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April 4, 2002
Aragon coasts to his seventh term as mayor

By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

The ballots are counted.

About 30 percent of the eligible voters made it to the polls Tuesday, electing three incumbents and one challenger to positions with the Town of Pagosa Springs.

Voting members of the Pagosa Sanitation District, a different group because boundaries of the district stretch outside the town in certain areas, gave approval to three ballot issues regarding the transfer of fees and taxes.

In the mayor's race, incumbent Ross Aragon claimed a landslide victory, leading his closest competition by 221 votes and earning himself another four-year term. Aragon garnered a total of 251 votes, followed by David Pokorney with 30 votes, Paul Nobles with 14 votes and Gary "Crow" Hedinger with five.

The top three vote-getters in the trustees' race were Darrell Cotton, Judy James and Jerry Jackson. They will each fill four-year terms on the board. Cotton and James are both incumbents, and Jackson a challenger.

Stan Holt, another incumbent in the race, was defeated. Cotton received the highest number of votes with 228, followed by James with 187, Jackson with 139 and Holt with 119.

Concerning the sanitation district, three questions had to be approved by voters to transfer the debt from the current Pagosa Springs Sanitation District to the Pagosa Springs Sanitation Capital Improvement District. All three passed by small margins. Issue A passed, 158 to 121. Issue B cleared voters by just 30, 153 to 123, and issue C passed by the largest margin, 164 to 106.

The election was a second chance at the polls for the sanitation district questions, a similar group of which failed in November 2000. Confusing wording required under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights made it seem, on a quick read, that approving the issues meant an increase in taxes. That was not the case.

Approval of the three issues was the last hurdle to be crossed prior to dissolving the Pagosa Springs Sanitation District, an entity requiring its own board and a separate audit, and forming the Pagosa Springs Sanitation Capital Improvement District which becomes a responsibility of the Pagosa Springs Board of Trustees.

Residents of the district will continue to pay the same fees and taxes for sanitation service as they did before the change. They will continue to pay the fees at the same place, with only a different heading on paperwork managed at Town Hall.

PAWS adopts new fee plan
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

A fee structure linked to growth anticipated over the next 20 years was adopted by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District board of directors Tuesday night.

"We have studied this almost to death," said Harold Slavinski, chairman of the board. "We've been crunching numbers for months. Now it's time to do something. We'll review this next year and change it if we need to."

Cost distribution between current users and future growth continued to draw the ire of builders at the meeting.

The builders argue that too large a proportion of the district fee structure will be paid by builders involved with new growth. They argue the district has not accurately measured new and old costs, and should not, therefore, try to apportion fees based on new and old costs. They urged the directors to not levy the proposed fees until better numbers are available to identify new versus old costs.

"This is what we've come up with," said Don Brinks, a member of the board and former real estate agent. "The board has worked very hard in coming up with these figures. We're dealing with a lot of different people with a lot of different interpretations of what we should do. We're not going to please everyone."

Brinks then moved to adopt the resolution containing the fee structure, director Karen Wessels seconded the motion, and the board unanimously approved. Absent from the board meeting because of a medical emergency was Bob Frye. Board members voting in favor of the fee structure were Slavinski, Brinks, Wessels, and George Chenoweth.

The new fees take into account a study of district needs over the coming 20 years conducted by three engineering firms, plus a financial model developed by a consultant. The engineering firms are Camp Dresser & McKee, Davis Engineering Services, Inc., and Harris Water Engineering Inc. The financial consultant is Stan Bernstein and Associates Inc., local government financial consultants.

Service fees, the monthly fees paid by water and sewer users, change little in the new fee schedule. The major change affects the amount of water included for the initial water base rate. In the past, users paid $13.50 per month for up to 10,000 gallons of water. Consumption above 10,000 gallons was billed at the rate of $2.50 per thousand gallons. Under the new fee schedule to become effective July 1, users will pay $13.50 for the first 8,000 gallons consumed, $3.50 per thousand gallons of consumption from 8,001 gallons to 20,000 gallons, and $4.50 per thousand gallons of consumption for 20,001 gallons and above.

Sewer charges are going up from $14 per month to $15.50 per month with the rate change effective July 1.

A water inclusion fee of $3,005 per equivalent unit will be levied against any property added to district boundaries. Designated by its acronym, EQR, an equivalent unit generally amounts to the 8,000 gallon base consumption rate used for residential user fees. Since identification of an EQR connected with buildings used for commercial purposes may vary according to the type of business, commercial and business users should call the district for specific information. The effective date for charging water and sewer inclusion fees was April 2.

The inclusion fee is considered a buy-in fee, the price paid by new district members for their share of the existing infrastructure. It is based on calculation of the new member's proportionate share of the total EQRs attributed to the district.

A sewer inclusion fee of $1,625 is too be levied based on the same principles as the water inclusion fee.

A facilities upgrade fee levied in the past was to be eliminated effective April 2.

New this year is a water capital investment fee, designed to replace the facilities upgrade fee. The fee will be levied at the rate of 88 cents per square foot of living area on residential units with a minimum fee based on 1,000 square feet. Calculation for nonresidential, including commercial, remains $1,760 per EQR. The water capital investment fee was to be levied starting April 2.

Also new is a sewer capital investment fee calculated at the rate of $1.34 per square foot of residential living area. A minimum fee based on 1,000 square feet will be levied. Calculation for nonresidential including commercial, remains $2,680 per EQR. The sewer capital investment fee was to be effective April 2.

A change has been adopted for credit for availability of service fees. This monthly fee is levied against vacant lots when a water or sewer service line passes within 100 feet of the lot. The change allows the district to credit half of the availability of service fees previously paid against the capital investment fees. Credit will be based on the length of time the property owner requesting the service has owned the property. Previous owners who have paid the fee, then sold the lot, will not be credited.

Additional fees charged by the district are unchanged. These include connection fees, availability of service fees, and availability to tap fees. Availability to tap fees are the actual expenses incurred when extending a line.

Fire chars 50 acres; 9 buildings
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

Visible smoke and fire Tuesday caused concern in and around Pagosa Springs. But it was a fire near Allison and the southwest corner of Archuleta County that grew out of control, blazing through 50 acres, destroying nine outbuildings before being contained late Tuesday night.

Early in the morning, smoke from a controlled burn at Hidden Valley Ranch, near Fourmile Road north of Pagosa Springs, could be seen from town, spurring a few concerned calls. That fire remained under wraps.

Another fire, apparently starting in the early afternoon, did not.

Eighty-four people, including 60 firefighters from 10 different agencies, worked to squelch the fire in Allison, reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Sgt. Karn Macht, of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department, said the cause remains under investigation, speculating it's possible a controlled burn flamed out of control.

The fire, located near Archuleta County roads 973 and 975, burned through parcels of land owned by three separate individuals, destroying farming structures, including one barn full of hay. No one was injured.

The Pagosa Fire Protection District sent four trucks and nine crew members to the scene, Chief Warren Grams said. One truck broke down on the way and had to be towed back to town, but the firefighters continued to the scene to assist.

They joined members of the Archuleta County Road and Bridge Department, Archuleta County Sheriff's Department, Los Pinos Fire Protection District, Upper Pine Fire, Durango Fire and Rescue Authority, U.S. and state forest services, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Mount Allison Fire District in fighting the blaze. To contain the fire, which took about eight hours, 20 pieces of equipment and an air tanker out of Albuquerque were used.

Warm and dry weather mixed with afternoon winds have made lower elevations extremely dry, causing several grass fires and prompting area agencies to begin issuing fire bans.

In Archuleta County, an emergency meeting for the county commissioners has been called for today at 9 a.m. to issue a countywide fire ban. Chief Grams and Undersheriff Otis May will be bringing the request before the board. "There will be no more burning until further notice," Grams said.

The U.S. Forest Service, overseeing lands at higher elevations, has not issued a ban yet, though people are urged to use extreme caution when visiting the forest. A fire ban has already been issued on all trust lands in the Southern Ute Reservation.

Wolf Creek tunnel job, closures, delays, will resume on Monday
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

The winter lull is over and those who need to traverse Wolf Creek Pass will soon find the tunnel construction project delays interfering again with their plans.

Colorado Department of Transportation and Kiewit Western Company, the general contractor, announced construction will resume April 8 on the tunnel project and closures and delays will last through early 2003.

Nancy Shanks, CDOT public relations spokesperson for the project, said delays will normally be kept to 30 minutes or less, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Longer delays are possible, she said, especially in late afternoon when the majority of the blasting will be done.

Nighttime closures will be necessary later this spring, (most likely in early May) and through the remainder of the project, while crews drill and haul material to create the tunnel. During construction of the 916-foot tunnel, crews will remove and haul away an estimated 170,000 cubic yards (about 324,000 tons) of rock from the mountainside - enough to fill a football field with a 108-foot layer of material.

"Removing this amount of material and mitigating the rock fall areas requires constant truck hauling, as well as the use of drilling equipment, which takes up the width of the narrow two-lane road," said Craig Black, CDOT project engineer. "Nighttime closures allow us the time, space and safety precautions necessary to complete construction of the tunnel."

The project, on the east side of the pass, will eliminate a portion of the area known as The Narrows.

To advise motorists of current conditions, Shanks said, there will be five variable message boards on approaches to the pass area on U.S. 285 at Villa Grove, on U.S. 160 in Alamosa, South Fork and Pagosa Springs, and at U.S. 285 and Colo. 17 near Antonito.

She said the message boards will advise motorists of delays and night closures. There will also be signs installed on the alternate route system to direct motorists traveling from Pagosa Springs to Alamosa via U.S. 84 to Chama, N.M., and then over Cumbres-La Manga Pass to Antonito and Alamosa.

Pagosa man arrested in theft of $161,000
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

A Pagosa Springs man is accused of stealing $161,000 from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, an investment company in Durango.

Investigator Carl Smith, of the Pagosa Springs Police Department, said John Widmer, 50, was arrested after a week-long investigation into the missing funds. Although the complaint was filed by Morgan Stanley, the money was first stolen in 2001 from the scholarship trust fund operated by the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.

Monies in that fund had been invested with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Smith said. When the theft was discovered, the company reimbursed the club and is now taking the case to the authorities.

Widmer was president of the Rotary Club at the time of the thefts and a licensed stockbroker with Morgan Stanley. He operated a satellite office for the firm in Pagosa Springs for 5 1/2 years, and owns Echo Manor Inn.

Widmer is currently in jail on charges of felony theft, being held on a $250,000 bond. The bond was set high, Smith said, because Widmer was born in Switzerland and is considered a possible flight risk.

The investigation has uncovered no wrongdoing that can be traced back to the Rotary Club. "The Rotary Club was victimized 100 percent by someone they trusted," Smith said.

Craig Westberg, assistant district attorney for the 6th Judicial District will prosecute the case.

Editorials
April 4, 2002

Very good start

As the kickoff of the upcoming political season, yesterday's balloting in town was comforting in some respects and interesting in others. Whether we can draw conclusions in terms of what might occur as the season progresses, is debatable; the political climate in town is different from the county at-large. Several things stood out, however, as worthy of note.

First, the return of Ross Aragon as mayor, Darrell Cotton and Judy James as trustees.

Voters ignored calls for change, preferring instead to see that change, positive change, has been the hallmark of the town administration for the past decade. There is no sign the trend will be reversed. Change is initiated by the voter in order to overcome the entropy of bad government, to eradicate the inertia caused by disorganized decision making, by promises made and not kept, to sweep out incompetence and arrogance. Obviously, the voters in Pagosa Springs understood that none of these conditions exist.

Voters elected Aragon to another term and he will serve four more years as a seasoned, visionary and bold political leader. Cotton returns to a role on the board of trustees he has performed for a long time: providing ballast with his sensible, fiscally responsible and always rational contributions. James rejoins her fellows in the process of government with a sterling record of public service and expertise in matters concerning planning.

Jerry Jackson will serve as a trustee following yesterday's vote. He has lived and worked in Pagosa for 20 years, raised children here and has participated in a variety of community-oriented groups and processes.

Stan Holt will not return to the board of trustees. When he took a seat on the board four years ago, Holt was the first elected representative from the then newly-annexed Piedra Estates subdivision. Residents of that area, and the entire town, owe Holt thanks for his efforts. Holt's desire to make well-informed decisions and his concern for the community earned him the respect of his fellow trustees, of town staff and of all who observed him at his work.

Next we compliment the voters on their decision to dispense with the Pagosa Sanitation District. This was a second opportunity to cut away a layer of useless government and, at last, the move was a success. Voters made the move in the face of confusing, mandated ballot language. The confusion provides yet another example of the problems inherent in Colorado's TABOR amendment - from which the mandate was derived. Such is the danger of amendments to the Constitution that originate in an initiative.

With special district elections May 7 we can only hope the language on director and tax-related ballots is clear.

A third aspect of the election is slightly troubling. There are 976 eligible voters living within the boundaries of the town of Pagosa Springs. Only 300 of those voters made their way to the polls for the mayoral election. Less than 30 percent of the voters decided important races and issues for the 70-plus percent who chose not to participate. Granted, the turnout was greater than in recent town elections and there was no notable controversy involved in the mayoral or trustee races. Still, assuming the countywide total might be similar, we need to work on our commitment to the system, especially with what lies immediately ahead, when we will deal with real controversy at the polls.

With party caucuses coming in late April we can hope the percentage of eligible voters participating in the caucuses - then at county assemblies, primary elections and the general election in November - will be far greater than 30 percent.

And we can hope the voters who participate in the caucuses, assemblies, and elections show as much concern about the candidatesand issues as did the voters in Pagosa Springs. This election year, as much or more than any, we need to rigorously investigate candidates, their job histories, their claims, their promises, to provide a successful finish to a season that began so well.

Karl Isberg

Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

Looking forward to a Pagosa visit

Dear Folks,

The Eagle's Loft Property Owners Association board of directors plan to meet this weekend. For Sean Conway, as a current member of the board, the meeting should provide a relaxing break.

Most folks are familiar with March's weather. If it comes in like a lion it reportedly goes out like a lamb - or vice versa. For Sean, Sen. Wayne Allard's press secretary, it wasn't the weather conditions in Washington, D.C., that proved bothersome. Instead, it was weathering an unpredictable whirlwind event on the Ides of March that made for a momentous month. As a press secretary, Sean's name rarely appears in the news. Much to his disappointment, that aspect of Sean's life momentarily changed during the early-morning hours of Thursday, March 15 and Sunday, March 18.

Wednesdays are long days for staff workers of U.S. senators. At least they're long ones for the folks who serve on Sen. Allard's staff. The evening and night are spent evaluating the week's votes that might have been cast on various Senate committee matters or on bills that might have come before the Senate.

Somewhat like coaching staffs that spend endless hours breaking down game films in hopes of discovering tendencies - strengths or weaknesses - of the teams on their schedule, Senate staff workers pore over the tabulated votes. Records are kept on who voted for and who voted against the various proposals in hopes of making reasonable predictions should the same or similar questions arise in the future.

By the time Sean and other members of Sen. Allard's staff had completed their weekly Wednesday-night practice, morning had already arrived for Thursday, March 15. It was about 12:30 a.m. when Sean finally left his office to start the short walk to his apartment near Union Station. With the apartment being only four blocks from our nation's Capitol, walking was his customary mode of transportation. On occasions, such as that particular upcoming week when his wife and 16-year-old daughter would be visiting from Greeley, Sean would rent an automobile.

Anticipating some valuable family time during his daughter's spring-break vacation, Sean enjoyed the solitude as he strolled along. At least he did until about a block from his apartment he felt a blunt pistol barrel being pressed against the back of his head and heard an icy, experienced voice demand: "Give me your money and your watch." Having worked in Washington for many years on the staffs of various representatives and senators, Sean was accustomed to following orders. But never any like these.

After nervously surrendering the $15 in his wallet, his watch, cell phone and keys, Sean gladly complied when the gunman instructed him to "start running." As Sean sprinted the remaining block to his apartment, he heard the welcome sound of the gunman running in the opposite direction. Typifying the ironic nature of Washington, D.C., the robbery happened immediately across the street from the entrance to the Thurgood Marshall Justice Building that honors the first black to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The officers who handled the report of Sean's incident later returned his keys which they had found on a sidewalk near the scene of the crime. Regardless of whether the man is ever caught, Sean vowed to not let the thief rob him of the anticipated enjoyable time with his wife and daughter. No. Thief No. 2 would pull that off.

Yes. When Sean went to his apartment's parking lot the morning of March 18 expecting to enter the auto he had rented the day before, he instead found a vacant parking space. The rental car had been stolen.

So it's understandable that Sean's looking forward to the Eagle's Loft board meeting this weekend. It should be a pleasant "walk in the park" compared to his life in Washington, D.C.

As most folks know, it's a blessing to be in Pagosa - if only for a short visit.

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

David

Legacies
By Shari Pierce

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of March 31, 1977

The school bond election Tuesday found voters solidly rejecting the plan by an almost 3-to-1 majority. Vote against the issue was 828, and for it 296.

The largest commercial building constructed in Pagosa Springs in some years is now ready for occupancy. The new building, The Solar Mall, is also the first commercial building in the community to use solar energy as a source of heat. It is located at Pagosa and Second Streets, just across from the Forest Service.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for children in the community will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Elementary School. This event is sponsored each year by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and is for all children through age 10.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 4, 1952

Very near a split ticket was elected Tuesday in the Town election with the People's Party electing the mayor and three members of the Town Board and the Citizens Party electing three to the Town Board. J.E. Morehart was elected as mayor. The vote was the largest in some ten years with 379 ballots being cast.

The regular meeting of the Archuleta County Cowbelles held on Friday, March 28th was well attended. The film, "All Flesh is Grass," under the sponsorship of the Cowbelles was shown to three groups totalling about 250.

The Community Choir, under the direction of Dr. Herbert Thompson, will present a dress rehearsal of their Easter program on Saturday night.91 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era of March 31, 1911

Pagosa's picture show is a good one. Gives an hour's entertainment at a price within the reach of all.

The smoothing of Pagosa's streets by the county road grader has put them in excellent shape for this time of year.

Jim Martinez is in charge of a force of about 20 men who are excavating for enlargement of the Catholic Church. An addition 20x36 will be added to the rear, the addition being built at right angles to the main portion. Then in the rear of the main addition a second addition 8x20 will be built, the whole when completed forming a cross.

The new water rates go into effect April 1, as well as the plan to collect water rentals in advance.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 8, 1927

Emery D. Hollowell, president of the defunct First National Bank of Pagosa Springs, and his wife, Clara, a clerk in the same bank, were released Friday under bonds of $1,000 each, following their indictment by the federal grand jury Tuesday on charges of making false book entries and making false reports to the controller of currency.

Dr. Lee J. Greenfield of Denver, who is in charge of the practice of Dr. A.J. Nossaman during the latter's illness in Denver, has been getting a touch of country medical practice under difficulties since his arrival here. Long night rides over muddy trails in sparsely settled communities are all a part of the profession, says he.50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of April 4, 1952

Very near a split ticket was elected Tuesday in the Town election with the People's Party electing the mayor and three members of the Town Board and the Citizens Party electing three to the Town Board. J.E. Morehart was elected as mayor. The vote was the largest in some ten years with 379 ballots being cast.

The regular meeting of the Archuleta County Cowbelles held on Friday, March 28th was well attended. The film, "All Flesh is Grass," under the sponsorship of the Cowbelles was shown to three groups totalling about 250.

The Community Choir, under the direction of Dr. Herbert Thompson, will present a dress rehearsal of their Easter program on Saturday night.91 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era of March 31, 1911

Pagosa's picture show is a good one. Gives an hour's entertainment at a price within the reach of all.

The smoothing of Pagosa's streets by the county road grader has put them in excellent shape for this time of year.

Jim Martinez is in charge of a force of about 20 men who are excavating for enlargement of the Catholic Church. An addition 20x36 will be added to the rear, the addition being built at right angles to the main portion. Then in the rear of the main addition a second addition 8x20 will be built, the whole when completed forming a cross.

The new water rates go into effect April 1, as well as the plan to collect water rentals in advance.

91 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era of March 31, 1911

Pagosa's picture show is a good one. Gives an hour's entertainment at a price within the reach of all.

The smoothing of Pagosa's streets by the county road grader has put them in excellent shape for this time of year.

Jim Martinez is in charge of a force of about 20 men who are excavating for enlargement of the Catholic Church. An addition 20x36 will be added to the rear, the addition being built at right angles to the main portion. Then in the rear of the main addition a second addition 8x20 will be built, the whole when completed forming a cross.

The new water rates go into effect April 1, as well as the plan to collect water rentals in advance.

Inside The Sun
April 4, 2002
Feature Story
Click on Pagosa
By Tess Noel Baker
Staff Writer

The World Wide Web can be a window to far-flung places and far-off people. It crosses time zones and culture with ease, connects and educates locally, allowing people a window into local government, places and neighbors.

But who's reaching through the window for a look at Pagosa Springs? Thousands it seems.

One of the most popular views comes from the nondescript camera sitting atop the Archuleta County Courthouse. According to James Pringle, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, it receives more hits than anything else on the NWS Web site, including satellite and radar images.

Back in December 2001, hits totaled 37,817. Hits on the Steamboat Springs camera, the second most popular location in the weather service's site, were 7,984 for the same month. In January 2001, Pagosa's camera logged 16,703 hits, compared to 2,775 hits for the Steamboat Springs camera. In March, the Pagosa camera logged 10,421 hits even with the camera experiencing technical difficulties over the last two weeks.

After problems with the site began, over 75 percent of the total e-mails sent to the NWS involved questions regarding the camera and when it would be up again - including over 30 e-mails from out-of-state folks on one day.

The problem is a technical one, Cathie Wilson, finance director and Web site coordinator for Archuleta County, said. Currently, the camera is a Web site of its own. The equipment that runs the camera has only one port to direct outside traffic to the Web site. Another is needed, and it's still being decided whether to completely replace part of the equipment or upgrade the program running it.

Technical assistants are working on the problem and hope to have things up and running again soon, Wilson said.

The "weather" camera is actually owned by the National Weather Service and first went online at www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt/pagosa.html on April 3, 2000, as a near real-time source of weather information for forecasters. Archuleta County was selected, in part, because it's on the edge of the radar coverage for the Grand Junction weather service. Other cameras in the area include a dual camera system in Canyonlands National Park, links to non-NWS cameras in downtown Cortez and Durango, and cameras on the top of Grand Mesa near Grand Junction, in downtown Steamboat Springs and in Duchesne in northeast Utah. The NWS cameras update on the hour or half-hour, Pringle said. Pagosa's camera is on the half-hour.

"Our forecast staff would prefer to see images updated more often," he added. "However, we take what we can get."

Pagosa on the Web

But a picture of Pagosa Springs isn't all that's available, as popular as it is. For those who want to go a little further, or get more detailed local information, there is a Chamber of Commerce Web site, a Pagosa Springs Public School district site, the Pagosa Springs SUN and several business online. In the last year, that list has been joined by both the town and county governments.

Town information can be accessed at www.townofpagosasprings.com. It's the newest site, going online the first week in March. The site's home page opens with a picture of the mountains resting above three photographs of Town Hall. Another picture, this one of historic downtown, sets off the introductory information. Visitors have the opportunity to choose from 12 different categories of information: the community center, elected officials, town administrator, departments, advisory boards, events, web site feedback, job openings, frequently asked questions, links, vote now and a search option. An events listing rounds out the home page.

Journey a little deeper and the visitor can find links to the Chamber, the school district, Colorado Municipal League and the Sisson Library among others. A page of statistics includes, in part, the 2002 budget in spreadsheet form, population estimates and total housing units.

Department information and photographs are available along with the extension numbers and physical address for Town Hall.

Minutes of town board meetings and advisory board meetings will be added, Julie Jessen, administrative intern, said. Jessen, who started a 2-year internship with the town in February, is responsible for updating, maintaining and designing the site.

A top candidate for similar positions in Telluride and Durango, Jessen, who is working on a master's degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Denver, chose Pagosa because of the level of experience offered with the position. Besides the Web site, she is working to organize the Ride The Rockies, serves on two committees and is drafting safety policies for the town.

"This was a comprehensive position where I am working in all departments," she said. To get the Web site up and running, she gleaned information and ideas from other municipal sites throughout the area. Now, she's asking for citizen input to help determine what additional information to make available.

Archuleta County

Over at the county, Wilson put together the Web site in the summer of 2001 using the sheriff's department's server. The site is void of pictures, but does provide a current agenda for the county commissioners' meetings, a listing of county contact numbers and an address for the commissioners. Minutes from the meetings of October through December 2001 are also available. Updates to those are coming soon.

The county's site has organized information into 10 categories: county departments, agenda, minutes, frequently asked questions, county commissioners, 2001 condensed budget, telephone directory, employment opportunities and the infamous Pagosa Springs Webcam (also listed as a link on the town's site and the Pagosa Springs SUN site).

Each county department was given the opportunity to add to the site, Wilson said. Some have taken advantage of the Web, others haven't.

For example, by downloading Adobe Acrobat, readers can access documents from the building department and a permit summary. The Community Plan and a draft of lighting regulations are two of the items available for perusal on the planning department page. The agenda and minutes of planning commission meetings, and staff reports, are slated to be available soon. On the other hand, some of the other departments list nothing.

Wilson said the county has other priorities this year besides the Web site, found at www.archuletacounty.org/, but she hopes to be able to refocus on it in 2003, bringing an updated budget back online.

So, whether it's the weather camera that guides a person to Pagosa Springs, the view of Wolf Creek Pass just too enticing to pass on, or curiosity about local government, schools or activities, the World Wide Web is out there, waiting to provide its information, its window to Pagosa with the click of a mouse.

Sunny, breezy, warm, dry; more of the same ahead
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

April could be wetter and warmer for Pagosa Country residents, according to Jim Pringle, a forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

Warmer is not good if you want more snow, Pringle said, although there could be snow at the highest elevations.

The average April precipitation in Pagosa Springs is 1.36 inches, according to Pringle. The average high temperature is 59.2 degrees, the average low temperature 23.9 degrees.

Conditions for the coming week will not vary much from the average. No precipitation is forecast for the week. Skies will be mostly sunny today, partly cloudy with a breeze tomorrow, party cloudy Saturday, and warm and dry Sunday through Tuesday.

High temperatures today and tomorrow should range between 65 to 75 degrees with lows in the 20s. A slight cooling could take place Saturday when the high temperature should peak in the 60-degree range, the low temperature bottom falling in the 20s. By Sunday and through Tuesday, high temperatures should return to the 65-75 degree range and low temperatures could be between 25 and 32 degrees.

A 30 to 50 percent chance for snow forecast for last Saturday misfired, Pringle said, because the front carrying the moisture split when it hit the west coast carrying the predicted moisture north and south of Pagosa Country. The forecast was made Wednesday morning, then revised Thursday, too late to reach the pages of The SUN.

When the forecast is made, the air containing the moisture predicted to fall in Pagosa Country may be over the central Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Alaska, a distance of several thousand miles from Pagosa Country, according to forecasters. Consequently, they refuse to guarantee high reliability for forecasts three or more days into the future.

High temperatures ranged between 57 and 66 degrees last week with an average high temperature of 62 degrees.

Low temperatures ranged between 19 and 26 degrees with an average low of 23 degrees. The 66 degrees recorded Tuesday was the highest reading of 2002.

Only 4.5 inches of snow and 0.73 inches of precipitation were recorded in Pagosa Springs during March, well below the longtime average of 16.8 inches of snow and 1.61 inches of precipitation. Local weather measurements are made by Tim Smith, supervisor of activities at Stevens Field, where the official National Weather Service gauging station is located.

Bowling alley, gravel pit permit hearings tonight

By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

The future of two conditional use permits will be reviewed tonight at a public hearing conducted by the Archuleta County Commissioners.

Both reviews will be conducted in the commissioner meeting room at the Archuleta County Courthouse.

First on the agenda at 7 p.m. is consideration of a number of changes to the Ridgeview Centre, including installation of a bowling alley.

Next, at 7:30 p.m., the commissioners will review an application for a permit to mine gravel and manufacture asphalt at a site about eight miles north of town called Nielson's Gravel Pit.

Both agenda items have been reviewed by the county planning staff and Upper San Juan Regional Planning Commission. In addition, the commission has approved both applications with certain conditions.

The gravel pit and asphalt plant is intended to supply materials for work anticipated on Wolf Creek Pass this coming summer. Planning commission endorsement is based on the applicant's assertion that the site is temporary, that it will only operate this year. If operation is attempted in subsequent years, the applicant will be required to go through the conditional use permit process again from start to finish.

An additional factor cited as favorable to approval is based on the location of the proposed activity. Because it is located about eight miles northeast of town, trucks moving from the gravel pit to the highway application site and back will not have to pass through town.

Conditions attached to approval of the proposal include: the permit will be valid only during 2002; all required approvals will be obtained from the state and the Army Corps of Engineers before site work begins; small burnett will replace hard fescue in the grass reseeding portion of the reclamation plan; a letter of map revision will be sent to the Archuleta County Floodplain Administrator and to the Federal Emergency Management Authority after the site has been reclaimed; the two water wells in the San Juan River Village subdivision shall be tested before the work begins, once during the work, and following reclamation; the site shall be developed in accordance with the approved mining and reclamation plan on file in the county planning department.

Ridgeview Centre is the 36,000 square foot building located just west of Pagosa Springs on the north side of U.S. 160. The building was constructed as a factory retail outlet. Since then, the building has been used for a variety of purposes, but not as a factory retail outlet. Owner Billy Chenoweth contemplates devoting some of the space to a bowling alley and attendant services, a church and other activities.

County approves $195,920 dust abatement program
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

A $195,920 contract to purchase 632,000 gallons of magnesium chloride was approved by Archuleta County commissioners meeting in regular session Tuesday.

Application on county roads should begin during the first week of May, said Fred Chavez, the county road and bridge superintendent. As many as two months may be required to cover all of the roads in the county.

"We will start in the Arboles area and work back toward town," Chavez said. "Last year we started in Coyote Park, next year we might start in the middle. It is more fair to spread it around."

A salt, magnesium chloride, is used by the county as a tool to control dust and provide surface stabilization on unpaved roads in the county.

The 31 cents per gallon paid to Desert Mountain Corporation of Kirtland, N.M., for magnesium chloride includes the cost of application. Desert Mountain trucks and personnel apply the mag chloride to roads based on a schedule provided by the county.

A compendium of roads set to receive mag chloride has been developed by the county, but no schedule adopted as to where the work will begin.

Roads within Pagosa Springs and the jurisdiction of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association also receive magnesium chloride purchased by the county. The town pays the contractor directly for spraying select town roads. The PLPOA has refused to pay for either the county or the contractor for magnesium chloride application.

Certain individuals living in the Pagosa Lakes area purchase magnesium chloride through the county contract. The county invoices those individuals at the same rate the county pays.

"If any individual wants mag chloride on their road, they should get in touch with us by the last week of April or the first week of May," Chavez said. "That will give us time to order."

The Holiday Acres Property Owners Association has asked the county not to use magnesium chloride on roads within their subdivision. Instead, the county will apply lignosulfonate on roads in that development.

According to the product specifications, Dustgard is the trade name for the magnesium chloride purchased. It is listed as a magnesium chloride brine specially formulated to control dust and stabilize soils on unpaved roads. It is manufactured by Great Salt Lake Minerals Corporation of Ogden, Utah. It is 100 percent soluble in water and contains no hazardous components, according to a data sheet supplied by Desert Mountain.

In Archuleta County, the solution is cut about one to three with water. A gallon of solution covers from 0.3 to 0.5 square yards.

FEMA team cited on floor for ground zero effort
Sen. Isgar's Report

It's spring ... and in the legislature that means you start seeing your own bills pop up from the other chamber with all of their changes attached. I have three bills that have returned to the Senate with some minor changes that should be able to be worked out with few problems.

One of the bills that returned with some changes is the "prompt pay" bill (SB 13) which requires health insurance providers to accept a universal claim form, accept electronic claims by October 2002, and establish penalties for those who don't comply. There were some changes regarding the acceptable form and some other clarifications. This bill should pass both the House and the Senate and go to the governor's desk.

My other two bills that will have slight revisions:

SB 4, which allows the liquor industry to provide financial assistance to an institution of higher education that holds a liquor license

SB 158, which eliminates the limitations that prohibit vehicles used to transport hay bales and do not exceed 10 feet, 6 inches in width. It also changes the width limitation on recreation vehicles for specific equipment such as awnings attached to RVs. This week, we had a particularly moving Senate resolution to honor the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Colorado task force that responded to Ground Zero in the days following Sept. 11. More than 60 members of the task force, who are specially trained for disaster rescues, were honored on the floor of the Senate. They also brought with them the four rescue dogs who are trained to find people buried in rubble. One of the dogs had located a body of a fireman in New York City. This team has seen its share of disasters, not just in Colorado but in Oklahoma City and now at Ground Zero. Meeting some of these special people made me feel a special gratitude that we have them serving the state of Colorado.

Next week, after a short recess, we'll return to debate transportation funding and continue the budget battle. As you'll recall, the Joint Budget Committee is scrambling to cut an additional $232 million from our current budget before June 30. We also will have to pass a 2002-03 budget before the end of the session May 8.

I am encouraged by the discussions between Republicans and Democrats over transportation. I feel that if we take the best of both party plans and combine them we will have a good long-range transportation plan. The governor is still asking for $100 million out of the general fund next year in addition to highway user taxes for the Colorado Department of Transportation annually to build roads, but given the current state of the budget, I just don't see where that money will come from. There aren't many places to cut other than higher education and I would hate to see Fort Lewis College, community colleges and vocational-technical schools suffer.

My everyday life in Denver was brightened by a visit from my daughter, Sarah, who spent several days helping me in my office. We had a great time "seeing the sights and tasting the foods" of downtown Denver.

Jim Sower from Bayfield was in Denver attending a conference of independent bankers. We had a chance to visit at their evening reception.

I am home for Easter - with a four-day break in the "action" at the Capitol. This gives me a chance to reacquaint myself with local friends. There is nothing like small town life in southwest Colorado.

Veteran LA detective enters race for county sheriff
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Rich Aldahl, a Republican, has filed an affidavit with the county clerk announcing his candidacy for county sheriff.

Aldahl retired from the Los Angeles Police Department Jan. 2, 1999, after 32 years of service.

With wife Sharon, Aldahl began moving to Pagosa Springs while on vacation during 1998.

"We chose to live here because of the beauty of the area," Aldahl said.

While employed with the LAPD, the Aldahls lived on a 20-acre ranch north of Los Angeles where they raised horses, according to Aldahl. The move to Pagosa Springs enables them to continue their love for horses and living in the country.

Why is Aldahl running for sheriff?

"I am employed by Roese Construction as a supervisor," Aldahl said. "We had the theft of a backhoe, some damage, and other things missing. I wasn't satisfied with the investigation by the sheriff's department. Among other things, there was not enough follow-up. I talked with other citizens who've had the same experience. Based on my years as an investigator, I was prompted to run for sheriff. I guess after 32 years, it's in my blood."

Of his work experience, Aldahl said, "During my tenure with the Los Angeles Police Department, I was assigned the following duties: patrol, jail, vice, narcotics, burglary, auto theft, robbery, sexual assaults and robbery homicide division/major crimes. I spent 27 years of my law enforcement career in investigations. I was a member of the California Homicide Investigators Association.

"During my last assignment," Aldahl continued, "I, under the direction of the chief of police, was in charge of a citywide team of 12 detectives that handled murders, officer-involved shootings, and other major crimes."

Other work cited by Aldahl includes:

Working closely with the United States Secret Service providing protection for the past five presidents and vice presidents of the United States, as well as visiting dignitaries, including the pope, during their visits to Los Angeles

Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and police and sheriff departments throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan

As a result of investigations, working closely with city, county, and federal prosecutors by testifying on murders and other major cases in municipal, superior, and federal courts on hundreds of occasions.

"I have received numerous letters of commendation," Aldahl said, "from the senate, United States Secret Service, California Legislative Assembly, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, city attorney, district attorney, chief of police, commander of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, California Homicide Investigators's Association, private citizens, and San Fernando Rangers."

Aldahl served two terms, he said, as captain of the San Fernando Rangers, a volunteer equestrian group primarily involved in raising money for Special Olympics. The same organization was involved with the evacuation of large animals during fires, floods and earthquakes.

"I believe the sheriff, as well as other staff officers, should be out in the field assisting the deputies as much as possible," Aldahl said. "I would also assist in the investigation of crimes, which seems to be a shortcoming of the present administration. I can assure you that with my vast experience as a detective, every crime will be fully investigated and not put on the shelf for lack of time or investigative skills.

"My primary concern is to serve and protect the citizens of this county," Aldahl said. "If I am elected, I will have an open door policy making myself available to you and your problems. I will serve all outlying areas of the county with the same vigor and attention that now seems to be concentrated on the U.S. 160 corridor. It seems to me that the current sheriff's department has not kept up with expansion in the county.

"I will initiate more and better training for deputies," Aldahl continued, "and demand closer supervision in order to provide better service. I have taught investigative techniques at seminars and in-service training sessions.

"I have spoken with several citizens regarding crimes reported to the sheriff's department, providing information to no avail," Aldahl said. "With my expertise, this would never be tolerated. I believe in community involvement in all aspects of police work. I consider the citizens of our county a valuable asset in fighting crime."

Finally, Aldahl said, "I feel that I am qualified to run for the office of sheriff. I believe that the citizens of Archuleta County deserve a qualified investigator who will not only listen to their problems, but will use all of my investigative skills to the fullest extent to seek the results due you."

Aldahl invites all candidates for the office of sheriff to disclose their qualifications and to meet in public or in private to answer any questions voters might present.

Republican precinct caucuses April 23
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Republican precinct caucuses in Archuleta County will be held April 23, according to June Madrid, the county election official.

Joanne Hanson is chairman of the Archuleta County Republican Party.

The date has not been announced for precinct caucuses and the county assembly conducted by the Democratic Party.

County precinct caucuses are the first hurdle faced by candidates for county offices seeking party endorsement to have their names placed on the Aug. 13 primary election ballot.

At precinct caucuses, delegates are selected to attend the Republican county assembly scheduled May 4. Prospective candidates attempt to obtain voting commitments from delegates chosen at caucuses to attend the county assembly. Voting at the county assembly determines who the party will place on the primary ballot.

Precinct delegates must be eligible voters living within the boundaries of the precinct whose caucus they attend.

Following is a list of Republican precincts, the precinct location, and the name and telephone number of the precinct chairman:

Precinct 1 meets at the county courthouse. Chairman is Ross Aragon, 264-5659.

Precinct 2 meets at the Community United Methodist Church. Chairman of Precinct 2 is Darrell Cotton, 264-2659.

Precinct 3 meets at the county courthouse. Traves Garrett, 264-9177, is chairman of Precinct 3.

Precinct 4 meets at the Catholic church in Arboles. Charlie Stanfill, 883-2517, is chairman.

Precinct 5 meets at the Chimney Rock Restaurant. Chairman of Precinct 5 is Mason Carpenter, 731-5839.

Precinct 6 meets at Mountain Heights Baptist Church. Chairman is Gene Cortright, 731-2533.

Precinct 7 meets at Community Bible Church. Chairman of Precinct 7 is Jerry Medford, 731-0654.

Precinct 8 meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Pat Ullrich, 731-3061, is chairman of Precinct 8.

County's annual cleanup scheduled April 8-26
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

The annual free cleanup for Archuleta County residents starts April 8 and lasts through April 26, according to Clifford Lucero, the county solid waste director.

Trash bins will be placed at five sites enabling county residents to get rid of any household trash, appliances, and other unwanted items.

At specified times during the clean-a-thon, trash bins will be placed at the entrance to Lower Blanco Road, the north entrance to Holiday Acres, at San Juan River Resort, Aspen Springs, and the Arboles transfer station.

In addition, the county landfill on Trujillo Road will be open and free from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 for noncommercial refuse only.

Large items, such as refrigerators and large freezers should be placed in trash bins or taken to the landfill. Freon must be removed from refrigerators and freezers before dumping.

Household refuse does not include lawn trimmings, tree and shrubbery prunings, and other outside materials, according to Lucero.

Hazardous materials and liquids are not acceptable at any of the trash bins or at the landfill. Examples of hazardous materials are paints and paint thinners; petroleum products and auto fluids such as gasoline, antifreeze, and motor oil; pesticides and weed killers. Batteries are considered hazardous. A special cleanup day for hazardous materials will be staged later this summer, according to Lucero.

Citizens may dispose of two or three vehicle tires at exchange stations or at the landfill, Lucero said, but larger numbers of tires should be delivered directly to the landfill.

"We recycle tires delivered to the landfill," Lucero said. "We'll accept auto batteries at the landfill also, but we prefer they be returned to auto parts stores."

Monitors will make periodic inspections of the Dumpster sites, according to Lucero. "When a Dumpster is full, we'll empty it," he said. "We've had complaints in the past that Dumpsters were full and spilling over. We've also received complaints about litter remaining after the cleanup is over. We'll be monitoring and we'll clean up the sites after the last Dumpster is hauled away."

Persons hauling waste to a trash bin or the landfill should pay attention to a county ordinance requiring all loads to be covered, tarped or secured so that refuse does not escape, Lucero said. Loads will be checked at the unloading destination.

"A fine will be imposed on all loads not properly secured," he said.

Starting Monday and lasting through April 11, a trash bin will be located on the south side of Lower Blanco Road where that road leaves U.S. 84.

From April 15 through April 18, a trash bin will be located on U.S. 84 opposite the north entrance to Holiday Acres.

On the same dates, April 15-18, a trash bin will be located on Alpine Drive near the treatment plant in San Juan River Village.

From April 22 through April 25, a trash bin will be located at the Turkey Springs Trading Post in Aspen Springs.

On April 27 at the Arboles transfer station, residential refuse will be accepted free of charge. No trailer loads will be accepted.

The trash bins are being provided by Archuleta County with help from Waste Management Inc., and G and I Sanitation Services.

For more information, call the Archuleta County Solid Waste Department at 264-0193.

Pet Pride Day, Adoptathon being combined
By Robbie Schwartz
Special to The SUN

This year the Humane Society is combining two of its annual events - Pet Pride Day and the Adoptathon. Meet your new best friend at the Humane Society Adoptathon Saturday, June 1 at Town Park.

The society is bringing the pets to Town Park for patrons' convenience: dogs and cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption. Adoptathon hours are from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and KWUF radio will provide live coverage of all the activities of Pet Pride Day and the success of the Adoptathon. Every dog and cat adopted during the Adoptathon will receive a free rabies vaccine in addition to the other inoculations that are provided for every pet. The adoption fee is $45 for cats and $65 for dogs and includes spaying or neutering.

The Humane Society has a wide selection of pets and plenty of puppies and kittens. Bring the entire family and see the fine pets the Humane Society has to offer. Remember, all events will be held June 1 in Town Park.

No events are being held at the animal shelter. For further information, contact Trisha Waltrup, shelter manager, at 731-4771.

To preview pets, log on to the Humane Society Web site at: www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings.org.

Anyone who doesn't know about Pet Pride Day is probably new to Pagosa Springs. For the past seven years, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has set aside a special day for people and their pets. It's the one day during the year when pets come first - the one day pet owners don't have to worry about whether it is appropriate to bring pets along.

At Pet Pride Day no one will say, "Sorry, no dogs, cats, llamas, alpacas, horses, spiders, ferrets, skunks, snakes allowed." In addition, it is a day when kids of all ages can have fun. So bring the pets, the kids, the grandparents, and experience a day exciting activities. The seventh annual Pet Pride Day begins early before it gets too hot with the 8 a.m. Canine 9K and 1.5 mile Fun Run.

Running with your dog is optional, but those who choose to do so will compete in a special division. Prizes and awards will be given in each division and age category. This is second year of the Fun Run; although we hope to attract more young people, anyone is welcome to enter. At 9 a.m., the Paws Parade gets underway. Dress yourself and your pet and participate in this hilarious event.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costume overall, the owner/pet lookalike, and the famous animal lookalike. All participants will receive a Pet Pride Day button. Pets of all types are encouraged to participate in the Paws Parade. The Pet Fair opens at 9 a.m. Booths offering pet-oriented products will delight pet owners. The Humane Society will sponsor a food and beverage booth, game booths for the kids, as well as Pet Pride Day Souvenirs, information and an affordable micro-chipping clinic for your pets. One of our local vets will offer all dog and cat inoculations at a discount from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Rev. Annie Ryder will perform the Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Interspersed throughout the day are contests of all kinds with fun prizes for everyone and a variety of demonstrations. Check our event schedule for a complete list of contests and demonstrations.

Every household has a winner. Look at your own unique pets and enter them in one or more of the fun contests. Does your dog have a very curly tail? Is your cat fat ... oops, portly? Can your pet retrieve a bowling ball or something else unusual? Does your pet sing? Can you invent a creative costume for your pet? These are all opportunities for recognition at Pet Pride Day. If you have never attended before, don't miss out on one of the most entertaining events of the year.

For more information, contact Annette Foor, at 264-5549. Don't miss Pet Pride Day.

Courthouse illness rate spurs fear of sick building syndrome
By John M. Motter
Staff Writer

Because of problems with the county courthouse, county employees may be suffering upper respiratory illnesses, according to a report submitted to the county administrator by Keren Prior, the county assessor.

"For several years I have a addressed a problem that is of growing concern to me and should be to the county commissioners," Prior wrote in her report. "The portion of the courthouse where the assessor's, county clerk's, and treasurer's offices are located was built in approximately 1928. In the four years that I have been in office, I have noticed an increase in the number of days employees have been out sick. It is not only the missing work days, but also the severity of the illnesses they have been afflicted with. Upper respiratory illnesses (bronchitis and pneumonia) are the major reasons for doctor visits and days absent. They would start to feel better on Sunday and experience relapses after returning to work Monday."

"If this is a potential problem we need to look into it," said Bill Downey, chairman of the board of county commissioners.

"I have an increase in attendance problems due to sickness," Prior said. "Most of them seem to be respiratory. People are getting allergy shots again. The sickness costs time and increases doctor bills."

County Administrator Bill Steele said he had talked to some health officials who suggested professionals be hired to investigate the building.

Prior presented resumes from two firms which conduct studies relative to the suspected problem.

"I've heard the ducts in the building have been sprayed with bleach in the past," Prior said. "I know there are bats living there."

If hired, the professionals will interview employees and take mold samples from likely places.

Steele was authorized to contact San Juan Basin Health Department to get advice concerning the proposed study.

In other business Tuesday the commissioners:

Appointed Alan Bunch, Pauline Benetti and Cathie Wilson as a committee to study methods for financing a proposed new county administration building. Steele is an ex officio member of the committee

Approved the use of $6,000 by the county clerk in connection with the June 3-7 Colorado county clerks' convention scheduled for Pagosa Springs

Approved an Energy Impact Grant application seeking funds from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to upgrade software in the sheriff's department. The purpose of the software replacement is to upgrade data systems used to track officer and court activities. Also involved in the upgrade are the Town of Pagosa Springs police department and the Municipal Court. The amount being requested is $150,999. The county's match is $20,000.

Appointed Alicia Taber O'Brien and Sabra A. Miller to the Archuleta County Fair Board

Waived landfill fees for Colorado Housing

Approved the expenditure of up to $2,500 in the treasurer's office

Approved renewal of a tavern license for San Marcial Grille, LLC, doing business as Lone Wolf Bar & Grill

Approved Mike Short as a replacement for Roger Monroe on the Archuleta County Airport Authority board of directors

A final plat for the P & C minor impact subdivision was approved

Concerning Teal Landing, Phase 4, Building 4, a final plat was approved and partial lease of the improvements agreement was granted.

9Health Fair Saturday; here are tips on what to expect
By Pauline Benetti
Special to The SUN

9Health Fair, a program of 9Health Services Inc., a nonprofit organization endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Health and Hospital Associations is marking its 23rd year in 144 communities across the state.

Locally, the health fair is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pagosa Springs High School. Backers urge everyone to put it on their calendars, saying it is too important to miss. If you can't make it to the fair in Pagosa, there will be one in Bayfield April 13 and another in Durango April 20.

At no cost, there will be 16 screening stations and 13 interactive learning centers and literature stations, plus a summary and referral service by a local doctor or nurse. At very low cost, visitors will find blood chemistry analysis ($30), prostate specific antigen testing ($25), and a take-home colorectal kit ($5).

The purpose of the fair is to promote health awareness and to encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their own health.

It is brought to you by the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, local businesses, 150 local volunteers both medical and nonmedical and a special anonymous donor who is paying the school use fee this year.

There are some limitations citizens should know about:

Screenings are not a substitute for a physical examination and no diagnosis will be provided; however, a summary and referral service station will insure that all individuals will be seen by a local doctor or nurse

Plan to have cash or a check to pay for tests; the fair is not set up to accept credit cards

Remember, do not bring children under 18; this rule comes from 9Health Services Inc.

Effective traffic control is key to a successful operation. The anticipated 500-700 fair goers must be moved quickly and smoothly through the different stations. This is the responsibility of the folks in orange vests who have a big job to do, and with it goes the authority to give people directions.

Should you be on the receiving end, please do as you are asked. Rules sure to be enforced include: 1) You must be 18 or older to participate; 2) no food or drinks, except water in a clear, nonbreakable, covered container; 3) order of entry into blood draw area is by the number found on the registration - no exceptions.

Visitors will also see folks with ribbons pinned to their shirts; these individuals, too, are in positions of authority. Look to any of them if you have questions or special needs.

This year the Kiwanis Club will help those who have been fasting for the blood draw to break their fast. As a fund-raiser, the club will serve breakfast. This means you do not need to rush home after having your blood drawn, but can stay and take advantage of all the other screenings and information available to you.

The Lions Club will collect eye glasses for distribution to those in need. The Cerebral Palsy Association will collect used cell phones and printer cartridges - both inkjet and laser. Bring any of these items along if you have them.

Here is the complete list of services you can expect to find at the health fair:

Blood chemistry analysis

The blood chemistry analysis is one measure of your overall health, though by itself it offers neither diagnoses of nor treatment for any specific disease. The analysis covers heart, thyroid, gout, muscle and bone, pancreas, liver and kidney, blood, electrolytes and, for men, the prostate specific antigen test. Prostate specific antigen testing measures a protein produced by the male prostate gland; an elevated value is not always an indicator of prostate cancer but should always undergo further evaluation.

There are special instructions you must follow if you are having your blood tested:

You must fast for 12 hours with these exceptions: drinking water is highly encouraged and tea or coffee is permissible if served without sweetener or cream. Those on medication should take their scheduled medicines as usual. Diabetics should not fast.

Arrive by noon and you will be served. If you enjoy late snacks, eat your last meal or snack a little later than usual and arrive later in the morning to avoid the opening rush.

If you are planning on having blood work, please wear loose clothing, short-sleeved shirts, or shirts/blouses with loose-fitting sleeves.

Summary and referral

A doctor or nurse will confidentially review screenings and discuss any concerns you have.

Blood pressure

High blood pressure is called the "silent killer," for it has no symptoms until serious medical problems arise, such as a stroke, heart attack or blindness. If you have not had yours measured lately, do it at the health fair, even if you do not plan to have your blood drawn.

Colon cancer screening

Kits are available for $5. The kit is a take-home, easy-to-use kit. Individuals will be on-site to answer questions and show you how to use the kit.

Breast cancer screening

Women of all ages should visit this station to learn proper self-examination techniques. Self-examination has been proven to be the best procedure for early detection of this deadly disease. Medical professionals will be on hand for examinations and instructions on how to self-examine. In addition, applications will be available for free mammograms and paps for those who qualify.

Vision screening

Have your far distance vision evaluated and determine if your corrective lenses (contacts or glasses) are adequate.

Height, weight, mass

Are you within the norm for your sex and build? Visit this station and see if or where you need to improve. Helps to identify those participants who are 20 percent over/under weight.

Body in balance

Are you steady on your feet? Physical therapists assess body position, strength and flexibility with the goals of identifying physical problems and discussing the prevention of physical injuries.

Oral cancer screening

Have a professional examine your mouth and provide you with information on oral health.

Respiratory screening

Be tested for respiratory peak flow and pulse oximetry in addition to receiving information on sleep apnea and lung disease.

San Juan Basin Health

Visit the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative, preventive care and home health needs station; information is available on health related issues. Also, get information on the importance of toddler booster seats and learn how to use the seats safely. Finally, free mammograms and pap exams are available to those who qualify.

Bone density screening

An RN will be available for an osteoporosis screening, done for those at risk, over 50 or post-menopausal. Questionnaires from the National Osteoporosis Foundation will be available to help you determine risk for developing osteoporosis. Stop the problem before it gets worse.

Body fat analysis

Should you be building body muscle? Assess your body composition by determining the percentage of body fat.

Other elements at the fair include:

Talk to a pharmacist: A pharmacist will be on hand to discuss prescription and over-the-counter/herbal preparations to see if they are in conflict. Bring a list of your medications

Alzheimers: Information will be available and a professional can advise on what is being done in this field that could help all of us

Vial of Life: Vials are distributed. List the medications that you are taking and store the list in the vial; if an emergency were to arise, that list could help save your life

Depression and anxiety: A professional will suggest strategies and techniques to help you cope with everyday life

Organ donor awareness: Perhaps you think that organ donation is a good thing but have questions. Visit this learning center and get answers

Living wills and CPR advance directives: A local attorney will present information that you might find useful

Nutrition and diet: A professional will present information that could keep you healthy

Additional data will be available from these organizations: Hospice, CSU, Veterans Affairs, Colorado State Police, Diabetes Foundation, Red Cross, Rocky Mountain Poison Control, Hepatitis C, Senior Center and American Cancer Society.

Governor's declaration provides impetus for all here to be aware of sexual assault
By Nina Allen
Special to The SUN

Gov. Bill Owens has declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Colorado.

This is an important time of the year when our community can focus efforts on sexual assault awareness by increasing citizen involvement, participating in public education and increasing support for agencies providing sexual assault crisis services.

Sexual assault is a crime that affects everyone, whether you are a survivor or know someone who is. In Colorado alone, there were 1,682 forcible rapes reported to law enforcement in 2000. The statewide survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 1999 estimates that reported sexual assaults make up less than 16 percent of actual instances each year. Their source was the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System.

The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program provides services to county victims on a 24-hour basis.

The program has nine trained advocates, including a court advocate, who provide immediate support for sexual assault victims and their families. In 2001, county advocates served 47 sexual assault clients and provided court advocacy to 32.

The county program also provides a Women's Support Group for survivors of sexual assault where they can find support and safety by sharing with other people who have also been victims.

Advocates also work to prevent this violent crime - facilitating prevention through education programs in county schools to increase area youth's knowledge and understanding of sexual assault by learning how they can prevent it, how they can avoid becoming a victim and how they can support someone who has experienced this violent act.

For more information about sexual assault or becoming a program member, call the office at 264-9075.

Mutt mitts provided in town parks
By Richard Walter
Staff writer

The season of greatest use in the downtown parks of Pagosa Springs is beginning.

One of the biggest problems - and the most common complaint from visitors - in recent years has been the failure of those walking their dogs in the parks to clean up after them.

The town parks department is trying this year to make that effort a little easier.

Mutt mitt dispensers have been installed in both Town Park and Centennial Park. They are free and will provide dog owners with a pullout plastic mitt that can be used to pick up doggie doo (without dirtying your hands) and deposit it in containers located throughout the parks.

A parks spokesman said the effort in the two downtown parks will be evaluated, perhaps after a month, before determining if the dispensers should also be provided in South Pagosa Park and in River Center Park.

Next, parks personnel might be seeking a means of disposing of goose goo, another growing problem in all area parks and outdoor sporting venues.

Poor 2001 hunt leaves elk count 68,000 over ideal

Unseasonably mild weather and low hunter participation due to the economic recession led to a weak Colorado elk harvest in the 2001 season. Hunters harvested 42,630 elk last year, compared with record harvest the previous year of 60,120. The deer harvest also was down, although not as sharply. There were 32,634 deer taken in 2001, compared with 37,908 in 2000.

Nearly 200,000 elk hunters took 19,188 bulls and 23,432 antlerless elk for a 21-percent success rate, down 3 percent from 2000. Other than in 2000, 2001's success rate was the highest since 1996, when the rate was 24 percent. The success rate stayed high because of more than 40,000 fewer hunters pursuing elk.

"Without enough snow to push animals down from the high country, the weather definitely had an effect on success rates in 2001," said John Ellenberger, the Division of Wildlife's big game coordinator. "The 2000 season was just about ideal for hunting. We had enough snow to provide for tracking animals, and in some cases to concentrate them. It was cold enough that conditions weren't muddy and sloppy, and hunters were able to get around in spite of the deep snow. That made it possible for hunters and animals to get together, which facilitated the harvest."

Ellenberger pointed out that last year, with virtually no snow, it was very dry and there was no concentration of animals.

"They were scattered from high to low elevations," said Ellenberger. "Also, because there wasn't any snow and it was dusty and dry, tracking conditions were very poor. Hunters couldn't tell if tracks were 12 hours or five days old."

Additionally, fewer hunters visited Colorado in 2001 because of uncertainty and travel problems stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the economic recession and a hike in nonresident elk fees. While the Division issued approximately 109,000 antlerless licenses for 2001 - the most ever to help control the state's burgeoning herd - the state saw about 40 percent fewer nonresident big game hunters from previous seasons, and 6,000 antlerless elk licenses weren't even sold.

"The events of 9-11 really triggered what appeared to be a declining turn in the economy," Ellenberger said. "People were concerned about what was going on and what was going to happen, and some people were losing their jobs. So some hunters just decided to stay home."

Also, Colorado raised its nonresident bull and cow licenses to $450 in 2001 from $250 because the fee was one of the lowest of Western states.

"Colorado was the default hunting area for the nonresident hunter," Ellenberger said. "Most other big-game hunting states in the West had much higher licenses fees than Colorado and have a cap on nonresident participation."

But for the 2002 season, the cow license price will drop back to $250 to encourage nonresident hunters to come back and to take a cow. Nonresident bull licenses won't be reduced, and will be $470 to keep up with inflation. Because the elk harvest was low last year in virtually every area of the state, Colorado's herd is "substantially over-objective," Ellenberger said. "We estimate the post-hunt population is around 250,000, and our objective is about 188,000."

Hunting is the primary tool used to maintain the health of the elk herd and its habitat, preventing damage to winter range during drought or severe winters.

"We didn't make any progress in controlling the elk population, in fact we probably lost ground," Ellenberger said. "We'll issue as many, probably more, licenses this year than we did last year."

Hunters will be allowed to purchase up to two elk licenses over much of the Western Slope as long as one is an antlerless license, meaning a hunter could take a bull and a cow elk or two cows.

Last year's low harvest should be encouraging to sportspeople who plan to hunt in Colorado this season.

"Every year that we have a low harvest like we had in 2001, usually it's a good hunting season the following year if we get good weather - it's all predicated on that," Ellenberger said. "Because there wasn't the harvest that we would have liked, hunters are likely to see more bulls than they did last year, and 3-year-old bulls that are a little bit bigger this year." Usually bulls are taken in greater numbers than cows, but 2001 was an exception.

For other big game, hunters harvested 102 moose in 2001, the most ever because the Division more than doubled the past number of licenses to 131, for an 84-percent success rate. Ellenberger said moose hunters typically have a high success rate, and weather isn't much of a factor.

Moose were introduced to the state in 1978, and now Colorado's moose population is about 1,150 as a result of those introductions.

"Moose were just kind of occasional visitors to the state in historic times," Ellenberger said. "As far as we know, there's never been a substantial moose population that has occurred here in Colorado."

There were 74,553 deer hunters in 2001, who took 25,248 bucks and 6,386 antlerless deer for a 42-percent success rate, down three percent from last year but still one of the highest since 1982.

"We had lower participation across the board in deer hunting last year, but our success rate stayed almost the same," Ellenberger said.

Unlike elk, Colorado's deer population is below wildlife management objectives. "Our objective, post-hunt 2000, was 629,000, and we had 548,000," Ellenberger said. "This year we'll probably be a little higher than that."

Ellenberger added that the state's deer herd appears to be recovering after a period of decline in the late 1990s. The Division found many factors that contributed to the decline, such as habitat change and loss due to development, disease and competition with elk and livestock for food. Deer are also more vulnerable to severe winter conditions than elk because of their smaller bodies.

"There doesn't seem to be one smoking gun," Ellenberger said of the deer herd's decline. "1999 was the first year we went to totally limited licenses for all deer hunting statewide, and we cut deer hunting dramatically at that time to 105,000 licenses from 142,000. We've continued to reduce licenses a little bit in subsequent years, and even though the herd is below objective, it seems to be responding, and in some areas seems to be doing well."

The 10,523 pronghorn antelope hunters took 6,417, down from 7,564 in 2000, for a 61-percent success rate, the lowest since 1985.

That strange sound may be turkeys answering call

If you hear a lot of strange sounds coming from Ridgeview Centre tomorrow evening, it might be wild turkey answering the call.

The call, that is, of J.R. Keller.

For those who don't know about J.R., he is a professional turkey caller and will be hosting a seminar for anyone interested in learning how to lure the feathered creatures out of their forest lairs. Keller's free program will start at 7 p.m. in the center at 525 Navajo Trail Dr.

Participants will get information about wild turkey habitat, ways to approach the birds, how and when to use various calls, as well as many amusing stories of successful and not-so-successful hunts.

Keller, a member of the National Wild Turkey Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, has won numerous turkey calling awards, including four Colorado state championships, two Utah open championships and the 2000 Colorado Western Slope Open. He is a pro staff member of Hunter's Specialties who travels the country conducting seminars and sharing his knowledge and experiences with other hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.

An avid turkey hunter who acquired his love of the outdoors from his father, Keller has appeared on several national television outdoor shows and instructional video tapes where he teaches that knowledge is the most important piece of equipment to take into the woods. Because he stresses hunting ethics, skills and safety, this class is considered an excellent one for young hunters.

For more information, call 731-4111.

Letters
April 4, 2002

Lawsuit dismissal

Dear Editor:

I would like to express my appreciation to you for publishing a correction to the story in the March 21 SUN covering the dismissal of my lawsuit against PLPOA board of directors.

It is unfortunate that the Feb. 11, 2002 Order of the Court, and the subsequent Mutual Release were not made available to you by PLPOA. The Feb. 11 order confirmed that the court did not find the matter "frivolous and groundless" and did not address the major issues in my complaint. The release confirmed that the matter was settled with my waiver of appeal rights and PLPOA's waiver of rights to attorney fees.

I hope that when the court file is again in Pagosa Springs, that interested property owners in Pagosa Lakes would review the entire file which details the PLPOA relationship to the county and to the road project. These are public records available in the Court Clerk's office in the County Court House.

The same original story noted that the PLPOA board had settled six remaining lawsuits. Since these are no longer "pending litigation" they should be identified to the property owners and the amount of property owner dues spent to settle them should be made public.

In the March 28 SUN, PLPOA announced a multi-year financial plan. How does this serve a nonprofit association that should not have excess funds other than a reserve for a year or less operating expenses? Association bylaws provide that the purposes, goals and objectives are in part to: "Promote the health, safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the members of the association and inhabitants of the community."

How have PLPOA board actions, or more to point, their failure to act fulfilled the above objectives?

Glenn Bergmann

For the record

Dear Editor:

Last Friday I was informed by a very respected member of our community that there had been some devious and underhanded political shenanigans going on in an attempt to "fix" the election in November so that an incumbent commissioner would ultimately lose.

It was purported that the Archuleta County Democrats and I had been the culprits. I want to say for the record that, as the cochairman of the Archuleta County Democrat Central Committee, none of us had any part in any of this.

There appears to be a group of people who will go to any lengths, sully any reputation and twist any arm in order to achieve their goals.

To these people I say, "Shame on you." Your brand of politics is what gives politics a bad name, and makes it so hard to attract good people into the political arena. Your brand of politics reeks of the era of political bosses of the 1900s that Teddy Roosevelt fought against, and I want no part of it.

I, the other committee members, and undoubtedly most of the people in Archuleta County look forward to a fair, unbiased and impartial election where the people vote for the candidate of their choice just as our nation's founders intended it.

John A. Eustis

United Way

Dear Editor:

We made it!

United Way of Archuleta County is proud to announce it surpassed the goal of $60,000. We recently held a celebration potluck dinner at the home of Bob and Lisa Scott.

As co-chairpersons, we made a commitment to assist 12 local agencies and the community did not let us down. We would like to thank Kathi DeClark, coordinator, the board of directors and all those who contributed to or helped with the campaign this year.

Jere and Lois Hill

Co-chairpersons

Sports Page
April 4, 2002

Pirates break out long-ball bats for Durango win
By Richard Walter
Staff Writer

The fences weren't deep enough or tall enough for the Durango High School baseball team Monday.

The Demons hosted the Pagosa Springs Pirates and came up on the short end of a 24-2 avalanche of Pagosa runs.

Pirate coach Tony Scarpa said, "It was a great game for Pagosa, the best I've ever seen us play."

That came on the heels of a scheduled home opener Saturday against Cortez which was never played because of a scheduling snafu. The Cortez athletic director and coach, reportedly, were under the impression it was to be a home game for them, and not for Pagosa.

It was a bittersweet experience for the Pirates who probably had the best day, weatherwise, that they've ever had for a home opener. Instead of hosting the Panthers, however, Pagosa went through a long batting practice session, perhaps honing their plate skills for an assault on Durango pitching.

And Scarpa was impressed by the result. "I got 15 players into the game and we hit with authority and power," he said. "We had three home runs, all out of the park, and another that would have been the longest ball of the year had it stayed fair."

On the mound, Pagosa went the first three innings with Ronnie Janowsky giving up just three hits while fanning five and walking one. Then Darin Lister came in to keep his arm in shape and allowed just one hit while striking out three and issuing a lone walk.

Scarpa's band of walking wounded is slowly rounding into season shape, with only starting catcher Ben Marshall still out of action. Scarpa expected him to return to practice this week, but was not sure if he'll be ready for the team's league opener, a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Centauri High School in La Jara.

Pagosa got their runs in Durango in bunches, pounding out 14 hits, including the three home runs and three doubles, and drew nine walks from Demon hurlers.

In addition to his performance on the mound, Janowsky led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 performance including a double and a home run. Also chipping in with home runs were Danny Lyon who also drew a walk, and Jarrett Frank, 2-for-2 with a double and a home run.

Frank has been a pleasant surprise for Scarpa. "He's just hitting a ton," the coach said, "leading the team right now with a .667 average for the season."

Ross Wagle, hitting .533, chimed into the bat-on-ball ballet in Durango with 1-for-3 and drew two walks. Lister, hitting .231 right now (but, said Scarpa, "the victim of smashes right at an opponent") was 1-for-3 and drew a pass. Lawren Lopez saw his average drop to .460 after going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Chris Young was 1-for-2 and drew a walk, bringing his average up to .125. "He's beginning to see the ball better," said Scarpa. "He'll move the average higher with more experience."

Lyon's 1-for-2 performance hiked his average to .222 and the home run was his first roundtripper. Justin Caler held his average at .500 with 1-for-1 and drew a walk. Dustin Spencer went 2-for-2, drew a walk and hiked his average to .444. Freshman reserve catcher Marcus Rivas saw his average dip to .417 on a 1-for-4 performance, but, says Scarpa, "He's been valuable to us in every game. It's hard to believe he's just a freshman."

Other batting averages for the season are Marshall, .571, Robert Kern at .227, and David Kern at .364.

Scarpa's pointing for Saturday and hoping to get a jump on the league season. "Centauri always plays us well on their home field and I see no reason to anticipate anything different," he said.

"But I think we're beginning to peak at the right time," he said. "We'll be prepared and if we can keep getting performances like Monday's we'll scare some people before it's all over."

The Pirates on-base percentages might be enough to give opponents quivvers.

Five players have been on base 60 percent of their trips to the plate or better, paced by Ross Wagle with an .810 on-base percentage, reaching 17 of his 21 trips to the plate. Close behind is Janowsky with 16 of 21 appearances resulting in him being on base. Frank has been on base in 9 of 12 trips for a .750 percentage and Lawren Lopez 15 of 21 times for a .714 percentage. Checking in at .600 is Justin Caler. Dustin Spencer follows with .583, trailed closely by Ben Marshall and David Kern, each at .571. Danny Lyon and Marcus Rivas follow closely with .538 percentages. Robert Kern is at .444, Darin Lister at .375, Clayton Spencer at .286 and Chris Young at .222.

Pitching statistics show Lister with a 2-0 record, having struck out 21 in 11 innings worked while giving up just one earned run on eight hits and issuing four walks. Janowsky is 1-1 with 12 strike outs in eight innings pitched, has walked eight and issued seven earned runs. Marshall has no record but fanned two in his lone inning of work. Frank fanned five in three innings but walked four and gave up three earned runs.

Pagosa hosting basketball tourney for girls under 15

The Pagosa Girls' Youth Basketball Club will host the third annual Pagosa Girls' Invitational basketball tournament Friday and Saturday. Teams in age groups 12 and under, 13 and under, and 14 and under will compete.

Pagosa teams will play against entries from Durango, Montrose, Ignacio, Bayfield and Mancos. Sixteen teams will play 28 games starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday and continuing Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All games will be in the junior high school gymnasium and local fans are encouraged to come out and see the area's stars of the future perform.

Anyone eager to volunteer to keep score, run a clock or referee is asked to contact Bob Lynch, tournament director, at 731-3007.

Weather Stats
April 4, 2002

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Classifieds

April 4, 2002

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AUTOS

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

CONDOS

LIVESTOCK

FOR SALE

MOBILE HOMES

HELP WANTED

HOUSES FOR SALE

PERSONALS

PETS

RANCHES

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

PROPERTY

WANTED

YARD SALES

RENTALS

TIMESHARE

SERVICES

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY

LOST & FOUND

COMMERCIAL RENTAL

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LISTEN TO "THE BREAD OF LIFE" radio program on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1400 AM. Speaker Carl Lungstrum.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will meet at the Heritage Building, 468 Pagosa Street, upstairs, first door on left. Meetings are Monday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.; Men's meeting, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Women's meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m. For more information call 731-4242, 731-5877, 264-2913, 731-9774 or 264-9221.

MARK YOUR CALENDER for the free third annual Dome Tour of eight indoor gardens. 11a.m. - 3p.m., Sunday, April 21. Invite your fiends. Sponsored by Growing Spaces, 264-6922. Pick up maps/brochure starting April 12 at WolfTracks and Pagosa Bakery.

RESEARCH TEAM LOOKING FOR information regarding sightings of "two-legged" reptiles, sometimes described as dinosaur-like. Confidential. Write Nick Sucik at 22969 Old Government Trail, Nisswa MN. 56468, or at nicksucik@hotmail.com

THE ARCHULETA COUNTY Homeschoolers Association sponsors group classes for homeschoolers, resource sharing and support for parents. Call 731-3308.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets Thursday nights at the Heritage Building from 7-8 p.m.

AL-ANON meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street. For more information call 731-5086 or 264-5421.

AUTOS

WILL TRADE LATE MODEL pickup for ??? Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

1993 DODGE DAKOTA, 4 wheel drive, extended cab, automatic. $3,500. Call 264-5944, ask for Dave.

1993 FORD F250 Super Cab, 4X4, 95K, 460, 5-speed. $8,000. 264-5662.

1997 GMC SIERRA 1/2 pickup. 4x4, matching topper with windows. Low mileage. Betty at 731-3434.

1991 GEO PRIZM. $1000 OBO. 731-2213, evenings.

1995 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA hardtop, air conditioning, 5-speed, 4.0 engine, loaded, mint condition, 32,800 miles. Never used off-road, but custom off-road equipped. $15,500. 731-2761.

1996 DODGE CARAVAN SE - 5 door, new brakes, loaded, $6495; 16ft. flatbed trailer with rails, used once, $1000. 731-1550.

1996 CHEVY TAHOE LT, leather, PL, PW, CD player, loaded, excellent condition. $13,200. 731-9131, leave message.

2000 TOYOTA TUNDRA - V8 engine, low miles, excellent condition, $23,500. 264-4786.

1989 ISUZU TROOPER, beige, good condition. One owner, 170,000 miles. Book value, $3,200; make an offer. 264-9359.

FOR SALE, 1997 red Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Runs good. Power windows, locks and seat. 97K. Call 264-6961. Asking $5500 OBO.

2001 FORD EXPLORER XLT. 4x4, loaded. CD, power seats, running boards, sun shades, 12,800 miles. Warranty. $19,700. 970-731-3094.

DODGE VAN, FORD WAGON - Free, you haul. 731-1092.

1995 DODGE CARAVAN SPORTSWAGON, excellent condition, $4,000. (970) 883-2492.

1991 JEEP CHEROKEE Limited. Reliable, needs cosmetic work. $2350 OBO. 731-3354, evenings.

'91 CHEVY SILVERADO extended cab 4X4 short bed, automatic, new transmission, nice camper shell, removable built in bed, 150K miles, excellent condition, runs great, $6000. Call Bill at 731-2316 hm. or 264-5931 wk.

1988 JEEP CHEROKEE - 4X4. Make an offer. 264-5802.

1981 CHEVY 3/4 TON with overloads, custom seats, Holly carburetor, headers with Meyer snowplow. $4700 OBO 264-9050.

1987 FULL SIZE CHEVY Blazer. Runs great, good tires. Asking $2500 OBO 264-5058.

FOR SALE: 1989 "hunting" Jeep. Great condition, $2500 firm. 731-0004.

1998 DODGE DAKOTA 4X4 extended cab truck. Excellent condition, low miles, must see to appreciate. $16,900. 731-2867.

1995 F250 4WD, flatbed. 40,000 miles, excellent body, runs great. $12,000 OBO. 264-2339.

1996 JEEP CHEROKEE Sport. 4 door, 4x4, AM/FM cassette, A/C. $4700 OBO. 264-9050.

1995 JEEP WRANGLER 4.0 engine, driven 8200 miles per year, stored 6 months per year. Excellent maintenance, $7600, 731-5670.

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE Ltd. 6 cylinder, auto, leather, many options. Must see. 84,000 miles, white. $10,500, excellent value! 264-0184.

1997 GMC SIERRA PICKUP, 4X4, 5 speed, 70,000 miles. Good condition. Reduced to $9,999 for quick sale. 264-5968.

COMMERCIAL RENTAL

MOUNTAIN VIEW PLAZA has units available now. 625 sq. ft., 715 sq. ft., 770 sq. ft. and 825 sq. ft. Good Hwy. 160 frontage. Call 264-9177.

OFFICE AND RETAIL SPACE - $600 and up. Michael C. Branch, 264-2135.

FRONTIER BUILDING 190 sq. ft. office. $250/month includes utilities. References and one year lease required. Call Gary for appointment, 731-2220.

INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPACE for rent. 1000 sq. ft. units with heat, bathrooms, 3-phase power, paved parking. Suitable for office, shop or storage. Has garage door and entry door. Conveniently located in Pagosa Lakes core area. $460/month. Contact James at 264-5662, evenings.

1550 SQUARE FEET. Prime location in Greenbriar Plaza. $1600/month plus utilities. Call 731-7000 for more details.

OFFICE, HWY 160 next to Carpet One. Paved parking, signage available, easy access. $350 per month, plus utilities. 731-5153

SMALL PRIVATE OFFICE space. 468 Pagosa St., Heritage building $120 per month, plus deposit. Includes utilities. 264-6656.

TWO NICE OFFICE SPACES available, Associated Broker building on Piedra Road, 731-4500.

RIVER CENTER, PRIME RETAIL space. 1100+ sq. ft. available May through October each year. Ideal for store only open for best tourist season, with no winter rent. 264-2533.

YOU CAN LIVE WHERE YOU WORK. Sunny building with 5 separate offices or rooms, kitchen, bath, big yard, lots of parking, upstairs office available also for additional $200 per month. 264-6044 or 884-5280.

INDUSTRIAL SPACE FOR LEASE. 1500 sq. ft. with 12' shop door and office. $800 per month. Located in Century Plaza on Put Hill. Call Todd Shelton, (970)731-2100.

1 OFFICE SUITE with bath. Near downtown, lots of parking. $200 per month. 264-6044 or 884-5280.

1,000-3,000 SQ.FT. COMMERCIAL & industrial units for lease at 953 Park Ave. 731-5147.

ASPEN GROVE PLAZA at 175 Pagosa Street, has office/retail space for rent. 264-5080.

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. SAN JUAN Plaza, 1000 sq. ft. between Plaza Liquor and Fonet. 264-4770 or 731-2545, leave message.

KIVA MINI STORAGE UNITS now available. Sizes, 8x12, 12x24, 16x24. Fairfield Industrial Park, 90 Bastille Drive. Call 264-6116.

TWO 1,600 SQUARE FOOT units on Highway 160 in town, 3 years old, $800 each. 264-6440.

NEW OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE. For sale, lease, or lease w/option to buy. From 291 sq.ft. to 1500 sq.ft. Best downtown location. Next to new stoplight and town park. Best rates with assigned off-street parking. 475 Lewis Street. 264-4123.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

BEST COMMERCIAL LOCATION in Archuleta County. Highest traffic count, our own traffic signal on Highway 160, guaranteed access, center of Pagosa Springs (corner of Highway 160 and Piedra Road), all flat with 1,719' of highway frontage. 35.85 acres - BUY ALL OR PART. Romar Group, 264-6096.

SAN JUAN MOTEL Offering a variety of overnight accommodations. 32 units, 2 hot tubs, game room, laundry area, access to the San Juan River, 1.7± acres. $1,125,000, possible terms, possible SBA assumption. Todd Shelton, CCIM, Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle, Inc., (970) 731-2100, 800-944-2147.

IN THE UPPER PIEDRA, 45 acres with water rights, live creek through property, ties into national forest. Three log cabins with fireplace and antique stoves. $569,000. Todd Shelton, CCIM, Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle, Inc., (970) 731-2100, 800-944-2147.

RIVERFRONT COMMERCIAL SITE! In town. Highway 160 frontage. Zoned. All utilities. 3.2 acres. $255,000. Mountain Land, acreage & commercial specialists. www.swcolorado.com 970-731-9255.

LIVESTOCK

GREG WELLS - AFA Certified Farrier. 731-9026.

THE ART OF HORSEMANSHIP workshops starts April 13. Classes on purchasing 1st horse, care, tack, soundness. For more information call Janelle at (970)946-1867.

GLEN'S HORSESHOEING. Prompt, reliable service. All types of shoeing. Call 946-4340 or 731-3665.

MUSTANG & QUARTER HORSE. 4 year, greenbroke and trailers. Soon to foal, $1500. 17 year quarter, kids, $1000. 264-4681.

MUST SELL. MILK goats, yearlings or one month olds. Also, a buck. 264-4681.

SPRING TUNE UPS Is your horse frisky in the spring or hard to shoe? We can help. Hauling also available. Dan Snow 731-3171.

1977 MILEY TWO HORSE or stock trailer, $1200. 970-731-2702, leave message.

NEED SUMMER PASTURE for 130 pairs of cattle - or smaller number. Call 970-247-4888, evenings.

RANCH SITTING I feed and water ranch animals. Experienced, references available. Call 264-6680.

CM DROVER, STEEL GOOSENECK, 3 horse slant. White, $4,500. 731-9263.

FOR SALE

50 2'X4' TRACK insert light fixtures with bulbs, $35 each. 500 2'X2' track acoustical tiles, good shape, $2 each. 1998 Lincoln Towncar, loaded, 30,000 miles, red with white leather upholstery, $16,900. Call Lou, 946-7662.

LOG CABIN PACKAGE $12,945. 24'x32' with 8' porch roof, 7' coped and notched logs. Log beam, 2"x6" T&G roof. Free catalog, (307) 684-2445.

2 TIMESHARES, 1 ski season, 1 spring. One $1,500, one $1,000. For further information, contact Lee Riley, Owner/ Agent. 264-3210 or 800-571-0107.

LOG HOMES AND CABINS 24'x32' for Only $12,945! Log Walls, Posts, Beams, Roof, Plans, Video and more! Free catalog. www.bighornmtn.com (307)684-2445.

CARHARTT WORK CLOTHES Georgia work boots. Best selection, best prices. Gem Village Country Store, 39793 Hwy. 160, Bayfield. (970) 884-9440.

PAPER BUNDLES FOR fire starter 25¢ each. Pick up at The Pagosa Springs SUN. 466 Pagosa Street.

FRESH PRODUCE Certified Organic and seasonal Local Organic. Joy's Natural Foods Market. 117 Navajo Trail Drive. 731-1500.

ANTIQUE BEDROOM SET, with 2 dressers and nightstand, $1750. For further information, call Lee Riley, 264-3210, days, or 264-2677, evenings.

SHAKLEE for proper nutrition, use Shaklee products. For information call Marsha Preuit. 264-5910.

WINDOW COVERINGS sold at wholesale prices. Add R Value to your windows for this winter. Call 264-6594.

LIKE NEW FIBERGLASS TOPPER. Fits late model Ford Ranger pickup. Costs $1000, sell for $550. 731-9153.

FIREWOOD, PINE, MEASURED cord, $125, half cord, $65. 731-9007.

MATTRESS SET, FULL size, pillow top, spring air, like new condition. Asking $300. 731-4418.

FIREWOOD, DRY SPLIT cedar and pinon. You haul, $100 cord, $55 half. Delivery, $135 cord, $75 half. Cash please. 759-5577.

PIANO - BALDWIN CONSOLE, with bench. Medium walnut finish. Tuning needed. $1200 cash sale. 264-4923.

OAK, CHERRY, WALNUT hardwood and flooring starting at $1.60 square foot. Free rent of flooring nailer with purchase. Sand and finish hardwood floors. Heartwood, 731-3088.

SIDE-BY-SIDE refrigerator/freezer, 21.5 cf, almond, excellent condition $100, 731-2316.

GOT HARD WATER? Get GMX magnetic clamp- on system. Low cost. Homes, farms, ranches. Guaranteed. Local. Call Galen Erin, 800-494-6857.

ANTIQUE UPRIGHT PIANO from Strater Hotel, $1,000. Call Irene Lucero, 970-243-9270.

10X6 UTILITY TRAILER with drop ramp. Hardly used. $1000, 731-2867.

BARN STORED GRASS hay, $5 per bale. 731-4450.

FOR SALE: 1989 "hunting" Jeep $2500, firm. Rainbow vacuum cleaner and attachments, $300. Fireplace tools, $75. 731-0004.

STEEL BUILDING, 40 X 60, was $11,200. Must sell, $7,786. 1-800-292-0111.

CAR TOP CARRIER - used once. 731-3678.

TWO TWIN BEDS - one regular length, and one extra long. 731-3678.

ARCHERY, FISHING, HUNTING and camping equipment and ammo at cost. Display counters, pegboard displays and work centers. Open/closed message sign. Dave, 731-3832.

BROWNING 12 GAUGE, Auto 5 Belgium. $300 firm, Ralph 731-0051.

AVON SKIN-SO-SOFT Bug guard insect repellent, $4.99 if ordered by April 16. To place an order or get a brochure, call 731-5531.

BEDROOM SET, PECAN wood, 6 piece with queen size headboard and frame, armoire, dresser, mirror, 2 night stands. Good condition, $350. 731-3083.

BURTON CHARGER SNOW BOARD. 152 cm. Newly stone ground. $190. BMX Redline Bike. New tires. Ages 6-16. $100. 264-4450.

FREE. APPROXIMATELY 60 FEET of used deck railing (redwood). Call 731-1339 for directions.

2001 YAMAHA MT MAX, must sell. Reduced to $4,999. Excellent condition. 264-5968.

27" RCA TV/VCR combination. $300 brand new. Will sell for $200. Only 6 months old. Very clean. Call 731-9735.

MOBILE HOMES

ALMOST NEW SINGLE wide on 2 beautiful acres. Priced at $78,000. Aspen Springs Realty, 970-731-5077.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH double wide on 1.3 acres. Good views. Only $79,000! Aspen Springs Realty, 970-731-5077.

NEW MOBILE HOME spaces available for rent at Rock Ridge Mobile Home Park. Call Todd, 731-2121.

FOR SALE, 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home on 1 acre in Arboles. View of lake. $65,000, owner financing. Broker owned. 883-5428.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom mobile home on 1 acre, treed lot, in Arboles. $65,000. Colorado Southwest Properties. 883-5428.

OWNER SAYS BRING an offer on this 5 bedroom/ 2 bathroom mobile home on 1/2 acre with workshop, natural gas. $109,900. Call Pam Barsanti at Jim Smith Realty 888-287-6864 or (970) 264-3231. Check out additional listings at pambarsanti.com

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on 2+ acres. All utilities in. Small down and take over payments. Call Jim or leave message. 731-2115.

PRICE REDUCED! OWNER MOTIVATED. Like new mobile home, 3 Br., 2 Ba., near Cemetery Road. Reduced to $78,500. Betty Johann Realty, Dinah. 731-3434.

$32,500 - 2 BEDROOMS, 1 bath. New carpet, natural gas, paved street. 264-6733.

REDUCED MUST SELL. 3 bedroom, 1 bath 14'x70' Rock Ridge Space 81. 264-5575 , 6 p.m., 264-4154, ask for Kathy.

1972 14'X70' 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, newly remodeled. Wood stove, set up in nice park. $10,500 OBO. 731-9773.

SAM'S CLUB AND AARP have teamed with Fleetwood Homes to save its members thousands of $$$ in discounts and benefits. Timber Homes has been chosen as their S.W. Colorado representative. Come see our new Anniversary Model. We do it all, including the foundation. Shop us last. We beat anyone's price, guaranteed. Mon. 9:30 to 3:30, Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 to noon & 1:00 to 4:00. Hwy. 160 W. Next to Let's Store It and Quality Topsoil. www.timberfactoryhomes.com or phone anytime, 970-731-0007 or 866-877-7999.

MOBILE HOME SPACE available within walking distance to town. 264-6370.111111

HOUSES FOR SALE

FOR A COMPLETE look at all homes in the county check out my web site: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

BANK REPO, REDUCED $100,000 for fast sale. 3,100 square feet with great mountain views. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

PRICE REDUCED $128,900. Immaculate modular on 1.2 acres 1782 SF, large open floor plan, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, family room, 2 decks, fenced yard, well with great tasting water, 2 RV hookups, storage bldg., only 2 years old. Will consider all offers! 1cb2550. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

WONDERFUL 1ST HOME or rental in Vista! 1280 SF, fireplace, garden tub, spacious kitchen, on quiet street. $89,900. 1cb2568. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

LAKEFRONT CONDO. MOUNTAINS & Lake views 1682 SF 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Bring your boat! 1cb 2565. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

BEAUTIFUL HOME ON 1/2 acre! Mtn. & lake views, 2500 SF Must See! 2cb2599. $272,900. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

PREMIER RIVER-FRONT HOME in Pagosa Springs - Completely remodeled, southwest decor inside and out, 1/2 acre on San Juan River with 100' river frontage. Trees, decks, and huge covered deck over river. BEST IN PAGOSA. CALL FOR BROCHURE. Romar Group, 264-6096.

GREAT STARTER HOME on 10 acres. Good horse property. Newly remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath with new Jacuzzi and master bath. Call Todd Shelton, Century 21 Wolf Creek, 731-2100.

LARGE FAMILY HOME on 5 acres. 2975 SF 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Views of the Divide. Just reduced-$298,000. 1cb2258. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

200 FEET OF LAKE FRONTAGE, LAKE FRONT LOG HOME with double sided rock fireplace, 3-4 bedrooms on 2+ acres. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

GREAT 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home on corner lot. $1800 down, APR 7% for 30 years, $392 per month to qualified buyer. Call today. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 1-800-560-6050.

NEWER 4 BEDROOM, 3 bath, 3 car garage home on 20 acres with great views. Large barn. $525,000. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

YEAR ROUND CREEK, 11+ acres, newer log home, fenced, adjoins greenbelt, outbuildings! Call today. Call Pam Barsanti at Jim Smith Realty 888-287-6864 or (970) 264-3231. Check out additional listings at pambarsanti.com.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH. For sale by owner. 117 Divot. On golf course, new paint, new carpet. $189,000. Call John. 946-0293.

BANK REPO, MORE for your money. 4 year old home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in great Fairfield location. Call today for details. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

LEASE WITH OPTION to buy. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

HOME & SHOP, 1500 SF shop, heated, 8x10 overhead doors, storage, Immaculate 1200 SF home, 1cb2185. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

FOR SALE OR LEASE - 3,200 sq.ft. executive home, 4 miles up Snowball Rd. Professional stainless steel kitchen, lush pasture and tranquil waterfalls. 5000 sq.ft. total, with guest house and art studio. $592,000. 970-264-2882.

1429 SF HOME ON large lot. Close to Forest, borders Martinez Canyon. Adjacent lot available also. 2cb2601 $152,500. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

LOVELY GOLF COURSE HOME on 15th green. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, views, 1cb2399. $307,000. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

BEAUTIFUL 4 BEDROOM HOME on corner lot, prime downtown location. $8,750 down, APR 6.875 for 30 years, payments $1,091.52. Call for details. Ask for Judy, Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

WWW.PAGOSAMORTGAGE.COM Free mortgage information on-line. Get pre-qualified or completely pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. Jim Askins, Fairway Mortgage-Pagosa Springs, (970) 731-3100 or toll free 800-326-2100.

FIVE ACRES GOOD HORSE property with 6- year old custom built home. 1583 s.f., 3/2 with lots of extras. Views, windows, porch, deck, 2- car garage. Easy to live in, and easy to keep. Convenient location in Meadows I, no PLPOA dues. You will like this place. Appraised at $270,000. Asking $230,000. Want to move to the country. Call 731-5660 evenings for an appointment.

LOTS OF PERSONALITY Log home, 2 lots, large great room, dining, and kitchen. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, deck with a view, fenced yard, many extras. Call 731-9113, shown by appointment.

RIVERFRONT LOG, RIVER rock wrapped decks on 300 foot, one acre. 3/2, 2000 square feet, between town and ski area. 264-4866.

BY OWNER - Large country home on 5+ fenced acres. Horse property, Realtors welcome. 264-9200, leave message.

PAGOSA HILLS, NEWER 2 bedroom, 1 3/4 baths, 2.4 acres, very private/ lots of trees, large open kitchen/ dining, unique studio- loft, 2500+ sq. ft., 2 car garage with workbench, RV hookup, growing dome, $284,800. 264-6462.

2 BEDROOM. Needs some work. New roof, paint, nice lot with views. $69,500 Call for appointment, 731-3680.

NEW CUSTOM LOG HOME close to everything on heavily treed lot. 2426 sq.ft., 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath, 2 car garage, plus office, loft & extra large hobby room. See through fireplace, custom rock, bay window, heated tile, pergo. Choose colors, carpet and tile, save real estate commissions. $225,000. 731-0070.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, attached garage, partially remodeled. Available for lease option or sale. Just reduced, $135,000. 264-2722, leave message.

OWNER MOTIVATED - PRICE REDUCED 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Pagosa Highlands. Near National Forest, gorgeous views, quiet neighborhood. Was $139,900 now $131,900. Call Bob Woodson, Century 21 Wolf Creek. 731-2100 1CE0090.

4-5 BR/OFFICE - DWMH on 2.5 acres. Covered deck, mud room. New 30x40 metal shop on concrete, small barn. 2 sources heat. All very nice. On cistern, but good water all property sides. Additional acreage available. $135,000 OBO. 731-3680.

HIGH PEAKS AFFORDABLE HOMES. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, land home packages from $124,000, from $97,000 on your lot. Many floor plans to suit your family needs, or bring in your own custom plans. www.highpeakshomes.com or call 264-6150.

RIVERFRONT 300 FOOT acre. Big log, glass, decks wrapped with river rock. 3/2 2000 sq. ft. between town and ski area. Wildwood Mountain Homes. 264-4866.

HOUSE FOR LEASE with option to buy. 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cape Cod, horse property. More information, 731-3597, evenings.

OWNER WILL FINANCE. Nice home with low down payment. 4 bedrooms, 1-3/4 bath. Large workshop, guest cabin on 7 acres. Good county road with school bus stop. (970)731-4439 or (505)437-6027, leave message.

BY OWNER: 3 BEDROOMS, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage with paved driveway. Large master bedroom. Lake and mountain views. Boat ramp and fishing just steps away. 34 Beaver Circle, 970-731-5901. $157,500.

ASPEN SPRINGS for sale by owner: Home on 1.6 acres, borders BLM, secluded, great southern exposure, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, family room, deck with beautiful views of Broken Off Mountain. $98,600. Call 731-5773, after 6p.m.

FOR SALE BY OWNER, 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on 3.5 acres. Great well water, and bus stops right out front. Located on a county road. Possible owner financing. Call 731-9207.

WANT A WELL BUILT HOME? At a reasonable cost? Get information from a seasoned builder. wellbuilthomes@GetResponse.com

LOG HOME, .42 ACRE. 1157sq.ft. 2/13/4. Views of Pagosa Peak, Lake Hatcher. Greenbelt. Treed, landscaped. Owner selling. $145,000. 282 Arbor Dr.

BRAND NEW ONE OF A KIND solid quality craftsmanship, 1802 sq. ft., contemporary floor plan. 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath, cherry cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms. Tile countertops, ceramic tile floors. Covered decks, Continental Divide views. Call David, 264-1243.

PERSONALS

ALTERNATIVE HORIZONS 24 hour domestic violence hotline. Confidential help available. 247-9619.

PREGNANT? DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO? Call the Pregnancy Support Center. 264-3733.

SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE for confidential support and information. 247-5400.

REPORT KNOWLEDGE OF CRIMINAL ACTS To Crime Stoppers, 264-2131. You may be entitled to a reward. Anonymity guaranteed.

HOSPICE CARE A special kind of caring. Call 731-9190.

DRUG HOT LINE Call 264-BUST to report any illegal drug activity.

REFINANCE NOW. PRIMERICA Financial Services, 883-3259.

PROPERTY

30 ACRES Very private, rustic cabin, big view of Navajo Lake, borders state park. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

CORNER LOT - BUILDABLE lot on corner in Lake Pagosa Park, level, easy build. $8,000. 1cb2428 Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

FOUR MILE ROAD - 20 beautiful acres, all utilities, stream, huge views, partially irrigated and bridge is in. $289,000. Pagosa Peak Realty and Construction. 970-731-0200. Fax: 970-731-0201.

TIMBER RIDGE RANCH. If an open space, low-density lifestyle is what you desire in a breathtaking alpine setting, you must see Colorado's Timber Ridge Ranch. Our home sites are fully improved with central water and sewer service, underground utilities and paved roads, yet offer an element of privacy not often found in a developed residential community. Incredible opportunities: Phase I, lot 45, 4.06 acres, $129,000. Phase II, lot 102, 4.18 acres, $84,900. Phase I, lot 58, 8.58 acres, $174,900. Phase I, lot 72, 5.51 acres, $125,000. Come take your personal tour today and see why Timber Ridge Ranch is truly "The Best of Pagosa Springs." MJM Ranches, Land & Marketing LLC, 970-731-3235. www.TimberRidgeRanch.com

VIEW LOT PAGOSA HIGHLANDS end of cul-de-sac, view of Pagosa Peak, great building site $12,000. 1cb2535. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

TWO GREAT LOTS, views and easy build 7080 N. Pagosa Blvd. 1cb2581 & 263 Woodsman 1cb2582 Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

WE BUY LOTS. Bell Country Homes. 731-6633.

A FEW 1 ACRE buildable lots available in Arboles. Some views of lake, valley, mountains. Colorado Southwest Properties. 883-5428.

35 ACRES WITH mountain views and city water. Less than 1 mile from downtown Pagosa Springs. $275,000. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

TWO ADJACENT LOTS approximately 1/4 acre each. Twin Creeks Village. $10,000 each, or $18,000 for both. Call Wayne at 731-4181.

APPROXIMATELY 10 ACRES All utilities, ponds, in Arboles. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

JUST LISTED, MUST SEE - Loma Linda's finest 5 acres, lot 76 for $97,500, with magnificent views, trees, privacy & pasture for horses. Call Todd at Century 21 Wolf Creek, (970) 731-2100.

1 ACRE LAKE front lot for $97,500, over 200 feet of lake frontage. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Exceptional value in Loma Linda. 7.5 acres, gorgeous views of eastern range. Only $79,900. Call Bob Woodson, Century 21 Wolf Creek. 731-2100.

WANT A WELL BUILT HOME? At a reasonable cost? Talk with a seasoned builder. wellbuilthomes@GetResponse.com

MEADOWS I, 5 ACRES by owner. Best 5 acres in Meadows, on quiet cul-de-sac. 300 ft. to pavement, views of divide and killer view of Chimney Rock. 100% usable land with great building sites. Great horse property. $85,000. 731-4664.

ELK PARK RANCH - Best lot, best price in this gated community 10 minutes from town. Terrific views and National Forest on 2 sides. $335,000. Call to see it, Eddie Ring at Fairfield Pagosa Realty (970)731-8114.

2+ CITY LOTS IN South Pagosa. Tap fee fully paid, water, sewer and natural gas already on site. Includes 1900 sq. ft. concrete foundation. Excellent view. $47,500. Serious calls only. 264-5500.

3 ACRE LOT IN Timber Ridge Phase I. Easy to build on and sunny. $69,000 by owner. 731-9706.

FOR SALE BY OWNER Aspen Springs. 1.7 acres includes 2 bedroom, 1 bath trailer, 1800 gallon cistern. Reduced, $35,000. $30,000 for cash. 731-3487.

BORDERS NATIONAL FOREST/ CLOSE TO TOWN - Secluded 35 acres, only 10 minutes from town, in exclusive Elk Park Ranch. Views of Pagosa Peak, ponderosa pines and meadows. Underground utilities and city water. $375,000. Gary, Mountain Land Inc. 970-731-9255. mtnland@frontier.net www.swcolorado.com

1/2 ACRE - VIEWS of Pagosa Peak, greenbelt, paved road, level, central water, central sewer, financing available, priced below market. $11,500. Gary, 904-783-6638. MM1 L60.

FSBO INCREDIBLE VIEWS, 3.32 acres, Continental Estates, Unit 2, Lot 46. Quiet cul-de-sac off Hwy. 84, 3 miles from Hot Springs, $73,500. 303-817-5229.

BY OWNER. 2.3 acres in Aspen Springs Unit 5. Meadow. Lots 173 and 174. Lois Court off Metro Drive. $12,0

RANCHES

BARGAIN PRICED - JUST REDUCED $100,000 below appraisal! Home on 35 acres, Snowball Road, water rights, horse property, hay field, outbuilding and more. Call Karen Cox, 946-4810. Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

HOME BORDERING FOREST 1740 SF on 42+ acres. Forest on 3 sides, open floor plan, wine cellar and more! 1cb2198. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

NAVAJO RIVER RANCH 40.58 acres trees, utilities, access to Navajo River 1cb2515. $179,000. Coldwell Banker 731-2000.

SUMMER'S RANCH STARTING AT $99,000. Buy all or part, seller financing. Call Brian Riggs, 264-2201.

25 ACRE HORSE PROPERTY, beautiful meadows, nicely treed ridges. Close in, secluded, CR access yet very private. ONLY $180,000. OWC 20% down for 15 years. Romar Group, 264-6096.

FANTASTIC 100 ACRES, views of all the mountains, meadows, huge trees. Abuts National Forest, very close in but totally secluded, central water and all utilities. For the discriminating buyer. Romar Group, 264-6096.

SMALL FARM Doublewide, 2 car garage, borders Navajo State Park, pasture, irrigation, great views. Must see. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428, www.navajolake.com/coloradosouthwestproperties.htm.

TERRY ROBINSON ROAD - 63 gorgeous acres, fenced, two houses, 17,000 square foot barn, 26 stalls with pipe turnouts, great views, great location. $1,450,000. Pagosa Peak Realty and Construction. 970-731-0200. Fax: 970-731-0201.

BEAUTIFUL 35 ACRE parcel with log cabin, national forest and great views. Only $165,000. Call today. Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

152 ACRES, TOTAL SECLUSION- surrounded by BLM, old growth timber, live spring, spectacular views. Thousands of spruce trees. Price lowered again to $670,000. Call Pagosa Peak Realty, 731-0200.

14 + ACRES, borders Piedra River, irrigation, rustic home, outbuildings. Colorado Southwest Properties, 883-5428.

FOR A COMPLETE look at all larger vacant land parcels and ranches in the county check out my website: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

926 ACRES $850,00 WOW! Loads of water rights, 2 homes, 2 barns, farming and ranching. OWNER SAYS SELL. Romar Group, 264-6096.

FOR LEASE OR SALE. 74 acres with large barn containing 8 heated self- watering stalls. Call Todd Shelton, CCIM Century 21 Wolf Creek Land and Cattle LLC, (970) 731-2100.

70 ACRES, 360 DEGREE views, nice trees, creek through property with ponds, 200 elk on property last week, can see all the property from prepared home site - perfect for horses, central water. ONLY $269,000. Romar Group, 264-6096.

THE BEST OF the best - three 35 acre parcels, highest elevation of all Cool Springs Ranch parcels. Unbelievable views from the Continental Divide east of Pagosa, South San Juan Wilderness, Wolf Creek, Pagosa Peak, Rio Grande Wilderness, Rio Grande Pyramid, Weminuche Wilderness, to the La Plata Mountains at Durango. Aspen, spruce, meadows, springs, CENTRAL WATER, equestrian center, gated community, elk, deer, turkey. Owner took huge 6X6 bull there last year. ONLY $6,995 per acre. Terms. Romar Group, 264-6096.

16,160 ACRES, 160 acres deeded, surrounded by 25 sections of National Forest lease. World class elk with deer, bear, mountain lion, and turkey. Totally remodeled original 3000 square foot stone hacienda surrounded by 5-foot stone wall. This home must be seen to be believed. 3 cabins, 2 are original log, all in excellent condition, 2 historic log barns. Elk permits with property. Totally private, secluded and private. ONE OF A KIND, MAKE AN OFFER. CALL FOR BROCHURE. Romar Group, 264-6096.

29.6 ACRES ON BLANCO river - 750' river frontage, abuts National Forest, 3/4 minerals with property, CR access with all utilities. Romar Group, 264-6096.

670 ACRE MOUNTAIN RANCH bordering the San Juan National Forest. Irrigated hay fields with excellent water rights. Two year- round creeks, forests, easy access, views, home, barns, premiere wildlife habitat. 20 minutes to Pagosa. One of a kind! Asking $3,800 per acre. 731-4670.

BREATHTAKING NEW ROCK and log home and barn on San Juan River. 38 acres, meadows, timber. $1,350,000. Lauren, 946-0917, 264-0046.

FSBO IN CHROMO. 27 acres with river frontage. Includes 2 bedroom home with 3-car attached garage. $185,000. 883-5425.

ONE OF A KIND Equestrian property. Six stall barn, views, 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath, Kentucky white vinyl fencing with wire. Very near National Forest access for breathtaking rides. 731-3373.

FSBO 56 ACRES spanning Piedra river & Hwy. 151. Irrigation, 2 houses, new well. Appraisal $460,000. 883-2293 (days) or 883-5489 (evenings).

CONDOS

FOR A COMPLETE LOOK at all condos in the county check out my web site: isellpagosa.com, Lee Riley with Jim Smith Realty.

BEAUTIFUL 1700 SQ. FT. condo, totally furnished. Down payment $3,870, interest rate 6.94 APR for 30 years, payment $811.60 P&I to qualified buyer. Call for details, Pagosa Real Estate Store, 731-2175 or 800-560-6050.

FSBO 3/3 loft, Mountain Vista townhome, heated underground parking, lots of storage, recently redecorated, gorgeous water and mountain views. 903-769-9267.

VERY NICE 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath condo for rent. Call 731-9037.

FOR SALE BY OWNER - Pinon Condo, 1 bedroom, 1-1/2 bathrooms, 900 square feet, nicest one on the market. 731-5474.

TOWNHOUSE: FSBO, 2 bedroom, 11/2 bath, 2 story, small complex, low fees, private fenced yard, electric and wood heat, will have new roof. 575 E. Golf PL., Pagosa Lakes. Call 731-3071 after 6:00 or leave message.

RENTALS

LEASE WITH OPTION to buy. Bell Country Homes, 731-6633.

3 BEDROOM, 1 BATH APARTMENT for rent, with natural gas hot water heat. Close to Lake Pagosa. For further information, contact Lee Riley, 264-3210, evenings, 264-2677.

CALL CC RENTALS for long term and short term rentals. Large inventory available. 731-0415.

1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH downtown, available May 1. 264-5080.

ARCHULETA HOUSING CORPORATION - has clean apartments with affordable rents close to schools and bus lines. Call for information, 264-2195.

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH Westwind Condo. Call Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com

1 BEDROOM, 1 BATHROOM, furnished condo. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM home, unfurnished. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

1 BEDROOM MOBILE home. $400/ month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals at 731-5515.

1 VILLAGE APARTMENT, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, unfurnished. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

TWO - 2 BEDROOM, 2 bathroom ufurnished homes. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

2 VILLAGE APARTMENTS. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Call Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

TWO FURNISHED PINON CONDOS. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

2 BEDROOM UNFURNISHED with garage. $650. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals at 731-5515.

SUNETHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES for Short Term (Vacation) Rentals starting at $100/ night, Long Term Rentals starting at $500/ month, and storage units (all sizes) - 56 Talisman Drive - 970-731-4344

STORAGE SPACE, SECURE, climate controlled, 10' X 50' X 20' with 12' tall entrance. Call CC Rentals, 731-0415.

REMODELED 2 BEDROOM 1-1/2 bathroom duplex. Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH townhome. With all appliances and garage. Very energy efficient, with excellent view of Lake Pagosa and mountains. $740 per month plus deposit for 6 month lease, $735 with a 12 month lease. 264-6656.

R.V. SPACES for rent. Available year round. Rock Ridge mobile home park. Call Sherry at 264-6148.

2 BEDROOM DUPLEX. Deck, yard, golf course, unfurnished. $600/month plus deposit. Available April 1st. 731-2255.

3 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM with carport in Lake Hatcher area. $700 per month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals, 731-5515.

HIGH COUNTRY MINI STORAGE Most sizes available. Paved, lighted, security. Behind Pizza Hut. Call 264-9142.

DURANGO HOUSING CORPORATION has clean apartments with affordable rents, close to schools and bus lines. Now featuring a Resident Computer Lab. Call for details, 247-2788. EOH.

UNFURNISHED 3 BEDROOM mobile on 2 lots in Vista. $550/month. Call Pagosa Realty Rentals at 731-5515.

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1 Cabin close to Williams Creek Reservoir. 6 month lease, $750/month. Call owner at (970) 731-3164.

2 BEDROOM, 1 1/2 BATH. Call Pagosa Central Management at 731-2216 for details. Or visit our website at www.pagosacentralmanagement.com.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT at the best rates and service in town. Let us manage your property. Call for details. Pagosa Real Estate Store Property Management, 731-2175 or 1-800-560-6050.

VACATIONERS. We have fully furnished homes and condos for rent by the day, week or month. We also have long term places available. Pagosa Realty Rentals, located above the Corner Store on Piedra Road. (970) 731-5515

1 BEDROOM UNFURNISHED APARTMENT. All utilities paid, washer/ dryer hookups. No pets. 731-4792.

WANT TO RENT A ROOM in your home. Mature woman with well trained cat. Responsible with references. 505-323-2945.

DUPLEX FOR RENT: 547 E. Golf. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, all appliances, attached garage, radiant in floor heat included. No pets. $750, 1 year lease. 884-4077.

511 LAKE IN VISTA. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. $540/month plus utilities. First, last, $500 deposit. No dogs. 970-731-2610.

2 BEDROOM 1 bath, great views, furnished. $875. 3 bedroom, 2 baths completely remodeled. $1100. (719) 338-6867. Fax: (719) 540-2224. GSTEW9583@aol.com.

PERFECT FOR COUPLE 1 bedroom secluded cabin. Grow dome, garage, pets okay. Surrounded by National Forest. Lower Blanco Rd., $775/month plus utilities. 264-5386 or 946-2484, ask for Chris.

BUILDING AND LOT FOR RENT. Corner of Highway 160 and Vista Blvd. Mountain Motors location. 417-860-7444, days. 417-533-7883, evenings.

VACATIONERS. Completely furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condos close to Village Lake and Rec Center. Sleeps 6 to 8 people. No smokers. 731-9414.

2 BEDROOMS, 2 full baths, brand new with washer, dryer, fridge, single garage. Superb, quiet location. $775 per month plus deposit. Sunetha, 731-4344.

VACATION RENTAL. Fully furnished, custom home. 4 bedroom, 2 bath, accommodates 12. Great mountain and lake views. No pets, no smokers. $895 weekly or $1595 monthly. References required. 888-793-4541 or ghgraff@aol.com.

FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath. Amazing views, nice house, Lake Hatcher. $900/month. 946-0130.

NICE COUNTRY HOME on 5 acres, 7 miles south of town, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Beautiful views, private. Available April 15, $800 per month, plus security deposit, month to month lease. Ronda, 884-7384, or 759-3552.

VACATIONERS: EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN and well-maintained two story condo. Two bedrooms (sleeps four maximum), 1-3/4 baths, fully furnished with well-equipped kitchen. Located in core area, close to new City Market. $450 weekly. NO PETS and NO SMOKERS - NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact owners (970) 731-2017 (evenings best).

DAY, WEEK, MONTH. 3/2, riverfront log between town and ski area. 264-4866.

25 ACRE RANCH. 2 bedroom house. Fenced and cross fenced, with irrigation ditches. Near Allison. 888-862-2588.

LAKE HATCHER, NEWLY REFINISHED 3 bedroom, 2 bath on lake on 3/4 acre lot. $1000 per month. 6 months or more lease. (303)988-4174.

2 BEDROOM HOUSE in county near Allison. With garden and garage. 888-862-2588.

ROOMMATE WANTED. LARGE house, beautiful views, private. Available 3/20. 731-2850.

TIMESHARES

TIMESHARE, WEEK 2 (Jan. 12-19). Fairfield, Master's Place, 2 bedroom, 3 queen beds, Jacuzzi, ground floor, $2,750. An absolute steal - divorce. 928-649-9998.

PETS

ADOPT FROM THE Humane Society. Stop by or call 731-4771. You'll be amazed at what we have to offer. www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings.org.

MINIATURE WHITE CHIHUAHUA, $300. Not good with children under 5. 731-9119, evenings.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY! 2 year old spayed female dog will alert you to strangers. Better for families without small children. Free to good home. 731-2298.

BLACK AND CHOCOLATE LAB puppies. $50 each. 731-9733.

SERVICES

LOCAL AND LONG DISTANCE moving services. Reliable and reasonable. Call 731-1313.

T.V. TROUBLES? Call Mike! Mike's TV. Since 1979. 264-2788.

CARPENTRY/HANDYMAN General maintenance, remodels, painting, drywall, etc. No job too small. Blair Jackson, 749-4252 or 264-6002 evenings.

CONSTRUCTION CLEAN-UP. - Anything goes inside and out. 731-1313.

WWW.PAGOSAMORTGAGE.COM Free mortgage information on-line. Get pre-qualified or completely pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. Jim Askins, Fairway Mortgage-Pagosa Springs, (970) 731-3100 or toll free 800-326-2100.

FORK LIFTS FOR HIRE Caribou Construction. 731-9848 or 946-2488.

WE'RE EXPANDING! MOUNTAIN SNAPSHOTS is growing to better meet the photographic needs of our community. Watch for a larger selection of quality frames, albums, mats, and photo accessories; including digital, and a new studio. Thanks Pagosa for supporting small business!

FOR A CONSTRUCTION clean up, at its best. Contact Odd Jobs Unlimited 264-2994. Insured.3

CUSTOM FRAMING AND MATTING - Reasonable prices, quick service. Jan Brookshier, 264-4275 after 6 p.m.

TWO MEN WITH TRUCK for hire. Dependable, hard working, odd jobs welcome. Moving, hauling, light construction, painting, etc. (970)799-7651.

STORAGE BUILDINGS (PORTABLE and permanent - stick built or steel). Sheds, shops and barns. 970-731-3977.

HOME REPAIRS/HANDYMAN Carpentry, decks, ceramic tile, painting, room additions. No job too small. By David, (970) 749-4625.

FULL SERVICE BOOKKEEPING, payroll, and business consultation. Are you satisfied with your current bookkeeping service? Or just too busy to keep up with it yourself? Let me show you what service is all about. Local references available upon request. Call David 264-1243.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR a cleaning person who is reliable, thorough, and does a consistently good job? I have years of experience and excellent local references. Call 731-0323.

COMPUTER CONSULTANT. INTERNET RESEARCHER. In home, basic Internet/ computer tutoring, database design/ business application consultant. Teena Murray, 731-4239.

FIRE BREAKS - TREE TRIMMING, thinning, pruning, and removal including brush clearing and weed eating. Brian, 264-2683.

PAGOSA MOUNTAIN HOMES: From batter boards to the ridge; rough-in and finish. New construction and remodel. 20 years experience. Call Kordian, 264-5087 or 946-6498.

THE MOVING CO. Big jobs, small jobs, we do them all. Long hauls, short hauls, give us a call. 731-0188.

METAL ROOF MAINTENANCE, tighten loose roof screws, replace screws if needed, re-calk roof jacks, check valleys for snow damage. 264-9378, 264-2461.

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

REMODELING Additions, kitchen & bath makeovers, cabinetry, closet spaces, countertops, tile, natural stone, fireplaces. No job too small. 25 years experience. Jeff, 731-4122.

SKID LOADER SERVICES. Gravel, snow, dirt, post holes, etc. Cheap and reliable. 731-9374 or 749-4247, David Medina.

TRAGER SENIOR PRACTITIONER. Non- intrusive, deeply penetrating bodywork. Effective for stress, pain, dysfunctional holding patterns. Uses gentle compression, rocking movement to reach deepest areas of constriction. 264-4030.

PET SITTING AND PLANT CARE Dogs, cats, horses, all ranch sitting, exotics. Reliable, excellent references. Animal Massage Therapist, 264-6680.

WINDOW WASHING - Professionally done. Residences. Reasonable prices. 264-2919 (evenings), 382-4064 (page any time).

HOUSEKEEPING. WILL CLEAN house or office. Reasonable rates. Call 749-3880.

RELAXING MASSAGE - Stress and pain relief, deep tissue, Swedish, Shiatsu. Home 264-1779, office 731-1227.

EXCAVATION AND TRUCKING No job too big or small. 20 years experience. Local references, fully insured. Call 731-1146 for quotes and prompt reliable service. Tufco Inc., Jeff Hunts.

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE Relaxation massage, stress relief, pain relief, deep tissue, energy work. Home 264-6680, office 264-4003.

FRENCH TRAVEL SPECIALIST offers expert trip planning, cultural debriefing, and French lessons! Check out www.therichesof.com and call 970-731-9945.

JLM INC. NO JOB too small. Specializing in: Road grooming, back-filling, compacting. Job site construction trash trailers available. (970)731-1194, cell (970)946-6262.

STUCCO AND PLASTER - (interior) exterior for all your stucco needs. Call 264-6978. Lopez Stucco and Plaster. Call now for your discount.

AFFORDABLE CHOICE MOVERS. Safe, careful service with a smile. No job too big or too small. 970-759-5587, cell phone.

23 YEARS IN PAGOSA. All aspects of carpentry from decks to additions. Repair work. Quality workmanship, reliable service. 264-5100.

MOVING SERVICES, LOCAL and long distance. 970-759-5587, cell phone.

CRUISE PLANNERS - SALLY BISH. Great prices, excellent service. 731-5338, 800-634-0064.

AFFORDABLE FRAMING: A complete professional shop. Archival framing. Needlework, we use lacing. Canvas transfers, dry mounting. Prints & posters. Lots of in stock mouldings. Call Linda Lerno, 731-5173.

FREE BABYSITTING: Community Bible Church, 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 731-3143 for information and to register your child.

TIRED? STRESSED? OVERWEIGHT? Your body needs cellular nutrition. Time-tested, Dr. recommended, herbal program can help you! Call 1-800-438-8192.

HOUSEKEEPING BY RUTH, Experienced, reliable, professional, personal service. References. 731-5556.

LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS - Professional design, installation. Residential or commercial. Certified and insured. Free estimates. Arlie's Chimney Sweep 731-2543.

GATES AND GATE ENTRY systems. Complete line of gates and entry systems or we will build your custom design. Call for free estimate, (970)731-3177 or www.pagosasbest fence.com, online catalog at amazinggates.com.

MOUNTAIN HOME AND RANCH caretakers. Dedicated to the home caretaking and maintenance needs of property owners. 749-3069. yourcaretakers.com

ROOF REPAIR Ice damage, wind damage, loose screws, leaks. Also sheds, decks, fences & barns. Prompt & reliable. Dan Snow 731-3171.

FENCING ALL TYPES from barb wire to your own design. Call for free estimate, (970)731-3177 or look us up on the web at www.pagosasbestfence.com.

METAL ROOF MAINTENANCE Rescrewing, repairing, and replacement. Broken vent repairs. Snow diverters, snow guards installed. Free estimates. Arlie's Chimney Sweep 731-2543.

HELP WANTED

RESIDENTIAL GROUNDS KEEPER POSITION available immediately on Ranch close to town. Basic knowledge of lawn care, flowers and sprinklers is helpful. Call 731-1412, leave message.

BUILDING INSPECTOR POSITION. The Archuleta County Building Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Building Inspector. Interested applicants must possess construction experience, knowledge of plan review, and knowledge of the Uniform Building Code. Building inspection experience and ICBO certification is preferred. Good written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to meet the public and work in a busy, fast-paced environment. Starting salary range, DOQ, is $12.70 - $13.50/ hour. Applications may be obtained from the Archuleta County Building Department, located at 449 San Juan Street, Pagosa Springs, CO. This position will be considered open until filled. Archuleta County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TELEMARKETERS, IF YOU are computer literate, type 40 wpm, have an excellent telephone voice and a positive personality, this could be the opportunity for you! $8/ hour plus commission. Email resume to DCI Technical Services, career@dci-tech.com

THE SPRING INN is accepting applications for housekeepers, weekends a must. Please apply in person. Hot bath privileges included.

WANTED: VOLUNTEERS FOR Parks and Recreation field day. Bring tools and a lunch. April 20 at the complex. Call 264-4151, ext. 231.

FULL-TIME EXPERIENCED legal secretary/ paralegal for one person law office. Must be computer literate, especially Windows and WordPerfect, Timeslips a plus. Must have excellent communication and people skills and ability to work independently. Send letter and resume to Law Office, Box 129, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

LOOKING FOR A Federal or Postal Job? What looks like the ticket to a secure job might be a scam. For information, call the Federal Trade Commission, toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP, or visit www.ftc.gov. A message from The Pagosa Springs SUN and the FTC.

HELP WANTED Colorado licensed journeyman electrician. Permanent position in Pagosa Springs. Residential and light commercial experience required. 264-5133.

VILLAGE TEXACO is seeking motivated individuals for part time or full time positions. Health benefits after 1 year of employment. Apply in person, North Pagosa Blvd. and Highway. 160. Ask for Kevin.

NAIL TECHNICIAN NEEDED to work part-time to full-time in busy salon. Studio 160. Call 731-2273 or 731-9362.

PAGOSA NURSERY CO. is looking for seasonal full time & part time help. Plant knowledge & retail experience helpful, references required. Inquiries at 166 Bastille Dr. or call 731-4126.

LOREDANA'S IS HIRING daytime server. Apply in person at 68 Bastille Dr.

PONDEROSA DO IT BEST now accepting applications for small engine repair mechanic/manager. Experience preferred. Full time, good wages, great benefits. Apply at 2435 W. Hwy. 160.

LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE company now taking applications for the season. Call for directions to pick up application. Ross Enterprises, 731-9578.

PONDEROSA DO IT BEST now accepting applications for lumber yard help. CDL preferred. Full benefits, good wages. Come by for an application, 2435 W. Highway 160, Pagosa Springs.

THE RIO GRANDE HEADWATERS Restoration Task Force seeks coordinator to lead implementation of interdisciplinary restoration of the Rio Grande, San Luis Valley, in Colorado. Job requires grant writing, communication, and consensus building skills among diverse interests. Education and/ or experience in river and irrigation systems, river ecology and river restoration techniques is desirable. Salary range from $30,000 to $45,000 plus benefits, but commensurate with education and qualifications. Send letters of intent and resumes to the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, PO Box 509, Alamosa CO 81101, 719-589-2230, Fax 589-2270, slvwcd@amigo.net

HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED AT The Spa Motel. Apply in person, 317 Hot Springs Boulevard.

THE ARCHULETA COUNTY SHERIFF'S Dept. is now accepting applications for Dispatch. This is a full time position with benefits. The successful applicant must have computer skills and have excellent communications skills. Also must be willing to work shift work. Please pick up an application at the Sheriff's Office, 449 San Juan St.

SURVEYOR'S HELPER; experienced only. Pay DOE. 6pm to 8pm call 264-1120.

HALF-TIME ACCOUNTING POSITION. BA in accounting and government accounting experience preferred. Call San Juan Basin Health Department, 247-5702, extension 214.

SERIOUS ABOUT A JOB? We are looking for good staff members at the Best Western/ Squirrel's. Restaurant, maintenance and housekeeping. Please apply in person or call 264-4173, ask for Shanah.

PARELLI NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP - Immediate opening for Administrative Assistant. Applicants must be extremely organized, flexible, people-oriented, professional and have excellent phone skills. Technical skills required: 40 wpm, Microsoft Word, Excel and Email. Individual must enjoy a fast-paced work environment while maintaining ongoing organization with flexibility to support after-hour and weekend events. Please fax resume with cover letter to Mary, PNH at 970-731-9422.

NEEDED - WEEKEND LAUNDRY & housekeepers. Apply in person at the First Inn.

HELP WANTED: VOLUNTEERS for the 2002 season to help with Native American events at archaeological sites in the Four Corners region sponsored by Friends of Native Cultures. For more information, call Caroline Brown at 731-4248.

DRYWALL HANGERS & FINISHERS needed. Experienced with tools is necessary. Drywall Done Good. David Urbom. Home 731-5810, cell 946-3443.

SUMMER HELP WANTED Chef/kitchen manager, 6 nights a week. References required, excellent starting wage DOE. Also seeking wait staff, bartenders and dishwashers. Mammy's Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, Lake City, CO. (970)944-2840, please leave message.

DENTAL ASSISTANT wanted for rewarding position. We value a commitment to strong work ethic, people skills and an attitude of serving others. If this is you, we would love to have you join our team. Please FAX your resume to 731-6604.

RN - FULL TIME AMBULATORY care position at Indian Health Clinic in Dulce, NM. Federal employee benefits, salary range $40-45,000. For more information call 505-759-3291.

PART TIME, FULL TIME cook, counter help, dishwashing. Call 731-4050.

RIGHT HAND MAN, Jack-of-all-trades, must have valid Colorado driver's license, must be a people person. The following skills are a plus: leadership, sales, knowledge of small engines, diesel engines, electrical, welding, trailer skills. Position is for Pagosa Springs store. Send resume or apply in person at 1508 C.R. 501, Bayfield CO 81122. Phone 884-0338.

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE TRAINING available at the South West School of Massage in Durango. Classes begin April 9. 970-259-6965.

PART TIME HELP wanted, Plaza Liquor. No phone calls.

NEEDING IMMEDIATE ADULT daytime sitter for 2-year-old girl. Must live in Pagosa Lakes area. Starting April 1st through June 3rd. Call 731-9119, evenings.

HARD-WORKING, SELF-MOTIVATED drywall hanger. Experienced or will train. Good pay. 731-5057.

ATTORNEY WANTED on contingency basis to take on multi-million dollar lawsuit against the State of Kansas, SRS, and local law enforcement there for aiding and abetting the parental kidnapping of our mentally ill 13 year old child, and 8 years of previous neglect and misconduct. This is a serious case, and we want serious responses only. Call Jim or Cecilie (970)731-6116.

HEAD HOUSEKEEPER POSITION. San Juan Motel, 264-2262.

DRYWALL LABORER/APPRENTICE NEEDED. Good opportunity to learn a trade for right person. Drywall Done Good. David Urbom, home 731-5810, cell 946-3443.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

ESTABLISHED ENGINEERING BUSINESS for sale. Great hourly income part time or full time. 970-264-2882.

ESTABLISHED FOOD BUSINESS, with good reputation for sale. Wife/ husband business, with no employees and low overhead. Would also train buyers. $50,000. Also for sale, property with home. 264-2017.

BUILDER SEEKS INVESTMENT partner(s) for spec home building. Lon Ray Nye, 731-4894.

COLUMBINE CATERING LUNCH truck business for sale. Established route since 1999. Call 264-9331.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

1978 DODGE MOTOR HOME. 18', good living space, water system, heater, stove, runs good. $1800. 902-2233, message. 731-3354, evenings.

1998 BOUNDER, 31 FT., Ford Chassis, Banks exhaust system, queen bed, satellite, 4K generator, always garaged, 12,000 miles, $45,000. (970)731-9381.

1976 DODGE MOTOR HOME, runs good, needs work, $750 OBO. Jim 731-2115 or Robert 731-0316.

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY

CLOSET OVERLOADED? EXCLUSIVELY Elizabeth's is now taking private appointments for Spring and Summer women's and juniors' top quality clothing and accessories to consign. Thank you to all for trusting and believing in us. It is a great success. Please call 264-6413 for appointment.

AMNESTY - FINES FORGIVEN. Bring your overdue books and some canned goods back to the library by April 15th and you won't pay any fines.

FOR RENT, CASE 580K, 4x4 extend-a-hoe. $500 per week or $1500 per month. 731-3446.

BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN CABINET displays for sale. Contact Affordable Kitchens at 731-7000 for details.

WINDOWS, LOW-E, TEMPERED. Need building materials or have extra, stop by the Re-Store on 298 Bastille Drive every Saturday at 10 AM. All proceeds go toward building homes for Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County. Thanks for your support.

AFFORDABLE QUALITY CARPENTRY. 26 years experience, 10 years in Pagosa. Would like to work with homeowner. 264-4681.

WANT TO TRADE - 1993 Viking pop-up pickup bed camper for comparable bumper pull type camper. 731-5143.

WILL TRADE ONE ACRE in Aspen Springs with trees and view for fifth wheel or trailer in good condition. 731-9739.

WEDDINGS, BBQ'S, PARTIES. Call Christine's Cuisine for all your catering needs. 731-9562 or 946-0087.

PROPANE HOT WATER heater. 40 gallon, only 8 months old. New, $235, selling for $150. 731-1099.

WANTED

IS IT TIME TO CLEAN YOUR FREEZER OUT? Bring your meat and fish to The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Help to feed wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, grizzly bear and black bear. 5 miles South on Highway 84. 264-5546.

**CASH! SOLD REAL ESTATE? Carried financing? I buy owner-financed trust deeds, contracts. Any size, location. Pat O'Brien, (505)823-2877, (800)347-9501.

HORSE - BOMB PROOF older horse to build confidence in smaller child. Call with price and description. Andrea, 731-4266.

WANT TO PURCHASE minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201. 33-32/03.

YARD SALES

BE SURE TO check for more yard sales in the Too Late To Classify section.

AMNESTY - FINES FORGIVEN. Bring your overdue books and some canned goods back to the library by April 15th and you won't pay any fines.

TOOLS, COMPUTER STUFF, 10X6 utility trailer with drop ramp, little bit of everything. Saturday only, 9-3. 58 Surrey Drive, in the Vista Subdivision.

SATURDAY, 4/6/02, 8-12. Lots of tools (power and hand); camping; fishing; hunting; concrete forms; 1978 Tahiti ski boat; miscellaneous. All cheap. 6 miles south on 84 to Squaw Valley Ranches and follow signs. 264-4544.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 - 8 to 5, Happy Camper R.V. Park. Tools, hobby crafts, dishwasher. 731-9965.

YARD SALE, 420 Canyon Circle, 9-4, Saturday only.

PELLET STOVE, LAWN mower and lots of miscellaneous stuff. 8a.m. to 2p.m., Saturday, April 6. 251 Butte Dr., Lake Pagosa.

GARAGE SALE, 718 Cloud Cap, Saturday, 9-3. Household items, new refrigerator, clothing, crib, other miscellaneous items.

LOST AND FOUND

IF ANYONE has lost their pet, please call the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, 731-4771. www.humanesocietyofpagosasprings. org.

FEMALE BLACK LAB found west of Pagosa on Highway 160. 731-4450.

LOST 2 YEAR OLD black lab, male. $100 reward. 264-0079.

Community News
April 4, 2002

Chamber News
By Sally Hemeister
PREVIEW Columnist

Ride The Rockies coming June 16

Anyone who thinks that June 16 is way far away has clearly missed the fact that time seems to be flying by so rapidly that keeping up is right up there with "Mission Impossible." Perhaps it's the lack of snow that has brought an early spring, but I find it rather disconcerting that we are already thinking about the Fourth of July and other summer affairs.

On June 16, the Ride The Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour will descend upon Pagosa Springs in full force, and we have already met with the organizers a number of times getting things in place. There will be from 3,000-3,500 bodies included in this group (bikers, organizers, control and logistical people, and family and friends) all of whom will be seeking lodging. Approximately 1,000-1,500 will stay at campground facilities set up outside at the high school; 500 will stay in the high school and the balance will stay at local lodging properties and in private homes. That's where you come in. We are looking for folks who are willing to provide one night's lodging Sunday, June 16, to a cyclist (or cyclists, if possible) in addition to picking them up at the high school at 6 p.m. and returning them before 6 a.m. Monday morning. You are not asked to feed them although certainly you are free to do so if you choose.

We know that this entourage presents a tremendous potential for future visitors because so many have returned from past tours. In 1991, Pagosa Springs was chosen "Best Host Community" by all participating cyclists, so it is especially important that our community provide the very warmest hospitality to our guests.

Please come by the Visitor Center to pick up your form and return it to us by April 15. Believe it or not, we have already received hundreds of calls from cyclists, many of whom are interested in the "home stay" program. Give us a call at 264-2360 with any questions.

Ross Tourney

It's time once again for the annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament, to be held this year on April 18, 19, 20 and 21. There will be three divisions: Open, 6 Feet and Under, and 35 and Over. The fee is $175 per team with a 10-player maximum on each team. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place teams, the All-Tournament Team, Tournament MVP, Mr. Defense, Mr. Hustle, and winners of Slam-Dunk and 3-Point Shootout contests. Plus, there will be door prizes aplenty. Proceeds from this event will go to a scholarship fund to benefit local youths of Pagosa and Ignacio. For more information, please contact Troy Ross at 264-5265.

Volunteer fair

We're excited to announce our first-ever event designed to fit just the right volunteer to just the right organization. This was the brainchild of Robbie Schwartz, and we are delighted to follow through and implement such a fine idea. We have already sent out announcements and information to all our organizations and non-profits, so if you haven't received a mailing on this, please just give a call and we will send one off to you.

Basically, all non-profits and organizations who utilize the time and talents of volunteers are invited to purchase a booth at the Extension Building April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to share information about themselves with any interested potential volunteers, and hopefully recruit some new blood in the process.

Booths will be 10 feet wide and 8 feet deep, and a table and two chairs will be included. The booth fee is $35 and proceeds will be used to market the event and cover cleaning fees. Please take advantage of this opportunity to "sell" your organization. Booth spaces are limited, so we encourage you to sign up promptly. The deadline for inclusion is April 19, and give us a call with any questions at 264-2360.

9Health Fair

Speaking of fairs, there's a big one this Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon at the high school and it offers many opportunities for economical testing and health education. The 9Health Fair is back and this year offers a 32-component blood chemistry analysis for only $30, a prostate test for $25 and a take-home test for colon cancer for $5. All other optional health screenings and educational centers are free. You are reminded that you have to be 18 years old to participate.

If you plan to have the blood analysis, please do not eat for 12 hours before having the blood drawn but drink lots of water. Diabetics should not fast, and everyone should take prescribed meds as directed. Kiwanis Club will be selling breakfast items for those who wish to eat after they have their blood drawn in an effort to keep people at the Fair to take advantage of the many offerings. Hope to see everyone there.

Chairs needed

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in June, Paula Bain is asking for a few good, sturdy wooden chairs to be donated for a silent auction to benefit the event. These chairs will be "artist embellished" and presented as "The Chair Event" during the Relay for Life. If you have some wooden chairs to donate, please contact Paula at 731-1009.

Music in the Mountains

I am astonished at the number of phone calls we've received about these events, and I'm reasonably sure that both performances will be sold out. In case you haven't heard, Music in the Mountains is coming to Pagosa Springs July 17 and 22 at the BootJack Lodge thanks to the generosity of owners, David and Carol Brown. These classical music concerts are enjoying their 16th season in Durango, and the organization's president, Jim Foster, is hopeful we will find enough support in Pagosa to hold them here annually.

The first concert will be held July 17 at 6 p.m. at the Lodge at BootJack with acclaimed violinist Vadim Gluzman and his wife, Angela Yoffe, accompanying him on the piano. One hundred fifty people can be accommodated by the Lodge for this performance which will be followed by dinner. Tickets for this first benefit concert are $100.

The second concert will feature pianist and Van Cliburn medalist Aviram Reichert, with soprano Gemma Kavanagh-Sullivan, and will take place July 22 at 6 p.m. followed by a wine and cheese reception. Tickets for this concert are $45. We're hoping that tickets for both events will be available around April 1, but please call before you come to make sure that they are here. We encourage everyone to support Music in the Mountains on this maiden voyage so that we can look forward to their visits in Pagosa for many years to come.

Week of the Young Child

Amy Hill has announced the annual Kid's Fair to be held April 20 in conjunction with the Week of the Young Child at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is an opportunity for your business or organization to show support for the children in our community by providing a fun activity for them at your booth at the Fair. There will be several raffle drawings throughout the day, and raffle donations would be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information or a booth registration form, contact Amy at 731-9152 and leave a message.

Volunteers needed

The Archuleta County Fair is looking for volunteers to help out with the Fair this year, Aug. 1-4. Please contact Debra Zenz at 264-0393 or 946-5993 for more information. Volunteer registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce or the CSU Extension Office at the fairgrounds.

Membership

We are thrilled to welcome five new members into the Chamber this week, along with four renewals.

Our list of new members begins with Archuleta Housing Corporation, a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1972. It offers clean, well-kept apartments located in the downtown core area. For more information, contact Ross Aragon at 264-2195. The mailing address is P.O. Box 355 and their fax number is 264-4229. E-mail can be sent to archie@frontier.net.

Next up is Home Reflections owned by Byron and Judy David. Home Reflections offers a fine selection of materials and furnishings that make your home a true reflection of your personality and lifestyle. You'll find Home Reflections just across the mountains in South Fork. Their physical address is 0173 W. Frontage Road, and they have a mailing address of P.O. Box 316, South Fork, CO 81154. You can call them at (719) 873-5428 or fax them at (719) 873-1190. Their e-mail address is bdavid@fone.net.

Rudy Smith, with Ideal Health is our next new member. Ideal Health works with the top metabolic testing laboratory and top custom formulary in the country to supply customers with customized supplements at an affordable price. You can call or fax Ideal Health at 731-9227 or contact Rudy on his cell phone at 946-4300. Ideal Health can be e-mailed at smithrudy@hotmail.com.

Pat Payne joins us as an associate real estate member with Coldwell Banker, The Pagosa Group.

And finally, Jerry and Pat Medford join us as associate members. Thanks to all our new members for joining the fun.

Our renewals this week include Caroline Dove with Canyon REO\Canyon Rio Rafting; Jenny Kane with the San Juan Mountains Assoc.; Brian Riggs with United Country Riggs Ranches and Resort Properties, LLC; and Associate Members Phil and Juanita Heitz. We certainly enjoy seeing our members come back for more.

Senior News
By Janet Copeland
SUN Columnist

Cello concert a big hit as Center fund-raiser

The cello concert featuring Philip Hansen and pianist Eleanor Elkins was wonderful. Those who missed it really missed a treat. A big thank you to Philip and Eleanor as well as to the businesses and individuals who sponsored and supported the concert:

We also thank everyone who purchased tickets and made this a successful fund-raiser for Archuleta Senior Citizens Inc.

Dorothy O'Harra is being honored as our Volunteer of the Month. Dorothy entertains us daily with beautiful music and we really appreciate her.

Ginger Kelly is our Senior of the Week. Congratulations Ginger. We are proud to have you as one of our regular attendees.

Calling all artists: We are having a contest for the design of a small logo reflecting the new Senior Center name: Silver Foxes Den. We plan to have the winning logo put on mugs for the fall Oktoberfest, as well as on our brochures. Deadline for entering the contest is May 30.

We appreciate Muriel Cronkhite's presentation on the value of eliminating excessive salt in our diets and the recipes for salt substitutes. This is very important to maintaining good health.

Friday we celebrated the March birthdays of all our members. Happy birthday to Pam Morrow, Billie Evans, John Larson, Carolyn Beach, Carroll Carruth, Gene Copeland, Mildred Rudd, Marth Schjolin, Doris Kamrath, Nancy Giordano, Kent Schaefer, Carolyn Kuban, Eleanor Wilkins and Faye Brown (celebrating her 97th birthday - what a lady!).

Welcome to the following guests/returning members: Donna Boughan, Frieda Lumley, Barbara Tackett, Nellie Montoya, Bessie Montoya, Barbara and Alex Belarde, Ron Arrington, Faye Brown, Judy and Chris Ulatowski. We hope you will join us again soon.

Special thanks to the following people and organizations for their donations to the Senior Center: DeLange's for the microwave, Richard Harris for books and video, Eva Darmopray for books, the Chamber of Commerce for the daffodils, Larry Russell for hats for our Hat Day, Gene Copeland for making an easel for the arts class, Terrisa Diestelkamp for greeting cards, Dennis Martinez for decorating the front windows, and the Secret Pal who donates $25 a month toward special event transportation costs to help defray expenses for seniors on limited income.

We want to remind folks to renew their Seniors Inc., membership. For only $3 per year you get many benefits including discounts from some local businesses, free swimming at Best Western Oak Ridge Lodge, etc.

The 9Health Fair is coming up Saturday, 8 a.m. and noon at the high school. There will be some real bargains in medical tests available so we hope folks will take advantage of this service.

Other upcoming events include:

Friday - Jennie from Artemesia Botanicals will talk to us about herbs and their uses

April 10 - Terry Mitchell will talk about the Senior Blind Program

Third Tuesday of each month - Sky Ute Casino will provide free transportation for 6-13 seniors to travel from the Senior Center to Ignacio and enjoy the casino. They will provide some gifts and reduced price food vouchers, etc. Interested parties need to sign up at the Center

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - from 9-11 a.m. free swimming at Best Western (seniors only) and discounts on meals

Tuesdays - Yoga at 9:30 a.m. and art classes at 12:45 p.m.

Wednesdays - Card games at 1 p.m.and a matinee show at the Liberty Theater for seniors for $3. Call 264-4578 to let them know how many will be attending.

Crusing with Cruse
By Katherine Cruse
PREVIEW Columnist

Cattle: Large, wet noses; rough tongues

I went to see my friend Dale and her cows. Dale is an unlikely (to my mind, anyway) rancher. She's petite, blonde, and a single woman. She has about 80 cows around her place, and three bulls. "I just like cows," she told me.

Right now it's calving season. Dale's cows are in paddocks close to her mobile home.

"What do you want to do?" she asked.

"Well, I'd like to help feed them," I said. "It's probably too much to expect that a cow would drop a calf while I'm there, just so I can watch, but that would be a nice bonus." We agreed that I would show up about three on a recent Saturday afternoon, help bottle feed the babies, and then see what happened.

"Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty," she said. "And bring boots. And gloves. It's all dirt and poop and animals out here."

As soon as I arrived, we went into the kitchen, where Dale proceeded to heat water in a big pan on the stove to mix up the powdered formula. The bottles each held about a gallon of formula. Dale fitted the big nipples on the bottles and off we went to see the cows.

The bottle babies were in a pipe corral with their mothers and three other cows. The mother of one of the babies is very old and can't make enough milk. The other calf is a twin, and her sibling is getting most of mama's milk. The two bottle-fed calves heard us coming. They came right to the fence and seized the nipples. No hesitation. No wasted energy.

In a large fenced area next to the corral were the cows still waiting to deliver. In another were those that had already had their calves. The calves wandered around under the electric fence, but never straying too far from their mothers.

"When we were kids," I said, "a friend of mine used to say she liked cows because they had such soft noses. I don't know how she would know. We were city kids."

"Do cows have soft noses?" I asked Dale.

For answer, she led me into the neighboring paddock and tried to get hold of one of the "gentle" ones. But the cows were having none of it. They stood up. They all moved away from us, toward the back fence. Even Peewee, normally gentle, was spooked by my unfamiliar presence. So I still don't know if cows have soft noses. But you can see that they do have large wet noses. "And rough tongues, like sandpaper," Dale told me.

After the bottle feeding was over, Dale fired up the little tractor. "You can drive it for the first part," she said. "I'll drive it to feed the cows down below, where the ground is sloped. These things can tip over pretty easily."

So I climbed aboard and chugged down the road in the tractor seat, heading for the trailer loaded with bales of hay, Dale walking beside me.

She showed me how to raise and lower the loader, slung two bales of into the loader, and I chugged back up the road. Turned out these were for the weanling calves in a field behind the house. Dale told me to swing around and drive right up to the fence, raise the loader and dump the bales over the fence. She crawled under the electric wire and cut the orange plastic ties holding the bale together, while the young cattle started munching at the hay.

Then we chugged back again to the hay trailer. The cows in the nursery pasture beside the road moved with us in a herd, pushing and shoving each other. Dale has a strategy for feeding them. One bale here. A second bale there. Then, while they're distracted with those, five bales farther along. Then another five bales in still another location. It takes fast work with the tractor.

I stayed at the hay trailer and tried to help load the bales. Not an easy task. Just getting a grip on the plastic ties was a skill to be mastered. Dale grabbed and slung. I poked around, finally got a grip, and heaved the bale part way. Another heave. "You have to turn it like this," she said. "It fits better that way."

In the lower pasture we had to move the cows to the back section and fence them off, before we could drive the tractor in and fill the giant round feeders. Most of them had already moved themselves and were waiting for us. "Cows are amazingly patient," Dale told me.

Dale made three trips to the hay wagon and hauled 15 bales of hay to this pen. I climbed inside the feeders and shifted the bales and cut the twine.

Finally she brought two more bales for the cattle in the corral, and everybody was taken care of. It had taken us two hours to feed all the cattle. I have gained a new respect for farmers and ranchers. And now I can drive a tractor. In the world of human resources, should I ever apply for a job, that would be listed under "transferable skills."

We stood beside the corral, listening to the quiet munching of the cows and watching a small herd of elk move across a faraway field. Just then the world seemed very calm and peaceful. I began to understand why Dale likes being around the cows.

Pagosa Lakes News
By Ming Steen
SUN Columnist

Adopt-a-Street program paying community dividends

Three years ago the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association began sponsoring the adopt-a-street program. Since that time a number of individuals, couples or groups have signed up to adopt a mile or half-mile section of street in their neighborhood.

The PLPOA would like to thank and acknowledge those participants for helping to keep our neighborhoods beautiful.

The following is a list of those dear folks: Ray Pack, Gene and Patti Gramzow, Archuleta County Democrats, John and Cheryl Nelson, Jim and Eva Iwicki, Jerry and Betty Medford, Bart and Erika Cox, Joe Donovan, Ron and Sheila Hunkin, David and Margie Lucero, Linda Sapp, Chile Mountain Cafe, Joseph and Guadalupe Rivas and Jean Carson.

If you are interested in adopting a street or roadway, please contact the PLPOA office at 731-5635 for more information. The association will provide the sign designating you as having adopted the street and will provide trash bags and pickup service.

The trash that you see out your window, on your street, in your neighbor's vacant lot - if it is starting to bother you, then it's time to do something about it. It is so beautiful outside you'll love the fresh air and a wee bit of exercise. Carry a couple of trash bags and pick up litter as you stroll along.

Spring is a time of exuberance. The vegetation comes to life, birds return to sing for us and even our body biorhythms pick up a notch or two. Do be outside to enjoy all the new life. Do walk, run, ride your bicycle or skip.

But do not ride your ATV on greenbelt or vacant lots. Your neighbors will not appreciate the noise and the potential damage a motorized vehicle could inflict on the soft ground and vegetation. Besides, unauthorized motorized vehicles are not allowed on greenbelts within Pagosa Lakes.

Results of a study reported in the March 14 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine suggest that exercise is a more powerful predictor of mortality in men than other established factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Jonathan Myers from the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California and colleagues collected data on 6,213 men over a period of 6.2 years of follow-up. The group found that the strongest predictor of mortality among normal men and men with cardiovascular disease was peak exercise capacity measured in metabolic equivalents. According to Meyers, "Every 1-MET increase in exercise capacity conferred a 12 percent improvement in survival."

Dr. Myers' group concludes that "in terms of reducing mortality from any cause, improving exercise tolerance warrants at least as much attention as other major risk factors from physicians who treat patients with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease."

The data from this study and other like studies are so compelling that it behooves everyone to increase physical activity and exercise. Start walking, folks.

I recommend walking because it is the most elemental form of transportation. It is convenient, cheap and easy - no expensive equipment required and it is something everyone can do.

Local Chatter
By Kate Terry
PREVIEW Columnist

Remarks made in the courtroom

The "Fun on the Run" fills the whole column. Enjoy and try to keep a straight face!

Remarks Made in a Courtroom

Q: What is your date of birth?

A: July 15.

Q: What year?

A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at moment of impact?

A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

A: Yes.

Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

A: I forgot.

Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?

A: Thirty-eight or 35 I can't remember which.

Q: How long has he lived with you?

A: Forty-five years.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?

A: He said, "Where am I, Cindy?"

Q: And why did that upset you?

A: My name is Susan.

Q: And where was the location of the accident?

A: Approximately milepost 499.

Q: And where is milepost 499?

A: Probably between milepost 498 and 500.

Q: Sir, what is your IQ?

A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

Q: Did you blow your horn or anything?

A: After the accident?

Q: Before the accident.

A: Sure, I played for 10 years. I even went to school for it.

Q: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?

A: Yes.

Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: What did she say?

A: What disco am I at?

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was Aug. 8?

A: Yes.

Q: And what were you doing at the time?

Q: She had three children, right?

A: Yes.

Q: How many were boys?

A: None.

Q: Were there any girls?

Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?

A: Yes.

Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?

A: By death.

Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Can you describe the individual?

A: He was about medium height and had a beard.

Q: Was this a male or female?

Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice that I sent to your attorney?

A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?

A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

A: Oral.

Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.

Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?

A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

A: No.

Q: Did you check for blood pressure?

A: No.

Q: Did you check for breathing?

A: No.

Q: So, then is it possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

A. No.

Q: How can you be so sure, doctor?

A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

Q: But could the patient still have been alive nevertheless?

A: Yes ... he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

Veterans Corner
By Andy Fautheree
PREVIEW Columnist

Apply immediately for new Durango clinic

As you read this I will have just come back from a VA Health Care Forum in Durango. The forum was to inform veterans of this area of southwest Colorado about the latest information on the Durango VA Outpatient Clinic scheduled to open sometime later this year.

The forum included a call-in radio show on KIUP Durango and later, VA Health Care ID cards were issued by the staff at the Albuquerque VA Hospital to eligible veterans with a DD214 discharge paper. Through the afternoon and into the evening Veteran Service officers in surrounding counties in southwest Colorado met with veterans to fill out VA Health Care applications for the new Durango VA Clinic and answer questions.

Mary Dowling, director of the Albuquerque VA Hospital, Ted Johnson, vice chairman Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, and Ainsley Thomas, staff member of the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs in Denver, were scheduled to participate in the radio forum program.

I know many of our Archuleta County veterans are keenly interested in the developments of the Durango VA Clinic and plan to transfer their primary health care to that facility once it opens. As I wrote in last week's column I have been doing some "creative" VA Health Care enrollments for Archuleta County veterans, to get them into the system for the short term and prepare the proper advance applications for the Durango VA Clinic for the long term.

So many of our VA Health Care facilities are closed to new applicants, or have long waiting lists and waiting periods. The nearest facility that is currently accepting new primary health care applications is Grand Junction. It is hoped the opening of the Durango clinic will relieve some of the pressure on the other nearby facilities.

However, I have been told that Alamosa recently opened a VA Outpatient Clinic and was immediately swamped with applicants. It apparently was quickly closed to additional applicants for the time being, though I have not talked to them and confirmed this information.

So, the key to opening the local VA Health Care door right now is to apply immediately to enroll with the Durango clinic. If you are already enrolled in the VA Health Care program, we need to apply to transfer your primary health care from whatever facility you are now using, to the new Durango clinic. If I have your old application already on the computer, a few clicks and the job is done. If you haven't stopped by my office or enrolled in recent years, we will need to fill out a VA Health Care application for you.

Speaking of health care, do not forget the 9Health Fair Saturday at the Pagosa Springs High School, 8 a.m. to noon. I will be there to represent the Veterans Service Office and meet with veterans. I will have a computer on hand to fill out the above-mentioned VA Health Care application forms, and to enter veterans in my database. If you're a veteran and you have never visited my office, this would be a great time for us to meet. Bring your DD214 discharge papers with you if you have them. If not, we can send off for a copy of your military records from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

For information on these and other veteran benefits please call or stop by the Veterans Service Office located on the lower floor of the Archuleta County Courthouse. A Web site for Archuleta County Veterans Service Office can be found at www.geocities.com/vso_archuleta. The office number is 264-2304, the fax number is 264-5949, and E-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open 8 to 4, Monday through Thursday, and Friday by appointment. Bring your DD Form 214 for registration with the county, application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.

Shepherds Staff

No Shepherds Staff this week.

Parks & Rec
By Chris Corcoran
SUN Columnist
Town Recreation Department

Open gym for volleyball and soccer underway

Open gym for volleyball and soccer began this week.

If you are interested in playing, call the parks and recreation department at 264-4151, Ext. 232. Or just show up at the junior high gymnasium, pay your fees and play.

Volleyball is scheduled Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30. Indoor soccer for adults will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youth indoor soccer will be 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents are encouraged to help out with the games.

Work Day

Season openers are just around the corner for baseball and softball. The fields need some care. Volunteers are needed for a field work day to make improvements. All interested parties who have an interest in improving conditions at the sports complex are urged to attend. The work day will be April 26. Bring rakes, shovels, carpentry tools, work gloves, water and a lunch. If you are interested call 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Registration, coaching

Youth registration forms are available at Town Hall for both baseball and softball. If you need to register, stop by and fill out the proper forms. If you are interested in coaching a team, call the parks and rec number.

Park Fun Program

Summer is coming up and school will soon be out. The Park Fun program is being developed for this summer. Look for more information in future columns.

Umpire clinic

There will be an umpires' clinic April 20. This will be an all-day session that will go over many concepts and mechanics. The clinic will take place outside at the sports complex, beginning at 8 a.m. and finishing at 5 p.m., with a lunch break included.

To sign up call the parks and recreation department.

Extension Viewpoints
By Bill Nobles
PREVIEW Columnist

Planning starts early for college-bound

Today - Cloverbuds, Methodist Church, 4 p.m.

Today - 4-H Oil Painting, Extension office, 4:30 p.m.

Today - 4-H Small Engines, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

Today - Shady Pine, Extension office, 7 p.m.

Friday - Colorado Mountaineer, Extension office, 2:15 p.m.

Friday - 4-H Goat, Extension office, 3:15 p.m.

Friday - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 3 p.m.

April 6 - 4-H Cake Decorating 1 & 2, Extension office, 10 a.m.

April 6 - 4-H Rocketry, Extension office, 10 a.m.

April 6 - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 2 p.m.

April 8 - 4-H Woodworking, Extension office, 4 p.m.

April 8 - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 6 p.m.

April 8 - 4-H Shooting Sports, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

April 8 - 4-H Lamb, Extension office, 7 p.m.

April 9 - 4-H Vet Science, San Juan Veterinary Clinic, 5:30 p.m.

April 9 - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 6 p.m.

April 9 - Rocky Mountain Riders, 6 p.m.

April 10 - Fair Royalty rehearsal, Extension office, 6 p.m.

College-bound youth

What skills do young people need to help them succeed? Ask a college-bound senior this question and he or she will say, "the ability to plan and make decisions." As seniors pour over college catalogs, fill out applications, gather letters of recommendation, and meet postage deadlines - not to mention deciding finally which college to attend and what courses to take - they are relying heavily on the planning and decision-making skills they have built over time.

Planning and decision making are identified among the 40 developmental factors, or "assets," that comprise the building blocks of healthy youth development. Yet, according to the research firm Search Institute, only 30 percent of the 220,000 sixth to 12th graders surveyed in the U.S. during the 1999-2000 school year reported having these assets.

Assets for Colorado Youth, an organization supporting asset-building efforts in Colorado, encourages adults to give young people opportunities to practice planning and making decisions.

According to María Guajardo Lucero, Ph.D., executive director of Assets for Colorado Youth, "Young people who have the planning and decision-making asset are better equipped to make wise decisions and choose positive paths." Teaching young people to plan and make decisions is a process that begins at an early age and changes as children age. When children are young, adults can plant the seed for the need to plan ahead for college or other long-term goals, and then point out the choices they can make to lead them toward their goal."

Guajardo Lucero, parent of two sons, says, "My husband and I posted an article on our refrigerator that showed the average annual earnings of high school drop-outs ($15,011), high school graduates ($22,154), college graduates ($38,112) and people with advanced degrees ($61,317) to help drive home the importance of higher education."

As children age, adults can let them begin to steer their own course, while checking in and offering praise when they follow through on their plans. Below are some ways adults can help young people build planning and decision-making skills:

Invite your child to make calendars and "to do" lists. Involve young people in projects that require them to use planning and decision-making skills

Encourage young people to explain the reasons for their decisions

Give young people more chances to make their own decisions as they age

Ask young people what college they would like to attend

Share stories about your own goals and how you accomplished them. If you went to college, tell about your college experience

Allow young people to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Building assets in young people is a conscious process of modeling, supporting and encouraging positive behaviors. The assets, in turn, provide young people with the tools they need to control what happens to them and direct their lives toward a positive future.

In Sync With Isabel
By Isabel Willis
PREVIEW Columnist

PSSF program a boon to families

What is family advocacy and what does it have to do with our community?

The Archuleta County Department of Social Services receives a grant called Promoting Safe and Stable Families. This grant is a regional initiative designed by the state. Barbara Hendricks is the family advocate who works under this grant.

The primary goal of this grant is to collaborate with local agencies, families and community members to strengthen families and keep children safe. Barbara helps families and youth to design individualized plans based on their strengths, capabilities and assets.

Together, they work with those plans to resolve the immediate crisis and move on to their long-term goals and objectives.

The program is designed to avoid unnecessary, out-of-home placement of children, assure the protection of children, enhance parents' abilities to provide safe, stable, nurturing homes, to assist families in resolving crisis, and promote community collaboration and develop meaningful partnerships.

An example of this would be a family who is involuntarily displaced. In most cases, Barbara will receive a referral from another agency and she will then set up a family meeting. Anyone can attend the family meeting to provide support to the family.

The scenario could involve eviction due to a medical emergency that left the family financially unstable; there is no place for mom and children to go and no money to get them there. Barbara first begins by sharing with the family all of the community resources available to them.

If mom is in need of a job, transportation or child care resources, Barbara is able to make appropriate referrals. The goal of every referral is to help the family become self-sufficient.

Sometimes families just need guidance to steer them in the right direction.

Additionally, Barbara works closely with the Healthy Kids program. Together, they present community resources information to new parents. She provides the nurses with bags containing goods donated from the community. Local groups donate such things as blankets, diapers, stuffed animals and even booties.

Parents are able to learn more about the importance of immunization, breast feeding, and other compelling topics related to their newborn baby. The program allows Barbara to collaborate closely with Habitat for Humanity families, at-risk youth, and even the Miles for Smiles Dental Clinic. All these programs offer support to families in need.

Something cool that Barbara is excited about is her involvement with the Building Empowerment with Youth Through Awareness and Action group. This organization provides a discussion forum for students at the alternative high school. The forums are educational, but are set in a discussion format allowing teens to talk openly and freely. The purpose is not to lecture, but to allow the teens to learn from the facilitators and their peers. This then enables them to be better equipped when faced with difficult decisions and choices.

Barbara said her most valuable resources are the staff at the Department of Social Services, community members, the families themselves, and every agency she comes into contact with. Together they can unite with the families to create the best possible solution to meet their needs in a crisis and on-going situation.

Barbara has a few more things "in the works" for our community.

She is dedicated to the proactive planning that has helped so many families in Archuleta County. If you have any questions relating to any of the topics in this article or would like to meet with Barbara, she can be reached by calling 264-2182, Ext. 212.

Arts Line
By Carl Nevitt
PREVIEW Columnist

Advanced watercolor class April 13

Denny Rose, whose specialty is painting watercolors of homes portraits for owners, will instruct an advanced watercolor class called "Painting Winter" 9 a.m-3 p.m. April 13 at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery at Town Park.

Supplies students are required to bring are: watercolors, brushes, paper and a sack lunch. To register, call Jennifer at 731-3113. If you have questions, call 264-6113.

Chair Event

A new addition to the Relay for Life, Pagosa Springs' annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, is the Chair Event, with June 21 and 22 as the scheduled dates.

Coordinated by P.R. Bain, the Chair Event will consist of wooden chairs and/or small furniture items embellished and signed by a group of local artists.

These ornate items will be available for bids in a silent auction. If anyone can donate a wooden chair, call Paula at 731-1009 as soon as possible as the artists need to get started painting right away.

Garage sale

Don't forget PSAC's garage sale April 27, 8-a.m.-2 p.m. at the gallery. Drop-off days at the gallery are April 16 and 20 as well as April 23-24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For help in transporting items, call Joanne at 264-5020 after April 15.

Volunteer opportunity

If you can volunteer your time as a creative layout persons for PSAC's quarterly newsletter, Petroglyph, call Jennifer at 731-3113.

The PSAC always has need for volunteers in other areas as well, such as spending time at the gallery at Town Park or other arts council functions. Call Joanne at 264-5020 after April 15.

The gallery will be closed until April 15. Exhibit season will be April 16-Oct. 31. Once the gallery opens, hours Tuesday through Saturday are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

To keep up with the latest happenings, check out our Web site at psac@frontier.net.

Library News
By Lenore Bright
PREVIEW Columnist

It's poetry month, enter our contest

April is poetry month. You're encouraged to write a poem for our first poetry contest. It may be any kind or length. All ages may enter. Deadline is April 31. Get those creative juices flowing and enter our contest.

New books

Reader's Digest "Cook Now Serve Later: More Time With the Family, Less in the Kitchen," is a definite winner. It not only has tested recipes, but tips on other areas that will be quite enlightening even to experienced cooks.

"Maestro," by Bob Woodward uncovers Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve. On eight Tuesdays each year, Greenspan convenes a small committee to set the short-term interest rate. The committee's actions determine the economic well being of every American. Woodward takes you inside and tells how this happens in this gripping narrative.

Amnesty

Bring in canned goods and your overdue books and your fines will be dropped. Do this before April 15 in order to get a new library card.

Book page

Be sure and pick up a free copy of our new book review newspaper, BookPage. This monthly publication previews a variety of materials. The April issue gives information about Jean Auel's new book, "The Shelters of Stone."

It took Auel 11 years to finish book five of her projected six-book series that began with "The Clan of the Cave Bear."

Auel, age 66, lives in Portland. Her life history is touched on in this issue. If you are a fan, you'll enjoy the article.

Puzzle

We subscribe to a daily Internet newsletter, NewsScan, on communication. In the March 28 issue, the question was asked: "What is the oldest unchanged house in the world?" The hint is that the house is made of a common material and lasts only one season. The answer is, the igloo. It is a house made of frozen water. The form remains unchanged for the last 50,000 years, and is said to be the oldest shelter known.

New generation

Another NewsScan item welcomes the "Thumb Tribe." Evidently young people under the age of 25 who use hand held technologies such as games, mobile phones and palm pilots are actually exhibiting a physical mutation. A study done by a university in England points out that the thumbs of younger people have taken over as the hand's strongest and most dexterous digit. The trend is most noticeable in Japan. The young techies are ambidextrous and can type messages on the phone keypad using both thumbs without looking.

Donations

Thanks for financial support from Joyce and John Webb in memory of Carol Fulenwider's mother, Mrs. Fred Stewart. Thanks to Kim and Steve Laverty and family for children's books in honor of Kate Terry's birthday. Thanks for materials from Betty Reynolds, Ben and Mae Rose Bergeson, Carolyn Ulrich, Pam and David Spitler, and Denny Bell.

Education News
By Livia Cloman Lynch
PREVIEW Columnist

No Education News this week.

Business News
April 4, 2002
Biz Beat

Linda Gill, with her husband, Stan, owns and operates Summit Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies, located at 398 Bastille Dr. The business opened in March.

Summit Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies offers rental cleaning equipment, including carpet cleaners, driers, vacuums, buffers, an ozone machine and mop buckets.

The business also provides a full line of janitorial supplies and chemicals for residential and commercial cleaning.

Summit Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 731-5323.

Real Estate Transactions

Seller: Herman Riggs, Riggs Rocky Mountain Ran. & Res. Prop. Inc.

Buyer: Herman Riggs

Property: Wedemeyer Commercial Properties, Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Joseph M. and Sally A. Leal

Buyer: Drew W. and Diane M. Ricker

Property: Corrigan Subdivision, Lot 1

Price: $100,000

 

Seller: Jesus Lomeli

Buyer: James P. and Jennifer B. Harnick

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 126

Price: $14,000

 

Seller: Jerry E. Lenz

Buyer: Kathleen A. Bennett

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 934

Price: $18,000

 

Seller: Jack S. Burden Trust

Buyer: Jack S. Burden

Property: Not listed

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Don C. Miner

Buyer: Finney Land Co.

Property: 28-33-5W, 29-33-5W and 32-33-5W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Helena S. and Joel Granquist

Buyer: Helena S. Granquist

Property: Pagosa Pines, Unit 3, Lot 46

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: White Deer LTD

Buyer: Terrence and Diana Florek

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Unit 2, Lot 73

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Sara A. Lance Revocable Living Trust

Buyer: Oma L. Martin, Jeri Sue Lance Donahue, Michael B. Lance, James D. Lance, Karen J. Campbell-Nelson, Clayburn L. Campbell and Jennifer Anne Campbell

Property: 20-35-2E

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Robert L. Powe

Buyer: Christine Z. Powe

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 3, Lot 24, Block 16

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Robert L. and Christine Z. Powe

Buyer: Christine Z. Powe

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 1, Lot 14, Block 12

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: William M. and Sheryl Jane Downey

Buyer: Paul W. and Sandra S. Hansen

Property: 9-34-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Chris F. and C. Jordan Hale

Buyer: Susan and David F. Smith

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 1014

Price: $20,000

 

Seller: Don Jr. and Greg Bartlett

Buyer: Donald H. and Helen R. Bartlett

Property: Martinez Mountain Estates, Unit 2, Lot 76

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Edward L. and Debra Sue Ring

Buyer: Timothy and Sheila Salazar

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 176

Price: $155,000

 

Seller: Pamela Taylor Berrian

Buyer: Jose R. Lobato

Property: Holiday Acres Subdivision, Unit 1, Lot 3, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Jose Richard Lobato

Buyer: Pamela Taylor Berrian

Property: Holiday Acres Subdivision, Unit 1, Lot 4, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Keith, Crystal and C. Porter

Buyer: James D. Smith

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 1, Lot 37, Block 7

Price: $1,500

 

Seller: Douglas and Mosetta L. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: 21-35-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates, Tract G

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Gough Minor Subdivision, Parcel 3

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates, Lot 76

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision No. 2, Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates, Tract G, and Tract J

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates, Lot 83

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision 2, Lot 14, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates, Tract H

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Park Subdivision No. 2, Lots 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: 9-35-2W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Piedra Estates Tract E1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: J.D. and Mosetta McInnis

Buyer: McInnis Family Trust

Property: Ridgeview Subdivision, Tract C

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Bruce D. and Rebecca A. Smith

Buyer: Rebecca A. Smith

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lots 14 and 15, Block 47

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Ash Creek Estates LLC

Buyer: Clifford O. and Diana L. Hoekstre

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 516

Price: $200,000

 

Seller: Archuleta County Treasurer, Michael J. and Judith E. Higgins

Buyer: Robert G. Splawn

Property: Chris Mountain Village, Unit 2, Lots 246 and 247

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Steven A. Linnemeyer

Buyer: Drew A. and Anna E. Harbison

Property: Goldmine Park Commercial Condominiums, Unit D, Rock Ridge Country Estates, Lot 9, Block C

Price: $84,000

 

Seller: Daniel A. Sr. and Roberta W. Langford

Buyer: Chris R. and Cheryl L. Walker

Property: 23-35-2W

Price: $62,500

 

Seller: Steven E. and Karen K. Monjaras

Buyer: Steven E. and Karen K. Monjaras

Property: Echo Lake Estates, Lot 19

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Leslie H. and Valerie L. Bailey

Buyer: Christa Liane Carnley

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lots 9 and 10, Block 21

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Nels Offerdahl, Jack Lounsbury and Shane Diffley

Buyer: Robert V. Pargin Family Trust

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 14, Block 3

Price: $12,500

 

Seller: Linda L. and Larry J. Veik and Jean-Marie Hartman

Buyer: Elinor R. Hagan

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 21

Price: $8,000

 

Seller: Linda L. and Larry J. Veik and Jean-Marie Hartman

Buyer: Elinor R. Hagan

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 21

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Colorado Timber Ridge Ranch LP

Buyer: Michael F. and Kendal J. McTeigue

Property: Colorado's Timber Ridge Phase III, Lots 142 and 151

Price: $179,900

 

Seller: Daphne Henderson

Buyer: Daphne Henderson Rev. Living Trust

Property: Crowley Ranch Reserve, Phase 1, Lot A-3

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Brice McCallister

Buyer: Rosemary Dorssom

Property: Twincreek Village, Lot 787

Price: $10,000

 

Seller: Robin Lee and Kathleen Elder

Buyer: Richard Alan Ruble and Linda Jean Newberry

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Lot 28

Price: $325,000

 

Seller: Steven R. and Sherryl D. Marley

Buyer: Bruce and Karen S. Hoch

Property: Ridgeview Subdivision, Lot 11

Price: $21,000

 

Seller: James O. and Minnie Ruth Alderman

Buyer: Ralph Farrell Walker

Property: San Juan River Resort Sub., Unit II, Lot 91

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: James A., Florianne A. and Florianne White

Buyer: James A. White Living Trust

Property: Pagosa Meadows, Lot 9

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Robert B. Wyman

Buyer: Robert B. Wyman and Virginia M. Pichon

Property: Lakeview Estates, Lot 96

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Dennis M. and Judy H. Barber

Buyer: Dennis M. Sr. and Judy Hawn Barber

Property: Chris Mountain Ranch, Tract 1

 

Price: Not listed

Seller: Sandra J. Wickham

Buyer: Carl Pitts

Property: Pagosa In The Pines, Lot 8, Block 5

Price: $35,000

 

Seller: Richard Balestreri

Buyer: Bill and Mary Ann Sayre

Property: 23-35-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Maria B. Madrid

Buyer: Lizbeth C. Carpino

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 17, Block 40

Price: $65,000

 

Seller: Bruce R. and Susan Copeland

Buyer: Dale Construction Inc.

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 155

Price: $41,900

 

Seller: Ray A. and Susan Henley

Buyer: Dale Construction Inc.

Property: North Village Lake, Lot 155

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Herman Bret Espinoza

Buyer: Sabrina Isabelle Espinoza

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 3, Lot 31, Block 13

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Anna Lee Drake

Buyer: Robert R. Drake

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 2X, Block 9

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Roger A. Mauer DVM Def. Cont. Keogh Plan

Buyer: Roger A. Mauer DVM Def. Cont. Keogh Plan

Property: 22-35-1W and 23-35-1W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Aaron Howell

Buyer: Patrick O'Brien and Patricia Burr

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 2, Lot 27, Block 9

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Teena Despain

Buyer: Patrick O'Brien and Patricia Burr

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 2, Lot 27, Block 9

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Sammy Carol and Billie Colleen Graham

Buyer: Dennis Morris

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 6, Lots 62 and 63

Price: $7,000

 

Seller: Theresa Snyder

Buyer: Snyder-Rosenblatt LTD

Property: Log Park Subdivision, Lot 25, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Joseph Martinez

Buyer: Isabel M. Webster

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 5, Block 55

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Alice Inez Schwandt

Buyer: Isabel M. Webster

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 5, Block 55

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Gloria Mohr

Buyer: Isabel M. Webster

Property: Town of Pagosa Springs, Lot 5, Block 55

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: State Street Bank & Trust Co. (trustee)

Buyer: John Thomas, Ellen Efird and Ryan Andrew Beavers

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 177

Price: $17,200

 

Seller: James H. Patterson

Buyer: James H. Patterson and Melanie Louise Cypher

Property: Loma Linda Subdivision, Unit 4, Lot 177

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: William B. Ellis and Cathy Dodt-Ellis

Buyer: Cendant Mobility Services Corp.

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 263

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Cendant Mobility Services Corp.

Buyer: Ted Archuleta

Property: Lake Hatcher Park, Lot 263

Price: $105,000

 

Seller: Loumex Exports Inc.

Buyer: Richard L. and Sharon L. Aldahl

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lots 4 and 5, Block 1

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Marcia T. Saunders

Buyer: Marcia T. Saunders Trust

Property: 10-33-1E

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Argie H. Hall

Buyer: Kathy Leher

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 3, Lot 9, Block 12

Price: $9,000

 

Seller: Christine Z. and Robert Powe

Buyer: Robert Powe

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 3, Lot 24, Block 16

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Colorado Timber Ridge Ranch LP

Buyer: Paul Dillon and Katherine T. Ridenhour

Property: Colorado's Timber Ridge, Phase III, Lot 133

Price: $76,000

 

Seller: Archuleta County Public Trustee, Troy L. and Carla M. Hanna

Buyer: Flagstar Bank FSB

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 4, Lot 2, Block 5

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Roger A. and Barbara L. Bush

Buyer: Chris E. and Kathleen M. Harker

Property: Lakeview Estates, Lot 34

Price: $198,000

 

Seller: Stephen D. and Elizabeth A. Rabourn

Buyer: Robert and Dorothy Werner

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 231

Price: $10,000

 

Seller: Ronald D. and Janelle M. Arrington

Buyer: Steven W. and Gale G. Kohlhagen

Property: Spring Valley Ranches, Lot 1A

Price: $169,000

 

Seller: James R. and Nancy E. Chitwood

Buyer: Jack Lounsbury and Shane Diffley

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 15, Block 3

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Jack Lounsbury and Shane Diffley

Buyer: Robert V. Pargin Family Trust

Property: Lake Pagosa Park, Lot 15, Block 3

Price: $12,500

 

Seller: Wolf Creek Home Builders Inc.

Buyer: Mirror Homes Corp.

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lots 70 and 349

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Mirror Homes Corp.

Buyer: Richard McDonald

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lots 70 and 349

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: M. Jane and Richard L. Olson

Buyer: Clinton T. and Yvonne P. Wilcox

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 2, Lots 30 and 31, Block 2

Price: $123,000

 

Seller: George C. Hagerty

Buyer: Timothy C. Hagerty

Property: Navajo River Ranch, Unit 2, Tract 24

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Peter Fordyce and Holly Rains

Buyer: Jan L. Standish

Property: Pagosa Vista, Lot 129

Price: $16,000

 

Seller: Lura Hebel Bradberry Trust

Buyer: Camp Juanita LLC

Property: 1-32-3W

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Knowles Properties LLC, Donald P. Jr. and Jo Ann G. Knowles

Buyer: Sharon L. Hamm

Property: Pagosa Pines Condominiums, Unit 55B, Bldg. 24

Price: $114,500

 

Seller: Barbara A. Mueller

Buyer: J.B. III and Rochelle Ward

Property: San Juan River Resort, Sub. Unit II, Lot 152

Price: $7,000

 

Seller: J. B. III and Rochelle Ward

Buyer: John B. III and Rochelle R. Ward

Property: San Juan River Resort, Sub. Unit II, Lot 152

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Whitney L., Elizabeth C. and Elizabeth Vinzant

Buyer: Whitney and Elizabeth Vinzant Jt. Rev. Trust

Property: Rock Ridge Country Estates, Lot 18, Block A

Price: Not listed

 

Seller: Joseph B. and Virginia T. Brown

Buyer: John F. Tallman

Property: Lake Forest Estates, Lot 567X

Price: $294,000

 

Seller: Joanne C. Hanson

Buyer: Ruben R. Sanchez and Trisha D. Waltrup

Property: Pagosa Trails, Lots 132 and 133

Price: $5,500

 

Seller: Luther O. Larson Trust

Buyer: Samuel H. and Contessa D. Goodman

Property: Pagosa In The Pines, Unit 2, Lot 384

Price: $145,000

 

Seller: Lisa A. Pierce

Buyer: Jeffrey W. and Claudia J. Howison

Property: Aspen Springs Subdivision 1, Lot 72, Block 13

Price: $23,000

 

Seller: James L. and Betty J. Pechin

Buyer: William F. and Debbie J. Swenson

Property: Pagosa Highlands Estates, Lot 652

Price: $4,500

People
April 4, 2002

No People this week.

Features
April 4, 2002

Oldtimers
By John M. Motter

Arboles and Allison: Then and now

We've been talking about the first years of the Allison, Arboles area over the past few weeks. The theme began with an interview of Don Young and a focus on Allison. Last week, the focus shifted to speculation on the whos, wheres, and whens of first settlement in the area.

Certainly, the subject would be a good one for a history major from the area. The current Anglo settlement of the area is pretty well documented because it is so recent. We're talking about the years since the opening of the Ute strip, circa 1900.

Our knowledge of the years between 1848 and 1900 needs a lot of help. Especially interesting would be the span of years between 1870 and 1900 when the Southern Ute Reservation was formed and when the railroad into Durango was built. Good sources of information might be found in records relevant to the Southern Utes and pertaining to establishment of the reservation.

"Pobladores," written by Frances Leon Quintana, is the best book on the history of that area, as far as I know. Quintana's reliability as an authority is bolstered by extensive primary research she has conducted with the people of the area. First, she was hired to catalog Southern Ute historical records. Secondly, she was hired to interview Hispanic families displaced by Navajo Lake. Throw in the fact that she married Miguel Felipe Candelaria of Rosa and that she speaks Spanish fluently and you have to be impressed with her as a source of information relative to the area.

Although New Mexicans had been visiting the San Juan Basin for at least 100 years prior to settlement, Hispanic settlement in the San Juan Basin basically did not begin until after the 1874 Brunot Agreement, according to Quintana. Prior to settlement, Hispanic freighters carried freight through the area from Tierra Amarilla and Abiquiu in New Mexico to Baker City and Animas City just north of today's Durango and also to California.

The first Hispanic settlement in the Basin may have taken place in 1874, according to Quintana, or possibly a little earlier. Involved in that settlement were Francisco Manzanares, José Salomé Jaquéz and family members. Manzanares was a Spanish raised Ute, a fact which persuaded Ute chief Ignacio to allow the settlers to remain. This group settled on the banks of the San Juan River at the mouth of Cañon Largo. Manzanares later moved up the river to a place known as Turley, near today's Blanco. Son-in-law Cruz Antonio Archuleta later moved to a place named for him, Jaquéz later settled in a place called La Pompa, and another son-in-law was probably the first settler in Blanco, New Mexico. A considerable Hispanic settlement blossomed at Bloomfield.

A first settler on the Piedra River was Felipe Madrid. Madrid later built his ranch at Carracas.

José Peréz, a Californian, settled on the east bank of the San Juan River in 1877 with family, friends, companions and 300 sheep. Peréz' settlement was just below Rosa. With Peréz were Pedro José Chavez, José Guadalupe Maes, Jacobo B. Garcia, Santos Oliveras and Antonio José Barry.

Roman Candelaria arrived in 1877 with his family and three married children. The Candelaria group wintered at Carracas, then made the first settlement at what was to become Rosa. Two or three miles northeast of Rosa, was the cantina of José Lopéz, a legendary character who supplied booze to the Utes and apparently died in a blaze of bullets. More Candelarias followed, many of them helping build the new Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. A number of these families lived near Carracas, or Caraque, as the canon was called by Quintana. Living there in 1880 were José and Catrina Lucero, Domingo and Quirina Gallegos, and others.

Other Candelaria brothers lived along the Piedra near Felipe Madrid. Also living along the Piedra in 1880 were Andres Abelino Martinez, Melquiades Sandoval and Jesus Sanchez.

The railroad depot at Arboles was constructed in 1881. Because of alcohol and other abuses connected with the tent city which sprang up at Arboles during the railroad construction days, federal troops were called in to clean things up. One of their responses was that about 30 families settled in the area were moved. Many of these families settled near Carracas or Rosa.

By 1880, Christian Stollsteimer and his wife were said to be ranching near Francés, the junction of Stollsteimer Creek and the Piedra. Stollsteimer's wife was the daughter of mountain man Antoine Robidoux. During the 1880s, settlement occurred in several canyons feeding the San Juan in the general vicinity of Rosa, Arboles and Carracas. Among these was a settlement near the mouth of Sambrito Creek, which courses through present-day Allison. Early 1880s settlements at Pagosa Junction and Juanita may have been forcefully vacated by the government.

It appears that settlement of the Arboles-Rosa-Carracas area by Hispanics was well under way by the late 1870s, early 1880s. It also appears that a few Anglo settlers mixed, even intermarried, with the Hispanics. It also appears that Anglo settlement in the area did not begin in serious numbers until the opening of the Ute Strip circa 1900.

Pacing Pagosa
By Richard Walter

Parents push kids for vicarious thrills

There are always stories behind the scenes, daily vignettes of importance at the moment to those directly involved, but often not reported because the press is unaware of them.

Two such stories crossed my desk in the past week. In each case the initial caller just wanted someone to get credit for a job well done, a step beyond the average daily routine performance.

For many, the persons involved are heroines or heroes - for vastly different reasons.

The first is a woman highly trained in her profession - registered nurse. She works in a care facility and it is her job to recognize problems before they become major and then act to alleviate them.

She is not, however, expected to have to perform her services on an aide instead of a patient.

That, however, was the role for Julie Martinez.

Working the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center March 4, Martinez was alerted by an aide that another nurse's aide, Barbara Schulz, had collapsed at the nurses' station. Martinez put out an emergency call for paramedics and, until their arrival, administered CPR to keep Schulz alive.

Schulz, 64, was air-lifted to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington where she was confirmed to have had a heart attack and later underwent bypass surgery. Back home now, Schulz is recuperating and, reportedly, hoping to go back to work.

Martinez takes it all in stride. She was taught to care for the afflicted and feels she was just doing her job.

Co-workers, however, feel her quick and decisive actions saved their friend's life. They think she should be recognized as a heroine.

Martinez' reaction was, "I think God just puts us in the right place at the right time. She was in need and I was here and trained for such crises."

Mary Brooks, administrator at Pine Ridge, said, "I was called out at 3 a.m. and the first thing I remember thinking was that, if it had to happen, thank God she had the attack here where there were trained personnel to help her."

And there was no one more qualified than Julie. She's ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified and is a former paramedic herself.

"We're convinced her action saved Barbara's life," said Brooks.

Schulz, an as-needed employee, had worked at Pine Ridge since March of 2001; Martinez since July last year.

Brooks said Schulz has always been very active and self-supporting, "a really hard worker, who I'm sure will be trying to put herself in a position to get back to work."

Martinez has been recognized for her act by being named "employee of the month for April," Brooks said. "Her name is being engraved on a permanent plaque we have on display and she also received a small gift certificate."

"It isn't a lot, but it lets her know how much we value her and the service she gives on her watch, whether to a resident or a fellow employee."

Among the best

A pair of young Pagosa Springs swimmers, performing for the Porpoises Swim Club from Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center, made their appearance in state competition March 16 and 17 in Fort Collins and did themselves and their community proud.

Chris Nobles and Aaron Miller made the 6-hour drive to Colorado State University to find themselves among only six from the southern part of the state, and just two among nearly 720 competitors. Nobles had seven qualifying times to get into the competition and Miller, three.

For Chris, it was high-level competition for a freshman in high school. He made the finals in three of the seven events in which he qualified - the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard

Food For Thought
By Karl Isberg

Food trip! Gourmand frenzy unabated

I'm in Las Vegas and I'm bleeding.

Money.

I'm hemorrhaging money, and there seems to be no way to stem the awful flow. My bank accounts are like empty rooms, any movement of coin producing a tinny echo in an immense emptiness. My credit cards are the financial equivalent of a black hole, sucking in my assets, then dissembling them at the subatomic level, spitting cash to another dimension, another part of the universe - far, far away.

Given my location, it is fair to assume I have, once again, succumbed to my gambling "problem." Yes, I am somewhat obsessive, and if I was squandering bucks at the blackjack table, it would not be unusual.

But, not this time. Kathy and I are at the tail end of our traditional spring break vacation and we have drained what few financial and psychic reserves we had ... on food.

I have overspent, gone off the deep end in a gourmand frenzy. Kathy has broken her special diet; she is in desperate straits, nearly lifeless, sapped of spirit, barely able to move, muscles taut, internal organs on code blue status.

It's not that we planned our trip to entail huge financial, physical and psychic cost. But ...

We set out on a seven-day venture and began our food experience on a slow note; we wanted to build to a crescendo.

Our first night out, our first omen. We made the mistake of stopping at a fast food restaurant in Kayenta. We broke through a phalanx of feral dogs that swarmed around a bag of onion rings thrown to the asphalt in the parking lot as a diversion by terrified tourists making a break for their car. We got what we deserved: major league gastric distress and open car windows from Kayenta to Flagstaff. In the morning, a plebeian breakfast at a chain restaurant and we were off to La Jolla, land of big hair and big jewelry, still intact, still healthy.

Once ensconced in our La Jolla hotel, we took a walk on the beach north of the Cove. We sat on a rock outcropping, enjoying a cinematic sunset, with backlit clouds on the horizon line. I watched a pack of gulls rip at a carcass, all hair and odd hip bones, washed ashore a few feet away.

Observing the birds lift their beaks in triumph as they enjoyed their gray-green repast, I realized it was time for some serious eating. A second, dire omen.

But the omens went unrecognized and the trouble began.

It was a trouble at light speed. We couldn't stop the terrifying momentum. We reached the crescendo too soon.

George's at the Cove. On the deck. A sea breeze, bracing, salty. I consumed salade Cesare (how's that for uppity talk?) and beef tenderloin set atop a golden potato cake, slathered with a cabernet reduction, the dish garnished with sauteed shitake caps filled with creme fraiche and crisscrossed with strands of chive. A glass or two of cabernet and I was fine, thank you.

This was the watershed moment for Kathy. She decided to take "a little chance" with her If-I-don't-avoid-everything-that-tastes-good-I'll-swell-up-and-die diet. It was a vacation, after all. She knocked back several slices of an incredibly good but forbidden bread (the first of many great breads we would enjoy during the week) and slugged down a glass of pinot grigio to chase her grouper in bouillabaisse sauce.

That first bill was steep, but nothing to inspire fear. We will tone it down tomorrow, I told myself, cut back a bit on the price.

As usual, I lied.

Kathy experienced a bit of stomach cramping, nothing severe.

The next morning, breakfast at The Cottage. I order Aunt Cecily's meat loaf hash with two eggs over easy plopped on top, and an English muffin. Kathy sticks her neck out a bit further and orders the same thing.

Two hours later, I'm wondering about lunch. Not to worry, the Cafe Bernini has a great Black Forest ham sandwich on crusty bread with tomato and a creamy mustard vinaigrette. Another vinaigrette dresses Kathy's salad. Her special diet rules out vinegars of all kinds, but ... what the heck. Her swelling is minimal.

For dinner, a trip to Bistro Terrazo. A couple glasses of sangiovese gets the evening off to a rollicking start. Kathy is not supposed to eat pasta, but what is life without risk? The fact she begins to develop an unbearable itching in her extremities seems a small price to pay for the pasta Bolognese and the rosemary foccacia dipped in oil and balsamic vinegar.

I down a plate of gnocchi, with grilled chicken and a tomato cream sauce.

When the bill arrives, I add the cost to the trip total. I make a mental note: Control, control, control.

Roger.

The next day, it's off to LA, and the major league disaster begins. Kathy has a sharp pain behind her right eye.

We meet daughter Ivy and it's time for dinner. Ivy takes us to a place she has discovered in Beverly Hills - Chaya Brasserie. We start with sushi, two giant rolls: the first, eel with a sweet soy, the other, lobster with soy and wasabe. Ivy chows down on filet with a truffle sauce, the meat perched on two potato filled crepes; Kathy eats oven-roasted halibut bedded on mustardy mashed potato with a witty and savory potato egg roll; Ivy's boyfriend Mark and I each order lobster ravioli in creamy pesto sauce. The sauce is a revelation.

So is the bill.

The bleeding begins in earnest.

Kathy is experiencing dizzy spells.

The next day - breakfast at The Griddle and sushi for lunch. Then, the hammer falls.

We go to my favorite restaurant, anywhere: The Little Door, a place so good, so confident, it has no sign, no ads in phone books. Nothing but the best atmosphere and greatest food within a gazillion-mile radius. And Pierre, the waiter.

For me: crab cake appetizer, filet with gorgonzola, and the most spectacular cream brulée in the galaxy. This brulée at The Little Door is touched by angels, their ethereal hands gracing every aspect of its production.

Kathy is losing feeling in her shoulders but she plows through dinner like a pro; the flourless chocolate cake puts her at the precipice of a coma.

I check the bill. Ivy thumps my chest to start my heart. One of my credit cards melts.

The next morning, breakfast at Hugo's - a modest Hollywood joint where the bill for three is a mere forty dollars, and then Kathy and I are off to Vegas. Kathy is fighting a searing pain that radiates from hip to ankle. She is an inspiration.

In Vegas, the bleeding increases. We camp out at Bellagio and our first night we walk to Paris and hit Mon Ami Gabi for steak frites. Kathy does a filet with merlot butter and a simple French dinner salad: greens, hard-cooked egg, haricots vert, beets, croutons - all dressed with an astounding, fruity olive oil, dusted with salt and pepper. Me, I opt for a steak bordelaise, the sauce on the hanger steak perfect with caramelized onion, mushrooms, wine. We consume a couple loaves of fresh bread and down some Cotes de Rhone. Kathy's diet does not allow yeasts or fermented products of any kind. She swears there are large black spots floating in front of her face. She calls me Larry, tells me to sit and stay, and tries to pet me.

The bill comes, I read it and, after the bus boy gives me CPR, I help Kathy walk back to the hotel. She is losing motor control.

This morning, I wake, and check my finances. Another credit card has melted into a formless blob.

I have eighty dollars in cash. A cold chill runs down my spine. It is panic time; there is another day and night left in Vegas.

What to do?

I tell Kathy I am going to scoot downstairs to the gelato shop. She feebly waves a hand in the air. She is suffering from a case of butter-induced peripheral neuropathy.

I scoot.

Right to a blackjack table. I figure I can run sixty dollars into a fortune and our vacation will be saved. True to form, the sixty dollars disappears before I have time to exchange kimchee stories with Kyung, my dealer from Seoul, Korea.

I am in despair, nearly exsanguinated, moneywise.

But, cemented in the universal plan is one more mind-boggling meal.

A flashing light draws my attention. There, in the middle of a row of dollar slot machines is Double Moolah. It is calling me. I have twenty bucks left to my name. What to do? Purchase a cup of gelato and crawl to our room on hands and knees, begging for forgiveness?

The machine gobbles up eighteen dollars in the blink of an eye. I have two tries left.

I push the button, the dials roll.

Seven, seven ... and the DOUBLE MOOLAH MEDALLION!

Lights sparkle, sirens sound, gloved attendants rush to the machine.

Suddenly, I am $325 heavier, recipient of a miraculous transfusion, primed for more food and drink.

We preface dinner with cocktails at a piano bar. The pianist tickles a bleached-out tribute to dead composers: George Harrison, the newly expired Dudley Moore. Kathy opts for a Bellini and by the time we head off to eat she is beginning to see double and her joints are seizing up.

The last big splash: Dinner at Olives, a restaurant run by Foodie fave Todd English. The theme is Provencal.

A crab and curry sampler, two kinds of tapenade, more unbelievable breads. Sauvignon blanc. Me: a roasted snapper with a tower of crisped discs of creamy brandade and a clam chowder sauce. Kathy: a crab-stuffed filet of arctic char with a fumé-based shitake shellac.

I laugh at the bill, blinded by double Moolah. It is the laugh of a deranged man.

I won't tell you how much - or how little - of the money is left.

I think there is enough to purchase the gas needed to get home. I have lowered the back seat of the SUV so Kathy can stretch out, moan and call for her mommie.

If we don't make it, please, someone, backtrack to Vegas and follow the blood trail. If you ferry us home, I'll whip up my version of the potato cake I ate in the company of beef.

I have a variation that will work well with meat, fish or fowl. In fact, I've tried this with oven roasted salmon, and it's great.

For five or six hefty cakes you need one large russet potato and one medium sweet potato, half a white onion, a couple cloves of garlic, parsley, an egg, a bit of flour, olive oil and butter.

Cut the spuds in half and boil until you can pierce the potatoes with a sharp knife. You want the flesh very firm. Cool the tubers.

Thinly slice the onion and saute until golden, then add crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Cook a moment more, then cool.

Peel the potatoes and shred. Add the onion, garlic and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste at this stage.

Add one egg and only enough flour to provide a bit of bite for the binder. Heat a mixture of oil and butter on medium high heat. Make cakes of the potato mixture, and saute until firm and golden brown on both sides.

Remove the cakes to a warm plate. Remove the browned bits of potato and onion from the pan, but retain the oil.

Now, depending on your choice of protein, you can make a sauce. For the salmon, I threw in a minced shallot, cooked it for a minute then deglazed the pan with a bit of chicken stock (I would use wine, but Kathy is headed back to Dietville). Salt, pepper, a fist full of chopped parsley, a few minutes more on the flame then, off the heat, add enough butter to emulsify a dandy sauce that goes over fish and cake. A stick or so is a good bet.

A similar sauce can be prepared with grilled chicken, with a few additions of spice. The pan can be deglazed with beef or veal stock if you slide to the bovine side of the spectrum. Perhaps a finely minced mire pois added instead of just shallot. Garlic? A bit of mushroom, eh?

Whatever menu you choose, once I'm home and you make these cakes and the necessary accouterments, give me a call. I'll be working the night shift at a local gas station, loading cheap tube steaks on the hot dog cooker, waiting for the next meth-crazed thug to burst through the front door, struggling to put some financial blood back in my veins.

Pondering crescendos and my next food trip to the coast.

Births
April 4, 2002

Josiah Parker Elges

Josiah Parker Elges was born March 20, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. The son of Stephen and Deanna Elges of Pagosa Springs weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Frank and Barbara Elges of Pagosa Springs and Kathleen Geist of Sumner, Wash.

Obituaries

April 4, 2002

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