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Abe Lee first discovered gold in California Gulch on April 26, 1860. Nearly 161 years later, we celebrate the storied legacy of the town Lee helped found by way of Leadville History Month.

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Last summer, Colorado Media Project surveyed Colorado journalists to gather information about the state’s news ecosystem. Colorado Media Project (CMP) disseminated two surveys to journalists statewide in collaboration with the University of Denver, the Colorado Trust, Colorado Press Associat…

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This week, the Herald celebrates Women’s History Month with a feature on pilot Amelia Earhart, thanks to Lake County resident Reggie Ward Jr., who facilitated the feature by contributing historic photographs of Earhart that his family has safeguarded for over 50 years.

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This week’s newspaper features two perspectives on the danger of avalanches from different decades — a fitting bit of content for a snowy week.

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This time last year, the Herald was winding down after a festive weekend at Leadville’s 72nd annual skijoring competition. But more was on our mind than just catching up on sleep.

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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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For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The American West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than it was leading up to last year’s record-breaking fires.

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We often think of foreign and domestic policy as two separate and distinct fields. But for an American president, they are inextricably tied together. And as the Biden administration moves forward on its priorities, this is likely to become clear.

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As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer.

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Around this time of year, I start thinking about cherry pie. More specifically, cherry pie topped with real whipped cream. The reason is George Washington. Our first president’s birthday is Feb. 22, and where I grew up, in Ohio, it was a holiday, so schools and workplaces were closed and res…

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With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are divided and polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one another, and seemingly unable to find common ground on basic issues. Yet the path forward is nei…

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I am a lifelong conservative Republican whose faith in the criminal justice system was shattered by my near-death experience with it. I came within nine days of being sent to the gas chamber for a crime I did not commit.

Letters to the Editor

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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…

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On January 4 I flew to Washington D.C. to pray for our Nation during this time of confusion and darkness. On January 5, 6, and 7 I was present on the National Mall. I carried a flag which dates back to the Revolutionary War. It is a flag commissioned by George Washington; flown on the warshi…

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If President Biden strikes an agreement with Iran or North Korea, we must be allowed to inspect suspected sites without a waiting period. If there is a waiting period, they can move the contraband to a second site during the waiting period for the first site; then when the second site comes …

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On Monday afternoon a man showed up at my door with a box in his hands that was addressed to my family. Apparently the box had fallen from the post office mail truck into the road. This kind man picked up my package, thank goodness, and personally delivered it to my home. I can’t thank him e…

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that we are in a serious pandemic and doing everything we can to protect the health of our community is of critical importance. While a vaccine has been approved and it is on the way, we are no where near being out from under the COVID-19 grip yet. T…

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At the next City Council meeting a new ordinance for the regulation of short-term rentals will be presented. This ordinance proposes measures to address the neighborhood impacts of these properties. It also proposes a cap on the number of residential units available to short-term rent by non…

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Leadville Lions Club is an active community service organization and provides our community with many different programs. The Lions Club supports the Lake County School District with grants for student academics and activities, gives scholarships to Lake County students, provides glasses and…

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Most folks who have had a relative cremated, even those who have only pondered it, have known that the most troubling thing about it is the question one asks themselves, “How will I ever be sure that I get back the remains of my loved one?” The industry knows this. Why has the cremation indu…

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) has followed the permit renewal process for Nestle Waters North America (NWNA), a bottled water brand. In 2009, the GARNA Board of Directors expressed concern with an initial NWNA 1041 permit, opposing the project. Many concerns are susta…

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Will you help us brighten the holidays for hundreds of Lake County children? In December 2020, in lieu of our traditional public Christmas “store” event, and due to COVID-19, we plan to distribute gift cards to the families that register for gifts.

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The ballot measures this year provide a wonderful opportunity to experience democracy. In addition to seven propositions where we can vote yea or nay, there are also four amendments that appear on the ballot. Then, there are the 21 candidates for President of the United States. We are truly …

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I invite you to take a closer look at Ezekiah Lujan’s running for County Commissioner, District 2 as his candidacy is highly flawed on premise of his lack of experience and professionalism.

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Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) board wishes to extend its sincere thanks and gratitude for the continued support we have received from the Leadville and Lake County community during these challenging COVID-19 times. Over 200 people participated in our virtual Harvest Dinner and over 30 …

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 We need experience not extremism in our representation in Congress from the 3rd District. That is why we support Diane Mitsch Bush for Congress Health care is a critical issue for the people in Colorado. Diane will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. In the past, prior to the Affo…

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At a time when the ugliness of partisan politics dominates television, newsprint and the airwaves, we come together as members of differing political parties to ask for your support of Amendment B to repeal the Gallagher Amendment. Amendment B was referred to Colorado voters by a large major…

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As Lake County grows and faces new challenges, we need elected representatives who are good listeners and who are committed to solving problems with big picture understandings. Jeff Fiedler is just such a candidate.