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Archives for May 2018

Stratton, Heinz Tops in Sparse San Cristobal Run

Enthusiasm was high among a smaller than usual number of fast-paced runners taking part in last Saturday’s San Cristobal 5K and 10K Run. The run, which benefited Lake City Community School, first began in 1981 and has been held Memorial Day Weekend most years, although it was not held last year. A total of five

Success! School’s BEST Presentation Results in $9-Million Grant with $4-Million Local Match for Renovation, Gym Construction

by Sally Scott Moore Following months of preparation, evaluations, networking and intense planning, Hinsdale County School Board personally followed their grant application with a pithy and succinct presentation to the Build Excellent Schools Today (BEST) board members in Denver last Wednesday, May 16. School Board President Phil Virden made the two- minute presentation to the

Forest Service, Local Firefighters Respond to Nellie Creek Fire

The 4-wheel drive access up Nellie Creek to Uncompahgre Peak Trailhead was no sooner open Wednesday, May 16, than the driver of a 1990 Toyota 4Runner with Texas license plates caused a small wildfire after the vehicle caught on fire. Hinsdale Sheriff’s Office was notified of the blaze, located in an aspen grove approximately one-half

Cooper Announces Resignation as County Administrator

A surprise agenda item at Hinsdale County Commissioners’ Wednesday, May 16, meeting was announcement of the resignation of County Administrator Deanna Cooper. In a tersely-worded statement near the start of Wednesday’s workshop, Cooper told Commissioners Susan Thompson and Cindy Dozier, Commissioner Whinnery attending by telephone, that she is resigning. “I respectfully submit my resignation due

School Names Rebecca Hall as Superintendent

Receiving a nod of approval from Hinsdale School Board President Phillip Virden, board member Tara Hardy announced Rebecca Hall as the successful candidate chosen as interim superintendent for the Hinsdale County School District. The announcement was met with a loud cheer from the audience packed with students and faculty members in the school library. Hall

School Candidates Introduced at Reception

Lake City Community Schools hosted a Meet and Greet reception on Monday evening at the Moseley Art Center. The well-attended event, which ran from 5 until 6:30 p.m., gave staff, parents and community an opportunity to visit with candidates being considered for the interim superintendent/principle position being vacated by Leslie Nichols. Pictured are Jami Scroggins,

‘Not If, but When’ Stressed to Firefighters at Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training

  In the midst of a verdun spruce grove near the inlet to Lake San Cristobal, firefighters enrolled in a wildland fire training class were briefly obscured by clouds of dust as they dug a fire break, energetically swinging hoe-like Polaskis and a scraping tool known as a McCleod. Elsewhere during last Saturday morning’s multi-agency

Tearful, Hopeful Church Service Marks Departure Rev. B.L. Jordan

Rev. B.L. Jordan’s two-year tenure as minister at Lake City’s Community Presbyterian Church came to a close at a farewell service marked by tears and congregation members passing boxes of tissues on Sunday morning, April 29. In her farewell sermon punctuated by periodic pauses to wipe her eyes, Rev. Jordan drew a correlation with the

Four Finalists Announced in Search for School’s Interim Superintendent

by Sally Scott Moore Hinsdale School Board President Virden announced during the regular meeting Thursday, April 26, that the school received 13 applications for the interim principal/superintendent position being vacated by Dr. Leslie Nichols. The board met in a special meeting earlier this week to review the applications and found four top contenders. Two local

Cinnamon Pass Open with Drifts, Work Ongoing to Clear Engineer Pass

Hinsdale Road & Bridge personnel are reporting significantly lower snow levels — although challenging snow drifts still remain — as they work their way toward the summit of 12,800’ elevation Engineer Pass. 12,620’ Cinnamon Pass was opened through into San Juan County as of Wednesday afternoon, April 25, although icy and muddy conditions, and the