March 4, 2004 
Front Page
Public places smoking ban thoughts mixed

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Should Archuleta County ban smoking in public places?

That question was the centerpiece of a brief discussion comprised of varying opinions during Tuesday's meeting of the county board of commissioners.

Speaking in favor of a public smoking ban, Commissioner Mamie Lynch, board chairman, stated she believes such a measure would benefit not only the community's health, but image as well.

"I am very offended when I drive down the street and see people smoking in front of the courthouse," said Lynch.

Lynch also conveyed she respects the rights of individuals to smoke in private domains, yet added she feels "very strongly that we should protect people" from the dangers of secondhand smoke often associated with bars, restaurants and similar establishments.

Apparently, potential support for such a ban could come from a number of local entities.

According to Lynch, initial feedback stemming from conversations she has had with Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon indicates town council could be presented the smoking-ban issue in the near future.

The San Juan Basin Health Department, said Lynch, is also interested in pursuing the subject - a notion verified by health department officials during a separate presentation later in the session.

"Basically, it's very preliminary," said Lynch. "But I would like to pursue this as one of the roles of the commissioners."

Commissioner Bill Downey did not disagree entirely with the notion of a potential ban, but indicated he is hesitant to impose far-reaching limitations.

If such a ban were to include "an individual walking down the sidewalk or something, I hope we're not going there," said Downey.

With regard to banning smoking in restaurants, bars, etc., "I think that's the sort of thing that should be a business decision decided by the business owner," he added.

Likewise, "I don't like to tell people what they can and can't do," concluded Commissioner Alden Ecker, after indicating he is not against some sort of ban, necessarily, but favors further investigation of the topic.

Further discussion included mention of posing the question to voters in a general-election ballot, and commentary closed with the board reaching consensus to discuss the subject further with legal counsel.

 

12 candidates file for the six health board openings

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

The race is on.

A total of 12 candidates will battle for six seats on the Upper San Juan Health Service District Board of Directors.

According to files at the Archuleta County Clerk's office, six filed self-nomination forms for the three two-year slots, and six filed for the three four-year slots.

Those throwing their names in the hat for four-year terms are Debra Brown, Edward Norman, Pamela Hopkins, Robert Goodman, Henry Silver and James Pruitt. Two-year candidates include Neal Townsend, Robert Scott, Richard Blide, Jeffrey Schmidt, Dean Sanna and Patricia Rydz.

Brown, Sanna and Blide are all incumbents on the board of directors. All three hold appointed seats and are required to run for reelection in the general election following their appointment. The three other incumbents, Charles Hawkins, Ken Morrison and Lorie Woodmansee, did not file for reelection. Morrison is term-limited.

According to the special district election calendar for 2004, the next step in preparation for the May 4 election is the certification of the ballot. By March 10, the designated election official, in this case District Executive Director Dee Jackson, "shall certify the order of the ballot and ballot content to the county clerk and recorder of each county that has territory within the political subdivision." The Upper San Juan Health Service District covers territory in Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties.

Prior to that certification, the order of names on the ballot is to be established by drawing lots. The candidates are to be notified of the time and location of the drawing.

In the case of a mail ballot election, which the health service election will be, the election official also has until March 10 to file a proposed plan for conducting the election with the secretary of state.

March 19 is the deadline for appointing election judges.

In a mail ballot election, ballots are sent to all active registered electors of the district - those registered voters who cast a ballot in the last regular election. Those who didn't are considered inactive and will be required to go to the district offices in person to request a ballot and cast a vote, or reactivate their file at the county clerk's office prior to the mailing of the ballots.

The return address for mail ballots in the health service special district election will be the Archuleta County Clerk's Office. County Clerk June Madrid has agreed to collect the mailed ballots only, count them, seal them and send them to the health service district office for storage prior to counting. The clerk's office will not have ballots available for walk-in voters. Nor will it be a drop-off point for health service district ballots.

Voters who do not receive a mail ballot, or those who wish to hand deliver their ballot, must take their ballot to the health service district offices, 189 N. Pagosa Blvd., by 7 p.m. May 4. First-time voters must provide some type of identification with their ballot.

Nonregistered electors of the district have until April 5 to register to vote. Voter registration is done in the county clerk's office in the Archuleta County Courthouse.

 

Town council filing deadline Monday

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

The deadline to file petitions for the Pagosa Springs Town Council election is 5 p.m. Monday. Petitions must be filed with the town clerk at Town Hall.

Three at-large council member seats will be open when the municipal election is held 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Town Hall, at 551 Hot Springs Blvd., will be the only polling place.

So far, four people have picked up petitions and two have been returned.

The seats which will be open are currently occupied by Stan Holt, Rick Kiister and Bill Whitbred.

To file for candidacy, petitions must be signed by 25 registered electors living within the town limits.

Voter registration is done in the county clerk's office in the Archuleta County Courthouse and the requirements are the same as those governing general elections except, you must have lived in the town 30 days immediately preceding the election if you wish to vote.

To run for office, you must have lived inside the town limits for 12 consecutive months prior to the election and be a duly registered voter of Archuleta County.

Absentee ballots may be picked up at the town clerk's office until April 2.

 

Boulevard completion proposals advanced

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

A turn lane, on-street parking or some combination of both?

That was one of the questions before the Pagosa Springs Town Council at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Town Administrator Mark Garcia asked the council for direction regarding the final phase of street improvements along Hot Springs Boulevard. The plan is to bid a project for the remainder of curb, gutter and asphalt work in March. This phase of the project extends along the east side of the boulevard from Spring Street to the Apache Street Bridge.

According to the Hot Springs Boulevard Master Plan, Garcia said, the goal was an urban design with on-street parking. However, recent improvements, including a turning lane on the north end of the road, have resulted in an increase in traffic from the south, causing concerns with the safety of on-street parking.

To give council members options, Garcia presented them two drawings of the finished street, furnished by Davis Engineering, one with center turn lane, the other depicting 101 on-street parallel parking spaces. In the second concept, the parking spaces lined both sides of the street from The Springs Resort to Town Hall.

"The pavement would be the same," Garcia said. "Only the striping would be different."

Another option is to keep the turn lane on the north end as it is striped now, and add on-street parking on the southern end by the Pagosa Springs Community Center and Town Hall.

Morgan Sykes, of Davis Engineering, said it would be possible to have both a center turn lane and on-street parking only if the landscape buffer, or snow storage area planned for the east side were removed.

Council member Jerry Jackson asked if the on-street parking could be limited to certain hours or events.

"We have awfully heavy traffic through there for both sides to be on-street parking," he said. "At the same time, I know we need on-street parking." He was also concerned that the on-street design would push people coming from the south down the Apache Street bridge and into residential areas where speeding is already a problem.

Stan Holt, another council member, suggested limiting on-street parking to just one side of the street to allow two lanes to remain open when snow removal was necessary.

Garcia said both concepts of striping could be worked into the bid process to give staff and the council more time to consider options. He encouraged members of the council to bring any questions to the staff over the next few weeks.

In other business, the council:

- approved a preliminary plan for the Riverwalk Townhomes, a proposal for construction of five townhome units on bank of the San Juan River along 6th Street. Town Planner Tamra Allen said as submitted, the applicant will be required to seek approval for two variances in the final plan stage - one for reduced setbacks on the north side of the property, and the other regarding exits from the property

- approved a resolution identifying the "need to explore and work toward a means to address affordable housing needs in Pagosa Springs"

- approved a resolution commending the volunteer members of the sign code commission for their hard work, "going beyond the call of duty," to see that revisions to the sign code were made. The council approved changes to the code on second reading, making its adoption final

- heard an update on the possible San Juan River restoration project. Under this plan, which is still in its infancy, the river restoration would continue through town along 6th Street to the proposed Sports Complex

Special projects coordinator Julie Jessen said at this time, the proposal would be to keep the river in its current channel and add structures to improve fishing similar to the project completed through town in the 1990s. Structures near the Sports Complex, to improve rafting and kayaking opportunities, were also being considered.

Jessen said estimated cost of the project was $700,000. She will spend the next few months researching and applying for grants to defray some of the cost.

Garcia said the project will most likely be included in capital expenditures for 2005.

 

 Inside The Sun

Daffodil Days will fund cancer fight

By Suzan Gray

Special to The PREVIEW

When you are in mud up to your ankles, witnessing all four seasons in a day, you know it is springtime in the Rockies and Daffodil Days are just around the corner.

The Archuleta County Unit of the American Cancer Society will kick off the annual Daffodil Days celebration March 8.

The daffodil is one of the first and brightest flowers of spring, thus signaling hope and renewed life. These brilliant flowers were chosen as the symbol of this event because they represent nature's rebirth and our hope for a cancer-free future.

Fresh daffodils shipped from the flower fields of the Pacific Northwest will be available at Mountain Greenery, Lewis and 4th streets. You can order your bouquets in advance by calling Suzan Gray at 264-6255 or Mountain Greenery at 264-5962. The flowers are available in bunches of 10 and the suggested donation is $9.

The peak of the daffodil celebration is when the bright bouquets of daffodils are delivered to businesses, churches, schools and homes. This the perfect way to recognize special people and a terrific way to celebrate life and help point the way to a healthier future.

Money raised during the event supports research, education and services for local cancer patients, survivors and their families. Your donations have helped American Cancer Society become the nation's largest source of private, nonprofit cancer research funds. Research is a vital tool in the battle against this dreadful disease. Statistically, one in every three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Join in this year's Daffodil Days Celebration and chase away the winter doldrums. The event lasts until all the daffodils are sold.

Become part of the "flower power" movement in the fight against cancer by displaying this symbol of hope for cancer patients.

 

Music in the Mountains hosts

four Pagosa Springs events

By Carole Howard

Special to The PREVIEW

Mark your calendars for this summer's Music in the Mountains classical music concerts which will bring world-class musicians to Pagosa Springs and include a special free outdoor family and children's concert for the first time ever.

Three concerts will take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in July and August at BootJack Ranch on U.S. 160 east of Pagosa Springs, thanks to the generosity of David and Carol Brown, owners of the ranch.

Several of the world-renowned soloists who thrilled Pagosa concertgoers last year will return, and we also will experience exciting new talent:

- On July 23 pianist Aviram Reichert will perform works including Schumann's "Piano Quintet" with several members of the Dallas and Baltimore symphonies. Reichert, who has won numerous awards and performed with major orchestras in Israel and Europe, wowed Pagosa audiences when he played here last summer

- Antonio Pompa-Baldi brings his piano mastery back to Pagosa July 30. He too was a great hit with local audiences last summer. He will perform solo and then join his wife Emanuela Friscioni, also an award-winning pianist who has appeared on stages around the world, in piano for four hands selections

- Pagosa welcomes two new internationally famous musicians Aug. 6 - Anne-Marie McDermott on piano and Philippe Quint playing the violin. Their performance will include Martinu's "Madrigals" and Brahms' "Piano Quintet"

- In addition, Music in the Mountains will host a free children's concert for kids and their families at Town Park 11 a.m. July 29. Highlight of this event will be "Peter and the Wolf," a work created by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev to teach his children about the symphony. Each character in the story - Peter, his grandfather, the wolf, a cat, a bird, a duck and some hunters - is represented by an instrument or instrumental family and will be acted by local children.

To help the kids enjoy this experience even more, chief librarian Lenore Bright will include "Peter and the Wolf" in the children's summer reading program.

This is the third consecutive summer that Music in the Mountains, the classical music festival now in its 18th season in Durango, will offer musical events here in Pagosa. Chairman of the committee organizing these local events is Jan Clinkenbeard.

"We're incredibly lucky to have first-class musicians who have performed to rave reviews around the world come to Pagosa to play for us," Clinkenbeard said. "And thanks to the Browns, we will enjoy this music in a tent in a spectacular mountain setting at the foot of Wolf Creek Pass."

Tickets for the paid concerts will be available April 1 at the Chamber of Commerce. All concerts are $35, the same price as last summer. "In past years the concerts have sold out well before the event, so we recommend you buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale," Clinkenbeard said.

She pointed out ticket prices pay for only a small portion of the cost of the concerts. "It is thanks to contributions from individual donors and larger organizations like the Bank of the San Juans, Rotary Club and Wells Fargo that our Pagosa festival is possible," she said.

As well, all of the organizational work is done by Clinkenbeard's local volunteer steering committee composed of Melinda Baum, Sally Hameister, Mike and Lauri Heraty, Carole Howard, Crystal Howe, Teresa Huft, and Bob and Lisa Scott.

Since its debut in 1987, Music in the Mountains has grown to become one of the best summer music festivals in the country. With 2004, the third year concerts have been held in Pagosa, community support is broadening and the addition of the family concert should involve new people in the local music scene.

To get on the mailing list for these and future Pagosa Music in the Mountain events, call 385-6820 in Durango and specify that you want to be on the Pagosa Springs mailing list.

 

Rotary's Casino Stampede scheduled early: March 27

By Beth Porter

Special to The PREVIEW

Yeehaa!

The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs rides with Montezuma Vineyard and Restaurants to bring you the 2004 Casino Royale March 27.

That's right, March 27. It's a little earlier this year - just the thing to cure those cabin fever blues.

This year, our casino theme is "The Stampede!" So break out your denim and diamonds, grab your pardner and have a rootin' tootin' evening of gaming, auctions, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, all in the stunning new surrounds at Montezuma Vineyard and Restaurants.

The boys of "Bluegrass Cadillac" will be there, to liven up the joint with their live music. A cash bar is available for adult beverages.

Tickets are $50 per person, and you'll round up $50,000 in funny money to play black jack, roulette, craps and poker, including Texas Hold'em.

Your ticket also enters you for the grand prize drawing, and a trip for two into the San Juan Mountains. Spend two days on horseback, finding that secret fishing spot, taking a photo safari or just enjoy the scenery. Camp out one night, enjoying the breathtaking night. Sponsored by Poma Ranch/Matt Poma.

You can be winning all night long, with great raffle items and the silent auction, using your funny money to bid. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event are returned to the community.

Tickets are available from your favorite Rotary member (Terri House, 264-2101 or Beth Porter, 946-0738), at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce at Montezuma Vineyard and Restaurants, or at the door.

We couldn't pull this event off without our sponsors: Montezuma Vineyard and Restaurants, Century-Tel, Citizens Bank, Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate, KWUF AM and FM Radio, Old West Press, Bank of Colorado, Edward Jones/Bob Scott, The Pagosa Springs SUN, Upper Mesa Ranch, Wells Fargo Bank, Aaron's Fitness and Strength Training, Bank of the San Juans, Big O Tire Store, Colorado Dream Homes, Davis Engineering Services, Elk Meadows River Resort, Four Corners Distributing, La Plata Electric Association, Mountain Snapshots, Rio Grande Club, Sundial Chevron and Dial Oil, The Lighting Center, Timothy Miller Homes and Vectra Bank Colorado.

Make a date for the Rotary and Montezuma Vineyard and Restaurants Casino Stampede, Saturday, March 27. We'll see ya there, in denim and diamonds.

 

Unitarians will have new home starting Sunday

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship moves into a new home Sunday in Greenbriar Plaza.

For the first service in this permanent location, Jim Buslepp will lead a program exploring the third of the Seven UU Principles: "A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning."

Based on a sermon by The Reverend Dr. Stephen Furrer of the UU Congregation of Santa Fe, this presentation will emphasize that searching for truth and meaning does not presuppose finding it. It implies that Unitarians are always seeking new insights, and cherish the questioning process.

As well as moving to a new location, meeting times have also been changed.

Starting with the March 7 service, the first, second and fourth Sunday meetings of the month will start at 10:30 a.m. On the third Sunday, the service begins at 4:30 p.m.

The Greenbriar Plaza is located on Greenbriar Drive, off North Pagosa Boulevard. Unit 15 is on the east (back) side of the commercial plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa by the fire station, then left into the parking lot for unit 15.

 

M Taize worship during Lent at St. Patrick's

Each Wednesday evening during Lent will feature Taize worship services at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church.

The Taize worship consists of meditative songs of few words, sung repeatedly, and prayer, both silent and spoken.

The atmosphere of the church is candle-lit and quiet, lending to the reflectiveness of the songs and prayers.

Services will be 7 p.m. March 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7.

The church is on South Pagosa Boulevard and the public is welcome.

 

Luncheon, classes, after-school program fill Ed Center calendar

By Carole Howard

Special to The PREVIEW

Mark your calendars for this summer's Music in the Mountains classical music concerts which will bring world-class musicians to Pagosa Springs and include a special free outdoor family and children's concert for the first time ever.

 

Teen center board meeting open to all

By Mercy Korsgren

Special to The PREVIEW

Come join the Teen Center board meeting today, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

A board meeting is held the first Thursday of the month in the south conference room at the community center. Everyone is welcome; give us your input.

March 5 is movie night and the title of tomorrow's presentation is "Bruce Almighty." This is a comedy, rated PG-13. As always, free refreshments will be served. Cheri Romero will supervise this program, 6-8 p.m. 

Also, Saturday and the first Saturday of every month, brings another LAN (Local Area Network) computer gaming party, 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. For more information check www.sentinal.net or call the community center, 264-4152.

Events next week

- March 8 - pool tournament

- March 9 - 99 card game.  This game challenges one's ability to do mental additions and subtractions

- March 10 - free throw shooting tournament.

- March 11 - stickball 5-7 p.m. Thanks to Ted Wozny for volunteering to do this game.

- March 12 - movie night. The title of the movie is "Secondhand Lions." It is rated PG-13.  This is a happy movie about a young boy who goes and stays with his uncles on a farm for the summer.

Prizes are given away in all the above tournaments. 

Donations of snacks and prizes  are always welcome. 

The Teen Center is in the Pagosa Springs Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. It is open for teens ages 13-19 from 1-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

For more information, call 264-4152.

 

Donations help 9Health Fair reach more participants

By Pauline Benetti

Special to The PREVIEW

Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in April.

It's your day to be responsible for your health and visit the 9Health Fair at Pagosa Springs High School from 8 a.m.-noon.

Through the fair you will have access to information on a wide variety of health-related subjects from CPR/First Aid to veterans' benefits.

Frequently, information is all we need to make the lifestyle changes that mean the difference between health and illness. Equally important are the basic health screens available, such as hearing, height, weight, body mass index, oral, body in balance, breast exams, vision and blood pressure.

All this is free.

Additional screenings are available at reasonable costs. For $5 you can buy a colorectal screening kit and receive training on how to use it. You can take advantage of the 32-component blood analysis including coronary risk ratio, thyroid, diabetes, full lipid panel, liver and kidney function ($30). During the same blood analysis, men over the age of 40 can receive a prostate cancer screening for an additional $25.

Over 650 people attended the fair last year and this year we expect at least 700. One of our goals this year is to see increased participation by the uninsured in our community. Statewide In 2003 the uninsured represented only 16 percent of fair participants and we have no reason to expect that data from Pagosa Springs would be any different.

There is considerable evidence that Pagosans are concerned with community health issues, which gives organizers hope that the goal is achievable.

The plan, then, is to seek sponsorship for the screenings that are not free. To do so organizers are asking the members of the community to sponsor one or more screening ($5 for a colorectal kit, $25 for a prostate cancer screening, $30 for the blood analysis).

Here's how: Decide on your level of sponsorship; make your check out to 9Health Fair and take or mail it to the Bank of Colorado, 205 Country Center Drive next to the new City Market. This is important. Our community health is involved. Checks must arrive at the bank no later than March 26.

These funds will be distributed as vouchers by community social service organizations on an as-needed basis.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the fair in a non-medical role, call Sharee Grazda at 731-0666; to help in a medical role, call Pam Hopkins at 264-6300 after March 10.

 

Consider health and safety when remodeling

Spring home-improvement projects can be exciting, especially when they involve changing the decor of the home. Whether you plan to make a minor change, like hanging new drapes, or you have something extensive in mind, it is important to consider your health and safety in the process.

Protect your health

- Make sure that ladders and stepladders are in proper working order and platforms have been constructed safely

- Increase the ventilation in the room to reduce the effects of dust and fumes

- Wear a mask to minimize the amount of dust and fine particles that you inhale

- Wear safety glasses to protect eyes from flying debris

- Wear gloves to protect skin from injury and irritation

- Keep all chemicals and tools away from children and pets, and out of the way of corridors in your work area.

Follow instructions

- Always read manufacturers' operating instructions before using any equipment

- Make sure that you use any materials or chemicals safely, complying with statutory legislation regulating the use of hazardous substances.

Deal with electricity

- Disconnect any electrical equipment when it is not in use, even if it is for a short time

- Switch off the power supply when decorating around switches or wall outlets and when cleaning them

- Consider using a ground-fault interrupter to prevent electrocution.

 

Relay for Life is June 11-12 in Town Park

This year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Pagosa Springs will be held June 11-12 in Town Park.

The theme for this year's relay is "Dealing Hope With A Heart." It is the hope of the local Relay For Life Committee that anyone interested in taking part in the June event will come to the first team captains' meeting to be held 5-5:30 p.m. March 9 in the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Last year's local Relay For Life brought in a record $70,000 and backers hope to set a new record this year, but need your help.

If you are interested in recruiting a team or want to be on a team, plan on attending this brief meeting to help you get started. For more information on being a team captain, contact Lori Unger at 731-6740 or 731-4065.

 

Wildfire workshop for teacher

Three area organizations are sponsoring a two-day workshop for teachers about wildfire.

The project will include all the materials available to educators in southwest Colorado regarding wildfire education.

The March 20-21 workshop will be at the Public Lands Center in Durango. The center is a sponsor, along with San Juan Mountains Association and Project Learning Tree.

Teachers can receive a semester graduate credit through Adams State or continuing education credits.

For more information call Nicole Smith at SJMA, 385-1210.

 

'Food for Friends' drive will open here March 8

Curves, at 117 Navajo Trail Drive, is part of the Curves International "Food for Friends" drive to benefit local food banks.

Last year, the drive collected 4.25 million pounds of food for communities across the nation.

Anyone joining the club the week of March 8, may bring a bag of groceries and have the normal service fee waived, said April Bergman, owner.

Anyone can drop off nonperishable food items for the drive Monday through Friday during business hours at Curves or the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

 

Board, committees tackle health services district's strategic plans

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

More than 20 years ago, people in Pagosa Country approved a plan for a hospital district, now named the Upper San Juan Health Service District. Some of the plans approved then have yet to be realized. The district has struggled financially, struggled with morale, struggled with management. And has provided doctors and ambulance service in an underserved area throughout it all.

It is still struggling politically, but for the first time in many years, the board has a plan in place, "a map for the future," executive director Dee Jackson said. On Feb. 10, the district board unanimously approved a strategic plan consisting of 11 short-term and eight long-term goals.

Creating the document involved focus groups, board retreats and board workshops starting in October of 2003. Karma Raley, a local resident, served as the consultant.

According to her report, focus group members included: government representatives, residents, religious leaders, consumer groups, integrative providers, district physicians, law enforcement representatives and business owners. A total of about 60 participated.

"I can report, most succinctly, the following," Raley wrote. "Public health care is critical and vital to the economic and consumer needs of Pagosa Country; the public is willing (as they have done in the past) to incur the cost of a tax supported public health clinic; the ambulance service is critical and vital for the citizens and visitors of Pagosa Country; the public is willing (as they have done in the past) to incur the costs of a tax-supported ambulance service; the citizens of the community and the district employees want the public physicians and private physicians to work together cooperatively and non-adversarial for the betterment of the community; the public wants access to a physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week before calling an ambulance and before making a trip to Durango.

"In summation, I can report that the primary concern of the public, the USJHSD Board of Directors and the district staff is availability of services. The question of who provides the services is not the issue."

The short-term goals, goals to be reached in six months to one year, include:

- build working relationship with private family practice physicians

- improve board leadership, direction and credibility

- improve public relations

- improve employee morale

- increase patient base at clinic to 10,000 visits per year

- expand urgent care emergency service to 24/7 (24-hour physician presence at clinic seven days a week)

- streamline organization to achieve maximum financial and service success

- expand X-ray and lab services at clinic

- ensure that transports to Mercy Medical Center are necessary and in the best interest of the patient, and

- rearrange current space to accommodate separation and privacy between administration and EMS personnel.

The long-term goals, to take between one and three years each are:

- establish sufficient stability with sufficient reserves to purchase equipment (emergency funding for capital expenditures)

- expand diagnostic services and medical specialist services at clinic

- return Upper San Juan Ambulance Service to position of the best ambulance service in the Southwest (once was model state used for rural healthcare emergency services)

- provide 23-hour stay

- investigate feasibility of a birthing center

- determine funding to build a facility on the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center campus to house administration and the Upper San Juan Ambulance Service

- create viable district training center

- obtain paramedic Critical Care Technician certification.

Each goal and objective has been assigned to a group within the district, such as standing board committees, management, the medical director, the services and feasibility committee, the EMS physician advisor, the board of directors and the employees. The longest list has been given to management. The shortest lists, with just one goal to facilitate, are under grants and funding, the physician advisor and the board of directors. It will be up to the board to act on recommendations from committees, employees and management on several other issues.

Work on some of the goals has already started.

For instance, under short-term goal No. 6, expanding emergency service to 24-hour care, the district engaged a RN-staffed triage service in November. This is a telephone service that connects callers with a nurse when the clinic is closed. If the nurse cannot answer the questions, the caller can be forwarded to an on-call doctor. The clinic's hours have also expanded with doors open until 8 p.m. during the week.

Board member Debra Brown reported Feb. 17 the Citizen's Advisory Committee has started to tackle goals in expanding community outreach and improving public relations, contracting for a weekly radio program, regular district newsletters and the Ask a Doctor column. They also expect to monitor the success of the nurse triage program.

The board is set to possibly review protocol for future appointments and a motion for creation of the New Services and Feasibility Committee at the March 16 meeting. That committee would be responsible for researching the possibilities of a 23-hour staging facility, a birthing center and construction needed to move EMS offices and administration onto the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center campus.

The strategic plan projects goals out to 2007. Jackson said because of the fast-changing nature of medicine it is ill advised to look forward any farther.

"Those of you who want to really dive into this, you're more than welcome to have a complete copy at no cost," Board Chairman Charles Hawkins said. Copies can be requested at the district offices on North Pagosa Boulevard and include the district's mission and vision statements, as well as a list of core values under the heading, "do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

 

Planning Commission

The Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 10, 2004, in the county commissioners' meeting room, in the Archuleta County Courthouse.

The agenda includes:

- Call to order/roll

- Final Plat Review for Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch Community Phase I. Previously referred to as Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch Phase V

This request was tabled from the Feb. 10, 2004 planning commission per the request from staff to obtain outside legal counsel

This request is for Final Plat review to subdivide a 34.6 acre parcel into 15 lots ranging in size from 0.31 to 3.02 acres with an average size of 1.28 acres. Each lot would be for single family residences

The property is located at the northeast end of Cool Pines Drive. The subdivision legal description is in Township 35 North, Range 2 West in portions of Section 21 and 22 and the Southeast Quarter of Section 23, lying East of and adjoining Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch Phase 1.

- A Public Hearing for the Conditional Use Permit request for Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District

This is a request to construct a new water tank on an easement on Lot 50 in the Loma Linda Unit 2 Subdivision. The applicant proposes to replace the old 60,000 gallon tank with a 225,000-gallon tank to provide more water storage for the areas South of Pagosa Springs in the U.S. 84 corridor

The property site is located on Lot 50 at 2053 Loma Linda Drive, which is located approximately half way between the intersections of San Juan Drive and Bonita Lane along the South side of Loma Linda Drive in the Loma Linda Subdivision Unit II.

- Sketch Plan Review and Variance Request for the River Valley Ranch Subdivision

This request is for Sketch Plan Review to subdivide 116 acres of land in the River Valley Ranch Subdivision. The proposed subdivision will contain 18 lots, ranging in size from 3-5 acres in size. There will be approximately 1 mile of San Juan River frontage in this proposed subdivision and the applicant has stated that he will create a 30-foot wide easement long the San Juan River for all the property owners in River Valley Ranch to use

The applicant is also requesting a variance from Archuleta County Land Use Regulation 4.3.4, to allow only one access for the River Valley Ranch subdivision.

- Review of the Feb. 25, 2004 planning commission minutes

- Other business that may come before the commission

- Adjournment

 

Outdoors

Dogs chasing wildlife is constant DOW concern

People who let their dogs chase and harm wildlife could face serious consequences, including stiff fines and the possibility of losing their beloved pet.

"It's one of the constant things we wrestle with every winter," said Pat Tucker, area wildlife manager in Glenwood Springs. Tucker said the problem usually stems from people living in rural subdivisions who let their dogs run free.

"They don't put the dog in a kennel or on a chain, they just turn them loose," he said. "Then the dog chases the first thing it comes across, and a lot of time that's a deer or an elk."

The fine for a dog harassing wildlife is $274. In addition, Colorado considers big game animals as state property valued at $500 for a deer, $700 for an elk and $1,000 for a bighorn sheep. That means pet owners could be billed for any wildlife injured or killed by their dog, said Bob Holder, district wildlife manager in Trinidad. Colorado law also allows any peace officer to capture or kill a dog that is caught chasing wildlife.

"In reality, this means the penalty to the dog can be death," Holder said. "Most wildlife officers only destroy the dog as a last resort after all efforts to contact a pet owner have failed. I hate to do it. I love dogs. I would rather issue a citation to the owner first."

Winter and spring are the most critical times for wildlife, when the animals are expending every bit of energy just to stay alive. The last thing they need is to be chased by a domestic dog, wildlife managers said. The problem is especially bad when it is cold out, Holder said. The dog is frisky, full of food, and ready to go. "However, the wild critters are out there 24 hours a day, burning a lot of energy just to stay alive."

Deep snow adds to the problem. While dogs can usually run on top of the snow, deer and elk sink down, making them easier prey for the dogs. Another vulnerable time is when elk and deer have their calves and fawns. The young are easy targets for a dog running loose.

Dogs that run free are also known to affect nesting ground birds. Plovers, larks, waterfowl and other ground nesting birds all suffer population losses from disturbances during the spring breeding season.

Wildlife managers say most people do not think their dog would chase wildlife.

"People think it's great that their dogs can run," Holder said. "But they don't know what the dogs do when they are out of sight."

The problem is magnified when loose dogs form neighborhood packs.

"It's devastating what dogs can do to an animal, especially when they kill it," Holder said.

However, dogs do not always kill the animals. Dogs, in their domestication, have lost many of their instincts for making quick kills, and instead chase, harass and terrorize wildlife until the chased animal collapses in exhaustion.

Holder said when dogs chase deer they often do not know what to do with it once they catch it.

"Coyotes and mountain lions are efficient killers, but dogs will bite the nose off and chew ears," he said. "The animal really suffers when the dog is just playing around."

Problems also arise when dog owners disobey leash and voice command laws, according to DOW field officers. People hiking on public land must keep their dogs on a leash or under voice control, depending on what lands they are on. The DOW prohibits dogs to run at-large on all state wildlife areas except dogs lawfully used while hunting, or while training dogs for hunting.

"If people make a little extra effort we wouldn't have these problems," Holder said. "The Division of Wildlife doesn't perceive this as a dog problem. We perceive it as a people problem."

Tucker said the solution to the problem is simply for people to be responsible dog owners. "Just because dogs sleep peacefully in front of the fireplace at night, don't think they're not capable of doing something like this when you're not paying attention. Because they can and they will."

Hunter education class set

A hunter education class is scheduled March 22, 24, 26 and 27 at Pagosa Springs Town Hall.

Sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Police Department in conjunction with Colorado Division of Wildlife, the course is open to anyone wishing to obtain a hunter safety card.

If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, you are required to have a hunter safety card before you can purchase a hunting license.

All programs, services and activities of the DOW are operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need accommodation due to a disability, contact Doug Purcell or Mike Reid at 264-2131 or Don Volger at 264-4151, Ext. 239.

To assure that DOW can meet your needs, notify them at least seven days before the class.

There is no charge for the class which will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Students must attend each session.

San Juan Gobblers host auction and dinner

You can help support wild turkey conservation and enjoy your evening by attending the Wild Turkey Super Fund auction and dinner hosted by San Juan Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The event is scheduled 6 p.m. March 20 in the Vista Clubhouse with a social hour before dinner.

All ticket holders will be eligible to win valuable prizes exclusive to Federation events. Place the highest bid and you could go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more.

Tickets for the banquet are $45 for singles and $65 for a couple. Federation membership helps support wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands and preserve hunting as a traditional American sport.

Since it was founded 27 years ago, more than $115 million in Federation and corporate funds have been spent on more than 10,345 projects benefitting wild turkeys through the United States, Canada and Mexico.

County 'puts some teeth' into new road policy

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Archuleta County commissioners approved a resolution this week outlining new policies regarding construction, installation and repair of utilities and/or access roads within public rights-of-way.

The standards and permit system adopted Tuesday are the end result of several board-attended work sessions and the collaborative efforts of Sue Walan, county engineer, and Dick McKee, county public works director.

In short, the resolution states, except in cases of emergency, "No person shall excavate, trench, dig or otherwise disturb, in any way whatsoever, any public highway right-of-way ... without first having obtained a permit to do so as set forth herein."

In cases of emergency, the policy requires those taking immediate action to notify county dispatch as soon as possible, and reads "permits shall be obtained as soon as practical after work begins, but in no event later than the next working day."

According to McKee, the aim of the resolution, which is an expanded, overhauled version of earlier policy, is "mainly to get a more consistent handle on any work being performed in our right-of-ways.

"And the new language puts some teeth into the enforcement of the policy," he added. "The older version really didn't have that; this one kind of shores up our whole permitting system and gives us some legal recourse if there are violations."

For example, the new policy includes extensive requirements regarding bonding, insurance and warranties of work, as well as a breakdown of permit fees and instances when a bond waiver may be in order.

"We're not necessarily targeting individuals who simply didn't know better," McKee concluded. "They'll be expected to comply, but we're more concerned with instances where there may be blatant disregard on someone's part."

For more information or clarification related to obtaining a permit, contact the public works department at 264-5660.

Other business conducted by the board this week included:

- scheduling a joint work session regarding Community Plan Implementation Team growth-management scenarios and discussion of the Trails Master Plan for March 8, 2 p.m.

- approving the annual fire operating plan

- approving renewal of a hotel/restaurant license for Peppers Mexican Restaurant

- approved a pair of budget amendments totalling a combined $162,885.24 in additional revenues and expenditures

- receiving a San Juan Basin Health Department budget update and West Nile virus update from health department officials

- accepting Tom Gibson's resignation from the Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission (work-related scheduling conflicts)

- approving a resolution concerning snow removal/access to private roads and drives during emergency situations

- assigning an unnamed easement located in Emerald Lake Ranch the name "Regal Pines Court"

- denying a variance request regarding minimum setback requirements for a proposed commercial development at 301 Park Ave., Seminole Commercial Park

- receiving a report on the annual Office of Emergency Management Conference from Russell Crowley, county emergency services director.

 

.Simple test can determine if well water is safe

If you own a water well and wonder whether your water is safe, there's good news: It's never been easier to find out, and a simple water test can help you determine what treatment, if any, is required, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

There are several options for independently testing your water:

- a certified laboratory can provide a detailed analysis of your water. Lab services generally are available by mailing in a sample that you take, or a lab employee may come to your home. Check your local Yellow Pages for drinking water certified labs. Such tests range from less than $50 to about $150 for more comprehensive testing

- the area's health department may be able to test your water supply for a fee

- several do-it-yourself tests are available. You should make sure the test you buy is simple to use, provides results at home (nothing to mail in), and is laboratory certified for accurate and reliable results. You can get results within 48 hours. You also should make sure the product offers a toll-free number in case you have questions. Cost: from about $10 for individual tests to $30 or more for a comprehensive test kit.

There are several home tests available:

In a bacteria test, you add water to a bottle that is provided in the kit, shake and wait for 48 hours to see what color the water has become, which will indicate if the water is clean or contaminated.

In a nitrate/nitrite test, you dip test strips in the water and compare the color change. This test takes a few seconds.

In a lead test, you boil a sample of water and add in a solution. The resulting color change will provide instant results if lead is in the water supply.

In an iron hardness test, you analyze for eight contaminants and pollutants by using test strips.

A comprehensive test kit includes all the testing products, allowing you to check for bacteria, lead, nitrates, chlorine, iron, copper, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, iron bacteria and hydrogen sulfide.

If you detect problems in your water supply, contact a water well contractor with the test results so you can make an informed decision together about water treatment options. Most water quality problems can be solved.

To locate a water well contractor in your area - or for more information on other topics of interest to private well owners - visit the NGWA-operated Web site: www.wellowner.org. Or, you can call the National Ground Water Association at (800)551-7379.

To get contact information for your state ground water association, go to www.ngwa.org and click on "Affiliate States."

For more information, contact: Cliff Treyens, (800) 551-7379.

 

Fun Center closing stirs flurry of rumor, little cause for action

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

The doors of the Pagosa Fun Center on Navajo Trail Drive have closed.

Police were called several times. Court documents have been filed. So far, the result has been a flock of rumors but little official action.

According to a public notice filed by Stephen L. Ferguson, managing committee member of the Pagosa Family Entertainment Center, LLC and court documents, Daniel McGuire, former general manager of the fun center was released Feb. 5. A notice of eviction was given to the investors Feb. 21. The doors to the center closed Feb. 23.

According to court documents, investors in the fun center arrived the same day the doors closed to remove liquid assets to a storage center on advice of attorneys. Police were called by owners of the Ridgeview Mall, which housed the Fun Center. A police report included in district court files lists the incident as a "civil problem." Deputy Richard Valdez, Detective T.J. Fitzwater and Undersheriff Bob Grandchamp responded. After several hours, according to the report, "no documents were produced saying who owned what, who the eviction notice was served to or who the actual owner of the business is."

Attorney Dennis Eamick, representing the owners of Ridgeview Mall, LLC, has filed requests for a restraining order and a stipulation for eviction against Daniel McGuire and the Pagosa Family Entertainment Center LLC with the 6th District Court. The motions charge that the entertainment center is far behind on monthly rent of $17,000 among other bills.

According to court documents Judge James Denvir could not rule on either motion because of insufficient information about the defendants.

Detective George Daniels of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department said an investigation has been opened regarding allegations of embezzlement of funds made against McGuire.

That investigation is ongoing. As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges had been filed.

According to a legal notice appearing in The SUN over the next three weeks, members of the Family Entertainment Center LLC managing committee, "are seeking information on investments debts, contracts and past transactions" connected with the Fun Center.

 

Campbell calls it quits in U.S. Senate

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell announced Wednesday that he will not seek a third term in office.

The Ignacio Republican solon's action threw the Senate race wide open and apparently came as a surprise to potential opponents though he had been struggling with poor health.

The 70-year-old Senator checked himself into the hospital Feb. 26 with chest pain, and had faced recurring questions about his health since undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Until Wednesday, however, he had promised a strong campaign for reelection.

"After spending another night in the hospital, I realize that deteriorating health may hamper my ability to serve," Campbell said in a written statement released Wednesday. "Doctors have assured me," he said, "that after the treatment for prostate cancer, the recovery rate is about 98 percent. But, I believe Coloradans deserve a 100 percent guarantee of service."

Campbell said he looks forward to campaigning for President Bush and the Republican ticket. He is a cochairman of Bush's Colorado reelection committee.

Following news of Campbell's withdrawal, Gov. Bill Owens praised the senator as "a Colorado legend ... who has served the people of the state tirelessly for more than two decades."

Fellow Colorado Senator Wayne Allard said, "Colorado and the nation are going to lose a great champion but I understand his desire to return to Colorado after 12 highly successful years in the Senate."

Mike Miles of Colorado Springs, one of the early campaign foes for Campbell's seat, responded to the senator's decision with the following statement:

"For someone with such a long and distinguished career in public service, Senator Campbell's decision to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race must have been extremely difficult.

"Politics is politics, but nothing in life is more important than health and family, and I respect Senator Campbell's decision."

 

  Letters
 

Anti-Israel

Dear Editor:

Recent dribble from the left in the pages of our noble P.S. SUN, show increasingly the propaganda these so-called "open-minded" liberals seem to adhere to as though they were zombies out of an Orwellian novel.

In "A plan, not a wall," Mr. Finney attempts to be gracious to the Jews by mentioning the "Holocaust" and "many great Jews." Mr. Finney, I'm sure 2,000 years of persecution at the hands of virtually every race and nation on Earth, more than made up for by the patronizing comments such as the ones with which you prefaced your anti-Israel attack.

First let's examine the historical facts. Three times in the last 50 years Israel has gone to war to fight off invading Arab armies in order to survive annihilation. She has had her cities bombed from southern Lebanon and Iraq.

Since the Oslo Accords, when Israeli Prime Minister Barak negotiated to give in to 97 percent of Palestinian demands, Arafat has waged war against the state of Israel, but not before Israel and the United States armed the Palestinian Security Forces with thousands of automatic weapons.

Rock throwing Palestinian youth are not a result of a poor oppressed people fighting modern tanks and helicopters with stone-age weapons as the media would have us think, but rather the hateful religious, anti-Israel, anti-American education Palestinian youth are indoctrinated into. Repeated scenes of Palestinian suicide bombers is a reminder of what Golda Meir said: that "there would be peace when the Arabs loved their children more than they hate the Jews."

Hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars have gone into humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, discovering here lately, much of it has ended up in private foreign accounts under the names of both Arafat and his wife. Barak tried to give back the so called "Occupied Territories" but Arafat didn't want it. The PLO charter, simply stated, calls for the utter destruction of the state of Israel and the Israeli people. To date, Israel has met almost all the demands of Oslo Accords and the Palestinians have met none.

Mr. Finney's use of a "religious" comment on Christ's message misses important points. It is the responsibility of the church to feed the poor, cover the naked, take in the homeless, care for widows and orphans. It is the responsibility of the government to administer justice and "provide for the common defense of the people."

I agree, a wall to keep out terrorists seems to me to be a ridiculous solution. History shows peace only comes when there is a total victory by one of the opposing parties.

Elohiym barak Yisrael gam America!

William Bennett

Finney's 'facts'

Dear Editor:

My husband, George, says I shouldn't answer Ray Finney's letters to the editor because they are filled with inaccurate statements regarding history and current events. Finney attempts to solve the complex problems of the Middle East with very simple solutions. George calls this kind of writing "the babble of blame."

Mr. Finney says the withdrawal of our support from the Middle East will end terrorism, showing his lack of knowledge of that region of the world. Ray, the Middle East has been in turmoil since the beginning of recorded history.

Many, throughout history, have believed if you offer a distortion often enough and long enough, people will believe it as given fact. I find Ray Finney's distortion of history and current events appallingly dangerous because he repeats them again and again and again.

I would hope most people laugh at your letters, Ray, but I fear there will be those who believe "Finney facts," as gospel. Another reason the letters are dangerous is the presence of phrases such as the "Zionist Lobby." The "Zionist Lobby" is a very offensive phrase to most Jewish people. Ray, do you really believe the terrorists and/or bin Laden will end terrorism if the U.S. abandons its support of Israel?

Then, there are the ideas that give new definition to "naivete." A Marshal Plan for the Palestinians sounds good, but before any aid begins Arafat and his cronies should return the money they have stolen from the Palestinians. Next, rewards in the amount of $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers need to be halted. Arab schools (the Madrishes) that teach that the U.S. is the Great Satan and all evil comes from us should be stopped.

So, once more, my darling George has patiently put up with me writing and rewriting letters, quite vociferously, in order to counter the "Whacky World According to Finney."

Judy Esterly

Not running

Dear Editor:

Citizens of Upper San Juan Health Service District, as board chairman, along with the majority of the board, I dedicated my time to provide the best health care system in rural Colorado.

Through hard work, we accomplished just that. We now have employees who are happy and dedicated to quality health care. Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center is now open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to accommodate people who work or have children who need help. In addition, we now have 24/7 physician on-call service and we have "RN on Call Priority Service" for all community members after hours. We are blessed with a highly-skilled emergency medical service to get you where you need to be, when you need to be there. Dr. Dan Hepburn is the best physician advisor the service has ever had. He is dedicated to excellent medical training and protocols for our staff. We have just gotten our second new updated ambulance and, with our four LifePak 12s, are equal to or better than any service in our region.

My hat is off to all of our dedicated paramedics and EMTs. Our medical staff is led by Dr. Guy Piquet, board certified physician with extensive experience in quality assurance. Dr. Hepburn is a board certified family practice physician who works every weekend.

This board has had to make many decisions to get to this point and I believe we are now ready to go forward to fulfill our mission and move toward our vision. Unfortunately, there are some in the community who have another agenda. This board has been subject to ridicule and name-calling that sometimes was hard to bear. We had board members who resigned because of undo pressure.

I have been called names and my only agenda was to help the community in response to the community that supported me during my cancer treatment. I believe that I have accomplished that goal and want you to know firsthand that since obtaining this goal, I am not going to run for another term and hope you will support board candidates who want the district to grow in the right direction of a government entity to provide you with quality health care that is affordable and available to all.

Even though I am not going to be on the new board, I will still offer my time in support of good health care. Thank you for allowing me to serve as board chairman.

Charles Hawkins

Salutes Gonzales

Dear Editor:

I have had the pleasure of being associated with Erlinda Gonzales and her staff at the Archuleta County Department of Social Services for the last 10-12 years.

I have attended conferences with the staff, trained them and been the recipient of their ideas and thoughtfulness.

Over the last 37 years of my practice, I have rarely seen anyone exhibit the leadership that Erlinda exhibits to her staff, the clients and the community. She is a self-starter and a woman of integrity, creativity, eagerness, wisdom and willingness to risk to accomplish meeting the needs of her community, agency and clients.

She thrives on learning and enabling her staff to learn and grow more competent in their responsibilities. I think the town of Pagosa Springs and surrounding area should celebrate the presence of Erlinda Gonzales, director of human services.

Respectfully,

Margaret A. Nicholson, MSW

Vote for principle

Dear Editor:

Now Ms. Patty Tillerson in her Feb. 26 SUN letter wants me to cast my vote under the premise that I'll receive some type of win guarantee with my May USJHSD ballot if I rightfully utilize her "umbrella" logic.

Seems to me that this is tantamount to asking the voter to count on some guaranteed luck from a rabbit's foot if we rub it hard enough. Somehow, I don't see where it ever worked for the rabbit.

No: I think that I'll just vote for principle. Though I may vote alone, at least I can cherish the sweet reflection that my vote was never lost.

Wonder if the Arboles troglodyte, Bob Dungan, has a rabbit's foot. Maybe a piñon pine beetle foot would work. Now that might be a virtually perfect solution.

Jim Sawicki

Community News
Senior News

Seeking feedback on senior activitie

By Laura Bedard

SUN Columnist

In order to best serve the needs of the senior population in Archuleta County, we are asking folks to give us feedback about our services.

If the funds were available, what services would you like to see that we are currently not providing?

What services are we currently providing that you would like to see more of? Example: classes, presentations, transportation, additional meals.

Please call the senior center at 264-2167 with your suggestions.

Next week Jerry Granok will teach our new Tai Chi Chih class, starting March 15, every Monday at 10 a.m. Try out this easy new class.

Are you the potential target for financial scams or exploitation? Do you receive calls or mail regarding lotteries and sweepstakes? Do you understand your rights with regard to Colorado's No Call Law? Are you regularly invited to "financial planning" seminars?

Learn how to protect yourself from financial predators and about the resources in place to protect you. Join Janice L. Friddle, director of AARP ElderWatch for an information and question-and-answer session, at 1 p.m. March 8. Prevent financial elder abuse. It's your money. Protect it.

Be on the alert. We have received word from Chief Warren Grams that someone is asking seniors for a donation of $60 to the fire department. Grams wants everyone to know this is a scam, the Pagosa Fire Protection District is not soliciting donations.

We have a new feature in our dining room - "Because we care ..." - a special place on the bulletin board to put up notices of happy events or concerns about our seniors. If you need special attention given to someone or to announce a birth of a grandchild, this is the place to put it for members of Archuleta Seniors, Inc. or their families. We want to share your concerns and your joys, so announce them on our "Because we care ..." board.

Next week Bev Brown will be doing chair massage Tuesday. This is especially good for neck and shoulder and back work, so seniors, come in and get loosened up!

We are going to Durango March 11. The suggested donation for folks age 60-plus is $10 for the ride. Sign up in the senior lounge and shop till you drop.

The weather cut our numbers for our Mardi Gras celebration, but not the enthusiasm. We had some lovely decorations and Johnny Martinez found the "baby" in the King's (chocolate) Cake. Hannah Foster won a prize for best mask. We will definitely try this again next year.

On March 12, Patty will be checking blood pressures. Come in for a free pressure check.

We will also be showing a free movie March 12: "Second Hand Lions." A sullen teen-ager is forced to spend the summer with his grumpy old uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall) but life on their rundown Texas farm is not dull, especially after the uncles decide to make a man out of their nervous nephew.

As usual, popcorn is only 25 cents.

George remembers

Old George, ranch hand at the SC_None (Senior Center Bars None) remembers the good old days :

"As a youngster living in the small town of Golden we often went to the big city of Denver to shop.

"The best part of the trip was the chance to see a vaudeville show. My mother loved the plays and short comic skits produced in many theatres every afternoon of the week.

"Our arrival in Denver was always planned to give us time for the necessary shopping and then a visit to the old Empress Theatre where we viewed many vaudeville shows. Do you remember those entertaining shows?"

Volunteers needed

We are currently looking for several volunteers to provide assistance on our senior bus approximately once a week. Duties may include assistance from the home to bus, carrying groceries and assisting with grocery shopping. A background check will be completed on all applicants. Help brighten the day of a senior today by helping out. Call 264-2167 for more information.

Need a change of scenery? Try the Heritage of America Tour, set up by Four Corners Senior Travelers.

Departure date is Oct. 30, with 10 days, 13 meals, eight breakfasts and five dinners.

Highlights: New York City, Philadelphia, Amish Country, Gettysburg, Shenandoah Valley, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon- Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution and Ford's Theatre.

Call the Montezuma County Senior Center, (970) 565-4166 for more information.

Events

Friday - Qi Gong, 10 a.m. 10:30 MicroSoft Word, 10:30; veterans' benefits, noon

March 8 -12:45 ElderWatch- Janice Friddle, 12:45 p.m.; bridge for fun, 1 p.m.

March 9 - 10:00 Yoga in Motion, 10 a.m.; 10:30 Advanced computer class, 10:30; chair massage, 11 a.m.-1 p.m

March 10 - Beginning computer class, 10:30 a.m.; Canasta, 1 p.m.

March 11 - Durango trip

March 12 - 10:00 Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; MicroSoft Word. 10:30; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.; free movie day - "Second Hand Lions," 1 p.m.; Senior board meeting, 1 p.m.

Menu

Friday - BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, whole wheat roll and fruit mix

March 8 - Sole Almondine, rice/walnut salad, steamed carrots, onion roll, orange wedge, and chocolate pudding

March 9 - Grilled ham and cheese sandwich, tomato soup, tossed salad, and pineapple

March 10 - Braised beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, cauliflower, fruit mix/bananas-apricots and roll

March 12 - Baked chicken fillets, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli salad, muffin and apple crisp.

 

Chamber News

Begorra! 'Tis almost time

for our St. Paddy's jaunt

By Sally Hamiester

There's no time like the present to sign up for this year's almost-famous St. Patrick's Day Parade which falls on a Wednesday this year on, of course, March 17.

This year will be a bit different in that we will line up right on U.S. 160 at the light on Fifth Street and wrap around on Sixth Street.

What is not different is that you will be required to pay the king's ransom of $3.17 as an entry fee and you will begin lining up at 3:17 p.m.

This parade is all about fun and the one and only requirement is that all participants wear green. We welcome children, animals, adults and just about anything or anyone that will make a colorful addition to the parade.

Entry forms will be found in our upcoming newsletter, the Chamber Communiqué, and I'm sure that Doug O'Trowbridge will make them available at the Visitor Center sometime soon. I just wanted to give you plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing for this ever-so-darlin' event. Call us at 264-2360 with any questions.

'Making a Difference'

The Education Center's third annual "Making a Difference" fund-raising luncheon is fast approaching, and you simply don't want to miss this lovely event which will be held March 9 at the Pagosa Springs Baptist Church beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Lew Hunter and brings with him a list of credentials and credits as long as your arm, but a lot more interesting unless, of course, your arm is a lot more interesting than mine. This gentleman boasts a career which includes serving as an executive for Walt Disney, NBC, ABC and various motion picture companies for three decades. Teaching seems to be his true calling, and his seminars and workshops are offered all over the world in places like Africa, Australia, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland and Greece.

In view of the recent Academy Awards, it is particularly timely to note that some of Dr. Hunter's students at UCLA have written screenplays for some very well-known films like "Men in Black," "Forrest Gump," "Lethal Weapon" and "Under the Tuscan Sun."

I hope you will join us March 9 for what promises to be a fascinating program and a delicious meal. Tickets for this fund-raiser are available at the Education Center at 4th and Lewis streets, for $45.

Fun Day

The folks at Big Brothers, Big Sisters had to do some fancy footwork recently when the Pagosa Fun Place closed its doors and obviously there could no longer be the Bowl for Kids' Sake fund-raiser slated to be held there.

Not to worry: There is now a "Fun Day" planned for the same day, this Saturday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard.

You will find foosball, ping pong, pool, basketball, hula hoops, dancing, food and '60s music to top it off.

Wear your very best '60s costume, and you might very well win a prize. If you need a reminder, the '60s were resplendent with pink and black, crinolines, saddle shoes, pony tails, duck tails and dancing the jitterbug at sock hops. I know these things because that was my era, and I'm glad I was there.

Those of you who had planned to bowl and have collected pledge sheets, please bring those in with your dough. Drawings will be held for other prizes that day, so be sure to show up and sign in. You could win a weekend in Denver, tickets to Durango's Wine Festival, tickets to a Nuggets game and an overnight stay in Durango, just to name a few.

Keep in mind that this is all to benefit the kids of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, so please open your hearts and pocketbooks.

Daffodil Days

March 8 marks the beginning of the annual American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, and you are invited to order numerous bouquets of these gorgeous harbingers of spring to brighten the offices and/or homes of those you appreciate.

The bouquets are $9 each and can be ordered by calling Suzan at 264-6255 or Mountain Greenery at 264-5962.

Keep in mind that the funds collected from Daffodil Days are used locally to support research, education and patient services.

I find it critically important to know that our dollars are used to benefit our locals who need or require help in those areas. Be a part of the American Cancer Society's brightest week of the year, Daffodil Days.

Food for Friends

Yet another way to lend a hand here in Pagosa is through the Curves annual food drive to benefit our local food banks.

Last year the Curves food drive collected over 4,250,000 pounds of food for communities across the nation with their "Food for Friends" program. Our local Curves collected 1,424 pounds, exceeding their goal of 1,200 pounds by 224, thanks to your generosity.

Anyone joining Curves the week of March 8 may bring a bag of groceries and owner April Bergman will waive the normal service fee. She invites everyone to drop off nonperishable food items at the 117 Navajo Trail Drive location or at the Visitor Center during business hours Monday through Friday.

Business workshop

Our friend, Joe Keck, director of the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College, will conduct a "Starting Your Business" workshop at Fort Lewis 9:30 a.m.-noon March 10, in the Education Business Building Room 118.

Joe is the gentleman who comes to our Visitor Center once a month to offer free business counseling to our members, so is more than qualified to help you understand and reduce the risks of opening a new business.

Careful planning and awareness of all the implications will greatly improve the chances of success with owning your own business. Joe invites you to attend this free workshop, so call to reserve your spot today at 247-7009.

Travel shows

I wanted to remind you that in January and February, Pagosa Springs was represented at travel shows in 10 different cities to promote summer tourism travel.

We were offered this opportunity through the Colorado Activities Center in December and jumped on the opportunity to partner with the CAC at these shows.

The cities involved were Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Tulsa and Wichita, with a projected collective attendance of over 500,000 prospective summer guests. Once again, I feel it in my bones that we're going to have a great summer.

Congrats to Jan

Our sincere congratulations to member Jan Brookshier on her recent retirement from Wells Fargo Bank and our wishes for some lazy, crazy days from now on in.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Jan will be busier than ever with photography and framing, but she might have the luxury of doing those things on her terms and in her time frame.

We're all very happy for you, Jan, and maybe even the tiniest bit jealous of that whole retirement thing.

Seedling orders

March 26 is the deadline for ordering tree and shrub seedlings to be planted for conservation planting, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement from the San Juan Conservation District.

Landowners need to own at least two acres, use the seedlings for conservation purposes and not landscaping and agree to not resell seedlings purchased through the program as living plants.

Last date to order is March 26 and seedlings will be available for pickup at the fair building one day only, April 15. For more information, call 264-5516.

Membership

We're very happy to welcome three new members this week along with 15 renewals.

It is most gratifying to bring new businesses and individuals into the fold and always warms the cockles of our hearts to renew our loyal supporters. Thank you all from the cockles, atriums, ventricles and arteries of our hearts.

We welcomed Juli Morelock who joined as a Real Estate Associate with Coldwell Banker, The Pagosa Group a week or so ago, but didn't have a description at that time. We're happy to pass that along and let you know that Juli offers service with smile, working with buyers and sellers of homes, ranches, horse properties, vacant land, condos and commercial properties. You can reach Juli at 731-2000 or at her Web site, www.pagosacountryrealestate.com.

Our next new member is a young man we met at our recent SunDowner and are happy to welcome Chris Crump who brings us his business on wheels, Animan. This unique service is a mobile pet bathing and grooming service that is available to you all seasons throughout the year and is completely self contained. Chris can be reached at either 799-0856 or at 731-9706. We thank good member Wade Duncan for recruiting Chris and will cheerfully mail off a pass for a free SunDowner with our thanks.

Our next new member is an old friend with a new business, Ed King with Grand Slam Debt Solutions, with home offices. Ed offers a home membership club which provides members with educational materials, knowledge and services. As a member of this organization, you can own your home in as little as 12 months. Please give Ed a call to learn more about Grand Slam Debt Solutions at 731-9085 or at (800) 944-9085.

Our third new member this week is Dominique A. Lucero who brings us Domo's Portable Toilets with offices located in his home. Dominique offers great rates and excellent service at any construction site, special events of all sizes and for any other portable sanitation needs. Please give him a call at either 264-9318 or 799-8028.

Our renewals this week include Daron Selph with Mesa Propane, Inc.; Pat and Gordon Kahn with both Victoria's Reign and Victoria's Parlor (just celebrated a third anniversary); Pastor Bart Burnett with Mountain Heights Baptist Church; Delio & Stangby, CPAs in Durango with Airport Self Storage in Pagosa; Sharla Gallegos with The 19th Hole Restaurant and Bar; David CdeBaca with Enterprise Rent-A-Car located in Piedra Car Center; Tegan Brown with Colorado Dream Homes, Inc.; Kathryn Heilhecker with Jafra Cosmetics International (now who recruited Kathryn?); Robin Auld with Robin K. Auld, P.C., Attorney at Law; Jane McKain with the Pagosa Fiber Festival; Rusty Hector with City Market, Country Center; Michelle Reyes with City Market downtown; Bill and Barbara Fair with Power House Youth Ministries; and Frank (Frankie) LaGioia with Frankie's Place.

 

Library News

Public can meet library architect tonight

By Lenore Bright

SUN Columnist

The trustees of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library and the Upper San Juan Library District are in negotiations with Dennis Humphries, of the firm of Humphries Poli Architects, to design an addition and renovation of the Sisson Library.

A focus of Humphries Poli Architects is the creation of highly functional and inspiring libraries. Their work includes more than 20 Colorado libraries including ones in Broomfield, Kiowa, Elizabeth, Louisville, Thornton, Highlands Ranch, Rocky Ford, Sterling, Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker.

They are currently involved with the new library in Dolores.

They have an in-depth awareness of key issues involved in libraries. They pride themselves on creating libraries that are reflective of the unique qualities of their respective communities.

The firm is committed to creating projects responsive to their sites, and the people who use them.

With that end in mind, Humphries will be in the library at 6:30 p.m. today to meet with interested citizens about the coming project.

He would like to get input as to what people would like to see in the new addition. It is Humphries' belief that exceptional architecture springs from responding to the particular circumstances of each situation.

The firm's creed is to create livable communities through buildings which ennoble their place, inspire their participants, and bring joy to their users.

Humphries Poli has earned a reputation for its strong design capabilities. The firm has been honored with 19 local and regional awards including one last year from the American Subcontractors Association. They've also won a number of American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Interior Designers awards.

The trustees are looking to break ground this summer with completion set for next spring.

The Sisson Library opened 15 years ago after residing in various buildings and town halls for over 100 years. Private fund-raising will pay for the project.

Please join the trustees at the library tonight at 6:30 to meet Humphries.

 

Veteran's Corner

Many survivor benefits may be available

By Andy Fautheree

SUN Columnist

Many of our veterans are passing away with age, and for some of them, death is because of service-connected disabilities.

Perhaps they were wounded in combat, or injured because of other military related duties. Or, they may have died while in active or inactive military service.

For the purposes of this benefit we are referring to those veterans who are officially rated by the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) with a service-connected disability rating.

Surviving spouse

With the passing of a veteran, the benefits for the surviving spouse or family of that veteran comes into question.

In certain cases, there are benefits for the family from the VA. This benefit is called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for service-connected deaths.

DIC payments may be available for surviving spouses who have not remarried, unmarried children under 18, helpless children, children between 18 and 23 if attending a VA-approved school and low-income parents of deceased service members or veterans.

DIC eligibility

DIC eligibility is also available now for surviving spouses who remarry after age 57.

Eligible remarried spouses under this rule have one year from Jan. 1, 2004, to apply for this benefit. However, it will not be paid retroactive to the veteran's date of death.

The key to this VA benefit is that the applicant is an eligible survivor of a veteran who died of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training, or an injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on inactive duty training.

Totally disabled

If the veteran's death was not service-related, an individual may still be eligible if either of the following conditions existed at the time of death:

- the veteran was continuously rated by the VA totally disabled for a period of 10 or more years immediately preceding death

- the veteran was receiving VA disability compensation for a total disability continuously since released from active duty, and for at least five years.

As always, there are more details for this benefit than I can go into here and it would be a good idea for the family to stop by and see me if they feel there is any indication they may be eligible for this benefit.

Time limits?

Is there a time limit to apply for this benefit?

Not necessarily. Obviously the new law pertaining to remarried spouse after age 57 could reflect years since the veteran died.

Perhaps the spouse was not advised or aware they were eligible for this benefit at the time of the veteran's death. The VA now sends information for DIC to the spouse or family of a deceased service-connected disabled veteran on notification of his death.

However, I suspect many spouses may not have been so informed in past years. Basically there is no time limit for a surviving spouse to file for this benefit.

SC disabilities

The key question here is did the veteran die from service-connected disabilities?

For instance, would survivors be eligible if the service-connected disabled veteran died in an automobile accident? Probably not, unless the accident was officially the result of, or caused by, a connection to their service-connected disability.

In other words, if the service-connected disability was for a heart condition, and the veteran died in an automobile accident because of a heart attack, the survivors may be eligible for DIC. Careful analysis of the cause of death is important in these cases.

DIC payment rates

Currently the basic DIC payment to a surviving spouse is $967 a month. Add $208 a month if at the time of death the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling for a continuous period of at least eight years immediately preceding death and the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same eight years.

An additional amount of $241 per child is added to the basic monthly rate for each dependent child under age 18. If the surviving spouse is entitled to aid and attendance, an additional $241 can be added to the base amount. If the surviving spouse is permanently housebound, an additional $115 is added to the basic monthly rate.

In the case of a person who dies while on active duty in the military, the survivors may be eligible for DIC payments based on their military pay grade.

Help to apply

There are many more details to this benefit and I urge anyone who may be eligible to contact this office for more information. I have all the VA forms on hand and will assist you in applying for this or any other VA benefit.

For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office on the lower floor of the county courthouse. The office number is 264-8375, the fax number is 264-8376, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. 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.

 

Arts Line

Woodworkers exhibit planned in October

By Belinda LaPierre

PREVIEW Columnist

Pagosa Springs Arts Council asks all fine woodworkers to apply for an exhibit planned in October.

The goal of this special exhibit is to gain recognition of Pagosa Springs as a center for fine woodworking.

At present, Cappy White, David Smith and Will Dunbar have offered to organize the special exhibit. Cappy has a woodworking shop in Pagosa and exhibits his work widely in the Four Corners area.

Will Dunbar, who makes very fine "Arts and Crafts" style furniture has also agreed to submit a couple of pieces.

Teen acting workshop

Felicia Landsbury Meyer will teach an acting workshop for teens 3-5:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 7-25 in the arts rooms in the community center. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Shows and programs

A juried art show is planned Sept. 17-19. 

PSAC is looking for paintings, photography and mixed media.  Themes should be of fall foliage and balloons since this will be held the same time as the Colorfest balloon festival. 

Artists can capture the beauty of the remaining fall color changes and the balloons that fill our skies, or work from photographs of past balloon rallies or fall colors. 

Photographs, paintings, wood work, iron sculptures of either subject will be accepted. Stay tuned for more information about this event.

 The council will sponsor "The Art of Cooking" 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 10 with Diane Bouma and Fran Jenkins at Fran's home, Bear Mountain Ranch.

A complete dinner menu will be served in tasting portions. In a demonstration class the two will teach the basics of French sauces and techniques.

All proceeds will be donated to the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Class size limited to 20 students. Cost is $50; $45 for PSAC members

Reservations must be made and paid by April 5. Please make your reservations by calling PSAC, 264-5020 or e-mail psac@ centurytel.net.

Diane is a personal chef at Bootjack Ranch, formally worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley and is a certified culinary professional.

Fran also is a certified culinary professional with the International Association of Culinary Professionals and has taught numerous cooking classes.

The Art of Dance

Instep Dance Club's March schedule includes the Romantic Rhumba.

Classes are 7-9 p.m. today, and the same time March 12, 19 and 25.

The club will sponsor a Latin Dance workshop March 27, 9:45 a.m-noon, instructed by Carol Swearman, a certified instructor of International and American style ballroom dancing and the director of the Summit of the Rockies Dancesport Championships every August in Denver.

Join in this exciting opportunity to learn Latin technique which moves its way through the Cha Cha, Merengue, Rhumba, Mambo, Salsa and the very graceful Bolero. Comfortable clothing and smooth-soled shoes recommended. Cost is $10 per person.

A potluck salad luncheon will be held noon-1 p.m. Refreshment and desserts provided.

Sessions take place at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave.

Club dues are $20 for a single and $30 per couple. Singles without partners welcome.

For questions or comments, call Deb Aspen at 731-3338.

History of Rhumba

The true Rhumba is African based and was usually associated with the lower classes due to the lascivious nature of the dance.

A slower, more refined version of the native Rhumba with a basic diamond dance pattern became a popular dance of the middle class Cubans. The Rhumba music first migrated to Miami Beach then all the way to New York City. The American Rhumba is a modified version of the Cuban Rhumba. It took over 15 years after its first introduction in the U.S. in 1913 for it to gain popularity.

In the 1930s increased American tourism to Latin American and the publishing of the book, "The Peanut Vendor," by Edward Marks Music Company, brought widespread attention to Latin-American music in the U.S.

However, the real impresario of Latin music was Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. He appeared in early sound movies and later played at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The American Rhumba today is characterized by the Cuban Motion, a hip movement achieved by transferring weight from one foot to the other. This hip movement is combined with very smooth steps, giving the dance a sensual appearance.

Attention Artists

PSAC cordially invites all artists to participate in the 2004 exhibit schedule which runs April through October.

We invite artists and artists' organizations, working in any medium, to exhibit in our gallery in Town Park.

Don't delay, as we already have some exhibits scheduled for the 2004 season.

For more information about PSAC and to request an application to exhibit, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Pagosa Springs Arts Council

2004 Exhibit Program,

PO Box 533

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

or e-mail PSAC at psac@ centurytel.net.

The 2004 application is posted on our Web site: www.pagosa-arts.com.

Gateway National Art Show, the City of Farmington, N.M., Office of Cultural Affairs and the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council is promoting its Gateway National Juried Art Show. Chris Cook will be the juror.

Dates of the show are May 22-July 24. The show will be held at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park. The slide postmark deadline to enter is March 26. For more info, call the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174.

Durango Arts Center's group exhibits program is accepting applications for 2005 with a postmark deadline March 26 to be considered for 2005 exhibits.

The mission of the program is to showcase visual art created by emerging and established artists from the Four Corners region. This program also features work by artists from throughout Colorado and the U.S. For more information, call the exhibits director at 259-2606 or e-mail dac@frontier.net.

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery will not have gallery hours this month. We look forward to the upcoming 2004 season with an exhibit in April featuring original watercolors of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad by Jeff Ellingson and John Coker and The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad photographs of Jay Wimer.

Education News

Get rubbed the right way at senior center

By Livia Cloman Lynch

SUN Columnist

The staff of The Education Center has secured another exceptional speaker for the "Making A Difference Luncheon 2004."

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lew Hunter, an international speaker and author.

The March 9 luncheon program at First Baptist Church will include not only the keynote address by Hunter but also talks from local students Crystal Snow and Rosalie Martinez. The students will describe their personal experiences in educational programs sponsored by The Education Center.

Lunch is being catered by JJ's Upstream. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at The Education Center located at 4th and Lewis streets. Call 264-2835 for more information or to purchase tickets for the event.

Sponsors of this year's event include the following 28 businesses and individuals: Alternative Home Builders, Appraisal Services Inc., Bank of Colorado, Bank of the San Juans, CenturyTel, Circle T Lumber/Ace Hardware, Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, Colorado Dream Homes, Colorado Land Title, Custom Homes by Curt Johnson, DeClark Granite and Fabrication, Kerry Dermody, Edward Jones, Great Divide Title, High Country Title, Harmony Works Juice Bar, Jackisch Drug, KWUF, Monograms Plus Leather, Mountain Snapshots, Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Rotary Club, The Pagosa Springs SUN, The Tile and Carpet Store, United Mini Storage, Upper San Juan Library District, and Wells Fargo Bank.

After-school activities

Every day after school we sponsor enrichment classes at the elementary school.

The schedule for March includes Wiz Kids! with Emily Neder on Mondays; art classes taught by Tessie Garcia Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesday's class is "Kids Choice" and "It's Knot Hard-Macrame" is offered Wednesdays.

"Brain Games," led by Becky Jackson is offered Thursdays after school and we have a Friday afternoon class with Emily Neder from 1:15-5 p.m.

First aid/CPR classes

We are offering a first aid-only class 6-8 p.m. March 23. A CPR-only class will be held 6-8 p.m. March 24. Cost for these classes will be $30 for first aid, $27 for CPR, or $40 for both classes.

 

Education Center keynoter is the epitome of versatility

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

Talk about range of versatility!

Dr. Lew Hunter, keynote speaker for the annual Archuleta County Education Center "Making a Difference" luncheon March 9, has written the screenplay for "Joni," an inspiring, wholesome story of the courage and determination of an injured teen-age paraplegic, for the Rev. Billy Graham's film company.

He also authored the award winning "Fallen Angel," a powerful drama about child pornography (which was the highest rated Movie-of-the-Week ever when it was released on CBS in 1981).

And the subject matter for the dozens of shows he has written, supervise, and produced during his three decades as an executive at Walt Disney, NBC, ABC and various motion picture companies, has ranged from "James Dean: An American Legend" to a theatrical documentary on Africa.

If you remember "Batman," "Combat" and "Bewitched" on TV, you've seen a lot of Lew Hunter's work. It's even been suggested that "Nick at Night" owes its success to reruns of Lew's shows.

Hunter is chair emeritus of the renowned UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program and best selling author of "Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434." His much anticipated collection of 22 interviews with Academy Award winning screenwriters and directors, "Naked Screenwriting," is the title of a book to be published and released in 2004.

This Nebraska farm boy also teaches a yearly program at the Sorbonne in Paris, as well as one in Italy and in his home state. His seminars, offered all over the world, will feature two all-day events in Denver this month.

The fund-raising "Making a Difference" luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. March 9, at the First Baptist Church.

Tax deductible tickets are $45 dollars. To purchase tickets, call the Education Center at 264-2835, and, for more information, call John Graves at 731-9863.

 

FBLA Chapter sending 13 to state competition

By Josiah Burggraaf

Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Springs High School chapter of Future Business leaders of America has qualified 13 individuals for state competition to be held in Vail in April.

Those advancing qualified in District 8 competition at Adams State College in Alamosa where Pagosa students were recognized 56 times on stage, though only 53 attended the conference.

Chapter sponsor Dorothy Christine said this far exceeded the expectations for the competition.

State qualifiers, including a team from the event Emerging Business Issues, hope to equal their district success at state. Additional members attending will include voting delegates, committee members and competitors in "state only" events. These few are chosen due to the amount of time and effort they have donated to the local chapter, such as applying for officer and manager positions, regular attendance at meetings and functions, and helping with the community service project.

The top 10 places in every event were called to the stage to receive recognition at the district level. The top five in individual events and the top two teams in any team event will compete at state.

Qualifiers from PSHS this year are Matt Nobles, second in Business Math; Melissa Diller, second in Business Procedures; Emilie Schur, second in public Speaking I; Randi Pierce, third in Computer Applications; Kelli Ford, third in Impromptu Speaking; Liesl Jackson, third in Public Speaking II; Rosie Lee, fourth in Accounting I; Heather Anderson, fourth in Business Math; Sara Baum, fourth in Public Speaking I; Melissa Maberry, Public Speaking II; Josiah Burgraaf, fifth in Intro to Business Communications.

The qualifying team in Emerging Business Issues is composed of Matt Nobles, Elijah Olechea and Daniel Aupperle.

Other individual district placers were Landry Ward, Leslie Shepard, Victoria Stanton, Claire Versaw, Jessica Stevens, Stephanie Valdez, Ben Marshall, Aupperle, Chris Matzdorf, Kaylee Burnett, Kyrie Beye, Meagan Martinez and Jon Howison.

Team placers included Kim Judd and Claire Versaw in Desktop Publishing; Alex Tapia, Esterberto Palma and Porfirio Palma in Web Site Development; Amber Farnham, Kelli Ford and Randi Pierce in Emerging Business Issues; Veronica Zeiler, Larissa Harwood and Sara Baum in Entrepreneurship; Roxanna Day, Kaylee Burnett, Anna Hershey, Tesh Parker and Kyrie Beye in Parliamentary Procedures; Emily Schur and Jennifer Hilsabeck in Poster; Christine Morrison, Leslie Shepard and Monica Fehrenbach in Entrepreneurship; Lauren Caves, Heather Anderson, Josiah Burgraaf, Julianna Whipple and Brittany Corcoran in Parliamentary Procedure; and Meagan Montoya and Rachel Schur in Poster.

 

School Menus

The following menus will be used for the breakfasts and lunches served in the Pagosa Springs public schools March 5 through March 10.

Friday, March 5 - Breakfast: Scrambled egg and tortilla, cereal, toast, milk and juice. Lunch: Pretzel and cheese, tossed salad, pinto beans and granola bar.

Monday, March 8 - Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, cereal, toast, milk and juice. Lunch: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables and applesauce.

Tuesday, March 9 - Breakfast: French toast sticks, cereal, toast, milk and juice. Lunch: Ham and cheese pocket, tomato soup, celery stick and fudgesicle.

Wednesday, March 10 - Breakfast: Cinnamon rolls, cereal, toast, milk and juice. Lunch: Spaghetti and sauce, bread sticks, tossed salad and cake.

Thursday, March 11 - Spring break begins - through March 19.

 

Cruising with Cruse

Touring the Chief's new digs in Dayton

By Katherine Cruse

SUN Columnist

They dress differently in Dayton. People there wear long wool coats. They need them. It's cold there, or it was in early February. And it's cloudy.

They don't have those lines of dried mud on the backs of their legs. I didn't see too many Levis, either. There aren't any signs at the shop entrances that tell you to take off your muddy boots. I didn't have muddy hiking boots there, but I did get salt lines on my city shoes.

Salt on the roads seems to be the main form of snow removal. Salt was everywhere. Since winter weather in Dayton seems to swing back and forth between snow and rain, with plenty of ice in between, I guess they need to use all that salt.

I was there to visit the Chief Technologist of the Air Force Research Lab, aka (by me) Hotshot. I have so many images in my head that it's hard to process them. So I'll start at the beginning.

First, the gate to the base. That would be Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

On my first visit, I had to go into the visitor center at the gate to get a pass. Driving there, The Chief first said, "You go in alone and tell them there's a letter requesting your pass." Then he amended that directive a couple of times. By the time we reached the parking lot, he not only decided to come in with me, he took over the conversation. The guardsman on duty dug out the letter that The Chief's executive officer had sent over, sponsoring me for a week's pass.

The guard tapped at his computer keyboard for a while, and eventually the printer spit out a pass, printed on a standard sheet of paper. The guard tore off the unneeded bottom half of the paper, stamped something in red on the top half, and I was good to go. Armed with my pass, my driver's license, and another high-tech paper pass on the dashboard of the car, I was free to drive on the base by myself.

In my ignorance, I hadn't expected anything else, but those in the know seemed relieved that nobody objected to my entry.

The Army National Guard were the gate guards, and they were all bundled up in their camo outfits, including hoods, and huddled beside the heater/blowers at their little gate houses as much as possible, because it was dang cold in Dayton.

Some of the guards, very young men, all of them, examined my documentation diligently before letting me "on base." Others barely looked at it. One time the guard looked at the paper pass and the driver's license and then asked me if I were secured. Secured? What could that mean? Was my seat belt fastened? Did I have a weapon in the trunk? Rather than stir up possible complications, I said yes. He waved me on.

Inside the door to The Chief's building was a sign informing us that Force Protection Condition Alpha was in effect, but that measures from Condition Bravo or higher might be imposed at any time. Airports get color-coded; the military goes from Alpha to Bravo to Charley. The Chief has a special fob on his key chain to get through locked doorways should Condition Bravo suddenly begin while he's down the hall at the cafeteria, for example. Because of this possibility, I was not allowed to wander very far alone.

The first day I was there, visiting The Chief's office, the executive director of the Air Force Research Lab asked if I were going to tour any of the labs. He said it would be a good idea. Hadn't occurred to me, or to The Chief either. Did I want a tour? Yes, I did. My wish was their command.

On a Thursday morning I was met at The Chief's office by a member of the protocol staff, who would be my escort for the tour. She carried a two-way radio, to communicate with the people ahead at each phase of the tour and let them know if we were on time or running late. We had a designated driver from what used to be called the motor pool to take us from one building to another. The driver waited until we were ready to move on. I felt like a VIP, let me tell you.

My tour was of labs in the Propulsion Directorate and the Sensors Directorate. I learned about ram jets and scram jets, and some ways the Air Force is trying to improve the efficiency of these engines. I saw a piece of an engine in the "shake and break" lab, being vibrated until it breaks. I saw the navigating end of a heat-seeking missile and saw how they're using lasers to confuse it's software.

In the Sensors Directorate they showed me the Clean Lab, where they make "devices," which are the tiny silicon and metal constructs that embody computer codes. For about half an hour, I was shown silicon wafers and how the metal is put on them to make thousands of "devices," how the wafers are cut up so that the "devices" can be incorporated into computer chips, how you can excite a device with electricity so that it will emit a beam of light. Finally someone asked if I had any questions. "Yes," I said, "what is a device?" That must be when they realized they had to speak in really basic terms.

By the end of three hours my head was swimming and my eyes blurred. But I had enough energy left to go back to the Clean Lab and put on the white protective suit, from booties over my shoes to head covering to face mask. I went through the air lock and into the lab, and someone took my picture in the "bunny suit."

I'm sure you can recognize me.

Local Chatter

Register to vote in upcoming special district elections

By Kate Terry

SUN Columnist

Are you a registered voter in Archuleta County?

If you want to vote in the May 4, 2004, special district elections and are not registered, you must do so by April 5, 2004.

Special district elections differ from regular elections. Each district is in charge of its election. The county clerk provides them with a registration list and a list of qualified judges. A district can obtain a list of property owners from the assessor's office.

Everyone who has ever registered in the county is on the list. A deceased person's name is removed after notification from the secretary of state. If a person dies out of state, notification has to come from a relative.

So be sure that you are registered. If you are not sure, call the county clerk's office at 264-8350.

The boundaries of special districts vary from district to district.

This year you will have to have identification at the voting polls - because of HAVA - the Help America Vote Act.

If the special district holds a mail ballot election, you must be an active voter to receive a ballot in the mail. If you did not vote in the last general election you are inactive. You will need to go into the clerk's office to reactivate your record or pick up your ballot at the special district office.

Fun on the run

More test responses from high school kids:

"Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped, 'Same to you, Brutus.'"

"Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don't really understand. The English and French still have problems."

"Queen Elizabeth was the 'virgin queen.' As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops, they all shouted, 'Hurrah!' and that was the end of the fighting for a long while."

"It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood."

"Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking."

"Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with 100 foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men."

"The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter."

 

Extension Viewpoints

Irrigated pasture and alfalfa

management workshop set

By Bill Nobles

SUN Columnist

Today - 4-H Oil Painting, Minor Residence, 4:30 p.m.; Shady Pine, Extension office, 7 p.m.

Friday - Cloverbuds, Community Center, 1:30 p.m.; 4-H Clothing, Edelweiss, 2 p.m.; Colorado Mountaineers, Extension office, 2:15 p.m.; 4-H Goat, Extension office, 3 p.m.

March 8 - 5 p.m. 4-H Outdoor Cooking, Extension office, 5 p.m.; 4-H Cooking Unit 1, Extension office, 5:45 p.m.; Fair Royalty practice, Exhibit hall, 6 p.m.; Pagosa Peaks, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

March 9 - Rocky Mountain Riders, Extension office, 6 p.m.; 4-H Swine, Extension office Exhibit hall, 6 p.m.; 4-H Lamb, Exhibit hall, 7 p.m.

March 10 - Junior Stockman, Chromo, 7 p.m.

An irrigated and alfalfa management workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 18 in the Lewis/Arriola Community Center.

This will be a significant workshop on irrigated pasture and alfalfa management with the theme "All flesh is grass."

Forages are a primary source of food, converting their energy into meat and dairy products for our kitchen tables. Pasture and alfalfa also continue to be a vital part of the agricultural economic base of the Four Corners Area. However, the continuing drought and pest pressure (for example, the army cutworm) have presented more challenges to our agricultural community, a community already stressed with low commodity prices and high input costs.

An understanding of new management information can help producers be more profitable. Please attend the Irrigated Pasture and Alfalfa Management Workshop, where new management ideas, maximizing profit, solving insect and weed problems, and new alfalfa varieties will be covered.

Registration is $10 per person if postmarked by March 12, and will include coffee and doughnuts, lunch, and break refreshments. Late registration will be $15 per person.

Pesticide applicator continuing education credits will be available. Please make checks payable to Montezuma County Extension and mail to Montezuma County Extension, Irrigated Pasture and Alfalfa Management Workshop, 109 W. Main, Room 102, Cortez, CO 81321. For more information, please call Montezuma County Extension at (970) 565-3123.

This program is presented and sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan (N.M.) counties are cooperating.

Cooperative Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

Date correction

The Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension are cosponsoring a free "Changing Landscapes Workshop" for residents of southeastern La Plata and southwestern Archuleta Counties.

Topics to be covered include piñon ips and other bark beetle prevention and control, clearing and salvage of beetle-killed trees, reforestation/revegetation, wildfire hazard mitigation, and water-wise irrigation in the landscape.

The workshop will be held 1-4:30 p.m. March 18 in Los Piños Fire Protection District's training room at the fire station at 275 Browning Ave. in Ignacio. There will be many informational handouts and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Other Changing Landscapes Workshops reported in last week's paper are not to be held in March, but rather will be held April 12, in the Extension building at La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango and April 27 in the Extension building at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds in Pagosa Springs. These workshops will also be held 1-4:30 p.m. and are free of charge.

For more information about these workshops or any other workshops please contact the Archuleta County Extension office at 264-5931 or csuarchuleta@ centurytel.net.

Food for Thought

Beware of baby kisses, disaster and dreams await

By Karl Isberg

SUN Columnist

It begins with a kiss, and ends with a dream.

Like so many experiences in my life, it progresses swiftly from bright to dark.

The core of the experience is misery and, in truth, it originates with many kisses.

Baby kisses.

I have an opportunity to see my granddaughter Ipana and, as with grandfathers everywhere, I need a kiss.

"Stay away from those lips," cautions my daughter Aurora Borealis as Ipana and I close in on each other for some smootch action. "She's been sick for more than a week, and it's a doozie."

"You gotta be kidding," I say. " I get a chance to exchange a flurry of smooches with Ipana, and I'm going to turn it down? Hah!"

After all, I think as the precious little peanut aims a monster smacker at my big mug, I spend hours a week in the gym lifting heavy objects and putting them down again; how could a child's kiss harm a hefty guy like me?

My pathetic bravado is the source of my undoing.

Ipana nails me with the mother of all kisses, laying a swath of slobber on my cheek that instantly dries as hard and shiny as a new paint job on an old sedan.

I'm ecstatic.

For six days.

Seven days after my trip to Kissville, I am staggering around the office in a near delirium, snorting and sneezing, afire with fever, moaning, begging for compassion.

I do not get it. Tess remains at least ten feet from me at all times and talks in a loud voice about moving her work area to the back of the building; Richard scowls every time I sneeze; Tom places a wreath of garlic on his desk. Terri waves at me through the glass of her now locked cubicle door.

At the end of the day, I stagger down the aisles at the market. I have a plan - a traditional approach: prepare something for dinner using what little energy I have, something so hot it will kill any virus born of this planet.

At home, I wash my hands with industrial-strength soap and set to work. I prepare an amped-up version of what, at my house, is a regular menu item.

I pound out slices of chicken breast to uniform thickness and season a batch of flour. I divide the flour in half and add a mess of freshly grated Parmesan to one batch. I beat two eggs, add a touch of water and whisk the blend into a wash.

I mince and sauté several shallots with finely diced celery and carrot, salt and pepper, then remove the soft vegetables from the pan. I add oil to the pan, take each piece of chicken, dredge it in the seasoned flour, immerse it in the egg wash and dredge it in the flour and cheese mix. Into the pan the breaded cutlets go until golden on each side. I remove them to a heated plate.

Back in the pan goes the mirepoix along with seven or eight cloves of garlic, minced and mushed, and a bit of oregano. To this, I add four tablespoons of Espanola's best super-hot, whoeee-that-hurts ground red chile. I heat everything until I smell the chile toasting, then add chicken broth and several heaping tablespoons of a commercially-prepared sun dried tomato paste. Into the pan goes a can of rinsed Great Northern beans and, after the mix reduces just a tad, I add the cutlets and the dish is set to simmer.

I also prepare roasted yams, cutting rounds of equal thickness, coating them in olive oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Before I start the chicken, I put a baking sheet in the oven while I preheat it to 425. The rounds of yam go on the hot sheet and roast, turned once or twice, until tender and browned.

As the cutlets cook, I spoon a bit of the thickening sauce on top of each. When all is done and on the plate, I sprinkle everything in sight with more grated cheese. All I need is a heavily-buttered slice or two from a rustic, whole-grain boule, and I should be healed.

The chicken is fiercely spicy, but my theory, as usual, proves false. The virus survives, perhaps made stronger by the struggle.

An hour after dinner, I am in worse shape than before. I melt down and crawl to bed.

My sleep is fitful; my throat is sore, and I leak a steady stream of unspeakable substances.

The next morning, Kathy clicks into action.

My wife was voted "Consumer of the Year," by the herbal supplement industry and she has a lazy Susan in the kitchen on which is arranged at least fifty bottles containing weird potions and powders, pills and tablets.

I've written about Kathy's pseudo-medical mania before. This time, she is in hyperdrive.

She puts on her lab coat and delivers one concoction after another: a cup full of vile broth, tea brewed of bats' tongues and ants' feet, a handful of foul-smelling capsules, a saucer-sized lozenge that dissolves beneath the tongue, coating the mouth with a chalky substance that tastes like a wet dog. (Everyone has tasted a wet dog, haven't they?)

I slump in a chair in the living room, barely conscious, trying my best to keep up with an episode of "The Day Disco Died" when Kathy delivers her final remedy, the coup de grace.

She jams a wad of tissue on my nose.

"Breath deep, Bronco."

The odor is indescribable. At first, I struggle; in my fevered state, I imagine she is trying to kill me. Then, I realize I am woefully underinsured and worth less dead than alive.

"Whammmffizzzzzzzat?"

"What's that, sweetie?"

"Wmmmmffrrudoinnn?"

"I can't understand you."

Oh, really!

Finally, she takes the wad of tissue away from my face.

"What on earth are you doing?" I gasp for breath.

"Aromatherapy."

"It smells like an open sewer."

"It's a mixture of rare tinctures and essences. It can have a profound effect on your system if you open yourself to the experience."

"Yeah, it's profound all right."

"You're resisting, Karl. Allow the aroma to soothe your sinuses and calm your troubled psyche. "

"My troubled psyche wants that foul smelling stuff away from me."

"It's a shame you were raised by a doctor; you've closed your mind to new possibilities because of your bias. Now, get your butt out of that chair and go to bed."

"I don't want to go to bed." I sound like an infant. Like Ipana. That little

Kathy hoists me from the chair and escorts me to the bedroom. She tucks me in and I whine. A minute or two later, I do something I have done no more than three or four times in my adult life.

I fall asleep and take a nap.

And, powered by God-knows-what herbal poison coursing through my veins, I dream. Vivid dreams.

There is little Ipana, dancing around a sun-stunned room, dressed in a bumblebee outfit, blowing kisses and waving a sparkly stinger that disperses toxic pollen. I hear Jimi Hendrix playing "Purple Haze."

Suddenly, I am in a manorial library, all dark paneling, book shelves and leaded windows. Into the room walks M.F.K. Fisher. She is dressed like an English gentlewoman, dully regal in tweed and leather and corrective shoes, ready for a stroll on the moor. She is joined by A.M. Homes who wears a slinky red gown, her hair done up like Veronica Lake. (Everyone knows Veronica Lake, don't they?)

Wow, I think, two of my favorite authors with initials instead of first names.

"Make us a meal," they say in unison.

What will I do? I decide to make Fisher her favorite mushroom croute. Magically, morels appear by the bushel, sweet butter by the pound, heavy cream by the quart. A loaf of heavy French bread is 10-feet long. The mushrooms are cooked in butter. The fungi are joined by a touch of white wine, some lemon juice and cream, heated again then poured over a thick slice of toasted bread.

With Homes, I decide to match her unforgiving insight and her sense of the surreal with blood - a rib eye oiled and peppered, grilled rare, the juices spilling over a portion of Jeffrey Steingarten's gratin dauphinoise - the greatest potato dish yet conceived.

As I serve the dames their chow, Wallace Stevens appears in the room and begins to read:

"Say that it is a crude effect, black reds,

"Pink yellows, orange whites, too much as they are

"To be anything else in the sunlight of the room,

"Too much as they are to be changed by metaphor,

"Too actual, things that in being real

"Make any imaginings of them lesser things."

Oh, the irony, I think. As I ponder what to serve the good poet, he attempts to sell me a life insurance policy.

Then, bang, I'm in a railroad car with a bevy of circus girls, all feathers, perfume, bangles and long legs. We drink champagne out of oversized flutes, laugh and dance as the train approaches the gaping mouth of a dark tunnel.

Hmmm, I wonder, what could that mean?

And what on earth is that smell?

The circus girls wave goodbye; I spin out of the car as it hurtles down the track; I spiral up into an stormy sky.

I wake with a start to find Kathy covering my nose with a damp and stinking wad of tissue.

I feel as awful as ever.

Oh, those deadly baby kisses.

"Don't worry about dinner; I'm making a batch of chicken soup with organic broth and organic vegetables."

No, come to think about it, I feel worse than ever.

How do I get back on the train?

 

Pagosa Lakes News

Fish and fishing, recipes and recreation

By Ming Steen

SUN Columnist

When you work at the recreation center and you are surrounded by people pursuing the dream of total body transformation, food is an often discussed topic.

These discussions leave me very hungry. By 1 p.m. I have consumed breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon snack and hunger still gnaws at my vitals.

Steve, with whom I work, took pity on my languishing energy level and shared a generous portion of his lunch with me- perch amandine. It was a delicious, heavenly marriage of fish, spinach and almonds. All my favorite foods.

I like fish and I love perch. This humble critter yields pure protein that's firm yet delicate. Between Steve and other perch-loving recreation center members, I was inspired to share this simple and tasty recipe.

Place perch fillets in a pan and cover with a generous layer of salsa. Bake at 400 degrees until the fillet flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with grated cheese (your choice and however much your conscience will allow) and continue baking until cheese is melted. Serve on warm tortillas. I especially enjoy it with a couple squirts of fresh lime juice.

While we are on the topic of fish, a few changes have been implemented to the rules and regulations for the lakes to improve the fishery program and to increase safety while on the lakes. The changes were made effective for the 2004 fishing season for Pagosa Lakes.

The most important change was adjustment in the largemouth bass bag limit. Since largemouth bass are primary predators in the lakes and are important tools in helping control rough fish populations, the fishery program is striving for a largemouth bass population of around 50 per acre. Recent fishery surveys indicate our largemouth bass population is closer to 30 per acre. So, in an effort to increase these numbers, the PLPOA is planning an increase in stocking for 2004 as well as some changes to the bag limits.

Starting this year, from April 15-June 15, all largemouth bass caught must be released immediately back into the lake. This is the spawning period of the largemouth bass and also when bass brood stock is most susceptible to harvest. Before and after this period the bag limit of two largemouth bass per day per angler will apply.

The association will reassess this policy at the end of the year and see what direction to take in 2005. But for now, this will be enforced on all four lakes. Barbless hooks, lures and flies are highly recommended during the mandatory bass catch-and-release period April 15-June 15.

The second change made stipulates that no more than one hook shall be allowed per line. No double or triple line setups will be allowed. No double or treble hooks will be allowed for bait anglers this year, as well. Treble hooks will still be allowed on non-baited spinners and lures, but crimping or removing the barbs is highly recommended. The goal here is to improve survival rates for catch-and-release fishing.

A couple of changes have also been made regarding boating rules and regulations. Each boat, starting this year, must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each boat occupant and each boat occupant under the age of 12 must wear an approved flotation device while the boat is in use on any of the four lakes.

Additionally, except for lakeshore lot owners, boats must be launched from established boat ramps. If your boat is stored at the boat ramp or launch area, it must be chained and padlocked to posts provided. Boats not chained and padlocked to posts will be impounded by the association until a $75 fine has been paid. The association has had a couple of incidents where kids have commandeered unlocked boats for joy rides. This is an unsafe situation. Please help us keep things safer on the lakes this year.

A copy of the new 2004 regulations will be presented to you with your purchase of a new permit. If you have any questions please call the recreation center or the PLPOA administrative office.

With all the snowfall we've had, fishing this spring, summer and fall will be excellent. The state record yellow perch was caught out of Hatcher Lake last year and maybe, just maybe, another record will find its way onto your line this year..

 

People

 

Nancy Cole

Interlibrary loan librarian

Ruby Sisson Library

 

Where were you born?

"Sacramento, Calif."

 

Where did you go to school?

"I attended college in Sacramento."

 

When did you arrive in Pagosa Springs?

"I arrived July 1, 1999."

 

What did you do before you arrived here?

"I worked for a printing company in Grass Valley, Calif."

 

What are your job responsibilities?

"I deal with interlibrary loans, cataloging and work at the front desk."

 

What are the most enjoyable and least enjoyable aspects of your job?

"I enjoy working with the public. I really like my job so I can't say that there's much not to like."

 

What is your family background?

"I am married."

 

What do you like best about the community?

"I like the small-town atmosphere; that's the reason I moved here."

 

What are your other interests?

"I enjoy working on art projects and outdoor recreation."

 

County victim advocate earns state recognition

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

A woman is the victim of domestic violence. She has the strength to report it and the desire to remove herself from a bad situation.

She is frustrated, maybe depressed, stressed, confused, hurt.

On top of all that, she is faced with a system that pulls her in many different ways, requires form after form of documentation and shuffles her from one building to the other. Victim Assistance. Social Services. The courts. Law enforcement. Everyone needs something.

Carmen Hubbs, director of the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, said making the system easier for victims to navigate is happening. And it's starting here.

Town Hall, completed in 2001, includes space for the nonprofit victim's assistance program, a 24-hour a day crisis intervention service, to be housed with the department of social services, even though the two are completely separate organizations. Hubbs said Archuleta County is the only county she knows of in Colorado where this is happening.

But the physical connection was just a beginning.

The people involved have continued to work to bring the two together. The hard work of one of those people, Barbara Hendricks, was recently acknowledged by the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The state organization awarded Hendricks Outstanding Advocate honors.

"She was competing against tons and tons of advocates," Hubbs said. Hendricks is the first from Archuleta County to receive the honor.

Hendricks is employed by the Archuleta County Department of Social Services as a family advocate. She started in victim assistance and still serves as a volunteer victim advocate.

"She has bridged that gap between us," Hubbs said.

"Barbara is one of the most dedicated advocates I have ever known," Hubbs wrote in her nomination form. "She goes above and beyond the call of duty, with a drive to continually do more. Her dedication is unyielding to the victims she serves. I have never seen one person so excited with every accomplishment, no matter how small. She recognizes that baby steps complete the goal. She's taken her advocacy to new levels. When we talk about someone who 'gets it,' Barbara meets that criteria. She has not only dedicated herself to the movement, but diligently works to raise awareness and recruit."

Hendricks was hired as the assistant director for victim's assistance in September 2002. She became the family advocate for social services in March of 2003, resigning from her other position, but continuing to volunteer as a victim's advocate.

According to Hubbs' nomination form, Hendricks' list of accomplishments include incorporating her knowledge of domestic violence into her work with families, constantly assessing situations and responding quickly when needed.

"She is a strong advocate for victims," Hubbs said. "She is very aware of the presence of domestic violence issues where most people would want to turn away."

In 2003 alone, the Archuleta County Victim Assistance program responded to 87 new cases of domestic violence and 22 new cases of sexual assault. In cases of domestic violence, 13 women and 11 children were provided emergency housing for a total of 39 nights.

Hendricks has also worked to increase the financial support available to victims of domestic violence and helped initiate and coordinate a local emergency assistance coalition, Pagosa Outreach Connection.

According to the nomination, Hendricks' advocacy led to the approval of county diversion funds specifically allocated to domestic violence victims and further collaboration with victim's assistance.

Pagosa Outreach Connection, brings together both community-based and faith-based organizations in a program that offers one-time assistance to those in need.

Hendricks said it is the vision of those in charge in Archuleta County that makes her success possible.

"Erlinda Gonzalez (director of social services) is extremely supportive," Hendricks said. "She truly understands the dynamics of domestic violence. And Carmen with her program has done wonders. She is definitely an advocate."

Accessing organizations within the community has also helped.

Hubbs said the three churches involved with Community Outreach Connections are willing to respond anytime.

"We can pick up the phone and someone is there to help," she said. Recently, a woman needed to be moved. An entire house full of possessions in less than 24 hours. Members of Community United Methodist Church responded with 12 vehicles and 20 people. The woman was completely moved out in three hours.

"There is no way I could have moved that woman out on my own, but with the collaboration of people in the community we got it done," Hubbs said. "Because we live in such a rural area, that togetherness, that cooperation is possible."

It's also made possible by people like Hendricks who is willing to help not only nine to five but as a volunteer.

"I feel really humble because without Carmen's support and Erlinda's and the other community agencies, I couldn't do what I do," Hendricks said.

"And what you're passionate about," Hubbs said.

Hendricks received her award at a recent victim's assistance meeting. For more information on the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, which can also provide information or educational program on violent crime prevention and volunteer opportunities, call 264-9075.

 

Pagosa riders score high in barrel horse awards

A number of Pagosa Springs riders were cited when the National Barrel Horse Association's Colorado Unit 8 members started the 2004 season last month with 2003 awards in both open and youth divisions.

Open classification winners in first division were Katelyn McRee of Pagosa, first; Kristin Snooks of Bayfield, second; Shelly Sure of Kirtland, third; Paula Frazier of Cortez, fourth; and Jaycee Gallaher of Cortez, fifth.

Second division winners were Kathy Hostetter of Alamosa, first; Sandy Matlock of Farmington, second; Sharman Denison of Pagosa Springs, third; Paula Frazier of Cortez, fourth and Steve Hostetter of Alamosa, fifth.

Denison took first in third division with Jaycee and Staci Gallaher of Cortez second and third, Denise Gurule of Durango fourth and Steve Hostetter, fifth.

Fourth division winners were Amanda Brown of Pagosa Springs, first; Staci Gallaher, second; Linda Leonard of Bayfield, third; Gurule fourth and Steve Hostetter fifth.

In the youth division, first division, first place went to Katelyn McRee of Pagosa, second to Jessica Norris of Cortez, third to Jaycee Gallaher of Cortez, fourth to Toni White of Cortez, fifth to Melissa Dennison of Pagosa, sixth to Jessie Suazo of Bayfield, and seventh to Kaleigh Kimble of Cortez.

Second division winner was Jenna Suazo of Bayfield; second went to Toni White, third to Jaycee Gallaher, fourth to Katelyn McRee, fifth to Jessie Suazo and sixth to Marissa House of Pagosa Springs.

Third division winners were Toni White, first; Raesha Ray of Pagosa Springs second; House third, Jaycee Gallaher, fourth, Amanda Brown fifth, Stephany Smith of Pagosa sixth and Katelyn McRee seventh.

Fourth division winners were White, first; Re'Anna Ray of Pagosa, second; Melissa Denison, third, Amanda Brown, fourth; Marissa House, fifth; Stephany Smith, sixth; Raesha Ray, seventh and and Jessie Suazo, eighth.

Saddles for first place in youth divisions were sponsored by Galles Properties of Pagosa Springs; Sonrise Construction, Westside Gravel and Redline Sales, all of Cortez. Other sponsors were West Fork Galleries of Cortez, Tim Daniel of Pagosa and Tres Rios Silver.

The organization plans races all over the Four Corners Region this season. Anyone interested in becoming a member, or if you just want to run your own horse and enjoy the day, can call Sharman Denison at 731-2573 or e-mail her at nofences@pagosa.net.

 

Bradley Davis

Navy Seaman Recruit Bradley J. Davis, son of Pamela A. Poitras of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Charles W. Davis of Pagosa Springs, has completed Navy recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Davis completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was placed on physical fitness.

Davis is a 1998 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School.

The capstone event of boot camp was "Battle Stations," an exercise giving recruits the key skills and confidence needed to graduate and go to the fleet.

 

Cards of Thanks

Barrel horse group

Open division competitors in National Barrel Horse Association's area organization thank their sponsors: Boot Hill Feed and Tack of Pagosa Springs; Wells Fargo Bank of Ignacio; New Country Auto Center, Durango; Bank of the San Juans, Pagosa Springs; Log Park, Pagosa Springs; Back in the Saddle, Durango; The Hideout, Pagosa Springs; Impact Printing, Pagosa Springs; Mac's Liquor, Cortez; and Dolores State Bank, Dolores.

Schick family

The Schick family would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your prayers and generous acts of kindness expressed during the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Gene.

Special thanks are extended to the EMTs for their timely and professional response, Patty Tillerson from Victims Advocates, Deputy Robinson of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department, Doctors Wienpahl, Lawton and Salka and the Rev. Don Ford of Community United Methodist Church.

We were sustained spiritually and physically by your prayers, cards, flowers, phone calls and delicious contributions of food. We know how much Gene would have appreciated your generous donations to the Schick Family Scholarship Fund for Pagosa Springs High School students.

We are grateful and fortunate to live in such a warm, giving and caring community like Pagosa Springs.

The Schick Family

Cruse

Twice in February I was out of town visiting my husband, and both times we had over a foot of snow here in Pagosa. My wonderful neighbors cleared my driveway each time, without my even asking. Thank you Fran and Dave Bohl and Curt and Lynn Johnson. You made my homecoming a lot easier.

Gratefully,

Katherine Cruse

 

 Sports Page

Pirate teams head for state playoff action this weekend

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Get ready to cheer the Pirates, male and female, as the Pagosa Springs High School teams go into state prep basketball playoff action Friday.

First on the court, at Faith Christian High School in Arvada, will be the 10th-seeded Pagosa Lady Pirates taking on the 23rd-seeded St. Mary's Academy Lady Wildcats from Englewood.

That action begins at 2 p.m.

The state's top ranked schoolboy squad, the Pagosa Springs Pirates, will host regional action.

The first game at Pagosa Springs High School will pit the 16 and 17 seeds, Kent Denver and Aspen, at 5 p.m. The Pirates will take on Basalt, the 32nd seed, at 7 p.m.

Pagosa comes into the action at 20-0 on the season, Basalt at 7-15. Pagosa and Roaring Fork, the No. 2 seed at 22-0, are the only unbeaten teams in the first round field of 32.

For the girls, the No. 10 seed was something of a surprise, but many felt their early season victories over Buena Vista and Trinidad were keys in the selection process.

The Lady Pirates finished second in the Intermountain league to No. 2 seed Centauri (19-1) and also second in the league tournament to Centauri.

The male Pirates swept through the league action with little challenge and through pre-season tournaments in the same manner.

The closest contest they had was an overtime 37-31 win on the road over Kirtland, N.M. which went into a stall for a great portion of the contest.

Their first round foe, Basalt, made it into the tournament as the final seed but played a number of top teams closely during the season, including a 62-57 heartbreaker to Eagle Valley (17-5), the 17th seed. They lost to Kent Denver by 19.

The Pirates are led by 6-8 junior Caleb Forrest, 6-7 senior Clayton Spencer, 6-2 senior Ryan Goodenberger, 5-10 senior Ty Faber and 5-9 seniors David Kern and Jeremy Caler.

Only Forrest is among the top 50 scorers in the state in Class 3A but all have shown capability to lead the team on a given night.

Both Pirate squads have strong bench players who have started at times during the season and held their own against all comers.

Kent, the 16th seed, comes to Pagosa at 18-5 and their opponent, Aspen at 14-8 with the number 17 seed.

The ladies draw St. Mary's Academy at 13-10 with the 23rd seed. The Wildcats play in the tough Metropolitan League.

The host school, Faith Christian, comes in at 19-4 facing Eagle Valley with the 26th seed at 11-11.

Winners will face off Saturday for a spot in the state's Sweet 16. Those winners become part of the Great 8 state tournament action opening March 11 at Moby Arena on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

The Lady Pirates' foe features three key scorers (first names not available) led by Walsh with 301 points in 23 games, who is also the team's assist leader with 75. Following her are Burke with 181 points and 74 assists and Oster with 171 points. Burke and Oster are the primary three-point shooters with 58 and 57 attempts respectively.

Pagosa will counter with six players who have scored more than 100 points in 22 games, paced by Lori Walkup with 182. Close behind are Caitlyn Jewell with 175 and Bri Scott with 171. Also in triple figures are Liza Kelley at 134, Emily Buikema at 126 and Caitlin Forrest at 111.

Assist leaders for the Pirates are Walkup with 41 and Scott with 34.

Jewell, Buikema and Forrest lead in shots blocked with 24, 17 and 11 respectively.

Oster, with 59, is the Wildcats leading shot blocker and also the rebound leader with 179. Walsh has 104 rebounds.

The Pirates are led in rebounding by Forrest with 137 and Jewell with 120, Walkup with 97 and Melissa Maberry with 93.

Other teams advancing from the IML were the Bayfield boys who upset Ignacio in the tournament, the Monte Vista girls, who also upset Ignacio, and the Centauri boys. Both Bayfield and Monte Vista will face the counterparts from Buena Vista. Centauri's boys meet Faith Christian.

Those planning to attend the Pagosa game at Faith Christian, and arriving on U.S. 285 should follow these directions:

Turn on C-470 and take it to Interstate 70; proceed eastbound to the turnoff for Ward Road which is the 44th Avenue exit. At the bottom of the hill turn left and go about a half block before turning left again and follow Ward Road to 62nd Avenue. When you see a bridge spanning 62nd, turn left to huge parking lot for all Faith Christian facilities and walk from there to the fieldhouse.

Admission charges at both venues will be $6 general admission, $5 for seniors 60 and over and students K-12.

 

Pirates win IML tourney, ready to host regionals

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Another night, another win, another trophy.

Monotonous?

Hardly. Black and gold fans would like nothing better than to hear Head Coach Jim Shaffer and the Pirates play that broken record all the way to Fort Collins and back.

But for Pirate opponents, especially Pagosa's Intermountain League foes, the "not if, but by how many" scenario has become far too familiar this season.

Case in point - last weekend; after a seven-day hiatus, Pagosa tuned up for a potential state-title run Saturday night with a 69-47 victory over Bayfield in the IML tournament championship at La Jara.

The young-but-game Wolverines earned their spot in the title game by knocking off host Centauri in Tuesday's opening round, then gained further momentum by dispatching rival Ignacio Friday.

However, with big men Caleb Forrest and Clayton Spencer rejecting early Bayfield offerings in the paint, Pagosa forged a 7-0 lead via five from the former and two from the latter, then put the pedal down.

As Pirate guards David Kern, Ryan Goodenberger, Jeremy Caler and Ty Faber limited their counterparts to minimal looks from the perimeter, Pagosa continued to accelerate at the offensive end.

Bayfield got two from Kyle Guilliams with four minutes gone, but fell behind 17-2 in the proceeding minutes after four straight from Spencer and a trey apiece from Faber and Caler.

A free throw and foul-line jumper from Forrest to counter points by the Wolverines' Jeremy Sirios, Sam McDonald and C.J. Bell put Pagosa up by 13 in the quarter's final minute before Faber took a steal the distance to make it 22-7 with 26 seconds left.

Troy McCoy sank a late charity toss for Bayfield, then Caler bought an open look with a pump fake and buried a short jumper at the buzzer to put his team up 22-8 after one.

McCoy opened the second frame with a deuce, then both sides struggled until Caler hit Luke Brinton inside for a deuce before a pair of free throws from teammate Coy Ross put the Pirates in front 28-10 midway through the period.

Scoring picked up as McDonald tallied five straight, Faber snuck through the back door to put home a lob from Spencer and Guilliams hit a trey to make it 30-18 Pagosa with less than two minutes to play.

A pull-up from Spencer and a Caler-to-Faber deuce on the break stretched the lead to 34-18, then both teams missed front ends of the single bonus in the final minute before Bell added a deuce and Pagosa's Craig Schutz scored with a last-second put-back to make it 36-20 Pagosa at the half.

Forrest converted an inside dish from Goodenberger to open the third, then tipped for two more to make it 40-20 Pirates at 6:50.

Sirios answered with a deuce, but Forrest kept the pressure on by nailing a 16-footer, then wowed the crowd by hurdling a Bayfield defender in the lane for an emphatic jam that put Shaffer's squad on top 44-22 at 6:05.

Bayfield called time-out to regroup, but failed to convert after the break and a Spencer free throw and Faber drive had Pagosa up 47-22 at 3:50.

Bell and Jacob Posey ended the run with a deuce each, and though Bayfield added three late points in the quarter, low-post baskets from Spencer and Forrest resulted in a 51-29 Wolverine deficit after three.

The same Pirate duo recorded interior scores early in the fourth to offset a combined seven from McDonald and Guilliams that cut Pagosa's advantage to 55-36 at 5:25.

The Wolverines would keep pace from then on, but could get no closer as the Pirate lead hovered at or above 20 thereafter.

Brinton added two from the line, Craig Schutz put down an offensive board, Goodenberger stole a deuce and Ross converted an assist from Casey Belarde as Pagosa managed a 63-41 lead with just under two minutes to play.

Good looks inside from Pagosa's Otis Rand and Craig Schutz enabled Brinton to tally four additional points in the waning minutes, and Casey Schutz added a deuce at the buzzer as the Pirates improved to 20-0 on the season with the championship win.

Forrest led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Spencer with 13 and Faber with 11.

Goodenberger was top thief in the contest, recording seven of the Pirates' 17 steals in the victory, which solidified Pagosa's claim to the IML's No. 1 playoff seed.

In addition to Pagosa, Bayfield (IML No. 2 seed) and Centauri (IML No. 3 seed) advanced to the playoffs during last week's tournament, while Ignacio and Monte Vista were eliminated from postseason play.

Reflecting on the win, "I thought we played well in stretches, then not so well at times," said Shaffer. "But some of it was just being rusty after not playing in over a week."

"And it's tough to get going sometimes when you spend so much time on the practice floor, but only play three games in three weeks," he added.

That scenario is about to change; the Pirates, who were awarded the state's No. 1 seed in the 32-team Class 3A playoff bracket Sunday, will clash with No. 32 seed Basalt (7-15) at 7 p.m. tomorrow to open regional playoff competition in the Pagosa Springs High School gym.

"Basalt's record is deceiving," said Shaffer. "They played (undefeated) Roaring Fork and Eagle Valley (17-5) tough, and they have some size and some athletic kids, so they can be dangerous.

"But I think we'll be ready; the kids are really picking it up in practice this week - we just need to keep doing the good things we've been doing and take one game at a time," he concluded.

If the Pirates prevail, they will play the victor of the preceding, 5 p.m. game between No. 16 seed Kent Denver (18-5) and No. 17 seed Aspen (14-8) Saturday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to state competition March 11-13 (CSU, Moby Arena) in Fort Collins.

Regional playoff ticket rates are $6 for adults, and $5 for students K-12 and senior citizens. Colorado High School Activities Association passes will be the only passes accepted at the door, all others are invalid for postseason events.

Summary

Scoring: Forrest 9-12, 2-3, 20; Goodenberger 1-3, 0-1, 2; Craig Schutz 2-2, 0-0, 4; Casey Schutz 1-1, 0-0 2; Brinton 2-8, 4-6, 8; Kern 0-0, 0-0, 0; Faber 5-9, 0-0, 11; Caler 2-7, 0-0, 5; Belarde 0-3, 0-0 0; Ross 1-2, 2-2 4; Rand 0-0, 0-0 0. Three-point goals: Faber 1, Caler 1. Fouled out: None. Team assists: Pagosa Springs 21. Team rebounds: Pagosa Springs 35. Total fouls: Pagosa Springs 15.

 

Big Centauri fourth quarter sinks Lady Pirates 64-46

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Pagosa's Lady Pirates gave the Intermountain League champion Centauri Falcons all they wanted for three quarters Saturday and were down just 36-30 at that point.

But a fourth-quarter meltdown on the Falcons home court crushed Pagosa's hopes for a title as Centauri pulled away for a 64-46 victory.

It left Centauri the No. 1 seed out of the IML and the No. 2 seed in state class 3A with the right to host a regional this week.

The Pirates gained the No. 10 seed statewide and earned a trip to the Faith Christian Regional and a Friday matchup with St. Mary's Academy.

Saturday's action was a tight contest early, neither team able to find a break in the defense of the other.

Just over two minutes into the action, Falcon guard Janette McCarroll finally got the first points on the board, scoring a driving layup off a steal.

Pirate center Caitlyn Jewell got that pair back working deep in the post for a hard-earned deuce.

Reza Espinoza, one of the Falcons' usual long-range gunners, faked a three-try and then drove around her defender for a pull-up jumper.

Sophomore point guard Liza Kelley, fouled shooting, went to the stripe and drilled both free throws before senior Kiley Mortensen hit a deuce for Centauri.

McCarroll, who would be the game's scoring leader with 20, came right back to score inside and boost the Centauri lead to 9-4 before Caitlin Forrest scored a free throw for Pagosa. Afton Witten added to the margin with a charity toss.

But Kelley drilled a long trey and Pagosa had cut the lead to 10-8 at the break.

The second period was a 15-15 standoff keyed by the play of Forrest and Mortensen inside (each with six points), and long bombs, one by Scott for Pagosa and one each by McCarroll and Witten for Centauri.

Deuces by Kelley, freshman forward Laurel Reinhardt and junior Melissa Maberry added to the Pirate toll while Whitten hit three free throws for Centauri.

That means the two-point lead held at 25-23 for Centauri at the half.

After a Centauri trey by Lacey Cooley, Pirate sophomore low post Emily Buikema cut the lead to 28-26 with her only points of the game and after a free throw by Mortensen, Jewell hit a pair from the line to cut the Centauri lead to 30-29 with just under two minutes left in the period. But that's as close as Pagosa would get.

McCarroll's second three-pointer, a putback by Krista Decker and another deuce by Mortensen pushed the margin to 36-30 at the end of three.

The Pirates had their best single period scoring output of the night in the fourth quarter, with 16, but Centauri had a 28-point stanza, 14 coming from the foul stripe as the Pirates were forced to foul trying to regain possession.

Mortensen opened it with a pair of field goals to stretch the margin to 10.

But Lori Walkup, with her only basket of the game, and Reinhardt each converted a deuce to cut the margin back to six.

McCarroll stretched it back to 10, scoring on a breakaway off a steal and then intercepting the Pagosa inbound pass and converting again.

Freshman guard Jessica Lynch pulled the Pirates back a little with two from the line but Ashley Dunn got three the old-fashioned way for Centauri, scoring while being fouled and hitting the free throw.

Jewell countered with a deuce for Pagosa but Witten matched it for Centauri.

Jewell converted four in a row from the line and Scott added one, but the Centauri parade to the stripe was insurmountable.

Down the stretch, McCarroll hit three from the stripe, Espinoza was four for four, Decker two for two, Lucia Muniz one for two, Dunn one for three and Sheena Sutherland two for two.

The Pirates' final marker was also a free throw, by Forrest.

Centauri shot 21 of 42 from the floor, exactly 50 percent and Pagosa 15 of 37 for just over 40 percent. The Pirates were 13 of 19 from the stripe and Centauri 21 of 29, fueled by the fourth quarter output.

The Pirates outrebounded Centauri 23-18, eight of the boards belonging to Forrest. Mortensen lead Centauri with seven while Dunn pulled down four.

The Pirates blocked four Falcon shots, two stops by Forrest and one each by Kelley and Buikema. Dunn and Mortensen each had a block for Centauri.

The outcome stretched No. 2 ranked Centauri's record to 19-1 and put Pagosa at 16-6 for the season.

Centauri hosts Wray, Cedaredge and Valley in the first round of state finals Friday while Pagosa travels to the Faith Christian-hosted regional in Arvada to take on St. Mary's Academy Friday prior to the Faith Christian-Eagle Valley matchup.

Summary

Scoring: P-Scott, 1-4, 1-2, 4; Lynch, 1-2, 2-2, 4; Kelley 3-5, 2-3, 10; Walkup, 1-4, 2; Reinhardt, 2-5, 4; Maberry, 1-2, 2; Jewell, 2-6, 6-6, 10; Buikema, 1-2,2; Forrest, 3-6, 2-6, 8. C-McCarroll, 7-11, 4-9, 20; Witten, 2-3, 2-5, 9; Espinoza, 1-7, 4-4, 6; Muniz, 0-0, 1-2, 1; Decker, 1-3, 2-2 , 4; Cooley, 1-4, 3; Dunn, 1-4, 1-3, 3; Mortensen, 8-10, 1-2, 17; Sutherland, 0-0, 2-2, 2. Total fouls, P-23, C-17. Total turnovers, P-27, C-13.

 

Lady Pirate soccer team faces tough road schedule

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

The schedule released recently envisions a tough road for the 2004 Lady Pirate soccer team.

With the practice field covered with snow, indoor workouts in the junior high school gymnasium have somewhat limited the team development.

In what is expected to be a rebuilding season for the home team, Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason has a solid collection of defensive players returning, but will have to restructure his offense.

Kurt-Mason has a strong defense led by senior sweeper Jenna Finney and senior keeper Sierra Fleenor (recovering from an ankle injury). Also returning to that group are Kaylie Smith and Kyrie Beye (currently out with a broken foot suffered in a skiing incident).

It is expected the offense will be built around senior Melissa Diller with strong support from Brittany Corcoran and Jennifer Hilsabeck (who returned to practice Tuesday after being out of school with an upper respiratory infection).

Other returning veterans expected to see extensive duty will be Amy Tautges and Brett Garman who worked out in Australia as an exchange student. Roxanne Lattin, Kody Hanavan and Esther Gordon, are others with experience in both junior varsity and varsity competition.

Kurt-Mason said the team has actually practiced outside once. "We took a drive down to Bloomfield and played nine-on-nine for about two and a half hours," he said.

But, he added, "there are some benefits to working inside, particularly in that the ball moves faster, and you have to have learn a quick touch. We've been working on that, on one-touch and think-ahead offense. We want the girls to know where the space is or will be and how to get the ball to that point."

Right now, the coach said, he has about 25 girls on the roster and expects perhaps four more from the girls' basketball team when their season is over.

Without them, he said, he has a starting defense set with Brett Garman and Amy Smith joining those named earlier. And, he said, there are as many as six fighting it out for other starting spots including Iris Frye who may go both offense and defense.

That will give great depth when the injured and those in other sports are able to play, he said.

The season, weather permitting, will get underway with an 11 a.m. game Saturday in Salida. The girls will go on the road again March 23 to take on the Class 5A Durango Demons.

The first scheduled home game will come March 26 against Telluride and then the Ladies will host Ignacio at 4 p.m. April 6, again if field conditions permit. Those are both league contests.

Then the Pagosans are slated to go back on the road, first to Montrose April 9 for a 5 p.m. clash; an overnight stay in the area; and then a 1 p.m. league clash the next day in Ridgway.

Durango comes to Pagosa for a 4 p.m. return match April 12 and then the Pagosans go to Cortez for a 5 p.m. game April 15.

Ridgway and Center come to Pagosa for league clashes April 16 and 17, the first game at 4 p.m., the second at 1 p.m.

An April 20 trip to Ignacio for a game starting at 4 p.m. will be followed by a 4 p.m. home game against Bayfield April 23. Four days later, the squads will switch fields for a 4 p.m. clash along the Pine River.

And the Pirates will stay on the road for the balance of the regular season with a 4 p.m. start in Telluride April 30 and a 1 p.m. clash May 1 in Center.

Should the Pirate kickers advance, they will be in state quarterfinals May 18, semifinals May 20 and finals May 22.

 

Pirate baseball squad to open in Utah tourney

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Baseball is in the air, but you have to go to Utah this weekend to find the Pagosa Springs Pirates in action in their season opener - weather permitting.

Coach Tony Scarpa, facing a rebuilding year and a phalanx of young new faces, was scheduled to put his squad on the field in a four-team tournament Friday and Saturday in Moab, Utah.

Scarpa's squad, relegated to swinging at pitching machine offerings in a back room in the vocational education building, and playing catch in snow storms in the high school parking lot, has done a lot of running to get into shape.

The team's success this season is likely to be pegged to the performance of three key starters from last year returning for another season.

Ben Marshall, the starting catcher last year, is expected to pitch more this year, with Marcus Rivas playing both catcher and third base. Steady Levi Gill will return at second, but the rest of the starting positions are up for grabs.

While pitching may be an early concern, Scarpa has said he has a number of young hurlers ready to bloom this year.

The balance of the Pirate schedule has them at Salida at noon March 13; hosting Kirtland, N.M. (weather permitting) March 23; a doubleheader starting 11 a.m. March 27 against Piedra Vista in Farmington; a single match with Durango at 3 p.m. March 30 in Pagosa; a doubleheader against Bloomfield N.M., in Bloomfield at 4 p.m. April 5; a league opening twin bill against Centauri in La Jara April 10; a home twin bill starting at 11 a.m. April 17 against Bayfield; a single game against Cortez at 5 p.m. April 20; a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. April 24 in Monte Vista; and a home doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. May 1 against Ignacio.

The Intermountain League tournament will be held May 8 in Monte Vista.

 

Balanced scoring, board control pace Ladies over 'Cats

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

It was a must win.

If they wanted to stay in the running for a high seed in state playoffs, Pagosa's Lady Pirates had to beat Ignacio in Friday's opening game of the Intermountain League Tournament in La Jara.

And win, they did.

But it didn't look easy at first. Ignacio's Carol Lee Jefferson made sure of that in the early going, scoring all 12 of her team's first quarter points as the Bobcats took a 12-9 lead on the favored Pirates.

Jefferson's outburst included a pair of treys as teammates set double picks for her to take the outside shots.

Pagosa got three of those points back when junior guard Bri Scott hit the first of her two three-pointers on the night. Sophomore guard Liza Kelley hit a driving left-hander and Caitlyn Jewell scored inside off an assist by Kelley.

But the key basket for Pagosa in the period came on Caitlin Forrest's first play after entering the fray.

Working deep on the post, she took a drop pass from Kelley, faked right and went to the soft left handed hook for two. That cut the margin to 12-9 at the period break.

And it set the stage for a Pirate assault force to build a lead Ignacio could never challenge.

On the opening possession of the second period, Jewell put Pagosa within two with a six-foot jumper. Jefferson, fouled while shooting, sank both charity tosses and Ignacio had its last lead of the game. Kelley tied the score at 18 with a trey from the top of the key and Jewell came back with a power move inside to give Pagosa the lead.

Junior Lori Walkup followed with a driving layup (her only score of the contest), and the lead grew. Jewell, five-for-six from the line for the game, hit a pair.

Jennifer Ruybal got one back on a charity toss and Rebecca Kenner recorded Ignacio's only field goal of the period before Jewell drove to her left hand for the final Pagosa score of the half and a 26-17 margin at the break.

As convincing as was the Pirate performance in the second period, the third was even more definitive, with Pagosa's guards pouring in 17 points and Forrest clearing the boards at both ends like a Pirate swashbuckling over the sides in an attack at sea.

Scott, silent since her early trey, came to life with a vengeance, working with Kelley to break lane drives off high picks by Forrest and Jewell time and again. Each had three two-pointers in the period, seemingly feeding off the intensity of each other as Ignacio struggled to find an answer.

Just to make things harder for the Bobcats, Scott also drilled her second three and added a pair of free throws.

Forrest wasn't just taking possession of the ball for Pagosa, but also scoring. Her first of the stanza came on an offensive rebound putback and then, moments later, she converted a 10-foot jumper.

Ignacio, meanwhile, was stymied by the Pirate pressing defense in the period, scoring only one field goal for the second consecutive quarter, a basket by Ruybal running free off a rare Pagosa turnover.

Ruybal added one free throw, Maria Rivera a pair from the stripe, and Kyra Bartley, who had scored 19 in each of the regular season games against Pagosa, hit one from the line for what would be her only point of the game.

The result? A 46-25 Pirate lead at the end of three and then a final period letdown in which Pagosa was outscored 13-7.

Freshman forward Laurel Reinhardt got Pagosa's lone field goal of the period. Jewell and junior Laura Tomforde each added a pair from the foul line.

Jefferson, blanked after her first quarter surge, picked up a deuce and a trey and Ruybal another field goal for Ignacio. The balance of he scoring came from the line where Rivera converted a pair and Ruybal dumped in four.

For the second consecutive game, Pagosa had three players in double figures, Scott (14), Jewell (13), and Kelley (11.)

Jefferson, with 19, was the game's leading scorer, and led her team in rebounds with six. Ruybal added 10 for Ignacio.

The Pirate dominance on the boards (a 34-12 margin) at both ends was a key to their success, paced by Forrest with 11 and Jewell with seven. Forrest also chipped in with a blocked shot, as did Walkup.

Scott and freshman Jessica Lynch led the assist category with three each while Kelley and Forrest were steals leaders, each with a pair.

Pagosa shot 20 of 44 from the floor a .454 percentage, while Ignacio was just 10 of 42, for .238. The Pirates were 10 of 14 from the foul line, their best percentage of the season, and Ignacio was under 50 percent at 11 of 24.

The victory assured the Pirates of advancing to regional action and sent them into the district final against Centauri, the regular season winner, which drew a bye into the championship game.

Coach Bob Lynch, asked what contributed most to his team's success, answered, "No let down. After that first quarter we just did not allow Ignacio to get organized. It was a good example of what this young team is capable of."

Pagosa's record stood then at 16-5 for the season.

Summary

Scoring: P-Scott, 5-12, 2-3, 14; Lynch, 0-1, 0; Kelley, 4-5, 0-1, 11; Walkup, 1-2, 2; Reinhardt, 1-2, 2; Maberry, 0-2, 0; Jewell 4-12, 5-6, 13; Tomforde, 0-0, 2-2, 2; Buikema, 1-6, 1-2, 3; Forrest, 3-4, 0-1, 6. I-Rivera, 0-12, 4-5, 4; Ruybal, 2-4, 6-12, 10; Bellino, 0-1, 0-2, 0; Thatcher, 0-1, 0; Jefferson, 7-16, 2-2, 19; Bartley, 0-4, 1-2, 1; Kenner, 1-1, 2. Total fouls: P-19, I-17; total turnovers, P-12, I-22.

Parks & Rec

Grant proposal seeks sports complex funds

By Joe Lister Jr.

SUN Columnist

The Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department has finished a grant proposal for a local government grant, part of the Great Outdoor Colorado managing trust for the state lottery funds.

There are different types of grants that can be applied for in each grant cycle.

We are applying for funds to help with the first phase of our proposed sports complex.

This phase would contain a youth baseball/softball field, a Colorado High School Activities Association-approved soccer field, boat ramp for river access, and an outdoor classroom area to allow classes to enjoy the river and the park setting.

The first phase would also lay the groundwork for future trail expansion, and other much-needed outdoor activities. The final master plan can be seen on the town's Web page, or by coming by Town Hall and visiting with me.

We will keep our fingers crossed in hopes this funding period we'll get the ever so important grant.

Adult basketball

The 2004 adult basketball league is continuing to be very competitive.

The 17 teams in our men's competitive, men's recreational and women's league continue to enjoy this popular indoor recreational activity.

Updated weekly schedules are posted on the internet at www.townofpagosasprings.com or on our sports hotline at 264-6658.

Also, the recreation department continues to host a basketball open gym, a free activity available to anyone who enjoys pick-up basketball.

Basketball open gym is 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in the Pagosa Springs Junior High School gymnasium.

Tee-ball sign-ups

Tee-ball registration forms have been distributed to all 5- and 6-year-olds though our public and private elementary schools.

Tee-ball will start slightly earlier then in past years with players afforded the opportunity to learn fundamentals and play games in an indoor controlled environment.

Parents will have the luxury of observing in a facility with indoor bathrooms and no weather concerns. Our plan will be to start with a few games indoors, and follow with outdoor games at the beginning of May or when the fields are playable.

Our young athletes must be 5 years of age by April 11. Copies of birth certificates are required at the time of registration. Please sign up at the Town Hall by 5 p.m. March 9.

Coaches and sponsors are needed for all age groups. Sponsorship for Tee-ball is $150. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Myles Gabel, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Little League baseball

We are setting times and dates for Little League baseball. We plan to hold mini-clinics before tryouts in order to get our young baseball players ready for action. These clinics will take place in mid-April followed by tryouts and team designation in late April.

The Little League season will take place from May through mid-June. Exact dates will be set soon.

Volleyball clinics

Volleyball clinic dates are being set up and will take place throughout the spring season.

These clinics will be set for different age groups starting from fifth grade and continuing with clinics geared for the advanced volleyball athlete in eighth through 12th grades. Exact information to be released soon.

Go Pirates

We would like to extend our congratulations to both Pirate high school teams; they have qualified for the final 32 in this year's state tournament bracket.

The boys' team is seeded first in the entire state, and the girls are seeded 10th in the girl's side of the brackets.

Many of the young athletes have come through our programs and it is fun to watch them among the elite in the 3A ranks.

Whether we are in Denver watching the girls or in Pagosa watching the boys, our best wishes go out to both teams.

 

Editorial

Where is the art?

Here they go again. Some of our state legislators are pushing a bill and a process intended to modify aspects of Colorado's public K-12 education systems. The elements of SB 145, initially sponsored by two Denver Democrats, are said to be needed to respond to new, higher education requirements, to boost the educational experience for Colorado high school students intending to move on to institutions of higher learning.

The bill that moved quickly out of committee to be passed by the Senate would revise high school graduation requirements. Some assert it would improve high school education. We agree, up to a point.

We can overlook the fact this work was done by legislators who should have to pass the highest level CSAP examinations administered to Colorado students, before taking a seat in the Senate or the House &emdash; no doubt a daunting task for many of our elected officials in the capital.

There are other problems.

First, we suspect higher education at many institutions is little more than the high school education of 40-50 years ago. Perhaps the attention of our solons should be directed first to the sagging, politically-correct quality of much of what passes as higher education before they write laws to adjust high school graduation standards.

Second, we continue to object to mandates that strip local elected authorities of the right to determine the character of the institutions they are put in office to run. We believe local teachers, administrators and school board members have the ability to provide students with a decent high school education if, and this is critical, there is the funding and freedom to do so. Mandates are hollow, cynical political expressions as long as local systems are under the government gun and teachers are underpaid and unsupported.

Third, while we applaud the notion of improved standards &emdash; SB 145 in one incarnation proposes core requirements of four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies (including civics) three years of science and two years of academic electives, including foreign language &emdash; we notice something is missing, and we are alarmed.

Where is the art? Where is the music?

Some readers might be puzzled by these questions, but we submit the steady erosion of arts curricula in public high schools cheats our young people and, in doing so, damages our collective future. Arts classes and instrumental and vocal music instruction are vital to the development of the individual and the society, deeply rooted in a tradition we struggle to maintain.

Arts education involves skill development the equal to that in the sciences and other liberal arts. What does it take to produce a painting or a drawing? A sculpture? It requires conceptual skill, knowledge of art history, planning skills, discipline, critical skills, a knowledge of one's self.

What does mastery of a musical instrument require? Years of practice, an ever-deeper connection with music and its history; coordination of efforts with those of others; discipline and dedication; the ability to be critical of one's own effort and to respond to criticism of others.

We argue the basic study of art and music is a critical element in the growth of a productive citizen. Every child should be exposed to some form of arts education throughout his or her school years.

When elected officials set out to strengthen public education, when school boards and curriculum committees do their work, they must remember always to ask: Where are the arts? And to ensure there is as much a mandate to enrich our children's spirits as there is to sharpen their analytical, marketable skills.

Karl Isberg

 

Pacing Pagosa

Darkened crosswalk perils all

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Sometimes the pacing proclivity produces problems.

Basically, it is lack of concern on the part of drivers over the rights of we pedestrians.

For example, it is a regular event for the driver of a vehicle leaving a commercial parking area to pull across the sidewalk while awaiting a break in traffic. Sometimes that break is a long time coming and the unfortunate walker either has to go around the vehicle or stand patiently until the driver is able to leave.

Another example is ill-designed intersections where the driver is forced to pull out into the crosswalk to see whether there is approaching traffic from either direction. Again, the pedestrian is blockaded.

A good example of that is at 6th and San Juan streets where visibility for the driver entering San Juan from the south is at a minimum.

Another bad spot is for northbound traffic on 2nd Street at Pagosa. Visibility is blocked by buildings and advertising signs and drivers are forced to pull into the crosswalk to see if there is approaching traffic. It is a hazard to both other drivers and pedestrians.

Still another woe for the foot slogger is the "lighted" crosswalk in front of the courthouse. It has been "unlighted" for nearly a month and several near tragedies have occurred as a result. Those pushing the button for the walk light expect to be protected; without the flashing lights, they often have to run for their lives.

The imbedded flashing lights are a good idea, but only if they are maintained. I know snow plowing takes precedence, but there ought to be a way to keep the lights operative.

Still another problem are those who ignore the lights in the crosswalk at the midpoint in the block north of the San Juan-Pagosa Street curve.

Out-of-towners might be excused once, but those who live here and know why the lights are flashing up through the pavement have no excuse for not stopping. Most pedestrians try to wait to push the button until no cars are near; but sometimes the fast traffic gets there before they get all the way across.

Twice in the last week I've gotten the middle finger salute from drivers who didn't even slow down for the crosswalk - with lights flashing - as I crossed. And both vehicles had local license plates.

I know we pedestrians are walking, generally, by choice. For some, like myself, it is for exercise and besides, I enjoy being in the great outdoors.

But there are those who must, of necessity, walk to and from work, the market, the pharmacy, etc.

They deserve as much protection as the driver who is so occupied with his or her own thoughts or what's on the radio or CD player that they're oblivious to what's happening around them.

The pedestrian should not assume that simply pressing the crosswalk button guarantees safe passage, but they should be assured most motorists will obey crosswalk law.

And they ought to be assured the state highway department will keep the lights operative. I know, it was done as an experiment, but I think it is one that works - when it works.

Legacies

90 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era files of Mar. 6, 1914

A notice for a town election is published in this issue. Three trustees and a mayor are to be chosen. We're in favor of a ladies' ticket for the whole works.

The town board will soon pass an ordinance compelling "chickens" to go to roost before 12 p.m.

Through the efforts of Brice Patterson Archuleta County, for the first time in years, this season bids fair to receive its just proportion of the state hatchery products for its miles of extensive trout streams.

The large influx of prospectors who are sure to swarm over the San Juan range this summer searching for the precious metals should not neglect the rich, prospective territory lying near the headwaters of the San Juan, Blanco, Navajo and Piedra rivers.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 8, 1929

Several have suggested that Pagosa organize a baseball team for the coming season. There is ample material in this community for an aggregation able to compete with any of the San Juan Basin or San Luis Valley teams.

We call your attention to the report of condition of the Citizens Bank which is published in this issue of the Sun. The report is dated Feb. 28th, and shows a healthy condition of our financial institution.

Otis H. Snooks of Piedra has added another Denver Post bounty of $25 to his long list for the recent killing of a female mountain lion.

Several report excellent radio receptivity of the inaugural program at Washington throughout Monday.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Mar. 5, 1954

The Town Board met on Monday night of this week for their regular business meeting. Among actions taken was the passing of a new water rate ordinance that in effect doubles the present income of the town from water revenue and will, if successful, enable the town to pay off the new water works without a tax levy.

George Alley, president of the Chamber of Commerce, announced this week that the annual meeting and election of officers has been scheduled for March 19.

While moisture has been received in other parts of the state it continues very dry here and rather chilly. The wind has been blowing and while it is sharp and cold, it is drying out the ground rapidly.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 8, 1979

There was more new snow in town and on Wolf Creek Pass this past weekend. About three feet of new snow fell on Wolf Creek Pass, putting the season total at more than 600 inches to date. This has only happened three times in the past 20 years and there is still lots of time for more snow on the pass.

The town board discussed police matters, including a residency requirement for the newly hired police chief, conditions of streets, annexation, dump ground, town hall repairs, and various routine matters at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Town marshal Raymond Ross said this week that enforcement of parking meters was starting and those failing to pay the meter would receive a parking ticket.

 Features

Going for Gold

Father-daughter duo competes at X Games

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Bringing home a gold medal is a dream of many.

For Paige Lloyd, of Pagosa Springs, it's one dream she can cross off her list.

At age 7, she is the owner of a gold medal won in junior SnoCross at the 2004 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen in January.

In both the semifinal and final rounds, Paige led the other racers from start to finish, said her mother, Pam Lloyd. Video footage of the event shows Paige all alone under the checkered flag after three laps of racing. Paige competed against nine others in the 6- 9-year-old division - two girls and seven boys.

"She's pretty competitive," Lloyd said. "She likes to win and she likes to get out in front."

And she isn't the only member of the family who feels that way. For the Lloyds, SnoCross and HillCross are a family affair. Paige's mom, dad and 16-year-old brother Shane are all SnoCross or HillCross racers, although mom, pregnant, has been taking a year off. Her dad, Kenny Lloyd, also made his first appearance at the 2004 Winter X Games in January. He competed in HillCross.

SnoCross is described as a combination of two disciplines, oval track racing and cross-country competition, often considered NASCAR on the snow. SnoCross was added to the Winter X Games in 1998, becoming its first motorized event. Drivers tackle jumps, double jumps and turns in a head-to-head race.

HillCross is head-to-head racing from the bottom of a mountain to the top with double and triple jumps and moguls added in for good measure. The first one to the top wins. It was added to X Games competition in 2001.

In either case, the smallest mistake can take a driver from first to crashed.

Pam said she and Kenny started trailriding snowmobiles several years ago. Even on the trails, they had a tendency to be pretty aggressive, she admitted. That led to an attempt at racing. It only took a taste.

"Once I had experienced the adrenaline rush from racing, for myself I couldn't go back to trail riding," she said. Both she and Kenny traded in their trail sleds for racing sleds and the adventures began. Now Pam competes in pro-women's classes. Kenny competes in the pro men's classes and Shane is tackling the sport classes while Paige rides over the junior division.

Last year, with the X Games as a goal, they traveled to national competitions throughout the United States, putting somewhere around 20,000-22,000 miles on the motor home.

At the X Games junior SnoCross, the snowmobiles, 120 miniatures, are provided to the racers to give everyone an equal chance.

Paige likes to win. In 2003, she captured two firsts and a second before competing at the X Games.

"I like having fun," she said. "I like just getting to ride around the track and stuff." The wet winter allowed the elementary school student to practice her moves in the Lloyd's back yard on a track built by Shane. Otherwise, Pam said, the family practices in the open meadows up on Wolf Creek pass or uses weekend races to hone their technical skills.

Kenny competed in three X Games national qualifying races, two in Colorado and one in California. In all three cases, he finished first in the preliminary rounds, only to be eliminated in the main, or final race. At the close of the season, he sent a resume to the X Games committee and received a provisional slot.

(Lloyd isn't the first from Pagosa to attend the X Games. Tracy Smith competed in SnoCross in 2003. Lloyd served as his pit manager. This time, it was the other way around.)

At the X Games in Aspen, Lloyd, who won semi-pro 440 and 600 classes in the 1997-98 CRSC, took second place in the pro vets class in Deadwood in 2000 and third in the pro vets class at the Canterbury races in 2002, was eliminated in the qualifying rounds and finished 20th overall.

"You get one run and if you didn't get in the top three you were out," he said. "Another sled and mine got hooked up together and went off the course. That was it."

Still, he was pleased.

"It's probably the most fun and extreme thing I'll ever do in my life," he said. X Games HillCross competitors were tasked with navigating a 2,800 foot track consisting of a 40-degree uphill start followed by two rolling jumps and a triple set of jumps. Surviving that, drivers faced a sweeping left-hand turn and another triple before reaching the flats to the finish. Kenny estimated sleds reached 70-75 miles per hour in the speed portion of the course.

Making the finals required a perfect run.

"You have to get everything right," he said. "You can't make a mistake. You have to do the whole track without a mistake. The start, the slow section and the speed section have to be done just right to win."

Kenny earned the distinction of being the oldest competitor at the games, something, he said the announcers never let him forget. The average age of the participants was between 16 and 25.

He may challenge them again.

"I'm thinking about it," he said. "You go there and you learn how it is. You learn how to prepare." The first time out, the course at the X Games caught him a little by surprise.

"It was very extreme, built for television," he said. "They want to see a lot of air and a lot of crashes." They got both. In one heat alone, Lloyd said, four competitors crashed. It was also, he said, an extremely well run, well organized event.

"It's probably the most organized things you'll ever go to," he said.

Next year, Kenny said, he plans to be more prepared, more practiced. Ready to roll.

After all, this year's gold medalist in HillCross, Levi LaValle, was a rookie, competing in just his second HillCross race. To win, LaValle defeated two former X gold medalists.

The Lloyds will be headed back to Aspen in 2005 anyway. Paige has been invited to defend her gold. Maybe she has already added a repeat to her dreams.

 

Weather

 

Date High Low Precipitation

Type Depth Moisture

2/25

49

23

S

-

.01

2/26

52

16

S

-

.01

2/27

54

29

-

-

-

2/28

43

16

S

-

.12

2/29

42

13

S

-

.12

3/1

40

9

S

-

.12

3/2

39

19

S

-

.17

Snow chance to lessen in coming week

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

The parade of wet weather systems marching into Pagosa Country from the Pacific Northwest is expected to yield to drier conditions by late tonight.

According to Norvan Larson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction, earlier predictions of widespread snowfall activity through the latter half of the week have been downgraded.

"There's still about a 30-percent chance for scattered flurries through (today), but most of the moisture associated with the latest system shifted to the south before moving to the northeast," said Larson.

"Right now, it's probably safe to say there will not be additional winter storm warnings, but conditions are still fairly unstable, meaning isolated snow showers could occur (today) and Friday," he added.

"Then for the weekend, we're looking at partly-cloudy conditions, higher temperatures and not much in the way of a chance for snow," he concluded.

Mostly-cloudy skies this morning should give way to breaks of sunshine by this afternoon, said Larson; highs should hit the upper 30s while lows should fall into the teens.

Friday calls for partly-cloudy skies, a 20-percent chance for light snow or rain, highs near 40 and lows in the upper teens.

More sun than clouds is expected for Saturday and Sunday, as are highs in the 40-50 range, a 10-percent chance for snow and lows in the 20s.

The trio of forecasts for Monday through Wednesday predict mostly-sunny conditions, highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s and lows ranging from 15 to 25.

The average high temperature recorded last week at the Fred Harman Art Museum was 42 degrees. The average low was 17. Moisture totals for the week amounted to just over one-half inch.

Wolf Creek Ski Area reports a summit depth of 137 inches, a midway depth of 127 inches and a year-to-date snowfall total of 361 inches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports the current avalanche danger in the southern San Juan Mountains ranges from "considerable" to "high."

Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture describe regional drought conditions as "moderate."

According to the latest SNOTEL data, the snowpack level for the Upper San Juan River Basin is 113 percent of average.

San Juan River flow south of town ranged from approximately 55 cubic feet per second to 65 cubic feet per second last week. The river's historic median flow for the week of March 4 equals roughly 65 cubic feet per second.