In Celebration of Shark Week....


JAWS at the Mountaineer Movie Theatre

by Kolten Wonnacott, LCHS Student Reporter   

   It’s the most wonderful week of the year -- Shark Week!!  And to celebrate, the Mountaineer Movie Theatre in Lake City, Colorado is playing the classic film, JAWS. We all know how difficult it is to get up from watching Shark Week, but be sure to come on down to the theatre to view this excellent film. JAWS will be playing at the Mountaineer Movie Theatre tonight, July 7th at 7:30 pm. See you at the movies!


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Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Zoo

Looking for a unique opportunity for your family?  


You may be in the most remote county, tucked away in the San Juan Mountains, but this new experience will take you on new adventures.  Karen Hurd started Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Zoo 3 years ago.  Today she has 270 hand-painted animals covering 4 continents. New this year, she has added a dinosaur exhibit!


The gift shop offers a variety of pet rocks and portraits for sale.  Karen also sells her book, "My Sweety," featuring the story of the friendly deer who took up residence in her backyard.  Sweety was the inspiration for Karen's zoo!  You can also buy a "My Sweety" coloring book, wildlife yard ornaments.




Inspired by Karen's zoo?! Make your own pet rock with Karen on Tuesdays & Wednesday at 11am (for kids) and 1pm (for adults).

Admission: $5/adults, $3/children 6-12 (under 6 is free)

Directions: From Highway 149, turn onto Oceanwave Drive (between the Lake City Bakery and Country Store), follow to the very top of the road.  Sweety's Zoo is on the right.






4th of July Festivities

DSC 7946The 4th of July is certainly our most attended special event of the year. In an effort to assure that all our visitors understand what we offer and the policies of the 4th of July events hosted by the Chamber we encourage you to read through our policies and proceduresand call us with any additional questions at 970-944-2527


Event Calendar

July 1st 

11 am  - 3rd Annual Bear Day in Town Park 

7:30 pm - Chamber Music Series: Sunberg & Biggers 

Flute/Harp Duo at Moseley Arts Center




July 2nd 

10:30 am - Historic District Tour. Walking tour of Lake City's historic district. Meet at the museum at 10:15 am

7 pm - Suzy Bogguss at Sportsmans Backyard Amphitheater

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9 am - High Country Craft Fair at Veteran's Park

7 pm - Annual Patriotic Choir Concert at the Armory

8 pm - Ghost Tour Meet at Museum


July 4th 

8 am - Book Sale begins at John Wagner Library (206 N Silver)

8 am - All Your Can Eat Pancake Breakfast for only $8! Event will be held at the LC School yard. 

LC School Garage Sale at the School Yard until 2 pm

10 am - Airforce Flyover 

Parade Begins 

11 am(ish) - Register for a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament hosted by the LCCS following the 4th of July parade.  $50 per team.

11:30 am(ish) Following the Parade:

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* Presentation of the Flags by the Veterans Honor Guard - Town Park

* Lake City Stinger Band Plays & National Anthem by Taylor Snow


Races begin for all ages!!

Races include walking age to 70+. 

Types: Foot races, sack races, shoe kick, balloon & egg toss. Food featuring hot dogs, turkey legs, crepes, jambalaya, fresh salsa and chips, dippin dots, hand-crafted sodas, and more! Beer and margarita booth (must be 21 years of age to purchase) Artisan booths - local photography, jewelry, hand-made body goods, face painting and more!

4 pm - BINGO will be hosted in Town Park after the races. Weather permitting.  $5 a card or 5 for $20. 10 games. Cash and merchandise prizes. 

6 pm - Lake City Old Cowboy Shot-Out performance at the corner of 4th and Silver Street.

7 pm - Street Dance on Silver St. featuring Blue Sky Band

9 pm(ish) - Fireworks hosted by Lake City Pyro Technics Team



Photography courtesy of Allison Stewart

Timberline Craftsman Update


by Koletn Wonnocatt, LCHC Chamber of Commerce Reporter

San Juan Soda Co. is finally expanding! After the Timberline Craftsman, a tiny, locally-owned store, tragically shut its doors for good, the neighboring business, San Juan Soda Co., bought the property. The Hartmans, owners of the ice cream shop, began renovation and stocking of the store. Stocking of merchandise is still underway, but the store is open. Merchandise will include hand-crafted materials, made directly in Colorado. If you would like to purchase creative, hand-made goods, then this is the place to go.  The Timberline Craftsman is located on 225 North Silver Street, directly adjacent to San Juan Soda Co.



The ONE Thing You Can do to Impact the World

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It's what we all want, right?  A better world.  It's why we plant trees and train our children up to become good citizens.

But there is one way you can impact your world today that will have a lasting impact for a million years to come!



Don't believe me? See if this will change your mind...



You're feeling pretty good about yourself, aren't you?  I don't litter!   But there's a lot more to littering than the obvious.


The first time I read this, my eyes scanned right over the line about the 'orange peel.'  Whoops.  I'll have to admit throwing the occasional apple core or banana peel out the window.  'It's not litter.  It will decompose!'


But after 2 years! I had no idea!

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"When wildlife have the ability to feed off our trash, it puts them in danger in multiple ways.  Like when you throw trash out the window, not only are you littering, but you're attracting wildlife to the side of the road which puts both them and us in danger." says Pheobe Perkins of Lake City Friends of the Bears.


Bears tend to become a problem (in Lake City) whenever people don't lock up their trash or leave pet food outside.  And then we often punish them for coming around!  


I then started thinking about the trash I throw away everyday. Not trash that I litter, but actually throw into a trash can and then is picked up.  That trash will be there for a long time.  In fact, my trash will outlive me by a long shot!  But I forget about it because I don't see it anymore.


Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. 

If you pack it in, pack it out.

Let's make sure the impact we're leaving on the world is a positive one!


San Juan Delights Open House

By Kolten Wonnacott (LCHC Social Media Reporter)

Who doesn’t love a good party on a Friday night?  And if you like parties, then San Juan Delights is the place to be this Friday, June 12th from 4-8pm! 

This celebration will be tons of fun and everyone is welcome. The Open House will feature live music, scrumptious food and door prizes. If that’s not enough to sway you, the unveiling of the Giant Sandwich, the official launch of the photography book, Fall Colors, by From the High Country, introducing the collaborative store on location The Flying Pig "a unique botique", and last but not least celebrating Sandy Hines’ birthday party should!  Assorted merchandise will also be sold so come on down and party with us!

San Juan Delights and The Flying Pig are located at 925 Ocean Wave Drive (behind The Country Store).



San Juan Delights Photo Gallery



The Flying Pig Photo Gallery






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