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The Spanish influenza, the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century, officially came to Leadville September 28, 1918. What started with one young man complaining of a high fever, severe cough and fatigue after visiting a friend stationed at Camp Lewis in Washington, began the rapid and deadly …

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) is reopening tours of Matchless Mine and Baby Doe’s Cabin surface structures on May 23. Lake County residents can take all tours for free through June 30.

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On May 18 a fire was reported in the Forebay area at 4:05 p.m. Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue responded with an engine and tactical tender, along with the ambulance service, local law enforcement, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Chaffee County Fire.

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Colorado Mountain College hosted a remote commencement ceremony for each of its campuses last weekend. The celebrations included a combination of pre-recorded addresses, student profiles and materials sent to graduating students before the ceremonies took place.

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Last Monday, a severed bear foot was found on the Lake County Courthouse lawn, though it was originally mistaken for a human appendage.

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On May 4, excavation began at the West Park Elementary School site for a new preschool through grade two (PK-2) school that is expected to be ready for students in August 2021.

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When Colorado Mountain College leaders decided to cancel seven different spring commencement ceremonies this year, it was with a heavy heart.

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Colorado will celebrate Public Lands Day on May 16 this year. Established in 2016, the holiday recognizes the ways in which public lands are central to Colorado’s economy and quality of life.

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The farm at Cloud City Conservation Center is preparing for the summer season and making adjustments to past years’ operations to safely continue work through the pandemic.

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Contractor Technology Constructors, Inc. will resume work Monday, May 18, on the U.S. 24 at Mountain View Drive intersection-improvement project. With the warmer weather, crews can now complete signal wiring, concrete sidewalks and curbs and minor roadway resurfacing.

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On Monday, May 11, the Summit Stage began increasing service levels on its spring 2020 limited public transit service along three fixed travel corridors within Summit County; the bus service also initiated limited service on its Leadville and Fairplay commuter routes. Summit Stage bus fares …

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Essential workers have been crucial to Leadville’s progress through the closures, cancellations and preventative measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recognizing the vital role they play, the Herald is highlighting different essential workers each week who continue to work …

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The sun rises over the Mosquito Range in Lake County last week. Sunlight is now sticking around until around 8 p.m.

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The Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met on April 7 to determine recipients of two 2020 grant awards, the Lake County Community Grant and the new Copper Mountain Resort Award.

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As restaurants remain closed to the public, takeout and delivery food orders are an important source of revenue for Lake County’s restaurant owners, chefs and servers. Leadville Main Street’s “Takeout Takeover Fridays” campaign encourages locals to buy takeout to support such establishments,…

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May 1 marked the annual celebration of May Day, known in many parts of the world as Labour Day — an international recognition of the labor movement that fought for equitable treatment in the workplace and safer conditions for workers around the world, including Leadville.

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The Leadville Race Series (LRS) announced the cancellation of all June 2020 events last week. These include the Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half, the LT100 Training Camp and the LT100 MTB Training Camp. The race series attributed the cancellations to concerns over the health and safet…

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Ellingwood Ridge and La Plata Peak bask in the sun. Lake County has experienced warm temperatures in recent weeks.

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Leadville local Matt MacFarland unloads food donated by KW Construction & Restoration to St. George Community Meals last week. The construction company donated canned food, fresh meat and hand sanitizer.

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This shrimp enchilada recipe is one of our favorite recipes to make at home.

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Starting May 1, Leadville and Lake County will begin relaxing the stay-at-home order and closures of non-essential businesses mandated by Governor Jared Polis’ executive order. Polis first announced the state’s plan to begin transitioning to a “safer-at-home” model on April 20.

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St. Vincent Hospital’s board election is right around the corner. Though the deadline to apply to vote absentee has passed, Lake County residents can vote at the hospital in-person from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5. Voters should follow signage and enter on the west side of the hospital at the …

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) Relief Grant Program is a $30,000 program to assist 20 Lake County businesses with $1,500 to be used for rent/utilities or other approved business expenses. The grant program is open to all Lake County businesses that meet e…

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Freeport-McMoRan, operator of the Climax Mine, announced Friday that it will reduce operations to 50% of regular output at the Lake County molybdenum mine to reduce expenses in the wake of a global downturn in demand.

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St. Vincent Hospital’s new facility is under construction on W. Fourth Street. The new hospital is on schedule to open to the public in winter 2021. The hospital’s board election is on Tuesday, May 5. See pages 12-15 for a Q&A with candidates.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that there had been a 1-day delay in paying benefit payments for those people who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Earth Day, the annual observation of all things environmental, has been observed on April 22 since 1970. It is rooted in environmental movements gathering to demand that policy makers and institutions be aware of and limit their impact on the planet and its inhabitants.

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The severe epidemic of influenza of 1918 and 1919 was one of the worst human catastrophes on record. It has been estimated that more than 20 million people died around the world as a result of this epidemic, and that of the 20 million persons who suffered from the illness in the United State…

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Snow surrounds aspen trees near Twin Lakes. The snow around Lake County is beginning to thaw despite recent storms.

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There is much need for blood donations, as blood banks are not being replenished as much as usual due to the COVID-19 situation. Lake County High School (LCHS) conferred with public health leaders in order to facilitate a local blood drive to assist with this need.

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The Leadville Boom Days International Pack Burro Race will not take place as usual this year, due to community health concerns and the scaling back of Boom Days festivities. The Western Pack Burro Association (WPBA) is organizing a “virtual” race in its place.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Continental Divide encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lake County a better place for children and families.

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic impact checks, colloquially known as stimulus checks, are beginning to appear in millions of American’s bank accounts. Under the act, most taxpayers will receive a $1,200 one-time payment from the federal government. Some Ame…

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Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday. Five of the deaths are connected to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to be tested.

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While Coloradans are already encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when going on grocery runs, they can take additional sanitary steps to ensure their purchases remain contaminant-free.

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To cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Salida residents have begun joining a loosely organized national movement to howl at 8 p.m. every night outside their homes.

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Testing for COVID-19 in Lake County has been limited and presents challenges from insufficient supply to slow results. Healthcare workers and public agencies in Lake County are adapting to this reality and looking for solutions while preparing for a surge in cases.

As of April 13, 11 tests had been conducted in Lake County, resulting in a total of five confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in local residents.

Two types of tests currently exist to check patients for COVID-19: a nasopharyngeal swab that looks for the presence of the virus in the patients airway and a blood test that indicates if the patient has been exposed to the virus, Lisa Zwerdlinger, medical director of Rocky Mountain Family Practice (RMFP), said.

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Gretchen Werckman spoke to the Herald last week from the house where she grew up on East Eighth Street in Leadville. But when she spoke of home, it wasn’t Leadville she referenced but a small village in Sierra Leone where she served briefly in the Peace Corps before being evacuated last mont…