Latest News – March 26

Meals On Wheels and County Deals: Leadville Seniors

Since its initial report more than 14 months ago, Leadville Today remains committed to bringing readers updates about the progress being made for senior citizens in Lake County. Below is the March 2017 Lake County Senior Citizen Center Newsletter.

The Lake County Senior Citizen Center provides community meals and a place to socialize in Leadville.

It includes information about local services and programs for senior citizens. The newsletter also includes a first-hand report from Ruth Purkat who has been the Lake County Representative to the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the Area Agency on Aging  (AAA) for the past couple of years. It was a seat she accepted after a more than 7-year gap of Lake County representation. RAC consists of laypersons and service providers who represent the interests of older adults in the AAA Planning, and advocate on their behalf.

The RAC reviews agency outreach, long-term planning, programs, and service delivery that affect older adults. The RAC encourages and supports the involvement of older Coloradans in sharing their views on these policies and programs.

In addition to her local commitment to senior services, Purkat was born in Leadville, she went to school here, raised a big family here, owned a business here, and volunteered for countless boards and committees in Lake County.  Most would consider her opinion not only valuable, but perhaps essential to good, open, accountable democracy, especially in a small community like Lake County.

The Leadville/Lake County Board of Directors provides an update on their progress to residents and county officials during their April 2016 meeting. Unfortunately, budgetory politics would play heavy in the final negotiations, and instead of necessary services, Lake County Seniors would receive a $24,000 study to be conducted by Lake County Build-A-Generation, a youth-driven group. Photo: Leadville Today

Leadville Today thinks leaders like Purkat should be heard, which is why you will find the March 2017 Lake County Senior Citizen Center newsletter posted below. You may click on each image in order to generate a larger, more easy-to-read version of the newsletter. Also for readers who are interested in comparing the progress with older LT reports: March 2016 and May 2016.

There’s a lot of serious changes on tap for senior services under the current administration in Washington, including the coveted Meals on Wheels programs. Stay tuned to Leadville Today for updates about how many Lake County residents will be affected by this decision and how the local community can help. 

Latest News – March 25

All Aboard! Specials and Packages on the Rails

While most folks living in Leadville Today are wrapping up their Spring Break for 2017, thoughts and conversations often turn to the next vacation on the horizon. So if you’re already doing a little summer dreaming, or making plans for a summer/fall visit, or have friends/relatives planning a stop-over, check out these special train rides for the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad‘s 2017 season. These special packages generally sell-out, so if you’re looking for something special, you’d better plan ahead and make reservation now.

The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad track crew worked hard to clear all of the snow off the train tracks earlier this month. Opening Day is one week from today, May 28. Photo: LCSR

The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad track crew (file LCSR photo 2016) has their work cut out for them to clear the train tracks after a particularly snowy winter. No doubt, they’ll “Git  er Done!” by Opening Day: Saturday, May 27. All Aboard!



The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad‘s (LCSR) will blow the whistle on its 29th year in business on Saturday, May 27. And while that is still nine weeks away, Leadville Today is bringing you a jump on some of the great deals and special train rides going on this summer. So come along for the “All Aboard” for what’s happening on the Leadville train.

Daily train rides will begin over Memorial Day Weekend, with an afternoon ride leaving at 1 p.m. until June 16, when things kick into high gear with two-a-days, departures at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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 “Rails and Zip Line Tour” package deals.

On the zipline combo, guests will enjoy a scenic train ride up through the San Isabel National Forest.

Then 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 five-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.  

The “most popular of the package deals” The Rails and Zipline 5-hour tour package returns for the 2017 season.

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 27 and August 16.

If you’re looking to add to your train experience, choose from one of these special rides. The special Devil’s Tail BBQ Train will take place on July 8 and departs for a 2.5 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 Stork Curve-Climax BBQ Special, scheduled for September 2. This is a one-of-a-kind, 3 ½ hour trip that go to the end of the line. Travel over the Arkansas River at its headwaters and see the beauty of the sunset as the train makes a 4:30 p.m. departure. 

Coem and get it on the BBQ train ride!

Come and get it on the BBQ ride aboard the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad! This season there are two BBQ trips on July 8 and September 2.

Of course, the 2017 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. Wildflower Specials will be July 22, July 29 and August 5.

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!

So plan ahead for your next vacation or summer visitors. It may be just what gets you through a snowy spring! For more information on any of these special packages check out the LCSR website.