Cards of Thanks


The Ross Aragon Community Center would like to give a huge thank you to everyone for coming to the eighth annual Festival of Trees. We would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteers that helped out with this event: Kathie Lattin, Tracy Kirschstein, Heidi Martinez, Janet Tjelmeland, Heather McCauley, Tom Carosello, Lorrie Church, Darren Lewis, Michelle Clark, Matt Bowdridge, Tristen Bennett, Ana Pina, Mona Gonzalez, Emily Gaston, Juan Chavez, Blake Irons, Miah Pitcher, Addie Tompson, Brooke Bowdridge and David Leach. We would also like to thank Jason Rose, Denise Chaney, Truett Forest and Kate Kelley for the wonderful music played. Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors of the event: Chow Down Pet Supplies, Boss Hogg’s, Pagosa Baking Company, Lisl Keuning, Two Chicks and a Hippie, Lorrie Church, Musetta Wollenweber, Mike Hayward, William Rockensock, Jeff and Cory Dysinger, LaQuita Johnson, Sweets-N-Such, AJ Sew Cute, KWUF, LaBella, Sheron Meyers and Matt Bowdridge. Thank you so much to all the wonderful sponsors of the trees: Chow Down Pet Supplies, Archuleta County 4-H, Archuleta County Seniors Inc., Laura Rome, Friends of the Library, Sky View Motel, Joanne Irons, Pagosa Peaks Volleyball Club, Women Helping in Pagosa Springs, Gecko, Archuleta County Ruritan Club, Outback Mountain ATV Rentals, Boy Scout Troop 807, Red Hats, Christy Gotchall, Sheri Smith, Southwest Organization for Sustainability, Melissa Snarr and parents from the Lutheran School, JPII/IHM Youth Ministry and Pagosa Springs High School Music Department. Thank you to the 22 nonprofits that participated in helping sell tickets to this event: Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County 4H, Archuleta County Seniors Inc., Darin Rome Music Memorial Fund, Friends of the Library, Pagosa Springs Morning Rotary, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Pagosa Peak Volleyball Club, Seeds of Learning, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers for Peyton Frank, GECKO, Archuleta County Ruritan Club, Pagosa Springs Elementary School Partners in Education, Boy Scout Troop 807, Archuleta County Red Hats, Pagosa Springs Head Start, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Southwest Organization for Sustainability, Our Savior Lutheran School, JPII/IHM Youth Ministry, and Pagosa Springs High School Music Department.


The Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion wishes to thank the very generous merchants, restaurants and individuals for their donations for our silent auction held for the recent Dessert Extravaganza Recipe Contest. Thanks again for making our “first in a series contest” such a grand success: The Patel family at the Quality Resort, Curves, Shayla McClure, Pagosa Baking, Nello’s Restaurant, Chow Down, Upscale Resale, Kip’s Grill, Wild Flower, Antiques on Main, Pagosa Photography, DSP Pizza, Next Door Decor, Peak Deli, JJ’s Chillin and Grillin, Frenchmade Bakery and Mud Shaver Car Wash.

Cowboy Church

On Dec. 13, Pine Ridge Extended Care Center gave their residents a wonderful Christmas party. They allowed us, the Cowboy Church “Stitch and Time” gals and their husbands, to participate. In addition to the handmade crafts that were given, we asked vendors in the community to donate presents for this event and were overwhelmed by the love and generosity of the people in our city. Some of the residents did not have presents to open, and because of these gifts, every person had several gifts to open. They all felt special and remembered, and so many faces lit up in surprise when they received one gift after another. Thank you so much, Pagosa vendors, for your love and generosity: Alco, Aravada, Coyote Jane’s General Mercantile, Goodman’s, Home Again, Jackisch, LaBella, Made in Colorado Shoppe, Ooh La La Spa, Outfitter, Satori Boutique, Sweets-N-Such, Terry’s Ace Hardware, Touchstone Gifts, Treasures of the Rockies and Wolf Creek Junction Gifts.

Pagosa Nordic

The Pagosa Nordic Club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Nordic Season Opener held last weekend. Thank you Davey and Rosanne Pitcher and the Wolf Creek Ski Area for providing an excellent venue and trail grooming. Special thanks to Murray Banks who took the time to teach a waxing clinic and two skate ski clinics. Dan and Juana Lee of the Alpen Haus Ski Center provided the space for the waxing clinic. And to the many Pagosa Nordic volunteers especially Dan Bartley, Doug Call, Jennifer Martin, Betsy Cotton Susan Dussel, Suellen Loher, Nancy Ray and everyone who volunteered their time. Thank you to everyone who participated in the weekend events. And a big thank you to Pagosa Nordic, the sponsors; KWUF Radio, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Brewing Company, The Hub Bicycle Shop, Eagle Mountain Mercantile, Silver Pick Contracting, Alpen Haus Ski Center, Pagosa Ski and Snowboard Rentals, Summit Ski and Sports, Wolf Creek Avalanche School, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Healing Waters Resort and Spa, Overlook Hot Springs Spa, The Springs Resort, the Ski and Bow Rack and The Town Tourism Committee.

Book Fair

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, relatives and friends who shopped at the Book Fair and for all the excitement about the event. The Fall Book Fair, “Reading Oasis — A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books!” held at Pagosa Springs Elementary School in November, was an outstanding success! Gross sales were over $10,600 that will translate into approximately $2,615 of profit. Additionally, the school library received $797 worth of new books.

It would be impossible to put on this two-week event without all of our willing and able volunteers.  Huge gratitude goes to 32 individuals who decorated, unpacked and packed boxes, sorted books, staffed the cash register: Holly Blackman, Kendra Bridges, Stacie Castro, Nicole Cotts, Jayme Crabtree, Cindi Galabota, Robin Galloway, Manuela Heaton, Chelsea Hill, Kendra Hittle, Amy Jacques, Becky Jacobson, Laura Jenkins, Brook Johnson, Kelly Laner, Aubrie Limebrook, Sarah Martin, Debbie Mackey, Sierra Montoya, Carole Nasralla, Amy Owen, Natalie Ortega, Sanya Peterson, Chantal Ralston, Dawn Robel, Lisa Scott, Erica Shamburg, Gwen Taylor, Cory Warden, Janell Wood, Michelle Zeigler and Becky Ziminsky. We’d also like to thank the school custodians, Jack Constant and Barbara Martinez, and office secretaries Jackie Hart-Trujillo and Karyn Smith for their assistance outside of their regular duties. Thanks to everyone for making this school event so successful!

Lisa Scott, Debbie Mackey

Holiday Palooza

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who assisted in orchestrating the first Holiday Palooza, this year’s effort to enhance the holiday season.  We want to especially thank Mike Alley with LPEA and Chris Gallegos and the Town of Pagosa Springs street department for adding new lights and working so tirelessly to ensure they were ready by Thanksgiving weekend.  An additional thank you to the Pagosa Springs Area Fire Department for their assistance with the lighting processions and to all of the event organizers who stepped up to fill the event calendar during the month of December.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts.  We look forward to building on this year’s festivities in future years.  Thanks again!

Jennie Green, Mary Jo Coulehan


Just wanted to proclaim appreciation for “Worker Bee” Jim Miller and crew, who every season do their best to make our little town look its classy best.

Jim often works behind the scenes and sometimes off the clock with energy, integrity and — no matter what dirty, cold, early or late job he is on —with an enthusiastic smile.

If all of us workers were like Jim, our planet “hive” would be a more beautiful place. Note to our town council: Give that man a raise, and a bonus.

Addi Greer


We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered to make “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” such a fun and successful production. Curtains Up Pagosa! could not do what it does without the incredible energy, talent and passion poured forth by our CUP volunteers. A special thanks to The SUN for their ongoing help with publicity and to our audiences who so generously support our efforts. Curtains Up Pagosa! is facilitated by and represents some of the very best of our community, an impressive group of talented folks whose passion for the arts will launch CUP into the next 25 years.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado would like to thank Kim and Brad Van Wormer at the Downtown Subway for donating two trays of sandwiches for our holiday party. The kids absolutely loved having something to eat and they truly appreciate the community support. We would also like to thank Centerpoint Church, Pastor Jon and Diane McInnis for allowing us to hold our party at their church. They have such a nice facility and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to have that available to us in this town. We greatly appreciate the support that BBBS receives in this community, it is truly heartwarming. I would also like to thank all of the big brothers and big sisters that donate their time to the program to positively impact the lives of children in Pagosa.


The Ross Aragon Community Center would like to thank everyone for coming to Hazel Miller Jazzy Sassy Christmas Concert and for all the wonderful volunteers that helped out with this event: Cory Dysinger, Jeff Dysinger, Debbie Waddell, Bob Hemenger, Shane Lucero, Daniel Shanks, Miranda Tjelmeland, Inez Winter, Trina Mestas, David Leach, Cecilia Parsons Hopper, Michelle Jamison, Heidi Martinez and Lisa Chastain. What an amazing event you all helped make happen.


We have started finding the beautiful residential Christmas light displays and the “Holiday Palooza” section of The SUN will help us. Thanks to Mary Jo, Jan and Stacy for the terrific job they did in getting all the information to us so we can enjoy the holidays more than ever. I have also noted how our very special businesses have answered Mary Jo’s request to really “dress up this season.” There are so many more lights and they are everywhere. And the residential sections are following right behind.

Cindy Gustafson


Seeds of Learning would like to thank Keely and Nerissa Whittington for the generous donation made for new computers and IPads.  That was the best Christmas present ever to the teachers and children at Seeds!


It’s hard to get stuff done these days. Appreciative citizens appear, wanting to chat; full of praise and thanks for the Christmas lighting that brightens the town. Letters are printed from generous friends. Mike Alley and his crew from LPEA are responsible for much of the beautiful brightness that graces our community. Without their efforts, these holidays would not be so cheerful. Thanks, Mike, and Merry Christmas from the town staff.

Jim Miller

This story was posted on December 26, 2013.