Latest News – October 23

Leadville Racing Takes Third Place at State Tourney

The Leadville Racing team ended their 2014 season in the same place that they started – 3rd place overall among 52 Colorado high school cycling teams.

The Leadville Racing Team ends the season in Third Place out of 52 teams across the state. Photo: Leadville Racing.

The Leadville Racing Team ends the season in Third Place out of 52 teams across the state. Photo: Leadville Racing.

This impressive standing was gained through dedicated training and hard work. In addition, by the time the final race at last Saturday’s Haymaker Classic State Tournament held in Eagle, Colo. was over, the team had racked up several individual and team podiums between the beginning and end of the season.

 “As much as the podiums mean to the team,” explains Leadville Racing Coach Stacy Kelly, who along with husband Bruce have dedicated countless hours and resources for the team’s success both on and off the race course, “the character aspect of helping others and giving of your time means just as much to Bruce and me as the racing results.  Our riders and their families have demonstrated exemplary character both on and off the race course.”

Which is probably why Leadville Racing was named Division 2 All Star Team of the year. And there was a notable individual accomplishment as well. Lake County High School Senior Lara Lufkin was named most improved female rider from the Colorado High School Cycling League (CHSCL). What a way to end a season!

The 2014 Leadville Racing Team is Seniors: Ryan Arguello, Stephanie Colton, Grant Gipson, Aairka Johnson, Lara Lufkin; Juniors: Chalie Koch, Jonah Osborn; Sophomores: Cheyenne Mendoza, Cain Gipson, Federico Montes; and Freshman: Joe Koch, Gracie Robinson, Brayhan Reveles.

“We are losing our seniors and will miss them terribly,” said Coach Kelly.

Lake County High School Senior Lara Lufkin was named most improved female rider from the Colorado High School Cycling League. Photo: Leadville Racing.

Lake County High School Senior Lara Lufkin was named most improved female rider from the Colorado High School Cycling League. Photo: Leadville Racing.


Aside from accomplishments on the race course, the student racers also hosted one of the high school cycling races – the Cloud City Challenge – held at Colorado Mountain College on Sunday, Sept. 21. The race brought nearly 600 racers plus their families and friends to Leadville. The CHSCL was impressed with the venue and community support, and plans on making the Cloud City Challenge part of the regular race season. Anyone interested in helping, can go to and click on the volunteer tab, scroll down to Cloud City Challenge and sign up for whatever might be of interest.

Leadville Racing was named Division 2 All Star Team of the year. Photo: Leadville Racing.

Leadville Racing was named Division 2 All Star Team of the year. Photo: Leadville Racing.




Latest News – October 22

Pumpkin Patch: Saturday in 6th Street Gym

The Pumpkin Patch will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the 6th Street Gym. Now in its 14th year, the Pumpkin Patch has become a Leadville tradition, being passed down as readily as those Halloween costumes!PumpkinPatch_Sign

Don’t miss out on the “Penny Pitch,” Costume Contest and everybody’s favorite, face-painting! They will also have a bouncy house this year, so children are encouraged to wear costumes that are easy to move around in if they want to bounce safely with friends. BakedGoods_PumpkinPatchThey will also be lots of baked good, celebrating the fall season!  This is a family-friendly event with games starting at 50 cents, prizes, costumes and more!  Admission is Free. In addition will also be pumpkins for sale, a raffle and pony rides!Obit_Spacer_Thin
Here’s a 2011 video to celebrate the return to the 6th Street Gym!

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Latest News – October 21

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Tree of Sharing Has New Sponsor for Holiday Season

The season of giving is rapidly approaching as is the Tree of Sharing (TOS) project for children in  Lake County. Last year, donations from the community helped brighten the holidays for over 600 children with gifts, books, and warm clothing.PPCF_350horiz

Tree of Sharing is now fiscally sponsored by Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF). This is considered to be a win/win situation for the TOS committee as they able to benefit from PPCF’s valuable resources and also retain tax exempt status.

The Tree of Sharing project does not receive government funding, therefore the project’s success is dependent on the generosity of Lake County residents, businesses, and private organizations. we send your donation to their sorrows can begin the work. Checks may be written to PPCF Tree of Sharing and mailed to P.O. Box 838 Leadville, Colorado 80461.TreeSharing


For the past two seasons, the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation acted as the umbrella agency, according to a TOS flyer recently mailed to local donors. SVH Foundation stepped in at a time when the future for Tree of Sharing was uncertain, so kudos to them. And now the committee has a permanent sponsor with PPCF. 

If you would like to volunteer at any level for Tree of Sharing, please contact them. They’re also running low on wrapping supplies this year, so if you would like to donate in that way, it would be greatly appreciated. Local Contact: Krisiti Galarza Tree of Sharing Chairperson, P.O. Box 838  Leadville, Colo. 80461. (719) 293-4573.

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts to help us make this special holiday season for Lake County. 


Latest News – October 20


School Based Health Center Update

Last spring, the Lake County School District (LCSD) applied for and received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to explore the possibility of opening a School Based Health Center (SBHC) within the school district. SBHC Logo Final ColorHere is an update on the group’s progress to date, and how the community can provide input.

School Based Health Centers provide medical care, behavioral health care and dental care to students in the school setting with parental permission.  A Community Advisory Council was created to support the School Based Health Center planning process, and has been working to move this project toward becoming a reality.

Kerri Quinlan, LCSD Health & Wellness Coordinator provided the following information:

  • 300 parents completed anonymous surveys regarding their child(ren)’s health access and health needs at school registration.
  • The Community Advisory Council reviewed state requirements for School Based Health Centers and recommended a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to select the administrative and medical partners for the School Based Health Center. The RFQ will be released for application on 11/3/14 and due on 12/1/14, and will be subsequently reviewed by the Community Advisory Council.
  • Community Advisory Council members are participating in visits to regional School Based Health Centers to learn about operations.

Are you interested in being involved, or do you have questions? Here are some ways to give your input!

  • Attend our first School Based Health Center Community Forum on Monday, Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m. in the Lake County Intermediate School Library. A brief presentation on SBHCs will be given, followed by the opportunity to ask questions of Community Advisory Council members.
  • Share a story: Are you a student or a parent of a child with health concerns? You may submit a story to be shared (either anonymously or with your name) to Kerri Quinlan at the contact information below. These stories will be shared with the Community Advisory Council to support our planning process.
  • We are still looking for parents to participate on our Community Advisory Council. Please contact Kerri for more information. (719) 486-2123.

Latest News – October 19

Leadville’s Halloween Cemetery Tours Next Weekend 

Looking for a spooky good time? Then next weekend’s Halloween Cemetery Tours in Leadville is the place for you.  Cemetary_Halloween_ Post_2014 copyThe Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Leadville Safaris will be holding two evenings of cemetery tours on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25.  There will be two 75 minute tours each night, starting at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 

Leadville author and tour guide Roger Peterson will take attendees on a narrated, guided tour through Lake County’s historic Evergreen Cemetery. An expert in the ghosts & goblins of Leadville’s past, Peterson will also bring his knowledge of Leadville mining history and Victorian culture to the tours. 

The cost of the tour is $10 per person.  Space is limited, reservations are required.  Guests are also encouraged to wear sensible walking shoes, as well as warm clothing and a small flashlight to keep you warm and safe for the tour through the cemetery. The chamber will be serving hot cider and cookies to get you warmed up before the tour. Call 719-486-3900 to reserve your spot on a tour.