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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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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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It’s when we think about love and our sweethearts and Valentine’s Day. It’s also when the American Heart Association works to raise awareness about heart health and urges steps to prevent heart disease. An unhealthy heart and cardiovascular system can lead to heart attack and stroke. Factors…

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A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural America. Widely viewed as a program that helps combat urban poverty and food insecurity, SNAP has seen a greater percentage of utilization in rural areas…

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The Center for Rural Affairs has long focused on strategies to support economicvitality for small communities. Our work to assist small businesses, develop value-added agriculture, and improve policy all focus on creating widespread opportunity for people who live in rural areas.

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month, the providers at the St. Vincent Clinic share some straight talk on the sensitive subject of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer prevention.

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Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Nebraska Food Council is urging Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into schools.

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The Leadville Police Department wants everyone to be able to enjoy their time out and get home safely. We have put together a few safety tips to help remind everyone to be alert and keep each other safe.

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Last week, we witnessed a historic act: For the first time since 1981, a new community has voted to join the Colorado Mountain College special taxing district, while simultaneously the existing CMC district has invited them in with open arms (nearly 80% voted yes). On behalf of the CMC Board…

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This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In this process, Dreamers are considering where they belong, living in a psychological and legal borderlands. Where should they go if the court authorizes President Trump to end the…

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“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa

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You have no doubt caught some of the great healthcare news this summer regarding a significant drop in full-price cost of premiums in the individual market across the state for 2020.

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All of us at St. Vincent Hospital are admiring the changing aspens this month. And as we roll through autumn, we also put our focus on fall prevention. An unfortunate reality is that among adults 65+, falls are a leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma, unintentional injuries and eve…

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According to the Center for Disease Control, about 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Defined as a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain, TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an objec…

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The major change in routine in August and September for kids and parents makes for an exciting — and sometimes stressful — time of year. If stress becomes chronic, it negatively impacts overall health. Not only that, it can impair a person’s ability to learn and remember facts as well.

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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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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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Our children recently completed the summer golf lesson series through the Lake County Recreation Department at Mt. Massive Golf Course. We want to commend and thank instructor Mike O’Leary for individualizing instruction to each student in the class and for going out of his way to make sure …

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Someone took my Black Lives Matter poster right out of my front yard! What has happened to common decency and respect for everyone’s rights and lives? I am angry but mostly just very sad. And now, two days later, I have heard of at least three-to-four more signs being taken! Even in Leadville...

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Today, I write with sincere thanks for your continued support in these unprecedented times. In planning for this school year, our team has prioritized the health and safety of our staff, students, families and community.

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OnSaturday I was leaving Leadville and damaged my tire going through an intersection with road work. Within minutes of stopping, a group of young men and a woman noticed the sliced tire and insisted on helping me. They worked efficiently together removing the damaged tire, replacing it with …

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Before I get to the point of this letter, I want to say that all the many travelers who’ve come through town this summer have been very generous with the merchants and for this we are grateful. Leadville is my hometown, I have deep roots here, and I believe in supporting the community. Howev…

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Merle Baranczyk values his readership. In his decision to make The Mountain Mail a semiweekly instead of a Monday-Friday newspaper, he said that he did not want to publish solely online because, in his words, “most Mountain Mail readers want to hold a printed newspaper in their hands. Some o…

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We, your neighbors at the Leadville Lions Club, want to take a moment and apologize for any confusion and disappointment you might have felt in us not putting on the fireworks display this year. There was a lot of information floating around social media recently about our decision and we wa…

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As your chief of police I need to assure our community that the Leadville Police Department works and trains energetically every day to provide the safest environment for all of us to live our lives and raise our families in peace. We strive to be proactive in our daily interaction with our …

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You may have noticed a small but vocal group of Black Lives Matter protesters on Harrison Avenue each Sunday evening this summer. These protests are organized by One Leadville, a loose coalition of activists and concerned citizens in our town. One Leadville was created in the wake of Donald …

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The One Leadville Law Enforcement Review Task Force would like to thank Sheriff Reyes, Chief Bertolas, and Mayor Labbe for meeting with us on Thursday, July 16. The work of local law enforcement is critical in our county, and we value their support in creating a meaningful forum for communit…

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This past week our community was honored by USA Today as one of the best historic small towns in America. I believe we all feel a sense of pride in having our city highlighted on the national stage, but in our day-to-day lives what does that really mean to us?

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Leadville Main Street would like to extend sincere gratitude to all who participated in Community Cleanup Day on June 13. It was a successful event, that resulted in over 70 volunteers removing over 1.25 tons of trash from our streets and common spaces.

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As we approach the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that ensured women the right to vote in the nation, it seems useful to recall our local women’s suffrage history. In my research I came across this lovely tidbit from Leadville that I thought wo…

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I am an unaffiliated voter who will be voting in the Democratic primary for Heidi McCollum for district attorney. Heidi and I grew up together in Eagle County and I’m confident that her values, character, work ethic and leadership will benefit all of us as district attorney for the Fifth Jud…

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Monday, June 29, is the National Scleroderma Day when those of us touched by this disease ask our legislators to fund research and programs for us and our families. Scleroderma means hardening of the skin which is the most visible condition of this chronic connective tissue disease effecting…

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With two of my own daughters being attorneys I was so impressed when a young woman attended one of my first Lake County Democratic Central Committee Meetings. I was already a big fan of our current District Attorney Bruce Brown so when Ms. McCollum spoke at that meeting I knew DA Brown chose…

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I am a retired attorney who spends an extended amount of time in mountain communities. I support Heidi McCollum for the position of district attorney. In response to letters to the Herald Democrat, “Angel seeks support for District Attorney,” and “Katz supports Angel for DA,” there are sever…

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As a criminal defense attorney practicing throughout the Fifth Judicial District, I must respond to Deputy District Attorney Johnny Lombardi’s endorsement of Heidi McCollum for district attorney that appeared in last week’s paper.

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For the reasons set forth in this letter, I endorse Ms. Heidi McCollum for the position of District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District. Ms. McCollum’s parents were dedicated educators to the children of Eagle. Her two brothers served our country in the United States Armed Forces.

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I have been a criminal defense attorney in Breckenridge since 1994. I served two terms on the Breckenridge Town Council from 1996-2008 and have served on virtually every board and commission for Breckenridge since 1996. I have known Braden Angel for over 14 years, since he was an intern in t…

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Lake County has been an amazing community for me. From the moment I arrived, I have grown so much as a person and I would like to contribute an idea to the residents of Lake County.

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President Trump has no respect for the rights of our U.S. citizens or our constitutional rights to protest. It’s truly amazing that the GOP condones this action and all other deplorable actions of Trump.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) exists to support the health and well-being of the whole Leadville-Lake County community and its many diverse residents. Racism and discrimination go against every part of our mission. Lake County Public Health Agency affirms that the lives and well-b…

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We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our community for their outpouring of support during these challenging times. Over 100 volunteers have stepped in to help us shift our operations from serving almost daily hot meals to offering take out lunches and a full grocery pantr…

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All Lives Matter? Of course. However, when you counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter it indicates — strongly suggests —that you haven’t gotten it yet. All Lives Matter? Of course they do. The thing is, Black and Brown lives have not.

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The Black Lives Matter movement got its roots during the days of slavery. Black people endured horrendous treatment from their White owners who decided that Black people were not human. Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonm…

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One Leadville, a group of Leadville community members in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, has organized educational teach-ins and protests at the Lake County Courthouse each evening this week (Monday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m.), open to the public. We are heart…

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