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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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The Clear Creek Canyon Historical Society (CCCHS) is the recipient of a $600 Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation and Leadville Race Series grant to support the digitization of rare images that document the mining history and culture of Winfield, Vicksburg and other camps in the canyon in t…

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) awarded $32,350 in charitable grants in early July to 18 organizations serving Chaffee, Lake, Fremont and Custer counties, funded by the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) Community Grant Program. This is the first year of a partnersh…

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Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) is moving forward with its effort to connect and expand the Hayden Meadows trail system. The proposed plan, which is moving forward after the Board of County Commissioners agreed to sponsor the group in applying for a special use permit from the Colo…

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Over 2,000 athletes from 50 states and 15 countries are attempting to climb 100,000 feet of elevation this summer as part of the Leadville Race Series (LRS) 100,000 FT Challenge.

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Gary Campbell, chief executive officer of St. Vincent General Hospital District, announced his resignation effective April 30, 2021 at the July 22 meeting of the hospital’s board of directors. Campbell has served as an administrator at St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) since 2016.

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Leadville City Council recently issued a temporary moratorium on the private parking permits the city sells to residents which allow locals to designate private parking near their residences.

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Since March, Lake County has been responding to and feeling the impacts of COVID-19. As the situation changes and the pandemic continues, Leadville and Lake County are looking to data to help inform how the area will move forward in economic recovery and a reduction in the number of infections.

The first public health order attempting to limit the spread of coronavirus was issued in Lake County on March 13, restricting event sizes to 50 people or less. This order was followed by the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Jared Polis on March 26 which restricted all travel to essential and local affairs.

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As of July 20, Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. families and small groups are allowed at the Lake County Aquatic Center. The hot tub is also now open.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, in collaboration with Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), will present “The Animals Around Us: A Spoken Word Evening” with Craig Childs via Zoom video conferencing at 7 p.m. on Thursday,  July  30.

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Join Leadville local and wildflower expert, Robin Dunn, for two Greater Arkansas River Nature Association educational wildflower identification hikes in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

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The historic Tabor Opera House  is reopening for tours starting Friday, July 17. Tours will be available by reservation only at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday. These tours provide a way to learn some of the history that recently earned Leadville the honor of being named one of USA …

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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Marcia Martinek, Herald Democrat editor emerita, won her sixth Golden Dozen award for editorial excellence from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

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Lake County School District announced plans to resume in-person education for the 2020-2021 school year last week.

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Restorative construction at the Tabor Opera House is set to continue through the rest of the summer and into next season as the building undergoes the first phase of a years-long rehabilitation effort.

The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation commissioned Hoehn Architects of Evergreen to oversee the work, which has been underway since June, Mary Ann Graham-Best, president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation, said.

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The Lake County Board of County Commissioners secured $697,192 in federal funding to reimburse unaccounted-for expenses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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Imagine for a minute that you’re a 12-year-old Swedish girl named Selina Ellison who has left your country with your parents, Peter and Marie Ellison, and traveled directly to Leadville, Colorado, where you will spend the rest of your life.

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Leadville City Council, Mayor Greg Labbe, and the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) are named in a lawsuit filed June 16 by Leadville resident Steve Prestash.

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For the first time in more than 55 years, rafters can float the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City, without portaging, thanks to a project that reconnected a section of the river between Granite and Buena Vista. A partnership between two major water municipalities — Colorado Springs…

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It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass. That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of…

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A rogue golf course, available for public use, sits on the corner of East Seventh Street and Ash Street. Locals are encouraged to leave golf balls for all to enjoy after using the course.

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Ski Cooper, home of authentic skiing and snowboarding on top of the Continental Divide, has rolled back season pass pricing to 2010 numbers during the month of July only, to serve its customers for the 2020-21 season.

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Lake County has never been especially fond of the idea of prohibition. Every time an election was held, the county voted against it by a wide margin. And when it became the law of Colorado and then the law of the land, locals did their best to circumvent it.

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Though the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has worked to eliminate marijuana-impaired driving since recreational legalization in 2014, Colorado has continued to see cannabis-involved traffic crashes and fatalities. In 2018, 13.5 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes teste…

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On June 24, a Leadville resident was killed and two others sustained minor injuries in an accident on Colo. 91 north of town.

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Eric Lynn, president of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation, donates $1,000 to Amy Frykholm, a St. George Church representative. The donation, which will go towards St. George’s food assistance program, was made possible by the proceeds of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation’s virtual races …

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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If we were to give you a pop quiz right now about how to prevent sun damage, we think you’d score 100 percent. The answers, of course: apply 30+ SPF sunscreen often and liberally, seek shade, stay out of midday sun and wear a hat and protective clothing. You likely also know that at 10,000 f…

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A double rainbow arcs over Harrison Avenue after an afternoon shower.

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Democrat Heidi McCollum is on her way to becoming the next district attorney for the 5th Judicial District following the June 30 primary election.

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When the coronavirus pandemic reached Colorado, and local and state officials ordered a wide variety of businesses to close in the name of public health, Leadville’s Freight found itself at a loss.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) announced an amended local public health order on July 1 requiring the closure of bars, taverns and brewpubs, in keeping with Governor Jared Polis’ executive order announced on June 30. Some establishments, that also serve a full menu of food and func…

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Lake County School District, in response to guidance from the state,  has assembled a task force to develop and implement plans and contingencies for what returning to school this fall may look like for students in Lake County.

In the midst of uncertainty and ever-changing public health measures, Lake County School District (LCSD) has developed a tiered strategy for engaging with students during the 2020-21 academic year.

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After a full three-month closure, mandated by COVID-19 circumstances, the Lake County Aquatic Center reopened on Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m. to a handful of happy lap swimmers.

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In the Herald’s June 25 interview with a 1918 flu patient, the newspaper incorrectly credited the article’s photos to Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The photos actually came from Colorado Mountain History Collection/Lake county Public Library.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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As of June 5, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office Snow Sports Restitution Fund has been dissolved and $112,000 from the fund has been transferred by order of the District Court, after the District Attorney filed an application seeking transfer, to the District Attorney’s Charitable…

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After a full three-month closure, mandated by COVID-19 circumstances, the Lake County Aquatic Center reopened on Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m. to a handful of happy lap swimmers.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) issued an amended local Public Health Order (PHO) on May 26. This amended local PHO will allow for phased re-opening of retail food establishments in Lake County, to include on-site and dine-in service options beginning Wednesday, May 27. Retail food …

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The Lake County Tourism Panel is inviting local retail shops to add their listings to a soon-to-be-created “shopping section” on LeadvilleTwinLakes.com. This new section is intended to support area shops during COVID-19 and beyond by providing an additional avenue to promote online sales.

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) announced earlier this week that Marla Akridge of Clifton Forge, Virginia has accepted the position of executive director effective July 13. Akridge brings 15 years of experience in rural economic development to her position…

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The Herald Democrat’s editorial and advertising staff members received three awards earlier this month in the Colorado Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.

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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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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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Roots Rx Recreational dispensaries are currently donating 5% of all edible sales to the local food banks serving the Colorado mountain communities of Aspen, Basalt, Eagle-­Vail, Edwards, Gunnison and Leadville. Additionally, five edible brands sold at the dispensaries, including Cheeba Chews…

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Ski Cooper, home of authentic skiing and snowboarding on top of the Continental Divide, has rolled back season pass pricing to 2010 numbers during the month of July only, to serve its customers for the 2020-21 season.

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Lake County has never been especially fond of the idea of prohibition. Every time an election was held, the county voted against it by a wide margin. And when it became the law of Colorado and then the law of the land, locals did their best to circumvent it.

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Though the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has worked to eliminate marijuana-impaired driving since recreational legalization in 2014, Colorado has continued to see cannabis-involved traffic crashes and fatalities. In 2018, 13.5 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes teste…

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On June 24, a Leadville resident was killed and two others sustained minor injuries in an accident on Colo. 91 north of town.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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If we were to give you a pop quiz right now about how to prevent sun damage, we think you’d score 100 percent. The answers, of course: apply 30+ SPF sunscreen often and liberally, seek shade, stay out of midday sun and wear a hat and protective clothing. You likely also know that at 10,000 f…

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Democrat Heidi McCollum is on her way to becoming the next district attorney for the 5th Judicial District following the June 30 primary election.

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When the coronavirus pandemic reached Colorado, and local and state officials ordered a wide variety of businesses to close in the name of public health, Leadville’s Freight found itself at a loss.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) announced an amended local public health order on July 1 requiring the closure of bars, taverns and brewpubs, in keeping with Governor Jared Polis’ executive order announced on June 30. Some establishments, that also serve a full menu of food and func…

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Lake County School District, in response to guidance from the state,  has assembled a task force to develop and implement plans and contingencies for what returning to school this fall may look like for students in Lake County.

In the midst of uncertainty and ever-changing public health measures, Lake County School District (LCSD) has developed a tiered strategy for engaging with students during the 2020-21 academic year.

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After a full three-month closure, mandated by COVID-19 circumstances, the Lake County Aquatic Center reopened on Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m. to a handful of happy lap swimmers.

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In the Herald’s June 25 interview with a 1918 flu patient, the newspaper incorrectly credited the article’s photos to Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The photos actually came from Colorado Mountain History Collection/Lake county Public Library.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This summer, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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As of June 5, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office Snow Sports Restitution Fund has been dissolved and $112,000 from the fund has been transferred by order of the District Court, after the District Attorney filed an application seeking transfer, to the District Attorney’s Charitable…

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At the June meeting of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees at CMC Aspen, trustees voted unanimously to approve the college’s fiscal year 2020-21 budget, including $69.3 million in general fund expenditures. The Wednesday, June 24, meeting was held under strict public health proto…

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For the eighth consecutive year, Freeport-McMoRan has been named to the Civic 50 list of most community-minded companies in the United States, and was again named as the Materials Sector Leader in recognition of the company’s community engagement.

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In the Herald’s June 25 article about the appointment of a special prosecutor to Shannon Kent’s case, the newspaper incorrectly reported Kent’s defense attorney as Michael Scott. His name is John Scott.

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St. Vincent Hospital recently formed a new partnership with Vail Health, expanding healthcare services in Lake County. Dr. Nelson Prager of Vail Health’s Cardiovascular Center is now seeing patients in Leadville.

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Brad Palmer, the director of Lake County Public Works, announced his retirement effective July 7 after 25 years of serving Lake County in various roles. The Herald sat down with Palmer as he prepared for his last full week on the job to ask about his time in the role, what he learned in his …

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that a Lake County resident was placed on the agency’s most wanted fugitive list.

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For Karen Onderdonk, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management at CMC Leadville was a natural extension of her position at St. Vincent Hospital. As chief branding officer at the hospital, she’s a member of the senior leadership team, involved in community outrea…

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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In the Herald’s May 28 coverage of Lake County High School graduation, the newspaper incorrectly spelled Tayler Raye Galloway’s name. Tayler is the correct spelling.

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A motorcade, a socially distanced ceremony and remote addresses delivered by video marked the graduation of the Lake County High School Class of 2020 last weekend.

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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The Lake County High School graduating class was awarded a variety of scholarships this year. In lieu of Class Day, the following seniors’ accomplishments will broadcast during a slideshow in the high school’s virtual graduation ceremony next weekend.

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Dominika Piech, a graduating senior at Lake County High School (LCHS), is the valedictorian of the class of 2020. In anticipation of students graduating over Memorial Day weekend, the Herald reached out to Piech to ask a few questions about her time at LCHS, what graduating amidst a pandemic…

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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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Protestors nationwide have called for increased accountability for law enforcement, reforms to policing and re-evaluations of existing policies in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Following such protests within Colorado, Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 217 (SB 217) into law on June 19 in an effort to increase law enforcement accountabilbity throughout the state. The conversation about police reform is also taking place locally.

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Ballots have been mailed for Colorado’s primary election on June 30. The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will receive ballots via in-person voting, mail and a drop box set up outside of the county courthouse.

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The Lake County Board of County Commissioners entered into a contract with Dynamic Project Management to move forward with construction of the south fire station last Monday.

In 2019, the county began construction of the new station off of County Road 10 between Leadville and Twin Lakes. Since construction began, the project has faced a series of setbacks.

In December of last year, the county terminated its former contract with Peak 360 Services & Homecrafters after a preliminary audit completed by Colleen Kaneda, Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Project Management (DPM), that October identified possible discrepancies in the company’s management of project funds.

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Community members and organizers hosted a variety of events last week in support of the ongoing movement for Black lives across the country. The events, which followed several days of protests earlier in the month, aimed to help spur conversations about racism, its impacts and how to confron…

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Sally Glaser appeared in Lake County District Court last Thursday for a motions hearing in which she waived her right to a speedy trial and received tentative trial dates for the end of the year.

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An early delivery of materials allowed Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and their contractor, United Companies, to get a jump-start on traffic signal improvements on the U.S. 24 Leadville resurfacing project.

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As Leadville and Lake County transition to allow freer access to businesses and spaces, city and county officials are working with the community to try to clarify the process and act as advocates for local business owners.

In an economic recovery meeting last Thursday, a mix of public officials, business owners, and non-profit employees met remotely to discuss plans moving forward and what collaboration between public and private entities looks like in this new phase.

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Families, groups of community members and individuals turned out last Saturday to participate in Leadville’s annual Community Cleanup Day.

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Leadville City Council approved a contract for the Leadville Police Department to acquire three new police cruisers through a five year lease-purchase agreement with Ford.

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Locals rallied in Leadville for multiple days last week to condemn police brutality and localize issues of racism and police violence that are being confronted nationally.

Over the course of four days last week, protestors gathered and marched along Harrison Avenue with signs condemning police violence, racism and inaction against such issues. Locals participated in support of movements seeking racial justice and equity that began after a police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have respectively issued a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Ban until further notice. The following acts are currently prohibited on all Forest Service and BLM lands in Lake County:

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The Leadville Sanitation District and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hosted a meeting June 3 to allow for public comment regarding the renewal of the district’s wastewater discharge permit.

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Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Inc. is contracting with Powerline Inspection Services Inc. to test and inspect power poles, underground transformers and enclosures in Custer, Lake and Chaffee County. The work will be completed by end of August.

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Independence Pass on Colo. 82 is open for the season. Approximately 65 vehicles were lined up at the Pitkin County gate on Monday, June 1, when Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews opened the gates on the highway.

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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Starting Monday, June 8, Summit Stage will increase service levels along major routes within Summit County, commuter routes to Park County and Lake County, and restore service to Blue River and Copper Mountain.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) announces the hiring of Amber Johnson as events manager. Johnson began working in this capacity in late March, but the announcement was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) is pleased to announce five new members elected to the National Mining Hall of Fame. Selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame Board of Governors from a pool of outstanding nominations, this year’s inductees were chosen for work in biohy…

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Leadville’s summers allow a short window of opportunity for construction, and this season the city and county are seeing an abnormally high number of projects in and around town.

Street construction projects throughout Leadville have been under way since in April. A combination of local, state and private entities are completing these projects, and more are slated to start as the season progresses.

Along Harrison Avenue, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is completing several updates to sidewalk curb cuts and replacing the traffic signals at Sixth Street to improve accessibility and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) submitted a variance application to Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) on May 31 requesting exceptions to Governor Jared Polis’ current “Executive Order D 2020 044 Safer at Home” and CDPHE “Public Health Order 20-28 Safer a…

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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Ballots have been mailed for Colorado’s primary election on June 30. The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will receive ballots via in-person voting, mail and a drop box set up outside of the county courthouse.

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Sally Glaser appeared in Lake County District Court last Thursday for a motions hearing in which she waived her right to a speedy trial and received tentative trial dates for the end of the year.

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Leadville City Council approved a contract for the Leadville Police Department to acquire three new police cruisers through a five year lease-purchase agreement with Ford.

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The Justice Center Task Force, a coalition of county officials, Lake County and Leadville law enforcement and judicial entities, is moving forward with plans to build a new justice center for the county.

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Information technology (IT) troubles persist at the Lake County Courthouse, nearly five months after Sheriff Amy Reyes first accused the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Senator Michael Bennet visited Leadville Saturday for a town hall meeting, the fourth in a series of similar stops across the state marking his return to Colorado after his run for president. He had previously attended town hall meetings in Grand Junction, Rangely, Meeker, and Craig.

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Census takers will soon be in Lake County. It is a constitutional and legislative requirement to count the U.S. population every 10 years. Census efforts began Jan. 16 and will continue through March 30.

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Keeping up with replacement and maintenance of aging infrastructure continues to be the largest expense item for most water and wastewater utilities across the country. As the oldest municipal water system in Colorado, the Parkville Water District system is the poster child of aging infrastr…

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After several hours of testimony and discussion on the latest iteration of the AngelView Subdivision, the Lake County Planning Commission came to no decision and decided to reconvene the public hearing on Feb. 24.

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The Board of County Commissioners adopted Lake County’s 2020 budget last week with a 38.192 mill levy, the same as 2019. The budget document is the result of a year of strategic planning work, including training sessions and meetings with department heads and elected officials.