Latest News – January 25

The Leadville Legacy Foundation Gives Back

The Leadville Legacy gave $500 to The Knights of Columbus Polka Dance, which is a charity fundraiser. The Leadville Legacy Foundation is the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series. Pictured here left to right: Tyrone Rimbert (Legacy Board); Knights of Columbus members: Ray Dawson, Orlando Martinez; and Carl Miller (Legacy Board) and John Circullo (Legacy Board).

The Leadville Legacy gave $500 to The Knights of Columbus Polka Dance, which is a charity fundraiser. The Leadville Legacy Foundation is the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series. Pictured here left to right: Tyrone Rimbert (Legacy Board); Knights of Columbus members: Ray Dawson, Orlando Martinez; and Carl Miller (Legacy Board) and John Cirullo (Legacy Board). Photo: Leadville Today.

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The Leadville Legacy gave $1000 to the Helping Hands organization and $500 to the Leadville 9 Health Fair. The Leadville Legacy Foundation is the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series. Pictured here left to right:  Tyrone Rimbert (Legacy Board), John Circullo (Legacy Board), Connie Yant (Helping Hands),  Joann Circullo (9Health Fair) and Carl Miller (Legacy Board).

The Leadville Legacy gave $1000 to the Helping Hands organization and $500 to the Leadville 9 Health Fair. The Leadville Legacy Foundation is the charitable arm of the Leadville Race Series. Pictured here left to right: Tyrone Rimbert (Legacy Board), John Cirullo (Legacy Board), Connie Yant (Helping Hands), Joann Cirullo (9Health Fair) and Carl Miller (Legacy Board). Photo: Leadville Today.

Latest News – January 24

New Honda Commercial Filmed in Twin Lakes

In early December, Twin Lakes was the location shoot for a Honda car commercial. The commercial is starting to make the rounds on some TV stations, back east. In fact, one Leadville Today reader reported that she saw the commercial air in Virginia.

To celebrate, here is some “top secret” video from several December 2014 filming locations. The second video is the final commercial which was recently uploaded onto YouTube. Keep an eye out and report to Leadville Today if you see it airing in Colorado!Obit_Spacer_Thin
The Leadville Today video of the Honda commercial:

The official Honda car commercial video:

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“Dive In” Movie at Leadville Pool on Monday

The Lake County Recreation Department will be presenting its “Dive In” Movie next Monday. Jan. 26. This time, the movie is Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.Lilo _ Stitch _ Movie

Remember, there is no school for students on Monday, as it is a Teacher  Work Day. So if you’re looking for something for your kiddos to do, grab the swim suits and an inflatable device – or you can purchase one for $4  – and head on over to the Lake County Aquatic Center; then sit back and enjoy the show.

The movie can also be viewed from the pool’s on-deck seating. The pool opens at 1 p.m., movie to start shortly after that. This event is great for kids in 2nd grade and above. Admission is $2 and no registration is needed.

Lilo & Stitch Movie: Get ready for the wildly original story about an independent little girl named Lilo and her adopted alien “puppy,” the mischievous Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet. After crash-landing on Earth, Stitch wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, but he also learns about loyalty, friendship and ‘ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.Obit_Spacer_Thin

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Latest News – January 23

Leadville Business News

“Frank is Back” at Saturday’s Discount Store

Not much goes unnoticed around these parts. So when the sign first appeared, the texts, photos, and messages on social media started pouring into Leadville Today. “Frank Is Back,” reads the sign along Highway 24, in front of the popular Saturday’s Discount store, south of town.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Frank Is Back! You can find him at Saturday's Discount, south of Leadville. Photo: Leadville Today

Ladies and Gentlemen, Frank Is Back! You can find him at Saturday’s Discount.

So, yes, it’s true, Saturday’s ownership has ricocheted back to Frank Nickel. 

Frank Nickel (left) and daughter Lanora Sibert (right) Back for the Second Act at Saturday's Dsicount .

Frank Nickel (left) and daughter Lanora Sibert (right) Back for the Second Act at Saturday’s Discount .

As some regular readers may recall, Nickel sold the discount store to Gregg Kall back in October of last year (STORY).

While Nickel was not in the store yesterday, his daughter Lanora Sibert was, and relayed the following information:

  • Frank Nickel is the owner of Saturday’s Discount, again!
  • Nickel took back ownership on December 30, 2014.
  • The store has been taken off the market.
  • Winter Hours are the same: Daily from  8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Frank Is Back! Stop in and see him!
Saturday's Discount: same as it ever was!

Saturday’s Discount: same as it ever was . . . Frank is Back!

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Chef Matt Roberts Heads to Mt. Princeton Resort

This week, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort announced that Chef Matthew Roberts of Leadville, was hired as Director of Food & Beverage/Executive Chef.

Chef Matt Roberts is now the Head Chef down south at Mt. Princeton Resort. Roberts was a well-known and liked culinary guru at Twin Lakes Nordic Inn.

Chef Matt Roberts is now the Head Chef down south at Mt. Princeton Resort. Roberts was a well-known and liked culinary guru at Twin Lakes Nordic Inn.

Most recently Chef Roberts held the position of General Manager/Executive Chef of The Twin Lakes Inn. Under Roberts direction, the Inn raised the culinary bar with a superior dining experience in the picturesque village of Twin Lakes. 

Fortunately, the seperation was amicable. And as a show of co-operation between the two popular Arkansas Valley destinations, Mt. Princeton is making Chef Roberts available to advise the Twin Lakes Inn’s management following his departure.

“All of us at The Twin Lakes Inn appreciate Matt’s many contributions as we re-opened our 1879 establishment,” said managing partner Marjorie Nash. “We’re glad Matt is keeping his talents in this beautiful valley and we look forward to seeing him when we visit Mt Princeton Eesort or when he visits Twin Lakes.”

Chef Roberts poses with Leadville Trail 100 Champion Rebecca Rusch in front of the Twin Lakes Nordic Inn last summer. Photo: Leadville Today.

Chef Roberts poses with Leadville Trail 100 Champion Rebecca Rusch in front of the Twin Lakes Nordic Inn during last summer’s race season. Photo: Leadville Today.

Prior to Twin Lakes, Chef Roberts honed his culinary talents in Vail, Telluride, Denver & Santa Fe. Chef Roberts will be changing the  Buena Vista resort’s Princeton Club Restaurant menus as early as mid-February, as well as introducing a new spa menu, and banquet selections.

According to Mt. Princeton’s management, Chef Roberts will be challenged with reinventing several of the resort’s menus, to match the sizeable growth the popular tourist attraction has shown through its aggressive expansion in recent years. New offerings will include weekly, multi-course dinner specials, “Sushi at the Spa” events, & culinary training in conjunction with Colorado Mountain College.

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First Leadville Jet Setter Parks in New Airport Hangar

Wasting no time in making a return on the investment, the first jet owned by a group from Kentucky, found shelter in the new Hangar One at the Lake County Airport in Leadville Today. The Grand Opening ceremony was held last Saturday, Jan. 17 at America’s Highest Airport.

Wasting no time in making a return on the investment, the first jet, owned by a group from Kentucky, found shelter in the new Hangar One at the Lake County Airport. The Grand Opening was held last Saturday, Jan. 17 at America’s Highest Airport.

Latest News – January 22

Tenth Mountain, Third Grade Merge at Ski Cooper

By Daniel Leonhard, Third Grade Teacher, and the Third Grade Team

The Annual Ski In at Ski Cooper will have a special addition this February 20 - Third Graders! The students will culminate their special Tenth Mountain Expedition Project by joining Tenth Mountain Division Soldiers for the ski tribute to the soldiers.

The Annual Ski In at Ski Cooper will have a special addition this February 20 – Third Graders! The students will culminate their special Tenth Mountain Expedition Project by joining Tenth Mountain Division Soldiers for the ski tribute to the soldiers.

Over the past few months, the third grade at Lake County Intermediate School has been engaged in an expedition focused on the 10th Mountain Division. In this expedition, students have built their background knowledge of World War II and the Tenth’s involvement. In addition, students have investigated the impact these men and women have had on our local community. After returning from the war, many of the “ski troopers” were major contributors to today’s thriving local ski industry.

As a culminating event to our expedition, some 10th Mountain Division veterans will be traveling to Leadville, and will be recognized for their achievements during an assembly put on by the third graders at LCIS. In addition, on February 20, students will have the opportunity to take part in the Ski In Ceremony at Ski Cooper, in which students will have a chance to ski with the 10th Mountain Vets. We would love to offer this unique experience to every third grade student, though we know some will be constrained by the cost of the trip.
Tenth Mountain Division VIDEO: Ski In Ceremony at Ski Cooper

How You Can Help:

Thanks to our partnership with Ski Cooper, the cost for the trip will only be $25 per child. This includes a lift ticket, rentals, and bus fee. To help make this possible for every student, we are seeking help from the community. We are asking community members to consider “adopting” a third grader by funding one child’s trip.

A Tenth Mountain Tribute

A Tenth Mountain Tribute.

If you are interested in making a $25 donation to support a child’s ski experience, please mail it to Lake County Intermediate School, 1000 West 6th Street, Leadville, CO  80461, Attention: Third Grade, or contact Kate Bartlett by calling 719-486-6835 or emailing kbartlett@lakecountyschools.net. We are so excited about digging deeper into this expedition over the next few weeks and are really looking forward to the celebration of learning in February! We also invite you to visit LCIS to see our teaching and learning in action. Thank you for your support.

What is Expeditionary Learning?

As many of you are aware, this year the Lake County School District has begun its implementation of the Expeditionary Learning instructional model in grades Kindergarten through sixth. Part of the Expeditionary Learning, or EL, philosophy is the use of in-depth learning “expeditions” to increase student engagement and provide real-world connections to the material being taught.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Thirty Buck Thursday, Apres Ski Fun at Ski Cooper 

Apres Ski fun continues at Ski Cooper today, Thursday, Jan. 22 with $30 lift tickets, appetizers specials and live music. TueFor_Thurs_Cooper_2015

Today’s musician is Patrick Torsell. He’ll get things started at 3:30, and play until 5 p.m. in Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub in the lodge.  Torsell plays a variety of music, including folk, bluegrass and rock

Food Services Managers Scott and Steph have put together some delicious appetizers and drink specials. Sounds like a good day to take the afternoon off, get in a ski and hang out with some friends for Après Ski and winter fun!Obit_Spacer_Thin

Boardercross Training Video at New Ski Cooper Course

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Latest News – January 21

Vonnie’s Voice Gives Winter Coats to Students

Recently, the Vonnie’s Voice Committee donated winter clothing to students at The Center and Margaret J. Pitts Elementary school in Leadville. Vonnies_Voice_Coats_2015Every year since 2011, the committee has provided winter coats, gloves, hats and boots to students in the school where Yvonne “Vonnie” Flores was a kindergarten teacher.

Miss Vonnie, for whom the local non-profit was named, was a kindergarten teacher at Pitts Elementary School for nearly 20 years. Beloved and taught by many in this small mountain community, Flores was murdered by a stalker in 2010.

“Vonnie was always concerned about her students having warm clothing to wear during Leadville’s cold winters,” said Committee Member Diane Stepisnik. “Using a portion of the funds for these children just seems like a natural thing to do in Vonnie’s memory.”

Vonnie_ColorVonnie’s Voice is a Lake County non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law.

This month, the group’s efforts are focused on promoting National Stalking Awareness Month, which falls annually in January. The Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run is held in August and is the primary fundraiser for Vonnie’s Voice. The group also contributes to the local community in a number of ways in Miss Vonnie’s honor.

For more information or to donate: Vonnie’s Voice, P.O. Box 1986, Leadville, CO 80461 or log on to: http://www.VonniesVoice5k.com.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Lake County Dog Park Committee Meets Tonight

Local efforts to bring an official dog park to Leadville continue to move forward.  graphic_BigDog_2The Lake County Dog Park Committee’s next meeting will be held tonight, January 21 at 6 p.m. in the Lake County Courthouse. Also please note that that there is a slight change in the location for tonight’s meeting.  It is still in the courthouse, but will be in the Land Use room on the lower floor. All are welcome to attend.

The group has started meeting regularly, with local efforts are being coordinated by Steve & Christine Whittington, and Michelle White who advocate that a dog park would provide a place for dogs to run free for needed exercise. It would be a place where dogs and their people could mingle and socialize in friendly ways on neutral ground. For more specific details of the committee’s progress and how you can join their efforts, read the committee minutes HERE.