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November 2, 2000

Hunt: I didn't write use tax form

By John M. Motter

Controversy surrounding the county's proposed 4 percent use tax has resulted in a loose exchange of allegations, some of which cannot be proven and others simply false.

Paramount among those allegations is the assertion that County Manager Dennis Hunt wrote the resolution used to place the use tax on the ballot, an assertion that Hunt denies.

"Dennis wrote the wording," Commissioner Gene Crabtree, chairman of the board of county commissioners, said for a SUN article last week. "He put it together with Bill (Downey). I wasn't in on it much. Mary said it was okay. I voted for it in order to give people the chance to vote on it. I don't know who proofread it. I assume it was Dennis and Mary (Mary Weiss, the county attorney)."

Hunt and Commissioner Bill Downey were out of town last week and unavailable for comments when the SUN article was written.

"I had almost nothing to do with it," Hunt said of the use tax resolution this week. "I was out of the country from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14. I had nothing to do with writing the resolution."

Hunt does admit proofreading the ballot item after it was forwarded to the commissioners by June Madrid, the county clerk and election official.

"I missed the error in the starting date," Dennis said.

Resolution 2000-90 concerning the imposition of a countywide 4 percent use tax was approved by a unanimous vote of the county commissioners at a Sept. 12 meeting. Voting for the resolution were Commissioners Gene Crabtree, Downey and Ken Fox.

A use tax work session was conducted at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 and so noted on the commissioner's agenda. The Aug. 29 workshop was in response to earlier informal discussions of levying a use tax as one part of a user pay philosophy designed to help the county meet growing demands for services.

"We've semi-kicked the idea around over the past few months," Downey said earlier this week. "It was brought up during the campaign. I was asked if I would support it and I said yes.

"Shortly after the election (Primary Election Aug. 8) an individual I prefer not to name asked Crabtree and I if we would support putting the use tax on the ballot this November.

"I said yes if we could do it within the time frame needed to get it to the clerk. I said we needed a work session, which we held. We discussed whether it was best to collect when the builder was seeking a building permit or a certificate of occupancy. We determined at the work session that the certificate of occupancy would be best. We also discussed how to coordinate with the town. Based on these discussions we had the resolution drawn up, I don't know by who, I would guess it was Mary but I'm not sure, both the ballot issue and the resolution.

"When the resolution was presented to the commissioners, it passed unanimously. "As to the proofreading, I read it. I don't know if the others did, but I assume they were given a copy at the same time I was and that they all read it. I missed the error placing the starting collection date as January 1, 2000.

"Crabtree was in on the work sessions from the beginning. I don't know if the workshop instructions were given to Mary or to Dennis. I understood they had to be to June (Madrid) by the (October) 13th or 14th deadline.

"Terry Smith of Ace Hardware and Mike Haynes of Ponderosa Hardware were at the public workshop. I called them to let them know the meeting was being held. I did not invite them to come. I also let Mike Branch know, but didn't call anyone else to tell them about the meeting."

According to Weiss and Town Manager Jay Harrington, the resolution was drafted by the town's Denver attorneys, then faxed to Weiss. Certain portions were left open so specific language pertinent to the local situation could be inserted. Weiss apparently completed the resolution, placing it in the form presented to the county commissioners for approval.


Playoffs in two prep sports coming to Pagosa

By John M. Motter

Regional sports fans will be treated to two Colorado High School Activities Association playoff events Saturday at Pagosa Springs High School.

The Lady Pirates compete in the regional Class 2A volleyball tournament and the Pirates football team clashes with Florence in the first round of the 2A state football playoffs. Playing in the volleyball tournament in addition to Pagosa Springs are Colorado Springs Christian, Middle Park and Roosevelt.

Because the playoffs are CHSAA events, admission is handled differently than during the regular season.

Tickets for the football game and volleyball tournament cost $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students over age six. Staff, family, and student body passes cannot be honored.

Special combination passes are also offered for those wanting to attend the football game and the volleyball tournament. Prices for combination passes are: adults - $8, senior citizens - $6, and students over age six - $6. Football-volleyball combo tickets can only be purchased in the commons area of the high school starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Football only tickets can be purchased at the ticket area of the football field adjacent to the high school beginning at noon.

Only the 8 a.m. volleyball match and the 1 p.m. kickoff for the football game are exact times. The schedule for the day's events is: 8 a.m. Volleyball - Colorado Springs Christian vs. Middle Park; 9:15 a.m. Volleyball - Pagosa Springs vs. Roosevelt; 10:30 a.m. Volleyball - Colorado Springs Christian vs. Roosevelt; 11:45 a.m., Volleyball - Pagosa Springs vs. Middle Park; 1 p.m. Football - Pagosa Springs vs. Florence; 1 p.m. Volleyball - Middle Park vs. Roosevelt; 2:15 p.m. Volleyball - Pagosa Springs vs. Colorado Springs Christian.


Over 2,000 early votes cast for Tuesday election

By John M. Motter

After a seemingly endless stream of campaigning for and against candidates and ballot issues, voters get a chance to put a temporary end to the madness by going to the polls this coming Tuesday.

In Archuleta County, by early yesterday morning more than 2,000 early voters had taken advantage of more lenient early-voting rules by casting their ballots, according to Natalie Woodruff, an election clerk in the county clerk's office.

On the local ballot are the names of three candidates for county commissioner. Republican William Downey is running unopposed in Commissioner District 1. Republican Alden Ecker and Democrat J.B. Smith are contesting for the Commissioner District 2 office.

The county has placed two propositions on the ballot. County Ballot Issue 1A asks voters to approve a 4 percent use tax on all building materials purchased outside of the county and on which sales or use taxes have not been previously paid. If approved the town will receive a proportionate share of the use tax money. County Ballot Issues 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F and 1G ask that term limits be removed for all county elected officials excepting the three county commissioners.

Pagosa Springs also has Ballot Issues 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D. All of the town issues relate to closing the current Pagosa Springs Sanitation District and creating the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District.

The Nov. 7 ballot also contains six initiated and six referred proposals, all on the state level. Initiated proposals are placed on the ballot by citizens who have obtained the required number of signatures, 5 percent of the number of votes cast for secretary of state in the previous general election. Referred proposals originate in the legislature.

Also on the ballot will be the names of candidates for state and United States offices. In the presidential race, 10 names are listed.

Candidates for the 107th United States Congressional District 3 seat are Democrat Curtis Imrie, Republican Scott McInnis, Libertarian Drew Sakson and Reform Party Victor A. Good.

Vying for the Colorado Secretary of State office are Republican Donetta Davidson, Democrat Anthony Martinez, American Constitution Party Clyde J. Harkins, Natural Law Party Cheryl A. Beckett, Libertarian Johanna C. Fallis and Reform Party Patricia Baker.

Contending for state representative, District 59, are Democrat Suzanne Garcia, incumbent Republican Mark Larson, and Libertarian William E. Zimsky.

Democrat incumbent Sarah F. Law and Richard Jaye, unaffiliated, are seeking election as district attorney from the 6th Judicial District.

Also on the ballot are candidates for the state board of education, regents of the University of Colorado, and various justice and judge positions.

Local voting precincts are the same as during the Aug. 8 primary election. They are: Precinct 1 - County Commissioner meeting room; Precinct 2 - Methodist Church; Precinct 3 - Archuleta County Fair Building; Precinct 4 - St. Peter's Catholic Church, Arboles; Precinct 5 - VFW Hall, Aspen Springs; Precinct 6 - Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse; Precinct 7 - Community Bible Church; Precinct 8 - El Centro Senior Center; and Precinct 9 - Absentee, Archuleta County Clerk's office.


Mary Cloman, county icon, passes away

Funeral services for Mary Frances Cloman were held at Community United Methodist Church Saturday morning.

Mrs. Cloman was born in Lacosa, Texas, on Sept. 10, 1928. She died at Mercy Medical Center in Durango on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000.

Though born in Lacosa, Mrs. Cloman always called Ranger, Texas, home. After marrying Jim Cloman in Carlsbad, N.M., on March 10, 1951, the couple moved to Colorado that year. She had met her future husband while working for his father in "Doc" Cloman's pharmacy. Jim had brought his sheep to New Mexico to winter, and Mary once said, "He was a pretty good looking guy once he got the trail dust off him." Shortly after, they were married and moved to Colorado.

Raised in Texas, the youngest child of George Austin and Winnie Pearl Newnham Guess, Mary grew up with three older brothers, Bill Guess of Ranger, Bud Guess of Levelland, Texas, and Tom Guess who is deceased. As her brother Bud often said, "Our Sissy has been amazing us her whole life. When she was only 3 years old we loved to watch her sing and play the piano." She was always a Texas girl. Her brother Bud remembers that "when Jim took her to Colorado she told him 'you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take the Texas out of the girl,' " and her contention proved to be accurate.

In Colorado, Mrs. Cloman was a true rancher's wife. She handled the home front, fed the hay crews, cared for two daughters, and raised chickens and turkeys. She often told stories of her first winter in O'Neal Park where her husband had started the ranch. "The snow was up to the eaves, you couldn't see out the windows, and there was barely a tunnel coming out the front door," she would always begin. "My brothers came to visit and thought I had lost my mind to want to stay with this fellow in these conditions." Despite the conditions, the Cloman Ranch survived and thrived.

Mrs. Cloman has been a fixture in the Pagosa community for over 50 years. She was a member of every club or organization possible. From her involvement in the PTA to the Archuleta County Fair Board to the Community United Methodist Church's staff-pastor relations committee and Sunday school teacher, she contributed to the vibrancy and close continuity of Pagosa Springs. Some of her fondest memories came from the years she spent as a local Head Start teacher. She was a consummate volunteer and contributor. Her politics were strictly Democrat. She served for many years on the party's local central committee. She lived her Democrat ideals. She believed "if you have talents or treasures, it's your responsibility to share them."

She made no secret that her favorite color was purple, her favorite movie star was Liz Taylor and her favorite car was a purple Volkswagen bug she called "my Volks." She loved shoes and style, and brought elegance and class to everything she attended because she wasn't afraid to show it. She didn't believe much in casual and could be counted on to elevate the dress code of every social event.

Mrs. Cloman was a successful businesswoman as well. She ran the women's clothing store The Smart Shop for 15 years. She and Rose Facker were fixtures on Main Street all those years. While it was a business establishment that always had great clothes and a perfect aroma, it was also a place where Mary doled out fashion advice, or personal advice. Her many friends went for wisdom, support, and unconditional love. When applicable, she administered "tough love."

Mrs. Cloman's greatest pleasure in life involved her late husband and her family as she simply loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Her surviving family includes her daughters, Carroll Ann "Cammie" Cloman of Boulder and Livia Cloman Lynch of Pagosa Springs; her grandchildren, Jessica and Mesa Lynch of Pagosa Springs, and Cody Cloman-Moran of Boulder; and her son-in-laws Mike Moran of Boulder and Bob Lynch of Pagosa Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church of Pagosa Springs or to the Pagosa Springs Community Center building fund.


Laura Jane Brown rites held today in Durango

Services were scheduled at 10 a.m. today in St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Durango for Mrs. Laura Jane Brown who returned to her heavenly home on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. Burial was to follow in Greenmount Cemetery.

Laura Jane Richards Brown was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Bill and Esther Richards on the family ranch northwest of Bayfield. The fourth of seven children, she was preceded in death by her parents, older brother, John and two sisters, Ruth Nichols and Rosemary O'Brien, and by granddaughter Jori Linn.

She was married to Roy Brown on July 20, 1947, and the union lasted over 53 years. On May 2, 1949, Roy and Laura were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Linda Sue. The name was very appropriated as it means "beautiful." Mrs. Brown's world revolved around Roy and Linda until Aug. 31, 1980, when Granny's delight, grandson Brandon was born. On May 13, 1984, more joy was spread with the birth of granddaughter Jori Linn.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Order of Easter Star and also the Rebecca Lodge. She and her husband came from very simple beginnings, maintained a true belief in God, and enjoyed the good times as well as the hard times. Her love for her husband and their family stayed strong. She would have been an excellent outdoorswoman, if she could only have her feather bed, with which her friend Dolly Dillinger readily agreed. However, her husband and John Dillinger voiced loud reservations.

Mrs. Brown will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, granny, sister and friend. She was a wonderful cook, and caretaker for her family. She has left a legacy for all those who knew her, memories all shall cherish.

She leaves behind her loving husband; daughter, Linda Sue; grandson, Brandon; sisters Esther "Ted" Orr of Pagosa Springs, Eileen "Deanie" Hammond of Thermopolis, Wyo.; brother, Tom Richards of Pagosa Springs; two great-grandchildren, Lacee and Nichole; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Celebration of life for Joseph Kuri set Nov. 11

Retired Paramount Studio property master Joseph Kuri of Pagosa Springs passed away Oct. 29, 2000, at the Paloma Blanca Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.

Mr. Kuri, 88, was born in Chilpancingo, Mexico, April 12, 1912, to Lebanese parents who had migrated to Mexico in 1901. The Kuri family left troubled Mexico for California in 1923.

While with Paramount Studio, Mr. Kuri worked on many movies including the "Smokey and the Bandit" films with Burt Reynolds and "Jinxed" with Bette Midler prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Mrs. Yvonne Kuri of Pagosa Springs; his son, Richard Kuri, of Newport Beach, Calif.; his brother, Al Kuri of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.; his stepdaughter, Nancy Astamendi of San Diego, Calif.; four stepsons, Van Vaughn of Arlington, Texas, Dan Vaughn of Grand Prairie, Texas, Alan Spry of Friday Harbor, Wash., Bob Spry of Palm Springs, Calif.; two grandchildren, R.J. Kuri of Yorba Linda, Calif. and Stephanie Carpenter of Bark River, Mich.; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Mr. Kuri's many friends are being asked to please join the family for a "Celebration of Joseph's Life" at the family home at 145 Feather Court from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 11. In lieu of flowers, because of Joseph's love of golf, the family is requesting donations be made to the Pagosa Springs High School golf team.


Inside The Sun

First snow in town triggers fender-benders

By John M. Motter

The first measurable snow of the season blanketed Pagosa Springs Tuesday night. One result of the wintry invasion was icing of local roads that resulted in a number of minor traffic mishaps. Large amounts of snow cover the mountains around town.

More snow is on the horizon before the current weather pattern changes, according to Jerry Smith, a forecaster from the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

"Thursday (today) should be partly cloudy with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s," Smith said. "Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the clouds will remain with a slight chance for rain or snow. Temperatures during that time should range from highs around 50 degrees down to lows in the high 20s or low 30s," Smith added.

Over the foreseeable future the weather pattern should remain about the same, according to Smith, with new waves of bad weather and precipitation moving into the Four Corners area about every four days.

Controlling the local pattern is a low off of the Aleutian Islands. Storms from the low are moving down the west side of the Rocky Mountains, then being pushed to the east across the mountains. Associated with the pattern, an upper level jet stream is sweeping down the West Coast to San Diego, turning inland and crossing southern Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, then sweeping across Midland, Texas, Oklahoma City, and on to the northeastern states.

"The current weather pattern will remain until the jet stream moves," Smith said. "Right now, I can't tell when that will happen."

Pagosa Country received an additional 0.94 inches of precipitation this past week, bringing the October total to 3.32 inches, well above the long time October average of 2.03 inches. The coldest temperature recorded during October this year was 23 degrees measured Oct. 15 and again Oct. 31. Last week's average high was 47 degrees, the average low 29 degrees.

Over the past 56 years, the average precipitation for November is 1.52 inches. An average of 10.6 inches of snow falls during November. The monthly mean November temperature is 32.5 degrees. The monthly mean minimum temperature is 8.5 degrees, the average mean minimum temperature 15.4 degrees. The extreme low temperature recorded during November is the minus 25 degrees recorded Nov. 29, 1952.


Community plan draws commissioner criticism

By John M. Motter

A draft community plan put together after more than a year of effort was reviewed Oct. 26 at a joint meeting of Archuleta County commissioners and Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission board members.

It had been anticipated that after review, the planning commission could adopt the plan and forward it to the county commissioners for further review.

Because the plan received heavy criticism from Commissioner Gene Crabtree and Commissioner Ken Fox, the planning commission decided to review the plan extensively before taking action. (Commissioner William Downey did not attend the Oct. 26 meeting.)

"This shows a great amount of effort and work," Fox said. "There are some things from the airport that should be included, according to the airport manager."

"On the whole, it's very good," Crabtree said. "There are just a few items I question based on my reading, letters I've received and phone calls. Individual rights seem to be hit the hardest. We're not Aspen or Vail. I hate to take away rights without compensation or consideration. I hate to be told what kind of farm building to put up, what kind of trees to plant, etc."

Crabtree objected to language limiting building along ridge lines, language about combining lots, language advocating conservation easements, language urging cluster development, language designed to limit strip commercial development along U.S. 160 and U.S. 84 and encouraging scenic corridors, and other language.

Fox's objections were more specific, relating to the ambiguity of things discussed, such as compensation for certain takings.

"Where are you going to get the money?" Fox asked.

The planning commission has the legal right to adopt the Community Plan by resolution, according to Mike Mollica, county growth and development manager. "Because a planning commission is an advisory board, it has few rights. Adopting a community plan is one of those rights," Mollica said.

A community plan is an advisory plan, not a set of laws, Mollica said. The actual laws carrying out the intent of the community plan must be enacted by the county commissioners. For that reason, and for others, the community plan should be approved by the commissioners as well as the planning commission.

Members of a steering committee appointed by the county commissioners to help gather public input and write the plan, defended the plan in concept.

"Before you decide against this plan based on the few people you've talked to," a steering committee member told the commissioners, "you should be reminded that a large number of people in the county attended a large number of meetings in order to provide input. This plan represents the desires and judgment of a good number of county residents."

Following the joint meeting between commissioners and planning commission members, the planning commission conducted an almost line-by-line review of the plan, a review which lasted until after midnight on Oct. 26.

Crabtree chastises county's planning staff over trees

By John M. Motter

Commissioner Gene Crabtree, chairman of the board of county commissioners, verbally chastised members of the Archuleta County Planning Department staff during Tuesday's regular meeting of county commissioners.

Crabtree's attack took place during discussion of a request by the owners of Hard Times Concrete that they be allowed to post a performance bond in lieu of planting trees in the event trees cannot be purchased before the upcoming winter shut down.

Kathy Weber, one of the owners of Hard Times Concrete, spoke on behalf of her business.

Hard Times Concrete has been granted a conditional-use permit allowing the Weber family to build a cement plant on property along U.S. 160 about 4 miles north of Pagosa Springs. One condition for approving the conditional-use permit was that Hard Times build an earthen berm between the plant and U.S. 160, and further, that Hard Times plant trees on top of the berm.

Hard Times is attempting to get the trees and may yet obtain them this year, according to Weber. At the same time, if Hard Times is unable to obtain the trees soon, trees will not be available again until next May.

"If we can't get the trees before winter, we are willing to post a performance bond with the county," Weber said.

She presented a price list of the trees being sought, setting the total purchase price at almost $20,000.

Commissioner Ken Fox made a motion that the Webers be allowed to post a performance bond amounting to the specific cost of trees presented by Weber.

From the audience, Mike Mollica, director of county planning, suggested the amendment be modified approving the concept of allowing the performance bond, but not pinning down the specific amount.

"We haven't seen those numbers," Mollica said. "We need to review them and write an improvements agreement specifying application of the performance bond."

"You don't need to do anything to slow down what the Webers are doing," Crabtree told Mollica. "The process they have been put through has already dragged on too long and you don't need to be adding anything else to slow them down," Crabtree said.

"We won't slow them down at all," Mollica said. "All you have to do is approve the performance bond in concept. They can still get their trees as soon as they can."

Kathy Ruth, director of county planning, pointed out that an improvements agreement is always required in connection with a performance bond. She also said that allowing the planning commission to write the improvements agreement and to recommend a performance bond in conjunction with the improvements agreement is the standard process used by the planning commission for years in similar situations.

Crabtree again assailed the planning staff for attempting to create unneeded delays.

The commissioners approved Hard Times Concrete's request with the specific $18,806 performance bond amount.


Rash of business burglaries investigated

By Karl Isberg

Law enforcement officers are investigating burglaries that occurred at four local businesses during the past week.

A break-in and burglary at the Pagosa Veterinary Clinic reported on Oct. 26 is being investigated by the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department.

The clinic, located on Cemetery Road just north of the Pagosa Springs town boundary, was entered through a side door, presumably sometime late on the night of Oct. 25 or in the early morning hours of Oct. 26. Phone lines outside the building were damaged and a cash drawer containing more than $500 cash and more than $1,200 in checks was stolen.

Pagosa Springs police officers responded to an Oct. 28 report indicated two businesses in the Mountain View Plaza building at the top of Put Hill had been visited by burglars. A cash register with undetermined contents was stolen from Angela's Flower Shoppe and cash, jewelry, a CD player and numerous CDs were stolen from Felicity's salon.

On Oct. 31, yet another burglary was reported to Pagosa Springs officers, this one at an office in a building located on the southeast corner of the intersection of 2nd and Pagosa streets. A cash register, keys to offices in the building and two credit cards are among the items missing from the office.

According to Pagosa Springs Police Chief Don Volger, a cash register was found Oct. 31 under the bridge across the San Juan River at 1st Street. The chief said Wednesday the register had not yet been linked to any of the recent break-ins.

"We think these burglaries are taking place late at night," said Volger. "We appreciate receiving information from anyone who has observed suspicious activities during late night or early morning hours." Volger said his office can be reached at 264-4151 during regular business hours.


Wolf Creek Ski Area again has most snow

By Karl Isberg

This year, it's a fact.

As per its slogan, as of this week, Wolf Creek Ski Area has "the most snow in Colorado."

Not only does Wolf Creek have the most snow, it has the most natural snow, and it has more terrain open than other areas.

At last, it's back to normal.

Wolf Creek opened Oct. 28 and, according to an area spokesperson, there were as many as 700 skiers on the slopes that day.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, more than 1,000 skiers journeyed to the area to enjoy the snow.

Storms during the week have only made the situation better. As of Nov. 1, there were 53 inches of natural snow at the summit at Wolf Creek with a base of 40 inches midway. The area had received 12 inches of new snow within 48 hours and it was snowing at the time of the report.

On the same day, Wolf Creek had opened 70 percent of the terrain on the mountain. The Nova, Dickey, Bonanza and Treasure lifts were in operation. The Alberta chairlift was not running and only the Wolf Creek Lodge was scheduled to be open during the week.

Lifts at Wolf Creek are operating from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Democratic party

Dear David,

The Democratic party has always been under a big tent, with room for many different ideas. We advocate full and ardent debate on all kinds of issues. Our ranks include people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds; we are not an "exclusionary" party. However, if you profess to represent the Democratic party, you should understand its basic principles.

As the retiring chairperson of the Archuleta County Democratic party, I would like to apologize to any Democrat who has been alienated by J.B. Smith's campaign for county commissioner. While any citizen has the right to run for office, when he or she runs as the representative of a particular party, one would expect him or her to embrace the principles of that party. Unfortunately Mr. Smith apparently does not believe or adhere to the major principles advocated by the Democratic party. As a consequence, we have found it necessary to reject Mr. Smith as a representative of our party.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7, - every vote counts.


Mitch Appenzeller,

Retiring chairperson

Archuleta County Democratic Party and the Committee to Reorganize the Archuleta

County Democratic Party

 Need assistance

Dear Editor,

To those who read our letter (Oct. 19) regarding our dog Nicki being shot and killed by our neighbor Melissa O'Neal Lewis in Aspen Springs Unit 6, we are asking for your assistance in letting the district attorney's office know how our community feels. We have had an outpouring of concern from citizens of our community, and we are requesting that all who feel that this kind of neighborhood behavior should be condemned please call the district attorney's office at 247-8850 or 264-5838. We want the DA's office to hear this community's cries of injustice - not just ours.

Nicki was just standing there - not barking, not growling, not running. There was no warning shot - just shoot to kill. The law allows for the protection of livestock. Not the random assassination of neighborhood dogs. This is an abuse of the intent of this law.

We are convinced that our neighbor in Unit 6 is not the only neighbor in our community who behaves in this way. Do you want this to continue as accepted practice? Please help us stop this barbaric behavior. Call the DA's office now.

Thank you,

Lisa and Allan Boelter

Gift from God

Dear David,

I am writing on behalf of the people of Our Savior Lutheran Church to commend the full-page ad placed by our brothers and sisters in Christ at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, in last week's issue of the Pagosa SUN. In the strongest possible way we wish to commend the strong message they have given to our community in support of the sacredness of life. We join our voice with theirs to issue a call to conscience to all citizens of Archuleta County to consider the following:

1. That life is a sacred gift from God, who alone is the author of all life. Life does not happen by coincidence or accident, it is the creative act of God himself.

2. That, according to the Scriptures, at the moment of conception an immortal soul is created which has an eternal destiny.

3. That such pre-born life is essentially and uniquely human and cannot be considered merely a blob of tissue. Such children have human arms, human legs, a human heart and frequently sucks his/her thumb, even at the age of 12 weeks. (This is the time most abortions are performed.)

4. That abortion is not a matter of only a woman's body, because it is not her body that is being aborted.

5. That many women have life-long regrets over having had an abortion and frequently suffer post-abortion stress syndrome. Abortive women are the second victim of abortion.

6. And finally, that the Declaration of Independence indicates that, ". . . all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life . . ." Life is the most basic right of all. Roe vs. Wade was a 5-4 Supreme Court decision that was made in the face of massive evidence that what we are destroying in abortion is human life. Thirty million lives have been tragically lost.

Again, thank you, parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary, for your timely reminder that children are a gift from God.

Yours for life,

Rev. Richard A Bolland, Pastor

Our Savior Lutheran Church

Defeat amendment

Dear David,

It is 3 a.m. as I write this letter. This is the last chance I have to speak out publicly on Amendment 21, and what it will do to the library I love so dearly. The amendment is called a "tax cut." In reality, it should be called a "service cut." It will close down a majority of special districts in the state.

Our library is supported by property tax. Voters overwhelmingly agreed to let us keep and spend our tiny 1.5 mill levy in the last election. For the first time in years we have a big enough budget that we added more hours and bought more books. We've had wonderful programs for the children. We've offered free use of the Internet, and Inter-library Loans. Once again, this is all in jeopardy.

More than 16,000 pieces of property pay a small tax to the library - most pay under $25 a year. If this amendment passes, less than 250 properties will pay any tax to the library. Our library cannot continue to function with this dramatic loss of funds.

It has been a bittersweet, anxious week. How strange to run the gamut of emotions from admiring all of the Halloween masks entered in our contest; to hearing joyful Mary reading to the little ones at story time; to seeing the excitement over the Civic Club Raffle items on display, to the awe of receiving an interlibrary loan request from Singapore - and then, to wonder if a few days from now, we'll find out the library will have to close.

It is budget time, and I'm preparing two. Budgets are never fun - but this time it is most depressing. I've had to tell my wonderful staff there is a chance they won't have a job next year. I hate this. I hate the fact that I have little control over the outcome. All I can do is vote and wait.

I want to thank Dahrl Henley, the Civic Club and the Friends of the Library for their work trying to educate voters about Amendment 21. I thank all of you who have worked to defeat this amendment. I trust our library will still be open come January.


Lenore Bright

Visualize future

Dear Editor,

It came as no surprise to see the full page ad for the purpose of scaring people away from Amendment 24, the controlled growth amendment, paid for by the local realtors association. Greed apparently makes people very short-sighted. If the realtors have their way, in time, the mountain vistas that bring them huge commissions will be obscured by filthy air just as they are on the Front Range.

The people behind Amendment 24 are not extremists as portrayed, they are people just like you and I who enjoy hearing birds sing, viewing wildlife near their homes, and purple mountains majesty.

Amendment 24 may not be a perfect fit, but few laws are. Amendment 24 is a direct result of the loss of our rural values to excessively profit-hungry developers who are reducing Colorado citizens' quality of life by 100s if not 1000s of acres a day. And the reason for an amendment to the Constitution at all is because, after years of citizen pressure, our state legislature has done virtually nothing but kowtow to lobbying from well-funded economic powerhouses such as our friends the realtors.

In Archuleta County, who in their right mind believes that if controls are placed on sprawl we will all go down the tubes? With all of our already platted subdivisions that are far from being completely built out, there will be no shortage of work for the construction industry for many years to come. Some towns require developers to pay for open space for people, wildlife corridors on private land, bike and pedestrian paths and parks. When I sold my house in Boulder the controls on growth and the resultant desirability of my neighborhood didn't hurt my pocketbook a bit, as the realtors would have you believe from the text of their ad. In fact, it was so easy to sell a house there that I could forego the expense of listing it with a realtor at all, so maybe that's what they are worried about in Pagosa.

If you read Amendment 24 carefully you will see that it firmly supports clustered subdivisions, already approved by the legislature several years ago. Clustered rural subdivisions basically means take 500 acres, divide it by 35 acres and you get 14. Then the planning commission allows the developer to build 15 homes clustered on say 100 acres and the 400 remaining acres is available for all to roam and enjoy, for agricultural activities and most importantly, for Colorado's wild residents who haven't as of yet figured out which precinct they should register in.

When all of our currently platted subdivisions are full, Archuleta County is going to be a vastly different place than it is now. Try to visualize the traffic congestion from Alpine Lakes Ranch to Timber Ridge to Lake Hatcher. Toss in the 5,000 lodgings proposed for Wolf Creek Pass and the luxury elite Piano Creek Ranch 7 miles up the rugged East Fork. Archuletans, visualize your future or take a stand.

Emily Deitz

Only one vote

Dear David,

I am disabled with a rare nerve disease and three years ago I became a victim of the only laboratory company that supplies the ingredients of one of the medicines I take. They cornered the market on the key ingredients and raised the price of the medicine by 3,218 percent.

When I found out that 32 states were suing the company, I wanted to get details and made several phone calls and wrote letters only to get the runaround or no answers at all.

I finally wrote to Rep. Mark Larson. He called me the very next day and said he would have the attorney general's office call me with details. I received that call right away and Mr. Larson called me again the following day to make sure the attorney general's office had called.

I thanked him for his promptness since I was having trouble getting information from others. His attitude was, "There's no use holding the job if you don't do it right."

I regret that I have only one vote.

Gayle Dornbusch

The way we care

Dear Editor,

One of the most outstanding features of this community is the way we care and look out for each other. I think we find more security in the comfort of our neighbors than anywhere else.

Very recently, Susan and Chris Garcia have had to come to terms with Susan's lung cancer, an illness that will determine the course of both lives for all the months and years to come.

It must be important for anyone to successfully plan and be able to provide for all of the medical, travel, and incidental costs that must be met. I would like to let everyone know that an account called the Susan Garcia Medical Account has been set up for Chris and Susan Garcia at Wells Fargo Bank. Any contributions will be received with deepest appreciation.

Very Cordially,

Lyn and Ralph Frank


Dear David,

Pagosaopoly has arrived, the one and only game of Pagosa with local business's and historical sites on the game board. The game is a must see for everyone that loves our area and/or lives in our area. Pictures of Pagosa, then and now. The hot springs, balloons, brands, summer and winter photo and much more.

This game was prepared by the Friends of Archuleta County History and proceeds will be donated to organizations who work with historical preservation of the area.

Judy James

Vote yes on 24

Dear Editor,

The real "conundrum" - see Gary Hopkins letter last week (Oct. 26) - is not whether the present county commissioners will adopt the proposed Vision Committee/citizen plan for planned growth in Archuleta County; but rather, why haven't they used the ones already in existence? Presently they have the county master plan and the conditional-use permit which they refuse to use to stop chaos in the present uncontrolled growth. They use every loophole in the existing plans to approve just about anything as witnessed by the 3-0 vote on the concrete batch plant approval.

I attended some of the "Vision" meetings and didn't see anything in them that we don't already have in the present plans that are ignored. Over and over the citizens at the meetings I attended asked for zoning because they knew any new guidelines will also be ignored by the good old boys. But this too was ignored for the watered-down version presented to the county commissioners by our planning department.

Do you really believe the good old boys will pay any more attention to these watered down guidelines than they do to the county master plan? Amendment 24 will make them do it right. Don't let the interested parties scare you with all their money and ads. Vote yes on Number 24 if you want planned growth in Archuleta County.

Jim Knoll

Man's best friend

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to two recent letters that strike me as rather disturbing.

First my deepest sympathy goes out to the Boelter couple who recently have had their beloved family member shot dead simply because of the fact that a dog doesn't know what a property line is. I strongly agree with every aspect of their letter. The laws need to be looked at and possibly changed, which comes from the citizens of our community.

True there are packs of dogs which cause trouble but this was not the case. We like living in the country but unless you buy many lots together out at Aspen Springs for yourself, the truth is we live on 1- to 1 1/2-acre lots, where guns should not threaten your neighbors.

Many subdivisions have even smaller sized lots. Even the best shot would have to admit that bullets ricochet and people are threatened even on their own property. And yes, I said people not just a dog.

As many pet lovers would agree, many dogs are high dollar and become as a child to a family. Now in response to Mr. R. Alexander's letter. Would you shoot a small child when they cry for whatever the reason may be? Of course not. Or maybe a child chases a ball across someone's property line, do you shoot to scare? I hope not. Now if your livestock goes over the property line not knowing, do we shoot a cow or horse? Of course not. You know darn well someone would be prosecuted for cruelty to that animal. Why not prosecute for cruelty to a domestic dog - a family member? And keep in mind I'm not saying stray dogs or dog packs.

From experience, why not yell or throw an item to scare away a dog, it has always worked for me. Having livestock myself, we don't really need to shoot a gun, Colorado or not. People move to the country to attempt to live a humble lifestyle but I sense that Mr. R. Alexander and others need to humble themselves more as they seem to have negative opinions printed in the paper all too often. If enough concerned citizens pull together to voice their concern we can end these acts of murder to man's best friend. Please contact your local sheriff's department and district attorney's office.

Chris LeLievre

Serious document

Dear David,

As Election Day approaches, it is time to reflect on where our county commissioners stand on their vision for development in this county.

The people who worked on the community development plan devoted a great deal of time and effort to present a plan that reflects the desires of the people of Archuleta County. After the commissioners' votes to approve a concrete batch plant in a scenic, residential area of U.S. 160, it is obvious they do not regard the development plan as a serious document. Also, they do not consider the conditional use permit as a document to protect residents.

Folks worried about jobs for people in the county should consider the effect that turning Pagosa Springs into another Aspen Springs will "kill the goose that lays the golden egg." Most of the jobs that use concrete are those created by newcomers who build houses in the county. Newcomers, and/or developers will not buy property and build new houses next to things like concrete batch plants.

The only solution to enacting the principles contained in the development plan will be to elect commissioners that believe in the plan and if necessary, recall those who don't.

Donald and Barbara Palmer

We must choose

Dear Editor,

In response to "An Open Letter to My Community" (a paid political advertisement supporting Richard Jaye) in the Oct. 26 edition of The Pagosa Springs SUN, I am responding in hopes that this letter is printed for my community to read and contemplate. Further, I would also add I am in full support of the points outlined in this letter.

Let me begin with clarifying I do not know of this candidate with the exception of having, perhaps as other fellow community members, read of this and other printings to which this individual speaks of with honesty and boldness in addressing a deeply entrenched and grossly denied perception that tends to permeate the "laws" pertaining to the full protection under the law for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Archuleta County. This letter comes as an invitation to the community to rise up and awake from the lethargic and sleepy-eyed perspective regarding these issues of not only rightful and fair restitution for crimes committed against the citizens to which must be protected and respected, yet also treated with a restorative justice approach to which I am an author and pastor to those in need of services that are integral to the safe and humane approach to address crimes to which there are indeed solutions. However, if we as a community continue to pretend justice and restoration are being enforced, perhaps you could ask of yourself, "If I ignore a wound that is in need of professional care and I refuse to address it, will it heal if I just continue to ignore the wound that perhaps could lead to affecting the entire system?"

We must choose to become willing to act in our God-given power and stop that which is harmful to our loved ones and neighbors and allow our God-given conscience to guide us in voting for an individual that will with all dignity and honor restore our system of justice to a functional and productive process and begin the practice of openly addressing the crimes in need of professional and skilled attention that is based in a foundation of a corrective method and will enhance the community on the whole and reduce the "cause" with a remedy that will restore justice to its rightful and purposeful position once again in Archuleta County. In closing, I would add if I were to begin to speak of any one encounter to which the Lord has entrusted me to be honored to address from the women and children of Archuleta County whose voices went unheard and continue to go unheard, Hollywood may ask to produce an all-time box office million dollar seller, after all, doesn't sexual violence and corruption draw in those who choose to waste their valuable God-given life on it? Selah.

In Christ,

Rev. A. G. Pascotto, Citizen

Sees character

Dear Editor,

My first thought after reading J.B. Smith's ad (Oct. 26) was that it was just another politically malicious advertisement. Then I realized he must be a decent man who is a character person. He just likes mysteries-parables if you will. Consequently he ran an ad full of hidden meaning. I had the answer.

A "chain" is symbolic of strength, steel, pulling power, holding all the parts together.

"Smoking", as everyone knows, means getting things done.

"Old" is indicative of experience; wisdom.

"Older than Sin?" Isn't that before sin? Before sin came creativity, compassion, knowledge, order was brought out of chaos and confusion. Could it be he's comparing his opponent to ??? No it couldn't be. Or is he? Apparently J.B. sees the character strengths in his opponent and is going to vote for him.

Gerald Rayburn

Deal with reality

Dear Editor,

After the election we are going to have to start thinking about reality.

We are going to have to think about the economic structures and choices that have caused our economic problems.

What type of investment is it going to take to keep the economy going and to include the people left behind.

In a free market structure why can't people buy their own medicine? If the economy is as good as we are told, why can't people afford their own medicine?

In a free market structure how are we going to produce more with less?

What type of technological changes are we going to have to make to produce more food, housing, etc. at a cheaper price. We are going to have to deal with reality and not political promises.

Don Reid


Laura Jane Brown

Services were scheduled at 10 a.m. today in St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Durango for Mrs. Laura Jane Brown who returned to her heavenly home on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. Burial was to follow in Greenmount Cemetery.

Laura Jane Richards Brown was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Bill and Esther Richards on the family ranch northwest of Bayfield. The fourth of seven children, she was preceded in death by her parents, older brother, John and two sisters, Ruth Nichols and Rosemary O'Brien, and by granddaughter Jori Linn.

She was married to Roy Brown on July 20, 1947, and the union lasted over 53 years. On May 2, 1949, Roy and Laura were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Linda Sue. The name was very appropriated as it means "beautiful." Mrs. Brown's world revolved around Roy and Linda until Aug. 31, 1980, when Granny's delight, grandson Brandon was born. On May 13, 1984, more joy was spread with the birth of granddaughter Jori Linn.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Order of Easter Star and also the Rebecca Lodge. She and her husband came from very simple beginnings, maintained a true belief in God, and enjoyed the good times as well as the hard times. Her love for her husband and their family stayed strong. She would have been an excellent outdoorswoman, if she could only have her feather bed, with which her friend Dolly Dillinger readily agreed. However, her husband and John Dillinger voiced loud reservations.

Mrs. Brown will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, granny, sister and friend. She was a wonderful cook, and caretaker for her family. She has left a legacy for all those who knew her, memories all shall cherish.

She leaves behind her loving husband; daughter, Linda Sue; grandson, Brandon; sisters Esther "Ted" Orr of Pagosa Springs, Eileen "Deanie" Hammond of Thermopolis, Wyo.; brother, Tom Richards of Pagosa Springs; two great-grandchildren, Lacee and Nichole; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 Mary Frances Cloman

Funeral services for Mary Frances Cloman were held at Community United Methodist Church Saturday morning.

Mrs. Cloman was born in Lacosa, Texas, on Sept. 10, 1928. She died at Mercy Medical Center in Durango on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000.

Though born in Lacosa, Mrs. Cloman always called Ranger, Texas, home. After marrying Jim Cloman in Carlsbad, N.M., on March 10, 1951, the couple moved to Colorado that year. She had met her future husband while working for his father in "Doc" Cloman's pharmacy. Jim had brought his sheep to New Mexico to winter, and Mary once said, "He was a pretty good looking guy once he got the trail dust off him." Shortly after, they were married and moved to Colorado.

Raised in Texas, the youngest child of George Austin and Winnie Pearl Newnham Guess, Mary grew up with three older brothers, Bill Guess of Ranger, Bud Guess of Levelland, Texas, and Tom Guess who is deceased. As her brother Bud often said, "Our Sissy has been amazing us her whole life. When she was only 3 years old we loved to watch her sing and play the piano." She was always a Texas girl. Her brother Bud remembers that "when Jim took her to Colorado she told him 'you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take the Texas out of the girl,' " and her contention proved to be accurate.

In Colorado, Mrs. Cloman was a true rancher's wife. She handled the home front, fed the hay crews, cared for two daughters, and raised chickens and turkeys. She often told stories of her first winter in O'Neal Park where her husband had started the ranch. "The snow was up to the eaves, you couldn't see out the windows, and there was barely a tunnel coming out the front door," she would always begin. "My brothers came to visit and thought I had lost my mind to want to stay with this fellow in these conditions." Despite the conditions, the Cloman Ranch survived and thrived.

Mrs. Cloman has been a fixture in the Pagosa community for over 50 years. She was a member of every club or organization possible. From her involvement in the PTA to the Archuleta County Fair Board to the Community United Methodist Church's staff-pastor relations committee and Sunday school teacher, she contributed to the vibrancy and close continuity of Pagosa Springs. Some of her fondest memories came from the years she spent as a local Head Start teacher. She was a consummate volunteer and contributor. Her politics were strictly Democrat. She served for many years on the party's local central committee. She lived her Democrat ideals. She believed "if you have talents or treasures, it's your responsibility to share them."

She made no secret that her favorite color was purple, her favorite movie star was Liz Taylor and her favorite car was a purple Volkswagen bug she called "my Volks." She loved shoes and style, and brought elegance and class to everything she attended because she wasn't afraid to show it. She didn't believe much in casual and could be counted on to elevate the dress code of every social event.

Mrs. Cloman was a successful businesswoman as well. She ran the women's clothing store The Smart Shop for 15 years. She and Rose Facker were fixtures on Main Street all those years. While it was a business establishment that always had great clothes and a perfect aroma, it was also a place where Mary doled out fashion advice, or personal advice. Her many friends went for wisdom, support, and unconditional love. When applicable, she administered "tough love."

Mrs. Cloman's greatest pleasure in life involved her late husband and her family as she simply loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Her surviving family includes her daughters, Carroll Ann "Cammie" Cloman of Boulder and Livia Cloman Lynch of Pagosa Springs; her grandchildren, Jessica and Mesa Lynch of Pagosa Springs, and Cody Cloman-Moran of Boulder; and her son-in-laws Mike Moran of Boulder and Bob Lynch of Pagosa Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church of Pagosa Springs or to the Pagosa Springs Community Center building fund.

Joseph Kuri

Retired Paramount Studio property master Joseph Kuri of Pagosa Springs passed away Oct. 29, 2000, at the Paloma Blanca Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.

Mr. Kuri, 88, was born in Chilpancingo, Mexico, April 12, 1912, to Lebanese parents who had migrated to Mexico in 1901. The Kuri family left troubled Mexico for California in 1923.

While with Paramount Studio, Mr. Kuri worked on many movies including the "Smokey and the Bandit" films with Burt Reynolds and "Jinxed" with Bette Midler prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Mrs. Yvonne Kuri of Pagosa Springs; his son, Richard Kuri, of Newport Beach, Calif.; his brother, Al Kuri of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.; his stepdaughter, Nancy Astamendi of San Diego, Calif.; four stepsons, Van Vaughn of Arlington, Texas, Dan Vaughn of Grand Prairie, Texas, Alan Spry of Friday Harbor, Wash., Bob Spry of Palm Springs, Calif.; two grandchildren, R.J. Kuri of Yorba Linda, Calif. and Stephanie Carpenter of Bark River, Mich.; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Mr. Kuri's many friends are being asked to please join the family for a "Celebration of Joseph's Life" at the family home at 145 Feather Court from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 11. In lieu of flowers, because of Joseph's love of golf, the family is requesting donations be made to the Pagosa Springs High School golf team.



Chaunta Hash of Pagosa Springs and John Hash of Oklahoma City, Okla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Hash to Michael Vincent. Both reside in Gunnison. The couple will exchange wedding vows at the First Baptist Church in Gunnison at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2000.

 Victoria Landon

Victoria Landon, a Pagosa Springs resident and wife of Leo Landon, competed in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

On Oct. 16, 2000, Victoria won a gold medal in The Mountain Bike Hill Climb of 1.8 miles with a time of 13 minutes, 48 seconds.

Matthew Miller

Cadet Matthew Dale Miller, son of Russell and Mary Voorhis of Pagosa Springs has completed "New Boy" training and has earned his "Old Boy" status rank of Private Second Class at St. John's Military School, Salina, Kan.

Cadet Miller, in his first year at St. John's, was welcomed into the 113th Corps of Cadets at the school.

 Keith Reese

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Keith O. Reese, a 1972 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, recently retired from active duty after 28 years of service. Reese was most recently assigned to Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 8, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ronald Davidson

Navy Chief Petty Officer Ronald R. Davidson, son of Nancy and Audie Davidson of Pagosa Springs, recently received his second Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal while assigned to Afloat Training Group, Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A 1987 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, Davidson joined the Navy in August of that year.

The citation for his commendation said that while serving as a damage control instructor, "Davidson directly contributed to increased damage control readiness for Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters assigned to the middle Pacific. He personally planned and executed training which increased sailors' ability to respond to potentially dangerous situations. Additionally, his improvements to training programs and philosophies greatly increased effectiveness throughout the Pearl Harbor waterfront."


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Boys 7th at state; Volger 11th for girls

By Karl Isberg

When the 2000 cross country season began, the prognosis for the Pirates was ambiguous at best.

It was difficult to predict how the boys' team would fare during the season: there were two senior runners, a junior shaking off the effects of a serious leg injury, and a promising sophomore on the team. The identity of a solid fifth runner had yet to be established and through the first few meets on the schedule, it seemed as if a lowered threshold of expectations might be warranted.

Then, as mid-season approached, the Pirates' fortunes began to change - individual runners started to make significant improvements, most of the runners stayed healthy, the team's pack time tightened, and suddenly there was a brighter light beyond the horizon line.

Pirate runners saved their best efforts for the Oct. 28 Colorado Class 3A State Championship meet, put together one of their best pack times of the year, and finished seventh in the state among 3A teams.

Todd Mees led the way for the Pirates, completing the 3.1- mile course at the Kent Denver campus in Denver in 18 minutes, one second. The sophomore's time put him in 26th place in the 160-runner field.

Right behind Mees was senior Travis Laverty, a mainstay for the Pirates during his career with the program. Laverty crossed the finish line at Kent Denver at 18:09 placing 29th among all 3A runners.

Junior Trevor Peterson was the third Pirate across the finish line, posting a time of 19:31, in 120th place.

Patrick Riley closed out his high school cross country career in 129th place, with a time of 19:39. Riley's finish time set the 1:30 pack time that gave the Pirates seventh place in the state.

Sophomore Nick Hall hit a time of 20:02, good for 148th place in the field.

The Colorado 3A team championship was won by Denver Christian High School, with 28 points. Pagosa's score of 161 points put the Pirates ahead of Intermountain league rival Monte Vista (172) - a squad that defeated the Pirates at IML and regional meets.

"Not a lot of people expected much of the guys this year," said first-year coach Scott Anderson, "but they worked hard and came together as the season went on. They qualified fourth at the regional meet and I did some fuzzy math with the guys and showed them how, with a little more effort, with each man doing his best, they could have won the region."

The Pirates had some additional motivation in the form of a state meet preview in one of the Denver daily newspapers. "The Denver paper put Monte Vista in the article as a team to watch," said Anderson. "Our guys believed what I told them and they went out at the state meet and beat everybody from our region, and beat every 3A team that beat us earlier in the year. I was very happy with the seventh-place finish."

Anderson had praise for each of his runners.

"Todd and Travis were out front for us," said the coach. "This was Todd's first state meet and the pressure didn't get to him. I expected him to place in the top 30, and he did it. This was the last race here for Travis and he came through for us, getting a place among the top 30 runners."

Anderson said that Peterson made a drastic improvement between regionals and the state meet. "Trevor didn't have a good race at regionals, but he had a very good run at Denver."

Riley finished his Pirate career with what Anderson called "a solid effort for us. He dealt with injury that hampered his running and worked hard all year. And Nick Hall, stepped it up as our fifth runner. The guys each made an effort to pull things together."

Two members of the Lady Pirates' team ran the course at Kent Denver. Junior Aubrey Volger placed 11th with a time of 20:50. Senior Amber Mesker ran her last race as a Lady Pirate, taking 42nd in the field of 146 runners with a time of 22:24.

Of Volger's performance, Anderson said "Anytime you end up in the top 20 at this meet, you've got to be happy. Finishing 11th was an accomplishment. I know she had higher expectations, and she has another year to realize them."

The coach said Mesker, who missed two meets this season in an attempt to avoid the injuries that have plagued her career, "was happy with what she did. She had a good high school career. She was pretty much injury-free this year; she made the effort and she got to the state meet."

With his first year as head coach complete, Anderson said he is "very happy with the time everyone put in, how hard they worked. We had a lot of fun. I look forward to next year. We have a lot of promising athletes coming back next year. We've learned a lot this season and next year should be better yet."


Gymnasts bring home fourth-place trophy

Pagosa Springs Gymnastics' teams flipped and tricked their way through their second competition of the season at the Halloween Invitational in Grand Junction Saturday and Sunday.

Coach Jennifer Martin said the Level 4 gymnasts did an outstanding job in their second actual experience in judged competition. Stacy Dominquez, Sienna Stretton, Kelsi Lucero and Re'Ahna Ray were able to "do an outstanding job at this first competitive level." Domin- quez and Stretton both did their front handspring vaults for the first time. Lucero and Dominquez both performed on bars by themselves and Ray overcame her fear and did her back handspring on floor by herself. Martin said these are all great accomplishments for these young ladies.

Pagosa's Level 5 contingent qualified two more gymnasts for the sectional championships. Loren Rodriguez and Olivia Chavez made the required score of 32.00 cumulative points in the all-around competition and will join Jacey Sirios (who qualified at the first meet) in the sectional competition in December. All the Level 5's showed much improvement over their first meet their coach said.

Pagosa's Level 6 gymnasts managed to bring home another trophy even though they did not have their best competition. Hillary Wienpahl brought home a seventh place in the all around, as well as receiving a medal on all of the individual events included in the all-around scoring. Erin Sims brought home a ninth place in the all around and placed seventh in both the vault and balance beam judging. Shelby Stretton placed 10th in the all around and also received an eighth-place medal in both the vault and floor exercise competition. Coach Martin said, "We are all very proud of Raesha Ray who did her aerial cartwheel on floor for the first time ever in competition."

The three Pagosa groups combined to bring home a fourth-place team trophy out of the eight teams from western Colorado and Denver that competed in Grand Junction.


Pirates last-second score dumps Monte

By John M. Motter

Pagosa Springs' Pirates snatched victory from apparent defeat by scoring a touchdown with two seconds left on the clock and an extra point after the final gun sounded securing a 14-13 victory over Monte Vista last Friday in Monte Vista.

The win gives Pagosa Springs the Intermountain League championship. As a reward, Pagosa hosts Florence in the first round of Class 2A state playoff action. Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday in Golden Peaks Stadium. The 8-1 Florence Huskies are the No. 2 team from the Pike's Peak League.

Pagosa owes its second consecutive IML championship to a gutsy "we will not be denied" attitude displayed by the entire team - offense, defense, and special teams.

Just minutes before the winning extra-point kick, a win over Monte Vista looked like the impossible dream. Trailing 13-7 in the final period, Pagosa's defenders stopped a Monte drive on the Pagosa 28-yard line to preserve the chance for a win.

It was Pagosa's turn with the ball. A Monte Vista penalty gave Pagosa first-and-5 on the 33-yard line. Then Clint Shaw burst 37 yards through the grasping Monte defense for a first down on the Monte 30-yard line. Pagosa's fans shouted encouragement. It looked like a Pagosa comeback was in the making.

Monte's defense stiffened. On fourth-and-eight with about eight minutes remaining in the game, Monte's Marco Tortorelli picked off Pagosa quarterback Ron Janowski's pass and raced up the left sideline toward the Pirates' end zone. Pagosa's Josh Richardson brought Tortorelli down on the Pagosa 30-yard line. Now Monte fans were jumping up and down while Pagosa fans buried their hands in their pockets.

When Monte wedged out a first down on the Pagosa 20-yard line, Pagosa fans gritted their teeth and hoped against hope. Four plays later, Monte's offense was still bogged down, now on Pagosa's 23-yard line. Last year's all-state kicker Bryan Wright stepped in to try a field goal. Wright's kick was wide.

Pagosa took over on the Monte 20, and in dire need of a touchdown. Only four minutes and 30 seconds remained in the game. There was still hope.

Pagosa hammered the determined Monte defense for 11 plays and more than four minutes as their fans shouted encouragement. Monte fans tried to hype up their defensive stalwarts. With 44 seconds remaining in the game, Shaw gave Pagosa a first down on the Monte 4-yard line. Pagosa still had a chance, but the clock was ticking down. An illegal procedure penalty on the next play moved Pagosa back near the 10-yard line. Pagosa fans groaned.

Two seconds remained on the clock. Everyone in the stadium was on their feet and shouting. Janowsky took the snap and moved to his right, looking, looking. Tyrel Ross stepped in front of a Monte defender and Janowsky threw a low, line drive in his direction. Ross scooped up the ball on the 5-yard-line and plunged toward the end zone dragging the desperate Monte defender. As Ross and the defender fell in the vicinity of the goal line the final gun sounded, the only sound in the stadium. Then an official lifted his arms into the air signaling touchdown. A roar broke out on the Pagosa side of the field. Monte fans sat in stunned silence. The score was 13-13.

The opposing lines dug in, Monte determined to block the kick and send the game into overtime, Pagosa equally determined to give Darin Lister time to boot the extra point for the win. The snap from center settled comfortably into the holder's hands and found its way to the ground, Lister stepped through his soccer-style motion, the ball sailed into the air above the outstretched arms of a Monte defender, straight and true through the goal posts.

Again the official's arms shot skyward. The kick was good, Pagosa won, the Intermountain League crown belonged to Pagosa for the second consecutive year. Pirate players, coaches, and fans danced around the field grabbing and slapping and hugging as dumbstruck Monte fans filed silently toward the exits.

The game was close throughout with both teams doing their best to secure an advantage. Pagosa's offense received the opening kickoff and quickly went four downs and out. Pagosa's defense returned the favor, holding Monte for downs on the Pirates' 19-yard line. Again the Monte defense held and Lister was forced to punt. His punt angled out of bounds on the Pagosa 35-yard line.

This time Monte took advantage of the field position by scoring in just five plays as Monte quarterback Ben Carlucci hit Jacob Jones on a slant-in pass on the right side. Wright kicked the extra point and Monte led 7-0 as the first quarter ended.

The Pirates responded to the Monte score by driving 65-yards on their next possession for a score of their own. Lister kicked the extra point and with 9:32 remaining in the half, the score was knotted 7-7.

Monte started on their own 29-yard line following Lister's kickoff and drove the ball up the field for another score. Then all-state kicker Wright made the mistake which cost Monte the game. He missed the try for the extra point. With 4:35 remaining in the half, Monte led 13-7, a margin that would stand up until Pagosa's last-second heroics. Each team had two more possessions before the first half ended, but neither scored, although Monte was on the Pagosa 19-yard line at the end of the half.

Neither team was able to score during the third period. Three times Pagosa threatened, reaching the Monte 21-, 29-, and 28-yard lines before being stopped. At the same time, Pagosa's defense slammed the door on the Monte offense.

"I don't think we played our best game," coach Myron Stretton said afterward. "The defense played well, but the offense continued to make mistakes. Backs ran into the wrong holes and blocked the wrong people. Those are the kinds of things we practice week after week. We should know better by now.

"I have to give the boys credit," Stretton continued, "because they never gave up, even when it looked bad."

Playoff foe features winning tradition

By John M. Motter

The Florence Huskies, Pagosa Pirates' opponent Saturday in the first round of the Colorado Class 2A football playoffs, is a worthy foe with a winning record over the past few years.

For much of the season, head coach Mark Buderus' charges were ranked by The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain news as No. 1 among Colorado 2A schools. Then the Huskies lost to Buena Vista in a confrontation which determined the Pike's Peak League championship. Going into Saturday's game, Florence is ranked fifth, Pagosa Springs ninth.

Buderus has been at the Husky helm for 15 years. Pagosa oldtimers will remember Buderus as coach at Norwood before his 15-year reign at Florence commenced. He has picked up more than 100 wins at the Arkansas Valley school, including 30 wins and three losses over the last three years.

Florence and Pagosa Springs both competed on the 3A level during the playoffs last year. Florence went undefeated last year until dropping a 32-28 thriller to Eaton in the quarterfinals of the state 3A playoffs. In the 3A playoffs last year, Pagosa lost to eventual 3A champions Fort Morgan in the first round.

During the season, the Huskies beat Monte Vista 32-19.

"The drop from 3A to 2A did not especially benefit us," said Melvin Smith, the Florence athletic director. "Last year we played in a weak 3A league. This year the 2A teams we are facing are as tough or tougher."

"We had a big let down against Buena Vista and it cost us," Smith said. "Our fullback was injured and we made some changes for the Buena Vista game, including moving the starting quarterback to another position and substituting a sophomore quarterback in his place. Our fullback returned for the Manitou Springs game and we were back to normal. We'll be at full strength for Pagosa Springs."

Husky strengths are the running attack and defense, according to Smith, although the passing game improved as the season progressed. The Florence rushing attack averaged 310 yards a game, third best in the state. Pagosa's running attack averaged 185 yards a game, the 15th best in the state. The Huskies averaged 32.3 points a game, compared to 25 points a game for Pagosa Springs.

Florence operates out of an I formation with a tight end and split receivers, according to Smith. The go-to guys on offense are quarterback Bubba Pfaff, fullback Ryan Trujillo, and tailback Nick Maez. The 175-pound Maez ranks No. 2 in the state in scoring, averaging 11.6 points a game, and No. 4 in rushing, averaging 148 yards a game. Pfaff averages over seven points and 79 yards a game.

Pagosa's leading rusher, Clint Shaw, averages 7.3 points and 81.4 yards a game.

Pirates coach Myron Stretton has seen two game films of the Huskies in action, the same number of films Pagosa sent Florence.

"Unfortunately, CHSAA only requires them to send films of the last two games," Stretton said. "They had injuries and made a lot of mistakes against Buena Vista and the Manitou Springs game was a blowout. As a result, we don't get a true readout of what their team can do."

"I can say this," Stretton said. "They are bigger than us and they are a good team. We'll have to play better than we've been playing to beat them."

Because of its loss to Buena Vista, Florence represents the Pike's Peak League as the second team. Buena Vista is the No. 1 team from the PPL this year. Pagosa Springs is the No. 1 team from the Intermountain League. Consequently, the Pirate's are the home team for this playoff game. The No. 2 team from the IML, Monte Vista, handed Buena Vista its lone loss of the season.

Four teams will vie for volleyball crown here

By Karl Isberg

Four volleyball teams compete Saturday in the Region A tournament at Pagosa Springs.

Two volleyball teams will extend their seasons one more week and make trips to the Colorado Class 3A tournament at Denver.

Two teams will end their seasons at the Pagosa Springs High School gym.

The Lady Pirates, 8-0 in Intermountain League play and 19-3 overall, earned the right to host the tournament by winning the District 1 title Oct. 28 at Monte Vista.

Pagosa will be joined at the round-robin regional tournament by four of the best Class 3A teams in the state and the action should be spectacular.

Pagosa is ranked as the top seed at the tournament.

C. S. Christian

Ranked second at the regional tourney is Colorado Springs Christian High School, 17-5 overall and 7-2 in league.

The Lions won the District 6 championship, upsetting then top-ranked Manitou Springs. Colorado Springs Christian finished the regular season in second place in the Tri-Peaks League, behind Manitou, and lost regular season games to Manitou, Lutheran, Mullen, Air Academy and Miami-Yoder.

At the District 6 tournament, the Lions defeated Manitou, Ellicott, St. Mary's and Fountain Valley.

Colorado Springs Christian ranks well among Class 3A teams on offense as the 11th best team in the state in kills with 9.5 per game and the top-rated team in ace serves with an average 3.7 aces per game.

One Lion player, Ann Geddie, ranks in the top 20 among Class 3A hitters and setter Jackie Schardt is among the top 20 Class 3A setters. Chelsea Hurley leads the way on defense with 23 solo blocks.

The regional clash between Pagosa and Colorado Springs Christian will be the first time the teams have met.

Middle Park

Middle Park High School, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Lady Pirates.

The two programs first clashed at the 1994 regional tournament at Pagosa Springs. The Lady Pirates won the match.

Last year, Middle Park got its revenge, defeating the Ladies at the regional tourney at Manitou Springs 7-15, 15-7, 15-9.

This year's Panthers had a rough schedule, finishing their regular season 6-4 in the Metropolitan League and 16-7 overall. The Panthers saved their best for the District 7 tournament, however, taking second place behind perennial power Faith Christian.

Middle Park lost regular season matches to Faith Christian, Denver Christian, Steamboat Springs, Kent Denver, Eagle Valley and Colorado Academy. The Panthers beat Lutheran, Clear Creek, Denver Christian and Kent Denver at the district competition and lost the District 7 title match to Faith Christian.

The Panthers arrive at the regional tournament as the second-ranked offense in Class 3A, averaging 11.4 kills per game with 521 kills for the season to date. Liz Bishop, a 5-foot-9 hitter, is ranked in the top 20 Class 3A hitters. Setter Erin Cherrington, a 5-foot-4 sophomore is among the top 10 Clas 3A setters and has a surprising 22 solo blocks. LeAnne Matthew, a 6-four hitter, has 30 solo blocks, and 5-10 junior Alicia Trail is not far behind with 24 solo blocks this year.

Middle Park stats reveal a solid defensive team. The Panthers are ranked fifth in Class 3A with 15.1 digs per game.


The Roosevelt Roughriders were at the 1994 regional tournament at Pagosa and, like Middle Park, suffered a loss to the Lady Pirates. Now, the team is back for another try.

Roosevelt posted a 7-2 record in the Longs Peak league and had a 12-9 overall record following district play. The Roughriders lost regular season games to 5A Arapahoe and Rampart and also lost to Faith Christian during the regular season. At the District 2 tournament, the Rough- riders beat Lyons and Erie and lost matches to Weld Central and Burlington to finish in third place.

The Roughriders have one of the better back-court defenses in Class 3A; the team is ranked first with 22.1 digs per game. The Roughriders are also first among Class 3A teams in blocks, with 9.6 per game. Roosevelt also ranks third in 3A on offense with a 10.6 kills per game average.

Three Roosevelt hitters - Laura Shores, Nicole Daly and Janelle Wadas - are among the top 20 hitters in the state. The three rank among the top 3A defensive players with Shores logging 75 solo blocks during the season. Setter Heather Judson is among the top 20 at her position.

Lady Pirates

How does Pagosa stack up against Saturday's opponents?

Quite well. Though statistics are a weak indicator of a team's or a player's abilities, they do provide information to the casual viewer. And the stats indicate the Lady Pirates will make for good company when the action begins Saturday morning.

The Ladies are ranked as the top offense in Class 3A, with 550 total kills and an 11.2 kill per game average. Tiffanie Hamilton, Ashley Gronewoller and Nicole Buckley are among the top 20 Class 3A hitters. Katie Lancing is ranked high among the state's top 10 setters.

Pagosa is ranked sixth in the state in blocking, with 4.1 blocks per game; sixth in digs, averaging 13.3 digs per game; and ninth in aces, serving up 2.3 per game.

The Lady Pirates are riding an eight-game winning streak going into regional competition.

"We have a small advantage this weekend," said Lady Pirates coach Penné Hamilton, "in that we get to play on our home court. We've traveled many times to regional and state tournaments, and we know what it's like."

One of the big keys to Lady Pirates' success Saturday, said coach Hamilton, is defense at the net. "Our blocking has to be in place," said the coach. On the offensive side of the game, said coach Hamilton, "we need to run a quick offense and our serving has to be consistent. We need to control the game, control what happens."

Colorado Springs Christian and Middle Park meet in the first match of the day, at 8 a.m.

The Lady Pirates take on Roosevelt at approximately 9:15 a.m. The tournament ends with the Lady Pirates taking the court against Colorado Springs Christian at approximately 2:15 p.m. (The schedule of the tournament's other games appear on page 1 of section 1.)

By mid-afternoon, one team will be crowned regional champion. It and the tournament runnerup will look ahead to one more week of competition.


Playoff loss hurts but future looks bright

By Richard Walter

Participation in high school sports is part of the learning experience, but some lessons come hard.

Pagosa Springs High School's soccer team learned a number of things in the first round of the state playoffs Saturday:

First, they proved they could play evenly with one of the topped ranked teams in the state when performing at full strength.

Second, you can't win in state-level competition if you can't get the ball out of midfield.

Third, Denver Christian probably deserved its No. 2 seeding in the final 16 and Pagosa just might have deserved a slightly higher ranking, based on whole-game defensive play, excluding the first five minutes of the second half.

Fourth, losing 6-0 to the state's second ranked 3A team is no disgrace for a team which went into the competition knowing their league champion, Center, had lost 10-1 the night before to Kent Denver, and that their showing would tell how well the fledgling Intermountain League stacks up against the experienced front range teams.

Fifth, goal keeper Matt Mesker ranks right with the best, despite what one might conclude on the basis of score alone. He was peppered with 25 shots Saturday and made saves, many spectacular, on 19 of them. And, three Denver Christian goals were blasts he had his hands on but could not stop.

Sixth, you can't score if you don't shoot. The Pirates managed just four shots against Denver Christian, only one in the second half.

Seventh, a loss is hard to take, no matter when or where.

Finally, this is a group of mostly now-seasoned underclassmen already setting their sights on a return to the playoffs next year.

As noted in lesson No. 1, the Pirates played a sparkling defensive first half, down just 1-0 at the end of the period despite being outshot 13-3. Mesker had 11 saves in the period.

For almost five minutes, on a windy, overcast day, the teams played on even terms with the first shot on goal, a drive by Denver Christian's Tory Jackson, going wide left at the 4:53 mark. At 8:50, Mesker was tested for the first time, making a superb stop on DC's Ryan Huizingh.

With the Crusaders keeping the ball in the attack zone after the save, Pagosa's defense was drawn to the right side where Jake Elrod attacked. He dropped a center lead to Jason Whitlow and Mesker had his hands on the shot before it trickled behind him for what would prove to be the only goal of the half.

Both teams lost a player to injury during the half. DC's Andy Draayer with an apparent broken arm at the 16-minute mark after he was taken out of an attack by Pagosa's Reuben Coray and landed on the arm. Pagosa lost defensive midfielder and attack coordinator Jordan Kurt-Mason to a broken fibula and possible ligament damage with just 1:18 left in the half.

Following the Crusader goal, Mesker had saves at 15:24 on Whitlow, 18:11 on Jackson, 19:37 on Mark Tinklenberg, 20:47 on Nick Losier, 20:59 on Jackson; 22:04 against Jackson, 32:26 against Jake Elrod, 37:29 against Huizingh and 39:39 against Ian Grant.

Pagosa's three shots on goal came at 12:29 when Mike Pierce's header lead to Kyle Sanders was stopped by Crusader goal keeper David Fritzler; 15:40 when Daniel Crenshaw's reverse header on a lead from Kurt-Mason was pulled down by Fritzler; and at 23:23 when Pierce's drive from the right side off a lead from Kurt Mason hit the right side of the net just behind the corner post.

Without Kurt-Mason in the second half, the Pirates took five minutes to get organized and in that time the Crusaders' only three shots were in the net. The first, just 50 seconds into the half, came on a breakaway by Jackson. Mesker dived to his left, had his hands on the ball, but could not control it and the score was 2-0.

At 2:23, Elrod scored on another DC breakaway and the lead was 3-0. At 5:52 it was the Crusaders' Brian Rooney scoring, again off Mesker's hands, and the count rose to 4-0.

The Pirates' only offensive forays in the half came at 3:20 when Zeb Gill had a left wing breakaway but was caught by a sweeper as he cut toward the goal and the ball was flicked away; and at 30:40, when Crenshaw's bid to break the shutout was hauled down by Fritzler.

The Crusaders' final two goals were at 10:05 by Jackson and at 17:09 by Elrod.

But by far the best individual effort of the game came at 23:01 of the second half when Mesker stopped Jackson's point blank drive on a breakaway and then covered Whitlow's rebound shot on the same effort.

The injured Kurt-Mason spent the second half with his foot buried in a bucket of ice yelling encouragement to his teammates and expressing his frustration with being unable to continue. On Sunday, Kurt-Mason was in a cast and is expected to be out of action six to eight weeks.

He said he'll probably miss the early portion of wrestling season but will be working in the weight room and expects to be ready for competition by tournament time.

For coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason the loss was bittersweet.

"Our team played very well. I believe we surprised them with our first half intensity. I suspect they were a little overconfident," he said.

"But I had a lot of kids give it everything they had," he said. "We played tenacious defense in the first half."

But, he said, "when Jordan came out we lost our midfield marking and play setting despite the superhuman efforts of Daniel Crenshaw. He did all he could to carry the team."

He said his coaching philosophy for the game was to pull the forwards back into the defensive third of the field to provide more control of the four top offensive threats for Denver Christian.

"But with Jordan out," he said, "their next four goals were from those four players."

The scene after the game, he said, may have been more exciting for the team than the game itself.

"They could look over and see four or five parents mingling with the home team," he said. "But they looked around and found nearly 40 people from Pagosa parading onto the field to applaud their effort. That's real fan dedication and the kids realized it."

Kurt-Mason said he thinks the high emotional level the team reached in the district finals against Bayfield may have played a part in the performance at Denver Christian. "As much as they wanted to, I don't think they were able to get up that level of enthusiasm again," he said. "Too much had been drawn from them."


Analysis by the coach

By Richard Walter

Taking a fifth-year program into state finals competition for the second consecutive year would be a plum in the cap for some coaches.

Lindsey Kurt-Mason, however, views it as a building block for a program which is developing increased depth every year and he expects it will mean a state contender in the not too distant future.

The game? Soccer, Pagosa style.

Asked to evaluate the season which concluded with Saturday's 6-0 loss to Denver Christian, Kurt-Mason noted, "We started fairly strong with an inexperienced team. We had a mid-season slump when I switched to the Dutch style offense. But we came back strong in the final third of the season as the defense improved and the players learned their roles.

"The Dutch offense," he said, "needs good ball handlers at every position and we had to develop them.

"We started the season with just three defenders," he said, "but by mid-season had five and that enabled us to go back to a 2-4-4 format and attack from the back more."

That set up an offense that had been feeling its way until then. "We had too many players staying forward and too little strength in the attack. We just weren't powerful enough."

After the format change, the Pirates "squared the ball more, looked for more drop pass opportunities and picked up the offensive momentum.

"Every year you have to look at the ability level of your players and determine how best to take advantage of it," he said. "When you develop as the season progresses, you set the stage for the future of your program."

The team loses only two seniors, but both were key elements this year.

One, Daniel Crenshaw, was called "the heart and soul of our defense and a prime midfield weapon on both sides."

The other, Mike Pierce, "really came on as the season progressed," Kurt-Mason said. "He became an offensive threat for us in every game."

Looking to the future, Kurt-Mason sees bright hope in the Sanders brothers, Kyle and Trent, a freshman and junior respectively. Kyle was 17th in the state in Class 3A scoring prior to the final game and Trent, known to his teammates as "Mr. Bench Press," gives the squad a formidable strength presence on the field.

"I have a whole second unit moving up to challenge for starting positions next year," he said. " It was a team that developed personality and learned teamwork as the season wore on. There was a chemistry which developed on its own as each player learned the others moves and abilities."

The coach said he gave the players a questionnaire this week asking them what the felt they learned this season.

"The answers ran the gamut, but the most common," he said, "were 'I learned teamwork' . . . and 'even though I didn't start, I was a key player on the team.' "

"That," he concluded, "makes the season a success no matter what the record. And you have to believe it can only get better."


Community News
Chamber News
By Sally Hameister

Citizen, volunteer of the year to be picked

Wolf Creek opened Oct. 28, and this should make everyone's day, week and month and year.

What great news for all of us who depend so much on our winter ski business to keep us afloat. During my nine-year tenure in Pagosa Springs, the earliest I have ever known Wolf Creek to open was Halloween, so this could very well be a record-breaking year for all of us and cause for great celebration. We can only hope that an early opening portends a great winter for all of us and exceptional skiing and snowboarding for all our locals and visitors for a long, long time.

Massage for food

Once again, Massage at the Springs is offering massage and chiropractic services in exchange for food in their fourth annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. You will receive free 10-minute massage and/or chiropractic services in exchange for non-perishable food. Professional massage therapists and Dr. Nancy North, chiropractor, will be available Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Massage at the Springs office located across the parking lot from the hot mineral springs at the Spring Inn.

All collected items will be donated to the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs. The church will assemble and distribute these items through its Crisis Box Program to those in need. So far this year, the program has already distributed over 75 boxes, and the holiday season is just beginning. Stop by Massage at the Springs with your donation and enjoy a relaxing massage or chiropractic treatment. If you have questions, please call Joan at 264-6620.

Newsletter inserts

I can't remember when I've been so dismayed and astonished at the passage of time. Did we really have a summer? It's hard to believe, but it's time to think about your inserts for the quarterly newsletter, Chamber Communique, coming out the first week of December. This is an extremely popular edition because it's a great way to advertise your product, your special holiday offerings of events, foods and whatnots. The Chamber uses this venue to wish everyone a happy holiday season - the list goes on and on. This is an easy and economical way to reach over 750 Chamber members in one fell swoop. All you need to do is provide us with 725 copies of your insert and a check for $30, and we will do the rest. Please have your inserts at the Chamber by the end of the workday on Wednesday, November 24. Just give Morna a call at 264-2360 with questions.


We'll remind you again (and probably again) that the time is approaching that we will ask you for your nominations for Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. This is just a little heads-up to get you to think about your nomination. The forms will appear in the Communique, and we will request that you turn them in by the last week in December. More on this later, but we just wanted to encourage you to start thinking about your choices for these extremely important and prestigious awards.

Parade of Lights

Since I'm in the reminding mode, we will be sponsoring our second annual Parade of Lights this year on Dec. 8, following our Christmas in Pagosa Season opener Dec. 2. As always, Santa will appear at the Visitor Center Saturday afternoon along with hot spiced cider, cookies, carols and the traditional tree lighting ceremony. It's always so much fun for young and old alike. The Parade of Lights was a fabulous success last year, and we know that it will be even more so this year.


We have three new members to introduce to you this week and nine renewals. Our business community seems to grow at a nice steady pace, which is a good omen for all of us.

Randall (Randy) G. Roberts joins us this week with East Creek Flyfishers located in his home. Randy offers fly fishing guide service to the San Juan quality water in New Mexico and the secluded and beautiful river of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He offers wade or float and all-inclusive trips. To learn more about East creek Flyfishers, please give Randy a call at 731-9262.

Barbara Blackburn joins us next with Blackburn's Business Bureau located (effective December 1) at 527 San Juan Street, Suite D, next to Pagosa Springs Office Supply. Barbara will offer tax and accounting services for the small business owner to include individuals, LLC's, partnerships, corporations and non-profit organizations. Full "front office" services will be available to you - secretarial, estimates and billing, A/P and A/R, payroll, bookkeeping, payroll services, electronic filing and medical billing services. You can call 264-6644 for more information. Many thanks to Steve Rogan for recruiting Barbara's Chamber membership. He will be justly rewarded with a free SunDowner coupon and our thanks.

Jim Askins, vice president, joins us next with Fairway Mortgage Corporation located at 565 Village Drive, Suite A. Jim is a full-service mortgage banker offering real estate financing, existing and new construction for residential, vacation, and investment properties. Rate and term refinancing are available as well as cash-out, bill consolidation and home improvements. Please give Jim a call at 731-3100 for more information about Fairway Mortgage Corporation.

Our renewals this week include: Linda Morrison with Pagosa Insurance Agency, Inc.; Uldine H. Hynds with the Riverfront rental; L.F. Wilt with the East Fork Outfitters and Guides; Jeff Greer with the Summit Ski and Sports; and Craig Nelson, O.D. with Point of View Eye Care.

Our Associate Member renewals this week are Vic Noblitt, Gene and Jackie Schick and Cecil and Barbara Tackett. Al Baird with Coldwell Banker The Pagosa Group, renews as a Real Estate Associate. Thanks to one and all for your continued support.


My apology to Wendy and Pat Horning for a recent error in reporting one of their telephone numbers. The really honest, correct and true phone number for Finishing Touches Landscaping and Surface Seal is 264-2864 and not the one I messed up. Forgive me, kids. Try as I may, the mistakes creep in more often than I would like.

Semper Fidelis

Marines (active, retired and former), Navy Corpsmen, and family and friends, are cordially invited to attend and celebrate the 225th birthday of the United States Marine Corps at the Greenhouse Restaurant Nov. 9. The festivities begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and an open/cash bar will be available throughout the evening. If you can't make dinner, please join the group for a drink at the bar.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. with a choice of prime rib, chicken Dijon or a vegetarian dinner on curly pasta for $18.50 per person including tax and gratuity. A cake-cutting ceremony will take place after dinner.

Dinner seating is limited to 88 persons, so place your reservation early with Robert Dobbins at 731-2482, Bob Henley at 731-9411 or Dick Akin at 731-3315.


Pagosa Lakes
By Ming Steen

Swim lessons beginning for all ages

Swim lessons at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center will begin next Tuesday. Classes for preschool, school age and adult levels will be offered Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday. For additional information or to register, please call Steve Elges at 731-2051.

Preschool lessons for children ages 3 to 5 will be divided into two levels with a swim instructor to student ratio of 1 to 4. Level 1 - Tadpole - this level is geared to help children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. This class is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming. Classes are one half hour in duration, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and/or 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Minnow is the next level for preschoolers. This advanced beginner level reinforces Tadpole skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water and can swim five to 10 feet without assistance on front and back. They are taught to flutter kick, improve stroke skills, build endurance and learn to tread water. Other skills learned are jumping in and returning to side, games, sculling, safety, passing and catching ball, help position, front and back somersault, symmetrical paddle, reaching and throwing assists. Lessons for this group will be taught from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and/or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Shrimp, Perch and Trout lessons will be offered to three groups of school-age children ages 6 to 14. Instructor to student ratio at this level is 1 to 5. Shrimp is the beginning level for school-age children. It gets them acquainted with the pool, the use of flotation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, children should know the front paddle stroke, side and back paddle. Other skills learned at this level are going up and down pole, safety, jump in and return to side, and sculling. Lessons for this group will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and/or 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Perch is the next level for school age children. This is an intermediate level. Children will begin to build endurance and continue to develop front, back and side strokes as well as learn the breaststroke. Other skills taught at this level are Help position, safety, front and back somersault, surface dive, reaching and throwing assists. Lessons are from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and/or 11:30 to noon on Saturday.

Trout - at this level students work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary back stroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke with turns. Children are introduced to the butterfly stroke. Students work on refining their strokes and increasing endurance. Other skills learned at this level are underwater swimming, flip turns, and safety. Lessons are from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and/or 12 to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A pre-swim team stroke development class will be held on Saturdays only, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16; from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Children who are interested in joining the Pagosa Lakes Swim Club and who have no prior competitive swimming experience are encouraged to participate in this class. The instructor to student ratio is this group is 1 to 6.

"We also want adults to learn to swim. Ultimately, we want them to use their full body in strokes and have the lessons help eliminate bad stroke habits," said Steve Elges, the instructor. To this end, there will be an adult Level 1 for beginners and adult Level 2 for stroke development. Instructor to student ratio is 1 to 3. Lesson time for adult Level 1 is 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Adult Level 2 lesson times will be announced later.

The United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 225th birthday next Friday, Nov., 10 with dinner at the Greenhouse Restaurant. All Marines (active, retired, and former), Navy Corpsmen, and family and friends are all invited to attend and join in the celebration. Following dinner, a cake-cutting ceremony will take place. Since dinner seating is limited to 88 persons, please place your reservations early with Robert Dobbins (731-2482), Bob Henley (731-9411) or Dick Akin (731-3315).


Senior News
By Janet Copeland

A big birthday month

I was out of town last week but had June Nelson and Payge taking notes for me (Thanks, you all). It seems they had a busy week, so here goes.

Many folks celebrate birthdays in October, which was evidenced by the monthly birthday celebration on Friday. Best Wishes to Glen Kinon, Lila Martinez, Marion Knowles, Arthur Ruiz, Irene Dunavant, Ben Chavez, Mary Archuleta, Ralph Garcia, Glenda Clark, Sidney Eveans, Don Hurt, Alex Shaw, Dottie Toner, Joyce Richter, Jan Hartzel and Lolita Manring.

A big "thank you" to Barbara Brasher, who brought us cookies decorated for Halloween on Friday. That was so thoughtful.

We had several visitors/returning members with us last week, plus our director, Tina, is feeling better and has joined us again. On Monday Burt and Rhea Landis from Placerville, Calif., (friends of Doris and Bob Kamrath) visited us. Also, Lillie Gurule and Andy Martinez were back. On Tuesday Angie Lind, from Alamosa, and her friend, Marie Hiteman, visited, and Salvadore Martinez was back. On Friday Billy and Sid Evans were back visiting. We hope all these folks will come back soon.

Notice: Nov. 7, election day, the Center will be used as a voting place so there will be no meal served that day.

Senior board members are reminded that the meeting will be Friday, November 3.

Teddy Cope is our Senior of the Week. Teddy is one of our most dedicated members. We are happy to honor Teddy, and we hope the injuries she suffered from a fall are healing and she will soon be back with us.

The Health Department tells us the flu shots are scheduled for the end of November. They will let us know the exact date, which I will then publish.

For those who came to the Center on Friday to attend our potluck/dance, we are so happy you came but sorry Payge was ill and wasn't there to set things up. She was very sorry she let you down and hopes you will all come again for the November event (the last Friday). There seems to be a "bug" going around - so many folks are ill.


Cruising with Cruse
By Katherine Cruse

Mom's trip ends with broken hip

If you've been reading this column, you know that my mother and I recently took a cruise along rivers and canals in the northeast. We finished the trip and went to visit the grandchildren in New York State. And then the trip took a very bad turn. My mother's hip broke.

Since then, we've been getting a little first-hand experience and information.

A little experience in how quickly a crippling injury can turn an independent, feisty, stubborn, totally in-control senior citizen into a dependent, depressed, weeping old woman.

A little experience is how quickly medical insurance for senior citizens, in this case Medicare and supplementary policies, can be useless, can dry up or not be available.

If you're a mentally and physically active old person, a broken hip must be one of the chief nightmares that can come visiting in the dark hours. Instantly you're reduced to a statistic, a cypher, a body in a bed.

This happened the afternoon before she was scheduled to fly home. And to everyone who asks, no, she didn't fall. The bone just broke.

She didn't believe it could be broken. She just knew that it hurt a lot. She took some heavy-duty painkillers that she'd brought along. She sat in a chair and waited for relief that didn't come.

Finally she said, "I have to go to the emergency room for stronger drugs, so I can get on and off the airplane." By then she couldn't walk to the car, and her grandson and his wife carried her.

At the hospital she waited patiently in a wheelchair. Then she waited patiently in a bed. The doctor who finally saw her asked, "Why didn't you come in sooner? Why did you wait so long?" And I thought, why do you have to bully her? And then he admitted her to the hospital. Said she would be months healing.

"I want to go home," she said. Home. To California.

It's possible to fly someone, even someone who can't walk, can't even sit up, across the country. All it takes is money. Money that Medicare probably won't reimburse her for, even with a physician's statement that the trip was necessary for the patient's health.

I called five different companies that broker air ambulance flights. It's a little more complicated than taking a fall foliage tour. They schedule an ambulance to pick you up at the hospital and charter the medically equipped Lear jet, hire the nurse to fly with you. They have another ambulance waiting to deliver you to another care facility.

The first company I called wanted an astronomical sum of money. The others all came in at about the same price, about $10,000 less. By then, I thought it was a bargain.

"That's ridiculous," said my mother's doctor in California, when I told him what was planned and asked him to admit her to a care facility near her home. Too much money, he said. Stay in a nursing home back east, he advised. "I want to go home," said my mother. So we brought her home.

A Lear jet is pretty small. With the medical bed taking up most of the cabin, there wasn't a lot of room left over for the nurse and me. No bathroom on board. A small storage locker held a cooler for soft drinks and a large thermos of coffee. What baggage we were allowed to take was stowed behind the last seat.

We stopped twice to refuel. Once in Pontiac, Michigan, where box lunches were delivered. From her stretcher, my mother couldn't really admire the maples putting on a red and gold display of fall color. Because she couldn't get out of the plane, an emergency fire truck stood by while the Avgas was pumped into the wing tanks.

The pilots and the nurse treated my mother with utmost respect and courtesy. They spoke directly to her. They didn't ask me questions that she could answer. In the hospital, over and over again, I had found myself saying, "Ask her, she's the one who knows that piece of information." Or, "Talk to her, she's the patient."

Too often, if you're in a wheelchair, or in a hospital bed, people tend to assume that your mind has ceased functioning along with your legs.

The men flying the plane didn't call her sweetie or dearie or honey, or any other generic term of endearment that a lot of the hospital personnel use for older inmates. Maybe the nurses and aides think they're being kind. Maybe it makes them feel better. Maybe they can't be bothered remembering actual names.

Two weeks after the break, the surgeon in California said she could start sitting up. Another two weeks went by, and she could put a little weight on that leg. Using a walker and taking tiny steps for very short distances. With that small degree functioning, she went home. To her own bedroom. Her own television.

It's not quite the same as when she left. I've moved things around to make space for the walker and the bedside commode. I've rearranged her papers, looking for the checkbook and paying the bills. I know I've made changes she doesn't like.

We are in uncharted territory. Two women come in and "do" for her during the day. She's alone at night. The phone is right there. I hope she won't need to call for help. I hope that her doctors agree on a plan to rebuild her hip and restore her independence. I hope the surgery is soon.


Library News
By Lenore Bright

Mask contest drew over 50 participants

Previous participants and newcomers are ready to present you with another outstanding Civic Club Holiday Bazaar. Good food and good fun await all who attend the Bazaar Nov. 4 at the Fair Building on U.S. 84 next to the Rodeo Grounds. Arts, crafts and taste treats - including tamales made for sale by members of the Civic Club - will be available at the many booths. Put this annual affair on your social calendar for this weekend. Doors will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We'll see you there.


We are proud to be selling the Pagosa version of this popular board game. All of the properties featured are local merchants and businesses, including the Sisson Library. The cost is $29.95 for each game, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. We have a limited supply to sell here at the library, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Turkey Trot

Last week, we told you about the sponsorship opportunities available for the upcoming Turkey Trot. So far, we have three sponsors signed up, so if you are a fundless wannabe Trotter, especially a student, please sign up to walk or run in the Turkey Trot and we'll match you up with a sponsor. Call Mary at 264-2209.

Mask contest

The Halloween mask contest was a raging success - we had over 50 participants! In light of this evidence that the children of Pagosa Springs are so crafty and enthusiastic, we will be having future seasonal contests. Keep your eyes on this column for further details. Hopefully, we'll have something cooked up for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day.


Thanks to the following generous folks for their donations of books and materials: Ann Dancer, Kay Grams, Kate Petley, Lily Jay, Paul Matlock, Camellia Corray, Carole Howard, Cindy Gustafson, Betty Feazel, Jean Bean, Leo and Victoria Landon, Bob Six, Marti McAlister Gallo, Joan Blue, Mary Lou Sprowle and Teddy Richter. Financial help in memory of Ernest Schutz came from Robert and Shelley Frye, and Eugene and Marie Knowlton.


Local Chatter
By Kate Terry

Plump pillows for hospital-bound Pagosans

Saturday is the Civic Club's annual Holiday Bazaar at the Extension Building.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Last year I went at 9 a.m. and met so many people coming out with arms loaded, I wondered if there was anything left.

The Bazaar used to be a two-day event, but Sunday wasn't a good day: people liked to get there the first day (to get those good buys) and Sunday is a church day for many. So last year the Bazaar was cut to one day.

Most of the raffle items are hand-made and they are all well made. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing is at 5 p.m. and one doesn't have to be present to win.

Proceeds from booth rentals and sale of baked goods at the Civic Club's table go to the Ruby Sisson Library.

Around town

When I was in the hospital the first part of the summer someone gave me a small pillow that, if it didn't save my life, sure helped to make life more comfortable. I used it to balance my head on the pillow, behind my neck, under my arm, behind my back, just any place it would fit. And so Kay Grams and I decided to make this a project - to approach sewers to make these pillows for hospital-bound Pagosans.

Thanks to the Mountain View Homemakers, their members are making pillows - 14 inches long by 6 inches wide (more or less). They are washable. Old nylon stockings make good fillers. Please call me at 264-2529 or Kay at 264-4680 for more information.

"Pagosaopoly" the board game sponsored by the newly organized Friends of Archuleta County History is on the market. The Friends will have a booth at the Civic Club Holiday Bazaar and you can see what a neat game it is. It shows a great deal of local history: photographs dating back to the turn of the century, cattle brands dating back to the 1850s, historic names. And there are up-to-date pictures. As someone has asked, "Have you ever wanted to own Pagosa's radio station KWUF or the oldest veterinary clinic in Pagosa?" Play "Pagosaopoly" and you just might do so. For all the properties" are in Pagosa.

Proceeds from the sale of the game will be used for history projects in Archuleta County. Twyla Brown, at 224-5092, can tell you more. And she can talk to you about the Friend's program to collect oral histories from local oldtimers. Video cameras, tape recorders, and guides to collecting oral histories will be available to qualified people willing to help preserve local history. Grant applications for prospective history projects will be available this month. Call Twyla and become a member of the Friends of Archuleta County History.

There's a fun book I want to tell you about. Local resident Maggie Valentine Inskeep has written a first book, "64 1/4 Man-Free Activities - For Women Who Think Men are the Answer to Everything."

It's a long title but that's what the book is about - 64 ways (plus another one she calls "1/4") to entertain herself - without a man, but really without anyone else. The book can be purchased at Moonlight Books, WolfTracks Bookstore and Coffee Company, and at the Second Story bookstore. It costs $13.95.

This is Inskeep's first book. She can write, and two more books are in the making.

Fun on the run

A hurricane blew across the Caribbean. It didn't take long for the expensive yacht to be swamped by high waves, sinking without a trace. There were only two survivors: the boat's owner Dr. Eskin and its steward Benny who managed to swim to the closest island.

After reaching the deserted strip of land, the steward was crying and very upset that they would never be found. The other man was quite calm, relaxing against a tree.

"Dr. Eskin, Dr. Eskin, how can you be so calm?" cried Benny. "We're going to die on this lonely island. We'll never be discovered here."

"Sit down and listen to what I have to say, Benny," began the confident Dr. Eskin. "Five years ago I gave the United Way $500,000 and another $500,000 to the United Jewish Appeal. I donated the same amounts four years ago. And, three years ago, since I did very well in the stock market, I contributed $750,000 to each. Last year business was good, so the two charities each got a million dollars."

"So what" shouted Benny.

"Well, it's time for their annual fund drives, and I know they're going to find me."


Arts Line
By Marlene Taylor

Whistle Pig was a good time for all

If you weren't at the Whistle Pig Halloween Party and Dance last Friday night, you missed something very exciting.

Over 130 people, most in costume, came expecting a good time and they certainly weren't disappointed. Pagosa Springs Art Council provided great complimentary snacks and WolfTracks Bookstore and Coffee Co. graciously provided free coffee. Everyone appreciated the treats and we thank all those involved.

Well fed, the audience settled down for the entertainment which was followed by enthusiastic applause. The entertainers in order of appearance were David Snyder, Sharman Alto, Brent Kadletz, Chris Gallup, George Clause, D.C. Duncan, Stephen T., Bill Hudson, Debbee Tucker Ramey, Tom Ramey, the local dance group Danse Orientale, and our local (so-hot- we-had- to- open-the-doors) jazz band, Rio Jazz.

Folks, you don't often find this quality of entertainment even in the big cities. After the performances, Rio Jazz played their wonderful music for members of the audience who crowded onto the dance floor in the mood to groove.

Cindy Gustafson did a fine job as MC and her enthusiasm was contagious. She kept the party lively between numbers. The good time for all was due in no small part to the following volunteers: Stewart Royston, Will Spears, Anita Schwendeman, Glenn and Lynda Van Patten, Roberto Pulido, Gay Bohn, Jennifer Harnick, Jeff Laydon, Emily Tholberg, Jean Bean, Tony Simmons, and Bill and Clarissa Hudson. We thank them (and anyone we might have missed) for all the time and hard work they put into making the night so special.

You will all have time to rest up before the next event as there will be no Whistle Pig in November due to Thanksgiving. Our next program will be Dec. 9 (back to our usual Saturday night) and our special guest artist will be Bruce Hayes.

Transplanted to Pagosa from the East Coast, Bruce's style of music is a unique combination of new grass, rock and blues. Having started playing guitar at age nine, he studied classical guitar in college and soon after switched to the mandolin. He has been called the most phenomenally talented performer you've ever seen. . .master of the guitar, mandolin and dobro. . .the Jimi Hendrix of the mandolin. Bruce proved himself worthy of such high praise by taking first place at the 1993 Rocky Grass Festival in Lyons, and second place at the 1994 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Talent like this doesn't come along every day, so mark your calenders and start the holiday season with your friends at the Whistle Pig.

Now that you're rested, consider volunteering some of your time to help with the many little details involved in keeping the Whistle Pig the fantastic event it has become. Bill Hudson would be grateful for your help. Call 264-2491.

Studio Tour

Another successful event was the Oct. 21 Artists' Studio Tour. Our heart-felt thanks to Jeff Laydon who organized the tour and to all the artists and volunteers who helped make this annual event one everyone looks forward to each year.

Gallery closed

The PSAC Gallery will be closed Nov. 2-29. If you are interested in renting the exhibit room for any part of November, contact Joanne at 264-5020. You can still call the gallery phone number in November to reach Joanne. The PSAC can always use volunteers; even a couple hours will help. Call today.

Christmas Shoppe

Crafters and artists who would like to put their art in the Christmas Shoppe, contact Joanne immediately to get any space still available. The Shoppe is open Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. All our local artists have a great variety of items, sure to please everyone on your list. Shoppers can find all their gifts there and have their presents mailed by Thanksgiving. Wouldn't you like to enjoy the Christmas festivities without the worry of last-minute shopping? You can. Shop early and support our local artists.

Angel Box

Call Rosie Hatchett at 264-6987 regarding the Pagosa Angel Box Painters meeting schedule. Beautifully painted boxes are donated to hospitals as memory boxes for parents who have lost infant children. The parents keep mementos of their child in these boxes. Please volunteer your painting skills to this worthy cause. Grieving parents are very touched by this gesture of love from total strangers. You can reach out to them through this gift.

City Market

You can help PSAC by registering your Value Card at the gallery at Town Park. Each time you shop and use your Value Card City Market will make a donation to PSAC. It will not cost anything to you, the shopper. Bring your Value Card to the gallery and sign up today!


The San Juan Festival Ballet and Stephanie Jones could use your help with her December production of excerpts from "The Nutcracker." There are many little details that need attention. Please volunteer your time to help students who are working so hard to give you an outstanding performance. Call Stephanie at 264-5068.

Photo contest

Just a reminder to sign up for PSAC's annual Photography Contest at Moonlight Books (during November when the PSAC gallery is closed.) They have the guidelines and entry forms you need. Deadline is Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. so get out and take some great pictures for any of the 15 categories in the contest. This contest should be the best one yet!

PSAC membership

See all the benefits you miss by not being a member of PSAC? Join today and add your support to the local art community. Individual membership is $20 and family is $30. Contact Joanne at 264-5020.


Chance to make a difference

The following was reportedly written by Mark

Twain and was published in the Sept. 2, 1905,

issue of Collier's magazine. His assessment of individual Christians' role in the election process cuts through any argument over the separation of church and state.

"It will be conceded . . . that a Christian's first duty is to God. It then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them. Whenever he shall do that, he will not find himself voting for an unclean man, a dishonest man. Whenever a Christian votes, he votes against God or for Him, and he knows this quite well.

"God is an issue in every election; He is a candidate in the person of every clean nominee on every ticket; His purity and His approval are there, to be voted for or voted against, and no fealty to party can absolve His servant from his higher and more exacting fealty to Him . . .

"If Christians should vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease. They would elect every clean candidate in the United States, and defeat every soiled one. Their prodigious power would be quickly realized and recognized, and afterward there would be no unclean candidates upon any ticket, and graft would cease . . .

"Yet every Christian congregation in the country elects foul men to public office, while quite aware that this also is an open, a deliberate insult to God, who can not approve and does not approve the placing of the liberties and well-being of His children in the hands of infamous men. It is the Christian congregations that are responsible for the filling of our public offices with criminals, for the reason that they could prevent it if they chose to do it . . .

"If the Christians of America could be persuaded to vote God and a clean ticket, it would bring about a moral revolution that would be incalculably beneficent. It would save the country &endash; a country whose Christians have betrayed it and are destroying it . . . Christianity . . . is on trial now. And nothing important is on trial except Christianity."

Regardless of your personal convictions, if you have not voted early, please cast your vote before the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

Awaiting a return to normalcy

Dear Folks,

This year's election has been more different than any I can remember. I'll be glad when it's finished.

I plan to spend Tuesday night in County Clerk June Madrid's office awaiting the tallying of the local ballots. It's a bad habit that comes from working at a newspaper.

For a number of years I've phoned in the election night results to the folks at the Colorado Electronic Election Pool and at The Denver Post. Depending on how well the automated ballot counter is working, Archuleta County's ballots usually are tallied in time to make the Tuesday night press run for the Post's regional edition.

Invariably the folks answering the phones at the Post ask, "Are these the final results?" Possibly it's the age gap, but for some reason they don't understand it when I say the numbers are the final tally. The final results of the election won't be known for a number of years.

Considering the individuals and issues that appear on this year's ballots, I think Tuesday's election has the potential to generate tremendous consequences for our county, state and country.

Like beauty, whether the consequences are negative or positive rests in the eyes of the beholder.

As for the SUN, the most immediate impact involves the welcome conclusion of the political advertisements and a reduction in the number of letters the editor will receive.

There is a chance the SUN might run a contest to see if someone can translate some of the political ads and letters connected with this year's election. No telling what the mail would have delivered had the SUN accepted letters regarding the qualifications, or lack thereof, of the candidates who are running for office in this election.

An upset Amendment 21 supporter who phoned from the Denver area gets credit for providing this year's top "campaign trail" experience. The caller qualified himself as previously owning many weekly newspapers in Colorado and never once turning down "a paid political ad." So his displeasure and dismay was understandable when I refused to insert a four-page "Paid Advertisement" "Newspaper Supplement" in last week's edition.

I thought I had seen the last of the supplements when I delivered them to their distributor's front porch in Lakewood Saturday morning prior to attending the state cross country meet.

Instead, yesterday's mail included a manila legal-size envelope addressed to "Mr. David Mitchell-Publisher, Pagosa Springs Sun, 466 Pagosa Street . . ." The envelope was not post marked.

The four uncanceled 33-cent stamps in the upper right-hand corner brought to mind a one-armed bandit. One stamp bore the picture of a cluster of blue berries. Two others showed clusters of raspberries. The forth stamp showed a cluster of black berries. Evidently, other than the $1.32 of uncanceled stamps, the combination of berries did not merit a payoff.

The envelope contained a copy of the Oct. 26 Windsor Beacon. Inserted in the Beacon was a now familiar copy of the aforementioned "Taxpayer News" touting Amendment 21, a copy of "Life Without the IRS" - a 24-page "Chart Book" produced by "Americans for Constitutional Action," a copy of the four-page "Form 1040 Income Tax" form, and a couple of other items related to income taxes.

The envelope and its contents add to the mystique of editing a weekly newspaper.

Yes, I'll be glad when this year's elections are finished. Like former President Warren G. Harding's successful campaign slogan in the 1920 election, I yearn for a "return to normalcy."

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

 25 years ago

Local man escapes from jail

Taken from SUN files

of Nov. 6, 1975

A local man was arrested Monday on charges of theft and burglary in connection with the theft of guns and other items from pickups and campers in this area. Following his escape from the county jail on Tuesday, state and federal warrants were being sought for his arrest. Apparently the suspect had outside assistance in the jail break.

Archuleta County is covered by the bi-lingual Spanish requirements of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1975. Therefore ballots and other materials which a voter in Archuleta County sees must be in Spanish and English. This includes notices and instructions.

The county commissioners Monday appointed a board of review to handle any complaints regarding the issuance of building permits. Anyone who feels that their application for a building permit was not handled fairly, or that it was denied unfairly may appeal to this board.

Albert and Liz Schnell will be operating the restaurant at the Spring Inn this winter. The Schnells have been residents of the community for the past four years. He was with the cloud seeding project and did the local monitoring and data gathering on results.

By Shari Pierce

One of Pagosa's pioneers

Over the past couple of weeks, I've written of the memories of Bonnie Kern Stafford. Her father, William "Billy" Kern was one of Pagosa's pioneers, having arrived here in the early 1880s.

Kern had a variety of interests here - he carried the mail from Pagosa to Summitville, drove freight wagons and mail and passenger coaches.

In June of 1890, Kern had just finished his "Kern Building." As was sometimes the case, the completion of the building was celebrated with a dance. The June 19, 1890 Pagosa Springs NEWS carried an account of the opening, "The pleasures of the dance in the new Kern building last Saturday evening were marred by the very ungentlemanlike behavior of four cowboys named Bob Kelly, Emmet Wourt, Bill Davenport and Jack Gerart, belonging to Carlisle's outfit. The boys were treated with all due respect by those present, yet they were determined to have a row and expose their brutish natures. About the close of the festivities during a dispute with Mr. Kern one of them demolished the lamp with his gun. This seemed to be the signal for each one to begin the perforation of the new building with bullets, and the four guns were emptied twice. The manner in which they flourished their guns in the face of the proprietor of the building was not very pleasant for him. Warrants were sworn out for their arrest Sunday morning, but the sheriff and his deputies, after a futile chase in the direction of New Mexico, returned without their men."

In 1892, a dispute between local cattlemen and sheepmen led to the death of one of the county's prominent citizens. During this incident, Kern was the sheriff of Archuleta County.

In 1908, at the age of 50, Kern rode his horse in The Denver Post endurance race. This was a 600-mile race from Evanston, Wyo., to Denver. A later article about the race described Kern as "a Coloradan and the oldest man in the race, riding a true Western bronc that was no youngster, either - he was the first to come from behind and 'nail' that big, bullying bear from Cody. Enthusiasm for Old Man Kern and Dex kindled the assembling crowds in Cheyenne. He was going to make a 'runaway race' of it. He was proving that age and experience could outlast youth and vigor." This same article has Kern placing fourth in the race.

Billy Kern moved to California in 1911 where he live out the remainder of his life. He passed away in 1946.


Food for Thought
By Karl Isberg

Here's your top hope for any elective office

I tried to ignore the whole thing.

I tried to avoid reading newspaper ads; I changed the radio and television channels whenever ads came on the air.

I skipped community meetings where more time is spent on the introduction of the moderator (by the moderator), and on the explanation of the rules of the forum, than is spent on discussion.

I tuned out televised debates.

I averted the gaze of local candidates when I passed them on the street.

I was fed up with the political process; I figured we have reached the nadir of the American political experience and I decided to watch Andy Griffith reruns until it was time for me to go to the polling place and vote.

Despite my best efforts, however, I've been affected by what is going on as election day approaches. It's like being irradiated by a distant source - like a janitor who walks unprotected into the plutonium bomb trigger plant at Rocky Flats and picks up a hunk of that purdy gray stuff. I'm innocent, I'm ignorant, but I'm still going to grow a tail and a second head.

Try as I might, there's no avoiding the presidential race. These goofballs are everywhere.

Check out the options.

On the national level, we've got one bozo who reminds me of a puppet, fashioned out of soft wood by clumsy artisans at a sheltered workshop.

The other major candidate is Alfred E. Neuman. Come on, admit it - you remember Mad Magazine. You remember Alfred: that vacant expression, that low-ball IQ? "What me worry?"

Then we've got our local and regional political races and candidates. From what I'm told, we have candidates who are for and against taxes; in favor of short-range solutions and long-range plans; who want to fire so-and-so and replace him or her or not; who want a $25 refund in place of emergency medical services; who believe we should all carry handguns and oppose the highway department; and who want a free market economy with subsidized economic development. Blah, blah, blah.

The clearest lesson offered by the cluttered mess: When times are good, the best among us are out making money, not running for office.

I cannot let cynicism chart my course. There is something wrong with the current political state of affairs We have to do something. We can't leave the helm of the ship of state, at whatever level, in the hands of marginal operatives.

So, though I've tried to avoid it, I'm getting involved. At the last minute.

I have the answer.

I have a candidate - the right man to write in at the last moment, the man to elect to any and all available offices.

This is a guy with unimpeachable character, a superb personality and a set of attributes that is the envy of any would-be public servant.

I'm talking about Arnie Isberg.

My dog: an Archuleta County bred and born English yellow Labrador retriever. His conformation is ideal, his lineage kissed by the imprimatur of the AKC. He is 35 years of age (in dog years) and has never been convicted of a felony.

True, Arnie has run for office before - as a write-in candidate for county sheriff two years ago - and he lost. But, in the grand tradition of Dick Nixon, Arnie is back and he is stronger and more determined than ever.

Since his unsuccessful race for sheriff, the big guy has done serious work to improve himself: he has matured, expanding his personal and public horizons.

This past year, Arnie became a father. He is a family man now, displaying all the attributes of a solid citizen.

Aside from a whopping case of girardia, Arnie's health has been tip-top. A few nasty bowel-related incidents in the living room have done nothing to diminish his allure.

As your next________ (Fill in the blank: President, representative, senator, county commissioner, etc.) Arnie will be attentive to your needs and will retrieve anything you deem important. He is nothing, if not totally focused on the task at hand.

Furthermore, Arnie Isberg is not propelled by greed or special interests. His needs are simple and few: he will work for a bag per week of that special lamb and rice high-end dog food and will labor tirelessly if you allow him to ride in the back of your pickup truck and take him for regular swims.

The only office for which Arnie is not qualified is District Attorney. Though he is capable of soundly thrashing several local attorneys in a courtroom setting, he has not yet passed his bar exam.

Arnie will get to know the members of his constituency and will maintain a personal connection, marking their car tires whenever possible. In moments of stark abandon, he will mark their pant legs as well.

Arnie loves babies and he is a patriot, yodeling exuberantly when he hears the high note in the national anthem. He loves a crowd and will never miss an important meeting. Pet him occasionally, throw him his favorite toy, and he will go anywhere with you.

Arnie Isberg is the perfect politician for a prosperous age littered with self-important all-knowing people.

There are a couple of impediments to Arnie's write-in campaign, so let me put a spin on these potential problems and get them out of the way before you cast your vote.

Many of you already know about an unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot of a local business two weeks ago. That incident occurred when Arnie was taken to meet one of his sons - a frisky and handsome lad named Thor.

Yes, it is true Arnie attempted to mount his son.

It was late in the day and the light was bad, and Arnie was unduly influenced by a massive dose of anti-girardia medication. He wasn't himself.

But, try to think of it this way: attempting to mount your own son would win an election in Arkansas and parts of Texas. This was a very clever political move.

I realize, too, there is a rumor afloat concerning a brief and ugly relationship with a miniature schnauzer living on a nearby cul de sac. Be clear about this: the conniving schnauzer took advantage of Arnie's cooperative and kind nature. The incident was a set-up, designed by members of the local Republican and Democratic central committees to undermine Arnie's political career. Whether or not any of our local candidates participated in the detestable activities. . . who knows? Think about it, draw your own conclusions.

Lastly, Arnie did not steal the elk bone. It was given to him as a gift.

What more can I say about this guy?

He's blond. He's handsome - a great deal better looking than any of the other candidates.

He's forthright, without guile. If you favor increased taxation, he likes you. If you want to do away with taxes and government, he likes you. If you are unhappy with the condition of your road, he likes you. If you want to bomb Chromo, he likes you.

Arnie is a staunch supporter of local law enforcement; he howls when he hears a siren.

What more do you want?

When you fill out your ballot Nov. 7, stop for a moment and consider the options. There's a space on the ballot for Arnie Isberg. There's a place in government for Arnie Isberg.

Vote Arnie - for the galaxy, for the solar system, for America, for Archuleta County, for our future.

If you cast your vote for this noble member of our community, you are welcome to attend his victory party on the night of Nov. 7. We'll hold the get-together at Arnie's vet's office, where he'll be receiving his latest round of anti-girardia meds. Be careful where you step when you get to the office.

We'll have some great eats at the victory party.

For Arnie and his closest friends (not to include that nefarious schnauzer!), I'm whipping up a "deer parts" paté.

For the rest of us, I think it will be appropriate to eat something truly American - something down-home and suited to the average Joe who casts a vote for a winning candidate.

In the spirit of political discourse, let's kill something and eat it. How about elk?

Take several elk steaks, maybe 3/4-inch thick. Marinate them overnight, covered, in the refrigerator, in a brew of 2 cups dry white wine, one cup mild vinegar and a half cup olive oil, to which you've added a couple onions sliced, a couple cloves of garlic, mashed, a couple of minced shallots and a couple of chopped carrots. Spice the mixture with salt and pepper, some bay leaves, some fresh thyme.

Drain the meat and pat the steaks dry. Season with salt and pepper.

Take half the marinade, strain it and boil it down. Add some beef broth and some crushed black peppercorns to the strained marinade and boil it down again until the sauce is the desired consistency. You can add a bit of cornstarch (dissolved in cold water) as a thickener. Add a touch of sugar or a bit of jam if you are of a mind.

Sauté the steaks in olive oil in a hot pan, making sure you don't overcook them. Serve medium rare with a bit of the sauce.

And remember, on election day - vote, and vote often.


Pacing Pagosa
By Richard Walter

CHSAA develops knack for suspense

Colorado High School Activities Association has had years of experience in planning state playoffs in a variety of prep sports.

One thing it has learned in that time, apparently, is how to keep participating teams on tenterhooks until the last possible minute with reference to who, where and when they'll have to play.

Not only does this lack of data have the players sky high with nervous anticipation and obviously not in a state conducive to study, but it leaves school administrators out on a limb.

They have to determine, after finally being notified of opponent and site, where they will house their team (if reservations are available), where they'll be fed, what route to take, depending on pass closings and weather conditions, and how to get the word to all the parents and fans who want to attend the game.

It had initially been expected, although CHSAA rules specifically set the seeding date as Thursday of last week, that the Class 3A soccer pairings might be available as early as Monday. When they were not, the press was told the seedings and pairings of playoff qualified teams would be made Wednesday night and announced Thursday morning.

On Thursday morning, time seemed to stand still as school officials waited for notification from CHSAA. At 8:45 a.m. came word that the seeding meeting had just begun and that word would be transmitted as soon as possible.

Schools scheduled to host games had little to worry about. Their players would sleep in their own beds, eat at home and go to the game site at their leisure. Those having to travel 300 miles or more, like Pagosa Springs' soccer team, would be bouncing along on a bus while their foes were sleeping. Sleeping in a motel and eating in restaurants would be their routine.

Finally, at 9:53 a.m. Thursday, the fax came through. Pagosa Springs had drawn the No. 15 seed and as a result was to play the No .2 seed, Denver Christian, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Then the scramble began.

School reservations needed to be made; parents and other fans were notified so they could make their reservations; and the press, too, was able to begin making inquiries about places to stay within a reasonable distance of the game site.

In all fairness, CHSAA normally does an excellent job and the soccer playoff arrangements seemed to have been competing with other sports for playoff sites and times.

A CHSAA representative admitted the time element involved was not reasonably addressed and that it would not happen again.

The host school assisted by faxing a map of the campus area, the best routes to reach it and where to park for specific events.

And, by 1 p.m. Thursday, most plans had been made and the trip to soccer's state sweet sixteen was ready to begin.

Seedings for the state tournament are based on point values and degree of competition. Points are awarded on the basis of 3 for a win against a 5A team, 2 for a win against a 4A team and 1 for a win against a 3A team. Points are deducted in inverse order for losses.

Thus Pagosa Springs, with an 8-9 record for tournament purposes, was seeded lower than, for example, D'Evelyn High School of Golden, with a record of 6-7-1 but a No. 8 seed. Roaring Fork High of Carbondale with a 5-10 record, had the No. 12 seed, ranked just one spot below Center, the Intermountain District champion, with a 9-2-1 record.

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For every successful endeavor there are generally a number of people behind the scenes who contribute to that success with little or no fanfare.

So it was this year for the boys' soccer team.

Three senior girls worked the sidelines at every game and most practices as managers. They kept score, videotaped the games, made sure all the equipment was at the site and packaged again and removed when the game was over.

They kept ice bags filled, water bottles ready for players leaving the field, prepared ankle wraps and kept track of emergency supplies, sun screen and medications.

These young women, who all will be members of the girls's soccer team this spring, have earned respect and thanks of boys' team players and their parents.

They deserve our salute, too.

Please join me in a "You Go Girls" cheer for Tiffany Diller, Jennifer Gross and Cathy Tharpe, who have made the season more bearable for the players.

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Finally, to those Pagosa Springs fans who couldn't find time to come out and watch this year's soccer team play: Sorry you missed it. This was a team second to none in desire to learn and compete.

The Saturday loss at Denver Christian was just a stepping stone in a program, now ending its third year, that can only get better.


Old Timers
By John Motter

This is the only early photograph we could dig up showing a portion of the north end of Block 21 on Pagosa Street during the early days. We believe the photo was taken immediately following a 1904 fire. Someone, much later, has penciled in the identification of a number of buildings. Of interest because it is the subject of today's Oldtimer column is the second building from the right identified as Superior Building. This was, indeed, an auto parts store called Superior Automotive sometime during the 1970s and perhaps 1980s. Probably built during 1895, it has served many other purposes down through the years and may be the oldest building remaining on Pagosa's main business block. At one time, all of the west side of Block 21 along Pagosa Street was lined with frame, false-front buildings with awnings. Several fires during the 1890s and later burned most of the buildings. Ultimately, the town adopted an ordinance requiring the use of bricks or blocks. To the north of the Superior Automotive building, later known as the Milt Lewis' Art Gallery, is E.H. Dickerson's "Meats, Groceries, Bakery, Confectionery.' South of the Superior Automotive building, the penciled notation says "Pagosa Hotel." In fact, during 1904, that location probably housed Archuleta Mercantile. The current Pagosa Hotel was not erected until 1908. Recognizable further down the street is the Hersch Building, built during 1898, and a frame, false-front building standing where the county courthouse is today. We don't know when that frame building was erected, but know it housed the First Bank of Pagosa Springs, and after that institution went broke, it was the first location for Citizen's Bank. Photo courtesy of John M. Motter


Downtown building nominated for historic label

By John M. Motter

A building on Pagosa's Springs' main business block has been submitted for recognition under the town's newly adopted historic designation ordinance.

Most recently used to house the Milt Lewis Art Gallery, the building has been known as Superior Automotive, Martin's Jewelers, as a telephone office, and as the county courthouse prior to construction of the current county courthouse. When first built, probably by J.V. Blake, the building was probably used as a mercantile store.

Dean and Karen Cox have recently purchased the building and plan to continue it's use as an art gallery.

At the same time, the Cox's have picked up forms from the town preparatory to having the building listed on the local, state, and national registers of historic places. If approved, this will be the first building in town to receive such a designation. The Great Pagosa Hot Springs is listed on the Colorado Register of Historic Places, as is an adobe residence in the Lower Blanco Basin.

One oldtimer who remembers when the building housed a telephone office is Genevieve Phelps.

"There was a front room with a large shelf around the walls," Genevieve recalls. "The girls working there faced the shelf and had their back to the front window. If you looked through the windows, you could see them work."

Those were the days of single party lines. The operator knew everybody in town. In case of emergency, the operator was the next best thing to 9-1-1. She could find a parent or husband or employer if that person was in town. The switchboard from the telephone office is on display at the Upper San Juan Historical Society Museum in Pagosa Springs.

Remaining within the town limits of Pagosa Springs are 244 buildings 50 or more years old. The first requirement for listing a building on the local, state, or national registers of historic places is that the building be at least 50 years old.

Additional qualifications for designation are determined after an application form is completed and the justification for listing submitted and approved by the town heritage board and the town council. State and national listing can be obtained without going through the town, but town support is a big help in obtaining state and national listing.

The advantages of obtaining a historical listing are manifold. State tax savings are possible for businesses. The state may wave tax credits equal to 20 percent of any rehabilitation costs up to $50,000. Financial help is available from the state for qualified applicants.

In a general way, the applicant must restore the building to some agreed upon former historic condition. State funds may be available to assist in paying for the restoration.

The town is applying for two grants from the Colorado State Historic Fund. If approved, one grant will be used to conduct a comprehensive survey of historic buildings. A second grant, if obtained, will be used to develop a walking tour of the downtown area. Also under study is the idea of obtaining funds to secure the pioneer cemetery located on 10th street. The preliminary study involves getting estimates on the cost of building a sturdy fence around the perimeter of the cemetery. A later study may be sought to survey the contents of the cemetery and associated costs of restoration.

Chris Bentley is the town historic preservation officer. Bentley deals with the public concerning applications for listing. She is able to advise applicants on the required steps.

The town has a historic designation for buildings that do not meet the requirements, for state and national listing, but are important in the town's history. To be listed on the state or national registers, a building must be historically correct for a designated time frame. Buildings that are old enough to qualify for historic designation, but which have been substantially modified, may qualify if they are restored to conform with the selected historical frame.

The rumor that the government tells the owner what to do with a building listed as historic is untrue. The government provides conditions under which the building may be listed. If the owner modifies the building so it no longer qualifies for listing, then the listing is removed.

All listings for historic designation in Pagosa Springs are voluntary on the part of the owner. No one is compelled to list a historic property and no one is compelled to leave a designated property on the list.

Eligibility requirements for state and national designation include that:

- A project must involve physical preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation and must preserve the historic character of the property

- Projects must meet certain historic preservation standards including the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

- Rehabilitation costs must be over $5,000

- Projects must be completed within 24 months

- Projects are strongly encouraged to receive approval prior to beginning work to ensure all work meets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

Tax saving considerations include:

- Available credit is 20 percent of rehabilitation costs up to $50,000 maximum credit per qualified property

- Credit directly reduces, dollar for dollar, income taxes owed the state

- Available credit can be carried forward 10 years

- No limitation on amount of tax which can be taken in a tax year.


Denton Robert Mills

Karl Snow and Kathy Clark, parents of Jason and Billie Mills, are proud to announce the birth of their grandson, Denton Robert Mills, on Sept. 20, 2000.


Business News
Massage Therapy Center

Mary McLellan C.M.P. owns and operates the Massage Therapy Center, located in the Dodie Cassidy Medical Building, next to the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Center on North Pagosa Boulevard. McLellan works in conjunction with a group of associates, including Sudeep Biddle and Peggy Streicher.

Massage Therapy Center offers Swedish massage, deep tissue work, acupressure and energy balancing, for relaxation and for therapeutic purposes including injury recovery and sports massage.

Massage Therapy Center is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment evenings and weekends. Walk-in customers are welcome during regular business hours.


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