Leadville News – February 6

Cell Service Connected: Fremont Pass to Leadville

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GOOD NEWS for Highway 91 commuters and travelers!! The new Verizon cell phone tower located atop Fremont Pass at the Climax Mine has been officially “plugged in” to Leadville Today. This communications upgrade will provide cell service from Fremont Pass into Leadville. Yesterday, emergency personnel, including deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tested the service – with success! Leadville Today readers also tested the new service and reports indicate 4G reception at the top of Fremont Pass. It’s good to know that travelers will be able to communicate quicker, especially since this area sees its share of accidents. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Sunday Fun Day at the Leadville Fish Hatchery

For many visitors and locals, thoughts of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery are generally ignited during the fair-weather months. Summertime at the hatchery brings new aquatic life with full lakes and greenery along well-worn paths. And the hatchery’s fall foliage is something quite spectacular, bringing thousands back to the area year after year.


From snowshoeing and skiing to roasting marshmallows for s’mores, it’s Winter Fun Day at the Leadville Fish Hatchery this Sunday! Photo: Friends of the Fish Hatchery.

However, this national historic site looks just as good in its winter whites, and this Sunday there will be a special opportunity to enjoy the local treasure. Join the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery for a guided outing, Winter Fun Day at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery on February 11 at 1 p.m. 

Participants can choose whether to snow shoe, cross country ski, or walk depending on snow conditions. They should have their own equipment, water for hydrating during the excursion, and appropriate clothing for conditions.

Gather in the hatchery parking lot at 1 p.m. to get organized before heading out on the jaunt. Afterwards, meet at a campfire to enjoy hot drinks and s’mores provided by the Friends of the Hatchery. Contact Judy Cole at 719-293-1829 for additional information.

Also Hatchery lovers should be sure to tune in tomorrow for a special post about the new building going up at the hatchery, including some time-lapse images taken along the way. This is a building that the community can really be proud of – wait until you see it! And then make plans to go and see it yourself on Sunday, Feb. 11. The Leadville National Fish Hatchery is located at 2846 Hwy 300. Head south out of Leadville, keep an eye out for the little red schoolhouse and turn right at Saturday’s Discount store onto Hwy 300, taking it straight out to the facility..

New Building Nears Completion at Hatchery

If you’re a frequent visitor to the Leadville National Fish Hatchery then you have probably seen the new building going up out at one of Leadville’s favorite spots. Be sure to tune into Leadville Today tomorrow to read the full report including time lapsed photos and video plus an interview with Ed Stege about what the new structure’s purpose will be – and that’s no #FishTale.

Hatchery New Building

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post to read the story about the new building being erected at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Nordic Teams Place Third in Aspen Race

By Coach Jeff Spencer

This past Saturday, Feb 3, the Middle School Nordic teams headed to Aspen for their final Skate race of the season. The course was a hilly technical course that tested the skiers’ endurance and technique against a competitive field of skiers.

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Matt Cairnes with the Lake County Middle School Nordic Team tucks in on a downhill. Photo: Coach Jeff Spencer

In the boys race, Jace Peters finished in 4th place overall. Roan Varble and Matt Cairnes were the next two Panthers to finish (finishing in 12th and 14th, respectively). As 6th graders, both Josiah Horning and Hunter Dee came very close to finishing in the top half of a competitive 6th-8th grade field of skiers. The boys team finished in 3rd place overall, behind Aspen and Vail, and six points ahead of the Summit County team.

The top Panther finishers for the girls were Adele and Rose Horning. With an exciting finish, Adele finished just a tenth of a second ahead of her sister Rose (finishing 6th and 7th overall). Rose had a great race in spite of losing a pole basket early on. Elona Greene and Morgan Holm also looked very tough, finishing 9thand 10th respectively. In their final skate race of their debut Nordic season, 6th graders Rosalyn Cope and Brynna Lenhard showed great improvement with their skate form, finishing in 18th and 24th place.

with the Lake County Middle School Nordic Team

The girls team finished in 3rd place overall, with 4 of the girls finishing in the top 10 of the field. The girls finished just 4 points behind Aspen, 5 points behind Summit, and 5 points ahead of East Grand. Assistant Coach Christine Horning commented on how far the teams’ technique has come this season and can’t wait to see what the Panthers do in their next race. The Middle School Nordic Team’s final race of the season will take place on February 17 in Minturn, Colo. Go Panthers!


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