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Posted on March 15 2012, 9:18am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Mark Esper/Silverton Standard & the Miner
David  Banister, of Medical Imaging Technology of Colorado Springs, assembles an X-Ray machine being installed in the Miners Union Hospital for the San Juan County Public Health Department. Banister said he figures it will take him maybe five days to install, but electrical and other work needs to be done that may take a few weeks. “We’re getting close,” he said. Silverton has been without an X-Ray machine for perhaps 60 years.
 
 
 
Blood donations sought March 19
United Blood Services will be in town Monday, March 19, from 2-6 p.m.
 To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call Judy at 387-5635.
 
Easter Bunny seeks help for egg hunt
First Congregational Church is once again sponsoring the annual Town Easter Egg Hunt for the kids on Saturday, April 7, and could use some help with this event.  
Anyone who would like to help can call Sue Kurtz at 387-5759.
 
Craft vendors sought
for farmer’s market
Calling all craftspeople! Silverton Farmer's Market is gearing up for another great season!
In addition to bringing together vendors, this year we are offering a CSA option. 
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to connect with and support  your local farmer while getting a weekly array of veggies brought directly to you!
For more information, or to become a vendor, please call (970) 903-6036.
 
Commodities to be
distributed March 27
Commodities distribution will be conducted on Tuesday, March 27, from 1-3 p.m. in the basement of the Miners Union Hospital.  
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 March 27.  
For more information, please call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631.

Grant to provide 
help for heating bills
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. 
This program runs through Sept. 30. LEAP only runs through April 30, so if you are interested please come in and get a LEAP application if you have not already applied.  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.
 
Swonger drops out
of race for House seat
On Tuesday, Patrick Swonger of Silverton announced an end to his campaign for the Colorado House.     
“I am withdrawing from the race to support Mike McLachlan in his bid to represent the 59th District,” announced Swonger.  “Thank you to everyone that worked on my campaign and gathered signatures.  It’s been an amazing experience to meet and work with so many people dedicated to progress and prosperity for Colorado.” 
Swonger and campaign volunteers were on schedule to collect the thousand signatures needed by April 2nd to petition on the ballot for the June Democratic primary.  
 “It takes financial resources to make a successful run for state office,” added Swonger.  “The need to fund a district-wide primary and a fall campaign made this race too expensive for me to continue.”
 
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