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News briefs: Dec. 6, 2012
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on December 06 2012, 3:11pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Blaze Braford-Lefebvre and Luis Castro carry the Yule Log down from Kendall Mountain Saturday morning, Dec. 1, as part of the town’s Yule Log Festival. The Yule Log was found this year by Mathew Zimmerman, but unfortunately, lack of snow prevented him from getting to ride it down the mountain.
Christmas Bazaar scheduled Saturday
The annual Silverton Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the American Legion building.
The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post #14 Women’s Auxiliary.
Vendors should contact Vicki Mahlios, 903-2147.
School party Friday for Rwandan guests
Silverton School will host a potluck on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-8:30 p.m. in honor of the Rwandan students and teacher who have been visiting the past few weeks.
Everyone is welcome.
Reserve tables now 
for Chamber holiday dinner Saturday 
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual community Holiday Dinner this Saturday, December 8 from 6-8pm at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
Please call now at 387-5654 to make a reservation for a table (8-10 people). Tables will be decorated the day of the dinner at 3pm.
Meat for the dinner is being provided courtesy of the Town of Silverton. Beverages will also be provided. All those attending are asked to bring side dishes or desserts to share.
Service for Dave Wood is Saturday in Ouray
A memorial service for Dave Wood, 81, former president of Citizens State Bank of Ouray, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Ouray Community Center at 11 a.m.
Caldera Belly Dance Holiday Hafla Dec. 14
Join Caldera Belly Dance for a festive holiday celebration!  
This fun event will feature family friendly belly dance performances, shopping with local craft vendors, door prizes, light refreshments, and lots of holiday cheer! The Holiday Hafla will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6-9 p.m at Silverton Movement Center.  
Interested in vending?  Please contact Lisa at 970-749-3244.
Christmas Caroling 
is Sunday, Dec. 16
Christmas Caroling in Silverton is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16.
Carollers will meet at 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (next to Silverton Grocery). Hot drinks and goodies will be served at the church after. All welcome, all ages.
Silverton Standard’s
2013 calendar on sale 
The Silverton Standard & the Miner, a national historic site in journalism, is again conducting its annual holiday fundraiser, offering a 2013 calendar with amazing scenic color photos of the San Juans.
The 2013 calendar is available for $9.95 plus $3 shipping and handling.
“We have some great photos in this year’s calendar,” said Standard editor Mark Esper. “It makes a great gift for anyone who loves Silverton and the San Juans.”
The calendar may be pur- chased by sending a check to: Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433. Or call (970) 387-5477 with credit card information.
Search-and-rescue seeks
a cool T-shirt design
San Juan County Search and Rescue is seeking design submissions for 2013 fundraising T-shirts.  
SJCSAR’s mission is “to protect and/or save lives and to promote four-season safety in the backcountry.”  Submissions should reflect this mission statement, be no larger than 8” x 10”, black and white, and signed by the artist. All submissions should have an attached 3” x 5” card with the artist/author’s name, address, phone number, and shirt size.
“We would love for citizens to participate and submit drawings for consideration,” said Laila Bryant, search and rescue lieutenant. Submissions must be received by Dec. 11. Work can be dropped off at the Carriage House, mailed to .PO. Box 4, or e-mailed to sar.sjc@gmail.com.
The selected design will be printed on t-shirts and sold at local stores and events to benefit San Juan County SAR. The artist whose design is printed will receive a free official t-shirt featuring their design!
“We hope to make this an annual event with new shirts being created each year,” Bryant said.
County still hopes 
to replace bridge
San Juan County officials say they are still hoping to replace the Lackawanna Bridge but that it won’t happen until probably 2014.
The bridge was condemned by state inspectors in 2010 and removed, leaving a couple of dozen property owners with difficulties accessing their land and cabins.
County Administrator Willie Tookey said the county would like to form a special improvement district comprised of the 20 or so property owners who have relied on the bridge for access to mining claims on Kendall Mountain.
The county has received a $400,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation to replace the bridge, but must come up with $100,000 in matching funds.
Tookey suggested the special improvement district could perhaps raise half of that match and the county could find other grant sources for the balance.
Students produce paper
Silverton Middle School students are producing their own newspaper, The Miner’s Drift, on Page 6 of this week’s Standard.
Not enough snow on Molas for Santa Claus
Santa’s Playground at Molas Pass has been canceled due to lack of snow.
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