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Posted on March 03 2011, 2:54pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot in
Silverton is mired in snow, and drifts reach the top of old
boxcars Monday, Feb. 28.  Photo by Mark Esper
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.”
No talent needed for March 12 talent show
Silverton’s annual winter talent show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Town Hall.
It is a benefit for nonprofit organizations in town.
Organizer Amy Swonger said no real talent is needed to take part and she encourages residents to come up with some goofy acts.
To sign up for the talent show, call Amy at 387-5857.
X-ray machine soon
coming to Silverton
Later this year, for the first time in decades, an X-ray machine will be available in Silverton to enhance medical services here.
The machine was donated by Glenwood Medical Associates and the first parts are scheduled to be delivered to the old Miners Union Hospital next week.
“What is coming is the table, the tube — the arm that hangs over the patient — and various parts and pieces,” said Terri Brokering, director of the San Juan County Public Health Service.
Brokering said she is seeking a $50,000 grant to obtain a computerized digital imager and the part that generates the actual X-rays.
And she said it appears another $10,000 in electrical work may be needed to get the machine up and running in the hospital’s old X-ray room.
She said she hopes to have the machine totally functional sometime this summer.
Commissioners want to be back on the air
The San Juan County commissioners have expressed “disappointment that KSJC Radio is no longer airing live broadcasts of their meetings.
In a letter addressed to KSJC officials, the commissioners noted that the county purchased equipment and donated funding to the station so that the meetings could be broadcast.
“We have received numerous comments from the general public that they do listen to the meetings on radio,” the commissioners said.
They requested that a KSJC representative attend the March 9 county commissioners’ meeting to discuss the matter.
FREE HIV testing and counseling available
The San Juan Public Health Service will be sponsoring free, confidential HIV/AIDS testing and counseling on Thursday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The testing is being offered by the Western Colorado AIDS Project, based out of Grand Junction.
WestCAP is a community-based referral, advocacy and service provider offering nonjudgmental, confidential and compassionate assistance to HIV-affected persons, their families and loved ones. 
WestCAP also promotes prevention and education about HIV and AIDS to the people of western Colorado and charges no fees. Services are provided without regard to age, sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
The rapid HIV test itself takes 10 minutes to perform, and looks for HIV antibodies in someone’s body. Test results are available immediately. Please call the Grand Junction office to make an appointment, (800) 765-8594 or (970) 243-2437.
9Health Fair is
scheduled for April 16
This year’s 9Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at the Kendall Mountain Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon.
The San Juan County Public Health Service will have more information on the project later.
Grant sought to fix 
up Visitors Center
The exterior of the Silverton Visitors Center is “in big trouble,” according to Town Planning Director David Michaelson.
He told the Town Council Monday that the town is seeking a $30,000 grant from the State Historical Society to take care of the building’s cladding, which is pulling away from the building in some places.
The grant would also fund painting and doubling up of first-floor joists to shore up the structure.
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