Regular Air Service Set for Leadville Beginning June 15
June 2, 1969
Sunday, June 15, 1969, will mark another significant occurrence in the long and vital history of Leadville with the beginning of scheduled airline service in and out of the Two Mile High City.
At approximately 8:30 am on that date the first scheduled flight of Rocky Mountain Airways from Denver to Leadville to Aspen will touch down on the runway of the Lake County Airport. This will be the beginning of a scheduled seven-day-per-week, twice-daily round trip air service.
Miss Ann Lawson, director of passenger services for Rocky Mountain Airways, visited Leadville to set up the service. Six-passenger turbo-charged twin-engine Aero Commander 500Bs will first be used for service. To identify them, these planes will be painted white with blue and gold trim.
The present schedule calls for the morning flight to leave Denver at 8 am, arrive in Leadville at 8:30 am, depart for Aspen at 8:45 am and arrive there at 9 am. On the return flight the plane will leave Aspen at 9:15 am, be back in Leadville at 9:30 am, leave again at 9:45 am and arrive in Denver at 10:15 am.
The afternoon service will leave Stapleton Field at 4 pm and arrive in Leadville at 4:30 pm. It will then leave for Aspen at 4:45 pm and arrive at 5 pm. The turnaround flight then will depart from Aspen at 5:15 pm and land in Leadville at 5:30 pm. It will leave from the Leadville airport at 5:45 pm and be in Denver at 6:15 pm.
The fare for a Denver-Leadville flight will be $15.90 one way, while the one-way tab for the Leadville-Aspen leg will be $7.60. The baggage allowance will be 50 pounds free and 20¢ per pound for overweight items.
Tickets in Denver may be purchased at the Rocky Mountain Airways office on the lower level of the Terminal Building. In Leadville negotiations are underway with Fularc Aviation to use their hangar at the Lake County Airport as a ticket sales office and general headquarters for all Rocky Mountain Airways operations in Leadville. Taxi service to and from the airport is also being developed.
Plans are being finalized for the maiden flight from Denver to Leadville with several Denver press representatives expected to be onboard. In the meantime, the airline is conducting familiarization flights in and out of Leadville to establish the proper flight pattern for the local airfield.
Rocky Mountain Airways presently operates seven planes on flights between Denver, Aspen and Eagle, and in addition conducts charter flights to all points in the nation. They have five twin-engine, six-passenger Aero Commanders and one nine-passenger Aero Commander—all turbo-prop. In addition they fly a three-passenger Beech Bonanza. The firm presently has three Fairchild 20-passenger pressurized turbo prop planes on order with first delivery expected sometime this winter.
Rocky Mountain Airways at the present time has six pilots with more to be added. They have twenty full-time employees. Twin-engine and single-engine charter service is also offered along with air ambulance service. The fee for the air ambulance service is 50¢ per mile for the plane and in addition there is a $25 fee if a flight nurse is required. This service operates on a 24-hour basis.
Rocky Mountain Airways will also have ticket service available at Sardy Field, Aspen, and at the Eagle Airport. The airline will also provide ticket and schedule information service for reservations with any other scheduled airline in the world and the Leadville schedule will be listed in all airline information books throughout the nation.
“Bell, Book and Candle” To Be Presented
Friday the 13th
June 11, 1969
Friday the Thirteenth—what better time for spells, witches, warlocks and a black cat! On Friday evening at 8:45 those interested in the occult may satisfy their curiosity at the performance of “Bell, Book and Candle,” presented by Leadville Community Theatre at the old Presbyterian building at Eighth and Harrison.
Actually the play contains little that is frightening, but there is a wealth of comedy and many amusing situations to delight the audience. Last Saturday the “Leadville Lives” audience was completely captivated by the performance. Since many who wanted to attend at that time were unable to do so, Leadville Community Theatre will repeat the play. Tickets are on sale at $1.50 and may be obtained from cast members and members of the technical crew.
This modern, sophisticated comedy is brought to life by a competent cast under the expert direction of Francie Wilbur. It provides an evening of laughter. Be sure to attend “Bell, Book and Candle,” a play very different from those usually seen in Leadville.
June 20, 1969
“We don’t know what happened,” said a spokesman as employes sat in darkened offices.
“Make it funny,” he said. “Say we didn’t pay our bill.”
The blackout of several minutes Wednesday was at the main office of Utah Power and Light in Salt Lake.