Latest News – March 27

VICTORY! Mt. Elbert To Remain: Same As It Ever Was!

While most high-country residents are relatively peaceful folks, when “outsiders” start stirring up the pot, people sit up and take notice. And thanks to the efforts of Leadville businessman Eddie Camp, that’s exactly what happened when an application with the United States Board on Geographic Names was filed earlier this year, requesting that a 14,134-foot geographical feature, near Colorado’s tallest mountain, Mount Elbert be re-named “Mount William and Mary.”

Colorado's Highest Peak Mt. Elbert's adjacent 14,134-foot geographical feature  WILL NOT be re-named after local efforts blocked the application from the College of William and Mary. VICTORY!

Colorado’s Highest Peak Mt. Elbert’s adjacent 14,134-foot geographical feature WILL NOT be re-named after local efforts blocked the application from the College of William and Mary to have it re-named after the eastern college. VICTORY!

The result was a grass-roots effort to block the “re-naming” that lead to a letter-writing and social media campaign with a happy ending: Status Quo! Since the federal board’s decision relied heavily on local input, Camp initiated an online petition at change.org that kept local residents and interested parties apprised of the request, including links where folks could plug into the conversation and record opinions for the official record.

On Wednesday, March 25, Camp received an official response from the The U.S. Board on Geographic Names that the board denied the College of William and Mary’s application.Camp_Elbert 
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Latest News – March 26

Halftime Report: Just A Bill, Sitting on Capitol Hill

The arrival of Spring marks the halfway point in the 2015 Colorado Legislative Session. So, it’s time to check in with Lake County’s representatives under the Golden Dome, to find out what bills have died in committee and which are moving through the legislature process.

Most relevant to local voters was the passage of HB-1060, which requires that defendants in sexual assault cases to appear before a judge prior to their release from jail on bond.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, who also led the charge to pass Vonnie’s Law back in 2012.

During the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session supporters rally at the capitol for the passage of Vonnie's Law which was signed into law in May 2012. Photo: Leadville Today.

During the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session supporters rally at the capitol for the passage of Vonnie’s Law which was signed into law in May 2012. During the current session the law was strengthened by the passage of HB-1060. Photo: Leadville Today.

More than one hundred bills are making their way through the process in this year’s session, covering a variety of issues from Medical Marijuana to End-of-life Decisions to State Funding Allocations, the latter being an issue that both Senator Kerry Donovan and Rep. Hamner address in their legislative updates. The links to both can be found below. So, log in and hear what your local representatives have to say about the 2015 Colorado Legislative Session which will conclude 7 weeks from today on May 14, 2015.Link_Newsletter_Hamner_LeadvilleToday

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A Civics Lesson: “Old” Schoolhouse Rocks!

 

Latest News – March 25

Improvement Plans for Camp Hale Presented

Looks like there are some upcoming plans for Camp Hale, the U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. Of course, the area has a special Leadville connection, as the early 15,000 soldiers who were housed there became a unique part of the community during their training. Here are the details in addition to links where the public can weigh in on the project.

Camp Hale, the U.S. Army's training grounds for the Tenth Mountain Division. Photo: Colorado Historical Society.

Camp Hale, the U.S. Army’s training grounds for the Tenth Mountain Division. Photo: Colorado Historical Society.

 The U.S. Forest Service is initiating a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to document and disclose potential impacts of the Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project.

The Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project is the result of recommendations from a two-year collaborative effort with representation by 40 individuals, businesses and organizations. This collaborative effort developed recommendations to restore ecosystems, enhance recreation opportunities, protect historic values and preserve existing valid permits and rights.

A 45-day scoping comment period will begin when the Notice of Intent is published in the Federal Register (anticipated March 20, 2015).

Nearly 15,00 soldiers called Camp Hale home, many of whom also developed a deep affection for the Leadville community during that time. Photo: Colorado Historical Society.

Nearly 15,00 soldiers called Camp Hale home, many of whom also developed a deep affection for the Leadville community during that time. Photo: Colorado Historical Society.

The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River and its tributaries, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area, while preserving existing valid rights and permits.

The need for action is driven by historic and ongoing impairment of stream health, riparian condition and hydrologic function in the upper Eagle River and its tributaries. Current recreational infrastructure and facilities are quickly becoming outdated and overused. Recreational sites throughout the project area are in various states of deterioration and/or are entirely lacking. The project would focus on repairing and enhancing existing infrastructure thereby improving the overall experience at these sites. There is a commitment at the same time to retain features that reflect historic values of the Camp Hale area.

Additional scoping materials, including a project map, can be found HERE.  Written comments can be submitted by one of the following means:

Mail: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Matt Grove, Project Leader, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645

In person: Matt Grove, East Zone Fisheries Biologist, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, CO 81645 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays), FAX: (970) 827-5715

Electronic Comment Submissions: LINK

For more information contact Matt Grove, Project Manager, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District. Mr. Grove can be reached by phone at (970) 827-5166 or by email at magrove@fs.fed.us.

 

Latest News – March 24

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Where’s there’s smoke . . . . there’s a prescribed burn in progress! For the next couple of weeks Lake County residents may notice and smell smoke coming from the ‪#‎Leadville‬ airport area. The county will be burning brush and reducing fire fuels in the area near the intersections of County Road 23A and 45. Residents are asked to use extreme caution in the area, or to avoid it altogether. Photo: Leadville Today.

Where’s there’s smoke . . . . there’s a prescribed burn in progress! For the next couple of weeks Lake County residents may notice and smell smoke coming from the ‪#‎Leadville‬ airport area. The county will be burning brush and reducing fire fuels in the area near the intersections of County Road 23A and 45. Residents are asked to use extreme caution in the area, or to avoid it altogether. Photo: Leadville Today.

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Well, it’s that in-between time of year at 10,200 feet. It’s alright to be lacing up those running shoes, but depending on which trail you’re on, you may be better off with the skis or snowshoes. And while most Leadvillites are pulling out the lightweight jackets and layering up with vests, it’s not quite time to put that parka away for the season.

FlyFishinFor the folks who love to fish, the ice fishing days are gone, yet not all high alpine lakes have fully opened up for boats. Fortunately, the streams are flowing and ready for your cast (and crew). To that end, here’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.

For only being late March the fishing in Hayden Meadows is excellent.  There is still some lingering snow/ice on some of the rim, but overall the access is remarkable for the time of year.  Due to unseasonably moderate temperatures the fish have made it through the winter in fantastic shape. Up high the fish are still in their winter holes so concentrate on nymphing in the deeper water.  Golden stones, caddis pupa, and a variety of midge and small mayfly emergers have been the ticket for nymph rigs.  Closer to Buena Vista there are blue wing and midge hatches during the warmer parts of the day for some potential dry fly action.

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Latest News – March 23

Free Workshop for Employers About UI from CDLE

Are you an employer who has questions about Unemployment Insurance? How it works? What are you obligations and responsibilities as an employer?WorkforceCenter

Well then, The Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment, Unemployment Division has valuable information to share. If you’re interested in learning more about this labor trend, be sure to join the Leadville Colorado Workforce Center for next roundtable to be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – Noon at CMC Room #701 (Coronado Café building). 

This seminar will highlight topics on how to utilize the online
tools, managing claims and possibly reducing your premiums. Regional Businesses who have already attended in their communities, commented on the quality of the information that they received. Representatives will answer your questions and provide valuable direction on your individual situations and questions. RSVP to 719-486-2428 or email: cdle_leadville_WFC@state.co.us.Obit_Spacer_ThinDonner_(News_Link