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Latest News – February 6

Fire Claims Life of Leadville Resident on Friday

Released by Lake County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, Feb 5, 2016, at 1 p.m. the Leadville/Lake County Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at Mountain Valley Estates mobile home park located at 749 Highway 91 unit #12. This complex is formerly known as the Village at East Fork, off Highway 91 north en route to Fremont Pass.

On Friday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. Lake County first responders were dispatched to a fire at the Mountain Valley Estates mobile home park on Highway 91 North. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Photo: Leadville Today.

On Friday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. Lake County first responders were dispatched to a fire at the Mountain Valley Estates mobile home park on Highway 91 North. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Photo: Leadville Today.

During the fire mitigation, firefighters discovered a deceased person in the residence. Cause of death and identification of the adult male is undetermined at this time.

Formerly know as the Village at East Fork, this manufactured home community is now known as Mountain Valley Estates on Highway 91 north. Photo: Leadville Today

Formerly know as the Village at East Fork, this manufactured home community is now known as Mountain Valley Estates on Highway 91 north. Photo: Leadville Today

Further investigations by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Lake County Fire Marshal, Coroner’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office will continue on Saturday. At this time, questions can be directed to Undersheriff Mendoza at 719-486-1249.

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Fans Gather In Leadville To Cheer on Denver Broncos

Have you heard? There’s a BIG GAME being played tomorrow Sunday, Feb. 7. And of course there are plenty of football-loving fans in Leadville – or maybe visiting guests are looking for a place to catch all the action.

Broncos pride is two times as strong at Two Miles High in Leadville Today as demonstrated by this Sculpture courtesy of Peleg Mark Wadsworth! Go Broncos!

Broncos pride is two times as strong at Two Miles High in Leadville Today as demonstrated by this Sculpture courtesy of Peleg Mark Wadsworth! Go Broncos!

So here’s a rundown of places you can go in Leadville to cheer on the Broncos. But  no  drinking  and driving – did you hear there’s a new Uber driver in Leadville? Ask your bartender for now.  . . Leadville Today will be bringing you that story later. . . . Go Broncos!!

The Pastime Bar & Café will be resurrecting an old tradition with their Super Party this Sunday! Pastime SuperbowlBar and kitchen opens at 12 noon and they’ll be serving up some of Nate’s famous BBQ until 8 p.m.
Come, cheer on the Broncos, with some food and drink specials! And of course, the ever-popular FREE jello shots (21+) when Broncos score. The Pastime is only bar in town serving full menu, full bar on Game Day! Watch the Broncos play on 3 TVs. The Pastime Bar & Café is located at 120 West 2nd Street – the last existing saloon on old State Street, Leadville’s red light district.

Periodic Brewing, 115 E. 7th Street – Leadville’s new brew pub invites folks to join them for THE BIG GAME! Periodic Brewing_SuperbowlThere’s 4 Big Screen TVs there for your viewing pleasure. Come early to get a seat – opening at noon. Every time the Broncos score a touchdown you get a FREE 4oz TASTER of Pb beer, only during the game. If you can’t join them, remember they’ve got growlers-to-go! They have a new limited menu of snacks and pub fare. Go Broncos! 

The Manhattan Bar – located in downtown Leadville at the corner of 7th and historic Harrison Avenue. They’ll be hosting their annual Wild Game Potluck for Super Sunday! So pull some of that fall harvest out of your freezer and cook something up , or just join the fun. They will be raffling off a bud light recliner now THAT’S something that would look nice in any Leadville home!  Tickets are a buck a piece or 6 for $5. Winner announced at the end of the game. You can also find your jello-shots with Bronco scores and some PBR schwag giveaways throughout the game.

scar bar su[perMeanwhile, just a few blocks south, another corner bar will be throwing a Super Pizza Party. The Scarlet Bar (4th and Harrison) is teaming up with High Mountain Pies in Leadville to bring you that all-American duo of beer and pizza!  They will be drawing for some great half time and finale prizes, along with lots of door prizes. Pizza, beer and football, sounds like fun!

BTW take note that tonight Saturday, Feb. 6 there is some Pre –game live music in downtown Lead Vegas. Lake County Rain takes The Scarlet Stage at 9 p.m. This is a free show, 21+ w/ID. Come check out this new “Local Americana” band!Spac_50

The Bronco Spirit was alive and well in Leadville during the 1987 Superbowl challenge. This old building which sat on the corner lot at Poplar and 11th Street is a fine example of that! Photo: Kenny and Beth Donoher.

The Bronco Spirit was alive and well in Leadville during the 1987 Superbowl challenge. This old building which sat on the corner lot at Poplar and 11th Street is a fine example of that! IPhoto: Kenny and Beth Donoher.

Latest News – February 5

Former Deputy Sentenced Yesterday for Embezzlement

Former Lake County Sheriff Sergeant Jeffrey Hartman was sentenced yesterday, February 4 to two years of supervised probation for Official Misconduct and two years deferred judgment and 100 hours community service for Embezzlement of Public Property for removing an assault rifle from the Lake County Sheriff’s evidence room.

Fromer Alek County Law Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Hartman sentenced fro embezzlement.

Former Lake County Law Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Hartman sentenced on February 4, 2016 for embezzlement.

The sentences are concurrent and Hartman cannot possess firearms during the probation period. Hartman, who served as an evidence custodian, plead guilty on January 21.

“My top priority as the district attorney is to ensure confidence in public officials and law enforcement, most of whom are honest professionals who protect us and our system of government,” said Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown.

“Preservation of evidence is critical to the legitimacy of our judicial system and law enforcement officers are angered when they hear of a colleague who abuses the privilege to serve our community,” Brown added.

Hartman was found in possession of an assault rifle that Deputy Sheriff William Berry had given to him. The rifles were to be destroyed when they went missing.

In April 2014 a scheme to sell guns out of the evidence room was discovered when a citizen complained that he had paid Berry for a .38 semi-automatic handgun but had not received it. The citizen’s complaint alerted officials to a possible theft of evidence triggering an investigation coordinated by the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office.

Berry auctioned the Colt handgun for more than $2,300 after purchasing it for $500. The weapon had been seized as evidence during an unrelated domestic violence investigation Berry initiated as the responding officer. Berry later removed the seized firearms from the evidence room and duped the wife of the accused in the domestic violence incident into transferring ownership to him for $500 in cash. 

All four of the missing weapons were recovered and returned to the County Sheriff’s office during the course of the investigation.

On May 15, 2015 Berry was found guilty of Embezzlement of Public Property and Official Misconduct and sentenced to three years of supervised probation on the Embezzlement charge and three years concurrent probation and 100 hours of community service for Official Misconduct.

Latest News – February 4

Oh, Say Can You Ski – Swoosh! News from the Slopes

It’s Thursday. It’s been snowing – A LOT! So it’s time to check in with some ski news.

Ski Cooper continues their incredible $30 Thursdays with live music Apres Ski at Katie O'Rourke's Irish Pub. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Ski Cooper continues their incredible $30 Thursdays with live music Apres Ski at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Last weekend the Lake County Nordic Ski Team represented at Steamboat. So first up, is that report. The Panther’s Nordic team has been seeing their hard work pay off with marked improvement this season. They have two more regular season meets. This Saturday, Feb. 6 in Eagle Valley and then the Panthers will host other student athletes in Leadville on Feb. 13, before heading to Aspen for state Feb. 25 and 26. Go Panthers!

Secondly, they are in the thick of the season out at Ski Cooper and are offering more than just inches and inches of fresh powder, find out what below!Spac_50

Nordic Team Demonstrates Prowess in Steamboat

By LCHS Nordic Team

On Saturday, the Lake County High School Nordic team traveled to Steamboat Springs for a classic race. The competition took place on the rolling terrain of the Steamboat Springs Touring Center, which is very similar to the trails the Panthers train on at Colorado Mountain College and the Mineral Belt Trail. The team was excited to show their prowess on the long gradual uphill and gentle downhill sections.

Sam Frykholm digs in for the uphill climb earlier in the Nordic race season. Photo: Vicki Koch.

Sam Frykholm digs in for the uphill climb earlier in the Nordic race season. The Panthers are on track to take on the competition at State! Photo: Vicki Koch.

The temperatures were warm and fresh snow had fallen the night before, so the waxing for the classic race was tricky. Skis would be too sticky in some locations but slippery in others, but it was the same for every team.

Harper Powell skied the individual start race to perfection, working her way through the field. By the end, Powell had secured the victory, beating 2nd place by four seconds and third place by nearly thirty seconds. Whitney White and Ariel Benney both attacked the course from the start, and White placed 9th and Benney was 16th. Phoebe Powell was close behind in 18th, and Jackie Williams was 25th. Molly Lenhard rounded out the Panthers in 45th.

Benney and Williams notched their qualification to the state meet for classic, meaning that seven female skiers have now qualified for state. The girls’ team also scored enough points to place 2nd out of the twelve teams, their highest finish in many years.

“I’ve been so impressed with our girls all season,” said Coach Karl Remsen. “It was great to have all their hard work pay off today.”

The boys race proved more challenging because the tracks glazed, meaning that most boys resorted to double poling significant portions of the course when they could not get any kick. Charlie Koch led the team with his 20th place finish. Joe Koch continued to showcase his improvement in his classic technique by placing 29th. Brandon Hanson was right behind him in 32nd place, qualifying him for the state meet.

“Brandon had a great week of practice, so I was confident he would be ready to have a good race,” Coach Remsen mentioned after the results were up.

 Zayden Tufte had a great race to place 52nd, Zach Coffin strode to 67th, and Andrew Gardner fought through sticky skis to place 76th. Jarrett Rongstad rounded out the team in 89th. Overall, the boys were 6th out of thirteen teams. 

The team will be back in action this weekend at Cordillera for a same-day pursuit race. Spac_50

Music from the Mountain Top: Tunes at Ski Cooper

Next on the lift line of ski news is Ski Cooper, which is offering up more than just great slope conditions with nearly two feet of fresh snow. In the heart of their winter season, you’ll also find some good live music at Katie O’Rourke’s Pub in the lodge.

Carey Nall will be playing Apres Ski today at Ski Cooper from 3 - 5 p.m. at Katie O'Rourke's Irish Pub.

Carey Nall will be playing Apres Ski today, Feb. 4 at Ski Cooper from 3 – 5 p.m. at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub.

This afternoon, Feb. 4 skiers and boarders can catch Leadville’s own Carey Nall. He’ll be playing acoustic light rock for Après ski from 3 – 5 p.m. This is part of Cooper’s $30 Thursdays where adults can enjoy a $30 lift ticket (at the window), then stick around and enjoy Après-Ski appetizers with live music in Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub! Lift tickets are also available for purchase up until two days prior to arrival.

Then as an added bonus, Cooper will bring back some live tunes to the mountain on February 6. This Saturday, the pub will host Chris Nasta, playing acoustic light rock, again from 3 – 5pm. So get out and enjoy the season!

Latest News – February 3

Avalanche Advisories as Winter Keeps Dumping In

by Leadville Today contributor, Brennan Ruegg

Avalanche conditions in the Sawatch Zone, including Leadville and Lake County, have increased from Moderate (2) to Considerable (3) in recent days as another storm moved westward into the high country. Monitored by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), advisories may rise again depending on continuing weather patterns through the coming weeks. Below is a video provided by the CAIC demonstrating features of persistent slab avalanche, and testing practices they use to determine conditions.

Everyone in the backcountry is strongly advised to practice cautious route finding and conservative decision-making. Zones surrounding Sawatch including Aspen, Gunnison, and Northern San Juan have instated High (4) levels of avalanche warning.

January 2016 has seen dramatic avalanche activity across the western states, causing ten fatalities within ten days, two of which occurred here in Colorado. In Clear Creek County northwest of Idaho Springs, a rescue dog recovered a climber’s body in the aftermath of an avalanche estimated to have been 1,200 feet wide and four feet deep. The other fatality occurred west of Crested Butte on January 21. Eleven avalanche-related deaths across the nation this month make it the deadliest January in nearly two decades.

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Map of avalanche conditions in Western Colo. Photo: avalanche.state.co.us

“Persistent Slab” is the type of Avalanche presently at risk of occurring. This is when a large top slab of the snowpack releases from an underlying soft, weak layer. These weak layers can produce continual avalanches in the same place for days, and can be triggered by light loads. The unpredictable hazards are best dealt with by conservative terrain choices, or by just staying closer to home.

The CAIC monitors ten zones across Colorado, and provide a wealth of preventative and cautionary information on their website. Read more about the CAIC here. Leadville Today will continue to cover changes in forecast and advisory as they occur. Be safe and think critically!

Brennan is from Akron, OH, where snow stays put.

Latest News – February 2

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Spac_50Fatal Head-On Claims Life of Leadville Male on Hwy 91

UPDATE: 5 p.m.  © Leadville Today

A fatal head-on collision took the life of one Leadville male and left another critically injured after a two vehicle accident closed Highway 91 near Copper Mountain this morning (Feb. 2,2016).

Highway 91 north of Leadville was closed for several hours this morning due to a fatal head-on collision near Copper Mountain. Photo: Fremont Pass

Highway 91 north of Leadville was closed for several hours this morning due to a fatal head-on collision near Copper Mountain. Photo: Fremont Pass

According to Public Information Officer with the Colorado State Patrol, Trooper Reid was able to confirm the identities of the two Leadville males involved in this morning’s accident. 

Passenger Jose Perez-Hernandez, 26 of Leadville died on scene.

The driver of 2003 VW Jetta was Eduardo Baltazar Benitoez, 23 of Leadville who was transported to St. Anthony’s in Denver where he is listed in critical condition.

 The two men were traveling on Highway 91 north between Leadville and Copper Mountain when their vehicle crossed into the lane of oncoming traffic at mile marker 20, near the Copper Mountain Resort. Their car slammed head-on into a south bound 2015 Ford F-150 truck driven by Heather Rath, 41 of Alma, Colorado. Trooper Reid added that Rath had suffered minor injuries from the crash and was also transported to St. Anthony’s .

The time of the accident was 7:10 a.m.,when the morning commute for hundreds of Lake County residents who travel the stretch of highway to work and do business in neighboring Summit County is getting underway. Recent storm patterns have brought considerable amounts of snow to the high country, measuring more than 2 feet in some areas.

“They did lose control on the icy roadway,” said Trooper Reid, indicating that highway conditions played a factor.

As is the way in the new media, reports on social media outlets from Leadville Today readers came in before anything official. First, commuters wanted other motorists to know that they shouldn’t head in that direction, posting that: Fremont Pass “will be closed possibly for the next 4 hours. . . . a friend of mine was trying to get to work in Frisco and she and tons of other people (including beer trucks) were turning around in the middle of the road to head back to Leadville,” Ashley Nicole Eubank posted on the Leadville Today Facebook Page.

Secondly, messages of good wishes and prayers were posted on social media, as thoughts turned to the hundreds of family and friends that make the daily commute to earn a living. To that end, Leadville Today will keep readers informed of any memorial services or support events for the families.Spac_50

 

It's been snowing a lot in the high country and someone in Leadville forgot to close the gate!

It’s been snowing a lot in the high country, over 18 inches in 36 hours. Someone in Leadville forgot to close the gate! Photo Max Sandquist/Leadville Today.

Spac_50A Piece of Mars Comes to Leadville’s Mining Musuem

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHF&M) announced yesterday, February 1, that it has received a donation of a piece of a meteorite that originated on Mars.

The Mining Museum in Leadville will display the recent donation of a piece of rock from Mars. Photo: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Mining Museum in Leadville will display the recent donation of a piece of rock from Mars. Photo: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

Matt Morgan of Lakewood, Colo. who collects extraterrestrial meteorites, gave the NMHF&M a 6.4 gram slice of a Martian lherzolitic shergottite found in 2013 at Locality NWA 7755 in Morocco. Only seven meteorites of this type are known to exist. Most meteorites from Mars are found in hot deserts or Antarctica, where they remain uncovered by vegetation after hitting the Earth.

“We are excited to receive this generous donation and expect to display the meteorite in the near future, probably alongside meteorites that originated on the Moon in our ‘Expanding Boundaries’ exhibit,” said NMHF&M Executive Director Stephen Whittington.

Most shergottites have a basaltic composition that is similar to what space probes have determined is the composition of the Martian surface. They have low aluminum content and high iron content, which sets them apart from rocks originating in the Earth’s crust. Lherzolitic shergottites crystalized on Mars 180 million years ago. Meteor impacts in the northern hemisphere of Mars probably ejected them into outer space.

NMHF_WINE TASTING webThe mission of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is to tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public. The museum is open year-round. “Expanding Boundaries: Harrison Schmitt and the New Mining Frontier” is a permanent exhibit that explores the future of mining in outer space.

Readers can visit the NMHF&M website for details. www.mininghallofame.org.