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News briefs: January 2, 2013
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on January 02 2014, 1:02pm by Mark Esper in National News category
Snow is shoveled from the roof of Romero’s Mexican Cantina on Greene Street on Monday, Dec. 30
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.
Snowmobile Club offers classes Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 at Molas
The Silverton Snowmobile Club is hosting a Colorado State Parks Avalanche Awareness Class on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Molas Lake Park.
This is a free, basic avalanche awareness class presented by the very knowledgeable Randy Engle of Colorado Sate Parks. This class is fun and informative with both classroom time and time on the snow.  The class will be held at Molas Lake and starts at 10 a.m.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 18, the Silverton Snowmobile Club is presenting a State Parks Certified Snowmobile Safety Course.  
This is a free safety course designed for riders ages 10 through 16 to earn their Snowmobile Safety Certificate.  
“We will be spending time in the classroom and on the snow,” said Dean Des Palmes of the Snowmbobile Club.
“We will provide the snowmobile.  Bring some warm clothes. This class is also at Molas Lake and starts at 10 a.m.
If there are any questions please call Dean Des Palmes, (970) 744-1876
Sites hired to head parks, facilities crew
John Sites of Silverton has been hired as the town’s parks and facilities director, Town Administrator Brian Carlson announced on Monday.
“I am pleased to announce that John Sites will be joining our intrepid crew as Parks and Facilities director, beginning Jan. 6,” Carlson said. “Please join me in welcoming John. He’ll be a welcome addition, and we’ll hit the ground running on Monday.”
The parks and facilities department has been split from the town’s public works crew.  
Retail marijuana arrives, but not yet in Silverton
Retail marijuana shops opened across the state of Colorado on Jan. 1, with the state issuing 348 retail licenses as of Dec. 23.
Marijuana possession and sale became legal in Colorado as a result of a 2012 ballot initiative. Regulations for retail outlets went into effect Jan. 1, including a 25 percent sales tax.
In Silverton, the Town Council in November passed an ordinance to allow retail shops in Silverton, but that ordinance was suspended after a group opposed to it submitted enough petitions to force a referendum on repealing the ordinance. That will likely come in the form of a ballot measure in the town’s April 1 election.
San Juan County has not yet finalized its ordinance on the matter.
The nearest retail marijuana stores from here are in Telluride, where three stores are now operating.
Several towns and counties in the state are refusing to license marijuana businesses, but adults over 21 are still allowed to possess marijuana statewide and to grow up to six plants.
Dogs — and cats —
need town licenses 
The town of Silverton is reminding residents that it is time to get their dog —or cat — properly licensed for 2014.
Fees are $5 per year for spayed/neutered pets, and $10 per year for au-natural. Evidence of rabies vaccination is required for first-time license purchasers.
Tags are required to be worn on the pets’ collars.
Town officials remind dog owners to please: Keep their dogs on a leash. Clean up after their dogs. Monitor and pre- vent, or at least promptly put a stop to, excessive barking. These things are prohibited by ordinance, and offenders will be cited, town officials say.
In 2013 the town issued 62 dog and cat tags, down from 72 in 2012. 
Business licenses
are up for renewal 
Officials at Town Hall are reminding Silverton business owners to apply for 2014 business licenses.
All persons or entities receiving revenues for goods and/or services within the Town of Silverton must obtain a Town business license, which must be renewed each year. Nonprofit entities must also obtain a business license, however no fees apply.
The deadline for year-round businesses to obtain licenses is Jan. 31.
The deadline for seasonal businesses is May 1.
In 2013 the town issued 174 business licenses, up from 164 in 2012.
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