The People In Your Neighborhood
Postal Food Drive Restocks Pantries
It looks like the Leadville postal staff hit another high note during the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11. But ultimately, they know it’s a tune they couldn’t even play without backup from the local community. So, kudos to citizens of the 80461 for helping to restock local food pantries.
“Leadville is awesome!” said Leadville Postmaster Greg Sandoval reporting that the Leadville postal team broke their former collection record, pulling in a total of 3120 pounds of food during last Saturday’s event. Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
Postal customers are asked to place their bag next to their mailbox. The carriers do the rest. The food is then sorted, weighed and delivered to area food banks, where it is available for needy families. All of last Saturday’s donations collected in Leadville will go directly to local food pantries, including the Lake County Senior Citizens Center, First Presbyterian Church, and St. George Church. This year, a special thank you goes to Safeway which gave a generous donation to help Team 80461 make 2019 a record year.
“It warms my heart to know that our community is so generous and willing to help each other,” said Sandoval. “On behalf of the entire Leadville Post Office Staff we would like to say THANK YOU!”
Turquoise Lake Road Open For Season.
The Turquoise Lake Road, known formally as County Roads 4, 9 and 9c are officially open for the season as of 9 a.m. in Leadville Today, May 15. According to Lake County Public Works Director Brad Palmer, road and bridge crews got the job done even though conditions were particularly challenging after a snowy winter.
“Some of the guys were saying they’d never seen that much snow on the Sugar Loaf Dam at this point in May,” said Palmer. Crews also reported considerable slide activity and road damage at the historic trouble spot along the south side of the lake (County Road 4) just before the Hagerman Pass turnoff. While the road is now open to the public, users are asked to use caution and respect speed limits along this rough lake road.
It’s also a good time to report that the 2019 county budget does not have any funds dedicated to road patching or paving. Not one dime for the 360 (lane) miles the Public Works Department maintains. In fact, according to public records, half a million dollars was cut from the road and bridge budget in 2019.
“Some of these things, we’re just going to have to do regardless of what the budget says,” reported Palmer when the recent patching of County Road 99 came into focus.
Leadville Today received reports that officials with the Colorado State Patrol issued a fix-it-or-close-it order concerning this heavily used northern portal in Lake County. Lake County crews did the patchwork. But what will happen to that main thoroughfare come June is still up for question in light of shifting budgetary priorities at the courthouse. Stay tuned, roads are going to be the hot topic this summer, especially after last winter’s historic snow!
Xcel Begins Service Replacement Program
If you haven’t caught wind of this upcoming project which is already underway in the West Park subdivision, no doubt you will. While officials meet in Leadville Today to flush out the details, residents in this area should be prepared for what Xcel Energy officials are describing on their website as “The Residential Gas Service Replacement Program (which) will result in the replacement of 600 linear miles of natural gas pipeline throughout Colorado.” And West Park is on the list!
Approximately one week before work starts, residents and businesses within a one block area of the construction will receive a door-hanger describing what to expect during construction and a letter from the contractor that includes a 24/7 contact phone number for that project. If there is natural gas construction in your area and you did not receive a door hanger, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also call us at 800-895-4999.
When Leadville Today receives the official media statement from Xcel after today’s gathering it will be posted. In the meantime, initial reports indicate that residents should expect disruptions with meters, sidewalks and yes, it sounds like they will be cutting into that new million-dollar-roadway known as Mt Massive Drive!
Here, Fishy, Fishy . . . Friends!
No doubt, that summer calendar is already starting to fill in. Here are a couple more notices from the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery (FLNFH )regarding upcoming activities.
- Thursday, May 23 – Pathways to Fishing is an event held cooperatively by the hatchery, the Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and the Friends. It is an educational and outdoor event for all Lake County 5th grade students who will spend the morning touring stations to learn about trout life cycle, aquatic entomology, knot tying, casting, leave no trace camping, etc. They then walk to the picnic ground and have a hot dog lunch hosted by the Friends. The Friends are presently looking for volunteers to assist with this event. They will need people from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 1p.m. If you can help with set-up and cooking for the Pathways picnic, please contact Judy Cole, Secretary, FLNFH at email@example.com.
- Saturday, June 8, is the date of the annual membership meeting for the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery.
Here is a schedule for the day:
- 8:30 a.m. – work “day” (mostly light activities around the hatchery).
- 10:30 a.m. – potluck brunch, at which the Friends will provide coffee and juice.
- 11 a.m. – annual members’ meeting.
- 12 p.m. – board meeting.
The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the hatchery and its historical significance, promote conservation ethics through education, improve outdoor recreational opportunities, and enhance the facilities for community events. Remember, federal facilities like the hatchery have found themselves on the budgetary chopping block back in Washington DC in recent years, so consider supporting their efforts with your time, money or other resources to assure that this educational and recreational treasure continues to thrive in Leadville Today.