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Though the 2020 Leadville Race Series (LRS) summer events have all been canceled, the organization has created a new virtual event to maintain its presence in the endurance community over the summer and to provide support for Leadville and Lake County. The “Leadville 100,000-foot Challenge” …

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The Lake County Aquatic Center opened for phase one on Monday, June 15. While this is exciting news, due to public health restrictions we will only allow lap swimming, water running/walking and deep end water jogging. The sauna, hot tub, climbing wall, and diving board will remain closed.

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Hikers aiming to reach Mount Elbert’s summit from the south will walk upon a predominately new trail this summer, thanks to years of trail work efforts.

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Cloud City Wheelers is ringing in 10 years of work uniting cyclists across Lake County, creating and maintaining trails and engaging with the community to foster cycling opportunities for everyone in Lake County.

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Happy June everyone! We hope you all are staying healthy and well during this time. We know things haven’t been easy, but we are excited to let you know about all the fun things we have to offer.

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Lake County Recreation Department opened a variety of outdoor recreational facilities last week. Open facilities include but are not limited to: Huck Finn Complex, Lake County Community Park, Ice Palace Park, the Kiddie Corral and Lake County Public Shooting Range. Restrooms and playground e…

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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 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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As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame has canceled the 2020 Fish Hatchery 5K and the Turquoise Lake 20K. The annual events were scheduled for June 6-7.

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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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The fate of Leadville Race Series’ (LRS) summer events remains uncertain. The first event of the nation-wide series, the Austin Rattler in Texas, originally scheduled for March 28, was postponed until November due to mandated restrictions on large gatherings.

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Staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic is easy, thanks to a number of recreation-oriented businesses in Lake County offering trail access and virtual programming. From online yoga classes to freshly groomed Nordic ski trails, there a number of ways for locals to engage in “Workout Wedne…

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After ski areas were shut down by Governor Jared Polis’ executive order in March, a series of limitations on public land use have come about, both as preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19 and to limit strain on emergency services.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), along with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife wildlife volunteer program, will once again monitor nest boxes for mountain bluebirds, tree swallows and violet-green swallows around the county beginning this spring.

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In light of the closures brought on in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Lake County, community organizations have shifted to offering much of their existing programs to remote platforms and creating ways to engage the public remotely.

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Adele Horning, a Nordic skier for both Cloud City Ski Club and Lake County High School, recently raced in the Cross-Country Skiing Junior Nationals. The competition took place at the Auburn Ski Club Nordic trails on Donner Summit in California in early March.

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STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to p…

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We are receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These report…

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Even though the ice rink is closed for the season, don’t forget about Dutch Henry Sledding Hill. Dutch Henry is open every day with your own tube. Tube rentals are available every weekend from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the base of the hill.

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Each winter, a group of Colorado’s high school ski racers compete in every slalom, giant slalom, skate and classic race of the regular season. They are skimeisters — masters of both alpine and Nordic skiing.

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The Lake County Trails Coalition will host a community input session to aid in the creation of the Lake County Trails Master Plan next week. The session will take place at the 6th Street Gym from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday March 14. Anyone with thoughts on trails in Lake County is welcome.

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The Lake County High School boys basketball team tallied one win and two losses in their final three games of post-season play.

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The Lake County High School boys ski team competed at the 2020 Colorado State High School Ski Championships this past Thursday and Friday. Alpine races took place at Beaver Creek while Nordic races were at Maloit Park.

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The Lake County High School girls ski team headed over the pass to the Vail Valley this past Thursday and Friday for the 2020 Colorado State High School Ski Championships. Alpine races took place at Beaver Creek while Nordic races were at Maloit Park.

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Come one, come all! This weekend marks the end of the ice-skating season at Huck Finn. The rink will be open Friday, March 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, from 3 to 9 p.m.

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Cowboys, cowgirls, skiers and spectators will convene in Leadville this weekend for Crystal Carnival. The weekend will include nighttime Nordic skiing, horse-and-rider teams thundering down a snow-packed Harrison Avenue, a fat-tire bike race around the Mineral Belt Trail and a paintball biat…

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A steady stream of registrations is flowing in as Leadville prepares to welcome racers and recreationists to the 2020 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships Feb. 28-March 1.

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The Lake County High School boys basketball team scored two wins this week, ending their regular season on a high note and starting post-season division championship play with a win.

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The Lake County High School girls basketball team beat Jefferson High School on Saturday in a Frontier League playoff game. The Panthers are now 6-13 for the season.

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Just over half the Lake County High School alpine ski-racing team qualified for the CHSAA State Championship last Friday with sunny skies, comfortable temps and an incredible racing surface for the final qualifying race of the regular alpine ski season. The near-perfect conditions made for a…

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Just over half the Lake County High School alpine ski-racing team qualified for the CHSAA State Championship last Friday with sunny skies, comfortable temps and an incredible racing surface for the final qualifying race of the regular alpine ski season. The near-perfect conditions made for a…

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The fifteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will be featured in Leadville on Saturday March 7th at Periodic Brewing. This visually-charged collection of short films highlights the impact and importance of our winter wildlands. All proceeds will benefit the nonpro…

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Adele Horning, a Nordic skier representing both Cloud City Ski Club and Lake County High School, has qualified to compete in the Cross Country Skiing Junior Nationals. The week-long competition will take place at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center in Donner Summit, California, in March.

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On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Lake County High School Nordic team raced in their last regular season meet. The team competed at the Steamboat Springs Touring Center in a 5K individual-start classic race. Because of all the recent snow, the track was soft. Athletes found their poles punching thro…

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