Latest News – September 13
Twin Lakes Dam Gets Regular Maintenance Work
Here’s some news regarding the work being done out at the Twin Lakes Dam. But maybe the real story is the golden aspen color, starting to show off on the road to Independence Pass! Leaf Peeping Season has begun!
And now the official word on the dam work from Kara Lamb, Public Information Officer, Bureau of Reclamation:
“Some of you may notice people working on and around Twin Lakes Dam. We’re doing some maintenance up there this week. To accommodate the work, we’ve curtailed the release from Twin Lakes to Lake Creek and the Arkansas. Only about 14 cfs is currently passing through the dam.
Water that normally is released to the Arkansas from Twin Lakes is now being released from Sugarloaf Dam on Turquoise Reservoir. We are in the process of bumping up releases from Turquoise to Lake Fork Creek and the Arkansas. This morning, we bumped up to about 100 cfs. Around 12:30 this afternoon, we’ll bump up again to about 120 cfs.
We anticipate the 120 cfs from Sugarloaf to Lake Fork Creek and the Arkansas will continue through the weekend, but that could change depending on how much rain we get. Both Twin and Turquoise reservoirs are currently more than 80% full.
Motorcycle Cannonball Run in Leadville on Monday
Next Monday, Sept. 15, Leadville will host over one hundred, pre-1937 antique motorcycles as the Transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball Run rolls into town at about 10:30 a.m.
Included in the impressive lineup of antique bikes will be some lesser-known marques such a 1923 Ner-a-car, a Sokol 1000, and a Sunbeam m9. The group will include Harley-Davidsons, Indians, Hendersons, BMWs, Moto Guzzis, Moto Freras, as well as a Rudge and a Brough Superior. This will truly be a sight to behold as the brave entourage makes its way across America on motorcycles rarely seen outside of museums. See the 2014 route:LINK.
A lunch stop in Leadville will be one of several opportunities for the public to meet the Motorcycle Cannonball riders and view their classic machines. The 105 antique motorcycles will be parked next to Western Hardware Antiques, on a closed portion of W. 5th Street from Harrison Ave down to the entrance to the Elks Lodge. They will be parked for the duration of the rider’s lunch stop and available to look at from 10:30 a.m. until Noon next Monday.
The Leadville Elks Lodge #236, 123 W. 5th Street, will serve brunch for the riders and crew, from 10:30am to Noon for $7/per person. The public is also welcome to attend.
The continent-wide event is not a race, but will be a timed test of both the rider’s endurance abilities, and the roadworthiness of their respective machines, as they navigate non-Interstate roads across the nation. After a total of some 3,936-miles, riders will get the checkered flag on Sunday, Sept. 21 in Tacoma, Wash.
Complete information about the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, including route details, promoted events, and daily scores during the run is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.