Cab tumbles, carrots fly
Trucker escapes serious injury
By Karl Isberg
An Oct. 15 accident on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass required major efforts on the part of local rescue personnel but did not result in serious injury to the driver involved in the crash.
The incident occurred on the upper hairpin turn at the Wolf Creek Overlook at approximately 12:50 p.m.
According to a report by Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nick Rivera, a westbound 1998 Freightliner driven by Rachhpal S. Mander, 44, of Livingston, Calif., approached the curve at the Overlook with too much speed. The truck, said Rivera, was hauling a trailer loaded with 42,000 pounds of carrots.
"Witnesses said the driver seemed to be having trouble before he reached the runaway ramp east of the Overlook," said Rivera. "The driver said he was still okay at that point. When he got into the corner at the Overlook, he said his brakes gave out completely."
Rivera said the 18-wheeler failed to make the corner and ran into a concrete barrier on the south side of the highway. "The truck overturned on to its top," said the trooper, "and the trailer blew apart, sending carrots down the side of the mountain. The cab of the truck went over the concrete barrier and landed on top of the guardrail." Rivera estimated the truck was traveling 60 miles per hour when it entered the curve.
t his big tow truck to the scene. We tied on to the rig and tilted the cab back to get access to the driver's door. We popped the door with spreaders then had to do a lot of cutting inside the cab to free the driver. It took nearly an hour and 20 minutes to extricate him. He was alert and oriented the whole time."
Fearing the worst, Bright summoned the Air Care 1 helicopter to transport Mander to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. Due to high winds, the helicopter was unable to land at the Overlook and Mander was transported to a pick-up site near the Inn at the Pass west of the scene on U.S. 160.
According to Bright, Mander "suffered no serious injuries. He had a shoulder injury, and head and facial lacerations. He also had some burns on his right leg where diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid leaked on him. He was flown to San Juan Regional where he was treated, held overnight for observation, and released the next day."
RV debate goes to committee; realtors irked about transfer fee
By Roy Starling
Over 80 property owners crowded into the Pagosa Lakes Community Center for last Thursday's monthly meeting of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board of directors.
Most of those in attendance apparently hoped to express their feelings with regard to two hot topics: the board's decision last month to enforce a restriction that allegedly forbids the parking of recreational vehicles on personal property, and a $75-per-lot transfer fee charged by Colorado Management and Associates Inc., the Denver-based company now managing the PLPOA.
Ultimately, there wasn't much input on either topic.
PLPOA President Pat Curtis told property owners moments after the meeting began that "we're not going to discuss the RV issue tonight." He said the board had decided to "get additional legal opinions (concerning RVs) in all four declarations of restrictions," and that a special meeting on the topic was scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m., at the Community Center.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, property owner Bruce Kehret gave the board a petition opposing "the restriction of parking RVs and trailers on owners' personal properties."
According to the petition, some property owners "have received permits from the ECC (Environmental Control Committee) to build parking spaces and driveways" for RVs. "It is our desire," the petition reads, "that you understand how unreasonable it would be to suddenly restrict a right that has been in effect since the development of Pagosa Lakes."
President Curtis ruled against reading the petition aloud at Thursday night's meeting because "that would constitute a discussion of this topic."
Property owner Sally White, who helped circulate the petition, told the SUN that "it is our contention that the clause they're trying to use to restrict RVs is not enforceable. It was intended for people who were in the construction phase to keep them from moving onto their lot in a trailer and just staying there."
In any case, White said, "They've let the restriction lapse for so many years, I don't see how they can start enforcing it now."
In the evening's other big issue, Jerry Driesens, representing the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors, spoke out against the $75 transfer fee imposed by Colorado Management.
Driesens called the fee "extortion" on the part of CMA, predicted "a flood of outrage from property owners," and suggested this money should be returned to "our local economy." He estimated that the management company stood to make $37,500 annually off the fee.
President Curtis responded by saying the transfer fee was "a non-negotiable part of our contract with CMA." Acting General Manager Bill Watts told Driesens, "We are a profit-making organization, but if we were trying to over-charge the association, there would have been many other companies out there trying to underbid us."
Watts said the $75 was "a standard fee for management companies," and that a survey of other such companies indicated that they all charged between $75 and $120 for the same service.
The board took no action on the fee, moving quickly to the next order of business.
Rec Center fees
In other business, the board, overriding objections from President Curtis and Director Judy Esterly, approved the Recreation Center's user fees for the year 2000.
Single members will pay $102 annually, couples $142 and families $182. Six-month memberships are available for $70 for a single, $100 for a couple and $121 for a family.
Director Esterly said she had "very serious reservations about the new user fees. They are inequitable to single people, and the disparities are considerable."
Curtis agreed that the center was "penalizing one class of users."
Director John Nelson pointed out that the fees for single people had not been increased, and Rec Center Manager Ming Steen said the only addition for the Year 2000 was a fee for couples. "We're bickering over pennies here," she said.
The approved fee schedule also includes rates for punch passes in which property owners, renters or sponsored guests pay per use.
Jim Corboy of the ad hoc Audit Committee told property owners that a contract had been signed with Clark, Wilson, Zink and Associates of Durango to perform the special audit requested by the property owners at the PLPOA annual meeting in July.
According to the motion made by property owner Dallas Johnson at the annual meeting, the audit will concentrate "on the movement of cash and securities investments."
Corboy said the estimate of the Durango group was $4,300, with the next closest being over $10,000. The contract calls for the audit to be completed by Nov. 1, 1999.
Property owner Joe Donavan complained to the board about the following clause in the recently passed Resolution 99-42 governing access to association records: "The association may require a written request five business days in advance detailing the records desired, reason for the request and intended use of the information."
When property owners ask for access to records, Donavan said, "there shouldn't be a wait, because records can be changed or removed. Get rid of the wait and get rid of having to approve the reason for the request. I think you ought to check this out with your attorney."
In a letter to the board, Donavan said the clause was "discriminatory, improper, probably in violation of Colorado statutes, and certainly a power never intended for a homeowners association Board of Directors."
President Curtis told Donavan the association's attorney had approved the resolution.
Four vie for board seats
By Roy Starling
Two seats will be up for grabs on the School District 50 Joint board of directors when voters mail in their ballots for the Nov. 2 election.
In District 1, incumbent Randall Davis faces a challenge from former board member Laura Haynes, while appointed director Carol Feazel and Kathryn Pokorney compete for the District 3 slot. Director Russell Lee is running unopposed in District 2.
According to County Clerk June Madrid, ballots must be marked with a No. 2 pencil and must be delivered to her office, either by mail or in person, by 7 p.m. Nov. 2.
Davis's experience with the school board began 20 years ago when he was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy created when former resident Art Allen was recalled. Davis is currently president of the school board, a position he has held off and on "for about 12 years." He has also served on the hospital district and Dr. Mary Fisher medical boards.
Davis said he would like to remain on the board because, "For me, it's always been a worthwhile service to the community. Also, the whole direction the board is heading in right now interests me. To meet our goals, it's going to take a lot of energy and not a little work, and I'd like to maintain a directorial role in that. It's been a rewarding experience being a part of a good board and helping make our schools better."
Concerning his qualifications for the position, Davis referred to his 20 years of experience on the board. "When I joined the board in '79, there was a lot of dissension, but shortly afterwards, things calmed down," he said. "So I've seen what dissension can do to a board and what happens when people were on there for their own personal agenda. Now, we just try to do what's best for the student. When the board can get along, it's the schools that benefit most.
"Having been president for a good number of years, I also have experience keeping the meetings moving along, and I have a good working relationship with (Superintendent) Terry (Alley) and the school administrators."
Davis said he will be receiving a Master School Board Member award at the Colorado Association of School Boards meeting in December.
Asked what he'd like to accomplish if re-elected, Davis said, "The biggest thing is to see if we can do something about emphasizing learning for the students and to keep them excited about learning. Kids come to kindergarten totally jazzed about learning, but somewhere between then and high school, they start counting the days and looking forward to the weekends. It'll be a huge challenge to reverse that process."
Davis started spending his summers in Archuleta County in 1962, becoming a permanent resident in 1974 when he completed dental school. He maintained a dental practice in Pagosa until 1994. Now retired from dentistry, Davis says he does "a little of everything." He's an artist, "works on the family ranch, helps a friend with spring planting and fall harvesting on a potato farm" in the San Luis Valley, and restores antique vehicles.
Haynes, Davis's challenger from District 1, also has experience with the District 50 Joint board of directors. She served as a District 3 representative on the board from 1993 to 1998, resigning when she moved out of that district into District 1. Haynes's other educational experience includes "teaching (first grade) here in the elementary school for four years" and continuing to maintain a teaching certificate.
Haynes said she would like to return to the board because "I miss being involved. I like being part of the process and part of the school system. I want to be there to ensure the best education for my children."
As qualifications for her return to the board, Haynes lists her experience as a teacher and as a board member. "I'm also a parent of three children in district schools," she said.
As what she would like to accomplish if elected, Haynes said she would like for "the board to have goals that are attainable. We need to take a close look at standards and standardized testing and find out what parents and educators want."
The current board's goals for this year are to "continue to investigate the expansion of technical/vocational offerings" and to "continue to pursue innovations related to the ideas presented in the works of Alfie Kohn and to develop a mission statement that supports and encourages innovation."
Haynes said she would be supportive of attaining the first of those goals. "I don't know if I can support the one on Alfie Kohn because I still don't know that much about him," she said.
Haynes has lived in Archuleta County since 1975. She is currently a homemaker, working part time at Ponderosa Do It Best which her family owns.
Feazel has served on the board since April 1998 when she was appointed to replace Haynes. Her other education-related experience includes teaching in the Amnesty Program and creating a curriculum for the Los Angeles Unified School District. That curriculum, Feazel said, was "basically English as a second language for U.S. citizenship."
Feazel also taught English and humanities at University of Arizona and Pima (Ariz.) Community College from 1989 to 1991. In Pagosa, she has served on the adjunct faculty of Fort Lewis College's Modern Languages department and taught a variety of courses for Pueblo Community College.
Feazel said she would like to remain on the board because "it's been a learning experience and I enjoy it. It's a good district and a good board. The bottom line in any argument we (the directors) have is, 'What's best for the kids?' I'd like to see us continue in this vein, making the schools better for our kids. My children attend school in this district and will for several years yet."
Concerning her qualifications for the seat, Feazel cited her experience on the board, her teaching experience and background in "all different kinds of education. I come from a family full of professors."
If elected, Feazel said she would work towards getting "more honors classes in the high school" and towards "making community service a part of our high school students' experience. It's really important for the kids to see that they can make a difference by giving back to the community. After all, they're our future leaders." She also said she looked forward to working on the board's goals for this year.
Feazel has been spending summers in Pagosa since 1961 and has been a permanent resident since 1993.
Pokorney has 17 years of educational experience and has served as a special education teacher and consultant, an assistant principal of elementary and special education, a principal of high school and middle school and as an assistant superintendent and director of instruction. She has worked in schools in Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Dulce, N.M.
"I have a really strong commitment to education," Pokorney said about her desire to serve on the board. "Now that I'm pursuing a different career line, I don't want to lose touch with my commitment to education. I think I have a lot of experience to offer in the service of the community and the children."
Pokorney said she is qualified for the position by virtue of "my education and my teaching and administrative experience. I also hold certification in both elementary and special education in Colorado."
Should she be elected, Pokorney said that "as a first-time candidate, I'd like to lend my expertise towards strengthening the school board in the direction it's going."
Pokorney, who has lived in Archuleta County since 1992, is currently a guest-service representative at Fairfield Pagosa Inc.
County launches plan for better maps
By John M. Motter
Steps to develop more accurate maps and a more accurate addressing system were taken by the Archuleta County commissioners while meeting in regular session Tuesday.
A $6,150 contract was awarded to Landmark Geographic Service to map county roads based on information supplied by satellites circling the earth. The resulting maps will have a horizontal accuracy at any address within one foot, according to Russell Crowley, county emergency management director.
Acquisition and application of the highly accurate maps will enable the county to turn on and use enhanced 9-1-1, a service the county has not been able to provide in the past because of the lack of accurate addresses. Addresses are awarded based on road length.
Enhanced 9-1-1 means that when the dispatch operator receives a 9-1-1 call, the address of the caller will be automatically identified by computer. Therefore, even if the caller passes out, emergency personnel will be able to respond to the scene of the call.
Improved addressing will also help police calls, fire calls, and other emergency providers in the county.
In other business the commissioners:
- Listened as Lynn L. Westburg, San Juan Basin Health director, asked the county for an increase of $8,351 in the amount of money the county contributes to the health department's budget. The increase is justified, Westburg said, because the population of Archuleta County constitutes an increasing proportion of the population contained in participating counties. The total amount requested from Archuleta County is $46,039. La Plata County is being asked to contribute $211,165.
- Robert Smith of the Upper Blanco Basin asked the county not to abandon County Road 326. Smith said the road is the historical access road to the upper basin and has value. Smith was told the road will not be abandoned until public notices are published and a public hearing conducted.
Services Friday for Wilma Lungstrum
Pagosa Springs resident Wilma Elane Lungstrum departed from life at home Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999.
Mrs. Lungstrum lived in Pagosa Springs for 10 years. For the past month she was making her home with the family of her son, Carl, and his wife Selena. Up to a month before her death she was working for the San Juan Basin Health Department. In recent years she had also been an employee of Community Connections. In both jobs she performed in-home care for elderly or handicapped persons.
She was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ of Pagosa Springs, having been a Christian 44 years. She did volunteer work for the church, her neighbors, and the Pagosa Springs community, which acquainted her with many area residents. She enjoyed Bible study, health foods and the study of nutrition, and meeting people. She thought virtually everyone was interesting, she loved life, and was known by others for her pleasantness. She could visualize potential good in everyone. Few that met her could ignore her remarkable focus, her principles, her bravery, and her faith in God.
Mrs. Lungstrum was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Lyndon, Kan., to Raymond and Lena Redmond. Later she married Ralph Lungstrum, an electrician for the Santa Fe Railroad. Over the years the family lived in Topeka, Kan.; Amarillo, Texas.; and Clovis, N.M. After her husband's passing in 1962 Wilma moved her four children to Poteau, Okla., where all four graduated high school.
In 1978, Mrs. Lungstrum moved to Plainfield, Ind., to live with her son Carl, while she was recovering from an illness. After six months she returned to Oklahoma, but again returned to live with Carl's family in 1985 at Bedford, Ind. In Bedford she did in-home care for elderly women.
She moved to Pagosa Springs in 1989, again to be near Carl's family.
Mrs. Lungstrum's survivors include four children, 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, who all "rise up and call her blessed." Her surviving children are Dennis Lungstrum and wife Janice of Howe, Okla.; Carl Lungstrum and wife Selena of Pagosa Springs; Joan Edwards and her husband Bruce of Bowling Green, Ohio; and Cheryl Tennell and her husband Jim of Roland, Okla. Her grandchildren are Rob, T.J., Tonya, Caleb, Carlena, Christena and Marlena Lungstrum; Matthew, Mary, Justin, and Michael Edwards; Jennifer Rogodzinski and Christi Tennell. Her great-grandchild is Autumn Raine Lungstrum. She is also survived by her sisters, Roberta Lagrand of LaVergne, Tenn.; Margaret Packard of West Richland, Wash.; and her brother Merle Redmond of Marysville, Ohio.
Visitation will be this evening at the Pagosa Funeral Options from 6 to 8. Funeral Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Hilltop Cemetery grave site. The Lungstrum home will be open for visitors after the funeral.
The family said they request that donations "be made with your time and money to benefit neighbors who are helpless or needy in your community, as this is what Mrs. Lungstrum did with simplicity in service to fellow man and God. Also, we are grateful to the local Hospice program workers for caring for Mother and us in her last weeks of illness, and suggest a donation to Hospice in the name of Wilma Lungstrum."
Project gives fish new life in Blanco River
By John M. Motter
Those creepy crawlers chugging around in the Blanco River are on a mission. They are digging holes and pushing rocks and scratching out a new river channel, all part of a project designed to give fish living in the river a new life.
Titled the Blanco River Restoration Demonstration Project, the work currently underway is the result of years of effort by an assortment of federal, state, and local agencies and individuals.
A little over 1 mile of the Blanco River is being restructured as Phase 1 of what could become a more extended project, according to Fred Schmidt, San Juan Water Conservancy District president, the local entity directly responsible.
"After the work is completed in approximately four weeks, we'll begin a two-year monitoring period to determine if fish respond to the improved habitat," Schmidt said. "If they do, people in the future could be seeking more money to enhance more of the stream bed."
The design for the project was developed by local hydrologist Dave Rosgen, who is not charging for his work. The on-site construction is being performed by Elk River Construction Co.
Funding in the amount of about $150,000 was provided by federal, state and local sources.
The need for rechanneling is said to have been created when approximately one-half of the river's water was diverted across the Continental Divide as part of the San Juan-Chama Water Diversion Project. The result was a warming of the water downstream, making the river unsuitable for trout and other native species.
A goal of the current project is to create a narrower, deeper river channel which should result in cooler water temperatures and healthier trout.
Participating in the project are the Lower Blanco Property Owners Association, San Juan Water Conservancy District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Southwestern Water Conservation District, and a $96,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
County pulls plug on Eightmile work
By John M. Motter
Archuleta County's commissioners temporarily pulled the plug on the Eightmile Mesa Road rebuilding project this past Tuesday.
In response, contractor Don Ford of U-Can-Afford Landscaping has notified the county that the county has "willfully and wrongfully interfered with my contract for 8 Mile Mesa Road with Loma Linda Ltd. and unilaterally terminated this contract for not completing the construction completion date deadline notwithstanding the fact that the County itself caused significant delays which legally would extend the completion date."
Stopping the project was justified based on several factors, according to the commissioners. An agreement between Loma Linda Ltd. and the county called for completion of the road work by Oct. 15. The commissioners stopped the work Oct. 19. Additionally, the county has reports from Western Technologies Inc. detailing deficient work relative to the base course, widths, subgrades, depths, and gradation. It was also reported that work was not being done during several of the contract period days.
Western Technologies is the engineering firm hired by the county to inspect the work being done by U-Can-Afford Landscaping Inc., the contractor hired for the job.
U-Can-Afford Landscaping was to be removed from the job immediately in accordance with Tuesday's action. The county has not paid the contractor for any of the work, according to County Manager Dennis Hunt.
In order to complete the project, the commissioners decided to advertise for a new contractor this week. If a new contractor is obtained the work can be completed in from one to two weeks, according to Hunt.
The county road department is capable of doing the work, Hunt said, but is already engaged in preparing other county roads for winter.
"I would not want to divert our crews from what they are doing to complete this project," Hunt said. "If we do, some county roads might not be ready when winter weather arrives."
Fred Schmidt, representing Loma Linda Ltd., and Don Ford of U-Can-Afford Landscaping argue that the deficiencies documented in the written report submitted by Western Technologies to the commissioners were a surprise to them.
"We've had oral correspondence on the site with the Western Technologies inspector and we were told the work would pass," Schmidt said. "This is news to us."
Rebuilding Eightmile Mesa Road has been a controversial topic for many years. Several homeowners use the road to get to and from U.S. 84. Located about 8 miles south of town, the Loma Linda residential subdivision, begun during the late 1970s, is accessed from the road.
Ultimately, an agreement was reached between the county and Loma Linda Ltd. to rebuild the portion of the road between U.S. 84 and the Loma Linda entrance. As part of the contract, Schmidt, representing Loma Linda Ltd., signed a contract with U-Can-Afford Landscaping to do the work. In addition, Schmidt placed $93,250 in escrow with the county to pay for the work and assigned the contract with U-Can-Afford to the county. Finally, a $93,250 bond has been put up by Schmidt to guarantee the work.
The county's options, according to County Attorney Larry Holthus, are to ask the district court for a writ of mandamus allowing the county to use the $93,250 to hire another contractor, or to finish the work themselves. The county might also take action against the bonding company.
Another SUN rises
Today's edition of The Pagosa Springs SUN marks the beginning of another publication year. Volume 1, Number 1 of the SUN was published on Friday, December 3, 1909. Today, Volume 91, Number 1 is in the mailboxes or on the news stands throughout Pagosa Springs and its surrounding communities.
In the SUN's first edition, editor W. J. Wright stated in the editorial column on page 2: "We will print the news while it is news, and hope to be able to publish a paper which will commend itself to you because of its worth. . . . Some have asked concerning the why and wherefore of the SUN. We would say in reply that it is our purpose to run a live, legitimate newspaper, and hope by honest methods, square dealing and fair treatment to all to merit the support and patronage of the public."
Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County and The Pagosa Springs SUN have experienced significant changes since December 3, 1909. Nevertheless the aims and the purpose of the SUN remain the same - maintaining its legitimacy, honesty, fairness and timeliness.
Some weeks we come closer to reaching our goals than we do in other weeks. However, I like to think that our shortcomings are not the result of a lack of effort or a lack of concern about being aware of the happenings of Pagosa Springs.
And while paying our postal fees, taxes, operating costs and making our payroll are necessary in order to remain in operation, the need for profit will not override our commitment to publishing a legitimate weekly newspaper.
David C. Mitchell
Neither a 'jock' or a supporter
It's been one of those weeks.
A long-distance caller phoned earlier this week offering to provide the SUN with a weekly column that would "stimulate letters to the editor."
I thanked her but declined the offer. The SUN already has its "talk-radio-in-print" section that keeps the post office and e-mail line busy.
On Monday, someone dropped off a number of copies of a "free daily newspaper" that is given away in one of the state's more popular and expensive ski areas. It was a gracious gesture because they thought we might want to start a similar daily publication in Pagosa Springs.
I imagine that some day someone with a PC and a laser printer will pay some wire-service fees and introduce a "daily distribution" in Pagosa, but it won't be me.
Having visited in the Vail, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Key Stone areas during the past few summers, I'm aware there currently is a wealth of advertising dollars available for someone who is more interested in distributing advertisements than they are in publishing local news.
That's why I only included selected portions of W.J. Wright's comments in the first edition of The Pagosa Springs SUN appear in this week's editorial.
I left out his contention that, "In the first place the chief aim of the paper will be to push every interest of Archuleta County for all its worth. It will be our business to aid in the development of every resource of the county. . . ."
I'm not faulting Editor Wright, I wasn't in Pagosa in 1909. Back then, possibly those were justifiable goals for a newspaper, I know some folks think they remain as a justifiable chief aim 91 years later. But I don't.
That's probably why Sally Hameister and I get along so well. She's not interested in being in the newspaper business and I'm not interested in being in the chamber of commerce business. We are competitors who compliment one another's efforts.
Every week she does the very best job possible at promoting the local businesses so that locals and visitors alike will know what is available in the local market place. Sally is an expert at doing what Editor Wright described as promoting "the cause of any legitimate enterprise that will increase the wealth . . . of our people, thus lending our (her) energy to bring about prosperity, happiness, etc."
Pagosa is lucky to have Sally leading its chamber of commerce.
As for myself, every week I try to direct my energy towards providing balanced coverage of the local municipal and quasi-municipal entities, schools, current events, general population, special happenings and news of general interest - weather, public meetings, public notices, etc. This includes the human aspects such as births, deaths, engagements, weddings, accidents, arrests, court decisions and such. The publishing of paid advertisements is the closest I come to infringing upon Sally's turf.
That's why a card I received earlier this week caught me by surprise. It was from a local businessman who took the time to ". . . thank you for your support . . ." I assume he was referring to his latest business venture. Evidently he misunderstood my lack of opposition as being support. Wanting to clear-up his misunderstanding I walked to his office only to learn that he was home sick.
Last Friday, while visiting on the phone with an experienced newspaper man, I explained that while I take positions in my editorials, it is the purpose of the SUN to somewhat fill the role of the referee or official of a contest. It's the SUN's responsibility to maintain a level playing field on which no contestant has an unfair advantage. It's a responsibility that doesn't lend itself well to developing friendships, personal preferences or popularity.
I've learned from experience that elected officials, businessmen (i.e. advertisers), speculators and respected public figures don't always agree with such an approach. But it's the only way I know to enable a newspaper to truly be a newspaper and maintain its integrity, fulfill its public trust and retain its readership.
Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers. David
Two shooting incidents reported
Taken from SUN files
of Oct. 24, 1974
Police activity picked up here over the weekend with two shooting incidents, with no one being hit. A vehicle belonging to Charles Davis was fired upon and a car in the possession of John Barger had its windshield and hood punctured. Barger told police officers that when one or more men had tried to force their way into his apartment that he exited the apartment by climbing out a window and that three shots were fired at him in the process. Both matters are still under investigation.
The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" pancake supper Friday. Most local candidates will be there to meet the public, to answer questions and to discuss issues. Candidates for the state legislature are also expected to be in attendance.
Peaks in the area are covered with snow, the area is damp from recent rains and the fall season appears to be at a close in this area. The higher elevation snow fall seems to be heavy enough that it will remain as the beginning of the winter snowpack.
The 1975 Archuleta County budget shows no overall mill increase for the year of 1975, but there is increased revenue. The increased revenue will come mainly from increased assessed valuation. The only increase in the mill levy is a half-mill raise in the welfare fund.
More shortened versions of biographies
This week, more shortened versions of biographies from the 1899 "Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado," which was like a who's who of local enterprising citizens.
Albert Boone came to this county in 1886 when he was about 18 years old. He homesteaded south of Pagosa Springs. The Record reported that Boone was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman. In 1893, he was elected county commissioner and in 1899 was chairman of that board.
Boone was a promoter of the value of education. He was responsible for organizing School District No. 6 in this county.
John O'Neal was born in Texas in 1847. He settled in La Plata County in 1876. After having successfully homesteaded property on the Pine River, he sold out and moved to Archuleta County in 1887. He purchased 320 acres northwest of Pagosa Springs in an area that we now call O'Neal Park. This property eventually became the family's summer residence; the family spent winter months in the home they built in Pagosa Springs in 1895.
O'Neal was elected to the board of county commissioners in 1895. Beginning in 1889 he helped with the movement which led to the incorporation of the town of Pagosa Springs in 1891. O'Neal served as a town trustee for three years.
The issues O'Neal worked for most were roads and schools. "Without good roads progress physically is slow; without good schools progress intellectually is slow."
O'Neal was a stockman, and although not well educated as a youngster, as an adult he became an avid reader of periodicals and newspapers to keep informed on current events.
James Hallett arrived in Archuleta County in 1884. He homesteaded east of Pagosa Springs, where he raised beef and diary cattle on his quarter-section. Hallett also operated a mercantile store for three years before it was destroyed by fire in 1895. The stock and goods of the business were a total loss.
Hallett was born in Ohio in 1855 where he received his education and then farmed until about 1880. He then came to Colorado. He spent some time in Del Norte and Summitville before settling in Pagosa Springs. In addition to his stock raising, Hallett had some interests in silver and gold mines in the Elwood area. "He is frequently referred to as the 'father' of Pagosa, for it was through his instrumentality that the town was incorporated and he served as its mayor and a trustee for several terms." On the county level, Hallett served on the board of commissioners, deputy treasurer, sheriff, and, in 1899, was serving as the county assessor.
Some observations on 'S'Wonderful'
The Music Boosters put together a good show last weekend. People loved "S'Wonderful." Many thanks to the directors, JoAnn Laird and Kathy Isberg. And a special thanks to John Graves who kept everything together and moving with his piano playing and to the orchestra. And thanks to Andy Donlon and Morgan Gronewoller for the narration. Everything fell into place.
Overheard were words such as "great," "nostalgic" and "wonderful." Favorite scenes were the trio comprised of Carla Kruger, Pam Spitler and Cindy Owen; Bob and Diane Outerbridge's beautiful ballroom dancing and everyone said Joan Hageman was "the best." As has been said, "everything fell into place."
Dallas Johnson had a special interest in the show. He had seen George Gershwin one time when Gershwin arrived at the Kansas City Star to give an interview. Dallas was working as a copy boy in the advertising department while going to night school. The radio station was upstairs.
John Graves left Pagosa Springs on Monday to fly to Maastricht, the Netherlands. He will teach a class in Global Comparative Media (the study of how different countries handle the news and entertainment) at The Center for Transatlantic Studies on the campus of a Japanese University located in Maastricht. The 3-week course will be a semester's work. John will be teaching in English to students from Mexico. This is what one can call "getting around."
In "S'Wonderful," Warron Big Eagle did a good interpretation of Al Jolson singing "Sewanee." Besides being the good entertainer he is, Warron has another side that people may not know about.
Warron is an ordained minister. His church is "The Spring of Life Community Worship Center" located at 99 Toms Place Road in Aspen Springs. It was just a few weeks ago that he did his annual Blessing of the Hunt, on Oct. 10 - the opening of the first rifle season. Church was at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck and then the blessing. Warron wore a beautiful Indian headdress. He pronounced the blessing in his native Cheyenne and then translated it in English. Previous to the day of the blessing of the Hunt he had said, "Blessing the Hunt in the name of God, the Father adds a completeness in the circle of life." It was a beautiful day.
Congratulations to Pagosa Fire District's Physical Fitness Team for placing second in the High Altitude Shoot-Out contest at the Fire Academy held in Tammaron last week.
If you have any consignments for the annual Ski and Sports Swap to be held at the Extension Building on Oct. 10, please drop them off there on the day before between the hours of 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Fun on the run
While on a car trip, an old couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. The old woman unfortunately left her glasses on the table, but didn't miss them until they were back on the highway. By then, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around. The old man fussed and complained all the way back to the restaurant.
When they finally arrived, as the old woman got out of the car to retrieve her glasses, the old man said, "While you're in there, you may as well get my hat, too."
Chamber working on Christmas cards
Four new members join us this week, which makes us mighty happy and 22 members renew for the year 2000. I see that Morna has the renewal reminders on her desk, so those who might need a little nudge to remember to get those forms in can expect a "gentle reminder" in the mail soon. In the meantime, allow me to introduce the following folks to the Chamber family.
Interspace Airport Advertising joins us all the way from Allentown, Pennsylvania. These are the folks who have taken over all the advertising space in the Durango-La Plata Airport. When I met with them to negotiate the new contract, I suggested that it might be a great idea for them to join our Chamber since we would be writing them a sizable check every month for the Pagosa presence in the airport. Darned if Earl Eckert, the man in charge, couldn't have agreed with me more and promptly filled out his form. Sometimes it's as simple as asking, isn't it? We're happy to welcome Earl and Interspace Airport Advertising.
Shari Zale and Madeline Camp join us next with Paradise Log Homes located at 334 Oak Place. Shari and Madeline are authorized dealers for Tennessee Log Homes, a family-owned business since 1974. They offer precut, pre-drilled log home packages with superior quality, integrity and service. Just contact these women if you would like a free brochure and feel free to call them at 731-9684 for more information.
Healing Oasis joins us next with Jamara Gruber at the helm located at 11 North Emissary Court. Jamara is a biologist and registered nurse offering cranio-sacral movement therapy as well as reflexology of the feet, flower essences and massage. She also carries a complete line of nutritional supplements. Jamara's goal is to do all she can to assist her clients in finding health, harmony and happiness. You may give her a call at 731-5989. Our thanks to member Sharon Porter for recruiting Healing Oasis to our membership, and Sharon will receive a free SunDowner for her efforts.
We are delighted to welcome new Associate Members A. R. and Melba Dillard in Hereford, Texas, and thank Carol Dillard at the Corner Store for recruiting these folks. A free SunDowner coupon is on its way, Carol, with our gratitude.
Renewals this week include the following loyal Chamber members: Don Davis with Commnet Cellular; Chris Walls, Pastor, Mountain Heights Baptist Church; Michael J. Mitchell, Broker/Owner, Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch; Josie Sifft with Spirit Rest Retreat and Holistic Health Center; Ken Harms with Harms Photo/Graphic Associates; Rick Monks with Innovative Solutions; Ron Wedemeyer with Coldwell Banker Real Estate; Jeff Greer with The Summit Ski and Sports; Sean MacAllister with Remax/Sunrise Properties Ltd.; Elizabeth Young with Exclusively Elizabeth; Pat Vincent with Aspen Springs Realty II; Richard Faubion with Mountain Home Maytag; Terry Florek with Treasures of the Rockies; Bee Livermore with Bee Joyful Creations; Amy Bachman with Frontier Internet; Steve Briscoe with United Building Centers; James Brown with Colorado Dream Homes, LLC; Carol and Gary Dillard with The Corner Store, Inc.; and Sue and Jean with Pagosa Realty Rentals, LLC. Our thanks go out as well to renewed Associate Members, Cecil and Barbara Tackett; Diplomats, Phil and Nita Heitz; and Michelle Tressler. We're grateful to you all for your continued support.
Next week is the big one, the week that offers us all the opportunity to express our gratitude to our priceless volunteers, and I sincerely hope that all of you will do so. I won't belabor the point in this column, but encourage you to read the relevant article elsewhere in this week's SUN and peruse this week's Preview cover. Pagosa's observance of these wonderful people will take place next week, Oct. 25 through Oct. 29, and I hope that all of our volunteers will feel especially rewarded for their remarkable contribution to our community throughout the week.
A heads-up to those of you who are starting to think about the holidays, and aren't we all? I've been doing a mental checklist already trying like crazy to find any holes in "the list." In an attempt to stay just a bit ahead of the game, we at the Chamber have been working on Christmas cards for the last couple of months and hope to have them here for sale in just a couple of weeks. We couldn't be more pleased with this year's selection, and I hope you will agree that they are a beautiful representation of stunning winter beauty in Pagosa Springs. Photographers Sam Snyder and Jan Brookshier have captured the breathtaking photos that you can share with all those lucky devils on your Christmas card list. One of the things I like best about these cards is that after the holidays, the recipient can remove the picture and keep it forevermore.
Once again this year, we will have a selection of four brand-new designs in a box of ten for $17.50. Sam Snyder captured the Chamber of Commerce one evening at sunset in full holiday regalia with all the Christmas lights blazing away. Sam also renders a snowy owl that will knock the socks off anyone who appreciates the regal beauty of this stunning bird and a courageous, albeit premature, bloom pushing its way through the spring snow. Jan Brookshier captured a snowy meadow on an early winter evening with rainbow spotlights emanating down to the meadow from the diminishing afternoon sun. The effect is ethereal and somewhat mystic - you'll love it. The photos are framed in a white on white snowflake design and the message inside reads, "Happy Holidays from Pagosa Springs, Colorado." I will let you know when they go on sale and know you will want to share these with all the friends and family who are already green with envy that you live in such a beautiful place.
Chuck Logan at KWUF was kind enough to share an article that appeared in the Durango Herald stating that our own Wolf Creek Ski Area was named to Outside magazine's list of "27 Classic Crowd-Free Places" in their November issue. The article further dubbed the ski area the "Snow Vault" and cited the 33 feet of annual snowfall and the varied terrain as further reasons to visit our wonderful Wolf Creek. Awesome, dude.
Once again we offer our congratulations to the fine Music Boosters cast and crew for yet another terrific production, "S 'Wonderful," with two performances last weekend. Never met a Gershwin tune I didn't love and it was especially fun watching friends and neighbors performing all the old favorites. Thanks to all for sharing their considerable talents with the community and special kudos to Kathy Isberg and JoAnn Laird for a great job on their debut directing efforts. Can't wait to see what's next on the Music Boosters' agenda.
PLPOA budget hearings begin next week
Pagosa's official "Volunteer Appreciation Week" will be Oct. 25 through Oct. 29. For the many volunteers in Pagosa who do so much so willingly, I want to share this bit of information.
Researchers recently concluded what volunteers have long known. Volunteer activity can add years to your life. "Volunteering in moderate amounts does produce a lower risk of mortality," reports Dr. Marc Musick and colleagues at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The findings were published in the May 1999 issue of the "Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences." The authors examined federal government data on the lifestyles and death rates of nearly 9,000 Americans, aged 60 and over, to determine the relationship between volunteering and health. About one-third reported volunteering during the previous year. Respondents who report better health and more physical activity also tend to volunteer.
Ironically, those who volunteer the least amount of time - less than 40 hours a year and for one organization, saw the strongest benefits. Those who volunteered the most received no benefit in terms of reduced mortality. The researchers speculated that this trend might be due to "role-strain." The emotional and physiological benefits of helping others may be undermined by the stress of doing too much. They also theorize that volunteers committed to just one organization may "derive a more meaningful experience from that activity than do multiple group volunteers." There certainly is enough evidence that social participation in later life contributes to successful aging.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will present its third annual fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Following the serving of lunch at noon, a fashion show will take place. Special guest performances by Indian flutist Charles Martinez and Ute Indian cultural dress and dance by Erni Watts and Mollie Bent is also being planned as part of the afternoon's entertainment. A lot of planning and hard work is going into the fashion show. Tickets, priced at $15 per person, are available at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Sunday morning, or call Maria Sanford at 731-9287. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local youths attending the World Youth Day in Rome 2000.
What better way to work up a ravenous appetite for the luncheon preceding the fashion show than to walk 5K or run 10K? Don't forget the Friends of the Library Turkey Trot also on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Recreation Center. The walk starts at 9 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m. Registration forms for the Turkey Trot are available at the Ruby Sisson Library and Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center.
PLPOA will begin its budget hearings on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The following budget hearing schedule was provided by the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association:
- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. - Department of Public Safety
- Monday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - Administration
- Wednesday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - Recreation Center and office of Covenant and Compliance
- Monday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. - Department of Property and Environment
- Wednesday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - Year 2000 Budget Review
These budget hearings are open to the public.
Students pitch in to help Girardins
The Education Center is busting at the seams with this year's Archuleta County High School alternative high school program. Forty-Eight students are enrolled in day and evening classes at the Ed Center, with spillover classes taking place at the Methodist Church's upstairs classrooms. Fortunately, we also have our piece of the global classroom, the local community in which to hold classes.
The students have been juggling a number of projects with the most visible being the benefit they are organizing for local resident Bobby Girardin. Bobby was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this summer and has extensive medical bills. How did this benefit idea come about? Lets back up 2 weeks.
Ex-gang member turned probation officer (and current bandleader of the Jah Kings, a touring/recording reggae band) Alexander Washington contacted me to say that his band would be in town playing for a Hopi gathering at Chimney Rock and again this Friday at Endaba. Was there anything they could do to benefit the youth in the community? Aside from speaking with our students today (Thursday) the band, through an idea from student Jeremy Gallegos, will be performing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight with proceeds going to Bobby Girardin's fund set up the Bank of the San Juans.
Once the students decided to make this happen, they designed a flyer outlining the concert and last Thursday hit the street visiting businesses for donations. They returned to the Ed Center and piled checks and cash on a table where students Stephen Crouse and Emory Draper counted the contributions for a total of $660 donated by the community in about two hours! A mention of the project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting prompted their donating concessions for the dance and Kiwanians will be doing the cooking with students. A resident handed me $50 saying, "This is to pay for one of the band members." Donations were further enhanced through students Michelle Herrera and Lisa Terrasas visiting the Rotary Club's weekly meeting.
And so it goes. Motivation can be a challenge unless students find a reason to "buy into" school. For some, good grades are enough. For others, recognition is the key. Still others are motivated by a paycheck. In this case, it was a chance to help a friend, and the remainder of the class came on board through the excitement of their peers and knowing that they could accomplish whatever they set out to do as a group.
One element of alternative education which remains a constant is the need for a strong relationship. Relationships between students need to be strong for them to complete the many indoor and outdoor group initiatives we challenge them with. How do teachers build strong relationships with the students? Students need to utilize their teachers and bring us through the activities with them. Voila! The student becomes the teacher and a positive relationship must grow in order for us to reach our group goals together. One activity we completed on the first day of school was called "turning over a new leaf" and involved 30 students and two teachers standing together on a 10x12 foot tarp. The goal? Turn the tarp over without anyone's feet touching the ground, or begin again if they do. The students cannot accomplish the goal unless they discuss the problem, offer suggestions, listen to each other and then help each other out. If we can stay focused on the desired end result, the conflicts which arise, will be worked out, communication between participants will be enhanced and the task will be completed. Is the goal to flip the tarp? The goal is to work together in a safe environment and be a productive contributing member of a team. The goal is to have someone walk away from a post activity debrief and be able to say "I can do this and if I can do it here, I can do it in the classroom and in the community and at home." The first day we flipped a tarp. The group is now at the point where they have been able to organize and run tonight's dance. Is the goal to run the dance? You know the answer to that one!
If you're attending the Music Boosters production of "S'Wonderful" this weekend, say hello to Jeremy Gallegos, Stephen Crouse and Jimmy Cardenas; three of our students who are stage crew members on the set.
As a school-wide project, students have been interviewing local residents concerning changes that have occurred in Pagosa. The interviews will be available as a magazine in early December.
I will leave you with a favorite quote from noted anthropologist Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Site brimming with Colorado info
Congratulations to ACLIN, "The Access Colorado Library and Information Network," which unifies more than 230 library catalogs and information resources throughout the state of Colorado.
The site is brimming with shortcuts that make it easy to access the most popular resources. The site does an outstanding job of keeping things simple and focusing on the items most relevant to citizens of Colorado. ACLIN is a cooperative project with subject specialists working together to select resources for the health, medicine, business and consumer sections of the site.
Our county commissioners were instrumental in helping get ACLIN operational in the 1980s. Jerry Martinez can be credited for leading and encouraging many of the county commissioners on the Western Slope to support the idea of a state information network. We can all be proud of our part in this award.
ACLIN was picked as Library Site of the Month at www.libraryspot.com. The web site "Library Spot" is a virtual library resource center for educators and students, and just about anyone exploring the web for valuable research information. Library Spot was designed to make finding the best topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience. Headquartered at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., this site strives to create exemplary web resources.
When I heard about the ACLIN honor, I visited the web site and followed their links all morning. I am in awe of the excellent reference material available from this one site. I don't know how they do it but it sure makes it easy for all of us to find important information.
What people want
We have a long list of suggestions from our survey.
Volunteers are going through the surveys, sorting information by sex, age and length of time the person has lived here. Men want more financial information. Women want more medical reference and a heavy emphasis on children's material. Both are interested in best sellers, books on tape, mysteries and westerns. Both encourage a building expansion plan.
Printed on demand
We've been hearing that books that are out of print and unavailable may soon be ordered individually. According to our Newscan e-mail, Xerox Corporation and a large publishing conglomerate that owns Random House and several other big publishing firms, have entered a deal under which computers and Xerox digital printers will be used to print single books on demand. The average cost is expected to be about $16.
We are trying to get a copy just to see how they will look. I visualize more of a manuscript appearance. It is nice to know that many out-of-print materials will be available once again. We'll keep you posted.
Raffle tickets. The Civic Club Bazaar. The Turkey Trot.
Lot's happening around the library. Come see the items you will win when you buy raffle tickets. (Six tickets for $5.) Margaret Wilson will happily sell you tickets and we have some at the library. Don Craigen just donated a welded metal fish sculpture that is also on display.
Vote before November 2. Get ready to do your holiday shopping at the Bazaar on November 6. Get in shape for the Turkey Trot on November 13.
We thank the following for financial help. In memory of Thelma Risinger: Bill and Joan Seielstad, Gil and Lenore Bright.
Dennis Schutz brought in more donations in memory of Dorothy from folks back in Iowa. Dennis helped find their relatives in the plane crash earlier this year. In honor of Dennis's help, these kind people donated: Lucas Henning, Patricia and Rory Kroloff, William Shimon, Richard and Carol Van Aernam.
Materials came from Ann Miller, Mary Jo Hannay, Barbara Blackburn, Carol Hakala, Ray and Sharon Pack, Bob and Carole Howard, Mary Lou Sprowle, Walker Powe, Earle and Betty Beasley, Victoria Landon, Paul and Mary Alice Behrents, Darla McLean, Diane Fackler, James and Anita Kizer, Barbara Carlos and Derrick Rader.
Rose exhibit continues at gallery
It is time for all local artists and crafters to be thinking about the Christmas Shoppe at the Pagosa Springs Arts Center and Gallery in Town Park. The Shoppe will be open Dec. 2 through Dec. 23 and will feature wonderful hand-made items for everyone's Christmas shopping needs. If you would like to have your work featured in the Shoppe, please call Joanne Haliday at 264-5020 immediately for more information. She is taking applicants through Oct. 27. Many people visit the Shoppe, so this is a good opportunity for you to show what you can do and earn some extra Christmas money in the process.
After a grand Grand Opening, Carol Fulenwider, aka Denny Rose, continues her exhibit of elegant watercolors at the PSAC Center and Gallery in Town Park. Her work just gets better and better. This exhibit will run through Oct. 28. Furthermore, Carol will be demonstrating her watercolor techniques at the gallery on two Saturdays, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This affords an excellent opportunity to see how Carol works her magic.
PSAC is happy to present Whistle Pig Folk Night, an open mike event, again this fall. It takes place at the Pagosa Lakes Community Center at 230 Port Avenue at 7 p.m. The next presentation will include Harry Banana and the Bunch, the group with A'peal, on Oct. 23. Then on Nov. 13, we will welcome back Debbie Tucker Ramey and friends. Donations are $4 for adults with children and teens free.
By the way, a special thanks goes to Village Carpets and Interiors for their help with carpeting the stage for Whistle Pig.
Creede Repertory Theatre, under the auspices of PSAC, once again entertained our community with a delightful performance of "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" at the Parish Hall. Many, many people contributed to the success of this presentation. Thanks go to Jennifer Harnick and Jennai Bachus, for bringing Creede to Pagosa and coordinating everything to make it a success; the Knights of Columbus for the delicious dinner; Steve Monjaras for coordinating all the helpers; Pagosa Lodge and Pagosa Springs Inn for donating lodging for the players in September during the performances at the school; Terry Alley and Mary Kurt-Mason for coordinating the school performances and Jennai and Matt Bachus, Jennifer Harnick, Joanne Haliday and Phyl Daleske for being there to help. As always, too, PSAC appreciates all the locations that sell tickets for our many events.
Kudos and thanks to Music Boosters for the wonderful "S'Wonderful" performance presented last weekend at the high school. It was delightful and professional. It was worth the price of admission just to hear Kathy Isberg sing "Summertime." Thanks to Jeff and Lora Laydon for setting up and selling refreshments for PSAC and to Ron and Cindy Gustafson for assisting the Laydons.
PSAC is offering a watercolor Christmas card workshop by Mary Cardin at the PSAC Center and Gallery in Town Park. The two opportunities to participate will be Oct. 29 and Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with participants bringing a sack lunch. Cost is $35 and the list of materials each person must bring will be given out at registration. Visit the gallery between 11a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through Oct. 27 to register. Registration is by payment of the fee on a first-come basis. Only 12 people will be allowed in each workshop and each session is almost filled, so if you are interested, act now!
Pagosa Springs area artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Arts Center and Gallery in Town Park for the year 2000 season, need to come in and pick up applications. Don't wait till all the good spots are taken.
PSAC is looking for someone to work on the membership committee. This person would need to have computer access. Call Joanne at 264-5020 for more information.
The Arts Center and Gallery is now open winter hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Seniors thank Isaiah Project volunteers
Congratulations to Mary Muirhead who is Senior of the Week. Remember we pick a new senior every week from the sign in sheet, so you must be here to win. The winner receives free lunch for that week.
The events for this week include Dr. August Vanderbeek who helped us in understanding deafness and how if affects our families and lifestyles. Today will be the Widows Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Pagosa Lodge. At 10 a.m. today, Patricia Heck will begin classes helping us to deal with pain without medication. On Friday, Oct. 22, Nancy will be here at the Senior Center to assist seniors with LEAP applications. Please come and join us.
We would like to thank all the volunteers whose involvement make such a difference in the seniors' quality of life, and helping us reach the number of people that we do with our services. The Senior Services Team will provide an all day "Training Volunteer Course" on Nov. 1 in Durango. There is no charge for the course and lunch will be provided for all those wonderful people who currently volunteer or would be interested in volunteering. For more information call Cindy Archuleta at 264-2167 or Suzanne Zerbe, the Well Elder coordinator, at 382-2025. We will be happy to provide transportation.
The Isaiah Project has helped us with lawn care, winterizing homes, putting up safety rails and delivering wood to the seniors in need. Thank you very much for all that your volunteer group has done for us. Saturday we will all be meeting at the Assembly of God Church to help with wood cutting and hauling to seniors and other people in the community. If you are willing to volunteer please call Nathan at 731-5767. Hope to see you there.
We are happy to say that everyone who returned to warmer climates made it home safely. Mrs. Elaine Nossaman is recuperating slowly but surely. Mary Lucero was able to return to the Senior Center for lunches and Scrabble games still continue, as well as the swimming at no cost to the seniors.
The senior brochure will be ready hopefully by the end of November so be looking for it.
Dennis Martinez, we would like to thank you for all that you have done this year and let you know how much everyone misses you.
Wanted - A room with a loving family for a senior gentleman who is willing to pay the going rate and has his own transportation. Please call Cindy at 264-2167.
Two new movies with apocalyptic edge
As the new millennium approaches, Hollywood is getting busy putting the apocalypse on film. And it's not what you think.
It's not "Armageddon" or "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" or "Apocalypse Now" or "The Prophecy" or "The Mark of the Beast."
So far, it's just a couple of shiny new films - now showing just 60 miles west of here - that suggest a rejection of the old order, what's been passing itself off as Life for the last few generations, and a desire for a more genuine, a more deeply felt existence.
The two films are "American Beauty" and "Fight Club."
Both films are, in a sense, comedies ("excess of sorrow laughs," the poet said), but both are also subversive, revolutionary, apocalyptic.
Neither film takes itself altogether seriously. Both films show characters scratching and clawing through appearances to get at the Thing Itself beneath them.
Both films examine the dehumanization (and, more specifically, the demasculinization) caused by a corporate mentality. "Corporate" can mean "combined into one body." That combining process tends to require a loss of individuality, a loss of self-worth, a kind of chopped-liver syndrome that anyone who has ever worked at the middle to low end of a corporation knows very well.
Both films focus on characters who become fed up with giving what little life they have to the corporation. Think of what would happen if everyone felt this way. Scary, isn't it?
Both films tell us that "your things aren't you," "you're not what you own," that even a $4,000 sofa is "just a sofa." All your things could be stripped away, and you'd be left with just you. You can't build a life out of things. The routine by which you've structured and ordered your life may also be faulty. Could you devise another routine? Could you live without one?
How can this sort of thing be funny? It's funny, usually, to watch babies learn new things, put food up their noses when they're trying to eat, use the wrong words when they're trying to talk, all of that.
So it is with the rest of us when we find ourselves adjusting to a new way of living or of looking at things. We're uncomfortable, awkward, clumsy, comical. That's what happens to the characters in these two movies.
Both films could be a little shocking to people who are shocked by images reflected on a screen, but in neither film are the shocking scenes gratuitous. "Fight Club," directed by David Fincher ("Seven"), will offend more people than "American Beauty." Before its release, "Fight Club" co-star Brad Pitt said the film would be a failure if it didn't offend.
"American Beauty," the better of the two films, might be called suburban Gothic. It's set in one of those cookie-cutter, picket fence suburbs where all the families are reasonably well off. Everyone is thoroughly miserable and with good reason.
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is in a nightmare marriage with a tightly wound hard-drinking shrew named Carolyn (Annette Bening), who makes her living selling houses. The bloom has definitely faded from the rose of this marriage. Both husband and wife have neglected to tend their connubial garden. Both have also been too busy to pay much attention to their teenaged daughter Jane (Thora Birch).
Consequently, Jane is miserable and hates both of them. Also consequently, Lester gets his head turned by his daughter's lovely cheerleading friend Angela, who makes him think of rose petals, thousands and thousands of rose petals.
Jane eventually turns to the boy next door for love, a boy who enjoys filming her, a boy whose parents have made him perfectly miserable, a boy who's done time in a mental institution, a boy who turns out to be the healthiest person in this entire movie.
When you see "American Beauty," listen carefully to this boy - the son of a psychotically confused and miserable Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) - and watch for his influence on Lester, who eventually begins the long and humorous process of liberating himself from Carolyn's bloodless tyranny and from his lifeless job. He realizes the power of "an ordinary guy with nothing to lose."
My guess is that Spacey, one of my favorite actors, will be collecting some hardware on Oscar night for his work in "American Beauty," and Bening might very well hear her name called as well.
"Fight Club" might be called a dark urban Gothic comedy about the unraveling and/or rebirth of its nameless major character and narrator (Edward Norton) and his bizarre partnership with one Tyler Durden (Pitt).
Weary of being the toxic waste of a consumer society, the two opt for self-destruction over self-improvement and organize a "fight club" where male refugees from pointless jobs can hammer each other into submission, ensuring that they don't "die without scars."
The fight clubs begin to proliferate and soon morph into a huge underground terrorist conglomerate called Project Mayhem. I understand that terrorism isn't funny, but it's hard not to laugh at what these guys do.
The frenetically filmed "Fight Club," based on the hilarious novel by young Chuck Palahniuk, is harsh, dark, loud, abrasive and, at times, downright disturbing. Add to this the fact that it's two hours and 20 minutes long, and it may become a little numbing for some viewers.
If you can believe these films, there is a kind of mass awakening going on across this great nation of ours, some heretofore invisible monsters beginning to see things clearly, with the force of a revelation, for the first time. They're stretching, gazing about, getting their bearings, preparing to begin the apocalypse now.
On a lighter note, I'd like to extend my personal gratitude to the Pagosa Springs Music Boosters for the terrific job they did with "S'Wonderful." It makes me tired just to think of all the hours directors Kathy Isberg and JoAnn Laird and their cast and crew put in to creating such an entertaining evening. There were other things these folks could've been doing with their time, and I'm very thankful they devoted it to bringing Gershwin back to life in Pagosa. What a fine gift to the community!
I'm also pleased to report that the Boosters will be bringing the Aspen Ballet to Pagosa, but due to scheduling conflicts they were unable to bring the dancers in during hunting season. Ballet will return to our town in April, I believe.
Settlers fought for their beliefs
By John M. Motter
They were a salty bunch, those first Hispanic settlers in Archuleta County. After all, for almost 300 years their ancestors scratched out a life in the face of hostile Indians on the Northern New Mexico frontier. If they had not been fighters, they would not have survived.
Most residents of Archuleta County with Hispanic roots share a common frontier heritage running back to 1692 when Diego de Vargas reestablished Spanish colonies in New Mexico following the Pueblo revolt in 1680. Many of these settlers trace their roots back even further, to Juan de Oñate's 1598 colonization efforts near San Juan Pueblo, just outside of today's Española. The San Juan Pueblo remains to this day. Compare the 1598 date to the first Anglo settlements at Jamestown and Plymouth Rock on the East Coast during the early 1600s.
Those first Hispanic settlers raised sheep and crops in the river valleys where the Rio Grande and Chama rivers unite at today's Española. The crops drank water from acequias, hand dug irrigation ditches. Often the settlers were forced to defend their casas y familias, homes and families, from raiding bands of Comanche, Apache, Navajo, and Ute warriors.
The only supply lines for those frontiersmen stretched south across the deserts of New Mexico to the old mining town of Durango, deep in the heart of Mexico. The distance was more than 1,000 miles, a tremendous trek by foot, horseback, and using cartas with hand-carved wheels. Apache raids on supply caravans between Santa Fe and El Paso were so fierce that that stretch of the roadway became known as El Jornado del Muerte - the Journey of Death.
Obviously supplies could be scare. Consequently, the New Mexico settlers learned to live off of the land and to defend themselves with a minimum of guns and ammunition.
As their families expanded, the settlers moved from the Española area up the Chama River to Abiquiu and up the Rio Grande River, known in those days as the Rio Grand del Norte. Traders from those same communities explored deeply into what later became known as the American West. They reached into what is now the state of Washington, traveled overland between Nuevo Mexico and California, and became intimately acquainted with the mountainous areas later known as Colorado and Utah.
By the 1840s, they were fighting Utes and Jicarilla Apaches in the San Luis Valley for the right to establish what would be the first permanent communities in Colorado. Those early attempts at forming settlements in Colorado were hotly contested by the Native American occupants of the land. In fact, the attempts were unsuccessful until after the United States government established Fort Massachusetts on the east side of the San Luis Valley following the Mexican/American War.
Among those frontiersmen were the ancestors of Carlos Trujillo and his family. Over the past 150 years, the memories of those early battles have disappeared from family tradition. The will to fight for just causes remains. Carlos, his brothers, and many of his Hispanic friends and relatives have fought in all of the notable American wars.
Carlos' grandfather, Jose Guadalupe Trujillo, was born in New Mexico in 1841. By the time Brig. Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny captured New Mexico in 1846, Carlos' grandfather was five years old. He had been born a citizen of Mexico. He grew to manhood a citizen of the United States.
In 1862, he moved to Conejos, where he engaged in freighting across the vast prairie wilderness separating Fort Garland from St. Louis. He witnessed the uncounted millions of buffalo that then blackened the prairie. He undoubtedly stopped at Bent's Old Fort on the Arkansas River and traded with the Plains Indians and their tipi villages.
In 1880, Jose Guadalupe Trujillo used his freighting skills to load his family and possessions on covered wagons and journey river by river and rock by rock across Cumbres Pass to Pagosa Country, then a largely unsettled wilderness. After working for J.M. Archuleta in the Edith area for several years, Jose Guadalupe homesteaded in the Montezuma Canyon area in 1890. By that time, he had married a second wife, one with whom he raised 10 children. The family homestead locale was called Vega de Doña Maria.
One of his sons was Tobias Trujillo, born in 1883 near Conejos. The covered wagon journey across Cumbres Pass must have been a wondrous adventure for the seven-year old Tobias, who reached manhood in Archuleta County. By his first marriage, Tobias fathered Herman, Ross, Mel, Cleotilde, and Jose. He later married Rosa Romero and fathered Dulcinea, Carlos, Fernando, Armando, Mary, Priscilla, Lucilla, Becky, and Epifanio.
Carlos was born in Coyote Park while his father worked on a ranch in the vicinity of the old settlement known as Boone. His brothers attended the Boone school. Through the years, most of the family worked with sheep, cattle, for ranchers, or logged and worked in lumber mills.
Carlos remembers living on the Montezuma Canyon homestead, remembers his mother putting sugar in a cup, then filling the cup with fresh milk while milking the cow. She built a fire outside to heat water for washing. A family tragedy occurred when brother Armando splashed lye in his eyes and lost part of his eyesight.
Uncle Manuel Trujillo was a big sheep rancher, according to Carlos. At one time he had so many sheep they only herded the bucks. Then, during the winter of 1931, winter struck with a vengeance bringing unprecedented cold and snow. Sheep died by the thousands, bringing the Trujillo families to their economic knees.
Lucille Belarde, Carlos' aunt, moved the family to Pagosa Springs in a truck. Carlos attended public school, but he spent a lot of time daydreaming and drawing. Recognizing his artistic talents, his teacher and principle wanted to send Carlos to art school. The year was 1950 and the Korean War was raging.
Instead of going to art school, a draft-age Carlos did what his ancestors had always done, he left home to fight an enemy of his people. He was a machine gunner for the 14th infantry of the 25th Infantry Division and served 25 months in Korea fighting in such hot spots as Heart Break Ridge, the Punch Bowl, and other battles.
Following discharge from the army, Carlos attempted unsuccessfully to find work in Salt Lake City. Instead of pursuing a civilian life, he signed up for another Army tour, this time with the 11th Airborne Division. After successfully completing jump school training at Fort Benning, Ga., Carlos was transferred to a special unit in Alaska. The task? Test the performance of various Army issued equipment in Alaska's super cold climate. The assignment included jumping from unheated C-119 cargo planes.
From Alaska, he was sent to Germany where another enlistment ended. He held the rank of sergeant first class. His plan was to re-enlist, to make a career of the Army. First, a little time back home in Pagosa Springs seemed the proper thing to do.
A funny thing happened while Carlos was "back home." He met Clorinda Gallegos and decided anywhere outside of Pagosa Springs was "too far from Clorinda." The couple married May 3, 1959, in the Parrish Hall on Lewis Street. Fr. Verde officiated. The couple had three children; Francisco Tobias, Jackie Nancy (now Hart), and John Paul.
Since then, Carlos has done what all Pagosa oldtimers have done to survive, worked at whatever jobs were available. That includes working for the Forest Service, working for Ralph Yamaguchi at the Phillips 66 Service Station, working at the Frank Teal Ranch, and working 35 years at the Texaco bulk plant for three owners. Today Carlos is retired.
Just as have other oldtimers, Carlos has seen much growth in Pagosa Country. He has progressed from a home in Montezuma Canyon without running water, electricity, or a telephone to today's homes with modern conveniences.
"We cut logs for wood for heat, threw the ashes from the fire out back, most of our houses were shacks, and we carried water," Carlos remembers. "I remember when the town had board sidewalks and there were all of those bath houses at the hot springs."
As was already noted, Carlos fought in the Korean War. Herman, Mel, Ross, and Joe all fought in WWII. Epifanio fought in the Vietnam War. The Trujillos of the most recent generations have done what their families and friends in the New World have always done. Fought for what they believed to be right. When it comes to defending cherished values, they are a salty bunch.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Pagosa Lakes owners who came to the board meeting on Oct. 14 to support our side on the RV restriction issue. Even though we were not allowed to address the board, our presence was obvious. It is a shame that any board would not want to hear from the people they are supposedly representing. However, we hope that all of our supporters will try to attend the special committee meeting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 23 at the Vista Clubhouse.
We also want to thank the volunteers who took the time to help circulate our petition. We had over 300 signatures by the time of the meeting, and feel that this number would double or triple if they continue to press the issue. Our thanks to all of you who signed the petition. We sincerely hope that the board will realize that the position they have taken is unreasonable and that the issue will be dropped. It would make much more sense to seek to resolve the few complaints on an individual basis.
We appreciate the support of the many owners who signed the petition even though they don't own RVs or trailers themselves, but feel that those who do own them have the right to park them on their property. We are all here in beautiful Pagosa Springs to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. For many of us this includes RV-ing, snowmobiling and boating. So let us try to work together to keep this issue from ever coming up again.
This letter is to thank my insurance company and Truett Forest, my insurance agent and all the Promise Keepers who came down and painted free of charge, my house outside.
They did a marvelous job and I have received several compliments on the work. Thank you all.
It makes me wonder what good I have done to receive such a wonderful gift.
May my Heavenly Father, which "art in heaven," bless each and every one who worked that day.
Truett and Sue, beware, you will both receive a big bear hug when I see you.
"God bless" each and every one. I love you all.
Tinnie E. Lattin
A letter bomb with explosives could not have created more pain than a certified letter that was placed into our mailbox last Saturday.
The letter reads as follows:
"During the Environmental Control Committee meeting on 10/7/99, the ECC, after receiving numerous complaints from property owners, has required you to remove the large sign next to your driveway. If the sign is not removed by 10/21/99, a violation will be assessed and a daily fine will start accruing.
"Please call our office if you have any questions.
"Michael Crofts, Inspector."
This "large sign" which is a part of our mailbox stand is slightly under 20 inches by 30 inches. It is on a piece of marble that came out of a bank building in Denver. On one side of the marble is our logo, "Stretcher Bearers for Christ." On the other side are the words "Crafts for Christ." This is the legal name of our nonprofit ministry which was birthed 24 years ago.
We erected the mailbox stand about 10 years ago when home delivery of mail became available in our area. We made the mailbox stand out of 6-inch by 6-inch posts. We wanted to be sure that the snow plows would respect our mail box. I do not believe there was a single property owner in our area who got a permit from the Property Owner's Association before placing their mailbox at the front of their house.
For the first five years we received home delivery of mail, we put a flower box filled with petunias between the two upright posts. Then we replaced the flower box with the above-mentioned sign made out of a piece of marble. No one ever complained or challenged our right to do what we did. We never dreamt we were violating some kind of an ordinance. We have no idea whom we offended. When we asked who complained, we were told that this was confidential information. We were never permitted to explain or justify our decorative mailbox stand.
For the past two years we have received our mail at a cluster mail box location just 300 feet north of our house. The mail box stand is only decorative now. Besides the above mentioned sign, we also have our names on a six-by-six piece of wood joining the two upright posts. There is a sandblasted piece of flagstone on top of the stand at the moment with our house number.
We would like to ask those who know us and believe we are unfairly treated by the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association's enforcement authority, to either write, fax, call or personally go to their office and speak up on our behalf. We would also like to ask those who have filed a complaint against us, to have the courage to come to our house and allow us to speak to them face to face.
Peter and Rebekah Laue
Wow. That was some footnote. While I don't quite get the connection between my letter-writing history, my choice of words and whether or not I reacted in a predetermined way to situations in the past, and the present ballot issues, I certainly do appreciate your respect for me.
Getting back to the issues, I quoted passages from the TABOR amendment indicating, and to me, beyond a doubt, that voters could approve the keeping and spending of excess revenues each year, modified by another section to allow a delay of up to four years before voting on the issue again. In 1994 the then county commissioners, the county manager and the county attorney determined that those sections of the amendment meant what I have stated and they wrote those limitations into the 1994 reso
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Keaton Joseph Anderson
Brandi and Dustin Anderson would like to welcome home their baby brother Keaton Joseph Anderson who was born Aug. 28, 1999, in Durango. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18-inches long.
Parents are Boyd and Andrea Anderson of Pagosa Springs. Keaton Joseph's maternal grandparents are grandmother and step-grandfather Allyn and Wayne Combs of Lancaster, Calif., and grandfather James Young, also of Lancaster, Calif. Paternal grandparents include his grandmother, Barbara Anderson of Visalia, Calif., and his great-grandmother, Lois Jefferson of Los Alamitos, Calif.
Ladies win 3, lose 3 in tough weekend
By Karl Isberg
It was a tough and instructive weekend for the Lady Pirates volleyball team.
When the schedule was drawn up last year, coach Penné Hamilton decided she wanted a flurry of difficult matches for her team just before the end of the regular season, right before district and regional tournaments.
Hamilton got what she wanted on Oct. 15 and 16 as the Lady Pirates ventured to the Eastern Slope for matches against some powerful opponents in Colorado Springs and Fowler.
When the dust settled, the Ladies returned home with three wins and three losses, and a 12-4 season record.
Ladies and Terrors
William Palmer High School in Colorado Springs was the first stop for the Ladies. Last year, the Ladies shocked the Terrors and their fans with a two-game victory. This year, the Terrors got their revenge, winning the match 15-13, 15-8
Palmer put a tall and talented team on the court and the Ladies gave the Terrors everything they could handle in the first game of the match. The teams traded leads in the early going, with Palmer scoring first and Pagosa coming back with four straight points behind the serves of Katie Lancing. Mandy Forrest and Nicole Buckley killed for points, Buckley sent a ball to the back court for a score and Palmer committed a passing error.
The Terrors regained the lead 5-4 before the teams went into a series of scoreless side outs.
Pagosa eked out a 7-5 advantage with a Terror mistake, a tip by Janae Esterbrook and a power dink by Lancing. Then, the momentum shifted to the host team and the Terrors pulled out to an 11-7 lead.
The crowd at the Palmer gym sensed victory, but it would not come easily. Pagosa struggled back to a 10-10 deadlock with an ace by Tiffanie Hamilton, and a stuff block by Lancing and Meigan Canty. Then the Lady Pirates went ahead 13-11 with a kill to the back corner by Forrest, a Palmer error and a stuff by Forrest.
A critical set of hitting errors by the Ladies gave the Terrors the serve and two points. A Terror kill went off a Pagosa block and a tip inside Lady Pirate blockers gave the game to the home team, 15-13.
In the second game, Palmer took a 5-0 lead before Forrest scored with a block. With the Terrors leading 6-1, Pagosa made its only substantial move of the game, scoring four points, including an ace by Forrest. Palmer went ahead 10-6, but Pagosa refused to roll over and die. A Terror hitting error and a kill by Forrest got the Ladies as close as 10-8. From there, Palmer used an ace and several Pagosa mistakes to forge the 15-8 win.
"I love to be pushed," said coach Hamilton of the match with Palmer. "We were getting hit at every exchange by Palmer. Palmer was big and they had a very good setter. It's good for us to play that type of team."
On Oct. 16, the Ladies motored across the southeast plains to Fowler for a full day of action.
In the case of two opponents, the competition provided a valuable measuring stick for the Lady Pirates.
Fowler is arguably one of the best teams in the state. Though a Class 2A program, the Grizzlies regularly defeat teams from successful 5A programs and, as reigning Colorado 2A champions, are a perennial contender for the state title.
Lamar lost to the Lady Pirates at last year's South Regional Tournament and the Savages currently lead the Santa Fe League. Lamar is likely to be one of the teams the Ladies will face if Pagosa advances to the regional tourney again this season, and the Savages are the odds-on favorite to host that tournament.
Before Pagosa could get to the stronger opponents at the tournament, they had to play 4A Pueblo East.
To call the match against Pueblo East "ugly" would be forgiving. The team from Pueblo was barely able to mount an attack, choosing instead to send the ball back over the net in any way possible.
The low quality of play was contagious and a crew of Lady Pirates, seemingly still asleep in their motel beds, caught the disease. In the first game of the match, Pagosa had to overcome 4-0, 5-3 and 6-5 Pueblo East leads before rolling to a 10-6 advantage. Then, Pueblo East took advantage of the Pagosa sleepwalkers to go ahead 12-11. The teams tied at 13-13 before Pagosa used a Pueblo East error and a kill by Hamilton to win the game 15-13.
The sluggish mode of play continued in the second game as the Ladies saw a 6-0 lead evaporate. Tied 6-6, the Ladies found a wide-awake Esterbrook who produced two points and two side outs, but the Ladies could not hold a 10-7 lead. Pueblo East scored with two ace serves and got two gift points to go ahead 11-10. Again, Pagosa led the race to the finish line, winning 15-11 after Pueblo East errors, an ace by Forrest, and two kills by Hamilton.
Forrest had a field day against Pueblo East, with 11 kills. Buckley and Hamilton each finished with five kills. Lancing had 22 setting assists and Hamilton had nine successful digs. Pueblo East earned only four points in the match.
Fowler was next on the agenda and the Ladies started just as flat as they had been against Pueblo East. Fowler crunched the Ladies in the first game 15-4, after building an insurmountable 9-1 lead.
In the second game, however, the Ladies began to rouse from their slumbers, taking the lead several times before falling 15-11.
"We had leads against them," said coach Hamilton, "and we began to play a lot better volleyball."
Forrest had six kills against the stingy Fowler defense. Esterbrook had five kills and Buckley put three kills to the floor. Lancing hit two aces and put up 20 setting assists. Forrest had eight digs during the match while Hamilton and Lancing each had six digs.
Lamar was next on the schedule and the preview of a possible regional match was the only three-game match of the day.
Lamar came out strong in the first game of the match and beat the Lady Pirates 15-7.
"Lamar was taking advantage of our inconsistencies," said Hamilton. "At this point in the season, you need to play with constant focus."
The focus was clear in the second game as Pagosa went in front 8-0 with Canty at the serve. The Savages came back to trail 8-5 before Pagosa ran the table to take the 15-5 win.
Both teams were in positions to win the final game of the match. The teams tied at 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8 and 10-10. Then, Lamar made a move, getting a point on a block and points on three consecutive Pagosa hitting errors.
"I called a timeout when Lamar was ahead 13-10," said Hamilton. "I was so mad I couldn't talk to them. I was so frustrated. We weren't reaching our potential. It was time to pull it together and, after that timeout, that's just what they did." Pagosa scored five unanswered points to win 15-13.
The star of the Lady Pirates offense was Esterbrook, with 11 kills, many of them put inside the Lamar blocks. Forrest had eight kills against the Savages, Buckley killed the ball seven times and Hamilton had five kills. Five of Esterbrook's kills came in the third game of the match. Forrest hit six of her kills in the last game and Buckley put four of her kills down in game three. Lancing hit two aces and had 15 setting assists.
"Lamar picked up a lot of our hits," said Hamilton. "We finally got some production in the third game. We could see Lamar again, and we need to play consistently to beat them."
The road to the tourney championship game went through 2A La Veta. It was a short road.
Pagosa hammered La Veta 15-1, 15-6 to earn the chance to meet Fowler a second time, in the title game.
"When we played La Veta," said Hamilton, "we played intensely. We dominated them in every part of the game. We didn't play down."
And, though the Ladies lost the championship match to Fowler 15-7, 15-7, they continued to play with intensity, putting together their best match of the day.
Pagosa had a four-point lead in the first game, and continued to battle through numerous lengthy volleys with the Grizzlies. While points were hard to earn against Fowler, the home team had to struggle to carve out the victories over the Lady Pirates.
Esterbrook had five kills against Fowler, and Forrest had four kills. Lancing had 15 setting assists and Hamilton had seven digs.
"As the day went on," said coach Hamilton, "we became the team I know. We played very well in the championship game and the competition over the weekend was just what we needed to get ready for what is ahead."
IML title goes to winner of Pirates vs. Pirates
By John M. Motter
Saturday is collision day for Pagosa Springs and Monte Vista, a winner-take-all brawl for the Intermountain League championship. Both teams can score instantly from any spot on the field. Both teams are on a roll. Both teams are anxious to win.
One thing is certain. A Pirate team will win. It is also certain that a Pirate team will walk the plank. The question to be decided is, which Pirates will sail on and which Pirates will sink into the briny, the Pirates from Pagosa Springs or the Pirates from Monte Vista?
Based on the results of games played so far this season, the San Luis Valley Pirates should be favored. They are unbeaten after seven games and ranked fifth in the state among Class 2A schools by The Denver Post. For the season, Monte Vista has averaged almost 42 points a game while surrendering 7.3 points a game. In IML play, Monte Vista has averaged almost 52 points a game while surrendering just over six points a game.
Pagosa Springs, on the other hand, has averaged 28.5 points a game while posting a 5-2 season record. The Pagosa Pirates have surrendered an average of 18.4 points a game for the season. In their three IML wins, Pagosa has averaged 30 points a game while giving up seven points a game.
The front runners have faced two common opponents. Monte Vista buried Bayfield 55-12 and Centauri 40-7. Pagosa struggled last week before downing Bayfield 21-14. They hammered Centauri 41-7 the week before.
Unless they stumble in their final games of the season a week from Saturday, both teams should enter post season play. Saturday's game will determine which team is No. 1 and which team is No. 2.
Monte Vista features a lot of speed behind the running and passing of veteran quarterback Brandon Carlucci. Carlucci is one of the leading passers in state 2A circles, having completed 69 passes for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. His favorite receivers have been Joaquin Dupont, Kevin May, Dustin Weyers, and Taz Strohmayer. In the rushing department, the gold and green Pirates are paced by Steve Duran and Carlucci.
Pagosa Springs' Pirates have revenge on their minds in addition to a desire to capture the IML championship. Last year, coach Jim McAuliffe's IML champions humiliated Pagosa Springs 47-7 on the Monte Vista turf. The Pagosa boys would like to get even. And while they are not unbeaten for the season, coach Myron Stretton's black and gold Pirates have a five-game winning streak going for them. In addition, their two early-season losses were to large and powerful New Mexico schools.
"They are a good football team, but I feel good about our chances," Stretton said. "We're physically bigger and I feel we have more talent across the board. The biggest difference between the two teams is, Monte Vista has a tradition of winning. They are used to winning and they expect to win. We're still building that attitude."
Stretton's Pirates have considerable offensive fire power in their own arsenal of weapons. Sophomore quarterback Ronnie Janowsky is showing a good affinity for Pagosa's multiple-option offense. Janowsky has completed 37 of 68 pass attempts for five touchdowns. He can throw to a host of good receivers, but so far this season the favorites have been Tyrel Ross, Lonnie Lucero and Kraig Candelaria.
Pagosa has several options on the ground, as well, but the big gun has been junior Clint Shaw who runs with breakaway speed. Shaw has carried 115 times for 883 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averages 7.68 yards every time he touches the ball.
Any opponent who concentrates on Shaw and neglects the rest of the Pirates' running corps is bound to get burned. Fullback Keith Candelaria is averaging 5.1 yards a carry while picking up 357 yards for the season. Multi-purpose back Lonnie Lucero has covered 260 yards on 54 carries, a 4.81 yards per-carry average. Josh Trujillo has gained 101 yards on 25 carries.
Then we're back to Janowsky again. When he isn't passing or handing off to another runner, Janowsky will be seen cutting inside the defensive ends for yardage. So far this season, Janowsky has rushed 27 times for 176 yards, an average of 6.52 yards a carry.
The outcome of the game is likely to hinge on two factors: defense and mistakes. Both teams have displayed defensive tenacity over the season. Pagosa's brick-wall line has shown a decided reluctance to surrender yards on the ground and no one has passed consistently against the Pagosa secondary.
In the mistakes arena, Pagosa has been hot and cold. When the Pagosa boys play without fumbles and penalties, no one in the IML has moved the ball on them. If Pagosa puts together four quarters Saturday without mistakes, the San Luis Valley boys could be in for a long ride home.
Ladies dispose of Ignacio's Volleycats
By Karl Isberg
The final week of the volleyball regular season schedule began Tuesday with the 12-4 Lady Pirates meeting the Ignacio Bobcats in a 7 p.m. match at the Ignacio gym.
At 8 p.m., the 13-4 Ladies were on the way home, readying themselves for matches against Bloomfield, N.M., and Centauri.
It was an emotional night at the Ignacio gym, with many Bobcat seniors playing their final regular season game at home and with long-time coach Melanie Taylor coaching a regular season game for the last time.
The emotion worked against Pagosa and amplified the generally lackluster play of the Lady Pirates.
Ignacio grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first game, and led 5-2 before the Ladies turned on the burners. Many of the points scored as the Ladies roared back for the 15-5 win came as a result of Bobcat errors. Pagosa got points on kills by Tiffanie Hamilton and Katie Lancing, kills and blocks by Mandy Forrest, a tandem stuff block by Hamilton and Meigan Canty and an ace by Hamilton.
It appeared the second game would go quickly, with the Lady Pirates bursting out to an 8-1 lead. Forrest scored with a kill of a quick set and Canty hit an ace. With Janae Esterbrook at the serve, Pagosa got five points on Bobcat mistakes and a point when Forrest killed a set from Nicole Buckley.
Then, it was Pagosa's turn to make the mistakes. Six Lady Pirate errors led to points for their opponents, and Ignacio added scores with a stuff block and an ace. The Bobcats took the 10-9 lead with a kill off an errant Lady Pirate pass.
Esterbrook yanked the momentum from the Bobcats when she killed an Ignacio pass that strayed above the net. The Bobcats proceeded to make four straight hitting and passing errors and the Lady Pirates were on the verge of victory 14-10. The home team managed two unearned points before Forrest ended the game with an emphatic stuff block of Ignacio's middle hitter Teresa Cox.
Forrest finished the night with eight kills. Hamilton had five kills against Ignacio while Buckley and Esterbrook each logged three kills. Lancing put up 11 setting assists. Buckley had four setting assists against the Bobcats.
"Ignacio came out strong," said coach Penné Hamilton. "We held it together, didn't get frustrated, took control and ran some quick offensive plays. In the second game, we had the lead then made errors that let them back into the game. I thought about calling a timeout, but our girls had to figure a way to get the ball back on their own, and they did. All it took was one good pass."
End of season
When Bloomfield visits the Pagosa gym tonight, it will mark the last non-league game of the season for the Lady Pirates.
Bloomfield is no stranger to the Ladies. The two teams met this year at a preseason tournament in Kirtland, N.M.
"We beat them in the scrimmage," said Hamilton of the visitors from New Mexico. "We'll see what they've got when they come here. Our goal is to run a quick offense, to hit the ball well and to concentrate on running a fast attack."
Games against Bloomfield begin with a C-team match at 4 p.m.
If the Lady Pirates attack is fine-tuned against Bloomfield, it will come in very handy when Centauri visits Pagosa on Saturday for their last regular Intermountain League match of the season.
Centauri's Falcons are finally rounding into the form many observers predicted for them at the start of the year. Centauri had trouble putting the elements of the game together at the beginning of the season, but wins over Bayfield and Ignacio propelled the team from the San Luis Valley back into the fight for the second seed at the upcoming IML district tournament - behind first-seed Pagosa.
The Falcons feature formidable height and great potential on offense. Falcon blockers are among the best in the IML.
"It's going to be tough," said Hamilton of Saturday's match. "Centauri is constantly improving and they are finally getting it all together. We need to run that quick offense. They have big blockers and we need to beat them with a speedy attack."
Pagosa and Centauri matches begin with C-team action at 5 p.m.
Soccer team hosts regional games tomorrow
By Roy Starling
A long, luckless regular season came to a close last Saturday for the Pagosa Pirate soccer team as they lost to Crested Butte 3-0 with many of their key players either sidelined or hobbled by injuries.
Pagosa was nipped the day before, 3-2, in Ouray. The two losses gave the Pirates a 2-6 record in Mountain League play. Four of those losses came by one point.
The Telluride Miners finished first in the league, going 8-0 in conference games. Crested Butte's Highlanders came in at a distant second, finishing 4-3-1.
Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason isn't particularly happy about finishing at the bottom of the Mountain, but he's very proud of the way his players have handled the adversity.
"These guys get hammered and they keep coming back, they get knocked down and they get back up," Kurt-Mason said. "This really tells me something about their character. Their enthusiasm is still up and their attitude is still positive. It's amazing."
Now it's time to forget about the close calls, the bad calls and the banged up and bruised players of the regular season. Post-season play begins tomorrow when the Pirates host the winner of a noon Ignacio-La Veta regional clash at approximately 2 p.m. at Golden Peaks Stadium.
During the regular season, Pagosa split with the Ignacio Bobcat Wolverines (most of their players come from Bayfield), winning the first game 4-1, then losing in Ignacio 2-1.
Regardless of the outcome of Friday's games, the Pirates figure to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen" state playoffs. They won't know until early next week whether they'll host a game or hit the road. Kurt-Mason is speculating that his team might wind up in the Colorado Springs area for Halloween weekend. And he won't be the least bit surprised if the guys pull some trick-or-treat pranks on their opposition.
"I still believe in these guys," he said. "Their character is incredible. I still think we could bust a move. It could happen."
Casualties in Ouray
Last Friday's game in Ouray began on a promising note but went sour in a hurry.
Early in the game, junior wing Dustin Cooper took a pass from Seth Kurt-Mason and hit a hot shot off the Ouray goalie's fingertips to put the Pirates up 1-0.
Thirty minutes into the half, with the score tied 1-1, Pagosa goalie Aaron Renner had his feet taken out from under him and landed hard on his back. "It appeared to be a very serious injury," coach Kurt-Mason said, "and he left in an ambulance." Luckily, Renner suffered only muscle spasms in his back, but he was unable to return to the game or to play against Crested Butte on Saturday.
Before the game was over, freshman Zeb Gill and senior Peter Dach would be taken out with ankle injuries and junior midfielder Daniel Crenshaw with a calf injury.
Renner's injury forced freshman Matt Mesker to take a turn in the net, and his coach thought he handled the challenging chore "very well."
"Our guys really showed their mettle when Matt came in," the coach said. "They didn't want anyone to score on Matt."
The Demon Trojans, however, did manage to put two more in the net before halftime to take a 3-1 lead, but Mesker and company kept them out of the goal in the second half. The Pirates cut the lead to one when senior Jacques Sarnow scored unassisted, but the Demon Trojans held them at bay for the balance of the game.
Cooper led the Pirates in shots on goal with six, followed by Dach and Sarnow with three each. Seth Kurt-Mason, Brian Hart, sophomore Damian Gruber and Gill took two shots apiece. Renner had five saves before he was whacked, and Mesker finished the day with eight saves.
The Pirates took on Crested Butte the following day with Dach and Renner recuperating on the bench and with Crenshaw and Gill playing at well below full speed. Still, it took the Highlanders a while to take advantage of the Pirates' thinned ranks.
Young Mesker gamely plucked off six saves in the game's first 10 minutes, getting help from Seth Kurt-Mason at 36:30 following a Highlander corner kick and from Jordan Kurt-Mason cutting off a breakaway at 32:30.
Cooper managed two shots on goal and Sarnow one between 29:34 and 26:10, and then the Pagosa "D" had to go back to work.
With 25 minutes left in the first half, a Crested Butte striker hammered a shot off the Pirates' goal post and Jordan Kurt-Mason stepped in to clear the carom. Seconds later, Mesker raced out for a sliding save that stopped another breakaway attack. At 22:10, Cooper got in on the defensive action, getting in front of a close shot at the Pagosa net.
Finally, at 13:41, the Highlanders were able to loop a shot just over the hands of a leaping Mesker, and Crested Butte took a 1-0 lead. Having broken the seal, the visitors attacked again four minutes later. Mesker seemed to make the save, but the ball slipped away and an opportunistic Highlander sent it into the back of the net.
Down 2-0 at halftime, the Pirates were never able to mount a sustained assault on the Highlander goal in the second period. Meanwhile, their defense gamely held on, allowing only a score on a direct kick with 22 minutes remaining in the game.
Cooper had six shots for the Pirates, who managed only a total of 16 as a team. Seth Kurt-Mason, Sarnow and Crenshaw had two each. Mesker stayed awfully busy in the net, spearing 16 saves.
"We didn't have a lot of our key people out there against Crested Butte," coach Kurt-Mason said. "It was good experience for some of our kids who haven't played much this season, and it was more good experience for Matt at goalie. They all played hard."
The coach says he expects to have Dach and Renner back for tomorrow's regional game.
Ladies' X-C runners slow down, finish second anyway
By Karl Isberg
One of these days, the Lady Pirates cross country team will compete with a full complement of healthy runners.
Hopefully that day will be Oct. 23, at Buena Vista, at the regional qualifying meet.
It was not the case at the Sargent Invitational at Monte Vista on Oct. 16. The invitational meet also serves as the Intermountain League championship meet and the Ladies finished in second place, one point behind IML winner Centauri.
Centauri won the IML title with 29 points. The Lady Pirates were close behind with 30 points while Bayfield scored 45 points to take third place.
Was coach Glen Cope dismayed by the runner-up finish? Was he worried about his team?
For starters, Cope had the reins on Sarah Huckins, hoping she would not aggravate an injury that kept her out of a meet on Oct. 8. Amber Mesker was in a similar situation, back for her first full-speed attempt after recuperation from a leg injury. Makina Gill was also back in competition after a significant layoff due to an ankle injury.
"I told Sarah to cruise along, and she did," said Cope. "Amber's calves tightened up on her; she sprinted the first 200 to 300 yards and I'm sure this is just a conditioning problem after those weeks off. I told her that her job this next week (at the regional meet) is to make sure we don't have a big gap between our third and fourth runners. She should be in pretty good shape by then."
Aubrey Volger was in good shape as she managed to take second place overall at Sargent and finished first in the Intermountain League ranks. Volger crossed the finish line on the flat Monte Vista course at 20 minutes and 27 seconds.
Mesker took eighth place at the meet, with a time of 21:24.
Chelsea Volger was right on Mesker's heels. Volger crossed the line in ninth place, at 21:25.
Huckins made it to the finish in 11th place, with a time of 21:33 to complete the Lady Pirates scoring.
Gill was 18th, at 23:07.
A time of 23:16 gave Tiffany Thompson 19th place.
Annah Rolig followed Thompson to the line, in 20th position, at 23:33.
Laurie Whitbred was 25th in the standings, with a time of 23:42.
Joetta Martinez was 26th, at 24:23.
"Their heads are on straight," said Cope of the Ladies. "It's their bodies I'm worried about. They ought to be okay if they stay healthy. I hope everyone is physically ready to run this week. This is the week to do it. I think if everything is in place, any one of our top four girls could pop a big one. The course at Buena Vista will be a bit hillier than the course at Monte Vista. There are some ups and downs on a double loop course, and that should favor our girls a bit. Three girls' teams will advance to the state meet the next weekend and this could be a tough qualifying meet. Centauri beat us the other day (and at the first meet of the season), Bayfield is running well and the Buena Vista girls are tough. It's possible they will go to the fifth runner's time to determine which team goes and which doesn't, so we have to be ready."
Pirates take fourth
Like their Lady Pirate counterparts, the Pirates are competing against two foes: athletes from other teams and a series of injuries that prevent the Pirates from competing or from running at full speed.
Senior Robinson Cortez missed the Sargent Invitational due to an injured knee. Freshman Todd Mees returned to the lineup, but was unable to run at a full pace due to a groin injury.
Travis Laverty picked up some of the slack with a time of 17:54 and a seventh-place finish.
Dominic Lucero hit the tape at 18:53, good for 23rd place.
Despite his injury, Mees was able to finish the race in 26th place, at 19:09.
Daniel Martinez was 31st, at 19:39.
Patrick Riley completed the course at 20:33, in 36th position.
Kyle Frye was 43rd, with a time of 23:45.
Ryan Beavers was 45th, at 24:17.
"The team is on the bubble, and we'll see how the bubble pops," said Cope of the Pirates and their chances at Buena Vista to qualify for the state meet. "Our region will probably send four teams to Denver for the state meet. We finished fourth at the Sargent meet but there are four more teams to add to the mix this Saturday."
The regional qualifying meet at Buena Vista begins with the varsity girls' race at 11 a.m. The boys' race starts at approximately 11:30 a.m.