Latest News – May 20

Jennifer Brown Welcoem Lake County Winter

Welcome! Welcome to Lake County! It just may feel like we’re giving you the cold shoulder in Leadville Today, but that’s just a spring storm bringing more water for rafting, and fishing, and kayaking, and paddle-boarding! Thanks to LT Contributor Jennifer B. Rogowski Photography for the icing-on-the-cake photo!

FREE Smoke Detectors Installed Memorial Weekend

Leadville Fire and Rescue and the Red Cross will be installing free smoke detectors in the Leadville area Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado will provide the smoke alarms and together with volunteers from Leadville Fire and Rescue and other groups will provide the installation. They will test existing alarms and replace the batteries or the smoke alarm depending on the need. There is also an education component to the install with the entire installation requiring around 15 minutes.

“We hope to install 300 to 500 alarms on those two days,” said Fire Marshal Steve Boyle. “We are hoping that the smoke alarms and the education effort will make our community safer when it comes to home fire safety.

  • What: Home Fire Campaign – Free smoke alarm installation
  • Where: Leadville Area
  • When: Friday, May 26 and Friday, May 27th from 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Point of Contact: Fire Marshal Steve Boyle, 719-486-2990 –

If you are in need of new smoke alarms, or if you are someone willing to volunteer to help with the installation/education event please contact Fire Marshall Steve Boyle. 

Red Cross_2About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Summer Travel Plans? Need A Passport?

The Leadville Post Office will be hosting a Passport Fair today Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Leadville Postmaster Greg Sandoval

“We will process passports on a first come first serve basis,” stated Leadville Postmaster Greg Sandoval. It seems that the other passport offices have been experiencing a backlog, so Sandoval chose to provide this service to Lake County residents as an added benefit.

 On May 20, the regular window hours will close at 11 a.m. and re-open to strictly issue passports. Please make sure you have a certified US birth certificate or naturalization certificate and a Colorado Picture ID. For minors both parents must be present with ID’s unless you have sole custody of the child then documentation is needed. Please have your application completely filled out.

If you need a picture, postal employees will be available to take passport photos for a $15 fee. The processing fee for each passport is $25. This will be paid to the Leadville Post Office. Here are the options and fees. These fees are to be made out to Department of State and they will only accept only a check or money order:

  • A passport book for adults is $110.
  • A passport card for adults is $30.
  • A passport book for minors under 16 years old is $80.
  • A passport card for minors under 16 years old is $15.

Please contact your Leadville Post Office with any questions. 719-486-9397 or in person at 130 W. 5th Street

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