March 8, 2007

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Search on for CEO

50 candidates vie for health district job

By Chuck McGuire
Staff Writer

The ongoing search for a Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of a hospital in Pagosa Springs is heating up and the Upper San Juan Health Service District is hopeful one will assume duties by May 1.
Meanwhile, the district awaits final acceptance of an offer extended to a Denver paramedic, to serve as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations Manager.
At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the district board of directors heard from Bill May, regarding progress on efforts to attract viable candidates for the CEO position. May reported significant progress in the undertaking, then presented the board with 50 resumes from interested applicants across the country.
As a paid consultant with many years experience in the medical field, May agreed to a lead role in the quest, and promptly submitted advertising with American College of Health Care Executives and the Colorado Hospital Association. Those ads, along with old-fashioned word-of-mouth marketing, produced prospects from as far as Hawaii. According to May, four or five are from various Colorado locations.
As part of his advertising blitz, May sought applicants with years of experience as a Critical Access Hospital CEO, including related financial and accounting skills. According to the ads, responsibilities will include hospital construction oversight, policies and procedures development, hospital licensing and certification, employee selection, and the actual opening and operation of the facility.
The USJHSD board initially asked May to conduct the CEO search, based primarily on his extensive medical background. In 1967, he entered the clinical side of hospital work as an orderly. Eventually, he became a respiratory therapist, then a physician's assistant, before finally moving into hospital administration by 1976. He has since served as hospital CEO for multiple facilities.
Over the past few years, May has worked with Hospital Corporation of America in Kansas City, Mo., and is now Vice President of Operations with Hospital Management Consultants, who own and/or manage several hospitals across the U.S. As a Las Vegas, N.M. resident, he is responsible for four other hospitals in Missouri and Oklahoma.
As the CEO search intensifies, May is performing much of the preparatory work for the hospital and its head job. He'll continue screening applicants and running background checks, while the district board hiring committee reviews resumes, conducts phone interviews and inevitably trims the list to five.
Following intense interviews, compensation negotiations and a public open house, a finalist will ultimately be offered the position. Upon acceptance, the hospital's first CEO will officially begin work, hopefully by May 1.
Even as the quest for a CEO continues, the search for a new district EMS Operations Manager has apparently ended. At Tuesday's meeting, district manager Pat Haney came before the board and asked approval of an offer he hoped to extend to Colorado Certified Paramedic Dave Bronson. Bronson was one of 20 applicants seeking the EMS head position, but only one of two actually interviewed.
Again, a seven-person hiring committee reviewed the applications before narrowing the list to four. Two of the four ultimately declined interviews, leaving just Bronson and David Bledsoe in the running.
Bronson currently works as an EMS Captain with Denver Health and Hospital Authority. He manages 180 staff members and oversees an operating budget of $13 million. With 27 years experience in emergency operations, he has worked in executive-level management and administration for 12 years. After 25 years in the city, he appears ready to relocate to Pagosa Springs.
As qualified as Bronson seems though, he was not exactly a shoe-in for the post. Haney said Bledsoe's resume was comparable to Bronson's, reflecting similar experience and achievements. "In the end," Haney said, "it was a very difficult decision."
At Tuesday's meeting, the district board unanimously approved Haney's offer of employment to Bronson, and by late Wednesday morning, Haney had spoken with Bronson by phone.
"We have just a few minor details to work out, but in principal, he's ready to go," Haney said, Wednesday afternoon.
Haney and the district board hope Bronson will take over the EMS reins April 1.
chuck@pagosasun.com

Development puts plant fix in question

By James Robinson
Staff Writer

State-approved modifications to the town's sewage treatment plant may have solved the town's compliance woes for the short term, but during Tuesday's meeting of the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District, town council members discovered just how short the short term is.
"As of tonight, we can only handle 100 new taps with current modifications until the new plant is completed," said Town Manager Mark Garcia. "That's 100 taps for the next year and half."
Garcia said the new sewage treatment facility was scheduled for start-up in December 2008.
In December 2006, the town faced the possibility of fines or a moratorium on the issuance of building permits when state water quality engineers learned the Pagosa Springs treatment plant exceeded its daily organic loading capacity on a number of occasions during 2005 and 2006.
"Organic loading" is a term engineers and waste water treatment professionals use to describe sewage intake at a treatment plant during the course of the day. Organic loading is measured in BODs.
In late January, the state approved modifications, and state water quality officials gave the town until April 15, 2007, to complete the task. Garcia said the project is on schedule.
Following Garcia's comments, council member John Middendorf expressed concern that the rate of development and subdivision approvals would soon far exceed the modified plant's capacity.
"At this rate, we're approving 400 homes per meeting," Middendorf said.
Pagosa Springs Town Council members serve in a dual capacity. They serve as town council members and as the board for the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District. Generally, town council meetings and sanitation district meetings are held back to back on the first Tuesday of the month.
In Middendorf's statement, he was referring to town council action just hours before that approved: the sketch plan for five units at the Sixth Street Townhomes project; the final plan for 38 townhomes at Sunridge Villas Planned Unit Development; the sketch plan for 119 single family lots at the Pradera Pointe Subdivision, and the preliminary plan for 218 units at the Dakota Springs Planned Unit Development.
According to town documents, the aforementioned projects are part of a hefty planning cue that includes 900 residential units at various stages in the planning process, with 231 units approved as of March 2007. Of the 900 units, 20 have been completed, with builders having obtained building permits for 54.
In addition, Blue Sky Village, a 187-unit development on U.S. 84 south of the rodeo grounds has sought inclusion into the sanitation district without annexing into the town, and those discussions are ongoing.
Garcia said the soon-to-be upgraded sewage plant should be able to process all the waste generated by projects being built, or scheduled for building in the near future, but as larger projects approach build-out, the current plant will be pushed to capacity.
"I'm sitting here thinking how do we handle this?" said council member Stan Holt. "If they all come on line, we'd be in a world of hurt."
Although Garcia remained optimistic, "I don't think we've hung ourselves out, not yet."
Briliam Engineering provided the 100-tap limit report, as part of an analysis to determine how the proposed modifications would play out during the interim between their installation and commissioning the new sewage treatment plant.
The report states the modifications could allow for between 75-100 new taps, although it does allow for a degree of restrained flexibility to meet demand, "Although this theoretical calculation of potential capacity shows a limited number of additional taps could be added, CDPHE (Colorado Department of Health and Environment) issued the organic limit adjustment as an interim approval pending construction of a larger WWTP, (waste water treatment plant) and did not contemplate a large addition to the current plant service population."
As possible solutions, Garcia suggested using the 100-tap cutoff as a guideline and said planning applications could be considered depending on the modified plant's performance.
"We could use that number to impose a self-imposed limit on the processing or approval of units," Garcia said.
Garcia said he will work closely with Briliam to ensure the 100-tap limit accurately reflects the capacity of the modified plant and to gauge the flexibility of the cap. He will then provide an update to council members.
james@pagosasun.com

Two appointed to airport board

By James Robinson
Staff Writer

The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners filled two vacancies on the airport advisory commission Tuesday.
With little discussion, current advisory commission chair Elmer Schettler received unanimous approval for reappointment, while Mark Weiler's reappointment vote went contested by Archuleta County Commissioner Robin Schiro. Archuleta County Commissioners Bob Moomaw and Ronnie Zaday voted in favor of Weiler's reappointment.
Both Schettler and Weiler have served on the airport advisory commission since January 2005.
Schiro said she cast a "nay" vote because advisory commission attendance records indicate Weiler missed 30 percent of advisory commission meetings between February 2005 and January 2007. Schiro said other entities, such as the Board of Realtors, allow a 20 percent absentee rate and that the advisory commission should follow suit.
Schiro cast her "nay" vote via telephone from Washington D.C. while attending a National Association of Counties (NACo) conference.
Schettler explained the advisory commission bylaws include an attendance policy that allows an advisory commissioner three unexcused absences per calendar year.
Schettler said Schiro asked him to compile the attendance data and did so based on the advisory commission's meeting minutes. However, he added that simple color-coded annotations in a spread sheet don't tell the entire story.
"The black and white, or pink and red, don't necessarily tell the entire story," Schettler said, "and in many cases commission members have contributed in other ways."
Schettler said attendance will likely be a topic of discussion at the advisory commission's next meeting.
"It's something I feel we need to discuss in depth, then set a policy and move forward with a policy," Schettler said.
Following the meeting, Zaday said Weiler's knowledge of marketing and the local business environment would add an important and necessary element to the advisory commission and she stood by her vote.
Weiler is president of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
"I feel he brings marketing background to the airport advisory commission, and we need that to find alternative income sources for the airport," Zaday said. "If we only ask retirees to fill these positions, it's not representative of the entire community."
Zaday added that, to her knowledge, Weiler had communicated with fellow advisory commission members when an absence was anticipated.
Commissioner Moomaw said, "Mark Weiler has great marketing skills - look at Parelli - and Elmer has done an excellent job running the board. Basically I felt they both have done a good job and warranted reappointment."
Although Schettler served previously as advisory commission chair, his reappointment doesn't necessarily re-secure the chair's post. The commission will elect a chair at their next meting.
In other airport business:
The board of county commissioners approved adoption of revised airport minimum standards.
Archuleta County Airport Manager George Barter said the new standards "replace a 1994 document that was woefully out of date."
The revised airport minimum standards will guide all Stevens Field operations from safety, to functions of the fixed base operator (FBO) and all commercial activities. The document requires Federal Aviation Administration and board of county commissioner approval.
The FAA is a 95-percent financial partner in the Archuleta County Airport.
james@pagosasun.com

Area snowpack down

By Chuck McGuire
Staff Writer

As much as we enjoy mild sunny weather, there is certainly a price to pay.
According to Scott Woodall, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the San Juan Basin snowpack fell further below average during the month of February.
As of Feb. 1, field personnel recorded the overall San Juan Basin snowpack at 86 percent of the long-term average. By March 1, however, it had fallen 7 percentage points to just 79 percent of average.
Further fueling local concerns over this year's local water supply, measurements from the Upper San Juan Sno-Tel site located west of the Wolf Creek Pass summit (at 10,130 feet in elevation), reflected an 85-percent average snowpack, Feb. 1. By March 1, it had fallen to 73 percent. Meanwhile, levels at the Wolf Creek Summit Sno-Tel site at 11,000 feet apparently fell from exactly average on the first of February, to 89 percent of average by March 1.
Consequently, from February to March, spring runoff predictions have dropped six percentage points, from an estimated 89 percent to 83 percent of average.
Across Colorado, the areas most in need of moisture finally received some in February, while those in the best shape have lost some ground. Statewide, the snowpack crept up slightly, from 91 percent of average Feb. 1, to 93 percent of average by March 1. Though still above average (111 percent), the South Platte Basin east of the Continental Divide has dipped from 128 percent since early February.
NRCS state conservationist Allen Green said, "Overall, February was a pretty good month for Colorado's snowpack conditions. We saw those in the greatest need see the largest improvements."
With March being the last critical month for high-country moisture, all eyes will be on the April 1 snowpack measurements. The weather forecast through the first half of the month, however, doesn't appear promising.
Only time will tell.
chuck@pagosasun.com

Inside The Sun

County moves ahead on two bridge projects

By James Robinson
Staff Writer

Tuesday's board of county commissioner contract approval gave the green light to begin engineering work for replacement of two ailing and aging county bridges - Pagosa Junction Bridge and Caracas Mesa Bridge.
Pagosa Junction Bridge is located on County Road 500 and traverses Cat Creek. The Caracas Mesa Bridge is on County Road 557 and traverses the San Juan River.
County engineer Sue Walan described the Pagosa Junction Bridge as "functionally obsolete" and explained it can handle regular traffic such as passenger cars or trucks as large as a United Parcel Service truck, but cannot accommodate large county road and bridge trucks such as gravel haulers.
Walan said the Caracas Mesa Bridge is the longest bridge in the county, and is restricted to vehicles weighing less than five tons. She added that the bridge is in severe disrepair, and if it degrades any further it will become classified as a pedestrian-only bridge.
"It's a scary bridge," Walan said.
Walan explained the $12,000 engineering contract with J-R Engineering will provide the county with the information necessary to understand the scope and cost of repairs.
In her presentation to the board of county commissioners, Walan said the firm was selected because its proposal was the most cost effective and the firm demonstrated a practical approach to reduce construction costs.
"We're trying to complete minimum repairs to bring the bridges back to standards," Walan said.
For example, at the Pagosa Junction Bridge, Walan said the county was shooting for a rehabilitation, patching and repair project that would work within the county budget and that road and bridge crews could undertake this summer. However, Walan said, should replacement be recommended in the engineering report, she anticipated a steep price tag and possibly a two-year timetable.
While the county awaits a prognosis on the Pagosa Junction Bridge, it appears the Caracas Mesa Bridge has an unanticipated ally - Energen - the Birmingham, Alabama-based oil and natural gas company.
According to Walan and Archuleta County Public Works Director Alan Zumwalt, Energen is particularly interested in the Caracas Mesa Bridge because the structure provides markedly quicker access for Energen drilling rigs seeking oil and gas fields in northern New Mexico. Without the bridge, Walan said, Energen trucks would have to traverse about 100 miles of poor dirt roads to reach project areas.
To that end, Walan said, Energen has pledged about $1 million over a 10-year period to replace the bridge, and Zumwalt and Archuleta County Administrator Bob Campbell are working out the details with Energen executives.
Archuleta County Commissioners Bob Moomaw and Ronnie Zaday voted in favor of the $12,000 engineering contract, while Commissioner Robin Schiro voted "nay."
Schiro said she wanted to wait until Energen had pledged, in writing, to pay for the Caracas Bridge portions of the engineering contract.
"From what I've read, we are committing to these funds. We're committing to funds that Energen hasn't promised in writing to pay for," Schiro said.
The Caracas Bridge portion of the engineering contract totals $6,750.
james@pagosasun.com

Health department offers HPV vaccinations

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer
The San Juan Basin Health Department in Pagosa Springs is offering a new vaccine to girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 19 to prevent transmission of four common types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting more than half of all sexually-active men and women at some point during their lives. It is estimated that 20 million people between 15 and 49 have at least one of the strains of the virus (which vary in seriousness). Of that 20 million, approximately one half are between the ages of 15 and 24.
The types of the virus that are prevented by the vaccine are responsible for approximately 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital wart outbreaks.
The CDC suggests the vaccine should be administered to girls between 11 and 12 years of age, since the vaccine is most effective before potential exposure. Since few women have been exposed to all four of the preventable strains of HPV, vaccination is advisable even after some exposure.
HPV is transmitted by sexual activity, including intercourse and other types of sexual contact. Most carriers do not know that they are infected.
The virus can remain viable on inanimate objects, such as clothing and environmental surfaces, but there is no confirmed case of human infection from such an object, according to the CDC.
The vaccine, which was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in June 2006, is effective against two strains that are the most common causes of cervical cancer (HPV 16 and HPV 18) and the two that most commonly cause genital warts (HPV 6 and HPV 11). However, there are more than 20 other common (but less regular) types of the virus that are not prevented by the vaccine.
Though the vaccine can prevent the vast majority of cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, it cannot prevent all potentially harmful HPV infections. Thus, the CDC recommends women to practice protective sexual behaviors, such as abstinence, monogamy and condom use, while continuing cervical cancer screenings (such as pap smears) on the regular schedule.
The HPV vaccine does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
The San Juan Basin Health Department in Pagosa offers immunization clinics every Monday between 2 and 5:15 p.m. by appointment. For complete vaccination, girls and young women must complete a series of three shots, the second coming two months after the first dose and third coming four months after the second. The HPV vaccine can be administered with other vaccines and costs $15 per shot.
louis@pagosasun.com

Leadership camp open to high school juniors

La Plata Electric Association is seeking high school juniors to participate in the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp - an all-expense paid educational/leadership camp set for July 15-20 at Glen Eden Resort. One representative from each area high school will be selected. Deadline for application is March 23.
Each summer, the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp brings together approximately 100 high school students selected by electric cooperatives in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming.
"The primary objective of the camp is to provide an educational experience for young people on the organization and operation of a cooperative," said Suzy Bynum, who is coordinating the effort for LPEA. "The best way to learn about cooperatives is to form one, and that is exactly what the students do. The seminars also build leadership skills that will assist students in meeting the challenges they will face in the future."
On Day One at camp, students form a "cooperative," like LPEA, and elect a board of directors. Each member of the cooperative is expected to take part in the workings of the co-op by seeking election to the board or by serving on one of the camp activity committees.
Students also participate in a hands-on legislative simulation and meet with several state congressmen and lobbyists. Additionally, excursions to the Craig Station Power Plant, Colorado's largest electricity generation station, and the Trapper Coal Mine, which supplies and powers Craig Station, are scheduled.
"Of course, there will be plenty of time for recreation and fun," said Bynum. "Glen Eden Resort, which is north of Steamboat Springs, has volleyball courts, a swimming pool, hot tubs and tennis courts. There will be nights by the campfire, dances, banquets, a visit to the Steamboat hot springs and pizza parties, plus a tram ride to the top of Mount Warner, as well as time to explore downtown Steamboat Springs."
Following Leadership Camp, participants are required to present a short report on their experience at the August or September LPEA board meeting, plus attend the LPEA Annual Meeting, Sept. 8.
"We are interested in honoring the selected students for their accomplishments," explained Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. "We're very proud of our leadership students and want to hear from them. We learn a lot from them too."
Applicants must be juniors enrolled at high schools within LPEA's service territory (Archuleta and La Plata counties), or may be home school students. Former Leadership Camp participants include, Rachel Schur from Pagosa Springs; Lia Vaughn from Bayfield; and Emily Bush and Tina Eversole from Durango.
"If you're ready to make new friends and enjoy the experience of a lifetime, be sure to submit your application," said Bynum.
Cooperative Leadership Camp application packets are available from high school counselors, at www.lpea.coop or in person at the LPEA offices in Pagosa Springs. Selection will be based on a 500-word essay on "leadership" and its role in students' lives, plus application information. To be eligible for consideration, applications must be submitted to the LPEA office in Durango by March 23.
For further information or questions, contact Bynum at (970) 382-3506, or sbynum@lpea.coop.

Humane Society finishes remodel, ready to build shelter

By Chuck McGuire
Staff Writer

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs recently completed a minor remodel of its thrift store at 269 Pagosa St. Sadly, while most modifications are born out of need for additional space, this one was necessary to curb theft.
The $4,000 dollar renovation, which included labor donated by five volunteers and two staff members, took approximately 175 man hours from start to finish, with most of the work performed on Sundays, when the store was closed.
The sales area on the ground level of the 11,000 square-foot building received the bulk of improvements, including an elevated checkout counter and ramp, new dressing rooms, carpet, and electronic surveillance equipment. Workers finished most of the project in January.
While the store is now brighter and better organized, it once suffered serious losses resulting from continuous thievery. In fact, when asked what motivated the society to renovate, executive director Robbie Schwartz explained, "The only reason we remodeled was to cut down on shoplifting."
Schwartz said the previous layout forced employees to turn their backs on customers in order to ring up sales, and estimated annual losses in the thousands of dollars. But now, with the raised checkout backing to the west wall of the showroom, staff can easily watch over the entire store.
The store entrance is also more visible, and five new cameras keep watch on patrons inside and out. Schwartz hopes they will also aid in reducing the accumulation of junk constantly left by inconsiderate "donors." Costs associated with that problem also total in the thousands of dollars.
The Pagosa Street location is the thrift store's third since 1995. Now in its seventh year there, the building houses retail sales, administration, storage, fund-raising and disaster supplies, and space for an emergency shelter. All retail profits benefit the society animal shelter.
Speaking of animal shelters, Schwartz and staff are now eagerly anticipating completion of a new shelter on Cloman Boulevard, with construction to begin soon.
The first of two Lefever Building Systems, Inc. buildings, which are insulated steel and concrete structures featuring attractive stucco exteriors, is scheduled for completion June 30. Schwartz hopes the second will be ready in a year, with one serving as an isolation center and the other an adoption center.
Schwartz chose not to disclose the estimated cost of the new shelter just yet, but indicated it would be significant. Perhaps the recent thrift store renovation will save the society significant sums of money, thus softening the blow of building a new shelter.
chuck@pagosasun.com

Pagosan seriously injured in crash

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

Joshua Ryan Postolese, 24, of Pagosa Springs, remained in serious condition at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango yesterday, with injuries suffered when he was ejected from his vehicle in a single-car roll-over accident near Arboles Tuesday, Feb. 27.
According to a Colorado State Patrol report, the accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Colo. 151 near milepost 15. Postolese was headed southbound toward Ignacio, when he drove his 1997 Toyota Rav4 off the right shoulder. The reports states Postolese overcorrected, went back onto the roadway, veered across the highway and off the left shoulder. Rotating nearly 180 degrees, the vehicle skidded down an embankment then began to roll, breaking through a fence, ejecting Postolese and colliding with two cedar trees before coming to a rest approximately 53 feet from the highway, resting on its wheels. Postolese was found 51 feet past his vehicle, 58 feet from the road. The report indicates he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Postolese was airlifted to Mercy and was later listed in serious condition, according to a hospital representative.
Corporal Randy Talbot of the CSP reported that alcohol is suspected as a factor in the accident, but added that results of a blood-alcohol test have not been received. Talbot said charges are pending.
louis@pagosasun.com

Law enforcement agencies sponsor handgun safety classes

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Police Department and Archuleta County Sheriff's Department will jointly sponsor a handgun safety class March 10, 17 and 24, which will allow participants to meet the handgun competency requirement for a concealed weapons permit.
Led by certified firearms instructors from the police department, the class will consist of four hours in the classroom and four hours on the shooting range. Enrollment will cost $50 per person, and individuals will need to provide their own handguns and at least 25 rounds of ammunition.
After completion of the class, participants will receive a certificate to demonstrate their competence with a handgun. If the individual meets other state requirements, he or she will be eligible to receive a concealed weapons permit from the sheriff's department, after the completion of a criminal background check.
For the permit, one must be 21 years old or older and without felony, domestic violence or perjury convictions. The applicant cannot chronically use alcohol or any controlled substances and must not be subject to a restraining order.
According to Sheriff Peter Gonzalez, there is already a waiting list for the first class. Those interested should contact the sheriff's department to have their name put on the list.
Only 15 students can take part in each class. As a class date approaches, staff from the sheriff's department will call the first names on the waiting list to arrange enrollment, said Pagosa Springs Police Chief Don Volger.
With the high level of interest, Volger said the law enforcement agencies will sponsor a class at least once a month in the future, and said it is possible that two or more classes could be scheduled in a month, as they are in March. All classes will take place on Saturdays.
louis@pagosasun.com

Habitat for Humanity appoints administrative director

By Janet Rainey
Special to The SUN

The Archuleta County branch of Habitat for Humanity has chosen Cindi Galabota to be its first-ever administrative director.
Galabota will assume her duties effective March 1 at the new Habitat of Archuleta County administrative office, which will be located in the Heritage Building in downtown Pagosa Springs.
Galabota is a resident of Aspen Springs. For the past two years she was the REACH program director for Skills for Living and Learning in Bayfield, and prior to that had worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Strong administrative skills, as well as extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, will be a tremendous asset to the organization.
The establishment of this new position and the opening of the office mark the beginning of a new chapter for Archuleta County Habitat for Humanity.
Since its inception 12 years ago, the organization has built 15 houses and has enjoyed strong volunteer leadership. In creating this new position, the board of directors envisions an even stronger and more productive future that will enhance its ability to address the need for affordable housing in this community. A generous gift from longtime Habitat supporter Dave Brown and Bootjack Management provided the means to undertake this effort to expand the organization's mission. Galabota intends to focus her efforts on the development of a strategic plan of action, educating the community through outreach and fund-raising, and acquiring new sources of funds to help sustain and expand future Habitat projects.
"We are excited to have the potential to increase our effectiveness in the community, and are particularly pleased to welcome Cindi as our first administrative director," states board president Bob Moomaw. "Her skills and enthusiasm will improve our day-to-day operations, allowing our volunteers to spend more time building houses and working with partner families."
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the assistance of individuals and families in need of affordable housing. The Archuleta County affiliate is associated with the International Habitat for Humanity and strongly supports the group's goal of providing, as its motto states, "Not a hand out, but a hand up."

Young Pagosa scientists excel at fair

Local students fared well at last weekend's 49th annual San Juan Basin Science Fair, in Durango.
Special Awards
Ignacio Space Camp
First place - Kelsea Anderson, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Hot, Cold and Power."
Second place - Angie Gallegos, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Rocket-Up."
BP Making a Difference Award
Angie Gallegos, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Rocket-Up."
La Plata Electric Association
Kelsea Anderson, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Hot, Cold and Power."
Empire Electric Association
Keith Archuleta, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "The Effects of Temperature on the Conductivity of Metal."
Kendra Schlom, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Solar Powered Water Desalinator."
Ecosphere Environmental Services
Crystal Purcell, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "How Tan is Your Tiger?"
State Finalists
Senior Division
Emmi Greer, ninth grade, Pagosa Springs High School, "Skyrocket Skyrockets."
Sixth Grade and Junior Divisions
Crystal Purcell, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "How Tan is your Tiger?"
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
Crystal Purcell, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "How Tan is Your Tiger?"
Gabrielle Pajak, Toni Stoll and Kylie Johnson, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Baked Lay's vs. Classic Lay's."
Kelsea Anderson, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Hot, Cold and Power."
Kendra Schlom, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Solar Powered Water Desalinator."
DaVinci Awards
Junior Division
Third place - Crystal Purcell, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "How Tan is Your Tiger?"
Senior Division
Third Place - Emmi Greer, Environmental Sciences, ninth grade, Pagosa Springs High School, "Skyrocket Skyrockets."
High School Scholarship Awards
First place - Emmi Greer, ninth grade.
Category Awards - Junior Division
Junior Behavioral and Social Sciences
Third place - Danielle Pajak, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Why Am I More Flexible Than You?"
Honorable mention - Kalie Ray, seventh grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Tasting Color."
Junior Engineering
Second Place - Kelsea Anderson, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Hot, Cold and Power."
Junior Environmental Sciences
Third Place - Garrett Stoll, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Alternative Paper Sources."
Junior Physics
Honorable Mention - Silas Thompson, seventh grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "Shooting Efficiency."
Junior Zoology
First place - Crystal Purcell, eighth grade, Pagosa Springs Junior High School, "How Tan is Your Tiger?"
Category Awards - Sixth Grade Division
Sixth Grade Engineering
Third Place - Kendra Schlom, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Solar Powered Water Desalinator."
Sixth Grade Physics
Honorable mention - Sable Baxstrom, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Lasers."
Sixth Grade Team Projects
First place - Gabrielle Pajak, Toni Stoll and Kylie Johnson, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Baked Lay's vs. Classic Lay's."
Second place - Hannah Matzdorf, Satara Arthoud and Katie Blue, sixth grade, Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, "Length vs. Speed."

Outdoors
Reserve now for summer visits to Colorado State Parks

It's not too early to make summer plans, and camping reservations for the summer months, including holidays, are now being accepted for Colorado State Parks.
Early reservations are always recommended for popular destinations, especially during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.
Reservations at Colorado State Parks can be made year-round, up to six months in advance of desired arrival date. Reserve campsites by visiting www.parks.state.co.us, or by calling (800) 678-CAMP. Any sites not reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each park.
Colorado State Parks has implemented new camping fees for parks statewide and a new individual pass fee structure for several parks. All campsites within Colorado State Parks will now have the same rates based on amenities offered. Camping fees include:
- Primitive - $8 per night.
- Basic - $14 per night.
- Electric - $18 per night.
- Full Hookup - $22 per night.
New individual walk-in daily pass fees are now in effect for Lory State Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park, State Forest State Park and Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA). Each visitor 16 years of age or older will need a $3 daily pass to walk into these parks.
Colorado State Parks annual passes are available for $55 and are good for entry to all 41 state parks for the calendar year. Passes are available at all Colorado State Parks and online at www.parks.state.co.us.
Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 41 State Parks are a vital cornerstone in Colorado's economy and quality of life, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks manages more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts, encompassing 246,000 land and water acres.
For more information on Colorado State Parks, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

Water seminar to feature Colorado Supreme Court Justice

By Denise Rue-Pastin
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, San Juan Citizens Alliance, San Juan Water Conservancy District and Water Information Program will sponsor a "Water 101" seminar 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave.
The seminar qualifies for seven continuing education credits for Realtors and features a lineup of noted speakers, including Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.
The session is designed to provide a basic understanding of water and water-related issues in the Four Corners region. Topics range from Colorado history and law, to national, state and local water providers and will also include perspectives on conservation, agriculture and nontraditional water use.
Cost is $30 before March 13 or $35 at the door. The fee includes lunch, snack and information packet.
For more information and to register, contact the Water Information Program at 247-1302.

High Country Reflections

A bad dream is quickly becoming reality

By Chuck McGuire
SUN Columnist

A bizarre vision shook me from REM sleep this morning, and as I lay thinking in the predawn darkness, my imagination ran wild with a concept that quickly instilled fear for what may lie ahead.
In my dream, while driving a newly-paved road through familiar conifer forest, I suddenly encountered a large yellow road sign that read, "PIEDRA FALLS PARKING 500 FEET."
I opened my eyes and, upon realizing the image was not real, at once sensed overwhelming relief. Nevertheless, the psychological damage was done.
For several minutes I envisioned throngs of out-of-state automobiles crammed into a sprawling asphalt parking lot, their colorfully-clad occupants mindlessly moving to a developed staging area to await the next trolley that would carry them the final few miles to the actual waterfalls trailhead.
Naturally, the quarter-mile trail itself was neatly blacktopped and handicapped accessible. Various venders lined its course, selling anything from hot dogs and cotton candy to sunglasses, polished rocks and bags of nuts for the ground squirrels. Sport Goofy handed helium-filled balloons to small children, as seasonal tour guides in Bermuda shorts and Smokey the Bear hats loudly shared a canned ecological spiel with anyone who cared to listen.
Near the base of the falls, mildly inquisitive onlookers leaned over the perimeter railing of an elevated observation deck, snapping photos to e-mail back home. Others, meanwhile, waited patiently in line for their chance to step up and view the splendor of what they considered true Colorado "wilderness."
As I lay there, my flights of fancy soon broadened to include eccentric sights at other area attractions and, before long, I dreamt of elaborate paddle-boat rentals and horseback stables popping up along the shores of Williams Creek Reservoir. By day, trusty mounts carried young and old alike over trails into the nearby wilderness, as already saddle-sore teens rejoiced in peddling plastic craft to the middle of the lake and away from meddling parents.
Every evening, "along about sundown," a western chuckwagon barbecue stuffed dozens of hungry wranglers with tossed salad, charbroiled chicken and pork, baked beans and home-style potatoes. Camp coffee and apple pie followed, as passable fiddle and banjo music filled the air. Toward evening's end, a marshmallow roast and campfire stories invariably included the perceived wit and wisdom of a resident cowboy poet.
Of course, my imagined fabrications may never actually materialize in those special places amid our happy valley, but as farfetched as they seem, those exact entities are not uncommon in, or near, national and state parks, and select Forest Service properties across the U.S., especially in the west. And, for what it's worth, ample privately-owned, developable land abuts a good portion of the Williams Creek Reservoir waterfront.
With tourism the mainstay of our local economy, there's certainly nothing wrong with people having a good time in Pagosa Country. But I believe most visitors - and residents alike - are drawn here by the forests, fresh air, spectacular vistas and relative solitude that set this place apart from all others in the state.
No doubt, Colorado is loaded with natural beauty, but few small towns are so removed from major metropolitan areas as Pagosa Springs, and the sheer abundance of public woods and wilderness is our most valued asset. Consequently, we can expect tourism to increase ... and we can anticipate continued community development. The question is, what kind of development can we live with and what should fuel it?
At present, area real estate agents have 392 improved residential properties listed for sale in and around Pagosa Springs. Improved commercial spaces account for another 59, while listings of 718 unimproved sites include vacant residential and commercial lots. Add in an indeterminate number of vacant and improved properties for sale by owner, and one quickly realizes the local real estate market contains significant inventory.
But, that's not all. According to county officials, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 platted lots remain undeveloped in the county, while planners are considering approval of another 700 lots and 300,000 square feet of commercial space in just three subdivision proposals. As a comparison, the Country Center containing City Market West, Radio Shack, the Movie Gallery, and Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell equal approximately 135,000 square feet of commercial space.
The town, meanwhile, acknowledges 900 residential lots in the works within its boundaries, with 231 already approved.
Clearly, there is adequate stock to support the local building industry for a spell, particularly as area real estate appraisers insist marketing times for average residential properties are now at least three to six months. For vacant sites, the time can stretch to a year or more, thus resulting in the gradual decline of lot prices we're currently seeing marketwide.
As a past real estate appraiser, I understand the concept of supply and demand. In the housing market, when demand exceeds the available supply, there is need for additional housing. On the other hand, as inventory outweighs demand, marketing times lengthen, prices fall and the need for more homes diminishes.
Granted, "need" is a relative term, depending on a host of circumstances, including one's personal point of view. For instance, even with roughly 400 residential properties available for purchase in today's market, how many are actually "affordable" to the average buyer? And, of those considered affordable, how many would such buyers legitimately care to own?
Sadly, the honest answer to both questions is, very few. Therefore, one could argue that affordable housing is in short supply, and builders should work to fulfill this vital community need. It would certainly be one form of development we could live with, given our contemporary market.
Another, is economic development. County officials are already working to attract businesses specializing in light industry and manufacturing, and in today's global economy, our newly expanded airport will become a major asset. The higher-paying jobs that should result will increase the median wage and make it easier for single professionals and young couples to afford their own homes.
Looking to the future, we must all become proactive, rather than reactive. If we hope to shape the kinds of development that will help maintain our small town character, create better-paying jobs, (encouraging full-time residency), and relieve our overwhelming dependence on tourism, we must play an active role in the decision making. We must attend meetings, write letters and allow ourselves a say.
In a proactive society, the people, through their elected and trustworthy representatives, command the course of progress, leaving developers little choice but to conform or withdraw.
Today, however, growth is driven by investors, land speculators and developers dictating what type of expansion they're willing to provide the community, as local planners react to a mounting list of proposals.
All too often, schemes fail to fit the community vision, resulting in sprawl and a hodgepodge of unrelated cluster-like projects. In the end, the developers walk with a ton of money, while residents are left with the headaches. I lived in Vail for 19 years, I've seen it happen time after time. If we fail to set priorities, we'll end up with the growth we deserve.
In recent years, the town has grappled with limiting the size of future "big box" development, yet sprawling residential and commercial plans are flying through the process seemingly unfettered. Meanwhile, with too few people to fill the new projects, entrepreneurs are marketing to out-of-towners under the guise of "recreational properties."
Ironically, if we allow it to continue, we're going to require yet more development. In fact, we'll need at least one discount superstore, perhaps two. We're gonna want more large grocery stores and a Lowe's or Home Depot, probably both. While we're at it, we'll need an enormous indoor shopping mall complete with clothing retailers, shoe shops, home furnishings and electronics stores, hair dressers, music and jewelry outlets, income tax services, fast-food restaurants, a bank or two, and a multi-screen movie theatre.
Of course, to fulfill all those wants and needs, town government will have to quickly abolish its newly implemented limitations on big box chains, and the county will want to abandon any ongoing consideration of its own. In the meantime, to accommodate increased traffic, we'll have to widen and resurface the roads leading to the area's most popular natural attractions. And, I dare say, we may ultimately have to look into Sport Goofy's summertime schedule.
Anyone know an unemployed cowboy poet?

Letters

Ingenious idea
Dear Editor:
What an ingenious idea! Our city planners and council members have obviously already approved it, although finding that decision in any of the minutes from the Pagosa Springs Town Council meetings eludes me. Meanwhile, the heavy equipment has already quietly begun digging away at Reservoir Hill on San Juan Street. Need any fill dirt?
You have to look at the Big Picture. We obviously need the added acreage for private development, parking lots, our overall population explosion, etc. And since modernizing those old eyesore motels along our downtown main street has become unacceptable, what else can our government officials do? Our Pagosa planners and council members must have envisioned the masses riding into town, deliberated very intensely on this, and finally formulated "The Perfect (Storm - I mean) Master Plan" to pave the way for Pagosa Springs' expansion. There is a plan, isn't there?
Wow! What foresight. Great job!
Randy Barlow
Editor's note: The noted work is part of the "River's Edge" residential project, approved Nov. 7, 2006. The work on the hill side of San Juan Street is not on the town-owned Reservoir Hill, rather it is on privately owned lots that are part of the 1883 Town site plat. There are eight public parking spaces planned for that site, with the work being completed by the developer of the River's Edge project.

Arrogance
Dear Editor:
Re. recent letter from Roy Boutwell.
Mr. Boutwell:
The recent mid-term elections suggest that the American public has grown weary of reckless arrogance. Your sarcastic assertion that Carter's election didn't represent the collective wisdom of America because you didn't vote for him might serve as a pretty good model for the kind of arrogance America is growing to distrust. Our country collects its composite wisdom vote by vote, and if you deny that the elections of both Carter and Bush reflect our collective wisdom, then you don't merely hold yourself above the rest of us, you place yourself outside one of the fundamental tenets of the American experiment.
Reckless arrogance allows you to insist yet again on referring to an elected leader as a peanut farmer instead of a president, to substitute (clever?) allusions to Daffy Duck for any serious consideration of negotiations, to imply that the familiar Chamberlain/Churchill argument is your own, ("Does anybody but me remember ...") and then issue it forth as the final answer to a serious question, to cite Carter's responsibility for America's failing world image without asking how the Bush administration's policy might also have affected that image.
Maybe this last sampling of our collective wisdom suggests that Americans must learn to respect each other again before we ask the rest of the world to respect our country, that our maturity yearns for a more honest dialogue than the shallow forms of derision that are the stock-in-trade and the life blood of the talk show host and that the final validity of Paul Wolfowitz's familiar Chamberlain/Churchill argument rests not only in its similarities to, but its differences from the situation we faced before the invasion.
Maybe Americans have recovered enough now from the trauma inflicted by radical extremists on 9/11 to gather in spirit and face the tremendous challenges ahead. If so, America needs the carefully considered opinions of Roy Boutwell far more than his recklessly arrogant rhetoric.
Still respectful of our collective wisdom,
Tom Gorzycki
Silver City, N.M.
(Proud native Texan)

Caring
Dear Editor:
The residents of Archuleta County can be thankful that they have elected Carl Macht as such a caring and understanding coroner to assist them in times of special need.
I was recently present at a home where Carl was called due to the sudden death of a family member. The kind, compassionate empathy that he showed to that family was exactly what was needed and made a very difficult experience much easier for a grieving widow and her children. What many see as just an elected job to do is not the way Carl views his work. Carl came in, did his required investigation and then spent several hours comforting and talking with this family, answering questions and in a gentle, quiet way led them through this initial period of a traumatic experience.
Situations can vary for Carl's work, but in this case, he performed beyond his call of duty. Thank you, Carl, for your love and kindness in these stressful and difficult situations.
Bruce Keuning

Courageous
Dear Editor:
Being a recent transplant from California, I know what I don't want in terms of future development in Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Springs is really the tale of two towns. And two land use plan models. To the east we have the "old" pedestrian-oriented downtown core. To the west we have the suburban plan. In terms of the better land use model, "old" is new again.
Look at the traffic along Highway 160 today. Imagine that five years from now that the number of vehicle trips per day doubles. This would be consistent with the permanent resident population of Archuleta County doubling within five years. A suburban land use plan is easily understood by looking at Los Angeles or Phoenix. Hours of driving every day. Every trip to and from the house is a vehicle trip. There are no pedestrian trips. Every household generates from four to six vehicle trips per day. Maybe we are not the Big City. But we now have a land use plan in place on the western side of town that will lead to ugly traffic.
I think that the TreeTops proposal before the county planning commission is a courageous proposal. Is that location the best for that proposal? Maybe. Don't know.
I know this though. The county planning commission has done some good work in the past two years by adopting a land use plan. Now, there is still time to bring that land use plan into the 21st century. Suburban land use is an old, dying style of development. Clearly Highway 160 and North Pagosa Blvd. and Piedra Road are not meant to handle the levels of development already allowed for by the land use plan.
There is still time, however. The current land use plan has only been partially built out. What is needed is a pedestrian-oriented shift of the county land use plan which encourages lifestyles not reliant on a motorized vehicle. I applaud the TreeTops proposal for being just one of many opportunities that the planning commission has to keep new vehicle trips off of Highway 160. The people are coming. The houses are coming. Let's encourage people to stay out of their cars.
Teddy Herzog

Smart growth?
Dear Editor:
Archuleta County has put a lot of time and effort into creating a community plan, and the proposed TreeTops development does not fit that plan, nor does it fit into our newly designed zoning map. So, why is this project still moving forward?
1. The development does not encourage preservation of agricultural land.
2. Overwhelming support for the protection of agricultural activity, scenic areas and wildlife habitat was demonstrated at public workshops throughout the planning process.
3. The community plan states the preferred growth scenario would be to develop village centers at Arboles, Aspen Springs and Chromo to provide residents of outlying areas with small, nearby shopping and services.
4. The community plan designates commercial growth for downtown Pagosa Springs, the junction of U.S. 160 and 84, the junction of U.S. 160 and Piedra Road and the existing commercial area at U.S. 160 and Pagosa Boulevard.
5. Policy 1 of the plan states, "Encourage the design and location of new development to minimize the impact on Archuleta County's rural and scenic character, wildlife habitat and mountain vistas.
In addition to the fact it does not follow the community plan, what about Piedra Road?
1. In 2004 and 2005, Piedra Road had an average of one major auto accident per month.
2. Archuleta County does have plans to widen and pave Piedra Road, depending on federal grant money, but not for at least 10 years.
3. The TreeTops development final phase does not end until 2017. Ten years of trucks and building on Piedra Road will not have a positive effect on the lives of everyone who uses this road.
Ronnie Zaday has said she is "...overseeing the project as it goes through the engineering and design phase ..." Spending county time and resources "overseeing" this project seems to be a conflict of interest, taking time away from what she was elected to do: be a county commissioner, not a land developer.
Blue Sky Village has been delayed for one reason, incompatibility with the surrounding area, but from what I've seen, it's more compatible than the TreeTops development, which has single family residences surrounding it for a good three miles in all directions. The county is leaving itself wide open for lawsuits from developers who have worked with the city and county to comply with the community plan if TreeTops slides through.
The community plan allows for "smart growth," so, why are we throwing that out the window? If you live in the Pagosa Lakes area and do not wish to see this development pushed through, attend the next planning meeting at the county building March 14 at 6 p.m. and voice your concerns.
Sincerely,
Ed King

Roadless areas
Dear Editor:
As a lifelong outdoorsman and a former Air Force officer, I'm concerned about the few remaining wild places and wide open spaces (i.e., roadless areas) in Colorado. A recent roadless areas editorial from a Front Range paper said, in part, that Gov. Ritter's hesitation in adopting former Gov. Owen's roadless petition is "an attempt to overturn the apple cart on behalf of those who didn't get everything their way on the roadless issue."
First, public backing for protecting all of Colorado's roadless areas was demonstrated unequivocally by the outpouring of support for the 2001 Roadless Rule and in public comments documented by the 2006 Roadless Area Review Task Force (RARTF): In both cases, over 90 percent of Coloradans requested the complete protection of all roadless areas in the state.
So, most Coloradans were taken by surprise when they found out that in the Owens' Roadless Petition fine print, low and behold, there were some juicy special interest giveaways inserted at the last minute: nearly 400,000 acres of industry concessions, primarily ski areas and coal mines. Now that the Owens' giveaway language has seen the light of day, the public does not support it. Even our own Division of Wildlife doesn't support it!
Along with the good folks at DOW, we hunters and anglers are simply trying to protect the last public lands outside of wilderness where we can walk away from the ugliness of development and the noise of OHVs to find undisturbed, high-quality hunting and fishing habitat. Yes, as the editorial in question clearly stated, this is about "access."
As our public lands backcountry becomes increasingly overrun with oil and gas fields, clear-cut logging, and more new roads and trails, illegal as well as legal, we who are traditional, muscle-powered, quiet-use recreationists are having our access stolen. We are not fighting for ideals, but for survival and our fair share of the public lands pie.
David A. Lien

Moratorium
Dear Editor:
In the 10 years that my wife and I have made Pagosa our home, we have participated in the development of two separate community plans. We have been dismayed at the pace of implementation - virtually zero for the first plan and agonizingly slow for the second one.
Placing a six-month moratorium on approving "mega-plats" to give county planners time to implement the directives given by us, the community - not once, but twice - makes great sense. As Commissioner Moomaw has stated, there are over 3,000 buildable lots already platted. There is no rush to plat more!
Last year, the Archuleta Economic Development Association sponsored a presentation by Jack Schultz, author of "Boomtown USA." In that presentation he made a compelling case that planning for yet more homes (primarily for second-home buyers) and retail commercial space is not in the best interest of the long-term economic future of our county. Instead, the answers lie in developing profitable industries uniquely suited to what Pagosa has to offer (and no, surprisingly the answer is not just tourism).
The idea of the moratorium has been called a four-letter word, and indeed it is: "sane."
Kurt Raymond

Appeasement
Dear Editor:
As with many issues these days, we find our government and electorate divided on how to deal with Iran and its apparent determination to develop a nuclear bomb. The U.N. Security Council issued resolutions which threaten to impose sanctions if Iran does not suspend its enrichment of uranium but the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made it clear he will not be swayed by these threats. He knows that even if sanctions are passed, they likely will be so ineffectual they will do nothing to hinder progress in developing a bomb. He knows also that even if meaningful sanctions were imposed, certain members of the Security Council will surreptitiously work to undermine their effectiveness. Take, for example, the position of France's Chirac: While he publicly states that a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable, he waffles when it comes to imposing meaningful sanctions. He even recently said he could "live with one or two Iranian bombs." Russia's Putin has worked to weaken any sanctions against Iran, using the excuse that "they don't work." The truth is, France and Russia don't want sanctions to work because if they did, it would have a negative impact on their billions of dollars in investments and trade with Iran.
President Bush and Vice President Cheney have maintained that Iran cannot be allowed to build a nuclear bomb. The vice president, despite opening himself to charges he is a "warmonger," insists that nothing be taken off the table when discussing what may have to be done to stop the Iranians. Both Republicans and Democrats are divided by the issue. Some believe the only solution is diplomacy, some want direct talks with Iran, others call for the imposition of sanctions. (And of course, there are those who do not seek a winning strategy, they only want to place blame.) What is worrisome to me is that all this talk and hand-wringing will result in nothing more than some sort of wishy-washy appeasement. And all the while, Ahmadinejad and the radical imams who make up his regime will continue enriching uranium to build a bomb.
What is really scary is that anyone honestly believes we can negotiate with someone like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad! Here is a guy who, for the past year or so, has repeatedly denied the Holocaust ever happened. To dismiss these denials as the rantings of an unbalanced anti-Semite, is to underestimate Ahmadinejad and many others of his ethos in the Islamic world. They deny the Holocaust but when it is in their interests, they applaud it, often by recalling it was Hitler who exterminated 6 million Jews, and they regret Hitler did not eliminate all the Jews.
How is that an anti-Semite like Ahmadinejad can both deny the Holocaust and celebrate it? It requires the twisted mind of a radical jihadist and should serve to show he cannot be reasoned with (or trusted), especially when in the end it will only end up being appeasement and we will then have a lunatic in possession of a nuclear bomb. A bomb he will not hesitate to use against us or Israel when he gets tired of negotiating, or decides he has an advantage.
Gary Stansbury

Community News

Daffodil Days coming to Pagosa Country

By Dori Blauert
Special to The PREVIEW

Think yellow!
The daffodils are coming to Pagosa Springs March 19-23. Businesses, offices and homes will be brightened with the annual American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.
We are all touched by cancer in our lives, whether through friends, families or even pets.
Daffodil Days is a great way to support the cause and give yourself some enjoyment at the same time. It's a wonderful community effort to bring a lot of hope and cheer into our town.
The money raised by Daffodil Days, which is held around the country, goes into the ACS's general fund. It is used for research, education, various advocacy programs and patient services.
As the nation's largest non-profit source for funding cancer research, the ACS has funded thousands of researchers, 40 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive.
Currently, the ACS has over 11 million dollars in working research grants in place in Colorado alone. Your purchase of a bunch of daffodils for $10 or a collectable Boyd's Teddy Bear and daffodils for $25 will help ACS continue on our quest to eliminate cancer and provide hope for the future.
For more information, contact Dori Blauert at 731-9458 or acspagosa@earthlink.net.

Seeds of Learning fund-raiser just around the corner

By Joanne Irons
Special to The PREVIEW

So far, we have 32 table decorators, 34 sponsors, 40 volunteers and a new school on the horizon. What more can we ask for?
With a near sell-out crowd expected, the March 24 Seeds of Learning's Once Upon a Time Dinner and Auction at the community center promises to be one of the Pagosa's most exciting events.
Table decorators met for lunch at Wildflower Catering Company for last-minute instructions. Set-up time for decorators is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members of the community who cannot attend the Saturday night event can stop by between 3 and 5 p.m. to view the tables and can even bid on the tables. Six tables will be auctioned off live, while the rest will be part of a big silent auction. Bill Nobles and Mark Crain will conduct the live auction.
All tables are decorated in a theme of a children's book and include eight place settings, with dishes, glassware, silverware, centerpiece etc.
Live auction items includes gift certificates, dinners, sailing on Navajo Lake, a and a king-size bed, just to name a few. A Pot of Gold will be placed in the middle of the room in order for attendees to donate to the cause.
For information about Seeds of Learning or the event, go to the Web site www.growingseeds.org. For tickets, call Seeds of Learning 264-5513.

Pagosa sculptor Echterhoff included in New Mexico international show

Three of Linda Echterhoff's art works - "Eve," "Embrace of Eve" and "Emerging (Survivor)" all of which contemplate women and the woman condition - have been selected for inclusion in the Faces of Woman 17th Annual International Juried Art Exhibition at the Las Vegas Arts Council in Las Vegas, N.M.
The competition, which celebrates aspects of the feminine in symbolic or representational form, is being juried by Barbara Lucero Sand, professor of museum Sstudies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the national Native American fine arts college in Santa Fe, N.M. The exhibition will run March 23-April 21.
Echterhoff's art works have been featured recently in several other national juried shows; Oakland Community College Womencenter's From Our Perspective: A National Women's Art Exhibition; Breckenridge Fine Arts Center's Spotlight on Art 15th Annual Juried Art Show; Farmington Museum 2006 Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition; The Durango Arts Center 2006 31st Annual Juried Exhibit; and the SHY RABBIT 2005 Artists' Invitational and Open Juried Exhibition. Echterhoff won Honorable Mention awards at both the Gateway and DAC shows for her piece titled "Seed Pod," a unique, mixed media work composed of cardboard, paper tape and glue.

ECA presents The Joy of Music

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW
The Joy on Music continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Fellowship Hall of Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St., in downtown Pagosa Springs.
A lecture demonstration series to stimulate learning and appreciation of the musical world around us, The Joy on Music is sponsored by Elation Center for the Arts. The weekly series runs through March. It is being offered free to the public.
Next Wednesday's program, "World Strings: From Mesopotamia to Pagosa," will be presented by Paul Roberts.
Roberts' intrigue with plucked-string instruments has led him on a lifelong adventure in the world of music.
Sophisticated plucked-string instruments have been around for thousands of years. Their ancient history is shrouded in mystery. One of the instruments Roberts will demonstrate is the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument used in traditional Middle Eastern music and East African music. The oud is the predecessor to the lute, guitar, mandolin and many other instruments.
With oud, banjo, mandocello, sitar, saz, charango, guitar, mandolin, cittern, sarod, and tamboura Roberts will demonstrate global sounds and discuss his own approach to working with different musical genres.
On March 21, Larry Elginer will present "Vive la Music," in which he will trace the impact music has played in our lives, emotionally and historically. Elginer is a Pagosa gold mine, having had a distinguished career as one of our nation's top music educators. According to Elginer, "Vive la Music," will be an "historical, not hysterical look at how music has played out in our country and individual lives, the role music has played in our existence." It will include examples of varied music demonstrated by Larry, both vocally and instrumentally.
On March 28, the series will present "An Evening with Woodwinds," featuring an introduction to various instruments by local wind players. The presentation will include a brief history of the development of woodwinds, a demonstration of the musical attributes of several instruments, and solo and ensemble performances, which demonstrate the instruments' capabilities. The presenters include bassoonist Valley Lawrence, clarinetist Tim Bristow, and saxophonists Bruce Andersen, Al Olson, and Bob Nordmann.
Free to the public, "The Joy on Music" will be held Wednesday's at 7 p.m. through the month of March at the Fellowship Hall. "The Joy on Music" is sponsored by Elation Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage.
For more information, log on to elationarts.org, or call 731-3117.

'Caring Makes a Difference'at annual Ed Center luncheon

By Janae Ash
Special to The PREVIEW

The theme of the Archuleta County Education Center's annual fund-raising luncheon this year is "Caring Makes a Difference."
Jerry Traylor is this year's keynote speaker at the April 3 event, and he is a man who has lived this theme everyday of his life. Traylor was born with Cerebral Palsy and had to overcome many difficult hardships throughout his life.
Even though Traylor has been faced with physical obstacles, he has persevered with flying colors. For example, he has competed in 35 full-length marathons on his crutches, climbed 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, and jogged 3,528 miles across America to just name a few of his feats. He is truly a miraculous human.
However, what makes Traylor a truly astonishing person is that he realizes what makes a real difference in his life is not his disability or his ability to overcome it, but to care for others. Traylor challenges people to look within themselves to discover the incredible abilities which everyone possesses, and how all people are capable of touching our world in a positive manner.
The luncheon, starting at 11:45 a.m. at Center Point Church on U.S. 160, will be catered by Wildflower Catering. Funds raised will support the many programs at the Education Center such as the successful Archuleta County High School, GED programs, first aid and CPR training, English and Spanish language programs, computer classes, creative activities for elementary students and several tutoring programs.
Tickets are available for a donation of $45 per ticket. For more information, call 264-2835.

Build life skill in toddlers with music

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Exploring Music for Toddlers is a free, weekly class offered by Elation Center for the Arts during the month of March.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their youngsters ages 2 to 5, to participate in a 40-minute expression session. The focus is on fun and learning new things about live music.
Classes are held at 10 a.m. each Tuesday in March at the Community United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 434 Lewis St. in Downtown Pagosa Springs. The dates are March 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Children will have an opportunity to see and play an unusual variety of instruments throughout the four weeks with musicians Paul and Carla Roberts.
The past few years have seen an explosion of scientific studies regarding the multiple benefits of music in our lives. By exposing toddlers to a variety of music, movement and rhythm, we can help establish lifelong attention skills and open the doors to increasing intelligence and self-expression.
This program is a community service of Elation Center for the Arts, a local arts organization that offers life enrichment programs focused on preserving our cultural heritage. ECA also offers ongoing music and dance classes and community concerts.
For more information, call 731-3117 or visit our Web site at elationarts.org.

Portrait contest raises funds for early life center

The Hot Tots Cool Kids National Portrait Contest sponsored by Photographic Art by Art Franz, will help raise money for the Treasure Mountain Early Life Center.
During March, a parent can bring their child to Photographic Art by Art Franz and have a 4 Pose Basic Portrait Session taken for a $5 donation to the Treasure Mountain Early Life Center. The child will also be entered into the Hot Tots Cool Kids National Portrait Contest.
The Grand Prize in the national contest is an $800 Savings Bond and a $1,000 Gift Card to either Toys R Us, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, GAP or Old Navy. There are over $7,500 in prizes.
In conjunction with the national contest, all portraits will be entered into the local contest fund-raiser. The community of Pagosa Springs will be able be vote on their favorite portrait for 25 cents per vote and can vote as many times and for as many portraits as they would like. All money raised in the voting will also be donated to the Treasure Mountain Early Life Center. The children whose portraits raise the most money will receive prizes donated from local businesses.
You can visit Treasure Mountain Early Life Center online at www.tmelc.com . For more information or to make an appointments call Art Franz at 731-8779.

Southwest historian lecture: The women who saved Mesa Verde

By Biz Greene
Special to The PREVIEW

The forthcoming Lifelong Learning lecture on Saturday, March 10, will tell the story of the courageous women who fought to save Mesa Verde from vandals and predatory collectors of artifacts and who worked determinedly to arouse Congress to name Mesa Verde as a national park in order to provide protection for its antiquities.
"Women to the Rescue: Creating Mesa Verde National Park" is the title of Dr. Duane Smith's lecture - and the title of the book he wrote detailing the prominent role women played between the 1890s and 1906 to bring the case for preservation of Mesa Verde to public attention and congressional action. As visitors and collectors were walking off with everything they could carry, and with victory in sight, the movement to save Mesa Verde fell apart, and for the next 30 years rival factions fought over its fate. Only now are the contributions of these women in the contest to save Mesa Verde finally being recognized.
Smith's book on this struggle is part of the Mesa Verde Centennial Series that was awarded the 2006 Josephine H. Miles History Award by the Colorado Historical Society. Smith is a professor of Southwest studies and history at Fort Lewis College. His areas of research and writing are Colorado, mining, baseball, and urban and frontier history. His most recent book is "Time for Peace," the history of Fort Lewis as a military post from 1878 -1891. He co-authored "Travels and Travails: Tourism at Mesa Verde" and "New Deal Days: The CCC at Mesa Verde".
This lecture is sponsored by the Colorado Humanities, Ballantine Family Fund, U Charles Redd Center, and the La Plata County Historical Society. It is hosted here in Pagosa Springs by the Sisson Library Saturday at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and everyone is welcome.

Plan to attend this year's 9HealthFair

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
Nine Health Services, Inc. - a nonprofit endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society - has been supporting free and low-cost health screening and education for 28 years in communities across Colorado, and in Pagosa Springs for 27 years.
Our community shares the mission of this organization: To promote health awareness and encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their own health.
Plan to visit the 9Health Fair April 7 at the Pagosa Springs High School between 7 a.m. and noon. You will find nearly two dozen different medical screenings and interactive education centers available at no cost to you.
To highlight a couple of these:
- San Juan Basin Health - At this education center you can find information, people and forms that could lead to a free mammogram or pap smear if you are qualified.
- Organ Donor Awareness - Perhaps you think that organ donation is a good idea but have questions. Visit this education center and get answers.
- Body in Balance Screening - This station includes screening your posture, flexibility, strength, and balance, and provides you with a general interpretation of the screening.
If you are unable to attend the fair in Pagosa, you can find other site locations and times by contacting 9Health Fair at 1 (800) 332-3078 or at their Web site, www.9HealthFair.org. Channel 9, Denver, is another good way of seeing and hearing updates on the 9Health Fair.
The two closest fairs to us are located in Bayfield at the Bayfield Elementary School, 511 Mustang Lane, (April 21), and Durango at the Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, (April 21).
Diagnosis is not allowed at any of the screenings and interactive education centers; however, participants have the chance to talk to a health care professional who will review the results of screenings and address any concerns that might arise in strict confidence and for no cost whatsoever.
Available at a low cost is the Blood Chemistry Analysis ($30), the Prostate Cancer Screening for men ($25), the Blood Count Test ($15) and the ColoCare test kit ($5).
A limited number of vouchers for free blood tests are available for those who qualify. For information about those vouchers, contact San Juan Basin Health, County Social Services or the Senior Center.
For more information call site coordinator Sharee Grazda (731-0666) or medical coordinator Nancy Grovhoug 264-0329.

Introduction to Buddhist meditation

A series of sessions to provide an introduction to Buddhist meditation, with Charlotte Rotterdam, will be held on Thursdays - March 15 and 29, and April 12. All sessions are 6-7:15 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Greenbriar Plaza, B15.
According to Rotterdam, "Meditation is, most simply, a practice of heightening our awareness - of ourselves, our relationship to others, and the world around us. As we develop and fine tune our awareness, we begin to bring greater understanding, deeper compassion, and a sense of equanimity to our daily lives and interactions."
This series of evenings will include talks and discussion on some of the foundational principles of Buddhism as well as an introduction to the practice of shamatha, or calm abiding, meditation.
No previous experience is necessary. Although it is recommended to attend all sessions, drop-ins are most welcome.
Note: Bring a meditation cushion if you have one. Otherwise you may sit on a chair.
Charlotte Rotterdam is co-director of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs. For several years she taught in the graduate religion department of Naropa University in Boulder. She holds a master's degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinty School.
Suggested donation is $5 per session.
For questions or more information, call Rotterdam at 769-1760.

'The Secret' to be shown, discussed

By De Anna Hoyle
Special to The PREVIEW

You may have heard your friends mention it, or saw Oprah as she talked about it. Now the movie "The Secret" is coming to Pagosa. A free showing will take place at 4 p.m. March 11, at the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF).
This two-hour, ground-breaking film has made it's way into the mainstream and, while the concepts presented in the film draw on ancient wisdom, many people from around the world are taking notice of the message. Through testimonials of real life stories, people reveal how their lives have changed in profound ways. Some of today's greatest teachers and world leaders in business, medicine, psychology, theology and science come together to present this powerful knowledge.
The film will be followed by a discussion led by John Hornecker as a follow-up to his talk at the Fellowship Feb. 25.
Light refreshments will be served and there will be a time for questions. Space is limited, so plan to come early and join with others as we explore "The Secret."
The Fellowship is located in Greenbriar Plaza, Unit B15 off North Pagosa Boulevard. Turn East at the fire station, and left into the parking lot.

Special Meditation Sunday at UU Fellowship

Sunday, March 11, will be a special Meditation Sunday for the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
The service will be led by April Merrilee, who has given this session the title "Something of a Mystery." She explains: "On this Sunday, I will have just returned from a nine-day meditation retreat called 'Meditation Made Easy' with my yoga teacher, Rama Berch (American creator of Svaroopa yoga).
"Rama lived 16 years in India and has been in the company of many enlightened beings in her life. I'll have some new insights and practices to share with our group, so the topic remains open for unfolding. We shall engage in song, readings, silent meditation and reflection. In the meantime, you are invited to look within and notice your own responses to the Mystery of Life!"
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit 15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbrier Drive off of North Pagosa by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

Regional housing authority subject of upcoming forum

By Bill Delany
Special to The SUN

Affordable housing groups, concerned citizens, business owners, developers, Realtors, elected officials and community leaders are urged to attend a timely forum designed to explain what a regional housing authority is and to explore if it would be beneficial for Archuleta County.
The event will be held at the community center 1-4 p.m. Monday, March 12.
Many community members are beginning to realize that quality of life issues, including affordable housing, are pressing and need to be addressed now. As Pagosa Springs moves towards becoming an economically exclusive town, housing costs already exceed the ability of many residents to achieve home ownership. These residents are an integral part of the community, and their numbers include teachers, law enforcement personnel, small business owners and those in service industry jobs critical to the tourism that we depend upon.
A regional housing authority is a multi-jurisdictional organization that can provide advocacy and tools to help governments, non-profit organizations and developers in the creation of affordable housing opportunities.
The panel will include Jenn Lopez, executive director of the La Plata County Regional Housing Authority, who will present the strategic goals of her organization. Attorney Sheryl Rogers will address the process she encountered in setting up the La Plata County Regional Housing Authority.
More panelists from the state may be added and a good turnout from the public is expected. Developers who are interested in being in the vanguard of this pressing issue are especially invited.
For more details, contact Bill Delany, ACHA board member, 731-2175 or 731-5452.

Chuck Bob at the Movies

An Oscar for Scorsese, an illusion act for us

By Charles Streetman
PREVIEW Columnist
The 79th annual Academy Awards featured some true surprises and was one for the books.
Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar ever in the seven times he has been nominated in the last 26 years. His film, "The Departed" took home the top honor for Best Picture of the Year, while also scoring Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, making it the most lauded film of the evening!
During the celebrated film maker's long career, he has given us a great number of classic, modern American films such as: "Raging Bull," "Mean Streets," "Goodfellas," and "Taxi Driver."
For anyone who has yet to see "The Departed," it is now available on DVD in a single-disc edition, void of features, and a two-disc special edition loaded with features, including: nine additional scenes with an introduction from Scorsese, the feature-length TCM profile documentary "Scorsese On Scorsese," a featurette exploring the real-life gangster behind Jack Nicholson's character, and another featurette on how Little Italy's crime and violence influenced Scorsese's work.
With that said, let's get to looking at this week's new release on DVD: "The Prestige."
This is yet another thrilling mystery film centered on turn-of-the-century magicians. Unlike "The Illusionist," "The Prestige" is a darker, more convoluted, but equally entertaining film.
Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman, "X-Men: The Last Stand") and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale, "Batman Begins") were once best friends and colleagues. They both were assistants to a famous illusionist and amateur illusionists themselves, privileged to be apprenticing under the tutelage of Cutter (Michael Caine, "Batman Begins"), who specialized in orchestrating and choreographing illusion acts and who knew every trick in the book. So how did these two men become the most bitter of rivals?
The film opens with the death of Angier as his grand finale is sabotaged when a large water tank is placed directly under the trap door he was to use to exit the stage. Borden, who snuck backstage, stands helpless to save him, and is later charged with his murder - though he claims to have tried to save him. From there, the story backtracks to the beginning and to a time after Angier was in pursuit of Borden's greatest secret.
In the beginning, Angier and Borden (and Angier's wife) are assistants in a famous magician's show. Jealousy between the two, however, leads to tragedy when the final illusion act goes horribly wrong, costing the life of Angier's wife. Angier holds Borden responsible and the two go their separate ways. What follows are years of trickery and sabotage, as the two men compete for the title of top illusionist. They even go so far as to sometimes disguise themselves as audience members at the other's show, for the sole purpose of ruining the final act. Their vendetta quickly grows into unhealthy obsession that takes a costly toll on their personal lives.
When Borden pulls off one of the most extraordinary acts of his career, Angier is quickly consumed with trying to upstage him, but cannot figure out the secret to his finale, even with Cutter's help. Angier then hunts for answers to Borden's success.
This is where the film becomes significantly diverse from "The Illusionist." While "The Illusionist" told its story in a realistic way, "The Prestige" pulls a deus ex machina on the viewers, dragging them into a fantasy-based setting without their realizing it. The disjointed timeframe of the story works well, misdirecting the viewer, much like an illusion act itself, but stays balanced and avoids becoming too confusing.
"The Prestige" stands alone as an exceptional film - it does not need the success of "The Illusionist" to support it. The only drawback to the film is that it is considerably more predictable than its predecessor, due to the story's arrangement and execution. Regardless, it's a highly entertaining film and worth seeing more than once!
Special features on the disc are surprisingly few, but worth a look. The first is an extensive featurette titled "The Director's Notebook," a 20-minute documentation of director Christopher Nolan's progress during the making of the film. The other feature is an extensive art gallery of the film, containing more than 80 images!

Community Center News

Events and classes highlight center schedule

By Kathy Zilhaver
PREVIEW Columnist

Come and enjoy an evening of elegance, intrigue, mystery and fun as the Pagosa Teen Center hosts the Masquerade Gala fund-raising event 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, March 17.
DJ Bobby Hart will provide music for this 21-and-over dance.
Tickets are available in advance for $20 from Rhonda LaQuey, Teen Center coordinator, from Michelle, community center administrative assistant, at 264-4152, Ext. 31 and 21, at WolfTracks, and at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.
Tickets at the door will be $25 and the price also includes delicious appetizers. A cash bar will also be available.
Spring rummage sale
Hurry to reserve your space at the annual Spring Rummage Sale! We already have reservations, with people selling items such as tools, appliances, humidifiers, household items and much more. So, call the center to save your spot. Each space will be 10x10, for $20, and can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The sale will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the multipurpose room. This is a one-day event and we invite those interested to call 264-4152, and make the reservation.
Lucy Gonzalez, one of our volunteers, will be selling refreshments during the sale and the community center will provide free coffee.
Tables and chairs will be provided to give everyone the opportunity to visit with friends, before and after they've finished shopping. Mercy hopes to make this event a special "community activity" while having fun buying other people's treasures.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the center's free programs.
Yoga session
Local author and internationally recognized yoga instructor Susan Winter Ward, writes about the art of relaxation. In her book "Yoga for the Young at Heart," she writes, "Allowing your body to ease into a pose is the key to a pleasant and effective yoga experience. If the body is pushed too far too fast, it will resist, as most of us do psychologically, as well. If one has a mental concept of what the body should do and pushes it to achieve that concept, it is likely the body will experience tensions, pain, and even injury."
Relax. Our bodies respond well to coaxing. If a pose initially seems too challenging, back away from the edge of your resistance, inhaling deeply; and then relax into the pose on the exhale. The next time you do the same pose, you will notice how much more easily your body will be gently nudged into the stretch.
At the end of each session, lie quietly on your back, releasing your body weight to the floor. Take several long, deep, slow inhalations and exhalations and then allow your body to resume its natural breathing rhythm. Release all tension. You will arise from this deep relaxation with a renewed sense of well-being."
Community center yoga student Sherrie Murray says, "I practice yoga to lengthen my body and relax my mind." Fellow student Nancy Burke agrees, saying that "this class allows me to stop from my busy schedule to relax, breathe deeply and stretch, a must for my week."
Our yoga group meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with Diana Baird and Addie Greer who volunteer their time teaching this free program. Just a reminder to all our readers: Diana and Addie are not yoga instructors; they just love to practice and encourage others to join them.
TOPS/RHA
This meeting is open to the public and will cover potential tools for affordable housing. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.
Contact Julie Jessen at 246-4151, ext. 226 for additional information.
Line dancing
Here's to our traveling dancers! Wishing Pam and Earl good times on their trip to Tennessee and Florida. Don't forget your twinkle!
Gerry is traveling next to Japan for the World Figure Skating Championships in late March. Beverly and Ed are wowing everyone with their Night Club two-step and we hope to see Ken back on his feet after his surgery.
Couples meet in the gym at 9 a.m. Monday mornings for two-step, waltz and nightclub two-step. Line dancing begins at 10 a.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Its fun and it's free!
Also coming in March is the first of our monthly practice-dance parties held on the last Wednesday of each month at the Vista Clubhouse, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy line dancing, country and ballroom; there's something for everyone. Dress is casual, the atmosphere friendly, and couples and singles are welcome so come join us. Call Gerry Potticary at 731-9734 for more information.
Toddler's playgroup
The playgroup is cancelled today, March 8. Contact Gwen Taylor for more information at 731-0305.
Jewelry making program
Come and discover your creative side, making your own fabulous jewelry with Rebekah and Treva, March 1, 8 and 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, with each class featuring different jewelry making techniques.
Treva will be demonstrating how to work with leather, satin or cotton cording, using knotting techniques to finish a necklace with a natural stone disc and beads. You will take home a matching set of earrings, too. The program is free, however cost of the supplies will be $20.
Anyone interested should call first; pre-registration is a must, since classes are limited to six or eight students only. Call Rebekah Sabia at 731-2270 or Treva Wheeless at 264-0644.
Pagosa Scrapbook Club
Learn how to capture your cherished memories with style and flair. The scrapbook club meets Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Conference room. This beginner scrapbook class will show you how to get started, what tools you will need, photo organization and what features to look for when buying a digital camera. Please come and join us. If you have any questions, call Melissa Bailey at 731-1574 after 4 p.m.
Computer class
Classes are still on hold while Becky heads to Denver for further medical tests; she will keep us posted with updates about her medical condition.
Please continue to pray for her and we hope that she will be back teaching class soon. We miss you, Becky.
AARP tax help
AARP tax help is still available until April 12. Sign up at the desk located inside the senior dining room. Assistance is provided every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be available to assist you during these hours. No phone reservations will be accepted.
The AARP Tax Aide program provides free tax preparation service for anyone age 60 or older, especially low- and middle-income individuals.
Basic digital photo class
Bruce Andersen is back with his popular Into to Photoshop course. This is a hands-on, three-session course in which participants will have an opportunity to work on digital image files with Bruce's instruction. The class is located in the computer lab here at the community center March 8 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $120 for the three sessions and is limited to eight students.
"This class is for people who are comfortable using their camera and a computer, but not necessarily the two together," writes Bruce. "The goal of Intro to Photoshop is to improve the quality of your pictures and get the desired results. The course outline includes a tour of Photoshop Elements, enhancing images by boosting color and contrast, removing undesirable objects, cropping and preparing photo files for e-mail and print, file management and a refresher on working with the camera."
Open gym
Sessions are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9 a.m. with Larry Page as the contact person. Larry can be reached at 264-1024.
Another group meets every Friday from noon to 1:15 p.m. Call Dan Aupperle if you wish to join this group, 264-2235.
Center details
The community center's winter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The community center has several rooms to rent for all kinds of gatherings, meetings, seminars, parties and fund-raising events, at reasonable prices. Space is available for just about any sized group, most with the furniture and equipment you will need. Call 264-4152 to reserve a room for your next gathering.
Activities this week
Today - Hoopsters basketball is cancelled; gym closed for maintenance; PSAAR class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; AARP tax help, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; jewelry making class, 10 a.m.-noon; Colorado Department of Education meeting; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; toddler's play group is cancelled; Teen Center open, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sky High volleyball practice, 3:30-5 p.m.; youth basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Trinity Anglican Church bible study, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Intro to Photoshop; 6:30-8:30 p.m.;
March 9 - Senior walk, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; Bridge-4-Fun, 12:30-4 p.m.; Cloverbud 4-H, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Teen Center open, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
March 10 - Drug and alcohol course, not open to the public, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; drawing class, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; scrapbook club 10 a.m.-3 p.m.;
March 11 - Grace Evangelical Free Church and Church of Christ services, 10 a.m.-noon; High Roads Baptist Church service, 6-8 p.m.; Fairfield Activities meeting, 6-8 p.m.
March 12 - Line dancing, 9-11:30 a.m.; senior walk, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; TOPS RHA Meeting, 1-4 p.m.; junior high basketball, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Intro to Photoshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Creepers Jeepers, 7-8 p.m.
March 13 - Hoopsters basketball, 8-9 a.m.; yoga session, 10-11:30 a.m.; senior walk, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; Teen Center open, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; junior high basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m.;
March 14 - senior walk, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; senior's Aikido class, 1-2 p.m.; Teen Center open, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Weight Watchers, 4:45-6:45 p.m.; junior high basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Senior News

Keeping your food safe

By Jeni Middendorf
SUN Columnist

Did you know that, every year, an estimated 76 million people in the United States become ill from food that contains harmful bacteria?
Older adults are at higher risk. Perhaps, food borne illness has affected you, and you did not even recognize the common symptoms - an upset stomach, diarrhea, a fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration. It can also result in more severe illness, such as paralysis and meningitis, or even death.
It's important that older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and individuals with certain chronic illnesses pay extra attention and carefully follow food safety advice. Here are simple steps that you and your family can take to minimize the risk - four key words: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Older adults should be particularly careful.
In addition, older adults need to avoid eating or drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk or any products made from unpasteurized milk, raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, raw or undercooked meat and poultry, raw or undercooked fish or shellfish, unpasteurized juices, and raw sprouts.
Sodium and potassium
Nearly all of us eat too much salt (sodium). As a matter of fact, on average, the more salt we eat, the higher our blood pressure - and most of the salt we eat comes from processed foods, not necessarily from the salt shaker. Surprised? Eating less salt is an important way to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, which may in turn reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney damage.
Other lifestyle changes may prevent or delay getting high blood pressure. These include eating more foods rich in potassium, losing excess weight, being more physically active, and eating an overall healthy diet.
A diet rich in potassium helps to counter balance some of sodium's harmful effects on blood pressure. You may need to consult your health care provider for advice on how much sodium and potassium you should get, but in general, older adults should aim to consume no more than 1,500 mg/day (about 60 percent DV on the food label) of sodium, and meet the potassium recommendation of (4,700 mg/day) by eating potassium-rich food. When choosing packaged foods, check the sodium content on the Nutrition Facts label. Use the percent Daily Value (percent DV) to help limit your sodium intake. Older adults should not exceed about 60 percent DV for sodium for the day.
You can be active
Many older adults may feel that they are too tired to be physically active or that they have earned their rest. However, physical activity is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, and for older adults, physical activity may take on even more meaning. Continuing to live independently - doing the things that you enjoy - can be linked to being active. Increasing your heartbeat, strengthening your muscles, and increasing your flexibility contribute to physical fitness and the ability to do everyday activities like climbing the stairs, shopping for groceries, and visiting with family and friends.
Older adults may want to consult with their health care provider, if they have certain chronic diseases or are taking medications, before starting vigorous physical activity. Let's also clear up a misconception - that older adults should not participate in physical activity because of a risk of falls or injury. Actually, the opposite is true. Sedentary older adults have a higher risk of falls and regular physical activity may reduce their risk. Research also shows that regular physical activity can promote psychological well-being and can aid in reducing feelings of mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety. On a day that you're feeling a bit tired, down, or stressed, consider taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood or at the gym at the Community Center. Start small, have a positive attitude, build up to more vigorous activities, and continue to enjoy all that life has to offer you!
Let's get into the nitty gritty. For adults ages 65 and older, here's what science tells us to do:
- At a minimum, do moderately-intense cardio or aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes per day, most days of the week.
- At a minimum, do strength-training exercises, two days per week.
Moderate activity: Intensity is relative to your level of fitness. For some older adults, moderately-intense physical activities include:
- walking briskly
- biking at a casual pace
- dancing (ballroom, line dancing, jazz, or tap)
- water aerobics
- golfing without a cart
- light gardening/yard work such as raking or pushing a power lawn mower
- actively playing with children
- doubles tennis.
Vigorous activity: For some older adults, vigorously-intense physical activities include:
- jogging
- swimming laps
- singles tennis
- heavy yard work.
Strength-training exercises are resistance exercises that increase the strength of your muscles, help maintain the integrity of your bones, and may improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. Both strength training and cardio or aerobic activities are important. In particular, strength training helps develop and maintain a healthy skeleton and muscle mass. A few examples of strength-training exercises are:
- digging in a garden
- chopping wood
- using a push lawn mower
- bicep curls
- yoga (some types are more strengthening than others)
- leg lifts
- squats.
Some exercises improve your balance and strength at the same time. If you are at risk of falling, you should include balance exercises as part of your strength-training activities. Some examples include:
- rising up and down on your toes while standing and holding a stable chair or countertop.
- walking a straight line heel to toe
- side leg raises while standing and holding onto a chair
- knee flexions (while standing and holding onto a chair, bend knee so your foot lifts behind you)
- hip flexions (while standing and holding onto a chair, raise knee toward chest).
Remember: You can do it. It's time well spent to help give you more time, extra quality years to spend with your family and friends enjoying life!
Soup cooking classes
Bored with routine home menus? Looking for something new for that home-cooked meal? Want to learn from the professional chefs?
Sign up for a soup cooking class at The Den. You'll learn some great new soup recipes from some of the best chefs in town. Boss Hogs, Isabel's, Victoria's Parlor and Dionigi's restaurants are participating.
Classes will be held Mondays in the community center kitchen during the month of March. Each class is limited to 10 participants. The cost for each class is $5 which must be paid at the time of sign up. Bring your appetite as you enjoy your new creation a the end of each class.
Postal fraud
U.S. Postal Service employee, Judy Wagner, will be at The Den Tuesday, March 13 at 12:45 p.m. to give us tips on important contacts if you suspect mail fraud, how to get your name removed from pre-approved credit card offers, how to get on the Do-Not-Call List, and other important information.
Free Movie Day
Join The Den Wednesday, March 14, for Seniors' Day at the LibertyTheater at 1 p.m.
The free flick of the month for folks 55 and older and their families will be "High Society." Not only will the Liberty Theater provide a free movie, but they also have a $2 snack deal that includes a small popcorn and small soda. Transportation provided by the senior bus for a suggested donation of $2 is available.
Dance For Health
Dance For Health classes are available at The Den on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. free of charge. Karma Raley, the instructor, enjoys sharing her love of dance and blends dance with yoga awareness to create a full body routine. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. Join us at The Den and learn great dance techniques while having a fun time exercising!
Aikido classes
Aikido is a relatively modern martial art, although its roots go back nearly a thousand years to secret techniques of samurai warriors. The Den offers aikido classes every Wednesday at 1 p.m. with instructors Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen. Aikido is beneficial for health, coordination, stress relief and character with the goal of bettering oneself rather than trying to be better than an opponent.
Sandhill Crane field trip
The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a major stopover for migrating greater Sandhill Cranes moving between their wintering area around Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and breeding grounds in the northern United States and southern Canada.
Up to 20,000 cranes pass through in the spring and again in the fall. Three remaining endangered Whooping Cranes from a failed attempt to establish a wild migratory population in the 1980's can be seen migrating with their foster species, the Sandhill Crane. Several hundred elk may also be seen on the refuge seeking winter food. On Thursday, March 15, you'll climb aboard our comfy bus and settle in for the ride over to Monte Vista. The cost of the trip is $20 and includes a delicious lunch (beverage, tax and tip included) at the Mountain View Restaurant in Monte Vista. Dress for cool weather and bring along your cameras and binoculars. Enjoy the views from various pulloffs and at interpretative displays located along and within the Monte Vista Refuge. Meet at The Den at 8:45 a.m. and we'll return at approximately 5 p.m. Sign up for this great experience no later than Friday, March 9. Maximum participation is 18.
St. Patrick's Day party
Is your name O'Reilly, O'Mally or Monnahan?
Well. you do not need a good, old Irish name to celebrate the festivities of St. Patrick's Day!
Join us at The Den Friday, March 16 during lunch for a St. Patty's party. Wearing the green on St. Patrick'sDay can win you some cool prizes if yoiu show up with one of the most festive authentic Irish costumes. There will be a green cake, green drinks and a little green on your plate with your corned beef to add to the tradition of the most celebrated color. The group Tuesdays at Four will be here to entertain us. Join us for an afternoon filled with fun, music and laughter.
Seniors Inc. memberships
Seniors Inc. annual memberships for folks 55 and older are sold at The Den for $5 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Memberships will not be sold Thursdays.
Your Seniors Inc. membership entitles you to a variety of discounts from participating merchants. For qualifying members, it provides scholarships to assist with the costs for eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental expenses, and prescription and medical equipment. Your Seniors Inc. membership will also cover $20 of the $30 transportation fee for medical shuttles to Durango. The Den's Monthly Mystery trips to fascinating destinations are sponsored by Seniors Inc. so these cool trips in the warmer months are open to all members. As you can see, the benefits of a Seniors Inc. membership are endless, so stop on in at The Den during the scheduled hours to renew, or to purchase your first annual membership. Please remember that you do not need to be a Seniors Inc. member to join us at The Den. Everyone is welcome to be a part of our extended family.
Tax Aide program
The AARP sponsored Tax Aide program is back this year. This program provides free personal income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older. The program maintains strict confidentiality and protects the security of all taxpayers' information and records at all times. Free electronic filing (e-filing) of tax returns prepared by Tax Aide counselors is also available. New this year is that taxpayers can claim a refund on their 2006 tax returns for excise tax they paid on long-distance telephone service. Individuals not required to file a federal income tax return can file a new form (form 1040EZ-T) to claim their refund. Preparation assistance for Colorado Property Tax/Heat/Rent Rebate Application (PTC) will be provided even if the individual is not required to file a federal tax return.
The tax counseling and preparation is done by IRS/AARP trained volunteers who reside in the Pagosa Springs area. This program is offered every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through April 12, in the Art Council room of the community center. It is requested that you make an appointment for this help. There will be sign-up sheets for appointments on the bulletin board in the Senior Center dining room. Appointments will not be accepted by telephone. Walk-ins will be assisted on an as-available basis. Individuals with appointments have preference.
Substitute home delivery volunteers
The Silver Foxes Den Senior Center is looking for substitute volunteers for the home-delivered meal program. If you can spare an hour a week on a flexible basis and want to contribute to your communtiy, then this is the volunteer position for you! You can make a difference in many lives just by volunteering as a subsitute to deliver meals without taking too much time out of your busy schedule. Please call Musetta at 264-2167 if you are interested in helping out. Deliver a meal and a smile and make someone's day!
Monthly luncheon
Grab a friend or make new ones when you join in the monthly restaurant luncheon at Boss Hogs Restaurant Thursday, March 22 at noon.
Enjoy a selection of one of four entrees, choose either barbecue pork ribs, chicken fried steak, soup and salad, or the surprise selection that will be announced upon arrival. The cost is just $10 per person and includes a non-alcoholic drink, your meal, dessert, tax and tip. Make your reservation through The Den no later than March 16.
Activities
Thursday, March 8 - Tax Aide in Pagosa, by appointment only. The Den is closed.
Friday, March 9 - The Geezers meeting, 9:00 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Bridge-4-Fun, 12:30 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Seniors Inc. board meeting, 1 p.m.; final day to sign up for Crane Field Trip.
Monday, March 12 - Soup class, 10 a.m. ; Susan Stoffer, nurse and counselor, available, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; gym walk, 11:15; Bridge-4-Fun, 12:30; canasta, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 - Yoga, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11:30 a.m.; U.S. Post Office presentation, "Mail Fraud," 12:45 p.m.; AARP Driver's Safety Program, 1-5 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, March 14 – Dance For Health class, 10 a.m.; basic computer class, 10 a.m.; Aikido class, 1 p.m.; free movie at the Liberty Theater, "High Society", 1:00 p.m.; and AARP Driver's Safety Program, 1-5 p.m. at the Methodist Church.
Thursday, March 15 - Lunch served in Arboles (reservations required). Green day and $1birthday lunches in Arboles. Tax Aide in Pagosa, by appointment only. The Den is closed. Sandhill Crane Field Trip.
Friday, March 16 - Green Day at The Den. The Geezers meeting, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; St. Patty's party, noon; Bridge-4-Fun, 12:30 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; final day to sign up for monthly luncheon.
Menu
Suggested donation $3 for ages 60-plus and kids 12 and under; all others $5.
Our meal program partially is funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, other contributions and grants.
Salad bar available everyday at The Den beginning at 11:30 a.m. Menu subject to change.
Friday, March 9 - Crunchy baked fish, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple and mandarin oranges, and a muffin.
Monday, March 12 - Lasagna, Italian vegetables, seasoned cabbage, garlic roll, and ice cream.
Tuesday, March 13 - Enchilada pie with lettuce and tomato, zucchini, mixed fruit with blueberries, chips and salsa.
Wednesday, March 14 - Stuffed bell peppers, corn, spinach, applesauce, and whole wheat bread.
Thursday, Match 15 - Lunch served in Arboles (reservations required.) BBQ chicken breast, mashed potatoes, Brussles sprouts, whole wheat bread, and pineapple upside down cake.
Friday, March 16 - Corned beef, parslied potatoes, cabbage with carrots, plums, and whole wheat roll.

Veteran's Corner

VA headstones in private cemeteries

By Andy Fautheree

All veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible for a headstone provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in a private cemetery. There are even provisions for a headstone for certain Reservist veterans.
Any veteran who died after Sept. 11, 2001 may be provided a headstone in a private cemetery, even if there is already a headstone for that grave. Prior to that date, the grave must not already be marked with a headstone or marker.
The headstone is provided and shipped to an appropriate address or cemetery free of charge. The only requirement is that a suitable base and installation must be supplied by the responsible party.
Spouses and dependents
Spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery are not eligible for a government-provided headstone or marker. Flat markers in granite, marble and bronze, and upright headstones in granite and marble, are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for cremated remains.
Inscription rules
Government-furnished headstones and markers must be inscribed with the name of the deceased, branch of service, and the year of birth and death, in this order.
Headstones and markers also may be inscribed with other items, including an authorized emblem of belief and, space permitting, additional text including military grade, rate or rank, war service such as "World War II," complete dates of birth and death, military awards, military organizations, and civilian or veteran affiliations.
Proof of service
When burial occurs in a private cemetery, an application for a government-furnished headstone or marker must be made to the VA. Proof of veteran's military service and discharge, such as the DD-214 discharge papers of military service, must be provided with the application. An original copy of military documents is not required.
No time limit
There is no time limit for application for a burial headstone or marker, as long as the veteran's burial meets the above requirements. I have assisted local veterans' organizations in obtaining headstones for unmarked graves in our local cemetery dating back 100 years.
Fuel money
Don't forget to stop by my office with your "proof of appointment" information, fuel and overnight accommodation receipts to VA health care appointments for reimbursement of expenses. We are currently reimbursing nearly 100 percent of your VA Health Care travel expenses.
Also, help a fellow veteran who may be going in the same direction to the same VA facility. Give me a call if you can provide transportation or need transportation; I will keep a calendar of who is going where to coordinate this important program.
Durango VA Clinic
The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 400 South Camino Del Rio, Suite G, (next to Big 5 Sports). Phone number is 247-2214. Albuquerque VAMC phone number is (800) 465-8262.
Further information
For information on these and other veterans, benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 7 (behind City Market). The office number is 731-3837, the fax number is 731-3879, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.

Library News

Pagosa pilots host fund-raiser for library

By Carole Howard
SUN columnist, and the library staff

John Huft's airplane hanger at the Pagosa Springs airport was transformed into a beach party scene complete with a tropical blue sky, palm trees and sand on the floor on Saturday evening, March 3, with almost 100 guests dressed in shorts, aloha shirts, sundresses and other summer attire donating an entrance fee and participating in a silent auction to raise more than $2,700 for the Sisson Library.
The event was sponsored by Huft and his wife, Teresa, Ralph and Sam Goulds, Harry Young, and Bob Goubitz of Avjet Corp., who hosted the tropical bar. The Hufts and Goulds came up with the idea of a fund-raiser when the library's mill levy failed by 350 votes last November. "We wanted to show everyone that many people in Archuleta County loves their library and are very willing to contribute to support it," Sam Goulds said.
More than 30 items for the silent auction were donated by pilots, library supporters and local businesses including the Hufts, Goulds, Scottie and Ralph Gibson, Carole and Bob Howard, Marilyn and Frank Hutchins, Marti and Bill Gallo, Jo Sanders, Peter Welch, Maria MacNamee of Happy Trails Lady's Boutique, Dr. Gerlinde Ehni and Alice Laurent from Dental Arts, The Spa at Pagosa Springs, Holly Langford and Touch of the Tropics, and the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Auction items included food baskets, a pilot's flight review, music CD collections, computer training and repair, a handmade quilt, portable power source, home decorations, massage and hot soak, manicure, velvet shawl, teeth cleaning and whitening, and ski tickets at Wolf Creek.
Additionally, cash donations were received from Larry Bartlett, Lenore Bright, Jim and Jean Carson, J. R. Ford, Valerie Goulds, Bob and Carole Howard, Bryant and Peggy Lemon, Ray and Joann Laird, Gerard and Sharon Pearson, and Harry Young.
"This was an incredibly fun and successful event," said Teresa Huft. "We are delighted to have this opportunity for Pagosa pilots and friends to demonstrate our support for the library." Library director Jackie Welch and children's librarian Barb Draper accepted the funds gratefully, telling the pilots and others at the beach party that their donation will benefit all the children in Archuleta County. The money will purchase beginning reader chapter books for youngsters in kindergarten through second grade, plus a new series of 50 books called "America the Beautiful" on each of the U.S. states and a World Geography series on other countries, both aimed at children ages nine to 14.
Fiction: a thriller and a modern classic
In "True Evil," New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns to his trademark Southern milieu in a thriller about a divorce attorney who may be orchestrating the deaths of his clients' spouses. The 10th anniversary edition of the international bestseller "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho," a book that sold 21 million copies worldwide, has just been published with a new introduction by the author.
New fiction on CDs
Four New York Times bestsellers are now available on CD. They include "The Innocent Man," by John Grisham; "Cross," by James Patterson; "Next," by Michael Crichton; and "Plum Lovin'," by Janet Evanovich. Also available on CD in an abridged version is "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," by Kim Edwards.
Helpful guides for health and diet
Two doctors have co-authored a "You" series of books with practical tips to motivate you to keep your body healthy, safe and young. One is called "You, The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger." The second is called "You on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management." Both are written by the doctor team of Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz. One reviewer called this series "the next best thing to attending medical school, plus you save on tuition."
Another diet book is called "The Best Life Diet." Written by Bob Greene, who helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, it includes easy-to-follow meal plans that make it simple to met your daily energy and nutrient requirements whether you're in a hurry or taking time to make something special.
Advice about dogs and party hostessing
"Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems" is written by Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel's hit show "Dog Whisperer." "I Like You," by Amy Sedaris is a light-hearted look at hospitality by a young woman who loves parties.
Lifelong Learning lectures
The second in our spring series of Lifelong Learning lectures takes place this Saturday, March 10, when Dr. Duane Smith speaks on "Women to the Rescue: Creating Mesa Verde National Park" about the determined, dedicated women who aroused the public and Congress in the 1890s to preserve these incredible ruins. Please visit the library's web site at www.pagosalibrary.org and click on the Lifelong Learning Program page for details of the full spring 2007 lecture series. All are free to the public. They take place in the library at 3 p.m.
Thanks to our donors
Special thanks to Genevieve and Ralph Phelps for their donation in memory of Allie May Jackson. Also, our thanks this week for gifts of books and materials from Carol Ellis, Addie Greer, Karen Hoch, Bob Howard, Pat Jolliff, Jess Ketchum, Kate Lister, Virginia Pichon, Codie Wilson and Lynne Wooldridge.

Arts Line

Make plans to attend PSAC annual meeting

By Linda Strathdee
PREVIEW Columnist

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council's annual meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at JJ's.
Winners of PSAC's 2008 calendar contest will be announced and the successful entries will be on display.
This meeting is a social event, with great food and entertainment. There will be a charge of $20; non-members are welcome.
Come to the meeting and support the arts in Pagosa!
The Artist Spirit
The Artist Spirit addresses your heartfelt questions about the arts. It is geared to enlighten and inform, be sincere, humorous or just have fun. This is an opportunity to hear what other artists are thinking and feeling and a place to speak out in the Art Community
If you have any questions for Dear Liz Rae, please e-mail psac@centurytel.net attention: The Artist Spirit, or mail your questions to The Artist Spirit, PSAC, PO Box 533, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Your name is not necessary.
Dear Lizzy:
Thanks for this arts and music forum.
I'm writing you to suggest some guidelines for your readers with interests in music study. This includes studying instruments and singing solo or in groups.
First, let that music into your soul. Open your ears and see. You may listen and still not hear.
Second, let your body dance. This it can do imperceptibly to others. Let the rhythms move you, even minimally.
Third, Let your heart and mouth sing. Realize that the melodic and harmonic pleasantries can draw you thusly in!
Let the music in.
Your pal,
Clem Bowflanks
Well, hello Clem:
Thank you for your guidelines. Do you teach music? Do you play an instrument? Any advice for letting the music into your soul and singing with your heart? We would love to hear more from you.
We encourage everyone who appreciates the arts to use this column to send their thoughts our way.
Listening to the music of the heart,
Liz Rae
PSAC workshops
Call 264-5020 to reserve a space in any workshop. Remember space may be limited, so call early.
Drawing with Randall Davis
Local artist Randall Davis will hold a one-day drawing workshop, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the community center. This workshop will focus on drawing the face. The session is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. If you have never attended one of his classes, it's wonderful to see what you can produce in a day under Randall's guidance. Everyone leaves with a completed drawing.
Supplies needed for this class include a sketch pad (preferably 11x14), assorted drawing pencils, including a 3H or 4H, a No. 2, and a 3B or 4B, eraser, ruler, pencil sharpener. Plan to bring a bag lunch. The cost for the day is $35. Call PSAC to register, 264-5020.
Photography with Wen Saunders
Wen Saunders, local photojournalist, will present a series of evening and Saturday sessions to include instruction and actual location photography shoots in March. The series meets at the Pagosa Springs Community Center and is a special opportunity for individuals to learn from a working professional and gain better knowledge about photography and their camera. Fees include all printed materials, film, and image processing. Participants should bring all their photographic equipment (including owner's manuals, tri-pods, etc.) Sessions are $65 each or $259 for the five-session series.
- March 26: Get to Know Your 35mm Camera.
Learn and understand the parts of a camera and how they function. Camera maintenance will be discussed. Participants will evaluate f-stop basics. You'll not only have a keen understanding of f-stop characteristics, but also discover the best f-stop decisions for the image you photograph. Meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- March 27: F-Stops and Shutter Speed.
Learn how to select the best shutter to help create better images. Advantages of slow and fast shutter speeds will be discussed. Participants will shoot an assignment during this session with provided film (black and white or color). Meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- March 29: Natural Lighting (+/- exposure).
This segment is dedicated to help you understand why f-stops are important for you to control. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of film speeds from ISO 400-3200. Color and Black & white films will be discussed and demonstrated. Experiment with ISO 3200 black & white film Or color ISO 800 exposure without a flash. This session includes a location shoot. Meets 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- March 31: Electronic Flash.
Does the electronic flash have you puzzled? Are you interested in obtaining better images using your flash? This session will give you confidence to easily use your flash. For those who don't have a flash- you can rent one for $20 and discover the right flash to purchase! Meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
- March 31: 35mm B/W Infrared and Film Processing.
Infrared film can provide a very artistic rending of life's boring situations. If Infrared photography may interest you, but you're afraid to shoot it or have had unsuccessful results, then you will gain a better understanding of the principles of infrared in this session. Meets from 1-4 p.m.
Intermediate watercolor with Betty Slade
On March 29 and 30, artist Betty Slade will show you techniques and skills that will draw out the garden of your soul. You will learn how to reflect your thoughts and moods when you touch your paintbrush to paper. The most important discovery will be your own growth as you learn how to push colors and direct the viewer's eye by creating a path of light to the focal point. You will begin to paint art, not subjects. The cost of this class is $100 for PSAC members and $125 for non-members.
Basket weaving with Pat Jeffers
Master Weaver Pat Jeffers will teach a basket weaving workshop Aug. 1-4 . Jeffers is not only an artist with her basket weaving skills but she is also an excellent teacher. Beginners and experienced weavers alike can learn Pat's techniques and create stunning baskets. Pat lives in Wyoming and is known for her designs with swirling, shifting patterns of color and texture reminiscent of our western landscape. She weaves her baskets with superior quality reed which she hand dyes with Procion dyes that chemically bond with the reed to provide vibrant, light-fast colors. She also incorporates braided fabric to add texture and interest to the baskets. You can view her work and learn more about Pat on her Web site: www.jeffersfineart.com.
Cost is $400 per person. All weaving materials will be furnished including braids, dyed reeds, antlers, sanded wood, sea grass cord, coir and sugar palm fiber. Class will be held in the community center Arts and Crafts Room. For questions about the weaving, e-mail Pat Jeffers at pat@jeffersfineart.com. To register, e-mail Barbara Rosner at info@rosnercreative.com or call 264-6502. A deposit of $200 is required to confirm your spot in the workshop. Make checks payable to Pat Jeffers and mail them to: Barbara Rosner, 645 Bear Run, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Class is filling up and size is limited.
Watch this column for upcoming workshops.
Photography club
Consider joining the Pagosa Springs Photography Club. Field trips and workshops occur throughout the year. Interested photography enthusiasts are welcome to attend at no charge for the first meeting. Any and all are invited to join for $20 annual dues. For more information, contact club president Sharan Comeaux at 731-4511 (daytime), 731-5328 (evening) or e-mail at m_mcomo@yahoo.com.
Watercolor club
Watercolor club meets the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Arts and Crafts Room of the community center. Watercolorists of all levels are provided the opportunity to use the room for the day. Attending members contribute $5 for use of the space. Attendees should bring a bag lunch, their supplies, and a willingness to have a fun creative day. New participants are always welcome.
Gallery hours
During the month of March, the gallery will be staffed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Additionally, voice mail and e-mail will be checked regularly so please leave a message and someone will get back to you.
PSAC calendar
All PSAC classes and workshops are held in the Arts and Craft Room at the community center, unless otherwise noted. All exhibits are shown at the PSAC Town Park gallery, unless otherwise noted. For more information contact PSAC at 264-5020
March 10 - Randall Davis, one-day drawing workshop.
March 15 - Watercolor club.
March 21 - Photography club.
March 26 - Wen Saunders, Get to now Your 35mm Camera.
March 27 - Wen Saunders, F-Stops and Shutter Speeds.
March 29 - Wen Saunders, Natural Lighting (+/- exposure).
March 29-30 - Betty Slade, Intermediate Watercolor.
March 31 - Wen Saunders, Electronic Flash.
March 31 - Wen Saunders, 35mm B/W Infrared and Film Processing.
April 26 - PSAC annual meeting.
April 26-27 - Betty Slade, Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting Workshop.

Tasting Notes

When the going gets tough, the tough go to 'reliables'

By James Robinson
Staff Writer

There are many benefits to ordering wine from outside the Pagosa Springs area. First, if you choose your purveyor carefully, you can find one that best matches your tastes or interests. Second, often times the wine goes from producer to seller with few middle men, and a conscientious seller will carefully manage the process - no blistering loading docks, no unrefrigerated shipping containers, in short, far fewer damaged goods and juice that tastes as though quaffed right at the winery. Third, a careful and passionate proprietor handpicks his stock, often visiting wineries and vineyards himself to taste barrel samples, talk with the winemaker, gather tasting notes and to collect vintage data. A passionate proprietor understands that wine in dynamic, that no catalogue or store shelf should go unchanged for any length of time, that some varietals are better suited to some seasons then others, that exploration and discovery are part of the process.
Enter Kermit Lynch. I've chosen to buy wine almost exclusively from his store in the Bay Area because he meets the above criteria. He specializes in wines from France and Italy made in the lesser known nooks and crannies of various appellations. He chooses his products carefully; seeking the well-crafted, artisanal and esoteric over the mass produced, and is zealous when it comes to shipping the product both from abroad and within the United States.
For example, during one sweltering summer day, Karl and I called to place an order - we hadn't had any of Kermit's juice for weeks and we were in dire straits. The salesman answered the phone, patiently listened to our request for a shipment to Colorado, and then politely informed us he wouldn't ship. It was far too hot he said, and he just couldn't risk sending the wine across the country under such conditions - think 100-plus degrees bouncing around in the back of a UPS truck. If we were intent on taking the shipment anyway, he said, he would fax us a waiver absolving Kermit Lynch from any and all responsibility. He didn't suggest we sign such a document, and counseled us like two addicts in a methadone clinic. Just wait until September he said, all will be fine, new wines, cooler temperatures and no problems with shipping. I hung up the phone, and both Karl and I were ecstatic. Now that was service. Most purveyors would have shipped regardless, and would have laughed all the way to the bank, but not Kermit. The man and his staff believe in maintaining the integrity of the juice.
And that is one of the disadvantages of ordering wine from outside the Pagosa Springs area - you can't always get what you want when you want it, and planning plays a critical role in the ordering process. And Karl and I aren't planners or very good organizers. If someone watched us attempting to organize and package one our seven or eight case orders for the members in our informal quaffing club, the scene would be reminiscent of watching two chimpanzees attempting to solve a Rubik's Cube - lots of head and armpit scratching, looks of utter befuddlement followed by infantile euphoria when we solve the puzzle. You should see us do the math. But somehow we get it all done and the day the goods arrive is like a national holiday, although there is a price. At some point soon after the shipment's arrival, Karl and I have blasted through the case and soon are staring into the abyss of an empty wine cabinet. Others in the group seem to have more control and stretch their stash until the next order, but not Karl and I.
Usually, at about the three-week mark, our end of the day office discussions center on what we'll purchase locally to get us through until the next Kermit shipment. The conversations are generally uninspired, but thorough, as we mentally wade through shelves of mediocrity while searching for something new, exciting, interesting and worthy of the next meal. We trade tidbits of leads, but Karl is at a disadvantage, he's less flexible and sticks exclusively to wine. But when the going gets tough, I go for beer. Thus, over the months, I've compiled a short list of locally available "reliables" that get me over the between-shipment hump, and although not necessarily new and exciting, they serve their purpose and won't break the bank.
For red wines, at under 12 bucks, Bonny Doon's 2004 Domaine Des Blagueurs Syrah is a solid choice. While some Syrah is powerful, peppery and gamey, Bonny Doon's offering is much more approachable, doesn't require decanting, and makes for a pleasant, black-fruit-driven, everyday quaff with enough subtlety to pair well with a variety of simple dishes.
Also at less than 12 bucks is Campo Viejo's 2001 Tempranillo. For lovers of Old World rusticity, the Campo Viejo delivers. The 2001 Tempranillo has that unmistakable hint of Spanish leather wrapped around a tight raisiny core. Often, Spanish reds are rough and rugged when first poured, but the Campo Viejo drinks well from the first taste. With subtler than usual tannins and a comfortable complexity, the Campo Viejo is a good match for more complex fare and beef or lamb based entrees.
In the weekly newspaper business, Monday through Wednesday is a brutal part of the week. Monday and Tuesday evenings are spent writing or in meetings, while Wednesday brings brain damage during the crunch to get the paper complete. Often, meals early in the week are quick and simple and beer serves as a fine complement.
For lovers of German wheat beers, Franziskaner Weissbier will hit the mark. With aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, the Franziskaner is rich on the palate, but not heavy, and pairs well with a simple peasant's plate - cold cuts, cheese, cornichons, bread and olives - a perfect Monday or Tuesday meal. The Franziskaner sells for about $10 a six-pack.
Wednesday is beer and pizza night and that calls for the Chimay Grand Reserve, sometimes also called Chimay Blue Label. Made by Belgium's Trappist monks, the Chimay is powerful, complex and heady stuff - think aromas of roasting coffee, burnt toffee and hops. Add to it a generous mouthfeel and a dynamic effervescence and you've got a powerhouse of a beer that stands alone and pairs well with food. The Chimay Blue Label is available locally only in 750ml bottles, so, if you're drinking alone, stay home and hide the car keys, or share it with a friend. Chimay also makes a red label, although at a dollar more a bottle for the blue, the investment for the latter is well worth it. Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue Label) sells for about $10 for the 750 ml bottle.
james@pagosasun.com

Food for Thought
Ashes to ashes ... to dinner

By Karl Isberg

Kathy and I are making out a will.
Kathy has been pestering me for a few years now: "We have to draw up a will; we need to go to a lawyer. Things need to be in order, in case ..."
"In case?"
"Well, you know, in case ..."
Kathy has a hard time spitting this one out, so I do it for her.
"In case we croak, hit the Bio Deck, cash in the chips, take the Ultimate Vacation? In case, dare I say it ... we die?"
Well, yes."
"I have a hunch it's going to happen. Why be shy about it?"
"I know. But, it's kind of creepy."
"Not to us existential types." (I throw out my chest in a grand, Sartrean gesture. You must remember, however, that Sartre was probably higher than a kite on amphetamines when he wrote "Being and Nothingness." It's easy to be tough-minded when you're ripped on a massive load of speed).
"We all have to surf that last wave, baby, and, at the end of the ride, we all face-plant the beach. Hard."
Sounds good, doesn't it?
Manly.
So, we go to a lawyer and determine what will happen to our assets. Such as they are.
My first question to the attorney is: "When it is obvious I am a bum, why do I need to worry about a will? I don't really have anything of value to give away. Heaven knows my 1994 Chevy truck is worth about, oh, I don't know ... NOTHING! And my personal belongings, if one includes the zippy new $12.95 cartridge razor, are worth about, oh, I don't know ... $12.95. So, what's the worry? Kathy is the only thrifty member of this clan. She's accrued the savings, the investments; let her make out a will and let's be done with it."
The lawyer looks at Kathy.
"Can I make sure, if I die first, that everything I own goes to my daughters and granddaughter, with the exception of donations to The Sierra Club and the Methodist Church?" she asks. She casts a sidelong glance at me.
Finally, we get to the end game, if you'll pardon the pun.
There's the living will. If I am unconscious for seven days, hooked up to machines and nourished with icky pink, foodlike liquids, I put in my will that I am to be given seven additional days before the plug leaves the socket. Who knows: God has punished me quite a bit thus far, but he might grant a miraculous reprieve in order to gleefully add a pound or two more to the load.
Then, we're given forms that list our desires concerning disposal of bodily remains. We take the forms home to compete prior to our final visit to the lawyer.
That night, I take my form to "the den" - the windowless, unheated space in the basement that Kathy allows me to maintain in my own style. I push a huge stack of debris from the top of a wine box and I set to work studying and filling out the form, making some critical after-end-of-life decisions.
The options are clear.
"Burial. I direct that my body be buried at ..."
No need to take up space that could be otherwise subdivided as part of a luxury community.
"Entombment. I direct my body be entombed at ..."
Since there are no plans on the drawing board for an elaborate tomb, I go with a no on this one.
"Cremation. I direct that my body be cremated and that my cremated remains be disposed as follows ..."
Ah, nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven. Cremation it will be.
Then, on to the means of disposal.
"Funeral. I request that the following arrangements be made for my funeral ..."
No body, no burial, no funeral.
"Memorial service."
Not much to remember in my neck of the woods.
"Arrangements to be made by designees ..."
Hoo boy. If a toilet flushes and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? No way I'm going to risk this, knowing my daughters as I do.
I devise a basic strategy more suited to my nature: cremation and ingestion.
When I am gone: Torch me, reduce me to a pile of ash.
Then, have someone eat me.
I would have included inhalation and, if I were still in touch with some old friends
- Francisco, the emcee at Sid King's Crazy Horse or Doctor Sound the sergeant-at-arms for the Denver Hell's Angels chapter, for example - I am sure they would snort me. Lacking their help, I am limited to a role as food.
Ingestion is going to have to do it.
That's right. I want to be eaten.
Easy, if you think about it - at least from my perspective. As soon-to-be ashes.
You are reduced to a mound of ash. Ash is what?
A powder.
How many powders, or powderlike substances are used in cooking?
Plenty, Bucko. Plenty.
So, with the help of my pal, James, I set to work planning a menu which, in accord with my will, he and some trusted assistants - perhaps including his chef friend, the lovely Mariepaule - will serve to some guests.
First, my ashes will need to be sifted. Through a pretty fine screen. There are, after all, some untidy and hard hunks o' stuff in the mix that need to be removed. These can be given to the dog.
Once the sifting is done, there should be at least a pound of fine powder available for a variety of applications.
I want to be included in a soup.
I think the classic onion soup will work for this meal. A modicum of Isberg in the broth will go undetected as the diner savors the heady brew of long-cooked and caramelized onion, wine and beef broth, and marvels at the magical way the mix interacts with the gruyere-laden crouton. (A fine dusting of ash beneath the cheese, eh?). The ingredient would work as well in a thick, Provencal soup, flush with white beans and dosed with a serious serving of pistou - redolent of garlic, basil, olive oil ... and you know who.
Ahhh.
There are several world-class cheeses that are coated in ash during the aging process - the ash generally being that of something like juniper, a vegetable or a grape vine. I'm put in mind of a fine Morbier, a Sainte Maure or a Morbay. I can think of nothing better than a tart goat cheese, coned and covered with Karl. A measure of Karl in a homemade bleu cheese dressing is a perfect way to convey my bodily remains mouthward. Who would be able to detect the diff between the moldy veins in the cheese, and a mote or so of me?
Other starters that could easily accommodate some Isberg ash? Bruschetta of a variety of kinds, anything including a pate a choux. A coarse, country pate' would be the perfect vehicle.
I'm pondering a beef Milanese for the main course, with some post-Isberg residue mixed in the flour and the crumbs. This one is easy: a thin filet, pounded out into a paillard. The cutlet is dusted with seasoned flour (plus), then goes into an egg wash. From the egg wash, is transported to a plate of fresh, seasoned crumbs (plus) then saute'ed briefly, oh-so-briefly, in a mix of half butter, half extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. It'll be dandy with a mound of spaetzle and a side of saute'ed green beans with pancetta and shallot, or roasted broccoli with anchovy sauce. Perhaps an anchovy or two on the side, each tender piece of fish wrapped around a caper.
And, if a syrupy, lemon-based pan sauce is desired - a hit of dry white, some herbes de Provence, some mushed garlic, a tad of veal demi-glace, some fresh lemon juice, a knob of butter and a dash of Karl will be ideal. I could also recommend a sauce with a weak roux - weak, if only because the flour contains ... guess who?
Or, in lieu of the Milanese, a leg of lamb, roasted medium rare with new potatoes, shallots and carrot, crusted in coarse mustard, garlic chopped herbs and ... moi!
Baked goods? A natural, wouldn't you think? The sifted ashes will be of the same consistency as cake flour. A teaspoon or two of Karl per pound of flour will add my essence, but no discernible coloring or flavor to breads and cakes.
Better yet, an installment of Karl in a chocolate sauce will go unnoticed in what amounts to a classic chocolate sundae, made with ultra high-fat vanilla ice cream. A sprig of mint as a garnish - what could be more refreshing?
We'll have both at the dinner: cake and ice cream, ala Karl. A minute amount of ash in a chocolate ganache? Who'll be the wiser?
James and I will work out all the details. We'll come up with a list of superb, but affordable wines, each calculated to provide the perfect accompaniment to a hit of Isberg.
I've decided on a theme for the dinner party (a tribute to Hans Arp) and I'll pick the music to be played during dinner, Samuel Barber to Iggy Pop. A few of my favorites by Captain Beefheart.
Also, I am putting in my will that a full cup of my sifted ashes are to be given to my pal Michael Coffee, the masterful ceramicist. Michael and I have discussed a combination funerary urn/kimchee pot that he will throw, then glaze with my ashes. It will sit dead center on the dinner table.
Then, only one thing will remain. And this dear readers, will require some time.
The guest list.
Hmmm ... let's see, who should attend?
If I don't have your mailing address, make sure I get it soon.

Extension Viewpoints
The 100-calorie snack, and alternatives

By Bill Nobles

SUN Columnist

March 8 - 5:30 p.m, Vet Science project meeting,San Juan Veterinary Hospital.
March 9 - 1:45 p.m., 4-H Fridays at Community United Methodist Church.
March 9 - 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting.
March 12 - 4:00 p.m., Shooting Sports project meeting.
March 12 - 5:30 p.m., Entomology Unit 1 project meeting.
March 13 - 6 p.m., Rocky Mt. Riders Club meeting.
March 13 - 6 p.m., Junior Stockman Club meeting in Chromo.
March 14 - 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Radon for Realtors Program.
March 14 - 4 p.m., Sportsfishing project meeting.
March 14 - 6:30 p.m., Pagosa Peaks Club meeting.
March 15 - 3:45 p.m., Photography project meeting at Pagosa Photography.
Realtor Radon Program
The Archuleta County Extension Office will host an in-depth seminar dealing with radon for real estate professionals on Wednesday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes four CEU credits by the Realtor Association.
In the real estate market, there are numerous issues one must deal with in order to ethically and successfully complete transactions. More and more, radon is an issue that is and will be showing up in property transactions. It is also an element of the Property Disclosure Statement. This program is designed to assist professionals in handling these issues and in finding solutions to satisfy both buyers and sellers. To register for the program, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.
Power of 100 calories
Have you ever had the munchies and wished for a little something to snack on without blowing your day's worth of calories?
Shirley Perryman, M.S., R.D., Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, wanted to share this information with you. One of the hot new trends in food marketing is the 100-calorie snack pack. In today's world of super-sized everything, it's a nice option to have all the work and math done for you.
If you are portion-control challenged and short on time, you may opt for this convenience. Rather than bringing home the big bag of chips that offers no stopping point once it's opened, you get a fixed number of snacks already pre-portioned for you into 100-calorie packages-assuming you can stop after eating only one package. But 100 calories times many snack attacks, and portion control is lost.
In addition to chips you'll find cookies, crackers, popcorn, yogurt and even soft drinks available in these smaller sizes. The selection is extensive as more than 100 of these products now line your grocers' shelves. Food manufacturers may simply be putting 100-calorie's worth of the original product into a smaller package much like you could choose to do at home using little plastic bags.
However, there are some exceptions. To make it appealing to the consumer, the food manufacturers want you to feel like you've gotten a lot in that little package which sometimes takes creative marketing. It may mean leaving out a high fat, high sugar and high calorie ingredient to meet the 100-calorie goal to keep the package from looking skimpy. For example, some cookies may have fewer chocolate chips or lack the filling you're accustomed to enjoying. Not only may you be getting less than you bargained for, but you also get to pay more-up to twice as much. If convenience is more important to you than your grocery dollars, you'll welcome this new packaging concept. But if you like to get the most bang for your buck you may choose to take the time and do your own portioning in little plastic bags.
These 100-calorie packages are appealing to consumers who are watching their waistlines but don't want to buy special diet foods. The 100-calorie snack pack is real food-not the diet version of favorite snacks. However, little packages filled mostly with empty calories are neither nutritious choices nor likely to be satisfying.
Better examples of real food 100-calorie snacks packed with good nutrition are a high fiber apple, orange or banana or a few tablespoons of nuts or sunflower seeds. For a high protein snack enjoy a small container of creamy non-fat yogurt or pudding but keep the added sugar in check. On these cold days a cup of sugar-free cocoa mix made with skim milk can be very satisfying-especially for those who like chocolate. For a chewy snack have a small handful of dried fruit in place of candy.
What's my bottom line? Because we're a grab-and-go and eat-on-the-run society, be realistic but be prepared. It's not a bad idea to keep pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks on hand for emergency munching to help you get past a sudden craving if you don't happen to have fresh fruit on hand when that snack attack hits. Why undo several weeks or months of building healthy habits with an uncontrollable urge to crunch?
Relying on pre-packaged goodies as part of your daily diet isn't the best idea if they are nothing more than tasty little packages of refined sugar and saturated fat. On the other hand if you choose 100-calorie snacks that offer some protein and fiber and minimal sugar and fat, you may be doing your body a healthful favor. Select the best and enjoy them now and then for a guilt-free winning combination.
Farmers market promotion
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $1 million in competitive grant funds to support farmers markets and other direct marketing projects. Proposals are now being accepted under the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) for Fiscal Year 2007. Agricultural cooperatives, local governments, non-profit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmer's market authorities, and tribal governments are urged to consider developing proposals for this grant program. The allocation of grant funds will be carried out in a single round of competition. Eligible entities must be owned, operated and located within one or more of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The maximum amount of any one proposal is $75,000.
Application forms and program guidelines are also available at the AMS Marketing Services Web site at www.ams.usda.gov/FMPP/. The deadline for submitting a FMPP application is the close of business on April 13.
All proposals will be given full consideration in an impartial review process and selection. USDA is looking forward to receiving innovative proposals that will assist them in expanding the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities while strengthening the nation's farmers markets.

Pagosa Lakes News
Attend board meetings, observe protocol

By Ming Steen
SUN Columnist

The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board of directors meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the PLPOA clubhouse.
One of the items for discussion involves the long-range plan for the association. The board is looking into the possibility of installing gazebos on greenbelts along the trail system as it gets built. No decision has been made. As a property owner, your opinions and suggestions are welcome.
All meetings of the association board are open meetings. Property owners are encouraged to attend meetings and read approved minutes. Owners who wish to address the board are encouraged to do so during the public comments section of the agenda at the beginning of each business meeting.
You will get the best response if you put your question or opinions in writing prior to the meeting. This isn't mandatory, but it helps you and the board. Some issues may require a little research by the general manager. Also, the board can serve you better if they have time to consider your concern.
As a courtesy, the association asks that you phone and let the general manager know that you wish to address the board. This also allows the association to notify you if a meeting is canceled for any reason.
Plan your remarks to last no longer than three minutes. Board members enjoy visiting with property owners; however, the meeting agenda is always very full, and the three-minute limit ensures that all business gets conducted. This doesn't mean big issues can't be presented. If your concern requires more time, please summarize it in three minutes, and the board will add it to the agenda for the next meeting.
Don't expect an immediate response. Board members do not act independently. All issues require discussion and sometimes a vote. Sometimes an immediate answer is possible, but it's just as likely that you won't get a response until after the meeting.
If you need information, call the general manager. The purpose of the public comments segment of all board meetings is for property owners to share opinions and concerns with the board. Property owners seeking general information (like a status report on a project or the board's position on an issue) can get a more immediate answer from the general manager.
Don't feed the swans
Local residents are discouraged from feeding the swans in Village Lake. These beautiful birds are getting very comfortable around humans and cars and so much so that they frequently hang out along North Pagosa Boulevard with little or no regard for oncoming traffic. A swan was killed by a car earlier this winter. Let's not have another casualty. If you see visitors feeding the swans, take a minute to point out the danger to them.

Births

Elizabeth Marie Currier

Elizabeth Marie Currier was born on Jan. 15, 2007, at 12:25 a.m. to Marshall and Meredith Currier. She weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long. She joins half-brother Sean. Proud grandparents are Teresa Norton and Roy Stevens of Pagosa Springs, and Carrie Trumble and the late Victor Trumble of Pagosa Springs. Proud great-grandparents are Lou Poma and Mary Jo Schilling of Pagosa Springs, George and Ann Horton of Truth or Consequences, N.M., and Tom and Katherine Post of Pagosa Springs.

Peyton West Jackson

Peyton West Jackson was born on Feb. 10, 2007, at 4:12 a.m. He was 9 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces and 20 3/8 inches long.
His proud parents are Staff Sergeant West and Sarah Jackson, currently of Las Vegas, Nev. His maternal grandparents are Murray and Jackie Wilson of Las Vegas, and Richard and Kelly Denny of Las Vegas. His paternal grandparents are Carolyn Clark of Pagosa Springs and Jerry and Kathy Jackson of Pagosa Springs.
He is also welcomed by his great-grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. William Paschal of Pagosa Springs.

Obituaries

Mary Fawcett
Mary Blair Fawcett passed away peacefully on February 28, 2007. She was born Mary Virginia Blair in Atchison, Kansas, in 1910. She married her beloved Buzz, W. H. Fawcett Jr., was the mother of four sons - Wilford Hamilton (Buz), William Blair, Blair Redding and the late Michael Blair - and grandmother of Mary and Blair Jr.
Mrs. Fawcett was the daughter of William Wesley, founder of the Blair Milling Company, and Grace Redding; and sister of the late William Alfred. A resident of Norwalk for over 60 years, Mrs. Fawcett also had homes in Pagosa Springs, and St. Martin, DWI.
Her lifelong love of dogs began in Atchison with her first dog "Phewy" and continued through the years with many, many, many more dogs. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Animal Rehab/Animal Hall, Earthplace, PO Box 165, Westport, CT 06881.
A service was held March 5 in Norwalk. Burial was at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, Kansas.

 

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Chamber News

Sign up now for St. Patrick's Parade

By Mary Jo Coulehan
SUN Columnist

Start celebrating the green a little early this year by coming out to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Friday, March 16.
You can march down the main street of Pagosa decked out in all your green finery. Applications are available at the Chamber or we can fax you a copy. All applications must be in by the close of business Thursday, March 15. We already have several entries.
There will be three parade categories with cash prizes: Best Overall Entry, Greenest Entry, and Most Bizarre Entry.
Parade entries will line up on South 6th Street. The parade will travel on the typical route - down San Juan and Pagosa streets to 2nd Street. Parade contestants can start lining up at 3:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 4.
This is a perfect opportunity to involve your youth group, tout your business or just have some fun in this small, but festive celebration.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.
After the parade, head around the corner to the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on Lewis Street, at the Parish Hall. Enjoy fried catfish, fresh french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, ice cream and great camaraderie. Partake of this tasty dinner while you can - the last Friday the Knights of Columbus will host this dinner is March 30.
St. Patrick's Day dinner
Not only will they lead the parade, as they typically do every St. Patrick's Day, but this year St. Patrick's Episcopal Church will host its first-ever St. Patrick's Day Community Dinner. This dinner will a be held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. The fare includes the traditional corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and rolls. Mint chocolate chip ice cream and cake will also be served!
Pagosa Brewing Co. has brewed a few special Irish beers that you will be able to purchase at this event and there will be wine available as well. There will be lots of food and beverages to satisfy even the most discriminating Irishman or Irishwoman.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with children under 3 eating for free. If you can't get the little ones to eat the corned beef, hot dogs will be available. Buy your tickets here at the Chamber, at St. Patrick's Church, or from Carrie Toth or Joanne Irons.
Masquerade Gala
When you stop by the Visitor Center to pick up your St. Patrick's Community Dinner tickets, don't forget you can also purchase your Masquerade Gala tickets as well. Tickets for this first-time event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door at the community center. Dress in the green or dress in your fine evening wear, but either way, include a mask! If you don't have your own, masks can be purchased from Rhonda La Quey at the Teen Center.
The evening will include music provided by DJ Bobby Hart, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and of course the intrigue of trying to find out who is behind the masks! The dance starts at 6 p.m. at the community Center.
This is an over-21 event, with all proceeds benefitting the Teen Center. For more information, contact Rhonda at the Teen Center or Michelle Jamison at the community center, 264-4152.
Don't miss these two fun events on St. Patrick's Day; they'll satisfy the Irish in all of us!
Have fun while learning
The Elation Center for the Arts is offering two free music programs in March for children 2 to 5 years of age.
Exploring Music for Toddlers will be offered every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lewis Street. This session will last 40 minutes and is designed to introduce a variety of instruments and musical styles to toddlers.
Then, on Wednesday nights, The Joy of Music will be held offering lectures and demonstrations by a variety of Pagosa Springs musicians. Each session starts at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall. Paul Roberts presents "World Strings" March 14, a fascinating look at all sorts of stringed instruments from around the globe. For more information about this interactive musical series, call 731-3117.
The Lifelong Learning Lecture Series held at the Ruby Sisson Library also continues with the lecture Saturday, March 10. The lecture is "Women to the Rescue: Creating Mesa Verde National Park". Dr. Duane Smith will recount how, in the 1890s, a group of determined, dedicated women worked to preserve the ruins and arouse the public and Congress to action to create Mesa Verde National Park. This series continues on Saturdays with all sessions at 3 p.m. Enjoy this free educational seminar series throughout the month of March and part of April.
Chamber events
- Maximizing Your Membership.
The Chamber will host its monthly Maximizing Your Membership meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 12. This monthly workshop informs members about their membership benefits, the different avenues including advertising a business and the Chamber can work on together, networking opportunities and much more. This session is not just for new members; we have added numerous benefits that many "older" members may not be aware of. We want you to utilize all your business opportunities. Call Sandy at 264-2360 by close of business tomorrow to reserve your workshop space. The session will last for about an hour.
- Business Bites.
Did you know that nearly 10 million people fall prey to identity theft annually? These problems range from loss of credit, to medical history records, to wrongful exposure to criminal prosecution. Do you also know that, as a business, if you maintain information on employees or customers that could provide a basis for identity theft, you must take steps to reduce the risk of loss of this information and that you could face fines should your company be cited as having lost the information under the wrong set of circumstances? I know, it will never happen to me!
On Tuesday, March 20, two guest speakers will talk about identity theft, steps you can take to minimize your risk and benefits you may be able to offer yourself or your employees, should they be faced with this problem. The Business Bites luncheon will be held at Boss Hogg's Restaurant, starting at noon. Cost for the luncheon is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. This includes lunch with a selection of items, a non-alcoholic beverage and gratuity. Bring your business card for a drawing for free admission to another Business Bites lunch of your choice. Congratulations to Georgianna Guimond of Centurytel, the winner of last month's Bites drawing.
Walk-ins are welcome, but if you can R.S.V.P. so we can notify the restaurant, it will be much appreciated. Call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your lunch space.
It is also time for the April/May issue of the Chamber newsletter. We had a great response in the last issue with our business inserts. If you're having a pre-summer sale, an anniversary or you have a new business, now is the time to advertise. Please have 725 flyers to the Chamber by Monday, March 26. The cost of the inserts is $50 and this is an inexpensive way to get the word out to individuals and businesses alike.
Memberships
We have a plethora of new members this week.
The business is new but the name and skills are not. Welcome to Scott Strategic Investments, with Bob Scott. Bob's office is now located in the Cornerstone Building at 189 Talisman Dr. No. D. Scott Strategic Investments offers the gamut of securities and investment advisory services, all with great expertise. You can contact Bob at 731-3070 or bobscott@raymondjames.com. Congratulations Bob!
We also have our next-door neighbor joining this week, under new ownership. Welcome to Astara Boutique, with Liz Jacques. Located right by the Springs Resort, Astara's has fun, cool clothes from the casual to fancy. Clothing accessories and jewelry are also hot ticket items. There are always great displays outside the store, so stop by and see the unique clothes available at Astara Boutique.
You know the sweet face and pleasant personality, now welcome Lindy Moore and Lindy Moore Real Estate to the Chamber fold. Located at 1885 7th St., Lindy offers full-service real estate services. She wants to guide you in the right direction whether buying or selling. Her goal is to keep you and your priorities No. 1. Stop by her offices or call for an appointment at 731-6565.
Quintessence Challis joins this week offering holistic health services with Quintessential Holistic Health. Holistic and nutritional counseling, vegetarian and organic catering, empowering holistic workshops and more are available. Whether physical or mental stress is impeding your overall wellness, Quintessence (Tess) is there to help you overcome your stumbling blocks. Give her a call at 264-0103 or visit her Web site at www.quentessence.homestead.com. Reach the next level of a better you with a little guidance from Quintessential Holistic Health.
Fresh, fast and tasty - that's Chavolo's Taqueria, located in the Greenbriar Plaza at 301 N. Pagosa Blvd., No. B-2. Edgar Ortiz serves up authentic Mexican food such as homemade burritos, enchiladas and other scrumptious dishes. Enjoy the salsas from mild to hot, whether you eat in or take out. Don't forget they also are available for catered meals. To place a call-ahead order, phone 731-2501.
Now, here is a clever addition to your next party: Mountain Ice Snow Cones. Mountain Ice has a portable concession trailer serving up shaved ice snow cones in a variety of delicious flavors. Robert Scott is available for private or community functions. Give him a call at 731-8828 to reserve his services. I wonder if we'll see any green snow cones at the parade?
Welcome to all our new members. We are so honored that our membership numbers continue to increase. Thanks to Siri Schuchardt for referring Astara's this week and to everyone else for their continued support.
Let's not forget the renewals: Colorado Dream Homes, The Source for Pagosa Real Estate, Farrago Market Café, RE/MAX-Eagle's Nest Realty, The Flying Burrito, Rainbow Gifts, Mountain Landing Guest Quarters, Margie Hollingsworth-licensed professional counselor, and A Place At The Lake.
We are looking forward to some very busy weeks in Pagosa. Get your tickets for all the events here at the Chamber and don't forget to fill out your application for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Green Business Roundtable meets

The next Green Business Roundtable will be held at noon Wednesday, March 14, in the Diamond Circle Theatre at the Strater Hotel, in Durango.  
 The roundtable's goals are to inspire, educate and improve; to enjoy lunch and network with advocates of sustainability; improve the GBR voice in the community; improve individual and company contributions to sustaining the environment.  GBR is non-partisan. 
Those who attend the roundtable will hear an overview of the more viable forms of renewable energy in the Four Corners. The focus will be the usage of photovoltaics, getting electricity from the sun, along with the various benefits and things that must be looked at when installing photovoltaic systems. The presentation will include a case study outlining local and state incentives and federal tax credits.  Guest Speaker Tom Munson is the renewable energy program coordinator at San Juan College in Farmington.  Before coming to San Juan College he worked as an engineer designing and selling photovoltaic systems in California. He is a licensed engineer and has a BS in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University.
Cost for lunch is $12.  Please R.S.V.P. by 9 a.m. Monday, March 12, by calling Tracy Daniels at 259-3583.

April 17 deadline for taxable personal property declaration

The Archuleta County assessor reminds all owners of taxable personal property that the deadline for filing a Declaration Schedule is April 17.
All persons owning taxable personal property are required to report the personal property to the county assessor. Typically, this includes businesses and commercial entities, as well as rental property owners.
Failure to declare your personal property each year by the deadline will result in the valuation of your property using the "Best Information Available" and attaching a penalty to your tax bill. If you did not receive a Personal Property Declaration Schedule, you may request one by calling 264-8310.
If you own personal property that does not qualify as exempt, you must file a declaration schedule, even if you did not receive one from the county assessor.
If you have questions about the Personal Property Declaration Schedule, contact the assessor's office at 264-8310.

Forum to consider regional housing authority

Affordable housing groups, concerned citizens, business owners, developers, real estate agents, elected officials and community leaders are invited to attend a forum to explore the possibility and benefits of establishing a regional housing authority in Archuleta County.
The event will be held at the Town of Pagosa Springs Community Center Monday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.
As Pagosa Springs continues to move toward becoming an economically exclusive, resort town, housing costs continue to rise. In many cases, current home prices already exceed the ability of many residents to achieve home ownership, and many residents hit hardest are those in professions the community needs most - teachers, law enforcement personnel, small business owners and service industry workers.
A regional housing authority is a multi-jurisdictional organization that can provide advocacy and tools to help governments, non-profit organizations and developers in the creation of affordable housing opportunities. Subjects, such as availability of private and federal grant monies, inclusionary zoning, tax benefits for developers who provide affordable housing and possible future ballot issues will be discussed at the forum.
Jenn Lopez, executive director of the La Plata County Regional Housing Authority will present her organization's strategic goals.
Developers and those interested in affordable housing and the creation of a regional housing authority in Archuleta County are encouraged to attend.
For more information contact Julie Jessen, special project director for the Town of Pagosa Springs at 264-4151, or Bill Delany at 731-2175 or 731-5452. E-mail inquiries should be sent to bdelany@centurytel.net.

Biz Beat

Pam Slovak-Howard CIC LRM, owns and operates Professional Insurance Resources, located at 189 Talisman Drive No. C.
The agency was started in 1991, the owner having been in business since 1974. The agency was moved from Texas to Colorado in August 2006. Professional Insurance Resources specializes in professional liability, general liability and other commercial insurance needs. Top customers include restaurants, retail strip centers, environmental firms and other contractors, including homebuilders. The wholesale side of the agency can work with insurance agents in Archuleta and La Plata counties, finding environmental insurance for their clients. The agency is licensed in 14 states.
Contact Professional Insurance Resources at 731-3644.

People
Cards of Thanks

United Way
On behalf of the United Way Archuleta County Advisory Council and the local organizations that are funded by United Way, I am writing to thank the generous hosts and hostesses of Party 'Round Pagosa's first season events. Each party in the series was completely planned, executed and paid for by the hosts so that 100 percent of the proceeds went to further the work of United Way partner organizations. Our sincerest thanks to: Chip and Rada Neal, Margie and David Richter, Gail and Dan Shepherd, Tom and Ming Steen, Joanne and Karl Irons, Amy and Rod Dunmyer, Mary Jo Coulehan, Barbara Rosner, and Bob and Lisa Scott. In addition to the kind hosts and hostesses, many others graciously provided their time and services for the events, including: Terri House, Codie Wilson, Wildflower Catering, Michael DeWinter and the Plaid Pony, Natalie and Jarrell Tyson, Lynell Wiggers, Marky Egan, Carryn Dyer, Wally Radiske, Deb Radiske, Sue Iverson, Desserts by Dawn, Pagosa Candy Company, Cakes by Tres, Pagosa Baking Company, Carrie Toth, Julie Greenly and Sabra Miller. We also wish to thank all those that attended one (or more!) of the parties. The great support for Party 'Round Pagosa was a huge part of the success of this year's United Way campaign and is greatly appreciated.
Stacia Kemp

Peters
Five months ago, I adopted a kitten from the animal humane society. I named him "Spenser." About two weeks ago, Spenser became sick.
Today, after two operations, Spenser is home with me, getting a little better each day.
I want to publicly thank Dr. Yost of Pagosa Veterinary Clinic and the Pagosa Springs Humane Society for their combined compassion and thoughtfulness in helping both Spenser and me.
Most sincerely,
Eloise Peters

Blood drive
Thank you to all the heroes who participated in our blood drive at the community center Feb. 28. Your generosity and giving of your time and a wee bit of a pin prick to give the gift of life is immeasurable.
Thank you doesn't begin to cover your efforts in helping out your fellow man.
Fondly,
Musetta Wollenweber

Sports Page

Pirates advance to 3A Great Eight

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

The Pirate boys' basketball team defeated the Denver Christian Crusaders, two-time defending Class 3A state champions, in the Sweet 16 of the state tournament last Saturday, 56-51 - earning a spot in the Great Eight, which begins today in Fort Collins at Moby Arena.
The Pirates came back from a five-point deficit at the half against the big, physical team from Denver and held back the Crusaders in the fourth quarter with successful free throws in the last minutes for the win.
The game began in typical Pirate fashion with an Adam Trujillo steal and layup off the fast break, but the Crusaders consistently controlled Pagosa's transition game, so the Pirates had to set into a more methodical offense.
The Pirates adjusted and were successful on offense, despite Denver Christian's converging defense, which was quick to cut off lanes and challenge Pirate ball handlers in the paint.
Early in the game, Caleb Ormonde responded to the tough inside defense with a jumper from the free-throw line and James Martinez got an under-the-basket two on an assist from Jordan Shaffer after Shaffer drew Denver Christian's inside players away from the basket with a drive into the lane.
But the Crusaders did not surrender. They found success in the quarter with quick passes that broke through the Pirates' full-court press and opened up easy conversions under the basket. Pagosa led at the end of the quarter 11-8.
In total, Ormonde scored seven points in the quarter, including a post-and-turn two and an airborne rebound put-back. Coach Jim Shaffer said quick starts for Ormonde against the Crusaders and Trinidad gave him confidence and made him a force in both games, which was "huge for us," said Shaffer.
The Pirates started the second period with a six-point run, including a Kerry Joe Hilsabeck bank shot three and a Shaffer one-handed jumper from the top of the paint. But the Crusaders responded with an eight-point run of their own - six coming from the paint and two from a steal and fast break - making the score 17-16 in favor of the Pirates with four minutes remaining in the half.
But with Ormonde out for much of the period after his second foul, the Pirates suffered a temporary shooting slump and could not keep the lead. The Crusaders scored six more points before the buzzer, answered only by two free throws from Shaffer.
The teams went into halftime with the score of 19-24 - the Pirates only scoring eight to Denver Christian's 16 in the second quarter.
The results were reversed in the third period, the Pirates coming back to regain the lead with 17 points, versus eight for the Crusaders. Pagosa continued its successful half-court offense, opening the second half with three Ormonde baskets in the first four minutes, along a Shaffer jumper, as part of an 8-2 run that gave the Pirates a 27-26 lead. The score seesawed briefly, before Shaffer hit two free-throws and a jumper (after a steal) to give the Pirates a 33-30 lead with two minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the period. Hilsabeck sunk a three with two minutes remaining, and the score at the end of the quarter stopped at 36-32.
The Pirates continued to expand their lead in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, scoring seven points to two for the Crusaders. But during the next three minutes the Crusaders dominated, with a 10-4 run, including a three-point play after a Hilsabeck foul, which brought them within three points of the lead, 47-44.
But the Pirates would not let the Crusaders come any nearer to the win. Despite the Denver Christian press and mediocre foul shooting during much of the quarter, the Pirates kept their advantage, due to their continued intensity.
After a turnover that gave the Crusaders the ball under their own basket, Ormonde fought for a rebound that led to a foul that sent him to the foul line. He missed the two free-throws but scrambled for his own rebound, and he was fouled again. This time he made both shots, giving the Pirates a 49-44 advantage with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Trujillo was then sent to the line after claiming a rebound and went one-for-two.
The time continued to slip away. Denver Christian made a three with one minute remaining, creating another three-point margin. But the Pirates were sent to the line five more times, while the Crusaders had difficulty finding the net. Despite shooting only 18-for-33 in the game, the Pirates shot six-for-eight (75 percent, under pressure) from the line in the last minute of play, while Denver Christian hit one more three and a free-throw - which was not enough to reverse the outcome, a 56-51 Pirate victory.
Ormonde led the Pirates with 18 points in the game, followed by Shaffer with 12, Hilsabeck with 10 and Trujillo with nine. Ormonde and Trujillo each had eight rebounds and Shaffer led with five assists.
With the win, the Pirates move on to the final weekend of state competition, with their first game tonight against Eaton at 7 p.m. at Colorado State University's Moby Arena.
Eaton (21-3) is a No. 1 seed, while Pagosa (20-3) is a second seed. According to Coach Jim Shaffer, Eaton has a "really good starting five," with three players averaging double figures. But they only beat Ignacio by 11 points last Saturday in a sweet 16 matchup that Ignacio led 24-14 early in the game.
Shaffer said his team just has to play "Pirate basketball" and be successful at what they usually do well.
If the Pirates win, they will likely face undefeated, top-ranked Faith Christian (24-0) in the Final Four Friday at 4 p.m - the winner going on to the championship game Saturday evening. A loss Friday would send the team to battle for third place on Saturday, where the Pirates have finished the last two years. If the Pirates lose to Eaton, they will play in a consolation bracket.
Other teams in the Great Eight include Roosevelt (14-11), Colorado Springs Christian (23-1), Rye (21-3), Roaring Fork (23-1) and Kent Denver (18-6).
louis@pagosasun.com

Pirates defeat Trinidad in tourney opener

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

The Pirate boys' basketball varsity easily beat a small, but quick Trinidad team in the first round of the state playoffs last Friday in Pagosa, winning 84-48.
The Pirates won with a strong inside game, with the team's post players accounting for more than half of its total points. And, after multiple games in foul trouble (and reduced scoring), Pirate senior Caleb Ormonde was an offensive force, starting early, and finishing with 24 points.
Ormonde opened the scoring in the first minute, after an inbound into the paint from Kerry Joe Hilsabeck, which Ormonde received in the air and shot with one motion. Trinidad responded with two successful conversions, split by two free throws from Jordan Shaffer, before Ormonde found net again on a two-point shot from the post, after an assist from Hilsabeck.
After a two-and-a-half minute drought, slowed by long periods of perimeter ball movement by Trinidad, Shaffer found Ormonde again at the post for another two, to make it 8-4 with a little over three minutes left in the quarter.
The Pirates kept and expanded the lead for the rest of the game. Trinidad hit two threes in the second half of the first quarter. But the Pirates would surge ahead with a couple twos and a three from Shaffer (which came after he drew a charge on defense) and a two-point post play from Spur Ross.
Shaffer ended the quarter with nine points and Ormonde with six, giving the Pirates a 17-10 lead.
Pagosa increased its offensive success in the second quarter, while crippling Trinidad with its defense. The Pirates went on a 14-point run in the first half of the quarter and held Trinidad to three points for the remainder.
Ormonde had nine points during the run, two of his baskets coming after offensive rebounds and two after feeds into the paint. Shaffer scored eight, with two threes, scoring all of his 17 points in the first half. And Hilsabeck scored six in the quarter, helping the Pirates to a 41-13 lead at the half.
But Pagosa would not double that margin in the second half of play.
Trinidad came out with four three-pointers in the first four minutes of play, but the Pirates thwarted any hopes of a miracle comeback with continued strong efforts in the paint, including another Hilsabeck-to-Ormonde three-footer and two Casey Hart buckets.
Before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the period, James Martinez gave the Pirates momentum with a three-pointer and a conversion under the basket, after a feed from Ormonde. During the game, the Pirates not only showed success getting the ball to the big men, but the posts frequently dished it off to one another. In this instance, Ormonde received the ball on the post, gained leverage and then sent a leading pass to Martinez as he streaked to the basket.
The teams traded baskets at the end of the quarter and it closed with the score 59-30.
After returning for the fourth quarter, Ormonde and Hilsabeck would sink a combined eight free-throws, along with baskets from Ross and Hart, before the Pirate starters left the game midway through the period, with the score 71-32.
Trinidad put several more points on the board, with the help of four threes, while the Pirate bench had the opportunity to get in on the action, as well. Tall sophomore John Jewell came off the bench to score six points in the last three minutes of play, four off of offensive rebounds.
The fourth quarter was the highest scoring period for both teams, the Pirates with 25, Trinidad with 18.
Ormonde's game-leading 24 points were followed by Shaffer's 17. Hilsabeck entered double digits with 10 points and Ross and Hart came close with nine and eight, respectively. Ormonde dominated without the ball, as well, pulling down seven rebounds (five on offense), and Hilsabeck claimed a double-double with his 10 assists.
Coach Jim Shaffer said he was disappointed in his team's performance during the second half, since the Pirates allowed Trinidad to score 35 points. The Pirates used their sturdy lead to practice a zone defense in the half, but the Trinidad point total was largely the result of a lack of focus and concentration. The team began to look ahead to the next game, said Shaffer.
It is hard to blame them, faced with a competitive Sweet Sixteen opponent Saturday in Denver Christian. The Crusaders would require strong focus and a high level of intensity.
louis@pagosasun.com

Pirate girls' season ends with loss to Platte Valley

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

The Pirate girls' varsity (13-6) lost in the last minutes of play against Platte Valley (14-9) in the first round of the state Class 3A basketball playoffs last Friday at Cedaredge, 50-52, bringing the 2006-2007 season to a close
After finishing the first quarter behind 12-13, the Pirates built a seven-point lead at half, 26-19, which they maintained through the third quarter, 38-31.
"It was a battle the whole game to keep that (lead)," said Coach Bob Lynch.
In the fourth quarter, the Pirates couldn't maintain the distance. Platte Valley pulled to a tie with one minute, 30 seconds remaining in the final quarter, and the Pirates missed four-for-five from the line and a layup to allow their opponents to take the lead, said Lynch.
Most of the damage came from two Platte Valley scorers, Kayla Warehine and Danielle Zender, who accounted for all but 14 points out of their team's total, with 24 and 15 points respectively.
Platte Valley also brought a "really fast pressing team" to the court, said Lynch. The Pirates were able to handle the strategy well in the first half but had more trouble with it in the second, according to Lynch.
The Pirates held Platte Valley to below their season scoring average, said Lynch, they just didn't put enough points on the board.
Jessica Lynch led the team with 14 points, including a trio of threes in the first half - followed by Camille Rand with nine points, Samantha Harris with eight and Kristen DuCharme with seven.
Lynch also led with seven assists and three steals, while DuCharme, Harris and Tamara Gayhart all finished with four rebounds.
Sophomore Allison Hart came off the bench to score six points in the second half. "She played just a great second half," said Lynch.
According to Lynch, "We played a really good game and had our chance to put it away, but couldn't do it."
The Pirates were the fourth seed in their bracket while the Broncos were the fifth. Lynch said the matchup was a "classic game of a fourth and fifth seed ... the seeding was about right, and it was a dog fight."
Lynch said that in their bracket the middle seeds took a lot out of each other, while the top seed, Cedaredge, had a "practice" game against eighth-seed Pinnacle.
After the battle with Pagosa, Platte Valley lost to Cedaredge 67-36 Saturday.
All of the Intermountain League girls' teams are out of the state playoffs. Sixth-seeded Bayfield narrowly lost to third seed Denver Christian 55-51 on Friday, while Centauri beat Colorado Academy, 63-37, Friday, only to lose to Holy Family 46-45 Saturday.
louis@pagosasun.com

Ross tournament coming in April, sign up now

The 12th annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament is set for April 12, 13 and 14 in Pagosa Springs.
All proceeds from the double-elimination tournament go to a scholarship fund to benefit local youth.
There are three divisions: Open; 6-foot and Under; 35 and older. College competition is expected.
Team fee is $250, with a 10-player per team maximum.
The tournament is played in two adjoining gyms, with quality referees from the Four Corners area officiating games.
Prizes awarded include first- through fourth-place in team divisions; all-tournament team; tournament MVP; Mr. Defense; Mr. Hustle; slam dunk contest; and three-point shootout. Door prizes are given away at the tournament.
Deadline for team registration is April 1 and the first 30 teams to apply will be accepted. There is a $125 nonrefundable deposit required with the registration.
For more information, contact Troy Ross at 264-5265, fax 264-2123 or PO Box 727, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Youngest Pagosa swimmers compete in preseason meet

By Marky Egan
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Lakes Porpoises Swim Team made a huge splash last weekend in Durango.
Five teams traveled to Durango to compete in the preseason 10-and-under swim meet.  Pagosa's swimmers earned second place overall, just behind the Durango Swim Club.  The Porpoises took 12 boys and two girls, ranging in age between 5 and 10 years of age, to compete in their first swim races.
 Swimming is an invaluable experience: being a part of a team and identifying with the group. Swimming is a bit different than many sports, in that each participant performs as an individual - though relays require a group effort and team scoring fosters team identity.
Not every swimmer can win the gold medal, but all can contribute positively to the team effort. Some do this through hard work, by challenging themselves and their teammates to improve. Others are great leaders, enthusiastic cheerleaders and "good sports."
 Loyalty comes from all of the above. "Giving back" is a concept that is somewhat lost in today's society.  As a coach, I saw our 10-and-older Pagosa swimmers come out to the meet this past weekend, talk to the younger swimmers before their races, prepare them for their relays, encourage them, and laugh.
 Pagosa Lakes Porpoises Swim Team begins its summer race schedule in May.  If a youngster is interested in joining the team, contact Stacia, president, at 731-3607 or stop by the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center 4-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday to observe the swim team practicing.

Register for girls' fast pitch softball, coaches needed

By Maddie Bessera
Special to The SUN

SW CO ASA Girls Fast Pitch Association is looking for individuals interested in becoming girls' fast pitch softball coaches.
Don't know how to coach? No problem. Colorado Amateur Softball Association is conducting its annual coach, scorekeeper and junior umpire training and certification in May. There are positions available for coaches interested in working with girls ages 9-18. Coaching season runs from May 7-July 7.
Teenagers interested in a position  as a junior umpire can learn to officiate girls fastpitch games in the all-new junior umpire training program. 
To get connected with girls fastpitch, call 903-8878 or come to the next coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at 81 Greenbrier Drive Unit A. 
Parents and players: Be aware that girls fast pitch registration period is March 21-April 28. For a registration form, call 903-8878.

Pagosa Springs Recreation

Youth basketball ends, tee-ball ahead

By Tom Carosello
SUN Columnist

The 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball seasons came to a close this week, seasons that drew a record number of participants.
It is worth mentioning that despite such numbers, this year's youth basketball seasons marked the first time in recent memory that the recreation department did not have to actively recruit coaches and sponsors.
In fact, there was an excess of coaches and sponsors readily available to commit, which bodes well for the future of youth programs in our community.
So, before our focus shifts completely toward spring sports, the recreation department staff would like to recognize the following coaches and sponsors for their contributions to this year's youth hoops programs:
In the 9-10 division, thanks go to coaches Pam and Kenny Lloyd, Nick Toth, Jack Searle, Tim Miller, Jerry Smith, Bob Hogrefe, David Snarr, Jim Amato, Chris Erskine, Lori Manzanares and Mamie Lynch.
Sponsors for the 9-10 division included Ken's Performance Center, Edward Jones Investments, Pine Mountain Townhomes, Doors and More, The Shirt Seller, Pagosa Candy Company, KWUF Radio, The Springs Resort and Design A Sign.
In the 11-12 division, we thank coaches Dawn Ross, Allen Gregg, Nate and Ann Bryant, Dennis Ford, Cliff Lucero, Bill Manzanares, Doug Hampton and Domonique Lucero.
Sponsors for the 11-12 division were Strohecker Asphalt and Paving, Allen's Auto Body and Paint, Lucero Tire, Pagosa Candy Company, Domo's Portable Toilets, Design A Sign and Edward Jones Investments.
Thanks also go to Bill and Barbara Fair, who made the Powerhouse available to the town as an additional practice venue throughout the season.
Without the time and resources volunteered by the individuals and businesses listed above, another successful season would not have been possible.
Lastly, we thank all of the players and their parents and guardians for participating in this year's program, especially those who took the glitches inherent to administering any youth sports program in stride.
Thanks again to one and all for your continued dedication, commentary and support.
Youth basketball photos
Parents and coaches who ordered youth basketball photos for the 9-10 and 11-12 seasons can contact Jeff Laydon at 264-3686 to check the status of orders.
The recreation department will provide plaques to sponsors as soon as team photos become available.
Tee-ball registration
The Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department will accept registrations for this year's tee-ball season through March 19. Any child who will be 5 or 6 years old as of April 1 is eligible to participate.
Registrations are available at the recreation office upstairs in Town Hall and have been supplied to local schools.
Registrations are also available for download in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.
Cost is $25 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. The season is tentatively scheduled to begin in early April.
Coaches and sponsorships for this year's tee-ball teams are also needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor's name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture, and designation on season banners and in media articles.
For more information, call the recreation office 264-4151 Ext. 232.
Adult basketball
Schedules for the men's competitive, men's recreational and women's recreational leagues have been finalized and are available at the recreation office.
Nightly schedules can also be obtained by calling the sports hotline at 264-6658. The hotline is updated regularly throughout the season.
Team managers can call Andy Rice, league director, at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232 with any questions regarding this year's leagues.
Officials needed
The recreation department is in need of game officials for this year's adult basketball leagues and would like to hear from anyone interested in officiating in this year's leagues. Pay scale ranges from $15-$20 per game depending on experience.
If interested, contact Andy Rice at 264-4151, Ext. 231, or Tom Carosello at 264-4151, Ext. 232.
Skate pond closed
Due to warmer weather and degrading conditions, the skate pond is closed for the season.
Please observe the posted signs at the ponds warning of the danger of venturing onto the fragile ice that remains.
Sports hotline
General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-6658 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.
All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a weekly basis.
If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Editorial

There's still time

There was talk last week about a limited moratorium on major development in the county - in particular on any new subdivisions or Planned Unit Developments coming into the system - and there were some understandably negative reactions to the idea.
Commissioner Bob Moomaw brought the idea of a short moratorium to the floor. His suggestion was made in light of some significant situations.
First, the presence of several large projects in the planning pipeline has illuminated weaknesses in the county process, weaknesses marked by a lack of manpower where it counts most in the planning process - in staff at the county planning department. The department has been hit over the last few years with numerous departures and is now without a head planner. Members of the department on the job, though talented, are from all accounts deluged with work.
Second, it is increasingly obvious, and this by admission of numerous elected and appointed county officials, that the land use code adopted in May 2006 needs work. Moreover, the county's community plan - the base document reflected in the regulations - is itself somewhat out of date. Moreover, the relationship between the code and the plan at many points is, again by admission of many in the know, unclear, with some principles difficult to apply.
Any suggestion that a moratorium could be used to rework the community plan is untenable - a fact acknowledged by those at the session. That a short moratorium could be used to complete a comprehensive revision of the land use code is debatable.
The revision and refinement is necessary.
One objection to a moratorium centered on an argument that a consultant could be hired to do the revision, as the planning system chugs along. But it can be countered that, without the revised document in hand, the arrival of new projects will cause the same jams being experienced now. Perhaps worse. Another argument concerned the assumed negative effect on the local construction industry. Here, the point fails to reflect several facts: the ponderous inventory of unbuilt-upon lots in the county, the near-certain arrival of several subdivisions in town and the probable completion of the three large projects currently before the county - each of which would be exempt from any moratorium. Also missing from the argument is the notion that, with a revised code, the process for approval of future projects could be streamlined, absent the ambiguities and delays that come of a flawed set of regs.
And it is approval that is at the heart of the matter. Despite what a certain, loud faction says, we here still believe that any developer who brings a project before town or county, and who meets all community standards set in regulation, has the right, regardless of emotional and subjective responses by opponents, to risk his or her capital developing private property. The trick is to ensure the community's values are well-reflected in codified principles, and that regulations are adhered to.
We believe a short moratorium could be productive, without damaging the economic health of the area and its vital industries.
But, we also wonder if combining town and county planning and building departments via an intergovernmental agreement would work best in the long run - using the consultant-assisted process underway in town to refine its plan and regs to do the same for the county, utilizing the resources of both entities to deal with current projects and to create a common land use and planning vision.
The population of Pagosa Country comprises, after all, but a small community. We still have opportunities to move toward fewer duplicated services, and toward greater efficiency - one step at a time.
Karl Isberg

Legacies
Shari Pierce

90 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 9, 1917
The ice has been broken: Celestino Ortega of Talian and Miss Hattie Garcia of South Pagosa obtained a license to wed Saturday and were married at the Catholic Church Monday morning at 7 a.m., Father Llevat officiating.
Father Isadore Llevat is conducting Spanish classes in reading, writing and arithmetic at the Catholic Church every two weeks on Sunday afternoons. We commend Father Isadore for the uplifting work he as undertaken among his parishioners.
The schedule of the Piedra mail route has been changed so the mail now leaves Bayfield on Tuesday and Saturday of each week and returns the same days. The schedule was formerly Monday and Friday.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 11, 1932
The Juanita-Pagosa Junction highway is being widened and rocks are being blown out. The work is being meted out to various citizens.
The Junior plays, presented at the High School auditorium Friday and Saturday nights, drew large and appreciative audiences, who fully enjoyed the presentations, which consisted of four one-act plays, two each evening.
The regular town election will take place on Tuesday, April 5th, at the town hall, at which time a mayor and six members of the board of trustees will be elected. There is some talk of at least two tickets in the field, the present board comprising one ticket.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 7, 1957
The men of the parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church named a committee on Monday night to make plans for work to be done on the parish hall this year, which include a new floor and front. Named to head the six-man committee was John B. Chavez and he will be assisted by Ben K. Lynch as vice-chairman, Henry Trujillo, Jr., Mike Giordano, Modesto Montoya and Lionel Belarde.
Mrs. Ruby Sisson, county superintendent of schools, announced this week that she had appointed Harvey J. Catchpole to fill the vacancy on the school board of District 50 Joint. Mr. Catchpole will replace G. A. Alley, who resigned last month. He has been prominent in school activities and is also mayor of Pagosa Springs.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 11, 1982
Designing the Pagosa Springs Geothermal system earned Coury and Associates the grand award for engineering excellence in competition conducted by the Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado. According to a news release the system demonstrates the economic and engineering feasibility for the utilization of a moderate temperature geothermal resource for space heating.
Eleven persons filed to run for five positions in the April 6 Pagosa Springs Town Board election. Filing to run for mayor were incumbent Ross Aragon and Ernest Yamaguchi. Incumbents Joan Seielstad and Joe Dan Martinez filed to run for the town board as did Vernon O'Neal, Ralph Davis, Mary Jaramillo, Bill Whitbred, Jim Backus, Juanita Lopez, and Worthe Crouse.

Features

CARE ... for women, children, families

By Louis Sherman
Staff Writer

Four Pagosans, in association with Christian Adoption Resources and Encouragement (CARE), traveled to Kenya in December in support of St. Matthew's Children's Home in Asembo, as well as of the women and children of the area.
Lisa and Mark Hauger, Chris Tripani and Jeanne Marie Soniat went to Africa as part of more than a charity mission. Their overriding goal was nothing less than showing the women and children in need their worth as human beings.
The group donated time and supplies to a Kenyan orphanage, to promote emotional healing in the children. At the orphanage, there was only one matron to every 18 children - not enough to provide the children with their needs beyond the most basic and material. In an attempt to reach out to the children, while teaching matrons how to sustain the effort, the CARE-sponsored group supplied therapeutic games and told participatory stories.
For example, the volunteers created their own version of Twister, which focused on interaction, direction following and trust.
The overall theme of the visit taught the children that they "do have destiny and worth," said Lisa Hauger, and that they could be themselves. Hauger said the group wanted to provide for the children the things that a family should provide, while teaching the care-givers that stay behind to give the same.
"We believe that God has created these children to have a destiny and it is our neglect that prevents them from having that destiny," said Hauger. "We believe Jesus has equipped us with what we need to help those children."
While in Kenya the group also turned its attention to widows, to help facilitate income generating projects so the women could provide for families. The group provided training for the widows in small scale enterprise, while making child care available.
In the future, CARE would like to make it possible for women to receive small scale loans to pursue business, said Hauger, who said the women would work in cooperatives, which would provide the home-based economies with security. If a woman fell ill, her peers could fill in and ensure her livelihood was maintained. According to Hauger, the cooperatives would also facilitate positive social behaviors, related to a healthy lifestyle, since the women would provide each other support and guidance.
While in Kenya, the group made a contact with the global nonprofit World Vision to make it possible for the women in the community to receive free business training.
The group did not give handouts, which would not guarantee a continuing means of support. Hauger said that they wanted to give the women the tools to help themselves, which helps them feel their own value and worth. What's more, "when you help the women raise themselves up, you help the children."
"If God created us, then we have a responsibility to help one another," said Hauger.
CARE would like to do more to support children and widows throughout the world, as an international organization, said Hauger, building strong homes and Christian families, but its primary purpose is supporting families in the Pagosa area and children in need of a home.
Often this purpose connects Pagosa to distant shores, since CARE (as a part of its work) facilitates international adoptions in order to give children from across the world secure homes. CARE is currently sponsoring a Kenyan adoption.
CARE was founded in December of 2000 by families who had gone through the adoption process without support, and wanted to provide the support they lacked to others. Anita Hinger, Cheryl Class-Erickson, Robbie Parker, Ellen Schmidt and Lisa Hauger (all adoptive parents) currently serve on the board.
"We saw the need ... as means of building families," said Hauger.
In its promotional materials, CARE quotes the biblical letter of James, "Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for the orphans." The pamphlet continues, "it is our hearts' desire and mission to fulfill the challenge set forth in James 1:27 by helping both orphaned children and Christian families to unite in a spirit of adoption and form forever families."
CARE serves this purpose by raising and distributing funds to assist Christian families with the expenses of adoption, educating Christians concerning adoption and providing resources and information for Christians involved in an adoption.
According to Hauger and Schmidt, costs can range from under $1,000 for special needs adoptions (which are subsidized by government entities) to over $25,000 for an infant or international adoption.
There are several different types of adoption, including international, infant, kinship and special needs (which includes older children, sibling adoptions, neglected or abused children and children with atypical medical or developmental needs).
CARE has earned a "Family Bridges" grant from the National Adoption Exchange to support special needs adoptions in Archuleta County. The grant funds are administered by Archuleta County Human Services to families for post-adoptive expenses.
CARE works to raise money in the support of other adoptive families, who are not eligible for Family Bridges grants, through donations and fund-raisers.
But Hauger made the point that CARE does not ever "fully finance an adoption, since investment of self is important."
Hauger and Schmidt said there is a lot of work to be done in order to educate people about adoption.
Hauger said domestic infant adoptions are probably still the most popular, but this is largely because there is not as much honest info about the other types, such as special needs or international, and there is lot of information out there about adoptions going wrong.
Hauger and Schmidt said that people are often afraid regarding what has happened in a child's life before an adoption, the unknown, but Schmidt said better resources could help people be comfortable with other options. "Education addresses the fears that are a part of not knowing."
Another issue adoptive parents must overcome is the popular misconception of adoption as a second-best alternative.
Schmidt made the point that adoption is not second best to biological parenting. "If you have these concerns, then you should look into it before you adopt."
Hauger said CARE works with parents to help them address public perception, comments and questions - such as, "where are his real parents?" Education helps parents field questions without getting overly defensive.
Much of the information that CARE provides for adoptive parents relates to the process of adoptions, which involves multiple entities and individuals. CARE provides interested families with a packet, dealing with issues such as making the decision to adopt, adoption expenses, key adoption terms and how to choose an agency.
"You have to be careful choosing an agency," said Hauger, who went on to say the agency should give the family answers to their questions that match what they think is best for the child.
"Some are in the adoption arena because there is money to be made ... others are in it to help children and families."
With all of the people involved, adoption can be a complicated experience, even more so since adoption is an emotional process like a pregnancy, said Hauger.
Schmidt said adoption could be even more emotional than a pregnancy, since so many people are involved and affect your experience.
With the complexity of the process, Hauger and Schmidt said it is important to remember that all decisions should be made in the best interests of the child, based on his or her individual circumstances - this includes the decision to pursue a closed adoption (where the biological parents remain anonymous) or an open adoption, an international or a special needs. After an adoption is complete, the same consideration must be given to decisions such as whether to home school or enroll the child in public schools.
Schmidt said the group encourages prospective parents to check on all the information to make informed decisions, and Hauger added that CARE would be there to help find information when the family did not have the time.
"People can call us with questions and we will be able to point them in the right direction, if not give them the answers," said Hauger.
"Our goal is to work as harmoniously as we can with agencies, social services, families and the child to the benefit of the child."
And now they have the additional goal of working internationally with nonprofits like World Vision.
If you are interested in pursuing or supporting a Christian adoption, or supporting widows and children around the world, CARE can be reached at 264-4293.
louis@pagosasun.com

Pagosa's Past

Cimarron, a nostalgic and treasured memory

By John M. Motter
PREVIEW Columnist

Two bands of Jicarilla led by men named Largo and Pesata fled the reservation in 1892, convinced life for their people would be better by returning to their old habitat.
Largo and his band of 200 people wintered near Mora. Pesata led his followers to the Taos area.
Almost a year later, Largo asked permission for himself and his band to winter near Mora. Negotiations with new Indian Agent John L. Bullis resulted in a Largo proposal that a new reservation be created near Fort Union. Largo and his Red Clan members did not want to return to Dulce where they believed the White Clan was getting preferential treatment.
Unable to get the clans to return home, Bullis ran out of patience. He ordered Pesata to return to Dulce either peaceably or with military prodding. Pesata and 20 families, supplied with rations by Bullis, crossed the mountains back to Dulce.
Largo also responded to the threat by returning to Dulce. By Nov. 8, 1893, all of the Jicarilla were back on their new reservation. That was the last time these Jicarilla returned to the Cimarron area with the intent of remaining. Cimarron became only a nostalgic and treasured memory for most of the tribe.
As a result of the absence, perhaps with the intention of inducing them not to leave again, the Llaneros received better treatment than in the past.
While the Jicarilla leaders were instrumental in negotiating with the government for their people, no formal government body represented all of the people.
The federal government's policy was to break down tribal entities; it gave no formal recognition to traditional leaders nor, in order to play down tribal sovereign powers, did it encourage the establishment of tribal governments. This undermined the only means it had to ensure the success of its ill-conceived policies. How it intended to make citizens out of Indians without inculcating the rights and responsibilities of citizenship is truly incomprehensible.
The International Council described the situation this way: Like other people, the Indian needs at least the germ of political identity, some governmental organization of his own, however crude, to which his pride and manhood may cling and claim allegiance, in order to make true progress in the affairs of life. This peculiarity in the Indian character is elsewhere called patriotism, and the wise and patient fashioning and guidance of which alone will successfully solve the question of civilization. Preclude him from this and he has little to live for.
Traditionally, the Jicarilla leadership consisted of chiefs and headmen from the various bands within the tribe. In the 1890s, the political system was still structured around these leaders. Largo and Julián retained their positions uncontested well over three decades and, although they were joined by Pesata and Elote, a problem of succession arose when these powerful elderly men passed from the scene in the early 1900s, leaving almost a void until the 1930s.
As for the Olleros, the most prominent leader, Huerito Mundo, who died in 1885, was succeeded by his next oldest brother, Garfield Velarde, who provided stability for the Ollero leadership. He held that position off and on until the 1930s, when a regular council was elected and he was one of the representatives.
Velarde had the advice of the wise and respected Vicentito and the capable assistance of the younger headmen, Augusti'n Vigil and Augustine Velarde. The age distribution and points of view of the Olleros made it easier for them to make the transition into the 20th Century, unlike the more traditional Llaneros.
Information for this series of articles is taken from "The Jicarilla Apache Tribe, A History, 1846-1970," By Veronica E. Velarde Tiller.

Pagosa Sky Watch

'We're on our way to Pluto'

By James Robinson
Staff Writer

The following sun and moon data is provided by the United States Naval Observatory.
Sunrise: 6:30 a.m.
Sunset: 6:09 p.m.
Moonrise: 10:57 p.m.
Moonset: 8:53 a.m. March 9.
Moon phase: The moon is waning gibbous with 80 percent of the visible disk illuminated. The moon is at last quarter, March 11, 2007 at 9:54 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto reached a project milestone Feb. 28 when it completed a successful fly-by of Jupiter, using the planet's gravity as a cosmic slingshot to hurl the diminutive craft ever faster on its three-billion-mile voyage to Pluto and the unexplored Kuiper Belt.
"We're on our way to Pluto," said New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "The swingby was a success; the spacecraft is on course and performed just as we expected."
NASA launched the New Horizons craft Jan. 19, 2006, with two key mission objectives: study Pluto's atmosphere, and map as much of Pluto and its moon Charon as possible. Specifically, researchers want to know about Pluto's atmospheric composition, its behavior, and its interaction with solar wind. In addition, researchers are keen to learn about Pluto's surface, particularly its topography and geology.
A third objective, still pending NASA approval, would send the craft past Pluto and deep into the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond the orbital paths of Neptune and Pluto, and home to a swarm of icy bodies similar to comet nuclei called "KPOs" - Kuiper Belt Objects, or Trans-Neptunian Objects.
In August, astronomers debated Pluto's planetary status and the embattled planet was demoted. The demotion, was due, in part, to the fact that Pluto is composed of rock and ice and resembles a large KPO much more than it resembles a terrestrial planet - terrestrial planets are comprised largely of rock and iron. Because Pluto is compositionally more similar to a KPO, some astronomers call it the "king of the Kuiper Belt."
Since its launch, New Horizons has traveled 500 million miles at an astonishing speed of roughly 43,000 mph, making it the fastest of seven previous craft sent to the jovian giant. Although Jupiter isn't New Horizons' final destination, hence the need for the jovian flyby.
By skimming past Jupiter without entering its gravitational pull, the massive planet's gravity helps the craft attain speeds that will shave years off its mission timetable. For example, during last week's flyby, the New Horizons accelerated by roughly 9,000 mph, with the craft now hurtling toward the outer reaches of the solar system at 52,000 mph.
Without the jovian flyby, the New Horizons mission would take 12 years to reach Pluto instead of 9.5, and this longer timetable would have repercussions on nearly every aspect of the mission, from budget, to fuel cells, to craft, rocket and scientific instrument design.
As things stand, the New Horizons craft and its instrumentation were designed to withstand the rigors of space for at least 10 years, but adding another 2.5 years in travel time would mean greater risks to equipment and less than ideal data collection opportunities.
But so far, so good.
For the last six months, the New Horizons team has been running the craft through an intensive systems check that will ultimately include 700 scientific observations of the Jupiter system. The New Horizons team intends to conclude the systems trials project by June, although many of the observations have occurred during the last week, including scans of Jupiter's tempestuous atmosphere, measurements of its magnetic field, surveys of its delicate ring system, maps of the composition and topography of the moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, and a detailed look at Io's fascinating vulcanism.
"We designed the entire Jupiter encounter to be a tough test for the mission team and our spacecraft, and we're passing the test," said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern for the Boulder-based Southwest Research Institute. "We're not only learning what we can expect from the spacecraft when we visit Pluto in eight years, we're already getting some stunning science results at Jupiter and there's more to come."
During New Horizons' closest approach to Jupiter, the craft was unable to communicate with Earth. However, following the flyby communication was reestablished, and the craft has begun beaming information back to Earth.
New Horizons is scheduled to reach the Pluto system in July 2015.
james@pagosasun.com

Weather

 

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2/28

34

12

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3/1

27

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3/2

30

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3/3

32

-2

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3/4

48

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3/5

55

12

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3/6

57

18

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A dry week in a snowy month

By Chuck McGuire
Staff Writer

For the so-called snowiest month of the year, the first week of March was certainly dry. In fact, aside from a chance of showers today, Pagosa Country has seen zero precipitation, so far this month. Unfortunately, that trend is likely to continue.
In the past seven days, daytime high temperatures in the Pagosa Lakes area have gradually risen from Thursday's chilly 27 degrees to the mid 50s, by Monday. The 50s have prevailed since, even as skies have been fairly cloudy throughout. Yesterday's mostly sunny skies brought the balmiest day of the week, though Tuesday's high of 56 degrees was slightly warmer.
In the lakes area, low temperatures hovered below zero from last Thursday through the weekend. Friday's low temp dropped to a brisk seven below. Saturday slid to two below, before the steady warm-up began, with yesterday's bottoming out at just 27 degrees ... above.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) and Intellicast.com, there is a slight chance of rain or snow showers today, before mostly cloudy conditions give way to partly cloudy skies. Light southwesterly winds will switch around to the north this evening, and the Waning Gibbous moon will rise at 10:57 p.m.
Today's high will be in the low 50s, and tonight's low should drop into the low to mid-20s.
Tomorrow, another gradual warming trend will settle in under partly sunny skies, with highs reaching into the mid-50s. Tomorrow night's low will again fall into the 20s, to around 30.
Saturday through Wednesday, warm spring-like weather will continue. Skies will be fair to partly cloudy through the period, with daytime highs reaching the mid-to upper 50s, and lows barely dipping to the freezing mark. Winds should be light and variable, as the waning moon achieves Last Quarter, Sunday.
If early predictions ring true, the following week could bring continued sunny skies, with high temperatures in the low to mid-60s. Here come the robins and bluebirds.
By 6:30 a.m. yesterday, the ski area up Wolf Creek Pass claimed 89 inches of powder and packed powder at its mountain summit, with 86 inches midway. After receiving just five inches of new snow in the previous seven days, Wolf Creek had accumulated 346 total inches, so far this season.
chuck@pagosasun.com