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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on October 11 2013, 12:56am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Criss Furman/Silverton Standard & the Miner
An old shed on Greene Street, across from the San Juan County Courthouse, is demolished on Thursday, Oct. 3 by Gilbert Archuleta operating the excavator. The building was being removed to make room for the new Silverton San Juan fire station.
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.
Fundraiser Saturday 
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.
Belly dancing returns Saturday Oct. 19
Join the ladies of Silverton's own Caldera Belly Dance Troupe for a fun evening of American Tribal Style dance at Silverton Montanya on Saturday, Oct. 19.  
ATS is an improvisational dance form that fuses elements of traditional Egyptian folkloric dance, Spanish flamenco, and Indian classical dance. Equally at home on the street or the stage, its brilliance lies in a common vocabulary of movements and transitional cues which are communicated non-verbally by the dancers, allowing them to perform seamlessly in duets, trios, and quartets.  What appears to be choreographed is actually art created in the moment, for the moment!  Two sets: 7 & 8 p.m.  This is a family friendly show and all ages are welcome. No cover!
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.
Train rolls to the 
Great Pumpkin Patch
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad begins service to The Great Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Oct.12.  The train departs the Durango depot for a round-trip adventure on Oct. 12, 13, 19 & 20.  
 Passengers will be greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy upon arrival at the most sincere pumpkin patch. The many activities will include hayrides, live musical entertainment, a hay bale maze, games, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, trick or treating, a costume contest and each child may select the perfect pumpkin to take home. Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
 Trains depart the Durango depot at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Deluxe-class seating is $34 for children (ages 2-11) and $42*for adults.  Standard-class tickets are $24 for children (ages 2 -11) and $32 for adults. For more information and reservations, please call (970) 247-2733, 1-888-872-4607, or visit www.durangotrain.com. *Fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee.
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