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March 28, 2017


Winter’s Snow on Blue Mesa No Match for Vintage SnoCat

   It may say spring on the calendar but it’s anything but as Blue Mesa resident Tom Stockton surveys the awe-inspiring expanse of snowfields looking out toward the West Elk Mountains and, to the east across the Cebolla, snow-covered Stewary, Mineral, and Baldy peaks. Stockton’s nearest neighbors are down the road in Blue Mesa Estates,

Pueblo Infant Traces Lake City Family Back Eight Generations

  Pueblo, Colorado, newborn Aubrey Nicole DeHerrera has a notable Hinsdale County ancestry which dates back a remarkable eight generations, including Lake City native — and recently retired Hinsdale County Clerk — Linda Pavich who is a first-time great grandmother. Aubrey, who weighed a diminutive 5-lb., 15-oz., 19-1/2” long at birth, was born in Pueblo

State Tournament Updates…Local Boys Basketball Team Ranks 6th after Three State Tournament Games/High School Knowledge Bowl Team Places 3rd at State Championship

Combined Lake City Fourteeners and Creede Miners’ Boys Varsity basketball team concluded their remarkable season with a win and two losses in last weekend’s State 1A Tournament in Greeley, finishing with a sixth place ranking in the state. For the season, the Creede and Lake City high school boys’ team — dubbed the “Cinderella Squad’

Deanna Cooper Cites Optimism, Enthusiasm as New Co. Administrator as

New Hinsdale County Administrator Deanna Kysar Cooper has been at her post just over a month and is emphatic as she describes a “sense of returning home” and enthusiasm as she delves into a multitude of exciting county projects. Over a coffee interview earlier this week, Cooper cites a plethora of on-going county projects which

Cancer Survivors Building Confidence, Stamina During Inaugural Ice Climb

Ten young cancer survivors from throughout the U.S. and as far afield as Canada inhaled and exhaled deeply, breathing in Lake City’s rarified air while building stamina and self-confidence at Lake City Ice Park earlier this week. According to one of the exuberant organizers, Pedro Martinez from Missoula, Montana, many of the four men and

Rightsell Named New Democratic Chair, Barker, Robinson Elected Vice-Chairs

Long a minority organization in terms of registered numbers, Hinsdale County’s venerable Democratic Party has experienced a recent spike in membership, the number of registered Democrats in the county expanding from just 119 the final week of January, to a total of 124 who are reported registered by Hinsdale County Clerk Joan Roberts as of

Hinsdale GOP Re-Elects Wampler as Chair, Heaton Named Vice-Chair, Rogers Sec/Treas

A hardy group of 16 Republicans ignored the nasty weather to meet in the Arts Center to evaluate the November elections and to nominate new officers on Tuesday evening, February 7. Don Booher offered a heartfelt invocation which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  In his introductory remarks, County Republican Chair Dan Wampler explained

Homer Harlan …multi-decade seasonal resident, 95, had varied career, including U.S. Navy, embassy and prison electrician.

A memorial service is planned at the Masonic Home in Union City, California, in late March for long-time Lake City summer visitor Homer Harlan who died at the Union City rest home on February 3, 2017. Burial has taken place beside his first wife, Fern Harlan, at Petaluna, California. Mr. Harlan, 95, began visiting Lake

Henry Tice Hoffman … retired New Jersey chemist, 91, had family associations in Lake City dating to 1875.

Lake City native Henry Tice Hoffman, who died in New Jersey, age 91, last month, was regarded as a local boy who proved his hometown proud in the outside world. Hoffman and his slightly older contemporary, the late Dr. David Green (1914-1989), were both alums of the Lake City Public School and both went on

New Hinsdale County Assessor is Luke de la Parra

After interviewing “six very qualified applicants” for the vacated tax assessor position, Hinsdale County Commissioner Susan Thompson announced at the Wednesday, February 1, meeting, that Luke de la Parra was the board’s unanimous choice. She dubbed him, “the candidate who was clearly the best fit to be the new Hinsdale County Tax Assessor.” De la

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