Cards of Thanks


A heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Pagosa Fire Auxiliary and all the firefighters who will benefit from the donations that we have received in our current fund-raising drives.  Special thanks go to Pagosa churches: St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Centerpoint, United Community Methodist, Pagosa Bible, John Paul II Catholic, Restoration Fellowship, Our Savior Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and First Assembly of God. Pagosa Businesses: City Market, The Rose Restaurant, Goodman’s, Old Country Store and The Malt Shoppe.

Please notice our “donation firefighter boots” at other churches and business in the following weeks.

We apologize for the movie fund-raiser cancellation due to an unfortunate failure of theater equipment.  This resulted in inconvenience and disappointment for many of you who were looking forward to two wonderful movies.

All proceeds will be used to pay for and equip the Rehab 1 response vehicle that will contain MREs, food, water, Gatorade, dry gloves and caps for firefighters during long deployments.  They will also provide a “Thank You” dinner for all the firefighters later in the year.


Once again, the Mike Valdez Memorial Scholarship Bowshoot held July 20 was a wonderful success. We are so blessed to live in such a generous community. With the donations of merchants in this community and the surrounding area, all the volunteers who worked very hard, we will be able to continue helping students who want to go to college. Education was important to Mike, and we are happy we can help students in his name. We believe he is well pleased with the event. We appreciate the participants who continue to come and support us every year and all the newcomers as well. We consider them all family.

We would like to express our gratitude to all, and with special thanks to Dale and Deanna Hockett and family for donating their time and land to make this event possible.

Valdez, House and Garcia families


The Seeds Gone Wild With GECKO project and nature hike could not have been a success without the assistance and generosity of a few key groups: the Southwest Land Alliance, the Hershey Family and Alan Farrow at the Hershey Ranch. Also Brad and his team from downtown Subway. Finally, the parents, teachers and board of Seeds of Learning and the Seeds/GECKO organizing committee. Thank you.


We are forced to have many fund-raisers this year because funding has been removed in many cases. Thus, there are all sorts of auctions, silent and live.

And, guess who the heroes are — the wonderful businesses in our little town. It never ceases to amaze me how generous these people are and I know many organizations are so appreciative.

The auctions are the biggest money raisers in most cases.

Thanks to the generous businesses — it seems they are there when most needed.

Cindy Gustafson


This story was posted on August 1, 2013.