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Posted on May 23 2013, 11:07am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Members of the Silverton-San Juan Fire Department hosed down Greene
Street on Friday morning, May 17, to get rid of the winter’s accumulation
of grime and dirt. Criss Furman photo
 
 
Oregon woman dies in Red Mtn. plunge
A 72-year-old Oregon woman died Thursday, Oct. 16, in a one-vehicle crash on Red Mountain Pass, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Shirley Richardson of Alsea, Oregon, was southbound on U.S. 550 at mile marker 79.6, just this side of the Red Mountain Pass summit, when the 2001 Ford Escape she was driving plunged off the east side of the highway.
The vehicle was airborne for 51 feet, traveled another 24 feet across the embankment, rolling 1-1/2 times, according to the State Patrol.
Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
It’s Graduation Day 
for 2 Silverton seniors
Silverton High School will be graduating two seniors this year in a commencement ceremony in the school’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 23. The public is invited.
Graduating will be Gerardo Acosta and Kacey Foster.
The last day of school for Silverton students is today.
 
Emergency services open house June 1
Silverton Public Safety Day will be observed on Saturday, June 1, with an open house at the Carriage House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served. 
The public will get a chance to check out emergency equipment used by the Silverton-San Juan Fire Department, the Silverton Ambulance Service, the sheriff’s office, Office of Emergency Management and San Juan Search and Rescue.
A flight-for-life helicopter is expected to be on hand.
The fire department’s new ladder truck will also be featured.
 “We want everyone to come up and see what emergency services is about,” said Mike Maxfield, assistant fire chief.
 
 
Night at the Museum set for Friday, June 7
The San Juan County Historical Society Museum and Mining Heritage Center opens for the season on Saturday, May 25.
The historical society is hosting a Night at the Museum on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Light refreshments will be served.
Historical society chairman Bev Rich said it’s a chance to check out all the newly redone jail interior and other improvements at the museum and mining heritage center.

Memorial Day to be
observed by Legion
on Monday, May 27
The Silverton American Legion Post has made plans for the Memorial Day obser-vance on Monday, May 27.
Veterans and anyone else interested will muster at the American Legion Hall at 10 a.m., and then converge on Memorial Park at 11 a.m. for a short ceremony, said Post Commander Gary Davis.
All visiting veterans are welcome to take part.
 
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