Opinion by Gerald Trumbule
Banner ad from The Flume, Fairplay, Colorado
Ever since I attended a trial in Fairplay, Colorado, located in Park County, there have been times when I awake at four in the morning, unable to sleep, as I catalog the injustice done there to an old rancher, Vern Wagner. I'm not going to reiterate the litany of injustice through which Vern has suffered here, because it makes me sick to do so, but you can search "Vern Wagner" on this site to read it for yourself.
When I started this blog 7 years ago, I envisioned a kind of easy-going, fun activity which would provide me with some entertainment during my declining years. Instead, I found rampant corruption, evil, and malfeasance under every rock. In my estimation, no other place equals Fairplay, Colorado as a representation of how far wrong things can go. With the name "Fairplay", the irony could not be more complete.
And so it was this morning that I found myself unable to sleep and turned to The Flume, Fairplay's online newspaper, for my dose of Irony Run Amok. First off was the banner ad, reproduced above, and the following article:
Six Park County suicides in 2012 already more than 2011 totalPosted: | 0 commentsSix suicides have been reported in Park County in 2012 through July 31, outpacing the previous year’s total of four. Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr. said the six suicides as of July 31, puts Park County on pace to near the totals from 2009 and 2010.In 2010, 14 people lost their lives to suicide in the county. In 2009, that number was 15.
Then, of course, we shouldn't overlook this (from Wikipedia):
South Park animated seriesThe town (of Fairplay) has become mildly famous in recent years as the town depicted in the South Park animated television series on Comedy Central. Although the geographical references contained in several episodes imply that Fairplay is the model for South Park, it is much smaller and more rustic than its fictional counterpart, which has a more suburban character. Co-creator Trey Parker grew up in Conifer and went to high school in Evergreen, both of which are somewhat more affluent mountain communities immediately west of Denver in Jefferson County. Co-creator Matt Stone lived in the Denver suburb of Littleton.Because the town is a regional center of government and commerce, the term "South Park" has historically been used in the town in the naming of institutions and business, including South Park High School (the namesake of which appears in the series). The elementary school is Edith Teeter Elementary and the middle school is Silverheels Middle School.And back to The Flume and the Park County Sheriff's Blotter
Although the town of South Park is based upon the real life town of Fairplay, the latter is mentioned by Gerald Broflovski in the episode "Night of the Living Homeless" and described as "4 miles away" in "Jakovasaurus", which implies that it is a separate town in the show. The county seat offices in Fairplay are seen, though not mentioned by name, in the episode "Stanley's Cup". In "T.M.I." the Pissed Off and Angry Party invade a FedEx Office location which the news reporter reports as the Fairplay FedEx. A South Park parallel to the Burro race can be found in the Cow Days episode.
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Adult content - A man at the Timberline Campground called 911 on July 28 to report that there was a group of people not allowing anyone into the grounds. The man said the people had a cross and a whip and were saying that no one could go back there because there was adult content going on. The reporting party said he saw a man hitting a woman that was tied to a cross with a bullwhip.
Heartbroken - A Bailey woman called 911 on July 28 to report that her husband was threatening to commit suicide. She said that there were lots of pain medications and firearms in the room with him. She reported that they had had an argument the day before, and he said that he had no reason to live if she was going to leave.
Impatient thief - An employee at the Long Liquor Store in Pine called 911 on July 26 to report that a male customer left the store without paying for his items. The employee stated that the man had tried to pay with his credit card, but it would not go through, so he left, saying, “It’s taking too long.”
Dog’s safety - A Bailey woman called 911 on July 25 because she was worried about her safety. She had previously filed a report about a man hitting her dog, and she said that man had just called her and told her he was on his way to her house “to see the dog.”
Intoxicated wanderer - A Bailey woman called 911 on July 26 requesting an officer after her son became uncontrollably intoxicated. She stated that he left the house on foot, and she did not know where he was going.
Thin horses - A Bailey resident reported three underfed horses in the Bailey area on July 26.
Summary - Between July 23 and July 29, the Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to 17 animal control calls, 260 citizen assist calls, 27 paper services, 98 traffic stops and three welfare checks.
Arrests - Owen Springer from Hartsel was arrested on July 23 for domestic violence and was later released on a surety bond.And another tidbit: