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St. Vincent Health’s new hospital opened to the public last week, an exciting milestone in Leadville and Twin Lakes’ path to growth and modernization.

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Independent redistricting commissions are currently working to redraw Colorado’s political lines. The process is the state’s first “independent” attempt at the exercise without the lead of the state’s dominant political party — a reform passed by 70 percent of voters in the 2018 election.

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New businesses, vaccines, trail races, rainy afternoons, the return of parades, a new school, burros, construction projects, heat waves — oh my! What a summer it’s been.

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This week’s newspaper marks the halfway point of the Herald’s “Our Forests” series, a compilation of articles on forest health and wildfire risk in Lake County. Out of all the fascinating information Patrick and I have learned while writing the series, what sticks out most is the interconnec…

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The Herald was dismayed to see Lake County Public Health Agency and Lake County Office of Emergency Management’s COVID-19 community briefing return to our email inboxes last week. The briefing marked the first of its kind since early April — a symbolic ending to a four-month period in which …

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I would like to add my voice to the gathering storm of protest over the proposed permitting of Union Milling. The Leadville Mill owners are seeking a permit to process large amounts of mine tailings, up to 80 truckloads a day, right through town to a location next to the wastewater treatment…

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Good guy alert! On Wednesday, Sept. 8, I was waiting for a big yellow truck hauling rock to pass before I turned onto Hwy. 300. He was going pretty slow and I thought, “What is wrong with this guy?”

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Are we really going to send our kids off to a school where the first thing happening is our kids sitting in front of a tablet computer and basically being forced to look at a video screen? To learn from a video screen? To begin a long journey into a lifetime of staring at video screens?

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First, thanks to everyone, especially the community locals who supported and encouraged me forward for and during this year’s race. The volunteers were exceptional.

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I am writing with concerns and information about the Leadville Mill, which is to be located near the wastewater treatment plant off U.S. 24 just east of Malta curve. There are a number of issues with this new operation which are troublesome to me.

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Most Americans alive 20 years ago remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. They remember the airplane hijackings, the attacks and the collapse of the Twin Towers. They remember the nearly 3,000 who perished.

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A question was asked of me a couple of days ago: What if The Matchless Mine were to burn down? The thought took my breath away. I couldn’t even imagine that happening to The Matchless Mine, but it could.

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New Mexico, the third-ranking United States oil producer, has moved to curtail methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, moving it closer to neighboring Colorado’s leadership. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and also damages human health.

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Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue continues to develop creative ways to care for the needs of our rapidly growing community. As emergency call volumes have increased, we realized early on that we had to put into place a strategic plan to ensure we have the staff and resources to provide grea…

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Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots. Sure, I know that plenty of people like to flip the classic Clausewitz quote and say that politics is war by other means. All’s fair, etc., they insist.

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During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched three acres of its riverfront float away. More recently, it’s been drought, and then worse drought.

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“Help a Senior!” is a new volunteer program that aims to help seniors age in place right here in Leadville. With help from volunteers, seniors will be able to live in their beloved Leadville while managing the upkeep of their homes and receiving the social support that is so essential to wel…

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This feedback may be a bit dated considering the 2020 date on the publication, but we only recently had the opportunity to see a copy of “The Women of Leadville”. What a fascinating publication. It has all the markings of a labor of love by people who love their community.

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Are any other Lake County citizens wondering why our county departments and BOCC are still spending our monies on creating master plans? As I recall, the Lake County Senior Master Plan was done utilizing folks here in town. Some of those folks have moved, but new folks have moved in who migh…

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It has been an honor to work for you Leadvillians at the City of Leadville these past seven and a half years. Side by side with the mayor and City Council, I believe that we have managed with grace, pride and great ethics. The accomplishments I have had the privilege to be part of will forev…

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I’ve been out of town for a couple of weeks, so I’m just catching up on reading the Herald. I’m quite confused after seeing that the Lake County Community Law Enforcement Board was discussing the fact that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is no longer responding to some suicide calls.…

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I’ve called and written Representative Lauren Boebert’s office hundreds of times. I’ve perused her website. She has voted 100 percent of the time against the hundreds of vulnerable retirees I represent as president of the Denver Metro Retiree Chapter.

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As stated in the Herald Democrat article published on April 28, the Lake County Aquatic Center closed due to a leak in the pool liner that was unable to be identified or repaired.

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My deepest appreciation to everyone with whom I’ve worked, laughed, played and collaborated over the past five years as vice president and campus dean at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Leadville and Chaffee County. I am proud of our many accomplishments and grateful for the support and kind…

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In the early 1980s, what may have precipitated the first tomato war was a comment made to Taylor Adams, owner of the Inn of the Black Wolf at Twin Lakes (the inn was so named because Ms. Adams raised wolves there).

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The Herald’s June 24 edition included a letter to the editor that expressed objections to possible funding of an engineering plan for wastewater, potable water and fire protection for Twin Lakes Village and adjacent Gordon Acres. The writer is to be commended for her concern for best use of …

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The summer solstice is at hand, the longest day of the year. Then comes St. John’s Eve — the 23 of June. Bonfires were common throughout town, lighting up the nighttime sky. Everyone who had someone named John in their family was sure to have a bonfire of their own or participate in someone else’s.

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I hope from my letter that restaurants in town will post their menus outside of their establishments. I have been a local for over 22 years.  I had a very disabled friend come to visit the other day who uses a cane. I was very lucky to park right in front of the restaurant we planned to eat …

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There’s still gold in them thar hills. At least that is the consensus among those active in mining and milling operations. With skyrocketing inflation giving precious metals such as gold and silver the amplitude for record-setting growth, is it any wonder such ventures are now being hotly pursued?

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On June 17, family and friends were invited to an awards ceremony at Fire Station One to honor 24 firefighters, 15 of whom completed their training and were to take an oath of office. The remaining nine firefighters were to receive a distinguished service award/commendation.

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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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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…