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September 27, 2001

Patriotism gets boost in Pagosa Elementary

By Richard Walter

It is labeled "Pagosa Pennies for New York Firemen and Policemen."

Its an oversized glass jar on display in the front hallway at Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

On Monday, pupils began bringing pennies to put in the jar, pennies to be accumulated and eventually dispersed to the families of policemen and firemen killed when terrorists attacked New York City Sept. 11.

Brian Abel, a fourth grade teacher, said he saw kids in New York City doing a similar project and wanted to do something in Pagosa Springs to bring the event closer to a personal event for his students, an event with individual involvement.

He discussed his idea with an aide and then other teachers chimed in. Finally, a group of 20 on staff organized the program.

The children were enthusiastic and in two days the jar had filled nearly a third. And it wasn't just pennies coming in. There were nickels, dimes, quarters and currency, too. If the jar fills up, another is on standby.

Abel said fellow teacher Peg Shipman, whose deceased husband, George, was a fireman, told the group that firemen and policemen who fall in the line of duty often leave little to help their families survive.

She got on the Internet and found names of two specific organizations which could benefit from the Pagosa Springs project. Selected were the Uniformed Firemen's Association Widows and Children's Fund and the New York City Police Disaster Fund.

"We wanted something different, something personal that our students could relate to," said Abel. "We're going to keep the coin drive going until Halloween, but the kids don't want it to end there."

They are painting their own flag to be displayed in the hallway. Other classes will do so, too. And In Abel's class, the youngsters were divided into groups to rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance to reflect what it means to them personally. These drafts will be hung alongside their flag.

And yet, it wasn't enough for the students. They wanted to do more, find a way to stay involved in the recovery of New York and of the children who lost parents in the destruction of the World Trade Towers.

"They plan to write letters to schools in New York and to send class e-mails to families of survivors," Abel said. "This will go on throughout the school year, with a different class joining in every month."

"We'd always wanted to do a charity event here," Abel said, "but never could hit on an appropriate beneficiary. This far outweighs anything else in importance."

He said the staff sees it as a chance to help pupils "understand compassion and generosity and how to be more in touch with issues which will affect them now and forever."

Staff hopes the ongoing project increases pupil understanding of evil and pathos, good and giving, loss and forgiveness.

Pagosa Springs Elementary School has become a bastion of patriotism fed by the desires of children here to be involved in helping others their age realize the country cares, especially Pagosa Country.

Pair die in Piedra area plane crash

By Tess Noel Baker

Two Denver-area residents were killed Monday when the twin-engine plane they were piloting crashed into a mountain in southwest Hinsdale County.

Kevin Hiltonbrand and Kevin Hromyak were enroute from Alamosa to Durango on a charter flight when their Piper Navajo Chieftain went down in a heavily wooded area about a mile from Graham Peak.

Sgt. Karn Macht, search and rescue coordinator for the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department, said the SAR team was called in after a forest service ranger located the downed aircraft at about 2 p.m. Monday.

Smoke near Graham's Peak was reported about 9:04 a.m., Macht said, and U.S. Forest Ranger Jim Sheperdson was dispatched. Once he discovered the wreckage, Sheperdson radioed for rescue teams.

Archuleta County law enforcement personnel arrived on-scene about 4:15 p.m. and assisted in locating the remainder of the wreckage and both victims. Macht said fire from the crash burned about a half acre of forest and severely damaged any remaining pieces of the plane, owned by Key Lime Air, a charter service out of Denver.

On Tuesday, search and rescue team members, including four mounted rangers and two Archuleta County Sheriff's deputies, Hinsdale County Sheriff's Department deputies, the plane's owner and representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Bureau returned to the scene for further investigation and to remove the bodies.

Reaching the scene, 30 miles up Piedra Road off Forest Service Road 631 and into the backcountry proved difficult at best. Fallen trees and a 1,000 foot climb made little except foot-travel possible. Macht said the two ATV's brought on-site made it about 1/2 mile off the road before being forced to stop. The four horses with the mounted rangers did climb all the way to the wreckage, but had to be led.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and a salvage company will be working to remove the remains of the engine and larger pieces of the wreckage, probably by helicopter, Macht said.

Commissioner district boundaries redrawn to reflect population shift

By John M. Motter

The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday night establishing new boundaries for the county's three commissioner districts.

Boundary changes are required from time to time in order to balance the populations of the respective districts. The new boundaries provide for 3,287 people in District 1, 3,327 people in District 2, and 3,284 people in District 3.

Currently, Bill Downey is commissioner from District 1, Alden Ecker from District 2, and Gene Crabtree from District 3. The major difference created by the new boundaries is the shifting of an area generally lying south of Trujillo Road and west to the Archuleta-La Plata County border from District 2 to District 3. Arboles is included in the shift.

District 1 generally represents the northwestern part of the county, District 2 a central wedge stretching from Pagosa Springs to the western county border with La Plata County, and District 3 the eastern half of the county continuing west and generally south of Trujillo Road, but shifting north where the Piedra Valley is reached to include populated areas tributary to Arboles.

The boundary separating District 1 and District 2 generally follows U.S 160 from town west to Piedra Road, runs north on Piedra Road to Aspen Glow Boulevard, west to North Pagosa Boulevard, south to U.S. 160, west on U.S. 160 to Cat Creek Road, south on Cat Creek Road to Vega Redonda Road, northwest on Vega Redonda Road to U.S. 151, west on U.S. 151 to Ignacio Canyon, northwest on Ignacio Canyon to Spring Creek, and southwest on Spring Creek to the La Plata County line.

District 2 generally lies between District 1 and District 3 and contains the least area of the three districts.

The above description of commissioner district boundaries is general. For a specific legal description of the boundaries, contact Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid. Commissioner candidate voting is not limited to voters within specific commissioner districts. Qualified voters countywide vote for all of the commissioners. The next commissioner election will be in November of 2002 when the four-year term of Gene Crabtree, District 3 commissioner, expires.

Another action Tuesday concerned the performance bond guaranteeing the completion of certain roadwork connected with the Ridgeview subdivision located just west of town on the north side of U.S. 160. The performance bond was scheduled by the county to expire Sept. 27. According to the bonding company, the bond expiration date is Oct. 15.

At issue is a section of Eagle Drive where a road cut has damaged the road. Facing the county was the choice of extending the performance bond until the damage is repaired, or of ending the performance bond and attempting to ensure repair under the two-year maintenance bond that follows the performance bond.

Based on advice from the bonding company communicated to the commissioners through County Attorney Mary Weiss, a decision was made to release the performance bond on all Ridgeview property except the damaged area in question. A maintenance bond will replace the released portion of the performance bond. A performance bond renewal or replacement will be required covering the damaged area until the damage is repaired.

Exact wording for the new requirement is being delayed possibly until Oct. 15 so that an exact description of the damage, repairs required, and costs can be prepared.

In other business Tuesday night the commissioners:

Appointed Dennis Schutz to replace Bill Seielstad on the Southwest Water Conservancy District Board of Directors

Agreed to advertise for applicants to serve on the Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission. Three vacancies exist

Tabled approval of annual contracts with the Area Agency on Aging

Approved four contracts involving the Archuleta County Social Services Department and school assistance programs

Accepted an annual emergency management position paper presented by Russell Crowley, director of county emergency management services.

October 9 deadline for voter registration

By John M Motter

One choice local voters won't have when they make Nov. 6 ballot choices this year, is where to vote.

All voting is to be by mail, although voters can drop off ballots at the county clerk's office in the courthouse.

The last day to register in order to be eligible to vote is Oct. 9, according to an election official in the county clerk's office. Ballots will be mailed out from the clerk's office no earlier than Oct. 12 and no later than Oct. 22.

Only those voters who are considered active will receive a ballot. Active means the voter cast a ballot in the 1998 election. Anyone who failed to vote locally during the 1998 election is considered inactive and will not receive a ballot.

Voters may return marked ballots during a time frame ranging from the date they receive ballots until 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Ballots will vary according to the districts in which voters live. All active voters will receive ballots containing statewide and countywide questions. Ballots mailed to voters living within the boundaries of School District 50 Jt. will contain state, county, and school district questions. Ballots mailed to voters living within special district boundaries will contain state, county, and school district questions, plus questions relating to the specific district.

Two issues on the November ballot are being presented statewide.

The first issue, Amendment 26, concerns establishment, testing, and funding for a high-speed guideway system connecting Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport. The project anticipates using $50 million of excess state revenues collected during the 2000-2001 fiscal year and additional money through termination of the created supervising authority by Jan. 1, 2005.

The second issue, Referendum A, suggests increasing the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund debt by $115 million with a maximum repayment cost of $180 million. The money may be used to purchase conservation easement lands in order to protect the state's wildlife, park, river, trail, and open space heritage.

Locally, under a question titled Referred Issue 1A, the county proposes renewing for seven years a 2 percent sales tax expiring Jan. 1, 2003. One half of the 2 percent will be retained by the county, the other half by Pagosa Springs. The county's 1 percent is to be dedicated to road capital improvements and maintenance. The town's 1 percent is dedicated to town capital improvement projects.

Upper San Juan Hospital District has placed Referred Issue 4A on the ballot. Referred Issue 4A asks voters living within hospital district boundaries to increase the district's ad valorem mill levy by 2.030 mills, raising the total to 3.884 mills. An increase of about $345,899 in annual revenues is anticipated from the tax increase.

Archuleta County School District 50 Jt. ballot question 3B is asking that all present and future school directors (school board members) be allowed to serve an unlimited number of terms in office.

Ignacio School District 11 Jt., which serves a westerly portion of Archuleta County, has election of school board members on the ballot. Two directors each to serve four-year terms are to be selected from among Thomas Pat Ruybal, Charles M. "Chuck" Grant, J. Paul Brown, Roger L. Phelps, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Powell.

One candidate for a two-year term is to be selected from among Ronnie C. Baker, Steve Pargin, and Cathy L. Seibel.

Bayfield School District 10 Jt-R, which also serves a westerly section of Archuleta County, has a school board election underway. Voters are asked to choose two directors from among Jim Harrington, Johnnie Ragsdale, and Leonard C. Gurule.

In addition, Bayfield School District 10 Jt-R is asking voters to de-Bruce - to collect, retain, and spend revenues from all sources without imposing new taxes.

September 27, 2001

A free society

Difficult times are revelatory; in their uncertainty, brim with conflict, stress and anger, our character is revealed, both individual and collective.

Events in the U.S. on Sept. 11 were the fount of difficult times, the ignition point for change in the American way of life. A change that will be felt everywhere in our great land.

The massacres on that day, the reactions to the events - the horror, the shock, the rage, the trepidation - have prompted an illumination of a full spectrum of personalities, positions, possibilities. That illumination has occurred in our community as in others. It is visible in this publication.

In total, what has been revealed here is a vision of exactly what our enemies detest, of what they hope to destroy.

We are in a privileged position at the SUN to bear witness to many of the reactions that have taken place since Sept. 11. Those reactions have been delivered in the form of letters, phone calls, comments. They are visible at activities we cover at churches, schools, businesses, government offices. We received missives from readers: e-mails, essays, poems, materials passed on from other sources - all dealing with the thoughts and feelings of the authors in the wake of the attack upon our nation.

Some of these messages and reactions we are able to pass on to you, our readers. Most however, remain unpublished, but not unread or unheard.

What is obvious is the wide array of opinions and perspectives that form the foundation of the American way of life. It is present here in Pagosa, and remains healthy and lively.

This is what our enemies hate: there is no unanimity of opinion among us - no forced agreement among citizens, no dominant creed or code - and yet we persist. We thrive.

Read the SUN, last week's edition and this edition, and you will sense this. Pay heed to the variety of ideas, observe the spectrum of attitudes, regard the disparate interests. The contents of this newspaper mirror our nature well.

Our enemies cannot tolerate this situation. Or the fact we flourish with this diversity at our core.

In these issues you'll find ideas expressed by fervid patriots; you'll witness citizens expressing themselves as they are swept away on a wave of untutored yet genuine emotion. You'll become aware that some in our midst fail to observe proper "etiquette" in their expressions. You'll find them scolded by masters of trivia whose feelings, sublimated, manifest themselves in criticism. Observe while some turn to criticism, others seize the banner and rush forward, motivated by a response to the innocents recently lost and the prospect of losses to come.

Look at the photos of our youngest citizens, hastening to do their parts in a struggle they can't possibly understand. Listen to our veterans who steel themselves for conflict, many of them all too aware of what conflict entails.

We received letters since Sept. 11, most too long to publish, that urge horrible, swift retribution, levied indiscriminately. We've had people advocate a peaceful reaction to our dilemma and remedial attention to the circumstances out of which violence grows. We received and digested reactions from all points between these poles.

At the same time, our papers contain substantial information about life going forward - about sports contests, about meetings held, about politics, arts, education, about births, marriages, deaths.

It is right here, before us - what our enemies cannot abide: a cacophonous free society, an amalgam of a multitude of people and opinions, a society knit together by acceptance and encouragement of that diversity. Our enemies cannot abide that we are able to incorporate our great differences, to argue and freely communicate our notions without fear of retribution.

This is our strength; it is our core - containing noble and mundane alike - wonderfully illuminated in these difficult times.

We cannot sacrifice this character, regardless of the threat.

We must maintain it, fertilize it, make it grow.

Karl Isberg

Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

Mixing economics with sociology

Dear Folks,

By now, we are all-too-familiar with the terrorists' attacks of Sept. 11 and the resulting headlines that followed on Sept. 12.

For the past 14 days I've tried to stay informed on the latest events and circumstances surrounding the first war of the 21st century. Granted, reading the news is not as timely as watching the news on TV but it is more comprehensive. It also gives the reader time to chew and digest the news.

Earlier this week while reading that day's news, for some reason I found myself wondering about the nature of the national news that had been reported in the Sept. 11 Rocky Mountain News.

Naturally, with the Broncos opening their NFL season with a Monday night game at the new Invesco Field at Mile High, a photo of John Elway holding a football while former Bronco greats Karl Mecklenburg, Floyd Little, Dennis Smith, Louis Wright, Randy Gradishar and Billy Thompson walked beside him occupied most of the front page.

Headlined "GOP pushes tax, spending cuts," the day's lead story on page 2, reported that in response to "the lackluster economy, congressional Republicans on Monday pushed new plans for tax and spending cuts, while the White House retreated to a more cautious, wait-and-see posture." A "teaser" atop the second column of the article stated: "Most in poll favor trim in tax cut to handle shrinking budget surplus/30 A."

The related article on page 30 was based on an ABC News-Washington Post poll that involved 1,009 adults. Between Sept. 6 and 9, when asked which steps they would support in dealing with the shrinking budget surplus, "Just over half opposed the abandonment of plans to increase military spending."

Opinions on our government's money matters isn't the only thing that can change dramatically in a short time span when confronted with terrorism. The News' business section on Sept. 11 carried a report that "Stocks hold steady as investors bide time." Yes, Wall Street had "found some stability Monday (Sept. 10), leaving stocks barely changed in an uninspired session following last week's sell-off that sent the major indexes to some of their lowest levels of the year."

It wasn't until page 31 that the Taliban or Afghanistan was mentioned in the Sept. 11 Rocky Mountain News. The story, which ran across the bottom of the page, dealt with the suicide bombing that claimed the life of "Ahmed Shah Massoud, "the leader of the last remaining opposition to the ruling Taliban. . . ." Massoud, "the survivor of many battles" as a guerrilla commander during Afghanistan's fight for independence from Russia, reportedly was assassinated by two men posing as journalists who concealed an explosive device in a television camera.

Ironically, the "INSIDE STORY" which appeared across the bottom of page 2 of the Sept. 11 Rocky Mountain News told about the bombing of the Pentagon . . . in 1972.

Under the headline "Ex-radical: No qualms about love of explosives," was a report from The New York Times on the book "Fugitive Days," that was written by Bill Ayers. A self-described "ex", today Ayers is a distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As an early leader in the 1960's of the Students for a Democratic Society's protests against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, Ayers and others split from the SDS to form the more radical Weathermen Underground organization in the late '60s. Ayers' book describes the Weathermen as being caught-up in a "whirlpool of violence" that they carried out during the '70s. While Ayers contends he participated in the bombings of the New York City Police Headquarters (1970), the U.S. Capitol building (1971) and the Pentagon (1972); he calls his book a memoir, some of which he also says is fiction.

The radically-differing stories in the Sept. 11 Rocky Mountain News made me realize how dramatically folks and their concerns can change over a span of 24 hours or 20 years. It made me aware of how precious today is.

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


By Shari Pierce

100 years ago

Taken from The Weekly Times of September 26, 1901

Paul Defoe is kept busy hauling water as he has the only water wagon in town.

The Park is soon to be carpeted with leaves. The recent frost has caused the leaves to begin to fall.

People are laying in their winter's supply of coal and wood. These frosty mornings are putting them in motion.

Chas. Hazelwood purchased the Vernon Swift ranch on the Blanco Monday and will take possession at once. Mr. Hazelwood came here from the Indian Territory last spring and being so well pleased with this country he has decided to make this his home.

Elmer Chapson is seen on our streets frequently. He is becoming quite interested in oil and will soon be developing the property of the Colorado Mutual Coal & Oil Co.

75 years ago

T Taken from SUN files of October 1, 1926

The New Light and Power Co. ditch broke late Sunday night and the city was without power until late Monday evening, when the auxiliary steam plant was utilized. The ditch break was repaired yesterday.

Mrs. Gladys Schoonover returned to Pagosa Springs Monday evening from Denver, having represented Harmony chapter of Pagosa Springs at the Eastern Star grand chapter of Colorado last week.

Robt. Henry of Chromo has purchased a fine new Studebaker touring car, while Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Boone of Pagosa Springs are the owners of a handsome new Hudson Brougham.

There will be a dance at the Wolf Creek Inn next Sunday afternoon with music by the new orchestra.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of September 28, 1951

Equipment is being moved in this week to start work on some phases of the water works reconstruction program. The work is to be accomplished within a few days and when completed will do much to alleviate some of the problems that have been causing a great deal of trouble the past years.

Savings of the American people, through purchase of U.S. Defense Bonds, are playing an increasingly important role daily in the nation's vast "preparedness for power for peace" program. Archuleta County residents invested $262.50 in Series E Defense bonds during August. The slogan for the current nationwide drive is "Make Today Your D Day - Buy U.S. Defense Bonds." The bonds may be purchased at Citizen's Bank. This means of savings is within the reach of every individual.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of September 23, 1976

A 60 pound charge of explosives in the river bottom last week blew a trench across the San Juan River. A six inch water main to give more water pressure and volume to the south end of town will be installed in the crossing.

A new quad saw is now in operation at San Juan Lumber Co. This saw will boost sawmill production by as much as 20% when it is fully operable.

A Grand Junction TV firm has applied for a permit to operate a translator for the Pagosa Springs area. The project is being sponsored by the local Lions Club and will bring Colorado TV news and events to local TV viewers. It is presently estimated that it may be spring before all of the government red tape is handled and the tower is constructed.

Inside The Sun

September 27, 2001

Flying the colors

Across Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County the symbol of American freedom - the Stars and Stripes - has been given a more prominent position in the past two weeks.

Terrorist attacks reactivated latent patriotism among the citizens of Pagosa Country just as in the balance of the nation.

More homes and businesses than ever before have opted to display the American flag as a symbol of national solidarity, an emblem of freedom's bastion.

The United States Flag Code says, "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing."

Some of the more common rules for display of the flag include:

When to display:

1. Any and every day weather permitting or at any time if the flag is made of weather resistant material

2. It is customary to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset. However, there is no law prohibiting display both day and night; it is customary, if flown at night, to have the flag illuminated.

Where to display:

Just about anywhere is correct if the flag is provided appropriate honors. Rules for such honor are dependent upon location of display.

How to display:

1. Meeting room, church, synagogue, temple, mosque or auditorium - on a staff the flag is displayed to the speaker's right; flat against the wall, whether vertical or horizontal, the blue union is at the top and to the viewer's left.

2. General rules in all locations: When displayed at equal height with others, the U.S. flag should be to the front or farthest to the right of the flags displayed; when displayed at different heights, the U.S. flag flies higher than all others.

3. Display outdoors: When on a pole, the flag is raised rapidly to the top and, when being removed, lowered slowly; when displayed from a staff projecting from a window or building front, the flag goes to the peak of the staff (except for half-mast showings); when displayed across a street it is displayed vertically with union to the north on an east-west street and to the east on a north-south street; when displayed on an automobile, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis or clasped to the right front fender. It should not be draped on or over any part of the vehicle.

General rules:

1. Never fly the flag upside down except as a distress signal

2. The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground, floor or water

3. Nothing should be placed on it and it should never be used as a drapery or part of an article of clothing

4. To learn procedures for properly raising, lowering and folding the flag, one should contact the American legion, or VFW

5. When colors pass in parade, during the pledge of allegiance or the playing of the national anthem civilians and military personnel not in uniform should remove their hats, stand at attention and face the flag with their right hand over their heart

6. In times of sorrow, as that ordered by President Bush after the terrorist attacks, the flag is flown at half staff.

In general, The Stars and Stripes stands for the land, the people, the government and the ideals of the United States, no matter when or where it is displayed. In cases where there are unanswered questions about the flag's display, it should be displayed with honor.

Weather service sees 10 days of warm and dry

By John M. Motter

Pagosa Country weather will remain warm and dry for at least the next 10 days, according to Gary Chancy, a forecaster from the Grand Junction National Weather Service office.

"A high pressure ridge stretches from Northern Arizona into Canada," Chancy said. "The axis is over Western Colorado. As long as that high remains in place, the weather here will remain pretty much as it is."

For the coming week, Chancy predicts warm and dry with high temperatures ranging from 80-85 degrees and low temperatures in the low 40s. The only variation predicted could happen tomorrow when there is a slight chance for afternoon thundershowers, according to Chancy.

A feature of the current weather pattern is the stability of temperatures. Between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25, high temperatures in Pagosa Country only fluctuated four degrees. The lowest high of 77 degrees was measured Sept. 19 and Sept. 23. The highest high of 80 degrees was measured Sept. 25. The average high temperature for the week was 78 degrees.

Low temperatures exhibited the same stability, fluctuating only three degrees. The lowest low for the week was 39 degrees measured Sept. 23. The highest low was 42 degrees measured Sept. 22. Last week's average low temperature was 40 degrees.

No precipitation was measured last week at the official National Weather Service gauging station located at Stevens Field. For September, only 0.86 inches of rain have fallen here, well below the long time September average of 1.89 inches. August, September, and October are normally the wettest months of the year in Pagosa Country. The average October precipitation since 1938 is 2.03 inches. August's average of 2.52 inches of rain is the most for any month of the year.

It is reasonable to expect snowfall during October. The long-time average October snowfall in town is 2.9 inches. During at least six of the past 53 years, October snowfall has topped 10 inches. That happened most recently in 1991 when 14.2 inches dropped on Pagosa Country. The record October snowfall was 31 inches during 1961.

Temperatures should drop during October. September's average mean temperature is 55.4 degrees. For October, the average mean temperature is 10 degrees less, 45.4 degrees. The coldest October temperature measured since 1938 was a frigid 5 degrees Oct. 31, 1971, and Oct. 28, 1955.

La Plata County Clerk undergoes liver transplant

Linda Daley of Durango, the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder, has undergone a liver transplant at University Hospital in Denver and is reported doing well.

Her sister, Connie Zellner of Pagosa Springs, said anyone wishing to send a card or letter may address it to Linda Daley, P.O. Box 958, Durango, 81301.

Isgar, senate candidate visit Pagosa

By Tess Noel Baker

Nearly 100 area residents enjoyed great music by the Pagosa Hot Strings and greeted State Senator Jim Isgar and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Strickland at a gathering hosted by the Archuleta County Democrats Sunday.

Local Democratic Chairman Burke Stancill opened the program with thanks to the dozen committee members who met throughout the summer to revitalize the party, according to a news release from Kerry Dermody of the county's Democratic Party. Stancill garnered applause with his encouragement to do even more than resume "business as usual" as a response to the horrific events of Sept. 11. He urged every attendee to set a higher standard of responsibility in local, state and national affairs.

Jim Isgar began his address by leading the assembly in the singing of "God Bless America." He spoke of his family's ranching tradition and the growth he experienced from graduate studies in accounting as good preparation for representing the large 6th District. Isgar, though new to Colorado's Senate, chairs the Agriculture Committee and sits on the Transportation Committee, both of which have strong impact on his rural constituents.

Tom Strickland, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in next year's general election, was warmly welcomed. He recounted his appointment as U.S. Attorney immediately after the Columbine tragedy and the alliances he formed to achieve mandatory prison sentences for those convicted of committing crimes with guns. In statewide polls, Strickland is an equal favorite to win election against the incumbent Senator in 2002.

In a later interview, Strickland said in Pagosa Springs, as well as across the state, people's minds are on the tragedy of Sept. 11.

"There's an obvious cloud that hangs over all of us," he said. Besides taking the opportunity to express sadness and grief, people are also offering a lot of support.

"Wherever we go, people are completely behind the president, as I am," Strickland said. "I've never seen that kind of focus."

In Pagosa Springs, he said, beyond the tragedy, people expressed concern over the economy, agriculture policy, federal land use policy and health care issues, including the cost of health insurance in rural areas and prescription drug costs for seniors.

As for the Senate race, Strickland said it would be important in the coming year to debate these topics and others important to the people of Colorado, including education and energy, that have been placed on the back burner for now, and to do it in a respectful way.

"I think the public is in a serious mood and doesn't want to see the frivolity that can accompany such a campaign."

Fund here for fallen firemen

By Tess Noel Baker

Local fire departments, moved by the tragic loss of firefighters last week in New York City, have set up an assistance fund for donations.

The fund will be open until Sept. 30, Fire Chief Warren Grams said. All money collected will be forwarded to the New York City Fire Department through the La Plata County Fire Chiefs Association.

Contributions can be taken to the Bank of the San Juans, 305 Hot Springs Boulevard, or the Pagosa Springs Fire District main station, 191 North Pagosa Boulevard. Checks should be made out to the New York Fire Relief Fund.

"If you can't make a contribution, please remember these folks in your prayers," Grams said.

People are also cautioned not to promise money over the phone and to be careful of scams, some of which have already began in the wake of the tragedy, Grams said.

County Building permit totals trail previous years
By John M Motter

Archuleta County has issued 353 building permits through Aug. 31 of this year, the least number of permits issued for the same time frame since 1997.

Last year saw an all-time record year for number of permits issued in the county: 404 permits were issued. During 1999, 370 permits were issued; during 1998, 367 permits; during 1997, 318 permits; in 1996, 299 permits; and during 1995, 325 permits.

Last year's record-breaking total could have resulted from a growth regulation proposal on the 2000 state ballot, according to Julie Rodriguez of the county building permit department.

Of the 404 permits issued during 2000, 63 have been voided, Rodriguez said. Building permits are voided if not used within one year of the issue date. Many of the 2000 permits were issued during September and October.

Builders may have perceived the November 2000 ballot issue as requiring area-wide water and sewage systems, Rodriguez said, and in response could have obtained building permits in order to have grandfather status "just in case."

Removal of the 63 permits from the 2000 total leaves 341 permits, a number comparable with the current year total and with 1998-1999.

Single family residence permits make up a majority of the total this year, as in any other year. The number of single family residence permits issued this year through August is 204, an average of 25.5 houses per month. Single family residences, as a category, also includes double-wide manufactured homes.

Mobile homes are counted in a separate category. This year, 42 mobile home permits have been issued through August. Last year's mobile home permit total at this time was 52.

The number of commercial permits issued may be part of a downward trend. This year the number of commercial permits issued is 10. In previous years the number of commercial permits issued through August was: 2000-8, 1999-11, 1998-26, 1997-28, 1996-17, and 1995-20.

Additional permits issued fit the categories of other and timeshares. So far this year, the county has issued 97 other permits and no timeshare permits. Last year at the same time, the county had issued 96 other permits and seven timeshare permits.

IRS has special line for disaster-affected taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service announced today the establishment of a special toll-free telephone number for taxpayers whose ability to meet their federal tax obligations has been affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. People with tax issues related to the attacks can call (866) 562-5227.

"This special number will help people cut through the red tape and get their tax questions answered quickly," IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said. "We don't want lingering tax questions to burden anyone during this challenging time."

Beginning today, taxpayers can call the number Monday through Friday during the following local times:

in English, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

in Spanish, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Because of the unusual nature of the tragic events of Sept. 11, it is impossible for the IRS to know every circumstance affecting taxpayers. The IRS encourages taxpayers whose ability to meet their obligations was affected by the terrorist attacks call (866) 562-5227.

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County seeks GOCO grant for planning consultant

By John M Motter

Archuleta County is applying to Great Outdoors Colorado for $21,970 with which to pay a consultant hired to direct a two-pronged county park planning project.

As justification for the study, the commissioners have approved the following statement:

"Archuleta County is growing rapidly, some would say far too rapidly. During the past ten years, the population has increased about 86 percent, putting it among the top five counties in Colorado on the measure of growth. Yet the county has not one park to its name. It does have a small plot of land along Highway 160 west of Pagosa Springs with two or three picnic tables and a monument. And it has worked in cooperation with other entities to establish a small park in Pagosa Springs and trails within the Fairfield area and the town.

"Most of the parks in this county belong to the town of Pagosa Springs and they are used very heavily for everything from Middle School football practice to Humane Society Pet Pride Day to Spanish Fiesta Days to Art and Folk Music Festival. Still people want more parks."

After skipping some verbiage, the statement concludes: "In addition to individual use, the park as currently envisioned would be used by the schools, the homeschooled, the Humane Society, etc. Depending upon how it is developed, it could also become part of the Pagosa Springs recreation program. Certainly, it would be ideal for large groups&emdash;families, clubs, and associations from all over the county. This is an area with a different potential serving a different area of the county. It deserves the attention and consideration that a professional park planner would bring."

Pauline Benetti, a local citizen, was hired by the board of county commissioners to write the grant application. Benetti was paid $25 an hour. Her total bill is not yet known.

The project fund summary includes $21,970 from GOCO, $3,030 cash from the county, and $5,300 in kind from the county bringing the total to $30,300.

One prong of the project calls for the consultant chosen to analyze the capabilities of a 40-acre parcel of land located in Cloman Industrial Park and acquired from the Bureau of Land Management. The second prong calls for the consultant to make recommendations based on park needs throughout the county including outlying areas such as Arboles, Aspen Springs, and Chromo.

Language in the contract transferring title of the 30 acres from the BLM to the county obligates the county to develop the property with recreation in mind. Approximately 10 acres adjacent to the county land is controlled by the Pagosa Springs Humane Society.

Listed as primary goals of the project are: 1. Conduct a countywide needs assessment; 2. Conduct a phased plan for development; 3. Estimate development costs: water, sewage disposal, landscaping, etc.; 4. Identify potential funding sources; 5. Determine how the park will be operated and maintained.

Tasks to undertake in order to achieve the goals are: 1. Hire a consultant; 2. Develop a topographical map of the site; 3. Survey potential users and their preferred uses; 4. Plan activity areas based on match between user survey, user compatibility, and site possibilities; 5. Determine source of water; 6. Determine method of sewage disposal; 7. Estimate cost of operation and maintenance.

The end products of the plan should be: 1. A phased plan for developing the BLM park with related costs; 2. A plan for funding development of the BLM park; 3. A plan for future county park sites; 4. A plan for operating and maintaining county parks.

Light Plant Road reconstruction project is underway

By John M. Motter

Reconstruction of Light Plant Road started this past week. As a result, no traffic is allowed along the road between the Pagosa Springs town limits and U.S. 84.

"The scrapers are there making road cuts," said Kevin Walters, the county road superintendent. "They'll get as much done as they can before winter weather shuts them down. When that happens, the road will probably be open to the public until work resumes in the spring."

Ultimately, the entire length of the road will be paved. Walters anticipates that grading and graveling will be completed this year, leaving only the final paving for next year.

Costing slightly more than $1 million, project expenses are being shared between the county and town, with most of the funding coming from sales tax revenues.

The work is being completed in two phases. The first phase stretches from town limits to the Mill Creek bridge. The second phase stretches from the bridge to U.S. 84. The bridge is being replaced. SLV Earth Movers, Inc. of Monte Vista won the contract by submitting the low bid of $1,018,389.

When completed, the newly paved road will provide a second access to Pagosa Springs and the high school complex from the southeast. Motorists will be able to enter Light Plant Road from U.S. 84, drive to Apache Street and at that point either choose to drive downtown or to the high school complex.

Light Plant Road becomes Hot Springs Boulevard at the Apache Street Bridge. Motorists with downtown as a destination merely continue north along Hot Springs Blvd. on the east side of the San Juan River past the new town hall, U.S. post office, and hot springs recreational facilities, across the bridge at town park, and join U.S. 160 at the 4th Street intersection. By the time the U.S. 160 intersection is reached, the motorist is downtown.

Motorists who want to use Hot Springs Blvd. to reach the high school property will turn west at the Apache Street bridge. The high school complex is evident to the southwest of Apache Street.

In other business, county road and bridge maintenance crews are:

Replacing asphalt on the hangar-access taxiway at Stevens Field. That work should soon be completed. When it is, final pavement of the project will begin

Beginning to gravel Red Ryder Hill on the road leading to the Upper Blanco Basin. Gravel left over from this project will be applied to Mill Creek Road. Cost of the Upper Blanco, Mill Creek project is estimated at up to $49,000 by Walters. The time and money for the project was not included in the 2001 budget

County road crews are attempting to finish the annual surface grading of county roads necessary before snow flies. Fall grading is considered necessary because the newly leveled roads are easier for snow plows to maintain as winter progresses

A resolution will soon be brought to the board of county commissioners allowing the commissioners to accept roads dedicated by landowners as public roads. The resolution will contain a caveat stating that the county is not accepting the roads for maintenance merely because they acknowledge them as public. At certain times in the past, the commissioners have refused to accept acknowledgment on subdivision plats that the developer intended for the roads to be public.

Consequently, subdivisions wishing to organize road districts are having difficulty proving the roads involved are public and not private.

Self-challenge pushes her to become a first for the county's ESL program

By Tess Noel Baker

Benita Sauceda has a goal - to learn English.

She's challenged herself to reach that goal while pregnant, then with a new baby in tow, and in addition to working more than 40 hours a week.

She challenged herself to reach that goal through a curriculum that requires final approval from the Colorado State Department of Education, not just a local instructor.

Along the way, she became the first person in Archuleta County to successfully complete level one of that curriculum, Kathleen Potter, coordinator of the Archuleta County Education Center ESL program, said, an achievement that can only help Sauceda in the future.

"This is a great accomplishment," Potter said. "It's specific because it's a standardized statewide program. Say in a month she'd want to move to Durango, she could do that and not miss a beat. She can take this to an employer and it shows she's capable of doing all these things."

The state's three-level certificate of accomplishment curriculum focuses on six benchmarks grouped into three categories: listening and speaking, basic reading and writing and functional and workplace skills. Students must submit an Adult Learner Assessment Notebook, a writing sample and a tape of an oral interview to the state upon completion of a level. A panel in Denver reviews the student's work. If it passes, the Department of Education awards the student a certificate listing all of the skills the student has achieved which is signed by the Colorado Board of Education Chairman, two other members of the board, the Commissioner of Education and the state director of Adult Education and Family Literacy.

Potter said other workbook programs simply don't come with that seal of approval. The publisher may offer a certificate, but the specific knowledge achieved isn't necessarily outlined or standardized.

Completing the level one certificate took about two months, working two or three hours a week in class and practicing at home, Sauceda, who moved to Pagosa Springs from the state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, said.

To gain entry to the program, she had to have already achieved a low to beginning English as a Second Language ability. Then, the Adult Learner Assessment Notebook is prepared. Specific objectives under the benchmarks, like check writing, making appointments, providing personnel information on job-related forms, calling emergency numbers, punctuation, pronunciation, conversation skills, and others, are taught and practiced. When Sauceda was ready, an assessment was given that had to be passed and placed in the notebook.

"If she doesn't do it right, it's OK, and we try again," Potter said.

Then comes the writing examination, a six or seven line sample, and an oral interview.

Writing and conversation were the two most difficult areas, Sauceda said, but taking on the state's course has helped.

"I can understand people better than before I came here," she said. "In Mexico they teach English, but the pronunciation is different than here." Beyond making daily life and conversation easier, Sauceda hopes the achievement can help her get a better job. She is already working toward completing level two of the program and would like to eventually receive a GED.

"It's definitely helped her writing skills, being able to form paragraphs, use modifiers and adjectives properly," Potter said. "We did a lot of role playing, say making emergency phone calls, being prepared for situations like that."

Sauceda first enrolled in the Archuleta County ESL program in July of 1999, Potter said, but there have been some breaks along the way, including one to have her baby, meaning the new mom has been working on English for about 18 months total now.

Interruptions like that are fairly common for ESL students, Potter added. Some are in the United States for only part of the year, others move or have work conflicts.

"Right now I have 15 students from various countries," she said, "Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and Taiwan." She also expects students from Columbia and Honduras to return to the program soon. Last year, the roster included a student from the Ukraine.

Potter, who has been the program coordinator and instructor since March of 2000, said people over age 16 are always welcome to stop by the Archuleta County Education Center at 4th and Lewis streets to enroll in English as a Second Language or to call 264-2835. Classes are taught in the afternoon and evenings three days a week.

When students enroll, Potter said, they are charged a maximum of $10 for an eight-week block. The money covers all materials, supplies and the instructor's time, up to three hours per week. Those who can't stay the full eight-weeks are charged a pro-rated price, and partial or full scholarships are available.

Potter said 2001 is the first year there has been a charge, or an eight-week block schedule for the ESL program, but both changes are being encouraged at the state level.

Under state regulations, each student enrolled is given a pre-test and a post-test. Those results are reported to the state. However, the focus of the student's class time is controlled by the student. Some students simply want to work on vocabulary needed in the workplace, Potter said. Others request spending time on writing skills or social etiquette. Working toward the state certification is just one opportunity. Besides Sauceda, one other student has recently completed level two of that program.

Besides encouraging people to come enroll as students in the program, Potter also said opportunities were available for college students working toward an ESL certification.

"We welcome students who need practicum hours."


September 27, 2001

'Conflict of interest'

Dear Editor,

Gene Crabtree is the absolute worst county commissioner I have seen in my 24 years of observing Archuleta County government.

When I asked Commissioner Crabtree several months ago to comment on his apparent conflict of interest regarding Valle Seco Road he refused comment, stating it was a "conflict of interest" for him to speak regarding the matter.

What has changed Mr. Crabtree? Your brother-in-law still owns property along Valle Seco Road. You can't possibly represent the citizens of this county and your brother-in-law at the same time. You and Mr. Ecker seem to be interested in serving a constituency of two, i.e. the two owners of private property along Valle Seco Road. What happens to the thousands of citizens who have used that road for the past 20 years?

Rapid population growth suggests the need for preserving established public access to the National Forest. Mineral County faced this issue in 1996 and declared these types of roads "public ways." The Mineral County commissioners' overriding interest was to preserve public access.

Mr. Crabtree doesn't seem to be interested in what the public wants or deserves. He appears only interested in arranging a "sweet" deal for his brother-in-law.


Jeff Greer


Dear Editor,

I was appalled at the incredibly poor taste displayed by Lee Riley and the staff of the Sun by running Lee's full-page ad last Thursday, which was on the back page of section 2. They both have taken advantage of one of the most tragic events in our nation's history, and 6,333 deaths, as an excuse to use the flag in an advertisement.

What is equally appalling is the distortion of the image of the flag by printing the star field (the union) upside down. Surely you both must know something about flag design and etiquette, and if you don't, you should.

The upside down ad is one of Lee's trademarks and may be an effective tool for promoting his real estate business. This advertisement is not an effective way to show his patriotism, but then again, maybe that is not what he was trying to accomplish.

I think you both owe your readers an apology.

Pat Curtis


Dear Editor,

As a volunteer at Wolfwood, I found the comments in a recent letter (Luna, Sept. 20) especially disappointing. Considering Mr. Luna's efforts to force the facility to relocate were successful, it's my opinion that his letter amounts to little more than piling on.

While the writer is certainly entitled to express his opinion, I think it's appropriate to provide a few facts about the refuge and its inhabitants.

Wolfwood is a state licensed, tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It is a sanctuary for wolves and wolf-crosses whose owners had unrealistic expectations or were ill-equipped to provide for the special needs of these unique creatures. Craig and Paula Watson, the owners/operators, do not breed animals and are adamantly opposed to the breeding of wolf-crosses. They are required to pass an annual state inspection to insure the animals' physical and emotional needs are met. Property value concerns are not part of the equation. Since inception, Wolfwood has passed every state inspection.

Animal ambassadors from the refuge have attended over 50 public presentations in and around the local area. They have come in direct physical contact with thousands of people, including children, without a single incident. My wife and I have spent countless hours working with the animals and we've suffered nothing worse than a couple of scratches from some of the more affectionate ones.

I think I speak for all the volunteers when I say that I'm proud to be a part of Wolfwood. The work there is extremely satisfying and personally enriching. Also Craig and Paula's selfless devotion to their cause is admirable. As for Mr. Luna's assertion that they profit financially by running the refuge, that is completely ludicrous and it barely merits a response.

If anyone is interested in an opportunity to connect with nature in a very up-close and personal way, call me at 731-0593. I'd be happy to take you on a tour of the refuge and introduce you to some of the animals. Then you can make up your own mind about Wolfwood and its work.

Tom Mozer

Small outrage

Dear Editor,

A while back, you ran an editorial about being kind and patient with each other as we go about our daily tasks here in Pagosa country. You chided us to relax, slow down, enjoy the beauty of our scenic area.

I have observed locals and visitors alike being rude, speeding to beat our lights, running stop signs, just plain being in a hurry. But a few days ago I witnessed a scene which made me see red! I watched a cart of golfers chase in ever widening circles our wild geese and lone swan. The frightened birds flew repeatedly into the air, only to be chased again as soon as they landed.

In light of recent events in our country, this seems a small outrage. But I thought golf was a gentleman's game. Is there someone I should have called to report this sad show? I know I wanted to drive my car onto the golf course and chase the males in that cart, but for sure, I would have been in big trouble for doing that.


Diane Pancoast


Dear Editor,

I have heard from several concerned citizens about my ad in last week's SUN. Before running this ad in the newspaper, we checked the proper etiquette with the newspaper staff and we felt comfortable we were doing things right.

My intent was to show patriotism and support for our country. This morning a gentleman came to see me who was very concerned and explained to me that the stars on the flag were not pointed up and it made it look like the flag was upside down. I have been known to run ads upside down in the past. However, I assure you this was not my intention this time.

I want to apologize to everyone who I offended even though it was completely unintentional. I consider myself an optimist and there is always a positive that can come from a negative. From this negative, I have learned an important lesson about displaying our flag. Further, there is an article in this week's paper on how to display the flag so everyone else can do it properly. My father served in the Air Force for 30 years. I attended his military funeral last year. Our flag is very important to me and my family and the last thing I wanted to show was disrespect.


Lee Riley

'Raw' courage

Dear Editor,

Maggie Valentine Innskeep's letter to the SUN of Sept. 20 made me weep. Now I must blow my sniffling nose, once again, to deal with reality and fact - forget the hypothetical.

Reality/Fact check No. 1 - Archuleta County taxpayers desire to have leaders who think and will not support folly. Stevens Field can be operated as a profitable business. Unfortunately, a majority of our commissioners will not enforce accountability. They are too busy making deals. Why should the taxpayer fund failure? The "big picture" they see stinks.

Reality/Fact check No. 2 - Should my family or I ever require emergency flight service for anything, I want that helicopter to set down right next to me - quickly. Forget about the 8,100 feet of reinforced rollout - not necessary.

Reality/Fact check No. 3 - Pagosa has a runway Ms. Innskeep. It runs east and west right through the heart of downtown "Paradise" and you have utilized that tarmac many times. Fortunately, there is no worry of a 60,000-lb. gift falling from the "wild blue" through my picture window because of a Band-Aid fix. CDOT does a fine job of keeping it open, and in good shape - for everyone.

Maggie: I am absolutely tingling with excitement to hear you say that you are a vegetarian! I admire "raw" courage. But this Polish "sausage connoisseur" is not about to eat down to "rabbit food." I like my T-bones "bleeding." Contains lots of protein and my thinking is far more astute.

A bloody sniveler,

Jim Sawicki


Dear Editor,

I've lived in Pagosa for over 19 years. I have found it a loving and caring town. But since Sept. 11 the showing of support by flying the flag is appalling! What's the problem? Are we not part of the good ol' USA? Are we showing it didn't happen here? That we do not need to show support? I'm really disappointed in the "lack" of our flags flying in our land of the free. Hang your flags and act like this happened to us as well as the East Coast. After all we are in this together.

Thank you,

Dani Thomas

Sports Page

September 27, 2001

Pirate gridders race past Bloomfield 38-17

By John M Motter

Pagosa's gridiron Pirates returned to the win column with a 38-17 win over Bloomfield Friday on the Bobcats field. The victory evens Pagosa's record for the season at two wins, two losses.

After two consecutive games on the road, next Friday at 7 p.m. Pagosa hosts Taos in the final preseason tuneup for coach Myron Stretton's charges. Last year Pagosa trounced Taos 42-6 on the New Mexico school's turf.

Pagosa opens defense of its Intermountain League title a week later by playing Ignacio Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Ignacio. The Pirates are seeking a three-peat as IML champions, having captured the title while not losing a league game over the past two years.

Two offensive gambles set the tone for Pagosa's victory over Bloomfield. With fourth and 7 on the Bloomfield 45, Pagosa lined up as if to punt. Instead, they slipped the ball to Caleb Melette who carried to the nine-yard line setting up a Pagosa score.

On another play, Pagosa fans saw a little razzle dazzle when Stretton dusted off a hook and ladder play and the Pirates turned it into a touchdown. Ronnie Janowsky passed to Jason Schutz on the right side. Schutz, in turn, pitched to a streaking Darin Lister. Lister crossed untouched into the end zone for the third Pirate TD.

Brandon Charles opened the game by returning the initial kickoff 22 yards giving Pagosa a first down on their own 31-yard line. Five plays later Lister was forced to punt from the 36. The Bobcats took over on their own 38 and held the ball until 4:15 remained in the quarter. At that point, Alex Cummins connected on a 30-yard field goal to give Bloomfield a 3-0 lead.

Pagosa tickled the scoreboard early in the second period when Charles crossed the scoring stripe after racing 29 yards around the left side of the Pirate line. Lister, normally a reliable place-kicker, missed the first of many extra point tries for the evening, leaving Pagosa with a 6-3 lead.

The Pirate defense forced Bloomfield to punt on their next possession. Schutz blocked the punt, Melette recovered, and the Pagosa offense trotted onto the field within easy distance of paydirt. Seven plays later, Pirate quarterback Janowsky popped over from the four-yard line. A fumbled snap made it impossible for Lister to kick the extra point. Pagosa was on top 12-3 with one-half the second period remaining to be played.

Pagosa's defense again stifled the Bobcats giving the offense another chance to strut. With about one minute remaining in the half, Janowsky rifled a dart to Schutz, Schutz lateraled to Lister, and No. 1 found paydirt. On the extra point try, the snap was again fumbled. Still, everyone relaxed as Pagosa coasted into the halftime locker room with an 18-7 lead.

Bloomfield didn't take long in "wiping that smile off of their faces." Bryan Sandoval took Lister's kickoff to open the second half and zigzagged 93 yards into the Pirate end zone, then snagged a two-point extra-point pass from Cummins to trim Pagosa's lead to 18-11. Seconds later, Charles fumbled the ensuing kickoff giving Bloomfield a first down on Pagosa's 20-yard line. Suddenly, the Pirate lead was in jeopardy.

Pagosa was up to the challenge. When Cummins attempted to throw on the second play from scrimmage, Charles picked off the pass on the 14-yard line and returned the ball to the Bloomfield 35. Following an exchange of punts, Lister registered another pick for the Pirates, giving them a first down on their own 36. Early in the final period, Janowsky passed to Lister in the end zone, then ran over the 2-pointer stretching Pagosa's lead to 26-11.

Sandoval penetrated the Pirate end zone one more time during the final period to cut Pagosa's lead to 26-17.

Pagosa' offense was still full of gas and racked up two more TDs before the game ended. Janowsky passed to Lister for six yards and a TD, and, with no time left on the clock, Charles scored from the 15. Pagosa's offense had registered six TDs for the game and a 38-17 win.

"I thought we played better defense than we have been playing," Stretton said. "Michael Vega played a good defensive game, but also important, having another player enabled us to give some of the other kids a breather. That made a lot of difference."

Vega played for the first time this season, as did Ryan Wendt. Another hoped-for returnee, Cord Ross, failed to start. Ross is having a brace built to protect the leg that's been shattered the past two seasons.

"I was happy with the offense, but I'd rather see a steady game as opposed to a few big plays," Stretton said.

Pagosa came out of the Bloomfield game without further injuries.


Pagosa Springs 38, Bloomfield 17

Pagosa Springs 0 18 0 20 38

Bloomfield 3 0 8 6 17

B: Cummins 30 FG. PS: Charles 29 run (Lister kick fail). PS: Janowsky 4 run (EP fail, fumbled snap). Janowsky 37 pass Schutz lateral Lister (EP fail, fumbled snap). B: Sandoval 92 KO return (Cummins pass to Sandoval for 2). PS: Janowsky 13 pass Lister (Janowsky run for 2). B: Cummins 2 pass Sandoval (kick failed). PS: Janowsky 6 pass Lister (kick failed). PS: Charles 15 run (no try).

Volger's return paces Ladies to Ridway win

By Tess Noel Baker

The Lady Pirates cross country team ran away with a first place at the Ramble at the Reservoir in Ridgway Friday anchored by last year's top runner, senior Aubrey Volger.

Volger, who began practicing again last week after being sidelined with a preseason injury for the first three invitationals, ran to victory in the varsity girls race, crossing the finish line in 24:06, well ahead of the pack.

"We had beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and a beautiful course," Head Coach Scott Anderson said. "The week before we had a very hard week in practice. Considering that this is a very hard course, I thought we did very well."

As for the rest of the winning girls' team, Tiffany Thompson finished fifth in 25:02, followed by junior Amanda McCain, who crossed the line in 27:02 for 16th. On her heels was senior Joetta Martinez with a 27:43, 19th place finish. Sophomore Amber Farnham ended up ten spots behind Martinez with a time of 29:44. In her first race ever, junior Holly Gustafson joined the team with a 37th place finish in 32:58.

Anderson said McCain was still somewhat hampered by a thigh injury and her times should improve in future races.

"Hopefully when that heals up we'll be competitive with the top teams in the league," he said. Volger defeated a field of about eight other schools at Ridgway, among them a 4A and a 5A squad.

On the boys' side, junior Todd Mees led the Pagosa pack with a tenth-place finish in 21:11. Senior Trevor Peterson claimed 18th in 21:59, and Jessie Powe finished 40th in 25:37. Ryan Beavers, who was competing for the first time in two weeks, ended the day 46th with a time of 27:21. Anderson said Ben Tobler, of Montrose, won the boys varsity event and set a course record.

Saturday, the Lady Pirates will have a chance to prove their strength against a strong Bayfield squad on the Wolverine's home turf.

"Bayfield looks extremely strong within the league and within the state, but I'm challenging the girls to go after them," Anderson said. "I do believe they can at least challenge them."

As for the boys, Anderson predicts a top-5 finish for Mees and a top-10 race for Peterson.

Lady spikers hammer Class 4A Montrose in two

By Karl Isberg

At the start of the prep volleyball season, Montrose was ranked by one Denver daily newspaper as the eighth best team in Colorado 4A.

Despite the fact rankings at the dailies are put together as an afterthought by staffers who hardly know or care about the realities of high school sport outside the metro area, the Indians figured to be better than the team the Lady Pirates dispatched at Montrose last year.

Montrose was, indeed, better.

But not good enough.

The Indians came to town Saturday for the first match of a rare doubleheader for Pagosa (the second match featuring Olathe), and the Lady Pirates sent their 4A foes home with a 15-12, 15-5 loss.

Montrose featured a senior-laden starting lineup with experience and consistent height and looked like worldbeaters at the outset of the match, streaking to a 7-0 lead over a sluggish and unfocused Lady Pirate six with effective outside hitting. Only an Indian serve error could end the run.

Serve errors would be the hallmark of the game, in particular for the Lady Pirates, who fought the tendency to give up the serve with mistakes while battling to gain ground on their guests.

On the strength of the play of three veteran seniors - Ashley Gronewoller, Nicole Buckley and Katie Lancing - Pagosa inched back to 4-9. Then, the momentum was stopped cold with three consecutive service errors - a problem that has dogged the team throughout the early part of the schedule.

Quickly, it was the Indians' turn to falter; Montrose players committed a bevy of errors, including a rotation mistake, two serve errors and several hitting errors in the face of increasingly effective Pagosa blocking. Montrose gave up eight unanswered points to their hosts.

On the edge of a win, Pagosa gave the ball back to Montrose with yet another bad serve and the visitors ran off three points to close the gap to 13-12.

With the ball back on a Montrose mistake at the serve, Gronewoller crushed an errant Montrose pass for a point. The teams exchanged serves four times before Buckley caught the Indians flatfooted, blasting a kill off the pass to end the game.

Pagosa caught fire in the second game. With good sets from Lori Walkup, Buckley firing away from the outside, and Gronewoller getting points at the middle of the net, the Ladies went in front 8-2. Gronewoller took the serve and stayed for six consecutive points, the Indians' game falling to pieces in the midst of a flurry of hitting and receive mistakes. Montrose scored two charity points before Lancing surprised the Indians with a kill off a pass, the ball hitting the floor just inside the side line.

"I thought our girls played ten times better the second game than they did the first," said Lady Pirate coach Penné Hamilton. "Montrose had a decent team; they were scrappy, but we didn't suffer any mental letdown the second game of the match. We stepped it up and played so much better, Montrose couldn't get into the flow."

Hamilton saw things she liked in the win over the Indians. The play of her three veterans was solid, she said "and Lori's setting is improving every game. Also Shannon Walkup had some nice swings at the ball - just what she needs to do."

Pagosa travels to Fowler Saturday for the annual appearance at the Fowler tournament. As always, the tourney will feature some stiff competition.

Fowler is one of the legendary programs in Colorado volleyball and, while the Grizzlies have not yet climbed again to the heights of Colorado 2A ball after losses in the ranks two years ago, coach Vin Mizer's team is rebuilding and is always formidable.

Pagosa and Lamar split matches at the tournament last season,with Lamar winning the tournament championship. Each team then went on to the 3A state championships. Lamar lost most of its starters from last season, but returns one of the better outside hitters in 3A and has been winning its early-season matches.

Fountain-Fort Carson will compete this year at Fowler and though the 4A team from the Colorado Springs area has had a rough start this year it will provide a hurdle in the tournament ranks.

La Veta rounds out the teams at the tournament and the Lady Pirates are guaranteed at least four matches during the day. With enough wins, the team will move to the tournament championship game as it has the last two years.

Action begins for the Ladies at Fowler at 9:30 a.m.


Pagosa Spgs, def. Montrose 15-12, 15-5.

Kills: Buckley 9, Gronewoller 8. Assists: L. Walkup 10, Lancing 8. Digs: Lancing 7, Buckley 4, S. Walkup 4. Aces: Gronewoller 4.

Coggins breaks 90 barrier; golf regionals today

By Richard Walter

Two teams they had defeated consistently during the season finished ahead of them, but Pagosa Springs Pirates golfers avenged one defeat when participating in regional competition Sept. 20.

Las Animas had broken Pagosa's two-year hold on the Monte Vista Invitational, but finished seven strokes behind the Pirates in the regionals. Monte Vista and Alamosa, which had generally finished behind the Pirates in common tournaments finished ahead of them in the regional.

Pagosa finished 13th in a field of 26 at the Holly Dot course in Colorado City and did not qualify either as a team or as individuals for state tournament competition.

Collectively, the team fired a 257 total on the par 71 course. The winning total, registered by Canon City, was 231.

Individually, the Pirates were led by Jesse Trujillo with an 85. Luke Boilini and Ty Faber each had an 86 and Garrett Forrest registered an 87. Low score for the day was an even par 71 and the cutoff score to make state was 78. Only Boilini had played the course before, qualifying there last year for state competition.

Coach Kathy Carter said the team had an excellent practice round the day before competition and, "I felt one of them might be ready to break out with a big round in the tournament."

"Any one of them," she said, "could shoot par on a given day but on Thursday they all ran in the middle of the pack. That's not a bad showing, considering the competition and the condition of the course,"

Carter said she and many of the other coaches were disappointed by course conditions. "Tee areas were chopped up, fairways were hard and dry and if you got in the rough, it was almost unplayable. I understand they've had water use restrictions and the course showed the effect. Only the greens had been cared for. It surely wasn't ready for championship competition."

Carter had predicted before the regionals that the toughest competition probably would come from the 4A schools in Pueblo and two of them Pueblo County and Pueblo West, qualified with Canon City for the state tournament.

Other teams which finished ahead of Pagosa in the regional meet were La Junta, Lake County, Pueblo South and Rye.

With only Boilini graduating, and several underclassmen just a stroke or two away from varsity level play this year, Carter expects to have a tough time next year determining who will make varsity.

Both Faber and Forrest are only sophomores and Trujillo is a junior who has been playing the game seriously for only a year. Challenging right behind them were Casey Belarde and Dan Coggins, both of whom made varsity appearances.

Carter noted the Men's Golf League has been very supportive of the high school golf program and the Pagosa Springs Golf Club has made the course available for both practice and competition.

"We have a good deal going and we know it," she said. "No school program can successfully compete if it doesn't have backing. We certainly have that."

Mesker, Sanders, Scott and Gill pace soccer win

By Richard Walter

Matt Mesker set the tone for the game with a brilliant save in the third minute and Trent Sanders gave Pagosa a lead they'd never relinquish at the five-minute mark as the Pirates soccer team defeated Crested Butte 4-1 Saturday.

After Ben Raab's drive for Pagosa went wide right at the two-minute mark, Crested Butte mounted a right side attack with three strikers working scoring lanes but Mesker came out 14 yards and stripped the ball away to thwart the attack.

Then Sanders scored unassisted with a drive right up the middle against the Butte's freshman keeper Ryan Housman who could not react in time.

Pagosa's Ty Scott had a drive off the crossbar and Jordan Kurt-Mason's effort was stopped by Housman before Zeb Gill raced the left wing in the 8th minute, dropped inside and then cut back outside for an unassisted left-footer and Pagosa was ahead 2-0.

Mesker made a save on a free kick sandwiched between a Raab drive which was stopped and a free kick from Raab which sailed over the net. The balance of the period was a show of Mesker's stopping ability and the Pirate drives careening off the crossbar, corner posts and being stopped by Housman.

In the second minute of the second half, Crested Butte's Ryan Blum narrowed the margin to 2-1 with a blast up the middle which eluded Mesker. But that was the end of the line for the home team's offense.

In the game's 62nd minute, the Pirates restored their two-goal lead, Kyle Sanders converting a Raab assist into the third goal of the day. And, in the 75th minute, Ty Scott put on a display of illusion to score the Pirates' final goal.

Scott, working the left wing, seemed to be stopped time and again but somehow kept popping free. When Butte thought they had him controlled he was no longer there. Five different defenders were left wondering where he went before he ripped the ball past replacement keeper T.J. Brown for the game's final marker.

It was a far different Pirate crew on Saturday than the one which had defensive transition problems the day before in Telluride. This time the defense was in place, the sweepers and midfield defenders stopped drives before they could get started and Mesker was his old almost unbeatable self in the nets.

This week the Pirates meet Ridgway here at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Pirates were 5-0 winners on the Ridgway home field Sept. 15.


First half - PS-T. Sanders, unassisted, 5th minute; PS-Z. Gill, 8th minute, unassisted; CB-Blum, unassisted, 42nd minute; PS-K. Sanders, assist Raab, 62nd minute; PS-Ty Scott, unassisted; shots on goal, PS-22, CB-14; Saves, PS-Mesker, 12; CB-Housman, 8, Brown, 5; yellow card, PS-T. Sanders, unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Blailand CJ Steve Espinosa

Blailand CJ Steve Espinosa was born on Aug. 29, 2001 in Durango Hospital to Clarance Espinosa and Angie Lucas. He weighed 6 pounds 11.9 oz. He measured at 19 3/4 inches. His grandparents are Lance and Elisha Lucas, and Sammy and Mary Espinosa of Pagosa Springs. His great grandparents are Gary and Firma Lucas and Phil and Francis Lujan of Pagosa Springs.

Business News

September 27, 2001

Biz Beat

Marion Francis has gone to work at Bank of Colorado as its new Vice President of Business Development.

In this capacity, Francis will deal with community relations and business development, as well as handle local loan projects.

Francis attended Tulane University, majoring in psychology and business and is no stranger to banking or the local banking industry. He has more than 35 years of banking experience, with 16 years spent working in Pagosa Springs in the capacity of president and managing officer of local banks. He has a long record of involvement in various local organizations and activities, including his work as president of the Archuleta County Economic Development Association.

Francis can be reached at the newly-opened Bank of Colorado office in the Pagosa Country Center next to City Market, or by phone at 731-4166.

Community News

September 27, 2001

Chamber News

By Sally Hameister

Colorfest events set attendance records

It would seem that when flags were raised from their half-mast positions recently, that very action represented a metaphor for the spirits of Pagosa residents and visitors alike.

All previous attendance records were broken for our Colorfest weekend events, and we are honored and delighted that folks chose to attend the colorful, spirit-lifting offerings of this annual autumn celebration. It was clear that we all needed a respite and diversion from the intense realities of the past two weeks and might be ready to move ahead. No question that our future holds a great deal of uncertainty, but we have proven to be the strongest, most resilient country in the world many times over, and our responses to this recent tragedy will be no exception. God Bless America, indeed.

We want to first thank Mike and Liz Marchand for creating and building such a strong balloon rally over the years, around which we can build these other events. They have worked so hard, and the result is astonishing. Liz also organized that beautiful, poignant ceremony that took place after the picnic in the rodeo arena. It was a great tribute to those who have fallen and gave us all hope and strength to face our future. Thanks Liz and Mike, for all you have done for all of us.

Over 400 people attended our Wine and Cheese Tasting on Friday evening and, as always, we have many folks to thank.

Morna and Doug Trowbridge are first on that list since they have been working on this event for months and worked about as hard as is humanly possible on Friday and throughout the weekend. It is demanding both physically and mentally, and they rose to the task in great style.

I also want to extend special thanks to Diplomat Lillian Steele, who did so much at different times to help us out. She cut cheese, she washed wine glasses, she folded shirts, she helped organize pilot bags and she helped me decorate the tables on Friday. What a gal - thanks, Lillian.

Thanks to Sara Scott, Rose Smith, Nettie and Bruce Trenk, Sheila Hunkin and Marguerite Flick for washing glasses during their Diplomat tours; its never a pleasant job because there always seems to be plenty of that on the home front. Ron and Sheila Hunkin ran themselves silly on Friday afternoon delivering the wines, cheese, etc. to all the tables just in time for serving. Michelle Soniat and her two pals were priceless gems helping me decorate on Friday afternoon especially with the "tall" stuff. I'm not very effective with anything that requires tall.

Our thanks go out to the following wine/cheese servers and ticket/sales helpers for doing such a stellar job and keeping over 400 people happy as little clams: Vickie Appenzeller, Dick Babillis, Matt and Jennai Bachus, Joan Cortright, Angie and Mark Dahm, Mark and Erica DeVoti, Andy and Sue Donlon, Judy and Doug Galles, Sue Gast, Angie and Ken Gayhart, Ken and Jan Harms, Mike and Lauri Heraty, Ron and Sheila Hunkin, Betty (Miss Feathers A'Plenty) Johann, Bonnie Masters, Mary and Don McKeehan, Robert and Tina Soniat, Will and Kristi Spears, Lynnis Steinert, Carrie and Dalas Weisz and Stan Zuege. Robert and both Mark Ds schlepped the tables and chairs back to the Extension Building after all was said and done, and we're grateful.

We are always grateful to our Pagosa Springs Police Department for providing extra security on this evening and to Wayne Strauss of the Colorado Mountain Rangers for donating his time to give us a hand. Both of these organizations are always there for us, and we are lucky to have them here in Pagosa. Thanks, guys.

We also want to thank Jody Unger, Robert Sparks and Marcia and George Wakefield of Copper Coin Liquor for their guidance on wine selections. Clearly they made excellent selections because we received nothing but raves about the wines and cheeses. Folks also loved the desserts provided by Kathy Keyes at Pagosa Baking Company.

Eddie and Troyena Campbell and crew did a great job serving an unprecedented number (340!) at the picnic on Saturday night, and Don and Mary McKeehan and I should know because we manned the ticket table and could hardly keep up with the traffic. Ken, Jan and Jessica Harms were lifesavers on Saturday morning when they showed up to help Doug, Morna and I with schlepping table and decorating. I never dreamed those picnic tables were that heavy. They're real muscle builders, I assure you.

Rio Jazz was fabulous as always with their performance on Saturday night with Peter Henning filling in for Lee Bartley who has a temporary bad wing. These guys are such crowd-pleasers, and it's always such a pleasure to work with them.

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me. Clearly, we get by only with the help of our wonderful friends and volunteers, so please know how much we appreciate you. We thank all for your help, your support and your attendance and look forward to doing it all over again (only better) next year.

Relief Efforts

We are happy to share information about any and all relief efforts going on in Pagosa to help the victims of recent tragedies in New York and Washington as well as relatives of those lost in Pennsylvania.

Chief Warren Grams of the Pagosa Springs Fire Department has set up a fund for the families of the fallen firefighters of the New York City Fire Department. You can make donations at Bank of the San Juans on Hot Springs Boulevard or stop by the fire station located at 191 North Pagosa Boulevard. Please respond before the Sept. 30 deadline or call 731-4191 with questions.

Touch of the Tropics is offering Red Cross Day on Oct. 3, with all proceeds from chiropractic visits, acupuncture treatments and massages donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. Please give them a call at 264-6471 to book your appointment for any and all of these services. They are located at 302 Pagosa Street.

Also donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund are Burly and Cindy White at North Pagosa Shell and Toby and Renae Karlquist with K.K. Paddywhacks Embroidery. From now until Oct. 15 stop by the North Pagosa Shell at North Pagosa Boulevard and U.S. 160 and make a minimum donation of $10 and receive an embroidered tee shirt emblazoned with a patriotic red, white and blue design. This is a great way to make a donation, and these folks will let us know the total amount collected by Oct. 15

All of the businesses in "The Springs" complex on Hot Springs Boulevard have combined forces to support the victims and families of the NY and DC tragedies on Oct 4. Please take advantage of this opportunity to do your part in the healing process. You can start with a complimentary 15-minute chair, table or foot massage at Massage at the Springs. If you would like a longer massage, all proceeds will go to victim relief. You can call for an appointment at 264-6620.

Astara Boutique and Juan's Mountain Sports will donate 20 percent of their sales for that day, and Harmony Works will donate all proceeds for the day. Juan's Mountain Sports will donate 20 percent of their sales, and The Spring Inn will donate 100 percent of their proceeds for all "per visit" bath passes sold between noon and 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted at any of these businesses throughout the day.

B & B Tour

Don't forget the Pagosa Women's Club B & B and Guest Accommodation Tour to be held on Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The tour is self-guided in an open house style so that you may visit them in the order you so choose. As a courtesy to the hosts, you will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering and to carpool if possible as parking may be limited in some places.

Your hosts for the day will be Gilbert and Nancy Davidson at Davidson's Country Inn B & B located two miles east on U.S.160; Tom and Pam Schoemig at Be Our Guest B & B/Guesthouse located 6 miles east on U.S.160; Mary Jo Coulehan with TLC's A Bed and Breakfast located 1 mile north on Four Mile Road (guests will be treated to a dessert to Mary Jo's); Josie Sift with Spirit Rest Retreat located 3.5 miles north on Four Mile Road and Anthony and Ronnie Doctor with the Alpenglow Guest House located 2 miles west of downtown Pagosa at 721 Pike Drive, behind the Pizza Hut. All of your hosts offer unique and unusual accommodations and all warmly invite you to join them for a tour of their accommodations on Sunday, September 30. Tickets are available at the Sisson Library for $10.

Gallery gala

Local professional photographer, Bruce Andersen, invites you to a photo exhibit opening of "Photo Graphic Art" held at Pagosa Photography, 480 San Juan Street, on Friday, September 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You will be treated to great outdoors and nature photography, food, drink and light jazz provided by guitarist, Joe Gilbert. A percentage of each sale will be donated to the Betty Feazel Open Space Fund. Please plan to attend and visit with Bruce and share in the celebration with friends and neighbors. This exhibit will remain open through Christmas.

SunDowner hosts

Just another reminder about the Monday, Oct. 1 date you have at 8 a.m. at the Chamber Visitor Center if you would like to host a SunDowner in the year 2002. We have had many inquiries about this, so make sure you or a representative of your business is here at the front door of the Visitor Center promptly at 8 when Doug and Morna open the doors to reserve the month you would like to host a SunDowner.

Remember, there are only ten spots to host due to the fact that the Chamber hosts in both January and September. Just give us a call at 264-2360 with questions or simply show up on Oct. 1.


We have four new businesses to welcome to the Chamber family this week and a whopping 18 renewals. How sweet it is.

Burly and Cindy White join us with North Pagosa Shell located at the corner of 30 North Pagosa Boulevard and Highway 160 West. These good folks offer propane gas, a 24-hour pump, hot lunches and a very unique "Happy Hour" pricing at 5 cents off a gallon of gas Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. You can reach them for more information at 731-5530. We thank Toby and Renae Karlquist of K.K. Paddywhacks Embroidery for their recruitment of Burly and Cindy and will cheerfully reward them with a pass to our October SunDowner at The Spring Inn.

Dan Hovda joins us with Ag Service and Supply located at 14228 West U.S. 160. Dan offers delivery of feed for horses, cattle, dogs, cats, lambs, goats, pigs, poultry, ostriches, emus, rabbits, llamas, game birds, elk and pretty much anything in the field service of agricultural equipment. You can give him a call at 759-6000 for more information about Ag Service and Supply

Tom Gassaway joins us next with Lightning Pro located at 18658 RD 25.8 in Dolores. Tom offers professional lightning protection and brings with him 40 years experience in this area. He will provide a free survey and estimate for both commercial and residential installations and is a member of the Lightning Protection Institute. To learn more about this unique service, please give him a call in Dolores at 970-882-3077.

We next welcome Deb Aspin-Hill with FOOTSTEPS located at 391 Lake Street. Deb's 20-plus years of experience will bring you "FOOTSTEPS" closer to better health through therapeutic massage, craniosacral and myofacial release techniques. Her specialty is reflexology, and she invites you to learn more by calling her at 731-FEET (3338).

Renewals this week include Summer Phillips Pierce with Summer Phillips/Goldsmith; Chris Pierce with Arborilogical West/Chris Pierce; Lyn DeLange with CSE Advertising Specialties and the Pagosa Springs Welcoming Service; Susan Durkee with the Pagosa Nursery Company d.b.a. Mi Casa, Mi Tierra; Andy Donlon with Buyer's Resource Real Estate; Lynda Brown with Hodge Podge; Jann Pitcher with Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate; Barbara Blackburn with Blackburn Business Bureau; Mike Haynes with Ponderosa Do It Best Home Center; the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club; Chamber Board Director Matt Bachus and the fair Jennai with Piano Creek Ranch; James Huang with Hunan Chinese Restaurant; and John Smith with Coldwell Banker, The Pagosa Group.

Our Associate Member renewals this week include dear friends and long-time supporters of the Chamber, Cecil and Barbara Tackett and Jackie and Gene Schick. Thanks to all for your support and confidence. We will strive always to deserve it.

Senior News

By Janet Copeland

Seniors bake sale scheduled for Oct. 18-19

Fall has officially arrived, as has hunting season, which means we seniors must get out our baking pans/cookie sheets and get to work.

We will have a bake sale Oct. 18-19 at the Ski and Bow Rack to raise funds for our seniors, including the eyeglass program, paying for janitorial services at the center, providing internet service for the computers at the center, helping those who are in need of funds to ride the senior bus, etc.

We would appreciate donations of baked goods and hope all you great cooks will come to our aid.

Thanks to Arthur Jacobs, attorney representing Colorado Legal Services, Inc., for his informative presentation on legal benefits for seniors. In his presentation he stated that The Older Americans Act, Title III Legal Assistance Programs, provides legal advice and representation to Colorado residents who are 60 years of age or older.

There are no income guidelines, although services are "targeted" to persons with the greatest social or economic need and to certain types of legal problems.

He left order forms at the Center for the Senior Law Handbook 2000 and for Surviving Debt, so if anyone is interested in ordering one or both of these publications, please drop by the Senior Center for the forms or for information on how to contact him.

We appreciate Terry Clifford from EMS presenting information on hypertension and high blood pressure and on understanding the terms used in blood pressure readings. These presentations are very informative and important for all of us to pay attention to.

Speaking of EMS services, there is a very important ballot question coming up in the next election - one that will make a difference in the emergency services we receive. If it passes, there will be an additional ad valorem property tax of 2.030 mills, commencing Jan. 1, 2002. I realize increases in taxes are not popular, but emergency medical services are absolutely essential for the entire community so I hope everyone will study the ballot question and support this issue.

Jim McCarthick has been joining us for lunch lately. Welcome, Jim - we hope you will continue to join us at the Center.

A big thank you to Carlo and Lee Carrannante for the Readers Digest books they donated to our Center. and to Ken Venzke for the scratch pads/paint supplies.

We have missed Eva Darmopray since she has been under the weather - hope she will join us again soon.

Our sympathy and prayers for Iris Clark in the loss of her sister-in-law, and for the family of Margaret Casita Moser who passed away recently.

Those folks with September birthdays will be honored on Friday, Sept. 28 at lunch. Also, remember the monthly pot luck beginning at 5 p.m. Friday - bring your favorite food and enjoy the camaraderie and maybe even a little music and dancing if you would like.

Local Chatter

By Kate Terry

GED testing program changing in January

Nationwide changes in the General Educational Development Testing Program (the GED) will mean changes in classes and instruction offered at the Archuleta County Education Center, Inc. Beginning in January, a whole new test will be offered, and those who have not (as yet) completed the five-part test by Dec. 15, 2001 will lose credit for those parts completed.

The 2002 GED test is equivalent with public secondary education and will reflect the most up-to-date, widely-used secondary school curriculum standards.

As with previous GED tests, the new series will cover the core academic areas of language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. The writing skills section, renamed language arts writing, will include testing in business communications (letters, memos, reports, applications) and "how to" tests, addressing such topics as dressing for success, leasing a car or planning a trip.

The social studies portion of the test will include at least one excerpt from the "U.S. Constitution," "Declaration of Independence," "Federalist Papers" or landmark Supreme Court cases.

The science sub-test will integrate earth science (which includes space science) and have an increased focus on environmental and health topics.

Behavioral science topics (as psychology, sociology and anthropology) will not appear on the new test.

Interpreting literature and the arts will now be referred to as the language arts, reading sub-test.

The two-part mathematics test will have more emphasis on data analysis and statistics, and for the first time since the inception of the GED, calculators will be allowed, (but only on the first part). Instruction in the use of Casio fx-260 solar calculators will be given to students attending classes at The Education Center.

More visual graphs and tables for interpretation will be included.

The new GED test will reflect the impact of welfare-to-work legislation and the increased academic standards in the public schools. The requirements for graduating high school seniors serve as the norm for passing scores.

Nationally, a passing score of 40 is required on each sub-test, but in Colorado a score of 45 is required on each test to make a total score of 225 - the score needed to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma in the state.

During September, October and November, The Education Center staff will make a big push to encourage people to complete the GED before December 15, 2001. During the 2000-01 school year, 39 students prepared at The Education Center and successfully passed it. An additional eight students took one or more subjects and made passing grades.

Completion of the GED is most important. Its standards are highly regarded in the business world. Having a GED prepares one for higher-paying jobs and, also, qualifies one for pursuing more education.

The staff at the Education Center will be happy to talk to you and sign you up. Classes are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Around town

Susie Rivas, the daughter of Pauline and Fred Rivas, has been selected Athlete of the Year 2001 for Southwest Colorado. And Rachel Howe has been selected Coach of the Year 2001 for Southwest Colorado. Both are totally dedicated and committed to Special Olympics - Susie as an athlete and Rachael as a coach. We are proud to have them so honored and to have them as part of the Special Olympics Program in Pagosa Springs.

Pagosa has won many Special Olympic awards. Kathy Pokorney is the local coordinator. She is the Special Education teacher at Ignacio.

Fun on the run

Do you remember a time when?

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming "do over!"

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy the entire evening.

It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties."

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.

A foot of snow was a dream come true.

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads for action figures.

"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense.

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

War was a card game.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived. Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown-up" life.

Veteran's Corner

By Andy Fautheree

Our new website is up and running

I'm proud to announce the new Archuleta County Veterans Service Office official website is up and running. You can access our website on the Internet at:

I was able to develop the website on the Yahoo Geocities Internet domain at no cost to the county to develop or maintain. It is a free Internet cyber domain available for small personal type websites. It is accessible from any Internet access anywhere in the world.

This is an active website, and features lots of information for veterans including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) links you can click on to other VA websites with information and help on benefits, and a complete archive of Pagosa SUN Veterans Corner articles for the past year. A 52-week archive will be maintained and updated weekly. Current articles will be posted to the website on publication day for the SUN. If you are out of town you can access the website and read the current Veterans Corner articles. I will certainly welcome any information and input on this new veterans service from anyone to make it the best possible website and serve the greatest number of people.

Sometime in the future this website may be moved to the official Archuleta County website domain,, but for the time being it will be at the current location.

Also in conjunction with the Internet website, I will be sending out information periodically via e-mail. Already I am sending out Veterans Corner articles via e-mail on publication date in the SUN. Since this is a new concept for this office, I have a limited number of veteran e-mail addresses. If you have an e-mail address be sure and send me an e-mail or contact this office so I can add you to my e-mail address database. I can assure you any e-mail sent out by this office will be pertinent to VA benefits and news. It was brought to my attention by one of our veterans on how to send out the e-mail so that the e-mail address of each veteran is not published to anyone else, which will provide and maintain privacy. That is certainly the kind of input I can use to provide the best possible service.

This new Internet presence is part of a concerted effort by this office to provide as much "outreach" to veterans as possible. In August the Veterans Service Office had a booth at the Archuleta County Fair for the very first time, which proved more successful than my greatest expectations. Many, many new local and some out of the area veterans were contacted during the Fair. Next spring I hope to have a table at the Archuleta County Health Fair. Like I did at the county fair, I will have a computer on site to help veterans with their benefits, fill out benefit application forms, and enter information in the VSO database.

I also voluntarily host a music program on Wednesday evenings at our local radio station KWUF 106.3 FM from 6 to 9 p.m. The first hour of the program is rebroadcasts of "Boom, Bust and Battle" which features music of the 1920s boom period, the 1930s bust period and finally the 1940s battle period. The originators also air this program on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. The final two hours of the radio show features "The Bill Miller" show with music of the '40s, '50s and '60s, comedy and interviews. I know many of our local veterans enjoy hearing the old music of the war years and the program is dedicated to all veterans and their families.

Finally, the fine folks who own the Liberty Theatre are very supportive of veterans. Jace Johnson called me recently about some WWII movies coming in the near future and would like to offer free admittance to veterans on opening night of these feature movies.

A movie entitled "Windwalkers" will be shown sometime in November around Thanksgiving. This movie is about the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II who baffled the enemy forces trying to listen into our communications. Native Americans played an important role during that time and were instrumental in keeping our military communications secret. The Liberty Theatre is also a sponsor of the Wednesday night radio show.

I would like to thank all of our community for their support of veterans. It is especially important at this particular time in our nation's trouble with terrorist assaults on our county and the probable actions to be taken by our military against these enemies.

For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Veterans Service 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 Internet Website can be found at the office is open from 8 to noon and 1 to 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.

Please note this office will be closed Oct. 2-5 while I attend a Veterans Affairs conference out of town.

Extension Viewpoints

By Bill Nobles

Modern education needs involved parents

Oct. 4 - Shady Pines, Extension Office, 7 p.m.

Educational success

What one factor most influences student success? Many educators single out the importance of parent engagement in their child's education as the strongest contributor to a child's motivation to do well in school. More than 85 studies document the benefits for students, families and schools resulting from active parent participation in their child's education. Among the benefits cited are:

higher grades and test scores

better school attendance

improved student attitudes and behavior

improved homework completion rates

higher rates of high school graduation and college attendance.

But while parent participation significantly impacts student achievement, surveys of sixth-12th graders across the country conducted by Search Institute found that only 29 percent of students reported their parents are actively involved in helping them succeed in school. Parent involvement in schools has been identified as one of the 40 building blocks - or developmental assets - of healthy youth development. The "40 developmental assets" are the positive relationships, opportunities, skills and values that research shows youth need in order to make wise decisions and choose positive paths. Assets for Colorado Youth, a statewide initiative supporting community efforts to build developmental assets for youth, is partnering with educators and parent groups to strengthen the home-school connection. By integrating the developmental asset framework, school communities are discovering a powerful tool for strengthening relationships between parents, school staff and students.

María Guajardo Lucero, executive director of Assets for Colorado Youth and co-author of The Power of Parents: Parent Engagement in Schools and the Developmental Assets, says, "Applying the asset framework to parent engagement provides school communities with a common language for supporting positive youth development and for ensuring students feel connected and cared about in their schools." According to The Power of Parents, parent engagement in asset-building schools is manifested through the following values and behaviors:

parents' presence and ideas are welcome

collaboration focuses on strengths and places high expectations on all parties

parents are engaged in meaningful activities that enhance the learning process

the connection between the classroom and home is clearly defined

all adults support a culture of "success for all children"

parents, students and school staff experience mutual respect

students are valued and viewed as resources

school staff and parents share a vision of themselves as partners

cultural competence is a unifying force

asset building is a way of living

Parent engagement, grounded in the strength-based asset perspective, creates a win-win situation for families and schools.

Healthy eating

Schools are more than a place to learn about basic subjects. They're also a place where cultures develop, habits are born and food preferences are formed. No one knows this better than the companies that sell their products in your school. In recent years, soft drink companies have been particularly active in negotiating exclusive "pouring rights" contracts with school districts; promising increases in the percentage of profit the school will receive if there is an increase in sales volume. These contracts often are negotiated during the summer months when parents and teachers are not around and the halls are empty. When teachers come back in the fall, they're greeted with new and additional vending machines and the pressure to extend the length of time the machines are available to students or to allow students to bring soft drinks to class. In many schools, children hardly need encouragement to use the vending machines. When faced with a lunch period that is too short, too early or too late; a long milk line; and foods in the cafeteria that have been sitting a little too long, vending machines seem like a good alternative. Besides, they're always there when you need them.

What's wrong with this picture?

Many things, but one of the most important is the health consequences of the habits that are established. The statistics are staggering. Over the past 5 to 10 years, there has been a dramatic shift among children and teens from milk products to soda and fruit drinks, with the decrease in milk consumption tending to be larger for females than for males. On any given day, 56 to 85 percent of children (depending on age and gender) consume soda. Along with this has come an increase in the amount of added sugars in the diet, such that added sugars (not including those found naturally in foods) now contribute 20 percent of the total calories in a young person's diet on average.

Fat intake also has increased with more than two-thirds of females, ages 14 to 18, now exceeding the recommended intake of fat and saturated fat per day. These trends have contributed to some serious diet-related health concerns: The prevalence of overweight among youth ages 6 to 17 has more than doubled in the past 20 years. The development of Type 2 diabetes in children - one of the most serious a aspects of overweight and obesity in children - has skyrocketed in the past 10 years.

The increasing failure to meet calcium requirements in childhood, which is likely to hinder the achievement of maximal skeletal growth and bone mineralization, increasing the risk for osteoporosis later in life. This is a particularly important consideration for females. What can you do to help change this scene? Last summer and fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted two nationwide forums designed to discuss the role of the school environment on healthy eating behavior and to suggest ways to foster change. One outcome has been the development of an action kit, "Changing the Scene: A Guide to Local Action." The kit contains excellent information on how states, schools and communities can help promote a healthy school nutrition environment. It is available online at

In Sync

By Isabel Willis

Habitat's aim: Sufficient housing for all

Owning a home is a major accomplishment in life.

Often times it seems next to impossible to secure the "ideal" mortgage loan with a fixed interest. Your credit has to be just right, and you have to keep two jobs just to meet the monthly installment. Then there is no way to get ahead once winter sets in and, usually, all past-due bills left from summer have to "wait out the storm."

Overwhelming? Honestly, and sadly, it happens to be a way of life for a majority of the people in our own community.

If you are not able to own your own home, your reality could be a desperate need for housing assistance because you face a crisis of unaffordable rents and substandard living conditions. It's simply a no-win situation.

Is there any help out there?

One resource to look into is Habitat for Humanity. The organization is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that works to "eradicate poverty housing around the world and to make sufficient housing a matter of conscience and action."

Does Habitat only build for minorities? To answer that often-asked question, all Habitat for Humanity U.S. affiliates signed and agreed to the U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1968. This Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, advertising or financing of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. They further specified that homeowners are selected "according to criteria that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed or ethnic background."

What does a Habitat house cost?

The amount does vary worldwide, but the important point is that there is no profit included in the sale price and no interest charged on the mortgage. You do have to apply sweat equity hours to your home, which simply means that you must help build it.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to the ideal that all people deserve a simple, decent place to live on terms that they can afford to pay.

Currently, Habitat for Humanity is accepting application for its next partner-family. You may pick up and drop off applications at the Archuleta County Department of Social Services newly relocated in Town Hall on Hot Springs Boulevard.

Qualifications include:

age 21 or older

resident of Archuleta County for a minimum of one year

yearly income of $10,500-$18,500

children living at home

a good credit history

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding how the selection committee works to process your application, or need help with the application itself, you can contact Karol Novak, HFHI board member, by calling 731-0077.

Crusing with Cruse

By Katherine Cruse

Taste of ballooning whets appetite for more

"Hey, neighbor," said Buck. "Want to be on a balloon crew with me?"

"Well, maybe."

"Great! Pick you up at 6:45."

"In the morning?"

Hotshot said he'd go. I hemmed and hawed for three days. But at 6:45 last Saturday morning, after coffee and breakfast, I was ready. We piled into Buck's car and headed for the Chamber building.

As at other events this week, the balloon rally first paused to reflect on the terrorist atrocities. We pledged allegiance to the flag. We sang God Bless America. We prayed. We remembered the victims. Some of us reflected that there's little we can do. Except go on living.

We hadn't even been sure that the Colorfest balloon event would even take place. Non-commercial flights without flight plans were still being restricted. But with less than two days to go, the FAA lifted that ban. And some 50 balloons showed up.

The variety of colors and patterns is amazing. As the balloons filled with air and lifted off, I'd think, "Oh, that's the prettiest one." Then I'd look at another and change my mind.

Our balloonists, Jim and Mary Moore, have come here for several years. They bring their enormous, dignified Samoyed, Buran, who, apparently, is well known. Other balloon teams may not remember Jim and Mary, but they can't forget Buran.

Like every other activity, ballooning has its own special terms. The balloon is the envelope. Jim and Mary called the pyrometer, a heat sensor that lets the pilot know how warm it is up at the top of the balloon, a turtle. The collar below the opening of the balloon is called the skirt. The big fan that initially fills the balloon with air, while it's still lying stretched out on the ground, is the inflator.

Jim was the pilot on Saturday, and his first passenger was one of the Colorfest sponsors. The rest of us piled into back into the pickup truck and took off, keeping our balloon in sight. We didn't have far to go - across the river and wait. The balloon did a "splash and dash" on the surface of the river, lifted a bit, and drifted back the way it had come. We drove back to where we'd started. We jumped out of the truck and ran to hold the basket as the balloon touched down.

Jim took off a second time with another passenger. We waited another half hour, while the balloon drifted here and there, and finally came to rest not far from San Juan Street and Sixth. Jim considered the weather, the winds, the terrain - he'd have to ascend that shale hill and the power lines quickly if he took off on another flight - and decided to call it a day.

Power lines are no joke. Every year a few balloonists get killed, colliding with power lines, when the cables burn and the basket drops to the ground. Jim told us later, "If it looks like you're going to hit a power line, you pull the rope and let the air out of the balloon. Quickly."

"Psychologically, that's very hard to do," he added. On Sunday my job was to hold open one side of the mouth of the balloon, so that the inflator could send the air inside. It got harder to hold the cables, as the balloon swelled. When the balloon was almost entirely inflated, Mary climbed into the basket, which was lying on its side, and fired the propane burner.

"Okay," she said to the two of us working each side of the throat of the balloon. "This is a tricky moment. First, keep yourselves out of the line of fire." Yes, Ma'am!

"Second, kept the skirt away from the flame." The burner roared, the flame shot into the open mouth of the balloon. Two crew members slowly rotated the basket upright, as the balloon lifted off the ground and rose over our heads.

This year I had my first balloon ride. I was Mary's second passenger on Sunday morning. My first thought, looking down at the ground sinking away beneath us, was, "I'm getting dizzy." So I quit looking straight down, and the vertigo went away.

The second thing I noticed was how very quiet it is up there. Except when the pilot fires the burner. Then you can't hear anything else. And I am now much more aware of the need to find a good landing spot. We pointed out trees, power lines, the horses in the fenced field. Finally Mary decided that, rather than go over the ridge ahead and maybe into rough or inaccessible territory, she'd put down in the yard by a short street. Right there!

"Hang on!" she shouted. At least, I think she was shouting. "This is going to be a hard landing. Face forward. Bend your knees." The ground rushed up to meet us, the chase crew stopped the truck and ran across the rough yard, and some of them got there just as the basket hit the ground and tipped way over toward one side.

But we didn't fall out. The basket straightened up. Everyone held onto the edges to keep it from taking off. I climbed out and we walked it over to the street, where we collapsed the balloon, squeezed all possible air out of it, and stuffed it into the carry bag. No mean feat. When you think you can't force any more of the monster in, everyone sits down on top. Slowly more air leaks out of the compressed nylon. Lo and behold, it all fits in.

So now I've been up in a hot air balloon. But it was just a little taste. I'd like more.

The next balloon festival is in February. I'll be waiting.

Pagosa Lakes News

By Ming Steen

Fitess ball classes scheduled to begin Monday

T Fitness ball class will begin at the recreation center Oct.1. Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

This form of exercise is appropriate for almost anyone wishing to increase flexibility and balance while improving muscular strength and overall fitness. Seniors in particular are invited to join these classes because of the gentle non-impact nature of the exercise. The classes will be taught jointly by Debbee and June.

Our part of the world will offer more great powder and back-country skiing this season than ever before. How do I know that? My recent dreams feature blankets of powdery snow and I'm starting to think of winter sports. Any day now, we'll look up and yes, it will be there - white, clean and crisp.

Now that I have psyched you up for ripping up the slopes and the back country trails, don't forget to develop some endurance so you are not likely to crash and burn early in the day.

Developing endurance means gradually pushing the body harder and longer before the season begins. . . like now.

Weight training and aerobic conditioning are two halves to the total endurance program. Ball classes are highly recommended for skiers and boarders because of the added benefit of balance exercises and strengthening of the core of the body. Core strength and balance is what make a strong and graceful skier/snowboarder. Visualize effortless turns, gliding down pure white snowy slopes with the powder gently brushing your face.

Another reminder to users of the recreation center pool: the pool will be closed today beginning at noon, until noon next Thursday, Oct. 4. During this period of closure, pool repairs and general cleaning will be carried out.

Sorry for the inconvenience but try to use this opportunity to get out into the back country and hike the trails. Watch the colors change in the trees.

The Shepherd's Staff

By Rev. Annie Ryder

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These are the words that St. Paul used to greet the people to whom he was writing.

In these days, since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, all of us need the grace and peace which are gifts to us from the Father and Son, through the Holy Spirit. Many people have turned again to God for comfort, as a shelter from the storm, as the One who can right the grievous wrongs which afflict our world.

Many people have turned to the Scriptures, to the Bible, and especially to the Psalms, to find answers to our questions. Who will protect us? Who will eliminate evil? "God is my shield and my defense; he is the savior of the true in heart. (The wicked) dig a pit and make it deep and fall into the hole that they have made." (Ps. 7:11, 16) The Lord is King for ever and ever; the ungodly shall perish from the land. The Lord will hear the desire of the humble; you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear; to give justice to the orphan and oppressed, so that mere mortals may strike terror no more." (Ps. 10:17-19) We turn to the familiar verse which has lifted up the hearts of humanity in times of trouble over many centuries: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Ps. 23:4)

The following prayer, written by Max Lucado, can help us to put our trust in the Lord and to remember how God's mighty hand has saved us in the past, and how the resurrection of Jesus Christ assures us that good will triumph over evil and that life is victorious over death:

"Dear Lord, We're still hoping we'll wake up. We're still hoping we'll open a sleepy eye and think, 'What a horrible dream.' But we won't, will we Father? What we saw was not a dream. Planes did gouge towers. Flames did consume our fortress. People did perish. It was no dream and, dear Father, we are sad.

There is a ballet dancer who will no longer dance and a doctor who will not longer heal. A church lost her priest, a classroom is minus a teacher. Cora ran a food pantry. Paige was a counselor, and Dana, dearest Father, Dana was only three years old. (Who held her in those final moments?)

We are sad, Father. For as the innocent are buried, our innocence is buried as well. We thought we were safe. Perhaps we should have known better. But we didn't.

And so we come to you. We don't ask for your help; we beg you for it. We don't request it; we implore it. We know what you can do. We've read the accounts. We've pondered the stories and now we plead, 'Do it again, Lord. Do it again.'

Remember Joseph? You rescued him from the pit. You can do the same for us. Do it again, Lord. Remember the Hebrews in Egypt? You protected their children from the angel of death. We have children, too Lord. Do it again. And Sarah? Remember her prayers? You heard them. Joshua? Remember the fears? You inspired him. The women at the tomb? You resurrected their hope. The doubts of Thomas? You turned them away. Do it again Lord. Do it again.

You changed Daniel from a captive into a king's counselor. You took Peter the fisherman and made him Peter an apostle. Because of you, David went from leading sheep to leading armies. Do it again, Lord, for we need counselors today, Lord. We need apostles. We need leaders. Do it again, dear Lord.

Most of all, do again what you did at Calvary. What we saw here that Tuesday, you saw there that Friday. Innocence slaughtered. Goodness murdered. Mothers weeping. Evil dancing. Just as the smoke eclipsed our morning, so the darkness fell on your Son. Just as our towers were shattered, the very Tower of Eternity was pierced. And by dusk heaven's sweetest song was silent, buried behind a rock.

But you did not waver, O Lord. You did not waver. After three days in a dark hole, you rolled the rock and rumbled the earth and turned the darkest Friday into the brightest Sunday. Do it again, Lord. Grant us a September Easter.

We thank you, dear Father, for these hours of unity. Christians are praying with Jews. Republicans are standing with Democrats. Skin colors have been covered by the ash of burning buildings. We thank you for these hours of unity. And we thank you for these hours of prayer. The Enemy sought to bring us to our knees and succeeded. He had no idea, however, that we would kneel before you. And he has no idea what you can do.

Let your mercy be on our President, Vice President and their families. Grant to those who lead us wisdom beyond their years and experience. Have mercy upon the souls who have departed and the wounded who remain. Give us grace that we might forgive and faith that we might believe.

And look kindly upon your church. For two thousand years you've used her to heal a hurting world.

Do it again, Lord. Do it again. Through Christ. Amen.

Library News

By Lenore Bright

Hudson featured in latest "Southwest Art"

Clarissa Hudson, a multi-talented artist is featured in the September issue of Southwest Art. Clarissa works in many media. The article tells about some of her work and the painting technique that won her top honors in her class at last year's Santa Fe Indian Market. She is preparing to work with nine other artists on a 30-foot glass totem pole in Washington, and her work hangs in Canadian museum. It was nice to read about Clarissa.

New books

Thanks to Bob and Carole Howard for their donation of the audiotape of Stephen Ambrose's new book, "The Wild Blue." This epic is about the men who flew B-24 bombers over Germany in WW II. We also have the print version.

Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and then chose the crews, along with the drama of the times.

George McGovern, at 22, flew 35 missions (all the Army would allow) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. McGovern later became a senator and presidential candidate.

Ambrose is the acknowledged dean of WW2 history. He also wrote the "Band of Brothers," currently running on HBO.

We have "Colorado's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places," by Jean Torkelson with photos by Bill Bonebrake. People of all faiths endeavor to connect with their spiritual sides. Torkelson, the Rocky Mountain News religion writer profiles more than 100 of the state's best sites for soul-searching. Four of them are here in Pagosa Country.

"Colorado Caves, Hidden Worlds Beneath the Peaks," by Richard Rhinehart and photography by David Harris is available. Here is your chance to view the magical world beneath our lofty peaks. There are about 250 known caves in Colorado. There are only 10 caves with more than a mile of surveyed passage. Cave of the Winds and Glenwood Caverns are commercially operated as visitor attractions. This is a beautiful book with lots of facts about exploration and conservation of these remarkable sites.

Barbara Delinsky authors "Uplift, Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors." This is a collection of anecdotes and advice, told in the words of women of all ages who are part of the ever-growing sisterhood of survivors. Friends and relatives should read it to find out how to relate and help. This is a warm, funny, reassuring and supportive read.

"Easy Solutions: Color Mixing," by M. Stephen Doherty, is a must for watercolorists. It takes you inside the studios of 12 artists to explore their approaches to mixing the right colors.

Jean Auel lives

Good news for those waiting for the next book in her Earth's Children series that began with "Clan of the Cave Bear." According to Parade, Auel has finished "The Shelters of Stone," and it is due out in May from Crown publishers.


Gifts in memory of Betty Feazel came from Evangeline Catchpole, Polly and Larry Murray, and the staff and board of trustees of the Sisson Library. Materials came from Judy Crawford, Anna Bjornson, Debra Stewart, Jenny Schoenborn, Jeanne Simpson, Larry Blue, Greg Raymond, Don McNamee, Dottie Eichvalds, and Michelle Lombardi.

Parks and Rec

By Douglas Call

Youth soccer has openings

Youth soccer continues with games being played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Players not yet registered, ages 7-10, can still do so at the $20 rate at Town Hall.

Players will be put on a team immediately and will start playing at the next scheduled game.

Registration for the 11-12 year-olds and 5-6 year-olds has been closed because teams have been filled. Coaches needing practice times need to call the Recreation Department at 264-4151 ext. 232.

Game schedules are available at Town Hall and are posted at the Middle School and Elementary School. Games are being played at 4, and 5 p.m. for the remainder of the season. The Kickers League, ages 5-6, will play through Oct. 11, with other games extending through Oct. 18. The season-ending tournaments will be held Oct. 19-20.

Sponsors for this year's youth fall soccer league are: The Pagosa Veterinary Clinic, Edward Jones Investments, Century 21 - Wolf Creek, The Liberty Theatre, The Corner Store, The Hog's Breath and M&M Drop Services.

Adult Coed Volleyball

This fall's adult coed volleyball league is underway with games being played on Mondays and Wednesdays. Game schedules are available at the games and at Town Hall. Players must submit a $10 player fee prior to playing the first game. League games will continue through the end of October and tournament games will be in November.

Team sponsors for the league include Ski and Bow Rack, Colorado Construction, CPR Title, Piano Creek Ranch, Ace Hardware, American Family Insurance and Silver Dollar.

Park Commission

The next meeting is set for Oct. 17. All meetings are open to the public and take place in Town Hall at 5:30 p.m.