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Last updated 4:49AM ET
December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Storm Updates
(2008-01-07)
(ksut) - THOUSANDS LEFT POWERLESS
Our winter storm left just over 4-thousand LPEA customers in LaPlata and Archuleta Counties without power Sunday.
Many remain without electricity this morning.
La Plata Electric Association crews worked through the night addressing spot outages in the area.
Warming centers for those without power were set up for overnight at the Community Center in Pagosa Springs, the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Bayfield High School.
Power hopefully will be restored to everyone today, but given the conditions and extensive damage, nothing can be guaranteed.
LPEA says one of the largest outages was the failure of a major transmission line in Vallecito, which cut power to approximately 1500 customers in the Vallecito, Lemon Dam, CR501 and CR240. That has been repaired, but the Vallecito area north and west to CR240 remains out.
Until the trees are removed and line crews can get in to see the damage to equipment, there can be no estimate on repair time.
Crews this morning are also concentrating on the area of Bayfield East to Yellow Jacket, CR502/505 in the Bayfield area, Forest Lakes and parts of 501.
In total, about 1900 customers in eastern La Plata County were and are affected. In Forest Lakes, about 70 percent of the power has been restored.
In Archuleta County, about 500 customers were affected from the intersection of Hwy 160 and CR151 down to Arboles.
In Pagosa Springs, broken poles have caused outages in town and east up the highway toward Wolf Creek. Approximately 300 customers were affected.
Many remain without power this morning, crews are still at work.

SKIER DIES AT PURGATORY
19-year old Logan Jameson of Durango died yesterday after skiing off a headwall near lift 3 at Purgatory landing headfirst in deep snow.
According to LaPlata Sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender, riders on the lift notified resort personnel of a possible trapped skier shortly after 1:30pm after seeing tracks off the cliff, and a hole at the base of the cliff.
Ski Patrollers located Jameson, dug him out, and spent 45 minutes trying to revive him, but to no avail.
No foul play is suspected. An investigation is continuing.

SIX FARMINGTON SNOWMOBILERS MISSING NEAR CHAMA
A New Mexico family that wants to continue the search for their six missing loved ones is hoping for a break in snowy weather this morning.
Larry Groen is the father of one of the missing men. He says the search was suspended yesterday because of snowy weather and bad roads.
Missing are six snowmobilers. They are 36-year-old Jason Groen, his 31-year-old wife, Shannon, and 14-year-old daughter, Aspen.
Jason's stepmother, Betty 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.
A Colorado search team looked for the snowmobilers yesterday.
The National Weather Service forecasts up to two feet of snow for the area by this afternoon.
Larry Groen says his son is an experienced snowmobiler and he's hoping the group made it to a nearby cabin.

TWO MISSING NEAR WOLF CREEK
The search for two skiers reported missing near Wolf Creek Ski Area is expected to resume today.
Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus says the search has been hampered by heavy snow, poor visibility and the threat of backcountry avalanches, which also have slowed the search for six snowmobilers from New Mexico near Cumbres Pass.
Hosselkus describes the skiers as two men in their mid-20s. Their car, with New Mexico license plates, was found in the resort parking lot last night.
Their identities weren't released.


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