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Posted on January 09 2014, 3:47pm by Mark Esper in National News category
Debra Childers is the new owner of the Mobius Cafe in the Grand Imperial Hotel.
Mobius Cafe now open for breakfast 
at the Grand Imperial, and lunch starts soon
The popular Mobius Café, in the Grand Imperial Hotel at 1219 Greene Street, has reopened under new owner Debra Childers.
Childers, a former Silverton resident who has recently returned from Alaska, bought the business from Megan Kimmel. The café, closed since October, reopened on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Childers said she plans to be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 1:30 or 2 p.m., (until noon on Sundays).
“We’ll be starting with soup and bread for lunch in mid-January,” Childers said. “Just a simple lunch in the winter.”
In the summer she plans to be open through the afternoon.
The café offers a wide assortment of espresso drinks, coffees and teas, along with breakfast sandwiches, burritos and granola. And the café offers free wifi.
Childers pointed out the café offers Kaladi Bros. coffees.
“I’m hoping to bring in more Colorado-based products — locally produced and sustainable,” Childers said.
“I’m excited to be in business,” Childers said. “I hope everybody stops by and says hi.”
Silverton Miners take on Mancos, Dolores Saturday at home
The Silverton Miners high school basketball team hosts the Mancos and Dolores junior varsity teams on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Silverton School Gym.
• Silverton vs. Mancos, 10 a.m.
• Mancos vs. Dolores, noon.
• Silverton vs. Dolores, 2 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults. Children (18 and younger) get in free.
Silverton Northern 
RR meeting Friday
A meeting of the Silverton Northern Railroad Restoration Committee will be held Friday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at the San Juan County Historical Society Allen Nossaman Archive Building.
The historical society is leading an effort to rebuild the historic railroad from the Powerhouse to Howardsville.
Kuhlman to again 
chair county board
Ernie Kuhlman was re-elected Chairman of the San Juan County Board of Commissioners in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, Jan. 8
“You’ve been extremely fair,” said Commissioner Pete McKay.
“You’ve done a great job,” added Commissioner Scott Fetchenhier.
Kuhlman said that “given it’s an election year,” he would accept the position. “I may be the longest-serving county commissioner in the state,” Kuhlman said, with 28 years on the job.
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 Snowmobile 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
Party Monday for T.J. Black at the Avalanche
T. J. Black is stepping down after 7 years of service managing the Benson Hotel.
John Wayne is retiring after 30 years looking out the window overlooking 12th Street, watching for the train and keeping order on the south wing of the Benson Hotel.
T. J. Black and John Wayne are having a farewell party at  Avalanche Cafe, Monday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Free oizza (as long as it lasts) and a cash bar.
All his Silverton friends and neighbors are welcome. 
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.
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.
Former resident dies
James Joel Hill, a 1955 graduate of Silverton high school, died on Nov. 25, 2013 in Boulder.
He was born on June 19, 1937.
Snowscape to bring $2 lift tickets to Kendall
Plans are under way to light up the night at Kendall Mountain during the town’s 2014 Snowscape Festival, which also be a celebration of the ski area’s 50th birthday.
Lift ticket prices at Kendall will be rolled back to 1964 prices — $2 for adults and $1 for children, and marketing efforts are being launched to make it a major event to lure visitors to town.
Town officials ask anyone who has old photos or stories about Kendall Mountain to contact intern Chelsea Stromberg (387-5422.
In the works for the celebration are fireworks, live music, a birthday cake, snow sculpting, and the usual Cardboard Derby, Snow Golf and other Snowscape staples.
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