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Posted on January 31 2013, 2:23pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Wolfie, the wolf-dog hybrid who mysteriously appeared in Silverton in 2005, enjoys a snowy day.
Photo by Chris Furman.
Extreme skier 
Hilaree O’Neill 
to speak Saturday
Extreme skier and mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill will speak at Silverton Town Hall Saturday night, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in a benefit presentation for Silverton Avalanche School and San Juan Search and Rescue.
O’Neill’s presentation, “The Road Not Taken,” will reount her incredible story of skiing in the world’s most extreme environments. 
In 2012 Hilaree climbed Mount Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, within 24 hours, in doing so, she joined an elite group of alpinists who possess the endurance to link two 8,000-meter peaks in a single push and become the sole woman to accomplish the feat.
Named by Outside Magazine as one of the most adventurous women in sports, she has skied from the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet, throughout the Andes, on volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and in the tight couloirs of Baffin Island.
Admission: $3.
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 Counry Treasurer’s office, and the Republicans will meet in the County Commissioner’s conference room.
Mexican dinner fundraiser Feb. 15 
for high school trip
Silverton High School students are offering a Mexican Dinner fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school cafeteria.
The dinner will feature enchiladas, fajitas, salad, dessert and drink. Price is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 10.
Proceeds will help the high school students visit Washington.
Silverton Classic alpine 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. 
Mountain Man Rendezvous planned for Labor Day weekend
A Mountain Man Rendezvous is in the works for Silverton this Labor Day weekend.
Cindy Bryant, president of the Blair Street Historic District Association, said she expects one to three teepees to be set up at the vacant lot at 12th and Blair for the weekend.
The mountain men will demonstrate various tools of their trade, trapping and trading for furs in the Rockies in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
The Mountain Man gathering over Labor Day weekend will coincide with the second annual Silverton Western Movie Festival.
Movie festival executive director Mark Esper said that among the films planned for this year is the movie “Across the Wide Missouri,” filmed in the Molas Lake area in 1950 and featuring Clark Gable. The movie is about the mountain men.
“With the Mountain Man Rendezvous and the Western Movie Festival we just need one more event and we could have a ‘Wild West Days’” for Labor Day weekend,” Esper suggested.
Chocolate Fantasia
to benefit shelter
It’s time for the 27th annual Chocolate Fantasia at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. On  Friday,  Feb. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., you can indulge your love of chocolate while benefitting the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse and the Durango Community Shelter.
Just think-you and a roomful of chocolate with no limit on how much you can eat!  This year’s theme is “Chocolate Zoo-Bilee.”  A trip to the zoo with animals made out of chocolate and a children’s corner with activities for the kids and entertainment provided by two members of the Salt Fire Circus and the Encore Troupe.  Photo opportunities will be provided by illuminArts Photography.
Over 200 delicacies will be created by local restaurants and amateur chefs competing to create the best dessert in town.  And you get to be the judge! 
Tickets are available in stores all over Durango as well as nearby communities, and will be available at the door on the day of the event.  Sponsored by First National Bank of Durango, BP America, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Durango Business Improvement District and Durango Tourism Office, Celebrations Event Production, and Rich Black Creative and Jenny Taylor.
Skating rink open
Town officials say the skating rink at Kendall Mountain is now open.
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