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Posted on April 01 2011, 9:33am by Mark Esper in Local News category
 
 
Former San Juan County Assessor Judy Zimmerman walks across
County Road 2 on Wednesday morning, March 30. As usual she carries
a bag for trash she picks up along the way.
 
Poetry night, bake sale to benefit second
and third grades
Silverton School second and third-graders will present a poetry night and bake sale Thursday, April 7, at the Mobius Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m.
The evening will be a fundraiser for spring field work to support the class’s studies about snow.  The public is welcome and encouraged to bring original or favorite poems to share.  
 
Sign code task force nearing its objective
The 14-member task force assigned to overhauling the town’s sign code is signaling it is close to coming up with recommendations.
Town Planning Director David Michaelson said he expects the group to convene one more time and then have a document  before the San Juan Regional Planning Commission next month.
Michaelson said the panel has been functioning well.
“They actually treated the staff with respect,” Michaelson said.
 
Venture Snowboards plans a Spring Fling
Opening weekend of the unguided season at Silverton Mountain starts the first weekend in April, so come on up to shred the gnar and then join the Venture crew for an evening of music and madness at Venture’s Spring Fling party on Saturday, April 2.
Drink specials, live music from Durango’s own Waiting on Trial, and a raffle for lots of great prizes, including one of next season’s Storm snowboards, will be featured.  Raffle proceeds will benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  
The Spring Fling gets rockin’ at 8 pm at Silverton’s Pride of the West (1323 Greene Street). There is no cover, but we will be accepting donations for the Friends of the CAIC.  
For more information call (970) 387-5269.
 
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic to roll May 28
Some 2,500 bicyclists are again planning to race the train to Silverton, with this year’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic scheduled for Saturday, May 28.
Organizer Gaige Sippy pointed out this will be the 40th running of the Durango-to-Silverton race.
But due to a change in train schedule, this year’s race will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:15. That means Molas Pass and Coal Bank Passes won’t reopen until 1:15 p.m.
“That’s our major change,” Sippy said.
Sippy encouraged local groups to plan vending operations at Memorial Park, promising hungry crowds.
 
Ski Team celebrates 
its ‘Sweet Success’  
The Silverton Ski Team concluded its season on Thursday, March 24, with a “Sweet Success” dessert banquet at Kendall Recreation Center.  
All racers were recognized for their hard work, commitment, and growth in the sport. Four racers — a boy and a girl in each category —  received the special recognition given each year to the athletes who are most improved and show great heart on and off of the snow.  
Emelie deKay and Wyatt Gober received Most Improved and Hannah deKay and Will Hoskin received the Heart award.  
Congratulations to all racers, thanks to all parents and families, and to the town and many supporters for another great season!
 
Artifact showing to benefit food bank
A second showing of Silverton resident Paul Rathbun’s collection of Native American artifacts is scheduled for April 23 at Silverton Jerky, 1121 Greene Street. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Donations will go directly to the food bank.
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