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The inaugural Leadville Big Friggin Loop will kick off in Cloud City this Saturday, Sept. 18. The ultra endurance mountain bike race will challenge participants to ride over 115 miles of gravel and singletrack within the San Isabel and White River National Forests.

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The inaugural Leadville Big Friggin Loop will kick off in Cloud City this Saturday, Sept. 18. The ultra endurance mountain bike race will challenge participants to ride over 115 miles of gravel and singletrack within the San Isabel and White River National Forests.

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A group of thru-hikers on the Continental Divide Trail gathered at Freight last week for the 2021 Trail Daze event, a three-day celebration that culminated on Friday with talks from hikers Zelzin Aketzalli and Tyler Lau about outdoor equity.

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Nearly 350 community members are expected at the third annual We Love Lake County Community Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 25, and all community members are invited to join in the fun. The dinner will take place at 3 p.m. at Ice Palace Park at the corner of East 11th Street and Harrison Avenue.

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A large group of pre-1960 racing and sports cars will drive through Leadville the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 17, with many stopping at the Tabor Opera House. The cars are on the Colorado Grand charity tour for sports and race cars of distinction built in 1960 and earlier. The annual tour att…

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The Rotary Club of Buena Vista is bringing the Great State Tomato War of the 1980s to The Meadows on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Ballet Folklórico, a folkloric dance workshop for children six to 11 years old, will come to Leadville this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at The Old Church. The bilingual night of Mexican arts, crafts and dance will be hosted by the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation, the Tabor You…

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The Lake County Tourism Panel is encouraging locals to take two surveys — one for residents and one for business owners — to give feedback on local tourism. Locals who take the surveys may enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Lake County business of their choice. Links are avail…

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After months of anticipation and several delayed start dates, St. Vincent Health officially opened  Lake County’s new hospital last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the public. At the event, St. Vincent Health CEO Brett Antczak, along with several other local leaders, offered remarks about the future of health care in Lake County.

“Our legacy really began about 142 years ago when three nuns stepped off a stage coach and were greeted by the miners of Leadville, Colorado,” said Antczak at Wednesday’s event. “Building upon their legacy of hard work and dedication to the health and wellbeing of those here in our community, we continue to build upon that effort as we open our new critical access hospital today.”

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Former Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent stood trial in Lake County District Court last week for perjury and second degree misconduct charges related to his appointment of Staci Kent, Shannon Kent’s wife, as deputy coroner during his tenure.

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Following a decade-long career of land conservation in the Arkansas Valley, Andrew Mackie, who served as the executive director of the Central Colorado Conservancy from 2009 until 2019, was awarded the Doc Smith Leaders in Conservation Award last week.

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Leadville Racing hosted its first mountain biking meet of the season at the Colorado Mountain College campus on Aug. 28 and 29.

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The Southern Colorado Economic Development District is seeking public review and comment on its Draft 2021-2026 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees met at the college’s campus in Aspen Tuesday, where they approved an architect contract as well as project management services for a new student housing project.

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From the miles of electric power lines that keep Lake County running to the century-old mining encampments that drive tourism and uphold the county’s reputation as a unique destination, our forests are teeming with infrastructure that is highly susceptible to wildfire.

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As visitation grows throughout Leadville and more families move to town, the Leadville Sanitation District is developing a master plan that will help inform capital improvements and building upgrades throughout the district that will roll out over the next 10 years.

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Becky Edwards, owner of Two Dog Travel, stands in front of her store’s expanding book collection.

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The Mountain View Village Water and Sanitation District, which operates the septic system for the Mountain View Village manufactured home community, recently reported a discharge quality incident from late July. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), t…

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Nola Kelly of Philadelphia, PA paddles Cricket, a 6-year-old Australian shepherd, on a SUP tour of Twin Lakes on a sunny August afternoon.

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Resident and fourth-generation Leadvillite Roger Johnson published two novels this summer, “On Point: One Team’s Journey from Miner Girls to Cheetahs” and its sequel, “Gifts: The Return,” both set in the fictional town of Oro Hills, Colorado. On their face, the novels are basketball stories …

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Following a tumultuous year within the Lake County Coroner’s Office, long-time Leadville resident Alexander Krieg, who was appointed Lake County Coroner last month, is working to sway public perception of the department he’s tasked with managing.

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Funeral services for Manuel Flores Sr. will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Annunciation Catholic Church. Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by the funeral Mass. After Mass, the final prayers and blessings will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

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After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series (CPFS) will reopen its lecture series with a reception and a presentation by two paleontologists.

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The St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) Foundation Board of Directors awards its land raffle prize money last month. The winner, Warren Abbott, opted for the cash prize of $10,000. Pictured left to right are SVH board members Debra Bellas-Dow, Bob Smith and Marlene Eisenring, foundation director Stev…

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Resilience, grit and stubborn determination define us. Carving out a living in remote western Colorado has never been easy or guaranteed. While we are lucky and privileged to live here, it takes a genuine love of place to withstand the hardships common to our region — scant affordable housin…

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Following a divisive period of public feedback regarding the hiring of a county manager, the Board of County Commissioners is hosting a meet and greet for final candidates on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Treeline Kitchen.

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When Caroline Morris and Jeff Steckler decided to open a sports equipment rental shop in Twin Lakes in early 2020, they suddenly had a scary and difficult decision to make as many businesses shut their doors due to COVID-19. The couple decided to forge ahead despite the pandemic, opening the…

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Lake County Building and Land Use is developing a backcountry zoning ordinance that Director Paul Clarkson called the single largest zoning project his department has undertaken.

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Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue responded to a wildfire near County Road 11, an area largely known as Lodgepole Flats, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Leadville Racing’s high school riders pose for a photo after mountain bike practice. The team’s first meet of the season will take place at Colorado Mountain College next weekend. Photographed in the back row from left is Logan Charles, Susie Bullock, Ella Bullock and Barrett Poupore. Photog…

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Cap off the summer by attending the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s 25th Birthday Bash, where the nonprofit will honor Steve Reese with a lifetime achievement award for his vision and integral role in the creation of the nonprofit. Reese was the first Colorado Parks & Wildlif…

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The Lake County High School girls volleyball team won their first match of the season against KIPP Denver Collegiate High School over the weekend.

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Here at the Lake County Recreation Department, we like to keep those of all ages active. Check out the fun activities we’ll be offering this fall for ages 60+ that are low or no cost to Lake County residents.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Lake County, several local entities return to mask mandates while organizations like Full Circle of Lake County work to increase vaccination education throughout the county.

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The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a sketch plan filed by Leadville resident Jack Saunders for the proposed construction of Tabor Star, a 20-lot subdivision just west of town. Last week’s approval of the project echoed a positive recommendation from the Lake County Planning C…

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Colorado Mountain College will begin its fall semester on Aug. 23 with a range of options for students to learn while keeping all involved as safe and as healthy as possible. And even though registration for the fall has been open since May, those who may not have yet signed up for classes a…

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When Leadville resident Howard Hill approached St. Vincent Health in July to set up a procedure he urgently needed, the Vietnam veteran was shocked to hear that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a national health care provider for veterans, would be unable to cover the cost in Leadville.

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The Tabor Opera House received national attention in an Aug. 6 New York Times article for its historic stage scenery, which dates from 1879 to 1902. “A Hidden Trove Gives a Glimpse of Opera in the Wild West” tells the tale of what is believed to be the finest collection of historic scenery i…

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This edition of Recreation Junction is focused specifically on fun activities being offered for adults this fall. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on our senior programs.

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Under a blistering late July sun, a team of Colorado Parks and Wildlife native aquatic biologists, staff and volunteers hiked a steep mountain trail, each loaded with 30-pound bags of water filled with 100 or so squirming black boreal toad tadpoles.

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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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Following a divisive period of public feedback regarding the hiring of a county manager, the Board of County Commissioners is hosting a meet and greet for final candidates on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Treeline Kitchen.

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When Caroline Morris and Jeff Steckler decided to open a sports equipment rental shop in Twin Lakes in early 2020, they suddenly had a scary and difficult decision to make as many businesses shut their doors due to COVID-19. The couple decided to forge ahead despite the pandemic, opening the…

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Lake County Building and Land Use is developing a backcountry zoning ordinance that Director Paul Clarkson called the single largest zoning project his department has undertaken.

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Cap off the summer by attending the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s 25th Birthday Bash, where the nonprofit will honor Steve Reese with a lifetime achievement award for his vision and integral role in the creation of the nonprofit. Reese was the first Colorado Parks & Wildlif…

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The Lake County High School girls volleyball team won their first match of the season against KIPP Denver Collegiate High School over the weekend.

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Here at the Lake County Recreation Department, we like to keep those of all ages active. Check out the fun activities we’ll be offering this fall for ages 60+ that are low or no cost to Lake County residents.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Lake County, several local entities return to mask mandates while organizations like Full Circle of Lake County work to increase vaccination education throughout the county.

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The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a sketch plan filed by Leadville resident Jack Saunders for the proposed construction of Tabor Star, a 20-lot subdivision just west of town. Last week’s approval of the project echoed a positive recommendation from the Lake County Planning C…

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Colorado Mountain College will begin its fall semester on Aug. 23 with a range of options for students to learn while keeping all involved as safe and as healthy as possible. And even though registration for the fall has been open since May, those who may not have yet signed up for classes a…

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When Leadville resident Howard Hill approached St. Vincent Health in July to set up a procedure he urgently needed, the Vietnam veteran was shocked to hear that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a national health care provider for veterans, would be unable to cover the cost in Leadville.

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The Tabor Opera House received national attention in an Aug. 6 New York Times article for its historic stage scenery, which dates from 1879 to 1902. “A Hidden Trove Gives a Glimpse of Opera in the Wild West” tells the tale of what is believed to be the finest collection of historic scenery i…

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This edition of Recreation Junction is focused specifically on fun activities being offered for adults this fall. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on our senior programs.

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Under a blistering late July sun, a team of Colorado Parks and Wildlife native aquatic biologists, staff and volunteers hiked a steep mountain trail, each loaded with 30-pound bags of water filled with 100 or so squirming black boreal toad tadpoles.

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Runners participated in the Leadville 10K Run on Sunday, the shortest event of the Leadville Race Series’ summer series. The out-and-back course took runners along the first and last 3.1 miles of the Leadville Trail 100 Run course.

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The Leadville Trail 100 Run will return to Leadville this weekend after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will race more than 100 miles across Lake County, climbing over 15,000 feet.

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Following last month’s arrest, 33-year-old Jared Brown made his first appearance in Lake County District Court last week. Brown is facing a second degree murder charge for the death of Gary Brown, the defendant’s father, on July 14.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation opened one lane in each direction through the Glenwood Canyon section of Interstate 70 on Saturday morning after a two-week closure. The interstate closure impacted traffic patterns throughout Colorado and the Arkansas Valley.

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Buena Vista based development company Fading West is set to purchase 11 acres of the Railyard subdivision next week for the purpose of building attainable housing in Leadville. The company is involved in projects throughout Colorado and is implementing a unique manufacturing system in Buena …

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The Lake County Recreation Department is commissioning Colorado consulting firms SE Group and Ballard King and Associates to help develop a community survey and recreation master plan in an effort to identify the recreation needs and priorities of Lake County citizens.

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The sun rose gently over Leadville on Saturday as more than 1,500 riders lined Sixth Street on both sides of Harrison Avenue for the 24th annual Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. After a cold morning of warm ups and last-minute mechanical tinkering, racers sprung from the starting line and pedal…

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Leadville author Amy Frykholm discovered the topic of her latest book over a decade ago while researching footnotes. Fitting, since the story that captured her heart and mind seems at first glance to be merely a footnote in Christian history.

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Summer is starting to wind down, which means staff are gearing up for fall programs at the Lake County Recreation Department. This edition of Recreation Junction is focused specifically on the activities being offered for youth this fall, but stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on adu…

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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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The Leadville Trail 100 MTB will return to Leadville this weekend after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will race more than 100 miles across Lake County, climbing over 13,000 feet.

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Lake County’s forests are teeming with an array of wildlife species that have evolved alongside wildfire throughout our history. Ranging from the sacred trout of Lake County’s watersheds to the commanding presence of moose and elk, local wildlife has adapted to the threat of wildfire, with s…

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Summit Community Care Clinic is hosting an open house at its local dental office, Lake County Dental, located at 223 Harrison Ave. on Friday, Aug. 13 from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and giveaways, including Melanzana hats and Waterpik products, will be available.

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Two former Chipotle Mexican Grill executives, Monty Moran and David Chrisman, are developing their second hotel property in Leadville after closing on the Delware Hotel in late June.

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The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Treasurer’s Office and Assessor’s Office will close at noon on Friday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 20.

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Despite an eerie haze of smoke that hung above Leadville last weekend, 80 burro teams from across the country showed up for the 71st annual Leadville Boom Days Pack Burro Race on Sunday. One racer chased after his wandering donkey moments before races began and spectators crowded the startin…

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After more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and a brief tenure as a school resource officer for Lake County School District, local resident Hal Edwards is the Leadville Police Department’s new chief of police. Edwards began in his new role Monday following application withdrawals by two other final candidates.

Edwards, who began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer for the Pasadena Police Department in southern California, said his priority is recruiting officers to fill a staffing void within the department. In the last year, several officers, including former chief of police Saige Bertolas, have resigned from their positions.

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Blue skies persisted for most of the day, huge crowds filled the festive streets of Fairplay from start to finish and the World Championship Pack Burro racing added a 72nd chapter to its  history on July 25.

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Nearly 300 cyclists descended upon Leadville for the sold-out Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race held from July 30 to Aug. 1. They came from 37 states, Puerto Rico and Canada to tackle the Leadville Trail 100 MTB route over the course of three days.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s (GARNA’s) annual fundraiser and celebration of 25 years of nature education and stewardship  will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to sunset.

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   Park County Creative Alliance (PCCA) and Rocky Mountain Land Library are announcing another History Inspiring Arts Friends and Family Ranch Day, Sunday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at historic Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

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For Leadville tattoo artist Tony Chudyk, tattooing is less about the machine or the ink and more about the artist’s human instinct to create. Ever since childhood, Chudyk has been sketching, and it was about then that he first dreamed of living in a small mountain town, riding his bike to wo…

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Solvista Health announced last week that donors to the organization’s Regional Assessment Center for substance use, withdrawal management and mental health treatment are now eligible to receive special tax credits for their charitable contributions. The nearly 12,000-square-foot facility is …

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Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa, a two-time Latin Grammy nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album,” will perform on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Leadville Block Party (PbBP). This women-led event will welcome live music back to the streets of downtown Leadville.

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To announce a nonprofit event or recurring monthly meeting in the calendar, contact the Herald at 719-486-0641 ext. 13 or officemanager@leadvilleherald.com.

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The 71st annual Leadville Boom Days Pack Burro Race will return to Cloud City on Aug. 8. Seasoned and first-time burro racers will haul ass to the top of Mosquito Pass and around Ball Mountain for the long and short courses respectively.

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Leadville City Council is deliberating after last week’s regular meeting where the Historic Preservation Commission proposed a series of city code changes that would give the group more purview over building renovations and demolitions within Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District, …

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To announce a nonprofit event or recurring monthly meeting in the calendar, contact the Herald at 719-486-0641 ext. 13 or officemanager@leadvilleherald.com.

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When Betsy Kalmeyer was in college at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the now accomplished ultra runner and Leadville local would walk around town looking for mountain magazines that printed lists of Colorado trails and races.

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Joel Cage, a former Leadville Police Department officer, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation after reaching a plea agreement in Lake County District Court last month.

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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.