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The summer race season kicked off in Leadville last weekend with the Turquoise 20K. Over 140 racers, including 25 locals, circumnavigated Turquoise Lake on paved road and trail.

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The summer race season kicked off in Leadville last weekend with the Turquoise 20K. Over 140 racers, including 25 locals, circumnavigated Turquoise Lake on paved road and trail.

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St. Vincent Hospital Foundation is raffling a prize of residential land near Twin Lakes or $10,000 in cash. The raffle is raising funds for new medical equipment, including a CT scanner, for St. Vincent Health’s brand new hospital, which will open this summer. Tickets are on sale now and can…

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The first phase of the $15 million project to rehabilitate the Tabor Opera House continues this summer as construction crews shift focus to the building’s west-facing facade and storefront.

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During last week’s preliminary hearing of the case related to the death of Yolanda LaCome in Lake County District Court, Jesus Artica of Leadville pled not guilty to second degree murder. Fifth Judicial District Judge Catherine Cheroutes also heard new details about the case at Friday’s hearing.

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Attention disc golfers: Colorado Mountain College Leadville’s disc golf course will be closed to the public on June 5 and 6 due to a scheduled tournament, though spectators are welcome to attend and watch the event.

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Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation reopened Independence Pass on Colo. 82 for the season last week. Workers unlocked seasonal closure gates on each side of the pass on Thursday, May 27. Sixty-three vehicles were the first to travel up Colo. 82 towards the pass from the Pitk…

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When local artist Bill Harrington was growing up, his father, who was also an artist, instilled in him an adoration for trains and the many thousands of miles of steel tracks that carried them across the country. 

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Arkansas Valley authors Laurel McHargue and Nadine Collier are finalists for the 2021 Colorado Authors League Writing Awards. The writers were selected for their book “Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!”. 

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The Colorado Department of Transportation and APC Southern Construction will begin improvements to U.S. 24 and Hwy. 300 in Lake County beginning Monday, June 7. The project is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Rural Paving Program, and will improve approximately 17 mil…

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Lake County High School athlete Anthony Harris sets a personal record in the pole vault with a vault of over 8’ 6”. More coverage of the Panthers’ pole vault meet is found on page 27.

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Last week was busy for Lake County High School’s track and field team. On Tuesday, May 18, the Panthers competed in the rain at the David S. D’Evelyn Invitational held at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.  On Friday, May 21, the team enjoyed the sunshine in New Castle at the Coal Ridge Invitational.

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The combined efforts of several Arkansas Valley groups will result in a visit by celebrated western author Chris Enss to Colorado’s mountain communities June 11-12.

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The Herald Democrat editorial and advertising staff members received three awards in the Colorado Press Association’s 2020 Better Newspaper Contest last week. The awards were presented at the annual Colorado Press Association (CPA) convention, which was held virtually this year.

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In 2005, Leadville local Nick Palmer was deployed to Al-Fallujah, Iraq at the height of conflict in the Middle East during the Iraq War. He had just graduated from Lake County High School and was eager for his future to unfold.

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Lake County Public Health Agency and the Board of County Commissioners have reviewed Lake County’s current COVID-19 status and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people. The public health agency will issue an amended public health orde…

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange is sponsoring a “WE Write” writing seminar this month on writing vivid scene descriptions.

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Leadville Racing sent two teams to Cortez to participate in the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde mountain bike race earlier this month. The competition had teammates take turns biking a 16-mile lap, with teams racing to complete as many laps as possible during the 12-hour relay.

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Lake County Public Health Agency is continuing the COVID-19 vaccination efforts with the assistance of local health care providers. As of May 11, 48 percent of eligible members of the Lake County community had been fully vaccinated.

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U.S. Forest Service employee Joan Veilleux and Elysa Hunyh-Smith haul slash away from the Twin Lakes Visitors Center. More photographs of community cleanup day in Twin Lakes are found on page 22.

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As the Board of County Commissioners attempts to hire a new Lake County coroner to replace Shannon Kent, local developers are looking to a new beginning for 510 Harrison Ave., the former site of the Bailey-Kent Funeral Home.

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On Friday, May 7, the Lake County High School Track and Field team returned to action after almost two years. They participated in the Rifle Invitational, held at Coal Ridge High School, along with 13 other 2A and 3A division schools.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began over a year ago, Colorado makers like Whitney Wood have encountered few chances to showcase their products and grow their businesses.

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Three eighth grade students at Lake County High School are petitioning the City of Leadville to implement a plastic bag fee at local stores like Safeway and Family Dollar.

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A new regional option for mental health care in the rural central mountain region grew one step closer to reality as ground was broken on the Solvista Health Regional Assessment Center on the Heart of Rockies Regional Medical Center campus in Salida on May 6. Solvista Health’s region include…

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From left, Jannuel Pizana, Lesley Pizana, Elfido Pizana and Lilia Salas celebrate Lesley’s graduation during Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville commencement ceremony on May 7. Pizana graduated with her associate of arts degree. More coverage of the ceremony is found on pages 15-16.

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Following a nearly year-long investigation, Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested Wednesday morning, charged with the first degree murder in the death of his wife Suzanne Morphew, who went missing May 10, 2020.Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze and 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley mad…

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Are you interested in discovering more about birding? Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Executive Director Dominique Naccarato for an experiential introduction to birding in the Upper Arkansas Valley on Saturday, May 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Sands Lake. Birding is a hob…

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The graduating classes of Lake County High School and Cloud City High School were awarded a variety of scholarships at Senior Scholarship Night on April 28. The ceremony was held earlier than in past years in order to give students time to determine how to best use scholarship funds.

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The Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met April 6 to determine two significant 2021 grant awards — the Lake County Community Grant and the Copper Mountain Resort Award.

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Staff members at The Center Early Childhood Programs are gearing up for their move to the new Lake County Elementary School, which is slated to be finished this summer before the fall semester begins. The preschool’s new name will be The Center at Lake County Elementary.

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The Lake County High School girls volleyball team beat Arrupe Jesuit High School of Denver last week, allowing the team to advance to two more tournament games, both of which they won.

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While the camps of Oro City, Dayton and others in the northern Arkansas Valley were transitioning from temporary structures to more permanent ones, the surface gold deposits of the Cache Creek district, the location of present-day Granite, further south in the valley were drawing their fair …

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Solvista Health will break ground on the Regional Assessment Center for substance use treatment in Salida on Thursday, May 6. The groundbreaking is timed to coincide with “May Is Mental Health Month,” which raises awareness for mental health and addiction recovery.

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Leadville’s Golden Burro Cafe & Lounge officially changed hands earlier this month. The new owners, Marcee and Dan Lundeen, are looking to the future while aiming to honor the past as they reinvent the historic diner which first opened in 1938.

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After nearly 50 years of operation, the Lake County Aquatic Center is permanently closed. Over the decades, the facility has operated a recreation hub for senior citizens, Olympic athletes and youth learning to swim.

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