Tag Archives: Leadville

Latest News – April 19

Leadville Bar/Café Scene Looks Back, Remembers

Yesterday marked two significant occasions in the Leadville bar and café scene. And it was Leadville’s west side that stole the spotlight, celebrating two great people, two great families, and two great businesses.

It was a packed house down at The Pastime Saloon as hundreds showed up to honor Jerry "Red" Seme. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

It was a packed house down at The Pastime Saloon as hundreds showed up to honor Jerry “Red” Seme. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

On April 18, friends and family gathered to attend the memorial for Jerry “Red” Seme, owner of The Pastime Saloon at 120 W. 2nd Street in Leadville. The day started with a brief, but very moving service at the Bailey Kent Funeral Home. After the memorial uptown, Jerry was “shown the love” as hundreds attended a more informal gathering, down at the bar on old State Street, which has been in her husband Roy’s family since 1938.

Daughter Wendy (aka Lorinda) was greeting guests at the memorial for her mother who passed away on March 3, 2015. Also in attendance was Jerry’s red-headed granddaughter Missy (Melissa, Tina’s daughter) who shared some loving memories of the hard work ethic lessons that her grandmother taught her, by demonstrating them every day of her life. Hundreds of family and friends filed into the historic saloon to express condolences to Roy, Jerry’s husband for more than 50 years, sharing heart-warming stories of this one-of-a-kind lady. Jerry would have loved it – you’ll be missed, Red!

Honoring Jerry are her family: (left to right) Sister Connie, Daughter Wendy, Granddaughter Missy and Husband Roy. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

Honoring Jerry are her family: (left to right) Sister Connie, Daughter Wendy, Granddaughter Missy and Husband Roy. Photo: Dawn Todd Flores.

Roy did mention that the Pastime plans to re-open on May 1 and wanted to thank the Leadville community for all their love and support they have shown for Jerry and his family during this difficult time. Stay tuned to Leadville Today will bring you all the details, as the Pastime gears up for the summer season. It’s about time for one of those delicious burgers on the patio, don’t you think?

Later yesterday evening, The Grill Bar and Café down on Elm Street marked the 50th Anniversary of the popular Mexican food eatery.

Leadville locals were treated to a special 50th Anniversary Mexican food buffet. Que bueno!

Leadville locals were treated to a special 50th Anniversary Mexican food buffet. Que bueno!

The Leadville community came out in full force, and was treated to all of their favorite menu items with a special Mexican food buffet. The place was packed and everywhere you turned someone was sharing another memory of the restaurant which was started in 1965 by Robert Martinez, who passed away in 1994. Current owners James Martinez and Linda Duthie greeted hundreds of guests, as often times it was standing room only, with locals ready for some fiesta. The staff did a great job keeping up with the crowds. Robert’s daughter Beverly and son John were also enjoying the felicidades, reminiscing about their family’s 50 years in business.

“I remember when the kitchen was where the pool table is now,” said John Martinez. “And some of our small bedrooms were way off the back of the present day dining room.” The family has been sharing some great historic photos leading up to their Golden Anniversary on The Grill Bar & Cafe Facebook Page.

So yesterday it was Leadville’s west side that stole the spotlight, celebrating two great people, two great families, and two great businesses. Be sure to support them; they’ve hung in there a real, long time.

La Familia: The Grill Bar and Cafe Owner James Martinez (left) celebrates 50 years with sister Beverly (middle) and brother John (right).  The popular eatery was started by their father Robert in 1965.

La Familia: The Grill Bar and Cafe Owner James Martinez (left) celebrates 50 years with sister Beverly (middle) and brother John (right). The popular Mexican food restaurant was started by their father Robert in 1965 at 715 Elm Street in Leadville.

Latest News – April 18

The Home Stretch: Legislative News from 2015 Session

The 2015 Colorado Legislative session will wrap on May 14, about three weeks from today. So, it’s time to check in with Lake County’s representatives under the Golden Dome, for a progress report.

"The House passed the $26.4 state budget this morning with bipartisan support!" reported State Rep. Millie Hamner via her facebook page last week. Pictured here with fellow Joint Budget Committee members, Reps. Bob Rankin and Dave Young, on the House floor. Photo: Millie Hamner Facebook Page. The state budget was passed in the House 45-20 with bipartisan support.

“The House passed the $26.4 state budget this morning with bipartisan support!” reported State Rep. Millie Hamner via her facebook page last week. Pictured here with fellow Joint Budget Committee members, Reps. Bob Rankin and Dave Young, on the House floor. Photo: Millie Hamner Facebook Page.
The state budget was passed in the House 45-20 with bipartisan support.

 

This year, Rep. Millie Hamner served on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) which is given the responsibility to develop a budget for the state to operate under. Fortunately the group was able to come to an agreement last week, which will hopefully be complete with the governor’s signature soon. After all, its a constitutional requirement for the state legislature to pass a balanced budget. 

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.

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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Latest News – April 17

Alpine Orchestra Concert Rescheduled for Monday

The Alpine Orchestra Spring Concert, scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday night in Leadville due to the weather. Alpine OrchestraThe last couple of days have seen a spring snow storm stalled out over the region, leaving behind at least a half foot of wet, heavy snow creating traffic headaches for travelers.

So music lovers will have to wait until Monday (7:30 p.m.) to see The Alpine Orchestra at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. However, please note that representatives from the orchestra did indicate that the Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Salida SteamPlant concert, and the Sunday April 19, 3 p.m. ClearView Church, Buena Vista concert will launch on schedule.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Duo to Play St. George’s Saturday for Meal Program

There’s still on opportunity to catch some great live music in town this weekend. Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) will take to the stage at St. George Episcopal Church tomorrow Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

 Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) Perform at St. George's Saturday Night, April 18.

Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) Perform at St. George’s Church in Leadville on Saturday Night, April 18 at 7 p.m. to benefit the community meals program

 The duo is touted as an instrumental group blending acoustic guitar and cello into a fusion of classical, new age, jazz, pop and rock styles. The musicians have been getting solidly good reviews on their live performances as well as their recently released CD.

The benefit  concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 (at the door) and proceeds benefit the Community Meals program. St George Church is located at 200 West 4th & Pine Street.

As of now, things are still planning to go off as scheduled; hopefully the weather and roads will clear by Saturday night! You can always call Rev. Ali Lufkin at St. Georges Church to confirm the performance, or if you have any other questions. 719-486-4731.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Hazel Miller Performs on Leadville Campus April 25

By Mike McKibbin 

Mom’s advice paid off for Hazel Miller.

Hazel Miller performs in Leadville April 25.

Hazel Miller performs in Leadville April 25.

It led the now-popular singer to leave her home as a young adult in Louisville, Ky., and eventually travel the world, performing jazz, gospel, blues and R&B.

“When I was 16, she saw me perform in a show and said, ‘You’re good at this. Go, get out of Louisville and see the world,’” Miller recalled. “She wanted me to branch out. So I did.”

While she didn’t quite make it to her destination of Los Angeles, California’s loss was Colorado’s gain, as Miller made Denver her home base for more than three decades.

Miller and her band will perform a free concert on campus at Colorado Mountain College’s Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center, 901 South Highway 24 in Leadville, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

This concert is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College ArtShare. 

Meeting people highlights Miller’s travels

“Traveling is the best kind of education, too,” Miller said. “You meet so many different people at their levels. And one thing I always see is how we’re all more alike than we are different.”

The band has toured North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America and has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers. Last winter, Miller toured the U.S. with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, marking the 19th year the two bands have performed together.

The summer of 2014 featured festival appearances in Grand Junction, Del Norte, Pagosa Springs, Frisco, Breckenridge, Erie, Boulder and Telluride, not to mention Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming. The band has appeared many times at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater as the headliner and as an opening act.

“I never get tired of traveling in Colorado,” Miller said.

Adding to music that people know 

The music Miller and her band plan to perform will combine five different “jazz experiences,” she said, including swing, bebop and smooth jazz, along with the blues and gospel.

“We like to make the music enjoyable,” she said. “We took a song written by Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac), called ‘Dreams,’ and added a smooth jazz tempo with a layer of continental jazz feel. But people still recognize the song, because it’s Fleetwood Mac.”

Miller said the band also put a “funky dance beat” to Lee Ann Womack’s country hit, “I Hope You Dance.”

“We think it’s all right to like every kind of music because it all blends together in the end,” she said. “It’s all music. We hope they like it enough to get up and dance. If we don’t move them, it’s very disappointing.”

Colorado audiences are usually quite active, though.

“I think it’s that Western pioneer spirit, and the fact that Colorado loves all kinds of music,” she said. “It’s almost like they’re waiting for you and they never let you down. So when they jump up and dance, that’s our greatest accomplishment.”

For more information about the Hazel Miller Band in concert, call 970-947-8367. Find more about the vocalist and her band at hazelmiller.biz.

Latest News – April 16

Leadville Students: The Learning and Running Rainbow

Education should be colorful! And so it is for these students at The Color Run at Copper Mountain. From the top: (left to right) Madyson Blamey, Jude Hill, Andrew Ayers, MacKenzie Reigel, Dylan Windorski, Sammy Smeltzer, Brenna Allen, Benjamin Lowry.  Bottom Center: Jenny Wronski. 

Education should be colorful! And so it is for these students at The Color Run at Copper Mountain. From the top: (left to right) Madyson Blamey, Jude Hill, Andrew Ayers, MacKenzie Reigel, Dylan Windorski, Sammy Smeltzer, Brenna Allen, Benjamin Lowry.  Bottom Center: Jenny Wronski.

Last Saturday, April 11 Lake County School District students from the 5th & 6th grade gifted and talented program participated in the Copper Mountain Color Run. The student’s field trip was part of a learning assignment involving personal goal setting and achievement. In addition, the students raised the money to participate, in what’s billed as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet.”

“We all had a blast!” wrote Jenny Wronski, GT Coordinator, Lake County School District.

The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in color!

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B-I-N-G-O for Leadville Skyline B-A-S-E-B-A-L-L

Ok, so judging from the weather out the window, it may not seem like baseball weather . . . for the rest of the country! But in Leadville, where it could snow (and has) any month of the year, it’s time to talk Skyline Baseball.2015 Logo_SkylineBaseball

This Saturday, April 18 there will be a fundraiser for this Leadville youth baseball program.  Hosted by the Leadville Elks Lodge #236, the evening will start with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be burritos, served with chili and rice for $6/ plate. Then its BINGO time at 7 p.m. Pay in advance and it’s only $10, at the door it’ll cost you $12. They will also be selling $1 Raffle tickets all to help raise money for Skyline Baseball.

Also parents can save money on their child’s registration cost by signing up and paying for Skyline Baseball at BINGO this Saturday! (Must be participating in Bingo to receive discount)

For more information please contact: Mark Wadsworth 970-485-9484 or Frank Martinez 970-376-4785.

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Volunteers Needed for Student Art Show on May 8

Attention art lovers and all around likers of creative things! The Lake County School District (LCSD) will be hosting its annual Art Show on Friday May 8, starting at 6 p.m. Coordinated by the incredible LCSD art team of Erin Farrow, Amanda Good and Katie this is the ONLY fundraiser that the group uses to raise the majority of the money used for student art supplies. 

Show some ♥ for Leadville and volunteer for the schools' annual art show on May 8. Photo: Leadville Today

Show some ♥ for Leadville and volunteer for the schools’ annual art show on May 8. Photo: Leadville Today

The team is also looking for volunteers to help out during the show.

“Every year we depend on amazing, generous volunteers to make this happen,” explained art show coordinator Farrow. “This year will be no different.”

Art School Teachers Amanda Good (left) and Erin Farrow (right)  coordinate the Annual Art Show. Photo: Leadville Today.

Leadville Art School Teachers Amanda Good (left) and Erin Farrow (right) coordinate the Annual Art Show. Photo: Leadville Today.

Volunteers are needed to help with activities the night of the art show (May 8) for two shifts: 5:45 – 7 p.m. and 7 – 8:15 p.m. Activities include face painting, cake decorating, plant potting, root beer floats, card making, cotton candy and more! 

If you think your talents (and muscle) would be better put to work with help setting up and taking down the show (all day long), bringing the artwork from the high school to the intermediate school, and putting up flyers around town, remember, every little bit helps! So please consider volunteering for something!  

If you are not available to volunteer, then be sure to stop by to check out all the great artwork! It is a GREAT evening for the kids! There will also be a ceramic sale featuring handmade ceramic work by our high school students and some fabulous local artists. 

 For questions or to volunteer, contact Lake County High School Art Teacher Erin Farrow at 719-486-6838, via  mail: efarrow@lakecountyschools.net.

The annual Art Show is the only fundraiser for art supplies in Leadville schools. Mark the calendar for Friday May 8. Photo: Leadville Today.

The annual Art Show is the only fundraiser for art supplies for students in the Lake County School District. Mark the calendar for Friday, May 8. Photo: Leadville Today.

Latest News – April 15

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Obit_Spacer_ThinTritz on Climax: Mark Calendar for Next Wednesday

Leadville native Howard Tritz will be presenting a program about the Climax Mine next week at the Lake County Public Library.

Leadville Native Howard Tritz

Leadville Native Howard Tritz

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the program will be held on Wed., April 22, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tritz started at the Climax Mine in 1961 as a laborer in the mill, but his college education allowed him to be enrolled in a training program for shift boss. He did that for seven years, and then became foreman of the mill, where he worked for many years. His Climax career culminated as the Mill Superintendent, that is, prior to the big layoffs in 1982.  In 1987 Tritz took early retirement, “a sweet deal many could not resist.”

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tritz’s knowledge of the Climax Mine and its fascinating history and connection to Leadville. So plan on attending next Wednesday, April 22, and hear all about it directly from Tritz himself . The program will be held at the Lake County Public Library, 1115 Harrison Avenue in Leadville.

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s the recent story Leadville Today published last January when Howard Tritz retired as the Lake County Assessor: LINK.

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Lake County Library Celebrates National Library Week

This week is National Library Week, so three cheers for the local Lake County Public Library and all of its great programs. Here are some of those and links where you can find more information.

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The Lake County Public Library offers a FREE Weekly Storytime for Preschoolers. Storytime is held on Thursday Mornings, with Children ages 3 – 5 from 9 – 10 a.m., and Toddlers from 11 – 11:30 a.m. Every week there’s a different theme, including some special guests throughout the  programs which continues through mid-May 2015. This week they will read about Street Signs. The Lake County Public Library is located at 1115 Harrison Avenue in Leadville.

The Leadville library also offers a popular After School Program which is held on Thursdays in the Amax room. The program starts after school and runs until 4:45 p.m. and includes a wide range of FREE activities from reading to the arts to science and technology. This program is available to all students Grade One and up.Obit_Spacer_ThinLibrary_AfterSchool_Program