Harper to meet
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad owner Al Harper is meeting with the Silverton community on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. upstairs at Town Hall.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Standard, KSJC to sponsor Candidates’ Night Forum Oct. 19
A Candidates’ Night Forum for those running for county office in the Nov. 2 election is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Silverton Standard & the Miner and KSJC — Silverton Community Radio, will be held at Silverton Town Hall.
Candidates for county assessor, county clerk and county commissioner will be on hand to answer questions.
Questions may be submitted in advance to: Editor, Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms to submit questions will also be available on the night of the event.
The event will be broadcast live on KSJC, 92.5 FM.
Animas Forks, Gold Prince Mill are listed as
national historic places
The historic mining camp of Animas Forks and the Gold Prince Mill were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Friday, Oct. 1.
“This is great recognition for these important sites,” said Julie Coleman of Silverton, and heritage team leader for the San Juan Public Lands Office.
“It has been a long time coming,” Coleman said. “Back in 1991 when I was working as seasonal for the BLM writing the Alpine Loop Cultural Resource Management Plan, we determined that Animas Forks should be listed on the National Register for protection and recognition.
“I’m so happy that I’ve been able to help make that happen.”
The BLM San Juan Public Lands Center’s partners in the project were the State Historical Fund and the San Juan Mountain Association.
Tickets now on sale for railroad’s Oct. 31 Locals Appreciation Day ride
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering its Silverton Locals Appreciation fare to ride the train round-trip (Coach class) for $20* per person on Sunday, Oct. 31.
The train will depart Silverton at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Durango for a two-hour layover, leaving for Silverton at 2:15 p.m.
Tickets will be sold to Silverton residents only until Oct. 15, when residents of Ouray, Telluride, and Ridgway can also purchase tickets.
Tickets are available at either the Durango or the Silverton depot or by calling (970) 387-5416 or (970) 247-2733. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and proof of residence will be required. No other discounts apply and tickets are non-refundable.
*Fares are subject to 4 percent Historic Preservation Fee.
South Mineral Road
to be closed for work
The South Mineral Road (National Forest Road #585) will be closed to public access for several weeks this fall to allow for reconstruction of a culvert where Clear Creek crosses the road just west of the South Mineral Campground.
The closure point will be located approximately 4.7 miles from the road’s intersection with U.S. 550 and will begin on Tuesday, October 12. The road is expected to reopen in early November, depending on weather.
The project will involve the removal of two damaged culverts and construction of one new large culvert, riprap basin and concrete headwall. KW Enterprises of Durango has been hired to complete the project under Forest Service direction.
The closure will not affect access to the South Mineral Campground, or the trailheads and dispersed campsites located on the open portion of the road.
For more information, contact the Columbine Ranger District at (970) 884-2512.
Preschool to celebrate its 5th anniversary at its new building
The Silverton Family Learning Center (SFLC) is celebrating its fifth anniversary in the new school building at 195 E. 16th Street in Silverton.
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2003, and the school was completed on Nov. 1, 2005 with grant funding from more than 10 Colorado foundations and the Department of Local Affairs.
SFLC would invites the whole community to an open house at Learning Center on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuevres and beverages will be provided.
SFLC school children will be present to share their projects and provide tours of their classrooms. Come experience our beautiful early childhood learning center and meet our Director, staff and artist-in-residence.
SFLC also announces the election of Holly Pratz, Kindergarten and first-grade teacher at the Silverton Public School, as president of the SFLC Board of Directors.
Holly is a certified teacher and has been an active board member for several years. SFLC welcomes Holly to her new role and thanks interim president and SFLC founder Karen Hoskin for her seven years of dedicated service to the organization.
For more information about SFLC, please visit www.silvertonfamilies.org