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February 19, 2017


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

Deer, Elk Baiting on Highway 50 as Winter Intensifies

   Faced with a potential crisis situation in terms of snow depth, Colorado Parks & Wildlife has started a baiting program to lure congregating deer and elk herds away from U.S. Highway 50 on both sides of Gunnison. CPW Area Manager J Wenum addressed a packed audience of over 100 concerned citizens in Gunnison last

Climbers Tackle Ice at Annual Festival Sat., February 4

   Lake City is in for a triple shot of winter fun over the upcoming three weekends, kicking off with the annual ice climbing festival Saturday, February 4, followed by the second annual Cannibal Snowshoe Race February 12, and Hinsdale Search and Rescue’s annual ice fishing derby on Saturday, February 18. According to event co-planner

Locals participate in Denver Women’s March

Carrying an equality banner amid an estimated 200,000 taking part during last Saturday’s Women’s March in Denver were Sherry Booth , Cindy Nelson and Jo Anne Bateman; above left, a placard among the marchers at the Voorhees Memorial in Civic Center Park.                — photos courtesy Jodi Linsey

High Country Recharge

Local, regional and state agencies joined forces in a well coordinated emergency effort last weekend delivering 74 new storage batteries to the Mountain 71 communications site. The fast-moving effort began last Thursday, with Commissioner Stan Whinnery meeting with local volunteers at the county road & bridge yard. A cavalcade to transport the batteries was quickly

Missouri Woman, Deanna Cooper, Named Administrator

At the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting Wednesday, January 18, a press release was issued covering the details of the board’s approval decision on the hire of a new Hinsdale County Administrator. In their statement, Hinsdale Commissioners announce the hire of Missouri administrator Deanna Cooper as Hinsdale Administrator, with short-term aide in turn from the

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