Effective June 1, 2012, the Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office will collect a $50 fee for more than two false alarms in the same calendar year at the same residence or business. Recently, we have experienced several false alarms from homes and local businesses. Each alarm must be treated as a potential criminal incident and officers respond accordingly. These false alarms are distracting and costly to the agency. Therefore, we will absorb the cost of two false alarms at the same location in a calendar year but will charge for any false alarm that year above two. This policy is effective June 1, 2012, and is not retroactive. For 2012, the “free” false alarms will begin June 1st.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to answer all alarms and there will be no charge for alarms representing an actual unauthorized intrusion/fire/freezing/etc into residential or commercial premises. Any citizen who wishes to discuss this policy is invited to contact the Sheriff at 970.944.2291.
Signed, Sheriff Ron Bruce May 30, 2012
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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Please remember that the weather changes quickly at high altitudes. Please check with the Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office (970.944.2291) for current road conditions.
Most County roads are now open. Cinnamon Pass is now open but snow can accumulate quickly with Spring storms so be prepared to turn around if the pass looks too difficult for your vehicle. Always carry a small shovel in your vehicle when driving in the mountains. Engineer Pass is now open.
There have recently been three cases of vehicles stuck in the mud at the top of Wager Gulch road past Carson. Please note that what may appear as a small mud puddle can be a very deep hole at high altitudes. Do not assume that your four wheel drive vehicle can go through whatever you encounter. The tow truck bill from up there can be very large.
SLUMGULLION PASS: There will be an extensive forestry program on Highway 149 near Slumgullion Pass all summer. This will involve delays of as much as 30 minutes to allow trees to be removed from the roadway. All of this work is necessary to remove trees killed by the Spruce Beetle.
DEER LAKES CAMPGROUND: This campground will be closed most of the 2015 summer to remove dead trees killed by the Spruce Beetle. Watch this site or check with the Lake City Visitors Center for current information.