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Posted on February 04 2010, 12:56am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Avalanche School offers free programs this weekend; Next weekend: It's SNOWSCAPE TIME!
The Silverton Town Crew took advantage of a break in the weather
to remove ice and slush from Greene Street on Friday, Jan. 29.
The weather outlook is good for Silverton for this weekend's Skijoring Festival.
Avalanche School offers free programs Friday, Saturday 
Silverton Avalanche School is offering two free public presentations this weekend at Town Hall.
On Friday night, Feb. 5, “Avalanche Rescue Medicine” will be presented, with Dr. David Hughes, at 7 p.m., Town Hall. 
And on Saturday night, Feb. 6,  “The Evolution of Practice,” will be presented by Doug Krause. It will review his 10-year crash course in avalanche awareness, high explosives, big couliers and decision making, from the Andes to the Animas.
This will be at 7:30 p.m., at Silverton Town Hall. Admission free. Those purchasing a $2 benefit ticket (to help San Juan County Search and Rescue), will be entered for a chance to win prizes from Silverton Avalanche School sponsors.
Fireworks, night-skiing added to Snowscape this year
Silverton’s annual celebration of winter, Snowscape, is scheduled for Feb. 11-14 at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area (and other locations around town).
New this year will be nighttime skiing and fireworks, a “Dummy Downhill” contest and community ski races.
More information and full schedule is at www.silvertonspecialevents.com
Schedule, Page 8.
Talent is sought for Snowscape show
Calling all musicians, actors, stand-up comedians, dancers and anything else entertaining! 
The talent show, “Silverton’s Got Idle Talent,” will be rolling into town on Thursday, Feb. 11 as part of the town’s annual Snowscape celebration of winter.
“Start putting your act together now because this year we’ve brought in some very special judges and hosts to make the event truly entertaining,” said organizer Amy Swonger. 
The event will be held at Kendall Mountain Recreation Center Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. To sign your act up please call Amy at 387-5857.
School Booster Club plans winter carnival
The Silverton School Booster Club Winter Carnival will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Silverton School Gym.  
This is a time to support the school, have some fun, enjoy some laughs, participate in the silent auction and win prizes.  
The Booster Club supports all school activities financially and needs your donations for the raffle, prizes, games and auction. Please provide gift certificates, videos, CDs DVDs, jewelry, art work, Toys, ski stuff, or anything else. It’s a great time to spring clean. All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds benefit Silverton School students. 
Call Tiffany deKay 387-5314, Sheri Pohlman 387-5496 or Amy Swonger 387-5857 for donation pickup. 
Master Plan process enters home stretch
Officials at RPI Consulting, the Durango firm drafting a new master plan for Silverton and San Juan County, have announced upcoming steps in the process.
“We still have work to do on the master plan including developing strategies to  achieve the draft goals and vision, developing a future land use plan, and producing and reviewing a draft master plan,” said Gabe Preston of RPI Consulting.
RPI is now conducting strategy sessions with local organizations, including San Juan Development Association, Mountain Studies Institute, and the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Upcoming meetings in the master plan process include:
• On Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,  Working Group Review and Revise Draft Strategies. 
• On Feb. 23 the San Juan Regional Planning Commission will meet at the County Courthouse at 7 p.m. to review the draft goals and strategies 
• March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Event:: Future Land Use Map Workshop 
• April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Working Group: Review Future Land Use Map and  Draft Master Plan 
• And on April 27, the San Juan Regional Planning Commission will review the draft master plan at its 7 p.m. meeting at the County Courthouse.
After that, the Silverton Town Council and San Juan County commissioners will be take on the draft master plan. Revisions will be made as directed, Preston said, and public hearings will be scheduled before final adoption, perhaps by early summer.
Sen. Whitehead to be in Silverton Saturday
State Sen. Bruce Whitehead will be in Silverton on Saturday, Feb. 6, for a Town Hall meeting from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Town Hall. He then plans to watch the skijoring on Blair Street.
Income tax forms are now at the library
State and federal income tax forms are now available at the Silverton Public Library, librarian Jackie Kerwin reports.
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