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Latest News – May 26

Leadville, Lake County Remember Their Heroes

Despite the cold, yes, snowy weather, the crowds were thick at the annual Tenth Mountain Division Memorial on Tennessee Pass yesterday. Photo: Leadville Today

Despite the cold, yes, snowy weather, the crowds were thick at the annual Tenth Mountain Division Memorial on Tennessee Pass yesterday. Photo: Leadville Today

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Brad Palmer (left) holds a special flag with his wife Rachele, and son Dustin (right) at Sunday’s Memorial Day services at the Lake County Veterans Memorial in Leadville. The flag was flown in during a special sky-diving expedition to honor all heroes lost in battle. More photos to come on Leadville Today.

Brad Palmer (left) holds a special flag with his wife Rachele, and son Dustin (right) at Sunday’s Memorial Day services at the Lake County Veterans Memorial in Leadville. The flag was flown in during a special sky-diving expedition to honor all heroes lost in battle. More photos to come on Leadville Today.

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Visitors to the Huck Finn Park in Leadville will notice that the ground has been broken on the new ice rink building. Foundation and utility work is underway to construct a new 2,300 square foot facility that will replace the old building to serve the ice rink located at 505 West 5th Street in Leadville, Colo.

Construction on the new ice rink is underway and the facility will be open for the winter season, with an anticipated completion of October 15, 2015. Photo: Leadville Today.

Construction on the new ice rink is underway and the facility will be open for the winter season, with an anticipated completion of October 15, 2015. Photo: Leadville Today.

After a competitive bidding process, Lake County Government and the Huck Finn Park Committee chose LM Kersting from Buena Vista, Colo. to construct the facility which will house the Zamboni, concession, changing, and rental areas,  as well as a 500 square foot outdoor fire pit on the south side of the current ice rink. Also included are year-round, ADA accessible bathrooms and a concrete walkway connecting the skate park to the building.

The earth is moving once again at Huck Finn Park. This time it's the new ice rink. Photo: Leadville Today.

The earth is moving once again at Huck Finn Park. This time it’s the new ice rink. Photo: Leadville Today.

The new facility will be open for the winter season, with an anticipated completion of October 15, 2015. This is the second component of the park project, with refurbished tennis courts also coming this summer. The committee and local officials would like to thank the numerous donors and organizations that made this project possible with no taxpayer dollars.

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Skaters take in some turns at Leadville's Huck Finn Skate Park which officially opened in July 2014.  Photo: Leadville Today.

Skaters take in some turns at Leadville’s Huck Finn Skate Park which officially opened in July 2014. Photo: Leadville Today.

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Leadville Dog Park Committee Meets Tonight

Local efforts to bring an official dog park to Leadville continue to move forward.  graphic_BigDog_2The Leadville Dog Park Committee’s next meeting will be held today, Tuesday, May 26. The group will meet at the proposed Huck Finn Dog Park location at 6 p.m.  The agenda is for a walk through of the proposed area. Huck Finn Park is located west of the Leiter Baseball fields, between W. 6th and W. 4th Streets. All are welcome to attend.

The group been meeting regularly, with local efforts being coordinated by Steve & Christine Whittington, and Michelle White who advocate that a dog park would provide a place for dogs to run free for needed exercise. It would be a place where dogs and their people could mingle and socialize in friendly ways on neutral ground. For more specific details of the committee’s progress and how you can join their efforts, contact the group at: leadvilledogpark@gmail.com.Obit_Spacer_Thin
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Latest News – May 25

Memorial Benches: Remembering  Loved Ones

Once summer arrives and the weather warms up, you’ll see more people enjoying them. They’ll be taking in the views of those majestic mountains or this beautiful Victorian mining town. Or perhaps, the 10,200 feet in elevation is taking their breath away, and they simply need a place to sit and take a load off. But many visitors – and locals – may be unaware of the loving significance of the Memorial Benches that scattered this high country community.

Many people enjoy reading on the butterfly bench in front of the Lake County Public Library. It was purchased in memory of Karen Lundell, who was a dedicated board member and "Friend of the Library" for many years.

Many people enjoy reading on the butterfly bench in front of the Lake County Public Library. It was purchased in memory of Karen Lundell, who was a dedicated board member and “Friend of the Library” for many years.

 When most Americans think about commemorating the true meaning of Memorial Day, it’s the services and parades honoring military troops that come to mind. And Lake County will certainly mark the day in that way  –  to find out more CLICK HERE.

But Leadville and Lake County, also has its share of Memorial Benches scattered throughout the community, in both public and private locations.  Many people choose to buy a Memorial Bench to honor the memory of a lost relative, friend, or fallen soldier.

This bench was placed in memory of “Miss Vonnie” Flores, who was a teacher at Pitt Elementary for nearly 30 years. Beloved by hundreds of Leadville school children who had the privilege of being taught by Miss Vonnie until her murder in 2010, the bench is inscribed with her memorable saying: “Two, Four Six, Eight, Meet Me at the Garden Gate.” There is also an annual Walk/Run held in her honor every August.

This bench was placed in memory of “Miss Vonnie” Flores, who was a teacher at Pitt Elementary for nearly 30 years. Beloved by hundreds of Leadville school children who had the privilege of being taught by Miss Vonnie until her murder in 2010, the bench is inscribed with her memorable saying: “Two, Four Six, Eight, Meet Me at the Garden Gate.” There is also an annual Walk/Run held in her honor every August.

These benches are beautiful resting places, providing sanctuary to people mourning or celebrating the memory of friends, family and loved ones. Whether intended to complement community parks or walkways or to honor a loved ones enthusiasm for the great outdoors, these seats offer a contemplative environment, reflecting on a memory or a beautiful mountain view.

This bench sits in front of the Manhattan Bar on the corner of 7th & Harrison in downtown Leadville. “Monster,” as he was affectionately known, was Mike Duarte, a beloved son, brother and friend to many.

This bench sits in front of the Manhattan Bar on the corner of 7th & Harrison in downtown Leadville. “Monster,” as he was affectionately known, was Mike Duarte, a beloved son, brother and friend to many.

Representing an excellent alternative to more traditional memorials or monuments, Memorial Benches preserve the story of loved ones and have becomes an increasingly popular way to remember and pay tribute to loved ones. Leadville has more than its share of these monuments. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason, no official Memorial Bench program, which makes them all the more special.  

Here are some local favorites. And please join the conversation over on the Leadville Today Facebook page where you can share your favorite of these Memorial Benches or others that may not be included here.

This granite bench sit up in the east yard at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, which also used to be the old Leadville high school. The inscription says the Class of 1964 dedicated the bench and a tree to the City of Leadville. It has a beautiful vantage point of the mountains, but one has to wonder if the original tree may not have survived, as some say it should be much bigger than this by now.

This granite bench sits up in the east yard at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, which also used to be the old Leadville high school. The inscription says the Class of 1964 dedicated the bench and a tree to the City of Leadville. It has a beautiful vantage point of the mountains, but one has to wonder if the original tree may not have survived, as some say it should be much bigger than this by now. 

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There are a couple of wooden Memorial benches out at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. This one is dedicated to Randy Joe Snider, A lover of mountain s, forests and fish, dedicated by family and friends.

There are a couple of wooden Memorial Benches out at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. This one is dedicated to Randy Joe Snider, A lover of mountains, forests and fish, dedicated by family and friends.

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This beautiful wooden swing sits at Evergreen Lakes in tribute to Ralph and Dorothy Cole,  the parents of Mark, and wife Judy, who head up the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, providing conservation efforts for the popular recreation and education spot.

This beautiful wooden swing sits at Evergreen Lakes in tribute to Ralph and Dorothy Cole, the parents of Mark, and wife Judy, who head up the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, providing conservation efforts for the popular attraction.

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Any guesses as to where these benches sit, now etched with the initials of hundreds of locals and visitors?

Any guesses as to where these benches sit, now etched with the initials of hundreds of locals and visitors? And the view isn’t bad either!

 

Latest News – May 24

Memorial Day Service: Today’s High-Flying Honors

Today’s Lake County Memorial Day Services has one BIG surprise that you won’t want to miss. World-renown skydiver and double-amputee, Army Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman will be parachuting into today’s services at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery. Afterward, Bowman will provide the keynote speech to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Dana Bowman will be skydiving into the Lake County Veterans Memorial on Sunday, May 24 during services

Dana Bowman will be skydiving into today’s services at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville. Photo: Dana Bowman.

Lake County Memorial Day Services have been moved up a day to today, May 24 to accommodate those traveling to the event and encourage more people to attend. In will be held at the Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m. It’s a moving – and brief – service, and certainly a good reminder of what the day is all about. The public is welcome and of course, so are the kids. There’s a lunch following the service at the Elks Lodge #236 at 123 W. 5th Street.

Please note that in case of inclement weather, services and the sky diving event will be moved up to the Leadville Airport.

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A full program is planned including Keynote Speaker Dana Bowman; Louetta Smith, Director of the Denver Veterans Memorial Day Tribute; and Leadville minister Bill Bland. Other local dignitaries, as well as the Leadville Elks Lodge #236 and the Veterans of Foreign War Two Mile High Post #859 will be there for the commemoration.

Today events will start with 4th Annual Killed In Action Recognition Ride along Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway (between Leadville and Copper Mountain). Motorcyclists will ride from Silverthorne to Leadville, ending at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery.  
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Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died for the freedoms Americans enjoy.  Come and show your gratitude for the sacrifices these heroes have made.  

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An Incredible Story of Spirit and Determination

Dana Bowman: It’s not the disability, it’s the ability.”

Retired First Class Army Sergeant Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. Today, May 24, he will go one step further and skydive into the Lake County Memorial Day Services, a fete likely to leave attendees wide-eyed, as this double-amputee veteran lands with keen precision – every time.

Dana Bowman will skydive into the Lake County Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 24. Photo: Dana Bowman.

Dana Bowman will skydive into today’s Lake County Memorial Day Services at the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville. Photo: Dana Bowman.

Bowman was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994.

On February 6, 1994 Bowman gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training. Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly back toward each other crisscrossing in the sky. Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different.

Dana Bowman is an inspirational speaker, motivating everyone from students to corporate executives. Photo: Dana Bowman.

Dana Bowman is an inspirational speaker, motivating everyone from students to corporate executives. Photo: Dana Bowman.

Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly. Bowman’s legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Bowman’s parachute opened on impact. He was taken to a hospital in Phoenix where doctors closed his leg wounds and stopped his internal bleeding.

Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the United States Army airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality. This achievement is just one example of Bowman’s many successes under adverse circumstances.

After Bowman ‘s re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. Bowman has been fortunate to have the opportunity to let his speeches touch so many from the physically challenged to the able-bodied. He strives to show physically challenged people can still work and excel in today’s society and military. Bowman emphasizes the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.

Bowman has given more than 1000 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, People and many more. There have also been numerous television programs, which focused on Bowman and his story. Some of the programs include: Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra.

Bowman retired from the United States Army in 1996. He received his bachelor’s degree in commercial aviation from UNO Aerospace in Grand Forks, North Dakota in May of 2000. Bowman spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. He also spends time at different military hospitals helping the wounded soldiers during the current world situation. He enjoys visiting patients at numerous healthcare facilities while on the road speaking.Obit_Spacer_Thin

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Latest News – May 23

National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHF&M) announced the 2015 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees and the 2015 Prazen Living Legend in Mining Award winner. 

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Musuem.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Musuem.

This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, represent technology, management, mineral policy, education, and health and safety aspects of the mining industry. They envelope a diverse cross-section of the mining industry and were selected for being visionaries, leaders, educators, and ambassadors. 

In 2015, Frank F. Aplan, T S Ary, Ralph E. Bailey, John Campbell Greenway, and Edward Steidle will join 227 other mining industry honorees when formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame. The Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award will go to The Powell River Project Research and Education Center, a partnership of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the Appalachian coal mining industry. 

The 28th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 23, 2015, in the Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom. 

2015 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees: 

Frank F. Aplan – Dr. Aplan is among the most influential mineral processing leaders in both industry and academia. AplanHis studies of the processes involved in the preparation of coal and mineral ores are acknowledged worldwide for their broad applicability.  An authority on flotation, Dr. Aplan is especially known for his studies of the wetting of solids and their control through the adsorption of surfactant films, and for his work on atomic defects on properties and behavior of solid-liquid interfaces. 

T S Ary – Mr. Ary was a leader in mineral exploration and a champion of economically and environmentally sustainable mineral policies. T S AryA prolific author and advocate for the mining industry, Mr. Ary was a recognized authority on mineral policy who served on the U.S. State Department Task Force to the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention and on the Mineral Advisory Committee to the Department of Commerce. In 1988, Mr. Ary was sworn in as the 18th Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. 

Ralph E. Bailey – Mr. Bailey is a distinguished veteran of the coalbailey industry regarded not only for his impressive accomplishments as a mining industry executive, but also for his staunch commitment to safety, engineering, and improving mine operations. Mr. Bailey was also responsible for implementing many effective new concepts, including the first longwall system to operate in eastern bituminous coal and the implementation of a program to improve the health and safety of both underground and surface miners. 

John Campbell Greenway – Mr. Greenway possessed unique engineering and managerial talents. greenway-smHe led development of the Western Mesabi Iron Ore Range in Minnesota and, along with Dr. L. D. Ricketts, developed and patented the technology for leaching copper ores and electrowinning the leached solutions. Praised for heroic conduct in WWI and awarded the Croix de Guerre and l’Etoile, Legion of Honor, and Distinguished Service Cross, a statue of Brigadier General Greenway stood in the U.S. Capitol for 85 years. 

Edward Steidle – Mr. Steidle was an influential visionary leader of U.S. mineral education who recognized the need to bring under one roof all of the sciences and technologies needed to discover, extract, process, utilize, and conserve mineral wealth for the benefit of humanity. Accordingly, Mr. Steidle created the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences while Dean at Penn State, where he taught and shared his ideas and philosophy on mineral education and conservation. 

2015 Prazen Living Legend in Mining Award Winner

The 2015 Prazen Award will go to the Powell River Project Research and Education Center, a program of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) that conducts research and education programs to enhance the restoration of coal-mined lands in partnership with the Appalachian coal mining industry. 

The Powell River project was started in 1980 with a goal to conduct research and education programs to enhance the restoration of mined lands and benefit communities and businesses in Southwestern Virginia’s coalfields.

The Powell River project was started in 1980 with a goal to conduct research and education programs to enhance the restoration of mined lands and benefit communities and businesses in Southwestern Virginia’s coalfields. Photo: AlphaNR.com

The Powell River Project was created in 1980 in direct response to coal mine reclamation challenges presented by the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.  Its purpose has been to identify reclamation practices and post-mine land uses most beneficial to communities in the coal field region, particularly in the realm of reclaiming and reforesting mined lands with native hardwood species, and the utilization of reclaimed areas for agriculture and horticulture.  Each year, hundreds of people visit the Center to learn about mining, reclamation, and environmental protection at Appalachian coal mines. Since its establishment, more than 50,000 visitors have participated in educational programs at the Center. 

Commenting on this year’s inductees and Prazen Award winner: NMHF&M Board of Directors Chairman Frank McAllister said, “We are pleased and honored to induct such an outstanding group of mining industry professionals.  Among the inductees are professionals who made exceptional contributions to the mining industry in the United States, including two living inductees who made significant contributions to management and technology in the industry.  We are also delighted that The Powell River Project Research and Education Center is to be recognized for its 35 years of outstanding stewardship to Appalachia.” 

Full-length biographies and photographs of each Hall of Fame inductee along with biographies and photographs of all past inductees can be viewed at www.mininghallofame.org.

 

Latest News – May 22

All Aboard! Specials and Packages on the Rails

On May 23 the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad‘s (LCSR) will blow the whistle on its 27th year in business. So “All Aboard” to catch up with what’s happening on the Leadville train.FB_Cover_OpeningDay_2015

This year, there are more packages and special rides than ever. If you and your family/group are looking for some Rocky Mountain adventure, take your pick from the “Raft and Rail” or the “Zip Line and Train” package deals.

On the Zip Line and Train combo, guests will enjoy a scenic train ride up through the San Isabel National Forest. Summer_Zipline_TopORockies_LeadvilleTodayThen once at the end of the line, your group is taken up for Zip Line fun, traveling all the way down to base camp at Top of The Rockies Zip Line. This four-hour tour is perfect for adults and children, giving them an opportunity to see untouched wilderness. This package deal is available throughout the train season, for more information and to book your Zip/Train tour visit the Top of the Rockies website: HERE.  

Or maybe you’re up for some white water adventure, with a half-day with Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting; afterward kick back on a 2 ½ hour scenic train ride in the afternoon. The “Raft and Rail” packages run daily between May 23 and August 17; please call ahead to book. 1-866-386-3936.

If you’re looking to add to your train experience, choose from one of these special rides. The BBQ Train will take place on July 12 and departs for a special two-hour evening ride, enjoying some award-winning BBQ along the way. Last year, this trip sold out quickly, so make reservations now. Or consider the LCSR’s new offering this year: two Stork Curve-Climax Specials with a light supper. These will be 3 ½ hour trips that go to the end of the line. Travel over the Arkansas River at its headwaters and see the beauty of the sunset. Mark the calendar for these two special rides on August 21 or September 4; the train departs at 4:30 p.m. Please call to make reservations, as seating is limited. 1-866-386-3936.

Coem and get it on the BBQ train ride!

Come and get it on the BBQ ride aboard the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad!

Of course, the 2015 season will also see the return of the train’s popular Wildflower and Photo Special rides. Join their experienced wildflower tour guides for a 20-minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from the “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back at the depot at 1 p.m. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please.

The Fall Photo Specials are offered three different weekends in September when the aspens are putting on a show all their own. Get that special shot framed by Colorado’s autumn beauty! This tour goes all the way, an additional mile and a half allowing you to see the full beauty of the Arkansas River Valley and will take 3 hours. Bring your camera and your jacket! For more information on any of these special packages or rides, call 1-866-386-3936 or check out more details on the LCSR website.
Fun can break out at any moment aboard the Leadville Train

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One of the ways that the Leadville train shows its ongoing support to the local community is through several train ride fundraisers. There are a couple of special ones on the horizon.

Steampunk Leadville will kick off the summer season for National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHFM), with a progressive day /night benefit event on Saturday, June 6. The day begins at 12:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. departure on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad for a scenic afternoon train ride.  Once the trains returns about 3 p.m., participants will disembark and head downtown for a mosey and some shopping.  At 5 p.m. the evening’s events – food, libations, Tesla Coil demonstrations and other entertainment – will begin at the Mining Museum.  The evening will finish off with a cash bar and the band Ye Ole Dirty Bastards performing in the convention center ballroom. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.mininghalloffame.org or by calling the museum at 719-486-1229.

A tunnel of golden aspen await Fall passengers on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.

A tunnel of golden aspen await Fall passengers on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.

The Grapes and Grains on Rails fundraiser for the Advocates of Lake County is in its third year, and if the first “All Aboard” is any indication, this trip will sell-out. How can you go wrong when it’s good wine or beer and cruising on the Leadville train, taking in the evening sunset? This special “Local Libations on the Locomotive” scheduled for July 10, isn’t offered at any other time. Enjoy a selection of Colorado wines and beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations required: 1-866-386-3639 (Leadville, CO and Southern Railroad) or (719) 486-3530 (Advocates of Lake County) for tickets. Proceeds benefit the Advocates of Lake County whose mission is to assist any victim of crime, violence or other traumatic event.

The train also offers special rides for Leadville students and prizes for the summer reading program with the Leadville library. So this summer when you hop on for a ride, or send visiting friends and relatives, remember you’re also saying “All Aboard” for the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad’s support of the Lake County community! Now that’s something to blow the whistle about! 

All Aboard for Student Fun and Learning