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Looking Back

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70 YEARS AGO From the December 1, 1950 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: D.&R.G. ALLOWED TO END DURANGO TO ALAMOSA PASSENGER SERVICE.

IN BRIEF

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Holiday Shopping List For the history buff on your holiday shopping list, the Animas Museum now offers an online store full of unique books on regional historic topics! Visit our website at http://animasmuseum.org/HolidayStore [1] to shop for not only books, but also a curated selection of winter-themed historic images from our collections. Purchases may be picked up via a contactless system at the Museum through December 24.

Town Board Considers Process to Replace Trustee Lashley

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Since Trustee Austin Lashley was voted on the Board of County Commissioners in the November election, he first needs to resign as Trustee and then Town Board will need to fill his position. The Board, with guidance from Town Administrator John Reiter, discussed a possible way they will select a new candidate. They wanted to fill the spot in the same way they have in the past. They plan on first having Lashley turn in a letter of resignation stating his final meeting day, advertising the vacancy, and soliciting letters of interest. Reiter stated that he believed they already had three informal indications of interest so far. He said, “We’ll ask them to submit a letter of interest with credentials and reasons for wanting to be on the board.”

Skijoring Discusses Participant Only Event as COVID Cases Rise

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The Town Board held a work session on Monday to discuss the budget and some of the events that drive the economy in Silverton. The largest winter event is skijoring as it usually supports hotels, restaurants, downtown shops, vacation rentals, and brings a large crowd of both participants and spectators. The skijoring team, Karen Srebacic-Sites and John Oakes, discussed possibilities for the 2021 event as COVID cases continue to rise around the state and many communities move up in the COVID-19 dial. In the last COVID update from the OEM, Deanne Gallegos noted that if San Juan County moves to level red, public health may not be able to apply for a variance that would allow spectators at an event like skijoring.

Griff Pinto

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Griff Pinto 9 yo son of Cliff Pinto From Pedal The Peaks Bike Shop Photo by Cliff Pinto.

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.”