Tag Archives: Leadville

Latest News – August 21

The sunrise oer Mosquito Pass. Photo: Carrie Kroschel.

The sunrise oer Mosquito Pass. Photo: Carrie Kroschel.

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Leadville Movie Night Continues Friday

Movies in Ice Palace Park continues this Friday, August 22 with the box-office hit “Catching Fire”.Movies_Aug_22 copy

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel, “Catching Fire,” the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The plot of “Catching Fire” takes place one year after the previous installment; Katniss Everdeen has now returned home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Throughout the story, Katniss senses that a rebellion, against the oppressive Capitol, is simmering through the districts.

This PG-13 show starts at dusk, which is generally about 7:45 p.m. this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance). Although please note that if the movie is rained out, it will be moved up to the Colorado Mountain College gym – seems to be lots of rain on Friday nights this summer – but it’s still a great time and it’s FREE!

This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s a full line-up of this summer’s movies, as well as some information about how you can become a sponsor of this great community event: INFO.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Theater Season Wraps Up With Three Plays on Friday

“Friday Nights in Leadville” continues this Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m. at St. George Church (200 West 4th) with community theater. The Zuni Canyon Institute will present three short plays; admission is free.

The first play, NOTE, stars Ingrid Mager and Andrew Wallace and is directed by Carol Bellhouse. The play tells the story of a mysterious man who approaches a stranger before the most life-changing event of her life.

The play, METEOR SHOWER, stars and is directed by Laurel McHargue.  Laurel performs as a young woman facing her fears and hopes for her future.

The third performance of the evening is STRAWBERRIES, BROOMS AND PELICANS  and stars Susan Fladager, Allie Collins and Jaycee Windorski. Directed by Susan Fladager, the play was written for the anniversary of St. George Episcopal Church and presents a rollicking story from Leadville’s past.

All three plays were written by Carol Bellhouse and are the last performances for the summer season for “Friday Nights in Leadville.” Thanks for all of your continued support of Leadville Community Theater.

 

Latest News – August 20

School News

Dog Obedience Class Starts September in Leadville

Did you and Fido get out on the trails this summer? Or maybe your family acquired a new pet? Whether you’re looking to teach your dog some trail “manners,” or socialize the newest member of the family, there’s a Dog Obedience Class being offered, starting next month.

Instructor Rose Johnson with Bogart.

Instructor Rose Johnson with Bogart.

In this 5-week course, you will learn the technique of positive reinforcement, which you can use to teach your dog everything from basic commands and “manners” to more difficult tasks. You will gain a better understanding and more control of your dog, and your dog will learn how to appropriately socialize with other people and dogs.

Instructor Rose Johnson has over 35 years of experience training dogs and their people, on how to interact with each other for a more enjoyable relationship.

The class will be held on Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m., September 6 thru October 4, 2014. The class will be held at Colorado Mountain College – Leadville at the soccer field.

You must provide proof of current rabies, bordetella (kennel cough) and distemper. No females in heat allowed. Dogs must be 6 months or older. Younger dogs can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Cost $50.00. Feel free to call Rose with questions at 719-486-2544. 

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The Lake County School District (LCSD) held a Meet and Greet on Aug. 13 for parents of Lake County High School (LCHS) students to answer any questions about the new school.  Pictured from left to right): new LCHS Academic Dean Maggie Kane, LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman, LCHS Asst, Principal Mike Vagher  and LCHS Principal Christina Gosselin. The first day of school for LCSD students is Wednesday, September 3.The high school is planning a Grand Opening of the new building as part of Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Lake County School District (LCSD) held a Meet and Greet on Aug. 13 for parents of Lake County High School (LCHS) students to answer any questions about the new school. Pictured (from left to right): new LCHS Academic Dean Maggie Kane, LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman, LCHS Asst, Principal Mike Vagher and LCHS Principal Christina Gosselin. The first day of school for LCSD students is Wednesday, Sept. 3. The high school is planning a Grand Opening of the new school as part of Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Sept. 26. Stay tuned.

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Leadville Lifters First 10-2 Meet

By Sarah Wells, LVL Girls Coach

August 15 was the first official USA Weightlifting sanctioned meet for the Leadville Lifters came together with a total of 18 lifters.

Leadville Lifter Tayler Galloway performs the snatch. Photo:  Michelle Cox.

Leadville Lifter Tayler Galloway performs the snatch. Photo: Michelle Cox.

Aarika Johnson, Zack Taylor, Brayan Romo and Issac Dorsey were the veteran team members who got to show the new participants what lifting at a meet is all about. Many of them went to nationals in June and were happy to be lifting at home.

New team members Tayler Gallaway, Caitlyn Ayers, Kaytlin Sprague, Bailey Sprague, Travis Kerrigan, Trevor Kerrigan, Jordan Chavez and Quintin Vigil-Highhawk all had a nervous and great time showing off for their families. The event was one that all of the lifters had been preparing for all summer long. Starting in June for the new lifters they learned form and technique, July was about adding weighting to what they had learned and August was about refining the movements.  

The girls team had some great success, including Gallaway topping out her clean and jerk at 24kg (53.5lb), Ayers got a total of 52kg (115.9lb) for both of her lifts. Kaytlin Sprague got a total of 35kg (78 lb) and qualified for youth nationals in her weight class as well as her sister Bailey Sprague also qualified for youth nationals in her weight class with a total of 44kg (98lb). Johnson was aiming to qualify for University Nationals which she did not complete but still personal record her Snatch at 40kg (89lb).

Jordan Chavez (left) and Qunitin Vigil-Highhawk (right) performinthe first Leadville Lifters meet at home on August 15. Photo: Michelle Cos.

Jordan Chavez (left) and Qunitin Vigil-Highhawk (right) performinthe first Leadville Lifters meet at home on August 15. Photo: Michelle Cos.

The boys team had all four of the new members completed 5 of their 6 lifts. Travis Kerrigan got a total of 75kg (167.25lb), Trevor Kerrigan got 110kg (245.3lb) total, Chavez totaled 100kg (220lb) and Vigil-Highhawk got a total of 110kg (245.3lb). The team old-timers had some great moments too. Taylor got a clean and jerk of 70kg (156lb) and Dorsey had a total of 153kg (341lb). Romo completed all of his lifts going 6 for 6, a team first. He hit a 63kg (140.5lb) for his snatch and 86kg (191.7lb) for his clean and jerk giving him a total of 149kg (332.27lb).

The Breckenridge team, coached by Chris Hughes also joined the Leadville Lifters to compete. Three boys with various experience came out with a great showing. Andrej Jozef Las was a first time competitor, while Robert Zieba and Matthew Muramoto are no strangers to competition as well as both attempting to qualify for University Nationals.

The team coaches Ben Wells, Tony Torsell and Sarah Wells lifted with their team for fun and providing the new lifters with another source of confidence.

The team streamed the whole meet on their website at leadvillelifters.com for those who could not make it to the meet could see what these kids are working so hard towards. To see a recap of the events visit www.leadvillelifters.comObit_Spacer_Thin

CO Dept. of Ed. Visit Lake County Schools 

by Kathleen Fitzsimmons, HR and Community Engagement Manager, Lake County School District.

During the past week, six Colorado Department of Education content specialists from Denver ventured to our mountains to pair up with 7th through 12th grade educators from Lake County Schools.

The Lake County High School science department brainstorms the key learnings of their unit with content specialist Dr. Joanna Bruno. Photo: LCSD

The Lake County High School science department brainstorms the key learnings of their unit with content specialist Dr. Joanna Bruno. Photo: LCSD

Their task was to re-write the way our learners learn at the secondary level in alignment with the Colorado Standards. Gone are the repetitive days of “traditional learning” of paper and pencil tests and daily worksheets with which many of us are familiar, as a new era of learning arrives at Lake County Schools.

Our secondary level learners can expect to be challenged in simulations, research discovery, and critical thinking. All learners will have the chance to participate at a deeper level, putting forth more energy, effort, and discovery in lessons than ever before. All of the units created require learner investment in an active role – the “easy” way of passive learning is not present in these units. The learning experiences are focused around using technology, discovery, critical thinking, and demonstrating skills to illustrate the learners’ understanding of various standards-based concepts.

Dr. Brian Sevier, the CDE Standards Project Director, addresses the teachers at the start of the project. Photo: LCSD.

Dr. Brian Sevier (left), the CDE Standards Project Director, addresses the teachers at the start of the project. Photo: LCSD.

The culminating performance assessments involved simulations and application which synthesize the learning experience in an authentic way. The content areas doing represented were math, language arts, social studies, visual arts, technology, physical education, and vocal/performance music. Lake County Schools are very grateful for the investment from the Colorado Department of Education of their time and resources. CDE’s work with is a huge vote of confidence in our staff, and by extension, this means fortunate learners to receive such thoughtful work. This grant-funded workshop allowed our teachers to write innovative curriculum that the rest of the state may use in its own curricular implementation, making it truly trendsetting work. The classroom instructors demonstrated their talents not only in their subject area, but also of innovative learning practices and dynamic lesson creation. We are very excited for learners to arrive on September third and dive into these units.

 

Latest News – August 19

Tabor Opera House’s Last Show (Ever?) Saturday

The last curtain call for the Historic Tabor Opera House is this Saturday, August 23. And that’s NOT just the last curtain call for the summer season, it could quite possibly be the last curtain call – PERIOD!

The sunset is reflected in the Historic Tabor Opera House windows at the end of a summer day. The last performance for the season - and possibly forever - will be this Saturday, August 23 in downtown Leadville. Photo: David Hahn.

The sunset is reflected in the Historic Tabor Opera House windows at the end of a summer day. The last performance for the season – and possibly forever – will be this Saturday, August 23 in downtown Leadville, Colorado. Photo: David Hahn.

After almost 60 years in the Furman family, owners Sharon and Bill Bland are offering one last encore performance before they say Good-Bye-For-Good. As many locals know the historic theater has been on the market for some time and peaked national attention when they were recently featured on the History Channel Series, “American Pickers.” But as the season draws to a close, there is no deal, no contract, no sale of this 135-year-old Harrison Avenue gem. And as they announced earlier, this will be their last summer.

The good news is there might be a solid buyer waiting in the wings. So here’s Sharon Bland with all the details:

Greetings!

You’re invited to join us for our last performance in this amazing historical building.  Our family will be sharing memories and the potential new owner will be here to address the audience since his interest in purchasing, restoring and bringing this important part of Americas heritage back to full potential is a very strong asset.  

A producer from the Colorado Arts Consortium has also contacted us and plans on being there to gather information for the story.  Who knows, maybe Mike and Frank from American Pickers will show up since they have now become an important part of our history by airing “Mountain Mayhem” which shared our plight to millions across the country.  

But this is a time we’ve planned as a joyful celebration of almost 60 years of Furman family ownership during which we’ve made many memories with locals and people from all over the world who love this history and the time they’ve spent here.  The Tabor Opera House’s Facebook Page has become our scrapbook as we share as many “happenings” during these last few months with our friends.

We would appreciate you joining us for one last performance.  Bill and I have brought in the very best of performers to celebrate all the “Magical Moments in History” that this grand old building has provided since 1879.  We want to go out with an exciting celebration and tribute to the amazing history and the peoples it embodied over the period of 135 years.

Please join us as we celebrate the past 60 years with vigor, and the spirit of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville Colorado: In honor of the Leadville community, admission has been priced at 50% off (from $30 to $15 for general admission) to allow everyone an opportunity to celebrate our last performance at the opera house together.  General Admission Adults $15. Limited number of VIP Dinner/Theater packages available $45: includes prime reserved seating, private wine and cheese reception prior to the show and a “meet and greet” on-stage after the show. Call 719-486-8409 or order on-line at www.taboroperahouse.net for tickets.

 – Sharon and Bill  Bland

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Irish Band to Play Opera House’s Last (?) Performance

Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. FEAST, an Irish band with Champion Irish Dancers will rock the house with their amazing energy and talent.  FEAST’s spectacular Irish music and dance show, “Celtica Sinfonia”, sold out all venues in March 2009 and was filmed by Rocky Mountain PBS during their performance at the prestigious Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek (FEAST was immediately engaged by the Vilar for the following season!)

The film aired March 2010, just as FEAST was performing “Celtica Sinfonia II”, an all-new program, to over 2500 wildly enthusiastic people in three cities. The show was again filmed by Rocky Mountain PBS, this time in high-def, with plans to shoot for a national airing. Celtica Sinfonia was meanwhile submitted for an Emmy. In addition to numerous concerts in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico, FEAST has twice toured Germany with great success. 2011 saw the group touring with another new show, KeltikFyre, and in 2012 another hit show, Irish Thunder.2014posterFEASTXjpeg

Latest News – August 18

Leadville Business News

O’Reilly Auto Parts Store to Open By October

Considering all of the booms and busts the Leadville economy has gone through over its history, it’s no surprise that all of the support businesses and services that provide life’s day to day necessities, ebb and flow with that same tide.

O'Reilly Auto Parts is slated to open this October. Jobs available now!

O’Reilly Auto Parts is slated to open this October. Jobs available now!

 So it should be an encouraging sign that another automotive parts store is opening soon in Lake County. O’Reilly Auto Parts located at 1920 N. Poplar Street is slated to open in October.

“Right now the plans are to open that store in late summer, early fall,” said Mark Merz, Director of External Reporting and Investor Relations at O’Reilly Auto Parts.O'Reillys_logo copy

Located off what is commonly known as Hwy 24 North, the new 6,400 square foot building is conveniently located next to the Stop ‘n Save and across from Safeway in the commercial corridor.

For those unfamiliar with O’Reilly Auto Parts, it is part of a chain of auto parts stores that started with one store in Springfield, Missouri, in 1957. It has since grown to include more than 4,100 stores in 42 states. The corporation is headquartered in Springfield.  The closest sister store is in Salida, there is also one in Glenwood Springs and several on the Front Range.

Bing-Bang-Boom! The framework was in place by July 24 for the new build at 1920 N. Poplar.

Bing-Bang-Boom! The framework was in place by July 24 for the new build at 1920 N. Poplar.

“A new store will generally employ 8 – 12 team members,” said Merz, “Some full time, some part time.” They have already hired a manager who is currently being trained at one of their other stores. However,  they are taking applications for other positions, including: Drivers, Parts Pros, Retail Specialists, others.  For more details on job opportunities, call the number that’s on the banner in front of the new building: 1-888-OREILLY. Or job-seekers can also apply online: HERE.

Things went up quick once they got going, as shown in this July 30 photo. A sign of things to come?

Things went up quick once they got going, as shown in this July 30 photo. A sign of things to come?

 

And remember, if you need assistance with your online application, the Leadville Colorado Workforce Center is available to help you. They are located at 115 W. 6th Street in Leadville, 719-486-2428.

“We are a ‘grow from within company,’ so there are a lot of great opportunities for people,” said Merz.

Opportunity, now that’s a hopeful word. One that might mean, things are on their way up! Could another grocery store be far behind?Obit_Spacer_Thin

Scarlet Mural Reveal Party: A Leadville  Classic

The crowds came out last Wednesday, Aug. 13 for a sneak peak at a new mural and a double header of music that had the place rocking well into the night! 

Scarlet Bar owners Chuck and Lee stand in front of the new mural with artist Lexie Palmore and her husband Jim McMillen. The mural will eventually be installed on the outside north wall of the building which is located at the corner of 4th Street and historic Harrison Avenue.

Scarlet Bar owners Chuck and Lee stand in front of the new mural with artist Lexie Palmore and her husband Jim McMillen. The mural which characterizes some of Leadville’s Legendary characters, will eventually be installed on the outside north wall at the corner of 4th Street and historic Harrison Avenue.

The pizza party and unveiling of The Scarlet‘s Pabst Blue Ribbon “Legends Mural,” saw a packed house with endless pizza combos from High Mountain Pies, and an inter-generational mix that had the older crowd coming out early to support the new art piece, and the younger set hanging late to jam out.  

Leadville Artist Lexie Palmore’s mural design depicts a number of well-known Leadville characters, and hopes to be installed before the snow flies!

Local favorite band Leadville Cherokee got the house swaying with the opening set. And the nationally acclaimed Black Lillies lived up to their reputation with some good jams for the main act. The evening ended in a late night jam session with both bands rocking the crowds til they couldn’t dance no more!

Thanks for helping to keep the downtown music and arts scene alive, Chuck and Lee, and everyone at The Scarlet Bar 

 

Latest News – August 17

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Lake County Public Library Board Announces Vacancy 

Lake County Public Library

Lake County Public Library

The Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees is looking for applicants to fill a vacancy on the board, for a five-year term that runs through December 31, 2018.

The Board meets once a month on the second Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. for approximately two hours to develop library policy, work on long range planning, and develop special projects.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Lake County. Those interested should send a letter of application to the Lake County Public Library Board, 1115 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461. Indicate why you are interested in serving on the Board and what skill, talents and previous experience you have that would make you a good Trustee.

Submit a letter of application by September 4, 2014.Obit_Spacer_ThinRecNewsletter

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