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

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The Lake County Community Fund invites Coloradans to support efforts to expand the capacity of local organizations, promote and facilitate giving opportunities, and inspire investment in Lake County by donating on Colorado Gives Day, Dec.7.

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Below is a list of upcoming public meetings in Lake County and what will be discussed at each meeting.

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange is sponsoring a WE Write writing seminar on rewriting history next week. The session will be led by Jean Gabardi and Cam Torrens and will include writing exercises to help get participants’ creative juices flowing.

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

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Tourism’s importance to the local economy, tourism’s effect on outdoor recreation, workforce issues and more were topics of recent resident and business surveys and a Future of Tourism Workshop that the Lake County Tourism Panel implemented. All are part of work the Lake County Tourism Panel…

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Cases of COVID-19 and subsequent hospitalizations continue to rise in Lake County and the nation. Hospitals serving the Denver metropolitan area (on which Lake County depends on for more speciazlied and intensive patient care) are full or nearing capacity due to both COVID-19, non-COVID-19 e…

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Enrollment at the Lake County School District dipped below 1,000 students at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, demonstrating the lowest student population the district has seen in 10 years. District leaders told the Herald that the decline is due to several factors. 

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On Nov. 13, the Colorado Mountain College Eagles cross-country running team competed in the second national championship in the college’s history, concluding their 2021 racing season. The team traveled to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia to race against hundreds of college runners…

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Christmas tree cutting permits for the White River National Forest will be available at www.recreation.gov beginning Nov. 14 and from local White River National Forest offices and local vendors beginning Nov. 15.

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

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

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Antero Outdoors are partnering for the seventh annual virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an internationally renowned tour of the latest cutting-edge environmental and a…

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

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

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

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As local tourism numbers grow and the real estate market continues to boom, sales tax revenue is skyrocketing. Annual revenues have nearly doubled within Leadville city limits and throughout Lake County over the last five years, creating robust budgets for the City of Leadville and increment…

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

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The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation awarded nearly $2.8 million to 39 projects in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico this month through the company’s Community Investment Fund process. Recipient organizations will receive their monetary awards and be recognized by members of the Community Investme…

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No matter what issue you care about most — public education, the environment, affordable housing, economic opportunities — Colorado news outlets like this one connect you to the news you need to think globally and act locally.

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Following the passage of ballot measure 2A earlier this month, the City of Leadville and the Board of County Commissioners are partnering under an intergovernmental agreement to advance affordable housing efforts throughout Leadville and Lake County.

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

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Lake County Government is embarking upon a Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan update. This was identified as a need by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Recreation Department and Recreation Advisory Board in 2020.

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

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The Lyric Theatre of Leadville and the Lake County Civic Center Association will join thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe in producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s “All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.”

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Last year, figuring out how to present college and community theater during a pandemic was a new adventure. This year, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, with a season of innovative performances to its credit, is planning for in-person theatrical experiences, as well as str…

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The Alpine Orchestra will put on a livestreamed virtual concert themed “A Whole New World” on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature ensembles of strings, percussion, brass, woodwinds and combinations thereof performing selections of jazz, classical, popular and show tunes by some favorit…

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

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

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

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Those enrolled or thinking of attending Colorado Mountain College to earn a certificate or degree and who have been impacted by COVID-19 can benefit from the new Tomorrow Ready Scholarship funded by the college and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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

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As local tourism numbers grow and the real estate market continues to boom, sales tax revenue is skyrocketing. Annual revenues have nearly doubled within Leadville city limits and throughout Lake County over the last five years, creating robust budgets for the City of Leadville and increment…

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

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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 Freeport-McMoRan Foundation awarded nearly $2.8 million to 39 projects in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico this month through the company’s Community Investment Fund process. Recipient organizations will receive their monetary awards and be recognized by members of the Community Investme…

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No matter what issue you care about most — public education, the environment, affordable housing, economic opportunities — Colorado news outlets like this one connect you to the news you need to think globally and act locally.

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Following the passage of ballot measure 2A earlier this month, the City of Leadville and the Board of County Commissioners are partnering under an intergovernmental agreement to advance affordable housing efforts throughout Leadville and Lake County.

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

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Lake County Government is embarking upon a Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan update. This was identified as a need by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Recreation Department and Recreation Advisory Board in 2020.

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

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The Lyric Theatre of Leadville and the Lake County Civic Center Association will join thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe in producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s “All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.”

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Last year, figuring out how to present college and community theater during a pandemic was a new adventure. This year, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, with a season of innovative performances to its credit, is planning for in-person theatrical experiences, as well as str…

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The Alpine Orchestra will put on a livestreamed virtual concert themed “A Whole New World” on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature ensembles of strings, percussion, brass, woodwinds and combinations thereof performing selections of jazz, classical, popular and show tunes by some favorit…

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

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

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

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Those enrolled or thinking of attending Colorado Mountain College to earn a certificate or degree and who have been impacted by COVID-19 can benefit from the new Tomorrow Ready Scholarship funded by the college and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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On Sept. 30 at approximately 10:25 p.m., Colorado State Patrol responded to a fatal traffic accident along U.S. 24 near the area commonly known as Escondido Flats.

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All government offices for Lake County Government and the City of Leadville, as well as the Leadville Post Office and Lake County Public Library, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

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The time to apply for more than 150 temporary positions for the 2022 summer season on the White River National Forest is quickly approaching.

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The Lake County Community Fund announced earlier this week that Brian Turner has joined the nonprofit’s board of directors.

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Independence Pass on Hwy. 82 is officially closed for the season. The summit of Independence Pass is located 18 miles west of Twin Lakes and 19 miles east of Aspen and crosses the Continental Divide over the Sawatch Range.

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

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Lake County Recreation Department and Leadville Main Street are excited to bring you Trick or Treat on Main Street this Halloween from 1 to 5 p.m. on Harrison Avenue.

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Leadville and Lake County were recently awarded the Economic Development Council of Colorado Small Community of the Year award for 2021. The honor was presented at Economic Development Council of Colorado’s (EDCC) annual awards ceremony held in conjunction with its annual Drive|Lead|Succeed …

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

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After more than 30 years of managing museums throughout the country, Stephen Whittington, who began as the executive director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014, will retire at the end of May.

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The Lake County Build a Generation Board of Directors announced Noah Sosin as the next executive director of Lake County Build a Generation last week.

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

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Mark Thompson was removed from his position as chief judge for the Fifth Judicial District last week after he was charged with felony menacing.

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

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

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“A ghost of the old-fashioned sort with the necessary number of groans, chains and all that makes a ghost delightful has been appearing in the old Elm Street Cemetery.”

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

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Colorado Mountain College and the National Ski Areas Association are providing free online education for lift mechanics who wish to expand their skillsets and supplement existing educational opportunities.

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

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

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Leadville Racing, the Lake County High School mountain bike team, traveled to Eagle for the third race in the Colorado Mountain Bike Race Series last week. The event was billed as the conference championships and the last event before the state championships in Durango on Oct. 23 and 24.

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At the October meeting of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, board members approved a new Bachelor of Science in Ecosystems Science and Stewardship.

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

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Chaffee County Writers Exchange invites all interested writers to join the group in a two-hour Zoom session and question and answer (Q&A) with award-winning author and screenwriter Scott Thomas on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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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.