Latest News – June 14

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Special Pro Challenge Meeting Tonight

June 14Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting room at the Lake County Courthouse, the commissioner’s will be holding a meeting regarding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August. The purpose of the public meeting is to gather feedback from local residents and businesses, bring the public up-to-date on the local Pro Challenge plans and answer any questions.
The race will come through Lake County on TWO days.
Similar to last year’s course, Stage 3 of the race on Wednesday Aug. 22 will run from Gunnison to Aspen, skirting the southern end of Lake County, traveling through Twin Lakes and over Independence Pass. Road closures will echo the same as last year, with Highway 82 being closed to traffic from about noon until 4 p.m. on Aug 22.
The next day, Stage 4 of the race on Thursday, August 23 will run from Aspen to Beaver Creek. This is when the course will have its biggest impact on Leadville and Lake County.
 “In addition to the closure of Highway 82 through Twin Lakes, Highway 24 (including Harrison Ave.) will also be closed for part of the day,” stated Commissioner Mike Bordogna. “We don’t anticipate that this will affect commuter traffic in the evening on Highway 24, as the race should be through the town of Minturn by 2 p.m.” Highway 91 shouldn’t be impacted at all, added Bordogna.
There have already been several meetings coordinating law enforcement, emergency services and maintenance, since these departments will be dealing with spectator traffic and trash.

Pro Challenge Overview

 The 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, August 20-26, will feature seven stages instead of six, starting in Durango and finishing with a time trial in Denver, with stops in Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, and Boulder along the way.
 The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracted more than 1 million spectators from around the state, the country and the world, and the Colorado economy was the beneficiary of $83.5 million in economic impact thanks to a successful first-year event, which took place August 22-28 and visited 11 Colorado host communities. As a virtual postcard for the State of Colorado, the race received 25 hours of national television coverage on NBC and Versus, in addition to airing in 161 countries and territories internationally.

This year, it was recently announced, media coverage will expand to 29 hours of race coverage beginning Aug. 20 and spanning the seven days of the event.

Good Bye to Bette

June 14 – Outgoing Lake County School Superintendent Bette Kokenes was honored at a reception on Tuesday, June 12 at the Administration Office. School Board members, teachers and school staff joined parents and community members in saying thanks and good bye to Kokenes, who officially leaves the position at the end of this month.

Changing of The Guard: Outgoing School Superintendent Bette Kokenes (left) and Incoming Superintendent Wendy Wyman (right)

Kokenes announced her retirement last year which put into motion a search for a new superintendent that spanned four months, including an interview process which allowed employees of the school district, as well as the community at large to have a voice. Eventually three finalists were chosen from a pool of twenty two applicants and finally the Board of Education determined that Dr. Wendy Wyman was the top choice to fill the position.

Wyman most recently held the position as Principal at West Park Elementary in Leadville. Wyman ’s educational background includes a PHD in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Masters Degree in Education Literacy from the University of Colorado.

Good Bye, Bette. Enjoy your time with family and friends! Welcome Superintendent Wyman. We’re glad you’re here!

Home Depot Helps Advocates’ Center

June 14 – The Advocates of Lake County will be receiving a helping hand on Thursday June 14 when the Arvada Home Depot “Team” arrives to install ceramic tile, cedar fencing, and laminate flooring at the Family Crisis Center. Local volunteers are also encouraged to come to the center to help with the work.

The interior fine tuning is going in at the Advocates Family Crisis Center

“We’re in the home stretch,” said Advocates Director Gretchen Scanlon as they continue to put the final touches on the new center. The facility is slated to open sometime this summer.

Established in 1982, the Advocates of Lake County’s mission is to assist victims of domestic violence and their families through prevention, education and up to now, temporary housing in local hotels and private residential safe houses. Initially an all-volunteer organization, the Advocates now consists of 3 full-time staff and countless volunteers.

This year, in an effort to more effectively meet the needs of victims in the community, this non-profit organization expanded their vision to include a Family Crisis Center. The construction of this permanent “safe house” will provide a place where victims can call home during their transition to a new, secure life. Certainly it allows people affected by this crime with the option of not returning to a dangerous, violent situation.

The new Family Crisis Center has been made possible through generous donations from organzations like the Vonnie’s Voice Committee. Last month committee members Liz Triz (left) and Diane Stepisnik (right) presented a $4,000 check to Advocates Director Gretchen Scanlon

The nearly 2,800 square feet of livable space includes four bedrooms, a shared kitchen and living room as well as a playroom for children. Outside, the fenced in yard will allow the temporary residents a secured environment. The structure will house a tight security system, including a panic button to alert law enforcement to any unwanted intrusions. In addition, the new building will establish a permanent on-site office for the Advocates.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, please contact the Advocates at (719) 486-3530.

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