Latest News – April 18

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Holy Family Parish

St. Joseph’s Church (424 W 2nd Street) and Annunciation Church  (609 Poplar St)

Good Friday – April 18

  • Noon –  Liturgy of Good Friday with Adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s.
  • 3 p.m. – Via Crucis outdoors at St. Joseph’s in Spanish.
  • 7 p.m. – The Living Passion according to John in Spanish at Annunciation.

Holy Saturday, April 19

  • 2 p.m. – Blessing of Easter foods, St. Joseph’s.
  • 8 p.m. – Easter Vigil: New Fire, Baptisms and Holy Eucharist at Annunciation Church (bi-lingual).

Easter Sunday, April 20

  • 9 a.m. – Mass in English
  • Noon – Mass in Spanish – St. Joseph’s.
  • There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all children after the 9 a.m. Mass.

First Baptist Church –  219 Mt. View Drive

Holy Saturday, April 19

  • Free EASTER EGG HUNT from 11 a.m. – Noon. All kids ages 3-12 welcome! Also included is a coloring contest, snacks, and a story time to learn about the true meaning of Easter. Call 719-486-1321 for more information.

Easter Sunday

  • 10 a.m. – Fellowship Brunch
  • 11 a.m. – Resurrection Service

St. George’s Church – 200 W 4th Street

Good Friday/Viernes Santo

  • 6 p.m. –  “Stations of the Cross”(bilingual) 

Holy Saturday/Sabado de Gloria

  • 8 p.m. – Easter Vigil/Santa Vigilia de Pascual   (espanol)

Easter Sunday/ Domingo de Resurreccion 

  • 9 a.m. – Easter service (bilingual)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (W. 8th & James ST)

Good Friday

  •  7 p.m. Service

Easter Sunday

  • 7 a.m. – Prayer Service
  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  -  Easter breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – Easter Services 

First Presbyterian Church (W. 3rd St. & McWethy Dr.)

 Good Friday

  • 7 p.m. – Service in youth center.
  • 7 a.m. – Sunrise service in youth center.

Easter Sunday

  • 9 a.m. Service


Latest News – April 17

Leadville Water News: Fishing, Fun and Flows!

As the storms roll through the spring season, high mountain residents’ thoughts turn to water.

The Arkansas River was recently named as favorite trout fishing destination in Colorado!

The Arkansas River was recently named favorite trout fishing destination in Colorado!

Rafting it, fishing it, how much of it there is, and where it will end up. With that in mind, here’s some waters news, from a report on the new rafting company casting anchor on Harrison Avenue to the official word from the Bureau of Reclamation regarding plans for the Frying-Pan/Arkansas water flow, to the local fishing report, let the rivers flow . . . and be grateful they still do!

Lakota Guides Drops Anchor on Harrison

As the snow starts to melt, and the calendar turns to spring, Leadville locals will start to see the river rafters roll through town; all except for one.  There’s one rafting company which is smart enough to drop anchor in downtown Leadville: welcome Lakota Guides!

Lakota Guides Leadville Sales Office at 221 Harrison Avenue.

Lakota Guides Leadville Office at 221 Harrison Ave.

At the end of last summer, before the snow started to pile up, there was a lot of activity down at the south end of historic Harrison Avenue. Tucked in between the administrative offices of the Leadville Race Series and Leadville Dental Associates, Lakota Guide’s official address is 221 Harrison Avenue. Leadville Today caught up with one of the adventure company’s owners, John Seelig to welcome the new neighbors and find out what they have in store for the upcoming summer season.

Who: Lakota Guides has been offering whitewater trips in Colorado since the late 80s. Their mission remains the same, “to provide high adventure with your safety in mind”. 

rafting adventure on the Arkansas River. Photo: Lakota Guides.

Rafting adventure on the Arkansas River. Photo: Lakota Guides.

What: Offering whitewater and off-road adventures. The company offers raft trips on the Arkansas River as well as off-road trips, including Camp Hale.

Where: While their sales office location at 221 Harrison Avenue is still somewhat under construction (and snow!), the company plans to have the doors open for the summer season. Lakota Guides main office is out of Edwards over in Eagle County. logo_LAKOTA_guidesIn addition to offering Leadville visitors expanded recreational opportunities, Seelig hopes that the guests they bring up from the Vail Valley will enjoy the uniqueness of Leadville.   “With our new sales office in Leadville, we hope to have our guests extend their visit in town with maybe a meal or a museum tour,” stated Seelig, underlining Lakota Guides desire to foster partnerships in the Leadville community.

When: “We hope to have our Leadville office open by June 1st” said Seelig.

How (to contact): Lakota Guides, 221 Harrson Ave in downotwn Leadville. Email: Phone: 970-485-7238. Website: Obit_Spacer_ThinLINK

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Fishing Fore“cast” for the Upper Arkansas

The local fishing report for the Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista), brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides in downtown Leadville. FlyFishinAlthough air temps. have remained relatively cold, the access on the Upper Ark is loosening up from Hayden Meadows to Granite.  Above Granite there is still not much in the way of adult flies outside of occasional sporadic midge and/or blue wing hatches, but good action can be had nymphing with golden stones and a variety of mayfly and/or midge trailers.  Look for the deeper runs and seams for trout that remain in their winter holding pattern.  Expect favorable wading conditions with cold weather persisting over the next week in the higher elevations and a reduction in flows coming out of Twin Lakes.Obit_Spacer_Thin  

Let the rivers flow

By Kara Lamb, Public Information Officer, Bureau of Reclamation. We are getting ready to start importing water from the West Slope collection of the Fryingpan-Arkansas system to the East Slope.

Twin Lakes Dam and Reservoir. Photo: Bureau of Reclamation.

Twin Lakes Dam and Reservoir. Photo: BOR.

As long as minimum flows at both the Thomasville and Hunter Creek gages are met, we can begin diversions of additional water through the Boustead Tunnel. Here are the minimum flows for the Fryingpan River at Thomasville:

    Date                                        Min Flow, (cfs)

  • Oct. 1 – Mar. 31                            30
  • Apr. 1 – Apr. 30                           100
  • May 1 – May 31                            150
  • Jun. 1 – Jun. 30                          200
  • Jul. 1 – Jul. 31                             100
  • Aug. 1 – Aug 31                            75
  • Sep 1 – Sep 30                               65

Additionally, at Twin Lakes dam, we are curtailing releases to Lake Creek and the Arkansas River Monday and Tuesday. On Monday April 14, we scaled back to about 100 cfs. Tuesday, we continued scaling back to 0 cfs while a regular review of the dam is conducted. Once the review is complete, we will bring releases back up.

Latest News – April 16

Leadville Hospital Receives $1 Million Grant

St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville received notification last week from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) that the medical facility had secured a one million dollar grant for improvements.dola

In a letter to St. Vincent Hospital CEO, Joyce Beck, DOLA Executive Director, Reeves Brown stated that the hospital’s request for one million dollars had been approved.

The grant will assist the hospital in replacing the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The new HVAC project will cost two million dollars. The additional funding will come from loans and hospital cash reserves.Hospital Foundation Logo 

“With a potential HVAC system failure no longer looming, the caring and positive work done at St. Vincent Hospital will only be amplified in the future,” stated Karen Rinehart, Director St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

Here’s a video of the plans for a new surgical suite:


To stay informed about’s happening at St. Vincent Hospital or to donate to the foundation, please visit the website. Or contact Karen Rinehart, Director St. Vincent Hospital Foundation & Community Relations, 719-486-7135 or

Hospital and Water Board Meet The Candidates Monday

There is a special election coming on May 6, 2014 which will elect new members to the St. Vincent Hospital Board and the Parkville Water Board. Next Monday, April 21, the Leadville Chamber and Colorado Mountain College – Leadville will be hosting a Meet The Candidates Night. The event will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the CMC – Coronado Café Building, Room 701.



Latest News – April 15

Back Country Skier Rescued by LCSAR on Sunday

The calendar might say spring, but winter conditions still exist in the high mountains, especially in the back country. And that’s what a guy from Boulder discovered on Sunday when he was brought to safety by Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR)

Sangree M Froelicher, one of the Tenth Mountain Huts.

Sangree M Froelicher, one of the Tenth Mountain Huts.

On Sunday, April 13 LCSR assisted an individual who was part of a hut trip traveling to the “Sangree M Froelicher,” one of Colorado’s famed 10th Mountain Division mountain huts. The group set out for a weekend trip and on Saturday, April 12 Toby Hammer of Boulder had sustained an injury to his knee while skiing in the vicinity of the hut. 

“His hut mates were concerned they would not be able to easily and safely assist him off the mountain,” stated Betty Benson, Public Information Officer for Leadville/Lake County. The 911 emergency call came into dispatch on Saturday, however, the group decided to arrange for assistance on Sunday when they planned to depart the Hut, located in Birdseye Gulch.

Thanks to Lake County Search and Rescue team for another successful mission. The Search and Rescue team on this mission was Mike McHargue, Emergency Manager, Anita Mason, Chris Yeager, Russ Jungnitsch, Jenny Burton & Tara Marcilla.  Photo: LCOEM

Thanks to Lake County Search and Rescue team for another successful mission. The Search and Rescue team on this mission was Mike McHargue, Emergency Manager, Anita Mason, Chris Yeager, Russ Jungnitsch, Jenny Burton & Tara Marcilla. Photo: LCOEM

 This recent rescue is a reminder that traveling in the Colorado back country always requires a contingency plan in the event of any emergency or unexpected event. Did you know that back country adventurers can purchase a search & rescue card which helps volunteer organizations such as LCSAR to recoup expenses incurred?

Check it out: LINK.

“This is a great investment for anyone who spends time in the back country - no matter the season,” stated Benson. “Our message is to encourage everyone going into the back country to have a Search and Rescue card or other back country type license (fishing, hunting,).  Funds from such licenses do go into a fund that helps pay for some of the expenses of Search and Rescue organizations such as ours,” she added.

Latest News – April 14

Hundreds of Leadville and Lake County residents took advantage of the low and no-cost health screenings at the 9Health Fair last Saturday.

Hundreds of Leadville and Lake County residents took advantage of the low and no-cost health screenings at the 9Health Fair last Saturday.


Leadville Political News & Updates

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