Cards of Thanks


On Friday, March 15, the Archuleta County Crime Stoppers hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy and feel-good family entertainment.

The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Annie Thompson and Elmer Schettler  who planned and promoted the game. The Pagosa Springs Pirate Pretenders proved to be an energetic, enthusiastic and challenging team and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship. The event would not have been possible without the support and generosity of local community sponsors, the Archuleta County Crime Stoppers members and the event volunteers.

The Harlem Ambassadors thank the community of Pagosa Springs for its warm hospitality and look forward to returning to Pagosa Springs in the future.


We would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, food, prayers and support during the loss of our dad, Julian Archuleta.

We would especially like to thank Joe Archuleta;  sheriff’s deputies John Martin and Monica Medina;  EMS crew Joel Claus, Nicole LaGoia, Brittany Fisher and Brian Leewitt for their quick response and hard work.  Because of all of you, we got to have a few more days with dad to say our goodbyes.

We also want to thank the ICU staff at Mercy Medical Center;  Shane Martinez, Chris Gallegos and Andy Weber for their help at the cemetery;  Father Don and the Catholic church for the service;  Stella McFatridge and family for praying the Rosary; The Guadalupanas for preparing and serving lunch; Squeeky Rivas for the flowers and the American Legion Post 108 for the graveside service.

It truly is a blessing to live in such a tight knit community.

Cindy, Julian, Ike, Phil, Val, Kristy and John


One of the blessings of living in Pagosa Springs is a citizenry that volunteers with no expectation of recognition. I would like to offer thanks and gratitude for a group of men who have shared their time with our middle school students. The Dads of Good Students (DOGS) spend their time with us during lunches. These gentlemen spend quality time with our kids being a positive influence, playing games, telling life stories and sharing their wisdom. Thank you for providing an extra presence in our schools. Thanks to Jim Kahrs, John Smith, Todd Shulda, Lyndall Caler, Jaques Grant and Darren Lewis. Your genuine care for our kids is appreciated.

Justin S. Cowan


The staff at the Ross Aragon Community Center would like to thank everyone for coming to Dance for the Families and for all the wonderful volunteers that helped out with this event: LaQuita Johnson, Siri Schuchardt, Tim and Deb Jennings, Ed and Beverly Chester, Mike Hayward, Muriel Eason, and Jack and Diana Litt. We would also like to thank everyone that helped sell tickets to the event: Archuleta County Victims Assistance, Seeds of learning, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Pagosa Springs Nurturing Center, Archuleta County Education Center, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center and Old Town Market. What a great event you all made happen.


Thanks to Scott Galabota, son Donavan and Lindsey Kurt-Mason for finding my 53-year-old wedding band that I lost last October at a football game.

Jim White


I would like to extend my gratitude to the Vets for Vets organization for the assistance rendered at a time of need. I was very low on propane and there was a prediction of oncoming bad weather over the weekend. Alas! I was able to receive propane on a Saturday morning. Again, many thanks.

Lucy Gonzales

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.