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Posted on December 24 2009, 11:04am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Phil Dodd blows out the candle on his pancake during a celebration of his 88th birthday at the Brown Bear  Cafe on Thursday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of Jerry Lyle
Christmas Day feast at the Legion Post 
First Congregational Church, along with the American Legion Post #14, welcomes everyone in town to a celebratory Christmas feast!  
Turkey and fixings will be provided from noon to 3 p.m.
Contributions of additional side dishes or desserts are welcome, but not necessary.  Come by the American Legion Hall to share the holiday cheer with friends and neighbors.
Lighting contest 
winners announced
The following are the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Lighting Contest results:
1) Claudia Moe 
2) Fred and Patty Dailey 
3) Bill and Cindy MacDougall
1) Red Mountain Motel 
2) Brown Bear Cafe 
3) Triangle Motel
 Non Profit:
1) St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 
2) First Congregational Church
3) County Court House 
Railroad offering 2010 season tickets
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is once again offering its season pass for standard-class train passage throughout all of 2010.
The season pass, priced at $139 for adults and $69 for children (ages 12 and over) when purchased before March 1, and $159 for adults and $79 for children when purchased after March 1, allows unlimited train rides throughout the year. 
In addition to unlimited train passage in 2010, season pass holders will receive discounts on special-event trains, such as the New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, Cowboy Poet, and Photographer’s Special trains. Season pass holders may also receive a 10 percent discount on full-fare Premium-Class tickets.
 Passes are for standard-class seating. For more information, please call 247-2733 or visit www.durangotrain.com or the Durango depot.
Judge throws out suit
against the county
District Judge Gregory Lyman has dismissed a second lawsuit filed against San Juan County by an Oklahoma developer seeking to put an 8-unit subdivision above Gladstone.
The action in San Juan County District Court comes after an earlier lawsuit filed by Extreme Ski Area Properties Ltd. was dismissed by District Judge Gregory Lyman in May.
The lawsuits stem from a decision by the county board of commissioners to reject a final plat for the proposed 8-cabin subdivision.
The commissioners cited lack of year-round motorized access and failure to adequately address utility requirements.
Lyman ruled that the developer, Extreme Ski Area Properties Ltd., had 30 days to appeal the conditions included in the county commissioners’ Aug. 8, 2007 approval of a preliminary plat for the project.
Judge Lyman agreed with San Juan County’s attorney Paul Sunderland that the plaintiff could not seek judicial review in a lawsuit filed nearly a year after that “quasi-judicial” decision.
The latest lawsuit had been filed June 18 by the Tisdel Law Firm in Ouray on behalf of Extreme Ski Area Properties, which is owned by Tom Warlick of Tulsa, Okla.
Caboose calendars 
to benefit Standard
The 2010 Silverton Standard & Caboose calendar, featuring historic photos of Silverton and the San Juans, is still available and makes a great gift — even after Christmas.
The calendars will also be accurate for the entire year of 2021, except for some religious holidays.
The calendars are just $9.95 each plus $3 shipping and handling. To place an order, send a check to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or call the Standard at (970) 387-5477 to place an order with a credit card.
It’s Middle Eastern Night on Saturday 
Middle Eastern Night at the San Juan Grill featuring Belly Dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 26, with performances by Silverton’s own Talula Dance Company.  
Dinner, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, starts at 5 p.m.  Performances are at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Session: How to apply for Forest Service jobs
The San Juan Public Lands Center will offer two 2-hour sessions on how to apply for employment with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Bayfield Public Library, 15 East Mill Street, Bayfield.  The first session will run from 10 a.m. until noon; the second session from noon until 2 p.m. 
  The workshops will focus on how to use the Federal Government’s AVUE Digital Services hiring website to apply for all types of seasonal and permanent jobs with the U.S. Forest Service across the country.  The BLM process, which is more user friendly to use, will also be covered to a lesser extent. Four laptop computers will be set up for use by participants.  
Participants are also encouraged to bring their own laptop computers.   
Federal employees will be on hand to walk participants through the process on how to apply for a job, what paperwork is needed, how to find where job openings are posted, and how to contact perspective employers. Each session is limited to the first 40 participants to register.  Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by no later than Friday, January 8, 2010, although the workshops will attempt to accommodate walk-ins.   
For more information or to sign up, please contact Jacob Thelen, Columbine Ranger District Prescribed Fire Specialist at (970) 884-1430 or via e-mail at jthelen@fs.fed.us, or Hon Schlapfer Columbine Hand Crew Foreman at (970) 884-1425 or via email at hschlapfer@fs.fed.us . 
Was that Wally Grey’s vehicle at the Tavern?
The photo of the Mill Creek Tavern in the Dec. 10 issue of the Silverton Standard’s Caboose brought back memories for Clyde Cerniway, a former Silvertonian now living in Grants, N.M.
Clyde recalls how he and Wally Grey and others would ski from the top of Molas Pass down to the Mill Creek Tavern, where they would arrange to have a driver pick them up.
This was in the 1940s and 1950s, before Purgatory Ski Area was developed.
Clyde thinks Wally’s old vehicle may be in the photo taken in the late 1940s.
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