Cards of Thanks


Thank you to all of the local merchants and churches who joined the Community United Methodist Church, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, and Pagosa Human Services in gathering much needed school supplies. We feel so fortunate to live in a community where our children are so well supported.

Pagosa Springs Elementary School


Pagosa Springs has an amazing group of girls — the Pirate cheerleaders.  For six years now, Pirate JV and varsity cheerleaders, along with their wonderful sponsor Mable Barber, have volunteered their time at the Humane Society’s Auction for the Animals.  Each year, they serve as silent auction monitors and do a fantastic job of roaming the crowd serving hors d’oeuvres to over 300 auction attendees.  This year, they went above and beyond the call of duty and stayed for the entire auction, volunteering their time on a Friday night to also serve as live auction runners and item distributors in the back room.  We truly could not have done our checkout system without them.  For the first time, the live auction had a Pirate Spirit Basket thanks to the Sports Booster Club for spirit items and Sean O’Donnell, PSHS Athletic Director, for the donation of a family season pass to all home games.  To honor the six years of service from the cheerleaders, the audience was told that the Pirate cheerleaders would receive half of what that basket sold for, and the girls then did a spirit-filled cheer to get the momentum started.  The basket sold for a whopping $1,250, so the Pirate cheer program will receive $625 from the Humane Society to be used, as needed, to support the program.  Thanks again, girls, you did a great job.

Siri Schuchardt


Sending many thanks and appreciation to all that came out to support the sixth annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic. This event would not be possible without the numerous volunteers, sponsors, and friends and family.

A special thanks to: Manzanares, Faculty X, Los Mitotitos, Cory Warden and family, Stacey Lewis and family, Cafe Colorado, Farrago Market, The Overlook Hot Springs, Healing Waters Resort and Spa, The Pagosa Springs Dining Guide, The Springs Resort and Spa,, Kip’s, Pagosa Outside, Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures, Mountain Eye Care, Sugar High, KWUF, The Pagosa Springs SUN, The Loft at the Metropolitan Hotel, Jeremy and Patty Black, Jeff Laydon, Danny and Nettie Wood, Kirsten Le Roux, Nicki Alley, Morgan Murri, Gecko, Don and Linda Pederson, The Pagosa Springs Youth Center and Riff Raff. And all the numerous friends and family that served chile. Thank you to all the green chile chefs for entering the contest. Muchas Gracias to our judges Matt Yoksh, Jim Pederson and Karen White-Pargin. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone.

Jacque Aragon


I would like to thank our parishioners from all the churches involved for their kind donations, gifts and works that contributed to the success in our annual Back to School Supplies Drive for our kids. Thank you all for giving our Pagosa kids a wonderful head start for a successful 2013-2014 school year.

We also sincerely thank the following churches and businesses: Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Centerpoint Church, Church of Christ, Restoration Fellowship, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Community United Methodist Church, Pagosa Bible Church, First Assembly of God Free Church, Amazing Grace, Alco Discount Store, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Rainbow Gifts, City Market, Women Helping in Pagosa Springs (WHIPS) and the Human Services organization.

Mercedes Leist


Surely, we are just one of a multitude who have experienced the life-saving techniques of our Pagosa Springs Medical Center. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the personnel of the emergency room there for not allowing my husband to slip away this week.

Special thanks to Drs. Galloway and Gruver for their heroic efforts and to all the team there for their T.L.C.

Kudos to Brad Cochennet for putting together such a team.

Jane Lomasny


Thank you to the many fantastic volunteers that so generously gave up their time to assist GECKO in presenting the Mountain Chile Cha Cha on Saturday. So much effort and collaboration went into making it a success. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the local businesses who supported the event with in-kind and sponsorship donations, including Coors, Kip’s Grill, Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures, Chavolo’s, KWUF, Southwest Land Alliance, Pagosa Baking Company, Riff Raff Brewing Co., Farrago’s, Healing Waters, Colorado Cafe, Re.Sport, Overlook Hot Springs, Quality Resort, Mountain Landing, Mountain Home Sound & Security, The Hub Bike Shop, Higher Grounds, Pagosa Chamber of Commerce, Parelli’s, City Market and many more. To the extraordinary Green Chile Cookoff and Margarita Contest coordinators Jacque Aragon and Karin Kohake — much appreciated, ladies, you are wonderful. Finally, to the Reservoir River Ranch, the Levine property, for allowing us access to their land for our trail run. We are so grateful to each and every one for their assistance.

Kirsten Le Roux


Upper San Juan Search and Rescue would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of our second annual Orienteering/Rogaine fund-raising event that was held Aug. 17.

Search and Rescue in Archuleta County is an all-volunteer organization that does not receive funding from any source, other than donations, grants and our fund-raiser. Sponsorship of our annual fund-raiser is one of the few ways we receive money to purchase rescue equipment and train our members. This benefits the whole community, not only locals, but also the many hunters and tourists that come to our area. Without these sponsors, our capabilities to find and rescue those who are lost, injured or sick in the backcountry would be greatly diminished.

A big thank you to all these sponsors for your support of Search and Rescue in Archuleta County. We hope that the whole community will support these businesses as they are supporting our community: Silverpick Contracting, A Body of Art, Backcountry Experience, Gardenswartz Outdoors, Spectrum Construction, San Juan Dental Hygiene, Ponderosa Lumber, Stockton Gas, Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, Devo Capital, Couture Financial Inc., Colorado Wood Werks, The Hub, Terry’s Ace Hardware, Wyndham, Chow Down Pet Supplies, The Outfitter, and Gary and Kathleen Economy.

Les Bivens


This past weekend, the Mountain Chili Cha Cha Festival was held in Town Park. One piece of the festival was a Margarita Contest to benefit the GECKO Scholarship fund. On behalf of the entire GECKO organization, we would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the businesses and volunteers who made this contest possible — we raised almost $1,000 and could not have done it without you. Thank you to the local vendors who supplied their special blend of margaritas: Boss Hogg’s, Chavolo’s, DSP Pizzeria, Kip’s Grill, Nello’s, On the Rocks, Pagosa Brewing Company and The View. Thank you to the volunteers who provided many hours of their time as well as their smiles: Sandy Kobrock, Mark Mueller, Andrew Kohake, Lana Jorgenson and Juanalee Park. A smashing success!

Karin Kohake

This story was posted on August 29, 2013.