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Giving locally to various nonprofits is just as important as shopping locally. The Herald Democrat will provide information on these organizations as well as how to give in the coming weeks. In all cases, unless noted otherwise, addresses are Leadville, CO at 80461.

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As hundreds of the world’s top alpine ski racers from the United States, Europe, New Zealand and beyond have descended on Copper Mountain for pre-season training during the last month, members of the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Ski Team have been training right alongside them.

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With Lake County’s trails and campgrounds drawing more visitors each year, the Leadville and Salida Ranger Districts are partnering to address vehicle-based dispersed camping throughout the Upper Arkansas River Valley, an activity that has grown in popularity and is stressing natural resources. 

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Giving locally to various nonprofits is just as important as shopping locally. The Herald Democrat will provide information on these organizations as well as how to give in the coming weeks leading up to Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7. In all cases, unless noted otherwise, addresses are Leadvi…

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Local sled dogs are competing for a chance to run at the 27th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this winter. The team will be driven by musher Austin Forney of Leadville.

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Cloud City Mountain Sports, which was born out of the Cloud City Ski Club in 2020, is breathing new life into Dutch Henry Hill after securing $30,000 last month to construct a rope tow ski lift. In addition to operating as a training facility, Cloud City Mountain Sports (CCMS) President Ben …

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Brad Moore, director of operations for the Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, describes “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse as “pointedly and deliberately funny.”

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Walking into Blue Vessel Florista on a snowy November day is like walking into another world. A cornucopia of plants fills the room and the warm air smells of a summer garden in bloom. There are flowers everywhere — in bouquets adorning shelves and tables, in water-filled buckets lining the …

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Exactly 20 years ago, when the very first Moe’s Original BBQ restaurants were opened in Minturn and Edwards, Harvey Craig was working on the ground to help the founders get established.

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Ski Cooper celebrated its annual Community Day over the weekend with beverages, barbecue sandwiches and live music from three musicians at the Cooper Lodge. Earlier on Saturday, Ski Cooper General Manager Dan Torsell gave mountain updates at a meeting that was well attended by the public.

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Happy November from the Lake County Recreation Department! Keep reading to learn about all the fun activities the department is offering this month.  

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The Lake County High School girls volleyball team ended their season over the weekend with two regional tournament matches. The Panthers entered the tournament ranked higher than any Lake County volleyball team since entering the Frontier League.

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For the Lake County High School girls cross-county team, who won the 2A state championship on Oct. 30 as the first Lake County sports team to achieve the title in 25 years, the road to this year’s victory began well before the season did.

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With federal funds earmarked for the Lake County Community Justice Center on the horizon, the Board of County Commissioners is soliciting bids for a project representative who will guide the justice center’s development over the coming years.

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From quick naps trailside to long stretches of sleep-deprived running on desert trails, this year’s finish line of the Moab 240, an endurance race that stretches throughout Utah’s vast landscape, was welcomed by Leadville ultra endurance runners Annie Hughes and Marvin Sandoval, who ran a po…

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The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation and the Lake County Tourism Panel will join eight partners in the Colorado mountains to create the first-ever Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit in 2022. This joint promotion of five rural opera houses and the cities in which they sit is made…

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The Lake County Community Fund announced last week that six new organizations have joined the organization as fiscal sponsored funds. Now the Lake County Community Fund (LCCF) serves as the fiscal agent for 13 Lake County organizations, providing tax-deductible receipts to donors. LCCF also …

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As wildfires throughout the American West  continue to rage with each passing fire season, several organizations are partnering to protect Lake County’s built and natural assets. From forest thinning on public lands to educational campaigns regarding fuels mitigation and emergency preparedne…

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Lake County High School has a history of dominance in cross-country. The Panthers have collected 28 state championship team titles through the years — more than any other school in Colorado. The last state title the Panthers earned was in 1996 when the Lake County men came out on top. Lake C…

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After a sucessful regular season, the Lake County High School boys soccer team is advancing to the state tournament for the first time in close to a decade, according to Lake County School District Althletic Director Brett Hanger.

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Lyons High School hosted the 2A Region 1 cross-country meet on Thursday, Oct. 21. Lake County High School showed up with two major goals: to qualify for the state cross-country championships and to defend the women’s team title that they won in 2020.

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Throughout the last three months, the Herald has reported on wildfire’s risk to human life, wildlife, water, infrastructure, private property and economic development in Lake County.

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Residents of Pan Ark Estates near Twin Lakes will consider ballot issue 6B this week, a measure that could establish the subdivision as a special taxing district. The issue of organizing, which surfaced earlier this summer during a Board of County Commissioners meeting, has since sparked a d…

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City Council voted to approve a planned unit development application filed on behalf of High Country Developers LLC for phase two construction at the Railyard. The approval, which City Council voted on last week, is accompanied by an agreement to advance affordable housing efforts at the Railyard.

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Lake County High School brought home a pile of hardware from the Frontier League Cross-Country Championships on Thursday, Oct.14 at Broomfield County Commons Park.

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The Herald Democrat newspaper celebrates its 142nd birthday today, Oct. 21, 2021, by announcing the receipt of a quarter-million-dollar grant to bring the facade of its building at 715-717 Harrison Ave. back to how it originally looked when built in 1895. Funding is being made available thro…

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A vision conceived over two years ago was realized with the opening of Scott’s Coffee Shop in April of this year. Eric Scott, who grew up in Rifle and was a resident of Leadville for over 20 years, decided to consolidate his laundromat business into half the space in order to open a coffee a…

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Union Milling withdrew its application with the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to use a sodium cyanide solution at the Leadville Mill near U.S. 24 last week. A representative of Union Milling, Nick Michael, said the company plans to file an updated application in the future.

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The Lake County School District received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the Colorado Department of Education in late September to begin literacy training throughout local schools. The district announced the award with a video that was sent to parents, staff and the general public last week.

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The Colorado Mountain College Eagles traveled to Colorado Springs on Oct. 8 to compete in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Cross-Country Open.

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The Colorado Department of Higher Education recently awarded Colorado Mountain College a Healthy Minds designation, recognizing the college’s ongoing work in addressing the mental health needs of its students.

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The inaugural Bud’s Sparkle Fest is premiering in Leadville this week with an online auction, dinner at the Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon and live music at Freight. The festivities, held in memory of former Leadville mayor and community volunteer Bud Elliott, are a fundraiser for the preservat…

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As staffing shortages continue for the Leadville Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement officers are reporting more responsibilities and longer work days as department heads ramp up recruitment efforts.

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After extending the review period of Union Milling’s application to use a sodium cyanide solution at the Leadville Mill in July, the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety again requested more information from the applicant last week.

The Leadville Mill’s owner, Gary Knippa of CJK Milling, who purchased the property from Union Milling last year, is currently contracting with Union Milling to prepare the mill for potential operation. Together, the companies are proposing to process old piles of mining castoff throughout California Gulch and slag piles along U.S. 24 for gold and silver, which CJK Milling will sell.

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Leadville Racing, the Lake County High School mountain bike team, competed in the second race of the Colorado High School Mountain Bike Series at Snowmass Village on Sept. 25. It was going to be a tall task to continue the success the team experienced at their home race several weeks before,…

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“Fish came first,” said Jeff Trandahl in the prologue to “America’s Bountiful Waters,” a book published this year commemorating 150 years of fisheries conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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After the Climax Molybdenum mine closed in 1987, prompting a mass exodus of nearly one third of Lake County’s population at the time, the county’s economy became increasing reliant on tourism, an industry that has since reached new heights in mountain towns throughout Colorado.

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Construction crews removed the scaffolding from the Tabor Opera House last week, revealing to Harrison Avenue onlookers the repaired exterior facades of the famed building for the first time since construction began in May 2020.

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On Saturday, Sept. 25, Lake County Middle School Cross-Country raced at the Colorado Mountain College XC Invitational here in Leadville. Both the girls and boys teams raced a long and largely uphill course against the clock without any other competing middle school teams.

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Lake County Government, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management all respectively issued a Stage 1 Fire Ban on Sept. 24. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until Dec. 31 or until rescinded. The following acts are currently prohibited on all Forest Service, Bureau of…