Mark Esper

Position: Silverton Standard

Silverton nearly runs dry

Avalanches that blocked two creeks nearly choked off Silverton’s water supply in recent days, but the town crew reported Wednesday morning that the crisis had passed, and the town’s 800,000-gallon...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economy recovering in Silverton

Silverton may be in a deep freeze this time of year, but year-end statistics show its economy is heating up.After a bruising couple of years that saw property sales drop and foreclosures rise,...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Train sees a slow finish to season

SILVERTON – What started as a strong season for the The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in May has lost steam, and train ridership is now about flat with the 2011 season.“It’s been a...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study puts higher price on Cement Creek cleanup

Building a treatment plant to remove heavy metals from abandoned mines along Cement Creek may cost $6.5 million, and operating it could cost another $910,000 a year, according to a Sunnyside Gold...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton seeks ambulance tax

Residents and visitors to Silverton and San Juan County are used to seeing the ambulance roll to the rescue in response to various medical emergencies.Now the county commissioners are asking voters...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mistake has mail-in ballots missing in Silverton

Mailing errors last week resulted in more than 100 ballots for Silverton’s April 3 town election being listed as “missing or mailed to an incorrect address,” said Town Clerk Brian Carlson. That...

DATE: March 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County imposes limits on size of cabins

Cabins above 11,000 feet in elevation will be limited to a maximum of 750 square feet under land-use regulations adopted unanimously by the San Juan County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday.But...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will it be cabins only in backcountry?

Anyone hoping to build a trophy home in rural San Juan County may have to rethink their plans and settle for a modest cabin instead.New cabins or homes in San Juan County above 11,000 feet in...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowmobile guide defends himself in sexual contact case

SILVERTON – A 31-year-old Georgia woman testified Tuesday that Keith Leslie Harper, owner of Outlaw Rivers & Jeep Tours, climbed onto the back of the snowmobile she was operating and “very firmly...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two arrested in stolen truck

A traffic stop in Silverton on Saturday led to the arrest of two men after police discovered the vehicle they were in was stolen and they had guns, an ATV and packaged deer meat.San Juan County...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Almost caught: Train worker recounts rockslide

It was raining the afternoon of Aug. 2 when Reece Hanson, a patrolman for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, pulled out of Silverton in his pop car.Hanson, 22, had been on the job only...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arson blamed for Silverton blaze

Arson was behind an early-morning May 31 fire in Silverton that badly damaged a T-shirt shop in a historic downtown building.Colorado Bureau of Investigation Investigator Jeff Brown said an arson...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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