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August 17, 2000

Cuts ordered after hospital district's bookkeeping error

By Karl Isberg

Following a recently-discovered internal accounting error, the Upper San Juan Hospital District has less money in its coffers to pay for Emergency Medical Services operations and district officials are in the process of making adjustments to deal with the loss without reducing the quality of basic services.

According to the district's executive director Bill Bright, the bookkeeping error was discovered in July by the district's auditor.

"The auditor discovered some internal accounting errors that projected the district in a stronger position than we really were," said Bright. "There was an error on the revenue side and an error on the expense side. The error on the expense side was slightly over $80,000 and the mistake on the revenue side was slightly over $140,000."

While the audit revealed the $230,000 discrepancy the auditor, said Bright, "found no misappropriation of funds, no missing funds and no wrong doing. It was simply a pure accounting error."

With $230,000 less to spend, district personnel developed strategies to soften the fiscal blow.

"The initial effect," said Bright, "is we've instituted a temporary reduction in time for two full-time employees. We are taking two full-time paramedics and putting them on a part-time schedule, but they are both still working shifts for us as paramedics. We also eliminated one part-time office position."

Annual savings from the reduction of two full-time employees with salaries and benefits to part-time status will amount to approximately $100,000. The annual saving involved in the elimination of the part-time position is $20,000.

Bright said the plans involve a cutback in all capital expenditures scheduled for the remainder of the year. Cancellation of a project to pave the parking lot at the EMS facility on North Pagosa Boulevard will save the district $14,000. Postponed purchases of upgrades for EKG machines will save another $35,000. "Our machines are still state-of-the-art," said Bright, "so our ability to respond to cases requiring the technology will not be affected."

Total capital expenditure savings will amount to approximately $60,000.

In addition to the cost-cutting measures, EMS participation in three recent forest fire operations in the Four Corners region produced unexpected revenues that can be used as financial backfill.

An EMS reserve ambulance and crew was at the Bircher and Pony fires at Mesa Verde in July and August, and at the recent Cabezon Fire southeast of Pagosa Springs, to provide medical assistance to firefighters. The task earned the district nearly $45,000, part of which will be used to compensate the ambulance crew and pay minimal equipment expenses.

With as much as $210,000 of the illusory $230,000 regained, the district is on the road to recovery.

To ensure a similar accounting error does not occur in the future, Bright said staff members will meet quarterly over the next year with the district auditor.

John Weiss, president of the hospital district's board of directors, said the accounting error "caught us all by surprise. We are in the process of analyzing why it happened and will take measures to ensure it doesn't happen again. We admit the mistake. I still support our staff and what they are doing; they do a great job in light of ever-increasing demands for service."

Response to medical emergencies should not be affected adversely, said Bright. EMS will continue to provide 24-hour per day service, seven days a week. "We will still provide full advanced life support coverage round the clock. The only place we might see any effect would be in our second call-outs (when more than one EMS crew is called into service at the same time). We could experience a slight increase in our response time, but this situation does not happen very often."

Bright said another problem was revealed by the recent audit: a problem over which the district - which operates EMS and the Dr. Mary Fisher Clinic - has less control.

"Our audit not only revealed the accounting error," Bright said, "but it sharpened our awareness of a growing difficulty all healthcare providers, and especially rural healthcare providers, are experiencing."

According to Bright, the problem involves a limited amount of revenue coming from insurance agencies and HMOs, and a delay in receiving timely compensation from those groups.

"Organizations like ours," said Bright, "are struggling everywhere in this country with Medicare and Medicaid, and with contracts we are forced to sign with insurance companies and HMOs. We are being forced to sign contracts with HMOs and insurance companies that obligate us to accept what they will pay for our services. And what they will pay is only a portion of the charges. We have to sign, or the patient is responsible for full charges, even if they carry insurance."

According to Bright, contracts with the HMOs and insurance companies, and the tardiness of payments, "affect the cash flow at EMS and at the clinic, since payments from them and from Medicare and Medicaid are usually running 60 to 90 days behind.

"Add to this the fact the adjustments we are forced to make are significant. In a sample month where we might have $71,000 in patient fees due, we must adjust by at least $10,000 in line with the payments Medicaid, Medicare, insurance companies and HMOs are willing to submit. This makes it difficult to keep up."

The only way to stave off the pressures exerted by the accounting error and by outside agencies and companies, said Bright, "is to monitor our expenses. Now, we need to pay even more attention to watching our costs."

 

Red Ryder committee election tonight

Pagosa Springs Enterprises Inc., organizers on the annual Red Ryder Roundup, will hold its annual election of directors at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the county fair building. Two directors will be elected. Also, the group's annual budget report will be presented.

Pagosa Springs Enterprises Inc. is a non-profit corporation devoted to promoting the spirit of the "Old West" by organizing the annual Fourth of July Red Ryder Roundup rodeo. Its board of directors consists of seven members. Members who own at least one share of stock as of June 30, 2000, are eligible to vote in the election of directors. Proxy votes must be presented in writing designating the person who is to cast the vote. Proxies must be presented by a member of the corporation or given to the secretary. Ten proxy votes is the maximum number any individual can represent at the election.

Present board members of Pagosa Enterprises Inc. include Jim Bramwell, president; Randy Talbot, vice president; J.R. Ford, treasurer; Rhonda Ward, secretary. The board's at-large directors are Bob Haag, Steve Devorss and Mary Ann Page.

 

Tagged street signs rapped

By Richard Walter

"Not County Maintained."

Those three simple words led to accusations last week of discrimination against Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association members.

Board members concluded that Pagosa Lakes, alone, is being targeted by the county and initiated a move to fight continued installation of red aluminum tags with the warning on them.

The tags are designed to be affixed to street signs on roadways that are not maintained by the county.

Director Fred Ebeling led the assault, accusing County Commissioner Gene Crabtree of individually mandating installation of the signs as a means of targeting the PLPOA area, calling that move "a clear act of discrimination."

That, he said, is because "they (the county) didn't put the signs anywhere else in the county. I've toured the area," he said, "and in the five other major developments in the county outside Pagosa Springs there is not a single 'Not County Maintained" sign.' "

(It should be noted that the signs in question, despite Ebeling's wording, say "Not Maintained." The word county does not appear. In addition, a tour of the area shows there are some street signs with green tags affixed saying "County Maintained.")

"If they're not going to do it in all of the county," Ebeling said, "it is clearly discriminatory against PLPOA member-owners and this board. We should make it known this discrimination is causing a loss of property values. They continue to do things against us that they don't do anywhere else in the county."

Director Jim Carson, expressing "extreme worry about the situation," said, "I'm sorry it has come down to this, but I agree. This action is totally unfair to PLPOA and its members."

Ebeling suggested the board direct a letter to the county demanding removal of the tags until such time as all "Not Maintained" roads in the county can be marked at the same time. "We need to push for this and push hard," he said.

Ebeling said Kevin Walters of the county's road and bridge department told him they had run out of the signs without completing installation in the Pagosa Lakes area. Thus, he said, "the county hasn't even marked all the streets here."

Ebeling also told the board Walters told him he would not put up more signs because "it is not cost effective . . . too many man hours are required." And, he said, Walters told him he had recommended not purchasing any more of the tags.

Walters told the SUN Ebeling's comments were only partly correct.

"The idea originated with Mr. Crabtree," he said, "and I was not consulted. If I had known how many were ordered I would have told them that would never be enough . . . we'd need a blue million to get the whole county done as it should be."

When he was told to install the signs, he said, he utilized temporaries who were paid the least and operated on the assumption "we should get as many streets marked as possible with the number of signs on hand. Pagosa Lakes would be the easiest place to install them."

Walters said he informed the county commissioners there were not nearly enough of the red tags and that they needed to either "buy more or stop the program."

"We need to make the program consistent," he said. "It should be county-wide if done at all.

"I think residents have enough sense to realize that if a street sign isn't marked, we don't need a green tag to say it is a county maintained street. It should be a simple matter of deduction."

He said the initial cost for the red tags - $1,600 - came out of his department budget and he was never contacted about it. "I'd guess it would take at least $3,000 more to do the job the right way county-wide," he said.

"If I had a house on a road with a red 'Not Maintained' sticker, I'd be alarmed and up in arms," Ebeling said Thursday.

Carson joined in: "This is a property value question, one which affects us alone. Let's take it to our Road Committee, have them endorse our suggested action and bring it back to the board for action."

Director Richard Manley, the new board president agreed, saying "This is the proper way to respond. We all agree this is apparently aimed at us alone. Let's attack it directly, but through proper channels."

At Tuesday's meeting of county commissioners, Crabtree said there apparently had been a misunderstanding about the program in Pagosa Lakes. He said it was always intended to be a county-wide operation and that, in fact, additional tags have been ordered in order to cover installation on all "Not maintained" roadways in the county.

 

D-Day medals spur memories

By Richard Walter

From one of millions to just four among 30.

That was the story Saturday for a group of Archuleta County veterans who participated in the World War II invasion of Normandy, the battle which led to the eventual downfall of the Nazi regime in Germany.

Members of the county's contingent were honored in Durango's Rotary Park for their efforts on June 6, 1944. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., helped award the veterans the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal.

In his salute to the veterans, McInnis said the soldiers made a sacrifice for the future of America. They are, he said, "the legends of today for the future leaders of tomorrow."

The French government presented the medals in 1994 to about 35,000 veterans who were able to attend ceremonies in Normandy. The government of Normandy has since given permission for the medal to be given to any U.S. veterans unable to make it to France for that 50th anniversary of D-Day.

One of those from Pagosa Springs who was honored Saturday was Bruce M. Muirhead who, at the time of the attack, was a 24-year-old bomber pilot who had just received his first lieutenant bars the same day.

Muirhead, raised in Plato Center, Ill., kept a diary of his experiences from basic training through flight crew selection, picking up a new bomber in Kearney, Neb., flying it to England to prepare for D-Day, and then during many of the operations thereafter.

Perhaps most telling of what he experienced was the diary entry for D-Day itself:

"We were briefed at 11 p.m. last night and were told that though it looked like it, it wasn't a milk-run. The invasion force was to be only 400 yards out when we dropped our bombs on the big gun installations in the coastal defense.

"We took off at 0230 and attempted to form in the dark but didn't get the whole group together until after sunrise and we'd been to Scotland. We left the southern England coast at 0630, opened the bomb bay doors and headed south towards the coast over a solid overcast.

"The greatest event in history going on below, and we couldn't see a ----- thing. Bombs were away at 0702."

Others from Archuleta County who were honored Saturday were Paul E. Brown, Raymond L. Brown, Joe A. Valdez and Reuben R. Marquez (now deceased) who was represented by his widow, Ruth.

Muirhead's experiences speak volumes for he and the others who pushed forward from D-Day to victory. He flew 30 missions in the European Theatre, including one into Russia, where the allies lost 50 planes, most of them destroyed on the ground by incendiary devices that ruptured their fuel tanks.

After his discharge from the military, he returned to college and completed work on his degree before Uncle Sam recalled him for 21 months of reserve duty at the height of the Cold War of the 1950s. Sent to Greenland, he was promised another promotion, but it never came.

He came to Colorado in 1949 and spent most of the next 30 years in the Boulder area before moving to Pagosa Country 20 years ago.

Now a robust 80-years-young, he said he has kept busy with Habitat for Humanity, having started the local program.

He, like the others who had been unable to attend the 1994 ceremony in Normandy, was pleased to receive the medal.

"It happened a long time ago," he said, "It's all past now, but it's nice to know that someone cared."

Raymond L. (Roy) Brown, who now lives in the southwestern portion of the county, said his recollections are sometimes sharp, sometimes vague, but he remembered, as he hit the beach, wondering to himself, "What's a kid from Pagosa Springs doing here?"

Brown said everything he and his comrades encountered in the landing was a surprise. They had been assured the defense installations had been bombed and that only an inexperienced home guard unit would be their opposition. "They were wrong," he said. "The bombs had fallen farther inland and the beach was heavily fortified and manned by a top-notch military division."

Brown said his unit was told to move up through a bar ditch and to keep the road open for tanks. "Unfortunately," he said, "the ditch was mined and I walked through there with great trepidation."

He said he thinks the free-world leaders made some big blunders in the operation, perhaps losing some lives that need not have been lost. "But the invasion was critical to the world we have today," he continued. "If we'd lost there, it might have been a lot different thereafter. The Germans had brilliant strategists and well-trained scientists who might have turned the tide of the war if we'd been defeated."

Attempts to reach Valdez for his recollections were unsuccessful.

Perhaps the mood of Saturday's presentation was best summed up by Rep. McInnis' closing statement:

"On behalf of the French Government and its people, it has been an honor and privilege for me to present the Jubilee of Liberty Medal to the state of Colorado's very own American heroes."

 

Cabezon Fire considered controlled pullout starts

By Karl Isberg

As of Aug. 16, firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service remained at the site of the Cabezon Fire 18 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, and with the 796-acre fire completely contained, mop-up and rehabilitation efforts are underway.

The Cabezon Fire was started by lightning Aug. 3 on Southern Ute tribal land four miles southeast of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.

As the area consumed by flames grew, and two families were evacuated from homes in the nearby Cabezon Canyon area, the number of firefighters and the amount of equipment used to battle the blaze escalated. No residential structures were lost to the fire and by the time the blaze was contained, acreage burned was divided fairly evenly between Southern Ute and San Juan National Forest land.

A peak effort Aug. 12 involved 228 firefighters from 13 states, including Colorado. By the time the fire was contained Aug. 14, helicopters had flown 67 missions, using drop buckets on the flames and transporting firefighters in and out of the fire area. There were 157,850 gallons of water dropped on the fire. Fixed-wing aircraft stationed at Durango and Grand Junction flew 20 hours of missions, dropping 45,100 gallons of fire retardant.

On Aug. 16, a Class 3 incident team of two 20-person crews was at work at the Cabezon site. The crews were from Rosebud, S.D., and Buckley Air National Guard Base at Aurora. One helicopter crew was available for water drops and members of the Colorado National Guard were providing transportation services.

The Class 3 team replaced the Class 2 teams that fought the blaze until the evening of Aug. 14. Four Class 2 teams - two Zuni crews and two Navajo crews - were transferred to fight a fire near Warm Springs, S.D.

According to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nick Carson, fire officials believe the Cabezon Fire can be labeled "controlled" today, at which time further efforts can be turned over to Southern Ute and Pagosa Ranger District personnel. Carson said recent rains helped firefighters by keeping ash and dust down at the scene. Forest Service officials are beginning to evaluate remedial measures at the Cabezon Fire site, including reseeding and erosion prevention.

Carson expressed appreciation on behalf of everyone who battled the Cabezon Fire, for assistance from local and regional agencies and officials as well as from private property owners in the vicinity of the fire.

Other firefighters were busy in Archuleta County during the past week.

A fire was started by lightning Aug.14 on Eightmile Mesa, south of Pagosa Springs. A spotter plane crew sounded the alert and an attack team from Minnesota was sent to the site. With a three-acre blaze underway, a call went out for helicopter support and for two engines to respond. The Pike Regulars Type 2 hand crew, at work at the Cabezon Fire, moved to the mesa to assist. Help was also provided by the Pagosa Fire Protection District which used tankers to provide water to the Forest Service engines. The fire was contained on the evening of Aug. 14 and personnel remained at the site Wednesday performing mop-up operations.

Three other fires were started by lightning Aug. 15. A tenth-of-an-acre fire in the Plumtaw area northwest of Pagosa Springs was controlled and the quarter-acre East Devil Fire near Devil Mountain northwest of town was contained. A fire near Coal Creek east of Pagosa Springs was ignited in inaccessible terrain above 10,000 feet and is being monitored by the Forest Service.

Fire danger in Archuleta County remains extreme, with hot weather and afternoon thunderstorms predicted to continue. Fire restrictions for all of Archuleta County and all federal lands remain in effect.

 

 

Inside The Sun

 

Fishing, trail plans debated

By Richard Walter

A pair of recreational issues dominated the first board meeting for new Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association officers last week, one of them settled amicably and the other snarled in debate and apparent misunderstanding.

The issues seemed simple enough:

(1) A request from Larry Lynch, director of lakes, fisheries and parks, for a board letter to an interim legislative commission considering the whirling disease problem in Colorado rainbow trout; and

(2) A request from Lynch to put out for bid the planned construction of a portion of the Pagosa Area Trails Project on Village Drive and Park Avenue.

On the first issue, Lynch said new Colorado Division of Wildlife restrictions being considered might effectively remove trout from PLPOA lakes because they require whirling disease free spawn to be planted.

"That is a rarity in the state, now," he said. "There are fewer and fewer sources and therefore the fish are more costly."

He asked the board to write to the state's legislative committee which will meet Aug. 24, asking members to slow the process of restricting rainbow planting "because it endangers our fisheries program." He said his staff believes the DOW has acted too rapidly and that the legislative team needs to hear from the general public on the issue, not just from DOW.

Director Jim Carson, recalling that there are no natural spawn in PLPOA lakes, suggested that if all rainbow in the lake are stocked, they can't hurt the lake even if they have whirling disease.

Director Dave Bohl had two questions about the problem. "We're not in a drainage area, are we?" was the first.

He seemed surprised when Lynch answered in the affirmative. "The state," he said, "classes us as part of the Piedra Drainage Area and thus subject to rules regulating rainbow in Class 2 waters."

Bohl's second question was, "Why, with the problem nationwide and heavier in Colorado, do we keep putting emphasis on stocking rainbow instead of going to some other species?"

He was told the rainbow is considered the epitome of Colorado game fish. People come here just to fish for it. "For many visitors, rainbow are the reason they buy a license. They can get crappie or bass at home, but not Colorado rainbow.

"There is no fish that can replace the Colorado rainbow in the angler's mind," Lynch said.

On a motion by Director Fred Ebeling, the board agreed unanimously to submit the requested letter.

Then came the trail confrontation.

Lynch told the board he had completed flagging the planned route that afternoon and that he felt the project to be at bid stage. He invited directors to examine the path proposed.

Richard Manley, the new board president, asked if public hearings had been held for homeowners along the proposed route.

Lynch noted a public meeting on the entire trail system had been held in June, and that maps of projected alignment had been published and made available to all property owners. "I feel that fulfills the obligation," he said.

"I don't," replied Manley. "We have homeowners who have expressed being upset about the trails as they affect their property. We talked about having public hearings for each incremental section of the trail system. I won't impose trails on those people without offering them a hearing."

When Lynch said he did not recall having been instructed to plan a hearing for each section of the trail system, Ebeling said that the board had accepted the entire plan as "merely a conceptual plan with meetings to be held with all property owners."

Lynch said he believed his department "had the go-ahead when $30,000 was authorized by the budget committee and a GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) grant of $65,000 for the project was in hand. "We've had at least three public meetings concerning the project," Lynch said, "and to my knowledge, there has been only one complainant."

And, on the basis of that lone complaint, he said, a portion of the trail path was redrawn to overcome the homeowner's objections.

When Lynch said he felt everyone was aware of the trail path plan, Manley replied, "Many of those aware have complained."

Ebeling said the trail should be approved only to Carlee Place. Lynch had said the planned gravel portion would end there with a natural surface path then extending on to Cloud Cap Avenue.

"Until property owners from Carlee to Cloud Cap have been contacted and have an opportunity to come to a meeting and object, I don't want the trail to go beyond Carlee," Ebeling said.

Manley said, "We're going to hold you to the conceptual plan. It's OK to Carlee. After that you need to contact the owners of individual properties before proceeding."

General Manager Walt Lukasik asked Manley if he were suggesting the plan "requires total consensus of all property owners before it can be completed." Manley said, "No. I'm asking that the individual property owners have an opportunity to comment. It's our responsibility to make it right."

Director Thomas Cruse, elected to the board at the recent annual meeting, said, "I don't recall the details, but it seems to me there has been only one objection to the trail location. We're told the trail has been re-routed to appease the person. It seems to me we just need closure with that one person."

Ebeling said the board does not need written approval of every property owner, but "we need to contact anyone who objected."

Lynch was directed to contact the objector, outline the re-routed path plan and report back to the board. "Until then," Manley said, "we will take no action. We're trying to be responsible to the homeowners."

 

Verbal support but no cash for heritage project

By Richard Walter

Ron Chacey received a promise of a letter of support but no commitment of funding Thursday after presenting the case for Southwest Land Alliance's pending natural heritage survey project to the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board of directors.

Chacey told PLPOA officials the project would accumulate data to determine unique biological areas of the county which should be preserved. Toward that end, he said, the alliance is seeking a $75,000 GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) grant and hoping to obtain additional funding from organizations like PLPOA.

He said the county had agreed to a $10,000 commitment. (The commissioners have agreed only to consider it when formulating their next budget.)

Chacey outlined how the program would bring money into the area to purchase development rights and conservation easements while developing GIS mapping data which could be beneficial to all elements of society.

"Your association represents a large block of the people who live in the county," he said, "and while funds would be appreciated, money is not the major issue. I'm looking for support for the overall project."

Director Fred Ebeling asked what commitments he'd received from other subdivision developments in the county and was told, "I have not approached them."

"Here's the problem," Ebeling said. "I don't see any way this can benefit the PLPOA community. I don't believe the property owners would want us to give our money for that. Any excess monies we have should be used in this development.

"We pay taxes to the county," he added. "If you get money from the county you've already gotten it from us."

Again, Chacey said money was not the question, but said one benefit to Pagosa Lakes might be that the project involves open space and it may help individual property owners as regards adjoining environment.

Director Jim Carson, looking at paperwork submitted with the request, noted a similar study had been done in part of adjacent Mineral County. "Is there a copy of that report available?" he asked.

"It is hard to get at," Chacey said, "because it involves East Fork Valley . . . but it is available."

Director Thomas Cruse said he could understand the concerns of fellow board members but that he is supportive of the long-range issue. "It is a great opportunity for planning and development assistance," he said. Cruse then asked Larry Lynch, director of lakes, fisheries and parks, if he felt there would be any benefit to Pagosa Lakes.

Lynch said he could see potential big benefits, particularly in wetland mapping efforts. "We also have some historic sites like old railroad beds and historic homestead sites which information provided by the study might help protect."

Carson said there could be advantages to "knowing where we have unusual and rare things. I fear accidental destruction of some historical or biologically-important asset simply because we didn't know it was there."

Finally, on a motion by Cruse, the board agreed to draft a letter of support for the project and to communicate to the membership information that the grant opportunity exists. Members will be advised they may personally participate in fund raising if they wish, but that there will be no funding from PLPOA itself.

 

Commissioners argue micromanaging

By John M. Motter

The issue of micromanaging surfaced at the regular meeting of county commissioners Tuesday, swirling around the question of who should interview and select a new county building inspector.

On Tuesday's meeting agenda was an item labeled "Chairman Crabtree." Gene Crabtree is chairman of the board of county commissioners. A subtopic under "Chairman Crabtree" invited discussion on "Interview/hiring process for key positions."

Crabtree opened the discussion by saying, when key people are hired by the county, "say when a director or supervisor is being sought," that a small committee should be chosen to help staff people make the decision.

"It sounds good, but I am concerned about how deeply the county commissioners should get involved in a process being done by department heads," said Commissioner Bill Downey.

"I feel similar to Mr. Downey," said Commissioner Ken Fox. "We do have a personnel position in the county (administrative assistant Kathy Wendt). We had additional help when choosing the manager of county development (Mike Mollica). I feel we've done a good job, that we have a good track record. I don't want to micromanage."

"Micromanage is a big buzz word right now," said Crabtree. "I call it knowing what is going on so we can answer questions. We don't have to sit in on the interview, but we should be able to if we want to."

The position being filled is that of county building inspector. The vacancy was created when former building official Jerry Mount resigned for personal reasons and returned to Florida.

Following Mount's departure, a memorandum was posted in the courthouse seeking an internal replacement for the building official position, a salaried position paying about $35,000 a year, but with no staff to supervise. Mollica and County Manager Dennis Hunt, decided to promote then building inspector Michael Crofts to the position of building official. Crofts has a bachelor of science de™gree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in New York. He is not certified as a building official. A condition of his continued employment is that he obtain such certification within a specified time.

The position currently being filled by the county is that of building inspector, a position emptied by Crofts' promotion. The building inspector position was posted in the courthouse and also advertised in the newspaper. According to existing policy, Mollica and Hunt will conduct the interviews and do the hiring.

"You're hiring a key position," Crabtree said. "If something goes wrong, you could get the county in trouble."

"I'd have no problem with what you're saying if we were hiring a building official," said Mollica. "We're not. We're hiring a building inspector."

"The county is liable if you make a mistake," Crabtree said. "I'm just trying to head off a mistake. I want qualified, outside help in the hiring process. Mike (Mollica) is not qualified. Mike is not a certified building inspector."

"I don't see the need to change our present policy," said Downey. "We've had good experience in the past, used outside boards when necessary. When we are hiring an hourly person, let the department head hire along with the county manager. We don't need to change anything."

"I argue that the building inspector is a key position," Crabtree said.

"I've heard concern about the building department," said Alden Ecker from the audience. "We don't have a certified building inspector now. We need to make sure that doesn't happen again. The county is liable. We can get lots of help to advise with the hiring."

"We talked," said Hunt. "We felt we hired a well qualified person. The Uniform Building Code does not require certification. He is in the process of getting certified. We'll stand by our decision."

"We have not been successful in attracting people for the position because we don't pay enough," Mollica said. He pointed out that average pay for the position in similar counties in Colorado is about $44,000. Archuleta County is offering about $35,000.

Downey and Fox did not support Crabtree and Ecker's position. Since no action was taken, the hiring of a building official has been left in the hands of Mollica and Hunt.

In other business Tuesday the commissioners:

- Appropriated $7,000 for engineering on the U.S. 160 and Piedra Road intersection concerning work outside the scope of work planned by Colorado Department of Transportation at the intersection. The $7,000 matches $7,000 appropriated by the town.

- Agreed to help with maintenance of Rob Snow Road to the extent of cutting drainage ditches and installing culverts. Residents along the road are purchasing materials. A condition of county participation is that the county is not obligated for future maintenance of the road because of the participation.

- Agreed to extension of the fence at Pfeiffer Park west of town

- Agreed to consider purchasing used vehicles for specific purposes in the future

- Listened to a presentation by representatives of Pueblo Community College, then agreed to sponsor a student for a $500 grant given by the college

- Watched a video on cloud seeding presented by Albert Schnell, then listened to Schnell point out that cloud seeding could benefit the county by increasing rainfall which would increase feed available for domestic and wildlife, water for domestic purposes, and snow pack for the ski area. No action was taken.

- Four lot consolidations were approved, as well as a conditional-use permit for Lucky's Place. Lucky's Place is located at 97 Hopi Drive and consists of a single-story office-service-warehouse building with 5,760 square feet of floor space.

 

What do you do with an unused drug sniffing dog?

By Richard Walter

It's not like having a yard sale and expecting people to take almost anything off your hands.

Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association has some unwanted property it is trying to dispose of, items ranging from inoperative vehicles and an unused boat to a no longer active $5,000 drug sniffing dog.

The question for members of the association's board of directors is: How do we get rid of them?

Starting with last things first, it appears the dog may be the biggest problem. Purchased for use by the now defunct Public Service Office at a cost of $5,000, including training, the dog is no longer in use.

It is still being cared for by the handler who was on staff and, according to one director, "It may have become a family pet."

The dog, "Sergeant Tank" has not been used for nearly two years.

Richard Akin, speaking from the audience Thursday, asked what had happened to his recommendation three months earlier for disposal of the animal. "People want to know. How long are we going to sit on this? What are we going to do?"

General Manager Walt Lukasik said former Director John Nelson had made two appointments for evaluation of the animal by an Ignacio expert, but the man never showed up for either appointment.

Akin said he had been in touch with the man who does all such evaluations for the state and would be happy to contact him on behalf the board.

"In fact, he is familiar with the dog," Akin said, "and told me we paid too much for the animal in the beginning.

"I suspect there are some agencies which could use him," Akin said, "but his lack of recent use probably would require retraining."

Director Fred Ebeling said the board was told at the time the dog was purchased that a major portion of the cost would be covered by a grant, "but we never got it. We've been taken all around."

The directors agreed to have Akin contact the state dog evaluator and have him examine the dog before making a final decision on disposal. It was acknowledged that the association is still legal owner and responsible if the animal were to cause any problems.

Moving to the surplus auto issue, General Manager Walt Lukasik said he had been in contact with an auction service in Durango which has a sale coming up involving used Durango and LaPlata County squad cars.

"They told me they could add our inoperative vehicles," he said, "if we can get them there. The fee would be 15 percent of the sales price."

Lukasik said he feels this meets all the criteria of past board resolutions, except the one calling for sealed bids.

Director David Bohl asked if Lukasik had investigated the possibility of putting the vehicles and boat into a planned auction "right here on Bastille Drive." Lukasik said he had heard about that auction late that day and had not had time to investigate.

Bohl, referring to the planned sale of three Public Safety Office squad cars to Archuleta County, said there is a distinct possibility "we will need one or more of these cars for animal and covenant control. We don't have to sell them all."

Ebeling asked that the board not connect the two groups of vehicles. "The auction seems to me to be a good way to get rid of these useless vehicles and I suggest we try hard to do so."

But Director Richard Manley, the new board president, said, "We can't act on this tonight. It's not on the agenda."

Bohl said, "I think we passed a resolution at an earlier meeting to dispose of surplus. This would be carrying out that action."

"What has to be done to get them to the Bastille sale?" asked Director Jim Carson, who was told, "We can trailer them over there."

Again, Manley said there is a "problem dealing with this now since it is not an agenda item."

Finally, Ebeling asked that the treasurer and general manager "set a minimum bid for the surplus and let's get that stuff out of our hair."

"Good idea," said Manley. "Then we'll advertise a one-agenda special meeting to deal with this."

Later in the meeting, discussion reverted back to the squad cars to be sold to the county - or not.

Ebeling's motion, tabled from the July 13 meeting, to sell the three operative squad cars to Archuleta County for a $60,000 fee based on Blue Book price was defeated on a 4-1 vote. Manley noted the board had extended the contract date to Sept. 14 in action last month and instructed Lukasik to "have a vehicle plan by the next board meeting," which will be on Sept. 14, the day the contract ends.

 

Rec. Center cooling plan sent back for more bids

By Richard Walter

A proposal to install evaporative coolers in the racquet ball area of the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center was tabled last week after one director demanded competitive bids because of the estimated cost.

General Manager Walt Lukasik said the Recreation Committee had recommended approval of a bid for the project of just under $6,000.

Director Fred Ebeling asked where the money would come from. Director Dave Bohl said there was $7,800 available in the recreation center fund and he moved to approve installation.

Ebeling asked how many bids had been received and when told only one, demanded that the project be submitted to open bidding, with at least three quotes. He said the initial bidder should be notified of the procedure and given a chance to participate.

New Director Thomas Cruse then moved to table Bohl's motion until competitive bids are received.

In conjunction with that discussion, Lukasik reminded the board that the departure of John Nelson from the board leaves a void on the Recreation Center Committee and urged board members to consider appointing a replacement next month.

"It is a huge revenue and a huge expense area," he said, "and we should have a board member directly involved."

In other action Thursday, directors:

- Heard Lukasik report that 42 liens for unpaid dues were recorded in July and "more are coming." Answering a question from Ebeling, he said, "Some of the very sizable accounts are still outstanding."

- Were told that the survey to determine the source of Lake Forest platting errors has begun, benchmarks have been located, and site work has started

- Heard Bohl announce the purchase of four certificates of deposit for various accounts, two at $50,000 and two at $80,000

- Listened as Director Richard Manley, the new board president, summarized the annual meeting last week, saying "We have found we can disagree and still leave without a blood-letting."

- Designated all board members and the general manager as authorized signatories for the various individual depository accounts for the association and stipulated that all checks will require double signatures

- After a brief discussion rejected a Ranch Community request for a joint meeting of the two boards of directors and their environmental control committees.

 

Inspector erred, homeowner can maintain green belt

By Richard Walter

David Sikes bought a lot in Pagosa Lakes in 1987 and built a home on it in 1988 alongside a designated green belt area.

He planted grass and trees and, along with a neighbor, maintained the green belt every year.

"Otherwise," he said, "there were times when I could have had a 10-foot wide stream a foot or more deep running through my property."

When his neighbor sold his property, Sikes said, the new tenants always helped him maintain the green belt.

"You can imagine my surprise and chagrin when, a month ago, I was told by a PLPOA inspector that I could no longer maintain it."

Sikes said he went to the Fairfield Pagosa property manager who told him there was no reason he could not continue his green belt project and promised to put that in writing. "I still haven't received it," he said.

"It is not right that I was singled out," he told the board of directors Thursday. "If I don't maintain it we'll have bad erosion, lower property value and a fire hazard."

Director Fred Ebeling, saying he had researched the incident carefully, told Sikes, "We don't have the authority to tell you not to maintain the green belt. We apologize for our covenant control department. The new inspector made a mistake. They had no authority to make you stop."

General Manager Walt Lukasik pointed out the green belt is owned by Fairfield Properties. "This one is defined as a drainageway and an access to Pagosa Lake. I think what he's done is impressive, but we shouldn't give carte blanche to all green belt neighbors."

Director Richard Manley said he could see where there might be a problem with reference to legal access to the land and suggested the PLPOA and Fairfield legal offices should examine the wording in the green belt designation to see if a change is needed.

Ebeling responded, "I'm against spending any money for lawyers on this. It's a simple fact. We have no authority to control his actions."

Newly elected director Thomas Cruse ended the discussion, joining in the apology to Sikes and adding, "I'd like to think of the Association as people here to assist owners interested in maintenance if they want advice or counsel on what they can do."

 

Sales tax receipts still rising

By John M. Motter

Sales tax collections in Archuleta County continue to pile up at a record pace, according to a monthly report released Tuesday by the county.

By the end of July, $2,449,046 in sales taxes had been collected in the county, a 10.96 percent increase over collections through July 1999. Last year was the record year for sales tax collections in the county. The 1999 total through July was $2,207,225. The entire total last year was $4,193,256.

July collections this year total $530,346, up about 26 percent from the $419,459 collected during July of 1999. This year's July total is the largest amount ever reported collected during one month in the county. The previous high month was October of last year when $469,988 was collected. The three highest months last year were July, August and October, the three months when collections topped $400,000. Last August the total was $443,258.

The report contains the amount of sales taxes on all retail sales in the county, including sales from businesses within the Pagosa Springs town limits. Levied is a tax rate of 7 percent, 3 percent taken by the state and 4 percent by the county. The county's 4 percent is divided equally between the county and the town.

So far this year the town has received $1,224,523, a total matched by the county. The town's portion is placed in a capital improvements fund. The county's share is apportioned among the general fund, road and bridge fund, and road improvement fund. This year to date the county general fund has received $489,809, the road and bridge fund $122,452, and the road improvement fund $612,262.

Since sales taxes are directly proportional to retail sales, many economists regard sales tax collections as an economic barometer indicating the strength or weakness of an area's economy. Increasing sales tax collections indicate more sales, a clue to a growing economy.

 

Assessor defends actions decried by auditing firm

By John M. Motter

County Assessor Keren Prior is upset with the county auditor for "taking shots at her in public without giving her a chance to answer first."

Tom Breed, with Haley, Breed and Crom, LLP of Durango, recently completed the annual outside audit of county finances. In a summary report presented to the county commissioners July 18, Breed made the following criticisms concerning the county assessor's office.

He said some county departments are issuing year-end bonuses.

Concerning bonuses, Breed said the bonuses were not budgeted, but should have been budgeted. He also said that, although bonuses can be beneficial, those granted by the county were based on inappropropiate criteria. Breed recommended that bonuses be implemented as part of the budget process.

Prior responded by saying, "The statement (Breed made July 18) that I falsified overtime records is incorrect. Another elected official and three long-time employees told me that the normal procedure for a bonus was to submit a statement of overtime. I was told the previous assessor had used the same procedure. When I turned the time sheets into 'finance', I asked if I had reported complementary time on the right form, and she said she thought so. The statement that I continually turned in overtime for bonuses is incorrect. This was the only time, according to my records, that overtime was ever turned in by my office.

"My office worked very hard and the bonuses reflect a minimal reward for services and hours beyond expectation. Often they were too busy or did not submit overtime or compensation time requests. In addition they were merit bonuses based primarily on hours worked. I did not exceed my budget; in fact, I returned over $9,000 to the tax payers and the general fund."

Secondly, Breed said the assessor continued to submit false time records to award bonuses. He said this was a violation of labor laws. Again, he recommended implementation of bonuses as part of the budget process.

Prior responded to this allegation by saying, "The report stating that this issue was noted in a prior report is incorrect, since I have never been advised by auditor Tom Breed or county administrator Dennis Hunt that there was any problem. In fact I have never spoken with nor been asked to submit any documentation to the auditor. His statement came as a complete surprise and I really wish he had talked with me before he made his statements. Since this was my first year in office, I couldn't have continued to do something from the previous year.

"He was looking for comp time records in the finance office. I was not told to put them there, so I kept them in my own office. They have always been available there."

Thirdly, according to Breed, there is a material difference in the preliminary assessed values Prior provides taxing entities prior to the budget process and the assessed values she certifies during December to the state.

Addressing the third issue, Prior said, "First, those changes represent changes in the field, buildings that are gone and other material changes. I have no control over those changes. Second, there is a software program that was in my office when I took the job. It is still there and it makes mistakes when rounding numbers - that changes the final total. We may try to get new software in the budget. In the meantime, I have promised to round the numbers by hand if necessary. I have not heard from any taxing entity that the numbers I gave them were wrong or caused a problem. In fact, they say these are the best numbers they have had in years."

Prior concluded her comments by agreeing with Breed that a line item should be set up for bonuses along with a procedure for reporting them. She also recommends that a line of communication be established between the auditor and elected officials so that "things can be rectified before they go to slander and accusations."

 

Monsoon season has finally arrived

By John M. Motter

The monsoons finally arrived in Pagosa Country, almost one month late, but more than welcome. Rain fell on four days last week, piling up 1.26 inches for the week and elevating the August total to 1.97 inches through Tuesday.

Average precipitation for August is 2.52 inches, making it the wettest month of the year.

Expect more of the same through the coming week, said weatherman Doug Baugh of the U.S. Weather Service forecasting station in Grand Junction.

"Look for partly cloudy skies with scattered showers," Baugh said. "There is about a 30 percent chance for rain. Temperatures should remain in the low to mid-80s during the day, falling to the mid-50s at night."

Monsoon conditions control the current weather and should continue to do so until mid-September, Baugh said. Sometime in September the upper-level jet stream will dip south allowing storm fronts to move from the Pacific Ocean into Pagosa Country, bringing the first of the fall and winter season weather.

Monsoon conditions in the Rocky Mountains have nothing to do with precipitation, Baugh said, but rather with wind patterns. The dominant pattern for monsoon conditions is a high-pressure area generally over eastern New Mexico or West Texas. Clockwise winds around the high dip into the Gulf of Mexico. If any storm activity is present, the clockwise winds pick up that moisture and carry it to the Four Corners area where it is dropped as rainfall. Often, a low-pressure area off of the Pacific Coast will generate counter-clockwise winds containing moisture. This moisture is added to the moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, thus increasing rainfall in the Four Corners area.

High temperatures last week were relatively constant, ranging between 80 and 85 degrees. The average high temperature was 83 degrees. Low temperatures ranged between 50 and 54 degrees with an average low of 52 degrees.

Despite the apparent abundance of rainfall this past week, all local fire restrictions remained in effect yesterday, as did voluntary water rationing.

 

Elementary linking program ' downsides' debated

By Richard Walter

When is an innovative educational program considered a success?

Is it measured by parental pleasure, student progress, teacher confidence or school board support?

In some ways, it seems all those elements might enter into the answer.

Such is the case with the linking program in Pagosa Springs Elementary School. The three teachers involved gave the school board a slide-show report on the system last month. Results they detailed were impressive.

When asked to evaluate the program after the presentation, Principal Cyndy Secrist said the only downside she could see was that there wasn't more involvement.

Simply stated, the linking system coordinates teaching philosophy through the first three grades, keeping participating students together as a group, with teachers sharing pertinent data about each as they progress up the educational ladder.

The issue was given rebirth last week when Randall Davis, school board president, said he had been bothered since the teacher presentation by growing doubts about the perception there are no inbred problems in the program.

"It doesn't sound realistic," he said. "There's always a downside to any program, especially when kids are involved. I think we need to take a more realistic view of the program, know its weaknesses and improve on it."

Davis said his month-long review led him to believe there are at least two downsides to the program which were not considered.

First on his list was social acceptance.

"What," he asked, "if you have a child in the first year of the program who has a social problem - disruptive in the classroom, unable to meld with other students, or victimized by a class bully? If a child can't relate well it becomes a three-year classroom problem because the children will stay together that long."

Secondly, he said, "there can't help but be an exclusivity perception among the other teachers in the school, an impression of elitism, if you will. I know that's not the intent of the program, but I can see how other teachers, those not involved, might react."

Secrist told Davis and the board, "I stand by what I said last month. There are not enough student slots for all who want in. Some teachers are requested (by parents of incoming students) over and over, and some are never requested. The teachers in the linking program are all highly requested."

Because of that, she said, "there may be some people with feelings that they are not being treated fairly as a result of the program's success."

"I'm sure there are other teachers who are requested," replied Davis. "Yes," said Secrist, "and there are others who are never requested."

She noted there is a waiting list of parents who want their children in the linking program because "they have seen what it is doing for those who already participate."

Davis said he still is concerned that "downsides are not being considered."

Secrist told Davis the parent or teacher can ask that a child be opted out of the program at any time if it appears it is not working for the student. "We've worked hard to balance our classes by varying degrees of ability and gender," she said.

"One look at a demographic for any one of the classrooms would show there is no program of exclusivity or selectivity. All are as homogeneous as you can get in a diverse community like this."

She said it is understood that some staff members don't know or understand the program but that all "have the shared philosophy that we want what's good for the children and this works."

Still, Davis argued, "It is important to look at any program realistically, and recognize there are pitfalls - automatically."

Secrist answered, "I tend to be optimistic and look at what's positive. I don't ignore the negatives, but work the obvious strengths in order to minimize the pitfalls you cite. I believe we'll dispel the fears as we go forward with the program."

"Maybe," said Davis, "this discussion will give more impetus to the program. I'm sure it will continue to show results."

 

Legion plans salute to Korean War veterans

By Richard Walter

On June 25, 1950, troops from Communist-ruled North Korea invaded South Korea touching off what has been called "one of the bloodiest wars in history."

The United States sent more than 90 percent of the United Nations troops thrown into the battle to assist South Korea, along with military equipment and supplies. Chinese troops fought with the North Koreans and Russia supplied them with military equipment.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, its veterans from Archuleta County will be honored Aug. 27 at the American Legion Hall in Town Park.

A brief outdoor ceremony will be held at noon, followed by a photo opportunity session and a dinner served at 1 p.m.

All Korean War veterans present will be honored after the meal.

All veterans, family and friends are welcome to attend and Korean War veterans are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia of their war experiences.

Fifteen post members are Korean War veterans. They are Richard L. Bartholomew, Donald Bartlett, Joseph Chipps, John Dillinger, Robert Dobbins, Tony Gallegos, Walt Giesen, R.J. Gratton, Gordon Kohn, Joseph Marion, Joe S. Martinez, Ray Martinez, William Miller, William Ralston and David Sprowle.

Post officials believe, on the basis of a Roll of Honor created in the mid-1950s, that at least 150 county residents were involved in the Korean conflict and would like to honor all of them.

In all, more than 6.8 million American men and women served during the Korean war and more than 54,000 of them died - 36,000 on the battlefields.

For more information about the planned Pagosa Springs salute to its Korean War veterans, call Ernie Garcia at 264-6481.

Legion members said DAV is assisting in production of an hour-long documentary film telling the stories of Korean War veterans in compelling interviews. The program, "Remembering Korea: The Forgotten War" is scheduled to be broadcast nationwide this fall on PBS.

 

Letters

Firefighters thank citizens

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Rocky Mountain Interagency Team and the nearly 250 firefighters assigned to the Cabezon Fire from Aug. 6-14, we would like to thank the citizens of this area for their kindness and support throughout the recent wildfire incident.

Decisive action by volunteer firefighters and local law enforcement officials was crucial to prevent extensive property damage in the early hours of the fire when resources were very scarce.

As the incident went on and crew numbers and resources grew, the businesses of this area continued their support with timely supplies and prompt service. Residents and rural property owners were also very understanding when fire crews closed roads and used private land for staging, heliports, and supply areas.

Although many firefighters on this fire were far from home, the citizens of Archuleta County and the members of the Southern Ute Tribe made everyone feel welcome. The people of Pagosa Springs, Bayfield and the surrounding area were very kind to all of us. We found that we really enjoyed this area and many of us hope to come back with our families someday on vacation.

When a community like yours pulls together with firefighters it makes our job that much easier when we are away from our hometowns and loved ones.

Thanks again to all who supported the fire fighting team. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dave Sisk

Incident Commander

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

 

Hypocritical

Dear Editor,

The hysterical responses to to the ABN ad would be hilarious if they weren't so pitifully hypocritical. There was nothing "hateful, hurtful, personal, and nasty" in the ad. It was simple and to the point and supported by a large block of voters who know the truth.

And, as to Gene Cortright's (ABN Zealots) statement that you, David, accepted the ad "without attribution" - it gets more hypocritical.

Almost half of the candidates' political ads this year were "without attribution" - they only had the statement "paid for by the committee to elect. . . ." So, what is the problem?

What about the constant barrage of ads placed against Lee Vorhies and Larry Bass "without attribution" - stating only "paid for by the committee to re-elect Sheriff Richards?" Also, the vicious, libelous misstatements in the ads paid for by the "Upper San Juan Builders Association" (SUN July 9, 1998); "PLPOA Residents for Democracy Not Dictatorship," (SUN July 2, 1998); and flyers mailed July 1998 by "Resident Property Owners" - all without personal "attributions" and in support of three candidates for PLPOA board of directors - all of whom resigned within a few months after being elected by this farce? I could name others, but in trying to limit the length of this letter, I will rely upon the memories (sometimes, unfortunately, "selective" for some) individuals.

All of the above listed "hateful, hurtful, personal, and nasty" ads were engineered by the same Nan (indicated in the ABN ad) and her accomplices.

Since she stated in a letter to the editor (SUN, 4/23/98) that she was a "registered Democrat or independent, as I am" - what special agenda caused her to switch party affiliation?

So, if they "cannot stand the heat, they had better stay out of the kitchen."

Hypocrites have no place in our community and should stop and think before they spout their "hateful, hurtful, personal and nasty" propaganda without doing some in-depth research to find out the real truth of the target of their defamatory and malicious statements.

Mojie Adler

Barking dogs

Dear Editor,

I sympathize with the folks losing their sleep over barking dogs, and it is the biggest problem in the county. There is no sense to this and people should be heavily fined. We have a natural right to peace and quiet at night.

As to the dog shot for barking, that is a shame the dog had such uncaring owners. Dogs are family. Would we let our 4-year-old kids go outside and yell all night? Yet, we think it is okay to let a dog do the same.

People need to take their animal's training seriously so their dogs don't bark at everything (intelligent dogs are best), and if they can't, put them inside at night. It might be good to know the laws pertaining to loose, barking and annoying dogs, too. The irony is the owners are the problem, not the dogs. Perhaps we should pass laws to shoot the owners, or chain them up for a week and feed them water and corn meal with beef flavor.

Ron Alexander

Conspiracy

Dear Editor,

In regard to the letter from R.D. Burger.

No kidding. Junk cars everywhere. Especially dumb when you can usually get cash ($$$$) from a junk yard for them.

So I have decided it's a conspiracy.

Junk cars lead to more dirty conditions, then we get disease, then rats, the hanta virus, and sudden death. Bummer.

Next you know, bulldozers, and "viola" . . . another Fairfield.

Now we know why San Juan Basin Health, and the county commissioners don't give a darn about Aspen Springs. It's a conspiracy.

Sharman Denison

Biggest fair

Dear Editor,

As the glow of this year's Archuleta County Fair fades, I want to thank everyone who attended, participated, entered, organized or worked the fair. It never ceases to amaze me what can happen when people come together in a collective front. You all have helped to make history with the biggest fair in its 49-year history. For those who missed out, mark your 2001 calendars for the first weekend in August to help celebrate the fair's 50th anniversary.

I've realized many people don't know how the Archuleta County Fair happens. It is a group of dedicated volunteers who wish to give back to the residents and visitors of Archuleta County. We commit to three-years of attending monthly meetings, planning sessions, and retreats, and working for the entire year preceding a fair implementing ideas, sending letters, making phone calls, and numerous other tasks. The only compensation is the gratification of seeing people enjoy themselves for four days every summer. We love what we do and that is why we do it.

The fair is not a money-making venture. The necessary monies come from state and county funding and through revenue generated from vendor fees, etc. raised during the fair. Therefore there is no parking or entrance fees, or any other annoying fees that nickel and dime you to death at such events. Though the fair has grown significantly since 1998, our funds from the county and state for the most part have not. By adding events like the carnival, Demolition Derby, increasing the number of vendors, and other activities, we financed our growth without drawing from the government. The more you support the events and vendors, the bigger and better our fair can become.

Growth brings about change, and with change, unexpected situations or glitches occur regardless of careful planning. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during these times of growth and change. One such change was moving the parking area from the U.S. 84 entrance to the backside of the arena off Mill Creek Road. Because of personnel shortages in the sheriff's office and police department we didn't have round-the-clock traffic directors. The Colorado Mounted Rangers were a huge help in this area and we erected five large yellow banners directing people where to park. The area was ample, well lit, level and safe. Persons who followed the signs, we salute you.

The board is always looking for suggestions and volunteers. The 2000 fair board members are Anita Hinger, Kim Moore, Michael DeWinter, Tom Stahr, Carrie Toth, Carla Shaw, Lisa Scott, Tammy Searle, Gena DeWinter, Granton Bartz, Marti Gallo, Christie Spears, Cindy Warring, Emzy Barker and Blair Timmerman.

Feel free to contact any of us with your input, or if you are interested in joining us to help plan the biggest party of the year, please let us know. We are here for you and are honored to bring to you "The Best County Fair In Our County."

 

Sincerely,

Michael DeWinter

President

2000 Archuleta County Fair

Address concern

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the county fair board, I am responding to Craig Givens' Aug. 10 letter to the editor regarding the demolition derby.

Yes, the admission price was included in the paper, and yes the SUN printed what was given to them. In the issue a week before fair a half-page ad was published in the Preview. The ad stated "have a smashing good time, adults $5, children $3."

The signage at the derby was not thought out clearly. It was hard to charge everyone because the arena was not closed off. After many meetings this year with Pagosa Springs Enterprises Inc., we decided that having the derby in the regular arena would be unwise, but as a board they graciously approved a temporary site where we could try out this fun event. The turn out was more than we expected. We are estimating that 1,000 people came. Truly, a wonderful turnout. After so much preparation this year, some last minute things were not thought out well such as signage, and difficulty with the admission.

The work on the arena was donated. Paul Dean Excavation donated many free hours to dig the arena. Caribou Construction dragged the bleachers over to at least make seating for 500. The only way to have seated everyone was if we had it in the rodeo arena, which could not happen.

The prize money came from the sponsors: $500 to first place, $300 to second and $200 to third. We only got $900 in sponsor money - the fair provided the rest. All together, the fair board provided approximately $1,400 toward the derby. Ticket sales came to $1,400. Derby entries came to $500. We made $500. Hopefully, next year, we will make more. Someday, this will be our biggest fund-raiser.

The cars matched in the pit were not only two cars, but four. Eight cars entered. Two heats of four, a loser's heat and a winners' heat. The reason for the pit's size is that derby arena's are not supposed to be large. The idea is to prevent cars from gathering speed. This would be dangerous. I wish it was a "mud pit," like Craig stated. Water trucks came in prior to the derby to make the pit somewhat muddy, but the water soaked in quickly. The cars actually got more speed then they were supposed to.

I am sorry Craig missed the derby. It was a fun time, even with the glitches. We worked hard on this derby, and intend to make it even better next year. We have already begun forming a Demolition Derby committee. I have already extended an invitation to Mr. Givens to join. I truly hope he accepts our offer.

I want to say another quick thank you to Pagosa Springs Enterprises Inc., the county commissioners, the EMT's, Fire Protection District, J.R. Towing, the derby sponsors, judges and entrants. Without everyone, such a fun time would not have been had.

Carrie Toth

Archuleta County Fair Board

Proposed location

Dear David,

Please add my name to the file on Weber's Cement Batch Plant. As a long-time resident of the Upper San Juan Valley, I find this proposal incompatible with the rest of the neighborhood up and down the river. I am also very much concerned about the possible pollution of the water table and the river.

I urge the county to designate an industrial area which will be an appropriate place for such enterprise and I suggest a moratorium on permitting industrial uses of property in residential neighborhoods until such enterprises can be located properly.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth T. Feazel

At Last Ranch

Conclusions

Dear Editor,

The following is not for the faint of heart.

The primary election could have an infinite amount of analysis and conclusions drawn from it.

One conclusion that can be inferred is that people talk one way, but they really don't care about the future of Archuleta County. Their vote said, "We don't want decent change. Let's trash the place. We've had enough of all this scenery anyway. Let's make a bunch of money and go somewhere else. We don't want to do anything right while we're here on this earth. We vote only for phonies because we think we can get something from them."

I was the only candidate to have done 15 years worth of written charity volunteer work for Archuleta County and it still insists on siding with absolute total fakes and incompetents. Hint (for those who are incapable of thinking): My ideas, outlook, plan, concepts, etc. are this very charity. The winner has been feasting on the results of seeds that I planted long ago. It's just lip service though. My diamonds were an election tool; now they'll be turned into mud. The road wizard can't name one county road that has been built right. We should have had a written debate in the SUN. Guess who would have won it? Archuleta County.

This county needs very strong and tight-minded leadership that has incredible perception, but it has opted for arrogant, aggressive, greedy, and pompous authoritarianism instead. What a waste of time and the futures of one more generation of kids.

I did not treat my campaign as if it were a party nor would I have conducted the county's affairs in the same manner. If the residents want to keep electing partyers, this means that the future of Archuleta County is not serious business to them. Their vote has spoken so. Archuleta County has lost again. It's here to be used.

I'm proud to announce that I do not have to spend the next four years paying people back at the further expense of Archuleta County in order to cover my tracks or become re-elected. Since special interests are electing people we will always have unfair and uneven applications of county policies.

One positive thing we now know is that there are 85 good people here and they're keeping this whole county together.

Incidentally, the people elected somebody who does not know the duties, responsibilities, powers and functions of being a commissioner, but he'll be willing to learn and party on the job no doubt.

Sincerely,

John Feazel

Special thanks

Dear David,

As volunteer and information booth coordinator for the Archuleta County Fair this past weekend (Aug. 3-6), I would like to say a special thanks to the following folks who made my job so much easier and great fun: Colorado Dream Homes who donated material and paint and provided labor to build a new information booth for the fair; Paint Connection Plus who provided volunteers with brushes, paint pans and other supplies needed to paint the booth; Bill Melynda, Sandy and Linda at the extension office for their advice, counsel, and support; Sally and Morna at the chamber of commerce for helping publicize the need for volunteers; Camellia Coray and the Pagosa Area Christian Educators volunteers who staffed the information booth each day; Ted Archuleta, community service coordinator, for his assistance; Frank Martinez, for just being there whenever a problem needed solving; my fellow fair board members for their support and dedication to the community; and the folks at the Chamber of Commerce, Sisson Library, Plaid Pony, Pagosa Kid, Emporium, Pack N' Mail Plus, Silver Mine and Chromo Mercantile for their help in distributing and accumulating volunteer registration forms.

Without intent to exclude the many 4-Hers and other volunteers at the fair who worked a tremendous amount of hours and were, in large part, responsible for the huge success of this year's county fair, I would like to thank the following hard-working volunteers that I worked with personally: Manny Athens, Jean Barth, Debra and Warron Big Eagle, Julia Braswell, Margaret Brush, Stephen Crouse, Linda Dodson, Bill Gallo, Anne Grad, Cindy and Ron Gustafson, Gail and Johnnie Hill, Betty James, Marcia Kraus, the Lokey family, David Medina, the Mundy family, Bill Munro, Celeste Nolen, Lisa and Danielle Prather, Margie Richter, Gail Shepherd, Deanne and Mike Silverstein, Connie Speicher, Larry Sprague, Donna Stahr, Sandy Tiemens, the Walkup family, Dick Warring and Barbara Winter-Schulz.

Also, please let folks know that the following items were turned in to "lost and found" during the Archuleta County Fair last week: a straw hat, a baseball cap, two rings, a child's necklace, an ankle bracelet, a ladies sleeveless shirt and a set of car keys.

The items can be claimed at the extension office Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marti McAlister Gallo

Member, Archuleta County Fair Board

Admires policy

Dear Editor,

As a part-time resident of the Pagosa area, I have subscribed to the SUN for over 15 years. I admire the paper's policy of publishing all letters to the editor with the bark on. Sometimes there is more heat or smoke than light, but it serves a very important function in this age of professional spin at every level of political and government activity. It's truly the voice of the people - informed or otherwise.

In the past the paper was kind enough to publish a couple of my letters that raised questions about proposed land exchanges with Mr. Robert Lindner along the East Fork of the Piedra. As reported in the July 27 issue of the SUN, another East Fork exchange has been proposed by Lindner that is not in the public interest, particularly the citizens of the Pagosa area. Based on past experience, regardless of the merit, the exchange will probably be approved unless there is considerable and considered public opposition to it. I hope you will publish my comments to the Forest Service before the Sept. 2 deadline for comments.

Besides the Sept. 2 deadline, there are a number of items the reader should be aware of: 1) Once the Regional Forest supervisor makes a decision on the exchange it becomes a bureaucratic fiat with no appeal (so much for due process); 2) the Forest Plan promotes the acquisition of isolated tracts of dubious value by private interests to use as trade bait to obtain valuable public lands under the guise of an equal exchange; 3) Although there is an appraisal process involved, how do you place value on river frontage that will benefit future generations (how many scattered mining claims equal a half mile of river?); and 4) A recent news article reported that the government was considering a moratorium on any future land exchanges while the program is investigated for abuse.

I recognize that Mr. Lindner has been a benefactor to the town of Pagosa Springs. To the best of my knowledge he does not develop his properties, but this could always change and probably would upon Mr. Lindner's death. I am not against the Forest Service. They have a tremendous responsibility and limited resources. Their acquisition of the stretch of Piedra River that drops into the Box Canyon was a significant benefit to the public. And it should always be the public benefit that is paramount in decisions regarding federal lands.

Respectfully yours,

T. Scott Hickman

Midland, Texas

 

Reservoir Hill

Dear Editor,

The news about an upcoming event on Reservoir Hill made me recall an adventure up there that I had when I was at the age between wondering about girls and plunging into the awesome mysteries of them.

One had strength and energy and idiocy in abundance then as I remember it. So to use it I walked. I walked a lot and restlessly, sometimes with friends but mostly alone. I threw things, we threw things. We threw rocks and clods and sticks, sometimes at each other in a mock world war of battles in ditches for trenches. Sometimes we just threw because the arm was there. Richard Walter's uncles and Doug Lynch's brothers would remember.

Reservoir Hill was one of my favorite places to walk. It was a youthful challenge because it was remote and except for a huge water tank that invited climbing, it was uncivilized. It was a real story book forest, lonely enough to be a bit scary but full of smells and sounds and movements to excite the senses. It called for fanaticizing about mountain men and beaver trapping and grizzly fighting.

One summer evening about dusk I had climbed to the top from the west side and was wondering if I could make it off the hill with a little light left, when I heard a soft whoosh in the air behind me and an owl flew by to land on a tree branch a short distance in front. I was surprised. I could just make it out sitting there in the failing light. It hooted once quietly. I shivered a bit, half-formed thoughts of boogers, ghosts and nightmares.

You do something. You don't just stand there or go back, or sidle around something like that. Even an idiot does something.

I picked up a rock and threw it. I heard a thunk and saw the bird drop. I walked over and picked it up. I hadn't made it fly away. I hadn't hurt it a little. It was dead. I had thrown the rock. It had just been flying. I held it in my hands.

You have to think or do something. So I unbuttoned my shirt and put the owl in there and shut it in and went down the east side of the hill and crossed the bridge and started walking through town toward home.

I didn't think that it was time to think yet but then I became aware of things crawling around on my skin in there and then I thought I'd better do something.

So I took the owl out of my shirt and left it in a dark place in an alley and I guess the fleas were gone when I got home.

Reservoir Hill is a great place for kids, even if it's civilized now. I'll bet people like it for the same things I did.

Respectfully yours,

Jim Matthews

Albuquerque

Forever friends

Dear David,

After Patty's service on Saturday, I had a lot of people ask me for a copy of the poem "A Forever Friend." Its author is unknown.

Unfortunately, I was unsure how to get it to all of the people who asked and was hoping you might print a copy in the paper.

A Forever Friend

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend; / Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. / Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop; / Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. / Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. / This is Forever Friendship. / When you're down, and the world seems dark and empty, / Your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. / Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times, and the confused times. / If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. / If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. / Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. / And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete, because you need not worry. / You have a forever friend for life, and forever has no end.

Thank you,

Kanaka Perea

New friendships

Dear David,

I want to take this opportunity to thank and commend my running mates in the District 1 County Commissioner race and all the candidates who ran in the District 2 race for demonstrating to our community, through their joint letter repudiating the recent "Anyone But Nan" ad, that those tactics, and the spirit underlying them, were but an aberration in our community and did not represent the real level of class that most of our neighbors here have. It comes as no surprise that, of all the primary race candidates, only Ms. Julia Donoho refused to sign the letter since it was her supporters who placed the ad. But clearly that sort of mindset is not representative of the spirit of our community. The remainder of the candidates did us all proud in the manner in which they conducted their campaigns, culminating in last week's letter.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate both Bill Downey and Alden Ecker on their victories. Archuleta County has never seen such a horse race as were these two contested offices, and both Commissioner Downey and Alden clearly rose to the challenge.

Gary and I had the opportunity to make many new and wonderful friends during this race, and for that we're both grateful. In the aftermath of such a tough campaign, the only thing I find disappointing is that, of all the registered voters in Archuleta County, the makeup of our county commission for the next four years was determined by less than 7 percent of them. That degree of apathy about the future of our county saddens me. But I guess the good side of that is that we can expect that the 75 percent of registered voters who didn't vote at all Tuesday - not to mention all the county's residents who have never even bothered to register - will have no complaints about any county-wide decisions that are made over the next four years. I think silence from those non-participants is a reasonable expectation for the rest of us to have.

In closing, congratulations to Bill and Alden, and thanks for all the support and new friendships Gary and I have gained over the past six months. It's been a heck of a ride.

Very truly yours,

Nan Rowe

The difference

Dear Editor,

I hope that people who read this letter appreciate its difference from all the negative and unkind letters people keep writing about others. I want to congratulate Rich Valdez for joining our police force, which is one of the best.

Thanks,

Pres Valdez

 

Obituaries

Gladys Hagan

Gladys Marie (Andrews) Hagan passed away on Aug. 11, 2000, at about 11:10 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Durango.

Mrs. Hagan was born Aug. 30, 1918, in Stratton, Colo., to Marion and Lydia (LaMont) Andrews. The family later moved to Hillside, Colo., where, again, the family worked the land.

Mrs. Hagan attended school in Hillside and lacked only six months from graduating from high school in Cotopaxi. Her family then moved to Salida. It was in Salida that she met and married Clifford Hagan on May 5, 1939, at the age of 20.

Gladys and Clifford Hagan had three children, Marion "Sam," Ellie and Harley. Clifford Hagan was a contract miner most of the early years of their marriage. His work enabled them to watch a lot of the country and towns grow up and then disappear into history. They lived and worked in many Colorado mining towns such as Telluride, White Pines, Sargents, Bonanza, Fairplay and Leadville, and in Globe and Christmas, Ariz. Around 1960 they permanently settled in Salida. Cliff worked at Climax Mine.

Mrs. Hagan was a good cook and at one time opened her own restaurant called "Luigi's" on First Street in Salida. She also enjoyed crocheting and once took first place for a bedspread that she and Gertrude Hagan worked on together. She was content to be a homemaker. Her special interests and hobbies were baseball, fishing, the Denver Broncos and hunting. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

Her mother and father lived into their early 80s. Gladys was a very devoted daughter, always helping them when she could.

In 1978 she lost Mr. Hagan, "the love of her life" to lung disease contracted from working in underground uranium mines. They were married for 39 years, she never remarried.

In November 1998, Mrs. Hagan moved from Salida to Pagosa Springs where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Mrs. Hagan is survived by her three children, 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Remembered for never losing her "pioneer spirit" even in her last days, Mrs. Hagan's friends and family gathered at her home in Pagosa Springs on Monday, Aug. 14, for a memorial service celebrating Mrs. Hagan's life. Rev. Louis Day officiated. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Salida.

Arthur Pederson

Arthur Pederson, a resident of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Aug. 14, 2000.

Mr. Pederson was born on July 22, 1917 in Huntley, Mont., to Ola and Marie Pederson. He served with the 1st Signal Corps in Europe during World War II.

Mr. Pederson was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dody Mills Pederson and by his daughter, Patricia Aragon. He is survived by his sister, Dolly Zahller of Huntley, Mont.; his children, Don Pedersen of Las Vegas, N.M., Jim Pederson of Saratoga, Wyo., and Susie Kleckner of Pagosa Springs and their families; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced later.

 

People

Wedding

Rhonda Sande and Raymond Stroup affirmed their love in the Colorado mountains on Aug. 12, 2000, with Richard Running Deer, a Ute medicine man, performing the traditional Indian Wedding Blanket Ceremony. Their friend Charles, a Native American flutist, called to Spirit through his music as he played the 'Song of Celebration.'

Randi Pierce

Randi Pierce competed in the Miss Teen of Colorado Scholarship and Recognition Program July 28-30 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Contestants were judged in six categories including service to their community and achievement; scholastic record; personal development, hobbies and interests; general awareness as scored on a test covering topics such as current news and common sense; personality projection; and a four-minute interview with judges.

Pierce finished as a merit finalist, placing her in the top10 at the event. She is the daughter of Buck and Shari Pierce. Her grandparents are Mary Pierce and Leroy and Ann Oldham all of Pagosa Springs. SUN photo

50th Anniversary

Bill and Marguerite Flick of Pagosa Springs will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 24, 2000. They were married on that date in 1950 in the Methodist Church in Newton, Kan. They lived in Winfield, Kan., until they retired to Pagosa Springs, where they now reside at 1520 Carino Place. The Flick's have a daughter Kris Dewell, son-in-law Craig and grandson Matt, all of Hays, Kan. Another grandson, Ryan lives with his wife Jessica in North Bend, Wash. The Flick's son John, his wife Debbie and their children Ross and Mary live in Durango. The children and grandchildren request cards to be sent to Box 2098, Pagosa Springs, CO.

 

Sports Page

Big turnout means greater depth for Pirate gridders

By John M. Motter

Pagosa Springs' varsity football team, fresh from capturing the Intermountain League championship in 1999, should be even better this year, head coach Myron Stretton said Tuesday.

About 60 hopefuls grunted, groaned, and sweated through workouts this week, all doing their best to impress Stretton and the other coaches. Stretton, who was "Coach of the Year" in the IML last year, is apparently impressed.

"I think we will be better than we were last year," Stretton said. "We have a lot of depth in the backfield and in the defensive secondary. With the number of kids we have trying out, we should be deeper. There are always a few kids you didn't know about who step up."

Stretton sees the Pirates as the team to beat for this year's IML title.

"We have a lot of returning players and we won it all last year," Stretton said. "The other teams will be better, except maybe Monte Vista. Monte lost a lot to graduation, but they will still be strong. They have good coaches and a good program."

Challenging the Pirates this year is a tough preseason schedule. Except for Dolores, Pagosa plays bigger schools in its preseason games.

"I look forward to the schedule," Stretton said. "It should help us get ready for the league. As to injuries, they usually happen against weaker teams when the players aren't going all out."

Pagosa's first action is Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. when the Pirates host Alamosa, a Class 3A school that reached the state playoffs last year. The contest will be a scrimmage under game conditions, but no score will be kept.

Dolores provides the first real game this year. The Bears are coming to Golden Peaks Stadium Sept. 2. The Dolores game has been moved from 7 p.m. Friday night to 1:30 p.m. Saturday because of delays in installing lights at Golden Peaks Stadium.

Following Dolores, Pagosa journeys to Kirtland, N.M., Sept. 8, then returns home Sept. 15 to play Piedra Vista (Farmington, N.M.) under the lights.

Having lights at Golden Peaks Stadium represents a big change from previous years. All of the Pirates' home games, starting with Kirtland, N.M., will be played Friday nights under the lights.

"I'm really pleased we can play under the lights," Stretton said. "A lot of fans cut wood and hunt and do other things on Saturdays. This way they can all come to the games. I expect we'll see a lot more fans at the games."

This year's turnout includes 18 freshmen and 18 sophomores, with the remainder of the 60 hopefuls being juniors and seniors. Three experienced challengers have moved in from other schools and about six boys have turned out for football for the first time.

"I feel we should be tough offensively," Stretton said. "Returning, we have three starters in the offensive line, one offensive end, and two starters from the backfield. There are seven or eight guys challenging for three backfield positions so we have a lot of depth there."

Returning starters in the backfield include junior Ronnie Janowsky at quarterback and senior running back Clint Shaw. Shaw was named all-conference last year by IML coaches.

Returning starters in the offensive line are Josh Richardson, an all-conference selection last year; Matt Ford and Garret Paul. Senior Tyrel Ross is a returning starter at offensive end.

Also returning is all-conference place kicker, junior Darin Lister.

"Right now, no one is sure of a position on offense, even last year's starters," Stretton said. "We'll continue with the wishbone (offense) much as we played it last year. We'll know a lot more about who is playing where after we see them scrimmage against Alamosa."

The biggest challenge is replacing last year's defensive ends, Josh Trujillo and Kraig Candelaria, Stretton said. "We're going to try several people at those positions, maybe shift people around," he said.

Otherwise, the Pirates' defense looks sound, especially the secondary, according to Stretton.

"We'll play a 4-3 base defense," Stretton said. "We have two linebackers returning and three or four guys who played in the secondary plus some others."

After two days of practing in shorts and T-shirts for conditioning, pads and full uniforms were issued Wednesday. If everything goes well, the Pirates could hold an inter-squad scrimmage Saturday.

 

Golfers tee off season

By Richard Walter

The cast has been selected and by the time you read this the season-opening performance of the Pagosa Springs High School golf team will be history.

Coach Kathy Carter announced her lineup Wednesday for today's opener at the Alamosa Cattails course against the host Maroons.

"I'm taking Luke Boilini, Josh Postolese and Chris White (all lettermen) and Danny Lyon," she said.

Carter said all four Pirates have been shooting just about even and "are in excellent form for this early season opener."

She said she expected them to push each other as a shotgun start opened the tournament at 9:30 a.m. today.

"The way they respond to opening-day jitters and perform in Alamosa will give me an idea of what to look for down the line," she said.

The next match for the Pagosa linksters will be Aug. 24 in Montrose. The Pirates only home appearance of the year will be the Pagosa Invitational Aug. 28 at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club course.

 

4-H winners in County Fair competitions listed

The following are the results of the 4-H inside exhibits, horse show and livestock shows at the 2000 Archuleta County Fair.

Archery - Dylan Caves, junior - red ribbon; Lauren Caves, senior - blue ribbon, qualified for the state fair; Michael Caves, junior - blue ribbon; Aliya Haykus, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Adam Jelinek, junior - red ribbon; Jacob Martin, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion, qualified for the state fair; Mitchell Martin, junior - blue ribbon.

Cake Decorating - Unit 1: Charmaine Talbot, junior - red ribbon. Unit 2: Misha Garcia, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Jamilyn Harms, junior - blue ribbon; Emilie Schur, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion.

Heritage Arts - Needle Arts: Sara Baum, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion; Emilie Schur, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair.

Rocketry - Unit 1: Dan Cammack, junior - red ribbon; Jake Cammack, junior - red ribbon; Dylan Caves, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion, qualified for the state fair; Kyle Ferris, junior - blue ribbon. Unit 2: Alexander Baum, junior - blue ribbon; Chris Baum, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Michael Spitler, junior - red ribbon.

Wood Working - Dan Cammack, junior - red ribbon; Jake Cammack, junior - red ribbon; Shanti Johnson, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Michael Spitler, junior - red ribbon.

Leather Carving - Unit 4: Jake Wills, senior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Unit 6: Hank Wills, senior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair.

Photography - Faith Faubion, junior - red ribbon; Patrick Ford, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair.

Veterinary Science - Unit 1: Kiva Belt, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair. Unit 2: Jessica Harms, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion, qualified for the state fair.

Fishing - Unit 2: Josh Trout, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair.

Clothing - Unit 1: Anna Ball, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair.

Art - Oil Painting - Jessica Espinosa, senior - blue ribbon, grand champion; Emily Finney, senior - blue ribbon, reserve champion; Jenna Finney, junior - blue ribbon; honorable mention, Drew Fisher, senior - blue ribbon, reserve champion; Kelli Ford, junior - blue ribbon, Best of Show; Aliya Haykus, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion.

Cake Decorating Contest - Unit 2: Betsy Schur, junior - blue ribbon; Emilie Schur, junior - blue ribbon; Jamilyn Harms, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair. Unit 3: Sara Baum, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion, qualified for the state fair.

Rocket Fly Day - Unit 1: Jake Cammack, junior - blue ribbon, grand champion, qualified for the state fair; Dan Cammack, junior - blue ribbon, reserve champion; Kyle Ferris, junior - blue ribbon; Dylan Caves, junior - blue ribbon. Unit 2: Alex Baum, junior - blue ribbon; Chris Baum, junior - blue ribbon.

Horse Show Results -

Showmanship 11-and-older: blue ribbon award, Alexis Loewen, junior; Caitlyn Jewell, junior; Jessica Harms, junior; red ribbon award, Jesse Powe, senior; Danelle Condon, junior.

Showmanship 10-and-under: red ribbon award, Tamara Gayhart, junior; Kylie Corcoran, junior; Jessica Low, junior; Jennifer Low, junior; Jaclyn Harms, junior; Amanda Brown, junior; Ashli Cunningham, junior; Hannah Arnold, junior. White ribbon award, Zachary Arnold, junior.

Horsemanship 11-and-older: blue ribbon award, Alexis Loewen, junior; Caitlyn Jewell, junior.

Horsemanship 10-and under: red ribbon award, Amanda Brown, junior; Zachary Arnold, junior; Kylie Corcoran, junior; Hannah Arnold, junior; Jessica Low, junior; Tamara Gayhart, junior.

Walk Trot 11-and-older: blue ribbon award, Alexis Loewen, junior; Caitlyn Jewell, junior; Jessica Harms, junior. White ribbon award, Danelle Condon, junior.

Walk-Trot 10-and-under: blue ribbon award, Jessica Low, junior; Tamara Gayhart, junior; Kylie Corcoran, junior; Amanda Brown, junior. Red ribbon award: Hannah Arnold, junior; Zachary Arnold, junior; Ashli Cunningham, junior; Jaclyn Harms, junior.

Trail 11-and-older: blue ribbon award, Alexis Loewen, junior; Caitlyn Jewell, junior.

Trail 10-and-under: red ribbon award, Amanda Brown, junior; Jessica Low, junior. White award, Tamara Gayhart, junior; Kylie Corcoran, junior.

Hunt Seat Equitation 18-and-under: blue ribbon award, Alexis Loewen, junior; Zachary Arnold, junior.

High Point 11-and-older: first, Alexis Loewen - 474 points; second, Caitlyn Jewell - 359 points; third, Jessica Harms - 175 points; fourth, Danelle Condon - 145 points; fifth, Jesse Powe - 84 points.

High Point 10-and-under: first, Jessica Low - 317 points; second, Amanda Brown - 314 points; third, Zachary Arnold - 311 points; fourth, Kylie Corcoran - 306 points; fifth, Hannah Arnold - 230 points.

 

Community News

Chamber News

By Sally Hameister

Get inserts ready for the newsletter

All those who are familiar with the "Fours of the Fifties" will be ecstatic to learn that tonight is the opening of the anxiously anticipated "Forever Plaid," the current production by the Pagosa Springs Music Boosters. Last week's Preview cover was just a hint as to the fun and games we can look forward to with this show. Once again, I have to confess that this is the music I danced my little heart out to during my high school days and, in my humble opinion, the last great era of romantic, danceable music.

Mark DeVoti, Bill Nobles, Denis O'Hare and Steve Ruduski are the principals in this quartet and carry the considerable weight of this show on their combined eight shoulders. When you consider the collective talent of this wacky group and add a dash of Joan Hageman's directorial expertise and history, well, let's face it, how could it be bad? Our exceptional Music Boosters historically can be counted on to give us truly quality productions to include "Nunsense," "Brigadoon," "S'Wonderful" and "Music Man" to mention a few.

Don't miss this current fifties' fare appearing at the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium beginning tonight and again tomorrow night and Saturday. The show also runs on Aug. 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children five and under and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Moonlight Books, the Sisson Library and The Wild Hare.

Be there or be square.

Newsletter inserts

Yikes, the summer has whipped by with the speed and alacrity of a gazelle, and we are looking at fall, school, Colorfest, hunting and the changing of the leaves. We are also looking at our quarterly newsletter, the Chamber Communiqué, and the ever-lovin' inserts. If you are not familiar with this economic marketing opportunity, allow me to elucidate. You are invited to bring us 700 inserts with your message - an opening, a special, a move, whatever - and a check for $30. We'll take care of the rest. We encourage you to use bright paper and certainly both sides if you choose. Please don't fold the inserts and bring them to us by Aug. 28 for inclusion. Once again, those who are familiar with the astronomical costs of advertising can appreciate the economy of this opportunity. For $30 you can reach all 730 Chamber members with your information. Whatta deal. Please call Morna at 264-2360 with any questions.

Sundowner

We invite you to join us next Wednesday evening 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bank of the San Juans on Hot Springs Boulevard for our monthly SunDowner. Vince of Enzo's Catering will provide the food for the occasion, so you know you will eat very well.

As always, the price for the fun, food and frivolity will be $5 - simply the biggest bargain available in Pagosa Springs. The Chamber provides the libations and you provide the fun. Join us on Aug. 23 at the Bank of the San Juans for our monthly Chamber party. Call Morna at 264-2360 with any questions.

Sidewalk sale

Can't quite believe it, but this year will mark our fourth Annual Sidewalk Saturday Sale held during the Four Corners Folk Festival. The Folk Festival will run Sept. 1 through Sept. 3, on Reservoir Hill - and the Sidewalk Sale will be held Sept. 2, from the far east end of town to the far west of town.

Every merchant has been invited to participate in this event, and it always presents a win-win for everyone. It offers the merchants a great opportunity to clear out their summer inventory to make room for the fall and winter things, and it offers you the opportunity to score some great savings. We just love it when you "Shop Pagosa First," and this presents the perfect chance to save some dough and support our local merchants at the same time. Look for our ad in the SUN closer to sale time, but start saving your pennies for this fall event now.

Kiosk Update

For those of you who have been so patiently waiting for word about the kiosk that will eventually appear at the Visitor Center, the end is in sight. This has been a long, drawn-out process that has made me exceedingly cranky at times and downright livid at others, but I think we're on the home stretch.

Basically, what happened is that Signature Multimedia, the kiosk company, had always contracted out the creation of outside kiosks. Just after we had signed on with them, the company ceased making the outside machines, so SM decided to make their own. I won't go into the myriad problems they ran into during this process but, to make a long story short, it didn't work. They recently contracted with a company that makes the outside design, and we're two months away from a delivery.

I have insisted that the Signature Multimedia folks contact every one of the Pagosa investors to apprise them of the latest news and to make reparation for the delay. In a nutshell, they have agreed to give all the 40-plus investors 18 months advertising for the price of twelve months. I am hopeful that by this time, you have all been contacted both by phone and by fax with this information. If you have not or if you have questions, please contact Steve Souder at Signature Multimedia at 888-560-2786, extension 101.

I continue to believe that this is a fabulous, state-of-the-art opportunity for all of us, but I certainly did not anticipate the plethora of problems and delays. Hang in there - I believe I just caught a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Membership

Three new members to introduce to you this week and 28 renewals. You are being such good little soldiers with the speed of your returns. We're grateful and overwhelmed. Thank you.

Gladiators Incorporated joins us first with Thomas J. Dorsch at the helm. This business is located on U.S. 84 east of the Eight Mile Mesa. With the recent popularity of the film, "Gladiator," one can't help but conjure a mental image of Russell Crowe, and that couldn't be all bad, eh? It especially comes to mind with Thomas' opening description invitation to "Face a gladiator in the arena!" He also invites you to climb mountains and throw a spear from a galloping horse! This one-of-a-kind gladiator course allows clients to live out their fantasies as they undergo the toughest training available. To live this adventure, please call 264-599 for more information. Thanks to Doug and Katrina Schultz for the referral.

We next welcome Glenda Dean who brings us ServiceLinx.net located at 484 Turner Drive, Building E-101, in Durango. ServiceLinx.net is an Internet directory of service businesses and service professionals in the Southwest. These folks provide Internet advertising for your business that is simple, effective and affordable. To learn more about ServiceLinx.net, please call 259-0028 in Durango.

Our third new member this week is Brian Burgan who brings us Land Properties in South Fork. Brian is a real estate developer in South Fork currently developing a golf course community called the "Rio Grande Club." This community offers homesites ranging from a quarter acre to fifteen acres in size. For more information about the Rio Grande Club and Land Properties, please call 719-873-5180.

Get comfortable and enjoy the following renewal list: Tim Smith with the Archuleta Airport Authority located at 777 Piedra Road; Father John Bowe with Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish located at 451 Lewis Street; Melinda Short with Doors and More at their relatively new location at 510 Cloman Boulevard (in Cloman Park); Tim Dippel with Tim Dippel and Co.; Robert K. Soniat, aka, "Casper" with American Family Insurance located at 2261 West U.S. 160, Ste. 101; Jerry Driesens with Jerry Driesens Real Estate located at 140 Solomon Drive, Ste. A; Zach Nelson with The Pagosa Players and The Kings Men; Nettie Wood with the Liberty Theatre located at 418 Pagosa Street; Lee Roy (Spud) Heaton with Rocky Mountain Sanitation; Bessie Montoya with the Elkhorn Cafe located at 438 C Pagosa Street; Robert and Susan Kanyur with Barnwood Crafts; Don Reed with Sportsman's Supply, Campground and Cabins located at 2095 Taylor Lane; Russ Lee with LaPlata Electric Company; Carolyn Ullrich, president of the League of Women Voters of Archuleta County; David Belt with Echo Mountain Alpacas, Inc. located at 678 Dichoso Street; Kathie Lattin with Vectra Bank Colorado NA located at 643 San Juan Street; Rick Taylor with AAA Propane, Inc. located at U.S. 84 #355; David L. Maley with Davis Engineering Service, Inc. located at 188 South 7th Street; Carrie S. Campbell, manager of Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District located at 100 Lyn Avenue; Will Spears with KWUF AM and FM located at 702 South 10th Street; Guy Gervais or Linda DeLyria with The Tile Store located at 204 Bastille Drive and Philip R. McClendon with McClendon and Lynch, LLC, CPAs located at 482 Lewis Street .

Associate Membership renewals include Mary Cloman, Bob and Mary Ann Huff, Mamie R. Lynch; Don and Patsy Braun, and Thomas E. and Beverly H. Evans. Thank you all for your continued support - we're grateful to our toes!

 

 

Pagosa Lakes

By Ming Steen

Visiting athletes show the way in 'High-Tri' triathlon

Last Saturday's ninth annual Pagosa Lakes "High-Tri" Triathlon - a 7.2 mile run, 14.4 mile mountain bike and a half-mile swim went smoothly. Trail conditions were dry and fast. The heat for the morning was not too intense. In short, mother nature cooperated . . . with some human assistance from Richard Cyr and Carol Walters who raked the trail on Friday evening to remove horse manure. I appreciated their efforts hugely for it was just a mere three days before that I had taken a spill off my bike and landed in some fresh odoriferous dung.

This triathlon again attracted more out-of-town athletes than local jocks. The situation saddens "High-Tri" organizers as their mission is to keep this a local race with wide appeal to Pagosans (both serious and not so serious athletes). Sometimes it does take someone from outside to remind us of the specialness of this place we call home. Visiting participants commented on the friendly, family-oriented nature of the event and the beauty of the triathalon course. The course includes some single-track trail with a couple of technical spots, some woods, some meadows, some gravel roads, some asphalt and this year's unique feature - some county-owned heavy road equipment.

The local athletes who participated in Saturday's triathlon did enjoy the opportunity to pit their athleticism against other participants, particularly the unknown competition from outside of Pagosa. There is, in general, a good sense of everyone being there to share the day with each other. Runners or bikers will sometimes go side by side so they can chit-chat along the route. Enjoyment is partly enhanced by a low stress, not highly competitive, attitude of organizers and participants. Additionally, because runners and bikers share a common course, they see each other more often. Since the swimming is at the end, all the completed competitors can witness, encourage and share the excitement of the final leg of the other competitors' race.

In the men's overall division, Jason McDonald from Denver finished in first place with a time of 1 hour 52 minutes, 12 seconds. Local traithlete Robbie Johnson finished in second place with a time of 1:56.42. Following in third place was Shawn Steen with 1:59.26.

In the women's overall division, Diana Hardy from Santa Fe, N.M., crossed the finish line with a 2:16.45. Hardy was followed by Kathleen Recker of Grand Junction, who finished in 2:19.39. Jennifer Burck of Pagosa came in third with a 2:22.15.

In team competition, Darin Davis, Garrett Hamer and David Kelly topped the field with a 2:18.45. Jeff Ross and Lvonne Johnson, a 2-person team came in second with a 2:22.33. Betsy Ferris, Denise McCabe and Melissa Buckley finished third with a time of 2:28.22. All three teams are from Pagosa.

In 1999, Scott Anderson, a six-time winner of the "High-Tri," set a personal record with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 25 seconds. That record still stands.

It was a good triathlon - a fantastic success for the smiling, exhausted athletes at the end who were wondering how much more they had left to give. Everyone was applauded, not just those finishing first.

Many volunteers offered logistical support the entire morning. These volunteers gave form, order and direction to the event. A huge thank you to Tom Steen, Scott Anderson, Debra Kelly, Karl Isberg, Natalie Koch, Charla Ellis, Cindy Nobles, Bob Morriss, Courtney Steen, Ruth Engwall, Esmeralda Berrich, Richard Anderson, the Phil Rizzo family, Wally Rice, Ed Funk, Judy Meyer, Erna Bone, Mike and Deanne Silverstein, Richard Cyr, Carol Walters and Shawn Steen. To the members of the school cross-country team who showed up to run part of the race with the competitors and then stayed on to help, we thank you as well.

The triathlon organizers had also tirelessly stumped for support among sponsors. Their efforts were rewarded with numerous and generous donations from many local businesses.

Here's another update on the Aug. 13 moto-cross race in Aztec, N.M., four Pagosa riders competed in this past weekend's muddy course which added new challenges to the race. Justin Dikes again dominated in the Open C-Novice division, Schoolboy Division and the 125-C Novice Division. Rory Bissell, my young friend, came in second in the 125-cc Beginner Division. Jordon Rea was unable to finish in the 125-cc- Beginner Division as a result of an injury. Congratulations boys.

 

Senior News

By Janet Copeland

Some seniors' questions answered by legislators

This was a very interesting week - 12 seniors from Archuleta County traveled to Grand Junction to attend the Colorado Senior Lobby Annual Meeting and Western Slope Legislative Assembly on Aug. 9 and 10. Those attending were Dorothy Million, Eva Darmopray, Pat and Hannah Foster (thanks Pat for driving), Phil and Nita Heitz, Gene and Janet Copeland, Muriel and Paul Cronkhite, and Ken and Jean Fox. We especially thank Muriel (our local AAA representative) for inviting us and Bud Albright, Area Agency on Aging director from Durango, for subsidizing our registration/room expenses.

This conference was very enlightening in terms of how our state governing process works, and various bills/initiatives in the works of which we should all be more aware of. We appreciated Senator Bishop and Representatives Mark Larson, Kay Alexander, Russell George, Jack Taylor and Matt Smith speaking to us and answering our questions. Major issues we discussed included in-home health care, prescription drug costs, "meals on wheels" for shut-ins, durable medical equipment/supplies for the handicapped, respite care, support for reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, affordable health insurance, state matching funds to the Older Americans Act grant (Colorado currently matches by the minimum required - 5 percent), elder abuse, etc.

One particularly disturbing initiative coming up is Tax Cut 2000 (Initiative No. 205), which proposes a $25 tax cut on utilities, vehicle, income, property, sales and estate taxes. The cut would increase by $25 every year (to $50, $75, etc.). This initiative will amend the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution. Folks, if this initiative is approved by voters, it has the dangerous potential of bankrupting our local taxing entities, including the library, school districts, fire districts, water conservations districts, etc.

Lenore Bright at the library will have information on these different amendments/bills/initiatives so please stop by there and educate yourselves on what they are and how they will affect our community, then express your desires at the poll in the November election - vote.

We want to send a major thank you to the Community United Methodist Church Thrift Shop for the donation of some Internet-accessible computers for use by our seniors. Payge and Joe have one set up so far and are thrilled with the amount of game software on it. They will be happy to teach folks how to use it, so we hope our seniors will take advantage of it.

Our very special guests this week included Laura and Rebecca Ziegler (granddaughters of George and Nancy Ziegler - our Senior of the Week), Lyle Hendrickson from Minnesota, Joe and Rose Leyba, and the return of Jan Hartzell. On Monday we welcomed Mary Ferreira (Payge's mother-in-law), Mel and Carol Pliner, Richard Irland, Millie Goodman and Doug Smith. We hope you folks can visit us more often.

Payge reminds us that she needs confirmations from the folks who signed up for various trips. The deadline for confirming and paying for the Astraddle-a-Saddle outing is Aug. 22 (cost is $26.25).

Reminder - this Friday is our Picnic in the Park lunch for seniors. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the delicious food and camaraderie.

 

Cruising with Cruse

By Katherine Cruse

Alberta Peak hike give CDT delight

Sometimes people ask me to recommend a trail to hike.

Like the woman I met recently, who hails from Los Angeles and comes here each summer.

"What's an easy trail?" she wanted to know. Since "easy" is a relative term, I asked her to clarify.

"I can do Opal Lake," she said, "and maybe a little more. My knees won't let me go too far, but I'd like to try some others."

So let's see. Without going into conflict with the Chamber of Commerce, and their nice brochure on local hikes, here's one I like: the hike to Alberta Peak. The round trip distance is less than five miles.

I like this hike because you can be high up on the Continental Divide Trail without all that pesky preliminary of trudging uphill all day before you get there.

Pagosans have two places to start directly on the CDT. From Wolf Creek Pass you can drive north on a Forest Service road for about three miles to the microwave relay station. There's a short trail to a fabulous lookout there, and the last time I looked there was even a picnic table or two. Or you can set out into the Weminuche Wilderness on a trail right behind the microwave facility, and pretty soon you hook up with the CDT. If you stay on this trail it'll take you all the way to the mountains ringing Silverton, where, if you time it right, you might get to watch 4-wheel cowboys bog down in the tundra.

Sorry, I digress.

From the pass, you can also pick up the CDT heading south. It's not hard to find. Begin at that big signboard and follow the well-defined trail across the meadow and over the bridge.

This summer the bridge seems a little superfluous, since the water course underneath it is dry. But for most summers, the meadow at the pass, like all the high passes across the San Juans, is boggy. So here's a plea for the environment; stay on the trail.

In the wooded slope beyond the bridge there are about a thousand trails, but the best one, the official one, is a sharp turn to the left. I don't know where the others go. They probably just peter out.

This trail will take you up the mountainside. The Wolf Creek Ski Area is on your left, and occasionally you can step off the hiking trail and over to the ski trails. They don't look like much in the summer, but I guess you could follow them, if you were so inclined.

This section of the trail is well designed, with no steep scrabbling spots. True, there are numerous switchbacks. After all, you are climbing the side of a mountain. According to Hotshot's GPS, you ascend over 500 feet in about a mile, before you break out into the open above a rocky hillside.

Before you groan, "Oh, no, switchbacks!" let me suggest that they really do make the going up and the coming down easier. Lots of people have cut the corners and made those ugly gashes that will increase erosion come next spring melt. Part of our trail maintenance duties include blocking those cuts with rocks or logs to discourage the shortcuts.

Who makes those shortcuts, anyway? It's not us old fogies with bad knees. Must be some young whippersnappers, who haven't yet figured out that just because you can do something, doesn't necessarily mean you should do it.

The trail breaks out of the trees just about at the top of the Bonanza ski lift. It's hard to believe that this is the same place where I've stood surrounded by a snowy landscape in winter.

Here's where the photographer sets up her camera. Here's where skiers pause to decide which route to take down the hill.

And here are the chairs. Yep, chairs. About 20 of them. Bright blue and orange molded plastic. Apparently brought up from the ski lodge buildings and set beside the trail. They make a jarring contrast to nature's landscape of tree and rock and wildflower.

The chairs have been in place for at least a week, according to a group of hikers we met on our way back down the hill.

We heard these people before we saw them, because the woman in the lead wore bells on her boots. Cute little miniature cow bells that went ching-ching with every step.

"Do they work?" I asked. "Oh, yes," she replied. "We haven't come across any bears since I started wearing them."

"Of course," she added, "we don't see any other wildlife either."

They'd made this same hike the weekend before. They asked us how much farther "to the chairs." I don't know how long those garish pieces of plastic and chrome have been sitting there, but already they're becoming a landmark.

"Who put them there?" the hiker with the bells wanted to know. "Did the Forest ServiceŠ?"

"No," we assured her. "The Forest Service wants us to enjoy the public lands, but chairs aren't a normal part of the forest 'service'."

The Continental Divide Trail is part of the U.S. Forest Service System. Forest Service trails used to always be marked with blazes cut into trees along the way. The blaze is two vertical cuts that go deep into the bark. The upper one is square and the lower one is longer.

Together they look sort of like a lower case letter i.

In fact, people who are new to hiking the public lands have been known to ask, "What's that letter i mean? Information?"

The Forest Service is gradually replacing these slashes in the living trees, at least in the Wilderness lands, with a kinder, gentler method, which is no marking. This no marking system will be more in keeping with the philosophy of 'Wilderness.' People who go beyond the Wilderness boundaries will be expected to rely on topographical maps, compasses, GPS, their own heads and powers of observation. Now there's a scary thought!

Anyway, that's my recommendation for a trail that's not too hard. Take the Continental Divide Trail south from the Pass. If you feel adventurous, continue past the orange chairs, and follow the ridge all the way to Alberta Peak.

 

Library News

By Lenore Bright

Several Web sites help answer patrons' questions

We just received the first box of our recent new book order. Take a few minutes to come by and check out our improved selection of bestsellers and other great titles. We should be getting more books during the next few weeks. We always welcome suggestions regarding books to add to our collection.

Web sites

This week we'll tell you about a few of the web sites that we like to use to answer reference questions that we get from our patrons. These sites are general in scope; they'll give you an answer or give you ideas where to look next. Let us know what you think about our recommendations.

www.infoplease.com - This site is owned by Information Please, of the Information Please almanac line. Their online almanacs cover a wide gamut of subject headings; from History and Government to Sports and Entertainment. Other featured links include a homework center and a Kids' Almanac.

www.findarticles.com - This is a free online article-search service. You can search for articles in more than 300 magazines and journals.

www.ipl.org/ - The Internet Public Library is the first public library for the Internet community. The site contains a wealth of information divided into traditional subject headings such as reference, social sciences and health. Click on the reference link and you're taken to a page with links to almanacs, biographies, calenders and census data - to name a few. This is a site we often refer to when a patron asks "What is . . . ?"

www.libraryspot.com - A gateway to the world of facts. The homepage has links to a variety of reference sources including almanacs, current events and encyclopedias. Some fun links are available as well. It's definitely worth making a "favorite".

www.refdesk.com - Here's another great all-purpose reference and how-to site. The site is well-organized and easy to use. It also has a link to "Google", one of our favorite search engines.

www.xrefer.com - This site has free access to over 250,000 entries. It's known as "the web's reference engine." It's better for specific questions than for general browsing.

Independent study

We've received a bulletin from the Colorado Consortium for Independent Study. Consortium members include Adams State College, CSU, UC at Boulder, and the University of Northern Colorado. A wide range of credit and non-credit courses are currently being offered. Come in and take a look at the opportunities that are available through the consortium.

Donations

Thank you for materials from: Barbara Ellen Ford, Malcolm Rodger, Nomad, Evelyn Kantas, Dahrl Henley, Marsha Kramer, Nancy Mackensen, Lois and Perry Ball, Debbie Swenson and family, and Johanne and Phil Coleman.

 

Local Chatter

By Kate Terry

Part-time Pagosan Little League benefactor

Back in March, when the South Austin Little League opened in Austin, Texas - celebrating 50 years of Little League in Austin - Jimmie Farrell was honored as the founder of the organization.

It all began for Jimmie when in 1950 his 6- and 8-year-old sons wanted to play baseball. When Jimmie learned that there weren't any particular specifics to starting a Little League, he built a field. Others joined in, building a club house and donating equipment.

When Jimmie's kids grew out of Little League, he expanded the program, building other fields and organizing Austin's Babe Ruth League. In 1960, he convinced Ed Knebel, owner of Austin's minor baseball leagues, to hold the Babe Ruth World Series in Austin. This was attended by 7,000 people including the then Vice-President, Lyndon Johnson.

Today the Little League program is the South Austin League. What Jimmie started in Austin spread over Texas.

In March, Bob Phillips of The Texas Country Reporter paid tribute to Jimmie as the founder of the Little League in Texas.

What makes this such a wonderful story is that Jimmie Farrell's philanthropy has done so much for the baseball program in Texas, but that's the way he is. He gives of himself.

The Jimmie Farrell Electric is still in operation in Austin - now run by his grandson J.J. Farrell.

Jimmy and his wife Lois have been coming to Pagosa Springs for 24 years and are in residence this summer.

Great entertainment

The Music Boosters' production "Forever Plaid" opens tonight. Additional shows will be tomorrow and Saturday, and next weekend, Aug. 24, 25, 26 beginning at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The Pagosa Arts Center sponsors the snack bar at all Music Boosters productions as well as at all Pagosa Pretenders productions. Volunteers do the work.

Around town

The Humane Society's "Auction for the Animals" is coming up Aug. 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Building. And what a lovely party it will be. Two tents will house "a garden party" complete with walls decorated with aspen boughs. Michael DeWinter is the consulting decorator.

A lead ticket item at the auction is a bronze sculpture, titled "Silent Conversation," depicting a cowboy bedded down for the night. This is a spectacular piece that has to be seen to be believed. It's valued at $10,000.

Another lead ticket item is a week's vacation on Saint Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Saint Croix's Humane Society has made the contacts for this package deal. A lot will be offered.

In July, the Humane Society opened a website. Since its opening, 58 dogs and cats have been adopted. Apparently people like this way of selecting a pet. The website is www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings.org.

The piano students of Harvey Schwartz will be presented in recital 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at Community Bible Church. Of note to all music students is that KSUT in Ignacio carries "From the Top," a program featuring the top youth musicians in the country. ("The SUT in the radio name stands for Southern Ute.)

Raffle tickets for the annual Woman's Civic Club Holiday Bazaar, to be held the first Saturday in November at the Extension Building, will soon go on sale soon. Tickets will be available at Sisson Library.

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church's annual bazaar is scheduled for Sept. 16. Arts and crafts, a boutique, frozen foods and a bake sale will be featured.

Pagosapoly, the board game being sponsored by the Friends of Archuleta County History is for sale now at $24.95. The price will increase to $29.95 after Aug. 31. Twyla Brown is responsible for thinking up this way of raising money for the Pioneer Museum. Pagosapoly is based on a classic board game that features places and money. In this instance, old brands (going back to the 1885 to 1888 brand book), old photographs, names of oldtimers and local businesses are featured. The response to this project has been very good. To purchase this fun game, call 264-5092.

Fun on the run

"I want to tithe," a man told his rector. "When my income was $50 a week, I gave $5 to the church every Sunday. When I was successful in business and my income rose to $500 a week, I gave $50 at my church every Sunday. But now my income is $5,000 a week, and I just can't bring myself to give $500 to the church every week."

The rector said, "Why don't we pray over this?" The rector began to pray, "Dear God, please make this man's income be $500 a week so that he can tithe."

 

Education News

By Tom Steen

First aid, CPR courses set

The Education Center will offer several first aid and CPR training opportunities during the next few weeks.

A Standard First Aid class will begin tonight, 6 to 10 p.m. Another Standard First Aid class will be offered Aug. 31, 6 to 10 p.m. Each of these classes has a $37 tuition fee. These Standard First Aid classes will satisfy the state requirement for guides and outfitters.

A Wilderness and Remote Location First Aid and CPR class will be offered Monday through Thursday, Sept. 18 to 21, 6 to 10 p.m. This intensive class has a $97 tuition fee.

Other First Aid and CPR classes are being scheduled. Please call 264-2835 for more information. All registration takes place at the Education Center at the corner of 4th and Lewis streets.

San Juan Basin Technical School is expanding its tech school business training programs into the Durango area.

Starting fall semester 2000, the school will begin the new program certificate entitled Business Fundamentals. This is a full-time program designed to provide the trainee with the basic office skills necessary to enter the business world as a general office clerical employee.

Basic knowledge of keyboarding, math, English, data entry, and other general office skills is stressed. Business Fundamentals also provides the foundation for the other program certifications offered in the Business Technology Department such as Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Computer Information Processing, Computer Information Systems, and Multi-Media.

The new Business Fundamentals program will begin Aug. 30 at San Juan Basin Technical School, 701 Camino Del Rio, Durango, room 313. Additional programs mentioned are scheduled for the 2001-2002 academic year. Questions regarding these programs should be directed to the Continuing Education Department, at San Juan Basin Technical School's Cortez campus, 565-8457 extension 137.

As with all programs offered by the tech school, financial aid is available to eligible students. Students may apply for various federal and state student grants and loans as well as scholarships. Funding is also available through agencies such as Vocational Rehabilitation and The Training Advantage. High School juniors and seniors are also eligible to enroll through the Colorado Post Secondary Options Act. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office, 565-8457 extension 135.

Registration in Durango begins today, with an assessment scheduled Aug. 29. Registration and assessment is also scheduled in Cortez Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to noon. Due to classroom size, a limited number of applicants will be accepted.

 

Editorials

Arranging priorities

Many recent events in Pagosa keep bringing to mind some thoughts I saw posted in a shop window in Nova Scotia.

The author of what is probably a fictitious story was not identified, but the apparently anonymous source used the story to share some worthwhile thoughts.

The story told of the first day of a freshman science class at a major university.

Once all of the first-year students had found a seat in the lecture hall, the professor reached under his desk and picked up a gallon glass jar and set it atop the desk and removed the jar's lid.

He then removed some baseball sized rocks from a desk drawer and carefully placed them in the jar. After arranging the top rocks just so, he was able to put the lid back on the jar. He then asked the freshmen, "Is the jar full?" After a moment, the class answered in the affirmative.

The professor again reached under his desk and this time pulled out a beaker full of gravel. Removing the jar's lid, he patiently poured the gravel over the top rocks and carefully shook the jar so that the pieces of gravel could filter their way through the other rocks until they filled the open spaces around the rocks.

This procedure was followed by the same question, "Is the jar full?" The response was again in the affirmative, but with a bit of hesitancy.

Again, the professor reached under his desk and withdrew a beaker filled with sand. The young students were not surprised when the teacher started pouring and shaking the sand over the jar's mixed contents of small gravel and large rocks.

This time, silence met the question, "Is the jar full?"

Once more the professor reached under his desk. This time he withdrew a beaker filled with water. As he began pouring the water over the sand so that it could filter to the bottom of the jar, an aspiring freshman raised his hand to announce he knew what the professor was trying to demonstrate to the students.

By this time the muddy water, compressed sand and packed gravel made it impossible to see the rocks.

"You're showing us that college will confront us with an endless number of demands on our time. But by becoming well organized, we will be able to squeeze more into our day than we ever did during our high school years," the student said.

Though he agreed with the student's contention that the demands of college were significant, the professor said that time management and organizational skills weren't the point of the illustration.

"It isn't about time, it's about priorities," the professor said. He told the students that now that they were away from home, they would be responsible for determining their personal priorities.

The glass jar represented their lives. The rocks represented life's top priorities. The gravel, sand and water represented the enjoyable, pleasant, but less necessary aspects of life.

He said that whether their top priorities were faith, family, friends, health, peace of mind, integrity, serving others, personal responsibilities . . . or whatever, the jar would hold just so many rocks. And if they weren't given first place or top priority; by first pouring in water, sand or gravel first, less and less space would be left for the truly large things in life.

As I said earlier, these are not my thoughts. I read them while vacationing hundreds of miles from home, but they are applicable no matter were we might be. David C. Mitchell

 

Dear Folks

By David C. Mitchell

It's all in the eye of the beholder

Dear Folks,

Ending your vacation two days before a raucous county-wide election is not a good idea.

The nuances of the county primary and last week's edition left little time to reflect on the previous week's enjoyable experiences and scenery on Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.

It was a great trip. We were some of the lucky ones who experienced good fortune while flying the "friendly skies of United" Airline.

The return trip involved relying on United's problem-plagued flights from Toronto to Denver, and then from Denver to Albuquerque. In our case, the problems played to our advantage.

Our United flight from Toronto took to the air about 90 minutes behind schedule. There was no way we would catch our 2:34 p.m. flight out of Denver . . . unless you're flying United.

Our flight from Toronto finally landed at Denver International Airport at about 3:40 p.m.

Cynthia grabbed our tickets and headed for the super-long line at United's customer service desk. I headed for a nearby men's room.

Talk about relief. United's "Departures" monitor outside the men's room (I've never rested nor taken a bath in such facilities) showed that United's 2:34 p.m. flight to Albuquerque was "Delayed" and was scheduled to depart from Gate B48 at 4:10 p.m.

DIA probably doesn't keep official records for the fastest time in the "Gate B12 to Gate B48 Dash in the Men's 66-and-over Division." Thanks to good coaching, excellent form and a couple of moving sidewalks, Cynthia, Drew and I made it to seats 16 D, E and F shortly before the flight crew closed the 727's front entry.

With such good fortune, it was no surprise that all three of our suitcases miraculously appeared on the baggage carousel at the Albuquerque Airport.

We didn't arrive home until almost 11 p.m. Sunday, but sleeping in your own bed beats laying on the benches at DIA all night.

In a sense, the highlight of the trip was the good fortune we enjoyed on the flight home.

Being a novice vacationer, I was impressed by seeing heavily wooded shorelines, rolling waves, bull moose in the wild, and standing on a bluff and watching pods of whales arch through the misty waters off Cape Breton.

Nova Scotia's southern shorelines and bays were impressive. Prince Edward Island provided some welcome sunshine. Cape Breton Island's seemingly endless inland lake and their towering shorelines brought to mind the Scandinavian fiords that I've read about.

But it was the return drive to Halifax Airport that provided the trip's real eye opener. Since the "sun never shines in Nova Scotia," the resulting moisture produces some impressive farmlands. The rolling hills and tree-rimmed valleys are spectacular.

So you can imagine my dismay when we crested a hill and I saw a countless number of tall, round metal structures sticking up in each of the pastures. I found it incomprehensible that so many concrete batch plants would be scattered along the highway's neighboring pristine pastures.

Behold, you can imagine my relief when my sister explained the unsightly, tourist-offensive structures weren't concrete batch plants . . . they were silos.

Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers. David

 

25 years ago

4-H auction brings in $5,310

Taken from SUN files

of Aug. 21, 1975

The annual 4-H Market Animal Sale held at the county fair Sunday went well with a total sales figure of $5,309.11 for the five beef and five lambs that were auctioned. Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs brought the grand champion steer exhibited by Raymond Shahan for $1 per pound.

The assessed valuation of Archuleta County is up over $1 million this year over last, according to County Assessor Geniveve Olsen. The assessed valuation of the county this year is $16,949,570. Last year it was $15,888,200.

A joint meeting of the town board and county commissioners was held last Wednesday to discuss a possible local alcohol treatment program. Consensus among those present seemed to be that some sort of program in connection with alcohol and drug abuse treatment was needed in the Pagosa Springs area.

Sara Shahan was named the Grand Champion Showperson in the Round Robin Showmanship Contest at the 1995 Archuleta County Fair. Raymond Shahan was named as the Reserve Champion Showperson. Sara received a trophy courtesy of The Pagosa Springs SUN.

 

Legacies

By Shari Pierce

Chimney Rock is a local treasure

The good folks out at Chimney Rock bring us programs throughout the warmer months to help us better understand the history behind this local treasure. On one of my past trips out there, I had the good fortune to have Peggy Jacobson lead my Girl Scout troop on a wonderful tour of the site, explaining today's best interpretation of life at Chimney Rock. Now that I've visited Chaco Canyon, I'm even more anxious to go out and hear the full moon tour or archaeoastronomy presentation at Chimney Rock.

When I was at Chaco, one of the women in the group said she had been at Chaco on a day clear enough to see Chimney Rock from there. Unfortunately for me, none of the days we were at Chaco were clear enough for us to see this site. But, last weekend as we stood on the Continental Divide Trail, we could look out and see Chimney Rock in the distance. It is easy to see how the twin pinnacles could have been used as a landmark throughout time.

Initial official exploration of this unique site was begun in 1921. This investigation was conducted jointly by the University of Denver and the State Historical and Natural History Society of Colorado (later the state historical society). Since then, several other excavations have been carried out, some covering several years.

Research documents of the Chimney Rock site prepared in the 1970s reasoned that, "Perhaps the two chimney pinnacles were also worshipped as a shrine in prehistoric times. Continuing this line of reasoning, the large Chimney Rock pueblo may have been built on the highly inaccessible upper mesa not for practical consideration, but for its superb elevated and commanding view of a sacred shrine."

I believe this site had religious significance to these people for them to choose to live here. Looking around at the rugged terrain, it could not have been an easy place to live. An essential element, water would not have been readily available most of the year. Winter months would bring snows, but during the heat of the summer months water would have had to be carried up to the mesa top to support the community.

Today, thanks to the people who take an interest in preserving Chimney Rock, we are fortunate to be able to see the results of the excavations and have this site to offer us to have a peek into the day-to-day lives of some of the area's earliest inhabitants.

 

Features

Pacing Pagosa

By Richard Walter

U-turns dangerous way to announce arrival

How long can we escape having a traffic fatality at the Pagosa-San Juan Street curve downtown?

It is a subject that didn't come up at the Colorado Department of Transportation hearing in Pagosa last week, but it is one which a number of people are wondering about.

It isn't a matter of just slowing for the curve as one street changes to the other in front of the courthouse. It is an education program that needs to involve visitors to the community as well as the oldtimers.

From the newsroom last Thursday morning, we watched in horror as a Jeep with Texas license plates made a U-turn directly in front of a sign banning such action and right into the path of two other vehicles which had to swerve to avoid it.

The Jeep driver pulled into a parking area adjacent to our offices, after having first gone up onto the sidewalk where two young mothers were walking with their offspring. As they cringed back against the building, the Jeep's occupants exited the vehicle, seemed to meet at the curb for an exchange of ideas and then walked away to go shopping. They seemed unaware of any errant activity and oblivious to the people around them.

Merchants welcome shoppers. Their dollars, no matter where they originated, help keep the local economy purring smoothly along.

But, ignoring local traffic laws and the safety of those sharing the streets and sidewalks with you is no way to announce yourself to the community.

These aren't the only ones violating the law. Almost any day of the week, if you watch traffic downtown, you'll see someone making a U-turn with no concept of the danger they are in or the hazard they become to other drivers. And they are not all out-of-town drivers.

Better roadways, more strict speed limits and the addition of more traffic lights won't correct the vision some drivers seem to have that the roadway is theirs to use as they see fit.

When I got my first driver's license 50 years ago, U-turns weren't permissible in Pagosa Springs - even though traffic was minuscule compared to that today - and they still aren't. Neither was driving on the sidewalk or ignoring stop signs, actions you can still see happening here every day.

One common thread of thought at the state highway hearing was the heavy traffic downtown, the need for more traffic control, and fear that some tragedy caused by the continually increasing traffic load will someday totally halt movement into and out of the community.

It is not a pleasant scenario to consider.

Neither is the idea espoused by some at the hearing that a bypass of the downtown area is the only solution.

Exorbitant cost aside, a bypass would serve no purpose other than to take now vacant land away and create a new business corridor. Downtown merchants would understandably feel some insecurity if the regular visitor traffic no longer came through.

There are those who believe the existence of the hot spring and adjacent bath facilities would continue to draw visitors. They are probably right to the extent that those who have been here before know where to look when they come back.

On the other hand, first time visitors might never get to know the wonders that await them if they are routed around the community. Any bypass would also require construction of another bridge across the San Juan River and vast right-of-way acquisition efforts, no matter which farmland the route passed through.

Bypasses may be a needed element to keep traffic from congesting major urban areas, but planning such a thoroughfare here would do little other than endanger historic businesses.

More logically, some widening (like that planned up Put Hill to Pagosa Boulevard), at least one more traffic signal (at Piedra Road), a reconstructed bridge at the east end of town, and observance of basic traffic regulations will go a long way toward alleviating the current problems.

If you think a bypass is the answer, just ask businessmen and community officials in the towns along Interstate Highways that have bypassed historic routes through their business districts. Many towns have been economically executed by such construction.

Ever wonder how rumors get started? Once again, a simple question asked at the highway hearing was misconstrued by some in attendance.

A citizen asked what would happen to the traffic flow "if a Wal-Mart type operation opened?"

The next question, from another member of the audience, was "Where's Wal-Mart going to build?"

An innocent question spurred thinking which did not logically follow. But it shows how rumors can be fueled. The simplest statement can be taken to mean something altogether different.

Wal-Mart, by the way, has no plans to build anywhere in Archuleta County. I've been told Wal-Mart demographic studies require a shopping base of a minimum 25,000 residents for such a store to succeed. Archuleta County, even as much as it is growing, comes no where near having that type of clientele available - not even half that amount.

If the rumor got around that I'd inherited $10 million, you can bet a lot of people - from Uncle Sam on down - would want and feel entitled to a part of it. Unfortunately, I don't even know anyone who has that kind of wealth.

And please, don't start the rumor!

 

Old Timer

By John Motter

A modern trip back to colonial life

By John M. Motter

A visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a wonderful time trip back into colonial New Mexico. Here are the haciendas, carretas, Churro sheep, acequias and old herbs used by settlers on the Nuevo Mexico frontier during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Located about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe in a well-watered valley, in earlier days when folks traveled afoot or by horseback, the ranch was one day's journey from Santa Fe, a watering hole on El Camino Real (the oldest road in the United States), the lifeline connecting Santa Fe with Durango, Mexico.

Resting here from the rigors of the road were the famous and the not so famous. The name El Rancho de los Golondrinas first appears in the journal of Juan de Anza (his name was Juan Bautista - Anza was a place - Bautista was born in Fronteras, Mexico) who, with a 151-man expedition, spent the night of Nov. 9, 1780, at the ranch.

Bautista was one of colonial New Mexico's finest governors, serving from 1777 to 1787. He should be listed in any study of great explorers and founding fathers on the North American continent. Bautista founded San Francisco, Calif., in 1775. By 1776, he was in New Mexico. During that year, Comanches struck the flocks of Cienega and Cienguilla (both near the ranch) and killed nine shepherds. De Anza chased Comanche chief Cuerno Verde (Greenhorn), up the Rio Grande River, through the San Luis Valley and over Poncho Pass, and down the Arkansas River. He finally caught up and thrashed the militant chief and his band on the east side of the Wet Mountains southwest of Pueblo. The battle achieved a peace that helped further the settlement of New Mexico. Incidentally, the early trappers often referred to the Wet Mountains as the Greenhorn Mountains.

Visiting El Rancho de las Golondrinas was a wonderful experience for me, the highlight of a year devoted to exploring historic sites in the Southwest. During this year I've visited Taos, Santa Fe, Cimarron, Wagon Mound, Fort Union, Fort Sumner, Las Vegas, Mora, and Madrid in New Mexico; the High Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas; Medicine Lodge and Dodge City in Kansas, and some other historic sites as well. None provided the satisfaction I felt at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

Part of the satisfaction stems from the lack of commercialization at the old ranch. A small visitor center and gift shop are located at the entrance. Southwest food is served in an open-air setting for those who get hungry. Most of the property, however, is covered with old buildings, fields, a morada, grinding mills, and dusty paths. Instead of reading about history, I was looking at history, brought to life so that my modern eyes could understand what I was seeing.

A well-thought-out brochure and map of the walking paths make it easy to find one's way across the living museum. Along the way, knowledgeable docents in period costumes answer all questions. The docents are all volunteers. One of the docents, Mary Rivera, was busily embroidering ("colcha" in Spanish), a piece she was making for one of her grandchildren.

"It's a lost art," she said as she held up some of the finer details of her work. "I want to pass this on to my grandchildren so they will know about us."

Mary chatted easily, even as she worked with her hoops and needles in the small adobe room, seemingly unmindful of the lack of air conditioning. A cross breeze from two open windows made the room temperature tolerable.

A visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a walking tour starting with a gift shop and small museum and offices. One soon reaches a walled village with wooden-wheeled carretas parked outside of the walls. These carts were used from the 17th through the 19th century.

This is the oldest village on the place and was built with walls for defense against Indians. Rooms around the central placita are furnished according to their function and the period. Quite a lot of space was devoted to weaving and to drying herbs.

In the placita is a well, a number of hornos (ovens), a few chickens, and above one wall, el torreón defensivo - a defensive tower.

Additional shops, storage buildings, a la tiendita or small store, a hand-made hoist for hanging large animals for butchering, and pens containing Churro sheep are next to the Golondritas Placita. Churro sheep were the kind originally brought to New Mexico. Because of the low lanolin content, their wool is easier to make into clothing and blankets.

Las Golondrinas has preserved as many of the old ways and products as possible. In addition to the Churro sheep, the corn is the same corn being grown by Indi2ans when the Spanish arrived, and other crops, vegetables, herbs, and flowers are of the old type.

After leaving Golondrinas Placita, one arrives at the Baca Placita where the same facilities exist, but representative of 100 years later. Upon leaving the Baca house, the path leads past a tin shop, threshing grounds where grain is threshed by animal hooves, a molasses mill, over the acequia madre, past the wheelwright shop and fields full of crops, around and through the blacksmith shop, and finally to a log school house built at Ratón in 1878 and moved to Las Golondrinas in 1980.

On a hill above the school house looms a morada modeled after the morada that formerly stood south of Abiquiu. A morada was a catholic church built specifically for Los Hermanos de Nuestra Padre Jesus Nazareno, better known as the penitentes. Photography is not permitted inside of the morada. From the morada, the trail winds down a hill to a water-powered mill used to grind grain. This mill was imported from Sapello, an old village on the mountain road to Taos.

The next house, La Casa de la Madrid, is not as old as it looks. It was built in 1978 for a scene in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid," and is modeled after a mine manager's house in the village of Madrid.

After leaving the Casa de Madrid, the trail passes the big mill and climbs a hillside to a recreated mountain village, called, appropriately, the Sierra Village. The buildings, log and adobe, span the years between the 1700s and the late 1800s. From Sierra Village, the path returns to the entrance.

Along the entire route are continuous displays of furniture, utensils, tools, plants, and other artifacts common to life on the colonial frontier of New Mexico. During certain seasons, public reenactments are conducted at Los Golondrinas commemorating important events in New Mexico history. Among these are the fall harvest festival when grain is threshed the old fashioned way, grapes are crushed for wine, sorghum beaten into molasses, and songs and dances performed with all of the joy and enthusiasm expected from a simple people who know their storage cellars are full for the winter and that God has been good.

Anyone interested in the colonial history of New Mexico should visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Experiencing history is more rewarding than reading about it.

 

Births

Hailey Faith Rose

Hailey Faith Rose was born at 5:51 p.m. At Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Friday Aug. 11. She weighed 6 pounds, 9.1 ounces and 18 1/2-inches long.

Her parents are Buddy and Tammy Rose. Grandparents are Mark and Linda Thomas of Pagosa and Buddy and Patty Rose of Monte Vista.

 

Business News

Land Sales

Seller: Kerry and Dee Ann Hansen

Buyer: Neiland and Sherry Fain

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 215X

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Neiland and Sherry Fain

Buyer: Kerry and Dee Ann Hansen

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 217X

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Joseph Slater

Buyer: Mark P. Kinard

Property: Echo Canyon Ranch, Parcel 4

Price: $495,000

 

Seller: Evelyn J. Valdez

Buyer: Joseph and Dinna Valdez

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot B, Block 19

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Maria L. and Ron Kolpin

Buyer: Joseph E. Slater Jr.

Property: Mill Creek Meadows Ranch, Parcel 6A

Price: $449,800

 

Seller: Hidden Valley Limited Partnership

Buyer: Ron and Maria L. Kolpin

Property: Hidden Valley Ranch, Parcel 18

Price: $725,000

 

Seller: Giancaspro Construction Inc.

Buyer: Ken and Dorie Lott

Property: Not listed

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Bonnie M. Harrington

Buyer: Bonnie M., Edward P. and Richard P. Harrington

Property: Crowley Ranch Reserve Phase 3, Parcel C-12

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: James A. and Debra A. Bendis

Buyer: Jack P. and Charlotte J. Crist

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 10, Block 21

Price: $7,500

 

Seller: Barry Harrell Enterprises LTD

Buyer: Barry L. and Nancy H. Harrell

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Unit 4, Lot 158

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Barry L. and Nancy H. Harrell

Buyer: Barry Harrell Enterprises LTD

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Unit 4, Lot 158

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Nancy Jo Seay

Buyer: Nancy Jo Seay

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Unit 3, Lot 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: James and Kirsten Oschwald

Buyer: Judy Gentry

Property: Echo Lake Estates, Lot 21

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Jodi B. Shoemaker

Buyer: Carl Brad Shoemaker

Property: San Juan River Resort, Subdivision 2, Lot 91

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Carl Brad Shoemaker

Buyer: James O. and Minnie Ruth Alderman and Rebecca Ruth (Alderman) Walker

Property: San Juan River Resort, Subdivision 2, Lot 91

Price: $28,000

 

Seller: Henry B. and Geraldine M. Rice

Buyer: Candace Jeanne Resnick

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lots 504 and 505

Price: $210,000

 

Seller: John Perkins

Buyer: Michael J. and Melissa A. Bir

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 7

Price: $146,000

 

Seller: Jerrold Bernard and Luanne Remy Siegel

Buyer: James T. Shepherd

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 2, Lot 21, Block 16

Price: $25,000

 

Seller: Doug March Enterprises Inc. EPSP&T

Buyer: William L. and Beverly A. Hrynko

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 322

Price: $14,500

 

Seller: Anthony M. Trujillo

Buyer: Jamison A. Venturina

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 1, Lot 2, Block 10

Price: $52,700

 

Seller: Hawk Family Trust

Buyer: G. Stephen and Sheryl Harding

Property: Pagosa in the Pines, Unit 2, Lot 18

Price: $95,000

 

Seller: Mountain of Fun

Buyer: John G. and Carol M. Avery

Property: Aspenwood Condos, Unit 101

Price: $87,500

 

Seller: David L. and Cindy D. Baker

Buyer: John A. Eustis

Property: 13-35-2W

Price: $294,000

 

Seller: Cathy Miller

Buyer: Holmes Living Trust

Property: 29-33-2W and 32-33-2W, four tracts

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Cathy Miller

Buyer: Holmes Living Trust

Property: San Juan River Estates, Unit 1, Lot 11

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Tom A. and Jennie P. Pantano

Buyer: Michael A. Miller and Robin K. Pettit

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Lot 23

Price: $72,900

 

Seller: Richard E. Smith

Buyer: Deborah Smith

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lots 27 and 28

Price: $22,500

 

Seller: Margaret Lacy

Buyer: Margaret Lacy Trust

Property: Pagosa Pines, Unit 2, Lot 13

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Carol Collier Anderson, Steven R. Collier and Christine Collier Toro

Buyer: Robert Dwain and Barbara P. Cooke

Property: Chris Mountain Village, Unit 2, Lots 228 and 229

Price: $16,000

 

Seller: Barry Revocable Family Trust

Buyer: J. Geoffrey, Kathleen L. and Thomas E. Barry

Property: Pagosa in the Pines, Unit 2, Lot 83

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Eugene E. Huneycutt

Buyer: Tim Brown

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 283

Price: $8,500

 

Seller: Louis B. and Merilyn S. Trenchard III

Buyer: Ronald I. and Nancy L. Grant

Property: Wildflower Subdivison, Lot 29

Price: $50,000

 

Seller: Geoffrey S. Beserra

Buyer: Geoffrey and Madeline E. Beserra

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 43

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: John J. and Patricia L. Wertzberger

Buyer: James C. and Sheila R. Lane

Property: Ranch Community, Lot 33

Price: $105,000

 

Seller: Jeremy Scott and Debra Douglas Caves

Buyer: Jeremy Scott and Debra Douglas Caves

Property: Chris Mountain Village, Unit 2, Lots 53 and 54

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Irvin S. Wright (estate of)

Buyer: Wright Family Trust

Property: Meadows Golf Villas, Meadows I, Lot 90

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Land Patent

Buyer: Archuelta County

Property: 9-35-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: La Plata Electric Association Inc.

Buyer: Neiland and Sherry Fain

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lots 215 and 216

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Foxfire Enterprises

Buyer: David L. and Catherine W. Brackhahn

Property: Echo Lake Estates, Lot 21

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Judy Gentry

Buyer: David L. and Catherine W. Brackman

Property: Echo Lakes Estates, Lot 21

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Paul A. Hoffman

Buyer: Paul A. and Suzanne M. Hoffman

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 2, Block 11

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Hidden Valley Ranch Limited Partnership

Buyer: James D. and Paula H. Rieker Jr.

Property: Hidden Valley Ranch, Lot 21

Price: $525,000

 

Seller: Maria L. Kolpin

Buyer: Maria L. and Ron Kolpin

Property: Mill Creek Meadows Ranch, Parcel 6

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Randall Davis

Buyer: Randall and Cynthia Davis Children Trust

Property: 34-36-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Mountain View Development Inc.

Buyer: Hidden Valley Limited Partnership

Property: 34-36-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Hidden Valley Ranch Limited Partnership

Buyer: Asaro Family Trust

Property: Hidden Valley Ranch, Parcel 16

Price: $725,000

 

Seller: Virgil K. and Bernadette D. McCormick Revocable Trust

Buyer: John E. and Patricia E. Diehl

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision, Unit 1, Lot 8, Block 4

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: John E. and Patricia E. Diehl

Buyer: Frank M. and Irene N. Rodriguez

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision, Unit 1, Lot 7, Block 4

Price: $18,000

 

Seller: Jon K. and Georgie N. Ross

Buyer: Burke H. and Kacey C. Stancill

Property: Rio Blanco Subdivision A, Lot 6, Block 1

Price: $130,000

 

Seller: Bank United

Buyer: Greenwich Investors IX LLC

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 20, Block 38

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Marvin D. and Janice F. Lord

Buyer: Don J. and Linda J. Dodson

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Unit 2, Lot 62

Price: $55,000

 

Seller: Archuleta County Public Trustee, John and Tara O'Malley

Buyer: Andreas Adrian

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 4, Lot 5, Block 14

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Guyne Inc.

Buyer: Maurice and Natalie Woodruff

Property: Garvin Addition, Lot 7X, Block 3

Price: $22,000

 

Seller: Laure E. Alejo

Buyer: Jorge O. and Rosa I. De La Garza

Property: Hudson Rio Blanco Subdivison 2, Tract 23

Price: $27,000

 

Seller: Jerry E. Zimmerman

Buyer: David and Jennifer Vincent

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 21, Block 8

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: David and Jennifer Vincent

Buyer: James Ferando

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 21, Block 8

Price: $7,000

 

Seller: Couzens Family Trust

Buyer: Markus H. Meier

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision, Unit 7, Lots 4, 5 and 6

Price: $35,000

 

Seller: Archuleta County Public Trustee, Sharon E. George

Buyer: Contimortgage Corporation

Property: 35-34-5W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Inez G. and Carl N. Overcash

Buyer: George Randall Diestelkamp and Dariel Dodge-Diestelkamp

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 504

Price: $5,000

 

Seller: Gina M. Ferrante and Aneg Verdone

Buyer: Gina M. Ferrante and Aneg Verdone

Property: Log Park Subdivision, Lot 12, Block 2

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Barney E. and Justina C. Eaton

Buyer: Eugene L. and Janet L. Copeland

Property: 21-35-2W

Price: $52,000

 

Seller: Andreas Adrian

Buyer: E. Vincent and L. Pearl Goetsch

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 4, Lot 5, Block 14

Price: $46,500

 

Seller: Donald L. and Stevana L. Erickson

Buyer: Frazer Barr

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 198

Price: $10,000

 

Seller: Pagosa Springs Sanitation District

Buyer: Town of Pagosa Springs

Property: 24-35-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: La Plata Electric Association Inc.

Buyer: Brenda Hickey-Waldbauer

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 3, Lots 13 and 14, Block 6

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Dillon Real Estate Co. Inc.

Buyer: Mark J. and Jana L. Allen

Property: Pagosa Country Center Subdivision, Lot 2

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: James W. and Denise M. Embry

Buyer: Richard M. and Bernadine A. Sautel

Property: Loma Linda Subdivision, Unit 2, Lot 64

Price: $62,500

 

Seller: Maybelle L. Taylor

Buyer: Elizabeth Reed

Property: 3-32-3W, 4-32-3W, 5-32-3W, 9-32-3W, 8-32-5W and 17-32-5W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Guyne Inc.

Buyer: Shawn and Kimberly W. Price

Property: Garvin Addition, Lot 5X, Block 2

Price: $12,000

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