Latest News – March 5

Libraries Need Friends Too! Why Not You!?

Do you have a library card? While these cards may not get as much use as they once did, due to the world wide web of information that is presently available to readers, in Lake County, the library is about so much more than checking out books! And if you believe that, and enjoy all of the great programs and events that the library sponsors, then here’s how you can help.

The Friends of Lake County Public Library is having their annual membership drive.  Untitled-1Please consider renewing or becoming a new member to support the many presentations and projects the group puts on, in support of the Lake County Public Library! This group is a non-profit organization that believes that the library is “the cornerstone of the community providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present, ” according to their website. Memberships levels start as low as $15/year but the services they provide are invaluable to residents and visitors.

So maybe it’s time you picked up a book . . . your checkbook, and became a friend. Thanks for your continued support! For complete information: LINK.Skin_Spac

Snow + Fat Tires = Mineral Belt Mayhem!

There’s nothing like a snowy winter night with on and off squalls to get a bunch of fat-tire enthusiasts to the start line. And so it went for the 84 participants in last Saturday’s Mineral Belt Mayhem, part of the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

Leadville's Mineral Belt Mayhem saw 84 cyclists gearing up for a night race. Photo: Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

Leadville’s Mineral Belt Mayhem saw 84 cyclists gearing up for a night race. Photo: Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

While there were no records set, riders did see two inches of fresh snow on the course which made for great conditions for the 82 fat-tired participants. Hard to say how that went for the two skinny-tire riders, but an ever-growing entrants list is certainly an indication of how popular the fat-tire movement is among cyclists.

The Dale Pale Ale giant blow-up can on historic Harrison Avenue provided libacious inspiration to cyclists heading out on an 11 mile loop on Leadville’s beautiful Mineral Belt Trail . . . at night!

Headlamps burn bright against the fading light on historic Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

Headlamps burn bright against the fading light on historic Harrison Avenue. Photo: Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

“The top three finishers were also the top three finishers from the last race (Tennessee Pass Night Jam),” reported Race Director Sterling Mudge. “Just in different (finish) order.”  So congrats to top contenders Brad Bingham, Cameron Chambers and Travis Brown. It was also great to see some of Leadville’s younger competitors from the high school’s Pbville Cycling Club get in some off season racing, which included Cheyenne Mendoza and Charlie Koch out on a single speed. For complete race results and times: LINK.

The next – and last – race in the series will be the East Side Epic on April 12. So if you haven’t joined in the fun this year, grab your fat tire bike and winter gear, and get out there.  With the current conditions and more snow on the way, the last race in this series should live up to its name: EPIC!Skin_Spac

Community Invited to School (Re)Naming Committee 

The Lake County School District is inviting community members to join a committee that will advise the Lake County School District Board of Education in naming schools in the district after the upcoming grade reconfiguration. Interested participants should be willing to commit to two evening committee meetings:  Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m., both at the middle school library.

Join the School Naming Committee and you can influence school names of the Lake County School District. What does the future hold for West Park Elementary School - a new name?

Join the School Naming Committee and you can influence the schools’ building names in the Lake County School District. What does the future hold for West Park Elementary School – a new name?

The committee will present recommendations around building naming to the Board of Education. The school board will make the final decision on building names.

Any community member interested in serving on the committee can contact Kate Bartlett, kbartlett@lakecountyschools.net, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 10. Alternatively, community members may submit the following information in person at the district office (107 Spruce St.) or by calling 719-486-6800 by this same deadline:

  • Name & preferred method of contact (email, phone number)
  • Affiliation(s) with the schools, e.g. parent, student, graduate, community member, employee (please include all relevant affiliations)
  • A short (1-3 sentence) answer to the question: “What do you think is most important for the Board to consider in the naming process?” 

The district will reply to those who have expressed interest on Tuesday, March 11. The school board and the district welcome the community’s input into and participation in the naming process.

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For it’s One, Two, Three . . . Needed for Baseball League!

It’s no secret that Leadville and Lake County folks love baseball. Locals like to play it and watch it – Go Rockies! So, if watching the spring training is spiking your baseball fever and you’ve got some extra time, please consider becoming a board member or volunteer for Skyline Baseball – the local youth league.

The Skyline League needs help keeping baseball a success. Board members and volunteers are needed. Please contact Mark Wadsworth at 970-485-9484 or Frank Martinez at 970-376-4785. You may also email the group directly at skylinebaseball@Ymail.com.

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