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Commissioner candidates discuss their visions Continued from page 3 do my part for the community.” Elliott said the most important thing Leadville can do is focus on sustainability, which includes making annual sizeable contributions to the county’s Mine Closure Fund. “That’s one of the things every business owner learns, is that if you make an invest-

ment, it has to be sustainable,” Elliott said. Swyers said he plans to focus on economic development, and said one of his ideas was to bring the 10th Mountain Division back to Lake County. “Bring the 10th Mountain Division here,” Swyers said. “And I mean the military division. Not at Fort Carson, or Camp Hale, but here, perhaps up at the Black Hawk as a

base.” Tina Tekansik brought up her previous experience working as Lake County’s public trustee and said she would bring those skills to the position. “My job duties then was collecting our monies,” Tekansik said. “And if I’m elected it’ll be a turn around and I’ll be spending monies.” Rohn Bertolas said, despite

expectations, he didn’t know many people at the assembly. “I was going to put in my note that most of you know me,” Bertolas said. “But I need to tell you, I hardly know anybody anymore in this town.” Bertolas said he would focus on bringing an industry to Leadville as a way to bolster economic growth. “But not the marijuana industry,” Bertolas said.

The Republican caucus Turnout was also high for the Lake County Republican Caucus on March 1. There were about 100 members in attendance, Lake County Republican Secretary Rhonda Huggins said. No presidential straw poll was taken, and no Republicans have declared for county commissioner.

Conditions Sunday said to be perfect for skijoring Continued from page 2 Joring America, had been around since 1996. “We feel we always had the best safety record. If you look at other skijoring events around the country, you’ll see that,” Jason Dahl said. “We always had a hard time stomaching someone else, who is unorganized and inefficient, coming in and telling us what to do.” Jason Dahl said a veterinarian was on-site for the two days of the event, but would not clarify if the veterinarian was contracted by Leadville Ski Joring. Dahl also said there was no outside individual independent of the event who approved course conditions, but rather the event depended on the riders’ feedback. One of those riders, Tim McCarthy, evaluated the course Saturday morn-

by Cara Russell Chamber Executive Director This quarter’s member s p o t l i g ht i s o n K at hy Blackford, the chamber’s newest board member. Kathy may be the latest to be appointed to the chamber board, but she is certainly not new to the chamber. She served in that role many years ago and is excited to be involved with the chamber on a deeper level again. She appreciates the networking that the chamber provides, and the events it hosts, especially the BBQ and Brew Fest. She’s eager to see the s u cce s s o f l a s t ye a r ’s barbecue be repeated and improved this June. Kathy has been in the banking industry for 23 years – and 19 of them have been with Peoples Bank in Leadville. She was born and raised here, got married to her husband, Michael, here and raised four kids here. She says she’d love

ing with a measuring stick and said it was an almost perfect course. “As far as I’m concerned, they did everything right,” McCarthy said. “I let my daughter ride on that course. I would never do that if I thought it wasn’t safe.” McCarthy said despite this, considerations should be made to determine if the event should be held earlier in the day to help preserve the course. Greg Dahl said despite the tragedy on Saturday, the event was perfect on Sunday. It was symbolic, he said, for how the event has to move on from this in years to come. “Today we did; we had a beautiful race. The track was good. The horses loved it. The skiers loved it. They were getting big air,” Greg Dahl said Sunday afternoon. “When something negative happens, you have to push through it and get to the positive.”

to see the momentum continue to build for the recreation opportunities in the area, because we have so much to offer that other areas don’t. When asked what she thinks has made some businesses here thrive when others have failed, Kathy advised business owners not to grow too big, too quickly. “ They should get comfortable filling a niche,” she said. “Do business within your means and focus on growing at a more organic pace.” On a separate note, the chamber suggests you mark your calendars for some upcoming “can’t miss” events. Our casino night will be held on May 14 at the Elks Lodge at 7 p.m., the BBQ and Brew Fest is scheduled for June 24 and 25, and the Victorian Homes Tour will be held on the afternoon of Dec. 3. We need volunteers for all of these events and would love your help!

Photo by Stephanie Wagner

Turbo continues down Harrison Avenue solo after losing rider T.J. Simmons and skier Cody Ehlenfeldt in a crash on the course Saturday afternoon. Turbo took a hard right on West Fourth Street and headed to his trailer at the Elks Lodge.


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