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Posted on February 17 2011, 11:41am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Cardboard contraptions took a beating flying down Kendall Mountain
on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Cardboard Derby competition held as part
of Snowscape. Above, the “Hippy Death Trap” disintegrates.
Photo by David Emory
Kicksled Rodeo gets kicking on Feb. 19
Silverton Mountain School is sponsoring the Silverton Kicksled Rodeo this year on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The event starts at 10 a.m. on Blair Street, in front of the Avalanche Cafe. All participants will be awarded trophies.
Snowmobile Club plans Fun Day at Molas Lake Park
The Silverton Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual Fun Day and Poker Run at Molas Lake Park on Sunday, Feb. 20.
The event starts at 10 a.m., with a Poker Run and inner tube race.
The object of the inner tube race is to try to get the fastest time going through a course pushing the large inflated tube with a snowmobile.
The event will also feature the Dress to Ride, where couples ride to the end of the course, put on a dress and race back, with the best time winning.
Sledding competition will also be held, with kids and adults sledding down the hill; furthest slide wins
The snowmobile club will also have a potluck, so bring your favorite dish.
Snowmobile races 
set for March 5-6
The Silverton Snowmobile Club will be hosting a snowmobile snocross race and drag race again this year at Molas Lake Park, on March 5 and 6.
Snowmobile Club president Jim Lokey said the races will be sanctioned by the Colorado XMR circuit.
Lokey said this year’s event will include long-track racing that is likely to boost attendance.
“It could double attendance,” Lokey said. “We’re really excited about that.”
Lokey said the snowmobile races are a good event for the town and “the biggest fundraiser we do for the snowmobile club all year. It’s actually getting pretty big.”
Town still seeking 
citizens for sign 
ordinance panel
The Town of Silverton is still seeking citizens interested in serving on a committee to draft a new sign ordinance for the town, in hopes of avoiding some of the controversies that have plagued the town due to the current restrictive rules.
Town Planning Director David Michaelson said five applicants have come forward so far, and he’d like to see a total of eight to 10 on the panel.
“We’ll probably convene in early March,” Michaelson said. “Hopefully we’ll have something for the Planning Commission in early April” and an ordinance before the Town Council by May.
Those interested in serving on the panel may call Michaelson at Town Hall (387-5522) or e-mail him at dmichaelson@silverton.co.us
Town Hall furnace:
‘The thing’s failing’
The coal-fired furnace at Silverton Town Hall has suffered a near catastrophic failure, and town officials are hoping to have it replaced 
Assistant Town Clerk Anita Steck said the problem occurred on Thursday, Feb. 3.
“We noticed it getting colder and colder,” Steck said.
Space heaters were quickly installed to prevent pipes — and town employees — from freezing up in the 103-year-old building.
“We had water gushing — it emptied out into the burn chamber,” Town Administrator Jason Wells said. He feared the furnace was toast, but Town Trustee “Outback” John Schertz, who tends the furnace, managed to get it up and running again.
“I worked for 36 straight hours,” Schertz said. “Currently it’s not leaking.” He punctuated that statement by knocking on the wooden table in Town Council chambers.
“The thing could just go at anytime,” Wells said. “The thing’s failing.”
An insurance adjustor inspected the old furnace Monday, Feb. 14, and the town is hoping it can get a settlement to replace it.
Schertz said the furnace is pushing 70 years old and has lots of corrosion on its cast-iron boiler.
“Its life span can’t be extended much more,” Schertz said. “I’m hoping I can nurse it through the next couple of months.”
Schertz said the town’s insurance company, CIRSA, would be well-advised to fund a replacement boiler rather than risk a catastrophic failure.
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