Cards of Thanks


“Pippin” was a beautifully acted story and so much fun, with several actors back from their first year of college. It is amazing what happens when a certain type of person appears on a stage in front of an audience.

Thanks to everyone involved for bringing such pleasure to us.

Cindy Gustafson


I would like to send out a huge thank you to the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Club and Citizens Bank for making the BBBS car wash a reality. Many members from the Rotary Club showed up and helped wash cars for hours. It was a very successful event for Jeffery and BBBS. This gave Jeffery a big boost towards raising money for his 2014 Europe Trip. Rotary members were amazing and very hard working. It is appreciated so much. Thank you.

Thank you to Kyle Cox for supporting BBBS with allowing us to use the parking lot of Citizens Bank uptown. You are both great supporters of BBBS and it is so greatly appreciated.

Maggie Ives


David and Sam Cordray from Saddle Up Outfitters were kind enough to offer horseback riding to Big Brothers Big Sisters once again this year. This is the third year they have been generous with offering beautiful rides in the forest to the kids in the program. Bigs and littles alike really enjoy this activity and we are grateful to David and Sam for offering this amazing opportunity to go into the woods on horseback. Thank you so much Saddle Up Outfitters for giving back to the community.


On behalf of our wrestling club, I would like everyone who participated in the outdoor concert in Town Park with the High Rollers on June 29 to know how much we appreciate their contributions. I wish I could thank personally all the people who came out, bought concessions and baked goods, and many who made donations and just enjoyed being there. On a personal note, it was fun seeing old friends, people I have taught or coached and their parents, as well meeting new people, some who came out just to support the sport they participated in their youth. I wish I could have gotten around and thank everyone personally.

There are some people who should be recognized for their work in making it possible. They include Kip Strohecker for the use of his stage/trailer, Chris Gallegos and the town crew for many things, in particular helping us get light to the field, Jim Miller for his assistance and encouragement. Mike Alley’s help with electrical equipment was essential. It would not be possible without Mike Branch’s concessions or the High Rollers entertainment. The Pagosa SUN, KWUF, Pagosa Mountain Rotary, Tracy Schenk, the Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Portable Toilets, Boot Hill, Doors and More and Red Ryder Rodeo all contributed essential services. All donors, large and small are appreciated and I hope we can find a way to thank you. Apologies for any omissions on this list; there were many donors in many ways and it’s difficult to list you all.

This was actually the tenth year we have held this event, and some people come to mind who participated in the very first one, which was held at the Fairgrounds. They have helped get it started and should be thanked. They include Jody and Barbara Martinez, Dale and Deanna Hockett, Gene and Shonna Snow, Lanette and Terri Smith, Pat and Debbie Candelaria from Boot Hill, Bunk and Marsha Pruett from the Spa, and Andy Janowsky and Mike Canterbury, the original members of the High Rollers who have played at every event.

We are thankful to you all and hope you were rewarded for your participation with a good time.

Dan Janowsky

Rotary parade

It is with great pleasure that the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club thanks so many people for helping to make the Fourth of July Parade the success that it was.

Along with Rotarians, it takes a village to accomplish the parade. The Chamber of Commerce and The Pagosa SUN did an outstanding job of getting application forms to entrants. Our appreciation also goes to Will Speers and KWUF for obtaining the sound equipment and providing public service announcements prior to and coverage during the parade.

Safety is a major concern. Chief Rockensock and the Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Mounted Rangers did a great job of redirecting traffic and manning crucial spots in and around the parade route. The Town Parks and Rec Department made sure traffic cones were in place, traffic information was given to businesses that would be affected and making available Port-A-Potties.

It was a pleasure to honor Warren Grams as the Grand Marshal for our 2013 parade. It seemed fitting that a retired fire chief was this year’s Grand Marshal, as three fires continue to cloud our skies. However, of the 20-plus nominations that were purposed to the Rotary membership, Warren was selected because of the difference he has made in our community and his devoted volunteerism. A special thank you goes to the Pagosa Springs Fire District for lending their vintage fire engine to escort Warren in the parade.

Our judges, who were visitors at Elk Meadows Campground and RV Park, did an outstanding job of judging entrants from six states. Lovely gift baskets for those judges were supplied by Brenda Eaves of Rainbow Gifts.

Karl Isberg and Mike Branch once again acted as the best announcers this side of the Rockies. Their humor and community insight is always priceless.

Day Lumber donated the use of the flatbed for the announcers’ and judge’s stand. Archuleta School District 50 Joint allowed us to use the high school parking lot as a staging area.

The ever-popular and gifted pilots of the San Juan Squadron, aka Pagosa Angels, wowed everyone on the ground with the two flyovers they did to start the parade. Please thank Jim Lane, Michael Arbuthnot, Dave Peart, Mike Entz, Tim Gallagher and Craig Taylor when you next see them.

Thank you all for helping us celebrate this year’s theme, “One Nation-Many Peoples: A Celebration of Diversity.” We thank you for taking the time to enter the parade on this very busy time of year and we thank all those who came out to applaud, cheer and otherwise encourage all the entries. What a small town celebration! See you next year.

JoAnn Laird


The executive board of Curtains Up Pagosa! offers heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who gave hundreds of hours to assure our town of six outstanding performances of “Pippin” over the past two weeks. The cast, pit orchestra, tech workers, set designers, costumers, and many behind-the-scenes workers combined to bring audiences the best of Pagosa Springs artistic talent. We especially appreciate the support of The SUN, Old Town Market, our program advertisers and patrons, and our generous and faithful audiences. We are truly and humbly grateful.


On June 22, I was honored with a birthday celebration I could not have anticipated.

I want to thank my seven children for all their work and efforts to make this event happen. I am honored and grateful for their efforts.

It was a joyous and happy night. To be blessed with the presence of 200-plus old and new friends and relations, some who traveled from far and wide to celebrate my 75th birthday with me.

Thank you for the numerous gifts and honors.

I want to thank our “family band,” Variety Express, for providing music that had the “youngest” to “oldest” dancing the night away.

I am a “blessed woman.”

Thank you, all.

Josie Rivas


Dear Editor:

I write this letter sitting from a corner desk in the back office of Ponderosa Lumber. I have to leave this great and sweet town now; it is time for a new chapter in my and my kids’ lives. With that being said, I write this letter to all the  amazing contractors of Pagosa, aka “My Guys” (as well as the customers of whom I have grown so fond of). As I have sat here throughout the last few weeks and months, I have nothing but the greatest memories. You guys (and gals) have made every single day of coming to work an absolute blast. I have loved the fact that I got paid to come hang out with friends every day.  You are some of the greatest guys I have ever known.  I wish you all the absolute very best; I hope to keep in touch.  I have each of your numbers (memorized by heart), I just might call on occasion just to give you a hard time. Thank you again for all the great years and memories.

I love you all, My Guys!

Dolly Taylor

This story was posted on July 12, 2013.