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Posted on January 03 2013, 10:26am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Sunset Tuesday, Jan. 1, created a rainbow effect over Bear Mountain, with the flank of Anvil Mountain at right.
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.
Dogs — and cats —
need town licenses 
The town of Silverton is reminding residents that it is time to get their dog —or cat — properly licensed for 2013.
Fees are $5 per year for spayed/neutered pets, and $10 per year for au-natural. Evidence of rabies vaccination is required for first-time license purchasers.
Tags are required to be worn on the pets’ collars.
Town officials remind dog owners to please: Keep their dogs on a leash. Clean up after their dogs. Monitor and pre- vent, or at least promptly put a stop to, excessive barking. These things are prohibited by ordinance, and offenders will be cited, town officials say.
In 2012 the town issued 72 dog and cat tags. 
Business licenses
are up for renewal 
Town Hall is reminding Silverton business owners to apply for 2013 business licenses.
All persons or entities receiving revenues for goods and/or services within the Town of Silverton must obtain a Town business license, which must be renewed each year. Nonprofit entities must also obtain a business license, however no fees apply.
The deadline for year-round businesses to obtain licenses is Jan. 31.
The deadline for seasonal businesses is May 1.
In 2012 the town issued 164 business licenses.
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.
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