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Posted on November 10 2011, 12:11am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Workers install a snowmelt system for the sidewalk outside the Snowden Street entrance to the Silverton School building on Tuesday, Nov. 8 as part of the $11.8 million school overhaul project.
Kendall Mountain
passes on sale at a
discount until Nov. 30
Wednesday, Nov. 30, is the last day to purchase your discounted ski pass for the town-owned Kendall Mountain Ski Area.
    Discount  Full 
      Price     Price
Adults        $125     $150
Family           $199     $225
 Jr’s (under 18) $85     $100
 Seniors           $85     $100  
 Please make checks payable to the Town of Silverton. Tickets may be purchased at Town Hall. 
Town Hall getting plenty of heat now
The new propane boiler for Town Hall was fired up on Friday, Nov. 4, none too soon for the Town Hall staff who had to endure frigid conditions for the past several weeks.
Commodities to be 
distributed Nov. 22
Commodities distribution will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the basement of the Miners Union Hospital building.  
Eligibility for this service must be determined prior to receiving the commodities. Any interested family needing an eligibility determination may stop by the Social Services office at the courthouse from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 22.  Any questions, please call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631.
Gunfighters’ target: 
To help nonprofits
 The Silverton Gunfighters Association has provided funding to several local nonprofit groups, thanks to the donations received from tourists who stay in Silverton after the train departs to see the mock gunfights we put on:
$500 to the volunteer fire department ladder fund and fireworks
$200 — Blair Street Improvement efforts
$100 — Hardrockers Holiday
$200 — San Juan County Historical Society
$200 — A Theatre Group
$100 — Brass Band Festival
$50 — Barbershop Music Festival
$100 — School Music Program
$120 — Community Radio Station
$100 — Family Learning Center
$100 — Youth Center
$100 — Mountain Studies Institute
$150 — St. Patrick's Food Pantry
$150 — Congregational Church Food Pantry
Presentation focuses on the Emma Sweeney
The public is invited to the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., to learn more about former movie star Emma Sweeney.   
George Niederauer of the Durango Railroad Historical Society will give a presentation about the Emma Sweeney on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.  The Emma Sweeney was a full-size model locomotive built in 1949 at the Twentieth Century Fox studio shops in Los Angeles.  
It was the star of the movie “A Ticket to Tomahawk,” which was filmed in the Animas Valley. Co-stars included Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun, Walter Brennan and an almost-unknown Marilyn Monroe.  
Final assembly of the model was completed in Silverton, where it was pulled by a large team of mules down Blair Street. She was also in scenes filmed on Durango’s Reservoir Hill (today’s Fort Lewis College) and on a gravel road on Molas Pass.   
The Emma Sweeney also appeared in the TV series “Petticoat Junction.”
Most recently the Emma Sweeney was known as the Amador Cannonball and resided in Jackson, Calif.  The Durango Railroad Historical Society has returned the model to Durango. Join us on Saturday to learn more about this fascinating project, and the era when Durango was known as “Hollywood of the Rockies.”
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