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Posted on April 15 2010, 3:45pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
A bird of prey believed to be a Cooper’s hawk watches over its
domain near the wetlands just north of Silverton. Photo by Jerry Lyle
Commissioners vote
to oppose plan for
conservation area
The San Juan County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution opposing the establishment of a national conservation area, national monument or national park in the county.
The motion was passed with commissioners Terry Rhoades and Ernie Kuhlman voting yes, and Pete McKay voting no.
It came after a lengthy discussion with advocates of mining interests and multiple use of public lands.
The full story will be in next week’s edition of the Silverton Standard.
Cable TV firm pulls the plug on Silverton 
Do not adjust your set. 
Cable television service in Silverton is coming to an end.
Rocky Mountain Cable of Pagosa Springs ceased operations on April 1, with its assets liquidated in a foreclosure sale.
In an April 1 letter to “Town Administrator Devin Granbery” (who actually has not been town administrator for a few years now), the company said that “unfortunately, the assets that currently service your area were not purchased. We continue to search for a new provider, but at this point we have no alternative provider and have no reasonable option other than discontinuing service.”
The company was unable to verify Monday exactly — or approximately — how many customers it actually had in Silverton.
“Former employees of Rocky Mountain Cable are no longer available to answer calls regarding service,” the unsigned letter to Town Hall stated.
Mobile veterinarian
to roll into town
Dr. Joe Alaimo of Ridgway will be bringing his mobile veterinary service to Silverton on Friday, April 16 at 9 a.m. (Saturday, April  17 if weather is sufficiently bad.)
They will be at the Canyon View Motel to give shots to animals and conduct surgeries, starting at 9 a.m. For an appointment, call (970) 626-3060.
9Health Fair April 24 at Kendall Mountain
The Silverton 9Health Fair will be conducted at Kendall Mountain Recreation Center on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.
This 10th year of the health fair will deliver free and low-cost health screenings and education to address some of the most critical health issues, said San Juan County Public Health Service Director Teri Brokering.
The Silverton Health Fair will include a $30 blood-chemistry test, which checks total cholesterol levels and triglycerides, glucose levels, thyroid (TSH), kidney and liver functions and more.  
Other low-cost screenings such as a $25 Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) screening for men that checks for prostate gland issues and cancer, a $15 Blood Cell Count screening that checks how well the body can fight infection, and $20 Colon Cancer Screening kit that checks for colon cancer, are also available.  
Free screenings such as Blood Pressure, Prostate/Testicular, Talk with a Professional, Oral, Fingerstick Blood Glucose, Hearing, Vision, Foot, Metabolic Syndrome, Pulse Oximetry, Nutrition, Stress Balance, Body in Balance, and more can be accessed, as well.
If you are interested in having the blood work drawn, fast overnight (with the exception that water is allowed). Diabetics should take their medicine in the morning. 
Interested in volunteering? Please contact Terri or Nina at the San Juan County Public Health Department at 387 0242
Clinic at DMR to be open 7 days a week
Mercy Regional Medical Center’s emergency clinic at Durango Mountain Resort is expanding the number of days it will be open, beginning Memorial Day weekend.
The clinic will operate seven days a week this summer.
 Paul Gibson, director of emergency services at Mercy Regional Medical Center, told the Durango Herald that the clinic in the process of making its prices competitive with other emergency clinics.
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