Tax hike sought on fall ballot
for reservoir site
By Tom Carosello
Voters who reside or own property within the San Juan Water Conservancy District will be asked to ponder two special-district ballot questions at the polls of this year's general election.
A resolution adopted by the SJWCD board of directors Sept. 2 states district residents will be asked to consider increasing district debt and taxes to fund future water storage and supply projects - more specifically, a reservoir.
In summary, the proposed ballot issue asks, "Shall (district) debt be increased $6 million with a repayment cost of $12.5 million; and shall district taxes be increased $600,000 annually (subject to the statutory mill levy limit, which is currently 3.0 mills) for the purpose of paying, reimbursing or financing all or any part of the costs of acquiring, designing, and otherwise providing land for the purposes of water storage and supply ... ?"
In addition, the election resolution states a second question, in effect a proposal to eliminate restrictions imposed by TABOR and "de-Bruce" the district, will also appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Fred Schmidt, board chairman, clarified the intent of the primary ballot initiative during this week's district board meeting.
If voters approve the measure regarding future storage, said Schmidt, the acquired funds will be "dedicated solely for land acquisition."
A recent district newsletter echoes that notion, stating the resulting monies will be used "to acquire the necessary site on which to build a reservoir to satisfy our area's needs for many years," including additional opportunities for fishing, boating and general recreation.
Citing the region's prolonged drought and ever-increasing demand on current water supplies, the letter also suggests the main catalyst for placing the issue before district voters this year relates to timeliness.
"Due to increasing land values, higher interest rates and the lag time to permit and build a reservoir (up to 20 years in duration)," says the letter, our community needs to acquire the land now."
Elaborating on that point Tuesday, "I think, realistically, if we had proposed this 10 years ago, the public would not have considered it," said Schmidt. "Unfortunately, it took a record drought to get everybody to recognize that we're facing a huge problem, both in the future and right now.
"But the big issue - the first question people are always going to ask is, 'What is this going to cost me?'" added Schmidt.
A few calculations based on the proposed mill levy increase - 2.649 mills - outline the potential effects the ballot initiative would have on yearly property tax bills.
For example, district residents who own a home with a fair market value of $100,000 would experience an annual property tax increase of $21.08.
Likewise, property taxes for a residence valued at $200,000 would increase $42.17 annually, and residents of a home valued at $300,000 would see an annual increase of $63.26.
"So I think when you look at the overall importance of the issue, the cost is actually not that great," concluded Schmidt.
The boundaries of the San Juan Water Conservancy District are generally the same as those of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, but also extend south into much of the Lower Blanco area and include Aspen Springs.
The district expects to hold several public meetings over the next several weeks to gather input and address the pros and cons of the ballot issue.
Bus facility bids too high; junior high roof replacement tabled
By Richard Walter
After rejecting all bids Tuesday on the planned maintenance and transportation facility on the high school campus school officials were given a look at what the future education picture of Pagosa may show.
The board of education for Archuleta School District 50 Joint, after a 40-minute executive session, rejected the low bid from Colorado Jaynes for the new facility.
The motion also directed staff to attempt to negotiate lower quotes or to seek all new bids.
All bids received were well in excess of the $1.2-1.3 million board architects had estimated.
Later in the meeting, a delegation from the Town of Pagosa Springs and its Community Vision Council told the board it had been prepared to ask school officials to hold off on the construction.
With Town Manager Mark Garcia leading that presentation, it was pointed out the preliminary vision for Pagosa encompasses moving all schools to the high school campus.
That viewpoint also apparently affected an additional school district project, the total replacement of the junior high school roof.
It had been under study for several months but after the rest of the discussion Tuesday, the district's maintenance supervisor, Steve Walston, recommended delaying any major action on that project until spring.
"In the meantime," he told the board, "we will have to make significant spot repairs to prevent interior damage from winter storms."
The transportation structure bids ranged from a low of $1,577,893 by Colorado Jaynes of Durango to a high of $1,780,194 by Western Industries of Farmington. In between was a quote of $1,775,500 by FCI of Albuquerque.
The structure, planned to provide more maintenance materials storage for district schools and a new bus barn maintenance facility for the district fleet, had been in the planning stage for over a year.
It was initially proposed to get the bus facility away from the elementary school where huge traffic jams are often the norm.
Base bids, without alternatives for paving, site fencing, gates, equipment canopy and in-floor heating were still well over estimate - FCI at $1.614 million, Jaynes at $1.432 million and Western at $1,616,247.
The construction actions all might have been moot if the town community vision develops.
It sees the area where the junior high and intermediate schools and the administrative offices stand as key commercial property.
Garcia told the board the town is taking a "unique private approach to the future in which progress can be leveraged more quickly."
He told the school board that consultants for the town say development of both marketing and planning strategies are primary needs and that in the planning category, the school district has key properties in the core area.
Garcia indicated layouts where consultants feel all county schools might be located - along with a recreation center with school and public pool and an indoor track for public use in winter.
He told the board relocating all schools to the high school campus is feasible and a challenge considering the growth in the community.
A key element for the educational site switch, he said, is the availability of property in proximity to the high school.
"As our town starts planning facilities to meet the challenges of the future," he said, "we need to include the schools and removing them from the main highway where the danger elements and child safety are evident now is a wise move."
Accompanying Garcia was Angela Atkinson, a director of the council, who pointed out the mission statement is calls for "protection of the intrinsic qualities of Pagosa Springs."
She said the council attempts to bring together "a lot of disparate entities doing great work, perhaps at cross purposes, and chart a path to the future with combined effort."
She said a number of collateral panels are being proposed to develop logical plans for the historic downtown core and "cautious optimism is resulting."
Lisa Scott, third member of the council team, told the board the way the community has developed to date has every school located in the core area of town.
"We're not shoving something down your throats," she said. "It is a work in progress and we invite the schools to participate in that effort.'
She said the combined campus idea will work because of three factors: land availability, improved safety for children and ability to share resources through closer proximity of the county's educational structures.
The crux of the council presentation was a proposal to form a collaborative task force of four school district and three vision committee members to work together for the betterment of the whole community.
When Garcia told the board the town's perspective is to develop long-range planning to protect the community identity, board president Carol Feazel asked if that includes the Pagosa Lakes area.
"In the long range, yes," Garcia said. "But first we must establish means of maintaining, expanding and improving the core."
Feazel said, "It is not in our best interest to turn down a chance to be involved in our own future."
But, she indicated, a wholesale revision of school sites is a huge investment. "The whole idea is to open the dialogue, keeping in mind the slow cashflow status we are facing now, the financial viability of plans and their effect on the individual student.
"I'm also curious about perceived educational advantages of a combined campus," she said. "Do you have any data relating to that, any previous attempts that worked or failed, and why?"
The council contingent said they had no such data but would ask consultants to research it.
Superintendent Duane Noggle confirmed he had been invited by Ross Aragon to sit in Wednesday on a session of the vision council.
"I believe this is an exciting concept and the district's participation in development of a conceptual plan is vital," he concluded.
Big box task force sets town meeting
By Tess Noel Baker
The Pagosa Springs Alliance for Responsible Growth - more commonly known as the "Big Box Task Force" - will conduct its first Town Meeting 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Pagosa Springs Community Center.
Kathy Keyes, chairperson for the task force, said so far the group is meeting every other week. Their purpose, according to the mission statement is to, "research the potential impacts of large scale retail development in Pagosa Springs," and make recommendations to the town and county governing boards. The task force is scheduled to meet through the beginning of November and plans to conduct at least one more town meeting.
Both the town council and county commissioners have enacted six-month moratoriums on retail construction over 18,000 square feet to give the task force time to complete its work. The moratoriums will expire at the end of January.
Keyes said certain task force members are responsible for researching different aspects of big box store impact, including social, tourism, economic, infrastructure, community and historical character. Presentations have already been made on economic and social issues.
Laura Lewis of Operation Healthy Communities is scheduled to moderate Wednesday's meeting. According to a preliminary agenda, the first hour will be spent on an overview of the ground rules, introduction of task force members and an update on the group's progress. About an hour has been set aside for public comment.
Anyone unable to attend the public meeting is invited to send comments via the town's Web site. To find the link, go to www.townofpagosasprings.com and scroll down on the Home page to click on "Large Scale Retail Development Meeting."
The Community Planning Survey is also available online at the site. This survey has been designed to help the town with planning for the future of the community and includes questions on big box development. Surveys are being accepted through the end of September.
Local schools cited for test
By Richard Walter
All Pagosa Springs schools have achieved AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress - but the real challenge lies ahead.
By the year 2014, under the No Child Left Behind mandate, and through the Colorado CSAP testing, all classes and sub classes in each school must reach 100 percent proficiency or face school sanctions.
That was part of the message delivered Tuesday by Superintendent Duane Noggle to the board of Education of Archuleta School District 50 Joint.
First the good news in addition to all schools qualifying in both reading and mathematics:
- Pagosa schools had 100 percent participation in testing;
- district Hispanic students did "extremely well" scoring over 93.7 percent in elementary level comprehension, much higher than the state average;
- 24 percent of all students with disabilities scored at the advanced level, a huge factor when law says at least 1 percent of all subgroups must perform at that level.
All grade levels and sub groups met the target this year, he said, "but we cannot let up on the education effort."
The class level gaps between now and 2014 are comparatively smaller for lower grades. Elementary students in the recent testing scored at 76.92 in reading comprehension and 75.86 in math.
That is a much shorter path to 100 percent, he pointed out, than for the middle and high school students who scored 59.51 and 47.0 respectively in math.
Under NCLB, performance targets must be reached by the state as a whole, each school district as a whole, each school as a whole, and every subgroup of enrollment totaling 30 or more students.
In Pagosa Springs schools, only white and Hispanic groups total more than 30 students.
Involved in the same scenario, he said, are "performance targets" for elementary and middle school (perceived as sixth, seventh and eighth grades though eighth grade here is junior high).
These, based on a 2002 starting point of 1.0, based on the lowest performing subgroup of students, must advance to 1.10 by 2005, 1.21 by 2008, 1.33 by 2011 and 1.50 by 2014.
At the high school level, AYP achievement will be awarded when graduation rates for all subgroups of students have advanced from at least 55.30 percent to 65 percent by 2014.
Each group that does not reach its targets for increasing proficiency in reading or math must reach its target for reducing non-proficiency. All groups, including the school as a whole, must reach either "increasing proficiency" or "safe harbor" targets. The latter is defined in NCLB as schools and districts that are making progress in student achievement but are not yet meeting target goals for AYP.
If a Title 1 school or school district doesn't make AYP there are no sanctions the first year. Failure to make it for two consecutive years will result in the school being placed on School Improvement status. In one year it must develop an improvement plan and offer school choice. In year two it must offer supplemental services in addition to school choice. In the third year it must implement one or more corrective actions.
The state is required to place any districts that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years on Program Improvement status and at the same time place limits on how the school district may spend its federal NCLB funding.
If the district continues to fail to meet AYP, the state is required to take at least one corrective action, and in Colorado options may be limited to withholding all NCLB funding.
To reach all the mandated goals, Noggle said, "it is important that all parents understand their child's day to day progress in the classroom.
"We can't reach that 100-percent goal in ten years without their cooperation and understanding of what the consequences can be.
"We are closing the achievement gap," he said, "but there is a wide area yet to cover. And there is progressive punishment for failure."
Consistent violation of trash covenants will draw PLPOA review
By Richard Walter
Public examination of some issues broached by members at the annual meeting in July brought some problems into better focus for the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Sept. 9.
At the annual meeting George Esterly of Lake Forest Estates had charged the board was diminishing property values by not strictly enforcing trash covenants.
It was noted two firms pick up trash in the 26 subdivisions comprising the association and that Saturday and Sunday are the only days without pickup.
Director Hugh Bundy said the residents know when their pickup days are and in most instances there should be no reason for the trash cans to be left out after pickup.
Sometimes, he was told, the collectors do not get there on the assigned day. "Should we then penalize the property owner for leaving his trash can at the street line still full?" was the question in reply.
With 3,300 properties being served with trash pickup there's no way the association could keep a daily watch for failure to remove cans without adding staff for trash patrolling duties, was another argument.
Director Gerald Smith said, "If we should enforce the declarations to police the entire area we have to weigh costs against benefits.
"Policing is a major cost factor," he said, "and it would be more probable we could enforce when brought to our attention."
It was noted the original rules of the association required trash receptacles to be hidden from public view at all times, a rule waived several years ago.
Still, argued an audience member, "go down any street and you'll find some trash cans out almost continually. They leave it at the street and carry the trash out to it. It becomes an eyesore."
Director Bill Nobles said, "policing sounds cost prohibitive, but we should notify owners, perhaps in our newsletter, of the complaints and the possible repercussions.
"We should deal with flagrant, repeated violations," he said.
Judy Esterly, from the audience, said there is a continual appearance issue. "If we see trash, we pick it up ourselves. But should we have to? If I report a problem to the association, I expect something to be done. At this time of year, fall, it becomes an even more critical problem as bears prepare to hibernate. Garbage cans are minutiae compared to the rules. If they can't be enforced, they need to be changed."
She said she was "not suggesting policing, but enforcement of good sense. If it happened next door and I reported it, I'd expect PLPOA to pick it up or force the property owner to do so."
Director David Bohl, board president, directed that copies of all previous resolutions and declarations regarding trash be provided each board member and that action be indicated on the October meeting agenda.
At the same time, he noted most of the propane tanks in the area are in violation of federal law regarding screening and protection of the public.
That, too, should be evaluated, he said.
Another problem, speeding, was acknowledged but the crowd was told it is something the PLPOA board has no control over, other than to report it to the county sheriff's office which has policing responsibility.
Several residents said the danger from speeders in nearly all areas of the association is progressively worsening; and one said the resultant dust churned up on nonmaintained roads becomes a health hazard in itself.
Several other citizen initiative questions were deemed to require budget considerations and were deferred until the budget for next year is worked out.
LPEA still seeking power line route
By Richard Walter
La Plata Electric Association continues to investigate possible alternative routings for electrical service installation at the dam at Lake Hatcher.
Walt Lukasik, general manager for Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, told the board of directors Sept. 9 that Mike Alley of LPEA is expected to contact the association in the near future with a plan.
The utility's original proposal to run the line across the dam near South Shore Estates drew howls of protest from property owners who challenged the right to mar their line of vision.
A number of meetings of all concerned have been held but to date no specific proposal has reached common approval.
In other action Thursday, the board:
- learned from Lukasik that 132 notices of intent to lien had been field in the previous 30 days for property owner dues delinquencies. At the same time, the treasurer's report showed that $908,000 of the $1,008,000 in dues bills extended has been collected, a rate 1.3 percent ahead of last year;
- learned the insurance coverage packages for the association will expire Sept. 22 and there is no major rate increase expected. In conjunction with that, the board agreed to increase coverage on the recreation center to full replacement cost as determined by bid from area contractors;
- learned the recreation center pool would be closed all this week - through Friday - for cleaning and refilling;
- received from director Gerald Smith a group of seven motions he asked consideration of in the process of gaining information on what property owners feel works and does not work in present association rules, as well as to look at growth and development for the next 15 years. He asked members to study the items and called for a work session prior to the October meeting to determine how to follow his proposals. Date for the session was not set.
Compromise on buoy line dies at birth
By Richard Walter
They thought they had an agreement.
A new buoy line would be placed on Village Lake after a meeting between residents of the area and members of Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association staff.
Turns out, there still are unsettled issues and there is - apparently - no agreement.
Members of the board of directors were told Sept. 16 of the meeting held Aug. 26 and the property owner-recommended site for the line.
It was concluded, the board was told, that "we can drop the level of the line six inches by using weights at water line, thereby making it less visibly obtrusive to owners."
The two large buoys would be striped to blend with the water but remain highly visible.
When someone questioned the number of buoys planned, the board was told "we'd like ten, but two will suffice. They will keep boaters out of the area behind the line."
Director Gerald Smith said "the law is clear. We must protect the people from possibility of injury from flying golf balls."
And David Bohl, board president, cautioned "posting a 'No-Boating' area means just that ... none for the property owners, too. What pertains to one pertains to all, no exceptions."
Director Fred Ebeling wondered if the golf course, which would share the cost, would be satisfied by this method.
"They have no preference, as along as it's effective," said Larry Lynch, PLPOA's property and environment manager.
Adding to that, Walt Lukasik, general manager, said the association's insurance agent advised posting the signage in perimeter areas.
A member of the audience who had agreed to the placement said there is only one property owner with a dock and that person had agreed to the placement.
Director Hugh Bundy asked, "Can we have boating for local residents only signage?" He was told "absolutely not."
Lukasik noted the probable liability if boaters cross the buoy line.
The bombshell came when Bohl cautioned, "having no boating may well affect future value of these properties."
Director Fred Ebeling asked how many properties lying inside the proposed buoy line route are still vacant. "Two or three," was the answer.
Lukasik recommended the board not go ahead with the project "without a recorded instrument of agreement." Director Bill Nobles agreed, suggesting the board get all residents to sign first.
Lukasik, in answer to a question from the audience, said the cautions are required because "liability issues are much more critical today" than when the area was developed.
And then the dissension. A property owner in the audience charged the board "is changing everything. I had boating rights when I purchased my property four years ago."
Another member of the audience, one amenable to the planned line, said "we didn't see this coming. We thought we had a compromise. The people who didn't care, didn't show up at our meeting."
Bohl noted that when the original line was put in (it sank sometime in the recent past) most of the lots behind it were vacant.
Nobles said the problem has three solutions - go back to the original line site, change it to what is proposed, or move to another location. "There must be some give, one way or another."
With that, the proposal was tabled for new discussions.
County Realtor group donates $5,000 for affordable housing
The Colorado Association of Realtors® Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) donated $300,000 this year to various housing organizations across Colorado.
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 were distributed to 65 agencies, and the funding will support homeless programs, crisis shelters, construction of affordable housing, down payment assistance programs and more.
"Thousands of needy Colorado residents will experience an improved lifestyle as a result of these grants," said Vicki Burns, CARHOF president. "This is CARHOF's 12th year of providing financial resources to housing agencies, and I'm pleased the Foundation has exceeded a total of $4 million in donations in 2004."
Locally, the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors (PSAAR) donated $2,500 to Colorado Housing, Inc. and $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County. This money will help with construction of affordable housing in Archuleta County.
County chairperson Mark Espoy said, "the donations are a wonderful example of how the Pagosa Springs Realtors give back to our community."
The funding is obtained through various fund-raising methods conducted by Realtor® volunteers that include collecting interest on earnest money deposits, holding fund-raisers, and a seller down payment assistance program called Colorado Cares.
Only housing organizations are eligible for funding and they must be based in Colorado with a 501(c)3 status or be a public agency. Individuals should contact their local housing agencies for information about available assistance programs or your local Realtor® about the Colorado Cares program.
As CARHOF continues its quest to help Colorado families and individuals in need of affordable and safe housing, one word past recipients will agree that describes it is "invaluable." For more information visit www.carhof.org.
Bridge on Upper Navajo Road closed Sept. 27 for deck work
The Archuleta County Road and Bridge Department will close the bridge at mile 6.5 on the Upper Navajo Road (County Road 382) Sept. 27-28 for deck replacement.
There is a possibility it may be closed the Sept. 29 if problems are encountered.
The county is requesting that property owners who live on the upper side of the bridge have a mode of transportation on either side of the project.
It is the department's intention to have the bridge partially open at night if possible.
If you have any questions regarding this issue, call the road and bridge department office at 264-5660.
Commissioner candidates to meet Geezers
"The candidates meet the Geezers," an interactive discussion with county commissioner candidates Nan Rowe and Robin Schiro is scheduled 9 a.m. Sept. 20 in Vista Clubhouse.
The discussion of issues and concerns facing Archuleta County is open to the public. Questions from the floor will set the agenda.
Moderator Glenn Bergmann emphasized, "This is not a debate, nor a platform for campaign speeches, but rather an opportunity to further clarify the views of each candidate, and their approach to issues of growth and development, taxation, road maintenance, zoning, environmental issues, land use and other matters of concern to all of us."
The Geezers is a loose affiliation of retired executives engaged in bringing truth and justice into public affairs (or, depending on your point of view, "a bunch of old codgers who talk politics, drink a lot of coffee, and complain").
Clarence Givens, Geezers arrangements planner, said the small meeting room seats about 40.
PAWS charting course for Stevens Reservoir
By Tom Carosello
Talk of future plans for Stevens Reservoir dominated this week's Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District board of directors meeting.
In response to questions raised by the board during its Aug. 26 meeting, Gene Tautges, assistant general manager for the district, maintained Tuesday it is staff's recommendation to have Davis Engineering Service complete final engineering work on the new reservoir dam after preliminary design work is submitted to and approved by the state engineer's office.
During the Aug. 26 board meeting, directors asked staff to consider an evaluation of whether or not to put future engineering work on the new dam out to bid, as well as the feasibility of employing an engineer to assist with similar projects in the future.
Both scenarios have been investigated, said Tautges, and are currently not in the best interest of the district.
In summary, "We're really big on not trying to reinvent the wheel," said Tautges.
"It just seems to make sense dollarwise, common sense-wise and a whole lot of other 'wises,'" Tautges added.
Preliminary design and associated studies of the dam have been handled by Davis since spring, are roughly 70 percent complete and nearly ready for submittal to the state for evaluation.
Citing Davis' familiarity with the Stevens project and performance to date, "That's why staff feels Davis should see this project through to its completion," concluded Tautges.
The board will consider the recommendation at a future meeting.
As for the notion of hiring a certified engineer, "We aren't sure we can recommend hiring a full-fledged engineer at this point," said Carrie Campbell, district general manager.
"We do have a position lacking," added Campbell, "but it appears the area in which we need additional expertise may not be with an actual engineer."
Consideration of hiring additional personnel to assist staff, said Campbell, will continue.
Though it took no formal actions concerning Stevens this week, at the request of Tautges, the board directed staff to begin work on a request for bid proposals regarding construction of a new water treatment plant at the site.
In addition, the board received a tentative project timeline for Stevens this week from Durango-based Harris Engineering indicating construction could begin as early as spring of 2006, pending the region's drought outlook.
Finally, pilot studies involving the temporary use of on-site miniature water plants to monitor water quality in Stevens are continuing, said Tautges.
The studies will help the district determine which type of water plant will best suit Stevens after reconstruction is completed.
According to the latest readings provided by Tautges, district reservoirs were at the following levels early this week:
- Lake Hatcher - 46 inches below spillway
- Stevens Reservoir - 13 inches below spillway
- Lake Pagosa - 20 inches below spillway
- Lake Forest - 19 inches below spillway
- Village Lake - 47 inches below spillway.
Development group hires a new director
Archuleta Economic Development Association (AEDA) has a new part-time executive director.
Named to the post is Rod Dunmyre, president and CEO of Dunmyre and Company, LLC, a national strategic marketing consulting firm.
Bob Eggleston, AEDA board president, said, "Rod has been working with our association on an interim basis for the past 90 days. We are pleased that he has agreed to assume the executive director position on a more permanent basis."
Dunmyre has served as executive vice president of a leading pharmacy benefit management organization and as chief marketing officer for two national life and health insurance companies. He has over 23 years experience as a sales and marketing executive.
AEDA's purpose is to help businesses be as successful as possible so they, in turn, will create more jobs and establish a strong financial base which drives the economic well being of the residents of Archuleta County.
For more information on AEDA call 264-4722.
Benefit set Tuesday for three-time Pagosa cancer victim
Many members of the Pagosa Springs community have donated food, goods and services for a benefit 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for Jim Tatum and family.
Tatum, father of two teen-age boys who have been raised here, has been stricken with cancer a third time and is battling leukemia.
Family resources have been drained and the public is being asked to help.
A giant garage sale and raffle of donated goods will be accompanied by a $7 dinner including hamburger or hot dog, chips, potato salad, homemade pies and drink.
The event will be at Squirrel's Pub and Pantry on Hot Springs Boulevard, with all proceeds going into a trust for Tatum.
After the raffle, Squirrel's will open for dinner with full menu, dancing and karaoke and will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from the bar and restaurant to the trust.
For information, call 264-6763 or 264-4173.
Closures on pass give motorists time to admire the foliage
By Tess Noel Baker
As the trees begin to show their fall colors, orange will still predominate on Wolf Creek Pass. All three construction projects in progress on the pass are expected to last until late in the year.
Overnight closures at the widening project on the east side between mile markers 179 and 182 began again this week. The pass will be closed Mondays through Thursdays from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. During the daytime hours from 6 a.m.-dusk, motorists can expect delays to exceed 30 minutes as material is moved and traffic is cleared in both directions. No vehicles over 12-feet wide or 105-feet long will be allowed to travel through the work zone at any time.
Delays of less than five minutes can be expected on the weekends.
Thirty-minute delays are also possible at mile post 173.8 where construction of a tunnel is being completed. Work there stops for the weekend at 3 p.m. on Fridays.
The Treasure Falls project on Pagosa's side of the pass is set to be completed in late October. Currently, motorists may experience up to 20 minutes of delays between 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the week. A width restriction of 12 feet is in place at all times.
On all projects, motorists are reminded to drive with caution at all times. Enforcement of a summer statewide safety campaign - "Slow for the Cone Zone" - which has already resulted in more than 800 citations for hazardous violations in work zones, will continue through September.
The campaign, involving a partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol, was initiated to reduce unsafe driving in work zones.
According to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation, safety enforcement, one component of the campaign, involves overtime law enforcement personnel targeting selected work zones across the state. Thus far, CSP troopers have put in some 1,196 overtime hours and have made contact with 1,850 vehicles, resulting in 1,104 citations. The majority of the citations - 815 - were written for "hazardous violations penalties," such as speeding, following too closely and unsafe lane changes. Eleven motorists were cited for DUI offenses and 132 citations were written for violations of Colorado's seat belt law.
Locally, troopers logged 50 hours of enforcement on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass and 185 hours of enforcement on the east side between July 1 and Aug. 15. A total of 348 vehicles were contacted and a total of 70 citations were issued. Of those, 49 were "hazardous violations penalties."
"The Colorado State Patrol will continue to educate and enforce all traffic laws in work zones in an effort to bring awareness to all motorists of the dangers workers face due to unsafe or distracted driving behavior," CSP Captain Kris Meredith said. "The goal is to ensure all workers have the opportunity to safely complete their jobs and be able to go home to their families when their work day is over. In our efforts, we want to protect other motorists as well."
The CSP will continue to enforce safety in these work zones and will provide a final report of their results at the campaign's end. CDOT will evaluate the campaign's effectiveness as a whole - including the advertising component - to determine its impacts on motorists.
In 2002 (the most recent statistics available), 133,700 accidents occurred in Colorado construction zones resulting in 1,238 injuries and 20 deaths. The number of injuries and deaths caused by work zone accidents has doubled in the last year.
Nationally, over 52,000 people were injured and 1,181 killed in work zone crashes in 2002. There is one work zone fatality every seven hours and one work zone injury every 15 minutes on our nation's roadways.
"We're very encouraged by the success of this safety campaign so far," CDOT Executive Director Tom Norton, said. "But beyond the campaign's parameters, we're going to continue to push the message of work zone safety; it remains a high priority in our industry and the importance will only increase along with traffic volumes."
Baseball field letters draw
By Richard Walter
"We have called for positive change, and feel we are beginning to see it."
That was part of the opening statement Tuesday by Theresa Bradford regarding progress being made on reconstruction of the high school baseball field.
Speaking to the board of education for Archuleta School District 50 Joint, she said "open dialogue can change perceptions. We have the feeling good faith efforts are being made."
Bradford's letter read to the board a month ago asked a number of pointed questions about the field's status and the advisability of having school administrators do contract work thereon.
The school board response to that letter was published two weeks ago.
The story after her first appearance before the board "gave people bitter feelings about where we were coming from," she said. "When we appeared, we came as concerned parents, not the Pagosa Baseball Club," she said.
Director Jon Forrest, reacting to the comments, said, "I read the answers provided these parents and I felt they were in order. Things seem to be in good order to me. I toured the field and I feel excellent progress has been made. I hope you are convinced we are intent on having an excellent field ready for spring play.
"We never tried to slight the team or the community," he said, "but there is a possibility the field's deterioration partially fell through some cracks."
And director Mike Haynes said, "we are always concerned for our kids and we want to be approachable when there is a problem."
Director Clifford Lucero said he is fully aware of the "great job the club and you as individuals do for the youth of the community. Progress takes time. I want to thank you as both a board member and a parent for the programs you provide."
PLPOA delays road committee reactivation
By Richard Walter
Reactivation of the road advisory committee for Pagosa Lakes will be delayed until December.
The committee's return, sought by members at the annual meeting in July, was delayed Sept. 9 at the request of the man picked to chair the panel.
Bill Ralston, who chaired the now defunct road advisory committee and had been asked to take over the new one, told the board of directors, "I don't think we could accomplish anything between now and the end of the year with the state of flux on the county board of commissioners."
He felt empaneling a commission now would be a futile exercise until they know what and whom they have to deal with.
His comments came on the heels of director Fred Ebeling's analysis of the current situation.
"I've spent the better part of the last two weeks talking to road and bridge," he said. "I don't think there's any possibility of our road committee having a role until the new commissioners are seated in January because the lame ducks there now will do nothing."
Ebeling said there would be nothing for a PLPOA committee to do "other than to decide what it wants to accomplish. I think we (the board) should go over the list of potential members, people who have indicated they want to serve, and have the new board-designated chairman pick the members."
As to goal, Ralston said it is hard to determine under present county rules because "they have only one residential road classification; we had three.
"Not every roadway needs the same amount of maintenance because of different traffic loads," he said.
"What I think we will need is a program where all roads are brought up to standard so that maintenance is more easily achieved," Ralston added.
And, with reference to one of the continuing headaches in the association, "It is obvious the proper checks and balances reference standard were not followed, at all, on Sweetwater."
As chairman, Ralston said, he'd like to see what the majority of the people in the association want in terms of road action. "How many already have maintained roads? How many who do would help with the others? " he asked.
"Commissioner Downey has flatly said the roads should not be maintained by the county, that we should form a metro district for road purposes."
How many property owners would agree, and what would it cost are questions needing answers, he said.
If all roads in the county were brought up to standard over a stipulated period of time, he opined, "we might get the rest of the county to go along with a mill levy increase for maintenance of those roadways."
Ebeling noted a metro district proposal four years ago would have had a 12 mill base but that a drawback is that new metro districts receive no money for the first year of their existence.
"We would need to know how the various communities would work with us," he said.
He said the cost to create a district, as anticipated four years ago, was $15,000-$20,000, the bulk in lawyers' fees.
The final problem with such a district, he said, is that "the commissioners do not pass through equitable shares of road revenue. They only apportion HUTF funds and nothing from the other 12-14 sources of funding they have."
Director Gerald Smith said the board had prevailed on Ralston to take the job so he could hit the ground running. He feels it is premature, "but we need his expertise to make the job work."
From the audience, member Jerry Baier endorsed the "idea that Sweetwater is the epitome of a horrendous road" and that Capitan, also in Twin Creek Village, "is becoming a rivaling second place."
"Can't you, as our board representatives, do something now?" he asked.
And, as in the past, he was told the board has no control over the roads, that they are a county responsibility.
"Why is your answer always 'no' when it comes to roads?" Baier asked.
Because, said board chairman David Bohl, "we have no controls over roads. We cannot take action. Legal counsel and Commissioner Alden Ecker have told us anything we might attempt would be illegal. The roads are not ours."
Ralston said the county will grade all the roads before winter to make them plowable when bad weather comes.
"Can we get a timetable for that action?" was another audience question. Director Bill Nobles agreed that is something that should be done.
Walt Lukasik, general manager, was instructed to seek the information.
A resident of North Village Lake told the board and the TCV crowd they did something on their own. "We went door to door and raised funds to pay for grading and mag chloride application," she said. "It cost about $90 per property owners. There were a couple who didn't go along and we covered for them. Now we're considering the same method to seek paving. Maybe you should do it on your own, too."
When Baier again demanded board action, Lukasik told him:
"County Administrator Bill Steele said 'we won't fix the roads and we won't let them.'"
Plat review of Village at Wolf Creek tonight
The Mineral County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to consider the final plat for The Village at Wolf Creek.
The meeting will be held inside the Mineral County Courthouse, 1201 North Main St. in Creede.
Bob Honts, chief executive officer and president of the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture, has submitted the final plat for the proposed village to Mineral County.
According to a legal notice prepared by Mineral County officials, public comment will be taken during the meeting, "but limited to accommodate each interest at the meeting."
If developed according to plans presented by Honts during public scoping meetings conducted by the U.S. Forest Service this spring, The Village at Wolf Creek would occupy roughly 290 acres of private land in the Alberta Park area, entirely within Mineral County and adjacent to Wolf Creek Ski Area.
The resulting community would include 1,200 hotel rooms, 222,000 square feet of commercial space, 129 lots for single-family usage and 1,643 multifamily units.
Medical center to close Sundays
The Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center will be closed Sundays, starting this week.
The district board voted Aug. 31 to make this move and discontinue the "RN on Call" phone service for after-hours medical questions in order to save money. The changes resulted in the reduction of one employee.
To fill in coverage voids, the board voted to enter into an agreement with employees at Pagosa Family Medicine Center for medical professional services Thursday evenings and Sundays.
Allen Hughes, interim business manager for the district, said Emergency Medical Services personnel will provide triage service in place of the "RN on Call" as follows:
- Starting Sept. 19, all calls to the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center outside of regular business hours will connect with a prerecorded message. Callers will be advised to call 9-1-1 for all medical needs. An advanced life support ambulance will respond - at no initial cost - to the caller's requested location and evaluate the patient. At that time, the EMS crew will work with the customer to insure an appropriate medical plan of action is developed and followed.
For answers to individual concerns, contact the Upper San Juan Health Service District office, 731-5812.
Immunization update dinner slated Sept. 27
The San Juan Basin Health Department, Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition and Merck & Co. will cosponsor an immunization update dinner 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center.
"Do You Have Your Facts Straight?" will be presented by Dr. James Shira, M.D., of Children's Hospital in Denver.
The course will offer discussion on the prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases in Colorado. Dr. Shira will review the 2004 immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults, with an emphasis on importance of influenza and pneumococcal immunizations in the young and elderly populations.
Persons who should attend include primary care physicians, area nurses and allied health professionals. Dinner will be provided.
Please RSVP to Opal Stalker, RN at (970) 565-3056, Ext. 231 or to email@example.com by 1 p.m. Sept. 24.
For more information call Kris Embree in the Pagosa Springs office at 264-2409, Ext. 30.
A look at SHARE Colorado and how it can work for you
By Tiffany Papedo
Special to the SUN
SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone.
What is SHARE?
The goal of SHARE is to help families save about 50 percent on their groceries, while encouraging the building of relationships with their neighbors in the community.
How does SHARE achieve this?
We select about 20 items that you're most likely to buy at the grocery store, including fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats. Then through a national affiliate network, we purchase massive quantities of these items at very low prices. At no time do we ever accept donated food for distribution.
Then, through a network of volunteers at our warehouse and distribution centers known as "host sites," we deliver the food to these host sites where you pick up your order.
As a non-profit organization, SHARE relies heavily on volunteers and passes on the huge savings by our reduced expense. Unlike a traditional grocery store, we don't maintain inventories, expensive stores, large employee bases, etc. We rely primarily on word of mouth advertising. Plus we're in it for you, not for the organizations profits.
You ask "Build community?" How?
Our host distribution sites are generally churches, senior centers, schools, community centers, etc. The experience of picking up your "share" of food at the host site is almost like a community party. People begin to know each other and many meet new friends. Many love and support the program so much that they ask how they can help out next month.
Actually, we encourage two hours of volunteerism for every participant. We consider volunteering anything from working at the host site or warehouse, to baby-sitting, to sharing a meal with a neighbor or friend. Virtually anything that you do for anyone not in your immediate family for free is volunteering. Most people find that they're already doing it without realizing it.
Who can participate?
Anyone from the affluent to those with struggling budgets. Even those who can afford to spend more for food are being good stewards with their money by simply being more frugal. Once more, the minimal profits in each share of food sold go to support this program and sometimes those who can't even afford to buy a share.
And if you're really not interested in participating for whatever reason, we do take donations and the donation for what we call a "sponsored share." That means your donation goes to buy food for a neighbor in your community who needs help.
To register for SHARE please go to Pagosa Share located in 1st Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9. For more information on SHARE Colorado call (800) 933-7247 or visit www. sharecolorado. com.
Pagosans garner awards at state fair
Pagosans fared well at the fair.
Numerous residents came home from the recent Colorado State Fair competitions with awards in a variety of contests and categories.
Local quilters were very successful.
The Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Guild was awarded top honors in Class 311 of the "Imagine a Star" quilt contest.
Janet Donavan took second place in the Masters Division of the quilt contest. Donavan also took fourth place in Class 337 and fourth in Class 325 with a train quilt.
Helen Bartlett received third place for her miniature quit in Class 331 - a landscape quilt.
Sandy Martin took first place and received the Colorado Quilting Council Award for a first-time quilter entering the fair with her hand-quilted wall hanging in Class 337. Donavan took fourth place in the class with a patriotic wall hanging.
Jean Brooks was awarded second place for her quilted Christmas stocking and her Victorian Christmas quilt was given third place in Class 309. Brooks took top honors with her infant christening gown.
Kathy Laverty was given the second place Sure-Jell award in Open Class Junior Pantry. She had 11 entries in competitions.
Emmi Greer won an award in the Youth Pickling competition, Open Class Junior Pantry. She too entered 11 items in contests.
John Brooks won a Silver Medal for his blackberry wine and a Bronze Medal for his blackberry dessert wine. Tony Simmons was also an award winner in winemaking competition at the fair.
Entrants sought for Mrs. Pagosa
Tricia Dampier, Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant system has opened the search for Mrs. Pagosa Springs.
Once selected, the community representative will then advance to competition in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant in spring 2005 at Temple Buell Theatre in downtown Denver.
City and county titleholders will compete to win over $10,000 in prizes, one of which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. American Pageant.
Interested applicants must live or work in the Pagosa Springs area, must be married during the time of competition, a resident of the state for at least six months, a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.
In its 29th year, the Mrs. America pageant is the only nationally televised beauty competition dedicated to recognizing the one persons who contributes so much to modern family life ... America's married woman.
While beauty is a key element in the competition, Mrs. Colorado contestants are also urged to voice their opinions on marriage and important issues of the day.
Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition on the Web site at www.mrscolorado.com and or can request and receive free entry information by contacting Dampier at (303) 904-3709.
Author Rivers in free program at Community United Methodist Church
Upon the request of the Community United Methodist Youth Group, Francine Rivers, author of such books as "The Scarlet Thread," "Redeeming Love," "The Atonement Child" and "Leota's Garden," will make an informal presentation in Pagosa Springs 7 p.m. Monday.
Her series, "Mark of the Lion," has sold half a million copies, and her total book sales are over 1 million. Since then, all of her books including her newest series, "Lineage of Grace," have all been best-sellers. She describes her start as a writer as follows from her Web site www.francinerivers.com in this way:
"From the time I was a small child, I have known that I was going to be a writer. I began writing when my children were young. I had studied English and journalism in college but had not put it to use ... Once I started writing, Rick (husband) encouraged me to try writing full-time. I gave myself five years to be 'financially' successful. This was before I became a Christian. I published thirteen novels, and I became successful in the secular market - to the point where success was all I cared about. Then when I turned my life over to Jesus, something frightening happened: I could no longer write. For about four years, I experienced writer's block. Nothing I wrote worked. It was a real strange experience to say, 'Lord, you have control over my life,' and then wham! that door - writing - is closed.
"But I believe God did that to get me refocused on him and his Word. Writing had become the focus of my life, my idol. Now it was time to refocus on Christ and his Word and get my priorities rearranged. I asked God to replace my interest in romance novels with a hunger for his Word. He answered that prayer. I read the Bible through five times in four years. Rick and I hosted Bible studies in our home. When we started studying Hosea, I knew then that this was the story God wanted me to write - to put the Hosea story into a different time period and illustrate the kind of love God has for us.
"That book was 'Redeeming Love,' which was originally published by Bantam and has recently been republished by Multnomah Press. After 'Redeeming Love,' the door to writing opened again. But everything is different now. I measure my success as a writer not in terms of dollars and print runs, but in terms of whether I am following God and using my talents to serve him. Then, I trust, he will take whatever I do and use it for his purposes."
Rivers is a favorite novel writer to many readers combining Christian morals and history into her bestselling novels and series.
Her presentation at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street will include informal question-and-answer opportunities for the whole family. The public is welcome and the presentation is free of charge. Childcare will be provided. Rivers' only request is that a freewill offering be taken for Pagosa's Pregnancy Support Center.
How do you spread your light?
Let it shine on violence victims
By Carmen Hubbs
Special to the PREVIEW
"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it," wrote Edith Wharton, American novelist.
I see victims of violence as the candles whose flames are many times dimly lit, or strong, but with nothing there to show them their reflection.
This is where I come in as a victim advocate - to work to build their flame of self esteem and feeling of worthiness, while reflecting their hidden strengths back to them.
How do you spread your light?
The Archuleta County victim Assistance Program invites you to spread your light through an evening of elegance and beauty while supporting the dedicated efforts to end violence in our homes and community.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, TLC's Catering and chef Peter Stanley will prepare a delectable menu of fine hors d'oeuvres, an entree, dessert and drink to enjoy as you experience the scenic beauty of the San Juan Mountains at sunset.
Too many times people want to believe violence doesn't occur between spouses or in front of the children; or that child sexual abuse doesn't exist in our homes, neighborhoods and community. I would like to believe this too, but the reality is our advocates served 434 victims in Archuleta County during the year 2003. It does exist.
I invite you to envelop yourself in an opportunity for personal enrichment - to leave with a feeling of contentment while supporting a worthy and necessary cause. Join us Sept. 24 at TLC's Bed and Breakfast for a special evening of delicious food and entertainment.
Seating is limited. Make your reservations today.
For more information or to RSVP, contact the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program at 264-9075.
Corvette show for charity set Saturday
The Colorado Springs Corvette Club will host a charity car show in Pagosa Springs this weekend and invites the community to join them in Bell Tower Park, San Juan and 5th streets.
The show will be Sept. 18 noon-4 p.m. with profits donated to The Compassionate Friends, a national nonprofit organization supporting individuals who have lost children.
Entry to this show is free and local Corvette owners can enter their vehicles by registering at www. coloradospringscorvetteclub.org.
The Colorado Springs Club is coming to Pagosa Springs for the fourth consecutive year in 2004. It was incorporated as a nonprofit in the state in the early 1970s and contributes annually to charitable organizations.
Trout angling improves with cooler weather
By Tom Carosello
Monsoon has ended, and runoff in local streams and rivers has subsided in the past week.
Water clarity is at maximum levels except in high-altitude lakes, and with nighttime temperatures near freezing, brook and brown trout are staging for the fall spawn.
Though the peak spawning window is still likely a few weeks out, local anglers are already reporting increased catch rates for both species, a trend that should continue as fish become more territorial with the passage of each day.
Fourmile Creek, Williams Reservoir and Big Meadows Reservoir currently offer the best fishing for brookies, while the Piedra River and Williams Creek are the favored spots for browns.
Casting dark-colored streamers, marabou jigs and spinners to slicks behind midstream boulders and other seams in the current should produce steady strikes throughout the spawn.
While lower temperatures mean better fishing for trout, catch rates for bass and other warm-water species will begin to wane significantly as area lakes cool and turn over in the coming weeks.
The following is a breakdown of conditions at some popular regional fisheries:
- Navajo Reservoir - Surface level is listed at an elevation of 6,021 feet. Water temperature is ranging from 65-67 degrees. Catfish and pike are still doing well at Windsurf Beach and Arboles Point. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth has improved as well.
- San Juan River (through town) - Flows are currently averaging about 45 cubic feet per second and falling. River has cleared and successful anglers are using spinners, streamers, salmon eggs and flies for rainbows, cutbows and a few browns.
- Echo Lake - Lake is showing signs of turnover. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, small sunfish and perch is fair. Live bait, ultralight jigs and small plastics are the favored baits. Trout are taking flies, live bait, Mepps/Panther Martin spinners and streamers.
- Williams Reservoir - Fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout has improved with cooler weather. Fish are being taken on jigs, PowerBait and metallic spinners.
- Big Meadows Reservoir - Water slightly off color but fishing is good near the inlets. Brook trout are still the predominant catch and are hitting PowerBait, flies, streamers and spinners.
- East Fork of San Juan - Flows are low and clear. Fishing for pan-sized rainbows and browns through the isolated stretches is reportedly fair.
- Piedra River - Flowing at 60 cfs; water is clearing and fishing is good to great. Browns and rainbows are the predominant catch and are hitting flies, streamers and flashy spinners.
- Middle Fork, Piedra River - Extremely low flows. Fishing remains fair, with small browns, brookies and rainbows occasionally being taken on flies and small jigs and spinners.
- Fourmile Creek - Clear flows, and brookies and cutthroats are taking attractor-pattern flies and lightweight spinners in the upper sections and beaver ponds. A few rainbows and browns are being caught in the lower portion.
- Williams Creek - Clarity is holding and flies and small spinners are working near the dam for brookies, cutthroats, browns and rainbows. Browns are the main catch further downstream.
Ducks Unlimited banquet, auction scheduled Sept. 25
The Pagosa Springs Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet and auction Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Pagosa Lodge.
The evening will begin with cocktails at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and an auction at 7:30.
Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization that conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.
Each year, over 100,000 acres of wetland habitat is lost in the United States. Since it's inception, Ducks Unlimited has enhanced and restored over 10 million habitat acres, encompassing over 18,600 wetland projects in the U.S. These projects provide habitat for over 900 wildlife species, including ducks, geese, and endangered species like the whooping crane and bald eagle.
For ticket information, contact Nolan Fulton at 264-2660, Tracy Bunning at 264-2128, Doug Bryce at 264-2696, Monica Mayben at 731-1190 or Scott Kay at 264-4539.
Unavoidable conflicts cancel Arborglyphs tour
By Phyllis Decker
Special to the PREVIEW
The "Discover Arborglyphs" walk with Peggy Bergon that was scheduled for Sept. 18, has been cancelled due to an unavoidable conflict. We hope to be able to do the walk next year as one of the Interpretive Alliance programs.
Upcoming events include the opportunity to capture sunlight on the mountains with photographer John Taylor. John will share his thoughts on nature photography and lighting as the sun drops and changes the appearance of the mountain. This program will occur at Middle Fork Hunter Camp at the end of Middle Fork Road 3-5 p.m. Sept. 18. Bring a camera; wear comfortable walking shoes and a jacket.
Saturday, Oct. 9, Glenn Raby will tell of the complex and violent geologic history of the Pagosa Springs area. Raby will lead a driving trip with several collecting and interpretive stops as he explains how the mountains, valleys, rivers and hot springs came to be. Bring a pack lunch, water, camera and wear outdoor clothing. No lengthy hiking is required, but wear comfortable walking shoes. Participants will meet at the Arts Council building in Town Park on Hermosa Street at 10 a.m. for a short orientation, and then will drive to several places from town up to the Wolf Creek Overlook. For more information, contact Glenn Raby at 264-1515.
These events are sponsored by the San Juan National Forest and are listed on the Interpretive Alliance Calendar which is posted at several locations around the area. It is also available on the Web at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan. Select Education, then Pagosa Springs Interpretive Alliance. For more information, contact Phyllis Decker at Pagosa Ranger District, 264-1528.
Stop the 'Village'
We just received our copy of the 9/2/04 Pagosa SUN yesterday. With regard to the new development planned around the Wolf Creek Ski Area, you may add our names to that of Kathy Hanson, Woodbury, Minn. Please do not sit idly by and let this happen. The radius of opposition is well over 75 miles.
I wish we could be there to attend the meeting in Creede to show our utter distaste for what may happen to the natural beauty surrounding your town. We have purchased land just outside Pagosa Springs with the hopes of retiring there, so we have a vested interest in the area's future.
Surely Mr. McCombs and Mr. Honts have plenty of money and land to develop elsewhere. Do not be fooled into thinking they will have consideration for your town or its residents. They are not interested in your area, they don't care whether or not they employ people from Pagosa Springs, and they do not care if Pagosa Springs suffers economically and environmentally. They will come to the area, construct their "village," take their profits, and leave.
Not only will the new home and condo development displace animals, birds and pristine forest areas, it will most certainly affect the prices and atmosphere of your family-oriented ski area. In addition, during the snowy days of winter, Wolf Creek is, at best, a "white-knuckle" drive from any major airport. I cannot fathom enough people coming in to make it a long-lasting, profitable venture.
We are hoping the full-time residents and business owners of your little paradise will come together to and discourage the McCombs and Honts project. Surely there is an attorney in Pagosa who can find some way to stop this needless development.
Martie and Howard Dickman
In response to John Feazel's letter in the Sept. 2 Pagosa SUN, it is my opinion that George W. Bush has demonstrated that he is not fit to be president.
I do not have contempt for America; I do not hate George W. Bush or America. I do not want America to become a third world country. I am not allied with terrorists and certainly feel that I am a better person than those who are terrorists.
In short, Mr. Feazel, I am an American living in a great country where I can express my opinion and vote as I feel without fear of reprisals from those who disagree with me.
Lal B. Echterhoff,
and Pagosa Springs
About a month ago I had lunch with the Leavell family at their 4UR Ranch at Wagon Wheel Gap. Their father, Charles Leavell was with the earlier Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture. Charles Leavell died two years ago.
Since then, Pete Leavell, his son, stated that he had purchased the interest of the minority investors and was planning to return the land back to the Forest Service. Then Red McCombs said that he would purchase all of the land.
The Leavell family emphatically stated that they do not have any financial interest in the Village at Wolf Creek or with Red McCombs. They also stated that they do not want their name connected in any way with the former partnership.
Charles O. Elliott
Comparing Labor Day in the Pagosa I knew to today's is like comparing a carefree cowpoke to his neurotic brother.
Surely every Hog that originated in Milwaukee roared by diurnally and nocturnally between Sept. 1 and Sept. 6, first west, then east.
Pagosa ought to make room for an expressway that would facilitate access to either point so that we who still reside on Pagosa Street are not submerged in noise.
In order that they may share an interlude of musical vibration, the planners of the festival atop Reservoir Hill should relocate it west.
My suggestions are made in earnest; I refuse to wear an ear trumpet.
It was in 1982 when I decided my life was in a rut and I wanted to see a little more of the world. It took 18 months for the department of foreign exchanges to match my needs with Sunny Snyder, a Pagosa Springs teacher at the time, and to arrange the swap.
I requested a placement that was not in a large city as I couldn't imagine coping with tough kids in downtown Bronx. I asked for a rural or seaside location - I guess you don't get much more rural than Pagosa Springs. As I was very homesick for the first two weeks when I arrived in January 1984, I failed to notice immediately the beauty of the changing colours in the mountains each day. It was only later that I came to love the awe-inspiring mountains and to think of the state of Colorado as a second home. As Col. McCabe said in 1859, "There is scarcely a more beautiful place on the face of the earth." The teaching exchange changed my life for the better and provided me with some lifelong friends who I have been fortunate enough to revisit in 1989, 1995 and again in 2000.
While at the junior high, I was in charge of the Chapter 1 Reading group. I recall the students covered a great deal of work and were very friendly and accommodating to me despite having temporarily lost their regular teacher. Equally rewarding was working with the high school Western Literature group. Again, these students were gracious and patient, some even sending me their graduation details the following year.
Working with the English departments was interesting and I have used some of the ideas I learned there. The superintendent's office staff were exceptional helping me cope with the ups and downs of the exchange, for example when there was a tax status query which could have delayed my expected flight home at the end of my stay.
People introduced to me by my exchange partner were also friendly and generous in their responses. I dined in their homes, was invited to local restaurants, visited the Mesa Verde ruins, Wolf Creek ski centre and even traveled with the ski team for a tournament in Denver. Though I have not taken up skiing as a pastime, I still boast that I learned to ski backward down the Rocky Mountains without any sticks! This was one of the methods adopted by the coach assigned to me when I could barely walk in the ski boots, let alone get from top to bottom of the mountain.
I am now married to Dave and living in a typical English village in Surrey. I teach English in a girls' secondary school and run the English and Media faculty. Having taught there for 15 years, I now think I will retire early from teaching in five years' time. I have no doubt I will return to Pagosa Springs in the future.
It's a sad and frightening commentary on the "church" of today, that John Graves demonstrates in his Sept. 2 letter to the editor that he has a far better grasp of Christian precepts than the "Christian" supporters of the current administration, as represented by Melynda Parker in her Sept. 9 letter.
That letter so egregiously misquotes the Bible that I feel compelled to address the twisted scriptures and supply the redacted text.
Ms. Parker begins by erroneously stating that no one has the right to judge whether a person is a Christian or not. The Bible says in Matthew 7:15; 12:33 and Luke 6:43 "Ye shall know them by their fruits." In 1 Corinthians 5:12, Christians are told to judge those who profess to be Christians, as to whether they are or not. Christians of "full age" are described in Hebrews 5:14 as those who "by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." "Killing, robbing and destroying" are mentioned in John 10:9 as in opposition to Christ. Lying is condemned throughout the Bible as a decidedly un-Christian pursuit.
Ms. Parker would have us refer to the Old Testament for numerous examples of "God's people" fighting wars. There are no Christians in the Old Testament. The Jews were under a very different covenant. Jesus brought a "better covenant", not only for the Jews, but for all who will avail themselves of it. There are no earthly Christians fighting wars or killing people in the New Testament, under the covenant of Christ. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal" (2nd Corinthians 10:4.) "The carnal mind," which would interpret freedom in Christ as the call to kill for a political entity, "is enmity against God" (Romans 8:7). The freedom of which Ms. Parker speaks is in direct opposition to the freedom of which Christ speaks. While He speaks of freedom from sin, she speaks of freedom to sin: to kill, rob, lie and destroy for "liberty."
That the masses of professing Christians would "fall away" from the true faith and lose their love for truth is prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 and Luke 18:8. The first warning of Jesus to his people regarding the latter days is "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4,5). Many people calling themselves Christians will be agents of and victims of deception.
Ms. Parker is absolutely correct, however, that "Wrong is still wrong, no matter what you mask it with. Right is still right." Unfortunately, she and numerous other professing Christians in this country would appear to be so deceived that they are willing to "call evil good, and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20). God declares "Woe unto them" that do so. As Jesus Christ Himself said in Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the peacemakers."
A president must be a statesman and a diplomat who can adapt his strategy as the world political landscape changes.
An inflexible president does not have such skills. He persists on his course regardless, and loses. History abounds with examples.
Thank you, John
I just read a letter in your paper by John Graves and I just want to commend John on his truthfully excellent comment. Thank you very much John for bringing out the truth.
I also am a Bible thumper and one Commandment that we as a species have forgotten that Jesus taught us (this I command you - to love one another). No exceptions to this Commandment. How can we prove to the world or even to the universe that we know a better way to live when we step all over another people and culture in the name of freedom?
Don't be puzzled John, just be thankful for your insight and truthfulness.
We owe our soldiers our prayers, thoughts and thanks. But then we head off to the golf course, or wherever, to continue enjoying our comfortable, carefree lives. Don't we owe them much more than that? Namely this one thing above all others; that they are not sent into combat unless it is absolutely necessary.
And let's face it, we've failed them. We failed because we had leaders who used the post-9/11 hysteria to rush us into war; and we failed because we, our representatives and our press didn't ask enough hard questions.
Our troops deserve better - let's not fail them again.
Columbia Falls, Mont.
By Kate Terry
The Women's Civic Club will meet at 11 a.m. at the Fred Harman Museum. Lunch is to follow at JJ's Upstream Restaurant.
The League of Women Voters of Archuleta County will meet at 4 p.m. at Pagosa Baking Company. Guest speaker will be Ronnie Zaday, primary election winner for county commissioner. All interested women and men are invited to attend. For more information, call Katherine Cruse, 731-2602.
The Olympic Festival, the culminating event of Olympic Days sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Elementary School will be held at the elementary school, 8:30-11 a.m. Each class has been studying a country to represent at the festival.
Capture the Sunlight on the Mountains with John Taylor, photographer, 3-5 p.m. Meet at the Middle Fork Hunter Camp, at the end of Middle Fork Road (FS 638). Bring a camera, wear comfortable walking shoes and a jacket.
Auditions for the Music Boosters' Madrigal Dinner. Friday auditions are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday auditions are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet in the high school band room.
The Southwest Land Alliance's third annual membership meeting and breakfast gathering at the Hershey Ranch in Pagosa Springs. Breakfast at 9 a.m. and meeting at 11 a.m. From noon on, hikes on the historic ranch. The event is for current and new members. Reservations needed before Sept. 10. Call (970) 264-7779.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will have a farewell celebration honoring Father John C. Bowe, C.R. from 3-6 p.m. at the community center. The public is invited. Please bring a side dish. For more information, call Deacon Roger Behr, 731-0409, or the parish office, 264-5702.
Cub Scout Pack 807 information and registration meeting, 6 p.m. at Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Dinner and fun provided. All current Cub Scouts and any interested boys in first through fifth grade are invited. For more information, contact Cubmaster Lisa Scott, 264-2730 or Pack Leader Carrie Toth, 264-9042.
Meet Francine Rivers, bestselling Christian author, at the Community United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Rivers, author of the series "Lineage of Grace" and "The Mark of the Lion," as well as other novels, will give an informal talk to the public. Childcare will be provided. An offering will be taken with proceeds going to the Pregnancy Support Center.
Join TLC's Catering and chef Peter Stanley at 6 p.m. to support the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program for an evening of fine food and entertainment. Seating is limited. Cost is $100 per person. Call 264-9075 for more information and reservations.
Pagosa Area Geology, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Pagosa area has a complex and violent geologic history. A driving trip with several collecting and interpretive stops will explain how the mountains, valleys, rivers and hot springs came to be, and what may be in store for the future of our area. Visitors of all ages are welcome, but small children will need to be watched, since the tour will stop along busy roads and near streams. Bring a pack lunch, water, camera and outdoor clothing. No lengthy hiking is required, but wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the arts council building in Town Park on Hermosa Street for a short orientation, then drive to several places from town up to the Wolf Creek Overlook.
A Four Corners Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter is being formed. Anyone interested is invited to meet at noon at the Cypress Cafe, 725 East 2nd Avenue, in Durango. For more information, contact Celeste Langdon Nolen, 264-5674.
Monthly meeting of the Wolf Creek Trailblazers snowmobile club, 6:30 p.m., at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lewis Street. Club members are anticipating good winter snow and will be discussing club day rides and overnight rides scheduled through the season. New and prospective members are welcome to attend. For more information, call club president, Charlie Rogers, 264-4471.
'Thrifty creativity' in evidence in CUMC contest
By Kate Terry
The Community United Methodist Church Thrift Shop just completed a contest so successful that it will be held again next year. The nice thing is that anyone wanting to enter it has the whole year ahead to get ready. The contest is to create something out of an item purchased at the Methodist Thrift Shop.
When the contest started some time ago, this sign introduced it.
"Contest, contest, contest Š Show off your 'thrifty creativity.' Enter your homemade masterpiece(s) and win a $25 gift certificate to the Community United Methodist Church Thrift Shop." Entries were due no later than Sept. 1 and judging was Sept. 3. (A before-picture is appreciated.)
The contest is over and there is much to be said about the entries. They are another example of what creative people in Pagosa Springs can do.
Talent is wonderful! There was a tie for first place between Carolyn McCullough and Lidia Condon.
Carolyn's entry was a sculptured wall-hanging made from a breadboard purchased at the Methodist Thrift Shop. To make the hanging, she rolled out a slab of clay and cut it into tiles and sculpted the tops. She then glazed and fired them and glued them on the board and filled the cracks with grout.
Lidia purchased two tall vases at the thrift shop and decorated them with metal.
Other entries included a quilt made from old jeans, an old book into a picture frame and a candelabra from a light fixture.
Some of the entries are still in the window of the thrift shop, but pictures of all entries are being kept in a scrapbook for reference.
This year's contest had only one category, but the plan for next year is to have several. A before-picture will probably be required.
It's amazing what can be done. This contest offers lots of room to create.
I forgot to include in the hurricane column last week what was told to me and that was that the quickest and best way to get news out after a storm is a postal card.
People were lining up to use the emergency telephone line set up today. Cell phones are the thing, but officials have requested they be used only in an emergency.
Another thing was to turn off the electrical power if going into water, such as that in a basement. One could be electrocuted.
Fun on the run
Reading the minds of animals:
- Dog: "They keep putting the lid down on the big water bowl."
- Parrot: "Tease, tease, tease! But do those greedy clowns ever really give me a cracker? Heck, no!"
- Cat: "Why are these people in my house?"
Check out Great Old Broads for Wilderness
By Laura Bedard
One of our new seniors clued me into an interesting group of women named the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, based in Durango.
They are environmentalists and will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in September. They will also be celebrating 15 years of "broadness" in Snow Canyon State Park (near St. George, Utah) at the end of September. To find out more about this fabulous group of women, call 259-8303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Phishing" refers to unauthorized and illegal attempts by identity thieves to capture your personal and financial information through bogus and misleading e-mails and Web sites.
The most common approach is the use of an unwanted e-mail message falsely warning of some problem with your credit card, bank or other account. You are directed to an official-looking Web site that asks for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card information, or other personal and financial information.
Never respond to these unsolicited e-mail messages. Never respond to any Internet advertisement or "pop-up" warning that seeks your personal or financial information. Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate.
Excerpt from AARP ElderWatch
Do you need help with the challenges of aging parents or a loved one?
Life is busy when you are raising children, have a house to take care of and maybe even animals, so life gets even busier when your parents live in the same town (or not) and needs your help as well.
The situation can be compounded when they don't want to admit to needing help, but can't do things without it. Where do you go for help? You aren't the only one who is struggling to help your parents and loved ones stay healthy, safe and in their homes.
We would like start a support group to share concerns and work on solutions to these daily challenges. Please call us at 264-2167 if you are interested in joining our group, and we will decide on a time and date to meet.
Pamela in Finance has an IV Stand and 2 bags of dialysis solution that have been unopened to give to whoever might need them. Call her at 264-8555 Ext. 1100 for more information.
This Friday will be busy, as people will be coming in for their free blood pressure checks and then staying for lunch and pinochle or the free movie at 1 p.m., which is "The Last Samurai," starring Tom Cruise.
On Monday, Sept. 20, Dr. Shildt will be here at 1 p.m. to talk about skin cancer and will answer general questions about cancer as well. We are pleased to have Dr. Shildt here, be sure to mark your calendars and attend his presentation.
It's time to go to Sky Ute Casino again; Sept. 21 is this month's date, and I remember that last month we had some lucky players, so be sure to sign up at the dining room desk to try your luck!
Musetta will be presenting information about reverse mortgages Sept. 22. These mortgages can be advantageous to seniors. Come listen to our intrepid leader speak in the lounge at 1 p.m.
We will be celebrating September birthdays Friday the 24th. If you had a birthday this month, come in for lunch and we'll serve you cake and give you a birthday card.
Friday, Sept. - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.; free movie day, "The Last Samurai," 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 20 - Medicare and drug card counseling, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bridge for Fun, 1 p.m.; Skin Cancer and general questions with Dr. Richard Shildt, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Yoga in motion, 10 a.m.; Sky Ute Casino trip, 1 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 22 - Reverse Mortgage - What is it? with Musetta, 1p.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24 - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; Celebrate September birthdays, noon; pinochle, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 17 - Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, Ambrosia fruit salad and cranberry sauce.
Monday, Sept. 20 - Chicken and noodles, spinach, carrot-raisin salad, biscuit and citrus cup.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Beef burrito, black beans, stewed tomatoes, and fruit compote.
Wednesday Sept. 22 - Macaroni and cheese, green beans, garden salad and baked apple.
Friday, Sept. 24 - Roast beef, bliss potatoes, mixed vegetables, tossed salad and cherry cobbler.
Up, up and away; it's ColorFest weekend
By Sally Hameister
It's hard to believe we've been through what seemed to be the shortest summer in memory and have arrived at the fall events we love so much all wrapped up in our incomparable ColorFest weekend.
It begins, of course, with the fabulous Wine and Cheese Tasting which this year is themed "Fall Ball - Leaf Your Troubles Behind" replete with all the lovely things you have come to expect and more.
As always, the price of admission, which we have kept at the same amount for years now, includes a commemorative wine glass, a dozen or so cheeses from all over the United States, wines meticulously selected by Bobbie Miller at Plaza Liquor to complement the cheeses, desserts created just for us by Kathy and Kirsten at Pagosa Baking Company and not one but two kegs of Pin Stripe Ale donated and served by Dan Aupperle and Don Taylor of Citizens Bank in Citizens mugs.
As if that weren't enough, you will be served by a star-studded group of local luminaries who will simply knock your socks off, to include current board directors, past board directors, spouses of both, diplomats and spouses and many friends of the Chamber. They will be the ones wearing the beautiful black Henley shirts with the ColorFest logo on them.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the colorful fall decorations and with the festive celebratory atmosphere which always prevail at this terrific party.
You will be able to purchase more wine glasses for your collection if you choose, as well as beautiful black long-sleeved Henley shirts with this year's stunning Colorfest logo designed by K.K. Paddywhacks.
We have had several inquiries about the evening's dress code and the answer to that query is simply, "Whatever floats your boat." Those of you who have attended for years know that you will see anything and everything that night. Some will elect to dress in an array of stunning fall colors, some will dress to the nines, some will wear what they have worn at work all day and others will dress for pure and solid comfort. All those options are appropriate and everyone will be as welcome as the flowers in May regardless of what adorns their bodies.
Keep in mind that this event also doubles as the reception for our Balloon Rally pilots, so it gives you a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet them and volunteer to crew in exchange for a balloon adventure.
Liz and Mike Marchand have done an extraordinary job of building this event over the years and can now boast at least 50 pilots in attendance.
You will find an ad in The SUN giving you the time and place for the two morning ascensions. Tickets for the Wine and Cheese Tasting are available at the Chamber of Commerce through the end of the business day today for $25 and will be $30 at the door on Friday evening.
The Picnic/Concert and Balloon Glow will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at the fairgrounds Extension Building beginning at 5 p.m.
A delicious menu created by Christine's Cuisine includes twice-cooked beef brisket with homemade barbecue sauce, a sour cream and dill potato salad, homemade pinto beans with green chilies and homemade fudge-walnut brownies. Of course, tea, lemonade and coffee will be included. Back by popular demand, our wonderful local group, Bluegrass Cadillac, will entertain us while we are enjoying our meals. Once again, we have kept our prices the same as last year: $10 for adults and $6 for children ten and under.
You will also have the option of buying beer, wine, soda or water to accompany your meal if you choose. These advance tickets are also available at the Visitor Center.
With any cooperation at all from Mother Nature, we will witness yet another magnificent balloon glow at dusk in the fairgrounds arena following the picnic/concert. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the Balloon Glow sponsor for this year, and we always keep our fingers crossed that the weather will give us a hand. If you have never witnessed a Balloon Glow, I would strongly suggest that you make every attempt to be there on Saturday night to see a unique and breathtaking spectacle.
We sincerely hope you will join us for the Wine and Cheese Tasting, the Picnic and Concert, the Balloon Glow and both morning ascensions. ColorFest weekend is our opportunity to bid adieu to summer and herald the oncoming fall/winter season in Pagosa Springs, and we warmly invite you to join us for what is always a colorful, festive celebration.
Unfortunately, we have learned in life that we must accept the bitter with the sweet, and, alas, this weekend is no exception.
On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will host a farewell party for Father John Bowe who has faithfully and lovingly served the Parish and community of Pagosa Springs for close to 30 years. The celebration will be held 3-6 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Community Center.
Father John is loved and respected by those in and out of the local Catholic church and will be sorely missed by all who have come to love him so much. He is a man of many talents with an interesting and diverse background which has always held service to fellow man and community foremost in all he has ever done.
We invite you to join us Sunday afternoon to honor this exceptional man and celebrate his time with us. If you have photos for a scrapbook to go along with him, please bring them with you. You are also asked to bring a side dish or dessert to accompany the main dish and drinks provided by the IHM group.
If you need more details or have questions, please call Roger Behr at 731-0409.
Victim assistance benefit
The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Organization invites you to attend an evening replete with delicious food, fine libations and entertainment to benefit the various invaluable programs they provide to this community at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at TLC's Bed and Breakfast.
The lovely menu has been prepared by TLC's Catering and Peter Stanley with Dudley Enterprises and includes fine hors d'oeuvres, Hoisin glazed salmon filet or marinated rib eye, rosemary roasted potato duxelles, vegetable, cheesecake with warm berry compote and wine and beer. The price on this is $100 per person with limited seating, and you are encouraged to reserve a table with a group of your friends. Please RSVP at 264-9075.
Just so you know, the Victim Assistance Program includes children's programs, domestic and sexual violence advocacy programs and sudden mishap or loss assistance with a lot of counseling, education and support with all those situations.
It is obvious they provide services critical to every community, and we hope you will support their efforts by attending what sounds like a very elegant evening.
Charity Corvette show
Once again, Pagosa Springs will host the Fourth Annual Pagosa Springs Classic Charity Corvette Car Show noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, during ColorFest weekend.
The great thing about this is that you can take advantage of this show and head right on out to the fairgrounds for the ColorFest Picnic/Concert/Balloon Glow. See how that works?
This event will be held in the Bell Tower Park and proceeds will benefit The Compassionate Friends, a national nonprofit organization that supports families and individuals who have lost children.
If you have questions or would like to participate in this event, you can access information and/or a registration form online at www.coloradospringscorvetteclud.org.
We are happy indeed this ColorFest week to welcome one new member to our exceptional membership and to renew 12 loyal and supportive members. Life is good.
Our new member is Joe Hoyle who joins us with Trophies Tomorrow, with offices in his home. Trophies Tomorrow specializes in trophies, recognition plaques and acrylic awards as well as engraved plates and name badges. If you order it today, you can pick it up tomorrow on stock items. Give him a call at 731-0955 for all your trophy/engraving needs. We are grateful to Kathy Calderone with the Pagosa Springs Welcoming Service for recruiting Joe and have already sent off a free SunDowner pass with our thanks.
Our renewals this week include Derek Farrah with Plantax, Inc.; Dennis Gallegos with Waste Management of New Mexico, Inc. in Farmington; Shellie Hogue with Hogue's Glass of Pagosa, Inc.; Bonnie Masters with Pagosa Springs Real Estate Online with home offices; Karla Whitmer with Pagosa Fone Net; Karen Bunning with High Country Title; Texas-New Mexico Newspapers located in El Paso; Tom and Gayle Broadbent, managers, Wings Over Pagosa, LLC; Linda Morrison with the Pagosa Insurance Agency, Inc.; Jim Kahrs with The Kahrs Insurance Group; LeeAnn Vallegos with the SW Colorado Chapter American Red Cross; and, last but certainly not least, the good folks at A Shoe or Two Plus, Bernadette and Jim Garcia,. Thanks to one and all - we hope to see everyone at all the ColorFest festivities this weekend.
New computer system will help
veterans make informed care decisions
By Andy Fautheree
Continuing its innovation in health care information technology, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adopting a new computer program to help patients make more informed decisions about their care.
VA will introduce its Electronic Support for Patient Decisions initiative at all 158 VA medical centers within a year. Customized software called iMedConsent will provide patients with information about treatment options and standardize procedures among clinicians.
"We owe it to our veterans to do all we can to ensure that they understand the care they receive and to make sure that the informed consent process is as patient-friendly as possible," said Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "This new program is a great complement to the success of VA's electronic patient records systems."
The iMedConsent program takes physicians step by step through the informed consent process, displays detailed educational materials about risks and benefits of proposed treatments, generates and stores consent forms, incorporates electronic signatures into records and imports information from patient records.
Although the program is designed primarily to assist physicians, it also guides informed-consent discussions between doctors and patients.
The goal of the informed consent process is to ensure that patients are knowledgeable participants in decisions about their health care. It generally requires that patients understand their choices through discussions of proposed treatments, reasonable alternatives to proposed care, risks and benefits of each alternative.
Enhanced patient care
The electronic support system is VA's latest use of technology to enhance patient care. For several decades, VA has led the health care industry in use of electronic health records with its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology (VistA), which allows health care providers to continuously update patient information, including lab tests and results, medications and diet.
The electronic health record provides clinicians throughout the VA system instant access to a patient's complete record, including diagnostic images, medications and lab results.
The information is available in inpatient, outpatient, long-term and home care environments. Patient records can also be accessed remotely, allowing, for example, doctors at the San Francisco VA Medical Center to promptly treat a veteran from Miami who seeks care while traveling in California.
VistA has a dramatic impact on patient safety and health. Bar-coded medication administration for inpatients and robotic prescription preparation are achieving the highest rates of prescription accuracy. A clinical reminder system allows care providers to consistently deliver necessary health interventions.
"This has allowed VA to set the benchmark for 18 externally comparable indicators of quality in disease prevention and treatment," said Dr. Jonathan Perlin, VA's acting under secretary for health.
The iMedConsent software was developed under the direction of VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care by Atlanta-based software developer Dialog Medical. "We are always looking for ways to enhance the care we provide," said Dr. Ellen Fox, center director. "By supporting patient decisions on a systems level, we are preventing problems before they arise. We like to call this 'preventive ethics.'"
Durango VA Clinic
The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is at 400 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite G, Durango, CO 81301. Phone number is 247-2214.
For further information
For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located on the lower floor of the county courthouse. The office number is 264-8375, fax is 264-8376, and e-mail address email@example.com. The office is open from 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.
Hispanic pioneers have
rich stories of vibrant culture
By Lenore Bright
This week marks the growing appreciation of our country's Hispanic heritage.
The nation is especially blessed with numerous families who can trace their lineage for many generations. While the Anglo settlers were coming west, the Hispanic adventurers were coming north settling first in New Mexico and the San Luis Valley.
From the Archuletas to the Villareals, these families have rich stories of a strong, vibrant culture that settled this part of the country. We have very little written history about these families. John Motter's book, "Pagosa Country: the First Fifty Years," depended a lot on obituaries.
The library is attempting to build a collection of family histories to add to Mr. Motter's book. The library is also adding to its collection of books written in Spanish.
Barb Draper has put together a display of the material we have, and some of the family histories. We invite you to see the display, and to share any material you might have concerning the Hispanic history of our county. We will make copies for the library, and Xerox your papers for you which will protect them. If you have history to share, please contact the library.
We will have a local history collection in our new addition, and we invite you to help us begin gathering the important documents to be housed there.
"Google Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools," by Tara Calishain and Rael Dornfest, with the foreword written by the Google Engineering Team, is the most comprehensive report on Google search technology to date. It offers infinite possibilities for how the team finds and makes information available.
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. This book will help all researchers in understanding how Google works, and gives tips and tricks. Google indexes more than 2.4 billion Web pages. But there is more to Google than most people know. It is a customizable user interface for tapping the resources of the Internet.
Keeping up with batteries
According to the latest issue of Popular Science, there is a race between battery power and the consumption of the growing number of items that rely on batteries. A battery was invented in 200 BC. An Italian named Volta came up with the first modern one in 1800. The one we still use in cars was invented in 1859. The latest commercial model came in 1999.
There is a widening gulf between battery capacity and the energy needed to run the new technology toys. If you buy a digital camera, how many shots-per-charge will you get? Is your cell phone programmed to only use digital networks instead of analog? Can dead alkaline batteries still be used? You will find the answers to these questions and many more in the October issue of Popular Science. This is just one of our popular magazines you may check out.
Thanks for Building Fund help from Jackie Cox in memory of JuJu Cox; Gil and Lenore Bright in memory of Joan Young; Betty and Lloyd Reynolds, Linda and John Matticks, Becky Herman, Gene and Juanita Billberry, Richard and Janet Geiger. Thanks for materials from Jan Nicholls, Mary Davis, Judy Giberson, Gerlinda Ehni, Onalee McEwen, Stan Stocki, Carol Curtis and Judy Carson.
Arts Consortium conference opened new local opportunities
By Leanne Goebel
It was a privilege for me to coordinate "Healing the Arts in Colorado," the annual conference of the Colorado Arts Consortium, a one-day event Saturday, Sept. 11, at the community center.
I had the opportunity to have dinner with Elaine Mariner, the executive director of the Colorado Council on the Arts, the state funded arts agency; Jim Copenhaver, president of Arts for Colorado, the statewide advocacy group; Cheryl Bezio-Gorham, program director for the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations; and Russell Willis Taylor, president and CEO of National Arts Strategies, Inc.
There are some exciting developments happening in our state at this critical time. The challenge of sustainability was the pervasive theme and tools were provided to help arts organizations not only survive, but thrive.
I encourage everyone to join Arts for Colorado on their Web site www.artsforcolorado.org. A $35 membership shows your support for the arts and culture. It is also important for all of us to contact candidates and representatives in Archuleta County and at the state level and emphasize the importance of art and culture and continued state funding. This is a bipartisan issue. If we want to continue to enjoy theatre, music, visual arts, photography, sculpture, dance and crafts, then it is up to all of us to let our voices be heard. And look for future developments from this meeting and opportunities for our community to play a key role in the state at future events.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make "Healing the Arts in Colorado" a success: the Pagosa Springs Community Center staff, the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, and especially Doris Green, Jean Smith, Maryann Limmer and Adrienne Haskamp. Thank you to Steve Rolig for playing guitar for us at the reception at the gallery in Town Park. To Karen Cox and Taminah Gallery, Jennifer Harnick and Heather Leavitt. To Richard Goebel for providing continual support and gorgeous flowers, to WolfTracks coffee company for the caffeine to keep us going. And all the businesses in town which put up posters and helped us get the word out.
Barbara Rosner sent me some information on a fabulous opportunity Aug. 19-22, 2005, at Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe campus (Paseo de Peralta and the Old Taos Highway, just blocks from the Plaza).
Pat Jeffers is a basketry artist who lives in Wyoming and creates baskets with swirling, shifting patterns of color and texture reminiscent of our western landscape. View her work and learn more about Pat at www.jeffersfineart.com. Pat's award-winning baskets are on display at Blaire Carnahan Gallery at 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.
Pat will be leading a workshop next August during Santa Fe Indian Market for beginners and experienced weavers alike. The retreat includes the materials to make the baskets, lodging Friday-Sunday nights, and breakfast and lunch Saturday-Monday. Check-out is Monday morning unless you make arrangements to stay Monday night. Time is scheduled for exploring Indian Market on your own or with other participants during the retreat.
Cost for the retreat is $550 per person double occupancy or $650 single occupancy. If you bring a spouse or a friend who will not be weaving, the cost if $775. Class size is limited to 18 weavers. To reserve your place, send a 50 percent deposit, payable to Pat Jeffers to: Barbara Rosner, 645 Bear Run, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. If you want more information, call Barbara at 264-6502 or e-mail: rosnercreative@ direcway.com or pat@ jeffersfineart.com. Sign up early as this will sell out quickly.
Pencil Drawing and Portraits, an ongoing workshop with Randall Davis will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the community center. Drawing is the foundation for all creative art and a basic skill critical for success. Bring a sketchpad, pencils, and erasers. All are welcome. The cost is $35.
Beginning Watercolor with Denny Rose and Virginia Bartlett, every Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Fairfield Activities Center. Call 731-8060 to reserve a spot for only $25.
Professional photographer Bruce Andersen will once again lead his popular fall color photo workshop and tour. The workshop will begin with a slide show and instruction session 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and feature an all-day photo tour and hands-on field instruction Saturday Sept. 25. Details will be available upon sign-up.
The tour will start quite early in the morning in Pagosa, head to Chama to "chase the train" through the beautiful colors of Cumbres Pass, culminate near Little Red Mountain above Platoro, and either continue on through Summitville and on to Wolf Creek Pass or return to welcome the Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad back into Chama. Bruce scouted the route last weekend and believes the colors will be awesome for the tour.
Lunch in the tiny town of Platoro, famous for the best hamburgers in the West, and snacks and drinks along the way are provided. Workshop participants will be asked to carpool for companionship and shop talk, as well as to save on gas.
The workshop and tour is open to people at any skill level and any equipment: digital, film or video. Instruction will be tailored to each participant. Cost is $125; Arts Council and Photo Club members will receive a 20-percent discount. For information and reservations, call Bruce at 731-4645.
Hidden in the Ordinary, "Seen in his Glory," the 2004 Christian Artist and Writer's Retreat, Sept. 24-27, hosted by Blanco Dove Ministries in Pagosa Springs, and the Southwest Christian Writers Association. Workshops on sketchbook journaling by Sharri Lou Casey, writing by Lauraine Snelling and Jan Jonas (editor of the Albuquerque Tribune), poetry with Connie Peters and special guest speakers: Steve Oelschlaeger, Lynne Cumming, and Betty Lucero. For more information contact Betty Slade at 264-2824 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Blanco Dove Web site at www.whisperingdove.org.
Writing Workshop with Mary Sojourner, 9 a.m.-5 .m. Oct. 2, in Durango. Mary Sojourner will shape this workshop to fit the longings and gifts of ten writers-to-be, journal-keepers, daily writers, those who will, can, and must write. You will write for most of the time. Talk and theory have their place, but not in Mary's writing circles. There will be room for jump-starts, honing of craft (character development, writing tight transitions, letting dialogue come alive), for moving into the stories you have meant to tell, the poems that ache and sing in your blood.
A 64-year-old writer and writing teacher, Mary Sojourner is the author of the short story collection, "Delicate," an essay collection, "Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest," the memoir/meditation, "Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire" and the forthcoming novel, "Going Through Ghosts." Mary moved to Flagstaff 19 years ago with two intentions: to fight for Southwestern land and community and to write. She keeps those promises on a daily basis. Mary lives in a scrap wood cabin with no running water, a wood stove, a computer and only a little more solitude than is necessary for the work.
You will need to bring a chair, a notebook, writing implements and intention. We'll work from 9-12, take a two-hour lunch break and resume working from 2-5. Group size is limited to 10, so please register early.
To register, contact Mary at email@example.com or send a check to Mary Sojourner, 7409 Old Munds Highway, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Cost $100. A nonrefundable deposit of $60 must be received by Sept. 21.
"Expressive Writing," 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 6. Former National Geographic writer, Will Gray will show you how to venture into a new frontier of creativity in which you will learn to use language, structure, and style to express your thoughts and emotions through various forms of writing. The objectives of this interactive seminar are to expand innovation, fluency, and imagination while improving each participant's writing skills, focus, and confidence.
"Discover Your Life's Work - The Career Decision Workshop," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Doc Roberts will guide you through this highly acclaimed one-day workshop through a hands-on process, utilizing time-tested exercises and specialized vocational testing, to enable you to identify and do what you truly love for a living.
"Exploring the Cuisine of India," 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. Learn about the unusual ingredients and spices that make Indian cuisine so intriguing. You will also help prepare a delicious meal from soup to dessert and enjoy it with your fellow chefs.
"Northern Italian Cuisine," 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Northern Italian food is so much more than red sauce and garlic. Create an elegant menu, from hors d'ouevres to dessert for Fall entertainment or just to treat the family.
"Beginning Conversational Spanish 1," 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 16, with Fort Lewis College instructor, Maria Spero.
"Conversational Spanish 2," 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 17.
Contact Margie at Fort Lewis College, 247-7385, to register for any of the above courses.
Workshop ideas wanted
The calendar of events is getting shorter which signifies that fall is approaching. Submit your workshop ideas, proposals, and recommendations to the Pagosa Springs Arts Council and let's fill out that calendar.
Gallery Gift Shop
The gift shop at the gallery in Town Park is available to local artisans. Please consider consigning your original work in our store.
Contact PSAC at 264-5020 for more information.
Opportunities for artists
Arts Perspective magazine is looking for artists interested in painting, designing, decorating, or embellishing a newspaper rack.
If you visit the Steamworks Brewery in Bayfield, you will find an exciting, original work of art by Tirzah Comacho. In exchange for your talent, Arts Perspective is offering a quarter page ad in an upcoming issue. For more information, contact Heather Leavitt at (970) 739-3200.
Pumas on Parade will use the display of painted life-size pumas to both showcase the work of artists and highlight the importance of careful stewardship of our vulnerable public lands. With seed money from the National Endowment for the Arts and USDA Forest Service Rural Communities Initiative Grant, the project will build strategic partnerships among artists, businesses, communities, and public land managers. Timed to help celebrate the San Juan National Forest Centennial in 2005, the painted sculptures will debut in local downtown areas next summer.
Pumas on Parade is open to creative people working in all mediums: from the celebrated to the emerging artist, the professional to the amateur.
Youths as well as adults are invited to submit designs. Artists can go to www.sjma.org to download the images and information forms. Or call Felicita Broennan at (970) 533-0241 for more information. Designs must be received by Sept. 30. Sculptures will be delivered to the chosen artists no later than Jan. 1, 2005.
To Sept. 28 - Juried Painting and Drawing Exhibit at PSAC gallery.
To Oct. 2 - Eclectic: DAC Members Exhibit, Durango Arts Center.
Sept. 18 - Pencil Drawing and Portraits with Randall Davis at the community center.
Sept. 24-27 - "Hidden in the Ordinary: Seen in His Glory" Christian Artist and Writer's Retreat at Blanco Dove.
Sept. 24 - Colorfest Gallery Walk in Durango a gala evening of receptions and artwork by featured artists. Call 259-2606 for more information.
Sept. 24 - A special preview of "Skins" an original performance experience by Fort Lewis College theatre professor Kathryn Moller, inspired by the art of Elizabeth Ingraham, at the Rochester Hotel and during Gallery Walk.
Sept. 30 - Pumas on Parade design deadline.
Sept. 30 - Woodworking exhibit opens at PSAC gallery.
Oct. 1-3 - SW Colorado Community Theatre Festival in Pagosa Springs, sponsored by Music Boosters.
Oct. 5 - Trio exhibit, reception with the artists, Durango Arts Center, 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 5-30 - Trio Exhibit: Joycelyn Audette, Katherine Barr, and Lisa Pedolsky at Durango Arts Center.
Nov. 5 - Outsider Art: Visions from the Edge, reception with the artists, Durango Arts Center 5-7 p.m.
Nov. 5-Dec. 10 - Outsider Art: Visions from the Edge at Durango Arts Center.
PSAC juried art show winners announced
By Leanne Goebel
Special to The PREVIEW
Pat Erickson won the $600 first place prize in the first-ever Juried Art Show at the PSAC Gallery in Town Park for her transparent watercolor "Dreams Gone By," a figurative work of a woman with flowers growing out of her skull, flowing across a long, narrow canvas.
Second place and $225 went to Sandy Applegate for "Jumpin' Jack," watermedia and colored pencil, of a dancer jumping and moving across the canvas.
Third place and $75 went to John Driscoll for "Buried Cables-Western Meadowlark," an acrylic of a beautiful meadowlark sitting atop an old rusty sign.
Honorable mentions of $50 each were awarded to Donna Wagle for "Old Truck," Joan Rohwer for "Wolf Creek," Paul Brekke for "Garden of Maya" and Pat Erickson for "Introversion."
These and other works by regional artists are on display at the gallery in Town Park through Sept. 28. The gallery is open from noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
There were 55 entries and juror, Pierre Mion, a well-known fine artist and illustrator, selected 26 for the show. The show reflects some of the best artwork from Pagosa and the surrounding area.
A people's choice award of $100 is yet to be awarded and will be chosen by anonymous voting at the gallery in Town Park.
The Pagosa Springs Arts Council invites everyone to come to the gallery, view the exhibit and vote for your personal favorite.
The Juried Art Show was supported by a generous donation from Herman Riggs, president of Herman Riggs & Associates.
For more information call PSAC at 264-5020 or e-mail psac@ centurytel.net.
Rotary Night Live ready to audition acts
Live from Pagosa Springs, it's Saturday Night!
The classic live comedy show will be held Pagosa-style in Rotary Night Live, coming to you from the Pagosa Vista Clubhouse.
Acts will be auditioned 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Those wishing to share their talents on stage will find an audition sign-up sheet on the community center bulletin board.
If you can sing, dance or share a comic commentary on current events, Rotary welcomes your participation. Acts should be two to five minutes in a family format. Crude acts need not apply.
Proceeds will benefit several of Rotary's community projects such as the scholarship fund, dictionary program, school supply drive, teacher mini grants and Rotary Park.
Rotary Night Live will take place in two showings Saturday, Nov. 6. Tickets will be available at a future date and seating will be limited.
Questions can be directed to JoAnn Laird at 946-9700.
"Amelie" is film society feature
The Pagosa Springs Film Society resumes its regular monthly meetings 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.
The feature to be screened and discussed is director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's award-winning comedy-romance, "Amelie," starring Audrey Tatou.
Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
Critic Roger Ebert comments, "Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Amelie' is a delicious pastry of a movie, a lighthearted fantasy in which a winsome heroine overcomes a sad childhood and grows up to bring cheer to the needful and joy to herself." This film is rated R for some brief sexual content.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall is in Unit 15, Greenbriar Plaza. 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 and look for the big sign.
Friday, Saturday auditions for madrigal dinner
By John Graves
Special to The PREVIEW
This weekend is your chance to become part of something old and something new that's happening at the same time in Pagosa. On the weekends of Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, The Pagosa Springs Music Boosters will present their first Madrigal Dinner.
To be a participating part of this ancient tradition of feasting, jesting and musical entertainment (old), either as a performer or as a volunteer worker, you need to be high school age or older, and come to the auditions being held in the high school band room 6:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 17, or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18.
To audition vocally, you should prepare to sing a chorus of an old traditional Christmas or holiday song, such as "Deck the Halls," "The Wassil Song," or "The Holly and the Ivy," etc. "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "White Christmas" do not fit into that category.
Specialty acts like jugglers and tumblers should bring their props, and players of period instruments need to bring their instruments or recordings of their playing.
This event promises to be a wonderful experience for performers and feasters alike. Come and be a part of this joyous holiday undertaking.
Teens complete game room renovation
By Karen Carpenter
Special to The PREVIEW
Phase one of the game room is complete: The walls are painted, the furniture and game equipment has been rearranged.
Now the teens are very protective of their hard work and monitor one another's behavior. The next phase is the mural or wall of art.
Friday and Saturday nights have been a lot of fun. More and more the teens are taking on cooking and creating menus. Big pot conglomerations seem to have special appeal.
Thank you to all who have donated food and drink - we are so appreciative.
Friday nights are movie and popcorn nights. Saturday nights are more formal, with dinner. Some of the teens are working on plans to make it more of a night club/coffee house atmosphere catering to high school juniors and up.
We have all this creativity surfacing. More power to the teens, I think it is wonderful.
We began videography this week. This is the beginning of a documentary the teens have been pondering.
The Japanese Club is still meeting and growing, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
The teens have decided the next dance will be 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 9. We will be spinning CDs and have open mike for those who want to try the roll of DJ.
Chrys from SWAP (School to Work Alliance Program) will be sharing office space with me at the Teen Center. This is a wonderful program to benefit the unserved population ages 16-25. Watch the paper, the bulletin boards around school and the Teen Center for more information.
The center advisory board has approved the next fund-raising project. This winter the teens will be building a child's playhouse, from design to finished interior decorating. This is our big fund-raising project for spring 2005.
Any adult who has a heart for teens and can guide any phase of the construction, please let us know. The plan is to build it on skids and inside a heated shop. Donations of materials and the use of loaned tools will be essential.
Remember the new Teen Center hours: Mondays 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday -Friday 1-8 p.m.; Saturdays 4-8 p.m.
The Teen Center is in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. Phone is 264-4152, Ext. 31.
Slow dance workshop set Sept. 25
By Marie Layton
Special to The PREVIEW
Ever wondered what to do when the band plays that slow song?
Here is your answer.
The In Step Dance Club will sponsor a slow dance workshop including the Night Club Two Step and others taught by four-time U.S. Professional Standard Champion Cynthia Long.
Long has been a leading ballroom champion in the U.S. and Great Britain. She is also a ballroom judge in all styles and was voted the outstanding female dance teacher in the U.S. four years in a row.
Long instructs at the Arthur Murray Studio in Albuquerque, N.M.
Her workshop will be 3-6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Avenue. There will be a potluck dinner 6-7 p.m. with a party following. Champagne and desserts will be provided.
Admission is $10 per person. Any level of dancer or first-time dancer is welcome. Singles without partners are also welcome.
For more information, call Deb Aspen at 731-3338.
Texas pastor to lead revival at Mountain Heights
Dr. Howell W. Burkhead will lead Mountain Heights Baptist Church in a revival and spiritual renewal emphasis Oct. 3-6.
The pastor of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Texas, he has been in the ministry since he was 15 and first began serving as pastor of a one-room country church while in high school. He preached his first revival when he was 16.
A native of Missouri, he has served a pastor of churches in St. Louis Mo., and Fort Worth, Texas and has led revivals in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona and Texas. He has been in Cleveland since December 1977.
Joining him will be his wife, the former Tileta Johnson of Festus, Mo., an accomplished vocalist who has sung gospel professionally. They have two children, James, a junior at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, majoring in agriculture science and ranch management; and Emily May, a freshman at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, majoring in elementary education.
Rev. Burkhead is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has taught preaching and pastoral ministry as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Seminary for several years. He enjoys the outdoors, horseback riding, travel and fiction writing ... and observing and experiencing real life.
Known as an entertaining and "down-to-earth" speaker, Rev. Burkhead loves getting to know people and learning from them. Although he has earned a doctor of philosophy degree, he is most comfortable being known as an "old-fashioned country preacher."
The revival services at Mountain Heights will begin 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 3 and continue that evening and each following evening at 7 p.m. through Oct. 6. A potluck dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. on the last day.
For more information call the church at 731-4384 or 731-6515.
'Somebody's Wyrd' topic for Unitarians
The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a service Sept. 19 led by Les Linton, which he calls "Somebody's Wyrd."
This is the sixth in a series of talks that Linton presented to The Celebration, a church in Santa Fe, N.M. that honors all spiritual paths.
The theme is on non-judgment. With a touch of humor, he uses all the religions of the world as background material for his talks. Linton says, "Be there or be normal."
Linton has an engineering degree, an MBA, and 20 years experience in high tech electronic sales and marketing. He is currently a guide at Chimney Rock and for Wilderness Adventures.
The service and children's program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit 15, Greenbriar Plaza. 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 and look for the big sign.
All are welcome.
Here's the fare for community theatre festival
By John Graves
Special to The PREVIEW
A chance to see five live theatrical productions in one weekend! A trip to New York's Broadway? Nope. It's the seventh annual Southwest Colorado Community Theatre Festival, on the weekend of Oct. 1-3.
This annual event is hosted this year by The Pagosa Springs Music Boosters and features seminars and workshops for registered participants, and a reprise of each theatre group's most successful production of this season.
For the modest admission price of $2 per ticket at the door for each presentation, you will be able to see a slightly scaled-down version of the following mainstage productions in the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium.
- 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1: "Art," by Durango's Act Too Players.
- 9 p.m., Oct.1: "Silvia," by Montrose's Magic Circle Theatre.
- 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2: "Greater Tuna," by the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre.
- 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2: "The Hills Are Alive...," by the Pagosa Springs Music Boosters.
- 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3: "The Perils of Paonia's Past or Will Fetch and Carry Get up and Go," by the Warehouse Playhouse (Paonia).
With the exception of "The Hills Are Alive...," these plays may contain adult language and situations. For more information, call Michael at 731-5262.
Fall classes kick off at Education Center
By Livia Cloman Lynch
The Archuleta County Education Center coordinates a wide range of community education offerings including computer classes, first aid and CPR training, and general interest classes.
One of our upcoming classes is Conversational Spanish (intermediate level) for adults. This is an 8-week course taught by Sabine Elge and is scheduled for Wednesdays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 3. A beginning level conversational class is scheduled for Tuesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 16.
Fall computer classes
Computer instruction ranges from the beginning level with "Getting Acquainted with your Personal Computer" to advanced level spreadsheet and database programs. All levels of instruction, as well as a large variety of popular software applications, are offered throughout the year.
Classes starting this week or next week include: Get to Know Your Computer, Windows XP, and Microsoft Word. Other upcoming classes include Power Point XP, Urge to Merge, Tables, Tabs and Titles, and Care and Feeding of Your Computer.
Call 264-2835 today to learn more about our Computer Training.
Each afternoon, beginning at 3:15, Room 3 at Pagosa Springs Elementary School comes alive. Young students come rushing in, ready for a snack and recess before starting the extended hours activities. These young students will pair up with a teenage student for tutoring/homework help or go off to an enrichment class for that afternoon.
Enrichment classes are led by local individuals desiring to add to a young student's school experience in the areas of art, dance, music, science or foreign language instruction.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September and October we are offering Make a Bird Feeder and Hooked on Drawing and Painting with Ms. Tessie.
Thursdays during September and October elementary students will be able to participate in Science Kids. This class allows kids to participate in fun science experiments and activities.
Friday afternoon "Fun Club" at the elementary school includes many different games and activities. This program is every Friday, 1:15-5 p.m. in Room 3.
Mondays starting in October we are offering Sensory Motor Integration and Language Experiences through Yoga (Smiley) at the elementary school. This fun class uses songs and storytelling with yoga poses, breathing, relaxation and visual skill building.
Horse Camp is back by popular demand. Students will get the opportunity to learn about horses and enjoy a trail ride. Class is offered Sept. 17 and 24.
Fly Fishing is being taught by local fisherman Jody Cromwell. Cromwell will teach youngsters the art of fly fishing. All materials are included. Class is offered Oct. 1, 8 and 15.
Babysitter's Workshop is scheduled Nov. 5, 12 and 19. This workshop offers essential training for new babysitters.
Call the Education Center today to learn more about all of our after-hours classes.
We offer adult classes as well as a variety of classes at the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools.
For information call 264-2835. or stop by our office at 4th and Lewis streets to receive a complete schedule of fall events.
Balloon Rally crews needed
Are you ready for some fun and excitement in your life this weekend? If you are, we have something just for you. Come out and be a part of the action when as many as 50 hot air balloons break the earthly bonds of gravity and ascend into the heavens over Pagosa Springs.
Chase crew persons are needed for the ColorFest Balloon Rally taking place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19.
Ballooning is a "hands-on" participation sport, and the chase crew is responsible for helping the pilot set up the balloon for inflation, following the balloon in a chase vehicle during flight, retrieving the balloon upon landing and packing it up after deflation.
Crew persons should be physically fit and familiar with the streets and roads in the area.
Being part of a chase crew is a lot of fun and a great way to meet some new people and personally experience hot air ballooning up close.
If you would like to be a chase crew member for the rally or if have any questions, you may call Morna Trowbridge at the Chamber of Commerce 264-2360. Chase crew members will need to be at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 7 a.m. Saturday and at the area near the Pagosa lakes Recreation Center at the same time Sunday for check-in with Morna.
A tale of the Soo locks and 27 women in black cocktail dresses
By Katherine Cruse
There are many fine Elderhostel programs. I recently participated in one called "Lake Michigan and Beyond" aboard a small ship called the Grande Mariner.
The trip was not so very different from the Saint Lawrence River/Erie Canal boat tour I took with my mother four years ago, except this time there were more lectures and all the offshore excursions were already paid for so we didn't have to pick and choose.
Only the jaunt to the local night spot in the tiny town on Beaver Island was optional. Some of the people geared up for that as though it were a dangerous trek into the remote recesses of Afghanistan, instead of just a bar. The tour's resident professor and expert on all things Great Lake-ish prepped us for that with stories of exotic sightings on previous trips.
He told us that one year when he entered the bar there were 27 women inside, all wearing black cocktail dresses. Now, you have to understand that Beaver Island is a pretty laid-back place, with maybe 500 year-round residents and 2,000 summer ones. It has a great harbor with a town, a summer institute for Central Michigan University students to study the local flora and fauna, and a lot of farms.
So even one woman owning a cocktail dress would probably be a novelty. But, says Professor Fred, there were 27 of them in the bar that night. He asked the bartender, "What's with all these women in black cocktail dresses?" The bartender said, "If you don't know, you don't (expletive deleted) need to know."
Another trip, Professor Fred says, there were two midgets stretched out asleep on the bar. Again he asked the bartender, "What's with the midgets asleep on the bar?" And again the bartender said, "If you don't know, you don't (expletive deleted) need to know."
By the time he finished these accounts, wild horses couldn't have kept some of our group away. But it turned out that the people in the bar were just regular people and the bar was just a regular bar. There was a long bar, a lot of tables, a pool table, phone booths in the corner, decent food listed on the blackboard.
It was also filled with smoke, so I stood outside and asked people if all the people in the bar were "local." One man, who was leaving, said, "There's local, and there's local. That's Local with a capital L." and he staggered off before I could ask which he was.
I would have thought that Elderhostel would have some clout and gotten us into an actual lighthouse, or a shipyard, or someplace "real," but the closest we got to that sort of thing was backstage at a restored theater in Manistee, Mich. The rest was museums, quaint Dutch "villages," and plenty of opportunity for "shopping." As somebody said, "Do you get the feeling that these little towns are desperate for tourists?"
Even the Soo locks were disappointing, although this is not Elderhostel's fault. The traffic through them has declined a great deal, as ships get longer and longer. On the day we were there only two boats were scheduled to pass through the locks, and we were one of them.
On board the ship, Professor Fred, the Great Lakes expert, gave lectures with his Power Point program and Xeroxed handouts of the slides. He knows a lot about lighthouses and Great Lake boats and history, but his talks mostly consisted of telling us what the slide said.
Except for stories about the Beaver Island bar, he didn't toss in a lot of extra material. The guys who were on this trip for the lighthouses bonded well with him. But he kept himself aloof from those of us who couldn't talk freighters or lighthouses.
The captain of the Grande Mariner was a pleasant man with enormous whiskers.
His wife was the first mate. We called her Dixie and him Captain, and she called him Captain, too. The young man who was the engineer was not licensed to pilot the ship, so the captain and first mate split the time in the pilot house, and we didn't see much of either one of them.
We ate our meals at big round tables. The food never seemed to stop coming.
Some of the passengers, usually the women, talked way too much about other trips they'd been on, like reciting a catalog. A lot of the men were very quiet. Maybe they were deaf. Maybe they had long ago assigned the role of social skills to their wives. They should try harder.
Our last port of call before returning to Chicago was Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The weather turned bad, and the captain didn't know if we'd be able to go there. He said that we might just head down the east side of the lake, keeping in the lee of the state of Michigan, all the way around to Chicago.
At this news, Professor Fred bailed. He missed the rough ride. He said it was because his wife was supposed to pick him up in Sturgeon Bay. He said he was heading home from Mackinac Island, to save her making the drive for nothing. We said he knew too much about shipwrecks and didn't want any firsthand experiences.
The participants in the Elderhostel were mostly married couples, but there were three mother-daughter pairs. We daughters all agreed that we were racking up points for the afterlife. One mother had made a list of places she wanted to see, as part of a life plan for her old age. Her daughter says the list keeps growing. Mom came on this trip determined to experience everything it had to offer.
She even had a wonderful time at the Beaver Island bar. They tell me she picked up several young men. I don't know what they talked about.
I don't (expletive deleted) need to know.
Some trees, shrubs needfall and winter watering
By Bill Nobles
Quick facts ...
Water trees, shrubs and lawns during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant.
Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F with no snow cover.
Established large trees have a root spread equal to or greater than the height of the tree. Apply water to the most critical part of the root zone within the dripline.
Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are characteristics of fall and winter in many areas of Colorado. There often can be little or no snow cover to provide soil moisture, particularly from October through February. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water.
The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is injury or death to parts of plant root systems. Affected plants may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the spring using stored food energy. Plants may be weakened and all or parts may die in late spring or early summer when temperatures rise. Weakened plants also may be subject to insect and disease problems.
Sensitive to drought
Woody plants with shallow root systems require supplemental watering during extended dry fall and winter periods. These include European white and paper birches; Norway, silver, red and Rocky Mountain and hybrid maples; lindens, alder, hornbeams, dogwood and mountain ash. Evergreen plants that benefit include spruce, fir, arborvitae, yew, Oregon grape-holly and Manhattan euonymus. Woody plants benefit from mulch to conserve soil moisture.
Herbaceous perennials in exposed sites are more subject to winter freezing and thawing. This opens cracks in soil that expose roots to cold and drying. Winter watering combined with mulching can prevent damage. Lawns also are prone to winter damage. Newly established lawns, whether seed or sod, are especially susceptible to damage. Susceptibility increases for lawns with south or west exposures.
Water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F. Apply water at midday so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing at night. A solid layer (persisting for more than a month) of ice on lawns can cause suffocation or result in matting of the grass. Plants receiving reflected heat from buildings, walls and fences are more subject to damage. The low angle of winter sun makes this more likely in south or west exposures. Windy sites result in faster drying of sod and plants and require additional water. Monitor weather conditions and water during extended dry periods - one to two times per month without snow cover.
New vs. established
Newly planted trees are most susceptible to winter drought injury. Woody trees generally take one year to establish for each inch of trunk diameter. For example, a two inch diameter (caliper) tree takes a minimum of two years to establish under normal conditions
Trees obtain water best when it is allowed to soak into the soil slowly to a depth of 12 inches. Methods of watering trees include: sprinklers, deep-root fork or needle, soaker hose or soft spray wand. Apply water to many locations under the dripline and beyond if possible. If you use a deep-root fork or needle, insert no deeper than 8 inches into the soil. As a general survival rule, apply 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. For example, a two-inch diameter tree, needs 20 gallons per watering. Use a ruler to measure your tree's diameter.
Newly planted shrubs require more water than established shrubs that have been planted for at least one year. The following recommendations assume shrubs are mulched to retain moisture. In dry winters, all shrubs benefit from winter watering from October through March. Apply 5 gallons two times per month for a newly planted shrub. Small established shrubs (less than 3 feet tall) should receive 5 gallons monthly. Large established shrubs (more than 6 feet) require 18 gallons on a monthly basis. Decrease amounts to account for precipitation. Water within the dripline of the shrub and around the base.
Herbaceous perennial establishment periods vary. Bare root plants require longer to establish that container plants. Plants transplanted late in the summer or fall will not establish as quickly as plants planted in the spring. Winter watering is advisable with late planted perennials, bare root plants, and perennials located in windy or southwest exposures.
LungBuster gives group of 12 adventure-racing thrill
By Ming Steen
You may think of adventure-racing as the latest extreme sport, where only the most gung-ho athletes dare to tread. But since you live here, you may want to know that adventure-racing and Colorado exist synonymously.
This state has the perfect trails to run, climb and bike for miles and miles. This means endless possibilities for an adventure-racer or an aspiring one.
Last Saturday a group of 12 met before dawn at Wolf Creek Ski Area to compete in the inaugural LungBuster 2004.
Even though adventure-racing may appear unthinkably hard at first, the segue from mountain biking and trail running to this sport is not as daringly radical as you might think. The group of 12 were regular folks who already have a good level of fitness, a desire to add some adventure and challenge to their physical training and perhaps even a nagging need to conquer self-doubt.
Fortunately the LungBuster race director, Carole Walters, did an excellent job of laying out a race course that is challenging, but eminently doable. However, it's more than merely playing to an athlete's strength as a runner or biker - orienteering spices it up. It's not uncommon to be tearing around the woods to successfully reach the assigned check points.
Saturday's race gave the seasoned adventure-racers cause to compliment Walters on choice of course. It gave rookie adventure-racers the satisfaction of competing. Saturday's race gave me another opportunity to admire the tenacity of human spirit.
The Pagosa Area Trails Council, a growing and active non-profit trail proponent group, is helping to coordinate a volunteer trail workday in Martinez Canyon at 9 a.m. this Saturday, the 18th. Volunteers will be working on a short section of the existing trail that drops down into the canyon near the Lake Forest subdivision. This section of the trail needs some water-bar work and drainage improvements.
If a good turnout of volunteers show up on Saturday, it is possible that work on the new trail that is designed to run south down the canyon to eventually tie into Steven's Draw, will begin after completion of the needed improvements of the trail leading into the canyon from the rim.
The trails council will provide tools and lunch. Volunteers need only bring the desire to pitch in, water to drink, sun screen, insect repellent (maybe, since bugs aren't too pesky) and dress for the occasion (pants, work gloves and work boots).
The new trail work is part of a proposed trail system, approved by the U.S. Forest Service, that includes constructing about three miles of trail in Martinez Canyon and additional trails up the side into the Turkey Springs and Brockover Mesa area.
Trail building is fun and rewarding work. My philosophy is if we are going to take the privilege of using it, then we must contribute and give something back. With the population growing we have more and more users on the trails and also the potential for conflicts between user groups. The more trails there are, the more users spread out.
The finished trail will provide an accessible recreational trail system for non-motorized trail users near the Pagosa Lakes area which will also include trailhead and parking areas in four locations along the National Forest boundary. Proximity of access to trails is highly valued as it greatly reduces the hassle of getting into the car and driving if you have only a couple of hours in the morning or in the evening to work in some exercise with the kids or the dog.
If you are able to be a part of this Saturday's trail building effort, please meet at 9 a.m. at the PLPOA administration building parking lot in Vista. You need not commit to a full day of trail building. Do what you can - as many hours as you can spare - and it'll all add up. Any questions or additional information can be addressed to Larry Lynch at 731-5635 (PLPOA office).
I wish to acknowledge key people on the advocacy side who make things happen, who make tracks so you and I can enjoy the woods. To John Applegate, president of the Pagosa Area Trails Council and Larry Lynch of PLPOA, I say thank you. Now let us volunteer and do our part.
A friend of mine recently adopted a new life for her old trail running shoes by converting them into a desktop planter. Of course she first washed them (because the last thing you want is stinky shoes on your desk), then removed the insoles and sprayed the interior with water repellant sealant, filled each shoe entirely with soil and nurtured her favorite plants inside.
Makes for a good conversation piece.
No births this week.
Fitzhugh Thomas Havens, 88, died Sept. 10, 2004 in Chromo, Colo.
Born Aug. 13, 1916 in Hollywood, Calif., he was a resident of Chromo the past 75 years.
He attended schools in both Chromo and Pagosa Springs and was known for his love of reading, which continued throughout his lifetime.
He married Margaret Young in September 1936, and in 1944 the family (now four in number) moved to its permanent Chromo residence, where Fitzhugh served as postmaster, and together with family members ran the Chromo Mercantile. When Margaret took over the post office in 1957, Fitzhugh (F.T.) continued to run the family business with the help of their five children. Fitzhugh "retired" in approximately 1990, but continued to oversee the financial operations of the family business.
His favorite hours, however, were spent tending his beloved gardens. He made sure that whenever seasons permitted, there were plenty of flowers for all to admire.
He was elected to the Archuleta County School District 50 Board of Eduction for two terms, serving from 1955-1965 and again from 1979-1983 where he was well respected by his fellow members. Many in both the educational and civic communities remember the name of Fitzhugh Havens. Some will also recall his letters to the editor in both The Pagosa Springs SUN and Denver Post.
Most currently elected as secretary of the Pagosa I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) Lodge, he served in almost every office and capacity for over 60 years - always active and involved, always there.
Fitzhugh Havens was a large part of the "heart" of Chromo. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Y. Havens of Chromo; a son, Fitzhugh Havens Jr. of Soledad, Calif.; a daughter, Kay Wagner of Spokane, Wash.; a son Harry (Andy) Havens of Pagosa Springs; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Walter Havens, in 1966 and by a daughter, Jo Ann Bamrick, in 1996.
A memorial service was held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs. Interment was private with family and I.O.O.F. Lodge, 122.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to I.O.O.F. 122, P.O. Box 88, Chromo, CO 81128. Donations will be distributed among the various I.O.O.F. charities.
Jim Rafferty is in charge of looking for new business opportunities in this area and then developing those businesses that seem most likely to succeed.
Jim has founded five companies in the past two are successfully sold and two went public in the stock market. He now brings his business savvy to the Pagosa Springs area.
His business, Pagosa Ventures is offering an opportunity for 12% return on investment dollars through the "12% fund" and Coyote Growth Management. For the last 30 months the "12% fund" has returned one percent per month for investors.
Some of the investment dollars are being used to fund growth in the Pagosa Springs area. One example is a new 5,000 sq. ft. office complex, located behind the new Wells Fargo Bank.
Archuleta County Airport Manager
Where were you born?
"Miami, Fl.; raised in Tucson, AZ."
Where did you go to school?
"I have a Bachelors degree from University of Arizona (Political Science) and a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University."
When did you arrive in Pagosa Springs?
What did you do before you arrived here?
"I served for over 20 years in the USAF (Fighter Pilot for most of that time.)"
What are your job responsibilities?
"Oversee the day-to-day operations of the airport. Routine interaction with Federal Aviation Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division."
What are the most enjoyable and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
"The most enjoyable is working with the people in the local and aviation communities. The least enjoyable is having to deal with a tragedy like the accident we had on Monday of last week."
What is your family background?
"I have been married for 36 years to my wife Jean; she is a teacher at the elementary school. I have three kids and six grandkids. (Daughter Tracy and grandkids Kristen, Joe and Brooklyn also like in Pagosa).
What do you like best about the community?
"The people and the location!"
What are your other interests?
"I love to fly, hunt, fish and go to my grandkids' school and athletic activities."
The Rising Stars of Pagosa Springs would like to thank the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado for its $400 community enhancement grant.
The mission of the foundation is to develop and grow endowed funds to serve areas of need in Southwest Colorado through organized philanthropy.
The Rising Stars will use the funds to offer children from low-income families, registered for child-care at the center, scholarships to participate in one of the center activities - gymnastics, dance, music, play groups, etc.
There are many people to thank for their help in making the Sept. 11 adventure race a success. First of all, to Richard Cyr, thank you for putting the time and effort and logistical thinking into working out a magnificent and challenging race course. Thanks go to Steve Brigham from the Forest Service; Davey and Roseanne Pitcher who allowed us to use the ski area as the start and donated ski passes for prizes; Jerry Pacheco of the DOW; and Cindy Gonzales for organizing the volunteers.
The following local businesses generously donated cash, gift certificates, prizes and lots of encouragement: BootJack Ranch, The Pagosa Lodging Association, Montezuma's Vineyard, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Squirrel's Pub and Pantry, Switchback Mountain Gear and Apparel and Studio 160, A Rainbow's Den and The 19th Hole Restaurant.
Thanks go to volunteers Michael Davis, Justin and Dana Stone, Loretta Davis, Tina Sowle, Kay Dean, Erica Dean, Ben Loper, Penny Yount, Tammy Rose and Tom and Ming Steen. You all did a great job and the race was a success because of you too.
Thanks to Charla Ellis' art class and to Victoria Stanton who designed our logo.
If I missed anyone, I sincerely apologize.
Sevedeo A. Martinez and Mary Ann Davis were married Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs, by Father John Bowe.
No information this week.
Pagosa conquered by Cortez in 35-19 loss
By Tom Carosello
Question: "If you could go back and change just one thing about tonight's game, what would it be?"
Answer: "The entire first half."
Such was the reply of Pirate head coach Sean O'Donnell following a home loss Friday to the Class 3A Montezuma-Cortez Panthers in which Pagosa trailed 19-0 early, fought back to 19-13, then fell by a final margin of 35-19.
Reflecting on the first 24 minutes of the duel, "We made too many mental errors; I never doubted our enthusiasm or effort, but I don't know if we could have played a worse first half," said O'Donnell.
"Plus, Cortez is a really good football team - you can't make as many mistakes against them as we did and expect to win," O'Donnell added.
The Panthers proved as much throughout the contest, beginning with an opening drive that started at their own 33-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Panther fullback Zac Brock pounded to the Pirate 47, and two plays later Cortez was threatening inside the red zone after tight end Dac Walker hauled in a 22-yard pass from Darren Wayman at the 12.
The Panthers then opted to gamble on fourth and five from the 7, and the decision paid off with a touchdown pass from Wayman to flanker Ryan Weber that gave Cortez a 7-0 lead with 7:42 to play in the first quarter.
The Pirates set up at their own 22 on the ensuing possession, and unyielding defense by Cortez on a carry by Josh Hoffman, a screen to Daniel Aupperle and third-down keeper by quarterback Paul Armijo brought up fourth and long.
The Panthers then got a gift at the Pagosa 15 courtesy a botched snap on the Pirate punt, and Cortez soon led 13-0 on a two-yard plunge by halfback Matt Knisley.
Pagosa blocked the point-after attempt, and temporarily gained momentum as Hoffman returned the Panther kickoff to the Pirate 43.
A roughing-the-passer call on third down moved the ball to the Cortez side of the field, but the drive died late in the quarter with an incompletion on third and long from the 34 and Cortez took over at its 20 following an end-zone punt by Manuel Madrid.
A first-down holding call backed the Panthers up to their 10, but a halfback option pass on second and 20 from Knisley to Weber went for a 90-yard score and Cortez was up 19-0 just 14 ticks into the second quarter.
The Panthers' two-point try failed, however, and carries by Hoffman, Armijo and Aupperle soon had Pagosa in scoring range at the Cortez 25 on the Pirates' next possession.
A 19-yard strike on second down from Armijo to tight end Craig Schutz moved the Pirates inside the 10, and Armijo capped the drive on the next play with a six-yard burst to make it 19-6 Panthers with 7:40 to play in the half.
Aupperle's point-after drifted wide right, but Pirate junior linebacker Bubba Martinez gave the home crowd an adrenaline boost minutes later by spoiling a Cortez threat in the Pirate red zone.
With under four minutes to play and Cortez marching toward another score, Martinez muscled the ball away from a Panther running back near the Cortez sideline and streaked 90-yards to the opposite goal line, pulling the Pirates within seven at 19-12.
Aupperle's point-after kick made it 19-13, and Pagosa appeared to be on the comeback trail.
But Cortez would have none of it, and needed just a few seconds to answer after taking over at their own 30.
On first down, Knisley broke loose inside then beat the Pirate defense to the corner, racing 70 yards untouched for six and extending the Panther lead to 25-13.
Wayman threw to Weber for a successful two-point conversion, and the hole got deeper for the Pirates on their next possession as Hoffman was forced to cover a high, first-down snap from the Pagosa 20 in the end zone.
The resulting safety gave the Panthers a 16-point lead with 2:41 to play, Aupperle quashed a late Cortez drive with an interception at the Pagosa 21, neither team threatened in the final 1:30 and the Pirates trailed 29-13 at the break.
The teams exchanged a series of punts as both defensive units stood tall throughout the third, and the fourth quarter began with Pagosa set up at its 45 after a spirited punt return from Paul Przybylski.
A middle screen to Aupperle put the Pirates inside the Cortez 45, Hoffman and Armijo carried alternately to move Pagosa inside the 15, then Armijo hit Przybylski on a quick-in route for six to get the Pirates within 29-19 at the 9:22 mark.
The Pirates went for two in an attempt to make it a one-possession game, but Cortez stopped Armijo just short of the goal line and the lead held at 10.
Each team's next possession led to three-and-outs, and the Panthers added a late touchdown on a 25-yard run by Knisley with 4:01 remaining to widen the gap to 16 (extra-point attempt failed).
Panther defensive back Zack Mills intercepted a deflected pass on the Pirates' next possession to preserve the margin, and the contest ended 35-19 in favor of Cortez.
Game stats indicate Armijo led the Pirate offense with 73 yards rushing and 54 through the air. Hoffman added 40 yards on the ground.
On the defensive side, Bubba Martinez led all Pagosa tacklers with 13 stops, while Armijo and Jake Redding tallied eight apiece.
After the game, O'Donnell tipped his hat to the visitors.
"They've got some good athletes, some big, fast kids and they're well-coached," said O'Donnell.
"But we had our chance to get back in it after Bubba (Martinez) turned in a big play for us, and we turn around and give up a big play right back," added O'Donnell. "It's hard to win football games when you do things like that."
With regard to this week's preparation for a road trip to Montrose, "We're going to stay the course and continue to work on the new system," said O'Donnell.
"We're going to have a little bit of a learning curve, but I don't think it's something we can't get over," he concluded.
Kickoff for Friday's clash with the Montrose Indians is 7 p.m.
M-Cortez 13 16 0 6 -35
Pagosa 0 13 0 6 -19
Cor - Weber 7 pass from Wayman (Knisley
Cor - Knisley 2 run (kick failed)
Cor - Weber 90 pass from Knisley (2-pt.
Pag - Armijo 6 run (kick failed)
Pag - Martinez 90 fumble return (Aupperle
Cor - Knisley 70 run (Weber pass from
Wayman for 2)
Cor - Pagosa fumble recovery in end zone
Pag - Przybylski 15 pass from Armijo (2-
pt. try failed
Cor - Knisley 25 run (kick failed)
Pirates lose 3-1 to 5A Terrors
By Karl Isberg
Lost: One late-model backcourt defense. If found, return to Pirate volleyball team before start of league season.
This year's Pirate volleyball team can score points, but ...
With a 3-1 loss to 5A Palmer Friday, the question remains: At what point does the defense round into form? And at what point, when passing is consistent, does a good Pirate attack become a great one?
As it was against Cortez the week before, the weak spot in the Pirates' game against Palmer was backcourt defense and passing. Palmer was the second of three teams on the early season schedule from larger programs, and the Terrors threw an excellent setter and several good hitters against Pagosa in the PSHS gym.
It was a match the Pirates could have won.
The first match was even up throughout the first two-thirds of play. The teams tied each other eight times on the way to a 13-13 deadlock, with neither team managing more than a two-point advantage. Most of the points scored came as a result of sloppy play on the other side of the net, with each squad committing numerous hitting errors. Pagosa managed earned points on an ace serve by Emily Buikema and kills by Lori Walkup and Caitlyn Jewell, newly returned from a one-match absence due to an ankle injury.
Kari Beth Faber put Pagosa ahead with a kill from outside and four consecutive Palmer mistakes gave the Pirates an 18-13 lead. That lead extended to 20-15 before the Terrors began to click on offense. The gap closed to 21-19 and the Pirates would not score again. The Pirates gave up points on a tip (which proved a problem throughout the evening) an ace, a kill off the block and three hitting errors. The visitors had the first game, 25-21.
Pagosa was undeterred and came back strong in the second game of the match, never trailing on the way to a 25-17 win. Palmer gave away eight points with sloppy play, Walkup killed and the Pirates led 10-3. Liza Kelley put the ball down from outside, Walkup scored again, Pagosa was ahead 14-9.
The visitors managed to score points, tipping the ball over the block, but the Pirates responded when Bri Scott crushed an errant Terror pass and, following the best rally of the match, when Kelley again killed from outside. Kelley stepped up to score from the middle and Pagosa was in front 22-13.
Palmer managed two points before Caitlin Forrest answered from outside. The Terrors put two more on the board with an outside attack that was beginning to click but gave up a point with a serve error. Walkup took a perfect backset from Kelly and put it to the floor to end the game and tie the match.
The Pirates got in a hole early in the third game, letting the Terrors build a 6-2 lead. Jewell got a point back from the middle; Faber scored from outside and Forrest earned a point with a stuff block. The teams traded hitting errors and a Palmer passing error produced the only tie of the game, 8-8.
The Terrors used Pagosa mistakes in the back row and on the serve receive, getting more points with the tip and were up 15-11. Forrest got a point back and Palmer gave up two points with errors but rebounded with a kill and an ace that dropped to the floor off the tape. Faber came up with a point from the middle as part of what proved a solid match for her on offense but the Terrors ran three points with a kill from an increasingly effective outside attack, another tip and an ace through a porous Pagosa serve receive.
It seemed the Terrors would rush to the win as, with a 21-16 lead, their setter, Jessica May, hit successfully off the pass, a Pirate was called into the net and a Pirate attack went out. But there was fight left in Pagosa.
Palmer hit a serve out; Forrest stuffed a Terror for a point then scored from outside; and Jewell put a ball to the floor. Palmer led 24-20.
Then Š the back row vaporized again. A tip went over the block, fell to an open spot on the floor and Palmer won the game 25-20.
Through two-thirds of the fourth game, the victory was there for either team to take.
Pagosa nabbed the early lead, 5-1, as Forrest and Jewell stuffed a Terror attacker; Walkup killed twice and Scott put a ball to the floor from the middle. Then the Terrors roared back, taking advantage of the weak backcourt to score seven unanswered points.
Kelley put a ball down inside the block and Forrest scored from outside. Palmer responded with five consecutive points and had a 15-7 advantage.
Scott responded with a kill, then hit an ace. Each team committed an error before Jewell smacked a ball out off a blocker's hands for a point.
Palmer led 18-11 when Faber put a serve receive of a jump serve across the net to the feet of the Palmer defenders. A Terror was called into the net, but the visitors killed from outside to go ahead 19-14.
The Pirates then put together an excellent run to draw within one point of their Colorado Springs opponents.
Walkup muscled a ball to the floor from outside and Buikema had a serve hit the top of the net and fall to the Palmer side of the court. The Terrors got a point on a touch then gave up two points with errors. Walkup put an ace to the floor in the corner and Faber killed cross-court. Pagosa trailed 20-19.
At that point, Palmer found it's outside attack again and scored twice. A Pirate block produced a point, but the Terrors responded with two kills and had a 24-20 lead.
In rally scoring, it is tough to get to the end game several points behind and manage a rally for the win. Any success by the leader, or any mistake on your side of the court, is deadly. Palmer gave away two points to the Pirates with mistakes but a Pagosa net violation gave away the game, 25-22, and ended the match.
"The girls were disappointed with the loss," said coach Penné Hamilton. "But I told them they won in some respects, in terms of making progress. They won in that they improved their serve receive from what it was against Cortez and they were hitting more consistently as a group."
Hamilton is acutely aware of weaknesses that must be tended - serving errors (nine against the Terrors) - and a successful search for that missing backcourt.
"I want to see improvement in our weaker areas," she said. "When we play Kirtland, I want to see better back-row defense, better serve-receive and better blocking."
The opportunity to take a step up comes tonight, as Kirtland comes to town from New Mexico for C, junior varsity and varsity matches.
Pagosa took on the Broncos last season, losing in New Mexico. The Broncos featured two tall middle hitters last year, but little is known about the current team.
The C team matches begin at 4 p.m. at the high school gym.
The first Intermountain League match of the season for the Pirates takes place Saturday at the PSHS gym as Monte Vista takes on Pagosa in the first of two regular season matches. Action begins with C teams clashing at 4 p.m.
Pagosa travels to Bayfield Sept. 21 to meet the Wolverines in another IML matchup, with C teams playing at 4.
Kills/attacks: Walkup 8-18, Forrest 5-12, Faber 5-16
Assists: Kelley 17
Solo blocks: Faber 2, Forrest 2
Ace serves: Buikema 5
Digs: Kelley 3
Girls take second, boys 10th at Pueblo meet
By Tess Noel Baker
Pirate cross country teams faced some of the top competition in the state Saturday and came away looking tough.
Both the girls' and boys' teams went up against 4A and 5A schools, finishing in the top 10 for team events. The girls actually finished in the top two, finishing second behind Mullen, a 4A powerhouse.
Setting the tone for Pagosa Springs, junior Emilie Schur finished second overall with a time of 20 minutes, 37 seconds.
"When the gun went off, Emilie and Jennifer Jones, of Mullen, took off at what I thought was a crazy pace, but Emilie ran a really strong race and finished just 10 seconds behind the winner," coach Scott Anderson said. The race winner was Jones. Mullen also took home the team title.
"I think the race helped Emilie answer some questions within herself and she's ready to have a stellar season the rest of the year," Anderson said.
Sophomore Laurel Reinhardt crossed the finish in 10th place with a time of 21:20, running "a superb race," Anderson said. "She's just an incredible athlete."
Heather Dahm, a junior, was the third Pirate finisher, claiming 16th in 22:41. She was followed, two seconds later, by sophomore Jen Shearston in 17th.
"They ran together the whole race," Anderson said, with Dahm helping to pull her teammate along.
"When you can do that, help a teammate go deeper than they thought they could have - that's just beautiful to watch," Anderson said.
The fifth runner for Pagosa Springs, Rachel Watkins, a senior, crossed the finish in 33rd with a time of 25:03, a personal best.
Anderson said a sixth varsity runner, the tiebreaker under 5A scoring used Saturday, was scheduled to attend. However, a disciplinary issue prior to leaving Pagosa, left the Pirates with just five.
Also competing one runner short, the Pirate boys pulled out a 10th-place team showing in Pueblo, finishing second among 3A schools.
Anderson said only four boys traveled to the invitational. To complete the team score, officials allowed Pagosa a fifth-place score using last place, plus one. Still, the Pirates managed to take 10th.
"As a group, they ran really well," Anderson said, adding that he was pleased with how the team handled a large, fast meet similar to what they will face later in the year.
Otis Rand led the team, finishing 21st in 19:32. Anderson said Rand a "beautiful, even-paced race. He was able to pick up and move up as the race went on."
Rand was followed by junior Orion Sandoval who crossed the finish in 27th place with a time of 19:43. Sophomore Riley Lynch ran his race in 20:27 to cross the line in 42nd place. Isaiah Warren, a freshman, completed Pagosa's effort, finishing 64th with a time of 22:00.
Both teams will face their next tests Saturday in Shiprock.
Anderson said the New Mexico course is generally fast with one significant up hill and one extremely steep downhill.
"It will be a good chance for us to see how we match up with some of the better schools in New Mexico," Anderson said.
It's also a great spectator course. Using binoculars, the audience can watch with runners race along a ridgeline with Shiprock in the background. Junior Varsity races begin at 10:30 and 11 a.m. Varsity girls take off at 11:30 a.m. and the boys are set to go at noon.
Basalt Longhorns gore Pirates 10-0
By Richard Walter
They came into the game ranked in the top three spots in the state depending on which poll you like to honor.
And the Basalt High School soccer team left no doubt in the minds of Pagosans Saturday that they deserve that lofty billing.
Working with the kind of precision rarely seen in Class 3A Colorado soccer, the Longhorns used their home field to deliver a lesson in teamwork to the young Pirates, scoring a 10-0 whitewash.
They didn't wait long to get the lead they would never relinquish, scoring on the second possession of the game.
The marker came a 1:06 from senior midfielder Cyrus Eaton off a crossing lead from junior John Paul Fitzpatrick.
After Jesse Morris stopped an ensuing Basalt drive, Pagosa's Shon Webb had one of the few Pirate shots on goal, a 25-yarder from deep left that was corralled by Basalt keeper Jamie Wirkler.
Basalt's Mitch Reed hit the left corner post on a kick from 12 to Josh Stuckwish's right and the Pirate keeper the stopped a rebound attempt by Felipe Sanchez.
At 9:12, Webb's next bid to put Pagosa on the boards was stopped by Wirkler. His outlet pass to Dennis Morgan set up a crossing lead to Sanchez wide open. But Levi Gill, back in action after a one-game red card penalty, stopped the drive with an 8-yard dive.
The endless Longhorn pressure created a Pagosa turnover inside the defensive zone gave Basalt a 2-0 lead at 13:58 when Brett Boyle gobbled up the loose ball at midfield and drove unimpeded for the goal against Stuckwish.
Pagosa again lost possession on the inbound action and after a Gill block, Basalt hiked the lead to 3-0 on a goal by freshman Mat Schoeller at 14:20.
Just one minute and 40 seconds later, at the 16-minute mark, Sanchez drilled one from 15 that caromed off a defender and past Stuckwish reacting to the initial path and the score was 4-0.
On the next play, at 16:12, the score climbed to 5-0 when Schoeller stole the ball at midfield and led sophomore Ryan Zubizaretta perfectly for the score.
Five goals surrendered in less than 17 minutes and the Pirates were back on their heels.
But they weren't about to quit. Kevin Blue broke loose on a rare Basalt passing mistake but was blocked by Wirkler. Stuckwish made a save and Keith Pitcher had a shot block. At 23:38, Webb's shot was stopped by Wirkler. Three saves by Stuckwish, a block and a block-takeaway by Gill thwarted Basalt attacks, but at 35:49 Schoeller, again unassisted on an unimpeded breakaway, scored to give Basalt a 6-0 lead.
Two more Stuckwish saves a block by Gill brought the game to halftime and the Pirates some welcome rest.
Basalt changed keepers for the second half, putting sophomore Reto Luzi in the nets.
After a pair of attack blocks by Gill, the Longhorns switched to the opposite wing and Sanchez found the path to goal wide open for the home team's seventh goal at 43:18.
The Pirates had a rare scoring chance four minutes later when Blue's header hit the crossbar.
Sanchez again bit the Pirates at 52:29, again unassisted, to widen the margin to 8-0.
Four Stuckwish saves and two Gill blocks filled the next several minutes of action before Webb was stopped on a breakaway at 77:21.
Just 25 seconds later, Schoeller scored on a header off a corner kick. With three minutes left in the game, Sanchez picked up the final score and a 10-0 margin. With the short time remaining, the mercy ruling was waived and Basalt cut its on-field contingent to seven.
Pagosa got only one shot against the short-handed Longhorns, a drive by Gill that was stopped.
The loss dropped Pagosa to 0-4 on the season with the first three league games coming up in the next five days.
The Pirates host Crested Butte at 4 p.m. Friday, go on the road for a 1 p.m. game in Ridgway Saturday and come home to meet Bayfield at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Shots on goal, B-31, P-10; Saves, Stuckwish, P-17 Wirkler, B-6; Luzi, B-2. No penalty cards.
Pirates spot Roaring Fork 3-0 lead; rally in 3-2 loss
By Richard Walter
You ride a bus for six hours through construction delays, rain and narrow highways to get to a soccer game after crossing three mountain passes and you are - take your choice - tired, cramped, hungry or all of the above.
That was the scenario Sept. 10 for the Pagosa Springs Pirates when they arrived in Carbondale to play Roaring Fork.
The stiffness, and the fact two key starters were missing, showed early, though the first two shots on goal were by Pirates Moe Webb and Keegan Smith, both drives sailing over the net.
Pagosa, playing without all conference sweeper Levi Gill, out one game for a red card at Cortez, and without right wing Chris Baum, out with torn ligaments for at least three more weeks, had trouble recognizing early Ram plays.
Jesse Morris made a pair of key blocks for Pagosa in the fifth minute, and Josh Stuckwish, in goal in place of veteran Caleb Forrest, had a stop at the 10-minute mark.
But Ram senior striker Miguel Montdragon broke the scoreless tie scoring unassisted on a breakaway at 12:10 off a botched midfield outlet pass by Pagosa.
To their credit, the young Pirates came right back with Kevin Blue's drive off a cross from Caleb Ormonde hauled in by Ram senior keeper Will Cappa.
The home team made the score 2-0 at 15:15 when senior wing Emmanual Mireles scored on a turf-topper from 20 yards on the left wing, after Stuckwish fell moving to defensive position.
For 16 ensuing minutes there was no scoring, both teams working ball control offenses and looking for seams to attack.
Moe Webb was stopped twice in that span, once being run down from behind on a play in which there was no call and the second time on a save by Cappa. Morris picked up another block and Chi Hoon Lee had a pair of fine midfield offensive moves leading to scoring chances by Pagosa wings that were turned away.
But, at 30:59, Mireles scored on a direct kick from 20 after a Pirate penalty, giving the Rams a 3-0 lead as the Pirates continued to struggle to find a consistent offense.
The best Pirate scoring chance in the first half came at 38:19 when Keegan Smith's corner kick set up a header by Ormonde in front of the goal that was tipped over the top by Cappa.
Then Kevin Blue's drive from the right middle hooked into the net just outside the post. Then with 30 seconds left in the half, Blue broke free again, only to see his breakaway bid turned aside by Cappa.
As the clock wound down, Smith found Webb breaking from the left wing but his chip over the defense was a stride to far for the Pirate attacker, leaving the score 3-0 at the break in favor of Roaring Fork.
After Stuckwish made a stop on Junior wing Abe Flores to open the second half, the Pirate offense seemed to awaken.
Two minutes and 14 seconds into the frame, Shon Webb's crossing lead to brother Moe was right on target but Cappa was up to the challenge.
Then Jesse Morris rose repeatedly to the task at hand, blocking two shots before they reached Stuckwish and stopping two more Ram drives with intercepts.
The last of those paid off when he controlled after the takeaway, hit Moe breaking up the middle and backed up as Shon took a drop from his older brother and ripped it past Cappa to put Pagosa on the boards at 3-1 at 51:27.
After a penalty kick from the 40 sailed over the nets for Roaring Fork, the Pirate prowl was underway again.
This time the Webb brothers on a Shon-to-Moe-to-Shon give-and-go saw the latter's shot go wide right.
Morris had another block and Stuckwish a pair of saves before Moe Webb missed a glorious opportunity to cut the lead, hitting the left post from 20 yards.
Two more saves by Stuckwish and an outlet pass to Blue set the stage for another Pirate drive but Cappa made the stop. Smith's chip over the top to Ormonde on a penalty kick was a stride too far and Moe Webb then drew a yellow card for interference at 75:48.
After a pair of injuries halting the clock for a total of 3 minutes 15 seconds, Shon Webb stole a Ram pass on the right wing, deked inside, went back to his right and then shifted back to drive on goal, drilling in a liner to cut the lead to 3-2 with 1:02 left in the game by sideline watches. With the injury time added, it appeared Pagosa would have a shot at least to tie in regulation.
But, for some reason, no injury time was allowed after regulation and time ran out with the Pirates losing 3-2.
Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason was proud of his team's comeback in the second half, but felt "we shouldn't have been in that position.
"We let them get too many uncontested attacks early," he said, "and they took advantage of our mistakes."
The loss dropped the Pirate record to 0-3 for the season.
Shots on goal, RF-19; P-12; Saves, RF-Cappa, 13; P-Stuckwish, 10; Scoring: 12:10, RF, M. Montdragon, unassisted; 15:15, RF-Mireles, unassisted; RF-Mireles direct kick; 51:25, P-Shon Webb, assist Moe Webb; 78:58, Shon Webb, unassisted; Cards, one yellow each team.
Pirate golfers finish seventh in 13-team Monte Vista tourney
By Richard Walter
By Richard Walter
High school golf scheduling has some drawbacks, not the least of which is continual travel and changing playing times.
It gets confusing both for players and coaches, but there can be a silver lining as Pagosa proved Sept. 8.
Because of a communication failure, the Pagosa team showed up in Monte Vista Tuesday for a scheduled tournament.
On arrival, they found it had been changed to Wednesday. Not wanting to keep players out of class for three consecutive days, as might have happened, Pagosa opted to take a totally different squad to Wednesday's outing, players who had been working hard in practice but who, with one exception, had not made a road trip.
The Pirates finished seventh in a field of 13 teams, shooting a team total 303. Monte Vista won its own tournament with a 239 team score.
Pacing the Pirates with a 99 was Clayton King. Right behind at 100 was Josh Pringle and shooting 104 for third on the squad was Cody Thull.
The fourth Pirate playing, Michael Spitler, came in at 108. With only the top three scores counting for team total, Spitler's was the odd score out.
Tom Riedberger, assistant coach, took the squad for the day when coach Mark Faber was unable to attend.
"The kids played really well considering it was their first exposure (except for Spitler) to the pressures of tournament play," Riedberger said.
Noting the team lost all its seniors last year, and has a new group fighting for playing time this year, he said, "We need to get these youngsters as much playing time as possible while growing the program. We'll have to depend on them in the future and the more experience they get the better our program will be."
This week finds the Pirates in two more road tournaments, both in Montrose. Today they are scheduled to participate in the Black Canyon Invitational and Friday will compete in the Cobble Creek Invitational.
Those are the regular season closing events, with regional play coming up next.
LungBuster a success, plans being made for a repeat in 2005
By Carole Walters
Special to The SUN
LungBuster 2004 was a great success.
The event, held Sept. 11, was a one-day adventure race attracting participants from the Four Corners region.
Adventure-racing is one of the fastest growing sports and attracts men and women who have expendable income and are "into" the outdoors. Pagosa Springs not only provided the perfect venue for the race, it has likely become a destination to which many the racers and their support crews will return because they have discovered what a great place this is.
The race started at 6:30 a.m. from the Wolf Creek Ski Area parking lot and racers endured a 13-mile run/trek, switched to mountain bikes for 25 miles, then finished with a six-mile paddle on the Beaver Creek Reservoir. Many of the racers also completed an option to summit a mountain along the way.
Team Bad Medicine - Jay Jackson and Jeff Sprout, from Evergreen - finished in first place with a time just under 7 hours, a blistering pace, considering the terrain and distance covered.
They were actually behind Team Epic Adventure by about three minutes throughout the race but passed Epic Adventure in the last lap on the water. Epic Adventure was second, five minutes behind Bad Medicine. The team, Jason Taylor and Carrie O'Hara, is from Albuquerque.
Third place went to Team Steve "T" - Scot and Lillian Davis, from Mancos.
The competition was tough: two of the racers had a total of three Eco-Challenges in their race resumés. All the racers had a great time and loved the course, which bodes well for the First Annual LungBuster. Plans are underway to decide on the date for 2005.
Importantly, this race brought people to the area who had never been here before. They stayed in local accommodations, ate in local restaurants and shopped in stores. Everyone loved the town and the area and has promised to come back.
Anyone interested in finding out more about adventure racing and LungBuster Adventures, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 731-2829.
Canine guests unwelcome at youth sporting events
By Joe Lister Jr.
Parents, please be considerate and do not bring your pets to town-sponsored recreation events.
We have these rules in place for many reasons. One is that the school does not allow pets on athletic fields; it is a safety issue, focused on everything from dogfights to allergies, and on infectious diseases that can be carried in pet feces.
As recreation professionals, our staff needs to be concerned with the children, referees and other safety issues; please do not put us in the position of having to police the area for errant pets. To many dog owners, it is a way to get some fresh air, and let the dog run around, but we can not have dogs at these events, and still abide by our agreement with the schools.
I personally have witnessed dogs taking care of business on the playing fields, and the owners either ignoring or not seeing what is going on. I have also rescued a dog tied in the back of a pickup that had jumped out, hanging there in midair as the owner was too far away to notice.
The easiest thing for everyone is to not bring their pets. This holds for Town Park as well.
We have a facilities agreement with the schools by which they use the Town Park soccer field for physical education classes and junior high football practice. Dogs are not welcome on the town soccer field.
This year's annual Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Conference is being held in Breckenridge. Myles Gabel and I will attend Sept. 21-24. At these conferences vendors and educators are available for workshops, and it is a great place to ask questions of other recreation professionals with similar problems and solutions.
The recreation staff is looking into hosting a four-person, co-ed tournament along with a non-profit group as a fund-raiser. The idea is to add another activity to our calendar, along with providing a great way to involve volleyball or basketball clubs in raising money for their respective organizations.
We are in the planning stages, but watch future articles for updates.
We welcome volunteers to help with a skate park day.
We plan to purchase new surfacing material, shore up the frames and put down a material that is especially made for skate boarding. A Drumlite material, very similar to Skatelite, will be purchased in the next few weeks. We would like anyone interested in helping to call me at 264-4151, Ext. 231.
Any service group willing to have a work day is welcome and we may tie in a skate party after the work session, with refreshments.
More parent tips
Robert P. Lockwood, another recreation professional, offers a few more tips for the parents of our budding athletes
All parks and recreation departments stress a recreational atmosphere in youth sports. We feel these points sum up a recreational attitude for sports.
1. Don't act like a jerk in front of your kids: While in the stands at a game, refrain from behavior that is silly, boorish or abusive. Simple rule: we don't do anything in the stands that we would not do in front of our child in any other place.
2. Sports Algebra: Sports are fun for us and our children in an inverse relation to the importance we put on it. The more serious our attitude toward our children's participation in sports, the less fun it becomes - for us and the kids.
3. We know that this is true, but let's act like we know it is true: Our children may not play professional sports. Our children may not win athletic scholarships to college. Period. Enjoy what they can do and forget your own fantasies.
4. Know who is playing: We are not out there on the field. These are our children playing the game, not us. How our children perform in an athletic endeavor has nothing to do with our self-esteem. It is unfair for our children if we feel - and act as if their athletic performance is somehow a reflection on us.
5. Other people's kids are still kids: Especially when children are young, remember that these are just kids trying to have some fun under difficult circumstances (namely being watched by adults). The other team isn't some collective "enemy" - it is just a bunch of other people's kids in different uniforms. Treat them as kindly as we want our child treated by other adults.
6. Take the pulse regularly: Are our children having fun engaging in organized sports activity? Check regularly. Especially at the elementary level; there is only one reason to have our children involved in athletic activities: because it is fun.
7. If you don't have something positive to say, don't say it: The last thing our kids need is a detailed rerun after a game of why they struck out. If they did something well, celebrate it. If something bad happened and they want to talk about it, talk about it - but only to build the child up and put things into proper perspective.
8. You are supposed to have fun, too: If the "fun" only depends on a win, or on how well our children have performed, then we have got to reexamine our whole attitude. At the end of a game - win or lose - a good time should have been had by both you and your child. If that's not the case most of the time, then something is seriously wrong.
9. Every kid is his or her own kid: Some kids like sports, some don't. Some kids are good at sports, some aren't. And it doesn't depend on whether we liked sports or were good at sports. Every child is a unique gift. We never want to define a kid's worth by the level of skill on a playing field.
10. Have fun watching your child have fun
We continue to look for business sponsorships for Youth Soccer which has grown so much this year that the teams have surpassed our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our youth soccer teams, the low, low price of $150 includes plaque with team picture, signage and designation in The SUN, plus the sponsorship is tax deductible. Call Myles Gabel at 264-4151, Ext. 232 if interested.
Hiring soccer referees
The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department needs individuals interested in officiating soccer. High school students may apply. Compensation is $10 - $25 per game depending on age group and experience.
Fall volleyball leagues
Fall leagues are right around the corner. Start putting your teams together now for the upcoming season.
Managers are currently meeting to assemble four-person coed leagues. Play will begin in late September/early October so get your teams together today.
Post softball meeting
The goal of the recreation department is to meet the wellness needs of our community. To this end, we would like to schedule a meeting of anyone who wants to have input into our adult softball leagues in the future.
Please put in writing any item you would like to see added to an agenda, bring to Town Hall or e-mail email@example.com.
We will compile these agenda items and schedule a general meeting for all to attend in the near future. It is our hope that we will be able to present a softball program that everyone has a part in helping to make enjoyable and successful.
Thanks to everyone who has made the effort to return their children's team uniforms from this past basketball and baseball/T-ball season.
Unfortunately, there are still many uniforms that have not been returned. If we must purchase new jerseys next year, our fees will have to be increased for your children's programs. If your children still have their basketball or baseball jerseys/pants, please return them to the recreation department as soon as possible.
For answers to any questions or for additional information concerning any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department sports programs, contact Myles Gabel, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 232, or 946-2810 from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fitzhugh's kind of issue
When the community lost Fitzhugh Havens last week, it lost one of a rare breed. There are few like him. Fitz was a man who knew his own mind, knew what he believed and knew why he believed it. He had a clarity about him that allowed him to take strong stands on issues. Like his opinion or not, one could not claim it was poorly reasoned or incompletely expressed. He argued in a muscular manner and, in our experience, he argued in a civil manner.
When Havens disagreed with you, he would battle you relentlessly. When it was over, win or lose, he would shake your hand. The meanness or rudeness that is common in contemporary discourse did not mark the collision. Havens was an honorable man.
There were topics that were sure to grab his attention: taxes and spending. He opposed what he saw as wasteful government and he was a champion of the TABOR Amendment, advocating constraints on government revenue collection and spending, return of excess revenues to the taxpaying public. He would not compromise his point of view.
It is too bad he is not here to add his voice to what could be an interesting debate.
Tuesday, the board of the San Juan Water Conservancy District decided to take a debt increase and mill levy issue to voters living in or owning property in the district. The board will ask voters to approve $6 million in additional debt and to pay additional taxes in the amount of $600,000 per year (a proposed 2.69 mills). Further, the district will ask voters to "De-Bruce" the district, eliminating limits set by TABOR. The argument, of course, revolves around the concern of limited water storage and supply in the face of strong growth and potential drought. The board proposes to acquire land for a reservoir and to do so while land prices and interest rates permit the move.
Between now and November, we need information and discussion.
First, the board is asking for money to purchase land but does not specify where that land is or what the cost might be. Tell us where it is, who owns it and how much it will cost.
Second, what happens should a land deal fall through but the tax increase pass?
Third, before we vote we need to examine the relationship between water and growth. Specifically, we need to analyze the presupposition that growth will inevitably proceed at a significant rate and therefore we must ensure we have the water available to deal with it.
Can we not also look at water as a growth management tool? Is it possible that, without massive amounts of additional water, growth can be managed more effectively? Is it possible that providing more water opens the door to rapid growth? If so, do we want a future in which some predict a county population of 50,000 or more? Is it possible restraining development of storage and treatment capacity might allow growth to be shaped with a finer hand? Maybe yes, maybe no. Let's talk about it.
If the district needs to De-Bruce, tell us why. Is it to allow for collection of various kinds of revenues for infrastructure development once land is acquired? What else? Tell us. Be specific.
We need to consider these and other things before we come to a conclusion and vote.
We don't yet have answers to the questions, but Fitz would. We know where he would stand regarding taxes and where he would stand regarding any change, no matter how small, to TABOR.
It's a shame - agree with him or not - that he won't be sitting down tomorrow, firing off a letter, speaking his peace, getting the discussion on track.
Who do you call on the road?
By Richard Walter
In another time, another place, the need might not be so evident. We do, after all, have 9-1-1 availability.
But that is for emergencies and what I'm about to discuss is the emergency yet to happen.
You've all seen a crazy driver passing in a no passing zone, weaving in and out of the lanes, speeding like mad to get back before oncoming traffic.
You get part - or all - of a license number and are determined to report the other driver's actions.
But, who do you call?
Do you tie up a 9-1-1 operator who is also a regular dispatcher to report something which could but has not yet happened?
Seems to me the proper place to report such action is the police agency with jurisdiction in the area where the errant behavior was observed.
Still, the place to call is not obvious unless you are aware of the geographical boundaries of the county, town, city or tribal land you are driving.
I think the county boundary signs posted at every change of jurisdiction should also carry an emergency telephone number for reporting menaces on the roadway, sighting of fire and or smoke, serious accidents or parades of livestock which have broken free of their fenced areas - to mention only a few.
The state has a new roadside memorial marker plan, revealed last week, which allows families of traffic fatality victims to mark the location - for $100 - with a sign saying "Please Drive Safely in Memory of ..." followed by the victim's name.
Many of those victims might not have been killed if witnesses to erratic behavior had known who to call. A killer on the roadway might have been pulled over before a fatal collision could take place.
As you begin to see these markers across the state, keep in mind the more there are, the more accidents have been recorded. In some cases a single call to the right authority might have prevented multiple tragedy.
Those of us who live in Archuleta County know to dial 264-2131 to reach sheriff's (and town) dispatch. But what if you're driving across the state, in Montrose or Custer County? Who do you call then when you see something in a rural area?
A simple county limits sign with an emergency service number on it would solve the problem everywhere in the state.
Sure, you can pull off at the first residence or business you come to and ask the number of the closest law enforcement agency. But, in many rural areas, that might be miles from the spot where you witnessed the event you need to report.
There are pockets right here in Archuleta County where cell phones do not work. You need access to a land (telephone) line where your call can go through, if you know who to call.
Don't want to get involved?
Afraid your call will make you a target?
Do you want one of those new roadway markers to carry your name?
90 years ago
Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era files of Sept. 25, 1914
There are places in our sidewalks that are a positive menace to life and limb - a damage suit would be the logical result.
Monday Frank Matthews brought us a few enormous specimens of potatoes raised on the Lee Minium Ranch in O'Neal Park.
School is progressing nicely with a large attendance.
Bumper crops seem to concern people of this vicinity more than politics.
The youngest child, a tiny boy, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCoy died Wednesday in South Pagosa at 7 o'clock p.m. of pneumonia and cholera infantum.
J.C. Graham purchased a new spring wagon and is enjoying himself immensely.
75 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Sept. 20, 1929
The court house hot water well has been completed, the well cased and the water is now being utilized to heat the court house. The well was drilled to a depth of 149 feet, providing a good flow of water with a temperature of 131 degrees.
There are about two hundred thousand inmates of our penitentiaries. This shows that many a boy is not born with a desire to cultivate a strong will power or with desire to make a man of himself.
John Crook, who is in charge of the biological survey work in this section, was an official visitor to Pagosa Springs last week. He states that he now has four trappers at work exterminating predatory animals between the Yellowjacket and Continental Divides.
50 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Sept. 17, 1954
School opened in the local schools on Monday of this week with a record attendance of 537 in the town system. This is in comparison with 474 at the same time last year.
Two officials of the Dell Publishing Company are currently visiting at the Red Ryder Ranch as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harman as the result of winning a contest. The company is the publisher of the Red Ryder comic magazine as well as a large number of pocket editions of fiction. Each summer sees many visitors of this type at the Red Ryder Ranch with the result that Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County receive some very nice publicity. Harman's efforts result in hundreds of tourists visiting here each year.
25 years ago
Taken from SUN files of Sept. 20, 1979
New snow on surrounding mountains last Friday gave an indication that fall is here. There is a chill in the air mornings and evenings, and it won't be many weeks until snow will cover the mountains. The snow last Friday quickly melted in most places and was not enough to start any big game migrating to lower elevations.
Enrollment at the local schools is now up to 957 students and new students are being enrolled almost daily. There are space and transportation problems, but they are being handled at present. There seems to be no pattern to former locations of new students, they are coming from everywhere and are mainly enrolling in elementary and high school grades.
New program combines skills, therapy to help clients reach self-sufficiency
By Tess Noel Baker
Another tool in the toolbox. One that might help people facing multiple barriers to self-sufficiency break down the walls.
That's what members of the Archuleta County Department of Human Services, the Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center and Colorado Works are hoping to achieve with a new program coming to Pagosa Springs in October.
It's called dialectical behavior therapy - an evidence-based treatment program that combines a balance of change, skills education and validation or acceptance to help individuals facing a combination of issues that might keep them from successes, such as holding down a job.
Pamela Wise Romero, senior vice president of outpatient and emergency services for Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, said DBT, originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan in the late 1970s, has been used for many years in the Midwest, but is only recently taking hold in Colorado.
"Suddenly, it's kind of blossoming in the state," she said. Originally developed to address problems in adults with borderline personality disorder, DBT is now also directed at both adults and adolescents with "multiple diagnostic issues." This could include: domestic violence issues, limited educational opportunities, mental health issues or substance abuse, among others.
Clients are screened before being accepted into the program and adults are asked to make a six-month commitment. The adolescent program is 16 weeks long. Once accepted, a client attends a weekly skills training group meeting as well as weekly meetings with an individual coach or therapist. In adolescent groups, the parents or family unit are involved, too. Therapists, coaches, skills group leaders and program supervisors come together in another weekly meeting to maintain balance.
"This is a very structured program," said Diane Semerak, outpatient therapist for Southwest Colorado Mental Health in Pagosa Springs, and skills training group leader here. "It's very comprehensive."
It also helps level the playing field between therapist or coach and client, Jaime Blechman, another skills group leader, said.
"While we might be facilitating the training sessions, we're also learning right along with them," he said.
The skills portion of the program focuses on four areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Wise Romero gave some examples.
Mindfulness skills help a person to "be in the moment and use the resources you have to make the best decision for you and those around you."
Interpersonal effectiveness skills center on asking for things wanted or needed in an appropriate way. It also means learning to say no, and distress tolerance means learning to accept the stress of a situation and deal with it before change happens.
A key element of the program, she said, is "willingness to practice." Clients are given worksheets to fill out detailing their attempts to practice the skills they've learned. The idea is that some of the behaviors are linked to a lack of skills. Only once those skills are developed over time and with practice can the behavior change.
And, said Wise Romero, although the program isn't a quick-fix or a sure-fix for every client, positive results have been recorded in La Plata County's DBT program since its inception 18 months ago.
"Some people report being able to stay in a community environment instead of requiring a higher level of care - usually a hospitalization," she said. "Several adults said they got through their first year without needing a higher level of treatment through this program - and they felt like there was a good chance they will not need to be hospitalized in the future." Some, who hadn't been able to work were able to return to the job market, becoming more self-sufficient.
Of course, Wise Romero said, it all depends on the clients willingness to honor the six-month commitment and to practice the skills learned.
Erlinda Gonzales, director of Archuleta County Department of Human Services, said several employees are training to be DBT "coaches" in an effort to help people change their behaviors before assistance options run out.
Gonzales said Colorado Works and other programs have a 60-month lifetime benefit limit. Some people simply aren't able to become self-sufficient in that time, for one reason or another.
"We want to give people more than the Band-Aid," she said. "We want to help them find out why they're having the same problems over and over." She's hoping DBT might be one manner of doing that.
DBT programs are being introduced in Archuleta and Montezuma counties this fall through a state grant, part of a collaborative youth and family support program. In Archuleta County, an adult group will be added first, followed by an adolescent program in the future. Training began a little over a month ago.
Semerak said the team is aiming to begin meeting with clients the first or second week in October. All clients will be screened to make sure the program is a fit. They will be asked to make the six-month commitment. A room and childcare services for the skills group was donated by the Community United Methodist Church.
Anyone interested in learning more about the DBT program or other services offered by Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center should call 264-2104.
Common Martinez name
derived from Martín Serranos
By John M. Motter
Last week we began to learn of the settlement of Abiquiu, gateway to the San Juan Mountains and Pagosa Country during Spanish, Mexican, and even colonial times in Nueve Mexico.
We learned that the first attempts to settle Abiquiu were stopped by raiding bands of Indians, primarily Southern Utes. At that time, Abiquiu would have been the extreme northerly Hispanic frontier settlement.
Incidentally, there are many sources for obtaining this information including almost any New Mexico history survey. I choose to use "Pobladores," written by Frances Leon Quintana, because it bears specifically on Hispanic settlement of the Chama River Valley, the Tierra Amarilla area, and even old Rosa, now buried under Navajo Lake just below the Arboles Navajo Park Recreation Area.
Last week we learned that establishment of Abiquiu was finally accomplished by using Genizaro families. Genizaros were American Indians of various tribes sold as slaves by other Indians into Spanish households. Genizaros were given Spanish names, raised as Hispanics, and taught the Catholic religion. After a few years, in all outward appearances they seemed Hispanic. It seems safe to assume, therefore, that many Hispanic families living in the Chama River Valley carry the genes of Comanche, Apache, Kiowa or perhaps other Indian tribes.
One other aside deals with the name Martinez, probably the most common Hispanic name in New Mexico today, especially in Northern New Mexico.
According to Quintana, among the families returning from exile in 1692 under the leadership of de Vargas were a number of people with the surname of Martín Serrano.
Their most prominent member was Captain Sebastián Martín, who returned with his father, Pedro Martín Serrano de Salazar, and many other relatives to lands in the Cañada of Santa Cruz which they had occupied prior to 1680. Santa Cruz remains in a little mountain valley on the upper road between Española and Taos.
By 1714, Sebastián Martín had become alcalde (district magistrate) of Santa Cruz and had also been in possession of a land grant whose southern border was a league (about 2.6 miles) north of the San Juan Pueblo. In later years, he built a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Solitude on his grant at Río Arriba near present-day Alcalde. The chapel was the center of five small clusters of ranches on both sides of the Rio Grande.
The Martín Serranos continued to constitute a large segment of the population of the Río Arriba country and were prominent among the first settlers of grants west of the Rio Grande. From the eighteenth century to the present, about 20 percent of all families descended from Chama Valley pioneers have carried the Martín surname.
Early in the nineteenth century the name was changed to Martínez and a separate surname of Serrano appeared. Virtually the entire population of Río Arriba County can trace ancestry to Martín Serrano who returned with de Vargas in 1692.
It's taking awhile, but we're getting around to the settlement of Abiquiu and acquiring knowledge about the first Hispanic settlers in Northern New Mexico, the ancestors of most Hispanics living today in Pagosa Country.
The new settlers who came back with de Vargas knew how to grow native crops such as corn, beans and squash, and possessed skills in raising sheep, goats and other livestock.
Their numbers included masons, weavers, leather workers, blacksmiths, carpenters, shepherds and persons able to keep records in the absence of official notaries. They did not anticipate wealth and glory for their accomplishments. They did expect to receive the status of hildalgos de solar conocido - landed gentry.
Lands along the Santa Cruz River were soon overpopulated. New lands were sought along the Chama River and its tributaries, the Río del Oso, the Rito Colorado, Abiquiu Creek, Frijoles Creek, and the Polvadera-Chohuahueños-Cañones Creek drainage.
More next week on the establishment of Abiquiu and the lives of the first Hispanic settlers who occupied the gateway to Pagosa Country during pioneer times.
Date High Low Precipitation
Type Depth Moisture
ColorFest forecast: chance of wind, rain
By Tom Carosello
The good news: Early morning weather for Saturday's ColorFest balloon launch should be ideal.
The bad news: Weather for Sunday's Colorfest balloon launch may provide a few challenges.
Those are the latest weekend predictions according to Ellen Heffernan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.
"Saturday looks to start off clear and calm; it doesn't look bad," said Heffernan. "But Sunday we're looking at a higher possibility of southwest winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour with higher gusts around 20 miles per hour."
Also in the forecast for Sunday is a thin possibility for isolated showers, said Heffernan, though the chances for rain will be greatest in the afternoon and evening hours.
"We do have a moist trough moving across the Great Basin," said Heffernan, "and we could see some late shower activity across the higher terrain.
"But it's only a 20-percent chance," she concluded.
According to Heffernan, today calls for mostly-sunny skies, breezy conditions by afternoon, highs in the 70s and lows in the mid-30s.
Clear skies are forecast for Friday, along with highs around 80 and lows in the upper 30s.
Saturday calls for spotty clouds, light southwest winds, highs in the 70s and lows near 40.
The forecast for Sunday includes increasing winds, a 20-percent chance for afternoon showers, highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 30s.
There is a 20- to 40-percent chance for afternoon and overnight showers Monday-Wednesday. Highs each day should range from 65-75, while lows are predicted in the 30s.
The average high temperature recorded last week in Pagosa Springs was 77 degrees. The average low was 41. Moisture amounted to zero.
The Pagosa Ranger District rates the area fire danger as "moderate."
For updates on current fire danger and federal fire restrictions, call the Pagosa Ranger District office at 264-2268.
San Juan River flow through town ranged from a high of about 80 cubic feet per second to a low of approximately 35 cubic feet per second last week.
The river's historic median flow for the week of Sept. 16 is roughly 90 cubic feet per second.
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