Monday News Round-Up from America’s Highest City
Panthers Last Chance Before State
By Danielle Ryan, Ski Coach
The Lake County High School Alpine team traveled to Loveland on March 2 for one last Slalom scrimmage before State Championships on the same hill March 11-12.
It was a small group representing the Panthers but those who showed skied well. Senior Cassidy Gillis and State qualifier led the group in 4th overall. Earning spots in the State Championships, Kiera King and Maya Nagel finished 10th and 13th, respectively. Lily Leddington will serve as an alternate for State and finished 16th. Clara Kirr finished 21st in the 1st run but skied out in the 2nd. Avery Milne finished out the pack in 24th place.
On the boys’ side, Jace Peters, a State Qualifier, led the team in 7th and Josiah Horning, a State alternate, finished 12th. Matt Cairns, already qualified for State, went for the win and had two very fast half runs before crashing in both runs. Troy Baker, newest to racing, missed some gates in the first run but finished the second run in 17th.
“Overall it was a great day for those who came,” said Coach Cairns. “The course set was very tough. It was an advanced set by the Loveland U19 FIS coach and the athletes had to work hard to ski fast and finish. It was also a great day to get a preview of the hill for State Championships next week.”
This week is the culmination in racing for Panther skiers. Nordic State Championships will take place Saturday, March 6th at Gold Run in Breckenridge, Skimeister Championships (those who ski alpine and nordic disciplines) are at Howelson Hill in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, March 9, and Alpine State Championships are at Loveland Ski Area with boys this Thursday, March 11, and the girls on Friday, March 12.
Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue Partners with CMC
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Leadville and Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue have had a strong relationship for a number of years, which has recently been further strengthened. In January 2021, CMC and the City of Leadville signed an intergovernmental agreement that will allow for an expansion of CMC’s Fire Academy I, to the benefit of students and taxpayers.
While Dan Dailey, LLCFR fire chief, and Sean Simon, operations chief, have been adjunct faculty in the college’s Fire Academy 1, this agreement allows Simon to take a larger role at the college. As a Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue city employee, he will now directly assist the college with program coordination and curriculum development for the campus’s fire academy, a semester-long course that certifies students with the basic skills necessary for firefighting careers.
“We are partnering to enhance the learning opportunities that we offer in fire and emergency services education by engaging Operations Chief Simon to be the lead instructor for our fire academy and to help shape the future of this type of training at CMC Leadville,” said Rachel Pokrandt, CMC vice president and dean of the college’s Leadville and Salida campuses.
Under the agreement, Simon will work directly with college staff to schedule and plan Fire Academy 1. He’ll recruit retired and current firefighters to become academy instructors, coordinate student interns, and procure college and fire rescue equipment and locations for on- and off-campus training.
“This partnership allows us to efficiently and effectively use taxpayer dollars, and to enhance educational experiences and emergency services,” said Pokrandt.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to build on our longstanding relationship with CMC and to improve our emergency service training options in Lake County,” said Simon.
For more information about visit the CMC Leadville Fire Academy.
Next Leadville Vaccination Phase Underway
Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), St. Vincent Health (SVH), Rocky Mountain Family Practice (RMFP) and Safeway are collaborating to deploy COVID-19 vaccinations for prioritized group 1B.3 beginning March 5, 2021. The prioritized group, 1B.3, consists of the 60 plus population and ages 16-59 (with 2 or more high-risk factors) plus frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture. High-risk conditions for phase 1B.3 are:
- Cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer)
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Diabetes Mellitus (Types 1 or 2)
- Down Syndrome
- Specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease)
- Obesity (BMI ? 30kg/m^2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Solid organ transplant
- Individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home
- People with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks
As vaccine supplies reach Lake County SVH and RMFP will call their 60- plus patients to schedule vaccination appointments. Anyone 60 or over can call to join a wait list at: St. Vincent Health (719) 486-0230, and Rocky Mountain Family Practice (719) 486-0500. Safeway is scheduling vaccinations through their website at www.Safeway.com/CovidClinic. Be advised if there is high traffic on the website you may need to retry. Additionally, SVH and RMFP are requesting that people 16 and older with 2 high-risk conditions fill out a form confirming their conditions. The PDF can be downloaded at www.st.vincent.health/COVID.
They can also request to have the form emailed to them, pick up a form at SVH or RMFP or request the form be mailed to them. Once they have completed the form, and returned it attesting to a minimum of 2 high-risk conditions, the medical offices will call them to schedule a vaccination appointment.
Phase 1B4, is anticipated to open in the end of March. This includes people age 50-plus, educators in higher education, and frontline workers: food/restaurant services, manufacturing, and US Postal Service. More information will be forthcoming about phase 1B4 and points of dispensing in Lake County. Anyone with questions about the vaccination related to their personal health should contact their primary care provider.
All Lake County residents are encouraged to receive the vaccine as it becomes available. COVID-19 vaccination can end the pandemic and save lives. Until vaccines are widely available, continue to avoid in-person interactions, physically distance from others, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask.
- 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)