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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on January 10 2013, 11:29am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Grand Imperial Hotel owner George Foster shovels snow from the building's
roof on Saturday, Jan. 5. Photo by Mark Esper
 
The best small ski town in Colorado!
Silverton has been voted the best small ski town in Colorado in an online poll by Elevation Outdoors magazine.
“Silverton absolutely crushed the competition,” the magazine noted. And it said that the result “seemed right” since “no town in the state represents the vitality of soul skiing better than this tough little village high in the San Juans.”
Runners up for the best small ski town designation were South Fork and Minturn.
Crested Butte was named best mid-sized ski town and Durango best big ski town.
 
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 Benefit Day
Sunday at Purgatory
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will hold a Locals Benefit Day this Sunday, Jan. 13, with a portion of the ticket sales going to Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners (RSAPP.)
RSAPP is a nonprofit organization serving the five counties of southwest Colorado with the long-term goal of decreasing youth substance abuse. 
In San Juan County, RSAPP supports the Silverton Youth Center. RSAPP works with youth-serving community organizations and provides tools, training, resources, and AmeriCorps members while emphasizing community-based solutions.
  Lift tickets will be discounted to $40 for adults, $32 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. A coupon must be presented at the ticket counter to receive the discounted price. Coupons can be found on RSAPP’s website, www.rsapp.org or in this Thursday’s Durango Telegraph.
 
Former resident Sandra J. Dobbs dies at age 45
Sandra J. Dobbs Lewis died on Jan. 4, 2013.
She was born on July 14, 1967.
She is survived by her two daughters, Aspen and Autumn Lewis, and loving companion Jim; one brother; one sister, two dogs, four ducks and four goats.
Sandy lived a terribly troubled life, but for those of us who got the opportunity to know Sandy, all came away truly blessed. For her extremely warm heart, great smile, and genuine caring about you, and your well being. 
Sandy live in Silverton for more than 10 years, where she had many friends and family. Sandy, we love you!  
Services will be held at the Baptist Church on Jan. 19, and Time TBA. 
 
 
 
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