DA Brown Distributes Funds to Assist Victims
The Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office has begun the process of selecting beneficiaries of the DA5 Charitable Contributions Fund. The district, which spans the counties of Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit, accumulates annual funds as a part of its “Plea by Mail” program for transgressors who have committed minor crimes. Those who enter a guilty plea and settle their cases by mail are required to make a $100 charitable contribution before they can begin the process.
“This program brings in about $70,000 annually.” stated District Attorney Bruce Brown. “We want this money to be returned directly to the community in such a way as will benefit our towns and counties by reducing crime and bringing help and support to those who have been victimized by it.”
The office is asking that not-for-profit organizations that either work in some direct way to help prevent crime in their local community, or organizations who work with crime victims, to apply to be beneficiaries of the fund. Previous beneficiaries include Early Childhood Partners, Speak Up Reach Out, Summit County Advocates for Victims of Assault, D.A.R.E, and Crime Stoppers of Clear Creek County.
The DA’s office is encouraging all organizations within District 5 who work to prevent crime, especially among youth, or those that provides services and support to crime victims to apply by August 15, 2014.
Climax Water Treatment Plant Celebration August 7
Climax Mine is hosting a grand opening to mark the commissioning of their new water treatment plant. After a $200 million investment to change facilities and methods in water treatment, water will now be treated in the new plant incorporating modern water treatment technologies.
Climax Mine Water Treatment Plant celebration features an exclusive opportunity for guided tours of the plant, attendance by state and national dignitaries and company leaders, educational opportunities, food and festivities.
The Climax Molybdenum Company operations in Colorado date back to 1918 and have played a part in world history as well as Colorado’s own growth.
Registration is required to attend the grand opening celebration and/or guided tour of the Climax Mine Water Treatment Plant. Seating is limited to the first 500 RSVPs. Buses will depart from Copper Mountain every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tour time is approximately 75 minutes. CLICK HERE to register.
Here’s the local fishing report brought to you by Tim Hill of Colorado Fly Fishing Guides, located in downtown Leadville.
Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista)
Flows continue to recede in the meadows and are becoming even more manageable below the Lake Creek confluence. This combined with strong hatches has the upper river in excellent shape. The drakes and stones are dwindling and have been replaced with PMD and quill pattern mayflies as the primary hatch. Trout are also still maintaining a diet of caddis. Your dry fly selection should include pmd, light cahill, red or ginger quills, and parachute caddis patterns. Prince, pheasant tail, and pmd emergers have been taking fish sub surface.
Fire Mitigation Project on CR 17 Canceled
The following information was provided by Lake County Public Information Officer Susan Matthews concerning the Fire Mitigation work which was initially planned for County Road 17 (CR17 – Mountain View Drive):
Notice of project cancellation—Due to mounting technical difficulties to achieve the overall intent of the CR17 Fuel Break project, inability to meet some of the grant guidance parameters and a host of programmatic issues that only very recently became apparent, the CR17 Fuel Reduction Project is canceled for this year.
In the future, the county will examine a more board-based approach to fire mitigation involving volunteering home owners associations and individual home owners. Moving forward, the county will work with HOAs and home owners in creating defensible space and FireWise Communities. Residents are encouraged to read this LINK which outlines the wildfire protection plan, adopted first in 2006, and is currently undergoing revisions pertaining to Lake County.
The state of Colorado has experienced huge fires in the past several years. As an outcome of the increased fires, many insurance companies are leaving the state and others are cancelling policies. Lake County residents are beginning to receive letters from insurance companies cancelling or requesting mitigation efforts. Mitigation efforts that Lake County will plan and implement can be a helpful tool to show Lake County is interested in keeping our community safe.
Welcome to Leadville’s Million Dollar Skatepark
Skatepark Grand Opening Planned for Sunday
After two years of planning, fundraising, writing grants and construction, Leadville’s Huck Finn Skatepark will hold its Grand Opening this Sunday, July 27 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the park. The public is invited and encouraged to bring their skateboards and bikes to take part in the festivities.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating and recognizing the generosity of our benefactors, and all the effort of the volunteers and supporters,” said Greg Race, who along with Leaf Treinen and Carrie Mallozzi spear-headed the project from beginning to end over the past two years.
The efforts and commitment required to make the Huck Finn Park Project happen were sizable, but really began to pick up steam in the fall of 2012. Those readers interested in reading about the early efforts can connect HERE.
But for most of the community, watching the park unfold before our very eyes was inspiring. A huge thanks goes out to the steering committee trio – Greg Race, Leaf Treinen and Carrie Mallozzi – who saw the project thru from beginning to end, including countless hours, meetings and time away from their own families and lives.
So join the celebration this Sunday from 4 – 8 at the new Huck Finn Skatepark! The festivities will include great door prizes, music by Boogie Down Productions and yummy food from local food vendors. In addition, the staff from St. Vincent Hospital will be offering helmet fittings and giving free helmets to children and adults that do not have them. The helmets will be available while supplies last.
School District Yard Sale Today
The Lake County School District is having a Yard Sale TODAY, July 25, from 9 a.m. until about 1 p.m. The sale is located at the District Office (107 Spruce Street).
As the district office move into their new spaces, some items need a new home. There will be lots of classroom furniture, office storage, lights, books, used educational materials, holiday decorations, electronics, etc. All items are free, but monetary donations are accepted and will go toward our Homecoming celebration on September 26-27. All items must go on this TODAY!
Manuelita’s Expands with Bar, Grand Opening Tonight!
Their famous fish tacos might bring you through the door the first time, but Mauelita’s Restaurant friendly service will bring you back time after time until you’ve tried everything on the menu, glad that you did.
And now, you can linger a little longer in the evening in the new bar in the back of this downtown Leadville eatery. The bar will officially open tonight, July 25. To kick things off, Owner Federico Montes is giving away 5 free pitchers to the first five customers, starting at 6 p.m. They have Pacifico and Dos Equis Lager on tap. They will also have Grand Opening drink specials.
Starting tonight, Manuelita’s Bar will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 2 a.m. And of course, you can still join them for lunch or dinner.
And yes, the fish tacos come highly recommended, and one of the best deals in town!
Felicidades Federico! Y Salud a Manuelita’s Bar!
Boomtown Music Festival in Lake County This Weekend
Have you heard the word? Maybe you’ve seen the small flyers up around town? Or perhaps the event has come up on your Facebook news feed?
There is a music festival going on this weekend in southern Lake County that could explode into the next big thing. The Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival is a three day “experimental” festival featuring local musicians, artists, and yoga! The whole thing is happening at the historic Smith-Parsons Ranch located several miles south of Leadville, off County Road 10 or what is more commonly known as Sure Pretty Drive.
“Our family ranch has owned and operated this hay ranch for 100 years, for three generations,” said Joseph Smith in an interview with Leadville Today. And while haying only takes place a few months of the year, the rest of the time the family spends enjoying the beauty which surrounds their private property at the foot of Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. Elbert.
“We decided that we wanted to share that with the greater community, because we find it to be one of the most beautiful places. And we want to open it up a little bit,” said Smith.
By “a little bit,” Smith means holding a three-day musical festival that will be capped at 300 attendees, this year.
“I’ve been going to music festivals for about six years now and it’s really changed my perspective on the world, the way that people treat each other,” explained Smith, referring to the way that “a temporary community influences human interaction.”
So from those experiences came the Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival. So why Beta Test? Well, by definition, beta testing is the last stage of testing; generally thought of as a test for a computer product prior to commercial release. In other words, if things go well this year, the event will become an annual Lake County event.
And even for a “beta test,” the Boomtown schedule of events is pretty impressive: 22 musical performances, yoga sessions, and artists displaying their creations. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at the Boomtown Festival website, or you can also purchase them at the gate (cash only).
Admission includes on site camping. Rustic car camping sites and port-a-potties will be available on the private ranch land. No showers or electricity will be available. They can also accommodate RVs, but there are no hookups.
Of course, the event has gone through all of the necessary permitting processes and organizers will have a security detail in place as well.
“Lake County has been extremely helpful with the whole planning process,” said Smith. And yesterday county officials did visit the site to make sure all safety concerns and crowd control issues were addressed.
So there you have it, sounds like the base of Mt. Elbert is going to be the spot for great music and good times this weekend.
“Join us on the first step of our journey towards building a new festival venue and outdoor art gallery,” states the Boomtown website. “Our goal is to encourage creativity and expression in the local community while developing a unique venue in the Colorado high country!”
The Smith-Parsons Ranch is located at 1322 County Road 24A. Take Sure Pretty Drive south and follow the signs, turning off at County Road 24A. The Ranch will open at noon tomorrow, Friday, July 25 and will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.
The FREE Fun Continues this Friday in Leadville
Friday Nights in Leadville continue this Friday, July 25 with two plays will be presented in “Readers Theater” style at 7 p.m. at St. George Church, at W. 4th and Pine Streets.
“Dragons in Denver” is a lively adventure about a 12-year-old boy, a witch, a dragon and a unicorn. It stars Judy Cole, Ingrid Mager and Leadville youth performer Allie Collins. The play is written by Carol Bellhouse and directed by Susan Fladager.
The second presentation is titled, “Leaving,” and stars local actors Annie Livingston-Garrett and Ed Solder. In this play, tough times challenge a long-married couple. It was written and directed by Carol Bellhouse.
As always admission is free.
Come, Get “Happy” at this Friday’s Movie Night
Leadville Community Movie Night continues this Friday, July 25 with Despicable Me Too. Following on the success of the first movie, the sequel tag line surmises: “When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.”
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. A secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle containing a powerful mutagen known as PX-41 is stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) tries to recruit former supervillain Gru to find out which evil person stole the lab, since he knows how villains work. And if that isn’t enough to grab you, this movie also contains the smash song hit, “Happy.”
The show starts at dusk, which is generally about 8 p.m. this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance).
This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s a full line-up of this summer’s movies, as well as some information about how you can become a sponsor of this great community event: INFO.