Latest News – September 30

Appreciation Parties Say Thank You to Locals!

It’s that time of year when most denizens of Leadville are thankful. They’re  thankful town isn’t terribly crowded, they are thankful the weather is still nice, and that no one has had to pick up that snow shovel . . . yet. Just take a look around, there’s a lot to be thankful for when you live in Leadville Today!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to your appreciation destination in @LeadvilleToday. Photo: Danielle Orcutt

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to your appreciation destination in @LeadvilleToday. Photo: Danielle Orcutt

Spac_50But if you’re looking for a couple more reasons to feel appreciative, then be sure to swing by the local bike and skate shops, both of whom are having some local appreciaiton parties this weekend.

First up is the The Cycles of Life Customer Appreciation Party which is tonight Friday, Sept. 30, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Sounds like they’ll be the usual hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages, along with some great sales, bikes are not included.


Local Appreciaiton Weekend at Dr. Ryde Skate Shop

Also this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 – 2 Dr. Ryde in Leadville will be hosting Local Appreciation Weekend! Come and check out all of the specials on clothing and boards. drryde_locals_appreciationRemember, the holdiays are just around the corner. This is a great pre-Christmas sale. Stop into the local skate shop to take advantage of prizes, giveaways and a host of all the supplies you need for your ride.

This Saturday, Dr. Ryde will be open from  10 a.m. – 6 p.m., serving up some free food and drinks from Noon – 2 p.m. Then they’ll be back open on Sunday, Oct. 2 from Noon – 4 p.m. Stop in at 121 E. 9th Street and be appreciated! You can also connect with them on Facebook or find more details at the Dr. Ryde websiteSpac_50

Lead Vegas Friday Night with Live Music at Scarlet 

Tonight, Friday Sept. 30 the Matt Spinks Trio will be playing downtown Lead Vegas at The Scarlet Bar. Inspired by influences ranging from the Allman Brothers to Fiona Apple, this band can be found playing everything from bluegrass to the blues.

The show kicks off at 9 p.m., according to the band’s website. The Scarlet Bar is located in downtown Leadville at the corner of 4th & Harrison Ave. Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Latest News – September 29

Forest Service Plans Prescribed Burn in Twin Lakes


The fall colors always bring out the Praying Angel at Twin Lakes.

While they can never pinpoint an exact date due to weather and fuel conditions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), is planning a prescribed burn in the Flume Creek area at Twin Lakes sometime in the month of October.

While a tentative ignition date was scheduled for this Saturday,  Oct. 1, at yesterday’s Lake County Emergency Services Council meeting, John Markalunas with the USFS, announced that date will most likely be re-scheudled as Friday into Saturday could bring wetter weather to the area. For the most up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to connect on the Lake County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page. Leadville Today will also relay the updated information as received, but residents in the area should be situational aware of the burn.

The Flume Creek prescribed burn is located near Twin Lakes (Lake County): southwest of Twin Lakes at the headwaters of the Reservoir. When the prescribed burned is initiated, temporary road closures may be necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety.

The project involves burning to reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels, restore and maintain healthy and diverse forest ecosystems and maintain and enhance wildlife habitat. Partial partnership funding comes from Habitat Partnership Program.

According to the USFS, 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 and restoring the forest to a more natural state.

Where there's smoke, there will be prescribed burns are planned for Twin Lakes sometime in the next two months.

Where there’s smoke, there will be a prescribed burn at Twin Lakes in October. Photo: Leadville Today

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 Leadville Ranger District at (719) 486-0749. Readers can also follow the USFS on Twitter for up-to-date information about these prescribed burn projects: @PSICC_NF, #TwinLakesRX.

Latest News – September 28

Leadville’s Meet The Candidates: Elliott v. Glenn

Voting day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and approaching fast. Politicians and voters alike are preparing for the day by posing and addressing the most important questions.


Leadville Today will be bringing weekly political roundup reports to the reader every Wednesday leading up to Election results on November 9.

First, the seat for District 3 Lake County Commissioner. Candidates Mark E. Glenn (R) and Bud Elliott (D), spoke at Meet the Candidates, held at Colorado Mountain College on Sept. 26. One of the more interesting questions: what do you think was the best and worst decision that the current Board of County Commsioners have made? That and other revealing information about your candidates can be found in this video of their question and answer exchange.



Also at Meet the Candidates were Mike Bordogna and Betty Benson speaking on behalf of Gail Schwartz (D) and incumbent Scott R. Tipton (R) respectively. Both are running for 3rd Congressional District House Representative. A video of their surrogates’ statements follows. Stay informed, stay involved, and stay tuned on Leadville Today for local political coverage until Election Day!




Latest News – September 27

Irish History Weekend Comes to Leadville Saturday

Ten years ago, Colorado author Jim Walsh’s dissertation research on 1800s immigration to the Rocky Mountain region led him to the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville and a previously unwritten chapter of history. colorado-irish-history-weekend-flyerThere he came upon the “Catholic Free” section beyond the back of the cemetery, which extends for acres into pine forest. Records indicate that over a thousand Irish immigrants—averaging only 26 years in age—are buried there in unmarked graves.  During the 1870s and 1880s, impoverished Irish miners flooded into the Rocky Mountains, often never to be heard from again. Rather than finding fortune in the gold and silver boom era, many met with untimely deaths. Walsh, a Clinical Assistant Professor at CU Denver, who now researches and lectures on labor and immigration issues, has felt compelled to find some recognition for those unacknowledged souls.

“These Irish immigrants, many from the copper mining region of the Beara Penninsula in west County Cork, were buried in what was called the Catholic Free section of Evergreen Cemetery between 1878-1890.  The sunken graves include hundreds of infants and children. These are the forgotten Irish:  destitute, transient, and facing dangerous working conditions.  A massive miners’ strike in 1880 led by Irish-born Michael Mooney, failed to improve pay or working conditions for the community.  On October 1, we will resurrect their stories and make sure that this space is recognized as sacred Irish space.”

CU Denver’s Political Science Department, Irish Network Colorado, the Consulate General of Ireland, Austin and the Molly Brown House Museum are co-hosting a “Colorado Irish History Weekend” to celebrate Irish and multicultural immigration to the Rocky Mountain region and to commemorate the unmarked paupers’ graves in Leadville. Other support comes from the Romero Theater Troupe, Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage Society, and the Rocky Mountain Labor Education and Arts Collective. Some of the events below will include Celtic musical performances by local artists, which are in the process of being confirmed.

The Molly Brown House Museum is a house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver. Photo:

The Molly Brown House Museum is a house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver. Photo:

The weekend will launch with a reception and talk on “The Irish in Colorado” at the Molly Brown House Museum on Thursday, Sept. 29, with honored guest Adrian Farrell, consul general of Ireland, Austin and talk by museum director Andrea Malcomb. RSVP required:

On Friday, Sept. 30, in the Student Commons Building on the Auraria campus, there will be a screening of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, with introduction and comments by Adrian Farrell and Jim Lyons, Denver’s honorary consul of Ireland. A tour of the Ninth Street Historic Park will follow the screening. This will include comments on Auraria history by Jim Walsh and Gregorio Alcaro, who runs the Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage non-profit.  RSVP required:

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the residents of Leadville will graciously host visitors from the Denver metro area for the day, kicking off with an 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s Practice Day Parade on Harrison Avenue. At 1 p.m. at Annunciation Church, Adrian Farrell will welcome all and introduce Jim Walsh, who will offer the presentation, “The Irish Road to Leadville.”

The St. Patrick's Day Practice Parade will be this Saturday. Oct. 1 at 11 a,m,

The St. Patrick’s Day Practice Parade will be this Saturday. Oct. 1 at 11 a,m,

Following that talk, Walsh will be joined by Colorado historian, author and statesman Dennis Gallagher to conduct a historic tour of the area. At 3 p.m., people will gather at the “Old Catholic” area of the Evergreen Cemetery, where Father Rafael Torres-Rico of Leadville’s Holy Family Parish will join Adrian Farrell, Jim Walsh and Dennis Gallagher in a commemoration of those buried in the unmarked graves. For those wishing to stay on into the evening, Irish Network Colorado president Maura Clare will lead the open discussion “Imagining a Memorial to Irish Immigrants in the Rocky Mountain West” and Luke Finken, former Leadville City councilman and organizer of the Leadville St. Patrick’s Practice Day Parade is hosting a celebration at Wilde’s Green Hour.

Full details on these events and facility to make reservations (required for the evening events in Denver) may be found HERE. Other questions may be directed to: Maura Clare – President, Irish Network Colorado at or by phone at 303-884-7091.

Latest News – September 26

Local “Meet The Candidates” TONIGHT, September 26

Ready or not, the political season is in full swing, as candidates and ballot pushers make their march toward November 8: Election  While a majority of political animals will be preparing to watch the first of four presidential debates tonight, Lake County will have its own version at tonight’s “Meet The Cadidates.”  Hosted by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce, this political event gives residents a chance to hear from local, state, and national candidates, as well as representatives with ballot initiatives that voters will find at the polls. Meet The Candidates Night will be held TONIGHT, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. up at Colorado Mountain College, in the Climax Leadership Center.

The evening provides voters with an opportunity to get to know the candidates, and their views on various issues. For a copy of the Lake County Certified Ballot: CLICK.

The 2015 Election's Meet The Candidates Night in Leadville saw good crowds Do YOU remember who was running for what? Photo: Leadville Today

The 2015 Election’s “Meet The Candidates” Night in Leadville saw good crowds. Do YOU remember who was running for what? Photo: Leadville Today

Attendees will also have a chance to submit their questions. If you are a registered Lake County voter and have a question, email it to and it will be submitted for Meet The Candidates. As always, questions need to be issue related and not pointed to one particular candidate so that each candidate has the opportunity to answer. 

Leadville Today will also be recording this evening’s event and have it available on the website for voters who cannot attend. Stay Tuned! Stay Informed! VOTE on Tuesday, Nov. 8!Spac_50

Independence Pass Closed for Hours Due To Crash

Independence Pass was closed for a couple hours yesterday after an accident thought to be caused by icy road conditions. Warmer weather moves in for the week. Photo: Leadville Today/ Danielle Orcutt

Independence Pass was closed for a couple hours yesterday after an accident thought to be caused by icy road conditions. Warmer weather moves in for the week. Photo: Leadville Today/ Danielle Orcutt

Spac_50Texting to Register to Vote Now Option in Colorado

In other political news, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is offering yet another innovative method to access voter registration: texting.

Eligible Coloradans can simply text the word “Colorado” or “CO” to “2Vote” (28683) on their smartphones, and then open the link to the SOS’ online voter registration and election information site. It’s that easy.

text-vote“It’s one-stop shopping for all the elections information anyone would need,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. “In today’s on-demand society, we’re staying one step ahead addressing the needs of millennials, Gen-Xers and anyone who wants information immediately.”

Coloradans can text to register, update their address, change their party affiliation, view their sample ballot 45 days before an election or check the status of their voted ballot. They can also get important dates and deadlines pertaining to Nov. 8 general election or future elections.Spac_50

FREE Legal Resource Day This Friday, Sept. 30

Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice to make opening remarks in Denver

Have questions about estate planning, divorce cases, appeals or adoptions? Wondering how to seal your case or collect on a legal judgment? The Colorado Judicial Department is providing a variety of free resources in five locations around the state on Legal Resource Day, this Friday, Sept. 30.

The Justice Center in Breckenridge Colorado.

The Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge Colo. will offer FREE legal services on Sept. 30.

Recognizing that an increasing number of Coloradans each year choose to represent themselves in legal matters that can be intimidating and overwhelming without an attorney’s help, the Judicial Department remains committed to providing self-represented litigants the information and education they need to be prepared to appear before a judge.

Legal Resource Day is one way the Colorado Judicial Department provides that assistance. On Sept. 30, volunteer lawyers and others will teach sessions in Denver, Grand Junction, Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Pueblo.

“Legal Resource Day helps ensure people representing themselves can come to the courtroom prepared to navigate processes and procedures effectively,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice said. “When pro se litigants are well-prepared, that also helps the courts efficiently handle the rest of their business, so I sincerely hope many people will come to learn more about the judicial system.”

Chief Justice Rice will kick off Legal Resource Day at 10 a.m. with opening remarks at the Denver City and County Building (1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202) to welcome participants and provide an overview of the sessions being offered.

Courthouses celebrating Legal Resource Day are:

  • Denver District Court, 1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Mesa County Justice Center, 125 N. Spruce St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summit County Justice Center, 501 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge, CO 80424, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Larimer County Justice Center, 201 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building, 501 N. Elizabeth, Pueblo, CO 81003, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Times for the hour-long sessions will vary by location. Interpreters will be available. Information on specific sessions for each of the participating courthouses is available HERE. Registration is recommended but not required. Sessions include:

  • Estate planning
  • Courtroom procedures, service, form etiquette, captions
  • Myth busters for divorce cases
  • Appeals
  • Collections and garnishments
  • How to seal a case
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship and conservatorship matters
  • Evictions
  • Drafting parenting plans

Legal Resource Day is sponsored by the Colorado Judicial Branch and Colorado Judicial Institute