Fall 2011

Excerpts from the Mineral County Miner

Shoulder Work Topic at Recent BOCC Meeting (December 1)

The Mineral County Commissioners recently discussed widening the shoulders of Highway 149 and heard an update from Jonathan Allsup on the Creede Repertory Theatre. Jim Loud came to the county to discuss the possibility of receiving funds for expanding the shoulders of Highway 149 from the end of Creede to Deep Creek Road. The main goal in the expansion would be to increase safety for bicyclists and would mean that they could travel on a loop that would bring them back to town from Deep Creek. Ideally, that route would keep riders away from highway traffic. Loud pointed out that the shoulder project would have recreational advantages for the county and said that stretch of highway already has a shoulder. The work would be done along 2.7 miles of Highway 149. Loud recommended that the county not do any work on the bridge because that would likely go over the amount they could receive for the project. There is a possibility that matching funds would be needed from the county to get the grant. Loud told the commissioners that he will bring more information to the next meeting.

CRT Announces 47th Season Line-Up (November 24)

The Creede Repertory Theatre has announced its 2012 season schedule. For details, go to Creede Repertory Theatre.

Drilling Permit is Pending (November 17)

Although a Texas company has filed a permit to drill outside of Del Norte, no activity would potentially occur on the site for well over a year. Attending the Rio Grande Round table meeting last week, Rio Grande County Land Use Administrator Rose Vanderpool explained to the Valley-wide water group what the timeline would probably look like. Vanderpool confirmed that the Dan A Hughes Company had submitted an application for permit to drill to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The company owns property in the San Francisco Creek area near Del Norte.

U.S. Mogul Team Invading Wolf Creek (November 17)

Incredible early season snowfall at Wolf Creek Ski Area brings U.S. Mogul Team to fall camp for practice. With 100 inches of snowfall so far this October and November, Wolf Creek Ski Area is 100 percent open and ready to host the 20-member U.S. Mogul Team and their coaches, Nov. 14 through Nov. 19.

Code Enforcement Officer Begins Patrols

The City of Creede has hired a full-time code enforcement officer to ensure that town ordinances will be followed. The position was established as a way for the town to ensure that residents comply with ordinances. Lamb applied for the position because she felt that there were many ordinances in town that had not been complied with over the year. She said that she "would like to see Creede get cleaned up."

The Bad Man Closes 2011 Theatre Season
During the 2011 season CRT produced seven shows taking advantage of the new Ruth Humphreys Brown building for simultaneous shows. The new building also met all of CRT's expectations for seating more patrons during the season. The old Black Box area of the theatre had a seating capacity of 80 people and the Ruth can seat 150

OktoberFeast Planned for Community Center
The first every OktoberFeast is being held in Creede on October 22 from 6-10pm and everyone is welcome. If the drive up to Creede through the beautiful changing Aspen leaves is not enough to entice you to visit, the homemade OktoberFeast dinners and desserts should be!

Wolf Creek First in State to Open
Ski area makes history, keeps skiers happy - Wolf Creek Ski Area beat their opening day record by opening on October 8th with 42 inches of snow! They were the first ski area in the state to open this year. On Saturday there were 1,580 skier on the hill, with people traveling from all over.

RGPH Honored as Public Health Ready
David Osborm, Regional Emergency Response Preparedness and Planning Coordinator, presented Pat Perry, the Rio Grande County Public Health Agency Director, with a a plaque that acknowledges the RGC Public Health Agency for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.