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June 19, 2018

Multiple Memorial Services Planned in Coming Weeks

Astute page 3 readers of SILVER WORLD may have noticed an unusually large number of obituaries which have appeared since the start of the year. In many of these deaths, memorial services were scheduled to coincide with summer weather in Lake City. Following is a brief listing of upcoming memorial services which will be held

2016

Bristlecone Pines Focus of Slum Pass Tree Planting June 9

Lake City’s third annual early June public tree planting day sponsored by U.S. Forest Service’s Gunnison Field Office was a resounding success. According to Supervisory Forester/ Timber Management Assistant Drew Stroberg, over 15 volunteer tree planters arrived at the now decommissioned F.S. Slumgullion Campground near the summit of Slumgullion Pass bright and early last Saturday

2016

Custom-Built, $221,000 Tanker/Tender Added to Lake City Fire/Rescue Arsenal

Lake City area fire fighting capabilities are state-of-the-art with Lake City Fire/Rescue’s recent acquisition of its most expensive and technologically-advanced piece of firefighting equipment. Fittingly acquired during what promises to be an especially active firefighting season, local firefighters are ecstatic as they describe their new 2018 custom-fitted KTF350 tanker/tender which was added to Lake City

2016

Quick Response Douses Hill 71 Forest Fire Tues.

Lake City had a front row seat for an aggressive response to a probable lightning-caused fire which occurred in beetle-killed spruce trees on the flanks of Hill 71 Mountain on Tuesday afternoon, June 5. The fire and its immediate response by a combination of Forest Service, BLM and local firefighters were clearly visible from Lake

2016

County Joins Forest Service, BLM in Implementing Stage I Fire Ban

Ongoing drought conditions in southwestern Colorado have resulted in Stage I fire restrictions which have been implemented on public lands by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Hinsdale County Commissioners followed suit starting at noon on Wednesday, May 30, when they met in special session to adopt Stage I fire regulations in

2016

Stratton, Heinz Tops in Sparse San Cristobal Run

Enthusiasm was high among a smaller than usual number of fast-paced runners taking part in last Saturday’s San Cristobal 5K and 10K Run. The run, which benefited Lake City Community School, first began in 1981 and has been held Memorial Day Weekend most years, although it was not held last year. A total of five

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2016

Success! School’s BEST Presentation Results in $9-Million Grant with $4-Million Local Match for Renovation, Gym Construction

by Sally Scott Moore Following months of preparation, evaluations, networking and intense planning, Hinsdale County School Board personally followed their grant application with a pithy and succinct presentation to the Build Excellent Schools Today (BEST) board members in Denver last Wednesday, May 16. School Board President Phil Virden made the two- minute presentation to the

2016

Forest Service, Local Firefighters Respond to Nellie Creek Fire

The 4-wheel drive access up Nellie Creek to Uncompahgre Peak Trailhead was no sooner open Wednesday, May 16, than the driver of a 1990 Toyota 4Runner with Texas license plates caused a small wildfire after the vehicle caught on fire. Hinsdale Sheriff’s Office was notified of the blaze, located in an aspen grove approximately one-half

2016

Cooper Announces Resignation as County Administrator

A surprise agenda item at Hinsdale County Commissioners’ Wednesday, May 16, meeting was announcement of the resignation of County Administrator Deanna Cooper. In a tersely-worded statement near the start of Wednesday’s workshop, Cooper told Commissioners Susan Thompson and Cindy Dozier, Commissioner Whinnery attending by telephone, that she is resigning. “I respectfully submit my resignation due

2016

School Names Rebecca Hall as Superintendent

Receiving a nod of approval from Hinsdale School Board President Phillip Virden, board member Tara Hardy announced Rebecca Hall as the successful candidate chosen as interim superintendent for the Hinsdale County School District. The announcement was met with a loud cheer from the audience packed with students and faculty members in the school library. Hall

2016

School Candidates Introduced at Reception

Lake City Community Schools hosted a Meet and Greet reception on Monday evening at the Moseley Art Center. The well-attended event, which ran from 5 until 6:30 p.m., gave staff, parents and community an opportunity to visit with candidates being considered for the interim superintendent/principle position being vacated by Leslie Nichols. Pictured are Jami Scroggins,

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2016

‘Not If, but When’ Stressed to Firefighters at Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training

  In the midst of a verdun spruce grove near the inlet to Lake San Cristobal, firefighters enrolled in a wildland fire training class were briefly obscured by clouds of dust as they dug a fire break, energetically swinging hoe-like Polaskis and a scraping tool known as a McCleod. Elsewhere during last Saturday morning’s multi-agency

2016

Tearful, Hopeful Church Service Marks Departure Rev. B.L. Jordan

Rev. B.L. Jordan’s two-year tenure as minister at Lake City’s Community Presbyterian Church came to a close at a farewell service marked by tears and congregation members passing boxes of tissues on Sunday morning, April 29. In her farewell sermon punctuated by periodic pauses to wipe her eyes, Rev. Jordan drew a correlation with the

2016

Four Finalists Announced in Search for School’s Interim Superintendent

by Sally Scott Moore Hinsdale School Board President Virden announced during the regular meeting Thursday, April 26, that the school received 13 applications for the interim principal/superintendent position being vacated by Dr. Leslie Nichols. The board met in a special meeting earlier this week to review the applications and found four top contenders. Two local

2016

Cinnamon Pass Open with Drifts, Work Ongoing to Clear Engineer Pass

Hinsdale Road & Bridge personnel are reporting significantly lower snow levels — although challenging snow drifts still remain — as they work their way toward the summit of 12,800’ elevation Engineer Pass. 12,620’ Cinnamon Pass was opened through into San Juan County as of Wednesday afternoon, April 25, although icy and muddy conditions, and the

2016

County Letter Acknowledges School District Correct in Refuting Alleged Clerical Error

In a special April 10 meeting, Hinsdale Commissioners Cindy Dozier and Stan Whinnery voted to approve a response letter directed to the Hinsdale County School District. Commissioner Susan Thompson, also a school employee, was not in attendance, having recused herself from the matter citing conflict of interest. The long awaited response, penned by County Attorney

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