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April 20, 2019

Lake City School’s Jacee Lawrence Wins Prestigious Boettcher Scholarship…

For the first time in the history of Lake City, a local student has been awarded the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. Lake City Community School Senior Jacee Lawrence applied for the scholarship in the fall of 2018, along with 1,500 other hopefuls, and has been chosen as one of the lucky 42 who will receive tuition,

2018

Resignations of EMS, R&B Heads Come as Surprise

Hinsdale County administration was rocked by the abrupt resignation of two commissioner-appointed department heads in recent days. The first of the resignations was announced last week with last Thursday, April 4, being the final day on the job for newly-named Hinsdale County Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management Director Troy Mead. Mead’s resignation was followed

2018

‘Celebrate’ Honorees Include Citizen of Year, Lifetime Achievement…

Praise and congratulations overflowed at Tuesday evening’s annual ‘Celebrate Lake City!’ awards presentation highlighting superlatives from a variety of Lake City area organizations, including Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year, which went to Scott Beedy, the late enthusiastic civic booster. Full story and more photos to appear in April 19 Silver

2018

Lime Kiln, Henson Creek Landmark, Acquired by Historical Society

Hinsdale County Historical Society has completed purchase of a notable historic landmark on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway located between Capitol City and Rose’s Cabin. The 44’-tall brick Rose Lime Kiln, built by Capitol City entrepreneur George S. Lee in 1881, was purchased for $29,000 from Ronald Tharp, Jr., of Houston, Texas. The historical society

2018

Subcontractors Meet in Advance of May School Construction

Lake City Community School was unusually tranquil — not a single rambunctious student or stern-eyed instructor in sight — for an important meeting which took place in the school’s commons area late Monday morning this week. Monday’s 11 a.m. school gathering was a subcontractor’s pre-bid meeting coordinated by the school’s General Contractor, Durango, Colorado-based FCI Constructors,

2018

Sewer Line Project Awarded to RMS Utilities, Base Bid Totalling $1,498,313

As part of an ongoing effort by Town of Lake City to improve infrastructure and leading up to an eventual street-paving project, a sewer line replacement project will be commencing sometime in the near future. Bids were solicited to secure a contractor, and the project has been awarded to RMS Utilities, Inc., from Alamosa, although

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2018

Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey — who has resumed work on a limited basis — agreed to a short interview with SILVER WORLD this week recounting his recent horrific snowslide experience. Sheriff Casey and his daughters, 17-year-old Sarah, and Kristy, 15, returned to a new temporary home in Lake City on March 14 and as of this week he is putting in part-time hours in the county sheriff’s office assisted by Sheriff’s Assistant Bobbi Vickers McDonald, Undersheriff Kambish, and Deputy Kaminski. Sitting in his sunlight-filled office on Monday morning this week, Sheriff Casey is frank in his description of the snowslide and its aftermath, occasionally pausing in his succinct recollections.

Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey — who has resumed work on a limited basis — agreed to a short interview with SILVER WORLD this week recounting his recent horrific snowslide experience. Sheriff Casey and his daughters, 17-year-old Sarah, and Kristy, 15, returned to a new temporary home in Lake City on March 14 and as

2018

Upper Lake Fork CR30 Reopened 149 to Wager Gulch

Hinsdale County and Town of Lake City officials are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the snowslide danger is now behind us and on the first day of Spring, Wednesday, March 20, began to relax access restrictions which had been placed on significant areas in and around Lake City. The lessening in restrictions is the

2018

Hypothermia Ruled in Death of Upper Lake Fork Woman

Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office and Hinsdale Search & Rescue aided in search efforts for a missing upper Lake Fork resident whose body was located last Friday afternoon, March 16. 65-year old Laura Claire Gold, affectionately known as “Mama Laura,” lived in a remote frame cabin overlooking Lake San Cristobal which is located on a portion

2018

Snowpack Now 168 Percent Average

Although ongoing concerns linger following avalanche destruction at the Justin Casey home and damage to the Denham residence last week, a possible upside to the excessive snowfall is received in the Lake Fork Valley is a dramatic upswing in snow levels and moisture content. Dense snowfall which occurred in and around Lake City in successive

2018

From Hinsdale County Emergency Operations Center – Press Release Updates

The following chronological updates are from District 2 Commissioner Kristie Borchers on behalf of Hinsdale County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Silver World is re-printing these most recent at the top going back to March 14:   Evening Update By order of the Sheriff’s Office, County Road 20 beyond the ATV Staging area remains closed. By

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2018

In response to questions on the locations of various snowslides and snow events, Silver World asked local graphics artist Patrice Palmer to prepare this map late last Wednesday, March 13.

Avalanche Info Center Reduces Local, State Levels to Moderate… Avalanche warnings in all areas of the state, including the Lake City area in the north San Juan sector, have been downgraded to Level 2-Moderate as of Tuesday, March 26. Concerns due to recent heavy snows on an unstable base still remain in Lake City, according

2018

Heavy Snow Prompts Avalanches at T-Mountain Gulch, Slum Pass

Snow accumulation topping 24” of heavy, wet snow in high mountain areas near Lake City last Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8, resulted in a succession of late winter snowslides, including a late evening slide March 8 on Slumgullion Pass which blocked both lanes of Highway 149. Slides have also run on tributaries to

2018

‘Miraculous Escape’ for Casey Family as Sunshine Snowslide Demolishes Home

Evacuation orders were issued by Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, March 12, in the wake of a series of devastating snowslides which have occurred south of Lake City along County Road 30 following in excess of a 16” of new snow which has fallen since Monday night. The Lake Fork Valley’s worst slide occurred

2018

Town Trustees Set OHV Special Mail-In Ballot Election July 23

At times rancorous discussion characterized Town of Lake City’s Wednesday, March 6, meeting on the future of Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) in Lake City. At the conclusion of the more than an hour-long discussion, a motion was made and seconded by Town Trustees Jud Hollingsworth and Marty Priest, and passed unanimously, setting Tuesday, July 23,

2018

Voluntary Evacuation Orders on Bluff Street

Voluntary evacuation orders on Tuesday, March 12 have been issued by Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of a series of devastating snowslides which have occurred south of Lake City along County Road 30 and following in excess of a foot of new snow which has fallen since Monday night. The Lake Fork Valley’s

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