Latest News – May 6

The Pastime Bar & Cafe: Back Open for Business

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One of the truly genuine things about living in a place like Leadville is that the history is still right here. It’s not fabricated, or imitated or re-created. The same brick and mortar establishments that once saw such notables as Doc Holliday, Horace Tabor and the Unsinkable Molly Brown cross their thresholds, are still standing. You can go right into these same places, order up a beer and a mouth-watering hamburger in the same spot that these Leadville legends once visited. There’s something cool about that.

Back Open for Business! The Pastime Bar & Café at 120 West 2nd Street. Photo: Leadville Today.

Back Open for Business! The Pastime Bar & Café at 120 West 2nd Street in Leadville.

And one of these famous, favorite places is re-opening for the summer season tomorrow. The Pastime Bar & Café at 120 West 2nd Street will be open in May from Thursday through Sunday; with the following hours in place: Thurs, Friday, Sat., from Noon – 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon – 6 p.m. They will be closed Mon-Tue-Wed in May but once the summer season kicks in things could change, so stay tuned.

It’s time to visit old State Street and support the last existing saloon on notorious State Street where there were once 64 saloons. Not only is it a great historic place, with some of the best food in Leadville, but the family has recently re-opened after the losing the family matriarch Jerry Seme on March 3, 2015 . While the place won’t be the same without that fiery red-head, The Pastime employees and family are getting back to work. Support them, they could use the business. So head over to the ATM (cash only) and stay for a beer, burger and one of the best views from a patio you’ll find in The Cloud City.

And for those who don’t know, or have never heard the full story, here’s Leadville Today’s history of The Pastime Saloon.

The Pastime Saloon and Café is located at 120 W. 2nd Street in Leadville, Colorado.  Built in 1878, the building served as a dance hall and gambling saloon in the infamous, former Red Light District known as State Street.  The Pastime’s early history cites numerous name and ownership changes, including Maxey Tabor, son of Horace Tabor. 

In 1879, it was the Atheneum Theater.  In those early days, it was considered the most popular,  spectacular amphitheater in Leadville.  During this short lived entertainment craze, theaters offered physical endurance contests – male and female running and walking matches.  The races, the prizefights, and the wrestling bouts were often Sunday’s special afternoon features.  At the Atheneum, one of the popular acts was a trapeze artist trundling a wheelbarrow back and forth across the tight rope which was strung out inside the building. 

The Pastime Bar & Cafe is known for their delicious burgers . . .come and get it!

The Pastime Bar & Cafe is known for their delicious burgers . . .come and get it!

Since the 1920s, The Pastime has been characterized by owners who did not buy and sell overnight, riding out the up’s and downs of business in Leadville.  During the Camp Hale days, Army officials had declared State Street off limits, due to its lingering reputation.  This made it perfect for local people looking to find an uncrowded place for dining, drinking, and dancing especially on Saturday night. 

Over the years, old State Street was plagued by a series of fires, taking a building or two at a time, until most of the old bordellos and gambling halls vanished into history.  The early 1950s brought the last great fire, which left standing only The Pastime and The Pioneer, located next door. 

In 1938, Frank Seme purchased the building and business, renaming it The Pastime Bar and Café.  The business’ hospitality and popularity continued into the 1950s.  At one time there were 13 girls on the floor, and two bartenders.   The Pastime remains in the Seme family.  Roy, Frank’s son, along with his wife Jerry have kept up the family tradition, with their daughter Lorinda for the past 50 years, until Jerry’s recent passing.

Today’s Pastime is still one of the kind.  The beautiful back bar has an oriental style, different from any other – old or new – in Leadville.  It came from Oro City.  The booths are reminiscent of the Gay 1890s manner of decorating, complete with large hand painted mirrors over each table that pay tribute to Leadville’s colorful past. 

This historic oriental back bar at The Pastime Saloon is a big appeal for tourists and visitors. Photo: The Pastime Facebook Page.

This historic oriental bar at The Pastime Saloon is a big appeal for tourists and visitors. Photo: The Pastime Facebook Page.

While the hubbub of live entertainment has toned down a bit from days gone by, the place still gets hopping with a jukebox stocked with the latest tunes, and a couple of pool tables.  However, if you look up at the ceiling, instead of trapeze artists, you’ll see dollar bills hanging from the ceiling; test your skill and ask the bartender where the proceeds go.

But for locals, it’s the food that keeps them coming back for more. While somewhat simple in its offering of burgers, wings and chicken, The Pastime’s reputation for food is consistently good! And while May’s weather will determine whether the patio will be open for service, if it is, there’s not a bad seat on the deck.

 

 

Latest News – May 5

Leadville Children Receive First Holy Communion

Father Jesse Perez poses with Leadville children from Holy Family Parish after receiving their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 3. Photo: Leadville Today.

Father Jesse Perez poses with Leadville children from Holy Family Parish after receiving their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 3. Photo: Leadville Today.

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Author! Author! It’s Literary Round-Up Time

Ever wonder what lurks below Leadville’s underground . . . other than old mine shafts? Tracy BeachWell then, try to catch tomorrow’s presentation by the Lake County Public Library with Colorado author and Cañon City historian Tracy Beach.

She will be speaking about her book, The Tunnels Under Our Feet: Colorado’s Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks, on May 6 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the library’s Amax Room. Through images and film, Beach will discuss exploration of tunnels beneath the sidewalks of Leadville’s own Harrison Street as well as a dozen other Colorado cities and towns. This event is free and the public is invited. 

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Marijuana and Youth Program Set for Next Monday

Mark the calendar and then join the conversation concerning, What you need to know about Marijuana and Youth on next Monday, May 11.Marijuana_LC_Bag_Ad The discussion topics will include: knowledge about marijuana, it’s uses and health impact for youth, understanding state & local recreational marijuana laws, and ideas for youth prevention of marijuana use. This program is sponsored by Lake County Build a Generation and will be held at the old Fox Movie Theatre (115 W. 6th Street, above Altitudes Gym) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner, childcare, & translation for Spanish speakers will be provided! For more info please contact Shoshanah at shoshanah@lcbag.org or 719-486-4114.Obit_Spacer_ThinHatchery_Volunteers

Latest News – May 4

Reverse Order Talks, Sings to Students About Bullying

Last week, the musical group Reverse Order paid a visit to some Leadville schools. They’ve headlined many events, were a finalist on Americas Got Talent, had a Grammy nominated single (Go). This amazing opportunity sent them off on a national tour of outreach to students in schools around the country. 

Members from the popular rock band Reverse Order speak to Leadville students at last week's assembly. Photo: Sue Mullineux.

Members from the popular rock band Reverse Order speak to Leadville students at the Lake County Intermediate School during last week’s assembly. Photo: Sue Mullineux.

Reverse The Trend is an Anti-Bullying concert and assembly created by the young band Reverse Order to help combat the rise of bullying across America.

The band started the program by performing a few songs to excite and engage the students using popular music that all will enjoy. Reverse Order CD

Reverse Order continued the assembly by sharing their individual stories of how they were bullied, and how they overcame it in a safe and productive way.

“It was a good show,” said Lake County Intermediate School 4th grader Talus Schreiber. “One of the band members shared a story about how some members of a different band made fun of him because of the way that he dressed.”

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 High School Collegiate Mentoring Meeting Thursday

Did your New Year’s resolution involve giving of your time? Your knowledge? Well, tick-tock as the year is nearly half over! But you’re in luck if your goal included making a difference in the life of a young person as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Help mentor a Lake County High School student about their college options at this Thursday's meeting.

Help mentor a Lake County High School student about their college options at this Thursday’s meeting.

With graduation just around the corner, there will be plenty of opportunity to work with college-bound youth. This Thursday, May 7 there will be a meeting regarding the Lake County High School’s Pre-Collegiate Program Want to? If you answered YES to these questions, then this program is just for YOU!

Lake County High School’s Pre-Collegiate Program helps students plan for life after high school.  As a mentor, you will facilitate a small group of students (4-6 students) using a guided curriculum that focuses on topics such as goal setting, teamwork skills, self-awareness, and career exploration.  You don’t have to be an expert in these areas; all you need is the heart to work with young people as they get ready for their future.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Lake County High School’s Pre-Collegiate Program and its mentoring program, please plan to attend an informative session on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4 p.m. the Leadville/Lake County EDC Office (400 Harrison Avenue, Suite 100). To RSVP or get more information, please contact Kelly Hofer khofer@lakecountyschools.net or (719) 293-0103.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Book Basket Reading Council Fundraiser Underway!

The Lake County School District’s Rocky Mountain High Reading Council, will raising funds with tomorrow’s Book Basket Raffle to be held at West Park Elementary at 4 p.m. The council 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. The funds raised go towards programs such as the Birds of Prey assembly and other engaging educational events. So buy a raffle ticket, it’s a great way to see your donations at work through worthwhile teaching programs!Obit_Spacer_Thin

CMC Graduation Held in Leadville on May 1

Colorado Mountain College graduate Hannah Davis was all smiles after Friday evening's commencement ceremony at the college’s campus in Leadville. Davis, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., received a certificate of completion in outdoor education, one of the 38 certificates conferred by the campus this spring. Photo Kelley Cox.

Colorado Mountain College graduate Hannah Davis was all smiles after Friday evening’s commencement ceremony at the college’s campus in Leadville. Davis, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., received a certificate of completion in outdoor education, one of the 38 certificates conferred by the campus this spring. Photo Kelley Cox.

 

 

 

Latest News – May 3

Pro Cycling Challenge To Tour Lake County TWICE!

The 2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will mark its fifth year this August 17-23. What better way to celebrate that milestone than with a double-down through Lake County! That’s right this internationally renowned bike race will be coming through the Leadville area on August 19, and again on August 20.

The world's top cyclists blaze through downtown Leadville during the 2012 Race. Photo: Leadville Today

The world’s top cyclists blaze through downtown Leadville during the 2012 Race.

Stage 3 of the Pro Challenge will travel from Copper Mountain to Aspen, with a Turquoise Lake loop and quick sprint through Leadville along the way. This leg of the race will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

For those who’ve been around Colorado long enough to remember the former Coors International Bicycle Classic race, you may recall that the race offered criterions and mountain stages all over Colorado, including Leadville. In fact, it was this throwback to an old Classic route that initiated the conversation to bring this year’s Pro Challenge down that familiar lake road, once again.logo2015

The next day on Stage 4 , the race leaves Aspen and will stay in southern Lake County, passing through the village of Twin Lakes for the second time as it continues south on Highway 24 towards Buena Vista, eventually ending in Breckenridge, via Hoosier Pass through Fairplay.

The 2015 USA Pro Challenge swings into action in Steamboat Springs on Monday, Aug. 17 and then it makes its way through another eight host cities for the race finale in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Call it that special edge when it comes to being centrally located in Colorado. Or the advantage of being surrounded by internationally renowned resorts, but one way or another, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge has had to come through Lake County almost every year. Keep in mind that the eight host cities from Steamboat Springs to Denver invest a considerable amount of money and resources to bring the race through their towns. After all, the economic benefit created from visitors coming to each community to watch all of the race action is considerable. 

Participants in Leadville's First Spandex Mosey during the 2012 USA Pro Challenge on historic Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Today

Participants in Leadville’s First Spandex Mosey during the 2012 USA Pro Challenge on historic Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Today

Last year’s race – the fourth USA Pro Challenge – drew more than 1 million spectators. And tallied a whopping $130 million economic impact from the roughly quarter million spectators who traveled to Colorado to watch the race. In fact it was estimated that 27% of spectators traveled from out of state contributing to the lodging and restaurant industry’s bottom line.

So what will that look like for Leadville and Lake County when you take a glance at the calendar and realize that this race will be coming through Lake County in between two of the biggest races that the Leadville Race Series produce: the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 and the LT100 Run on the following Saturday, Aug 22.

So what’s the cost to the taxpayer?

“There is no cash outlay for Lake County for the Pro Challenge, like the host cities incur,” said Lake County Commissioner Mike Bordogna in an interview with Leadville Today. “However, there is extensive planning with law enforcement and the county road and bridge department.”

There is a media exposure benefit to having the race come through Leadville. Live coverage of the USA Pro Challenge starts two hours into each Stage of the race. The extra loop around Turquoise Lake should keep the racers out on the course long enough to see Leadville get some live coverage as the cyclists head up County Road 4 and onto historic Harrison Avenue. 

Local efforts are underway to create a festive atmosphere downtown much like the efforts in 2012, which included some kids bike races as well as a not-soon-to-be-forgotten Spandex Mosey.  The event will need approximately 40 volunteers to assist with traffic control and road closures. Anyone interested in helping can contact Lake County Emergency Manager Mike McHargue (719-201-0773) or Leadville Police Chief Mike Leake (719-486-1365).

Video from 2012

Be sure to stay tuned to Leadville Today as details and plans are fine tuned. We’ll bring you the latest on road closures, party planning, and the best places to watch the race and get those spectacular photos!

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Last week, Lifetime, owner of the Leadville Race Series (LRS) announced the addition of another race for the upcoming 2015 season.

This new three-day Leadville Stage Race (LSR) will take place three weeks prior to the 100-mile event, over the same course, on July 24-26.LeadvilleRaceSeriesy

The race will cover the same high-altitude terrain as the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, but split the distance over three consecutive stages. Stage One will start at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds and head out towards Turquoise Lake on the same course, finishing up at Lost Canyon. The Second Stage on July 25 will take on Columbine, starting and ending at Lost Canyon, covering the 16 miles ascent. Stage Three is a reverse of the first day, finishing up at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds.

The new Leadville Stage Race will be one of the qualification races, enabling top finishers to gain entry into the LT100 MTB Race on August 15. More LSR details and registration information can be found at the Leadville Race Series website.

Latest News – May 2

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The Leadville Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest is accepting comments for a proposed project by Xcel Energy. The Forest Service is proposing to allow Xcel Energy to complete vegetation management, including removal of trees where needed, on two lines located on Forest Service System lands. The lines are located north of Turquoise Lake and northeast of Leadville and west/southwest of Climax mine. The total combined length of the two lines is approximately 10 miles. The work identified would occur in the summer of 2015 and is in compliance with their current permit. The project includes removing vegetation located within their right-of-way to reduce interference with the powerlines and structures and mitigate wildland fire hazards. The hand crews would access the sites by foot. Existing public access to the Forest would not be impacted by these activities. See the attached map for the line locations. ForestService_Xcel_TurquoiseLake_Project_Map_1

The Forest Service will use comments received to identify any concerns about the proposed activities and to conduct the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The project is consistent with categorical exclusion, which will be documented in a Decision Memo, 36 CFR 220.6 (e)(2): Additional construction or reconstruction of existing telephone or utility lines in a designated corridor. It is expected there would not be any significant individual or cumulative effects to resources from the proposed activities. The Decision Memo will not be subject to administrative appeal.  

The President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1503.1 (a)(4) require that agencies request comments from the public. This opportunity to comment provides the public an opportunity to provide meaningful input prior to the decision on projects and activities related to implementing land and resource management plans. 

Please be as specific as possible with your comments so they can be effectively addressed. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project, and will be available for public inspection. Comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or portable document format (.pdf) to lcorbin@fs.fed.us. Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to: Leadville Ranger District, Attn: Lisa Corbin, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Please return your comments by May 12, 2015. 

For more information contact Lisa Corbin at 719-486-0749 or lcorbin@fs.fed.us.

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Grab the Pole and Head to the Upper Arkansas River!

FlyFishinHere’s the first fishing report of the season for the Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville.

Moderate day time temps., cold night time temps., and periods of precipitation have combined for optimal flows for the walk/wade angler on the Upper Ark.  Look for BWO and midge when the weather is unsettled.  On warmer, nicer days the early caddis action should escalate.  Nymphing is still going to provide the most consistent action, but do not overlook your dry fly selection when the bug action warrants it.

Tim is guiding fishing trips for Colorado Fly Fishing Guides! You can also find a selection of flies, leaders and tippets for those of you wanting to get some rare early action on the Upper Ark!!