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Posted on October 29 2009, 11:26am by Mark Esper in Local News category
The Silverton School gym under construction in 1938. If voters
approve a bond measure on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the gym and school,
in the background, will get makeovers.
Lynx shot with arrow, killed near Silverton
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking information about a lynx that was illegally killed near Silverton, probably around the last week of September.
Drayton Harrison, wildlife manager for the DOW, said Friday that the lynx was a male born in 2005 that had been radio-collared.
The DOW picked up a mortality signal from the collar and the carcass was located Oct. 7 off the Kendall Mountain Road.
This was not the same lynx that was pictured on Page One of last week’s Standard.
“It was shot with an arrow,” Harrison said, and he doubts it was by mistake, given the rather distinctive look of a Canada lynx.
“You’ve got to get pretty close with archery,” Harrison said. And he noted this cat wore a collar with two antennas sticking out.
“Even if they thought it was a bobcat you couldn’t legally kill a bobcat at the end of September, which is when we think this was shot.”
Any person with information about this incident is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward is available to anyone providing information leading to a conviction of this crime.
Haunted house Friday
Ooooh! That’s scary!
A Theatre Group and KSJC-Silverton Communty Radio, 92.5 FM, are presenting a community haunted house Friday, Oct. 30, at the theater at 951 Greene Street.
The spooky event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. for younger kids, and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the more adventurous. 
Donations will be accepted. 
Town wants limits on training costs for administrator pick 
Silverton trustees are still negotiating terms of employing Ophir town manager Jason Wells as Silverton’s administrator.
Wells has accepted the town’s offer of a $65,000-a-year salary for the job. At issue is his starting date and continuing-education costs.
Wells wants to start on Dec. 1, work two weeks, then take the last two weeks of December off before resuming the job.
Wells, a lawyer, also wants the town to pay for continuing education, including fees and courses needed to keep his Colorado State Bar license.
Town trustees said Monday they would have to put a cap on those costs.
Downtown zoning 
status is clarified
Silverton Town Planner Adam Sickmiller said Friday that he has discovered that the space used by Venture Snowboards on Greene Street had gotten a zoning change some years ago to Economic Development under a prior tenant, Scotty Bob’s skis.
The issue came up last week when town officials declared a sled-making operation downtown to be not in compliance with the Business-Pedestrian zoning there. Sickmiller had said at that time that the town never made an official ruling on the Venture Snowboards space.
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