The superintendent contract offer made last week by the Board of Education of Archuleta School District 50 Joint to Duane Noggle has been tentatively accepted.
The board scheduled a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. today to deal with the contract signing and any amendments sought by the candidate.
Noggle, now director of personnel in the Window Rock, Ariz. school district, was offered a two-year contract at $85,000 per year with a moving allowance not to exceed $5,000.
Superintendent Terry Alley, the man Noggle would replace, said negotiations are underway with Noggle and his counsel and school board attorney and board members.
Alley said Noggle's current contract, like his own, extends to July 1.
"Things seem to be progressing well," Alley said. "I see no major impediments to a speedy settlement of contract terms."
If that works out, Alley will be gone July 1 but has promised the board he will remain available as a consultant and to help the new superintendent get acclimated to the district and its personality.
Noggle was one of three persons the board originally selected from a field of 14 applicants. In priority order, he ranked second among the final three prior to personal interviews by both members of the board and members of the appointed search committee.
After those interviews, Noggle moved to the top of the list for both the search committee and the board.
He has prior experience in the classroom, as a middle school principal, a high school assistant principal and coach and finally as superintendent of schools in Sanders, Ariz. His current district has an enrollment of about 3,400, about twice the total of the Pagosa district.
After surviving yet another stormy session, Hard Times Concrete received a thumbs-up from Archuleta County to throw the switches and start making concrete.
Approval for the controversial concrete batch plant came at the regular meeting of county commissioners Tuesday. By a 2-1 vote, the commissioners overrode a negative recommendation from the county attorney suggesting that action be delayed.
The owners of Hard Times Concrete, located on U.S. 160 about 5 miles north of town, first applied for permission to operate the plant 14 months ago. At that time, the application was opposed by some, but not all, of the neighboring property owners. Opposition focused on the theme that the location was wrong.
Following a series of public meetings, approval was given by the county commissioners last October with certain conditions. The approval stipulated that all of the conditions be completed before the plant could be turned on. Winter weather made completion of the requirements impossible. Among those conditions were certain landscaping requirements.
Tuesday's approval added conditions to those included in last October's Conditional Use Permit approval. The conditions allow the owners one and one-half years in which to complete landscaping, paving, and fuel tank requirements.
Tuesday's landscaping condition was allowed because the dirt in the berm along U.S. 160 needs more time for compaction before planting.
In addition, since last year's approval, it has been discovered that a telephone cable lies underneath the south boundary, a location also requiring landscaping. The owners are reluctant to dig and plant over the cable. Consequently, the commissioners allowed the substitution of a solid fence along the south boundary with a minimum height of 5 feet, in place of landscaping.
Concerning the fuel tank catch basin, no fuel tanks are on site. Instead, fueling is accomplished from a fuel truck. No fuel tanks will be allowed on site until the catch basin is constructed.
Planning director Kathy Ruth reported that, in accordance with the commissioner decision last October, all work must be completed before operation of the plant is allowed. The condition concerning the berm and landscaping along U.S. 160 had been allowed last fall and was continued Tuesday. Conditions concerning paving and the fuel catch basin had not previously been considered by the Upper San Juan Planning Commission or the county commissioners. In essence, those issues reached the county commissioners without following the usual route through the USJRPC.
Gene Crabtree, chairman of the board of county commissioners, challenged Ruth, saying the regulations do not make common sense and should be changed. Later, Crabtree said he did not mean change the regulations, but that he interpreted them differently than those opposed to approval.
A verbal melee followed until Commissioner Alden Ecker went down a checklist of things to be done in order to allow Hard Times Concrete to operate. Satisfied that, including the variances, all conditions had been met, Ecker moved and Crabtree seconded, that the necessary steps be approved to allow the batch plant to operate.
After Commissioner Bill Downey suggested an amendment to Ecker's motion, Ecker stated an amended motion. No vote had been taken on the first motion.
From the audience, Nan Rowe suggested that the vote was not being conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. Crabtree replied. "We don't follow Roberts Rules of Order here, we follow the chairman's rules."
Ecker withdrew his original motion and tendered a second motion, which was seconded by Crabtree. Ecker and Crabtree voted yes, Downey no.
The motion approved an improvements agreement and $43,046 performance bond along with conditions for landscaping, paving, and installation of the fuel tank catchment basin.
Downey's opposition was based on a provision in last year's commissioner approval that all conditions be completed before Hard Times Concrete be allowed to start up. He noted that last year's approval was given in the face of serious opposition and that deviating from the adopted policy could open the county to "serious trouble."
County Attorney Mary Weiss agreed with Downey's position and suggested the commissioners postpone action in order to allow time for public notification so the public could attend the meeting when approval is considered.
Doyle Smith, representing Friends of the Environment, opposed the changes from last fall's approval, suggesting they are not in accordance with the spirit of cooperation assumed when the county action was taken last year. Friends of the Environment has opposed the batch plant because of its location.
Crabtree and Ecker argue that Hard Times Concrete has been delayed long enough and, because they have met all reasonable requirements, should be allowed to start earning money.
As soon as the performance bond is on file with the county, Hard Times Concrete can throw the switch.
Work connected with the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. 160 and Piedra Road is being threatened by right of way issues on the northwest corner of the intersection.
The Piedra Road corner issue and a road discussion with members of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owner's Association board of directors attracted the attention of the Archuleta County commissioners Tuesday.
Concerning the Piedra Road corner, owners from Old West Landing subdivision on the northwest corner of the intersection are contesting county plans to widen Piedra Road at that location in order to install a right-turn lane from Piedra Road onto U.S. 160. The subdivision plat includes lots around the corner that are reached from a 30-foot right of way between Piedra Road, U.S. 160, and the lots. Subdivision owners fear encroachment from the county.
County plans for the right-turn lane contemplate using some portion of the 30-foot right of way. The county assumes the right of way is public property. The property owners contend that the right of way exists only to allow ingress and egress to subdivision lots.
Because no one is certain of the exact physical location of the right of way line, the county is ordering a survey. Once the survey markers are in place, county commissioners and representatives of the property owners will meet, look at markers, and decide a further course of action. The county is proposing installation of curb and gutter in connection with the right turn lane in order to minimize encroachment into the right of way.
The Colorado Department of Transportation contemplates beginning work on the traffic signal installation May 1. The county and town contemplate advertising for a joint bid for their portion of the work by April 26, or May 3 at the latest. The town is moving the Eagle Drive intersection north on Piedra Road, the county widening a stretch of Piedra Road.
Addressing another road issue, the county commissioners met in a Tuesday afternoon workshop with members of the PLPOA board of directors on issues concerning road maintenance in the collection of subdivisions west of town.
For some time, the PLPOA has asked the county to develop a road maintenance plan. The PLPOA wants the county to tell them what the county intends to do about road maintenance in the Pagosa Lakes subdivisions. In the past the county has placed a moratorium on accepting additional subdivision roads for county maintenance. That moratorium still exists.
Nevertheless, during recent weeks and in obedience to orders from the county commissioners, county road crews have performed maintenance on certain subdivision roads not formerly maintained by the county. These are roads which received work under stipulations resulting from the Fairfield Communities Inc. bankruptcy settlement. The work is being performed so that road improvements accomplished from bankruptcy funds are not lost because of lack of maintenance.
At Tuesday's work session Commissioner Alden Ecker volunteered to develop a county maintenance plan. In the absence of a county administrator or county engineer, Ecker assumed responsibility for county roads when the commissioners divided up county responsibilities.
Ecker will use a 1998 county road study by Bechtolt Engineering as a basis for developing the maintenance plan. Ecker chose Alan Bunch to help him develop the plan. He chose Bunch because "he is a real good organizer," and " he has the ability to put things in the computer, organize them, and bring them out so we don't have to do a lot of paper shuffling."
With head nods, Commissioners Gene Crabtree and Bill Downey gave Ecker the go ahead.
Capital improvements for the town of Pagosa Springs are stacking up as temperatures rise.
A total of seven such projects are already under the hammer or waiting in the wings. Some are still in the engineering and design phase, others await intergovernmental agreements, and a couple are just a few feet from finished.
One or two capital improvement projects is average for the town, Jay Harrington, town administrator, said. Being involved in at least six this summer makes for a busy year of administration.
"Some years we won't do as much, and then we can save up for the next one," he said.
Paving North 5th Street to Four Mile Road is set to roll in the next couple weeks. During construction, either the week of April 23 or 30, North 5th Street will be closed to through traffic for approximately one week.
The new $2 million Town Hall on Hot Springs Boulevard and a paving project on Bienvenido Drive and the entrance road to Hilltop Cemetery are continuations from 2000 expected to be finished in the next two months.
Construction on Town Hall, funded over two years through the town budget and a state grant, is deep in the interior detail phase. Chris Bentley, town planner, presented furniture, carpet and tile designs at the April meeting of the Pagosa Springs Board of Trustees. Finding the best warranties and ensuring that furniture met and surpassed current ergonomic standards were main goals in the final choices.
The bidding period on the sale of the old Town Hall Building at the corner of U.S. 160 and Lewis Street closed Monday. Harrington said one bid for $190,000 had been received from FS Development. The bid proposal will come before the trustees in May.
Activity on Hot Springs Boulevard will pick up where it left off with the construction of a Community Center, which will approach the $3 million mark before it's finished. Harrington, said the foundation, dirt work and utility bid package for the Community Center is on-schedule to be advertised in late May and bid sometime in June.
The Community Center will be bid in three phases. Foundation will be first followed by framing and construction of the main building. Detail work, trim and finishings will be included in the final bid package. To facilitate construction, the town board entered into a lease purchase agreement with Wells Fargo Bank and the Pagosa Springs Community Facilities Coalition, a non-profit community group in charge of the project. The state Community Development Block Grant program has also committed $500,000 to the project, and other grants are in the works.
The town is working with the county on two projects, the signalization of U.S. 160 and Piedra Road and the paving of Light Plant Road.
The Colorado Department of Transportation's piece of the traffic signal project, installing the signal and widening the intersection for turn lanes, is scheduled to begin May 1. The county and the town are planning to bid their portions of the project - to repave Piedra Road from the intersection to Ace Court and to relocate the entrance to Eagle Drive far enough off the highway to allow cars to stack up at the light respectively - together to save on costs and administration.
The town's participation with the paving project on Light Plant Road is limited to funding. Harrington said the town provided about $330,000 in air quality grant money for its portion of the project which includes paving and reconstruction from Hot Springs Boulevard to Mill Creek.
The balance of the $1.2-1.3 million project to pave the road all the way to Colorado 84 is being funded by the county.
Kevin Walters, Archuleta County director of road and bridge, said although the project was ready to bid in mid-March, some right-of-way must still be acquired and some additional state requirements met because of the grant funding. Currently, the plan is to put the project out for bids the first part of July.
"It's not going to give the contractor much time to finish," Walters said. "It may be, depending on the winter, that the paving will have to be finished in the first part of 2002."
The existing road will be replaced with a 24-foot asphalt roadway, a guard rail, new fencing and gravel shoulders. Drainage issues will also be addressed.
Walters said the goal is to give the people coming into Pagosa Springs from the southern end of the county an alternative route to U.S. 160.
Finally, town staff are working with engineers to finalize the engineering on the East U.S. 160 sewer extension which would take the sewer line along the highway 2.5 miles from the town limit. To help pay for the over $500,000 project, the town received a $300,000 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment grant plus a low-interest loan of up to $200,000.
Local phone customers found themselves unable to make long distance calls Wednesday morning, but a technical problem was resolved by CenturyTel personnel and service was restored by early afternoon.
According to Vancouver-based CenturyTel spokesperson Carol Allen it was a faulty piece of equipment at a microwave radio tower that caused all long distance service to the 264 and 731 exchanges to go out at 8:30 a.m. Callers could neither make or receive long distance calls.
Allen said a component called a "card" malfunctioned at a tower located seven miles south of Pagosa Springs near Trujillo Road and was replaced, with long distance service restored at approximately 1:30 p.m.
"As far as we know," said Allen, "everything is fixed. If customers have any difficulty with long distance calls, they need to call our repair service."
Speed is a growing complaint by residents of the subdivisions which make up Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association and one of them is so tired of speeders in his neighborhood he wants the Public Safety Office reestablished - even if it's operation would be illegal.
Brock Taras, of 104 Butte Drive, told PLPOA directors Tuesday he's afraid someone is going to be killed in his neighborhood and the sheriff's office either can't or won't do anything about speeders.
"I've called, my neighbors have called, everyone has called. They just won't come out. Sooner or later someone is going to die as a result. If we still had the PSO, we'd have control of the problem ourselves."
Advised the PSO operation had been found illegal and that the membership had voted to do away with it, he insisted, "Then we should ask them to vote again to restore the operation. If the sheriff can't control it, we should do it ourselves."
Taras said, "I've brought this to the board's attention before. Speed bumps were discussed and the possibility of radar guns mentioned but I've heard nothing further on the issue."
Advised the board was told speed bumps are now illegal and that radar must be read and enforced on the scene, he demanded, again, that the issue of reinstating the PSO be submitted to the general membership.
Director Fred Ebeling, chairing the session in the absence of president Richard Manley, said, "We have no jurisdiction over the use of the streets. They're the county's responsibility."
"They won't act," Taras replied. "Why not bring back our deputies? We don't have any protection from the sheriff's office now."
Director David Bohl suggested Taras and his neighbors go to the county commissioners for action. "The sheriff has been trying to get funding for the additional deputies he needs and they're dragging their feet. You need to take your demands to the commissioners."
Director Thomas Cruse agreed it is the sheriff's responsibility. "We need to put pressure on that department. We need to keep it going until we get some departmental response out here."
"We'll do our best to do something about it," Ebeling said.
Taras replied, "I think there should be at least one deputy on regular patrol here in Pagosa Lakes. We need protection and we're not getting it."
Director Francesco Tortorici agreed with Cruse, saying, "Until we, as a group, can sway the county commissioners to act, there's little we can do but keep trying, keep the pressure on."
"I can't believe we have to wait for someone to get killed to get action to control speeders and scofflaws out here," commented Taras as he left the room.
Anyone who left the 9Health Fair without turning in the white copy of the registration form, please mail it to the Denver address on the front of the form. Keep the yellow copy for records. This is important: if you had blood drawn you will not receive the results unless you mail in your registration.
Even if you are not expecting results it is essential that 9Health Fair have your registration to complete its data.
Durango and Creede are having 9Health Fairs Saturday, so if you missed the Pagosa Fair you can attend either of these or the many others across the state. The complete schedule can be found on the web at www.9HealthFair.org or email 9HF@9HealthFair.org.
Aesthetics related items dominated a major portion of Thursday's meeting of the board of directors of Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association.
It started when Craig Givens of Pagosa Highlands called the board's attention to the "increasing problem of people using and abusing green belt areas during construction."
"The board, last year, gave instructions not to enforce PLPOA declarations on green belts because they are Fairfield Pagosa property," he recalled. "I suggest you meet with their representatives to iron out ways to control digging, parking and utilizing green belt areas as trash depositories."
He cited one recent occasion when a cement truck was cleaned out on a green belt section, "with no obvious concern about damage to the area or the view it presented neighbors."
"PLPOA," he said, "needs the authority to step in and stop such actions."
Director Fred Ebeling, acting as board chairman in the absence of Richard Manley, said declarations of restrictions "bar builders from parking or storing construction materials on any lot other than the one on which construction is taking place. We'll direct enforcement personnel to look into this."
Director Thomas Cruse noted, "Fairfield has legal control but we need to meet the needs of all the property owners." He said covenant compliance, at the request of director Francesco Tortorici, will be a topic for the next town meeting.
And then the aesthetics debate turned to screening of propane tanks with Tortorici spearheading the debate.
"More and more, as we approach buildout, these tanks are going to become visible. Many people believe they're an eyesore and wonder why we're not mandating that they be screened. Our declarations require that they be installed either below surface or screened from street view."
"I've been told," he said, that the fire marshal has said we can't require screening but my own research indicates the opposite."
He said many residents, both old and new, have screened their tanks to improve the looks of their property.
Some, he said, have done it with logs, others with lattice work and some with building materials.
"Vast areas of association member-owned properties do not have natural gas available and as a result propane is a must," said Ebeling. "But I have experience with this issue. The state inspector made me remove my screen . . . told me it was illegal."
Tortorici said he had talked to a state inspector who said "they cannot be enclosed, but can be screened."
Director David Bohl said state and federal laws have changed since the declaration was written. "To comply now, screening must be at least three feet from the tank in each direction and must be of a non-flammable material. That means a 10-by-10-foot enclosure around three sides of each tank."
Tortorici was insistent that "the fire chief, Citizens Utilities and our own declarations say it is legal to install screening. Why don't we just mandate it?"
Bohl reiterated that the mandate was suspended because of the change in laws. In fact, he said, "The EPA is so strict now that you might find backyard swing sets and playground equipment barred because of the presence of propane tanks."
Tortorici replied, "I have a problem with us arbitrarily deciding what decs we're going to enforce or don't enforce. If it's illegal, or wrong, the dec should be eliminated. If it's not, it should be enforced."
Walt Lukasik, general manager, said he was not aware of state or federal legislation regarding the issue but was aware a local study had been done and that representatives were told by area officials that three-sided lattice work screening was perfectly appropriate. "None of the officials contacted voiced any concern about violation of state or federal law," he said.
"What about natural shrubbery as a screen?" asked an audience member.
"The footage setback would remain," Bohl said, "and there would be the question of whether the shrubbery is flammable."
Tortorici told the board a contractor came to him and complained he had been told by code enforcement personnel that he could not install a screen around a tank. Lukasik said he had investigated and could find no one who made such a statement. As a result, he said, "Staff has been directed not to override directives with personal interpretations."
Director Jim Carson agreed, "We need to find a way to deal with changing declarations if they are illegal. What about burying the tanks as also specified in the decs?"
"That would make an even worse appearance," said Bohl.
"We can legally do it," Tortorici said. "People are doing it. The inspector is letting them do it. The fire marshal is allowing it. We need to rescind the resolution (87-8) which created the restrictions, and I so move."
Carson seconded the motion.
Director Gerald Smith asked, "What are the implications of passage? Will all new building permits issued require screening? What about those who were told in the past it would not be allowed? Will they be required to install it?"
Ebeling responded, "I think we should not pass the motion until we have in writing from the state inspectors and the fire marshal their opinion that screening is legal."
"It is obvious that if we act," Smith said, "we'll need a superseding motion to replace the one being rescinded. Can we table action until our next meeting, get the confirmation needed, and have the superseding motion all ready at that time?"
With heads nodding agreement, Smith moved to table the motion, Bohl seconded it and a unanimous vote followed.
Smith closed the discussion saying, "Let's be sure we have all applicable state and federal laws examined in the interim, also."
It is a countywide problem, but one being seen repeatedly in subdivisions comprising the Pagosa Lakes Home Owners Association.
Jim Carson told fellow association directors he had learned at the previous weekend's health fair that the lack of visible, discernible address markers in the area is seriously hampering efforts of emergency personnel called out at night.
Carson said he had talked to EMTs who told him they are having an increasingly tough problem finding the sources of emergency calls because address numbers often are not visible at night.
"The PLPOA can't solve the problem," he said. "Only the homeowners can solve it and we should urge all our members to make sure their homes are properly marked."
Walt Lukasik, general manager, said the county planner's office in the courthouse building will sell the type of signs needed, with reflective back and white numbers for $4. Buyers must bring the exact amount or a check for that amount. "They will need to supply their own post to mount the sign on."
Director and vice president Fred Ebeling, chairing the session in the absence of president Richard Manley, said the bylaws require house markers "discernible from the road in front, but the addition of the word reflective would be advisable."
In other action, the board:
- Heard Larry Lynch, property and environment manager, report on a meeting the previous week of the Lakes, Fisheries and Parks Committee with forces moving toward creation of a recreation district in the area. The property owners interested have asked that the board help with legal expenses on exploring the idea, he said. He said the effort is incidental to and involved with the master parks plan approved by the board last year. The only question came from director Francesco Tortorici who asked, "If a metropolitan district or a public improvement district were proposed, would we be setting a precedent for legal assistance by approving this measure?" Assured it was a special case relative to a board approved plan, and that any future case would be weighed on individual merits, he joined in the unanimous vote of approval
- With Lynch still on hand, director Gerald Smith noted his department's planned spending of $37,000 for weed control in the lakes and $32,500 for fish stocking seemed a huge expenditure and asked if it had been budgeted. Assured it was, he said it appears money well spent for needed improvements of the lakes
- Heard Carson wonder aloud if it would be possible to purchase a year's fish stock in advance at the same price being paid this year. "There's a lot of politics associated with whirling disease," he said. "I suspect there'll be a great increase in price as the debate goes on. Lynch said it could be done "only if we take delivery now." From the audience, a resident asked, "Could you get a five-year contract at a fixed rate?" Lynch noted there are only a couple of disease-free suppliers in the state now and "they effectively have a corner on the market. They would be unwise to sell in advance what they could assuredly get more for in the future"
- Accepted a resignation from the Environmental Control Committee and appointed alternate member Craig Givens to the full membership position
- Agreed to a request for extension of an impact fee agreement with Eaton Pagosa Estates to 2002, pending receipt of seven overdue $1,000 payments.
Just in time for spring, a two and one-half month old bear cub is the newest resident of Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park located on U.S. 84 south of town.
The park's newest arrival is not yet named, but suggestions for a name are welcome. She weighs just 8 pounds, but her weight will double within a month, according to Vimmie Ray who, with husband Dick Ray, owns and operates the park.
While the cub is small, visitors are encouraged to have photos made of their children holding the cub. In a few ticks of the calendar, such photo opportunities will be impossible because the cub will be a bear, too large for such close contact with humans.
Counting the new arrival, the park now has four bears. Just four years ago, Honey, a black bear cub, and Princess, a grizzly cub, were newcomers. Honey now weighs about 400 pounds and Princess maybe 700 pounds, according to Vimmie. The fourth resident bear is a 15-year-old veteran called Buster who weighs in excess of 400 pounds.
Two of the bears are movie stars, having appeared in "Lonesome Dove," and "Trouble Makers." The adult bears eat a five-gallon bucket full of assorted fruits and vegetables each day, according to Vimmie. Feeding time is normally about 3:30 p.m. and open to the public.
Also at the park for public viewing are three mountain lions, wolves, elk, coyotes, bobcats, and a porcupine. All of the animals are projects, meaning they would have been destroyed for lack of a home if the Ray's had not rescued them.
Rocky Mountain Theme Park is a private business which charges for admission. It offers one of the few venues in Southwestern Colorado with native wild animals on display.
A daycare center and a couple wanting to build a single-family home, both cleared one hoop Tuesday evening at the regular Pagosa Springs Planning Commission meeting.
The commission recommended approval of conditional-use permits in both cases - one to allow a business in a multiple-use residential district, and the other allowing a residence in a commercially-zoned downtown business and lodging district.
Barbara and Jack Eaklor requested the conditional-use permit to allow a daycare center in the 300 block of North 4th Street.
Mark Garcia, town building administrator, said another daycare exists just down the street from the proposed location. The town received two letters of support for the new daycare, both from other providers.
Barbara Eaklor said plans include having up to six children full-time plus two school-age children, a number in line with state requirements. The daycare will be open 7:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Joe Martinez applied for the second permit in an attempt to make land available for his daughter and son-in-law to build a 3-bedroom frame home in the 200 block of San Juan Street.
Although several private residences exist on the street, it has been zoned D1, downtown business and lodging.
Martinez said neighbors signed a petition to change the zoning several years ago to help aid the developer of some adjacent land. However, that land remains vacant.
Joy Downing, the owner of lots across the street from the proposed residence, asked the board to consider the future of the area.
"A lot of these properties in the next 20 years will be commercial. Do you consider if it will have that kind of aesthetics or make sure that it doesn't hinder what's going on in the future?"
The location of the lot puts it outside the stricter design guidelines required for new structures along Hot Springs Boulevard, a couple of blocks away from the proposed home, Garcia said.
Planning Commission board member Ross Aragon made a motion to recommend the conditional-use permit on the condition that some old cars, wood and other items are cleared off the property, and that the proposed dwelling fit in with the quality of the surrounding area.
"I believe it would complement some of the improvements that have already taken place down there," he said. The motion passed unanimously.
These recommendations will go before the Pagosa Springs Board of Trustees for final approval or denial.
In other business, the commission:
- Recommended approval of a conditional-use permit to allow work crews to park recreational vehicles on the new First Baptist Church property during construction. This permit was approved last year, but construction was not far enough along for the crews to begin
- Recommended approval of some additional definitions to be added to a proposed amendment of the sign ordinance. The amendment would require all temporary signs to be permitted. The Pagosa Springs Board of Trustees will review the recommended amendment at the May 1 meeting which will include a continuation of a public hearing on the same subject
- Received copies of the parts of the recently approved Community Plan that pertain to the town. After three years of widespread community discussion, the Archuleta County Planning Commission approved the plan at its last meeting.
Town Planner Chris Bentley said because the town was involved in several aspects of the plan, it was important to use it where possible. Areas that pertain to the town were highlighted for the board's consideration. Any actions the town has already taken to address those issues, were also included.
"In a sense, we're in pretty good shape as far as being in tune with what people want," Bentley said. "But I would like to have your comments on how you see us standing on a few of those things."
Bentley said following commission and staff discussion of issues raised by the Community Plan, an addendum to the town's Land-Use Plan will be prepared for possible adoption by the town planning commission outlining any additional planning goals.
The following is an excerpt from the Office of Victims of Crime editorial column.
"For nearly 30 years, countless volunteers and professionals have dedicated their lives to helping victims of crime and making our communities safer for us all.
It has not been an easy journey, because its "pilots" and "passengers" are confronted on a daily basis with the human devastation and destruction that violence wreaks on our society.
The road to victim justice has led its travelers toward creative, collaborative approaches that recognize the domino effect of crime on individuals, families, and communities, and promote cooperation to ensure that victims no longer fall through cracks in systems that must be designed to protect them.
This dynamic history is reflected in the words of Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Harry Truman: "We learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." For crime victims and those who serve them, the "stars" that have provided the guiding light for nearly three decades comprise the basic concept of "victim justice."
Shouldn't people whose lives have been devastated by crime have a voice in seeking justice? Shouldn't our society work diligently to ensure that victims are treated with respect and provided with rights that keep them informed and involved in justice processes? And shouldn't our communities be concerned with holding offenders accountable and providing them with opportunities to "right the wrongs" they have caused by their criminal and delinquent actions?
The answer to each of these questions is a resounding "yes."
The course set by the stars of safety and justice for all is one that recognizes the pain and suffering of crime victims and validates their value as family members and friends who are hurt by crime; as important witnesses who can help hold offenders accountable for their actions; and as community members who are deserving of support and services.
April 22-28 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to reflect upon the significant accomplishments of America's victims' rights discipline, and to pay tribute to the millions of Americans whose lives have been irrevocably marred by crime.
Today in our nation, over 10,000 community and justice system-based programs provide services and support to victims of crime. More than 30,000 laws at the federal, state, and community level help to ensure that victims can participate in justice processes and that individuals and communities are safer."
During National Crime Victims' Rights Week and throughout the year, every person in Archuleta County can join in the crusade for victims' rights, victim services, and victim justice. Individual and community safety depends on such involvement, and the journey toward "justice for all" cannot be completed without the involvement and commitment of everyone.
Everyone can join the many initiatives that "reach for the stars of safety and justice" and in doing so, can make a positive difference in the lives of countless victims who need and deserve support.
The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program is a local non-profit agency providing support service for victims of violent crime, mostly domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocates provide free and confidential services, including immediate crisis intervention, transportation, and safe shelter. The court advocacy program works specifically on ensuring victims are aware of their rights and fully informed of the justice process.
For more information please call 264-9075 and visit the Victims' Rights Awareness display at the Ruby M. Sisson Library, April 22-28.
Best thing going
We live in Aspen Springs and although we have some big problems here, one of the best things we have going is the Metro District. We pay a little for their service, but it is worth it. In the winter, the plowing is consistent and thorough. There comes the need and holes are filled, gravel is put down and problem spots are graded. We thank the employees for the good job.
I do not know the name of the family who lives in the gray house out here west on 160 on the south side across from the Rotary Park. The lighted cross on the hill behind the house is a powerful reminder of the meaning of both the Christmas and Easter seasons.
To Mr. Steve Price and his letter regarding violators of handicap parking: Right on.
Thank you very much.
Impact of attitude
After reading the letters to the editor in the April 12 SUN I thought of a quote I read recently that really spoke to me. My natural tendency is to look for what other people are doing wrong and then point out to them the error of their ways. I must constantly remind myself that my attitude can bring either peace and joy or anger, bitterness and misery to my life and to those around me.
I hope these words from well-known author and evangelist Chuck Swindall will encourage someone else:
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company . . . a church . . . a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude . . . I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our attitudes."
There is a reporter pursuing the heavy "road work" for you who definitely monitors the pulse of Pagosa. I just hope those "high rollers" paying 500K for a Piano Creek membership read this intrepid reporter's column and pay attention. They will "strike" it rich.
After digesting Richard "Scoop" Walter's discerning awareness and incisive reporting on the needs of Pagosa in the Preview section of the April 12 SUN, I would just add: I will be standing number-2 in that line, right behind "Scoop."
LCDR Ret. Wesley E. Bakewell, 80, crossed the bar on April 11, 2001. Wes was born on a farm near Plymouth, Missouri on July 15, 1920, one of six children of George and Anna Bakewell. He joined the Navy in l941 and served his country until 1971.
Wes received his commission of Lt.j.g. in 1961. His expertise at maintenance and repair of engine-room boilers was recognized throughout the Pacific Fleet. He was the chief boiler inspector of the West Coast in the mid-1960s. His favorite ship was the George Clymer.
Among the many decorations and commendations he received were three bronze stars. Upon retiring, Wes joined the San Diego Police Reserves and served with the department until he and his wife moved to Pagosa Springs in 1975. He built a log house in Pagosa and enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially horseback trips throughout the mountains lasting many days.
Wes was initiated into the Masonic Order in 1952. He served as Master of Pagosa Springs Lodge 114 in 1986 and as Grand Master of Pagosa Springs Eastern Star Harmony Chapter 84 in 1985-86.
Wes was a husband of 55 years to Lillian; father of Kristyne Dresselhaus, Michelle Ludwig, Michael Bakewell and W. Scott Bakewell. He was a doting grandfather of eight. He is also survived by three brothers and a sister.
A memorial service for the exceptional Navy veteran, who loved his God, his family and his country, was held April 17.
Pagosa Springs High School coach Kyle Canty announced his resignation from coaching ranks this past week.
"The big thing," Canty said in explaining his resignation, "is that I am Branch President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I've found that I can't do both jobs. I tell those I coach that they have to get their priorities right. For me, the highest priority is church. I have to practice what I preach."
Canty will remain at Pagosa Springs High School as a math teacher.
For the past four years, Canty has coached boys varsity basketball and both boys and girls' varsity track. He formerly coached the Pagosa Springs girls varsity basketball team for five years.
As boys' basketball coach, Canty posted a 56 win-31 loss record during his four-year tenure. His teams have advanced to the final eight in Colorado 3A basketball the past two years.
Career highlights remembered by Canty include beating Monte Vista during the 1998-99 district tournament and playing at state the past two years.
"I guess what I enjoyed most, though, was watching the kids improve from week to week," Canty said. "I enjoyed working with the kids and I will miss it very much. I always had great support from the alumni, parents, and community."
With his wife, Karen, Canty has two children: Meigan, who graduates from the high school this year, and Kimberly, a sixth grader. Canty has a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University with a minor in computer science and statistics, and a master's degree in math from the University of Utah.
Canty graduated from Sanford High School in the San Luis Valley where the basketball team on which he played captured a state championship. Canty won All-State honors in basketball and football. He also earned points in the boys' 440-yard dash, 880-yard dash, and two-mile relay at the state track meet.
The school district is advertising for a replacement for Canty.
Kahle Charles, Pagosa Springs High School athletic director, announcing the Canty resignation, said, "Kyle has been a successful and very good coach, and he will be missed."
Charles said he welcomes applications for the head basketball coaching job and asked that anyone interested contact him at the school with their qualifications. He can be reached at 264-2231, Ext. 224.
The coach normally is also a classroom teacher, and right now there are only two teaching positions open, both in fields where one would not normally expect a person with coaching ability to be found.
Charles said he is recommending the appointment of Connie O'Donnell to replace Canty as head track coach and of her husband, Sean, as assistant.
Take two crews of Pirates, put them in a contest against each other and you can expect a donnybrook.
Make those Pirates represent Pagosa Springs and Monte Vista, and you know you have the makings of an all-out war.
Slip Darin Lister into that mix for Pagosa and you have the Monte Pirates wondering how to beat him.
The upshot is that Lister got the wins in both ends of Saturday's double header at Golden Peaks Stadium in Pagosa with a route-going two hitter in the first game that featured 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Lister's performance was even more impressive when you consider he had gone the route in beating Bayfield on Wednesday and, at Friday night practice, was complaining of a sore arm.
In his brilliant opening game performance, Lister got home run support from Justin Kerns and a 3-for-3 performance at the plate by Brandon Charles, and blanked the visiting Pirates until the seventh inning when first baseman Bryan Wright touched him for a home run to take away the shutout.
Lister then bore down and retired the final two batters to record the win.
"Darin was just masterful today," said coach Tony Scarpa. "He had them off balance with his sharp control, good breaking ball and sneaky fast ball."
Though the Pirates committed four errors behind him, Lister was never threatened.
That, however, set the stage for one of the weirdest games you'll ever want - or not want - to watch.
With Ronnie Janowsky on the mound for Pagosa in the nightcap, Monte opened with a vengeance, apparently intent on taking back their honor.
Catcher Nathan Holobaugh opened by reaching on an error by first baseman Nathan Stretton. When left fielder Jacob Jones singled, Monte had two runners on for shortstop Darren Montoya who responded with a long home run over the left field fence. Mike Ross got on when Ross Wagle booted his drive to third and couldn't make the play. Janowsky wild-pitched him to second and he went to third as Wright grounded to short. He scored the fourth run of the inning when pitcher Ben Carlucci hit a sacrifice fly. When Nick Gutierrez grounded back to Janowsky to end the first half inning, Pagosa was down 4-0.
And then the you-take-it-I-don't-want-it marathon began.
Pagosa stormed back with seven runs in their half of the first.
Lister, playing shortstop, opened with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Kerns singled to drive him in and then he, too, was wild-pitched to second. Catcher Ben Marshall was hit by a pitch and Janowsky reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases for Wagle.
After fouling off several pitches, Wagle singled to drive in Kerns. Lawren Lopez, in the designated hitter role, struck out, leaving the bases loaded. But Stretton followed with another single and RBI and Charles got an infield single for another RBI and his seventh consecutive hit in three games.
David Kern, the left fielder, fanned for the second Pagosa out, but Lister singled again before Kerns ended the inning grounding out to short. The 32-minute inning was just a portent of things to come.
Janowsky opened the second by walking both Marco Tortorelli and Brooks Meadows and then fanned Holobaugh for the first out. Jones then got his second consecutive single and an RBI. Montoya doubled before Ross struck out. Wright walked on a Janowsky wild pitch which also allowed a run to score and Carlucci ended the inning by striking out.
Pagosa got one hit, a single by Janowsky, and two walks in the third, but were unable to score. Charles' bid for an eighth consecutive hit was thwarted on a grounder to first to end the inning.
Montoya opened the fourth for Monte with a single and then stole both second and third. Ross fanned, but Wright grounded to third and Wagle opted to go to first for the out, Montoya scoring. Janowsky then got Carlucci on strikes to end the inning.
Pagosa got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Kern opened with a walk. He was out at second when Lister hit into a fielder's choice. Lister advanced on a wild pitch and then Kerns walked. Lister went to third when Marshall hit into a fielder's choice, Kerns being retired at second. Then Janowsky aided his own cause with a long double scoring Lister before Wagle popped to first for the final out.
Pagosa's fourth opened with Lopez being hit by a pitch. Stretton walked and Carlucci plunked Charles to load the bases without benefit of a hit. But, Kern struck out, Lopez was out at the plate attempting to score on a wild pitch and Lister grounded to second to end the threat.
The fifth and sixth innings turned into a 20-run nightmare for both teams.
Monte went down in order, Guttierez popping to first, Tortorelli grounding to third and Meadows fanning.
And then the hometown Pirates seemed to have put the game away.
Kerns walked, stole second and was wild-pitched to third. Marshall was on with a fielder's choice, Kerns being thrown out at the plate. Janowsky singled and Wagle walked to load the bases. Lopez drove in two with a ringing single and Stretton plated another with a double. Charles singled and stole second before Kern struck out. Lister kept the rally alive with a double, Kerns reached on an error by the right fielder and promptly stole second. Marshall walked and set the plate for Janowsky who responded with a tremendous drive over the left field fence. Wagle grounded to first but Pagosa had scored 10 runs and led 18-9.
But this is, after all, Rockies Country, where anything can happen on the baseball diamond. And, it did.
Monte responded with a 10-spot of their own and recaptured the lead at 19-18.
Holobaugh walked and stole second. Jones also walked and the pair then worked a double steal when Janowsky forgot the situation and went into a full windup instead of a stretch motion.
Montoya struck out to slow the threat but Janowsky walked Ross to load the bases and Wright followed with a single, Carlucci doubled and Janowsky hit Guttierez before walking Ben Riddick, batting for Tortorelli.
Scarpa reluctantly went to the mound and replaced Janowsky with Lister who had not had an opportunity to warm up.
Meadows reached on a fielder's choice and the bases were loaded. Holobaugh walked for the second time in the inning, getting an RBI. Jones singled in another run and Montoya followed suit. Finally, Lister settled down, fanning Mike Roberts and Wright. But, the latter reached base when Marshall dropped the pitch and his throw to first was high.
The half inning ended with Carlucci grounding to first. The score was, unbelievably, 19-18 in favor of the Valley Indians.
Lopez led off the bottom of the sixth for Pagosa reaching on an error by the second baseman. Stretton grounded into a 6-4 force of Lopez at second but beat the relay to first. Charles doubled to drive in Stretton with the tying run and stole third. Kern popped to short, but Charles came in to score on a wild pitch and Pagosa had a 20-19 lead as Lister flied to right to end the inning.
As Lister trudged to the mound for the top of the seventh fans were wondering if he had anything left.
He got Guttierez on strikes on three pitches and then fanned Riddick.
But Monte still wasn't quite done. Lister walked Meadows and he advanced to second on a passed ball and then stole third.
The game situation had finally arrived. Runner on third, two outs and the lead-off batter, Holobaugh who had walked in three consecutive trips, at the plate.
Lister proved the superman of the day.
He fanned Holobaugh for the final out, the 20-19 Pagosa victory and his second win of the afternoon and third in four days.
The game was a statistical nightmare but it put the Pagosans into contention in the IML and dropped Monte into a second place tie.
Overall, the contest featured four hit batsmen, 19 walks, seven stolen bases, six wild pitches, 18 strikeouts and two home runs.
With darkness moments away Pagosa had the double-header sweep and reason to look forward to their final league encounter, a double header Tuesday at Ignacio, starting at 2 p.m.
The captain walked on deck, ordered his crew to set the Pirate ship on course, and then directed them into battle.
When the smoke cleared last Wednesday, the Buccaneers had righted a sometimes foundering diamond ship and upset the team considered at least a co-favorite to win the Intermountain League baseball title.
Capt. Tony Scarpa, skipper of the Pagosa craft, called upon First Mate Darin Lister to stop the enemy's heavy artillery and the junior hurler answered the call.
He shut down the vaunted Wolverine broadside, giving up just six hits, walking only one and striking out three in a route-going 4-2 victory.
"We really needed that kind of performance," Scarpa said. Lister, who had been a member of the school's basketball team in the state playoffs, has been active on the diamond for only a little over two weeks now.
"He was in some pain, early," Scarpa said, "because he hasn't had enough work. But he responded as the game wore on with key pitch after key pitch."
Asked to give a one-word description of the effort, Scarpa quickly replied, "Awesome!"
In fact, he said, both pitchers were sharp. Rory Martinez for Bayfield allowed only five hits in his six-inning stint, striking out four with a blazing fast ball.
"The difference," Scarpa said, "was that Darin was hitting spots when he wanted to. He wasn't overpowering, just exhibited great control and had batters off balance all day."
The game, snowed out the previous day as the second end of a double-header in Bayfield, was played under cool, windy conditions, but not bad enough to force Pagosa's sailors to lower the mainsail again.
The Pirates got off to a good start against Martinez when Lister, batting in the lead off spot, opened the contest with a triple. After Justin Kerns grounded back to the pitcher, Lister scored on an RBI groundout to first by catcher Ben Marshall.
Neither team scored in the second or third innings but in the fourth, Pagosa's swashbucklers brandished their swords and went on the attack again. After Marshall was plunked by a Martinez broadside, first baseman Ronnie Janowsky skied a long drive to right center where the right fielder made what Scarpa called "a circus catch" and Marshall was forced to hold at first.
But Martinez aided the Pirate foes when he plunked Ross Wagle for the second hit batsman of the inning and Pagosa had runners on first and second with Nate Stretton at the plate. He hit into a fielder's choice advancing the runners and then Brandon Charles singled to drive in Marshall and give Pagosa a 2-0 lead.
Bayfield came back with another musket assault in the bottom of the inning. Devon Catron reached on one for four Pirate errors in the game when Kerns, playing in left field for the first time this season, dived for Catron's drive and it eluded him. Chris Carroll singled to drive him in and narrow the margin to one run.
In the fifth, the Pirates went down in order but Bayfield rallied and launched another threat.
The lead batter grounded into a third to first out but two singles and a double plated the tying run and left runners on second and third with only one out.
Lister bore down and enticed the next batter into a pop-up, the runners forced to hold. And then on the key confrontation of the game, he fanned Carroll to end the threat.
A fusillade of Pirate hits sunk the Bayfield chance in the sixth.
Janowsky opened with a single. Wagle, who reached base three times in the game, singled to move Janowsky to third. Stretton dropped down a perfect bunt to drive in Janowsky and give the lead back to the visitors. Charles closed the effort with a single, driving in the fourth run and giving the Pirates the spoils of the day.
"They're (Bayfield) a good hitting team," Scarpa said. "But Darin shut them down. He had exceptional control, hitting the corners and using his curve to great effect."
"Finally," he said, "everyone played together, all on the same page and looking to perform as a team."
And then the Pirate brigantine hoisted full sails and headed for the treasure cove at home.
One member of the Pirates track team is headed for state, and the season is just short of a month old.
Sophomore Jason Schutz qualified for state at the Pine River Meet at Bayfield on Friday the 13th with a 51.54 third place finish in the 400 meters. It will be his first shot at a state medal.
Assistant track coach Connie O'Donnell said Schutz's run was definitely a highlight, but playing on an all-weather track so close to home also gave the team a boost.
Both the girls and boys squads competed against a field of around 20 schools. Strengths on the day included the relay teams and another individual top three finish.
Caleb Mellette grabbed a third place award for his 16.56 dash in the 110 high hurdles. He placed fourth in the long jump with a 20-foot .5-inch leap, an effort that left him .5-inch short of becoming the second state qualifier for the Pirates. The junior, with a time of 44.04 placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles.
He also combined with junior Tyler Kirtley, and seniors Tyrel Ross and Josh Postolese to bring home the team's other third place finish, a 47.12 run in the 4x100 relay.
Two of the three other relay teams slid into fourth place finishes. The 4x200 team of seniors Postolese, Ross, Daniel Crenshaw and Clint Shaw crossed the line in 1:38.49, and the 4x400 team of Schutz, Postolese, Crenshaw and senior Travis Laverty posted a 3:45.84.
Laverty, junior Trevor Peterson, and freshmen, Aaron Hamilton and Brandon Samples captured sixth in the 4x800 relay, coming home in 9:50.2
Four Lady Pirates placed in individual events, led by Katie Lancing and senior Meigan Canty who pulled in a pair of fourth place finishes.
Lancing placed fourth in the high jump with a 4-8 leap. The junior's 20.13 time in the 100 meter hurdles was strong enough for fifth.
Canty claimed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles in 52.65.
Senior Annah Rolig took sixth in the 400 meter with a 66.3 finish, and junior Aubrey Volger cleared 14-9.75 in the long jump for another sixth.
Rolig, senior Tiffanie Hamilton, Lancing and Canty combined for a 55.31, fourth place finish in the 4x100 relay. In the 4x200, Rolig and Canty teamed up with Volger and senior Andrea Ash for a fifth place effort in 1:58.12. The 4x400 relay team, Hamilton, sophomore Katie Bliss, junior Michelle Ferguson and Volger, claimed another fifth place finish in 4:45.23.
Finishing sixth in 11:22.12 was the 4x800 relay team, Volger, Rolig, Ash and sophomore Amanda McCain.
O'Donnell said this week both the girls and the boys are working to finalize relay squads after trying some different combinations.
"I think we're getting closer," she said. To get some additional practice, a triangular has been planned with Ignacio in Bayfield tonight starting around 4:30 p.m.
Lindsey Kurt-Mason is becoming a world-class chess player - on the soccer field.
The coach of the Pagosa Lady Pirates soccer team has been frustrated that other schools don't bring a junior varsity team when playing Pagosa. He, therefore, is working all the players dressed for the day into every game.
A good example was Tuesday's contest against Center. Kurt-Mason got more than 30 girls into the action and all, in addition to getting valuable varsity competition, contributed in one way or another to a 6-0 Pagosa victory.
As have most - but not all of the season's earlier games - this one started slowly, each team looking to establish ball and position control.
Center's Alexandra Guzman had the first legitimate shot on goal, a dribbler from the right that was cornered by Pirate goalkeeper Carlena Lungstrum at 1:08.
Pagosa took the rebound, got a key outlet kick from Cassie Pfeifle to Tiffany Diller at midfield and her lead to Amber Mesker put her right on goal. But, her shot was wide left and the scoreless tie held.
Center's Esthella Gonzalez was sorely tested in the nets by Pagosa's attack in the next several minutes.
At 2:12, Tricia Lucero got a nice drop pass from Lindsay Schmidt but waited a step too long to shoot and was stopped by Gonzalez. At 3:09, Gonzalez came out of the net to cut down the angle and was able to stop Mesker's left-footer on a breakaway. At 7:45, Lucero was stopped on her blast from the left wing and at 9:36 the same fate befell Cathy Tharpe.
Just 47 seconds later, Diller intercepted a Center clearing kick at midfield, raced in and fired but was wide left on the shot. At 13:02 a frustrated Lucero was wide right again, the ball just nicking the post. At 15:43, Meagan Hilsabeck got a great drop pass off a fake goal shot by Mesker but her shot went wide left.
Still thwarted, Pagosa kept the pressure on. At 18:22 Hilsabeck's shot off a lead from Lucero was stopped by Gonzalez. At 21:13, Lungstrum made her best save of the day, coming 20 yards out of the net to hug a shot as a striker bore down on her trying to be first to the ball.
The litany of failed efforts rolled on for Pagosa as Mesker, Hope Koppelman, and Mesker again were stopped by Gonzalez. In the meantime, Lungstrum stopped two Center attempts.
Finally, at 33:33, the drought ended in spectacular fashion. Sara Aupperle took a crossing pass from Hilsabeck, dribbled toward the right side, and spotted Lucero breaking down the left sideline.
Her cross to Lucero left the sophomore wide open for a drive to the net and her left-footer gave Pagosa the first score of the game and a lead they would never relinquish.
At 35:28 Schmidt's bid to hike the score scored a direct hit on the cross bar and it rebounded back onto the playing field.
At 37:52, the Pirates swarmed the net trying to keep a live ball in position for a goal. It went into the net, glancing off a Center defender. Pagosa had a 2-0 lead at halftime and during that break the team elected to credit the goal to Lungstrum, with an assist to Diller.
The second half was less than a minute old when the score increased to 3-0 with Mesker driving in the marker on an unassisted effort. Then came more frustration. First Mesker and then Hilsabeck on a lead from Mesker, were stopped. Then Diller had a shot go wide right and at 5:26 Hilsabeck was stopped by Gonzalez on a point-blank drive from 10 yards out.
At that point Kurt-Mason pulled Lungstrum from goal, put her in an attack position, and sent Lacie Ream into the nets for her first varsity action.
At 20:41 the Pirate lead was hiked to 4-0 by junior varsity player Jessica Quick who drove in a lead pass from Diller.
The Pirate lead climbed to 5-0 at 21:32 when Amy Moore's drive was stopped by Gonzalez but rebounded right to Hilsabeck who ripped it into the upper left corner of the net.
Exactly three minutes later, on an almost identical play, Gonzalez recovered after tipping out a shot by Tharpe, and stopped Hilsabeck's rebound effort.
At 31:45 it was Lucero scoring her second goal of the game ripping in a rebound from a shot by Aupperle and the Pirate lead was at the final 6-0 mark.
Two more Pagosa drives in the final minute resulted in a shot going wide left from Mesker and a 20-yarder by Lungstrum stopped by Gonzalez as time ran out.
The victory gave the Pirates a 4-4 league record with conference matches remaining April 26 at Ignacio and April 27 at Bayfield.
Pagosa scored 10 runs Tuesday, usually more than enough to win a game on the baseball field.
But not this day.
The visiting Bloomfield Bobcats scored 11 runs in the first three innings en route to a 21-10 pasting of the home-standing Pirates who seemed lethargic and forgetful at times during the contest.
The game opened with a fine play by Justin Kerns at third scooping up Anthony Valdez' bid for a bunt single and throwing him out at first. Then Simon Hampton lifted a routine fly ball to right but Jarret Frank misplayed the ball for an error and Hampton was on second.
Pirate pitcher Ronnie Janowsky should have been out of the inning when Bloomfield catcher Bryan Sandoval grounded to second and was thrown out, Hampton advancing to third. But the error came back to haunt Janowsky.
Brian Stahle topped a slow roller down the third base line and was safe when Kerns fell on the fielding attempt with Hampton scoring. Bloomfield's first baseman kept the rally going with a double and pitcher Matt Bell walked. Third baseman Jerome Casaus responded with a single to drive in one run and shortstop Richard Sanchez followed suit for another RBI.
The inning ended when the ninth Bobcat to bat, Scooby Helickson, grounded out second to first and Bloomfield had a 4-0 lead it would not surrender.
Pagosa, however, gave early indications it would not play dead.
After shortstop Darin Lister led off with a line-drive out to left, and Kerns grounded out third-to-first, catcher Ben Marshall drew a walk and Janowsky followed with a long home run over the left field fence.
When pitcher Ross Wagle hit a drive to right that was misplayed for a two-base error and center fielder Nate Stretton drew a walk, Pagosa appeared poised to knot the game. But Charles flied to left to end the uprising and Pagosa still trailed 4-2.
The second inning was almost a repeat of the first.
Valdez led off with a double to left center and advanced to third on a Wagle wild pitch. Hampton was out on a fielder's choice, but Sandoval followed with an infield pop up that no fielder responded to and Valdez scored. Sandoval stole second and scored when Charles misplayed Stahle's ground ball for an error. Russell Cloer singled to drive in Stahle. Bell singled to left, but Stahle was cut down at third on fine throw from David Kern. Alex Cummins, a courtesy runner for Bell, stole second and came home on a single by Casaus. The latter was then picked off first by Wagle and the lead was 8-2 Bloomfield.
Pagosa went meekly in their half of the inning, Lopez fanning, Kern popping out to the catcher and Lister out on a drive to right.
Bloomfield got three more runs in the third. Sanchez singled, Helickson reached on a fielder's choice which went awry when the Pirate's throw to first went to the fence because no one was covering. Valdez popped out and Hampton grounded out 6-3 with the run scoring. Then Sandoval doubled in another run and scored himself on a single by Stahle before Cloer ended the inning popping out to Lister.
Pagosa got two runs in the third to narrow the lead to 11-4. Kerns walked but was out when Marshall grounded into a fielder's choice. Janowsky doubled in a run but was out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Wagle walked and was wild-pitched to second. Stretton reached on an error by the second baseman. Wagle scored on a throwing error by the catcher as Stretton got credit for a steal of second. But Charles fanned to end the inning and Pagosa's hopes went glimmering.
The balance of the game was an offensive show for Bloomfield which led at one time 19-4 before sending in reserves who allowed the Pirates six additional runs while the visitors got two of their own.
The Pirates return to league wars Tuesday with a doubleheader at Ignacio starting at 2 p.m. A sweep would give Pagosa better seeding for the league tournament scheduled to be played at the Sports Complex diamond April 28.
The Lady Pirates soccer team put a modest two-game winning streak on the line Saturday against Ridgway and despite the fact they outshot the visitors, dropped a 3-2 decision at Golden Peaks Stadium.
It was a game the Pirates felt they should have won.
Meagan Hilsabeck opened the scoring just 1:12 into the game scoring on a drop lead from Sara Aupperle.
Pagosa fought back several Ridgway advances and kept them from shots on goal until 7:50 when Parker Fargreluis evened the score on a drive from Carlena Lungstrum's right.
Ridgway goalkeeper Ry Ashley was sorely tested at 19:50 when first Tricia Lucero and then Amber Mesker subjected her to blistering kicks she was able to stop. The action resulted from a Cassie Pfeifle steal of a Ridgway outlet pass.
Ridgway took the lead at 2-1 at 21:25 when Carley Moran scored unassisted from directly in front of the nets.
Less than two minutes later, Ashley came out of the net to the right side and stopped Tiffany Diller's skimmer and, on the final shot of the half, made a stop on Hope Koppelman's first shot on goal of the season.
Ridgway took their 2-1 lead into the second half and Pagosa coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason put Amber Beye in goal.
Seven minutes into the half, Pagosa got the first offensive opportunity with Mesker taking a crossing lead from Hilsabeck but her kick from the right went wide left.
Five minutes later, during a fight for the ball at midfield, Pagosa's Kelli Patterson went down with a nose injury and had to leave the field when officials were unable to stop the bleeding.
Mesker had another shot stopped by Ashley at the 17-minute mark and Moran missed an opportunity for her second goal when her shot at 17:35 sailed over the net.
The key play for Pagosa came at 19:15 when a roughing call against Ridgway gave the Pirates an indirect kick. Diller approached as if to kick head-on but the play was set up for Hilsabeck. She started her approach from the right after Diller's first stride and Ashley did not see the fake before Hilsabeck had ripped the ball past her to tie the score.
The tie held for almost 10 minutes, each side unable to mount a legitimate threat, with the defenses bearing down.
And then it was Moran to the rescue for Ridgway. On a breakaway, she deked right, went left, and then right again and fired the right-footer into the nets for the final score of the game and a 3-2 Ridgway lead.
Pagosa mounted one last threat and had three shots on net in the final minute. Two were stopped and the last effort, by Cathy Tharpe, sailed over the nets with time running out.
It was the second loss of the season to the Demons. Ridgway beat them 1-0 on their home field after the now infamous new bus that wouldn't run trip.
Local appreciation begins Monday
It's the time of year to look for the bright pink posters that mark the merchants who are participating in the Annual Local Appreciation Week.
Break the piggy bank, grab the credit card and checkbook and head out to score some great savings during the week of April 23-28 when our local merchants thank you for your support and business throughout the year.
Different merchants will offer different things to you, unique ways of offering their thanks - candy or snacks may be available in addition to your savings.
We encourage you to stop at the bright pink signs and allow merchants to thank you for your business. This is also a great opportunity to "Shop Pagosa First" and save some dough at the same time.
We are very happy to welcome Doug Trowbridge to our Chamber family as our new Administrative Assistant.
We have been searching for the last few weeks and were gratified to receive about 30 applications, with some exceptional candidates, each of whom we thank. It was a difficult decision, but after much deliberation and rumination, Doug was clearly the strongest contender with just the right skills for the position.
There is the added benefit that now perhaps Lee Sterling will stop asking, "Do we have to have another girl?" every time we hire a new employee. As all the world knows, we live to make Lee happy, and this should certainly do the trick for a little while anyway. Please come by the Chamber or plan to attend the SunDowner next week to welcome our newest staff member. By the way, the one grinning her face off will be Morna who is downright giddy to have a full staff once again.
Ellen King, a Pagosa physical therapist, will present a free lecture tonight at the Catholic Parish Hall on Lewis Street at 6:45 p.m. entitled "Bringing Body, Mind and Spirit into Medicine." Ellen is the Clinical Director of Mercy Orthopedic and Sports Therapy and lectures on a national level.
The program tonight will be an overview of current medical research that supports the integration of mind, body and spirit into optimal health and well being.
This lecture is sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Health Partnership, which offers a free educational program the third Thursday of each month at the Parish Hall.
For further information, please contact Sharon Porter at 731-4553.
Please join the San Juan Mountains Association and Chimney Rock Interpretive Program Saturday for an open house, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Vista Clubhouse at 230 Port Avenue.
The purpose of this event is to acquaint the public with the varied projects and volunteer opportunities with the San Juan National Forest, Chimney Rock Interpretive Program, San Juan Mountains Association and Friends of Native Cultures.
Please join these folks Saturday or call the Chimney Rock Program Coordinator at the Pagosa Ranger District Office at 264-2268.
We want to thank Lee Riley for his continuing thoughtfulness. Every holiday, large and small, we receive a candy bouquet from Lee, and we are now the grateful recipients of fresh flowers every two weeks compliments of himself. Since we at the Chamber really, really dig fresh flowers, we are particularly delighted. Thank you Lee for brightening our spring and summer.
Our friend, Jim Reser, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College in Durango will be here in Pagosa April 27 to offer free business counseling to our members. Jim is a great guy with an amazing fund of knowledge about the business climate in the Four Corners area and is happy to share his expertise with you at no charge.
All you have to do is call Morna at the Visitor Center, 264-2360, to set up an appointment with Jim. Generally speaking, Jim is here from 9 a.m. until the appointments stop. If you are considering opening a business, want to create an effective plan or just have questions in general about your existing business, Jim can help.
Join us for the always fun and filling Archuleta Senior Citizens Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction April 28 at the Senior Center on 8th and Zuni, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There are those who look forward to the chili for the entire year preceding this event, as well as the barbecue and desserts. Beverages and dessert are included in the price of the meal: $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any member of the Archuleta Senior Citizens group.
Auctioned throughout the evening (by yours truly) will be to-die-for desserts made from scratch by loving hands from old family recipes. The silent auction will begin at 4:30 and close at 7:30 when successful bidders will be announced. If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, please call Phil Heitz, at 731-2558 or the Senior Center at 264-2167 to arrange for your items to be picked up.
This evening is a wonderful Pagosa tradition, and we hope you will join us for food, fun and friends.
This popular local group of musicians is planning a big evening May 6 for a live recording session and hopes you will all join in for a unique evening of recording the Rio Jazz brand of fabulous music. Friends and fans of Rio Jazz have long pined for their own CD of this special quartet, and it will become a reality May 6 at the brand-new Timbers of Pagosa restaurant (formerly the Sports Page).
Tickets for this evening are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Diamond Dave's and WolfTracks Coffee Company and Bookstore. Tickets purchased prior to May 4 will be $7 and allow you to pre-purchase the Rio Jazz CD, "Live at The Timbers of Pagosa," with a special autographed insert, for $8. Tickets at the door will be $10, and CDs purchased at the concert will be $10 and also include the autographed insert. This promises to be an evening of great music and fun, and further offers you the opportunity to be a part of Pagosa history. You'll be able to say, "I was there when the internationally acclaimed Rio Jazz recorded their very first CD." Join us.
More on these later, but keep in mind that May will also bring Oregon cellist Phillip Hansen, accompanied by local pianist Melinda Baum, to the Pagosa Springs High School May 18 at 7 p.m. for a concert to benefit the Archuleta County Senior Citizens, Inc. Mr. Hansen is the artistic director of Fear No Music, Oregon's premier contemporary ensemble and was featured with this ensemble last September in New York's famed Merkin Hall.
Before moving to Portland, Hansen was principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony and was frequently featured as a soloist. Tickets will go on sale the end of April for $10, and watch for ticket sale outlets to be announced.
Also in May comes a first for Pagosa - the Furry Friends and Fiber Arts Festival being held over Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27 at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds. This event is co-sponsored by Dave Belt and friends at Echo Mountain Alpacas, Inc. and the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.
Dave had this great idea to fill the existing void of activities over this weekend, and we are delighted to include it in our Calendar of Events for the year and hope it will become an annual thing. This will present a unique opportunity for all of us to see and experience all aspects of the fiber industry, and, for me in particular, to see all the "furry friends" up close and personal. I do love those critters. Plan to join us at the fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend.
We have four new members to introduce to the world this week and eight renewals. We love it when springtime brings more than daffodils and tulips.
I previously alluded to our first new members this week, that ever-popular, exquisitely talented group, Rio Jazz, with Bob Hemenger, John Graves, Lee Bartley and D.C. Duncan. We are so happy to welcome these guys after enjoying their music for quite some time. They are indeed a local quartet of professional musicians offering a wide variety of music to include swing, Latin, traditional, Dixieland, modern jazz and '30s and '40s classics. Weddings, parties, social events, special requests and personal favorites are specialties of this group, and they invite you to give them a call at 264-5432.
Janelle Karas brings us not one, but two businesses this week, and we thank Ronnie Doctor for recommending membership for both. Whatta gal! Ronnie will receive not one, but two passes for upcoming SunDowners and our thanks for being such a good Chamber salesperson. Janelle's first business is ICR Services-National Credit Repair located here in Pagosa. Through the use of an exclusive computer search program, ICR Services is able to remove inaccurate, erroneous or obsolete information contained in the customer's credit reports. For more information, please call 731-3949.
Janelle's second business is Simran RLLP located here in Pagosa as well at 47 Carefree, available for daily, weekly or monthly rental. This is a beautiful four-bedroom house with great views of Lake Pagosa and will comfortably sleep 10 people plus. If you would like to learn more about this property, please call 731-3949. We're happy to have Janelle and her two businesses.
Our friend, Jean Garcia brings us our fourth business this week, and that business, a totally new concept to Pagosa, is Pagosa Value Coupons. I think it's an idea whose time has come, and I'm sure you'll agree. With Pagosa Value Coupons you can save money now and generate new business. Monthly coupon booklets will be sent through the mail, or you can pick them up at the Chamber of Commerce when they are available. We'll let you know when Jean gives us the go on these, but we're delighted they will be available for this summer. If you would like to talk to Jean about Pagosa Value Coupons, please call 264-9419.
Renewals this week include Steve Rogan with United Loan Consultants; Nancy Guilliams with the Piedra River Resort; Charles and Laura Rand with Los Amigos Mexican Grill; Francesco L. Tortorici with Anasazi Custom Builders; Kathy Keyes with Pagosa Baking Company; Stan Maddux with Foam Insulation Specialists; Mark Rich with Four Corners Communications in Durango; and Sheri Lee with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Inc. Thanks to all for your support and membership.
Donors saluted for their many gifts to the Senior Center
The Copelands are out and about for the next couple of weeks, so I will do my best to fill Janet's shoes, they are hard shoes to fill.
Wow, what a busy week we had!
Our Senior of the Week is Ron Gustafson, Ron's name was drawn on Friday and he is entitled to free lunches all week, congratulations Ron.
A great big thank you goes out to many of you: Curves for Women for donating food to our Seniors from their food drive; to Patsy Wegner and Bob and Doris Kamrath for donating the lovely chairs, my are they comfortable!
Also thank you to Dick Clare for picking up and delivering the chairs. Betty Willett donated puzzles and a beautiful Easter lily, the Ludergan's and San Juan Motel donated puzzles. Stella Carter was kind enough to make pretty valances for our lobby windows, Rich from maintenance installed the new curtain rods and Debra Lekos was sweet enough to put them up. The Pagosa Springs SUN has graciously donated newspapers for our folks receiving Meals on Wheels and Donna Pina has been bringing the newspapers to us for delivery. Laura from Massage at the Springs was here and treated our seniors to a chair massage, (they come the second Wednesday of every month). Jerry Sager cleaned up our flower beds and boy are they pretty. Sophie and Danny have been keeping the Senior Center very sparkly. Thank you one and all.
Our Easter Egg pull was a lot of fun, everyone who participated received a small gift. Eva Darmopray made the cutest crocheted bunnies and chickens for everyone. We welcomed new guests this week, John Wilson on Tuesday and on Friday, Phyllis Sands.
Sandy Lyda has joined the kitchen crew, welcome Sandy!
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week of April 23 join in for swimming at 9 a.m. As always your membership entitles you to free admission and transportation to swimming. Tuesday at 10:30 join in on the fun of cards, games and puzzles. Thursday, a shopping trip to Durango is scheduled, so please remember you may also schedule your doctors visits in Durango on this day and a minimum of 10 passengers is needed. Friday, a representative from Social Services will be available for questions and information at noon. Also Friday is our Pot Luck evening; bring your favorite dish, slip on your dancing shoes and get ready for a good time at 5 p.m.
Last but not least, our annual Chili Supper and silent auction will be held on April 28. This wonderful event will help support the Archuleta Senior Citizens Inc., eye glasses program, medical shuttle assistance, building maintenance and other programs. If you are interested in making a contribution to the auction or purchasing tickets please call Phil Heitz at 731-2558 or Musetta at the Senior Center 264-2167. The Archuleta Senior Citizens, Inc. is a non-profit organization, making your contribution tax deductible.
Tips for making Walk for Health Month work for you
April is Walk for Health Month. April is also one of the loveliest times of the year to get outdoors after being inside for the winter. The weather is more stable early in the morning and before the mid-day wind picks up.
Walking is a popular way to get fit. Not only does walking require little equipment, it's something we all know how to do. However, even this simple exercise can be more effective when proper technique is used. Use the following tips to help you get even more benefits from your walking program.
Heads up - don't get in the habit of looking at the ground as you walk. Keeping your head down can strain your back, neck and shoulders. I know for myself when I run with my head down, my neck complains persistently for a couple of days after. Instead, keep your chin parallel with the ground. You will enjoy the scenery around you and also avoid feeling unnecessary fatigue.
Stride right - you may be tempted to take extra long strides as you walk. Unfortunately, this can leave you tired and uncomfortable, making it harder to stick with your exercise program. Take strides that feel comfortable to your body and by doing this, your movements will be natural and most efficient.
Posture perfect - it is important for your skeletal system and it looks so beautiful. Visualize the Indian sub-continent women with the water jugs on top of their heads; so erect and graceful. Stand up straight with your stomach pulled in. Of course, you don't want to stand so straight that you feel tense. The good news is, once standing straight becomes a habit while walking, you will notice you have better posture throughout your entire day.
Up in arms - let your arms swing naturally at your sides as you walk. Good arm motion can help you breathe better and keep you from tiring quickly.
Keep the pace - If you are just starting out, walking just 20 minutes three or four times a week is good. Although you may not feel winded after this length of time, you will build endurance and be less likely to feel sore the next day. After a couple of weeks, increase the length of time you walk. I've read in health industry journals that if you walk briskly after 40 minutes, 50 percent of the calories you burn are from fat. Lace up those shoes and have fun.
The Recreation Center is now open at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to help working folks who wish to get in some morning exercise before work.
Today, the Pagosa Lakes Swim Club will be using the pool from 4-6 p.m. for their annual fundraising swim-a-thon.
Important facts for those who feed birds
The hummingbirds may already be here.
The Durango Nature Studies group sent an information piece on taking care of your feeders and the precious summer visitors. Please pick up a copy at the library.
Some important facts: space your feeders so they are visually separated. This way they can't all be defended by a single dominant bird.
Consistency is important. If a nesting female is used to getting her energy from your feeder and finds it empty, her young may be in jeopardy if she needs to search far for nectar.
Use only pure table sugar in a ratio of one part sugar to four parts water. Honey causes sores in the bird's mouth. Don't add red food coloring; it isn't necessary and may harm the bird.
Do you know anyone who cannot read regular print materials because of a visual, physical, or reading disability?
The Colorado Talking Book Library offers a free service to anyone unable to read. This includes providing free equipment and sending materials free to each recipient.
A person may receive books, magazines and newspapers all on records or tape. To find out more about this service, call the library at 264-2209.
Locally, a group of volunteers make the Pagosa Sun available on tape. You may also find out about this by calling the library.
Here is a collection of around 150 full-text works of literature and reference books on the Internet. All the texts are fully searchable. It can be found at: http://www.biblio-mania.com.
Your League of Women Voters, with support from local banks and Old West Press, is providing current information on the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all of your elected officials from the national level on down. We have a number of these brochures to give away.
The pamphlet also covers voter registration information. We thank the League for issuing this important document. Pick up a copy at the library.
We got several interesting reports at the Health Fair. One is on the potential interactions between commonly used natural medicines and drugs.
Ask for a copy at the desk. We also have several "Resource Guides for Four Corners Cancer Patients and Those Who Support Them."
You might also want to look at our recent copy of "Good Medicine," put out by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This issue discusses turning off the fat genes.
We were happy to learn that Terry Hershey will be the 2001 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Frances K. Hutchinson Medal for distinguished service in the field of conservation. This is a very prestigious honor, and Terry will receive it in person on May 8.
Terry had an eclectic group of people supporting her candidacy including George Bush, former President of the United States, and Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady.
"How To Use Your Eye," by James Elkins invites you to look at, and maybe see for the first time, the world around you. Elkins explores complicated things and can transform your view of nature and the mind. This is written for adults, but is a special book to share with your children as you encourage their learning.
"The Hearse You Came In On," by Tim Cockey is one of many new fiction books; and there are a number of new audio books for those trips.
Thanks for materials from Don Mowen, Vivian Rader, Emily Iverson, Carol Curtis, Carol Hakala, Mike Greene, Bob and Carole Howard.
'Hot Strings' have a new CD on market
The Pagosa Hot Strings have a new CD out titled "Window of Opportunity." All the music is original.
Carson Parks, 14, who plays fiddle, is the son of Juanalee and Dan Parks. His cousins are Jared Payne, 15, who plays guitar, and Josiah Payne, 17, who plays mandolin. Last September, Josiah won national ranking playing mandolin at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Dan Parks accompanies them on bass.
The Pagosa Hot Strings made its first public appearance as special guests at the 1996 Durango Meltdown.
The CDs can be purchased at Paradise Brew Pub and Grill, where the band sometimes plays and at Southwest Sound in Durango or by calling 731-5653. The group's first CD was "Times Like These."
The first session of the KWUF FM radio show "Boom, Bust and Battle," featuring John Graves and John Porter, is now on tape and can be checked out at Sisson Library.
It's scholarship time. There's a misconception regarding the source of the Ruby Sisson Memorial Scholarship. It's a trust award; Ruby Sisson set up this scholarship before she died. This was a number of years before the new library was built and given the name Ruby M. Sisson Library.
This ideas has been suggested as a way to manage the mud season: spray the automobile fender wells with cooking oil or DW40.
The St. Francis Mission is an Episcopal shelter for the homeless in Denver. The facility is for daytime care. The men can take a shower, write letters or read and visit. Volunteers wash their clothes and provide new clothing if needed. Soap and shaving cream are needed and I and others are collecting soap samples (the kind you get when traveling) to send to the mission. We'll appreciate any supplies you can donate. Call Kate Terry at 264-2529 or leave them at the library. And many thanks.
Ephesus, Turkey, (pronounced EF-uh-sus), was the last home for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her house is located on a steep hill. A Pagosa woman, who was on tour there last summer, snapped off a piece of an ice plant (a succulent) growing out of the wall around the house and brought it home for planting. It survived the journey and is now a full grown plant. For Easter I was given a piece to start my own plant. A wonderful gift.
Fun on the run
Back in October, 1997 for the "Fun on the Run" I ran a story that is making the rounds again. Because I think both versions delightful (and think that you might also), I am running them both.
Noted dough boy dies
Veteran Pillsbury spokesman Pop N. Fresh died Wednesday of a severe yeast infection. He was 71.
He was buried Friday in one of the biggest funerals in years. Dozens of celebrities turned out including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker and the Hostess Twinkies. The graveside was piled high with "flours," as longtime friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Fresh as a man who "never knew he was 'Kneaded.'"
Fresh rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a smart cookie, and wasted much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a "roll" model to millions.
Dough Boy Demise
It is with a sad heart that I pass on the following. Please join me in remembering a great icon.
The Pillsbury Dough boy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was only 71. Dough boy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies and Captain Crunch.
The grave site was piled high with flours, as long-time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Dough boy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.
Dough boy rose quickly in show business but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he, even as a crusty old man, was considered a role model for millions. Towards the end, it was thought that he would rise again, but alas, he was no tart . Dough boy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
Reviewing basic benefits for veterans
This week I thought I might review some of the basic benefits available to our veterans. If you are a veteran, or you know someone who is a veteran, please contact this office for additional details and more specific information.
VA benefits and service fall into these major categories: disability benefits, health care, dependents and survivors' benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, home loans and life insurance.
You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are a veteran, a veteran's dependent, a surviving spouse or child of a deceased veteran, a member of the reserves or National Guard, or an active duty service member.
The VA administers two disability programs. Both pay monthly benefits to disabled veterans. These include: Disability Compensation if you are at least 10-percent disabled as a result of your military service, or Disability Pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income and you are no longer able to work. There is no time limit for applying for disability benefits.
Veterans Administration provides a number of health care services. Some of these include hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services; domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based residential care; sexual trauma counseling; specialized health care for women veterans; health and rehabilitation programs for homeless veterans; readjustment counseling; alcohol and drug dependency treatment; and medical treatment for exposure to Agent Orange, radiation or environmental hazards.
Veterans Health Care is one of the most frequently used benefits. It includes the use of VA clinics or hospitals. The nearest VA clinic is in Farmington, though a new one is scheduled to open in Durango sometime this summer. The VA has a hospital in Albuquerque. Veterans from Archuleta County most often use these facilities.
Basic health care for a veteran who has served active duty with the military is usually on a co-pay fee basis at the VA clinic or hospital. Prescription drugs can be approved by the VA and purchased through their co-pay program. Currently this cost is $2 per prescription for a 30-day supply, with some variations of this program depending on the veteran's income and other variables.
Next week I will discuss some additional benefits available to our veterans.
We veterans can be thankful to the Archuleta County Commissioners, other community leaders and our local news media, for their strong support of veterans' affairs. Archuleta County provides the funding for the Veterans Service Office and a very nice vehicle used by our veterans to travel to the VA clinics and hospitals. By contrast, some other nearby communities more populous than Archuleta County, do not provide these services I'm told. So give a big "thank you" the next time you see one of our county commissioners for their efforts on our behalf.
The Veteran's Service Office will be closed through tomorrow while I attend the semiannual state VSO training conference at Denver. The office will be open for business again at 8 a.m. Monday.
For information on these and other veteran's benefits please call or stop by the office located on the lower floor of the Archuleta County Courthouse. The office number is 264-2304, the FAX number is 264-5949, and E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or Friday by appointment. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for registration with the county, application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.
Summer youth baseball season opens
This year's baseball season starts tomorrow with a registration deadline for all age groups except players 13 and 14 years old who have already formed a team and are playing in the La Plata Youth Baseball League, Sandy Koufax Division. A second team for this age group will be formed for athletes not playing in the La Plata league. Registration forms are still available at Town Hall.
Bambino league players, age 11-12, will start their season with group practices, April 23-24. Coaches will choose teams from these tryouts at a 6 p.m. coaches meeting April 25 at Town Hall. Uniforms and equipment will be distributed at the meeting and practice times will be assigned.
Games start the first of May and take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through June 28. People interested in helping coach or umpire this year's season should contact Summer at Town Hall, 264-4151.
The other baseball teams ages 5-6, Tee-ball, ages 7-8, coach pitch, ages 9-10, and Rookies, will start with practices after the April 25 meeting. This year four divisions of youth will compete instead of three.
Registration for girls softball, ages 15 and under is due tomorrow at 5 p.m. The Town will form three age divisions to play in the Durango La Plata Softball League. Girls not signed up by this date will be allowed to play baseball only in the Town league, within the proper age division. If not enough girls register, no teams will be formed.
A coaches' clinic for all coaches, Tee-ball through Bambino, will be held April 26 at the Sports Complex, 6-8 p.m. Coaches are asked to bring their mitts for practice. Coaching skills covered will include numerous drills and demonstrations. All coaches are encouraged to attend.
The year's baseball clinic will be held in conjunction with the Colorado Rockies Skills Challenge. The clinic will take place June 1-2. The Rockies Skills Challenge will be held on Saturday afternoon following the baseball clinic. Both events are free.
An umpires clinic for summer baseball officials will be held Sunday. Participants need to be 12 years or older, and the clinic will provide the basics and confidence to be successful. People attending this clinic will be hired at $10 per game by the Town. For more information about the clinic contact Mike Offutt at 247-2121 or the Town at 264-4151.
Indoor soccer has been canceled for the season because of gym scheduling conflicts and youth baseball practices. Volleyball games for adults will continue, participation pending, Monday and Wednesday evenings through April 26.
Park Fun will start June 4 this year and continue through August. This year's program is tentatively scheduled to be held at the junior high gym. More information and a registration form will be available in May. Cost this year will be $65 per week for youth 5-8 years old.
Four Corners Cup
The second mountain bike race in the Four Corners Cup race series will take place Saturday in Farmington.
This race is one of the original races incorporated into the Four Corners Cup, now in it's third year.
The course, on Pinion Mesa, consists of classic single-track riding on sand and sandstone, one short uphill portage, and lots of fun, fast downhills. This is a much different course than the famous Road Apple race held in October. This course was voted as one of the best in the cup series from last year's riders and the entry fee is only $25.
No day-of-race registration will be allowed, but registration will be taken until 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Farmington Recreation Center.
For more information about the race, contact the Farmington Parks and Recreation office at (505) 599-1140.
April's Park and Recreation Commission meeting was held last Monday at Town Hall. Items discussed were recreational activities including an update on the new youth baseball program, a member opening on the commission, the skate board park grant, the fireworks site, and a tree grant for South Pagosa Park. The next meeting was set for May 21. All meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m.
Child care choice one of our most important
Choosing child care is one of the most important choices you will ever make as a parent or guardian.
Selecting a caregiver for your child means choosing someone you trust who will care for your child well and who will respond promptly to the child's needs for nurture and development.
What you know about your child and what you learn when you visit childcare centers and homes will help you choose childcare that reflects your values and expectations and also meets the personal needs of your child. Caring for our community's children is a growing challenge. Therefore, we need to give special thanks to all of our local childcare providers. They ensure the safety of our children and make life less stressful for parents in knowing that their children are being well cared for.
There are 13 home childcare providers currently active in Archuleta County. We also have four Preschools which includes one childcare center. The number-one question asked of these providers on a daily basis regards availability. After some research, I found that every provider is full. There are 138 children in licensed daycare at this time. There are certainly more children in our community than the 138 mentioned. This clearly shows the need for more providers.
Of course, the next question pertains to cost. For most families, cost seems to be the biggest issue. Each provider averages around $20 per day, per child. Most providers are able to care for six children. This includes two infants and four toddlers.
Heidi Martinez, Archuleta County Child Care Assistance Program Coordinator and Erlinda Gonzalez, Director of Archuleta County Department of Social Services, said their goal is aimed at quality child care that is affordable to families. One way this is done is through grants written yearly to improve existing daycare, upgrade quality, provide start-up costs for new providers and assist families.
Upgrades could include new equipment and local workshops for providers and parents to attend. Social Services contracts with Juanita Payne who organizes training and researches needs and concerns from our providers. All workshops and special training are at no cost to those who attend. Local providers are mandated by the state to complete a certain number of hours each year dealing with topics ranging from child development to business and health. Juanita works hard in helping providers fulfill these hours locally.
When I asked local providers what their top community resource was, they mentioned all of the people in this article. They also praised Lynn Bridges who is active in the ACT Council. This council (Archuleta Children's Team) is a non-profit organization that represents childcare stakeholders in our community and helps assess child care needs. They are supported by donations. Funds gathered are distributed among all providers to increase childcare quality.
In conclusion, I want to stress the need for more providers in our community. If you would like to know how to become a licensed provider, contact Heidi Martinez at 264-2182 ext. 207, or Hunter at the La Plata County Family Center, 385-46747.
Opening reception tonight for Sokolenko
Dr. William Sokolenko, a Russian photographer and scientist, presents his exhibit, "Images from Russia (and around the world)" with an opening reception tonight.
This exhibit features photographs of Stolby National Park, Lake Baikal, and various Orthodox churches in Russia as well as American landscapes. Dr. Sokolenko's exhibit will be at the Pagosa Springs Art Council Gallery in Town Park April 19 to May 16.
If you would like to meet this artist, we invite you to attend tonight's reception, 5-7 p.m.
The Pagosa Players and Kings Men will perform "Coping" tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. On April 21, they will present "Elvis at 60" at the same time.
Both shows take place at the Pagosa Lodge in the Cabaret Theatre Lounge. All tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, WolfTracks Bookstore and Coffee Company, and the Pagosa Lodge. You can also call Zach Nelson at 731-3300 or 731-3500 to leave a message and hear a recorded announcement concerning future PPKM productions.
The Arts Council now has applications available for Fiesta vendor booth rentals. Non-food booth rentals are $50 and food booths rent for $75.
Vendors will be allowed to set up June 15 after 3 p.m. The Pagosa Fiesta in Town Park will be held June 16. Anyone interested in booth information can pick up an application at the gallery in Town Park.
The annual Relay for Life will be here in July and the Arts Council is interested in getting a team together to show our support.
We are looking for people to donate walking time. If you are interested in more details, please contact Joanne at 264-5020. As a cancer survivor myself, I participated in the events last year.
Give us a call of you would like to write the PSAC Arts Line in the SUN once in a while. We need the extra help when there are five weeks in a month. It does not happen too often, so your commitment will be as you choose.
We are also looking for a volunteer to do publicity for us. If you have questions or are ready to sign up, please do not hesitate. Call Joanne at 264-5020.
Remember the gallery in Town Park is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eggs require safe-handling instructions
Today - Oil painting, 4:30 p.m, Extension Office
Friday - Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Team
Friday - Colorado Kid's 4-H Club meeting, 5 p.m., Extension Office
Saturday - Rocketry, 9 a.m., Extension Office
Saturday - Cake decorating Unit 2, 10 a.m., Extension Office
April 23 - Drawing, 4 p.m., Extension Office
April 23 - Shooting Sports, 5 p.m.
April 24 - Cake decorating Unit 3, 3:45 p.m., Extension Office
April 25 - Woodworking, 5 p.m., Extension Office
April 25 - Small Engines, 6 p.m., Extension Office
April 25 - Personality IQ, 7 p.m., Extension Office
It's not too late to sign up for the Personality IQ program. This program will help you acquire a deeper understanding of yourself and others. Bring your spouse, bring a friend, there is no charge. We ask only that you RSVP to 264-5931 by 5 p.m. on April 25. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office, 264-5931.
If you missed the first training session, Bill is offering this class once more before summer. The training will be held April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Extension Office at the fairgrounds. Please call 264-2388 to reserve your spot. There is no fee for this training.
Egged by instructions
Add eggs to the latest group of foods being required to carry safe handling instructions. The egg, long known for its high-quality protein and versatility in cooking, has received a beating in recent years. Not only has it become known as a food laden with artery-clogging cholesterol, but it's also become known as a carrier of dangerous disease-causing Salmonella enteritidis (SE) bacteria. Many of its best features, like ease of use, good taste, functionality and low cost, have been lost in the stir.
Industry and government groups are working hard to bring respectability back to the egg. Besides finding ways to improve the fat and cholesterol profile of eggs by altering the way chickens are produced and fed, they improved the safety of egg production and distribution through regulation and recommendations in the hen house and during distribution.
Examples of quality assurance measures that have been adopted by many egg producers include using SE-free chicks and pullets, cleaning and disinfecting hen houses between flocks, adopting strict rodent control measures, washing eggs properly, and refrigerating eggs between transport and storage. At the distribution and retail level, two recommendations that have been adopted by many states and are about to become regulations nationwide are keeping eggs at refrigerator temperatures during transit and storage, and providing safe handling instructions on egg cartons for consumers.
As of June, all untreated shell eggs sold at stores, roadside stands or other places, will need to be stored and displayed under refrigeration at 45 degrees or cooler. While refrigeration slows the growth of Salmonella, it does not stop it all together.
It is currently estimated that one in every 20,000 eggs is contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis. Contamination occurs as the egg develops in the oviduct of a SE-infected chicken or from chicken fecal matter coming into contact with an egg.
It is for this reason that the Food and Drug Administration will soon be requiring that all cartons of shell eggs that have not been treated to destroy Salmonella must carry the following warning: "Safe Handling Instructions: to prevent illness from bacteria, keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly."
Eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, by in-shell pasteurization, for example, will not be required to carry safe handling instructions.
Following these instructions is important for everyone, but especially for those most vulnerable to food-borne disease - children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems due to steroid use, conditions such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes, or such treatments as chemotherapy for cancer or immune suppression because of organ transplants.
The FDA recommends the following safe food handling practices when using eggs:
- Buy right. Only buy eggs sold from a refrigerator or refrigerated cases. Check to make sure the eggs are clean and that the shells are not cracked
- At home, store eggs in the refrigerator in their original container. Use them within three weeks for best quality
- Wash your hands, utensils, equipment and work surfaces with warm, soapy water before and after they come in contact with eggs and egg-containing foods
- Cook eggs until both the yolk and white are firm. Scrambled eggs should not be runny
- Cook casseroles and other dishes containing eggs to 160 degrees. Use a food thermometer to be sure
- Use pasteurized eggs or egg products in recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served
- Do not let cooked eggs, including hard-boiled eggs, sit out for more than 2 hours without refrigeration
- Use hard-cooked eggs within one week after cooking
- Refrigerate leftover cooked eggs dishes and eat them within 3-4 days.
The art of success
With the end of the school year near, there are events scheduled involving local students that are well worth our attention.
Much of the focus during the year is on school sports. Accolades are well-deserved, but there are activities that illustrate as well or better the achievements, abilities, and futures of many local youngsters.
These events display talents that can improve over a lifetime, accomplishments that signal the prospect of meaningful, enduring contributions to our culture.
These events involve the arts.
During the next month, young artists - musicians, singers, actors, painters and sculptors - will display their works, highlighting the products of arts education.
The debate concerning arts education will not be settled soon. There are, however, points to be made in favor of arts instruction in the schools - and for more of it.
Skills developed and exercised in the arts transfer to and enhance other endeavors as students move from school to the workaday world. Who would argue against attributes such as discipline, commitment, focus, goal-orientation, an ability to delay gratification and to accept and incorporate criticism? These are integral aspects of the education of the young artist.
Though admittedly few, there are recipients of arts education who go on to careers in the arts. Fewer yet transcend the ordinary, escape the lure of commercialism and the marketability of cheap sentiment to make authentic contributions to the arts and aesthetics. But the few who do are treasures.
Arts education counters the enemies of dynamic and ascendant culture - Philistines and champions of the easy, the common, the mundane.
Lastly, there is an embodied argument for continued and accelerated arts education: the young artists and performers themselves.
Youngsters study literature and write. They struggle to master the rudiments of language, to familiarize themselves with nuances of descriptive and expressive forms; they develop the craft of writing prose and poetry, and what they write provides us valuable insights into their lives, and ours.
Youngsters study music, sing and play instruments. They spend hours practicing, absorbing the rudiments, cooperating in ensemble work, standing alone as soloists, learning to play, sing and write music that can touch our souls.
Our young artists encounter art history and the foundations of the plastic arts; they sculpt and paint. They are introduced to color, form, composition, texture, perspective. They labor to put these and other elements together in a coherent object - a public object, available to all.
Young people learn to act, learn stagecraft. They read the literature of the theater; they interpret, they interact, they project character and ideas. They build sets, run sound systems, operate the lights.
Most important, in all cases these youngsters develop the courage to display the products of their labors, to deliver their paintings, music, sculpture, plays, stories and poems to the public to be inspected, to be criticized and admired.
Do yourself a favor: be a member of that public.
Go to the annual Creativity Celebration at the high school May 12 to view the creations of our young artists. Attend the high school play, "Sherlock Holmes," May 4 and 5. There is an Intermediate and junior high band concert May 15, a high school band and choral concert May 17, a Senior Recital at the high school May 19 and a junior high choral concert May 22. Go to the high school Senior Art Show at the Town Park Gallery May 17-30.
And after you enjoy, support arts education.
Demand more art.
On west end of an east-bound cow
Monday was my day for deja vu. It started with a report that a cow was stuck in an irrigation ditch a couple miles out on Fourmile Road.
I knew Mark Thomas was leasing some land from Tom Koch so I grabbed my camera and headed out Fourmile. I stopped by the house for my ditch boots and ditch shovel, and went in search of a stuck cow.
Just a little past the 2-mile marker I spotted a cow that appeared to be resting in a pasture with her legs tucked under her. Just to be sure, I climbed the fence and walked down to check on the cow.
Whoever had called Dispatch had been correct, rather than resting, she was utterly buried up to her bottom in a bog.
Six- or eight-inches of water trickling along a swale really isn't an irrigation ditch, but the spring runoff had turned the grassy area between the two hillsides into a bog. Evidently a few hours earlier the cow had tried to walk across the area and in the process had sunk in the muck. The base of her tail was sticking out of the mud on one side of the rivulet. Her chin was resting on the opposite bank.
For some reason Colorado State Trooper Randy Talbot responded to the stuck cow alert and was able to notify Mark who soon after arrived at the scene.
I'm sure the cow was wondering about her would-be rescuers. One was wearing a clean uniform with brightly polished black boots. One was holding an irrigating shovel and a camera. The third was holding a rope and lamenting the fact that there wasn't a shovel in his pickup.
Not to worry. Randy loaned Mark a short-handled shovel that he carries in the trunk of the patrol car. Then, with duty calling and common sense prevailing, Randy wished us luck and vacated the scene.
So Mark and I started diverting the cold runoff away from the cow's body. We then started digging the muck away from the sides and either end of the cow. Mark started digging under the cow's neck, so that left me the tail end.
You can probably guess what you'll find directly behind a cow that knows she is slowly sinking up to her behind. Yes, apparently six inches before her rear end sank out of sight, she relieved herself of an eight-inch pile of fresh fertilizer.
For some reason, standing there with my boots sunk in the muckiest mess imaginable while trying to shovel the stuff away from the cow's back side was generating memories.
Except for the fresh air and warm sunshine, the scene was reminiscent of the county commissioners meetings. The remnants of a snow job, no solid ground to stand on, something being covered up, a bad odor . . . but my plight was preferable to that of the folks who sat through Tuesday's commissioners' meeting.
After Mark and I had dug a sizeable hole, his son-in-law, Kenny Yount was able to use a winch cable and pull the cow from her slimy snare.
By then it was almost 1 o'clock and I had to drive Drew to Durango for a 2:45 appointment with the oral surgeon. Sixteen April 16's earlier I had driven his mother to Durango for an unscheduled appointment at the maternity ward.
We made Monday's trip to Durango so the oral surgeon could see if the stainless-steel hexagon shaft he had implanted in Drew's upper gum on Friday was aligned properly. So Drew's 16th birthday should stay in the memory bank for sometime. I know it provided me some "first time" experiences. It's the first time any of our four sons wanted a grafting calculator for a birthday present. It's also the first time I've told one of them to "be sure and spray your mouth with WD 40 before you go to bed &emdash; you don't want your 'hex wrench' to rust."
Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers. David
100 years ago
Taken from The Weekly Times of April 18, 1901
For many years Archuleta County has not seen such a late cold spring as we now have experienced and there is little indication of its clearing away and getting warmer. Since November 15 the ranch and stock men have continuously fed their stock and even now they cannot depend on the range. All the hay is practically gone and much has been shipped in.
A post office will soon be in operation at Dyke's. Mrs. Dyke received her commission and will soon begin mixing mail for that vicinity.
Ike Cox is in from the Park and upper Piedra. He came in with the first wagon from that country since November 15.
The river has been very high the past few days.
75 years ago
Taken from SUN files of April 16, 1926
It is with exceeding regret that we chronicle the death in a Durango hospital early last Saturday morning of James H. Walker of Arboles, pioneer resident of Archuleta County, veteran of the Civil War and father of County Commissioner John E. Walker.
On Tuesday the Hatcher well at the rear of the Hatcher Hdw. Co. store, encountered a heavy flow of hot water, registering 139 degrees, at a depth of 254 feet. The well has been cased and plugged and now awaits the receipt of the capping and water control device.
A.A. Miller, in charge of maintenance of the Wolf Creek highway, expects to start work in a few days on the slides at this end of the pass. He will later commence work on the Laughlin Hill and Catchpole Mistake state projects.
50 years ago
Taken from SUN files of April 20, 1951
Work got underway this week on an improvement plan for the town park under the direction of Mayor Ben K. Lynch. Last Saturday afternoon the park received a thorough cleaning by one of the high school classes under the leadership of class sponsors.
Sammy (Little Beaver) Trujillo and his mother, Mrs. J.A. Trujillo, returned on Wednesday from a two months stay in Los Angeles where Sammy had been on business matters. While there Sammy was featured on several radio shows and spent most of his time at motion picture studios. He played parts in several pictures. The fame of the cartoon strip character, Little Beaver, as created by Mr. Fred Harman has spread throughout the world and the names Little Beaver and Red Ryder are passwords to any child.
25 years ago
Taken from SUN files of April 15, 1976
The Air Force Academy Band, one of the very finest symphonic bands, will present an afternoon concert at the high school gymnasium on May 5 at 2:30 p.m. This concert is open to the general public and everyone is invited.
The Wolf Creek Ski Area will close this Sunday, April 18. More than 40,000 skier days will have been recorded this year. This is a record attendance for the area.
The Town Board held a special meeting last week so that newly elected board members could take the oath of office and to name officers for the next two years. Those elected at the last election, Butch Madrid, Ross Maestas and Ross Aragon took the oath of office. Other members of the board are Ben L. Lynch, Dan Peters, and Junior Sorenson. Jim Cloman is the mayor.
Leisure of retirement was fun- but a bore
A year has passed with alarming alacrity.
Planned retirement from the stress and strain of daily newspaper preparation had culminated, after nearly 40 years, in a life of leisure.
It was great. The pace of life could slow while the pace of Pagosa Country was rediscovered after more than four decades absence.
There would be no more three times a day deadlines, no irate callers wanting to know why their child's third birthday party photos were not in the day's publication, no disconcerted politicians claiming a reporter misquoted their position and thus caused them irreparable image distortion.
Ah, yes! Leisure to read, to write, to walk where and when I wished. A time for reflection, a certain sense of withdrawal steeped in the memories of thousands of stories edited, headlined and published.
What a treat! No proscribed bedtime, no absolute, alarm-rattling time to rise in the morning, no specific meal times, no required time of arrival or departure.
But, after all those years, what a bore!
When David Mitchell tracked down the community "walking dude", the guy with the radio headset, dark glasses and baseball cap, observers might have thought he was looking for some kind of feature on the weird guy reported all over Pagosa Country wandering the streets, walks and trails like a lost tourist.
When, in fact, David offered me the job of replacing Roy Starling on the SUN staff, there was some hesitation on my part. The idea of leaving the life of part-time gardener and full-time pacer for a return to the news desk was somehow anathema to the idea of retirement.
But the lure of the printed word beckoned as it had since early grade school years in Pagosa Springs.
There is an intense feeling of satisfaction when one is involved in revealing the news of the day to an avidly interested public, a larger degree of pleasure when one is able to put that news into perspective for the individual reader, and an ongoing love of the business.
It has been said the real journalist has printer's ink in his veins instead of blood. How else could they stay so long at producing the succinct reports of day-to-day life in their community?
An example of the immediacy of the job came as this was being written Thursday morning.
Police radio reported "multiple accidents, some with injuries, on Yellow Jacket Pass."
The lone person in the newsroom was The Pacer. The trip west seemed to belie the threatening tone heard on the radio. Dry pavement, broken overcast skies with intermittent sun.
And then, as I started up Yellow Jacket the snow began to fall lightly. Within a mile the pavement was covered with slushy ice encrusted with snow. As I neared the top I found a long line of cars backed up, stopped at the summit by a patrol car.
This journalist pulled off the road, walked to the summit and could see the accident scene on the first curve on the west side below the summit. Beyond it cars were backed up as far as the eye could see.
I walked down to the scene, learned the injured had been removed, and then realized the snow was getting even heavier. By the time I got back to my car, visibility was down to about 40 feet and with the wind near whiteout conditions were developing.
It proved a story can develop anywhere. And a newsman will go there to report it.
Retirement was but one episode in the long unfinished book of a journalist's career.
As David reported in his column last week, even the semi-retired publisher always has the story of the moment as a lurking thought when he sees something unusual happen. Unfortunately, his was a fatal accident. Mine was only an injury crash. That is not a lament, but a stipulation that everything newsworthy need not be tragic.
Good news is as important as the bad and the good newspaper makes every effort to report all the good news its reporters hear. The bad news will almost report itself. Everyone seems to have a link to a source, but sometimes the source knows only part of the story.
That's where the newsman comes in. He or she reports the facts as known and interprets them in terms the reader will understand. Where did it happen? Why? When? Who was involved? What was the result.
Those are the old-fashioned five W's of journalism. Newer J-grads are taught there also is a sixth W, the Wow element. And even an added H for How element that readers want to know.
Delivering the facts as known, in a readable and informative format, is the newsman's goal. It is one which does not go away with retirement.
I found a year ago that nearly three years into that phase of my life was too long to be away from the profession of words.
So, when David called, I picked up the challenge to get back into the newsman's real world - giving readers accurate reports on the events which affect them and their lifestyles most, and cut the walking time to five miles on weekdays and the 18 miles on Saturdays and Sundays.
I start the second year with the same fervor I once felt as a rookie reporter. Between then and now I've seen and reported, I think, just about everything one can see.
But you never know.
There could be a new development, a new idea, a new leader, a new threat just over the deadline horizon.
What newsman wouldn't want to be part of the ongoing story of life in Pagosa Country?
Glimpes of Pagosa's old: circa 1890s
Pagosa Springs incorporated in April of 1891. The town had been around since 1878 or so, but until 1891 no one got around to the formality of incorporation. By the 1890s, Pagosa Springs was changing from a backward, rural community in the direction of something resembling a modern town.
And so, in the Pagosa Springs News with Daniel Egger as editor, we catch a glimpse of the old and the new in Pagosa Springs during the early 1890s.
One Pagosa Country constant, then and now, was unpredictable weather. For example, Egger reported that, "A frost on Friday morning last week (July 10, 1891) did slight damage to the vegetables." Frost in July?
Law enforcement, then and now, was always on the front page of the newspaper. Apparently, some things were happening that law enforcement was not handling to Egger's satisfaction. Egger reported, "There are entirely too many hogs, dogs, and fellows handy with a gun running loose in this town." He didn't elaborate, so we don't know if he was referring to a specific incident.
The Great Pagosa Hot Spring has always been news in these parts. Egger reported in late 1891 that "Capt. M.H. Insley of Leavenworth, Kan., a member of the Springs Company, arrived Monday evening and will remain several days."
At about the same time, he made other statements.
Newspaper item: The property in this town belonging jointly to Capt. M.H. Insley and Dr. Van Duyn, of Leavenworth, and Joseph Clarke of Durango, has been divided and each one now owns a certain portion of the lots individually. This property comprises about forty lots on the west side on which the barracks are situated. Messrs. Insley and Van Duyn have placed their lots on the market. Sept. 3, 1891.
Newspaper item: John Conover of Kansas City, president of the Springs Company, arrived on Sunday evening and is a guest at the Ruder.
Newspaper item: H.J. Campbell of Piedra, Ed Vorhang of Amargo, C. Barthan of Ironton, and Sam Teeson and J.K. Elmer are at the San Juan (hotel).
Newspaper item: The old barracks on Pagosa Street are becoming quite a nuisance. They no doubt are disease breeders and should be removed. June 23, 1892.
Motter's comments; Where was the Ruder house? The preceding items connect and they are connected with the Great Pagosa Hot Spring. Forty acres immediately surrounding the Great Hot Pagosa Spring was patented by the U.S. government to Maj. Henry Foote July 5, 1883. The 40 acres immediately south of the aforementioned 40 acres was patented by James L. Byers, John Conover, and Dr. A.C. Van Duyn at the same time. The patents had been applied for during 1875, before there was any settlement at Pagosa Springs. Later in 1883, Byers, Conover, and Van Duyn purchased Foote's 40 acres. Byers, Conover, and Van Duyn incorporated the Pagosa Springs Company Nov. 12, 1883. That company controlled the Great Pagosa Hot Spring until December of 1910 when Owen F. Boyle of Durango purchased the property at tax sale.
When Pagosa Springs town lots were auctioned off by the U.S. land office in 1885, the Pagosa Springs Company, with Joseph Clarke as manager, purchased about 50 of the lots including all of Block 21, today's downtown business block. At the time of the 1885 purchase, many of the buildings of old Fort Lewis still stood on the north end of the block. By the early 1890s, pressure was building from merchants wanting to erect business houses on Block 21. The presence of the fort buildings was a deterrent to progress. After the lots of Block 21 were divided among the individuals of the Pagosa Springs Company, sales started taking place.
Newspaper item: J.V. Blake and wife, of Elk Falls, Kansas, arrived at this place last Saturday evening and they will make this their future home. Mr. Blake is a man of means and will engage in business with C.H. Freeman and they will make a solid firm. Mr. and Mrs. Blake will make a happy addition to the business and social circles of Pagosa Springs. The father of Mr. Blake, who is possessed of large capital, will also arrive in a few days to seek health and probably engage in business. Other parties from Elk Falls are contemplating a change from that place to this. Nov. 19, 1891.
Motter's comment: Blake is one of the early Pagosa merchants who came and went. We have no idea where any of the Blakes are today. Blake is of local interest because he erected a store building on Block 21 in 1895. At first Blake operated a general store in the building. In 1900, the county leased the building from Blake and used it as the county courthouse until about 1928 when the current courthouse building came on line. Freeman was our first local banker and member of a prominent Colorado pioneer family.
Newspaper item, May 1892: Geo. Kutz of Amargo has rented the Harpst building and will move his family to this place soon. Mr. Kutz expects to engage in business here.
Motter's comment: The Harpst building was located near the schoolhouse, near the intersection of Lewis and Third streets.
Newspaper item: H.C. Cooper has commenced the erection of a residence at the junction of Lewis and Fifth streets.
Motter's comment: I believe Cooper's residence still stands on the west side of Lewis Street - the white, two-story residence of Violet and Dick DeVore. The original building was adobe. This is one of the oldest buildings still standing in town.
Newspaper item: Dr. Parrish's new drug store is nearly completed, and will be well filled with drugs soon. A drug store was needed in town and the doctor should receive good patronage. June 9, 1892.
Motter's comment: Parrish's drug store was erected on Block 21, but was not the town's first drug store. Newman and Chestnut operated a drug store by 1880 located on San Juan Street on the east side of the river. Dr. Hover also operated an early drug store.
Newspaper item: The property owners along the north side of Pagosa Street from San Juan to Second, and on the west side of Third to Lewis Street, have been notified to put down a four-foot plank walk. Harpst Bros. has been awarded the contract to put down all walks that are not laid by the owners in the specified time, also all street and alley crossings. The price per fifty feet is $4.74, and 6 cents per running foot for crossings. That is less money than the lumber can be purchased for at the mill.
Newspaper item: Harpst Bros. have set up their sawmill in Slaughter House gulch, and soon will be ready to turn out lumber.
Motter's comment: Mud was the bane of frontier villages and early Pagosa was no exception. The town dads attempted to alleviate the problem by ordering board sidewalks. The location of the sidewalks gives us an idea of where business buildings were located. The Harpst's have recently moved to Pagosa Springs from Amargo. Slaughter House gulch is the land along McCabe Creek running north of today's U.S. 160 and out to Four Mile Road.
Newspaper item, July 16, 1891: A deputy U.S. marshal arrested A.D. Archuleta at this place last night on the charge of cutting government timber, and was taken to Durango this morning, where he will have a hearing before the commissioner. E. M. Taylor and J.W. Hughes were subpoenaed as witnesses and they also started for Durango this morning.
Newspaper item: A.D. Archuleta is floating the balance of his ties on the San Juan to the road this week.
Newspaper item: J.P. Archuleta has been appointed postmaster at Amargo.
Newspaper item: Several thousand ties belonging to the Archuletas got away at Juanita by the breaking of the boom by a rise in the river.
Newspaper item: A.D. Archuleta has rented the Sanders building and will open general store about Sept. 1. he will put in stock valued at about $12,000.
Motter's comment: Archuleta County is, of course, named for the Archuleta family, enterprising Pagosa Country pioneers. One of A.D. Archuleta's enterprises was cutting about 30,000 railroad ties up on the east fork of the San Juan River with the idea of floating them down to Arboles where the river and the railroad intersected. By the time of these newspaper items, Archuleta has already spent about a year trying to get his ties down the river. The complications aren't finished, as these newspaper items indicate. Apparently, the U.S. is claiming the land and trees where Archuleta cut his ties. A.D. and J.P. were brothers. A.D. opened his general store on Block 21 in Pagosa Springs, but the store seemed to burn fairly frequently. It is no secret that the Archuleta's had enemies in Pagosa Springs.
Newspaper item: Another good Indian was made at Amargo last week. A band of Apaches were in town on that day, as usual, and in the evening they started on horseback for the reservation. When they had arrived at the edge of town one of them suddenly wheeled his horse and shot three times at another, who fell from his pony and expired. We have not learned the cause of the shooting.
Newspaper item: A number of Navajo Indians were in town this week bartering their famous blankets, etc.
Newspaper item: Some of the Utes now camped in town were filled with booze the other day. Who purchased it for them?
Newspaper item: Buckskin Charley was in town last week and disposed of some of the hay in Taylor Canyon.
Newspaper item: Senator Whitely during his short stay here last week took several instantaneous photographs of the bucks and squaws that were in town. To get a photograph of the papoose it was necessary to bribe the parents with a silver dollar before they would sanction such a proceeding.
Newspaper item: The Chama New Mexican says that four Apache Indians were arrested at Amargo last Friday for stealing a steer on the range from Manual Gomez. They admitted their guilt and were sent to jail by Judge Tice to await the decision of the grand jury.
Motter's comment: Pagosa Country was, and is, surrounded by the Jicarilla Apache, Southern Ute, and Navajo. Attitudes toward Indians at that time were decidedly racist. Buckskin Charley was a Ute leader.
Newspaper item: Henry Campbell $14.95 for serving on district court jury - July 14, 1892.
Motter's comment: We mention Campbell because we've learned that Sen. Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell has roots in Pagosa Springs. Is Henry Campbell that root? In the early days of the community, there was a Campbell House, a hotel, near the Great Pagosa Hot Spring.
Newspaper item: L.M. Gililland last week sold his quarter section of land six miles north of Pagosa Springs to the Parr Bros., consideration $750.
Motter's comment: Just so you'll know who homesteaded part of your ranchland, R.D.
Newspaper item: Abut a year ago the local land office denied Ed. A. Vorhang the right to make a homestead entry on the tract of land on which the town of Amargo is now located. A few days ago the commissioner of the general land office reversed that decision, and Mr. Vorhang can now perfect his title to the land. The town of Amargo has quite a number of people who are all engaged in business and own their buildings, and no end of trouble is likely to ensue.
Newspaper item: Ed Vorhang has proved up on his homestead, which includes the townsite of Amargo. Of course the proof was protested and it may require several years yet before the matter is finally settled. July 21, 1892.
Newspaper item: F.A. Byrne of Amargo has sold his hotel to A.L. Frees.
Newspaper item: A.N. Hatcher of Amargo is visiting his parents at this place.
Newspaper item: Mr. and Mrs. F.A Byrne of Amargo will soon remove from Amargo to Durango.
Newspaper item: Mrs. H.M. Dutton, who spent the summer with her son at Amargo, returned to Pagosa on Monday.
Newspaper item: J.P. and J.M. Archuleta of Amargo are attending court.
Newspaper item: There is a movement on hand to build a large irrigating canal from the Navajo River to the Amargo area.
Motter's comment: The community most closely connected with Pagosa Springs during the 1880s and early 1890s was probably Amargo. Amargo was located on the railroad between Lumberton and Monero. The stage line between Amargo and Pagosa Springs was Pagosa Springs' lifeline to the outside world. The above items note a number of important pioneer families and their Amargo connections. There is no Amargo today. Vorhang's homestead preemption tells us why.
Newspaper item: A fireman named Willitt was killed on the freight train going east yesterday between Durango and Amargo. He was leaning out of the car when his head struck a mile post, breaking his neck.
Motter's comment: Goes to show what happens when someone sticks their neck out.
Newspaper item: C.M. Farrer and V.S. Weaver came over from the Pine River and Piedra last week. These two gentlemen are the boss bear trappers in this region. They caught this summer thirty-five bear and two lion, and they are now at the upper San Juan looking for more bear.
Newspaper item: Thomas Hartshorn, a nephew of Tom Confar at Chromo, last week killed a large silver tip bear. He shot the bear when it was making for him and immediately ran, but encountered three more before he got out of the woods. With some others he went to look for his game and found the monster dead.
Motter's comment: Then and now, wildlife was part of everyday life in Pagosa. Today we are missing the excitement created by grizzly bears, aren't we?
Colton Wyatt Castro is happy to announce the arrival of his new baby sister, Karringten MacKenzie.
Karringten was born March 16, 2001 in Durango. She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Proud parents are David and Stacie Castro of Pagosa Springs. Grandparents are Eddie and Darlene Archuleta of Pagosa Springs and George and Sandy Castro of Glendale, Ariz. Great-grandparents are James and Charlotte Archuleta and Senovia Sanner, all of Pagosa Springs, and Emma Castro of Chicago.
When Jessica Peart drove to Durango Feb. 28 for a regular checkup, she thought she had two months left to prepare for the baby on the way.
Clothes needed to be bought. Wallpapering the baby's room wasn't finished. Packing for a hospital stay was supposed to be weeks away.
But when her doctor found evidence of preeclampsia during the exam, time ran out. She would be delivering her baby in a couple of days, a full eight weeks before her due date. Preeclampsia is a progressive disease caused by a negative reaction between the mother and the baby or the placenta that can end in convulsions for the mother. The disease, a form of pregnancy induced hypertension, or high-blood pressure, can result in liver and kidney damage or failure.
Peart, who had a more severe form of the disease which also caused hemorrhaging and loss of blood-clotting ability, was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center the same day.
"I had Tanner with me, and he was admitted with me until my husband could get there," she said. Tanner is the Pearts' 18-month-old son.
Over the next couple days, she received steroids to help speed the baby's development and other medication meant to prevent seizures. The seizure-prevention drug, a form of magnesium, coats the cells in the brain, causing distorted vision and making the limbs feel heavy, she said.
"For a couple of days, everything looked crazy. I couldn't focus on anything. You can't concentrate."
After being induced, Peart was in labor for 13 hours before giving birth to a 3-pound 10-ounce, 17-inch long girl, Madison. Throughout the birth, mom remained in the most danger. Her platelet count, the part of the blood that controls clotting, dropped to dangerous levels and caused severe hemorrhaging. Still, she said, giving birth to a 3-pound baby was easier than giving birth to a 7-pound baby.
"She did very, very well when she was born. She never had any problems with her heart or anything else."
However, Madison was immediately placed on 20-percent oxygen, put in an isolette to help her hold her temperature, and connected to monitors, Peart said. Mom remained in the hospital for seven days, weakened by blood loss, the baby for two weeks.
"You go from being healthy to where you had to rely on others for absolutely everything," she said. "I couldn't lift my own son. I couldn't lift the garbage out of the container."
Climbing to the second floor of her home left her feeling like she'd run a couple miles. Her legs would shake and burn. Taking a shower also left the 24-year-old dizzy.
"It was really hard, to say the least."
But, because of good prenatal care, she was lucky.
Nearly five weeks after the birth, Peart is getting stronger. She is now able to make it up the stairs twice without having to sit down, but some of the weakness remains.
Had the preeclampsia been left any longer, the permanent damage could have been much worse.
"We caught it so early that we were able to deliver her quick enough that there probably won't be any long-term side effects for me . . . except that we may not be able to have any more children," she said.
Beginning prenatal care at between six and eight weeks is encouraged to protect the health of both mother and child, Janet Pippenger, a nurse practitioner in family planning department at the San Juan Basin Health Department, said. After initial prenatal diagnostic testing, mothers should continue regular prenatal visits to allow the doctor to monitor blood pressure, weight gain, infections and blood sugar levels among other things.
"Another thing we strongly recommend is that all reproductive women be on multivitamins," she said. Folic acid is especially helpful because it has been shown to prevent neural-type defects that affect two percent of pregnancies nationwide.
Pregnancy-induced hypertension is found in 6-8 percent of U.S. pregnancies and occurs in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, during childbirth or anytime up to 48 hours following the birth, Pippenger said.
Although she must wait another four months to return to full strength, a tough religious faith and the presence of friends and family has helped Peart through the first few weeks following the birth and her illness. Her parents, one brother and one sister, flew to Colorado from Toronto, Canada, as soon as they heard she was going in the hospital early. Her husband's family flew in later, and friends helped out in between.
Peart said, besides remembering some special instructions, caring for Madison hasn't been that much different than her first child. They remain cautious about taking her out and exposing her to germs, they watch her temperature and work to limit stimulation so she has plenty of time to sleep and grow.
At 32 weeks, Madison was about five weeks short of being full-term by definition.
Kim Martin, a RN at Mercy Medical Center nursery, said any baby born at 37 weeks or younger is considered premature, regardless of weight. Babies born between 38 and 42 weeks are considered full-term.
Babies born premature tend to have more problems with breathing, feeding, temperature control and maintaining a good blood sugar, Martin said. Because of those issues, they tend to stay in the hospital longer.
"The length of stay really varies," she said. "It can be as long as 6 weeks or as short as two weeks. It's really up to the individual baby."
Usually, the preemies start out in isolettes, beds designed to allow them many hours of undisturbed sleep while still being watched by hospital staff.
When they're ready to go home, Martin said, the staff takes time to talk with the parents about care, provides some hands-on training while the baby is still in the hospital and offers a 24-hour a day newborn channel.
Some parents also use Mercy's Manor Room, a place where parents can stay with their baby while having the hospital staff there as a back up for questions or other concerns.
Peart had nothing but praise for the staff in the nursery who, she said, helped gradually train her in Madison's care without being overwhelming as she tried to recover herself.
"It's different in the way you have to care for them." Peart said. "You're just a little more concerned all the time. But I think it's all kind of relative. You just do what you have to do."
Life Skills Coordinator
Archuleta County Social Services
Get to know the people who make Pagosa work.
The Profile puts a face to the name of one of the many neighbors who serve our community.
Where were you born and raised?
"I was born in Birmingham. After three years, there, we moved to Southern California and I lived mostly in Huntingon Beach and Lake Arrowhead."
Where were you educated?
"I graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario in 1964. I went to California State University at Long Beach and got my degree in communications in 1968. I received my teaching credentials from that same school in 1969 and earned my masters in counseling at University of Redlands."
When did you move to Pagosa country?
"We moved here in 1998."
Tell us about your domestic situation.
"I've been married to my husband Larry for 36 years. Our son Chad is 29 and he is a teacher in Durango. Our daughter Amy is 26 and she is in law school in Denver."
What work experience did you have before your employment by the Department of Social Services?
"I taught high school in Huntington Beach for three years. I had a family, then went back to teaching high school at Lake Arrowhead. I became a counselor and spent 18 years at Rim of the World High School. I've been working here at Social Services for two years."
What do you like best about your work?
"I have the pleasure of making people's lives better."
What do you like least about your job?
"Seeing a lack of parental concern toward children. It's not just a Social Services issue, or a local issue - it's a national issue."