Latest News – August 29
Driver’s License Office Open Three Days a Week
Smile! And say hello to Grace Smith-Sodic, who has been appointed as the New Driver’s License Clerk for Lake County. After extensive training (does that include taking good pictures?) Smith is now available to assist local residents with their driver’s license needs.
The office – which is located off the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the courthouse – will be open 3 days a week, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The office can renewal licenses, out of state transfers, written motorcycle and drivers tests for instruction permits, duplicate minor licenses, add medical to CDLs, and add motorcycle endorsement.
“We cannot do any issuances for CDLs, or I-94, or EADS visas from the Leadville office,” explained Smith. “Those customers will need to go to a state office.”
Smith is a native of Leadville and is looking forward to serving Lake County residents in her new position.
Meet New Staff at Leadville/Lake County Airport
Ladies and Gentleman, this is your pilot speaking. Please prepare to be introduced to the new staff at the Leadville/Lake County Airport!
Levi Brown has been named Manager at America’s Highest Airport. Brown originally hails from Kansas, where he got most of his training and education. Brown holds a piloting degree from Kansas State University, and has also secured his certificated member status for airport management from Metro State University in Denver. His aviation career started as a commercial pilot.
“I enjoyed it, but you never know where you’re going to be at night,” says Brown. “And the pay isn’t as good as people might imagine it would be.” From there, he went on to do some aviation teaching, as well as time as a charter pilot, flying those big, fast jets around in Kansas.
Brown had originally applied for the Airport Manager position back in 2012. “I didn’t get it, so I went back to school and got my degree in aviation management,” explains Brown.
He also adds marketing to his list of credentials, which should come in handy as operations expand and the Leadville Airport grows it list of services offered at the facility. Brown is single and is looking forward to living the mountain life.
Zach Dawson is no stranger to Leadville, but is excited to be working up at the airport as the new Operations Technican. Dawson was born in Colorado, but spent most of his youth in the farming and ranching fields of Montana.
He eventually came back to Colorado, graduating from high school in Boulder, after which he headed up to the mountains to pursue his love of skiing. After years of tallying as many ski days as possible in a season, a skiing accident slowed down his outdoors adventure, and Dawson set his sights on aviation, securing his helicopter license in the Pacific Northwest.
“I decided I like the sun and headed back to Colorado,” says Dawson, referring to the rainy reputation of the Pacific Northwest. Like Brown, Dawson had applied for positions at the airport before and was called back this July to re-interview for the position of Airport Operations Technician. Dawson has also completed Colorado Mountain College’s Fire Academy class, taught by Captain Simon of the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue.
Dawson is an outdoor-lover and while he still likes to ski, he now looks at the “quality, not quantity” of his days on the slopes. Personally, a long-term relationship, a couple of dogs, and the love of the outdoor recreation keep Dawson busy during his off-time.
Flight & Flapjacks at Airport’s Annual Breakfast
The Leadville/Lake County Airport will host its 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fly-In/Drive-In, on Saturday, September 27 from 8 – 10:30 a.m.
The new airport staff, as well as many others from the Lake County Public Works Department, will be serving up a hearty breakfast for $6/per person.
If you love airplanes and airports, or if you haven’t been up to the Leadville/Lake County Airport in a while, this is a great time to check out all of the upgrades and meet the new staff. There will be plenty of aircrafts “Flying-In” for the breakfast, most of which you could get a look at up close – something people don’t get too much opportunity to do in a post-911 world. So mark the calendar, and Leadville Today will give you another “gate call” as the date draws nearer.
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