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Posted on April 18 2013, 9:58am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Criss Furman/Silverton Standard & the Miner
A wild goose chase on the beaver ponds at the north end of Silverton.
Council hearing 
on special events 
petition Monday
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.
Forum April 25 on required registration
for the Weminuche
A public forum will be held at Silverton Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25 to discuss the Forest Service plan for mandatory registration for those entering the Weminuche Wilderness.
In 2014, the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests will begin requiring recreationists to register prior to entering the Wilderness. There will be no fees associated with this program, and it will not impose any limits on use.  
At the forum, the Forest Service will explain the program and ask for suggestions on how to make it easy for the public to comply with and the agency to implement.  
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
Commodities to be 
distributed April 30
Commodities distribution will occur on Tuesday, April 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the basement of the Hospital Building.  
Eligibility for this service must be determined prior to receiving the commodities.  Any interested family needing an eligibility determination may stop by the Social Services office at the courthouse from 9 a.m. to noon on April 30.  Any questions, please call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631.
Help still available 
to pay heating bills 
The LEAP heating assistance program began on Nov. 1, and runs through April 30.   
Applications are still available.  To pick up an application or to find out what the eligibility requirements are come by the office or call Deanna Jaramillo at 387-5631 with any questions.
County Clerk’s office to be closed April 15-19
The San Juan County Office of Clerk and Recorder’s office will not be open from April 15-19. 
Normal office hours will resume April 22, at 8 am. 
TJ Melcher to start 
grad school at UNC
TJ (Troy) Melcher, a Silverton High School graduate, has been accepted into Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. 
He is pursuing his phycology field and will begin classes June 3. 
“He continues to achieve his dream,” said his mom, Anita Steck. “Well done, TJ!”
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