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Posted on June 17 2010, 2:13pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
On the Ballot:
Tuesday, June 15 was the deadline for candidates in the Nov. 2 general election to file petitions to get on the ballot.
According to San Juan County Clerk Dorothy Zanoni, those on the ballot for county offices are:
County Clerk
LaDonna Jaramillo
Patricia “Lizzie’ Kost
Dan Salazar (Democrat)
Brent Westlund (Republican)
Kara Jaramillo
Sue Kurtz
Beverly Rich
Keri Metzler
County Commissioner
Ernie Kuhlman
Bob Boeder
Cemetery Volunteer Work Day Saturday
The 17th annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery Volunteer Work Day will take place on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. till noon. 
This is an opportunity to help the town of Silverton maintain, restore, and preserve its heritage. 
Suggested tools to bring: (put your name on them) limb loppers, hand-held clippers, shovels, rakes and pruning saws.
Following the work session, anecdotes of early pioneers buried in Hillside Cemetery will be shared. Bring a sack lunch, eat, and listen! 
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Silverton Hillside Cemetery, send your contributions to:  
Hillside Cemetery Fund
P.O. Box 115
Silverton, CO  81433
The cemetery fund is part of the San Juan Historical Society, and is used solely for the maintenance and upkeep of Hillside Cemetery.  
For more information on the cemetery work day, contact: 
Freda Peterson, 387-5609 or Mary Beaber, 387-5360.
A Taste of Silverton on Blair St. Saturday
Several Silverton restaurants will be taking part in A Taste of Silverton on Saturday.
This year’s event will take place on Blair Street from 5 to 8 p.m., with music provided by Silverton’s own Too Little O2.
National Guard Band in concert June 23
The Colorado National Guard 101st Army Band will perform in concert on Wednesday, June 23, at the Kendall Mountain Community Center.
Admission is free.
The Dixieland Band will perform at 6:30 p.m., and the full band at 7 p.m. A jam session will follow at the Pride of the West.
All-school reunion
planned June 25-27
Calling all Silverton School graduates!
Please register for the all-school reunion scheduled for June 25-27.
Seating for the banquet at Town Hall is still available.
Organizer Sandra Voilleque Compuzano urges alumni to register as soon as possible.
For more information, contact Sandra by e-mail at svcampuzano@gmail.com, or by phone, (970) 759-1708, or Paul Voilleque at pgv@mindspring.com 
“So far we are planning a night at the museum and the ‘Castles in the Sky’ film on the Friday evening, a picnic in the park with the Brass Band on Saturday and a banquet at Town Hall on Saturday evening. A Sunday brunch at a local restaurant is also planned,” Sandra said.
“Many more things are up in the air,” Sandra said.

Maisel Excavating 
to fill the Big Holes
Maisel Excavating of Silverton has been awarded the contract to fill the big holes at the former Walsh Smelter site.
The San Juan County Board of Commissioners last week excepted Maisel’s bid of $143,062 for the project, which involves moving some 13,000 cubic yards of earth into the large holes left from the environmental cleanup of the site.
The county-owned property is slated to be developed into a workforce housing subdivision.
The county received a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Brownfields Foundation for this phase of the project, which will clear the way for roads, water lines and sewer lines to be installed for the future subdivision.
KW Enterprises of Durango was the other bidder on the project. Its proposal came with a price tag of $185,385.
County Administrator Willy Tookey said geotechnical, engineering, surveying and environmental work will also be needed at the site as part of this phase of the project.
Tookey said the project could start as early as July 1, but may be delayed because some soil from the site is slated for use in the approaches to the new Mineral Creek bridge, but that is still awaiting state approval.
Public Lands Office moving to Greene St.
 After five years of calling the old candle shop at 1246 Blair Street home, the Silverton Public Lands Office will move to a new location. 
Beginning July 1, Columbine  USFS/BLM employees will be located in the Highlander Build-  ing at 1468 Greene Street in Silverton. 
Snow Ranger Matt Dayer, Park Ranger and Abandoned Mines  and Lands Technician Lisa Richardson, Park Ranger Scott  Jackson, Visitor Information Assistant Ron Dewitz and a BLM  law enforcement officer have offices there year-round. 
The new office will also offer a seasonal visitor center,  open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends from June to September. 
Ambulance group
sees improvements
“A lot of restructuring” at the Silverton Ambulance Association will help make the agency more efficient and provide better service, the association’s new director said in a presentation to the Silverton Town Council on Monday.
Kyle Mesich said the ambulance service has a dedicated group working to upgrade their skills and improve the level of advanced life support in Silverton.
The ambulance association is also working on community safety and education programs, including free blood-pressure screenings, a suicide-prevention effort and a campaign to increase seat-belt use.
“We’re trying to do as much as possible to increase the level of care in the community,” Mesich said.
Megan Kimmel 
keeps on running
   On May 8, Silverton business owner Megan Kimmel, 30, established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the 14-event Skyrunner World Series sponsored by the International Skyrunning Federation. 
Sponsored by La Sportiva and a member of the US Women’s National Mountain Running Team, Megan took first place in the Vertical Kilometer race staged between 2,500 meters and 3,500 meters on Russia’s Mount Elbrus.  
Not one to rest on her laurels, she also won the ski mountaineering competition and the Vertical Sky race to the top of the 5,642-meter (18,510 feet) high peak, Europe’s highest, finishing 18 minutes ahead of the second-place Russian runner.  Mount Elbrus is located in the western Caucasus Mountains.
   Next, the coffee shop proprietor traveled to Basque country in northern Spain where on May 16 she placed seventh in the grueling Maraton Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri, a 42-km event with 5,472 meters of vertical climb.  As of June 13, Megan held second place among women in the Skyrunner World Series, behind the 2009 series winner, Italian Emanuela Brizio.
Edgar Fowler, 78, dies
Edgar Fowler, 78, of Pineville, La., and formerly of Silverton,  passed away Monday, June 7, 2010 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La.
No obituary information was available.
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