Weekly Announcements

Saturday January 19th, 2013
Updates and Member Promotions

More Traffic Expected for Holiday Weekend


DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic this weekend, especially in mountainous areas, as people take advantage of the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
            “This is the time of year, we really start seeing the traffic numbers go up, especially on Interstate 70 west of Denver, primarily because more people are taking advantage of Colorado’s wonderful winter outdoor activities,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tony DeVito.  “With the snowiest month ahead of us combined with a few three-day weekends and spring break, motorists can expect significantly more traffic on the mountain highways, not just this weekend, but through the end of March.”
            Traffic on I-70 west typically increases on the Friday prior to the MLK weekend, with westbound traffic expected to be heavier than normal today and Saturday and eastbound I-70 traffic heavier on Sunday and Monday.
Weekend Traffic

QHR Extends Search For Best CEO Candidate

Leadville, Colorado January 17, 2013 - St. Vincent Hospital’s Board of Directors announces that QHR (Quorum Health Resources, LLC) Regional Vice President, Mike Mullins, notified the Board that the current candidate for CEO, Dan Reiner, has been taken out of consideration.  Subsequently, Dan Reiner will not be reporting to St. Vincent Hospital as CEO.

The final Board vote on Reiner’s employment was to take place at the Board meeting on Thursday, January 24.

As part of the ongoing search QHR is continuing to identify and present qualified candidates to Board Members; in a process previously followed, selected candidates will interview individually with Board Members, hospital executives and community members.

While the search for a qualified CEO continues, Rhonda Duncan will remain at St. Vincent Hospital as interim CEO.

Karen Rinehart
Development Officer
Community Relations Coordinator

Dear I-70 Stakeholder:

You have likely noticed an increase in construction activity on I-70 at the Twin Tunnels area in Idaho Springs. The work done last fall is in preparation for widening the eastbound tunnel bore this year – the first of several projects the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans to do as part of the I-70 Mountain Corridor Program to alleviate congestion and enhance safety.

We recognize that I-70 is the life blood for the mountain communities as well as the organizations and businesses that you represent. As such, CDOT is committed to minimizing construction impacts on the traveling public and we believe communications plays a critical role in that.
Twin Tunnels


Three youths will represent Sangre de Cristo Electric at the 2013Youth Tour held June 13 – 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Cotopaxi High School student Emily Krizmanich and Custer County High School students Henry Watson and Brenda Wilson, will join students from around the state in Denver for a day to get acquainted and learn about rural electric systems in Colorado before flying off to our nation’s capital.
Youth Tour

IRS Provides Updated Withholding Guidance for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service today released updated income-tax withholding tables for 2013 reflecting this week’s changes by Congress.
The updated tables, issued today after President Obama signed the changes into law, show the new rates in effect for 2013 and supersede the tables issued on December 31, 2012. The newly revised version of Notice 1036 contains the percentage method income-tax withholding tables and related information that employers need to implement these changes.

In addition, employers should also begin withholding Social Security tax at the rate of 6.2 percent of wages paid following the expiration of the temporary two-percentage-point payroll tax cut in effect for 2011 and 2012. The payroll tax rates were not affected by this week’s legislation.

Employers should start using the revised withholding tables and correct the amount of Social Security tax withheld as soon as possible in 2013, but not later than Feb. 15, 2013. For any Social Security tax under-withheld before that date, employers should make the appropriate adjustment in workers’ pay as soon as possible, but not later than March 31, 2013.

IRS Statement on Jan. 1 Tax Legislation Passed by Congress
The IRS is currently reviewing the details of this week's tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year's filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns.  On Jan. 3, 2013, the IRS issued IR-2013-1 providing updated withholding guidance.

Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery Annoucement

Please join the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery for a free guided snowshoe/cross country ski tour on the grounds of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery (2846 Hwy 300) on Saturday, January 19, 2013. We will meet in the hatchery parking lot at 10:00 a.m. See you there!


WHEN: February 16th, 2013, 4 p.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum Convention Center (117 W. 10th Street, Leadville, CO)
WHAT: Grab a mask, wear your Victorian finest and enjoy an evening of wine and beer tasting, an elegant three course meal, live music, card games, and dancing!  Victorian & Masks encouraged, but not required. 
COST: Tickets are $80 with discounts for tables and NMHFM Members.
RSVP: Due by February 8, 2013
WEBSITE: www.mininghalloffame.org
CONTACT: info@mininghalloffame.org or 719-486-1229

Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce Completes Third Year at Institute for Organization Management

Heather Scanlon of Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce Completes Third Year at Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Washington D.C.—Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Heather Scanlon, Executive Director, of the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce has recently completed her third year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Winter Institute in Tucson, AZ.
“Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

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Weekly Announcements - Saturday January 19th, 2013

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