The Town of Silverton died this week.

It was 140 years old.

The cause of death is due to intentional harm followed by threats of severe negligence by the EPA, resulting in the deadly virus of Superfund.

The illness of Silverton was compounded by the over-zealous quacks downstream of the Animas River who tried to cure the sickness by prescribing the heretofore-named Durango Superfund Site.

The Durango City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a Superfund designation for mines above Silverton.

The Silverton Town Council and San Juan County commissioners are also expected to approve a formal request for Superfund designation before the end of January.

The La Plata County commissioners are expected to approve a resolution of support next week as well, said City Manager Ron LeBlanc.

Silverton is survived by some 500 residents and the oldest newspaper to continuously publish on the Western Slope since 1875 – The Silverton Standard and the Miner.