Latest News – September 11
** Breaking News **
Fatal Traffic Accident Closes Highway 24 South
Yesterday September 10 at 4:32 p.m. there was a fatal accident on Highway 24 at mile marker #190 south of Leadville between the County Road 10 turnoff (aka Sure Pretty Drive) and Highway 82 (turnoff to Twin Lakes).
According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper Tim Sutherland, a 60-year-old male from Denver was driving a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder heading westbound on Highway 24 when for “unknown reason” it went into the eastbound lane and hit a 2001 Ford Truck, pulling a trailer driven by a 70-year-old male from New Mexico, with a 54-year-old female passenger from New Mexico.
The driver of the Pathfinder was pronounced dead on scene according to Trooper Sutherland in an interview with Leadville Today.
The male from New Mexico sustained serious injuries and was transported via Flight for Life at the scene to a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. The female passenger from New Mexico was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville and eventually transported down to Denver for further medical treatment.
There was a third vehicle involved – a motorhome – however no injuries were sustained by anyone with that vehicle, add CSP Trooper Sutherland.
During the accident investigation traffic was re-routed around that section of Highway 24 via Highway 82 and County Road 10, but it re-opened at 10 p.m. that same night. Not all names of those involved in the fatal accident have been released from officials at the time of publication.
Leadville Polka Dance Benefits Churches – Oom-pah!
Next Saturday, Sept. 17 the Knights of Columbus will host a Polka Dance at the Leadville Elks Lodge. The Pete Dunda Band will be playing from 7 – 11 p.m. with proceeds benefitng local Catholic community programs.
“In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here. And when we are gone from here, our friends will be drinking all our beer!”
Quite frankly, if the classic polka song, ‘In Heaven There Is No Beer’ doesn’t get your hands clapping, and toes tapping, then you might just check your pulse. Because it’s time to strike up the band! But this isn’t just any old band it’s the one and only polka sensation: the Pete Dunda Band from Almont, Colo.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Polka Dance is being held in memory of Bill Skala, longtime Leadville resident and polka lover!
The dance will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at The Elks Lodge at 123 W. 5th Street in Leadville. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the door. The dance is a fundraiser for the Knights from Holy Family Catholic Parish In Leadville.
The Pete DundaBand offers a wide arrangement of music: Big Band, 1950s rock, swing, Latin, some country and of course POLKA!
That’s quite a diverse setlist. So, if you’re looking to put a bit of old world charm into your Leadville Saturday night, then grab your sweetheart and Oom-pah your way to the dance floor.