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Many Lake County residents have already received Colorado’s 2020 Blue Book, an informational booklet that provides voters with the text, and a subsequent analysis, of each measure on November’s ballot. Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will begin mailing ballots on Oct. 9. 

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Lake County School District is navigating a variety of bad options. T h a t ’ s h o w p a r e n t Beverly Lauchner put it in a Lake County School District (LCSD) Board of Education meeting last week. 

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The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed within Lake County School District last week. 

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Dark clouds are brewing over the Herald Democrat’s office this morning as snow lingers on the horizon. Labor Day is old news and the aspens are beginning to turn. Summer has undoubtedly come to an end in the high country.

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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…

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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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I was profoundly disappointed to see the large Trump-Pence campaign sign at the intersection of Sixth Street and McWethy Drive vandalized with graffiti last week. The graffiti included profane images and words, as well as the acronym “BLM.” 

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Halloween began as a celebration of the harvest and to chase away the evil spirits from the year and is now fast approaching. Everyone is trying to find inventive ways for traditional trick or treating: candy chutes from the door to the mailbox. They look like they will be fun to build, but …

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My name is Hanna Waugh and I am proud to be running for District 3 County Commissioner. Having been born and raised in Lake County, it is my duty to serve the community that has made me the person I am today.

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We need a leader in the White House who understands public safety and does not merely mouth, “law and order.” As District Attorney of Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District, I represent a community that understands that being safe requires law enforcement and citizens to collaborate with and res…

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Many thanks and appreciation to all of our first responders who took time out of their busy day to join our “Rally for First Responders and Solemn Remembrance of 9-11” on Friday, Sept. 11, in front of the courthouse. It was quite fitting and another stark reminder of their dutiful service th…

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Come join us on Friday, Sept. 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Lake County Courthouse sidewalks for an event to showcase Leadville and Lake County’s appreciation for all of our first responders.

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To the person or persons who took the large blue pottery plant pot from the outdoor chapel at the First Presbyterian Church last week: I was saddened when I arrived early Saturday morning to add fresh plants to the pot for a memorial service. I gave that pot to the church 10 years ago when I…

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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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