Lifestyle – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:09:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Extension Viewpoints: Working from home can be a challenge Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:46 +0000 By Robin Young
PREVIEW Columnist
The global spread of COVID-19 has shifted our everyday way of life including some of us now working from home. Even if you already work from home, this unprecedented event has affected us all. With the technology and ways to connect us with our devices, we will continue to adjust to work/life at home.
We all have different living environments at home. No matter what your environment is, you’ll need to change some of your habits and routines to make working from home a success. We have routines we do at home and routines when we are at work. Everyone who works remotely must figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life.
If you’re new to working remotely, decide what will be right for you to help you stay productive and maintain balance. Think about these things:
• Make a dedicated office space. This will help you keep all your things in one area. You’ll want your work area to be comfortable and out of the way of distractions, even though you will still encounter them, especially if you have school-aged kids at home. Be sure to set ground rules with others that live with you.
• Creating a morning routine can be a blended effort with your at-home routine and office routine. Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a walk. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day. Then again, having the flexibility to begin at your own pace can have its advantages, too.
• Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility and sometimes you need to stop what you are working on and do a house chore, walk the dog or take care of family. Sometimes, hours can go late into the night. If you do work late, allow yourself to sleep in a little the next morning to make up for it.
• Taking breaks is an important part of good physical and mental health. Take longer if you need to. Go outside and walk around. Moving around and fresh air will help you come back focused and energized. That’s good advice if you are working at home or at the office.
• Socializing with colleagues can alleviate loneliness, disconnect and isolation which are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Start a group text or email with a trivia question or a funny meme. Maybe your company will set up a chat channel where remote employees can talk about common thoughts about life in the COVID-19 time. It’s important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included. Even if you’re highly introverted and don’t like socializing, give a few interactive experiences a try so that you’re familiar with them if you ever decide you want them. If you’re not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.
• Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so. Overcommunicating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write a five-paragraph essay to explain your every move, but it does mean repeating yourself. It’s better that everyone be tired of hearing your schedule than not knowing what your schedule is.
• Take advantage of the perks. If you are home with your family, take time to do something with them each day. Make a special treat, play a game or put them to work cleaning the house. Take time to do something you have wanted to get done but have been putting it off. It could be cleaning out your refrigerator or doing a crossword puzzle. Why should you do it? Because you are working from home and you can. Successful remote-at-home workers are very disciplined, but it takes time to acquire that self-control. After all, it takes serious focus to do any full-time office job from an unconventional space. That said, everyone lets their attention drift sometimes. If you find yourself working one minute and cleaning out closets the next, don’t reprimand yourself too harshly. Instead, take advantage of the fact you can go to work in your jammies, take an hour break to clean that closet, or just take extra time for yourself or your family. Working remotely comes with unique perks. Take advantage of them. You deserve it.
• Keeping a positive attitude will help you get through the day with less stress. Be patient with others. Remember that this is new territory for all of us and we are all having to adjust.
Above all else, figure out what works best for you. Sometimes the answer is apparent, but other times you might need some inspiration from other people who are in the same boat. We have a supportive community, whether you find them on social media, online through blogs or just reaching out to someone with a good old-fashioned phone call will help you get through this time. We are all in this together.
CSU Extension events
All CSU Extension in-person events have been canceled. The events scheduled in the Exhibit Hall have been canceled as well. There are no 4-H in person activities happening at this time, either. We will inform you when activities resume.
If you need to get in touch with the Extension office, we will be returning phone calls and answering emails at this time. Please call the office for more information at 264-5931 or visit our website at Or, see us on facebook
April 3 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. — Best Management Practices for Produce Safety. To join the Zoom meeting, visit or call in at (253) 215-8782 or (301) 715-8592. Meeting ID: 187 245 762.
April 22 at 6 p.m. — Resilient Archuleta will be hosting a zoom on Earth Day. Please join us via Zoom at or call in at (253) 215-8782 or (301) 715-8592. Meeting ID: 133 064 826.

Pagosa Springs’ first identified COVID-19 case shares her experience Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:18:36 +0000 Editor’s note: The SUN is honoring the wishes of the author of this story to remain anonymous. 

I live in Pagosa Springs and tested positive for COVID-19. It’s my hope the information here will help you understand a little more about how this nasty virus arrived in our beautiful mountain town. I’m the first and I’m certain I won’t be the last.

It all started when I took a business trip out of the country. On Monday, March 9, I noticed a slight cough, but didn’t think much about it. My destination was wet and cold and I’d been running from dawn to midnight since we arrived.

On Wednesday, March 11, I flew back to Durango where my husband picked me up at the airport. We had agreed before I left that I would go into isolation and no kissing for two weeks. Thank goodness we made this agreement.

On Thursday morning, I started to get worried as the coughing became worse, I ached all over and my head was pounding like I had a migraine. So I called my doctor and spoke to his nurse. She advised me if I didn’t have shortness of breath, it wasn’t COVID-19. And at that time, I was breathing fine.

Friday, I ran a noticeable fever and went to bed. Saturday, I stayed in bed sleeping and taking Advil. Sunday, I realized when I walked across the room, I was starting to sound like a six-pack-a-day smoker as I gasped for air.

Monday, I don’t remember much as I felt so bad and switched to Tylenol. But early Tuesday morning, I woke up about 2 in the morning shivering. My temperature was 102.9 degrees, and I was gasping to breathe. Unable to sleep, I went into our living room and spent the rest of the night with two big blankets covering me and the heating pad at my back.

During the night, I started to get worried as I struggled to breathe. Early that morning, I made the decision we were going to the ER. In my 63 years on this earth, I’ve never been to the emergency room. Knowing it was probably COVID-19, and I was highly contagious, I called the ER in advance.

At first, I think the staff was skeptical, as they should be. When we arrived, the nurse came out to the parking lot all gowned up with a mask on. She took my vitals and, by this time, my fever had broken. They did a regular flu test to rule out influenza. Then, the ER doctor came out and listened to my lungs and said, “I think you have COVID.”

By this time, I suspected as much. The hospital had limited test kits at the time, but they decided to use one on me. They asked me to self-isolate, which I agreed to. We went straight home from the ER and I returned to bed, running a fever once again.

That day, we noticed my symptoms seemed to worsen after taking ibuprofen and I switched to aspirin. Two days later, my fever broke. 

During the next week, our neighbors and friends brought us food and left it on the deck. No one was allowed into our home while we waited for the results. My husband self-quarantined with me and it was an anxious time as we watched the news of the growing pandemic.

Nine days later, the call came from the hospital ER doctor. “You have COVID-19.” No, I wasn’t shocked. The ER doctor had warned me and my own intuition kept telling me this was not bronchitis or the regular flu.

The staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center was excellent, they were professional and sympathetic. But if you really want to stop the spread, we need the results right away. That’s not the hospital’s fault, but the testing facilities’, which are overrun.

Thank goodness I did not leave my house since the trip to the ER on March 17. I’m now under quarantine for another 10 days and I’ve not had a fever in almost two weeks.

Slowly, I’m starting to feel better. Not great, as I tire easily and still have a tendency to run out of air. My chest hurts less, but occasionally, it will tell me it’s time to sit down. The cough is still there, but not as bad. It’s going to take time to heal.

While I was out of the country, I took every precaution. I wore leather gloves, used almost a full bottle of hand sanitizer, tried not to touch anything, but somehow the virus still found me.

At this time, I feel very fortunate that I’m a healthy, stubborn 63-year-old who had no underlying health problems and believe that’s the reason I survived. That and lots of rest. Slowly, I’m trying to build my strength back, but I’m going to stay home until the end of April. My immune system needs time to rebuild to protect me and the virus is still out there.

Thank God, my husband shows no signs of it, and he’s in isolation with me. For the safety of everyone, including our health professionals, please stay home. Take this virus serious and use every precaution to avoid it. Most of all, at this time, do not travel. My travel destination was beautiful and I want to return, but not until this is over. Stay home. Stay safe.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe issues stay-at-home order Sat, 28 Mar 2020 19:06:20 +0000 Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Chairman, Tribal Council, and Incident Management Team (IMT) replaced the advisory issued on March 23, with a stay-at-home order which became effective, Wednesday, March 25. Because it is crucial to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the Tribe is requiring all tribal members to stay at home unless it is essential. The order is based on Tribal Council’s continuous assessment of this rapidly-changing and serious public health emergency. The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council urges all tribal members to listen for radio announcements, check the Tribe’s official social media and website, or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 970.563.0214 for the most up-to-date information. The Tribe will make every effort to keep the membership informed.
At the time of this release, there are no presumptive cases of COVID-19 on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
Tribal members may leave their residence only to perform essential activities. Essential activities consist of the following:
Care for elders, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable people.
To buy food, pet supplies and essential household products for themselves, a household member, a family member, an elder, person with disabilities, or other persons in need of immediate assistance.
To obtain medical supplies or medication or to visit a health-care professional for yourself, a family member, a household member, an elder, person with disabilities, any other person in need of immediate assistance, or a pet.
To care for a family member or pet in another household.
To engage in banking or other financial transactions or services.
To go to work in an essential or critical business activity or service as determined by their employer or a governmental authority.
To engage in outdoor activities like walking, running, fishing, hunting, or walking a dog, as long as they maintain a safe social distance from others. Group sports are prohibited.
To provide for the funeral arrangements of a family or household member.
Travel required by law enforcement or court order or as necessary for participation in a legal proceeding.
Going to or from educational facilities to support distance learning or to get meals or related services.
To get supplies to work from home.
To perform other necessary household functions to maintain cleanliness of the home and to ensure the health and safety of the membership and their families, including for purposes of disposing of trash and using laundry services.
To engage in other essential activities as authorized in writing by the Executive Office after consultation with the Tribe’s Incident Command Team.
The order also restricts the following:
All public and private gatherings of five or more people.
All visitors on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation (“Reservation”) located on Tribal or Trust land are directed to return home. For purposes of this order a visitor is a person who is not a tribal member, is not an invited guest of a tribal member, does not maintain his or her permanent home on tribal or trust land on the Reservation, or who is not an employee of the Tribe.
No visitors will be allowed to come on the Reservation, other than to pass through on a county, state, or federal highway, except for the following purposes:
To provide medical or home care.
To provide emergency services.
To provide and allow for the continuation of essential and critical government services as determined by the Tribe.
To provide deliveries of water.
To provide deliveries of oil, natural gas, and other fuel for personal and tribal use.
To provide for delivery of food, pharmaceutical products, and any other essential personal and household products.
To provide for essential household and building maintenance, safety, and sanitation.
To provide for vehicle maintenance.
To participate in legal proceedings in the Southern Ute Tribal court.
For public transportation such as taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for purposed expressly authorized in this Order.
For the delivery of mail by the postal service and other shipping services.
For the delivery of groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences or other businesses.
To provide professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally necessary activities such as representation in court or preparation of estate planning documents.
To provide any additional essential services to tribal members and authorized residents on Trust or Tribal land.
Any individual who exhibits symptoms must isolate themselves.
The Call Center has modified its hours to 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., 7 days a week. The Call Center is strictly an information gathering and dissemination resource for the tribal membership during this time.
If you are a tribal member and concerned about your symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or call the Southern Ute Health Center at 970.563.4581 to speak with a health care professional.

COVID-19: Mental health and physical health are not two separate things Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:00:23 +0000 Special to The SUN
Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Vincent Atchity released the following statement:
If you’ve ever doubted that mental health and physical health are closely related, you’re probably not so doubtful anymore.
As we learn about more cases of COVID-19 and all the measures that are being taken all over the world, you may find yourself growing increasingly anxious. Our mental health and physical health are not two separate things.
Some anxiety is normal, especially in times like these. But we need to be careful not to let our anxiety get the better of us. Our anxiety has an influence on everyone around us, especially children. Use conversations with your children as an opportunity to convey facts and set an emotional tone.
Accept anxiety as an integral part of human experience. Try not to overestimate the threat or underestimate how well you can cope and adapt. We tend to exaggerate the danger of unfamiliar situations.
In addition to the physical prevention measures you’ve surely learned by now, there are important things that you can do to support your mental health and ease the anxiety you and your friends and loved ones likely feel.
Stay busy and engaged in the necessary activities of life. Make a conscious effort to be present to your immediate tasks and surroundings. Avoid consuming toxic amounts of information about things over which you have no control. Be physically active, preferably outside, where the sounds and sights of the natural world, and the sunshine, can help put the drama of our human world in a healthier perspective.
Help someone who may feel alone. As immunocompromised and high-risk patients are being advised to stay home as much as possible, some of us may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Offer to run an errand for someone who is at higher risk of getting sick. Take this time to call a longtime friend, chat outside with your neighbors or send a care package.
It’s in times like these that we have an opportunity to make ourselves most valuable to others and that is good medicine for distracting us from our worries about ourselves. Times like these also offer us all an opportunity to pause and reflect — alone and together — about how much we value our lives and each other, and about how much we depend on our communities to sustain us and help us thrive. This kind of reflection is also an excellent anodyne for our mental health, especially when it reminds us to put our values into action.
If you feel like you need more support during this time of uncertainty, visit our resource page.
If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
So, remember to breathe. Focus on what you can control. Take the recommended steps from public health officials. And don’t miss this chance to practice active kindness to all.

New Thought Center to present about spiritual rebooting Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:00:20 +0000 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
“You may not end up where you were going, but you will always end up where you were meant to be.” — unknown.
As we enter into the season of spring, we are aware of buds on the trees and daffodils popping up through the soil. Nature is providing the gift of fresh beginnings.
This Sunday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m., we welcome all to consider a spiritual restart with our presentation: “Time For a Spiritual Reboot: Go Inward To Receive Your Blessings!” Our speaker will be Shayla White Eagle McClure.
For those unable to attend our service, please watch the replay on Pagosa New Thought YouTube.
We welcome people of all religions, cultures, races and lifestyles to our services, where we celebrate the Science of Mind and positive thinking.
Our community of affirmative-minded people share joy, laughter and awareness of connection to spirit and our ability to co-create a life of infinite possibilities.
We will have spirited live music.
Upcoming events
Group Meditation, each Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Fountain of Youth Exercise and Yoga Stretches, each Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Prosperity Class, each Monday at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Due to public health concerns, we are canceling the following events until further notice:
Petroglyph Presentation, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, is canceled.
Earth Day Activities, scheduled for April 17 through 19, are canceled.
Stories To Tell Us, scheduled each Sunday at 2 p.m., is canceled.
About us
New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought).

San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging: Health First Colorado waivers to keep people at home Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:00:18 +0000 By Kay Kaylor
PREVIEW Columnist
At San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA), I have two main part-time roles. I advocate for residents in extended care and assisted living residences as the region’s lead long-term care ombudsman. I also am a Senior Medicare Patrol and State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselor. Information on the many aging and care concerns will be included here.
Health First Colorado offers long-term care Medicaid for both living in your own home and living in a nursing home. The Medicaid benefits meant to help keep people in their homes are under the general category of Home and Community Based Services Waivers. These waivers also exist for children and specific medical conditions, but the one most common for people age 65 and older is the Elderly, Blind or Disabled (EBD) waiver.
People who qualify for the EBD waiver after age 64 must have a “significant functional impairment” that requires support at a level comparable to the services a nursing home provides. The 2020 income requirement for a single person is less than $2,349, based on the Federal Supplemental Security Income limit times three. For a single person, the countable assets are less than $2,000 and for a couple less than $3,000.
Those who qualify receive all Health First benefits, along with multiple other services, such as homemaker and personal care, nonmedical transportation and home modifications. To apply, request an appointment or application from the Department of Human Services, 551 Hot Springs Blvd. in Archuleta County, 264-2182. If you are already enrolled in Health First Colorado, you can apply at San Juan Basin Public Health, according to
SJBAAA offers resources for people age 60 and older or on Medicare. For further information, please call 264-0501 or send an email to

Writers on the Range: What coronavirus teaches us Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:00:12 +0000 By Jonathan Thompson
Special to The PREVIEW
In the time of coronavirus, I headed to southern Utah’s remote canyon country to do some extreme social distancing.
All I knew when I emerged a few days later in western Colorado was that the world was … confusing. I half-expected to find empty highways and shuttered businesses. What I witnessed was an armada of black SUVs, loaded down with passengers and skis, all headed to the resort town of Telluride. This was mid-March.
Clearly, a lot of folks were determined not to let a deadly pandemic get in the way of their ski vacation. It occurred to me then that perhaps things weren’t so bad after all. If that many people were still headed for the slopes, the crowded restaurants, bars and supersized petri dishes — er, hot tubs — then surely the danger of the virus had passed, right? Wrong.
What I was witnessing was just one instance of an ad hoc failed response to a crisis. It resembled a magnified version of the global response to climate change in which half the population is in panic mode, while the other half insists on life as usual.
I saw this play out in even starker relief in the supermarket in Montrose, which serves as a supply town for mountain towns to the south, including Telluride. The parking lot was packed, and at first glance things inside seemed fairly typical for a ski season Saturday. The avocados and bell peppers were stacked high in the produce section and the fancy cheese bin was overflowing. Then I noticed the potatoes were all gone.
I hurried back to the rice and beans aisle only to find what I ascertained to be high-risk folks — older, frail-looking — staring at empty shelves. It was the same with the dried pasta section, where all that remained were a few boxes of gluten-free stuff. I grabbed them and anything else that would give me sustenance for the next week or so while I lived and worked out of my car.
Back out in the parking lot, a massive Cadillac Escalade and a handful of Chevy Suburbans were lined up in front of the liquor store. One woman told her companion to move the car closer because “we’ve got way too much to carry.”
Then it felt like a cascade: Meetings were canceled, my kids were being ordered to vacate their college dorms immediately, giving them little choice but to get on planes and fly across the ocean back to Bulgaria, where I live. Restaurants were shutting down. Meanwhile, the ski vacationers were stocking up on booze. Did they think they’re immune? Or did they believe President Trump when he first downplayed the virus, even calling it a hoax?
It’s tempting simply to roll one’s eyes: They’ll get what they deserve, while those who hole up in their houses and try to do their part to mitigate the virus’s spread will stay healthy.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. By continuing on with their lives, the vacationers could negate the efforts of the conscientious crowd and likely spread the virus to the people working in the restaurants, hotels and shops.
Climate change is no different. It does little good for one person to reduce their carbon footprint if all around them everyone else — with the encouragement of the federal government — drills for oil, burns natural gas or coal and consumes without limits, as if the climate catastrophe were just another media fixation.
What we need to battle both this virus and climate change is a coordinated, society-wide response. We need leaders who aren’t afraid of taking bold, decisive action, regardless of how it might impact the stock market or the bottom line of political donors. It truly is a matter of life and death.
That same day, March 14, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took decisive action: He ordered every ski area in the state to shut down and then imposed restrictions on public gathering places. San Juan County, home of Telluride, went farther: mandatory lock down, shelter in place, all tourists and nonresidents must leave and mandatory testing of the entire population by a private company.
Now we just need the same kind of resolve to tackle the climate crisis.
Jonathan Thompson is a contributor to Writers on the, a nonprofit dedicated to spurring lively conversation about Western issues. He is a freelance writer and author.

Food pantry updates and ways you can help those in need Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:51 +0000 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries are stressed for supplies, but remain open.
Many local food pantry representatives have urged members of the public to donate food if they wish to help those in need in the community.
Food pantries
• St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. is operating its food pantry on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive curbside service.
Local residents can donate food in barrels on the side of Parish Hall.
Food donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday except for Thursday.
• Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. is running its food pantry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours are subject to change. The pantry is operating as a curbside service.
A community fund that will aid multiple food pantries has also been created to bolster offerings at Amazing Grace Community Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Community United Methodist Church.
Both monetary donations to the fund and food donations can be made at 434 Lewis St.
Church representatives recommend donating food, money or sanitary supplies to help those in need.
• Amazing Grace Community Church at 77 Navajo Circle in Aspen Springs operates its food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays during the same hours. Curbside service is available.
• Loaves and Fishes at 451 Lewis St. offers free lunch on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because of COVID-19, the lunch is currently carryout only.
• John Paul II Catholic Church at 353 S. Pagosa Blvd. is offering a food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon with curbside service only. Food donations are accepted just inside the church.
• Restoration Fellowship Church at 264 Village Drive has a food pantry on Sundays from noon to 1:30 p.m.
“Then we have a Monthly Food Distribution Program that is seperate from our food pantry,” an email to The SUN from Leah Smucker, office administrator for the church, reads. “It is a government program that we host called TEFAP and it happens at our church every 3rd Monday of the month the times for that are 11:30am-2pm.”
Restoration Fellowship’s food pantry offerings are by appointment only.
Diapers and baby formula
• Aspire Medical Services and Education at 602 S. 8th St. has diapers and formula to give to those in need.
Aspire is also accepting donations of diapers, as well as formula that is not expired.
Some local businesses that are also accepting food donations to the local food bank are the uptown UPS Store and Pagosa Brewing and Grill.
Generally, Aspire is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but call first at 264-5963; they are not accepting walk-ins for diaper and formula giveaways.
Wilderness Journeys is also working with local food pantries to coordinate some food delivery, but suggested that local residents contact their local food pantry, and Wilderness Journeys directly, to set up the details.

Library News: Library closed, but many services available online, books available by download Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:11 +0000 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
As you no doubt know by now, your library will be closed until Sunday, April 5 — and probably longer, depending on the severity of COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at
• You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds.
• Because of our suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.
• No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown drop box, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.
• Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card. To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To see them all, go to our website at and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
• As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot — with your windows and doors closed, please.
You may want to save this column if you are interested in any of the items below for the future.
This situation is quickly evolving and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page. Or you can talk to our staff by phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays if you have questions. In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at its website at
“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Traditionally, libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency. But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.
“We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again. We will continue to find creative ways to serve you in a safe and effective way and we welcome your thoughts. Please email or call 264-2209. We will have staff members answering emails and the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Take care and stay safe.”
It’s census time now
To complete the census online, go to or by phone call (844) 330-2020 for the English version and (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
Books on CD
“House on Fire” by Joseph Finder is a Nick Heller mystery. “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard Detective Ian Rutledge. “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery. “Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford adventure. “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende centers on refugees fleeing Franco’s Spain. “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series. “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz features an off-the-books government assassin. “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery. “The Look-Alike” by Erica Spindler is a psychological thriller. “A Small Town” by Thomas Perry is a suspense story about 12 prisoners who orchestrate a successful escape.
Large print
“Apache Lament” by Patrick Dearen and “Shadow Rider: Ghost Warrior” by Joey Sharman are westerns. “Hart’s Hollow Farm” by Janet Dailey is book four in the New Americana series.
How-to and
self-help books
“Estate Planning Basics” is a Nolo guide to wills, trusts and avoiding probate. “Rocco’s” by Rocco Dispirito describes his four-tier ketogenic diet. “Ready or Not” by Dr. Madeline Levine is a guide to preparing your kids to thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. “Designing Your Work Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describes how to thrive, change and find happiness at work. “Simple Farmhouse Life” by Lisa Bass describes DIY projects for the all-natural, handmade home. “Macronutrient Basics” by Matt Dustin is a guide that includes more than 50 recipes. “How to Eat” by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz answers your questions about food and diet. “The Prepper’s Guide to Foraging” by David Nash shows how wild plants can supplement a sustainable lifestyle.
Other nonfiction
“The Hope of Glory” by historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner Jon Meacham reveals rich historical and theological insights into the seven last sayings of Jesus.
“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” by Deborah Riley Draper and Travis Thresher explores the experiences of 18 African Americans who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “The Letters of Cole Porter” is a collection of letters written by one of America’s greatest songwriters. “Still Sideways” by Devon Raney is the memoir of a man who persevered and adapted after being 85 percent blinded in a surfing accident.
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle is a memoir of a woman overcoming personal discontent and family issues to set boundaries and make peace with herself. “Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein explores our current climate of division and dysfunction. “Author in Chief” by Craig Fehrman is a look at our presidents and the books they wrote. “The Future We Choose” by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac outline two possible scenarios for our planet depending on whether or not we meet the 2015 Paris Agreement targets.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Big Lie” by James Grippando is the 15th book in the Jack Swyteck legal thriller series.
Other novels
“Once Upon a Caribbean Summer” by Lisa T. Bergren is a romance featuring two treasure hunters. “These Ghosts Are Family” by Maisy Card explores the effect of an explosive secret on a Jamaican family. “Selah” by Lisa T. Bergren is book three in the Sayer Baron’s Daughters series.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For their generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Lawrence and Suzanne Shideler, as well as to Rhonda Webb for her donation in memory of Dorothy Davis. Special note: Please do not make donations of books or materials until your library is able to reopen.
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Senior News: Drive-through pick-up meals continue at the Pagosa Senior Center Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:07 +0000 By Cheryl Wilkinson
PREVIEW Columnist
The Pagosa Senior Center has taken a proactive step and, as of Thursday, March 26: We are continuing our temporary closing of the congregate dining room due to coronavirus. Our clients are the most at risk for the virus.
In order to continue providing meals, we are offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for those age 60 and above. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. Our daily menu is posted on our website at and is below.
Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We will also continue our Meals on Wheels program. There will be no games, classes or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.
The Community Café menu
Thursday, March 26 — Turkey sausage soup, bacon green beans, buttered corn, milk, salad and Key lime pie.
Friday, March 27 — Beef Philly cheesesteak, roasted cauliflower soup, avocado/tomato salad, milk, salad and peach cobbler.
Monday, March 30 — Pork posole stew, squash calabacitas, tomatoes Provencal, milk, salad and .
Tuesday, March 31 — Crunchy baked catfish with creamy Dijon mustard sauce, caramelized butternut squash, broccoli with butter, milk, salad and pineapple pie.
Wednesday, April 1 — Hot turkey salad, garlic green beans, corn chowder, milk, salad and pumpkin pie.
Thursday, April 2 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned asparagus, dinner roll with butter, milk and salad.
Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to drive through and pick up a meal at the Community Café at the Senior Center in the Community Center.
For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days.
We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.