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Archives for August 2019

Huffing and Puffing, 54 Bicyclists Complete First Alpine 50 Race

Bicyclists in last Saturday’s first Lake City Alpine 50 mountain and gravel bike race were exhilarated by supreme mountain views but often exhausted after the strenuous, precipitous climb up the back side of Engineer Pass. Local photographer Michael Underwood chronicled Grand Junction mountain bike racer Todd Ousley as he neared the pass summit, tranquil Denver

Lake City Reputation for Hiker Hospitality on the Increase

In an increasingly diverse recreation-based economy, Lake City is gaining an enviable reputation for its hospitality to hikers along both the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails as they pass through scenic regions of the county.Kristie Borchers reports that fine-tuning is taking place, strengthening Lake City’s application as one of a handful of “Gateway Communities” for

School Bells Ring…

Fleeting summer is confirmed with the resumption of classes at Lake City Community School next Tuesday morning, August 27.According to School Superintendent Rebecca Hall, classes commence at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday and for school students Grades 1-12 continue until 4 p.m. on a Tuesday through Friday schedule.Four-year old Lake City preschoolers follow a similar 8:15 a.m.

Trustees Consider Ordinance to Increase Number of Signatures Needed to Petition

It was determined by the Town of Lake City Board of Trustees at their August 7 meeting that approval of an ordinance to increase the number of signatures required for petitions merited further discussion.The matter was originally brought to the table by Trustee Jeff Heaton amidst the fervor over a petition placing an initiative on

Town Awards Sewerline Replacement Project to Rundle Construction

After two unsuccessful bid attempts, Town of Lake City awarded the sewerline replacement project contract to Hotchkiss-based Rundle Construction, the same company which successfully finished the Lake City waterline replacement project last fall. Town Engineer Joanne Fagan spoke to Town Trustees at the August 7 workshop prior to the regular meeting, saying two companies had

Recall Deadlines Clarified

   Hinsdale County Clerk & Recorder Joan Roberts has clarified impending deadlines in the recall election of District 3 Hinsdale County Commissioner Stan Whinnery.   Roberts has been in continual contact with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Based on a coordinated election date of Tuesday, November 5, Roberts and Secretary of State’s office now inform

Commissioner Recall to Proceed

Despite a protest which was lodged and formal hearing last Friday, August 2, a hearing official brought in from Chaffee County at Salida, Colorado, has ruled that efforts by a committee to recall District 3 Hinsdale County Commissioner Stan Whinnery may proceed. Over the weekend, Chaffee County Clerk & Recorder Lori Mitchell, in her capacity

Town Preparing to Expand Ice Climbs Park

Operating under the premise “in times of heat, prepare for cold,” Lake City Recreation Director Ben Hake and his assistant, Ethan Wuest are plunging ahead as they prepare for a significant expansion at Lake City Ice Park near the mouth of Henson Creek Canyon.The present ice park, located on cliffs just up from Pumphouse Park

Body Found in Upper Rio Grande ID’d as Missing Louisiana Woman

The remains of a 64-year old Louisiana woman who drowned in Pole Creek on the upper Rio Grande River last month were discovered by a fisherman on Thursday afternoon, July 25.Search efforts had continued since Thursday evening, June 27, when Tessie Strickland disappeared after the jeep driven by her husband, Tommy Strickland, became mired in