Leadville News – March 26

First Ascent Rises Above Youth Leadership Programs

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First Ascent Youth Leadership combines outdoor challenges with a unique leadership curriculum. At a 2016 First Ascent team-building exercise at Colorado Mountain College Leadville’s ropes course, students balance on two-by-fours. Maggie Friemel, in pink T-shirt, and Spencer Ellsperman, far right, attempt to position a third board for the team to stand on. This year, students will attend the youth leadership program July 8-13. Applications are due in April. Photo Matt Lit

The First Ascent Youth Leadership program is now accepting applications for its free, week-long course at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville.

This outdoor experiential course is now in its 23rd year, and is for students entering ninth and 10th grade in the fall of 2018. Dates this year run from Sunday, July 8, through Friday, July 13.

The program is available to students living in the six counties of the Colorado Mountain College district: Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin, Summit and part of Routt. Recommendations from a counselor, teacher or other adult are due at the end of April. To be considered for this summer’s program, by April 13 applicants must submit the name and email address of the person who will recommend them.


Colorado Mountain College in Leadville will host the First Ascent Youth Leadership Program in July.

First Ascent teaches leadership, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and communication. During the weeklong program, students live at Colorado Mountain College’s residential hall in Leadville, and build self-esteem through challenges such as rock climbing, summiting Mount Elbert and rafting the Arkansas River.

This year, the program will accept 35 successful students who show potential to be leaders. Counselors and staff are graduates of the program; students completing First Ascent can return to work as staff during future summers.

For more information and to apply, connect HERE or contact First Ascent’s program director, Katia Curbelo-Del Valle, at 970-947-8357 or outreach@coloradomtn.edu.

Holy Week Commences in Leadville Today

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Holy Week began for Catholics on Palm Sunday at Holy Family Parish in Leadville as Father Rafael Torres-Rico and Deacon Tony Werckman initiated the procession into the historic Annunciation Church for Mass. CLICK to connect with their Facebook Page.

Democratic Assembly Takes Place Tonight

A reminder to registered Democrats in Lake County that the Lake County Democratic Assembly takes place in Leadville Today. Join the fun of politics at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. The event begins at 6 p.m. and gives attendees the opportunity to hear from Lake County’s leading political party and the party’s candidates for the six county offices which are up for election this November 2018.


The Lake County Democratic Assembly takes place at 6 p.m. in Leadville Today.

At this meeting delegates elected at their precinct caucuses will convene to designate candidates to the primary ballot, and elect delegations to congressional assemblies and the Colorado Democratic Party State Assembly. They may also consider resolutions to the county party platform. The assembly is open to the public, but only delegates elected at caucus and receiving an official call may vote.

Check-in Time For Those Currently Serving

It’s time to check in and see how those elected in 2016 are doing. In this Leadville Today video from the 2016 Democratic Assembly current Lake County Commissioner Sarah Mudge outlines what issues are important to her and what she planned on working towards.

Mudge ran unopposed in the general election after securing the primary vote. Has she met the goals she set out to achieve? Listen in and find out!

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