New Ranger for Leadville Forest District
Leadville District Gets 4-Month Ranger
In a media advisory released today from the United States Forest Service (USFS), Forest and Grassland Supervisor Diana Trujillo has selected Jace Ratzlaff to serve as the Acting Leadville District Ranger. Ratzlaff comes to the Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) with extensive background from the Rocky Mountain Regional Office where he has served as the Legislative Affairs and Secure Rural Schools Coordinator for the past six years.
Ratzlaff began his career with the Forest Service on the PSICC in 2009.
“It’s great to return to the PSICC,” said Ratzlaff, who served as a Public Affairs Specialist in Pueblo from 2009 to 2011. “I’m looking forward to engaging the citizens, partners and leadership in this community so that we can better serve the national forest and its users.”
Ratzlaff will be filling a four-month, temporary assignment in Leadville, Colorado and assumed his post on March 11. Ratzlaff becomes the fourth person to hold the Leadville Forest Ranger position in one year, replacing the last four-month temporary acting ranger Max Forgensi who was appointed to serve in December 2018. Further up the chain, the federal agency doesn’t show much more stability, with Trujillo being the third appointee to serve as Forest and Grassland Supervisor in a year’s time, replacing Erin Connelly who departed in August, 2018.
Veterans Memorial Inscription Deadline: April 5
It might seem a little out of the ordinary to be talking about Memorial Day in the middle of March, but there’s a good reason for it. Friday, April 5 is the deadline to submit an application for engraving on the memorial in order to be complete by the 2019 Memorial Day Weekend Services.
This is an opportunity to honor those who served with a name engraving on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque. Families from Leadville, Lake County and across the United States can add the name of any veteran deceased or living to the south plaque.
In order to have the plaque readied by Memorial Day 2019, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by March 31, 2018. Please consider an engraving or a simple, straight-up donation by contacting Brad Palmer at 719-207-1380 or mailing a check to Lake County Veteran Memorial, PO Box 952, Leadville, CO 80461. To download an application: CLICK.
Father Dyer Race Canceled for 2019
It was announced in Leadville Today that the April 6 the Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race has been canceled for this year. In a letter from the Race Director Tony Goldstein, the reasons for the cancellation are noted as “Due to an overwhelming accumulation of setbacks, I am no longer capable of providing the fun, safe, and value-packed race experience that has been offered in the past.”
The backcountry event traces the route of Father Dyer a Methodist preacher, and Leadville’s best “circuit rider” as he delivered cherished postal letters from home over the mountains, he crossed 13,000 foot Mosquito Pass several times per week in a variety weather conditions. More formally known as John Lewis Dyer, this Minnesota minister became the legendary “Snowshoe Itinerant” when he brought his message to Colorado.
The postal route takes racers up 3 peaks over 12,000′ including Centennial 13er Dyer Mountain (13,855’) and involves three demanding backcountry ski lines. While the historic snowfall certainly would have contributed to the race’s cancellation, organizers provided no insight into the other setbacks. All registered teams will have their entry fees fully refunded no later than the originally scheduled race date, April 6, 2019. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.
In conclusion, Goldstein added, “We are considering a revamped race and course for Spring of 2020, and hope that we can welcome you all back to Leadville next year.”
Guess the mail isn’t getting through this winter! At least not through this historic postal route!