Twister hits near town
By John M. Motter
A funnel cloud touched down about one mile southwest of Pagosa Springs late Sunday, knocking down a number of ponderosa pine trees and causing a general power outage which lasted from about 6:15 until 7:30 p.m.
The funnel cloud dropped below the tree line and contacted the ground, according to Todd Osmeara, who lives near the KWUF radio tower on Trujillo Road and watched from his home as the funnel developed.
"It tracked (on the ground) west to east moving very slowly," Osmeara said, "then it progressed east with no funnel but a very intense centralized cone staying developed below the cloud level. This continued until approximately 6:40 p.m. when it began to dissipate as it moved along Light Plant Road (CR 119) towards Highway 84."
The funnel could be classified as a "category F0 tornado," according to Nolan Doeskin, Colorado State Climatologist in Fort Collins.
"Since we've been keeping records, we have no confirmed reports of a tornado in Archuleta County," Doeskin said. "This is a first. Cold air funnels are common in the mountains, but they do not usually do damage. A wind of from 60-80 miles per hour must have been present to knock down those trees. The damage changes the classification from a cold air funnel to a tornado."
An estimated 30 to 50 trees were knocked down in a path perhaps 400-yards long by 100-yards wide and crossing Trujillo Road (CR 500) just north of the town's former land fill site. A random pattern was evident among the trees on the ground. That particular area is characterized by shallow soil. Osmeara estimates that two inches of 3/4-inch hail fell during the storm, adding mositure to soil already soggy.
Pagosa Country residents can expect a storm to settle in today and behave much as last week's storm behaved.
"Expect it to be cold and windy with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms," said Gary Chancy, a forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction. "This storm packs a lot of moisture, but temperatures should be warmer than last week. We don't expect snow below 9,000 feet. The winds and showers should continue through Friday and Saturday and taper off Sunday. A clearing trend should set in Monday and Tuesday."
Temperatures should range from the upper 50s and 60s during the day down to the upper 30s and lower 40s at night, according to Chancy.
Moisture totaling 1.52 inches fell in town last week, with 5.8 inches of snow. An assortment of hail and sleet fell in scattered patches across the county. Many of the storms were confined to small areas. Temperatures last week ranged from a high of 69 Tuesday to a low of 30 degrees April 24 and April 25.
Lightning last Sunday knocked out a major La Plata Electric Association circuit at the Ponderosa substation west of Pagosa Springs at 3:40 p.m., leaving about 900 customers without electrical power until about 8:50 p.m.
Another power shortage caused by the funnel cloud occurred at about the same time and caused a power outage for almost all Archuleta County residents except in the northern sections of Fairfield Pagosa and areas up Piedra Road. This outage was restored by 7:30 p.m., according to L.P.E.A. representatives.
Evaluations delay property tax notices
By John M. Motter
Property tax notices in Archuleta County will be mailed out late this year, according to County Assessor Keren Prior.
Colorado law requires that real property tax notices, known as the "Notice of Assessed Valuations," be mailed out not later than May 1. This year the notices will be mailed approximately two to three weeks later, Prior said. The notices contain the appraised and assessed values of properties.
The mailing delay has been caused by an on-going evaluation of methods used by the county to establish property values, Prior said. Helping with the evaluation are Colorado Division of Property Taxation personnel who have been working in the local office since April 1, according to Prior.
Local appraisal practices and results must conform with standards established by the state, Prior said. Appraisers from the state office compare actual sales for a particular class of property in a given locale, with appraised values established by the county for the same class of property in the same locale. The county's appraised value must be within 5 percent of the market value.
"It is too soon to know how we will come out on the state evaluation," Prior said. "We do know, because the state is helping us evaluate our appraisal processes, that county appraisal results will pass the state audit program."
State law requires that properties within the county be reappraised every other year. Since 1999 is a reappraisal year, properties within Archuleta County are being reappraised. Whether values are going up or down will not be known with any degree of accuracy until an evaluation of the reappraisal is complete.
"We expect to see some property values rise, some go down and in some areas the values have remained the same," Prior said.
Included with the notice of assessed valuation is a form taxpayers can use to protest the appraised value of their property. The delay in mailing out the notices will not affect time limits placed on taxpayers who protest their property tax valuations.
"As taxpayers, this will not affect your rights of protest," Prior said. "You will still be given the standard, 30-day period for protesting your property valuations."
The protest period lasts approximately 30 days. Prior will attempt to respond to the protests within one week in order to compensate for the late mail out.
"Normally, I would have a month to respond to protests," Prior said. "Because of the mailing delay, I'll only have about a week. I'm eating the time lost rather than passing it on to the taxpayer."
A final notice of property values is supplied to each taxing entity within the county by Dec. 15. Those entities then set the actual ad valorem tax rate owed by property owners within their districts respectively. Prior hopes to notify taxing entities of their respective tax bases earlier this year, giving them more time to use the numbers while developing budgets.
County Commissioners receive airport update
By John M. Motter
A monthly progress report on airport affairs by Airport Manager Tim Smith, various land use decisions, and two board appointments kept the county commissioners busy during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
By the end of May, the final analysis of the environmental assessment conducted in conjunction with future Stevens Field expansion plans, will be complete, Smith said.
Stevens Field is run by the Archuleta County Airport Authority, a governing board appointed by the county commissioners. Smith's salary is paid directly by the county, but he takes directions from the airport authority.
Airport expansion plans call for upgrading the facility from "airport FAA ARC-B-II" design criteria to "FAA ARC C-II" design criteria able to accommodate large private jet aircraft. To accomplish this upgrade, the runway will be strengthened and lengthened, areas adjacent to the runway will be altered for safety purposes, and taxiway changes made.
Meanwhile, a three-step process is underway for installation of ground monuments used for global positioning system approaches, Smith said.
"In the beginning, we asked the airport authority, not the manager, to give this monthly progress report," said Ken Fox, chairman of the board of county commissioners. "I see the current board making changes to past policy without finding out why the policies were adopted. I think current board decisions should be consistent with past board decisions. There was a reason for those decisions and it may still exist."
Fox asked that a report be presented verifying the aviation-related activities of a real estate firm and of a welding firm which have recently leased space from the airport authority in Nick's Hangar. Airport regulations specify that space can only be leased to organizations engaged in aviation-related activities, according to Fox.
In other business:
- A county lawsuit is still in progress against Fred Schmidt and Loma Linda Ltd., seeking to force Schmidt to rebuild a portion of Eight Mile Mesa Road accessing the Loma Linda subdivision, according to Larry Holthus, the county attorney.
- Marilyn J. Harris was appointed to the 15-member Archuleta County Fair board. The board still has three vacancies.
- Representatives of Archuleta Economic Development Association asked for a variance from planned unit development regulations. AEDA is responsible for developing Cloman Industrial Park near Stevens Field. The representatives argue that complying with the full PUD process requires so much time, at least four months, that prospective clients are frightened away. They requested that airport authority representatives and county planning office staff be authorized to review plans before submitting the plans to the commissioners for final approval. Such a process by passes the planning commission. The commissioners agreed by consensus to study the possibility of adopting such a process.
- Unanimous approval was given the owners of Village Apartments, allowing the owners to apply for a certificate of occupancy, even though certain parking lot, landscaping, and access road requirements are incomplete. Speaking for the ownership, Terry Smith said agreement has been reached allowing tenants to move in May 1. The owners contemplated completing all of the requirements before May 1, but recent bad weather prevented any work on outside surfaces. Smith said sufficient money is in the bank to guarantee completion. Commissioner approval is conditional upon receiving a letter of credit from the bank. The apartments are accessed from Eaton Drive.
- It was reported that although the county has advertised for volunteers to serve on the San Juan Basin Health board of directors, no one has volunteered. Consequently, at their next meeting the commissioners may make an appointment from among their acquaintances.
- Ron Barsanti was granted a variance to move a lot that is located in Crowley Ranch Reserve Phase III near Chromo. The variance was granted due to a surveying error which created a lot in an unbuildable location.
- The replat of Lot 23 and the final plat of the Village Service development were approved. Tim Olson represented Village Service.
Variety of student art on display this weekend
By Karl Isberg
If you enjoy visual arts, music and drama, students from School District 50 Joint will provide a full schedule of public arts events this weekend.
Activities begin tonight, April 29, with the opening of a show of visual art works produced by members of high school art teacher Charla Ellis' art III class. The show at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery at Town Park is an annual affair, featuring paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture and mixed-media work of students in the high school art program's most advanced class.
This year's show features the work of 11 students: Robin Davis, Kachina Domenick, Seth Kurt-Mason, Jared Mees, Manda Parker, Shane Prunty, Brad Schmidt, Kim Smith, Emily Stoltz, Ben Stymfal and Shannon Taylor.
A special opening of the show will be hosted by the artists at the Arts Center Gallery tonight from 5 to 7. The high school students' exhibit will run through May 12.
Theater lovers will have opportunities to enjoy productions of "The Miracle Worker," presented by the Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club on April 30 and May 1 at the high school auditorium.
Director Jack Ellis has assembled a talented cast for this production of William Gibson's American classic. The drama centers on the education of the blind and deaf Helen Keller and her relationship with her teacher, Annie Sullivan.
Both theatrical productions begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.
Another annual event that showcases the artistic efforts of local students is the school district's "Creativity Celebration."
This year's Celebration will be held in the commons area inside the main entrance of the high school, from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 1. On display at the Celebration will be artwork produced by students in every grade in School District 50 Joint.
While enjoying the visual artwork created by the students, people attending the Celebration will be entertained by a variety of student musical performances organized and conducted by district music teachers Lisa Hartley, Dave Krueger and Sue Anderson.
Refreshments will be available at the Creativity Celebration, provided by members of the National Honor Society.
Visual arts at the Celebration will also be on display during the intermission of Saturday's performance of "The Miracle Worker."
Congressman's rep to visit
Representatives from the office of Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, will be in Pagosa Springs Tuesday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the county commissioners meeting room at the county courthouse. McInnis represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting in order to provide local input concerning federal issues or to seek help from federal agencies.
Tuesday's stop is part of a "Mobile Office" tour of southwestern Colorado by McInnis' staff.
Tax collections way up
By John M. Motter
Sales tax collections in Archuleta County for March jumped 52.2 percent above sales taxes collected for March of last year, according to a report released this week by County Manager Dennis Hunt.
Reported collections for this March are $308,275, up significantly from the $202,150 reported for March of 1998. March collections for 1999 boosted year-to-date collections to 10.39 percent above all collections through March of 1999.
In one sense, the huge March jump does not accurately reflect actual collections, Hunt said.
"February collections were low, then we get this sudden increase in March," Hunt said. "What that really means is, the state was slow in processing February collections. Some of the collections for February are being recorded on the March report."
Officials from counties across the state are meeting with state officials tomorrow in an attempt to iron out difficulties in the sales tax collection and reporting process, according to Hunt.
The current process calls for local merchants who pay sales taxes to forward their reports and collections to the state either monthly or on a quarterly basis. The state banks its 3 percent share, then returns the remainder to the respective taxing entities in the counties.
"One suggestion is for counties to collect the taxes and reports from the retail outlets, then forward the appropriate amounts to the state," Hunt said. "The state doesn't seem very receptive to this suggestion."
One unanswered problem if collections are shifted to the counties is, Hunt said, how will the collections be financed? The state finances sales tax collections with money taken from the Highway Users Tax Fund, according to Hunt.
Total sales taxes received in 1999 for sales within Archuleta County amount to $893,140, compared with $809,025 for the same months in 1998. The cumulative increase is 10.39 percent.
Archuleta County and Pagosa Springs divide the taxes evenly. The county's share is apportioned among the general fund, road and bridge fund, and road improvement fund.
Based on March tax revenues, the county's general fund was credited with $61,655, its road and bridge fund with $15,415, and its road improvement fund with $77,070.
The town's share is devoted to capital improvements.
Local students respond to Columbine tragedy
By Roy Starling
The April 20 tragedy at Columbine High School in Jefferson County has prompted local students to do what they can to share their condolences with the stricken families, to ease their suffering and to offer spiritual and financial support as they try to recover from their terrible loss.
On the evening of April 20, high school student Christina Carrell, with help from Michelle Thaxton, organized a prayer vigil. "We called different people," Carrell said, "and they took different hours of the night to pray. About 10 people agreed to pray for an hour each during the night."
Carrell said she thought prayer was "more needed than anything else. We felt a close connection with the students at Columbine High."
Also on the evening following the tragedy, high school students Dorothy Silva and Danielle Griego decided to sell commemorative ribbons and to send the money to Columbine. Silva said they wanted to do something because "we're really sorry for the people in Columbine. It's very sad."
"We bought our first ribbons last Wednesday (April 21) from Colby's and Jackisch, and then we had some donated by Selena's and the Primrose," Silva said.
Silva and Griego say the ribbons have been going quickly. The two had sold 328 (at a dollar each) as of Tuesday morning. Junior high secretary Cheryl Bogert had sold an additional 200.
"It's great," Bogert said. "I've had parents come by and buy them and businesses call about them."
"It's good to see how the community pulls together at times like these and supports people who need help," Griego said. Silva said they would continue to sell the ribbons until "after next week or until we've bought all the ribbons out of Durango."
Griego said people interested in buying a ribbon could "go to the high school and contact Dorothy or me or go to the junior high and contact Mrs. Bogert. We're also going to try to go to both City Markets Saturday and sell them there."
The ribbons are also now being sold from the intermediate and elementary school offices.
About 200 high school students covered a banner with handwritten notes of condolences last week. The banner was delivered to the memorial area in Clement Park next to Columbine High by high school counselor Mark Thompson and five Pagosa students.
Thompson and the students - juniors Danny Salas and Gabe Silva and sixth graders Jerod Lopez, Raul Palmer and Eric Rivas - were in the Denver area Saturday to attend the eighth annual La Raza Male Youth Leadership Conference for Hispanic males. The La Raza (the lineage) conference was held on the Auraria Campus which serves the College of Denver, Metro State College and University of Colorado at Denver.
Thompson said the experience at the memorial was "more profound than depressing. It was a very powerful experience. There were hundreds of people, but it was very quiet, very reverent. People whispered if they talked at all."
The local students' response to the tragedy has impressed Thompson. "It's inspiring," he said. "So many of them are thinking about 'What can we do?' and it's completely on their own initiative."
Students from the junior high have also made a poster to send to Columbine. In addition to individual expressions of condolences, the poster bears the following message:
"We the students and faculty of Pagosa Springs Junior High School in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, sadly send condolences. We want you all to know that you are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. We will continue to pray for you through this crisis."
Junior high student Clay Pruitt came up with the idea for the poster. He received help on the project from Amber Beye, Sarah Blackman, Drisa Carrizo, Andrea Dean and Dale Hott in designing and making it. Pruitt said the poster would be "laminated and sent to Columbine High."
Social Services seeks therapeutic foster parents
By Karl Isberg
Archuleta County Social Services is looking for therapeutic foster parents to provide assistance to local youngsters with special behavioral health needs.
Until recently, when children in Archuleta County with special behavioral needs were separated from their families, the youngsters were sent to therapeutic and residential-care facilities in other parts of Colorado for treatment.
According to Shelley Pajak, of Archuleta County Department of Social Services, placement services were not available locally for these children and the resulting absence of the child made it difficult for families and other members of the community to actively participate in the program designed to assist the youngster.
Pajak said a current effort to recruit therapeutic foster parents in Archuleta County could change this situation, reducing the trauma that occurs when children are separated from family and community and providing cost savings to the taxpayers of the county.
Without local therapeutic foster parents available to take in children with special needs, the Archuleta County Department of Social Services has assisted families with placement costs ranging from $2500 to $4000 per month, depending on the nature of the child's needs. Local social service case workers traveled once each month to visit children placed in care in other counties to monitor their situations.
According to Pajak, the solution to this problem is to acquire more therapeutic foster care homes in Archuleta County. There is currently one therapeutic foster family in the county, and Pajak is looking for at least two more of this type of foster parent.
Some of the therapeutic foster parents might come from the pool of current foster parents in the county. There are now seven foster parents registered with social services. Candidates for the job, however, could also come from county residents with no experience in foster care.
Social services is willing, said Pajak, to assist qualified persons with the cost of the training needed to become therapeutic foster parents. Core training for foster parents is held at different times during the year, at different locations throughout the state. Social services will pay costs attendant to this training. Marcia Vining, who with husband David provides the only therapeutic foster home in Archuleta County, trains therapeutic foster parents, so specialized training can occur close to home.
Prospective therapeutic foster parents are eligible to receive additional free professional training if they want to specialize in the areas of child care, child development, behavioral health, substance abuse, or family work.
Once trained and involved with a local youngster, therapeutic foster parents receive financial assistance in the form of a stipend for child care. The stipend runs from $800 to $1,200 per month. A support system is in place, involving other foster care providers, counselors and caseworkers. Foster parents are also part of a treatment planning team, contributing to the decisions made to help children and their families.
For more information about how to become a therapeutic foster parent, call Pajak at 264-2182 or Vining at 264-6566.
Report may control Wolf Creek Ski Area expansion
By John M. Motter
Expansion of the Wolf Creek Ski Area this summer could be controlled by an anticipated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report concerning Canadian lynx, according to Steven B. Hartvigsen, U.S. Forest Service winter sports administrator working from the Monte Vista office.
The Fish and Wildlife Service report is being developed in response to an environmental assessment submitted by the ski area to the Forest Service. The environmental assessment is required because much of Wolf Creek Ski Area's operation is located on Forest Service land. Included in the environmental assessment are a description of the proposed building plans and detailed descriptions of steps taken to mitigate impacts on wildlife, lands and river drainages.
"The public comment period concerning the EA closed April 4," Hartvigsen said. "We received about 20 letters, 15 supporting the project and the remainder asking questions or opposing."
Questioning or opposing letters focused on setting an unwise precedent, especially concerning the future development of a village complex on private land at the area, cumulative impacts and the lynx.
"We won't make a decision until we receive direction from U.S. Fish and Wildlife concerning the lynx," Hartvigsen said. "That organization will probably place the lynx on the nationwide endangered species list in July or August. The Forest Service will have to manage all of its property to meet requirements of that designation."
Hartvigsen wouldn't guess how soon the Fish and Wildlife directive will be forthcoming.
"I talked to the man who will be making the Fish and Wildlife recommendation," Hartvigsen said. "He says he has 12,000 Forest Service projects in front of him. He doesn't know when he'll get to the Wolf Creek Ski Area EA."
The Forest Service already manages its lands as if the lynx were an endangered species, according to Hartvigsen. Wolf Creek Ski Area contains some lynx habitat, Hartvigsen said, but the Forest Service, at least at the local level, believes the amount of human activity at the area will frighten the lynx away.
"We feel there is more danger that lynx will be run over on the highway, than that anything will happen to them at the ski area," Hartvigsen said.
Cal Joiner, associate San Juan/Rio Grande National Forest supervisor stationed in Durango, will make the final decision on whether to approve, disapprove or modify the environmental assessment. Even with a final Forest Service approval, the project could be delayed by additional appeals registered by those in opposition, Hartvigsen said. Those appeals could delay construction indefinitely.
Meanwhile, ski area officials sit with their hands tied, unable to proceed with expansion plans. This summer they had hoped to build a chairlift, develop new trails and access roads, and provide additional parking.
The expansion is needed in order to accommodate increased demand, according to Davey Pitcher, general manager for the ski area. Attendance this season reached a record 202,000 skier days, up from 157,000 the previous year. During the 1998-99 season, skiers had to park along and across U.S. 160 adjacent to the area, a condition creating considerable risk to those crossing the highway.
Much of the opposition seeks to stop any growth that will abet development of lodging anticipated for future construction on private land below the ski area adjacent to nearby Alberta Lake.
Folk Festival 'early bird' tickets ready
By Karl Isberg
May 15 is the deadline for purchase of "early bird" tickets for the 1999 Four Corners Folk Festival. Local residents eager to attend the annual event would be wise to buy passes while they are available.
Event organizers are dedicated to the idea that the festival stays small. As a result, a roster of nationally-known performers, a full schedule of workshops, and the addition of an "acoustic stage," promise that all tickets are likely to be sold prior to the Sept. 3, 4 and 5 festival dates.
Activity begins at the festival grounds at the top of Reservoir Hill on Sept. 3, with a workshop conducted by members of Salamander Crossing, one of the groups featured on the weekend bill. Many of the acts performing at the festival will conduct workshops. Four sessions will take place on Sept. 4 and five workshops will be held on Sept. 5. Workshops deal with a full range of performance, vocal and instrument skills and are free to festival pass holders.
Entertainment on the main stage beneath the festival tent starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5, with non-stop music until evening.
Scheduled to perform on Sept. 4 are the Pagosa Hot Strings, Eddie from Ohio, Druha Trava, Salamander Crossing, John Groka, Peter McLaughlin and Chris Brashear, Darol Anger and the Mike Marshall Band, and Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott.
On Sept. 5, the entertainment lineup includes High Plains Tradition, the Schankman Twins, Nickel Creek, Eddie from Ohio, Druha Trava, the Alison Brown Quintet and Hot Rize.
The acoustic stage will feature two workshops and a 4 p.m. "Open Stage" on both Sept. 4 and Sept. 5.
As in years past, the festival will feature the "Four Corners Kids" program. A staff will be at the festival site to present a variety of free activities for youngsters age 7 and over, including arts, crafts and storytelling. Nickel Creek, the Pagosa Hot Strings, and the Schankman Twins will perform for youngsters during the festival weekend.
On-site vending will again be a feature of the festival. A variety of merchandise will be available at the site, and seven food vendors will provide options that span a wide spectrum of tastes.
There is on-site camping on Reservoir Hill during the three-day event, with a limited number of camping passes available to local residents. Festival organizers urge anyone planning to camp to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Camping passes, and a limited number of vehicle passes, are available only to holders of weekend festival passes.
Early Bird ticket prices for weekend passes and weekend passes with camping permits are discounted $5 per ticket from regular ticket prices. A weekend pass, if ordered by May 15 will cost $30. A weekend pass with a camping permit will cost $35 if ordered by May 15. Orders mailed to the festival must be postmarked by May 15 in order to qualify for the early bird rate.
Advanced ticket prices for other pass categories will hold until Aug. 20 or until all tickets are sold. Vehicle passes (with weekend pass and camping permit only) are $20, as are single-day passes for Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets can be purchased at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Moonlight Books in downtown Pagosa Springs, or by calling festival headquarters at 731-5582.
Afraid of responsibilities
Avoiding responsibility continues to grasp the headlines in the national newspapers. It is a reoccurring theme that seems to mask itself as fresh news reports catch our attention and produce new unanswered questions.
It is newsworthy, bad news, when a report that a federal judge has held the president of the United States in contempt of court for willingly providing false testimony while under oath appears on page 2 of the first section a major daily newspaper.
Apparently the same day's page 1 report headlined " 'Vitamin O' tries to live up to hype," is of greater national importance. It matters little that the page 2 article reports that "Monday's order was the first time a president has been held in contempt of court."
Evidently the best defense is to hide. The ensuing report that the "Contempt order may go undisputed," was hidden on page 19 of the first section of next day's edition.
Until the president learns what dollar amount the federal district judge assigns as the penalty for the contempt violation, will he decide whether to assume the responsibility of contesting the ruling. Somewhat like the national polls the president and his advisors used during their decision-making process during the impeachment process, the dollar amount will determine whether the president will appeal the ruling which cites his dishonesty.
In light of last week's tragedies at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, it's understandable the prospects of Congress declaring war on Yugoslavia would appear on an inside page of The Denver Post.
It has been almost 58 years since a U.S. Congress declared war.
Apparently having studied America's undeclared wars in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Republic of Panama and Iraq; Rep. Tom Campbell, R- Calif., hopes to compel Congress to uphold its responsibility to either declare war and authorize what needs to be done to win the war in the Balkans or to force a withdrawal from the NATO alliance that is conducting the air war over Yugoslavia.
One report quoted Rep. Campbell as telling his fellow Congressmen, "We want to be central to the decision making process, but sometimes we don't want to make a decision."
The Denver Post reported on page 2 of its April 22 edition that " leaders in both political parties have ducked any showdown votes on whether the United states should become meshed in a Balkan ground war. Neither party wants to risk the blame in next year's election should American casualties mount and public support ebb." Job security is of greater importance than the responsibilities that the job entails.
The question no one wants to answer is, "Why do politicians spend millions of dollars in order to be elected to the House of Representatives and assume the responsibilities of such an office only to be a part of a Congress that knowingly and admittedly evades its responsibilities?"
Avoiding responsibility has become a nationwide malady that - if allowed to continue unchecked - will be the weaponless warfare that destroys the United States from within.
David C. Mitchell
Remembering the cast of the past
Since I haven't had time to attend any of the final rehearsals of The Miracle Worker, I'll review the cast of the presentation during the fall semester in 1981. I've maintained a semblance of contact with some of the cast members long past their final curtain call.
Lynn Cragie, a freshman, played the role of Helen Keller. About two weeks before the play opened, the cast's original Annie Sullivan bowed out. As part of a double switch, Lynn went from a bit part to a leading role in her first play . . . with only two weeks to learn her lines. She did a great job as Helen Keller.
Kitzel Laverty, a senior, traded her role as Helen Keller and played a convincing lead role as Annie Sullivan. She went from being salutatorian of the Class of '82 to graduating from Colorado State University School of Veterinarian Medicine and returning to Pagosa as Dr. Kitzel Laverty, DVM.
Four girls, Katie McInnis, Brenda Alexander, Lynne Killey and Brenda Alexander were listed in the program as "Blind Girls."
Katie McInnis, a freshman, went on to graduate with B.A. from Regis University in Denver and a M.A. degree in special education from the University of Oregon . She currently works as a resource director at Kalaheo Elementary School in Hawaii.
Brenda Alexander, a senior, went on to earn a B.S. and M.S. degree from the University of Wyoming. She plans to graduate next month in Laramie with a Ph.D. in reproductive biology.
Lynne Killey, a junior, caught the eye of Jeff Davis Magazine Publications. She is a highly successful salesperson for the company's "Games Spot" website. Her list of clients takes her cross country in the States as well as on a worldwide sales route.
Blind girl No. 4, Cathy Chase, a sophomore, went on the graduate from Harvard University.
Chris Tickell, a junior, played the role of Jimmy Keller. A former bus boy at Pagosa Lodge, today he operates a food management business on the East Coast.
Ronnie Maez, a senior, was behind the scenes operating the spot light in 1981. Today, Ronnie's in the spot light as owner and operator of Shear Talk beauty salon in Pagosa Springs.
Kristine Kleckner, a freshman at PSHS in 1981, played the role of Martha. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, today her business card lists her as director of the New Mexico Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Chris Neel, a senior, played the role of Anagos. Today he is lead pressman on the No. 2 shift at Douglas County News-Press which prints a number of weekly and trade newspapers in the Castle Rock area.
Ronna Decker, a junior, played the role of Aunt. After graduating from San Juan Vo Tech with a degree in computer science, she became the switchboard dispatcher at Stephen F. Austin University in Nachadoches, Texas.
Brad Marquez, a senior, was valedictorian for the Class of '82. Today he works as a physical therapist in the Denver area.
Tamma Kamm, a freshman, played Vinny as well as catcher on the Pirates' varsity baseball team. She logs on to SUN's web site from time to time.
I've lost track of Kamma Kamm, Kate Keller and Roger Housh, Capt. Keller.
Oh yes, there was the role of Doctor. It was played by director Jack Ellis who at that time was in his seventh year as English teacher at PSHS.
Based on my experiences, I encourage folks in Pagosa to attend this years Miracle Worker.
Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers. David
More history of American Legion Post 108
This week, more history of American Legion Post 108.
American Legion Posts name their organizations for servicemen who performed above and beyond the call of duty. On August 22, 1957, it was decided to change the name of Post 108 to the Mullins-Nickerson Post 108. This was done to continue to honor Lester Mullins, who we read about last week, and to honor Jose Belarmino Nickerson.
Nickerson was born west of Pagosa Springs at Lone Tree. He lived there most of his life. In 1941, he joined the army. After completing his basic training, he was sent overseas and stationed at Manila in the Philippines. It was reported in April of 1943 that he had been captured and was a prisoner of war. Nickerson died June 11, 1943, in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines. He was the third casualty of World War II from Archuleta County, but the first to die on enemy soil.
In all, 19 men from Archuleta County gave their lives in World War II. They were Ross H. Nickerson, James Perkins, Jose Belarmino Nickerson, Frank Gallegos, James C. Maley, Melvin K. Condor, Hugh H. Melrose, Edward J. Valdez, Charles E. Freeman, James Born, Fred Quintana, Robert E. Hill, Alex Montoya, Harley H. Hazelwood, Joe E. O'Cana, F. R. Thomson, Eddie Montoya, Don W. Rowland and Ruben Harris.
American Legion Post 108 has been instrumental in community programs over the years. It was the first group to take an interest in the local cemetery and bring it from a state of disrepair to a more organized and well-kept condition. The Legion worked with the Job Corps to gravel roads, clean graves and erect headstones. They also acquired headstones for the graves of some of the veterans.
The Legion has also been instrumental in other areas of the community including starting a Boy Scouts troop, organizing the Red Ryder Roundup, for a short time provided a teen canteen for the youth of the community and starting a summer baseball program for youth.
If the members of American Legion Post 108 follow in their annual tradition, they will lead the community in placing flags at the graves of veterans for Memorial Day again this year and will take care that each and every veteran's grave site is located.
I would encourage those of you who have graves of loved ones in Hilltop Cemetery to take a few hours over the coming weeks to make sure the graves are in good condition and trash removed to help get the cemetery in good condition in time for Memorial Day.
Sheriff resigns after 28 years
Norman Ottaway, county sheriff of Archuleta County since 1946, last week submitted his resignation, effective May 15, from that office. The sheriff cited the low pay and the many hours required as a reason for his resignation. At the present time the sheriff's office is operated by the sheriff with two part-time deputies.
Ray Johnson arrived last week and is now assisting Dr. Gary Jansen at the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center. Johnson is a physician's assistant, a new type of licensed medical person. Dr. Jansen and Johnson plan to extend 24-hour-per-day coverage of medical services as soon as a suitable telephone answering service can be found.
Harold Schutz, who is serving as chairman of the board of county commissioners, has announced that he will be seeking the nomination as a candidate from the Republican party for re-election. He is now serving his second term and has also been elected president of the Western Slope Association of County Commissioners and held office in the state association of county commissioners.
Lou Poma, a 31-year-old Pagosa Springs resident, has been named divisions sales manager at Pagosa in Colorado, the 26,000-acre resort community being developed west of Pagosa Springs.
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Pagosa a busy place last weekend
A lot went on last weekend: the genealogy workshop, the American Red Cross disaster workshop, and the Senior's Chili Supper. All were a success.
The one thing that can be said about Pagosa Springs is that the place is full of interesting people who can think up all kinds of things for people to do. They give of their expertise, time and talents to the community, putting together worthwhile programs and events. There's something for everyone.
The Mountain Harmony Barbershop Chorus has begun rehearsals for its summer shows. They will be guests at the Durango Barbershopper's spring show to be held June 5, at Fort Lewis College. The men were guests at Mountain Harmony's annual Christmas show - and so, off the ladies will go to be guests in Durango.
And, they are working on their big Archuleta County Fair performance - a program of gospel music entitled "Get Aboard the Gospel Train."
Although rehearsals have started, one can join. They meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church. Call Connie Glover, 264-2850, for more information.
The beginners workshop for the Archuleta County Genealogical Society conducted last Saturday was informative. The next workshop - and a big one that will last all day - is scheduled for July 24 at Community United Methodist Church. It's a Heritage Quest Road Show, put on by Heritage Quest Magazine. It's editor is Bill Dollarhide, a well-known genealogist.
Three subjects will be offered at the workshop: Women In Your Pedigree; Birth, Marriage and Death records prior to 1910; and CD Rom Technology. Books, supplies and computer programs will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes.
A Mr. Meitzler will conduct the workshop. He's known for his entertaining approach to tackling research and for his reliable tips on how to cope with lost relatives.
The workshop is $30.
And a few words about the tape Father John made of his favorite organ and piano pieces. The title is "Father John Plays for His Kids." Rusty and Bill Ryan are the graphic artists and Harry and Joan Young the project coordinators. It's sponsored by Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with the money to be used for the young people in the church to attend the Jubilee Year Youth Conference August 2000 in Rome.
The tape is wonderful. It's fun, joyful and good background music. You can order it from the church. Call 264-5702.
This is a "help" message. The Christian Science Monitor is one of the best newspapers in the United States, noted for its accuracy and good writing. A few years worth of subscriptions were donated to Sisson Library, but since they ran out the library has been too poor to purchase new subscriptions. Won't someone come to the rescue by contributing money toward a subscription or even paying for a whole subscription? "We" would appreciate it!
And a word about the Seniors' Chili Supper. It's one of the events to attend to see old friends and to meet new ones. The entertainment was great fun. "Hoppy" Hopson who knows all (well, most all) the "old goodies" - songs such as "Paper Doll" and "I'll Be Seeing You" - sang and he "sold his songs," two for 25¢. A unique way to raise money for the Senior Center.
Fun on the run
Husbands Should Come With Instructions.
Upon the Advice Of My Attorney My Shirt Bears No Message At This Time.
Bigamy Is Having One Wife Too Many, Monogamy Is the Same.
A Nest Isn't Empty Until All Their Stuff Is Out Of the Attic.
My Dog Can Lick Anyone.
On a baby-size shirt: Party - My Crib - Two a.m.
I Don't Suffer From Insanity . . . I'm A Carrier.
El Nino Made Me Do It.
I'm Not 50. I'm $49.95 Plus Shipping and Handling.
I'm On a 30-day Diet. So Far I've Lost 15 Days.
Disregard Last T-shirt.
I'm Retired and This Is As Dressed Up As I'm Gonna Get.
Growing Old Is Mandatory . . . Growing Up Is Optional.
I'm Not 50 - I'm 18 With 32 Years Of Experience.
Over The Hill? What Hill? I Didn't See Any Hill!
Goodbye Tension . . . Hello Pension.
When new members join, life is good
A terrific trio of new members joins us this week, and we are perfectly delighted to welcome them to the Chamber of Commerce family. This puts our membership over the 600 mark, and that is a very good thing around these parts. If I haven't expressed my sincere gratitude to our entire membership for the continued support and confidence, consider this a huge note of thanks for making our jobs at the Chamber such a pleasure. I sincerely feel blessed to have such a great group of people with which to work. Life is very, very good.
Cindy and Rich Winn are always a welcome sight wherever they go because they deliver such tasty treats to all they visit. These folks are the distributors for Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company locally based at 2312 CR 234 in Durango. Cindy and Rich are purveyors of fine nuts, dried fruits, pretzels and candies. Their specialty is the personal delivery of all their fresh goodies right to your business door to create happy employees. If you would like to be one of their stops in town, please give them a call at 259-1100.
Bob Anderson joins us with two businesses today, one of which will relocate in Pagosa Springs in 2000. Integrated Technology Solutions, Inc. will relocate here early in the next millennium, and we will let you know when they are up and running. They will offer computer and network consulting, sales installation and support as well as local and wide area network support and host connectivity. All of their services are designed to cater to individual and corporate needs. Until they join us in Pagosa, they can be reached at 770-966-1206.
Bob Anderson partners with Mike Miltner to join us with Dream Catcher River Tours with the home offices located in Acworth, Ga. Locally these fine folks offer whitewater rafting on the San Juan, Piedra and Upper Animas rivers. They cater to families, friends and special groups looking for a fun activity while visiting our lovely town. You can give them a call at 800-442-7238 for more information about one of Pagosa's very popular spring/summer activities.
Once again, many thanks to all of our loyal members, both old and new, for your continued support. We are fortunate indeed to have you.
Piano Creek Ranch
A public meeting will be held May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Lodge regarding Piano Creek Ranch, a proposed guest ranch development located approximately 14 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs. The folks from Piano Creek will be there for a short presentation and will be happy to field questions. There has been much speculation (some accurate and some not-so-accurate) about this project, and this is your opportunity to get the true scoop about Piano Creek Ranch.
Local Appreciation Week
The second annual Local Appreciation Week is just around the corner, so I hope you're saving your pennies so you can take advantage of the great savings that will offered by around 70 of our local merchants during the week of May 14 through 22. Along with saving dough, you will have the opportunity to win some amazing gifts and gift certificates just by registering at as many stores as you can manage. This week was created by local merchants as a way to thank all of you for your support of our businesses throughout the year, and each store will offer savings to you all week long. Last year, we awarded about $1,000 in prizes, and this year it's bound to be more because almost twice as many merchants are participating.
The name of the game is to go to as many of the participating stores as possible to register. This will be fun for you because you can count on each merchant to offer some kind of snack along with discounted merchandise. Obviously, the person who registers at most of the stores has a greater chance of winning than the one who only registers at one store. Believe me, it's well worth your time (and money!) to become a player in this contest. Once again, we ask you to look for the hot pink balloons and posters in the windows of the participating merchants and to support this wonderful event. There will be more on this coming up but just wanted to give you the opportunity to put it on your calendar.
Heads up for this year's series of hospitality workshops offered by the Chamber of Commerce. The Winning Ways Workshops are entitled "Great Service - Great Success!" and are designed to provide you and your employees the advantage of excellent customer service skills that will win you and your business customers for life. There is no question that the service you provide is frequently the determining factor in the success of your business. Customers return again and again to those businesses whose employees are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and these workshops will pave the way to facilitate great service in your establishment.
I will personally conduct these two-hour workshops as I have for seven years, and I seem to enjoy them more each year. We always have a great time, and I always learn something new each time I present. As always, I have scheduled three different times and days to accommodate each and every schedule, and we will send invitations through the mail to our entire membership. If you would like to mark your calendars, here you go: Tuesday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Thursday, May 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The price (which has remained the same for seven years) is still $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. More on this upcoming, but this way you will have time to work out scheduling so that every one of your employees will be able to attend. Call us with questions at 264-2360. Remember that this training gives your employees added confidence in dealing with the public and, therefore, makes a very wise business investment.
Those of us who attended John Porter's recent presentation on gender miscommunication thoroughly enjoyed the thought-provoking evening. John gave us a lot to think about concerning the way we think and communicate, and I hope we can talk him into doing it again for us in the future.
The Y2K Help Center for Small Business is available to you to answer questions and provide assistance at 1-800-Y2K-7557 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. This Help Center is staffed by analysts trained to provide Y2K service delivery and project implementation assistance in three different areas. Please give a call to these folks if you are plagued with questions about Y2K compliance.
Plenty to do in Pagosa Springs this weekend
Plan your weekend now. This Saturday has a lot to offer. The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club will be cleaning the Put Hill stretch of U.S. 160 at 9 a.m. But just so you can pack it all in, Rotarian organizer Bonnie Masters, 731-9263, will be happy to assign a portion of the highway to you for an earlier than 9 a.m. trash pick-up.
Also starting at 9 a.m., the second annual walk-a-thon sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors should get your circulatory system pumping. Participants are free to walk, run, bike, skate, roller blade or push junior in the stroller on a 5K or 10K course. All of the $10 per participant registration fee will go directly to the following nonprofit groups: The Pregnancy Crisis Center, Seeds of Learning Day Care Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pagosa Springs. At the end of the course, a free hotdog lunch will be served to all participants.
After the hotdog lunch, head on home and get cleaned up. At 2 p.m. the sixth annual Creativity Celebration, a district-wide art show by students at the local public schools will be held in Pagosa Springs High School's commons area. Elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school art students have been busy throughout the year creating beautiful art pieces for all of us to see. Music students have also been preparing for this celebration.
In the evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. the high school's theatrical group will put on a performance of "The Miracle Worker." Art work from the afternoon Creativity Celebration will be left up so you can continue to enjoy them during the play intermission. If you can't make the play on Saturday evening, catch the Friday, April 30, performance instead.
So if you want to enjoy a well-rounded Saturday, get involved in a bit of exercise, an environment-friendly deed, art appreciation and theatre entertainment.
Trash tends to sprout along with the grass and flowering bulbs at this time of year. On Feb. 17, a group of San Juan Outdoor Club members cleaned a stretch of North Pagosa Boulevard. Those wishing to assist in a similar effort are invited to join them on May 19, at 10 a.m. Meet at the west end of the Country Center City Market parking lot. San Juan Outdoor Club volunteers are hoping to focus on a 2-mile stretch of U.S. 160. Call Gale Tuggle, 731-9489, for details. Our thanks to Betty and Dick Hillyer, Lu Larson, Ann Graves, Jack Passant and Gale Tuggle. If I've missed acknowledging you by name, please forgive me.
Six proposed bylaw changes will be on the ballot in the PLPOA July election packet. Property owners who are interested in reviewing the bylaw changes before the ballot is sent out should go by the PLPOA administrative office or call 731-5635. Pro and con statements are welcome and will be printed in the PLPOA June edition of Pagosa Lakes News. If you have already picked up the bylaw changes, there is a correction on Article VII, Section 1(b) the correct number of members to propose a bylaw change is 75, not 25 as printed.
Application deadline for PLPOA members wishing to fill a vacancy on the association's board of directors is tomorrow by 5 p.m. The board intends to interview all applicants and appoint the new director at the regular meeting in May.
PLPOA Recreation Center Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, to discuss and review proposed user fees for the year 2000. The meeting will be held at the administrative office.
Also on May 5, Sharon Porter will speak on "How past traumas can affect your present health" as part of a series of free lectures offered to the public by the Mary Fisher Clinic and the Upper San Juan Hospital District. The lecture, to be held at the Emergency Services building on North Pagosa Boulevard, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Rain, snow can't dampen Seniors' Chili Supper
The rain or snow did not stop the Senior Citizens Chili Supper Saturday evening. I did not know there was that many people in Archuleta County. The chili was good - so was the stew and desserts. It all went well and I will let you know the gross when they get it all totaled.
Birthdays will be celebrated April 30. If you have had a birthday in April, come sit at the birthday table and we will sing "Happy Birthday" to you. We are not getting older - just better.
Does a cat have nine lives? If so, how did curiosity kill it in the first place?
It has been rainy two or three days now and they say the drought is broken.
George and Nancy Ziegler are home from a trip to the South. George said the flowers were bountiful and most of his classmates are still living. George is one of the young senior citizens.
Kent Schafer is "Senior of the Week" at El Centro. Kent comes to the center often and has many friends there.
It was great to have Carol Adams at the desk today.
The Chili Supper was a big success and all has not been totaled up yet. Thanks to everyone for the donations and work that was given.
Paulie Paxton sends a big hello to all her friends at El Centro.
Diana and Jerry Martinez are here for a short time. Diana said they would see us soon at the center.
Senior Citizens will have a free tour of the museum on May 19.
Prayers for Mildred Wiggers who is not feeling well. Mildred lives in a retirement home in Texas but lived here many years.
Nice to have Gene Crabtree come to lunch Monday.
It can still hail in Pagosa Springs. Some TVs were knocked out by lightening on Sunday. The moisture is much needed - but we can do without some of the other stuff.
I will see you at El Centro in time for lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
A post script on the Chili Supper. It totaled up to $3,300 late today, April 26.
Books can help answer dificult questions
We have too many close ties to the recent bloodshed in the Salt Lake and Columbine libraries. Our sympathy and support go out to all concerned. We've all been diminished by these tragic events.
Librarians deal in "bibliotherapy." It seems we always have books on a subject. Even on this event, we have some books, which may help open discourse with your children. One important book is, "Helping Your Child Through the Schoolyard Battlefield." Bullying is epidemic. Would intervention have helped? This book is recommended for those who wish to do something about this growing problem.
"Life After Loss," is a personal guide dealing with death, divorce, job change and relocation. These are just two books that may help us deal with these questions that seem to have no answers. We have others: both books and questions.
Save the Past
We will be celebrating Colorado Archeology and Historic Preservation Week May 8 through May 16. This is a celebration of our state's heritage and it highlights special preservation projects. We have a brochure that lists all of the dates and activities throughout the state.
Inhabitants made their way here 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. They found mammoths, camels, sloth, fish and small mammals. Remains of these also date back 20,000 years. We're sure the ancestors of the various Indian tribes were networked in exchanging technologies and trading goods. Western Colorado was under the influence of the Puebloans. Eastern Colorado reflects the cultures of the Indians that came from the Mississippi River area.
Be sure and look at the list of celebrations you may take part in next week.
Did you know that removing the skin from chicken can cut the fat content by three-quarters and the total calories by half? Still, dark meat chicken without the skin has two to three times as much fat as the skinless breast - and 25 percent more calories. In fact, some well trimmed lean cuts of beef or pork have no more fat, ounce for ounce, than skinless dark meat chicken?
Arthritis is on the rise. Do you know why? Read our newsletter from Colorado Action for Healthy People.
We have the latest CHEC Homeschool Update Magazine. This tells about the 1999 conference to be held in Denver, June 24 through June 26.
We found two feet of hail blocking our library back door Monday morning. My hummingbirds aren't back; I've had a psychotic bluebird banging on my window for a week . . . What does it all mean? It is a little too early for Y2K. It's too late for the Ides of March. The power outage messed up our Internet connection. Ahh, spring in Colorado. We love it.
More gifts in memory of Dorothy Schutz came from Jackisch Drug Store, William and Joan Seielstad, Elizabeth Feazel, Steven and Darlene Wylie and Dr. D. M. Simms.
Materials came from Bob and Carole Howard, Don Mowen, Pris Severn, Nancy Straight, Maxine Ernest, Karen Wessels, Joan Young, Mary Lou Sprowle, Sandra and Don Walker. A special thanks to Mark Bergon who made us a boot "remover" out of horseshoes. His artistic creation is in the foyer. We would appreciate it if it were used often by those who know what it is. It is quite interesting in appearance. Mark gave us a demonstration of how it works and we were all impressed. Thanks Mark!
Student exhibit opens at gallery
High School art teacher Charla Ellis and her group of student artists will host an opening exhibit at the PSAC Arts Center/Gallery tonight, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Eleven students will participate this year, exhibiting in several different media including pencil, acrylic, clay, collage and air brush. As part of their final assessment in their art class, the students had to plan the grand opening, mat, label and hang their own work. Please stop by the PSAC gallery in Town Park tonight, or during gallery hours until May 12, to observe our local high school art talent.
The Pagosa Springs High School drama students will present "The Miracle Worker" Friday and Saturday evening, April 30 and May 1. The play will be held in the new theater at the high school, and if you haven't seen an event there yet, you're in for a treat. The spacious auditorium features comfortable seats and excellent acoustics, and the large stage is ample for intricate sets and lighting effects. Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $2 for students. What a great deal for an evening of serious entertainment.
The annual school district K through 12 Creativity Celebration will be this Saturday, May 1, in the commons area of the high school. The event will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. In addition to featuring art work of students K through 12, there will be music performances directed by Lisa Hartley, Sue Anderson and Dave Kruger. Refreshments will be provided by our National Honor Society. The art work will remain on display during the presentation of "The Miracle Worker" that evening and can be viewed during the intermissions. This is yet another opportunity to see the fine work of our town's talented and creative students. Show your support of art in Pagosa Springs by attending this Creativity Celebration, and don't forget to bring a friend!
Lady Pirates play their moms in basketball
By Roy Starling
If you're a basketball addict counting the days until the next Lady Pirates game, you don't have much longer to wait.
Next Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., the Lady Pirates will face off against their Lady Pirate moms in the new high school gym. Last year's inaugural mother-daughter contest was too close to call; this year's battle will settle the score.
Donations will be accepted at the door. The proceeds will go to support the Ladies' participation in an AAU summer program. To play summer ball, the girls need money for travel, tournament entry fees, lodging and uniforms.
Outgoing Lady Pirates coach Shonny Vanlandingham Kimber, who is organizing the game, said the AAU summer program is important "because it gives the girls so much game experience. This summer they'll play in three tournaments and a total of 20 to 30 games. Practice is great, but nothing beats real game experience."
Kimber said much of the Ladies' success over the last two years could be attributed to their involvement in AAU summer programs.
In addition to getting one final look at one of the best girls team in Pagosa history, Kimber said, fans will be in for a special surprise Tuesday night "by halftime, if not before." She wouldn't divulge the exact nature of the surprise, but promised that the second half would have a decidedly different look from the first.
All the Lady Pirate moms will suit up for the game, Kimber said, and she has commitments from five of them to play. While these moms find out if they have actually lost a step or two over the years, the rest of the moms will "ride the pine," Kimber said.
Leading the cheers for the mom squad will be, you guessed it, the moms of Pagosa High cheerleaders. Some of the evening's music will be supplied by pep band parents. "At halftime," Kimber said, "the parents are going to attempt to play an actual song."
In short, plenty of people will be making fools of themselves for a good cause.
Fans, too, can get in on the fun. "At halftime, we'll have a shoot-til-you-miss free-throw contest for kids and a 3-point shooting contest for teens and adults. Prizes will be awarded to winners," Kimber said.
Ladies' tough defense not enough
By Roy Starling
The Lady Pirates soccer team played rugged defense Thursday against Telluride at Golden Peaks Stadium, but couldn't get untracked offensively against the bigger, more experienced Miners and wound up on the short end of a 3-0 score. Telluride had trounced the Ladies 10-0 back on March 27.
With their first regular season behind them, the young Lady Pirates will host the Ouray Trojans in a regional game Saturday at noon. In an earlier meeting with the Trojans, the Ladies won 7-1. Uncooperative weather prevented a rematch.
In Thursday's game, the Miners kept the ball within striking distance of the Pagosa goal for almost the entire first half, but were unable to get the ball in the net until just before intermission. They scored again early in the second half, then put the game away with another goal late in the final period.
"That 3-0 score doesn't really indicate how our kids played," coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said. "They played much better this time, spreading the ball out and distributing it to the wings."
Kurt-Mason was particularly pleased with the play of freshman goalie Ashley Gronewoller. "Ashley works hard to get better in practice and that hard work was evident during the game. Against Telluride, she played like a veteran goal tender."
Especially in the first half, Gronewoller stayed busy swatting away one Telluride shot after another. She was able to make those saves, Kurt-Mason said, because she "tracked the ball across the field and then got into position accordingly. She also dove for the ball instead of reaching for it. Then she had the composure to hold the ball to give us time to get into position. And she cleared the ball to the correct side of the field."
Along with Gronewoller, Kurt-Mason said, "Our defensive four kept us in the game. Kelli Patterson saved a number of goals, along with Alisha Ranson and Cathy Tharpe. And I think Crystal Pfeifle played her best game of the season."
There was no shortage of hustle on the team, according to the coach. "Jennifer Gross played a great game, switching from offense to defense," he said. "She went all out even though she was playing with a pulled thigh muscle. Heather Beye ran herself into a blackout, and Aubrey Volger and Lori Whitbred played well on offense, really going after the ball more."
Whitbred was playing her first game at the midfielder spot and "she did real well with it," Kurt-Mason said.
Offensively, the coach said, the girls "need to work on their shooting and on becoming more aggressive. We didn't have a lot of shots on goal. Still, we improved over the last time we played Telluride when we never got the ball on their half of the field. This time we had more of a midfield game."
At the beginning of the season, Kurt-Mason said his main goal was for the girls to gain an understanding and appreciation of the game, and he believes they've done that. "The girls know what to do out there. They're emotionally and mentally involved in the game, they just have to work on their skills a little more. This was a building year, and they knew that and they can see how much they've improved."
Kimber goes from pink Huffy to pro racing
By Roy Starling
Now a professional racer on KHS's national mountain bike team, Shonny Vanlandingham Kimber has this fuzzy memory of learning to ride a bicycle when she was 4 or 5 years old.
"I remember taking the training wheels off and then riding in the grass so it wouldn't hurt when I fell," she said.
Not long after that she learned to ride her sixth-grade brother's XR75 motorcycle. Since it was much too large for her, she had to bail off of it - again, preferably onto grass - while it was still rolling.
When she was in the fourth grade, her parents got her the first girls' mountain bike, a pink Huffy. "I used it to jump ramps and curbs with the boys on their BMXs, but I was still feminine because my bike was pink," Kimber said.
Kimber remembers another adventure in biking that occurred when she was 12. "I was doing a jump on my XR100 motorcycle," she said, "and veered a little too far to the right. I hooked my front fork over a tree limb, so I was just hanging there."
Kimber slid off her bike and dropped safely to the ground and then got her dad to help her get the bike out of the tree. His advice on the occasion? Same as always: "Get back on the bike."
It was her early experience with motorcycles, she says, that's helped her most with her mountain bike racing. "It all goes back to my dad teaching me to ride a motorcycle," Kimber said. "He's a great rider and he raced for a while when I was very young."
Beginning in junior high, Kimber's interest shifted to other sports. "I was too busy with soccer, volleyball, basketball and track to spend much time with bicycles," she said.
Varsity sports continued to occupy much of her time in college. She played basketball at Texas Women's University in Denton for two years, then, when TWU dropped its nutrition major, she played basketball and track at East Texas State in Commerce.
"I didn't really get into biking until I got a job as a bike tour guide in Maui," Kimber said. "We took people up to the top of Haleakala (10,023 feet), and then we'd lead a 38-mile bike tour down to sea level."
Kimber didn't own a car at the time, but she got a great deal - "about 30 bucks" - on a man's bicycle that was much too large for her, and she rode that the 13 miles to work and back.
It was in Maui that Kimber first became interested in bike racing and it was there she finally bought a mountain bike her size - no more jumping off into the grass. During a visit to her parents in Pagosa Springs about four years ago, she stopped in Juan's Mountain Sports and bluntly told the gentleman behind that counter, "I want to be on your racing team."
"He must have thought I was crazy," Kimber said. "But he just shrugged and gave me a jersey." Kimber wore that jersey for her first race, a beginner's cross country event in Del Norte. She finished second, just trailing a woman she "could see, but just couldn't catch."
After that, Kimber caught the racing bug for good. She soon moved up from beginner's to expert, finishing third in the 1997 Colorado Off Road Point Series in the expert division. Last year, she made the decision to turn pro. And last month she committed to making racing a full-time pursuit, resigning from her position as head coach of the Lady Pirates basketball team.
While she prepares for the national points series to start in May, Kimber has been warming up in a series of regional events.
She finished seventh in the Cactus Cup in Scottsdale, Ariz., and in the middle of the pack at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., despite feeling the effects of the flu in both races.
She won the Tour of the Canyon Lands stage race in Moab, Utah, and won again at White Tanks, Ariz., in a cross country race. Next weekend she'll compete in the Fruita Fat Tire Festival.
Her most memorable race in this batch of preseason events has been the Tour of the Canyon Lands. "About 20 miles into the race," Kimber said, "the trail turns into a 400-foot vertical hike-a-bike up a cliff. It was so steep, it would have been difficult to climb even if I hadn't been carrying my bike."
With the bike resting on her back, it took Kimber "about 15 minutes" to scale the cliff. "I was already tired by then anyway, and then when I got to the top, it was hard to tell where the trail was," she said. "The remaining three miles of the race was a very technical descent on rock surface. Sometimes there would be 4-foot drops off rocks."
So this is fun? For Kimber it's more than that. "When I ride, that's when I pray, when I'm at the most peace," she said. "I feel like I'm in the presence of the Lord, like I'm doing what he wants me to do. I believe he's really opened doors for me. It's kind of unheard of to turn pro just three years after I got into racing."
Kimber said she's been "blessed with people who help and support" her in her rise through the racing ranks. She cited the folks at Juan's Mountain Sports for their continued help after her initial timid inquiry about the racing team, and the work of Dr. Scott Anderson, a local chiropractor who's "been like my personal coach the last three years."
As the time for the national season approaches, Kimber said she's "excited to see just how far I can go." Even though her goal is to be a national champion sometime in the next five years, she says she'll just "work hard and be content with the results."
Tracksters compete in tourney
By John M. Motter
Saturday, Pagosa High School track athletes take the first step in the final dash to qualify for the state championship track meet to be held May 15 and 16 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School near Colorado Springs.
Coach Kyle Canty's squad travels to Durango High School Saturday with competition starting at 10 a.m. There they will compete with the other Intermountain League schools for the IML championship. The following Friday, Canty's charges compete at Adams State College in Alamosa with Class 3A schools in the Region 3 meet. Those who finish among the first four in individual events at the regional meet qualify for the state meet. Anyone who meets a time, heigth or distance standard derived by averaging the sixth-place finishes during the last three state meets also qualifies for the state meet.
Members of the IML, in addition to Pagosa Springs, are Bayfield, Ignacio, Centauri, Del Norte and Monte Vista. Bayfield is expected to win the IML boys title, while Ignacio is favored to win the girl's title. Both squads are deep in talent for almost every event.
"It isn't realistic for us to expect to challenge for the IML championship," Canty said. "We just aren't deep enough. Ignacio and Bayfield have two or three good competitors in almost every event. We don't have any competitors in many events and in most of the others we only have one entry."
Three Pagosa boys have a good chance to qualify for the state meet, according to Canty.
Sophmore Clint Shaw has a chance to qualify in the 100-meter dash. Shaw also has a chance to qualify in the triple jump and the long jump if he can boost his meet distances to match what he has done in practice.
Junior Shane Prunty has a good chance to go to state in two weight events, the shotput and the discus. Last week at the Bloomfield Invitational, Prunty's discus toss of 136 feet, 8 inches was his best ever and good enough for fifth place.
Doug Newton is a longshot to qualify in the 3,200-meter run.
Among the girls, Julia Rolig and Sara Fredrickson stand a good chance to qualify in individual events. Meigan Canty, with a slight improvement in the 800-meter run, could also go all of the way to state. Fredrickson and Sarah Huckins have an outside chance to qualify in the 300-meter hurdles.
Rolig is one of the fastest 3A girls in the state at 400 meters. She will attempt to qualify in the 100-meter dash, as well. Because athletes are limited to entering four events, Rolig's entry in the 100-meter dash will weaken one of three Pirate girls' relay teams. Until last weekend, Rolig anchored each of the three relay teams. By running in two individual events, Rolig is limited to two relay events.
"We'll probably move Sarah Huckins to the 400-meter relay," Canty said. "The 800-meter relay is our best chance to earn points at state," he said.
In any event, the girl's 400- and 800-meter relay teams should earn a trip to Fountain-Fort Carson. Running on the relay teams will be Canty, Rolig, Tiffanie Hamilton, and either Fredrickson or Huckins.
Last Saturday, the Pirates competed against some of the best track athletes in New Mexico at the Bloomfield Invitational. Conditions were cold and windy and the final four events were canceled because of rain.
Earning points for the Pagosa boys were Shaw in the 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish and Prunty in the discus with his personal best of 136-8.
Earning points for the Pagosa girls were Fredrickson with a second in the shot put, Rolig with a third in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. Huckins finished fourth and Fredrickson sixth in the 300-meter hurdles respectively. Despite having two relay starters absent, the Pagosa girls picked up a sixth-place finish in the 1,600-meter medley relay, not one of their better events.
Team results of the Bloomfield Invitational Track Meet:
Boys: first, Valley - 62; second, Farmington - 51; third, Bloomfield - 50; fourth, Aztec - 46; fifth, Alamosa - 45.
Girls: first, Bloomfield - 77; second, Alamosa - 43; third, Aztec - 41; fourth Farmington - 29; fifth, Cimmaron - 26.
Individual results, Boys:
Pole vault - first, Martello, Manzano, 13'6"; second, Washburn, Farmington, 13'; third, Sategna, Bloomfield, 12'6"; fourth, Chipman, Farmington, 12'6"; Fifth, Rickliffs, Cimmaron, 11'6"; sixth, Kelly, Farmington, 11'2".
Javelin - first, Swenk, Farmington, 165'3"; Griner, Bloomfield, 152'11"; Teasywtho, Aztec, 152'7"; Crooks, Rehobeth, 152'1"; Townsend, Farmington, 150'4"; Hunt, Newcomb, 150'2".
Shot put - first, Pohem, Bloomfield, 52'1-1/2"; second, Carther, Bloomfield, 50'2"; third, Duran, Valley, 49'; fourth, Edgar, Farmington, 47'9-1/2"; fifth, Glanner, El Dorado, 45'9"; sixth, Makitarian, El Dorado, 45'8".
Long jump - first, McClelland, Piedra Vista, 19'11"; second, Poynter, Valley, 19'18-1/2"; third, McLaughlin, Bayfield, 19'5-3/4"; fourth, McBain, El Dorado, 19'2-1/4"; fifth, Foster, Valley, 19'0"; sixth, Hunter, Manzano, 18'1-1/2".
High jump - first, Pointer, Valley, 6'4"; second, Henry, Piedra Vista, 6'2"; third, Cantu, Centauri, 6'2"; fourth, Kimball, Bayfield, 6'2"; fifth, Mortenson, Alamosa, 6'; sixth, Henderson, Aztec, 5'8".
Triple jump - first, Poynter, Valley, 40'9"; second, Himes, Bloomfield, 38'10-1/2"; third, Sweet, Valley, 38'5"; fourth, Swenk, Farmington, 38'4-1/2"; fifth, Washburn, Farmington, 38'1"; sixth, Hostetter, Centauri, 37'8".
Discus - first, Bennett, Aztec, 158'1/2"; second, Carter, Bloomfield, 150'7"; third, Sharp, Alamosa, 149'5"; fourth, Winpom, Valley, 148'7"; fifth, Prunty, Pagosa Springs, 136'8", sixth, Berrovitch, El Dorado, 133'11".
400-meter relay - first, Alamosa, 45.43; second, Mancos, 45.55; third, Bloomfield, 46.09; fourth, Bayfield, 46.18; fifth, Centauri, 46.65; sixth, El Dorado, 46.77.
110-meter high hurdles - first, Lee, Aztec, 14.81; second, Bishop, El Dorado, 14.85; third, Sategna, Bloomfield, 15.34; fourth, Himes, Bloomfield, 15.53; fifth, Washburn, Farmington, 15.93; sixth Haley, Manzano, 15.98.
100-meter dash - Williams, Farmington, 11.22; second, Gaultney, El Dorado, 11.28; third, McBain, El Dorado, 11.56; fourth, Shaw, Pagosa Springs, 11.62; fifth, Hunt, Aztec, 11.73; sixth, Baver, Farmington, 11.84.
1,600-meter run - first, Flaherty, Mancos, 4:35.96; second, Austin, Valley, 4:38.02; third, Hernandez, Alamosa, 4:40.28; fourth, Begay, Window Rock, 4:43.56; fifth, Landerville, Valley, 4.44.01; sixth, Yazzie, Rehobeth, 4:45.04.
800-meter relay - first, Aztec, 1:32.67; second, Farmington, 1:32.71; third, Alamosa, 1:35.03; fourth, El Dorado, 1:35.31; fifth, Centauri, 1:38.65; sixth, Rehobeth, 1:39.45.
400-meter dash - first, Bishop, El Dorado, 50.77; second, Luna, Valley, 52.67; third, Abrams, Valley, 52.85; fourth, Sharp, Alamosa, 54.59; fifth, Ortiz, Farmington, 61.09.
300-meter hurdles - first, Lee, Aztec, 40.29; second, Washburn, Farmington, 40.61; third, Gaultney, El Dorado, 40.97; fourth, Sategna, Bloomfield, 41.81; fifth, Abram, Valley, 42.46; sixth, Himes, Bloomfield, 44.10.
800-meter run - first, Kuenhold, Alamosa, 2:03.07; second, Findell, El Dorado, 2:05.83; third, Austin, Valley, 2:06.66; fourth, Lopez, Alamosa, 2:08.12; fifth, Hale, Rehobeth, 2:08.15; sixth, Wombie, Bloomfield, 2:09.70.
1,600-meter medley relay - first, Valley, 3:55.99; second, Aztec, 3:57.51; third, Mancos, 3:59.25; fourth, Alamosa, 3:59.38; fifth, Rehobeth, 4:03.65; sixth, Bloomfield, 4:05.90.
Shot put - first, Martinez, Bloomfield, 35'5"; second, Fredrickon, Pagosa Springs, 33'6-1/2"; third, King, Farmington, 32'5"; fourth, Herrera, Ignacio, 31'11-3/4"; fifth, Brown, Bloomfield, 30'11-1/2"; sixth, Jackson, Alamosa, 30'9".
Long jump - first, Martin, Farmington, 16'9-1/2"; second, Crowder, Alamosa, 16'3-3/4"; third, Bussey, Alamosa, 15'-1/4"; fourth, Hammagram, Aztec, 14'11"; fifth, Taylor, Ignacio, 14'10-1/2"; sixth, Gonzalez, Valley, 14'9-1/4".
High jump - first, Crowder, Alamosa, 5'2"; second, McCarroll, Centauri, 5'1"; third, Hanna, Bayfield, 5'0"; fourth, Tuttle, Rehobeth, 4'10"; fifth, Finch, Bloomfield, 4'8"; sixth, Kames, Rehobeth, 4'8".
Triple jump - first, Bussey, Alamosa, 34'8-1/4"; second, Taylor, Ignacio, 33'5"; third, Pettigrew, Farmington, 33'-1/2"; fourth, Hanna, Bayfield, 32'6"; fifth, Corlies, Bayfield, 31'-1/4"; sixth, Reza, Cimmaron, 31'.
Discus -first, Martinez, Bloomfield, 117'10"; second, Truybal, Ignacio, 115'7"; third, Hair, Bloomfield, 111'4"; fourth, Brawn, Bloomfield, 110'4"; fifth, McCoy, Valley, 108'; sixth, Jackson, Ignacio, 107'10".
400-meter relay - first, Aztec, 52.51; second, Bloomfield, 52.54; third, Valley, 52.91; fourth, Alamosa, 54.09; fifth, Ignacio, 54.54; sixth, Window Rock, 56.22.
100-meter hurdles - first, Crowden, Alamosa, 15.42; second, Herrera, Bloomfield, 15.82; third, Finch, Bloomfield, 16.44; fourth, Hammagran, Aztec, 17.09; fifth, Williams, Valley, 17.25; sixth, Pouson, Aztec, 17.52.
100-meter dash - first, Martin, Farmington, 12.81; second, McLure, Cimmaron, 13.10; third, Rolig, Pagosa Springs, 13.37; fourth, Williams, Valley, 13.68; fifth, Candelaria, Bloomfield, 13.69; sixth, Pouson, Aztec, 13.87.
1,600-meter run - first, Hanley, Rehobeth, 6:03.54; second, Dunn, Centauri, 6:05.82; third, Deschesnte, Window Rock, 6:07.41; fourth, Smith, Newcomb, 6:09.78; fifth, Vallejo, Aztec, 6:12.99; sixth, McGinnis, Centauri, 6:15.13.
800-meter relay - first, Bloomfield, 1:51.05; second, Cimmaron, 1:51.41; third, Alamosa, 1:53.56; fourth, Aztec, 1:53.69; fifth, Rehobeth, 1:58.99; sixth, Navajo Prep, 1:59.24.
400-meter dash - first, Pettigrew, Farmington, 63.21; second, Birtcher, Window Rock, 63.49; third, Rolig, Pagosa Springs, 64.12; fourth, Valdez, Bloomfield, 64.59; fifth, Smith, Window Rock, 51.09; sixth Corbett, Bloomfield, 68.61.
300-meter hurdles - first, Hammagren, Aztec, 48.49; second, Finch, Bloomfield, 50.19; third, Renfroe, Cimmaron, 50.91; fourth, Huckins, Pagosa Springs, 51.31; fifth, Seitzinger, Bloomfield, 51.46; sixth, Fredrickson, Pagosa Springs, 52.07.
800-meter run - first, Kotney, Window Rock, 2:34.68; second, Chavez, Bloomfield, 2:44.06; third, Riley, Aztec, 2:44.06; fourth, Carlisle, Cimmaron, 2:44.50; fifth, Reinhard, Bloomfield, 2:45.68; sixth, Curley, Rehobeth, 2:46.09.
1,600-meter medley relay - first, Bloomfield, 4:49.58; second, Aztec, 4:59.75; third, Centauri, 5:04.38; fourth, Rehobeth, 5:10.25; fifth, Alamosa, 5:12.16; sixth, Pagosa Springs, 5:27.00.
Pirates homer away in mercy-rule sweep
By Roy Starling
Playing during a lull in last weekend's storm, the Pagosa Pirates rained home runs on the Del Norte Tigers, coasting to a 20-1, 25-4 sweep of their Intermountain League twin bill Saturday in Del Norte.
The windy first game was highlighted by big blows from Jason Schofield and Rusty Nabors and by strong pitching performances by Schofield and freshman reliever Darin Lister.
In their half of the first inning, the Pirates quickly put Del Norte in a 5-0 hole. With one out, Ronnie Martinez walked and Schofield drove him home with a double to deep center field. A throwing error and a wild pitch later, and Schofield was crossing the plate to make it 2-0.
Clean-up hitter Jeff Wood then reached on an error by the shortstop. Wood stole second, then, following the pattern set by Schofield, advanced to third on an overthrow and came home on a wild pitch. It was 3-0, Pirates.
Tiger pitcher Eric Welch then fanned Clinton Lister, but the third strike got past the catcher allowing Lister to reach first safely. He then proceeded to second when the catcher overthrew first base. Darin Lister then drove his brother home with a single to the gap in left center. After stealing second, Darin Lister came home on Nabors' Texas leaguer to right, ending the scoring for the first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Schofield's control was sharp enough for him to hit the top of Tiger Cody Culp's bat while the bat was resting on Culp's shoulder. Catcher Wood hopped in front of the plate, snatched up this unorthodox bunt that had landed in fair territory and tagged the puzzled Culp.
Grand slam seals it
There was still a little doubt as to the game's outcome when the Pirates came to bat in the third leading 5-1, but a sudden surge by the Pagosa Power Company put out the Tigers' lights.
Welch opened the inning by fanning Clinton Lister again, but once again the third strike got past the catcher and Lister wound up safe on first. Welch responded by walking Darin Lister and Brandon Thames, bringing up Nabors with the bases loaded.
Nabors cleaned the bases by driving a Welch curve beyond the left-field fence, and the Pirates led 9-1 with still no outs.
Kraig Candelaria lined a single to left, Lonnie Lucero popped up to short, Martinez singled through the left side of the infield, then Schofield continued his torrid hitting by tripling to the fence in right center, driving in two more runs.
With Schofield resting on third, Wood golfed a low pitch over the left-field fence, ending the Pirates' scoring for the inning and giving them a 13-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Schofield didn't hit any Tiger bats, quickly striking out the side.
The Pirates would add six more runs before the mercy rule went into effect after five innings. Three of those runs came when Schofield hit a homer to left after Keith Candelaria and Martinez had reached on singles.
After Schofield had struck out seven and limited the Tigers to two hits and one run in three innings, Darin Lister took over for the final two frames. He gave up only one hit, walked one and struck out two.
Schofield's four hits (two doubles, one triple and a homer) and six runs batted in led the Pagosa offense. Nabors wound up with five RBIs. Wood had two hits and three RBIs. Martinez heated up with three hits and scored four of the Pirate runs.
Nightcap over early
The second game looked much like the first. From Del Norte's perspective, it was even worse.
From the opening pitches, it was clear that Tiger hurler Donald Watson would be no match for the Pirate batters. Lucero began by reaching on an error by the second baseman, then stealing second. Martinez drove him in with a frozen-rope single to left, then moved to second on a Schofield single to center.
With two men on, Wood hit Watson's first pitch about 400 feet, well beyond the left-field fence. Once Wood's reception at home plate was over, Clinton Lister hit Welch's first pitch over the fence in dead center, and the rout was on.
Culp homered for Del Norte in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 5-1, but the Pirates quickly put the game on ice with a 6-spot in the second. Lucero scored during a Tiger error-fest too complicated to describe, Schofield hit a 2-run triple to center, Wood hit another four-bagger to left and Nabors followed Thames' ground-rule double with a home run over the center-field fence.
This time, the mercy rule was humanely moved up to the fourth inning. By then, the Pirates had 25 runs on 24 hits. Wood had four of those hits, resulting in six runs batted in. Nabors had a single, double and homer and three RBIs. Right fielder Keith Candelaria had a double and a homer and three RBIs.
Martinez was 3 for 3, with two RBIs. Schofield was 2 for 2, while Ron Janowsky, Thames and Nathan Stretton all added two hits each.
On the mound, Martinez gave up three hits and one earned run in two innings while striking out five. Wood removed his catcher's gear and baffled the Tigers for two innings with an assortment of breaking pitches delivered with a quick, behind-the-neck catcher's snap. He gave up three hits and one run while striking out two.
The sweep sent the Pirates into their Tuesday meeting with Bayfield with a 6-0 IML record and a 9-3 mark overall.
Pirates split: win slugfest, then drop squeaker
By Roy Starling
The Pirates baseball team overcame a rash of errors to out slug Bayfield 17-13 in the opening game of their doubleheader Tuesday in Bayfield. The Wolverines used a big fourth inning and some clutch hitting in the seventh to win the second game 10-9.
The loss was the Pirates' first to an Intermountain League opponent this season, leaving them tied with Monte Vista for first place in the conference. These two teams will battle it out for first place when they meet in Pagosa - weather permitting - this Saturday at 11 a.m.
Against Monte, Pirates coach Tony Scarpa believes his team will be facing the best pitching it has seen all season. "I expect Monte to have some good pitching," he said. "They held Bayfield to five and seven runs (in a doubleheader the teams split), and Bayfield is a very good hitting team."
If the Sports Complex is still inhabited by ducks and geese Saturday, the doubleheader will be played in the friendly confines of Bayfield. Should Pagosa sweep Monte, the Pirates will go into the IML District tourney with a No. 1 seed, meaning they'll open against either Del Norte or Ignacio.
A split of Saturday's games might well send the league's coin flippers back into action to determine the seeding. It's possible that Monte, Bayfield and Pagosa could wind up in a three-way tie for first place. The IML tournament will be played Saturday, May 8, in Ignacio.
Errors and walks
Tuesday's first game was marked by Pagosa errors, walks issued by a series of Bayfield pitchers and alternating big innings.
The Pirates went up 2-0 in the top of the first, getting RBI singles from Clinton and Darin Lister. After Jason Schofield retired the Wolverines in order in the bottom of the inning, Pagosa tacked on three more runs in the second.
Lonnie Lucero singled past the shortstop, stole second and moved to third on Ronnie Martinez' ground ball. Schofield brought Lucero in with a hard line-drive double to left. Then catcher Jeff Wood cleared the bases with a tape-measure shot over the scoreboard in center.
After Bayfield starter Ike Fleenor hit Clinton Lister, and walked Darin Lister and Brandon Thames on four pitches each, he was removed in favor of Will Champlin.
Champlin ended the Pagosa rally by putting Nabors down on strikes and causing Candelaria to popup for the inning's final out.
The Wolverines picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the second, so the Pirates still had what seemed to be a comfortable 5-1 lead going into the third. They would soon be reminded that no lead is ever comfortable in Bayfield.
In the fourth, the hosts took advantage of bobbled grounders, misplayed popups, mishandled throws, a wild pitch, a walk and one clean hit to pick up four runs and tie the game at 5-5.
"Because of the weather, we haven't had any time in the field this week, and that really showed in this game," Scarpa said. "We've been able to practice hitting in the cage, and we hit fine. But we couldn't practice fielding, and that hurt."
In the top of the fourth, the Pirates tried once more to build a comfortable lead. They started their rally with Wood hitting a soft liner to left for a single, then Clinton Lister getting smacked by another pitch (Lister would wind up getting beaned five times on the day, and the home-plate ump noticed four of them). Darin Lister drove in Wood to put the Pirates back in front, 6-5.
Clinton Lister moved to third on his brother's base rap, then came home on a wild pitch. Thames moved Darin to third by chasing the shortstop deep into the hole with a grounder, then Nabors brought him in with a double to the gap in left center. After Champlin walked Keith Candelaria, he was yanked in favor of Shane Horton, a lefty.
Lucero greeted Horton with a sacrifice fly, scoring Nabors and putting the Pirates up 9-5. Martinez struck out, but the Wolverine catcher misplayed the third strike allowing Martinez to reach first base safely. Schofield then helped his cause considerably by sending a shot well over the left-field wall for a 3-run homer and swelling the lead to 12-5.
All was quiet until the bottom of the sixth when the Wolverines, again preying on Pirate errors, erupted for six runs to cut the lead to one, 12-11.
The top of the seventh might as well have been played under the Big Top. The Pirates managed only one hit, but were the beneficiaries of five walks, three hit batters, two passed balls and one mental lapse by the Wolverines. They turned these gifts into five runs, finally putting the game out of reach.
The most entertaining part of the inning came when the Bayfield coach popped out of the dugout to argue a call just after Nabors slid across home plate under a tag following a wild pitch. While the coach and the Wolverine catcher were chatting with the umpire, Wood, noticing that no timeout had been called, ran out of the Pirates' dugout and motioned to Candelaria, who was on third, to come on home, which Candelaria proceeded to do.
"With Jeff out there, it's like having an extra coach on the field," Scarpa said. "He's playing great on offense and defense, and he's always in the game mentally."
The Wolverines touched a weary Schofield for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally came up short when the Pirate senior enticed Justin Gingerich to chase a curve halfway to the Pirates' on-deck circle for a game-ending strikeout.
Big lead evaporates
In the second game, the Pirates again took an early lead and again saw it disappear. In the first, Martinez walked, Schofield laced a ground-rule double to the 380-foot sign in center field and Wood drove them both in with a single to left.
Martinez shut the Wolverines down without incident in the bottom of the inning, and the Pirates went down quietly in the second. In the bottom of the inning, Martinez received a boost from a sparkling Lister-to-Lister-to-Thames twin killing in the second, then caught Rory Martinez looking at a third strike to retire the side.
The Pirates built their lead to 5-0 in the third when Wood drove in two more runs and then scored on a wild pitch. Wood had five RBIs for the game, seven for the day and now has 39 for the season.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, Pagosa led 7-1, but then Bayfield came through with its inevitable rally, scoring six runs to knot the score. Those runs came with help from four walks, a hit batter, a double and two singles.
The Pirates moved back ahead in the sixth. Lucero walked and stole second. Martinez then moved him to third with a bunt single, and Schofield brought him home with a base hit. Wood scored Martinez with a sacrifice fly to center, and the Pirates moved back up 9-7.
The Wolverines gnawed into that lead in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Piccoli homered off Martinez to cut the lead to 9-8. Bayfield then produced back-to-back run-scoring singles from Aaron Howard and Jon Qualls in the bottom of the seventh to earn a split with the Pirates and stay in the hunt for an IML title with a 10-9 win.
'Clockwatchers' well worth watching
I watched two movies this weekend, one I dreaded and one I looked forward to. Afterwards, the two got all jumbled up in my head and wound up posing some rather interesting questions about individuality, enslavement, power, community and imagination.
Even though I didn't want to, I watched Disney's recent release "A Bug's Life." I would rather drink a cup of scorched day-old coffee from a truck stop in Tucumcari than to watch a Disney animated "classic" made since, say, "Sleeping Beauty."
I was excited, on the other hand, to see "Clockwatchers" (1998), featuring Toni Collette (of "Muriel's Wedding" fame) and independent film queen Parker Posey. This low-budget beauty marked the directing debut of young Jill Sprecher and was written by young sibling Karen.
Both movies are about essentially enslaved ants. In "A Bug's Life," a colony of ants spend the better part of their time gathering food for a gang of bullying grasshoppers. As the poet says, "Getting and spending, (they) lay waste their powers" - and not even for themselves!
A crisis occurs when Flik, a young, absentminded, inventive ant, accidentally destroys this year's crop of 'hopper victuals' and is banished from the colony, allegedly to go find help in defeating the angry grasshoppers. Really, though, his fellow ants just want to get rid of him. Since he's not content to do things the way they've always been done, he's become a bit of a liability.
"Clockwatchers" is about another kind of ant: human beings who spend the better part of their time working for a corporation, in this case, Global Credit. The film focuses on four young women on the bottom of the corporate food chain. They're temps, and therefore have no status, no potential, no benefits, no significant or interesting or fulfilling roles to play in the grand Global Credit scheme of things.
The four temps - Iris (Collette), Margaret (Posey), Paula (Lisa Kudrow) and Jane (Alanna Ubach) - start off as close friends, united by drudgery and by hopes for something better.
The shy, introspective Iris (who's telling this story) isn't sure about what she wants, but she knows her father wants her to use the Global Credit temp job as a springboard to bigger and better things with another corporation, International Foods. So, mainly for Dad, she's going through the motions. It's pretty clear she'd be more at home in a library.
Margaret, a delightfully irreverent, cynical wisecracker, wants (for reasons I can't comprehend) to advance up Global Credit's ladder or, failing that, to score on a strong letter of recommendation for a similar job.
Paula tries to believe that she is destined for an acting career, but this turns out to be just a dream she uses to escape the land of the living dead. Jane, whose picture might well be in the dictionary next to "mousy," is a fearful and timid woman-child about to make the fatal mistake of marrying some creep who is thoughtful enough to give her nice things every time he cheats on her.
For a while it's nice to watch these people help each other through their rotten days, hang out, and do that whole female-bonding thing.
But the beauty of the corporate world is that it finds ways to discourage what it perceives to be a subversive solidarity among its lower ranking inmates. These likable women soon find themselves being accused of petty thievery and other policy violations by Global Credit's version of Big Brother. The resulting tension and uncertainty contribute to a gradual unraveling of this little community of clockwatchers. The one thing they had to look forward to - each other - is gone.
I'm getting depressed here. Let's go back to Disney.
So Flik, the aforementioned inventive ant, goes off to find help for his colony. Through a series of blunders, however, he returns not with a bona fide army, but with a flea circus comprised of a male lady bug, an armored beetle, a praying mantis, etc., etc.
What can a circus do to defeat a brood of bad 'hoppers? Circuses suggest whimsy, foolishness, good-natured trickery and the power of the imagination.
Now imaginative people (or insects) don't normally rank too high in the hierarchy of power unless they dedicate their gifts to the building of invisible aircraft or bombs that destroy people while leaving buildings intact. But these insects somehow manage to get the job done and, in the process, help the ants see that if they'll only combine their forces, the 'hoppers are theirs for the taking. They may only be ants, but they're a lot of ants.
The formula seems to be "imagination plus solidarity equals victory." With victory comes freedom, the ability to live for yourself, not wasting your God-given energy lining someone else's coffer.
Can there be any such victory for the temps in "Clockwatchers"? Since this movie was actually made for adults, it's hard to say. There is no easy answer.
The last scenes seem to suggest that Iris manages to imagine herself out of the corporate anthill. She comes to realize that she can't go on watching the clock, watching and waiting, hoping to be noticed, hoping to have a name. I think she realizes, in the words of Randy Newman's song from "A Bug's Life," that it's her life and she'd better make the most of it.
Doing so may require her to give up caste, lose status and disappoint her father, but hey, it'll finally be her life she's living, and how precious is that?
Shower as a family this summer
Water. You can't live without it, but this summer you might have to try, if the people who forecast such things are correct. They say because there hasn't been much snow on the mountains this past winter, there might not be much water in our faucets this coming summer.
Not everyone knows how to deal with a household water shortage. That's why I've put together a few suggestions. I want to help folks get by while using less water. A lot of folks will probably cut this article out and stick it on the refrigerator with one of those magnetic polar bears. Then, when the drought hits, they'll know just what to do.
One suggestion is to start a neighbor of the week program in your neighborhood. Limit your family to one bath, always at a neighbor's house. Just select a different neighbor each week. Show up at their door wearing clogs and with a towel over your shoulder, maybe with a toothbrush in your mouth. That way, they'll understand immediately what you want. Give them some excuse such as the sewer is clogged and rotorooter is on vacation. It's best if your entire family goes at the same time. You know, "the family that sprays together stays together." I've known neighbors to resent it when family members straggle in one at a time and take up a whole afternoon. Besides, if everyone goes at one time the living room rug will dry out a lot sooner. This idea works best if you vary the day and have lots of neighbors who don't speak to each other.
Another suggestion is to turn off the hot water heater. Some folks save a lot of tub or shower water this way. A bonus when you use this approach is the excellent opportunity it provides for teaching personal discipline to members of your family. "To the shower" will take on a whole new meaning in your house after everyone has experienced the exhilaration of a cold shower. This ploy is often used by family leaders who've met resistance from family members not wanting to shower at the neighbor's house. A short - there is no other kind - interlude in a spray of icy water usually makes the idea of a hot shower extremely inviting, even if the showeree has to traipse up and down the street clad only in a towel.
Outside of the house, you can save a whole lot of water by paving the yard, the whole thing. This approach is the ultimate in landscape water saving. In addition, you can make a few extra bucks by selling your lawn mower, rake, and shovel at a garage sale. This idea appeals most to husbands and teenage boys. If you live in a downtown area, you might paint yellow stripes on your concrete landscape and charge for parking. If you don't live downtown, you might consider renting the surface to a group of rollerbladers or even a model airplane club.
Another idea, effective but quite risky, is to quit buying toilet paper. An awful lot of water is flushed down the commode, about one out of every four gallons used by the average household. This idea saves water money, toilet paper money, wear on the commode, and the cost of those stupid things in the flush tank that need changing all of the time. Best of all, this idea encourages creativity and the development of organizational skills by members of your family. They will learn to be at the right place at the right time. They might even look covetously at your neighbor's house, the one with hot water where you shower. With a little preplanning and luck you might be able to kill two or three birds with one stone. If the timing doesn't work, however, don't pick the same neighbor where you just showered. You can overdo a good thing and wear out your welcome.
Last but not least, you could hook up to your neighbor's water meter and have the pleasure of watching your meter not turn. He may object, of course, but if he shoots you, you won't need any water at all. He, on the other hand, will be up to his neck in hot water.
Actually, this is a watered-down version of the total list, kind of a journalistic low water mark. Have to save everywhere you can, you know.
We appreciate Sally Hameister's mention of our son, Forest, in last week's Chamber News but unfortunately it was reported inaccurately. Forest was selected bareback rider for the Central Rocky Mountain Region Wrangler College All-Star Team. During the first part of the year, Forest was leading the Resistol Hats Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year standings but is presently sitting second as he has stopped entering PRCA shows to finish his college rodeo career at the University of Wyoming. The Resistol PRCA rookie of the year is not chosen until the end of the year and is determined by total winnings.
We are also very proud of our daughter, Cortney, who is a freshman at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She was recently selected as managing editor, a salaried position, for the CSU yearbook, the Silver Spruce, which has been in existence since 1891. She is in training now and will assume the position next year. In addition, she has been initiated into Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority and was selected and has served this year as an Ambassador for CSU. So you can see Mom and Dad are quite proud of both our children's accomplishments.
Faye and Gary Bramwell
As far as the Columbine High School atrocity in concerned the blame should be put squarely where it belongs: on all those groups and individuals that are pro gun control instead of pro criminal control. The ACLU is the number one American hate organization and should be sued into oblivion for its constant sponsoring of criminals and its anti-God and anti-Constitution doctrines in the public school system.
If there is no God, there is no hope and it should be no wonder there are common incidence of murder-suicide amongst some of the younger people of this country. This is what the ACLU has been promoting: no hope at all for young people including the defenseless unborn.
This incident has made the services of the NRA in the public school systems all the more important and necessary.
Furthermore, if ever there was a reason for implementing school vouchers this system-based crime ought to just about seal it. Let poor students as well as others get into safer and better private schools.
And, instead of dropping the proposed conceal-carry legislation, there should be an instant federal unconditional conceal-carry for all states. This would be the constitutional thing to do.
The business of guns and slaughter is directly related to what has happened in Bosnia and Kosovo. The problem started there six years ago when Secretary of State Madeline Albright and President Clinton refused to let these people arm themselves. Slaughter was and is the result. The Serbs don't mess with the Croatians because the Croats are armed.
I came to adulthood in the late 1950's and '60's. It was a violent decade. The decade of integration, of civil rights, demonstrations, sit-ins, marches for equality in America.
Women burned their bras, demanding equal pay for equal work and recognition in the work place. We had won the (right to) vote, now we wanted equality.
Hero's rose up in the name of justice, some paid with their lives.
Free America needs another revolt, a new rebellion, and yes, more bonfires. Only this time it needs to be a Mother's Revolt. A rebellion against the violent, polluted, atmosphere our children and grandchildren are trying to grow up with.
If "every" mother in America started cleaning house today, stacked every trashy violent movie video, every blood splattering video game, every suicide glorifying CD out in her back yard and set it afire . . .
If every mother in America canceled the cable, had the satellite hauled away; if she flatly refused to allow anyone in her household (yes, including teenagers) anyone who pulls a chair up to her table, to cross the threshold of the movie house unless there was a great big "G" on the marquee . . .
If every mother in America left the violent fames and monster killing "toys" setting on the shelf at Wally World and Bee Bee Toys . . .
If every mother in America flatly declared "put violence before my child, and I don't buy your product," how long do you think it would take to start turning this nation around?
I personally think about six months. Who can turn America around?
Christian mothers, Hindu mothers, Buddhist mothers, professional mothers, stay-at-home mothers.
The welfare of our children is a uniting force. We need a new revolution, ladies, we need new bonfires, a new cry, and we need a new demand. We need to "demand" a wholesome world for our children, in our homes, in our schools, in our towns and cities, and in our nation.
If the mothers of America united, no force could stand against us.
I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful support you get from people and businesses in the community when a charitable function is given. I was involved in the chili supper and silent auction held last Saturday by the Archuleta County Senior Citizens board for the purpose of raising funds to support the center's needs.
Many people helped to make this happen and I want to personally thank all of them. A special thanks goes to Dawnie Silva and Stella Carter who prepared the food and their helpful server Kathy Wendt. Also, Tom Evans and the Rotary Club members did so many chores in the dining area. George and Nancy Ziegler, Gene and Janet Copeland, Nita Heitz, Sharon and Ray Pack, Sharon and Ron Cairne, Joanne and Jerry Sager, Ron Gustafson, Bev Evans, Helen Schoonover, Don and Ilsa Hurt, Dorothy O'Hare, all did a variety of tasks to make this a success. And Sally Hameister was wonderful as our master of ceremonies, she kept it lively with her auctioning of the pies and cakes.
Approximately 70 businesses and friends contributed items for the silent auction and nearly 400 people came out in not so great weather, showing real commitment. This support was responsible for our reaching our financial goal.
I am proud to be a member of this community with such fine and caring people.
Chairman, Chili Supper Committee
Archuleta Senior Citizens Board
If find it disturbing that Paula and Craig Watson could not extend to me the common courtesy of letting me know about their "very unfortunate circumstance." Had I been made aware prior to reading it in the paper this matter could have easily been resolved. I have been a Girl Scout leader for four years and have never been confronted with such an ordeal.
Craig ordered three cases (36 boxes) of cookies from my daughter last year. This was a very generous order as was his order for six cases (72 boxes) for this years sale and was very much appreciated by my daughter and the troop. When I called to notify Craig that his order was here he told me that he could not afford the cookies at that time. I told him to notify me when he would be able to pay for his cookie order. I didn't hear from him after leaving him a message and proceeded to contact the Girl Scout officials to inquire as to what I should do. I was informed that they would take the cookies back but my daughter and the troop would not get credit for the sale. I decided to keep the cookies and pay for them myself as I did not think it fair that the credit to the troop had to be forfeited.
Yes, the Girl Scout Council offered to buy back the cookies with full credit only after being contacted by Paula and after the claim had already been filed. I think it is very unfortunate that they were told something entirely different than what I was told (or not told) by Craig.
It concerns me that the CEO of the Girl Scout organization is not looking at the entire scope of this incident. It is true that the Girl Scouts learn many skills of which should be positive and in most cases are. However, this incident did not impress the importance of commitment and honesty.
Our commitment as leaders and scouts was to participate in this fund-raiser and collect the money which had been promised to us by the sale of these cookies. My decision to collect the money due to us was by no means a "selfish" act.
I have given this matter endless thought and I have concluded that the time I have expended on this matter and the further aggravation which I may incur is not worthy of my time. I have requested and been granted a dismissal of this so-called "ludicrous lawsuit" which, in fast was "a small claims" action. For record purposes, this request was made prior to my reading the letter from Margaret A. Smook, CEO.
Strategy for victory
According to the polls, a majority of the American people support sending U.S. ground troops into Yugoslavia to defeat Serb forces and stop the slaughter. Or, to put it another way; to win this war against Slobodan Milosevic and his army of butchers by whatever means necessary. No doubt much of this popular sentiment comes from Americans watching the daily horrors of Kosovo unfold before their eyes, while the ineffectiveness of ever-so-slowly escalating NATO air strikes becomes ever more depressingly apparent.
Is it possible American opinion on Kosovo has been significantly shaped by something else, something often talked about but rarely glimpsed: bold political leadership - the kind of leadership that shapes polls rather than follows them. The kind that stakes out a position in a crisis without waiting to see which way the pack is running. The kind of leadership for which Americans ordinarily look to their president. Only this time the bold leadership is not coming from the White House, the State Department or the Pentagon, whose inhibitions, whatever their good intentions, remain paralyzed by fear at the thought of committing ground forces to complete the job they so hesitantly and, as it now appears, ineptly began. No, this time it is coming from a handful of Republican politicians, led by Senator John McCain, who had the guts to get in front of the public opinion and make the case that the moral and strategic stakes in Kosovo are high, and that when America starts a war it needs to win it - even if that means using ground forces.
It now appears that Clinton wants to win a war without waging a war. His administration continues to cling to the hope that victory can be achieved by air power alone. But whether or not that proposition ever made sense, the way the United States and NATO have conducted the air war - with Vietnam style gradualism - has made success nearly impossible. Driving Serb forces out of Kosovo is now going to require U.S. and NATO ground troops. Mobilization for a ground war will take weeks: the longer Clinton waits, the better Milosevic's chances to win - either on the battlefield or at the negotiating table.
Dictators around the world and other would-be Milosevics who have not yet made their appearance, need to know that when they carry out their brutal acts, they will not merely be resisted and turned back. They need to know that they will lose some of their power, preferably all of their power, perhaps their lives as well. They need to know that they will become marked men.
Congress can and should authorize the use of ground forces as part of a strategy for victory. There will be time later on for post-mortem on the Clinton administration's conduct of this war and for a broader debate on the principles and practice of American foreign policy. The task now is to win the war.
Love and support
Thank you for reminding us that the Littleton incident is further cause to surround those we know (and don't know) with our love and protection. Having children in school brings it close to home. For a split second after hearing the report, I felt a bolt of pain and grief as if my own children had died. I send my love and support via the heavens to all those in pain.
What this incident also brings up is the need for self-reflection of ourselves and our society. The fact that daily, children witness emotionless killing on TV, or that they can buy computer games where they blow individuals away without remorse has a huge impact. I also feel strongly that the war in Europe is further conditioning to children that killing can be justified. The ethnic cleansing is a horror. The killing to stop the cleansing is right down there with it. And the fact that innocent persons are being accidentally bombed is all but justified by NATO as a condition of war. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the parallels: a bully (jocks/Milosevic) is harming others (youngsters who are different/ethnicities who are different) and the answer is to kill them and anyone else who unfortunately happens to be in the line of fire.
Call me an idealist, pacifist, dreamer: but I know that as long as we continue to make war on our brothers and sisters upon this planet, our children will take up arms against one another. Killing is and never will be justified. We, the majority of whom claim to follow Christ as our example, should be ashamed of ourselves. We spend trillions building war machines. It's time to invest in peace. Then maybe there will be hope for the generation to come. Know you are loved.
Teach the truth
How will we teach our children not to shoot their classmates while we teach them it's fine to murder their own babies?
How do we teach them that human life is sacred while we teach them that their ancestors were apes and life evolved from a rock?
Will more legislation stop the killing? Not if the past is any key to the future.
Teach your children the truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," John 14:6. In Psalms, David wrote, "His truth shall be your shield," Psalms 91:4.
Our children must be taught the truth - moral absolutes that come from the Bible. God's word is timeless and unchanging.
A great few years
We are writing this letter regarding a teacher, coach and friend of ours, Paul Roskelley. Realizing that at this point it is probably best for him and the school district to split company, we wish not to sway you one way or another on the matter, but to shed light on how he has affected us through his short tenure here.
Being varsity baseball players for a year before and two years during his time in Pagosa, we could tell you all about how he took us from being one of the worst teams in the league, to winning consecutive league championships. However, these championships pale in contrast to what we've gained from him off the field. He's taught us the importance of self-discipline and how to be a well-rounded person. He taught us to critically think through everything from sports, to religion, to life in general. Since moving here a few years ago, he has been one of the biggest influences in our lives. We ask not that you take a side in this situation, but simply that you look at both sides without making preconceived judgments. Thanks coach for a great few years.
Thomas Rigia and
Sue Donlon of Pagosa Springs was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on Saturday, April 24, 1999, at the Maxwell Museum on the University of New Mexico campus.
She is currently employed by Indian Health Services and serves as public health nurse for the Jicarilla Apache Tribe in Dulce, N.M.
Donlon is an alumna of the University of New Mexico School of Nursing and joins the Gamma Sigma Chapter (New Mexico Chapter) of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Membership in Sigma Theta Tau International is an award for individual achievement. It recognizes baccalaureate and higher degree nurses and students who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity, professional leadership potential and marked achievement in the field of nursing.
Marine Lance Cpl. John C. Borraggine, a 1996 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, recently was assigned to a combined arms exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.
Borraggine is assigned to the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division of the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Chloe Grace Hyde
Bert and Elaine Hyde of Pagosa Springs are pleased to announce the birth of their 11th grandchild, a beautiful little girl named Chloe Grace who was born on Nov. 26, 1998, to Dan and Denise Hyde of Newport Beach, Calif. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19-inches long. Chloe is blessed to have a wonderful older sister named Jasmine Nicole to play with. Thanksgiving Day 1998 was truly a day for all of our family to give thanks for the arrival of Chloe.
LISTEN TO "THE BREAD OF LIFE" - radio program on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1400 AM. Speaker Carl Lungstrum. 23tfc.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - will meet at the Heritage Building, 468 Pagosa Street, upstairs, first door on left. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.; Men's meeting, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Women's meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m. For more information call 731-4242, 731-5877, 264-2913, 731-9774 or 264-9221. nctfc.
AL-ANON - meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church. For more information call 731-5086 or 264-5421. nctfc.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS - meets Thursday nights at the Heritage Building from 7-8 p.m. 22nctfc.
THE PERSONAL BELONGINGS - of Kent Myers of 6113 S. Everett Drive, Littleton, CO, that are stored in Unit 56 of High Country Mini Storage, 58 Rainbow Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO, will be sold to the highest bidder at noon on May 7, 1999, unless all rent and fees are paid in full. 28-29c.
LAST CHANCE! - PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 1999 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 1999. 28nc.
1997 FORD ESCORT LX - 4 door, auto, air, cassette, AM/FM, clean, runs great, studded snow tires, extended warranty, 45,000 miles. $9575. 731-4944. 24nctfc.
'97 HONDA ACCORD EX - $13,650 firm. Fully loaded luxury car with sunroof for the price of an economy car. 883-5535 evenings, 883-2283 days. 25-28p.
'85 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER - 35K on engine, rebuilt transmission, new clutch and brakes, etc. Looks great, $9000 firm. (970) 264-2491 or 264-4753. 25-28p.
'84 DODGE 1/2 TON - 4x4 with overload springs, PS, PW, cassette, trailer hitch. 130,000 miles. Needs lots of TLC. $2000. 731-9663. 26-29p.
1992 FORD EXPLORER - Eddie Bauer Edition. Fully loaded, 4WD, great condition. $5900. Call 264-6872 or 731-4330, ask for Jana. 26-29p.
1986 CHEVY - 1/2 ton, 4x4, $4000. 1980 Chevy 3/4 ton, 4x4, $3100. 264-5500. 26-29p.
1993 SATURN - SC2, front wheel drive, sharp, loaded, looks like new. Priced below blue book at $6950. 264-5863. 27-28p.
1990 JEEP CHEROKEE - 4.0L, 5 speed, white/gray, new tires, nice vehicle. $4750. 264-6849. 27-29p.
1991 SUBARU LEGACY - Station wagon, 72,000 miles, great shape, auto, full-time 4WD. $6795. 264-4720. 27-28p.
1985 FORD - 3/4 ton diesel. 4WD, 4 speed, super cab. Great work truck. $4500. Pager 902-1123, home 731-4266. 27-30p.
TOYOTA 4 RUNNER - SR5, loaded, new red paint, newly overhauled. $15,900. 264-3210 work, 264-2677 home. 27-28c.
'86 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER - Excellent condition. $5000. 731-5687. 27-28p.
'90 GEO STORM - 87K, 5 speed, AC, well maintained, new tires. $3600. 264-6128. 27-28p.
1986 ISUZU TROOPER - 5 speed, 4x4, AC, stereo, $1800. 731-4735. 27tfc.
'87 NISSAN SENTRA - Great student car. Good shape, runs well. Moving, must sell! $1000 OBO. Call Kelley, 264-6862. 28-29p.
1997 FORD F150 - Extended cab, XLT trim, 4x4, excellent condition. Will consider trade. Call 264-5117 days, 264-4275 after 5 p.m. 28tfc.
1985 JEEP CHEROKEE - Runs, good body but needs paint. $1500 OBO. 264-6438. 28-29p.
'78 GMC JIMMY - 4x4, AT, PS, AC, 350, good shape. $2200. 731-9515. 28p.
'87 JEEP CHEROKEE LAREDO - 4x4, extra clean, $4000. 264-5515 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., after 5 p.m. 264-2895. 28p.
LAST CHANCE! - PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 1999 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 1999. 28nc.
1993 GMC Z71 - Short bed, 350, 5 speed, all available options, excellent condition. Also two 1990 Ford work trucks. For details, 264-4205 evenings. 28p.
1994 MAZDA NAVAJO - Fully loaded, new tires, low mileage. Will sell below blue book. 264-2354 Betty. 28-31p.
'88 BLAZER - 4WD, V6, automatic transmission, 99K. $3500 OBO. Call Larry, 731-3023 days, 731-2710 nights. 28-29p.
1994 DODGE 2500 HD - 4x4, color white, AC, power steering, power brakes, trailer brakes, trailer towing package, heavy duty bumper front/rear, custom sleeper, gooseneck hitch, 410 axles, new tires, new brakes, new windshield, 94,000 miles. $13,500 OBO. Call 264-6139, leave message. 28-29p.
INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPACE - for rent. 1000 sq. ft. units with heat, bathrooms, 3-phase power, paved parking. Suitable for office, shop or storage. Has garage door and entry door. Conveniently located in Pagosa Lakes core area. $425/month. Contact James at 264-5662. 44tfc.
THE FRONTIER BUILDING - Excellent high traffic location at Piedra Road and Hwy. 160. 715 sq. ft. on ground floor with 200 sq. ft. second-floor office. $1 per sq. ft. includes utilities. 1-year lease required. Call Gary at 731-2220. 16tfc.
COMMERCIAL SPACE - Old Town Mall. High visibility. Sunetha Management, Vicki J. Buck, Broker, 731-4344. 17tfc.
1 COMMERCIAL SHOP - for rent on Hwy. 160. $750 per month. Call Todd, 731-2100. 19tfc.
FOR RENT - Two business spaces located near City Market in Pagosa Lakes core. Three phase electric available. Fifty-five cents per square foot. (970) 731-2753. 21tfc.
OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE - April 1. 468 Pagosa Street. Upstairs in the Heritage Building. 200 sq. ft. private restroom and storage. $170 per month. 264-6656. 21tfc.
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE - for retail space in the River Center. High visitor traffic. 264-6147. 22tfc.
1200+ SQ. FT. - suitable for retail, office or shop space. Large overhead door, paved parking, located on Hwy. 160 next to Absolute Travel. $700 per month plus utilities. 731-5153. 23tfc.
COMMERCIAL SPACE - for rent. All or part of 5000 sq. ft. at 40¢ per sq. ft. 731-9563 or 731-3459. 23-28p.
COMMERCIAL SPACE - Downtown Pagosa. High visibility. Sunetha Management, Vicki J. Buck, Broker, 731-4344. 24tfc.
1000 SQ. FT. SHOP - Heat, overhead door, entrance door, plenty of parking. $375. 731-4792, 731-4047. 26-29p.
OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE - Upstairs in the Hersch Building located at 452 Pagosa Street. 300 sq. ft., all utilities paid, $325 a month. Call 264-5000. 27-28c.
SINGLE OFFICE - Upstairs, with restroom, overlooking river. Downtown, walk to banks, courthouse and post office. Pagosa Hotel Mall, 264-4578 or 264-4796. 27tfc.
FREE STANDING - 1600 sq. ft., high visibility building on main street. $2000/month lease. Jim Kelley, (970) 731-5344 or P. O Box 3566, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 27-30p.
RIGHT ON MAIN STREET - 800 sq. ft. older home with 400 sq. ft. garage. Right next door to Big A Auto Parts. $535/month. Great commercial potential for small business that needs main street exposure. 264-2456. 28c.
LAST CHANCE! - PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 1999 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 1999. 28nc.
OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT - One large or two small offices upstairs. Rio Grande Savings, 731-4701. 28-29c.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY - 1.23 acres, 1/4 mile west of downtown, north side of Highway 160. 264-4574. 46-1p.
WOLF CREEK CORRIDOR - Hwy. 160 frontage, 6± acres, all utilities. $129,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 21tfc.
FOR SALE - Custom quality, unique log four-plex chalet on the golf course, lake and sunset views. Beautifully maintained one-of-a-kind property secluded at the end of a cul-de-sac. 3200+ sq. ft. includes two spacious 2 bedroom/1 and a half bath townhouse units with fireplaces, large decks, washers/dryers and lots of storage. Two additional studio units are perfect vacation/ski rentals. Two oversized 2 car garages, storage closets, ample parking area and easy care landscaping. Units always rented. Great for owner occupant or investor. Will cooperate with agents. $319,000. By owner, 264-6656. 28tfc.
61 MINI STORAGE UNITS - 2 bedroom apartment, 2 shops, over 1 acre available for expansion. Fastest growing commercial area in Pagosa. Owner financing or 1031 exchange available. Paul Carpino Realty, 731-2053. 12tfc.
PEPPERS MEXICAN RESTAURANT - $140,000. Includes open books, all inventory. It's a money-maker. (970) 731-1111. 22-29p.
ONE-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE - Clientele established, great market, room for expansion. Assume lease, in good location, inventory included plus displays. Inquire with owner. $18,500. Call 264-4777 or 731-5740 evenings. 26-29p.
LARGE 2 BEDROOM - 2 bath with fabulous views of mountains and lake. Only $74,900. Pagosa Real Estate Store LLC, 731-2175, 800-560-6050. 39tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 2 bath, sunken living room, gas fireplace. View of mountains and lake. $79,700. 731-9198. 21-32p.
SADDLES BOUGHT AND SOLD - Ross Boot and Saddle, 264-2122. 35tfc.
RANCH SITTING - I feed and water ranch animals. Experienced, references available. Call 264-6680. 12-30p.
BALENTI HORSESHOEING - Hot, cold and corrective shoeing. Reasonable rates; guaranteed work. Call 731-5437. 18tfc.
HORSESHOEING - Prompt, reliable service. Call Glen, 731-3665. 21-32p.
HORSES FOR SALE - Dan Snow, 731-3171. 21-28p.
GOATS FOR SALE - Milkers, yearlings, bucks, kids. Most are Nubian, some crosses Evenings, 731-9563. 23-28p.
2-YEAR-OLD GENTLE PONY - Black and white paint gelding, $500. 11-year-old gelding, $1800. 731-2573. 26-29p.
AQHA BUCKSKIN GELDING - 4 years old, 14.2 hands, good disposition. $2200. Call 264-5662. 26-29c.
GATED PERUVIAN PASO GELDING - Asking $1700. Several great kids ponies. 731-9123. 27-28p.
SHAKLEE - for proper nutrition, use Shaklee products. For information call Marsha Preuit. 264-5910. tfc.
PAPER BUNDLES FOR FIRE STARTER - 10¢ each. Pick up at The Pagosa Springs SUN, 466 Pagosa Street. 12tfcnc.
LOG CABIN PACKAGE - $12,945. 24'x32' with 8' porch roof, 7' coped and notched logs. Log beam, 2"x6" T&G roof. Free catalog, (307) 684-2445. 20tfc.
CARHARTT WORK CLOTHES - Georgia work boots. Best selection, best prices. Gem Village Country Store, 39793 Hwy. 160, Bayfield. (970) 884-9440. 31tfc.
FRESH PRODUCE - Certified Organic and seasonal Local Organic. Joy's Natural Foods Market. 117 Navajo Trail Drive. 731-1500. 18tfc.
CONCRETE FORMS - for sale. Simplex Systems, 8' and 4' turnbuckles. Inquire at 264-2596. 20-31p.
8 FT. SATELLITE DISH - UST 4500. Uniden Video Cipher 2 plus - descrambler equipped. List price $3500, sacrifice $1500. Jonesy, 264-6807. 21tfc.
FIREWOOD - Delivered. Aspen, spruce and oak. Full cord, $130-$175. Call 264-4362, leave message. 24-29p.
ALTEC 19 SPEAKERS - $895/pair. Antique RCA record display, $50. Child's battery operated car, $75. 22 cu. ft. Sears freezer, $295. Rocking horse, $35. Home beer-making kit, $35. 264-9083. 25-28p.
WINCHESTER MODEL 70 SPORTER - Walnut checkered stock, .243, Redfield rings and bases, Simmons 4-12x44 Whitetail Classic scope. $525. Excellent shape, one year old and no paperwork to file. 731-9286. 25nctfc.
'74 CHRYSLER - Good condition. New tire 235/75R15. Lawn mower, 5 hp Briggs I.C. Table, chairs, couch, excellent condition. 14" Mag wheels for Pontiac. Charcoal grill. Gary, 264-4847. 26-29c.
LAPTOP COMPUTER FOR SALE - Macintosh PowerBook 2300C with mini dock, 14.4 internal modem, 1.1 GB, 20 RAM, $600 OBO. 731-3102. 26-28p.
OAK DINING TABLE - with 8 upholstered chairs. Matching oak China cabinet. For appointment, call 264-2572 days, 731-0015 evenings. 27tfc.
BERBER CARPET - Cream/tan/brown, 3 pieces, 12x12, 6x7, 4x18. Paid over $500. Sell for $300. 264-5451. 27-28p.
THOMASVILLE DINING ROOM SET - with hutch. $1500. 731-9381. 26-29p.
Y2K COMPLAINT - Wood burning cook stove. A bargain at $1600. See at 118 Highland in the Vista. Take Bonanza to Lake and turn right. 27-28p.
2 HORSE TRAILER - Excellent condition. '94 Nissan Sentra XE. Call (970) 883-2356. 27-28p.
OLD PAWN NAVAJO - and Zuni Indian jewelry for sale. Rings, bracelets, necklaces. Excellent quality. Call 731-3382. 27-28p.
TREADLE SEWING MACHINES - In Chama, (505) 756-2539. 27-31p.
PICNIC TABLES - Sealed redwood, $65 each. 42"x84" glass, 1/4 inch polished edges, free. 731-5279. 27tfc.
PIANO - 1930's Wurlizer, upright. $400 OBO. 731-9717. 27-30p.
NEW UNASSEMBLED - steel building. One 10,000 sq. ft. Was $40,000+, will sell for $29,000. One 6000 sq. ft. with warranty/plans. Don, 1-800-292-0111. 28-29p.
REPOSSESSED 4 ARCH - type steel buildings. Two never assembled. Save up to 50%. Ready now for immediate delivery. 20x28, 25x44, 35x56. Call today, 1-800-222-6335. 28p.
BLUE SPRUCE TREES - Locally grown, pick your own. Trees from 5'-11', priced per foot. Call Brad or Kelley, 264-6862 days, or 731-2956 evenings or leave message. 28-29p.
CANON AE-1 - programmed camera with 50 mm and 70-200 zoom lenses. Excellent condition. $280. Jan Brookshier, 264-4275 after 6 p.m. 28-29c.
KENMORE WASHER - $65. 264-2602. 28p.
BLACK 1984 ASPENCADE - Very good condition. New battery, new Dunlaps. Driver back rest. Helmets. Cargo trailer. Extras. 65K miles. Asking $3900. Contact Moose, 749-4969. 28-29p.
2-DOOR RESTAURANT - stainless steel freezer. $1250. 264-4268 or 264-4236. 28-29c.
2 SEAT STROLLER - $15. Electric stove, $35. Two beauty sinks, $10 each. Electric baseboard heater, $10. Two chairs, $20 each. Dustless sheetrock sander, $10. Stereo components: CD, cassette, speakers, RCVR. $145 total or separate. 731-4589. 28p.
CHICKERING PIANO - Very nice. Chama, (505) 756-2539. 28-31p.
BRAND NEW - Nashua, Signal and Liberty homes. Lowest prices available. Aspen Springs Homes, (970) 731-4854. 12tfc.
BE A HOME OWNER - Purchase a new 1200 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with all of the modern conveniences, and enjoy all city amenities, plus Fairfield benefits. Many floor plans to choose from. Call for details on our land/home packages, and you could be a home owner soon. Wolf Creek Homes, 731-6633. 24tfc.
PRICED TO SELL - $22,500. 12x70 trailer on land in Vista. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Must see. Home number 731-9638, work number 264-2175, ask for Judy. 25-28p.
STARTER HOME FSBO - 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile. 14x56, wood stove, storage shed, dog pen. 557 Lake Street. $21,000 OBO. 884-5153. 25-28p.
2 BEDROOM - 2 bath mobile home. 12'x65' at Rock Ridge Mobile Home Park. $5000. 731-5306. 26tfc.
NEW MOBILE HOME - spaces available for rent at Rock Ridge Mobile Home Park. Call Todd, 731-2121. 27tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 1 bath mobile for sale. Call 731-4520. 28-29p.
PEPPERS MEXICAN RESTAURANT - Needs line cooks and wait persons. 731-1111. 18-29p.
PAINTER - Experienced only (5 years minimum). Salary based on experience. Benefits offered, 264-4520. 21tfc.
NOW HIRING FOR - spring and summer positions. All shifts available. If you enjoy working with a skilled and motivated crew, apply in person, Riverside Restaurant. 24tfc.
JOURNEYMAN OR APPRENTICE - electrician. 264-5133. 25-28c.
EXPERIENCED TRUCK DRIVER - with CDL. Call 731-2374. 25-28c.
COSMETOLOGIST WANTED - for very busy salon. Studio 160, 731-2273. 25-28c.
SUMMER WORKERS - for Town's Park Fun program available, youth and adult workers needed, full and part time. Sports camp workers also needed. Apply by April 30 at Town Hall, 264-4151. 25-28c.
NAIL TECH WANTED - for very active salon. Set your own schedule to work in a fun, peaceful atmosphere. Call 731-4847 or send resume to P.O. Box 2983, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 25tfc.
EARTH GRAINS/HOLSUM - seeks 2 route sales people for Pagosa Springs marketing area. Must be willing to work long hours, early morning. Excellent pay and benefits. (970) 731-9895 or (970) 884-8116. EEOC Employer. 25-28p.
JOIN OUR TEAM - and become a community supporter. Be a volunteer advocate for victims of crime. Training provided. Must have excellent listening and communication skills. For more information call Carmen at the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program at 264-9075. 26-31c.
ARCHULETA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 JOINT - is now accepting applications for the following 1999-2000 teaching positions: High School Social Studies teacher. Application may be obtained by contacting Robyn Bennett at (970) 264-2228. Applications must be received by the Administration Office by May 7, 1999. Applicants must be licensed or certified in Colorado. Archuleta School District 50 Joint is an Equal Opportunity Employer. http:/familyeducation.com/co/archuleta. 26-28c.
WANTED - Experienced equipment operator and experienced diesel mechanic. Call Ken at Smithco Construction, 264-4210. 26-28c.
THE ARCHULETA COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE - has an opening for a 25 hour per week entry level secretarial position with dual responsibility with the extension and fair board. The ideal applicant will possess the following secretarial characteristics: good written and verbal communication, date entry and excellent organizational skills. Computer skills are a must. Applicant must attend fair board meetings and take an active role in the county fair. All applications must be submitted with a resume. Archuleta County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services. Applications can be acquired and accepted at the Archuleta County Extension Office through May 7, 1999, or mail to Archuleta County Extension Office, P.O. Box 370, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 26-28c.
ALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE - at Seafood Cafe. Apply in person before 11 a.m. 26-29c.
TYPIST/RECEPTIONIST - The Pagosa Springs SUN is accepting applications for a typist/receptionist. Successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, self-starting individual who enjoys working in a busy environment. Applicants should have the ability to handle a variety of tasks while maintaining a high standard of work. Must be a high performer with the ability to meet objectives in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment where a strong emphasis is placed on team work. Duties will include: typing, rewriting of press releases, production, text layout, mail room, assisting customers, telephone support and file management. Successful candidate must have experience with Macintosh or Windows. Applicant should be detail-oriented, demonstrate time-management skills and type a minimum of 40 words per minute. Spelling and good customer relation skills are a must. Newspaper experience not required. This is a year-round position, approximately 40 hours per week. Pay depends on experience. Please pick up application at front office or mail resume to: Typesetter Position, The Pagosa Springs SUN, Box 9, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 1999. No phone calls please. 27-28nc.
PART-TIME PAGOSA AREA - Make money, have fun, meet people. $10-$15/hour, small investment required. Ask for Thomas, (970) 884-5233. 27-28p.
NOW HIRING ALL POSITIONS - Wait person, counter, prep cook, dishwasher. Apply in person at the Rolling Pin, 264-2255. 27-28p.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT/HOUSEKEEPING - Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, Southwestern Colorado's newest nursing home and assisted living center has full-time openings for both of these positions. We are looking for caring people who are dedicated to caring for the elderly and disabled. Come join our team of caring people. Full health and life insurance packages provided. Pine Ridge is now under new management. We are an equal opportunity employer. If interested call 731-4330 or come by for an application to: 119 Bastille Drive, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 27-28c.
LINE COOKS NEEDED - Greenhouse Restaurant has rare openings for 2 positions in our upbeat, creative kitchen. If you want to be part of a winning team stop by for an application. No experience necessary. Will teach you to cook or bring your experience to share with us. Ask for Bob or Shaun any day after 2 p.m. 27-28c.
ENERGETIC, RESPONSIBLE PERSON - needed to work in a multi-faceted, busy environment. People skills a must, flexible hours may include evenings and weekends. Apply at Spa Motel. 27-30c.
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE - and cleanup person. Apply in person at Spa Motel. 27-30c.
ARCHULETA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 JOINT - is accepting applications for a full-time Food Service-Fixed Assets Director. A minimum of three (3) years experience in food service management and computer experience is required. Applications and job descriptions are available at the Administration Office between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling Robyn Bennett at (970) 264-2228. Application deadline is May 5, 1999. For more information call Nancy Schutz at (970) 264-2228. 27-28c.
OUTREACH/TRAINING COORDINATOR - Recruit, train and support advocates for consumers of Mental Health services, assist consumers and families in accessing MH system, teach consumers and families advocacy. Requires proven training/volunteer management skills, background in/knowledge of systems advocacy, MH services, capable of working with individuals accessing MH services, demonstrated commitment to consumer empowerment required. Persons with mental illness and family members urged to apply. Cover letter and resume to MHOPC, P.O. Box 40479, Denver 80204-0479 by April 30, 1999. 27-28p.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT - Duties include cleaning, assisting veterinarian, reception. Must be friendly. Some computer skills. 264-2148. 27-28c.
WANTED - Tutor for 12 year old homeschooler. Part-time. $5 per hour. 731-5649. 27-28p.
OLE MINER'S STEAKHOUSE - See display ad in this week's Preview. 27-30c.
IRISH ROSE - Hiring relief cook. Motivated team players need only apply in person. No calls please. 27-28p.
PART-TIME DESK ATTENDANT POSITION - at Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center. Apply at Recreation Center, 731-2051. EOE. 27-28c.
HAIR STYLIST NEEDED - at CLIP N' CURL. Full or part-time. Ask for Dolores. Days 731-4301, evenings 731-2357. 27-30c.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? - Confidentiality a must with this position. Fast paced real estate office needs a temporary, part-time receptionist for May through September. May work into a permanent position. You'll work 8:30 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. If you enjoy people, are self-motivated and dependable, we'd love to add you to our staff! Send resume to Betty Johann Realty, 56 Talisman #2, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 27tfc.
CARPENTER/HELPER - 2-3 years experience, tools, transportation, phone, references required. Days 749-5612, evenings 385-5549. 27-28p.
LANDSCAPING AND CONSTRUCTION - laborer wanted. Call 731-9238. 27-30p.
CARPENTER WITH TOOLS - and transportation needed. Call 731-9238. 27-30p.
NOW PAYING MORE THAN EVER - Master Corp housekeeping at Fairfield Pagosa is now taking applications for housekeepers, supervisors and laundry personnel. We offer a $50 sign on bonus and our staff is awarded with $500 in-seasonal bonus pay in addition to average wages of $9-$12 per hour once trained. Applicants must be available to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday on a weekly basis and have reliable transportation. Don't miss this opportunity to join our new management team. Call 731-4294 Monday-Thursday, 9-5 or leave message after hours. 28-29c.
COOK WANTED - Mountain resort, salary based on experience. Quiet Moose Lodge, Lake City, CO. 1-800-650-1221. 28-29p.
ATTENTION! - 31 people needed to lose 5-100 pounds. All natural, doctor recommended. Call Sherry, 1-800-242-0363, ext. 2068. 28p.
ARCHULETA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 JOINT - in Pagosa Springs is seeking bids for approximately 70,000 square feet of asphalt paving. Bids are due on May 10. Additional information may be obtained at the District Administration Office located at 309 Lewis Street, or by calling (970) 264-2228. 28-29c.
LAS MONTANAS - has a full time position for an experienced line cook. Good pay, summer bonus. Apply in person. 28-31c.
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION - BECOME A THERAPEUTIC FOSTER PARENT. Why? Because children should not have to be separated from their families and leave the community to get help for their special needs. Benefits are financial assistance, $800-$1200 per month for the child's care; training opportunities at no cost and feelings of a job well done. For more information, contact the Department of Social Services at 264-2182. 28-31c.
MALE MODELS WANTED - Western shots. The more cowboy the better. Horse sense beneficial, must be photogenic. Send photo to: Photo Opportunity, P. O. Box 2574, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Include telephone and mailing address. Send S.A.S.E. for return of photo. 28p.
FULL-TIME OFFICE/SECRETARY - Hogs Breath. Call Denny, 731-2626. 28c.
THE CORNER STORE - Accepting applications for a full-time clerk position. Successful applicant will work well with the public, be a team player and pass a required background check. Excellent pay and benefits for long term employees. EOE. Apply in person at 40 Piedra Road. 28tfc.
HOUSES FOR SALE
FOR SALE BY OWNER - New 1997 Giancaspro-built, 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch, cedar siding, one car attached garage, decks, gas heat fireplace, Berber carpet, sprinkler system, cul-de-sac, mountain and lake views, greenbelt. 70 Bunker Court. Reduced price, $132,900. Local (970) 264-6656. 20-28p.
CHARMING, NEW - log style home in nature setting, waiting for your personal touch. Walk out to large deck from dining area, master or guest bedroom. Beautiful views, fireplace, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 664 Antelope. 731-3530. 7tfc.
2/3 BEDROOM HOME - 3 other outbuildings. Midway between elementary and high schools. Easy access to post office and proposed rec center via Apache Street Bridge. Great mountain and town views. $105,000. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 12tfc.
3 BEDROOM MODULAR - Close to town, oversized garage, natural gas heat. $117,000. RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES, (970) 264-2168. 13tfc.
SECLUDED SOLAR HOME - efficient, 3 bedroom, 2 bath solar envelope home on 40 acres adjoining national forest on two sides. Located in beautiful Cabezon Canyon. $298,000. RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES, (970) 264-2168. 13tfc.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - Modular home. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large garage/workshop, 3 acres, 3 minutes from town, exquisite views of San Juan Mountains. Just reduced $5,000 to $120,000. Call 9-10 a.m., 4-6 p.m., 264-5114. 21-32p.
DESIGNED FOR EASY LIVING - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1997 custom cedar ranch. 3 car garage, radiant floor heat, loaded with amenities. $174,900. 1-888-810-0812. 17tfc.
FABULOUS 2000 SQ. FT. - house on the rim in Lake Forest Estates. Almost complete, lots of custom extras. Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate, 731-4065. 18tfc.
PRISTINE HORSE PROPERTY - 3 bedroom, 3 bath. Elaborate 6-stall barn, box stalls. 24 x 16. Heated waterers, 5 acres, more acreage available. Rides of a lifetime in nearby national forest. Incredible views of Pagosa Peak. $476,000. 731-3373. 19tfc.
EXQUISITE MOUNTAIN HOME - 11 years old, redecorated winter '98-99. Fabulous deck and views of Continental Divide. Best trout fishing in Pagosa area. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, excellent condition. Blue Mountain Ranches in Upper Blanco Basin, 9 miles off Hwy. 84 on CR 326. $350,000. Call owner at (316) 636-9601. 19tfc.
3200 SQ. FT. - custom home on 5 acres. 3 bedroom, 2 3/4 baths, oversized 3 car garage, seasonal stream, slate and hardwood floors, gorgeous views. Lots of extras at 400 Scenic Dr. (970) 731-3530. 21-28p.
HOUSE FOR SALE - 3 bedroom, 3 bath doublewide mobile home with office/study, mudroom, open spacious living room, dining room and family room; on 1 acre with view. $89,900. 731-3964 or 731-3323. 25-32p.
NEW SUMMIT CREST - doublewide. 1351 sq. ft. on 1 acre lot. $79,000. Or, one 1653 sq. ft., $89,000 on 1-acre lot or on your own lot. Call for prices. Timber Homes Factory Direct Dealer, 731-5306. 25tfc.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - 2 bedroom, 1 bath flat topped A-frame cabin on 3 pretty and private acres in Aspen Springs. Artesian well with sweet water (even without electricity!), valuable water privileges and year-round stream. Wood/electric heat. $89,900. 264-5210. 25-28p.
BONNAVILLA DOUBLEWIDE - 1827 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bath, fireplace, deck, fenced yard and lawn on greenbelt. Views. $89,000. 731-9371. 26-29p.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - Home on 2 acres, fenced for horses, 3 bedroom, 1 bath with passive solar sunroom. $139,000. Private and close to town. Off Cemetery Road, 61 Buena Vista Place. (808) 876-1432, local contact 264-6985. 26-31p.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - 233 Sweetwater, Twin Creek Village. 2200 square feet with 2 bedrooms, bath, family/play room downstairs and 2 bedrooms, bath, kitchen/living area with massive stone fireplace upstairs. Double garage with storage space. Beautiful landscaping with aspens and blue spruce. Priced below appraised value at $199,500. Call 731-9948, Mary and Bob Hooper. 26-29p.
ON LAKE HATCHER - New two-story home. 1600 sq. ft., beautiful lake views, attached 2 car garage, ready for your move in soon. Priced to sell at $159,000. Call Wolf Creek Homes, 731-6633. 27tfc.
ARBOLES/LAKE NAVAJO - Newly built structure covers remodeled 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile. Enclosed car port, all utilities, deck and views, heavily treed acre, private. $78,500. 1-800-827-5757. 27-29p.
LOG HOME - on Lake Pagosa. 1400 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 lots, natural gas and wood stove. Price worth noticing. $102,000. 731-4065. 27-28c.
I HAVE SEVERAL - homes, condos, and vacant pieces of land with owner financing available. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
DISTRESS SALE - Golf course home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 400 sq. ft. unfinished above 2 car garage. Won't last long at $109,900, $5000 rebate for fix-ups. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
NEW LISTING - Extremely nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, family room and fireplace. Shows like new, on 2 lots, mountain views. Appraised for $122,000 in 1998, now $102,500. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
NEW LISTING - 2 or 3 bedroom log home. One level, 2 car garage, full basement. 1 1/4 acre, near Blanco River and national forest. Good well. Priced for quick sale. $132,500. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
BRAND NEW HOME - Almost completed, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 kitchens. Mother-in-law quarters, fireplace. Spectacular mountain views, 3 acres. $365,000. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
PRICE REDUCED $5000 - for quick sale. 1800± sq. ft. home, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage with shop on 2 lots. Now $144,900. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
NEW LISTING - Log home on river. 3800± sq. ft. 10+ irrigated acres, water rights. Close to national forest. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
BY OWNER - Loveliest house in downtown Pagosa. 2200 sq. ft. Victorian on .8 acre lot. 4 bedrooms, studio/office, basement with root cellar, 700 sq. ft. detached workshop, barn, views. $249K. (970) 264-2491. 28-31p.
SINGLEWIDE - 2 bedroom, very large covered deck, very private with big, big views of Navajo Lake. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 28c.
PRICE BELOW APPRAISAL - Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on large lot. 1800 sq. ft., 2 car garage, Lake Hatcher area. 731-9231. 28-31p.
FREE TO GOOD HOME - English Springer Spaniel. Neutered male. 731-5041 evenings, 731-2711 days. 28-31c.
AKC LHASA - female puppy. Shots and wormed. 731-9192. 28p.
HOSPICE CARE - A special kind of caring. Call 731-9190. 21tfcnc.
DRUG HOT LINE - Call 264-BUST to report any illegal drug activity. 32tfcnc.
REPORT KNOWLEDGE OF CRIMINAL ACTS - To Crime Stoppers, 264-2131. You may be entitled to a reward. Anonymity guaranteed. 19tfcnc.
SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE - for confidential support and information. 247-5400. 9tfc.
ALTERNATIVE HORIZONS - 24 hour domestic violence hotline. Confidential help available. 247-9619. 26tfc.
PREGNANT? DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO? - Call the Pregnancy Support Center. 264-3733. 16tfc.
CHACO CANYON EXPEDITION/EXCURSION - Need 5 unmarried persons, ages 40-55. Camp Chaco Indian Ruins for one week in June. Hike, photograph, paint, etc. 731-3382. 27-28p.
73 IRRIGATED ACRES - Close to Navajo Lake, wooded build site, 3 hay cuttings. $255,675. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 24tfc.
90+ ACRES - with irrigation bordering Navajo Lake State Park. Big views, excellent building site, must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm. 28c.
27 ACRES - of irrigated pasture, 1-year-old doublewide, large horse barn with possible 11 stalls. Approximately 5 miles south of Ignacio. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm. 28c.
40± ACRES - with irrigation in Arboles. Borders Hwy. 151. Great pasture, piñons and cedars. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 28c.
1985 SNOWMOBILE OR - ATV trailer, dual axle, tilt. $450. Evenings, 731-4341. 21-28p.
MUST SELL - 1996 28' Starcraft camp trailer. Loaded, like new, must see to appreciate. Located at Turkey Springs and 160. $10,500 OBO. Patty, 731-5143. 25-28p.
PONTOON BOAT - 18 ft., 1990 with trailer, 50 hp motor plus Mankota trolling motor, 42 pound thrust, lots of extras. $5750. 731-5489. 27-28c.
1977 BASS BOAT - Excellent condition, 70 hp Johnson, trailer, depth gauge, electric trolling motor, two high seats, live tanks, electric tilt. $2000. 731-2115, 731-2703. 27-30p.
FISHING SEASON IS ON - I have the boat to catch them. 16 foot fiberglass V hull with 55 horse outboard, recently overhauled and new lower unit. Boat is on a trailer which goes with it. The whole unit for only $750 (OBO). Call (970) 731-5662, leave message on the voice mail if no answer. 28-31c.
LAKE FRONT LOTS - with great mountain views. Totals one half acre. Price, $39,900. Pagosa Real Estate Store LLC, 731-2175, 800-560-6052. 39tfc.
3+ ACRES - Great mountain views. All usable land. Owners will carry. Only $29,900. Pagosa Real Estate Store LLC, 731-2175, 800-560-6052. 39tfc.
NINE CITY LOTS - adjacent to new high school. $135,000 for all. Call 264-4862, Shari or Buck. 40nctfc.
LAND/HOME PACKAGES - for modular and manufactured homes are available with easy financing. Call Wolf Creek Homes for more information, 731-6633. 50tfc.
MOUNTAIN CABIN SITES - in Pagosa Springs, CO. 1 acre to 40 acres and sizes in between. Quality views, trees, some against national forest. Owner will finance up to 10 years. (970) 264-4574. 13-12p.
HUGE VIEWS - Del Norte, four 35-acre parcels, big views Sangre de Cristos and San Juans, bordering Rio Grande National Forest. $40,000-$60,000. RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES, (970) 264-2168. 13tfc.
SPIRIT HORSE RANCH - 120 acres with large well-stocked lake, big mountain views, secluded. $275,000. RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES, (970) 264-2168 13tfc.
BY OWNER - 2 lots. Approximately 1/2 acres in Twin Creek Village. On the greenbelt next to the canyon. All utilities in. $8500 each or $16,000 for both. Owner will carry with 10% down. 10% discount for cash. Call Wayne at 731-4181. 14tfc.
310 ACRES - bordering national forest, log cabin, great for family vacations or big game hunting. Panoramic views. Will divide into 40-acre tracts. Located approximately 11 miles west of Pagosa Springs. Owners, (972) 875-3109 or (903) 675-7171. 21-32p.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - 10.5 wooded acres, all utilities, great views, one mile from town, convenient seclusion. $94,900. Call 264-9867. 21-28p.
LARGEST SELECTION OF ACREAGES - All have great roads, underground utilities, low, low agricultural taxes and owner terms. NEW on market and very rare - ELK PARK, 35 acres, 5 miles from town. City water, borders national forest, views. From $225K Land Prop Gary or Claudia, (970) 731-9255.Check out our website www.swcolorado.com. email@example.com. 22-29c.
BY OWNER - 1.7 acres in Aspen Springs. Corner lot, close to highway. $8500 OBO. (505) 864-0797. 23-30p.
FOR SALE OR LEASE - 3 acres with 256' highway frontage with 664 sq. ft. building. 264-5142. 23-30p.
20 ACRES - heavily treed ponderosa, two sides national forest, secluded, quiet, deer, elk. Electric, phone available. $90,000. 731-2115, 731-2703. 24-31p.
LOT FOR SALE - in Highlands Estates. View of lake. $5300 OBO. 264-2354. 25-28p.
2 LOTS - on water on Lake Hatcher. Fish from your own boat dock. Fabulous views, great building site of 1/2 acre. $36,900 OBO. (520) 474-9862. 27-29p.
3 ACRES - in Continental Estates. Unsurpassed views, wonderful building site, quality environment, great access for skiing, town, etc. $44,900 OBO. (520) 474-9862. 27-29p.
ARBOLES AREA - 51.50 acres/40 shares, irrigation water, building site with a view, water well, self sufficient Y2K living. 264-4298. 27-28c.
40 ACRES BY OWNER - Enrolled in state forest tree farm, Aspen Springs area. Very secluded with excellent views. (956) 943-8404, fax (956) 943-8404. 27-30p.
I HAVE SEVERAL - investment properties. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 27-28c.
FOR SALE BY OWNER - Aspen Springs. 1.7 acres includes 2 bedroom, 1 bath trailer, 1800 gallon cistern. $51,000. 731-3487. 27tfc.
LAKE FOREST ESTATES - Lot 446 on Beaver Circle. Treed with lake view. For sale by owner, $17,000. Call 731-9238. 27-30p.
LAKE FOREST ESTATES - Lot 483, Fawn Court. For sale, $8500. Call 731-9238. 27-29p.
TWINCREEK VILLAGE - Lot 672. 25 Monarch Court. For sale by owner, $14,000. Call 731-9238. 27-29p.
VISTA LOTS - 112, 449, 484, 520, for sale. For information call 731-9238. 27-30p.
MOBILE HOME LOT - #596 Vista. Beautiful property, all utilities, paved road. $7500 with financing terms, 10% discount for cash. 731-4894. 28-35p.
I HAVE SEVERAL - new listings on the water. River and lake properties, homes and vacant land, small pieces of river property, .80 acre to 510 acres. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. isellpagosa.com. 28c.
ARBOLES - Acre lots. We do have a few building sites available with views of Navajo Lake. You will love living here, even if it's just for a weekend retreat. Central water. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 28c.
2 LOTS IN PAGOSA SPRINGS - to be sold as one. Near the high school. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 28c.
LAKEVIEW ESTATES - Lot 118 on Lighthouse Drive. All utilities, gas, taps paid. $7500. 731-9192. 28p.
PAGOSA PINES II - Lots 321 and 322 on Park Avenue. All utilities, gas, taps paid. $6800 for both. 731-9192. 28p.
1/2 TO 2.44 ACRES - in Colorado's most scenic seasonal areas. 12 miles north of Pagosa Springs. Surrounded by San Juan Forest, Weminuche Wilderness nearby. All utilities available. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 28tfc.
WORK WANTED - Retired nurse will sit with sick or anyone on hospice, days or nights. (970) 731-5346. 26-29p.
DUCKS AND RABBITS WANTED - to run free at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Call 264-5546. 28-30c.
BE SURE TO CHECK - for more yard sales in the Too Late To Classify section. 30tfcnc.
YARD CLOTHING SALE - Great women's summer clothes, sizes 7-14. Tea length wedding dress, size 14. 288 Bonanza, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1. No early birds please. 731-9806. 28p.
GARAGE SALE - May 1, 8:30 a.m. 16 Putter Court. 5 piece bedroom set, $500 firm. Saddles, furniture, clothes, TV, miscellaneous. 28c.
CLEAN OUT SALE - More stuff added. 1201 Mill Creek Road (by Rodeo Grounds, 1.2 miles on right.) April 30, May 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 28-29c.
VACATIONERS - We have fully furnished homes and condos for rent by the day, week or month. Call and check our prices and variety of selection. Pagosa Realty Rentals. Box 1619, Pagosa Springs. CO 81147. (970) 731-5515. 21tfc.
KIVA MINI STORAGE UNITS - now available. Sizes 8x12, 12x24, 16x24. Fairfield Industrial Park, 90 Bastille Road. Call 264-6116. 45tfc.
HIGH COUNTRY MINI STORAGE - Most sizes available. Paved, lighted, security. Behind Pizza Hut. Call 264-9142. 44tfc.
METICULOUS VACATION CONDO - 2+2 with full kitchen, TV, VCR. Two days to monthly. No smokers or pets. 264-6656. 2tfc.
HORSE RANCH FOR RENT - 2200 sq. ft. custom home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large storage barn. 6 month lease, $1400 per month. Call 731-2100. 14tfc.
IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY - Sunetha Management has a variety of long-term rentals available. Vicki J. Buck, Broker, 731-4344. 17tfc.
FABULOUS CABIN - Sleeps 4-6. By the week or month, private ranch Upper Piedra. Available May, June, July. 731-2010. 18-28p.
BLANCO RIVER - 3 bedroom, 1 bath mobile, acreage, wood stove. Couple or adults preferred. $550, first and last plus deposit. Gary, 264-4847. 19tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 1 bath unfurnished apartment. Gas heat. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 19tfc.
VACATIONERS: EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN - and well-maintained two story condo, two bedrooms (sleeps four maximum), 1 3/4 baths, fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchen. Located in core area, close to new City Market. $400/week or $1200/month, May 15 through October 15. NO PETS and NO SMOKERS - NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact owners (970) 731-2017, evenings best. 20-37p.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS - Extra nice 1 bedroom flat, full kitchen, furnished, W/D. $550 month. 264-2800. 21-28p.
2 BEDROOM - Fully furnished condo. $650/month. Also, larger 2 bedroom condo, $650/month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 22tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 1 1/2 bath unfurnished condo. Three to choose from. $600 a month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 23tfc.
NEWER DUPLEX UNIT - 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, appliances, single garage. Radiant hot water heat paid. One year lease. $700 plus security deposit. Available May 1. 547 E. Golf. 884-4077. 24tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 1 1/2 bath unfurnished condo. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 24tfc.
LONG TERM RENTALS - Sunetha Management has a variety of properties available. Vicki J. Buck, Broker. 731-4344. 24tfc.
BE A HOME OWNER - Purchase a new 1200 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with all for the modern conveniences, and enjoy all city amenities, plus Fairfield benefits. Many floor plans to choose from. Call for details on our land/home packages, and you could be a home owner soon. Wolf Creek Homes, 731-6633. 24tfc.
3 BEDROOM - 2 bath, 10x12 shed/office, covered deck, on greenbelt, washer/dryer, natural gas. $650/month. 264-6889. 24-29p.
VACATION CONDO - For week or month. Very clean, fully furnished, near Pagosa Lodge. No smokers or pets. Call (970) 577-7115. 25-36c.
ROOMMATES WANTED - 3 bedroom, 1 bath house in town, Mesa Heights. Fenced backyard, gas heat. Call for appointment, (970) 264-2399. 25-29p.
2 BEDROOM - 1 1/2 bath mobile home. $550 a month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 25tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 1 bath house in town, paid utilities. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 25tfc.
MODERN HOUSE TO SHARE - with mature person. Non-smoker, no pets. 264-5500. 25-28p.
IN TOWN - two bedroom small house. Gas heat, no dogs. $450/month, $450 deposit. Available May 1. Call now, 264-9054. 26-28p.
3 BEDROOM - 2 1/2 bath, attached 2 car garage, Lake Forest area. N/S, no pets, mature couple preferred. 2 years new. Available June 1999 possibly sooner. $1000/month. 731-3745 or 731-9353, Toni. 26-28c.
BRAND NEW APARTMENTS - behind the new City Market. 1-3 bedrooms, gas heat. Call Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 26tfc.
3 BEDROOM - 2 bath duplex. $600/month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 26tfc.
BUILDING? - Looking before you buy? Available May 20: clean, comfortable, furnished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. $625/month plus utilities. Well-qualified prospective tenants, contact KERRY DERMODY, Management of Fine Properties, 731-5217. 26-28c.
BEAUTIFUL, SMALL EFFICIENCY - apartment with kitchenette. Views, deck, very private, cable TV, utilities included. $400/month. Single person preferred. No pets. 731-2141, Greg. 26-28p.
2 BEDROOM - 1 bath apartment. $650 per month includes utilities. Call Todd, 731-2121. 27tfc.
FURNISHED, RUSTIC A-FRAME - cabin. $450 a month plus $450 deposit. Available May 1. 731-4309. 27-28p.
3 BEDROOM - 1 bath house. 13 miles east of Bayfield on US 160. $525 plus utilities, first and last plus $300 deposit. No dogs. (970) 731-2610. 27-28p.
COUNTRY LIFESTYLE - Ground floor apartment in mountain home for single. Full kitchen, W/D, satellite, indoor garage, decks with views, utilities provided. Ten miles from town. Non smoker, good dog okay. $450 per month, lease, deposit, references. Available May 1. Call collect (505) 265-8274, Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m. or leave message. 27tfc.
FOR RENT - 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Includes all utilities except electric. Will involve some management duties of the project. Applicants must be elderly or disabled. Office is located at 503 South 8th Street, Casa de los Arcos. For more information, call 264-4828. 27-28c.
FOR RENT - Duplex on golf course. 2 bedroom, full kitchen and bath, LP heat, southwest motif. Exterior carports. 731-9374. 26-30p.
SUNNY, 2 BEDROOM - 1 bath duplex in Lake Pagosa Park. Natural gas heat, 1 car garage. 731-9206 after 5 p.m. or 731-9949 before 5 p.m. 27-28c.
LARGE UPSTAIRS - studio apartment. 274 Pagosa Street. $420 per month plus deposit. No smokers, pets with deposit. Includes all utilities and shared laundry facilities. Available now. 264-6656. 27tfc.
BEAUTIFUL NEW - 1 bedroom, 1 bath with spectacular views. Very private and quiet. In Alpha. Available now. Prefer year lease. No smokers, no pets. $650/month includes utilities. 264-6656. 27tfc.
NEW HOUSE IN TWINCREEK - with mountain views, canyon and privacy. Aspen cathedral ceiling, in floor heat, new appliances and carpet, satellite dish, 1 bedroom suite plus loft, 1 1/2 baths, garage. $700/month. No smokers or pets. Available approximately June 15. 731-3990. 27-30p.
LOOKING FOR - 6 month lease on cabin or home in country. 10 miles from Pagosa max. June occupancy. (505) 662-2000. 27-30p.
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS - 2 miles from town. 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home. Very nice, private. $700/month, first month, damage deposit required. Some pets okay. Call for appointment, 264-4585. 26-29p.
WALK TO EVERYTHING! - Rent reduced! Downtown 800 sq. ft. older home with 400 sq. ft. garage. 2 bedroom, 1 bath (right next door to Big A Auto Parts). $535/month. Lease or month-to-month. First and last month. 264-2456. 27-28c.
2 BEDROOM - 1 bath trailer with shed on 1 1/2 acre. $300/month, $300 deposit. Three months free to fix up. 884-7211. 28p.
ROOM FOR RENT - in clean 3 bedroom house on 3 acres with mountain views and gardens. $250 a month plus utilities. Non smoker, no pets. Call 264-6862. 28p.
1 BEDROOM - very nice apartment in home near airport, golf course and Eaton Rec Center. No pets, non smoker and quiet. $475/month plus utilities and deposit. Available May 1. 731-9520. 28-29p.
EFFICIENCY CONDO - Washer/dryer, new carpet, new paint, refrigerator. No smokers, no pets. Well qualified person with references call (888) 964-2677 or 731-3382. 28-29p.
2 BEDROOM - 1 1/2 bath, 2 story condo by golf course. $650 per month plus security with 6 month lease. Includes appliances, washer/dryer, cable hookup, wood stove, water/sewer, newly updated. Call 731-4562. 28-30p.
2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME - Most utilities paid. $650 a month, $500 deposit. 264-2716. 28-29p.
LARGE 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT - with den. Almost new, close to town. $600 a month plus security. No pets. 264-5651. 28p.
FURNISHED EFFICIENCY CONDO - $425 a month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 28tfc.
2 BEDROOM - 2 bath mobile home. Very clean. $575 plus deposit. No smoking, no pets. 731-3517. 28-29p.
TIMESHARE - Week 21, located in Eagles Loft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath with large living room, kitchen fully equipped, washer and dryer, accommodates 8 people. $10,000 OBO. (303) 783-0453. 43tfc.
CABO SAN LUCAS - Pueblo Bonito. 3 weeks for sale. Red, floating time. Worth $12,000 each. Must sell. Sacrifice at $7000 OBO. Junior suite. 731-9806. 27-29p.
AREA NEWCOMERS - Welcome! The Pagosa Springs Welcoming Service has a free packet of gifts and coupons to introduce you to your local merchants. Call 731-2398. 48tfc.
MASTER PAINTER HAROLD KORNHABER - Specializing in the more difficult repainting. Interior/exterior. Insured. Est. 1970. (970) 264-2789. Estimates. 30-38p.
CUSTOM T-SHIRTS AND HATS - Silkscreening logos and artwork. All this and more at Summit Ski & Sports. 264-2456. 46tfc.
T.V. TROUBLES? - Call Mike! Mike's TV. Since 1979. 264-2788. 29tfc.
ODD JOBS UNLIMITED - Houses, condos, offices & seasonal home cleaning. 15 years in business. Insured. Wendy Mirr. 264-2994. 33tfc.
EXTRAS ETC. - All aspects of carpentry from decks to additions. Quality workmanship, prompt service. 20 years in Pagosa Springs. 264-5100. 10-29p.
JEWELRY REPAIR - Pagosa Jewelry, 527 San Juan Street, Suite C, San Juan Plaza. Free estimates, free cleaning. 264-9137. 17tfc.
CERTIFIED ARBORIST - Quality tree care. Consultation, fertilization, pruning. Insured. New construction? Call if you care about your trees. Chris Pierce, 731-3846, pager 385-8117. 5tfc.
FREE WOMEN'S SUPPORT GROUP - for victims of gender violent acts (rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, etc.) supported by VALE Grant. Call Sam Conti, 731-2114 or Colleen Bond, 264-6467. 13-12p.
AFFORDABLE FRAMING - "A complete professional shop." In stock: frames, matboard, glass, moldings, watercolor paper. Call Linda Lerno, 731-5173 or Brenda 731-9473. 12-11p.
INFANT AND TODDLER CARE - at Seeds of Learning Family Center. Six weeks to 3 years. 264-5513. 31tfc.
COUNSELING - Transpersonal process approach. Private practice since 1983. Specializing in body-oriented psychotherapy. Offices in Pagosa Springs and Durango. Call Valeta H. Bruce at 731-9629 for session information/mailing list. 4tfc.
MASSAGE THERAPY - Professional service. Relaxation and pain relief. Office or out-call. 264-6680. 10-30p.
HANDYMAN - Home repairs/remodeling. On time and reliable. Carpentry, ceramic tile, decks, painting (in and out), repairs by David. (970) 749-4625. 14tfc.
REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL AND HOME INSPECTIONS - by certified, licensed appraisers and inspectors. Call Helena Gunther, (970) 731-5529. 16tfc.
WELDING AND FABRICATION - Providing general welding and fabrication in addition to construction brackets, heavy equipment and tig/aluminum. Both portable and shop available. Mtn. Metalworks, 731-2935. 20-36p.
HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES - Insured using environmentally sound products. Great references! Lisa Black, 731-4925. 21-28p.
STOP LEAKS - Does your roof leak? Are your screws loose? Call the Roof Doctor. Free estimates, senior discounts. Dan Snow, 731-3171. 21-28p.
METAL ROOFING AND MORE - Sheds, decks, small jobs. All types of roof and building repair, fencing. Dan Snow, 731-3171. 21-28p.
HAVE CAMERA - Will travel, video services. Industrial grade, multiple cameras, full editing and duplicating. 264-5596. 22-45p.
RUG RATS INC. - Installation of carpet, vinyl, vinyl tile, vinyl plank. Insured and dependable, references available. 264-5596. 22-45p.
CARPENTRY PLUS - Many years of experience in finish and framing plus many other aspects of fine home building. Truck plus tools. Will work with home builder or contractor. David, 731-9509. 23tfc.
CIMARRONA GALLERY CLOSED - April 6-30. See you in May! 264-3186 or 731-2207. 24-28p.
PHIL'S WATER HAULING - 731-2698 or 946-1675. 24-43p.
CUSTOM FRAMING AND MATTING - Reasonable prices, quick service. Jan Brookshier, 264-4275 after 6 p.m. 24tfc.
PET SITTING AND PLANT CARE - Dogs, cats, horses, exotics. Reliable, excellent references. Animal Massage Therapist, 264-6680. 25-28p.
MAVERICK ENTERPRISES - Since 1975. Mowing, lawn and bed care, fertilizing, raking, clean-ups, light hauling. Gary, 264-4847. 24tfc.
LAWN AND YARD CARE - Also, tree and brush trimming and removal. Free estimates, 264-5669. 25-30p.
CLEANING SERVICE - and construction cleaning. Reasonable, reliable, hourly. Evenings, weekends and no minimum charge. 264-5669. 25-30p.
HOUSE CLEANING - Professional service. References available on request. Environmentally safe products available. 264-6680. 25-28p.
FIREWOOD - Delivered. Aspen, spruce and oak. Full cord, $130-$175. Call 264-4362, leave message. 26-29p.
EDITING, PROOFREADING AND WRITING SERVICES - offered to individual writers or businesses. Detail-oriented. References available. $20/hour. 731-3102. 26-29p.
SECRET GARDENS LANDSCAPE - All lawn, yard care and weeding done. Rototilling, flower gardening design, landscape design, xeriscaping (desert gardening). Call 731-3290. 26-28p.
JUMP RENTAL - Available 7 days a week. Great for birthday parties. Jump for Joy, 731-3954. 26-33p.
THE ORIGINAL CRITTER SITTER - In your home or mine. Alternative pet care. Lifetime pet and horse trainer. Four years service in Pagosa. Excellent long term references. Free artist pet portrait with service. Best rates in area. 264-9083. 26-29p.
PERSONAL EVOLUTION COACHING - Receive the support of a professional partner to help you design strategies to take steps to navigate through personal or business transitions. Strictly confidential. 731-3102. 27-28p.
RELATIONSHIP COACHING - Clarify who you truly want in a Life Partner with the help of a coach. Not psychotherapy, non discriminatory. Strictly confidential. 731-3102. 27-28p.
AVAILABLE FOR LAWN - and yard work. New equipment, reasonable rates, currently setting up for summer schedule. Please call for free estimates. A Natural Wonder, 731-9806. 27-29p.
FOR 20 YEARS - I have practiced folk healing and nutritional herbology, teaching methods of caring for various symptoms encountered with diet, environment and others. Call (970) 731-5346 for appointment. 27-30p.
CLEANING CONCEPTS OF COLORADO - Excellent cleaning for $10 per hour. Local references. Call Tammy, 731-2258. 27-30p.
BRAKES AND SERVICE - Free estimates, fair prices. 8 year mechanic looking for extra work at home. Call Tony, 731-9011 or leave message. 28-30p.
HANDYMAN - Light hauling, lawn maintenance, repairs, carpet restretches and installation. Excellent local references. 264-2354 Chris. 28-31p.
WELLNESS PATHWAY - Health and vitality. Certified Melchizedek Method Practitioner and Reiki Master, Cynthia Ellen Watson. Ear Coning - gentle effective method for cleansing ear passages. 731-3581. 28p.
SAN JUAN CUSTOM PAINTING - Now bidding for spring and summer. Call today for free estimate, 731-9899. 28p.
TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY
1984 DUMP TRUCK - 7 yards. 264-2450. 40tfc.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED - Open your home and heart to a foreign exchange student for three months. Reap the benefits for a lifetime. Call Jann Pitcher with Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, 731-2437 or 731-4065. 2tfc.
WOODSTOVE - 2-year-old, large Regency, $1200. Body Solid Olympic weight machine, $1200. 731-5437. 8tfc.
DUMP BED - for 3/4 ton truck. Great for concrete or wood hauling. $1200. Call after 5:30 p.m., 731-4828. 17tfc.
PAINTING, INTERIOR DECORATIVE FAUX - Specializing in texture and washes. Suede, satin striping, ragging, etc. 10 years experience, references available. Park Design. Jari, 731-3729. 13tfc.
GET READY FOR SPRING - Horse manure/shavings. Free. Will load, you haul. 264-6323. 22-29p.
WET PAINT ENTERPRISES - is now bidding spring and summer business. Friendly, professional, perfectionists await your call. John Johnson, 731-9369. 22-33p.
OLD CARS WANTED - 1930-1970. Running or not. Call Joe, (970) 731-3335. 25-28p.
HOUSE/RANCH SITTER - References available. Jari, 731-3729. 25tfc.
REMEMBER MOTHER'S DAY - May 9, from Jafra Cosmetics, International, the ultimate in all your skincare needs. Give a gift or gift certificate. A wonderful selection of colognes, body and hand lotions, bath powders, shower gels, etc. All specially priced and beautifully gift wrapped. Can deliver or mail. Call Kathryn at (970) 731-6421. 25-29p.
SMOKING AND BUTCHERING - We'll smoke your meat or fish. Beef and hogs, cut, wrapped and froze. Under new management since 1997. The Buck Stops Here, 731-3535. 25-28p.
PET SITTING - dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, cattle, etc. Your home or mine (small animals). References available. Jari, 731-3729. 25tfc.
PAMPER YOURSELF - with a soothing and healing massage. In home service and aromatherapy available. Jan Vandercook, Massage Therapist, 731-9053. 25-28p.
SOARING EAGLE IS - on Pagosa Time. Look for us at Silverado in May. Call 264-6969 for any needs. 26-29c.
SUMMIT DOG FACTORY OUTLET - is now accepting high quality clothing on consignment. Call for an appointment, 731-2341. 26-28p.
CAN YOU AFFORD - to lose weight? Yes! Inexpensive, risk free, natural weight loss. Call 800-729-0010. 26-28p.
NEW TO THE AREA? - Retired? Don't want to just sit around? Want to meet new people? Want to help your community? Be a volunteer for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs or their thrift store (the Pack Rack). Come to volunteer orientation Friday, May 7, 10 a.m. at 180 S. 6th Street. Please call in advance, 264-6424. 27-29c.
ATTENTION DOLL MAKERS - Dolls molds and accessories. Call 264-6969. 27-28c.
PIANO - 1930s Wurlizer, upright. $400 OBO. 731-9717. 27-30p.
TAKE ADVANTAGE - OF GREAT HAWAII FARES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY! LAX TO MAUI . . . AIR, CAR, 7 NIGHTS HOTEL . . UNDER $1100. FOR TWO PEOPLE. CALL CAREFREE ADVENTURES, 264-2273 FOR MORE INFORMATION. 28c.
A. SWANSONS CAFE - at 274 Pagosa Street, open daily Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. PRIVATE PARTIES available to 40 people. SPECIALTY CAKES TO ORDER. Call for information, 264-9146. 27-28p.
CARNIVAL CRUISE SPECIALS - Long weekend cruises, sailing from Miami to the Western Caribbean from $399 p/p including port charges. BOOK THAT CRUISE YOU HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT! CALL CAREFREE ADVENTURES, 264-2273. 28c.
"TAMING OF THE SHREW" - All male roles open. Final casting Tuesday, May 4, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lodge. 28p.
OFFICE CHAIRS - 18 total. Two for $25. Call 264-6969. 28c.
ENDABA DINNER/AUCTION - May 1, at 6 p.m. for Pagosa High Scholarship honoring strong values. Tickets - Made in Colorado Shoppe or Jackisch Drug. Information, 731-4310. 28p.
MODIFIED '87 SAMURAI - $3000. Utility trailer, 10x6 foot with tool box and loading ramp, $400. Mike, 902-2042. 28p.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY - The Water Works! Offered by registered nurses with 20 years experience each, Sandy Sanna RN and Debi Mondragon RN. Located in the Heritage Building, using safe and sanitary FDA approved equipment. Package Specials available. 264-2044. 28p.
ROUND TRIPS FROM DURANGO TO - Burbank $262, San Francisco $285, San Diego $250, Sacramento $296, Palm Springs $209. ROUND TRIPS FROM DENVER TO: Kansas City $138, Houston $294 or Minneapolis $138. As always, Senior Discounts are available on most flights. CAREFREE ADVENTURES . . . CALL US FOR THE LATEST FARES FOR YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL, 264-2273. 28c.
FREE AROMATHERAPY CLASSES - Learn about the medical miracles of essential oils. Understand why your immune system drops and how to build it back up scientifically. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. Call 731-5680. 28p.
ITALIAN KITCHEN NOW OPEN - Saturday, May 1, 4-10 p.m. Open 6 days a week. 117 Navajo Trail Drive, next to the Hogs Breath, 731-5643. 28p.
PARTING OUT '77 GMC - short bed, 1/2 ton, 4x4 and sq. tubing lumber/pipe rack. $125. Clawfoot round antique oak table with leaf, $900. Call Walt, 731-5222. 28p.
MOVING SALE - 59 Trap Court off Park Avenue. Thursday, rain or shine. 28p.
1996 CHEVROLET TAHOE/LT - automatic transmission, 4WD, leather interior, loaded. 1 person owner. Call after 5 p.m., 731-4261. 28-29c.
5.3 FENCED ACRES - with A-frame. Exquisite views and sunrises. 3 miles from town out Hwy. 84. $91,000 OBO. 264-2528. 28-29p.
BONE DENSITY TESTING - Find out if you're at risk for Osteoporosis. Thursday, May 6, 3 to 7 p.m. at B-Alive Vitamins. Testing takes 2 minutes, cost $20. 731-4050. 28p.
R. ROESE CONTRACTING - is looking for an entry level mechanic. Welding experience is helpful but will train. Must be able to obtain CDL within 90 days at company's expense. 401K and benefits after 90 days. More information, 731-9677. 28p.
DO YOU CARE ABOUT ANIMALS? - Would you like to be a part of the Humane Society team? Full time position available, Tues.-Sat. at the Humane Society Thrift Store (the Pack Rack Thrift Store). 180 S. 6th Street, 264-6424. 28c.
OFFICE PERSON NEEDED - for national DME and oxygen company opening in Pagosa. Part time, around 32 hours a week. Good benefits. Organizational and clerical skills a plus. Fax resume to (970) 259-7628 or mail to 1444 Main, Durango, CO 81301. Call Rochelle or Don with any questions, 259-5333. 28-29c.
LINE COOK - Serious inquiries only. Competitive wages. Apply in person at Hogs Breath, ask for Keith. No phone calls please. 28-29c.
WANTED - Experienced bookkeeper needed for busy construction company office. Computer skills mandatory. Will train on specialized software program. Wage dependent on experience. Submit resume to 10577 W. Hwy. 160, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 28-31c.
NOW INTERVIEWING - Pagosa's new upscale restaurant, JJ's Upstream (formerly the Bistro) is looking for fun, friendly and quality minded people for the following: line cooks, prep cooks, bread and dessert bakers, dishwashers, bartenders, waitstaff, bussers and hosts. Stop by 356 E. Hwy. 160 or call 264-9100 for an appointment. 28-29p.
FOR SALE - Fax machine, garage door opener, tile cutter, pump, tools, lots of furniture, exercise equipment, antique vanity with mirror and bench. Pack Rack Thrift Store, 180 S. 6th Street. 264-6424. 28c.
'79 HONDA ACCORD - Standard, heat, runs well. $550 OBO. 264-2629 or 731-3083. 28p.
CHIHUAHUA PUPPY - 5 months old, female, very tiny. $200. 264-4681. 28-29p.
BROKEN WINDSHIELDS REPLACED - Reasonable prices, quality work, call for estimates, 731-4331. 28-29p.
YOUTH'S CAPTAINS BED - dresser, night stand for sale. Set is like new. $300 OBO. 731-3590. 28p.
NEW 3 BEDROOM - 2 bath mobile. Paid water. Available June 1. Natural gas heat, washer/dryer. $650. 731-5203. 28-29p.
CARETAKER WANTED - Chama Valley. Retired couple. Our house or your RV. With references. 731-5306. 28p.
CATERING SERVICE NEEDED - Looking for caterers for four month contract starting in June. Call 264-6000. 28-29p.
HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE NEEDED - Now accepting bids for daily housekeeping of upscale office building in downtown Pagosa Springs. Call 264-6000. 28-29p.
LOST & FOUND
IF ANYONE - has lost their pet, please call the Upper San Juan Humane Society, 731-4771. 13tfcnc.