Dear ultra runners and HRH,
This is a sample of the Silverton Mountain Journal Xpress electronic
newswire. For $10 ($15for the few who do not subscribe to the Silverton
Mountain Journal) you can
receive this service on a regular basis, as news breaks. In today's news,
the way is cleared for Silverton to enter the modern age of
telecommunications, Silverton gets its first snow, the Hardrock Hundred
gets town sponsorship again, KSUT broadcasting location is moved, and 911
service is on its way to Baker's Park.
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that you read his article in this issue of ultra running on the HRH. This
will give you up to date information on Silverton as well as updates on
HRH.This paper is owned locally unlike the other one where neither the
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Oh the Avalanche is open now!!!!!!
CELL TOWER GETS GO-AHEAD
All of the bureaucratic hurdles have now been removed clearing the way for
the construction of a 150 foot telecommunications tower on the south end of
At its regular meeting on Monday, October 8, the Silverton Town Board of
Trustees voted unanimously to enter into a lease agreement with American
Tower Management, Inc. Construction of the monopole, on which cellular and
digital communications companies may rent space for antennae, is expected
to begin this year.
The initial term of the lease is 10 years, after which the company has the
automatic option to renew for an additional four, 10 year terms. The town
government will receive $7,200 per year under the lease.
Monday night¹s action was the conclusion of a long and sometimes
controversial effort by the tower company to come to an agreement to build
the tower and bring cellular and digital technology to Silverton. Last
fall, the town made zoning changes that were necessary before construction
could take place. The change was made amidst protests from citizens who
objected to: a huge structure greeting tourists as they drive and ride the
train into Silverton; the pole blocking views from town; potential hazards
for medical or search helicopters landing in town; and the presence of cell
phones, considered by many to be a nuisance, in town.
Although the zoning change was made quickly, the lease agreement presented
some difficulties. The tower company repeatedly submitted lease proposals
that were unacceptable to the town. After almost a year of failed
negotiations, American Tower approached the Bureau of Land Management
seeking permission to build a 140 foot tower on federal land on the slope
Kendall Mountain. Only days after the BLM announced the proposal, the tower
company withdrew it and returned to the town with an almost acceptable
agreement. Final changes were made in recent weeks, bringing the lease to a
No lights will initially be installed on the tower. However, the lease has
leave room for installation of lights if it is ever required by the
United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation
Administration, or ³any other governmental agency exercising such authority.²
911 on its way
911 emergency phone service should be available to San Juan County by the
end of the year according to Sheriff Sue Kurtz.
Full funding for installation of the service was awarded recently in the
form of a $70,000 grant from the Colorado Trust. Vendors have been chosen
and installation is expected to begin by the end of this month. Kurtz hopes
to have the system up and running by December.
Silverton is one of only a few towns in the country without 911 phone
Town renews sponsorship for Hardrock Hundred
Silverton¹s Town Board of Trustees enthusiastically embraced the Hardrock
Hundred Endurance Run for another year, voting 5-1 in favor of sponsoring
the July 12-14, 2002, event.
Run organizer Dale Garland addressed the board on Monday night, praising
both the community of Silverton and the benefits brought here by the event.
According to Garland, runners spend over $200,000 in the area while here
for the race, and most of that ends up in Silverton.
³The Hardrock has become synonymous with Silverton,² noted Garland.
Besides the direct economic benefits, the event also brings a good deal of
publicity to the town. In the past year there have been articles in Sports
Illustrated Adventure and Outside magazines, reaching a combined total of
over 1.5 million readers, and National Geographic did a 10 minute video of
this year¹s event.
But not everyone agreed with Kuhlman. Without stating his reasons, Trustee
Jim Huffman voted against sponsorship of the event.
From Carolyn: I think it was because so many of you wrote letters and sent
faxes regarding the OHV issue
KSUT gets new broadcasting location
Silverton¹s newest radio station has been moved to a new, permanent
broadcasting location. Technical changes encountered during the move forced
KSUT off of the Silverton airwaves for a few days, but service should be
On Sunday, October 7, the micro-broadcasting equipment which sends the
signal to 98.3 on radio dials in most of town was moved to an office in the
Miner¹s Union Hospital and the transmitting antennae was placed on top of
the building. The new location has allowed reception at places where none
was possible before.
However, due to problems receiving the internet at this location, KSUT was
taken off the air until faster and newer computer equipment arrives
sometime today. Members of the Committee for KSUT in Silverton hope to have
public radio back on the air as early as this evening.
Meanwhile, QWEST should soon begin work on the installation of an ISDN
line to the new broadcasting location. Once this is in place--which could
take anywhere from two weeks to two months, according to KSUT Engineer
Scott Henning--KSUT will be broadcast more consistently and at a higher
quality than it has been in the past.
Silverton gets first snow
It wasn't much, but at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, a few, wet and slushy
snowflakes fell on Silverton along with a steady drizzle of rain. Snow has
been falling sporadically on the peaks around town, reaching down to about
10,000 feet last night, but today was the first time any flakes have hit
the streets of Silverton.