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Posted on April 10 2014, 12:48am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Chelsea Stromberg
 
Stromberg appointed
Silverton town clerk
Former Town Hall intern Chelsea Stromberg has been promoted to Town Clerk by Administrator Brian Carlson.
Stromberg is a graduate of the University of Colorado- Boulder, with a degree in environmental design.
Carlson said Stromberg will maintain her current salary of $35,000 a year.
Assistant Town Clerk Anita Steck is no longer employed at Town Hall.
“The position of deputy clerk is eliminated from the Town’s organizational structure,” Carlson said. “This plan was proposed to the board during our 2014 budget discussion last fall, and received their support.”
 
Test run planned for a Mercy clinic in Silverton
Silverton Clinic at the Miners Union Hospital will be open Thursday, April 24, and on May 1, and May 15.
Agnes Eytchison, MS, RN, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner from Mercy Regional Medical Center Urgent Care at Durango Mountain Resort will be available for medical prescriptions and exams. 
“Many of you may know her from DMR Urgent Care,” said Lois MacKenzie, assistant director of the San Juan County Public Health Service.
MacKenzie said Mercy Medical Regional Center has been considering establishing at least a part-time clinic in Silverton.
“This will be a trial of sorts,” MacKenzie said, “so make an appointment and let Mercy know we need them and appreciate their presence here in Silverton”
There will be more information to follow. 
Call (970) 387-5114 for an appointment.
 
Health fair April 19
The 9Health Fair will again offer low and no-cost health screenings in Silverton on Saturday, April 19 at Silverton School from 8 a.m. to noon. 
The health fair offers around 25 free and seven low-cost health screenings. Anyone 18 and older is encouraged to attend and take advantage of these tools that can help keep their health in check.
“We are very excited to partner with 9Health Fair,” said Lois MacKenzie, assistant director of the San Juan Public Health Service. “Due to shorter waiting times and our small town friendly atmosphere, many of our neighbors from both  Silverton and outlying areas choose to make the short trip here in order to participate the 9Health Fair.” 
In addition to offering free and low-cost health screenings that address today’s most critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more, 9Health Fair also offers:
• Free interpretation and translation services 
• Free “Ask A Medical Question / Get A Referral” services
• Free health education from local organizations
• Free blood work vouchers available for your community’s underserviced.
 The health fair includes a $30 Blood Chemistry Screening which gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. 
 Other low-cost screenings are also available.
Interested?
For more 9Health Fair information or to sign up on line, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call (800) 332-3078, or (970) 387-0242 for Silverton specific details.
No Social Security number or personal identification required.
 
J Paul Brown to run
for state representative
Rancher J Paul Brown of Ignacio is the Republican candidate for state representative from Colorado’s House District 59, which includes San Juan County.
Delegates at the six-county district assembly unanimously elected Brown in Durango on Saturday afternoon, April 5. 
Brown accepted the nomination by Luke Kirk, seconded by State Sen. Ellen Roberts and Debbie Brown, by saying, “It would be easier to stay home, but I cannot let the sacrifices of our Founding Fathers slip through our hands.” 
“I will use your tax dollars in a good way. I’ll tackle the big issues,” Brown said, listing economy and jobs, environment, education and highways.
Roberts observed the recent redistricting of HD59 “was done to harm J Paul. It’s now more difficult, but he will do it. He says what he means.”
 
Weminuche registration program postponed
The San Juan and Rio Grande national forests will be postponing implementation of a required registration program for the Weminuche Wilderness, which was slated to begin this summer. The project has been postponed due to budget constraints on the Forests.
 “A recent shift in budget priorities has affected our ability to implement this important project right now,” said Brian White, San Juan National Forest Wilderness Team Lead.  “The Forest Service acknowledges that the resource and social issues driving the need for the registration project still need to be addressed, and we will continue working to manage negative impacts to natural resources and visitor experiences.”
 For the past 15 years, the Forest Service has collected data on natural-resource and social impacts across the Weminuche Wilderness, and the data have shown many heavily used areas are suffering from degraded campsite and trail conditions, degraded water quality and less opportunity for solitude.  
Instead of installing registration boxes at Wilderness trailheads and requiring that visitors sign in as originally planned this year, the Forest Service will instead concentrate on wilderness patrols, trail clearing, and improved trailhead information to educate visitors on regulations and Leave No Trace ethics.
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