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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on January 13 2011, 2:31pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Silverton’s unofficial mascot, Wolfie, sits in the middle of the street
on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The wolf-dog hybrid showed up in town a few
years ago and is often credited with keeping the town’s pets safe by
chasing away coyotes and even bears.
Dogs — and cats —
need town licenses
The town of Silverton is reminding residents that it is time to get their dog —or cat — properly licensed for 2011.
Fees are $5 per year for spayed/neutered pets, and $10 per year for au-natural. Evidence of rabies vaccination is required for first-time license purchasers. 
Tags are required to be worn on the pets’ collars.
Town officials remind dog owners to please: Keep their dogs on a leash. Clean up after their dogs. Monitor and prevent, or at least promptly put a stop to, excessive barking. These things are prohibited by ordinance, and offenders will be cited, town officials say.
The town issued 84 dog licenses last year.
Business licenses 
are up for renewal
Town Hall is reminding Silverton business owners to apply for 2011 business licenses.
All persons or entities receiving revenues for goods and/or services within the Town of Silverton must obtain a Town business license, which must be renewed each year. Nonprofit entities must also obtain a business license, however no fees apply.
The deadline for year-round businesses to obtain licenses is Feb. 28.
The town is still formulating a plan for seasonal businesses.
SMPA offering
Each year, San Miguel Power Association awards $14,000 in college scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. 
A total of nine scholarships are awarded to deserving graduating high school seniors.
• $2,000 San Miguel Power Scholarship — SMPA awards six, $2,000 college scholarships, one to a graduating senior from each of our area high schools. Recipients are judged on their academic success, written essay, community involvement and leadership skills. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution.
• $500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Scholarship — Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, SMPA’s wholesale power supplier, allows SMPA to award two, $500 college scholarships to academically deserving graduating seniors. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution.
• $1,000 Basic Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship — Through Tri-State, SMPA also purchases wholesale power from Basic Electric Power Cooperative. They allow SMPA to select one candidate and award a $1,000 college scholarship.
Applications must include an official transcript of grades, a 250- to 500-word essay on the topic identified by each scholarship, and two letters of recommendation. 
Applications must be received by San Miguel Power no later than Feb. 21. Return you applications to:
San Miguel Power, Attn: Becky Mashburn, P.O. Box 1150, Ridgway, CO 81432
Or drop your application off at one of SMPA’s local offices: 170 West 10th Avenue, Nucla, or 720 North Railroad Street, Ridgway.
Free avalanche safety class Feb. 5 at Molas
The Silverton Snowmobile Club, along with the San Juan County Sledders, is hosting a free avalanche safety class on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Molas Lake Park.
This one-day class will be presented by Colorado State Parks. If you are interested in attending this class please e-mail lauradp58@msn.com so the snowmobile club can get a head count for the class and send you more details as they become available.
If you are interested in a more detailed Avalanche Safety Class the Silverton Avalanche School is holding a 3-day avalanche class for snowmobile riders. 
This level 1 avalanche class for snowmobilers will be held on Feb. 18-20 at a cost of $279. The Silverton Avalanche School can be looked up online or the contact number is (970) 903-7039 
Fundraiser Jan. 22 
for KSJC, Jamboree
KSJC — Silverton Community Radio, and the Silverton Jamboree Committee are putting on a fund-raiser Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Villa DallaValle.
It’s what they’re calling the first annual Winter Evening Cocktail Party and Fundraiser, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Donations of $25 per person or $40 per couple will entitle guests to libatian, a plethora of hors d’ouvres, and music from your favorite local musicians.
KSJC can be heard at 92.5 FM.
The Jamboree Committee is planning this year’s jamboree for Sept. 10.
State to ban hunting bears in their dens
The Wildlife Commission has directed the Division of Wildlife to draft a regulation that would prohibit the hunting of bears in their dens.
Commissioners were asked to consider adopting a regulation following an incident in the fall in which a hunter near Craig said he tracked a large black bear to a cave, entered the cave and killed the bear. Colorado hunting regulations currently do not prohibit hunting a bear in a den.
Regulations manager Brett Ackerman told the Commission Wednesday that den-hunting is apparently not common among bear hunters. However, he said the Division monitors issues which Colorado citizens may find do not meet public expectations of fair chase and this incident has provoked significant negative public feedback. 
Ackerman said numerous other states have banned den-hunting on the grounds that it does not meet public expectations of fair chase.
Commission Chairman Tim Glenn said the Commission considers regulations regarding hunting ethics on a case-by-case basis. 
"This is a perfect example of the kind of issue that the Wildlife Commission needs to look at," Glenn said. "We talked about the importance of fair chase for maintaining public trust in what we do. That is absolutely critical, so for what it's worth, I certainly think we do need to address this issue."
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