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Posted on April 22 2010, 2:28pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Ernie Kuhlman, above, and the crew at the Old Hundred Mine Tour
in Cunningham Gulch went underground for the first time this year on
Monday to get the old gold mine ready for visitors. Here Kuhlman
displays an old carbide lamp used by miners to provide some light
deep inside Galena Mountain. The mine tour will start up this year on
May 10, Kuhlman said, if not sooner.
Photo by Mark Esper/Silverton Standard
Sickmiller resigns as
town, county planner
Adam Sickmiller, planning director for Silverton and San Juan County, has resigned to accept a position with the community development department of Cincinnati.
He has served as the town and county planner since 2007.
“This has not been an easy decision,” Sickmiller wrote in his resignation letter. “My time with the Town has been very rewarding both personally and professionally.”
Presidential Photo Train coming May 1
The first regularly scheduled Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passenger train of the season is scheduled to arrive in Silverton on Saturday, May 8, but a special train will be pulling into town a week earlier.
The railroad will conduct a Presidential Photo Train to Silverton on Saturday, May 1.  Rail officials said they do not want to take anything away from the official first train to Silverton on May 8, so the special train will be running only to the Silverton Wye and not coming into town.
9Health Fair Saturday 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.
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
MSI plans forum on
Four Corners air quality
 Mountain Studies Institute will be hosting a forum on air quality in the Four Corners region on Thursday, May 6 at Fort Lewis College.
The event is in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health, San Juan Basin Health Department, the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency Region 8, and other agencies. 
It will bring together experts on air quality to present and discuss air quality conditions in the Four Corners, potential health effects  associated with air quality, and future regulation measures. Topics include air toxics, ozone, regional haze, mercury, and more.
 This event is free and open to the public.The agenda and registration information are found at www.mountainstudies.org under “What’s New”.
 The forum will be held May 6, at the Fort Lewis College Student Union, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two tours are offered on Friday, May 7:  
1) Scenic hike to National Atmospheric Deposition Monitoring Station on Molas Pass and  2) Southern Ute Reservation: Sunnyside Elementary School and SUIT Monitoring Station near Ignacio.
The Air Quality Forum is part of MSI’s Moving Mountains Education Series. MSI will be hosting other events through the summer months. The online schedule will be updated as events are added. Moving Mountains Education Series Web site:  http://www.mountainstudies.org/Education/seminarSeries.htm
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