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A second independence day for our nation is now enshrined into law, thanks to a new piece of legislation declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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Leadville City Council passed a moratorium on the development of new formula businesses in Leadville’s historic downtown earlier this month. The moratorium is council’s first step towards enacting permanent protections against formula businesses hoping to open in the downtown corridor, an ef…

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After last week’s glorious weather, it finally feels safe to proclaim ... summer is here! You know what they say, move to Leadville for the winters, stay for the summers. Or is it the other way around?

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Has anyone noticed the ever-growing size of the Herald’s classified advertising section in recent weeks? In last week’s newspaper, the section topped out at four and half pages, one of the largest spreads of classifieds in recent memory.

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It has come to our attention that the Penn Mine, located at County Road 1 and 3A, is seeking to open and mine silver and gold. Their request is being reviewed by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS). The comment period was pretty short and their notice in the newspa…

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During the past 143 years, Leadville has somehow survived a multitude of ups and downs. Many of you have seen these cyclical challenges during your lifetimes and are proud of our unending ability to face change and continue to live in and love this place. Heck, I think most of us are proud o…

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No amount of government stimulus can compete with open economies. Policymakers should recognize that there is a limit to what can be done by policy. In other words, government stimulus is no substitute for open economies where people can freely gather and exchange goods and services. While s…

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The people of Lake County need a swimming pool to learn and practice the lifelong and lifesaving skill of swimming. Colorado saw a record number of drownings in 2020. “No one dies from not being able to play basketball,” said U.S. champion swimmer Sabir Muhammad.

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How does taking Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger’s practice into St. Vincent Health actually make health care better in Leadville/Lake County? The clinic at St. Vincent’s felt independent, but in my opinion may not have been since they’ve hired Dr. Zwerdlinger for all the high level positions at St. Vin…

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On behalf of our team at Full Circle of Lake County, we are so grateful to have the opportunity to serve our community, in partnership with so many amazing organizations across Lake County.

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May is Mental Health Month, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) always does its NAMI Walk during this month.  For NAMI Colorado, it will be this Saturday,  May 22. Here, with NAMI High Country Colorado (HCC), Team Troy is doing ours on Saturday morning, bright and early at 7 a…

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In the early morning hours on Saturday, June 28, 1969, the beginning of what would eventually grow into a worldwide phenomenon took place. Responding to the recurring and violent raids committed by police at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, the Stonewall Riots became synonymous with calls for …

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“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for the Prescott and Coconino National Forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

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Sometimes you have to set your sights on a target that’s seemingly out of reach and pour your energy into accomplishing it.

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It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country going to come out of this year as badly divided as it started? The…

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As Washington turns its attention to infrastructure and other matters of policy, the Senate filibuster isn’t commanding quite the same headlines as it did a few weeks back. But that’s only because the issue is percolating behind the scenes. At some point, it will return to the limelight.

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The tragedy and trauma of surviving and overcoming an experience of sexual violence can be second to none. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, sexuality, gender or social status. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the prevalence of sexual viol…

Letters to the Editor

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I was grateful to see John Scott’s letter printed in the March 25 Herald about “not guilty until convicted.” I hated to see that charges were filed on the Kents, but will wait until the trials conclude to believe what really happened. As humans, we are so quick to judge without removing the …

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I have had the pleasure of serving Leadville for the last 14 years as a physician assistant at Rocky Mountain Family Practice (RMFP). It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of a community that has allowed me to be a part of some of the happiest and most stressful times of their lives.

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As a fourth generation Leadville native, I have had a long history with St. Vincent Hospital. First of all, it is my birthplace. Secondly, many of my family members have been cared for there, and even spent their last moments in its comforting embrace. Our family has always felt grateful to …

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On behalf of Lake County’s sexual assault survivors, Advocates of Lake County would like to call attention to our state legislators who voted “yes” on Senate Bill 73 to eliminate the civil statute of limitations for sexual assault. The staff, board and volunteers of Advocates of Lake County …

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It is my pleasure to share the progress of St. Vincent Health’s efforts in our community. For the last six months since I have been a part of St. Vincent Health (SVH), we have been actively recruiting for additional providers for our clinic. We have received dozens of applicants for our phys…

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) was recently awarded a grant from the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation and the Leadville Race Series to help fund the creation of a mural celebrating Leadville’s rich mining heritage and mining’s future.

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The unwitting taxpayers of Lake County have elected three “full-time” county commissioners at $63,000 and $66,000 per year who must be unwilling, unqualified, or otherwise unable to execute the duties they were elected to perform. They are now creating the position of county manager at $100,…

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Recently it was brought to our attention that the Leadville Boom Days Committee has made the determination to cancel their event for the summer of 2021. We respect their decision. Furthermore, we want to take this opportunity to clearly define the process for 2021 special events as we respon…

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The Lake County Housing Coalition, facilitated by Lake County Build a Generation, has been working hard since 2016 to address community housing issues. With the help of subject matter experts and community volunteers, there is a clear path forward through policy change, funding and public/pr…

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As Lake County approaches 25 percent of our population vaccinated, Governor Polis has broadened the vaccine parameters. As of Friday, April 2, all Coloradans over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive t…

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One hundred sixty-one years ago this month, a prospecting party worked its way north along the Arkansas River, testing gulches as they went. On April 25, a prospector named Abe Lee dipped his pan into a stream near the upper end of the valley and declared that he had found California — gold!…

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is seeking the next generation of leadership for our board of directors. If you have a passion for taking care of the public lands of the Upper Arkansas Valley, environmental education, and sustainability, we would love to connect with you. Board…

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As we begin the 1B.3 vaccination phase, Valley-Wide Health Systems is looking back at the past year of coronavirus response and ahead at the future of this pandemic. There’s no doubt that the past 12 months have been hard on our communities, our patients and our staff. However, at the same t…

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As many of you know, National Alliance on Mental Illness is the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization that supplies advocacy, education and support services to folks with mental illness and their families. All National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) programs and groups a…

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With the pandemic taking away almost all high school sports and activities in 2020 including the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League, Leadville Racing is looking forward to being able to race in the fall of 2021. With this being said the team is in need of updating all team equipment, …

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When Get Outdoors Leadville! learned of Ed Stege’s retirement from the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, one thing was clear: we will miss Ed! Over our four-plus years of operation, Ed was an outstanding partner who ensured Lake County youth and families had an opportunity to connect with na…

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Last week the Herald highlighted the current challenges our community faces in early childhood care and education. We — the Bright Start Learning Center Board of Directors — celebrate this growing awareness. We also celebrate the collaborative efforts of our local, regional and state partner…

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We love our rural hospitals and our medical providers. Let’s keep them open and solvent by paying for their service — and provide us with the insurance that we need to pay them and spare other rural communities the loss of hospital facilities that Leadville has suffered.

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I was deeply saddened to hear of yet another death in Leadville possibly due to domestic violence and drug addiction. This touches so many of us who know the families involved — the repercussions for parents, siblings and children. I worked in this field for years as a psychiatric social wor…

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In this letter to the editor, I’m writing about something that happened to me on Tuesday, January 5 in the afternoon. In an attempt to pay my January bills, one of which is my parking sign in front of my house, I went in and was informed that the city was not accepting payments for the signs…

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Wow, incredible results for Nina Schamberger, a 15 year-old skiing amongst the best women in the United States at Soldier Hollow, Utah on the 2002 Winter Olympic course. Your ninth and seventh place finishes are attributed to the many hours of training at altitude.

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With the end of the holiday season and Christmas cards going the route of the wrapping paper and the bows, we can reflect on the days when sending things through the mail was relatively simple. Packages could be tied with string and you did not have to declare if you had something inside the…