Latest News – June 17

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* * Stage One Fire Ban Now In Effect for Lake County * *

StageOnwBanYesterday (Sunday) morning, Leadville Today received word from Lisa Burke, Communications Supervisor for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office that Lake County is now under a Stage One Fire Ban. This new level of classification was signed into effect by Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske and Fire Chief Dan Dailey. For a review of this classifications and the new restrictions now in place: LINK.


Arts Coalition Hosts “Meet The Artist” this Thursday

The Leadville Arts Coalition proudly presents Meet the Artist, featuring local artist Lexie Palmore.  The show opens at Leomyka Gallery, 601 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, on Thursday, June 20.  Enjoy appetizers, beverages and friendly conversation celebrating Palmore’s artwork from 6-8 p.m.. 

Artist Lexie Palmore

Artist Lexie Palmore

The show features a variety of works that Palmore has created. Expect to see mostly wall art: acrylic/oil paintings, colored pencil drawings, and prints. Palmore may include unique hand-crocheted purses, and perhaps a sculpture or two. Artist Lexie Palmore explains, “I choose subjects that interest me, and everybody.” Upon her husband Jim McMillen’s suggestion, Lexie recently worked on several pieces that highlight boys’ favorites: hunting, fishing, sports equipment and cigar box treasures. 

Palmore indicated, “Artists can occasionally do something quirky or off the wall.”  She has created some unusual artwork out of objects she found on their property, close to Saturdays. 

meet the artist mailerVersatile describes Palmore’s art.  “There is always something to create,” and she is able to do more artwork than ever since moving to Leadville in May 2009.  After spending much of her life working on steamboats, either piloting the Mississippi, Ohio or Tennessee Rivers or building a boat touring business in a swampy Texas lake, Palmore and her husband relocated to cool, crisp Colorado.  This summer they plan to open a scenic boat tour business, Twin Lakes Interlocken Boat Tours, taking passengers across Twin Lakes to the resort.

All of her riverboat days were punctuated with art, whether she was designing signs, advertising, or painting murals. Palmore enjoys artistic challenges.  She is looking forward to doing more Western art, as she has discovered it’s extremely popular. Over the last four years, she has shown and sold her work in Chaffee County galleries, The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, The Delaware Hotel, RE+/RJS Designs and Leomyka Gallery.  Her work is also featured on

Palmore’s work will continue to be displayed at Leomyka Gallery for those who cannot enjoy the Meet the Artist show. Originals and prints will be on sale and available to the public. 

The Leadville Arts Coalition and Leomyka Gallery look forward to welcoming friends, visitors and art fans on Thursday, June 20, from 6-8 p.m. Cookies with Altitude will cater the event.

Healy Flea: Friendly Faces, Vendors Happy with Sales

These adorable kids clothes were just one of many booths at "Ye Olde Flea at Healy." Photo: Becky Thompson

These adorable kids clothes were just one of many booths at “Ye Olde Flea at Healy.” Photo: Becky Thompson

This past Saturday’s “Ye Olde Flea at Healy” was a good draw for locals and visitors alike as the historic Healy House, Dexter Cabin and surrounding gardens played host to a flea market of treasures old and new. 

Who doesn't want a sparkly bracelet? Photo: Becky Thompson.

Who doesn’t want a sparkly bracelet?                      Photo: Becky Thompson.

A total of 25 vendors including locals and other area artists participated in the fair held June 15 in downtown Leadville.

 “The weather cooperated – it was a fun day,” said Maureen Scanlon, Director of the Healy House.  Scanlon added that even though the crowds were a bit lighter than last year, “we were pleased and almost everyone said that they would come back next year.” 

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