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Posted on April 25 2013, 1:46pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Animas Forks. Photo by Criss Furman
 
Forum 5:30 p.m. today on registration
for the Weminuche
A public forum will be held at Silverton Town Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m., today, 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.  
 
First train due May 4
The first Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge passenger train of the season is scheduled to whistle into Silverton at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.
As usual the passengers will be greeted at the depot with folks dressed in old-fashioned garb, and greeted at 12th and Blair streets by the Silverton Brass Band.
 
Town Council takes up marijuana issue
The Silverton Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for 5 p.m. Monday, May 6, to get public input on whether or not to allow retail marijuana sales.
Voters in Colorado approved legalization of marijuana and the town has implemented a moratorium on accepting business license applications for such retail sales.
The Town Council could ban retail sales outright or adopt regulations governing such businesses.
 
Work begins on 
fiber-optic loop
The Town of Silverton and San Juan County are starting work next week on the SCAN project, a fiber-optic loop in downtown Silverton.
Excavation to install the underground line will begin on Blair Street next week, and work north to 15th Street.
“We’re trying to do it with as little disruption of the train business as possible,” said Pete Maisel of Maisel Excavating.
 
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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