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Posted on May 02 2013, 1:35pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Work began Monday, April 29, on the SCAN project, a buried fiber-optic loop around downtown. Above, town officials and others pose for a groundbreaking. From left are Mayor Chris Tookey, contractor Pete Maisel, Town Trustee Malcolm MacDougall, Town Administrator Jason Wells, County Administrator Willy Tookey, Town Trustee Karla Safranski, Town Planner Bob Nevins, County Commissioner Pete McKay and Mike Geryak of Silverton. The $164,000 project includes installation of a 72-strand fiber-optic loop around downtown Silverton to provide the “last mile” of broadband infrastructure to businesses and government offices. Three-fourths of that cost is paid for through the Southwest Colorado Access Grant, with the town and county splitting the $41,000 match. The loop will connect Silverton School, Town Hall, the County Courthouse and other government buildings, along with providing access points to allow providers to hook up businesses and residents to high-speed Internet. 
Hearing on marijuana sales rescheduled for May 20 at Town Hall
The Silverton Town Council has rescheduled a public hearing on retail marijuana sales for 5 p.m. Monday, May 20.
Town officials decided to postpone the public hearing, which was originally scheduled for May 6, to await “the latest developments following the conclusion of the state legislative session on May 8.”
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.
Wouldn’t you know it? May 9 poetry event at the school library
A community poetry reading is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the school library.
It’s a benefit for the second and third graders’ field work.
Anyone is invited to bring a poem you wrote or one written by a favorite poet.
The poetry reading will be accompanied by a bake sale.
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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