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News briefs: Oct. 3, 2013
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Posted on October 03 2013, 4:39pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Criss Furman/Silverton Standard & the Miner
Five buildings at the ghost town of Animas Forks received makeovers this summer in a $185,000 project funded by the State Historical Fund and the Bureau of Land Management. The work by contractor Loren & Lew of Silverton included new windows, doors, roofs and and siding. More photos Page 7.
First it’s the Crawl, then Bordello Ball
Once again there will be a Crawl to the Ball progressive dinner preceding this year’s 14th Annual Bordello Ball at the Grand Imperial. 
Come taste what Silverton restaurants have to offer and support our youth, while having a great time. Thanks to the generosity of the restaurants hosting the Crawl to the Ball, all proceeds will benefit the Silverton Youth Center. 
The Bordello Ball and Crawl to the Ball will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Crawl to the Ball will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., with entrees from participating restaurants.
 The Bordello Ball will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Crawl to the Ball can be purchased for $10 per person, which includes tickets to all 16 participating restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at The Grand Imperial, the Visitors Center, The Lookout Shop, and Silverton Trading Post. 
Come have some food and fun and support our youth.
Hearing Oct. 9 on county ordinance to ban pot businesses 
The San Juan County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. to get input on a proposed ordinance to ban commercial marijuana facilities — including retail stores — throughout the county.
The ban would not be applicable in the Town of Silverton, which already has a commercial growing facility. Town officials are also drafting regulations to regulate marijuana retail sales.
Health insurance, Medicaid topic of 
Oct. 15 meeting
A free and informal meeting about health insurance and Medicaid benefits will be held at the Silverton Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct.15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Representatives from San Juan Basin Health Department and the Department of Human Services will describe the current expansion of Medicaid benefits and the process for attaining health insurance — now required by Jan. 1, 2014 — via the newly created online insurance marketplace, called Connect for Health Colorado. 
There will be time for questions; and specific information on local resources will be provided. Spanish speaking interpretation will be available.
Local appreciation 
fares offered by 
railroad Oct. 13-26
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering two weeks of Local Appreciation fares to ride the train round-trip (Standard Class) for $20 per person from Oct. 13-26. The train departs Durango at 8:45 a.m. and travels to Silverton for a 2-hour,15-minute layover, leaving for Durango at 2:30 p.m. and arriving at 6 pm.
 Residents of Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Ridgway are included in this offer. Tickets are available at either the Durango or the Silverton depot or by calling (970) 247-2733 or (970) 387-5416. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and proof of residence will be required. No other discounts apply and tickets are non-refundable. Fares are subject to a 6 percent Historic Preservation Fee.
Silent Auction Oct. 12 
to help the Family Learning Center
A silent auction to benefit the Silverton Family Learning Center will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Montanya Rum Bar.
Drink specials and complementary appetizers will be served.
The Standard’s 2014 
calendar now on sale
The Silverton Standard’’s 2014 calendar has arrived, with many spectacular historic photos of Silverton, the San Juans and trains.
The calendar is an important fundraiser for the Silverton Standard newspaper, which is owned by the San Juan County Historical Society.
They are $9.95 each, plus $3 shipping.
Send checks to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433. 
Or call us at (970) 387-5477 and we can take orders over the phone.
The Silverton Standard is operated by the San Juan County Historical Society.
“By our calculations these calendars will also be perfectly useable in the year 2025, though some holidays may have to be changed,” Standard editor Mark Esper pointed out.
Halloween party
to benefit Standard
The Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper is hosting a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Grand Imperial Hotel.
Doors open at 6:30 and a movie will be featured.
Admission is by donation. A costume contest will also be conducted after the movie, with an open mic to follow.
It’s a fun way to end the Silverton Train Season.
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