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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on October 18 2012, 2:09pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Rod Vallejos, patrolman for the Durango & Silverton Narrow
Gauge Railroad, helps put out a small brush fire on the south
end of Silverton near Mineral Creek on Monday, Oct. 15.
The fire was apparently started by cinders from the train.
Behind him in the brush is Silverton firefighter Bruce Conrad.
The fire was quickly extinguished.
Mark Esper/Silverton Standard
School fundraiser 
today to provide 
a taste of Rwanda
The public is invited to the Silverton Middle School Gallery Night and Dinner in the school’s performing arts center on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for the school to bring two students and a teacher from Rwanda for four weeks later this year.
The 65 students at the school are studying Africa as part of their Expeditionary Learning efforts this year.
A $12 donation includes a 3-course authentic Rwandan meal, poetry reading, and gallery walk.
A 40-minute video, “Mountain Gorilla,” will be shown.
The Rwandans are scheduled to arrive Nov. 8 and stay until Dec. 8.
Early voting starts Monday at County Clerk’s office
Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins on Monday, Oct. 22 at the San Juan County Clerk’s Office at the County Courthouse.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Early voting ends on Friday, Nov. 2
Polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Halloweenie Dog Parade planned for Saturday
The third annual Silverton Halloweenie Dog Parade will be conducted in downtown Silverton on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Dogs dressed in Halloween costumes are welcome.
The event will start at Town Hall with judging at 11 a.m., followed by a walk around downtown.
Post Office’s future topic of community meeting Monday
A public meeting on the the future of the Silverton Post Office is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at Town Hall.
A survey sent to Post Office boxholders last month offered four options and invited recipients to “select the alternative you most prefer.”
• Keep the office open but with reduced window-service hours to six hours per day, with Saturday hours unchanged. (Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Conduct a discontinuance study and provide roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier.
• Conduct a discontinuance study and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually a local business.
• Conduct a discontinuance study and relocate P.S. box service to a “nearby Post Office.”
Post Office clerk Beccy Rhoades urged Silvertonians to fill out the survey. She said that as long as 60 percent favor the reduced-hours option that is what will likely be adopted and the Post Office will remain open.

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