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One hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Durango. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $2,900 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for the …

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One hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Durango. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $2,900 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for the …

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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…

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The importance of having a safe, comfortable, affordable home became more obvious than ever over the last 13 months. Yet counties and municipalities across Colorado continue to struggle to deliver enough affordable housing for the workers that form the backbone of our communities and economi…

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Governor Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors from…

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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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“More Americans could lose their lives to deaths of despair, deaths due to drugs, alcohol and suicide, if we do not do something immediately. Deaths of despair have been on the rise for the last decade, and in the context of COVID-19, deaths of despair should be seen as the epidemic within t…

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Farmington, a city of 45,000 in the northwestern corner of New Mexico, has run on a fossil fuel economy for a century. It is one of the few places on the planet where a 26-kiloton nuclear device was detonated underground to free up natural gas from the rock.

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There was an interesting moment in Washington D.C. at the end of January, on Antony Blinken’s first full day as secretary of state. Meeting with the press corps that covers the U.S. State Department, he called an independent press “a cornerstone of our democracy,” and told the assembled repo…

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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.

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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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One hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Durango. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $2,900 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for the …

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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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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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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…

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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…