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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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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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St. Vincent Hospital’s 2019 fiscal year audit reported that the special district is maintaining a trend of profit.

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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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The Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met on April 7 to determine recipients of two 2020 grant awards, the Lake County Community Grant and the new Copper Mountain Resort Award.

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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 Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) Relief Grant Program is a $30,000 program to assist 20 Lake County businesses with $1,500 to be used for rent/utilities or other approved business expenses. The grant program is open to all Lake County businesses that meet e…

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Freeport-McMoRan, operator of the Climax Mine, announced Friday that it will reduce operations to 50% of regular output at the Lake County molybdenum mine to reduce expenses in the wake of a global downturn in demand.

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St. Vincent Hospital’s new facility is under construction on W. Fourth Street. The new hospital is on schedule to open to the public in winter 2021. The hospital’s board election is on Tuesday, May 5. See pages 12-15 for a Q&A with candidates.

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According to preliminary data compiled by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Lake County has seen a sizable increase in unemployment claims since mid-March.

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Essential workers have been showing up and continuing to do the work required to keep things moving forward in the face of closures, cancellations and uncertainty.

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Business closures across Lake County will extend through April 26, if not longer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are federal, state and local resources for small businesses last updated on April 14.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently issued an executive order extending the deadline for businesses to remit sales tax by 30 days.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently signed an executive order that extends the deadline to file certain business documents and information to county assessors from April 15 to June 15.

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. As of April 7, 5,429 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Colorado. Three cases have been confirmed in Lake County. Following is the latest, updated as of April 7.

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An online community auction, “Share the Love,” is on the way for businesses in Lake County. Merchants will sell products, services and gift cards in the auction from April 10 to April 22.

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Solvista Health has teamed up with Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), Lake County Office of Emergency Management and Lake County Wraparound to create a way to “check-in” with community members and see how they are doing during the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor and LCPHA. V…

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The following information updates the story on remote government meetings in last week’s Herald Democrat.

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in 2018 over 30 million small businesses accounted for 99.9 percent of the total businesses in the United States. Over 59 million small business employees accounted for 48% of the total employees across the country.

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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The Colorado Division of Insurance is taking action to protect insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Sunday President Trump and the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Colorado in response to an urgent request Polis submitted Wednesday to help Colorado deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Across the state food and retail establishments have been ordered to close to the public, and Leadville is bracing for the impact.

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Caitlin Kuczko is on a mission to educate the community about the needs of their pets. She is doing so through her new business, PAWSability Center, where she offers training for puppies, behavior modification and obedience training for canine companions.

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Safeway is asking customers to reserve 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays as times for those considered to be in a high-risk category of COVID-19 infection to shop.

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The “Leadville Lager,” Camp Hale Pale Ale” and “Poverty Flats Porter” are just a few of the beers to be served at Leadville’s newest brewery, Two Mile Brewing Company. The brewery, which featured a soft opening during skijoring weekend, will celebrate its grand opening later this month.

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Current plans are for the Chaffee County Fairgrounds to host more than 60 exhibitors featuring products and services for the home and garden on April 4-5. This year’s Chaffee Home and Garden Show is being held earlier than in past years to help attendees prepare for spring planting and activities.

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9Health, the largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit health wellness and prevention effort in the country, has postponed the spring 9Health Fairs as a proactive measure to its ongoing commitment to keep Colorado healthy amid the growing public interest in COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronav…

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St. Vincent Hospital is sponsoring the 9Health Fair on Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Intermediate School. Low-cost and no-cost screenings and blood work will be available to establish baseline insights into your health, but the fair is not intended to replace regular v…

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Whittney Smythe-Smith was unanimously elected to the St. Vincent Hospital District Board by current board members this past Thursday. She will serve as an interim member, pending results of the May 5 board election.

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John J. Reilly Jr., MD, the dean of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, announced that Lisa Zwerdlinger, MD, has been promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Clinical Professor is the highest…

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When Lake County Commissioner Sarah Mudge recently expressed her interest in being involved in the appointment of a St. Vincent Hospital District Board member, she cited Section 8 of the St. Vincent bylaws pertaining to filling board vacancies.

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Former manager of the Leadville Main Street program Destinee Lukianoff is continuing to make an impact on downtown, but this time, she is doing it from a business perspective. As of Jan. 1, florist Ben Cisneros of CisneRoses’ Floral has retired and Lukianoff has opened her business Florista Spells.

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Representatives of St. Vincent Hospital appeared at a special meeting of the Lake County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to oppose the board’s “and particularly Commissioner Sarah Mudge’s hostile attempt to place directors on our board,” according to a letter read by Gary Campbell…

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The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) announced that it will provide $3.5 million in funding over three years to 31 Colorado nonprofit organizations to support projects that create accessible oral health care across people’s lifespan and advance oral health equity. Over the past tw…

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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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Caitlin Kuczko is on a mission to educate the community about the needs of their pets. She is doing so through her new business, PAWSability Center, where she offers training for puppies, behavior modification and obedience training for canine companions.

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The “Leadville Lager,” Camp Hale Pale Ale” and “Poverty Flats Porter” are just a few of the beers to be served at Leadville’s newest brewery, Two Mile Brewing Company. The brewery, which featured a soft opening during skijoring weekend, will celebrate its grand opening later this month.

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Current plans are for the Chaffee County Fairgrounds to host more than 60 exhibitors featuring products and services for the home and garden on April 4-5. This year’s Chaffee Home and Garden Show is being held earlier than in past years to help attendees prepare for spring planting and activities.

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9Health, the largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit health wellness and prevention effort in the country, has postponed the spring 9Health Fairs as a proactive measure to its ongoing commitment to keep Colorado healthy amid the growing public interest in COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronav…

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St. Vincent Hospital is sponsoring the 9Health Fair on Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Intermediate School. Low-cost and no-cost screenings and blood work will be available to establish baseline insights into your health, but the fair is not intended to replace regular v…

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Whittney Smythe-Smith was unanimously elected to the St. Vincent Hospital District Board by current board members this past Thursday. She will serve as an interim member, pending results of the May 5 board election.

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John J. Reilly Jr., MD, the dean of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, announced that Lisa Zwerdlinger, MD, has been promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Clinical Professor is the highest…

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When Lake County Commissioner Sarah Mudge recently expressed her interest in being involved in the appointment of a St. Vincent Hospital District Board member, she cited Section 8 of the St. Vincent bylaws pertaining to filling board vacancies.

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Former manager of the Leadville Main Street program Destinee Lukianoff is continuing to make an impact on downtown, but this time, she is doing it from a business perspective. As of Jan. 1, florist Ben Cisneros of CisneRoses’ Floral has retired and Lukianoff has opened her business Florista Spells.

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Representatives of St. Vincent Hospital appeared at a special meeting of the Lake County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to oppose the board’s “and particularly Commissioner Sarah Mudge’s hostile attempt to place directors on our board,” according to a letter read by Gary Campbell…

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The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) announced that it will provide $3.5 million in funding over three years to 31 Colorado nonprofit organizations to support projects that create accessible oral health care across people’s lifespan and advance oral health equity. Over the past tw…

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) is excited to announce a Five-Part Fundraising Workshop series for Chaffee and Lake County nonprofits. These workshops are designed for nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members and will give participants a solid foundation of knowledge and…

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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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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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St.Vincent Hospital is getting ready for the opening of the new hospital this year by adding a layer of upper administrators .

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Although there is hope that Lake County will reach a point where more workers will be able to find jobs close to home, the latest quarterly newsletter from the Colorado Workforce Center indicates that almost 70% of local workers are still traveling to another county to work. On the bright si…

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Light aircraft fly at an average altitude of 10,000 ft.—which happens to be the elevation of the Leadville – Lake County Airport. German Aguirre, a 20-year-old Leadville local, is an Airport Operations Technician at the highest public-use airport in North America. Just two miles down the roa…

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As of Nov. 25, Hertz will no longer operate a rental car service at the Lake County Airport. The closure will remove Lake County from Hertz’s emergency roadside assistance program, as well as the company’s reservation system.

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It appears there was an increase in sick and injured people here in July, and that means a good month for St. Vincent Hospital. It was the best month of the year, Gene Kaberline, chief financial officer, told the hospital board at its monthly meeting last week.

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It seems we’ve waited a long time for summer 2019 to arrive in Leadville! But as much as we love to see the sun, feel its warmth and recreate outside, we urge healthy precautions for your skin—the body’s largest organ—and its exposure to our intense sun at 10,000 feet.

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The Leadville Workforce Center is welcoming community members, job-seekers and students to its new location at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus.

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Few conclusions emerged from a public hearing on the Railyard at Leadville’s phase one preliminary plan and final plat last week. After over four hours of discussion, the Leadville Planning & Zoning Commission voted to resume the hearing on May 29 in order to return to the Railyard’s app…

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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.