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Posted on December 19 2013, 1:28pm by Mark Esper in National News category
The Town Tree, with a full moon at the top.
NOTICE: Due to a missing bundle of papers in Durango, the Silverton Standard news racks are short of newspapers this week.
Miners’ home game
Friday at school gym
The Silverton High School Miners basketball team will host their first home game in more than a decade this Friday, Dec. 20, at the Silverton School Gym.
Tipoff is at 5:30 as the Ouray Trojans Boys junior varsity squad comes to town.  Admission is $4 for adults and children (18 and under) get in free.
Silverton Mtn. opens Saturday; big bash set for Saturday night
Silverton Mountain Ski Area opens for the 2013-14 season on Saturday, Dec. 21, followed by the 9th annual Season Kickoff Party at the Grand Imperial Hotel, starting at 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing, with a $6 cover charge to benefit the Silverton-based Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.
Santa Claus is coming to town Christmas Eve
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive in Silverton at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Mr. Claus will park his sleigh at the Town Tree at 13th and Greene Street and consult with Silverton children regarding their holiday wishes.
He will distribute bags of candy for the kids, and with help from the Silverton San Juan Fire Department, will distribute fruit baskets to Silverton seniors.
Christmas Day Dinner at Silverton School
First Congregation Church is again sponsoring the Community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.   
The dinner will be tat he Silverton School 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.  
Woman pleads guilty
to contributing to the delinquency of minor
A 46-year-old Silverton woman pleaded guilty Dec. 6 to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and will face sentencing Jan. 24 in District Court in Durango.
Jan Sweet was arrested Sept. 7 on charges of sale of marijuana to a minor, a type 4 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, also a class 4 felony.
On Oct. 15 she was arrested again on felony charges of second-degree assault and domestic violence. After her plea Dec. 6, all those all those other charges were dropped.
Ho, Ho, Ho! Standard to publish on Christmas 
Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday this year, complicating things for the Silverton Standard, which usually is printed Wednesday evening and delivered on Thursday mornings.
This year, the Standard will go to press on Christmas Eve (hopefully shortly after getting a last-minute photo of Santa’s 1 p.m. visit to the Town Tree).
On Christmas morning the Standard will be in news racks in town and it will be mailed out as usual on Thursday morning. 
Merry Christmas!
Middle School gets award from governor
The Silverton Middle School has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Education with the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award for 2013, school officials announced.  
These awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these school “exceed” expectations related to academic growth over three years. 
 Silverton is one of 130 schools to earn this award, representing 5 percent of all schools statewide. For more information regarding the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award, go to their website at cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/govdistinguishedimprov.htm
Kendall Mtn. open 7 days a week through Jan. 5 (except Xmas)
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.
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