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Posted on September 20 2012, 11:04am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Silverton School students will be giving guided tours of the newly renovated school and gym on Friday. Above are ninth graders Talitha Gallegos, Tanner Paxton, Bowen Coates and Carly Gurule.
Silverton School 
open house Sept. 21
 Silverton School will host an open house celebration and grand opening for the $11.8 million school rehabilitation project that is now complete.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, and will include ongoing tours and a potluck lunch at the school.
South Pole talk at
Town Hall Friday
Silverton Mountain School announces some upcoming event in Silverton:
• Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., Silverton Town Hall: Tenth year at the South Pole — Scot Jackson
Scot will present an overview of his 10th year at the South Pole.  He saw the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole. He also saw the completion of all major construction projects. The station will now have a smaller population and concentrate on continuing to support cutting edge scientific research.
The event is free and open to the public
Last farmers market
of year to be festive
The last Silverton Farmers Market of the season will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Memorial Park from 2-5 p.m.
The Robin Davis Trio will perform along with the Caldera Dance Troupe belly dancers.
And a green chili roaster will be on hand.
Snowmobile club 
to clean the road
The Silverton Snowmobile Club road clean-up day is Sunday, Sept. 23. The club will  have vests and bags. Meet at the Molas Trailhead parking lot at 10 a.m. 
The club will be holding its first meeting of the 2012-13 season at Red Mountain Motel RV park following the clean up. Any questions call 970-744-9446.
Fayhee to read from books here Sept. 25
M. John Fayhee, long-time editor of the Mountain Gazette, will read from his two new books at the Avalanche Brewing Company in Silverton on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.
The event will include readings from “The Colorado Mountain Companion: A Potpourri of Useful Miscellany from the Highest Parts of the Highest State” (WestWinds Press) and “Smoke Signals: Wayward Journeys Through the Old Heart of the New West” (Raven’s Eye Press).
“It’ll definitely be a bit weird unveiling two new books at once,” Fayhee says. “I certainly did not plan to have two books coming out literally the same week, but one was delayed at press for several months, so it just turned out that way.”
Fayhee calls “The Colorado Mountain Companion,” which references Silverton almost 20 times, the proudest achievement among his 10 previously published books.
Locals can ride train 
for 20 bucks Oct. 13-27
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering two weeks of Local Appreciation fares to ride the train round-trip (Standard Class) for $20 per person from Oct. 13–27.
The train departs Durango at 8:30 a.m. and travels to Silverton for a two-hour, fifteen-minute layover, leaving for Durango at 2:15 p.m. On Oct. 13, there is a 9:15 am train departure, arriving in Silverton at 12:45 p.m. and leaving for Durango at 2:45 p.m.
 Residents of Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Ridgway are included in this offer. Tickets are available at either the Durango or the Silverton depot or by calling (970) 247-2733 or (970) 387-5416. 
Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and proof of residence will be required. No other discounts apply and tickets are non-refundable. Fares are subject to a 6 percent Historic Preservation Fee.
 The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1881, operating authentic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives through the remote wilderness and high-mountain landscape of the San Juan National Forest. The train offers daily service to Silverton from May through late October.  
The Cascade Canyon Winter train operates Thanksgiving through early May. Packages and events are available year round. Visit www.durangotrain.com or call (888) 872-4607 for more information.
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