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News briefs: Jan. 24, 2013
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Posted on January 24 2013, 11:23am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Adult basketball is held at the school gym Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
All are welcome. From left: Loren Lew, Dale Myers, Everett Lyons, John Poole, Joe Zimmerman, Jim Cole and George Galland. David Emory photo
Avalanche research, info offices plan open house on Feb. 8
The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies (CSAS) and Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) invite the public to their combined Open House on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at their offices at 1428 Greene Street (Highlander Building).
Kick off Snowscape with a visit to the adjacent offices of CSAS and CAIC.
The CSAS office is celebrating 10 years in Silverton.
The office will present a slide show featuring the history of snow science in Silverton.
Meanwhile, the CAIC office is  celebrating 20 years in Silverton and 40 years state-wide. 
The office will present a history of avalanche control on roads in our area
Staff from both offices will answers to all of your snow-related questions (maybe).
Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets on sale for Rainbow Ball Express
 Tickets are now on sale for the Rainbow Ball Express, a fundraiser for the Silverton Youth Center to be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 during Snowscape.
Purchase a numbered, colored ball from the SYC for $2 or get 3 for $5. The numbered balls will be launched from the top of the sledding hill the first ball of each color through the chute  wins a local gift certificate.
A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold
The balls will start rolling around 11 a.m.
Snowmobile Parade
evening of Feb. 8
The annual snowmobile parade for Snowscape will be on Friday, Feb. 8. Anyone wishing to join the parade should meet at the corner of 11th and Greene (Buddha Belly) at 6:30 p.m. 
The parade route runs to the Recreation Center where the annual bonfire will be held.

Party caucuses 
to be held Feb. 12
The San Juan County Democratic Party and Republican Party will both be having caucuses at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to elect officers for the next 2-year period.
The Democrats will meet in the treasurer’s office, and the Republicans will meet in the County Commissioner’s conference room.
Town Council to meet Tuesday for fiber-optics update
The Silverton Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, “to receive final recommendations” on the completion of the SCAN community fiber optic loop.
The proposed loop would connect the county courthouse, Town Hall, Silverton School, the library and other public facilities in town. 
Town officials were hoping to bury the lines under Blair and Reese streets, but the cost for that was found to be too high. Latest tentative plans called for overhead lines down the alleys on either side of Greene Street.
The project was originally scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2012, with a budget of $105,000 with the town and the county chipping in 25 percent of that cost.
Silverton Classic alpine fun race Feb. 16
The Silverton Classic alpine fun race is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at Kendall Mountain Ski Area.
Registration is at 8 a.m., with course inspection at 9 a.m.
Alpine categories include boys and girls ages 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-18, 18-60, and 60 and older.
Snowboarding categories include men and women, and telemark skiing men and women.
Race entry fee is $5 for children and $10 for adults.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category. 
Snowscape Theme: 1980s Skiing
It was a time when the mines in Silverton were humming, big-hair bands ruled, MTV was the newest sensation and the nation’s first 24-hour television news network, CNN, was just getting started.
It was the 1980s, and, as it happens, “Ski ‘80s” will be the theme of this year’s Silverton Snowscape winter festival scheduled for Feb. 8-10.
The schedule of events is still being finalized but some details are taking shape:
• This year’s Snowscape will again feature night skiing, this time with fireworks scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday night, Feb. 9.
Event organizer Karen Srebacic said she needs a few volunteers to pick up and deliver the night ski lights, and help with judging Snowscape events. Call her at (970) 759-5557.
• The theme for the carboard derby, in which carboard sledding devices are built and put to the test on Kendall Mountain, is “Favorite 1980s Bands.”
Chili Cookoff set
for Sunday, Feb. 10
The Silverton Family Learning Center is sponsoring a Chili Cookoff on Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area, in conjunction with Snowscape.
Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners for both the red and green chile categories.
Proceeds benefit the Silverton Family Learning Center. For information, to become a judge or to enter your favorite recipe call 903-6036, visit www.sflc.co, or see Deanna Jaramillo at the San Juan County Courthouse.
Entry fee is $10. Tasting fee is $5.
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