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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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In the Herald’s Best Of Leadville & Twin Lakes publication, the newspaper neglected to list Spirits in the Shaft as a winner for the best local event category. Spirits in the Shaft, which is hosted by the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, tied with Leadville Boom Days and Leadvill…

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Summer is right around the corner and the Lake County Recreation Department has a variety of activities to keep all ages busy.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began over a year ago, Colorado makers like Whitney Wood have encountered few chances to showcase their products and grow their businesses.

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The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation announced three new board members this month: Teresa Blair of Denver, Ziska Childs of Carbondale and Amy Tait of Leadville. Stephanie Reveles of Leadville will hold the new position of youth liaison.

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Landowners who own the tops of Colorado’s Mount Lincoln, Mount Democrat and Mount Bross closed access to the trio of Mosquito Range fourteeners in April.

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Three eighth grade students at Lake County High School are petitioning the City of Leadville to implement a plastic bag fee at local stores like Safeway and Family Dollar.

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A new regional option for mental health care in the rural central mountain region grew one step closer to reality as ground was broken on the Solvista Health Regional Assessment Center on the Heart of Rockies Regional Medical Center campus in Salida on May 6. Solvista Health’s region include…

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Lake County joined several Colorado counties in testing new job recruitment software made by Florida technology company Premier Virtual at the Leadville Lake County Job Fair last week. The job fair and was hosted by Arapaho/Douglas Works! Workforce Center, part of the Colorado Department of …

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From left, Jannuel Pizana, Lesley Pizana, Elfido Pizana and Lilia Salas celebrate Lesley’s graduation during Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville commencement ceremony on May 7. Pizana graduated with her associate of arts degree. More coverage of the ceremony is found on pages 15-16.

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A group of Leadville locals are embarking on a 24-day unguided expedition to summit and possibly ski Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest peak. The team left Colorado on May 1 and are planning to return sometime in June.

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Following a nearly year-long investigation, Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested Wednesday morning, charged with the first degree murder in the death of his wife Suzanne Morphew, who went missing May 10, 2020.Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze and 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley mad…

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After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen its lecture series with a reception and two speakers from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The event will be held at the Salida Steam Plant Ballroom and Theater on September 20.

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Are you interested in discovering more about birding? Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Executive Director Dominique Naccarato for an experiential introduction to birding in the Upper Arkansas Valley on Saturday, May 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Sands Lake. Birding is a hob…

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Keystone Science School is offering the Joel and Patti Meier Scholarship for any Keystone Science School Adventure or Expedition program. This is an exclusive scholarship opportunity for any rising middle or high school student from Lake County.

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On May 7 and 8, hundreds of students from all 11 Colorado Mountain College campuses will receive certificates of occupational proficiency and associate and bachelor’s degrees.

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The graduating classes of Lake County High School and Cloud City High School were awarded a variety of scholarships at Senior Scholarship Night on April 28. The ceremony was held earlier than in past years in order to give students time to determine how to best use scholarship funds.

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The Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met April 6 to determine two significant 2021 grant awards — the Lake County Community Grant and the Copper Mountain Resort Award.

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Walker Consultants, a parking and transportation design firm that has worked with the city since March, is debriefing after last week’s community meeting about parking in Leadville.

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A group of disgruntled Lake County citizens gathered at the Lake County Courthouse on April 30 to discuss their grievances with the Board of County Commissioners.

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Staff members at The Center Early Childhood Programs are gearing up for their move to the new Lake County Elementary School, which is slated to be finished this summer before the fall semester begins. The preschool’s new name will be The Center at Lake County Elementary.

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Spring is in the air and our staff are anxiously awaiting summer!  Explained below are fun offerings with the Lake County Recreation Department that are currently open for registration.

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While the camps of Oro City, Dayton and others in the northern Arkansas Valley were transitioning from temporary structures to more permanent ones, the surface gold deposits of the Cache Creek district, the location of present-day Granite, further south in the valley were drawing their fair …

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Cloud City Conservation Center wrapped up a month of earth-focused programming at Cloud City Farm on Friday. The nonprofit’s month-long celebration of Earth Day, which included earth-friendly bingo and workshops on sewing and gardening, underlines Cloud City Conservation Center’s (C4) belief…

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Solvista Health will break ground on the Regional Assessment Center for substance use treatment in Salida on Thursday, May 6. The groundbreaking is timed to coincide with “May Is Mental Health Month,” which raises awareness for mental health and addiction recovery.

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A subcommittee within the Lake County Housing Coalition introduced a plan last week to enact deed restrictions in Lake County by the end of 2021.

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Colorado Department of Transportation and prime contractor United Companies will soon begin a repaving project on westbound Interstate 70 between Silverthorne and Frisco. Crews will start work during the first week of May. Westbound lanes will be repaved within the project zone, spanning app…

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The Board of County Commissioners and City of Leadville announced in a letter to the editor published in the Herald Democrat last week that it was “surprised” to hear of the cancellation of Leadville Boom Days this year.

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Leadville’s Golden Burro Cafe & Lounge officially changed hands earlier this month. The new owners, Marcee and Dan Lundeen, are looking to the future while aiming to honor the past as they reinvent the historic diner which first opened in 1938.

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After nearly 50 years of operation, the Lake County Aquatic Center is permanently closed. Over the decades, the facility has operated a recreation hub for senior citizens, Olympic athletes and youth learning to swim.

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange is sponsoring a WE Write writing workshop titled “Plot Development and Flaws” to be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 26. The virtual workshop will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public.

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The Leadville Lake County 2021 Virtual Job Fair will be held on Friday, May 7. Job seekers and businesses are encouraged to attend at no cost, but must pre-register.

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The city of Leadville and several nearby points of interest are portrayed in “Silent Altitudes,” a fictional thriller by New Hampshire author Michael James Emberger.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting a free day at the museum on April 24 to honor the community and celebrate the new name and logo for its gift shop. The Miner’s Pick name and logo were chosen from entries in recent contests. The new logo will be revealed at 9 a.m. that day.

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After nearly ten years with Colorado Mountain College, Rachel Pokrandt, vice president and campus dean of the Leadville and Salida campuses, has accepted the role of president at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

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The following article, reprinted here with minimal edits, was originally published in the Leadville Weekly Herald on Saturday, November 22, 1879.

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Cloud City Mountain Sports, formerly Cloud City Ski Team, supports both Nordic and Alpine programs in Leadville with youth from Leadville, Salida and Buena Vista.

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The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series concluded with a virtual rendition of the annual East Side Epic race this month.

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The Lake County Recreation Department and award-winning local photographer Steve Sunday will offer “Digital Photography Basics” on Friday, May 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Huck Finn Ice Rink warming hut, 505 West 5th St.

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The First Ascent Youth Leadership program is now accepting applications for its free five-day residential course at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus.

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Pat Mercer began as Leadville District Ranger in January 2020, just a few months before COVID-19 sparked a surge in outdoor visitation for Lake County. Last summer also saw three of the largest forest fires ever recorded in Colorado, although none occurred in Mercer’s jurisdiction.

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In recent weeks, more details have emerged on the collapsed mine shaft incident originally reported in the Herald’s April 8 edition. The name of the 33 year-old man who fell into the collapsed shaft while trying to access his storage unit on April 1, however, is yet to be released.

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Get Outdoors Leadville!’s new gear library opened last weekend with a virtual Night of Inspiration event on Friday and a community open house on Saturday.

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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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While the camps of Oro City, Dayton and others in the northern Arkansas Valley were transitioning from temporary structures to more permanent ones, the surface gold deposits of the Cache Creek district, the location of present-day Granite, further south in the valley were drawing their fair …

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Cloud City Conservation Center wrapped up a month of earth-focused programming at Cloud City Farm on Friday. The nonprofit’s month-long celebration of Earth Day, which included earth-friendly bingo and workshops on sewing and gardening, underlines Cloud City Conservation Center’s (C4) belief…

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Solvista Health will break ground on the Regional Assessment Center for substance use treatment in Salida on Thursday, May 6. The groundbreaking is timed to coincide with “May Is Mental Health Month,” which raises awareness for mental health and addiction recovery.

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A subcommittee within the Lake County Housing Coalition introduced a plan last week to enact deed restrictions in Lake County by the end of 2021.

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Colorado Department of Transportation and prime contractor United Companies will soon begin a repaving project on westbound Interstate 70 between Silverthorne and Frisco. Crews will start work during the first week of May. Westbound lanes will be repaved within the project zone, spanning app…

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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 Board of County Commissioners and City of Leadville announced in a letter to the editor published in the Herald Democrat last week that it was “surprised” to hear of the cancellation of Leadville Boom Days this year.

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Leadville’s Golden Burro Cafe & Lounge officially changed hands earlier this month. The new owners, Marcee and Dan Lundeen, are looking to the future while aiming to honor the past as they reinvent the historic diner which first opened in 1938.

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After nearly 50 years of operation, the Lake County Aquatic Center is permanently closed. Over the decades, the facility has operated a recreation hub for senior citizens, Olympic athletes and youth learning to swim.

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange is sponsoring a WE Write writing workshop titled “Plot Development and Flaws” to be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 26. The virtual workshop will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public.

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The Leadville Lake County 2021 Virtual Job Fair will be held on Friday, May 7. Job seekers and businesses are encouraged to attend at no cost, but must pre-register.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting a free day at the museum on April 24 to honor the community and celebrate the new name and logo for its gift shop. The Miner’s Pick name and logo were chosen from entries in recent contests. The new logo will be revealed at 9 a.m. that day.

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After nearly ten years with Colorado Mountain College, Rachel Pokrandt, vice president and campus dean of the Leadville and Salida campuses, has accepted the role of president at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

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The following article, reprinted here with minimal edits, was originally published in the Leadville Weekly Herald on Saturday, November 22, 1879.

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The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series concluded with a virtual rendition of the annual East Side Epic race this month.

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The Lake County Recreation Department and award-winning local photographer Steve Sunday will offer “Digital Photography Basics” on Friday, May 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Huck Finn Ice Rink warming hut, 505 West 5th St.

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The First Ascent Youth Leadership program is now accepting applications for its free five-day residential course at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus.

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Pat Mercer began as Leadville District Ranger in January 2020, just a few months before COVID-19 sparked a surge in outdoor visitation for Lake County. Last summer also saw three of the largest forest fires ever recorded in Colorado, although none occurred in Mercer’s jurisdiction.

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In recent weeks, more details have emerged on the collapsed mine shaft incident originally reported in the Herald’s April 8 edition. The name of the 33 year-old man who fell into the collapsed shaft while trying to access his storage unit on April 1, however, is yet to be released.

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Are you curious about the recent fuels mitigation work visible across the valley from Monarch Mountain? Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) Lead Forester Andy Lerch on April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an interpret…

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Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College announces the final show of their season, “The Nina Variations.” Written by Colorado native Steven Dietz, the play pays homage to Chekhov’s classic, “The Seagull,” while taking aim at modern misunderstandings of romantic love. In 43 variati…

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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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When some of the movers and shakers in Leadville decided to field a baseball team back in 1882, they adopted the philosophy that you get what you pay for. Leadville paid for the best past and future baseball players it could obtain, all veterans of the major leagues or current players on pro…

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Are you interested in discovering more about birding? Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Executive Director Dominique Naccarato for an hour-long Zoom lecture on April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn about birding — a hobby you can engage in from the car, while hiking or biki…

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The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation  is seeking its first-ever executive director to guide the Tabor Opera House into its next phase of life. The new director will lead the foundation in meeting its mission and vision to revitalize the opera house as a community center of arts, cul…

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Colorado Mountain College will host its fifth sustainability conference from 9 a.m. to noon on April 23. Presented by Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) sustainability studies program, “Envision Sustainability 2021” will be accessible through Zoom across the college’s district and beyond.

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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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A group of stakeholders met last month for a second discussion about Leadville becoming a sister city with Allihies, Ireland. About a dozen government, school and museum leaders, as well as representatives from the Irish Consulate, were involved in the meeting.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction have begun work on the I-70 West Vail Pass resurfacing project. The project will take place on I-70 from just east of Vail to just east of the Vail Pass summit (mile markers 176-191).

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Get Outdoors Leadville! welcomes Venessa Saldivar as its new executive director this week. She will work remotely from Denver until her move to Leadville next month.

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The Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition is making a name for itself through its mission to widen access to supports and resources for breastfeeding mothers in Lake County.

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The Leadville Boom Days Committee announced last week that Leadville Boom Days is canceled for the second year in a row.

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The following article, reprinted here with minimal edits, was originally published in the Leadville Daily Herald on Friday, April 14, 1882.

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In its third and final production of the season, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College will perform “The Nina Variations,” a funny yet heartbreaking homage to Anton Chekhov’s play, “The Seagull.” The theater company will stream the play online at the college’s Spring Valley cam…

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Recently, I received my first COVID-19 vaccination. As the nurse who administered my shot — a Colorado Mountain College nursing program graduate — placed a small bandage on the injection site, I was once again energized by the contributions the college makes to our state. This “shot in the a…

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At approximately 6:02 p.m. on April 1, Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue was dispatched to East Second Street and Plum Street where a male had fallen into a 30-foot-deep pit while attempting to access his storage unit.

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The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association are teaming up with Buena Vista Recreation Information Center for another year of Stream Explorers to connect youth to the river in their backyard.

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Mountainfilm on Tour will bring a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated by Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival to the Arkansas Valley this April.

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Over 40 athletes from across the state competed in the first ever virtual Fatty Patty 50K from March 20-28. The course, which began at Colorado Mountain College, wound up the East Side with a stint on the Mineral Belt Trail.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum announced the class of 2021 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees last week. This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, are honored for setting new and uniform standards and improving existing process…

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As part of Cloud City Conservation Center’s “Earth Day is Every Day” celebration, the nonprofit made a bingo card with Earth-friendly activities to be played throughout April.

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Main Street America is a national program that demonstrates the critical role that thriving downtowns play in securing a strong local economy for cities across the country.  In 2015, Leadville became part of the Main Street program through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Excitement…

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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.