Latest News – September 22

Panthers Kick Off Homecoming Week with a WIN!

The Lake County Panthers football won Saturday’s away game against Byers by a score of 40-14, according to MaxPreps. Not a bad way to head into Homecoming week!Homecoming_Football

In honor of Homecoming, the Lake County School District will be celebrating Spirit Week, starting today with special fun planned for all students to show their Panther Pride throughout the week. Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day
  • Wednesday: Sports Day
  • Thursday: Super Hero Day
  • Friday: Purple & Gold Day

The week will culminate this Friday for Lake County High School’s Homecoming. After school, the Homecoming Parade will march down Harrison Avenue, starting at 4 p.m. The group will turn down West 4th Street and proceed to the Grand Opening of the renovated Lake County High School, scheduled for 5 p.m. There will be an open house, including tours of the new facility and cake from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

The Homecoming football game against Meeker starts at 7 p.m. So come, celebrate homecoming and cheer on the Lake County High School  – Go Panthers!

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Local Family Doctor and Staff Help Pre-School Families 

Alison Bujanda assists with the monitor as Amanda Stinnett with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, checks her blood pressure. Photo: AnnaMarie Valdez

Alison Bujanda assists with the monitor as Amanda Stinnett with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, checks her blood pressure. Photo: AnnaMarie Valdez

On Sunday, Aug. 24, Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger and her staff at Rocky Mountain Family Practice in Leadville for assisted preschool families with physical health screenings. Young scholars from The Center’s Early Childhood Programs received a variety of screenings during the day-long event. This is the second year that Dr. Lisa has opened her doors to support families who work during the week or may not have insurance.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Birds of Prey Entertain and Educate Students

The Rocky Mountain High Reading Council presented Birds of Prey to West Park Elementary and Lake County Intermediate School  students at assemblies last Thursday, Sept. 18.  

West Park students assembly for a Birds of Prey program last Thursday.

West Park students assembly for a Birds of Prey program last Thursday.

The presentation showcased a variety of live birds from the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, Colo. Trainer Diana discussed the birds’ natural behaviors, and hunting habits in the wild. The students got to see such amazing Birds of Prey as a hawk, owl, and vulture.

The students provided a well-behaved, captive audience as they got a chance to see these creatures up close and personal.

Programs like these are made possible by the Lake County School District’s Rocky Mountain High Reading Council, which raises funds, in part, by events like the upcoming Book Basket Raffle to be held in December. The group sells raffle tickets ($1/piece or 6 for $5) for book baskets assembled by local teachers, staff, and donors. Tickets may be purchased by any reading council member or at the West Park Elementary School office. It’s a great way to see your donations at work through programs like these!

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Latest News – September 21

Youth Outdoor Scholarships for Leadville Students

It’s always nice when things come full circle. And that’s what’s happening with the new-to-Leadville GECKO Race: The Rocky Mountain High-est Marathon. And, it hasn’t even been a month since organizers held the event in Lake County on September 7. For those unfamiliar with GECKO, it stands for Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors.

According to the Pagosa Springs company’s website, the GECKO premise sounds simple enough. Yet, study after study, shows that children aren’t getting enough outdoor play. And this trend isn’t improving.

Through donations and events, like this latest addition to the Leadville race calendar of events, GECKO is raising money to help children from all walks of life experience outdoor programming through scholarships to the nation’s leading outdoor education providers.

And now Lake County kids have a chance to apply for scholarships for teenagers to attend the nation’s leading outdoor education programs.

Through organizations like National Outdoor Leadership School, High-Mountain Institute, and WildPagosam, GECKO is enabling youth to reconnect with the outdoors through sensory exploration and hands-on experiences. One of the main goals of the program is to foster a deep respect and appreciation for the natural world, and to encourage participants to get “unplugged, off the couch and outside!”

The group is especially looking for applicants from Lake County. Interested parties should contact the GECKO team directly. Contact form is on their website: LINK

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Latest News – September 20

Arkansas River Ranch Trail Opening Sept. 25

The public is invited to be one of the first to set foot on the newly completed Arkansas River Ranch Trail on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Join staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and various members of the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) for the Grand Opening. The celebration will include the latest information regarding the Arkansas River’s Gold Medal status and recent riparian habitat improvement projects that have been completed within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

The Arkansas River Ranch Trail runs along the Arkansas River from the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site to the Kobe Recreation Site. Photo: Leadvile Today

The Arkansas River Ranch Trail runs along the Arkansas River from the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site to the Kobe Recreation Site. Photo: Leadvile Today

The Arkansas River Ranch Trail runs along the Arkansas River from the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site, in the northern portion of the AHRA, two and a half miles downstream to the Kobe Recreation Site.

At Kobe, the trail meets up with an extension of the Saguache Range Trail and then continues back upstream to the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site through the Hayden Ranch, completing a five mile loop. The non-motorized trail is open for biking, hiking and equestrian use.  

The non-motorized trail is open for biking, hiking and equestrian use.

The non-motorized Arkansas River Ranch Trail is open for biking, hiking and equestrian use.

“AHRA has worked with a number of different entities and utilized a number of different funding sources and grants to build the Arkansas River Ranch Trail and we are very excited to be able to open up this amazing area for the public’s use”, said Rob White, Park Manager of the AHRA.

The celebration comes just two days before National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27 and there is more to celebrate than just the additional recreational opportunities provided by the trail. “The habitat work that has recently been completed in the Arkansas River in this area will provide benefits to the fishery and anglers for decades to come, and will only help in maintaining the Gold Medal status the Arkansas River recently received”, said Greg Policky, Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 27

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 27

Public and media interested in attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration should plan to meet at 11 a.m. at the Arkansas River Ranch Recreation Site parking lot, located approximately nine miles south of Leadville via HWY 24, off of County Road 55. Lake County Commissioners, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and other officials and dignitaries will be given the opportunity to speak at the event. 

“The spectacular scenery afforded by this trail, along with the public access it provides to one of the best trout fisheries in the state of Colorado, will add to the appeal for the public to visit Leadville and Lake County, already a popular recreation destination,” stated Commissioner Dolores Semsack.

About the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA)
The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River Valley. 
For more information: LINK

Latest News – September 19

Leadville Movie Night Continues Friday

Movies in Ice Palace Park continues this Friday, August 22 with the high-flyin animation Disney film, “Planes.”Movies_Sept_19 copy

Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing-and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

This PG show starts at dusk, which is generally about 7 p.m. this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance). Although please note that if the movie is rained out, it will be moved up to the Colorado Mountain College gym. It’s FREE!

This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s a full line-up of this summer’s movies, as well as some information about how you can become a sponsor of this great community event: INFO.

Latest News – September 18

Motorized Tour of MBT’s Fall Colors Offered Sept. 25

Do you know someone who would love to get out and see the Fall Colors, but might not be mobile enough to do so? Well then, make plans to get them out on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail (MBT) to see Autumn’s high alpine beauty next Thursday, Sept. 25 for the  Phylis Hakala MBT Fall Tour.  This special tour is open to those individuals who do not wish to walk or bike the trail. The tour starts at 10 a.m.

Take advantage of this  once-a-year motorized tour of Leadville's Mineral Belt Trail coming up on Sept 25.

Take advantage of this once-a-year motorized tour of Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail coming up on Sept 25.

Once a year, since the MBT was established in 2000, the county lets a caravan of motorized vehicles on the trail during the fall foliage season. This special tour allows senior citizens and those people with physical challenges, the opportunity to observe the spectacular scenery. The event was named after long-time Leadville resident Phylis Hakala, who always made sure that the seniors and those less mobile were able to get out and experience the beautiful natural beauty surroundings.

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September’s St. Pat’s Parade Planned for Sept. 20

There are certain things that happen in Leadville to signal that autumn is on its way: the kids go back to school, the leaves start to change – quickly, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held. Wait, what?! Isn’t St. Patrick’s Day in March?StPats_2014SeptAd copy

Well, Leadville likes to celebrate its Irish heritage TWICE a year. Besides March weather can be cold and snowy for a proper parade, so why not do it again the third Saturday in March?!

This Saturday, Sept. 20 the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in September starts at Noon at the top of Capitol Hill (in front of the Mining Museum), and marches down historic Harrison Avenue and straight into the Silver Dollar Saloon, Leadville’s Irish bar. The Queen City Pipe Band will be returning to provide all of the lively bagpipe music that spectators have come to expect!

This one-of-a-kind Colorado happening is a spin-off of the true Irish holiday celebrated six months earlier on March 17. Today, it’s one of the Cloud City’s favorite traditions.

The great thing about September’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is that you never really know what’s going to happen. Some celebrations are unforgettable. Like the year, three bagpipe bands made the trip up. These musicians usually play the bigger parades for the real St. Patrick’s Day, but in September pure Irish luck prevails and the celebration is on! That year, during the procession’s usual stop in front of the Lake County Courthouse, all three bands played “Amazing Grace”. There wasn’t a dry eye on Harrison Avenue as the drums and bagpipes echoed across a perfect fall day, aspens ablaze amid Colorado’s two highest peaks.

The Queen City Pipe Bands will return to perform in the annual September's St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Leadville.

The Queen City Pipe Bands will return to perform in the annual September’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.

Other the years it seemed that the parade might not happen at all due to a lack of funds or clashing Irish personalities. There was one year when the parade marched a reverse route, starting at the south end of the avenue; it didn’t catch on though. Not only were people confused about where to meet before the parade, but the procession also had a hard time marching past the saloon with all the good Irish whiskey!

All marchers are welcome, meet in front of the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum on W. 9thStreet just before noon. Don’t miss “Amazing Grace” as the parade stops in front of the courthouse. After the parade, the Queen City Pipe Band will play some great Irish tunes at the Silver Dollar Saloon. And Tony will be serving up some corned beef sandwiches as well. So, grad your shillelagh, pull on that green sweater and head up to Leadville for September’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Slainte!

This year's parade sponsors include the Shack Club and LeadvilleToday.com. Everyone welcome to march or just come and enjoy one of Leadville's quirky celebrations!

This year’s parade sponsors include the Shack Club and LeadvilleToday.com. Everyone is welcome to march or just come and enjoy one of Leadville’s quirky celebrations!