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August 10, 2000

Downey, Ecker win commissioner primary

By John M. Motter

William M. "Bill" Downey and Alden Ecker emerged as the big winners in the Archuleta County commissioner primary election races Tuesday.

Tuesday's vote remains unofficial until election officials in the county clerk's office verify party affiliations and canvass the votes cast. That work is being performed by County Clerk June Madrid, the county election official, and her deputy Noreen Griego. When Madrid and Griego complete their work, the totals will be entered by election judges.

"We'll probably finish the process and certify the results in a couple of days," Madrid said Wednesday.

In the meantime, a lot of unused ballots remain in the clerk's office.

"I was disappointed with the low turnout," Madrid said. "In the last primary election, the turnout was about 55 percent."

Local turnout amounted to 1,830 votes, only 25.2 percent of the 7,258 registered voters in the county. Early voting accounted for 678 votes, 37 percent of the votes cast.

No glitches developed during the voting process, but a number of people were confused as to which polling place they should have visited.

"I don't understand it," Madrid said. "We haven't changed any polling places since 1997. People need to know that during the Nov. 7 general election, they vote where they have always voted since 1997."

Downey's 503 votes in the District 1 race amounted to 30.5 percent of the total. Trailing Downey were Nan Rowe with 444 votes, Mike Branch with 338 votes, Julia Donoho with 281 votes, and Patrick Horning with 83 votes.

All of the candidates from District 1 were Republicans. Because Downey has no opponent from the Democrat Party, he is assured of continuing as the commissioner from District 1. His will be the only name on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Ecker attracted 665 votes in the District 2 Republican race for county commissioner, 40.47 percent of the total vote. He easily outdistanced challengers incumbent Commissioner Ken Fox with 397 votes, Ralph Goulds with 359 votes, Jim Willingham with 137 votes, and John Feazel with 85 votes.

Also in the District 2 race for commissioner is Democrat J.B. Smith. Smith had no opponents last Tuesday in the primary and captured 92 votes. Smith will face Ecker in the Nov. 7 general election.

In the District 1 race, Downey captured six of the nine precincts. Rowe captured the remainder, Precinct 4 in Arboles, Precinct 6 voting at Vista Clubhouse, and Precinct 7 voting at Community Bible Church.

In the only contested race on the statewide ballot, Archuleta County voters showed a preference for Ben L. Alexander over Sandra Panetta in the Republican race for state board of education at large.


Cabezon blaze spares homes; control nears

By Karl Isberg

A quick and effective response by firefighters late last week kept a wildland fire near Cabezon Canyon, 18 miles west of Pagosa Springs, from spreading to nearby residences. U.S. Forest Service officials predict the fire will be fully contained by Saturday.

According to USFS Fire Information Officer Dave Steinke, the so-called Cabezon Fire began Aug. 3 as two small fires, each started by lightning. The Cabezon South Fire flared on Southern Ute Tribal land; the Cabezon North Fire ignited on San Juan National Forest land. In the course of events, the fires joined.

Pagosa Ranger District spokesman Rick Jewell reported Southern Ute firefighters and a Navajo scout crew attacked the fire in its early stages. A Forest Service unit - an "Initial Attack" crew from the Pike National Forest, temporarily stationed at Pagosa Springs - also joined the fight.

"On Aug. 6," said Steinke, "the fire blew up on us and ran. It was moving through ponderosa pine, and down and dead material in some very difficult terrain with limited access and steep drop-offs." Wind was blowing and "the fire was spotting (being carried by embers) a quarter mile."

Firefighters were aided Aug. 6 by two helicopter teams using water buckets. In the afternoon, fixed-wing bombers based at Durango and Grand Junction, diverted from fires at Mesa Verde and Nucla, dumped loads of slurry on the fire. The low-flying slurry bombers continued work on Monday.

On Sunday night, residents of two homes on the east side of Cabezon Canyon were evacuated as flames raged nearby. Other homes in the area are located on the west side of the canyon and were not in imminent danger. The evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday.

A Type-2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team was moved Aug. 7 from the Pony Fire at Mesa Verde to take charge of the Cabezon Fire. Two crews of Navajo firefighters joined the battle.

"At that time," said Steinke, "we had concerns about danger to private land, nearby highways, wildlife habitat and archaeological sites. We brought in archaeologists to work with our dozer crews."

By daylight Tuesday there were five crews fighting the fire, and the wind that drove the blaze had died down. Pike and Navajo crews were assisted by two Zuni crews and 170 other people who were using three bulldozers, six engines and four watertenders to work the fire. Three helicopters ferried firefighters to the fireline and worked hotspots with waterbuckets.

Steinke reported Wednesday that "the fire didn't move much last night (Tuesday). The fire never made it into Cabezon Canyon, and that was good news for everybody. We have the fire area figured at 550 acres right now, and we don't think that will change. It wants to sneak to the east a bit, but our helicopter support in that area has been great. There is really steep country near Archuleta Creek and we are finding it hard to cut a fire line there."

Calling the Cabezon Fire "30-percent contained" Wednesday, Steinke said total containment should be achieved by Saturday.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, crews finished constructing fire line on the south side of the fire, and cut lines halfway up the western flank of the fire. "We are starting today to finish the western edge of the fire near Cabezon," said Steinke, "and we will start punching a line on the eastern edge near Archuleta Creek. We might start mop-up operations on the southern edge of the fire and we are talking about beginning with some rehabilitation work Thursday. Hopefully we will pinch off the fire with our lines and have full containment by Saturday."

Full containment of the Cabezon Fire could happen sooner, said Steinke, if crews are pulled off the Pony Fire at Mesa Verde and sent to Archuleta County.

Once the Cabezon Fire is contained, most of the fire crews will be sent to other fire sites in the West. According to Steinke, "everyone (in western forests) is looking for crews. We're hoping we can get a couple here before they are called elsewhere."

There is a chance firefighters could have more local challenges on their hands if a second fire burning in Mineral County on the west side of the Continental Divide grows larger.

The Quartz Meadow Fire is burning southeast of Pagosa Springs and Mill Creek. The fire, said Jewell, is burning uphill toward Quartz Ridge on 70-degree slopes, on a section of the "old permitted section of the proposed East Fork Ski Area."

Jewell said the fire is being allowed to burn since the steep slopes present a danger to firefighters.

"We are trying to get a better fix on the size of the fire today (Aug. 9)," said Jewell. "We are flying the area with a helicopter to get a Global Positioning assessment of the fire. We believe it is approximately 15 acres."

Jewell said the Quartz Ridge Fire will be monitored.

Fire danger in the region remains extremely high. Fire restrictions continue in effect for Archuleta County, the San Juan National Forest and all Bureau of Land Management lands. Extremely dry conditions are likely to persist, with forecasts calling for continued hot and dry weather with a chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures in the low 90s are expected to keep the relative humidity between 11 and 15 percent.


Celebration of life for Patty Aragon

Patricia Ellen Aragon passed away on Aug. 4, 2000, in Farmington, N.M., after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Pagosa Springs High School gym.

Mrs. Aragon was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Stillwater, Minn., to Josephine and Arthur Pederson. Her early years were spent in Minnesota and Montana. In 1956, the Pederson family moved to Pagosa Springs. She graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1961. In 1962 Patty and Ross Aragon were married. Together they raised six children in Pagosa Springs.

Mrs. Aragon served on the school board for 12 years, and she was honored to present her children, niece, nephew and close family friends respectively with diplomas during their commencement exercises.

For many years, Patty and Ross owned Al's and Al's West restaurants. Many will remember her delicious food, especially her chili burgers and homemade tortillas. Many more will remember her wonderful sense of humor and the strength of her spirit, which continues to comfort her family. She enjoyed gardening, painting and spending time with her family and friends. She also cherished her many pets and loved the beauty of Pagosa and the San Juan Mountains.

Mrs. Aragon is survived by her husband, Ross, and their children, Matthew Aragon and his wife Stacia, their children Kyle, Sydney and Connor of Pagosa Springs; Mark Aragon of Belen, N.M., Eric Aragon and his wife Diana of Pagosa Springs; Shelley Roman and her husband Michael and their son Blake of Littleton; Jacque Aragon of Pagosa Springs, Juanita and her son Jacob Jolley of Aurora; her father Arthur Pederson of Pagosa Springs; her sister Susie Kleckner of Pagosa Springs and brothers Don Pederson of Las Vegas, N.M., and Jim Pederson of Saratoga, Wyo., and their families; and a large extended family. Her mother, Josephine Pederson, preceded her in death.

Patty was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be sent to the Pagosa Springs Community Center fund in her memory, c/o Patricia Aragon memorial fund, P.O. Box 26, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


UPS driver praised for fire fighting effort

By Richard Walter

Everyone should have a Stephanie Mueller on their team.

That, at least, is the feeling of Barry and Deanne Silverstein who live in the Coyote Park area southeast of Pagosa Springs.

In a letter to the SUN, they called attention to Mueller's actions on Aug. 3 after spotting a fire on their property and fighting it alone for nearly an hour before anyone arrived to help her.

The Silversteins said in their letter that there was a "typical dry thunder/lightning storm that crossed the ridge line near our home. One of the bolts of lightning ignited a fire that went undetected not more than 500 feet from our house. It continued to smolder and burn for more than two hours."

The letter stated: "We were at 'Taste of Pagosa' at the time. A passing United Parcel Service driver, Ms. Stephanie Mueller, spotted the smoking fire. She stopped her truck on our isolated road, 25 miles from town and more than 2.5 miles from our nearest neighbor and in failing light, proceeded to fight the fire alone with only a snow shovel she had on her truck. She was able to contain the flames, then push the ground cover away from the fire to create a fire break."

Mueller, when interviewed Wednesday, said, "At the time I didn't think I was doing anything exceptional. I had a delivery about 2 miles away and smelled smoke. On my return I saw the smoke and went to check it out.

"I went to the nearest neighbor's home but no one was there. I had a cell phone but reception and transmission are poor in that area, so I ran back to where the fire was, taking the shovel from my truck on the way.

"When I got right up to it, it was like about four nice-sized campfires burning adjacent to each other."

Mueller, who had experience fighting fires with the Forest Service while in college, said, "I wanted to try to contain the fire before leaving the scene to find help."

She said she was on the scene for about 45 minutes because "hot spots kept flaring up."

The Silversteins' letter said that when they came home they were unaware of the fire nearby but another neighbor asked them to check on "the driverless UPS vehicle they spotted near our driveway.

"One thing led to another and we found Stephanie in the woods, tired and sweaty, with grime covering her face, arms and legs and still fighting the fire. After calls to 911 and the neighbors, we mustered a crew to finish the job she had started."

Mueller agrees she "looked a mess when they arrived."

"Now I know why firefighters wear long-sleeved shirts and heavy pants," she said.

The Silversteins' letter said, "We wanted you to know there are just incredible people in our county doing extraordinary things.

"Stephanie did not have to stop and put herself in personal danger. She could have driven on and called 911 and let someone else handle the problem. This is really a special young lady. Her effort probably saved our home from burning that evening."

Mueller demurred. "I'd like to think anyone seeing what I saw would have stopped and done the same thing," she said.


Helicopter search locates 36-plant marijuana plot

By Karl Isberg

Local law enforcement authorities took to the air in helicopters Aug. 3 to start what has become an annual summer event - the search for marijuana being grown in Archuleta County.

According to Captain Otis May, the Colorado County Sheriff's Association funds statewide marijuana eradication efforts, beginning in early August when plants being grown outdoors start to reach maturity.

Two Army National Guard helicopters from Fort Carson at Colorado Springs were made available Aug. 3 for the first stage of the eradication effort in Archuleta County.

May flew with the crew of one helicopter and searched the length of the San Juan River and the lower sections of the Piedra River. Sergeant Sean Curtis flew with the second crew and checked for illegal growing operations along U.S. 84 and in the Valle Seco area southeast of Pagosa Springs.

When the day was done, only May and his crew succeeded in locating any marijuana. Thirty-six plants, each approximately four feet in height, were found next to the San Juan River, approximately 14 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs. The plants were pulled and destroyed at the site.

According to May, a suspect has been identified, and an investigation is proceeding.

May said the Aug. 3 effort is the first of many this year. "We will continue to search for marijuana and marijuana cultivators through the remainder of the growing season, now that the plants are tall enough to spot."


Bear invades Upper Blanco home, destroys furniture, gorges on butter

By Karl Isberg

Steena and Chris were tucked in and enjoying a good night's sleep, when a visitor arrived.

Steena Hatcher and Chris Giles were at a summer home located in the Upper Blanco Basin south of Pagosa Springs and were not expecting a guest.

According to Giles, the visitor arrived at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 1, signaling the appearance with noise on the outdoor deck of the home.

At 2:15 a.m., the visitor made a louder noise. This time the residents of the house heard the crash of breaking glass. It was obvious the visitor was a bear and a call was made to summon a local Colorado Division of Wildlife official.

DOW District Wildlife Manager Mike Reid responded to the Upper Blanco residence, arriving shortly after 5 a.m.

"The women at the house told me they heard noise, went downstairs, heard another crash, flew back up the stairs and didn't hit a step along the way."

Reid said a bear apparently entered the home through a window - one that was securely closed, perhaps even stuck shut.

"When I got there," said Reid, "the bear was gone. I looked around inside the house. I've been to 'frat' parties where there wasn't as much damage."

According to Reid, the bear went through the dining room of house and tipped a large hutch full of china and crystal onto the dining room table.

"What surprised me when we began to assess damage," said Reid, "was how little of the china and glass in the hutch was actually broken. I don't know if I could have set the table with less breakage."

Seats of several chairs and a sideboard were not as lucky, said Reid. All were damaged by the bear.

But the beast was after food, not furniture. The kitchen received a great deal of attention from the furry house guest.

"The refrigerator was toppled, with the freezer door off," said Reid. The bear scattered food and trash throughout the room in its search for goodies.

"This bear seemed to like butter," said Reid. "There was a lot of grease on the floor. We can say for sure the bear did not like rhubarb."

Reid said this incident produced more damage than he has seen in other such cases. "A lot of times where I've seen houses with bears inside, there has been a lot less damage - usually some footprints and trash scattered around. There was a lot more damage to furniture in this house."

Reid said the occupants of the house "really hadn't done anything to encourage a bear to enter."

Giles reported she has "always been cautious about leaving food outside and having exposed garbage. We have not used or displayed bird feeders, for fear of encouraging hungry animals, other than birds."

Reid set bear traps near the house. The bear returned, but tripped the traps without entering them. "I think he's been trap-shy since then," said Reid. "He left scat in the yard, and it was full of natural food, so we don't think he'd been eating any other human food."

If the bear is caught, it will be removed from the area. If it returns and causes more trouble, state law requires that it be exterminated.

Reid said his agency had not received reports of a problem bear in the Upper Blanco Basin prior to Aug. 1.

"On Aug. 5," said Reid, "we got a call about a bear that had entered a car, about 2 miles away from the house. The bear popped out the driver-side window and dented the door. It could have been the same bear that broke into the house. The only food in the car was a couple of containers of applesauce. The bear ate the applesauce, then drank a Pepsi and opened a quart of oil. The bear didn't finish the oil."

A bear entering a car is not unusual, said Reid. "When cars are parked in the sun and people crack the windows, if there is something edible inside the car, the smell is exaggerated. If a bear can get its claws inside the window, it can pop the window out easily and get inside."

Reports of problem bears are down considerably from this time last year, said Reid. "This year," he said, "we've had fewer reports because of the availability of natural food for bears. Last year, we had a mid-June frost that killed off a lot of the food. This year, despite the dry conditions, a lot of berries survived and the acorns are coming on. August and September is the time when all that bears are interested in is putting on fat layers prior to hibernation. So far, they seem to be finding natural food. Just because their food is out there, though, doesn't mean we shouldn't be careful with garbage and food. If a bear comes through an area and there is human or pet food available, it will go for it."

Mountain lion sightings are also common in Archuleta County. Reid said residents and visitors should exercise care when in lion country - and not to deal with the animal the way a local youngster did on Aug. 4 if an alternative is available.

"We've had lion sightings in the area lately," said Reid, "and we have a healthy lion population. They are usually hard to see, but with dry conditions and more and more people in the area, sightings are up this year."

Reid said two youngsters were camped Aug. 5 at the Lower Piedra Campground just north of U.S. 160.

"The father of one of the boys said the youngsters were sitting around after dark when they heard a noise in the bush" said Reid. "The older boy went into the oak brush, carrying a stick. He came across a small lion. Fortunately, he realized running is a bad idea that can trigger the predator/prey response in the animal, so he smacked it on the nose with the stick. The lion was probably thinking 'Oh no, a human. Do I run or jump on it?' The lion ran. We don't recommend getting close enough to a lion to hit it. If you do come across a lion, stand up and make yourself look as large as possible, with arms raised. Speak to the animal in a soft voice and back away slowly. If it does attack, then fight it anyway you can, with your fists, rocks, sticks, whatever you can find."

Lions are usually interested in prey that is recognizable food. Like deer and small elk.

Local hunters who share that interest have an opportunity, beginning Aug. 15, to purchase left-over big game licenses for upcoming seasons.

Reid said the DOW has 196 doe tags for the second and third rifle seasons in Unit 771 (located in the southwest quadrant of Archuleta County). There are 182 private-land-only doe tags for December in Unit 771.

The DOW will make available 449 either-sex first-season licenses in units located between Durango and Pagosa Springs and 47 cow tags for three units near Pagosa Springs for the second, third and fourth rifle seasons. There are 1,999 private-land-only cow licenses for the early hunt and 112 licenses for the late season hunt.

These tags will be sold on a first-come basis at the DOW's Durango office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Further information about the sale of leftover licenses is available in a Colorado Division of Wildlife press release published elsewhere in this issue of the SUN.


Inside The Sun

School board adopts mission statement

By Richard Walter

It took months of delays but Archuleta School District 50 Jt. now has a mission statement, one which incorporates mandatory sections under new state law and one which was partially inspired by Alfie Kohn speaking at a district seminar Tuesday.

Board President Randall Davis said he was inspired by Kohn's closing remarks which included the phrase "learning for understanding."

"It would make a great mission statement," he said, "emphasizing the idea less is more."

Superintendent Terry Alley reminded the board their choice must give administrators a guide to facilitating a decision and suggested the Kohn comment, while good, was a little vague in terms of a district-wide concept. "There's just something missing," he said.

Director Carol Feazel liked the idea but felt the word tolerance should be included in some way. She also suggested use of the word active might lend current status to any statement selected.

Alley reminded board members that under new state law the statement must make reference to safety and that began a new round of possible wordings, still working from Davis' initial offering.

Director Clifford Lucero, who had not attended the Kohn conference, suggested, "Promote learning for understanding in a safe environment."

Alley asked the three building principals present if such wording would help them make a decision and all agreed it would.

Feazel then suggested changing the wording to "Promote active learning for understanding," but was reminded the safety angle is mandatory.

Finally, the board agreed on the following:

"It shall be the mission of Archuleta School District 50 Joint to promote interactive learning for understanding and to provide a safe environment for all students."



Shelter dogs will demonstrate obedience

At 10 a.m. Saturday shelter dogs and their volunteer trainers will put on a training demonstration at the Humane Society Shelter at Stevens Reservoir.

Dogs will show their mastery of basic obedience commands and will perform on agility equipment. The public is invited to come out and enjoy the demonstration, as well as the views of the mountains and Stevens Reservoir.

Shelter dogs (all of which are available for adoption) are gaining a reputation for their good manners and impressive training. The dogs, wearing their Humane Society capes declaring "I'm available for adoption," put on an awesome demonstration at Pet Pride Day. They can be seen occasionally on training outings in Town Park or on monthly visits to the Pine Ridge Extended Care facility.

All dogs are being trained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Julie Paige, a director of the Humane Society, organized the dog training volunteers and taught them how to use positive reinforcement techniques. Paige has over 30 years experience in training dogs and their owners. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

What do the volunteer trainers get out of the program? They get the satisfaction of seeing their well-trained pets get adopted into loving homes. They also enjoy the fun and camaraderie of meeting and working with other pet lovers. Many of the volunteers report increased self-confidence. Best of all, the volunteers learn the secrets of positive reinforcement training, techniques which can help them with their own pets (and even their own families).

For more information on becoming a volunteer dog trainer, don't miss Dog Days at the Humane Society 10 a.m. Saturday. You can also call the Humane Society at 731-4771 or Julie Paige at 731-0231.

If you have access to the Internet, you can see all pets available for adoption at http://www.humane societyofpagosa The website also has complete information about volunteer opportunities.


Town Hall construction project begins sans fanfare

By Karl Isberg

There was no ceremony.

Groundbreaking at the site of the new Pagosa Springs Town Hall on Hot Springs Boulevard near Apache Street took place as a bulldozer started moving earth Aug. 2.

Earthwork at the site was the beginning of a $1,773,746 project expected to provide a usable facility by mid-summer next year. The town has $1 million budgeted this year for construction, with $900,000 expected to be available for capital construction in the 2001 budget.

Earthwork is one of four jobs awarded following a July 21 bid opening. Award letters were sent to subcontractors on July 28 for work on the first phase of the project.

Three of four subcontractors awarded jobs on July 28 are local: Smithco Construction and Excavation, KSL Construction, and Strohecker Asphalt and Paving (which maintains a local plant and office). The fourth subcontractor is Noel Company of Colorado, of Durango.

Smithco will do the earthwork at the site, including all excavation and backfill as well as delineation of wetlands between the building site and the San Juan River. The company will provide all gravel and Class 6 materials for sidewalks, curb and gutter, and valley gutters. The bid amount for the earthwork is $96,944.

KSL's contract includes material, labor and equipment for complete site concrete work on the project. The bid amount is $76,048.

Strohecker will do paving subgrade preparation for $11,293 and paving for $22,996.

Noel secured the building concrete contract for a bid of $70,602.

A second package of bids was opened Aug. 3 and the project construction management supervisor, Colorado Jaynes Construction Company of Durango, is reviewing the bids. The bids cover the majority of the remaining work on the new Town Hall.

Pagosa Springs Town Administrator Jay Harrington said he and other town officials are pleased with the fact that three of four subcontractors on the first phase of the project are local businesses. "With the booming construction environment here," he said, "we are having to work hard to procure as many local contractors as possible for the remaining work."


Humane Society auction is Aug. 29

By Nancy Ray

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs' annual Auction for the Animals has become one of the most entertaining and unique events in the Four Corners area. Don't miss the sixth annual auction, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Extension Building at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds.

We're very excited to be presenting Colorado's finest wines at our wine tasting event. We will have about 30 different wines from Colorado's top ten wineries available to sample. Another new Colorado taste experience this year is the microbrew beer tasting provided by our own Paradise Brew Pub of Pagosa Springs. Sample two new brews created especially for the event: Junk Yard Dog Dark and Fat Cat Light.

The Auction for the Animals has merchandise in every price range. Most of the items are sold in the silent auction, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In the silent auction, bidders write their bid on a bid sheet, which is located with the item. Each new bid must top the highest bid listed before it. Some bidders keep a close watch on the items they want to purchase, and update their bids as the evening progresses. Others put in a high bid right at the start, hoping to scare off the competition. Bargains galore can be had in the silent auction.

A live auction takes place immediately following the silent auction. Items such as a Palomino Camper, a growing dome, a vacation in St. Croix, a timeshare condominium in Vail, a football autographed by Terrell Davis, and a boxing glove autographed by Mohammed Ali will generate lots of excitement in this final part of the evening.

Donations from local individuals, businesses, and artisans are starting to come in. There will be some beautiful pieces of artwork, jewelry, and clothing available, as well as many unique gift items.

Tickets are on sale at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 269 Pagosa Street and at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. Wine or beer tasting admission will be $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir wine glass or beer stein and hors d'oeuvres. Regular admission is $15 in advance, or $17 at the door, and includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash non-alcoholic bar.

For additional information about the Humane Society, and a list of items that will be up for bit at the Auction for the Animals, check out our website at, or contact Nancy Ray, auction co-chairman, at 731-3122 or by e-mail at


Stream levels drop; weather forecast unchanged

By John M. Motter

Almost no change is expected in Pagosa Country weather for the coming week, according to Dan Cuevas, a National Weather Service forecaster from Grand Junction.

"Through the coming weekend, the forecast calls for partly-cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance for scattered rain and thunderstorms during the late afternoon and early evening," Cuevas said.

High temperatures should be in the mid-80s to low-90s, and nighttime lows should range from the mid-50s to the low-60s, Cuevas said.

Meanwhile, stream levels in Pagosa Country continue to drop, lightning bolts light up the trees, and voluntary water rationing remains the rule of the land.

"We're still in a voluntary water conservation mode, but the concern is rising," said Carrie Campbell, Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District general manager. PAWS provides drinking water for Pagosa Springs and many surrounding subdivisions.

Voluntary water rationing is the first phase of the PAWS water rationing plan. Under the first phase, water users are asked to voluntarily restrict outside watering to between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. They are also asked to use water sparingly for other purposes.

If Phase 2 is launched, it will be mandatory to limit outside watering to between 8 p.m and 8 a.m. Several trigger points are identified before Phase 2 will be launched. Two of those trigger points are the surface levels of water in Stevens and Hatcher lakes. When the level below the spillways on those lakes reaches 60 inches, Phase 2 may be launched. Currently, Hatcher is 40 inches and Stevens 26 inches below the spillway.

Campbell is also concerned with the levels of other lakes in the southern part of the Fairfield Pagosa area. Several entities in those areas use raw water from the lakes to water lawns. Even though those entities are complying with the voluntary 8 to 8 rule, the lakes are dropping fast. Campbell is considering reducing usage from those lakes.

Stream flows in southwestern Colorado are well below normal, with flows in the San Juan drainage in Archuleta County reaching lows approaching 1996 levels. The accumulated total for the water year is 68 percent of normal precipitation. The water year runs from July 1 through June 30.

The 0.71 inches of rain captured at the official National Weather Service monitoring station at Stevens Field last week accounts for the August precipitation total through Aug. 8. The average precipitation for August since 1938 is 2.52 inches. August is normally the wettest month of the Pagosa Country year. The July total precipitation amounted to 0.91 inches, much less than the 1.63 inches long-time average.

Controlling local weather is a high-pressure ridge resting over the Four Corners region. Forecasters have expected the ridge to move to the east during the past several weeks, but that change hasn't happened. When it does, the window will be opened allowing moisture from the south to reach Pagosa Country, according to Cuevas.


Friends of county history to fund historial ideas

By John M. Motter

Friends of Archuleta County History is an organization recently formed to help preserve Archuleta County history. The main goal of the group is to raise community awareness by funding worthwhile projects that preserve history.

The Pioneer Museum is a major concern of the organization. Money is needed to mend the museum's leaky roof and to provide safe containers for valuable clothing, photographs, documents, and other historic items on display or stored in the museum building.

"This county has a rich heritage," said Twila Brown, one of the founders. "We are not a suburb or Denver or Colorado Springs. Pagosa Springs was established on its own merits and has a rich, unique history. Out goal is to capture and preserve that history."

Brown is a granddaughter of Faye Brown, a descendant of one of the families who settled this area. Many other members of the organization are also descended from founding families.

Other organizations concerned with preserving local history will also be encouraged and supported by the group, at least to the extent that money is available.

The group is also concerned with collecting and preserving the oral history of the area.

One of the first fund raisers devised by the group is a game called PAGOSAOPLY. The game is devised around local history and people connected with that history.

Anyone with questions, or wishing to support the organization, should contact Friends of Archuleta County History, P.O. Box 4763, Pagosa Springs, CO 81157 or call 264-5092.


Fines likely for delayed elementary school work

By Richard Walter

One local subcontractor on the summer-long rehabilitation work at Pagosa Springs Elementary School has not completed work on time. If it is not completed by Monday, the general contractor will be fined $500 a day until work is complete.

That was the decision Tuesday by the Archuleta School District 50 Joint board of education.

Superintendent Terry Alley told the board during Tuesdays regular school board meeting that the general contractor for asbestos removal from the building had finished its work within contract time limits and safety inspections were done on time.

However, the subcontractors for installation of new lighting and ceiling tile, Backus Electric and Schofield Installations, missed their July 16 completion date. Backus is now finished, Alley said, but Schofield still has work to do. He said they have had some materials delays and had notified the administration the work should be completed by Aug. 4.

That was not the case, Alley said, and called the board's attention to a contract stipulation calling for a fine of $500 a day for every day the work is incomplete.

On a motion by Director Clifford Lucero, the board agreed unanimously to set a new deadline date of Monday, Aug. 14. If work is not completed by then the district will initiate the fine clause.

Director Russell Lee said, "We like to see locals get contracts whenever possible, but we'd also like to see the work get done."

Lucero said, "This is no way to do business. We need to have staff in the building for at least two weeks prior to the opening of school to have it prepared for opening day."

Director John Forrest wondered if the subcontractor ordered the materials which were delayed or if it was the responsibility of the general contractor. No one knew for sure but board President Randall Davis said, "It makes no difference. We need the work to be done."

The fines, if work remains incomplete Monday, will be against the general contractor, Keers Environmental Services of Albuquerque, which will then pass them on to the subcontractor who is at fault.

The board was told $47,024 remains unpaid on the original contract and the directors unanimously agreed to stop payment until satisfied with the whole project.

Also remaining to be done under a contingency clause in the contract, is restoration of damaged asphalt areas in the school's parking lot and some cleanup work, all the responsibility of the general contractor.

In another financial move Tuesday, the board agreed with an administration recommendation to buy out its agreement with Coca Cola for services in school facilities at a payout of $5,000. Alley said the district received $2,883 from Coke last year and the firm also purchased scoreboards and some books.

The reason for the buy out is a new contract signed with Pepsi Cola, after competitive bidding, by the joint schools organization in which Pagosa Springs has membership. Projected income for the cooperating districts for the first year of the contract is $35,000.


County growth spurt continues at record pace

By John M. Motter

Growth as evidenced by new building permits continues at a record-setting pace in Archuleta County, according to a report released by the Archuleta County Building Department.

Starting Jan. 1 and counting through July 31, 346 new permits have been issued this year, 18.1 percent more than the 293 permits issued for the same seven months last year.

For all of last year, 516 permits were issued, more than any other year in the history of the county. If the current pace continues, the year 2000 will set a new record. Last year, the building department issued 31 percent more permits than in 1998.

Permits for single-family residences are setting the pace this year. So far, 204 single-family residence permits have been issued, 42.6 percent higher than the 143 single-family residence permits issued last year.

In addition to the 204 single-family residence permits issued this year, 42 mobile home permits have been issued, eight commercial permits, 85 "other" (remodeling, additions, etc.) permits, and seven timeshare permits. Last year by the end of July, in addition to single-family residence permits, the county had issued 47 mobile home permits, seven commercial permits, 96 "other" permits, and no timeshare permits.

A Standard and Poor report summarizing certain regional growth statistics for Colorado through May shows Archuleta County sitting in a favorable condition in comparison with other regions of the state. Item by item comparison is difficult, because the Standard and Poor study compares regions instead of cities or counties.

Neighboring La Plata County showed a 19.8 percent decline in the number of housing permits. At the same time, La Plata County showed a 7.2 percent increase in retail sales growth, a 35.8 percent increase in the value of non-residential construction, and 2 percent employment growth.

Archuleta County's residential building permit growth rate through May was 52 percent higher than the previous year, the retail sales increase as evidenced by sales tax collections 6.13 percent higher than the previous year.

Since 1993, Archuleta County has had the highest annual percentage population increase in southwestern Colorado, according to a report presented to the Archuleta County Economic Development Council by the Region 9 Economic Development District. The report is based on data accumulated through 1997.

From 1993 through 1997, Archuleta County's population grew from 6,149 to 8,450, a 9 percent increase. While the rate of growth is expected to decrease, the population is expected to double in the next 20 years. Population projections call for 10,107 people in the year 2000, 15,080 people in 2010, and 19,949 people in 2020.

Population growth in the 1990s was primarily driven by people moving in for quality of life issues, often defined as amenity migration. The natural environment, and the amenities it provides are behind much of the growth and have become the larger region's chief economic asset, according to national economic studies.

Employment is expected to mirror population growth. With the 47 percent population growth between 1980 and 1990 came a significant shift in the way people were employed in the county.

Between 1980 and 1990, the following changes in population and in employment by type of activity were measured: population - up 47 percent; agricultural production and services - up 32 percent; mining - down 10 percent; construction - down 15 percent; manufacturing - up 15 percent; transportation, communication, and utilities - up 105 percent; wholesale and retail trade - up 91 percent; finance, insurance, and real estate - down 75 percent; services - up 316 percent; and government - up 37 percent.

Between 1990 and 1997, the following changes in population and type of employment were measured: population - up 58 percent; agricultural products and service - down 12 percent; mining - down 27 percent; construction - up 388 percent; manufacturing - down 10 percent; transportation, communication, and utilities - up 39 percent; wholesale and retail trade - up 102 percent; finance, insurance, and real estate - up 172 percent; services - up 18 percent; and government - up 18 percent.

In 1997, Archuleta County had a per capita income of $15,510 ranking the county 60 out of 64 counties in the state. This PCI is 57 percent of the state's average PCI, $27,015, and 61 percent of the national average PCI, $25,288.

Average annual income during 1997 by type of employment is show by the following statistics: agricultural products and services - $20,068; mining - $19,472; construction - $20,688; manufacturing - $20,519; transportation, communication, and public utilities - $31,370; wholesale and retail trade - $12,788; finance, insurance, and real estate - $31,841; services - $14,128; government - $23,121.

Archuleta County 1997 service employment revealed the following average annual wages by type of service: hotels and lodging - $10,637; business services - $12,117; auto repair - $18,295; amusement and recreation - $12,294; health services - $20,972; legal services - $14,540; private education services - $19,843; social services - $12,742; membership organizations - $11,746; engineering and management services - $20,866; and private households and miscellaneous - $18,076.

In 1970, manufacturing, primarily wood products, provided 30 percent of the county's total income and generated $7.4 million in earnings. Over the next 20 years, manufacturing wages declined to $1.5 million by 1992. The decline of the timber industry in the late 1970s played a large role in this decrease.

Since that time, Pagosa Springs has been in transition from a typical rural community to a more urban environment in which tourism is the number one industry.


'Living with Fire' insert will aid area homeowners

By Richard Walter

A national Interagency Fire Prevention Education Team has been assigned to southwestern Colorado for two weeks to assist local, state and federal cooperating agencies and fire departments in raising fire prevention awareness.

The four-member team includes representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Colorado State Forest Service.

In conjunction with their effort, the SUN is running a specially prepared insert with today's local editions only. Entitled "Living with Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner", it features sections on the fire environment, pre-fire activities, the "Why we're worried about wildfire" equation, examples of fire behavior, frequently asked questions about defensible space, the limitations of wildland fire fighting, steps and ideas for fire safe landscape design and tips on what to do if a fire approaches.

"The primary objectives of the team are to reinforce local fire prevention programs, increase public understanding of the role and behavior of fire and encourage homeowners to take actions to reduce wildfire risks to their properties," said Dave Merrifield of the Forest Service.

He and fellow Forest Service representative Pam Gardner visited the SUN Tuesday and outlined the need for continuing public education about fire danger and how owners can protect their own properties.

A unified command group of fire managers from state and federal agencies requested the team's assistance. "Whatever the public can do to prevent new fires and reduce risks to themselves and their property will help fire managers," said Mark Lauer, fire management officer for the San Juan Public Lands Center.

Lauer has lead responsibility for the fire program on the 2 million-acre San Juan National Forest and the 664,000-acre San Juan Resource Area of the Bureau of Land Management.

Gardner said the public needs to know "their local resources are doing an outstanding job in containing and controlling local fires, but because of the number of fires in the region, the reserves are being stretched."

She said, "I don't think the public realizes the effort it takes for 10 to 20 people to control a fire. Quick response keeps most of these fires small."

How much does it cost to fight a forest fire, even just a small one?

"To have a hand crew, a helicopter, a tanker and one (fire) engine," Merrifield said, "would typically run $20,000 to $40,000 per day, depending on terrain."

He said, "Aircraft are our most expensive resource, but they are also among the most successful tools we have to control fire."

"Anything the homeowner can do to help mitigate fire danger on their own property," Merrifield and Gardner agreed, "will help immensely when the time comes that they need to be protected."

Dense forests, mild winters, dry summers and growing populations in once-rural areas are putting more homes in jeopardy of wildfire. Homeowners in these urban-wildland interfaced areas are encouraged to carry out certain fire protection measures before a fire even starts.

The first defense against wildfire is to create and maintain a defensible space around the home. This doesn't mean a barren landscape but rather involves modifying vegetation to slow the rate and intensity of an advancing wildfire.

Both Gardner and Merrifield said homeowners can make the job easier for firefighters if they are needed by making sure their property is firesafe.

Gardner points out the state forest service has a program called "Firewise" which sends service personnel out to work with landowners to assess their properties and the work needed to make their lands safe.

Merrifield agreed. "It's a unique service offered by the state forest service," he said, calling it "the true extra step."

In addition to information in the brochure included with today's newspaper, homeowners who want more information about what they can do to protect their property against wildfire should call the Forest Service office in Durango at 247-5250 or the Pagosa Fire Protection District at 731-4191.

Also, the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango has prepared a video for homeowners with tips for reducing wildfire hazards around their homes.

The video is available at the Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango or by calling 247-4874. Fire prevention information is also available on the Internet at <http:/>.


Big game license sale starts Aug. 15

By Geoff Tischbein, CDOW

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials announced Tuesday that all leftover big game licenses that were not allocated during the drawing in May will go on sale Aug. 15 at Colorado Division Of Wildlife service centers throughout the state.

At most DOW services centers, the licenses will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. DOW service centers statewide will be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All persons wishing to purchases licenses must bring their Conservation Certificate and Hunter Education Card (if their Conservation Certificate does not say verified under "proof of hunter education" and they were born after 1948).

This year's leftover licenses include approximately 21,000 antlerless elk tags, 9,600 bull elk tags, 1,600 either-sex elk tags, 5,000 antlerless deer tags, 200 antelope tags and 50 private-land-only bear tags. Persons buying licenses for other hunters will be restricted to buying no more than four deer tags, four elk tags and one antelope tag.

To buy a license for another individual you must furnish that person's Conservation Certificate number and proof of a hunter education card (if the person was born after 1948). If the Conservation Certificate number is not available, you must have proof of the person's having a residency, their driver's license information and proof of hunter education card (if they were born after 1948). In addition, the purchaser must sign an affidavit indicating that the information they have provided concerning the person they are buying licenses for is accurate and true.


Fundraiser success

Dear Dave,

This past Saturday the Pagosa Springs High School Cross Country Team held a fund-raising run on Reservoir Hill. Due to all those who participated, volunteered and donated, this event was a step toward purchasing heart-rate monitors for the high school cross country team.

We would like to sincerely thank City Market for its generous donations of supplies, and the volunteers who braved the elements to make sure the intrepid runners found their way: Lana Jorgensen, Tom Steen, Makina Gill, Rick Cotton, Jared Meese and Don Volger. Thank you to race director Debra Kelly for her organizational skills in making sure the event happened. And thanks to all the participants who once more attempted to find their way through the maze of trails that is the Reservoir Hill Run.

Scott Anderson

Need your help

Dear Editor,

My name is Lockie Blevins, and I need your help. I am trying to locate a childhood friend of mine. Her name is Nancy Pauline Jones, and at one time she lived in Pagosa Springs. I have known her since we were in kindergarten. We were neighbors on a windy, country road in Cedar Springs, Va. For eight years, every morning we would stand at the corner of my yard and wait for the bus to take us to elementary school. After school, we would ride our bikes, or play basketball, or just do "girl" things. She was my best friend. Then came eighth grade. We changed schools, and went to Rural Retreat High School, Rural Retreat, Va. Little did I know that would be the last grade we would complete together. You see, her father loved the West. And he decided one day that they should move there. Colorado was the place to be. We said good-bye, not knowing whether we would ever see each other again.

Since then, I have only seen her one time in about eight years. In 1996, our high school graduation came and went, and we could only send each other invitations, rather should I say, announcements, that we had reached that point in our lives. Instead of doing it together, we were on two different sides of the country, in two different high schools, graduating with other friends and not each other. And then it was on to college. And now our college graduations have come and gone. And where are we now?

That is where I need your help. I have searched the Internet trying to find some link that would help me get in touch with her. I have gone through many Web searches. Yes, you are right there are those agencies that help you to find people. But you also have to pay them too. Don't get me wrong, I would do anything to find her, but I just thought this way might be easier. I really don't know what you could do to help me find her.

Her parents names are Bill and Ruth Jones. She went to college in Durango. Other than that, there isn't much more that I know. If there is any way that you can help me find her, I can only ask that you do. I know this is a big shot in the dark here, but I would really appreciate any consideration of my request.


Lockie Blevins

Bristol, Tenn.

Editor's note: Anyone with any information about Nancy Pauline Jones can contact Lockie Blevins at <>.

Wrecked cars

Dear Editor,

As an owner in the Aspen Springs area, I would like to know how it is that wrecked cars are being allowed to accumulate on property across the highway from Turkey Springs? It is bad enough that we are forced to see them in that development, but now to have visitors see this is a disgrace and I'm concerned about Aspen Springs and its future.

It seems as though the town doesn't care what people have to see as they drive into or through town.

Are we to be the dumping ground for all the destroyed cars? Think about it, if four cars turns into five, six, seven, eight, 500, where will it stop?

Our valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado. Do we want to keep it that way, or are we just to stand by and watch it be destroyed? What can be done?

R.D. Burger

Unified in disgust

Dear David,

We the candidates for county commissioner are unified in our disgust at the "Anyone But Nan" ad placed in last week's SUN. It is a hateful, hurtful, personal and nasty statement that has no place in this race. It was a cowardly act by people unwilling even to identify themselves.

We have all strived to make this an honorable campaign, and we denounce these people for sullying it.


Mike Branch, John Feazel, Ken Fox, Bill Downey, Ralph Goulds, Alden Ecker, Pat Horning and Jim Willingham

Editor's note: Lee Vorhies said he wanted to attribute the advertisement to the committee rather than use his own name.

ABN zealots

Dear David,

It may not have been your intention, but by accepting and printing-without attribution-the ABN (Anyone but Nan) paid ad, you succeeded in advancing the cause of zealotry in the community. In the future, will you accept paid ads from anonymous cowards seeking to attack local notables? How about ATR (Arrest Tom Richards)? GKF (Ground Ken Fox)? or DMB (Disbar Mike Branch)? One would hope not. But how different would accepting ads from any of those inanities be from your having printed the ABN ad?

When you return from vacation, you will read in the SUN what the GOP candidates for commissioner thought about the ABN ad. Hopefully in the future you will require all sponsors of political ads to identify themselves by more than initials, just as you do those of us who write letters to the editor.

If you had spent a bit of time west of town recently, you would have become aware of the gutter tactics used by the ABN zealots against Nan Rowe. Last week for example, while accompanying a candidate for commissioner - not Nan Rowe - in a door-to-door effort, registered voters

volunteered the following comments (paraphrased): We oppose Nan Rowe because we heard that she used political influence to get her road paved. (As a member of the joint county-PLPOA Road Advisory Committee, I know for a fact that the committee did not recommend her road for paving; it was added to the paving list by the county administrator - not exactly a bosom buddy of Nan's. Others allowed as how they couldn't vote for Nan because they had been told she was a life-long Democrat who switched parties just to get elected. The record shows that Nan had been an unaffiliated voter until two years ago when she switched to the GOP.

The anti-Rowe zealots are a loose alliance of poor losers centered largely, but not entirely, in Pagosa Lakes. Some of them detest her because they or their associates were turned out of office in PLPOA elections a few years ago. Others blame her for the defeat of their agenda items, such as retaining the Public Safety Officers-even though she has studiously avoided any involvement in PLPOA issues since the end of her elected term a year ago.

The ABN zealots are united in a singular effort: To discredit Nan Rowe by resorting to unabashed character assassination. By printing their paid ad, you assisted them. Shame on you, and shame on them.


Gene Cortright

Big idea

Dear Editor

I just returned from the Archuleta County fairgrounds after attempting to watch the demolition derby on Sunday afternoon. I say attempted because not only was parking almost impossible and totally undirected (not surprising), but $5 per person was being charged to watch the derby (very surprising). This information was not included in any of the articles about the fair and fair events published in The Pagosa Springs SUN.

I assume that you can only print what information is passed on to you by the fair and derby organizers so it appears that they conveniently forgot to pass on that little detail. I saw many people leaving when they found out about the charge. There wasn't even a sign at "derby arena" indicating a charge, only uniformed officers asking to see if your hand had been stamped at the "ticket booth." The only sign on the "ticket booth" was for free balloons - and those weren't available either.

At $5 per head and with the number of people already past the officers in the stands plus those waiting in line (not counting the paying sponsors), considerably more money was brought in than was given out in prize money. So who got the profits? The fair? The derby organizers?

What was even more disappointing was that it wasn't even a true demolition derby. Matching two cars at a time in a 50-by-100 mud pit is not a demolition derby any more than arena football is really football.

The idea of including a demolition derby in the county fair was a good idea; a big idea. Big ideas are great for small towns but organizers can't be small minded when it comes to implementing these big ideas.

Craig Givens

Editor's note: Your assumption is correct, the SUN printed the information that was provided.

Remember names

Dear Editor,

The Internet's a great thing sometimes. While I haven't been through one of the places I still fondly regard as a "hometown" since 1982, it's quite refreshing to find your site on the 'net as an "accidental surfer" and see that I still actually remember some of the names I see printed - to include that of your own David Mitchell.

I happened to randomly end up in the archives in the April 29th issue and, reading through it, found a veritable goldmine of long-remembered classmates (1982) in the "Dear Folks" column under "Remembering the Cast from the Past." I happened to run into one of the subjects, Brenda Alexander, in an elevator in Orr Hall when we were both freshmen at the University of Wyoming (apparently neither of us could stay away after just four years here - I've probably run across her again and just didn't know it). Kamma Kamm lived across the irrigation ditch from me, I probably threw rocks at her after getting off the school bus we rode with Brad Marquez, who I'm not at all surprised ended up as the class valedictorian. Ronnie Maez I also remember, as well as some of his mother's recipes given to my Mom, now favorites in our homes as well. Kitzel Laverty a veterinarian? I never would have thought! I always figured her for the Olympic ski team!

I remember when my Boy Scout Leader, Don Volger, first got his job as one of the town policemen. So, I see that he's moved up in the ranks a bit, judging from another recent article. I've also seen "coach" Driesens' name mentioned somewhere. His "Colorado History" class at the middle school was always one of my favorites.

As much as everything else seems to have changed in the twenty-one years and one month since I moved from Pagosa Springs, it's kind of nice to see that the place hasn't lost its feel or its charm. And, best wishes (and a little bit of envy) to those of you fortunate enough to have remained as the rest of us moved on.

Yes, the Internet's a great thing.

A. Brian Harmsen

Major, U.S. Army

Soundly trounced

Dear Editor,

Even though Lee Vorhies was soundly trounced in the last (1998) election for sheriff of Archuleta County, utilizing ABN - Anyone But Nan - committee funds with the Aug. 3 paid political ad in the SUN only emphasizes his personal, brainless, bitter defeat was ultimately an emphatic win for Archuleta County.

Besides, from one retired shipmate to another Lee, I personally thought Nan was nautical light miles from a bit naughty to Archuleta's best Nan.

"Damn the torpedoes . . ."

Jim Sawicki

ABN earns award

Dear Editor,

We believed the Dempster (Dumb you can fix but Stupid is Forever) Award of the Brain Dead Society had no deserving contributors until we saw the anonymous political ad of the

ABN committee. Our nominating board made a unanimous decision to designate this committee the hands-down winner of this dubious recognition some even wanting to specify "of the Millennium." That was voted down in that it was deemed possible that a more stupid ad might come into the future as this first ad of its kind for Archuleta County has opened the door; although we agreed that it is unlikely. ABN who ever you are, you have earned the Dempster award and what it stands for.

Lee Sterling

BDS recording secretary

Editor's note: Unfortunately, the ad Lee Vorhies placed for the Aug. 3 edition is not the "first ad of its kind for Archuleta County." The last one occurred about 16 years ago. It likewise involved the local Republicans and a lady who was a former board member of the Pagosa Property Owners Association and was seeking her party's nomination for county commissioner. Her opponent won the primary election but lost to the Democrat incumbent in the general election.

Neighbors first

Dear David,

After reading all the letters, pro and con, about WolfWood's dog refuge, I have noted some blatant omissions and some outright lies in defense of this facility.

First I live far enough away that I do not hear the dogs inside my house. However, I do drive by the pens on my way home and it only takes a car driving by to set the dogs off. According to the letter the Watsons put in the Aug. 3 paper the dogs are only noisy about 90 seconds out of the day. They can't be serious. If Mr. Glen Goss, who came to their defense with a letter in the July 27 paper, lived next door I am sure his opinion would change. I put it to him to ask his neighbors if they would mind having 30 dogs living on the property adjoining theirs. And we are not talking about cute little house pets.

On several occasions, while doing road maintenance and plowing, I have had to work around their trailer and trash cans that are parked in the road, and as for having a discarded truck bed to be make into a trailer - the trailer has been made for some time (I have been working and driving around it for a long time) and the rest of the truck, as of Friday, Aug. 4, sits on its top on the side of the road. As for cleaning the pens, they have dirt floors. I would ask if any of the long list of other facilities listed in the Watsons' Aug. 3 letter - How many have dirt floors, and if they do, how do they get the smell of urine out.

A few weeks ago, I had to wait for Mr. Watson to move his truck out of the road as I was trying to mow the shoulders. I took the opportunity to ask Mr. Watson if he was aware that he built his pens and his fence off his property and on the right-of-way. He said he was aware of it, and he had permission from the county. When asked who at the county offices gave him permission, he answered the planning office. When I asked who at the planning office authorized this, his reply was: "It does not matter because the county has no authority in Aspen Springs anyway." He did say he would move the pens when the road is widened. I think this speaks for the honesty of the Watsons and their regard for their neighbors.

I think that what the Watsons are doing is commendable and a lot of work. But I also think they should consider their neighbors, and the fact that the neighbors may have built their sanctuaries first.

Roy Stevens

View distracted

Dear Editor,

I drove from Tyler, Texas, on my second vacation here, (one of the most beautiful places in Colorado), and as we were approaching Pagosa Springs, we saw this monstrosity thing sticking up in the air with piles of rock around it and wondered what it was. It really distracted from the beautiful surroundings going into your town and it was just awful.

I asked some friends what that thing was and was told that it was a proposed concrete batch plant that a lot of people are upset over, and fighting against. All I can say is "Hurrah" for them.

If Pagosa Springs lets things like this happen, especially as you approach town, it's going to take all of the beauty away that people like myself, that just travel on small trips here, admire about coming into this town and countryside.

I was so upset over seeing this, that I wanted to contact you, and I was informed other people that were concerned about this also, have written letters to the editor, so I'm including mine too.

Dear people of Pagosa Springs . . . Please take a hard look at what is going to happen to your town if you allow things like this to take over your beautiful countryside areas.

Your friend,

Christie Toliver

Tyler, Texas




Patty Aragon

Patricia Ellen Aragon passed away on Aug. 4, 2000, in Farmington, N.M., after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Pagosa Springs High School gym.

Mrs. Aragon was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Stillwater, Minn., to Josephine and Arthur Pederson. Her early years were spent in Minnesota and Montana. In 1956, the Pederson family moved to Pagosa Springs. She graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1961. In 1962 Patty and Ross Aragon were married. Together they raised six children in Pagosa Springs.

Mrs. Aragon served on the school board for 12 years, and she was honored to present her children, niece, nephew and close family friends respectively with diplomas during their commencement exercises.

For many years, Patty and Ross owned Al's and Al's West restaurants. Many will remember her delicious food, especially her chili burgers and homemade tortillas. Many more will remember her wonderful sense of humor and the strength of her spirit, which continues to comfort her family. She enjoyed gardening, painting and spending time with her family and friends. She also cherished her many pets and loved the beauty of Pagosa and the San Juan Mountains.

Mrs. Aragon is survived by her husband, Ross, and their children, Matthew Aragon and his wife Stacia, their children Kyle, Sydney and Connor of Pagosa Springs; Mark Aragon of Belen, N.M., Eric Aragon and his wife Diana of Pagosa Springs; Shelley Roman and her husband Michael and their son Blake of Littleton; Jacque Aragon of Pagosa Springs, Juanita and her son Jacob Jolley of Aurora; her father Arthur Pederson of Pagosa Springs; her sister Susie Kleckner of Pagosa Springs and brothers Don Pederson of Las Vegas, N.M., and Jim Pederson of Saratoga, Wyo., and their families; and a large extended family. Her mother, Josephine Pederson, preceded her in death.

Patty was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be sent to the Pagosa Springs Community Center fund in her memory, c/o Patricia Aragon memorial fund, P.O. Box 26, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


Cai Henrichsen

Cai Aage Henrichsen, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000 at his home in Pagosa Springs after a prolonged bout with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs with Father John Bowe officiating. Burial was at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.

Mr. Henrichsen was born April 6, 1927, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He came to the United States in 1949. He married Lupe Nava in 1951. Mr. Henrichsen served in the Royal Danish Navy and in the U.S. Army. He was active in VFW Post 9695. His interests were woodworking, gardening, camping and guitar playing.

He is survived by his wife Guadalupe "Lupe" Henrichsen of Pagosa Springs; daughters Kathy Kulyk, Patricia Roybal, Monica Wyche and Karen Furman; a son, Joseph Conrad Henrichsen; a brother, Sven Henrichsen; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.





Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood of Pagosa Springs will play baseball for Metro State College in Denver for the 2000-01 seasons. An NCAA Division II college, Metro State is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

A 1999 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, Wood was a first-team Rocky Mountain News all-state catcher his senior year in high school. He played at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely during the past season. Jeff is majoring in human performance, sports and leisure.

The son of Danny and Nettie Wood of Pagosa Springs, Jeff played in the Colorado semi-pro baseball league for the Jeffco Rockhounds this summer.


Sports Page


Three lettermen anchor Pirates golf squad

By Richard Walter

Three returning lettermen are expected to anchor the effort for the Pagosa Springs High School golf team which enjoyed a one-week head-start on other athletes by opening practice Monday.

Returnees are Josh Postolese, Chris White and Luke Boilini, who coach Kathy Carter expects to provide veteran team leadership.

Carter said 26 youngsters turned out for the first day of golf activity Monday, including two girls.

The teens will be playing the Pagosa Springs Golf Club courses daily until their opening match of the 2000-01 season in a 9:30 a.m. contest Aug. 17 in Alamosa.

The Pirates will make only one home appearance during their 11-match season, hosting the Pagosa Invitational starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.

The balance of their schedule has them in Montrose at 9 a.m. Aug. 24; Cortez at 10 a.m. Aug. 29; Durango Dalton course (time to be announced) Aug. 30; Durango Hillcrest at 11 a.m. Aug. 31; Monte Vista Invitational at 9 a.m. Sept. 6; John Mall Invitational in Walsenburg at 10 a.m. Sept. 8; Buena Vista Invitational at 9 a.m. Sept. 14; Salida Invitational at 9 a.m. Sept. 18; and in Cañon City at 9 a.m. Sept. 18.

The regional play-off matches will be played Sept. 19 in Rye.


Santa Fe man wins third straight horseshoe title

By Mark Bergon

This year's horseshoe pitching tournament at the Archuleta County Fair was a very special one for Larry Ulibarri from Santa Fe. Not only did he win the singles title for the third time, and not only with his partner win the doubles competition, but the tournament itself was dedicated to the memory of his wife, Patricia, who died shortly after last year's contest in a tragic car accident. Her beauty and charm was missed but by day's end, as Larry attested, everyone had felt her presence. Perhaps that is why it was such a terrific day with lots of fun and laughter, and also some pretty good horseshoe pitching.

It all started early Saturday morning with Briana Jacobson manning the shovel and rake to prepare the courts for the day's event. The entrants quickly signed up and by the time Ulibarri finally showed up on his bicycle, 14 teams, the most ever, were ready to play for the trophy.

After their only loss to Ray Arriola Sr. and Ray Arriola Jr. from Placetas, N.M., who unfortunately had to forfeit due to a conflicting softball game, the team of Stan Ellis and Larry Ulibarri took advantage of the double-elimination format to defeat the undefeated team of Steve Butler and Richard Love twice for the championship. Local pitchers and all-around good guys Brad Crehan and Audy Warden threw strong enough to capture third place.

The singles competition started at 1 p.m. Due to the record breaking large turn-out, it had to be run on a single elimination basis. One has to go back to 1994, when Ulibarri won his first title, for an entry list whose number comes close to this year's 25 contestants. There were some outstanding games prior to the finals, such as Ulibarri playing Durango sharpshooter Sheldon Douagan and Steve Butler besting Richard Love. Stan Ellis, 74, pitched a fine game but it was Larry Ulibarri's day as he, once again, prevailed.

A special thanks goes to our sponsors: Silver Dollar Liquor, Copper Coin, Plaza Liquor, The Springs, The Spa, and the Archuleta County Fair board. Thanks also to Cindy and Mike Halverson who aided and abetted in numerous ways.


Pirate football will open on lighted field

By John M. Motter

Just when no one was paying attention, football climbed back on the stage in Pagosa Springs. Pagosa High School football athletes are reporting to head coach Myron Stretton for camp activities this week. Practice starts for real Monday.

The big news this year at the start of the season is the lighting system being installed at Golden Peaks Stadium and that the Pirates are playing as a Class 2A instead of a Class 3A team.

For the first time in several years, Pagosa Springs will play as a 2A team in the 2A Intermountain League. In the past, the Pirates have played as a 3A team in the 2A league. As a consequence, Pagosa could only qualify for the state playoffs by capturing the league title outright. Also, the Pirates were required to meet 3A schools in the playoffs. As a 2A school this year, Pagosa can make the playoffs if they are one of the top two schools in the IML. Additionally, they will play 2A schools in the playoffs.

The other members of the IML are Bayfield, Ignacio, Centauri and Monte Vista. Last year the league included Del Norte. Del Norte has dropped to the Class 1A level because of loss of enrollment and no longer is a member of the 2A IML.

"As to the amount of light on the field, it will exceed the requirements for high school football established by the National Football Federation," said Kahle Charles, the school's athletic director and assistant principal.

All but one varsity game this year will be played on Friday night under the lights. Two poles will be mounted on each side of the field. Each pole contains nine lights. Charles expects that installation of the lights will be finished by the Sept. 1 home opener against Dolores.

"Having the lights has made scheduling easier and given us more flexibility with our entire sports program," Charles said, "by making the field available for other activities on Saturdays."

In addition to varsity and junior varsity football, the field will be used for soccer. In the event games last into the twilight hours, the lights can be turned on allowing completion of the game.

The idea to have lights was broached to Charles by both teacher and parent advocates. When Charles carried the proposal to the school board, that body approved. The school is paying for the cost of materials; volunteers are donating labor and expertise to cover installation costs. Among the volunteers are Troy Ross Construction, La Plata Electric Association, Davis Engineering, Tim Sanford, Jim Backus, Tim Fasenmyer and school maintenance supervisor Dennis Kleckner.

Another advantage of the lights is the ability to stage games at a time when more members of the community can attend.

"We expect the lights and the Friday night schedule will increase community involvement with the football program," Charles said.

Returning for his third season as head coach, Stretton is being supported by the same coaching staff he had last year: Scott White, Sean O'Donnell and Chris Kelley. Last year's team went undefeated through its IML schedule and represented the league in a playoff game against Fort Morgan, the eventual 3A state champion.

This week's camp is an informal workout not required by the school or coaches. Formal practice next week involves two-a-days with practice from 8 to 10:30 in the morning and again from 4 to 6:30 in the afternoon.

This year's schedule includes a series of preseason games against large New Mexico schools that "should prepare us well for the regular season," Charles said.

The pre-season gets under way with a practice game Aug. 26 against Alamosa and Durango. Game time is 10 a.m. in Golden Peaks Stadium.

One week later on Sept. 1, the Pirates host Dolores for their first "under the lights" home game. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Pirates drop into New Mexico to play Kirtland at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. From there the preseason schedule calls for hosting Piedra Vista (Farmington) Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., hosting Bloomfield Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and then traveling to Taos Sept. 29 for a 7 p.m. game.

Intermountain League play begins Oct. 6 when the Pirates tangle with the Ignacio Bobcats in Ignacio at 7 p.m. The only Saturday game for Pagosa comes the following week on Oct. 14 when Stretton's athletes travel to Centauri for a 1:30 p.m. game. Pagosa returns to Golden Peaks Stadium Oct. 20 when they host Bayfield at 7 p.m. League play and the regular season end Oct. 27 with a game at Monte Vista at 7 p.m.

The state 2A playoffs begin Nov. 4.



Community News

Chamber News

By Sally Hameister

Sympathy extended to mayor's family

On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce board and staff, I would like to express our deep and sincere sympathy to Mayor Ross Aragon and his family on the recent death of Ross' wife Patty. Our hearts go out to each member of this family in this difficult time as well as our hope that you will let us know if there is anything you need. We're here for you.

Forever Plaid

I don't know when I've anticipated a show like I am anticipating "Forever Plaid," and I can even tell you why. It's simple - it's my music.

I was in high school during the 50s and faithfully listened to and not so secretly adored all the "Four groups - Aces, Lads, Freshmen, et. al. Some of my friends were swooning and screaming over Elvis (one friend actually has a torn bit of clothing she acquired at one of his performances) but I remained faithful to the softer sounds and cool moves of my "Four guys."

"Love is a Many-splendored Thing" became "our song" with my big squeeze at the time. I would venture a wild guess that there were thousands of others who adopted that gorgeous song as well.

Beginning Aug. 17 you will have six opportunities to travel back in time and revisit those wonderful days - or visit them for the first time for those of you who haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

"Forever Plaid" is coming to the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium Aug. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, and I urge you to treat yourself to at least one performance. Chamber board director Mark DeVoti (we're proud of this rascal), Bill Nobles, Denis O'Hare and Steve Ruduski will become Pagosa's own "Four Guys" on those nights, and I have been told they are nothing short of fabulous. (Could four mothers be wrong?)

This is once again a collaboration of Music Boosters with the Pagosa Springs Arts Council and is directed by none other than the pro, Joan Hageman - need I say more?

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children five and under. Performances begin each night at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, Moonlight Books and the Wild Hare. Please join me for a wonderful stroll down Memory Lane. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Fabulous fair

Hats off to the county fair board members, organizers, managers and all who contributed so much to this year's fair, "The Best County Fair in the county."

Michael DeWinter and his merry band did a beautiful job of creating the very event that we savor and store away in our memory bank each and every year. I do love this fair.

Kim Moore and her crew are to be commended for the biggest and best ever Taste of Pagosa, and I haven't heard the pig-calling results as yet, but I certainly wish Kim the very best in this endeavor.

Thanks to all for a memorable weekend . We're already looking forward to next year.


Next to the fair, I really, really, really love membership renewal month, and those babies are already starting to roll in, so there's just a little extra bounce in my walk these days. We're thrilled to introduce two new members this week, and 19 renewals have come back for more - thank you all.

New member number one this week is Brighton Custom Homes with Craig and Lisa Vrazel as owners operating from their home. Craig is a general contractor offering you quality custom homes whether using your plans or the custom plans available to you at Brighton Custom Homes. You can reach these folks at 731-3721 to learn more about what they can do for you.

Dennis Eichinger joins us next with Eichinger Financial, Inc., an in-home business here in Pagosa. Dennis is a registered Investment Advisor with 18 years experience. He focuses on estate and retirement planning, rollovers and long-term investments designed to accumulate and preserve wealth for you and your family. He would be delighted to discuss your financial needs if you will give him a call at 731-3022.

Let's rock and roll with the following renewals: Ron and Cindy Gustafson always like to be the very first renewals for the year and this year is no exception. We're always delighted to welcome them as the first Associate Members in the new membership year. We welcome as well Bonnie Thrasher, RDH, with the Dental Hygiene Clinic of Pagosa located at 476 San Juan Street; James G. Kahrs with the Kahrs Insurance Group; Tom Ferrell with the Chimney Rock Interpretive Program; Melinda Lutz, OD, with Pagosa Vision Care located at 286 Hermosa Street; Jess Donahue with McDonald's of Pagosa Springs; Scott Allen with Mountain Snapshots in their new location at 63 N. Pagosa Boulevard, F-4, in the Pagosa Country Center; the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors located at 463 Lewis Street; Carmen R. Miller with the American Legion Post #108 located at 287 Hermosa Street; Andy Donlon with Buyers Resource Real Estate of Pagosa located at 476 San Juan; Dick Warring with Wolf Creek Logistics, Inc. (who stopped dead in his tracks at the County Fair to write a check); Jere Hill with United Oil - Village Texaco and Convenience Store located at 25 N. Pagosa Boulevard; and Betty Johann (the Evil Twin) with Betty Johann Realty located at 56 Talisman No. 2 (and if you would like to read the worlds' funniest renewal form, please feel free to come by and do so).

Associate Membership renewals include: Barbara and Don Rosner; Bill and (Chamber Diplomat) Marguerite Flick; Randy Stefanowicz; Bob and Patty Tillerson and Dick and Ann Van Fossen. I am grateful to each and everyone of you for your continued support. It is very gratifying to see these renewals come in, I assure you.

Full Moon program

On Aug. 15, a Full Moon Program will be presented at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. The program includes hiking up to the Great House Pueblo just before sunset and a presentation on the archaeoastronomy of the site will be given as the full moon rises over the San Juan Mountains. Live flute music by Native American artist Charles Martinez will accompany the presentation. (On a personal note, if you have never heard Charles Martinez with his magic flute sounds, you must.)

Advance reservations and prepayment are required. The cost is $7.50 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 883-5359 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Program of the Pagosa Springs Chapter of the San Juan Mountains Association. The Chimney Rock Area is located about seventeen miles west of Pagosa Springs on Colo.151.



Pagosa Lakes

By Ming Steen

'High-Tri' triathlon is weekend highlight

Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center will be a very happening place this Saturday morning. The 8th annual "High-Tri" triathlon will start from the recreation center at 8 a.m. Made up of three stages, the race begins with a 7.2 mile run followed by a 14.4 mile mountain bike ride and finishing in the indoor pool with a 1/2 mile swim. The pool will be closed to open swimming from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Late registrations are still being accepted - right up to 7:45 a.m. on Aug.12. Teams are still being formed and if you would like to run, mountain bike or swim, call the Recreation Center at 731-2051. Volunteers, spectators, cheerleaders and all casual observers are welcomed.

While road runners, cyclists and swimmers have grown uptight and obsessed with gear, splits and training log, the breed of athletes that get involved in the "High-Tri" triathlon are looking for a good time and some adventure in a competitive setting. People go in with the attitude that, "this is going to be a fun time," and afterward they have fun telling stories about their crashes out on the course. This local triathlon is definitely a sport where you can race in baggy shorts, ride your bike with toe straps, and have fun without being intimidated like you might at a typical road triathlon.

Here's an update on the results of competitions undertaken by members of Pagosa's own motorcross group. Justin Dikes, a consistent top performer finished in first place in the open 125cc novice class, second in the 125 novice class and third in the schoolboy class at the motorcross competition held in Aztec, N.M., on July 23. Justin then went on to Ponca City, Okla., to compete in the Grand Nationals on Aug. 6. In an arena of huge numbers of very outstanding riders, Justin came in with an admirable 14th-place finish in the 125 modified novice class and an equally impressive 23rd place finish in the 125 stock novice class. Congratulations Justin.

Casey Littleton, Rory Bissell and Jordan Rea also traveled to Aztec on July 23. Casey placed seventh in the 125 novice class and second place in the schoolboy class. Rory posted an impressive first-place finish in the 125 beginner class. He was followed by Jordan who finished in a close third place in the same class. Pagosa racer Nick Chavez took the weekend off. Derek Prokop, another local racer has been out for the season due to an injury incurred at the World Minis in Las Vegas, Nev., earlier this summer.

PLPOA directors will hold their monthly meeting tonight at 7 at Pagosa Lakes clubhouse 230 Port Avenue. Members and observers are encouraged to attend. Public comments will be heard at the beginning of the meeting. The following agenda was provided by PLPOA:

- Call to order

- Approval of agenda

- Election of officers

The following directors have been nominated as officers of the corporation: Richard W. Manley, president, Fred Ebeling, vice president; Dave Bohl, treasurer; Thomas A. Cruse, secretary

- Approval of minutes of July 13, 2000, board meeting and special board meeting of July 19

- General manager's report

- Public comments (30-minute time limit)

- Committee reports: Treasurer's report, Director Bohl; Lakes, Fisheries and Parks, DPE manager Larry Lynch, regarding whirling disease

- Old business: Report on annual meeting, Director Manley

- New Business:

A. Property owner David Sikes to discuss an owners' right to maintain a green belt / easement area adjacent to his property

B. Ron Chacey, vice chairman, board of directors, Southwest Land Alliance to discuss "Natural Heritage Survey Project," and request for funds. To be introduced by Larry Lynch, manager, DPE

C. Proposed Resolution 2000-07, "Authorizing Depository Accounts"

D. Authorizing signatories for the various individual depository accounts of the Association

E. Request received from Ranch Community for a meeting between both boards and the PLPOA ECC for establishment of procedures for processing ECC requests within the Ranch Community

F. Application received from Property Owner Craig Givens for appointment as alternate member for ECC. Givens is past member of ECC. Seeking confirmation of Givens as alternate ECC member

G. Motion from Director Ebeling tabled at the July 13 meeting, for 30 days, regarding sale of vehicles to Archuleta County

- Executive session - three issues for discussion.



Senior News

By Janet Copeland

Kitchen crew draws plaudits for fine fare

Without our wonderful kitchen crew, our Senior Center would cease to exist and we are most thankful for all of them. This week we especially want to honor Rose Perea, whose birthday was Wednesday, Aug. 2, and who will soon complete three years of working in our kitchen. We love you Rose. Also Dawnie would appreciate the donation of cotton rags for use in the kitchen.

If any readers have extra photo albums (large), the Senior Center would appreciate having them donated to us. Also, Payge would really appreciate volunteers who would organize all the mounds of photos and put them in the albums (especially folks who may know the seniors in the photos - many photos don't have names on them).

Speaking of volunteers, Payge is in dire need of help for setting up the dining room and working at the front desk, volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

The Chama-Toltec train trip (for Aug. 17), will cost $52.60 per person with a minimum of 10 people going. Payge needs to know right away who plans to go so please sign up at the front desk.

We are always pleased to welcome our guests and members who haven't been around for a while, this week we welcome May and Esther Peralta, Ruth and Gerry Driesens, Howard and Marietta Adams, Lilly Gurule, and Alden Ecker. Also, we hope Dorothy Million had a very happy birthday on Aug. 4, and we appreciate her recitation about her grandchildren going to the Internet to project her years of life, after inputting all the data, they discovered she had been dead for 10 years (she says she has enjoyed all these years of being "dead").

Nancy Ziegler is this week's Senior of the Week. Congratulations, Nancy. Nancy and George are some of our most dedicated helpers.

Elaine Nossaman has been our "angel" in charge of the Food Care program but she desperately needs help, someone with a pickup who could go to Bayfield on Aug. 19 and pick up 30 or 40 food boxes. This is wonderful program and, if a few more folks would participate (minimum of 50 boxes) the food would be delivered to Pagosa. Please call Elaine at 731-5020 if you can help out or wish to purchase a box of food at a very reasonable price.

If anyone is in need of a Macintosh computer, Cynthia Mitchell has one for sale. (leave word at the Center, 264-2167).

We reported recently that Carol Adams daughter had been injured in a drive-by shooting. We are happy to report that she is doing well and is presently here visiting with Carol. God does answer prayers.


Cruising with Cruse

By Katherine Cruse

Scat! Or, 20 ways to serve chewed grass

This column is going to be scatological. Read at your own risk.

Since I started hiking with hunters, I'm learning to check out the scat. Here's a typical conversation.

Hap, looking at a specimen that seems to be all hair, just a piece of twisted rope - "What do you think? Is that coyote?"

Buck - "No, that's too big for coyote. What you got there is your typical cat."

Buck's the acknowledged authority in these matters. He gets the last call on "sign." Since "sign" includes footprints, Buck even carries a little ruler to measure the width of any tracks we might see in the mud around the creek crossings.

But we got him one time, we really did. Buck was in the lead, and he stopped and bent over and studied a dark pile of poop on the trail. "I believe that's bear," he informed us.

Engrossed, I studied the droppings.

"Gee, I don't know. I would have said elk," I said. I've seen a great variety of elk droppings in the high country over the years. Hotshot and I have kicked lot of it aside, clearing a place to pitch our tent.

"Yeah," Hap agreed. "Hey Buck, that sure looks like elk to me."

Buck didn't say anything. Just kept on walking. Maybe his feelings were hurt.

We saw other bear sign that day, out on trail maintenance. At first we didn't recognize it. We were in an area where aspen trees predominate. Elk often gnaw the aspen bark; I guess it provides them with some important mineral or vitamin. The elk "bites" are pretty distinctive: two parallel stripes, each about half an inch wide and 2 or 3 inches long.

"Boy, look at all these elk markings," exclaimed Hap. We did. There were great bare patches on some of the trunks around us. We agreed that it seemed awfully early for the elk to be attacking the trees like that.

Then Buck spoke up. "Look here, folks." And he pointed to long thin scratch marks that trailed down from the bare places. No elk teeth made those scratches.

This was bear sign.

I tell you, I was excited. For a while I even walked faster, so the guys wouldn't leave me behind.

Now let's see, I thought, what do you do if you see a bear? Make yourself look bigger? No, that's for mountain lion. Lie down and play dead. But if you stop to think that bears eat almost anything, including carrion, then maybe looking like a dead animal isn't the best defense.

We had the trail, and the day, to ourselves. It's amazing how few people hike in the South San Juans. I guess the more spectacular landscape of the Weminuche Wilderness just naturally draws visitors to that part of the region.

Gradually Hap and I slowed down to identify flowers. Up ahead of us, Buck came across a pile of bear you-know-what, so fresh that it was almost steaming.

We saw several mule deer that day, and two cow elk. But we never saw the local bear. You might think that was a good thing. Not Buck. He blamed Hap and me. He said we had spent too much time looking at flowers and slowed down our progress. He accused us of lollygagging. Really. Lollygagging.

If you spend much time on the trails around here, you know that the usual sign you'll see is what the horses deposit.

I've taken a couple of workshops on understanding and getting along with animals on the trail. I know that horses, because of their size and the damage they can do to themselves and others, have the right of way.

I know that we hikers should step off the trail on the downhill side. That can be pretty scary. Horses look even bigger when you're below them. But the workshop instructors were firm. "Remember, if you're above them, the horses might think you're a mountain lion poised to attack. That could lead to real trouble."

We learned some of the things horse riders and packers can do to make sure their animals are a little less hard on the environment. And we got a chance to bring up one of the hikers' big gripes, horse manure on the trail.

Well, of course, we know that the riders can't train the horses to step off the trail when they have to go. We just wanted the horse people to acknowledge that the stuff can be pretty smelly, especially when the trail is heavily used by horses.

"Oh, just kick it off the trail," said one of the instructors. "And don't worry about it," said another. "It's just chewed grass. You could eat it." She really said that. It's just chewed grass. Think about it.

I'm waiting for the recipe book. What would be a good title? It would probably be hard to sell something called "Twenty Ways to Serve Chewed Grass."

Last weekend Hotshot and I and our daughter, here for a visit, took a break from the Archuleta County Fair and hiked up the Opal Creek Trail and then south along Fish Creek Trail for a picnic at the overlook.

As we were returning, we passed a group of riders heading up the hill. We did the right things. Stepped off on the downhill side. Talked in calm voices. Everybody was happy.

The woman riding the lead horse said, "Sorry about the road apples back there." As if her group were the only riders that day. Hadn't she noticed the deposits already on the trail?

I must admit, this apology was a first. I don't think any rider we've met has ever mentioned horse manure, in any context. Ever.

I murmured so only Emily could hear, "It's okay, we're not hungry."

She hissed back, "Don't even go there." Translation - "Be quiet, Mother."

One of the men in the group tried to distance himself from any responsibility. "Those droppings back there - don't blame me," he called to us.

Hadn't even crossed my mind.


Library News

By Lenore Bright

'Political' Corner will serve candidates

Congratulations to the survivors of the primary election. Remember that the library will host a "Political" Corner. Anyone with information pro or con on candidates or issues may leave literature if the proper, responsible name is on it. This is definitely a "sea-change" election at the local, state and national level. Will you lose your services? Better be informed as this election definitely will impact you personally.

New books

Merilyn Moorhead donated the "Scientific American Book of the Cosmos," edited by Astronomer David H. Levy. It presents the current state of our knowledge about the universe. For the first time, the entire body of our scientific knowledge of the universe is available in one volume. The essays were written by the most important people working in the field today. You will also enjoy photographs taken by the Hubble telescope. This is a tour of a lifetime from our knowledge of the beginning of the Universe to our philosophical ponderings on its end.

"Antiques Roadshow Primer," by Carol Prisant, is an introductory guide focusing on helping you learn to identify and distinguish between the junk and the valuable. Experts give tips and share secrets. Is it old? Is it valuable? Now you'll know.

"The Complete Soapmaker," by Norma Coney, gives tips, techniques and 50 recipes for luxurious handmade soap. The recipes include bars, gels, and shampoos. Also tips on storing soaps, wrapping gifts, and displaying bars for sale.

"Tea with Friends," by Elizabeth Knight, is a delightful little book with 13 unique and colorful party plans drawn from celebrations from cultures around the world. Each part contains suggested menus and things to make and do to enrich the festivity. It provides you with useful suggestions on how to hold unique tea parties throughout the year.

Mary Lou Sprowle donated the three books.

Unusual reports

We received the "Historical Accounts of Upper Colorado River Basin Endangered Fish."

This report was produced as a joint effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and various environmental organizations. It provides historical information about the endangered Colorado squawfish, razorback sucker, humpback chub and bonytail chub. The report may be helpful to those interested in the history of sport fishing in Colorado.


We have the latest list of booksellers in the area dealing in used and rare books. You may have a free copy. Many do have web addresses. They are all members of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association.


We have a suggestion box. We appreciate our patrons' advice. We especially enjoyed the latest three: " You should have boys and girls right stories for you." "Have a pupit making contest and choos the best one." " I think mabie you should give a little candy to each person."


Thanks for materials from Victoria Landon, Don Mowen, Addie Greer, the Coppenger Family, Paul Muirhead, Jim and Nancy Cole.

Thank you for donations in memory of my mother, Hazle Neill. She was so proud of the library and what it meant to this community. The gifts will go to the book endowment and came from Ray and Genelle Macht, Jim and Margaret Wilson, Judy Wood, the Thursday Bridge Club, Charley and Bev Worthman, Bank of the San Juans, Ernestine Bowers, Albert and Lis Schnell, Eugene and Jackie Schick, Shirley and Sherwin Iverson, Elizabeth Anderson, the Gilbert Bright family and the Southwest Regional Library Service System.


Local Chatter

By Kate Terry

Benefit yard-bake sale Aug. 19 will aid Aragon family

A benefit yard and bake sale to help pay for expenses incurred by Patty Aragon, who passed away Aug. 4 after a battle with cancer, will be changed from Saturday to Aug. 19. The benefit will be held at the Plaza Liquors parking lot starting at 8 a.m. Donations of items and baked goods are being requested. Please call 731-2545 to leave a message to schedule a drop-off time.

Forever Plaid

Do you have a ticket to "Forever Plaid"? This is the Music Boosters production scheduled at the high school two weekends - Aug. 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, and 26.

People rave about the incredible talent in Pagosa Springs, and in particular maybe, when the music professionals who move here do so, then we can take note.

Once again some of this Pagosa talent will be on stage with the production of "Forever Plaid."

The show is a beautiful, tight harmony based on the "guys groups" of the 1950s - the Four Aces, the Four Lads, the Four Freshmen and the Four Hi-Lows. These were the groups that practiced daily for the opportunity to sing anywhere they could.

This show, as full as it is with music, is also filled with comedy often resulting from the honesty and sincerity of the four men in "Forever Plaid." Bill Nobles plays Jinz, Mark DeVoti is Franky, Stephen Ruduski is Smudge and Chris Young is Sparky.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students 13 to 18 and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the Wild Hare, Moonlight Books and the Ruby Sisson Library.


A correction from the July 27 Local Chatter.

The rumor (not the reason) is, when Thursday Night Live resumes in October, one of the presentations in the show will be a trial of prominent local citizens.

About town

Recently, the Sisson Library volunteers were asked to tell us what their favorite books are. These are the answers.

Donna Geiger: "Milagro Beanfield" by John Nichols. She loved his humor.

Katherine Cruse: G. Bujold's "Miles Verkosigun Series," because of its wit, humor, imagination and memorable characters.

Cindy Gustafson: "Shellseekers" and "Bridges of Madison County," because she loves these powerful, passionate books.

Helen Bartlett: "Rain of Gold" by Victor Villasenor, because it was enlightening.

Mo Covell: "Angela's Ashes" because of her Irish heritage.

Bev Worthman: "Stones for Ibarra" by Harriett Doerr, because of her writing - her spare writing. (This is just one of her favorites.)

Ione Adams: "Last Lion" by William Manchester. This is a biography of Winston Churchill whom she admires.

Ann Van Fossen: "Emma" by Jane Austen because of its humor, satire - a novel of manners. Austen is a superb stylist.

Sheila Hunkin: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, because it is timeless.

Bill Hallett: "PDQ Bach" by Peter Schiekle, because it's funny!

Jere Hallett: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

Lynda Van Patten: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, because the main character is a strong woman. It's a strong book.

Kay Grams: "The Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley and "Behold the Spirit" by Alan Watts because they helped to change her life. And just for fun, "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell - after 50 years still a good read!

Kate Terry: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee because the story grips me, and "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain because of the dialect, the humor and because its well-crafted story.

Fun on the run

A new mom took her baby daughter to the supermarket for the first time. She dressed her in pink from head to toe. At the store, she placed her in the shopping car and put her purchases around her. At the checkout line a small boy and his mother were ahead of them.

The child was crying and begging for some special treat. He wants some candy or gum and his mother won't let him have any, she thought.

Then she heard his mother's reply. "No!" she said, looking in her direction. "You many not have a baby sister today. That lady got the last one!"


Education News

By Tom Steen

PCC classes beginning 2 weeks early this year

This is a "heads up" call to all existing and prospective Pueblo Community College (PCC) students.

Registration and classes begin early this year. Organize yourselves to get a two-week jump start over the regular public school schedule.

PCC registration begins Monday at the Education Center. Beginning and ending dates for the fall term, respectively, are Aug. 23 and Dec. 12. Questions? Please contact the Pagosa Springs PCC Coordinator Livia Lynch, at 264-0445.

Registration for the Archuleta County High School (the Education Center's alternative high school program) begins Aug. 21. Spaces in this alternative high school diploma program fill up quickly so do not delay completing your application.

Due to our building construction, regular Education Center office hours begin Aug. 21. If you would like us to call you back with additional information, please leave a message at 264-2835 or e-mail us at

The following Pueblo Community College classes are scheduled for the PCC Pagosa Campus this fall term. All of these classes will be held at Pagosa Springs High School.

"Creativity and the Young Child" will meet Mondays, 6 to 8:45 p.m. "Principles of Macroeconomics" will also meet Mondays, 6 to 8:45 p.m.

"Language Fundamentals" is a four credit hour class; days and times will be announced.

"Composition, Style and Technique" meets Thursdays, 6 to 8:45 p.m. "Ethnic Literature" will meet Thursday evenings, 6 to 8:45 p.m.

"Introduction to Algebra" will meet Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Five different levels of "Developmental Math" (each is for one credit) are being offered. Times and locations will be announced.

Two levels of "Foundations of Reading" and a "College Reading" class (each is for four credits) will be offered. Times and locations will be announced.

Finally, PCC is offering "Acting I" this fall. Time and location for this class will also be announced in this column in the near future.



Party process wins

Sometimes it pays to follow tradition. At least the results of

the races for the two contested nominations as the Archuleta

County Republican Party's candidates in the county commissioner races appear to indicate such. Though the percentages and numbers of votes cast differ, the outcome of Tuesday's primary election follow the pattern established at the party's April 29 county assembly.

As the only Republican to utilize the traditional precinct caucus and general assembly process to gain his spot as the party's candidate for county commissioner for District 2, Ecker was the top vote getter at the county assembly.

Likewise following the traditional political process, incumbent Bill Downey and challenger Nan Rowe worked their way through the precinct caucus and county assembly process to secure spots on the primary ballot.

Ecker, being uncontested, came away from the county assembly with 100 percent of the 75 votes cast.

Commissioner Downey received 39 votes, or 52 percent, at the Republicans' county assembly to gain the ballot's top spot in the District 1 primary election.

Rowe secured the No. 2 spot on the ballot when she came away from the assembly with 25 votes.

In time, seven additional candidates - Pat Horning, Julia Donoho and Mike Branch in District 1 and incumbent Ken Fox, John Feazel, Ralph Goulds and Jim Willingham in District 2 - entered the primary race via petitions.

However, the pattern established in the county assembly repeated itself Tuesday when 1,649 persons voted for the 10 candidates vying for the Republican nominations for county commissioner.

Ecker again emerged as the party's top vote getter as he captured the nomination for the seat in District 2 with 665 votes which this time accounted for 40.47 percent of the votes. This proved to be more than enough as Goulds (359 votes) and Fox (397 votes) negated one another and assured Ecker's nomination.

Downey won the race in District 1 with 503 votes or only 30.50 percent of the votes. Rowe followed with 444 votes (26.92 percent). It's evident the 338 votes Branch received and the 281 ballots that favored Donoho contributed to Downey's nomination.

Apparently the resulting message is that it is worthwhile for Republicans to follow the established procedure - precinct caucuses and county general assemblies - when seeking their party's nomination for a county office.

Either that, or it pays to be considered favorably or non-threatening by the county's real estate sector or by the construction sector and its related industries which are all enjoying significant periods of growth.

With J.B. Smith receiving 92 votes to become the Archuleta County Democratic Party's candidate to challenge Downey in the general election for the District 2 seat; the unanswered question remains, would the outcome been any different if the 89 persons who voted in the primary election had filled out their ballots correctly or completely.

Regardless of the numbers, all 10 of the Republican candidates are to be commended for the manner in which they conducted their campaigns respectively during a very interesting primary race. Whether they finished as winners or losers this time, I hope this was not their last race for a county office. David C. Mitchell


Dear Folks

By David C. Mitchell

Remembering a timely teacher

Dear Folks,

A few weeks ago some folks went around town encouraging Patty Aragon's friends to send her a card or note of encouragement.

For some reason, when I'm confronted with some situations, I often see it differently.

When someone holds up a glass with water in it, I don't see it as being partially empty or partially full. I see it as a glass that someone will need to wash, rinse, dry and place back on the shelf.

So my mind blanked out when I tried writing a note of encouragement. I couldn't see a note of encouragement. Instead, I kept seeing a thank you note.

My note thanked Patty and Ross for demonstrating what is important in life.

Faith, family, home, friendships, serving others, responsibility, integrity . . . in general maintaining a sharp focus on not allowing the good to take precedence over the best. To not let opportunities interrupt responsibilities.

Memory lapse and space limitation prevents me from recreating the thank you note. So I'll only share a part about an unforgettable example of Patty's commitment to faithfully focusing on keeping the main thing the main thing.

At that time she was a member of the school board. But at the meeting I remembered, she demonstrated her skills at being a teacher. Not so much by her words, but by her insight.

The meeting occurred during the final stages of the remodeling and expansion of the old high school that now serves as the junior high.

When it was his time on that night's agenda, the project's architect had asked how the board planned on handling the construction and furnishing of the main entrance, lobby and rest rooms for the gym.

The question produced a silent gathering of blank stares. So the architect reminded the board members that he had advised them months earlier that these facilities - though rather necessary - were considered as "alternative items" for the new gym.

Eventually, one or two at the table acknowledged having a faint recollection of his earlier presentation on alternative items. But it soon became obvious that the architect was the only one who understood the meaning of the term alternative items as it relates to construction projects.

In this case it meant the construction and the construction costs - about $78,000 - of the gym's entrance, lobby area, ticket booth, concession area, rest rooms and etc. had not been included in the amount of the project's bond issue or in the eventual negotiated construction bid.

Talk about stunned and shocked. Only a multi-seat electric chair could've generated such a reaction.

Fittingly, a practicing electrician who was serving on the board was the first to recover. He boldly suggested the board could cut the $78,000 construction cost by acting as its own contractor. A couple of the other board members donned their imaginary hard hats as they discussed the possibility of becoming an ad hoc contractor and supervising the construction of the much needed alternative items.

Finally, one of the men regained enough consciousness to seek Patty's opinion on the idea of involving the board in the contracting business.

Rather than focusing on the possibility of becoming a contractor, Patty calmly said she had been elected to help offer direction towards providing the youngsters of the district with a quality education, and that she was firmly convinced she had not been elected to oversee construction projects.

Her firm but gentle statement totally refocused the discussion to priorities and responsibilities.

After the wannabe contractors maneuvered a face-saving retreat, the board asked their business manager to search the budget with a fine-tooth comb in an effort to discover $78,000 that could be redirected towards capital improvements.

It took a few days, but some budgetary adjustments were made and a suitable bid was negotiated for the construction of the alternative items.

Patty's sense of priority and her focus on the most important responsibility, in essence, her refusal to be distracted from her assigned course provided a valuable lesson. For a brief moment rather than serving on a board of education, she had become a skillful teacher. It was a lesson she faithfully demonstrated as a wife, mother, friend and public servant.

I'm sorry it took me so many years to thank her.

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


25 years ago

Title X program provides jobs

Taken from SUN files

of Aug. 14, 1975

Programs using more than 100 local workers hired under the Title X program to combat unemployment are making good starts on various programs. The work includes projects in Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock Archeological Area, Williams Creek Reservoir and at Navajo State Park.

Solar heating is being considered in the planning of at least four new buildings in this area. Solar engineers believe that this part of the country would be an ideal place for solar heating.

Traffic at Stevens Field airport these days is very heavy. The number of planes on the ground in the tie-down areas is often large. The field is also getting heavy use from planes that bring businessmen here to spend a few hours and then depart.

Thirty-four members, representing 14 clubs associated with the Colorado Association of Snowmobile Clubs, held their quarterly meeting in the Methodist Church's fellowship room Saturday. Pagosa Springs Snow-Goers lost by one vote on their bid to host the 1976 Colorado Association of Snowmobile Club convention in conjunction with the Snow-Goers planned Winter Carnival.


By Shari Pierce

Effects of the epidemic on one local family

I am pleased to add some first-hand information to the past weeks' stories about the Spanish Influenza epidemic. These comments about the effects of the epidemic on one local family came to me from Mrs. Frances Rock Coffee in a letter I received on Friday.

Mrs. Coffee wrote that her mother died of tuberculosis in May of 1918. After her death, "my father felt so lost that he couldn't hold a job very long." Mrs. Coffee's father was Fred Rock. He decided to join the armed forces. Because of having flat feet, he was turned down locally. He decided to try enlisting in Santa Fe and then Albuquerque. He traveled by train to both places, but was turned down.

Mrs. Coffee wrote, "But, somewhere on the trip he had picked up the flu." She went on to say, "John Galbreath and family (Mina, his wife, and baby, Ruth) were living in the park (Hermosa Street area) then and the house to the west of them was empty. He got that house and my father lived about two weeks there, under the care of two women (in 12-hour shifts) and the doctor (from the kitchen doorway, talking to Fred). Everyone knew how contagious it was.

"Mina made the meals for the 'nurse' and Fred each day and handed them over the fence. Fred's dishes were segregated and buried each day. Fred's best friend, Sam Donalson, visited him and 'picked up' the flu. Sam gave it to others and away it went - for all the precautions done by Uncle John's family and the doctor, who was helpless.

"Nothing was known of any medicines. When Fred's temperature rose to 106°, they had two 100-pound tubs of ice brought into the room - a sheet on it. The doctor told Fred to climb onto the ice and turn over, as soon as the ice was unbearable on one side, 'turn over.' This was for about 15 minutes. Fred took his own temperature - this brought the fever down to acceptable degrees - then used later when temperature began rising. This caused Fred to 'get' pneumonia - he lived four days more.

"The undertaker and two men (with handkerchiefs on their faces, placed the body - with pajamas still on, in the box and put the lid on, nailed it down quickly and carried it out the front door to the wagon.

"The front door of the house stayed open until they came to place lighted fumigation candles, then closed. No one used the house for months. Uncle John assured that by paying the rent. No one knew if the fumigation would 'work' to kill that disease."

My sincerest thanks to Mrs. Coffee for sharing her family's story with us.



Pacing Pagosa

By Richard Walter

Have no fear, it's still safe here

The word is out.

It's one you don't want to hear coming from out of town visitors.


I've received three calls recently from regular visitors to Pagosa Country who are leery of returning this year. They're all subscribers who read reports in The SUN about thefts from unlocked cars at condo and time-share developments in the area.

It should be emphasized that there have been no actual break-ins to locked cars or dwelling units - only to unlocked vehicles.

They called hoping to hear the thieves had been captured. They wanted assurance it would be safe to return to Pagosa Country this fall. I assured them it's safer here than most places.

The first caller, an Oklahoma resident, said he'd been victimized while visiting here last year and had decided, "on the basis of your new crime outbreak," that he and his family "will go elsewhere in Colorado this year."

The second, from Arizona, indicated he'll be back, but worried that authorities are not doing enough to catch those responsible.

Neither wanted to be identified.

The latest call came Thursday morning from Terry Urdall of McAllen, Texas.

A regular visitor to Pagosa Country for the past 15 years, he said he's already paid his fees for next month and is on the way.

"But," he said, "I sure hope they've caught these guys by the time we get there. We're somewhat concerned about bringing up our regular camping equipment for fear it will be taken.

"It is terrifying to think there are people like that in the Pagosa area," he said. "We've always come there because it has been a small, friendly and safe place to visit. I hope we'll still be able to say that after this year."

These callers are not alone. Full time residents are just as aware of the problem and just as concerned that the perpetrators be caught. So, too, are law enforcement officials who have been taking some heat for their failure to capture the thieves.

Thursday's caller thought those responsible might not be local residents, but visitors from a more urban area where such crime is a routine fact of life.

Authorities disagree. They are convinced the problem has a distinct local genesis.

There have been no thefts of that kind in several weeks. That doesn't mean scrutiny has been relaxed or that the thieves may not strike again.

Sheriff Tom Richards said, "We have been working that case steadily. We believe we have a handle on the solution and I'd like to assure visitors that there is no personal danger to them."

The key thing to remember, he said, not only for visitors but for residents as well, is "keep your vehicle locked! And don't leave packages or equipment visible inside. It just serves as an invitation to a small element of our community."

So, to our worried readers, as a good Texan might say:

"Y'all come!"

Family affair

One of the pleasures of walking Pagosa Country this summer has been seeing an increasing number of families walking together.

Parents with youngsters in hand or in strollers, couples hand in hand with older children tagging along behind, sometimes groups of neighborhood families strolling areas they've seen for years but often fail to appreciate; in short, families enjoying outdoor recreation together. Early morning weekend and late evening weekday jaunts are becoming more and more common.

What greater way to celebrate living in an area like this than to make the children aware of it's beauty and the variety it offers? They, after all, will be the heirs to this bit of mountain heaven.

Family awareness and unity are cemented through walking the streets, forest paths and rural roadways.

Highway hogs

Did you ever find a stretch of highway that just seems to be your travel worry spot?

I've found one that unfortunately I must travel every time I go to Denver or to a ball game in the San Luis Valley.

It is that stretch between South Fork and Del Norte, approximately three miles outside the latter.

Invariably I find myself confronted with some type of highway hog when in that area.

Last week, en route to Denver, I glanced in my rear view mirror to see a red blur passing vehicles behind me at a high rate of speed. As it went by me in a no passing zone, I could tell only that it was a cherry red Corvette convertible with Arkansas plates.

It was past me and several other cars moving at or below the speed limit and then into and out of Del Norte in what seemed like only a matter of seconds.

I don't know if he even slowed down for the Del Norte city speed limits.

Coming back late Saturday, in almost the same spot, I was confronted by a high speed dually coming right at me as the driver attempted to pass a string of six vehicles in a no passing zone.

I went out of the lane and onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. He looked at me, as he whizzed past, as if I were the one making the driving mistake. Like, perhaps, I shouldn't have been in my own lane.

The moral, if there is one, is to look out for what every other driver may or may not be doing.


Old Timer

By John Motter

Marking 50 years behind the bar

By John M. Motter

La Cantina has been a landmark in downtown Pagosa Springs since Axel Nelson troweled the last tier of stones in place in 1937. During its infancy, La Cantina was called Colorado Tavern.

Margaret Daugaard's parents, Lionel and Ruby Archuleta, bought the establishment in 1941 and changed the name to La Cantina a few years later.

"Dad wanted to call it the Red Ryder Bar," said Margaret," but Fred Harman didn't want Red Ryder's name associated with drinking. At that time, there was a state law saying you couldn't use the word saloon in the name of a bar. Dad decided to call it La Cantina which means the saloon in Spanish. He already had a bar at Lumberton called La Cantinita."

You could say Margaret Daugaard has booze in her blood, not that it would show up on an alcoholism test. Margaret doesn't drink. She does mix a mean drink, and it is only logical that she is good at her bartending trade. Margaret, a fourth generation bartender, is celebrating 50 years of mix and match at La Cantina.

After growing up in family living quarters behind La Cantina, Margaret picked up the bar rag and stir stick Aug. 15, 1950, and took over management duties. Fifty years later, she is hosting a public barbecue next Tuesday, celebrating one-half century of watching Pagosa Country history pass in and out of her swinging doors.

Many world-famous folks have rubbed elbows with locals in La Cantina, along with fall hunters attracted by Pagosa Country's big game populations, or workers drawn by construction of the San Juan/Chama diversion tunnels.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, then a senator from Texas, was one of those hunters.

"I had to ask Johnson to leave," Margaret recalls, "because he and his group were getting a little rowdy. They were loud and rolling bottles across the floor, disturbing other guests."

"He said, 'You don't know who you're talking to,' she continued. "I told him, no, you don't know who you are talking to. They left and came back two or three days later and apologized."

Another household name from those times, Jack Ruby, also visited La Cantina while hunting in the Pagosa Springs area. Ruby was the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald.

"He was a perfect gentleman," Margaret said of Ruby.

Another perfect gentleman was John Wayne, in town for the filming of 'The Cowboys.'

Margaret Daugaard and Archuleta County are almost synonyms. She was born Margaret Archuleta. The Archuletas, of course, provided Archuleta County with its name.

Margaret's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather also ran bars. Great-grandfather José Manuel Archuleta operated the Archuleta-Garcia bar in Conejos, probably before there was an Archuleta County. Grandfather J.M. Archuleta ran a bar in Edith in the southern part of Archuleta County. J.M's bar at Edith was called the Sunnybrook.

Lionel, Margaret's dad, built a bar in Lumberton in 1934. It was named the La Cantinita, the source of the name La Cantina. He sold La Cantinita in 1945 to Jacob Martinez. He purchased the Colorado Tavern in 1941 for $10,500. At that time, La Cantina covered only the north half of lot 21 in block 21.

The original structure was built of native stone hauled rock by rock by Toto and Alipio Belarde for Lucy and Angelo Dallabetta. Construction began in 1935 and ended in 1937. Axel Nelson did the rock work.The Dallabettas operated the establishment until selling to L.M. and Ruby G.

One of Margaret's prize possessions is a token from the Archuleta-Garcia saloon good for the purchase of "a 12-1/2 cent beer."

"The Feds were after dad for bootlegging," Margaret said. "He was running an 11-state cartel selling alcohol. He had one of the first liquor licenses in New Mexico and served on the board which wrote New Mexico liquor laws. On the outside, his delivery trucks looked as if they were carrying pinto beans. The wine was hidden underneath."

La Cantina was more than a family business; it was the family home. Here Lionel and Ruby raised Margaret, Lionel Jr., Joe Donald, Manuel, Marcelino, and Alphonso.

The south half of Lot 51 was purchased from Fred Catchpole in 1955. While Margaret raised her family at La Cantina, the south half of the lot was fenced and contained a lawn, a playground for Charles Marcel, Adrian Vaughn, and Miquela, her children. She had married David Daugaard in Santa Fe in 1954. A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, he died in 1970 of cancer.

Meanwhile, the tunnel crews working on the Navajo and Blanco rivers to divert water across the Continental Divide provided Margaret and other local business folks with a steady clientele, their pockets jingling with money. Late in that era, the Hudspeths were building the San Juan Lumber mill at the intersection of highways 160 and 84.

Ron Hudspeth of the lumber company and Frank Peters of the tunnel crews talked Margaret into expanding La Cantina to cover the south half of the lot. They provided lumber, a generator, and a crew of men. The expanded La Cantina opened New Year's Eve, 1966. Furnishings were late in arrival; consequently folks brought their own tables and chairs for the opening.

Among the early clientele were some federal judges from the South, including one involved in the James Meredith civil rights confrontation in Mississippi.

"That judge asked me to witness his signature on a document, so my signature is somewhere up there with the Supreme Court," Margaret said.

In 1963, Margaret started booking bands at La Cantina for the listening and dancing pleasure of patrons. Among the first performers were Julian Abeyta and Jake Trujillo. Others were the Archuleta Brothers (Rupert, Freddie, Mark, Pete, Bennie, and sister Berlinda), the Timber Tramps (the Amyx brothers), the Midnighters (Billy Quintana, Jake Trujillo, Julian Abeyta, and Gilbert Velasquez); the Ladters (Tommy Martinez, Lawrence Duran, Alex Duran, and Darrel O'Cana), and the Regals, a family band.

Those first entertainers were given $5 for gas money. The rest of their earnings were whatever amount of tips they could get from the audience. One man paid for "Under the Double Eagle" so many times Margaret got sick of it.

Two or three weeks after booking the first entertainment in 1963, Ruby Archuleta looked over the crowd of revelers and decided "no hats on the dance floor."

"If a man is taking a lady out on the floor to dance, the least he can do is take his hat off to her," is what her mother said, according to Margaret . To this day, men are not allowed to wear hats or caps on La Cantina dance floor.

The number of incidents at La Cantina over the years is legion.

One time a lady walked in, sat down at the bar, and ordered a coke. She was obviously uncomfortable in her surroundings.

"Do you know why I'm here?" she asked.


"Because God told me to come."

Then she walked out.

Another time, some hunters came in with a friend, a Catholic priest from Mexico. He spoke little English, but drank absinthe with considerable gusto. He confused the Spanish word casara, relating to getting married, for the word cazara which has to do with hunting. Ultimately, the inebriated priest gave a marriage blessing to a hunter.

Still another time, "I was closing at 2 a.m., trying to get patrons out the door. One of the patrons walked up and pushed me through the door, which locked from the inside. I couldn't get back in, but I could see the patron standing quietly at the bar, his arms folded in front of him. Joe Lister, the town policeman, showed up. I had to wait until my parents brought keys from the ranch before I could get back inside."

"One time this group of hunters from Llano, Texas, bought a sheet of sheetrock from San Juan Supply. They painted a sign on it saying, 'Only Texans allowed in this bar.' Business was slow. About 3 p.m. I got a phone call asking why I only allowed Texans. I stepped outside, saw the sign, and took it down."

Margaret has suffered from almost none of the violence one would expect from a place serving alcohol.

"I try to respond quickly to anything that looks out of line," Margaret said. "Also, when people become trouble makers, I don't let them in here. If it looks like something is about to happen, I call the police. I give them two choices, leave or I will call the cops."

Many local folks remember a few years back, around 1966, when a ranch west of town called Robber's Roost was said to be home to some mafia types. Drugs seemed everywhere and people were afraid to pick up hitchhikers. Some of the worst of that bunch came into La Cantina one Saturday morning.

"They sat at a back wall," Margaret said. "They walked in with some cans of beer, which I took away from them. Jean Moore was waiting tables and she asked me what to do. I told her to take the order, but we wouldn't serve them. They'd get impatient and walk out.

"One of them approached me and asked for four beers. I refused, explaining that they were filthy and I wasn't going to serve them. He returned to the booth. One of the men went to the restroom. All of a sudden, two of them were facing the customers with pistols, one at each end of the room. Pete Tackett and Ronnie Clark took away their guns. Clark hit one of them, who fell near the bandstand. Billy Quintana kicked him and the man leveled the gun at Billy. Billy was singing "together again." He was so scared he just kept repeating that same line "together again' over and over. Meanwhile, I slipped out the back door and called the cops. They removed the men. I learned later that they were wanted for murdering a union leader named Fitzgerald near Las Vegas."

In addition to Jean Moore, other people who have worked for me include Fannie Mae Romero, Senovia Sanners, and Florence Paul, who played the piano for me for 18 years.

"I have no regrets," Margaret says after thinking back on her 50 years as a bar manager. Sometimes I get upset when someone says 'do you know how to make?' as if we didn't know anything here. Of course, I know how to make it. That's my business. I've received gifts from all over the world, I've met a lot of nice people. If I could do it over, I wouldn't change anything.

"I do miss the old days when merchants, like Judge Martinez or J.B. Belarde, would stick their heads in the door and just say 'Good morning everybody. Have a nice day.' I miss seeing Joe Hersch walk up the street in suit and tie, on his way to the bank or, in the other direction, Louis Goodman pacing down the sidewalk, his hands behind his back, and asking 'You don't need a pair of shoes do you?'

"I've always been satisfied living in Pagosa Springs. I have no desire to leave."

The public is invited to a celebration commemorating Margaret's 50 years at the helm of La Cantina. The celebration will be in the parking lot along main street starting at 6:30 p.m. August 15. Three bands will be on hand and an old fashioned, western barbecue served including brisket, cole slaw, and Boston-baked beans.

"I'm inviting friends, customers, and enemies," Margaret said. "Everyone who wants to sit should bring a chair."

In addition, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday prices at La Cantina will be rolled back to the 1950 level.


Food for Thought

By Karl Isberg

Elwood and his RV: Emblem of Silliness

Elwood and his wife Eileen are happy.

Very happy.

It's a gorgeous summer day. The Collegiate Peaks are beautiful, massive, rising beyond the valley below, just west of the brief commotion known as Johnson Village. The air is crisp and clean. Birdies are tweeting.

Eileen changes the tape in the deck. She slips in The Greatest Hits of the Platters.

As melodious harmonies fill the cabin of Elwood's 40-foot Discovery Fleetwood RV, he shifts down to second gear to negotiate a curve in the road. Elwood looks in his rearview mirror to check the auto trailer hooked to the back of the Discovery. He is toting his Toyota minivan behind the massive RV.

". . . smoke gets in your eyes. . ."

Elwood glances lovingly at Eileen: a wrinkled version of the gal he met in high school, the gal he married. They raised three kids &emdash; Bruce, Elwood Jr. and Patsy. Bruce is a bigwig in the auto leasing business. Patsy is a nurse, and a mother. Elwood Jr. works at a hair salon in Los Angeles. Mom and dad prefer not to discuss Elwood Jr.

Eileen is wearing a green golf shirt and cream-colored shorts, calf-length argyle socks and a pair of white Korean tennis shoes. So is Elwood. They always dress alike: when they travel in the Discovery, when they bowl, when they attend the BPOE convention.

Elwood smiles. He looks at the speedometer: 25 miles per hour. Safely around the corner, Elwood slows a bit to avoid a marmot, then slows a touch more to observe a cloud formation that looks just like Wayne Newton. He checks the rearview again and he sees the auto trailer and the Toyota, rolling safe and secure behind the Discovery.

What Elwood fails to see, and has failed to see for the last half hour, is the line of cars and trucks stretching a mile behind him.

What he doesn't see is the short fat guy in the Camry about 20 cars back &emdash; the guy screaming at the top of his lungs, pounding his fists on the steering wheel, his eyes crossed and his blood pressure hovering at 220 over 140.

That's me.

My day is not going as well as Elwood's and Eileen's. I'm jacked up on five cups of Honduran Supremo and I'm listening to the Henry Rollins Band at 120 decibels. I am tense.

I must be patient, I tell myself. Things will improve. Soon, Elwood will accelerate to a whopping 35 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. I repeat my mantra &emdash; "cheeeeeeeese" &emdash; and attempt to enter a meditative state.

It doesn't work. I am going berserk.

Fortunately, Elwood's prostate is acting up and he needs to stop. He wheels the Discovery off the highway at the Johnson Village truck stop and, for an instant, I am tempted to pull over and have a chat with the geek.

I review a hypothetical conversation in my head.

Me: *$&^%$$^&*&**!!!!!!!!!!! Don't you know what the#$#@%^&**** is or how to &##$%#**&%#? You dangerous, simple-minded ^&$##%#&&**^er. You're a threat to society and you need to go back where you came from."

Elwood: "Well, excuse me mister, apparently you're not aware of my Constitutional rights."

Me: "What the $%#^&**^$^% are you talking about? You loony, no-good &#%%^$#&&*^$## ing pinhead."

Elwood: "It's the 34th Amendment to the Constitution, buster. It establishes that every American citizen, native born or naturalized, who has not been convicted of a felony and who is not from North Dakota, has the right to purchase an absurdly large recreational vehicle and to tow another vehicle behind it. Further, he has the right to drive at whatever speed he desires.

"Our Founding Fathers were wise men; they envisioned the day when people would complete a career at a mindless job and, with the illusion they had achieved something of value reinforced with a ridiculously large monthly retirement check, that they would engage in a spending frenzy and make conspicuous purchases designed to act as a grace note in an otherwise tedious and unproductive life. And drive those ridiculous emblems of their silliness anywhere in the Continental USofA.

"The Amendment is sandwiched between the 33rd Amendment, which guarantees the right to play trashy rap music at top volume and the 35th Amendment which protects the right of people who decline to purchase a gigantic RV to otherwise fill the vacuum of their lives by becoming members of property owners association boards of directors.

"Put that in your pipe and smoke it."

Me: "Oh, gee, I didn't know. I have a major case of ADD and I was distracted by Karen Goodhue's ankles the day we discussed the Constitution in civics class. Please, accept my apology."

Elwood: "Okay. But, slip up again and I'll sue you. Now get out of my way, I need to go to the bathroom."

Instead of pulling off the highway and accosting Elwood, I drive on, seething all the while. Two minutes later, I come up behind another huge RV.

I'm ready to explode.

I detest RVs. Put simply, they are a blight &emdash; gruesome symbols of an unrealistic culture, an icon for myopic microcephalics caught in the grip of fanciful and superficial consumption, the emblem of a nation in which a certain class of people have entirely too much money and no concept of how to spend it meaningfully.

For the price of one of these motorized RV brontosaurs and the enormous cash reserves it takes to move one of them an appreciable distance, a semi-sophisticated being could buy a lovely townhome in a temperate locale then travel twice a year to Paris, Tuscany or the Greek Isles, stay in a four-star hotel for a month and eat spectacular meals.

But no, these clowns buy RVs, and they are all driving to Colorado.

I'm peeved. I can't help myself. It's a reflex.

I'm a product of my Grandmother Minnie's relentless, lifelong work to prevent migration to the State of Colorado.

Minnie brainwashed me. Back in the early 50s, my cousin JR and I were packed into the spacious backseat of Minnie's DeSoto and, with Aunt Hazel at the wheel and Minnie enthroned in the passenger seat, we motored from Denver up U.S. 6 and Colo. 119 to our ancestral home of Central City.

During these trips, Minnie gave JR and me specific instructions: It was our job to lean out the windows of the DeSoto every time Aunt Hazel spotted a vehicle with non-Colorado plates and scream "Go home" at top of our lungs.

Minnie believed, as a third-generation Coloradan, it was my duty to express this idea as loudly as possible, as often as possible, for the good of our precious state &emdash; for the future.

"Don't worry dear," she would say, "only the Indians can shout at you."

Obviously, the best of plans can fail. I still occasionally mouth the words "Go home" to people with alien plates who turn in front of me in the supermarket parking lot, but I realize at least half the people sporting Colorado plates in this part of the state have lived here less than five years. There's no way to get at these people anymore &emdash; no way to identify them and attack them. The battle is useless; it's like fighting a mutagen with iodine.

So, my hostility has detoured to RVs.

After I leave Johnson Village, I pass one after another of the abominations. With each new RV, my fury blooms.

Then, I experience something that throws me over the edge, that puts me at Defcon 4 on the rage-o-meter.

I look to the side of the road. There are hundreds of RVs parked there, each no more than four or five feet from its neighbor. This is where the goofs stay! This is the Great Outdoors they seek. I peer into the graveyard of metal behemoths and I am seized by a profound depression. It is like getting ball-peened as you walk across a dark parking lot behind an inner-city Denny's. It's a vision of hell. If Dante had known RVs, Ugolino would be at the wheel, with Satan chewing his head.

There are hundreds of Discovery Fleetwoods, each with its own picnic table set next to it. I spot a miniature golf course and a square dance barn! (There are recent arrivals in Pagosa who are worried about cement plants built in what they amusingly call a "pristine" environment. Ponder one of these circuses set next to your dream house!)

I am despondent.

They say RV sales are skyrocketing as more and more Elwoods leave their mundane middle-management jobs in search of the good life they've avoided for forty- years.

And they are inching their way toward Pagosa Springs.

I am alarmed. Something must be done.

I need to consult my advisory panel to determine, first, if my reaction is appropriate and, second, whether there is a solution to the problem &emdash; like spraying bleach on mold.

I hustle to the gym to lift heavy objects and put them back down again. Tony and Wally are at the gym lifting heavy objects and putting them back down and I raise the subject of giant RVs filled with goofs &emdash; RVs clogging the roadways, RVs filling acre after acre of previously useful "pristine" land.

Tony rides a Harley and has extensive experience with RVs and their drivers.

"Force them to the shoulder of the road," he says "roughly remove the occupants and what few valuables they possess and burn the RV. Reduce the vehicle to a puddle of molten metal."

Tony likes to get to the point. He expresses himself and gets back to the task of executing a set of brutal triceps pushdowns.

"I wish I had a couple of cannons mounted in the grill of my car," says Wally as he pauses from lifting heavy objects and putting them back down. "If I had the firepower of an F-15 in the snout of my Chrysler, the problem of RVs would be solved, pronto. You better believe it."

Wally is a man who sees a problem and deals with it.

Following our brief but pithy conversation, I am convinced my attitude is correct but, since I respect the Constitution and the rights it gives all citizens (even those I wish to eradicate), I conceive a gentler, more diplomatic solution.

I'm starting a petition campaign designed to deal with the Elwoods of this world. While Amendment 34 of the Constitution preserves Elwood's right to own and operate his RV, I think our state should enact regulations governing the use of the offensive contraptions. Why have a Republic if the citizenry of a state cannot rise to act in the common good, huh?

In Colorado, I propose any recreational vehicle or trailer bigger than a pickup truck be restricted to six-lane interstate highways. The far right lane of such highways will be designated as "Feeb-Only RV Lanes," complete with appropriate signage. Severe penalties, including steep fines and public whippings will be levied for violations of the mandatory lane rule. A third offense, and the driver of an RV will be forced to negotiate the drive from Needles to Barstow, California, dressed in winter gear, in an un-airconditioned RV, at 20 miles per hour, at noon, on August 1.

As for the acreage used to contain the miscreations when they are not on the road, I propose state-supported "RV Fun Stops" be placed at strategic locations along the six-lane Interstates. Since the RV drivers seem happy to congregate with their own kind in marginal, cramped spaces, there should be no problem converting areas previously used as steel mills, feed lots or plutonium manufacturing facilities into classy RV parks, complete with snackbars and horseshoe pits.

I feel better now that I've considered the problem and produced a viable, humane solution.

I need food.

At first, I think about producing a repast that would satisfy my former adversaries, the RV enthusiasts. Something like cold Beenie Weenies and Kool Aid.

But, I'm in such a comfy mood, I think I'll whip up a sedate dinner and chant my mantra.

I'll make chicken salad using the remains of the broiled bird I cooked the night before. I'll make a mayonnaise in the food processor with an egg and olive oil, adding a bit of garlic as I emulsify the liquids, along with salt and pepper and a hefty wad of fresh mint. (If you want a lighter mayonnaise, use a vegetable oil). I'll combine the mayonnaise with the hunks of chicken, some finely diced white onion and celery, and season to taste.

The salad will be packed in a tomato, with seeds removed, and the tomato will be set on a bed of greens picked fresh from the garden. (I feel so alive!) I have a cold cooked yam and I'll add some rounds of yam to the plate, with half an avocado and some steamed broccoli with lemon. Fresh French bread and a sybarites's share of butter and the door will open on a calm world.


. . .and no RVs.


Business News


Land Sales

Seller: Sandra Lynn Anderson, Sandra Lynn Anderson Living Trust

Buyer: Edwin W. and Marian A. Raymond

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Lot 81

Price: $14,500


Seller: Alfred W. and Theresa B. Powell

Buyer: Alfred W. and Theresa B. Powell

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 494

Price: Not listed


Seller: Michael and Puja Dhyan Parsons

Buyer: Andrew G. and Susan L. Taylor and Alfred R. Ewald

Property: Rio Blanco Cabin Sites, Unit 1, Lot 9

Price: $25,000


Seller: Thomas Gary and Alta Lee Kimble

Buyer: G&AK Horse Farm LLC

Property: Pagosa Meadows Unit 4, Lots 184 and 185

Price: Not listed


Seller: Doug March Enterprises Inc. EPSP&T

Buyer: Linda Louise Moore

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 372

Price: $6,500


Seller: David C. and Elayne A. Halverson

Buyer: Daniel E. and Cynthia K. Webb

Property: Pagosa Trails, Lots 63, 64 and 65

Price: $8,000


Seller: James Stewart and Janice C. Smith

Buyer: Greg T. and Debra R. Zenz

Property: Echo Lake Estates, Lot 24

Price: $30,000


Seller: Fred A. Sanchez Jr.

Buyer: John D. and Claudia M. Rosenbaum

Property: 8-34-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Nancy M. Sanchez

Buyer: John D. and Claudia M. Rosenbaum

Property: 8-34-1W

Price: $120,000


Seller: Alpine Lakes Ranch Inc.

Buyer: Michael Louis and Patricia Taylor Pinckert

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Alpine Meadows No. 2, Tract 36

Price: $230,000


Seller: Terry Clifford

Buyer: Terry D. and Terri T. Clifford

Property: Pagosa in the Pines, Lot 7, Block 16

Price: Not listed


Seller: Judy C. Ewing and Michael L. McMillan

Buyer: Henry Kent and April Lee Navalesi

Property: Aspen Spring Subdivision 4, Lot 13, Block 16

Price: Not listed


Seller: Joseph M. and Karen L. Negri

Buyer: Larry J. and Lisa Suzanne Day

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 68

Price: $29,000


Seller: Debbie J. and William F. Swenson

Buyer: Carol A. Sexton

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 468X

Price: $162,000


Seller: James and Sandra Robbins

Buyer: Sue E. Wilson

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 1, Lot 22, Block 5

Price: $15,000


Seller: Walter J. Sarad

Buyer: Walter J. Sarad TTE Separate Property Trust

Property: Village Service Commercial, Lots 32, 33 and 34

Price: Not listed


Seller: Clifford A. Lucero Jr.

Buyer: Lucille Stretton

Property: 23-35-2W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Lucille Stretton

Buyer: Lucille Stretton

Property: 23-35-2W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Clifford A. Lucero Jr.

Buyer: Clifford A. Lucero Jr.

Property: 23-35-2W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Jimmy Lucero

Buyer: Lucille Stretton

Property: 23-35-2W two parcels

Price: Not listed


Seller: Jimmy Lucero

Buyer: Jimmy Lucero

Property: 23-35-2W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Terry E. and Cathy E. Simpson

Buyer: Bond Living Trust

Property: San Juan River Resort Subdivision I, Lot 141

Price: $9,000


Seller: Mary L. Edson

Buyer: David C. Williard

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 661

Price: $5,000


Seller: Jimmy L. and Sara J. Bond, Jimmy L. and Sara J. Bond Living Trust

Buyer: Donald D. and Janet Meoli

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Lot 75

Price: $16,000


Seller: Ramon Andres and Isabel B. Rodriguez

Buyer: Fred C. and Coleen M. Myers

Property: South Shore Estates, Lot 1

Price: $80,000


Seller: Rod J. and Rebecca J. Cruz

Buyer: Nolan E. Olson and Sandra K. Hamilton

Property: Holiday Acres Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 1, Block 1

Price: $119,000


Seller: Virginia G. Bowen

Buyer: Gary Scott and Laura M. Pitcher

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 30

Price: $10,000


Seller: Pamela Ann Barsanti

Buyer: Pamela Ann Barsanti and Richard A. Babillis

Property: High West Subdivision Unit 11, Lots 8 and 9, Block 1

Price: Not listed


Seller: Archuleta County Treasurer, John A. Shaller

Buyer: Henry C. and Peggy Wilson

Property: Lakewood Village, Lot 127

Price: Not listed


Seller: Stanley R. Larson

Buyer: Mary Ellen Bange (Larson)

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 527

Price: Not listed


Seller: Maria A. Padron

Buyer: Sebastian T. Padron

Property: Pagosa Pines Condominiums, unit 7B, bldg. 14

Price: Not listed


Seller: Sebastian T. Padron

Buyer: Pat L. and M. Virginia Bolton

Property: Pagosa Pines Condominiums, unit 7B, bldg. 14

Price: $114,000


Seller: Etti Benvenisti

Buyer: Esther Etti Benvenisti

Property: Hudson Blanco River Subdivision 2, Lots 12 and 28, Subdivision 6, Lot 1, 34-34-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Aspen Springs Associates

Buyer: Jody and Carla Jackson

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lot 343

Price: $5,000


Seller: Josefita Valdez

Buyer: Archuleta County

Property: 13-32-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Archuleta County Board of Commissioners and Delfin Martinez

Buyer: Archuleta County Board of Commissioners and Delfin Martinez

Property: 13-32-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Delfin Martinez

Buyer: Archuleta County Board of Commissioners

Property: 13-32-1W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Carefree Corp.

Buyer: Brad C. Kent

Property: Chris Mountain Village Unit 2, Lots 301 and 302

Price: Not listed


Seller: Brad C. Kent

Buyer: Carefree Corp.

Property: Chris Mountain Village Unit 2, Lots 329 and 330

Price: Not listed


Seller: Thomas F. and Alana S. Koch

Buyer: Koch Family Enterprises LP

Property: 1-35-2W and 2-35-2W

Price: Not listed


Seller: Alpine Lakes Ranch, Inc.

Buyer: Bruce W. and Karen S. Hoch

Property: Alpine Lakes Ranch-Alpine Meadows No. 1, Tract 9

Price: $167,800


Seller: Kenneth R. and Lynne R. Box

Buyer: Giancaspro Construction Inc.

Property: Pagosa in the Pines, Lot 12, Block 4

Price: $15,000


Seller: Alexander and Barbara A. Gonzalez

Buyer: Richard B. Decker

Property: Loma Linda Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 68

Price: $79,000