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April 27, 2000

Winds hamper firefighters battling three county blazes

By Karl Isberg

Windy weather made life difficult for local firefighters last week as they battled a structure fire and two brush fires.

On April 21, members of the Pagosa Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire on Trujillo Road, approximately 1 mile south of the Pagosa Springs town limit.

According to Chief Warren Grams, a wooden shed-like structure at the Trujillo Road location was set ablaze by burning brush located beneath its porch. The brush burned, said Grams, when a fire in a "burn-barrel" got out of control. The blaze spread from the porch and soon engulfed the 600-square-foot building.

Grams said the building was used as a residence by Robert Kern, who was not injured in the incident.

Fire department personnel responded with two engines, a ladder truck and three tankers. There were 27 firefighters at the scene for more than two hours. Though unable to save the burning building, they did manage to prevent flames from spreading to a house located several yards away.

Windy conditions on April 24 and 25 caused two private-land burns to go out of control, requiring attention from Pagosa Fire Protection District crews.

A controlled burn at the Sunset Trailer Park 3 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160 threatened to spread and a crew of firefighters responded to the site, brought the fire under control, and monitored the burning of approximately one acre of ground cover.

On April 25, wind created a problem with a controlled burn on Royal Elk Drive, near Snowball Road, northeast of Pagosa Springs. Three Pagosa Fire Protection District trucks and 12 firefighters went to the scene to put out the flames.

"The wind we've been having is definitely a problem," said Grams. "If people are going to do a controlled burn, they need to get the work done early in the morning and make sure the fire is out before the wind starts. And the wind usually kicks up from 11 a.m. to noon."

Grams reminded local residents that permits must be obtained for all controlled burns within fire district boundaries. Permits are available at the district administrative office at 191 North Pagosa Boulevard, one block north of U.S. 160.

Old vision statement still relevant

By John M. Motter

After conducting seven public workshops attended by as many as 630 residents, the county planning department has fashioned a vision statement it believes represents the purposes of the people of the county.

Ironically, the vision statement is derived from the 1994 Archuleta County Master Plan, a statement considered still relevant by the county planning staff. The statement reads: "Archuleta County should retain its outstanding scenic and natural qualities while providing quality employment, housing, education, and recreation to its residents. Tourism, recreation, and agriculture will remain major sectors of the economy, but attempts will be made to diversify and encourage other types of economic development. The majority of youth should be able to have a career and eventually raise a family without being forced to leave. A healthy and vibrant community will continue to evolve and the rural character and small town atmosphere will be preserved."

"We're comfortable that we have identified what people across the county want in terms of growth," said Mike Mollica, director of county growth and development. "Our next step is to identify the proper steps needed to achieve what the people want."

The county planning department is in the midst of a study designed to identify where county residents want the community to go in terms of growth and economic development. To that end, the Durango consulting firm of Four Corners Planning and Design Group has been hired to sample public opinion and interpret the results. A citizen's advisory committee is also involved.

County officials began the process convinced that future attempts to direct county growth will succeed only with public cooperation.

During February, at seven public meetings and a meeting at the high school, the researchers attempted to learn what the citizens of the community want to happen in the way of future development. Armed with knowledge gained through the meetings, the planning staff and consulting firm have devised a series of alternative scenarios designed to accomplish the identified goals.

A second series of public workshops will be held to learn which of the alternatives are preferred by the public. The scenarios involve varying degrees of governmental growth control.

The format for the second series of workshops is similar to the format for the first series. Seven public meetings will be conducted in seven regions of the county. The county has been broken into seven sections allowing people in each of the areas to express their particular wishes. The county planning staff and research firm have recognized that different parts of the county might have differing goals.

During the February meetings, people were asked the following questions:

1. What do you like about Archuleta County and what would you like to retain?

2. What do you dislike about Archuleta County and what would you like to change?

3. What is the appropriate balance between catering to tourists and newcomers and maintaining the quality of life and culture that have been a part of Archuleta County's heritage for the past century?

Public response to the questions was quantified and a list of priorities identified for each of the seven regions. The responses were summarized and allocated to two broad categories: special values and characteristics about the community that contribute to a high quality of life; and issues, concerns, and needs relating to improving the quality of life.

A long list of sub-categories was also developed.

Recognized under special values and characteristics were natural environment; community character; community services, activities, and facilities; and development patterns and regulations.

Recognized under issues, concerns, and needs were management of the environment and natural resources; visual and noise concerns; impact of existing development on quality of life; managing new growth and development; affordable housing; economic development and economic opportunity; community services, public facilities and taxes; community services, activities, and facilities (quasi-public and private); transportation (roads, trails, and traffic safety); community character and cultural conditions; and cooperation between governing entities relating to enforcement of covenants.

Five alternative growth scenarios will be presented in the next round of meetings.

The first envisions market forces that will continue to determine the location of new development with minimal regulation by local government. Property owners will have maximum freedom to use and develop their land as they choose. Continuation of these practices through 2020 will likely result in:

- Strip commercial development and loss of open vistas along highway corridors, particularly along U.S. 160 from about 2 miles west of Aspen Springs to about 5 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs;

- Moderate in-fill development in the Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Lakes and Aspen Springs areas, and increased dispersed development in rural areas of the county, resulting in further disruption of wildlife habitat and migration corridors and loss of open space;

- Increased rural sprawl development near Arboles and along U.S. 160 if the Vallecito Water Company extends water lines to these areas.

The second scenario envisions limiting all new development to existing subdivided land and future division of land to parcels between 10 and 35 acres in size. Ten-acre parcels would be allowed under strict guidelines as to location and design. There would be a public-private effort to acquire open space or conservation easements for wildlife, scenic vistas, and access to open space where needed in existing subdivisions.

Most new residential and commercial development would continue to occur in the Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes areas. Local government regulations and incentives to maintain and enhance the quality of life may narrow choices for use and development of private property, but would likely result in:

- Confinement of new commercial development in existing commercial areas and the preservation of open vistas along highway corridors;

- Moderate in-fill residential development in Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Lakes, Aspen Springs and smaller subdivisions throughout the county;

- Minimal new development in rural areas, most of which would be clustered to preserve wildlife habitat, migration corridors, and open space.

The third scenario is a variation of the open-space scenario and would establish small business and service centers with denser housing at various places in the county such as Arboles, Aspen Springs, Chimney

Rock, Chromo and on U.S. 160 northeast of Pagosa Springs. With more services and shopping opportunities at village centers, residents in outlying areas would not have to travel as often to the Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes areas.

A fourth scenario envisions most new residential and commercial development as being concentrated in the Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes areas. Local government regulations and incentives to maintain and enhance the quality of life may narrow choices for use and development of private property, but will likely result in:

- Confinement of new commercial development to existing commercial areas and the preservation of open vistas along highway corridors. Most new commercial development would occur in the Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes areas, but would be concentrated to minimize loss of open space;

- Major in-fill residential development in Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes, and moderate in-fill in Aspen Springs and smaller subdivisions throughout the county;

- Minimal new residential development in rural areas, most of which would be clustered to preserve wildlife habitat, migration corridors, and open space;

- Residents outside Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes would continue to drive to the hub area for most shopping and services.

The final scenario envisions a variation of scenarios two and four entailing the establishment of an industrial park at one or two locations near Pagosa Springs. These parks would help attract light industrial growth and would also provide locations where heavy commercial and industrial uses such as truck repair and sawmills could be located away from scenic corridors.

Also, an activity center with commercial development and medium-density housing could be located near Navajo Lake to concentrate growth that could occur near this recreation area.

A third set of public meetings is anticipated following digestion of the material gained during the second set of meetings. Ultimately, the recommendations developed from what is learned from the public meetings will be incorporated in a new Archuleta County Master Plan to serve as a guide for the county commissioners.

The seven May meetings are: May 15, Area 6, St. Rosa and St. Peter Catholic Church in Arboles; May 16, Area 3, fairgrounds; May 17, Area 5, fairgrounds; May 22, Area 7, Chromo school building; May 23, Area 1, Pagosa Lakes Community Center; May 24, Area 2, Pagosa Lakes Community Center; May 25, Area 4, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.


Restitution of $50,929 mandated

By Karl Isberg

A Pagosa Springs resident, Karen Aguilar, 33, was convicted of theft and sentenced April 7 in the Durango courtroom of District Court Judge Greg Lyman.

After Aguilar entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft, Lyman sentenced the Pagosa woman to 30 days in jail and three years probation. In addition, Lyman ordered that Aguilar pay restitution of $50,929 and $1,610 in court costs.

Aguilar was charged with theft on March 12, 1999, following an investigation by Archuleta County Sheriff Captain Otis May. The investigation provided a record of thefts committed by Aguilar during her tenure as a hostess at the Hog's Breath Saloon, located on Navajo Trails Drive, west of North Pagosa Boulevard.

Cash register tapes submitted as evidence in the case showed numerous transactions involving unaccounted amounts of money occurring when Aguilar was in charge of the register at the restaurant.

Aguilar was booked into the Archuleta County Jail on April 26.


Community mourns passing of Magdalena Hotz

Local residents were saddened Thursday, April 20, to learn of the passing of long time resident, Maria Magdalena Gallegos-Hotz.

Mrs. Hotz was born July 23, 1912, in Trujillo, to Antonio Serafin Gallegos and Elijia Ruybalid Gallegos. She was the sixth born of 12 children. The family later moved to the Valle Seco area, south of Pagosa Springs. The land was part of a Spanish land grant and had been willed to her mother's family, the Ruybalid's. Magdalena, along with her parents, moved there with her five brothers, Francisco Serafin, Porfirio Ancelmo, Jose Lotario, Erminio Eduardo and Jose Emanuel, her six sisters, Elizabeth, Fabiana, Josefa Amalia, Maria Senovia, Susamma Elijia and Lucianna Sorida. Magdalena's family came to the United States from Spain in the 1790s, living in Florida before moving to Colorado.

At the age of 20, Magdalena met William Augustus Hotz. After a courtship with the young Mr. Hotz, William asked her father for her hand in marriage. They were married on Nov. 7, 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression. As her husband worked in logging camps, sawmills and Civil Conservation Corps camps, Magdalena moved with him wherever work took them. They packed their home (a tent) and pitched it wherever work was to be found. In the early 1940s they purchased their first house, which Magdalena immediately turned into a home. The house still stands on south 7th Street in Pagosa Springs. Magdalena and her family helped establish the community in many ways.

Magdalena and William raised their niece, Neoma Purcilla Hotz-Unmack, as their own child. On March 23, 1949, God blessed them with their own child, a son, William Alexander Hotz Jr. In 1973, William Jr. married Connie Marie Profitt-Hotz. In January 1983, William Jr. and Connie bore a daughter, Magdelena Alexandra Hotz blessing Magdalena with a granddaughter. Along with her adopted niece's children, this made four granddaughters, Magdelena, Rhonda, Rose and Debbie and two grandsons, Johnny and Larry.

Magdalena was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio Serafin Gallegos and Maria Elijia Ruybalid Gallegos; her husband, William Augustus Hotz; her brothers, Francisco Serafin, Porfirio Ancelmo, Jose Lotario, Erminio Eduardo and Jose Emanuel; her sister, Josefa Amalia; and her grandson, Johnny.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William Alexander Jr. and Connie Marie Profitt-Hotz of Pagosa Springs; her niece, Neoma Purcilla Hotz-Unmack; her sisters Elizabeth, Fabiana, Maria Senovia, Susamma Elijia, and Lucianna Sorida; her grandchildren, Magdelena, Rhonda, Rose, Debbie and Larry. She is also survived by great-grandsons and great-granddaughters, great-great-grandsons and great-great-granddaughters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

From the horse and buggy era to the flight of Apollo 13, to the entering of the new millennium, she saw huge changes in the United States' history. Mom, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, sister, friend, and neighbor, her apple pie and chokecherry jelly, her soft-spoken word and her smile are certainly going to be missed.

She will remain in the hearts of her family and friends forever along with their memories and love for her.

Recitation of the Rosary and the Mass of Christian Burial were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with Father John Bowe officiating. Magdalena was laid to rest in Hilltop Cemetery.


Library benefactor Hershey dead at 87

Jacob Wilbur Hershey died April 20, 2000. He was born Dec. 13, 1912, in Harrisburg, Penn. His father was Eli Nissley Hershey and his mother Carrie Mann Hershey. He attended Harrisburg Academy, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and graduated in 1934 from Yale University. Taking honors in Applied Economic Science.

Mr. Hershey's principal occupational activity was in transportation, predominantly inland marine. He served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of American Commercial Lines, which owned barge lines, ship-building facilities, dredging and trucking operations. During World War II and subsequently, he served the United States government as an appointed official in various capacities, both domestic and international in scope. He held many positions in public and industry organizations, including directorships in the Transportation Association of America, chairman of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, president of the National Waterways Conference, United States delegate to the permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses and others.

With his wife, Terese Tarlton Hershey, he founded the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, a charitable corporation, which supports numerous causes largely in the field of natural resources conservation. Included in their support of the Pagosa area is the 2,000-volume Hershey Collection on Southwest history which they provided and maintain for the Ruby Sisson Library. The Hersheys likewise gave a substantial contribution as "seed money" toward the construction of the Sisson Library and, along with many of their notable friends from throughout the United States, continue as faithful benefactors of the library.

He was an incorporator of the Galveston Bay Foundation and one of the organizers of the Society for the Performing Arts. Since 1972, Mr. Hershey operated cattle ranches in Texas and Colorado. He placed conservation easements on his Pagosa Springs property, 4 Mile Ranch, which will protect it in perpetuity.

He served as chairman of the board of trustees of Kinkaid School in Houston from 1955 to 1957 during its transition to its current location. He was a director of numerous financial, industrial and transportation companies and member of many social clubs in Houston. Active as an outdoor sportsman and a competitive ocean sailor, he was a member of the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Houston and the New York Yacht Club. At his death he was a member emeritus of the Texas Philosophical Society, a director of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Galveston Bay Foundation, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as well as adviser for the Trust for Public Land.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Terese Tarlton Hershey; his son J. Michael Hershey and companion Jo Didner of Egypt, Texas, and Harwichport, Mass.; his daughter Olive Hershey Conrad and husband A.C. Conrad of Houston; grandson Jeffrey Hershey of Austin; grandson Robbie Spitzmiller, wife Kelly, and great-grandson Jacob Tyler Spitzmiller of Wharton; granddaughter Lisa Schotz and husband Hans of Eugene, Ore.; grandsons Matthew Reagan Helm and Bowie Duncan Helm of Houston; brother Dr. John Hershey and wife Vicki of Chattaroy, Wash.; brother Donald Hershey of Berwyn, Penn.; sister Arlene Hershey of Harrisburg, Penn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Susan Hershey Helm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to: Southwest Land Alliance, Box 3417, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147; the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, Box 849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147; or the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Box 1012, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


Inside The Sun
April 27, 2000

Republican Assembly is Saturday

By John M. Motter

Archuleta County Republicans will hold their county assembly at 10 a.m. Saturday in the county fair building. Local Democrats will hold their county assembly at 7 p.m. May 3 in the county commissioners' meeting room.

The purpose of the county assemblies is to choose candidates for the two county commissioner positions that will appear on the Aug. 8 primary ballot.

With 10 Republican candidates vying for the two positions, the GOP races are drawing more attention than the Democrat race, where J.B. Smith hopes to pick up his party's endorsement to run for the District 2 commissioner seat.

Last Saturday at the 59th District House District Democratic assembly in Durango, Smith ended plans to challenge Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez, for the 59th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Democrats chose La Plata County Democratic Chairwoman Susan Garcia to challenge Larson.

The Republicans' selection process could become complicated. The Republican delegates will have four candidates at the assembly vying for their votes. In theory, delegates chosen at the April 11 caucuses are committed to a particular candidate. In fact, state law does not bind delegates to any particular candidate.

Hoping to win a place on the Aug. 8 Republican primary ballot through the caucus process are Commissioner William Downey, Nan Rowe and Patrick Horning from District 1 and Alden Ecker from District 2.

In order to win a place on the primary ballot, a candidate hopeful must receive at least 30 percent of the votes cast by delegates at the county assembly. Candidates who receive less than 30 percent of the delegate vote at the assembly, but more than 10 percent, may still get on the primary ballot by obtaining 52 valid signatures on a petition. Candidates who receive less than 10 percent of the delegate vote at the assembly cannot qualify for the primary ballot.

Candidates can also qualify for the August ballot by ignoring the party county assembly and choosing the petition route. Six Republican candidates have chosen the petition route. In the District 1 race, petition candidates are Mike Branch and Julia Donoho. In District 2 they are Commissioner Ken Fox, John Feazel, Ralph Goulds and Jim Willingham.


Five special districts schedule elections

By John M. Motter

Five local special districts are conducting elections Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Voters in three of the districts will cast ballots in the same voting place. Those three are the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, Pagosa Fire Protection District, and Upper San Juan Hospital District. Voters from those three districts will cast their ballots at the EMS building at 191 North Pagosa Boulevard.

In the Pagosa Springs Sanitation District election, ballots will be cast at Town Hall.

De-Brucing is on the ballot in the first three districts in addition to selection of members for the respective boards of directors. Each of the entities is asking taxpayer approval to collect, retain, and spend revenues in excess of limits set by various state laws such as TABOR and the Gallagher amendment. In the event voters approve de-Brucing, each entity has promised not to raise property tax mill levies without voter approval.

On the Pagosa Springs Sanitation District ballot is the question of dissolving the district. If the vote is yes approving dissolution of the district, an issue will be placed on the ballot in November for residents of the town of Pagosa Springs to vote on whether or not to form a general improvement district.

If the answer is no, its business as usual for the Pagosa Springs Sanitation District.

Also seeking to de-Bruce Tuesday is the San Juan Soil Conservation District. Voters in that district are to cast their ballots in the county agent building at the county fairgrounds on U.S. 84.


Crabtree asks review of road moratorium

By John M. Motter

County road maintenance policies were the focus of a general discussion under an agenda item marked "other" at the county commissioners' regular meeting Tuesday.

Triggering the discussion was the declaration by Commissioner Gene Crabtree that the county should review its moratorium against maintaining subdivision roads.

"In some places there are roads (not listed for county maintenance) that would only require 10 or 15 minutes to take care of," Crabtree said. "What would it hurt to take the time to do those roads?"

Commissioners Bill Downey and Ken Fox agreed that it might be time to review road maintenance policy, but until that is done the county should continue to apply its present policy equally in all parts of the county until change is legally enacted.

"I think we, the commissioners, should drive around and look at the roads," Crabtree said. "We need to know what is going on out there."

Crabtree also pushed for faster action on new road name signs and on signs which signify which roads are county maintained and which are not. Crabtree has said at previous meetings that "It's important for people to know which roads are maintained by the county because otherwise they might be misled by real estate sales people."

Downey and Fox agreed that the commissioners should look at roads and the sign program should be implemented. Both pointed out the county has a list of roads it maintains.

Finally, even though the agenda heading was "other" which would indicate a no action agenda item, Fox moved, Downey seconded, and all of the commissioners voted for Fox's motion to continue to follow existing policy unless the policy is changed by a vote of the commissioners. Fox said he believed the motion was necessary in order to send a message to the road and bridge department to continue with current policy until it is legally changed.

Adding to the road discussion was former Commissioner Chris Chavez who was in office when the moratorium was initiated. Chavez argued that the county is using improper materials for road maintenance leading to poor quality of maintenance and roads. Chavez said if cleaner gravels were used the roads would last better and the magnesium chloride dust abatement program would be unnecessary. Chavez argued that the county is wasting money on road maintenance and that road crews start for home at "2:30 or 3 p.m." instead of working a full day.

In another item related to real estate sales, Fox said he received a phone call from someone who purchased a lot in Timber Ridge. Fox said the caller complained that the real estate sales person had not told him of the need on his lot for a sewage pump-grinder station costing about $5,000 because the property is too low to gravity feed to the higher sewage collection line. Fox said the person also said he was not informed that water and sewer service is not available to the lot. The commission approved the subdivision final plat last August, an action normally taken only when water and sewer are available to a lot line.

"We were told the water and sewer were 98 percent complete and would be complete immediately," Fox said.

"That must have happened between (the transition of the former and current) county engineers," said Roxann Hayes, the county engineer. "I can assure you that if a plat reaches you for final approval now, the water and sewer will be there."

In other business Tuesday the commissioners:

- Approved a $1,500 grant request from Bill Bright on behalf of the Region 9 Regional Trauma Advisory Committee, a new organization formed by combining Southwestern Emergency Medical Services and the former trauma advisory board;

- Approved two lot consolidations;

- Listened to an update by Region 9 Director Ed Morlan concerning Beanpole grant funds;

- Listened to Social Services Director Erlinda Gonzales' progress reports concerning a Colorado Works memorandum of understanding, a core services plan, and a job access grant application.


Peggy met challenges of forest career

By Phyllis Decker

After a highly diverse 25-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Peggy Jacobson's retirement leaves a difficult-to-fill vacancy. Most of Jacobson's fulfilling and ever-changing career unfolded during her employment on the Pagosa Ranger District, San Juan National Forest.

Jacobson spent her first assignment at the Devil Mountain Fire Tower from 1959 to 1961. After a brief respite to raise four children, she returned to the Forest Service to plant trees in 1973.

Jacobson enjoyed being involved in the process of caring for trees. She has gathered hundreds of bushels of cones for seed, planted seeds at the nursery, planted trees in the forest, worked with and led crews doing timber surveys, and scaled logs at Chama, South Fork, and the former San Juan Lumber Company in Pagosa Springs. However, she missed one step in the process; she didn't cut them down.

In 1984, Jacobson transitioned into the Pagosa Ranger District office as personnel clerk, then as resource clerk with a variety of duties. During this period she served as guide and coordinator for the Chimney Rock tours. The Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, all it contains and represents, is dear to her heart.

In 1995, Jacobson accepted the new visitor information specialist position and since has become a familiar voice to local folks and visitors from all over the nation. Although self-described as a recluse, Jacobson enjoys telling people about the San Juan National Forest. She credits her many years in the woods and her photographic memory for her ability to describe routes and locations to others.

In spite of her constantly changing and hectic career, Jacobson always sought yet another challenge. Throughout a majority of her career, Jacobson has worked as a para-archaeologist and with the "Fire Program on Type I and II" teams as commissary manager, supervisory dispatcher, and time-unit leader.

Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area represent home and a long heritage to Jacobson. She rode the Turkey Springs and Middle Mountain country with her family, working their cattle allotment. She deeply values the history of the area and has great respect for the early homesteaders - her family homesteaded in Pagosa Springs in the mid-1880s. Jacobson misses seeing sheep herds and large cattle herds in the area.

With her work, Jacobson has traveled to most of the western states, plus Florida and Georgia. She believes that a special kind of people work for the Forest Service, no matter where you go. When talking with Jacobson, it becomes very apparent that she has had fun. As she thinks of retirement, she knows she will miss her Forest Service "family" and the folks who walk in the door.

But it doesn't stop here. Jacobson will remain a Type I team member as a casual firefighter, and thus will continue her duties as a unit leader. She may have to leave Pagosa for a while, just to keep from showing up at the office, but will enjoy having more time with her family. She's been waiting all her life to have a big yard and garden, with lots of water and a long growing season. (She is already planting and her mother, Ann Seavy, is keeping it going.)

Editor's note: A celebration of Peggy's many years of service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Parish Hall in Pagosa Springs. All are welcome. Persons planning to attend are asked to bring a dish of your choice for the potluck. RSVP Alice Chavez, 264-2268 and send or deliver stories, pictures and cards for Peggy's scrapbook to Alice Chavez, Pagosa Ranger District, Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

April 27, 2000


Dear Editor,

Please don't cut the willows along the San Juan River.

The giant stone flies need places to crawl up and dry out, preparing to fly. Redwing blackbirds can more easily spot the stone flies high in the willows and pick them off.

The warblers need to build protected nests up high.

The pussy-toe blossoms provide some of the earliest spring insect food and catch the dawn light beautifully.

On hot days big German brown trout like to lie in the shade of the tall leafy willows.

The mink who hunt the trout prefer traveling in dense cover.

Bigger, stronger willow stalks shade out invasive plants like tama- risk and thistle and sink deeper roots, improving erosion or flood control.

Children prefer to play among smooth "tunnely" willow trunks.

Bungi-pit spiked stumps are no fun for children to play in.

Long willow wands make great kid's fishing poles, wading staffs and baskets.

Strong, tall willows become critical handholds for fishermen falling into the river.

Tall willows lend a special color and texture to the place. They belong to the river.

It's a lot of hard work.

Thanks for your consideration,

Barr Bentley

Survey forms

Dear David,

Once again, erroneous information regarding the PLPOA finds its way into print. Assuming that David Bohl was correctly quoted in last week's article on the monthly board meeting, a correction must be made in the information he put forth regarding the so-called public safety survey. He was quoted as saying: "The survey went to 100 percent of the property owners, not just the full-time residents." As a member of the board, he knows that the survey was sent to only 4,671 of the approximately 15,000 voting members of the association. That sounds like somewhere around 31 percent to me. In fact, he helped number those survey forms before they were mailed.

I polled a good many local residents and it turns out that 28.5 percent of them did not receive a survey form. To send out a survey to 31 percent of the membership, 28 percent of whom may not have received that form, claiming it went to 100 percent of the members, and calling it a valid survey is stretching credibility to the max.

One wonders how the board will use the results of this thing regardless of what they are.


Pat Curtis

P.S. The Pagosa weather camera is also on the opening page of the county's Web site:, and refreshes every five or six seconds.

Organ transplant

To the editor,

The current organ transplant legislation is a very personal issue with me, because I am one of those "healthy" individuals Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., referred to on the transplant list. That is one of the most absurd remarks I have ever heard.

"Healthy people" are not on the list. Before I could be listed I went through very-extensive testing to determine I was well enough to survive the transplant.

When the decision was finally made to put me on the list, I was in University Hospital in Denver, very ill and the doctors were doing everything they could to stabilize my condition. When I was placed on the list no one had waited for more than two years; the demand has increased so much I have been on the list three years, with no indication as to when or if I will be transplanted.

In the past three years I have had numerous hospital stays. I take each day that I am feeling good and able to function as a blessing, because I know how quickly I can become so ill that I may not survive. I am maintaining only because of the excellent care I receive from my doctors, and the prayers of my family and friends. I have been told that I am at my optimum to survive the transplant, but because I am not in the hospital in critical condition I will most likely not receive a transplant. I am proof that the sickest are already getting the transplants, not just because of their zip code.

This should not be a political decision, it should be a process that is left to the involved parties - doctors and patients. There is no place in this very personal part of my life that I feel comfortable with Congress or President Clinton making the decision whether I get a transplant or not. The current system is not the problem; the problem is more demand than there are donors.

Linda Daley



Dear David,

The unfortunate events of the past few weeks makes several things clear.

1. Elian Gonzales should be returned to his father immediately.

2. The United States should normalize relations with Cuba for the mutual benefit of both countries and peoples.

3. The Miami Cubans have betrayed their responsibility as U.S. citizens. Blind hatred is not a path to peace or justice.

4. Janet Reno should be praised for her patience and diligence in returning Elian to his father.

May this Easter season bring a positive resolution to this unfortunate situation.


Raymond P. Finney

Add'l revenues

Dear Editor,

It appears several special districts are seeking additional revenue by rather novel methods. We are being asked to vote to raise some mill levies, as shown on our tax bills, to a higher amount and to vote the elimination of tax-levying limits of State Statute 29-1-301 and the spending limits of (TABOR) Article X, Section 20 of the State Constitution.

We are not informed of the amount of the additional revenue needed, what services will be increased or added, what additional equipment or facilities are needed or how many more employees might be added. We are not advised, if more revenue is not available, what services, and by how much, would be curtailed or discontinued, how many employees might be placed on part-time or laid-off and what new equipment or facilities would be denied. We are not given any clear-cut or solid evidence in support of more revenue. Instead, we hear about how good the various districts are and how important they are to the community. Also, a great deal of whining about and railing against TABOR and 29-1-301. Statute 29-1-301 controls and limits only the levying of property taxes. It has nothing to do with revenue collection or spending. Property taxes are levied by dollar amounts, not so-called "mill levies." When a taxing entity starts making a budget the amount of revenue that may legally be levied against the total taxable valuation of the entity is determined according to the provisions of the statute. This amount, in dollars, combined with other revenue is then spread for disbursement throughout the budget. The voters may approve, under certain conditions, an increase in this levy but that is a tax increase and is thus controlled by provisions of TABOR. Statute 29-1-301 does not require refunds or tax abatements.

TABOR does not limit the amount of taxes that may be levied but requires voter approval, in advance of any new tax, tax rate increase mill levy above that of the prior year, extension of an expiring tax, and other revenue enhancing proposals. TABOR requires the refund of revenue collected beyond certain spending limits. It also allows voters to approve the retention of such excess revenue each fiscal year for up to four years.

While both TABOR and Statute 29-1-103 and 29-1-302 provide ways local voters may approve proposals to exceed the stated limits, neither have provisions allowing local voters the privilege of changing the provisions of either the state constitution or state statutes, as proposed by the various special district ballot issues appearing on the ballot for the upcoming May 2 election.

One must wonder why the elected officials and the experts they hire to ramrod the operations cannot or will not stand tall and simply tell us how much more revenue will be required to maintain, improve or expand various services and specify any new equipment or facilities that may be required to do what is planned and ask us to approve a stated tax increase, which coupled with approved retention of excess revenues, for four years, would carry the district forward. The present stance appears to consign the voters to the category of village idiot and is completely unseemly.


Fitzhugh Haven

Thanks 'Shoes'

Dear Editor,

With the closure of not only an eventful season for the Lady Pirates Basketball team, but also the closure of a man's writing career at The Pagosa Springs Sun, we would like to thank and acknowledge the guy who wears "The Shoes."

He shadowed the team, following us near and far. From "The Pit" in dusty Kirtland, to "Heartbreak Hotel" at Centauri, back over the treacherous pass to "The Lady Cats Den" in Ignacio and finally, straight to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for the Class 3A state tournament. With his enduring positive outlook, he always found a way to remain complimentary when one, maybe two, or even all of were "off" for the night.

For the citizens of Pagosa who, for some reason or another, were unable to attend a game, or for those who attended but needed a recap, they didn't miss a beat if they read the paper. Not to mention, providing great scrapbook material. His love for basketball, combined with his journalistic talents, showed through with his detailed and spirited coverage. So once again, thank you, Roy. You're the greatest and we'll miss you so much!

We love you and good luck,

Lady Pirates Basketball Teams

Property taxes

Dear Editor,

Upon reading Fred Ebeling's letter in the April 20, 2000 SUN, I now realize that the $200 increase in my property taxes for last year was not a tax increase at all, but an "impact fee" or "service charge." I just can't figure out which. Have property taxes been "De-Bruced" in Colorado?

My Social Security annuity went up $17 a month this year ($204 for the year). Add $200 to a 20-cent a gallon increase in the price of gasoline along with a $1-a-month increase for water and a $1 fee for disposing of my household trash at the transfer station, which I must do two or three times a month. This comes to about $260 a month plus gasoline. I don't know how much more of this quality of life I can afford. Upon further thought I think this must be "impact fees" as they are sure going to have an impact on my budget.

On another subject. I read the other day where Maryland has passed a trigger lock law. This is sort of like disarming the people without taking their guns, wouldn't you say?


Leo J. Landon

Neuter cats

Dear Editor,

After speaking to so many veterinarians, I feel compelled to write this.

I spoke to many veterinarians in Bayfield, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, California and Durango and they all said six months was the desirable age to neuter cats.

Why has the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs run by ordinary people taken it upon themselves to neuter kittens as early as six weeks in order to have them adopted out? Professionally speaking, the kittens are neither mentally nor hormonally prepared for such radical steps. To say that the anesthetic is safe does not bear any importance on the entire picture. I was told by the Humane Society this has been done for 15 years. This is not true. This procedure must be stopped. It is not a veterinarian's method of solution to the over population of cats. We need to enforce and stand behind veterinarian's who have the education to back the six-month procedure.

Theory: Why has the Humane Society taken it upon themselves to be able to enforce this? To me this is as if the cafeteria staff of the elementary school decided that third graders needed to have hysterectomies, etc., so as to eliminate teen pregnancies. It makes about as much sense.

Dhian Lauren


20-year dream

Dear David,

A 20-year dream is about to come true! We visited Pagosa for the first time 20 years ago and decided at that moment that that would be our retirement destination. So, we began planning, dreaming and wishing that we could be there sooner.

We are now retired, sold our home the first day on the market and will be residents of Pagosa Springs May 1, 2000.

We are looking forward to making new friends and a new beginning in a beautiful part of the world.


Suzy Bruce

Dallas, Texas

Inform newcomers

Dear David,

The past few weeks the subject of blacklisting has graced the pages of the SUN. The purpose, it seems, is to inform the newcomers of religious intolerance in Shangri-La.

I just want to note that as a former small-business owner our business (Rolling Pin Bakery) was subjected to a fairly well-organized, grassroots boycott (blacklisting). No, it was not due to any religious belief I held but political and social views I espoused in the letters to the editor.

Sadly, newcomers might want to keep that in the back of their minds if they are vulnerable in any public aspect of their lives. The old-timers already know this unspoken rule.

I wish to add that I was gratified by the general public's support of ones' right to express oneself without being penalized for it. Never the less, it happened right here in River City. I suspect it will happen again.


Ron Levitan

Asheville, N.C


Dear Editor,

Are you down, depressed, sad or suicidal? Never fear the PLPOA board is here to save the day and make you laugh until tears come to your eyes. The board seems to make decisions that are self serving and not in the best interest of its 15,000 property owners. There should be a clause in the by laws to make them accountable. The only reason these people are on the board is because they are retired and have too much time on their hands. Sitting on a board gives them a since of power to make other people miserable in the decisions that they make and feel important in doing it.

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. This survey that they sent out asking property owners what they want in law enforcement was done after the board signed a contract with the sheriff, not asking the property owners if this is what they want.

Think about this. We are being taxed by the county for law enforcement by the sheriff's office and now we are paying out a total of $165,000 more for the same service plus leasing out our equipment to the sheriffs department for $1, paying for a sheriff's supervisor, paying for uniforms for four officers and paying for cell phones. We are not being taxed twice but we are paying twice. The service has gotten worse instead of improving. Now the officers go to bed even earlier than before. Funny, there are nine patrol officers and three shifts and they still can't provide 24-hour coverage.

As for Director Judy Esterly, you should have seen the self-serving smile on her face when the board won the approval of the county commissioners for the contract. You would of thought she was made queen of Pagosa.

Now we have 60 days to get out of this and if the property owners do not want this contract then they should cancel it. I'm sorry that Director Dick Hillyer feels resentment of the implication that the board acted irresponsibly, because they did. We didn't even get what we wanted two years ago and we still aren't. What this contract does is to give the sheriff all the things he can't get from the commissioners and at no cost to the county and complete control at our expense. And if this isn't enough we need a liaison to the sheriff's department. Another job for someone to feel important and the sheriff will do what he wants anyway.

Enough is enough. The property owners should dissolve this contract, auction off the equipment, put those officers on a road crew to repair our roads and demand the resignation of every board member, dissolve the association and leave the covenants in place.

Just how much more are you willing to put up from a board that can't think clearly?

Randall Mettscher

Weather camera

Dear, Editor,

I love the weather camera on top of the courthouse. Does the camera ever point the other direction? Keep up the good work. I read the paper all the time now that I can get it on the Internet.

Bryan Sturdivant

Editor's note: The camera maintains its focus on the eastbound portion of U.S. 160 as it goes through the downtown area.

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April 27, 2000

Patricia Barr

Patricia H. Barr, 63, died unexpectedly April 19, 2000, in the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Penn. She is the mother of Michael R. Barr of Pagosa Springs.

Mrs. Barr was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Austin, Penn., to Stephen and Genevieve Crosby Kudlock. She married Robert L. Barr on June 8, 1957, in Austin.

Mrs. Barr was a lifetime resident of area and a 1954 graduate of Austin High School. She and her husband had owned and operated the Friendly Inn of Roulette, Penn. She was also a part owner of Falk Florist Shop in Port Allegany, Penn., for several years. She had worked at the 6 B's Craft Barr and Mac's Store, both in Roulette.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Roulette and a life member of the Roulette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Barr is survived by two daughters, Sharon L. Costa of Coudersport, Penn., and Brenda (Henry) Fallenstein of Port Allegany, Penn.; a granddaughter, Ashley Ostrom of Port Allegany; a grandson, T.J. Costa of Coudersport; two brothers, Stanley Kudlock of Sparttansburg, S.C., and Stephen (Pat) Kudlock of Conneaut Lake, Ohio; two sisters, Joanne (Herbert) Daniels of East Fallowfield Penn., and Arlene (Frank) Robbins of Vero Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 22 in the Switzer Funeral Home in Port Allegany. The Rev. Charles Schmitt, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiated. Burial was held in St. Augustine Cemetery in Costello, Penn.

Robin Costa

Robin Elisabeth Costa, 38, passed away in Houston, Texas, on Good Friday, April 21, 2000, after a courageous and lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She is the daughter of Don and Felicia Costa of Pagosa Springs.

Alva Cravy

Alva Ince Cravy, 86, now rests in her eternal home. She completed her journey with her family at her side Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Regency House in San Angelo, Texas. The life she led was a beacon of her true faith to all who knew her. She was a favorite school teacher of many children as well as their parents and was regarded by many as a second mother.

Mrs. Cravy was born June 30, 1913, in Santo, Texas, to David Boone and Mattie Elkins Ince. She was a graduate of Spur High School and Texas Technological College (Texas Tech University) earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in education. On Feb. 20, 1937, she married Charlie McClain Cravy in Lubbock, Texas. They lived in Spur, Norton, Lubbock, Pagosa Springs and San Angelo.

A former summer resident of Pagosa Springs, Mrs. Cravy was a teacher who loved her work. Her career spanned almost 40 years including tutoring and substitute teaching. As a United Methodist, she taught classes from nursery to "Golden Age." She served as a Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, president of Delta Kappa Gamma and president of civic study and book clubs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters.

Giving thanks for Mrs. Cravy's joyous life are her husband of 63 years, Charlie McClain Cravy; her children, Charlie McClain Cravy Jr. and wife, Sharon of Dallas; William Daniel Cravy and wife Vala of San Angelo; and Ray Lewis Cravy and wife Kathy of Denver; her grandchildren, Lynn Cravy of Dallas, Jill Cravy of Midland, Texas, Danny Cravy of Austin, Ryan Cravy of Seattle, and Will Cravy of Denver; her sister, Louise Wood of Odessa, Texas; and her brothers, William Thomas Ince of Seal Beach Calif., Daniel Boone Ince Jr. of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Raymond Burt Ince of San Antonio, Texas.

Services were held Saturday, April 22, at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church in San Angelo with the Rev. John Reynolds officiating. Burial follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.

Honorary pallbearers were the Mary and Martha and the Men's Bible classes of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were family members.

Willis Lemon

Dr. Willis E. "Bill" Lemon, M.D, 82, departed this life on Good Friday, April 21, at his home in Oklahoma City. His Hospice companions will miss him.

Dr. Lemon began his association with Pagosa Springs in 1973. He maintained a summer residence in Aspen Springs until 1998, when his health precluded his return. He had one of the first good water wells in Aspen Springs, and shared it with all who asked.

He was born in Minnesota and educated there. He did a medical residency in radiology at the Mayo Clinic, and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, then at Mayo Clinic and in private practice until he joined the Department of Radiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as a professor of radiology, teaching and directing resident physicians until his retirement. He was an Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

He is survived by his wife, Bee, one son Rick, in Texas; a daughter Carol, in Aurora, and a daughter Nancy, in Talkeetna, Alaska, and two grandchildren.

Those who knew him will miss him.

Archibald Ward

Archibald Ward, 88, a homeowner and part-time resident of Pagosa Springs, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Clinton, Md., on Friday, April 21.

Born Jan. 18, 1912, Dr. Ward was the son of Elizabeth May Davis of Washington, D.C., and Archibald Floyd Ward Sr. of Lumberton, N.C. In 1937, after graduating from North Carolina State University and Crozer Theological Seminary, Dr. Ward became pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson, Md. In 1942 he moved to Virginia and became pastor of the Williamsburg Baptist Church. Dr. Ward was active in the Williamsburg community and was part-time chaplain at Eastern State Hospital. In 1951 he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from the College of William and Mary.

Continuing his studies, Archibald Ward received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park. He was the first doctoral candidate in what would become the noted criminology course at the university. Additional graduate studies included the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and College of William and Mary.

In 1951 Dr. Ward accepted a position as the first full-time chaplain at Eastern State Hospital. There he developed a program for clinical pastoral Training modeled after the program at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he had trained. While serving as chaplain, he received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for research on psychiatric disorders and the environment. In 1958 he moved to State Hospital South in Blackfoot, Idaho, where he coordinated non-medical therapies. In 1961 he accepted the position of research chaplain at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. He later became research sociologist and then director of training in the Forensic Division. He was the first non-physician to be elected president of the St. Elizabeth's Medical Society. He retired in 1985.

During his career as minister and sociologist, Dr. Ward also served as Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University Medical School and was visiting lecturer at the Medical College of Virginia, College of William and Mary, and Crozer and Union Theological seminaries. His articles on religion and mental health and pastoral care appeared in a number of professional journals. His first book, "Seasons of the Soul," was published in 1960.

After retirement, Dr. Ward became an active volunteer in the area of drug abuse prevention with the Prince George, a county health department, receiving an award for his service from the then County Executive Parris Glendening in 1994. He was a skilled volunteer photographer for the retired senior volunteer program with the Prince George's Department of Family Services. He served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Patuxent Institution, appointed to that post by then Gov. William Donald Schaefer. He intensified his life-long interests in vegetable gardening, photography, writing and reading.

Dr. Ward also became increasingly active in the mind-body movement, led especially by Dr. Joan Borysenko and Dr. James Gordon. At the age of 86, he was practicing yoga, maintaining his garden with a hand plow, and chopping his own firewood. In July 1998, when he was hospitalized with a broken hip, he was completing the manuscript for his next book, "On Becoming Whole: Timeless Biblical Wisdom." Despite a number of severe medical complications and resultant disabilities, including blindness, Dr. Ward continued his avocation of life-long learning, and before his death was reading "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" via books on tape.

A resident of Clinton, Md., since 1963, Dr. Ward is survived by Mrs. Sue Fryer Ward, his wife of 40 years, who is the secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging. He is also survived by daughter Ann Ward Little and husband Philip Little of Williamsburg, Va., son John Archibald Ward of Williamsburg, daughter Beth Ione Ward and life partner Aye Ling Han of Northampton, Mass.; daughter Lucille Ward Walker and husband Carl Martin Walker of St. Inigoes, Md.; and four grandchildren: Lisa Nicole Little, Laura Little Thorne and husband Will Thorne, David Philip Little, and Ian Archibald Walker.

Memorial services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Towson, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. Interment will take place in Williamsburg at a later date.


April 27, 2000


Cortney Bramwell

Cortney Bramwell, a 1998 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, has been awarded the $500 Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship at Colorado State University. An accounting major in the College of Business, Bramwell also was recognized on the Dean's List and is a member of Delta Sigma Phi.

A sophomore at CSU, Bramwell is the managing editor of the Silver Spruce Yearbook and a student ambassador for the university's office of admissions. She volunteers with Harmony House in Fort Collins, a neutral meeting place for children and parents who are caught in divorce.

Cortney is the daughter of Gary and Faye Bramwell of Pagosa Springs.

Sports Page
April 27, 2000

Pirate bats bring mercy rulings for Ignacio

By Roy Starling

It was another cold and blustery day Saturday at the Sports Complex, but the Pirates' bats were smoking as they crushed Intermountain League rival Ignacio 10-0 and 16-2 in two games shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. With the sweep, the Pirates move to 6-0 in the IML and 7-6 overall.

In Game 1, sophomore Darin Lister pitched his way in and out of jams to spin a 2-hit shutout, helped himself with a home run, and benefited from round trippers by Brandon Thames and Nathan Stretton.

After Lister had retired the Bobcats in order in the first, the Pirates went to work on Ignacio ace Robert Lucero. With two out, Thames sent a Lucero fastball over the third-base bag for a single. Keith Candelaria followed with a double off the right-field fence to chase Thames to third. Clinton Lister hit a hot shot that third-baseman Ray Cundiff couldn't handle, and Thames and Candelaria scored to give Darin a 2-0 cushion.

In the second inning, Darin was in complete control, striking out the side. The Pirates added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning when junior Anthony Maestas doubled over the left-fielder's head and then scored when Kraig Candelaria singled off the shortstop's glove.

The Bobcats sent six men to the plate in the top of the third and had the bases loaded, but couldn't push a run across. Darin opened the inning by walking Steven Huerta, who then got nailed in a rundown after catcher Clinton Lister almost picked him off first. Jerry Brann rapped a single between third and short and advanced to second on a Jesse Herrera ground-out to third-baseman Ronnie Janowsky.

But with two outs, Kevin Hronich followed with a line-drive single to left, and then Darin walked Lawrence Cloud to load up the bases. The Bobcat rally died, however, when Keith Candelaria raced in from right to grab Anthony Horn's pop-up just behind second base.

The Pirates struck again in their half of the third, getting to Lucero for two more runs. Darin reached first on an error by Huerta, then went to second on a wild pick-off throw. Thames then continued his hot streak by doubling to the gap in right-center, bringing Darin home. Two outs later, Stretton parked a frozen rope in left field to bring in Thames, and Pagosa was up 5-0.

In the fourth, the Bobcats again got a runner all the way to third before Darin shut them down by getting Brann on a called third strike. And when the Pirate righthander came to the plate in the bottom of the inning, he sent his fourth homer of the year into the parking area. Thames followed by ripping Lucero's first offering over the center-field fence, giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead.

After Hronich reached with a walk in the fifth with one out, Darin coaxed Cloud into an inning-ending double-play, from Janowsky to Brandon Charles at second to Thames at first.

The Pirates brought the game to an early end in the bottom of the frame. Clinton Lister led off by taking a Lucero pitch in the ribs, and Gabe Silva came in to run for him. Janowsky then sent a hot grounder through the right side of the infield, Silva leaping nimbly over the ball, and the table was set for Stretton. The junior center-fielder then tattooed one out of play in straight-away center to make the score 10-0 and invoke the mercy rule.

Darin struck out six and walked two in his five innings of work, pushing his record for the season to 3-1. The shutout lowered his earned-run average to 2.58. Thames went 3 for 3 with two runs batted in, and Stretton was 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

Thames tames 'Cats

With senior pitcher Kyle Keelan out of town, Pirate coach Tony Scarpa dipped into his pitching committee and plucked Thames's name for the second game. The senior lefty responded with a clutch performance, giving up only four hits and striking out seven. Although he issued eight walks, he tightened up to strand 11 Bobcats on the base paths.

Thames got all the offense he needed from his teammates in the bottom of the first inning. Lucero opened the inning with a double off Ignacio starter Hronich, then stole third. Darin Lister followed by blistering a drive past the left-fielder for another double, bringing in Lucero. Thames blooped a single to left and stole third, then clean-up man Keith Candelaria singled to score Darin. Clinton Lister followed with a single of his own, and when the Bobcat left-fielder mishandled a Janowsky fly ball, Thames came home. With two on, Stretton stroked his second homer of the day, and the rout was on.

By the time the dust had cleared and a nasty snow flurry had subsided, the Pirates were sitting on an 8-0 lead. Not content with that, they added eight more in the second, the highlights being a 3-run homer by Keith Candelaria and a 2-run double by Janowsky.

Candelaria, in fact, was Pagosa's big stick for the game, going 3 for 3, driving in four runs and scoring three. Stretton was 2 for 3 and knocked in four runs, Darin Lister upped his average to .517 by going 2 for 2 and driving in two, and brother Clinton had two safeties in three trips and scored twice.


Pirates ride homers to split with Bayfield

By Roy Starling

The Pagosa Pirates erupted for 10 runs in the first two innings of Tuesday's second game with Bayfield and salvaged an 8-6, 16-8 split of a critical Intermountain League doubleheader with the Wolverines.

Pagosa is now 7-1 in IML play, putting the Pirates in second place behind undefeated Monte Vista. The two Pirate teams will square off in Monte Saturday, and if the good guys can manage a sweep, they'll win the regular-season conference title and go into the district playoffs with a No. 1 seeding. A split Saturday would give them a No. 2 seed while a Monte sweep would send Pagosa into a second-place tie with Bayfield. A coin toss would then determine their district seeding.

Shaky fielding and early difficulty getting to Bayfield's Rory Martinez cost the Pirates a sweep of their old rivals Tuesday at the Sports Complex. The Wolverines picked up an unearned run in the first when Jon Qualls, following a Justin Gingrich strikeout, singled off the right-field fence. He stole second, advanced to third on Kyle Keelan's errant pickoff attempt and came home on a passed ball.

The Pirates came up empty against the hard-throwing, quick-working Martinez in their half of the first, and Bayfield came back with two more runs in the second. Devon Catron reached second on a misplayed ball to the outfield and would later score on two overthrows. Gingrich beat out a bunt, stole second and third, and scored on an Aaron Howard double to left-center. The Wolverines led at that point 3-0.

In the Pagosa second, Keith Candelaria singled with a blooper over the first-baseman's head and took second on a Clinton Lister groundout. When Ronnie Janowsky hit a grounder to third, Candelaria paused, then headed to the hot corner. Wolverine first-baseman Casey Donahue tried to nail him, but his throw sailed into foul territory, and Candelaria trotted home to make it 3-1.

In the third, Keelan settled down and struck out the first batter, Donahue, with a heater under his chin. He walked Martinez, who promptly stole second and third, but retired Will Champlin on a pop-up to Brandon Charles at second and then blew a high fast ball past Chris Carroll to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, the Pirates, still unable to solve Martinez, went three up and three down, but then Keelan matched his purple-clad opponent by setting the Wolverines down in order in the fourth.

The Wolverines seemed to put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth. Howard singled off the tip of Darin Lister's glove at short, and then Isaac Fleenor drilled one through the infield for another base hit. Both runners moved into scoring position on a balk. Then Donahue jacked one over the right-field fence to make it 6-1.

The Pirates began to get to Martinez in their half of the fifth. After a walk, a hit batter and a passed ball, Keelan drove in a run with a groundout to second. Then Anthony Maestas singled deep to center to drive in another run, and the Pirates were back in it, down only 6-3.

Two more Wolverine runs in the sixth, however, proved to be more of an obstacle than the Pirates could overcome, but at least they made their visitors sweat down the stretch. In the sixth, Lonnie Lucero led off with a triple to center, then Darin Lister doubled to right to drive him home. Brandon Thames flied out to right, and Candelaria tapped back to Martinez, but Clinton Lister beat out an infield hit to score Darin and put Pagosa back to within three at 8-5.

Keelan held the Wolverines in check in the seventh, and then led off the bottom half of the inning with a ground-ball single to right. A double play cleaned the bases, which turned Lucero's blast over the center-field fence from a potential game-tying 3-run shot into a solo homer. Keith Candelaria then flied to deep right, ending the game at 8-6.

The Pirates managed only five hits off Martinez, and they picked up two more off reliever Qualls. Keelan yielded 10 hits to the Wolverines, but only two of their eight runs were earned. He struck out 12 and walked five.

Bombs away

Pagosa's hitters apparently put their bats in a microwave between games. After the Wolverines scored three runs in the first off Darin Lister, the Pirates mounted a 2-out rally, using a walk to Thames, a double by Candelaria and a double by Janowsky to score two runs.

Bayfield scored one more in the top of the second, and then the Pirates clobbered Wolverine starter Champlin with a 6-spot in the bottom of the inning. Maestas led off with a home run on a full-count pitch. Then, with one out, Lucero, Darin Lister and Thames tagged Champlin for three straight singles. Candelaria then drew a walk, and Clinton Lister broke out of his home-run drought by slugging a grand slam on an 0-2 count. When the side was finally retired, the Pirates were up 8-4.

Over the next three innings, Darin held the Wolverines to one run while the Pirates were busy adding five more.

Bayfield got back in the game late, scoring three runs and then loading the bases in the sixth before reliever Lucero fanned Martinez and Catron to put out the fire.

Pagosa sealed the victory in the sixth when Kraig Candelaria led off with a single, Lucero walked, and Darin drove in Candelaria with a base hit. Thames flied to left, and then Keith Candelaria delivered a 2-run homer to give the Pirates a final 16-8 margin of victory.

Keith Candelaria was the big gun for the Pirate attack, going 3 for 3, scoring five runs and driving in four while his brother Kraig was 3 for 4. The other brother combo also produced good numbers. Darin Lister was 2 for 5 with three runs and an RBI and Clinton drove in four runs with his grand slam and scored three times. Darin Lister got the win on the mound, and is now 4-1 on the season.

He pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. He struck out one and walked one. Lucero worked for 3 2/3 innings in relief, holding the Wolverines to four hits and two earned runs while striking out five.


Center, Ouray fall to scrambling Lady Pirates

By Richard Walter

Exhibiting their most complete team effort of the season, the Lady Pirate soccer team proved a few things to themselves and league foes Friday and Saturday.

For example:

(1) They don't have to depend on senior Ashlee Johnson for the bulk of their scoring

(2) Johnson is just as valuable as a decoy and table-setter for her teammates as she is as a scorer

(3) The performances of 10 reserves who played about half of the second half for coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason against Center gave signs the Pirates have unexpected bench strength

(4) Freshman Sara Aupperle and sophomore Alysha Ranson have outstanding field presence and ability to score

(5) Sophomore Cassie Pfiefle displayed catlike defense against both Center and Ouray, repeatedly blocking and intercepting passes and giving deft leads to breaking wings

(6) Fleet right wing sophomore Aubrey Volger continues snake-bitten in goal attempts, going 0 for 8 in the two 2-1 Pagosa wins.

Playing in Center Friday (the third meeting with the Lady Vikings this season), Pagosa controlled most of the match which started an hour earlier than the announced time of 4 p.m. and had some Pagosa fans and one official arriving late.

Johnson had the game's first scoring opportunity at 34 minutes and 56 seconds when her drive from the left corner went off the right goal post.

Just over three minutes later, freshman Meagan Hilsabeck started the scoring by drilling a pass from sophomore Amy Moore into the net. The effort was set up by a perfect lead pass to Moore from Aupperle.

At 30:29 Johnson's drive off a drop pass from freshman Tricia Lucero skimmed just wide left.

The first of Volger's thwarted efforts came at 25:02 when she took Heather Beye's lead off a crossing pass from Moore, raced to the edge of the penalty area, cut right and then kicked back to her left where Center's goal tender made a diving stop.

At 13:10 sophomore Lindsay Schmidt's kick off a pinpoint lead from Johnson went just wide left.

Fifty seconds later Center got its first shot on goal when a racing right wing outdistanced Pagosa defenders but was stonewalled on her shot attempt by Lady Pirate goal tender Ashley Gronewoller.

Pagosa unleashed only four more shots in the half, including an effort by Johnson that went wide right at 11:12; a drive by Moore after a clearing pass interception that also went wide right at 10:39 and Johnson's free kick which ricocheted off the crossbar at 7:44.

Center's offense, too, was bottled up for most of the last third of the half with Gronewoller making a save on a drive from her left at 4:05 and coming out of net to stop a breakaway effort at 2:54.

The final shot of the period became the one providing the winning margin.

With just 36.3 seconds showing on the clock, Johnson took an outlet pass from Gronewoller, advanced the length of the field on two start-stop change-direction moves leaving defenders falling right and left. As others closed on the Lady Pirate leader, Ranson was left open on the right and Johnson threaded the needle with a crossing pass that Ranson ripped behind the goalie for a 2-0 Pagosa lead.

The Lady Vikings, improving with each appearance against Pagosa, attempted to keep the game in midfield in the second half but the Lady Pirates repeatedly maneuvered behind the defense for shots that went wide, high or were blocked on acrobatic moves by the Center goal tender.

For example, the first three shots of the half, all by Pagosa, were drives turned aside on brilliant saves. The first, at 36:35, came on another breakaway shot by Volger; the second, at 32:31 on a drive by Ranson on a drop from Moore who had advanced a lead from Johnson; and the third on a 1-on-1 drive up the middle by Heather Beye.

Gronewoller registered saves on a breakaway drive at 26:10 and again at 25:27 before Pagosa returned to the attack when Kelli Patterson blocked a Center breakaway and returned down the right side where her 20-yard drive hit the right goal post.

Three minutes later, Johnson's drive from the goal tender's right was knocked down and trapped on second effort. Half a minute later Johnson's shot off a pass from Ranson was stopped at the goal mouth.

The opposition's goalie continued her spectacular effort four minutes later when she stopped yet another Volger breakaway and point-blank shot. Schmidt's shot off a lead from Patterson rattled off the post at 11:50 and at 9:28 the goalie came far out of the net to cut down a shot by Ranson.

Gronewoller stopped a Center breakaway effort at 6:57 but two minutes later the Vikings scored on a penalty kick high to the right, cutting Pagosa's lead to 2-1.

That seemed to give the Vikings new hope and they mounted drive after drive only to be turned back each time by a swarming Lady Pirate defense.

The final shot on goal came from Johnson whose move to center from her left striker spot left her open for a drive straight on net. It sailed just over the crossbar.

Payback for Ouray

The following day, Pagosa's tenacious defense halted the usually offense-minded Ouray squad and the Lady Pirates avenged a 3-0 loss on a snow-swept field in Ridgway the previous Saturday.

Pagosa had five scoring chances in the first six minutes, starting with Johnson's drive wide left at 38:53; a goal tender stop at 36:30 of Lori Whitbred's drive from the left; Volger's shot from the near right which was trapped on the bounce; Schmidt's wide open shot off a Johnson lead pass that went wide left and Johnson's line shot from the left which also went wide.

At 30:40 Gronewoller stopped Ouray's first legitimate scoring threat when she came out of net to her left and cut down the attacker on a dive to the ball. Her outlet kick was crossed from Johnson to Ranson whose 28-yard drive was stopped against the Ouray goalie's chest.

Ouray immediately returned to the attack with a 3-on-2 drive ended by Gronewoller's diving save to her right.

Johnson's free kick at 25:40 was blocked by a defender but Patterson headed the rebound, charged the ball and rifled a shot which soared over the net.

Pagosa broke the scoring drought at 24:28 when Heather Beye took a perfect lead pass from Johnson, broke to the middle and dropped a pass back to Hilsabeck whose shot slid past the goalie and gave Pagosa a 1-0 lead.

Gronewoller was tested again less than a minute later when a lead pass was headed to her right and kicked back on goal by a wide open wing. She snared the drive and her long clearing kick found a wide open Volger whose change of foot fake and cut to the left duped her defender, but the shot, sailed just outside the right goal post.

Ouray tied the score at 11:40 with a 2-on-1 breakaway, the right wing scoring on a high kick into the left corner.

At 10:57 the Pagosans again stormed the Ouray defensive zone. Johnson was stopped on a point-blank drive from the left; Volger again on a shot drilled from the right; and Johnson again on a drop pass from Lucero and a drive from the middle.

With the Lady Pirates' defense containing Ouray at midfield time and again, the half gave every appearance of a stalemate, but at 5:01 Johnson's lead pass was right on Whitbred's foot and her subsequent lead to Moore found the sophomore wide open.

Moore rifled a kick past an out-of-position goal tender (who apparently was expecting the shot to come from Johnson) and the Lady Pirates had a 2-1 lead.

Ouray outshot Pagosa 9 to 8 in the second half but neither team was able to score again. Twice in the half Johnson's shots hit the right post and bounced back out and on another occasion her shot was wide right.

Lucero's drive from directly in front of the net was stopped as was Aupperle's header effort from the left. Moore drove one wide right and Whitbred joined the group whose efforts glanced off a goal post.

Gronewoller had nine saves in each game, seven in the second half against Ouray. Her biggest one came within 5:31 remaining when she blocked a drive from her left which rebounded to an advancing striker on her right. Gronewoller smothered the return shot and then kicked out of trouble.

The only goal threat in the last five minutes came at 2:15 when Gronewoller leaped to stop a drive from her left. Neither team was able to shoot on goal during the remainder of the contest.

Pagosa, now 6-3-1 for the season, meets Ignacio at 4 p.m. today in Ignacio, the final league game for the Lady Pirates. They will close out pre-tournament play by hosting Class 5A Durango at 11 a.m. Saturday. That game, originally scheduled for April 18 had been moved to April 21 and now has been rescheduled to April 29.


Pirate thinclads in Valley meet Saturday

By John M. Motter

Pagosa's track squad crosses Wolf Creek Pass Saturday to compete with schools of all sizes in the San Luis Valley Championships. Starting time will be 9 a.m. at Adams State College in Alamosa.

The meet is the last chance for the Pirates to prepare for their district meet May 6 at Del Norte. Following the district meet is the regional meet May 12, again at Adams State. The top qualifiers at the regional meet earn a trip to the state meet May 19 and May 20.

Last Saturday, the Pirates competed against schools big and small from the San Juan Basin. While they didn't finish among the leaders in team scoring, several Pirates and Lady Pirates earned points in individual events.

For the boys, senior Shane Prunty placed second in both the discus and the shot put. Prunty's discuss toss was just over 129 feet, his shot put a respectable 42 feet and 11 inches.

While Prunty has yet to match his toss of 145-8 in last year's regional meet, he had a warmup toss 15 feet better than his best effort in competition at Durango Saturday. Prunty managed to push the shot 43 feet and 8-1/4 inches to place fifth in last year's regional meet. His discuss toss last year was good enough for second at regional and a trip to the state meet.

Other Pirates earning points at Durango Saturday were Garrett Tomforde with a third in the triple jump and David Crenshaw with a fifth in the 800-meter dash.

Two girls won in individual events and two girl's relay teams picked up points.

Sarah Huckins finished fourth in the triple jump. Anna Rolig earned a fifth in the 400-meter dash.

Earning a second place was the 1,600-meter relay team made up of Andrea Ash, Anna Rolig, Meigan Canty, and Sarah Huckins. The 3,200-meter relay team featuring Ash, Amber Mesker, Chelsea Volger and Huckins finished fourth.

"We posted the best times we have this year," said Kyle Canty, the head track coach. "We need to keep improving in order to have good representation at state."

(Canty said the teams left for the return trip to Pagosa before meet officials posted the official times and distributed them to the coaches.)


Community News
April 27, 2000
Local Chatter
By Kate Terry

Unassuming, unpretentious describe Hershey

Pagosa Springs has lost a friend.

Jake Hershey, a long-time, part-time area resident died Thursday, April 20, in Houston, Texas. He leaves a broad legacy, but this isn't the place to recite his accomplishments. His obituary will do that. This is the time to talk about the wonderful guy he was and to relate some of the remembrances of people in the community.

Any regular Ruby Sisson Library patron notices the Hershey Collection shelved in the reading room. Back when the library was the Archuleta County Library and was housed in the Town Hall, Jake and his wife Terry made a contribution to the library stipulating that the money be used for books about the Southwest. And so began the Hershey collection. Now there are about 700 books. This isn't the only contribution they have made, just something that is visible because of the name.

Those who knew Jake nearly always refer to his subtle sense of humor. He was unassuming and unpretentious and elegantly cool with it all. Bob Goodman tells the story of the time during a hunting season when Jake went around wearing a "No Hunting" sign on his front and back. Jan Sorenson tells the story about the time he was in Goodman's Store wearing a pair of tight black wool ski pants. "Have you been skiing Jake?" she asked. "What else would I be doing with my ski pants on?" he answered.

And Jan tells the story about the time the snow was heavy and Bob was out of town. Jan couldn't get the back door open to ready it for the UPS man so she was out shoveling the snow away from the door when Jake appeared and said, "Give me that shovel!"

It's stories such as these that people enjoy telling. Bob Bigelow describes Jake as a great lover of the land - an active, constructive environmentalist. Jake and Terry gave three conservation easements to the Southwest Land Alliance to preserve the environmental features of their ranch properties on Snowball Road. Bob says he was a super person to work with - a great supporter. Many describe Jake this way.

Jake was a man of many talents and wasn't afraid to try the new. It was only a few years ago that he took up wind surfing. He didn't care how he looked doing whatever it was. Appearances didn't matter. As one friend says, "Jake didn't mind making a fool of himself. Doing the thing was the important thing."

Once he climbed Pagosa Peak with a young couple. When they all got down, Jake told the girl's mother that he "had the awfullest time keeping up with the kids." The kids told the mother that they "had an awful time keeping up with Jake."

I think it would be safe to say that Jake Hershey did everything he wanted to do in life and enjoyed every moment.

Yes, Pagosa Springs will miss this down-to-earth man. Jake was sick for a long time but wanted to get back to his ranch, once again to see the wild irises. They bloom in early June. We, his friends, can enjoy them for Jake. I bet he'll be looking over our shoulders.


An exhibit titled "Shaping the Future of Archuleta County: Our Citizens' Vision" will be on display Friday at the Pagosa Springs Junior High School, from 6 to 7 p.m.

This Archuleta County Development exhibit will feature the initial stages of mapped alternative county growth scenarios based on input received from over 850 citizens who attended the first round of community planning workshops held in February. This exhibit will be on display during the John Fielder reception. Those interested in getting a "walk" through the community planning process will want to attend the Back-to-Basics Expo on Saturday, when the exhibit will be staffed to answer your questions and discuss your views on the process.

Chamber News
By Sally Hameister

New gallery opening Saturday

We're happy to welcome two new members this week and four renewals. These folks are as welcome as the tulips and daffodils that seem to be popping up at a rapid rate these days. This time of year acts as a reminder to all of us of exactly why we moved to this gorgeous area. Each season here offers its own unique charm, to be sure, but spring is particularly dazzling. We are fortunate indeed.

Our first new member this week is David Weingarden, account executive, who brings us Roberts Radio located at 1911 Main Street, Suite 100, in Durango. Roberts Radio offers several radio alternatives for the Four Corners area to include 99.7 The Point; 97.9 KISZ; 92.9 KRWN; KDGO, 1240 AM and KENN, 1390 AM. If you would like to learn more about these many letters of the alphabet, you can give David a call at 247-1240.

New member number two this week is Mark Rich with Four Corners Communications, located at 1689 Sunrise Lane in Durango. Four Corners Communications offers Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs telecommunications products and services, business telephone systems, DATA wiring, service and repair. To learn more about Four Corners Communications, please give Mark a call at 264-5093.


Our renewals this week include RGRPC for Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Ed McLaughlin is the new general manager for this organization, and Kim Flowers is the marketing director. Business offices are located at 500 Terrace in Chama, N.M. Daily excursions are available on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the finest remaining example of the original Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad. For more information or reservations, please call 1-888-CUMBRES.

Other renewals this week include Charles and Laura Rand with Los Amigos Mexican Grill; Nancy Ziegler with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County; and Cindy and Rich Winn, distributors for Mountain Man Nuts and Fruits. A warm welcome to all.

Grand opening

Lori and Ron of Lori Salisbury Gallery and Framing invite you to join them to celebrate the grand opening of their gallery, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served, and Lori will hold a drawing each and every hour to award art work to all the lucky winners. Lori and Ron intend to donate 10 percent of all sales that day to the Wolf Refuge Wolfwood. Refreshments and drawings will be a part of that day, as well as two wolves on display in the gallery.

Lori's gallery offers wilderness and wildlife paintings that either tell a story or carry an environmental message, Navajo jewelry, Native American art, fountains, sculpted and stained glass, and much, much more. You will also find Kent Gordon's "living bronze sculptures." Lori has just received a brand-new computerized mat cutter that allows her to offer the latest in state-of-the-art custom framing and matting.

Lori Salisbury Gallery and Framing is located at 117 Navajo Trail, Suite LS in the Silverado City Shopping Center behind the Hog's Breath Restaurant, and you can call them at 731-1230. Please join Lori and Ron on Saturday or Sunday for their grand opening celebration. You could win some dandy prizes, surround yourself with beautiful art work and see two wolves (on Sunday) all in one fell swoop. Hope to see you all there.

Senior chili/barbecue

If you elect to attend the gallery opening on Saturday evening, you can then head for the Senior Center at Eighth and Zuni streets and enjoy a delicious dinner and take home some sweets and silent auction items in the bargain. The annual Senior Citizens Chili Dinner offers an evening of great food, fun and a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring some of the best sweets and desserts you will ever see at one gathering. These folks have been kind enough to ask me to conduct the live auction once again, and I cheerfully accepted because I always enjoy this evening so much.

The meal includes a chili or barbecue platter, dessert, and tea or coffee. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. I defy you to find a better "meal deal." You will be able to bid on silent auction items from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at which time the successful bidders will be announced. The live auction will take place throughout the evening.

Since this is the organization's major fundraiser, you are encouraged to contribute items to be auctioned. If you would like to do so, please call Janet Copeland at 731-4581 or Cindy Schaupp at 264-2167, and they will be happy to arrange for pick-up of your items.

Cinco de Mayo

The Spanish Fiesta Club is proud to announce a Cinco de Mayo Celebration Dance to be held at the Parish Hall on May 5, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Variety Express, a local favorite for 17 years will be featured entertainment that evening, and at 7 p.m. you will be treated to the crowning of the 20th Annual Spanish Fiesta Royalty. Variety Express will begin playing at 8 p.m. and you can dance your little hearts out until midnight. Refreshments will be served during this festive evening, and all family members, young and old, are encouraged to attend. Adult tickets are $5, and kids under 12 will pay $2. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery, Moonlight Books and WolfTracks Coffee Company.

The Spanish Fiesta Club is looking for vendors and entertainers who would like to participate in the Spanish Fiesta celebration on June 17. The cost for a non-food booth is $50, and food booths will be charged $75. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to reserve your space as soon as possible. Please contact the Pagosa Springs Arts Council at 264-5020 for more information.

Videos and directories

I remind you once again that the 2000 Chamber of Commerce Business Directories are available to you in the Visitor Center lobby and I encourage you to pick up as many copies as you need for both home and office. This is such a handy, user-friendly reference that it will soon become dog-eared with use. Suellen worked for months to put it together, and you will find it is the best yet.

Also want to encourage you to come in and view the new, hot-off-the-press Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Video. It is available to you for viewing in our lobby every day so you can see it before you purchase it. We have sold a lot of these beauties - many to locals who want to show off Pagosa Springs to friends and family who have the misfortune of not living here. Come in and visit us and take a look for yourselves.


Pagosa Lakes
By Ming Steen

Porpoises swim-a-thon set for Thursday

You don't have to cook dinner Saturday. Plan on being served dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Archuleta County Senior Center. Yes, this is the famous annual Senior Citizens Chili Supper. Mark your calendar, please.

Congratulations to James and Evelyn Kantas on their 43rd wedding anniversary, Saturday, April 29.

Walking for books, books, books. Here's a walk-a-thon (or if you wish, run it) for everyone. The third annual Realtors walk-a-thon will be held Saturday, May 6, at South Pagosa Park on 8th Street. There are two walking/running distances to suit your fancy . . . there's a 5K or a 10K. Registration forms are available from participating real estate companies and the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center. The cost of $10 for registration will go toward purchase of books for the Pagosa Springs Junior High School and Intermediate School libraries. Participants will receive a visor and water bottle. Entry forms and fees can be turned in at Town Hall, Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center or by calling Kim Moore at 731-4065.

An organizational meeting for the proposed Terri Lynn Smith Trail on Reservoir Hill will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Please plan to rendezvous at the Spa Trailhead. Doug Call will take the group up to the general location where he plans to have the new trail. He would like input from the public on trail layout, bench/picnic table location, plaque setup, etc. Clubs participating in this trail project are asked to send one or two representatives to the planning meeting. Work day for the Terri Lynn Smith Trail will be on June 10. If you are coming to the meeting, please dress appropriately; that is something for the late evening temperature drop and hiking shoes to get to the top of Reservoir Hill. Plan on one to one and a half hours for the meeting.

Pagosa Lakes Swim Club, the Porpoises, will hold its annual fund-raising swim-a-thon on Thursday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event will take place at the Recreation Center pool. You can give these youngsters a good reason to swim many laps by pledging a certain amount of money per length. Each swimmer can swim up to a maximum of 200 lengths, which is approximately three miles. Give them your support.

The Special Olympics swim program has started. Held at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center on Monday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., special Olympians and their coaches are preparing the swimmers for a local three-team meet to be held at the Recreation Center in May, followed by out-of-town special Olympics swim events in June. Although there are currently enough volunteer coaches to meet the need, more helpers can be utilized to create a one-on-one arrangement. Frequently, replacement coaches will be needed as well to cover for volunteers who may be out-of-town. Please contact the Recreation Center at 731-2051 if you can help. Remember, you do not need to be a champion swimmer to help coach.

Pagosa Area Trails Council and the Colorado State University Extension in Archuleta County will be bringing the Outdoor Expo to the public on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Interesting programs on outdoor opportunities in the area will be provided. Dick Moseley will be talking about wildflowers, Phyllis Decker will tell you about a number of great nearby wilderness hikes and John Applegate will speak on staying found in the forest. No one believes they could very easily get lost in the woods but it happens often and sometimes with very sad consequences. In addition to the three presentations, great deals from outdoor retailers exist for new or used equipment. Some of the local participating merchants will include Bike and Glide, Juan's Mountain Sports, Let it Fly, Switchback Mountaineering, Ski and Bow Rack and Trails Council consignment sales. The outdoor Expo will also be an opportunity to learn more about the outdoor clubs and organizations in the area. The following clubs will have booths at the Expo: Ducks Unlimited, Fairfield Pagosa, Navajo Lake State Park, Pagosa Area Trails Council, San Juan Mountain Association, San Juan National Forest Group, San Juan Outdoor Club, Southwest Outdoor Volunteers, Wolf Creek Trailblazers, Wolf Creek Wheel Club and Youth Corps.

How many of these groups and their mission are you familiar with? To learn more about what's available, get to the Expo. More details will be published in the SUN's Preview next Thursday. For more information, consignment items, or outdoor equipment donations, contact John Applegate at 731-9325.


Arts Line
By Pamela Blankenship

Garage sale deemed huge success

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery at Town Park had a wonderful reception marking the opening of the "Expressions of Faith" exhibit. This exhibit consists of six to eight artists coordinated by and including Kent Gordon. I encourage everyone to view this exhibit which runs until May 3.

Do not forget, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spanish Fiesta 2000

The 20th annual Spanish Fiesta is looking for dancers, entertainers, musicians, food vendors, and arts and crafts booth operators. There are three different events this year: a Cinco de Mayo Dance on May 5; Concerto Espanol y Bailables Folklorico on June 16; and Spanish Fiesta - with a parade, festival and dance - on June 17.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Arts Council at 264-5020.

Upcoming exhibit

I would like to introduce you to Soledad Estrada-Leo's students who will show their talents in an exhibit to be held May 4 to 17. They are Alaina Garman, Amanda Huang, Clare Estrada Barber, Garret Laner, Moe Webb, Brook Galesic, Maddy Bergon, Michael Henderson, Grace Smith, Max Smith, Quinn Smith, Makayla Voorhis and Dakota Miller, who is just 6 years old. I can't wait to see these young children's talent.

Local theatre

Pagosa Pretenders are contributing $1,350 from the profits of "Arabian Nights" to the Pagosa Springs High School Theater Department, the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, the Pagosa Springs Community Center, and the Pagosa Springs Junior High School library.

Pagosa Players and The Kings Men will present "The Diaries of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain. This will be the group's first Mother's Day Dinner Theatre with performances at the Pagosa Lodge on May 12 and May 13. Dinner will be served between 6 and 7:15 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:45 p.m. both nights. For your enjoyment, music will be provided by Melange. Tickets will not be sold at the door and space is limited. Reservations must be made 24 hours before the performances. Call the Lodge for information.

PSAC business

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Garage Sale was a huge success. Despite the inclement weather we had on Saturday, the turnout was great and the purchasing was frantic! Thank you goes out to the volunteers at the show: Jim Harnick, Arlene Stiles, Katheline Cruse, Sarajane Meyers, June Carson, Marti Capling, and Phyl Daleske who coordinated this event. A special thanks to all of you who donated those much-needed items.

Due to a cancellation there is a prime-time slot available for exhibiting work in the gallery at Town Park. Please pick up an application or call Joanne at the gallery as soon as possible. Joanne's number is 264-5020. Please leave a message if she is not there.

The Arts Council would like to thank Melissa McDonald for donating the color printer to complement our computer donated by Gerta Witkamp. The Arts Council is in need of a copy machine. If you would like to donate your copier or sell one to the Arts Council, call the gallery at Town Park.

We are also seeking the talents of a writer for an occasional fifth week of the Arts Line column. If you have not yet noticed, there are four different writers for our column. We each take a week during the month. Sometimes a month has five weeks and that is where you come in! If you are interested in this very easy and fun project, give us a call at 264-5020.

Finally, we would like to express our appreciation to Marguerite at Mountain Greenery for the beautiful floral arrangements she donates for each art exhibit opening.

Senior News
By Janet Copeland

Chili supper and auction are Saturday

Flash! Everyone remember to come to our Senior Citizens Chili Supper and auction between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. This is always a fun time and we hope for a large participation.

This seniors group has some very generous folks in our midst. We especially want to thank Eva Darmopray for the two cookie sheets she donated to our kitchen.

Also, a big "thank you" to Lee Sterling for bringing us the information about free transportation to the Cancer Center in Durango for local cancer patients. Locals who desire this assistance can call Jean Bruscia at 247-0278, Mamie Lynch at 264-5542 or Lee Sterling at 731-5213. This is a very valuable service for those who must make this trip several times a week and we really appreciate the generosity of these folks in offering to drive.

Our local shut-ins and folks at Pine Ridge received a special Easter treat as the Women's Civic Club (to include Joan Sager and Lena Bowden) distributed Easter baskets to them last week. I'm sure the recipients were most grateful to know they are thought about often and especially remembered at this special time.

We were saddened to learn that Magdalena Hotz passed away last week.

The Center has been blessed with several guests and returning members lately. Last week we were happy to welcome back Raymond and Lilia Martinez, Loretta and Windell Hilderbrandt, Bobbie and Carroll Carruth, and Don and Marlene Taylor. On Wednesday we enjoyed having Evelyn Hopson, Bob Hatch (a Denver resident) and Barbara Van Horn (a Los Angeles resident), and on Friday we enjoyed having Susan Stoffer, Bob and Doris Kamrath back, and Peggy Case and Dottie Toner as guests of June Nelson. We love seeing our "snow-birds" return, as well as enjoying our other visitors. We hope all you folks will join us again soon.

Joan Sager was last week's Senior of the Week. This week's Senior of the Week is Dorothy Million and we are happy to honor both of them.

Cruising with Cruse
By Katherine Cruse

Skiers' costumes ran the gamut

What did you do on Easter Sunday? After church, I mean.

Last year we still lived in Nashville and our 2-year-old granddaughter was visiting. We dyed and hid eggs in prominent locations around the house and then helped her find them. In fact we, the parents and grandparents, had such a good time that we took eggs out of the basket when she wasn't looking, so we could hide them again. Taylor is an only child and well versed in the art of entertaining adults, and she got into the spirit of the game rather quickly.

Then she sat at the kitchen table and proceeded with single-minded patience, to peel every single egg. She didn't want to eat any of them - too yucky - just peel them. It took over an hour.

Naturally, her grandfather and I were enthralled.

Now we live in Pagosa, and our kids are 2,000 miles away. We took a bowl of colored eggs to Wolf Creek Ski Area, for the closing day party. John Graves and Debbee Ramey were playing and singing in a sheltered corner on the deck of the Lodge, which is lined with large sturdy picnic tables.

Hotshot and I had finished our skiing a couple of weeks ago, and our skis were summer-ized and hanging in the garage. There were others, like us, who were just watchers, and a surprising number on the slopes getting in one last day of skiing or snowboarding.

We got there about 11:30 and sat near the music and offered the eggs to everyone we knew. A friend told us that her children used to dye a couple of raw eggs along with the boiled ones. "Didn't you ever do that?" she asked. Never had occurred to me. Her son liked to slip one of the raw eggs into his sister's school lunch the next day. Now, there's a concept to play around with.

The Lodge deck began to fill with people, some of them in costume. The costumes ranged from elaborate disguises to simple nods to the day and the season, such as a pair of bunny ears.

Four judges for the costume contest were announced. Two of them had come all the way from Santa Fe, so you know this was an important event.

The contest began with the kids' division, shortly after noon. Each contestant had to tell us his or her name and parade up and down the deck so we could all admire the costume.

Costumes ranged from elaborate sewn ones, like the Pokemon character, to clever assembling of simple elements, such as the Snowflake Fairy. A tiny Daisy the Cow was reluctant to parade around, as was the youngest of the three red-haired moppets, sons of Raggedy Anne and Andy.

Then came time for the judging, which was really evaluating the amount of applause as the organizer held her hands over the heads of each entrant. "Oh," said the people at my table, "this is so hard." I wanted to give prizes to all the children, not just first, second and third place.

The Easter Bunny had the great good sense to show up at that point in time, with a basket of candy. All the children immediately forgot the stresses of competition.

Then it was time for the adult division. Same procedure. There was a lot of applause for Beer Boy, but the judges must have decided that it came from a few very enthusiastic friends rather than being widespread support, because in the end he didn't place. Just like with the children's costumes, there were elaborate constructions - like the Cyclops with the swiveling eye in the center of his large papier maché head - and clever assembling. There was a simple yet very effective Alien from Arcturus. My personal favorite, perhaps because of the way she introduced herself, was the young woman in the flat box labeled "Colorado lottery." All we could see were her face and her legs. She said she hoped she'd be the winning ticket.

But she hadn't a hope against the Geriatric Skier, who shuffled in wearing pajamas and robe, hanging on to his walker, which was fastened to a pair of skis. All his supplies were hung on the front of the walker: a drink holder, Geritol, bedpan, toilet paper. The Gray Wolf Ski Club ultimate nightmare, I'm sure.

The whole event was great good fun, the way a party is supposed to be. We drank our hot chocolate and laughed and exclaimed at the weather, which shifted from sun, to snow, and back to sun. We joked that maybe it would snow in the night and be a great day for skiing tomorrow.

"You mean for hiking," someone retorted. Because the sad fact is that now the ski area is closed until next fall. Anyone who wants to ski will have to hike up the hill.

The costume contest was followed by an Easter egg hunt, for which Wolf Creek had dyed scores of eggs. Tom and I had somewhere else to be, so we missed that part of the festivities. Besides, we still had some left from our own supply.

Maybe next year we'll bring our grandchild. She's pretty good at finding hidden eggs.


Education News
By Tom Steen

Take your daughter to work today

Take Our Daughters to Work Day is today.

Think what you or your business can do. You don't have to have a daughter at home to reach out to the young ladies in our community.

Every community, and every business, celebrates national Take Our Daughters to Work Day differently. In Northern Virginia, for example, many girls will accompany parents or mentors to jobs at the high-rise buildings lining the state's technology corridor, including PSINet, Oracle and America Online. In Oregon, some girls may visit Pacific Gas and Electric. Across the country, girls will join adults in state senate buildings, law firms, publishing houses, insurance agencies, mechanic's garages, police departments, factories, hospitals and artists' studios.

Begun in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation and the Harvard Project, Take our Daughters to Work Day helps introduce 9- to 15-year-old girls to the possibilities for their futures and lets them know they are valued by adults and by the work force.

Healthy minds, strong hopes

Research shows that many girls struggle in early adolescence, often losing confidence and suffering from depression and body image problems. Take our Daughters to Work Day gives adults a way to intervene and help girls stay focused on their abilities and options.

"Many parents watch girls they love go from being valedictorian and soccer star to worrying about the size of their thighs," says Ms. Foundation's Kelly Parisi. "So, Take Our Daughters to Work Day is about more than career development. It's about reaching out to girls at a critical point in their development and connecting them with adults to help them stay strong, healthy and confident through adolescence."

The idea has certainly caught on. A recent poll by Roper Starch Worldwide finds that more than 75 percent of American adults and more than 153 million people have heard of Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

About three in 10 U.S. companies participate in the event. Last year, 19 million girls accompanied an adult to work.

Not all participants are parents. Community organizers and businesses work with public housing authorities, foster care groups, local shelters, Girls Scouts troops, and organizations like the YWCA to match girls with adult sponsors. Says Parisi: "Mentoring is an important part of this, thinking broadly about who 'our daughters' are. If you're a 9-year-old girl with two parents, you may go to mom's or dad's work. But if you're not interested in that, it's not that exciting. So you can reach out, meet mentors, explore exciting fields and learn what it takes to get what there."

Library News
By Lenore Bright

Financial aid guide for students

We are all saddened by the passing of Jake Hershey, a great Friend of the Library. Jake and his wife Terry have been extremely generous to the library over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hershey family at this sorrowful time.

Financial aid

We have just received a wonderful new book entitled, "Financial Aid Handbook: 2000-2001 School Year".

According to the book's foreword, "the lack of proper planning and savings set aside for the average graduating senior has reached a point of crisis. Families across the country have unrealistic expectations about the cost of higher education, and many students have either ruled out college or are uncertain about how they can afford to continue their education. In a Gallup poll commissioned by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, nearly 25 percent of the high school students surveyed were unaware of the availability of financial aid to finance a college education.

In an effort to foster understanding, Student Aid Access created the Financial Aid Handbook 2000-2001. This comprehensive reference was written specifically for students, and explains the financial aid process step-by-step. State and federal governments have used tax revenue to set aside billions of dollars to further the education of students. This handbook will show you how to access these funds. The intent is to allow educational access to all, by empowering students and parents with the knowledge to obtain all of the financial assistance they are entitled to as state residents and U.S. citizens.

This time of year, many students are in the final stages of applying for financial aid for the upcoming school year, and will find this guide invaluable.

Internet sites

The library has several newspapers available for you to read, including the Pagosa Sun, the Durango Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal. We often have the Denver Post donated to us, and occasionally the Sunday New York Times. Unfortunately, due to lack of demand and space considerations, we don't have a subscription to the Rocky Mountain News, the Albuquerque Journal, or the Santa Fe New Mexican. But did you know that you can access most daily newspapers online? Typically, the Internet newspapers offer access to only today's edition. Most are free, although they may charge a fee for accessing or downloading archived articles. Here are a few website addresses to get you started (most of the addresses are self-explanatory as to the newspaper's name):,,,,,,,, and the Rocky Mountain News is

If you don't have access to a computer, you are most welcome to use the computers here at the library. As long as you are familiar with the operation of a computer, terminals are available for patrons to use for free on a first-come, first-served basis, for an hour a day per person. Printing costs 15 cents per page. There is no reason to not be informed when there are so many resources available to you.

New books

They are continuing to roll in, and we are at serious risk of having to find more space in which to expand our new books section. New fiction and non-fiction alike are bursting at the seams, and we encourage you to drop by and take advantage of the fruits of the passing of the library ballot measure. Thanks again to all of you who recognize the importance of a current and varied library collection. Look for new books on tape to be added to the collection in the next month or two, just in time for summer car trips.


Those little hummers should be buzzing around any day now. Be sure to get your hummingbird feeders filled and hung out, then sit back and enjoy the show!


Donations of materials came from Donald Mowen, Margaret Rouke, Virginia Bartlett, Tamara Romain and family, Pat Gotcher, Grace Gallo, Victoria Landon, Peggy Case, Russ Eagle, Janice Sandeen, the Lindberg Family, Carole and Bob Howard, Sue Meekins, Evelyn Kantas, Susan Allen, Lloyd Barnett, Bonnita Lynne, and Ray and Doris Lattin. Thanks to everyone for your generosity!

April 27, 2000

Significant legacies

Today's front page carries two obituaries. With a significant segment of Archuleta County's current population having moved here in the past five years, the names of Mrs. Magdalena Gallegos-Hotz and Mr. Jacob Wilbur Hershey probably are unfamiliar to many readers. However, their differing lives somewhat reflect what makes Pagosa a uniquely pleasant area to live.

Mrs. Gallegos-Hotz, or "Aunt Maggie," 86, was born July 23, 1912.

Mr. Hershey, or "Jake," 86, was born five months later, December 13, 1912.

They both passed away April 20, 2000.

Aunt Maggie was born in Trujillo, south of Pagosa Springs. A descendant of a homestead family, raised on a land grant, she was a true old-timer in Pagosa.

Jake was born in Pennsylvania. Some 30 years ago he purchased the 4 Mile Ranch on the northern portion of Snowball Road. The purchase made him a newcomer to Pagosa.

Aunt Maggie's neighbors in South Pagosa knew her as being a beloved homemaker. Her obituary notes that "she and her family helped establish the community in many ways."

Jake, a frequent summer visitor, was somewhat a stranger to many Pagosans. Yet he was a newcomer who for many years played a significant financial role in the supplying, development and support of what is today's Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.

Aunt Maggie left her Pagosa family with a legacy of loving memories. It was a wonderful skill she learned and nurtured over many successful years as wife and mother.

Jake left his adopted Pagosa community with a legacy of behind-the-scene generosity. It was an attribute he developed and demonstrated during his many successful years as an astute businessman.

Though reflecting tremendously differing backgrounds, characteristics and personalities, in their own ways, Aunt Maggie and Jake contributed to the unique attractiveness of Pagosa Springs. They each left differing examples for each of us - whether we're an old-timer or a newcomer - to follow.

David C. Mitchell

Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

Visions take on differing looks

Dear Folks,

Selecting material from the May 1, 1975, SUN for this week's 25 Year's ago column brought to mind the aspect vision plays in our lives. Not the 20-20 type vision, but the looking-to-the-future variety.

Today's SUN has a Pagosa Lakes Column. As you know, it's written by Ming Steen, the director of the Ralph H. Eaton Recreation Center.

In 1975, the column appeared in the SUN under the title, Pagosa in Colorado. It was written by Miriam Carey, whose husband Leonard was the site director of the Eaton International project that Ralph rightly described as being "most beautiful Colorado."

In her May 1 column, Miriam reported: "Dr. Hebert H. Reynolds, executive vice-president and dean of the faculties at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Dr. Richard Scott, associate dean of the Business School at Baylor, were visitors to the project last week and were met by David Eaton (Ralph's second son), who spent three days on the project during his stay."

Though not a Southern Baptist, Ralph respected the leadership of Baylor University - an institution of higher learning that is supported by the Southern Baptist Convention.

The leaders from Baylor were guests at the project because of Ralph's clear vision of what he want to include in his venture. Besides building a 13,000-acre development 4 miles west of Pagosa, Ralph's vision also involved developing a Christian-oriented conference center on some of the lakeside property at Pagosa in Colorado.

During the ensuing years, similar leaders from similar universities, seminaries or Christian organizations were invited to visit what eventually became known as Fairfield Pagosa.

Looking back, which always offers 20-20 vision, it's apparent Ralph Eaton's vision went unfulfilled.

However, during the past 25 years, the parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church has expanded in number and activity; as did the neighboring congregation and church building of Community United Methodist Church.

Today, a full-time vicar conducts weekly services for the active worshipers at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. They no longer share their sanctuary on a bimonthly basis with their Lutheran counterparts.

Instead, the continually growing congregation of Our Savior Lutheran Church has built its own sanctuary and church school at one of the busier corners in the Pagosa Lakes area.

The First Assembly of God congregation that worships at the end of Trinity Lane has steadily increased in size and vitality. The same is true of the congregation of Latter-Day Saints who hold worship services at Piedra Estates.

Twenty-five years ago there was one Church of Christ in Pagosa Springs. Today there are two such congregations.

Almost 25 years ago, Community Bible Church started holding worship services in the Vista Clubhouse. Since then its membership moved to Village Drive and has undertaken two expansion programs.

The Seventh Day Adventists relocated from Lewis Street to its sanctuary at the corner of Piedra Road and U.S. 160.

During the early 1990s, the growing congregation of Mountain Heights Baptist Church built a sanctuary and classrooms on Park Avenue, directly west of the Ralph H. Eaton Recreation Center.

The Pregnancy Support Center of Pagosa Springs is into its second year of operation.

Last summer, the newly-formed Pagosa Bible Church started holding services in Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

In the near future, the members of First Baptist Church will build a church facility in the Sunetha Flats area of Fairfield Pagosa. They will leave behind the Power House youth center in downtown Pagosa.

Ralph Eaton's vision of a Christian conference center never developed, but his vision of development played an important role in the growth of the Christian community in Pagosa.

Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers.



25 years ago

Spanish Club takes second

Taken from SUN files

of May 1, 1975

Members of the Pagosa in Colorado community met last week to hear details of a proposed fire protection district. Roy Vega, public safety officer, made the presentation. The proposed district covers 13,000 acres and is composed mainly of subdivisions within the Eaton International development.

Twenty-one students from Pagosa Springs High School's Spanish classes, under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Marquez, won a strong second place in the 13th annual Pan American Day competition April 25 at Adams State College in Alamosa. (The idea was introduced by Mrs. Marquez and the first Pan American Day was held in April 1962.)

The largest fish ever reported to the SUN as being caught at Lake Navajo is the 27 1/4-pound catfish caught by Tom Richards last weekend.

Plans for Fiesta Day are well underway. A variety of multi-cultural activities have been planned. Fiesta Day Pagosa will be held on May 9 and will begin with a chili supper at the elementary school cafeteria. Entertainment will include the Spanish Club Dancers..

By Shari Pierce

Pastor for Methodist Church

In looking into some local Methodist Church history, it seems as though one early pastor had a decidedly positive and lasting influence on the church. Dr. McKendree DeMotte came to Pagosa from Nebraska in 1905 to serve as pastor for the church.

DeMotte, following in his father's footsteps, turned to the ministry at 12. By the age of 17, he was licensed to preach. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University for two years. At that point the Civil War began and DeMotte joined the Union Army.

During his time in the army, DeMotte served with the Missouri Secret Service, achieving the rank of captain. He also completed his college studies during this time.

DeMotte spent 64 years in the ministry. In addition to this, he also taught school, studied medicine and edited a newspaper.

An article in the Sept. 7, 1911, Pagosa Springs New Era expressed feelings of the community toward DeMotte, "The people of the community in general the M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) church in particular, are much gratified over the appointment of Dr. DeMotte to the pastorate of the M.E. church here. Dr. DeMotte served the church here for six years and during his pastorate the church was remodeled, burned and rebuilt into its present form. He is an unusually talented and forceful preacher, a wise administrator and an all around capable man. He is in constant demand by all the different organizations of the community."

DeMotte was involved in the local community. In addition to his ministerial duties, he was member of the Gen. Ed. Hatch Post of the G.A.R. and the Oddfellows.

DeMotte served the local Methodist Church from 1905 until 1910 and again in 1918 and 1919.

A Methodist Church history said Dr. DeMotte, "was a fearless preacher; one who believed in the unvarnished truth; in calling things by their proper name; and in warning people against sin. He was honest in his convictions; conservative in his ideas; prudent in judgment; and a safe, logical, forceful leader. His enemies, while they disliked him, respected him as a fair and just opponent of wrong."

Dr. DeMotte passed away, at the age of 81, in 1924.


April 27, 2000
Book Review
By Roy Starling

Freedom, rights and obligations

As loyal readers of this column know, there's been some sort of bad blood between the Preview's video and book review department and the nice people at Piano Creek Ranch. Well, as I enter my final few days here in Pagosa Springs, I'd like to bury the hatchet and offer the olive branch of peace to our enterprising new neighbors.

I'm afraid I started the whole thing. Angered by Piano Creek's plans to develop an exclusive, highfalutin members-only guest ranch in beautiful East Fork Valley, I fired off a column under the pretense of reviewing the film "Cross Creek" in which I put forth the naive notion that just because people can build 50 spacious cabins, a bowling alley, an equestrian center, a golf course, tennis courts and ski trails on somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 acres of God's good earth, doesn't mean they should.

I made ill-advised sarcastic remarks about the $500,000 membership fee that entitled the payer to eight to 10 weeks at the ranch. Stuck in my blind, Eastern, liberal vision, I suggested that we all have a covenant with the land, a responsibility, whenever possible, to leave some of it relatively untouched so that our grandchildren can hike, camp and fish in the wilds, can see elk outside an elk farm, can take in the splendor of a mountain valley unmarred by the presence of a golf course.

A few weeks after my initial outburst, I wrote another piece that will probably never show up in a Piano Creek sales brochure. I penned a review of "Hudsucker Proxy," starring Paul Newman, written in the form of a letter to Newman, who had just helped purchase some beautiful acreage in Connecticut, saving it from becoming another resort for the very rich. In my letter, I pleaded with Newman to move to Pagosa and to help purchase East Fork Valley before the tinkle of Piano music could begin in earnest. Newman never responded.

Soon after that, the Piano Creek people struck back. They bought a full-page ad in the SUN, thanking all their new friends and neighbors for their support. Imagine the pain I felt when I carefully scanned that list but was unable to find my name (Isberg said his name didn't show up there, either). Worse than that, the Piano Creekers didn't even bother to consult me before omitting my name, just as they didn't consult some of the folks whose names they did include.

The final slap in the face came when the Creekers sent over two milk pails full of straw and Western goodies to my colleagues, but never gave me so much as a candy bar or a tuning fork. Isberg said they didn't send him a pail, either.

But I'm leaving, and I'm not taking any grudges with me. I was wrong and I admit it. Recent letters to the editor have provided me with a kind of civics lesson, and I now see that in America we are free to do whatever we want to with what we own. We're not supposed to complain about what people do with what they own, even if we're adversely affected by their actions. Doing what we please with what we own is our right, and I served four years in the U.S. Air Force during a very uncomfortable time to defend that right. We have freedom and rights, but we have no legal obligation to be responsible. Sure, we have a moral obligation, but who's going to take us to court over something like that?

Also, as I read about the Piano Creek plans, I understand that much worse things could happen to the East Fork Valley. Therefore, it's perfectly okay for them to do a little harmless clipping and trimming and manicuring up there to turn the wilds into a place where rich people can enjoy the West without actually having to experience it. They're just kind of taking the risk out of living in the Rockies, knocking some of the rough edges off of it.

Also, I found out they're not really going to develop it up there. Sure, they're supposed to start breaking ground this spring (better hurry), but it's not really developing. An article in the Feb. 28 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said the owners of Piano Creek "have had a lifelong dream of preserving land in the Rockies." See? It's preservation, not development.

Also, according to one Piano Creek executive quoted in the Democrat-Gazette, this is a non-profit effort, "not a money-making venture." Apparently, this is just a bunch of environmentally aware businessmen taking time out of their busy schedules to protect the Rockies.

Also, I don't want to make them mad, because then they may threaten to do something worse in the Valley.

Also, I read in the Aspen Times that there are a limited number of memberships starting at $385,000. Now that's getting closer to something I can afford. In fact, Isberg and I were once considering holding a benefit auction to raise money for our respective membership fees. Gosh, I bet our neighbors out there would just love us!

Also, I read in the same Aspen Times ad that members would be treated to "gracious and generous service." This probably translates into more jobs for Pagosans, even though the guest ranch is technically located in Mineral County. How can I be opposed to that?

So all is forgiven, and I now realize that those of us who oppose the exclusive members-only guest ranch are merely whiners, a bunch of tree-huggers who, if we had worked hard enough and been more frugal, could have become another Dave Thomas or Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey and could've easily joined the ranks of the Piano Creek members.

I'm pretty busy now, packing and all, but I still hope to have time to stop in at that tastefully rustic building on Lewis Street and, just to show that there are no hard feelings, give our new neighbors a copy of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," on which I will now provide some brief commentary.

"The Lorax" (1971) begins at the end, in cruddy, polluted darkness, where "the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows / and no birds ever sing excepting old crows." Then the story, narrated by a faceless character known as the Once-ler, tells how this sorry state came to be.

When the Once-ler first arrived at this place, the "grass was still green," the "pond was still wet / and the clouds were still clean." There were bright-colored Truffula Trees "mile after mile in the fresh morning breeze."

The Once-ler's heart leaps up when he beholds this paradise lying all before him. Why? Because he sees immediately that he can turn this beauty into booty. He has this peculiar notion, not uncommon among a certain type of human being, that this land (or "property," as we arrogantly refer to it) and these Truffula Trees with their silken tufts have been put there for his own personal financial gain. Some readers will find this a bizarre, maybe even obscene, way of thinking; others will see it as only natural.

The Once-ler then chops down a tree and from the Truffula tuft he makes a Thneed - "a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!" Enter the Lorax! He pops out of the stump of the felled tree. "I am the Lorax," he says. "I speak for the trees. / I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues." This whiny tree-hugger trying to stand in the way of progress and a profit pleads with the Once-ler throughout the book to stop cutting down trees and chasing away the native wildlife. "I'm busy," the Once-ler replies. "Shut up, if you please."

Finally, after the Lorax harasses the Once-ler for getting rid of the Truffula trees, the Brown Bar-ba-lotts, the Swomee-Swans and the Humming-Fish, the Once-ler reads him the "right" act:

"Now listen here, Dad!

All you do is yap-yap and say, 'Bad! Bad! Bad! Bad!'

Well, I have my rights, sir, and I'm telling you

I intend to go on doing just what I do!"

Sound familiar? Anyway, he goes ahead and cuts down the last tree, and "Now all that was left 'neath the bad-smelling sky / was my big empty factory . . . / the Lorax . . . / and I."

Yes, he's wiped out this particular pastoral piece of Paradise. The Lorax, too, departs, leaving behind only a pile of rocks with the one word "UNLESS." In hindsight, the Once-ler knows what that word means: "UNLESS someone like you / cares a whole awful lot, / nothing is going to get better. / It's not."

In all fairness to the Piano Creekers, they're not likely to leave the landscape barren and the skies gray with smog (even though I don't envy the people living down river from them). But Dr. Seuss's Once-ler is at work up there, shouting down the Lorax; and he's at work on the west end, where he seems be trying to slowly develop and build his way to Bayfield.

Consequently, this town isn't nearly as appealing, as quaint, as beautiful as it was when I got here four years ago. The more it thumps its chest and tries to grow, the less distinctive it becomes and the more personality it loses. In just a few years, it may be too depressing to come back and visit.


Old Timer
By John Motter

Grandma's house surdy, historic

By John M. Motter

Nobody knows for sure when the old house was built.

"It was my grandmother's house," says Joe Martinez. "My mother, Sofia Maria Montoya Madrid, died three years ago and she was born in the house during December of 1910. When was the house built? Quien sabe?"

The house is constructed in plain, rectangular fashion of unpainted horizontal logs, apparently hand-hewn to a 12-inch square. No headers top the doors or windows. A long porch spanning the south side of the home shaded the main entrance, but the porch is long gone.

Tall enough for a loft, the upper level of the building is constructed with vertically arranged, sawn lumber. The roof is covered with corrugated metal. Who knows what materials were used in the original roof?

Mud, adobe, or plaster chinking seals any cracks between the logs, but no cracks are evident. The work on these logs shows considerable skill. They fit together tighter than two cats on a log bouncing through a rapids.

An interesting feature of the corner joints is the beveling at the ends of the logs. I've seen a couple of other cabins in this area with similar beveling, notably the Smith Cabin at the Fred Harman Art Museum.

"I've heard that Charles Stollsteimer might have built the cabin," says Joe. "I've heard he was an excellent craftsman from the old country."

We haven't found any direct reference to Charles Stollsteimer, but the obituary of Christian Stollsteimer, (1842-1906) reveals seven children: Charles, Fred, Adelina, Dalla, Harry, Emma and Anton. Christian Stollsteimer was an early pioneer of the San Juans, moving to Conejos in the San Luis Valley in 1864 and to the Pagosa area circa 1878-1880.

Heat for the house was provided by three small, wood-burning stoves called cochinos, meaning hogs, because that is what they looked like. Cooking was accomplished on a wood-burning range.

The book "Pobladores" (it means "Settlers") may shed some light on the date of the cabin, or at least the time Joe's ancestors moved to the Carracas, or Coraque, area. According to author Frances Leon Quintana, Tierra Amarilla settler Felipe Madrid was invited by the Utes to use their range for grazing his 1,500 head of sheep. Madrid first lived along the Piedra River where he was listed in the 1880 census, but later built his ranch near where Coraque Cañon joins the San Juan River.

The community of Coraque sprouted along one of the oldest roads into the San Juan Basin, the Old Spanish Trail followed by the Dominguez-Escalante party in 1776. By the 1820s, perhaps sooner, annual caravans traveled along the Old Spanish Trail between Abiquiu, N.M., and the fledgling community of Los Angeles in California. Trade items consisted primarily of woolen goods and sheep from New Mexico, horses from California, and Paiute Indian slaves from Utah. When Anglo beaver trappers started working the Rocky Mountains, the Old Spanish Trail provided a link between southern and northern trappers.

Later, when San Juan gold lured men into the Silverton area of the upper Animas River, the first supplies reaching the miners came from New Mexico via the Old Spanish Trail. Typically, after 1860, supplies were hauled by mules or carreta (carts) from T.D. Burn's store in Tierra Amarilla across what is now the Jicarilla Reservation, north down the Carracas Valley to the San Juan River, then west to the Animas River Valley. If you stare awhile at Burn's name, you'll recognize the source for Burns National Bank.

Joe recalls hearing stories from the mayores, the elders, about even older ancestors who went to California on the old trail, about stealing horses in California and bringing them home to New Mexico. Others of his ancestors freighted from Tierra Amarilla to the Animas Valley along the old trail, often carrying their goods on carretas, carts about three-feet wide with large, wooden wheels and pulled by oxen, mules, or even burros.

Perhaps it was one of those freighting ancestors who decided to live at Coraque. The first home would probably have been a jacal built by digging a trench in the ground, then inserting upright poles, often cedar (Utah juniper), into the trenches. A log notched along its entire length served as a top plate to hold the vertical logs together. Poles stretched from wall to wall across the building served as supports for an adobe or other type of roof. If adobe was used, the adobe blocks were dug directly from the ground with the grass sod intact. Branches, logs, and even hand-sawn lumber could be used as roofing.

Log cabins came later. A mention of the location of the cabins is in order. They sat on a round hill sloping in a southeasterly direction toward the Old Spanish Trail. Did Joe's grandmother, as a shy little girl, wave at the passing mule trains and carretas carrying food and supplies to the hungry miners? Did they maybe stop and get a drink of water or even some frijoles y tortillas? Probably.

We don't know how large the Carracas community grew to be. We know within historical times it had a church and a school and a cemetery and a morada. A Denver and Rio Grande station house sat on the north side of the river.

Quintana tells us that before 1880, drinking was a problem for the Utes on the Ignacio reservation. An investigator was hired to track down the source of supply. Among other things, the detective reported "10 miles east of Arboles station a Mexican settlement with dram shops" was a likely center for the whiskey traffic. The settlement was Coraque and the saloon in question belonged to Pablo Velásquez. In those days when the Utes received allotment checks, unscrupulous frontiersmen first plied the Utes with alcohol, then engaged them in various gambling activities. The Utes naturally lost.

The Carracas remembered by Joe starts some time after his birth in 1939. The coverage is extended by los viejitos, the old ones, Joe knew in his youth.

"I was always asking questions," Joe says. "I wanted to know. Mostly they didn't want to talk about the past."

Still, there were stories from the oldtimers. There was the man who was warned to get out of Wyoming. As he got on his horse and traveled down the road, men who failed to heed the warning were already hanging by the neck from trees along the way.

There was Pedro Sandoval who rode horseback from the Huerfano Country to Coraque riding double with his infant son clinging to his back. The son's name was Manuel.

Joe's family lived in the immediate vicinity of the old log house. They were Montoya Madrid, Cudja Demetrio Madrid, abuelita Nameldo Montoya Madrid, tia Pablita Madrid Sandoval, tio Felipe Madrid, tia Perfeta Madrid Gallegos, Martie Lupe Madrid Martinez, Martio Alberto Madrid and Sofia Madrid Martinez.

Further up Carracas Cañon were Don Aurelio and Doña Eduvigen Gallegos and their children Roques, Sarah, and Aurelito. Beyond the Gallegos' were Don Augustín Martinez and his wife Santana. Their children were Otocha and Maria de la Crucita Reynel Martinez. Even further up in the last house in the cañon lived Joe's godparents, padrino and madrina Abreón and Maria Ignacio Martinez.

To the west lived Don Demesio Gallegos and Doña Manuelita Gallegos. The last home to the west housed tia Angelica Gallegos. She raised primo Amarante Quintana and son Jose Quintana.

Across the river to the north were Don Porfirio and Doña Luz Gallegos, and other families including the Zabriskies and Chavez'.

"The truth is, the people of Carracas kept to themselves," Joe says. "We didn't have much to do with the people south of the bridge (river)."

After serving dinner, Joe's madre filled the lamps with kerosene, then went to bed.

"Her day started at 3:30 in the morning," Joe said. "She got up, lit the lamps, took care of the fires, then started breakfast. We all worked hard and we ate a big breakfast, potatoes, pancakes, beans, chili, cream from the cows, eggs, tortillas, and always some kind of meat. We got up early because there was always work to do, animals to take care of. We raised about 85 percent of what we used. We bought only coffee, flour, salt and pepper, and a few other essentials we couldn't raise."

"Another thing about the meat, you had to eat it before it spoiled," Joe recalls. "We didn't have refrigeration."

In addition to a Catholic Church, the Carracas community had a morada. The church sat on a point overlooking the Carracas Valley just south of Joe's grandmother's place. The morada was across the property near the cemetery. Moradas were built and used by those practicing penitente rituals, a form of worship containing self-flagellation. The practice survived in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado long after it was banned in Europe.

"Some of the old ones were penitentes," Joe says, "but I never saw their services. I never saw them whip each other. During the lenten season we had to be especially good."

Carracas. Not much to look at today. Still, with just a little imagination, one can see grim Ute warriors riding horseback, single file down the trail. Or a large, two-wheel cart loaded with supplies for the San Juan miners. Or, even more dimly on the horizon, the Fathers Dominguez and Escalante searching for a path to California. And not so dimly, Joe's mother as a little girl in her calico dress waving at the passing freighters.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or

April 27, 2000

No births this week.


Business News
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LISTEN TO "THE BREAD OF LIFE" - radio program on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1400 AM. Speaker Carl Lungstrum. 23tfc.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - will meet at the Heritage Building, 468 Pagosa Street, upstairs, first door on left. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.; Men's meeting, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Women's meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m. For more information call 731-4242, 731-5877, 264-2913, 731-9774 or 264-9221. nctfc.

AL-ANON - meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church. For more information call 731-5086 or 264-5421. nctfc.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS - meets Thursday nights at the Heritage Building from 7-8 p.m. nctfc.

Branding Iron Bar BQ - opening May 1. Ya'll come! 26-28c.

Get ready for Spring - Horse manure/shavings. Will load. 264-6323. 27-32p.

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MIKE AND CARMEN FERGUSON - of Pagosa Springs would like to cordially invite friends, neighbors and acquaintances to celebrate their and their daughter Davienne Ferguson graduation ceremony April 29 at 10 a.m. at FLC gymnasium. Reception following at Durango Christian Church fellowship hall, corner of 11th Street and 3rd Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Davienne will receive a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Business Management. 28p.

CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL - Flexible schedules. Our Savior Lutheran, 3-5 years old. 731-3512. 28c.


1969 FORD THUNDERBIRD - 56,000 actual miles, very clean, new tires, runs great. $4700. 731-5344 or 731-0200. 14tfc.

'83 CHEVY SCOTTSDALE 10 - 4 wheel drive. Dependable work truck. Rebuilt 292 engine. Straight body. $2200 OBO. Must sell. 731-9711. 14tfc.

1997 FORD F-350 XLT - Crew cab, automatic, long bed, 43,000 miles, VERY CLEAN, ranch hand bumpers front and rear, chrome bedcaps, gooseneck hookup, trailer brakes. $25,500. 264-5332 or 264-2332. 22tfc.

Jeep CJ parts - hard top, 31x10:50 tires, 15" chrome rims, chrome tubular bumper. 264-2477. 26-29p.

1989 4x4 - extra cab Toyota pick-up. Runs great, it's a Toyota! $3500 731-9096. 26-29p.

'85 Jeep Cherokee Wagoneer - 5 speed, 4WD, V-6, 2.8L, power, 4 door, white, AM/FM, 117K. $3500 OBO. 264-2966. 26-29p.

GREAT FAMILY WAGON - 1990 silver Volvo 240. Runs cool and smooth, new stereo. $3950. 264-2849. 26-28p.

'85 Jeep CJ7 - All fixed up. 264-6323. 27-28p.

1993 EXPLORER - Moving must sell. 114,000 miles, automatic, full power, 4WD, well cared for. $6300. 731-2067. 27-28p.

'94 CHEVY 3/4 TON - 4x4, extended cab, Pioneer stereo, custom wheels and exhaust, matching shell, 5 speed, below book. $13,900. 731-2571. 27-28p.

'83 DODGE - Econoline Club Van. 70,000 on new engine, less than 40,000 on new transmission, one owner. $2500 OBO. 264-2993. 27-28p.

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'91 GEO STORM - Great condition, 103K miles. $2800 OBO. 731-0016 or 902-2323. 27-28p.

1989 TOYOTA CAMRY LE - All trac, fully loaded, immaculate, maintained, garaged, 4 mounted snow tires, Thule ski rack. $4850. 731-5512. 27tfc

1988 FORD ESCORT STATION WAGON - New transmission, new clutch, 3 new tires, needs brake job, $500. Also 6 P205/R14 Radials, 4 like new, $80. 731-9035. 28p.

1991 HONDA CIVIC WAGON - 4x4. $3600. 264-5024. 28p.

'97 JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT - Up country, 4x4, 4.0 L, H/O, 4 door, automatic, PW, PL, cassette, class 4 hitch, tinted windows, ski rack, red gray, 47K miles, pampered, very clean. $16,500 OBO. Call Steve or Pam at 731-7076. 28p.

1986 GRAND WAGONEER - New motor, clean, runs strong, no body damage. $2800. 731-2612. 28-31p.

1996 CHEVY SUBURBAN - 3/4 ton, loaded, lots of highway miles. $21,000 OBO. 264-0202 evenings, leave message. 28-29p.

WORK TRUCK - 1983 Dodge 4x4. Tool box, wench cow catcher, lots of new parts. $1800. 731-3171. 28-31p.

1996 FORD F-150 XLT - 2WD, automatic, AC, CD, 51K, matching camper shell, mint condition. $12,500 OBO. 731-1099. 28-29p.

'87 FORD VAN - with carpet cleaning machine. Great for extra income. $1,3000 or best offer. Call 731-2537. 28p.

1990 ISUZU TROOPER - 4x4, 5 speed, power locks and windows, A/C, CD player, great condition, looks great. $5400 negotiable. 264-5662. 28-31c.

1989 CHRYSLER - LeBaron. A/C, automatic, runs good. $2000. 264-5662. 28-31c.


INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPACE - for rent. 1000 sq. ft. units with heat, bathrooms, 3-phase power, paved parking. Suitable for office, shop or storage. Has garage door and entry door. Conveniently located in Pagosa Lakes core area. $460/month. Contact James at 264-5662, evenings. 44tfc.

MOUNTAIN VIEW PLAZA - has two spaces available. 770 sq. ft. and 625 sq. ft. 731-9851. 30tfc.

OFFICE AND RETAIL SPACE - $600 and up. Michael C. Branch, 264-2135. 32tfc.

COMMERCIAL RENTAL - Downtown, Hwy. 160 frontage, all utilities paid. 264-5080. 1tfc.

1350 SQ. FT. - on Put Hill next to Old West Press. $900/month plus 1/2 utilities. 731-4760. 22tfc.

Commercial Building For Lease - All or part of 5000 sq. ft. $.50 per sq. ft. 731-3459. 25-40p.

For rent - 400 sq. ft. office beginning June 1. Mountain View Plaza. Call 264-4298. Pagosa/Colorado Properties, Jerry Jackson Broker. 26tfc.

KIVA MINI STORAGE UNITS - now available. Sizes 8x12, 12x24, 16x24. Fairfield Industrial Park, 90 Bastille Road. Call 264-6116. 26-29p.

Now and Then Antiques - is moving across the street. This beautiful shop space at 238 Pagosa Street will be available to rent June 1. $1500 per month. Call 264-5455 or 731-9472. 26tfc.

SPACE FOR RENT - Ideal for office. 900 square foot, located above the Rolling Pin Bakery. $600 per month. Call Jeff, 264-2255. 27-30c.

FOR RENT - 1000 square foot office space with very nice facility. Includes bathroom with jacuzzi, kitchen, phone system, paid utilities and alarm system. $1/square foot. Call Joe at 731-3335 or 264-2233. 27-29p.

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OFFICE AND RETAIL SPACE AVAILABLE - Downtown, 160 frontage, plenty of parking and signage available, ideal location. Call 264-4455. 27-30p.


UNITED COUNTRY RIGGS RANCHES & RESORT PROPERTIES, LLC - Located in the Mountain View Plaza. May already have the perfect property for you! And if not we'll find it! Take a look at our ad in this issue. Stop in or give us a call. Herman, Brian or Toni Riggs. Toll Free: 1-800-835-5331, local 1-970-731-3131. 46tfc.

63 ACRE MULTI USE PROPERTY - located on Hwy. 160 west. Outstanding views! City water. Terms available to qualified buyer. $12,500 per acre. By owner. Call 731-5647. 21tfc.

NEED A COMMERCIAL BUILDING? - Why not try factory-built? Bell Country Homes, 731-6633. 16tfc.

LOST VALLEY OF THE SAN JUANS - 10 seasonal lots ready to be built on. Extensive water rights, 60,000+ yards stockpile gravel, income producing water and sewer system and more. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 24tfc.

1 1/4 ACRE - Put Hill. Quality views, Hwy. 160 access, terms. (970) 264-4574. 25-24p.

First time on market - Established business, great location, $20,000 plus inventory. Call Jim or Marti, 4 Seasons Land Company, 264-2241. 26tfc.

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HAIR SALON AND SPA - located in fastest growing county in Colorado. Beautiful salon offering massage room and nail center. Quality and soothing ambiance throughout. Call for details. SANDRA MAY, Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate, 731-4065 or 1-800-953-5578. 23tfc.

GREAT BUSINESS - that includes postal contract. You own the mail boxes which are 95% rented. Only UPS/FedEx/DHL authorized shipper in this area. Room for more money making items. Located in high traffic area. Great lease with exclusive for this type of business. Hundreds of people go through this store daily. Call BETTY JOHANN REALTY, 731-3434, for more information on this unique business opportunity. 24tfc.

AIR AND WATER PURIFICATION - Home based, lifetime opportunity. Call Jerry at 1-888-471-4537. 25-30p.

Christian Book Store - Established clientel, great location, inventory and fixtures included. Can't beat price, take over. $22,000. (970) 264-4777, evenings (970) 731-5740. 26-29p.

LARGEST SPORTING GOODS STORE - in Archuleta County. Indoor archery range/archery leagues. 4000 square feet of leased space with lots of parking. $60,000. For more information call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 26tfc.

RESTAURANT FOR SALE - Well established, includes all fixtures and inventory, 60 seats inside, 40 seats outside. Nicest outdoor patio and playground in 4-Corners area. Full service liquor license, well equipped kitchen. Includes 2 bedroom, 1200 square foot apartment, 600 square foot office, great opportunity for little investment. All this and much more. Call 731-1111 for appointment. 27-30p.

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SADDLES BOUGHT AND SOLD - Ross Boot and Saddle, 264-2122. 35tfc.

BALENTI HORSESHOEING - Hot, cold and corrective shoeing. Reasonable rates; guaranteed work. Call 264-5175. 18tfc.

RANCH SITTING - I feed and water ranch animals. Experienced, references available. Call 264-6680. 32-31p.

THE TACK ROOM - Quality new and used saddles, tack and more. Compare our prices and save. 264-0148. 20-28p.

HORSESHOEING - prompt, reliable service. Call Glen, 731-3665 or cell 946-4340. 21-32p.

Hay for sale - Timothy mix. You pick up. Please call 264-9232. 26-29p.

Beef and horse - quality alfalfa or grass hay for sale. Delivery available. From Monte Vista (719) 852-4392. 26-28p.

Hay for sale - Pine River Valley. Barn stored. Jon at Ross Boot and Saddle 264-2122 days, evenings 264-2487. 26tfc.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RIDERS - 4-H Club saddle wash, bake sale and tack sale. Saturday, May 6, 9-1, Ponderosa parking lot. 27-28p.

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FOR SALE - Beautiful 2-year-old 1/2 Arabian, 1/2 Quarter horse filly. Excellent bloodline. Moving, must sell. $800 OBO. Call 883-5356. 27-28p.

HAVE A HORSE - that needs a spring tune up? Or an unbroke horse you want trained? Then call Start To Finish Horse Training, 264-5567. 28p.

GENTLE 14-YEAR-OLD - Palomino mare with week old filly at side. Mare used in dude string. Filly out of AQHA stud. $1750 for both. Also standing DocElites buck, 1986 buckskin stallion. 759-8499 or 264-5690. 28-29p.

GAITED HORSE FOR SALE - 3-year-old Tennuvian in training. $2500 firm. Dan Snow, 731-3171. 28-31p.

SADDLE FOR SALE - 16" Colorado Saddlery, leathers in great shape. $450. 264-5468. 28-29p.


SHAKLEE - for proper nutrition, use Shaklee products. For information call Marsha Preuit. 264-5910. tfc.

PAPER BUNDLES FOR FIRE STARTER - 10¢ each. Pick up at The Pagosa Springs SUN, 466 Pagosa Street. 12tfcnc.

LOG CABIN PACKAGE - $12,945. 24'x32' with 8' porch roof, 7' coped and notched logs. Log beam, 2"x6" T&G roof. Free catalog, (307) 684-2445. 20tfc.

CARHARTT WORK CLOTHES - Georgia work boots. Best selection, best prices. Gem Village Country Store, 39793 Hwy. 160, Bayfield. (970) 884-9440. 31tfc.

FRESH PRODUCE - Certified Organic and seasonal Local Organic. Joy's Natural Foods Market. 117 Navajo Trail Drive. 731-1500. 18tfc.

HEARING AIDS - We sell for less in Alamosa. (719) 587-9820 or 1-800-649-0320. 17-40p.

RIVER RAFTS - One 17' Cataraft with frame, AIRE Cougar tubes, $1500. 731-4181. 18tfc.

1600 GALLON WATER - storage tank. Will deliver within 100 miles of Pagosa. $550. 731-4181. 18tfc.

MONEY FOR EXCESS OUTDOOR GEAR - Let the Trails Council sell your equipment at the EXPO, MAY 6TH, 9-3 at the FAIRGROUNDS. Contact John or Sandy Applegate at (970) 731-9325. Also pick up great deals from Local Outdoor Retailers. 24-29p.

DONATE EXCESS GEAR TO TRAILS - Donate your excess outdoor gear to the Pagosa Area Trails Council for sale at the OUTDOOR EXPO, MAY 6TH, 9-3. Contact John or Sandy Applegate at (970) 731-9325. Get great deals from Outdoor Retailers. 24-29p.

Office Furniture - desks, credenzas and chairs; large chest freezer. Call 731-2777. 26-29c.

Piano, upright - Weser Brothers. $425. 264-2966. 26-29p.

Bulk landscape chips - They look great, keep down weeds and hold in moisture. $12 per yard. Free local delivery with 10 yards. 731-0678. 26-31p.

Bulk Composted Sawdust - Great for garden mulch. Protects plants and trees with shallow roots from drying out. Use for top cover and growing medium for new lawns. Sprinkle on existing lawns to hold in moisture, or mix with hard or clay soil while planting to encourage strong root growth. $7 per cubic yard, local delivery free with 10 yards. 731-0678. 26-31p.

Black camper shell - for Ford short bed, $100. Nordic Track, $150. 264-4572. 26-28p.

Browning Bar Safari - 270 Wby mag, $650. Transfer case, new process 208, $100. Ruger model 77, Mark II, 22-250, new in box, $385. 731-5589. 27-28p.

SMITH CORONA PWP 4000 - Personal word processor office system including typewriter, monitor, discs, roll around table, surge suppressor, ribbon cassettes, and manuals for only $115. Call Jim 731-4631. 27-28p.

MOVING SOON SALE - Need to start unloading items. Couch, $15; stepper, $20; full size bed/headboard, $75; small desk, $10; desk swivel chair, $10; large breed dog cage, $200 new, sell for $100; 14" tire chains, never used, $25; Schubert console piano, 2 years old, excellent condition, $2000. 264-5163 after 5 p.m. 27nctfc.

FIREWOOD FOR SALE - Pine and Aspen mix. One cord. You pick up. $80. 264-5163 after 5 p.m. 27nctfc.

CASE 580D EXTEND A-HOE - Good engine, good tires, good machine. Currently working. $17,000. 731-5054. 27-28p.

1989 29 FOOT - Road Ranger travel trailer. Fully self contained, fully furnished, very good condition. $6500 firm. 264-4681. 27-28p.

HEALTHRIDER - the original! Perfect condition, video, etc. Wonderfully quiet, smooth full-body exerciser. Paid $550, asking $300 OBO. 264-4863 or fax, 264-5337. Ask for Joan or Herman. 27-28p.

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AUCTION OF STORAGE UNIT - contents listed below. Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 10 a.m. Airport Self Storage, 201 Piedra Road, JB Wolsieffer, 26796 Hwy 160, Durango CO 81301. All contents in unit C29. Furniture, washer, dryer, PC, various items. 28-29c.

KAYAK - Perception Overflow, sold new for near $900, used less than 10 times, spray skirt, flotation bags. $495 OBO. 264-4207. 28-29c.

MOVING SALE - Couch with bed inside, good condition; table; chairs; and snow tires, 175/70R14. BEST OFFER, 264-5024. 28-29p.

NEW SADDLES - Complete with fleece super cinch ,$275. Kids pony saddle, $125. 264-0148. 28p.

ALMOND REFRIGERATOR - 3 years old, $475; 731-2011. 28p.

15 3'x6' DUAL - glaze glass panels with extruded aluminum, with gaskets and cap. Perfect for a green house! $1500 OBO 264-6486. 28-29p.

SATELLITE RECEIVER - (Realistic SR 2010) and Descrambler (GI 2100 E) and/or 8 ft. block mesh satellite dish. Good working condition. 264-6250. 28-29p.

FOR SALE BY OWNER - 14x80, 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile. Priced below market value. 264-4232. 28-31p.

NEW 4'x6' - Kohler drop in soaking bathtub. 264-5846. 28p.

FIBERGLASS CAMPER SHELL - Fits long bed '88 to '98 Chevy or GMC. $250. 264-5846. 28p.

FOR SALE - Computer station. Also, free to a good home, 9 month old lab mix. All shots, very friendly, good with kids, comes with dog house. 731-0510. 28p.

ALL TERRAIN MAN'S TREK - 820, black, 19.5, excellent condition. $275. 759-8441. 28-31c.

APPLIANCES - Slightly used. Range oven, above stove microwave with light and fan, quiet dishwasher, compactor, lighting. 30% off purchase price. 731-6690. 27-28p.

TIRED OF HIGH AIRLINE COSTS? - Want to learn to fly or already have your pilot's license but can't afford your own place, or find a rental? Fly yourself, or your family for business or pleasure to most domestic locations at less cost than commercially. Join San Juan Flyers Club, Inc. to realize those dreams. Moving and must sell membership in this unique non-profit organization. Two aircraft based at Stevens Field, instructors, and great people interested in aviation, from students to airline pilots. Save the $3800 membership in commercial costs and resell it if leaving the club. (970) 731-4514 evenings. 28p.

SCAFFOLDING FOR SALE - 2 lifts, 4 wheels, 3 planks, 10 ft. long with safety rails, $500. Ask for Steve, 264-5468. 28-29p.


NEW MOBILE HOME - spaces available for rent at Rock Ridge Mobile Home Park. Call Todd, 731-2121. 27tfc.

UNITED COUNTRY RIGGS RANCHES & RESORT PROPERTIES, LLC - Located in the Mountain View Plaza. May already have the perfect property for you! And if not we'll find it! Take a look at our ad in this issue. Stop in or give us a call. Herman, Brian or Toni Riggs. Toll Free: 1-800-835-5331, local 1-970-731-3131. 46tfc.

FOR SALE - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1536 sq. ft. mobile home on deeded lot across the street from park and open space. New carpet and roof. $68,500. (970) 731-3530. 13tfc.

1999 DOUBLEWIDE IN - Aspen Springs on 1.5 acres. 1813 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, dishwasher, fireplace, skylights. $112,000. 731-4854 or 759-8302. 14tfc.

NEW MANUFACTURED HOMES - All sizes and models. Land/home packages. Financing available. Call Jim, 731-4854, Aspen Springs Homes. 24tfc.

Must sell - 14'x70', 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile with lot in Vista. Priced for quick sale at $26,000. Call 731-9479. 24-29p.

Nice 14x70 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath corner lot. $35,000. 264-2477. 26-29p.

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TIMBER FACTORY HOMES - has new Cavco models. 32' wides, pro-panel roof, hardi-panel siding. Financing available. Why rent when you can own your dream home. Hwy. 160 West, next to Let's Store It, 731-0007. 27tfc.

TRAILER SPACE FOR RENT - $155/month. River View Mobile Home Park, 731-0269. 28-31p.

WOODLAND HOMES - offering quality, value, and most of all experience. Call today for more information on our homes. 731-2777. 28-29c.

WOODLAND HOMES - your local Skyline and kit dealer. We bring families home. Call 731-2777. 28-29c.


THE SPRING INN - is currently looking for housekeepers. Hot bath privileges included. Please apply in person. 43tfc.

HELP WANTED - Colorado licensed journeyman electrician. Permanent position in Pagosa Springs. Residential and light commercial experience required. 264-5133. 16tfc.

EXPERIENCED FRAMERS - and general construction laborers needed. Must be responsible and have own transportation. Call 731-2374 for application. 18tfc.

NOW HIRING - Bartenders, hosts, servers, cooks and cocktail servers. The Sports Page, 731-3745. 19tfc.

THE JUNCTION RESTAURANT - is now accepting applications for waitstaff. Apply in person. 22tfc.

BAKER - Permanent position. Early morning hours. Experienced. May train if you have the skills. Great pay for right person. 731-4050, ask for Tom. 21-28p.

BREAKFAST COOK - Early morning. Part time or full time. Experience, references. Great pay for the right person. 731-4050. 20-28p.

SPRING IS HERE - Summer's right around the corner. Hiring for all positions day and evening. Apply in person, Riverside Restaurant. 22tfc.

HOUSEKEEPER - Full time. Competitive starting salary and benefits. Sunetha Management, 56 Talisman Drive for application. No phone calls. Part time housekeeping positions also available. 23-28p.

COUNTER HELP - Part time/full time. Morning hours. Call 731-4050. 24-28p.

Joy Automotive - has one opening for auto mechanic. Excellent pay for right person. Will consider trainee if highly motivated. No calls. Apply in person 333 Bastille. 25-28p.

Cosmetologist & Nail Tech. - for busy salon. Studio 160. 731-2273 or 731-9362. Ask for Dee or Steve. 25-28c.

tree nursery - outside work, Allison area. Call for information, 731-0352. 25-29p.

Fence Maintenance Contractor - needed, ranch project. Scott 731-5122, ext. 4. 26tfc.

Ranch labor - and landscape labor positions available at Boot Jack Ranch. Please call 264-7280 for applications. 26-29p.

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park - is looking for someone who loves animals to join our team from early May to mid November. Seeking person who works well with the general public and co-workers. Computer skills and horse skills nice but can train. Willing to work long hours and weekends. Phone skills will be necessary. Needs to be self motivated, outgoing, organized, responsible, clean-cut, non-smoking person that is willing to work hard for big rewards. Applicant must be able to promote hunting and trail operation. May need to be able to safely lift 30-50lbs. You get the chance to work with wildlife and learn about the animals native to this area. If you think this is the job for you stop by the wildlife park to meet the staff and animals and also to pick up an application. We are located 5 miles south on Hwy. 84. 264-5546 or 264-4515. 26-28c.

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO - Archuleta County, is seeking a local, year-round representative and campaign coordinator. Fund raising and marketing experience preferred. Minimal computer skills required. Must be extremely self-motivated and self-directed with strong networking and collaboration skills. Office equipment provided by United Way. Prefer someone who can work out of their home. Flexible schedule. $10 per hour, 10 hours per week. Job description available upon request. Send resumes to P.O. Box 3040, Durango, CO 81302 through April 30, 2000. 26-28c.

VICTORIA'S PARLOR IS - seeking additional kitchen help and personable waitstaff for busy restaurant. Call or stop by, 264-0204, 274 Pagosa Street. 26tfc.

BUSY LANDSCAPING - and irrigation company looking for hard working laborers for seasonal employment. Experience preferred. Call to pick up application. Ross Enterprises, 731-9578. 27-28c.

FINANCIAL PRODUCTS - Established insurance firm seeks motivated individual. No experience necessary, will train. Base subsidy to $35,000 plus commissions, fringe benefits, existing clients, some sales experience preferred. Fax resume to Mr. Rowe (970) 242-0146. 27-30p.

PEPPERS RESTAURANT - now hiring line cook, dishwasher and waitstaff. Top pay for top people. Weekends off. 731-1111. 27-30p.

LABORERS NEEDED - for construction. $8 to start. Must have own transportation. Apply 89 Indian Paint Brush, Wildflower subdivision. 27-28p.

TRUCK DRIVER - Minimum 1 year experience. Call Mike McDonald Trucking, 264-5314, evenings. 27-28p.

CONCRETE FINISHERS - and form setters needed. 883-3329 or 759-5671. 27-30p.

PART TIME POSITION OPEN - 3 days per week for delivery route. Please apply in person. Navajo Trail Rental Center. 27-28c.

POSITION OPEN FOR PART TIME HELP - Monday-Friday, afternoons. Please apply in person. Navajo Trail Laundry. 27-28c.

The town of Pagosa Springs - has two openings for adult Park Fun day camp leaders. Job is FT temporary, May 30-August. Salary negotiable with experience and commitment. Contact Town Hall by deadline, May 5. 27-29c.

The town of Pagosa Springs - has an opening for a youth and adult recreation supervisor. Job requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associate Degree in athletics or related field and one year experience as a recreation leader. Job is FT permanent with benefits and retirement package. Applications available at Town Hall until the deadline of April 28. 27-28c.

LABORERS - Pick up an application at 452 Pagosa Street. 27-30c.

PART TIME HELPER NEEDED - Made In Colorado Shoppe. Must be able to work Saturdays and evenings, 25 to 35 hours per week. Apply in person. 27tfc.

TELLER WANTED - Experienced or will train. Need bright, professional person who is great with numbers and works well with customers. Full time with benefits. Apply at Citizens Bank main office. 264-2235. Equal Opportunity Employer. 27-28c.

Bank of Colorado - is looking for a Sales Associate for its office inside the New city Market. Responsible for teller, new account and customer service activities. The successful applicant will have an outgoing, sales-oriented personality and the ability to meet sales goals. Banking experience not required, computer proficiency preferred. Must be able to work evenings until 7 pm and some Saturdays. Apply in person. Bank of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 27-28c.

SEAFOOD CAFE - now hiring for all positions. Good wages and friendly atmosphere. Drop in for application, next to downtown City Market. 27-28c.

HIRING - cooks, waitstaff, and counter. Apply in person, the Rolling Pin, 214 Pagosa Street, 264-2255. 27-30c.

R. ROESE CONTRACTING - is looking for experienced, directional, bore operators, equipment operators and laborers. Excellent pay and benefit package to qualified personnel. Experience mandatory. (970) 731-9677, fax (970) 731-3330. 27-28p.

PHOTO LAB - Energetic individual desired for PT position in lively photo-finishing business. Photography or art background helpful. Will train. Send brief resume to: Mountain Snapshots, PO Box 4099, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 27-30c.

MANAGEMENT POSITION - for Jerky Stand. Likes responsibilities, sales and people. Must be dependable, flexible and an outdoor person. 884-5233. 27-28p.

MASTERCORP - Housekeepers wanted. Good pay. Join our team at Mastercorp cleaning timeshares Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also needing part time night housemen. Give us a call. 731-4294, 8-4. 27-30c.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

LPN/RN - Must be Colorado licensed. Pine Ridge Extended Care. Benefit package. Apply in person, 119 Bastille Drive, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 27-28p.

$10/hour for - strong able-bodied individuals for local moving service. Must be able to work flexible hours and be on call as needed. Minimum hours guaranteed. Many jobs upcoming. 264-3313, leave message. 27-28p.

PRIVATE HOUSE KEEPER NEEDED - for 2 busy families. Full or part-time, good pay! We are looking for someone to help with housekeeping, cooking, and running errands. Hours and days are flexible. Minimum commitment of 8 hours. Full time work could be available. Might consider At-Home-Mom for part-time position. Must have current CO drivers license and references. $9/hour. Call Michelle at 731-5803 or Lauri at 731-6030. Leave message and we'll return a call. 27-28c

CPR TITLE - (A state wide title company) is looking for a closing officer for it's new office in Pagosa Springs. Great career opportunity for enthusiastic, ambitious, hardworking team player. Call 731-2771 for appointment. 27-28p.

NOW HIRING - Equipment operators, carpenters, and general laborers. Located at Boot Jack Ranch near Wolf Creek Pass. For application please call 264-7280. 27-30p.

THE 6TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT - is accepting applications for a Court Clerk III, 20 hours per week in the Pagosa Springs Court. This is specialized clerical work in the clerk's office. The employee preforms a variety of functions, which require a considerable amount of independent judgment. Minimum qualifications: Graduation from high school or equivalent and two years of court clerk or related clerical experience. Pick up applications at the Archuleta Combined Court, Archuleta County Courthouse, 449 San Juan Street, Pagosa Springs. Return to: Pamela Thompson, PO Box 148, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Must be postmarked by 5/8/00. 28-29c.

GROWING MAIL ORDER BUSINESS - looking for employee. Full time by June, part time (3 days a week) to start. Computer and QuickBooks knowledge favorable. Send resume to 2035 Hwy 160, Suite 104, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 28p.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT - Required skills: working knowledge of Lotus, Word Perfect or Excel and Word. Bank experience very helpful. Customer service skills. Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Full benefit package. Send resume to Dan Aupperle at Citizens Bank, P.O. Drawer 1508, Pagosa Springs, 81147. 28c.

ARCHULETA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 JT - is now accepting applications for a teacher to work in an elementary Day Treatment Program. Experience working with ED students in a multi-age elementary setting preferred. Application may be obtained at the Administration Office located at 309 Lewis Street or by calling Robyn Bennett at (970) 264-2228 ext. 401. Applicants must be licensed or certified in Colorado as a Teacher II Affective or EH and have complete application packet into the Administration Office by May 12, 2000. Archuleta School District 50 JT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 28-29p.

GREAT TEAM LOOKING - for dependable, smiling team worker in kitchen at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center. $8/hour. Call Robin at 731-4330. 28c.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Private practice in Monte Vista (San Luis Valley) looking for F/T therapist. Call Ron at (719) 852-5744 for more information or fax resume to (719) 852-5745. 28p.

MORTGAGE LOAN SPECIALIST - Minimum 1 year experience processing first residential mortgage loans including conventional, FHA and VA. Excellent customer service and computer skills. Full time position. Benefits include medical insurance, vacation, cafeteria plan and 401 K. Send resume to The Citizens State Bank of Cortez, PO Drawer T, Cortez, CO 81321. 28tfc.

LOREDANA'S HIRING - cook. Flexible hours, good pay, will train right applicant. Apply in person, 68 Bastille Drive. 27-28c.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - The Wolf Creek Educational Assistance Region has a vacancy for a quarter time program director. The San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services serves as the fiscal agent for the WCEAR under the Director of the WCEAR Board of Directors and Executive Director of the SLV BOCS, the Project Director provides over-all guidance to the development of the WCEAR staff development program. The Director supervises the work of the Project Coordinators and monitors all aspects of the program. As requested, the Director provides written and oral reports to the WCEAR Board of Directors, CDE and school districts within the region. Though headquartered in Alamosa, the program serves all public and private schools from the San Luis Valley to Cortez. Interested applicants should have successful experience as a school administrator and/or staff developer. For additional information, complete job description and application form contact the SLV BOCS, P.O. Box 1198, Alamosa, CO 81101. Application packet including letter of interest, resume, list of references and completed application should be forwarded to John Tillman, Executive Director, SLV BOCS, at the above address by Monday, May 1, 2000. 28p.

WIRELESS PHONE STORE SALES ASSOCIATE - wanted for Pagosa Springs location. $26,000-$48,000+/year, health insurance, IRA Simple Plan. Inside/Outside sales experience preferred. Send resume to Cameron Associates Inc., Employment Dept., P.O. Box 882950, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 or fax to (970) 879-4061. 28-31p.

ARCHULETA COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE DEPARTMENT - is currently accepting applications for a full-time equipment operator/laborer. Applicants for this position will be capable of operating heavy equipment utilized in road maintenance and construction, including motorgraders, loaders, dozers, rollers, backhoes, and tandem axle trucks with trailers. Applicants must have a valid Colorado CDL, Class A, Tanker and Hazmat endorsements preferred, along with a current DOT Medical Card. Duties include general road maintenance and other assigned duties as required. This is a full time position with benefits. Applications may be picked up at the Archuleta County Road & Bridge Department located at 1122 S. Hwy. 84, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Applications accepted until position is filled. Archuleta County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 28-30c.

ARCHULETA COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE DEPARTMENT - is currently accepting applications for temporary seasonal help. This position requires a valid class C driver's license. Duties include general road maintenance work and other assigned duties as required. $8 per hour, temporary position, no benefits. Applications may be picked up at the Archuleta County Road & Bridge Department located at 1122 S. Hwy 84, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Applications accepted until positions are filled. Archuleta County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 28-30c.

HELP WANTED - High School person for part-time yard work. 264-6250. 28-29p.

BUSY, PROFESSIONAL OFFICE - looking for full time clerical employee who is highly motivated and enjoys working with people. Position requires good computer and communication skills. If interested, please send resume to P.O. Box 2400, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or fax to (970) 264-2703. 28-29p.

SECURE YOUR POSITION NOW - Work with a great team at JJ's Upstream Restaurant. We will be interviewing for summer positions starting May 3. Positions include hosts, bartender, waitstaff, bussers, line cooks, bakery, pantry/prep cooks, dishwashers, and assistant manager. 356 E. Hwy 160. (970) 264-9100. See you upstream. 28-29p.

EXPERIENCED DRYWALL HANGERS - finishers and painters. Paid holidays, vacation program and other benefits. 731-0130. 28tfc.

GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT - Immediate opening for a Payroll and A/P Clerk. Includes phones and office support. Knowledge of Quickbooks needed, 25+ hours per week with benefits. Send resume to: P.O. Box 2050, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or fax it to 731-3106. 28-29p.

HELP WANTED AT - very busy veterinary clinic. A number of positions available. Experience required. Come by and fill out an application at San Juan Veterinary Services. 28-29c.

JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER - Call 731-3339. 28c.

CONSTRUCTION - Carpenter, helper, laborer. Do you have an open heart in mind? A desire to learn an honorable craft? Work hard, work fun, earn while you learn. Call Harmony Builders, Shane Carlson, 731-1050. 28-29p.

CONSTRUCTION - Are you experienced? We do all phases. If you want to experience a different way, give us a call. Pay commensurate with performance. Shane Carlson 731-1050, Rich Hampton 731-9159. 28-29p.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC - needed. Apply in person at Pagosa Land Company, 452 Pagosa Street. 28-30c.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS - and Construction Hands. Apply in person at Pagosa Land Company, 452 Pagosa Street. 28-30c.


FOR A COMPLETE - look at all homes in the county check out my web site: 51-28c.

I HAVE SEVERAL - homes, condos, and vacant pieces of land with owner financing available. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. 51-28c.

CHARMING, NEW - log style home in nature setting, waiting for your personal touch. Walk out to large deck from dining area, master or guest bedroom. Beautiful views, fireplace, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. Stop by 355 Handicap. 731-3530. 7tfc.

BY OWNER - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, new country kitchen, 1700+ sq. ft., very comfortable, 1 mile in on 1.8 acres, County Road 335, Lower Blanco. For more information call 264-2122. 30tfc.

UNITED COUNTRY RIGGS RANCHES & RESORT PROPERTIES, LLC - Located in the Mountain View Plaza. May already have the perfect property for you! And if not we'll find it! Take a look at our ad in this issue. Stop in or give us a call. Herman, Brian or Toni Riggs. Toll Free: 1-800-835-5331, local 1-970-731-3131. 46tfc.

NEW HOUSE - 3 bedroom, 2 bath with garage bordering greenbelt. South facing, lots of light, vaulted ceilings, hand drawn beams, redwood deck. New road, easy access. $159,900. 264-4797. 2-29p.

2400 SQ. FT. LOG HOME - on 30 acres bordering national forest. 24x48 4 car garage. $299,900. Call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100, agent. 6tfc.

FOR SALE - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1536 sq. ft. mobile home on deeded lot across the street from park and open space. New carpet and roof. $68,500. (970) 731-3530. 13tfc.

Pristine Equestrian Home - and 6 stall barn, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, fenced, breathtaking view of Pagosa Peak, privacy, 2 minutes from national forest for incredible riding. $468,000. 731-3373. 19tfc.

EXECUTIVE HOME - 5 bedrooms, 4 car garage, 35 acres, Fourmile Road. Best mountain views in Archuleta County. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154 or 731-2053. 19tfc.

2400 sq. ft home - on 5 acres with great views, barn, irrigated, pipe fencing, need to sell. $260,000. 264-5705. 19tfc.

LOMA LINDA - 3 bedroom with den, 2 bath, ±2000 sq. ft., cedar/log custom, horse property on fully fenced 5 acres with barn, workshop, RV hookups, front and back covered deck, landscaped with many upgrades and extras. Awesome kitchen and views. $325,000. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 20tfc.

INVESTORS! - 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath on 2 city lots. $20,000 below appraisal - $118,000. Make offer. Call Joe, Westcliffe Properties, Inc., 382-2525, 264-4238 evenings. 23-28p.

BEAUTIFUL 3 BEDROOM - 2 1/2 bath. 2500 square foot home. Across the street from national forest. $235,000. For more information call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 25tfc.

LOVELY 4 BEDROOM - 2 bath log home on 20 acre parcel. Pasture and trees. Views of East Range and Eight Mile Mesa. $237,700. For more information call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 25tfc.

"ZERO" DOWN PAYMENT - 100% financing on new home. Pick your land and pick your floor plan. Financing provided. Call for details, Pagosa Real Estate Store, (970) 731-2175 or 800-560-6050. 24tfc.

PRICE REDUCED! - 2/3 bedroom home centrally located near schools. $95,000. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 24tfc.

2560 SQUARE FOOT - 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 1 acre in town. $195,000. For more information call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 28tfc.

BRAND NEW - Pagosa Highlands, 3 bedroom, custom cabinets, hardwood floors, 2 car oversized garage, 1248 sq. ft., for sale by owner. $129,900. 731-0361. 24-29p.

By Owner - 2300 sq. ft. Victorian in town. 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath, den, sewing room, studio, detached 750 sq. ft. workshop, barn with pasture, views. $239,000. 264-2491. 25-31p.

3 BEDROOM - 2 bath with wood burning fireplace. 1999 doublwide on 1.5 acres in Aspen Springs. $119,000. Must see. For more information, call Joseph at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 27tfc.

Small 2 bedroom house - great retirement or starter home. View of Lake Navajo. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 26tfc.

UPPER BLANCO BASIN - Secluded classic log home on 9.32 acres. Aspen, fir, and pine trees, incredible mountain peak views, total privacy. $459,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 26-29c.

New Custom Cedar - log home. 2060 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Too many extras to list, must see. $267,700. Call Linda or Todd for more information at Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100. 26tfc.

For Sale by owner - Country cabin. 2 bedroom, 1 bath on 2.1 wooded acres. Secluded neighborhood, log siding, recently remodeled, washer and dryer hookups, wood heat, electric baseboard backup, $3000 water treatment system. $110,000. 731-2144. 26-29p.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

SECRET HOUSES - Coming soon - will let you know when they are available! Remember if you're serious about selling so am I. Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON, 731-2000. 27-30p.

WANT - to have an acre of enjoyment but only pay for 1/2. Great mountain views, but close to town! I'll show you HOW. Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON, 731-2000. 27-30p.

TIRED - of realtors who only call at listing time? Customer service is less than promised? What the heck list with BECK. I may give out but I never give up marketing your property. Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON, 731-2000. 27-30p.

UNIQUE AND LOVELY - timber frame bordering federal and ranch land. Secluded, many extras, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. $125,000. 731-2344. 27-28p.

HOME FOR SALE - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, with den, on 1 acre lot, next to creek. Easy access. $89,500. 100% financing with W.A.C. WPII, 731-2777. 28-29c.

HOME FOR SALE - 1.7 acres with 1470 sq. ft. home. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, fireplace, quiet, secluded, good views, many trees, $93,500. 100% financing with W.A.C. WPII, 731-2777. 28-29c.

1 LOFT BEDROOM - 1 bath condo. Lots of new aspen paneling, privacy bedroom plus Murphy bed, great views of Pinon Lake and east range, unfurnished. $55,900 (Prins). 10 acres, small doublewide mobile, views of Navajo in Arboles, $129,500. Small rental mobile on property gets $375/month (Sanders). Call Carolyn Craig at Coldwell Banker, The Pagosa Group, (970) 731-2000 or 800-888-5755. 28tfc.

JUST LISTED - 12 Heritage Drive. Large nearly new doublewide on nice corner lot with views in Pagosa Vista. Permanent foundation, build ins and much more. $100,000. Call High Country Real Estate to see this GREAT PROPERTY. 264-4191 or 1-800-259-5264. 28-29c.


HOSPICE CARE - A special kind of caring. Call 731-9190. 21tfcnc.

DRUG HOT LINE - Call 264-BUST to report any illegal drug activity. 32tfcnc.

REPORT KNOWLEDGE OF CRIMINAL ACTS - To Crime Stoppers, 264-2131. You may be entitled to a reward. Anonymity guaranteed. 19tfcnc.

SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE - for confidential support and information. 247-5400. 9tfc.

ALTERNATIVE HORIZONS - 24 hour domestic violence hotline. Confidential help available. 247-9619. 26tfc.

PREGNANT? DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO? - Call the Pregnancy Support Center. 264-3733. 16tfc.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.


FOR A COMPLETE - look at all larger vacant land parcels and ranches in the county check out my website: 51-28c.

UNITED COUNTRY RIGGS RANCHES & RESORT PROPERTIES, LLC - Located in the Mountain View Plaza. May already have the perfect property for you! And if not we'll find it! Take a look at our ad in this issue. Stop in or give us a call. Herman, Brian or Toni Riggs. Toll Free: 1-800-835-5331, Local 1-970-731-3131. 46tfc.

83+ ACRES - with irrigation in Arboles. Borders Hwy. 151. Great pasture, piñons and cedars. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 1tfc.

FIVE ACRE MINI-RANCH - in Meadows. Big views, 2400 sq. ft. house, 3 stall barn, pipe fencing, irrigation well, perfect horse property. FSBO. $260,000. 264-5705. 19tfc.

RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES - We know the country. Let us represent your interests as a buyers broker. It makes sense. Call for appointment, (970) 264-2168. 26-29c.

HIGH COUNTRY RANCH - 420 acres in the Upper Piedra north of Pagosa Springs. This ranch features a beautiful newly remodeled home with spectacular views, a new ranch mangers home, a year round stream, a one acre springs fed lake and national forest on three sides. $3,950,000. Qualified buyers only please. Pagosa Peak Realty, (970) 731-0200. 27tfc.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

APPROXIMATELY 11 ACRES - 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile on permanent foundation. Large 6 stall barn with large tack room, wash rack and workshop. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, 28tfc.


PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

14' ALUMINUM BOAT - 25 hp outboard motor. Two snowmobiles with trailer. 264-6246. 28p.


I HAVE SEVERAL - investment properties. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. 51-28c.

I HAVE SEVERAL - new listings on the water. River and lake properties, homes and vacant land, small pieces of river property, .80 acre to 510 acres. For more information ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210, 264-2677 evenings, 1-800-571-0107. 51-28c.

MOUNTAIN CABIN SITES - in Pagosa Springs, CO. 1 acre to 40 acres and sizes in between. Quality views, trees, some against national forest. Owner will finance up to 10 years. (970) 264-4574. 13-12p.

FOR SALE BY OWNER - Aspen Springs. 1.7 acres includes 2 bedroom, 1 bath trailer, 1800 gallon cistern. $42,000. 731-3487. 15tfc.

UNITED COUNTRY RIGGS RANCHES & RESORT PROPERTIES, LLC - Located in the Mountain View Plaza. May already have the perfect property for you! And if not we'll find it! Take a look at our ad in this issue. Stop in or give us a call. Herman, Brian or Toni Riggs. Toll Free: 1-800-835-5331, local 1-970-731-3131. 46tfc.

ARBOLES LOTS - 1-1 1/2 acre home sites. Piñon and juniper trees. Some with utilities, all with available utilities, some with views of Navajo Lake, valley and mountain. Priced $17,000-$35,000. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 1tfc.

12 ACRES - Pasture and irrigation. 5 miles east of Ignacio. Borders Hwy. and County Road 333. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 1tfc.

FOR SALE - 1/3 acre in Pagosa Vista. Lot #360. Larger lot. All fees current. $2999 OBO. (619) 697-1053. 13tfc.

VIEWS OF LAKE HATCHER - and mountains on ridge near lake. 3 lots, sell separately or together. Three lots together is ASI, sold separately or together, trees. Two lots together, backs up to big greenbelt, great views, trees in Lakewood Village. Call Carolyn Craig at Re/Max Sunrise Properties for any of the above, (970) 731-5255. 19tfc.

FIVE ACRE MINI RANCH - in Meadows. Big views, 2400 sq. ft. house, 3 stall barn, pipe fencing, irrigation well, perfect horse property. FSBO. $260,000. 264-5705. 19tfc.

PAGOSA IN THE PINES - lot across from green. Walk to clubhouse, close to amenities. Possible owner financing. $14,000. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 21tfc.

BEAUTIFUL 3 1/2 ACRES - Borders national forest and greenbelt. Lots of trees, creek, close to paved road, Martinez Mountain II, lot 62. $59,500. 731-5147. 21-28c.

41 ACRES - Secluded, large pine trees, views, new well, good roads, utilities coming. $135,000. 731-2115, 749-4518. 22-33p.

NEW LISTINGS - Beautifully treed seasonal lots. 3 1/2 miles in national forest, great mountain views, all utilities. One lot next to national forest. Paul Carpino Realty, 264-6154. 24tfc.

ASPEN SPRINGS SPECIALS - Choose from 19 1 acre lots. All $4995. Terms. (970) 731-5077. 25tfc.

THE "BEST" 4 - 1 acre plus lots in Aspen Springs. Greatest views, level and treed. Buy all or part. Terms. (970) 731-5077. 25tfc.

PIP2 - 395 Pines. New listing. Great value at $14,900. Backed by greenbelt. Large lot, trees, views. Could be combined with adjacent lot. 377 Pines Drive at $17,000. Greenbelt on sides and back. .44 acre. Quiet area. (Burwell) PIP1 - 958 County Road 600. Lot 5 - $6,600. Nice lot with all utilities. .25 acre, convenient location. Could be combined with adjacent lot. (Barth). Call Cindi Owen with Jim Smith Realty (970) 264-3209. 26tfc.

3.8 ACRES - Piedra Estates, big views, all utilities, great horse property with big trees. Pagosa Peak Realty, 731-0200. 25tfc.

3 ACRES - Holiday acres, beautiful views, lots of trees, great building site, one of the best. Pagosa Peak Realty, 731-0200. 25tfc.

TIFFANY - Beautiful irrigated ranch land with all utilities, lots of views, borders county road, 40 acres up to 160 acres. Pagosa Peak Realty, 731-0200. 25tfc.

3 acre parcel - with irrigation in Allison. Utilities near. Call Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 26tfc.

Two 10 acre parcels - with all utilities near Navajo Lake. Sub pasture. Call Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 26tfc.

10 acres - incredible views! $39,500. Aspen Springs Realty, (970)731-5077. 26tfc.

riverside properties - representing real estate buyers. It makes sense to have a broker on your side. Call Chris Willhelm for appointment, (970) 264-2168. 26-29c.

5 ACRE PARCEL - Hilltop buildsite, big views, horse properties. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 26-29c.

THE BEST 35 ACRE PARCELS - Several 35's bordering national forest, river frontage, horse properties, maintained roads and utilities, owner financing. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 26-29c.

Best of the Meadows - Gorgeous five-acre tract across from the Rim. Watch the sunrise all along the East Range and enjoy sunsets along the Aspen filled slopes to the West. Lots of beautiful treed meadow area for horses. Borders a canyon full of deer, elk and turkeys. Exceptional value for high quality acreage. $105,000. Check the other so-called "high-end" tracts then call to look at this ! Exclusively offered by Mike Heraty at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 27-30c.

Best 40-Acre Tract - Absolutely Drop-dead panoramic views including the lake and all the area mountain ranges. Gated private ranch community, natural hot spring, dedicated open space, private lake access. This is the Crown Jewel within Echo Canyon Ranch. There will never be another like it! An Exceptional offering for the Exceptional Buyer. Building plans included! Exclusively offered by Mike Hearaty at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 27-30c.

The Best 10-Acre Parcel - Sensational setting for your dream home. End of cul-de-sac, next to national forest, sweeping East Range views, tall pines, lots of wildlife, perfect building site. Price nearly $30,000 below county assessed value. $109,000. Call Mike Heraty at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 27-30c.

SAN JUAN RIVER RESORT - 588 Swiss Village Drive. All utilities, 1/2 acre, trees, view, meadow. $37,000. 17 miles ski Wolf Creek. Mark, (970) 963-8805. 27tfc.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

THREE SUNNY LOTS - with view. Twin Creek, corner North Pagosa and Sweetwater, Captains Circle. (303) 786-8163. 27-30p.

LOT OF SALE - on Beaver Circle across from Lake Forest. Must sell, make offer. 731-9238. 27-30p.

TWO BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED RIVERFRONT ACRES - on the Lower Blanco River with many trees. Septic test done. Good water! Eight miles south of Pagosa Springs off Hwy 84, then 2 miles west on County Road 335. $35,760. (214) 341-0456. 28tfc. - LOTS & LOTS & LOTS & LOTS & LOTS OF LOTS! ALL SIZES ALL PRICES, HUNDREDS TO CHOOSE FROM. CALL THE LOT EXPERT! Robbie Pepper at Jim Smith Realty, 264-3207. 28-29c.

EXQUISITE LAKE FRONT LOT - with majestic mountain views in North Village Lake. End of cul-de-sac, convenient to amenities - golf course, tennis, shopping. Serene setting with lots of wildlife. Owner carry options. Reduced price to sell quickly. $61,900. (970) 264-6830. 28p.


PROFESSIONAL HUNTING GUIDE - seeking position as caretaker or ranch manager. (505) 756-1977. 42tfc.

Topsoil needed - Call (480) 345-2610 after 7 p.m. 25-28p.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

WANTED - Good used 10-14 foot, light weight boat. No motor or trailer. 731-6440. 28-29p.

WANTED TO BUY - Ducks for the wildlife park. Call 264-5546. 28-30c.


BE SURE TO CHECK - for more yard sales in the Too Late To Classify section. 30tfcnc.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

PATIO SALE - Antiques, collectibles, dolls. Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. to noon. Unit 40, Westwind II,302 Talisman Drive. 28p.

MOVING SALE - Miscellaneous, plus Attention Plumbers - lots of PVC fittings. Meadows, east on Big Sky, left on Feather. Friday 8-2. 28p.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE - Rain or shine. Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m.-2p.m., Pagosa Mini Storage Unit 127, behind Go-fer Foods. Something for everyone. Lots of clothes kids and adults, toys, small furniture, windsurfer, store displays, guy stuff, housewares and miscellaneous. 28p.

WEATHER PERMITTING - Yard sale Friday and Saturday, 9-?. 48 Fisher Court off Dutton. Lots of good stuff! 28p.

FRIDAY 2-6; SATURDAY 9-6 - 2605 Meadows Dr., 2.6 miles South of Hwy 160. Trash to treasure. Photo enlarger and equipment, Scuba gear, TV and Cab., sewing machine and Cab., wagon wheel light fixtures, dish sets and housewares, books, snowplow (fits 4 wheeler), back swing, lawn mower, tub surround (54" tub), tools, miscellaneous. 28p.

BIG GARAGE SALE - Saturday 8 a.m. 575 Lakeside Dr. North Pagosa, 1 mile right on Lakeside. 28p.

YARD SALE - Saturday, 9-12. 70 Chipper Court. I won't be ready before 9! 28p.

YARD SALE - Saturday, 4/29 only, 7 a.m.-? Beanie Babies, Southwestern stuff, knick knacks, toys and more. 220 Lewis Street. 28p.


VACATIONERS - We have fully furnished homes and condos for rent by the day, week or month. Call and check our prices and variety of selection. Pagosa Realty Rentals. Box 1619, Pagosa Springs. CO 81147. (970) 731-5515. 21tfc.

HIGH COUNTRY MINI STORAGE - Most sizes available. Paved, lighted, security. Behind Pizza Hut. Call 264-9142. 44tfc.

VACATIONERS: EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN - and well-maintained two story condo. Two bedrooms (sleeps four maximum), 1 3/4 baths, fully furnished with well-equipped kitchen. Located in core area, close to new City Market. $450 weekly. NO PETS and NO SMOKERS - NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact owners (970) 731-2017 (evenings best). 39-35p.

DURANGO HOUSING CORPORATION - has clean apartments with affordable rents, close to schools and bus lines. Now featuring a Resident Computer Lab. Call for details, 247-2788. EOH. 41tfc.

METICULOUS VACATION CONDO - 2+2 with full kitchen, TV, VCR. Two days to monthly. No smokers or pets. (970) 264-6656. 48tfc.

2 BEDROOM - 2 bath house. New carpet, new paint, gas heat, washer and dryer. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 52tfc.

2 BEDROOM - 1 bath condo. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 2tfc.

FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED - 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath condo. Pagosa Central Management. 731-2216. 18tfc.

3 BEDROOM FURNISHED - condo. $850/month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 21tfc.

FURNISHED EFFICIENCY - Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 20tfc.

SMALL HOME - on the river. Downtown, low energy bills, large yard. You'll love it! Available May 1. Call John at (303) 442-2601. 24-29p.

2 BEDROOM - 2 bath on 2 acres with garage near Chimney Rock. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 24tfc.

FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM - with loft, 2 bath. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 24tfc.

FURNISHED 3 BEDROOM - with loft, 2 bath. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 24tfc.

For Rent - Spacious 1700 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath duplex on golf course. Garage with large storage room. No pets, no smokers. $750 per month plus utilities. Available April 15. Call (702) 399-8768 or 731-9804. 25-28p.

2 bedroom - 1 bath house on 5 acres, 3 acres fenced for horses, $35 per horse - must feed them - unfurnished, $675/month, references, NO CATS, dogs okay. 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile at Happy Camper. $575/month plus utilities. Small 2 bedroom 1 bath for couple or single person in Arboles. Owner will pay all utilities but propane. $375. Call Carolyn Craig at CC Rentals, 731-0415, toll free 877-731-0415 or (970) 731-5447 evenings, email 25tfc.

For Lease - New 1000 sq. ft., large 1 bedroom with large bathroom with jacuzzi plus shower, large living room with dining area. All utilities paid. With alarm system. Suitable for one or two people. Adult preferred, no pets, non-smoker. $800/month plus deposit. Call Joe 731-3335. 25-29p.

4/2 log home - 1 1/2 acre, 2 car garage with storage, lower Blanco. Available 6/1/00. References required. $900/month plus deposit. 264-0117. 26-29p.

118 Highland-Vista - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, high ceilings, wood burning fireplace, natural gas, storage, laundry area. $475 month plus utilities, first, last, deposit. No pets. 731-2610. 26-29p.

VERY NICE - 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile. $600 per month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 26tfc.

1 BEDROOM - 2 bath unfurnished condo. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 26tfc.

IN TOWN - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with washer and dryer. Furnished. May 1-October 1. $600/month plus deposit. Call 264-5091. 26-28p.

ROOMMATE WANTED - Quiet, views, master bedroom with private bath, storage. $425 includes utilities, deposit. Leave message 731-9252. 27-28p.

3 BEDROOM - 2 bath, furnished. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 27tfc.

TIMBER FACTORY HOMES - has new Cavco models. Don't buy until you see our 32' wides and pro-panel roof. We can get you financing. Come see us for your dream home. Hwy. 160 West next to Let's Store It, 731-0007. 27tfc.

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH - all appliances including washer/dryer. Landscaped yard with children's play area, concrete pad for kennel. $650 per month plus deposit. References 731-4290. 27-30p.

ROOMMATE WANTED - Quiet, mature individual. $350 month. Fairfield area. 731-2850. 27-28p.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

2800 SQ. FT. ON LAKE - and Golf Course. 3 or 4 bedroom, 2 bath, living room, dining room, two fireplaces, 2 car garage. $1500/month lease. 731-2199. 28p.

3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH HOUSE - 13 miles east of Bayfield on US 160. $525/month plus utilities, first/last and deposit. No dogs. (970) 731-2610. 28-29p.

NEW DUPLEX ON GOLF COURSE - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, storage, dishwasher, W/D hookups, natural gas heat, no pets. $850/month. See at 386 E. Golf Place. Call 731-4344 days or 731-3213 to leave message. 28-29p.

2 BEDROOM - 2 bath. No pets! You pay electric, phone, cable. We pay water, trash, snow removal, gas. $350 deposit, $530 per month. Call 264-5000 for information. 28-29c.

3 BEDROOM - 2 3/4 bath, 1500 sq. ft. condo. 731-5203. 28-29p.

2 BEDROOM - 2 bath with garage. $675 per month, first and last plus $500 security. No smokers, no pets, 1650 sq. ft., minimum one year lease. 264-4236 or 264-4268. 26-28c.


PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.



AREA NEWCOMERS - Welcome! The Pagosa Springs Welcoming Service has a free packet of gifts and coupons to introduce you to your local merchants. Call 731-2398. 48tfc.

MASTER PAINTER HAROLD KORNHABER - Specializing in the more difficult repainting. Interior/exterior. Insured. Est. 1970. (970) 264-2789. Estimates. 39-30p.

T.V. TROUBLES? - Call Mike! Mike's TV. Since 1979. 264-2788. 29tfc.

METAL EYEGLASS FRAME REPAIR - jewelry repair. Pagosa Jewelry, 527 San Juan Street, Suite C, San Juan Plaza. Free estimates, free cleaning. 264-9137. 17tfc.

AFFORDABLE FRAMING - "A complete professional shop." In stock: frames, matboard, glass, moldings, watercolor paper. Call Linda Lerno, 731-5173 or Brenda 731-9473. 12-11p.

COUNSELING - Transpersonal process approach. Private practice since 1983. Specializing in body-oriented psychotherapy. Offices in Pagosa Springs and Durango. Call Valeta H. Bruce at 731-9629 for session information/mailing list. 4tfc.

CUSTOM FRAMING AND MATTING - Reasonable prices, quick service. Jan Brookshier, 264-4275 after 6 p.m. 24tfc.

PET SITTING AND PLANT CARE - Dogs, cats, horses, all ranch sitting, exotics. Reliable, excellent references. Animal Massage Therapist, 264-6680. 44-31p.

BILL'S SMALL ENGINE SERVICE - Mowers, tillers, trimmers. Also, home maintenance/repairs. Dependable, timely. 883-3617. 33tfc.

EXTRAS ETC. - All aspects of carpentry from decks to additions. Quality workmanship, prompt service. 20 years in Pagosa Springs. 264-5100. 15-30p.

PET SITTING - at your house! Leave the dogs and cats at home and let us take care of them. Pagosa Pet Sitting - TLC Experts. Astrid and Melanie, 264-3040. 5-34p.

DAYCARE AND EVENING BABYSITTING - Can transport to school and activities. Light housekeeping okay. References. Carol Baughman, 731-0577. 12-28p.

MELCHIZEDEK METHOD AND REIKI - New/ancient systems for improved health. Reiki attunements awaken the ability to use unconditional love for people, Mother Earth, animals. The Melchizedek Method certified practitioner workshops offer a new formula for health, harmony and spiritual ascension. Both energies may be sent over distances. For private health sessions, Reiki attunements or a brochure, call Cynthia Ellen Watson, (970) 731-3581. 17-36p.

SIX PACK WELDING - Mobile service available 24 hours. Mig, Tig, Gas and Arc welding. (970) 883-2218. 14-30p.

GAIL HERSHEY - Pottery and ceramic sculpture. Master potter. 20 years experience. Specializing in dinnerware sets with a southwestern flair. See at Made in Colorado Shoppe. Private studio visits by appointment. 731-2207. 16tfc.

RIVERSIDE UPHOLSTERY - Furniture, drapes, awnings. 247-1260. 6tfc.

MARY MCLELLAN CMP - Experience wellness and quality nurturing touch through Deep Tissue Massage with acupressure and polarity. Great results with chronic pain, injuries, sports massage and wellness care. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday appointments at Massage at Springs, 264-6620. Wednesday and Friday appointments at 731-3008. 23-28p.

TRENCHING - Need some trenching done? Call Chris at Cimarrona Enterprises at 731-2167. 50-30p.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY - Experienced and dependable. High quality, professional packages/affordable prices. Free time-proven planning guide. Stop worrying, call Harms PhotoGraphic at 731-2700. 23-30p.

MISSING A KODAK MOMENT? - Harms PhotoGraphic provides quality, professional format portraits of all kinds guaranteed for life through Kodak's "Promise of Excellence" Pro Program. Over 30,000 satisfied Colorado customers! Call Jan or Ken at 731-2700. 23-30p.

CARPENTER NEEDS WORK - 23 years experience in framing, siding, finish and logs. Will work for contractor or home owner. 264-4681. 25-28p.

handyman - Father and son offering quality carpentry work by the hour. Cabinets, decks, remodels, additions and home repairs. Call 264-2339 or 264-5387. 25-30p.

P & R Landscape Logging - We do tree topping, thinning and clearing. References. 731-0852, 946-2508 cell. 25-35p.

Mary Kay - Loretta Hildebrandt Independent Beauty Consultant. 124 Paradise Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. (970) 731-3645, (888) 485-2955 toll free. 25tfc.

Land Surveying - Coster Surveys. Darryl D. Coster, PLS. Reasonable, competitive rates. 22 years experience. (970) 264-1120. 26-28p.

AUTO DETAILING - Prices start at $100. Pick up and delivery available. D & W Detailing, 264-2514. 26nctfc.

Carpentry/Handyman - General maintenance, remodels, painting, drywall, etc. No job too small. Blair Jackson, 749-4252 or 264-6002 evenings. 26-31p.

Housecleaning - Excellent worker. Anything goes, from refrigerators to windows. 731-1313. 27tfc.

Yard work - Generalized cleanups. Stacking firewood and anything goes. 731-1313. 27tfc.

HOME REPAIRS/HANDYMAN - Carpentry, decks, ceramic tile, painting, room additions. No job too small. By David, (970) 749-4625. 27tfc.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

METAL ROOFING AND MORE - Sheds, decks, small jobs. All types of roof and building repair. Fencing. Dan Snow, lifetime resident, (970) 731-3171. 27-32p.

CARPENTRY PLUS - Years of experience in fine home building, rough and finish carpentry, new construction and remodeling. Will work with home owner or contractor. Tools and truck. Local references. Call David 731-9509. 27tfc.

CONCRETE WORK - Footings, foundations, flatwork, basements, specializing in 1 1/2" pours for in floor heating. 731-5342 or 264-6917. 27-29p.

FORK LIFTS FOR HIRE - Caribou Construction. 731-9848 or 946-2488. 28tfc.

FENCING - Commercial, residential, home or ranch. Chain link, barbed wire, cedar, split rail, vinyl. Call (970) 731-3177 for free estimate or look us up in the web at 28-39p.


HOME HEALTH WORKER - available to work in your home 8-4. Please call 731-5346. 28-29p.

Artistic Remodeling - by Hudson Hudson L.L.C. Professional artists/sculptors for 20 years. Woodwork, painting, carpentry, murals, wood carving. 264-2491. 25-31p.

MASSAGE THERAPY - Relaxation stress relief, neuromuscular pain relief, deep tissue, aroma therapy, energy work. At office or out calls. Home 264-6680, work 264-4003. 28-31p.


COMMERCIAL RENTAL - Downtown, Hwy. 160 frontage, all utilities paid. 264-5080. 17tfc.

Branding Iron Bar BQ - opening May 1. Ya'll Come! 26-28c.

PAGOSA COUNTRY'S ONLY REAL ESTATE GUIDE - that's circulated in over 4,500 copies of The Pagosa Springs SUN. 12,000 copies will be printed. Call today to reserve your ad in the Summer 2000 Real Estate Guide 264-2101. DEADLINE: Monday, May 1. 27-28nc.

1955 GMC BUS CONVERSION - $1950 OBO. '86 CHEVY SUBURBAN, runs good, $2500. 731-1050. 27-28p.

THE WATER WORKS! - Colon hydrotherapy feels like an "inner spring shower." Try the safe, comfortable, FDA cleared equipment, along with foot and tummy massage. 264-2044. 27-28p.

PRIVATE HOUSE KEEPER NEEDED - for 2 busy families. Full or part-time, good pay! We are looking for someone to help with housekeeping, cooking, and running errands. Hours and days are flexible. Minimum commitment of 8 hours. Full time work could be available. Might consider At-Home-Mom for part-time position. Must have current CO driver's license and references. $9/hour. Call Michelle at 731-5803 or Lauri at 731-6030. Leave message and we'll return a call. 27-28c.

1953 FORD F600 - flatbed. Less than 15,000 original miles, 4 speed transmission, 2 speed axle, PTO, dual R/W, looks/runs good. $3500. 264-9347. 27-28p.

BROWNING BDM 9MM - 3 high cap mag, $600. P38 (9mm) all original matching numbers with holster, 2 mags, $400. 264-9347. 27-28p.

FOR SALE - Quaker parrot, 1 1/2 years old, $295. Price includes cage, toys and food. 731-5365. 27-28p.


MOUNTAIN SNAPSHOTS - is now open at our new location across from Radio Shack! Quick photo processing, film goods, studio and old-time photography, mats and over 300 frames. Remember to SHOP PAGOSA. 29-31c.

ROOMMATE WANTED - New home on lake one mile from McDonald's. $325/month, deposit $275. Utilities paid. Call 731-4906. 28p.

HAVE A HORSE - that needs a spring tune up? Or an unbroke horse you want trained? Then call Start To Finish Horse Training. 264-5567. 28p.

ANTIQUES - 125 gallon fish tank, fresh or salt; F250 Ford pickup; and miscellaneous items. 48 Fisher Court, off Dutton and N. Pagosa. Friday and Saturday, 9-? 731-0004. 28p.

15 3'x6' DUAL - glaze glass panels with extruded aluminum, with gaskets and cap. Perfect for a greenhouse! $1500 OBO. 264-6486. 28p.

650 CC - Honda Nighthawk motorcycle. Excellent condition, low miles. $1300. 264-6132. 28-29p.

LOST - REVO SUNGLASSES. Black rimmed, near tennis courts. Reward. 731-9362 or 731-2273. 28nc.

I AM NOT! - carrying a petition to put Ralph Goulds on any ballot but I will vote for Nan Rowe. (Jim S.) 28p.

PART TIME SHOP HELP NEEDED - Must have valid Colorado drivers license. 731-9949. 28-29c.

2 BEDROOM - 1 bath duplex for rent. Available May 15. Lake views. Daytime 731-9949, evenings after 5 p.m. 731-9206. 28-31p.

LIVE PRAISE AND WORSHIP - by Chris Pajak. Saturday, April 29, 7-9 p.m. at UPHM Thrift and Gift located in the Rivercenter. 28c.

GOATS/BARBECUE - for graduation or summer. Call 264-4441 or 731-4691. 28p.

Home for sale - Motivated owner, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Lake Forest Estates. Nice floor plan, carport, lots of pines, 5 years old. $130,000 OBO. Call Hal or Michelle (970) 963-3912. 24-28p.

ANTIQUE DIAMOND RING - Cocktail style, $3000. Antique violin and bow, $1500. 731-9082. 28-31p.

DINING TABLE - and four chairs excellent condition, medium oak finish, $200. Large GE microwave, 700 watts, $75. 286 computer with new 15" monitor and Epson wide carriage pin printer, $100. 731-9082. 28-29p.

GREAT 3 BEDROOM/SUNROOM - Near town, 2 acres, $875/month plus utilities. (808) 878-2147, collect, leave number. Available 5/1. 28p.

'96 SPORTSMAN 400 - 4x4. Leave message, 264-6726. 28-29p.

MOM WILL BABYSIT - Available Monday-Friday. Please call 264-5049. 28p.

4 STATES TRAILER SALE - Dove Creek, CO, Spring Fling Sale! May 5 and 6. We have 50 horse stock, utility, cargo, and flatbed trailers on hand. Drawing for door prizes, best prices on trailers and we take trades. North of Cortez on Hwy 666 to mile marker 55. Call (970) 562-4382 or toll free 1-888-45-RODEO. 28-29p.

CERAMICS - LizzyLu Ceramics, Spring special on Greenware and Brisque items! Large selection! Place holiday orders now. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 731-3906. 28-29p.

NICE 4 BEDROOM - 2 bath, fireplace, deck, fenced yard, 1827 sq. ft., great views, on green belt, Bonnavilla doublewide. $87,000. 731-9371. 28p.

DEWALT POWER TOOLS - parking lot sale! Wednesday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Big savings on great tools! Ponderosa Do It Best, 2435 West Hwy 160, 731-4111. 28c.

KAYAK FOR SALE - Perception Mirage with storage float bags, paddle, helmet, and two spray skirts. $250. 731-5165. 28-29p.

ARE YOU LOOKING - for a challenging job? Full time front desk position available. Must have great people skills, competitive pay and benefits. Pick up application at Sunetha Management, 56 Talisman. 28-29c.

DOUBLE BED - Nikken Magnet mattress, 6 months old. New $450, now $300 OBO. 731-7474. 28-29p.

NEED TO FIND GOOD HOME - for Golden Retriever mix dog. Loving, obedient, and house trained. No small children or other dogs. 264-4004. 28p.

FOR RENT - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, furnished condo. $625 per month. Call 731-9067 or 731-5666. 28p.

LIKE TO RENT - nice 3/2 home/condo for month of July. (817) 860-6333 Sarah. 28-31p.

MAY 6=NATIONAL HOMEBREW DAY! - Nationwide simultaneous brewing. Free Whitelabs yeast samples! Call for recipe. The Brew Haus 264-0093, 28p.

GARAGE SALE - Saturday, April 29, 9-? Couch and love seat, weight bench, lots of clothes, miscellaneous. In alley behind 233 Lewis Street downtown. 28p.

EXPERIENCED CARPENTER - to install wood ceilings, decks, railings, trim, etc. 3-4 weeks starting immediately, Arboles area. Wages or contract based on experience. Call Robert Laporte, 883-5412. 28p.

LABORERS TO GATHER - and haul river rocks for construction project. Arboles area. Call Robert Laporte, 883-5412. 28p.

RIVER ROCK WANTED - for fireplace construction. Delivered to Arboles area. Will pay top dollar. Call Robert Laporte at 883-5412. 28p.

PUBLIC AUCTION - City of Durango, La Plata County, LPEA Inc. Saturday, May, 6 2000. City Service Center, Bodo Park, Durango (next to La Plata Electric). 10 a.m. Vehicles, heavy equipment, tools, shop supplies, computers and parts, desks and office furnishings, building supplies, bicycles, MORE! For flier or information call Calvin or Pat (970) 385-4273. 28c.