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Posted on December 12 2013, 12:17am by Mark Esper in National News category

Crane operator Bill Alsup moves the Town Christmas Tree into position
at the intersection of 13th and Greene streets on Friday morning, with direction
from Larry Raab of the Town Crew.
 
Petitions filed; voters 
to decide the fate of 
marijuana ordinance
Opponents of an ordinance passed by the Town Council last month that would permit marijuana-related businesses in town have gathered enough signatures to force a vote in the April 1, 2014 election on whether to repeal the measure.
Town Administrator and acting Town Clerk Brian Carlson said that residents Edith Mary Eggett and Kevin Baldwin submitted petitions with 70 signatures, twice the number necessary.
“Therefore, Ordinance 2013-05 is suspended from taking effect,” Carlson wrote in an e-mail to the Town Council. “The Board is now compelled to either 1) repeal the ordinance or 2) refer it to the April 1, 2014 election.”
Carlson said that action could be taken during the Jan. 13 council meeting.  
“What remains is to determine whether/how to extend the existing moratorium, which expires Dec. 31, 2013,” Carlson said. “I’ll check with the Town Attorney for the best way forward.”
 
Holiday Lighting 
Contest under way
The Silverton Holiday Lighting Contest is under way, with judging starting this evening, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Citizens State Bank of Ouray and San Miguel Power Association invite everyone to add to the season’s festivities by lighting up their homes and business.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in three categories — residential small, residential large and commercial.
Winners will be announced by the Silverton Standard & the Miner. For more information call 387-5654 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
Christmas Bazaar
at the Legion Saturday
The annual Silverton Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the American Legion building.
The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post #14 Women’s Auxiliary.
Vendors may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m., and should contact Vicki Mahlios, 903-2147.
 
Holiday dinner at Kendall Mtn. Saturday
The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Holiday Dinner for the community on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
Please call now at 387-5654 to reserve your table for the dinner (8-10 people per table.) Tables will be decorated the day of the dinner beginning at 3 p.m.
Meat for the dinner is being provided courtesy of the Town of Silverton. Beverages will also be provided. All those attending are asked to bring side dishes or desserts to share.
 
Students to present findings in research 
on homelessness
Silverton High School students invite the public to an open house Thursday, Dec. 19,  as they present work from their studies on homelessness.
The event will be from 8:30 to 1030 a.m. at the Silverton School Performing Arts Center.
Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
Students will share writing and artwork from their recent study on homelessness. Drop by to see and hear their work and talk to students about what they have learned in class and experienced on fieldwork.
 
Christmas Day Dinner at Silverton School
First Congregation Church is again sponsoring the Community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.   
The location will be the Silverton School and the dinner will served from noon until 2 p.m.  The church is looking for folks to help with cooking turkeys, serving and working in the kitchen, and setup and take down.  
Please call Sue Kurtz if you would like to help at (970) 946-8928.  
 
Kendall Mtn. Ski Area
open for the season
Kendall Mountain Ski Area will be open throughout the winter, Fridays-Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. And it will be open daily from Dec. 20-Jan. 5 (closed Christmas Day).
Day passes are $20 for adults and $15 for children over age 6.
 
Ron Archuleta interim
is forest supervisor
Ron Archuleta, who is currently the Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland in Fort Collins, has been named Acting Forest San Juan National Forest Supervisor.  Archuleta will report to the San Juan Public Lands Center on Monday, December 16, 2013, and serve as San Juan National Forest Supervisor for the next four months.
 Over his 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Archuleta has worked on seven national forests and two national grasslands.  Prior to his current position on the Arapaho-Roosevelt, he was District Ranger for the Yellowstone Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest for eight years.  He also served for two years as the U.S. Forest Service National Assistant Wildlife Program Manager in Washington D.C. 
 
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