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Silverton, Ridgway and Ouray who have come together ...

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Editor: I am fortunate to be embedded in a cohort of three San Juan Mountain communities in Silverton, Ridgway and Ouray who have come together with a pinpoint purpose and a collective soul to take area XC running into a zone that cuts through COVID challenges as if they weren’t there. Thanks to all of the runners, coaches, school administrators, county health and State Park officials, parents, volunteers and fans for their cooperative spirit that has let kids be kids in the great outdoor venues that make our little corner of the state priceless.

Fall is a time of letting go

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Dry and warm was the way it looked for this week after the end of last week and likely will be our story for the weather week ahead. No discernible precipitation is as dry as it got. As for our near future, more of the same. Early mornings - during the week that was – we’ve all been consistently in the twenties. From there we always warmed up into the sixties and seventies.

MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS

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October Meetings • Silverton Town Board: - Oct. 5th at 6:00 pm/Work Session (Tentative) - Oct.12th at 7:00 pm/Regular Meeting - Oct.

Train Receives $2 Million Grant to Repair Bridge

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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program to help replace a bridge over the Animas River. The bridge currently passes bi-annual inspections, but has seen a lot of stress over the years and will need to be replaced shortly. The bridge is a 242 foot bridge south of Silverton that also poses issues for rafters boating the Upper Animas. They have to portage around the area or have to get out of their craft in order to make it under. However, this replacement does not plan to alleviate any problems with this type of recreation.

Silverton School Students Learning Outside the Classrooms

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Students of Whitney Gaskill’s 4th and 5th grade class are taking on a new compelling topic this year. They are looking at the OHV law as a case study and a way to explore Civics and Economics in Silverton. Gaskill stated, “It is a great example of a local law in which citizens exercised their right to vote.”

Peak fall color

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Peak fall color on Anvil Moutnain Business Directory Rachel Lam/Silverton Standard.

Looking Back

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Five Years Ago October 1, 2015 With the second summer of OHV use of some town streets coming to an end, the Silverton Town Council has scheduled a public hearing to discuss how things are going. The hearing is this Monday, Oct.

EPA Meets With Silverton Officials

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On Wednesday, September 23rd, Region 8 administrator Gregory Sopkin, Chief of Staff Jag Sethurman and Superfund Program staff were in San Juan County to meet with members of the Town Board of Trustees, San Juan County Commissioners, and other elected officials. They wanted to describe their intended goals and explain what has already been accomplished at the Bonita Peak Mining District (BPMD) Superfund site. The EPA stated they are “working hard to be transparent, include community engagement, and accelerate cleanup.”

Silverton Singletrack Society Plans to Build

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With the approval of 30 miles of mountain biking trails on Boulder Gulch, the Silverton Singletrack Society (SSS) is gaining momentum to build. Klem Branner, the president of the SSS, attended the town board meeting on Monday in order to ask the Town for money to match grant funds they are hoping to receive. Branner noted that the Town already donated $5,000 to have the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) do a survey of the area. He was hoping they would be willing to donate an additional $10,000 to get a start on construction of trails. Branner stated, “We are trying to build a big blue loop and construct the parking area next summer. This would be about 10 miles of the total 30 in Baker’s Park.” The SSS would like these trails to be machine built. According to Branner this will allow for quality of trails that will last much longer. “Machine-built trails will also allow for speed throughout this process. If we use manual labor, trails will take much longer to build.”