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Lake County School District is gearing up for their winter sports season on a delayed schedule and without spectators as schools figure out how to carry on with athletics during the pandemic.

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Lake County School District is gearing up for their winter sports season on a delayed schedule and without spectators as schools figure out how to carry on with athletics during the pandemic.

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The Colorado Mountain College Eagles cross-country running team completed their season at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country 2020 Championships. The team traveled to Iowa to compete against over 250 college runners during the Nov. 14 meet.

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Colorado Mountain College men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed at the NJCAA Region IX Championships on Oct. 31 for the first time in the college’s history.

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Seven men and two women from Colorado Mountain College’s cross-country running team competed at the Colorado Mesa University Cross-Country Invitational on Oct. 10 at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction.

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For the first time since 2005, Lake County High School took two full teams to the state cross-country championships, contested in Colorado Springs on Saturday, October 17.

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Lake County High School’s cross-country team entered the 2A Region 1 meet in Lyons on Thursday, Oct. 8, as underdogs. All of the Panthers’ competitions in 2020 had been on hilly courses above 7,700 feet of elevation. For this reason, their best times of the season were generally slower than …

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The Colorado Mountain College cross-country running team hosted the CMC Eagle Open on Sept. 26 at the college’s Leadville campus. Joining the CMC Eagles, runners from Central Wyoming College competed in the men’s 8K and women’s 5K while Leadville’s own unattached Black Cloud Racing Team had …

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The Lake County High School cross-country teams dominated the Frontier League Championship, which they hosted at Colorado Mountain College on Saturday, Oct. 3. Eight schools, mostly from the Denver area, traveled up to compete for bragging rights in the league.

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A small group of Lake County High School freshman runners participated in the Snow Mountain Ranch Invitational hosted by Middle Park High School on Saturday, Sept. 26. The number of Panther harriers was reduced because some team members were resting in preparation for the upcoming season cha…

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Team Bellyitchers celebrates after wining Lake County Recreation Department’s coed softball championship. Pictured in the back row, left to right are: Allison Seifert, Josh McNicholas, Jared Schneekloth, Jordan Joseph, Chip Knee, Jeni Roeder Windorski, Matt Duncan, Paige Moran and George Kir…

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Colorado Mountain College’s cross-country running team is back from two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) meets after scoring lots of “firsts” along the way.

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The Lake County High School cross-country team divided their forces last weekend and competed in two different meets. Half of the team traveled to Gunnison on Friday while the other half participated in the Buena Vista Invitational on Saturday. Both courses offered the Panthers relatively fl…

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Lake County Middle School Cross-Country once again split their squad for competition last week in order to get every runner a meet entry. One group competed on a unique but slower course in Frisco on Thursday, Sept. 17. The race was run behind Summit Middle School and along Dillon Reservoir.

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Lake County’s middle school cross-country team had to divide and compete in two different cross-country meets last week because of COVID-19 entry restrictions. Part of the team raced in Eagle-Vail on Thursday, Sept. 3, and the other half participated in the Lake County Invitational on Friday…

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Lake County High School hosted 18 other high school and middle school cross-country teams at the Lake County Invitational at Colorado Mountain College on Sept. 4 and 5.

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Colorado Mountain College’s cross-country team members are ready to lace up their running shoes for another year. And in the team’s second season, when many college teams are learning to practice while physically distanced, the CMC Eagles are already well-versed in practicing the sport virtually.

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Lake County High School cross-country athletes returned to competition in late August, after a competitive running drought of over six months.

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Though the 2020 Leadville Race Series (LRS) summer events have all been canceled, the organization has created a new virtual event to maintain its presence in the endurance community over the summer and to provide support for Leadville and Lake County. The “Leadville 100,000-foot Challenge” …

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The Lake County Aquatic Center opened for phase one on Monday, June 15. While this is exciting news, due to public health restrictions we will only allow lap swimming, water running/walking and deep end water jogging. The sauna, hot tub, climbing wall, and diving board will remain closed.

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Hikers aiming to reach Mount Elbert’s summit from the south will walk upon a predominately new trail this summer, thanks to years of trail work efforts.

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Cloud City Wheelers is ringing in 10 years of work uniting cyclists across Lake County, creating and maintaining trails and engaging with the community to foster cycling opportunities for everyone in Lake County.

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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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Lake County Recreation Department opened a variety of outdoor recreational facilities last week. Open facilities include but are not limited to: Huck Finn Complex, Lake County Community Park, Ice Palace Park, the Kiddie Corral and Lake County Public Shooting Range. Restrooms and playground e…

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Colorado will celebrate Public Lands Day on May 16 this year. Established in 2016, the holiday recognizes the ways in which public lands are central to Colorado’s economy and quality of life.

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The Leadville Race Series (LRS) announced the cancellation of all June 2020 events last week. These include the Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half, the LT100 Training Camp and the LT100 MTB Training Camp. The race series attributed the cancellations to concerns over the health and safet…

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As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame has canceled the 2020 Fish Hatchery 5K and the Turquoise Lake 20K. The annual events were scheduled for June 6-7.

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The Leadville Boom Days International Pack Burro Race will not take place as usual this year, due to community health concerns and the scaling back of Boom Days festivities. The Western Pack Burro Association (WPBA) is organizing a “virtual” race in its place.

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The fate of Leadville Race Series’ (LRS) summer events remains uncertain. The first event of the nation-wide series, the Austin Rattler in Texas, originally scheduled for March 28, was postponed until November due to mandated restrictions on large gatherings.

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Staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic is easy, thanks to a number of recreation-oriented businesses in Lake County offering trail access and virtual programming. From online yoga classes to freshly groomed Nordic ski trails, there a number of ways for locals to engage in “Workout Wedne…

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After ski areas were shut down by Governor Jared Polis’ executive order in March, a series of limitations on public land use have come about, both as preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19 and to limit strain on emergency services.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), along with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife wildlife volunteer program, will once again monitor nest boxes for mountain bluebirds, tree swallows and violet-green swallows around the county beginning this spring.

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In light of the closures brought on in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Lake County, community organizations have shifted to offering much of their existing programs to remote platforms and creating ways to engage the public remotely.

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Adele Horning, a Nordic skier for both Cloud City Ski Club and Lake County High School, recently raced in the Cross-Country Skiing Junior Nationals. The competition took place at the Auburn Ski Club Nordic trails on Donner Summit in California in early March.

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STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to p…

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We are receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These report…

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Governor Jared Polis executed an executive order which directed that all downhill ski resorts in the state of Colorado suspend their operations from March 15- 22, 2020. The order is to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in mountain communities with limited care capacity.

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Even though the ice rink is closed for the season, don’t forget about Dutch Henry Sledding Hill. Dutch Henry is open every day with your own tube. Tube rentals are available every weekend from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the base of the hill.

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Each winter, a group of Colorado’s high school ski racers compete in every slalom, giant slalom, skate and classic race of the regular season. They are skimeisters — masters of both alpine and Nordic skiing.

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The Lake County Trails Coalition will host a community input session to aid in the creation of the Lake County Trails Master Plan next week. The session will take place at the 6th Street Gym from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday March 14. Anyone with thoughts on trails in Lake County is welcome.

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The Lake County High School boys basketball team tallied one win and two losses in their final three games of post-season play.

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The Lake County High School boys ski team competed at the 2020 Colorado State High School Ski Championships this past Thursday and Friday. Alpine races took place at Beaver Creek while Nordic races were at Maloit Park.