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“Our lives today are infinitely easier than their lives, but I am not sure our lives are better,” Leadville local Dave TenEyck wrote of his ancestors before leaving for a 120-mile trek on the Colorado Trail in August. “I intend to relive those less hectic times.”

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 Award-winning author Laurel McHargue, formerly of Leadville, and L i c e n s e d P r o f e s s i o n a l Counselor Nadine Collier, of Michigan, will be in Leadville for two book signing events this October. The women’s book, “Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!”, is a “fresh ex…

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On Sept. 26, National Public Lands Day, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) will kick-off an online celebration of local environmental heroes meant to ignite hope in our community and inspire others to become environmental stewards. The two-week media campaign highlighting …

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Powell Brumm, a graduate student at Colorado State University, records a portion of an opera recital with John-Micah Braswell’s piano accompaniment at the Tabor Opera House. The recital will be part of his master’s thesis. Having performed in productions of “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” and trav…

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Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has announced that his Central Mountains staff will be holding weekly telephone office hours this fall. According to Bennet and his team, the office is committed to answering Coloradans’ questions, listening to their concerns, and helping them navigate fe…

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum will host a “spooktacular” October event, the museum’s first since reopening after closures related to COVID-19. The event, “Clue: Mystery at the Mining Museum,” will allow guests to solve a murder mystery within the museum’s exhibit spaces on Oct.…

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In the Herald’s Sept. 3 Leadville Police Department (LPD) blotter, an incident involving Jasen Canty was misrepresented. The correct information is as follows: On July 18, officers responded to the St. Louis parking lot after Canty, 27, of Leadville called to report a theft. Canty was then a…

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In times of high unemployment and economic turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are anticipating a spike in evictions across the country due to tenants being unable to pay rent.

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Work on the hoist house at the Matchless Mine is underway in an effort to overhaul and preserve the weathered building.

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The Sawatch Range’s snow-capped peaks reflect off Mt. Elbert Forebay Reservoir. Warm temperatures are expected to continue this week despite a cold snap and snow storm earlier this month.

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Here at the Lake County Recreation Department we like to keep those of all ages active! Check out all the fun activities we offer for ages 60+ that are (almost) all free to Lake County residents.

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The weather for Lake County’s middle school cross-country race last weekend was completely opposite the conditions from the week before. On Thursday, Sept. 3, when the Panthers competed against other Peaks League teams at Homestake Peak, it was sunny and very hot.  But on Thursday, Sept. 10,…

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At a community workshop held in February of this year, the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation learned that the Tabor Opera House may house one of the largest intact collections of historic drop curtains and stage sets in the nation. Community members are invited to attend a follow-up …

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Dumbell Nebula, also known as Apple Core Nebula, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Vulpecula.

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Mike Conlin, facilitator for the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI), was named the 2020 Doc Smith Leaders in Conservation Award recipient and was presented the award at the group’s September 10 meeting.

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Community members, local government officials and law enforcement agencies are in the process of reviving the Police Chief’s Advisory Panel, once active under former chief Rob Glenny, under a new name and with different goals.

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Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations students fire up snow guns on the college’s campus last week after an early cold set in. “We were able to test our new equipment,” said Brian Rosser, CMC ski area operations associate professor. “Also, it was a great pre-season training exercise,…

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Lake County School District (LCSD) closed The Center Early Childhood Programs on Sept. 10 after receiving confirmation of two positive COVID-19 cases within the preschool’s employee/student population. The district, in conjunction with Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), is also respon…

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Eric Cristopher Gurule, 27, of Leadville was arrested Sept. 4 on murder charges stemming from an altercation which led to the death of Randy Flores, 55, of Leadville.

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The Center Early Childhood Programs closed on Sept. 10 after confirming two positive cases of COVID-19 within the preschool’s employee/student population. Two cohorts at West Park Elementary School began quarantining on Sept. 11 due to possible COVID-19 exposure following probable cases in t…

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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 Lake County Recreation Department will offer a class entitled “Writing the Short Memoir” on three Tuesdays, September 22, September 29 and October 6, to benefit Lake County Aquatic Center programs.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), Colorado Mountain College (CMC), Salida Mountain Sports, the City of Salida and more are hosting a beginning backpacking course in Salida on Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Riverside Park. This half day event will cover a variety…

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present The End of Time?, a lecture with Ben Ehrenreich, a journalist, novelist and columnist for The Nation, via Zoom video conferencing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 17.

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees gathered at the SteamPlant Event Center in downtown Salida, adhering to group size limits, public health protocols and physical distancing requirements. The CMC trustees selected the Salida location to recognize the recent addition of the Salid…

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Zelzin Aketzalli walked into Leadville at the beginning of this summer with thousands of miles of trail behind her and ambitious goals ahead.

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Mark Andrew Martinez of Leadville was charged with four counts related to allegations of sexual assault on a child in Lake County District Court last month.

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Randy Flores, 55, of Leadville, was found deceased in a local residence in Stringtown by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 3. Flores was the owner of Pro-Electric, a local electrical repair company.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began rockfall safety work after Labor Day on the Independence Pass stretch of Colo. 82, requiring a daytime lane closure with alternating traffic from mile posts 59 to 62. According to CDOT, the closure is necessary for motorist safety as cre…

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Randy Flores, 55, of Leadville, was found deceased in a local residence in Stringtown by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 3. Flores was the owner of Pro-Electric, a local electrical repair company.

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The discovery of gold in the late nineteenth century drew hundreds of thousands of people in search of land and wealth west, disrupting the formerly pristine and picturesque high Rocky Mountains. The gold ran out quickly, but the siren call of silver, lead, zinc, copper, and all manner of ot…

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What was once known as the DOOR Program is now Cloud City High School, a new, standalone high school within Lake County School District. 

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The Lake County Open Space Initiative will award the 2020 Doc Smith Leaders in Conservation Award at its next meeting on September 10. The 2020 award recipient is Mike Conlin, facilitator of the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI). The presentation will begin at 11 a.m., following the …

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On Aug. 27, an unidentified male allegedly shot a dog that was off leash in Mount Massive Wilderness.

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The City of Leadville dedicated Tritz Park in honor of long-time community member and key founder of the Mineral Belt Trail, Howard Tritz.

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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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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present The End of Time?, a lecture with Ben Ehrenreich, a journalist, novelist and columnist for The Nation, via Zoom video conferencing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 17.

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees gathered at the SteamPlant Event Center in downtown Salida, adhering to group size limits, public health protocols and physical distancing requirements. The CMC trustees selected the Salida location to recognize the recent addition of the Salid…

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Mark Andrew Martinez of Leadville was charged with four counts related to allegations of sexual assault on a child in Lake County District Court last month.

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Randy Flores, 55, of Leadville, was found deceased in a local residence in Stringtown by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 3. Flores was the owner of Pro-Electric, a local electrical repair company.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began rockfall safety work after Labor Day on the Independence Pass stretch of Colo. 82, requiring a daytime lane closure with alternating traffic from mile posts 59 to 62. According to CDOT, the closure is necessary for motorist safety as cre…

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Randy Flores, 55, of Leadville, was found deceased in a local residence in Stringtown by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 3. Flores was the owner of Pro-Electric, a local electrical repair company.

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The discovery of gold in the late nineteenth century drew hundreds of thousands of people in search of land and wealth west, disrupting the formerly pristine and picturesque high Rocky Mountains. The gold ran out quickly, but the siren call of silver, lead, zinc, copper, and all manner of ot…

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What was once known as the DOOR Program is now Cloud City High School, a new, standalone high school within Lake County School District. 

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The Lake County Open Space Initiative will award the 2020 Doc Smith Leaders in Conservation Award at its next meeting on September 10. The 2020 award recipient is Mike Conlin, facilitator of the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI). The presentation will begin at 11 a.m., following the …

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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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Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for an exclusive in-person screening of Patagonia’s new film, “Public Trust,” on Sept. 1 at the Comanche Drive-In in Buena Vista.

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If you haven’t grown up in a company town, it’s hard to imagine. There you are, living apart from the outside world and surrounded by families who all owe their livelihood to the company in question.

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This edition of the Recreation Junction is focused specifically on the fun activities being offered for adults this fall. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on senior and aquatics programs. Can’t wait? Visit us at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lakecountyrec.

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Michael Irwin was appointed as the director of Lake County Public Works last month, and has his sights set on continuing his predecessor’s work.

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As of Aug. 25, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) reported 80confirmed-positive cases of COVID-19 among Lake County residents. This number reflects positive cases from both diagnostic and antibody testing before July 9, and solely diagnostic testing after July 9. Diagnostic testing tes…

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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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On Saturday morning, about 50 mountain bike riders gathered next to the Lake County Courthouse. Ken Chlouber, one of the Leadville Race Series (LRS) founders, fired a shotgun and the bikers took off down West Sixth Street on the Leadville Trail 100 MTB course.

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While you’d never guess from those scorching outside temperatures, summer is starting to wind down in the high country which means we are gearing up for fall programs here at the Lake County Recreation Department.

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With a few weeks left in the whitewater boating season in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), river rangers, aquatic biologists and outfitters are praising a new $9.1 million boat chute/fish ladder that opened on the Arkansas River this spring, allowing navigation from Leadville …

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Juan Carlos Rosales Fernandez was charged with  sexual assault on a child, a class four felony charge, and unlawful sexual contact, a class one misdemeanor, last week in Lake County District Court. 

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Casa Sanchez reopened Saturday following a mandatory shut down as a result of a failed inspection from Leadville/Lake County Fire and Rescue (LLCFR).

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A series of large wildland fires are burning across Colorado due to severe drought conditions. Several of the fires have contributed to smoky conditions in Lake County, as well as last week’s two-day closure of Independence Pass.

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Leadville’s Broken Arrows 4-H Club sent two members to the Chaffee County Fair on July 25. Our club participates under the Chaffee County 4-H Extension due to the smaller size of our own county. There are six clubs, ranging from Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida, that are under this extensio…

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) will temporarily close the Matchless Mine to the public starting August 20 due to earthmoving operations that are part of a project to rehabilitate the No. 6 hoist house.

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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 Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Leadville Police Department executed a warrant on suspicion of drug possession and trafficking Sunday morning at 424 East Eighth Street in Leadville.

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The City of Leadville is continuing its two-and-a-half year long restoration effort at Tritz Park, where the prominently featured “We Love Leadville” tribute monument now sits.

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The story of the Climax Mine began 130 years ago when prospector Charles Senter discovered an enormous low-grade deposit of an unknown mineral on Bartlett Mountain near Fremont Pass. Fifteen years passed before mineralogists correctly identified the mineral as molybdenite, a disulfide of mol…

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is offering a morning stroll in Salida focused on capturing photographic images of sunrise, the lake and wildlife with Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar from Elk Raven Photography on August 15 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Kempfer and Kassar will discu…

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) is offering Colorado K-12 teachers and their immediate family members free admission through August 16 in exchange for answering a few questions at the end of the visit. NMHFM hopes to expand its educational outreach to K-12 schools, but ne…

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The nominations for the second Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame will be open to the public in August of this year. The induction ceremony will be held on September 18 of 2021 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton.

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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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Juan Carlos Rosales Fernandez was charged with  sexual assault on a child, a class four felony charge, and unlawful sexual contact, a class one misdemeanor, last week in Lake County District Court. 

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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.