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Resilience.

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. — The Oxford English Dictionary

Leadville locals are used to being described as tough. Most residents know the Leadville Race Series saying, “you’re tougher than you think you are,” while others have read articles on Cloud City that utilize “tough” as the town’s primary descriptor.

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Last week, the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, of which Editor Emerita Marcia Martinek and I are members, signed a statement urging state, tribal and local public institutions to commit to transparency during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter, drafted by the National Freed…

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How quickly things change. Two weeks ago, the thought of remotely publishing the Herald Democrat was a distant hypothetical. Remote publication, we believe, is now a necessity.

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The Herald Democrat is used to uncertainty. Coverage decisions are often made on the fly and improvisation plays a large part in the newspaper’s production days. Problem-solving is one of our strengths.

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The Leadville Main Street Program is excited and looking forward to summer projects. I hope by now you’ve been able to enjoy the newly installed “We Love Leadville” sign at Tritz Park. The monument was installed this past fall and was the first phase of the park revitalization.

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A portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $350 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses, under the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP).

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In these very strange times it is difficult to focus on normal things; the projects that we were working on before all of this, our daily operations, the meetings that were on our calendars. However in the midst of our isolation there is a very important project still happening and one that …

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A 2020 candidate for U.S. Congress, I’ve lived in Durango for 26 years. After driving 5,000 miles over this winter, through mountain pass blizzards, I’ve twice visited all 29 of our 3rd Congressional District counties; meeting, greeting and speaking.

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The Leadville community is at the heart of our mission of the Leadville Main Street Program. In this time of COVID-19 uncertainty and the stay-in-place order, it might seem like there is not much you can do to help your local businesses and community partners.

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I was twelve years old, 72 years ago, when they held the very first Leadville Ski Joring event. Everyone was very excited as we anticipated this forthcoming contest. We were blessed with drifts and drifts of snow that were required for the success of this competition on Harrison Avenue. I wa…

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As of 2 p.m. on March 20 there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County. Assume that COVID-19 is here, in our community, and circulating. Practice social distancing and isolate yourself if you are sick.

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Many believe our health care system needs fixing. Would “Medicare for All” be the fix? “Medicare for All” would require the Medicare law to change to permit additional categories of beneficiaries. Antitrust laws, whose purpose is to facilitate “… economic liberty aimed at preserving free and…

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In the Northern Hemisphere, we have officially crossed the vernal equinox and moved into the season of spring. The duration of light each day now exceeds the dark and continues to increase, an expression of growing Yang energy.

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Driving by the sign “HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPING INMATES,” took me aback. Making an illegal U-turn in front of the medium-security W. S. Key Correctional Center on a rural Oklahoma highway this February, I drove back to snap a couple of pictures of the sign.

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In my 17 1/2 years as editor of the Herald Democrat, I never once attended the Wednesday morning coffee. It’s not that I wouldn’t have been welcome (better make that somewhat welcome). But it was made clear to us at the newspaper that we were only to attend if we refrained from covering what…

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A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural America. Widely viewed as a program that helps combat urban poverty and food insecurity, SNAP has seen a greater percentage of utilization in rural areas…

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The Center for Rural Affairs has long focused on strategies to support economicvitality for small communities. Our work to assist small businesses, develop value-added agriculture, and improve policy all focus on creating widespread opportunity for people who live in rural areas.

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month, the providers at the St. Vincent Clinic share some straight talk on the sensitive subject of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer prevention.

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Lake County Intermediate School third grade students and teachers had the amazing opportunity to engage in a learning expedition about the history and legacy of the famous “skiing soldiers” of the 10th Mountain Division. And, again in 2020, the culmination…

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As a community partner of Lake County Government, on Feb. 13th, I was contacted by several elected official offices informing me of a data breach of Lake County’s network.

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The state-mandated date for caucus for both political parties is this coming Saturday. The Republicans will gather at Freight at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 10:00. All registered Republicans are invited to attend. The Democrats will gather at the Lake County High School at 2:00 p.m..

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Last night I was visiting with one of my Republican friends and colleagues. We found ourselves reflecting on the national political climate, our time in the Capitol, and what motivated us to serve in the Senate. It was a great conversation.

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I was reading the letters to the editor in last week’s paper. I was shocked to read that our new sheriff is being compared to the old sheriff and the old administration.

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I am honored to be your public servant as county commissioner and look forward to being your choice for the next term as I officially seek re-election and your vote.

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It is important to hold our governing bodies and politicians accountable and to ask questions when things seem awry. It is equally important to celebrate when our systems of power and our representatives get something right. To that end, I want to take a moment to hold up a local success.

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In response I am writing this letter reluctantly, but find it necessary to address the editor’s notes following the letter my wife, Stacy Kelly, wrote in last week’s paper.

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Remember back in the days not so long ago when we lived in what might be described as “more normal” times. Remember when we could take it for granted that our elected officials would somehow find a way to do the right thing — that we would stick close to facts and the truth by using these va…

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I appreciate the Herald Democrat’s coverage of the legal case that drew us into the system in the blink of an eye. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Although our legal nightmare is over, we are left with more questions than answers.

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As a resident of Leadville, I have always enjoyed the friendly and helpful attitude of our local population.

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I would like to invite everyone to our Souper Bowl this Sunday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge at 812 Hemlock. This is a fundraiser for the Lake County Democrats, but all are invited to join us. We will have live music by the Oro City String Band featuring S…

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January 2020 marks the 16th National Stalking Awareness Month. It is critical to raise the issue of stalking as its own form of violence as well as a crime that frequently predicts and co-occurs with domestic and sexual violence. Stalking impacts over 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men in the Unit…

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We were very excited when Leadville “finally” got its own radio station in 1950. The call letters were KLVC. After a few years the call letters were changed to KBRR because “KBRRRRRR” sounded so much more like the winter weather in Leadville. The station was located on the hill opposite the …

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I am going to be a candidate for Lake County commissioner in our upcoming election. We are very fortunate in Lake County that many of our county services are being provided without a hitch. However, we do have some problems, some in the very way we do business. We have not done a good job, f…

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The City of Leadville’s budget should represent who we are and what is important to us as a community. Also important is for city government to remember that it is not our money, but rather a resource that the people of Leadville work hard to provide for the services and protections that mak…

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Last spring I began working through the process of property valuation appeals, finally reaching my goal of attaining a hearing with the state Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) after the expected rubber-stamping of that valuation by the Lake County Assessor Office (LCAO) and the County Board …

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I am writing in regard to an incident north of town on Dec. 29 early in the morning. My son in one vehicle and my granddaughter in another were coming off Colo. 91. The traffic light near Safeway had been replaced by a stop sign; neither one saw it and they went on through.

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Leadville City Council representing Ward 3. It has been a great learning experience, and I have enjoyed being involved in thoughtful, open-minded debate around issues involving the city for the past two-and-a-half years. The community…

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The holiday season is a time we often choose to reflect on the past year, plan our upcoming New Year and gather to celebrate the communities we are part of – family, friends, work associates, the town we live in and more. We celebrate community in part because we know that strength of a grou…

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The men who worked at the Arkansas Valley Smelter in Stringtown were strong union supporters, and even if only one or two workers had a grievance against the company, the entire union would vote to strike.

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The following is an email communication I sent to both of Colorado’s standing senators regarding the impeachment trial of President Trump. If you believe that the rule of law is above all essential to the conduct and preservation of democracy, then I would urge you to similarly communicate t…

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A unique arrangement existed between Ninth Street Elementary School and the Leadville High School in the 1940s and early 1950s. For our exposure to music, the chorus director and the band director from the high school used to come to Ninth Street School for that purpose. Most of the time the…

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This last week I purchased a household membership to the Get Outdoors Leadville Gear Lending Library. What a wonderful community resource! For a nominal membership fee, residents can have access to outdoor recreation equipment. Outdoor recreation offers so many positive benefits to our commu…

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Quite a few years ago, I went to a school board meeting because I was interested in perhaps running for the board. After almost four hours, I left because I had to get up early the next day. I have no idea how long that meeting lasted.

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I am running as a Democratic candidate for Lake County commissioner in the 2020 elections (District 3). I believe that Lake County and Leadville need forward-looking and engaged leadership so that together we can build a thriving community and restore trust in local government.

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I would like to take a moment to provide some clarification and education around the basic tenets to HB 1177, more commonly known as “The Red Flag Law,” or “Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Bill.”