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Posted on August 27 2009, 12:24am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Brief news items from Silverton, Colorado
Hummingbirds share a bird feeder with bees at a Silverton home.
Photo by Frank Lee
School board takes up election plans
The Silverton school board will meet at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 27, in the school library to discuss plans to seek voter approval of a measure to fund school construction in the Nov. 3 school election. 
The school district is embarking on a $11 million overhaul of the school building and gym. Officials say they will need voter approval to finance about $1.2 million of that cost, but whether a millage will be needed is unclear.
Rhubarb Cookoff plans to turn over 
a new leaf Saturday
The Friends of the Library are planning an International Rhubarb Cookoff for Saturday, Aug. 29 at the playground next to the library.
It’s part of an effort to launch a new edition of “The Rhubarb Cookbook and Other Gems” to benefit the library.
The event starts at 1 p.m.
This year’s event will feature recipe contests in several categories:
• Beverages
• Cakes, cookies and breads
• Jams and sauces
• Pies, crisps and crumbles
• Puddings and mousse
• Salads and entrees
• Sherberts and frozen desserts
• Creative uses
• None of the above.
Other agricultural products known to grow in San Juan County are also eligible for the contest — namely dandelions and horseradish.
Vision statement topic of meeting
An open house to review the draft vision statement for the Silverton-San Juan County regional master plan is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
The vision statement is expected to be a one-page summary of the hopes and aspirations of the community.
The public is invited to review the draft and share comments. Refreshments will be served.
Meanwhile, the town and county master plan working group is scheduled to meet at Town Hall on Monday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Back to square one 
in the quest for new town administrator
The Silverton Town Council’s pick for town administrator doesn’t want the job after all, and the search for a replacement for Elyse Ackerman, who resigned earlier this summer, is back to square one.
Richard Bellis of Pagosa Springs was supposed to show up for the Town Council meeting Monday night, but the chair sat empty.
A fax arrived at Town Hall at 7:11 p.m. that night.
“It is with sincerest regret that I must decline your generous offer to assume the position of Administrator for the town of Silverton, Colorado,” Bellis wrote in the faxed letter. “But in the end I simply could not make the leap of taking a $5,000 cut to come to Silverton, where energy bills and housing were more expensive.”
County is offered $400,000 grant for Anvil Mtn. project
San Juan County has been offered a grant of $400,000 from the Department of Local Affairs to develop infrastructure for the proposed Anvil Mountain affordable housing project.
The county had sought $472,000 from DOLA for the project.
County Administrator Willy Tookey said the county will chip another $125,000 in funding, and some $319,400 in in-kind work for the project.
He said the in-kind work will involve the extensive earthwork and road construction needed at the site.
Tookey said Tuesday that the infrastructure work would probably have to be scheduled for the spring, given the engineering and site preparation needed, and establishing an agreement for the town of Silverton to provide utility service.
Town residents to meet with Quest CEO Sept. 15
Silverton residents’ defiant stand against Telecom giant Qwest over the town’s lack of a fiber-optic connection to the outside world is entering a new phase, with Qwest boldly offering to send its company president to Silverton to sort things out.
 “I was contacted by Qwest with the offer for an community meeting with their President, Charles Ward here in Silverton,” said Town Trustee Pat Swonger. “I've finalized arrangements for this meeting to take place at Town Hall on Sept. 15  at 2 p.m.”
Swonger is heading Operation Link-Up, the town’s effort to get the fiber-optic link installed.
“Our intention is to have a open and constructive discussion between the Executive Committee of Operation Linkup and Charles Ward of Qwest to discuss the completion of the last 16 miles of fiber optic infrastructure to Silverton.”
Town looks to wrap up Molas Dam project
The Town of Silverton is trying to wrap up the Molas Lake Dam project, and Town Planner Adam Sickmiller said he has a “lot of confidence” that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Sickmiller presented a report to the Town Council showing a “budget shortage” of about $61,000 for the project.
He noted the town received a $35,000 grant from the Southwest Colorado Water Conservation District, leaving the town with $26,000 unfunded.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $339,989.
Sickmiller said Maisel Excavating, which is completing the job, has perhaps a couple weeks of work to go, with some soil compaction, rip rap, reseeding and road work to be done.
Fund-raiser Sept. 6 for Silverton Standard
The award-winning Silverton Brewery is hosting a fund-raiser for the Silverton Standard & the Miner on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Our goal is to raise $625 to pay our Colorado Press Association dues. Donations are being accepted for a silent auction. The Standard was donated to the San Juan County Historical Society earlier this year.
Colorfest Quilt Show
coming Sept. 12-13
Hundreds of quilts from around the country will be blanketing Silverton over the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13 at the Colorfest Quilt Show and Sale put on by the Silverton Threads quilting club.
The vent will feature vendors with unique fabrics, patterns and supplies, hourly door prizes and a charity quilt drawing.
The theme for 2009 is “Silverton Gold,” paired with the spectacular fall color in the San Juan Mountains. There will be a complete line of quilting materials and supplies offered. All quilters are welcome to show (or sell) their items. Please call (970) 387-5654 (Tuesdays through Sundays) for more information.
Where: Silverton School Gym, 12th and Reese
When: Saturday, Sept 12 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: $2
BLM panel to meet 
in Lake City Friday
The Bureau of Land Management Colorado’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council will meet Friday, Aug. 28, in the Mary Stigall Theater at the Mosley Arts Center at 304 Silver Street in Lake City. 
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to adjourn at 4 p.m. On the agenda: 
• Update on potential land acquisitions in Silverton area. 
• Alpine Loop Recreation Plan update. 
4th Silverton Alpine Marathon Saturday
The fourth running of the Silverton Alpine Marathon and 50K will be held Saturday, Aug. 29.
All proceeds will benefit the Silverton School sports program. For more information, call 387-5372 or go to www.silvertonmarathon.com
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