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April 18, 2002
Cuts looming as hospital board's red ink deepens
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

"Folks, it was a bad year last year. Unfortunately, it was even worse than we expected."

With that opening statement, Upper San Juan Hospital District auditor Michael Branch set the stage for the next chapter in the saga of hospital district budget woes - the district must cut $200,000 from the 2002 budget. That's $65,000 just to break even and $135,000 to pay overdue bills. And they have eight months left to do it.

That means taking immediate slices out of the pie, and the biggest piece to cut is wages and benefits. "I've got to stop the bleeding and get back to zero," board chairman Dick Babillis said.

Goals set to bring the budget back in line in 2001 - discussed when the 2000 audit was presented last spring - were simply never realized. At the time, Branch said, the 2001 budget reflected a 10-percent decrease in expenses and a 10-percent increase in revenues. But with the numbers on the books, reality shows revenue dropped 10 percent and expenses climbed 24 percent. That's despite an increase in ambulance fees effective June 1, 2001 and efforts to cull spending discussed last summer and fall.

Besides the failure to make adjustments based on last year's audit, Branch said the budget shortfall stems from bookkeeping errors and low collection numbers from EMS billings. For instance, a $45,000 draw-down on the credit line extended by the Dr. Mary Fisher Foundation last year to help forestall a budget crisis was entered in the books twice. Another approximate $50,000 in accrued employee compensation time and personal time off was left out of the audit entirely, going back to 2000.

Branch said collections at EMS in 2001 totaled less than half of the $424,574 billed for the year and that's with a much-improved billing system. It leaves a simple bottom line - the district can no longer stand to forecast a sunny revenue picture and expect to solve the problem.

"If people aren't paying $1,000 ambulance calls, they aren't going to pay $2,000 ambulance calls," Branch said. He praised billing practices at the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center where collections over the past year ranked above the industry average. At the moment it's unclear why collections at EMS came in so low, he added. However, EMS staff have spent several months trying to clear up unaccounted-for billing, some of which dates back to 2000.

Branch suggested turning over all old receivables to a collection agency to allow staff to focus on current claims in an attempt to reduce the amount being written off as bad debt. He also said he would meet with the board again in May to review first-quarter results and compare them to 2001 actual figures. That should help give the district a better picture of their position.

However, the board approved a motion to allow district manager Dee Jackson, in consultation with staff and the members of the finance committee, to begin making the necessary cuts immediately.

The biggest will most likely come from wages and benefits, board chairman Babillis said. He presented graphs of expenses for each of the hospital district's entities: EMS, the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center and the Urgent Care Clinic. At EMS, wages and benefits eat up 50 percent of expenses. At the Dr. Mary Fisher Clinic, wages and benefits total 75 percent of expenses. When the clinic is combined with Urgent Care it brings that percent down to 68.

"Personally, I don't think it should be over 60 percent, and that's the high end," Babillis said. "I just want to preempt some people's thinking. That (wages and benefits) looks like an area that's going to take some painful, drastic action."

Laura Rome, operations manager for the clinic, said one part-time employee has been cut, and another employee who left will not be replaced, totaling 46 hours. Other cuts were still to be determined.

Wayne Wilson, a member of the finance committee, said the board received the report about eight hours prior to the meeting and had not had time to discuss all the details. However, the board's motion does allow Jackson to take action "immediately."

Dr. Mark Wienpahl, one of about 10 people in the audience at the meeting, asked the board to consider carefully what cuts in personnel might to do the long-term goals of the clinic and its revenue-drawing capabilities.

The concerns were noted, Babillis said, but the district has no more options.

"I've tapped out voters. I've tapped out the Foundation. I'm not taking donations for operating expenses. I'm at the end of the line."

Oil-gas, land use regulations hit a new delay
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Archuleta County commissioners again postponed action on proposed new oil and gas regulations, as well as proposed new land use regulations. The decision to postpone was made at Tuesday's regular meeting of the board.

Lack of time for the three commissioners to read the latest drafts of the proposed regulations was given as the reason for postponement. A special meeting is scheduled at 1 p.m. today to consider the postponed legislation. Commissioners say they will do the reading and will be prepared to act today.

The same proposed legislation was on last week's regular meeting agenda. At that time, action was postponed because Commissioner Gene Crabtree was not present due to an illness in the family.

"We have not had the opportunity to read this draft. I think we should," said Bill Downey, chairman of the board of county commissioners.

The first draft of a policy specifically designed to regulate oil and gas drilling and operations in Archuleta County was prepared by the county planning staff last March. Based on the number of oil and gas drilling applications being processed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and on an environmental impact statement being prepared by the U.S. Forest Service Columbine Ranger District office, several hundred methane gas wells may be drilled in Archuleta County during the next few years.

Early last year, permits were sought from the county to drill three wells in the Arboles area. Those wells had already been approved by COGCC. Archuleta County approved the wells by processing the drilling applications through the county's Conditional Use Permit process.

At that time the drillers complained of the excessive amount of time conformance with the CUP required. Consequently, the county commissioners directed planning staff to develop new regulations specifically formulated to deal with oil and gas permits.

In the meantime, three methane gas wells have been drilled this year in the Arboles area. The drillers made no attempt to obtain county permits. They did have COGCC drilling permits.

When the county threatened to obtain an injunction stopping them, the drillers met with county planning staff. At that time, it was decided to allow the drillers to wait for the new county regulations before processing an application for a county drilling permit. While waiting, the drillers continue to work at their sites.

The proposed new regulations have been drafted, approved by the Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission, and presented for public comments by the planing commission and the county commissioners.

At last week's meeting of county commissioners, which was also a public hearing, several minor changes to the oil and gas regulations were suggested. The latest draft, which the commissioners said Tuesday they had not read, incorporates those changes.

Postponed along with the oil and gas regulations was action on proposed changes to county land use regulations and fee changes for certain planning office activities.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

Postponed action on a suggestion that a 70-cent per month surcharge be included on all cellular telephone bills. The money received would be placed in the county Enhanced 9-1-1 budget. An E 9-1-1 surcharge is already included on wired-in-place telephones. Enhanced 9-1-1 is an improvement on the original emergency calling system that enables computerized identification of the calling telephone number and address. Implementation of E 9-1-1 service in Archuleta County has been delayed by the difficulty of specifically locating addresses throughout the county. Without the specific address, emergency responders don't know where to go, even though they possess a valid telephone number. Satellite mapping is enabling the county to specifically locate roads, and as a result, addresses along roads. County officials say E 9-1-1 will soon be operative

A decision was made to seek professional help in determining what the county can do about adopting impact fees. In general, impact fees are collected to offset expenses generated by new growth. Impact fees are adopted to measure the financial impacts of growth projects, and direct those expenses to the growth, as opposed to taxing the general public to pay for specific new growth expenses

A request for funds from the county sidewalk escrow account to be used on proposed trail development along Park Avenue was postponed. The county is planning to adopt a disbursement policy for the sidewalk escrow fund. Disbursement of funds is being postponed until the proposed policy is in place

Action was postponed on approval of the final plat for the Powder Horn Subdivision. The proposed development is located on 49.55 acres bordered by the Ranch Community, Lake Pagosa Park, Twin Creek Village and, on the west, North Pagosa Boulevard. A fill-in subdivision, Powder Horn, contains 41 single-family lots of approximately one acre each. Water and sewer services will be provided by Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District. A delay was granted because proposed bonding for the improvements agreement dropped from $950,000 to $787,000. Planner Marcus Baker said he had not had time to review changes in the proposal to evaluate what accounted for the bonding decrease.

Resignations were accepted from Christie Spears and Tom Stahr, former members of the Archuleta County Fair board

A new liquor license was approved for the 19th Hole, doing business in the former Paradise Pizza location. Renewal was approved for the 3.2 beer license of the Corner Store.

All-night closures start Monday on Wolf Creek
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

They promised it would come, but it had not been anticipated until next month.

Be that as it may, all-night closures of Wolf Creek Pass for tunnel construction on the east side will begin at 7 p.m. Monday.

Nancy Shanks of the Colorado Department of Transportation public relations office said the pass will be closed to all traffic 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

During the day, she said, motorists can expect delays of 30 to 45 minutes periodically from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

She said alternate route signage has been installed on all normal approaches to the pass and that highway routes through Chama over Cumbres-LaManga Pass are being marked by the New Mexico Highway Department.

Updated information regarding closures and delays can be found on CDOT's Web site at www. cot.state.co.us.

It is also available on the Wolf Creek Pass Tunnel Project hotline at (719) 837-2221 and on CDOT's toll-free road conditions hotline at 1-877-315-ROAD.

Closures are expected to continue through completion of the east-side tunnel project, near the end of 2003. The result will be a nearly 1,000-foot project that will eliminate the area known as the Narrows.

Precinct caucuses Tuesday
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Both Democrats and Republicans will gather Tuesday, April 23, to begin the process of choosing party candidates for the Aug. 13 primary election ballot.

Leaders from both parties urge attendance at the Tuesday caucuses.

"The caucus is extremely important," said Joanne Hanson, chairman of the county Republican Party. "Colorado is one of the few states where people at the grass roots level have a say about what names are placed on the ballot. What happens at the caucus is above board and open, not some smoke-filled back room.

"The caucus is where it all starts," Hanson continued. "We'll elect delegates to the county assembly who will choose candidates for the Aug. 13 primary for county offices, and other offices at the state level. Only delegates at the county assembly can represent the county at state assemblies."

Burke Stancill, the Democratic Party county chairman, is equally impressed with the importance of caucuses and county assembly.

"This is a great opportunity for citizens to participate in democracy," Stancill said. "Archuleta County Democrats have the infrastructure in place to allow citizens to participate in the process of selecting their candidates. Everyone should take part."

Democrats and Republicans meet in separate precinct caucuses Tuesday. Precinct boundaries generally correspond with voting precinct boundaries. Each precinct has a chairman or captain who wields the gavel while presiding over the meeting. Only party members living within the precinct and qualified to vote in Colorado are allowed to vote at the caucus. Only delegates chosen at the caucus are allowed to vote at the county assembly.

Selection of candidates for the primary ballot takes place at the county assembly April 25. The party county chairperson presides over the county assembly. In addition to the selection of candidates for county office, delegates to senatorial and representative district assemblies are chosen at the county assemblies.

Every candidate receiving 30 percent or more of the votes of all accredited assembly delegates present and voting shall be certified by affidavit of the presiding officer and secretary of the assembly. That means as many as three candidates could be selected at the county assembly and have their name put on the primary ballot.

If no candidate receives 30 percent or more of the votes, a second ballot will be taken. If no candidate receives 30 percent or more of the votes on the second ballot, the two candidates with the most votes will be certified.

As an alternative to the caucus process, candidates for political party nominations may be placed on the primary election ballot by petition. Candidates nominated at the county assembly, but who receive less than 10 percent of the vote, cannot use the petition process to place their names on the primary ballot.

Petition applications are obtained from the county clerk and elections official. The petition must be signed by eligible voters living within the county. A valid petition requires signers equal in number to 20 percent of the votes cast at the last contested or uncontested primary election for the political party's candidate for the office for which the petition is circulated.

Unaffiliated candidates may also petition to get on the November ballot. Again, the petition shall be signed by eligible voters living in Archuleta County. The number of signatures required is the lesser of 750 signatures or 2 percent of the votes cast for all candidates for that office in the last general election.

A recent change has occurred in the list of Republican Precinct chairpersons, according to Hanson. Jessie Formwalt has replaced Traves Garrett as chairman of Precinct 3.

PSHS junior reaps 11 state science awards
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

By all accounts, the presentation program at the end of the State Science Fair competition last weekend in Fort Collins might more logically have been called the Brandon Rosgen Show.

The Pagosa Springs High School junior, a winner in local and district competitions held earlier this year, garnered 11 awards in the ceremonies at Colorado State University.

His project, "River Banks - Nature's Erodible Boundaries", was judged best in its class (Earth and Space Sciences), and was the Students' Choice award winner (selected by other fair participants as outstanding project). Rosgen also received $700 cash, a full-ride one-year scholarship to Adams State College in Alamosa, and a one-year scholarship to Colorado State.

Other awards included: United States Geological Survey award for outstanding earth science project, Colorado Mineral Society Award, Scientific American Award for outstanding achievement in education, The Rocky Mountain Goat Foundation Award, Soil and Water Conservation Society Award for outstanding State Science Fair entry, the Colorado Sustainability Project Award and the Da Vinci Award.

Asked how he plans to use the winnings, Rosgen said he is set to graduate a semester early and will use the Adam's State scholarship to do his first year there.

Then, he said, he'll transfer to Colorado State and use that scholarship toward his degree in water engineering sciences.

The son of David and Kae Rosgen, Brandon is an honor student and also active in football and track.

And, while Rosgen's were the leading awards, other Pagosans also fared well at the State Science Fair.

Lyle Hoffschneider, a seventh grader in Pagosa Springs Junior High School, got second place (and $50) and the Air and Waste Management Association Award for his entry "Black Gold" Particles: Comparing Particles of Fuel Sources." His entry also received an honorable mention in the Junior Environmental Sciences Division.

Stacy Dominguez, a sixth grader in Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, won the Rocky Mountain Goats Foundation Award (and $100) for her entry: "Local lake Quality = Happy pHish."

Ashley Maddux, a seventh grader in Pagosa Springs Junior High School, got an honorable mention in the Junior Microbiology Division for her entry: "Glow in The Dark - Will Bacteria Accept a Gene From a Jellyfish."

Editorials
April 18, 2002

A week for children

The Week of the Young Child began April 15. The week was designated by governmental proclamation and undertaken by individuals, institutions and organizations that support children and families.

The week features events intended to raise community awareness of our young children, to focus our attention on their care and education.

An immunization clinic, performances by local youngsters and other entertainers, car seat safety checks, tonight's "Ask the Expert" panel discussion, and tomorrow's free training in infant and child CPR and First Aid are part of the week's activities. Saturday's Kids' Fair at the elementary school wraps up the schedule.

Several things come to mind in the midst of this week.

First, the notion we need to examine how we perceive our children. Balance is of the essence; they are members of our community, not objects or a nuisance to be swept out of sight. They are the foundation on which the future of our community and nation rests; the bounty and burden of our way of life will be put on their shoulders. They and their rights must be protected. But, they do not rule the roost.

Second, is the idea we must raise our children with our sights set on current reality. For the last 50 years, many Americans lived lives burnished by illusions. Those illusions were shattered Sept. 11. No matter how hard some of us try to get back to "normal," our world has changed. As Americans, we are not universally loved. We are not universally regarded as "the good guys." There is virulent animosity directed toward us and our way of life, some of it deserved, most of it not. There are people in this world whose discontent and anger will lead them to violence against us, against our children. Young Americans face a situation in which there is significant and active military, economic and social pressure directed toward our destruction. There are no guarantees for our children. It is cruel to pretend otherwise.

This stimulates a third thought: If we are concerned about the education of our young people, with current reality in mind, in what direction should we go?

We should ask whether we can continue down a path of decreased demands, promoting the erosion of standards and the demise of our traditional concepts of excellence. Can we educate our children in an atmosphere without competition, without rigorous but fair expectations, without pressures and failure? Is it honest to teach them that self-absorbed goals and subjective standards will help them to survive and prosper as individuals and as a group? Perhaps we need to work harder to reinforce the idea that equality under the law does not mean equality of ability or accomplishment, illuminate the importance of discipline, obligation and responsibility, champion loyalty to family, community, nation.

Our childrens' moral and spiritual lives must be of paramount importance, considering the rigors that await. We need to examine and judge what has become a standard element in our daily cultural diet: common-denominator ethics, trumpeted by ignorant entertainers and propagated by profit-driven media and duplicitous corporate execs. How does this affect our childrens' moral conscience, or lack of same? How much longer can some among us tout an existence absent spiritual needs and values without crippling the collective resolve? Enemies are gathered just outside the range of light from our electronic campfires, and they are very clear about their desire to put an end to American civilization. Will our young people have the muscle to put up a fight?

This week is an appropriate time to think about these things.

Here's to our young people. Let's love them, while we establish limits and firm expectations. Let's reward them when they genuinely succeed and encourage them when they fail.

Let's make every week the Week of the Young Child. If we do it right, there will be many of these weeks to come, for a long time.

Karl Isberg

Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

Let's tweak our communication

Dear Folks,

Last weekend's Home Show provided another clear indication of the continual changes that are occurring in Pagosa. The well-organized show was promoted, publicized and presented in an impressive manner. It also displayed the importance of the related roles of the Archuleta County Planning Office and the Archuleta County Building Department.

It's unfortunate the efforts and expertise of these two departments are rather handicapped by the ineptitude of the Archuleta County commissioners.

The April 9 commissioners' meeting demonstrated the continuing confusion that prevails in the commissioners' office. Inexperience no longer qualifies as a plausible excuse for Commissioners Gene Crabtree, Bill Downey and Alden Ecker's failure to effectively communicate with each other and the personnel under them.

Turtle speed has been the norm since Jan. 9, 2001, when Downey and Ecker were sworn into office to join Crabtree as the county's leaders. "Team work" and "communication" were to be the cornerstone of their leadership. (Downey first started serving as a commissioner Oct. 27, 1998, following former Commissioner Bill Tallon's resignation.) The cornerstone soon started crumbling into sand.

One week later, at their second meeting as a new board of commissioners, an applicant seeking a permit to drill a gas well in the southwest corner of the county confronted Crabtree, Downey and Ecker about the county's conditional-use permit process. The applicant contended, that due to the limited availability of a drilling rig, he needed the permit within seven days. With the commissioners being restricted by the county's conditional-use regulations, the applicant departed empty handed.

Two days later (Jan. 18, 2001), the commissioners met to discuss adopting "more user-friendly" regulations. While Crabtree clarified that the commissioners should not neglect environmental concerns, he said the county had been accused of "being too complicated" due to its conditional-use regulations. However, neither Crabtree nor Downey mentioned that in March 2000 they both had been part of the unanimous vote that had approved the very conditional-use regulations that 10 months later Crabtree and the others wanted to make more user-friendly.

When Crabtree, Downey and Ecker first publicly discussed the matter in January 2001, apparently 45 days to two months was considered to be a reasonable timeframe for developing the revisions. Instead, the revisions went the way of most of their other responsibilities during their tenure - more was said than done.

During the interim, competent staff members in the planning department secured better employment elsewhere. They were belatedly replaced by new competent staff personnel. Patience and perseverance continue to be as important as competence when working under the "laissonship" of the commissioners.

Rather than taking 45 days or two months, the land-use regulations specifically dealing with oil-and-gas exploration and operations in Archuleta County appeared before the commissioners 15 months later - April 9, 2002. They were tabled until all three commissioners could be present. (Commissioner Crabtree understandably missed the April 9 meeting in order to be with his wife who had undergone important surgery.)

Tuesday the revisions again appeared before the commissioners. They were tabled until today. None of the commissioners had communicated to the planning staff that the final draft document, with the revisions included in it needed to be presented - not just the set of revisions that had been presented April 9 along with the regulations. (At that time both Downey and Ecker failed to mention the requirement that the revisions need to be included in the "final draft.") None of the commissioners had at any time communicated that requirement to other members of the team.

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

Legacies
By Shari Pierce

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 14, 1977

The Soil Conservation Service has issued its overall water supply outlook as of April 1 and the report shows a very severe water supply shortage on the San Juan watersheds. The reports states, "This is one of the driest winters on record for this area. The snowpack is about 75% below average. Soils are extremely dry. Prospective streamflow will be less than half of normal unless heavy spring and summer precipitation is received.

The State Highway Department will open bids on new construction on Wolf Creek Pass. Bids have been called for on 1.33 miles of grading, stabilizing, structures, seeding and bituminous paving starting 3.7 miles from the top of the Pass and extending toward Pagosa Springs.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 18, 1952

The weather this week has continued mild, although snow, rain, sleet and hail fell Friday night. The snow continues to go down and the streams are still high and muddy. It will no doubt be several weeks before the high point of the runoff is reached. The ground had been very dry for two years and it is soaking up quite a bit of the melting snow, holding the runoff down.

Pagosa Springs' tax levy compared with other Colorado cities and towns shows that it is about average for its size. The total tax levy on property for collection in 1952 is 76.87 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

The Community Chorus, under the able direction of Dr. Herbert Thompson, presented their Easter program, "Gallia" and "The Holy City," Sunday evening.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 22, 1927

Homer McKinley, railroad pumper at Pagosa Junction who was so badly injured in a collision last week, continues to improve daily in this city, and plans to return to Pagosa Junction Monday to resume his duties.

The regular monthly meeting of the Women's Civic Club will be held at the home of the president, Mrs. David Hersch, next Wednesday afternoon, April 27th. A full attendance is desired, as much important business must be transacted at the meeting.

The highway is in good condition, the Yellowjacket divide having been graded the past week.

The D.D. Pargin children are this week motoring daily to Pagosa, where they are attending High School.

91 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 14, 1911

M.M. Parr came in Wednesday from Arkansas with a car load of oxen for the Pagosa Lumber Co. They are going to use cattle instead of horses to skid logs with.

C.E. Moore was exhibiting a water pail of potatoes on the streets Tuesday, from the W.H. Hill ranch consisting of 10 potatoes that weighed 20 lbs. How's that for spuds?

Henry Born writes from his lake under the date of April 1: "The snow is between 4 and 5 feet deep, fence posts just sprouting."

E.A. Kuhn is back from his trip to Denver where he went to have a dead bone removed from his ear. He did not have it removed as the doctors told him that they thought it would get well without an operation.

Inside The Sun
April 18, 2002
Feature Story
Students tackle 'British Seinfield'
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

Actors at Pagosa Springs High School are taking on the challenge of Oscar Wilde's comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest."

It's British. It's 1800s aristocracy (poking fun at it anyway). It's learning to sit as though you were wearing a bustle, ramrod straight, chest out, butt tucked. And if you're a woman, mouth shut in most cases.

And it's funny. The nine cast members who've been working on the play since the first of March are still smiling and can't wait to share the laughs with audiences in about a week.

"This play is like an 1800s Seinfeld," said Clay Pruitt, Algernon in the play, a comparison echoed by several other cast members. "People talked about Seinfeld being a show about nothing, but it's always about something. It's just a round-about way of getting there."

The twists and turns, even the wordiness, of the script provide the laughs, but pile a lot of work on the actors. Blocking - choreographing positions and movements on-stage - makes or breaks the show, director Sean Downing said.

At a recent rehearsal, the cast worked to finalize the play's final scenes. A couple sitting on a couch shifted right, then left, attempting to avoid shadows cast by other actors. Actors tried lines while kneeling in supplication, or dragging each other from one side of the stage to the other. The position of hands was debated, the stress on syllables of certain words altered all in an attempt to push the humor from the stage to the audience.

The challenge is "acting like your acting," Jared Lincoln, who plays a butler, said. "Everybody (the characters) has a schizophrenia. Everyone has different ideas in their head about what's really going on. You have to act with that in mind."

Oh, yes, and act British. Most of the cast participated in last year's production of Sherlock Holmes so they had some experience with the British accent. But, Cindy Neder, who plays Cecily, said it still takes some work to transform into someone with the habits and attitudes prevalent in Victorian England.

It takes shaking off what it means to be an American highschooler, and taking on a different era, a different perspective, the habits of another country and an unfamiliar profession. "I like to study-up on the time period, and try out my accent on British people," Neder said. She's even found some help locally - a friend of her father's and a woman who once worked in London theater.

Callie Smock, who's taking on the part of Lady Bracknell, her largest role since she began acting as a sophomore, said she can't even walk on stage anymore without automatically assuming the accent. Her biggest hurdle has been the words themselves. Words like "perambulator" - meaning baby carriage - and paragraphs of anecdotes that shape her character but take off from nowhere.

"I already have a hard time with diction, but this is even harder," she said. "I'm sure I have some words even the audience won't know."

To memorize the lines, Smock goes over the script with her mother nightly. Reading a line and then speaking it aloud, or even writing it down also help her memorize.

Pruitt treats learning the lines as just another part of homework.

"We spend two and a half to three weeks blocking with the script in hand to learn our basic movements," he said. "After doing that the lines become familiar. All you need to do is get with another actor and trade scripts."

They're an experienced cast, including, besides those above, Justin Smith as Jack; Travis Blesi, as a Reverend; Nicole Dominguez as Gwendolyn; Mollie McGrath as Miss Prism; and Dominic Maez as Lane. A committed cast, Pruitt said. They've all worked together at least once before. Two have experience directing the school's one-act play. They feed off one another. Help each other. Understand the need to sacrifice other activities as the curtain call looms close. Monday they gave up a day of working on lines for set building, helping out stage manager Cassidy Chatham.

"I made a list and just visualized what we would need," she said. "I had seen the play before and that helped." She also searched Internet sites on Victorian topics, looking for examples of clothes, furniture and gardens. Spring Break was spent hunting down props. She's borrowed her grandparents' white wicker furniture.

"I've found things in storage, in thrift stores and by just inventing as I go," she said. Her next project is a pair of knickers, something that might require her imagination and a sewing machine. By the time the curtain rises, April 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., she will have the help of three or four on the stage crew, plus the actors to set the stage.

Cost for the show is $6 for adults and $4 for students. All are invited to enjoy the comedy, the plays on words, the parasol fight and a glance at a different time ... a more earnest time.

Village Lake down 37 inches; water source sought
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

Water, water, it's no longer everywhere.

In fact, there is less and less of it in some portions of the Pagosa Lakes community.

Larry Lynch, property and environment manager for the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, told the board of directors April 11 Village Lake "is in serious shape."

"For the first time ever," he said, "the lake has not filled with spring runoff. In fact, it is 37 inches below spill and will continue to drop as warmer weather arrives and summer progresses."

He told the board the Lakes, Fisheries and Parks Committee is recommending not stocking the lake this year. "It would be a real gamble," he said. "We could lose thousands of dollars worth of fish as the water level drops."

Still, he said, there are trophy bass, crappie and perch in the lake already. The committee recommended taking the fish scheduled for stocking in Village Lake and putting them in Hatcher, Pagosa and Forest lakes.

Director Tom Cruse noted Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District is now pumping water from the San Juan River into Lake Forest. "It is in their interest and ours," he said, "to keep those pumps going, not just there, but to Village Lake too."

He wondered aloud what the cost would be, if PAWS would allow it, "if we installed a pump to move water upstream from Lake Forest to Village Lake." Lynch said there might be two options: to build a small vaulted pump and pipeline to take water up and over the dam, or a more extensive, long-term move to extend PAWS' 16-inch pipeline from the river to pump into Village Lake directly.

He could give no hard estimates of cost for either option, but said both the PLPOA committee and PAWS representatives are working on possible solutions.

Director Richard Manley, board president, said it would be logical for PLPOA, PAWS, golf course operators and even Cendant Corp. (marketing arm for the timeshare communities) to contribute to "the cost necessary to maintain our lakes and water supply, faced with the drought conditions predicted this summer."

If there is a way to get additional water to Village Lake, Cruse suggested, "it would be another way to build a reserve against summer demand. We're talking about more than just watering a golf course and irrigating other areas in the community. We need to find out if it would be feasible to redirect that river water and if so, do it."

Director David Bohl said he had attended a meeting that day where PAWS officials discussed the new pipeline. While they seemed satisfied in general, he said, "They also said it will take six to eight months before all the bugs are worked out of the system."

He said he's sure PAWS would be amenable to a PLPOA pumping assist, but cost is a factor.

Director Gerald Smith asked, "How far would we have to pump?"

Lynch estimated about 80 feet vertically and 250-300 horizontally.

"Wouldn't it be possible to lease a pump and some pipe for a one-year trial rather than going into an expensive permanent system?" Smith asked. "Maybe that would be the only time it will be needed."

"It isn't just bad this year," said Cruse. "It is bad every year and will only get worse because Village Lake provides most of the raw water for irrigation in the area. "

Both Manley and Cruse asked Lynch to get cost estimates as quickly as possible for the options discussed "while we work to acquire funds proportionately from those being served to help defray that cost."

Asked how much water they'd have to move to make the project feasible, Lynch estimated 700 to 1,200 gallons per minute.

Property tax protest filing dates set
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Property owners who disagree with the value placed on their real property for tax purposes can protest in person or in writing to the county assessor starting May 2 according to information released from the assessor's office.

"This is the taxpayer's opportunity to correct values, misclassi-fications, errors in property descriptions or ownership, or other discrepancies that may exist in the property records," said Keren Prior, the county assessor.

"Physical inspections will be conducted on all protested property," Prior continued. "The value could go up as well as down."

Two layers of local government are involved in establishing property taxes. The first layer, the county assessor, is responsible for estimating property values. The second layer, a taxing entity such as the town, county, schools or special districts sets the actual tax rate or mill levy.

An appeal process mandated by the state provides taxpayers several opportunities to contest the valuation placed on their property by the assessor. The first step in the process begins May 2 and lasts through June 3.

Protests must be filed in person or in writing with the assessor during the May 2-June 3 time frame. The assessor must evaluate the appeal, make a decision, and mail a Notice of Determination to the protester by the last working day in June for real property.

Protesters dissatisfied with the assessor's determination may enter into the second step of the appeal process by appealing to the county Board of Equalization by July 15 for real property. The elected county commissioners are the county Board of Equalization. They conduct hearings through Aug. 5. The county board must notify the protester in writing within five days of making a decision.

If the taxpayer still does not agree with the property valuation, a third step remains. The taxpayer has 30 days to file an appeal with the state Board of Assessment Appeals, take the issue to District Court, or agree to binding arbitration.

Colorado law requires that all real property be revalued on a two-year cycle in odd-numbered years. The 2001 assessment year is the beginning of the current two-year cycle. The value determined by the assessor for the first year of the appraisal cycle is generally used for the following year as well.

Property values are based on the market value of the property on June 30, 2000. Sales used to determine market values are time-adjusted to reflect the estimated price the property would have sold for on June 30, 2000. The assessment rate on residential property is 9.15 percent. All other property is assessed at the rate of 29 percent. The actual market value is multiplied by the assessment rate to calculate the assessed value. Assessed value is multiplied by the mill levy to calculate the property tax.

For residential property, the Colorado Constitution requires that only the sales comparison approach be used by the assessor. For vacant land, the assessor considers the cost, market and income approaches to value. For agricultural land, the earning capacity of the land is considered in determining the agricultural land value.

When evaluating vacant land, sales are sorted by neighborhood, by subdivision, economic areas, or by time-adjusted, sales price-adjusted area.

When valuing residential properties, single family residential sales are sorted by neighborhood, by subdivision, or by time-adjusted sales price per square foot of heated living area.

Commercial properties are sorted by category of usage, such as retail, service station, bank, etc.

Taxpayers planning to protest to the assessor are urged to use the following check list while preparing the protest.

First, review the listing of property characteristics for the property in question and call attention to any errors listed. Property characteristics can be found on the assessor's computer-assisted mass appraisal record.

Next, review the listing of sales used by the assessor to determine value. Copies of all qualified sales occurring within the Jan. 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000, data collection period are located in the notebook on the front counter of the assessor's office.

Finally, the taxpayer will be required to explain the reason for believing the value assigned by the county is in error. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:

Incorrect land size or improvement square footage

Buildings shown on the assessor's records, but no longer at the site on Jan. 1, 2001

Detrimental land characteristics such as steep terrain or restricted access that, when compared with other sales in the area, negatively affect the property value

Any other characteristics or influences unique to the property that might affect marketability or market value.

20-year loan eyed for recreation center project
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

Plans for expansion of the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center probably will require a $1.8 million, 20-year note at about 6.5 percent interest, broken down to an average payoff of $23 per year per property owner.

That's the scenario proposed by Tom Cruse, chairman of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Recreation Center Committee.

In order to get a ballot asking member approval of the project and the anticipated funding ready for the July annual meeting, Cruse last week proposed advertising immediately for preliminary plans which will provide exact anticipated costs, paying for the work from reserves already set aside for the expansion project.

Cruse told fellow members of the PLPOA board of directors that he, board president Richard Manley and Walt Lukasik, general manager, had met the previous Saturday with representatives of the eight timeshare associations in the community and presented the plans to them.

With the exception of one representative, who demanded three timeshare seats on the PLPOA board as cost for his support, Cruse said the atmosphere was one of general acceptance. All agreed they'd take the plans back to their own associations for decisions on financial support for the project.

He said the meeting indicated there would be no need for an outdoor recreation pool and that timeshare people were pleased with plans for an inside game room and expanded lobby. "They also indicated," he said, "no need for a separate structure to house crafting and art operations as had been originally suggested."

He recommended approaching Cendant Corp., which markets the timeshares and uses the recreation center facilities as a sales element, be contacted about participating financially in the construction project. In addition, he suggested contacting Ralph Eaton, whose name graces the center, and asking if he, too, would like to participate to "embellish the character of the facility which bears his name."

With reference to the demand for seats on the PLPOA board, Cruse said the person making the repeated demand was informed there are three openings on the board this year and that the timeshare regimes are encouraged to run a candidate for the board.

He said the timeshare representatives were informed their cost, based on the scenario Cruse envisioned, would be about $1.30 per member.

Director Jerry Medford said he was in tune with the plan but wondered why he hadn't been made aware of the outcome of the timeshare meeting and the pending motion to spend funds prior to the meeting.

He was reminded there were two earlier notices of the meeting with timeshare leaders and that the need for swift action to develop firm details for members prompted Cruse's motion.

Medford agreed to the urgency of the action and seconded Cruse's motion, saying "this is a very positive move for the community - all of us. It is a practical investment and I think the people will support it."

Directors expect to have the details in about 60 days and to be able to iron out anticipated financial specifics in time for the ballot to go out in the mail to all property owners in time for the annual meeting July 27.

After approval of the motion, it was recommended that as soon as specific detail is available, a town meeting be called so that all interested parties can see exactly what is planned and, in answer to a question from director Gerald Smith, Manley said each timeshare owner gets 1/50th of a vote under a long-standing joint agreement.

"They have no veto power. Their votes are pooled with all the other votes," he said.

He also said a special meeting of the board will be called to deal with bids on plans and cost estimates once they have been received and reviewed.

"We've been working on this project for over a year," Cruse said. "I think it is important that we carry it forward to completion - have it voted up or down by the members - before the next board is seated."

Pagosa woman hospitalized after U.S. 160 crash
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

A Pagosa Springs woman sustained head injuries after being thrown from her car in a Monday afternoon accident.

Phyllis Bogert, 74, was driving east on U.S. 160 when her vehicle rear-ended a 1969 flatbed truck waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Vista Boulevard.

Cpl. Randy Talbot of the Colorado State Patrol said, upon impact, Bogert's vehicle spun off the south side of the road and the driver's side door opened. Bogert was ejected and landed under the door.

Following treatment at the scene, she was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center and then to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farming-ton where she was in stable condition Tuesday, Talbot said.

The two people in the truck, a driver and a passenger, sustained minor injuries.

Talbot said none of the people involved were wearing seat belts. However, the airbag in Bogert's Mercury did deploy.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Talbot said it appears the truck's left turn signal was operating at the time of the crash. No skid marks were found.

Move to halt PLPOA road committee withdrawn
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

As Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association president Richard Manley was updating members of the board of directors on development of a long-range plan for the community, director Tom Cruse interjected a motion to remove the charge given the association's road committee.

His proposal would assign any road decisions to a planning committee, which would use data acquired from a professional community survey outlined by Manley April 11, to chart the future course of the community.

"Because roads, in one way or another, are an integral part of any long-range planning concept," Cruse said, "we should give road decisions to that planning committee and dismiss the charge to our current road committee."

Director Gerald Smith, however, said, "If we do this, we seem to be relegating roads to some time, some place, somewhere out there ..."

"The whole issue of planning for the future," said Cruse, "whether for recreation, roads or any other system is how we get from here to there. The road committee has worked to only the second of 10 issues given them. They seem to be stymied. We need to re-address our leadership and the long-range plan Mr. Manley is detailing is the place to do it."

Smith, however, argued, "I'd like to get the road committee in here to discuss the issue, ask them what they've done and what we can expect and when we can expect it from them."

Director David Bohl said he doesn't believe roads should be included in the long-range plans, stating roads are a county function and the association has no legal responsibility for them.

Manley said part of the long-range plan initiative will be to find out from homeowners "what they want us, as a planning body, to be responsible for. Do they want us to take more responsibility for pushing county commissioners for action? If the homeowners want us to be more proactive, the standing road committee would be one action element."

If homeowners, as a result of the pending survey, decide they want roads to be an issue, Cruse told the board, "we need to provide a means of effectively influencing county commissioner actions or fostering development of a metro district. We cannot, by declarations of incorporation, attempt to influence political decisions, but we can help facilitate projects of benefit to our residents."

He said the board is responsible for "general welfare and well being of the community. If special districts are the only answer, we may have to push them."

Manley said it is his belief the board needs to know how much responsibility the homeowners place on it and that they know the limitations on the board by its articles of incorporation.

He said it is possible to set aside the charge to the road committee "until we find out what the people want. Many came here because of the rural nature and want it to stay that way. They may not want us to worry about roads."

Bohl insisted the board needs to be careful in wording proposals. "We can't give the owners the idea we can do something about roads," he said. "We need to be sure they know all roads are the county's responsibility."

Director Jerry Medford said he believes any long-range plan should look at every issue that affects the community, and at the big picture, which includes roads, even if the association had no control over them."

Smith charged that removing the road committee's charge would "reek of outright dismissal and won't lead to future service on association committees."

Bohl agreed, saying, "This motion takes any sense of responsibility away from them."

At the suggestion of general manager Walt Lukasik, the board tabled action on Cruse's motion until later in the meeting so wording could be revised.

But, when that time finally arrived, Cruse withdrew the motion.

"While I personally have a high level of frustration with everything having to do with the road committee," he said, "I apologize to the board for bringing a motion without notification. I am therefore, prepared to withdraw the motion."

When Medford also withdrew his second, this issue was removed but is expected to be on the agenda next month.

Environmental panel restructure defeated 4-1
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

It appeared on the surface to be a routine matter which, in the long run, would involve more residents in the decisions of the Environmental Control Committee for Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association.

When director Jerry Medford moved last week for adoption of ECC membership and voting responsibilities as presented, director Tom Cruse seconded the request.

But before it was over there was a split on the board and Pierre Mion, a member of ECC, disputed the recommended move despite the fact he had agreed to it in a joint meeting a week earlier.

As constituted now, the ECC panel has three regular members and up to four alternate members. In the past, some alternates have complained that while they are willing to serve, they never get a chance to vote.

The suggested revision would have five regular members of the committee on a rotating basis though only three, by code stipulation, would have a vote on any specific issue.

Walt Lukasik, general manager for PLPOA, said the intent was to give members a deeper feeling of belonging. Rotating the vote would allow every member the right to exercise a vote at one time or another and not limit the vote to full-time members or alternates serving in an absence.

Mion, who said he changed his mind while reflecting on the proposal after the joint meeting, said he now feels it doesn't make sense. "Why not let all five have a vote?" he asked. "Maybe all five would not be present but each one hearing a case should be allowed to vote on it. If it is just three votes, fine. If it's four, or five, that's fine, too. If people are not going to get to vote," he said, "they'll be less inclined to be present to hear presentation of the issues."

Still, declarations for the panel limit it to three voting members and the question became: Which three will get to vote if more than three are present?

The proposed resolution did not spell that out, stating members would vote on a rotating basis.

When Mion was asked if he agreed with the proposal he said, "About eighty percent."

"Eighty percent is not enough for me," said Cruse. "Despite my second, I'd vote no."

Director David Bohl moved to table the proposal for a month but Medford insisted it was "the best we can do."

On the call for a vote the issue was defeated 4-1 with only Medford in favor.

Real estate signs need no permit
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

"It would be outrageous if everyone had to get Environmental Control Committee approval to put up a sign advertising their property was for sale."

That was the comment Thursday of Richard Manley, president of Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, to the telephoned complaint of resident George Esterly that declarations of restrictions require all signs posted in the community to have individual permits.

Walt Lukasik, general manager, said Esterly had been informed that a previous board had adopted an ECC recommendation that real estate signs, dependent on size, number and placement, are to be permitted without need of individual permits.

Esterly, he said, insisted specific language in the declaration makes all of those signs illegal.

Such signs, Manley said, are just temporary and if board action has made them legal, "They are legal."

In other action, the board:

Learned that as of March 31, the association has received 61 percent ($474,000) of the total billed 2002 dues assessments of $777,000. That compares to receipts of 44.6 percent ($404,000) at the same time last year

Were told by Lukasik that 18 notices of intent to lien - totaling $7,600 - had been mailed in the prior 30 days and $492 received as a result, to date

Learned there have been eight reservations received, to date, for the first of what the board hopes will be an annual Pagosa Lakes Community Rummage Sale, scheduled May 4 at the Trails maintenance building

Approved an administrative decision to offer free dog licenses during the month of May. Last year, during free licensing month in April, the association licensed 260 canines. Licenses issued outside the "free" month are $15.

County upgrading Coyote Park Road

Water conferees study municipal rights acquisitions
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Southwestern Water Conservancy District's annual Water Seminar was conducted Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Durango.

The seminar annually features water experts from throughout Colorado and the West. This year's experts included Peter Nichols, a water lawyer who wrote "Water and Growth in Colorado;" Reeves Brown, the current president of Club 20 representing the interests of Colorado's West Slope; Doug Kemper, manager of water resources for the City of Aurora; Gerald Knapp, a regional water resources coordinator for Aurora; Steve Arveschoug, general manager of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District; Rick L. Gold, Upper Colorado regional director for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation; John R. Hill, Jr., an attorney with the Department of Justice, Environment, and Natural Resources Division in Denver; Gregory K. Hoskin, an attorney and member of the Colorado Water Conservation board; and Larry Hjermstad, CEO of Western Weather Consultants, a Durango firm which operates precipitation augmentation programs. Before launching his private firm, Hjermstad managed the Colorado River Basin Pilot Project for the Bureau of Reclamation.

This year's principal topic concerned the purchase and transfer of agricultural water rights by municipalities. Aurora, represented by Kemper, served as an example of how Front Range cities are purchasing the rights to irrigation water used by farmers and ranchers. In Aurora's case, the water is being purchased from farmers in the Arkansas River Valley.

Aurora, a Denver suburb, currently has a population of 290,000 and anticipates a growth rate of 50,000 people per decade. The projected annual yield of Aurora water resources is 75,679 acre-feet including 35,517 acre-feet from the South Platte Basin, 18,485 acre-feet from the Colorado River Basin, and 16,677 acre-feet from the Arkansas River Basin.

When irrigation water rights are shifted to municipal use, the land formerly irrigated is removed from agricultural production. The sense of talk at Friday's meeting was, that rapidly expanding cities along the Front Range believe agricultural water rights are the best choice for supplying water future populations.

The Southwestern Water Conservation District was created by the Colorado Legislature during April of 1941.

The district's purposes are: surveying existing water resources and basin rivers; taking actions to secure and insure an adequate supply of water, present and future; constructing water reservoirs; entering into contracts with other water agencies; organizing special assessment districts; providing for instream flows for fisheries and other legal responsibilities.

The SWCD board of directors is appointed by the county commissioners from each of the southwestern Colorado counties in the San Juan and Dolores river basins. These counties are: Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel, and Dolores counties, and parts of Hinsdale, Mineral, and Montrose counties. Board members serve three-year terms and oversee the district and set budgets.

Since its beginning, the district has conducted a number of surveys of irrigable lands, domestic water needs, and southwestern river flows. As a result, a number of water storage reservoirs have been built to meet needs in this part of Colorado. Included are Lemon, Jackson, and McPhee Reservoirs.

The district has always advocated and abetted conservation measures designed to increase the efficiency of water usage in this area.

Taxpayers served by the district pay a 0.26 property mill levy to finance district activities. In Archuleta County, the mill levy raised $45,302 during 2001.

Dennis Schutz is the Archuleta County representative on the board of directors. John Taylor is the Mineral County representative. Other board members are: Fed Kroeger, president, La Plata County; Larry Deremo, vice president, Dolores County; John Porter, secretary-treasurer, Montezuma County; Stephen Fearn, San Juan County; and April Montgomery, San Miguel County. William E. Bray of Montrose County recently resigned due to bad health. The Mineral County position is vacant.

Lynn Herkenhoff is in charge of administration. Frank E. "Sam" Maynes is general counsel, David W. Robbins, special counsel. District offices are located at 841 East Second Avenue in Durango.

Tuesday may offer chance of precipitation
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Pagosa Country residents woke Tuesday morning to drizzling rain and the remnants of overnight snowfall. By noon skies were clearing and fledgling spring grass sprouts again drooped in dryness. Tuesday's precipitation, welcome as it was, amounted to but 0.2 inches.

The next chance for local moisture appears to be this coming Tuesday, according to Gary Chancy, a forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

"Conditions will be breezy through the coming weekend," Chancy said, "but the best chance for rain or snow showers appears to be Tuesday and Wednesday."

Western Colorado is resting under a trough of cold, low pressure, according to Chancy, somewhere between traditional winter and summer weather patterns.

"We're getting a series of east-to-west weather patterns with moisture, but the centers are moving across Wyoming and to the north," Chancy said. "The chance for moisture diminishes as you move south."

Rain or snow showers were predicted late yesterday, to be followed by breezy and colder today and tomorrow. Winds are from the southwest and could increase to the 25-35 miles per hour range. High temperatures are expected to range between 46 and 56 degrees, with lows in the 20s.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will remain partly cloudy with afternoon breeziness. High temperatures should be in the 50-degree range with low temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

Meanwhile, the snowpack on the mountains above Pagosa remains at 27 percent of average with predicted runoff volumes in the low 20-percent range.

The 47-year average snowfall for Pagosa Springs during April is 5.5 inches, the average precipitation 1.29 inches. From April 1 through April 16 of this year, no measurable snow had fallen. Precipitation so far this month amounts to Tuesday's 0.2 inches.

The historic average monthly mean April temperature is 41.5 degrees. The extreme maximum April temperature is 81 degrees recorded April 30, 1981. The extreme minimum April temperature of minus 8.4 degrees was recorded during 1945 and again April 21, 1992.

High temperature in Pagosa last week ranged between 54 and 75 degrees with an average high temperature of 64 degrees. Low temperatures ranged between 27 and 33 degrees with an average low temperature of 31 degrees, according to measurements taken at the Fred Harman Art Museum.

Community Center fund-raiser moves ahead
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Community Facilities Organization wants to honor those people who have donated to the community center project - and raise the final thousands needed to open the doors.

To accomplish both goals, members of the organization approved two fund-raisers, a "Tree of Life" for larger donors and engraved paving bricks for purchase at $50 each.

The "Tree of Life" is a wall-mounted memorial featuring three pine trees with a total of 300 leaves or "needles" available for engraving. The leaves, in gold, bronze and platinum colors, will be engraved with the names of donors giving $500 and above. About 30 percent of the leaves have already been claimed with current donations, Mark Garcia, town building administrator, said. Another $275,000 may still be raised.

In addition, starting May 1, community members will have the opportunity to purchase memorial bricks that will be placed at the entrances of the new community center. A total of 4,000 bricks will be available for a $50 donation apiece. Each has space for two lines of engraving. Profits from this fund-raiser would give the coalition another $138,000 to close the remaining gap in funding.

Further information on how to purchase the bricks will be announced in the SUN over the next few weeks.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week scheduled
By Nina Allen
Special to The SUN

During the week of April 21-27, victims of crime, victim advocates, criminal and juvenile justice officials, allied professionals and community volunteers across the United States will observe the 22nd annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, this year's theme, "Bringing Honor to Victims," reflects the country's heightened awareness of the harsh and tragic impact of crime on its victims, while underscoring the critical importance of helping all victims of crime rebuild their lives.

"The tragedy of Sept. 11 brings special meaning and purpose to this year's observance," said John Gillis, director of the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. "This week is about bringing honor to all crime victims by promoting a greater understanding of crime victims' needs, by educating victims about their rights and the resources available to them and by applauding the countless volunteers and professionals who have dedicated their lives to seeing that those harmed by crime don't fall through the cracks."

For nearly three decades, the victims' rights community has successfully brought crime victims' concerns and issues to the forefront of America's public policy agenda. Today, every state and the federal government provides for the participation of victims in the criminal justice system.

Stronger crime victims' laws have been passed at the federal, state and local levels giving victims legal rights, such as the right to be notified throughout the criminal justice process, the right to be consulted before a plea agreement is entered, the right to be present during court proceedings, the right to speak at sentencing, and the right to restitution from a convicted offender.

Victim advocates also point to other progress. Thirty-two states including Colorado have provided the highest protection for the rights of crime victims by enshrining them in their state constitutions. Thousands of local service organizations and offices within criminal justice agencies that provide direct support to victims of crime exist today. More and more victims of crime are asserting their right to seek redress through civil justice.

Susan Herman, executive director of the national Center for Victims of Crime, encourages people across America to join in saluting the significant achievements of America's crime victims, service providers and justice professionals in this especially difficult time for Americans.

"National Crime Victims' Rights Week gives us the opportunity to support crime victims and thank those who serve them," said Herman. "Let's build on our past successes and renew our commitment to making comprehensive victims' rights and services a reality in every community. The 26 million people in this country who are victimized by crime each year deserve no less."

Throughout the country, communities are observing National Crime Victims' Rights Week by holding candlelight vigils, awards ceremonies, art exhibits, open houses, commemorative walks and much more.

In Pagosa Springs, the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program observes National Crime Victims' Week with a display at the Sisson Library, honoring and remembering all victims of violent crime.

Additional information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week can be found at www.ncvc.org and www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc, or by calling the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program at 264-9075.

Budget raiders target rural library, arts funding
Rep Larson's Report

The budget bill (the Long Bill) begins in the House this year. Members had copies of the Long Bill and the Joint Budget Committee narrative that explains major changes delivered to their desks Monday afternoon. The bill was then gone over in party caucuses Tuesday. This meant that the members had only Monday night to pour over the 812 pages of budget and narrative to assess what had been done to whom and how much.

I have fallen into a routine on budget delivery night and spread out at my apartment with magic markers, sticky notes and multi-colored tabs. Tools in hand with a supply of soft drinks, popcorn and No-Doz, I dig into the budget looking for line items that constituents have asked me to monitor or attempt to enhance. This year, there was no enhancement. The entire effort was defensive with many agencies and affected parties simply asking that I assure that the reductions not go deeper.

I went into the budget caucus prepared with notes and underscored e-mail ready to debate. The meeting room was packed tighter than sardines in a can. Tables had been set up for members to layout their multitude of paper utilized during this arduous process. The JBC members, armed with a slew of highly skilled and capable staff, went through an overview of the budget and justification for figures that had been set. Then, each caucus went over the budget department by department, line item by line item, asking questions and taking notes. As we moved slowly over every section, members who thought something was funded too much or was simply vulnerable, would move amendments that pushed the funding somewhere else or just reverted it back to the general fund (and there were darned few of that type of amendment!)

In years past, it seemed like almost every amendment would attempt to take money from one line item or other and put it in education. This year it is transportation. With Amendment 23 dictating the funding level for education and with the tremendous drop in revenue, there simply was no money left for the Senate Bill One transfers to allow bonding for highway projects. This could have a major impact on the T-REX project in Denver as well as our overall highway 20-year plan. That is why Rep. Keith King, R-Colorado Springs, has assumed the role of the transportation budget warlord and is raiding any line item that looks to be easy pickings. The caucus then votes on a "sense of the caucus" vote (by law caucus votes cannot be binding) to see if the amendment will have support.

A couple of areas raided were Rural Libraries and the Council on the Arts. Both of the categories have ties to Southwestern Colorado and would damage their efforts substantially if this funding were eliminated. The $2 million for rural libraries is the mainstay funding for exchange programs and support for those rural libraries that might not exist otherwise. The Council of the Arts $1.9 million touches on every community I represent in one way or other from the excellent Silverton Theater Group to the incredible work of the Durango Arts Center. I have been working to assure that the amendments to remove these funds will not pass.

These are indeed very tough fiscal times. The budget process aligns like minded legislators on particular amendments and changes that alignment dramatically on others. It all boils down to priorities. While I am most certainly desirous of continuing highway projects, of which many are in our district, I simply cannot allow worthwhile and necessary programs to be sacrificed.

Planned Parenthood slashed; restoration urged
Sen. Isgar's Report

Rural Colorado was hit hard once again this year when Jane Norton, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, cut the funding to the Cortez Planned Parenthood clinic. That meant that low-income women served at the Cortez Clinic have to travel 100 miles round trip to Durango for services. With no buses running between the two cities, the poorest women have been hurt most by this politically motivated tactic.

Members of the Legislative Audit Committee asked the State Auditor to review whether the actions to deny funding were appropriate. They issued a report last week that agrees the executive director overstepped her authority on this issue and consequently, important health care services have been inappropriately denied to those women. The audit committee has asked CDPHE to report back on the progress of the recommendations on July 8.

I sponsored a joint resolution in the Senate that was passed by both chambers of the legislature this week. It has great value for Montrose, Delta, Saguache, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray, Mesa, and Hinsdale counties and the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National forests. The basic thrust of the resolution lends the full support of our legislature to the national proposal for a Forest County Partnership Restoration Program.

The program includes three national forests in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado and is designed to restore terrestrial wildlife habitats, protect and improve water areas, restore watershed health, and reduce fire risk. This will be a powerful strategy to respond to existing critical restoration needs.

Also introduced this week was a measure that could let Fort Lewis College become independent of the Colorado State University System. Representative Mark Larson has worked hard on this bill and we are starting off with consensus of all the major affected parties. I'm the Senate sponsor of the bill and will work with Rep. Larson to hold the agreement together.

The general feeling I've been hearing about this shift is that "it's about time." The change of the University of Southern Colorado to be a branch of Colorado State University underlines the appropriateness for FLC to gain autonomy as the structure of the whole system begins to change. FLC can grab the opportunity to launch on its own path and build its reputation as a critical state asset, strong as an educational, cultural, and economic foundation for southwest Colorado.

Also on the horizon is a bill to fund a new Four Corners Interpretive Center. Without state funding, we might lose $2.5 million already allocated in federal dollars for its construction. I'm ready to introduce the bill that would uphold our end of the bargain. The measure would let the Department of Local Affairs make a one-time grant of $300,000 from the local government severance tax fund - instead of the general fund. The Ute Mountain Tribe has agreed to help raise the rest of the $200,000 from private foundations. Mark Larson thinks he may have support in the House to reallocate some items in the budget to provide the funding for this project without affecting existing projects or obligations. If his efforts are successful in the House then I will try to do likewise in the Senate. If we are successful I won't need to introduce the bill.

The short- and long-term benefits of a venture such as the Interpretive Center are well worth the effort to find the money - it will offer educational opportunities about the Ute and Navajo people, the Anasazi heritage, the recreational opportunities and the history of our agricultural and tourism-based region. It is a natural gateway to our state from the West and by investing in the development of the area. We can capture the attention and dollars of tourists from around the country.

Six Pagosa teams roll away for funds in Bowl-a-thon

Six teams from Pagosa Springs were part of an effort to raise over $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters in March.

The teams participated in an annual Bowl-a-thon in Durango to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Plata County, an organization that also serves Archuleta and Monte-zuma Counties.

Of the Pagosa Springs teams, the big brother/little brother duo of Richard Cyr and Patrick Henry were runners-up for the top prize for the most pledges. They, along with several other Pagosa bowlers, finished in the top five percent of pledge earners. Pagosa also sent teams from Archuleta County Social Services, the Pagosa Springs Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, Kroegers and one sponsored by the local Big Brother Big Sister case worker. The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs added their help with a large donation. In the end, Pagosa Springs, with about 1/10th the population of Durango, contributed about 10 percent of the total funds raised, Dearle Ann Ricker, Archuleta County case manager said.

Ricker is the first case manager to serve Archuleta County exclusively for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She was hired at the beginning of the year and is continuing to work toward increasing the numbers of big brother big sister volunteers in the county. She said the local involvement in the Bowl-a-thon was a wonderful show of support for the organization.

"Involvement was contagious," she said. "As soon as a couple teams were formed, others started hearing about it and joining in." Fun was had by all, regardless of ability level. In fact, prizes were given for those who threw two gutter balls in a row.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters in Archuleta County, call the Pagosa office at 264-5077, or the Durango office at 247-3720. Volunteers are needed to sign up as youth mentors. There are currently six children on the waiting list.

Letters

April 18, 2002

Vote at caucuses

Dear Editor:

Those who are unfamiliar with the caucus voting process may be tempted to stay clear of it. Many of us make that mistake after moving here. At some point we finally realize how serious that mistake can be. These elections can ultimately determine which candidates will make it to the primary election ballot. It's painful to watch potential candidates "lose" before we barely had a chance to learn about them. It can and does happen, though. Unless you exercise your right to vote at every opportunity, there is no other way to ensure we have a healthy ballot full of decent candidates in Archuleta County.

The caucuses are where we vote for delegates, those who will cast votes at the county assemblies to determine who will be on the primary ballots. Generally, the candidates for offices have asked these people to run as delegates, because they are likely to vote for them at the assembly. The citizen goal is to elect delegates we think will probably cast their votes for our chosen candidate when they go to the county assemblies. It's a good idea to call the candidates you favor before the caucus and ask them which delegates to elect. Otherwise, when you get to your caucus, seek out those who support the candidates you also wish to support and get the information you need to make your votes for delegates count.

If you've never been to a caucus, it's an interesting experience. Some believe it is an antiquated system that should be put to rest. The Bighorn Center for Public Policy's (www.bighorncenter.org) Bighorn Action wing is working toward that goal in their 2002 legislative agenda. They say, "When people were more politically engaged, caucuses were an effective process for candidate selection. But today, participation in caucuses has substantially dwindled. Colorado and Connecticut are the only states that use the caucus process of nominating candidates for the state legislature, and two of only a handful that use the caucus process to nominate candidates to other state and federal offices. Fewer and fewer citizens participate, and the caucus system is increasingly seen as an 'insider's game,' further reducing Coloradans' confidence in our political process."

For now, the caucus system is a Colorado voter's opportunity that should not be underestimated. It's up to you whether you want to let a small number of citizens with caucus voting experience decide who you'll get to choose from in the primaries. But I urge everyone to come check it out. Someday you'll be glad you can chime in when we reminisce about the bygone days of the caucus!

The caucuses are for voters who have affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties on or before Feb. 11, 2002. Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Karen Aspin

Call for peace

Dear Editor:

In the Middle East, "May the Killing stop."

What is extremely clear is that both sides are moving down the wrong path and Israel with the much stronger military presence needs to back off. Violence on both sides is wrong. Suicide bombings and the indiscriminate use of Apache helicopters, tanks and bulldozers against civilian targets are unacceptable in a civilized world.

The security of the Israeli people is directly linked to the freedom of the Palestinian people. The Palestinians have been being pushed out of their homes ever since Israel was created by U.N. mandate in 1948. Hostile Israeli forces have occupied the Palestinian territories since the 1967 war.

The blind support of Israel by the U.S. over the past 50 years has resulted in Israeli and Palestinian deaths; the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon; has raised the price of oil; dropped the recovering stock market; and required massive U.S. military spending.

We have sent Secretary of State Powell to the region and Israel is ignoring his requests for pull out and cease-fire. Israel, out of blind hatred, is blowing off its best supporter. It is time for economic sanctions and a cut off of military aid.

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Chairman Arafat both have blood on their hands and hatred in their hearts.

I feel that the only resolution is the creation of viable Israeli and Palestinian states. Israel must pull out of the entire West bank, including all settlements and return to 1967 boundaries. A DMZ similar to that on the Lebanese border should be erected to keep the two sides apart and monitored by the U.N.

Palestine should receive aid to rebuild and create a viable economy not dependent on Israel. The Holy Land should be a free zone managed by the U.N.

Peace can only be achieved through justice. The Marshal Plan after World War II created a new Europe. It is time for a Powell Plan to create a viable and peaceful Middle East.

Raymond P. Finney

Citizen generosity

Dear Editor:

This letter is to highlight the incredible generosity that was shown to us last August by the citizens of your town. My name is Ryan Helsel, I am a student in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Last summer while on vacation in Colorado with my girlfriend, Kerri, our car broke down on the outskirts of your town.

Thankfully, through the generosity of a citizen, we were given a ride into town to the San Juan Motel. Having little money (we are both college students) we were incredibly grateful when the pleasant woman at the desk told us that we would be receiving a room free of charge thanks to a local Catholic Church.

The next day we were again blessed when one of the motel employees offered to give us a ride across town to where our car had been towed. While waiting for the car to be checked out we walked to a nearby hardware store where we came across a bright yellow Land Rover in the parking lot. While we were admiring its strange numbers and markings, the vehicle's owner came out and began talking to us. He introduced himself as John Passant. After hearing about what was going on with our vehicle he graciously offered to let us camp in his yard for the night.

After checking in with the mechanics and discovering that parts that needed replacement would have to be ordered, I called John and he came and picked us up. After meeting his wonderful wife Sue, they offered to let us stay in the guest bedroom of their house. What was supposed to be one night turned into three as we anxiously awaited word from the mechanics.

Finally, the car was fixed and although John and Sue tried to get us to stay another night instead of leaving in the evening, we headed back home toward Indiana; we only got as far as Alamosa before running into car troubles again, but finally got home two days later. What would have been a bad experience turned into one of our most memorable and cherished memories.

Never in our lives had we come across a town and people, especially the Passants, who have shown such gracious charity and kindness. Thank you so much for all you did, it was very much appreciated and will never be forgotten. We hope to make it back to Pagosa Springs in the future (with a new car).

Sincerely,

Ryan Helsel and Kerri Lockwood, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Attend forum

Dear Editor:

National politics has always seemed very important, but I believe that local politics affects our daily lives more directly. On May 7, we will be electing board members for the fire, water and sanitation, and hospital special districts.

These board members will serve four-year terms and will very likely set policies which will directly impact the level of services and the amount of taxes we pay here in Archuleta County. In addition, there are two bond issues before us. This will be an important election and I encourage everyone to attend the League of Women Voters election forum at the Extension Building April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

This forum will allow you to meet the candidates and learn more amount them before you vote on May 7.

Melanie Kelley

Practical problem

Dear Editor,

I think that Jim Sawicki's assessment of the Israel and Palestine situation is pretty well on the mark. But, as usual, there is a division between practical and political solutions to most problems. In these times how dare Jim even think of any kind of practical solution.

Bob Lowe

Enforce codes

Dear Editor:

The past few months I have read with much interest articles regarding inconsistent and selective enforcement of county sanitation and building codes in Aspen Springs. I applaud the letter written by Ms. Jeanine McIntyre regarding so-called refugee camps, shacks and other trash buildings being used as residences.

The piles of trash that some neighbors have collected is a disgrace to the hard working and decent people who do live in Aspen Springs. Some of these piles are infested with rats and other critters which are carrying who knows what diseases.

It is of absolute necessity that building and sanitation codes be enforced. I understand that Aspen Springs has provided an opportunity for folks to live outside of other areas which impose certain rules and regulations through an association, but this does not mean that Aspen Springs needs to became a dumping ground for trash and filth.

Aspen Springs and the whole Pagosa area is one of the prettiest in the nation - be proud of it. Please don't allow a few to ruin it.

Sincerely,

Gary O'Neal

Sports Page

April 18, 2002

Track and Field
Schutz qualifies for state in discus, 200-meter dash
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Pirates boys' track team continued to turn heads Saturday, finishing fifth of 17 teams in Bayfield, and holding ground among larger schools.

Leading the team, Jason Schutz qualified for state in the discus and the 200-meter dash, breaking the Pagosa Springs' school record in the 200 for the second week in a row. Schutz, a junior, won the 200, crossing the finish in 22.61 seconds, nearly half a second faster than his winning time in Bloomfield on April 5. He added second-place finishes in the discus with a throw of 143 feet, 2 inches and in the 400 meters with a time of 52.00.

Head coach Connie O'Donnell said she is excited to have a state-qualifier and impressed with Schutz's success. Up to now, the junior has been competing in the discus, 200, 400 and one relay, but he may be in for a change this weekend. Coaches are considering trying Schutz's speed in the 100-meter dash at the Bloomfield Invitational.

Pagosa added another second place finish on a beautiful day with the 3200-meter relay team of junior Todd Mees, sophomore Aaron Hamilton, sophomore Brandon Samples and junior Clay Mastin. The foursome finished way ahead of the pack with a time of 8:51.06, losing the top spot to 4A Alamosa.

The Pirates racked up more points in the 800-meter run. Mees lead the Pagosa pack with a third-place finish in 2:11.17. Samples finished fourth in 2:12.49, junior Cliff Hockett trailed him for fifth in 2:12.70, and Hamilton grabbed eighth place.

The 800 relay team of Hamilton, junior Brandon Charles, junior Ryan Wendt, and Schutz came up fourth in 1:39.39. The 1600-meter relay team of Samples, Mees, Hamilton and junior Jeremy Buikema echoed that finish with a time of 3:44.36.

To round out the squad's efforts, junior Brian Hart finished seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Buikema claimed seventh in the 400.

Girls' events

The Pirate girls' squad put up two eighth-place finishes in the 800- and 1600-meter relays.

O'Donnell said the team will be working on mental toughness and the importance of working strong in practice in the coming week. The team has just two invitationals prior to the district meet back at Bayfield, May 4.

Baseball
Pirates sweep doubleheader from Monte Vista
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

Couple a pair of brilliant pitching performances by senior veterans - one a 3-1 distance effort on five hits and the other a three and two thirds inning no-hit relief performance - and you have a doubleheader sweep of Monte Vista by Pagosa on a picture perfect baseball day in the San Luis Valley.

The opener Saturday was another pitcher's duel featuring Pagosa's Darin Lister against Monte's Ben Carlucci.

Lister set the home-standing Pirates down in order in the first two innings and had one out in the third before giving up a single to left by first baseman John Whitmer. Lister then fanned Carlucci and second baseman Phil Longseth to escape damage.

The Pagosa Pirates, meanwhile were faring no better against Carlucci. They were up and down in order in the first, got a baserunner, Janowsky, on a wild pitch strike out in the second but he was erased at second on a ground ball to short by Lawren Lopez.

In the third, Pagosa mounted a mild threat after David Kern struck out and Justin Caler lined to second. Ross Wagle doubled to center and Lister drew a walk. Wagle advanced to third as Lister stole second, but the runners were left there when Ben Marshall lined to short.

Janowsky opened the fourth drawing a walk and then stole second, the first of his three stolen bases in the game. When the right fielder dropped Lopez' long fly ball, Janowsky scored and Lopez ended up on second. Freshman right fielder Marcus Rivas drilled a single to right scoring Lopez and Pagosa was up 2-0, but not done yet.

Designated hitter Justin Spencer drew a walk advancing Rivas to second. After David Kern was out on an infield fly call, Justin Caler reached base on a fielder's choice, Spencer cut down at second with Rivas moving to third. Wagle singled to left driving in Rivas with Pagosa's third - and final - run before Lister grounded into a fielder's choice to end the uprising.

Monte Vista went three and out in their half of the fourth and Pagosa got a runner - Janowsky - on an error in the fifth. He stole second but was left there when Lopez struck out and Rivas grounded to third.

Monte mounted a threat in the fifth when left fielder Mike Carrigan opened with a single to center and right fielder Ben Riddick drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Lister fanned Dan Valdez and Whitmer before getting Carlucci on a pop-up to Wagle at shortstop.

Spencer opened the sixth with a double for Pagosa. After Robert Kern popped out to first, Caler drew a walk. Then, Wagle drew another pass and Pagosa had the bags loaded with just one out. Lister, however, was unable to help to his own cause, popping to short before Marshall fouled out to first to end the threat.

Monte got its lone run in the bottom of the frame when Longseth singled to center. Lister got the next two hitters on fly balls before walking shortstop Darren Montoya. Carrigan singled to right to score Longseth, Montoya racing to third.

Marshall halted the Monte rally cutting down Carrigan's attempted steal with an on-the-bag throw to Wagle covering second.

Janowsky opened the seventh with a single to right but was cut down when Lopez hit into a fielder's choice. He, too, was erased on a fielder's choice ground ball by Rivas before Spencer struck out to end the inning.

Monte got brief encouragement when Riddick led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left. But Lister got catcher Dan Valdez on a comeback to the mound, fanned Whitmer, then induced Carlucci to ground out third to first to end the game.

Pagosa got three runs on five hits, Monte one run on five hits. Pagosa was errorless in the field while Monte committed three miscues, the dropped fly ball in the fourth being the key play in the game.

Game Two

Pagosa opened the second game against the hurling of Mike Ross with Wagle grounding out, Lister (at short in this game) drawing a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Marshall hit a line shot to short and Lister couldn't get back to the bag in time to beat the throw.

Monte Vista greeted Marshall's first varsity start on the mound with an offensive barrage in the first inning.

Valdez doubled, stole third and scored on a Marshall wild pitch. After Robert Anderson struck out, Ross singled to left. Montoya followed with a long home run over the fence in center field and Pagosa was down 3-0 after Carrigan flied to left and Riddick struck out to end the first.

Pagosa got a pair back in their half of the second, without benefit of a base hit.

Janowsky reached on an error by the first baseman and promptly stole second. He scored from there when the center fielder dropped Lopez' fly ball. After Rivas struck out and Spencer popped to short, Lopez scored when the right fielder misplayed David Kern's fly ball, Kern ending up at second. He stayed there when his brother, Robert, flied to left.

Marshall retired Monte in order in the bottom of the second, recording his third and fourth strikeouts sandwiched around a pop-up to Wagle at second.

Pagosa took the lead in their half of the third. After Wagle opened with a single and stole second, Lister singled to drive him in and then stole second himself. Marshall was hit by a pitch but cut down at second, Lister moving to third and then scoring as Janowsky grounded out to short. Lopez, too, was hit by a pitch. Rivas singled to right to move Lopez to third but was cut down at second on the throw to end the inning.

Monte went three and out in the third and Pagosa got one run to make the lead 5-3 in the fourth. After Spencer struck out to open the frame, David Kern singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Robert Kern grounded to first, David holding at third. Wagle picked up the run batted in with a single and stole second before Lister fanned to end the inning.

Monte closed the margin to 5-4 in the bottom of the frame. Montoya walked and was sacrificed to second by Carrigan. Riddick doubled to score the tying run. Pagosa coach Tony Scarpa then went to the mound to get Marshall who went back to his normal catcher's role as Rivas went to right and Janowsky took the mound.

That was the beginning of the end for Monte. Whitmer grounded to short and Myers bounced to second to end the threat and Janowsky was invincible thereafter. Two runners reached against him, both on errors - one by Lopez in the sixth and another by Robert Kern in the seventh.

Pagosa, meanwhile, picked up a single marker in the fifth, thanks to another Monte Vista error. Marshall opened by grounding out to the shortstop but Janowsky was safe on Myers' error at second. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Lopez fanned for the second out but Rivas singled to score Janowsky before Spencer struck out to end the inning.

The big Pagosa inning was the sixth. After David Kern struck out to open the frame, Robert Kern reached first on a passed ball and Wagle drew a walk before Lister struck out for the second out. Marshall followed with a long home run over the fence in left center. Janowsky, for the third time in the game, reached on an error but Lopez grounded into a fielder's choice to end the uprising.

But the Pagosans were not yet done. Rivas opened the seventh with a double off the right field fence and moved to third as Spencer grounded out. Chris Young, batting for David Kern, was hit by a pitch. Rivas and Young worked a double steal. Robert Kern singled driving in Rivas before Wagle fanned for the second out. Lister hit into a force out to end the inning.

Monte Vista's only chance against Janowsky came in the bottom of the seventh when an error put Whitmer on second with no outs. The next three batters, however, all grounded right back to Janowsky and were thrown out at first.

The line score shows Pagosa with 10 runs on eight hits, with five Monte Vista errors. The hosts had four runs on four hits, with Pagosa committing three errors.

Pagosa hosts Kirtland in a non-league game at 4 p.m. today, then will close out the Intermountain League regular season with a 2 p.m. doubleheader Monday at Golden Peaks Stadium against Ignacio's Bobcats.

A sweep of Ignacio would give Pagosa no worse than a tie for the league crown, assuming Bayfield has swept Ignacio and Monte Vista at that time. The district tournament is scheduled Saturday, April 27, in Centauri.

Soccer
Focus on wings opens middle for Lady kickers
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

"We spread the field well, got the ball to the wings and opened up the middle."

That was coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason's summation of his Lady Pirates soccer team's 5-0 victory over Center Saturday on the losers' home field.

Actually, the coach said, the score might have been much higher had not three goals, all by sophomore Melissa Diller, been called back on offside rulings.

As it was, both Diller and senior right wing Aubrey Volger each tallied two goals and junior left wing Tricia Lucero got her first of the season after being frustrated by a series of great saves, poor angles and shots banging off the posts.

Another factor, Kurt-Mason said, was watching others play.

"When we arrived there was a youth soccer tournament underway. I had the girls sit and watch several games, and evaluate and critique what they saw. I think being able to analyze mistakes made by others made them more conscious of not making the same mistakes in their own game," he said.

Diller opened the scoring in the first minute of the first half when she tallied on a feed from Meagan Hilsabeck.

Volger hiked the lead to 2-0 for Pagosa in the ninth minute, converting a drop pass from Jenna Finney from just outside the box. That was the story, offensively, in the first half.

Lucero's marker came 21 minutes into the second period when she converted a perfectly placed crossing pass from Lori Whitbred and ripped it in from 10 yards out.

Diller's second goal came in the 32nd minute of the period when she pounded in a deflection of a shot by Kyrie Beye.

Beye, by the way, drew praise from Kurt-Mason for her defensive efforts in the game. "She became a vocal leader," he said, "making decisions on positioning and giving commands to teammates. Kyrie just seems to be absorbing everything at once and then putting all the lessons from practice into use on the field."

Volger's second goal came after she was forced to leave the contest with a bloody nose.

"I think that got her dander up," Kurt-Mason said. "She had good position on her defender and the crossing pass from Diller was right on her foot for an 18-yarder."

The one-sidedness of the score is indicative of shot attempts. Pagosa goalkeeper Sierra Fleenor had to make only four saves in the game. Pagosa had 26 shots on goal, including the three called back.

The ladies have two more games this week, traveling to Ridgway for a 4:30 p.m. contest Friday, then hosting Salida at Golden Peaks Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday. They'll host Center 4 p.m. April 25. The game was originally scheduled Saturday, April 27, but was changed at Center's request because of prom night activities at the school. The league season will end the next day with Ridgway here at 4:30 p.m.

Defensive Lady Pirates down Bayfield 3-0
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

Meagan Hilsabeck gave Pagosa a 1-0 lead a minute and nine seconds into the Lady Pirates' home soccer contest against Bayfield Friday.

Later, the Pirates' leading scorer was to refer to the effort as "my soft roller," but for her team it was the only score until the 72nd minute in what turned into a midfield defensive struggle.

That the Pirates won 3-0 was a tribute to that defense, particularly the play of the two Saras - Aupperle and Smith - who repeatedly blunted possible scoring opportunities for the Wolverines with sweeps of the ball from attackers or speed moves that got them first to free balls.

The opening goal came on a crossing pass from Melissa Diller to Aubrey Volger. Volger dropped a pass to Hilsabeck just to the right of the goal mouth and her dribbler kick found a home in the net.

Perhaps the best defensive play of the game came at 15:03 when Pirate goalie Sierra Fleenor made a stop on a Bayfield breakaway but the rebound went directly to an attacker on the right wing. Just as she kicked, Aupperle came from nowhere to block the attempt, recovered the block herself and cleared the zone with an outlet to Lori Whitbred.

It was that kind of day for Bayfield. They just couldn't get beyond the tenacious Pagosa defenders. In fact, the Wolverines were able to generate only five shots on goal in the game, repeatedly finding their efforts stalled by Pirate interceptions.

Pagosa, meanwhile, was able to get inside front line defense by Bayfield but shots were inaccurate or stopped on a series of fine plays by Bayfield goalie Danielle Roberts.

A good example of Roberts' determination came in the two-minute period from 11:23 to 13:25. She first made a diving stop on a blistering shot by freshman Bri Scott, turned aside a rebound effort by Volger, and then somehow got to a line-drive kick from Tricia Lucero that seemed sure to give Pagosa a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later, she was again called on to make double stops, the first on a drive by Lori Whitbred and then another on Scott. At 24:11, Fleenor got her first test and was up to the task, first stopping Montana Blevins and then turning away the rebound effort by Desiree Cundiff.

Pagosa's next scoring opportunity came at 26:07 when Brittany Corcoran broke free up the middle and ripped a shot that clanged off the left goal post. Four minutes later, the Pirates mounted another attack on Roberts but she turned away successive shots by Hilsabeck, Volger and Whitbred to hold the score at 1-0 after one half.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were again played at midfield, neither team able to mount a surge or shot on goal.

Finally, at 50:04 Scott was free on the right for a crossing pass from Lucero but Roberts turned her shot away. Less than two minutes later, Scott got a drop pass from Whitbred right in front of the net but again was stopped.

And, as the Pirates seemed to waken to the attack, Roberts came up big with a brilliant stop on Hilsabeck's effort off a perfect lead pass from Lucero.

The Pirate attack wasn't limited to the veterans. After Corcoran was carried from the field with an ankle injury at 51:11, defensive standout Kyrie Beye turned to offense, cracking a 20-yard drive that Roberts went high to stop. Three minutes and 10 seconds later, Diller was stopped on a point blank drive and a minute and 11 seconds later, Whitbred's best chance was turned aside.

Then, after consecutive stops on Scott, Hilsabeck and Diller, the Pirates hiked the lead to 2-0 at 72:54 when Scott converted the rebound of a shot by Whitbred. Just under three minutes later, as Pagosa kept up the offensive pressure, Volger's corner kick from the right was in perfect location for a Hilsabeck header - which hit the right corner post. Moments later, another Volger corner kick was right to Whitbred, whose effort was wide left.

The final Pagosa goal came at 79:21 on a picture perfect play. Hilsabeck broke up the middle with a lead pass from Cassie Pfiefle, dropped a cross to Volger on the right and raced in tandem with Scott toward the goal. With two attackers closing in, Roberts opted to focus on Hilsabeck.

The result was a Volger pass to Scott right in front and her second goal of the game.

It was the second consecutive shutout of the Wolverines by the Lady Pirates, but the improving Bayfield squad made this one tougher, especially Roberts.

Pirate coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason will get one of his walking wounded back this week when midfielder Chelsea Masanz returns from rehabbing an ankle injury suffered in the March 15 Telluride game at Golden Peaks Stadium.

Pagosa is at Ridgway for a 4:30 p.m. contest Friday and returns home for a non-league contest against Salida at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Pagosans playing major roles in volleyball league
By Richard WalterStaff Writer

Two Four Corners League volleyball teams, each featuring a pair of Pagosa Springs players, are rapidly moving up the ladder in tourney competition and reputation throughout the area.

The first year organization's 18-year-olds have won three of four tournaments entered, including the Santa Fe Invitational and tournaments in Albuquerque and Grand Junction.

Playing on that squad are Katie Lancing and Nicole Buckley, both seniors at Pagosa Springs High School and members of the varsity squad at PSHS.

The 16-year-olds also won at Santa Fe after a second-place finish at Grand Junction, each tournament involving eight teams. They were fourth of 24 teams at Glenwood Springs and finished fifth in Albuquerque. PSHS students on that squad are Courtney Steen and Laura Tomford.

The 16-year-olds have one tournament left, April 27 and 28 in Albuquerque.

Their older counterparts will travel to Midland, Texas, May 4 and 5 for a regional qualifying tournament from which leaders will advance to national competition in Salt Lake City.

The teams are comprised of players from Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ignacio, Bayfield and Cortez.

Coaches Andy Rice and Shelley Wedemeyer, both of Pagosa, said the club has given the local girls a rare opportunity to play with others as talented and dedicated as themselves, opening their eyes to future opportunities in the sport.

"The experience these girls are getting with club volleyball is irreplaceable," said Wedemeyer. "They will play more matches in this one club season alone than they will play in their entire high school seasons combined. They are getting to see different styles of play and will benefit from that kind of exposure ... and they are making new friends."

Lancing will attend the University of Wisconsin next fall on a volleyball scholarship. Buckley will be playing at a school in California. Steen and Tomford will be back with the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates.

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April 18, 2002
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Community News
April 18, 2002

Chamber News

By Sally Hemeister
PREVIEW Columnist

Merchants set Local Appreciation Days

It's that time of year to grab the credit card and checkbook, break the piggy bank and head out to shop locally for bargains created especially for you. Local merchants do this every year to show their appreciation for your support throughout the year, and you can always score some dandy bargains.

The fun begins Monday, April 29, and will continue throughout the week to May 5.

Different merchants offer unique things to you in an effort to convey their thanks, so you just may get some candy or snacks in addition to the savings. Look for the bright pink posters in the windows of participating merchants and stop in to allow our merchants to thank you in a proper fashion.

This annual event presents yet another opportunity for you to "Shop Pagosa First" and save some dough at the same time. Please call us at the Chamber with any questions at 264-2360.

Ross tourney

The Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament opens tonight with the first round at 6:30 p.m. and promises to be just the beginning of some mighty fine competitive basketball. Tip-off will take place concurrently at the high school and the junior high, so you will have to make a decision about which venue you prefer. Play will resume at both schools tomorrow evening at 6:30 and again Saturday all day long, beginning at 9 a.m.

A Slam-Dunk contest and 3-Point Shootout will be held Saturday night at 6:30 in the junior high gym. The grand finale championship games will be held Sunday at noon.

There will be over 35 teams competing in three divisions: Open, 6 Feet and Under, and 35 and Over. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place teams, the All-Tournament Team, Tournament MVP, Mr. Defense, Mr. Hustle, Slam-Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout and there will be door prizes aplenty.

Proceeds from this event will go to a scholarship fund to benefit local youths of Pagosa and Ignacio. Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico teams will be on hand to entertain you, so we hope to see you this weekend for some red-hot basketball and what promises to be an all-round great time.

Volunteer fair

We're excited to announce that we have nine booths signed up to date for the Volunteer Recruitment Fair and know that several more will be joining us at the Extension Building April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to share information about their particular organizations. Hopefully there will be many interested potential volunteers looking for just the right way to spend their volunteer hours, and this is your big chance to sweet-talk them into considering your especially wonderful organization. Booth fee is $35, and proceeds will be used to market the event and cover cleaning fees. Please take advantage of this opportunity to "sell" your organization and infuse new energy into your group. Booth spaces are limited, so we encourage you to sign up promptly. The deadline for inclusion is tomorrow, April 19, and, as always, give us a call with any questions at 264-2360. Please join us for this first-ever recruitment event.

Music in the Mountains

The tickets for Music in the Mountains are moving out very nicely and we couldn't be more pleased. This is an event that we want to see in Pagosa every year, and the way we do that is to support it with our dollars and presence. We're grateful to Dave and Carol Brown for their generosity in providing not only the sponsorship for this event but the gorgeous venue

In case you haven't heard, Music in the Mountains is coming to Pagosa Springs July 17 and July 22 at the BootJack Lodge, and we should all be clicking our heels at the prospect of something so beneficial and fabulous for our community. Not only does it represent an amazing cultural opportunity but could ultimately represent thousands and thousands of dollars coming into our community. The folks in Durango, who have hosted this for 16 years, contend that this event pumps in the neighborhood of $2 million a year into their town. Now who among us wouldn't love a piece of that revenue? The first concert will be held July 17 at 6 p.m. at the Lodge at BootJack with acclaimed violinist Vadim Gluzman and his wife, Angela Yoffe, accompanying him on the piano. One hundred fifty people can be accommodated by the Lodge for this performance which will be followed by dinner. Tickets for this first benefit concert are $100.

The second concert will feature pianist and Van Cliburn medalist, Aviram Reichert with soprano, Gemma Kavanagh-Sullivan and will take place July 22 at 6 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception. Tickets for this concert are $45. We encourage everyone to support Music in the Mountains on this maiden voyage so that we can look forward to their visits in Pagosa for many years to come.

Week of the Young Child

Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. you can take your little ones to the elementary school for fun and games in celebration of Week of the Young Child. The Kids' Fair offers your business or organization the opportunity to show support for the children in our community by providing a fun activity for them at your booth at the Fair. There will be several raffle drawings throughout the day, and raffle donations would be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information or a booth registration form, please contact Amy at 731-9152 and leave a message.

Fair volunteers needed

The Archuleta County Fair is looking for volunteers to help with the Fair this year, Aug.1-4. Contact Debra Zenz at 264-0393 or 946-5993 for more information. Volunteer registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce or the CSU Extension Office at the fairgrounds.

IMPROV-O-RAMA

The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program is bringing back the comedy troupe, IMPROV-O-RAMA, for the third year and invite you to join them at the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium Saturday at 7 p.m. IMPROV-O-RAMA has been performing for groups around the state since 1993 and models itself after the Drew Carey ABC show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" in which audience suggestions are transformed into hilarious comedy skits.

Advance tickets for this show are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children five and under are free. You will pay a dollar more at the door, so run on down to WolfTracks Bookstore and Coffee Company or Moonlight Books or the library to pick up your tickets today. All proceeds from this performance will go to the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program for support services for victims of violent crime. Call 264-9075 for more information.

Garage sale

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council will sponsor a garage sale at the Town Park gallery April 27 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with refreshments and bargains galore. They would appreciate your tax-deductible donations, and you may drop them off at the gallery April 16-20 and April 23-24 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. They will also be happy to pick up any items if you give them a call at 264-5020.

Spanish Fiesta royalty

The Spanish Fiesta Club invites you to pick up a royalty application form at the Chamber if you are interested in becoming the king, queen or princess for that organization. This is an honor that carries a number of responsibilities, all of which are clearly outlined in the application. If you are a resident of Archuleta County, unmarried, have your parents' permission and are currently enrolled in an accredited school in grades five to 12, please come by the Chamber and pick up a form. Deadline for applications is noon on April 26, and you can call 264-4604 with questions.

Beds for cyclists

We're still looking for local residents who would just love to adopt a cyclist (or two) for one night when Ride The Rockies rolls through Pagosa July 16. We have many more requests for home stays than we have homes and would greatly appreciate some more beds. Once again, your only big responsibility is to provide a bed for these folks, and you are also asked to pick them up and drop them off at the high school. Give us a call if you can give us a hand at 264-2360.

Membership

We have the pleasure of introducing three new members to you this week as well as eight renewals. Just keep those cards and letters comin' in, folks, along with those membership forms. We just love it.

Our first new member this week is someone who has been in the community for some time, but just recently saw the light and decided to join the Chamber. We are so happy that Joanne Hanson is joining us with Joanne Hanson Financial Services located at 703 San Juan St. Suite 202. Joanne will be happy to help you with tax preparation (for next year, thank heaven!) and IRS representation as well as investments, IRAs, stocks, mutual funds and all financial planning. She would be delighted to talk to you if you will give her a call at 264-3067. We thank Jean Sanft, one of our longtime Diplomats and pals, for recruiting Joanne and will send off a free SunDowner pass soonest with our thanks.

Another old friend, Carolyn Craig, joins us next with Coldwell Banker Pagosa Group Property Management Division located at 2383 U.S. 160 West. Carolyn and the folks who deal with property management specialize in making everyone's stay as enjoyable as possible. They offer short and long-term rentals of private homes and condominiums. They also offer discounts for weekly or monthly occupancy. Please give Carolyn a call at 731-0415 for more information.

With summer just around the corner, our next new member may be just the one you want to call with all the spring/summer projects on hand. Ed Strickland brings us Strickland Remodeling and 30 years experience in the bargain. He specializes in creative residential interior remodeling including carpentry, drywall, painting, tiling and minor electrical and plumbing. Please give Ed a call at 731-9434 to learn how he can lighten your home project load.

Our renewals this week include Kim Griffin at Juice 'N Scoop; Shelley Low at American Life Financial Group, Inc., d.b.a. U.S. Mortgage Express (Shelley, I'm waiting for the call that I won the trip to Mexico); Kathy Koy with the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center; Margie Hollingsworth, Licensed Professional Counselor, Lubbock, Texas; Verna L. Lucas with The Touchstone; and Larry Page with the Pagosa Springs Kiwanis Club.

Our associate members this week are Karen Cox who renews as a Real Estate Associate with Coldwell Banker, the Pagosa Group; and Rita Werner, one of our wonderful Diplomats. Thanks for the support, kids.

Senior News
By Janet Copeland
SUN Columnist

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the operation

Our volunteers are one of the most important parts of keeping the Senior Center running. I have been negligent in not thanking them lately, but I hope they know how much we all appreciate them.

The following folks have dedicated many volunteer hours lately. A big thank you to: Lena Bowden, Lucille Arrington, June Nelson, Dorothy O'Hara, Lydia Martinez, Johnny Martinez, Clara Kelly, Mary Archuleta, Lilly Gurule, Helen Schoonover, Helen Girardin, Terrisa Diestelkamp, Kent Schaefer and George Golightly.

Johnny Martinez is one lucky fellow. He won the drawing for the microwave oven on Friday. Congratulations Johnny.

Millie Johnson is our Senior of the Week. Congratulations, Millie!

It was great to have Sherry and Bill Ulery back with us last week; we miss them since they moved to Oregon. Also, we welcomed back Jean and Jim Sitton, Mable Bennett, Jackie Schick, Lucille Alley, Dan and Marie Wollenweber (Musetta's husband and his mom). We are glad to have Dawnie Silva back from vacation, and a big thank you to the kitchen staff for keeping things going in her absence. A special thanks to Terry Mitchell, who represents the Senior Blind Program, for joining us on Wednesday and providing information for our folks with vision problems.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides books and magazines in braille for those in need, and they supply special equipment needed to play cassettes or discs for those in need, at no cost. Call (800) 424-9100 for more information.

There will be a blood drive at the Senior Center April 30 between 1:30 and 5 p.m.

The staff at the Senior Center needs some more volunteers. Please contact Musetta or Laura if you would be willing to donate a few hours occasionally.

Calling all artists. We are having a contest for the design of a small logo reflecting the new Senior Center's name - "Silver Foxes Den" - we plan to have the winning logo put on mugs for the fall Oktoberfest, as well as on our brochures. Deadline for entering the contest is May 30.

Tomorrow Nina Allen will teach a class on glycerin soap making. There will be a $5 fee for supplies. You must preregister. This sounds like fun.

Doug Purcell will talk to us April 22 about preventing bears from invading our habitat.

Dr. Nelson will give a presentation April 26 about macular degeneration.

Other upcoming events include:

On the third Tuesday of each month, Sky Ute Casino provides free transportation for 6-13 seniors to travel from the Senior Center to Ignacio and the casino. They will provide some gifts and reduced price food vouchers. Interested parties need to sign up at the Center.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. there is free swimming at Best Western (for members only) and discounts on their meals.

Yoga class is held at 9:30 Tuesdays and art classes are at 12:45.

Wednesday card games are at 1 p.m. and there is a matinee show at Liberty Theater Wednesday for seniors, for $3. Call 264-4578 to let them know how many will be attending.

Crusing with Cruse
By Katherine Cruse
PREVIEW Columnist

No Crusing with Cruse this week.

Pagosa Lakes News
By Ming Steen
Property and Environment Manager

Three residents run triathlons in stellar form

Bring laughter into your life Saturday by attending IMPROV-O-RAMA, a comedy show brought to us by Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program.

The professional comedy team will iron out the weary lines on our faces while providing support to a valuable local help program. Appropriate for all ages, the actors will take audience suggestions and weave them into funny skits.

The show is at Pagosa Springs High School at 7 p.m. For just $7 and $5 for seniors and students (children under 5 get in free) you receive the healthful aspects of laugh therapy, an evening out with the family and a chance to help those less fortunate in some small way.

Tickets are available at Moonlight Books, Sisson Library and WolfTracks Bookstore.

Beginner tai chi

Dr. Jason Chen, a tai chi master trained in China and who is now a Pagosa resident, is interested in offering a beginner tai chi class at the recreation center. He already teaches an advanced class, but would like to offer a simple 24-step Chang style program for those unfamiliar with this exercise form. Classes will be once a week, either Monday or Wednesday, at 7 p.m. If you are interested, call the recreation center at 731-2051 to get your name on the list. Dr. Chen will contact those interested with a start date.

Triathlon competitors

Congratulations to Reid Kelly, Robbie Johnson and Greg Sykes who recently competed in and completed triathlons in stellar form. Kelly, his wife Debra and sister Karen (from Boston) all gathered in Kona, Hawaii, April 7 for the Lavaman Triathlon, an Olympic distance event made up of a .9-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

Reid, who finished in 2 hours,43 minutes, is pleased with his time, enjoyed himself, and is happy the sharks weren't too fierce.

Sykes and Johnson did the 14th annual Tri the Rim Triathlon at Fort Lewis College in Durango last Saturday. This event is sprint distance and features a 500-yard swim (10 laps in a 25-yard pool similar to the one at our recreation center), a 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the shorter distances make a sprint triathlon easier. It's not. Sprint triathlons are fast, furious and painfully anaerobic ... with very little time to regret having joined the race.

Greg's time of 1 hour, 5 minutes put him in fifth place overall, about a minute behind the top male. Robbie finished in a respectable 1 hour, 10 minutes for a 12th place overall ranking.

Way to go guys - we are proud of you three.

Even though the hill up to Fort Lewis College seemed like Mount Everest on the final lap of the run, Greg and Robbie charged up to meet their personal goals. Even though he had feet, hands and elbows (not to mention the looming visage of JAWS) in his face the whole time he was swimming, Reid is ready to tackle more open-water swims.

Social clubs

There will be a gathering April 24 in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss forming social clubs for residents who have moved here from various other states. The purpose of these "Home State" clubs is to offer another avenue to meet and socialize with people from your home state, or states where you have lived previously. The club concept could lead to holiday get-togethers, dinners, etc.

Local Chatter
By Kate Terry
PREVIEW Columnist

Salute a newspaper columnist today

Today, April 18, is National Columnist Day. This was the day in 1945 when Ernie Pyle was killed doing front-line reporting in the South Pacific.

To quote from the March-April 2002 Columnist, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' newsletter, its president, Peter Rowe of the San Diego Union Tribune, has this to say referring to Ernie Pyle:

"The beloved columnist was memorialized in a recent column by Bob Green of The Chicago Tribune as 'the greatest of the war correspondents because he lived with the soldiers and told the people back home about their lives.'"

The resolution passed at the 1995 NSNC convention establishing this day states that it is "a time to reflect on the way newspaper columnists connect, educate, comfort, encourage, celebrate, outrage and occasionally even amuse readers and a time to express appreciation for them for their hard work."

Members are asked to do something special on this day: wear a NSNC T-shirt to work (I don't have one), contribute something for the Scholarship Auction (at the NSNC Convention in Pittsburgh in June), or take a journalism student to lunch. I have sent a set of books written by Irvin S. Cobb, a journalist/writer, for the auction and, given that I don't know a journalism student in town, I think I will invite publisher David and managing editor Karl out for coffee.

Around town

Here is a news item for you people who remember Richard Quillin who used to live here.

Richard was in California recently to receive an award given by Computer World in its search for heroes.

Computer World, the most widely circulated computer magazine, presents an award called "Computer World Presents" for use of technology to benefit society. Three hundred seventeen awards were give worldwide - 29 in the category of nonprofit organizations in government. Richard's award was one of the 29 - his for how people can access child support on the Web. He then went on to Denver to receive another award for the same subject.

The award is a gold medal comparable to an Olympic medal. Richard is CIO for the Human Services Department in New Mexico.

Fun on the Run

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi

2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton

1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope

Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond

Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: knot-furlong

365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Sterling

Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon

1000 acres: 1 kHz

Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line

463.6 graham crackers: 1 pound cake

1 million microphones: 1 megaphone

1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles

2000 mockingbirds: Two kilomockingbirds

10 cards: 1 decacards

1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton

1000 cubic centimeters of wet socks: 1 literhosen

1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche

1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin

10 rations: 1 decoration

100 rations: 1 C-ration

2 monograms: 1 diagram

8 nickels: 2 paradigms

3 statue miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. league.

Veterans Corner
By Andy Fautheree
PREVIEW Columnist

No Veterans Corner this week.

Shepherds Staff
By James B. Coats, Pastor
Healing Waters Presbyterian Church

How will our lifestyle be described?

Easter is but one of many holy days celebrated by Christians during the year. It is the celebration of life, of resurrection, as we remember the raising from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a day of great rejoicing. It is a season of gladness and joy. It is the very foundation for the hope that we have for tomorrow that gives us strength and encouragement for each day.

It was because of this hope, this "living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3), that thousands of those early Christians were, for centuries, able to sing and rejoice even in times of great persecution, even as they were being put to death because of their faith.

There is a marvelous story told about an elderly Christian named Polycarp who lived during a time of great persecution. When a squad of soldiers confronted him, the captain, out of great respect for Polycarp, offered him a way to escape being martyred.

All he had to do was say, "Caesar is god." But he refused. "My Lord had been faithful to me for 84 years. Why should I deny him now?" So he was tied to a stake and burned alive. Confidence in the faithfulness of God has sustained Christians through the succeeding centuries through "many dangers, toils and snares'; through life threatening journeys and illnesses, even as they walked "through the valley of the shadow of death."

So, it is of life-affirming importance to the Christian to live daily with this hope burning in his or her heart. Few want to die, but none are afraid of death. In fact, many who feel their life slipping away because of a lingering illness or "life threatening injury" look forward to that moment when the promise of their Lord is fulfilled and they "see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2). It is no wonder that with such confidence in tomorrow that the Christian's life is so affirmative today.

The Easter season is now past for this year. But we must remember that Easter is more than an annual celebration, a season or a day. "Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say, rejoice." (Philippians 4:4) If Christ rose from the dead on "the first day of the week" those many centuries ago; if he is alive now and always; if the promise to believers of personal resurrection is still valid, then we have reason to rejoice always, not just on this one day or during this one season of the year. For Christians, there is no "if." All of this is true. Resurrection is an ongoing event. In fact, it is a continuing lifestyle.

This "living hope" defines the way in which a Christian lives. Since September 11 of last year, a great fear has fallen upon the citizens of our nation. Multitudes are living in anxiety, in fear of what might happen next. There is no doubt that the terrible event in the life of our country has altered the lifestyle of everyone. We are still apprehensive about flying. All forms of traveling have been curtailed. The whole economy has been adversely affected. And, paranoia abounds.

Of course, there never has been a reason to live carelessly, to endanger our lives frivolously. But, must we live anxiously, fearfully, as though the next moment might be our last?

There is always that possibility, but there is no reason to live in petrifying fear. If a woman focuses on the fear of pain in childbirth and not the joy of delivering a new life, her pain will be all the greater and her "waiting" will be miserable. She will view the birth with a sense of anticipated relief (which it will be) and not a cause to celebrate that precious new life.

Easter, the celebration of the "living hope" of our own resurrection from the dead, is not an annual celebration to be forgotten by the time that the lilies fade or the last egg is eaten. It is an affirmation of hope, of confidence in the faithfulness of our God, which encourages us in the daily affirmation of life; which strengthens us from, mile post to mile post as we continue our journey of life with great expectations.

It is our choice. How will our lifestyle be described?

Shall we live with fear and anxiety, a mental hand to mouth existence?

Or shall we live with a life affirming joy in each day, in each moment, because of the living hope within us?

Parks & Rec
By Chris Corcoran
SUN Columnist
Town Recreation Department

Work on fields postponed

The field work day has been postponed due to lack of volunteers. Please keep in mind there may be a makeup day to work on the fields.

If you are interested in helping to improve the conditions of your softball and baseball fields, please contact the parks and recreation department at 264-4151 Ext. 231.

Field use

If you are using the softball fields on weekends and evenings, please abide by all school and town policies: No dogs, no tobacco, no alcohol and, please, pick up after yourself.

Summer registration

The time is here to get registered for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. The proper forms are available at Town Hall. Stop by to fill them out. If you are interested in coaching a team, please contact the parks and recreation department.

Park Fun

The Park Fun program is being developed for this summer. If you would like to receive information about this program, please contact the parks and recreation department and we will put you on a mailing list.

Extension Viewpoints
By Bill Nobles
SUN Columnist

Water shortage challenges irrigators

Today - 4-H Oil Painting, Extension office, 4:30 p.m.

Today - 4-H Small Engines, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

Today - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

Friday - Colorado Kids, Extension office, 2 p.m.

Friday - Leaders Appreciation Dinner committee meeting, Extension office, 2 p.m.

Friday - 4-H Drawing, Extension office, 3 p.m.

April 22 - 4-H Woodworking, Extension office, 4 p.m.

April 22 - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 4 p.m.

April 23 - 4-H Cake Decorating, unit 3, Extension office, 4 p.m.

April 23 - Vet Science, San Juan Veterinary Clinic, 5:30 p.m.

April 23 - 4-H Electricity, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

Stretching water supplies

The threat of water shortages means that many irrigators will have to make some difficult pre-planting decisions.

The acreage you normally plant and the types of crops you plant may need to be adjusted. Some crops use more water than others. Some crops need water later in the growing season when it may no longer be available.

Research has proven fertile soils make more efficient use of irrigation water. So if you cut back on the acreage you normally plant, make certain you plant your most fertile acres. Concentrate available water on those acres rather than trying to stretch it over your entire farm.

Here's a checklist of things to consider during this year's cropping season:

Know precisely how fast your soil can accept water and its total water-holding capacity. This will allow you to decide how much water to apply at a given time

Know how much water is being delivered to the field. This will give you an indication of how long to irrigate

Determine the need for irrigation by shovel, auger, moisture meter, or the feel methods

Plant drought-tolerant cover crops on unplanted fields to protect them from wind erosion

Consider conservation tillage methods. Every trip over the field with equipment results in moisture loss. Leaving some residue on the surface will reduce this loss

Use chemicals rather than water to control water-using weeds

Alfalfa and some cool-season grasses can survive with minimal water. But the stand will suffer, particularly if grazed heavily.

Decide if you will have a little water all season or more in the spring and none later on. Vary crops accordingly. For instance, alfalfa, cool season grasses, corn, and sugar beets need water all season. Wheat, barley or rye need water early in the season.

Irrigation water

Soil can absorb irrigation water only at a given rate that varies for each soil type.

Water requirements vary for different crops. Make sure you apply water to your crops only when needed. Check soil moisture by spade, probe or soil moisture meter and make careful visual checks of your crops.

If you have a conservation plan for your farm or ranch, or if the soil in your area has been mapped, the Natural Resource Conservation Service can cross-check soil type and irrigation data and provide you with the water holding capacity of your soil for a given crop.

Don't know if your soil has been mapped? Check with your local NRCS office. Even if it hasn't been mapped, NRCS can give you general information.

Analyze your irrigation system so you can use your available water in the most productive way possible.

Inspect your system before water starts to flow. Make sure ditches are clean and free from weeds, sediment and other debris that can slow water velocity, affect delivery rate and increase evaporation. Consider lining ditches with concrete or plastic. This could avoid the 10- to 90-percent losses that often occur in ditches.

Make sure ditch structures - like head gates, drop structures and pipe inlets - are strong and functional. A washed-out ditch could mean a lot of water lost. Make sure ditch banks are firm and not burrowed into by rodents. Rodent holes could cause leakage or failure.

Make sure your pump is operating at peak efficiency. Regular maintenance will improve efficiency, guard against water loss and avoid shutdowns.

Sprinkler systems

Make sure nozzles aren't worn and leaky

Check pipe connections and valves to prevent leaks

Operate sprinklers at recommended pressure. Use application rate, efficiency factor and time of application to figure how much to apply

Consider trickle and drip systems for orchards, vineyards, etc. Operate at recommended design values and maintain the filter system.

Irrigation management

Measure the amount of water applied to the field. This can indicate when and how much to irrigate.

Consider alternate row irrigation for crops planted in furrows. But remember to alternate the "alternate" row in later irrigations. Consider shorter runs if you furrow irrigate. Match stream size and velocity to soil intake rate and capacity

Catch and re-use tail water by pumping it back to the head of the system or re-using elsewhere.

Irrigate most crops when soil moisture reaches about 50 percent of capacity.

Pasture and range

Roots transport moisture and nutrients to growing plants. When plants are overgrazed, root growth stops. When root growth stops, leaf growth stops too.

Irrigated pasture

Irrigated pasture management practices that encourage root and leaf growth are the same practices that allow plants to make the best use of soil moisture. They include: Rotating grazing with adequate rest and regrowth periods; leaving 4 to 6 inches of top growth at the end of each grazing period; fertilizing properly; applying irrigation water in the right amount at the right time

Range and dry pasture

Range and dry pasture forage production depends entirely on natural moisture. Overgrazing during a drought does more damage to perennial plants than during a season of normal moisture. Overgrazing can:

Reduce plant vigor

Stop root and leaf growth

Reduce ground cover

Invite accelerated erosion.

Once erosion begins, it tends to get worse each year, further reducing plant vigor and forage production. This process is difficult to reverse.

Rather than risk permanent damage to grazing resources, follow these tips:

Reduce livestock numbers to balance with forage supply and cull herds more than normal. Sell calves and lambs early

Determine forage needs and buy needed supplements early

Grow small grains or sorghums for hay or pasture. These need less water than conventional forage crops

Defer planting perennial pasture, hay or range seedlings until a year with more favorable water supplies

Keep spring developments, stock tanks, float valves and pipelines in good working order so water isn't wasted

Prepare to haul stock water

Give spring development high priority. Even a mediocre spring will be helpful

Don't overgraze or otherwise disturb stream bank vegetation. It will be needed to prevent erosion, reduce sediment and provide food and cover for wildlife

Consider late season use in rest pastures.

Wildlife

Wildlife will suffer during a drought as much or more than domestic livestock. The wildlife that shares your land is a valuable natural resource.

To help wildlife there are a number of practices available.

Include additional features at stock water developments that allow small animals and birds safe access to water. These are usually not expensive and are easily installed.

Fence ponds and springs and install collector pipes to deliver water to a tank or trough. This will save the water source from damage by livestock trampling, as well as allow access by small animals and birds to lush vegetation that grows close to wet areas.

Yards and gardens

Soils differ in how fast they absorb moisture, how they store, and how long they retain it. A rule of thumb says 1 inch of moisture will penetrate 12 inches deep in sandy soil, 7 inches in loam, and 4 to 5 inches in clay.

Don't apply water faster than the soil can absorb it. Water early in the day to reduce evaporation loss. Apply deep and less often. Shallow, frequent watering encourages shallow roots and more evaporation loss and reduces the moisture reservoir in the soil. Don't let water run off into street or driveway

Many perennials can do without water better than annuals can. Don't plant annuals when a water shortage is imminent.

Mulch around trees and shrubs and between garden rows to hold in moisture and discourage weeds that will compete for moisture.

Aerate your lawn to permit better water penetration. Set your lawn mower blade to leave 2 or more inches of grass after mowing. Food is manufactured in the leaves and stored in the roots. Cutting grass too short keeps it from manufacturing food.

Fertilize adequately but not excessively. A sick-looking lawn or garden may need more fertilizer, not more water. Apply fertilizer before regular watering.

Hold up on new landscaping or consider desert or native plants. If you were planning to remove any lawn, trees, or shrubs in the future, this would be the year to do the work before you start watering.

Save water for plants that can't survive without it. Reduce watering of other plants and lawns to subsistence level. Improve your lawn and garden watering system. Try automatic, drip or different sprinkler heads for better efficiency

If it rains, reduce watering time accordingly. Measure how much rain has fallen and adjust your watering schedule and duration accordingly.

For more information or assistance with water conservation, contact the Archuleta County Extension office at 264-5931.

Seed potatoes

The Archuleta County Extension office is now taking orders for seed potatoes. There are two kinds available, the Sangre (red potato) and the Russet Nugget (white potato). Currently we are charging 30 cents per pound for both species. Those of you who are just starting out and are experimenting, it is our suggestion that you order 2-3 pounds of each species instead of ordering a whole lot of them. This way you can experiment and see if you like them and then order more next year. When orders arrive, each person will be contacted to pick up their order. If you are interested in ordering seed potatoes please call 264-2388 or stop by the office.

In Sync With Isabel
By Isabel Willis
PREVIEW Columnist

Childrens' Fair at grade school Saturday

This week our whole community is gathering together for the Week of the Young Child. The Archuleta County Department of Social Services joins in the celebration of this event every year with an information booth and activities for the Children's Fair. This year the fair will be at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Social Services will sponsor a car seat checkpoint April 18 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Seeds of Learning parking lot on San Juan Street. The checkpoint will not be intended to give away seats. Instead, the focus will be on educating and demonstrating to parents the proper installation of their child's seat in the vehicle. Often parents are unaware that they are not transporting their child safely.

It's important for the community to come together for this event and to consider the topic every day for that matter. After all, prevention of child abuse begins with community support of families with young children.

There are many people and agencies in the community that serve children and families, but Social Services is mandated to ensure that children are protected from abuse or neglect. Of course, without community support, Social Services could not do its job. This is why working as a team with the community is so important.

If anyone has a concern about the safety and welfare of a child, a report needs to be made to the Department of Social Services. Case workers are available 24 hours a day. The number to call is 264-2182. Names of reporting parties are kept confidential.

Additionally, case workers are thoroughly trained by the Colorado Department of Human Services to assess safety concerns to determine if an investigation should be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

One thing that I'd like to note is that most of the families served are those who contact the department themselves. The most common request for services involves a parent asking for help to better manage a child's behavioral problem - problems such as anger and acting out, depression, school truancy, poor school performance, substance use, delinquency and noncompliance with parents and others in authority.

None of the case workers for the department handle these complex situations alone, but contract out for assistance with home-based therapy, life skills, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, school day treatment and youth behavior coaching. These core services offered to families help prevent child abuse.

Archuleta County Child Welfare Services is accountable to a community advisory council called the Child Protection Team. The team meets monthly, but can be convened whenever necessary since, by law, all investigated cases of child abuse must be reviewed within seven days. At this time, Social Services would like to thank all of those team members dedicated to this process.

So, for the month of April, let's all remember we need to work together with the vision that all children are to be treated with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion. After all, it's been noted that children behave in the same way they are treated.

Arts Line
By Pamela Bomkamp
PREVIEW Columnist

Summer exhibit season is underway

This year's summer exhibit season began Tuesday and extends through Oct. 31. Our new hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Each exhibit will run for three weeks.

The first exhibit will feature the work of Charla Ellis' high school art class, opening May 2. This impressive exhibit will be on display through May 22. Our traditional reception will be held on opening day from 5 - 7 p.m. at the gallery in Town Park. Complimentary refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Upcoming events

If you are into an early spring cleaning this year, start saving your miscellaneous items plus furniture for our annual garage sale. The sale will be held at Town Park on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Merchandise drop-off days will be April 16-20 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you need help transporting any items to the gallery, call Joanne at 264-5020. We will pick them up for you.

San Juan Festival Ballet, a division of the PSAC, is sponsoring a children's playgroup on the first and third Fridays of each month from 11-noon at the San Juan Dance Academy, 188 South 8th St. Children sing songs, dance, play games, and do arts and crafts. For more information, call Stephanie Jones at 264-5068. Save the dates of May 16, 17, and 18 for San Juan Festival Ballet's spring performance. The Spring Gala will be performed at San Juan Dance Academy. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and there is a special children's performance at 11 a.m. May 18 Tickets can be purchased for $6 for general public, or $5 for arts council members, at The Pagosa Kid or at the gallery in Town Park. Tickets for the special children's performance cost $3 or $2.50 for arts council members. For more information call Stephanie Jones at 264-5068.

A special new artistic event called the "Chair Event" will be part of Pagosa's annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Town Park from 6 p.m. June 21 to 9 a.m. June 22. Our special "Chair Event", which is being coordinated by P.R. Bain, will consist of wooden chairs and/or small wooden furniture items, to be offered up for bids in a silent auction. Local artists are going to embellish the furniture using their artistic talents. If anyone can donate a wooden chair, or a small piece of wood furniture, call Paula at 731-1009.

Volunteers needed

The Petroglyph, the PSAC quarterly newsletter, is in need of a layout person. We are also looking for businesses interested in sponsoring the newsletter. In return we will insert a flyer into the center of the newsletter as well as a public thank you in the Arts Line column and the Petroglyph. Interested businesses should contact Jennifer at 731-3113 or Joanne at 264-5020.

Other news

Listen for up-to-date PSAC information on KWUF, at 1400 AM on your radio dial. On the second Thursday of every month, 8:05 - 8:35 a.m., you will hear arts council interviews and the latest information concerning events and fund-raisers.

If anyone has Pagosa Springs art-related information that we can use for the Arts Line column, call Joanne at the gallery.

Pagosa Springs Arts Center/Gallery is located in Town Park, at 314 Hermosa St. For information, phone 264-5020 or check out the Web site at www.PagosaArts.org.

Library News
By Lenore Bright
PREVIEW Columnist

Get entries in for our poetry contest

You have two more days to get your tickets for the IMPROV-O-RAMA to be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at the High School. This delightful show is back for a third season.

All proceeds go to the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program for support services. Advance tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children under five are free. Tickets at the door are $1 more per seat. You can buy tickets at the library, Moonlight Books or WolfTracks.

Poetry contest

Please be sure and get your entries in for our first annual poetry contest. Deadline is April 30. This contest is for all ages. Prizes will be awarded after the judging.

We have many poetry books and one of the latest is "The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy.

White paper

We have information on the proposed bond issue for the Pagosa Fire Protection District. If you have questions about the coming election, please pick up a copy.

New Web site

The state of Colorado just unveiled its new Web address: www.colorado.gov. All state information will be accessible here. Information about the legislature will be found here. The last day of the legislative session will be May 8.

National Library Week

Please join us through this week for some refreshments, and sign up for your very own library card. Help us celebrate our 13th year as a library district.

Teens and reading

A recent national survey tells us teens enjoy reading but says they don't have enough time. Forty-one percent of the girls and 23 percent of the boys read for pleasure. Fourteen percent did not enjoy reading at all.

Donations

Thanks to Carole Howard for a copy of "Reader's Digest Quick Thrifty Cooking." Thanks to Mell Cassidy for a subscription to Air & Space Magazine. Thanks to the Pagosa Springs Health Partnership for copies of Alternative Therapies. Thanks for materials from Carole Howard, S.E. Davis, Elaine Lewis, Carol Curtis, Ray Grammer, Paul Matlock, Stacey Silfvast, Margaret Wilson, Peggy Case, Phyl Daleske, Pam and David Spitler, Adrienne Barnett, Randall Davis, John Grant, Carol and Richard Quillin.

Education News
By Livia Cloman Lynch
PREVIEW Columnist

No Education News this week.

Business News
April 18, 2002Biz Beat

Jari McGinnis and Connie Giffin own and operate Mountain Classic Mortgages, specializing in permanent conventional mortgages, land loans, alternative construction loans, business and commercial loans, and one close construction-to-permanent loans.

Between them, McGinnis and Giffin bring 55 years of consumer and corporate financial sales and management experience to work for their customers. Mountain Classic Mortgages matches products to borrowers' needs; secures the most competitive interest rates, terms and fees; carefully selects lenders to ensure efficient and quality underwriting; and provides simple, clear up-front information to customers. Follow up service after closing is standard procedure to build customer satisfaction.

To reach Mountain Classic Mortgages call 731-6333.

Real Estate Transactions

No Land Sales this week.

People

April 18, 2002

Marriage

Buck Frisbee and Dr. Katharine More celebrated their marriage with friends and family on Saturday, March 30, at Community Bible Church.

Michael Martinez

Pagosa Springs High School student Michael Martinez has accepted a First Generation Scholarship to attend Fort Lewis College next fall.

Martinez, who will graduate from Pagosa Springs this spring, is National Honor Society and Honor Roll student, and a four-year member of the band and pep band. He is the son of Jose and Shonda Martinez of Pagosa Springs.

Aaron Renner

Colorado Mountain College is pleased to announce that Aaron Renner of Pagosa Springs has completed the requirements for the AAS - Photography degree and will participate in the May 4 commencement ceremony at the Roaring Fork Campus. Renner is a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School.

Aubrey Volger

Pagosa Springs High School senior Aubrey Volger has accepted a Dean's Scholarship to attend Fort Lewis College next fall.

Volger will graduate this spring from Pagosa Springs, where she received numerous awards. A National Honor Society student from 1999-2002, Volger was chosen as Outstanding Junior Girl in 2001 and Head Girl in 2002. She was also class vice president from 1998-2000. As a student-athlete, she was chosen as the Intermountain League's Runner of the Year in 1999.

She is the daughter of Don and Melinda Volger of Pagosa Springs.

Features
April 18, 2002
Oldtimers
By John M. Motter

Army recorded population data

We've been writing in recent weeks about "firsts" in the settlement of the San Juan Basin.

A good source of information about firsts are Army reports. Many of the best early surveys were made by Army engineers. The Army had an inherent interest in knowing the lay of the land in a time when warfare against any of several Indian tribes was imminent. Our first written description of the Pagosa Hot Springs was made following an 1859 visit by Capt. Macomb, an Army engineer.

The Army presence in the southwestern quarter of Colorado began early with the 1852 establishment of Fort Massachusetts on the eastern side of the San Luis Valley a very short time after conclusion of the Mexican American War. The name was later changed to Fort Garland.

Warfare between the U.S. and the branches of Jicarilla and Utes occasioned the need for Fort Garland and several battles were fought. As a result of the defeat of the Indians, settlement in the San Luis Valley by Hispanics and a few Anglos progressed nicely.

Some of those early San Luis Valley settlers later figured prominently in settlement of the San Juans. Among these were Otto Mears, pathfinder of the San Juans, who was the paternal New World patriarch of the Pitcher family, current owners of Wolf Creek Ski area. Another of those San Luis Valley settlers, Christian Stollsteimer, later figured prominently in local history. Stollsteimer Creek and Mesa in Archuleta County are named for him.

Several forts were built in New Mexico including Camp Plummer at Tierra Amarilla during 1867. Col. Bergman visited Pagosa Springs from Fort Plummer in 1867 and reported the place unfit for a fort because of the severity of winter weather.

Bergman wrote, "A post located on the Rio San Juan in the vicinity of the boiling springs would not afford any protection to the settlers west of this stream. In the winter time, troops would hardly be able to move out of the fort."

When settlement of the west side of the San Juans began, Lt. E.H. Ruffner, an Army engineer from Fort Garland played an important role. Ruffner either surveyed himself, or supervised parties who surveyed most of the passes into the San Juan Basin.

A report prepared by Lt. C.A.H. McCauley and passed through Ruffner to the Secretary of War dated March 9, 1878, gives us a good look at roads and settlement in the San Juans during the middle 1870s.

According to McCauley, the main populated districts during 1877 were: Conejos and the neighboring plazas (Mexican) - 2,300; Tierra Amarilla plazas (American 50, Mexican 800) - 850; settlers on Rio de los Lospinos (I think he means the Pine River, present Bayfield) - 80; Animas City and vicinity (there was no Durango, this community is now included in the north part of Durango) - 450; Parrot City (a mining camp northwest of Animas City) - 125; Hermosa (a small community just north of Animas City) - 60; Silverton - 700; adjoining mining camps - 400; Lake City - 2,000; Ouray - 700; adjoining mining camps - 300; Del Norte - 1,500; the Summit (Summitville) - 125.

In his report, McCauley asserted, "Up to the present summer, 1877, the only mode of access from the railroad to the Lower San Juan was from Conejos southward to Ojo Caliente, a distance of 150 miles."

The Denver and Rio Grande had reached Fort Garland, but not crossed the south San Juan Mountains. Consequently, freight shipped by railroad was unloaded at Fort Garland, then carted by team either up the Rio Grande and across Stoney Pass, or south to Ojo Caliente in New Mexico, then up the Chama River northward to its destination in the San Juan Basin.

McCauley's surveyors platted the route which became Cumbres Pass, cutting off a considerable number of miles between Fort Garland and the San Juan Basin.

From Conejos two roads are now being constructed, McCauley wrote, both following the general lines of survey examined by Lt. Anderson, Sixth Cavalry, in 1874. The first, known as the Chama route, followed the Conejos River, crossed the Continental Divide, then descended the Chama River to Tierra Amarilla.

It is useful to note that the Hispanics of New Mexico always referred to Tierra Amarilla in the plural, thereby identifying a cluster of communities. The main plaza identified by McCauley as Los Nutritas is the single community we identify today as Tierra Amarilla. Communities in the area during the 1870s include Los Ojos, Los Brazos, Ensenada, Cañones, Cebolla, Canjillon, Las Madera, and others. Conejos generally identified a number of plazas, as well.

It is of interest to note that McCauley refers to Rio Nutria running westerly from Pagosa Springs. Today we know this stream as Stollsteimer Creek. McCauley refers to Rio Nutria as a spring near the ranch of Col. Pfeiffer 13 miles west of Pagosa Springs. This is the only place I have ever discovered a reference to a ranch owned by Col. Pfeiffer in Archuleta County. The reference is probably dated during the summer of 1877, at least one year before the first Pagosa Springs post office. Could Pfeiffer have been the first Archuleta County settler?

A toll road across today's Cumbres Pass connecting Conejos with Park View had apparently been chartered in 1876 and opened in 1877. According to McCauley, Park View was located two miles from Los Ojos.

Of Park View, McCauley wrote: "In the spring of 1876, a settlement called Park View, was located 2 miles above Los Ojos, in the valley of the Chama, by a Chicago and Santa Fe company. Circulars with information of an enticing character to promote immigration were circulated. The town was passed on the 9th of July last, in a lovely valley with about 8 acres, not exceeding 10 at most, under cultivation; eight cabins of the settlers being scattered about in the fine forest adjoining. The charter for the road from Conejos to Los Ojos was taken out with the view of making it a feeder to the colony, diverting trade of the vicinity from Las Nutritas, its present center."

McCauley then described the route from Chama up the west fork of the Chama River and across the divide to the Navajo River about 5 miles east of the present Chromo store.

"Leaving the Chama route on the upper part of that river, near the mouth of the main tributary that comes from the east, crossing the main stream and sweeping in a curve to the south and west to avoid high basaltic mesas and vertical walls of rock that shut out the river from passage and approach as securely in some places as box canyons, we reach the valley of the West Fork. On easy grades it can be ascended to the divide; which is lower than the one on the Chama line; that brings us to the Navajo, down which it follows for about 5 miles in a westerly direction.

"This section (the Navajo) is an especially fine grazing region and abundantly supplied with timber. Herds of Mexican sheep (charros) are driven into the valley of the West Fork, and the Ute Indians, for fully two months last summer had established their camp on the Navajo in this vicinity. This river is the preference of all eastern streams in the lower country, and its valley will make an excellent farming or cattle region. Leaving the Navajo at a few miles distance northwestwardly, tributaries of the river are crossed, whence after passage of the main divide between the watersheds of that and the Blanco, we reach in a short distance the upper road to Pagosa Springs."

Major settlements in the San Juans during the middle 1870s, according to McCauley, were the Tierra Amarilla area, the Conejos area, Del Norte, Silverton, Lake City, Ouray, the Pine River, and the upper Animas Valley plus Parrot City. Of these, Parrot City, Silverton, Lake City and Ouray were mining communities. Conejos and Tierra Amarilla were pastoral communities that also served as supply points for the mines.

Of interest to Ruffner, were the roads connecting these communities. Settlement and growth would obviously take place along these routes. At first provisions were carried by animal-powered wagons between Conejos, Tierra Amarilla, Del Norte and the mines. When the railroad arrived it dominated shipping patterns. Animal-powered freight wagons moved from wherever the railroad ended to the mining centers. In succession, the railroad terminus was Fort Garland, Alamosa, Antonito, Chama, and finally Durango, although rails eventually reached Silverton.

As the railroad moved west, so did settlement. And so, the early settlement in southern Archuleta County largely coincides with the arrival of the railroad.

Pacing Pagosa
By Richard Walter

No Pacing Pagosa this week.

Food For Thought
By Karl Isberg

Photo spreads can't fake rural reality

Bitsy and Chad are throwing a party, at the summer place on the Cape.

Everybody's there: Maguy and Kip, Muffy and Tad, Emmanuelle and Denis. They're driving up from the city in the Bentley. It's the first big bash of the year and no one wants to be left out.

Look, over there, in the spacious hotel-size kitchen: Bitsy and Chad are posed next to their kitchen island. They look great!

The kitchen island is the size of a basketball court. Emmanuelle, Muffy and Maguy are on the other side of the island, next to one of six sinks, gently rending rocket and arugula, squeezing Blood oranges for a spectacular dressing Maguy first sampled as a child in Provence. Kip and Tad are sipping Chateau Routas, Rouviere, Coteaux Varois and everybody is smiling like they've tripled their doses of Zoloft and popped a couple Benzedrine. The scene is perfect; the people are flawless, Type-A, ultra-successful, competent.

What's on the menu?

Oh heck, nothing special: spinach and ricotta turnovers with several dipping sauces, a choice of herbed, roasted chicken or pork tenderloin with roasted red peppers, a ratatouille incorporating esoteric spring vegetables delivered overnight from Croatia, two berry clafoutis, homemade pistachio ice cream - all chased with a Saint Jean de Minervois, muscat, Languedoc.

Ahhh.

Remind you of one of your get-togethers?

Of course not.

This is a cooking magazine party.

I know these occasions well. I read about them in the cooking magazines at the grocery store, poring over every word, every photo - until Rusty, the manager, tells me to either purchase the magazine or put it back on the rack and move along.

Turn to page 124. There's Sidney and George hosting a group of 14 friends from the club. Hurry, everyone's gathered down the hill from the main house, at a table set up next to the creek.

Fordyce and Celeste are relaxing in a hammock, wetting their whistles before diving into a massive platter piled with crisp-fried fruits de mer with aioli. Fordyce is grinning like a man with a hamster in his pants. Jacques, Euphrasia, Georg and Magda have kicked off their loafers, rolled up their pantlegs and are gingerly negotiating the sparkly creek before dinner. What fun! They're thrilled by the prospect of tying into crostini with sun dried tomato and a shrimp phylo purse with chermoula sauce. What better intro to Sidney's fabulous sauteed veal with shrimp, mushroom and brandy cream sauce?

It's ideal.

That's why everyone is so darned happy.

Turn the pages, read the captions: "Sue serves her bouillabaisse to guests, while Steve and Earnest arrive bearing bouquets of roses, fresh cut in the garden." "Service with a smile: Claudette offers up a second helping of pear and walnut galette while Simon entertains with some Chopin on the baby grand." "When dinner is served, everyone moves to one of three tables at the corner of kitchen area where ornate Turkish dinnerware and an elaborate centerpiece add to the festive mood of the occasion."

Sound familiar?

Not in a million years.

Cooking magazines and these insidious, engineered photo spreads showing a bloated leisure class overindulging its inflated sense of sophistication are totally out of tune with our rural party reality here in the comfy crook of the great arm of the San Juans. Come to think of it, it's out of touch with just about anyone's party reality.

It's not bad enough these goofballs are foisted on a magazine's wage-slave readers as being typical, but the scam is a lie on several other levels as well.

First, the hosts, hostesses and guests we see in the magazines ARE NOT REAL.

Fordyce and Celeste, Jacques and Euphrasia, Muffy and Maguy - they're rentals. That's right, they are rented at a shop that stocks rack after rack of simpering geeks with perfect teeth, available for food magazine photo shoots. All the kids frolicking in the photos of family food fests - little Chad III, Mercedes, Cyrus, Clark and Hyacinth - are rented by the hour then returned to the shop to be placed in cold storage.

Second, the food IS NOT REAL. All the foods held oh-so-daintily by the rented partygoers is fake. The cassoulet, the gratin, the leg of lamb, the galettes, the cheeses and fruits - all fake, the facsimiles carved from blocks of space-age polymers and hand-painted by Italian craftsmen. It's trompe d'oeil, museum quality.

Third, there is no indication in the magazines of the profound potential for pathos in a situation where host and hostess overreach their abilities. In the magazines, no one craps out. Few things are as gut-wrenchingly pathetic as a bomb of a party, but you never see this in a cooking magazine. It's awful when no one accepts the invitation; but in the magazine universe, everyone replies, everyone attends. It is terrible when plenty of people arrive and the affair falls flat on its face under the weight of overarching aspirations. Not at Bitsy's place, no sir.

Finally there is no hint that, in order to have a food frolic with a group, you must lessen the ordeal by simplifying preparation, trimming the menu, cutting labor. The more complex the enterprise, the greater the potential for disaster. Work should be spread over the course of a couple of sessions, on different days, to allow for a leisurely approach to the glide path. The menu should be somewhat austere, liquid refreshment plentiful.

Anything more masks a gaping deficiency of character. The desire to be Bitsy and Chad is a sickness, born of the illusions engendered by a life of untrammeled plenty. Bitsy and Chad do not exist outside the pages of those infernal cooking magazines and, if they did, they should be delivered to a mob of frenzied Pashtuns.

This is not to say a party or a small dinner is out of the question.

Spring is here, and it is time to consider a social occasion, inviting some friends to the house for food and camaraderie. Just play it tight to the vest. Remember, few of us are working with a Wolf six-burner with grill and two ovens. We're doing the job on a Kenmore, with four burners max, and an oven that does not heat evenly. With nonstick pans that look like the surface of an NHL ice rink at the end of two overtime periods.

In terms of guests, you can opt for comfort and invite old friends, whose stories you've memorized, whose habits you know; there is a warmth to this that is unequaled. And an entropy that is stultifying. Instead, you can invite a combo of folks who otherwise would not meet and socialize. It's like a science fair project. Keep the numbers down. Mix the elements, form a hypothesis, observe, take notes.

And make the food simple; save the special, ornate goodies for yourself. Don't overreact though and resort to tubular meat products that create firestorms on the outdoor grill. Try to raise the bar a bit.

With warm weather at hand, something cold will do, meat or fish. Whip up a tapenade for munching with crudités and crusty bread.

Tapenade is easy. Oil-cured olives, anchovies, brined capers with some of the brine, garlic and olive oil all mushed together the day before and left in the fridge so the flavors have time to marry. Use black or green olives. Or try a version with each type of olive.

Rely on salads, some quick turns with orzo, or couscous with Garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, green and red peppers. It's getting too warm for casseroles, but tians or layered vegetable dishes cooked the day before and served at room temperature are nice. Or a simple canellini bean salad. How about poached salmon with a special sauce? Put your energy into several sauces and make them hours ahead of time: roasted red pepper sauce, a garlic hollandaise, a chipotle cream, or dill and lemon with sour cream. How about a tart, with the fruit de jour, cooked a day ahead?

Most important, the wine. Nothing fancy necessary, but crack it when guests arrive. Provide things to nibble while the guests partake of the vino. Keep pouring, get the conversation lubed and up to speed. Keep the burners on the Kenmore as cool as possible; there's less chance to destroy something that way, especially after the third or fourth bottle of wine.

Adopt the same approach with the geegaws that gussy up the old homestead. If you need to radically transform your living space in order to entertain without leaving guests aghast, do as I do - don't entertain. Otherwise, keep the cleaning and festive decorations to a minimum. This too will preserve your energy.

If you simplify your preparations, when Dex and Vibrata arrive in the Lamborghini you'll have plenty of time to wade in the creek before you eat.

Births
April 18, 2002
Danielle Nicole Decker

Breann and Dakota would like to introduce their sister, Danielle Nicole Decker, born Jan. 25, 2002, to their parents, Brenda and Warren Decker. Her proud grandparents are Mary Lou Graves, Kay Schweining, and Ron and Phyllis Decker. Her great grandparents are Virginia Decker and Milton (Pappy) Schweining.

Obituaries

April 18, 2002

Priscilla Candelaria

Priscilla Belarde Candelaria of Ignacio died April 16, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She was 84. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio with Father Eddy Andary officiating.

Mrs. Candelaria was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Pagosa Springs to J.B. and Lucia Belarde. She was the fourth of five children. Family members were early pioneers in Archuleta County and both sets of her grandparents homesteaded areas south of Pagosa Springs. Her father and brothers operated sawmills in the area for many years.

She married Edward Candelaria on Feb. 4, 1961 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango and they made their home on a ranch where they ran cattle and raised hay. When they retired, they sold the ranch and purchased a home in Ignacio. Her husband preceded her in death on March 18, 2000.

She is survived by a sister, Naoma Jones of Ignacio, and several nieces and nephews.

Brothers Loren and Lionel Belarde and a sister, Sevilla Martinez, also preceded her in death

Robert Hand

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Hand, United States Army, 80, a resident of Albuquerque for two years, passed away in his sleep at the home of his son, Scott and daughter-in-law, Wendy on April 15, 2002, after a long illness.

Born in Yakima, Wash., October 22,1921, to Samuel and Ethel Hand, he joined the military at age 15. During his distinguished military career he served in Italy and Southern France during World War II and later in Korea, Thailand, at The Pentagon, and for NATO Forces in Naples, Italy. He concluded his military career at Sandia Base in Albuquerque.

Among his many military decorations are the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Croix de Guerre.

After his retirement from the military in 1966, he moved to Pagosa Springs where he opened the Thunderbird Lodge which he and his family operated for 13 years. He was a beloved member of the Pagosa Springs community as is evidenced by the community decision to name the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in his honor. He managed the Chamber of Commerce in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was instrumental in building the current Visitors Center. In addition, he was a charter member and past president of the Pagosa Springs Rotary club.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Hand; sons Robert Hand, retired Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force, and his wife Kathy, and Scott Hand and his wife, Wendy; a daughter Donna Cowles; step-sons Thierry Morpurgo, and Benjamin Morpurgo and his wife, Bridget. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren including Shannon Hand Panko, Kristen McConnell-Hand, Michael McConnell-Hand, Lisa Kalberg, Kirstin Kalberg, Dana Cowles and Colleen Cowles. The family requests that any donations be sent to the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147.

Classifieds

April 18, 2002

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

LISTEN TO "THE BREAD OF LIFE" radio program on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1400 AM. Speaker Carl Lungstrum.

THE LAST MEETING of the Archuleta County Homeschoolers Association for the 2001 - 2002 school year will be held Monday, May 6 at 6p.m. All are welcome, for more information call 731-3308.

RESEARCH TEAM LOOKING FOR information regarding sightings of "two-legged" reptiles, sometimes described as dinosaur-like. Confidential. Write Nick Sucik at 22969 Old Government Trail, Nisswa MN. 56468, or at nicksucik@hotmail.com

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets Thursday nights at the Heritage Building from 7-8 p.m.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will meet at the Heritage Building, 468 Pagosa Street, upstairs, first door on left. Meetings are Monday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.; Men's meeting, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Women's meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m. For more information call 731-4242, 731-5877, 264-2913, 731-9774 or 264-9221.

MARK YOUR CALENDER for the free third annual Dome Tour of eight indoor gardens. 11a.m. - 3p.m., Sunday, April 21. Invite your fiends. Sponsored by Growing Spaces, 264-6922. Pick up maps/brochure starting April 12 at WolfTracks and Pagosa Bakery.

AL-ANON meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street. For more information call 731-5086 or 264-5421.

TONE'S LIL RUGRATZ DAY care has openings for 2 full-time and 2 part-time positions ages 2 and up, ran out of home located in Fairfield. Call for an appointment. 731-4311 or 749-4873.

AUTOS

1995 F250 SUPER CAB Ford pickup with a gooseneck hitch. Excellent condition, $11,500. 731-5986 or 946-2768.

WILL TRADE LATE MODEL pickup for ??? Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

1986 3/4 TON, 4X4 Ford pickup. 6.9 diesel engine, runs good. 264-5453.

1997 GMC SIERRA 1/2 pickup. 4x4, matching topper with windows. Low mileage. Betty at 731-3434.

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1990 CHEVY ASTRO VAN. Conversion package, all wheel drive. Lots of miles but runs good and in shape. Needs new paint. $3,500. Ask for Ed, 264-4236, 264-4268.

1993 DODGE DAKOTA, 4 wheel drive, extended cab, automatic. $3,500. Call 264-5944, ask for Dave.

1993 GMC EXT CAB Z71 with Sno-Way Lexan plow. Great buy! Buy the plow for $5,000 and get the pickup free or vice versa. 264-9297.

1991 JEEP CHEROKEE Limited. Reliable, needs cosmetic work. $2350 OBO. 731-3354, evenings.

1998 ISUZU RODEO LS - Green with gray, leather interior. Looks great, runs great. Power locks, power windows, automatic sun roof/moon roof, automatic four wheel drive, automatic transmission, 4 brand new studded snow tires. New CD player and speakers. 4 door, lots of cargo space, VERY CLEAN and comfortable, $16,000. Call 731-9735 or 946-6376. Leave message.

1984 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER - less than 120,000 original miles. Good condition, $6,000. 264-9093.

1993 FORD EXPLORER XLT 4x4. 4 door, clean inside and out. $3,800 OBO. 970-264-2303.

1994 NISSAN SENTRA. 2 door, racks, new snow tires, good condition, reliable. $2,800 OBO. 731-2307.

1989 ISUZU TROOPER, beige, good condition. One owner, 170,000 miles. Book value, $3,200; make an offer. 264-9359.

1987 NISSAN 4X4, king cab truck. Runs good, ready to work, $3,250 OBO. 731-3354 evenings.

1998 FORD EXPLORER XLT. 4WD, CD, V6, 4.0L., new tires, well maintained, 70,000 miles. $12,500. Call 264-5581.

TRAILER - CUSTOM OFF-ROAD, enclosed 6' long, 3' 4" wide, 2' 8" high storage box with rack, gas/ water holders. 5,000 pound axle with electric brakes and shocks, new 16" tires, spare. $1,800 OBO. 731-2268.

1990 FORD XLT 150 4X4. Some body damage, runs great. First $1,000. 264-5727.

1997 FORD RANGER, V-6, 5 speed, 4x4, with shell, 80K miles, excellent condition. $10,250. 264-4795.

CAMPER SHELL, BLUE Century fiberglass high rise. Tinted windows, sliding front window, rear lock. Fits Ford short beds pre-1996. Great condition, $400. 264-0555.

2001 BLACK TOYOTA TUNDRA TRD 4X4. Extra cab, fully loaded, CD/ cassette, A/C, cruise control. 16,000 miles, $25,000. 731-4311 or 749-4873.

1998 DODGE DAKOTA 4X4 extended cab truck. Excellent condition, low miles, must see to appreciate. $15,900. 731-2867.

1994 CHEVY 1/2 TON P/U 4X4. Tow package, camper shell, extended cab, automatic, new tires. Excellent condition, $9,600. 385-1822.

'91 CHEVY SILVERADO extended cab 4X4 short bed, automatic, new transmission, nice camper shell, removable built in bed, 150K miles, excellent condition, runs great, $6000. Call Bill at 731-2316 hm. or 264-5931 wk.

1995 F250 4WD, flatbed. 40,000 miles, excellent body, runs great. $12,000 OBO. 264-2339.

1993 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE. Good condition, runs great, $2,900. 264-2190.

1989 TOYOTA PICKUP - 5-speed, air conditioning, camper shell with rack, 102K miles, excellent condition. $3,500 OBO. 731-2268.

COMMERCIAL RENTAL

OFFICE FOR RENT, Pagosa Hotel Mall, $150 per month plus deposit. Utilities paid. Call Dusty at 264-4796 or 264-5824.

1 OFFICE SUITE with bath. Near downtown, lots of parking. $200 per month. 264-6044 or 884-5280.

FRONTIER BUILDING 190 sq. ft. office. $250/month includes utilities. References and one year lease required. Call Gary for appointment, 731-2220.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW PLAZA has units available now. 625 sq. ft., 715 sq. ft., 770 sq. ft. and 825 sq. ft. Good Hwy. 160 frontage. Call 264-9177.

1550 SQUARE FEET. Prime location in Greenbriar Plaza. $1600/month plus utilities. Call 731-7000 for more details.

ASPEN GROVE PLAZA at 175 Pagosa Street, has office/retail space for rent. 264-5080.

TWO NICE OFFICE SPACES available, Associated Broker building on Piedra Road, 731-4500.

INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPACE for rent. 1000 sq. ft. units with heat, bathrooms, 3-phase power, paved parking. Suitable for office, shop or storage. Has garage door and entry door. Conveniently located in Pagosa Lakes core area. $460/ month. Contact James at 264-5662, evenings.

OFFICE, HWY 160 next to Carpet One. Paved parking, signage available, easy access. $350 per month, plus utilities. 731-5153

SMALL PRIVATE OFFICE space. 468 Pagosa St., Heritage building $120 per month, plus deposit. Includes utilities. 264-6656.

YOU CAN LIVE WHERE YOU WORK. Sunny building with 5 separate offices or rooms, kitchen, bath, big yard, lots of parking, upstairs office available also for additional $200 per month. 264-6044 or 884-5280.

3,700+ SQ. FT. GOOD RETAIL location. 450 Lewis Street. Less than .60 sq. ft. Available now. Ask for Ed, 264-4236, 264-4268.

OFFICE AND RETAIL SPACE - $600 and up. Michael C. Branch, 264-2135.

SPACE FOR RENT. 1,500 sq. ft., $800 per month. Located in Century Plaza on Put Hill. Call Todd Shelton, 731-2100.

NEW OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE. For sale, lease, or lease w/option to buy. From 291 sq.ft. to 1500 sq.ft. Best downtown location. Next to new stoplight and town park. Best rates with assigned off-street parking. 475 Lewis Street. 264-4123.

JUNE 1, SAVE RENT. Office/ showroom in house. Use glassed porch, 2 front rooms for business; live in large kitchen, bath, laundry and back bedroom. Excellent location at 286 Pagosa St. One year renewable lease with long term preferred. $825 per month, first, last, deposit. No pets, no smokers. (580)436-3360 or (970)264-6413.

KIVA MINI STORAGE UNITS now available. Sizes, 8x12, 12x24, 16x24. Fairfield Industrial Park, 90 Bastille Drive. Call 264-6116.

2 COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. Great for contractors or construction company. Lightplant Road. 264-5742.

SHOP OR WAREHOUSE space, 500, 1,000 or 2,000 square feet. Large overhead doors, abundant parking. Some utilities included. 731-4792.

LOT FOR RENT with small office. Formerly Mountain Motors. Highway 160 and Vista Blvd. Telephone, (417)533-7883, evenings, (417)860-7444, days.

TWO 1,600 SQUARE FOOT units on Highway 160 in town, 3 years old, $800 each. 264-6440.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

BEST COMMERCIAL LOCATION in Archuleta County. Highest traffic count, our own traffic signal on Highway 160, guaranteed access, center of Pagosa Springs (corner of Highway 160 and Piedra Road), all flat with 1,719' of highway frontage. 35.85 acres - BUY ALL OR PART. Romar Group, 264-6096.

IN THE UPPER PIEDRA, 45 acres with water rights, live creek through property, ties into national forest. Three log cabins with fireplace and antique stoves. $569,000. Todd Shelton, CCIM, Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle, Inc., (970) 731-2100, 800-944-2147.

3,700+ SQ. FT. BUILDING, 450 Lewis Street. Good retail or wholesale. Owner would consider financing. Owner- Realtor. Ask for Ed, 264-4268, 264-4236.

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SAN JUAN MOTEL Offering a variety of overnight accommodations. 32 units, 2 hot tubs, game room, laundry area, access to the San Juan River, 1.7± acres. $1,125,000, possible terms, possible SBA assumption. Todd Shelton, CCIM, Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle, Inc., (970) 731-2100, 800-944-2147.

GUNNER RANCH RUSTIC FURNITURE store for sale. Please contact Mike or Stephanie Messina at (405)775-0948.

LIVESTOCK

BEAUTIFUL TWO YEAR OLD registered Appaloosa filly. Gentle, smart, you'll fall in love. 264-5453.

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3 GOOD PACK MULES, 1 black and 2 red. 731-5986 or 946-2768.

1977 MILEY TWO HORSE or stock trailer, $1200. 970-731-2702, leave message.

CM DROVER, STEEL GOOSENECK, 3 horse slant. White, $4,500. 731-9263.

HORSES FOR SALE. 2 mares raised a few colts and lots of kids. 264-6402.

SPRING TUNE UPS Is your horse frisky in the spring or hard to shoe? We can help. Hauling also available. Dan Snow 731-3171.

FOR SALE, AQHA REGISTERED quarterhorse gelding. Grandson of Peppy San Badger, mother has King P234 on her papers. Out of top roping and cow horses, is very gentle, has been handled a lot. 264-0197, leave message.

GREG WELLS - AFA Certified Farrier. 731-9026.

RANCH SITTING I feed and water ranch animals. Experienced, references available. Call 264-6680.

MUST SELL MILK goats, yearlings and buck. 264-4681.

4 YEAR OLD MUSTANG/ QUARTER horse, soon to foal, $1,500. 18 year old quarter horse, kids only, $1,000. 264-4681.

GLEN'S HORSESHOEING. Prompt, reliable service. All types of shoeing. Call 946-4340 or 731-3665.

HORSES FOR SALE. Herd reduction/ moving sale. Reasonably priced and reasonable offers accepted. Registered and pending. AQHA, IAHA, etc. Standing stallions, AQHA and Arabian. Boat for sale and other miscellaneous. 731-2517, ranches752@pagosa.net.

6 YEAR OLD GREY gelding. Nice conformation, lots of potential. $1,500, 731-2573.

FOR SALE

ANTIQUE BEDROOM SET, with 2 dressers and nightstand, $1750. For further information, call Lee Riley, 264-3210, days, or 264-2677, evenings.

LOG HOMES AND CABINS 24'x32' for Only $12,945! Log Walls, Posts, Beams, Roof, Plans, Video and more! Free catalog. www.bighornmtn.com (307)684-2445.

CONCESSION STAND. 10X16 with grill, hot water heater, triple sink, lights, tilt out window covers. Carried on large triple axle steel trailer. Need $7,000 but will listen to offers. Ask for Ed, 264-4236, 264-4268.

2 TIMESHARES, 1 ski season, 1 spring. One $1,500, one $1,000. For further information, contact Lee Riley, Owner/ Agent. 264-3210 or 800-571-0107.

1954 MASSEY FERGUSON tractor. Front end loader and blade. $3,000. 264-4450.

LOG CABIN PACKAGE $12,945. 24'x32' with 8' porch roof, 7' coped and notched logs. Log beam, 2"x6" T&G roof. Free catalog, (307) 684-2445.

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SHAKLEE for proper nutrition, use Shaklee products. For information call Marsha Preuit. 264-5910.

PAPER BUNDLES FOR fire starter 25¢ each. Pick up at The Pagosa Springs SUN. 466 Pagosa Street.

CARHARTT WORK CLOTHES Georgia work boots. Best selection, best prices. Gem Village Country Store, 39793 Hwy. 160, Bayfield. (970) 884-9440.

WINDOW COVERINGS sold at wholesale prices. Add R Value to your windows for this winter. Call 264-6594.

FRESH PRODUCE Certified Organic and seasonal Local Organic. Joy's Natural Foods Market. 117 Navajo Trail Drive. 731-1500.

MATTRESS SET, FULL size, pillow top, spring air, like new condition. Asking $300. 731-4418.

RED IMAC DV COMPUTER, internet ready, with blue printer, $800. Macintosh 575 Performa computer with printer, $450. Upright Wurlitzer cherry piano, $2,000 firm. Call 264-6386 for appointment to see. Please leave message or call after 5p.m.

PIANO - BALDWIN CONSOLE, with bench. Medium walnut finish. Tuning needed. $1200 cash sale. 264-4923.

21" RCA TV/VCR combination. $300 brand new. Will sell for $200. Only 6 months old. Very clean. Call 731-9735.

ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PIANO from Strater Hotel, $1,000. Call Irene Lucero, 970-243-9270.

MOVING. SELLING 2 GUEST bedrooms of furniture. Seldom used game room furniture. 5 la-z-boys, love seat, glider- rocker, many more great items. Half price or less. 264-9297.

NEW SOFA AND LOVESEAT. Like new, brown, with safari pillows. $500. 731-9119.

ALMOST NEW REFRIGERATOR. Kenmore 18.1 c.f. with ice maker, $350. 731-0730.

LIVING ROOM SET. Grey/ blue/ rose. Includes sofa, love seat, oak coffee table and two end tables. $300 or best offer. 731-9452.

FOR SALE: 5 piece brass and glass dinette set. Smoke colored glass top with four black chairs. $100 OBO, 731-6547.

REAL LEATHER SOFA, chair and ottoman, cream colored. Excellent condition. Lake Forest, 731-2094.

ARCHERY, FISHING, HUNTING and camping equipment and ammo at cost. Display counters, pegboard displays and work centers. Open/closed message sign. Dave, 731-3832.

OAK, CHERRY, WALNUT hardwood and flooring starting at $1.60 square foot. Free rent of flooring nailer with purchase. Sand and finish hardwood floors. Heartwood, 731-3088.

84" X 40" POTTERY BARN dining room table, 6 chairs, 4 matching barstools. Modern rustic, antique honey. $2,400 new, asking $1,000 firm. 2 matching light pastel green couches, $1,000 each new, asking $500 each. Only used 1 year. 731-9703, leave message.

FUTON, BLACK MATTRESS AND pine frame, queen size, $100. Set of running boards for extra cab Ford truck, $75. Golf pull cart, $10. 1980 Chevy Blazer 4X4, new tires, new brakes, runs good, $1,000 OBO. Wood gun cabinet, $50. New grey dashmat for Ford heavy duty truck, $25. Lazy Boy sleeper sofa couch, $200. Call (970)731-5171.

EPSON STYLUS 500 COLOR printer, $25. Xerox Workcenter XE88 scanner, printer, copier, $100. Maytag washer, perfect condition, $75. Call 731-1211.

NEW STEEL BUILDING, 40X24, was $5,490, must sell, $3,290. 1-800-292-0111.

20 FOOT BAJA SKI boat with 200 hp. Mercury outboard, $3,800. 8 foot cab over camper, $1,000. 2 Cordura saddles, $200 each. Baby chicks, 6 weeks old, $5 each. 264-4715.

GOT HARD WATER? Get GMX magnetic clamp- on system. Low cost. Homes, farms, ranches. Guaranteed. Local. Call Galen Erin, 800-494-6857.

MOBILE HOMES

MOBILE HOME ON 1.4 acres on Stolsteimer Lane in Aspen Springs 4. Has well, and is purged. Extra older mobile on lot is free. $59,500. 1UC0316. United Country. (970)264-2201, 800-835-5331.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH double wide on 1.3 acres. Good views. Only $79,000! Aspen Springs Realty, 970-731-5077.

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OLDER MOBILE ON 12 acres. Access off W. Highway 160. Reduced to $89,500. 1UC0306. United Country, (970)264-2201, 800-835-5331.

FOR SALE, 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home on 1 acre in Arboles. View of lake. $65,000, owner financing. Broker owned. 883-5428.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom mobile home on 1 acre, treed lot, in Arboles. $65,000. Colorado Southwest Properties. 883-5428.

NEW MOBILE HOME spaces available for rent at Rock Ridge Mobile Home Park. Call Todd, 731-2121.

ALMOST NEW SINGLE wide on 2 beautiful acres. Priced at $78,000. Aspen Springs Realty, 970-731-5077.

$32,500, 2 BEDROOMS, 1 bathroom. Natural gas, affordable living or great rental. 264-6733.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on 2+ acres. All utilities in. Small down and take over payments. Call Jim or leave message. 731-2115.

1972 14'X70' 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, newly remodeled. Wood stove, set up in nice park. $10,500 OBO. 731-9773.

SAM'S CLUB AND AARP have teamed with Fleetwood Homes to save its members thousands of $$$ in discounts and benefits. Timber Homes has been chosen as their S.W. Colorado representative. Come see our new Anniversary Model. We do it all, including the foundation. Shop us last. We beat anyone's price, guaranteed. Mon. 9:30 to 3:30, Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 to noon & 1:00 to 4:00. Hwy. 160 W. Next to Let's Store It and Quality Topsoil. www.timberfactoryhomes.com or phone anytime, 970-731-0007 or 866-877-7999.

BY OWNER. 1981 TITAN, 14x60 s/w, 2 bedroom, 1 bath in Pagosa Hills I. New siding, decks, w/b stove, workshop, woodshed, 1/4 acre lot, raised garden, trees, 90% fenced, paved street, quiet neighborhood in city. $57,900. 264-4795 after 6 p.m. or leave message.

HOUSES FOR SALE

WONDERFUL 1ST HOME or rental in Vista! 1280 SF, fireplace, garden tub, spacious kitchen, on quiet street. $89,900. 1cb2568. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

HOME ON THE SHORE of Lake Hatcher. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Landscaped with mountain and lake views, dock. 1CB2521, $275,000. Call Patsy Wegner, 731-4564 or e-mail pwegner@frontier.net. Coldwell Banker, The Pagosa Group, 731-2000.

NEW HOME BY WEGNER Properties. Mountain views from this large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. Granite gas log fireplace. 1CB2573, $160,000. Call Patsy Wegner, 731-4564 or e-mail pwegner@frontier.net. Coldwell Banker, 731-2000.

2,000+ SQ. FT. 2-STORY custom home, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, lake and mountain views. Features oak flooring, tiled kitchen, fire place and more. Fully-matured landscaping. Offered at $214,900. 2UC0702. United Country Real Estate, Riggs Ranches. 1-800-835-5331, (970)264-2201.

LARGE FAMILY HOME on 5 acres. 2975 SF 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Views of the Divide. Just reduced-$298,000. 1cb2258. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

1429 SF HOME ON large lot. Close to Forest, borders Martinez Canyon. Adjacent lot available also. 2cb2601 $152,500. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

COUNTRY CABIN HOME with two large commercial shops on 3+ acres. RV site with utilities, has well. Offered at $169,500. 2UC0700. United Country Real Estate, Riggs Ranches. 1-800-835-5331, (970)264-2201.

PRIME ASPEN SPRINGS LOCATION! 4 acres plus newer 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Priced to sell. $107,000 Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

GREAT VIEWS, GREAT VALUE. 3/ 2/ 2 with 2 living areas. Great starter home or rental. 114 Waxwing. $149,500. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

BACKING GREENBELT. LOVELY 3/ 2/ 2, newly remodeled, split bedrooms, office. 398 Monte Vista. $189,000. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

LOOKING OR LISTING, it's about connecting. 77 years national experience. 25 years local expertise. United Country/ Riggs Real Estate, (970)264-2201, (800)835-5331.

CUSTOM BUILT ON 5+ acres. 4/ 4/ 3 open plan, huge deck, and heated garage. 463 Buena Vista. $379,000. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

LOVELY LOG HOME in meadows. 3/ 3/ 2, vaulted ceilings and outbuilding. 905 Carino Place. $297,500. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

BANK REPO, MORE for your money. 4 year old home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in great Fairfield location. Call today for details. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

NEWER 4 BEDROOM, 3 bath, 3 car garage home on 20 acres with great views. Large barn. $525,000. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

A COLORADO DREAM - 48 acres with newer family home. Private canyon with seasonal creek. Aspen, pines, and fruit trees. 4 bedroom, 3 bath. 10 acres fenced for horses. Priced $45,000 below appraisal. #1UC0213. Call United Country. 264-2201.

LAKEFRONT CONDO. MOUNTAINS & Lake views 1682 SF 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Bring your boat! 1cb 2565. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

ACROSS FROM LAKE PAGOSA. Lovely 3/ 2/ 2 with 3 living areas and all the extras. 718 Cloud Cap. $287,000. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

BEAUTIFUL HOME ON 1/2 acre! Mtn. & lake views, 2500 SF Must See! 2cb2599. $272,900. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

WWW.PAGOSAMORTGAGE.COM Free mortgage information on-line. Get pre-qualified or completely pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. Jim Askins, Fairway Mortgage-Pagosa Springs, (970) 731-3100 or toll free 800-326-2100.

LEASE WITH OPTION to buy. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH. For sale by owner. 117 Divot. On golf course, new paint, new carpet. $189,000. Call John. 946-0293.

LOVELY GOLF COURSE HOME on 15th green. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, views, 1cb2399. $307,000. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

200 FEET OF LAKE FRONTAGE, LAKE FRONT LOG HOME with double sided rock fireplace, 3-4 bedrooms on 2+ acres. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

GREAT 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home on corner lot. $1800 down, APR 7% for 30 years, $392 per month to qualified buyer. Call today. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 1-800-560-6050.

HOME & SHOP, 1500 SF shop, heated, 8x10 overhead doors, storage, Immaculate 1200 SF home, 1cb2185. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

FOR A COMPLETE look at all homes in the county check out my web site: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

BEAUTIFUL 4 BEDROOM HOME on corner lot, prime downtown location. $8,750 down, APR 6.875 for 30 years, payments $1,091.52. Call for details. Ask for Judy, Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

PRICE REDUCED $128,900. Immaculate modular on 1.2 acres 1782 SF, large open floor plan, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, family room, 2 decks, fenced yard, well with great tasting water, 2 RV hookups, storage bldg., only 2 years old. Will consider all offers! 1cb2550. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

HOME ON 13 ACRES. 4 box stall barn, quality pasture and small rental or guest cabin. 67 Gold Circle. $269,000. JoAnn Laird, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, 946-9700.

BANK REPO, REDUCED $100,000 for fast sale. 3,100 square feet with great mountain views. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

FOR SALE OR LEASE - 3,200 sq.ft. executive home, 4 miles up Snowball Rd. Professional stainless steel kitchen, lush pasture and tranquil waterfalls. 5000 sq.ft. total, with guest house and art studio. $592,000. 970-264-2882.

PREMIER RIVER-FRONT HOME in Pagosa Springs - Completely remodeled, southwest decor inside and out, 1/2 acre on San Juan River with 100' river frontage. Trees, decks, and huge covered deck over river. BEST IN PAGOSA. CALL FOR BROCHURE. Romar Group, 264-6096.

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NEW CUSTOM LOG HOME close to everything on heavily treed lot. 2426 sq.ft., 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath, 2 car garage, plus office, loft & extra large hobby room. See through fireplace, custom rock, bay window, heated tile, pergo. Choose colors, carpet and tile, save real estate commissions. $225,000. 731-0070.

RIVERFRONT LOG, RIVER rock wrapped decks on 300 foot, one acre. 3/2, 2000 square feet, between town and ski area. 264-4866.

BY OWNER. 4,873 sq. ft. quality log home on 7.35 acres. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. $479,400. ($30,600 under Certified Appraisal.) (970)264-2966.

FSBO LAKE HATCHER. New 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Beautifully landscaped! Mountain, lake views, vault, wood stove, all appliances. $179,000. (970)946-3742.

WANT A WELL BUILT HOME? At a reasonable cost? Get information from a seasoned builder. wellbuilthomes@GetResponse.com

BEAUTIFUL NEW 4 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom ranch-style home for sale. San Juan River Village area with gorgeous mountain views. Large, open floor plan includes great room, tiled kitchen, master bedroom with bay window, custom window treatments, and heated double garage. Price reduced below appraisal value to $195,500. For appointment, call 731-9672.

FSBO WELL-MAINTAINED 3 bedroom, with lake and mountain views. 1-3/4 bath. 1700 sq. ft., garage, natural gas with mature landscaping. $157,000. Lake Pagosa Park, 86 Carefree Place. 731-2574.

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2 BEDROOM. Needs some work. New roof, paint, nice lot with views. $69,500 Call for appointment, 731-3680.

1,790 SQ. FT. MODULAR with 21/2 car garage and 625 sq. ft. recreation room. Natural gas, close to town, great views. Must see to appreciate the true value. $144,000. 264-6733.

2,480 SQ. FT. DUPLEX, on beautifully treed acre. Lost Valley of the San Juans. Adjoins National Forest, wilderness and trail heads nearby. Horses allowed, central water. Paul Carpino Realty, 731-2053.

LOG HOME, .42 ACRE. 1157sq.ft. 2/13/4. Views of Pagosa Peak, Lake Hatcher. Greenbelt. Treed, landscaped. Owner selling. $145,000. 282 Arbor Dr.

LOG HOME ON 7 acres in Meadows II. 3 bedrooms, open floor plan, 21/2 bathrooms. View of northern range. Antique wood stove, log stairs, master bath claw foot antique tub, and river rock fireplace in master bedroom. Priced under appraisal, $345,000. 731-2929.

ALLISON, 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home with garage on 3 acres. Mountain views, $117,000. Call Bayfield Realty, (970)884-9517, Pam.

HOUSE FOR SALE by owner. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom split level with loft, 3 decks, 2300 plus sq. ft. living space; off-peak electrical heat storage system; large garage with shop in back and finished second story with greenhouse; large covered breezeway; landscaped gardening on two lots, 137 Masters Circle, Pagosa in the Pines. $220K. Telephone: (970)731-4524.

PAGOSA HILLS, NEWER 2 bedroom, 1 3/4 baths, 2.4 acres, very private/ lots of trees, large open kitchen/ dining, unique studio- loft, 2500+ sq. ft., 2 car garage with workbench, RV hookup, growing dome, $284,800. 264-6462.

BY OWNER - Large country home on 5+ fenced acres. Horse property, Realtors welcome. $189,000. 264-2856, leave message.

LOTS OF PERSONALITY Log home, 2 lots, large great room, dining, and kitchen. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, deck with a view, fenced yard, many extras. Call 731-9113, shown by appointment.

BRAND NEW ONE OF A KIND solid quality craftsmanship, 1802 sq. ft., contemporary floor plan. 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath, cherry cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms. Tile countertops, ceramic tile floors. Covered decks, Continental Divide views. Call David, 264-1243.

BY OWNER: 3 BEDROOMS, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage with paved driveway. Large master bedroom. Lake and mountain views. Boat ramp and fishing just steps away. 34 Beaver Circle, 970-731-5901. $157,500.

HIGH PEAKS AFFORDABLE HOMES. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, land home packages from $124,000, from $97,000 on your lot. Many floor plans to suit your family needs, or bring in your own custom plans. www.highpeakshomes.com or call 264-6150.

OWNER MOTIVATED - PRICE REDUCED 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Pagosa Highlands. Near National Forest, gorgeous views, quiet neighborhood. Was $139,900 now $131,900. Call Bob Woodson, Century 21 Wolf Creek. 731-2100 1CE0090.

ARBOLES, CUTE 2 BEDROOM, block built home. Brick fireplace, workshop, view of Navajo Lake, $82,500. Call Bayfield Realty, (970)884-9517, Pam.

BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL HOME. 3 bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms, 1,656 sq. ft. Large 2 car garage. Extra 828 sq. ft. of storage space. Located on cul-de-sac; two sided greenbelt, lots of trees. Must see, 731-0410.

OWNER WILL FINANCE. Nice home with low down payment. 4 bedrooms, 1-3/4 bath. Large workshop, guest cabin on 7 acres. Good county road with school bus stop. (970)731-4439 or (505)437-6027, leave message.

ASPEN SPRINGS for sale by owner: Home on 1.6 acres, borders BLM, secluded, great southern exposure, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, family room, deck with beautiful views of Broken Off Mountain. $98,600. Call 731-5773, after 6p.m.

HOUSE FOR LEASE with option to buy. 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cape Cod, horse property. More information, 731-3597, evenings.

PERSONALS

SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE for confidential support and information. 247-5400.

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ALTERNATIVE HORIZONS 24 hour domestic violence hotline. Confidential help available. 247-9619.

PREGNANT? DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO? Call the Pregnancy Support Center. 264-3733.

HOSPICE CARE A special kind of caring. Call 731-9190.

REFINANCE NOW. PRIMERICA Financial Services, 883-3259.

DRUG HOT LINE Call 264-BUST to report any illegal drug activity.

REPORT KNOWLEDGE OF CRIMINAL ACTS To Crime Stoppers, 264-2131. You may be entitled to a reward. Anonymity guaranteed.

PROPERTY

WE BUY LOTS. Bell Country Homes. 731-6633.

TWO GREAT LOTS, views and easy build, 7080 N. Pagosa Blvd., 1cb2581, & 263 Woodsman, 1cb2582. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

1 ACRE LAKE front lot for $97,500, over 200 feet of lake frontage. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

A FEW 1 ACRE buildable lots available in Arboles. Some views of lake, valley, mountains. Colorado Southwest Properties. 883-5428.

CORNER LOT - BUILDABLE lot on corner in Lake Pagosa Park, level, easy build. $8,000. 1cb2428 Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

VIEW LOT PAGOSA HIGHLANDS end of cul-de-sac, view of Pagosa Peak, great building site $12,000. 1cb2535. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

FOUR MILE ROAD - 20 beautiful acres, all utilities, stream, huge views, partially irrigated and bridge is in. $289,000. Pagosa Peak Realty and Construction. 970-731-0200. Fax: 970-731-0201.

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35 ACRES WITH mountain views and city water. Less than 1 mile from downtown Pagosa Springs. $275,000. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

30 ACRES Very private, rustic cabin, big view of Navajo Lake, borders state park. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

APPROXIMATELY 10 ACRES All utilities, ponds, in Arboles. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

PRICED TO SELL. 35 acres with all utilities including central water, treed knoll with sweeping mountain views, pond, good for horses. Only $99,900. #2UC0222. Call United Country, 264-2201.

25 TREED ACRES. CW, CS, quiet neighborhood, all utilities, 1/4 mile from NF, $193,500. UNIQUE 5 ACRE TRACT, in Meadows IV. Heavily treed with canyon views to the west. Blanca Place, cul-de-sac, $65,000, tap fee paid. SPILER CREEK RANCH, newly fenced and surveyed, 160 beautiful acres, 4 sides NF "doesn't get nicer." Priced at $795,000. Private showing on request. 60 PRIME ACRES in Blanca Basin. Heavily treed, seasonal creek runs through. $400,000, won't last. Jean and Pam Poitras, Four Seasons Land Co. Inc., GMAC Real Estate. (970)264-2241 or eve. (970)731-9396.

3+ ACRES ONLY $24,900. All utilities including central water, horses allowed, close to town. #2UC0223. Call United Country, 264-2201.

40 SECLUDED ACRES - with mountain views, trees and meadows. Recently fenced and completely dog proof. 1800 gallon cistern, septic system, solar system and driveway already in place. No restrictions and taxes only $18 per year. $149,000. 3 adjacent acres available for $12,000. 731-5986 or 946-2768.

RIVERFRONT PROPERTY. 44 acres on the Piedra River. Park-like build site. All utilities in place including natural gas and septic. A wildlife paradise and fisherman's dream! #1UC0211. Call United Country, 264-2201.

TIFFANY - IRRIGATED LAND. 2 - 80 acre parcels, utilities, views, Pine River canal shares, tilled and seeded. $220,000 each. Pagosa Peak Realty, (970)731-0200.

TWO ADJACENT LOTS approximately 1/4 acre each. Twin Creeks Village. $10,000 each, or $18,000 for both. Call Wayne at 731-4181.

VACANT LAND. 5 ACRES bordering W. Highway 160, National Forest on one side. Reduced to $48,500. 1UC0305. United Country, (970)264-2201, 800-835-5331.

TIMBER RIDGE RANCH. If an open space, low-density lifestyle is what you desire in a breathtaking alpine setting, you must see Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch. Our home sites are fully improved with central water and sewer service, underground utilities and paved roads, yet offer an element of privacy not often found in a developed residential community. Incredible opportunities: Phase I, lot 45, 4.06 acres, $129,000. Phase II, lot 102, 4.18 acres, $84,900. Phase I, lot 58, 8.58 acres, $174,900. Phase I, lot 72, 5.51 acres, $125,000. Come take your personal tour today and see why Timber Ridge Ranch is truly "The Best of Pagosa Springs." MJM Ranches, Land & Marketing LLC, 970-731-3235. www.TimberRidgeRanch.com

BUILDING LOT WITH VIEWS of Continental Divide, $9,500. 2UC0704. 2.7 acres, mountain views, $18,000. 2UC0703. 4.2 acres, $24,500. 2UC0701. United Country Real Estate, Riggs Ranches. 1-800-835-5331, (970)264-2201.

LOTS 29 AND 30, Hudson Rio Blanco 2. River frontage, very private, $65,000. 1UC0317. United Country, (970)264-2201, 800-835-5331.

1.4 ACRES ABUTS NATIONAL Forest. Large trees, small dwelling, Aspen Springs, $29,000. 1UC0312. United Country, (970)264-2201, 800-835-5331.

5 ADJOINING LOTS, Hwy 160 frontage totaling 5.6 acres, possible owner financing. $55,000. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

"NO ONE KNOWS the country like we do." Find out why. Proven expertise. United Country/ Riggs Real Estate, (970)264-2201, (800)835-5331.

JUST LISTED, MUST SEE - Loma Linda's finest 5 acres, lot 76 for $97,500, with magnificent views, trees, privacy & pasture for horses. Call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, (970) 731-2100.

32 ACRES BORDERING National Forest. Year around creek, springs, trees, easy year around access, protective covenants. Also has excellent pasture with irrigation water. By owner. $150,000. 731-4670.

41 ACRRES, SECLUDED, gravel roads, water well, views, ponderosa and fir trees. $135,000. With electric and phone, $145,000. 731-6131.

FSBO INCREDIBLE VIEWS, 3.32 acres, Continental Estates, Unit 2, Lot 46. Quiet cul-de-sac off Hwy. 84, 3 miles from Hot Springs, $79,500. 303-817-5229.

LAKEWOOD VILLAGE LOT - .3 acres, lots of trees. 149 Mosswood Dr. $7,400, by owner. Call 731-0209.

NAVAJO LAKE. One acre lot with beautiful lake and valley views. Utilities, pad site, driveway complete. 883-2507.

PERFECT BUILDING SITE, great location, $8,900, agent owned, Dawn Walker, Pagosa Real Estate Store, Inc. (970)731-2175 or (800)560-6050 extension 22. Pagosa native. I KNOW PAGOSA.

MEADOWS I, 5 ACRES by owner. Best 5 acres in Meadows, on quiet cul-de-sac. 300 ft. to pavement, views of divide and killer view of Chimney Rock. 100% usable land with great building sites. Great horse property. $85,000. 731-4664.

3 ACRE LOT IN Timber Ridge Phase I. Easy to build on and sunny. $69,000 by owner. 731-9706.

WANT A WELL BUILT HOME? At a reasonable cost? Talk with a seasoned builder. wellbuilthomes@GetResponse.com

BY OWNER. 2.3 acres in Aspen Springs Unit 5. Meadow. Lots 173 and 174. Lois Court off Metro Drive. $12,000. Please leave message. 731-2735.

1/2 ACRE - VIEWS of Pagosa Peak, greenbelt, paved road, level, central water, central sewer, financing available, priced below market. $11,500. Gary, 904-783-6638. MM1 L60.

RARE FIND! 25 ACRES, no restrictions, near Astraddle-A-Saddle, mountain views, several possible building sites, $200,000. Owner motivated, make an offer. Dawn Walker, Pagosa Real Estate Store, Inc. (970)731-2175 or (800)560-6050 extension 22. Pagosa native. I KNOW PAGOSA.

HALF ACRE LOT, San Juan River Resort. Mountainside. (817)371-9537 or (817)833-6535.

DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Exceptional value in Loma Linda. 7.5 acres, gorgeous views of eastern range. Only $79,900. Call Bob Woodson, Century 21 Wolf Creek. 731-2100.

RANCHES

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NAVAJO RIVER RANCH 40.58 acres trees, utilities, access to Navajo River 1cb2515. $179,000. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

3,000 SQ. FT. HOME on 12 acres. Large pond, irrigation, view of mountains, quiet setting. Highway 151 to County Road 336. Colorado Southwest Properties. 883-5428.

FOR LEASE OR SALE. 74 acres with large barn containing 8 heated self- watering stalls. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

HOME BORDERING FOREST 1740 SF on 42+ acres. Forest on 3 sides, open floor plan, wine cellar and more! 1cb2198. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

ONLY NATIONAL FRANCHISE that focuses on rural America. Continuously since 1925. Regional credibility. United Country/ Riggs Real Estate, (970)264-2201, (800)835-5331.

25 ACRE HORSE PROPERTY, beautiful meadows, nicely treed ridges. Close in, secluded, CR access yet very private. ONLY $180,000. OWC 20% down for 15 years. Romar Group, 264-6096.

FOR A COMPLETE look at all larger vacant land parcels and ranches in the county check out my website: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

152 ACRES, TOTAL SECLUSION- surrounded by BLM, old growth timber, live spring, spectacular views. Thousands of spruce trees. Price lowered again to $670,000. Call Pagosa Peak Realty, 731-0200.

16,160 ACRES, 160 acres deeded, surrounded by 25 sections of National Forest lease. World class elk with deer, bear, mountain lion, and turkey. Totally remodeled original 3000 square foot stone hacienda surrounded by 5-foot stone wall. This home must be seen to be believed. 3 cabins, 2 are original log, all in excellent condition, 2 historic log barns. Elk permits with property. Totally private, secluded and private. ONE OF A KIND, MAKE AN OFFER. CALL FOR BROCHURE. Romar Group, 264-6096.

BEAUTIFUL 35 ACRE parcel with log cabin, national forest and great views. Only $165,000. Call today. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

FANTASTIC 100 ACRES, views of all the mountains, meadows, huge trees. Abuts National Forest, very close in but totally secluded, central water and all utilities. For the discriminating buyer. Romar Group, 264-6096.

THE BEST OF the best - three 35 acre parcels, highest elevation of all Cool Springs Ranch parcels. Unbelievable views from the Continental Divide east of Pagosa, South San Juan Wilderness, Wolf Creek, Pagosa Peak, Rio Grande Wilderness, Rio Grande Pyramid, Weminuche Wilderness, to the La Plata Mountains at Durango. Aspen, spruce, meadows, springs, CENTRAL WATER, equestrian center, gated community, elk, deer, turkey. Owner took huge 6X6 bull there last year. ONLY $6,995 per acre. Terms. Romar Group, 264-6096.

926 ACRES $850,00 WOW! Loads of water rights, 2 homes, 2 barns, farming and ranching. OWNER SAYS SELL. Romar Group, 264-6096.

70 ACRES, 360 DEGREE views, nice trees, creek through property with ponds, 200 elk on property last week, can see all the property from prepared home site - perfect for horses, central water. ONLY $269,000. Romar Group, 264-6096.

29.6 ACRES ON BLANCO river - 750' river frontage, abuts National Forest, 3/4 minerals with property, CR access with all utilities. Romar Group, 264-6096.

TERRY ROBINSON ROAD - 63 gorgeous acres, fenced, two houses, 17,000 square foot barn, 26 stalls with pipe turnouts, great views, great location. $1,450,000. Pagosa Peak Realty and Construction. 970-731-0200. Fax: 970-731-0201.

SMALL FARM Doublewide, 2 car garage, borders Navajo State Park, pasture, irrigation, great views. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

14 + ACRES, borders Piedra River, irrigation, rustic home, outbuildings. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428.

IGNACIO, ESTABLISHED EQUESTRIAN facility with large indoor riding arena. Nice setup on 39 plus acres. Call Bayfield Realty, (970)884-9517, Pam.

670 ACRE MOUNTAIN RANCH bordering the San Juan National Forest. Irrigated hay fields with excellent water rights. Two year- round creeks, forests, easy access, views, home, barns, premiere wildlife habitat. 20 minutes to Pagosa. One of a kind! Asking $3,800 per acre. 731-4670.

BREATHTAKING NEW ROCK and log home and barn on San Juan River. 38 acres, meadows, timber. $1,350,000. Lauren, 946-0917, 264-0046.

FSBO IN CHROMO. 27 acres with river frontage. Includes 2 bedroom home with 3-car attached garage. $185,000. 883-5425.

ONE OF A KIND Equestrian property. Six stall barn, views, 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath, Kentucky white vinyl fencing with wire. Very near National Forest access for breathtaking rides. 731-3373.

CONDOS

BEAUTIFUL 1700 SQ. FT. condo, totally furnished. Down payment $3,870, interest rate 6.94 APR for 30 years, payment $811.60 P&I to qualified buyer. Call for details, Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

FOR A COMPLETE LOOK at all condos in the county check out my web site: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER - Pinon Condo, 1 bedroom, 1-1/2 bathrooms, 900 square feet, nicest one on the market. 731-5474.

VERY NICE 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath condo for rent. Call 731-9037.

TOWNHOUSE: FSBO, 2 bedroom, 11/2 bath, 2 story, small complex, low fees, private fenced yard, electric and wood heat, will have new roof. 575 E. Golf PL., Pagosa Lakes. Call 731-3071 after 6:00 or leave message.

FSBO 3/3 loft, Mountain Vista townhome, heated underground parking, lots of storage, recently redecorated, gorgeous water and mountain views. 903-769-9267.

MOUNTAIN VISTA TOWNHOME. 3 bedroom with additional loft, 3 bathrooms, heated garage with workroom. Recently remodeled with new carpeting, Pergo floors, carpeting and appliances. Spectacular mountain views. For sale by owner. (970)731-1991.

RENTALS

CALL CC RENTALS for long term and short term rentals. Large inventory available. 731-0415.

LEASE WITH OPTION to buy. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH downtown, available May 1. 264-5080.

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH Westwind Condo. Call Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM home, unfurnished. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

1 BEDROOM MOBILE home. $400/ month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals at 731-5515.

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1 BEDROOM, 1 BATHROOM, furnished condo. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

TWO - 2 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom unfurnished homes. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

2 VILLAGE APARTMENTS. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Call Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

STORAGE SPACE, SECURE, climate controlled, 10' X 50' X 20' with 12' tall entrance. Call CC Rentals, 731-0415.

REMODELED 2 BEDROOM 1-1/2 bathroom duplex. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

TWO FURNISHED PINON CONDOS. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

SUNETHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES for Short Term (Vacation) Rentals starting at $100/ night, Long Term Rentals starting at $500/ month, and storage units (all sizes) - 56 Talisman Drive - 970-731-4344.

ARCHULETA HOUSING CORPORATION - has clean apartments with affordable rents close to schools and bus lines. Call for information, 264-2195.

1 VILLAGE APARTMENT, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, unfurnished. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

HIGH COUNTRY MINI STORAGE Most sizes available. Paved, lighted, security. Behind Pizza Hut. Call 264-9142.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT at the best rates and service in town. Let us manage your property. Call for details. Pagosa Real Estate Store Property Management, 731-2175 or 1-800-560-6050.

HOUSE AT LAKE HATCHER, 3 - 4 bedrooms, 2 car garage, unfurnished, $1,200. 264-0345.

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1 Cabin close to Williams Creek Reservoir. 6 month lease, $750/month. Call owner at (970) 731-3164.

DURANGO HOUSING CORPORATION has clean apartments with affordable rents, close to schools and bus lines. Now featuring a Resident Computer Lab. Call for details, 247-2788. EOH.

VACATIONERS. We have fully furnished homes and condos for rent by the day, week or month. We also have long term places available. Pagosa Realty Rentals, located above the Corner Store on Piedra Road. (970) 731-5515

R.V. SPACES for rent. Available year round. Rock Ridge mobile home park. Call Sherry at 264-6148.

NICE COUNTRY HOME on 5 acres, 7 miles south of town, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Beautiful views, private. Available April 15, $800 per month, plus security deposit, month to month lease. Ronda, 884-7384, or 759-3552.

VACATION RENTAL. Fully furnished, custom home. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, accommodates 12. Great mountain and lake views. No pets, no smokers. $895 weekly or $1595 monthly. References required. 888-793-4541 or ghgraff@aol.com.

NEW 3 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom. No smokers, no pets, includes water/ sewer, $775/ month. 128 Bonanza in Pagosa Vista. (970)563-4026 or (970)563-0503.

LARGE ONE BEDROOM apartment between Fairfield and downtown. No smoking or pets. References and deposit required. $550 including utilities. 264-4264.

QUIET 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath duplex with golf course in your back yard. Garage, storage, gas heat. Water and garbage included. $850/ month. See at 650 E. Golf Place. Leave message at 731-3213. Sorry, no pets.

2 BEDROOMS, 2 full baths, brand new with washer, dryer, fridge, single garage. Superb, quiet location. $750 per month plus deposit. Morgan, 731-2667.

RETIRED COUPLE 54 AND 52 need modest cabin or cottage to rent for 1 - 2 years. Need to test our cold tolerance before building a permanent home. Clean, quiet, responsible, no drugs, no alcohol. References. Must have fenced area for our two Labs, washer/ dryer hookups and prefer two sources of heating. Also have two mature cats. All our pets are house-raised. No messes, no damage. Not left alone. Also need at least one spot in home with window for one smoker. Need approximately 800 sq. ft. in $700 range. Will return call on all messages. (619)445-1474. Mike and Cathy Herman, 5835 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901.

ROOM FOR RENT. All utilities included, no deposit required. One block from Lake Pagosa. $350 per month. 731-0277.

DAY, WEEK, MONTH. 3/2, riverfront log between town and ski area. 264-4866.

511 LAKE IN VISTA. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. $540/month plus utilities. First, last, $500 deposit. No dogs. 970-731-2610.

SPACIOUS 2 AND 3 BEDROOM in 4-plex, becoming available from April through August. Superb location, year lease. $595 and $695 plus some utilities. Call John, 303-881-1407 or Lee, 264-3210.

LAKE HATCHER, NEWLY REFINISHED 3 bedroom, 2 bath on lake on 3/4 acre lot. $1000 per month. 6 months or more lease. (303)988-4174.

GEODESIC DOME AND small cabin for rent, $450 per month. Isolated, 20 miles out of town. Solar electricity, need 4X4 pickup. 731-3383.

AVAILABLE MID MAY. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex apartment. Garage, storage, W/D hook up, gas heat. Landlord takes water and garbage. $800 per month. See at 516 Park Ave. Leave message at 731-3213.

VACATIONERS: EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN and well-maintained two story condo. Two bedrooms (sleeps four maximum), 1-3/4 baths, fully furnished with well-equipped kitchen. Located in core area, close to new City Market. $450 weekly. NO PETS and NO SMOKERS - NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact owners (970) 731-2017 (evenings best).

LAKE HATCHER AREA, $700. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, new frig/ stove, 1,400 sq. ft., 2 years old. Lease/ lease purchase. Glenn, 731-2323.

2 BEDROOM 1 bath, great views, furnished. $875. 3 bedroom, 2 baths completely remodeled. $1100. (719) 338-6867. Fax: (719) 540-2224. GSTEW9583@aol.com.

NEWLY REMODELED HOUSE, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom in town. Quiet neighborhood, $700 per month, no pets. Application, references accepted at 164 S. 7th St., 264-4450.

LEASE WITH OPTION to buy. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile on two lots. Great views. $800 per month, water and sewage is included. 731-2798.

VACATIONERS. Completely furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condos close to Village Lake and Rec Center. Sleeps 6 to 8 people. No smokers. 731-9414.

FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath. Amazing views, nice house, Lake Hatcher. $900/month. 946-0130.

LARGE 4 BEDROOM, 2 BATH energy efficient home. Double garage, 3.7 acres - Holiday Acres. $950/ month. (970)946-0252 or (619)475-6219

TIMESHARES

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ADOPT FROM THE Humane Society. Stop by or call 731-4771. You'll be amazed at what we have to offer. www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings.org.

FREE TO GOOD HOME. Declawed male cat, neutered. 264-0143.

9-MONTH-OLD PUREBRED Boston Terrier, female, for sale. Call evenings, 731-3245.

MINIATURE WHITE MALE CHIHUAHUA, $300. Not good with children under 5. 731-9119, evenings.

LOOKING FOR A LOVING home for a housebroken, 16 month, purebred black lab. Fixed and has shots. Loves to play! 264-6630.

ARE YOU LOOKING for a best buddy? I love to ride in the car. I can play catch for hours. I am very affectionate. But I don't like cats. My name is Bonnie and I am a three year-old blue heeler and I am available. Call me at 731-3871.

2 GOLDEN RETRIEVER mixes, mother and son. Looking for country home, free. 731-3383.

ADORABLE SHIH TZU PUPPIES $350, AKC $450, with shots. Available after May 12 and May 19. 731-9007.

SERVICES

T.V. TROUBLES? Call Mike! Mike's TV. Since 1979. 264-2788.

INTERIOR AND CONSTRUCTION cleanup. 731-1313.

JUNK IN YOUR YARD - hauled away to go to the dump, pick up and haul. 731-1313.

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FOR ALL YOUR ROOFING NEEDS, new or re-roof, rain gutters, insured, experienced since 21 years. www.edelweissroofing.com. Edelweiss - Andy, 264-0345.

CARPENTRY/HANDYMAN General maintenance, remodels, painting, drywall, etc. No job too small. Blair Jackson, 749-4252 or 264-6002 evenings.

GERMAN FOOD, HOMEMADE CAKES, ready picked up, delivered, or cook at your place, for small occasion. 264-0345.

CUSTOM FRAMING AND MATTING - Reasonable prices, quick service. Jan Brookshier, 264-4275 after 6 p.m.

FORK LIFTS FOR HIRE Caribou Construction. 731-9848 or 946-2488.

WWW.PAGOSAMORTGAGE.COM Free mortgage information on-line. Get pre-qualified or completely pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. Jim Askins, Fairway Mortgage-Pagosa Springs, (970) 731-3100 or toll free 800-326-2100.

LOCAL AND LONG DISTANCE moving services. Reliable and reasonable. Call 731-1313.

CONSTRUCTION CLEAN-UP. - Anything goes inside and out. 731-1313.

YARD WORK, LAWN CARE, mowing and cleanup. 731-1313.

FOR A CONSTRUCTION clean up, at its best. Contact Odd Jobs Unlimited 264-2994. Insured.

DREAMWORK. HAVING DREAMS and don't understand message? I enjoy helping. Barbara Conkey, 731-6877.

DOES YOUR LAWN need help? Lawn and garden care, landscaping, deck repair, light hauling. Free estimates. Call Buck at 946-0996 or Jerry at 749-7340.

THE MOVING CO. Big jobs, small jobs, we do them all. Long hauls, short hauls, give us a call. 731-0188.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR a cleaning person who is reliable, thorough, and does a consistently good job? I have years of experience and excellent local references. Call 731-0323.

HOME REPAIRS/HANDYMAN Carpentry, decks, ceramic tile, painting, room additions. No job too small. By David, (970) 749-4625.

FIRE BREAKS - TREE TRIMMING, thinning, pruning, and removal including brush clearing and weed eating. Brian, 264-2683.

PET SITTING AND PLANT CARE Dogs, cats, horses, all ranch sitting, exotics. Reliable, excellent references. Animal Massage Therapist, 264-6680.

MOONLIGHT BOILER SERVICE. For glycol maintenance and repairs. Call, 731-0047.

REMODELING Additions, kitchen & bath makeovers, cabinetry, closet spaces, countertops, tile, natural stone, fireplaces. No job too small. 25 years experience. Jeff, 731-4122.

CREATIVE JUICE! Writer of compelling advertising copy, marketing materials, manuscripts, professional papers, business correspondence, more. Editing. Reliable. Confidential. Since 1977. 731-1731.

EXCAVATION AND TRUCKING No job too big or small. 20 years experience. Local references, fully insured. Call 731-1146 for quotes and prompt reliable service. Tufco Inc., Jeff Hunts.

LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS - Professional design, installation. Residential or commercial. Certified and insured. Free estimates. Arlie's Chimney Sweep 731-2543.

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE Relaxation massage, stress relief, pain relief, deep tissue, energy work. Home 264-6680, office 264-4003.

BAT PROTECTION/ ROOF RESCREWING. Broken vent repairs, snow diversions, gutter installation, weather vane sales and installation. Free estimates. Arlie's Chimney Sweep, 731-2543.

FRENCH TRAVEL SPECIALIST offers expert trip planning, cultural debriefing, and French lessons! Check out www.therichesof.com and call 970-731-9945.

FULL SERVICE BOOKKEEPING, payroll, and business consultation. Are you satisfied with your current bookkeeping service? Or just too busy to keep up with it yourself? Let me show you what service is all about. Local references available upon request. Call David 264-1243.

HOUSEKEEPING. WILL CLEAN house or office. Reasonable rates. Call 749-3880.

MARY KAY Loretta Hildebrandt Independent Beauty Consultant. 124 Paradise Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. (970) 731-3645, (888) 485-2955 toll free.

COMPUTER CONSULTANT. INTERNET RESEARCHER. In home, basic Internet/ computer tutoring, database design/ business application consultant. Teena Murray, 731-4239.

WELDING: Equipment repair, custom gates, trailers, cattle guards, deck railings, dump boxes. Call with your job, we will do it right and price it right. Frank, (970)731-0242 or Rolan, (970)731-5553.

23 YEARS IN PAGOSA. All aspects of carpentry from decks to additions. Repair work. Quality workmanship, reliable service. 264-5100.

FULL SERVICE YARD and lawn maintenance. For fast, reliable service, call Ed at 731-9085.

SKID LOADER SERVICES. Gravel, snow, dirt, post holes, etc. Cheap and reliable. 731-9374 or 749-4247, David Medina.

STAINED GLASS ANYTHING! Glass, tools, supplies, workshops, windows, doors, panels, lamps. Call Carl at Big Sky Studio, 731-5374 or 946-6128.

REAL ESTATE LOANS - Local residents representing the #1 mortgage company in Colorado. Competitive rates, Professional service and New Age technology gives us the edge. Apply anytime at www.pagosaloans.com or call 264-6482 for quotes and information. 24-hour approval.

WINDOW WASHING - Professionally done. Residences. Reasonable prices. 264-2919 (evenings), 382-4064 (page any time).

JLM INC. NO JOB too small. Specializing in: Road grooming, back-filling, compacting. Job site construction trash trailers available. (970)731-1194, cell (970)946-6262.

PAGOSA MOUNTAIN HOMES: From batter boards to the ridge; rough-in and finish. New construction and remodel. 20 years experience. Call Kordian, 264-5087 or 946-6498.

MARY MCLELLAN, C.M.P. Offering quality, nurturing touch through deep tissue massage, accupressure and trigger points, with great results for injuries, sports massage and wellness care. Come experience one of the very best! I do insurance billing. Please schedule with me at Pagosa Chiropractic, 264-2604.

ROOF REPAIR Ice damage, wind damage, loose screws, leaks. Also sheds, decks, fences & barns. Prompt & reliable. Dan Snow 731-3171.

CRUISE PLANNERS - SALLY BISH. Great prices, excellent service. 731-5338, 800-634-0064.

GATES AND GATE ENTRY systems. Complete line of gates and entry systems or we will build your custom design. Call for free estimate, (970)731-3177 or www.pagosasbestfence.com, online catalog at amazinggates.com.

MASSAGE/ PAMPER YOURSELF to a soothing, healing, therapeutic massage. Deep tissue and aromatherapy. In home service by appointment. $35 per hour. $40 with aroma. Jan Vandercook-Love. 731-9053.

FENCING ALL TYPES from barb wire to your own design. Call for free estimate, (970)731-3177 or look us up on the web at www.pagosasbestfence.com.

DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S too late. Let us put your lawn care on our schedule. You'll be happy with the results of our work. Call for a free estimate. Home Maintenance and Repair. 731-5854.

MOUNTAIN HOME AND RANCH caretakers. Dedicated to the home caretaking and maintenance needs of property owners. 749-3069. yourcaretakers.com

ARE YOU READY for the "no see ums" this year? Let us come to your house and repair those worn screens. We can rescreen your frames or build you complete new ones. We also offer new patio screen doors. Call for a free estimate. Home Maintenance and Repair. 731-5854.

STUCCO AND PLASTER - (interior) exterior for all your stucco needs. Call 264-6978. Lopez Stucco and Plaster. Call now for your discount.

Stay at home mom available for babysitting. Great location, reasonable rates. Nights, weekends no problem. Please call 264-5801 for information.

HOME REMODELING AND REPAIR: New construction, additions, repairs, tile, decks, etc. Tired of contractors who don't show up? We provide courteous, dependable service on time for the right price. Call Chris, 264-6942.

FREE BABYSITTING: Community Bible Church, 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 731-3143 for information and to register your child.

AFFORDABLE FRAMING: A complete professional shop. Archival framing. Needlework, we use lacing. Canvas transfers, dry mounting. Prints & posters. Lots of in stock mouldings. Call Linda Lerno, 731-5173.

HELP WANTED

NEEDED - WEEKEND LAUNDRY & housekeepers. Apply in person at the First Inn.

SERIOUS ABOUT A JOB? We are looking for good staff members at the Best Western/ Squirrel's. Restaurant, maintenance and housekeeping. Please apply in person or call 264-4173, ask for Shanah.

TELEMARKETERS, IF YOU are computer literate, type 40 wpm, have an excellent telephone voice and a positive personality, this could be the opportunity for you! $8/ hour plus commission. Email resume to DCI Technical Services, career@dci-tech.com

THE SPRING INN is accepting applications for housekeepers, weekends a must. Please apply in person. Hot bath privileges included.

TOW TRUCK DRIVER, immediate opening, CDL required. Call Cody at Buckskin Towing, 264-2500.

THE PAGOSA LODGE, 3505 W. Highway 160, is seeking professionals to fill the positions of Houseman and Housekeepers. Experience is required. Competitive pay scale, spa privileges for you and your family. Apply in person.

PHOTO LAB. ENERGETIC individual desired for part-time position in lively photo finishing business. Photography or art background helpful. Will train, hours flexible. Send brief resume to: Mountain Snapshots, P.O. Box 4099, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN, experience required, front end and diagnostic experience preferred. Call Cody at Buckskin Towing. 264-2500.

PROCESS MEDICAL CLAIMS from home! Use your own computer! Find out how to spot a medical billing scam from the Federal Trade Commission, 1-877-FTC-HELP. A message from The Pagosa Springs SUN and the FTC.

VILLAGE TEXACO is seeking motivated individuals for part time or full time positions. Health benefits after 1 year of employment. Apply in person, North Pagosa Blvd. and Highway. 160. Ask for Kevin.

HELP WANTED Colorado licensed journeyman electrician. Permanent position in Pagosa Springs. Residential and light commercial experience required. 264-5133.

PAGOSA SPRINGS PARKS and Recreation summer jobs: Park Fun Director/ Supervisor. Teaching certificate K-12 or 3 years experience, First Aid card. Park Fun Youth Assistants (4), ages 14-20. Responsible, Assertive, First Aid card, willing to be a team player and willing to learn. Umpires and scorekeepers; Youth Baseball, Adult Softball. All applicants must apply at Town Hall or call Joe Lister Jr., 264-4151, ext. 231.

THE ARCHULETA COUNTY SHERIFF'S department is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Civil Clerk/ Receptionist in the front office of the Sheriff's Department. The position is Monday- Friday, 40 hours a week and includes excellent benefits. The successful applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must possess strong interpersonal skills, have outstanding phone etiquette with knowledge of a multi-line telephone system, be extremely detailed oriented and a team worker. Experience in data entry with exceptional computer skills is a must. Applications may be picked up in the Sheriff's Office at 449 San Juan Street. All applicants must accompany a resume with references. Archuleta County is an equal opportunity employer.

FULL-TIME HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED. Must be available to work weekends. Apply in person, The Spa Motel.

FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL NEEDED. Full-time position. Bring resume to Family Medicine Center, 75 S. Pagosa Blvd.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

NAIL TECHNICIAN NEEDED to work part-time to full-time in busy salon. Studio 160. Call 731-2273 or 731-9362.

FULL-TIME BOOKKEEPER NEEDED Monday - Friday, 8 - 5, for temporary position (May 1 - August 10). QuickBooks experience helpful, but will train. Good wage. Apply in person. AAA Propane, Inc., 355 South Highway 84.

SECRETARY FOR ONE person law office. Must be computer literate; knowledge of WordPerfect, Timeslips a plus. Must possess excellent secretarial and communication skills and be a self-starter. Send letter of interest and resume to P.O. Box 129, Pagosa Springs 81147 or fax (970)264-2998.

THE RIO GRANDE HEADWATERS Restoration Task Force seeks coordinator to lead implementation of interdisciplinary restoration of the Rio Grande, San Luis Valley, in Colorado. Job requires grant writing, communication, and consensus building skills among diverse interests. Education and/ or experience in river and irrigation systems, river ecology and river restoration techniques is desirable. Salary range from $30,000 to $45,000 plus benefits, but commensurate with education and qualifications. Send letters of intent and resumes to the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, PO Box 509, Alamosa CO 81101, 719-589-2230, Fax 589-2270, slvwcd@amigo.net

WASTE MANAGEMENT OF FOUR Corners is looking for a front load driver for the Pagosa Springs area. Career oriented individual. Must have a Commercial Drivers License. Needs to have knowledge of the area. Must have a clean driving record. Mandatory physical and drug screen. Benefits include health and dental insurance and 401K with company match. EOE/ M/ F/ D/ V. Applications must be completed at Waste Management, 1041 CR 500, Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9a.m. to 1p.m. or 258 Stewart, Durango, CO 81301 on Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Closing date is April 22, 2002.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING accepted for part-time front desk/ shipping clerk. Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Apply in person, 317 Hot Springs Boulevard.

LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE company now taking applications for the season. Call for directions to pick up application. Ross Enterprises, 731-9578.

FRIENDLY, OUTGOING INDIVIDUAL needed for part-time office assistant. Duties include working with customers, estimating and office organization. Experience with QuickBooks and bidding construction materials a plus. 731-9949.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST NEEDED. Flexible hours. Apply in person. Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, 119 Bastille Drive, Pagosa Springs. (970)731-4330. Equal opportunity employer.

NAVAJO STATE PARK HIRING for seasonal Park Ranger, Environmental Interpreter, and Maintenance positions. $5.55 to $8.33/ hour. Contact park office at 883-2208 for detailed job descriptions and application. Apply by May 1st.

ARE YOU TIRED of the same old job, having a boss hang over your shoulder? Are you looking for a rewarding career? Community Connections is seeking individuals to work, teach and mentor adults with developmental disabilities. Join the many people who enjoy connecting with the community, having fun and making a difference in someone's life. Great benefits, paid training and flexible schedules. Please call Cristina Long at 731-5548, Monday through Wednesday.

CPR TITLE IS SEEKING Highly Motivated Professionals for various positions. Must be reliable, attentive to detail, outgoing and have excellent communication and people skills. Excellent Benefit package. Please contact Jeanene at (970)731-2771 to set up appointment.

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING tech. Customer service & quality minded only need apply. IICRC certified a plus. Hourly with future management opportunity. 731-5200.

EXPERIENCED CLOSER POSITION. Great Divide Title is seeking an experienced closer. Competitive wages and benefits. Please apply in person or send resume. 63 Talisman Drive, #1, Pagosa Springs.

ATTORNEY WANTED on contingency basis to take on multi-million dollar lawsuit against the State of Kansas, SRS, and local law enforcement there for aiding and abetting the parental kidnapping of our mentally ill 13 year old child, and 8 years of previous neglect and misconduct. This is a serious case, and we want serious responses only. Call Jim or Cecilie (970)731-6116.

PART TIME, FULL TIME cook, counter help, dishwashing. Call 731-4050.

NURSERY HELP WANTED. Full-time seasonal. Arboles area, 731-0352.

BEAR CREEK SALOON is accepting applications for all positions: bartending, waitstaff, cocktail and kitchen help. Day, night and weekend positions available. Experience preferred. Must be 18 to apply. Apply in person.

FRAMERS WANTED & HELPERS. $8-$14 per hour, depending on experience. 731-2344 after 5:30.

PHARMACIST. MAKE EXTRA money in 2002. Relief work in hosp., retail, LTC settings. Occasional travel. 1-800-318-5681.

PHARMACIST FOR PERM. hospital position in Southern Colorado. Call 1-800-318-5681.

ANDERSON NEWS COMPANY is now seeking a part-time merchandiser for the Pagosa Springs area supermarkets. $7.50 an hour, Tuesday and Friday. Excellent for retirees. Leave message, (505)327-5324.

HEAD HOUSEKEEPER POSITION. San Juan Motel, 264-2262.

RESPIRATORY CRT AND RRT. Make extra money with local and travel assignments. (719) 630-7500.

PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS. For rehab assignments statewide. 719-630-7500.

PAGOSA AREA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY in need of sub-contractors and laborers for all phases of home construction. Send resume to P.O. Box 1111, Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147 before May 1, 2000.

SUMMER HELP WANTED Chef/kitchen manager, 6 nights a week. References required, excellent starting wage DOE. Also seeking waitstaff, bartenders and dishwashers. Mammy's Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, Lake City, CO. (970)944-2840, please leave message.

MAN WANTED FOR concrete work. Must have driver's license. 946-3710.

DENTAL ASSISTANT wanted for rewarding position. We value a commitment to strong work ethic, people skills and an attitude of serving others. If this is you, we would love to have you join our team. Please FAX your resume to 731-6604.

RECEPTIONIST, FRONT DESK. Computer literate person, must be able to communicate well and handle a fast paced veterinarian office. Experience helpful. Submit resume and qualifications to 9572 West Highway 160, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

DRIVER NEEDED YEAR round. Trash experience preferred. Local company. Call 264-4891.

HELP WANTED: VOLUNTEERS for the 2002 season to help with Native American events at archaeological sites in the Four Corners region sponsored by Friends of Native Cultures. For more information, call Caroline Brown at 731-4248.

CARPENTER'S HELPER WITH tools and transportation. Call 731-9238.

A FULL-TIME FRONT DESK position is available in Dr. Thompson's office. Are you a conscientious, personable, nonsmoking individual with exceptional communication and organizational skills? Does the telephone convey your smile? Do you enjoy the challenges of teamwork and the satisfaction of providing excellent service? Please bring us a resume at 228 Village Drive. Dental experience is helpful, but not required.

WANTED, YOUNG RANCH hand with mechanical skills who takes initiative. 731-4707.

COLORADO SUN LANDSCAPING now accepting applications. 731-0277.

HIRING PART-TIME housekeeper. Contact Terri or April, 731-4005.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

ESTABLISHED FOOD BUSINESS, with good reputation for sale. Wife/ husband business, with no employees and low overhead. Would also train buyers. $50,000. Also for sale, property with home. 264-2017.

ESTABLISHED ENGINEERING BUSINESS for sale. Great hourly income part time or full time. 970-264-2882.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

BUILDER SEEKS INVESTMENT partner(s) for spec home building. Lon Ray Nye, 731-4894.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

1997 26' KIT COMPANION fifth wheel with single slide-out. Excellent condition, fully equipped. Will sell with solar panels. $1,400 OBO. (970)731-4743.

1998 COLEMAN MESA POP-UP, 2 king beds, heater, 3-way fridge, awning, excellent shape. $5,000. Can be seen in Pagosa. (505)898-1462.

14 FOOT BOAT TRAILER, Lone Star. $150 OBO. 264-4840.

2000 BAYLINER. OPEN bow, custom CD stereo, never beached, always garaged, has only 25 hours. Showroom condition! Moving. $11,400. (970)946-3742.

2001 KODIAK 4X4 four wheeler with 70 miles on it. Includes winch. Asking $5,300, paid $6,300. 731-2867.

1998 BOUNDER, 31 FT., Ford Chassis, Banks exhaust system, queen bed, satellite, 4K generator, always garaged, 12,000 miles, $43,000. (970)731-9381.

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY

CLOSET OVERLOADED? EXCLUSIVELY Elizabeth's is now taking private appointments for Spring and Summer women's and juniors' top quality clothing and accessories to consign. Thank you to all for trusting and believing in us. It is a great success. Please call 264-6413 for appointment.

POTTERY CLASSES. LEARN throwing, handbuilding, glazing and firing. Make new friends. Spring 6-week session registration now. Call for information. 731-2207. Instructor Gail Hershey.

BEST- KEPT SECRET IN real estate. Learn what "smart money" knows. Confidential service. United Country/ Riggs Real Estate. (970)264-2201, (800)835-5331.

BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN CABINET displays for sale. Contact Affordable Kitchens at 731-7000 for details.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

FOR SALE: BIKES, lawn mowers, down sofa, dresser, hutch, wing- back chairs, tables, motorized cart, walkers and golf clubs. Humane Society Thrift Store, 264-6424.

WINDOWS, LOW-E, TEMPERED. Need building materials or have extra, stop by the Re-Store on 298 Bastille Drive every Saturday at 10 AM. All proceeds go toward building homes for Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County. Thanks for your support.

UPHM THRIFT AND GIFT is looking for volunteers to help make a difference. Call 264-8746 and talk to Debi about joining our team.

IRRIGATION POLYPIPE WANTED, black 1 inch, or used PVC, cracked okay. Need 1,000+ feet. 264-2800.

REAL ESTATE LOANS - Local residents representing the #1 mortgage company in Colorado. Competitive rates, Professional service and New Age technology gives us the edge. Apply anytime at www.pagosaloans.com or call 264-6482 for quotes and information. 24-hour approval.

RENTAL NEEDED. 3 plus bedrooms, horse property, high quality renters. 264-2028.

WANT TO TRADE - 1993 Viking pop-up pickup bed camper for comparable bumper pull type camper. 731-5143.

WANTED

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

IS IT TIME TO CLEAN YOUR FREEZER OUT? Bring your meat and fish to The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Help to feed wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, grizzly bear and black bear. 5 miles South on Highway 84. 264-5546.

WRITER/ NURSE SEEKS long-term housesitting arrangement in Pagosa Springs. Numerous references available. (970)533-7729, Maria. E-mail voice1@fone.net.

**CASH! SOLD REAL ESTATE? Carried financing? I buy owner-financed trust deeds, contracts. Any size, location. Pat O'Brien, (505)823-2877, (800)347-9501.

RENTAL NEEDED. 3 plus bedrooms, horse property, high quality renters. 264-2028.

WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. 33-32/03.

WANTED - Exercise equipment. Must be in excellent condition. Evenings, 731-4418.

I WILL BUY all types of turkey feathers; tail feathers, wing feathers, etc. Call 731-4846.

YARD SALES

BE SURE TO check for more yard sales in the Too Late To Classify section.

ANNUAL POWER HOUSE AUCTION - Now accepting donations of new or like-new items. If interested, call 264-4403.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST, 8a.m. to 3p.m., 583 Terry Robinson Rd., Pagosa Springs. Everything from toys to tires. At junction of 160 and 84, go 3 miles south on 84, then make a left past Echo Manor Inn sign.

CAROLYN RELIEF FUND yard sale. 2 snowmobiles, wood stove, metal detectors, body bags and more. Saturday, 8-3. 21 E. Radiant.

YARD SALE, APRIL 19, 20 and 21, 8-5p.m. Tack, saddles, harness, tools, guns, household items. 3692 County Road 330, Allison.

ALMOST A GARAGE SALE! Brand New Items: DeWalt High Torque framing saw, $145; DeWalt High Torque circular saw, $125; Wing Wall Walker, $195; three 34 degree stick framing nailer, $206 each. Miscellaneous used items including carpet remnant, $25; computer desk, $100; curtains and bedspreads, $10. Call 264-5863 or see at 2763 E. Highway 160.

HUGE GARAGE SALE. Saturday, April 27th, 8- 2 at Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery space, in Town Park. Drop off dates for your tax deductible donated items are April 16th thru the 20th, and April 23rd and 24th, 10- 5:30. Please call the Gallery for more info, 264-5020.

LOST AND FOUND

IF ANYONE has lost their pet, please call the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, 731-4771. www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings. org.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2002 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, April 29.

LOST: Fleece jacket with horse design. Corner of Dutton and North Pagosa Blvd. 731-5797.

LOST, BRIGHT ORANGE TABBY cat. Neutered male, gold eyes, 1 year old, short hair. Sweet pet of 3 year old girl, "Mango". REWARD! Lost on Four Mile Road area. 264-3322.