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Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second hardest job in the world.

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Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second hardest job in the world.

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The new year brings opportunities and chances for growth, safety and happiness. There is also no better time to start working for a better future than the present. This last year has been difficult for all of us and it is the sincerest wish of the Advocates of Lake County that 2021 will be a…

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I have to admit, I almost feel sorry for old 2020. It’s been catching a lot of hate these days, and not without cause. Of course, the year we call 2020 — with the obligatory eye-roll — isn’t an actual force unto itself, just a measure of time, one of the handy concepts we use to create a sen…

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When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent United States politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes.

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My first sense that this virus would be different was when my library supervisor called to be sure, at my age, that I wanted to work during the pandemic. Until that moment, I hadn’t personally realized how deadly the virus could be.  For someone who’s been managing a diagnosis of major depre…

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It is one of the great paradoxes of our time. Never in the history of the world have people had more access to information. At the same time, never has there been more uncertainty and less trust in the information available. Yet in a sea of spin, misinformation and outright manipulation, peo…

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December brings holiday lights, joyful songs, sentimental movies, great food, family gatherings, shopping excursions, and in our snow globe world, a blanket of snow. This year, however, December also comes with some unexpected challenges that can take a toll on how we celebrate the holiday season.

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By mid-September, there was no one left to call. The West, with its thousands of federal, state, and local fire engines and crews, had been tapped out.

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Every year right after an election, I’d find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. “What are the voters telling us?” they’d ask.

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Small Business Saturday is a relatively new American tradition. While Black Friday has been an informal holiday for more than 60 years, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Saturday after Thanksgiving earned its official title, designating it as a day to shop local and support hometown retailers.

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As snow blankets Colorado’s high-country and three ski areas are open for the season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas are excited to welcome guests back to the slopes for the 2020-21 winter season. While many things in our lives are different, what guests have come to love…

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If you happened to read the Albuquerque Journal recently you would have learned about a family who used their (galloping) goats to gobble up weeds and earn some extra money while keeping the city’s weeds and grass trimmed. In the Orlando Sentinel, you would have discovered that a man was att…

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The Advocates of Lake County could not fully work with victims of domestic violence in our county without the support of the entire community. We are very fortunate to collaborate with many organizations in providing services to victims and working to eliminate violence.

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Our ghost presided in our house on Poplar Street. The first time I met her I was doing dishes at the kitchen sink. I had the strangest feeling someone was looking at me from the doorway to the dining room. I turned and saw nothing, but for some unknown reason I said “Hello, I’m glad you are …

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“Why doesn’t the victim just leave?” is a common question posed to advocates for victims of domestic violence. It is important to acknowledge that this question blames victims for their situations, and a more appropriate question would be “why does the abuser continue to abuse?”.

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In 1982, Colorado was a different place than it is today. The population statewide was roughly 3.1 million. The value of the average home was about $130,000. The Denver Broncos were still a year away from drafting John Elway. And, in that year, the state passed the Gallagher Amendment, which…

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It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have. Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the political world has been girding for this moment.

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The howl of the wolf is a primal sound, and when you hear it, it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. One of my own favorite wolf encounters was while exploring the Alaska Range, when I inadvertently got between a pack of wolves and their pups. The pups were warbling pitifully d…

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As if things weren’t hard enough for Colorado’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

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The July 15 release of newly revised Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was hailed as an effort to streamline the process for environmental analysis and documentation of proposed federal actions. Previous r…

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While Americans have returned to many of the activities they were doing before the coronavirus hit, going to the doctor may not be one of them. 

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Oh, what a day filled with excitement and unexpected surprises during this year’s Leadville Trail 100, August 16, 1997, 23 years ago.

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Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy.

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The numbers are in, and they are good. At the conclusion of Connect for Health Colorado’s Open Enrollment Period for 2020 coverage, 166,850 Coloradans had signed up for a private health insurance plan through Connect for Health Colorado, our state’s nonprofit health insurance Marketplace. Se…

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These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and local policy …

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Happy June everyone! We hope you all are staying healthy and well during this time. We know things haven’t been easy, but we are excited to let you know about all the fun things we have to offer.

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Mental Health Month wrapped up in May, concluding a month of awareness work around this year’s theme: #Tools2Thrive. Certain habits, practices and routines can help us thrive both physically and mentally, even during very difficult times. One of those tools that helps us thrive is connecting…

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This month we’re celebrating “dads and grads” and reminding our community about the importance of the annual routine physical examination. The examination’s role is to help men and women of all ages stay in tip-top health.

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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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Researchers have observed that people who are able to specifically identify their emotions are less likely to binge drink, be physically aggressive, or injure themselves when distressed. It can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you are feeling them especially during stressful time…

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This afternoon, I spent a couple of hours sitting in my rocking chair on the back deck watching Lee-Lou wander around the yard checking things out and occasionally bouncing off the fence. She moves slowly so the bounces aren’t painful.

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After reading the re-published article in the Herald Democrat on April 22 (originally from Volume 1, No. 10 of “Mountain Diggings,” a publication of the Lake County Civic Center Association in 1980) about the 1918 “Spanish Flu” in Leadville, I wanted to take a moment to stand up for Lake Cou…

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As people are distracted by the global pandemic, they may not realize that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in western Colorado is abandoning its wilderness protection responsibilities and choosing cows over wilderness, violating the law and ignoring its own obligations to the public. The…

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Several of Twin Lakes Inn’s chefs grew up in the south and honed their culinary skills in eateries along the Gulf Coast. Below is one of our favorite (grandmother approved) recipes for chocolate pecan pie, a guest favorite at the inn.

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The immune system is the body’s natural defense against illness. This intricate system of cells, tissues, and organs work together to defend against invaders like bacteria, parasites, a fungus or virus, all of which can make us sick.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Continental Divide encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lake County a better place for children and families.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month. I wanted to take the opportunity to share why we, here at Lake County High School, have chosen to teach all of our students how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

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For 16 years, High Mountain Pies has used these house-made bread and butter pickles for special events, sandwiches, salads and occasionally pizzas.

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In the Northern Hemisphere, we have officially crossed the vernal equinox and moved into the season of spring. The duration of light each day now exceeds the dark and continues to increase, an expression of growing Yang energy.

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Driving by the sign “HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPING INMATES,” took me aback. Making an illegal U-turn in front of the medium-security W. S. Key Correctional Center on a rural Oklahoma highway this February, I drove back to snap a couple of pictures of the sign.

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In my 17 1/2 years as editor of the Herald Democrat, I never once attended the Wednesday morning coffee. It’s not that I wouldn’t have been welcome (better make that somewhat welcome). But it was made clear to us at the newspaper that we were only to attend if we refrained from covering what…

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Something occurred to me as I sat in on several Leadville City Council meetings earlier this year. Why are we, as Leadvillians, allowing the existing council members to fill the vacant seats on the council when it’s something we should actually be voting on ourselves?

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Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second hardest job in the world.

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The new year brings opportunities and chances for growth, safety and happiness. There is also no better time to start working for a better future than the present. This last year has been difficult for all of us and it is the sincerest wish of the Advocates of Lake County that 2021 will be a…

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I have to admit, I almost feel sorry for old 2020. It’s been catching a lot of hate these days, and not without cause. Of course, the year we call 2020 — with the obligatory eye-roll — isn’t an actual force unto itself, just a measure of time, one of the handy concepts we use to create a sen…

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December brings holiday lights, joyful songs, sentimental movies, great food, family gatherings, shopping excursions, and in our snow globe world, a blanket of snow. This year, however, December also comes with some unexpected challenges that can take a toll on how we celebrate the holiday season.

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Every year right after an election, I’d find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. “What are the voters telling us?” they’d ask.

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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. 

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In 1890, when my great grandfather came to Leadville and started a family, he was a poor immigrant farrier seeking a hopeful future. Similarly, today’s look to the future requires hope and compassion, and compromise.

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Since I returned from overseas in the military, I have watched our country change from a community spirit of helping each other and protecting our children, our family and our constitutional patriotism. These values have eroded into special-interest, autocratic selfish attitudes of closing o…

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Our Founding Fathers wisely and intentionally created the Electoral College and embodied it in the United States Constitution to assure that the less populated states would always have a voice and a vote in presidential elections. Proposition 113 attempts to sidestep the U.S. Constitution. P…

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As chair of the Lake County Democrats, I would like to talk a little about each of our candidates. This year has been so difficult for all of us, and we need experience in our leaders to help us get through the continuing crisis of COVID-19, the aftermath of this pandemic when it finally end…

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Thank you Ray McGaughey for articulating my feelings about not condoning vandalism and hoping that Leadvillians will be more tolerant of each other as we continue to all struggle together in this most stressful year. Hopefully love and respect will also prevail.

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Have you even seen or listened to Joe Biden lately? If you have, surely you would have noticed that he does not appear to be cognitively well. Apparently he has had brain surgery for brain aneurysms in the past, which may be what is affecting him now. Whatever is causing his cognitive diffic…

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Leadville and Lake County are a part of Colorado’s vast Third Congressional District, whose electorate will be choosing between Diane Mitsch Bush (D) and Lauren Boebert (R) for representation in Congress. The incumbent, Scott Tipton (R), will not be returning to office. I’m writing this piec…

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I am writing this letter in support of Hanna Waugh for District 3 County Commissioner. Before we vote, I think it is valuable to know what the responsibilities, duties and powers of a county commissioner are. You can Google statutes and other sources, but a quick view would be the Snapshot V…

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I am writing an open letter to the person or persons who stole our Democratic political signs this past weekend. Not only is this a crime, but you are showing that you don’t agree with our basic First Amendment right to free speech. Are you so afraid that your candidate will lose that you ar…

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If you have no personal experience with domestic violence, it is easy to think “it doesn’t happen to people like me” or “it doesn’t happen where I live.” These are common misconceptions that we hear from survivors and supporters all the time. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and…

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Please join me in voting “yes” on Amendment B this year. This ballot initiative comes from a bipartisan effort to fix an outdated rule in our state constitution. Voting “yes” is a vote to ensure our rural communities have enough funding for schools, hospitals and fire departments. 

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I am very pleased to support Hanna Waugh in her campaign for District 3 Lake County Commissioners. A welcome third party candidate in Lake County, Hanna has made it clear that her campaign is about people over politics. This will also be her philosophy as she moves into a role as county comm…