Latest News – August 29

Driver’s License Office Open Three Days a Week

Smile! And say hello to Grace Smith-Sodic, who has been appointed as the New Driver’s License Clerk for Lake County. After extensive training (does that include taking good pictures?) Smith is now available to assist local residents with their driver’s license needs.

Service with a smile at the Driver's License Office. Grace Smith-Sodic is ready to assist you!

Service with a smile at the Driver’s License Office. Grace Smith-Sodic is ready to assist you!

The office – which is located off the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the courthouse – will be open 3 days a week, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The office can renewal licenses, out of state transfers, written motorcycle and drivers tests for instruction permits, duplicate minor licenses, add medical to CDLs, and add motorcycle endorsement.

“We cannot do any issuances for CDLs, or I-94, or EADS visas from the Leadville office,” explained Smith. “Those customers will need to go to a state office.”

Smith is a native of Leadville and is looking forward to serving Lake County residents in her new position. Obit_Spacer_Thin

Meet New Staff at Leadville/Lake County Airport

Ladies and Gentleman, this is your pilot speaking. Please prepare to be introduced to the new staff at the Leadville/Lake County Airport!

The new High-Flying staff at the Leadville/Lake County Airport (left to right): Operations Technician Zach Dawson and Manager Levi Brown.

The new High-Flying staff at the Leadville/Lake County Airport (left to right): Operations Technician Zach Dawson and Manager Levi Brown. Welcome to Leadville!

Levi Brown has been named Manager at America’s Highest Airport. Brown originally hails from Kansas, where he got most of his training and education. Brown holds a piloting degree from Kansas State University, and has also secured his certificated member status for airport management from Metro State University in Denver. His aviation career started as a commercial pilot.

“I enjoyed it, but you never know where you’re going to be at night,” says Brown. “And the pay isn’t as good as people might imagine it would be.” From there, he went on to do some aviation teaching, as well as time as a charter pilot, flying those big, fast jets around in Kansas.

Brown had originally applied for the Airport Manager position back in 2012. “I didn’t get it, so I went back to school and got my degree in aviation management,” explains Brown.

He also adds marketing to his list of credentials, which should come in handy as operations expand and the Leadville Airport grows it list of services offered at the facility. Brown is single and is looking forward to living the mountain life.

Fuel sales is one of the ways that the airport generates revenue.

Fuel sales for planes is one way that the Leadville/Lake County Airport generates revenue.

Zach Dawson is no stranger to Leadville, but is excited to be working up at the airport as the new Operations Technican. Dawson was born in Colorado, but spent most of his youth in the farming and ranching fields of Montana.

He eventually came back to Colorado, graduating from high school in Boulder, after which he headed up to the mountains to pursue his love of skiing. After years of tallying as many ski days as possible in a season, a skiing accident slowed down his outdoors adventure, and Dawson set his sights on aviation, securing his helicopter license in the Pacific Northwest.

Kids, young and young-at-heart love to see the small planes up close at the Leadville Airport.

The kiddos enjoy seeing the planes up close and meeting the pilots at the Leadville/Lake County Airport’s Annual Drive In/Fly in Pancake Breakfast.

“I decided I like the sun and headed back to Colorado,” says Dawson, referring to the rainy reputation of the Pacific Northwest.  Like Brown, Dawson had applied for positions at the airport before and was called back this July to re-interview for the position of Airport Operations Technician. Dawson has also completed Colorado Mountain College’s Fire Academy class, taught by Captain Simon of the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue.  

Dawson is an outdoor-lover and while he still likes to ski, he now  looks at the “quality, not quantity” of his days on the slopes. Personally, a long-term relationship, a couple of dogs, and the love of the outdoor recreation keep Dawson busy during his off-time.

Workers put the finishing touches on the footings and foundation walls of the new 100 x 110 foot state-of-the-art hanger. It’s going to be heated and offer space for plane parking. The project should be complete in early November. The new facility will provide local pilots with a place to park their planes, as well as allowing the airport to expand its operations to draw in more corporate traffic from neighboring ski resorts.

Workers from Lake County Public Works put the finishing touches on the foundation walls of the new 100 x 110 foot state-of-the-art hanger. The project should be complete in early November. The new facility will provide local pilots with a place to park their planes, as well as allow the airport to expand its operations and plans to draw in more corporate jet traffic from neighboring ski resorts.


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Flight & Flapjacks at Airport’s Annual Breakfast

The Leadville/Lake County Airport will host its 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fly-In/Drive-In, on Saturday, September 27 from 8 – 10:30 a.m.

The 6th Annnual Fly In/Drive In Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Leadville Airport on Sept. 27

The 6th Annnual Fly In/Drive In Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Leadville Airport on Sept. 27

The new airport staff, as well as many others from the Lake County Public Works Department, will be serving up a hearty breakfast for $6/per person.

If you love airplanes and airports, or if you haven’t been up to the Leadville/Lake County Airport in a while, this is a great time to check out all of the upgrades and meet the new staff. There will be plenty of aircrafts “Flying-In” for the breakfast, most of which you could get a look at up close – something people don’t get too much opportunity to do in a post-911 world. So mark the calendar, and Leadville Today will give you another “gate call” as the date draws nearer. 

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Latest News – August 28

Hopper Season Has Arrived on the Arkansas River!

Here is the local fishing report brought to you by Tim Hill of Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville: 

Upper Arkansas River (Between Buena Vista and Leadville) –FlyFishinGood news – although there will be some ongoing work on the banks, the work in the river for the Upper Arkansas River Aquatic Habitat Improvement  Project is over, so water clarity in the meadows should be fishable throughout the rest of the season. 

Hopper season has arrived on the Upper Arkansas River! Hopper/dropper rigs are taking fish with regularity.  Dave’, Joe’s, and Parachute hopper patterns are working on top and a variety of your usual suspects as a dropper should be added to your rig to increase your hook up rate.  Judging from the snow on the local 14ers, fall is quickly approaching, so get out there while the getting is good!

Latest News – August 27

Great progress has been made to the Lake County Intermediate School playground over the summer. This project is a joint effort between the Lake County Recreation Department, Lake County School District, Lake County Build a Generation, and local parents from Parents Active Within Schools (PAWS) who have partnered to work on renovating the Intermediate School playground. To date, they have raised $100,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), $7,500 from The Summit Foundation, $100,000 from the Community Health Foundation, $30,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, $100,00 from DOLA, $100,000 from Freeport McMoran and $51,000 from the community. Phase I is in the final stages! For more current information on the project: LINK.

Great progress has been made to the Lake County Intermediate School (LCIS) playground over the summer. This project is a joint effort between the Lake County Recreation Department, Lake County School District, Lake County Build a Generation, and Parents Active Within Schools (PAWS), who have partnered to work on renovating the LCIS playground. Phase I is in the final stages! For more info on the project: LINK.

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School District Improves Accreditation Rating

The Lake County School District (LCSD) is no long “on the clock,” when it comes to the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) accreditation rating. Residents may recall the recent 4-year stall on the ratings chart at the “Accredited with a Priority Improvement Plan” level, giving the district five years to improve their status or “face consequences” from the state.   The most recent report bumps LCSD up into the next level, putting a stop to the clock, for now.

The CDE's "clock" has stopped for the Lake County School District with the recent accreditation rating report.

CDE’s “clock” has stopped for the Lake County School District with the recent accreditation rating report.

  

“Improving outcomes for students in our district is a journey, and we still have a long way to go,” said LSCD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Wyman, referring to the recently released report.

“However, the improvement in our accreditation rating is a sign that our reforms are beginning to have an impact, and that the hard work of our teachers and our students is paying off.”

Wyman was referring to The Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) 2014 school district accreditation ratings, which was recently released to the public. This time, Lake County School District has a new rating, one that reflects measurable improvement. For the past four years, Lake County has been “Accredited with a Priority Improvement Plan.”  This year, Lake County will be “Accredited with an Improvement Plan.” The change is the result of improved academic performance in the district.

Lake County School District (LCSD) students Jordan Jaramillo (top) and Jose Angel Garcia (bottom) participate in the Stanford University Educational Program for Gifted Youth in the West Park Elementary School technology lab. Photo: LCSD

Lake County School District (LCSD) students Jordan Jaramillo (top) and Jose Angel Garcia (bottom) participate in the Stanford University Educational Program for Gifted Youth in the West Park Elementary School technology lab. Photo: LCSD

“We believe this is going to be a great year for the Lake County School District,” said Wyman. “The energy our staff is bringing to professional development is palpable, and seeing concrete, if incremental, results from all of our efforts is a definite boost. We want the community to know that we share their desire for and commitment to improvement in our schools. We have great momentum, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our kids.”

It should be noted, that schools also receive annual CDE ratings, known as plan types. Given the reconfiguration of grades in Lake County, the school labels for 2014 don’t match the grades that will be in those schools this year. However, plan types follow grade levels, regardless of whether a grade stays in the same school.BackToSchool_Logo

With that in mind, Lake County also saw some improvement in its school / grade level ratings in 2014. Specifically, grades 5-8 have moved from having a plan type of “Turnaround” to a plan type of “Priority Improvement.” Like the district rating, this is a result of improved results in these grade levels.

Grades 3-4 are the only two grades that remain on a “Turnaround” plan type in the district. In 2014,  grades 9-12 maintained the highest possible plan type of “Performance.” The high school grades exceeded expected results in several areas, including overall graduation rate and graduation rate for minority students.

Details about CDE’s Accreditation Ratings:

The purpose of the Colorado Department of Education accreditation rating is to provide a statewide comparison that shows where districts are doing well and where they can improve. Colorado has five accreditation ratings for school districts (highest to lowest):

  • Accredited with Distinction
  • Accredited
  • Accredited with Improvement Plan
  • Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan
  • Accredited with Turnaround Plan

School districts accredited in the lowest two categories are considered “on the clock,” meaning that they have five years to improve their status or face consequences from the state. By raising its outcomes to become Accredited with Improvement Plan, Lake County as a district is no longer on this clock.

“We are really proud of them,” concluded Wyman, referring to the accreditation improvements.

The Lake County High School renovation is near completion and will be ready for the first day of school: September 3. A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Homecoming Weekend on September 26. Go Panthers!

The Lake County High School renovation is near completion and will be ready for the first day of school: September 3. A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Homecoming Weekend on September 26. Go Panthers!

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 Colorado Mountain College in Leadville held its annual Fall Community Fair yesterday, August 26. The event gives new students the opportunity to connect with local businesses and organizations. Welcome to Leadville, CMC students!


Colorado Mountain College in Leadville held its annual Fall Community Fair yesterday, August 26. The event gives new students the opportunity to connect with local businesses and organizations. Welcome to Leadville, CMC students!

 

Latest News – August 26

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Sunshine & Margaritas: Lighting Up Leadville

Sunshine and margaritas go hand in hand, so it seems only natural that the Solar Reception planned for tomorrow would be at Manuelita’s in downtown Leadville. Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) invite the community to a Community Solar Reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Manuelita’s Restaurant, 311 Harrison Ave. This event is FREE; margaritas and appetizers will be provided.

The Lake County Landfill utilizes solar energy in its operations.

The Lake County Landfill utilizes solar energy in its operations.

What you can expect: The roll-out of Clean Energy Collective’s residential program for the Lake County Solar Garden, including pricing, how to sign up and the answers to all your questions. C4 has been working on this project for three years and is inviting residents to be a part of the Lake County Solar Array and learn how to generate your own green power.

Latest News – August 25

Workforce Centers Gear Up for NEXT Season: Winter!

As the summer season draws to a close, with the official marker of Labor Day Weekend just days away, seasonal workers often start to consider, what’s next? Granted, some may have their summer/winter gigs locked in, like a well-oiled, ski lift-op/raft guide marriage-made-in-heaven. But for those who don’t, or maybe want something more year-round, with benefits, there are a couple of Job Fair events happening this week.Obit_Spacer_ThinWFC LOGO

 

Workforce Centers Hold Virtual Job Event, Fair

Workforce Centers in Leadville, Glenwood Springs, Edwards, Granby, Frisco, and Steamboat Springs are teaming up to host a Winter Virtual Job Fair, and it starts TODAY (8/25/2014)! What makes this event great for the job seekers is that it will run for 22 days, offers around-the-clock hiring, and be used to fill hundreds of jobs at ski resorts across Colorado’s high country.

Looking for a ski resort job for the upcoming season? The Workforce Centers can help!

Looking for a ski resort job for the upcoming season? The Colorado Workforce Center in Leadville can help! Two job fairs going on this week!

 
The Department of Labor and Employment’s virtual job fair platform will be used to stage the event that will run from August 25 through September 15. Job seekers need to simply log in or register at www.connectingcolorado.com to gain entry.
 
Once inside the virtual event, they can peruse a wide variety of job opportunities in hospitality, hotel and food service, ski operations and customer service. Participants will also be able to attend workshops to help them write a strong résumé and build their job seeking and interviewing skills.
 
“We’re excited to be able to provide this virtual job fair to these great employers,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “They offer full and part-time work, excellent benefits, competitive salaries and career growth opportunities.”
 
And because the job opportunities cover a wide geographic region, an online or “virtual” hiring event is the best way to go, she says. “Job seekers can visit this virtual fair from any location with a web connection and at any time.”
 
And for Leadville job seekers, there’s lots of help at the Leadville Workforce Center, located at 115 W. 6th Street. In fact, this Thursday, Aug. 28 from 1 – 6 p.m. the Leadville Workforce Center will be holding a mini job fair! The job openings are posted on the web at www.connectingcolorado.com. Applicants should apply online beforehand if they would like to be interviewed. Call the local office at 719-486-2428 for more details.