Latest News – December 19

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Obit_Spacer_ThinLegacy Foundation Gives Back to Local Children

The Leadville Legacy Christmas Party was held at The Center yesterday Dec. 18 for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive their special gifts. Put on by the LT100 Legacy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series, this annual event brightens the holidays for Leadville kids and warms the hearts of everyone else. Photo: Leadville Today.

The Legacy Foundation’s Christmas Party was held at The Center yesterday Dec.18 for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive their special gifts. Put on by the LT100 Legacy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series, this annual event brightens the holidays for Leadville kids and warms the hearts of everyone else.


Sled Hill and Ice Rink Officially Open for Season

Pump up the tubes and sharpen up the skates, because the Lake County Dutch Henri Sled Hill and Leiter Ice Skating Rink are officially open for the winter season! 

The Leiter Ice Rink in Leadville is officially open for the season. Keeping skaters company this holiday season is Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends from Misfit Island .

The Leiter Ice Rink is officially open for the season. Keeping skaters company this holiday season is Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends from Misfit Island.

A Grand Opening Celebration with free hotdogs and admission is planned at the ice rink tonight from 5:50 – 9 p.m. The rink, which includes a snack bar, a warming hut and an excellent sound system, will be open 3:30 to 9 p.m. daily through March.

  • Admission $2.25
  • Skate Rentals $1 (14 & younger)
  • Skate Rentals $2 (15 & older)

They also have an adult hockey league; both coed and women’s drop-in hockey on the following evenings.

  • Coed Ice Hockey – Mondays from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey – Thursdays 6:30  -8:30 p.m.

The Leiter Ice Rink is located at the intersection of 6th and Leiter Streets in Leadville, adjacent to the softball fields. For more information call 719-486-7486/ 7484 or visit the Lake County Recreation website.


Good Times Await at Dutch Henri Sled Hill . . . for FREE!

A day spent at Dutch Henri Sledding and Tubing Hill is a fun, yet rigorous outside activity. This sled hill has developed into an adventurous, somewhat directed series of hook shoots that get the riders and the crowd hollering out for good time winter fun, big moves, and yes, the occasional crash.

And be advised, that Leadville/Lake County still makes you get to the top the old-school way, so be ready to huff it, up to several “put in” points. The higher you go, the bigger the reward!Dutch_Henri_Sign2

If you bring your own tube, it’s FREE at Dutch Henri Hill. But you can also rent tubes there on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weather permitting)!  Tube Rentals are $7/hour (non resident) or $5/hour (resident with ID). And if the kids are under 18, they need to have a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Riders may also use a plastic sled – break out the flying saucers! However, toboggans and sleds with metal runners are prohibited. To access the sled hill,  enter from the bottom area, using the parking area off Highway 24 south of Leadville by the turn-off past McWethy Drive. 

Latest News – December 18

T’was the Weekend Before Christmas In The ‘Ville

The Christmas season is in full swing in Leadville. The city lights are all aglow, the churches are busy with advent services and the kids are on their best behavior knowing that Santa’s on his way. With just one week until Christmas, here’s what’s going on the weekend before Christmas. . . In The ‘Ville!

Tonight and tomorrow night the Community Church of Leadville will be presenting the play, The Stolen Cash Box,  a sentimental Christmas story. Comm_Church _Christmas Play

The play starts at 7 p.m. on December 19 & 20 at the church located at 331 U.S Highway 24 in Leadville. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

If you’re up for a Christmas film and want to stay close to home, consider watching The Elf, the next movie in the Leadville Community Movie Night series on Friday, Dec. 19. elfThis comical PG film stars Will Ferrell:  After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. The movie will play up at the CMC gym, show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is FREE!

If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, then Christmas will come a bit early at the Scarlet Bar in downtown Leadville. This Friday, Dec. 19 Colorado Floyd, a Colorado based Pink Floyd jam-band will be performing the whole spectrum of Pink Floyd music, live! Music starts at 10 p.m.
Hey You . . . Pink Floyd fans . . .check it out!

Latest News – December 17

Leadville Elks Hoop Shoot Finalists Move on to District

The Annual Elks Hoop Shoot was held in Leadville on Dec. 13 at the Lake County High School gym. Thirty-seven hoopsters aged 8 – 13 years took their shots in the competition. The winners in their divisions now move on to the district competitions in Rifle on Jan. 10, 2015. Here are the podium winners in their age groups.

Check out this Elks Hoop Shoot ACTION video!


Girls 8 to 9 yrs.

  • First place – Jaycee Windorski
  • Second place – Marissa Montoya
  • Third place – Ranoah Gonzalez

Grills 10-11 yrs.

  • First place – Jasmine Vigil
  • Second place – Jasmine Fontana
  • Third place – Morgan Wadsworth

Girls 12 – 13 yrs.

  • First place – Michaela Sanchez
  • Second place – Brianna Baca
  • Third place – Isabella Martinez

Boys 8 – 9 yrs.

  • First place – Adrian Medina
  • Second place – James Medina
  • Third place – Jared Peters

Boys 10-11 yrs.

  • First place – Steve Valdez
  • Second place – Anthony Martinez
  • Third place – Dylan Windorski

Boys 12 – 13 yrs.

  • First place – Damon Medina
  • Second place – Soloman Guzeman
  • Third place – Isaiah Martinez


Nordic Season is Underway for Leadville Panthers

By Karl Remsen, Leadville Nordic

The Lake County High and Middle School nordic skiers had their first regular season race this past weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch. LCHS_Logo_Panther

Despite the recent sunny weather, there was a full 5-kilometer course for the high school skiers and a 3 kilometer course for the middle school skiers. The course had a tight start that made the first kilometer pretty crowded, but after than it rolled through the forests before descending to the finish.

The middle school skiers were the first to prove their mettle. Matt Koch had an excellent start and powered through the course to a 27th place finish. Julian Cannell showed his improvement from last year and was close to Matt in 31st. Hannah Holm was the only middle school girl to race, and she represented Lake County well by placing 22nd

“It was a great first race from these three,” coach Jeff Spencer remarked. “I’m looking forward to a few more of our racers being out there at the next one.”

Charlie Koch had the best skate race of his career and placed 21st. Ethan Greiner moved up throughout the course and was right behind Charlie in 25th. Both Charlie and Ethan qualified for the state meet in skating with their performance. The high school boys had a very crowded start, and a few of our younger skiers had to fight through some falls in the first part of their race. After recovering, Joe Koch and Zayden Tufte were 69th and 70th respectively. Zach Coffin was close behind and placed 80th. As a team, the boys tied for 6th.

Lara Lufkin led the girls high school team with a 10th place finish. Jayde Daigle had an excellent day to place 19th. Caroline Benney passed a dozen skiers over the second half of the course to notch a 33rd place, qualifying her for the state meet along with Lara and Jayde in skating. Whitney White had an unfortunate fall on an icy corner, but she recovered well to place 45th. Molly Lenhard rounded out the team in 56th. As a team, the girls placed 4th, one of their best finishes in years.

“It was nice to get a good workout in with some other skiers and to see where we are right now. I’m looking forward to spending some more time on snow and gearing up for the main part of the racing season in January,” coach Karl Remsen noted after the day. The team will train hard over the next week before returning to action in early January. 


Saturday Marks Pedal Power’s Third Race in Series

The third race in Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series, the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K, will take place Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. Racers will meet prior to the start at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion located off of Highway 6 & 24 in Eagle-Vail. 

Leadville's Mark "Smokey" Burgess gets cheered across the finish line by several of man's best friends. Photo: Pedal Power

Leadville’s Mark “Smokey” Burgess gets cheered across the finish line by several of man’s best friends. Was it a “ruff” finish? Photo: Pedal Power

The Pazzo’s snowshoe event takes place on a woodsy technical course with short steep ‘ups’ and fast ‘downs’ through the trees flanking the EagleVail area. Racers can ‘kick it out’ as they hit great open stretches through the flats. According to race organizer Bruce Kelly, it is consistently one of the most popular events of the series. 

“Each year this race attracts some of our biggest numbers. It’s one of the original courses for the series and people just love the track. As always, the more people we get, the greater the benefit to the charities we work with in Lake and Eagle Counties.  That’s been our mission all along…to do anything we can to help.” 

The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pedal Power Winter Mountain Bike Race.  That race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 10  at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper. 

Registration for this event is $20.  Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Registration is also possible on the day of the event at the race start for $25. 

For more information and a complete series schedule, go to or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 845-0931

Latest News – December 16

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Palmers_nicks Flags 2014

NEVER FORGOTTEN. Flags are on historic Harrison Ave in Leadville Today to honor Marine Lance Corporal Nick Palmer who gave his life for our freedom 8 years ago today, Dec.16. Pictured l to r: Nick’s brother Dustin; parents Rachele & Brad Palmer. 




Leadville Has Deep-Rooted Jewish History 

Today, marks the beginning Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This year, Hanukkah begins this evening – December 16 and ends on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 24.

In honor of the Hanukkah, Leadville Today wanted to share a few links to help expand your knowledge of Leadville’s Jewish heritage. Click_Korn_1The first is a radio interview with Leadville’s Bill Korn by Radio Chavura host, Maxwell Rotbart.

This is an extensive, well-done interview concerning Leadville’s Jewish heritage and local efforts to preserve that history. Click_Korn_2The two-part radio interview includes information about the Temple Israel, located at 4th & Pine Streets. There is also some great Jewish music accompanying the interview, so enjoy!

The next link is to the story Leadville Today highlighting the Temple Israel’s renovation and open house held on September 23, 2012. If you haven’t been inside the synagogue yet, put it on your must-do list for next summer.LT_Syn_Link


And finally, readers can find more information by visiting: Happy Hanukkah!

Latest News – December 15

Merry “Fishmas”: The Leadville Fish Hatchery Lives!

By Judy Cole, Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery

The fish hatchery lives! It is funded through September of 2015. Hatchery manager/project leader, Ed Stege, has been given permission by the Fish and Wildlife Service to hire a technician and a maintenance person, and Ed is starting on some new projects. So, we are more than hopeful that our jewel of the upper Arkansas River Valley will continue to provide residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation, quiet use and education.Winter Arrives_2014_2_FishHatchery

We had about 300 people in attendance for the 125th anniversary celebration, and it was a wonderful day. The hatchery reverberated with the sounds of children and adults enjoying themselves. The Pavilion was full to capacity with people eating the delicious meal provided by the Lions Club. Dancing to the sounds of Leadville Cherokee in the evening, with the city of Leadville beginning to light in the distance, was a really sweet experience.

The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery's float in the Parade of Lights wished everyone a Merry "Fish"mas!

The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery’s float in the Parade of Lights wished a Merry “Fish”mas!

FLFNH also co-sponsored the celebration for Wilderness Act, organized by our own Michelle Mueggler, Recreation Planner for the Leadville Ranger District. The weather held for this event, too, and it was a great day of wilderness related activities at the picnic ground.

Now that The Pavilion and our celebrations of the hatchery’s 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act are complete, we are beginning to list new ideas on which to work. Some of these include trail maintenance, hosting a Business After Hours and holding community picnics and scheduled tours at the hatchery. So, stay tuned for future events and plan to get involved.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, please contact Judy Cole or keep up to date on their activities by logging on to their website.Obit_Spacer_Thin125YrAnniv_FishHatchery copy