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Posted on October 28 2010, 2:01pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train leaves
Silverton on Monday afternoon amid heavy snowfall.The last
train to Silverton of the season is on Saturday, Oct. 30. But
the railroad is offering a Locals Appreciation round-trip from
Silverton to Durango on Sunday for $20.
Town Council urges no vote on 60, 61, 101
The Silverton Town Council has joined the San Juan County commissioners and the Silverton school board in unanimously opposing three measures on the November ballot that would limit state and local government spending and taxing authority.
The council passed a resolution Monday night opposing Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.
A Denver Post poll released earlier this week showed all three of the measures failing by a wide margin.
“We’re not telling people how to vote,” said Trustee Chris Tookey. “We’re just advising them to beware of these.”
The county commissioners and school board each adopted similar resolutions in recent weeks.
Halloweenie Dog 
Walk details finalized
The second annual Halloweenie Dog Walk is planned for Saturday, Oct. 30, in downtown Silverton.
Dogs dressed in Halloween costumes will be welcome, along with their owners.
The parade through downtown Silverton will start at Town Hall at 3 p.m.
 Judging will be from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. at Pride of the West’s patio.
Trick-or-treaters invited to stop by at the Velvet Lounge 
The Velvet Lounge at the Villa DallaValla invites trick-or-treaters to stop by on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. 
Treats for kids and adults will be distributed — candies, cookies, pie and healthy stuff too.
Cocktails will be available for adults.
Step Back in Time may step back into town next June
The Victorian Aid Society of Durango hopes to bring Silverton’s Step Back in Time celebration back next year, with a June 17-19 celebration of the old days.
Darla Hill and Carrie Foisel of Durango told the Town Council Monday that they are out to “resurrect” the event, centered around a dance planned for Town Hall.
“We will build other events around that,” Foisel said.  
Hill said the society is hiring a band for the dance, but wants to involve local businesses in other events for the weekend.
Power co-ops short circuit merger talks
The boards of directors of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and the San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) have decided to suspend review of the benefits and challenges associated with a potential consolidation of the two electric co-ops.
“There are several issues regarding rates and costs that will be difficult to resolve in the short run,” explained Dan McClendon, DMEA’s general manager.  “However, circumstances and our industry continue to change, so we’ll continue to periodically review these issues and look for ways to benefit both cooperatives’ members over time.
“There may be shared service opportunities that could cut costs for both co-ops that emerge more quickly than could a full consolidation,” said Kevin Ritter, SMPA’s general manager. “Both of our co-ops are committed to identifying any efficiencies that would benefit our members.”
Both electric cooperatives plan to continue cooperating in the promotion of energy efficiency measures and local renewable energy developments along with their mutual power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the Governor’s Energy Office, and other organizations.
Preschool to celebrate 
its 5th anniversary at its new building
The Silverton Family Learning Center will celebrate five years in its state-of-the-art school building in Silverton on Thursday, Nov. 4, with an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  
SFLC hopes the general public will take this unique opportunity to come inside and see the school in action. Artist-in-residence Cheryl Foley has been creating a changing seasonal mural with the preschool students.  
The tree-themed installation will be depicting fall changing to winter during the open house.  
School Director Natalie Rieboldt, incoming board President Holly Pratz, and members of the board of directors will be on hand to answer questions about the Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy of the school and the Emergent Curriculum.  
The students will show visitors their learning inquiries and projects. Hors d’oeuevres and beverages will be served.          
Katey on vacation for much of November
The Silverton Standard’s advertising director Katey Fetchenhier will be out of touch for the first three weeks in November.
If you would like an ad to run during these weeks,  please try to submit them before Nov. 1.
Standard editor Mark Esper will be able to help advertisers in the meantime.
Sorry for the inconvenience. 
Signs to point out Silverton’s historic  
railroad system
The San Juan County Historical Society and the Durango Railroad Historical Society are planning to put up three interpretive signs explaining Silverton’s railroad network.
The signs will be at the Silverton depot, the Visitors Center and at the information kiosk at the corner of 12th and Blair streets.
“We figured the best place to educate the public about the railroads that used to be here would be where people get off the train,” said Jerry Hoffer of Silverton.
He explained the project to the Silverton Town Council on Monday night. The council approved the locations for the signs in a unanimous vote.
Hoffer said the signs, which were funded by a History Colorado grant, fit the Durango Railroad Historical Society’s charter of education. The signs will be similar in style to the interpretive signs on the Alpine Loop, and will be 2 feet by 3 feet in size.
Klinke & Lew Construction will do the installation, hopefully this fall, Hoffer said.
Town plans hearing on Air Force flight plan
The Silverton Town Council has scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on an Air Force plan to conduct low-level flight training over the San Juan Mountains.
The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Town Council’s next meeting, Nov. 8.
The San Juan County commissioners conducted a similar hearing earlier this month but the commissioners declined to state an actual position on the proposed training flights.
ATV to be allowed into town — for a hayride
The Silverton Town Council voted Monday night to grant an exception to the town’s ban on operating ATVs on the streets, giving the Silverton Family Learning Center permission to conduct a hayride for students Thursday morning.
The route will extend from the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area and loop through downtown Silverton, with an ATV pulling a wagon.
Locals offered discount on the canyon train
 The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering its Local Appreciation fares to ride the Cascade Canyon Winter Train from Nov. 28–Dec. 17, on days of operation.
This offer is available to residents in Colorado counties: Archuleta, Dolores, San Juan, La Plata, San Miguel, Ouray, and Montezuma; San Juan County in New Mexico and Utah; and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.  Standard-Class coach seating is $20* for adults and $15* for children (ages 4 -11). Premium seating is available for $45* (ages 21 and over).  
The Cascade Canyon Winter Train departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m.  The trip includes an approximate 45-minute break by the Animas River, deep in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking. Proof of residence is required.
 Special fares may not be combined with any other offer or discount. 
Tickets are non-refundable and change fees do apply. *Fares subject to 4% Historic Preservation Fee.
Details on the Cascade Canyon Winter Train are available at www.durangotrain.com. Reservations for Local Appreciation fares must be made by phone at 970-247-2733.
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