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Latest News – September 30

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This Thursday, Oct. 2 is Financial Aid Night starting at 6 p.m. at Lake County High School.Financial aid

Information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Grants, Student and Parent Loans, College Applications, Scholarships, Financial Planning and much more. Cookies and punch provided.

This event is sponsored Sponsored by College In Colorado, Colorado Mountain College and Lake County High School. Call LCHS Guidance Counselor Julie McMurry for more information 719-486-6972.Obit_Spacer_ThinFall Festival Flier English and Spanish

Latest News – September 29

At Your Service! The new O'Reilly Auto Parts store opened for business on Saturday, Sept. 27. Thier helpful staff is ready to help you with your auto part needs; (Left to right) Parts Specialist - Andrew Ault, Manager - Brennan Thomas, and Delivery Specialist Greg Quinn.

At Your Service! The new O’Reilly Auto Parts store opened for business on Saturday, Sept. 27. Their helpful staff is ready to help you with your auto part needs; (Left to right) Parts Specialist – Andrew Ault, Manager – Brennan Thomas, and Delivery Specialist Greg Quinn. The store is open daily and located on Hwy 24N across from Safeway.

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Longboarders Blazing the Belt in Leadville!

The 7th Annual Blaze The Belt Longboard Competition was held on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail earlier this month, Sept 20-21.

Forty competitors took on the Blaze the Belt Challenge in Leadville on September 21. This was year seven for the longboard event. Photo: Julia Martinez.

Forty competitors took on the Blaze the Belt Challenge in Leadville on September 21. This was year seven for the longboard event. Photo: Julia Martinez.

It was a big weekend, but first off are the results from the time-trial which took place on Sunday. Forty competitors took to the Mineral Belt Trail starting at California Gulch, heading west, eventually popping out at the finish line, adjacent to Stringtown.

Leadville homeboy Tanner Herron, 15, has been practicing his longboard form and speed all summer at the new Huck Finn Skate Park. Herron placed in the middle of the pack in the time-trial competition. Photo: Julia Martinez.

Leadville homeboy Tanner Herron,15, has been practicing his longboard form and speed all summer at the new Huck Finn Skate Park. Herron placed in the middle of the pack in the time-trial competition. Photo: Julia Martinez.

Five of those competitors choose the Luge, one of then – Kelso Kubat – even took a podium spot in third place, with a time of 15:02.4. But in the end, the wheeled-vehicle of choice, the longboard, ruled the course and the top two podium spots. First place went to Dave Angelus, 28, at 14:30.0, followed closely by second place winner Chris Cade, 26, at 14:37:7. For Full Results: LINK.

This year’s race had only three females and over all participation numbers held steady, however still lagging from a record 80+ in 2012. Race organizer Donny Connor explained that he’s having a challenging time finding a weekend when there isn’t other longboard events going on.

The crowds grow year after year, for Leadville's Annual Blaze The Belt. Photo: Julia Martinez.

The crowds grow every year, for Leadville’s Blaze The Belt. Photo: Julia Martinez.

“They’re taking all my September dates,” Connor said in an interview with Leadville Today. Regardless, the massive crowd of skateboards who were in town on Saturday certainly confirmed the sport’s popularity. The recently opened Huck Finn Skate Park was flooded with some of the best riders in the region, putting on a show of tricks and jumps, as they vied for a variety of great prizes. There was a lot of good loot doled out at Huck Finn Skate Park, as Blaze The Belt competitors celebrated the new recreation facility.

The competition was fierce - and friendly -  during Saturday's Blaze The Belt celebration of Leadville's New Huck Finn Skate Park. Photo: Julia Martinez.

The competition was fierce – and friendly – during Saturday’s Blaze The Belt celebration of Leadville’s New Huck Finn Skate Park. Photo: Julia Martinez.

 “We had a lot of great prizes this year,” stated Connor. The annual event also expanded this year to include a Friday night Skate Scavenger Hunt, sponsored in part by Dr. Ryde, Leadville’s Legendary Skate Shop at 121 E. 9th Street. Teams were given clues to various treasures to be found around Leadville.

From the “Standie” to the “Coleman Slide,” tricks were made and prizes were awarded at the 7th Annual Blaze The Belt in Leadville. Photo: Julia Martinez

From the “Standie” to the “Coleman Slide,” tricks were made and prizes were awarded at the 7th Annual Blaze The Belt in Leadville. Photo: Julia Martinez

Of course, the whole Blazing Party culminated as usual with the After-Party  on Sunday at Tennessee Pass Café in downtown Leadville, with live music by local favorites, Leadville Cherokee. Cash and prizes were doled out to the top 3 finishers in each category. 

For more information, see the Blaze The Belt Longboarding Event Facebook Page.

Catching some air at the Huck Finn Skate Park in Leadville. Photo: Julia Martinez.

Catching some air at the Huck Finn Skate Park in Leadville. Photo: Julia Martinez.

 

Latest News – September 28

Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Prescribed Burn

The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest-Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are planning several prescribed burns in Chaffee and Lake Counties,  potentially starting in early October, 2014.  Temporary road closures may be necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety. 

Prescribed burns like this one on Basalt Mountain, will be conducted in Chaffee County in early October. Photo courtesy Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight.

Prescribed burns like this one on Basalt Mountain, will be conducted in Chaffee County in early October. Photo courtesy Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight.

The prescribed burn areas are located near:

  • O’Haver Lake adjacent to County Road 200 – approximately 150 acres
  • Placer Creek adjacent to County Road 252 – approximately 300 acres
  • Limestone Ridge adjacent to County Road 305 – approximately 275 acres
  • Four Elk Creek – approximately 120 acres 

Weather and fuel conditions may affect the dates for ignition and fire personnel will monitor conditions to determine if and when ignition should take place.  Not all burns will be conducted at the same time.  Once the burns begin, smoke will be visible for several days from various locations throughout the Arkansas River Valley, Park County and the northern portion of the San Luis Valley.

While the official prescribed burn locations are all in Chaffee County, U.S. Forest officials like to inform Lake County residents of burns to the south, because they usually generate some phone calls. So here's the information.

While the official prescribed burn locations are all in Chaffee County, U.S. Forest officials like to inform Lake County residents of burns to the south, because they usually generate some phone calls. So here’s the information.

 

Prescribed fire is an important tool in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire across the landscape and can help prevent extreme fires by reducing hazardous fuel buildup.  Prescribed fires also minimize impacts to air quality when compared to wildfires.  Safety for the public and firefighters is the top priority when considering any prescribed fire operation on the landscape.

More information is available by calling the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749.  Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information about these burn projects: PSICC_NF,   #SalidaRD and / or #LeadvilleRD

Latest News – September 27

Go Panthers! A hopeful Freshman Class message did not predict the score for the Lake County High School Homecoming Football game score against Meeker last night. While the parade enthusiasm was spirited, the Panthers were dealt a crushing blow on the field, with a final game score of 50-8. You'll get them next time!

Go Panthers! A hopeful Freshman Class message did not predict the score for the Lake County High School Homecoming Football game score against Meeker last night. While the parade enthusiasm was spirited, the Panthers were dealt a crushing blow on the field, with a final game score of 50-8. You’ll get them next time!

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Lake County Road Re-Opened After Sinkhole Repair

Local officials were notified of a 2 foot sinkhole on Lake County Road 2 by a passing cyclist at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon, Sept. 26.

Lake County Road and Bridge Crews secure the area around a sinkhole on Lake County Road 2 yesterday evening. The road is back open again this morning, but crews and officials could be present in the area as the situation continues to be assessed. Photo: Leadville Today

Lake County Road and Bridge crews secure the area around a sinkhole on Lake County Road 2 yesterday evening. The road is back open again this morning, but crews and officials could be present in the area, as the situation continues to be assessed. Photo: Leadville Today

 

“It’s about 2 feet by two feet at the surface,” explained Mike Irwin, Lake County Public Works Asst. Director. “But underneath the asphalt it looks to be about 15 x 15.”

How deep will it go? Crews work on a sizable (15 ft. x 15 ft.) sinkhole on County Road 2. Photo: LC Road & Bridge.

How deep will it go? Crews work on a sizable (15 ft. x 15 ft.) sinkhole on County Road 2. Photo: LC Road & Bridge.

Therefore the road and bridge crew had a closure in place for several hours last night, for the street, more commonly known as the road to Black Cloud/Asarco . Once crews had secured a utility locate, gravel was trucked in to fill in the sinkhole. 

“As it was dark by the time we got the hole filled, it is not really smooth and the asphalt has not been repaired, so be careful diving around this area,” stated the Lake County Road and Bridge Facebook Page. “The area is marked with cones. Be safe!”

It was also reported at the scene that the sensors at the nearby Yak Tunnel water Treatment Plant were also activated, indicating that the sinkhole could somehow be related to that system. Officials from the plant will be on scene today to access the situation.

Lake County Road 2 is now open, however travel in the area is not advised, as crews ad officials continue to work in the area and assess the situation. Last night the road was closed at the Newmont Mining Building, about a half mile about the Yak Tunnel Water Treatment Plant. Photo: Leadville Today

Lake County Road 2 is now open, however travel in the area is not advised, as crews ad officials continue to work in the area and assess the situation. Last night the road was closed at the Newmont Mining Building, about a half mile about the Yak Tunnel Water Treatment Plant. Photo: Leadville Today

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Meet The Candidates On Monday, September 29

Ready or not, the political season is in full swing, as candidates and ballot pushers make their march toward the November 4 Election Day.

To that end, Lake County will have its own chance to hear from local and state candidates, as well as what ballot initiatives that voters will find at the polls at the Meet The Candidates Night this Monday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College.

The evening provides voters with an opportunity to get to know the candidates, and their views on various issues.

Attendees will also have a chance to submit their questions. HOWEVER, please note that organizers are asking those who will be submitting questions, to arrive early between 5:15 – 5:30 p.m. The evening will adhere to a strict time schedule so that all candidates and ballot issues may be presented.

Leadville Today will also be recording the evening’s event and have it available on the website for voters who cannot attend. Stay Tuned! Stay Informed! VOTE on Tuesday November 4!

Latest News – September 26

Fall Foliage Tour for Leadville Seniors Turns “Colorful” 

Extreme Leaf-Peeping. That’s what many along for the ride were suggesting to rename the annual Phylis Hakala Mineral Belt Trail Fall Colors Tour in Leadville Today, when one of the vehicles got stuck along the way.  Everyone was okay and the van got unstuck thanks to the Lake County Road and Bridge crew's assist.  “Those young people can’t have ALL the high country adventures!”

Extreme Leaf-Peeping. That’s what many along for the ride were suggesting to rename the annual Phylis Hakala Mineral Belt Trail Fall Colors Tour, when one of the vehicles got stuck along the way yesterday. Everyone was okay and the van got “unstuck,” thanks to an assist from the Lake County Road and Bridge crew. Said one wise woman on the tour: “Those young people can’t have ALL the high country adventures!”

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“Friday Nights in Leadville” Continue Thru Winter

When something works in this town, and people support it, keep it going. And so it is, with the popular summer series “Friday Nights in Leadville,” which will continue, starting tonight September 26 with a Poetry Reading.

While the summer time organizers are taking a reprieve, the series will continue under the direction of Greg Labbe.

“In the future, I hope to hold poetry gatherings about once per month, and possibly meet at a variety of venues, especially if alcohol can be involved,” laughs Labbe. “We all know where the courage to read your poetry comes from!”

So dust off your favorite couplet, and join tonight’s literary fete at 7 p.m. at St. George Church, 200 W. 4th Street.  Admission is free and everyone is invited to participate.  For more information, call 303-641-1128.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Matchless Mine To Close for Season End of Month

The Matchless Mine in Leadville will officially close for the summer season on September 30, according to Steve Whittington, Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, which owns Tabor’s famous mine.Matchless Mine

So if you’re in town visiting, or have out-of-town guests, this will be your last weekend to to see where Horace made his millions and where Baby Doe Tabor spent her final days.

At least until next May when the popular tourist attraction will re-open for the summer season! For more information about the Matchless Mine, including tour schedule and price of admission, visit their website: LINK.