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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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Letters to the Editor

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Finally Gary Knippa of CJK Milling has replied to some of the concerns of many local people in the letters to the editor section of the Herald on Oct. 7. It was a very smooth presentation. Knippa states that he “is communicating with representatives from both the U.S. Environmental Protectio…

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Lake County Recreation Department should be commended for offering a variety of year-round programs for youth and adults of all ages — volleyball, softball, yoga, Tai Chi, ballet, curling, pickleball, aerobics, ice skating, hockey and more. Combine these organized indoor and outdoor sports w…

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Something is rotten in the Lake County School District, and the newspaper is not fully investigating the problem. The main headline in the Herald Democrat for Oct. 7 actually read “LCSD reflects on student achievement,” yet the article was about students lagging behind and failing.

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I am writing this letter in support of ballot measure 2A, an important step forward for planning the Leadville of the future.

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We first came to Leadville in the early 2000s to camp with friends at Turquoise Lake. Later we brought our grandchildren here for their first camping trip. Then we rented short-term vacation properties and skied during Christmas and spring breaks. Then we stayed in Leadville hotels on the ni…

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As the managing member of CJK Milling Company, I’d like to provide information on our plans at the Leadville Mill to clean up Leadville’s mine waste. I believe our innovative remediation work will provide tangible, long-term environmental benefits to Leadville, to the Arkansas River, and to …

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If you vote in the City of Leadville, I encourage you to vote “yes” on ballot measure 2A this November. If passed, 2A will create the first-ever housing fund for Leadville. Right now we have zero dollars set aside for housing programs, and 2A is a productive step in the right direction.

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Lake County Public Library is sad to announce that Holly Henning, head of local history at the library, is leaving her position on Friday, Oct. 1. Holly has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the library’s Colorado Mountain History Collection — both print and digital. Sh…

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One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to meet with young people of all kinds and descriptions — sometimes one on one, sometimes in small…

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way.

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It was 1952 when the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs first started gobbling up water rights in a remote, high mountain valley on Colorado’s Western Slope. The valley is called Homestake, and now those same cities want even more of its pure water.

A question was asked of me a couple of days ago: Wha…

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It feels like an apocalypse in the American Southwest — wildfires, floods, drought, heat and smoke. This was not the norm when I moved to Colorado 35 years ago. Climate scientists may have predicted the arrival of these extreme events, but many admit their predictions have come true faster t…

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In the past 20 years, massive wildfires have scorched large swaths of Colorado, starting in June 2002 when the Hayman Fire roared across Park and Teller counties.

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Maybe it’s just a professional preoccupation, but I’ve always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I’ve never made a formal study of it, but have talked with plenty of them over the years, and one thing sticks with me from those conversations: There’s no one thing. Peo…

Letters to the Editor

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We must do more to strengthen our power grid against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Such an event can result from an attack by terrorists or by another country, (for example, China may already have the capability — which it may use in an economic crisis), or it can occur naturally. It…

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I am writing in support of the upcoming City of Leadville ballot measure 2A to establish an accommodations tax to support affordable housing, and I wanted to share my rationale.

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We shared a historic day on Sept. 8 as we cut the ribbon on our brand new hospital. I assure you — we will approach our new services with the same determination and care that it took to plan and build the new hospital.

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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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“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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