Leadville News – December 18

“Wonderful Life” Can Be Found at Twin Lakes

Mt Massive Sunrise Rogowski

While Mt Massive doesn’t have much snow on it for mid-December, those sunrise colors sure highlight the beauty of Colorado’s second highest peak! Photo: Jennifer B. Rogowski.

Twin Lakes Welcomes “This Wonderful Life” for Holiday Theater

Do you have someone who lives in Twin Lakes on your holiday shopping list? If so, and they love theater then consider buying a ticket to an upcoming performance. Mark the calendar for this wonderful holiday experience in the southern part of Lake County in the quaint village of Twin Lakes.

The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse will be the location of

The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse will be the location of “This Wonderful Life” Theater Presentation in Jan. 5.

“This Wonderful Life” the one-man show starring Jim Leaming will be presented at the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse (231 Lang) on January 5 at  7 p.m.  Relive the magical and heartwarming story of George Bailey and the effect his life has on others around him.  Jim brings to life George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Mary and others from the community of Bedford Falls.  Following the show, the bar at the Twin Lakes Inn will be open for approximately two hours.

Cost:  $20 per ticket ($15 for the cost of the show and the other $5 from each ticket is being donated to Friends of Twin Lakes).

How to get tickets:  Send an email to friendsoftwinlakes@gmail.com for an initial ticket reservation.  Space is limited to 52 seats per night due to occupancy restrictions. 

Mail your check or money order to Friends of Twin Lakes, 231 Lang St., Twin Lakes, CO  81251. The Friends will provide tickets at the show that you can use for tax records for the $5 donation on each ticket.

Slash Burns Underway at Morrison Creek, Near Twin Lakes

The U.S. Forest Service began several prescribed burn projects from the Arkansas Valley down into the San Luis Valley over the weekend, making for hazy skies, but some pretty magnificent sunrises and sets.  In the Leadville Ranger District the project involves burning slash piles in the Morrison Creek (FS Rd387) area.

Smoke may be present for several days after the piles have been ignited.  Fire personnel will monitor the piles until the fire is completely out.


Leadville’s Fuels Crew is burning slash piles in the Flume Creek area, at Twin Lakes.


The most effective method for removing slash piles is by igniting them when weather and conditions are conducive for burning, yet surrounding vegetation is less likely to spread from airborne sparks. For this reason, having snow on the ground is important for a successful burn.  The piles consist of woody debris from thinning or logging projects which removed hazardous fuels on U.S. Forest Service lands.  Burning these piles will further reduce the hazardous fuel buildup in these areas.

Ice Fishing Derby Feb 10 & 11 at Twin Lakes

One of Lake County’s favorite winter event is the Twin Lakes Ice fishing Derby, sponsored by the Leadville Rod and Gun Club. This annual event will mark two decades in 2018, as the competition plays out on the ice on February 10 & 11. The derby came back strong last year after a hiatus and re-organization, proving that there is a strong showing for winter anglers across the state. Of course, for locals it’s a great social outing after those long winter days.

The Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby also provides an economic shot in the arm for the southern portion of Lake County, which does not see much winter traffic as its western portal, Independence Pass is closed to vehicle traffic from the first significant snowfall until Memorial Day Weekend.

Ice-fishing enthusiasts from across Colorado will compete for cash and prizes. The event also has an active kids competition, training the next generation to use the ice auger! Readers can the 2018 application HERE. Contact Angelina (719) 293-0567 or Danny (719) 293-5057 for more information.


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