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Posted on February 28 2013, 11:41am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Undersheriff Bruce Conrad
Conrad promoted 
to Undersheriff
San Juan County has a new undersheriff. Bruce Conrad, former deputy, replaces Kris Burns, who has left the department.
Bruce Conrad, 43, a long-time resident, graduated from the police academy in Delta in 2009.
Animas workgroup 
to meet today at Kendall Mountain
The River Protection Workgroup for the Animas River is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area. 
The group is making plans to conclude in March or early April, and hopes to release its report of findings, ideas and conclusions shortly thereafter.   
This will be the 17th meeting of the Workgroup. The specific focus of this meeting will be a continued discussion of the main stem of the Animas which goes from Baker’s Bridge north to just below Silverton. Last time and at previous meetings, the Workgroup arrived at consensus about levels of protection for some areas and values including Mineral and South Mineral Creeks; Cement Creek; and the upper Animas.
 This Workgroup is one of five that have been convened in the region as part of the River Protection Workgroup. Workgroups have concluded for Vallecito Creek; the upper San Juan East and West Forks; and for Hermosa Creek. The Piedra Workgroup, along with this one, will conclude in the spring.  
 The RPW continues to be a community discussion where all are welcome to talk about the levels of protection desired for ecological, water, economic and social values.
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.
Silverton students, 
faculty to play ball
 It’s the Silverton version of March madness. Silverton School students will take on the faculty in a basketball game 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14  in the gym.  
Admission is free. There will be a halftime free-throw contest with a $5 entry fee. Proceeds go to fund new uniforms. 

Nominees picked 
for judicial seat
The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the David L. Dickinson.
Nominees William Herringer and Todd Norvell, both of Durango; and Todd Starr of Pagosa Springs, were selected by the commission on Feb. 26.
Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Feb. 27 within which to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the Sixth Judicial District (Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties).
Town gets grant for Visitors Center work
The Town of Silverton was notified Wednesday, Feb. 27, that it has received a $47,000 grant to upgrade the exterior of the Silverton Visitors Center.
Town Administrator Jason Wells this is the third significant project on the table for the town this summer.
The total project cost will be about $87,000 to replace rotting siding, flashing and general repairs to the building’s exterior.
Meanwhile, a $155,000 upgrade to Memorial Park is planned for this summer, including new tennis courts. That project is funded by a $108,480 Great Outdoors Colorado grant.
And a $180,000 project to bury a fiber optic loop downtown is also scheduled for this summer.
Winter nature tour at Andrews Lake March 9
A winter nature tour, “Animal Evidence at Andrews Lake,” will take place Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.  
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 wild animal habitats, tracks, scat, and more.  Snowshoes are available for kids under 120 pounds. Carpooling options are available.  
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 and the BLM Tres Rios Field Office, 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 www.sjma.org.
Don’t get towed in
during snow red alert
Tow truck operator Don Curnow asked the Standard to remind Silverton residents to pay attention to snow route alerts and move your vehicles when red alerts are issued.
He said that’s the best way to avoid a $60 towing fee. If your vehicle is towed, call Don at 946-4303.
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