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Posted on July 07 2011, 2:56pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Firefighters spray the crowd during the parade up Greene Street on the Fourth of July.
Melanie Bergolc/Silverton Standard & the Miner
MSI open house 
scheduled for Friday
Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) will be celebrating its new location on Friday, July 8. 
The event will occur at 740 Reese Street from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature live music by Scott Craig and complementary refreshments from Elevated Fine Foods, Avalanche Café, Ska, and Steamworks breweries. 
The entire community is invited to learn about MSI’s current projects and to celebrate the new location.
Blood drive July 13
The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive on Wednesday, July 13, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
“You might want to put in there that they are looking for type O-negative blood,” said volunteer Judy Kuhlman. To schedule an appointment, call Judy at 387-5635.
Mining, railroads 
to be discussed
The San Juan County Historical Society’s Summer Program Series presents “Mining and Geology of the San Juans,” on Thursday, July 14.
It’s a presentation by Scott Fetchenhier, geologist and local historian, at Silverton’s American Legion Hall at 7 p.m.
And on Saturday, July 16, Don Paulson, curator of the Ouray County Museum, will discuss “Railroading on Red Mountain,” at 9 a.m. also at the American Legion Hall in Silverton.
Dental clinic for kids planned for Aug. 3
The Southwest SmileMakers Dental Clinic’s  dental hygiene clinic will be in town on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Miners Union Hospital.
The clinic offers dental hygiene services for kids up to age 21. Medicaid and CHP+ insurances accepted, and a sliding fee scale for private pay.
Call 385-4480 to schedule an appointment.
Silverton Clinic gets $50,000 grant for 
technology upgrades
Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced that the Silverton Clinic in Glenwood Springs has received a $50,000 grant to improve health care at their facility.
“This is for the X-ray machine,” said San Juan County Public Health Service director Terri Brokering. “There are still some hurdles — such as electrical upgrade to the room in the (Miners Union Hospital) building — that have to be funded but we hope to have it functional by September.”
The grant is part of a six year, $7.5 million program funded by UnitedHealthcare to encourage the delivery and quality of health care in facilities across the state.  This year, UnitedHealthcare and the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council awarded more than $2 million to health care providers in 42 counties across Colorado.  
“By supporting the communities we serve through grants like this and other charitable giving, our company and its employees can help improve the health care delivery system for all Coloradoans, especially underserved populations,” said Beth Soberg CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado. 
Silverton parade 
winners announced
Silverton Fourth of July Parade results were announced by parade director Patty Dailey.
In the adult float category, first place went to the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, second place, Eureka Lodge and third place, Silverton Brewery.
Among children’s entries, the Swanson kids took first place for their Cemetery-themed float. Second place went to A Theatre Group’s Supper Youth program, and third place was Jessie Salazar’s “All American Stud.”
Town Code workshop 
is Thursday, July 14
The Town of Silverton’s next Code Revision Public Workshop will be on Thursday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
 “We will be discussing Chapter 6,” said town administrative intern Ann Morgenthaler.
That chapter  includes the following articles:
• Business Licenses
• Liquor Licensing
• Cigarette Sales
• Licensing of Medical Marijuana Operations
Trail walk, discussion is Tuesday, July 12
The Town of Silveron is hosting a trail walk and discussion on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Those interested will be meeting at Town Hall. and then go look at the site of a future trail and pocket park.
“We would like the community to see the site and will then have an informal discussion about the future design of the park,” said Silverton administrative intern Ann Morgenthaler. “This project has been long-approved with grant funding, and we are now beginning the design process and would appreciate input from interested citizens.”
Houston man to ask county board to OK
a controversial home
A Houston man whose plan to build a 4,800-square-foot home on the alpine tundra above Animas Forks was shot down by the San Juan Regional Planning Commission last week, is taking his case to the county commissioners.
Dan Lumkuil’s proposal was rejected by the planning commission in a 6-1 vote after about two dozen citizens showed up at the meeting to oppose his plans for the mining claims he owns near Mineral Point.
But the planning commission vote is basically advisory and the San Juan County commissioners could still approve it. A public hearing on his plan is scheduled for the July 13 county commissioners’ meeting, at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse.
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