Mannie Salazar’s 93rd birthday bash set for this Saturday
The 93rd birthday of Manuelita “Mannie” Salazar will be celebrated with a party at the American Legion Post in Silverton on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.
The potluck dinner is hosted by St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Meat and beverages will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a dish.
Mannie was born on Jan. 1, 1917, in Costilla, N.M.
She has lived in Silverton since 1947, when her husband, Joe E. Salazar, started work at the Shenandoah Dives Mill. He was killed in an accident there in 1972. They raised eight children here, five of whom are still living.
“I feel good,” Mannie said Monday, Jan. 18. “As long as you feel good enough so you can do your work — I’m thankful to God for that.”
“She’s always happy,” said her son, Bennie. “She’s always on the go.”
Mannie said the biggest change in Silverton over the year has been the people.
“When we moved here it was like one whole family. We all knew each other,” she said. “Then we started getting more and more tourists and outsiders. But they’re nice too. I won’t complain.”
New Web site touts town’s special events
A new Web site promoting special events for the town of Silverton has been established to let potential visitors know Silverton is open for winter — and beyond.
The Web site is www.silvertonspecialevents.com, set up by the town’s special events promoter, Tana Wrublik.
Wrbulik said she wants to get the word out that “Silverton is definitely not closed for the winter.
“We’ve got a lot in store for Silverton in the winter,” Wrublik said. “We’re going to wake up the town and make people know we are alive and having fun in winter.”
Snowboarder drowns in creek
A 50-year-old California woman died in a drowning accident Saturday morning on upper South Mineral Creek, while trying to cross the small stream on a snowboard.
MaryScott King of Huntington Beach, Calif., had been dropped in the Mineral Creek Basin during a heli-skiing excursion by Helitrax Ski of Telluride.
The accident was investigated by San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, even though it occurred in San Juan County, just this side of Ophir Pass.
San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters said that King fell backward while trying to cross the creek and her helmet became lodged under an overhanging rock in the creek. He said it took her companions up to 10 minutes to extract her and by then she had no pulse.
Medical marijuana dispensary proposed
A small group of entrepreneurs is hoping to improve the delivery of “medical services” in Silverton by opening a medical marijuana dispensary and “mobile delivery service.”
Mark Mackie of Silverton filed a business license application with the town on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as a representative of Grass Rootz Organic Wellness LLC of Salida.
The town has 10 days to approve or disapprove the application. Town Clerk Brian Carlson said it will be on the agenda for the Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 25.
He said the application requires more scrutiny that most business licenses issued because it “invokes a substance that is technically illegal at the federal level.”
He said the Town Council could pass a temporary moratorium on such medical marijuana outlets or take a variety of other actions.
“There’s nothing in the town code that addresses it one way or another,” Carlson said.
“Basically it’s a proposal to provide retail and care-giving services to qualified patients at contracted locations in the Town of Silverton,” Mackie said Wednesday.