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Posted on January 12 2012, 12:52am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Silverton Town Trustee and candidate for the 59th Colorado House seat talks with Megan Kimmel Tuesday morning, during his 6-county tour to announce his candidacy as a Democrat. The Republican incumbent, J Paul Brown took a similar tour on Saturday announcing his bid for re-election, including a stop in Silverton.
Snowmobile clubs offer basic avalanche class at Molas on Saturday.
The Silverton Snowmobile club along with the San Juan Sledders will be hosting two free safety courses.
 • Basic Avalanche Awareness Course, Saturday,  Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Molas Lake Park area. This very basic free avalanche awareness course will be presented by Colorado State Parks. This course will include instructions on the use of beacons and probes (please bring yours if you have the equipment) and identifying avalanche hazards. Please be sure to wear/bring appropriate cold weather gear as this is an active outdoor class and to bring beverages and food for yourselves as no refreshments will be provided. For a more in depth snowmobile avalanche safety course please contact Jim Donovan at director@silvertonavalancheschool.com or look up the Silverton Avalanche School at avyschool.com on the internet for information and schedules.
 • Snowmobile Safety Course — Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Molas Lake Park area. This free class is geared for 10 to 16-year-old snowmobile riders wishing to earn a snowmobile safety certificate but all ages wishing to learn snowmobile safety are welcome. This class will also be held outside and will require appropriate cold weather clothing, gloves and boots. Please bring beverages and food for yourselves as no refreshments will be provided.
The Silverton Snowmobile Club’s January meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Pickle Barrel restaurant. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. If you wish to be there earlier for dinner the Pickle Barrel will be having a Surf-n-Turf night as well as happy hours specials before 6 p.m. which include $2 off entrees and $1 off drinks.
Money available to pay heating costs
Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has awarded San Juan County with a $10,000 grant.  
This grant is to help cover costs of coal, electric, firewood, natural gas, oil, propane, and solid fuel pellets.  You must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for this program, which includes applying for LEAP first.  
Anyone interested in this program can come by the Social Services office or call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631 to get an application.
 LEAP applications are being accepted in the Social Service Office through the end of April. To pick up an application or to find out what the eligibility requirements are come by the office or call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631 with any questions.
Donations sought to help get feral cats on Blair Street ‘fixed’
Melanie Bergolc of Silverton will be collecting donations to help spay and neuter the feral kittens that are living on Blair Street.  
“We have eight kittens plus a half dozen adults wandering around Blair,” Bergolc said.  She will be setting up an account with Caylie McClure, our local vet.  If interested in helping reduce the feral cat population you can send a donation to Melanie Bergolc, P.O. Box 563, Silverton, CO 81433 ) with “kitties” written in the memo of the check.  Or you can find her feeding and playing with the kittens on Blair Street, or at work at the Silverton Standard office.  
If you know of a colony of kittens or adult cats and would like them spayed/neutered contact Melanie at the Silverton Standard and we can set up a trapping date to correspond with Caylie being in town.  
“We may need to borrow a few live traps and carriers/crates for our trapping needs if you have these to spare, too,” Bergolc said.
Commodities to be 
distributed Jan. 31
Commodities distribution will occur on Jan. 31, from 1-3 p.m. in the basement of the 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 Jan. 31.  
Due to a small grant we received there will be some fresh produce distributed along with the usual stuff.  Any questions, please call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631.
2012  dog tags now available at Town Hall
The town of Silverton is reminding residents that it is time to get their dog —or cat — properly licensed for 2012.
Fees are $5 per year for spayed/neutered pets, and $10 per year for au-natural. Evidence of rabies vaccination is required for first-time license purchasers.
Tags are required to be worn on the pets’ collars.
Town officials remind dog owners to please: Keep their dogs on a leash. Clean up after their dogs. Monitor and pre- vent, or at least promptly put a stop to, excessive barking. These things are prohibited by ordinance, and offenders will be cited, town officials say.
The town issued 84 dog licenses last year.
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