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Posted on November 12 2009, 1:32pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Belly dancers to 
perform Friday
It’s Middle Eastern Night at the San Juan Grill on Friday, Nov, 13, featuring Belly Dance performances by Silverton’s own Talula Dance Company. 
Dinner, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, starts at 5 pm. Performances are at 6:30 & 7:45.
Bake sale Nov. 19
Silverton second- and third-graders, who have been studying food, will hold a bake sale on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. till noon at Steam & Steel Cafe.  
They are raising money to support the nonprofit Heifer International, which provides families with livestock to improve nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.
Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion
Silverton’s Thanksgiving Day community potluck dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The hall will be open earlier for those who want to bring food early and help with the setup. For information, call Tim Black, 759-3804.
Town officially hires
new administrator
The Silverton Town Council approved a contract with Ophir Town Manager Jason Wells to serve as Silverton town administrator Monday night in a unanimous vote.
The contract includes a $65,000-a-year salary. The council decided to cap Wells’ continuing education costs at $1,800 a year. He will work the first two weeks of December, take the rest of the month off and resume working full time in January.
Montrose Man dies on Red Mountain Pass
An 82-year-old Montrose man missing for more than two weeks has been found dead, the victim of an apparent accident on Red Mountain Pass.
The body of Thomas Boylan was found Thursday at the bottom of a ravine. He apparently failed to negotiate a sharp turn on U.S. 550 near milemarker 90 and his vehicle rolled 400 feet down an embankment.
Boylan was last seen on the night of Oct. 20 in his 1990 Chevrolet Suburban. His family worried about his safety because he had a heart condition and didn’t drive at night.
Authorities had been searching for Boylan and his family had appealed for help through the “America’s Most Wanted” Web site.
Megan Kimmel helps U.S. team earn bronze
Megan Kimmel of Silverton placed 15th in the senior women’s race of the 25th World Mountain Running Championships (WMRC) held in the ski village of Madesimo, Italy.  
Megan’s time of 45:46, combined with that of Brandy Erholtz of Bailey, Colo. (45:23, 10th) and Christine Lundy of Sausalito, Calif. (45:41, 13th), placed the USA team in the bronze medal (third-place overall) position. A total of 69 women from 14 countries finished the race.  
On Aug. 15, Megan warmed up for the WMRC with a first place finish (2:40:16) at the prestigious Pikes Peak Ascent race in Manitou Springs.
Standard editor out of Washington Post contest
Silverton Standard editor Mark Esper has been “eliminated” from the Washington Post’s Next Great American Pundit Contest, finishing eighth overall among nearly 5,000 entries.
Based on readers’ votes last weekend, he failed to make the final 5 in the contest.
Hardrock Hundred 
in Silverton to stay
The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run plans to stay in Silverton, even though the event will not be able to use the Silverton School gym this summer due to the massive renovation project being planned there.
Race director Dale Garland told the Silverton Town Council on Monday that the race, set for July 9-11 next year, brings in about $323,000 to the town.
Next year, the race will be headquartered at Kendall Mountain Recreation Center.
“We had to look at all available options,” Garland said. But he said Silverton “has become the heart of the Hardrock Hundred” and “we don’t entertain any long-term plans to move the start and finish” from Silverton.
Garland said “we would have a rebellion on our hands” if the race headquarters were to be moved, noting the loyalty some participants have to the town.
Udall, Bennet introduce San Juan wilderness bill
U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have introduced the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act of 2009 in the Senate.  
It is a companion bill to one introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Salazar (H.R. 3914).
 The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would designate 33,383 acres in southwestern Colorado as wilderness — much of it expanding existing wilderness areas — and 21,697 acres as a special management area.  
It includes thousands of acres in the Ice Lakes Basin area in western San Juan County.

181 doses of H1N1 
vaccine given out here
The San Juan County Public Health Service has administered 181 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine as of Tuesday morning, director Terri Brokering told the county commissioners.
She said some 30 children in town will be getting their second dose of the vaccine next week, and vaccinations are open to the public. She noted it is not recommended to those over age 64.
Town snow-route 
policies in effect
Snow routes and related parking restrictions are in effect as of Nov. 1, town officials say.
 Please call the snow-route “hotline”, at 387-5522 (listen for prompt), AFTER 5 p.m. for snow route updates. 
 If you are unclear about how this works, please call Town Hall for clarification. 
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