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Posted on April 11 2013, 2:21pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
The first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passenger
train of the season is scheduled to roll into Silverton on Saturday, May 4,
barely three weeks from now. But for now the Silverton depot is still a quiet place, seen
here on Wednesday morning, April 10, after the recent snowstorm.
Photo by Mark Esper/Silverton Standard
Body identified
The body found near Coal Bank Pass on Saturday, March 30, has been identified as Larry Padgett, 61, of Apollo Beach, Florida.
An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday, April 3 in Durango
Deputy San Juan County Coroner Don Curnow said the cause of death remains undetermined at this time, as officials are awaiting results of toxicology tests.
The exact time of the death also remains uncertain but is believed to have been between March 10 and March 30.
Padgett’s body was found about 150 feet from U.S. 550 on the south side of Coal  Bank Pass.
Meeting April 17 
on rebuilding the Silverton Northern
Anyone interested in the rebuilding of the Silverton Northern Railroad is invited to attend the next information meeting about railroad progress at 10:30 a.m. at the San Juan County Historical Society Archive Building, Wednesday, April 17.
The San Juan County Historical Society is undertaking the rebuilding of a 2.5- mile-long portion of the historic Silverton Northern narrow-gauge railroad from the Powerhouse to Howardsville along the original route. 
Underwrite one or more years of the 99-year lease with San Juan County for just $100 a year. Pick any year from 2013 to 2112 as your year, along with an alternate year. 
“This is our initial fund-raising effort that will help kick start the project,” said Railroad President Fritz Klinke.
Make checks payable to San Juan County Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433.  
Donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a tax certificate.
For more information, contact Fritz Klinke at (970) 387-0212

Council hearing 
on special events 
petition April 22
The Silverton Town Council public hearing on the petition to hire a special events coordinator has been rescheduled for Monday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Town Administrator Jason Wells said the change was made so that Susan Fairweather, Dillon’s director of economic development, could attend.
“I got in touch with Susan knowing her to have made tremendous strides in that community on a very modest budget and as someone who might be able to provide us with some sound guidance as we begin to find ways to better promote the community holistically,” Wells said.
On March 11, petitions signed by 194 people were submitted to the Town Council asking the town to hire a marketing and special events director to help boost the town’s tourism-based economy.
Mining conference in Lake City April 18-19
The third annual San Juan Mining Conference will be held April 18-19 at the Mosely Art Center in Lake City.
The conference, hosted by Mountain Studies Institute, will feature speakers from all over the San Juans and topics relevant to mining in the past, present and future. More information is available at mountainstudies.org.
Business planning course to be offered
The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is planning a NXLevel Business Planning Program in Silverton this spring.
NxLeveL Business Planning Program is a 36-hour course that addresses questions every prospective business owner must answer to launch a successful and sustainable new venture or to learn how to better manage and grow their existing business. 
Participants will learn how to identify feasible start-up opportunities and bring them to fruition by creating an actionable business plan based on shrewd market research and proven techniques. The ideal candidate for NxLeveL is an entrepreneur starting a new business venture or a current business owner looking to revisit their business plan.
 The cost of the course is $280 for the 12-week course or $50 per session. Scholarships are available.
 If you are interested in attending the course, please contact Anthony Edwards at (970) 387-5210 or email him at anthony.edwards@sjlollc.com
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