National Food Inspectors to Descend Upon Leadville
Attention all you food servers, bartenders and local eateries, this Tuesday and Wednesday there will be 50 extra special sets of “white gloves” in Leadville as a gathering of environmental health inspectors come together for some training in the Cloud City.
“We are about to make a new record,” stated Jackie Littlepage, Director of Environmental Health/Health Inspector with the Lake County Public Health Agency, as she explained that Leadville will have almost 50 environmental health specialists and inspectors in a class room at one time. The group will be in town this week, tomorrow and Thursday (June 17 & 18) as part of a 2 day Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) food emergencies training class. Lake County was chosen to host the national event, which will not be back to Colorado for many years.
“I am super excited about this opportunity for my fellow environmental health inspectors from around the state to come and visit our town,” stated Littlepage.
The free FEMA course presented by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University is part of the Department of Homeland Security National Training Program, providing responders with training on all-hazards food emergency response procedures. This training helps county retail food inspection programs meet state and federal training standards.
So, all you restaurateurs best be in top form. Littlepage reminds workers to “check your food temperatures, sweep your floors, wipe down your tables, wash your hands, and please do not let employees work when they are ill. You never know who is a health inspector and who is not, so treat everyone with the same kindness.”
Friends of Fish Hatchery Meet, Clean on Saturday
A meeting reminder for the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery that the annual members’ meeting and work party is being held this Saturday, June 20 at the fish hatchery.
It’s a light-hearted morning with good fellowship.
All volunteers welcome, so if you love the hatchery, come lend a hand. This is a child friendly event.
Here’s the schedule:
- 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Morning work party (meet in the parking lot). Bring gloves, hat, water, and sunscreen or rain jacket, depending—most chores will be “light duty”
- Noon – 12:30 p.m.- Potluck lunch (grill will be available). Bring a dish to share
- 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Annual Meeting held through lunch.
Golden Burro to Host Grandee’s Western Art Exhibit
As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Golden Burro is hosting an exhibit by nationally acclaimed Western artist Joe Ruiz Grandee, June 19 – 21, in historic downtown Leadville.
Grandee’s paintings have graced the covers of Cowboy Legends, Frontier Times, True West, Old West, The Westerner, Wild West and American Cowboy magazines. He was designated the first official Texas state artist in 1971, was the first Western artist to exhibit his works in the U.S. Capitol by invitation and was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2012.
The exhibit will be set up in the main dining area of the Golden Burro Cafe and Lounge, with representatives on site from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Golden Burro, located at 710 Harrison Avenue, will serve prime rib and BBQ baby back ribs, in addition to its regular menu, beginning at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Contact Dave Wright, 719-486-1239, for more information.