Opinion – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:32:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Fix the bridge http://www.pagosasun.com/fix-the-bridge/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195911 Dear Editor:
Am writing this in response to an article “county officials & staff cruse county back roads, in the Thursday Jan. 16,2020 Pagosa Sun.

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County visit: A PR setup http://www.pagosasun.com/county-visit-a-pr-setup/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195917 Dear Editor:
Upon reading last week’s newspaper, I was somewhat concerned about the visit your staff and county personnel made to the western end of Archuleta County Road 500. I was concerned because you were invited yet the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, who was mentioned in the article as the intention for the visit, and that those who live in the area and/or that are impacted by road conditions there, were not privy to this meeting. I too as well as others in the area, think that little is done to improve the conditions of the road, supporting the SUIT’s claim. My concern is for the entire western end of CR 500 from CR 557 to the intersection of State Highway 151 and not just the problem areas noted in your article.

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Fair and unfettered trial http://www.pagosasun.com/fair-and-unfettered-trial/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195915 Dear Editor:
Dear Senator Gardner,
this is such a terribly critical time in our precious country. I am begging you to be very careful about how you represent us, your constituents, during this Senate impeachment trial. I greatly care about how our society is progressing through this trying time. I want a fair trial with unfettered documents and witnesses.

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Fire response http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-response-2/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195923 Dear Editor:
I want to express my thanks to our local fire department. Last Thursday we thought we had a chimney fire. The firefighters and County Sheriff responded quickly and were so professional and thorough. Thanks to each of you.

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Kids matter more http://www.pagosasun.com/kids-matter-more/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195913 Dear Editor:
On Friday, the Trump Administration proposed new rules for the nation’s school lunch program to increase food options that are high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium (pizza, burgers, fries) and to reduce food options that promote a healthy lifestyle, like fresh fruit and veggies.

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Bristlecone: Public or not? http://www.pagosasun.com/bristlecone-public-or-not/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195921 Dear Editor:
Regarding ‘Public or Not”
I have two points to make regarding Bristlecone Drive controversy: “public road access or not.”
I read that the Timber Ridge homeowner’s group received taxpayer monies for maintenance. If this is true; I ask that if by accepting tax payer money do they not rather inherently admit to pubic domain and rights. You don’t have a right to public dollars and then try to kick the tax payer out. Call me old fashioned …

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Brief history lesson http://www.pagosasun.com/brief-history-lesson/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195919 Dear Editor:
Concerning Mr. Charles Newton’s letter to the Pagosa Sun of 1/16/2020.
He states that “Iran has been terrorizing and killing people for decades”. To condemn such actions we can start with our own country, and its long history of slavery.

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Plenty of WinterFest fun on tap for the weekend http://www.pagosasun.com/plenty-of-winterfest-fun-on-tap-for-the-weekend/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195892 “Fire and Ice” is a fitting theme for this weekend’s WinterFest event.
Almost 20 hot-air balloon pilots will be warming up the event with two mass ascensions taking place around 7:45 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday on the west side of town around the Pagosa Lakes Rec Center, the PLPOA Clubhouse and other vacant and plowed areas. The pilot briefing will be at 7 a.m.
There will be multiple cool happenings over the weekend to enhance the “Ice” portion of the theme.
We believe the coolest new event lined up for the weekend will be the Skis and Saddles Skijoring taking place both Saturday and Sunday along Hot Springs Boulevard. The event’s website touts: “Skijoring is a trending winter sporting event, as hailed by CNN, where skier meets cowboy and slalom meets rodeo, and the adrenalin pumping excitement of ski racing is [fueled] with horse power! The western heritage of horsemanship and skiing collide in a two day event right here in Pagosa Country.” There will be snowboard runs, 3D runs, junior and beginner runs, a participant/spectator party and more, with the event benefiting the Winter Outdoor Learning Fund.
Due to this event, Hot Springs Boulevard will be closed from the south side of the post office to Apache Street on Saturday and Sunday. Additional information can be found at www.skisandsaddles.com.
Dust2 will be hosting its fat tire bike race at Yamaguchi Park Saturday starting at 8:45 a.m. with registration at 8. Fresh crepes and hot beverages will be available.
Pagosa Nordic Club will host a free Cross-Country Ski Clinic at Cloman Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. This is a great opportunity to learn from experienced locals.
No event is complete without a parade of sorts. No event is complete without dogs. When you combine the two, you get the fifth annual Barkus Parade along the Riverwalk beginning in Town Park at 11 a.m. Saturday. Humans and pets are encouraged to wear costumes and compete for prizes. A donation of $10 or more will earn you some delicious gumbo.
One of the iciest events of the weekend will be the Penguin Plunge on Saturday. Spectators will congregate alongside the San Juan River to see just what being cooped up for too long during the winter has done to some poor souls who have completely lost their minds. You will witness some seriously insane people plunging into the frigid San Juan River to benefit local charities. If you are feeling a little out of your mind, show up and register at noon before the craziness begins at 1 p.m.
Have you gotten your sled ready for the Sledz on Rez race? After the plunge, you can head over for serious downhill competition on Reservoir Hill. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and the homemade sled races get underway at 2:30 p.m. While speed is important, the critical element of this race is entertainment.
DUST2 is also hosting a party at Motel SOCO with the Brooks-I Band and plenty of fun to wrap up the day.
Following Sunday morning’s mass ascension of hot-air balloons, Pagosa Nordic invites cross-country skiers to participate in the BB Gun Biathlon at Yamaguchi Park at 9:30 a.m. There will be a variety of course challenges for skiers of all ages. This is your opportunity to match your skill with shooting and cross-country skiing.
Whether you are spectating or participating, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s lineup of WinterFest fun designed to get you outside and shake off the stress and doldrums of winter.
Terri Lynn Oldham House

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Thankful for Alan Farrow http://www.pagosasun.com/thankful-for-alan-farrow/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:59 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195399 Dear Editor:
I am thankful to be someone fortunate enough to have known Alan Farrow and to have attended the memorial service commemorating his life Saturday at the Community Center. It was an occasion that gave the building a real sense of being a center of a community. One that it is a privilege to be a part of; and I think the many people who traveled from all corners of Alan’s life to be a part of it as well, came away with an understanding of our town that would make Alan proud — or perhaps it was just that Mr. Farrow brings not only the best out in people, but the best people out.

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Iran’s most important American asset http://www.pagosasun.com/irans-most-important-american-asset/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195403 Dear Editor:
Iran has been terrorizing and killing people for decades. They especially hate us as anyone would know by watching the decades long mass demonstrations with signs saying “Death to America” and “Kill the Great Satan.” What thinking American could not believe that Iran is our sworn enemy? This was apparent 50 years ago when Iran took 66 Americans hostage. Our president then, Democrat jimmy Carter, did nothing to prevent this disaster and when the Iranians saw how weak he was, they held the hostages for 444 days. What finally caused their release was the election of Republican President Ronald Reagan who promised to get the hostages released when he took office.

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