Lifestyle – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:10:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 History Club to talk about pre-Columbia America in September, October Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:45 +0000 By Jim Van Liere
Special to The PREVIEW
Pre-Columbia America is the topic for this Sept. 18 and Oct. 16 history discussion group. We will include the vikings and other early explorers, Native Americans, Machu Picchu and any other topics from early pre-Columbian American history.
Come and share the books or topics of the pre-Columbian period that interest you.
The group meets at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Pagosa Springs Senior Center restaurant. Please feel free to come and join us.

Hot water, hot springs and high hopes Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:24 +0000

Photo courtesy John M. Motter
Pagosa Springs was proud of their hometown band, as were many frontier villages. This 1900 Fourth of July celebration featured the local Columbine Band. “Jack of All Trades” pioneer Fil Byrnes, the community’s first school teacher, is holding the reins and singing out the hees and haws with the team of horses.

The Pagosa Springs Company made do with J.L. Campbell’s improvements to the Pagosa Hot Springs bath house until 1888, when they erected a second bath house west of the original building. At that same time, they modified the original bath house, adding the spires which create the Gothic look which remains to this day.
Another bath house for men only was added in 1890 under the management of Marion Patrick. The new frame building was 42 feet by 22 feet with a plunge of 24 by 15 feet, vapor room, sweat room and sitting room. Costing $900, the new building was ready for bathers Aug. 7, just in time to serve the needs of invalid soldiers sent by the Army from Fort Leavenworth to recuperate in the healing waters. The lithium content in the hot water impressed the Army surgeon with its healing qualities along with the pure mountain air perfumed by the pine trees.
The bath houses as they stood in 1890 were not significantly changed for decades. The remains of a concrete foundation poured to support a two-story brick building were visible until just a few years ago. Begun in 1906, the two-story modernization dream was abandoned in 1907 and allowed to waste away, unused.
How many health and wonder seekers visited the Great Hot Springs prior to 1890? Since no visitation records remain it’s impossible to make an accurate guess.
Newspapers from neighboring communities wrote occasionally of citizens from their towns going to bathe in the hot springs. As early as 1878, Silverton newspapers referred often to miners who wintered in Pagosa Springs, then returned to Silverton for the summer mining season.
The first edition of the Pagosa Springs News, the first Pagosa Springs newspaper, rolled off of the press April 1, 1890. Daniel L. Egger, the editor, quickly jumped on the band wagon as booster of “The World’s Greatest Hot Springs.”
He bragged in that first edition, “The visitors to the Springs will exceed in number that of any previous season if present indications count for anything.”

Noxious weed of the month: Russian knapweed Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:10 +0000 By Ethan Proud
Special to The SUN
Russian knapweed is a drought-hardy plant and is spreading from the Arboles area up into Pagosa Springs and the Pagosa Lakes area. Two other knapweeds occur in Archuleta County, diffuse and spotted knapweed, which occur throughout the county, including Chromo.
Unlike its biennial counterparts, Russian knapweed is a perennial that spreads not only by seeds, but through its roots as well.
Due to its vigorous root system, it should not be pulled, though tilling can offer some control and mowing can be done every two to four weeks to exhaust the root reserve and prevent flowering and seed set. Both tillage and mowing need to be repeated frequently over a period of years to achieve adequate control. Russian knapweed chokes out native vegetation and forms a monoculture, which stops native plant establishment. Russian knapweed causes chewing disease in horses and has no cure. Herbicide treatments can be done at all life stages, but the label must be followed. Winter treatments can be effective if conditions permit applications.
Biological controls are available for Russian knapweed, but in order to be effective, competitive native species should be planted. Russian knapweed is allelopathic and secretes chemicals from its roots to inhibit the growth of other plants.
CPR and first aid classes
CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations. Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.

Audubon meeting to feature Audubon Rockies staff Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:56 +0000 By Jean Zirnhelt
Special to The SUN
Join the Weminuche Audubon Society for our regular monthly chapter meeting at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Setup and socializing begins at 6 p.m. before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
This month, we are pleased to have with us staff members from Audubon Rockies based in Fort Collins. Audubon Rockies is the regional office of the National Audubon Society and serves chapters in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. All of us work together to further the mission of the National Audubon Society to protect “birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.”
Alison Holloran is the executive director of Audubon Rockies and a vice president of the National Audubon Society. She has been a research scientist and has degrees in zoology, physiology and wildlife management. With Audubon, she is involved in implementing conservation strategies.
Joining her at our meeting will be John Kloster-Prew, the deputy director for Audubon Rockies. His passion is protecting the environment and the wildlife that call it home.
This meeting will be an opportunity for us to discuss local and regional concerns affecting wildlife and our river corridor. We will examine how we can become better stewards of this beautiful area we call home.
Memberships to our local chapter will be available, but membership is not required to attend our events. Please bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Methodist Church Food Bank in appreciation for our use of the meeting space.

Archuleta Democratic Club to meet Sept. 17 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:51 +0000 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Pagosa Brewing Company. The featured speaker will be Donald Valdez, who is running in the primary to unseat Rep. Scott Tipton to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Valdez has represented House District 62 in the state Legislature since 2016.
Valdez focuses on rural issues and agriculture. He has stated, “I see a need for fighting for water, to make sure it stays within our communities in southern Colorado.”
He is vice chair of the Rural Affairs and Agricultural Committee and is a member of several other committees. He has a BA in sports and exercise management and a BS in business administration and management. He works as a soil conservation technician for the Department of Agriculture and is a family farmer.
The intent of the Archuleta Democratic Club is to provide an opportunity for dialogue on progressive ideas in an informal social setting, as well as providing an update on party activities, local, state and national.
We will begin gathering at 11:30 a.m. to allow some time for socializing, with lunch beginning at noon. There is no admission fee, but all participants will be asked to order lunch. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to John Porco, first vice chair of the Archuleta County Democratic Party, at or at 946-2684 so that we can provide a count to the restaurant. All people are welcome at the lunch.


Landscaping with native plants to be presented at Mountain High Garden Club meeting Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:48 +0000 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The SUN
The benefits of landscaping with native plants will be the topic for the Sept. 18 meeting of the Mountain High Garden Club, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Archuleta County Extension building.
The presentation will feature Lake McCullough, of Pagosa Springs. McCullough is known for her knowledge of local wild plants and their uses for both food and medicine.
McCullough will discuss the unique benefits of growing and incorporating beautiful native plants in our garden landscaping. Native plants provide value to our environment for local wildlife as well as pollinating insects and birds. They also provide potential food and medicinal benefits.
Information about the Habitat Hero program offered by Audubon Rockies, including the requirements for certification of your garden as a Habitat Hero Landscape, will also be shared by McCullough.
Join us and invite a friend for this interesting and informative presentation.

Women’s retreat at St. Patrick’s set for Sept. 18 and 19 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:16 +0000

Photo courtesy St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
Why are these ladies laughing? Because they are reading another chapter in “Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible” by Liz Curtis Higgs, who will be the speaker at the upcoming women’s retreat at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Sept. 18 and 19.

By Lynne McCrudden
Special to The PREVIEW
Liz Curtis Higgs makes you laugh as you learn about the Bible and the reality that women make the same mistakes, but God always is with us, and always forgives us, because His mercy is immense.
Curtis Higgs will be the speaker at the upcoming women’s retreat at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Sept. 18 and 19.
The retreat starts Wednesday evening a 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, but Curtis Higgs will be available starting at 5:45 p.m. to autograph her books and share a moment or two with you. The Wednesday evening session will conclude by 8 p.m.
Thursday morning the doors open at 8 a.m. when Curtis Higgs will be available to chat with participants and sign books. The presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.
There will be free light refreshments available on Wednesday and Thursday, and you can participate in these two sessions for only $45. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Bookends, Choke Cherry Tree and, of course, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., which is right next to the hospital.
Don’t miss this amazing event. Join other women as we appreciate the strength we have because of our faith in God and are grateful for His forgiveness when we forget that He is always with us.

Proposed nursing home rule changes and genetic testing scams Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:14 +0000 By Kay Kaylor
Special to The PREVIEW
At San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA), I am not only a part-time long-term care ombudsman, which is an advocate for residents at Pine Ridge, a 24-hour extended care home, and BeeHive, an assisted living residence. I also am a trained Senior Medicare Patrol and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor and aging and disability specialist. Elder issues that I daily learn about will be included here.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the 2016 federal revised nursing home regulations in July. Phase 3 of the new laws are taking effect Nov. 28 with some changes. The stated purpose of these changes is to reduce the burden on providers. Advocacy groups, such as National Consumer Voice, urge the public to comment on them by the due date of Sept. 16.
CMS also issued a final rule on pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements, which no longer bans them from long-term care admission packets but specifies the restrictions. See for comparison charts and sample letters on both these issues.
Medicare beneficiaries may have seen the warnings about genetic testing scams, and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies notes that the companies offering them are backing away more. The “free” cheek swabs to obtain DNA, offered at health fairs, door-to-door and in telemarketing calls, generally are not covered by Medicare. Instead these companies are targeting elders to obtain their Medicare information and then illegally bill Medicare or use the data for other fraud schemes.
To be covered, a DNA test must be approved by a physician you know and trust, not one the company offers.
SJBAAA offers resources for people age 60 and older or on Medicare. For further information, please call me at 264-0501, ext. 1 or send an email to

New Thought topic: ‘Journey to Greatness: Adventures in the Yellow Brick Road to Enlightenment’ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:07 +0000 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
“You are an eternal being on the path of endless unfoldment. There is something within you that sings the song of eternity. Listen to it.” — Dr. Ernest Holmes.
All are welcome to join New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC, formerly Pagosa Community of New Thought) Sunday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. for our presentation: “Journey to Greatness: Adventures in the Yellow Brick Road to Enlightenment.” Our guest speaker will be Theresa Howard, religious science practitioner and real-life adventurer.
We encourage all to join our community of affirmative-minded individuals who share joy, laughter and spiritual awareness of their connection to Spirit and their ability to co-create a life that expresses infinite possibilities.
We will have spirited live music.
Upcoming events
Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., there will be a reception for Dr. Tom Garcia, leader of fire circles and men’s spiritual retreats. His topic will be “Remember Who You Are.” All are welcome. Donations appreciated.
Reiki classes are available.
Please contact NTC for more information.
About us
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 40 N. 15th St., in the Momentum Fitness building.
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.

‘I am jealous of your time’ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:58:55 +0000 By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW
Last week at prayer service, the leader instructed us to ask God three questions. My mind fixated on one. “Ask him to reveal one of his characteristics to you.”
Of course, the easy answers popped into mind right away. God is loving, kind, faithful, merciful and gracious. These qualities we are familiar with and celebrate every day. His mercies are new every morning. We appreciate the unconditional love of the Father. His loving kindness exceeds our comprehension. We stand in awe of his faithfulness and goodness.
But, what about the other side? The attributes we don’t like to think about? The Holy Spirit spoke “jealous” into my spirit. “I am jealous of your time.”
As I meditated on that idea throughout the week, I paused to think about my relationship with Christ. Do I devote quality time to him or only when time allows? Do I dedicated a specific part of my day, or is it a hit and miss?
Truthfully, it depends on the day and how “busy” my schedule looks. I’m retired, for Pete’s sake. My calendar is flexible. I determine what is important. I drop everything for lunch with a friend. But, to stop, take a break and spend time with Jesus, not so much.
I look around and consider people who have an incredible connection with Christ and wonder why. He is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t pick and choose his favorites. We are created equal and he calls each of us “his child.”
So, could it be because those individuals figured it out. A close, intimate relationship involves time. It’s in his presence he reveals himself to us. We discover more about who he is. We watch him move and work in our lives to accomplish his purpose. We realize our full potential as we grow in him and embrace his plan for our life.
Will the revelation that I serve a jealous God change my routine? Or is it good in theory, but too much effort in reality? Time will tell.
“For you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” — Exodus 34:14 (NASB).
I love you, but Jesus loves you more.