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April 6, 2000

Beer truck gets smashed on Pass

By Karl Isberg

We're having a little get-together at the Overlook.

You bring the beer.

Nicholas Black, a Chicago-based truck driver, had plenty of beer in his truck, but he bailed out just before the party started.

Black was driving his semi westbound on U.S. 160 on Wolf Creek Pass on the morning of March 30 pulling a trailer filled with beer. According to what he told Colorado State Patrol Trooper Chris Balenti, Black started down the west side of the pass in a higher gear than was suitable for the long, steep grade.

"The driver said he was in too high of a gear," said Balenti, "and had to use his brakes more than he should. He lost his brakes just after the last truck ramp before the Overlook. He said when he lost his brakes he was going fairly slow - 20 to 25 miles-per-hour. He was going pretty fast by the time he hit the curve at the Overlook. He said when he tried to cut the corner he looked in front of him and saw nothing but sky. When he looked behind, he saw the trailer sliding out. He pulled the ejection handle and exited the cab rather quickly."

Balenti reported the semi and trailer rolled over at a high rate of speed, hit and destroyed barriers at the edge of the highway, with half the trailer going through the barriers and stopping at the edge of the precipice on the west side of the roadway.

The beer in the trailer did not survive.

Black survived, however, with what Balenti described as minor injuries. The driver was not cited as a result of the incident.


Another Pagosa team heads to state event

By Roy Starling

In the past year, Colorado schools' creative problem solving changed from Odyssey of the Mind to Destination ImagiNation, but one thing remains the same: Pagosa Springs will again send a team to state competition.

Competing in the Western Slope Division at a regional event held in Grand Junction Saturday, a junior high team coached by Shari Pierce finished in second place, thereby qualifying for a slot in the state competition April 29 at the University of Denver. The team finished just two points behind first-place Miller Middle School from Durango. This is the third consecutive year Pierce's team has advanced to state.

The Pagosa team also won the Destination ImagiNation Da Vinci Award for "extreme creativity." The award "recognizes those who clearly demonstrate (Leonardo Da Vinci's) spirit of adventurous risk to reach truly new and unique destinations."

The junior high team was comprised of Melissa Diller, Drew Fisher, Sierra Fleenor, David Houle, Clint McKnight, Mallori Messinger and Randi Pierce.

Pagosa Springs Intermediate School sent two teams to the Grand Junction event. One team, coached by Ellen Beavers and Martha Zeiler, included Tad Beavers, Kim Canty, Jesse Christianson, Nick Hanson, Anna Hershey, Keila Prewitt and Veronica Zeiler. Working with a problem called "Eggsploration," the team finished sixth.

Another team, coached by Melinda Baum and Don Weller, finished fourth, working with a problem called "Mixing Apples and Oranges." Members of this team included Sara and Chris Baum, Kristen DuCharme, Casey Hart, Jessica Lynch, Ben Owens and Michael Spitler.

Gail Hershey was the faculty sponsor of the intermediate school teams.

The program has two components: a team challenge and an instant challenge. The combined scores from these two events determine a team's final placement.

In the team challenge, Shari Pierce said, "They had 30 minutes to make up a skit including a famous person (which turned out to be Mahatma Ghandi), a famous place and time (the United States during the Great Depression), a fictional character (the Fairy Godmother) and a conflict (someone struggling to convey something to someone else)."

The team members were judged chiefly on their creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills, and Pierce and her group agreed that "our teamwork was awesome."

Pierce said that after their presentation, her team told the judges "they had never worked so well together. It also helped that they knew the material really well. They had done a lot of research on the Great Depression."

Several team members believed their work on the instant challenge was largely responsible for their high score. This portion of the competition gave them five minutes "to solve a problem cold," and students reported that "our spontaneous work has always been our strong point."

Few vote, but town ballot proposal passes

By Karl Isberg

Pagosa Springs voters went to the polls on April 4 and approved a ballot proposal that would allow the town to control a portion of the sales tax revenues collected within town boundaries should the current sales tax situation change.

It was a light turnout at the polls, with 80 votes cast. The 80 voters comprise 10 percent of the registered voters living within town limits.

The sales tax measure passed by a margin of 69-11. The measure does not entail an increase above the current 7 percent sales tax levied in town but could, given certain conditions, allow the town to retain a higher percentage of the tax revenues than it now does.

Currently, 3 percent sales tax goes to the state of Colorado. Revenues from the remaining 4 percent sales tax are now split evenly between the town and Archuleta County.

Of that 4 percent sales tax, 2 percent is perpetual, with the revenues split evenly between the two entities. The other 2 percent sales tax was approved by the voters of Archuleta County in 1994, with the revenues split evenly between the town and county, with provisions dealing with joint town and county service issues. Between 80 and 90 percent of all sales tax revenues in Archuleta County are collected within the town limits of Pagosa Springs.

In 1995, a group calling itself the Archuleta County Road Users Association attempted to place an issue on the ballot asking voters in the county to change the allocation of the local portion of sales tax revenues giving Archuleta 75 percent of the money and the town 25 percent of the revenues.

Archuleta County took the question of the validity of the proposed ballot issue to the Sixth Judicial District Court and the District Court ruled the issue could not be placed on the ballot. The Road Users Association appealed the decision to the Colorado Court of Appeals and that court reversed the District Court decision and ordered an election to be held.

When Archuleta County and the town appealed the matter to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals stayed the election order pending a decision by the high court. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for May 4.

It was the chance that the even split of revenues could be altered that led the town to put the matter before the voters on April 4.

The ballot measure approved by the voters will allow the town to impose up to 3 percent sales tax "if and only if the existing sales tax is repealed, repealed and readopted, determined not to be effective, or expires in whole or in part in an amount greater than 1 percent."

The measure approved on April 4 would not allow the town, in any event, to raise the sales tax collected within town boundaries higher than the current 7 percent.

Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon called the election result "an important victory for the town as we continue to work on this complex tax issue."

Voters also selected three individuals to serve four-year terms on the Pagosa Springs board of trustees. Incumbent Trustee Bill Whitbred received 63 votes; incumbent Trustee Jeff Jones received 53 votes; and newcomer Rick Kiister tallied 42 votes. The three were the only candidates on the slate.

County Democrats hold caucus April 11

By John M. Motter

Archuleta County Democrats will hold precinct caucuses April 11. So far, no Democrats have filed as candidates for the two county offices that will be on the November ballot. Those offices are county commissioner in Districts 1 and 2.

Local Democrat J.B. Smith has indicated he will run against Republican Mark Larson of Cortez for the Colorado House District 59 seat.

Democrats living in Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 will hold their caucuses together April 11 at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Precinct 4 meets at 53 West Cedar in Arboles and Precinct 6 at the home of Mary Weiss, 582 Stevens Circle in Fairfield Pagosa.

The Democrats have no county chairman at this time. Mitch Appenzeller is acting county chairman. A county chairman will be chosen at the county general assembly to be held shortly after the precinct caucuses.

Members of the party central committee are county elected officials and precinct chairmen. J.B. Smith is acting as an ex officio member because of his candidacy for state office.

Democrats currently holding county office are County Clerk June Madrid and County Treasurer Traves Garrett. Precinct chairmen are Chris Chavez, Precinct 1; Butch and June Madrid, Precinct 2; Precinct 3, vacant; Mitch and Bill Appenzeller, Precinct 4; Marge and Mac McRae, Precinct 5; Mary Weiss, Precinct 6; J.B. Smith, Precinct 7; and Andy Martinez, Precinct 8.

9Health Fair offers information, screenings

Pagosa Springs 9Health Fair is set for Saturday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the commons area of Pagosa Springs High School. The 9Health Fair offers health education and basic health screenings to area residents.

Restricted to participants who are 18 years of age and older, the 9Health Fair offers health information, free screenings, and low-cost blood chemistry analysis.

This year's Pagosa Springs 9Health Fair has a lot to offer so participants should plan on spending time to visit the medical and learning centers, according to the event's organizers. If you enjoy late snacks, eat your last meal or snack a little later than usual Friday night and arrive later in the morning Saturday.

Persons planning on having blood work are asked to wear loose clothing, short-sleeved shirts, or shirts/blouses that have loose-fitting sleeves. Participants should register on arrival and then proceed to the blood pressure station. The blood chemistry analysis will cost $25, the PSA testing $20 and colorectal kits $5. (The 9Health Fair is open until 1 p.m. when there will be no lines or short lines for blood work.)

Those planning to pay the fee for the blood work must fast for 12 hours prior to giving a blood sample. Drinking water is highly encouraged and tea or coffee is permissible if served without sweetener or cream. Persons on medication should take their scheduled medicines as usual. Diabetics should not fast.

Some of the screenings at this year's 9Health Fair include colon cancer screening, breast cancer screening, vision auity screening, glaucoma screening, hearing, arthritis, height and weight, peripheral vascular disease screening, body in balance screening and oral cancer screening. The amount of examination and testing supplies have been doubled over last year so the organizers are confident that all of the participants will be accommodated Saturday.

Participants should be aware that the screenings are not a substitute for a physical examination. No diagnoses are allowed at any 9Health Fair.

This year's learning centers and literature sites include Hep C, CPR/first aid, Alzheimers, altitude sickness, American Cancer Society, American heart/lung, breast health education, colon cancer, diabetes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, osteoporosis, Vial 4 Life and more.

The 9Health Fair chooses to take a preventative approach by providing health education and basic health screenings, thereby resulting in early disease detection. The commitment is to emphasize wellness through education and to maintain the high standards 9Health Fair has established.

For more information about 9Health Fair in either a medical or non-medical capacity call Wendy Horning (assistant medical coordinator), 731-5811 or 731-2864, or Mercy Korsgren (non-medical coordinator) 731-2855 evenings.

Interested parties may also contact 9Health Fair at (800) 332-3078, e-mail or visit their web site at Channel 9, Denver, is another good way of seeing and hearing updates on the 9Health Fair.

This year's Pagosa Springs 9Health Fair is made possible through the joint efforts of many local businesses and the following organizations: Rotarians, Kiwanis Club, Women's Civic Club, Women's Club, Guadaloupe Society, Lions Club and all of the volunteers both medical and non-medical in conjunction with 9Health Services.

Inside The Sun

April 6, 2000

County plans land acquisition

By John M. Motter

The county's plans to acquire 40 acres of land near Stevens Field from the Bureau of Land Management will be aired April 18 at the county commissioners' regular meeting.

Two subjects will be presented during the meeting. First will be the county's acquisition of the land. Secondly, the county's plans to turn over about 10 of the 40 acres to the Humane Society will be discussed.

In the beginning, BLM insisted that the county submit a development plan for the property and submit to a lease until such time as the county demonstrated the development plan would be implemented.

Since then, the BLM has agreed to forget the lease condition and to give the county patent to the land, but contends the county still needs a development plan. Part of the development plan is supposed to contain county contingency provisions in the event the Humane Society does not develop its 10 acres. The April 18 public hearing will discuss these and other issues relative to the land acquisition.

In general, the county proposes to develop the property for recreation activities.

In other business Tuesday the commissioners:

- Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Southwest Colorado Workforce board and appointed Tom Steen to serve on that board. Approval of the five-year memorandum of understanding is subject to annual ratification by the county commissioners. The memorandum spells out conditions for implementation of the Workforce Investment Act.

- Approved a request by Capt. Otis May of the sheriff's department to replace 9 mm pistols with .45 caliber pistols. The department currently uses 9 mm pistols, but wants to convert to the .45 calibers because they say the larger caliber better serves their purpose. Commissioner Crabtree argued against the idea, saying that deputies have never been involved in a shootout and therefore do not need the .45s. He also suggested only a few .45s be purchased with money obtained by selling the older pistols. In the end, Crabtree joined the other commissioners by voting to approve the change.

- Approved the purchase of 498,614 gallons of magnesium chloride at a cost of $162,548, a unit cost lower than that of last year. Magnesium chloride is used for dust abatement on county roads.

- Approved a variance request for the Ross PUD located on U.S. 160 northeast of town was approved, allowing the developer to perform dirt work conducive to land drainage prior to approval of the preliminary plat. No building or foundation work will be performed.

- Suggested that Fairfield Pagosa area residents and the PLPOA consider formation of a road maintenance district to effect maintenance of newly rebuilt areas roads before they deteriorate to a condition which cannot be repaired

- Heard road superintendent Kevin Walters' monthly progress report. Walters was given approval to construct certain overlooked roads in Fairfield Pagosa for a cost not to exceed $32,000

- Heard Social Services Director Erlinda Gonzales' monthly progress report for her department.

- Approved a hotel/restaurant liquor license renewal for Pepper's Mexican Restaurant

- Listened to county road and bridge supervisor Kevin Walters' request to include cattle guard replacement in the annual budget. The county is responsible for about 35 cattle guards, according to Rogers.

- Approved the improvements agreement submitted for Unique Mountain Log Homes

- Approved the construction of Gabian baskets for slope stabilization along County Road 500 and County Road 501 at a cost of no more than $10,000

- Approved funding of janitorial services for the county garage offices

- Postponed action on a request to regulate gravel pit and gravel truck activities on CR 175, a road roughly stretching along the Piedra River between the U.S. 160 bridge and the Chimney Rock Cafe about 20 miles west of town.


March goes out with a blizzard

By John M. Motter

A swirling blizzard blind sided Pagosa Country Friday morning, reducing visibility to the hood ornaments on vehicles and dropping as much as a foot of snow between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The fury of the storm made it impossible for motorists to detect the edges of roads or the boundaries of road entrances. Consequently, motorists found themselves in ditches and looking for a wrecker.

At the official National Weather Service measuring station located at Stevens Field, a 9 a.m. Friday reading revealed 8-1/2 inches of new snow had fallen during the preceding 24 hours. Unofficially, snow depths appeared to reach 12 inches by 10 a.m. At 5 a.m., the depth of new snow was scarcely measurable.

As measured by the weather station at the Fred Harman Art Museum, 10 inches of snow were on the ground by 8:30 Friday morning, 13 inches by 10:30, and 14 inches by Friday afternoon. The top wind speed of 14 miles per hour was recorded at 11:30 a.m.

Officially, 12.5 inches of snow fell in town last week. The total snowfall for March reached 34.25 inches. The long-time average snowfall for March is 16.8 inches. A record 47 inches fell during March 1975. During March of last year, 3.5 inches of snowfall was measured in town.

April snowfall measured through Tuesday of this week amounts to 0.5 inches. The average April snowfall in town is 5.5 inches, but in April of last year a record 35.6 inches of snow fell on the town. Another 4.1 inches of snow fell May 1 last year and 2.1 inches of snow were recorded May 3, the last official snow fall in town.

Wolf Creek Ski Area reports 33 inches of new snow during the past week. At the summit, the snow depth is 100 inches. At midway, the depth is 92 inches.

The forecast for Pagosa Springs calls for mostly sunny skies today with dry conditions dominating through the coming weekend, according to Doug Baugh, a forecaster for the Grand Junction National Weather Service office. High temperatures could climb into the mid-60s, while low temperatures should range from the upper 20s to the low 30s.

A storm system carrying moisture could move into the area Monday, according to Baugh.

Currently, and through the coming weekend, a high pressure ridge is dominating weather conditions across the Rocky Mountains, Baugh said, bringing warm and sunny conditions. That could change starting Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has installed a camera facing east from the top of the Archuleta County Courthouse. The camera views Reservoir Hill, Coal Mountain, and Quartz Ridge on the skyline to the east.

"The camera gives a real time view of what is happening in Pagosa Springs," said Jim Pringle of the Grand Junction office. "The camera is linked to computers in the Grand Junction office and allows our weathermen to see what is happening down there at any given time."

Anyone anywhere in the world with a computer equipped with Internet capabilities can also look through the Pagosa camera and observe what is happening on the weather front. To reach the Grand Junction National Weather Service web page, the address is Folks living in California or Texas or wherever with plans to visit Pagosa Springs can view Pagosa weather with their own eyes via the web page. The view is updated each half hour.


Commissioners: County needs impact fee policy

By John M. Motter

County policy regarding impact fees surfaced at the regular Archuleta County commissioners meeting Tuesday. The county has no impact fee policy, but needs one, according to discussion among the commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

"I want board permission to set a meeting," said Commissioner Ken Fox. "I want to invite county planning, road and bridge, the commissioners, the county attorney, Jay Harrington from the town, and citizen volunteers. I'd like to establish a task force to look into issues relating to impact fees and report back to us by the end of June."

Setting up the discussion concerning impact fees was a request by Commissioner Gene Crabtree to impose a fee for VIN inspections for motor vehicle registration and to charge a fee for issuing concealed weapons permits.

"Since we de-Bruced, I want to improve the money sources of the county," Crabtree said. "We need more money to work with. I propose we charge a fee to cover the time involved in doing a VIN inspection. It fits the user-pay concept. I also suggest we charge for issuing a concealed weapon permit."

Crabtree suggested a fee of $20 for VIN inspections and $50 for a concealed weapon permit. Crabtree's suggestion that $20 be charged for VIN inspections was challenged by County Clerk June Madrid.

"$20 is too steep," Madrid said. "La Plata County started at $5 and worked up to $15. Colorado license plates are very expensive and we get a lot of flak on that issue in the clerk's office. I think $10 would be more reasonable. Who is going to collect the fee?"

"I agree it's time to change," said Commissioner Bill Downey. "The highway patrol doesn't charge for VIN inspections. We need to get the sheriff, county clerk and commissioners together to discuss this."

"The fee should cover the inspection cost," said Mike Mollica, director of county development. "That's my recommendation. If it can be done in one-half an hour, $20 sounds high."

Through the discussion it was mentioned that VIN inspections are routinely done by the sheriff's department, but may be done by someone from the county clerk's office, by town police, and by car dealers, not to mention the state highway patrol.

After Sheriff Tom Richards pointed out that La Plata County charges for issuing concealed weapon permits, Fox injected his comments concerning creation of a task force to report on impact fees.

"Back in 1997, we commissioned a road impact study," Fox said. "We learned that $65 million is needed to bring county roads up to standard and that does not include maintenance expenses. We also were told that impact fees cannot be used for road maintenance. Last November voters voted to allow us to keep excess revenues so now we are cleared to levy and retain impact fees. We've looked at four counties and the conclusion is not clear. Ouray County collects impact fees and uses part of them for maintenance. Adams County is in the process of developing impact fees that will be used for capital expenses only. Montezuma County is using impact fees for both and Larimer County collects extensive impact fees, but uses them only for capital projects."

In the end, all of the commissioners agreed with Fox.


Ross Tournament relieves basketball blues

By Roy Starling

For ardent basketball fans, this can be a sad time of the year.

The Pirates and Lady Pirates are finished up, their uniforms stashed away in some storage room. March Madness and the countdown to the NCAA's Final Four finally ended on April 2.

No more sneakers squeaking, no more string music, no more buzzer beating, until . . . how about a week from today?

Before hoop withdrawal can completely set in, the Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Tournament will treat local fans to a basketball feast. The dinner bell, so to speak, will ring about 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, according to tournament organizer Troy Ross, and the b'ball banquet will continue until the championship games are completed sometime Sunday afternoon.

Following about four hours of action Thursday night, action will resume on Friday at about 6:30 p.m. The first game Saturday will be at 9 a.m. and tip-off Sunday will be at noon. The games will be played in the Mamie Lynch gym (junior high) and intermediate school gym.

"We'll have 24 teams coming in," Ross said, "and they'll be competing in three different divisions. Just like in previous years, we'll have the open division, the 6-foot-and-under division and the 35-and-older, also known as the Ben-Gay division."

If you've been to the Ross Tournament, you know these teams aren't comprised of weekend warriors, armchair point guards or short-winded geezers. Each year, Ross brings in an outstanding combination of talent, ranging from high school to college to the more mature bunch smelling of analgesic ointment. As they say, these guys can definitely run the court and shoot the rock.

"We'll have teams from Greeley, Kirtland, Dulce, Ignacio, Bayfield, Gunnison, Alamosa and Denver," Ross said. "There'll be some boys from Fort Lewis College, and Weld Central and Highlands high schools are combining to form one team, and we expect them to be here."

The Weld Central-Highlands team could give new meaning to the worn-out phrase "talent laden"; these two teams met in the Class 3A state championship game at the Air Force Academy last month, and Highlands won it.

Ross said the Pagosa Pirates will also have a team, and they've been working on recruiting 6-foot-8 Jake Evig from Del Norte and 6-foot-5 Marshal Mathias from their good-natured rivals to the east, Monte Vista.

Former Pirate greats David Snarr and Yul Wilson are also putting together a team. Ron Trujillo will have a squad in the Ben-Gay division.

Aside from the eight to 10 games a night, there'll be other kinds of basketball entertainment. The times aren't set in stone yet, but "probably between 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday, we'll have the slam dunk contest and the 3-point shooting contest," Ross said.

Saturday there will also be a showing of a 15-minute video memorializing the lives of Dirk and Colt Ross. "We show this just to remind people that's what this whole thing's about," Ross said. Proceeds from the tournament fund scholarships for students from Ignacio and Pagosa High in honor of the Ross brothers.

Ross said the tournament's organizers could use a little more help during the event. "If anyone wants to help out with concessions or taking tickets or cleaning up or keeping books, just call 264-5266 or 264-5265," he said.


Construction manager signed for town hall project

By Karl Isberg

With a contract signed on March 28, the town of Pagosa Springs procured the services of a construction manager to guide the project to build a new town hall on Hot Springs Boulevard, just north of the Apache Street bridge.

The contract was made with Colorado Jaynes Construction, a company with offices in Durango and Fort Collins. The company was one of five firms and individuals interviewed by town officials during the winter months.

According to Town Administrator Jay Harrington, the contract with Colorado Jaynes is an "at-risk" agreement. The company, said Harrington, will "be required to bond the project. They have $40 million of bonding capability and our project is approximately $1.5 million." The proposed town hall will be approximately 13,000 square feet in size, with construction expected to begin in July of this year and a July 2001 date set for completion and occupancy of the new facility.

Harrington said the contract, at present, covers the preconstruction phase of the project, with company representatives at work this week. "If the town is satisfied with the company's work in the preconstruction phase," said Harrington, "the contract will be carried over to the construction phase."

The preconstruction phase of the town hall project consists of design review, advisement concerning on-site use and improvements, and selection of materials building systems and equipment. Also included in the preconstruction phase are recommendations concerning feasibility of construction methods, availability of materials and labor, time requirements for procurement, installation and construction, and factors related to costs.

Development of a project schedule is part of the preconstruction phase as is a detailed estimate of construction costs. Colorado Jaynes will also coordinate construction documents via consultation with town officials and architect R. Michael Bell and recommend alternative solutions whenever design details affect construction feasibility, cost or schedules.

Primary tasks in the preconstruction phase will be the separation of the project into various categories of work and advisement concerning the method of selecting subcontractors and major suppliers for the job. Colorado Jaynes will make recommendations for pre-qualification criteria for bidders and make efforts to stimulate bidder interest in the project. An emphasis will be put on finding as many qualified local subcontractors as possible - specifically those subcontractors with offices established in the town of Pagosa Springs. Town officials will maintain final approval of all subcontractors on the project.

Colorado Jaynes will receive bids, prepare bid analyses and make recommendations to the town and architect for award of subcontracts or rejection of bids. The company will also evaluate documents to ensure each subcontractor carries required bonding and insurance.

The agreement price for the preconstruction phase of the town hall project is $37,500. Should Colorado Jaynes proceed to the construction phase of the project, the fee will be 6 percent of the construction costs.


Light Plant Road reconstruction put on hold

By John M. Motter

The reconstruction of Light Plant Road scheduled for this summer may be delayed as long as a year, according to Roxanne Hayes, the county engineer.

Planned as a joint effort between the town and the county, the project is being put on hold because of the town's inability to supply its 50 percent of the funding.

"We're getting mixed signals from the Colorado Department of Transportation," said Town Manager Jay Harrington. "Last fall, CDOT told us we had to bid the project by October 30. We did. Now they are telling us we need to rebid the project in order to use the $213,000 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant we intended to use to finance our portion of the work."

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money comes from the federal government through CDOT and is used to mitigate conditions which contribute dust pollution.

"It is our hope to maybe regroup and get this in the 2001-2002 CMAQ cycle," Harrington said.

Meanwhile, Weeminuche Construction was low bidder on the two-phase project. Weeminuche bid $416,358 on Phase 1 and $475,864 on Phase 2. Phase 1 includes all of Light Plant Road between the town boundary and the bend on the southern portion of the road near the old light plant. Phase 2 includes all of Light Plant Road between the bend and U.S. 84.

Other bids were received from Timberline Excavating Inc., Four Corners Materials, Olin Construction Inc. and Strohecker Asphalt & Paving Inc. Olin Construction was the high bidder on Phase 1 with a bid of $515,675. High bidder on Phase 2 was Strohecker with a bid of $642,112.

The engineer's estimate was $518,340 for Phase 1, $567,254 for Phase 2.

After learning Tuesday that the town will be unable to come up with the money this year, the county notified Weeminuche that the recent bid cannot be accepted.

"We hope to rebid this in the fall," Hayes said, "but we'll have to wait and see what is possible."

The project anticipates widening and paving Light Plant Road, historically one of the oldest roads in the county.



April 6, 2000


Dear Editor,

Thank you to all the people who worked so hard to safely evacuate the Bonanza chair lift which slipped last week due to mechanical problems. My gratitude goes out to the ski patrol, ski school staff and all those who volunteered to make Wolf Creek Ski Area's response prompt and professional.

The workers who responded to lower us from the lifts came well prepared to handle this emergency. They were obviously well trained and well equipped and even more importantly they were careful in the way they handled the situation.

Also thanks to all the evacuees who kept their sense of humor and provided positive feedback to those who had to wait the longest.

Finally I'm thankful that the Rocky Mountain weather remained mild during the entire operation.

Barr Bentley

Demise of PSO

Dear David,

The demise of the Public Safety Office has been coming since the sheriff, with proper cause, lifted the commissions of the PSO officers in 1998. The PSO has been very controversial among property owners and non-property owners alike. I'm glad I was not on the board which voted to terminate one of the few services we receive from the PLPOA. Fortunately, the county signed a contract which will permit property owners to continue receiving law enforcement services.

This board is rife with members carrying out personal agendas and I can tell you from experience, the property owners' best interests are not always being served. Over the years, I served on many different boards of directors and was president of many of them. The purpose of any board is to establish policy, for the advancement of the organization which management then implements. The question which every board member must ask of all decisions about to be made: "Is this decision in the best interests of the organization and its members or owners?" A majority of the PLPOA board members obviously don't ask that question but rather: "Will this decision help me accomplish my personal goals on this board?" What disturbs me is that four directors, none of whom were elected, can make such a self-serving decision which affects some 15,000 property owners and not be held accountable for such irresponsible action.

Then, in an attempt to justify their actions, they send out a slanted survey to a portion, not all, of the property owners asking if they want to continue paying for a service they claim should be furnished by the sheriff. They know all too well the county will not fund the level of law enforcement the property owners have wanted and paid for for some 25 years.

And now, as usual, I suppose we will hear from all the local uninformed letter writers which we have heard from in recent weeks.


Pat Curtis

Exciting project

Dear Editor,

The move of the Ruben Gomez store from Pagosa Junction to Pagosa Springs so that this wonderful historic building can be saved and shared with future generations is an exciting project.

Early last summer a lovely lady who is a descendent of Ruben Gomez bought my original painting of the store as it looked in April 1999. She asked me to make prints for relatives and friends, then when the building was about to be moved, asked if the prints could be used as a fundraiser.

I hesitated for only a bit before agreeing to do the work and spend the money to do so. Since the first of the year, creating the prints and cards and getting a fund-raising effort going had become a major focus of my mind and pocketbook. As I worked, a lot of good people and businesses got involved and excited.

Meanwhile, many other good people were getting the building moved, and made plans to raise the money necessary to restore it to look as it did 50 to 75 years ago. Neither that group nor I had been really aware or concerned with the doings of the other. Then John Motter's wonderful news stories about the move of the store began and I came forward to report on progress of the prints and cards made from my painting. Only then did I realize that inadvertently I had been working at cross-purposes with these other folks. By the time our paths crossed, the official fund raisers had prints of another painting of the same building for sale that had been donated to the restoration cause.

Also, I discovered that some of the things I had done might actually diminish the effectiveness of the fund-raising efforts of the others. We had all been working toward the same goal, but I had not been involved with the primary group.

I've talked with the owner of my Gomez Store original painting and we agree that there should be no fragmenting of efforts. As of today, I withdraw all plans to use prints and cards of my Pagosa Junction watercolor for a major fundraiser. The painting Mr. Stuart donated is lovely and hopefully will raise lots of money and help many area residents remember Pagosa Junction.

The Gomez Store painting was one of three planned watercolors of Pagosa Junction. The painting of the church will be at the show opening mid April at Pagosa Springs Art Center in Town Park. The one of the pump house and water tower will follow. A portion of this year's proceeds from all three will be given to the Fred Harman Art Museum and earmarked for the fund to restore this important piece of our southern Colorado history.

The talented people including Mr. Motter and JR Ford who are working to make the Gomez Store Restoration happen are spending considerable time and effort. It is my sincere hope that everyone will give them and the project their full support.

Best Wishes,

Carol Fulenwider (Denny Rose)

Too much at stake

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the newspaper announcement of public workshops dealing with a community growth plan. The things I like about Archuleta County are the same things that people in search of a better way of life have found many times just before those qualities were subverted by growth, "progress" and the desire to broaden the region's economic base. Archuleta County has some of the most spectacular natural scenery to be found on the continent and the air is pristine - you don't have to squint to see the San Juan Mountains.

Pagosa Springs still offers what many people idolize as the lost way of life available only in a small town. Please let's keep it that way - the sprawl of development on the west end of town is very much out of character with the historic central part of town. Some of the amenities to be found in said development will make life much easier for folks in the area, in particular the new City Market, but do we really need all of the strip malls and office clusters at this time or are they going to sit vacant, mute witness to overbuilding and a lack of planning? Does Pagosa Springs want to become a community that requires poodle groomers and nail salons? These are only examples and I am not attacking those kinds of businesses, but I am trying to make a point. Why should Archuleta County have to be all things to all people? There are higher aspirations than to be the next big thing in Colorado - like preserving a way of life that has been good enough for generations.

I watched it happen in Seattle - voted America's most livable city 3 of the 10 years I lived there. It's not what I consider livable any more. I've seen what pandering for the almighty tourist dollar has done to Santa Fe - a once lovely town with incredible historic texture and artistic purity has become, in many ways another tourist destination with poor management and trash in the gutters.

I have decided that after being away from Colorado for too long, Archuleta County is where I want to live and have purchased land between Pagosa Springs and Durango. I like the fact that I will have to "go into town" to get groceries and other supplies. I don't want everything at my fingertips and I don't want a store at the bottom of the valley to "better serve the community." If I wanted that I would be in a big city. What is being done to address population density issues in relation to the infrastructure already in place? Do we just keep adding lanes to U.S. 160 until there are 4 or 6 lanes crossing the county? This is not what we want and it's not acceptable. I am told that I would not even recognize Colorado Springs (my last time there being in 1981) and I don't care to be disappointed by what it has become. I never want to have to look back at this area and feel that loss; there is too much at stake. Thank you for your time.

Gabriel P. Gawrada

Young child week

Dear Editor,

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration each April sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to support the early-childhood programs and services that meet those needs. It is a time to focus on the needs of young children and families and to plan how we - as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation - will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

This year's Week of the Young Child theme is Early Childhood: Where our Future Begins. The Week of the Young Child is a time to commit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child receives the type of early environment - at home, at child care, at school, and in the community - that will promote their early learning. Making the early years count as the very best learning years for all children - that's what Week of the Young Child is all about.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children designates the Week of the Young Child theme and sets the dates for the week, but events are planned and implemented by our local community. This year, a group of local community members have gathered together to plan the events for Pagosa Springs for April 9-15. These events will be centered on young children and organized by local programs that care about children. Some activities being planned for the week include a "Thank You" reception for volunteers in early childhood, immunization clinic, Kids' Fair and more. For more information on events, please call 731-9095.

Thank you,

Amy Higgins and the Week of the Young Child Committee

Lynx reintroduction

Dear Editor,

Has a plan been developed to deny public access to public lands controlled by tax supported federal and state agencies?

Over the past year, The Pagosa Springs SUN has had several articles dealing with the reintroduction of the lynx. A review of some of these articles generates some confusion, some questions and a suspicion that the playing field is no longer level, if it ever was. The progression of events seem to have occurred in the following order:

1. Year 1999 Canada lynx is artificially introduced.

2. Due to a variety of causes, including starvation, less than 50 percent survive a year later.

3. Claim the program is a success.

4. Year 2000 reintroduce more lynx.

5. Claim the lynx are a threatened or endangered species.

6. Develop additional regulations to limit commercial and recreational activities in the lynx's habitat (Read: national forests) that will effect timber and fire management, recreation (winter sports) and livestock grazing.

It seems that the primary food source of the lynx is the snowshoe rabbit. Now the Forest Service is looking for methods to create vegetation for the snowshoe rabbit so that it may then multiply and be eaten by the lynx. Why wasn't this issue addressed prior to the reintroduction? According to the SUN article of March 30 ". . . because of their large feet, Lynx move about freely on soft snow." Next sentence ". . . coyote and lynx cannot move easily on soft snow." It was probably one or the other, but in any case Thurman Wilson, forest planner for the San Juan National Forest, states that activities that "compact snow . . ." will have to be evaluated (Read: snowmobilers, cross country skiers, snowshoers).

Yes the lynx are a threatened species - threatened by over management and mismanagement. Just as threatened is the timber industry, public grazing and winter recreation activities.

Little by little more and more restrictive regulations are being drafted and adopted. Many of these regulations limit the folks who pay the freight, you and I. How many thousands of dollars have been spent, to date, for the capture, transport, holding, feeding, aircraft and satellite tracking, consultation between agencies, development of new forest procedures, mapping lynx habitat, program evaluation, etc.?

The lynx's habitat seems to be growing and improving. Mine seems to be shrinking and degrading. The hour grows late and I am helping to pay the freight both ways.

The Forest Service is asking for input regarding proposed management changes, prior to May 1. Write to: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Howard Sargent, Box 25127, Lakewood CO 80225.


Jim S. and Cynthia Peironnet

Applies equally?

Dear Editor,

The justice department says the law applies to all equally.

Maybe the I.R.S. could collect the taxes and interest on the soft money given to major political leaders of both parties.

Don Reid

Faulty survey

Dear Editor,

This letter is a response to the "Future of the Public Safety Office" survey dated March 27. The survey is at a minimum misleading and in the worst case a misrepresentation of the facts. The survey states that the board is "considering" five options. No where is it mentioned that an agreement was reached with the county commissioners on March 21 as reported in the March 23 issue of The Pagosa Springs SUN. It appears that Option A has already been agreed upon. Why are the PLPOA directors presenting this to the membership after an agreement was reached with the county?

As a service board for the PLPOA, the directors' mandate is to represent the entire membership, presenting all the facts and options free of personal biases. How could they in all good conscience neglect to mention in their survey letter that an agreement had already been reached. They coerced the county commissioners by threatening to disband the PSO if an agreement was not reached by April 1. Meanwhile, the directors were completely aware that the survey of the members would not be returned before the end of April. Am I to understand that if the membership survey results differ from the existing agreement with the county, that the directors will reopen negotiations on the PSO issue?

I am a full-time resident and member of the PLPOA. As such I have followed the debate in the local newspaper. It is impossible for me to get all the facts based on the disinformation provided by the board. For example, in their survey only Option E states "We would rely on . . . the County Fire and Hospital Districts for fire and emergency services." This is true of all options not just the one calling for the elimination of the PSO. How can a part-time resident and PLPOA member make an informed decision around this issue? Is this intentional on the directors' part? Is this their way of providing clear and unbiased information to the membership? A response in this matter is expected.

For the record, I am in favor of eliminating the PSO entirely except for animal control. I resent the double taxation resulting from the existing agreement and feel the county sheriff's office can provide a sufficient level of law enforcement in Pagosa Lakes.


Francesco L. Tortorici

Editor's note: There is no double taxation. The county, Upper San Juan Hospital District and Pagosa Fire Protection District impose individual mill levies and collect taxes through the treasurer's office (there are no "County Fire and Hospital Districts"). The PLPOA charges annual dues. The agreement approved March 28 expires at the end of this year.


Extremely pleased

Dear David:

I am extremely pleased that the current PLPOA board has taken the initiative of distributing a survey to all association members regarding recommendations about the future of the PSO. The recent past president wasn't in favor of a membership poll, because according to him, ". . . the non-resident members would vote to dissolve the PSO."

I agree with David Bohl that the PLPOA board has a fiduciary responsibility to everyone who pays dues, not just "residents." A year and a half ago, a poll of a couple hundred members attending a monthly meeting indicated that the PLPOA wanted the PSO and 24-hour protection. Magically, that small contention became the collective voice of the membership for all time concerning the need for the PSO. Now we will find out how the Membership in total really feels, and I am confident that collectively, they will vote to dissolve the funding for the PSO, and it is time.

The nonrational plea to keep Public Safety (excuse me, sheriff's deputies that PLPOA will fund) is that the county doesn't fund the sheriff's department at a level to provide adequate protection. Well, as long as the residents of the Pagosa Lakes Subdivision are dumb enough to continue to subsidize the county by paying twice for law enforcement through dues and taxes, the county will continue to underfund law enforcement, and why not? Ever heard the old saying, "Why buy a cow if you get free milk?" I may not be a rocket scientist, but do you suppose that this could be the reason that the county hasn't funded more deputies? I purport that if the PSO had never existed, the sheriff's department would presently be funded at a higher level.

And why the "scream" for "adequate protection?" Am I missing something in the paper each week? Where are all the headline reports on the numerous murders, rapes, robberies, and big drug busts that are occurring on a daily basis here in our little mountain paradise. One of the important factors I considered before moving here was the lack of crime. In 1997, drive-by gang shootings were coming into vogue in Wichita Falls, Texas, and I was glad to leave that behind me. Let me beat your next week's writers to the editor to the punch. If you try to tell me that the extra protection provided by the PSO has kept that from occurring here over the years, and really believe it, I've got some ocean front property in Arizona I'd like to sell you . . . cheap!

Fellow PLPOA members, let's keep the animal control position and spend the rest of the currently wasted $247,000 each year on paving and maintaining our roads. That will increase everyone's property values, residents and non-residents alike. It sure makes a lot more sense than subsidizing law enforcement for the county. Thank you Commissioner Gene Crabtree for your honest, nonpartisan comment and stand against "double taxation" being paid by PLPOA members.

Roy K. Boutwell

Very saddened

Dear Editor:

I have been very saddened by the developments that have occurred around Pagosa in the last thirty or so years. These developments have damaged the rural agricultural character of the land that was left to us by the original homesteaders, and it appears that these developments are now costing more than the county can afford.

I found a paper at a Web site that states that in 47 studies it was found that development of rural areas was a negative drain on the county budgets, while a surplus was provided by no development. This paper is titled, "Economic Values of Wildlife and Open Space Amenities," by Mark Haggerty of the Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. It can be found on the web at:, and select "Papers."

I encourage the residents of Archuleta County to look at it.

I think the residents of the western United States are finally realizing that the price of sprawl is just not worth the cost in loss of rural areas. Perhaps we will all have to live in higher density housing.


Breck Glascock

Los Alamos, N.M.

Big question

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Pagosa Springs. I have had the same post office Box for three and a half years. Now, for thirteen and a half years I have been receiving survivors benefits from the VA. I went into the post office today, March 31, 2000, to get my VA check and was told that I could not get it until tomorrow. When inquiring why, I was told that they were dated for tomorrow, April, 1, 2000. I then simply asked why, when for the past 13.6 years if the first fell on either Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, they were delivered the Friday before. I then was told that because they were dated for the first they could not be delivered until then.

I came home, got on the phone to the Veterans Administration. I spoke with a supervisor in the benefits department where I was told the exact same thing that I was trying to explain at the post office. If the first falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday they are to be delivered the Friday prior. The lady that I talked to at Veterans Benefits was surprised that the post office wasn't delivering them today. But that there was really nothing she could do. Which is very understandable. So, after I ended our conversation, I proceeded to call the post office back and talk to them about what this lady had just verified to me over the phone. I was placed on hold for the postmaster, I was then given to a woman, not the postmaster. Where she then proceeded to tell me that the way she understood things was if the first fell on a Sunday or a holiday. Well, that is not the case at all. I then suggested that she make one simple phone call to the VA to find out for sure, and we could then clear this matter up. I was then informed that she had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 19 years and basically she knew, and I didn't.

Now, for the three and a half years that I have lived here, this has never happened before. Not to mention that for the past thirteen and a half years, total, it has never happened. So, I asked the VA office if their policy had changed, and was informed it had not.

My big question in all of this is, what would it have hurt to make a simple phone call to find out for sure, instead of creating animosities? If she is so sure of the rules then she should have offered to make that call, if for nothing else to appease a customer.

For your knowledge, if you would like to contact the VA office and inquire into this matter, the phone number is (800) 827-1000. Then just ask for survivors benefits, and proceed with any questions.

Thank you,

A Disgruntled Customer,

Jaime C. Hatagnier

Major impact

Dear Editor:

"One man's dream is another man's nightmare." This quote seems to be very appropriate to the Hansen R.V. Campground proposed for the (formerly) Wolf Creek Industries property. To the owner/developer of the property it may be a dream, but to many of his neighbors it is a nightmare.

An Archuleta County Community Plan workshop was held on February 16 for U.S. 84 residents to express their priorities as they related to the type and character of future development along our corridor. The meeting was very well attended, with property owners expressing much concern and interest in the future of our area. Open space, preservation of rural agricultural/residential lifestyle, visual esthetics, family ranching, minimizing light pollution, and sensible zoning were designated as high priorities by those who attended.

The development proposed for the subject property appears antithetical to the wishes of most area residents. Concentrating up to 1000 tourists and "recreationists" in one small area, with their RV's, ATV's, cars, etc. will have a major impact on the environment and quality of life along our corridor. The development will be visually intrusive on our landscape; extensive light pollution will be visible at night; dangerous traffic situations will occur on U.S. 84; sightseers, ATVer's and curiosity seekers will impact our local county, Forest Service and subdivision roads.

If the developer cares about his neighbors and their dreams, I hope he will reconsider his plans in view of the impacts and implications for those of us who live along this corridor.


Gary Hopkins

Loma Linda Subdivision

Subtle coverup

Dear Editor,

I am responding to "Some Forest Service roads closed" in your "Preview," dated Thursday, March 30, and submitted by a Jo Bridges. I am a third-generation in southwestern Colorado, dating from 1879, and born in the same house as my mother and her family. And, I have standing to rebut Jo Bridges' article.

While I agree in part with some of the statements presented within the article, I disagree wholeheartedly and factually with most of the article that is intimating that the Forest Service has roads and is entrusted with the maintenance thereof. I have yet to see any authorization from Congress giving the Forest Service any authority to close roads to or demand "permits" for access to private property.

As stated by Jo Bridges, "A primary concern . . .", and "By law . . . ." These two statements seem to hit a fracture within themselves. Does the Forest Service really have a primary concern as it applies to private property? Or does the Forest Service have ulterior and sinister motives? Does the Forest Service really abide by the law as stated in the Lode Act - Under the Act of July 26, 1866 or "Lode Act" (U.S. Statutes at Large, XIV, pp. 251-253,) "An Act Granting the Right of Way to Ditch and Canal Owners over the Public Lands and for other Purposes;" the Placer Act - The "Placer Act" or U.S. Mining Law amended July 9, 1870, (vol. 16 Statutes at Large p. 217; U.S.C. vol. 30, section 35,) certified the intent of Congress that the water rights and rights of way to which the 1866 legislation related were effective not only against the United States but also against its grantees; that anyone who took title to public lands took such title burdened with any easement for water rights or rights of way that had been previously acquired against such lands while they were in public ownership.

Now in the two above Acts Of Congress, I can find no alteration or amendment that gives the Forest Service any of the duties as stated by Jo Bridges, other than the title of the Public lands being burdened by the easements to private property thereof.

The ramblings of Jo Bridges seems to be a subtle cover-up of the real intent of the Forest Service.

James Robert Milton



Dear Editor,

As a newcomer to Pagosa Springs, I've been reading your newspaper in order to find out what kind of community I've moved to. I was hoping I had moved to a place where the surrounding natural beauty and lack of big city stress had helped people to relax and become tolerant of each other's beliefs and approaches to life.

I've been disappointed to find this is not the case among some community members. It first came to my attention in conversations with some of my new friends here, when I was told there have been cases of one or more of the local churches blacklisting businesses. And then I read the "S.O.S." letter in the Feb. 24 issue in which a writer wrote of a community teen being identified by one of the local churches as an "atheist," and the congregation was requested to "save this young girl's soul." And then in her follow-up letter in the March 2nd paper, it was clear the letter's author had been receiving substantial criticism for her opinions. I'm glad she has kept her strong position on looking for a way for us to live together with love.

Now another situation has come to my attention that I feel compelled to be sure the Pagosa Springs community is aware of. I was reading the March 16th edition of "The Durango Weekly," a paper which I began reading when I found out that my neighbors wrote for it. I was shocked to read my friend's "Mountain Wise Woman's Sage Advice" column and find that she had recently discovered she had been blacklisted by a group of Pagosa Springs churches.

I am trying my best to live a life of love and non-judgment - a life of "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven" (Luke 6:37, also similarly in Matthew 7:1-5). I am also trying to live the two great commandments - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).

Because I am not a member of any of the established churches in Pagosa Springs, I ask that someone let me know of any current or future blacklisted businesses or people. I may even go out of my way to patronize those businesses in order to show my support for their broad-minded approach to life and business.

I wish all the people of this community lives of love and peace, lived with grace and ease and joy. And your prayers for me are always welcomed. I am a great believer in the teachings of Jesus as well as those of the many other divinely-inspired teachers who have gifted this planet with their presence through the millennia.

Rita O'Connell


April 6, 2000


Antonio Herrera

Lifelong Pagosa Springs resident, Antonio "Tony" Emilo Herrera passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Mr. Herrera was born April 23, 1950, to Jose and Margaret Herrera he was one of 14 children.

Mr. Herrera worked in the oil fields as a "rough neck" and also worked as a lumberjack. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and outdoor grilling.

Mr. Herrera is preceded in death by his father, Jose Emilo Herrera, his mother Margaret Lesana Benevides Herrera, two brothers, Moses and Carlos Herrera and his son Tony Herrera Jr.

He is survived by his son, Michael Herrera of Houston, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Brad Johnson of Houston; his sons Wesley Herrera and Anthony Herrera and his daughters, Vanessa Herrera and Leanna Herrera, all of El Paso, Texas; his brother Eddie Herrera of Denver; his brother and sister-in-law Frank and Lucinda Herrera of Monte Vista; his brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Connie Herrera and his brother and sister-in-law, Wesley and Twila Herrera, and his brother Moses Herrera, all of Bloomfield, N.M.; his brother and sister-in-law, James Romero and Anna Romero of Pagosa Springs; his sister Angelina Martinez of Taos, N.M.; his sister and brother-in-law Sally and Ray Slane of Hooper; his sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Joe Jaramillo of Pagosa Springs, his sister Georgia Foster of Panhandle, Texas; and his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Ernest Rivas of Pagosa Springs; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A recitation of the Rosary was held Wednesday, March 29. The Mass of the Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 30. Both services were held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father John Bowe presiding.


Olive Rome

Mrs. Olive Rome, 81, a lifelong resident of Bogue, Kan., passed away March 29, 2000, in the Graham County Hospital in Hill City, Kan.

Mrs. Rome was born to Anthony and Louise Conyac Desbien on March 18, 1919, in Graham County, Kan.

She married Andrew R. "Andy" Rome on June 6, 1938, in Damar, Kan. Mrs. Rome was a homemaker and worked as a cook. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Damar.

She was preceded in death by her husband who died March 4, 1998; her parents; three brothers, Art Desbien, Gene Desbien and Harvey Desbien; two sisters in infancy and two sisters Mrs. Alice Moos and Mrs. Alma Thyfault.

Mrs. Rome is survived by three sons and their wives, Gary L. and Deanna Rome of Pagosa Springs, Gaylon L. and Susie Rome of Alma, Neb., and Rick I. and Nancy Rome of Irving, Texas; and a daughter and her husband, Karen and Gary Ginther of Goodland, Kan.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survive by her sisters, Mrs. Stella Shelton of Hill City, Mrs. Edmae LaBarge of Damar, and Mrs. Lorene House of Bogue.

A Christian Wake Service was held for Mrs. Rome on March 31 at Spencer Chapel of Hill City, Kan. The funeral was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hill City on April 1, with Fathers Donald McCarthy and Bill Kilian conducting the service.

Burial was at Wildhorse Township Cemetery in Bogue.



April 6, 2000



Officials of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., recently announced that Jessica Starling has made the Dean's List for the fall 1999 semester. The daughter of Melody Starling of Winter Park, Fla., and Roy Starling of Pagosa Springs. Starling is a senior majoring in English and religion. She is a graduate of Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla.


Sports Page

April 6, 2000


Lady Pirates show up on all-state teams

By Roy Starling

Three Lady Pirate basketball players showed up in the "Best of the Best" special section of Sunday's Denver Post. Senior Mandy Forrest was named second-team all-state, and sophomores Ashley Gronewoller and Katie Lancing both received honorable mention.

Two days later, the girls learned they had all received honorable mention from Denver's Rocky Mountain News.

"This is a great honor," Pagosa coach Karen Wells said. "And two sophomores making all-state? That's great."

Wells reflected on the contributions each of the girls had made to this season's 18-6 squad:

"Mandy was my best shooter," Wells said. "She could score from inside, outside, wherever you needed her. She's very flexible." Forrest could be a terror on the boards, as well. She had double-doubles (double figures in rebounding and scoring) a remarkable 13 times this season.

Gronewoller, the coach said, "improved every game. She just got better and better. If she improves as much the next two years as she did this year . . ." Wells left her sentence unfinished, apparently unable to put into words how good her 6-foot-3 sophomore post could eventually be.

"I can put Katie anywhere," she said. "She's a very good ball handler. She's a post player, but she can bring the ball up the court. In that respect, she's like Mandy - they're both very versatile. Also, Katie shoots as well with her left hand as she does with her right. That makes it really hard to defend her."

During the regular season, these three girls teamed up to average over 34 points and 27 rebounds per game.

Last month, Intermountain League coaches picked Forrest and Lancing for the conference's first team and Gronewoller for the second.

Making the Post's all-state first team were Eaton's Justine Anderson (also named the Post's Class 3A Player of the Year), Faith Christian's Rachel Grove, Eaton's Kami Kinoshita, Aspen's Marta Losonczy and Frederick's Jennifer Tagliente (named 3A Player of the Year by the News). Faith Christian's Brian Wall was named Coach of the Year.

Joining Forrest on the second team were Kelli Corrigan of Basalt, Val Koester of Eaton, Kelly Manning of Fountain Valley and Jetta Weber of Faith Christian.

The Post only recognized one other IML player, including Centauri senior Holly McCarroll among its honorable mention selections. The News added Holly's sister Cindy, a junior, to that list.


Ladies resume soccer season

By Roy Starling

Fresh from spring break, the Lady Pirate soccer team will get a chance to test its endurance, entering a congested part of the schedule that will have the girls playing three games in three days.

The fun begins this afternoon when they travel to Durango to take on the junior-varsity Demons. That game begins at 5. Tomorrow, the Ladies head up to Montrose for a 4 p.m. game with league foe Telluride at Columbine Middle School. They'll be back in Pagosa Saturday to host the Center Vikings at noon in Golden Peaks Stadium.

Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason has had occasion to see the Demons in action a few times this season, and he believes his girls are in for "a tough game." The Demons, he said, are "very good, they're in great shape and they're very disciplined."

Friday's game against the Miners won't exactly be a walk in the park, either. Telluride thumped the Ladies 5-1 in Pagosa in the conference opener for both teams. "If we blink, if we let up once, we'll lose (to Telluride)," Kurt-Mason said. "But if we stay in the game, we have the talent to beat them."

The Lady Pirates tripped up the Vikings 3-1 the first weekend of the season, and Kurt-Mason likes their chances in the rematch.

Making their Year 2000 debut with the Ladies during this 3-game swing are Carlena Lungstrum and Ashley Gronewoller.

"Carlena is a very, very aggressive player," Kurt-Mason said. "She's very coachable and she improves daily. I expect her to provide a big boost to our midfield. We've got Ashley back in the box, and she's working hard in there, diving and sliding after shots on goal." Gronewoller was an all-conference goalie last season as a freshman.

The Lady Pirates will resume conference play when they host the Ignacio Ladycats next Thursday at 4 p.m. This is the first season Ignacio has fielded a girls' team.


Rand makes all-state honorable mention team

By John M. Motter

Pagosa senior Charles Rand, No. 32 on the varsity basketball team for the past two years, is an honorable mention selection on The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Class 3A all-state basketball teams.

Last week, in a different selection process, Colorado high school coaches picked Rand to play on the 10-member South squad in the Class 3A-4A all-state game June 15 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Rand was the only player chosen from the Intermountain League to play in the game sponsored by the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

Jake Evig of Del Norte and Trevor Stewart of Monte Vista, Pirate IML opponents, joined Rand on the Rocky Mountain News honorable mention list.

On The Denver Post all-state selections, Evig was named to the second team, Stewart as an honorable mention.

The Rocky Mountain News all-state first team included 6-foot-7 senior Derek Baumgartner from Weld County; 6-foot-1 senior from Highland, Adam Bliven; 6-foot-3 senior from Kent Denver, Mark Pettyjohn; 6-foot-8 senior from Aspen, Robert Tomaszek; and 6-foot-3 junior from Buena Vista, Brian Wood.

On the Rocky Mountain news second team are 6-foot-5 senior from Lutheran, Josh Ravelnost; 6-foot-4 senior from Eagle Valley, Ty Sterkel; 6-foot-7 junior from Manitou Springs, Brian Vecchio; 6-foot-1 senior from Highland, Russell Valencia; and 6-foot-4 senior from Eaton, Casey Weiderspan.

Wood of Buena Vista was chosen player of the year by the News, Chad Marin of Highland as coach of the year.

Named on The Denver Post all-state first team are Baumgartner, Bliven, Pettyjohn, Tomaszek, and Wood. On the Post second team are Evig, a 6-foot-8 senior from Del Norte; Niko Sirios, a 6-foot senior from Weld Central; Sterkel, Valencia, and Weiderspan.

Blivin of Highland was named player of the year by the Post. The Post also named Marin coach of the year.


Walks help Pirates wallop Demons, 20-10

By Roy Starling

Nothing warms up a bat like waiting for a good pitch.

This is a bit of baseball wisdom the Pagosa Pirates took to heart Monday afternoon when they broke out of a team slump by smacking the Durango Demons' junior varsity 20-10 in Durango.

"The guys realized they had been swinging at bad pitches," Pirate coach Tony Scarpa said, "and they knew they needed to become a little more selective and patient."

The results? Thirteen hits and 13 walks against Durango pitching. And once the Pirates got on base, they tested the Demon hurler's pick-off move and the catcher's arm, and found them both lacking: The guys ran Durango ragged, stealing 10 bases on the day.

"Once our runners get on base with a walk, they have so much speed it's almost like getting a double," Scarpa said.

While the Pirate batters were busy sprinting and sliding, Pagosa pitcher Kyle Keelan was making life difficult for what Scarpa called "a very good hitting" Demon team. Keelan went the distance in the 5-inning game (shortened due to the 10-run-lead rule), giving up only six hits and four earned runs while striking out 10 and walking only one.

The Demons pushed across six unearned runs, most of those coming courtesy of Pirate throwing errors.

Center-fielder Lonnie Lucero opened the game by smacking a 2-2 pitch over the fence, the second time this season he's started a contest with a big bang. The Pirates went quietly after Lucero's blast and then the Demons put together a walk, a stolen base and a single in the bottom half of the inning to knot the score at 1-1.

Neither team could do any damage in the second, but in the top of the third Pagosa began a kind of perpetual merry-go-round on the base paths. The Pirates sent 17 batters to the plate in the inning, pushing across 13 runs in the process. When the dust had settled, the good guys had touched up Durango pitching for eight bases on balls and six hits.

Joining the third-inning hit parade were Clinton Lister, whose base rap accounted for three runs; Keelan, who had a single, a double and a run batted in; Kraig Candelaria, with a double and two RBIs; Darin Lister, with a single and an RBI; and Josh Trujillo with a single.

The Demons ate into Pagosa's 14-1 lead by scoring six runs in their half of the third, but Pirate shortstop Darin Lister got two of those back in a hurry in the fourth when he drove a 2-run shot over the left-field fence.

The Pirates wrapped up their offensive cloudburst in the top of the fifth. A walk and a stolen base by second-sacker Brandon Charles, a single and a stolen base by Anthony Maestas, a base hit and stolen base by Lucero and a base-clearing inside-the-park homer by Darin Lister gave the Pirates a 20-8 lead, and the game was a half inning away from being stopped by the mercy rule.

The 1-5 Pirates return to action tomorrow when they travel to Aztec for a final non-conference game. Saturday, they'll open up Intermountain League play in La Jara, taking on the Centauri Falcons in a doubleheader. The first game begins at 11 a.m., the second around 1 p.m. Scarpa plans on starting Keelan on the mound for game one and Darin Lister for game two.

One of the bright spots as the Pirates head into conference play is the hot hitting of the team's sophomores, according to Scarpa. "Our sophomores are really coming on at the plate," he said. "Darin Lister (.625), Maestas (.625) and Ross Wagle (.400) are doing a great job of getting on base for us." The younger Lister's on-base percentage is a remarkable .710.









Community News

April 6, 2000


Local Chatter

By Kate Terry

This is 'Week of Young Child'

Saturday night, April 8, at 7 p.m., Whistle Pig Folk night will present "A Concert for Kids" at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. This is the first of the events celebrating the Week of the Young Child. This one is sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. A donation of $4 for adults is requested. Kids and teens will be admitted free.

The show features a group of talented performers- oh, so talented - with puppeteer Addie Greer, folk musicians Randall Davis and Clay Campbell, storyteller Gigi Thompson, songwriter Bill Hudson, and Sharman Alto's Dance! Dance! Dance! Ensemble. They will delight everyone.

The calendar of events for "The Week of the Child" is this.

April 8 - Whistle Pig Folk Night

April 9 - Thank-you reception for leaders of early childhood, 2 to 4 p.m., in the commons area of the high school. Performance by the Pagosa Hot Strings. Presented by the Week of the Young Child, 731-9152.

April 11 - Immunization Clinic, 8 to 12 noon, EMS building. The cost is $7. Presented by the San Juan Basin Health Department, 264-2409.

April 12 - Easter Party Club, 4 to 5 p.m. at Lynne Bridges home. Presented by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, 731-3903.

April 13 - Community Networking for Children and Families meeting, noon to 1 p.m., county commissioners conference room. Please bring snack to share. Call 264-6012 for more information.

April 15 - Kids' Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Archuleta County Fairgrounds, with activities, music, fun. Presented by the Week of the Young Child Committee.

Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Free fun for the whole family.

Fun on the run

A preacher went to his office one morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard. He called the police.

The police referred him to the health department. They said he should call the sanitation department.

The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor.

Now the preacher knew the mayor and was not too eager to call him.

The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the preacher called him anyway. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, "Why did you call anyway? Isn't it your job to bury the dead?"

The preacher paused for a brief prayer and asked the Lord to direct his response. He was led to say, "Yes Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!"

More Fun

A car was involved in an accident. As expected, a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story, could not get near the car.

Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, "Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim."

The crowd made way for him.

Lying in front of the car was a donkey.


Chamber News

By Sally Hameister

Thanks to all Chamber helpers

We have three new businesses to introduce to you this week and happy to do so.

Jack Llewellyn joins us with AMFM, Inc. located at 200 East Broadway in Farmington, N.M. Jack brings us radio broadcasting with KTRA/KDAG/KCQL/KKFG and KAZX. We're delighted to welcome Jack and so much of the alphabet, and feel free to give them a call at (505) 325-1716.

Our next two businesses are owned by the same individual, and we're happy to have Garth LeClaire who brings us the Enchanted Deer Haven Bed and Breakfast. The Enchanted Deer is located 10 miles southeast of Chama, N.M, at HC75, Box 166. There are five lodging rooms offered plus a dining room and great room and a full breakfast included with all accommodations. Condominium rentals are also available. This facility is open year 'round so you can enjoy the splendor of all four seasons. You can give them a call at 1(800)619-3337 or (505)588-7535.

Garth's second business is Gone Fishing Express Guide Service (fishing/fly and lake fishing) at the same location, 10 miles southeast of Chama, N.M. This on-site fishing guide service offers fishing charters, family outings and fly fishing guides with either lake fishing or river fly-fishing. For more information you can call either 1(800)619-3337 or (505)588-7535.

Thank you

We have long recognized the fact that we at the Chamber get by only with help from our friends and want to recognize a few of those who do so much for us.

I inadvertently forgot to thank Ron and Sheila Hunkin (again!) for helping Suellen and Ronnie Willett put together our new Business Directories. They were all on their tootsies for long periods of time, and we are grateful to them for once again volunteering their time and talents to the Chamber.

Since we are bustin' out of our seams here at the Visitor Center with all our excellent member information, we once again called our friendly local carpenter, Harold Slavinski, who has done so much for us over the years - well before I arrived on the scene. Harold did much of the original woodwork in our lobby when it was built and continues to answer our call when we need brochure racks, business card racks or whatever. We're grateful to Harold for all the work he has done for us in the past and for the work he did for us so recently. He is buying us time so we won't have to expand our current building to make space for more brochures, pictures, business cards, periodicals, maps, bulletin boards, and, well, I'm sure you get my meaning.

Last but certainly not least, we want to thank Jim Standifer of Jim's Lock and Key for coming to our rescue recently with a loose door handle. This is not the first time Jim has saved the day here at the Chamber, and we thank him for his most recent "save."

'Comedy of Errors'

This Saturday night is the staged "concert reading" of William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" at WolfTracks Coffee Company and Book Store located at the far west end of the new City Market Mall. This reading is brought to you by The Pagosa Players and The King's Men and will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will last about an hour. The performance space is donated by WolfTracks and 10 percent of all proceeds from tickets and food will be donated to United People Help Ministries.

Sixteen members of the PPKM Company will be engaged in this reading which offers to all who attend the opportunity to learn more about Shakespeare's work in a fun and friendly casual environment. The Globe Theater has reduced several of Shakespeare's plays from their original length to a size that can be enjoyed by the entire family community, to include children, without compromising the plot, thought and diction of the original work. To make your experience even more enjoyable, desserts, coffee, cappuccinos and espressos will be sold.

Only 35 seats are available, so I encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible. Advance tickets, available only at WolfTracks, are $4, and tickets purchased at the door will be $5.

Open house

The Chimney Rock Interpretative Program, San Juan Mountains Association, the Southwest Outdoor Volunteers, the San Juan National Forest Association and the Friends of Native Cultures invite you to attend an Open House on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Parish Hall on Lewis Street. These folks would like to acquaint you with the varied projects and volunteer opportunities available to you through each of these groups.

The San Juan Mountains Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to promote and provide public education, conservation and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources on public lands in Southwest Colorado. Southwest Outdoor Volunteers promotes and enhances volunteer opportunities on public lands throughout the area. For more information, contact the Chimney Rock Program Coordinator at the Pagosa Ranger District Office, 264-2268.


The Pagosa Springs Arts Council invites you to attend "Expressions of Faith," an all Christian art show the PSAC Gallery in Town Park on Palm Sunday, April 16, from noon until 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and inspirational music will be performed by local musicians. Picnics are encouraged if the day invites such a thing. This exhibit will run until May 3, and you can call 264-5020 if you have questions.

Trains and trains

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will be hosting the second annual Trains, Trains and More Trains exhibit April 6 to April 20. As part of the month-long Creativity Festivity celebration, two-and three-dimensional artwork with a train theme will be displayed in the roundhouse museum. The community is invited to attend a reception for the artists on Sunday, April 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 259-0274.

Videos and directories

Just a friendly little reminder that the 2000 Chamber of Commerce Business Directories and the Chamber of Commerce Pagosa Springs Videos are available at the Visitor Center. The Business Directories are free and simply the handiest fast reference you'll ever use. Come down and pick up as many as you need for your home and office needs.

The new videos are $20 each with discounts for volume purchases and must be seen to be believed. They are truly a beautiful visual journey through Pagosa and an excellent interpretation of all the things that make Pagosa such a special place to live. We have already sold a number of these little jewels and invite you to come down to the Visitor Center to view it in our boardroom and see for yourself what a beautiful job Jean Poitras of Bacchus Video and TV Production did on this video.

While I'm at it, I will also remind you that we now have a new pull-down screen for presentations and a TV/VCR combo in our boardroom to make it even more comfortable for all kinds of meetings and presentations for all the many groups utilizing the room. This is one of the most-used and valuable benefits of your Chamber membership, and all you have to do is give Morna a call at 264-2360 to reserve the room for your meeting.

Diplomat training

Our three annual diplomat training workshops will be held the last week of April and the first two weeks of May for those who are interested in volunteering as hosts at the Visitor Center for the summer months. We have the coolest cadre of diplomats in the world who spend many hours in our lobby answering questions and directing our summer guests. Many have been with us for years and know more about this town than just about anyone and are happy to share their wealth of knowledge with all who come through the door. If you would be interested in joining this exquisite group, just give Morna a call at 264-2360 to sign up for one of the workshops. You don't have to know everything, I assure you - that's why we hold the workshops. We also make sure that you work with an experienced diplomat in the beginning so that you can learn as you go. The diplomats work in teams for four-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon and pretty much have the time of their lives doing what they do. We welcome you to join us in making friends for Pagosa Springs.


Pagosa Lakes

By Ming Steen

Recreation Center offers free racquetball clinic

When you are watching your favorite racquetball pro do battle, your hero offers tons of excitement and flash. Nobody likes to whoop it up more than racquetball players and the Recreation Center league players are no different. In fact they are happy to oblige every Wednesday evening, 5 to 8, at the singles racquetball challenge night when they get together and have a grand time. One court is set up for Class B/C matches and the other court is set up for A/open matches. So you've never attended the league play. You are a little awkward about your game, worst, you don't even know which end of the court to serve into. No need to worry, the opportunity to learn is here.

A free racquetball clinic for beginners will be offered on Tuesday, April 11, at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center. Local hot shots, Esmeralda Berrich and Cherie Barth will show you the tricks and make you tougher than tough. Simply put, they'll introduce you to the game of racquetball.

Individuals interested in preservation and conservation of natural resources for all to enjoy are invited to attend an orientation meeting on Saturday, April 8. The meeting, hosted by the San Juan Mountains Association, will be held at the Parish Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to acquaint people with the many volunteer activities available through the San Juan Mountains Association. The mission of the San Juan Mountains Association is to promote and provide education, conservation and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources on public lands in Southwest Colorado. They promise you that as a member you will receive satisfaction from knowing you help protect and care for the beautiful public lands that form our background.

The Pagosa Chapter of the San Juan Mountains Association operates the tour program at Chimney Rock archaeological area. Volunteers conduct guided tours, monitor the area for disturbance, participate in special events, provide visitors services and more. Chapter members have also volunteered thousands of hours in support of Forest Service activities and programs.


Library News
by Lenore Bright

Library of Congress celebrates 200th

"The public library outranks any other one thing that a community can do to benefit its people." - Andrew Carnegie

America's libraries are unrivaled in the world. Tens of thousands of libraries across the United States serve democracy by breaking down the barriers of information "have" and "have-nots." With their open access to information of all kinds - freely given to all people - they are a symbol of the principles that have sustained this nation for more than two centuries.

As the Library of Congress celebrates its Bicentennial on April 24, 2000, it hopes to encourage a greater use and appreciation of all libraries and the important role they play in inspiring learning and creativity.

Libraries In antiquity

The history of libraries follows the history of writing. The first library was probably no more than a collection of clay tablets carved by the ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia (the present-day countries of Iraq, Syria and Turkey). Public libraries originated in ancient Greece around 300 B.C., when reading writing and the quest for knowledge flourished as never before. Ancient libraries were open to scholars, priests and officials for approved study - in other words, to those who "needed" to use them. But they were not "public."

Subscription libraries

Libraries in the 18th century were available only to those who could afford to pay. In 1731, Benjamin Franklin began the country's first subscription library in Philadelphia. The Library Company is still open today. Pioneers founded "coonskin" libraries on the frontier-subscription libraries that accepted raccoon pelts as membership fees.

Mercantile libraries

During the first half of the century, American ideals ushered in libraries subsidized by merchants to educate the working class. The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) also filled the need for practical knowledge about the business world. By 1859, the YMCA boasted 145 associations with libraries. But the YMCA could not compete with the tax-supported free public library's that began to emerge.

Free public libraries

Once again, our democratic beliefs pushed the concept that knowledge was essential to good citizenship. That led to the establishment in 1833 of the oldest free public library in Peterborough, N.H., where it remains open today. Boston Public Library opened in 1854. Since then, some 16,000 publicly supported libraries have opened in America.


Wealthy philanthropists including Enoch Pratt, John Jacob Astor, Samuel L. Tilden and Andrew Carnegie built more than 2,700 free public libraries at a cost of over $50 million.

Library of Congress

The world's largest library with more than 115 million items in all formats, was established in the U.S. Capitol building on April 24,1800, with a congressional appropriation of $5,000. When the Capitol was burned to the ground by the British army during the war of 1812, Congress purchased 6,487 books from the personal collection of Thomas Jefferson for $23,950. The first of three buildings opened in 1897. In addition to serving the reference needs of Congress and the nation, it is a major source of leadership and innovation in the library profession.

Today, the Library of Congress serves millions of patrons, both on Capitol Hill and its popular Web site: For help, try the "visiting the library" page at If you do not have access to the Internet, come in to the Sisson Library and we will show you how to search this site.

Digital age

Now with the proliferation of resources, libraries and librarians are more critical than ever, for it is librarians who guide patrons to useful information and serve as the "knowledge navigators" to all who come seeking assistance.

Library of Congress

It makes it possible for millions around the world to use its resources through its widely acclaimed web site. With more than 3 million hits per working day, the site has been named one of the best by Time and PC World magazines. It has been called "remarkable" by the New York Times. You can see photos from the Civil War, listen to folk music from the 1930s, see early Thomas Edison films and much more. (Our Sisson Library participated in this remarkable pilot project.)

It helps keep Americans informed about the work of Congress through its THOMAS web site at

The Library of Congress makes major exhibitions available on-line at You can see our American treasures and view the Jefferson draft of the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address. Many other exhibits are being added continually. It provides educational resources to students and teachers through the "Learning Pages" accessible from its Web site. The on-line primary resources can be incorporated in the K-12 curriculum.

It helps safeguard the nation's creative output as the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, registering more than 600,000 works annually. It promotes reading and literacy throughout the Center for the Book and its 36-state affiliates.

The Library serves Americans with disabilities through its National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Each year, the service supplies more than 20 million disks, cassettes and braille items for more than 750,000 patrons.

It provides the nation's libraries with free cataloging data and aids elected officials by supporting the information needs of the Congress through a research service; by maintaining a collection of more that 115 million items in 460 languages that contains many of our nation's treasures such as images of the Wright brothers first flight, the oldest surviving film, papers and mementos of many historic happenings; and by using traditional conservation methods as well as new technologies it is preserving this collection of our cultural history.

Celebrate our National Library's 200th Birthday by visiting your own local library this month. Let us show you what treasures are yours. Happy Birthday to all of us.


Arts Line
By Katherine Cruse

'Nature Speaks' exhibit continues

Currently on exhibit at the Pagosa Springs Arts Center and Gallery in Town Park is "Nature Speaks," the wildlife paintings and prints of Lori Salisbury, and Kent Gordon's bronze sculptures. Each of Lori's unique paintings of wildlife tells a story. Kent's animal bronzes, elk and mountain lion and horse to mention a few, are extremely lifelike and compelling. Even if you saw their fine work at the opening last week, you should make a return trip. Both artists brought in new pieces for display yesterday. Lori's and Kent's work will be on exhibit and for sale through April 12.

A new exhibit, "Expressions of Living Faith: Christians in the Arts," will open on Sunday, April 16, and will be on display until May 3. Featuring works by six to eight local artists, this exhibit is coordinated by and includes the work of sculptor Kent Gordon. An opening reception from noon to 4 p.m. on Palm Sunday will feature inspirational music by local musicians and refreshments, and you're encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the park.

Whistle Pig

The popular family-oriented folk music night takes place this Saturday night, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. This month's performance has a theme - "Concert for Kids" - in celebration of the Week of the Young Child (April 9 through15), which is designated by the National Association of Educators of Young Children.

Featured performers Saturday night will include local puppeteer Addie Greer, who regularly entertains in the kids' area at the Four Corners Folk Festival. Folk musicians Randall Davis and Clay Campbell will perform, as will story teller Gigi Thomson, song writer Bill Hudson, and adults and young folks from Sharman Alto's "Dance, Dance, Dance Ensemble." Bill Hudson assures me that the program, which will not contain an open mike segment this time, will last about one hour. Whistle Pig is sponsored by the PSAC. A $4 donation is suggested for adults; as always, children and teens get in for free.

Garage sale

The PSAC annual garage sale on Saturday, April 15, will offer refreshments and plenty of bargains. The sale starts at 8 a.m. so be early for the best deals. Donation of your salable items (as well as buying something at the sale) will help the Arts Council promote all of the arts in our area through performances, exhibits, workshops and sponsorships. If you have items to donate to the Arts Council's annual sale, you can take them to the Arts Center/Gallery on Thursday, April 13, between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Remember, it's for a good cause. If you have any questions or if you need help in transporting items to the gallery, call Phyl Daleske at 731-4589 or the Arts Center, 264-5020.

Prime time

Slots are available for exhibiting in the Arts Center Gallery at Town Park. This is due to a cancellation. All artists interested in exhibiting their work in the gallery, please come in and fill out an application, or call Joanne at 264-5020 and leave a message. Don't delay - this opening will not last long.

Computer needed

The Arts Council is in need of a computer printer. The office could also use a copy machine. If you have an extra one of either of these just lying around the house, please give Joanne a call at 264-5020. Many thanks to Nacona Martinez for donating the CD/tape player.

Spanish Fiesta

The 20th annual Spanish Fiesta is looking for entertainers, dancers and musicians. The Fiesta also presents a great opportunity for food vendors and arts and crafts booth operators. Interested in participating in this annual celebration of Pagosa Springs' Hispanic heritage? Please call the Arts Council at 264-5020, ASAP.

Young ladies between the ages of 9 and 12 (princess) and 13 and 18 (queen) who would like to compete for a role as royalty in the Spanish Fiesta, please contact Dolores Butler at Studio 160, 731-2273 or 731-9362.

The Spanish Fiesta will be celebrated at Town Park on Saturday, June 17. The event kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. The festival continues until 7 p.m., followed by the Fiesta Street Dance from 7 until 10 p.m.

Angel boxes

Under direction of Bob Hemenger, the Pagosa Angel Box Painters held their first meeting on Jan. 15. Students at the Alternative High School and 10 local residents prepped and painted "memory boxes." These boxes were donated to hospitals in Denver, Tulsa and Dallas, where they will be given to parents who have lost infant children to hold mementos such as birth and death certificates, wristbands and footprints. Pagosa Angel Box Painters, a division of the PSAC, meets the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Bible Church. For more information, contact Cathy Magin at 264-5597.

Concert reading

The Pagosa Players and The King's Men will present a concert reading adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors," suitable for all ages without harming the original plot and language, on Saturday night, 7 p.m., at WolfTracks Coffee Company and Book Store. Fine desserts and beverages are available. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to United Peoples Help Ministries.

Remember, the Arts Council Gallery in Town Park is still operating on its winter schedule, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Senior News
By Janet Copeland

Friday's big storm shuts down Senior Center

One thing is certain - the weather in Colorado is never boring. The snow storm on Friday caused the Senior Center to be closed, thus postponing the March birthday celebration and the Senior Board's monthly meeting. However, we made up the birthday celebration on Monday. We were happy to honor Kent Schaefer and Gene Copeland, and wish a belated Happy Birthday to those not present, to include Carroll Carruth, Myrtle Hopper, Billie Evans, Doria Kamrath, Patricia Bertsch, Carolyn Beach, and Nancy Giordano. The board meeting was changed to Wednesday.

We have had several guests this week, which is always a treat for us. On Wednesday of last week we were joined by Salvadore Martinez, and Bob, Kathy and Scott Stafford from Arkansas - our daughter and family. On Monday we were honored to have Betty Flowers, Alden Ecker, Bill Wallace and Ron Buck (who is a returning member). We all hope you folks can join us again soon.

Sign-up sheets are available at the front desk at the Senior Center for the May 10 to 12 trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. This should be a fun trip, so everyone make your reservations soon. If you have any questions about the trip call Cynthia at the Senior Center, 264-2167.

In response to our request for the location of a couple of seniors we had been unable to locate, we had a card from Henry Carter. He reports that Anna Carter is living in Park, Calif. If anyone wants her address, please contact me at 731-4581, or Cindy at the Senior Center. We thank Henry for sending this information.

Thanks so much to our wonderful volunteers for the past week - June Nelson, Lilly Gurule, Cynthia Mitchell, Jo Rose, Teresa Diestelkamp, Kathy Perry, Mary Archuleta, Chris McCracken and Lena Bowden. These folks are crucial in keeping our Center operating.

Cruising with Cruse
By Katherine Cruse

New words, low fuel, bad computer

Our son just sent us a list, one of those lists of one-liners that circulate so freely on the Internet. This one was titled, "New Words for the New Millennium." It was mostly work-oriented definitions like this one:

Blamestorming - sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

Or this one:

Stress Puppy - a person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

My favorite was: Ohnosecond - that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. Like an engineer's "nanosecond," it's an extremely short period of time.

An OHNOSECOND occurs sometimes when you're sitting at the computer keyboard, and you hit the wrong key, and suddenly everything you've been writing for the last half hour disappears. Just before you've backed it up.

You might experience an OHNOSECOND when you're skiing, too, as you start down a run and suddenly realize you're WAY out of your league.

Last Thursday morning Pagosans woke to about 3 inches of snow on the ground, with more coming. Compared to Friday's dump, it was nothing. But that's hindsight.

Hotshot was out of town. Right up until I looked out the window that morning, I had been toying with the idea of going skiing alone. When I saw the snow, I thought, no, the road over the pass will be terrible, I can't drive it. But Thursday was Ladies Workshop at Wolf Creek Ski Area, basically two hours of free lessons, and I really wanted to take advantage of that.

I dithered around while making coffee. Go or stay home? Eventually I mapped out all the places on the way to the pass where I could turn back if it was really snowing hard or the road was icy. Treasure Falls. The wide place just above the Lookout, where the snow plows pull over. The other wide place, farther up, where the outfitters unload their snowmobiles. Finally, if necessary, I could wait at the top and follow a snowplow down. I decided to go.

Folks who've lived here longer than I, or those who moved here from some place where it snows all the time, South Dakota or Iowa maybe, are probably chuckling at this nervous Nelly. But I haven't driven on snow for almost 20 years. I'm still working up to it.

There was some packed snow on the road, but the plows had done a good job of clearing the surface. They must start rolling at the first snowflake. At one point a car ahead of me did do a major sliding rotation, but I think he had to work hard to accomplish it. Maybe he was a STRESS PUPPY. Or maybe his tires were bald.

I felt a little trepidation halfway to the ski area, when I realized that I had started out with less than a tank of gas. I'd ignored the gas gauge all week. (Actually, I usually ignore the gas gauge.) At the beginning of winter, we'd made it a policy not to let the car get below half empty. Hotshot's a lot better than I am about paying attention to things like that. Remember, though, he'd been out of town. But hey, how much gas can it take to go up to the ski area and back? The return trip, half the distance, was downhill. Shouldn't be a problem. Right? So I trucked on.

At the ski area, I left the car, with its nearly empty tank of gas, waiting in the parking lot, and headed to the Ladies Workshop. There was new powder on the runs, which meant soft falls and slower speeds. The clinic was exhilarating. Debbee Ramey led me and two other semi-novice skiers down slopes I'd never dared to try before. I didn't disgrace myself, and I was glad I hadn't stayed home.

There were absolutely no OHNOSECONDS on the slopes. Turns out, the scariest part of the day came after the skiing. Just over the top of the pass the car computer went 'ding,' and the readout above my head announced 20 MILES TO EMPTY, which is just about the distance from Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs. There I was, half an hour from town, and the car was making book that I'd run out of gas before we got there.

In the next 3 miles, according to the odometer, that annoying information on the LED screen jumped down to 13 MILES TO EMPTY. How can one part of the car go three miles and another part think it's gone 7 miles? Better yet, how do I shut off the screen that's giving me this unwanted and, at this point, totally useless information?

Soon it told me we'd be running on fumes in 11 miles, and by the time I had gotten off the steep part, down around Treasure Falls, the darn thing read 6 MILES TO EMPTY.

By then I was feeling pretty panicky, and wondering how far I'd get before coasting to a stop. And then what? Should I call AAA on the cell phone? Good luck. Should I stick out my thumb and hope some car full of returning skiers would take pity and give me a lift into town? Should I hike to a house, and hope the residents were home?

Doing everything possible to conserve gas, I shifted out of the lower gears and into overdrive. And out of 4-wheel drive. That little ole computer began a rapid re-calculation. Suddenly I had not 6 MILES TO EMPTY, but 12 miles. And then 16. Then 20. At U.S. 84, it concluded we had 22 MILES TO EMPTY.

By the time I pulled up at the gas station, 25 miles from the original warning "ding," the car still thought it had another 20 MILES TO EMPTY. It was right back to the information it had given me in the first place.

I learned a couple of things on that ride. First, second gear and 4-wheel drive really suck up the gas. Even going downhill.

And now I know just how far it is to the top of Wolf Creek Pass. Usually when people ask me how far it is to the ski area, or to Durango, or to Albuquerque, I tell 'em how long the drive takes, not how many miles it is. But I was paying pretty close attention during that ride down the hill, and I sure know the number of miles now.

The old-fashioned method of looking at the gas gauge could have told me it was going to be a close call. I didn't need a computer giving me such precise and scary information. I didn't need that "ding" and the resultant OHNOSECOND.

Sometimes I think this new technology is not all it's cracked up to be.

Education News

By Tom Steen

'After-Hours' continues to grow

Our "After-Hours" community education programs continue to grow. During 1999, we offered a total of 106 classes, serving 476 students. Fifteen classes were computer-based programs, 35 taught first aid or CPR training, 35 were for personal enrichment, with the balance of classes providing tutoring or homework help. Of the total number of students enrolled in these classes, 244 were adults, 32 were junior high or high school students, 186 were elementary or intermediate school students, and 14 were preschoolers. This is a significant increase in students from the 1999 total of 176 students.

We continue to serve many elementary and intermediate school students with after-school tutoring programs focusing on language and math skills while providing homework help. All tutoring and enrichment classes are held in public school classrooms donated by the school district.

Seventy-seven first through sixth grade students stayed after school during this school year to get this extra tutoring and homework help. The Education Center hired and trained 24 high school students who have tutored these young students. These teens have already provided 2,488 tutoring contact hours this school year. Forty-eight elementary and intermediate school students were provided 760 hours of tutoring just during the month of March.

The following after-school enrichment classes are scheduled this spring.

"Swing Dance" with Sharman Alto -This is a continuing class that began in March. It is for fifth grade students through adults and meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and costs $20 monthly.

For Girls Only - Hair Wrapping with Tessie. In response to popular demand. Tessie will teach girls the art of hair wrapping. Mondays, April 10 and 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., $9 tuition.

Songs of the Heart, Rhythms of the Earth - We will sing, play, and create choreography together to music that honors the heart and the cycles of nature. Mondays, April 10 to May 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $20.

Living Arts Theater with Sharman Alto - Students will participate in acting improvisation, music, sound effects, script writing, dance and more on Tuesdays, April 11 to April 25, 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays, May 2 to May 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m. with $12 tuition.

Art with Tessie - This class includes a wide variety of art activities. Activities will change monthly. Wednesdays, April 12 to April 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, May 3 to May 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $12 tuition.

Artistic Toys and Other Fun Stuff - Children will make a variety of playful toys that will be fun and creative. Thursdays, April 13 to April 27, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $12 tuition.

Spanish for Kids - Children will practice their Spanish while having a great time with games and music. Thursdays, April 13 to May 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $24.

Jewelry Making with Lisa Brown - Children will learn jewelry making using beads and other materials. Thursdays, April 13 to April 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. $12 tuition.

"He who doesn't go forward goes backward." - Goethe

April 6, 2000


Light up the numbers

Directors of School District 50 Joint are expected to consider the installation of lighting for Golden Peaks Stadium during their regular meeting Tuesday. The proposal was presented by the high school's athletic director at the request of a group of parents. Monies needed to cover the district's yet-to-be-determined cost for the venture would come from the district's capital reserves.

This request is another reason why the administration and board should develop an athletic mission statement that clearly defines the purposes of the district's extracurricular programs.

Educators can easily validate a district's sizable expenditures on these programs. Numerous positive learning experiences students receive by participating in interscholastic athletic programs can be cited. So it should be easy to develop a clearly-defined mission statement that defines the goals and guidelines of a school's' extracurricular activities. Such a statement would best serve the student participants, coaches, administrators, school board and public in general. It would be surprising if attracting large attendance and generating large proceeds at the ticket windows would be included among the justifiable goals or aims of these programs.

Even if the dollar figures for initial outlay and eventual operating costs proved to be low, the figures for the after-dark temperatures along the neighboring San Juan River would be even lower. Many times they would be near or below freezing.

Even lower than the nighttime temperatures along the river bottom during football season, are the numbers of home games that are played each season. Also low would be the percentage of students in the district's overall enrollment who would be playing under the lights each football season.

Daily, parents and concerned adults strongly contend that the argument, "Everybody else is doing it," is invalid reasoning as they protect the best interests of their teenagers.

It is the school board's responsibility to consider the concerns and requests of parents and tax payers who are involved in, or who fund the district with their time or taxes, or both. It is also the board's responsibility to decide if any or all of the schools in the district could better serve the general or specific needs of their students if an extra $10,000 from the capital reserve fund were budgeted towards meeting these needs.

Such needs exist in each of the district's four schools. And these one-time expenditures would benefit a greater number of students by providing teaching tools that could satisfy numerous needs on a daily basis. Thus these expenditures would cause a long-lasting benefit as they helped fulfill the academic mission statement of the school district.

Before pursuing a lighted football stadium, our school board should ask our administrators, "Would our students, our teachers and our schools benefit if an extra $10,000 from the capital reserve was added to your budget for the 2000-01 school year?" It would be fun to watch the lights turn on in their heads.

David C. Mitchell

Dear Folks

By David C. Mitchell

Snow, lynx, truck deliver news

Dear Folks,

The high winds and deep snow that blew into Pagosa last Friday morning did a great job of moving out the "news drought" that swept Archuleta County last week.

The news drought ended just about the time last week's SUN reached the news stands.

It's been a while since a truck dumped a load of beer off the Wolf Creek Overlook.

It's also been a while since a driver bailed out of his brakeless semi and walked away from it.

Usually when the scene of a truck turnover on the Pass wreaks of spilled diesel fuel.

Not so last Thursday morning. The air was thick with odor of fermented hops.

It brought to mind a song Homer and Jethro used to sing - "Good 'Ole Mountain Dew." As I remember, it was because the smell in the air from their brother Bill's still, that was built on a hill, that "all the birds in the sky got so drunk they couldn't fly just from sniffin' that 'ole mountain dew."

It was pretty much that way Thursday morning.

The nature of the spillage made it unnecessary for the HazMat folks or local firefighters to hose down the highway.

Long before HazMat became an acronym, Homer and Jethro had popularized "Granmaw's Lye Soap" as the all-time small-time clean-all. Of course after Granmaw washed out Granpaw's ears . . . "he hadn't heard a word in years."

Evidently I'm getting to be more like Granpaw. When I started to use a rearranged concrete barrier as a sidewalk to the embankment below the accident, a trooper expressed a cease and desist order.

In years past no one bothered if I scrambled around on the rocks or crawled the embankments. So it really caught my attention when a strong voice from above issued a command, "Don't go down there, the wreck isn't stabilized yet."

No problem. When you're on someone else's turf, you play by their rules. And Rule 1 for reporting on accidents is "Don't become one."

Thanks to a long lens, the drop-off below the parking lot offered a suitable angle.

The parking lot drop-off also proved Chris was right. When I started scrambling back up the rock wall, I realized I'm more stabilized than I used to be.

Embarrassment is a great motivator so I finally made it back up to the roadway.

Then, Friday morning's storm blew in some great photos. Of course the county road and bridge folks and the crew in town preferred last week's news drought.

It doesn't seem fair that they had to work like the dickens Friday morning only to have the dump start melting away by late afternoon.

With some of the drivers still gone on "spring-break vacations" Friday, Town Manger Jay Harrington and County Road and Bridge Supervisor Kevin Walters traded their desks for snow plows in order to get the roads passable.

I understand the major news sources in Denver were reporting that 33 lynx were released near Pagosa Springs Sunday. Evidently Pagosa's news drought had moved on up into the Denver area.

I counted three new lynx being reintroduce to our neighborhood Sunday. But three new lynx beats no news at all any day.

Oh yes, as predicted, the melted-off P.E. field across from Town Park was dumped on by a snow storm prior to classes resuming after spring break.

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



25 years ago

County asked to use UBC

Taken from SUN files

of April 10, 1975

County Commissioners were asked Monday by a delegation from the Archuleta County Builders Association to consider adopting the Uniform Building Code and a permit system for construction. Representatives of the association also asked that licensing of contractors of various kinds be considered.

A lawsuit filed by former principal Patricia Minnis against School District 50 Joint, Superintendent A.D. Hahn and members of the school board resulted in a verdict in favor of the defendants. The suit was filed after Minnis was fired as the high school principal about a year ago.

Ruth Schutz, chairman of the Archuleta County Library board, announced this week that a grant of $5,151 for the library has been approved. The grant is from the state library system.

A Forest Service workshop was attended by over 60 citizens Monday night. The workshop was aimed at accepting comments and suggestions on a plan for the future management of a 700,000-acre area described as the Southern San Juan Mountains.



By Shari Pierce

Forest fire of 1956 one of the largest

A month or so ago as I was researching for another story, I came across a newspaper story that caught my eye. It was about a 1956 fire that was reported to be one of the largest, if not the largest, in the San Juan National Forest's history. Thinking it might make an interesting future story, I jotted down the date of the article and went on.

I visited the Pagosa Ranger District office last week on business. Peggy Jacobson was working at her desk. Knowing that she has an incredible amount of knowledge of Pagosa history and has worked at the Forest Service for many years, I asked her if she had any information about this fire. Not only did she fill me in on it, she gave me some other interesting history. Thanks to Peggy, I can share the following with you.

The San Juan National Forest was established in 1905. The first fires I mention took place in southwestern Colorado prior to that date. The 1956 fire pales in comparison to these.

One of the largest fires, and most interesting in its cause, took place in 1860. About 20,000 acres in Hinsdale and La Plata counties at the head of the Pine and Vallecito rivers burned. Estimates were that 25 million board feet of timber burned. Information about this fire was provided by Ute Chief Buckskin Charley who relayed that the fire had been started by Northern Utes. At this time, they were at war with the Southern Utes. As the Northern Utes left the area, they set the fire behind them to prevent the Southern Utes from pursuing them.

Interesting to note from the information supplied to me is that the winter of 1878-79 was a mild one, "marked by light snowfall in the mountains and this was followed by the extremely dry summer of 1879 when there was no rain from June 1st to September 15th." This is interesting because this is the time frame in which Camp Lewis was being established in Pagosa Springs. The drier than normal conditions were likely favorable to the men who were harvesting timber and constructing the many buildings of the fort.

The writer indicates that in spite of the extreme caution taken on the part of miners and prospectors who knew of the ever-present danger of a campfire getting out of control, there was a disastrous fire in 1879 near Molas Lake between Purgatory and Silverton. He describes the devastating effects of this fire: "Although many old-timers claimed the Indians started the fire, the true cause has never been definitely ascertained. This horrible fire burned over twenty-six thousand acres of timberland and is even today spoken as the 'Lime Creek Burn.' Although over a half a century has passed this ruined forest still bears mute witness to the deadly effect of fire. The fire burned the needles, leaves, timber, the very soil itself. Each windy day a few more of the red snags would fall until now they are on the ground forming a part of the vast waste."

Next week we'll get back to the first fire I mentioned, the largest in the forest's history.


April 6, 2000

Video Review

By Roy Starling

'Providence' provides painful viewing

Let's begin this week's review with a film quiz.

What's worse than a foul-mouthed, tasteless, gross-out movie?

And the answer is: a foul-mouthed, tasteless, gross-out movie with moments of maudlin, phony sentimentality.

There are other acceptable answers, of course. I would've accepted "a foul-mouthed, tasteless, gross-out movie that isn't even all that gross." "A foul-mouth, tasteless, gross-out movie that doesn't even contain the payoff that teenage boys have come to expect" would have also been acceptable.

"Outside Providence," the latest effort from the zany Farrelly brothers, is all of the above. The Farrellys, Peter and Bobby, gave us such cinematic gems as "Dumb and Dumber" (which I avoided because I was already over Jim Carrey when it came out) and "Something About Mary," which I admit I laughed at even though it crashed through the boundaries of good taste of almost every culture, certainly every culture with the capability of making movies. I probably wouldn't have laughed as much had the film not featured Ben Stiller, one of my favorite young people in the film business.

But this "Outside Providence," man, it's a real dud. I am writing this review with the sole intention of saving you the approximately $3 it would cost you to rent it. Also, I'm trying to save you from that "bad movie hangover" we've all experienced, that sort of slimy depression you sink into after watching a piece of celluloid toxic waste.

Consequently, I fully expect to see "Outside Providence" proudly displayed in the "Top 10 Rentals" section of a video store near me. You never listen to my advice. I completely trashed the inept remake of "The Haunting," and suddenly everyone in Archuleta County just had to take a look at it.

Why do I even bother?

In case you're too busy to read this entire review, here's the short version: "Outside Providence" stinks so bad it would gag a skunk.

The film opens with a staple of the sentimental (by that I mean emotionally dishonest and manipulative) American film: We're shown clips from a home movie. Home movies, of course, are always supposed to suggest simpler, happier, more innocent times, when Mommy and Daddy still loved each other and gladly caved into our every demand. In the background we hear The Who singing "We Won't Be Fooled Again."

Incidentally, you'd better enjoy this song. The soundtrack goes down hill in a hurry after this. Since the film is set in the early '70s, you're going to hear a lot of what some of us refer to as the Dark Age of rock: the Doobie Brothers, Electric Light Orchestra, Free, Lee Michaels, Yes, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Sometimes this "music" is played while we watch a kind of MTV video. You've seen these in movies. A man and a woman run through fields of grain, spray each other while washing a car, go to a movie and toss popcorn into each other's mouth, walk along the beach and then engage in heavy petting, while we listen to a song that seems somehow relevant to what they're doing.

These scenes usually indicate that the director is trying to fill up the requisite 90-plus minutes but doesn't have enough decent dialogue to do the job. To see a great spoof of the Movie Music Video, watch Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in "The Naked Gun." There are some wonderful sight gags as they gallivant to the dulcet tunes of Herman and the Hermits' "I'm in for Something Good."

Where was I? Oh yeah, the home movie and The Who.

After this, we meet the cast of caricatures, I mean characters, and see how much life has deteriorated since those grainy halcyon days. There's high-school senior Tim Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy) whose father has given him a colorful nickname I can't repeat in a family newspaper, hanging out with his friends in Pawtucket, N.J. There's his widower dad (Alec Baldwin) hanging out, playing cards and talking bigot-babble with his culturally deprived friends. There's Jackie, Tim's wheelchair-confined brother, a young lad who helps us see Tim's softer side.

With the exception of Jackie, all of these characters are excellent advertisements for a darn good education. How to put this nicely? They are truly as dumb as fence posts. My dog Trinity would blow past the whole bunch on "Jeopardy," that millionaire game show and an SAT test.

Plenty of people have been deprived of a decent education and have still become wise in their own way, have developed a moral intelligence, have developed the kind of mature insight into humanity and the world at large that would put most professional academics to shame. But not the folks in "Outside Providence." Their stories, I'm sorry to report, just don't seem worth telling.

Take Tim and his friends (please). What a bunch of losers these guys are! The one I found most detestable was nicknamed "Drugs." This perpetually dazed dummy may be the least likable character in the history of film. Not to give anything away, but something awful happens to him late in the movie, and I think we're actually supposed to care. Sorry.

Not surprisingly, Tim and his friends get stoned one night (actually, they get stoned every night) and ram someone's car into the back of a cop's car. Furious, Tim's dad sends him off to prep school in Cornwall, Conn. I never figured out how the Dunphys could afford this extravagant form of punishment, but I guess that doesn't matter much.

Once the film moves to Cornwall, it's time to caricature boarding schools: We have Mr. Funderburk, the stereotypical and completely unbelievable sadistic dorm master; we have a stuffy, outdated headmaster; we have snobbish jocks; we have the inevitable bespectacled nerd, Irv, with a nickname I can't repeat in a family paper; and we have another drug and alcohol culture.

One thing I do have to credit this movie for: It assures its teenage audience that the only way to deal with this world of trouble and pain is to smoke plenty of marijuana and drink until you throw up - just the kind of message I'd want my offspring to see during their impressionable teen years.

At Cornwall, Tim distinguishes himself by his ignorance and lack of good breeding, so, naturally, he wins "the hottest girl on campus," one Jane Weston (Amy Smart). Apparently she is attracted to his gross stupidity and oafish charm.

By the time "Outside Providence" comes to a merciful close, Tim's dad and his friends have ostracized one of their number (George Wendt) who turns out to be gay and then - and this is really hard to believe - accepted him back into the fold; Jane has had her application to Brown University rejected because she was caught in Tim's room and then has had it reaccepted thanks to the admirable if unlikely intercession of Tim; and Tim has come to accept that his deceased mother was mentally retarded and has bonded with his father.

The stick-figure bad people get what they deserve, the stick-figure good people are rewarded, and all that remains is an outtake of a guy sucking a noodle up his nose.

The wonderfully gifted comedic star Jack Lemmon was asked recently if he thought comedies today were aimed at young people. "No," he shot back. "They're aimed at idiots."

"Outside Providence" proves Lemmon's observation completely correct.

Old Timer
By John Motter

Where exactly is Gobbler's Knob?

By John M. Motter

If I said, "meet me at Gobbler's Knob," I'm willing to bet almost no one in Archuleta County would know where to go, assuming they'd want to meet me anywhere. The truth is, I had never heard of Gobbler's Knob myself until I talked with former county treasurer Tinnie Lattin this past week.

So where is Gobbler's Knob? It's where the Deer Creek School was located in the old days when the light in Archuleta County was still young and bright, the streams ran full to the banks with eager trout, and Tinnie's dad, Brenzel Frank Conner, taught in the Deer Creek School.

So where is Gobbler's Knob? It's in the Upper Blanco Basin up an old road past the Dan Fogelberg place. You know, of course, that you turn off to the Dan Fogelberg place on your way to the Thunderbird Lodge. The Thunderbird Lodge is located on Leche Creek.

Maybe you don't know where that is. Just go south from town on U.S. 84, turn east on C.R. 326, follow to the Upper Blanco Basin, cross the Blanco River Bridge on to a road that forks just across the river. The left fork goes past Opal Lake and on to the Fish Creek Trail head when it isn't washed out. The right branch goes to what was known just a few years ago as the Thunderbird Lodge, a fine place to eat. Before reaching the Thunderbird, the road branches again, this time moving to the right past the Fogelberg place.

Gobbler's Knob is a short distance down the old road, which served a small, rural community shortly after the turn of the century. Living in the community were several homesteaders including the Kohlers and Lipperts. Tinnie's father stayed with the Kohlers during the week while he was teaching, then returned home on weekends.

I last saw the school building about 1971 when I ran a survey line from the Bigbee place in Coyote Park to Leche Creek. The job took several days and I camped out along the way, sharing biscuits with my Honey as I progressed. Honey was my horse, a Roman-nosed, short-coupled bundle of appetite and stubbornness who developed a distinct fondness for biscuits roasted over the dying embers of a campfire on a willow stick.

I slept one night by the old school building. At that time, it housed a blackboard up front and some old-fashioned desks. I don't know if it still stands, I haven't been back.

In any case, Tinnie's father taught at the Deer Creek School. He also taught at Chromo, Marvel, Oak Creek (near Craig), and Cripple Creek.

The Conner family once lived in Kildare County, Ireland. Grandfather Frank Horn Conner was born in New Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 12, 1852. A miner, he had worked at Creede, before returning to New Jersey after his wife, Ione Brenzel, passed away. The couple met near Leadville. She had been a teacher at Orah. They married Aug. 15,1888.

Two children blessed the couple: Tinnie's dad, born May 31, 1891, in Red Cliff, and George James Conner, born May 30, 1892, at Gilman.

The grandfather later homesteaded 160 acres near the head of the Upper Blanco Basin.

Tinnie's dad attended the University of Valparaiso in Indiana for three years, then earned a degree at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. He taught first at the Deer Creek School.

On June 29, 1918, Frank Conner married Mary Leora Teeson, the daughter of Sam and Leora Teeson. Mary Teeson was the older sister of Faye Brown, one of Pagosa Country's favorite senior citizens. Sam Teeson had been born in Hull, England, and settled in Chromo in 1880. Later, the Teeson's moved to the Blanco Basin.

Tinnie's father was crazy about mining. He was said to have uncovered a sizable amount of gold on Oil Mountain, but never filed a claim or developed the prospect. The mother was said to spend summers in Farmington with her children, then winters at the Blanco Basin Ranch.

Frank and Mary Conner were the parents of Ione, Frank, and Tinnie Conner. Ione was born in 1914 and later married Harry "Bud" Patterson. Frank was born in 1916, Tinnie in 1920.

Tinnie has one son, Franklin Richard Caldon, from her first marriage to Richard Caldon. The son lives in Lovelock, Nev. Tinnie and Richard divorced in 1940 and Tinnie married Earl Lattin, a marriage which ended in divorce in 1950. Through son Frank, Tinnie has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tinnie's dad, Frank, died at the young age of 35 while teaching at the Chromo school. Hattie Fitzhugh finished his term.

"I talked with Maggie Fitzhugh," Tinnie recalls. "She said my father was a real nice fellow, a real good teacher, but very strict. One time the bridge washed out at Chromo and some of the kids couldn't cross the river. Dad drove across in the Model T, picked up the kids and took them to school. At night he took them back home across the river."

Tinnie was only five when her father passed away. He had had an appendicitis operation in Durango, got up to shave preparatory to returning home, and died from a blood clot on the brain.

One of Tinnie's early jobs was with the telephone company, then located in a building next to the theater on Pagosa Street. She operated the same telephone switchboard equipment now on display at the Upper San Juan Historical Society Museum. She also worked for the Hersch family at Hersch Mercantile on Pagosa Street and temporarily as town clerk when town hall was located on the river bank at the corner of San Juan and Pagosa streets.

In 1948, she began the job for which she is best remembered. She started working in the office of the county treasurer. Tinnie was elected county treasurer two years later, a job she held until retiring in 1990. If 40 years in public office isn't a county record, it is certainly an accomplishment worthy of much note.

"I don't miss the office, but I miss talking with the people," Tinnie says of the years since her retirement.

Tinnie has lived in the same house on Hermosa Street in the Park since 1954. A look at the property's title abstract reveals a Who's Who of important people from Pagosa's past.

The lot was one of those created when the U.S. government ordered a town survey in 1883 and the lots sold in 1885. The first patent on Tinnie's property was issued to John and Jacob Dowell and dated June 9, 1886. The Dowell brothers homesteaded the ranch at the head of Mill Creek, later known as the Hott Ranch. Jacob Dowell drowned in Mill Creek in the flood of 1911. John Dowell was Pagosa Springs' first mayor in 1891.

Another owner was Fil Byrne, a school teacher in the days of old Fort Lewis, the county's first superintendent of schools, and long-time county judge.

Another name on the document is that of E.M. 'Doc" Taylor, the first county clerk and first town clerk, an early money lender, and a man altogether involved with early town and county doings.

Also listed in the abstract are Barzillai Price, Julia M. Harman, Thomas S. Reavis, and other names of folks not so well known.

As I left the interview with Tinnie this past week, she gave me a pint mason jar filled with green beans, canned from Tinnie's own garden. My mom would have called them snap beans, but that is another story. It seems fitting that Tinnie Lattin, whose life touches Pagosa Country history for 80 years, should still be gardening, canning, and living life to its fullest. I left her home with one question turning around in my head. I wonder if anyone else remains who knows where to find Gobbler's Knob.


April 6, 2000

No Births this week

Business News

April 6, 2000

Biz Beat

Lone Star Cattle Company restaurant

Barbara Husbands and her husband Richard own and operate the Lone Star Cattle Company restaurant, located at 30 North Pagosa Boulevard, adjacent to the Shell station.

Lone Star opened for business on March 1 and provides 'Texas-Style' food for its customers. The menu includes smoked meats - brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken and turkey - as well as a full array of homemade sides, made fresh every day.

Food at the Lone Star Cattle Company is served cafeteria style, with no waiting. The restaurant has a full liquor license and offers a wide range of beers and other beverages.

Takeout can be ordered at the Lone Star Cattle Company by phone or by fax at the same number, 731-9564.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.



Land Sales

sun - land sale 4/6/00

Seller: Vossa and Elizabeth Leach, Vossa and Elizabeth Leach Revocable Trust

Buyer: Vossa and Elizabeth Leach

Property: Teyuakan Lot 7 and 8, Phase 2

Price: Not listed


Seller: Earl L. Williams

Buyer: Kenneth R. and Anita J. Mathers

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 575

Price: $11,000


Seller: John H. and Charlotte A. Altseimer

Buyer: David Settles

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 151

Price: $20,000


Seller: Melvin William O'Bryant

Buyer: Great Divide Investments Inc.

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 364, 365, 366 and 367

Price: $16,000


Seller: Shirley A. Crider

Buyer: Isabel M. Webster

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 505

Price: $5,000


Seller: Nicole M. Bordeau

Buyer: Joanna Fabris

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lot 19, 20 and 18, Block 1

Price: Not listed


Seller: Alpine Lakes Ranch Inc.

Buyer: Linda L. Daugherty

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Elk Ridge Unit 2, Tract 34

Price: $118,200


Seller: Richard G. Broom

Buyer: Tryllis J. Broom

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 117

Price: Not listed


Seller: La Plata Electric Association Inc.

Buyer: Kenneth and Joanne Hearing Revocable Living Trust

Property: Pagosa Hills Subdivison Unit 3, Lot 74X

Price: Not listed


Seller: Paul Nobles

Buyer: James E. and Nancy A. Dickhoff

Property: Point View Subdivison, Lot 3, Mesa Heights Subdivison Plot C

Price: $57,000


Seller: Walter Deane Stanton

Buyer: Walter Deane Stanton and George Marshall Hernandez

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Ponderosa Hills 2, Tract 41

Price: Not listed


Seller: Ronald J. and Mary Janet Courtney

Buyer: Merlin O. Taylor

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 807

Price: $10,500


Seller: Larry J. and Debra B. Skaff

Buyer: Daniel V. Phillips

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 413

Price: $10,500


Seller: Morris D. and Dorothy F. White

Buyer: Michele R. Forry and Shelley K. Godby

Property: 15-35-2W

Price: $73,000


Seller: Ila Berniece Anderson

Buyer: Charles Anderson and Ila Berniece Anderson, Charles and Ila Anderson Joint Living Trust

Property: 12-32-6W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Verna H. Evans Revocable Trust

Buyer: Clifford L. Evans

Property: Pagosa Meadows Unit 3, Lot 19

Price: Not listed


Seller: Deanne C. Silverstein

Buyer: Barry M. and Deanne C. Silverstein

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Elk Ridge Unit 2, Tract 35

Price: Not listed


Seller: Ilima Freudenberger

Buyer: James A. and Janet L. Freudenberger

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 422

Price: $43,000


Seller: Perri Brabec

Buyer: Perri Brabec

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 527

Price: Not listed


Seller: Colorado Land and Exchange Inc.

Buyer: James J. and Loretta R. Gorman

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 3, Lot 20, Block 9

Price: $6,000


Seller: Neal G. and Peggy Wanket

Buyer: Steven B. and Deborah L. Hartvigsen

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 271

Price: $156,000


Seller: Thomas H. and Carol A. Jett

Buyer: Tomas H. Jett

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 15

Price: Not listed


Seller: Thomas H. Jett

Buyer: Ron Starr

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivison I, Lot 15

Price: $14,700


Seller: Clifford and Celeste Morcom

Buyer: Bryon Pashby and Tina Whomble

Property: Pagosa Hills Subdivison Unit 3, Lot 75 E 1/2

Price: $15,500


Seller: Marrylin A. Fulks

Buyer: Rudy T. Montoya

Property: Rio Blanco Valley Subdivision Unit III, Tract 3, 4 and 5

Price: $34,500


Seller: San Juan Enterprises Inc.

Buyer: Brotherhood Bank and Trust Co. Inc. (custodian) Freeman Ira Debbie

Property: 11-34-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Richard R. Potter

Buyer: Jay Ross and Stacey M. Lewis

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Lot 53

Price: $48,000


Seller: Frank and Isabel Colella

Buyer: Colella Revocable Trust

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 1, Lot 1, Block 7

Price: Not listed


Seller: Frank and Isabel Colella

Buyer: Colella Revocable Trust

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 1, Lot 2, Block 4

Price: Not listed


Seller: Centurytel of Colorado Inc.

Buyer: George W. and Barbara A. Nimon, George W. and Barbara Nimon Family Trust

George W. and Barbara Nomon Family Trust

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 54X

Price: Not listed


Seller: La Plata Electric Assn. Inc.

Buyer: George W. and Barbara A. Nimon, George W. and Barbara A. Nomon Family Trust, George W. and Barbara Nimon Family Trust

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 54X

Price: Not listed


Seller: Janet L. Smith

Buyer: Jimmy Smith

Property: Pagosa Pines Unit 1, Lot 3 and 4

Price: Not listed


Seller: Jimmy Smith

Buyer: Terrence and Kirsten Wilson

Property: Pagosa Pines Unit 1, Lot 3 and 4

Price: $135,900


Seller: Richard P. Adams, Adams Family Trust

Buyer: Rancy L. Stefanowicz

Property: Twincreen Village, Lot 628, 629 and 630

Price: $191,000


Seller: Southern Pacific Secured Assets Corp.

Buyer: Bobby J. Smith

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivison 3, Lot 15 and 20, Block 13

Price: $95,000


Seller: Giancaspro Construction Inc.

Buyer: Ken and Dorie Lott

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 976 and 977

Price: $350,000


Seller: First Baptist Church (Southern) of Pagosa Springs

Buyer: Humane Society of Pagosa Springs Inc.

Property: First Baptist Church-Powerhouse Minor Subdivision

Price: $350,000


Seller: Timothy S. and Susan K. Iverson

Buyer: James E. and Nancy A. Dickhoff

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 4 and 5, Block 3

Price: $165,000


Seller: Loen and Sophia Karandreas

Buyer: Tim Brown

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 284 and 286

Price: $16,000

April 6, 2000

























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.

BIBLE STUDY - group meets every week in home for round table type study of the Bible followed by potluck and fellowship Saturday, 11. All interested may attend, please call for details and directions. 731-4266. (Not affiliated with any organization.) 24-27p.

arctic spas - Truck load sale! This weekend, 2000 Homeshow at Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Hongola Pools and Spas, (505) 326-2185. 25p.


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.

1990 ISUZU TROOPER - 4x4, 5-speed, power locks and windows, A/C, CD, great condition. $5500. 264-5662. 21-24c.

RED 1997 DODGE DIESEL PICKUP - Dual rear wheels, SLT Laramie cab with leather interior, long bed with spray on protective finish, gooseneck heavy towing hitch. $28,500. (970) 731-2014/leave message. 22-24p.

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.

1998 LINCOLN TOWNCAR - Signature Series, 9500 original miles. $28,500. 264-2899. 22-25c.

1997 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY - mini-van. 44K miles; great condition. $23,000. 264-0170. 22-24p.

1990 HONDA CIVIC - AWD, 84K miles, good condition, runs great. $4000. 264-0170. 22-24p.

1991 CHEVY VAN - Explorer conversion package, dual air, 350, V8, loaded with extras, immaculate, 88K miles. $8900. 731-0275. 22tfc.

1990 FORD PROBE - Blue, runs great, 110,000 miles, new brakes. $2200. (970) 731-5067. 23-25p.

WORK TRUCK - 1991 Ford S/C F250 diesel. Automatic, air, power, strong motor, good body, 2 wheel. $4000. 731-0004. 23-24p.

1976 3/4 CHEVY - 350, 4 wheel drive, new clutch, new brakes, rebuilt engine, excellent work truck. 264-2142. 23-26p.

ARCHULETA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 JOINT - is now accepting bids on school vehicles. 1) 1978 Ford Fairmont. 2) 1977 Subaru Wagon. 3) 1982 Ford Futura. 4) 1975 Thomas 66 Passenger Diesel School Bus. Call 264-2305 for more information. Ask for John Rose. 23-24c.

'97 SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK - Clean, great condition, 50,000, warranty. Asking $17,500 OBO. 731-5842. 23-25p.

1997 FORD AEROSTAR XLT - 7 passenger, one owner, 100K warranty, A-1 condition, towing package, CD, etc. $16,000. 264-4840. 24-26p.

'92 TAURUS WAGON - 82K, FWD, leather, 3rd seat, V6, AC, power everything, 25 mpg, excellent condition. $4500. 731-4854. 24-26p.

1983 CHEVY CELEBRITY - V-6, automatic, motor needs work, body rough. $300 OBO. 264-4511 or 731-2731. 24-27p.

1993 F150 - 4x4, 300 6 cylinder, automatic, topper. $6100. 264-6122. 24-27p.

1985 CHEVY SUBURBAN - HD Silverado with full power with towing package, new Chevy block with 45,000 miles. New AC, completely redone front and rear. $5795. Call 731-9470, leave message. 25-26p.

'87 COLT VISTA - Seats 7, 4x4, rebuilt engine, runs good, rough body. $900 OBO. 731-9562. 25p.

1998 JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT - 4x4, good shape, 36,000 miles, towing package, power windows and locks, cruise, V-6, automatic. $16,500. 264-0021. 25-26p.

1990 Jeep Wrangler - 6 cylinder, 5 speed, soft top, excellent condition, 100K. 731-3233. 25-26p.


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.

Single office and two office suite - available in the Pagosa Hotel Mall. Walk to Post office, court house and banks. $125 - $275 per month, no lease required first & last month rent only required. 264-4578 or 264-4796. 9tfc.

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

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE - in prime medical location. 1165 sq. ft., $1475 per month includes utilities. Well suited for dental care or other medical profession. Inquire at 75 S. Pagosa Blvd. or call for appointment. (970) 731-4131. 24-27c.

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


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. 25-24/01p.


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.

Business Opportunity - This successful floral and gift shop is very unique. Purchase the inventory and fixtures and this business is yours. Broker/owner. Call Cindi Owen with Jim Smith Realty, (970) 264-3209. 25c.

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


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. 32-27p.

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.

FREE HORSE - till June 2001. Looking for someone to board horse in exchange for riding pleasure of a beautiful 1/2 Arab. Call for details, (970) 513-8192 or (970) 485-0744. 22-25p.

FOR LEASE - 240 acres. Trujillo. River runs through it. Best offer by 3/31/00. 731-2517. 21-25p.

DOES YOUR OLD PONY - feel like he has been forgotten, does he need to be wormed, hooves trimmed or just loved on? If I can help, call me, 264-2142. 23-26p.

Nubien billy - Only 2 months, very friendly, make great pet or breeder. $35 to good home. 264-5799. 25p.


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.

FIREWOOD - Pine and Aspen, split and delivered, 264-2142. 23-26p.

WALL COUNTRY SHELF UNIT - 44x36x13 with two shelves. $45. 731-5279. 23tfc.

KIRBY G5 VACUUM - Shampooer and all attachments. Great condition. $900. 731-2010. 24-27p.

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.

1999 TRAVEL-LITE - expandable 17'-21' camping trailer. Sleeps 6, extra clean and loaded, AC, fridge/freezer, stove, shower/stool, awning, etc. $8700. (970) 731-3698. 24-25p.

Older piano - Upright Story and Clark, $400. Two full size waterbeds, bookshelf across back, six drawers under, extra storage behind and under, $500 for both. 264-5448. 24-25p.

HALF PRICE GROWING DOME - Preowned, cared for. Owner upgrading to larger size. Unrepeatable bargain. 264-6922. 24-26p.

MEYERS SNOWPLOW - $1300. 264-6122. 24-27p.

Health Rider - the original! Perfect condition, video, etc. Wonderfully quiet, smooth, full-body exerciser. $400 OBO. 264-4863 or fax 264-5337. Ask for Joan or Herman. 24-25p.

SCARPA T-3 - boots, $125. Used. Bike and Glide, 264-3288. 25-26c.

Brother - Ink jet word processor with printer and video monitor. New. $125. 731-4589. 25p.

Two Steel Buildings - Engineered Certified. 40x100 was $16,880 now $7990. 40x40 was $8316 now $3990. Must sell, can deliver 1-800-292-0111. 25p.

1 Ruger 357 Magnum - 3 Ruger P89 magazines, $50. Two automatic hipholsters, $30. Play station with eight games, $250. Mac power booth II laptop, $400. New in the box faceoff car stereo, $90. Electronic typewriter, $30. CLC griplock full body harness complete, $120, never used. Uniden bearcat programmable hand held scanner, $30. 264-1022. 25-27p.

Road Bike - 54 cm Trek 1400 aluminum frame, Shimano Ultegra components and many other upgrades $500, 731-5810. Ask for David. 25-26p.

Brand new - 17 cubic foot GE refrigerator $300. Call 731-1257. 25-26p.

Older washer - and dryer in good working condition, $115 for set. Washer, $100. Dryer $25. 731-2538. 25p.

CASE 580D EXTEND A-HOE - Good engine, good tires, good machine. Currently working. $17,000. 731-5054. 25c.

arctic spas - Truck load sale! This weekend, 2000 Homeshow at Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Hongola Pools and Spas, (505) 326-2185. 25p.

Sofa, chair and ottoman - Beautiful Southwest pattern, barely used. $750. 264-6262. 25-27p.


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.

2 MOBILE HOMES - on 5 acres. Pasture and irrigation, fenced, pond. Priced to sell. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428. 1tfc.

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.

FOR SALE BY OWNER - in "newer" Vista. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 8 months old, 16x80 mobile on corner lot. Shed, view. $75,000. 731-2807. 22-25p.

NICE MOBILE HOME SPACE - available two miles out of town on 84. Nice, quiet area. Want permanent tenants and nice mobile home. 264-4585. 24-27p.

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. 24-26p.

1995 - 16x80 Cavco mobile home. Take over payments. Colorado coded, appraised at $29,500, very spacious. Call (505) 334-1720 or (505) 320-4940. 25-27p.


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

THE CORNER STORE - accepting applications for a full time clerk position. Successful applicant will be outgoing, work well with the general public and coworkers. Excellent pay and benefits, background check required. Apply in person at 40 Piedra Road. 8tfc.

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. 21-25p.

BREAKFAST COOK - Early morning. Part time or full time. Experience, references. Great pay for the right person. 731-4050. 20-25p.

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

LOREDANA'S - still desperately seeking a cook. Flexible hours, great pay and benefits to qualified applicant. Apply in person, 68 Bastille Dr. 22-25c.

SHEAR TALK HAIR SALON - is now seeking hair stylist. Please call for information. 264-2308, evenings 264-5338. 23-26p.

HOUSEKEEPER - Full time. Competitive starting salary and benefits. Sunetha Management, 56 Talisman Drive for application. No phone calls. Part time housekeeping positions also available. 23-26p.

EXPERIENCED DRYWALL HANGERS - Finishers and painters. Paid holidays, vacation program and other benefits. 731-0130. 23tfc.

HAIRSTYLIST TO JOIN - the staff of Full Moon Hair Co. Colorado license required. 731-4449. 24-27p.

WANT TO WORK - outdoors this summer? SYC is now hiring fire, conservation and leadership positions. 884-2758. 24-26p.

PAGOSA NURSERY LOOKING - for qualified sales and yard persons. References required. 731-4126, 166 Bastille Drive. 24-27c.

WANTED - 37 people to lose weight by summer and keep it off. All natural, doctor recommended. 1-888-764-5573. 24-27p.

OFFICE ASSISTANT - General office, clerical, bookkeeping person sought. Computer and strong organizational skills required. 30-40 hours. Please send resume to: Donoho & Associates, Architects, P. O. Box 3303, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 24-26p.

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE - Sunetha Management Services is accepting summer season grounds maintenance/lawn care bids through April 15 for 7 condominium associations. Bid specs are available at 56 Talisman Drive or call 731-4344 for information. 24-25p.

LOOKING FOR GOOD - people to work convenience store. Above average wage. Call for application and interview. 264-5322. 24-27c.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT PROM? - Snips is now booking appointments for hair and nails with Cindy or Becky. 731-6500. 24-25p.

JJ'S UPSTREAM RESTAURANT - Don't wait til summer. SECURE YOUR POSITION NOW! Cooks, dishwasher, hosts, bussers, waitstaff, bartenders, manager. Stop by in person. SOME POSITIONS AVAILABLE NOW! 356 E. Hwy. 160. 24-27p.

COUNTER HELP - Part time/full time. Morning hours. Call 731-4050. 24-25p.

MERCY HOME HEALTH - is accepting applications for the position of Physical Therapist in Archuleta County. Please call Dan at 731-9190 for information. Apply at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. 24-25c.

Lee Riley - is looking for a part time Customer Service Assistant. For more information please call Jennifer or Lee at 264-3210. 24-25c.

SUNETHA MANAGEMENT - is soliciting bids for sprinkler system maintenance for seven condo associations. Specs are available at 56 Talisman Drive, 731-4344. 25-26p.

IN FAST GROWING PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO - Experienced help needed for all phases of aggregate production, paving and concrete. Positions open in operations, sales, CDL drivers, equipment operators and maintenance. Send resume to P.O. Box 449, Alamosa, CO 81101 or call for interview, 1-800-589-6671. 25-26p.

The Town's Park Department - is now accepting applications for full time summer workers, April through Sept. Salary is $6-$8 per hour. Applications and job descriptions available at Town Hall until deadline April 14. 25-26c.

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.

The Town of Pagosa Springs - has an opening for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Job duties include operating and maintaining all aspects of the Town's Sewer System. Applications and job descriptions are available at Town Hall, located at 486 San Juan Street. Applications will be accepted until April 14th. The Town of Pagosa Springs is an equal opportunity employer. 25-26c.

PT/FT - at Jerky stand. A fun job. Must be good with people, like outdoors, flexible, reliable, good pay. (970) 884-5233. 25-26p.

Front Desk Receptionist/Accounting Clerk - FT position. Applicant must be customer oriented and dependable. Contact Sunetha Management for appointment. 731-4344. 25-26p.

Oiler/Mechanic Vacancy - Archuleta County Road & Bridge Department is currently accepting applications for a full-time oiler/mechanic. Applicants for this position will be capable of performing routine vehicle service, tire repairs and fueling to all County equipment. Applicants must possess a valid Colorado CDL with Hazmat endorsement along with a current DOT Medical Card. This is a full time position with benefits. Applications may be picked up at the Archuleta Country 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. 25-27c.

Part-time office assistant needed - QuickBooks and basic computer experience required. Quilting knowledge helpful but not obligatory. The successful applicant would fulfill orders, answer telephones and e-mail, and send monthly statements for a quilt pattern mail order business. Please send resume to Piece O' Cake Designs, 301 Handicap Ave., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 25-26p.

Super 8 Motel - Now hiring housekeeping and front desk, Monday-Friday and weekends. Apply within. 25p.

All positions available - apply at Dorothy's Restaurant between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 25-26p.

Personal Care - provider needed in Aspen Springs area. Please call San Juan Basin Health 264-2409. Ask for Teresa. 25-26c.

customer service representative - Ground floor opportunity with growing company. Successful candidate must have excellent customer relations and phone skills, be comfortable on computers and have a great attitude. Fax resume to 731-1173 or call 731-1170 to schedule interview. Competitive pay and full benefits. 25-26p.

experienced rafting guide - PT, June through summer. Current first aid and CPR required. Pay negotiable. Contact Pagosa Outside, (970) 264-4207. 25-26c.

tree nursing - outside work, Allison area. Call for information, 731-0352. 25-28p.


FOR A COMPLETE - look at all homes in the county check out my web site: 51-25c.

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. 51-25c.

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 316 Antelope. 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.

AFFORDABLE, WELL BUILT - 2 and 3 bedroom homes in Pagosa area for $110,000 and up. Includes garage. (970) 731-2201 or (303) 346-7879. 41tfc.

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. 2-25p.

2400 SQ. FT. LOG HOME - on 30 acres bordering national forest. 24x48 4 car garage. $299,900. Call Todd, 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.

BLANCO RIVER - two homes on 3 acres, 4 bedroom, 2 bath modular, 2 car garage. 3 bedroom mobile, currently rented for $550/month. National Forest. $190,000. Maverick Realty, Gary 264-4847. 15-26p.

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.

FOR SALE BY LOCAL OWNER - gorgeous 4-year-old 1600 sq. ft. CUSTOM home, 3B/2B, appealing, sunny breakfast area, well-designed floor plan, many windows. Ceramic tile in kitchen, hallway and baths. Oversized 2-car garage, deck, landscaped, central water, propane. On 5 acres in Meadows with excellent views. Outbuildings, fenced for horses, 10 minutes from town. Appraised at $270K, asking $225K. Call (970) 731-4054 to see all that this home has to offer. Leave message if no answer. 21-25p.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH ON 40 ACRES - 2 sides national forest, live stream, private and secluded. Only $298,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

UPPER BLANCO BASIN - One of a kind log house on 9 acres, surrounded by national forest. Growing dome, outbuildings, big views, aspens, fir and ponderosa pine. Truly one of a kind. $459,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

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. 23-26p.

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 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 731-2100. 25tfc.

10 ACRES WITH - a beautiful home close to town. This is made up of 2-5 acre parcels each with a well and central water. Property is irrigated and great for horses. This cozy 4 bedroom house has fabulous views of the mountains and few restrictions making this a rarity. Contact Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, 264-7000. 23-26c.

VERY PRIVATE 35 ACRES - with a log home under construction for sale. Solar powered well and La Plata Electricity installed to the site. The first floor on this 3000 square foot home has been completed. Located in the Upper Navajo Peaks Subdivision. The current owner is not able to transfer here. Contact Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, 264-7000 to view this great value! 23-26c.

PRIVATE HOME AT - the end of the road on 3.7 acres now available! You can hear the San Juan River and enjoy the mountain views. The home has a sunroom, greenhouse, great room and new furnace, carpet, paint, garage and storage room. Electric, central water and solar power back up, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms offered at $229,000. Won't last long! Contact Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, 264-7000. 23-26c.

NICE 4 BEDROOM - 2 bath, fireplace, deck, fenced yard, 1800+ sq. ft., great views on greenbelt. Bonnavilla doublewide. $89,000. 731-9371. 23-26p.

FOR SALE BY OWNER - Extraordinary custom home, privacy and big views. $725K. (970) 731-2445. 24-26p.

HOME ON 35 ACRES - with unblockable views and approximately 4600 sq. ft. under roof. You can call this two houses or three depending on your utilization. Needs TLC but for the sophisticated owner this can be a dream property that can only appreciate. Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON at 731-2000. 24-26p.

BANK REPOS - to be added to my inventory in the next few months consisting of land, houses and a ranch or two. Some will be in Archuleta, La Plata, Cortez, Del Norte and Grand Junction. If you are a serious buyer and want to be added to the Priority Notification List then ASK FOR RON at 731-2000, Coldwell Bank the Pagosa Group. 24-26p.

HIGHLANDS HOME - with approximately 1600+ sq. ft., three sided carport, 3 bedroom, 2 bath with nice mountain views and near national forest. Some financing may be available with good credit. Asking $156,500 with terms. Want to negotiate? Bring Cash. Broker/owner. ASK FOR RON at 731-2000. 24-26p.

WANT TO LIVE - on Easy Street in a new home? Email me for questions about MLS listings, Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON at 731-2000. 24-27p.

2 BEDROOM - 1 bath timber frame home. Property borders federal land. Very unique and lovely. $125,000. 731-2344. 24-25p.

"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 731-2100. 24-27c.

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.

CABIN ON APPROXIMATELY - 3 acres. Great first time buyer or rental investment under $80,000. Cozy bedroom/bath with carport and garage. Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group. ASK FOR RON at 731-2000. 24-26p.

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. 24-27p.

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. 25-28p.

STEAL THIS! - We're buying a new office, so we are taking offers on our existing model/office. Our financing makes it easy. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633. 25c.

BANK REPOSSESSION - in Pagosa. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633. 25c.

HOW ABOUT A - land/home package in Pagosa for $56,900. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633. 25c.

3 BEDROOM - 2 bath with wood burning fireplace. 1999 doublwide on 1.5 acres in Aspen Springs. $119,000. Must see. Call Joseph at 731-2100. 25-26c.

LOG SIDED - 3 bedroom, 2 bath with many upgrades. 2561 square feet with oversized 2 car garage. $339,000. For more information call Joseph at 731-2100. 25-26c.

3 BEDROOM - 3 bath plus office custom home with outstanding lake and mountain views. Features great southern exposure, radiant infloor heating and jacuzzi and fireplace in mastersuite. More information and photos located on the internet, code 9996542 or call 731-3113. 25-26p.

VERY WELL KEPT - 3 bedroom, 2 bath home close to Lake Pagosa. Recently remodeled. Large open living area with beautiful rock fireplace, vaulted ceiling with log beams, shop area in garage. Bring your fishing pole. $149,900. Ask for Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty, 264-3210 or 1-800-571-0107, 25-26c.

For Sale by owner - 5 fenced acres, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, passive solar, wood heat, central water, good well, privacy and unbeatable views. Partially complete separate garage with apartment above. Serious buyers by appointment. $244,000. Possible owner financing. 731-5222.25p.


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.

arctic spas - Truck load sale! This weekend, 2000 Homeshow at Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Hongola Pools and Spas, (505) 326-2185. 25p.


FOR A COMPLETE - look at all larger vacant land parcels and ranches in the county check out my website: 51-25c.

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.

2376 SQ. FT. HOME - on 33 acres. Outbuildings, fencing, irrigation, views, trees. $339,900. Call Don at Wells Group, 884-0395. 21-27p.

RIVERFRONT WITH 3 SIDES NATIONAL FOREST - The property everyone asks for but no one has. We have it! Can buy all or part of this 160 acres in the Upper Blanco River. Big views and great well water. Call Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 23-26c.

APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE OF PIEDRA RIVER - Own both sides of the river, very private, over 4 cubic feet of great water rights. Views of Chimney Rock. Two homes, one recently remodeled and the other in process. 400+ acres, big pasture, paved access and natural gas heat. This is the BEST SW Colorado has to offer. Call Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 23-26c.


16' FISHING BOAT - 18' Tandem trailer. Boat needs work on hull. $450. Larry, 264-6639. 25-26p.


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. 51-25c.

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. 51-25c.

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.

TWO BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED - acres on the Lower Blanco River with many trees. Make this lot your own private park. Septic test done. Good water! Eight miles south of Pagosa Springs off Hwy. 84. $35,760. (214) 341-0456. 16-27p.

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.

40 ACRES - Borders national forest, hilltop buildsite, stream. $175,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

HORSE PROPERTY - 35 acres, borders national forest, big views, utilities. $199,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

35 ACRES - Private, nicely treed, meadows, utilities. $194,900. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

35 ACRES WITH LIVE STREAM - Huge views, big trees, horse property, utilities. $199,900. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

5 ACRES - Great for horses, utilities, big views. $54,900. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

HILLTOP BUILDSITE - 5 acres, huge views, big trees, utilities. $74,900. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

SAN JUAN RIVER - 13 riverfront lots all with river frontage. All for $225,000. Riverside Properties, (970) 264-2168. 22-25c.

.54 ACRES - Corner lot on North Pagosa Blvd. Paved road, greenbelt, views, easy build, central water and sewer. This lot has it all. $9500. 9 acres, trees, south facing steep slope, central water. $26,000. Maverick Realty, Gary, 264-4847. 23-26p.

3 SIDES NATIONAL FOREST - with huge views now available! This is the first time this 71-acre parcel in Upper Blanco has been offered. Lots of towering pines, blue spruce and aspen trees. The adjoining parcel has an excellent well. It is located approximately 2 miles up Blanco Road on the right and is an easy access off of Highway 84. Prime elk habitat behind the property. Contact Harold Kelley at The SOURCE, 264-7000 to view this great value! 23-26c.

35 ACRES OF - unspoiled beauty. Views of Archuleta Mesa and valley, southern exposure, ponderosa pines. Great value at $98,000. Call Carol or Laurie for details, Land Properties, Inc., 264-4457. 23-25p.

LOG PARK LOT - 4± acres, trees, view, meadow, borders national forest on two sides, tap fees paid. $89,000. (719) 495-6739. 24-25p.

DISTRESS SALE - Seller's loss is your gain! Two side by side 5 acre tracts in Meadows 4. Quiet location at end of cul-de-sac, nice mix of trees and meadow. Purchase one or buy them both! Each priced to sell at $31,900. Call Mike Heraty at The SOURCE, (970) 264-7000. 24-27p.

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.

PROPERTY AVAILABLE - for grazing. Call Joe at 264-2233 or 731-3335. 24-27p.

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. 25c.

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.


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.


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

ANTIQUE DEALERS - Looking for opportunity to sell from prime location while you're free to travel and buy stock? Call 264-4010, ask for Tricia. 24-25p.

Moving Sale - Practically new washer, older dryer, 11 drawer chest of drawers, small picnic table, walnut folding table with chairs inside and more. Everything in storage, need to make appointment; 264-2876. 24-27p.

YARD SALE AT JERKY STAND - across from Pizza Hut. Skis, water filter, light bulbs, printer, books, much more. Saturday, 11-5. 25p.

Saturday only - weather permitting, behind Pizza Hut, follow signs. Antiques, exercise equipment, books, office/real estate stuff, boys clothes sizes 10-14, odds and ends of all kinds. 9-2. No early birds please. 25p.



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 apartment. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 2tfc.

2 BEDROOM - 1 1/2 bath condo. Furnished/unfurnished. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 14tfc.

1 BEDROOM - 1 bath duplex. Utilities included. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 17tfc.

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.

SECLUDED COUNTRY CABIN - on 2.1 acres. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, first, last, deposit, month to month. No pets. $650. 731-2144. 22-25p.

NEED HOUSE TO RENT - June, July, August and maybe September. Two bedrooms and loft or better. Good water please. Can't spend all our money on rent. Call (281) 580-8210. 20-25p.

WANTED - House to rent June 1. Need 2-4 bedroom, 2 bath for employed professionals. Finished garage or workshop. 264-5431. 23-26p.

ROOMMATE WANTED - Female only, month to month, furnished, close to town. $300/month. Pets possible. Leave message, 264-6593. 23-26p.

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT - in Meadows. No smokers, no pets. $475 includes utilities. Deposit $475. 264-6500, evenings 731-0030. 24-27p.

EXECUTIVE HOME - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, all appliances, nice decks with views in Lake Forest Estates. Walk to lake. No smokers, no pets. $1200 per month plus deposit. Call 731-5421 days or evenings. 25p.

3 BEDROOM - 2 bath spacious home in the Vista on greenbelt. Decks/views, new carpet, $850 per month plus deposit. No smokers, no pets. Call 731-5421 days or evenings. 25p.

2 BEDROOM - 2 bath duplex. Gas heat, garage with storage. $800 per month. See at 516 Park Ave. Call 731-3213, leave message. 24-25p.

SMALL HOME - on the river. Downtown, low energy bills, large yard. You'll love it! Available May 1. Call John at (303) 442-2601. 24-26p.

2 BEDROOM - 1 bath duplex. Pagosa Central Management, 731-2216. 24tfc.

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.

ROOMMATE WANTED - Quiet, views, master bedroom with private bath, storage. $450 includes utilities. Deposit. Leave message, 731-9252. 22-25p.

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 (970) 399-8768 or 731-5904. 25-28p.

Downtown - 4 bedroom, 2 bath home close to schools, City Market. Great view. Available May 1st. $800/month. Discount available. Call JC at 264-4455. 24-27p.

MONTH AT A TIME - Large condo, beautifully furnished, sleeps 8. Bring your clothes and toothbrushes. 3 bedroom plus office, 3 bath, near Lake Pagosa. Ready May 1. $2500/month. 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile, fenced yard on 1 acre, unfurnished. $650, references. 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. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, big views, available April 15 through May 31, $1650, partially furnished on large treed lot in Lake Forest, sleeps 4-6 people. Call Carolyn Craig at CC Rentals, 731-0415, toll free 877-731-0415 or (970) 731-5447 evenings, email 25tfc.

3 BEDROOM - 1 bath mobile in Vista. $500 per month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 25tfc.

BRAND NEW - 3 bedroom unfurnished home. $900 per month. Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515. 25tfc.

3 bedROOM - 1/2 bath on acre. $550/month 731-3906. 25-26p.

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. 25-27p.

whaazuup? - Probably the rent. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633. 25c.

ROOM FOR RENT - Nice, quiet, near stores. $300. Also top of the line Hearthstone wood burning stove for sale. 731-6690. 25p.

available may 1 - Large 2 bedroom, 2 bath, gas heat, townhouse, 1/2 block from Lake Pagosa, rent includes W/D and water. $625/month, first month plus security deposit. No smokers or pets please. 731-6942. 25-27p.

guest house - 2 bedroom, 1 bath plus loft. Two adult maximum preferred, local references preferred. $600 plus utilities. 731-9156. 25p.

AVAILABLE MAY 1 - Newer 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile in Vista. No smokers, no pets. 731-5203. 25-26p.



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. 44-27p.

MASSAGE THERAPY - Professional service. Relaxation and pain relief. Office or out. Call 264-6680. 44-27p.

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. 15-26p.

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. 14-26p.

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.

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 on the web at 19-26p.

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. 23-26p.

TRENCHING - Need some trenching done? Call Chris at Cimarrona Enterprises at 731-2167. 50-25p.

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.

SWING INTO SPRING at Dance, Dance, Dance - with Sharman, Pagosa Springs Gymnastics and Dance Center. Pre-school-adults. Tap, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Latin, Swing. Call 883-5313 or 264-6983. 22-25p.

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.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SMALL ENGINE - Dave Durfee and Brad Mael. Stihl sales and service. Hwy. 160 and Vista, Pagosa Springs. 731-1112. 23-26p.

ATTENTION LADIES - Free facial and make-over. Before and after photos. Call for an appointment, 731-0679. 22-25p.

COMPUTER SERVICE AND REPAIR - A+ certified technician can upgrade your PC on-site, set up business turn-key networks. Hardware and software for sale. 759-5167. 23-26p.

CONTRACTOR - Retired (licensed). Design/build, additions, remodeling, repairs. Senior discount, free estimates. Bill, 731-0170. 24-27p.

HOMEBREW KITS, GEAR AND SUPPLIES - for beer, wine, cider, mead and old fashioned sodas. or call The Brew Haus, 264-0093. 24-25p.

CARPENTER NEEDS WORK - 23 years experience in framing, siding, finish and logs. Will work for contractor or home owner. 264-4681. 25-28p.

Carpentry - Father and son offering quality carpentry work by the hour. Cabinets, decks, remodels, additions and home repairs. Call 264-2339 or 264-5387. 25p.

Retired Nurse - available April 16th. Can do days or nights. Specializing in Alzeheimers. 731-5346. 25-26p.

P & R Landscape Logging - We do tree topping, thinning and clearing. References. 731-0852, 946-2508 cell. 25-27p.

Mary Kay - Loretta Hildebrandt Independent Beauty Consultant. 124 Paradise Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. (970) 731-3645, (888) 485-2955 toll free. 25tfc.

Income Tax Preparation - Full service, business and personal. Rapid refund programs and e-file. Reasonable fees. Emily Deitz, 264-5182. Two doors east of Hand Crafted Interiors (on main street). 25-26p.


COMMERCIAL RENTAL - Downtown, Hwy. 160 frontage, all utilities paid. 264-5080. 17tfc.

WE'RE MOVING! - Look for MOUNTAIN SNAPSHOTS in May in the new Pagosa Country Center. Fast film processing, photo's copied, slide/print, studio and old time photography. Film goods, large selection of frames, mats, albums. Remember to SHOP PAGOSA! 23-26p.

HOMEBREW SPECIALS MARCH/APRIL - Save 25% on books and 10% on wine and cider kits. The Brew Haus, 264-0093, 24-25p.

Overhead Garage Door - 7 ft. x 16 ft. with torsion spring and all necessary track & hardware. $75. 731-3678. 25-26p.

Artistic Remodeling - by Hudson Hudson L.L.C. Professional artists/sculptors for 20 years. Woodwork, painting, carpentry, murals, wood carving. 264-2491. 25-27p.

arctic spas - Truck load sale! This weekend, 2000 Homeshow at Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Hongola Pools and Spas, (505) 326-2185. 25p.

16 FOOT FIBERGLASS BOAT - with motor and trailer. $1250. 264-4343, leave message. 25p.

For sale - Jeep Wrangler soft top kit with windows and bikini top. Tan, never used. Over $600 new, $275 takes all. 264-7675, 264-6363 (fax). 25p

UPHM - invites you to join us for a night of praise, worship and fellowship, Saturday April 8th, 7-9 p.m. All are welcome. UPHM downstairs in the River Center. 264-UPHM(8746). 25c.

One year old - pure yellow lab. Neutered, beautiful, sweet, raised with kids. Needs good home. 264-9083. 25p.

Moving - custom like new leather love seat, $650. Oriental coffee and end tables, $950. 247-0077. 25-26p.

Make beer not war - or homebrew your own great-tasting wines, ciders and old fashioned sodas. The Brew Haus 264-0093. 25p.

For Sale - 2 matching book cases, $90 set; mini trampoline, $15. 731-3039. 25p.

For Rent - 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhome, w/d, fenced yard, pets okay, deposit. $695. 731-3039. 25-26p.

Round table - with 4 chairs, glass, iron, rattan, $125. 731-3377. 25p.

For Sale - Apartment washer/dryer; Frigidare over/under model, $125; RCA 13 inch color TV, $75, contemporary style; Kenmore washer, full size, $75. Call 264-5168, leave message. 35-36p.

Lost - 4-month-old, female, black lab mix pup named "Lucky" REWARD! Lost in Spring Estates Subdivision on April 3. Has on black collar. 731-9672. 25nc.

Office Space - Prime W. Hwy. 160 frontage. Royal Pine Plaza, 4760 W. Hwy. 160. 727 sq. ft., 3 rooms, storage room and restroom. New paint and suspended ceiling. Call 731-3460 or 731-4179. 25p.

Customer service Representative - Insurance CSR needed for Pagosa Springs agency office. Duties include: multi-line phones, filing, computer systems. Must be experienced in Win95. Must have one year office, phone, filing, customer service experience. Fax resume to 731-4196. 25p.

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