Snow Removal Procedures 2016/2017

Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Membership Only


The Tribe will make every attempt to plow snow quickly and properly. The order of priority is: 1st) Dialysis Patients; 2nd) Disabled/Frail Tribal Members; and, 3rd) Tribal Member Elders. Snow plowing for all other Tribal Members is performed by dividing plow routes into designated areas shown below. Snow plowing will begin when snow accumulation is over five (5) inches. Dialysis/Disabled/Frail Tribal Members snow shoveling will begin when snow accumulation is over three (3) inches. This service is provided to Southern Ute Membership only (No Rentals) Member must be living in residence. Please be patient during heavy snows, the drivers are making every attempt to get to you quickly.

Construction Services Route: 563-0260

  • Cedar Point (East/West)
  • Chief Shavano, Ignacio Peak
  • Town of Ignacio – Elders, Disabled
  • HWY 172, south from CR 318 to La Boca
  • East of Pine River – South of Bayfield to La Boca
  • Allison and Arboles

Motor Pool Route: 563-0280

  • North of Ignacio, west of Pine River
  • Breen and Red Mesa
  • Airport and Weasleskin

Custom Farm Route: 563-0220

  • Snow Plowing for Live Stock only.

BIA Route: 563-9484 & Forestry Fuels Crew: 563-4780

  • WALKWAYS: Roof snow at entry only
  • Shovel walkways for: 1) Dialysis Patients 2) Disabled/Frail. Roof rake at entry only with accumulation of 12” or more
  • BIA does not clear driveways.
  • Roads include: Ute Road, Cedar Point (East/West), Ignacio Peak, Howe Dr., Sunset Circle Loop, Powwow Circle, Sunset Meadows, Tamuche, Piwood, Shoshone Ave., Bear Dance Rd., North Ridge.

Housing Authority Route: 563-4575

  • Snow removal for Tribal Dialysis, Disabled, and Elder
  • Sunset Circle Senior Center – entire area
  • Ignacio Peak Northridge Rentals
  • Shoshone Ave Jefferson Drive

Grounds Maintenance: 563-0272

  • All campus parking areas, parking lots, and sidewalks: Museum, Justice & Regulatory, Justice Building, Purchasing, SunUte, Peaceful Spirit, Leonard C. Burch Building,  Annex, Elders, SUIMA School, Mouache-Capote Building, KSUT, Clinic, Dental, Multi-Purpose Facility & Chapel, S.U. Health Center, Higher Education, SUCAP, and Food Distribution.

General Information

During times of snow accumulations of 5 or more inches, please move your vehicles to the side so the drivers can plow an area for you to park in. Our drivers will do their best to avoid plowing snow behind or close to your walkways and vehicles. Please understand our drivers do their best to serve you and many others during snow storms and they may be delayed if they get stuck or have equipment failure or difficulties. Also please know our plow drivers must be able to plow snow and cannot devote time to manual snow removal. Please remember to move personal items such as bikes, lawn mowers, water hoses, planter boxes or any other item out of the way, so that they do not get damaged by the snow plows.


If you are an Elder or Disabled and you need assistance with manual snow removal, please contact Tribal Housing at 563-4710. Information on Tribal Office closures, weather reports, and clinic updates is available by calling the Tribal Hotline at 563-4800. 1st and 2nd Priority Only: Please contact department to notify them of early morning doctor appointments.

  • 1st) Dialysis Patients
  • 2nd) Disable/Frail tribal

Walkways and Roof – Snow Removal

Snow removal from walkways and roofs order of priority is: members. In general, roof snow will be removed if the snow depth accumulates to a level where safety concerns are evident or potential damage to roof or structures may occur. If you believe you should be included in one of the categories, please contact Forestry Fuels 563-4780.

Livestock – Snow Plowing

Plowing snow for livestock is done by the Ag. Division and is low on the priority list. There is a minimum charge of $35 due in advance for all livestock snowplowing. $35 per hour for the first hour and then $30 per hour for time in excess of one hour plus .35 cents per mile one way for travel time on livestock snow plowing. Contact Agriculture Division, Custom Farm at 563-0220 if you wish to pay for these services.

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