Cards of Thanks


The Gallegos family would like to thank family, friends and neighbors for their support during our time of loss, Father Don and Father Leo, the Guadalupanas, Knights of Columbus, and the Penitente Brothers for their service at vigils and funerals, and the staff at Pine Ridge Nursing Home for the care and comfort they provided Ben and Gertrude late in their lives.

Ben and Lupita Gallegos


Thank you SUN for introducing us to some of the many veterans we have in this area. I have given Ron a small reminder of what takes place when these veterans do their thing — it says, “Land of the free, because of the brave.”

DJ Dusty was so proud of his father who had served in the military. I was wondering how many of you know Tammy, Ronnie or Heather? In record time, they planned a fund-raiser to help Dusty’s family with travel expenses, etc. Thanks to those who provided music (Jack Ellis, Variety Express and the High Rollers who came from Durango, and there were others) who brought food and who bid on the silent auction items. The fund-raiser was a success.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado would like to thank Happy Trails and the ladies of WHO, Maria MacNamee, LaQuita Johnson and Sharee Grazda, for hosting Fashion’s Night Out. They chose BBBS as one of the charities that was benefitted by this event and it was a great success. LaQuita did an amazing job transforming the community center into a beautiful setting for the gorgeous clothes that Maria showcased at the event. It was a wonderful night for all ladies who attended. BBBS appreciates the generosity and hard work of Maria, Sharee and LaQuita. The children of BBBS greatly appreciate all your efforts.

Americana Project

The Americana Project would like to thank the following people for helping us make the KJ Denhert concert a success: High Country Lodge, Riff Raff Brewing Company, The SUN, Kip’s, Farrago’s, The Springs Resort and Christine Funk. A special thanks goes out to Mr. David Hamilton and the school board for all their support.


The wife and I were treated to a wonderful evening while attending Pagosa Springs High School’s annual fall concert. We enjoyed the wonderful sounds that came from these students. A 12-piece jazz band was followed by a beautiful choir, and then a 30-plus-piece orchestra. The talent was abundant and very entertaining.  Some jazz, a little Broadway and some great classical pieces charmed our ears for the evening.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and left impressed with the future of music in Pagosa. Kudos to Dan Burch, who has done a marvelous job with these young people. His arrangements and the obviously inspired students are a credit to his efforts. I understand there will be another program for the holidays. We’ll be looking forward to it. Thank you, students and Mr. Burch.

Frank Zellner

Veterans for Veterans

The Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County would like to thank all those who stopped by The Buck Stops Here to talk with our members, learn what we do and how we help/assist veterans in need. We would like to thank all the generous people who gave us donations to continue to help veterans in need. We are coming into the winter months, where our help/support requests increase significantly and these donations will make a difference. We would like to give a big thank you to Bernie Schuchart, owner of The Buck Stops Here, for letting us use his parking area for this effort. It was a huge success, mainly due to the great exposure this location provides. In addition to all those who gave generous donations, we were able to connect with a number of veterans in the area, who were not aware of our group and the support/help that we provide. Some of these veterans became members and have expressed a desire to help other veterans in need.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention all those businesses that so graciously display one of our stickers in their windows, offering discounts to our veterans. This is greatly appreciated and we encourage our veterans to use/visit the businesses that support veterans.

The Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County meet weekly at the Quality Resort on the west end of town every Tuesday at 10 a.m. We are a local non-profit organization developed to meet the needs of local veterans, including financial assistance, help during a move, transportation to a medical appointment, help in filing VA claims or dealing with the VA, providing firewood or water, help paying rent and utilities, finding housing/assistance for homeless veterans, computer/technical assistance, help during emotional distress, visiting shut-in veterans and those in the nursing home, plus much more.

With winter months coming very soon, demand for help will increase significantly, thus putting a strain on our available funds. If you would like to make a donation to help our local veterans, you can mail a check made out to Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County to Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County, P.O. Box 5331, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

It is only through the generosity of our compassionate donors that the Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County can offer its support to Archuleta County veterans and their families in times of great stress.


A sold-out event, the beautifully decorated “Third Annual Fashion Weekend” kickoff fashion show brought 200 ladies out for an evening of style and friendship on Thursday, Nov. 7. The organizing and sponsoring group, Women Helping Others (WHO), expresses deep gratitude to our volunteers, sponsors, donors and attendees for their contribution to this success. We are pleased to announce that Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Rotary Club Feed the Children Backpack Program will each receive a donation of almost $4,700 to continue and enhance their current programs benefitting the children of our community.


The members of the Pagosa Springs Rotary Clubs would like to thank the wonderful ladies of Women Helping Others (WHO) and Happy Trails Boutique. Together, you produced an amazing fashion event that greatly helped the Rotary Feed Our Children program and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The children of Pagosa are well served by your energy, personal generosity and creativity. The evening was a terrific success because of all your efforts, the many volunteers in this community, the supportive ladies at the community center, and all the wonderful people who supported the event by coming out and having a great time. WHO and Happy Trails have a solid history of helping worthy nonprofits in this community and we are honored to have our project included in this year’s event. Thank you so much.

This story was posted on November 14, 2013.