Latest News – June 19

Rep. Hamner kicks off campaign to win new district

June 19 – Rep. Millie Hamner from Colorado House District 56)is hosting a Meet & Greet today at 8:30 a.m. at City on a Hill Coffee Shop, 508 Harrison Ave. in downtown Leadville. The public is invited to attend.

Rep. Millie Hamner addresses the audience during Memorial Day services at the Lake County Veterans Memorial.

That’s the easy part, just head on down and hear what she has to say. The more challenging task-at-hand is to keep track of who’s running for what, to represent who, ever since the Reapportionment Commission established new districts last fall, reshaping Colorado’s House and Senate districts.

Hamner is the current state representative for Summit, Eagle and Lake counties, which presently makes up Colorado House District 56. Hamner’s morning coffee gathering is part of her Campaign “Kick-Off” for the seat in newly formed HD-61 — comprised of Summit, Pitkin and Lake counties as well as major portions of Delta and Gunnison counties.

Confused? Well, that’s just the House side of things; we’ll get into the Senate re-districting at another time. Just be glad you weren’t subjected to all of the log-jamming, finger-pointing sessions that went on at the state capitol last year, to get lawmakers to agree on the redrawn congressional boundaries. Seriously, it took an intercession by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Colorado Supreme Court rejection and eventually several lawsuits filed in Denver District Court to solidify the redistricting. The new HD-61 district is about 32 percent Democratic, 29 percent Republican and 39 percent unaffiliated.

Hamner, a Summit County Democrat, was appointed to the legislature in December 2010 to fill a vacancy left by outgoing Rep. Christine Scanlan. She originally moved to Eagle County in 1978 and has an extensive educational background, previously serving as Summit School District superintendent. Since her appointment, Hamner has gained a solid reputation for “working across the aisle.”

Hamner will continue to represent her current districts until January of 2013, at which point the new re-districting will take effect statewide, and the victor of newly formed HD-61 will be seated. Hamner’s GOP challenger in November will be determined at the June 26 Primary Election including House District 61 hopefuls David Justice and Debra Irvine, whose name will appear first on the primary ballot after garnering the most votes during the April Caucus.

K-9 Fun Run/Walk Raises Funds for Library

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First-Ever Virtual Job Fair Slated for Monday, June 25

Today’s Job Search: From the Comfort of Your Home (Computer)

June 5 – “Help Wanted” isn’t quite what it used to be. In fact, in today’s digital world posting a sign in your business’ window or even placing a traditional classified ad in the newspaper, isn’t always the best option for employers looking to find the best fit for a position. More and more companies are turning to the internet and all the new web-based technologies to recruit the best employees.

Sound intimidating? It doesn’t have to be. And now with the help of the Colorado Workforce Center, the First-Ever Virtual Job Fair is just a click away.

“We are hosting a Virtual Job Fair for the Lake, Summit and Eagle counties on Monday, June 25,” said Kim Rodriquez with the Leadville Workforce Center- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “Our main goal is to provide exposure for our local merchants and businesses as far as their employment needs without having to have a hands-on job fair.”

This new job search tool, which is free for employers and job-seekers alike, will be available to Lake County residents and registered businesses with current job postings through their workforce center office. The platform allows the 62 workforce centers around the state to host multi-day job fairs, or hiring events for individual firms, entirely online. Compared to so-called “brick and mortar” job fairs, this saves money for employers, the unemployed and the workforce center alike.

The platform works through Adobe Connect, a software program that facilitates interactive online meetings. Employers simply send their logo, company description, a link to their company hiring website, and additional content such as photos or videos to Colorado Workforce Center web developers, who post it for job-seekers to view. Through a special site created in partnership with, participating employers will be able to recruit perspective employees by the click of a mouse. Using web technologies is just one more way that CDLE is committed to their objective: “We Keep Colorado Working.”

For employers, the new Virtual Job Fair enables businesses to expand their recruitment pool statewide, rather than searching in one geographic area.
As for the job seekers, they can register at the Colorado Department of Labor’s job portal, On the day of a scheduled job fair, perspective employees will see an icon in their profile allowing them to connect and view job opportunities. Once they’ve clicked on individual companies, job-seekers can chat – or even video chat – with company representatives to set up in-person interviews or arrange to send a resume.

Expanded Seating at High Mountain Pies

It’s Summertime! Which also means expanded outdoor seating at High Mountain Pies under their new backyard pergola. The More, The Merrier!

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