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Posted on April 13 2012, 7:29am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Silverton first-grader Jackie Berenyi hands an egg to Kemp Houston, 2,
after he had difficulty reaching it on the window sill of First Congregational
Church during the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7. Photo by Mark Esper
Cement Creek issues
to be topic of meeting
The Animas River Stakeholders Group invites the community to join in a discussion on a collaborative approach for addressing mine drainage in Upper Cement Creek.  
Representatives of Sunnyside Gold Corp, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be present to participate in the discussion, answer questions and provide input regarding what each can contribute toward potential solutions. 
The session is planned for Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Silverton Town Hall.
Town, county declare May 5
to be Silverton Standard Day
Saturday, May 5 will be a festive day in Silverton. Not only is it first-train day, with the first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passenger train of the season scheduled to arrive at noon, but it is also Cinco de Mayo.
And the Silverton Town Council on Monday night also declared that May 5 will be observed as “Silverton Standard Day throughout the realm.”
The vote was unanimous.
On Wednesday morning, April 11, the San Juan County commissioners unanimously passed a similar proclamation.
This newspaper has been declared a National Historic Site in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, and at 1 p.m. May 5 at the San Juan County Historical Society Museum, a dedication ceremony will take place.
The public is invited.
Standard editor and publisher Mark Esper told the Town Council that the Standard is the only newspaper in Colorado to receive such a designation, and one of only 93 such sites in the nation.
Other sites include Ben Franklin’s print shop, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal and the Tombstone (Ariz.) Epitaph.
Esper also told the Town Council how the historical society’s project to save the oldest continually operated newspaper on the Western Slope of Colorado has gotten a lot of national attention.
The NBC “Today Show” was in town taping a story on the newspaper a couple of weeks ago. The Standard is still awaiting word on when that story will air, but producer Ian Wenger indicated he is nearly done with final editing.
Students to give tour of the Animas Trail project on April 20
This year, the entire student body of Silverton School has worked to help develop the proposed Animas River Trail through Silverton.
Each grade adopted service projects to tackle all aspects of trail development including construction, wetland restoration, interpretive sign design, and the creation of adventure passport brochures!
On Friday, April 20, Silverton students will celebrate Global Youth Service Day here, by leading trail tours for parents and community members to highlight many exciting projects. 
It’s an opportunity to walk along the Animas River and see how students are turning the Animas River Trail into a reality — and to learn about other upcoming trail opportunities this summer.
The event is scheduled from 12:45 to 3 p.m., starting at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area 
For more information please contact Whitney Gaskill at: vista@mountainstudies.org or (970) 387-5161.
Town Cleanup Day
is Sunday, April 22
The Silverton “celebration” formerly known as “Poopfest” in honor of the doggie doo emerging from the snow this time of year is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, Earth Day.
But this year the event will simply be known as the second annual Silverton Town Cleanup.
Volunteers will meet at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area at 10 a.m.
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