Latest News – November 25

Ski Cooper To Open Early, This Friday, Nov. 28

Ski Cooper located north of Leadville, has pushed up its Opening Day to this Friday, Nov. 28 due to recent snowfall. Ad_OpenEarly

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According to the ski hill’s Facebook page:

“Let the mountaintops cry out and the depths of the oceans sing forth, that all the world might hear: COOPER IS OPENING EARLY!!! It’s the huge WHITE FRIDAY celebration for us! Forget about shopping, GO SKIING! With 3 feet of snow in the past two weeks, 54″ total so far this season, and a great 18″ average base depth, we’re ready to spin the lifts and offer you 100% of our terrain!”

While the Leadville ski mountain management was hopeful for early season snowfall, the resort was not planning on firing up the lifts until Dec. 13. As one of the older ski areas in the state, Ski Cooper doesn’t make any snow, so it relies purely on Mother Nature. The good news is that it has some of the best skiable terrain and conditions. And this November, that good news kept coming, inches at a time!

Ski Cooper will open for the season this Friday, Nov. 28!

Ski Cooper will open for the season this Friday!

For now, Ski Cooper plans to be open Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30. Then, the next weekend they will be open on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. The Ski Mountain will open full time, 7 days a week, starting Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

For more information, log on to the Ski Cooper website, or connect with them of the Ski Cooper/Chicago Ridge Facebook Page.Obit_Spacer_ThinRecNewsletter

Latest News – November 24

Last Friday, Nov. 21, part of the scaffolding came down off the Tabor Grand Hotel Apartments, located on historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.  It shouldn't be too much longer until W. 7th Street is re-opened to thru traffic! The big Grand Opening of the $7 million renovation is still scheduled for some time in early 2015, according to representatives from the Overland Property Group who own the building.

Last Friday, Nov. 21, part of the scaffolding came down off the Tabor Grand Hotel Apartments, located on historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville. It shouldn’t be too much longer until W. 7th Street is re-opened to thru traffic! The big Grand Opening of the $7 million renovation is still scheduled for some time in early 2015, according to representatives from the Overland Property Group who own the building.

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ALCO Stores Closing Across Country – and Leadville

In some way, it’s good to know it’s not just Leadville, but when the signs started to appear with a vengeance around town on Friday (Nov. 21), it didn’t take long for locals to get the message: the ALCO store in Leadville is closing.

The Leadville ALCO is one of 123 stores which will be closing in bankruptcy.

The Leadville ALCO is one of 198 stores in 23 states, closing in bankruptcy.

But so are its other 198 stores in 23 states. When the Coppell, Texas, based-company declared bankruptcy on Oct. 12, there was some glimmer of hopeful options. But last Friday Nov. 21 the financial services blogs were buzzing with the news that liquidation sales would begin at all ALCO stores, immediately, including the one which opened here in early 2007.

Liquidation Sale signs started showing up in snow banks throughout town last Friday.

Liquidation Sale signs started showing up in snow banks throughout town last Friday.

Leadville Today did reach out to local ALCO store manager Aubrey Mos, but today’s corporate culture usually disallows management to speak directly to the media; such was the case locally.

According to an advertisement posted last Friday on on the home page of the ALCO Stores website, all merchandise is on a liquidation sale, and store hours will remain unchanged. Saturday morning the Leadville store had an unusually full parking lot and plenty of shoppers, taking advantage of the 30-50% discounts.

The Alco website says the sales will end when all the merchandise has been sold. One employee stated, off the record, that they were told that the Leadville store would close Jan. 30, 2015, which seems to line-up with other online reports.

The stores are typically located in rural communities and sell groceries, apparel, housewares, health and beauty items, electronics, hardware and sporting goods. It’s humble mid-west beginnings under the name Duckwall, grew to a sizeable chain and the company changed its name to ALCO in 2012.

Let the pre-holiday savings begin! Deep discounts at the ALCO Liquidation Sale, from now until its gone!

Let the pre-holiday savings begin! Deep discounts at the ALCO Liquidation Sale, from now until its gone! The Leadville store is reported to be closing Jan. 30, 2015.

Latest News – November 23

The 2014 Leadville Arts Coalition Annual  Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairwas held up at CMC on Nov. 21 & 22. A lot of talented people live in Leadville!

The 2014 Leadville Arts Coalition Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair was held up at CMC on Nov. 21 & 22. A lot of talented people live in Leadville!

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O Tannenbaum! Christmas Trees Available in Leadville

When do you get your Christmas tree? Do you wait until Christmas Eve? Or do you get it Thanksgiving week and put it up right away?

The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Leadville Ranger District will sell Christmas tree cutting permits starting tomorrow, November 24 through December 24. The permits are $10 each, with a limit of five per family.ChristmasTreesPermits

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Foresters recommend the cutting areas in Lake County around Turquoise Lake Road (Lake County Road 9) and along Lake County Road 48 just to the southwest of Sugar Loafin’ Campground. County Road 9 is not plowed but may be accessed by snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling. County Road 48 is plowed for easier vehicle access. A map showing approved cutting areas is issued with each permit. 

Trees may be cut district-wide with a few exceptions. Areas closed to cutting include: all district campgrounds; Holy Cross, Collegiate Peaks, Mt. Massive, and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Areas; and Tennessee Pass. 

Permits can be purchased with credit card, cash, personal check, or money order made payable to the “U.S.  Forest Service” at the Leadville Ranger District Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits are available via mail by sending a check or money order to: U.S. Forest Service, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Additionally, permits are available at Saturday’s Discount Store at 12655 Hwy 24 South in Leadville, CO (3 miles west of the Leadville Ranger District office). 

Tree cutting details and suggestions for a safe outing can be found on the web under Spotlights: Christmas Tree Information.  

For more information, please contact the Leadville Ranger District at: (719) 486-0749.Obit_Spacer_ThinLions_Pre_Christmas_Trees

Latest News – November 22

Parade of Lights Theme is “A Caroling We Will Go!” 

The Leadville Chamber’s Parade of Lights seems to get better and better every! And this year is shaping up to be another contender for the pinnacle of holiday fun! 

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The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m on Harrison Avenue.  This year’s theme is “A Caroling We Will Go!” and entrants are asked to pick their favorite Christmas carol and base their float or parade entry on that carol. If your business, organization, or family would like to be a participant in the Parade of Lights, everyone is welcome to join the festivities.  

After the Parade of Lights Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and Christmas list wishes.

After the Parade of Lights Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and Christmas list wishes.

Following a wonderful Leadville tradition, Santa and Mrs. Claus are planning on riding along in the parade, and will be listening to Christmas wish lists from children inside the courthouse when the parade is over.  Area merchants will provide hot chocolate and cookies after the parade to complement the evening’s festivities. 

Entry forms for the parade can be picked up at the Leadville Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Ave or downloaded HERE

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Annual Parade of Lights!

The coveted Santa Traveling Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Annual Parade of Lights!

Trophies will again be awarded this year to the top three entries that demonstrate the most creativity using lighting and costumes, represent this year’s theme, and show their overall holiday enthusiasm. 

The chamber is asking that parade entrants return the registration forms by Monday, Dec. 1. Call (719) 486-3900 with any questions.

Latest News – November 21

Bobbie, Her Bike, and a Buck: A Fundraising Benefit

“I must have had angels with me,” said Bobbie Adams just a day after she was released from the hospital in Salida. “Because I don’t know anyone else who has hit a deer (on a motorcycle) going 65-miles-per-hour and survived.”Bobbie_Benefit

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So to celebrate that miracle, and raise some money to help with medical costs, there will be a Benefit Poker Crawl on Adams’ behalf in Leadville tomorrow Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Bobbie’s motorcycle buddies from around the region will start the benefit at the Pastime Saloon at 120 W. 2nd Street in Leadville. Folks can pick up poker hands at $5 apiece. The basic concept is to buy a number of hands, drawing a card at each establishment, until all five cards have been drawn and the best poker hand at the end, wins. The second stop on the crawl will be at the Tennessee Pass Café at 222 Harrison Avenue, then head north to The Legendary Silver Dollar Saloon, The Scarlet, and finally The Manhattan Bar at the corner of 7th & Harrison. There’s some great prizes and giveaways for participants. Proceeds will go to Bobbie.

As some readers may know, Leadville native Bobbie Adams was in a motorcycle accident with a buck on November 6 on Highway 285 south. Now on the mend and back home, Leadville Today caught up with Bobbie and heard her tale first hand.

The Manhattan Bar will be the last poker stop for tomorrow's benefit.

The Manhattan Bar will be the last poker stop for tomorrow’s benefit.

It was a beautiful fall day about high noon as Adams and another motorcycle-riding buddy were on a little ride down south on November 6.

Then, right by that old restaurant that’s been closed for years, between Nathrop and Salida, a buck ran onto the highway right in front of Adams’ motorcycle. She hit the buck dead center, on its side. The animal then swung around to the left side of her bike, smashing up against her leg and shattering it to pieces.

Reports state that the buck, Bobbie and her bike went sliding together, all tangled up, for about 125 feet, then  separated, forcing Adams out on her own. From here, she then slid on the seat of her pants for the entire length of a football field, finally tumbling only the last 20 feet! What?!

“I know, I’ve thought about it over and over again and it’s a miracle that I even survived,” said Adams.

But Bobbie has always been a survivor. In fact, for many, she’s one of the most unique, red-headed sassy Leadville entrepreneurs you could ever know. Who can forget Bobbies Bikini Weenie Wagon which sat at the junction of Highway 24 and Highway 82 from 1998-99, forcing travelers to put on their brakes as the spotted the bikini-clad hot dog vendor.

Bobbie's Bar - Back in the Day! Good Times! Good Tunes!

Bobbie’s Bar – Back in the Day! Good Times! Good Tunes!

And then there was Bobbie’s Bar, located in the basement of the MacGregor Building (old movie theater), a rowdy locals’ favorite and queen of the live music scene for many years.

Of course, many have seen the flamboyant red-headed beauty riding her motorcycle down the highway; Bobbie loves to ride. Born and raised in Leadville, Adams was raised like many other mountain girls with a great love of the outdoors and a natural athlete, whether it’s taking to the slopes, jumping on her bike, or hunting in the hills.

In fact, once Adams got her wits about her at the scene of the accident, she told the EMTs: “I want that damn deer, I want his meat in my freezer, I want his head mounted on my wall.”

The deer actually busted apart into five different pieces when it finally came to rest. So if anyone from Colorado State Patrol knows where those parts go, do tell. It would make a nice mounted conversation piece! But truth be told, it’s probably not the first buck who lost his head over Bobbie!

Adams does have a long road to recovery ahead. There’s the broken wrist and slight facial abrasions incurred during that last part of her tumble. But that left leg suffered the most, with over thirty broken bones, now pinned back together after 5 different procedures.

Fortunately, Adams did not sustain any head injuries when, by choice (Colorado State Law does not require motorcycle riders to wear helmets) she was not wearing protective head gear.

 “It was my ass that actually saved my life,” jokes Adams.

Adams has started physical therapy and home health care, but it will be two months before she will be able to put any weight on her leg, and ultimately 4 – 6 months until she is standing and walking.

To that end, Bobbie will not be attending the Poker Benefit Crawl tomorrow. But no doubt, there will be pictures and stories to share from the day. Heal up fast Bobbie, spring riding is just around the corner! Vroom!