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During last week’s regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, a concerned Lake County citizen made several comments about barriers to public participation in public meetings hosted by BOCC.

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During last week’s regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, a concerned Lake County citizen made several comments about barriers to public participation in public meetings hosted by BOCC.

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Last month, the City of Leadville announced that it intends to purchase a five-bedroom Victorian on Spruce Street to be used for workforce housing as early as this summer.

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As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, dedicated journalists from throughout the world are playing important roles.

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This week marks my last editorial at the Herald Democrat, a bittersweet reality.

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In a recent meeting, an individual asked why the Herald Democrat can’t put a more positive “spin” on stories. The person felt that the newspaper’s coverage sometimes seeks to divide the community, not bring it together. Nothing a little spin can’t fix, right?

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Congratulations are in order for the winners of the Herald’s Best Of competition, all of whom will be formally recognized when the 2021 Best Of Leadville & Twin Lakes publication hits stands on March 3 — just in time for skijoring weekend!

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Colorado’s red flag law has served as a sturdy intervention against gun violence for two years now, creating a safer place for the state’s 5.8 million-some residents.

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Earlier this month, the Herald asked readers what topics they would like to see covered more often in 2022 in the newspaper’s online poll. We weren’t sure what to expect.

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Colorado Mountain College hosted a community conversation focused on the tribal histories of the mountainous lands the college’s 11 campuses now sit upon. The event featured wise words from keynote speaker Ernest House Jr., rich dialogue and interesting questions.

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When the Marshall Fire sparked in Boulder County on the morning of Dec. 30, it was cold and overcast in Leadville. Snow covered the sidewalks of Harrison Avenue and another storm was on its way.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. They sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results by interrupting the Congressional count of electoral votes.

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It’s common these days to recapitulate the bygone year with a data-driven lens. Spotify tells us our top played songs, Strava reports how many miles we ran and the Herald editorializes on our most frequently reported topic (think my Dec. 16 editorial).

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Looking back on the Herald’s 2021 coverage, one topic undeniably dominated our news cycle — affordable housing. And while this comes as no surprise, we’ve got the quantitative and qualitative data to back it up.

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Scaffolding is up and masonry work is underway at the Herald Democrat’s building, 715-717 Harrison Ave. And though we will miss decorating our storefront this holiday season, the newspaper’s staff is excited about what is to come.

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Arkansas Valley Publishing Company, the owner of the Herald Democrat, has recently reckoned with the use of gender neutral pronouns in its newspapers and special editions.

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After a variety of delays at the federal level due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado State Demography Office recently released the state’s in-depth 2020 Census results to the public.

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Last week, the Herald concluded the “Our Forests” series, a four-month look at forest health and wildfire risk in Lake County. One reoccurring theme throughout the series was the importance of regional planning — a response to the fact that wildfire does not hold county lines.

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On Halloween, I took a break from handing out candy at Trick or Treat on Main Street to stroll down Harrison Avenue. I was struck not only by the creative costumes and decorations, but by our beautiful downtown buildings — many of which have recently been restored.

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Another election day is right around the corner. Lake County ballots can be mailed to or dropped off at the Lake County Courthouse; masks are required for in-person voting and ballot drop-offs.

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The Herald is proud to say “yes” to ballot measure 2A this week — an important step along the path to improving access to affordable housing for all in Leadville.

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This November, Lake County residents will vote on just three statewide ballot measures — a smaller number than in last year’s election. This year’s initiatives pertain to state government’s use of custodial money, the sales tax rate on retail marijuana and the property tax assessment rate fo…

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This week, the Herald is proud to provide coverage of the reinstatement of veteran health care services in Lake County.

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In 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization found that only four percent of all sports media coverage across the world focused on women. According to Statista, in 2019, only seven percent of the $30 billion spent on sports sponsorship across the world was di…

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In last week’s Herald Democrat, the newspaper published a cartoon by Leadville local Paul Irwin. The piece of art was controversial, as many of Irwin’s submissions are.

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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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The use of American Indian mascots by public schools across Colorado will soon be illegal, thanks to a new bill signed into law by Governor Jared Polis in June — Senate Bill 116.

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Though Leadville Boom Days weekend is traditionally the Herald’s busiest weekend of the year, the event never feels like “work.” Our staff always joins in on the festivities, and it is safe to say we will miss the celebration this year.

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The Herald is pleased to have seen the Local Journalism Sustainability Act introduced in both houses of Congress this summer. The bills, which mirror each other, aim to support local news organizations through tax credits for subscribers, advertisers and newspapers themselves.

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This time last year, the Herald staff was putting finishing touches on “The Women of Leadville,” the 2020 edition of the newspaper’s biannual Heritage Guide. Of all the fascinating women featured in the publication, one woman continues to mystify me — Nellie Davis.

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Last month, The Associated Press announced that it will no longer publish the names or photographs of suspects charged with minor crimes. In doing so, the national news cooperative acknowledges the immortality of news in the internet age — upholding the fundamental principle of “innocent unt…

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Personnel questions persist for many in regard to recent staffing changes at the Leadville Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. And truth is, many of these questions will remain unanswered due to their personal nature.

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Smoky skies closed out June in Leadville. A dusting of ash coated patio furniture as the smoke-filled air antagonized locals’ seasonal allergies. Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue (LLCFR) has already responded to four local wildfire starts this summer — the result of campfires, lightning and…

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A second independence day for our nation is now enshrined into law, thanks to a new piece of legislation declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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Leadville City Council passed a moratorium on the development of new formula businesses in Leadville’s historic downtown earlier this month. The moratorium is council’s first step towards enacting permanent protections against formula businesses hoping to open in the downtown corridor, an ef…

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After last week’s glorious weather, it finally feels safe to proclaim ... summer is here! You know what they say, move to Leadville for the winters, stay for the summers. Or is it the other way around?

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Has anyone noticed the ever-growing size of the Herald’s classified advertising section in recent weeks? In last week’s newspaper, the section topped out at four and half pages, one of the largest spreads of classifieds in recent memory.

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The dialogue around the Board of County Commissioners’ decision to hire a county manager is heating up.

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A proposal to change the federal population threshold for metropolitan areas is currently sitting with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The proposed change could have far-reaching implications for nonmetropolian communities across the United States, bringing up the question — how do…

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Colorado will gain an eighth congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022, thanks to a statewide population increase of more than 725,000 people from 2010 to 2020.

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The Herald presents the 2020 Best Of Leadville & Twin Lakes publication this week. Thanks to all of our advertisers and award winners who made this colorful tribute to the best of Lake County possible!

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As of April 26, the Gun Violence Archive had reported 160 mass shootings and 11 mass murders in the United States in 2021. The Washington D.C.-based research group defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are injured or killed by a gun, and a mass murder as an inciden…

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Our city’s streets are public property. We, the Leadville taxpayers, own them together. Why should residents be allowed to pay for unhindered control over public right-of-ways?

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As the weather warms, many Leadvillians are looking forward to the fresh produce that accompanies summertime. Whether from Cloud City Farm, private gardens, or Community Supported Agriculture boxes from other parts of the state, fresh produce will soon arrive in Leadville.

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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…

Columnists

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We’ve seen evidence that smaller rural institutions like Colorado Mountain College (CMC) can be highly nimble, pivoting to adapt to changing conditions.

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The Colorado River Compact turns 100 this year, but any celebration is damped down by the drying up of the big reservoirs it enabled. The Bureau of Reclamation’s “first-ever” shortage declaration on the river acknowledges officially what we’ve known for years: the compact and all the measure…

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Journalism has always been a tough way to make a living. It’s generally offered low wages, the constant threat of layoffs and consolidations, and the opportunity on any given day to enrage just about everyone who might disagree with the facts and observations you share.

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Kyle Roerink’s recent Writers on the Range opinion “A dangerous game of chicken on the Colorado River” reminds one of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1983 caution in a Washington Post op-ed: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

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It’s been about a year since Joe Biden took office as president, and though it’s still too early to draw firm conclusions about his performance, it’s not too early to discern some trends. Especially in light of how Biden positioned himself in the 2020 campaign and, I believe, how he still se…

Letters to the Editor

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Prior to the April 7, 2022 meeting at FREIGHT about the justice center to be built on Harrison Avenue and Monroe Street, which is across the street from our house. We requested a copy of the drill test results (which was done last fall) from Commissioner Kayla Marcella. Commissioner Marcella…

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My name is Caleb Cramer, and I am running on the Republican ticket for Lake County Sheriff. I was born in Fort Collins and moved to Leadville in 2017 and have made Leadville my home. The summers are my favorite as on my days off, I like to hike, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

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Last month, the State of Colorado passed House Bill 22–1117. The spirit of this bill was to help communities use their lodging tax dollars more flexibly to help with issues in their community. For many communities throughout Colorado, this is wonderful news. In Lake County, however, we are v…

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My experience with the Policy Advisory Team has been enriching and enlightening. Each of the meetings that I attend allows me to better understand the systemic challenges and opportunities involved with updated and innovative policies that can allow for more affordable and inclusive housing …

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Talk about irresponsible government. It is worse than appalling to read that anyone with an education would even think about taking a beautiful historic house and turn it into workforce housing.  What a travesty. Instead of preserving the history of Leadville and using it to your advantage, …

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Several months ago, the Lake County Senior Center received a small donation from a local who wanted to freshen up our “look” by getting new window blinds to replace the 40-plus-year-old ones that were cumbersome and outdated.

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Well, I did it! I am graduating this Friday, May 6, from Colorado Mountain College (CMC) with my bachelor’s degree in leadership management. I am proud of myself, but this letter is not to gloat about my accomplishment, but rather to show gratitude to all the people who offered me the love a…

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Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has never resisted collective bargaining. It’s simply never been an issue, as CMC works very well with its employees. The CMC Board of Trustees embraces its responsibilities to enable CMC to be an employer of choice by offering superior benefits, competitive c…

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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. Near the upper end of the valley, a prospector named Abe Lee dipped his pan into one stream and declared that he had found California: gold! The first …

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This letter is a response to a letter from the editor titled “Quinn calls for etiquette on Nordic ski trails.” Mr. Quinn, you wrote that “folks need some education on winter trail ethics.” Ethics have nothing to do with winter trail use. Ethics are defined as “conforming to accepted professi…

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I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the Democratic nomination as a candidate for Lake County Clerk and Recorder. First, I want to thank Ms. Berger for her service as Clerk for so many years. The clerk serves many roles within County Government. The first is as clerk to the Board of…

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Now that we have all felt the pain of this year’s tax bills, I would like to begin a discussion about responsible property taxation. In recent years the property valuations and property tax levels have increased substantially and significantly. With the increase in housing prices, the minimu…

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What a wonderful community we live in.  Broken Arrows 4-H Club held a “Funday” event on the 27th.  So many people and businesses donated to our drawing and bake sale and supported these by purchasing tickets and goods.

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The Lake County Democrats will hold our 2022 Democratic Caucus on Friday, March 4 at Lake County High School. The Caucus will begin at 6 p.m. with registration starting at 5 p.m. All registered Democrats are invited to attend. We are respectfully asking that all attendees wear masks to prote…

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Our community is so fortunate to have the Safeway pharmacy. I had a problem with my insurance company paying for a prescription. The price was quite high because of an error made by the doctor’s office. I was ready to pay the full price, but Garret, a pharmacist at Safeway, offered to call m…

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As of Feb. 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that one in 19 people across the state are infected with COVID-19. The department’s modeling estimates that 80 percent of the state’s population will be immune to Omicron by mid-February.

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During this unprecedented time, our community has been absolutely blessed to have a most critically important asset — the Herald Democrat newspaper. As we look back on the past couple of years and navigate into a post-pandemic world, we must not take for granted the role that our local newsp…

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In regards to Dave Horning’s letter published in the Herald on Feb. 3, 2022: Thank you for your insights on the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. May I add some of my own observations.

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The Jan. 6 edition of the Herald Democrat reviewed events from the Washington, D.C. rally held a year earlier. I attended that rally in 2021. What I have stated before in the Herald Democrat is that news reported by the mainstream media was only partially true. I would like to share from my …

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I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election as your Lake County Commissioner. It has been an honor to serve you for the past four years, and I hope to earn your vote to continue the work that has been started. I especially believe that it is important to continue our work at region…