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June 17, 2019

OU Archaeology Students Delve Into 8,000 Years of Lower Lake Fork History

Intermixed with the subtle green hues of gnarled sagebrush on Miller Flats north of Lake City are occasional bright outbursts of late spring lupine in shades of royal blue and the occasional startling red of Indian Paintbrush. Inexplicably added to the lower Lake Fork Valley panorama are more than a thousand small plastic survey markers

2018

Planning and Zoning Commission Holds Public Forum on Affordable Housing

After months of intense research and preparation, the Town of Lake City Planning and Zoning Commission presented their Workforce and Affordable Housing Forum June 6 in the Armory multi-purpose meeting room. Speaker and Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Andy Dozier began the well-attended forum by introducing the commission, which consists of Doug Hamel, Karen McClatchie,

2018

Amid Applause, Briefing, Audience Hears Major Strides in Flood Mitigation Work

by Sally Scott Moore News that a new $1,333,000 USDA grant via the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) awarded to fund and accelerate mitigation of the massive amounts of downed trees along the Alpine Loop was the headline from the latest public update at the Armory on Tuesday evening, June 11. Applause frequently erupted from

2018

Unprecedented Evacuation of Artifacts from Hinsdale County Museum in Preparation for Area Flooding

Volunteers have been working around-the-clock since late last week, over the weekend, and continuing this week as historic collections and archival materials from Hinsdale County Museum are removed from the museum’s basement and ground-level floor, as well as items from the museum’s Transportation Building and Smith-Grantham House. Especially rare items such as the dollhouse allegedly

2018

OHV Pilot Program Receives Approval Through September

After some confusion and speculation that the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Pilot Program would be tabled at the State level by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), WORLD has received word that as of Friday, May 31, the program is a go within the town of Lake City. County representatives said that on Friday, May 31,

2018

Summons Served by Town to OHV Petition Sponsors

On May 24, the Town of Lake City, with the assistance of town lawyers Masters & Viner, served summons paperwork to John Coy and Larry Iiams, sponsors for the petition to prohibit Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use within the Town of Lake City. Ordinarily, the defendants would be given twenty-one days to respond to such

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2018

Heightened Concern, Planning Evident as Waters Rise in Lake Fork, Henson Creek

by Sally Scott Moore Well behind schedule, the long-awaited alpine snow melt has finally begun to rise in both Henson Creek and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River which bifurcate Lake City. In tandem with the threatening flood waters are rising public anticipation, anxiety, and planning strategies. Fourth in a series of Tuesday night

2018

Treasure Dam Demolished Using Jackhammer on Suspended Sling

Mitigation work designed to alleviate the potential for high water flooding with debris later this month continues at a fast pace on Henson Creek. As reported last week, heavy equipment — massive excavators and a log skidder equipped with a gripper — are being manned by personnel from Timber Market Forestry. Also simultaneously at work

2018

Sandbagging a Unified Effort…

Team Rubicon volunteers gathered in Lake City last weekend for the start of sandbagging efforts as they utilized an area to the north of Lake City Medical Center to fill bags and then load them for transport to reinforce areas such as the courthouse and town’s well houses against the threat of flood. Aiding in

2018

School Groundbreaking a Festive, Historic Moment…

Tuesday morning, May 21, was an historic day in Lake City as Hinsdale County School Board hosted a ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of a massive school remodel and expansion. Young and old were in elated spirits, including Lily Fyler’s Kindergarten and 1st Grade students who gleefully raised their plastic shovels as part of the

2018

Commissioners Urge Flood Preparedness, Report Rose Lime Kiln Demolished in Slide

“The Rose Kiln is gone,” stated Commissioner Stan Whinnery of the historic site just recently transferred to Hinsdale County Historical Society, located up Henson on County Road 20. Following his exploratory, early morning ride along with State Emergency Operation’s officials, Commissioner Stan Whinnery returned in time for the joint County/Town Trustee meeting Wednesday at 11

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2018

Flood Precautions Explained During Armory Meeting May 8 Hosted by Town, County

“Challenging” was the word most used during the informational special meeting sponsored by Town of Lake City and Hinsdale County Wednesday evening, May 8, at the Armory. The mission of this initial meeting was to update the public on the unprecedented avalanche debris concerns, upcoming evaluation of the two dams along CR20 up Henson Creek,

2018

Post-Avalanche Events, ‘Massive Debris’ Cited in Emergency Declarations Issued by County, State

Hinsdale County Commissioners, followed in tandem by State of Colorado, have taken the unprecedented move of declaring a second Hinsdale County Emergency. Additionally, on May 2, the Town of Lake City verbally declared a state of emergency to address post-avalanche impacts in the high country and to allow the community access to technical assistance and

2018

District Attorney Determines Ouray OHV Ruling Prevails

District Attorney Dan Hotsinpiller conducted a meeting Monday, April 22 during which the conflicting rulings from Judge Yoder and Judge Patrick regarding the operation of licensed Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) on state highways was discussed. Present at the meeting were all the deputies, sheriffs, and county attorneys in the Seventh Judicial District, as well as some

2018

School Construction Groundbreaking Scheduled for May 21

Hinsdale County School District pursued and was awarded a BEST Grant in May of 2018, with the caveat the school district provides matching funds. The school district and community successfully passed a bond to provide those matching funds on November 7, 2018. RTA Architects had been retained by the school district to help with the

2018

County, State Agencies Ponder Flood Potential

High water concerns and an increasing realization of the tremendous amount of tree debris which will be washed downstream in this and future runoffs prompted Hinsdale County Commissioners to convene a summit of federal, state, regional and local experts on Monday afternoon, April 29. Those attending the brainstorming session were welcomed by Hinsdale County Administrator

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