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Photos Randi Pierce and Peggy Andrews

The longstanding Holiday Bazaar helped kick off the holiday season in Pagosa Country last weekend, with dozens of booths offering homemade wares. The event also featured a bake sale and silent auction.

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Gifts of the Heart will be available at Holiday Bazaar http://www.pagosasun.com/gifts-of-the-heart-will-be-available-at-holiday-bazaar/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190269 By Barb Draper
Special to The PREVIEW
If you plan to visit the annual Holiday Bazaar at the high school this Saturday, Nov. 2, be sure to stop by the Gifts of the Heart greeting card booth. It will be just inside the door to your left.
There will be many newly designed Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas cards available, along with many of your old favorites. And, new this year is an opportunity to order customized or personalized cards. Ask the booth attendants about this.
The Gifts of the Heart program is sponsored by Community United Methodist Church, but the money that is raised is not for the church. All proceeds, aside from minimal in-house printing and paper costs, are donated to your choice of six local nonprofit groups. You may direct your donation to the Methodist Church Food Pantry, the Community Assistance Fund, Vets4Vets, Rise Above Violence, Programs for Youth or the Pagosa Springs Senior Center to honor those special people on you gift list.
The cards at the bazaar will be primarily for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there will be a sampling of cards for other occasions as well. There will also be a list for you of 18 additional occasion cards that can be purchased throughout the year at Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St., Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When you choose to include these cards in your gift giving, you will be helping provide much needed programming and support for many people who have a wide range of needs. You can enjoy a special feeling when choosing these cards rather than always buying commercial offerings.
These are all created by local artists and photographers and are of a quality that is suitable for framing. For years, the recipients of these cards have been thrilled to receive such a beautiful, heartwarming gesture. We hope to see you on Saturday.

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Local nonprofits help ranger district clear area trails http://www.pagosasun.com/local-nonprofits-help-ranger-district-clear-area-trails/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190246 The Pagosa Area Trails Council (PATC), in partnership with other organizations, helped the Pagosa Ranger District clear 85 percent of its summer trails during the 2019 season.

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El Pomar Foundation approves $231,500 to nonprofits in region http://www.pagosasun.com/el-pomar-foundation-approves-231500-to-nonprofits-in-region/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189790 By Claire Girardeau
Special to The SUN
El Pomar trustees approved $231,500 allocated to 17 nonprofit organizations in the southwest region at the foundation’s August and September trustees meetings.
Some of the organizations that were awarded grants include:
• Archuleta County — $50,000 for the Stepping Stones program; regional council.
• Onward! A Legacy Foundation — $2,500 in general operating support for school Community Youth Collaborative; Karl E. Eitel Fund.
• San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services — $35,000 for suicide awareness and prevention programs; regional council.
• San Juan Historical Society Inc. — $5,000 for building expansion and improvements; trustee regional merit.
• Trails 2000 Inc. — $5,000 in general operating support; competitive.
Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general purpose grant making. The competitive process remains the foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding. Competitive applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
In an effort to increase impact and establish connections across the entire state, the Regional Partnerships program was established in 2003. Each of the foundation’s 11 regional councils advises El Pomar trustees and recommends grants to help support its communities.
The Southwest Regional Council recommends grants in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. Council members are regional leaders in the business, nonprofit and public sectors and provide first-hand information about current needs in their own communities.
The Karl E. Eitel fund honors the legacy of Karl E. Eitel who served as a trustee of El Pomar Foundation for 23 years. He was a strong advocate for youth and youth development, and this fund recognizes supports organizations that serve at-risk youth throughout Colorado.
To view a full listing of El Pomar’s funds and grant-making areas, please visit our website at www.elpomar.org/grant-making/el-pomar-funds/.
El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado. El Pomar contributes approximately $22 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.

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Rise Above Violence adds Legal Program http://www.pagosasun.com/rise-above-violence-adds-legal-program/ Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189867 By Lisa Silfrit
Special to The PREVIEW
She’s free. She and her children are safe. She has finally made the decision to leave her marriage after years of emotional and physical abuse, and she has no intention of ever returning. A huge weight has been lifted off her aching shoulders.
Little does she know that now she has to prepare herself for all her trauma to be hung out for the courts to see, her abuse will be put into question, and her children will inevitably be used as pawns in his control over her until a judge is able to sign the final parenting and divorce orders in a year if she is lucky, in many more if she is not.
“Why don’t you just leave your abusive partner?” is asked repeatedly as we watch our loved ones be victimized over and over again. A victim is faced with many questions, such as does she leave her partner and no longer have the ability to protect her children during time he will now have them without her, or does she continue to allow her perpetrator to use her as a punching bag and not them? Does she leave the comfort of being financially provided for, having a roof over her and her children’s heads, and being able to provide healthy meals for their growing bodies?
To leave is to decide whether to live in poverty or be financially stable and the financial stress is only escalated when she realizes that she cannot win a fight with her perpetrator in court without pricey representation. The perpetrator then uses her poverty situation against her, arguing to the judge that he is a more fit and stable parent. Filing for child support may not be an option because it will only send the perpetrator into a spinning rage, escalating harassment and verbal abuse.
For many victims of domestic violence, the act of leaving is only the first step to a long, drawn-out legal battle. Perpetrators often use civil court proceedings or threats of court proceedings to continue to hold control over victims and their children. The perpetrator can be noncompliant with civil legal proceedings, which adds to the number of hearings, each hearing costing the victim hundreds of dollars in attorney fees. Perpetrators may also begin to turn the children against the victim so the parenting time that the victim does have is jeopardized and spent trying to rebuild bonds that were maliciously sabotaged. Unfortunately, these behaviors by the perpetrator might not be easily connected to any definition of abuse during the course of the custody litigation, leaving no repercussions for these actions.
Despite all of the challenges faced when leaving, many brave victims make the decision to escape for the safety of themselves and their children.
At Rise Above Violence, we have identified the challenges of this decision and began our Legal Program in January in order to assist victims with the burden of allocation of parental responsibility and divorce cases. Our mission in this program is to increase safety and enhance legal outcomes for the victims while helping them through the complicated process of preparing court documents, understanding court proceedings and, if deemed necessary, partnering them with an attorney contracted through Rise.
The way abusive behaviors manifest themselves in court have been identified as a huge barrier for victims of domestic violence and sometimes acts as a deterrent to leave. Rise is still actively looking for attorneys willing to help victims of our community in the above stated civil legal cases. If you are an attorney or know an attorney that shares our organization’s goals and mission, please contact lisa@riseaboveviolence.org.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there are many things you can do to help. Please consider volunteering your time as a crisis advocate or help us run one of our fundraising event. Rise operates from grants and generous donors in our community. Consider being a monthly donor; even $10 a month adds up quickly when a community commits together. Visit the donor page at our website to learn about all the ways you can help.
Rise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 300 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

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Rotarians will be ringing the bell to eradicate polio http://www.pagosasun.com/rotarians-will-be-ringing-the-bell-to-eradicate-polio/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189038

Photo courtesy Shellie Peterson
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world while urging the community to help end the paralyzing disease. Volunteers will be at the City Market shopping center on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ringing the bell for donations to eradicate polio.

By Shellie Peterson
Special to The SUN
Rotary members in Pagosa Springs are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
We will be ringing the bell for donations to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs will be at the City Market shopping center on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And, we remain committed to the end.
With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that two-to-one, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.
Last year, this community donated approximately $2,100 toward this worthy cause, which, when matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, means that $6,300 was raised for this important work.
Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to ending polio since 1985.
About Rotary
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers that unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe.
For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world.
Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.

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#1Thing: Volunteer advocate training starting this week for Rise Above Violence http://www.pagosasun.com/1thing-volunteer-advocate-training-starting-this-week-for-rise-above-violence/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189137 By Jacey Christensen
Special to The PREVIEW
It’s 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Law enforcement responds to a domestic dispute in which a man has physically assaulted his female partner. Law enforcement reaches out to Rise Above Violence for an advocate to respond on scene to support the victim. A Rise advocate jumps in their car and quickly makes it to the home of the victim. She is visibly upset and has evidence of physical violence as well.
As law enforcement finishes their paperwork, the advocate is left with the victim, who is feeling devastated and traumatized. After a long, compassionate conversation with the victim, she decides she would like to seek medical attention for her injuries. The advocate drives the victim to the hospital and stays by her side while she relives her traumatic story yet again to medical professionals. The advocate is there to sit with her through her medical exams and then to drive her back home afterwards, as she is extremely exhausted.
Although responding on scene is a rare occurrence for our volunteer advocates, it is one of the actions our organization takes that often leaves the most impact on our victims. After the dust has settled and first responders have left the scene of the domestic violence incident, a victim often feels helpless, with no one to process the events. Imagine that this is your daughter, niece, aunt, best friend or anyone else whom you love who is a victim of domestic violence. Would you hope that she has a kind and knowledgeable advocate there to guide her and support her through this time? Many people who live in Pagosa Springs don’t have family near, and in tragic times they only have our wonderful volunteers to lean on.
Rise Above Violence has a 24-hour hotline that covers seven days a week. The days are broken down into two 12-hour shifts. The first shift is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the second shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each volunteer selects their shift, including which nights or days they want to cover. Depending upon their personal schedule, our volunteers decide how many shifts they want to take each year. When on call, we ask that you be available to respond to any calls. We do not expect you to put your life on hold and stop your daily activities, just that you remain accessible to respond to a crisis call if and when you are needed.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month — one in four women will experience a similar scenario in their lifetime. One out of four, that means that if you are sitting with four friends, one of you is likely to have to go through this trauma. One in nine men (ncadv.org) will also experience domestic violence. It is time for our communities to come together, end the silence and take action to end interpersonal violence. #1Thing is our 2019 campaign. What is one thing you can do? Consider being a volunteer advocate. That one thing could change someone’s life.
If any of this has sparked your interest, please feel free to reach out to Rise at 264-1129 for more information. We will be offering a two-part training, the first being on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the second being on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To get the location, RSVP or to get any questions answered, please email volunteer coordinator Jacey Christensen jacey@riseaboveviolence.org. If you are interested but missed the training this week, we can catch you up. Please call.
Rise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving over 300 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.

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Mother Daughter Fashion Show set for Oct. 19 http://www.pagosasun.com/mother-daughter-fashion-show-set-for-oct-19-2/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189121

Photos courtesy Casey Crow
Saturday’s Mother Daughter Fashion Show will be an exciting evening complete with a red carpet runway, live music and dance performances, a photobooth, appetizers, a silent auction and dance party. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/psda.

By Casey Crow
Special to The PREVIEW
For the first time in Pagosa Springs, the women of our community are taking the stage in a Mother Daughter Fashion Show to benefit Beyond Words International (BWI).
The fashion show welcomes women and girls of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to celebrate who they are and encourage self love. The purpose of the show is to cultivate confidence and body positivity in our community, while empowering our young women and girls to do the same. Pagosa moms are standing in the spotlight in an effort to lead by example and show their daughters that all women are worth celebrating.
Join us for an exciting evening complete with a red carpet runway, live music and dance performances, a photobooth, appetizers, a silent auction and dance party. Moms and daughters from our local dance academy are excited to model in the show and conquer the runway. They are hard at work putting together ensembles for every season and occasion to inspire your wardrobe. Many will be sporting items and styles from local businesses that you can later purchase in the silent auction. We invite you to dress to the nines, bring your friends and family, and come celebrate our brave and beautiful mother-daughter duos.
All proceeds from the fashion show will benefit BWI. BWI is a nonpolitical, nonreligious 501(c)(3) organization that aims to bring healing to survivors of trauma through the arts. All funds raised from the fashion show will support upcoming projects, including bringing emergency aid and children’s arts programming to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, collaborating with Rise Above Violence to support local survivors of interpersonal violence through healing art, and providing art therapy to refugees in Greece.
The Mother Daughter Fashion Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave. Formal attire is welcomed. Tickets are currently presale only and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/psda.

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Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance-saturday/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189111 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
Last call for those wanting to spend an autumn evening in the throes of live country music.
Precious few tickets remain for Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance. Held on Oct.19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension building, this event promises to be a boot scooting good time.
Pagosa’s own Country Thunder will provide the music for dancing, there will be food truck fare and libations available for purchase, and lots of coveted items available to bid on at a silent auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the band starting at 7 p.m. Better get there early if you want that front-row seat by the dance floor. Eat a little, drink sensibly and two-step the night away. How fun is that.
All proceeds benefit the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club’s Scholarship Fund. Gifting over $25,000 a year to higher education for our graduating students means that not only will you have an enjoyable autumn evening out, but you could very well be part of changing a young life for the better. Simply buying a ticket to socialize and have fun with friends and neighbors might direct a life down the road to success — a journey that without your help may be impossible.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Choke Cherry Tree or from Rotarians. Tickets are $20. If there are any available at the door, it will cost you $25. Presales end Friday at noon. Last call. Y’all better hurry now.

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Mother Daughter Fashion Show set for Oct. 19 http://www.pagosasun.com/mother-daughter-fashion-show-set-for-oct-19/ Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179711 By Casey Crow
Special to The PREVIEW
For the first time in Pagosa Springs, the women of our community are taking the stage in a Mother Daughter Fashion Show to benefit Beyond Words International (BWI).
The fashion show welcomes women and girls of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to celebrate who they are and encourage self love. The purpose of the show is to cultivate confidence and body positivity in our community, while empowering our young women and girls to do the same. Pagosa moms are standing in the spotlight in an effort to lead by example and show their daughters that all women are worth celebrating.
Join us for an exciting evening complete with a red carpet runway, live music and dance performances, a photobooth, appetizers, a silent auction and dance party. Moms and daughters from our local dance academy are excited to model in the show and conquer the runway. They are hard at work putting together ensembles for every season and occasion to inspire your wardrobe. Many will be sporting items and styles from local businesses that you can later purchase in the silent auction. We invite you to dress to the nines, bring your friends and family, and come celebrate our brave and beautiful mother-daughter duos.
All proceeds from the fashion show will benefit BWI. BWI is a nonpolitical, nonreligious 501(c)(3) organization that aims to bring healing to survivors of trauma through the arts. All funds raised from the fashion show will support upcoming projects, including bringing emergency aid and childrens’ arts programming to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, collaborating with Rise Above Violence to support local survivors of interpersonal violence through healing art, and providing art therapy to refugees in Greece.
The Mother Daughter Fashion Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave. Formal attire is welcomed. Tickets are currently pre-sell only and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/psda.

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