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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on July 15 2013, 10:16am by Mark Esper in Local News category
The Fourth of July Parade in downtown Silverton. Photo by Criss Furman
Papp resigns from Town Council
Town Trustee Cassandra Papp has resigned from her seat on the Town Council and the Council plans to appoint a replacement at its July 22 meeting.
Papp, appointed to the Town Council in April 2012, said “it has been an honor and privilege to serve as a trustee for the last year.”
Papp said she is resigning “to start a new life outside of Silverton with my fiancé at the end of July.”
Those interested in serving on the Silverton Town Council may submit a letter of interest to Town Clerk Brian Carlson, P.O. Box 250, Silverton, CO 81433, or at Town Hall, 1360 Greene Street.
According to the Town Code, trustees must be a resident for at least 12 months prior to the appointment date and must be registered to vote in Silverton. 
Columbine Daze to be celebrated July 16
Columbine Daze will be celebrated at Columbine Park on the 1300 block of Blair Street on Tuesday, July 16 at 4 p.m.
There will be a park ribbon cutting, kids games, cookies, drinks. Old costume attire encouraged.
Blood drive July 18
United Blood Services will be conducting a blood drive in Silverton on Thursday, July 18 from 2-6 p.m.
The blood drive wil be at Kendall Mountain Community Cebnter.
For more information call Judy Kuhlman at 387-5635 or sign up online at:
Bonnie Lee Black 
at quilters meeting
  Silverton Threads quilting club has invited Bonnie Lee Black, author of “Making an African Quilt,” for the group’s Aug. 6 meeting.
The quilters will meet at 7 p.m. at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
"Making an African Quilt" is black’s memoir of her experience living and working in West Africa. Her presentation is open to the public.
Hike targets flowers and butterflies 
Join San Juan Mountains Association in partnership with San Juan National Forest and Durango Mountain Resort, Saturday July 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a leisurely and fun hike while learning about wildflowers and butterflies.  
Nature is closer than you think! Meet at the Backcountry Experience store in the Plaza at Purgatory.  Be prepared for any kind of weather. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and appropriate shoes.  Contact MK at 970-759-9113 or MK@sjma.org.
San Juan Mountains Association promotes education, volunteer stewardship, information and hands-on involvement on public lands in SW Colorado.  Staff and volunteers work as the nonprofit partner of the San Juan National Forest, BLM Tres Rios Field Office, and BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
Access restored 
to Pole Creek area
The current fire-related barricade at Stony Pass has been moved  to allow public access to the Pole Creek area from the west.   
It is anticipated that the closure area boundary will be adjusted again soon to allow visitors from the west side to travel as far as Lost Trail and Ute Creek; however, this change will not take place until careful consideration of fire safety precautions in that area. 
 Closures on Forest Service Road #520 remain in place on the Rio Grande National Forest to the east where the Papoose Fire is still active near Rio Grande Reservoir.
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