March 2017 Fly Fishing Report by Broker Scott Williams

I fished Highbridge section today with good results from about 11:00 to
1:00pm.  I still didn’t see any surface takes but the viciousness of the
strikes along with observing the fish higher in the water column were good
signs!  I caught several little ones plus some pretty fat medium-sized ones.
All hit nymphs but unlike earlier in the season, they were hitting the upper
nymph instead of the lower one.  (Maybe my lower one just didn’t look very
good!)  I did not catch as many as I might in that first week after the
major blowout subsides.  However, for March fishing, it was pretty good
today.  Also, the color of the rainbow trout is beginning to get beautiful.
Soon they’ll be spawning and the color will be even more dramatic


Hinsdale County Construction Planning Guidelines 2017

Hinsdale County Building Department Construction Planning Guidelines as of 1-1-2017

  • Zoning:  What zoning district are you in?  How does it affect your project?  Will you be required to obtain a special or conditional use permit?  What subdivision covenants must you consider?
  • Historical District:  Is your building site within the Historical District?  Review by the Town Historical Preservation Commission is required.  Applications are available at the Town Hall, 230 North Bluff Street.
  • Setbacks:  What is required within the specific zoning area or subdivision for distances from property lines, wells, OWTS, propane tanks, etc.?
  • Floodplain:  Is the proposed building site within a floodplain?  Do you need to apply for a floodplain development permit?  Will you need an engineered foundation, building plan or sewage disposal system? Applications are available at the County Administration offices, 311 North Henson Street.
  • Water & Sanitation District:  Is your property within the water and sanitation district or is it within 400 feet of district water or sewer lines?  Have you paid your tap fees and installed a water meter?  If you are in a subdivision, does it have its own water system or sewage disposal system?  If you are outside the water and sanitation district, how will you obtain potable water and treat wastewater?
  • Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS):  Do you need to apply for an OWTS permit?  Will the soil at the proposed building site support an OWTS?  If you have a commercial operation, will you have to meet state OWTS requirements?  Will you need to have an engineered system because of being located in a floodplain, wetland, high water table, highly compacted or rocky soil, etc.?  Applications are available at the County Administration Office, 311 North Henson Street.
  • Water System:  If you are not in the water and sanitation district or a subdivision with such systems, how will you obtain potable water?  Obtain well permit information from the State of Colorado.  Will a community water system under state regulations be required?
  • Drainage:  Does building site allow proper drainage away from structures?  Are there any possible flash flood washes that may affect the building?
  • Geologic Hazards, Avalanche Zones, Steep Slopes, etc.:  Are there natural hazards associated with your building site?  Specially engineered buildings may be required.
  • Soil Conditions:  Will conditions at the proposed site support a structure?  Is the site on bedrock, wetlands, mine tailings or waste rock?  Will you have to blast or bring in structural fill?
  • Subdivision Regulations (if applicable):  Does the HOA require architectural review?  Are there covenants that must be considered?
  • Road Cut Permit:  Does your driveway access a County Road?  Does utility installation require excavation along or across a County Road?  Obtain a Road Cut Permit.  Applications are available at the County Administration Office, 311 North Henson Street.
  • Building Permit Application:  Applications are available online or from the County Administration Office, 311 North Henson Street.  Please see Hinsdale County document ‘Building Permit Guidelines’.  Plan review may take up to 30 days.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Use Tax:  Use Tax Declaration is available online or from the County Administration Office, 311 North Henson Street.  Please see Hinsdale County document ‘Building Permit Guidelines’.
  • Additional Considerations:  Please see ‘Building Permit Guidelines’.
    • 2012 IRC/IBC
    • 2009 IFC
    • Foundation frost protection
    • Snowload
    • Insulation requirements
    • State demolition permit
    • See Building Official for additional design criteria
  • State Plumbing Permits:  All plumbing installations must meet state code requirements and be inspected and approved by a State of Colorado plumbing inspector.  All permitting is coordinated through the Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
  • State Electrical Permits:  All electrical installations must meet state code requirements and be inspected and approved by a State of Colorado electrical inspector.  All permitting is coordinated through the Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
  • Minimum Required Inspections:  Please see ‘Building Permit Guidelines’.
    • Preliminary/Site
    • Foundation
    • Framing
    • Roof
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing & Electrical (by State of Colorado)
    • Insulation
    • Drywall/Fire Separation
    • Drainage
    • Final Inspection
  • Certificate of Occupancy (CO):  You cannot utilize your structure or move into your residence until all necessary inspections have been completed and you have been issued a CO.

Hinsdale County Building Department
311 North Henson Street
P.O. Box 277
Lake City, CO  81235



Operation of Off-Highway Vehicles within the Town of Lake City

Town of Lake City, Colorado, Ordinance No. 2016-02

Section 2:  14.4 Off-Highway Vehicles.

(1)  As used in this section, “off-highway vehicle” shall have the meaning given in Colorado Revised Statute § 33-14.5-101, as amended from time to time.

(2)  As used in this Section, “public road” means and shall include any road, street, alley, avenue, thoroughfare, public way, or other public property within the Town of Lake City.

(3)  It shall be lawful to operate off-highway vehicles on all public roads within the Town of Lake City, except public roads that are part of the state highway system, provided that:

a.  The operator of the off-highway vehicle has in his or her possession a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or operator’s license.

b.  The operator of the off-highway vehicle shall have in full force and effect a complying policy of insurance under the terms of Part 6, Article 4, Title 10, of the Colorado Revised Statutes, covering such off-highway vehicle.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate an off-highway vehicle on any public road in violation of the regulations of Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statues pertaining to the movement of traffic on roadways within the Town of Lake City.

(5)  It shall be unlawful for any person to operate an off-highway vehicle on any public road at a speed greater than fifteen miles per hour (15 m.p.h.).

(6)  It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, authorize, suffer or permit an off highway-vehicle owned or belonging to him or her, or that is under his or her control, to be operated by any other person in violation of this Section.

(7)  Any person convicted of a violation of this Section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $300.00, for each separate violation.

(8)  This Section shall be enforced by any law enforcement or peace officer, including the Hinsdale County Sheriff or a person designated by the Sheriff as the County Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Officer.

(9)  Any fines collected by the Town of Lake City for violations of this Section shall be deposited to the Street and Alley fund.

Rainwater Collection in Colorado

The information provided is based primarily on language in Colorado House Bill 16-1005 and is intended to inform citizens on how to properly use rain barrels in accordance with Colorado law.

Rainwater collection, also called rainwater “harvesting” is the process of capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use. Water from roof gutter downspouts is usually directed onto landscaped areas and is incidentally consumed by plants, but this form of use is not regarded as rainwater harvesting.

Colorado residents should understand that water rights in Colorado are unique compared to other parts of the country. The use of water in this state and other western states is governed by what is known as the prior appropriation doctrine. This doctrine of water allocation controls who uses water, how much water may be used, the typed of uses allowed, and when those waters can be used. A simplified way to explain this system is often referred to as the priority system or “first in time, first in right.”

Rain barrel use under HB16-1005:  Under House Bill 16-1005, rain barrels can only be installed at single-family households and multi-family households with four (4) or fewer units. A maximum of two (2) rain barrels can be used at each household and the combined storage of the 2 rain barrels cannot exceed 110 gallons. Rain barrels can only be used to capture rainwater from rooftop downspouts and the caputred rainwater must be used on the same property from which the rainwater was captured, for only outdoor purposes, including to water outdoor lawns, plants and/or gardens. Rain barrel water cannot be used for drinking or other indoor water uses.

It is important for rain barrel users to understand that the capture and use of rainwater using rain barrels does not constitute a water right. HB16-1005 includes language that could result in the State Engineer curtailing the use of indiviual rain barrels if a water right holder can prove that those rain barrels have impacted their ability to receive the water that they are entitled to by virtue of their water right.

How much irrigation could I expect to accomplish with rain barrels?  Each time you collect the maximum 110 gallons of water allowed in rain barrels, you can adequately irrigate approximately 180 square feet (a bit smaller than a 15 foot by 15 foot area) of vegetable garden or lawn area with the captured water. This estimate is based on CSU Extension recommendations to water lawns and vegetable gardens with about 1 inch of water during each irrigation cycle. However, a typical rain barrel user can only expect the rain barrels to completely fill aobut 10-15 times during the growing season, while vegetable gardens and lawns need to be irrigated at least twice as times per year depending on watering practices. Thus, supplemental irrigation will still be necessary to maintain a healthy lawn and vegetable garden.

For addtional information on the Colorado State University Extension Fact Sheet No. 6.707, please visit:

Ute Ulay Mill & Town Site

The Ute and Ulay mines were some of the best known silver and lead producers in Colorado.  Between 1874 and 1903, the mines were responsible for $12 million worth of minerals, which today would amount to more than $280 million in value.  Located in Hinsdale County, the mines were largely responsible for the development of Lake City.  The booming mining-based economy attracted thousands of people to the area and the mines continued to remain in production on and off through the 1980’s.

Thanks to LKA Gold, the ten-acre site has been donated to Hinsdale County and the environmental stabilization work completed with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Colorado Department of Public Health & the Environment (CDPHE), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The site consits of 18 structures including residential cabins, a blacksmith shop, a boarding house a red-cedar water tank, and assayer’s office.  Over the past twenty years, the structures have continued to degrade during adverse weather and many are unstable.  Due to the unsafe nature of the site, the public is currently not allowed near the buildings.  A Historic Structures Assessment will need to be completed to determine each structure’s needs in order to stabilize the buildings for future reuse.

The Ute and Ulay mines, mill complex and surrounding Henson town site are rare examples of a more complete mining coummunity with large amount of historic fabric remaining.  The site’s location along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic and Historic Byway increases its opprotunity for eduation and a heritage tourism desination.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) was founded in 1984 to promote historic preservation by providing information, education, training, expertise, and advocacy to Colorado communities and individuals. DPI engages leaders with local governments and non-profit organizations and assists historic property owners, educators, and interest citizens to develop successful preservation projects and programs.  CPI administers Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program (EPP), present the annual Saving Places Conference, hosts the Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards recognizing excellence in historic preservation, and maintains an active presence in the state legislatrue.  CPI also provides services in grant and preservation program management, and undertaikes projects that serve as models for pereservation statewide.

(Taken from Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Issue No. 18 2015)

Exciting Press Release about GCAR MLS Joining CREN

Colorado Real Estate Network (CREN) is excited to announce that the Gunnison Country Association of REALTORS® (GCAR) has joined the CREN Regional MLS. Gunnison Country Association of Realtors covers the area from Lake City through Gunnison County and into the northern reaches of Saguache County. Included within this area are the popular towns of Gunnison and Cressted Butte.

About CREN:  CREN was formed as a Regional Multiple Listing Service in 2005 by Boards of Realtors in the Western and Southern parts of Colorado. CREN currently provides MLS software, support and technology to 950+ members that belong to 6 Realtor Boards/Associations.

About GCAR:  The Gunnison Country Association of Realtors serves the communities of Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties.

This information was taken from a GCAR press release on 12-14-15.

National Main Street Organization Launches Pilot Program to Bring New Resources to Downtown Revitalization in Three Colorado Towns

The National Main Street Center, Inc., has announced that three Colorado towns have been selected as demonstration sites to implement its revamped approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development:  Brush, Lake City, and Steamboat Springs.  As a sponsoring partner, the Department of Local Affairs’ Colorado Main Street program will use the pilot to help integrate the new approach into existing and future Main Street communities across the state.

“Colorado will serve as an ideal place to test out our enhanced strategy and outcome-focused revitalization approach.  Each of these towns has so much to offer, and we look forward to partnering with the Colorado Main Street on the initiative,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center.  “Our updated methodology incorporates lessons we’ve learned in our decades of working with communities of all sizes and we are confident these pilot projects will demonstrate that our approach continues to be highly effective in breathing new life in our country’s historic downtowns and commercial districts.”

The three selected towns are top performers in Colorado’s Main Street program, recognized for success in energizing their local economies, empowering community residents, and celebrating their distinctive character and local historyy.  As participants in the demonstration project, they will benefit from recent strategic improvements to the Main Street Center’s revitalization methodology that for 35 years has helped transform historic downtowns and urban neighborhoods nationwide.

Local leaders will receive 12 to 18 months of organizational capacity building and hands-on technical assistance from national experts on how to best involve the community in revitalization effors, plan and executive long-term strategic action, and effectively measure the impact of those efforts.

Originally launched as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center pioneered an incremental, volunteer-driven strategy to help flagging downtowns countereract booming suburban growth.  This novel approach was in stark contrast to the urban renewal projects that were destroying commercial districts and neighborhoods all over the country.  By tapping two important community resources, citizen participation and its older and historic buildings, the Main Street Approach has helped reinvigorate America’s historic downtowns and commercial districts in cities and towns across the country

Posted November 17, 2015 on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.

Spruce Beetle in Hinsdale County

Below is a link to a Quick Guide produced by the Colorado State Forest Service to promote knowledge transfer with regard to the Spruce Beetle in the Colorado’s spruce forest ecosystem..

Spruce Beetle Quick Guide

Gunnison Country Association of REALTORS Monthly Indicators for October 2015

(Gunnison, Crested Butte and Lake City areas 2014 to 2015)

New Listings were up 10.5 percent (Lake City:  down 52.9 percent) for single family homes and 6.3 percent (Lake City:  down 50 percent) for townhouse-condo properties.  Pending Sales decreased 78.6 percent for single family homes and 95.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties.

The Median Sales Price was down 0.5 percent to $338,400 (Lake City:  $220,000) for single family homes and 22.7 percent to $218,500 (Lake City:  no change) for townhouse-condo properties.  Days on Market decreased 24.8 percent for single family homes but increased 39.9 percent for condo properties.

Interest rates are an area to pay attention to as rate hikes are widely expected before the year ends.  The Federal Reserve Bank has skipped two opportunities to raise rates this fall, but the final meeting in December will likely include a minor rate hike.  Although we are headed into a slower time of year, as housing activity goes, there are still many nuggets of optimism to mine from monthly figures.

Lake City Colorado Fire Rating Drop 2015

In the Silver World Newspaper dated September 11, 2015, there is an article with regard to the “dramatic drop in the local fire rating classification from 6 to 4 effective July 1, 2015.”

Hall Realty would like to encourage all home and business owners in the Lake City and immediate area to contact your insurance company and inquire as to a possible reduction in your current policy premium.

We hope this Thanksgiving finds you and your families well.  As always, Hall Realty appreciates your continued business support.

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