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MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS

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Ongoing • Monthly “Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Northern San Juans Group” Zoom meeting. Date: 12/07/20 Time: 1-3 PM Subject: Inside BLM Planning - Join guest Bruce Krickbaum, veteran BLM planner, for a presentation and discussion focussing on BLM’s NEPA process, grazing permitting, and recent e-bike decisions.

No New COVID Cases for the Last 5 Weeks

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San Juan County Public Health (SJCPH) has reported no new cases of COVID-19 and no outbreaks for five weeks straight. This could be due to San Juan County’s diligence when following COVID guidelines, but it could also be due to the fact that as of now 281 residents have completed both doses of the Moderna vaccine. Both of these things will help to combat the spread of the virus.

County Commissioners Update on the Minnie Gulch Connection Appeal

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At Wednesday’s County Commissioner meeting last week, the Commissioners discussed updates from the appeal with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the “Minnie Gulch Connection.” This connection is 1.6 miles and creates a loop for motorized vehicles in Minnie Gulch. It was announced that it would become motorized during the same meeting that the BLM shared the approval of the Baker’s Park mountain bike trails and travel management plan. While the commissioners were all in favor of the mountain bike trails, they specifically advised the BLM against allowing motorized on the 1.6 mile connection. They immediately filed an appeal in October with the previous administration and were updating the newest County Commissioner Austin Lashley at Wednesday’s meeting.

KMRA Master Plan Public Meeting March 9th

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At the direction of the Town of Silverton Board of Trustees, the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area Master Plan Committee (KMRAMPC) has drafted a Request for Proposals (RFP) as an exploratory first step for engaging a private partner in a master planning exercise with the Town. The draft RFP is now available for review at the front desk of Silverton Town Hall (1360 Greene Street) and on the Town’s website at this link: townofsilverton.colorado. gov/community-visioning. Public comment on the draft RFP will be accepted in writing through end of day on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. To be most helpful to this process, comments should be constructive in nature and focus specifically on the draft RFP (not on the overall planning process or the general concept of expanding four season recreational opportunities on Kendall Mountain). Please submit your comments by email to KMRAMasterPlanCommittee@silverton. co.us or by mail to Town of Silverton, Attn: KMRAMPC, PO Box 250, Silverton, CO 81433. The KMRAMPC will also host a public meeting to receive feedback on the draft RFP on Zoom at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 to receive public comment. Login information for this meeting is as follows: Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88916529420 Telephone: Dial 253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 889 1652 9420 when prompted.

Kendall Race Series Results

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The Kendall Race Series continued on last week and a new team has moved into the first-place spot. This is the second race at Kendall Mountain put on by the Silverton School and Town of Silverton. The current champions are Team 7 made up of Austin Middour, Kate Barney, Mars Foster, and Jason Ebelheiser (although Mike Barney subbed in for him last week). They have a combined time of 347.26. The second-place team trails behind them with less than a second.

The Town Makes Statement About Last Week’s House Fire

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The Town of Silverton put out the following report as there is no update about the house fire last week: “On 2/23/21 a fire occurred at 1405 East 14th Street. The Town of Silverton is grateful for the quick response by the First Responders and is thankful that no person was injured.

WAY BACK!

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From the March 3, 1900 edition of the Silverton Standard: SEARCH CALLED OFF FOR SLIDE VICTIM. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday thirty to forty men dug holes in the big snowslide near the Sampson mill in quest of the body of Louis Avi.

Looking Back

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20 years ago March 1, 2001 By Mark Chacon In the first few minutes of the game the score was zerozero. We scored the first two points of the game and then that’s when the game started ...

IN BRIEF

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The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society invites the public to a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm. After a brief business meeting, Kelley Berliner will present a talk titled “The Archaeological Conservancy’s Preservation Efforts in the East: from the Paleolithic through 19th-Century Industrial Sites.”. This talk will be recorded. For login information, see sjbas.org.

Skijoring Documentary Completed Last Weekend

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Over the last week you may have noticed a film crew in Silverton. There have been a lot of questions about the purpose, distribution and scope of the film. After the success of the 2020 Silverton Skijoring event and the 2021 Silverton Skijoring event being cancelled due to the global pandemic, it made sense to produce a Silverton Skijoring documentary that promotes both the Town of Silverton and Silverton Skijoring through the production of a documentary.