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Posted on December 27 2012, 12:11am by Mark Esper in Local News category



Elke Osweiler, 3, of Marin County, Calif., granddaughter of Carolyn and Richard Wilcox, meets Santa Claus.

Photo by Criss Furman 


Snowmobile Club plans kids’ safety class
The Silverton Snowmobile Club is hosting a kids’ safety class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Molas Lake
The kids safety course is a free class geared for 10-16 year old snowmobile riders wishing to earn a snowmobile safety certificate but all ages wishing to learn snowmobile safety are welcome. Part of this class will be held outside and will require appropriate cold weather clothing, gloves and boots. Please bring beverages and food for yourselves as no refreshments will be provided.
The Silverton Snowmobile Club will be hosting the Colorado State Parks Avalanche Awareness Class.The class, given by Colorado State Parks, is a one day free class covering the basic lessons of avalanche awareness and use of beacons and probes.
This event will take place at Molas Lake on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Please note that this is a very basic avalanche awareness class, If you prefer a more extensive class go to the website of the Silverton Avalanche School at avyschool.com. Please be sure to wear plenty of cold weather gear for the outdoor portion of the class. If you own or have access to beacons, probes and shovels please bring those although all are welcome with or without them.
 If there are any questions, please call Dean Des Palmes at (970) 744-1876.

Nature tour offered at 
Cascade Creek Jan. 19
A winter nature tour, Conifers Coexist at Cascade Creek, will take place Saturday morning, Jan. 19.  Folks of all ages are invited to go snowshoeing with the San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan National Forest, and certified interpretive guide MK Thompson.  
Explore the variety of evergreen trees in the Cascade area along with other winter ecology wonders. Snowshoes are available for kids under 120 pounds.  E-mail or call today to reserve your spots!  Contact MK@sjma.org or (970) 759-9113.  Various tours are offered throughout the winter.
The San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan National Forest, promotes responsible care of natural and cultural resources through education and hands-on involvement that inspires respect and reverence for our lands.  For more information on this local nonprofit organization, please visit our website www.sjma.org.
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.
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.
Locals get discount
on Cascade Canyon Winter Train
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering its Local Appreciation fares to ride the Cascade Canyon Winter Train from Jan. 3–Feb. 28 on days of operation.
 This offer is available to residents in Colorado counties: Archuleta, Dolores, San Juan, La Plata, San Miguel, Ouray, and Montezuma; San Juan County in New Mexico and Utah; and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.  Standard-Class coach seating is $20* for adults and $15* for children (ages 4 -11); Premium-Class seating is available for $45* for adults (available for ages 21 and over).
 The Cascade Canyon Winter Train departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m.  The trip includes an approximate 45-minute break by the Animas River, deep in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking. Proof of residence is required. Special fares may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Tickets are non-refundable and change fees do apply. *Fares are subject to 6 percent Historic Preservation Fee.
 Details on the Cascade Canyon Winter Train are available at www.durangotrain.com. Reservations for Local Appreciation fares must be made by phone at 970-247-2733, 888-872-4607 or at the Durango depot.
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Comments (1)  
osweiler on December 31 2012, 8:40pm
Awesome picture of Elke and thank you Silverton for such a great x-mas. I'm Elke's dad/Carolyn Wilcox's son and couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the holiday. Cheers!