Town's home rule proposals slated for April 8 ballot
By Tess Noel Baker
The Pagosa Springs Board of Trustees officially removed the two home rule questions from the Nov. 5 ballot Tuesday night and approved a resolution of intent to hold a special election on the same two questions April 8.
The board was forced to remove home rule questions from the upcoming ballot because of conflicts between certain statutory requirements and ballot printing dates.
Julie Jessen, the town's administrative intern who's working to organize the home rule efforts, gave the board three choices. They could simply call off the election and wait to select a new date. They could call off the election, and set a special election on the questions for Jan. 14, or they could state their intent to call the special election for April 8.
Several of the board members, including Mayor Ross Aragon, voiced support for the April date, agreeing that April, a month when people are used to seeing a town election, would probably mean a better turnout.
"I don't know if you'd get the kind of participation we want in January," Aragon said. "I would lean toward April." Weather in January was also a concern.
Home rule is alternative form of local government organization available under the Colorado Constitution. Currently, Pagosa Springs is a statutory town, with all of its government organization dictated by state law. This includes things like the number of trustees, length of terms for elected officials and term limits. A home rule government allows a municipality to write its own charter - written by members of the community and approved by a vote of the people - organizing the local government.
The intention to hold a special election approved by the board Tuesday is only a first step in the process. In April, residents of the town will be asked first whether or not they want to pursue a home rule-style government. Then, voters will be asked to select nine members of the charter commission. If approved, these nine people will have 120 days to write a charter that sets out a plan for the organization and structure of the town's government. After that, the residents of the town will have the opportunity to approve or reject the charter itself. Only if the charter is approved does the Town of Pagosa Springs become a home rule municipality.
The town board will have to wait until December to officially to call the April home rule election to meet statutory requirements. After that, anyone interested in running for the home rule charter commission will be able to pick up petitions from Town Hall. A total of 25 signatures from registered voters in the town are required to get a candidate on the ballot. Petitions filled out in anticipation of a November vote will be invalid for the April election.
Downtown paving may end Friday
By Tess Noel Baker
Paving in the downtown area began Monday with lots of no parking signs and orange cones. It will be finished tomorrow, if the weather cooperates.
Beginning at 7 a.m. each morning, the Colorado Department of Transportation is working to pave U.S. 160 from 1st Street to 8th Street. This is the same area that was milled a week or so ago.
Motorists can still expect some delays and single-lane closures through the work zone. According to a release from Elam Construction Inc., paving on the eastbound lanes is scheduled for today and tomorrow. Certain entrances to businesses may be blocked off for 20 minutes at a time.
During paving operations, the department is asking that motorists refrain from parking along U.S. 160 downtown so the work can be completed as quickly as possible. This work is just one piece of the 11-mile highway resurfacing/intersection improvement project set to be finished by mid-November.
Heading down U.S. 84, motorists could encounter more delays as crews work on the first phase of a resurfacing project there. This 28-mile project is progressing from the New Mexico state line north toward Pagosa Springs. According to a department of transportation news release, drivers could encounter single-lane closures with 5-10 minute delays as traffic is flagged through the work zone Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Construction crews are recycling the existing pavement this season, expecting to work through November, weather permitting. The final phase, scheduled to begin in the summer of 2003, will involve pavement overlay, guardrail and other improvements.
Finish work continues on the 6-mile paving project from west of the summit of Wolf Creek Pass to the snow shed east of the ski area from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ten-minute delays can be expected through mid-October, and a wide load restriction of 12 feet is in place.
Forty-five minute delays are possible at the tunnel project on the east side of Wolf Creek pass, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. These lane closures and delays will continue for the duration of the project. A width restriction of 10 feet is in place. Updated information on the tunnel project can be found at the department's Web site www.dot.state.co.us, on the tunnel project hotline at (719) 873-2221 and the department's road condition line at (877) 315-ROAD.
Hangar may have to go, but where and how?
By John M. Motter
Business as usual at the Archuleta County Airport is not quite usual. To state the case simply: Nick's Hangar is in the way.
Airport facilities and the space around them are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. When the new, north-bearing runway at Stevens Field was constructed, a corner of Nick's Hangar protruded across the runway's building restriction line. For safety's sake, FAA rules say nothing should be located inside the building restriction line.
"I don't know when the north runway was built, but I know that when the Airport Master Plan was updated in 1996, specific mention was made of the problem with Nick's Hangar," said Tim Smith, airport manager.
The obvious solution to the problem is to tear down the hangar or move it somewhere else.
"We're negotiating with the FAA to find a solution," said Alden Ecker, the county commissioner who serves as liaison for Stevens Field.
Complicating the issue is how business is done at the airport. A fixed base operator contracts with the county to conduct certain business at the airport, such as the sale of aviation fuel and other products. The operator runs a private business and retains all profits from the sale of products or services. In order to have a place to conduct business, the current operator leases Nick's Hangar from the county under a contract separate from the fixed base operation contract.
FliteCrafton Aviation, the current fixed base operator, has been negotiating to sell the business to a Texas firm. The sale is a private transaction, basically none of the county's business. However, FliteCrafton's owner cannot transfer the Nick's Hangar lease to the prospective buyer. The county has terminated its contract with the operator and the lease effective on or after Oct. 16 or when the sale is completed. The county's position is FliteCrafton will not have a lease to transfer.
Consequently, FliteCrafton's prospective buyer is forced to seek a lease from the county in order to have a place to conduct business. Before closing the contract to purchase the fixed base operation, the prospective buyer wants some kind of a guarantee from the county that the building will be available.
How can the county guarantee the availability of a building the FAA says has to go?
"We're trying to continue to work with the group from Texas," Ecker said. "The county is looking to use FAA money to move the building in the future. The FAA could grandfather Nick's Hangar and build a new building in the north terminal area. It's all up to the FAA; it's not up to us. We're working with the FAA trying to find a solution acceptable to everyone."
Smith has conducted county negotiations with the FAA. The county has received millions of dollars in FAA grants. With the grants have come plans and the need for FAA approval of many airport activities.
The 1996 Master Plan has the FAA stamp of approval. The same plan says Nick's Hangar has to go.
"We're working with them on an ongoing basis," said Smith. "Moving Nick's Hangar is not a hard and fast conclusion, but it probably is. They are a reasonable organization. They will probably do a cost effectiveness analysis, whether it will be less costly to raze Nick's Hangar and build a new one, move the building, or grandfather it in at it's present location and build an additional new hangar in the north terminal area. Because only about 30 percent of Nick's Hangar violates the forbidden space, maybe they will grandfather it," Smith said.
Meanwhile, some controversy continues to swirl around the county's recent action terminating its contract with the fixed base operator and the lease on Nick's Hangar, as well as the Airport Authority and its governing board.
Future governance of the airport will be conducted by the board of county commissioners through the county administrator and the airport manager.
Some complaints have been lodged about the way the current airport manager does his job.
"I have faith in Tim Smith," said Bill Steele, the county administrator. "I hear many good things about him. He is a department head. If we learn he is not doing the job, we now have the best organization to review his performance and make the appropriate corrections."
The SUN attempted to talk with the owner of FliteCrafton Tuesday, but learned he would be out of town until after the deadline for this week.
Cloud seeding hearing Oct. 14
By By John M. Motter
A meeting is scheduled Oct. 14 to solicit public comments concerning cloud seeding proposed over the San Juan Mountains near Pagosa Springs this coming winter.
The meeting will be conducted at the Pagosa Springs Community Center starting at 2 p.m. Staff from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources will conduct the meeting prior to deciding to issue or deny a license allowing Western Weather Consultants of Durango to conduct cloud seeding efforts.
Expected to speak at the public meeting are those favoring and those opposing the proposed cloud seeding program.
Guiding the local cloud seeding effort is the San Juan Water Conservancy District with Fred Schmidt as chairman of the board. The district is negotiating a contract with Western Weather Consultants to conduct a five-month winter cloud seeding program starting in November.
Western Weather Consultants will use ground generators and silver iodide. Because other entities in the southwestern corner of Colorado are also conducting cloud seeding programs, the weather modification firm is integrating implementation of the program in a way to benefit all users. For example, ground generators located in the upper Pine River drainage will benefit the Pagosa area should weather systems approach from the west/northwest.
Generators located to specifically benefit the Pagosa Springs area will be put in the path of weather systems approaching from the south/southwest. Water users in the central San Juans might receive some benefit from the generators located to seed clouds here.
The goal of all the users is to increase the winter snowpack in the San Juan Mountains, thereby increasing spring and summer runoff. Driving the plan are drought conditions that have prevailed over the past few years. Last winter's San Juan Mountain snowpack was approximately 10 percent of average.
Negotiations are still underway to see how costs for the proposed program will be apportioned. The cost of the Pagosa Springs portion of the effort is estimated at $85,000. The conservancy district has agreed to underwrite the cost, but is searching for help. Some help is promised from the Southwestern Water Conservation District, which serves several counties in the area including Archuleta County. Help is also promised from the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District.
At the same time, the conservancy district is working to encourage development of additional water storage in the Pagosa Springs vicinity. A joint workshop involving the boards of directors from that district and the water and sanitation district is scheduled Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Fire Protection District building.
Aid sought for leukemia victim, 3
Lillie Stanfill, a 3-year-old Pagosa Springs girl, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is under treatment at Children's Hospital in Denver.
The daughter of Kenny and Kathy Stanfill became ill Sept. 24 and was rushed to Mercy Medical Center in Durango then transferred by air to the Denver facility.
Her father said she had been under treatment for a cold for about two weeks before becoming increasingly ill, causing the call for emergency services.
The family does not have insurance and a fund to assist in the cost of medical care has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Anyone wishing to assist in the cost may send their donation to the Lillie Stanfill Fund at Wells Fargo, account number 3862437823.
The ill child has four sisters and two brothers, but only one, a brother, is still at home.
Her mother is with her at Children's Hospital and is able to stay in the room with her.
Her father said the care at Children's, "is unbelievable. The staff is phenomenal and their patience with patients is hard to believe."
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The rains came, and came - and more is due
By John M. Motter
Unexpected rain fell in Pagosa Country during the last week. The week's total reached 1.16 inches by 7 a.m. Wednesday. More precipitation is expected through the coming week.
The probability of rain today is in the 40 percent range, according to Dan Cuevas, a forecaster from the Grand Junction National Weather Service office. Precipitation probabilities drop to about 20 percent tomorrow through Sunday, Cuevas said, then should drop to nothing Monday and Tuesday.
High temperatures today should be in the low to mid-50s, climbing to the 60s Friday through Monday, then dropping a few degrees Tuesday. Low temperatures today and tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, low 30s Saturday and Sunday, warmer Monday, then back to the low 30s on Tuesday.
Last week's day-by-day rainfall totals were 0.47 inches Friday, 0.24 inches Saturday, 0.13 inches Sunday, none on Monday, and 0.32 inches Tuesday. The September rainfall total reached 1.78 inches with this past week's reading, just below the historic September average of 1.89 inches.
Currently, the weather patterns entering Pagosa Country are coming from the Pacific Northwest.
The most precipitation ever recorded during September over the past 55 years was 5.68 inches during 1970. Sept. 5, 1970, 1.51 inches fell, the most rain recorded on any one day during September. Precipitation in town during October averages 2.03 inches. The average October snowfall in town is 2.9 inches. During 1961, 31 inches of snow fell during October.
High temperatures last week ranged between 63 and 72 degrees with an average high reading of 69 degrees. Low temperatures ranged between 31 and 37 degrees with an average low reading of 33 degrees.
The historic average maximum mean temperature in town for October is 64.3 degrees. The historic average minimum mean temperature for October in town is 26.5 degrees. The coldest October reading over the past 48 years was 5 degrees Oct. 31, 1971, and Oct. 28, 1955.
Local weather readings are made at the official National Weather Service measuring station located at Stevens Field. Historic weather data is supplied by the Colorado Climate Center located at Colorado State College in Fort Collins.
Last week's National Weather Service forecast calling for generally dry weather in Pagosa County was considerably different than what really happened. Cuevas, who did not make the forecast, said he had no explanation for why last week's forecast was wrong.
Donations needed for Community Center sports gear
By Junior Lister
After a great fall conference in Vail, I am rejuvenated with excitement for our parks and recreation department. Many new ideas were shared and hopefully we can implement some new programs for Pagosa Springs and get some more activities going in the Community Center.
We had a great response to our sixth-grade volleyball signups. We look forward to our new volleyball standards arriving so we can get the program started. Over 20 athletes showed an interest in the volleyball program.
Speaking of volleyball, we are trying to think of ways to raise money to help pay for the volleyball standards. Many items in the Community Center were not budgeted for, therefore we must raise money to pay for the additions to our program.
Items ordered this month include the standards ($2,890) bleachers ($1,500) and scoreboard ($4,000).
The bleachers are almost paid for thanks to donations from Buckskin Towing, Car Quest, CenturyTel, Cliff Lucero family, Joe Lister Jr. family, Keith Walkup family, Schmitt Chiropractic and pledges from Davis Engineering.
If you would like to make a donation call 264-4151, Ext. 231.
Schur, Mees pace Pirate runners to strong finish
By Tess Noel Baker
The sunshine held out long enough in Bayfield Saturday for a spectacular seven-team cross country event, featuring a strong showing by Pagosa's squad.
The Pirates led the day off with a pair of third-place finishes in varsity racing. Senior Todd Mees paced the boys with perhaps the "best race of his career," Coach Scott Anderson said. "Though he didn't win, he ran himself into contention to win, which is what we had challenged him to do." Mees crossed the finish in 19 minutes, 6 seconds to claim third, just 8 seconds off the leader, Adam Garcia of Bloomfield.
For the first time this season, Mees had the opportunity to run with a full squad of Pirates behind him. Junior Dan Lowder added his best race of the year to claim 15th in 20:22. Senior B.J. Lowder followed in 25th with a time of 21:46, and freshman Orion Sandoval finished 31st in 22:44.
Anderson said B.J. Lowder "ran a solid race," after being gone for a couple weeks, and was proud of Sandoval's efforts against more experienced runners.
"He's coming along well for a young runner," the coach said. "I expect him to continue to improve." A fifth runner, another freshman, is expected to join the boys this week, running at the junior varsity level.
At the end of the day, the Pirates claimed fifth place as a team. Bayfield topped the team charts in both the girls' and boys' side with home-field advantage.
The Lady Pirates came in right behind the Wolverines, finishing second as a team with solid races from the top four runners. Freshman Emily Schur finished third with a time of 21:24 to lead the team.
The back-to-back duo of freshman Heather Dahm and junior Jenna Finney finished eighth and ninth respectively. Dahm crossed the finish in 23:25 followed by Finney in 23:26.
"For young runners they're doing well," Anderson said. "Every week they continue to improve and it's been fun to watch them get better."
Senior Amanda McCain, who's been bothered by a mild calf sprain, finished 11th with a time of 23:56 to round out the top four for team scoring. Senior Hannah Emanuel finished 16th in 24:44, junior Lauren Caves claimed 22nd with a time of 25:42 and freshman Adrian Young came in 26th in 26:22. Sophomore Marlena Lungstrum claimed 32nd, finishing in 28:17.
The individual winner of the girls' race was Ashley Quiggle of Crested Butte with a time of 20:47. She finished 13th at the cross country state 3A event in 2001 and is perhaps a contender to win this year.
The Pirates will travel to Mancos Saturday. Anderson said a faster course with fewer hills is expected. "We'll see how the speed work pays off," the coach said. "We expect the girls to get closer to Bayfield by that time."
The invitational at Mancos will be the Pirates' last chance at a competition before the Intermountain League meet at Monte Vista Oct. 12. The league and regional meets will be a tough test for the young Pirate squad, but Anderson believes the girls' team and individuals on the boys' squad have a chance to make the cut for state.
"Last year they took four girls' teams in our region to state," he said. "All four placed in the top 10 making it one of the toughest regions to compete in. I think we're in the hunt, but someone's going to have to step up and take it to the next level."
Pagosa runners add a meet - and win at Creede
By Tess Noel Baker
The Pagosa Springs cross country team added a last-minute race to their schedule and it paid off with a win.
Coach Scott Anderson said the team traveled to Creede Tuesday. It was an opportunity to test their speed against at least one league team, Centauri, they hadn't seen in a while and test their personal limits before heading into the fire of league and regional meets in the next few weeks, he said.
"We went. We overcame the elements and all went well," he said.
The junior high teams were forced to face both rain and cold, but weather cleared enough by the varsity races that it "was just cold," Anderson said. The Lady Pirates shrugged off the chill for a first-place finish as a team. Freshman Emily Schur started the ball rolling by coming away with her own victory as an individual, finishing the race in 22 minutes, 11 seconds.
Junior Jenna Finney stepped up to take fourth place with a time of 26:21, and senior Hannah Emanuel claimed fifth in "her best race of the year," with a time of 26:32, the coach said.
Junior Lauren Caves, who's been steadily improving, came up with a ninth place finish in 27:38 to round out the team scores. She was followed by freshman Adrian Young, who placed 11th in 28:16, sophomore Marlena Lungstrum who finished 14th in 30:24 and freshman Rebecca Williams, who crossed the line in 15th with a time of 30:42.
Senior Amanda McCain and freshman Heather Dahm sat out of Tuesday's race as a precaution. Both have suffered slight calf strains but are expected to be back in the field shortly.
The boys also came through with a strong race, finishing third as a team. Senior Todd Mees put up a fourth-place finish in 20:48 to lead the Pirates. He was followed by junior Dan Lowder, who crossed the line in ninth with a time of 23:05. Senior B.J. Lowder claimed 10th place with a finish in 23:11, and freshman Orion Sandoval finished 18th in 24:43.
Anderson was very happy with the finish.
"The boys chances for extending their season is looking better," he said. He expects to pick up two additional runners for the boys' squad in the next couple weeks.
Hart, Mesker hammer home Pirate soccer scores
By Richard Walter
It has a distinctive sound, one you don't hear anywhere else on the Pagosa soccer fields.
Not a thump, or a whap.
When you hear it you know Brian Hart has launched another of his low trajectory, supercharged missiles.
In a game destined to be shortened by 19 minutes because of dangerous weather, senior midfielder Hart delivered one of his recognizable THHHWAPs at 5 minutes, 49 seconds into Friday's Golden Peaks Stadium clash with longtime nemesis Telluride.
The blast, from 35 yards, got to and past Miner goalkeeper Charlie Cohn so quickly he was still hearing the sound of foot hitting ball when the latter whistled by him giving Pagosa a 1-0 lead.
In reality, it was all the scoring they'd need against a rebuilding Telluride squad fielding just two seniors, two juniors, a sophomore and eight freshmen.
The diminutive Cohn, having already stopped blasts by Kevin Muirhead, Kyle Sanders and Jordan Kurt-Mason before Hart stopped the scoreless string, was bombarded by 18 Pagosa shots in the first half while his teammates were able to get off only four against Pirate keeper Caleb Forest.
After Sanders and Kurt-Mason were thwarted again by Cohn following the Hart goal, senior wing Matt Mesker got into the act. At 10:50 he was stopped by Cohn but Hart kept the ball in the zone. His chip to Muirhead produced a crossing pass to Kyle Frye and he found Mesker for a second try that was good at 11:20.
Telluride would not get a shot on goal until just eight seconds short of the 20-minute mark and it was a dribbler easily snared by Forrest.
Twice more in the period fans heard the easily identifiable Hart shot but the first, at 36 minutes, hit a defender 10 yards down field and felled him on the spot. The second, 20 seconds later, hit one of his own players and caromed out of bounds.
At halftime, school officials warned both teams that approaching bad weather, particularly lightning, could halt action if it became too severe.
The half opened with Telluride's striker, junior Hanley Franser, being injured in a sideline fracas and being carried off the field.
Pagosa went immediately to the attack, but Cohn was up to the challenge. First Moe Webb and then Hart were stopped and Sanders header off a lead from Mesker ricocheted off the crossbar.
At 47:05 the rain started, mildly at first, and then growing heavier and 20 seconds later Cohn made his best effort of the day, stopping a pair of headers in front of the net, one by Mesker and one by Muirhead. After Sanders was wide right with a drive from the left, Telluride had its first opportunity of the half, a shot by senior Julien Lepel-Coniet which Forrest snared to his left.
In driving rain with lightning in the near north sky, Pagosa stormed back with first Frye and then Muirhead stopped by Cohn and Webb launching one over the net to the upper right.
At 61:49, with lightning visible in three directions, the field was cleared and the game called complete, a 2-0 victory for Pagosa.
Scoring: 5:49, P-Hart, unassisted; 11:20, P-Mesker, assist Frye; Shots on goal, P-24, T-7; Saves, P-Forrest, 5; T-Cohn, 16; Penalty, 46:10, T-yellow, offensive language.
By reading from the wrong line when transposing notes last week we inadvertently gave Pagosa's tying goal in it's soccer game against Bayfield to the wrong player.
The goal was scored on a header by senior Matt Mesker on a header assist by Kyle Sanders off a handspring inlet pass from Kyle Frye.
The story wrongly credited the goal to Frye.
This week the Pirates host Crested Butte, a 3-2 victor on Sept. 14, under the lights at 7 p.m. Friday and then go on the road for a game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ridgway.
Offense sputters, defense shines; Pagosa edges Monte
By John M. Motter
Pagosa Springs edged Monte Vista 14-13 Friday in a game played in Monte Vista during a downpour of rain. The win boosts Pagosa's Intermountain League record to 1-0, its season record to 4-1.
The win belonged to the Pirate defense on a day when, except for two drives, the offense sputtered. Again and again, Pirate defenders stopped Monte drives, just when the green and gold Pirates from the San Luis Valley appeared ready to score and put the game out of reach.
And so, cold and wet Pagosa fans huddled nervously in the bleachers as the Black and Gold trailed 13-7 deep in the final period. Then the hoped-for happened: The Pagosa D forced yet another Monte Vista punt. Just when Monte Vista seemed to be putting together another scoring drive, Pagosa linebacker Pablo Martinez burst their bubble by crashing across the scrimmage line and dumping Glen Marquez for a loss in the backfield.
"I thought that was a turning point, at least in the fourth quarter," said Pirate coach Sean O'Donnell. "They had second and 2. Martinez changed that to third and 7. When a third-down Monte pass fell harmlessly on the grass, Monte was forced to punt.
Following the Monte punt, Pagosa took possession of the pigskin near the midfield stripe. Just over five minutes remained on the clock. Almost half a field separated Pagosa from the goal line and a chance to tie or win.
Pagosa went to work. Quarterback David Kern hit tight end Jason Schutz for 25 yards and a first down. On the next play, Schutz sprinted eagerly out to the same defender and hauled in another first down pass, this time for 15 yards. Pagosa was in the red zone with time jumping off of the clock. A third successive pass to Schutz, this time in the end zone, was an almost-but-not-quite.
Undismayed, Pagosa punched runners into the desperate Monte defense. After Rosgen picked up some yardage, Kern kept the ball, crossing into the end zone from three yards out. The score closed to 13-13 with about 1 minute, 30 seconds clinging to the clock.
At that moment, Pagosa's chance to win was scrunched into the talented toe of freshman Daniel Aupperle. After an inauspicious beginning during the first game of the season, Aupperle was on a roll. He'd kicked seven extra points against Montrose and an eighth against Monte in the second quarter. Could No. 6 make it nine in row? The two lines squared off. Monte needed a blocked kick to preserve a tie. Holder Brandon Charles knelt, Aupperle took the required backward steps needed to measure the distance, the ball was snapped, Aupperle stepped forward, swung his right foot and the ball sailed end over end through the uprights and into the night. Pagosa led 14-13. Monte's chance for a win faded as the ball disappeared in the darkness.
Aupperle kicked off, Pagosa's defense held for four downs, and Pagosa took over a last time. This time the Pirates let the clock run out, happy to claim the victory.
"I was proud of our guys," said O'Donnell. "Even though things did not go our way, they were patient, stuck in there and found a way to win."
A portent of things to come loomed early in the first period. After exchanging punts, Pagosa fumbled on their own 15-yard line. Monte jumped on the ball, but was unable to pick up a first down. Four plays later Pagosa took over on the 10. The first Monte scoring threat was stopped.
Pagosa couldn't move the ball, either. After Kern's punt and a 15-yard penalty, Monte Vista started again inside Pirate territory. This time Pagosa's Charles ended the threat by picking off Monte quarterback Ben Calucci's pass. Starting on their own 30, Pagosa moved into Monte territory before fumbling the ball to Monte again.
The first quarter ended without a score. Finally, midway through the second period runs by Monte's Glenn Marquez and Brandon Sims put Monte Vista on the scoreboard. Zeke Sisneros kicked the extra point to put Monte on top 7-0.
Both teams locked horns in a defensive struggle through the remainder of the half until, with 54 seconds remaining, Kern started around left end, tucked in the ball, cut inside the linebacker, and sped down the field 42 yards and within striking distance of the Monte goal line. Brandon Rosgen scored from 7 yards out, giving Aupperle his first opportunity of the game. He booted the ball right down the middle, tying the game at 7-7.
Monte received the second half kickoff and immediately marched the length of the field. Even though Sisnero's extra point kick squibbed to the right, Monte's 13-7 lead looked good. With the drive, Monte appeared to be in control of the game.
Pagosa's offense continued to struggle. Time and again, the Pirate D saved the day, such as when Kory Hart smothered a Monte fumble. Finally, Martinez nailed Marquez in the backfield, as described earlier, setting up Pagosa's winning drive.
"I feel fortunate we pulled out the win," said O'Donnell. "I think we were outplayed. Except for a couple of offsides, the defense did an excellent job. Monte played harder than any team we've played all year."
The win ties Pagosa with Ignacio for the Intermountain League lead after one week of play. Ignacio topped Centauri 32-24 in Ignacio Friday. Pagosa and Ignacio are 1-0, Monte Vista and Centauri are 0-1. In a nonleague game, Bayfield lost to Moffat County 21-6.
Next week Ignacio plays Monte Vista, Bayfield plays Centauri, and Pagosa steps outside of the league to play at Taos. Pagosa's next league game is at home Oct. 11 against Ignacio.
The game tomorrow night at Taos starts at 7 p.m. The Pirates have beaten Taos handily the past two seasons, but O'Donnell expects a difficult game.
Monte Vista edged Taos by a touchdown just a week ago.
"They are big," O'Donnell said. They run right at you with a single-wing attack. When they get their blocks, they are hard to stop."
Pagosa Springs 0 7 0 7 14
Monte Vista 0 7 6 0 13
Monte Vista: Marquez 24 run (Sisneros kick), Pagosa Springs: Rosgen 7 run (Aupperle kick). Monte Vista: Carlucci 20 pass Micha Trujillo (Sisneros kick wide). Pagosa Springs: Kern 3 run (Aupperle kick).
Coggins ties for 23rd in state golf
By Richard Walter
It was a long drive and a fulfilling experience.
Dan Coggins did not win the state Class 4A golf title, but the lone qualifier from Pagosa Springs was not a loser. He finished in a 4-way tie for 23rd in the two-day playoff at Boomerang Golf Links in Greeley Monday and Tuesday.
Coggins shot an 80 on the first day over the par 72 course, with a strong finish on the back nine. But he slipped to an 87 Tuesday to finish with a 167 total placing him in the middle of the pack behind Shea Sena of Cortez who won with a 144 total after a one-hole shoot-off against Tom Glissmeyer of Cheyenne Mountain. The pair had finished in a 140-tie after 36 holes.
Coach Mark Faber said Coggins "played really well the first day and was just three over through 12 holes, having started on the back nine."
He said the greens were big and fast and even those players who normally putt well had to put some extra strength into their strokes. "Those who scored well were the ones who putted well," Faber said.
"He (Coggins) had a tough start on the second day and dug himself a hole but he stayed with it and came back playing the same back nine he started on and played well the day before.
"It was a great experience for both player and coach," said the first year PSHS golf mentor. "It showed us how well the other golfers in the state can play and gave us encouragement for our program. We're not that far off and we now know what we have to do to compete."
Faber said Coggins' teammates Jesse Trujillo and Craig Lucero accompanied them to the tournament and walked the entire 18 holes with the player.
"Their company and encouragement were a big bonus for Dan," he said.
Ladies frustrate Cortez star, surrender in two
By Karl Isberg
In keeping with the volleyball program's commitment to scheduling the toughest opponents possible, the Lady Pirates entertained Cortez Tuesday night.
Cortez came to town for the second of two matches with Pagosa this year, having won in the first match of the season on their home court.
The Panthers did not have an easy or comfortable time Tuesday night. Though they beat the Lady Pirates 15-9, 15-13, the win was difficult. Pagosa looks once again like a team with enormous capacity to improve and, step by step, the Ladies are doing just that. This is a team with a mix of sophomores and seniors that could and should peak at just the right time - the end of the season.
It was the sophomores who stepped up big against Cortez. Lori Walkup had her best match of the season setting, hitting, and most especially blocking. Walkup recorded four solo blocks, and teamed up on several others, many times shutting down the Panthers' probable all-state outside hitter, Stefanie Allison.
Courtney Steen was in on two tandem blocks and put timely kills to the floor. The third sophomore starter, Bri Scott, continued to hit with increasing confidence, was a force at the net on defense and put in a formidable performance in the backcourt.
As usual, senior mainstays Katie Bliss and Shannon Walkup provided the Ladies with outstanding serve receive and digs in the backcourt, while Amy Young played a steady game at setter.
Cortez entered the match 9-2, the favorites in the Southwestern League with a strong offense, a great serve receive, ranked in the Class 4A Top-10 throughout the first half of the season. A veteran team, featuring powerful outside and middle hitters, the Panthers met a serious obstacle in the Lady Pirates.
The Panthers got the early 3-0 lead in the first game but the Ladies quickly tied the score with Lori Walkup leading the way with a solo block on Allison, a kill of a poor Cortez pass and a kill inside the block. Cortez then crept ahead by fits and starts, only to find the Ladies on the trail. The Panthers led 10-9 when they were able to put together their only serious run of the evening to win 15-9.
In the second game, the visitors again went out to a 3-0 lead but the Lady Pirate blocking scheme snapped into place, looking more effective than at any time so far this season. When the blockers did not stuff their opponents, they forced Cortez hitters into errors. With Scott at the serve, Pagosa put five unanswered points on the scoreboard. Cortez managed three points to eke out a 6-5 lead that vanished almost immediately as Young tipped over the blockers for a point and Scott crushed a Cortez pass that strayed above the net.
After a series of sideouts, Lori Walkup again stuffed Allison for a point. Another block by the sophomore produced a point and a Cortez hitter put the ball out of bounds. Pagosa had the 10-6 advantage.
Cortez was not through, however, as the seasoned squad scrapped back into contention, finally tying the score at 10-10.
The Lady Pirates proved their mettle at that point, with Steen taking back serve and a Cortez receive error producing a point for Pagosa. Two Panther hitting errors, coming in the face of a serious tandem block, had the Lady Pirates ahead 13-10. Cortez shifted emphasis momentarily to an attack from the middle and it worked, producing three points as the Panthers' big middle hitter was isolated on a solo blocker. Allison then nailed a kill from outside to give the visitors a 14-10 advantage. The game ended when Allison put a ball to the floor off a block.
When all was said and done, the Panthers knew they'd had a tussle on their hands.
The bottom line following the Cortez match: If the Lady Pirates play at a similar level against Intermountain League competition, the IML teams are in trouble.
The point was not lost on Coach Penne Hamilton. "If we play like we did tonight, we'll be fine, " she said. "Our sophomores really stepped up tonight. I told the girls after the game that we didn't win, but we played awesome. I'd rather take on this kind of competition and play well and lose, than beat someone who doesn't give you a chance to learn and improve. We keep getting better. And now we have Centauri here Friday and we go to Bayfield Monday. We need to keep improving and we'll be fine."
Centauri's Falcons are at the Pagosa Springs High School gym Friday for an IML match at 7-7:30 p.m.
Monday, in what could be one of the highlight league matches of the year, the Ladies travel to Bayfield to meet the Wolverines at 6-6:30 p.m.
Kills: L. Walkup 4, Bliss 2, Young 2
Solo blocks: L. Walkup 4, Young 1
Digs: S. Walkup 7, Scott 7, Bliss 6
Assists: Young 4
Inconsistent Ladies halt Monte; IML mark is 3-1
By Karl Isberg
It was Pirate versus Pirate as Pagosa took on Monte Vista in a Sept. 28 Intermountain League volleyball match at Monte Vista.
When the dust kicked up in the three-game match settled, Pagosa had a 15-4, 14-16, 15-10 victory and a 3-1 IML record.
It was an inconsistent performance by the Lady Pirates as they began the match focused and intent on a win, taking an 8-1 lead to silence the Monte crowd. The focus dissolved and Monte Vista, with one of its better teams in recent years, came back to score three points. With the ball back, and Shannon Walkup at the serve, the Ladies put together a seven-point run, highlighted by a Katie Bliss kill and the first game of the match was over.
A series of six sideouts started the second match before a Monte hitting error and an ace serve by Lori Walkup gave Pagosa a 2-0 lead.
The home team surged back and put five unearned points on the board before Pagosa scored twice, one point on an ace by Amy Young.
A serve-receive error gave Monte a sixth point, but the Ladies responded, getting a kill from Lori Walkup hitting from the right side and a charity point from Monte.
At that juncture, the lead shifted between the two teams as Pagosa was plagued with serve-receive mistakes and passing errors, and Monte gave up the ball numerous times with serve problems.
With the score at 9-9, the home team made its move, taking a seemingly insurmountable 14-9 lead.
A win would not come easy.
This year's Ladies are one of the most confident and unshakable teams in the program's history. There is no surrender in this team and, with the serve back following a Monte serve into the net, Pagosa started a five-point comeback.
Bri Scott put an errant Monte pass to the floor. Shannon Walkup killed cross-court. Courtney Steen hit an ace and Monte hit two balls out of bounds over the hands of Lady Pirate blockers. The score was knotted 14-14.
Monte prevailed, however, and the match went to a third game.
Like the first two games of the match, the deciding contest was an off and on affair for the Ladies. They took the early 4-0 lead, then extended the advantage to 6-1. Monte scored three times, but Shannon Walkup killed from outside to make it 7-4. Lori Walkup nailed a stray Monte pass and Scott hit an ace. The Ladies led 9-4.
Then, the dominance disappeared and the home team made its run, taking advantage of a lack of effective blocking to score five unanswered points and tie the score.
A soft shot to the corner of the backcourt by Bliss returned serve to Pagosa. Lori Walkup hit an ace and Monte gave up a point with a passing error. Following four sideouts, Monte scored what would be its last point. Four mistakes on the Monte side of the net decided the contest.
Pagosa displayed its cohesiveness as a team, coming back for the win and overcoming 19 hitting errors. Numerous, dubious calls by the officials also contributed to the challenge. Pagosa was called for running into the net seven times during the afternoon, many of the violations invisible to anyone in the gym but the referee.
"I asked the ref about it," said the Pirates' coach Pennè Hamilton. "It was the greatest number of calls in a match I've seen in 18 seasons. The ref said our girls' shirts were hitting the net."
The Ladies also suffered from one badly made rotation call but, in the end, the officiating did not decide the match.
"We won," said Hamilton, "and that's what counts. It took our league record to 3-1. We had a good comeback. We had to fight for the win and that's a great experience for our younger girls."
Two crucial Intermountain League matches loom for the Ladies. Friday, Centauri comes to town for the second match of the season with the Ladies. Pagosa took the first match, at Centauri, Sept. 13. Action Friday is set for 7-7:30 p.m.
Monday, Pagosa travels to Bayfield for a chance at revenge. The Wolverines are flying high this season, unbeaten as of last weekend and owning a three-game win over the Lady Pirates Sept. 12. The Ladies and the Wolverines are set to square off 6:30-7 p.m.
"These are critical matches," said the coach. "We need to beat everybody in league from this point on to stay in the race. After we play Centauri Friday, I'm having the girls come in for a short practice Saturday. That's how important this week's matches are for us."
Kills: Scott 11, S. Walkup 8, Bliss 6, Steen 6
Ace serves: L. Walkup 4, S. Walkup 2,
Blocks: L. Walkup 1
Digs: L. Walkup 15, Young 11
Assists: Young 18, L. Walkup 12
Palmer spikers give Lady Pirates 'Terrors' lesson
By Karl Isberg
Palmer High School volleyball players earned their nickname - the Terrors - when they came to town Sept. 27 from Colorado Springs and beat the Lady Pirates 15-11,15-11.
This was the fourth time the Class 3A Lady Pirate team played the 5A Lady Terrors, the other three matches taking place in Colorado Springs. Palmer has now won three of four. The level of competition is high and, win or lose, the contest has been a valuable part of Pagosa's nonleague schedule.
The Terrors forged their victory on the basis of good passing and excellent setting. They took a 4-1 lead in the first game but the Lady Pirates fought back to tie the score. The visitors got a 5-4 lead then the teams traded eight scoreless sideouts before Palmer got three charity points from Pagosa.
Undeterred, as the team has been throughout the first half of the season, the Ladies scored with a kill by Shannon Walkup and forced two Terror mistakes to close the gap to 8-7.
Again, the momentum swung and the visitors put four unanswered points on the board to extend the advantage to 11-7.
There is no desire to surrender in this Pagosa team, and Amy Young began a three-point run with an ace serve. Lori Walkup took a backset from Young and put the ball to the floor and Bri Scott scored from the middle. The Ladies were within one point of their opponents, but the push stopped there; Palmer managed four points to Pagosa's one and the first game belonged to the team from Colorado Springs, 15-11.
The Ladies took an early lead in the second game, but never seemed to get on track. Palmer came back strong, getting five consecutive points to go ahead 6-4. The lead was demolished when Young took back serve, the Terrors surrendered a point with a hitting error and Shannon Walkup nailed a block for a point. The game was tied 6-6.
Palmer relied on sets tight to the net to keep its attack going. The 5A team ran up a 10-6 lead but again the Ladies wrenched the momentum from the visitors.
Palmer gave up a point with a hit into the net. Katie Bliss put an errant Terror pass to the floor and a ball hit out of bounds by Palmer put the Ladies one point out of a tie.
The Terrors scored twice; the Ladies answered with a point. Palmer scored twice again; the Ladies answered with a single point when Shannon Walkup killed inside the block.
The second game against Palmer was the worst serving performance of the season for Pagosa - a team that has served remarkably well this year. One of 12 service errors in the contest gave the ball back to the Terrors and, with a single point, the game and match were over.
"Missing 12 serves doesn't help," said Lady Pirate coach Pennè Hamilton. "You give up the serve, you give up your chance to score."
The 5A competition pleased Hamilton and her charges, and the coach sees it as a stepping stone to better performances in league and postseason action.
"Overall," she said, " we did well against a 5A opponent. Our girls like playing up. They like the challenge and I can't help but think we improve more playing 5A and 4A teams than some of the other teams in our league do playing 2A teams."
Palmer def. Pagosa Spgs. 15-11, 15-11
Kills: S. Walkup 5, L. Walkup 3
Ace serves: Young 2
Blocks: Scott 1
Digs: Bliss 7, Scott 6
Assists: Young 6, L. Walkup 4
Power outage can't stop Ladies attack at Ignacio
By By Karl Isberg
An areawide power outage put the Sept. 26 Intermountain League matchup between the Lady Pirates and Ignacio at risk, but Pagosa never lacked the power it needed as the team cruised to it's second IML win of the season, defeating the Bobcats 15-9, 15-11.
The lights at the Ignacio gym flickered out as the varsity squads began their warmups. School officials set a time limit for the delay and just after an announcement was made to the crowd that the outage was serious and the match was to be postponed, the electricity came back on.
It was the Lady Pirates who had the juice in the first game of the match, catching the Bobcats flat-footed and surging to a 10-0 lead. Two aces by Shannon Walkup, an ace by Katie Bliss, points on two Bobcat mistakes and a kill by Courtney Steen powered the run.
Ignacio got three points on the board, all courtesy of Lady Pirate errors, then Pagosa extended the lead to 12-3.
The intensity on Pagosa's side of the net waned and the home team was able to gradually add to its score, taking advantage of Lady Pirate lapses in concentration, and hitting an ace serve to come within 14-9. The Bobcats surrendered the last point and the game on a hitting error.
Ignacio grabbed the early lead in the second game, going up 4-0.
Pagosa quickly closed the gap. Lori Walkup scored with an ace, Ignacio gave up a point with a ball hit out of bounds, and two aces by Bliss tied the score.
Again the home team took the lead, getting two points on Pagosa miscues to go ahead 6-4.
With Amy Young at the serve, Pagosa regained focus and put together a six-point run. Ignacio made five mistakes to surrender scores and Shannon Walkup added to the misery with a kill.
Once again, the Lady Pirates let their opponent back in the game, giving up two points with hitting errors, but getting one back on a Bobcat mistake. Ignacio then tied the score 11-11. It was anyone's game.
A Bobcat passing error gave the Ladies a sideout and Bri Scott hammered an errant Ignacio pass to the floor for a point. Ignacio failed to capitalize on a serve and Scott returned the ball to her team with a kill from outside. Shannon Walkup then put two kills to the floor from outside and a Bobcat hitting error gave the ladies the final point of the game and match.
"That power outage was a distraction," said Pagosa coach Penné Hamilton. "I told the girls to stay focused and not to act up like the other team and expend energy while the lights were out. They kept their minds on their business and we were ready to play. The Ignacio players were dead on their feet at the beginning."
Hamilton recognized the improvement in the Bobcat team this year.
"I think Ignacio is a better offensive team than they've been in years," she said. "I think any of the other teams in our league could have trouble with Ignacio the rest of this season."
The coach again saw a quality in her players that has kept them in most of the games they've played during the first half of the schedule. "I keep seeing our girls play in control," she said. "They don't lose their cool and they don't play not to lose. Everything can be going against them, but they go out and they continue to fight."
The next chance the Ladies have to display that competitive spirit is when they take on Centauri Friday at the Pagosa Springs High School gym. Varsity action is set to begin 7-7:30 p.m. IML competition continues Monday as the Ladies visit Bayfield for an important rematch at 6:30-7 p.m.
Pagosa Spgs. def. Ignacio 15-9, 15-11
Kills: Bliss 5, S. Walkup 5,
Ace serves: Bliss 3, S. Walkup 3
Solo blocks: L. Walkup 3
Digs: Bliss 6, Steen 6
Assists: L. Walkup 12, Young 8
Alan Schutz snares Men's Golf League championship
By Bob Howard
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Springs Men's Golf League wrapped up with a two-round championship Sept. 18 and 25. Alan Schutz, club professional, shot a total 153 for the two days to win the gross competition in the championship flight and the title of League Champion.
He declined to accept the league prize money, which was redistributed to the other winners. Steve Linnemeyer took second place gross with a 158 and David Prokop was third at 170.
Schutz is a member of the Men's League, but because of the time pressures of running the golf course, doesn't often get to play in league competitions.
"I'm happy to get the chance to compete and to have come out on top of such a good group of golfers," said Schutz. "However, if I hadn't been in the competition, Steve Linnemeyer would have won - and by 12 strokes. I want to acknowledge Steve's fine play in this competition and all season long."
In the net competition, Bill Curtiss carded a score of 139, 3 under par, to capture first place. Alan Leo and Jake Mackensen tied for second at 145.
In the first flight (the higher handicap golfers) Kim Winston took first place in the gross competition with a score of 174, followed by Ward Lawrence at 179 and Jon Bower at 189. Larry Glover won the net competition, shooting a two-round total of 146. Otis May was second at 148 and Jim Adams third with 149.
Lou Boilini, league president, said the league contributed over $500 to the high school golf team to help defray travel and other expenses. "Each week we asked members to donate $1 each, voluntarily, and I'm proud to say that to a man everyone participated every week," Boilini said.
"In general, the season was a great success. Although the course had very little water, Terry Carter and his groundskeeping crew kept the greens in fine shape and did what they could for the fairways," Boilini said. "The good news was that drives and fairway shots rolled much further. We had guys routinely hitting the ball as far as the touring pros do, which is great for the ego. I invite all this year's members and anyone else who enjoys a good round of golf, to join Men's League next season."
Our dear loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Rupert Desiderio Martinez, 68, departed us Sept. 6, 2002.
He was born March 25, 1934, in Trujillo, Colo. to Jose Lucas and Maria Martinez. He was the fifth of 10 children: Juanita Salazar, Corina Valdez, Manuel Martinez, Andy Martinez, Clara Martinez, Moises Martinez, Dolores Perez, Wilfred Martinez and Lucas Martinez. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Manuel and sister Clara.
He leaves behind his wife, Sarah Martinez and six children: Ray Martinez, Sophia (Bruce) Stewart, Larry (Walkiria) Martinez, Patricia "Angel" (Craig) Winkelkotter, Martin Martinez and Anthony (Brenda) Martinez. He shared many hugs and kisses with 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A truly remarkable man, he will be missed.
Services were at noon Sept. 11 in St. Francis Xavier Church, Kearns, Utah. Interment was in Pleasant Green Cemetery, Magna, Utah.
Mrs. Della Gallegos, 83, of Durango, died Oct. 1, 2002, after an extended illness.
She was born January 5, 1919, in Cabezon Canyon near Pagosa Springs, to Frank Quintana and Anna Shay.
She married Felix Gallegos in 1938, and is survived by all four of her children: Cleda VanDenBerg and Ginger Powell of Durango; Fred Gallegos, of Fort Lupton; and Marianne Evans of Grand Prairie, Texas.
Prior to moving to Durango in 1970, she lived in Pagosa Springs, where she was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Fatima Society. She had owned and operated a small grocery store named "Gallegos Grocery" for 13 years.
After moving to Durango, she became a member of the Mercy Medical Auxiliary, and St. Columba Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Gallegos, as well as four brothers: Joe Quintana, Baylor Quintana, Ed Quintana, Manuel Quintana; and five sisters: Josephine Romero, Sophie Montoya, Sara Guzman, Emma Payan and Phyllis Dotson.
Surviving family members include her brother, Frank Quintana of Farmington, N.M. and a sister, Cleo Quintana, of Pagosa Springs. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Lesha Watters, Pagosa Springs; Michael Powell, Durango; Freddie Gallegos, Fort Lupton; Nicole Alley, Irving, Texas; Gary D. VanDenBerg, Durango; and Cherise A. Evans, Grand Prairie, Texas.
She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Eric Baldwin, Durango; Allyssa Gallegos, Fort Lupton; and Keith Baldwin and Teryn Watters, both of Pagosa Springs.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4, 2002, at St. Columba Parish in Durango.
A rosary service will be held in her honor at 7 p.m. today, at St. Columba Catholic Church.
Missionary Ridge timber salvage plan to be aired
The public is invited to two open houses next week to learn about a U.S. Forest Service proposal to salvage timber on a portion of the area burned in the Missionary Ridge Fire.
The open houses are scheduled 4-7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Durango at the San Juan Public Lands Center and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Bayfield High School library. Forest Service officials will be on hand to answer questions and accept written public comments.
Trees with an estimated 400 million board feet of timber were killed in the 73,000-acre fire this summer. The Forest Service is proposing a timber sale that would salvage standing dead trees on about 6,000 to 15,000 acres.
The proposal includes removing some live trees infested with bark beetles to prevent an escalation in the infestation. The timber salvage is proposed only in areas that already contain roads, however, some road reconstruction will be necessary, and some salvage may take place within a roaded portion of the Florida Roadless Area.
Comments will be accepted during the upfront scoping period of the National Environmental Policy Act process until Oct. 25. Written comments should be sent to Dave Dallison, San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301.
The public will again have the opportunity to comment on specific alternatives outlined in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement this winter. A Final EIS and Decision are expected by the spring of 2003.
For more information, contact Dave Dallison, (970) 385-1253.
County approves water line for Alpine Lakes
By John M. Motter
A waterline extension sought by Alpine Lakes Ranch under the county's conditional use permit process was approved by the county commissioners Tuesday.
The 200-foot water line will be installed along a portion of Coyote Park Road and crosses several private properties. An easement for the line was obtained through a condemnation ruling obtained in Archuleta County District Court.
Two property owners expressed concern that installation of the pipeline would interfere with the natural flow of two springs. The county attached several conditions to the approval assuring the owners that installation of the pipelines will not interfere with how their springs flow.
Alpine Lakes Ranches markets 35-plus acre parcels in the Coyote Park vicinity, approximately 20 miles south of Pagosa Springs. A central water system is promoted based on two water wells as the system water source.
The new extension is designed to distribute water to a portion of the development not served by the central system.
Owners of the water distribution system declined to follow a county planning department suggestion that the owners of the property crossed be given a share of the water.
The commissioners conducted the following additional business while meeting in a regular meeting Tuesday.
- The county established a fire crew leader position with specific responsibilities and related compensation. During fire season a list of designated fire crew leaders will be prepared by the road and bridge department. The names on the list will rotate so that, on any weekend, two names will be designated fire crew leaders. In the event of fire, the fire crew leader on duty will be responsible for calling and assembling a fire fighting crew, a task formerly performed by county dispatchers. The weekend will be divided between two fire crew leaders, allowing each to have some time off. Fire crew leaders will be on standby and will be paid $80 each for standby shifts. When a fire crew is assembled, protocol for fighting the fire will return to usual road and bridge fire fighting procedures.
- Approval was granted the county planning department to levy fees in conjunction with newly adopted signage and lighting regulations. A copy of the fee schedule is available at the county planning office.
- The county approved social services contracts with Sheryl Harding as a day treatment case manager, and with Archuleta County School District 50 Jt. for day treatment teacher services.
- Application documents were approved in connection with Region 9, the Community Development Block Grant program and the Archuleta County Development Action Plan. The Archuleta County Development Plan was not approved pending an update.
- Building permit fees for special districts in the county will be waived. Building inspections and other steps, which assure compliance with county building regulations, will not be waived.
- Approval was granted to vacate Whispering Hills Court, a roadway in San Juan River Village.
- The county weed policy was changed, allowing the county to charge $15 for a second or more calls regarding weed abatement issues.
Community Center becoming focal point for many activities
By Tess Noel Baker
The Pagosa Springs Community Center has been open almost two months and activities are starting to fill the calendars.
Mercy Korsgren, center coordinator, said arts classes and teen center scheduling and procedures are in the works. Computers are up and running for the public to use. Yoga and aerobics classes have started. Town park and recreation activities are happening in the gymnasium. Meetings are going on in the conference room an average of three times per week.
"We're already getting bookings for the holiday season," Korsgren said. "Anyone wanting to schedule an event should call now before it's too late."
The computer lab, open to the public free on a first-come, first-served basis offers three computers with high-speed connections for e-mail and Internet use. The hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fridays at 8:30 a.m., Richard Harris volunteers his time for a yoga class. Cost to cover the facility use is $3 per class and everyone is invited. Starting Oct. 7, a low-impact aerobic class will be offered from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost for that is $35 per month.
A lease agreement has been signed with the Pagosa Springs Arts Council for use of the two art rooms, and classes should be starting soon, Korsgren said. The first meeting of the Teen Center Advisory Board is today. That board consists of five adults and four teens who have volunteered their time to help oversee the center, plan activities and set policy.
Of course, the center does still need a couple of things to make it complete: art and money.
"The center needs wall decor," Korsgren said. To help fill the space, local artists are invited to apply to display their work throughout the center. Work may be displayed for sale or simply for visitor's enjoyment.
The Pagosa Springs Community Facilities Organization, the nonprofit in charge of managing the center, continues to work toward paying off part of the remaining debt on the building. Brick sales are part of that effort. A 4-by-8 inch brick with space for three lines of type is available for $50. An 8-by-8 inch brick with space for six lines of type costs $150. The public is encouraged to pick up order forms at the community center today.
For more information on any of the above items, or a tour of the center, call Korsgren at 264-4152.
Purple ribbons, kites signal victim awareness
By Nina Allen
Special to The SUN
As a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, we believe it is more important than ever before to acknowledge the strength and hope that comes from joining together with friends and allies to end violence and promote peace.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as advocates of the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program continue work to assure safety and justice for all victims of domestic violence, one of the questions we address and refine continually is how to be an effective advocate.
For us, advocacy starts from the victim's perspective, combining the advocate's knowledge and resources into the victim's experience, ultimately honoring and valuing the victim's thoughts, feelings and opinions as the decision maker, the one who knows best. This kind of advocacy, grounded in the victim's experience and judgment, provides a practical approach to working with victims of domestic violence that recognizes and builds on a battered woman's perceptions and responses to her partner's power and control.
At a March 2002 International Women's Day reception, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that women's issues have profound implications for all of humankind. He said that the countries of the world most able to meet the challenges of the new century are those that treat women with dignity and give them equal access to essential services.
One of the ways the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program continues to raise awareness about domestic violence is with purple ribbons. What began close to two decades ago in scattered communities throughout our nation as a visible gesture of support for survivors and victims of domestic violence has become one of the most widely recognized symbols of the battered women's movement. Across the country, families and friends of the victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who lost their lives at the hand of a person they once loved and trusted.
The Archuleta County Sheriff's Department and the Pagosa Springs Police Department will display purple ribbons on the antennas of their patrol cars during the month to show support and remembrance. The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program volunteers and staff will also be displaying these ribbons.
In addition to the demonstration of support for victims and advocates, this display of purple ribbons throughout the community conveys a powerful message that there is no place for domestic violence in our communities, homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools.
In addition to the ribbons, Mrs. Wagle's fifth-grade art class is raising awareness about domestic violence through handmade colorful faux kites on display through October at Ruby Sisson Library, City Market, Town Hall, the Pagosa Springs Humane Society Thrift Store, Archuleta County Court House, Silver Foxes Den and the new Community Center. The children used drawings and words to illustrate what a safe home and a healthy family means to them.
For more information on the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program or any of the free and confidential services offered, call 264-9075.
Good, used clothing sought for Episcopal giveaway Oct. 12
Anyone wishing to donate items for the St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Clothing Giveaway can drop items off at the new Little Church beginning Oct. 7.
Clothing must be clean and in good, wearable condition. Clothing for children and teens is especially appreciated.
The Giveaway is scheduled 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 12. Last year more than 75 Pagosans chose from an abundance of free quality clothing, shoes and other items.
The Little Church is on South Pagosa Boulevard just past the Mary Fisher Medical Center. For information, call the church office at 731-5801.
Elk found with CWD in Routt County
An injured elk killed by a Colorado Division of Wildlife officer Sept. 6 in Routt County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first time an elk with the disease has been found outside northeastern Colorado.
An area resident had first called the Division to report an injured elk along a county road. The wildlife officer found the elk in poor condition suffering from an injured jaw.
The animal was tested for the disease as part of the agency's disease surveillance effort. Two different tests performed at Colorado State University' s diagnostic laboratory confirmed the elk was infected with the disease.
"This is disappointing, but not a surprise," said Jeff Ver Steeg, the DOW's wildlife manager. "Earlier this year we found 10 wild mule deer with the disease in Routt County, so we knew it was possible that other deer may have the disease in that area. We were hoping that we would not find it in elk."
Nearly 700 deer and elk have been submitted for testing to the Division of Wildlife by Colorado hunters so far in September, and testing has been completed on more than 400 at Colorado State. Six animals have tested positive so far: two deer and two elk from the established area in northeastern Colorado, one deer west of Chatfield Reservoir and the Routt County elk.
"We are continuing to encourage hunters to submit deer and elk for testing as part of our surveillance program," Ver Steeg said. "When the hunting season is completed and we've had time to evaluate all of the test results, we will determine what additional management we may need to undertake in specific areas."
Hunters may submit deer and elk for testing at DOW offices around the state. The complete list is available on the DOW's Web site at www.wildlife.state.co.us, or can be obtained by calling a DOW office.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease of deer and elk that has been established in a portion of northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming for more than two decades. About 5 percent of deer and less than 1 percent of elk are infected within the established area.
The only other area where the disease has been found in Colorado is in Routt County in northwestern Colorado.
An aberrant protein found in the brain, nervous system and lymphatic tissue of deer and elk causes the disease.
State and federal health officials have found no link between this disease and any illness in humans or any other species. As a precaution, hunters are urged not to eat the meat of any animal infected with Chronic Wasting Disease or any other disease.
Hunters: Fire ban lifted, but extra precaution's needed
The statewide fire ban in Colorado has been lifted, but hunters should be aware that fire bans might still be in effect on federal land. Also, conditions remain very dry, so hunters should take extra precautions to prevent wildfires in areas where fires are allowed.
This summer marked one of the worst fire seasons in the state's history. But even though wildfires took their toll on some of Colorado's backcountry, the fires' aftermath won't have much effect on the 350,000 people who hunt in the state every year. In fact, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are certain there will be plenty of opportunities for excellent big game hunting throughout the state in October.
"Even in game management units that had fires this summer, there still is a vast amount of good hunting habitat to choose from," said Bruce McCloskey, deputy director of the Division. "We have the highest number of elk ever recorded in the state. That, combined with the high numbers of licenses we are issuing, makes Colorado a great destination for elk hunters this year."
Precipitation throughout Colorado has eased state burning restrictions, but the fire danger in individual counties and on federal land is assessed separately, and fire regulations may differ depending upon the location.
The best source of fire information for hunters on the specific area in which they plan to hunt is the U.S. Forest Service. Hunters can find the information on the Forest Service Web site at http://wildfires.nwcg.gov/, or can call the Forest Service at (303) 275-5350 during regular business hours. Calling the county sheriff's department in a desired hunting area is also a good idea.
Even with the recent precipitation, there still is significant fire danger throughout Colorado, and hunters should be cautious when it comes to fire in the backcountry. Hunters, campers and hikers are urged to take the following precautions when it comes to fire:
- Don't leave campfires unattended or abandon them. Nationwide, 85 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans, and unattended or abandoned fires are to blame for many of the blazes.
- Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves or anything that could possibly ignite a wildfire.
- Park vehicles only over bare ground or pavement. Hot engines start fires when parked over dry grass.
- Keep cigarette butts in the car. Embers that would go out in normal years could start a fire in this year's unprecedented dry conditions.
- Do not dump ashes or charcoal where they could start a fire, and douse them completely with water before disposal.
- Do not use camp stoves inside a tent. Even the most cautious camper can knock over a stove, risking starting a major fire and losing his or her life.
- Be ready to stop fires. Carry a shovel and water as you head into the wild, and know how to use them to put out a fire.
- To report a fire, call 9-1-1.
If campfires are allowed, please take the following precautions:
- If there are no established fire sites, clear any new site down to bare soil.
- Build a fire ring out of rocks. Keep the fire under 4 feet in diameter, with at least 10 feet of clearance around it.
- Build fire away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and dry grass.
- Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze can cause a fire to spread rapidly.
- Keep a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire.
- When putting out a campfire, drown it with water and then stir the fire with water and dirt until all the fuel is cold to the touch. Never leave a fire until it is completely out and cold.
Juveniles suspected in break-ins
By Tess Noel Baker
A pair of local juveniles are suspected of causing over $6,000 in damage during the burglary of a commercial building Sept. 27.
The two boys, ages 11 and 14, allegedly broke into a building on Bastille Drive used by FedEx and Lay's Potato Chip employees by throwing a rock through a window. According to Archuleta County Sheriff's Department reports, they also damaged ceiling panels, a computer hard drive and $5,000 in Lay's merchandise.
Law enforcement officers were alerted to the situation when someone in the area called dispatch to report the sound of glass breaking. Deputy Doug Dixon responded to the scene and found two males in the building.
When the deputy announced his presence, the boys ran.
During the subsequent investigation, Deputy Dixon, joined by Deputy T.J. Fitzwater, found shoe prints and a pair of bicycles apparently left behind by the suspects. The bicycles were traced to two juveniles a few hours later.
After questioning the two, department officials believe they might be involved in several incidents in Pagosa Springs. In this most recent incident, charges of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass are being considered.
A response to the letter "No rights" by Ann Willis needs to be made. Being upset with PLPOA for adopting new animal control rules is not understanding the whole picture. The new rules are simply a condensed version of the new countywide resolution 2002-31, adopted 4/30/02, which allows for the courts to impose penalties in accordance with county ordinance No. 2.
I personally spoke with Walt Lukasik and he made copies for me of that resolution that is kept on file at the PLPOA offices. If PLPOA had done nothing, county laws would (and still do) prevail and they are essentially the same. Would dog owners prefer to deal with PLPOA or the courts?
Granted, the revenue stream from fines collected by PLPOA might be construed as a conflict of interest, but I truly believe the interest lies in solving the dog problem we have in this county.
If readers would recall from summers past, articles and letters to the editor in The SUN concerning how dog problems were handled in outlying areas of the county, it often involved a firearm. Obviously, that is a direction no one needs to go. Very often a pet is a loved and integral part of the family and such a loss is a difficult one.
Pets bring with them certain responsibilities. Among them are food, shelter, veterinary visits, the basics. These also include a responsibility to your neighbors' rights to peace and quiet, the opportunity for a good night's sleep, not having their garbage turned over, or not being harassed just walking down the street.
Yes, dogs are prone to bark at skunks, porcupines and other nocturnal creatures. Maybe the table should be opened to a discussion on a super-simplified version of dog rules. If your dog is off your property, it is on a leash; if your dog is on your property, it is kept on your property and quiet, or inside the house.
How about a curfew for dogs? There is one for children under the age of 18 in the town and the county is currently working on one. Maybe not. Hopefully not. We have enough government in this country.
Could be that if dog owners would evaluate their ownership responsibilities and make adjustments if needed, this whole issue of the PLPOA rules or county resolutions would be moot.
Keep in mind that as our county grows, so will this issue. Pet ownership can be a wonderful experience. Let's help make it a wonderful experience for everyone.
The time has come that I must respond to, and hopefully supply Mr. Sawicki with some factual information about the airport and the late Airport Authority.
First, the Airport Authority had no authority. Having been a member of this body for the past three years, and the chair for the past year or so, I can make this statement without fear of being proven wrong.
We did get to approve leases for various airport properties. The last one was for the search and rescue folks to occupy part of the building next to Nick's Hangar. We had to do this twice as someone in the county offices changed the rental rate that we had agreed upon.
The authority had to hold a second meeting to approve the new rate. Mr. Crabtree attended that meeting and we were informed that there was no choice but to approve the lower rate. The airport manager has also often informed us that he worked for the county and did not have to perform a lot of the maintenance items that we requested he take care of.
Numerous attempts to get the county supervisors to sit down with the Airport Authority over the past six to eight months, to try to find out just what they expected, have been ignored or just flat rejected.
Now, as for the millions that the authority has been spending at the airport, these figures are a couple of years old but are representative of the current numbers. The total dollar income is about $70,000 per year and more than half of that, about $52,000 is from the pilots based here.
The land lease and fuel tax money is used to cover day-to-day costs, water, power, heat and routine maintenance, when the airport manager feels like having it done. The snow removal and salary for the airport manager come out of the county general fund that gets the property tax from the hangars. The runway upgrade is 90 percent federal money, 5 percent state and 5 percent county.
I have not seen the final numbers, but they have been in the county budget for some time. I hope that this will clear up some of the misinformation that has been out there.
On behalf of the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards, I would like to thank the community of Pagosa Springs and Community Connections (serving the developmentally disabled in Dolores, Montezuma and La Plata counties) for their wonderful welcome and hospitality while we were in Pagosa Springs recently.
Close to 50 of our members attended a retreat in Pagosa Springs Sept. 17 -19, holding meetings at your new facility, the Pagosa Springs Community Center. The Center is a fantastic facility with a patient, gracious staff. I'm sure that your community is extremely proud of your beautiful new facility and the staff.
All of our members provide services to persons with developmental disabilities and represent every area of the state of Colorado through 20 Community Centered Boards and 20 Service Provider Organizations. We are facing tough budget reductions in the coming months due to reduced state revenues; so this time together in your community was extra special to us as we plan for and prepare for the tough times ahead. It was nice to have a place to come together and to discuss strategies for the future and find ways to meet the upcoming challenges.
Thank you Mike Moran, executive director of Community Connections and to the community of Pagosa Springs for your warm hospitality.
CACCB Colorado Association
of Community Centered Boards
It's time to get big money out of Colorado politics. The voters expressed the desire for such in a previous referendum, which was later gutted by the Legislature under pressure from special interest groups.
In February, 2002, Colorado Common Cause in coalition with the League of Women Voters, the Colorado Public Interest Research Foundation, the Colorado Progressive Coalition and the Interfaith Alliance and others, commissioned a poll to gauge support for campaign finance reforms. The results confirmed that support for reforming the campaign financing system in Colorado is strong and broad. The results of the poll are available on the Web at www.moneyincolorado politics.org.
Big money is pouring into the 2002 Colorado elections, flooding our political system, and drowning out the voices of ordinary Colorado citizens. Political races are driven by big bucks, not issues and ideas. The gubernatorial candidates have raised over $6 million and some state Senate candidates are on track to spend $300,000 to $400,000. How much time is spent by candidates raising money from wealthy individuals and special interest groups versus talking to voters, attending town hall meetings and neighborhood rallies? Who is giving this big money? What favors are they expecting in return?
Now is the time for Coloradans to pass Amendment 27 to stop the flow of special interest money in Colorado. Spending limits will curb the excessive campaign spending and insure that the people and issues drive Colorado politics.
Plan to vote Yes on Amendment 27.
Our president and a large portion of the nation are clamoring for war. There is no doubt that Saddam is a lecherous villain and may be producing weapons of mass destruction, but shouldn't we carefully consider the ramifications of an urban war?
The expense in lives and dollars would be phenomenal. If we go to war, the cost will far exceed the $65 billion price tag for the Gulf War, of which our allies paid three quarters; and what about the cost of cleanup and a lengthy occupation? Just the mere mention of war has gotten Wall Street growling.
In terms of human lives, the number of civilian casualties would be unacceptable and world opinion would turn us into the villain. And once our young soldiers start coming home in body bags the war cries will turn into sobs. This new war would be quite different than the last. Fighting in a metropolis would certainly be more horrendous than doing battle in that gigantic parking lot, the Iraqi desert. Saddam will use every one of the five million souls in Baghdad as his shield. It would not be another 100-hour turkey shoot in the sand.
What's wrong with containment? It has worked for 50 years with North Korea. Did we give up trying to find Osama bin Laden and now need a new devil?
Unfortunately, any American suggesting that we slow down, use caution and develop a coalition is considered a "bleeding-heart pacifist." If we all don't lock step with the president, then we are immediately branded unpatriotic. If congressmen go to Iraq to examine the possibility of weapon inspections and denounce the president's rhetoric they are called traitors. The same people who were screaming that Clinton wasn't their president are now screaming that I don't consider George II mine. That is not true; but at least Clinton was elected by the popular vote.
It seems very strange and sad that the first people who call for war are right-wing Christians. Shouldn't these people be the first to denounce war and call for a peaceful solution? I don't know about you, but when I think of a bleeding-heart pacifist, the first person who comes to mind is Š the man from Galilee.
Doing it right
I've noticed that:
There's been no dirt in my tap water this year.
All fires in our area - 30, I'm told - were rapidly contained.
Highway road improvements have been made, needed traffic lights installed and even the dirt road in town that I live on is in pretty good shape after several gully washers.
A fine new Community Center was completed - with strong grant support and without government funding. We have strong visual and performing arts organizations supporting local talent, and venues for both local and visiting musicians to show their stuff.
Despite declining national support for the Constitution and Bill of Rights, our local library stands up for (believe it or not) freedom of speech.
The two-party system, by which I mean Democrat as well as Republican, is experiencing a long-overdue revival.
We have a drug store, bookstores, local restaurants and shops surviving the assaults of mammoth retailing organizations.
A new welcoming center on the site of the old Town Hall displays which day it is, thus preventing arguments with my wife on this point, and bringing peace into my world.
Somebody in Pagosa Springs is doing something right.
Maybe, actually, several people.
Michael J. Greene
Made in the USA
Since 1950, America has been slowly but surely exporting its manufacturing capabilities to the Pacific Rim. If you go into a typical hardware store in the United States, you will have a hard time finding anything made in the U.S.A.
Foreigners can make it cheaper.
Economists call it global economics. Our economy is now based on services and information transfer. We have turned into a nation of consumers for products made overseas. Many of these products are inferior (cheap) beyond belief.
With American consumer debt at tsunami levels, and with the manufacturing base gone, please tell me how we can maintain our standard of living and provide jobs for the next generation.
For sure, transferring information from A to B is no way to create wealth. We should not be surprised that the stock markets are tanking. It is our patriotic duty to ask corporate America and the shortsighted, greedy labor unions to keep the jobs in this country.
The next time you go into a store, please consider asking the owner to furnish you with a high quality American product at an affordable price. Please remember, it is your wealth and the jobs of your children that are being exported.
Has your auto insurance increased again? Help lower your cost of insurance. Help get more drivers insured.
Colorado is now No. 1 in the nation for uninsured drivers.
Congress will vote again on House Bill 1351 in January to change auto insurance to allow consumers a choice of coverage. No-fault charges continue to increase due to increased numbers of drivers without insurance. Possibly, if House Bill 1351 in passed, no fault charges could change.
Penalties for driving without insurance need to increase; write to your judges (local) and government bodies now at Combined Courts, P.O. Box 148 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
A car can be a deadly weapon.
Making a choice
Mr. Ted Stampfer in his letter to you, published in The SUN Sept., 19, mentioned "The present knowledge of cloud seeding" and urges analysis of the planned seeding program for this region for the coming winter.
As far as I know, Western Weather Consultants does report all information from their cloud seeding activities in accordance with all existing laws, and scientifically evaluates all corresponding data to provide impeccable analysis.
Regarding the outline of the present knowledge of cloud seeding, the absolute best one can easily be obtained from the Capability Statements issued by the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-3693 (617) 227-2425 or email@example.com, and by the Weather Modification Association P.O. Box 26926, Fresno, CA 93729-6926 (559) 434-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Both statements indicate that seeding for snowfall increase can be expected to provide from 5 percent to 20 percent above natural precipitation, and seeding for rainfall in the warm season can yield 100 percent above natural precipitation. It is well known that these statements are on the conservative side, and that more impressive results were obtained operationally, becoming knowledge through evaluations publicized in the scientific literature, available in many university libraries.
The plentiful liquid water contained within the clouds above us is renewable and readily available, not only in form of natural precipitation. Technology and knowledge to obtain important amounts of water from clouds in addition to what we will receive naturally are available to us.
We can take advantage of the clouds above us and obtain more water, or we can continue to look at them and accept all the consequences associated with droughts. The choice is ours.
Albert H. Schnell
A life cut short
In most small towns across this great country of ours we find certain people who have touched many lives outside of their "homes." My friend, Sharon Colby, was one of those people who touched many, not just those close to "home."
As many of you may know Sharon was born and raised in Michigan but her heart belonged to your beautiful mountains in the state of Colorado, not the lovely water of Michigan. She was true friend and a mentor to many, and I count myself as one whose success in part came from knowing Sharon as a mentor. She was one of the first women in Michigan who sold cars and taught me well. Her entrepreneurial spirit, courage, and sense of adventure led her to Pagosa Springs and her many fine businesses there. Her heart was always ready to accept new challenges, new friends, new employees and many four legged friends. We all learned from her tenacity.
Although I cannot pay tribute in person to such a fine friend whose life was cut short by cancer, I hope that this can be printed as a tribute to her memory. Thank You.
Area Agency on Aging meets in Silver Foxes Den
By Janet Copeland
This has been a busy week.
The Area Agency on Aging held its bimonthly board meeting in our facility Thursday. Dawnie and crew prepared a delicious meal and we had a nice turnout of local folks who joined our visitors for lunch.
We welcomed board members Sally Johnson, Wilbur and Kay Delano, Mary Jane Lundy and Duane Gerren from Dolores County; Val Dynes, Frank DiCicco, and Bob Lieb from La Plata County; Jim Antholtz and Kelly Wilson Jr. from Montezuma County; Pete McKay from San Juan County; and George Ziegler, Gene Copeland, and Bill Downey from Archuleta County.
Guests of the board were Sheila Casey, director of La Plata County Seniors, and Nita Purkat, director of Dolores County Seniors. Board members were given a tour of the Community Center; they were very impressed and agreed we have a beautiful new Senior Center.
Guests and returning members who joined us this week were Betty Butler from Las Vegas, Nev., Diane Pancoast, Virginia Sheets, Bob Fisher, Patricia Feore, Lauren Huddleston, Betty Meyer, Jackie Schick, Harmon Valdez, Lupe Sanchez, Rita Prokop, Don Volger (whose birthday was being celebrated), Candace Rockensock, Julie Jessen, Carl Hilland, Pete Gilbert, Lenore Bright, Cecelia Arnold, Lois and Perry Ball, Lois Portenier, Marlene Coffey, Lupe Henrichsen, Dora Manzanares, Lydia Martinez, Betty Lou Reid, Judy and Jim Cramer, Luane Girzen, Carol Hilland, and Suzanne Anderson. Welcome to all and please join us again soon.
We are proud to announce that Nita Heitz is our Senior of the Week.
Archuleta Senior Citizens Inc. held their monthly board meeting Friday morning. Among the many issues addressed was the news from AAA that the state of Colorado may not meet the 5-percent required match for the federal Older American's Act funds that fund the senior program. Since a 5-percent match is required, this would result in reduced federal funds in order to bring the match up to 5 percent.
Not only would this be devastating this year, but could result in reduced funding for many years because of the TABOR amendment, which allows only a small percentage of growth each year in the future. This is a very serious problem for senior programs - please contact state senators and representatives to voice concerns about this cut in funding.
At noon Friday we celebrated the September birthdays of our members. A belated Happy Birthday is wished to Eva Darmopray, Beverly Arrendell, Delfina Lister, Elizabeth Belmear, Bonnita Lynne, Madena Hamilton, Patty Tillerson, William Tarver, Charles Weber, Lupe Henrichsen, Fred Jaramillo, Leonara Carrannante, Erna Bone, Ben Horseman, Lilly Gurule, Tinnie Lattin and Shirley Killion.
Memorial services for Judi Ulatowski and a potluck luncheon for the family were held in our facility Friday afternoon. Our prayers are with Judi's family.
It's getting closer. The Archuleta Senior Citizens Inc. Oktoberfest fund-raiser will take place Oct. 19 in the multi-purpose room of the new Community Center 6-11 p.m. There will be German music (and we hope some will exhibit their polka skills), German food, German beer, sodas, tea and coffee. Please notice our posters around town, and everyone mark your calendars for Oct. 19. Unfortunately we can only sell a limited number of tickets, as there is a limit of 400 people allowed in the facility so get your tickets early. Laura and Musetta have tickets for sale at the Center, as well as many of our seniors are selling them.
Musetta and Laura were attending training classes Tuesday through today. We thank Dru Sewell for filling in for them.
The T-shirts imprinted with our Silver Foxes Den logo have arrived. Contact Musetta or Laura if you wish to purchase one ($10 each).
Don Hurt needs someone to teach the AARP 55 Alive driver education class. Please contact Don at 264-2337 if you are willing to help out.
Upcoming events include:
Mondays: 10 a.m. - chair exercise, led by Dru Sewell; 11 a.m.-1p.m. - blood pressure checks by Glenda Cloward; 1 p.m. - "Bridge for Fun." Please sign up at the Center to join this group.
Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. - yoga with Richard Harris.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. - a computer class with Sam Matthews.
Fridays: 10 a.m. - Qi Gong with Vasuki; 12:30 p.m. - Jim Hanson will help with Medicare counseling.
Veterans' forum tonight at Fairgrounds
By Andy Fautheree
A reminder: The Veteran's Forum will be held this evening at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building starting at 6:30 p.m.
From all indications it looks like a good turnout is anticipated of both attendees and guest panelists. A lot of veterans have told me they plan to attend. I have also confirmed attendance by VA personnel from VA Health Care, VA Claims Center in Denver, Colorado Division of VA, VA Nursing Homes and a number of other personnel.
I believe a lot of questions can be answered by these experienced VA personnel on all sorts of VA benefits. Following presentations by the guests we will have general questions from the attendees, directed to the appropriate panelist. Following this portion of the program we will break for refreshments and then attendees can discuss any personal questions on a one-on-one basis with the guests.
Health care signup
We will also be able to sign up veterans for VA Health Care right at the clinic. My counterpart, John Hardardt from La Plata County, and another volunteer from the Durango VFW will assist me in filling out VA Health Care forms.
If you intend to enroll in VA Health Care at the forum you will need to bring a copy of your DD214 discharge paper. Also, you will need the Social Security number and dates of birth for your spouse and any children under 18.
The new Durango VA Clinic is up and running, but still struggling with the VA computer enrollment systems and some other issues as it attempts to start transferring veterans from other VA health care facilities to the Durango unit. Hopefully some of the VA officials from the Albuquerque VA Medical Center will be able to answer some of our questions about how this transition will take place.
Durango Clinic update
Archuleta County veterans have been telling me they are confused by the information they are trying to get on receiving their primary health care at Durango. We hope things will smooth out as time goes by. I was told last week the Durango Clinic is booking new veteran appointments in November at this time.
Speaking of the Durango Clinic there will be a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17 at 10 am. The ceremony will be held at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Refreshments will be served and a number of VA personnel will be on hand to join in the celebration. The ribbon cutting at the clinic will follow about 11:30. All veterans are encouraged to attend this event and check out the new clinic.
Address for the Durango Clinic is 3575 North Main, Durango. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone number at the clinic is 970 247-2214.
Who to contact
Veterans already enrolled in VA Health Care are encouraged to contact the Durango Clinic direct to see about having their primary health care transferred from Farmington or other VA clinics. Or, veterans can also call the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Clinic Ops department at (800) 465-8262, Ext. 2844 or 8660. You can also call Health Net Federal Services Customer Care Line at (800) 621-6499.
I called the Health Net number myself two weeks ago and left a message on their answering machine during normal business hours and, to date, no one has called me back.
I would urge veterans who have not yet enrolled in VA Health Care to contact me direct and I will assist them in filling out the proper VA forms.
For information on these and other Veterans benefits please call or stop by the \ Veterans Service Office located on the lower floor of the Archuleta County Courthouse. The office number is 264-2304, the fax number is 264-5949 and e-mail is email@example.com. The office is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday by appointment. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for registration with the county, application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.
After-school program features mask making
By Stephanie Jones
Currently on exhibit at the Gallery is the magnificent talented work of "Mised" Soledad Estrada-Leo and her daughter Clara Barber. Stop by the gallery at 314 Hermosa St. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. until Oct. 16 to see their portraits and landscapes done in pastels and pencil. "Mised" also creates uniquely painted watercolor eggs.
Children in kindergarten through eighth grade can create masks in October at the Arts Council Imagination Station after-school program with Tessie Garcia at the new Community Center. Kindergarten through fourth graders will meet Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and fifth through eighth graders will meet Tuesdays 4-5:30.
Cost for the month of October is $20. Please call Joanne at 264-5020 or stop by the gallery to reserve your place.
The historic Saddleback Ranch will be the destination for the first in a series of photography workshops being offered by the Arts Council photography club.
Nature and science photographer Jim Steinberg will be the guest mentor. His experience has taken him on assignments around the world, providing fascinating photographs for all types of publications. He has shown his work in many galleries including his own in Steamboat Springs. His work is now showing at the Pagosa Photography Studio.
Those who participate will meet Oct. 5 at the gallery in Town Park at 7 a.m. and caravan to the Saddleback Ranch just 10 minutes east of town. Lunch will be included and served at 11 a.m. at the ranch.
Workshop fee is $74 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Participation in the workshop is limited so please reserve your spot soon. A portion of the proceeds benefit the photo club.
For more information contact Jeff Laydon at 264-3686.
The Arts Council will sponsor a watercolor workshop "Unleashing the Power of Watercolor" with Joyce Moon Nov. 11-14, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Coffee and rolls will be served at 9 a.m.
The workshop will take place in the new arts and craft space at the Community Center. The cost is $175 for four days. There will be a 10-percent discount to Arts Council members. Attendance is limited to 15.
The workshop is for watercolorists with some experience and those at an advanced level. This workshop will deal with exploring experimental watercolor techniques that can be incorporated into your individual style of painting. Leave your preconceived ideas of floral and landscape painting at home. We will be totally spontaneous and creative with our paintbrushes and subject matter. Don't forget to bring along an open mind and the willingness to experiment and have fun.
Students will begin the abstract floral project by working wet into wet; using color, shape and movement to guide them. Then students will introduce other materials and substances to create textures and patterns. Once this phase is dry, we will observe our results and continue to interpret shapes and details forming floral-like images.
The landscape project will begin with reality but will be painted in a completely different way using methods and substances foreign to conventional painting. Students will incorporate various methods and techniques to create a new twist with landscape. There will be several detailed demonstrations each day with plenty of time for student work and individual attention given to each student. There will be a brief critique or sharing time at the end of each day so we can all learn from one another. An art supply list will be provided after registration. To find out more about the instructor visit her Web site joyemoon.com.
Donna Brooks will give a pine needle basketry workshop at the Community Center Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Students will learn how to weave and will make a basket to take home. The cost of the workshop is $75 and a 10 percent discount will be given to members. Please call Joanne at 264-5020 or stop by the gallery to reserve your place.
The San Juan Festival Ballet Company will hold a "Sleeping Beauty Sleepover" Oct. 4, from 6 p.m.- 8:30 a.m. Participants will dance, play games and watch a video of the ballet "Sleeping Beauty." Dinner will consist of spaghetti, salad, bread and desert. Breakfast will be oatmeal, fruit and juice. The cost of the sleepover is $35 and all proceeds will go toward the December performance. Please call Stephanie at 264-5068 to reserve a space.
Pagosa Pretenders' production "Escape on Broadway" is scheduled Oct.18, 19, 25 and 26 at the high school auditorium. Directing will be Sabine Elge. Pagosa Pretender Family Theater encourages family involvement in the theater and its past productions include "Wizard of Oz," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Arabian Nights." For more information and becoming involved call Elge at 731-3506.
CD samplers, posters
Stop by the gallery in Town Park to pick up a copy of volumes 1 and 2 of the CD Sampler featuring local musicians. Also available are Pagosa Posters featuring photos of the area.
PSAC art project
The Arts Council is working with a variety of community members and organizations to develop a public art program for the Pagosa Springs area. In April of 2002 the committee for art in public places presented its proposal to the town of Pagosa Springs parks and recreation department and in July the committee took its plans to the town. The goal of the project is to establish an ongoing program to enhance the visual environment in our community and to expand the opportunities for residents and visitors to experience works of art. The committee plans to acquire and place its first work within one calendar year. After the first work is placed the committee plans to continue to place works in a variety of public lactions. This project will provide free exposure to a variety of arts and reflect the uniqueness of the Pagosa Springs community, environment and history.
For more information contact Jennifer Harnick at 731-3113.
Stage shows light up post-summer lull
By Doug Trowbridge
While we enjoy a dose of fall weather and thrill to the sight of snow on the peaks, Sally is off battling all the tropical storms with her family in Florida. Our diplomats are bravely dealing with the occasional tour bus and Morna and I have the door to the offices locked while we catch up on our well-deserved rest. There is still, however, a little life left in our small town in this post-summer lull, so lets get on with it.
Escape on Broadway
A heads-up on the latest Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater production that will be forthcoming Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at the high school auditorium. "Escape on Broadway" is an original play, a madcap romp down Broadway with insert scenes from many favorite Broadway productions.
Directing will be Sabine Elge, a recent arrival from the New York-New Jersey area where she gained a broad musical, art and theatrical background. Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater encourages family involvement in the theater process and in the past has presented "Wizard of Oz," "1001 Arabian Knights", "2002 A Space Oddity" and "Sleeping Beauty." If you would like more information about "Escape on Broadway" please give Sabine a call at 731-3506.
If one stage show is not enough, you'll be thrilled to here that Pagosa's own A Reading Society and Ensemble will present "Dear Liar" to benefit Friends of Performing Arts.
"Dear Liar" is a two-character play, which lays bare the correspondence between two colorful personalities of the late 1800's and early 1900's, George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Mrs. Campbell was a leading actress at the time and was the original Eliza Doolittle, a part written especially for her by Shaw. Their love/hate relationship over the years made for captivating and often amusing communication during their rather unusual romance.
Admission to this event will include homemade desserts and gourmet coffees served on proper china following the show, catered by Retha Kornhaber. John Graves will provide music.
The play will take place Oct. 4 at the Ridgeview Mall at 7 p.m. with a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chamber and at WolfTracks Bookstore for $15 or at the door for $17. Proceeds will go toward a goal of creating a permanent performing arts center in Pagosa Springs.
Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins will be in great supply at the Community Halloween Party Oct. 31. This is a safe alternative for kids in Pagosa Springs to enjoy Halloween without canvassing neighborhoods in the dark. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m., when the Kiwanis Club serves up free hot dogs, soda and ice cream.
Coordinators are looking for a little community support to help make this evening of spooky fun a success. If you would like to donate candy or prizes for the games and contests, please drop them off at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church office, 451 Lewis Street. They are also looking for a few actors to add to the scary atmosphere. If you have what it takes to be an entertaining monster, call 731-6223. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Location of the party is yet to be decided, but admission will be one canned food item. Keep your eye out for more information in coming weeks.
Looking for ways to boost your business without spending a bundle? After this year of insanity, many businesses are looking for that magic wand to wave over their shop and make everything all right. We don't have a magic wand, but we may have something to help.
On Oct. 9, the Region 9 Economic Development District and the Fort Lewis Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on cheap marketing tricks. The workshop will be held in the South Conference Room at the Community Center. A $10 fee will be charged to help defray the cost of the speaker. The Chamber will provide snacks and beverages for attendees.
Heading up the workshop will be Tom Letourneau, president of the Customer Development Group in Aurora. He is a nationally recognized authority in business development and author of over 25 Shirt Pocket Seminar books.
"This is a challenging time to be in business and I want to help business owners and managers get the most for their marketing dollars. We'll offer some creative ideas and techniques to get more people through the door," says Letourneau.
If you would like to attend this workshop, call the Chamber at 264-2360 so we have an idea how many people to expect. If you're not sure and want to show up at the last minute, please feel free to drop in. Every business owner should consider this opportunity to share ideas and maybe learn a few tricks to get that cash register ringing.
As many of you know, our Visitors Center is staffed by a dedicated corps of volunteers, we call diplomats. Our diplomats greet everyone who stops in and offer assistance to anyone looking for a little help planning their stay in Pagosa.
With the end of summer, the diplomats will soon be leaving us and we want to offer them a great big thank you for all their hard work. One of the ways we say thanks is to offer our diplomats goodie bags. These bags include special offers from chamber member businesses. If you would like to offer a little something for the diplomat goodie bag, please bring it by the Chamber by Oct. 11 or give us a call and we can design a coupon for you. This is a great way to get the people who talk to visitors into your store for a little refresher course on what you have to offer.
Chamber membership continues to amaze us.
We are inching our way toward 800 members with no end in sight. With apologies to Sally Field Š We can't deny the fact that you like us. You like us! Without further ado here is our one new member and a whopping 17 renewals.
Our new member is A Cut Above Custom Wallpaper owned by Rick and Peach Russell. They offer wallpaper hanging, stripping, wall prep and priming with free estimates and local references. Give them a call at 731-5144 or e-mail them at CaPeachGa@aol.com. The Russells were recruited by Betty Delaney of Unique Mountain Log Homes and she will be receiving her free SunDowner card soon for her hard work.
And now for the roll call of renewals. In no particular order, because all our members are "Number 1" in our eyes, we have Pam Schoemig with Be Our Guest, A Bed and Breakfast/Guesthouse; Gary and Carol Dillard with The Corner Store, Inc.; Deb Aspen-Hill with Footsteps; Glenn and Lorri Bayger with Pagosa Springs Office Supply, LLC; Mike Haynes with Ponderosa Do It Best Home Center; Bonnie Thrasher, RDH with Dental Hygiene Clinic of Pagosa; John Porter with A Reading Society and Ensemble; John Porter, again, with Clean As A Whistle; Marsha Preuit with The Spa @ Pagosa Springs, Marsha Preuit, once more, with Exodus Shipping; Wayne Walls with Wilderness Journeys\Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Inc.; Sharon and Richard Gustafson with Gustafson Consulting Group; Pastor Don Ford with the Community United Methodist Church; Carmen Miller with the American Legion Post #108; Joseph Bergman with Eagle's View Cedar Homes and Sunrooms; and associate members A.R. and Melba Dillard, and Jim and Jean Carson.
With all the renewals, it's hard to include extra information on each of them. If you need to contact any of our members, you can always call the Chamber at 264-2360. Please remember that it is you, our members, who make us great. Your membership is greatly appreciated.
'Ghosts and Gold': Good historic reading
By Lenore Bright
Thanks to the person who brought us "Ghosts and Gold: the History of the Old Hundred Mine," by Scott Fetchenhier.
One of the most visited attractions in Silverton, the Old Hundred Mine has a long career and history lasting more than 130 years. Local historian Fetchenhier takes you back into the past with this absorbing story of mining there.
Fetchenhier, a Colorado native, has explored many of the mining camps of our state. He graduated from Fort Lewis with a degree in geology and went to work in the mining business. After getting fired from one job, he got into the summer tourist business and has been mining a different kind of gold in Silverton for years. He also plays in the Silverton Brass Band and drums with another band "Too Little Oxygen."
Fetchenhier acknowledges our good friend, Jackie Leithauser, Silverton librarian, and Allen Nossaman for research. This is a good book for anyone interested in the history of the San Juans. It will be in our Hershey Collection.
When newcomers get their first library card, we show them our favorite section: books about the Southwest - Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The subjects vary, but the geographic location is set. From the flora and fauna to the art - this is the place to find local information. Ann Van Fossen has been cataloging the material and verifying which ones contain information about Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.
Get started now with a new book, "Greenhouse Gardener's Companion," by Shane Smith.
This is the best selling primer for greenhouse gardening. Smith draws on more than 20 years' experience to give advice on important things you should know before you buy or build a greenhouse. He gives detailed instruction on building, heating and adding solar heat. There is a section on natural pest and disease control including the "bad and good bug" part. He covers the latest gadgets from glazing to venting, misting and watering devices. A special section profiles more than 300 plants, plus tips for producing year-round blooms and food-crop harvests. This is the book for anyone gardening in a greenhouse or sunspace.
We'll only have to put up with the dreadful political commercials for four more weeks. The latest "Colorado Statesman" gives more information on the ballot issues. We plan to vote by mail just to have the time to understand the many items. There are about 36 state issues plus many local ones. In order to get a mail-in ballot, you may pick up an application at the county clerk's office.
I hope you have all toured the new Pagosa Springs Community Center. We are so proud of what has been accomplished with this new facility. If you haven't seen it, please go by. It still isn't too late to buy a brick for the front entrance. It is a perfect way to honor a friend or loved one. Stop in and Mercy Korsgren will give you a tour.
The meeting room is a wonderful addition and will be heavily used. It rents for a small fee. There are also free computers for public use. The Senior Center is very nice and is named "The Silver Foxes Den." In fact, you will want to help out the seniors and attend their Oktoberfest Oct. 19. It will be a true fest with a band and all of the Oktoberfest trappings including beer and brats. Tickets are available from any member of the seniors, and at the Chamber of Commerce.
Again, congratulations to all of the people who worked to bring this needed Community Center to fruition.
Thanks for materials from Sue Kehret, Felicia Meyer, Sue Davis and Peggy Cooper.
Ross and Stacey Lewis are proud to announce the birth of their son, Mitchell Ross Lewis. Mitch was born July 17, 2002, weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Madison and Morgan. He is lucky to have these grandparents: Matt and Lynne Bridges and Wayne and T.L. Shumaker of Pagosa Springs and Dave Wilson of Grants, N.M.
Nathan and Katrina Thomas joyfully welcomed daughter Anika Rae Thomas to their family July 16, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Anika weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Ray and Judi Thomas of Sandia Park, N.M., and Ernie and Connie Lacy of Albuquerque.
Steven Potter owns and operates Security Contractors, providing customers with full service residential and home security systems and service, backed by 17 years in the business.
Security Contractors provides a full spectrum of security, including burglar, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. All security systems have a pager alert feature.
The business also provides customers with closed circuit television, intercoms, central vacuum systems, and home theater and audio.
Security Contractors is insured, has a comprehensive builders' program, and offers 24-hour service. Call Security Contractors at 731-6182 or 749-2173.
Beth Jennie Barnes and Steve Lynn Denny were united in marriage Sept. 20, 2002, at the Wichita Falls, Texas courthouse. A wedding celebration was held at the McBride Steakhouse.
The groom is the son of Randy and Judy Denny of Pagosa Springs. He attended Fort Lewis College majoring in engineering. Continuing his studies at Shepard Air Force Base, he will graduate in December.
The bride is the daughter of Trent Barnes of Lakewood and Debra Barnes Horvath of Littleton. Beth, a junior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, was majoring in art with a minor in business and Spanish.
Currently they reside in Wichita Falls, Texas. After March they will be stationed in Japan at Misawa Air Force Base.
Amanda Huang, 15, of Pagosa Springs, has been accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Mich., the nation's premier fine arts boarding school, for the 2002-03 school year.
The daughter of James and Charlene Huang, Amanda received a scholarship to the academy after returning from its summer program this year. She has been playing piano since she was six and painting for seven years.
Interlochen Arts Academy draws young artists from 47 states and 26 other countries. Widely recognized as a model teaching center and outstanding presenter of artistic talent and achievement, the nonprofit academy offers high school students the chance to major in music, dance, theatre, visual arts or creative writing as well as rigorous college-prep academics.
More than 95 percent of academy graduates go on to the nation's most distinguished colleges and conservatories.
The academy offers students continual performance and exhibit opportunities, including tours. Master classes with distinguished guest artists are incorporated into the curriculum.
Amanda thanks the Pagosa community for its continued support. She would especially like to thank her piano teacher, Kathleen Isberg, and art teacher, Evelyn Miner.
Archuleta County dispatcher Shana Young received an award for her "excellent performance and dedication to dispatch in handling a kidnapping call on Sept. 21, 2002 Š" from Sheriff Tom Richards. Young was responsible for initiating the Amber Alert, which helped police track down three children allegedly kidnapped by their estranged father.
Dutch Henry's capture in Trinidad drew Masterson and reward seekers
By John M. Motter
Hidden in the upper valley of the West Fork of the San Juan River is Born's Lake, a sylvan sanctuary shielded by high mountains from the busyness of the everyday world.
Regally resting deep in its mountain fastness much as a central diamond revels at the center of a cluster of diamonds, Born's Lake at once lulls visitors into a special, satisfying serendipity, a spell that insists that here is where life ought to be lived.
The spell spawns contemplation. Old poets described the condition as musing. What is really important in life? In the midst of such musing, one cannot help but wonder about Dutch Henry Born, the man who gave the lake its name. What was Dutch Henry thinking the first time he gazed on the waters of this wondrous setting? Did he recognize that here, indeed, was balm for the weary soul, escape, healing and atonement for a life of violence spent on the western plains?
Did he recognize that here, at last, was a prize worthy of the sweetheart he'd left behind in Michigan? I don't know when Dutch Henry first saw what became Born's Lake. I don't know what he was thinking. I do know he returned to Michigan, married his love and brought her to Born's Lake where they lived out their natural lives.
Many adventures confronted Dutch Henry before he carried his bride to this mountain paradise. There was the matter of settling with society for the life of crime he'd lived in the Panhandle country and across the High Plains.
Dutch Henry trotted onto the Kansas plains in 1869. He rode with Custer, hunted buffalo and fought Indians at the Battle of Adobe Walls. He also spawned a reputation of legendary proportions. By the 1870s, Dutch Henry was one of the most feared outlaws of the Rocky Mountain West.
It was January of 1879, the beginning of a new year. Western legend Bat Masterson rolled a crust of wheat toast between his fingers, wiped up the last of his bacon and eggs, and squinted at the telegram from Sheriff Wootten of Trinidad, Colorado. Wootten had a bead on Dutch Henry, Charley Morrow and Mysterious Dave Mather. Does Dodge City have a reward for these desperadoes? What are they worth? Western lawmen received salaries, but boosted that income by collecting rewards from other sources limited only by ingenuity and degree of honesty.
Masterson scowled, flicked a crumb from the star on his shirtfront and scowled again. He didn't give a hoot about Morrow and Mather. They were two-bit outlaws. Mather was dangerous, a little quick with his six-shooter. He'd stood trial for murder several times, but always walked away free. His kind were common on the frontier. Gun for hire. It didn't matter much which side of the law did the hiring. Morrow was said to be a lieutenant of Dutch Henry.
Dutch Henry was another matter. Masterson knew him well. Both had hunted buffalo during that desperate fusillade which ended the last of the great buffalo herds. Bat and Dutch had peered down the barrels of their Sharps rifles, shoulder to shoulder in the Battle of Adobe Walls, both hoping to dust off Quanah Parker with the squeeze of a trigger finger.
Friend today, outlaw tomorrow, that was Masterson's quandry. Wootten didn't care. The former mountain man was looking for money. He'd already sent out feelers across the West. How much in reward money am I offered for Dutch Henry?
Newspapers responded to Dutch Henry's capture with sensational headlines. The Rocky Mountain News reported from Trinidad, "January 2. - Dutch Henry, the notorious thief of Kansas, Indian Territory, and Texas, was arrested here last night by Sheriff Wootten. The sheriff from Dodge City, Kansas, is also here."
The Daily Denver Tribune reported on March 1, 1879, "The Chief of the Outlaws of the Western Plains Overtaken at Trinidad; Some of the Exploits of the Greatest Horse Thief in the West; the Man With a Secret." This paper was a little slow in printing the story, but balanced the slowness with more than average sensationalism.
The Dodge City Times reported Jan. 4, 1879, "Sheriff Masterson, learning that Dutch Henry was under arrest at Trinidad, proceeded to that place Wednesday. He telegraphed County Attorney Sutton (of Ford County, Kansas, the location of Dodge City) as follows, 'Sheriff won't deliver up Dutch Henry unless I pay him $500. He says he can get that for him in Nevada.' So Mr. Dutch Henry is high priced and the silver state can take him."
The following article printed in the Ford County Times Jan. 7, 1879, contains the best account of the capture of Dutch Henry at Trinidad. The headline read, "Caught at Last, the Renowned Dutch Henry, the Outlaw Chief, has Fallen.
"Hearing that this great king of the outlaws was in the hands of the Las Animas county officers at Trinidad, Sheriff Bat Masterson went up last Wednesday to see what he could see and if possible secure the prisoner and bring him to Ford county to answer for the many "irregularities" in his conduct toward the owners of horseflesh in this vicinity."
The Kansas paper then reprinted an article from the Trinidad Enterprise containing the following information.
Dutch Henry, a man wanted in different states and territories for a variety of crimes such as horse stealing, mail robbery and even murder was arraigned before Judge Walker based on Sheriff Wootten's complaint that Dutch Henry "is a fugitive from justice in Ford County, Kansas." Dutch Henry was indicted for grand larceny. Masterson was present as a witness at the hearing.
The reporter described Dutch Henry as "a rather genteel looking man for a horse thief, road agent, and murderer. He has black hair and eyes, black mustache, long face and Roman nose. His eyes are bright and penetrating and indicate quick intelligence. He is dressed in a good suit of black, white shirt, and other corresponding clothing."
A Mr. Caldwell Yeamen appeared for the prosecution and Mr. Salisbury for the defense. Some sparring occurred between one of the attorney's and Bat Masterson during which Masterson referred to some previous activities of the attorney in Kansas, knowledge the attorney had hoped to leave behind him. Apparently, in exchange for not revealing all he knew about the attorney, Masterson was given custody of Dutch Henry. By Monday, the sheriff was in Dodge City with his prisoner and provided the following information.
"Masterson received word that Dutch Henry was at Trinidad in company with Charley Morrow, Mysterious Dave (Mather), and others and had been there several weeks. Masterson telegraphed the officers to arrest Henry, which they did and after doing so telegraphed to various parties to find out what reward was offered, but they were disappointed in not finding any reward whatever. Then they agreed to release Henry if he would pay the expenses of arrest, which Henry agreed to do and would have done had some stockmen not prevailed upon the officers to hold the prisoner until news could be received from Ford county. As soon as Masterson arrived, Henry was tried on the charge of being a fugitive from justice and bound over in the sum of $500 bail, in default he was ordered committed to the jail in West Animas.
"Masterson desired to bring the prisoner to Dodge, but having no requisition from the governor of Kansas was in a bad fix, and when the subject of bringing him here was first spoken of Henry made a talk for himself in which he took recourse to threats of exposure, etc. This made Masterson all the more determined to bring him and he finally succeeded in making an arrangement by which he was given possession of the prisoner and he is now safely placed in our jail. When the officers went to arrest the notorious Henry he was in a saloon watching a pool game and was apparently off his guard, offering no resistance whatever."
Next week, we'll print the Dodge newspaperman's interview with Dutch Henry while Bat Masterson has his friend locked in the Dodge City jail.
Students help students find solutions
By Tess Noel Baker
Pagosans take the coming of fall very seriously.
Seriously enough that a few spend hundreds of hours planning, promoting and preparing for a weekend of community fun called Colorfest. It's hot air balloons. It's wine and cheese tasting. It's picnics and nighttime balloon glows. It's themed apparel, champagne and barbecue.
And it starts in the hands of the Chamber of Commerce staff, several volunteers, and Liz and Mike Marchand, who coordinate the hot air balloon portion of the weekend.
"As soon as the Fourth of July is over we get a day off and then we know it's time to start planning Colorfest," Doug Trowbridge, Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant, said. Of course, the first bright ideas for themes, wines to try, things to add or subtract really begins as soon as the last year's event is over, Sally Hameister, executive director of the chamber, added.
The same is true for the Marchands.
"The balloon rallies are a year-around job," Liz said. Besides Colorfest in September, she organizes a second rally, Winterfest, in February.
Her portion starts with finding the money. Funding the balloon ascensions and the glow is all realized through donations from local sponsors and a fee paid by the pilots, she said. It begins with a letter to all the chamber members.
Then there's a follow-up visit or phone call or two. Whatever it takes, sometimes.
"We beg," Marchand said. This year, their techniques netted 31 business sponsors and 23 accommodation sponsors. All but 12 or 14 of the rooms needed for pilots ended up being donated, she said. The rest, plus everything else involved, must be purchased with the money raised.
Then there's organizing the pilots of as many as 50 balloons, checking weather reports, soothing ruffled feathers if anyone lands a balloon where they're not supposed to and generally commanding the chaos at 6:30 a.m. for two mornings of ascensions. All together, with the four to six member crews involved with each balloon, just the rally itself brings over 300 people to town.
"Every single year I say I'm never doing this again," Marchand said, "but I end up having such a good weekend; I have so much fun. It's just a great event and I end up doing it again." She paused. "And the pilots love flying here so I'd probably be lynched if I said we weren't doing it anymore."
Pilots, said Marchand, are something that's never in short supply. Sure, in 1986 when the rally began, just six balloons participated. When Marchand took over in 1993, the numbers were up around 20. Now, a waiting list is common.
"Thirty-five pilots is probably an appropriate number," Marchand said, "but I have a hard time saying no." So the cutoff remains at 50, but 60 or 70 will call. And those waiting are willing to come at a moment's notice. In the case of a last-minute cancellation, she said she's called pilots as late as Friday morning before the event and they will climb in their vehicles to arrive by registration time Friday night.
The Chamber of Commerce events, including this year's Safari Wine and Cheese Tasting and community picnic, are paid for with Chamber funds. Very little is donated, and despite charging a fee for some things, the weekend breaks even on a good year, Hameister said.
As usual, the devil, the expense in this case, is in the details. A party this big requires a variety of elements. Mother nature throws in the reds, yellows and oranges of the fall leaves for free, but the extras, like 450 glasses for 17 red and white wines, 11 cheeses and a few assorted deserts to delight all the senses during the tasting under the tent, requires shelling out both cash and time.
Sheila Hunkin, just one of the Chamber diplomats who help with the event, guessed she'll spend all day at the Chamber offices preparing the cheese for the tasting. Eleven 5-pound hunks of cheese, including flavors like smoked gouda, Havarti dill, horseradish, garlic and flaming pepper, must be cut into bite-sized pieces for the 400-some guests paying $25-$30 each.
The weekend before, she spent time washing wine glasses, six dozen at least. Friday afternoon, she and her husband, Ron, will be among those who help set up the outdoor tent, decorating and designing as they go.
"Everybody helps," Hunkin said. "I don't feel like I help any more than anyone else."
And the work is fun. Formerly a city dweller, Hunkin said, it's only in a small town where a person has the opportunity to be involved up close and personal with an event like this one.
"It's a very neat weekend for the community," she said. "I like to see everybody and watch the balloons."
And, oh my, let's not forget the lions, tigers and elephants, grass tablecloths and African-themed centerpieces needed to complete the Safari theme for Friday's tasting.
The Safari theme is something new, Hameister said. It started when local resident Eddie Dale approached the Chamber about getting his father involved to entice him into coming and staying in Pagosa Springs. His father, Jerry Dale, owns Safari Tours in South Africa and was, at one time, involved with the wine business there. Negotiations began and, as a result, he is bringing seven South African wines all the way to Pagosa for the tasting. These will join company with wines from Australia, Chile and the United States.
"It really makes this year especially marvelous," Hameister said.
Saturday, the Chamber has also organized a catered community picnic starting at about 5 p.m. at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Guests will be treated to barbecue chicken quarters, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, chilled bean salad, rolls, a chocolate brownie, beverages and jazz music. Adults will pay $10, and children $6. Then, just as the sun begins to set, 13 or 14 balloons will line up in the arena, weather permitting, for a balloon glow.
At a glow, the balloons fill with air, but stay on the ground, lighting up like a huge string of Christmas lights for a beautiful display of color. It all starts tomorrow.
They've worked hard folks, a whole crew of volunteers and various Chamber staff members. From 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Safari Wine and Cheese Tasting until 7:30 a.m. Sunday with the last balloon ascension, it'll be a weekend of serious fun. And everyone's invited.
Early voting for the November general election begins Oct. 21 and local voters have until Oct. 7 to register to participate. The need to boost the percentage of eligible voters finding their way to the polls is clear. Without participation, complaints are weak; when we do not exercise our right to vote we have scant room for criticism of the officials put in office or the amendments made to our state constitution by a minority of our fellow residents.
This year's ballot is full of items of widespread interest. There are five proposed amendments generated in the legislative process, and five referendums asking for amendments to the constitution generated by petition.
One proposed amendment deals with contributions and spending limits for political candidates, parties and committees. Another would increase the scope of mail balloting. A third proposed amendment would eliminate the neighborhood caucus system from the process of selecting candidates for primary elections. A fourth amendment, if approved, would allow voters to register to vote on the day of those elections conducted in the state after Jan. 1, 2004. A fifth amendment would require all Colorado public school students to be instructed in English, with annual testing mandated.
Of the referendums, one would exempt district attorneys from term limits; one deals with the relationship between government and private business in providing health care. Another referendum would allow for the creation of qualifications for county coroners. A fourth referendum would seek removal of certain of obsolete constitutional provisions and a last referendum, if affirmed, will amend the constitution to create a state holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez.
The Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly has mailed a booklet to all Colorado voters, detailing these ballot items.
Each proposed amendment and referendum is explained in the booklet. Background is given concerning each issue and the reader can entertain arguments for and against each amendment and referendum. Time spent with the booklet will benefit each of us.
Archuleta County voters will make decisions concerning retention of county and district court judges. A recommendation based on the State Commission for Judicial Performance is included in the booklet with a discussion of each judge up for retention.
This year, we will elect a state senator from District 6. Incumbent Jim Isgar is opposed by challenger Kay Alexander.
We will pick a county commissioner for District 3. Incumbent Gene Crabtree is opposed by former commissioner Mamie Lynch.
In each of these contests, we ask the candidates to define the issues they consider important and relate their intentions as far as the issues are concerned. We need to hear their points of view and what they intend to do if elected.
Voters living within the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation district will vote on a $10.5 million bond issue. A booklet detailing TABOR requirements on the proposed revenue increase will be mailed to all voters and property owners in the district.
And from the voters this election season, we can ask for a non-partisan approach to local races. Let the candidates be judged on the basis of the quality of ideas, on the strength of actions and proposals. Let no one argue there are significant partisan issues close to home; a knee-jerk vote is a wasted vote. A thoughtful vote, absent political preconceptions, with the future of the county in mind and made in light of a clear analysis of well-revealed positions, will be of value to all of us now and in the future.
90 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Oct. 4, 1912
An automatic, gasoline power hay press arrived the first of the week for use on the Robertson ranch. It does everything but cuts and stacks the hay.
Last Tuesday Fred Patterson, Conductor Edmisten and Bob Bostwick jumped a bear herd on the Blanco and got one "whale" of a fellow. They are still out at this writing on the trail of another bunch. The big brutes run in droves in Archuleta County.
Thursday afternoon a fire broke out in the west row of cottages belonging to the Pagosa Lumber Co. and before its progress was stopped six of the buildings were totally destroyed, five by fire and one torn down in order to check the progress of the flames on the south.
75 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Oct. 7, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Larson of South Pagosa are indebted to ten school boys, who on Saturday, under the leadership of H. A. Bryant and Will Macht, dug their entire crop of potatoes, Mrs. A.L. Andrews providing an excellent dinner for the crew. The Larsons, both of whom have been ill, greatly appreciate the efforts of all in their behalf.
The M.E. Ladies Aid will have a luncheon at the church next Tuesday at one o'clock. We have a quilt in the frame and are asking those interested in such work to come prepared to help after luncheon. Bring your favorite dish all ready to serve.
Garland Caulk was up from Arboles yesterday with a load of melons and vegetables.
50 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Oct. 3, 1952
With the coming of election on November 4 and with the recent visits here by leading candidates, local residents are rapidly becoming politically minded. In order to insure that all interested in good government have a say, everyone should register or make sure they are registered for the election.
The John Stevens ranch house west of Pagosa Springs was entirely destroyed by fire shortly before noon Wednesday of this week. The house, a couple of outbuildings and everything in the house was completely destroyed.
Riley Hill has been discharged from the army after spending nearly two years in Korea and Japan. He returned home last week, and is at present visiting his parents.
25 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Sept. 29, 1977
The first snows of the season were visible on the high mountain peaks last week. The snow did not stay long, but was there enough to remind everyone that the winter winds and snow will soon be descending upon the area.
A new 5,000 square foot building to house the Pagosa Springs SUN is now under construction. The building is located just north of the present location of the SUN and is expected to be completed by December first.
Roadless areas in the San Juan National Forest that are to be studied for further management have been identified, according to announcement from the U.S. Forest Service. These areas will be further studied for various types of classifications.