Last updated 3:49PM ET
December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Winter Storm knocks out power, 6 missing, Purg Skier Dies
(2008-01-06)
(ksut) - THOUSANDS LEFT POWERLESS
As many as 4-thousand LaPlata and Archuleta County residents were without power much of Sunday, due to a winter storm that swept across the area.
Affected areas include: Bayfield Area, Vallecito, Lemon Dam, Florida Road areas, Forest Lakes (mostly areas of Eastern LaPlata County.)
A shelter has been established at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds for anyone needing overnight accommodations and opened at 6pm.
However, power has been restored to the Smelter Mountain Radio site.
Crews have also completed repairs to equipment feeding Durango Hills, Forest Lakes, Pine River Valley and in Durango proper, the area around the old Mercy Medical site.
Bayfield 131 is also repaired, ensuring that the 1200 customers in town and east to Yellow Jacket are back in power.
The Bayfield customers west to CR 223 remain out of power as of 6pm as are about 500 Archuleta County customers from the intersection of Hwy 160 and CR151 down to Arboles. Trees have fallen through the lines.
In Pagosa Springs, broken poles have caused outages in town and east up the highway toward Wolf Creek.
Approximately 300 customers are affected.
Crews will be working through the night to attempt to restore service.

SKIER DIES AT PURGATORY
A 19-year old Durango man died after skiing off a headwall near lift 3 at Purgatory Sunday, landing headfirst in deep snow.
Riders on lift 3 notified resort personnel of a possible trapped skier shortly after 1:30 after seeing tracks off the cliff, and a hole at the base of the cliff.
Ski Patrollers located the unidentified skier, dug him out, and spent 45 minutes trying to revive him, but to no avail.
No foul play is suspected. An investigation is continuing.
The victims name is being witheld pending notification of relatives.

SIX FARMINGTON SNOWMOBILERS MISSING NEAR CHAMA
A search is underway, for six snowmobilers from Farmington, New Mexico last seen on Friday, before a heavy storm dumped three to four feet of snow near Cumbres Pass.
Donna Oney of the Colorado State Patrol says 11 search and rescue team members and three deputies were looking for the snowmobilers.
A search from the New Mexico side has been suspended due to snowy conditions and bad roads.
The snowmobilers are 36-year-old Jason Groen, his 31-year-old wife, Shannon, and 14-year-old daughter, Aspen.
That's according to Betty Groen, Jason's stepmother.
Groen says the family was snowmobiling with Mike Martin, one of Groen's employees, and his wife, Missy, and their 13-year-old son, Jessie.
The six were last seen Friday just north of 10,000-foot-high Cumbres Pass near Chama on the Colorado/New Mexico border.
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