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Posted on May 13 2011, 12:43am by Mark Esper in Local News category
A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train rolls past the Silverton
depot on Wednesday, May 11, amid snowfall. Mark Esper photo
Emergency Services open house Sunday
San Juan County Emergency Services are conducting an open house of the Fire Department, Ambulance Association, San Juan Search and Rescue and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at the Carriage House on Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The public is invited to come have lunch, check out the trucks, equipment and meet the people who serve the community.
Chamber Round-Up Sunday at Kendall 
Sunday, May 15, is the date for the annual Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Round-up at Kendall Mountain Community Center. 
Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the Bar D Wranglers performing at 7 p.m. Dinner/Show Tickets are $15 for an adult beef plate, $12 for an adult veggie plate, $8 for children 4-10 years old, free for children 3 years old and under. Cost for the show only is $10. 
Silverton’s Citizen of the Year will be announced following the dinner. For tickets, 387-5654.
Animas stakeholders plan forum May 19
The Animas River Stakeholders Group is hosting a community presentation/ forum on its past and future mine remediation work and on current water quality issues in San Juan County.  
The meeting is geared towards people less familiar with ARSG and is designed to provide an overall update to the community as a whole.  
Please join ARSG on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m., at Town Hall in Silverton.  For more information about the meeting, please call 387-5813. 
MSI to rent a house
on Reese Street
Mountain Studies Institute will be renting a home at 740 Reese Street while it continues to pursue its long-term goal of finding a permanent facility in Silverton, its executive director told the Town Council on Monday.
“We’re still looking for a more permanent facility, but the reality is that it’s a long-term plan, particularly in this economy,” said Marcie Demmy Bidwell. “But it’s something MSI is committed to.”
Bidwell said the home MSI will be renting from Eileen Fjerstad will be “a great base to then grow into our own facility.”
She said MSI will also be using rooms at the Silverton Hostel and that given the number of students and researchers coming to Silverton this summer, other hotel rooms in town will also be used.
The Silverton Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a use subject to review to allow MSI to establish an “educational institution” on the residentially zoned property. But MSI must make sure it complies with fire codes.
Public Lands Office opens here May 16
The seasonal Public Lands Information Center in Silverton, at 1428 Greene Street. will open for summer on Monday, May 16.
The office provides information about Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management recreational opportunities.
Its hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting on Memorial Day weekend, the office will be open on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Community groups invited to take part 
in farmers market
Silverton Farmers Market will be hosting one free community booth at each market day this summer.  
The market will be held every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. from July 12 to Sept. 27.  
The market invites community organizations to use this booth as an opportunity to raise funds and promote your organization at a fun community event.  
Feel free to be creative in planning your booth!  Please contact us to reserve your booth by June 12.  
Tent and table not provided.  Contact Silverton Farmers Market at (970) 387-5186 or e-mail                                                                                                                   freshfoodsilverton@gmail.com
Fire Dept. to wash Greene St. May 20
The Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department is planning its annual Greene Street splash down on Friday, May 20.
Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta advises motorists to not park on Greene Street from 6 a.m. to noon that day so the firefighters can wash away the winter’s deposits of dirt and grime.
Chamber seeks summer business board member
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce  is looking for one more Summer-only business owner, who is a Chamber member, to be appointed to the Chamber Board. 
If you are interested, please contact Rose Raab at 387-5654.
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