Celebrating Public Employees & Lands
From the People to the Parks
It’s back on track in Leadville Today after a few information highway hiccups and technology upgrades. So it’s a bit of hodgepodge news -you-can-use from America’s highest city. First, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms this Sunday, May 10. May everyone enjoy the day in a safe, responsible manner.
Second, while it officially ends today, LT celebrates Public Service Recognition Week, especially in these COVID-19 challenging times. Since 1985, the first week of May is set aside to honor the men and women who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. And in Lake County, that’s A LOT of people! Thanks to all the folks who keep things running in this special mountain community! Keep up the good works!
Leadville Workforce Center Shines Bright
In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, it’s three cheers for the incredibly helpful team at the Leadville Workforce Center. When you think about it, Leadville is pretty fortunate to have a dedicated branch of the Colorado Workforce Center right here in town, located on the CMC Campus (currently closed to in-person visits unless by specific appointment). Of course, their resources and programs are helpful but when it comes to staff both Sue Miller and Kim Rodriguez are invaluable assets as the business community navigates another significant workforce transition. In recent weeks, many LT readers have made special mention of their knowledge and patience. They are not only assisting employees through the unemployment claim process but also addressing concerns from small business owners as they try to figure out what Summer 2020 staffing is going to look like in Lake County.
Thank you to Sue, Kim and the rest of the Team Leadville at the Colorado Workforce Center. You are a true example of what Governor Jared Polis speaks about in his official proclamation honoring all public service employees in Colorado!
“State of Colorado employees play a vital role in helping Colorado run, through the invaluable services they provide. We are proud of our State workforce and humbled by the dedication and sacrifice of all State workers, especially right now as we commit to helping all of Colorado get through the COVID 19 pandemic. Gov. Polis recognizes the first full week in May as Public Service Recognition Week to honor all State employees. Thank you for your service to the State of Colorado. When it is safe to do so, the State will formally recognize state employees in the event usually scheduled for this week.”
Learn to Hunt Webinar Series
COVID-19 and its impacts on how information is shared isn’t just affecting the classroom, but also how residents learn and interact in the great outdoors. In fact for rural residents, the new virtual reality of online meetings and programs offers a greater opportunity to participate in these state-run classes, avoiding risky travel as well as large crowds.
And so it goes for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). If you’re still looking for something to do for your homeschooling students, or just want to catch up on what’s new, here’s next week’s line up from CPW.
Interested in learning how to hunt but not sure where to start? Know someone who might benefit from some hunting tips and tricks? We’re here to help with our upcoming Learn to Hunt webinar series, Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
- Understanding Hunt Statistics – May 14 – Learn how to use the free hunt statistics in planning your future big game hunts. Make the most of your draw applications and leftover license options.
- Field Scouting – May 21 – Time spent in the field before your season starts can pay off in hunter success. Let’s talk about making a reasonable plan to get started.
- Big Game Hunting Tactics – May 28 – We will discuss three hunting tactics to try in the field and when you might want to try them.
- Secondary Draw, Leftover Licenses, and OTC Licenses – June 4 – New to Colorado in 2020 is the Secondary Draw. Let’s talk about how this works, as well as leftover and over the counter options for this coming fall.
- Hunt Mentors and Hunt Community – June 11 – A challenge to new hunters, or hunters new to Colorado, is finding people to hunt with. We will discuss opportunities to find mentors and fellow hunters.
While the virtual reality will continue until early June with programs like these, unfortunately, the real Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. Agency staff is working on a reopening plan, but ask visitors to State Parks to remain flexible in their travel plans as they navigate a very uncertain time. Readers can get updates HERE.
Public Lands Day: Virtual for 2020
In other public lands news, Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan is making plans for this year’s #COPublicLandsDay. Back in 2016, Colorado made history by passing legislation to establish the first state holiday in the country to celebrate public lands. Colorado’s public lands are a foundational part of the Colorado lifestyle, and the growing state economy, making them the centerpiece of this monumental state holiday that falls on the third Saturday of May! This year, the challenge is to celebrate Colorado’s public lands, while also maintaining responsible social distancing. As a result, #COPublicLandsDay is going virtual and the week of May 11-May 16 will be filled with educational webinars, community conversations, and film screenings.
Join the celebration by sharing on social media and using #COPublicLandsDay and #WaitingtoCO to share how you’re celebrating while staying home and social distancing! Some of the virtual events this week include panels from partners like Conservation Colorado, Sierra Club, Environment Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Mountain Club, and more.
- Conservation Colorado will host a panel “Beyond a Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous People and Public Lands” on May 11, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more information about this panel click here.
- Sierra Club will host a Public Lands Day Trivia night for a fun and educational event on May 13, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. You can learn more and attend the event here.
- Senator Donovan will be speaking on a panel hosted by Environment Colorado on May 12 and sharing about her work as a legislator and advocate for public lands in Colorado.
When: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
How to Join: Register for the event HERE!
Learn more about all the virtual events for the week
Passing the Virtual Offering Plate
It’s said that faith can move mountains. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving the church collection plate, the Coronavirus has the baskets in storage and waiting as Leadville’s Catholic community had to close its pews to services in April. While present-day discussions could result in an upcoming Mass, via car-service in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Church, there’s no official word as of now.
Of course, regular services offer more than just the religious sacraments, providing many social/mental/emotional benefits, as well as the chance to pass the collection plate, monies that keep the day-to-day operations going. The local Catholic community provides Leadville with a host of services from youth programs (Our Lady of Guadalupe Dancers) to marriage ceremonies to baptisms and beyond. The Parish also operates one of Leadville’s four designated food banks. They own and operate the Annunciation Church at Poplar and E. 7th Streets and St. Joseph’s Church at James and w. 2nd Streets.
During the summertime, these historic churches – both of which have undergone significant renovations in recent years – provide a unique perspective into Leadville’s past, harvesting generous contributions from visitors and tourists in the exchange. That will be different in the Summer of 2020. Fr. Rafael Rico-Torres wanted to pass along the following message to the parish members and Leadville community:
“Your weekly support is needed and appreciated. During this difficult time in our history it is especially important that we keep our two beautiful and historical churches open. We cannot make it without your support. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the parish office (609 Poplar Street, Leadville, CO 80461). You can also use on-line giving on our web page: holyfamilyleadville.com. God will carry us through any trial….we need to continue to keep our eyes fixed on Him!”
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dancers