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Since announcing Battle for the Ballot a few weeks ago, the Herald has been fielding questions from the public for this year’s candidates. But a handful of community members were also wondering how the event itself would operate. 

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Weekly readers of the Herald may have noticed a few changes to the newspaper’s pages over the last few months, including new columns from local organizations, a recurring school district feature and archived photos from our ancient basement.

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As the busy summer season in Lake County comes to a close, the Herald is shifting its focus from race and event coverage to the all-important local election this November, which is highlighted by the race for Lake County sheriff.

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The vast majority of Colorado residents should receive a check in the mail this month as part of a state rebate for taxes collected in 2021. Individual tax filers should receive $750 and joint filers should receive $1,500. 

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Visitors and locals alike flocked to Harrison Avenue in droves last weekend to celebrate the long-awaited return of Boom Days. 

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Letters to the Editor

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The Colorado League race series held races on the weekends of Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 9-10 in Leadville. We are very grateful for the support provided by Colorado Mountain College. Local businesses welcomed our community with open arms. A total of 1,422 student-athletes tested their limits on t…

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Dear Leadville, whether you know it or not, the Leadville Race Series bunch from out of state is wrecking Leadville. The town has been in gridlock all summer. We do not need any more events or races. We have enough. They get our city and county cheap. They are using forest lands without cons…

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In response to the letter from Josh Homer (Aug. 25), I submit the following: Mr. Homer’s main topic addresses the concern that some folks are offending others while using a variety of noise-polluting vehicles. And although this is a noteworthy complaint, it is not the overriding issue here. …

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Leadville Sanitation: Those words generally evoke grumbling about how much it costs for sewer services here in Cloud City. However, when you have an issue with wastewater, and on a Sunday evening no less, they are not only your only option, but a godsend.

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We’re in the midst of another campaign season, and the signs of it (literally) are all around us. That’s a good thing. Perhaps the easiest (and lowest level) way of getting involved during this season and making your voice heard is by placing in your yard campaign signs advertising your favo…

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As a Colorado native but somewhat new resident of Lake County, I feel Ordinance No. 12-02 that details OHV use in Lake County is still perfectly applicable and reasonable.  This ordinance and the fact that I can easily access many trails right from my house without the added effort of loadin…

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They’re back! The speed bumps on Mount Massive Drive are back. To be honest, I hate ‘em. I feel that I am a safe driver and go the speed limit. I know not everyone does. But since the speed bumps were taken out a couple of years ago for construction, it seems that people have been driving cl…

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We became taxpayers in Lake County when we bought our home here in 2005. As a resident of the county versus the city, I have observed with great concern the lack of quality and competence of our previously-elected sheriffs (note: I am not speaking of our deputies). The situation with our las…

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We wish to thank the Boom Days Committee and all the many volunteers who helped put on a wonderful event this year. It was very reminiscent of years past. We did miss the Boom Days Raiders and the airplane rides, however. 

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In the wake of the leaked draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade and holding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, there’s been a tidal wave of commentary on the court’s politicization. Much of it recently has come from the left or from ab…

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We’ve seen evidence that smaller rural institutions like Colorado Mountain College (CMC) can be highly nimble, pivoting to adapt to changing conditions.

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The Colorado River Compact turns 100 this year, but any celebration is damped down by the drying up of the big reservoirs it enabled. The Bureau of Reclamation’s “first-ever” shortage declaration on the river acknowledges officially what we’ve known for years: the compact and all the measure…

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Maybe it’s the perspective a long life brings, but I find myself eyeing with some skepticism the glut of “personal brands” that assault us every day on television, in print and through social media. Entertainers, celebrities, politicians striving for acclaim, artists and writers who’ve maste…

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Kyle Roerink’s recent Writers on the Range opinion “A dangerous game of chicken on the Colorado River” reminds one of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1983 caution in a Washington Post op-ed: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Letters to the Editor

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I am amazed that a visitor could paint our community as racist based on a parade. Was she promoting the national trend of identity politics based on skin color? The woman (excuse me if she identifies differently) from Lincoln, Nebraska who vacationed here over the Fourth of July found our pa…

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On behalf of the Leadville Shack Club, we wanted to say that we are so excited that Boom Days is back in Leadville! This weekend comes together through so many hours of volunteers and planning, and we wanted to thank everyone who makes this weekend possible. The Shack Club is ready to march …

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The signs are up; election season is upon us again. Long before we show up to vote or mail in our ballots, opinions are being formed and candidates are selected. With this in mind, I appreciate you taking a few moments to read my thoughts concerning Heath Speckman running for sheriff of Lake…

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I would like to take this opportunity to tell my community that I have resigned from St. Vincent Family Health Center. My last day is Oct. 31, 2022. I will maintain my privileges at SVH hospital and use their services as my patients need them. I am opening a new practice here in Lake County …

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National Night Out is a campaign that takes place on a single night across the nation which commemorates law enforcement and first responders and allows the community to gather together to celebrate camaraderie, enhance neighborly relationships and promote stronger police-community partnersh…

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I was vacationing in Leadville over the Fourth of July. I’m not from Colorado, but the quiet mountain town seemed safe and welcoming. Instead, during what was supposed to be a family-friendly parade, I witnessed a racist display of power by the interim sheriff. 

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We are a Climax family. So initially, when I heard Climax was purchasing the building I thought it was going to be a good thing, but I’m starting to believe that it feels a bit like pulling the rug from underneath the community. When I received the press release it didn’t take me long to res…

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On June 10, the monthly trivia event at FREIGHT directly supported Lake County Public Library and our efforts to host New York Times best-selling author Nic Stone during our Banned Books Week event in September. Stone is the author of “Dear Martin,” which is banned in a number of communities…

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Most parking roads on the north side of Twin Lakes are labeled “Fee Area” and the cost is $8 a day, or you can buy a season’s parking pass at the Forest Service for $75, up from $50 charged before the pandemic. I’ve noticed most cars parked there, especially at the first road west of the tur…

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We are writing to say goodbye to Leadville and Lake County. Almost 20 years ago, I accepted a great job at the High Mountain Institute thinking a downside would be that I had to move to a funky small town. I’m now moving on to a fantastic new job at the Putney School in Putney, Vermont. A ma…

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Planned Pethood Leadville (PPL) would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our Leadville/Lake County community, citizens, volunteers and businesses for their support of the June 18 PPL annual yard sale fundraiser! Many generous donations were received and the event was well attended with many l…

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When one looks back at two of the more recent mass shootings by two teenage boys — one in Buffalo, NY, the other in Uvalde, TX — you have to ask yourself why there was so much pain and grief present in these two young men that they had to commit such atrocities as this. Admittedly, the polic…

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When walking the dogs, I bring bags along and pick up litter. It wasn’t long before I started noticing the overwhelming amount of Keystone Light cans compared to all other forms and brands of litter. It wasn’t long before I noticed them scattered along the ditches along obscure county roads …

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I am writing as a Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) customer, urging fellow Lake County customers to vote in the upcoming Board of Directors election for Sandra Attebery and Nick Hellbusch. These two candidates are committed to the much-needed transparency with SDCEA customers.

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The news article in the April 21 paper about “mobilizing” workforce housing and finding the City of Leadville under contract to purchase one of the oldest, best houses on Banker’s Row, Spruce Street, was appalling to me that Mayor Labbe who keeps pushing for historical status for Leadville, …

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During the past few years I have felt as if decisions being made on my behalf — primarily at the state level — did not reflect my family’s values and needs, nor the those of my neighbors and friends. I felt as if I had been silenced and wanted my voice to be heard, so when an opportunity aro…

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Prior to the April 7, 2022 meeting at FREIGHT about the justice center to be built on Harrison Avenue and Monroe Street, which is across the street from our house. We requested a copy of the drill test results (which was done last fall) from Commissioner Kayla Marcella. Commissioner Marcella…

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My name is Caleb Cramer, and I am running on the Republican ticket for Lake County Sheriff. I was born in Fort Collins and moved to Leadville in 2017 and have made Leadville my home. The summers are my favorite as on my days off, I like to hike, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

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Last month, the State of Colorado passed House Bill 22–1117. The spirit of this bill was to help communities use their lodging tax dollars more flexibly to help with issues in their community. For many communities throughout Colorado, this is wonderful news. In Lake County, however, we are v…

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My experience with the Policy Advisory Team has been enriching and enlightening. Each of the meetings that I attend allows me to better understand the systemic challenges and opportunities involved with updated and innovative policies that can allow for more affordable and inclusive housing …

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Talk about irresponsible government. It is worse than appalling to read that anyone with an education would even think about taking a beautiful historic house and turn it into workforce housing.  What a travesty. Instead of preserving the history of Leadville and using it to your advantage, …