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friday, december 2nd

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Snapshot

Civic Meetings Today:

9a BOCC Budget Workshop. Click here to view the agenda.

Monarch Mountain opened yesterday for the season.

Read more about hours and operations this season here.

Speaking of winter activities and the snow needed to do said activities… OutThere Colorado recently published an article about Colorado lagging behind the typical amount of snowpack found this early in the season. It’s behind the 30-year median, but not by much. In fact, the median peak is still 130 days away. April has a typical snow water equivalent to date of 16.9 inches. More snow is forecasted for this weekend, which could close the gap when it comes to approaching median statewide snowpack.

Now onto the rest of today’s roundup…

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Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph. Mostly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of snow showers in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs 39 to 44. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the teens. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

High Wind Warning in effect from December 1, 08:00 PM until December 2, 05:00 PM

Hazardous Weather Outlook today through Wednesday: Dangerous travel conditions are expected to occur over most of Friday due to strong west winds, gusting anywhere from 70 to over 100 mph. The strongest winds are expected to occur over the southern I-25 corridor. High-profile vehicles are extremely likely to get blown off of the roads and tipped over. These conditions will last through Friday evening.

Critical Fire Weather conditions are expected over most of the eastern plains Friday afternoon, due to fairly dry conditions and the intense winds. Conditions will be very favorable for the rapid spread and intensification of any fires. Blowing dust over the plains and I-25 may also reduce visibility, further impeding travel.

Snow and blowing snow are expected over the higher elevations of the Continental Divide and the eastern San Juan Mountains on Friday as well, leading to hazardous travel, especially over mountain passes.

road & highways

As winter storm systems continue across the Valley, a friendly reminder that Colorado Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information System- COTrip.org there you’ll find more information on road conditions, traffic speeds & travel alerts.

Also we suggest checking out Custer County’s community Facebook Page, How’s Hardscrabble?, to see what others in the area know about conditions based on first-hand accounts.

box] Public Safety [/box]

​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

Don’t let COVID-19 or other viruses have a seat at your table this holiday season.
Vaccines and boosters are available at the Custer County Public Health Agency. Call (719) 783-3369 for more information.

Look at the Colorado Department of Health & Environment’s latest case numbers:

COVID-19

Influenza + RSV 

public affairs

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners is accepting bids for trash disposal service beginning January 1, 2023 thru December 30, 2023 for the Custer County Courthouse, Road and Bridge, and the Sheriff’s office.

Read more

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners will be approving appointments for new and expired terms to the various county boards, commissions, and advisory groups. The Board of Custer County Commissioners will be accepting letters of interest for the following: Airport Advisory Board, Attainable Housing Board, CSU Extension Advisory, Fair Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Tourism Board, Weed Advisory Board, Wetmore Community Center, and Wetmore Community Library.

Read more

civic meetings & events

Friday, December 2nd

  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall
  • 9a BOCC Budget Workshop, Commissioner’s Boardroom

Saturday, December 3rd

  • 9-5p Friends of the Library Craft Show, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall
  • 1-4p Santa Claus Visit; Silver Cliff Community Park
  • 1-4p 3rd Street Gallery Festival of Art Show Reception
  • 4:30p Magical Musical Christmas Parade Main streets of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff
  • At Dusk: Tree Lighting Jess Price Park
  • After tree lighting: “A Christmas Carol” Westcliffe Center for Performing Arts; Historic Jones Theatre

custer county schools

Friday, December 2nd

MS Basketball (Boys) vs South Park HS (Home); 10a-11a

Festival of Trees; 12-6p Multipurpose Room. West Gym Parking Lot

Saturday, December 3rd

HS Wrestling Fowler Grizzly Invitational

Festival of Trees; 10a-6p Winning tree pick up 5-6p; Multipurpose room, West Gym parking lot

Custer County 4-H -5p; West Gym

thursday, december 1st

thursday, december 1st

Snapshot

Civic Meetings Today:

9a BOCC Workshop with the Planning Commission; Meet with Dorothy and the Planning Commission to work through some of the zoning resolutions including short term rentals and child care at home business. View the agenda here.

1p-3p Community Conversation on Mental Health with CCSO at Chud’s; The Custer Sheriff’s Office is seeking to improve our interactions with members in mental health crises. The Sheriff’s office would like to apply for a grant to start a mental health co-responder program. If you or someone you love has mental health challenges, please come and talk with the CCSO about how we can best help you.

Also!

KLZR will have a float entry in the Valley Strong holiday parade, Saturday, December 3rd starting at 4:30p on Main Street.

You’ll hear and see live mobile Christmas music from Smythe & Taylor.

We are still looking for volunteers to be on our float, for more information on how to participate email tc.smythe@klzr.org or call the station at (719) 783-0987 and leave a message with your name and phone number- someone will contact you with more information on how to be involved this Saturday.

You rely on KLZR for the news you need to get you through the day. Give through the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign today to invest in journalism that puts facts at the center.

It takes just a few minutes.

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Learn More

Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts southwest winds 15 to 30 mph. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Tonight: Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows 24 to 29.

road & highways

As winter storm systems continue across the Valley, a friendly reminder that Colorado Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information System- COTrip.org there you’ll find more information on road conditions, traffic speeds & travel alerts.

Also we suggest checking out Custer County’s community Facebook Page, How’s Hardscrabble?, to see what others in the area know about conditions based on first-hand accounts.

box] Public Safety [/box]

​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

Don’t let COVID-19 or other viruses have a seat at your table this holiday season.
Vaccines and boosters are available at the Custer County Public Health Agency. Call (719) 783-3369 for more information.

Custer County Public Health Agency: Published 11/28
“Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials said Monday numbers of cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) have risen sharply, especially among children. Be aware of this risk when you consider being around children. Despite promising research and development in RSV vaccines, Dr. Herlihy reported RSV vaccines would probably not be ready until next RSV season. If you or your family members are feeling sick, please remain at home until symptom free. Remember that the severity of “cold” or flu-like symptoms vary widely, but the same virus can be the cause and is highly contagious.”

public affairs

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners is accepting bids for trash disposal service beginning January 1, 2023 thru December 30, 2023 for the Custer County Courthouse, Road and Bridge, and the Sheriff’s office.

Read more

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners will be approving appointments for new and expired terms to the various county boards, commissions, and advisory groups. The Board of Custer County Commissioners will be accepting letters of interest for the following: Airport Advisory Board, Attainable Housing Board, CSU Extension Advisory, Fair Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Tourism Board, Weed Advisory Board, Wetmore Community Center, and Wetmore Community Library.

Read more

civic meetings & events

Thursday, December 1st

  • 9a BOCC Workshop with the Planning Commission, Commissioner’s Boardroom
  • 1p-3p Community Conversation on Mental Health with CCSO, Chud’s restaurant
  • 2p-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Friday, December 2nd

  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Saturday, December 3rd

  • 9-5p Friends of the Library Craft Show, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall
  • 1-4p Santa Claus Visit; Silver Cliff Community Park
  • 1-4p 3rd Street Gallery Festival of Art Show Reception
  • 4:30p Magical Musical Christmas Parade Main streets of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff
  • At Dusk: Tree Lighting Jess Price Park
  • After tree lighting: “A Christmas Carol” Westcliffe Center for Performing Arts; Historic Jones Theatre

custer county schools

Thursday, December 1st

JV Basketball (Girls) vs La Junta-East Gym; 2-3p

JV Basketball (Boys) vs La Junta-East Gym; 3:30-4:30p

Bobcat Strong Families – Family Night; 5:30 pm West Gym, Multipurpose room

Friday, December 2nd

MS Basketball (Boys) vs South Park HS (Home); 10a-11a

Festival of Trees; 12-6p Multipurpose Room. West Gym Parking Lot

Saturday, December 3rd

HS Wrestling Fowler Grizzly Invitational

Festival of Trees; 10a-6p Winning tree pick up 5-6p; Multipurpose room, West Gym parking lot

Custer County 4-H -5p; West Gym

wednesday, November 30th

wednesday, November 30th

Snapshot

Civic Meetings Today: 9a BOCC End of Month Meeting, Commissioner’s Boardroom. Click here to view the agenda.

Are you looking for the quintessential winter festival in Colorado this season? Look no further. 

Also!

KLZR will have a float entry in the Valley Strong holiday parade, Saturday, December 3rd starting at 4:30p on Main Street.

You’ll hear and see live mobile Christmas music from Smythe & Taylor.

We are still looking for volunteers to be on our float, for more information on how to participate email tc.smythe@klzr.org or call the station at (719) 783-0987 and leave a message with your name and phone number- someone will contact you with more information on how to be involved this Saturday.

You rely on KLZR for the news you need to get you through the day. Give through the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign today to invest in journalism that puts facts at the center.

It takes just a few minutes.

Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign

Here’s how to give:

Visit www.wmvcf.org/donations or look for the Foundation’s coupon in the Wet Mountain Tribune.

Learn More

Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower to mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 15 to 20. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Hazardous Weather Outlook Wednesday through Monday: There will be a chance of snow over the Continental Divide region Friday through Monday.

road & highways

As winter storm systems continue across the Valley, a friendly reminder that Colorado Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information System- COTrip.org there you’ll find more information on road conditions, traffic speeds & travel alerts.

Also we suggest checking out Custer County’s community Facebook Page, How’s Hardscrabble?, to see what others in the area know about conditions based on first-hand accounts.

CO 96 between Westcliffe & Wetmore in Custer County: Closure of Main Street in Silver Cliff remains in effect until November 30th. This project is part of CDOT’s project to improve CO 96 and will enhance stormwater mitigation in the town of Silver Cliff. For more information visit Silver Cliff’s Facebook page for the CDOT Project Flyer.

Click to view a map of the detour routes and access to all businesses in this section.  

For more information, call 719-783-2615 or email townclerk@silvercliffco.com

box] Public Safety [/box]

​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

Don’t let COVID-19 or other viruses have a seat at your table this holiday season.
Vaccines and boosters are available at the Custer County Public Health Agency. Call (719) 783-3369 for more information.

Custer County Public Health Agency: Published 11/28
“Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials said Monday numbers of cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) have risen sharply, especially among children. Be aware of this risk when you consider being around children. Despite promising research and development in RSV vaccines, Dr. Herlihy reported RSV vaccines would probably not be ready until next RSV season. If you or your family members are feeling sick, please remain at home until symptom free. Remember that the severity of “cold” or flu-like symptoms vary widely, but the same virus can be the cause and is highly contagious.”

public affairs

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners is accepting bids for trash disposal service beginning January 1, 2023 thru December 30, 2023 for the Custer County Courthouse, Road and Bridge, and the Sheriff’s office.

Read more

The Custer County Board of County Commissioners will be approving appointments for new and expired terms to the various county boards, commissions, and advisory groups. The Board of Custer County Commissioners will be accepting letters of interest for the following: Airport Advisory Board, Attainable Housing Board, CSU Extension Advisory, Fair Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Tourism Board, Weed Advisory Board, Wetmore Community Center, and Wetmore Community Library.

Read more

civic meetings & events

Wednesday, November 30th

  • 9a BOCC End of Month Meeting, Commissioner’s Boardroom

Thursday, December 1st

  • 9a BOCC Workshop with the Planning Commission, Commissioner’s Boardroom
  • 1p-3p Community Conversation on Mental Health with CCSO, Chud’s restaurant
  • 2p-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Friday, December 2nd

  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Saturday, December 3rd

  • Magical Musical Christmas Parade & Full Day of Events- view the flyer for information on all day events.  
  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall
  • 1p Christmas Community Banquet – Valley Bible Fellowship, RSVP: vbfnews@gmail.com
  • 1p-4p 3rd Street Gallery Art Show Reception, 3rd Street Gallery
  • 7p Staged reading of A Christmas Carol, Jones Theatre

custer county schools

Thursday, December 1st

JV Basketball (Girls) vs La Junta-East Gym; 2-3p

JV Basketball (Boys) vs La Junta-East Gym; 3:30-4:30p

Bobcat Strong Families – Family Night; 5:30 pm West Gym, Multipurpose room

Friday, December 2nd

MS Basketball (Boys) vs South Park HS (Home); 10a-11a

Festival of Trees; 12-6p Multipurpose Room. West Gym Parking Lot

Saturday, December 3rd

HS Wrestling Fowler Grizzly Invitational

Festival of Trees; 10a-6p Winning tree pick up 5-6p; Multipurpose room, West Gym parking lot

Custer County 4-H -5p; West Gym

tuesday, November 29th

tuesday, November 29th

Snapshot

High Country Recycling wants everyone to know the recent changes that have been established for cardboard and paper recycling at the Joanie Liebman Recycling Center at the Landfill.

These changes are being made based on new and reliable information Tim Harmon, Custer County Recycling Manager received recently. We all agree it will be easier for recyclers and workers alike.

Click here to view the changes.

Civic Meetings Today: 11a Town of Westcliffe Board of Trustees Workshop: Street lighting discussion, Patterson Hall.

Looking for the quintessential winter festival in Colorado this season? Look no further. 

You rely on KLZR for the news you need to get you through the day. Give through the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign today to invest in journalism that puts facts at the center.

It takes just a few minutes.

Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign

Here’s how to give:

Visit www.wmvcf.org/donations or look for the Foundation’s coupon in the Wet Mountain Tribune.

Learn More

Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon with light snow accumulations. Highs near 30. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 1 below to 5 above zero. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Hazardous Weather Outlook Tuesday through Sunday: Snow is expected to continue through this morning and into this afternoon, especially in higher terrain, to include the Palmer Divide and the Raton Mesa. Wind driven snow and decreased visibility could create hazardous travel conditions this morning, especially on the I-25 corridor and through mountain passes.

Critical fire weather conditions are possible for Friday afternoon, with continued chances for snow in our higher terrain on Friday as well.

road & highways

CO 96 between Westcliffe & Wetmore in Custer County: Closure of Main Street in Silver Cliff remains in effect until November 30th. This project is part of CDOT’s project to improve CO 96 and will enhance stormwater mitigation in the town of Silver Cliff. For more information visit Silver Cliff’s Facebook page for the CDOT Project Flyer.

Click to view a map of the detour routes and access to all businesses in this section.  

For more information, call 719-783-2615 or email townclerk@silvercliffco.com

box] Public Safety [/box]

​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

public affairs

SILVER CLIFF, CO

The Town Mayor and Board of Trustees would like to say thank you, to the University of Colorado Denver, UTA (University Technical Assistance). They have worked with us for the last 3 years, to help us be able to see what the future of the Town of Silver Cliff can be. Jeff Wood, Architect, University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) Coordinator, College of Architecture and Planning | University of Colorado Denver, all the students that helped through this 3 year process, especially Justin Trammell and Kalli Mott that were able to come and present to the community again. We also can’t thank DOLA enough for their support and partnership. The Town Board, Planning Commssion, staff, and the community are very pleased with the results. You all listened and implemented all the feed back that you received and presented a very professional plan.

View the presentation here.

civic meetings & events

Tuesday, November 29th

  • 11a Town of Westcliffe Board of Trustees Workshop: Street lighting discussion, Patterson Hall

Wednesday, November 30th

  • 9a BOCC End of Month Meeting, Commissioner’s Boardroom

Thursday, December 1st

  • 9a BOCC Workshop with the Planning Commission, Commissioner’s Boardroom
  • 1p-3p Community Conversation on Mental Health with CCSO, Chud’s restaurant
  • 2p-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Friday, December 2nd

  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Saturday, December 3rd

  • Magical Musical Christmas Parade & Full Day of Events- view the flyer for information on all day events.  
  • 9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall
  • 1p Christmas Community Banquet – Valley Bible Fellowship, RSVP: vbfnews@gmail.com
  • 1p-4p 3rd Street Gallery Art Show Reception, 3rd Street Gallery
  • 7p Staged reading of A Christmas Carol, Jones Theatre

custer county schools

Thursday, December 1st

JV Basketball (Girls) vs La Junta-East Gym; 2-3p

JV Basketball (Boys) vs La Junta-East Gym; 3:30-4:30p

Bobcat Strong Families – Family Night; 5:30 pm West Gym, Multipurpose room

Friday, December 2nd

MS Basketball (Boys) vs South Park HS (Home); 10a-11a

Festival of Trees; 12-6p Multipurpose Room. West Gym Parking Lot

Saturday, December 3rd

HS Wrestling Fowler Grizzly Invitational

Festival of Trees; 10a-6p Winning tree pick up 5-6p; Multipurpose room, West Gym parking lot

Custer County 4-H -5p; West Gym

Monday, November 28th

Monday, November 28th

Snapshot

I hope you had a great holiday weekend with friends and family. I know I’ve eaten leftovers every day since Thursday and think I might finally be at the threshold for how much turkey one person can consume.

There’s so much holiday cheer happening in the Valley this week. Scroll down to see what’s getting started this Thursday and running through the weekend.

Civic Meetings Today: 5:30p Town of Westcliffe Board Meeting. This meeting was reschedule from last week. View the agenda here.

You rely on KLZR for the news you need to get you through the day. Give through the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign today to invest in journalism that puts facts at the center.

It takes just a few minutes.

Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundations’ Spirit Campaign

Here’s how to give:

Visit www.wmvcf.org/donations or look for the Foundation’s coupon in the Wet Mountain Tribune.

Learn More

Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies with highs in the lower to mid 40. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph. Tonight: Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely after midnight. Lows in the teens. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Hazardous Weather Outlook Monday through Saturday: A new system will approach the region starting on Monday, with strong, gusty winds anticipated over and near the higher terrain. The system will pass over us Tuesday, with snowfall beginning over the mountains late Monday night and lasting throughout the day, spreading to the lower elevations during the afternoon.

road & highways

CO 96 between Westcliffe & Wetmore in Custer County: Closure of Main Street in Silver Cliff remains in effect until November 30th. This project is part of CDOT’s project to improve CO 96 and will enhance stormwater mitigation in the town of Silver Cliff. For more information visit Silver Cliff’s Facebook page for the CDOT Project Flyer.

Click to view a map of the detour routes and access to all businesses in this section.  

For more information, call 719-783-2615 or email townclerk@silvercliffco.com

box] Public Safety [/box]

​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

public affairs

SILVER CLIFF, CO

The Town Mayor and Board of Trustees would like to say thank you, to the University of Colorado Denver, UTA (University Technical Assistance). They have worked with us for the last 3 years, to help us be able to see what the future of the Town of Silver Cliff can be. Jeff Wood, Architect, University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) Coordinator, College of Architecture and Planning | University of Colorado Denver, all the students that helped through this 3 year process, especially Justin Trammell and Kalli Mott that were able to come and present to the community again. We also can’t thank DOLA enough for their support and partnership. The Town Board, Planning Commssion, staff, and the community are very pleased with the results. You all listened and implemented all the feed back that you received and presented a very professional plan.

View the presentation here.

civic meetings & events

Monday, November 28th

5:30p Town of Westcliffe Board Meeting, Patterson Hall

Tuesday, November 29th

11a Town of Westcliffe Board of Trustees Workshop: Street lighting discussion, Patterson Hall

Wednesday, November 30th

9a BOCC meeting, Commissioner’s Boardroom

Thursday, December 1st

9a BOCC Workshop with the Planning Commission, Commissioner’s Boardroom

1p-3p Community Conversation on Mental Health with CCSO, Chud’s restaurant

2p-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Friday, December 2nd

9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

Saturday, December 3rd

Magical Musical Christmas Parade & Full Day of Events- view the flyer for information on all day events.  

9a-5p Friends of the Library Arts & Crafts Fair, Hope Lutheran Lange Hall

1p Christmas Community Banquet – Valley Bible Fellowship, RSVP: vbfnews@gmail.com

1p-4p 3rd Street Gallery Art Show Reception, 3rd Street Gallery

7p Staged reading of A Christmas Carol, Jones Theatre

custer county schools

Monday, November 28th

MS Basketball Boys @ La Veta (Away)

Thursday, December 1st

JV Basketball (Girls) vs La Junta-East Gym; 2-3p

JV Basketball (Boys) vs La Junta-East Gym; 3:30-4:30p

Bobcat Strong Families – Family Night; 5:30 pm West Gym, Multipurpose room

Friday, December 2nd

MS Basketball (Boys) vs South Park HS (Home); 10a-11a

Festival of Trees; 12-6p Multipurpose Room. West Gym Parking Lot

Saturday, December 3rd

HS Wrestling Fowler Grizzly Invitational

Festival of Trees; 10a-6p Winning tree pick up 5-6p; Multipurpose room, West Gym parking lot

Custer County 4-H -5p; West Gym

thursday, November 24th

thursday, November 24th

Snapshot

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you getting into today? Visiting with family and friends?

I’m headed up to Conifer this morning to spend the day with my partner’s family. Here’s what we conjured up in the kitchen for today’s feast. What’s your favorite thanksgiving dish to bring and eat on Thanksgiving?

Remember, a nap post-turkey is always a good idea.

Alone for the holiday? Consider heading to the Silver Cliff Inn today from noon to 3p. They are hosting their annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s what’s on the menu: Turkey, ham, mashed taters and gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll, beverage and dessert.

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Weather

The National Weather Service forecasts mostly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 6 to 11. West winds up to 10 mph. Hazardous Weather Outlook: Light snow showers are likely this morning and afternoon for areas along and around the Palmer Divide and Raton Mesa regions. These snow showers could cause slushy accumulations and slick roads during the day.

Another storm at the start of next week could bring more impactful winter weather to southern Colorado, especially during the day Tuesday.

If you’re traveling today or tomorrow, I suggest visiting COtrip.org for real time updates on road conditions in Colorado.

road & highways

The Town of Silver Cliff  

ROAD CLOSURE: Construction on the 600 block of Main Street  will run through November 30th.

Highway 96 will be closed on and off through this project.

Click to view a map of the detour routes and access to all businesses in this section.  

For more information, call 719-783-2615 or email townclerk@silvercliffco.com

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​​Avalanche Forecast

San Carlos Ranger District

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct pile burns in nine locations this winter.

Pile burns could occur as early as November 2022 and could continue through April 2023, depending on weather and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke from the pile burns will be visible throughout the day of the burn, mostly during the warmest part of the day. With cooler temperatures in the evening, smoke may linger and accumulate in low-lying areas.

Notifications of confirmed burns will be published on the BLM Colorado Fire facebook and twitter accounts, which can be found at:

BLM Facebook Page
BLM Twitter Page

Read more about the prescribed burn in the San Carols Ranger District’s press release.  

Public Health

For those looking for COVID vaccines or boosters in or outside of Custer County – Click here.

Colorado Department of Public health and Environment updates Class-to-clinic Locator. The online tool lists more than 2,200 schools and closest COVID-19 omicron vaccine providers. You can find more information on how to use the tool by visiting the Custer County Public Health Agency’s facebook page and view the latest press release. 

mark your calendars

Thursday, November 24th

Silver Cliff Mountain Inn will be hosting our popular community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 24. It’s free to all our Custer County customers, neighbors and friends. This is our way of saying thank you to all of you that have supported us. No reservation needed – we will serve from noon to 3:00. Menu will include Turkey, ham, mashed taters and gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll, beverage and dessert. This is always a fun time and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.