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Local emergency responders accept personal protective equipment from the Leadville Elks Lodge #236. The lodge donated $2,000 worth of face masks, shields and gloves to emergency responders across the county.

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The following article(s), reprinted here with minimal edits, originally appeared in the Carbonate Chronicle on Monday, June 14, 1954.

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On Saturday, the Lake County High School Nordic team competed against seven other schools in a classic race held at Colorado Mountain College. The two lap course featured a couple of sharp climbs, some steady uphills and a fast double pole section.

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White Mountain Snowmobile Tours celebrates after winning Lake County’s 2021 Adult Ice Hockey Tournament last weekend. Pictured from left are Derek Olsen, Mario Valenzuela, Davio Hall, Sean Hillery, Kirt Hine, Captain John Melrose, Jay Williams and Cody Johnson.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon conduct a prescribed burn near Emerald Lakes at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery to remove a large brush pile. The exact burn date will depend on weather conditions and other prescribed requirements and may not take place until March.

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The Lake County Community Fund announced last week that for the second year, it has exceeded the goal to raise and match dollar-for-dollar the $50,000 Copper Mountain Resort challenge grant. The fundraising effort is part of a larger four-year endowment, called the Campaign for Lake County, …

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— In the Herald’s February 11 edition, the newspaper reported that Union Milling had submitted its conditional use permit for the Leadville Mill to state and county regulators. The company had in fact not submitted an application to the Lake County Building and Land Use department at the tim…

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Thanks to two grants awarded in the past year totaling $100,000 from the VF Foundation, Colorado Mountain College is expanding the range of its sustainability and outdoor leadership offerings to a diverse population.

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A new funeral home operating in Leadville will work to fill the void left after the Bailey-Kent Funeral Home shut its doors last year.

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Full Circle of Lake County purchased the dormant building that formerly housed Periodic Brewing last week, representing a significant expansion for the 30-year-old organization.

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Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent and Deputy Coroner Staci Kent were arrested Feb. 18 after law enforcement agents found improperly stored human remains at what had been the couple’s Silverthorne funeral home.

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Shannon and Staci Kent, 45, of Leadville, are each facing a charge of attempted tampering with a deceased human body (a class four felony) after the Silverthorne Police Department found a deceased person in a coffin at 561 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne (the site of the former Kent-Baile…

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Over 100 athletes from across the state competed in the first ever virtual  Tennessee Pass Night Jam over the last two weekends. Participants biked and skied the trails at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.

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This past pandemic year has been hard on people as they are often isolated at home, not seeing friends and family, missing important milestones, under the threat of serious illness or even death.

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Last Friday, the Lake County Nordic team competed in a unique race. It was more akin to an adventure course than the typical groomed ski trails that they normally race on.

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Marley Seifert doodled her way through high school. And college. And into a career as an artist living in Leadville with work featured by local shops and national brands.

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Colorado Mountain College is offering emergency financial assistance to students demonstrating need because of COVID-19, but who haven’t previously received support.

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Forging ahead with theater in the time of COVID-19, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College is presenting a new virtual production, “Three Viewings.”

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Dr. Dara Seidl, Colorado Mountain College associate professor of geographic information systems, recently completed a yearlong fellowship with the American Geographical Society, to study privacy issues. Her findings are now framed in an eight-part series of short educational videos.

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Lake County Build a Generation and the Youth Master Plan/Health Equity Steering Committee announced an opportunity to apply for $25,000 in funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Award this week. The award will be given in one lump sum to a community project that be…

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What started as a plea agreement of a felony case to compensate people whose skis were stolen at local resorts has resulted in an impact to the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Leadville Ski Joring gained approval to host its 73rd annual races next month, allowing organizers move forward with an altered event in the throes of the ongoing pandemic.

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When the Advocates of Lake County launched the Domestic Violence Response Team in late 2019, the new initiative had a clear strategy.

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As construction on the southern fire station progresses, local and regional partners have contributed to work on the long-term project.

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The Alpine Orchestra invites graduating seniors in Chaffee, Lake and Western Fremont Counties to apply for the Alpine Orchestra Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage college level (second year, fourth year, or conservatory) study in the field of instrumental music, pref…

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has opened “Miner Leaguers: Mining and the Great American Pastime,” an exhibit that explore the unexpected relationship between mining and baseball. The exhibit features vintage equipment and uniforms, historic photos, and text in English and Spani…

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Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College will present “Three Viewings” in nine virtual theater performances, Feb. 19 through March 7.

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Are you curious about our local wildlife? Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for a virtual lecture, “A Wildlife Wander”, presented by Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar of Elk Raven Photography. Filled with energy and passion to create change, Elk Raven Photography is comm…

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Just like that, the month of January is gone and February is here. Last week, Lake County Recreation Department released programs and special events for March through May. Read on to learn more.

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The Lake County High School Nordic team raced in their first classic competition of the season on Friday, February 5 at Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. It was a wintry day with cool temperatures and abundant falling snow. 

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Colorado Mountain College and the U.S. Forest Service are together offering a valuable opportunity for those interested in land management, sustainability and outdoor recreation careers. 

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has reached its first fundraising goal and now has an endowment that totals more than $1 million to support operations. This preliminary goal is part of a campaign to raise $6 million to ensure the organization’s sustainability. The National Mining…

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In response to President Joe Biden’s executive order reopening the Affordable Care Act federal insurance marketplace, Peak Health Alliance is launching a new initiative to encourage community members in its seven-county region to get covered during the next three months. Enrollment opened Mo…

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The City of Leadville adopted a revised short-term rental ordinance during City Council’s Feb. 2 meeting marking a culmination of nearly a year of work and significant public participation.

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In the Feb. 4 Herald article on affordable housing, the newspaper stated that a parcel of land set aside for affordable housing within the Railyard development would “likely be developed through a community housing trust model under the leadership of the Chaffee Housing trust.” Though Mayor …

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In the Feb. 4 Herald article on affordable housing, the newspaper stated that Kristi Galarza was the executive director of Lake County Build a Generation (LCBAG). Katie Baldassar is in fact the executive director of LCBAG, not Galarza.

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The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is working to create a new county manager position that will help oversee county departments, day-to-day functions and long-term strategic goals. 

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc. announced last week that Gerald J. Ford, non-executive chairman of the company’s board of directors, will retire as a director effective upon the expiration of his current term, which ends in June 2021. The board has appointed Richard C. Adkerson, who owns a ranch in Ch…

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Lake County reported a dramatic spike in COVID-19 numbers last week after 22 new cases were confirmed in one day in connection with a local faith-based organization unnamed by Lake County Public Health Agency.

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“Writing Creative Nonfiction!”, Chaffee County Writers Exchange’s February workshop, will take place on February 27 from 1-4:30 p.m.

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Over 100 athletes from across the state competed in the first ever virtual Colorado Cup last month. Participants had from Jan. 23 until Jan. 31 to bike, snowshoe, ski or snowblade the singletrack course at Colorado Mountain College.

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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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Are you curious about our local wildlife? Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for a virtual lecture, “A Wildlife Wander”, presented by Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar of Elk Raven Photography. Filled with energy and passion to create change, Elk Raven Photography is comm…

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Just like that, the month of January is gone and February is here. Last week, Lake County Recreation Department released programs and special events for March through May. Read on to learn more.

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The Lake County High School Nordic team raced in their first classic competition of the season on Friday, February 5 at Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. It was a wintry day with cool temperatures and abundant falling snow. 

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has reached its first fundraising goal and now has an endowment that totals more than $1 million to support operations. This preliminary goal is part of a campaign to raise $6 million to ensure the organization’s sustainability. The National Mining…

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In response to President Joe Biden’s executive order reopening the Affordable Care Act federal insurance marketplace, Peak Health Alliance is launching a new initiative to encourage community members in its seven-county region to get covered during the next three months. Enrollment opened Mo…

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The City of Leadville adopted a revised short-term rental ordinance during City Council’s Feb. 2 meeting marking a culmination of nearly a year of work and significant public participation.

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In the Feb. 4 Herald article on affordable housing, the newspaper stated that a parcel of land set aside for affordable housing within the Railyard development would “likely be developed through a community housing trust model under the leadership of the Chaffee Housing trust.” Though Mayor …

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In the Feb. 4 Herald article on affordable housing, the newspaper stated that Kristi Galarza was the executive director of Lake County Build a Generation (LCBAG). Katie Baldassar is in fact the executive director of LCBAG, not Galarza.

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The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is working to create a new county manager position that will help oversee county departments, day-to-day functions and long-term strategic goals. 

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc. announced last week that Gerald J. Ford, non-executive chairman of the company’s board of directors, will retire as a director effective upon the expiration of his current term, which ends in June 2021. The board has appointed Richard C. Adkerson, who owns a ranch in Ch…

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Lake County reported a dramatic spike in COVID-19 numbers last week after 22 new cases were confirmed in one day in connection with a local faith-based organization unnamed by Lake County Public Health Agency.

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To announce a nonprofit event or recurring monthly meeting in the calendar, contact the Herald at 719-486-0641, 719-486-0611 (fax) or calendar@leadvilleherald.com.

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“Writing Creative Nonfiction!”, Chaffee County Writers Exchange’s February workshop, will take place on February 27 from 1-4:30 p.m.

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Over 100 athletes from across the state competed in the first ever virtual Colorado Cup last month. Participants had from Jan. 23 until Jan. 31 to bike, snowshoe, ski or snowblade the singletrack course at Colorado Mountain College.

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The first month of 2021 has flown by, and the Lake County Recreation Department is looking forward to bringing the community a new year of fun filled recreational activities.

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The Lake County High School Nordic team competed in their first race of the season on Friday, January 29. A small group of Panthers took part in a 5.4 kilometer skate competition at Mount Massive Golf Course against athletes from Clear Creek, Nederland, Summit and Evergreen high schools.

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The long-awaited first Alpine ski race of the season came with bitter cold temperatures as the Lake County Panthers travelled to nearby Copper Mountain last Wednesday, January 27. Despite the smaller than normal field size featuring just Aspen, Summit and Lake County schools the return to ra…

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Colorado Mountain College recently received an IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. The grant is intended to expand the college’s capacity to offer affordable and meaningfu…

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While many students in the country have started the year staring at computer screens, many kindergarten through sixth grade students in Lake County School District (LCSD) are learning in a hybrid model, blending in-person instruction two days per week with outdoor experiences two days per we…

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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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As Lake County Government continues work on building a new justice center, grant funding remains an important part of the project’s feasibility. The lack of a selected building site, however, may reduce the likelihood of the project receiving state-level grant funding.

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Walking into Leadville’s new cocktail lounge and coffee shop, Before and After, one will first notice the warmth, the rope swings holding throw pillows, the black walnut wraparound bar handcrafted in Leadville and the mix of ages present.

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Following a directive from Governor Jared Polis, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), St. Vincent Health (SVH) and Rocky Mountain Family Practice (RMFP) are collaborating to deploy COVID-19 vaccinations for Lake County residents and second-home owners ages 65+, and educators beginning o…

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At the end of 2020, Ed Stege retired from the Leadville National Fish Hatchery following 17 years as the project leader of the nation’s second-oldest hatchery, leaving behind a legacy of education and community outreach.

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The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series is going virtual this year and widening its participant base to include fat bikers, skiers, snowshoers and snowbladers. The series, which raises money for Cloud City Wheelers, modified its 2021 races to encourage winter recreation that abides by loca…

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The promise of mineral wealth coupled with a rapidly changing political and economic climate in the eastern United States drew countless people west in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over the 40 years between 1860, when gold was first discovered in Oro City, and 1900, myriad to…

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When Becky Edwards and her husband Joey started searching for a place to call home, they were looking for a small, working mountain town with access to a lake and proximity to public lands. It’s no surprise they chose Leadville.

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For 2021, “Discover — the Heart of Colorado” will be published in the spring, featuring summer activities and events with a fall-winter edition to follow.

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The City of Leadville voted to approve $49,078 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation business relief grant program, marking another wave of business relief money from local governments.

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Leadville annual skijoring competition is in the works for 2021 as organizers and local governments grapple with hosting the annual event during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum announced the winner of its gift shop naming contest as Stephen Schwochow of Golden. The winning entry, “The Miner’s Pick,” was chosen for its tie in with mining, the potential of using it in different contexts and the personality it helps to achie…

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Who said it and why? The following quotations are taken from issues of the Herald Democrat during 2020. They are presented in no particular order.

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month. In last week’s Herald, the Advocates of Lake County shared information on how to identify stalking and respond to it. This week, we will focus on important statistics and facts surrounding stalking, as well as what we can all do to make a positiv…

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As the early phases of work to reactivate the Tennessee Pass Line begin, locals and regional officials are voicing concerns about the proposal to once again run trains along the long-dormant track.

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If he’s not teaching, fly fishing, playing the bagpipe or painting, you can find local craftsman Colin McFee at his workshop, McFee Silversmiths, on the southwest side of town.

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange (CCWE) is sponsoring the January “WE Write” free writing session, Monday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom. All members of the public are welcome.

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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 year, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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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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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.