1 Volume 139, issue 29 January 16, 2014 ilverton STANDARD & the 50 MINER SILVERTON S PIONEER NEWSPAPER SINCE 1875 Weekly Miner Silverton Standard established 1875 established 1889 IN BRIEF Snowmobile Club offers class Jan. 18 at Molas Lake Park The Silverton Snowmobile Club is presenting a State Parks Certified Snowmobile Safety Course on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Molas Lake Park. This is a free safety course designed for riders ages 10 through 16 to earn their Snowmobile Safety Certificate. We will be spending time in the classroom and on the snow, said Dean Des Palmes of the Silverton Snowmobile Club. We will provide the snowmobile. Bring some warm clothes. This class starts at 10 a.m. If there are any questions please call Dean Des Palmes, (970) Silverton Mtn. named most extreme by Elevation Outdoors Elevation Outdoors magazine has honored Silverton Mountain ski area as the Most Extreme in its Best of Colorado Experience poll. The competition was fierce in this category, the magazine reported, but, in the end, readers came down on the side of the mountain that was created for expert skiers only. The guided terrain is enough to get you as puckered as you want to be, the magazine stated. But even better has been the addition of heliskiing. Don t have $999 to pony up for a full day? Single ride tickets cost just $159. Runner up in the competition was Crested Butte. Fundraiser Jan. 21 to help Caleb Greenfield A fundraiser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 for the benefit of Caleb Greenfield, son of Silverton Word of Life Fellowship Pastor Jim Greenfield. Caleb was injured in a skiing accident at Telluride Mountain Ski Resort. Navajo taco and drink for $7 at Mattie and Maud s Restaurant, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sheri Pohlman, (970) The Standard s 2014 calendar now on sale The Silverton Standard s 2014 calendar has arrived, with many spectacular historic photos of Silverton, the San Juans and trains. The calendar is an important fundraiser for the Silverton Standard newspaper, which is owned by the San Juan See BRIEFS, Page 4 Raining rocks on Red Mtn. Pass closed as boulders crash down from 900 feet above U.S. 550 Photo courtesy of CDOT U.S. 550, at the bottom of the photo, remains closed indefinitely as rocks continue to crash down on the highway near Ruby Falls, two miles south of Ouray. Action urged on Cement Creek Frustration building over perceived lack of progress in cleanup Mark Esper How long do you allow this to continue before you say enough is enough? We need a solution. County Commissioner Scott Fetchenhier San Juan County commissioners have expressed concern that the Animas River Stakeholders Group is not making enough progress in addressing the mine waste that is contaminating Cement Creek. And a former BLM representative to the stakeholders group has been circulating a petition urging state and federal officials to undertake more effective action in restoring the health of the Animas River. How long is this going to go on? asked San Juan County Commissioner Scott Fetchenhier at a board meeting last month. The levels (of heavy metals) are going back up and it is affecting fish and what the invertebrates they feed on. How long do you allow this to continue before you say enough is enough? We need a By Mark Esper U.S. 550 over Red Mountain Pass will remain closed at least through the weekend, highway officials say, due to continuous rockfall and the risk of more around mile marker 90, two miles south of Ouray. The trouble began at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, as a large number of rocks began crashing down on the highway near the Ruby Falls, just The debris is 8 to 10 feet high in some areas, and that s just the stuff that stayed on the roadway. Nancy Shanks, CDOT spokesperson south of Bear Creek Falls. The highway was closed until after 9 p.m. Boulders as big as 2 feet in diameter piled as deep as eight feet. The rocks, falling from some 900 feet above the highway, took out a power line that cut off electricity to the Riverside Slide snow shed and a CDOT weather station. On Monday, more rocks came down, breaking a couple of windshields and causing a motorist to get a flat tire before the highway was again closed at 12:40 p.m. On Wednesday a San Miguel Power Association crew was working to remove a downed power pole and loose wire, even as rocks continued to rain down from hundreds of feet above, according to CDOT officials. Today and Friday, rockfall contractor Yenter Companies of Arvada plans to drop a crew by helicopter to scale loose rock off. But highway officials say there is currently no estimate for reopen- See ROCKS, Page 8 solution. County Board Chairman Ernie Kuhlman worried that all he is seeing is more studies and more studies as the quality of water is coming down on Cement Creek. And County Commissioner Pete McKay said it s getting harder to explain when asked what we re doing. Peter Butler of Durango, a cocoordinator of the stakeholders See CLEANUP, Page 6
2 Page 2-Thursday, January 16, 2014 Silverton Standard & the Miner A National Historic Site in Journalism Society of Professional Journalists Official newspaper of the Town of Silverton and San Juan County. The Silverton Standard & the Miner is published every Thursday by the San Juan County Historical Society. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO Periodicals postage paid at Silverton, Colo. USPS # Postmaster, send address changes to: P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO Contacting us In Person: 1315 Snowden St., Suite 308 (Upstairs at the historic Miner s Union Hospital building) Telephone: Editor: (970) Advertising: (970) Mail: Silverton Standard P.O. Box 8 Silverton, CO Editor: Advertising: Subscriptions: gmail.com Staff Mark Esper: Editor and publisher Subscriptions are $24 per year for Silverton residents; $48 per year for all other deliveries by U.S. mail. Digital delivery is available at $26 per year. Our goals The Silverton Standard & the Miner is a weekly newspaper written for people interested in the issues and news of Silverton, Colo., and the surrounding San Juan Mountains region. The Standard voices a strong sense of community for Silverton and the San Juans as it brings you the issues, characters, landscapes, and the talent of the region. Stressing indepth, balanced, and thoughtful writing, news, photography, and topical articles on key issues affecting the region, the Standard keeps the greater San Juan community informed, entertained, provoked, and engaged in dialogue about the community and its future. 2014, Silverton Standard & the Miner. By Freddie Canfield Meteorological disturbances are our favorite kind. Those waves of snow-bearing moisture went from promise to productivity during our second weather and calendar week of January Snow accumulation didn t overwhelm us with opportunity on the valley floor, yet occurred consistently yet variably between Wednesday morning and late Sunday evening. The results were 9.5 inches all told, including 1.4 inches from last week. Add that to our previous seasonal total and we are now up to 93.3 inches here in Silverton. Saturday s 42.9 degrees was a reprieve for all of us who were determined to wear out that fresh powder. Sunday s high at 8 a.m. was 30 above. Wind and snow all morning and less powerful gusts in the afternoon as the temperature continued to drop all day. Monday morning, 6.6 below. OPINION In need of concrete solutions for Cement Creek s problems By Mark Esper It was back in April 2012, in a packed Silverton Town Hall assembly room, when the EPA s Denver regional office director announced that the agency was going to set aside its pursuit of so-called Superfund listing for a cluster of dormant mines in Upper Cement Creek. Instead, buoyed by news that Sunnyside Gold Corp. had pledged up to $6.5 million for a collaborative effort to address the water quality problems and facing widespread local opposition to CERCLA EDITOR S OPINION (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act) designation the agency agreed to remain at the table with the Animas River Stakeholders Group. It was at that very same meeting when stakeholders coordinators expressed hope that in the summer of 2012 they could start testing some new technologies on Cement Creek. And, that with a bit of luck, a treatment plant could be in operation in three to five years. Nearly two years have gone by. There has been no testing of new technologies on Cement Creek and a treatment plant appears if anything more See EDITOR, Page 4 Snow plumes in alpine glow By Mike McLachlan The 2014 legislative session began on Jan. 8 and as the session really begins to get under way I wanted to highlight what my colleagues and I will be working on until the conclusion of the session in early May. Natural disasters plagued many parts of Colorado in Throughout the summer we suffered many wildfires across the state including in If some solutions are not seen soon for Cement Creek, the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment will be back, insisting on a more robust effort. Pagosa, Vallecito and the Southfork fire in southwestern Colorado. WEATHER AND OBSERVATIONS Date High Low Precip., conditions Jan , mostlly clear Jan wc, 2.4, overcast Jan , 2.0, clear Jan , overcast Jan clear Jan Clear Jan Clear Season total: 93.3 inches of snow Tuesday at 7 a.m. we were at minus 8. Six days in a row shoveling snow was not the conclusion of mucking out activity for my son, Mark, or myself. Thanks to a highly athletic and energetic and intelligent canid of large proportions our previous endeavor was merely a warm up. Nalla See WEATHER, Page 8 Shortly after wildfire season we had the most destructive flood in state history sweep the SILVERTON STANDARD FROM THE STANDARD MAIL CAR Go Miners! Thanks to those who brought our basketball team back Editor; I want to thank coaches Dan Salazar, Larry Gallegos, and Willie Tookey for the fine job they are doing with the Silverton Miners basketball team. I also want to thank Jessica Gallegos for her work with the Silverton Junior Pep Squad, and the many other folks who are helping out with these two groups. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 the Silverton Miners completed their third home game and were victorious over the Dolores Bears, I have had the privilege of watching all three home games and it has been a pleasure watching each basketball team player mature, become more assertive and confident, and increase their scoring ability. The halftime show put on by the K-5 young ladies has been very entertaining to watch and these gals change up each performance so you d better be there to see what they'll try next. If you have not attended a Miners basketball game you don t know what you're missing. I want to encourage residents to take the time from their busy schedules, as they are able, and watch a complete basketball game. It is well worth your time and you will be thoroughly entertained. Again, thank you to everyone who has put a great deal of time and energy into bringing Miners basketball back to Silverton. Kevin E. Baldwin, Silverton Editor s note: The Miners final home games of the season will be Saturday, Feb. 1. against Cap Rock (Grand Junction). Snow or no snow? What s the poor Lord to do? Editor; Hi Folks. Last week Freddie was praying for snow. I,who hates snow, was praying for no snow. What s the the poor Lord to do? In Cedar City, Utah, buds are already on the trees. I look forward to seeing Silverton this summer when the temperatures don t have minuses. Cheers. Robert M. Stiles. Cedar City Utah and Silverton 2014 Legislative Session: My preview IN THE LEGISLATURE I am excited about the prospect of increasing broadband access for all of rural Colorado and bringing internet access to all of our school districts, especially the Ridgway and Silverton school districts which have been underserved for years. northern Front Range in September. While there has been incredible progress made to help these communities recover there is still significant work to be done to ensure these communities make the fullest possible recovery. The first bills that were introduced in the House this session are designed to speed and assist the ongoing recovery efforts. I am looking forward to supporting these See McLACHLAN, Page 8
3 SILVERTON STANDARD Page 3-Thursday, January 16, 2014 The Silverton Standard & the Miner A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN JOURNALISM STREAM! UPCOMING EVENTS: Ski Race Team action starts Thursday at Kendall! All-school ski program starts Friday! Cokie Berenyi and her daughter, Helen, 9, of Silverton on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Friday, Jan. 10. Silverton girl, 9, conquers Africa s Mt. Kilimanjaro The Silverton-based Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run has now grown into one of the elite ultra-marathon events in the world, according to race director Dale Garland. Garland told the Silverton Town Council that some 1,200 applicants applied for the 140 coveted race positions for the July mile run through the San Juans. The Hardrock Hundred is working on an environmental assessment with the Forest Service and BLM to expand the number of runners. The EA will examine the impact of a 250-person race, though Garland said it s unlikely that big of an expansion will occur all at once. What may come out of this is possibly increasing the number of runners, Garland said. But it will never get to 1,000. Garland said the intent is to I want all 10-yearolds out there to know that you can do just about anything you want to. Helen Berenyi, Silverton 9 (going on 10)-year-old Fourth-grader may be the youngest girl in Colorado to summit famed 19,340-foot peak Helen Simons HS Berenyi, 9-year-old Silverton resident and a fourth grader at Silverton School, summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Friday, Jan. 10 at 10:08 a.m, Tanzanian time. HS, just six days short of her 10th birthday was one of four climbers who successfully summited with She Climbs, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build and strengthen the self-esteem of female individuals of all ages, one mountain climb at a time. This is Berenyi s first time climbing and living on a mountain for seven days. I want all 10-year-olds out there to know that you can do just about anything you want to, Helen said at the summit. While fact-checking is still underway, HS appears to be the youngest Colorado resident, and potentially the youngest American female to ever summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak on the African continent, topping out at 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet above sea level. Kilimanjaro is one of the famous Seven Summits of the world. Alexis, Lexi Peats, age 11 of Perrysburg, Ohio, also summited with her mother, Suzanne Peats. These two are amongst the youngest kids in my 371 summits of Kilimanjaro, said Lead Climbing Guide, Raj Rajabu Hasan of KCB, a local Tanzanian climbing outfitter. They were strong from the first secure a 5-year or 10-year permit for the event. This is a worldwide event now, Garland said. The race has gotten great publicity in Europe, Japan and Australia. We ll probably be drawing a lot more media than in the past, Garland said. The 21st Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run starts at 6 a.m. July 11 at the Silverton School Gym. Skijoring Festival expects more media Silverton Skijoring Festival organizers Pete Maisel and Laura Des Palmes told the Silverton Town Council on Monday that this year s event is ready to go. A new website, skijoringsilverton.com, is up, and Des Palmes said she expects more media this year, with possible live radio broadcasts and a film being produced about the event. Maisel said more than 20 day to the last day, with no signs of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The girls made it to the summit in 7-1/2 hours. Some of my climbers have taken 12 hours in the past, said Hasan. Dubbed the Binti Group by Hasan, (Binti in Swahili means daughter), the girls are amongst She Climbs first organized trip. As we launch She Climbs it only seemed natural that we form mother-daughter teams from my personal sphere of climbers that I have previously climbed with said Cokie Berenyi, Helen Berenyi s mom and founder of She Climbs and investment firm, Alphavest.com. Despite this being She Climbs first trip, the organization and mission have been evolving since 2006 shortly after Berenyi gave birth to her second daughter. As a new mother of two girls I was terrified of all that could go wrong with raising girls, Berenyi said. It was very See CLIMBER, Page 8 Hardrock Hundred may grow teams will be on hand. We ve got great sponsors, great purse money and great exposure, Maisel said. We need to just keep making this bigger and fine tune it. Des Palmes said the event could always use more volunteers, with at least 25 needed each day to secure the Blair Street course. The more volunteers we have the better, she said. Ambulance update The Silverton Ambulance Service is days away from providing 24-hour a day paramedic coverage for the Silverton area, according to Kimmett Holland, ambulance association director. The staffing part is coming along really well, he said. But he said the ambulance service hopes to recruit more volunteers and drivers. Silverton, Colorado WINTER HOURS: Tues-Fri, 4-close Sat-Sun, noon to close Montanya 1309 Greene St. (970) SATURDAY, JAN 18.: Basketball at Dolores Dolores Boys JV Upcoming games: Jan. 25 1:30 p.m., at Caprock Academy (Grand Junction) Boys Jan p.m., at Caprock Academy (G.J.) Girls Feb. 1 1 p.m., Home v Caprock Academy (G.J.) Boys Feb. 1 3 p.m. Home v Caprock Academy. (G.J.) Girls Climbing Competition in Ridgway Saturday! Contact Paul Joyce: or , or stop by the STREAM office at the school for more information and to get signed up! Science, Technology, Math A program for Silverton School made possible by a grant from the 21st Century The 6th Judicial District announces new hours for the Self Help desk at the San Juan County Courthouse. The Self Represented Litigant Coordinator, Lindsay Patterson will be available in person to assist self-represented parties with their cases the last Tuesday of every month (WEATHER PERMITTING) from 9am-4pm at the San Juan County Courthouse located at 1557 Green St. Please call to to schedule an appointment. Lindsay is also available by phone at M-F from 8am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. The Self Represented Litigant Coordinator can help with forms, court processes and procedure. In the event of inclement weather please call the San Juan County Courthouse ( ) for the availability of the Self Represented Litigant Coordinator.
4 Page 4-Thursday, January 16, 2014 SILVERTON STANDARD FOR THE RECORD San Juan County Sheriff s Office blotter Jan. 6 Routine patrol and office work. Jan. 7 Routine patrol and office work. Jan. 8 Three overdue hikers were reported and they returned on their own. Jan. 9 A 2-vehicle traffic accident was investigated at 13th and Reese streets. A lost dog was reported. A stuck tractor trailer driver was assisted in town. Jan. 10 A theft was reported. A motorist was assisted. An improper parking warning was issued. A report was received of a semi without chains; when the officer located the semi, the driver was chaining up. Jan. 11 A one-vehicle accident was investigated at mile marker A warning was issued for disregard of a stop sign. A noise complaint was received; a warning was issued. A dog at large was returned to the owner. Jan. 12 A warning was issued for faulty tail lights. Assisted CDOT with a road closure due to an avalanche. Two motorists were assisted. Youths invited to enter art contest for Snowscape Silverton Snowscape requests submissions of art from young people aged 5 to 17 (if 18 must be in high school or equivalent). Submissions should be suitable for hanging on a wall. Photographs, paintings, drawings, and collages are all acceptable. Art should celebrate Kendall Mountain Recreation Area and its history. If they wish, contestants may price their pieces to be sold. Artwork will be shown at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area during the winter of 2014, then returned to the owner or buyer. The contest will be judged by local artists. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 5, and winners will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 4 p.m. Though there is no entry fee for the contest, a voluntary EDITOR, from Page 2 distant than three to five years out from now. Meanwhile, water quality in Cement Creek continues to deteriorate and has already led to the disappearance of some fish species in the upper Animas. San Juan County commissioners and others are justifiably concerned about the lack of progress. While there are worries that a so-called Superfund designation would give Silverton a black eye and harm our tourism industry, the ongoing deterioration in water quality with no perceivable action to address the problem, year after year, is not giving the community the greatest image either. The Animas River Stakeholders Group has done a lot to address water quality problems in the basin and is continuing to do so. But the clock is ticking and if some concrete solutions are not seen soon for Cement Creek, the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment will be back, donation of $5 or more will be used to defray the cost of prizes and possibly provide cash prizes for First, Second and Third Place Winners. Checks can be made out to Margot Early. Contestants, sign your work. Please attach the registration form to your entry and deliver your submission to the box in the Silverton School office or to Margot Early s house, 1725 Cement Street. There is a box on the table in the mudroom for that purpose. (The dog cannot enter that part of the mudroom.) Submission deadline: February 5, 2014 Winners announced: February 8, 2014 at 4 p.m. To get registration forms or for more information, call Margot Early at (970) or (970) insisting on a more robust effort. SILVERTON S ANNUAL Snowscape Festival has for years been pretty much just a sleepy small-town celebration of winter at Kendall Mountain a few holes of snow golf, the cardboard contraptions hurdling down the sled run, and maybe some night skiing. This year the town is stepping things up a notch, in honor of Kendall Mountain Ski Area s 50th birthday. We re going back to 1964 lift-ticket prices $2 for adults and $1 for children. An aggressive marketing campaign is in the works and I think this has real potential. When a family in Durango or Farmington, Montrose or Grand Junction hears that they can take the whole family skiing for the day for six bucks, they might just load up the SUV and head on up here. And with regular prices so low they just might be back. Mark Esper is editor and publisher of the Silverton Standard & the Miner. MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS Friday, Jan. 17 Silverton Snowmobile Club, 7 p.m., Brown Bear. Saturday, Jan. 18 Silverton Snowmobile Club free safety certification class for riders ages 10-16, 10 a.m., Molas Lake Park. Silverton Miners basketball game at Cap Rock (Grand Junction), 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Hall. Wednesday, Jan. 22 San Juan County Board of Commissioners, 6:30 p.m., County Courthouse. Saturday, Jan. 25 Silverton Miners basketball game vs. Cap Rock (Grand Junction), 2 p.m., Silverton School gym. Monday, Jan. 27 Silverton Town Council, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall. Friday, Jan. 24 Free whooping cough vaccination clinic, Silverton School Gym, 2-6 p.m. Feb. 7-9 Snowscape Winter Festival, Kendall Mountain Ski Area prices! Lift tickets $2 for adults, $12 for kids. Feb Fifth Annual Skijoring Festival, Blair Street. Ongoing San Juan County Historical Society Archive BRIEFS, from Page 1 County Historical Society. They are $9.95 each, plus $3 shipping. Send checks to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO Or call us at (970) and we can take orders over the phone. The Silverton Standard is operated by the San Juan County Historical Society. Dogs and cats need town licenses The town of Silverton is reminding residents that it is time to get their dog or cat properly licensed for Fees are $5 per year for spayed/neutered pets, and $10 per year for au-natural. Evidence of rabies vaccination is required for first-time license purchasers. Tags are required to be worn on the pets collars. Town officials remind dog owners to please: Keep their dogs on a leash. Clean up after their dogs. Monitor and prevent, or at least promptly put a stop to, excessive barking. These things are prohibited by ordinance, and offenders will be cited, town officials say. In 2013 the town issued 62 dog and cat tags, down from 72 in Business licenses are up for renewal Officials at Town Hall are Regular hours on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (starting Nov. 8). Silverton Movement Center: Mondays Pilates, 8:30 a.m.; full body workout, 5:15 p.m.; Tuesdays Yoga with Elizabeth, 8:30 a.m.; Belly Dance III, 6 p.m., Kendall Mountain Community Center; Wednesdays All Level Kettlebells, 8:30 a.m.; Core Fitness Roller (limited to 10 students), 5:15 p.m.; Thursdays Yoga with Katie, 5:30 a.m.; Pilates, 8:30 a.m., Belly Dance Troupe, 7:25 p.m.; Fridays Kettlebell etc. workout, 8:15 a.m. Blair Street Historic District Association, 10 a.m., first Wednesday of each month, Empire Street Bunkhouse. Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Silverton every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For locations, questions or help, call (888) American Legion meetings, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month, Legion Post. Silverton Youth Center activities Winter schedule: Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4-10 p.m.; Sunday 3-9; Thursday, 6 p.m. elementary movie night Spiritual events Church of Christ, Sundays: Bible class, 8 a.m.; service, 9 a.m.; and Sunday Bible discussion, 5 p.m., (970) reminding Silverton business owners to apply for 2014 business licenses. All persons or entities receiving revenues for goods and/or services within the Town of Silverton must obtain a Town business license, which must be renewed each year. Nonprofit entities must also obtain a business license, however no fees apply. The deadline for year-round businesses to obtain licenses is Jan. 31. The deadline for seasonal businesses is May 1. In 2013 the town issued 174 business licenses, up from 164 in Commodities to be distributed Jan. 28 Commodities distribution will occur on Jan. 28, from 1-3 p.m. in the basement of the Miners Union Hospital. Eligibility for this service must be determined prior to receiving the commodities. Any interested family needing an eligibility determination may stop by the Social Services office at the courthouse from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 28. Call Deanna Jaramillo at for more information. (In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Deparment of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.) St. Patrick s Catholic Church, Father Nat Foshage, Mass, 5 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays, 1005 Reese St., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, President Duane Eggett, Sunday services: 9 a.m. priesthood, 10 a.m.; sacrament, 11 a.m. Sunday school, 727 Greene St., First Congregational Church of Silverton, Sue Kurtz, moderator. Sunday service 9 a.m. All are welcome Reese St. (970) Website: silvertonchurch.org Look for us on Facebook! Silverton Church on the Hill, 11th and Snowden, Pastor Mark Lawson, (970) Sunday KSJC (92.5 FM) 8-10 a.m., Christian music, devotional and sermon; Bible study, 9 a.m.; Children s Sunday School at 10:15; 10:15 a.m. regular service; Wednesday night prayer/fellowship, 7 p.m. Word of Life Fellowship, Pastor Jim Greenfield, Sunday service starts at 9 a.m., 1706 Empire St What s happening? Got somethin goin on? Contact the Standard. Phone or silvertonstandard.com Help available to pay heating bills The LEAP Program started on 11/1/13 and runs through 4/30/14, applications are available at the Social Service Office. Residents must meet eligibility criteria for this program which are available with the applications. Anyone interested in this program may come by the Social Services Office or call Deanna Jaramillo at with questions. Energy Outreach Colorado has awarded San Juan County with a $16,000 grant to help cover costs of coal, electric, firewood, natural gas, oil, propane, and solid fuel pellets. Residents must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for this program, which includes applying for the Lowincome Energy Assistance Program first if you are LEAP eligible. If you are not LEAP eligible you can just apply for the EOC grant. This program runs through Sept. 30. Anyone interested in this program may come by the Social Services office or call Deanna Jaramillo at to get an application. Ran out of room The Silverton Standard editor reported late Wednesday that there was no room for another brief in this space.
5 SILVERTON STANDARD Page 5-Thursday, January 16, 2014 Silverton players put up some shots against the Dolores Bears on Saturday afternoon in the Silverton School Gym. LEFT: Sophomore Talitha Gallegos shoots. CENTER: Sophomore Ernesto Saldana shoots. RIGHT: Sophomore Martin Torres struggles to put up a shot. Miners defeat Dolores Bears Will Custer with the ball. Levi Lokey shoots. ABOVE: Hannah dekay (number 11). LEFT: The Silverton School Junior Pep Squad during their half-time performance. BELOW: Freshman Derrick Zanoni brings the ball up court under pressure. Photos by David Emory/ Silverton Standard & the Miner The Silverton Miners co-ed high school basketball team fell to the Mancos Bluejays JV team on Saturday morning, Jan. 11, but defeated the Dolores Bears before a large crowd at the Silverton School Gym later in the afternoon. For the Miners it was their second win of the season. The Silverton players again demonstrated growing confidence and improvement in Saturday s games. Senior Will Custer scored 21 points, with sophomore Martin Torres adding 8 and freshman Hannah dekay scoring 4 in the Miners loss to Mancos. In the afternoon game against the Dolores JV team, Custer scored 19 points, and Torres hit for 18 points en route to the win. Senior Levi Lokey scored 5 points, sophomore Ernesto Saldano contributed 4 and dekay 2. The Silverton High School basketball team was revived last year after a 10-year absence from the 64-student school. Revised schedule for Silverton Miners: Jan p.m., at Dolores Boys JV Jan. 25 1:30 p.m., at Caprock Academy (Grand Junction) Boys Jan p.m., at Caprock Academy (G.J.) Girls Feb. 1 1 p.m., Home v Caprock Academy (G.J.) Boys Feb. 1 3 p.m. Home v Caprock Academy. (G.J.) Girls Alexis Gallegos on a fast break.
6 SILVERTON STANDARD Page 6-Thursday, January 16, 2013 A labyrinth of tunnels A vast system of tunnels comprise the workings of the Gold King, Sunnyside, Mogul, Red & Bonita and Gold Prince mines. The American Tunnel, some 10,000 feet long, runs from Gladstone at the lower left, to the Sunnyside complex centered around where Lake Emma once sat. The lake no longer exists. Its floor collapsed into the Sunnyside Mine in a 1978 disaster. Fortunately no one was killed or injured. The 3 crosses along the American Tunnel indicated bulkheads (plugs) designed to contain water tainted with heavy metals. Bulkheads are also shown at the Mogul Mine, Terry Tunnel and Gold Prince Mine. But with the tunnels plugged, water levels in the area around Bonita Peak have risen, and caused acid mine drainage to leak from other portals. CLEANUP, from Page 1 group, said he shares the frustration. I think we are all disappointed in the pace of coming up with a solution for Cement Creek, Butler said. IN NOVEMBER 2010 the EPA announced it was conducting studies of acid-mine drainage in upper Cement Creek to see if the problem was serious enough to warrant listing under the CERCLA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. The agency subsequently reported that the contamination at Gladstone on Cement Creek was indeed bad enough to warrant CERCLA listing. But in April 2012, the EPA said it was dropping its pursuit of such listing, due to opposition from the community. Meanwhile Sunnyside Gold Corp., a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, announced it would offer $6.5 million to help clean up Cement Creek and operate a water treatment plant. A 2012 estimate by a consultant for Sunnyside Gold put the cost of operating a treatment plant on Cement Creek at nearly a million dollars a year, so the stakeholders have been researching technologies to cut those expenses. We are actively seeking different technologies that might reduce the costs of managing metal loading to Cement Creek and have a couple of initiatives related to exploring new technologies that we are undertaking this winter, Butler said. But he acknowledged the stakeholders group has limited resources. At this time, we do not have a funding source to actually test things out, Butler said in an on Jan. 10. Butler said that because as of yet there is no CERCLA action, the EPA and the BLM are substantially limited in their own funding sources that can be dedicated to Cement Creek. But Butler suggested a CERCLA designation may not be as effective in addressing the problem as some think. Even if there were a CERCLA Ray Dileo/Silverton Standard & the Miner The different color of water and rocks where Cement Creek joins the Animas River in Silverton can be explained by dissolved metals content at different ph levels. Cement Creek, right, is laden with dissolved metals in low ph. The red-colored rocks at right indicate iron coming out of solution at a ph of about 3.5. The white rocks visible just downstream in the Animas indicate aluminum dropping out of solution at a ph of around 5.0. A few miles further downstream, as the Animas becomes less acidic, copper drops out at a ph of 6.5, but there is not enough to color the rocks. Zinc remains in the water in dissolved form, toxic to aquatic life. The above photo was taken May 23, 2013, during high runoff. designation, government funding and progress on a solution would be slow, Butler said. Both Superfund and the Department of Interior fund are oversubscribed relative to the funding available. Larry Perino, reclamation manager for Sunnyside Gold, said the company remains committed to taking part in the cleanup of Cement Creek. Sunnyside continues to work closely with the ARSG and EPA, and has every confidence that the demonstrably effective ARSG collaborative approach will result in improvements to water quality, while a Superfund listing would not, Perino said in a Jan Company officials and the EPA announced last summer that they were in the process of pursuing a comprehensive settlement outside of the Superfund framework. As far as I know there are no substantial on-going discussions between Sunnyside and EPA/BLM at this time, Butler said. The agencies and Sunnyside have traded large amounts of records and data, and they may still be analyzing all the information. ARSG has analyzed a lot of data, Butler said. We have a pretty good understanding of the metal concentrations and loading at the four upper Animas gaging stations and how those loadings and concentrations have changed over time. ROB ROBINSON, the former BLM representative on the ARSG, said that water quality is worsening in the upper Animas and he cited studies to show it. And he suggested that some members of the stakeholders group are actually trying to block any effective solution to the problem. The deferral of regulatory action is important among some ARSG members. These members fear enforcement of environmental laws, particularly Superfund. On Dec. 10, Robertson sent petitions signed by 15 people to the EPA regional office in Denver, urging stronger action to address the Cement Creek contamination. The culprit seems to be the bulkheads placed in the American Tunnel to stop discharge of toxic water from the Sunnyside Mine, Robinson said. It appears that the bulkheads backed up the mine water, to discharge instead, through permeable geologic structures, to other neighboring mines and then out their portals. Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King and Mogul mines, has insisted Kinross Gold, owner of the Sunnyside Mine, should step in and make things right. Hennis complained that for 10 years I have tried to get the Sunnyside Mine Pool on the ARSG s agenda. Every time I was ignored and marginalized. Hennis said the obvious answer at Gladstone is to drain down the mine pool... and treat the water from the American Tunnel. No other course of action will correct the problem. But Hennis said he opposes CERCLA listing, insisting that there are much better federal mechanisms to handle the cleanup of the Sunnyside Mine Pool and that Superfund designation will make it harder for future mining operations to start here. Hennis said that the leadership of the ARSG appears to me to be impeding any real progress on getting Kinross to address the problems they willingly bought into. Robinson, in his letter to the EPA, said the basic nature of the problem is well known at this point and what is lacking is effective means to deal with it. Effective mine reclamation and/or water treatment should be put in place with definitive milestones so that the current situation does not continue indefinitely and certainly not another two decades, Robinson said. He pointed to other mine cleanup efforts under CERCLA and said fears of Superfund are misplaced. Probably only Kinross Gold, owners of the Sunnyside Mine, need be concerned about any cleanup liabilities, Robinson said. Kinross last year had nearly $1 billion of annual net earnings. The cost of their possible cleanup liabilities would be trivial in comparison to those earnings.
7 SILVERTON STANDARD Short line display track planned for the Powerhouse By Mark Esper The San Juan County Historical Society doesn t have nearly enough money to build an actual railroad, but the group plans to lay a hundred feet of track or more by the Powerhouse north of Silverton this summer as an exhibition of the old Silverton Northern line. Everybody agrees we need to lay track this summer, said railroad president Fritz Klinke of Silverton, who is heading the Silverton Northern restoration project for the historical society. The fill is there (on historical society property near the Powerhouse) to get at least a couple of hundred feet laid. A committee met Friday, Jan. 10, at the Allen Nossaman Archive Building and selected a logo for the newly revived railroad (apparently the old Silverton Northern never had an actual logo). Efforts to get a website launched are also under way. The group also heard reports indicating nearly $7,000 in contributions to the project is on hand, with possible donations of materials also in the works. Klinke acknowledged fundraising for the Silverton Northern project has been lagging. He expressed hope that the laying of track this summer will generate more interest. Historical society president Bev Rich said it s so much easier to raise money when you have something on the ground to show for it. Klinke reported that so far the only expense the newly formed railroad has faced is the $99 paid to San Juan County for the 99-year lease of the old right of way between the Powerhouse and Howardsville. The short stretch of track to be built this summer could be incorporated into a future plan to rebuild that stretch. But committee members said that at this point, the idea is to at least get an exhibit in place to honor the historic railroad. This is a display track, said Anthony Edwards of Silverton. We could call it the Silverton Northern Interpretive Center. The railroad committee hopes to get a survey done this spring and get the track laid within a few weeks after that. Rail stock could then be displayed there this summer. The original Silverton Northern, built by Otto Mears, operated from 1895 to 1942, serving the mines between Silverton and Animas Forks. It began at Silverton with two miles of Silverton Railroad track, and reached Eureka in It was extended up a 7 percent grade to Animas Forks in 1904 for a total of 12.5 miles. The branch up Cunningham Gulch was built in A few trains ran occasionally on the Animas Forks section into the 1920s and regularly on the lower section to Eureka until 1939, when the Sunnyside Mine closed. The SN ceased in 1942 when the U.S. Army drafted three SN locomotives to serve its needs in World War II on the White Pine & Yukon in Alaska. The San Juan County Historical Society announced its ambitious plan to rebuild the 2-1/2-mile section of the old Silverton Northern Railroad from the Powerhouse Industrial Park to Howardsville in August Since then a lot of preliminary planning has been done as well as rounding up possible donors, sources of rail and ties, and rail stock to be used on the line. Historical society officials said the idea underling the rebuilding effort is economic development to develop a locally operated passengerexcursion train based in Silverton. The historical society owns property at both ends of the proposed line. It is developing the Powerhouse Industrial Park and five years ago it acquired the Little Nations Mill in Page 7 Thursday, January 16, 2014 Silverton Northern to lay some track this summer Cement Ck. C.R. 110 A NEW SILVERTON NORTHERN RR? Powerhouse Animas River SILVERTON Mayflower Mill Arrastra Gulch Howardsville as a donation. The San Juan County Historical Society also is owner of the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper. Colo. officials warn: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is on the rise! Open at 11 AM BRONCOS VS PATRIOTS For the AFC TITLE! 1 PM SUNDAY Pool for the Super Bowl! Hardrock Restaurant Silverton s HQ for Denver Broncos Fans! Drawings for Prizes! 116 E 12th St. Takeout orders: GET EM VACCINATED! WHAT: From October to December 2013 there was more than a 500 percent increase in the number of whooping caugh cases reported in Colorado. WHO: All ages groups are at risk, especially children, the elderly and those who are caregivers for either children or elderly. HOW: Howardsville The preliminary design of the Silverton Northern Railroad logo. Interested? To donate to the Silverton Northern Railroad restoration effort, send a check to San Juan County Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Silverton, CO It s so much easier to raise money when you have something on the ground. Bev Rich, president, San Juan County Historical Society Cunningham Gulch Proposed 2.5- mile Silverton Northern Railroad would run from the Powerhouse to Howardsville. GET A FREE VACCINATION! WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Jan. 24, from 2-6 PM at the Silverton School Gym. For additional information, visit or call (970)
8 Page 8-Thursday, January 16, 2013 SILVERTON STANDARD McLACHLAN, from Page 2 CLIMBER, from Page 3 clear to me that the key to successfully raising them was to do everything I could to build their self-esteem and confidence this was when the idea of She Climbs was born. Cokie first summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010, which served as She Climbs research effort. Reaching summits of this altitude require great focus, determination and persistence and the personal satisfaction of reaching the top is intoxicating and motivating. It is a great environment to test your mental and physical limits and grow your confidence, all of which which can be a powerful tool in navigating life. Climbing is an excellent venue to achieve the goals of She Climbs said Suzanne Peats or Mama Lexi to the Trip Guides and Tanzanian support team. Mandy Ramsden, principal at QuestCo and Johannesburg, South Africa resident, helped in organizing the successful Kilimanjaro summit trip. bipartisan bills. I will personally be carrying a number of bills this session in addition to supporting these initiatives. One of my bills will provide a tax exemption of up to $5,000 for an agricultural producer who donates their produce or livestock to a charitable organization. This will help make sure that any surplus food is not wasted, but instead used to feed those who are hungry and in need. Another bipartisan bill I am sponsoring with Rep. Don Coram (R-Montrose) and Sen. Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) would clarify tax collection on entities or joint ventures owned by Native American tribes to ensure that tax collection is enforced while also respecting tribal sovereignty. Another focus of this session will be on increasing the economic security of all Coloradans. We want to encourage small businesses across the state and I will support a bill to give small business owners a break on their business personal property taxes. There will also be an emphasis on expanding advanced industries across the state, following up on a bill I sponsored in the 2013 session. Future economic security is tied to education and I am proud to be involved in the effort this session to increase access to education. Rep. Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) and I will be the House sponsors of Senate Bill One, which will restore $100 million to higher education this year. Colorado s education budget, especially the budget for higher education, was one of the hardest hit sectors during the budget cuts that were enacted as a result of the recession. Restoring $100 million will help higher education institutions across the state including Fort Lewis in my district. I have also been encouraged by bipartisan talks surrounding parts of our education package from last year, namely increasing transparency in schools and expanding programs for English language learners. I will also support efforts to enhance teacher training and increase access to early childhood education. I am excited about the prospect of increasing broadband access for all of rural Colorado and bringing internet access to all of our school districts, especially the Ridgway and Silverton school districts which have been underserved for years. Rep. Angela Williams (D- Denver) is working with a bipartisan coalition on a piece of legislation to help expand broadband in rural parts of our state and I plan to work hard to ensure it benefits underserved parts of my district. Not only will this be a boost to education by increasing access to information, but it will also be a boost to economic development and tourism by guaranteeing visitors to our great state are not without internet. Gov. John Hickenlooper stated his commitment to this issue in his State of the State address. As a result of starting the process early and involving all stakeholders this year, I believe we will find a solution that works for everyone. As always I am honored to serve as your elected representative in the capitol and am committed to addressing problems that will move Colorado forward. I will continue to serve on the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources and Judiciary Committees. I always enjoy hearing from constituents so please don t hesitate to contact my office at (303) or o.us. State Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, represents Silverton in the Colorado Assembly. Ramsden is South Africa s first woman to summit the 7 Summits of the world and serves on She Climbs Advisory Board. Cokie and I climbed together in Bolivia in She approached me then about supporting She Climbs and I have been thrilled to be a part of supporting women of all ages build, re-build and find themselves on mountains, said Ramsden. Sheldon Kerr, a Colorado resident, and professional mountain guide who actively guides on Kilimanjaro, Denali and in the Cascades also assisted in the trip s organization. Kerr also serves on She Climbs Board. I knew the girls could do it. The key was whether or not they wanted the summit bad enough. Clearly they did! Kerr said. Interested? For more about She Climbs program and mission, visit or call (843) Photo courtesy of CDOT A Colorado Department of Transportation crew works to remove rocks from U.S. 550 at mile marker 90 on Sunday night, Jan. 12. ROCKS, from Page 1 ing the pass beyond this weekend. Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Nancy Shanks said the contractor will rappel down and do some hand scaling using pry bars. They also may drill holes and insert air bags to break off loose rock. Various types of scaling are planned, Shanks said. But it s way up there; it s very tenuous on those ledges. It remains to be seen what kind of work they can accomplish. Shanks said that the hope is they (Yenter Companies crew) will start work tomorrow (Thursday). Then we ll know much more about what lies in store for the next week by Friday. Shanks said a 200-foot stretch of U.S. 550 is being pelted by stones. The debris is 8 to 10 feet high in some areas, and that s just the WEATHER, from Page 2 What to do: Motorists are urged to stay updated by going to or signing up for road condition messaging through CDOT s web site (see below). ALTERNATE ROUTE: The alternate routes are the following: From Ouray to Durango (a distance of 70 miles using U.S. 550) motorists will instead use S.H. 62 from Ridgway over Dallas Divide, S.H. 145 over Lizard Head Pass, then U.S. 160, for a trip of 168 miles (a 98-mile detour). The average daily traffic count on Red Mountain Pass is 2,200. stuff that stayed on the roadway. That rock material is coming down with a great deal of energy. A 12-mile stretch of U.S. 550, from mile marker 80, 10 miles north of Silverton to mile marker 92 just south of Ouray, remains closed. Marv Voehringer, who hauls Evans and Jackson Evans are Great Pyranees. Jackson is of such huge proportions that we have always referred to him as Behemoth. The younger and only slightly less-huge Behemoth is his running buddy, Nalla. She is a serious instigator and trouble maker. When Jackson becomes too comfortably complacent then it s time to steal the bone he is gnawing on. Moments later the mildmannered monster roars into action. Battling Behomoths at close quarters is absolutely awesome. Where is the video cam and stereo mic, Mark? Nalla, agile, hostile and mobile is completely exhilarated by the ferocity and intensity of Jackson s counterattack. Soon the two tumbling combatants appear to be about to beak out a living room window and take their fight inside, the opposite of the time-honor tradition of taking it outside. Fortunately for Tommy and Janey s sake this horrific occurrence is narrowly averted at the last possible moment on the snowbank. Jackson returns to his bone of contention with his dignity restored and there is peace in the valley once more. Nalla has an important selfappointed job to accomplish jumping over the fence at will. Mark and Freddie are there mucking out a Behemoth moat in order to keep her entertained, not contained. She sneaks up behind us and with a sudden burst of speed tries to bowl me over with a well-placed body slam. Next, it s run, jump and paws on each shoulder. I manage to stand my ground and end up with a slobber-covered beard anyway. Jackson prefers to lean against us. He, too, has our best interests in mind. Pick mattock and steel shovel, bone-jarring exertion, hour after hour. This is how those two show mercy on us. So we are forced to take a break and give them pets. Progress is intermittent when it is on Behemoth schedule. How long before Nalla s next escape? We will likely be back busting out ice and snow. When, not if. After all, this is all her idea in the first place. After sunset behind Sultan, Ninja and Sam, back at our place, are also intent on keeping us Silverton s mail from Montrose every day, now faces a 220-mile (each way) drive from Ridgway to Silverton instead of the normal 33 miles. Motorists headed to Durango from the north are being routed over the Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass to Cortez. Shanks said CDOT is doing the best it can to reduce the hazard and get the highway back open. We do not have easy alternate routes here in southwest Colorado and there is a hardship any time we close this pass, CDOT Region 5 Transportation Director Kerrie Neet said. It s important for travelers and surrounding communities to know we don t make these decisions lightly; we base them on the safety of the traveling public, as well as our workers. We can minimize risk, but we can t prevent it, Shanks said. That s what we deal with in Colorado we have rocks and mud and avalanches. guys out of trouble. So grab the sled and gear, make up team and off we mush in the growing chill. All dogs need jobs and so do us two-legs. Inter-species co-creativity between canids and humans has got to be tens of thousands of years in the making. We all have a lot of fun keeping each other and ourselves out of trouble as a result. The intermountain west is due for a high pressure ridge buildup for a week maybe more. Days likely will warm up above the freezing point. Nights moderated with an actual low of 11 above at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Wind valley floor may abate. Those volcanic looking snow plumes catching early morning or post-sundown alpine glow likely will be pretty as a picture, wish you were here memories for us for a while. So if you live up here year round, keep living the dream. If you are on the outside, come visit us. The depths of our winter deepens the soul. If you have that vital quality we call the pioneer spirit, you will never regret coming up here to discover where your real home is: In Cool Silverton.
9 SILVERTON STANDARD Page 9 Thursday, January 16, 2014 Outlaw Tours owner found guilty of illegal outfitting A La Plata County man has been found guilty in Federal Magistrate s Court in Durango of illegal outfitting charges, stemming from his operation of Jeep tours on Forest Service roads in San Juan County last summer. Keith Harper, 64, owner of Outlaw Tours, was found guilty on five of the six counts, according to FBI Special Agent Brenda Schultz, after a daylong trial. Harper faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. He was also convicted of violating his probation. Harper was convicted in October 2012 of providing a service without authorization for conducting guided ATV tours on Forest Service lands and lying to a Forest Officer. He paid a fine, was given a six-month suspended jail sentence, banned from entering Forest Service lands in Colorado, and was put on one-year probation. In July and August 2013, after reports from a permitted outfitter that Outlaw Tours was providing guided Humvee tours near Silverton, FBI agents installed surveillance cameras on the forest road, put additional officers in the area for a number of days, and interviewed guides. Evidence from the surveillance camera led to Harper s arrest on Aug. 14. We proved he and his business were providing guided Humvee and Jeep tours on a Forest Service road near Silverton and from interviews from the guides we proved he was directing his guides to retrieve wrecked and broken down ATVs on other Forest Service roads in the Durango area, Schultz said. Sentencing on the five new charges as well as on the probation violation is set for Feb. 12. In late 2011, Harper was convicted of groping two women during a snowmobile tour in the Cascade Creek area. Classes Monday-Friday 8:30 AM, Silverton School Gym. All are welcome! OPEN Tues-Sun at 4 PM Featuring: Friday Burger Nights KILLER BURRITO SATURDAYS! Sunday Italian Nights Two-for Tuesdays (2 for 1 draft beers until 8 PM) The Silverton Standard & the Miner A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN JOURNALISM
10 Page 10-Thursday, January 16, 2013 SILVERTON STANDARD NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Lance Mac Donald You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 16th day of November, 2010, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Loren Cross You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 16th day of November, 2010, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: BLK 7 LOTS 3-4 & N 1/2 OF 5 San Juan County, State of Colorado. and said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Bonanza Gold Corp for the That Vernon Bridgewater, the present holder of said certificate sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: ASTOR NO 5 lode mining claim U.S.M.S EUREKA MNG DIST SAN JUAN COUNTY, COLORADO; And said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Trust for Public Land for the That Kent Taylor, the present has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Vernon Bridgewater at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 30th day of December Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner on Jan. 9, Jan. 16, and Jan. 23, holder of said certificate has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Kent Taylor at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 26th day of December, 2013 Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner on Jan. 9, Jan. 16, and Jan. 23, DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 7, COLORADO WATER RESUME TO: ALL PERSONS INTEREST- ED IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN SAID WATER DIVISION NO. 7 Pursuant to C.R.S , you are notified that the following is a resume of all water right applications filed in the Office of the Water Clerk during the month of December 2013, for San Juan County. 13CW3040 Applicant: City of Ouray, P.O. Box 468, Ouray, Colorado 81427, by Kathryn M. Sellars, Masters & Sellars, P.C., 152 Colorado Avenue, Montrose, Colorado 81401, Application for Water Rights: Surface water right; point of diversion north bank of Mineral Creek, whence a monument on the top of Red Mountain No. Three (3) bears north 24 25' east. Source: Las Animas River. Appropriation date: March 2, Amount: 3.0 c.f.s., trans-basin diversion, into Division 4, for municipal, irrigation, recreation, hydropower, evaporation, piscatorial, industrial, commercial, stock, road (including dust control), geothermal, mining, mining reclamation, aquifer recharge, construction, augmentation, substitution and exchange, and storage. San Juan County. (24 pages) THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED BY THE FOREGOING APPLICA- TION(S) MAY AFFECT IN PRI- ORITY ANY WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED OR HERETOFORE ADJUDICATED WITHIN THIS DIVISION AND OWNERS OF AFFECTED RIGHTS MUST APPEAR TO OBJECT AND PROTEST WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY STATUTE, OR BE FOREVER BARRED. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT YOU HAVE until the last day of February, 2014, to file with the Water Clerk, a verified Statement of Opposition, setting forth facts as to why a certain application should not be granted or why it should be granted only in part or on certain conditions. A copy of such Statement of Opposition must also be served upon the applicant or the applicant s attorney and an affidavit or certificate of such service shall be filed with the Water Clerk, as prescribed by Rule 5, CRCP. (Filing fee: $158.00; Forms are available through the Office of the Water Clerk or on the Judicial site at Danene M. Etz, Water Court Specialist, 1060 E. 2nd Ave., Room 106, Durango, CO ; , Ext. 6181) Published: before January 31, 2014 Original Signature on file Danene M. Etz, Water Court Specialist Standard & the Miner on January 16, NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Joseph & Rhonda A Leath You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 16th day of November, 2010, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: EAGLE NEST lode mining claim U.S.M.S , INTER OCEAN lode mining claim U.S.M.S both situate in the ANIMAS MING DIST, and the HEMATITE lode mining claim U.S.M.S EUREKA MING DIST San Juan County Colorado and said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Bonanza Gold Corp for the That Terry Cummins, the present holder of said certificate has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Terry Cummins at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 30th day of December Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner Jan. 2, Jan. 9, and Jan. 16, NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Osiris Gold, Sial Exploration Inc, Frank W. Baumgartner, Caribou Resources LLC You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 17th day of November, 2009, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: GIBRALTER 4853 UND 32.5% EACH; 10% CARIBOU RESOURCES LLC, F.BAUM- GARTNER SURFACE RTS UNCOMPAHGRE MNG DIST and said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2008; That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Bonanza Gold Corp for the year 2008; That Terry Cummins, the present holder of said certificate has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Terry Cummins at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 30th day of December Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner Jan. 2, Jan. 9, and Jan. 16, NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to BONANZA GOLD CORP You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 17th day of November, 2009, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: Undivided 25% interest in the Gibralter lode mining claim, U.S.M.S situate in the Eureka Mining District, San Juan County, State of Colorado. and said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2008; That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Bonanza Gold Corp for the year 2008; That Terry Cummins, the present holder of said certificate has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Terry Cummins at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 30th day of December Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner Jan. 2, Jan. 9, and Jan. 16, NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Jeff Bischoff You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 16th day of November, 2010, the then county Treasurer of the County of San Juan, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to San Juan County the following described real estate situate in the County of San Juan, State of Colorado, to-wit: BLK 36 LOT 5 TOWN OF SILVERTON SAN JUAN COUNTY, COLORADO; And said County Treasurer issued certificates of purchase therefore to San Juan County. That said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the names of Trust for Public Land for the That Kent Taylor, the present holder of said certificate has made a request upon said county for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Kent Taylor at 9:00 a.m. on the 12th day of March, A.D. 2014, unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer s Deed. Witness my hand this 30th day of December, 2013 Beverly E. Rich County Treasurer of San Juan County Standard & the Miner Jan. 2, Jan. 9, and Jan. 16, 2014.
11 SILVERTON STANDARD CLASSIFIEDS Page 11 Thursday, January 16, 2014 OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT Bullion King Mine Reclamation San Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District San Juan County, Colorado The Columbine Ranger District is requesting comments on a proposal to regrade, consolidate and protect mining waste rock dumps in the vicinity of the Bullion King Mine to improve water quality. The project is located in the Porphyry Gulch area, T42N, R8W, sections 21, 22, and 23, about 7 miles northwest of Silverton, Colorado. A Comment Period Information Document and map for this project is available for public review and comment at: anjuan/landmanagement/projects How to Comment and Timeframe Written, hand-delivered, facsimile, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Durango Herald, scheduled for January 17, The publication date in the Durango Herald is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. To be eligible to appeal the subsequent decision on this project, an individual or group must provide comment or otherwise express interest in the proposed action during this comment period. Those individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible for appeal must provide the information as stated in 36 CFR (3). Written comments must be mailed to: District Ranger, PO Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122, or hand-delivered to the Columbine District Office at 367 Pearl Street in Bayfield between 8:00 am 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may be faxed to Electronic comments must be submitted in a common format to In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an electronic message, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. A scanned signature is one way to provide verification. For electronically mailed comments the sender should normally receive an automated acknowledgement from the agency as a confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgement receipt of comments, it is the senders responbility to insure timely receipt by other means. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, those who only submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal the subsequent decision. For further information contact Cam Hooley at The USDA Forest Service is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider. Standard & the Miner on Jan. 16, PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Town of Silverton Board of Trustees Vacation Rental-Use Subject to Review Application The Town of Silverton hereby gives notice of a hearing to receive public comment regarding a Use Subject to Review application for a Vacation Rental proposed at 961 Bluff Street. Applicant/owner is Gary and Verda Rieder. The Board of Trustees will conduct the public hearing in the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, 2nd Floor of Town Hall, 1360 Greene Street, Silverton, Colorado during a meeting that begins at 7:30 PM on Monday, January 27, NOTICE is further given that all persons may appear and present oral and written testimony concerning this proposal prior to, or at the public hearing. Interested persons may review the application at the Planning Department in Town Hall, 1360 Greene Street, Silverton, CO or by calling Bob Nevins, Planning Director at , Ext. 16 during regular business hours. Standard & the Miner on Jan. 16, PLACE AN AD Silverton Standard classifieds are just $7 a week for the first 20 words, and 30 cents per word after that! Call , or e- mail Standard.com Metal Prices Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Gold Silver Platinum 1424 Palladium 742 Copper Nickel Zinc.9377 Lead.9825 Death REAL ESTATE Own a summer silver mine (good road access) and a winter ski cabin site (with all permits) 20 minutes on skis from Highway 550: (3-27) FOR RENT 580sf very new Greene and 11th Street second floor office space above garage structure for lease. Office has views, ground floor entrance, mudroom and bathroom, and interior stairway to second floor. Unit also has good solar gain, radiant heat, automatic skylights, and is hard- wired for modern data needs. REDUCED RENT $500 per month plus separately metered propane and electricity. Garage is not included with rent. Please contact Guy Grover at with questions and Nicole Bellman for showings. FOR LEASE OR SALE 1260 Blair Street, formerly Stellar Restaurant. Call (RE: 1260 Blair St.) (ind.) The Silverton Standard & the Miner: The best newspaper between Maggie Gulch and Red Mountain Pass! notices for delinquent subscribers will not be inserted. an extract from the Gladstone Kibosh, January 5, 1901 Subscribe to the Silverton Standard! Name: Mailing address: City, state, ZIP code: Clip and fill out this form, enclose a check and mail to: Silverton Standard & the Miner P.O. Box 8 Silverton, CO Or call us with credit card info: (970) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Silverton Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing 7:30pm, Monday, January 23, 2014, to consider an application for Special Events Beer and Wine license at 1 Kendall Place, Kendall Mountain Recreation Center. At said time and place any interested party may appear to be heard either for or against the granting of this application. Written comment on the application should be filed with the office of the Town Clerk by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, The Town of Silverton is the license applicant, and the license is being requested in conjuction with the annual Snowscape festival and 50th Anniversary celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm. Rates: $24 a year for Silverton residents; $48 per year for all other deliveries in the United States. subscription, $26 a year. Donations to the Silverton Standard are now tax deductible! Help this historic newspaper survive! Standard & the Miner on Jan. 16, OUR CLASSIFIED ADS WORK! An ad for a lost dog was placed last week, but by Monday it had returned of its own accord! Call
12 Silverton Standard & Caboose Thursday, January 16, 2014, Silverton, Colorado The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past. William Faulkner From the January 19, 1900 edition of the Silverton Standard: 12TH STREET OPIUM JOINT RAIDED. A Chinese opium joint over the Saddle Rock restaurant on Twelfth street was raided Monday night by Marshal Lyle and Officer Leonard and four Chinamen were put under arrest. From the January 19, 1918 edition of the Silverton Standard: SCHOOL NOTES. The enrollment of the Eureka school up to date totals over forty pupils. Nine grades are offered at that place the regular six grades and the Junior High School. Miss Williams has been out of school most of the week on account of sickness.... A great many high schools in Colorado are losing their seniors on account of the great demand for workers. Some schools are running six days a week in order to get out early in the spring. The Silverton high school has lost a few students for the same reason. Unfortunately some are seniors and their loss will cut down the size of the graduating class. The President of the United States has been urgent in his plea that young people remain in high school to graduate and that as many as possible go to college and technical schools to fill the ranks of the skilled workmen. From the January 15, 1921 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: SILVERTON NORTHERN ASKS TO SHUT DOWN. The Silverton Northern Railroad, by Jas. B. Pitcher, Jr., its General Manager, has filed with the Public Utilities Commission an application for permission to discontinue operations of the railroad temporarily. The reasons assigned are the general lack of business and the improbable improvement until SHENANDOAH TRAIL Photo courtesy of San Juan County Historical Society A pack train on the Shenandoah Trail, with loaded ore sacks in this undated photo. shipping is resumed by the Sunnyside Mining & Milling Company, or some of the other shippers that have discontinued operations until a more favorable time. An early hearing will be granted by the Public Utilities Commission. DURANGO AT IT AGAIN. Durango is at it again. They are not content, in that burg, to let other people alone. The annual agitation is being made there to discontinue night train services to Silverton. The reasons are obvious, five to seven dollars of Silverton money for each and every person that is compelled to stay over night there in order to get out on the morning train. 80 YEARS AGO From the January 13, 1934 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: CLOSE CALL AT THE PRIDE OF THE WEST. Last Sunday Tony Giacomelli drove a Circle Route truck loaded with coal to the Pride of the West mine. In attempting a turn near the coal bins and on a steep slope, slow ZE E = EZE ON YOUR R WALLETW ALLET: New paint brush = 2 BUCKS 24-pack of clothes pins = 2 BUCKS Roll of Scotch brand tape = 2 BUCKS SKIING ALL DAY AT KENDALL MTN., Feb. 7-9: 2 BUCKS! Snowscape e 2014 = 1964 pricep s at Kendall! K brakes let the truck slide over cribbing, with Cunningham creek, several hundred feet below, the first point of landing. Fortune smiled, however and the truck came to rest with the front wheels and transmission out in thin air, with the entire weight resting on the cribbing and supported only by the running boards and steel bracing. A wrecker from town coupled with liberal use of blocks, tackle and hard work, soon had the truck and load back on the grade. Jim Baudino was with Giacomelli but out of the truck when the trouble started. 60 YEARS AGO From the January 15, 1954 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: GROUP DISCUSSES RAILROAD S FUTURE. Future of the D&RGW railroad passenger train between Durango and Silverton was discussed by a Denver group Thursday, it was learned here Saturday. The group met at the home of Carolyn Bancroft, Denver and Colorado historian. They discussed the means of acquiring the railroad as either a profit or non-profit organization. Rocky Mountain Railroad Club discussed means of saving the line, which is now said to be headed for abandonment. (Please note that the story of Maes wedding in Standard last week was incorrect because of a misunderstanding of names. It was Albert that was married, not Richard) Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Maes have announced the wedding of their son, Sgt. Albert, to Miss Melba Stewart of Levelland, Texas. The marriage took place December 30 at Portales, New Mexico. The many friends of Primo Segrafredo will be happy to learn that his brother, Fortunato, of St. Louis, is gradually improving after being seriously ill. Mrs. George Voilleque has a badly sprained ankle received while skating. Mattie McDonald opened her Arcade Cafe Thursday of this week. From the January 16, 1960 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: KEEP OLD BUILDINGS FOR TOURIST ATTRACTION. Stephen Porter writes from Pottstown, Pa.: I visited Silverton last summer in August for about a week. I had a jeep with me and camped in one of the abandoned houses at Eureka. I enjoyed most the deserted houses at Eureka, Animas Forks, and the numerous other mine buildings. But now I understand that many of these buildings are being torn down by local people for firewood. The house I slept in at Eureka is no longer there, for example. I was wondering why the citizens of Silverton, who do need the tourist business, allow these houses to be torn down. 50 YEARS AGO From the January 10, 1964 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: LUNCHEON AT G.I. CELEBRATES NEW KENDALL SKI TOW. Next to a heavy snowstorm, the best thing that happened last Saturday was to see so many Silverton people turn out for the luncheon at the Grand Imperial to help mark the official opening of the Kendall ski tow. It s an asset of the town that wouldn t be there if it were not for the efforts of two indefatigable men, George Bingel and Ward Barlow. They had all kinds of help from many other people, of course, but those two deserve the thanks of the community for tackling a job that seemed almost impossible, and sticking with it. Looking Back years Ago January 16, 2004 Snowmobiles will be allowed on County Road 2 to Howardsville until an alternate route is cleared, but the machines will not be allowed on County Road 110 between Silverton and Gladstone. Those decisions were made at the Jan. 14 meeting of the San Juan County Board of Commissioners. Silverton s Snowmobile Club requested that both roads be opened to the motorized sleds and that snowmobilers be subject to the same rules governing the vehicles on Silverton streets. But with County Road Supervisor Louis Girodo strongly urging that CR 110 remain offlimits to snowmobiles, all three commissioners agreed to open CR 2 only. And that road will only be open to the unlicensed machines until a mudslide is cleared from the Lower River Road so that it can be groomed. 15 years ago January 14, 1999 John and Linda Robie will be opening The Train Store in Silverton in May at 1259 Greene St. 20 years ago January 13, 1994 Here are the results of last Friday s pool tournament at the Miners Tavern: Ray Liljegren first, Al Sarillo second, Gary Noah third, Connie Sagrillo ladies consolation. There were 18 competitors. 25 years ago January 12, 1989 School Board President Marvin Blackmore expressed concern about the status of junior high basketball. The school did not field a team this year due to lack of interest.... Blackmore was very distressed.... Coach John Jacobs responded by explaining that students demonstrated little interest in the program.... Blackmore was unmoved and repeated his complaint.... Interested spectators jumped to the defense of Jacobs, trying to explain to Blackmore that student apathy is often difficult to overcome. School nurse Ruth Ward noted Jacobs long commitment to student athletics and led the audience in a warm round of applause for Jacobs.... Blackmore insisted that there could have been a team and taunted the crowd, saying that they will see he is right when he organizes an informal team himself. 30 years ago January 12, 1984 A new Durango doctor, Doug Frye, has promised to begin a one or two day practice in Silverton as soon as his new car is available. Police blotter: Susan Kannard had the chains taken from her car while it was parked in front of her house on New Year s eve. Newly appointed Standard Metals vice president Greg Sparks says the outlook for the Silverton Sunnyside Mining operation is good for