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August 24, 2000

Goodman's marking a century of Pagosa merchandising

By John M. Motter

Goodman's Department Store celebrates 100 years of doing business on Pagosa Springs' main street tomorrow and Saturday. Store manager Bob Goodman, his dad, Dave, and other members of the Goodman family will be on hand, shaking as many hands as possible.

The fete includes multiple drawings for store-wide bargains in name brand clothing and a 20 percent discount on everything in the store throughout the celebration. An added bonus is the return of Dave Goodman, who is taking off time from trying to catch all of the fish along the west coast of Mexico in order to grill hot dogs at the store entrance, free for the asking.

"On top of that," said Bob Goodman, the current store owner and Dave's son, "we've invited representatives of a large number of the brands we carry to be here - names such as Pendleton, Justin, Tony Llama, Redwing, and others. They'll be in the store mingling with folks, answering questions, and just being friendly."

Bob has been managing the store since 1981. Before that, he worked with Dave, learning the business.

"When I started, I thought I would run the business until the millennium," Bob said. "Now I think I'll continue for a few more years."

Goodman's opened for business on the corner of 4th and Pagosa Street in 1900, the year the first Pagosa and Northern locomotive chugged into town.

Stepping off of that train were Dave and Fannie Lowenstein and daughter Hortense. The Lowensteins were not newcomers to the San Juans. They lived in Colorado during the entire territorial period, which started in 1861.

After selling supplies to sheep camps in the San Luis Valley, Lowenstein moseyed into Lake City where he operated a cigar and tobacco business. Alcoholic beverages were added later. The time was the early 1870s when gold fever was at a high pitch in the San Juan Mountains. When Fannie Rapp visited her brother, Dr. Sam Rapp at Lake City during the early 1880s, Lowenstein recognized a good thing. Soon the couple were married.

Fannie didn't like the liquor business, so the couple moved to Silverton for awhile, then journeyed down the Animas River to Durango where they operated a grocery store about one block from the Strater Hotel. Durango is where Hortense was born.

The family's next move was to Pagosa Springs where the Lowensteins opened a "Gent's Furnishings" store. The store was a big hit with the Scandinavian workers who kept the booming mills and logging outfits going. In addition to the serious business of serving on the Pagosa Springs town board, Dave found time to exercise a sense of humor which delighted customers and friends. He advertised odorless socks, "the longer you wear them, the stronger they get," and "if it's too big it will shrink, and too little, it will stretch."

Fannie passed away in 1919, Dave in 1921. When Dave died, an employee named Walt Hill ran the store for awhile. In the meantime, Hortense had become a young lady. While visiting relatives in St. Louis, she met Louis Goodman. He followed her to her home in the West and they married in 1922. That's the year the newlyweds decided to run the Pagosa Springs store.

They added women's clothing to their line of work clothes for men. The store retained its original name. Then, in Denver, they ran into Dulce Indian trader Emmet Wirt.

"Hello, Lowenstein's son-in-law," Wirt greeted them.

That did it. Anxious for an identity of his own, Louis changed the store named to Goodman's Department Store, a name which survives into the 21st century.

In 1929, they moved Doc Ellsworth's dental office and expanded their building to cover the entire lot. They also expanded the merchandise, adding specialty items for Hispanic weddings, cowboy hats and boots, and other Western-wear items. They developed a special trade and relationship with the Jicarilla Apache nation at Dulce.

Born in 1923 in Pagosa Springs, Dave Goodman grew up in a town environment that only lives on in the memories of a few surviving oldtimers. After serving in the Pacific during World War II, Dave took over the store. In 1952, he married Dorothy Hawks, a teacher in the Pagosa Springs schools. The couple had three children, Benjamin, Louise (Baltes), and Bob. Louis Goodman passed away in 1962, Hortense in 1982.

After finishing college, Bob started working in the store in 1977 and bought the business in 1991. He's been running it ever since.

"The business had changed a lot, even in my time," Bob said. "There didn't used to be much money floating around town. Our clothing inventory was geared more to price than to quality. We sold what people could afford. Now people here are more affluent. We have high quality merchandise, most of the top brand names."

Even so, Goodman's still has that Western flare. You'll find an assortment of Western hats and boots that would do credit to any Western clothier in the bigger cities. They even have a hat shaper-stretcher guaranteed to adapt that Stetson or Resistol to any head, no matter the size or shape.

Added to the traditional Western wear are a whole range of men's, women's, and children's clothing and shoes along with accessories and jewelry. Don't forget the Western tack and saddles.

Nobody living in these parts needs directions on how to find Goodman's. The store is a landmark, now 100 years old.

No purchase is necessary to take part in the drawings, but participants must be present to win. Typical of the quality of prizes area 4X beaver felt hat, Pendelton merchandise, and more, eight drawings in all.

Don't miss this special event. You'll have to wait 100 years for the next one.

 

Fox, Downey shoot down sign order

By John M. Motter

Archuleta County Commissioners Ken Fox and Bill Downey accused fellow Commissioner Gene Crabtree of acting on behalf of the county without board approval.

The accusation came at the regular Tuesday commissioner's meeting and revolved around the placement of identification signs on street signs signifying if the streets are or are not county maintained.

A majority vote of the three-member board is required before any activity representing the county is legal. An exception might be if, by majority board vote, one commissioner is delegated a specific task.

In this instance, Fox and Downey accused Crabtree of ordering additional signs despite an earlier board decision to obtain more information before making a decision on purchasing additional identification signs.

Crabtree, who is chairman of the board of county commissioners, had suggested during a March 7 meeting of commissioners that the county purchase the tags, red for non-maintained and green for maintained streets.

The purpose of the tags, Crabtree said at that time, was to let prospective purchasers of real estate know up front if the county maintains the roads adjacent to the property under consideration.

By unanimous vote, the board authorized the expenditure of $1,650 for 600 signs, 300 red and 300 green, at $2.75 each. The March discussion by the commissioners anticipated applying the signs to road signs throughout the county.

Apparently, Crabtree followed up the board's action by ordering the signs through road and bridge channels. The signs were subsequently installed by county road and bridge crews on roads in the Fairfield Pagosa subdivisions such as Twincreek Village, Ranch Community, Lakewood, and Village Service Commercial. County crews ran out of signs before labeling all of the streets in the Fairfield Pagosa subdivisions and before they could be attached to road signs in other parts of the county.

Kevin Walters, county road superintendent, on Aug. 1 told the commissioners more signs were needed. After discussion, the commissioners decided that the cost should be determined before purchasing additional signs. Crabtree apparently purchased additional signs without first reporting back to the board with a price and obtaining board approval for the additional purchase. Crabtree's action set the stage for Tuesday's discussion.

Fox began by pointing out that the purchase of additional signs had not been approved at the Aug. 1 meeting, that no one had reported back to the board as to the amount of the additional cost or other information, and that Crabtree had later announced he had purchased the signs. Fox said, "If they were ordered, it was without my consent."

"It was my understanding to order so I ordered 500 red signs at a cost of $1.75 each," Crabtree said. "Kevin said his men would put them up."

"It was my understanding that we should get more information first," Fox said. "I had some other points to consider, since we haven't made a final decision on which roads to maintain."

"I agree with commissioner Fox," Downey said. "The problem is with how these things are done. If they are needed, we should authorize Kevin to make the order and put them up. That would eliminate a lot of misunderstanding. We have had a number of these situations over the last years. We have departments with the responsibility for these tasks."

"Roxanne (county engineer Roxanne Hayes) said she had no time to order the signs," Crabtree said. "I asked Kevin. I told him we needed non-maintained signs. If you hung around the office more you'd know what is going on. I mentioned the price to you. If you don't like it, I'll cancel the order."

"You didn't follow the process," Fox said.

"This is a procedural problem," Downey said. "Spending that money was not approved in this office."

"The procedure is to authorize spending by the board, not by an individual," Fox said.

"$1,000 is not going to break the county," Crabtree responded. "If the board concurs, we can back up."

Downey said he agreed with "canceling the order."

Crabtree responded by saying, "People ask us to lead for months. When we do and get one little outcry, you run for cover. If you're going to do the job, do the job. We can cancel. If we can't cancel, I will personally pay for the signs."

In Crabtree's defense, Downey said, "One part of the issue as indicated in the newspaper - the sign idea came from a talk with Montezuma County commissioners. We agreed that it was a good idea and authorized the expenditure of a certain amount of money. Contrary to a quote in the newspaper, it was not unilateral and was not intended to be for Pagosa Lakes only, it was for all county maintained roads. I still agree with the concept. The statements at the PLPOA meeting were incorrect."

The final result Tuesday was cancellation of the order.

In other business Tuesday the commissioners:

- At the request of County Attorney Mary Weiss, held an unscheduled executive session to discuss legal ramifications of Initiative 256, proposed, but not yet approved, for the Nov. 7 general election ballot. The initiative deals with state controls over land use. Crabtree asked if it was necessary to go into executive session to hold the discussion, then voted with the other commissioners in favor of the executive session. Also discussed during the executive session were matters related to possible legal action in connection with a batch plant proposed north of town on U.S. 160 and opposed by many residents of that neighborhood

- Approved two lot consolidations, steps bringing an illegally divided parcel of land into conformance with subdivision regulations, a final plat and release of improvements agreement for North Cove Condominiums Phase 1, and extended the performance bond for Park Meadows

- Listened to a progress report on road improvements presented by Fairfield Communities Inc. representative Bob Graber

- Listened to a monthly progress report presented by Erlinda Gonzalez, director of the Social Services Department

- Approved a beer, wine, and liquor renewal license for the Bavarian Inn.

 

More thunderstorms before fall pattern arrives

By John M. Motter

Pagosa Country's monsoon season with its rainfall should last through the coming weekend, according to Doug Baugh, a National Weather Service forecaster from Grand Junction.

A major weather pattern shift could start next week introducing the beginning of a fall weather pattern, Baugh said.

"Next week is too far away to predict with any accuracy, but its possible we could start getting weather movement in from the West Coast," Baugh said. "If that happens, it could mean the end of the monsoon season."

During the area's monsoon season, which typically lasts from mid-July through mid-September, Pagosa Country is showered with rain created by moisture picked up from the Gulf of Mexico. Fall weather is controlled by weather systems generally originating in the Gulf of Alaska and moving to the Rocky Mountains from the Pacific Coast, according to Baugh.

Currently, a high pressure ridge rests over Western Colorado. The ridge extends into the Gulf Coast states and is associated with conditions creating the monsoon season. Baugh's prediction calls for the high-pressure ridge to remain stationary through the weekend then move east.

"Look for partly cloudy skies early Thursday morning changing to mostly cloudy during the afternoon with scattered thunderstorms and a 40 percent chance of rain," Baugh said. "High temperatures should be in the low to mid-80s with low temperatures in the lower 50s."

The long-range prediction for Pagosa Country issued by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center in Maryland anticipates normal temperatures from August through October with above normal precipitation, Baugh said.

Meanwhile, as recorded at the National Weather Service Station located at Stevens Field, measurable precipitation fell on five of the last seven days. The weekly total amounted to 0.81 inches, elevating the August total to 2.78 inches. The long-time August average precipitation is 2.52 inches. The long-time average for September is 1.89 inches.

Last week's average high temperatures ranged from 82 degrees Aug. 16 and 17 down to 75 degrees Aug. 20. Low temperatures ranged from 55 degrees Aug. 16 down to 47 degrees Aug. 20.

Meanwhile, Archuleta County and U.S. Forest Service fire restrictions remain in effect in this area. Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District continues to ask water users to conduct outside watering only between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. and to limit household consumption as much as possible.

 

99 infected trees will be removed for safety

Pagosa Ranger District representatives announced yesterday that almost 100 infected trees have been targeted for removal from the Wolf Creek Campground in order to protect the public's safety.

Pagosa Ranger District with the help of Forest Service plant pathologists conducted a hazard tree assessment last summer in all of the district's campgrounds. Rick Jewel, district environmental coordinator, said many trees were found to be infected with a variety of root rot and are very susceptible to blowing over during storms. Trees that posed the greatest risk to public safety were identified and marked.

According to Jewell, the Wolf Creek campground contained the greatest number of potentially hazardous trees. Subsequently the campground was closed this summer.

In announcing the project, District Ranger Jo Bridges said, "These root diseases occur naturally throughout the forest but severely infected trees represent a more serious hazard in areas of concentrated public use. We apologize for any inconvenience the campground closure has caused campers who frequent the Wolf Creek Campground but public safety is our primary concern and these trees present a serious risk to campers."

Therefore, the Forest Service will be removing 99 hazard trees from the campground this fall. Some trees will be removed by a local logger and sold to an area sawmill. Extra care will be taken to protect residual trees from damage. The district also plans to remove as many excess limbs and slash as possible from the site.

Jewell said that visually, the campground will appear more open than it is now, but it is anticipated that there will be ample trees remaining to provide for shade and screening between campsites.

The campground will remain closed through the fall and will reopen next summer.

 

Piano Creek wastewater plan studied

By John M. Motter

Archuleta County's commissioners have been invited by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to voice concerns, if any, regarding Piano Creek Ranch's application for a permit to build a wastewater treatment plant at the proposed development's site on the East Fork of the San Juan River.

After discussing if the county should become involved, the commissioners decided to learn if Pagosa Springs and the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District are interested in joining the county in hiring an engineer to study the proposal.

The commissioners admitted a lack of sufficient personal knowledge to reach a decision on matters as technical as a wastewater treatment plant. After estimating the cost of hiring an engineer to provide an opinion of the project at $1,500 to $2,000, the commissioners decided to attempt to get the town of Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District to participate in the cost.

Piano Creek Ranches proposes building a 66,000-gallons-per-day wastewater treatment plant using an extended aeration-activated sludge process, according to Chris Philips, a consulting engineer under contract to Piano Creek Ranches.

Wright Water Engineers of Denver has been hired to design the plant, with the cost estimated at $1 million. During early discussions, plant designers talked about effluent discharge parameters on the order of 30 milligrams per liter of biodegradable oxygen content and 45 milligrams per liter of total suspended solids.

Effluent discharge parameters are used by the state to define the amount of objectionable content discharged by wastewater treatment plants into nearby streams or ground surfaces. In this case, the discharge would go into the San Juan River.

"Now we're looking at a filtering process involving a bar screen, anioxic basin, aeration basin, clarifier, disinfection step using ultraviolet light, and a final filtration stage incorporating a sand media filter using hollow-core membranes," Philips said. "The effluent discharge parameters will be on the order of 5 milligrams per liter of biodegradable oxygen content and the same for total suspended solids, a very low figure.

"The advantage of the ultraviolet light process is, it doesn't leave residual chlorine in the water," Philips said. "Chlorine takes some time to break down and we would be avoiding that."

The proposed plant is still in the preliminary design stage. It cannot be built until a permit is issued by the state. If built, it will require a Colorado Class A licensed operator.

"Because it operates in winter, the treatment process will be covered," Philips said.

Archuleta County and other interested agencies have 60 days to voice their concerns to the state in writing. The expiration date for comments is about Oct. 1.

In another matter related to the proposed development, Piano Creek has withdrawn an application for an easement to use the Forest Service portion of the road connecting U.S. 160 with the development, located some miles up the East Fork of the San Juan River, according to Rick Jewell, an environmental coordinator and a spokesman for the Pagosa Ranger District.

In a meeting with the county commissioners some weeks ago, Jerry Sanders, Piano Creek Ranch's CEO, said the request to use the road might be withdrawn. In that event, people with a need to reach Piano Creek Ranches will be transported "over the snow."

As with other Forest Service roads, the access road up the East Fork of the San Juan River will be closed when the snow pack is too deep for normal vehicular traffic, Jewel said. Normally, those roads remain closed to vehicular travel through winter and spring months until they are dry enough that ruts are not created by vehicles traveling the road.

Through the winter, the roads are open to cross country skiers and snowmobilers, Jewel said.

 

Inside The Sun

August 24, 2000

 

Upper Piedra residents form planning committee

By John M. Motter

Residents of the Upper Piedra River area north of Pagosa Springs have formed a planning committee charged with developing a plan describing land-use goals for the area's future.

Included in the planning process is that portion of Hinsdale County located north of Archuleta County and south of the southern curve of the Continental Divide as it passes through Hindsdale County. The Hinsdale County seat is located in Lake City. The portion of Hinsdale County included in the study area is Commissioner Precinct 2 and is unzoned.

"We've been watching what is happening in Archuleta County and we're seeing things we don't want to happen here," said John Taylor, chairman of the Upper Piedra Planning Committee and a member of the Hinsdale County Planning Commission.

Development of the committee began many months ago with informal discussions among residents. About one and one-half years ago, a survey was mailed to all area residents.

"What the survey attempted to measure was what the residents want to see happen here during the next 20 to 50 years," said Jean Taylor, also a member of the Hinsdale County Planning Commission. "The questions revolved around desired land use relating to open space, agriculture, and what kinds of development people want."

The board representing the organization includes the Taylors, Bob Case, Ray Ball, Beverly Hadden, Karen Cox and Don Reed. Hinsdale County has hired planner Richard Grice to assist in development of a comprehensive plan for the area. Presumably, once the local members approve a comprehensive plan, the plan will be submitted to the county planning commission and to the Hinsdale County Commissioners for formal adoption.

Development of the comprehensive plan for the area is still in progress and is being accomplished through a series of public meetings.

A tentative vision statement for the process says: "The Hinsdale Upper Piedra community planning area possesses a distinctly rural sense of place, which is derived from historic and on-going ranching operations, minimal rural development, significant wildlife resources, and its important outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural resources. The area is indeed special, with large open spaces and vast public lands. Residents aspire to protect these characteristics through land use planning."

According to information released by the committee, Hinsdale County is the least populated county in Colorado with 368 year-round residents and a peak population estimated at 746 persons. Of the county's 684,160 acres, approximately 97 percent is public land and 46 percent of that is designated wilderness.

Approximately 20 of the county's full-time residents live in the Upper Piedra area. In the summer, the Upper Piedra population swells to approximately 200 people.

 

Yerton faces new federal charges

By Karl Isberg

Troubles continue for a former Pagosa resident convicted recently in an Arizona Federal District Court on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Terry Patrick Yerton, 48, was convicted March 13 after entering guilty pleas to the charges. He was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for kidnapping and to 60 months for conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Now, the federal government appears ready to increase Yerton's legal woes by pressing three drug-related charges against him.

According to a statement released Aug. 16 by the U.S. Attorney's Durango branch office, Yerton will be transferred to Denver for trial relating to a Federal Grand Jury indictment filed Nov. 3, 1999, in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

The investigation that led to the Colorado indictment was conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the La Plata County Sheriff's Office.

The indictment includes three counts related to Yerton's alleged conspiracy to possess cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute the substances, to his alleged possession of the substances with intent to distribute, and to his allegedly aiding in the possession of the drugs for purposes of distribution.

In the first count, the grand jury charges that "from an unknown date, but at least by the month of January, 1998, to and including the month of April, 1999, in the State and District of Colorado, and elsewhere, the Defendant Terry Patrick Yerton did conspire, combine, confederate and agree with other persons both known and unknown to the grand jury to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. . . and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. . . ."

A second count produced by the grand jury alleges Yerton knowingly and intentionally possessed cocaine with intent to distribute the drug and that he worked "to aid and abet" possession of the cocaine with intent to distribute the substance. The third count charges Yerton with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and with aiding and abetting the possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

If the charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine and methamphetamine for distribution leveled in the first count of the indictment is upheld in court, Yerton would receive a prison sentence of 10 years to life, a fine of up to $4 million and five years supervised release.

If Yerton is found guilty of the charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, he could face a prison sentence of as much as 20 years, a maximum fine of $2 million and three years supervised release.

Information provided by the U.S. Attorney's office indicates Yerton is in custody in Arizona, and gives no time for his transport to Denver for trial.

 

County Fair called 'tremendous success'

By John M. Motter

This year's Archuleta County Fair may have been the best ever, according to Archuleta County Extension Agent Bill Nobles.

"From my viewpoint, the fair was a tremendous success," Nobles said. "Overall, there were twice as many people viewing the various displays as last year. There were more livestock exhibits and more things for people to do."

The annual 4-H livestock auction may have set a new record, according to Nobles.

"I am not sure if the total is more, but the amount bid per animal appeared to be higher than ever," Nobles said.

Unofficially, the total bid for 4-H animals reached $50,097, a welcome reward for the year-long effort exerted by those raising the animals. The total does not include add-ons or other measures which would swell the dollar volume.

Michael Valdez' Reserve Champion steer earned the highest bid, $4,830 paid by Friends of the 4-H. The steer brought $3.50 a pound and weighed in at 1,380 pounds. Second was the Grand Champion Steer raised by Dusty Higgins. Higgins' steer was purchased by Lee Riley who paid $3.75 a pound for the 1,247-pound animal, a total of $4,676.25.

The winning bids on the Grand Champion entries were:

- Grand Champion Steer ($4,676.25) - Dusty Higgins, 1,247 pounds, $3.75 a pound, Lee Riley

- Grand Champion Swine ($1,482) - Twyne Regester, 247 pounds, $6 a pound, Ponderosa Hardware

- Grand Champion Lamb ($1,230) - Sarah Crain, 123 pounds, $10 a pound, High Country Title Co.

- Grand Champion Goat ($590) - Lydia Class-Erickson, 118 pounds, $4 a pound, Grand Jet Pipe.

The winning bids on the Reserve Champion entries were:

- Reserve Champion Steer ($4,830) - Michael Valdez, 1,380 pounds, $3.50 a pound, Friends of the 4-H

- Reserve Champion Swine ($1,396.50) - Sarah Crain, 266 pounds, $5.25 a pound, Ace Hardware

- Reserve Champion Lamb ($1,180) - Matt Nobles, 118 pounds, $10 a pound, Pagosa Land Co.

- Reserve Champion Goat ($510) - Lydia-Class Erickson, 102 pounds, $5 a pound, Country Center City Market.

The winning bids on the First Place entries were:

- First Place Medium Weight Steer ($2,290) - Jessie Stewart, 1,145 pounds, $2 a pound, Citizen's Bank

- First Place Light Weight Swine ($1,135) - Laci Jones, 227 pounds, $5 a pound, WESO DI.

- First place Light Weight Steer ($2,465) - Crissy Ferguson, 1,097 pounds, $2.25 a pound, Day Lumber.

The winning bids on the Second Place entries were:

- Second Place Heavy Weight Lamb ($840) - Henry Espinosa, 120 pounds, $7 a pound, La Plata Electric

- Second Place Medium Weight Swine ($1,225) - Danelle Condon, 245 pounds, $5 a pound, Hidden Valley Ranches

- Second Place Light Weight Lamb ($416.50) - Jessica Espinosa, 119 pounds, $3.50 a pound, William J. Anderson

- Second Place Light Weight Steer ($2,418.75) - Matt Hunt, 1,075 pounds, $2.25 a pound, Pagosa Land Co./Goodman's

- Second Place Heavy Weight Swine ($756) - Boomer Carnely, 252 pounds, $3 a pound, Southwest Agriculture

- Second Place Light Weight Lamb ($315) - Chase Regester, 105 pounds, $3 a pound, Rio Grande Savings and Loan.

The winning bids on the Third Place entries were:

-Third Place Heavy Weight Steer ($3,621.75) - Chase Regester, 1,317 pounds, $2.75 a pound, Ignacio LTD

- Third Place Heavy Weight Swine ($1,457.50) - Roxanna Day, 265 pounds, $5.50 a pound, Ponderosa Hardware

- Third Place Heavy Weight Lamb ($472.50) - Crissy Ferguson, 135 pounds, $3.50 a pound, WESO DI

- Third Place Light Weight Steer ($4,072.50) - Matt Ford, 1,086 pounds, $3.75 a pound, Southwest Custom Homes.

Fourth Place

- Fourth Place Medium Weight Swine ($819) - Michael Caves, 234 pounds, $3.50 a pound, High Country Title Co.

- Fourth Place Light Weight Lamb ($333) - Kelli Ford, 111 pounds, $3 a pound, Friends of the 4-H

- Fourth Place Heavy Weight Steer ($3,522.75) - Charmaine Talbot, 1,281 pounds, $2.75 a pound, Edward Jones Investment Co.

- Fourth Place Heavy Weight Lamb ($387) - Brittany Corcoran, 129 pounds, $3 a pound, High Country Title Co.

- Fourth Place Light Weight Steer ($2,810.50) - Mitchell Martin, 1,022 pounds, $2.75 a pound, Hidden Valley Ranch.

- Fourth Place Medium Weight Lamb ($395.50) - Roman Espinosa, 113 pounds, $3.50 a pound, Pagosa Springs City Market.

Fifth Place

- Fifth Place Light Weight Steer ($2,685) - Brittany Corcoran, 1,074 pounds, $2.50 a pound, High Country Title Co.

- Fifth Place Medium Weight Lamb ($468) - Chris Nobles, 117 pounds, $4 a pound, Ace Hardware

- Fifth Place Heavy Weight Lamb ($420) - Kylie Corcoran, 120 pounds, $3.50 pound, Grand Jet Pipe.

Sixth Place

- Sixth Place Light Weight Lamb ($378) - Boomer Carnley, 108 pounds, $3.50 a pound, Basin Co-op

- Sixth Place Heavy Weight Lamb ($488) - Hannah Arnold, 122 pounds, $4 a pound, Boot Hill.

 

SOS group calls tax iniative effects critical

By Lenore Bright

Dahrl and Bob Henley represented Archuleta County in Durango this past weekend at a briefing on the significant cuts in public services that could occur if Douglas Bruce's Amendment 21 passes in November.

Dahrl Henley is the treasurer of "SOS - Save Our Services," a local committee formed by the Pagosa Springs Woman's Civic Club, and the Friends of the Library. The group was formed in order to educate Pagosans on the potentiality that Douglas Bruce's latest tax initiative could wipe out funding for special districts that provide local fire, water, sewer, roads, ambulance, and other emergency medical services.

As an example, Amendment 21 could reportedly bankrupt many fire protection districts throughout the state, leaving individual homeowners liable for debts on firefighting equipment and facilities. As a result, homeowners insurance, if obtainable at all, could cost much more than any tax savings.

The Durango meeting was sponsored by the "No on Amendment 21 Campaign." It included speakers from a variety of special districts in the surrounding counties. Senator Jim Dyer, D-Durango, and Representative Mark Larson, R-Cotez, also attended and explained some of the unanticipated consequences if the issue passes. Local voters will not be able to reverse it. We will lose local control over all of our local needs.

The Durango meeting was the first of 13 such meetings to be held around the state. The "SOS - Save Our Services" committee is considering hosting a local meeting to explain the complex issues to county voters. The group thinks it is critical that the consequences of this amendment are understood by the public.

Henley invites anyone wanting more information, or is interested in helping the SOS committee inform the public, to phone either 731-9411 or 264-5416.

Letters

Nuisance barking

Dear Editor,

I am writing in reference to Wolfwood's and barking dogs in general.

I have personally driven by this sanctuary for wolf dogs and was met with persistent barking from numerous dogs until I was out of sight. As for the pickup bed laying there along with the junked pickup truck laying on it's top, it appears it will be a long while before this pickup bed sees water tank duty as there are no wheels or frame. It sits with other debris not far from the road. I noticed that all of the neighbors houses and property are clean and well maintained.

I feel sorry for these folks having to listen to those dogs bark everytime something moves. It is my understanding that there is a county-wide "nuisance barking and dogs at large law." That means Aspen Springs is included.

It is important to get a good description and location of the dog(s) if the sheriff has to be called. They cannot do anything about it if they don't have accurate information. I also am awakened almost every night by barking dogs and will eventually pinpoint where they are. Neighbors can be helpful in locating them also. Nuisance barking as I understand it describes a dog that barks consistently for 20 minutes or more.

Sincerely,

M. Christie

Sad goodbye

Dear Pagosa,

It is with much sadness that I write these words. My wife and I are leaving Pagosa Country, heading to Louisiana. I am going to miss a lot of people and a lot of places. But I want to give special thanks and goodbye to my friends and co-workers at J.J.'s. Especially James and Nancy. I've worked for a lot of good employers, but they were the best. They turned a wanabe-cook into a wanabe-chef. They were much more my friends than my bosses. I want Pagosa to know that there are some extra special people here.

I am also going to greatly miss the mountains. I have tried to go hiking as much as possible, and these last few years I've gained a deep love and respect for them. Please take care of them. This summer I volunteered for the Forest Service and it was a fun thing to do. I only hope that more people see it as a necessity, and that the Forest Service is not some evil entity, but real people doing the best they know how.

To all the people that I haven't seen and said goodbye to, goodbye. Sorry it wasn't in person. To have known you all was a blessing. God bless.

With much love,

Gene Coatney

Tax cuts

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the Tax Cuts for 2000 that we will be voting on Nov. 7, 2000. As a citizen of a rural community and a mother of two very active boys, I am concerned that (if passed) the "supposed tax cuts" are going to affect our community in a big way. Yes, we would all like to have more money in our pockets, but are we willing to give up what it may cost us.

What special districts will this affect locally? Our library, our emergency services and our fire district. Would you be willing to wait for an ambulance from another area to come this far for an emergency or a heart attack? Yes, they could take care of you when they got here but what would happen while you were waiting? Or, would you be willing to watch your house with all your family heirlooms go up in smoke, just because you were willing to vote for a tax cut that may or may not find its way to your pocket.

All I ask is that each and every voter be aware of the significance of what these tax cuts may entail. And think of what you may be giving up. I'm not ready to give up what we have in this community for a small amount to be cut from my taxes. I will vote "No" on Amendment 21.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Cox

Communications

Dear David:

First I want to extend a personal thanks to Richard Walter for his excellent coverage of the recent PLPOA board meetings and the topical format of the articles. I think that this level of coverage is a big help in improved "communications."

When I recently ran for the board I cited improved communications as a major need. The board has now established an ad hoc committee charged with making specific recommendations to the board on what we can do to foster improved board communications with the all-important property owners - in both directions. I have been "tasked" with chairing this committee. I intend that the committee will make its recommendations very soon so the board can take specific actions early this fall.

In order to accomplish this, I am holding an open meeting for any PLPOA members who have ideas or concerns regarding communications between the board and PLPOA property owners.

Some suggestions we will consider include quarterly "town hall" meetings for information purposes between the board and the property owners, other regular modes of written communications including the newsletter, and perhaps more opportunities of a social nature. We will define and then focus on a priority listing of specific recommendations for action by the board.

The meeting will be held at the PLPOA Club House on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, at 7. I hope that all who have ideas will come. Those who cannot may contact me by e-mail or written note prior to the meeting. Written notes may be sent or dropped off for me at the PLPOA office. E-mail may be sent to tcruse@ frontier.net.

Tom Cruse

PLPOA Board Member

Fair campaign

Dear Dave,

I read Nan Rowe's letter last week with dismay. I am sorry she feels the way she does. I went to her personally and said I had nothing to do with the ABN ad and she replied that she was certain I didn't.

I ran a good, clean and fair campaign. I focused on the issues, running 15 different weekly ads. I focused on the community, traveling to every area and knocking on the doors of 2,000 residents. I focused on my qualifications and abilities to do a good job.

What I did not do, and continue to refuse to participate in, is attacking other individuals in print. I did not begin or run my campaign based on attacking any one person, nor did I end my campaign by attacking another candidate's enemies. That is not my style. That is why I did not sign the letter circulated by one of Nan's supporters attacking the members of the ABN committee. Nan made her enemies in seasons past. I had nothing to do with that or the fruits of her actions. I do not appreciate being thrown in the midst of her fray.

My main objective is to get along with everyone, including Nan, and to focus on what is good for the whole community. I am proud of my efforts and I did a first-class job. Thank you to all who were encouraging, supportive and who voted. I met lots of interesting people and I learned a lot about the county and politics. I developed respect for all the other candidates and believe we all made positive efforts and were respectful of each other. I enjoyed the campaign process and the respect accorded to me. I am happy for the winners, Bill Downey and Alden Ecker. I believe they are honorable people and will do their best. I wish all of us, and the county a bright future.

On to a different subject, Community Plan final draft meetings begin in a few weeks. This is the last step in the planning process before writing regulations. Keep your eyes open for the schedule. Please show up and make your opinions known.

Sincerely,

Julia Donoho

Drive friendly

Dear David,

The bad driving situation has reached a critical point. It seems that every time my wife or I get onto U.S. 160 there is at least one close call. Why do we have to put our lives in jeopardy just to go to town?

Recently, friends of ours visited from out-of-state. They said, "in 2,000 miles, the stretch between Durango and Pagosa Springs was by far the most dangerous." They couldn't believe the number of people speeding, tailgating, passing on double lines and driving others off the road at the end of "passing only" zones.

There are a multitude of bad drivers out there who are reckless out of impatience, carelessness, belligerence or stupidity. If everyone could just follow the rules of the road, obey traffic signs and slow down, life would be a lot easier and less stressful. If I lose my wife because of some idiotic, irresponsible jerk on the road, pity that individual because there will be heck to pay.

Texas has a good driving slogan: "Drive Friendly." Good advice for all of you unfriendly, potential killers. Hey, my friends and I ride Harleys - give us a break. You have been warned.

Sincerely,

DC Duncan

Wants apology

Dear Editor,

In Walter's article about street sign "Not Maintained" red tags, on page 11 he wrote that "Ebeling also told the board that Walters told him he would not put up more signs because. . . ." That is not what I said.

That makes it look like Kevin Walters is telling the commissioners what he will or won't do and that isn't the case at all.

What I said is that Kevin Walters felt putting up the red tags was very labor intensive and he recommended it not be continued. He did not say that he would not put up any more of them.

This is another case of your reporter misquoting, or mis-reporting what someone said. Hopefully this problem can be corrected and the SUN and its reporter should apologize to Kevin Walters for making him look bad to his superiors.

Sincerely,

Fred Ebeling

My choice

Dear Editor,

The following is in response to last week's letter entitled Conclusions (John Feazel, Aug. 17). I disagree with the conclusions of the letter's author, an unsuccessful candidate for the office of county commissioner. As a voter, not affiliated with any special interest group, I did not have any preconceived idea of which candidate was worthy of my vote. I was open to the possibility of choosing any one of the available candidates.

During my decision process I observed this unsuccessful candidate drive around sporting a sign that claimed he was a resident of Archuleta County for 45 years (as if that were the reason I should vote for him). Just because he was lucky enough to be born here rather than having the courage to abandon friends, families and careers like the rest of us (to get here) is not a convincing reason. The inference in that message was that the rest of us do not have the intelligence or love of the county to effectively lead the county. That is inaccurate and also insulting.

The preponderance of written "ideas, outlook, plan, concepts, etc." while valuable, is not reason enough either. The leaders of this county must be able to effectively communicate verbally with the voting public also. I observed this candidate walk into a crowded restaurant, order breakfast and sit alone, without talking to anyone . . . two weeks before the election. Did he not care about the people there? Did he not realize that voters were present who would care to hear his views on the issues facing Archuleta County? I decided this was not someone to effectively lead us through the tough issues ahead.

In contrast, I had the opportunity to meet the "road wizard" and found him to be intelligent, caring, insightful and determined to bring necessary changes. He was aware of the issues that concerned me and had come up with the same solutions I had. He also was one of only two candidates that bothered to send background information to postal patrons. His background demonstrated his ability to be an effective leader in the business world. Leading a government body is not that much different than running a business, except in the arena of politics. Overall, I was very impressed with his leadership capabilities. He demonstrated integrity and character by his unwillingness to bad mouth another candidate. That was the final clue I needed to make my decision, as an informed voter.

The job of the candidate is to effectively communicate to the voting public why they deserve a vote (their credentials, ability and concern for the public). The successful candidate did that for enough of us that he won the election. The unsuccessful candidate failed in his job as a candidate and didn't win the election. That is the conclusion to be gleaned from the election results.

Sincerely,

John Farnsworth

Wake up parents!

Dear Editor,

Coming home last Wednesday, Aug. 16, around 9:30 I was listening to my favorite radio station from Pagosa. They were talking about some special "love" in your life, this little 15-year-old female came on and I found this very sad. She was explaining about her "Puppy Love" she has had with this guy Eric (15) since they were 10 years old. She said they were going to get married at the young age of 17. The radio personel asked her what her mom thought . . . answer: "You can do what you want."

Wake up moms and dads. We are supposed to help our children not encourage them to destroy themselves. Eric if you have any sense get out of this. Both of you have so much growing up to do. Are you ready to at 17-21or more to have a wife, maybe a child, pay all the bills, no skills for a great job to back you up in any of this?

"Puppy love" is your first love and you won't forget it but your "real love" will come later and it will be strong. Parents wake up and encourage your child to explore life first and enjoy it before it's to late at 17.

I made the mistake, got a divorce, and seven years later found my mate for life.

A mother and grandmother,

Madeleine Heath

Primary runoff

Dear Editor,

Now that the election is essentially over except for the crying, I would like to make some comments. I don't think the ABN ad hurt anybody but Mr. Lee Vorhies; and I'm sure the voters will remember him if he ever contemplates running for an elected office again.

But while the ABN advertisement was bad enough, it was not the worst thing about this election.

The worst thing was the lack of a primary runoff. We have let a very small minority of the voters - both eligible and even more minuscule actual - determine the growth and planning (or lack of it) for Archuleta County for the next four years. I have lived in Louisiana, Texas and New Jersey and despite their reputations for corruption and cemetery voting, they do have primary runoffs.

Allowing a candidate to "win" an election with only 40 percent of the 30 percent of eligible voters is a travesty of democracy. One should at least have a majority of the votes cast, even if it is a pitiful turnout such as swe just experienced.

Also, I think the caucus system of a group of friends stuffing a room to nominate their person is also undemocratic in this day and age. When populations reach the numbers we have, open elections, primary runoffs, and majority voting should prevail. Of course, if the voters don't bother to vote, they get what they deserve.

Of course the good news is that now I will be able to build my pig farm downtown and my nuclear waste dump on Put Hill. "A man oughta be able to do with his land what he wants."

Sincerely yours,

Jim Knoll

Editor's note: Colorado's statutes do not require a runoff when the top vote getter does not receive a majority of the votes cast in an election.

Great privilege

Dear Editor,

Last Tuesday, Aug. 15, we had the privilege of attending what could only happen in a few places other than Pagosa Springs - a celebration of a great person's 50 years of doing business in our town. Not only did she serve us drinks at 1956 prices, but fed us sumptuously. Thanks Margaret, we hope you have 50 more.

What bothers us most is that this isn't likely to happen in our town down the line. But then I guess that's the price we pay for progress.

Leo and Victoria Landon

Eyesores

Dear Editor,

As a citizen of Archuleta County, I would like the powers that be to note that I and many other concerned citizens are appalled at the unrestrained growth and destruction of the natural beauty along the U.S. 160 corridor. The number of eyesores along that corridor are making Pagosa Springs look like Durango East.

To argue the concept of individual rights, and say "if I own the property I can do what I please," is shortsighted, from an aesthetic point of view, as well as a long-term economic point of view. In the next economic downturn, which is sure to come, we will find ourselves in a vulnerable economic position, because we will have destroyed irrevocably that which attracts people to this area. At that point, a large portion of the special-interest groups who are presently profiting from the boom phase of the growth, will have long left the community looking for greener pastures. The losers in this scenario will be all of the people in Archuleta County, including future generations.

Sincerely,

Marty Margulies

Tax dollars?

Dear Editor,

Well you may be able to get a 20 minute phone call for a buck but what do you get for your hard earned tax dollars?

What you get are 6-foot high weeds growing next to the roads. What you get are roads that are wash boarded because the county has not graded them all summer.

What you get are $1,600 red tags that have been put on Pagosa Lakes street signs because a county commissioner was tired of answering questions about what streets were maintained by the county. And this commissioner took the money out of the road and bridge fund without asking the road manager.

What you get are two of the best roads in the county, Meadows Drive and South Pagosa Boulevard being black topped when other roads go unattended.

What you get is one county commissioner saying that road upkeep should be the responsibility of the subdivisions. I'm for that, just give us back our tax dollars so we can hire someone to do our roads. After all, the county commissioners just mismanage the funds anyway.

What you get when a vehicle is stolen like the one from Wilderness Journeys is an officer that responds over an hour later because he was called all the way from Arboles instead of calling one that lives a mile away. Great protection from the sheriff?

The Boston Tea Party was because of taxation without representation. So maybe Pagosa Springs should have an uprising for not receiving services for taxes paid.

The poor turnout at the voting booth this primary shows that people are not concerned about the mismanagement of funds by the county commissioners and they have no room to complain about the state of services not received such as the ones mentioned above.

Randall Mettscher

Editor's note: To grade washboard roads during a drought season only compounds the problems.

Need support?

Dear Editor,

As our children return to school, I am reminded about all the expectations they have for themselves such as getting good or passing grades, making friends, or deciding whether or not to try out for sports, to name a few. As parents we try our best to listen to our children and offer encouragement, but because of our own demands to provide for them, it is difficult to always be available. It comes as no surprise that single parents have it much tougher and might want some support.

Here is what we adults in this community can do. If you or someone you know has a spark of a desire to mentor a child, come to the next Big Brothers/Big Sisters information meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Community Bible Church (located behind the Country Center City Market) on Village Drive. Margaret Gray, Big Brothers/Big Sisters executive director, will be there to answer all your questions.

Parents, if you are reading this, and would like a mentor for your child, you are also welcome to attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but want to be a mentor, or need a mentor, please call Big Brothers/Big Sisters at 264-5077.

Shelley Pajak

Petty vandalism

Dear Editor,

The recent vandalizing, yet again, of Piano Creek Ranch's signs is an understandable expression of frustration with their proposed exclusive club for the East Fork Valley, but ultimately serves only a counterproductive purpose.

Like a lot of folks, I find Piano Creek Ranch's plans to plunk a golf course, mansions, and a private ski area in the East Fork Valley an abomination. But there are far more productive means to express your opposition to these plans - write the Forest Service, call your county commissioners, write your congressman, or better yet tell prospective Piano Creek Ranch members exactly what you think of their development plans to disembowel the remarkable East Fork Valley.

It was precisely this kind of civic action, telling the Forest Service your concerns about the wildlife impacts, water pollution, and other features associated with Piano Creek Ranch's development, that led the Forest Service to require a full-fledged environmental impact statement for changing the access into the East Fork Valley. Subsequently, Piano Creek Ranch dropped their permit application with the Forest Service to open the road year-round, to bring power into the valley, and to relocate public trails, and instead now plan to rely on snowmobiles for winter access to their private club.

Let's skip the petty vandalism of signs. Our opposition to the exclusive resort carries far more weight with elected officials and government agencies without it.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Pearson

Durango

Give me a break!

Dear Editor,

I glanced at the PLPOA street sign problem and thought to myself that they are at it again. What this time? When I read it my first response was to laugh, but then I felt so sorry for these people who consider little red signs worth getting their knickers in a twist about. These people who bandy about the word discrimination should really know what discrimination is. They should try being black, or a teenage Hispanic male, disabled, or one of the myriad of real issues of importance in this world. Street signs that are considered to be not quite appropriate . . . well give me a break.

I would like to suggest to these folks who have moved here from the big city to get away from it all to wake up each morning and smell the air, look at the views, be very thankful for all the small wonders that Pagosa Springs has to offer. Look at the birds, see all the good things that surround you and if you still have time to worry about signs then go volunteer your time for things that really matter. You obviously need a life.

Sincerely,

Ann Shurtleff

Attend meetings

Dear Editor,

Come September, all residents of Archuleta County will be rewarded with several positive changes. Along with the pleasant weather and the beautiful fall foliage, the presentation of the final draft of the "Community Plan" for the county will be unveiled at meetings to be held between Sept. 11 and Sept. 20. Dates, times, and locations of the meetings will be published in the SUN. Residents may attend any of the meetings.

These meetings should be attended by anyone wanting knowledge regarding the future growth and scenic preservation of the county. This final draft plan is a result of much time and effort expended not only by the Vision Committee members, but from all the concerned citizens of the county. People from all walks of life and all economic levels have participated in the formulation of this plan.

At the first round of meetings, all citizens were allowed to express their concerns and visions of the future of the county. All ideas and solutions were placed on poster boards. All people present voted for what each perceived to be the most important issues.

The second round of meetings focused on the three most likely scenarios resulting from the first meetings. Again, all interested citizens were allowed their written input to the scenarios. These answers were tabulated and have resulted in the Final Draft Plan.

One can assume that the county residents who did not participate in the planning process either do not care what happens to the county or agree with the results of the committee draft plan since all results of the planning process have been made matters of public record.

The final draft plan is an important document. One of the county commissioners has publicly stated on many occasions that he supports the community planning process and the results thereof. One of the main campaign promises of the probable commissioner-elect was to support the results of the planning process. The other commissioner apparently has no objections to the planning process. Therefore one can only assume that the citizen input to the final plan shall become their last chance to be heard on the future of the county's development and preservation.

Please attend any of the meetings.

Patrick Ullrich

Vision Committee Member

 

 

Obituaries
 

Robert Banks

Robert "Bob" Banks of Pagosa Springs died at home Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, following a long illness. Mr. Banks was born Nov.1, 1948.

He is survived by his brothers Melvin Banks of Torrington, Conn., Tony Banks of Claremont, Calif., Terry Banks of Denver, and brothers David Reed, Ralph Reed, Keith Reed and Harold Reed of Connecticut; sisters Traci Banks Brooks of Upland, Calif., and Cheryl Reed of Connecticut; and his beloved dog Cleo.

A memorial service for Mr. Banks was held yesterday afternoon in Upland.

Rita Woodley

Rita Woodley, 64, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., since 1987, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Erne Woodley of Albuquerque; a daughter, Kelly Abresch of Pagosa Springs; sons, Robb Woodley and wife, Andrea, of Billings, Mont., and Arlen of Albuquerque; grandsons Ryan, Andy, E.J. and Christopher, all of Pagosa Springs; granddaughters Riley Ann and Jordyn of Billings; sisters Mona Rosley and her husband, Don of Wahpeton, N.D., Anne Haugen of Bowman, N.D., and Holly Abelseth of Sidney, Mont.; brothers Garry Bertrand and wife Dorothy of Colorado Springs and Rick Bertrand in Virginia; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Woodley was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle Bertrand and Helen Orcutt; sons, Kevin and Craig; and daughter, Lori.

She was member of Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at French Mortuary's University Boulevard Chapel in Albuquerque with Deacon George Sandoval reciting. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Louis J. Lambert, S.J., as celebrant.

A private disposition followed the services. Honorary pallbearers were all of the escorts and couriers at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

 

People

50th Anniversary

Please join Greg Schick and Kathy Schick O'Donnell and family and friends in helping celebrate 50 years of marriage of Gene and Jackie Schick from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, at Sunset Ranch. A western style barbeque will be served at 2 p.m.

No gifts. Casual dress.

Gene and Jackie were married Oct. 1, 1950, in Keenesburg, Colo. They have resided in Pagosa Springs since 1955.

Persons planning to attend are asked to please RSVP to Jackie at 264-4151 or 264-5672 by Aug. 28.

 

Sports Page

Soccer squad going Dutch for 2000 season

By Richard Walter

Enthusiasm and good chemistry; a great group, well disciplined.

Those are some of the adjectives coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason uses to describe his sophomore dominated Pagosa Springs High School boys soccer team for the 2000 season.

Obviously upbeat about a team he feels can challenge for league and regional honors, Kurt-Mason will get a final preseason look at his charges in a game-conditions scrimmage Saturday against Kirtland Central High School at 10:30 a.m. in Kirtland.

With nearly 20 hopefuls eying squad births, including only three seniors and one junior, Kurt-Mason said he will not announce his starting lineup for the Sept. 1 league season opener against LaVeta until midweek next week.

The coach said he's excited about the upcoming season, mostly because of the enthusiasm being shown by the players. "They're working hard, but they enjoy it," he said. "They take what I dish out and ask for more."

New offensive plan

Spectators will see a new brand of Pirates soccer this year as Kurt-Mason switches to a Dutch style game which he promises will be more aggressive and more offensive minded.

The idea, he said, "is for us to always be on attack. I'm teaching them to always look downfield for the open lead pass, a square-out or a drop, but to constantly pressure the opponents' defense."

On defense the Pirates hope to be able to contain foes into the middle third of the field. "We'll pressure our foes one-on-one until the ball gets into the home third of the field. The idea is to keep pressure on full time on both offense and defense."

Practices reflect the conditioning needed for this upscale game plan. Players are running wind sprints, incorporating all the faking moves needed to attack an opponent - both with and without the ball - and utilizing switch steps and reverse moves at full speed.

Kurt-Mason said the new offense will allow the use of three strikers in set patterns as opposed to the two-man mixed Italian and free-style offense the team ran last year.

Asked why he decided to switch to the Dutch-style game, Kurt-Mason said he's always been impressed with the style of play.

"It's a small country which always does well in international competition," he said. "I see the same conditions here . . . a small group, well-trained, with an easy to understand game plan in which every player knows what to do in a given game situation both on offense and defense."

In keeping with that concept, the coach has been concentrating in practice sessions on 4-on-4 competition which gives each player all the elements of soccer in a confined setting and helps develop the team rather than individual performer concept.

Kurt-Mason has two players contending for goal keeper - sophomore Matt Mesker and freshman Josh Soniat - and both spent their summer spare time in top soccer camps. Mesker trained in San Diego with the womens' national team keeper coach. Soniat worked with Steve Bergman, coach of the Fort Lewis team which advanced to the NAIA national championship game last year.

"It's good to have competition for the goal position," Kurt-Mason said, and "there could be more. I have two other freshmen interested in the position, too."

New league lineup

The new league lineup for the Pirates this year includes Center, LaVeta and Bayfield. The district competition includes Telluride, Ouray and Crested Butte. Ignacio will not field a team this year, Kurt-Mason said, as most of the players the Bobcats had last year were from Bayfield.

Telluride is tough

Kurt-Mason anticipates the toughest competition in the district will come from defending champion Telluride. "You have to consider them the team to beat," he said.

The Sept. 1 league opener against LaVeta will be played on the Center field with a 4 p.m. game time. The next day, the Pirates will travel to Class 4A Cortez for a 1 p.m. game, and on the following Tuesday close out a busy first week with a trip to Farmington for a 5 p.m. clash with Piedra Vista.

Then comes a string of four consecutive home games, starting with a visit from Crested Butte at 10 a.m. Sept. 9, Farmington at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Ouray at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 and Durango at 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

The Pirates will spend the rest of September on the road with games on the 23rd at Telluride, the 26th at Bayfield and the 30th at Ouray. They'll travel to Durango Oct. 3 before finally returning home to face Telluride Oct. 7 and Center Oct. 13. The next day they'll play at Crested Butte before closing the regular season at home Oct. 17 against Bloomfield.

District playoffs are scheduled Oct. 21 at a site to be determined.

 

Postolese paces Pirate golfers at Alamosa

By Richard Walter

With Josh Postolese leading the way with a 78 on Alamosa's par 72 course, the Pagosa Springs Pirates golf team finished 10th last week in a 24-team invitational which opened their season.

Today, coach Kathy Carter is taking her squad with a freshman newcomer among the top four to an invitational in Montrose. Joining Postolese, Luke Boilini and Chris White in Montrose will be Ty Faber.

Carter said Faber has been rapidly closing the gap with older players in practice and qualified on Tuesday for his first varsity competition today.

"I was very pleased with our performance at Alamosa," Carter said. "The boys played smart, didn't try to overpower the ball, and chose their clubs wisely."

Carter said, "The short game was really good and that's what will count in the long run. Getting to the green and getting down is all important."

Carter was excited by Postolese' score, noting it was "near medalist on what is a tough course."

Moving Faber up to varsity today in place of Danny Lyon, may not be the only change to come, Carter said.

"I have several freshmen who are nearly ready to challenge," she added. "We'll get stronger as the season goes on and these kids get some competitive experience.

"Picking the traveling team will become harder for me every week," she added.

Those who want a look at the Pirate squad will get their lone chance to see them in home action Tuesday when they host the Pagosa Invitational at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

Carter said 12 teams, so far, have accepted invitations, including several perennial powers from New Mexico.

The tournament will open with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

 

Pirate gridders will scrimmage Alamosa Saturday

By John M. Motter

The Pagosa Pirates varsity football team will trade blows with Alamosa Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Golden Peaks Stadium.

Saturday's contest is not a game, but will be a controlled scrimmage designed to give the coaches a look at how candidates for this year's squads perform respectively. The scrimmage will be conducted with conditions that ensure offensive and defensive performers from both squads to get time on the field. A score will not be kept.

Known as the Maroons, Alamosa is a Class 3A school playing in the South Central League. Pagosa Springs plays as a Class 2A school in the Intermountain League.

Pagosa head coach Myron Stretton and his staff have been drilling and exercising the 2000 version of the Pirates football team for two weeks. Last Saturday, an inter-squad scrimmage was held providing the first contact of the season. Saturday's controlled scrimmage is another step in the process of preparing for Pagosa's season opener Sept. 2 against Dolores.

"We have to be considered as the front runner this year," Stretton has said of the Pirates prospects in the IML.

Last year the Pirates were unbeaten in IML play and represented the league in the state playoffs. Other teams in the IML are Bayfield, Centauri, Ignacio and Monte Vista.

About 60 boys have turned out for this year's team. That number includes 16 freshmen, 15 sophomores, 12 juniors and nine seniors. Because of returning letterman, the Pirates expect to be strong in the offensive backfield and defensive secondary. The offensive and defensive lines are in the rebuilding process.

Five transfers from other schools have added to the cadre of returning letterman around whom Stretton is building this year's team.

Listed on this year's squad are

Seniors - Clint Shaw, Garret Tomforde, Nathan Stretton, Josh Richardson, Justin Kerns, Kail Pantzer, Garret Paul, Anthony Maestas and Tyrel Ross.

Juniors - Eric Mesker, Darin Lister, Ronnie Janowsky, Cord Ross, Caleb Merrlette, Sammy Martinez, Ethan Sanford, Matt Ford, Chris Young, Hank Wills, Aaron Perez and Ross Wagle.

Sophomores - Andrew Knaggs, Jarrett Frank, Clayton Mastin, Pablo Martinez, Cliff Hockett, Mike Maestas, Kameron Cundiff, Ryan Wendt, Jason Schutz, Jesse Trujillo, Humberto Valenzuela, Brandon Charles, BJ Lowder, Brandon Rosgen and Justin Blomquist.

Freshmen - Andrew Martinez, David Kern, Jeremy Caler, Aaron Hamilton, Matthew Lattin, Craig Lucero, Daniel McGinnis, Mark Ginn, Cayce Brown, Mike Smith, Coy Ross, Ben Marshall, Michael Martinez, Bryan Ray, Mike Valdez and David Richter.

The Pagosa schedule: scrimmage Alamosa Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. in Pagosa Springs; Dolores Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. in Pagosa Springs; Kirtland at Kirtland, N.M., at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; Piedra Vista at Pagosa Springs 7 p.m. Sept. 15; Bloomfield at Pagosa Springs 7 p.m. Sept. 22; Taos at Taos, N.M., 7 p.m. Sept. 29. League play - Ignacio in Pagosa Springs 7 p.m. Oct. 6; Centauri at Centauri 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14; Bayfield at Pagosa Springs 7 p.m. Oct. 20; and Monte Vista at Monte Vista 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

 

Day lights up course in women's golf championship

The Pagosa Women's Golf Association held its annual two-day Club Championship last week on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.

The golfers were divided into two flights - championship and first flight.

Three women in the championship flight finished the first day of play tied for first place with matching gross 87s.

Jane Day played exceptional golf in the first round to finish one shot back in the championship flight. Battling back from a double-digit score on the No. 2 hole of the Meadows Course, Day posted a gross 89 in the opening round.

Marilyn Smart played an impressive round of golf in the championship flight on the second day. After opening with a 93 on Tuesday, Smart played red hot on Wednesday. She shot an impressive 78 to finish in a first-place tie with Jan Kilgore in the championship flight.

Kilgore tied for the championship by shooting an 87 in the opening round. Kilgore then carded an 83 on Wednesday as she and Smart both posted gross scores of 171 for the 36 holes. The tie was broken with a sudden-death-play-off with Smart winning the Club Championship by one stroke.

The playoff loss moved Kilgore into the first-place net honors of the championship flight with a net score of 135.

Jane Stewart posted a gross 172 over the 36 holes to finish in second place in the championship flight.

Julie Pressley finished in second place in the championship flight's net segment with a net 137.

Playing in the first flight division, Sue Martin shot her best-ever round of golf on Tuesday. Martin broke 100 for the first time to capture the lead in the first-flight division. On the second day, Martin maintained her lead by shooting a 107 to win the first-flight bracket with a gross 206.

Benny Lohman won first net honors. Maxine Pechin won second net in the first-flight division.

Winning is no stranger to Martin, Lohman and Pechin, all three were winners of the Eclectic Tournament a week earlier.

Martin, Smart and Pressley also claimed the Pagosa Women's Golf Association's special events honors. They each won Closest to the Pin prize money in their flights respectively.

Also last week, four women from the PWGA represented Pagosa in the Ladies Invitational in Cortez. Nancy Chitwood won low net in the championship flight with a 65. Lee Wilson won low gross in the first flight with a 91. Wilson said she attributed her win to some excellent putting.

Jeanne Roberts and Ann White excelled in the "emotional support' category while playing in the Cortez tournament.

 

Veterans key to Lady Pirate's volleyball success

By Karl Isberg

Practice began Aug. 14 for members of the Lady Pirates volleyball team.

Coach Penné Hamilton welcomed a core group of seasoned varsity veterans back to the gym, to form the nucleus of a team that will seek a sixth straight Intermountain League title.

While official high school practices began last week, the players who are likely to fill the varsity roster when the season begins Sept. 2 competed during last spring's United States Volleyball Association club season and during the Pagosa Springs Volleyball Club summer season at three camps and tournaments.

Hamilton is anxious to see if increased off-season activity by her players pays dividends in what might be the program's toughest schedule in years. The team plays only five home matches during the regular season and travels to compete against numerous teams from high-caliber Colorado and New Mexico programs.

The coach is also eager to see whether having five varsity veterans this year (compared to two last season) adds to the chances for success for the Ladies - one of the dominant high school teams in the state during the last decade.

Back this year for her third full varsity season is senior Tiffanie Hamilton, an Intermountain League all-conference player in 1999. Tiffanie brought her power as a hitter and blocker to bear last year at the strong-side outside hitter's spot. This season, she has recovered from a serious wrist injury and moves to the middle hitter position where her abilities as a hitter and blocker will be put to best use.

Senior Meigan Canty returns for her second season of varsity action. Canty's play in the back row will be a major asset for the Ladies; her serve-receive skills and passing will be key elements in the Lady Pirates' strategy. Canty is a great leaper and moves to the weak-side outside hitter position this season, where her blocking ability will come more into play.

Andrea Ash is the third senior veteran back for a final season. Ash excelled at the serve and in the back row last year and takes a turn at a strong-side outside hitter position this year.

Strong underclassmen

Junior setter and 1999 all-conference selection Katie Lancing is back to direct the Lady Pirates attack. Arguably one of the tallest and most skilled setters in the state, as well as a formidable blocker, Lancing hopes to add more offense to her repertoire this season as she quarterbacks the Pagosa attack.

Ashley Gronewoller steps up at middle hitter/blocker. At 6-foot-2, the junior will be a force at the net on offense and defense during her first varsity season.

Junior Nicole Buckley played regularly for the Ladies last year at the strong-side outside-hitter position, developing into a scoring threat by season's end. She should maintain her momentum this year, bringing improved back-row play to the game.

Rounding out the varsity at the start of the season will be sophomore Amy Young, a backup setter and back-row specialist. Young's talent in the back row should help give the Ladies one of their best defensive teams in recent memory.

"We'll probably stick with these seven as the core of our varsity," said coach Hamilton. "Right now, I think they're who we'll put on the roster. We'll see what we do later, but at this point I'm not really sure how we'll handle our swing players (players who compete with the junior varsity and suit up for varsity games). We're still trying to put together a junior varsity and we need to see who develops."

While her seven varsity players did not get many opportunities to work as a complete unit when they played USVBA matches for the Pagosa Springs Volleyball Club last spring, they did work well, and often, at the club's summer camps and tournaments.

Busy summer schedule

"They played 53 games in a 15-day period this summer," said Hamilton "They played together at the Northern Arizona University camp, at a club tournament we held here in Pagosa, and at a scrimmage tournament at Manitou Springs."

At NAU, the club team lost a couple of opening-round matches and dropped to a lower bracket. "They set the goal of returning to the winner's bracket," said Hamilton, "and they fought their way back. They were seeded eighth in the winner's bracket going into the final round of play and ended up fourth overall. In getting there, they played some powerhouse teams - from San Diego, and from Mesa and Monument Valley, Arizona."

At the Pagosa tournament, the club team played and defeated teams from Farmington, Alamosa and Ignacio. A win over Farmington in the tournament final secured the title for the Pagosans. The team won the home tourney without the services of Canty, and was without Gronewoller in the final match.

At Manitou Springs, Pagosa faced teams from Class 3A power Manitou and a number of Colorado 4A and 5A schools. "They kept track of wins and losses throughout the early play at Manitou," said coach Hamilton, "and when they seeded the tournament that ended the camp, our girls were seeded first. We ended up third overall. This is the first time our girls have played this much during the summer club season."

So far, during the first week of two-a-day practices, coach Hamilton says off-season efforts are visible. "It's showing up in practice," said the coach. "Now they've played a lot of club and camp volleyball, they are moving to their spots quickly. Our veteran players are helping with our other kids; they're setting good examples and they have positive attitudes."

As for the rest of the 27 players in the program, coach Hamilton and assistant coaches Shelly Wedemeyer and Connie O'Donnell are working to sort athletes into C team and junior varsity groups, and they are seeing an overall jump in the quality of play by Lady Pirate hopefuls.

"We are seeing an improvement in our freshmen girls," said the coach. "Many of them played club ball in the spring and most were in the summer club program. You can tell they've developed their skills. We think our junior varsity and C teams will be a lot tougher this year than they were last season."

Riding a wave

Starting a new decade, the Lady Pirates are riding a wave of success few programs in the state can match. The Ladies captured eight of 10 IML and district titles during the 90s. With five straight IML and district championships in hand, the team enters the upcoming season as reigning league leader, part of a program without an IML loss since October 1995. The program added four regional championships to the record in the 90s and made state tournament appearances six times.

The Ladies start the new decade having posted a .775 winning percentage during the last 10 years, with 204 wins and 59 losses. Returners from last year's varsity come back to the court from a team that was 20-6, that won IML and district crowns and finished third at the regional tournament.

Hamilton has no question about the foundation of a successful program. The principles involve neither an inflated sense of importance nor a reliance on reputation. For all her success, the coach has a blue-collar approach to the task ahead.

"We have our coaching goals established," said Hamilton, "and they are the same as the goals we have set in the past. We want girls who will just go out and play the game - who will get the job done, one point at a time. We don't worry about anything else."

The Ladies open the 2000 season Sept. 2 with a 1 p.m. home match against Cortez - a contender at last year's Class 4A State tournament.

 

Cross country runners hope to be contenders

By Karl Isberg

Pagosa Springs High School cross country runners have a new coach and excellent prospects for their upcoming season that starts Sept. 2.

Scott Anderson, an experienced distance runner and competitor, takes the reins of the program this year, replacing long-time coach and program creator Glen Cope.

Anderson and assistant coach Melinda Volger are working with a group of talented athletes, hoping the Lady Pirates can equal or better a 1999 second-place finish at the Colorado Class 3A state meet and thinking the Pirates can take their performances to a higher level and break into the ranks of contenders for team titles.

Four Lady Pirates return from last year's team: seniors Amber Mesker, Makina Gill and Annah Rolig, and junior Aubrey Volger. They are joined by junior veterans Joetta Martinez and Tiffany Thompson. Freshmen harriers Genevieve Gilbert and Lauren Caves round out the Lady Pirates' roster.

Three of the Ladies placed at last year's state meet. Volger was 13th in the Class 3A field; Mesker took 24th place at the season-ending event, and Gill placed 114th.

The injury bug bit the 1999 Ladies hard and often. Anderson thinks the elimination of injuries could be a big part of any success this year.

"Barring injuries and unforeseen circumstances," said the coach, "this group of girls can go as far as they want."

A big factor in the actualization of their potential will be the work many Lady Pirates did during the summer months. "A lot of them did what they had to do this summer," said Anderson. "They've worked hard so far, and they seem ready to work hard now."

Summer efforts did not result in physical problems and the Ladies are now readying themselves for competition. "Everybody's basically healthy. We haven't been running Amber that hard (Mesker was plagued by injury last year) and Tiffany Thompson has been a pleasant surprise - she's running very well. Aubrey and Annah look strong and I think we're on the way to solving some of the asthma problems Makina had last year."

The material is available, and without debilitating injuries, results this year will depend on how the Ladies handle the enormous mental dimension of their sport.

"The talent is there," said Anderson. "Whatever they do, whatever they accomplish is up to them. We'll see if they choose to apply their talents."

Senior Travis Laverty returns to the Pirates' squad after qualifying as an individual for the 1999 Colorado 3A meet and finishing 60th in the field.

Laverty will be joined by fellow seniors Patrick Riley and Dominic Lucero. Junior Trevor Peterson is running again, following recovery from a broken leg suffered last winter. Sophomores Todd Mees, Clay Pruitt and Ryan Beavers complete the team.

"The boys have potential," said Anderson. "Many of them were out of shape at the start of practice last week because they didn't do the off-season work. But, if they get their acts together, this team has some good runners, some strong kids. I think Travis and Todd will be out front and we need to find out who is going to bridge the gap."

Early practices in the first year of the "Anderson Regime" included time trials on a hill and a mile run to allow the coach to establish comparisons and provide an overall assessment of his runners.

"We've been working distances," said Anderson, "and starting this week we're doing harder intervals. We'll see who wants it. We'll continue to train through most of the races early in the season, looking to peak later in the schedule. We'll do a lot of work on strategy and on mental competitiveness."

The runners open the season at the Pagosa Invitational on Sept. 2.

The team will have a car wash Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot in downtown Pagosa Springs. Funds raised at the event will be used to purchase heart-rate monitors for use at practices.

 

Community News
Chamber News
By Sally Hameister

Boosters' production is delightful

Don't miss "Forever Plaid."

There, I've said it and I'm stickin' with it. What a perfectly delightful production the Music Boosters gang has come up with this time, and you would be foolish indeed to miss it.

Principals Mark DeVoti, Bill Nobles, Denis O'Hare and Steve Ruduski will provide you with the memorable music of the 50s and some antics, mugging and silliness that you will not soon forget. An Ed Sullivan sequence will have you rolling in the aisles, and a number performed with makeshift "microphones" is simply hilarious. The music brought tears to my eyes as it conjured high school memories of sock hops, proms and slow dancing that seem to have all but disappeared.

John Graves, Dave Krueger and Joe Gilbert provide the music for this wacky quartet and do a stellar job of it. Joan Hageman directs this 50s gem with her usual expertise, panache and flair - what a joy.

I'll repeat it - don't miss "Forever Plaid," beginning tonight and running through Saturday night with 7:30 p.m. performances at the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Moonlight Books, the Sisson Library and The Wild Hare. Adults are $12, students are $8, and children five and under are $5. See you all there.

Oops

I printed a bogus number for one of our new businesses last week, and I would like to correct that right now. New business, Gladiators, Inc., can be reached at 264-5599 or 800-282-5754. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have created for anyone.

Newsletter inserts

Don't forget to get those newsletter inserts to us by Aug. 28, with your check for $30. This is an easy, quick and economical way to market your new business, new product, new location or any other information you would like to share with our 735 members. Simply bring us 700 copies of your insert - we encourage colorful paper, and no folding please - and we will do the rest. If you have questions, just give Morna a call 264-2360.

Grand opening

Our old friends at Mountain Snapshots are having a Grand Opening celebration Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location across from Radio Shack in the new City Market complex. They invite you to join them in this celebration where they will be offering specials with film processing and goods, studio and old-time photography and their many unique frames. Also featured on this special day will be the work of Jan Brookshier, Christie Calderwood and Lili Pearson. If you would like more information, please call Scott at 731-4511. Hope to see everyone there Saturday.

Thank you

The Piano Creek staff recently hosted 21 Chamber Diplomats at their ranch site for a wonderful day of horseback riding and lunch, and everyone who attended raved about the hospitality and delicious food. We want to thank these folks for their kind invitation and warm hospitality: Jennai Bachus, Matt Bachus, Curt Flemming, Matt Poma, Janae Johnson, Lauri Cummings, Bryan Stack, Jody Record, Mary Ann Page, Jay Baldwin and Phil. We also thank our Chamber office manager Morna Trowbridge for organizing the Chamber side of things. The Diplomats appreciated the day and the opportunity to learn more about the project.

Animal auction

One of my favorite events of the year is fast approaching, and I strongly suggest that you mark your calendar and pick up your tickets soon. The Humane Society will host the Celebrity Auction for the Animals Aug. 29 at the Extension Building beginning at 5:30 p.m.

There are two categories of attendance for this amazing evening, and I suggest you opt for category number one which is the beer/wine tasting, including a commemorative glass and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. You can purchase these tickets for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You can also purchase a regular admission without the beer, wine, and glass advantage for $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Once again, I prefer the first option for the obvious reason, and I love collecting the glasses from year to year.

I have picked up some of the most unique gifts I've ever given at this affair and some of the funniest. The celebrity items are awesome - pictures, books, scripts, posters, clothes. It's fabulous.

I've never quite forgiven Barbara Husbands for outbidding me on a pair of phenomenal shoes - Vera Wangs, no less! that I sincerely coveted. (Just kidding, I love Barbara!) At any rate, I have two Whoopi Goldberg posters in my office, and my children have all kinds of goodies from this evening. Among many things, I have scored an autographed Ann Tyler book and a Paula Poundstone autographed picture and tee shirt for my daughter, Courtenay. As a little "gotcha", I picked up an autographed picture of Richard Gere for my son, Scott, who harbors a deep and abiding aversion for the actor. He loved it.

The evening includes both a silent and live auction that allow you so many opportunities to bid on your special select items. Pick up your tickets in advance to save some dough at the Chamber of Commerce, the Pack Rack, the Animal Shelter or Paradise Brewpub and Grill. If it's absolutely impossible for you to attend, you can bid on items by visiting the website at www.humanesocietyofpagosa springs.org. You will find a complete list of merchandise, photos and information about e-mail bidding. E-mail bids will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 27. Please call Nancy Ray at 731-3122 for more information about this wonderful annual event.

Membership

We have three new members to introduce to you this week and 29 renewals. Thank you so much for your prompt responses to our reminders - sure makes things easier around the Chamber.

Jody Thigpen joins us this week with Paper Plate Buffet located at 631 Williams Creek Road at the Indian Head Lodge. This is a homestyle buffet serving family recipes prepared in a big kitchen by Jody and Ann. Sounds like a little slice of heaven, eh? You can reach these folks with any questions at 731-2282.

Judy Nicholson joins us next with Civil Design Team, Inc., located at 452 Pagosa Street, No. 2A. Judy and Scott form the Civil Design Team offering you utility, grading, drainage and roadway design leadership for residential, commercial, mixed-use, urban and rural development projects. They welcome your call for more information at 264-1280 or 800-625-5103.

Our third new member this week is Michael J. Dalsaso (Mike) with Dalsaso Associates located at 154 Cedar Drive in Durango. Mike is an insurance broker offering life and small group health insurance, retirement planning (long-term care, Medicare supplement, viaticals and life settlements) and annuities/IRAs. You can reach Mike if you would like more information at 382-8143 in Durango.

Onward and upward with our renewals, Little Soldiers: Elizabeth Young with Navajo Trail Car Wash located at 67 Navajo Trail Drive; Kent and Diane Davis with Cabinets Plus, 4760 West U.S. 160; Curt Christensen, CPA, at 166 Village Drive; Christy Pollard with Directory Plus located at 1239 Main Avenue in Durango; Rocque McClellan with Airport Storage located at 201 Piedra Road; Doug Lenberg with Dahl of Durango at 182 Girard (Exclusive Title Sponsors for Colorfest this year); Livia Lynch, Coordinator, Pueblo Community College-Southwest Center, at the Archuleta County Education Center; Gerlinde Ehni, D.D.S, P.C. at 703 San Juan Street, Suite 207; Jere Morris with Mountain of Fun, Inc.; Jim Mudroch with Land Properties, Inc., at 141 14th Street; Eddie Dale with Dale Construction; Gary Lucas with Rio Grande Savings and Loan Association located at 80 Piedra Road; Michel and Sherley Albouy with Blanco River RV Park, LLC, at 97 Leisure Court; Mike Haynes with Ponderosa Do It Best located at 2435 West U.S. 160; John and Linda DiMuccio with Cool Water Plumbing and Piping (soon to have a new location - watch for it!); Dave Rosgen with Wildland Hydrology, Inc. at 1481 Stevens Lake Road; Reverend Annie Ryder with St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 174 Lewis Street; Bonnie Masters with Lone Eagle-Pagosa; Jody Thigpen with Indian Head Lodge, 631 Williams Creek Road; Robert Sparks with the Fireside Inn located at 1600 East Highway 160; Lyn and Ralph Frank with Subway West in the Pagosa Country Center and Subway East at 510 San Juan; and Jerry and Rose Zepnick with Lantern Dancer Gallery and Gifts, 176 East Pagosa Street in the River Center.

Our Associate Member renewals this week include Victoria Appenzeller, Real Estate Associate with Land Properties, Inc.; Paige Gordon, Chamber Diplomat and Real Estate Associate with Betty Johann Realty and wife, Jean, also a Chamber Diplomat; Joan (Chamber Diplomat) and Gene Cortright; Charlotte (Chamber Diplomat) and David Overley and last, but far from least, Ray and JoAnn Laird with my all time favorite business, "I'm a Fool for You, Sally." Their business description points out simply that, "The title says it all . . ." Thanks, kids.

Reminders

Just a couple of reminders, folks.

Don't forget to register for Pueblo Community College fall classes at our Education Center. Even though some classes began Aug. 23, others didn't actually go into session until later dates, so there still might be time to sign up. Please call 264-0445 for more information.

The San Juan Historical Society Pioneer Museum will be open until Sept. 21.

 

Pagosa Lakes

By Ming Steen

Four-player scramble golf will benefit United Way

Local golfers take note: Play for United Way this Saturday and help the organizer reach their goal of raising $55,000 in Archuleta County for the year 2001. Here's the skinny on the golf. It's a four-player scramble with no handicap. There is a $75 entry fee per player or $40 for golfers with Pagosa Golf Club memberships. The entry fee will go for green fees, cart rental, lunch, prizes and $20 from each registration is donated directly to United Way in Archuleta County. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Interested golfers can form their own teams or enter individually. Organizer Bob Eggleston is encouraging individuals and businesses to call the golf pro shop at 731-4755 to register for the scramble. Pagosa's United Way fundraising committee is optimistic that the goal for Archuleta County will be met and that continued support can be allocated to the 13 health and human service agencies serving this area.

Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association is inviting interested PLPOA members who are permanent residents in good standing to volunteer for the following vacant positions:

There is one vacancy for a volunteer position on the board of directors for a term of two years. Under a recent approved by-law amendment, the applicant, if appointed, would have to stand for re-election at the next annual meeting (July 2001). It is the board of directors' intention to interview all applicants and appoint the new director at the regular meeting in September.

The second area of need is for alternate members to serve on the PLPOA's Environmental Control Committee. This committee meets the first and third Thursday of each month in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. On the Wednesday prior to the regularly scheduled Thursday meeting, informal sessions are held for fact finding and touring of involved properties.

The third and last vacancy is on the Code of Enforcement hearing panel. The panel meets on the first Wednesday of each month to hear appeals regarding covenant matters, rules and regulations. Application forms for all the above vacancies may be obtained from the association office in person. Application deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Yup, it's almost time for the youngsters to be back in school and for parents to schedule evening workouts for themselves. Taebo classes are available in the evenings. Currently Shera Condon is teaching a 5:15 Step-Bo class on Tuesday and Thursday. Tammy Holcomb is gearing up to add on more weekday evening classes. Call The Recreation Center for details (731-2051).

Or if you wish to workout but in a more personalized fashion, fitness trainers are available at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center. The trainers will design an exercise program to meet your needs. More information is available at the Recreation Center.

 

Senior News

By Janet Copeland

Musical treats highlighted picnic in the park

Once again Mother Nature smiled on our senior picnic on Friday, the weather was gorgeous and we had over 60 folks present. David Snyder and Sharman Alto, from Arboles, surprised us by playing various string and rhythm instruments and singing - what a treat. Some of our members even joined in by playing rhythm instruments. Henry Barsanti and Johnny Martinez really added to the fun. Thanks David and Sharman, and please come again sometime. We were especially honored to have David Mitchell and Karl Isberg present. We would love to have you come more often guys. As usual, the kitchen crew treated us royally with roast beef, corn-on-the-cob, and all the trimmings.

Tuesday, Aug. 15, was our first Tuesday meal. We were pleased to have 25 folks present, but hope more will become aware that meals are now available every Tuesday and come out to join us. Where else can folks over 60 get a wonderful, nutritious meal for $2.25?

Congratulations to Bill Baker, who is this week's Senior of the week. We are pleased to honor him.

One piece of important information we learned about at the Senior Lobby (which I wrote about last week) is the existence of the Colorado Senior Lobby, which is a coalition of organizations and individuals who believe Colorado's older people can greatly affect and be affected by state and national legislative decisions. The lobby was incorporated in 1980 as a non-profit, non-partisan, all -volunteer organization that speaks with a unified voice for the more than 500,000 Coloradans 55 years of age and older on issues of common concern. Membership is open to any Coloradan for $25 a year or $50 a year for organizations. For more information, telephone (303) 832-4535 or write to Colorado Senior Lobby, 1420 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218-1910. This is an excellent way to keep informed regarding legislative bills which affect the elderly, as well as related legislation affecting everyone.

We sincerely thank Alice Young who worked in the dining room on Monday. Alice is our newest volunteer.

 

Cruising with Cruse

By Katherine Cruse

Altitude changes caloric needs

Last week I read an article reminding hikers and campers about the need for increased calories at altitudes above 8,000 feet. Maybe you saw it too. Our daughter, who's been visiting here for a couple of weeks, also saw it.

It started both of us reminiscing about our first trip here, back in 1984. We came up from San Antonio, Texas, with the Boy Scout Explorer Post that she and our son had recently joined. The goal was a week-long backpack trip on the Continental Divide. Hotshot and I were along for the ride, so to speak. Since he had only a week of vacation time, we were bailing out early and leaving the group after only three nights on the Divide.

The Post had come to the Weminuche the year before, but before that they'd always gone to Philmont, the BSA camp in northern New Mexico. At Philmont, all the food is doled out to the groups, three days worth at a time.

Now the Post was on its own. The first year they came here, everyone was responsible for his or her own food, which was the normal procedure on weekend backpack trips back in Texas. That apparently didn't work. There were hungry kids and kids whose week's worth of food weighed far too much for them too carry. There was the advisor who brought Ramen noodles and nothing else. His body began protesting after the third day, and he had a pretty miserable time.

It was a learning experience. Something had to change. The next year one of the other advisors, someone other than Mr. Ramen, took charge of procuring the food.

This advisor worked in the offices of a large grocery firm. Salesmen came by her desk every day, hawking their wares, hoping to line up prominent shelf space for new and improved products. Cheryl kept a three-ring binder full of pictures of the Post on top of her desk. She showed it to everyone. She scrounged free samples and stored them away like an ancient Egyptian getting ready for the seven lean years.

Hamburger Helper, Stove Top, new oatmeal varieties, Fruit Rollups - If I fail to mention your favorite brand of processed prepackaged food, I apologize. I'm sure the error of omission is mine, not Cheryl's.

She saved the Post kids a lot of weight to carry. And a lot of money. When it came time to repack food for the big trip, they didn't have to lay out much cash. They thought it was a bargain.

But they also didn't have much to eat, as they discovered on the trail.

The reason? Nobody in the group had ever read that useful article on caloric needs at high altitudes. Or any other useful article.

A box of instant stuffing, for example, may say that the entire package makes six servings. Or eight. Or whatever. Those are half-cup servings, folks. Go rummage through the kitchen drawers and pull out a half-cup measurer. Pretty small amount, huh? Now picture that small amount of food in your Sierra cup at the end of the day's hike.

What? That's it? Well, no, campers, we also have dessert. A half cup of instant pudding. Yum, yum. Thirsty? There's Koolaid. Or, as anyone who's ever been to summer camp calls it, Bug Juice.

Lunches weren't much different, calorie-wise. Six Saltine crackers spread with deviled ham one day, peanut butter on four graham crackers the next. A fruit rollup. A large bag of M&Ms divided among 10 people. That's all, folks.

Since Hotshot and I were only on the trail with them for the first three days, we didn't really suffer. Being at altitude sometimes depresses your appetite, at least for a while. But the kids got to exist on a regimen of hard physical exertion, hiking all day, and starvation rations for 10 days.

Explorer Scouts are teenagers. They normally put away a lot of calories. This denial of a most basic need was a totally new experience for them. The only exception might have been one of the young ladies who was a part-time model, and who seemed to exist on exotic meals like celery wrapped in lettuce.

Our son and daughter told us later about those long evenings around the campfire. How the kids amused themselves talking about food. Food they couldn't wait to eat when they got off the trail.

"Pizza," one would say, and the rest would be silent for a moment, lost in individual images of the perfect pizza, full of Pepperoni and with the cheese oozing off the slice. Then, "French fries." Or "milkshake." Probably a couple of them were even thinking that vegetables sounded pretty good by then. I can imagine even Miss Skin-and-bones joining in, probably with "salad." And the rest of them sighing.

One food they never mentioned was "oatmeal." Crackers, pudding, and fruit rollups were also banned. Anything that was being served up every day. I'm sure they were all determined that those foods would never cross their lips again.

The following year Cheryl got married and stayed home. I took over the food management. The kids got to plan the menu ahead of time, and we bought adequate amounts. Nobody went hungry. In fact, by the end of the trip, Miss Skin-and-bones had a new complaint. She'd gained seven pounds. Her jeans felt tight.

Gee. Too bad.

 

Library News

By Lenore Bright

Preschool reading program may end

We are still welcoming preschoolers to the library Tuesdays and Fridays 11 to 11:30 a.m. for preschool story and activity time. The last scheduled activity date is Sept. 1. We will take Labor Day week off, and may or may not resume on Sept. 11.

The response to continuing preschool activities beyond the Summer Reading Program has been lukewarm. Some days we have a lot of participants and others we have one or two, or none.

Parents of preschoolers: If you want the Tuesday and Friday programs to continue, now is your chance to make your voices heard. Bring your children to participate, and let us know if you would continue to do so into the fall. We will let you know via this column what the verdict is.

Services map

Stop in at the library and look at a copy of the Colorado Passenger Services Map. It is not meant to replace a standard highway map, but it does have lots of information on what kind of transportation options are available throughout the state: from specialized transportation - buses for the handicapped and seniors - to where Amtrak stations are located in Colorado, to the location of historic trains and trolleys. We only have one copy, but you are welcome to read it, or Xerox your own copy to have on hand.

New nonfiction

Believe it or not, fall is almost here, and it's a great time to spruce up your home and yard before the snow flies and the holidays are upon us. The library staff has been busy picking out and cataloging fun home improvement and decorating books for you to dream over or make a reality. Here's a sampling.

"Tabletops" by Barbara Milo Ohrbach, has loads of fun and creative ways to decorate your table for any occasion. Many of these ideas can also be used for general decorating.

"Creative Living Room Decorating", "Creative Kitchen Decorating" and "Creative Display Ideas For Your Home" are all part of the "Creating Your Home Series" by Betterway Books. These books are loaded with tons of fabulous and clever decorating and display ideas, that will have you wondering, "why didn't I think of that?"

"Building Shelves in a Weekend" by Alan and Gill Bridgewater and "Handpainting Your Furniture" offer projects for both beginners and those with more experience. With step-by-step instructions, even a novice can meet with professional results!

For those with an outdoor bent, there are several great books to choose from.

"Quaint Birdhouses You Can Build and Paint" by Dorothy Egan contains plans for birdhouses both functional and decorative.

Ortho's "All About Backyard Structures" includes plans and materials selection guides for a multitude of projects, including gazebos, sheds, arbors and more.

Sunset's "Landscaping With Stone" contains installation instructions for paths, walls, water gardens and rock gardens.

"The Book of Container Gardening" is "a creative and practical guide to gardening with window boxes, pots, hanging baskets, and other decorative containers".

For those of you with children to entertain who, by the end of the summer, have "nothing to do", may we recommend "Boredom Blasters" by Susan Todd. It's filled with activities, games, and jokes, making it perfect for rainy days, car trips, long flights, or just passing the time.

On a more serious note, once the kids are entertained and the projects done, we have "Our Cosmic Future: Humanity's Fate in the Universe" by Nikos Prantzos. This book explores not what will happen, but what could happen in the future of the human race in the universe. Shall we return to the moon? Could we colonize Mars and other planets in our solar system? Why haven't we met extraterrestrial beings? These questions and many more are explored in this thought-provoking book.

"On the Trail of the Women Warriors: the Amazons in Myth and History" by Lyn Webster Wilde explores the myths and realities of this largely unknown field of research. Were the Amazons really "golden-shielded, silver-sworded, man-loving, male-child slaughterers"? Did they really exist? Find out more that you ever thought could be known about this powerful group of "ferocious warrior women."

There are many other new fiction and nonfiction books to be found in the library. Come down and see what piques your interest.

Donations

Books and other materials came from Donald Mowen, Nancy Neyen, Pat Holt, Sherry Murray, Mary Bensburg, Lily Jay, Diane Pancoast, Nicholas Afaami, and Gary and Deis McNaughton. Thanks to everyone.

 

Local Chatter

By Kate Terry

Veterans of Korean Conflict to be feted

The American Legion will honor Archuleta County's Korean war veterans this Sunday, at the American Legion Hall next to Town Park beginning with a brief ceremony at noon, followed by a photo-opportunity session. A dinner will be served at 1 p.m.

The Korean War was started June 25, 1950 when communist-ruled North Korea invaded South Korea. As its commitment to the United Nations, the United States sent troops into the hostilities. Because the U.S. never declared war, its entry into this war was called the Korean Conflict.

Veteran's awards were not treated the same as in World War II. This press release - copied from the August/September 2000 issue of "The Family Tree" provides information that relieves these limitations.

"Not until August of last year when the Secretary of Defense approved the acceptance and wearing of The Republic of Korea War Service Medal did our Korean War veterans have a campaign medal.

"Eligibility requirements include service from June 25, 1950 until July 27, 1953. Veterans are eligible if they served in or were deployed to and returned from the combat zone during the Korean War. Eligibility is extended if they served in relation to the theater of combat, through unit mobilization or integration into temporarily constituted units.

"Combat theater nurses who treated patients wounded in combat are also eligible. The medal will be worn after the United Nations Medal or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. It follows the Kuwait Liberation Medal in precedence for non U.S. service medals and ribbons. Please contact your local veterans organization for full information."

("The Family Tree" is a publication devoted to genealogy).

Around town

The Colorfest Balloon Festival is scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24. To date, there are 48 balloons registered from Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Two of the pilots are international pilots - one is from New Zealand and one from England.

Rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata begin soon. So far, 107 persons are preregistered. If you like to sing, enjoy fellowship and just want to have a good time, then join this group. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mountain Heights Baptist Church.

Chapter 1056 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at Pagosa Lodge Aug. 26 for a noon buffet lunch. Following lunch the group will discuss issues that affect both current federal employees and retirees. Chapter 1056 includes both Archuleta and La Plata counties. Anyone planning to attend should make reservations by calling Cecil Tackett at 731-5044.

Fun on the run

An expectant mother was being rushed to the hospital, but didn't quite make it.

She gave birth to her baby on the hospital lawn. Later, the father received a bill listing "Delivery Room Fee: $500."

He wrote the hospital and reminded them the baby was born on the front lawn. A week passed, and a corrected bill arrived: "Greens Fee: $200."

 

 

Education News

By Tom Steen

Telecourses can help you get a degree sooner

Your college degree may be closer than you think.

A rapidly growing number of students around Colorado are earning college degrees by taking telecourses and other courses delivered at a distance. In many cases, students take distance courses at various colleges other than their home institutions and accumulate credits that way.

Look at television from a different perspective: each year, for hundreds of rural Coloradans, telecourses have been a convenient avenue allowing them to continue their education.

A telecourse is a coordinated learning system based on a series of television programs. It is supplemented by print materials (text, study guide, readings) and local faculty involvement in the form of lectures and/or consultation. The choice of discipline, number of credits, course level, requirements and tuition cost for each telecourse may vary from one institution to another. All telecourses aired on Rocky Mountain PBS are academically proven, well-produced television series developed by college faculty, scholars, practitioners and instructional design specialists.

There are 35 telecourses available from one or more of 17 Colorado colleges being offered this fall.

A sampling of some of the fall 2000 telecourses includes "American Adventure" (History) focusing on the human story, as well as the political and economic stories of America, from Colombian contact to the Civil War and Reconstruction. "American Cinema" (Film/Art) brings film making into focus as an art form, as an economic force, and as a system of representation and communication. "Art of the Western World" (Art History) examines the works of art that have come to define the Western visual tradition from ancient Greece to the present day. "Business and the Law" (Business) provides a comprehensive overview of law and the world of business including law of sales, commercial paper, agency and property. "Dealing with Diversity" (Multicultural Education) provides important sociological lessons in social interaction, the concept of race, social class, age, gender, sexual orientation, and the sociology of minorities. "Destinos" (Spanish) is an introductory Spanish course designed to give students full communicative proficiency in Spanish - listening, speaking, reading, writing - using the telenovela approach. "Developing Child" (Early Childhood Education) traces child development from conception through adolescence - covering not only physical growth and development but also cognitive, social and emotional maturation.

Other course titles include "Discovering Psychology," "Economics USA," "Ethics in America," "Growing Old in a New Age," "Human Geography: People, Places and Change," "Intermediate Algebra," "Marketing," "Nutrition Pathways," "Sociological Imagination," "Voices in Democracy," "World of Art," "Race to Save the Planet," and "World of Chemistry."

Since taking a telecourse requires only a minimum (if any) of on-campus attendance, it has become one of the most popular alternatives to traditionally taught courses.

Telecourses provide an ideal opportunity for educators wishing to earn credit and expand their professional background. Educators should be aware of school district policy, their endorsement areas and/or degree program requirements before registering. Colorado educators wishing to use community college courses for re-licensure may do so if the coursework 1) applies to a new endorsement, 2) is in the area of the teacher's assignment, 3) extends the computer skills of the teacher, or 4) deals with child abuse. Specific questions dealing with license renewal can be directed to the Colorado Department of Education at (303) 866-6628.

Several telecourses are available for high school credit from Aurora Public Schools Continuing Education Center. For more information, please call (303) 344-0358.

For more information on telecourses, contact the Education Center here in Pagosa at 264-2835, the college of your choice, or the RMPBS Telecourse Hotline at 1(877) ON-RMPBS.

 

Arts Line

By Jennifer Galesic

Clay, Pigment and Fiber show opens

Opening this evening at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council gallery at Town Park is a much anticipated exhibit: "Clay Pigment, and Fiber."

This display of fine art is a collaboration by three very talented ladies, featuring ink wash, watercolors, pastels, unique works of non-functional clay art, as well as functional pottery.

Alana Koch describes her work as "earth-oriented with Native American spiritual influences." She incorporates natural elements such as stones and feathers into her ceramic pieces. Recently, Alana began to teach her gift of clay art to students.

Bev Simonson has been studying and producing in the art world for 50 years. Her first lessons were in portraiture, and later she began working in oil, watercolor, and weaving. The paintings she has selected for this show are primarily a combination of watercolor and ink.

The third artist in this triumphant trio is Verna Lucas. Not only is Verna the featured artist in the current "Petroglyph" newsletter, but now we also have the exciting opportunity to view her functional pieces of pottery first-hand. She has received rave reviews for her hummingbird feeders, hand-thrown on the wheel. Verna creates every piece as if she were making it for herself.

Don't miss the reception tonight, 5 to 7 p.m. at the PSAC gallery. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Announcements

The Music Boosters' latest production "Forever Plaid" opened last weekend, and the reviews are in. The show is a fabulous evening of entertainment for the whole family and not to be missed.

This weekend, tonight through Saturday night, you have your final opportunity to take in this musical delight.

The PSAC would like to thank all of the snack booth volunteers, including Stephanie Jones, Jennifer Babiak, Clare and Ian Burns, Westra and, last but not least, Doug and Katrina Schultz.

Chile Mountain Cafe, a new restaurant here in town, is looking for local consignment art to display on the walls. This is a great deal for all you gifted Pagosa artisans. Call Carolyn at 731-6550 for more information.

 

Editorials

Guest Editorial

Become more aware

Violence is becoming an epidemic. It surrounds us from our televisions, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes.

The realizations that the cycle of abuse is prevalent even in our small town, and only gets worse without intervention, forces us to face the issue. The sight of violence in our everyday lives should commit us, as a society, to explore the problem, analyze it, and work at solutions to incorporate safety into our lives and those of our families, neighbors, community, state and nation.

Did you know that one million violent crimes have been committed against persons by their current or former spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends? That in 1998, 1,320 women in the United States were killed by an intimate or former intimate partner? That women are five times more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence than men? That 43 percent of domestic violence households include children under the age of 12? In Colorado alone, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in 1999, 25 more than in 1998. In 1999 alone, Colorado advocates answered 30,769 crisis calls. Violence should not be tolerated any further, and our children should not be witnesses to the terror of violence against a parent, usually their mother.

Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program serves nearly 200 victims each year, with the numbers constantly increasing. Why is this? We at Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program feel this is due to many factors. We believe this community is becoming more aware of the problems of violence, in our schools, in our society and in our homes. Citizens are becoming more educated on prevention and setting their personal boundaries against abuse. Families may be trusting our criminal justice system more to provide the necessary protection and appropriate responses to violence.

Lastly, our society is working at holding batterers accountable and getting them the help they need: to regain control, to learn that abuse (emotional and physical) is not the key to conflict resolution and that power and control over another is not acceptable behavior. By incorporating early prevention and by educating our children and our community, citizens learn the red warning flags of violence, how to avoid abusive confrontations, and to form their own boundaries and positive attitudes towards violence, leading to violence-free living.

You can make a difference and become part of the solution. Violence is everyone's business - it is your business. Learn about domestic violence services in our community, contribute your time, resources or money. Call the police if you see or hear violence in progress. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about violence, how to set their own personal boundaries, and not to accept any kind of abuse, from belittling statements or name calling, to pushing, hitting, kicking, and slapping. Develop a safety campaign in your workplace, neighborhood, schools, and house of worship. Examine your own life for violence and oppressive behaviors and make a personal commitment to lead a violence-free life.

Learning to live and lead violence-free is not easy in our culture, but it can be done. For more information or to become part of the solution, phone 264-9075. Your family, children, and neighbors will all benefit from your commitment and action.

Carmen Hubbs

Archuleta County Vicitms Assistance Program Executive Director

 

 

Dear Folks

By David C. Mitchell

Enjoying the picnic in the park

Dear Folks,

Friday was a banner day. I remembered to show up for the Senior Citizen Center's delicious "Picnic in the Park."

Though a little late, I did get there before Dawnie shut down the serving line.

My memory often operates in "low-low gear", so I'm usually one of the last to arrive at the senior picnics. The advantage is that everyone else is already served so the serving line is rather short. There's another plus to being at the end of the line, but it is a gamble.

If you gamble and lose, some of the pans are already empty and you miss out on some servings. But when you win, the servers know that they will have food left over unless they start increasing the size of the portions.

Such was not the case Friday. Though I arrived on my regular "Pagosa Time" tardiness, the serving line was long and folks were waiting to be served.

Evidently Pagosa's senior citizens population has become so large that the availability of memory in the local "memory bank" is operating at its critical limit.

By my remembering the picnic in time to attend, it evidently bankrupted the memory bank. This caused someone else to forget to bring the necessary paper plates. So we waited.

In Pagosa, waiting in line can add to the enjoyment of an outing. The idle interlude provides time for enjoyable visiting with friends or strangers. And in Pagosa, a stranger is a friend in waiting.

Overhearing his West Texas inflection, I realized I was standing behind Windell Hildebrant and his wife Loretta.

For year's Windell reigned as the "Top Racquet" at Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center - at any age level. Anyone wanting to learn about racquetball and/or humility should schedule some court time with Windell.

While the Picnic in the Park food is always delicious, the shaded setting at Town Park and the pleasant company add an extra-special flavor.

I found an empty spot at Ruth and Gerry Driesens' table. It's been years, but I remember how much fun it was to play golf with Gerry and Irving Hansen. The course just had 18 holes at that time, and the fairways were much shorter back then.

Wilbur Sullivan and his wife were visiting from Arkansas. Mr. Sullivan is a retired school superintendent. Having worked in the school district's business office, his wife claimed to be the one who had actually run the district.

Phil Heitz joined us and contributed to the relaxed conversation. He is another of the many unselfish folks who move to Pagosa and become active as volunteers and who participate in the various outdoor activities.

I was honored to have Cindy Gustafson sit next to me. Before moving to Pagosa, Cindy served as the prototype for Eveready Battery Company's "Energizer Bunny." Except Cindy refuses to beat her own drum. And her energy level far outdistances the Bunny.

Whereas Kate Terry provides her timely calendar of the weekly activities and all that's happening in Pagosa, Cindy attends each and ever function. Somehow Cindy and her husband Ron still find time for house boating on Navajo Lake, taking in the plays in Farmington, and on and on and on and on. . . .

Having finished eating, Carolyn Hansen and Bevery Arandell were table hopping. Carolyn has long been one of my heroes of faith.

Beverly teaches the handbell choir at Pagosa Christian School. She was able to keep a straight face while offering a number of nice compliments about the SUN.

Much like the Archuleta County Senior Center program, it is thanks to an excellent staff that the SUN makes it off the press each week. By no way is it a one-man show. It's somewhat like the Picnic in the Park.

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

 

25 years ago

KPAG broadcasts in Pagosa

Taken from SUN files

of Aug. 28, 1975

Radio station KPAG went on the air in Pagosa Springs Wednesday morning of this week as the station made its first broadcast under the direction of general manager Bob Roddy. This is the first commercial radio station to broadcast directly from Pagosa Springs.

The largest enrollment in the history of the local schools is being recorded this week. Registration Tuesday morning of this week totaled 787 and Superintendent Abner Hahn reports that preregistration indicates that there will be another 20 students after Labor Day. This will put the enrollment over the 800-mark for the first time.

Teal Campground at Williams Creek Reservoir will soon become a day-use only campground, according to an announcement by Piedra District Ranger Ted LaMay. To accommodate the large number of vacationers in the Williams Creek Reservoir area, the Williams Creek and Cimmarona campgrounds are being enlarged.

Work on the downtown parking fill is progressing rapidly. It appears that the parking area will be surfaced thanks to donations by local merchants, the town and the county.

Legacies

By Shari Pierce

Mrs. Ruby Sisson - teacher and legend

This week I was rummaging through my file cabinet looking for some letters that I received a few years back. I came across an old copy of Empire Magazine, a supplement to the Sunday edition of The Denver Post. This particular issue was from June 1978.

Seeing the magazine brought memories rushing back. This issue featured a rancher from the Upper Blanco Basin. But what was more important was that this rancher was a teacher. My teacher.

I can still remember the day the men from the Post visited Pagosa Springs High School. This was an important event for a large portion of Pagosa Springs. It was Mrs. Ruby Sisson's last year teaching. She had decided to retire.

The writer and photographer spent time with Mrs. Sisson on her ranch in the Blanco Basin and then they spent time with her in the classroom. They interviewed her, some of the faculty and students, past and present.

Bill Hemingway wrote in his opening paragraph, "Pagosa Springs High School has an opening for a math teacher. Only legends need apply. Miss Ruby has retired." Boy, did he hit the nail on the head.

Mrs. Sisson was one of those teachers who made a lasting impression on almost every student who had the good fortune to walk into her classroom. Though small of stature, she commanded the respect of her students.

She taught us a lot about math, and why it was important. To this day, it remains one of my favorite subjects. She taught us about housekeeping. Her room was immaculate. You'd always want to make sure your shoes were clean before entering her classroom. Otherwise you'd get to use the child-sized broom and dustpan kept in the front of the room just for that purpose. She taught us about life. We learned to respect our teachers, get our work done on time, sit still in class, pay attention, care about others and do our best.

Miss Ruby Cales was born in Kansas in 1901. She graduated from the University of Nebraska; her teaching certificate was from Kearney (Neb.) State Normal School. She taught four years before coming to Pagosa Springs in 1929. She taught in Pagosa for 48 more school years.

In 1936, she married Herman "Red" Sisson. He passed away in 1957.

Mrs. Sisson taught eight grades in the Blanco Basin school house from 1936 until 1948. Then she alternated between the Blanco school and the high school in town until the Blanco school closed. She also served as County superintendent of schools for eight years.

In many families, she taught the parents and then their children. In a few, she taught three generations. Because we came to Pagosa Springs when I was starting high school, I get to count myself among the lucky ones who got to call Mrs. Sisson my teacher.

 

Features

Food for Thought

By Karl Isberg

Brats are great at $28.99 a pound

I sense autumn on the horizon, and one thing becomes paramount in my mind.

The changing leaves?

No.

Kiddies returning to school?

My kids are grown. I no longer tremble with the fear my lack of accomplishment as a parent might be mirrored by their average performances.

Fall high school sports?

Granted, those Lady Pirate volleyball players are big faves but. . . no.

Cool weather?

Fat guys always welcome a dip in the temp, but this is not what occupies my attention.

It's an elemental thing.

A primal guy thing.

Sausage.

To be exact: homemade sausage, the sweetest product of the hunt.

Autumn is time to call the pig and the calf across the yard, and kill them. Fall is prime time for the carnivore - time for the traditional slaughter, time to preserve food for the impending winter.

Time to make sausage.

I got to business last Saturday with Scott and Lindsey. We set sail on a male-bonding high-fat adventure, a throwback to times when hardy but short-lived males took off from shelter in search of meat, returning to preserve and share the bounty with the rest of the tribe.

The night before the sausage-making extravaganza, I prepare for the task ahead by watching a video Scott procured through the mail from one of America's premiere sausage makers - a large man, obviously a heavy smoker with lethal cardiovascular problems. Let's call him Bob.

Bob is renowned for his sausage-making skills, having once owned "the most successful and prominent sausage business in Las Vegas."

In the video, Bob stands behind a counter in the kitchen of his doublewide. He has been drinking. The camera operator is a nephew or, perhaps, Bob's wife Lurleen. Bob tells us up front he is on a "low cholesterol" diet because of years of pork abuse. This does not stop him from displaying the finesse that made his links the hit of the Strip. Bob is less than articulate but I study his hands and the manner in which he handles his casings. I learn from the master, and I am ready.

I digest the info in the video and sleep fitfully. Rising early Saturday morning, I prepare my kitchen. I sharpen knives, bleach cutting boards, collect bowls and basins. I put two packs of premium hog casings in a bowl full of warm water (the smell is. . .well, they are intestines after all). My dog and faithful companion Arnie sniffs the casings. When I turn my back, the wily Labrador snatches a slimy strand of pig gut and retreats to his bed in the entryway to chew and gag, chew and gag. He is one happy dog.

With preliminaries complete, I open a cabinet below the kitchen counter. A glow radiates from the dark recess behind the door. IT is waiting: my pride and joy; my orb, my scepter, my spear.

The Porkert Fleischhacker 10.

The Porkert is the world's premiere meat grinder, fashioned from top-grade Czech steel by conscientious Ruhr Valley craftsmen: a device with the truest calibration, the tightest tolerances in the meat-hacking universe!

I place the Porkert on the counter, and go on the hunt for meat - the prima materia in the impending alchemical transformation of mere flesh into sausage.

My hunt takes me to the local supermarket, where I purchase three pork shoulders. No one is injured. I scurry home and wait for my mates.

Scott arrives first. He brings two additional pork shoulders, a large mixing bowl, breakfast sausage spices, a can of mysterious industrial-grade lubricant, a bundle of collagen casings, and a stuffing horn which (we are to discover too late) was made by a bunch of sweat-shop wage slaves in a small village on the outskirts of Canton - with materials salvaged from a discarded Yugo.

Scott packed his car the night before, after arriving in town from a trip to Denver to fetch his parents. He rises Saturday a.m., bids mom and dad a cheery goodbye, and leaves. After all, you can visit mom and dad any time. Sausage making, on the other hand, is a rare event.

Lindsey arrives later, bringing his imminent good cheer, an abundance of soccer-fueled energy, and a billfold full of cash.

To begin the ceremony, we share a moment of silence, gazing reverently at the meat and at the Porkert Feischacker 10. Then, we jump to the chase; there is sausage to extrude, manliness to exude.

Kathy comes downstairs, drapes a sheet across the back of a leather chair in the living room and delivers an ultimatum: "If there is pork on my furniture, on the walls or ceilings, or on the dog, I will kill all of you." With that, she flees, leaving us to our elemental labor.

The Porkert Fleischhacker 10 works as per its exacting Czech heritage. Chunks of pork shoulder and pork fat are thrust down the feed tube, carried by the keen auger, inexorably, to a razor sharp blade before being pushed through the 3/8-inch holes of the disc into a basin. One moment we behold a chunk of raw pork; the next moment, we possess the finely-ground fleshy foundation of bliss in a bowl.

We whop off five pounds of breakfast sausage for Scott. He is a mild-mannered gentleman and breakfast sausage is something he appreciates. We carefully calibrate the food scale, weigh our meat and determine the correct amount of spice. We mix meat and spice and set the stuffing horn on the dining room table.

After dipping a hank of collagen casing in cool water, I load the nozzle at the front of the phallic device and Lindsey applies pressure via a lever to a plate that mushes the meat down and into the recesses of the horn, eventually expelling it through the nozzle into the casing.

Or so it would be in an ideal world - such as the kitchen in Bob's modular, with Bob half-tanked on Wild Turkey, operating a machine manufactured by someone in Europe!

As it turns out, the accursed Chinese have the last laugh. Ignoring Lindsey's explicatives as meat squirts up and over the plate in the cylinder, I hear the giggling of underpaid Asian workers in the background. A pot metal travesty, this horn!

It takes an hour and a half to press the breakfast sausage mix through the horn and into the small casings. I carefully wind the finished product in heavy-duty freezer bags and into the fridge it goers.

Then, it's on to a real sausage - something to toss on the cue, something to saute or to boil in beer. With bockwurst, knockwurst and lieberkase this is one of the Ultimate Sausages.

Bratwurst.

Brats - produced plump and precious, sheathed with real hog's gut.

I have the requisite spices on hand, as well as milk and egg. I also have some non-fat dry milk available as a binder.

We fire up the Fleischhacker and produce 10 pounds of the nicest grind you've ever seen. The boys clamp the Porkert to a railing on the deck and crank furiously as I cube more shoulder in the kitchen. Arnie runs back and forth, hoovering up any misplaced chunks of pig, catching flecks of suet as they fly in the air. We are in the sausage zone.

We mix the meat with spices (nutmeg, mace and ginger give the links their distinctive taste), milk, salt, pepper, egg, powdered milk. With a large diameter nozzle on the Sino-horn, long ropes of bratwurst soon curl on the baking sheet beneath the device.

We opt for the non-emulsified version of the sausage. In many types of bratwurst, meat is ground, mixed with spices then run through a cycle in a food processor, giving the meat a paté-like texture. We decide to do without veal in our brats (have you priced baby cow lately?) and go with 100-percent pork, omitting emulsification and leaving the sausage with a rough texture. Plus, as Scott wisely notes, the food processor adds another link in an already weak chain that, if broken, could lead to our deaths.

Lindsey works like a man possessed, flies flitting about his sweaty brow. Scott is ecstatic, rubbing his hands and grinning like a madman. I caress the bratwurst from nozzle tip into hog gut, insuring a perfect diameter, pricking air pockets as they develop with the handy-dandy sausage pricker Scott purchased from Bob's website for only $5.95.

Suddenly, we are finished. The three of us are caked with pork, the dry milk-bound meat setting up like cement on hands and forearms, cheeks and noses.

There is a sheen of pork fat on the kitchen floor.

The dog is sick.

But, it is nearly autumn, and we have brats.

We twist the ropes of sausage into links and bag the links. The hunt is over.

We clean as well as guys can clean, and slop a bleach/water mix on everything in sight, including ourselves.

We search the area near our machinery, picking microscopic bits of pork from floor and furniture.

We divvy up the brats and my compatriots are off to their respective caves.

I immediately parboil two brats, split them and fry them in a bit of butter until crispy brown. I put the brats in a fresh, warm flour tortilla with some sliced provolone and slather the mess with stone-ground mustard. I eat. I am happy.

Figuring the price of machines, materials and the time needed to hunt down the meat and make the sausage, I calculate the price of the bratwurst at approximately $28.99 per pound.

"You can't put a price on the learning curve," says Scott.

Indeed. What we gain in knowledge will pay big dividends. In several weeks, we will convene again - this time to make some Korv and, perhaps, boudin or Hungarian paprikash sausage. Using the knowledge gained at our first sausage fest, our per-pound price should be under $15.

Notice the slant of light outside. Can you sense fall's arrival?

Go ahead, do it. Make some sausage.

For 10 pounds of rough pork brats you'll need seven pounds of pork butt or shoulder (fat and all) and three pounds of lean shoulder.

Grind the meat through the 3/8 disc. Add several beaten eggs, a couple tablespoons each of pepper, mace, ginger and nutmeg. Add a bunch of salt and a couple of cups of whole milk or cream. Toss in about a cup of non-fat dry milk and mix well.

Fry up a tad of the sausage, eat it and adjust your seasoning to taste.

Use a stuffing horn (not Chinese!) and fill hog casings you've soaked in warm water for a couple of hours. Do not fill the casings tight or you will not be able to fashion links by twisting or flipping the ropes of sausage.

When you're done, clean the kitchen and all utensils well. Use bleach on all the spots in the living room that were covered with pork. Take special care to detect and clean greasy footprints throughout the house. and search for bits of meat on your head and back.

Find a way to remove hardened bits of pork from your dog's coat and get him to stand still long enough to douse him with a mild bleach solution.

When you've done this, give me a call and tell me how you managed it. I can't keep Arnie in the garage much longer.

Pacing Pagosa

By Richard Walter

Modern currency has change machines baffled

Every new monetary unit our government releases carries with it a state of confusion.

Consider, if you will, the newly released $5 and $10 bills. Designed to make it more difficult for counterfeiters to profit from illegal tender, they spend as easily as those to which we've become accustomed - with one exception.

Bill changing machines which are the key element in area laundromats and car washes apparently have not been programmed to accept the new bills.

And when every bill you have in your pocket is one of the new ones, the task of washing the car or the laundry becomes a delayed job while you go looking for a bank or a store which will break or trade the bills for you.

It is discomforting to fill six washers with soap and laundry and then find the bill changer will not accept your offerings. You know it is a Sunday and obviously the banks are closed and the nearest store probably doesn't have rolled coins it's willing to trade for your crisp new bills.

You debate leaving all that laundry in the machines while you go to look for change, wondering first if it will all be there when you get back and secondly if someone who brought coins with them instead of bills will remove it all so they can use the machines.

Then you realize you are not the only one so affected by the changing face of our legal currency. Others, too, are wondering where to go and some just give up and say they'll wait until another day.

Paper money isn't the only monetary surprise.

I'd been planning to pick up a couple of the new gold dollar coins featuring Sacagawea. Like most others I've heard about, I'd planned to keep them as souvenirs. I didn't really expect to begin getting them in my change from the local stores.

You can imagine my embarrassment last week when a clerk counting out my change gave me what I thought was one too few dollar bills. When I questioned it, I was shown the gold coin resting in my hand along with the other coins needed to add up to the correct change.

Money has long been the source of familiar quotations and the goal of those who have none. It's multiple forms have confounded tradesmen and buyers alike for most of the years it has been used.

No less an author than Carl Sandburg allowed himself to observe that "money is like manure - good only when spread around."

Milton said, "Money brings honor, friends, conquest and realms."

Shakespeare, in his role as community sage, recognized the importance of money when he wrote, "If money go before, all ways do lie open."

Perhaps my favorite quotation about our means of barter is based on its relative importance to existence. "Beauty is potent, but money is omnipotent," wrote J. Ray.

While serving as a reference for these learned authors, money has carried many names, several of which I've already used. Add to those such things as coinage, mintage, almighty dollar, wherewithal, lucre and filthy lucre, the root of all evil, element of finance, greenback, negotiable instrument and coin of the realm.

Where you are in the world makes the idea of coin machine exchange problems pale by comparison. Exchange rates for American dollars vary from nation to nation and the names of the money you are exchanging for can make you wonder why there isn't one worldwide currency system.

Try justifying the amount of money you left home with against an exchange for rupees, centavos, pesos, lira, yen, dinars, krone, sen, or pesetas. All are legal tender in other nations. And they are just a few of those you could need if you're a world traveler.

Using money to the best advantage has always been bewildering advice. How does one ascertain what investment is best? What is the best way to save money? How should you plan for its dispersal after your departure from this rolling orb? When is one considered solvent?

Should you entrust your funds to an investor? Is your firm in need of a person to specifically act as treasurer, one responsible for maintaining accurate accounts of income and expenditures, or is it something you can handle by yourself.

If you have a treasurer or bookkeeper, is that person really competent to handle your finances? How can you be sure? If Uncle Sam's Treasury Department minions decide to examine your tax returns will the records which have been kept for you be accurate?

Money, it appears, is an evil we must live with.

But, again thanks to the wisdom of Shakespeare, we have still another financial quotation which I suspect might apply to more than would admit it: "He who steals my purse steals trash."

One knows not whether the great playwright referred to the fact his purse was worn and empty or if he was merely applying a deprecating term to that coinage which would fill a person's money pouch.

Having little or no money can make one an outcast and can lead to envy. Aristotle, for instance, wrote, "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime," and Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the poor worker as "the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid."

Other familiar, but unattributed, monetary comments we've all heard are "poor as a church mouse," and "beggars can't be choosers."

Since not everyone can be rich, except perhaps in knowledge, dreams and talent, maybe we can get an initiative on the state ballot to create a monetary welfare community for the individual Colorado resident who can't save a buck no matter how hard he tries.

Or maybe we should run for federal office, draw just enough votes to qualify for federal funds, and then campaign for a dollar that's worth what a dollar was worth when it was instituted as our national currency base.

Some of us remember those days, times when penny candy was actually a penny; when the 5 and 10 store sold items for 5 or 10 cents; when you could attend a first run movie for a dollar or less (50 cents for a Saturday afternoon double feature matinee); and when weekly allowance for a teenager was rarely over a dollar but you could make that dollar last all week.

Two of our nation's earliest leaders had interesting comments concerning individual wealth.

Thomas Jefferson is credited with having warned, "Never spend your money before you have it."

And George Washington once remarked, "It is not a custom with me to keep money to just look at."

Would that such wisdom might become a national credo.

 

Old Timer

By John Motter

If only its walls could talk

One-hundred-twenty years later, the old log building, sits by the road near the Piedra River, watching life go by. If it had a memory bank, the history of Archuleta County would be recorded there. The building has seen a lot of life, as humans count it.

While still an infant, the building must have choked a time or two as creaking stage coaches shrouded in a cloud of dust wheeled to a stop out front, maybe covered its ears when blue-clad frontier troops shouted and laughed and cursed while shoveling down beef and beans and whatever fare the innkeeper plopped on the rough-hewn table. Maybe the structure hunkered down, tried to hide, as silent bands of copper-skinned Utes rode past, searching for a place to be in a land that had been home for centuries, but was now crawling with a fairer and much more numerous race.

Many of the greats of San Juan Country history ate at that table, probably engaged in lively banter about the mud holes in the road or the latest gold strike in the San Juans or the chances of an Indian uprising. A goodly number stayed over night. Maybe the best known of the overnighters was Gen. Phil Sheridan, recognized all over the world for his fighting prowess during the Civil War, and at the time of his visit to Pagosa Springs, commander of the Department of the Missouri. In 1884, he was promoted to commander of the entire U.S. Army.

Sheridan climbed out of his army ambulance at the frontier hostel and spent the night. He was touring southwestern Colorado, apprising the Ute situation. It was probably his advice that led the Army to transfer Fort Lewis from Pagosa Springs to the La Plata River near Hesperus.

John Peterson birthed the two-story log cabin circa 1880. We learn a little about Peterson from Wayne Farrow, whose grandfather, Mason, purchased the Perkins homestead just upstream from where the Peterson cabin was built. Mason Farrow and Perkins struck a deal in 1879. Perkins was getting out because the country was getting "too crowded." Farrow had already been to Sutter's Mill with the other '49ers and he and his family walked all of the way from Denver to the San Juans when gold was found there. Being Peterson's neighbor, the elder Farrow' knew him well.

"I believe he was from Slatesvik, Holstein, Denmark," Wayne said. "I understand he had been working on the railroad, then decided to head west. One of his mules died there where he settled. That's why he made the decision to take up a homestead there. "

Wayne isn't sure of the year. We have documents recording events in the log house as early as 1880. Peterson's homestead patent was granted June 9, 1889. According to Wayne, Peterson probably didn't build the house himself. Another Piedra oldtimer, J.R. Scott, wrote that Peterson settled on his property in 1878.

"He'd write to the home country and get some of his countrymen to come work for him in exchange for teaching them to speak English," Wayne said. "Then he'd work them from sunup to sunset."

Where did Peterson live while he waited to have his house built?

"I wouldn't be surprised if he lived right there," Wayne said. "They say he was like a coyote, he'd sleep out anywhere. He told my father that when he was working on the railroad, he slept out for a month with half a blanket. He'd gotten drunk and lost his paycheck."

That statement reveals something of Peterson's nature. He was not too tall, but was big for his height, according to Wayne.

"He was a bachelor all of his life," Wayne said. "He loved to drink and fight. He'd go to town and get a bottle of whiskey. By the time he got home he was roaring drunk and looking for trouble."

In addition to running his roadhouse, Peterson farmed his 160-acre homestead. Or, to be more correct according to Wayne, Peterson's hired hands farmed the acreage. Peterson seemed to be allergic to work himself.

When Peterson's mule died, he was traveling the old Pagosa Springs to Animas City wagon road. Gen. Palmer hadn't invented Durango at that time. Animas City was the north part of what today is Durango, about where Mercy Hospital is and north.

The road at that time from today's Chimney Rock Restaurant followed a different path. It stayed closer to Devil Creek until getting around the little hill west of the restaurant, then swerved up the valley staying above the fields along the river until reaching today's Piedra Springs Ranch entrance, then veered toward the river passing near the ranch house and then crossed the river on a bridge probably built by the Baker party in 1861. That bridge washed out in the 1911 flood.

On the west side of the river, the road turned north and stayed above the fields until reaching the Farrow place where it turned west after crossing Yellowjacket Creek. At that point, it would have been south of the current Farrow house.

A focused study on early stages through Pagosa Country has not been made. It is known that when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad topped Cumbres Pass in 1880 on its way to Durango, at least two stage lines carried freight and passengers from the railhead through Pagosa Springs to Durango. When the railroad reached Durango in 1881, the need for the stages ended. After that time, a stage connected Pagosa Springs with the railroad first at Amargo and later at Lumberton. Part of that time, a stage ran from Pagosa Springs to Durango. When the railroad reached Pagosa Springs in 1900, there was no longer a need for stage traffic into Pagosa Springs.

During the time the stage clattered between Pagosa Springs and Durango, it is reasonable to assume it stopped at Peterson's place on the Piedra where guests could stay overnight and get a meal.

"He had a big barn, but I don't know if they changed horses there," Wayne said. "I believe at least part of the time, they swapped teams at our place. There used to be some strips in the back of the old log barn here where they tied the teams while waiting."

The late 1870s and early 1880s were tumultuous times in the San Juans. Gold fever ran high. In late 1879, the northern Utes at Meeker had lashed out, killing several whites including Indian Agent Nathan Meeker. Since a large number of Southern Utes surrounded the small white population in Pagosa Country and southwestern Colorado, those settlers were understandably nervous. Would the Southern Utes lash out also? The situation prompted the building of Fort Lewis in Pagosa Springs, Gen. Sheridan's visit, and the rushing of a large number of additional troops to Fort Lewis and Durango.

At that time telephones had not been invented, hostile Indians easily cut telegraph wires, and the mail was slow and uncertain. Consequently, in this area local Army communications were carried by couriers. On a cold January day in 1880, Army couriers and the U.S. mail collided at Peterson's road house, called the Piedra Station by the Army.

It seems that a courier named Morris and the "Mexican" mailman were sleeping in the same room at the roadhouse when the Mexican went berserk, grabbed an ax, and assaulted the U.S. Army. Before he was brought under control, the Mexican and his ax had severely wounded courier Cunningham of Co. K, Ninth Cavalry, one of the Buffalo soldiers. Cunningham suffered a broken lower jaw and left arm. Fellow courier Drauie (spelling questionable, the handwriting on the Army report is unclear) of the same outfit had been struck in the groin. The extent of his injury was not specified. In the melee, Morris gained control of the unnamed Mexican's pistol and subdued the man.

A party of soldiers, Post Surgeon J.S. Martin, and the Pagosa Springs constable hurried to Peterson's place to patch up the damage. Since Archuleta County had not been created yet, Pagosa Country was still part of Conejos County. There was no sheriff on this side of the Continental Divide. The sheriff kept his keys at county seat at Conejos.

Peterson left Pagosa Country during the early 1900s and dropped out of sight as far as locals know. A number of people lived in the old house after Peterson left and until about 1934 when the Farrows numbered the logs, tore the building down, and rebuilt it where it sits today a little north of U.S. 160 and just west of the Piedra Bridge.

The Farrows moved a smaller log building along with the main house. That smaller building rests behind the main house. Another building was moved to the Farrow place where it was used as a tool shed. The Farrows replaced the old shake roof of the inn with tin and modified the front room for use as a store.

"I'm not sure if the post office was ever in that building," Wayne said.

A number of small rooms have been attached around the log outer walls, but the essential floor plan remains with a large entrance, living room at the front, a kitchen, one bedroom downstairs, and two bedrooms upstairs.

A unique feature of the cabin is that the logs were squared on the inside. The other three sides remain peeled, but rounded. The corner overlaps are squared and logs were flattened to accept small boards framing the doors and windows. The doors are only about six feet high.

The owner of the cabin today, which sits on the original 160 acres purchased by Mason Farrow, is Barbara B. Powell who purchased the property from Wayne Farrow in 1972.

 

Births

Issaac Lee Barela

Nathan and Misty Barela of Pagosa Springs are proud to announce the birth of Issaac Lee Barela who was born at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, at 9:28 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. He weighed 7 pounds, 3.9 ounces and was 18 3/4-inches long.

Issaac Lee was welcomed by his big brother, Damion.

His maternal grandparents are Donnie Martinez and Carol Griego of Pagosa Springs. His paternal grandparents are Katherine Enriquez and Alvie Barela of Durango.

 

Business News

 

Land Sales

Seller: Merle Harrison

Buyer: Jerry L. and Joyce C. Hines

Property: 36-34-1.5W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Russell H. Unger

Buyer: Linda Unger and Terrance R. Kirton

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lot 38, Block 11

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Anne Madonna Hittler Hunter

Buyer: Alan Bruce Grover

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 6

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Warren F. Pippin

Buyer: Warren F. and Donald A. Pippin

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 693

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Winston E. and Lavella N. Perkins

Buyer: Winston E. Perkins Trust

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Unit 2, Lot 64

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Sherry L. Wedel

Buyer: Ward V. and Joanne S. Lawrence

Property: Pagosa in the Pines, Lot 14, Block 3

Price: $258,000

 

Seller: Merrion Oil & Gas Corporation

Buyer: Larry R. and Connie F. Montagno

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 183

Price: $4,800

 

Seller: San Juan River Resort Property Owners Association Inc.

Buyer: San Juan River Village Metro District

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision II, Lots 138, 132, 2, 32, 34H, 34I, 127, 130, 132, 133, 134, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 20, 28, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 127, 128, 130, 140, 141, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 179, 180 and 181

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: W.C. and Linda D. Stark

Buyer: James L. and Sharon S. Burnett

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 130 N 1/2

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: James L. Burnett

Buyer: W.C. and Linda D. Stark

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 130 S 1/2

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: W.C. and Linda D. Stark

Buyer: Nancy Johnson

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 131X

Price: $127,500

 

Seller: James P. and Cheryl H. Vinson

Buyer: Lotsland Investors Inc.

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 22

Price: $18,000

 

Seller: Doug March Enterprises Inc. EPSP&T

Buyer: Jeff and Shannon Daignault

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 232

Price: $6,000

 

Seller: Margarite Hecker

Buyer: Hanni Andersen

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 624

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Hanni Andersen

Buyer: Mae B. Kretschmar-Wright

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 624

Price: $49,000

 

Seller: Margarite Hecker

Buyer: Hanni Andersen

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 5, Lot 175

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: William J. and Elizabeth L. Anderson, William and Sara Anderson Inter Trust B

Buyer: William and Sara Anderson Inter Trust B

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 1C, Block 28

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Archuleta County Public Trustee, John A. and Irma A. Watkins

Buyer: Ocwen Federal Bank FSB

Property: Pagosa Meadows Unit 2, Lot 85

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Gordon R. and Doris D. West

Buyer: Doris D. West Trust

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 69

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Doris Crede

Buyer: Kevin Koch

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 387

Price: $8,500

 

Seller: Aspen Springs Associates

Buyer: Andrew G. Fenney

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 765

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Andrew G. Fenney

Buyer: Claude E. Smith Jr.

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 765

Price: $5,000

 

Seller: Hidden Valley Limited Partnership

Buyer: Richard and Barbara Sandor

Property: Hidden Valley Ranch, Parcel 20

Price: $540,000

 

Seller: Jack Rich

Buyer: Andrew G. Fenney

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 66x

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Aspen Springs Associates

Buyer: Andrew G. Fenney

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 191

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Andrew G. Fenney

Buyer: Francine H. Wood

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lots 191 and 664

Price: $10,000

 

Seller: Ronald D. Arrington

Buyer: Roger Lee Lewis and Elizabeth Hartzell

Property: 12-35-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Charles R. Kilgore

Buyer: Dean G. Cox

Property: Timbers Condominiums, Unit 8

Price: $94,600

 

Seller: Janice Kilgore

Buyer: Dean G. Cox

Property: Timbers Condominiums, Unit 8

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Gary and Bruce Myers

Buyer: Eric C. and Natalie S. Anderson

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision II, Lot 124

Price: $23,000

 

Seller: H.C. Humann Management Trust

Buyer: John M. and Glendora K. Ritchey

Property: 27-34-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: H.C. Humann Management Trust

Buyer: John M. and Glendora K. Ritchey

Property: 27-34-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Merle Harrison

Buyer: John M. and Glendora K. Ritchey

Property: 27-34-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Glendora K. Ritchey Revocable Trust

Buyer: Susan Frisby Knauer

Property: 27-34-1W, 4 tracts

Price: $35,000

 

Seller: Kim Arthur R. and Ruby M. Thompson

Buyer: Susan Frisby Knauer

Property: 27-34-1W

Price: $157,000

 

Seller: Matthias W. and Gerlinde E. Geller

Buyer: Frank and Sherrill M. Pecere

Property: Loma Linda Subdivision, Unit 5, Lot 155

Price: $42,000

 

Seller: Alpine Lakes Ranch Inc.

Buyer: Gary L. and Susann I. Smith

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Elk Ridge, Unit 1, Tract 20

Price: $94,000

 

Seller: Joy D. Willett

Buyer: Charles Kenneth Cooper

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 5, Lot 41

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Colorado Timber Ridge Ranch

Buyer: William B. Wood and Victoria A. Lavergne

Property: Colorado's Timber Ridge, Phase 1, Lot 37

Price: $164,000

 

Seller: Aaron C. Splawn

Buyer: Robert G. Splawn

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 260

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Sharon E. and Kimberly A. Colby

Buyer: Sharon E. Colby Living Trust

Property: Pagosa Lodge Condos, Unit 32, Bldg. 7

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Donald W. and Louise B. Clay

Buyer: Nicolas and Wesley Rivera

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 33

Price: $40,500

 

Seller: Jess E. Ketchum

Buyer: Lynne A. Killey

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 220

Price: $119,000

 

Seller: Douglas E. and Belinda S. Wendt

Buyer: Harvey W. Prins

Property: Pinon Condos, Unit 19FL, Bldg. 28

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Todd D. Shelton

Buyer: Douglas W. and Linda M. Shelton

Property: 8-34-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Southern Pacific Secured Assets Corp.

Buyer: Mae B. Kretschmar-Wright

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 106

Price: $34,900

 

Seller: Shirley A. Crider

Buyer: Mitchell Alan and Amy L. Noland

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 534

Price: $4,500

 

Seller: Dennis A. and Vivian Zitt

Buyer: Carol Muratides

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 476

Price: $4,500

 

Seller: Lisa K. Prather

Buyer: David L. and Lisa K. Prather

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Elk Ridge, Unit 2, Tract 38

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: John A. Watkins

Buyer: IMC Mortgage Company

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Unit 2, Lot 85

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Michael E. and Wanda W. Kohler

Buyer: Mattahew Lon and Jennai Howe Bachus, Fidelity National Bank Trust Dept., Robert D. Hagberg

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 522

Price: $8,000

 

Seller: White Deer Ltd.

Buyer: Terrence Florek

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 13

Price: $29,600

 

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