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Years ago, Ali Lufkin, the priest at St. George Episcopal Church, got a phone call. A man eating a meal at the church, who had been sober for eight days, had just received a cancer diagnosis. Lufkin was asked to stop by the church to help de-escalate the situation.

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Years ago, Ali Lufkin, the priest at St. George Episcopal Church, got a phone call. A man eating a meal at the church, who had been sober for eight days, had just received a cancer diagnosis. Lufkin was asked to stop by the church to help de-escalate the situation.

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has launched a brand new website at its existing URL, www.mininghalloffame.org. The museum is also now offering an online store in time for the holiday shopping season. The public is invited to visit the new website and browse the store.

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The Lake County Community Fund invites Coloradans to support the organization’s 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. 8.

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St. Vincent Hospital Foundation (SVHF) accepts a $10,000 grant from the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation on Nov. 18 for a new CT scanner. The CT scanner will be installed in St. Vincent Health’s (SVH) new facility. From left is: SVHF Chairman Bob Smith, LT 100 Legacy Foundation Executiv…

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The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation is seeking new members for its board of directors. Successful candidates will join in the work of revitalizing the historic Tabor Opera House and creating a community hub for culture and the arts in historic Leadville.

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The human remains found in a burning vehicle on Colo. 91 at the beginning of the month have been identified, bringing an end to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

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Members of the Leadville Lions Club come together for a photo after completing their socially distant trek to obtain fresh-cut Christmas trees. The trees are currently for sale at Centennial Real Estate. Shown in the back row from the left are: Amy Tait, Kerry McNair, Bob Deister, Jack Saund…

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The U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects under consideration for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022.

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As a result of sustained increases in COVID-19 infection rates, Colorado mandated that Lake County transition to a stricter prevention model last week. The county currently remains at risk of more stringent restrictions.

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The mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw a drastic shift — both literally and figuratively — in the landscape of the United States. With the addition of millions of acres of pristine wilderness following the Louisiana Purchase and the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, manif…

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The COVID-19 pandemic prematurely closed most ski areas during the 2019-20 season. But the virus also caused many conferences, trade shows and educational opportunities to be cancelled. So how can ski area employees continue to improve their skills and knowledge without these in-person events?

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Rehabilitation of the No. 6 hoist house and blacksmith shop at the historic Matchless Mine was successfully completed early in October. With a $104,332 grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund and a $29,000 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation on behalf of the Climax-Area …

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As Colorado sees statewide increases in COVID-19 infections, Lake County has documented a surge in its positivity rate that local officials attribute to private social gatherings.

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The City of Leadville, with the help of increased sales tax revenue, is prioritizing salary increases for employees and staff retention as it creates its 2021 budget.

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In the fall of 2021, the Lake County School District expects to open its new pre-kindergarten through second grade building. This building is located just north of the current West Park Elementary site.

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As state and federal agencies continue to urge outdoor, distanced activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Leadville and Lake County’s winter recreation outlets are preparing for the season while adopting pandemic-safe operation plans.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This year, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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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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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burning sedan along Colo. 91 early on Nov. 4 to find unidentified human remains inside the vehicle.

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Lake County voters turned out in high numbers for this year’s general election. Local results largely mirrored state and national outcomes with little disturbance in the electoral process.

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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This year, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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COVID-19 positivity rates have increased in Lake County and throughout Colorado, leading local businesses and officials to grapple with the possibility of harsher public health restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.

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Lake County’s race for county commissioner ended in a victory for Democrats Sarah Mudge and Jeff Fiedler. Mudge was elected for District Two; Fiedler was elected for District Three. Fifty-seven percent of those who voted locally supported Joe Biden for president.

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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. To this end, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present a lecture by Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, entitled “Different Kinds of Minds Should Work Together” via Zoom teleconferencing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. An autism spokesperson, Dr. Grandin is one of th…

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The Lake County Skate Park is photographed from above as skaters enjoy the public recreation facility.

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees held a regularly scheduled work session and meeting on Oct. 20 at Morgridge Commons in downtown Glenwood Springs and via Zoom. At all times trustees, employees and visitors adhered to strict group size limits, public health protocols, face cove…

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Justin Leibowitz has been named assistant dean of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. He joins CMC from Kentucky, where he served as the associate director of residential life at the University of Louisville.

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Solvista Health is a new member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Colorado Spirit Program to provide free COVID-19 counseling and support to our local communities. The pandemic has caused massive impacts both economically and emotionally on many, creating the need…

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Colorado Mountain College has been awarded a $2.125 million, five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. SIP is intended to expand colleges’ capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality,…

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Jennifer Buddenborg is the new president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation following former president Mary Ann Graham-Best’s resignation. Graham-Best resigned in order to devote more time to her family and friends and to enjoy Leadville’s mountain lifestyle.

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The multiple construction projects along U.S. 24 that began this spring and lasted through the summer have come to a close, just in time for winter conditions to hit Leadville.

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Lake County’s COVID-19 positive infection rate has risen over the last month. The county hit a two-week positivity rate of 10% on Oct. 15, the highest to date for the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brett Antczak was selected as St. Vincent Health’s new CEO during a special meeting of the hospital’s board of directors on October 22.

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Dave Ellerman displays the 7.5-gauge train that he built during the pandemic. The engine, using 24-volt electric power, can pull 1,200 pounds. The train consists of the engine, a car where the engineer (Ellerman) sits and and flat car for passengers. His final car is a caboose which is just …

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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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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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The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex relationships with this region. This year, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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COVID-19 positivity rates have increased in Lake County and throughout Colorado, leading local businesses and officials to grapple with the possibility of harsher public health restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.

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Lake County’s race for county commissioner ended in a victory for Democrats Sarah Mudge and Jeff Fiedler. Mudge was elected for District Two; Fiedler was elected for District Three. Fifty-seven percent of those who voted locally supported Joe Biden for president.

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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. To this end, the Herald is featuring a series on Indigenous histories of the High Rockies.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present a lecture by Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, entitled “Different Kinds of Minds Should Work Together” via Zoom teleconferencing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. An autism spokesperson, Dr. Grandin is one of th…

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees held a regularly scheduled work session and meeting on Oct. 20 at Morgridge Commons in downtown Glenwood Springs and via Zoom. At all times trustees, employees and visitors adhered to strict group size limits, public health protocols, face cove…

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Justin Leibowitz has been named assistant dean of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. He joins CMC from Kentucky, where he served as the associate director of residential life at the University of Louisville.

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Solvista Health is a new member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Colorado Spirit Program to provide free COVID-19 counseling and support to our local communities. The pandemic has caused massive impacts both economically and emotionally on many, creating the need…

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Colorado Mountain College has been awarded a $2.125 million, five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. SIP is intended to expand colleges’ capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality,…

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Jennifer Buddenborg is the new president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation following former president Mary Ann Graham-Best’s resignation. Graham-Best resigned in order to devote more time to her family and friends and to enjoy Leadville’s mountain lifestyle.

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The multiple construction projects along U.S. 24 that began this spring and lasted through the summer have come to a close, just in time for winter conditions to hit Leadville.

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Lake County’s COVID-19 positive infection rate has risen over the last month. The county hit a two-week positivity rate of 10% on Oct. 15, the highest to date for the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In the fall of 2021, Lake County School District expects to open its new pre-kindergarten through second grade building. This building is located just north of the current West Park Elementary site. West Park Elementary was built when the town of Climax was moved to the Leadville area in 1962-1963.

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Lake County Intermediate School art teacher Amanda Good held a variety of art classes outside throughout the fall semester, teaching students how to use pine cones, rocks and aspen leaves to create pieces of art. The project was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist known for workin…

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As of Oct. 20, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) reported 121 confirmed-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 t…

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Peak Health Alliance, a Summit County-based purchasing alliance, announced that their individual healthcare market plans, carried by Bright Health, will be the lowest-priced in each of the seven counties they operate in, including Lake County.

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When Carol Nowakowski decided to retire as the owner of Cold Nose Warm Heart Pet Care, Leadville local Veronica Rimbert saw a chance to take on a business of her own. At the beginning of September, Mountain Dogs Romp & Chomp began to serve customers who had already been coming to the bus…

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Leadville Race Series owner and producer Life Time, Inc., recently announced a partnership with Lake County School District. Specifically, the Life Time Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and charitable arm of Life Time, has partnered with the Lake County School District (LCSD) to increase t…

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An overnight full closure of Colo. 91 will take place Oct. 29 near Copper Mountain. The closure will allow crews to install a new pedestrian bridge over the intersection of Colo. 91 and Copper Road, which is located just south of Interstate 70. Nighttime travelers seeking access to I-70 from…

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

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

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For Karen Onderdonk, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management at CMC Leadville was a natural extension of her position at St. Vincent Hospital. As chief branding officer at the hospital, she’s a member of the senior leadership team, involved in community outrea…

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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In the Herald’s May 28 coverage of Lake County High School graduation, the newspaper incorrectly spelled Tayler Raye Galloway’s name. Tayler is the correct spelling.

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A motorcade, a socially distanced ceremony and remote addresses delivered by video marked the graduation of the Lake County High School Class of 2020 last weekend.

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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The Lake County High School graduating class was awarded a variety of scholarships this year. In lieu of Class Day, the following seniors’ accomplishments will broadcast during a slideshow in the high school’s virtual graduation ceremony next weekend.

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Dominika Piech, a graduating senior at Lake County High School (LCHS), is the valedictorian of the class of 2020. In anticipation of students graduating over Memorial Day weekend, the Herald reached out to Piech to ask a few questions about her time at LCHS, what graduating amidst a pandemic…

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Leadville’s Bailey-Kent Funeral Home and the Kent Funeral Home in Gypsum lost their licenses to operate after investigations into the businesses found violations of at least 11 state statutes meant to regulate funeral home and cremation businesses in Colorado.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present “The Epic (and Operatic) Tale of the Rocky Mountain Locust: An Environmental Murder Mystery featuring Locust: The Opera,” an event with Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood, entomologist, mystery writer and professor of natural sciences and humanities at the Un…

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Lake County voters will decide on two county commissioner seats in November’s election. Jeff Fiedler, Democrat, and Hanna Waugh, Libertarian, are running for Lake County Commissioner, District 3. Sarah Mudge, Democrat, and Ezekiah Lujan, Republican, are running for Lake County Commissioner, …

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The Bailey-Kent Funeral Home faced a temporary shutdown Oct. 2 after the Lake County Sheriff’s Office found biowaste and disheveled facilities in the combined business and home while executing a search warrant.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) secured the search warrant on Sept. 30 to investigate a complaint made to Sheriff Amy Reyes at the beginning of the year.

According to a series of redacted LCSO reports acquired by the Herald, a local mother contacted the funeral home in December of last year after the loss of an infant. The parents wanted the child’s remains cremated and returned to them, which, according to the mother’s statement to LCSO, the funeral home promised to have done by Dec. 20, 2019.

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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 Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the “Business Winter Uncertainty Roundtable” for business owners and community leaders. Important updates on COVID-19 will be given, as well as business and community guidelines for moving into the winter months. The forma…

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Lake County residents will vote on two county commissioner seats in November’s election. Jeff Fiedler, Democrat, and Hanna Waugh, Libertarian, are running for Lake County Commissioner, District 3. Sarah Mudge, Democrat, and Ezekiah Lujan, Republican, are running for Lake County Commissioner,…

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What comes to mind when you hear the words “domestic violence” — one partner losing control and beating the other? Aspects of this scene are true for many of the victims of domestic violence who work with the Advocates of Lake County. However, it is important to realize that domestic violenc…

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St. Vincent Health is reviewing the three final candidates to fill the CEO position left vacant at the end of September. Gary Campbell announced his resignation as the hospital’s CEO at the last St. Vincent Health (SVH) Board of Directors meeting, seven months ahead of his originally announc…

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St. Vincent Health (SVH) was recently awarded a $535,297 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF). The grant will be used to purchase large equipment items for the surgical suite in the organization’s new hospital, which is c…

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) executed a search warrant Friday at 510 Harrison Avenue, the address of the Bailey Kent Mortuary.

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The Lake County Unmet Needs Committee (UNC) is a collaborative of Lake County nonprofits and government agencies formed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception, the committee has fundraised and dispersed more than $320,000 towards housing costs and other essen…

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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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About 12 miles northeast of Leadville on Colo. 91, just south side of the Summit-Lake County boundary line, drivers will reach the top of Fremont Pass and the entrance to Climax Mine. The entrance to the Freeport McMoRan property looks about how one might expect the entry to a busy industria…

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The Lake County Aquatic Center has been successful since reopening, managing to keep everyone safe while enjoying a local amenity.

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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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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 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.