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Posted on November 07 2013, 1:16pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
County court clears man of charges
A 25-year-old man from Silverton and Grand Junction was cleared of criminal charges Tuesday, Nov. 5, in San Juan County Court.
Charges of second-degree burglary and theft against Aaryn Lyle were dismissed without prejudice. County Judge Lyndon Skinner said he could not elaborate on the reasons.
“I would like to thank my friends, family and Durango Harley Davidson, who believed in my innocence and helped me with their support in this very trying time,” Lyle said.
Blood drive today
A blood drive is scheduled for Silverton today, Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2-6:30 p.m., at Kendall Mountain Community.
Contact Judy Kuhlman, 387-5635.
Kuhlman pointed out that the United Blood Services center in Durango closed earlier this month, with employees now working out of Farmington, N.M.  While plans are for blood drives here to continue, Kuhlman wants a good turnout.
“We need to get some good numbers and make this a good one.” 
Bake sale Friday to help high schoolers help the homeless
Silverton high school students and staff will be traveling to Denver to study homelessness and to do service work at Urban Peak, a shelter for homeless teens.  
“We will be cooking breakfast and doing other service projects at the shelter,” said social studies teacher Kelly Habecker. “We’ re raising money to pay for the breakfast supplies and to support the shelter.  
The high school bake sale will be on Friday, Nov. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. in the school gym lobby.  
Come get a sweet treat and help support homeless youth.
Flu vaccinations are still available here
Flu vaccines are still available at the San Juan County Public Health Service office at the old Miners Union Hospital.
Please call 387-0242 for an appointment or come in during regular office hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with about an hour off for lunch.
Stiles retiring as head of national forest
Mark Stiles, San Juan National Forest Supervisor since 2003, will retire in December. 
He started on the San Juan in 2002 as Acting Forest Supervisor five weeks prior to the start of the Missionary Ridge Fire. The position became permanent the following year, and Mark assumed responsibility as BLM Center Manager under Service First.
Over his 32-year federal career, Mark held several BLM positions. In the early 1990s he was BLM Regulations Analyst and detailed into the Secretary of Interior’s Office as Congressional Liaison Specialist.
Other BLM positions included South Dakota Area Manager, Land Use Specialist in North Dakota and Southwest Utah Regional Economist.
USFS, BLM release management plan
The San Juan National Forest and the BLM Tres Rios Field Office have released their joint Land and Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement this fall.
The plan addresses long- term management of 2.4 mil- lion acres of public lands in Southwest Colorado, and an additional 700,000 acres of federal minerals.
Public, tribal and local gov- ernment involvement has been ongoing since 2004.
The plan is available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan San Juan NF Planner Mark Lambert and under “Related Links.” CDs Plan Revision Team Leader Shannon are also available at the San Juan Public Lands Center.
Venture Snowboards releases new video
Venture Snowboards of Silverton has released a new YouTube video, featuring local faces and scenery.
“Your Venture Starts Here: The Secret Sauce,” features scenes from inside their Silverton manufacturing facility.
The video includes co-owner Klem Branner explaining the company’s philosophy.
It also includes employees such as Justin Ebelheiser emphasizing that “every board counts. It’s more than just a brand. Everything here is made by snowboarders.”
Silverton Mountain guides also offer testimonials.
“In nine years I’ve never blown an edge on a Venture snowboard,” said Courtney Walton.
“It’s always good to know you have that edge control,” said Fabio Grasso. “When you lose that edge on a 60-degree face, you’re gonna end up at the bottom.”
“Everyone here is super passionate about what we’re doing,” Branner said. “That’s our ‘secret sauce’ — the attention to detail.”
The video can be seen online by searching for YouTube Venture Snowboards secret sauce.
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