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Latest News – April 23

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Mother Earth’s Voice Heard Loud, Clear @ Earth Day

“Mama Earth bats last on her day,” was how Leadville Today reader Curtis Imrie put it.  No doubt, the amount of weather related news was high in The Cloud City yesterday, Earth Day, April 22.

Highway 24 North between Red Cliff and Minturn is now Re-opened after a  rock slide had the passage closed for most of the day. Photo: Town of Red Cliff.

Highway 24 North between Red Cliff and Minturn is now re-opened after a rock slide had the passage closed for most of yesterday. Photo: Town of Red Cliff.

The Waters Rose  . . .Quickly!

The excitement started Monday night, April 21 when the high spring runoff above the College Park subdivision began to make a direct route toward several homes. The initial call had Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue dispatched to the area, where the urgent situation also activated Lake County Search and Rescue efforts, as the groups began a sandbag operation to protect property from rising waters.

lake County Search and Rescue crews assist in the sandbagging efforts to re-route spring runoff.. Photo: LCOEM.

Lake County Search and Rescue crews assist in the sandbagging efforts, Photo: LCOEM.

It wasn’t long before Lake County Public Works and the Leadville Street Department joined the efforts with some bigger equipment to build some berms, helping to re-route the water away from the residential area. The College Park subdivision is located off County Road 41, across from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.

Warming spring temeratures accelerate the seasonal runoff. Photo: LCOEM,

Warming, spring temperatures accelerate the seasonal runoff. Are you prepared? Photo: LCOEM,

Most of the heavy water damage was limited to one residence, but other residents did feel threatened and a few suffered some water damage. All were grateful for assistance from local responders.

The area will continue to be monitored by local officials and emergency personnel.

In the long run, the housing subdivision which is within Leadville city limits will need to address what many are calling a recurring situation each spring, certainly accelerated this year by high snow pack.

 

The Falling Rock is Found!

Travelers have seen the signs all acrss the state. yesterday this elusive feature was sighted on Hwy 4 N.

Further north on Highway 24 between Red Cliff and Minturn, a rock slide was reported by the Colorado Department of  Transportation  (CDOT) at 2:25 a.m., with boulders the size of small cars careening down the mountain in the early morning hours on April 22. The huge rocks skipped along the pavement, leaving a good sized hole discovered by an early morning driver.  

Highway 24 North of Leadvilel is closed due to a sizeable rock slide. Photo: CDOT

Highway 24 North of Leadville is closed due to a sizable rock slide. Photo: CDOT

No injuries were reported. CDOT closed the highway and re-routed traffic via I-70 and Highway 91 into Leadville.

Of course for local commuters the closure made for longer drives and re-scheduled appointments. The road was eventually re-opened by 7 p.m. yesterday evening.

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City, EDC Host Downtown Leadville Assessment

The City of Leadville and the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) are hosting a District Assessment visit conducted by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) on April 28 – 29, 2014. 

A downtown assessment will take place April 28-29 in Leadville. Photo: David Hahn.

A downtown assessment will take place April 28-29 in Leadville.  Photo: David Hahn.

Local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in focus groups on Monday, April 28, 2014. 

The technical assistance program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities hoping to support small business, create partnerships, and develop and sustain a viable and vibrant commercial corridor.  The technical assistance is managed by Downtown Colorado, Inc. through a unique collaboration between Downtown Colorado, Inc. and the organization’s private and public sector member volunteers who provide expertise and practical application from downtown districts throughout Colorado and the United States. 

Since 2005 DCI has teamed with state and local agencies to identify how best to provide guidance and support to small businesses and other service providers that work in local business districts.  Focusing on current conditions in the downtown, a team of professionals spends two days evaluating the community and facilitating focus groups to provide valuable information about the strengths and opportunities of the downtown, as well as creating the foundation from which a work plan can be developed.

EDC_LogoAccording to a presentation that EDC Director Nicole Thompson made at the Leadville City Council meeting on April 1, the budget for the tour and assessment of downtown Leadville comes with a price tag of $10,100. About seventeen team members including two representatives each from Department  of Local Affairs (DOLA)  and Downtown Colorado will be in attendance at the two-day event. While lodging will covered by a member of the EDC, the dollar contributions break down as follows:  The EDC will provide up to $6,000, Climax $1,000, City of Leadville $3,000, some of these funds are eligible for reimbursement, with $2,000 from DOLA and $2,000 Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade available. 

The schedule for the technical assistance visit will include a detailed tour of Leadville and a full day of focus groups, which local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in on Monday, April 28.  Below is the schedule.EDC_Focus_Groups
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The visit will conclude on the second day with a presentation to the public providing an assessment of the community as well as actions steps.  Following the downtown assessment visit, a detailed hard –copy “to do” list will be provided to assist the community in building local partnerships and generating some quick wins to build momentum. 

Downtown Leadville tour and assessment comes with $10,100 price tag. Photo: David Hahn.

Downtown Leadville tour and assessment comes with $10,100 price tag. Photo: Hahn.

Latest News – April 22

The Old Moose Lodge Deemed Unsafe by Inspector

No matter what you call it – the blue buildings, the old Moose Lodge or more formally 140, 142 and 144 E. 6th Street – when the police tape went up to block off pedestrian traffic last Thursday, April 18, on the corner of E. 6th and Poplar, people took notice.

The Old Moose Lodge at 144 E. 6th Street has been closed off to pedestrian traffic last thursday April 19 after the building was determined to be unsafe and in danger of collapse.

The Old Moose Lodge at 144 E. 6th Street has been closed off to pedestrian traffic last thursday April 19 after the building was determined to be unsafe and in danger of collapse.

The buildings, which are owned by David and Nancy Nystrom of Loveland, have stood vacant for many years, most remembering them last occupied by the Moose Lodge in the early 90s. But last week, Leadville/Lake County Building Inspector Gary Pringey with Colorado Code Consulting, decided that the building was unsafe and shouldn’t be occupied by anyone, anytime soon.

The buildings have been unoccupied for years and poorly maintained, creating an eyesore in the  neighborhood.

The buildings have been unoccupied and poorly maintained, creating an eyesore in the neighborhood.

The initial cause for concern came with a phone call from a neighboring business owner who was concerned about recent bowing and shifting on the south side of buildings in recent weeks. No doubt the heavy snow this season put pressure on the old buildings, which, while part of local history, are not on the state historic registry.

According to Leadville City Administrator Sarah Dallas, the owner has contacted a fencing company to come in and secure the property, hopefully opening up pedestrian traffic in the area. In addition, Inspector Pringey has sent a certified letter to the owner requesting a course of action; the Nystrom’s have ten days in which to reply to the initial complaint. The next looming deadline for the building would be the 60 day mark where the owners would have to provide the city with a written report from a licensed engineer regarding the plans: demolition or restoration.

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Turquoise Dam Road

A Rite of Spring! The Turquoise Lake Road has begun to get plowed by Lake County Road and Bridge. But don’t hurry out there, because it’s still closed to traffic and could take a while to clear. Sounds like the snow is pretty deep on the back side.. Photo: LCR&B

Latest News – April 21

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LCHS Lions Career Fair To Be Held This Thursday

This Thursday, April 24 over 500 students will get a chance to talk with invited professionals from a wide array of occupations at the 16th Annual Lake County High School/Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair.

Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair at LCHS

Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair at LCHS

“This year, students can look forward to speaking with an Astronaut as well as a Professional Sports Agent,” said Carol Glenn, the Career Fair Chairman.  “And of course, all of our  Lake County business people will be sharing their career advice as well. We’re grateful for the strong support this event  receives  from  the Leadville community; it’s incredible.” 

The Fair begins at 8 a.m. at Lake County High School and is offered to LCHS students as well as students from surrounding high schools and Lake County Middle School students. The format allows students to spend approximately 50 minutes in their areas of interest where they can interact with a variety of presenters and get a chance to ask questions.  Over 90 presenters are expected to attend. The Career Fair presentations will be done not only by business people from Lake County and surrounding areas but also by professionals from other parts of the state. 

Over 90 presenters from near and far will be at the Career Fair!

Over 90 presenters from near and far will be at the Career Fair!

“The point is to give students as many chances to ask questions and explore possibilities in a healthy and safe environment,” said Bob Deister, a community volunteer for the Career Fair.  “And, we hope that by exposing the students to a new range of choices and dreams, they will also bring new questions and focus to their current education.”

One of the changes that presenters can expect deals with parking logistics as a result of the renovation underway at the high school. Since space is already at a premium under present construction conditions, Career Fair organizers will be shuttling presenters to nearby parking at the Community Field  as well as the Presbyterian Church. Presenters will be allowed to drop off supplies at the back doors of the gym as usual, but then will be asked to park off-site at the two nearby locations where they can pick up a shuttle bus back to the high school.

The Lions Club and the School to Career Partnership have designed the Career Fair to be part of an overall effort to expose students to career options and to raise their aspirations.

 

Latest News – April 20

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

Members of Leadville’s Holy Family Parish gave a live performance of the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis), including the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ at St. Joseph’s Church On Holy Friday, April 18. Today’s Easter Services will be offered at 9 a.m. (English) and Noon (Spanish).

Members of Leadville’s Holy Family Parish gave a live performance of the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis), including the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ at St. Joseph’s Church on Holy Friday, April 18. Easter Services will be offered at 9 a.m. (English) & Noon (Spanish). A full list of services can be found HERE.

 

Latest News – April 19

Non-Profit Board Training Available Next Saturday

Are you a member of a non-profit Board of Directors or senior staff member? Next Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greater Heights Academy is sponsoring a Board of Directors Training facilitated by Pat Tessmer. 

Non-Profit TrainingTessmer has over 25 years of experience in non-profit management. She is currently Director of Advocacy and Resources for a statewide membership coalition in Denver where she provides training and technical assistance to member organizations.

The training program will include information about: basic board responsibilities, member roles, financial information, and policy development.

The program will be held at Great Heights Academy at 1205 Harrison Ave. The cost is $25 per group and a lunch option is available for an additional $6. For more information or to make reservations, contact Jane Horning at 719-293-2208.Obit_Spacer_ThinRecNewsletter