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Posted on January 18 2013, 9:10am by Mark Esper in Local News category

Strong winds blow snow through Silverton on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Kimmett Holland 
to be director of 
ambulance association
Kimmett Holland has been named director of the Silverton Ambulance Service. 
The brother of the late San Juan County deputy Hollis Holland, who died last winter of a heart attack at Molas Lake, Kimmett Holland brings more than 30 years of experience as a firefighter and EMS services, including work as a flight paramedic and trainer.
Holland said the ambulance service has “an open-door policy” and he invited anyone to stop by if they have any questions or concerns about the ambulance service.

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.
Town to pay Santa $150 for expenses
The Silverton Town Council on Monday night voted to pay Santa Claus $150 to cover expenses including reindeer feed for his Christmas Eve visit to Silverton.
The vote was unanimous.
School potluck Jan. 23
The Silverton School will be holding a potluck for our Site Seminar participants on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in the school basement.  
If you are interested in meeting educators from other small school around the country, parents and/or community members are welcome to join the group.  No children please, as this event is designed for adult conversation. Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert.
Council to review 
paid time-off policy
The Town Council plans to review policy regarding paid time off payouts disbursed to town employees.
Town Administrator Jason Wells noted that virtually all town employees have accrued some paid time off in lieu of overtime pay, amounting to a liability of about $78,000.
While many employees prefer to take the paid time off, some have requested payouts instead of taking the time off, and the Town Council has approved such payouts on occasion, including a payout of about $3,000 to public works director Gilbert Archuleta approved Monday night.
Boeyink said she was OK with that but said the town needs a more clear policy on PTO requests.
She said she didn’t expect any “run on the bank” by employees for payouts.
Council maneuvers on bills as 4 receive checks
The Town Council’s consent agenda, reserved for noncontroversial routine items, nonetheless became a bit cumbersome for the 7-member council Monday night.
In paying the town’s bills, four of the council members were obliged to recuse themselves since they were among those to receive checks for various services rendered.
The council therefore had to conduct three separate votes to gain a quorum (minus the recusals due to conflict of interest) to eventually approve paying all of the bills.
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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