Breaking Records


I hope you’re having a great week – there have been some bright spots, despite the fact that we’ve already gotten 50″+ of snow (our yearly average is 200″ … looks like the Farmers Almanac was on target so far.)

Last summer when the city was working on their 2020 budget we all saw the increase in sales tax in Lead. It was very exciting to see that number climb higher and higher. Commissioner David Vardiman wagered one Fat Tire with Mike Stahl, the city manager, that Lead would exceed the $800k mark. Little did any of us realize we’d bust through that number in mid October (at the end of the month sales tax was almost at $850k). We celebrated after the City Commission meeting this week in City Hall (proper permits were obtained beforehand) when Mike Stahl treated everyone to a beer.

Now, we wonder, could we make the one million mark by the end of 2019?? This is the most sales tax ever recorded – we’re making history here!

It’s looking like an amazing decade coming up for us in Lead – the 20’s are really going to be roaring!


It’s the calm before all the holiday storms here in Lead:

Saturday, 11/9 – 9am-noon

Terry Peak is having their annual job fair. If you’re looking for winter employment they’ll be hiring in most departments. Bring your resume to the Stewart Lodge.

Monday, 11/11 is Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, 11/12

5pm – Hearst Library Book Club. This month we read “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. Come down and discuss it with us. Didn’t read it but want to jump in on the next book you can totally come even if you haven’t read the book, and grab the next month’s read. We always have a fun time and all are welcome.

6:30pm – Free Poker at Hangar 7 Lounge at Blackstone Lodge and Suites. Free to play, and they just play for fun. A fun way to kill a winter evening.

Thursday, 11/14 – Saturday 11/16 – Free Dump Days! Get rid of the extra junk before the holidays! Call the city for more details 584-1401

Thursday, 11/14

12pm – Preservation Thursday: Theodore Roosevelt and the Women Who Influenced His Philosophy on Women’s Suffrage – by donation at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood. Feel free to bring your own lunch.

5-7pm – Deep Talks, Come down to the Visitor Center for refreshments from 5-6 and a talk from 6-7 from Syd DeVries, engineer with the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility. DeVries led an original feasibility study for rehabilitating the underground infrastructure. Now, he will see the Ross Shaft Rehabilitation project through to completion.

Save the Date:

Next weekend Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at the Historic Homestake Opera House, directed by me! I’m pretty excited about this show as we have another bang up cast – there’s so much amazing talent in our small town! Get showtimes and details by seeing our entire November calendar of events:

In Other News:

Light Up Lead – Registrations are open, and the prizes are waiting! Run to Ace Hardware of Lead to get your registration. See all the details at

Stay cozy, Lead!
Sierra Ward

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