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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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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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Lake County will not become a “Second-Amendment sanctuary” any time soon.

Commissioners Sarah Mudge and Kayla Marcella voted against a resolution challenging House Bill 1177, also known as the “Red-Flag Law,” at the third public meeting on the topic on Monday. Commissioner Mark Glenn voted in favor. Sheriff Amy Reyes was not present at the meeting.

If the law is enforced as written, beginning on Jan. 1 a family member, roommate or law-enforcement officer will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove a person’s firearms.

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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.

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The Board of County Commissioners has yet to decide whether Lake County Government will join the majority of Colorado counties as a “second-amendment sanctuary.” Sheriff Amy Reyes supports the idea and opposes House Bill 1177, colloquially known as the “Red-Flag Law.”

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Leadville City Council adopted the city’s 2020 budget last week after months of visioning sessions, facility tours and spreadsheet drafts.

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A formal mediation process is underway between the Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The mediation is an attempt to rebuild the BOCC and LCSO’s relationship, which deteriorated throughout 2019 largely due to IT concerns.

In September, Sheriff Amy Reyes accused the BOCC of improperly accessing the email inboxes of former dispatchers Nicole Garner, Maria Chavez and Chelsa Parsons. The women are currently suing the BOCC and LCSO for unlawful sex discrimination.

The BOCC denied all of Reyes’ claims.

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The Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation will resume its search for a new executive director this week. The organization has been functioning without a director since August.

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Healthcare, the environment and education were the main topics as State Senator Kerry Donovan and State Representative Julie McCluskie co-hosted a town hall meeting Saturday morning at the Lake County Senior Center.

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The Lake County Planning Commission shot down a conditional use permit for a gravel mining operation off Colo. 91 near Birdseye Gulch at a well-attended public hearing last week.

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The Lake County Assessor’s Office received a clean audit for 2019. The property assessment study was conducted by Wildrose Appraisal, the audit division of the Colorado State Board of Equalization.

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“It’s been a mess ... I think we can all agree upon that,” Leadville/Lake County Fire-Chief Dan Dailey said of station two’s construction at a meeting last week.

The station, which is under construction on a 45-acre lot off County Road 10 between Leadville and Twin Lakes, was recently red-tagged by Lake County Building and Land Use. The project is also expected to be more than $290,000 over budget.

Concrete is the primary reason for the red-tag. The site’s concrete pour failed quality-control testing earlier this month, falling below the 3,000 PSI specification identified by the project’s structural engineer

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Budget season is in full swing for Lake County Government and the City of Leadville.

Though Lake County’s revenue is expected to go up next year, primarily due to increases in property valuation, the Board of County Commissioners is pursuing a flatline budget for 2020. Departments were asked to maintain expenditure numbers from 2019 with no operational spending increases other than adjustments for inflation.

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Overtime pay practices of the former Lake County Sheriff’s Office administration are in the spotlight after the release of a LCSO financial audit earlier this week. The audit was prepared by certified public accountant A.D. Saito.

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation asked the Board of County Commissioners to increase the county’s annual contribution to the EDC by over $60,000 at a meeting Monday morning. If the BOCC agrees to the budget ask, Lake County will donate over $140,000 to the EDC in 2020.

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Questions still abound at the Lake County courthouse a week after Sheriff Amy Reyes accused the Board of County Commissioners of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Housing experts from across the state visited Lake County last week to lead a forum on affordable housing and homelessness. The event was just one of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), Colorardo Fiscal Institute, and Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s (CCLP) statewide public for…

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After sending the city’s proposed short-term rental ordinance back to the Leadville Planning and Zoning Commission for edits in February, Leadville City Council approved the policy’s first reading last week with a few changes.

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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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Overtime pay practices of the former Lake County Sheriff’s Office administration are in the spotlight after the release of a LCSO financial audit earlier this week. The audit was prepared by certified public accountant A.D. Saito.

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Budget season is in full swing for Lake County Government and the City of Leadville.

Though Lake County’s revenue is expected to go up next year, primarily due to increases in property valuation, the Board of County Commissioners is pursuing a flatline budget for 2020. Departments were asked to maintain expenditure numbers from 2019 with no operational spending increases other than adjustments for inflation.

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation asked the Board of County Commissioners to increase the county’s annual contribution to the EDC by over $60,000 at a meeting Monday morning. If the BOCC agrees to the budget ask, Lake County will donate over $140,000 to the EDC in 2020.

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Questions still abound at the Lake County courthouse a week after Sheriff Amy Reyes accused the Board of County Commissioners of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Housing experts from across the state visited Lake County last week to lead a forum on affordable housing and homelessness. The event was just one of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), Colorardo Fiscal Institute, and Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s (CCLP) statewide public for…

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After sending the city’s proposed short-term rental ordinance back to the Leadville Planning and Zoning Commission for edits in February, Leadville City Council approved the policy’s first reading last week with a few changes.

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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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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.