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Legacies: January 18, 2024


100 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
January 18, 1924

Rushing the season. Mrs. D.E. Mickey has the prize chickens in this county. One of her hens insisted last month on “setting,” so eggs and a nest were provided her in the Mickey basement on San Juan street, with the result that on Dec. 31st the mother came proudly forth with a brood of young healthy chicks that are now about three weeks old.

Only fifty-nine forest fires occurred in Colorado during the calendar year just ended. Damage amounting to $46 was done and the cost of prevention and safety measures aggregated but $1,039.

County Commissioners Thos. S. Reavis of Pagosa Springs and G.T. Howe of Allison will depart tomorrow for Denver, where they will attend the annual meeting of the county commissioners of the state and incidentally attend the Denver stock show.

The two Spanish classes of the Pagosa high school joined in a Spanish banquet at the school house Tuesday evening, in which the faculty participated. Spanish dishes were served and the Spanish language maintained by all throughout the evening.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
January 21, 1949

A joint meeting of the Town Board and businessmen of the town was held at the courthouse on Tuesday night of this week to review the town’s finances and to discuss the ways and means of increasing the revenue for operating expenses.

The situation as explained by Mayor Connelley is as follows: for the past several years the town income has not been sufficient to pay operating and maintenance costs and it has been necessary to use funds from the water fund in order to keep the town on a paying basis. Now the point has been reached where these funds from the water department are going to be needed to replace worn mains, improve the reservoir, construct additional supply lines and a filtration plant. Since this money is no longer available for the operation of the town, additional revenue will have to be found. The Mayor also pointed out that the Town Board felt that improvements in the town were not keeping pace with the times due to this lack of funds.

He then asked the businessmen present to present their ideas on methods of increasing the revenue or new sources of revenue that could be added.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
January 17, 1974

Eight families now have new places to live as a result of the Archuleta Housing Corp.’s low rental project. There will be 44 more such units available between now and early summer.

Leonard Powell, who is acting manager of the project, said this week that construction work is behind schedule but that families would be moved in as fast as the units were ready. There is a total of 52 units in the projects. 

Units range in size from the so-called efficiency type to four bedrooms. Biggest demand is for one bedroom units and three is the longest list of applicants for these. The least demand is for the four bedroom size units. Other sizes include two and three bedroom units.

They are designed for families with low incomes. Under the program a family meeting income qualifications may rent a unit by paying one-fourth of its income for rent, which includes utilities and heating costs. In addition a parking place is provided off the street, grounds are maintained, trash is hauled, and sidewalks are kept free of snow.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
January 21, 1999

U.S. Forest Service approval of a proposed Wolf Creek Ski Area facilities expansion has been withdrawn, according to a new release from Kim Vogel, the acting deputy forest supervisor of the San Juan/Rio Grande National Forest.

The news surprised ski area officials who learned of the withdrawal by reading about it in The Denver Post, according to Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, marketing and sales director for the ski area.

Failure to include information about the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the environmental assessment document relative to the expansion is listed as the reason for the withdrawal. Carson Forest Citizens Watch Group of Llano, N.M. had pointed out the omission in an appeal of Vogel’s decision to approve the proposed expansion.

We were surprised when the trout came up this late in the process,” said Steve Hartvigsen, winter sports administrator for the Forest Service. “It was never mentioned earlier in the process. Our fisheries biologist says she sees no problem for the trout.”

The Forest Service news release seems to indicate that the agency is complying with the letter of the law by revisiting the environmental assessment, but that the results will be the same.