Rescuers bring a motorist up after his car plunged nearly 500 feet into
Mineral Creek last week. Photo by San Juan County Sheriff Sue Kurtz
Driver survives Red Mtn. Pass plunge
A 33-year-old Denver motorist plunged nearly 500 feet off Red Mountain Pass on Thursday, July 8, but managed to emerge in “amazingly good condition,” the Colorado State Patrol said.
Anthoney L. Buckner does, however, face charges of driving under the influence of alcohol after the crash about five miles north of Silverton on rain-slicked U.S. 550.
While Buckner is OK, his 1990 Toyota hatchback was crumpled nearly beyond all recognition after careening into Mineral Creek.
The San Juan County Search and Rescue team pulled Buckner up Thursday afternoon. He was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Durango.
The state patrol reported Buckner was wearing his seat belt.
The mangled Toyota was pulled from the scene on Friday.
Photos, Page 9.
Kendall Mountain Run set for Saturday
The 33rd annual Kendall Mountain Run is scheduled for Saturday, July 17.
The run is a mountain half-marathon (13.2 miles) along Jeep roads, with a 250-foot scramble to 13,066-foot tall summit of Kendall.
And for those who just can’t get enough, a full marathon run will be offered — summiting Kendall Mountain twice.
Runners will start at the corner of 12th and Greene streets in front of the Grand Imperial Hotel in downtown Silverton (elevation 9,318) at 8 a.m.
The finish line will be at Silverton Town Hall at 14th and Greene streets.
The course record was set by Sheldon Larson in 1988 (1:34.55) in 1988. The fastest female finish for the course was Mallory Kneller’s 2008 performance of 1:58.45.
Last year 114 runners took part in the event.
A picnic at Memorial Park will follow the race.
Registration and free packet pickup will be at Town Hall on Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information go to www.silvertonspecialevents.com
Barbershop Music Festival is Saturday
The 24th annual Silverton Barbershop Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, with their annual free concert this year to be at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, with songs by the mass Festival Chorus, plus choruses and quartets from Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Farmington.
Farmers Market offers a yard sale and swap meet too on July 20
The Silverton Farmers Market is branching out, adding a swamp meet and yard sale open to everyone on July 20.
The market is from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Memorial Park, rain or shine.
Come sell your stuff; anything goes, say organizers.
Vendors pay just $10 per space. Please bring your own table/canopy and dinner to grill.
If interested in becoming a swap meet and yard sale vendor, call 769-6357.