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Wishful thinking

Dear Editor:

The sad story concerning two roads. They are both in Archuleta County, both are in the Vista subdivision and both begin with the letter P, but there the similarity ends. One is carefully graded, etc. each summer while the other has had no “fixin” for two years. One is Port Drive, the other is the 700 block of Prospect. Even when the 700 block was patched two years ago, the crew only fixed about half the holes.

Why am I writing? I don’t know. I wrote last year and no one listened, so I will probably get the same response this year. Why? I don’t think the folks in charge of the roads in Archuleta know what to do with our section of Prospect which was first built in l974. Nothing more has been done to the road except to patch when convenient. I just wish it would be convenient this year, however, I believe that is wishful thinking.

Bobbie Carruth

Catching up

Dear Editor:

I recently read Rep. Tipton’s Op-Ed in The Denver Post where he discusses his plan to make Chimney Rock a national monument. It’s about time he came on board and supported the idea that was originally proposed by Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. Mark Udall last March! It’s about time he realized that he represents a lot of people who support the idea of preserving and protecting such a beautiful and important place. I wish he were more open and less closed-minded on other issues as well. It would behoove him to support the continued funding for the NEA, which also greatly benefit his district.

With its rare and incredible historic significance, Chimney Rock deserves the outstanding protection provided by national monument status. In addition to preserving the beauty of Chimney Rock for generations to come, the designation will not cause any extra burden for taxpayers. Representative Tipton’s legislation for a Chimney Rock National Monument would not only support the conservation of the site, but also ensure that the ranchers, Native Americans and sportsmen still have access to the benefits of Chimney Rock.

As Rep. Tipton knows from his experience as a small business owner in the Four Corners, Chimney Rock National Monument would create new jobs and generate revenue in the area. I hope that Tipton introduces this legislation as soon as possible. It’s good that Tipton is finally catching up.

Leanne Goebel

Appreciation

Dear Editor:

We at The Outfitter Department Store want to commend the joint effort of the Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department in solving the robbery crime spree that has recently taken place in our community. The Outfitter Department Store was one of several businesses’ that were violated by robberies here in Pagosa Springs. The officers of both departments were thorough, professional and diligent in finding the offenders. We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to both departments for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Karen and Bruce Hoch

Magic

Dear Editor:

As if by magic, a long-standing dream of a performing arts center has become a reality, with multi-talented husband and wife team, Laura and Tim Moore, directing the resplendent new Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. The Moore’s Thingamajig Theater Company is now in full bloom with a yearlong schedule of plays. Other programs include concerts, art shows and creative programs for children.

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is a realization of what many of us have been longing for: an opportunity for our community to have more access to the performing arts and to help Pagosa develop a greater sense of community through the arts.

As a potential boon to our local economy, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts provides an ideal model for how the arts can contribute to the promotion of a rural mountain village, as a vibrant and appealing end-destination resort.

Paul Roberts

Geothermal

Dear Editor:

We have some great news to share on recent geothermal initiative progress. As you know, we have been working hard to educate and inform ourselves and the community about our local geothermal natural resources and ways to protect existing users and businesses while investigating new beneficial use.

We have learned that geothermal experts suspect the thermal aquifer is larger than previously believed and is thought to be refreshing at a substantial rate that will support new beneficial uses. We have also learned about common practices to efficiently and effectively use the thermal water for its highest and best use such as cascading use and reinjection into the aquifer. There is specific evidence from Boise, Idaho, showing how they preserved their depleting resource by mandating reinjection. We hope to use this knowledge for Pagosa’s future benefit.

We are at a critical point in this initiative.

The theory regarding underutilization of the thermal aquifer must be substantiated with scientific evidence in order to protect the existing businesses and make educated decisions on new beneficial use. The town and the county recently agreed to fund $15,000 each toward the $37,000 cost of the geothermal resource study, which will provide such scientific data. Even if the results are not the positive affirmation that we hope, we will still use the data in a beneficial way to improve our thermal waters practices and use to ensure the viability of dependent businesses for future generations.

At this point, the town council has requested that the additional $7,000 be confirmed in the bank from private donations indicating the support of local businesses and residents toward this initiative. We currently have $1,850 and need to raise an additional $5,150 by the next council meeting on July 21 in order to proceed with this project.

We are asking for your support to help to make this strategic initiative a reality that will potentially drive significant economic development in alignment with local values and needs. We hope to help create a clean energy economy in Pagosa to offset fluctuations in tourism.

Would you please consider contributing to the GGP as a 501(c)3 federal tax deductable contribution? Your donation may also qualify for a 25 percent Colorado Enterprise Zone tax credit. We will provide paperwork for your accountant to advise you on the options.

• Tier 3 Sponsorship (Mancos Level) — $250 or less.

• Tier 2 Sponsorship (Dakota Level) — $500-$1,000.

• Tier 1 Sponsorship (Crystalline Level) — $1,000 or more.

These tiers are named for the geological formations under our feet here in Pagosa. The deeper the level, the hotter the water. The deeper the level, the more your contribution moves Pagosa towards diverse and sustainable growth.

In return, we will publicly recognize supporters with certificates of support as well as in our promotional materials, on the GGP website and Facebook site. We will proudly display your logo and/or business or personal names for support and recognition.

You can make the check out to “GGP” and drop it off at Pagosa Baking Company and/or mail it to GGP, P.O. Box 5318, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Please e-mail us at info@geothermalpagosa.com or call Kirsten at (571) 926-3237 to contribute or ask for additional information. We appreciate your willingness to contribute any amount and welcome small donations as a significant sign of support.

Kirsten Skeehan

Pagosa Geothermal Advocates

Kathy Keyes

Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership

Road

Dear Editor:

Many times we hear of grants being let for to study things like why did the chicken cross the road. In Archuleta County it seems impossible to get anything done as they are spending our money on the studies and never get beyond that. The chicken cannot cross the road due to too many ruts and the incredible amount of BS collected from discussing it.

Does La Plata County have a road program that maybe we could learn from? Or some other county that would share their know how without a study to pay for? What happened to common sense? Do the commissioners earn $60,000 a year and get their travel expenses paid to go to these gatherings to learn what? They come home and ask the hired hand what to do. The hired hands get more pay to run the county so why do we need the commissioners who pass it off to them anyhow? Like paying double for the same service. Money saved could gravel and care for roads.

How much was Chris Chavez and Vic Poma paid when they were commissioners?

Commissioners should be qualified for the position … qualifications not on their ability to pass it off to the hired hands. It is amazing that a road would be adopted into the system without ever being brought up to county specs. This is what happened to the one lane road off CR 500. There are a number of residents living along this road. This is the road that the R&B supervisor was stuck on twice last year. This is the road that Commissioner Lucero came out and told us that it was indeed in bad shape and if we bought the gravel the county would spread it when in the area. This is the road that Commissioner Whiting called and told he would come down and see. He never showed up that we know of. This is the road, like many others in the county, that they blow hot air over and blade with lip service.

Mencor Valdez

Editor’s note: In order to be accurate, any statement that a road was brought into the county system without being “up to county specs” must include note of the fact that a moratorium on accepting roads into the county system has been in effect for more than 20 years.

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