Lake City News – May 2019 – Night Skies

Because of its remote location, Lake City is well suited for great stargazing opportunities. On a clear night, one can marvel at the moon, planets, constellations, and other spectacular phenomena of our universe. Certainly, a good set of binoculars or telescope will enhance your “up close” viewing.

One of the best places in Lake City to view the stars is The Slumgullion Discovery Center, a sixty-acre parcel of land located 3 miles south of Lake City.

The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy (LFVC) staff and local volunteers are currently preparing an extensive application with the International Dark-Sky Association to have the proposed Slumgullion Discovery Center designated as a Dark Sky Park.  A Dark Sky Park is one of six designations identified by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). IDA is an award-winning organization that was established in 2002 to recognize and promote areas that provide excellent stewardship of the night sky.

Night-sky photography is also getting very popular, and the internet – particularly Instagram – is full of stunning images of star fields and the Milky Way. They may look like highly polished images taken by photographers with years of experience, but it’s actually advances in modern cameras that are the main reason for the genre’s sudden popularity.

If you have a camera with a good deal of manual control and a clear sky, taking pictures of the night sky is much easier than you might think. Check out our tips for photographing the night sky. 

Watching for meteors, one of the best astronomy activities in Lake City, is absolutely free and requires nothing more than patience, the naked eye, and mostly clear sky conditions. Although they last only seconds, meteors are always fun to watch as they streak across the sky. And, there are times a fireball (a very large meteor) may flash above. There will be an abundant variety of astronomical events in 2019. 

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Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management Update April 8, 2019

Monday April 8 – Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the closure order – at least to foot traffic – on County Road 20 beyond the ATV staging area. The Road & Bridge Department will continue to work to clear debris in this area.

Visitors travel at their own risk and are encouraged to remain aware of surroundings and hazards typical of a high-snow year.

San Juan Ranch Estates Fishing Update March 17, 2019 by Scott Williams

“Fishing at San Juan Ranch today was great.  Another and I caught a number of
fish including an absolutely gorgeous 22″ rainbow that he did a patient
job of landing and releasing safely.

That place fishes great and with water temperatures in the low 40’s, the
fish actually had some fight in them today.

Like last week, small, copper-colored nymphs worked quite well.  He used a
dry/dropper system and I a traditional strike indicator/nymph set-up.  We
both caught a number of fish.

The most difficult part was simply getting TO the river today due to the
prodigious snow amounts on the banks this year (as you can see from the

Hope you’re all getting ready to get up here and get out on the river.”

Posted with permission by Scott Williams. Photo courtesy of Scott Williams.

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management Update April 3, 2019

It may not feel like it yet, but spring thaw is here… With thaw comes run off and the potential for flooding. If you are a property owner in an area prone to high water or flooding, consider call about flood insurance TODAY! Is your property flood insurance in force and up to date? Flood insurance must be in place at least one month prior to an event, so call TODAY.

What is covered by your flood insurance?
Have you taken steps to prepare your property for flooding?
Are there items that could be moved to higher points on your property on in your home in case of a flood?
Have you and your family identified where you would go and what you would take should you need to evacuate?

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management Update April 4, 2019

At the April 3 BOCC meeting, Resolution #5 was approved by Commissioners Borchers, Thompson and Whinnery to terminate the local Avalanche Disaster Emergency Declaration, effective April 3.

Undersheriff Chris Kambish lifted the closure order on the Waterdog Trail.

By order of the Sheriff’s Office, County Road 20 remains closed beyond the ATV Staging Area.

By order of the Sheriff’s Office, County Road 30 remains closed beyond Wager Gulch.

Recovery efforts are underway to address impacts from recent emergencies.

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management March 16 Update

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management
7:50 pm March 16
A Comnet technician conducted testing in Lake City this evening. They believe all issues with the 911 system have been resolved.
The Hinsdale County coroner confirmed the fatality reported yesterday was not avalanche related.
More permanent barriers were installed in several areas today by Hinsdale County Road & Bridge.
Clearing work continues on the McJunkin / Hammonds Meadows slide.
The Town of Lake City has cleared all fire hydrants except those that are flagged due to non-disaster related maintenance issues.
Mineral County’s Sheriff’s department provided relief assistance in Hinsdale County today.
The emergency operations center is transitioning to remote staffing at 5:30 p.m. for the remainder of the weekend.
Follow Hinsdale County Facebook page or website for updates.
Sign up for Code Red Alerts on the Hinsdale County website

Lake City Avalanche Information Public Meeting March 15, 2019

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Hinsdale County Avalanche Update March 15, 2019, 10:00 am

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency Management
12 mins ·
10 a.m. March 15, 2019:
On Thursday, March 14, Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue initiated a backcountry welfare check. Search efforts continue as conditions allow.
Hinsdale County is receiving assistance in the search this morning from Wolf Creek Ski Patrol.
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for:
• All of County Road 30 beyond the Highway 149 intersection
• All of County Road 20 beyond the Ice Climb staging wall
• the Monte Queen subdivision
• the 400 block of Bluff Street on the west side
• the damaged home impacted by the Station 11 slide
Limited access for evacuees to their property is permitted ONLY through the Rapid Tag process. Evacuees should go to the Coursey Annex behind the sheriff’s office to find out the required procedures.
Anyone violating the Mandatory evacuation orders will be prosecuted.
Areas of concern are locations where residents should stay inside and minimize outdoor activity. Avoid areas between buildings and slopes. Be prepared to evacuate and continue to monitor conditions.
Areas of concern include:
• All areas of Bluff Street
• Primrose Lane
• Waterdog trail drainage
• Water tower hill (Vine Street)
Residents NOT LOCATED IN AREAS OF CONCERN needing to clear roofs should use proper tools with two people for safety and accountability. Falling snow can cause serious injury or death. Stay off the roof or consider hiring professionals.
Residents should clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues, thereby reducing the potential for Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel in order to not damage your propane system components.
Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. If the pipes freeze and crack, gas can pool in the snow, causing it to become an ignition source, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Priorities for today include:
• Incidents as they occur
• Search efforts in the Silver Coin slide region
• Continued debris removal from the Gladiator slide
• Access to the Tristate substation
• Initial assessment of damaged house in Lake City Heights
• Continue clearing access to fire hydrants
The following three environmental conditions may impact avalanche risk:
1) Rain on snow events
2) Rapid warming of 2-3 days of overnight non-freezing temperatures
3) Another large snow event
Hinsdale County is hosting a public meeting at the Armory at 4:00 p.m. today.
Follow this page or for updates.
Sign up for Code Red Emergency Notifications at
Current avalanche forecasts and information can be obtained at

Lake City Avalanche Preparedness Tips 2019

Hinsdale County Office of Emergency ManagementMarch 13, 2019 at 3:05 PM ·
Avalanche Preparedness
1. Clear your roof with proper tools including a roof rake or a shovel.
a. Snow rakes allow you to clear snow from your home’s roof without climbing a ladder and limit damage to your roof.
b. A plastic rake or shove will cause damage than a metal shovels to your shingles or roof.
2. Always clear a roof with a two people for safety and accountability. Falling snow may bury people and has resulted in the death of one individual in Crested Butte.
3. Stay off the roof.
4. Hire a professional.
Power Outages:
2. Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
3. Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
4. Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
5. Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
6. Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
7. If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
8. Check on neighbors.
Clear snow from Home Utilities:
1. Keep utilities clear of snow.
2. Snow may block ventilation of homes. Clear snow away from to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
3. Clear snow from exhaust pipes and air intake vents
4. Make sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues, thereby reducing the potential for CO poisoning. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel in order to not damage your propane system components.
5. Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. If the pipes freeze and crack, gas can pool in the snow, causing it to become an ignition source, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
6. Propane Winter Safety Tips:…/january/winter-storm-preparedness
7. Electric safety tips:…/ti…/weathering-a-winter-storm/

Press Release: Support Gateway Communites Application

LAKE CITY, COLO., (February 8, 2019) – Gateway Communities are found along the Continental Divide Trail and recognize the unique economic and cultural values this trail brings. There is no cost for the designation. The program focuses on supporting these Gateway Communities in stewardship and promotion of the trail and building a strong trail community. The Town of Lake City voted to provide a letter of support for this application driven by citizens and local businesses.

Please lend your support of our Gateway Community application by sending us an email (our internal deadline is February 12th so we can submit our application by mid-February). And let us know if you’d like to be involved in these efforts as we move forward with a work group.

Lake City DIRT is a leader in the Colorado Main Street program, in partnership with our local governments, other nonprofit organizations, small business owners, donors, and volunteers. More information can be viewed at

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