High School Choir, comprised of students from grades 9-12 and led by Choir Director George Douthit (in back with guitar), did a little caroling to the delight of many during Monumentís Small Town Christmas.

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Below: Dwight Hopper of Goodman & Sons offered Christmas revelers an old fashioned hay ride through the streets of Monument during the Small Town Christmas event on December 5.

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Below Kelly McGuire (L) and Mary Russelavage (R) played Santa and Mrs. Clause much to the delight of many children including little Bjorn Moon. Children could have their picture taken with the Clauseís and they also received a goodie bag of treats after telling Santa their wish for a present under the Christmas tree.

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Below: At High Country Home & Garden, children were provided with icing and other confectionery goodies so they could decorate their own holiday cookie.

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Pageant puts audience in holiday spirit, Dec. 10-13

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Photos by David Futey

Below (L to R): Alina Burgos, Norris Croom IV, and Anne McGhee-Stinson play members of the Bradley family as they discuss the Herdmans in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Below: Portraying pageant director Grace Bradley, Anne McGhee-Stinson, at far right, informs the children of the pageantís roles and attempts to get them interested in participating. But only the Herdmans express an interest. 

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Gleneagle holds First Annual Festival of Lights, Dec. 12

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Below: The Knotty Pines of the Tri-Lakes Womenís Club was one of several choral groups who serenaded participants at the Gleneagle Golf Course Club house. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below: The Gleneagle Golf Course and Gleneagle Civic Association provided cookies and hot beverages in the clubhouse for all those who attended. Photo by Dave Futey. 

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Below: The Van Wyhe family warms up in the Gleneagle Golf Course Clubhouse after taking a hay ride around all 18 holes to see the Festival of Lights. Left to right are Matthew, Tracey, Alan, Garrett, Kathy, Mark, and Chloe. Photo by Jim Kendrick. 

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Below: Eager participants get ready for a brisk moonlit hayride tour to enjoy the decorations of the homes lining the Gleneagle Golf Course. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below: Homes along the Gleneagle Golf Course were decorated on all sides. Photo by Dave Futey.

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Chuck Pyle and John Fielder combine for an evening of song and imagery, Dec. 15

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Photos by David Futey.

Top right: Chuck Pyle performs one of many songs as photos from John Fielderís book, Ranches of Colorado, are displayed on screen.

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Below: John Fielder provides the background on one of the 250 photos he showed during the event. Fielder also raised awareness of development occurring on ranchlands across Colorado.

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Hundreds attend North Pole Craft Fair, Dec. 5-6

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Below: Jeweler Karen Gruppo has participated in each of the five shows. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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Santa & friends at the Senior Alliance Thrift Store and...On Patrol, Dec. 19

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Below: Dec. 19 - Diane Wegley, Aimee Wooldridge, Santa, Bill Hardin, Susan Staubs. Photo by Frank Maiolo.

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Below: On Dec. 19, the Monument Police Departmentís Santa on Patrol program distributed hundreds of donated toys, bicycles, coats, gloves, and mittens as Santa and Mrs. Claus toured Monument and Palmer Lake for four hours. Santa said, "It was pretty spectacular!" Photo provided by Monument Police Department.

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Information sought on Eagle Villas vandalism

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Photos provided by Doug Jenkins.

Below: Caroling Figurines outside Eagle Villas east gate as they appeared Dec. 5 ...

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... and then Dec. 19. Anyone with information, please contact Our Community News at 488-3455.

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December and January library events

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 Photos by Harriet Halbig.

Below: Mrs. Claus shares a story with the children.

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Below: Antoine Cedotal carefully decorates his cookies. 

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Below: Kennedy Penkhus enjoys decorating cookies. 

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Below: Jocelyn Yuen and cellist Justin VandeBrake played on Sunday afternoon.

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Holiday powwow benefits Native Americans

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: Dancers follow the color guard during the grand entry.

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Below: Korean War veteran Lee Plenty Wolf offers a prayer in the Lakota language.

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Below: Rayelene Charley and Julie Redhouse of the Office of the Special Trustee.

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Below: Teresa and Dale Sanchez, silversmiths from Black Forest, were among the vendors.

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