Cards of Thanks


Feel the love, Pagosa.

My name is Bruce Young, a native resident of Colorado. I moved to Pagosa in 2001 from Buena Vista, Colo. In 2006, I started Four Corners Backflow Testers Company (testing and repairing valves that protect our drinking water).

The love and respect that I received from the community was overwhelming and exhilarating.

In January 2011, I was diagnosed with cancer and had to close my business to concentrate on my health. As I start battle No. 3, I would like everyone to know how appreciative I am.

The Lord God blessed me by allowing me to move to Pagosa Springs and be part of your community (family). From day one, you have shown me love in some kind of way or another (a smile, laugh, job, ride, hugs, conversation and prayer) and the list goes on.

I especially want to thank you, Pagosa, for the love you have given to me during this fight for life.

I feel the love!

Bruce Young


The American Red Cross has served the people of Colorado for nearly 100 years. Our tradition of service has been driven by outstanding volunteers and employees who have always put the needs of the community first.

I have been privileged to work with many of those disaster responders and have seen firsthand their compassion and dedication. While the faces change over the years, the service provided by your American Red Cross has remained solid and secure.

One face that has been part of southwest Colorado for many years will be leaving the community to start a new chapter in her life in Wyoming. Cindi Shank has been the face of the Red Cross in southwest Colorado since 2007. She first served as the Chapter Disaster Coordinator and then, in 2008, became the Executive Director for the Southwest Colorado Chapter. Cindi has rallied volunteers in support of the community and rallied the community in support of the Red Cross. She will leave behind a legacy of service and compassion.

As the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Colorado, I want to personally thank Cindi for all that she has done for the Southwest Colorado Chapter and for the people of southwest Colorado. The search for a replacement has already begun and, while it may take some time to find the right person for this important position, know that your Southwest Colorado Chapter will continue to provide the high level of service you have come to expect.

Thank you, Cindi, for all the things you have done for the Red Cross and for southwest Colorado. We wish you the best in all your new adventures.

Gino Greco


I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all my friends and the helpful strangers who assisted in the search for my German Shepherd, Harrah. Thank you to the Humane Society, the San Juan Veterinary staff, KWUF, and all those who put the word out and contacted me with tips. And to Miles, a very special thank you, as I know it was as hard for you to call me about her fate as it was for me to receive the call. But please know how much I appreciate the effort you made. Thanks also to Mike Pierce and The Pagosa Springs SUN staff who went above and beyond with their assistance, as well as to Terri House, whose compassion and generosity moved me to tears. I will always appreciate and never forget the care and concern this community can demonstrate.

Sandra Walker


The Pagosa Arts and Culture Project board of directors would like to thank the generous sponsors who helped make the first Pagosa MAKERS Expo and Tour such a roaring success: Ross and Sonya Aragon, Mike and Leslie Bernard, Marti Bledsoe, Bob and Robin Brobst, Dick and Judy Robbins, SandAppleArt, Keely Whittington, Paula Miller and Lowell Wiles, 1st Southwest Bank, Art and Framing Center, Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, Blue Frog Commercial Arts, Riff Raff Brewing Co., Bank of Colorado, DSP Pizzeria, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Pagosa Brewing, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, The Lindblad Group, Karl Isberg, Leanne Goebel, Red Dog Ridge, The Pagosa Springs SUN, A Body of Art, Alley House Grille, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pagosa Springs Town Tourism Committee, Mark Weiler and Parelli Natural Horsemanship and King Campbell, DDS. Your generosity helped us shine a light on the creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses and individuals who make things in Pagosa Springs. To our advertisers, thank you for helping us present a gorgeous, full-color program to the world: Growing Spaces, Kathleen and Anthony Steventon, Sandy Applegate, Red Dog Ridge, A Body of Art, Pagosa Brewing and Grill, Parelli, Belvedere Art Tile, Stag King Art, Pagosa Baking Company, Making Things New, Carol Cooke and The Goodnight Trail Gallery, Making Sense of Websites, Art and Framing Center, Cherry Cement Salon, Marti Bledsoe, I Want Jewelry, The Hub, Andie’s Undies, White Rabbit Studio, Incredible Pagosa Vacation Rentals, King Campbell, DDS and Anne Campbell Studio.

We are also grateful to our volunteers: Dick and Judy Robbins, Janice and Todd Condon, Polly and Bob McLaughlin, Megan Riddle, Lisa Kelly, Sandy and John Applegate, Susan Martin Serra, Bonnie Masters, Phyl Daleske, Annie Jacobi, Sherry Phillips, Robin Brobst, King and Anne Campbell, Bernard Reinhardt, Christa Laos, Gary Friedrich, Teresa Foster, Susanne Russell, Ann Bubb, Jeanne Sinkey, Natalie Carpenter, Ana Garcia, Kristen LeRoux, Charlie Jacobi, Clay Vyzralek, Mary Walls, Michele White, Teresa Foster, Gail Hershey, Carolle Hunt, Patsy Lindblad and anyone else who may have helped and we happened to forget.

School district

Archuleta School District would like to thank the Quality Inn and Resorts for donating meeting space for our Community Advisory Council to explore the possibility of a School Based Health Center. Also to The View for catering the delicious lunch.

Queen family

In appreciation of all your prayers, concerns, love and support.

The family of Tanya Queen wishes you life, laughter, surprise, the ability to smile in the face of adversity and the capacity to love without reason, fear or anger, but with the faith of one who truly believes. May you be blessed and thank you.

This story was posted on October 24, 2013.