September 26, 2002
Front Page

Plane hits mountain; two dead

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

A single-engine plane crashed into a mountain in southeastern Archuleta County Monday night, killing the two people on board.

Pat Curtis, a spokesman for Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, said the plane, a Piper 28, disappeared off radar about 9:30 p.m. Monday while en route from a fuel stop in Farmington to Centennial Airport in Englewood. Indications were that the flight originated in California.

Shortly after the aircraft's disappearance, an Air Force satellite picked up a signal from the plane's emergency locator, a piece of equipment designed to activate in the event of a crash. A Civil Air Patrol crew out of Farmington was called to search for the plane.

Upper San Juan Search and Rescue crews joined the search about 12:30 a.m. A Civil Air Patrol plane located the crash site from the air about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Crews on the ground reached the area a little after 8 a.m.

Curtis said the crash site is located at about 11,100 feet, near Navajo Peak northeast of Chromo. Eighty-degree slopes in the area of the crash site made for very difficult going.

Once it was determined that fatalities were involved, Curtis said, the Civil Air Patrol turned the scene over to Archuleta County officials. About 14 search and rescue members worked Tuesday to extricate the bodies. Because of the steepness of the slopes, they were only able to move the victims about 1,000 feet down the mountain before dark.

Wednesday, Curtis said, search and rescue team members were headed back up the mountain about 8:30 a.m. to continue the extrication. Seventeen members of a New Mexico search and rescue team volunteered to help and were expected to arrive Wednesday. Curtis said the plan was to use a helicopter to bring the bodies the rest of the way down. A helicopter may also be used to extricate the wreckage once it has been cleared for removal by an insurance investigator, he said.

The insurance investigator is expected to arrive at the crash site today. An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Bureau and representatives from Piper and Lycoming, the company that manufactured the plane's engine, were at the site Wednesday. Members of the Colorado Mounted Rangers were assisting law enforcement at the scene.

Names of the crash victims had not been released by press time Wednesday, pending notification of family members.


Amber alert successful; kidnapped kids safe

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Three Pagosa Springs children abducted in the early morning hours Saturday were returned safely to their family with the help of some quick thinking by an Archuleta County dispatcher and Pagosa Springs police.

According to police reports, a man forced his way into an apartment in the 300 block of South 9th Street at 3:45 a.m. Saturday and kidnapped three children, ages 5 and under. He also took some items from the apartment and stole a car. During the break-in, the children's mother called dispatch, identifying the man as her estranged husband, and requesting assistance.

Officer Tony Kop arrived on scene first. Officer Chuck Allen arrived later to offer assistance, but the suspect had already left town with the children.

Shana Young, the dispatcher on duty that night, said there wasn't time to alert the Colorado Bureau of Investigation with a teletype, so she began calling neighboring law enforcement agencies with the information she had on the suspect, the children and the vehicle. A corporal in Del Norte suggested she issue an Amber Alert - a first for Pagosa Springs.

Data broadcast

Amber is an acronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, and the alert program is a voluntary partnership statewide between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abductions. Once an Amber Alert is broadcast, the information becomes available immediately to law enforcement agencies, radio and television stations and is displayed on highway electronic billboards used generally for traffic information.

Young received permission to go ahead with the Amber Alert from police on the scene and immediately made a call to put the alert in motion. As more information came in on the description of the suspect, the vehicle and a license plate number, she continued to update the alert.

"The alert was on the news stations early in the morning," she said. "I think it was the best thing anybody could've thought of for these situations."

Allen said an investigation showed the suspect could be headed toward Colorado Springs, where he lived, or Albuquerque, where he had family. The New Mexico State Patrol was also notified by phone once it was determined the children might be headed their way.

$100,000 bond

Troopers in Espanola contacted the vehicle Saturday morning about 9 a.m. and arrested the suspect, Juan Rodriguez, 33. Allen said troopers called Pagosa Springs to say Rodriguez was in custody and the children, ages 3, 4 and 5, were safe. Rodriguez remains in custody in New Mexico on a $100,000 bond awaiting extradition. He was arrested on charges of kidnapping, auto theft and burglary.

"The first 24 hours in a missing person case is critical and the Amber Alert is a wonderful process," Allen said. "Everyone involved with this case did a wonderful job helping it to come to a real quick conclusion."

Young said now that she understands the power of the Amber Alert, she wouldn't hesitate to use it again should the need arise.

"Any dispatcher would have done the same thing," she said. "I just happened to be there."


Downtown paving schedule revised; parking ban looms

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Paving in the downtown corridor from 1st to 8th streets is expected to begin Sept. 30.

Lindsay Neiman, a representative of Elam Construction, said the work from 1st to 8th streets will take place during daytime hours - contrary to original plans specifying nighttime hours - and should take about six days, weather permitting. No parking will be permitted on the highway through the work area during construction.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting at 1st Street, and traffic will be restricted to one lane.

Paving of the highway at the east end of town in front of the River Center began Wednesday, "with no notice to the business owners," according to Pagosa Springs administrator Jay Harrington.

Harrington said work by the town to replace curb and gutter is not complete. Because of the revised paving schedule, asphalt will now have to be cut to finish the project. "This is not optimal," he said.

According to a Colorado Department of Transportation release, the reconstruction of 11 miles of highway in the Pagosa Springs area will be finished sometime in November.

Department of transportation contractors also continue to work on Wolf Creek Pass. At the tunnel project on the east approach to the pass, lane closures and delays are expected to continue through early 2003. Crews continue to work on the west portal of the tunnel, using explosives, but one lane is kept open.

Daytime delays are normally kept to 45 minutes or less Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays. A width restriction of 10 feet is in place for this project. Updated information can be accessed online at or on the Wolf Creek Pass tunnel project hotline at (719) 873-2221.

A second U.S. 160 Wolf Creek Pass project means another possible 10-minute delay for motorists. Crews are working to complete a paving project that includes six miles of highway from west of the summit east to the snow shed. Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet.


PAWS bans all grass watering after Oct. 15

By John M. Motter

Staff Writer

Watering of lawns within the boundaries of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation district must be stopped Oct. 15, according to an action taken by the district board of directors Tuesday evening.

"Grass watering does no biological good after October 15," said Bob Frye, a board member. Frye is also a forester employed at the U.S. Forest Service Pagosa Ranger District office.

The Oct. 15 grass watering ban is in addition to Level 2 water restrictions enacted by the district earlier this year and still in effect. The board discussed lifting Level 2 restrictions, but took no action.

"We're still suffering from extreme drought conditions," said Gene Tautges, district assistant general manager. "Our task right now is to save water for next year. We won't know until some time in January, at least, what the winter snowpack on the San Juans will be. If we don't get any more snow than last winter, we will be hard pressed to refill our reservoirs. We could run out of water next summer."

The district's only current source of water is the San Juan River. For about eight hours a day, the district pumps water from the river to the San Juan treatment plant for daily consumption of potable water. During the remaining 16 hours of the day, the district pumps water from the river to refill storage lakes located in the Pagosa Lakes area west of Pagosa Springs.

In connection with Level 2 water restrictions, the board made adjustments for commercial users who complained of excessive bills received early in September for August consumption. Level 2 restrictions sharply escalate water costs as consumption above the 8,000 gallons per month base rate increases.

After studying past consumption for commercial users, district officials identified about 70 users whose number of equivalent units is inconsistent with the amount of water consumed. Some of the users had fewer EUs than the recommended number, some had more units than recommended and a few did not fit specifically into any category.

An equivalent unit is 10,000 gallons of water a month. Commercial users purchase one or more equivalent units based on how much water consumption is anticipated. A formula developed and recommended by the American Water Works Association is used to estimate monthly consumption. The commercial water rate is $13.50 for up to 8,000 gallons of water a month, plus a $5.25 temporary surcharge. The charge for water above 8,000 gallons per month escalates rapidly with increased consumption because of Level 2 restrictions. The escalated rate is intended to discourage excessive consumption.

Commercial users purchase water EUs for $1,760 each. Some commercial users may own 30 or more units.

When the district took in the Pagosa Springs water system during the early 1990s, it included commercial users without determining if the town's method of billing commercial users was compatible with the district method. Many current commercial users with excessive bills were formerly in the town system. A result of not adjusting the differences between the former and current billing system is that many users do not have the proper number of EUs needed to minimize water bills, especially when Level 2 escalations are being enforced.

District officials acknowledged some responsibility for the disparity when adopting a solution for the problem.

The district solution grants free additional EUs to qualified users already in the system. New users must continue to purchase EUs, as will old users after the end of November.

By adjusting EUs for some affected users, the total monthly water bill of those users dropped from $57,060 to $22,337.

August water bills for those affected will be recalculated on the basis of the new number of assigned equivalent units.

A district analysis of water bills for 2000 and 2001 compared to the August 2002 consumption was used as a basis for recalculating equivalent units.

In a related move, the board instructed staff to set up a system for periodically reviewing the number of EUs businesses should have with the idea of making changes as needed. Keeping the number of EUs current and compatible with current consumption is viewed as one step in avoiding future recurrences of excessive billing.

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First freeze recorded, precipitation hits .32 inches

By John M. Motter

Staff Writer

Temperatures dropped to 32 degrees Sept. 19 and 31 degrees Sept. 20, the first freezes of the current fall season. Precipitation was recorded in town, and snow covered the upper tips of the mountain range east of town.

The coming week in Pagosa Country will be dry, according to Doug Crowley, a forecaster for the Grand Junction National Weather Service office.

A few clouds should remain in the sky this morning, remnants of possible thundershowers that passed through the area late yesterday and last night.

As soon as today's clouds move out, skies should remain relatively clear through next Tuesday, Crowley said. Temperatures might climb from today's upper 60-degree range into the low or middle 70s by Saturday. Low temperatures will remain in the middle to upper 30-degree range through the coming week.

A broad, low-pressure trough extending across the Rocky Mountains and out onto the plains is controlling local weather patterns, Crowley said. Changes are not expected until the trough moves out.

There was .32 inches of precipitation measured Sept. 18, according to the National Weather Service gauging station located at Stevens Field. Readings are taken at 7 a.m. daily. The week is from 7 a.m. each Wednesday through Tuesday of the following week.

High temperatures last week ranged between 62 and 75 degrees with an average high temperature of 71 degrees. Low temperatures ranged between 31 and 38 degrees with an average low of 34 degrees, just two degrees above freezing.

Total rainfall during September as measured in town is 0.94 inches through Wednesday, well below the long time September average of 1.89 inches.


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Parks & Rec

Landscape proposals under study at state convention

By Junior Lister

SUN Columnist

The Colorado Parks and Recreation Association annual conference is being held in Vail Sept. 24-27. As a member, I get a chance to attend classes, look at facilities and sit in on round-table discussions on issues that affect all cities and towns in the state.

Classes count for credits for a director certification varying from turf management to facilities design.

By the end of the week I should have toured as many as four skateboard parks, giving me ideas on building and governing our new skateboard facilities.

We are in the process of building new softball-soccer facilities so we can pick the brains of everyone here to help us get the most for our dollar.

Friday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. was the deadline for landscape architects to turn in their budget proposals to the Town of Pagosa Springs.

We received proposals from throughout Colorado and now must look over their content, set up a committee, then decide which company will be hired as our design team.

Julie Jessen, (our intern) and I were very excited seeing the amount of interest in our project. It was like Christmas for us opening all these proposals and getting our first look.

While in Vail I will have a chance to look over and grade each of them.

Given all the contacts available in Vail, and the opportunity to look over the proposals, I am excited to start this project upon my return.


Coggins ready to tee off in state prep golf finals

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Dan Coggins had a disappointing practice round Sept. 19 on the Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo and decided the following day to just "go for broke."

The result: He's headed this weekend to the state Class 4A prep golf tournament as the lone qualifier from the Pagosa Springs Pirates.

Coggins will fire a practice round Sunday on the Boomerang Golf Course layout in Greeley and then will be in competition Monday and Tuesday.

After shooting a mid-80s round during practice in Pueblo, he came back on the tournament day with a 79 on a the par 72 course, a score good enough to earn him the eighth ranking overall and qualify him as one of the 16 advancing from the regional to state competition.

With only four holes left in the regional, Pagosa appeared to have a shot at qualifying as a team for state play. But, despite improved scores on the back nine, they faltered on the final holes but finished as the fourth place team.

Winning the regional team title was Pueblo South, a perennial contender for Class 4A honors. Canon City was second, Trinidad third and Pagosa Springs fourth, just three strokes off the state qualifying level.

For Coggins, a senior, qualifying was a dream come true.

He said the front nine was an adventure on the Pueblo course, with strong winds early in the day hampering all the golfers. As the winds died down, the scores began to drop. As evidence of that fact, Coggins shot a 43 on the front nine but cut that to a 36 coming back.

Only two teams can advance from regionals and with them go eight golfers. With only 16 individual slots open for the state qualifiers, that means only eight more golfers from a 22-team field advanced. Coggins was one of them, and as such will be one of 64 seeking state honors.

With 86 the cutoff qualifying point, Pagosa's Ty Faber and Garrett Forrest were two strokes away from a trip to Greeley, tied with rounds of 86.

Jesse Trujillo, another senior and a mainstay of the team all year, had "just one of those days," according to his coach Mark Faber, and could not overcome the early wind blown errors.

Everyone had trouble early on, Faber said, "but all seemed to recover well on the back nine."

Faber was unable to talk with his golfers during play. Each coach present was assigned a foursome that did not include his own golfers. He never saw his own team actually playing, but his assigned squad finished early.

"We were standing there watching the scores come in for the last holes and I knew that we, as a team, had a chance of qualifying. It didn't happen that way, but these kids never gave up. They gave a performance everyone in Pagosa can be proud of. And, I couldn't be happier for Dan."

Coggins didn't stop with the Pueblo performance. Monday afternoon he was back on the links at Pagosa Golf Club, working on his putting.

"I only had one birdie at Pueblo," he said. "I need to step it up in state competition."

Coach and golfer will travel to Greeley for a practice round on the course neither has ever seen before on Sunday. Then, Dan will tee off Monday in company with some of the finest prep golfers in the state in quest of additional honors.

While Coggins thought the Pueblo course "was easier than I expected," the qualifying score of 86 was somewhat higher than the average for regional play, indicating most participating golfers had unexpected trouble with the course.

"It was a great experience for our underclassmen," said the coach. "They found out what I've been telling them all along - they can compete with the kids from bigger schools. They now know they can compete and it gives us a good foundation for next year. They came close to qualifying as a team and now they want to go back and do it again.

"And they can do it," he concluded.


Prep golfer Mackensen wins South Fork event

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Jake Mackensen, a nonvarsity member of the Pagosa Springs High School golf team this season, showed there's hope for next year when he shot his best round ever, a 67, and won low net in South Fork's Rio Grande Club individual scramble last weekend.

Mackensen, a junior, had been anxious to play the new course all summer but had not had the opportunity until this tournament.

"I went out to win," he said. " My goal was to stay focused." He said the greens were his biggest challenge because "they were really hard, sloped and fast."

Nevertheless, he putted the lights out in route to the low net title.

In the individual scramble format, the golfer shoots two balls from each tee and then plays the best for his second and succeeding shots.


Pagosa man, Alamosa woman team up for state golf crown

Bob Kaiser of Pagosa Springs and Kristin Emmons of Alamosa teamed up last weekend to win the open division of the Colorado Golf Association/Colorado Women's Golf Association championship couples tournament.

The contest, played at Cotton Ranch Country Club in Gypsum, had Kaiser and Emmons shooting a two-day gross score of 145 to finish ahead of the 70-couple field.

Earlier in the year, the pair combined to win the San Juan Country Club Western Round-up in Farmington.

Kaiser plays with Pagosa Men's Golf Club and Emmons regularly tees it up at Cattails in Alamosa.


Lady thinclads repeat winners in Ridgway Ramble

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Lady Pirate cross country runners pulled out a repeat Ramble at the Reservoir near Ridgway Friday, claiming four of the top-10 spots for a first place team finish in the race.

"It was a gorgeous day to run with snow on the mountains, the colors changing and a course laid out above the reservoir," coach Scott Anderson said.

Despite the surrounding beauty, the Lady Pirates kept their eyes on business. Freshman Emily Schur continued to set the team pace, finishing second with a time of 22 minutes, 24 seconds. Her time, Anderson said, was about 30 seconds off the leader, Ashley Quiggle of Crested Butte, who set a new course record.

Schur was followed by a string of Pirates. Junior Jenna Finney finished fifth with a time of 25:08 with freshman Heather Dahm tight on her heels, crossing the finish in 25:09 for sixth. Senior Amanda McCain rounded out the top four with a seventh place time of 25:12.

All of them ran a good race, Anderson said.

"Amanda McCain had some difficulty with cramping in her calves," the coach added. "Jenna and Heather did a good job of stepping up and filling in the gap."

The race was another combined junior varsity and varsity experience, so Pagosa had another six runners among the seven teams competing.

Senior Hannah Emanuel finished 15th with a time of 27:04, running "a good race overall," besides being a little more fatigued than some of the others from speed practice this past week, the coach said.

Junior Lauren Caves claimed 18th with a time of 27:34, earning the "most improved," award for the week. She was followed by freshman Adrian Young in 24th with a time of 28:38 and junior Amber Farnham, crossing the finish in 30:24 to claim 29th place. Sophomore Marlena Lungstrum finished 30th in 30:29 and freshman Rebecca Williams crossed the line 32nd with a time of 30:49.

Overall, Anderson said, he was pleased with the way the girls' team was shaping up as they moved closer to district and regional events.

"I think they will continue to get faster," he said. They will be working to improve their ability to help each other and run together in anticipation at a shot at state. How close the second, third and fourth runners can get to Schur will determine how well the entire team does, Anderson said.

On the boys' side, the Pirates could only field three at Ridgway, one short of a full team. Still, Anderson said, they performed well individually.

Senior Todd Mees returned to the races after an illness kept him sidelined the week before in Aztec to take seventh at the Ramble with a time of 20:46. He was just one second out of sixth and still on pace for possible all-state honors, Anderson said.

Junior Dan Lowder earned "most improved" status for the boys this week, finishing 17th with a time of 22:54. Freshman Orion Sandoval took 23rd in his first varsity race, finishing with a time of 25:21.

Saturday, the Pirates are coming closer to home to run in the Bayfield Invitational, the last of the hill courses for the season against a competitive field. Races begin with the junior high team at 9:30 a.m.


Lady spikers spoil homecoming for 4A Montrose

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

The bus carrying the Lady Pirate volleyball team left Pagosa at 6 a.m. Saturday. Before the end of the afternoon, despite a long trip to Montrose and the stress of competition, the team would have two victories under the belt, boosting the season record to 4-3.

Class 4A Montrose was the first opponent of the day for the Ladies. It was Homecoming for the Indians and, as they did the week before at Centauri, the Ladies spoiled the occasion with a win. Pagosa was victorious 15-3, 15-12.

The first game of the match was all Pagosa despite the home team leading 3-1 in the early going.

Senior hitter Katie Bliss went to the serve line for the Ladies and the momentum shifted. It shifted so dramatically, in fact, that it never went back to the Indians. Bliss stayed at the serve for eight consecutive points, the Montrose hitters pushing the ball out of bonds over Pagosa blockers and Courtney Steen scoring with a solo block.

The teams traded four sideouts then the Ladies went on another run, with Trisha Lucero at the serve. Lucero scored with three aces and Shannon Walkup put a kill down. Montrose committed a hitting error and the Ladies led 14-3. Another Montrose error gave the opener to Pagosa Springs.

In the second game of the match, the Ladies jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The home team struggled back to trail 3-2 before Pagosa went ahead 5-2. Again Montrose responded with strength, finding some scoring punch in an offense that put several points to the floor off quick sets to the middle hitter. Montrose had a 6-5 lead but it evaporated quickly. Lucero hit an ace, a Montrose player ran into the net and Lori Walkup scored with a dump off the pass.

Pagosa's 8-6 lead dissolved as Montrose nailed a stuff block and an ace to get the 8-8 tie.

Bliss killed for a point and Montrose gave up a point with a hitting error. The Indians rebounded to go ahead 11-10 and it would be the home team's last advantage. Two Indian errors put Pagosa ahead for good and an ace by Shannon Walkup extended the lead to 13-11.

The Indians made one last try at a victory, scoring with a tip over a tandem Lady Pirate block, but Lucero took serve back with a kill. The Ladies scored following a great back-row play by Shannon Walkup, then the senior outside hitter hit an ace serve, her fifth of the match, to win the game and match.

Whatever fatigue the long bus ride caused the Ladies, their victory over a 4A opponent was impressive. The ease with which the first game was won was countered by the tension of a second, close game - a tension the team dealt with, and overcame.

"I thought Montrose was fairly good at the net, " said Lady Pirate coach Pennè Hamilton. " They had good blockers and they could run their quick set well. Their back-row play was poor and our girls took advantage of it."

Hamilton was pleased with her team's serve receive and backcourt defense. "We passed well," she said. "I also thought Trisha Lucero stepped in and played a good match for us; she served very well. We ran a 5-1 (a one-setter offense) because we were missing a setter from the lineup. We haven't run a 5-1 this year and it was a good learning experience."

The contest provided Hamilton's team with some valuable experience as it heads into a difficult middle section of the season.

"It was good to play a team with a quick offense," said the coach. It shows us what we have to work on. Our sophomores are still learning and matches like this are good for them."

A second match, this time against Olathe, followed the Montrose contest.

Pagosa begins a tough 10-day period with a match at Ignacio tonight, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. The team returns home for a Friday match with 5A Palmer at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Ladies bus to Monte Vista with a match scheduled for 4:30. Next Tuesday Cortez, a highly ranked 4A team, comes to town. The Ladies will have a chance to get revenge for a season-opening loss to the Panthers at 6:30.


Pagosa Spgs. def. Montrose 15-3, 15-12

Kills: S. Walkup 6, Scott 5, Bliss 5, Steen 4

Ace serves: Lucero 5

Solo blocks: Bliss 1, Steen 1, L. Walkup 1

Digs: Bliss 8, S. Walkup 7

Assists: L.Walkup 16


Muirhead's OT goal lifts Pirates over Bayfield

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Kevin Muirhead stood near the sidelines gasping for breath.

"I haven't been able to run for three weeks and now we're going to overtime," he sighed.

"Then end it quickly," he was told.

He did.

The junior right wing, returning to action after a three-week layoff with a tendon injury, scored exactly one minute into sudden death overtime to give Pagosa's Pirates a hard fought 2-1 soccer victory over Bayfield Tuesday on the Wolverine's home field.

Until that point, it had been anyone's game and there were stars aplenty for both sides.

Pagosa played without two starters - senior midfielder Zeb Gill, out with an ankle injury, and senior sweeper Michael Dach, serving the first game of a two game disciplinary suspension.

That forced Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason to make some changes. Sophomore Levi Gill was moved from his mid-defense position to sweeper, senior keeper Matt Mesker came out of goal to take Zeb Gill's offensive spot, and sophomore keeper Caleb Forrest replaced Mesker.

Each of the moves paid off handsomely.

Levi Gill worked the sweeper position effectively, with outstanding support from Brian Hart dropping back from his midfield attack spot. Mesker was involved in a Pagosa score that was disallowed on an offside call, and Forrest was outstanding in net, as was his Bayfield counterpart Daniel Rohde.

The teams played to a 0-0 first half score marked by several brilliant saves at each end. Pagosa had 14 shots on goal in the period to 11 for the Wolverines.

Early pressure from Pagosa, including four shots by striker Kyle Sanders, saw Rohde turn everything away. Then it was Forrest, stopping Bayfield's Chip Ferguson on a breakaway, blocking a drive by Zach Farnham, and at 9 minutes, 12 seconds, making a seemingly impossible double stop on a two-man Bayfield breakaway.

First, he dived to his right to tip away Farnham's drive. As it trickled toward the goal with Ferguson closing in, Forrest somehow righted himself and dived to the other corner to stop the second shot on the play.

Bayfield opened the second half with the same kind of pressure Pagosa had shown at the game's beginning and Forrest was forced to make five stops in the first three minutes. At 46 minutes, Pagosa appeared to take a 1-0 lead on a header by Mesker with an assist to Sanders, but it was disallowed on an offside call.

Less than a minute later Levi Gill came to Forrest's aid, blocking a drive by Bayfield's Austin Ginn at the 18-yard line. Muirhead recovered and his long lead downfield gave Hart a shot that was batted away by a diving Rohde.

At the 65-minute mark Bayfield took a 1-0 lead when left wing Mike Jefferson drilled a 20-yard left-footer past Forrest into the near corner.

It was Bayfield's last chance to shout. The goal seemed to awaken the Pirates to an even greater effort as they ripped shot after shot at Rohde.

At the 73-minute mark, Pagosa got the equalizer on a team effort. The score went to left wing Kyle Frye but it was set up by a midfield interception by Moe Webb. His pass to Muirhead was headed to Sanders and his drop to Frye caught Rohde looking to the high-scoring Sanders for the shot - and out of position.

With just 16 seconds left in regulation time, Bayfield's Chris Howlett made a bid for the hero's crown but Forrest, at 6 feet 7 inches, tipped his drive up and over the crossbar and the extra session loomed.

And then the overtime.

Bayfield controlled the initial play but lost the ball to Hart. His ground-hugging lead up the middle found sophomore Keagan Smith alone as defenders sagged to Sanders.

Muirhead ran on the right wing. Smith spotted him, led him perfectly on the right corner and a crossover step later Muirhead beat Rohde just inside the post and Pagosa had a 2-1 victory, hiking their season record to 6-2.


Scoring: 65:00, B-Jefferson, unassisted; 73:00, P-Frye, assists Muirhead and Sanders; 81:00, Muirhead, assist Smith. Shots on goal: P- 29, B-22. Saves, P-Forrest, 18; B-Rohde, 21. No penalties.


Smooth Pagosa soccer offense buries Bloomfield

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

For just over seven minutes Thursday, there was some question about the offense for Pagosa Springs High School's soccer team.

Playing Bloomfield on the Bobcats' home field, the Pirates were having trouble establishing an attack.

But, when striker Kyle Sanders found sophomore speedster Moe Webb wide open on the right side at 7 minutes, 16 seconds it opened the floodgates for Pagosa and resulted in the first of eight Pirate scores for the afternoon.

Webb, who nubbed Sanders' lead past a defender and then outran a second defender to the ball for the opening score, was later to be stopped on a pair of scoring efforts, but contributed an assist on Pagosa's third goal.

Midfielder Jordan Kurt-Mason also got onto the scoring rolls for the first time this season, he too scoring on an assist from Sanders.

Each of the other six goals were by Sanders, hiking his season total to 17.

The key to Pagosa's attack was the best passing attack of the season, featuring pinpoint accuracy and positional recognition. Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said, "The passing was sharp, the support outstanding. Our shape was correct most of the time, and we were able to work several new offensive moves off basic sets."

In the first half, Pagosa outshot Bloomfield 13-6 and had a 4-0 lead at the break.

At 9:47, Bloomfield had its only strong scoring chance of the period when a header off a corner kick was snared high to his right by Pagosa keeper Matt Mesker, the first of his five stops in the session.

The second Pagosa goal, at 13:29, was Sanders' first and came off a controlled double-step drop lead from midfielder Zeb Gill. Just over two minutes later, at 15:31, Sanders ripped the nets again, scoring from the right box corner on a crossing pass from Webb.

Webb missed a chance for his second goal at 26:49 when his effort on an outlet lead from the right corner by Travis Reid sailed just over the net. Just less than five minutes later, Webb was stopped again, this time on a crossing lead from Levi Gill.

At 31:23 Brian Hart was wide left on a drive from 25 yards. Pagosa's defense was stifling every Bobcat attack, seldom allowing even a hint of a shot, controlling the ball at midfield and working passing routines almost as if in practice.

At 35:41 Kurt-Mason broke free on the right wing with a pass from Ryan Goodenberger, headed for the right corner and found Sanders in the middle with a crossing pass. Sanders beat the keeper to the lower right and Pagosa had a 4-0 lead.

At 39:13, on what might have been a key play in the contest, Mesker came far out to his right to cut down an attacker. He was injured on the play, and also got a yellow card for leaving the box. He had to leave the game at that point and sophomore keeper Caleb Forrest replaced him.

Having a new keeper made little difference in the game. Pagosa continued its offensive control, Forrest preserved the shutout and Sanders was, well, Sanders, adding three more Pagosa goals in the frame.

His first score of the period came at 41:12 on a beautiful looping "over the top" lead from Brian Hart and a left-footer from Sanders that totally surprised Bloomfield keeper Jordan Morris, obviously expecting the shot from the other side and leaning that way.

Zeb Gill's effort to break into the scoring column just two minutes later ended with his header off a corner kick by Michael Dach caroming off the cross bar, the third time in the last two games that has happened to him.

At 47:24 Hart's drive up the middle was snared on a great diving stop to his right by Morris and the senior attacker could just shake his head.

But Pagosa wasn't done. At 48:35 Kurt Mason intercepted an outlet pass, crossed it to Sanders in the middle and, racing the right wing, beat a defender and took Sanders' return leading pass to the net for a 6-0 Pagosa lead. At 52:44 the lead went to 7-0 when Sanders scored again, this time on a reverse drop from Zeb Gill.

Perhaps the best single sequence in an outstanding defensive performance for the Pirates came at 56:04 when Forrest ranged wide to his left to deflect a shot by Bloomfield's sophomore striker Cary Dennis. The deflection went right to his attack mate Doug Carter whose shot was blocked by Kurt-Mason who had dropped back in support.

But Dennis got the rebound and hammered it - right to Forrest who had scrambled back into the net and made a diving stop to end the threat.

At 62:24 Zeb Gill and Bloomfield's keeper collided to the left of the net as the Pirates attacked, the ball bouncing back to Sanders in the middle but his attempt was blocked. Gill had to be helped from the field, his ankle badly swollen.

If it had not already become so, the balance of the game was anticlimactic. Forrest made three more saves, Hart missed twice on long shots up the middle, the defense was everywhere - and Sanders scored again.

That final goal came off a crossing lead from Reid who had intercepted at midfield and outraced a defender down the right sideline until Sanders could get free.


Scoring: 7:16, PS-Webb, assist Sanders; 13:29, PS-Sanders, assist Z. Gill; 15:31, PS-Sanders, assist Webb; 35:41, PS-Sanders, assist Kurt-Mason; 41:12, PS-Sanders, assist Hart; 48:35, PS-Kurt-Mason, assist Sanders; 52:54, PS-Sanders, assist Z. Gill; 78:58, PS-Sanders, assist Reid. Shots on goal, PS-24, B-13; Saves: PS-Mesker, 5, Forrest, 6; B-Morris, 10. Penalties: 39:13, PS-Mesker, yellow.


Pirates pile up 555 yards in 48-29 win at Montrose

By John M. Motter

Staff Writer

Pagosa Spring's varsity football team blitzed the Montrose Indians 49-28 Friday at Montrose, ending Pirate pre-league play with a 3-1 record.

The 2A Pirates piled up an impressive 555 yards of total offense while pounding their 4A Southwestern League opponents.

Coach Sean O'Donnell was "very pleased" with Pagosa's performance against Montrose.

"Any time you get a good win against a 4A team like Montrose, you have to be pleased," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell lauded the play of quarterback David Kern. Kern completed four of 14 passes for 62 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. The junior also ran nine times for 120 yards.

"I was really happy with the way David ran the option," O'Donnell said.

Behind the blocking of wide receivers Jeremy Caler and Aaron Hamilton, Pagosa's running game was good for 493 yards. Senior Brandon Rosgen had a career-best 236 yards on 18 carries including runs of 67, 40, 38 and 30 yards. Brandon Charles added another 115 yards on 15 carries. Right end Jason Schutz added 22 yards and a touchdown on a reverse for Pagosa's go-ahead touchdown in the second period.

Even though they surrendered four touchdowns, Pagosa's defense stood like a wall when they had to. Four times they stopped the powerful Montrose offense deep in Pirate territory, twice during the final period when Montrose was struggling to get back into the game. Interceptions by Charles and Caler ended Montrose drives.

Pagosa received the opening kickoff and fumbled the ball away on their first possession. An appreciative Montrose eleven responded by immediately marching into the end zone, kicking the extra point, and licking their lips with a quick 7-0 lead.

Nonplussed, the Pirates came back for 28 consecutive points before the Red and White scored again. Kern's 15-yard keeper put Pagosa on the score board. Freshman Daniel Aupperle kicked the first of seven successful extra point tries. The first period ended with the score knotted at 7-7.

Pagosa scored three times during the second period while Montrose scored once. At halftime Pagosa led 28-14. Schutz's 22-yard reverse started the scoring parade. Following Schutz's score, Kern tallied again, this time on a sneak. Rosgen broke loose for 35 yards and a TD to end Pagosa's first half scoring.

Charles opened scoring in the second half with a 4-yard jaunt. Montrose came back on a 10-yard run to cut Pagosa's lead to 35-21, still in the third quarter. Before the quarter ended, Kern zipped a strike to Caler and the junior romped into the end one for a 35-yard score, stretching the Pirate lead to 42-21.

Montrose tried to get back into the game early in the final period on a 30-yard scoring pass. With the extra point, the tally trimmed Pagosa's lead to 42-28. Pagosa wasn't finished yet. Kern capped another Pirate drive by squirting into the end zone from two yards out, Aupperle kicked the extra point, and that's how the game ended, Pagosa Springs 49, Montrose 28.

O'Donnell praised the defensive play of Charles at weak-side linebacker. In addition to an interception, Charles led Pagosa with 10 tackles and six tackle assists for 16 total. Pablo Martinez chipped in with eight tackles and four assists for a total of 12. Martinez and Kory Hart each had quarterback sacks.

Tomorrow night Pagosa starts after a fourth successive Intermountain League title and a 14th consecutive IML win when they cross Wolf Creek Pass to knock heads with Monte Vista, those other Pirates. Pagosa has not lost an IML game since 1998.

Over the past few years, the game between the two Pirate squads has decided the league championship. Pagosa has won the last three meetings between the two squads, but never by more than a touchdown.

Tomorrow's game will be played in Monte Vista starting at 7 p.m. Monte comes into the game with 4-0 record and maybe their best team in years. Led by quarterback Ben Carlucci, a three-year starter, Monte features a balanced attack that relies on the running and passing abilities of Carlucci and the running of Glen Marquez. Pagosa and Monte have had one common opponent this year: Delta. Both Pirate elevens topped the Panthers by a comfortable margin.

There is no guarantee that this year's battle of the Pirates will be for the IML championship. Ignacio ended preseason play at 4-0, Centauri with a 3-1 record, and Bayfield with a 2-2 record.

"Right now, it's tough to decide if there is a dominant team in the league," said O'Donnell. "It's hard to compare the teams because they all played different schedules. We'll have to take the league games one at a time."


Pagosa Springs 7 21 14 7 49

Montrose 7 7 7 7 28

Montrose: Scheer 20 yard pass to Patton (16 kick). Pagosa: Kern 14 run (Aupperle kick). Pagosa: Schutz 22 run (Aupperle kick). Pagosa: Kern 1 run (Aupperle kick). Pagosa: Rosgen 38 run (Aupperle kick). Montrose Palmer 6 run (16 kick). Pagosa: Charles 4 run (Aupperle kick). Montrose: Palmer 10 yard run (16 kick,). Pagosa: Kern 35 pass to Caler (Aupperle kick). Montrose: Scheer 30 pass to Patton (16 kick). Pagosa: Kern 2 run (Aupperle kick).



Julie Bissell

Julie Bissell, a long-time resident of Pagosa Springs, passed away quietly in the comfort of her home and family Sunday evening, Sept. 22, 2002. Born April. 5, 1951, in Long Beach, Calif., she was the daughter of Walter and Marcia Thomas.

She moved to the Turkey Creek Ranch east of Pagosa Springs in 1953. Julie graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1969 and attended Brigham Young University and Ft. Lewis College.

After a short city interlude with long-time friend and sister-at-heart Carroll Ann Cloman, Julie eventually started a landscaping business in Creede where she met her husband. Nick, and Julie had a son, Rory, while living in South Fork, where she continued her landscaping business and Nick built houses.

The family moved to Pagosa Springs in 1986 where they continued to build, decorate and landscape houses together, as well as develop her business. Growing up on a ranch, Julie developed an early love of nature that continued throughout her life, with passions for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and landscaping with native plants, trees and flowers.

Her sweet smile and friendly, "Well, Hello!" to all she met will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Nick, and son, Rory, of Pagosa Springs; her parents, Walter and Marcia Thomas; her brother, Richard; her sister, Mary Kathryn Carpenter and her friend, Carol Ann Cloman, all of Pagosa Springs.

A remembrance and celebration of Julie Bissell's life was held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Community Bible Church with Pastor Al Deboer officiating.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Rory Bissell Scholarship Fund in care of Bank of the San Juans.

Wahaneta Swanson

Wahaneta Bell Swanson, born in Winoka, Okla., Nov. 10, 1904, passed away in Des Moines, Wash., Sept. 22, 2002. Wahaneta had been a resident of the Durango/Pagosa Springs area for over 80 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Swanson, in 1991, her son, Mike Swanson, and her daughter, Jean Hardman. She is survived by her daughters Wilma Conner of Durango, and Fern Conder of Auburn, Wash.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Interment of the urn will be in Hilltop Cemetery in Pagosa Springs.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Arrangements were by Bonney-Watson, Washington Memorial funeral Home, SeaTac, Wash.

Judith Ulatowski

Judith (Judi) Marian Ulatowski passed away at her Pagosa Springs home Saturday, Sept. 2l, 2002. She was born Aug. 7, 1940, and was raised in Chicago.

She had resided in Pagosa Springs for several years and made many friends here. She was a master gardener, loved to read and did volunteer work on a regular basis.

She was the mother of five, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of two.

She is survived by daughters Linda Gurule of El Paso, Texas, Nina Forte and Candy Crandall of Albuquerque, N.M., and Laurie Moore; and a son, Chris Ulatowski, of Pagosa Springs.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Pagosa Springs Funeral Options. Following at 2:30 p.m. will be a celebration Judi's life and a potluck at the Senior Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray funeral costs may be made at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Anita Forte, Acct. No. 7000370549.

Dawn Zitting

Dawn Zitting, 70, died in her home Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. Born in Salt Lake City July 9, 1932, she was the daughter of William C Romney and Annie D. Cahoon.

Dawn and her husband, Richard, were married in Salt Lake City March 27, 1952, and moved from Albuquerque to Pagosa Springs in 1996.

Dawn had both an undergraduate degree in primary education and her master's degree in guidance counseling.

A housewife, mother of three and grandmother of five, she was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by her husband, Richard, of Pagosa Springs; sons John A. Zitting of Pagosa Springs and Charles W. Zitting of Loveland; a daughter, Laurie Ann O'Daniel of San Antonio, Texas, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pagosa Springs at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Interment will follow at Hilltop Cemetery with Bishop Kyle Canty officiating.


 Inside The Sun

'Dear Liar' set Oct. 4 as performing arts benefit

"Dear Liar" featuring Margaret May and John Porter will be presented Oct. 4 by A Reading Society Ensemble, also known as ARSE.

The production is a biography adapted from the correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, a leading actress of her time and, in fact, the original Eliza Doolittle, a role written especially for her by Shaw.

Their love/hate relationship is revealed in this costumed reading of their letters. It is apparent Shaw has met his match in Mrs. Campbell and in their unusual romance.

May won her first Shakespeare contest when she was a teen-ager in England. She has performed extensively in community and repertoire theater productions throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest. This is her first performance in Colorado. A word of caution: When you see the play you will know why not to call her a veteran.

Porter has performed in and directed many local productions. He has been writing, producing and acting since 1959.

This is being called an evening to remember and an excuse to dress up in Pagosa.

Admission, $15 in advance or $17 at the door includes homemade desserts and gourmet coffees catered by Retha Kornhaber, served on proper china after the performance. Proceeds go to benefit the Friends of Performing Arts and its goal of creating a permanent performing arts center in Pagosa Springs to showcase its considerable local talent.

John Graves will provide music for the evening.

The play will take place at the Ridgeview Mall, beginning at 7 p.m., with a cash bar open at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Wolftracks Bookstore and the Chamber of Commerce.


Photo workshop series will begin Oct. 5

By Jeff Laydon

Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Photo Club will offer a workshop Oct. 5, the first in a Four Seasons Series designed to provide participants interesting destinations and creative counsel to make photography fun and rewarding.

The historic Saddleback Ranch will be the site of the workshop and is a place with endless photo opportunities. It is where the East Fork and West Fork meet to create the San Juan River. There are vintage barns and cabins, old fences, horses, tall aspens and very curious river rock that will delight any shutterbug.

The workshop offers a rare opportunity for visiting Saddleback and the Photo Club is grateful.

Nature and science photographer Jim Steinberg will be guest mentor. Titled "Seeing Light," the workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn from a master of the Colorado landscape. His experience has taken him on assignments around the world, providing fascinating photographs for all types of publications.

Colorado, however, is where he is most happy. He has shown his work in many galleries, including his own in Steamboat Springs. His work is on display at Pagosa Photography through Oct. 12.

Workshop participants will meet Oct. 5 at the gallery in Town Park at 8 a.m. and caravan to the ranch just 10 minutes east of town. Lunch will be served at noon at the At Last Ranch picnic grounds. Workshop fee will be $75 for Arts Council members and $85 for nonmembers.

All levels of ability are invited and participants are encouraged to bring the camera of their choice. A minimum 10 registrants is needed to make the workshop possible, and reservations must be made and paid in advance A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Photo Club.

For more information, call Jeff Laydon at 264-3686 or the Arts Council at 264-5020.

The Photo Club will begin regular monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. All are welcome to attend. Plans are underway to develop a black and white darkroom at the community center.


Clerk's tip leads to car's recovery

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Following a tip from a local business, police were able to recover a Pontiac Trans Am that was reported stolen in Tennessee.

According to Pagosa Springs Police Department reports, an employee at Mataya's - a service station and convenience store in the 400 block of San Juan Street - called dispatch Sept. 19 to report a suspicious person. A motorist had asked to pump gas on credit, explaining that he'd lost his wallet. The employee also noticed dealer's plates on the man's vehicle.

Officer Richard Valdez responded to the scene, questioned the suspect and requested further information on the vehicle, a 2002 Trans Am, from dispatch. A search showed the Trans Am had been reported stolen in Knoxville, Tenn. It had reportedly been driven off the lot at an auto dealership and never returned. The vehicle's value was estimated at $27,000.

The driver, Marcus Bechtol, 29, was arrested on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.


Chromo man hospitalized after trailer load of hay, pickup collide

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

A Chromo man was seriously injured Sept. 20 in a two-vehicle collision near the bottom of Confar Hill on U.S. 84.

According to Colorado State Patrol reports, John C. Lorenzen, 49, was driving north on the highway near Chromo about 10 a.m. when a southbound semitrailer carrying a load of hay overturned and skidded into his lane. The trailer struck Lorenzen's vehicle on the driver's side. The force of impact sent his 1989 Chevrolet pickup off the east side of the road. It then slid down an embankment and overturned, ejecting Lorenzen.

The semitrailer, driven by David W. Lewis, of Magazine, Ark., turned on its side and also slid off the east side of the highway, spilling its load on the shoulder, down an embankment and over a barbed wire fence.

The Colorado State Patrol, Archuleta County sheriff's deputies, Emergency Medical Services, Archuleta County road crews and the Pagosa Fire Protection District responded to the scene. State Patrol Cpl. Randy Talbot investigated the incident.

Lorenzen was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington by Air Care helicopter. To speed transport, traffic was stopped so the helicopter could land directly on the highway.

As of Wednesday, a hospital representative said, Lorenzen remained in the intensive care unit in serious but stable condition.

The semitrailer driver, 40, was taken to Mary Fisher Medical Center where he was treated and released. According to the accident report, Lewis was cited for careless driving causing injury.


LPEA supplier hikes fee 7 percent; consumer rate will rise

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Three weeks ago La Plata Electric alerted its customers that its primary provider of electric power, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, was planning a rate increase.

The size of the increase - 7 percent - is what had been predicted and represents the second consecutive annual upward rate adjustment, bringing the Class A wholesale rate to 43.59 mills or 4.36 cents per kilowatt-hour.

La Plata Electric, like the 43 other members of Tri-State's distribution system, will pass all or at least a portion of the increase along to its consumers. Member rates are set independently of each other and of Tri-State, depending on the specific financial and operational circumstances faced by each system. Wholesale power supply normally makes up the largest component of retail cost.

Using a recent LPEA bill for comparison indicates average residential cost per day was $1.58 based on an average of 17 kilowatt-hours use per day. That figures to .21 cents per kilowatt hour. Adding the Tri-State increase would hike the daily cost for that home by about 82 cents, to a total of $2.40 per day. To that is added a county tax each month. In the sample study, that means a total bill increase from $53 per month to less than $56 per month.

A Tri-State spokesman noted the current average rate it charges distributors is still lower than the rate it was charging in 1986, which was 46 mills or 4.6 cents per kilowatt-hour.

He said the primary reason for the rate increase can be traced to drought conditions persisting throughout the West and the negative effects it has had on hydroelectricity operations and availability. Historically, Tri-State has been the single largest purchaser of hydropower from the Western Area Power Administration - and has sold that cost-effective power to its member distribution systems.

However, he said, significantly less power has been produced at federal hydro facilities over the past two years because of the lack of water. That, combined with the constant growing demand for electricity throughout the distribution area, has required Tri-State to supplement its generating resources by purchasing more expensive power on the open market and by investing in the development of additional generating assets.

Tri-State, headquartered in Westminster, operates two coal-fired power plants in Colorado - one at Craig and one at Nucla - and another near Prewitt, N.M. and has ownership in a Wyoming plant.


Fire district inclusion vote may be delayed

By John M. Motter

Staff Writer

The dates and provisions of an election to decide if a portion of Archuleta County should be included in the Los Pinos Fire Protection District by the Ignacio-based special district may be changed, according to Floyd Smith, a Bayfield attorney representing the district.

"I'm going to recommend that the election be moved back a month (from the Nov. 5 General Election) to December 3," Smith said. "We have time issues with getting the ballots printed."

Smith said his recommendations will be considered at the next regular meeting of the Los Pinos district board Oct. 14.

If Smith's recommendations are approved, the questions on the ballot will be divided. On Dec. 3, the question of inclusion will be put before voters in the area proposed for inclusion. Smith proposes a second election during November of 2003 to consider TABOR ballot issues required by the state. The TABOR issues deal with language defining taxation and tax revenues connected with the proposed inclusion.

Even with the election delays, there will be no change in the time when the district will start receiving revenue if voters approve the inclusion. The earliest possible year for receiving revenue is 2004, Smith said.

"There is a good side to all of this," he added. "It gives us more opportunity to evaluate the financial situation and put together the pros and cons."

Smith pointed out the proposed changes are only recommendations to the fire district board. Final action concerning holding the election is in the hands of the board.

When and if the inclusion issue is put before voters, if a majority of those who vote do so in the affirmative, residents living in the included area will receive fire protection services provided by the Los Pinos Fire Protection District. The district's main office is in Ignacio. Eligible to vote are all people who own property or live in the area proposed for inclusion.

Proposed for inclusion are two parcels of land. Property owners and residents of the first parcel vote the inclusion issue on that parcel only. Property owners and residents living in the second parcel vote only on inclusion for their parcel.

The first parcel, called the Mount Allison Inclusion, proposes to take into the Los Pinos Fire District all of the land within Ignacio School District boundaries not already included within the fire district. That includes land located in the southeast corner of La Plata County and stretching into the southwest corner of Archuleta County. Included are the communities of Tiffany, Allison and Arboles. The Archuleta County portion extends up the Piedra River to, roughly, Fossett Gulch Road.

All votes cast in the Mount Allison inclusion will be totaled to determine the outcome of that inclusion proposal, irrespective of whether voters live in La Plata or Archuleta counties

Smith said, in general, the same questions and conditions will be contained on future ballots as are listed on the proposed Nov. 5 ballot. Language on the current ballot concerning the Mount Allison inclusion contains two questions and two conditions.

The first ballot question asks voters if the described property should be included subject to the following conditions.

Condition A: The board of directors of the district and the proponents in the Mount Allison area recognize and agree that the inclusion shall not have any adverse economic impact on the residents of the district or the insurance fire rating for the existing district. It is recognized that funds to acquire real property, construct fire station improvements, and provide firefighting apparatus, equipment, and volunteers for the Mount Allison area shall be an obligation of the taxpayers and residents in that area.

Condition B: The residents of the Mount Allison area shall make arrangements for the donation of real property for the construction of a fire station upon such property, together with donations of labor, materials, and money which will allow a station to be constructed and equipped with firefighting apparatus and equipment which can be funded through grants, lease purchase arrangements, or other financing mechanisms by a mill levy not to exceed 1.5 mills. This levy shall be in addition to the operating levy to which all of the property in the district is subject.

The second ballot question asks: Shall the Mount Allison subdistrict of the Los Pinos Fire Protection District taxes be increased by an amount not to exceed $46,500 annually in the first full year (2003) and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter by a mill levy at a rate of 1.5 mills for the purpose of paying all expenses of acquiring, operating, and maintaining district facilities and services and shall the proceeds of such taxes and all other revenues of the district and investment earnings thereon be collected and spent without limiting the collection or spending of any other district revenues or funds?

The second parcel is called the Cabezon Canyon Inclusion.

Referral Question C asks if the area described should become a part of the Los Pinos Fire Protection District. The conditions and Question D connected with the Cabezon Canyon ballot issue are the same as those connected with the Mount Allison inclusion except that the limit on the amount of taxes collected during 2003 is $4,000.

Bill Helms, representing a group of Archuleta County citizens he says are opposed to "our tax dollars leaving Archuleta County," appeared before the Archuleta County commissioners Tuesday. Helms presented the reasons he and others oppose including property located in Archuleta County in the Los Pinos Fire Protection District. Helms says he has the signatures of 126 landowners who want to "keep our taxes within Archuleta County."

A group of citizens, purportedly represented by a committee including Helms, prefer that the proposed inclusion properties located within Archuleta County be included in the Pagosa Fire Protection District.

"They approached us," said Warren Grams, chief of the Pagosa district, "but we didn't have time to adequately prepare for this year's ballot."


Town shuts off park hydrants due to thefts

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Pagosa Springs town crews turned off the water hydrants in Town Park and behind the River Center at the east end of town Monday after being alerted that people were filling large tanks with town water.

Town Administrator Jay Harring-ton said a pair of private trucks were spotted filling tanks over the weekend.

"We used to leave them open so people could fill small water bottles and things, but we have to pay for the water usage," he said. With people trying to take advantage of the opportunity, the town has decided to turn off those taps.


County agrees to Loma Linda road plan

By John M. Motter

Staff Writer

Certain roads in the Loma Linda subdivision will be completed, based on an agreement reached between Archuleta County, the Loma Linda Metropolitan District and Loma Linda Ltd., the developer.

Tuesday's agreement is the latest in a long list of actions dating back more than a decade and related to the completion of roads and other improvements in the subdivision.

One of those actions was the developer's commitment of proceeds from the sale of a number of lots toward completing improvements. Tuesday's action takes the final $4,500 remaining from that fund, and adds enough money from the metropolitan district to raise the total to $10,000.

The money will be used to purchase materials needed to complete Buck Drive, Conifer Drive, La Tierra Court and a portion of 8 Mile Loop. Archuleta County will provide labor and equipment to accomplish the task.

A condition of the contract releases the developer from responsibility for construction of the roads named. The contract does not relieve the developer from other unfinished improvements in the agreement, according to Mary Weiss, the county attorney.

If the $10,000 is not enough to complete the specified work, the metropolitan district shall supply money to purchase materials needed for completion.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners accomplished the following tasks.

- New building inspection fees are being waived for Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District buildings. Inspections will continue to insure conformity with building regulations.

- A contract allowing Energy and Engines Technology Corporation to become the fixed base operator at Stevens Field was approved in concept.

- Action was postponed on a request to allow the National Rifle Association to use the county firing range located near the county landfill on Trujillo Road. Before approval will be granted, the proposal will be routed through the county planning process, a public hearing conducted and questions answered as to how exclusive the NRA's usage might be.

- County administrator Bill Steele was authorized to advertise for a county engineer. If hired, the engineer will be funded under next year's budget. Commissioner Gene Crabtree said conditions in the county have reached the point that an engineer is needed. Bill Downey, chairman of the board of county commissioners, said he disagreed when the last engineer resigned and was not replaced, and he favors hiring an engineer.

- A Davis Engineering Services bid of $120,000 was accepted for engineering work on South Pagosa Boulevard preparatory to paving that thoroughfare.


Nine more horses test positive for WNV

Nine additional horses tested positive last week for West Nile Virus in eight Colorado counties: (1) Adams, (2) Arapahoe, (1) Lincoln, (1) Moffat, (1) Otero, (1) Prowers, (1) Weld and (1) Yuma. Horses cannot infect other animals or people with WNV.

With these additional cases, a total of 242 horses have tested positive for the virus in 26 counties: Adams (4), Arapahoe (3), Baca (3), Bent (4), Boulder (2), Cheyenne (1), El Paso (2), Elbert (4), Fremont (3), Huerfano (1), Jefferson (1), Kit Carson (1), Larimer (17), Las Animas (1), Lincoln (2), Logan (25), Moffat (1), Morgan (17), Otero (19), Phillips (6), Prowers (5), Pueblo (25), Sedgwick (10), Washington (5), Weld (74) and Yuma (6). Of these 242 horses, at least 61 of them have died.

With additional cases expected, officials at the Colorado Department of Agriculture recommend vaccinating horses as well as using mosquito repellant on their animals.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture can test for West Nile Virus. The Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory offers the testing Monday through Wednesday on equine serum. The fee is $4.75 per sample with results within 48 hours. Samples must be sent to CDA-RMRAHL, 2331 W. 31st Ave., Denver, CO 80211.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Internet at or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site at


Hunter education classes scheduled

Two hunter education classes have been scheduled in October in the Pagosa Springs Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

The first class is Oct. 17 and 18 and the second Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Hours will be 6-10 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Students must attend both Thursday and Friday sessions. Those wanting to attend the Friday session only will not be admitted.

Class cost will be $20 per student for these courses open to anyone wishing to obtain a hunter safety card.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, is required to have such a card before they can purchase a hunting license.

All programs, services and activities of the Colorado Division of Wildlife are operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need accommodation due to a disability, contact Doug Purcell or Mike Reid at 254-2131 or Don Volger at 264-4151. To assure that the Division of Wildlife can meet your needs, make that notification at least seven days before the class.

The courses are sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Police Department in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.


Breast cancer survivors sought

The American Cancer Society is looking for breast cancer survivors in Archuleta County who would like to reach out through the Reach to Recovery volunteer program to other women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis.

Reach to Recovery helps a breast cancer patient meet the emotional, physical and cosmetic needs related to her disease and its treatment. The program is one involving women reaching out to share experiences and give support to another in time of need.

The Reach to Recovery volunteer visitor is carefully screened and once selected, will receive six hours of training. The volunteer visitor is someone who is at least one-year post treatment for breast cancer and also meets the following criteria:

- She has been screened and trained by the American Cancer Society.

- She is well-adjusted and emotionally stable.

- She has knowledge of professional ethics.

- She will maintain confidentiality.

- She participates in ongoing training updates.

For more information and a Reach to Recovery application, contact the American Cancer Society office and Jean Bruscia at 247-0278.



Local inhospitality

Dear Editor:

One of my most enjoyable weekends of the whole year is Colorfest. It is one weekend I like to stop the busyness and enjoy our town. I am thankful I live in such a friendly town. Not everyone is friendly though read on.

During the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to meet several pilots and crew who come here to enjoy the sport they truly love. I have found them to be so friendly and easygoing even when they are told about "unfriendly landing territory."

Unfortunately, I witnessed first-hand an inhospitable encounter while accompanying a pilot and crew. A local man gruffly asked what we were doing on his field with our truck. The land he was speaking of was a new development outside of town that was partially fenced with barbed wire. There was heavy machinery, but no homes were being built and the land was not being used for grazing.

He said the truck was packing down the earth (which is rather ironic when a bulldozer was in the same field). I'm not a rancher, but I do know that there was nothing at all growing there. Personally, I feel more damage is being done by the heavy machinery driving down our roads to develop yet another subdivision in Pagosa Springs.

I was shocked and embarrassed by this locally prominent man and would welcome his phone call if I've gotten any of the facts incorrect. I'm certainly glad I know a lot of friendly locals or I just might not enjoy living here as much as I do.


Melinda Baum

Goofy charges

Dear Editor,

Over the years, I've seen a lot of goofy charges aimed at conservatives, and I guess I would count among the goofiest the one from a recent writer who fears a more conservative judiciary would result in "legislation by the courts." Goodness gracious, inventing extra-constitutional pseudo-rights has been the stock-in-trade of left-wing Democrat judges since the 1960s, a fact few of them could dispute.

Perhaps the writer's confusion stems from his mistaken belief that the classic liberals from our early history and the self-described liberals of today share any intellectual genes. This is a common affliction but, fortunately, the cure is simple.

Since freedom of thought is one of liberalism's fundamental beliefs, I suggest the fretful writer express an idea on any major university campus that does not strictly conform to the shopworn socialist, anti-business, radical feminist cant espoused by the virtually pure Democrat faculty he will find there. I believe he will quickly learn the difference between a liberal and a leftist autocrat.

Personally, I like to imagine and work toward a Supreme Court comprised of John Ashcroft and strict constitutional constructionists just like him. Ashcroft's major failing in the eyes of the left, of course, is that when he reads the U.S. Constitution, he understands it. This was demonstrated, to the rage of the Democrat press, by his recent pronouncement that the Second Amendment established an individual right, an opinion shared by 75 percent of Americans.

The only danger we face from a court of Ashcroft's and men like him is that we would once again live in a country recognizable to Washington and Jefferson - warts and all.

N. G. Constan


Dear Editor:

Your article two weeks ago concerning an organization calling itself LASSO indicated that they had 13 animals in their custody which were impounded by the sheriff's office and partly recognized the effects that the drought and the economy have had on local citizens, particularly those owning livestock.

One could gather from the article that their interest might be to assist local horse owners in caring for their animals. Further, from the picture of the horse they chose to display (see page A14, September 12, 2000 SUN), one would certainly deduce that all 13 horses in their custody were really in sad shape.

Now for a few so-far-untold facts about this issue. All 13 horses were seized from the same ranch on Saturday, Sept. 7. The owner had been feeding alfalfa until about three weeks earlier when only grass feed became available. With grass' lower nutrient level, the horses began to lose weight. The owner arranged for two eight-horse trailers to take 15 horses to auction. Caring very much about the animals, the owner called around in search of local buyers who might be interested.

On the morning of the horse auction, several people appeared at the ranch. One person bought two horses, and another received one for free. Note that the owner was more concerned about finding a good home for the horse than selling it. Without identifying themselves as such, members of LASSO assured the owner that they were so interested in the rest of the herd that they wanted to buy all horses available for sale.

When the trailers arrived to take the horses intended for auction, LASSO's efforts increased. Convinced to trust them, the owner released the trailers without loading any horses for auction. Shortly, a sheriff's deputy arrived, and the seizure began. What deceit.

LASSO had made no effort to contact the owner to express their immediate concern, nor had they made any offers to help. When confronted with this, the self-acknowledged leader of the group said that they had. When pressed further, he stated that they had done so 11/2 years ago.

Much concern was expressed by LASSO members concerning what has become their poster child for this raid (previously referenced picture). When asked directly if that horse was typical or atypical of the herd, this same man precisely stated, "Atypical." Further, this horse had been abandoned by its true owner in even worse shape, and LASSO knew it. Now, by posing with only this horse, they obviously intend to mislead others into thinking that this horse is representative of the rest of the herd.

Had LASSO not interfered and had they not lied to the owner, 15 horses would have been gone from the ranch, possibly netting the owner up to $4,000-5,000 with which to care for the remaining herd. Business owners try to cut their expense.

The actions of LASSO on Sept. 7 were despicable.

Ken Koy


Dear Editor:

What a majestic weekend was had by all of the pilots and crews attending this year's Colorfest Balloon Rally. The perfect weather gave us two days of spectacular flying and we could not have asked for a more beautiful balloon glow.

We have never seen such a tremendous turnout for morning launches and the community's support for this event has never been felt more steadfastly. Thank you to all the locals who came out to crew and take part in the fun. Special thanks goes out to our business and accommodations sponsors who make this weekend happen. I am proud and grateful to be associated with each of you.

Our pilots, sponsors and crews again came through in our fifth year of support for Hospice of Mercy's Camp Cascade. A little over $2,000 was raised over the weekend to benefit their children's grief camp, and the continued generosity of these people each year, speaks volumes about their hearts.

We have already started working on Winterfest (if you can believe it) and 30 balloons pre-registered before heading out of town. We look forward to another gorgeous display in February with our winter wonderland as the backdrop, and hope that all of Pagosa will come out and experience the wonder of ballooning.

Soft landings,

Liz Marchand


Dear Editor:

Reluctantly, I'll have to admit that the Three Amigo Fungi did kind of grow on you at the Sept. 17 public meeting where they ceremoniously, but without hesitation, overwhelmed the airport authority board faster than new spores-a-sprouting.

That evening, the airport board's controlling rope-a-dope philosophy came to an abrupt end. I believe it was the first time that these three commissioners have simultaneously agreed on any major decision - ever. It's always been those infamous "two votes" against the one in the recent past.

But I will remain very leery of our local bacteria possibly germinating too rapidly, once again, on pork projects - good and bad. We'll also have to wait to see if the fungi are inundated by concrete from the batch plant or not.

Commissioner Ecker's comments at the Sept. 17 meeting indicated that even he didn't like what was going on at airport authority board meetings. I guess it placed an unsavory tang in his mouth; must have been deeper decay developing.

What was going on, commissioner? Is there anything else being hidden? This taxpayer doesn't deal well with secrets when his tax money is involved. And the public learns nothing if you're tight-lipped.

It's difficult to conceive that the now defunct airport board was actually given control of taxpayer money for any reason. And it was going on since 1991. Unbelievable.

Could it now be possible that our "Amigos" will begin to take action on the many excellent ideas the community planning folks spent weeks and months researching? Many of which are probably buried under Coke cans, candy wrappers and stale doughnuts just decomposing somewhere in a commissioner's desk. Or will any positive movement only be the result of a pending commissioner election?

Will county government now begin to function by implementing the majority will of its voters? Somehow, I doubt it. It's still gonna be a mighty long trek to nirvana with these "three molds." Isn't a mold also blind?

The local uninformed dimwit,

Jim Sawicki

No rights

Dear Editor:

The rules and regulations recently adopted by the board of directors of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, which replace the previously adopted rules of Feb. 18, 1999, that were amended on Dec. 9, 1999, and will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2002, states under Animal Control: "A Nuisance Barking Dog is one whose loud habitual and persistent barking, howling, yelping, whining is sufficient enough to interfere with any person in the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life or property."

Bears and coyotes are no reason for your dog to bark, and as it was explained to me by the PLPOA panel, if even one bark wakes a neighbor and he complains, you are at fault.

Got a neighbor you don't like? If he has a dog, you've got him. File a nuisance barking dog complaint, whether the dog barks or not. The rules say "any person" so therefore, there is no reason for the PLPOA to listen to all the other neighbors who have no problem with the animal.

Hey, if you have another buddy in the neighborhood, get him to file a complaint, too. If you really want to make it look good just write down the times you say you hear barking.

You don't even have to show up at the panel hearing, just write a letter about the dog bothering you. Not only will the dog owner have his time taken up with all this, he will be fined $50 for the second offense and $100 for every time you file a complaint. The PLPOA gets no revenue from fines if they rule in favor of the dog owner. Now you've got him.

Keep filing those complaints, every week if you want to. Not only have you got your neighbor through his pocketbook (and this adds quickly), wasted his valuable time, but you are also helping to fill PLPOA's coffers.

Scary, huh, dog owners? There are certainly some legitimate nuisance barking dog complaints, but they at least should be proven that it is a neighborhood problem not simply a vengeance complaint. If the PLPOA has the right to fine you then they also have the obligation to get the facts from the surrounding neighbors to determine this. There is no provision for fact-finding and appears to be no reason to so if "any person" can control your whole neighborhood.

Recently, the PLPOA panel informed me "dog owners have no rights." We definitely should have rights and not be discriminated against. Think about, it, fellow dog owners.

By the way, there are no rules for dog owners and neighbors regarding "nuisance harassing neighbors." I'm sure many of us think there should be. It's time we dog owners take a stand and demand our right as citizens of our community.

If you have any interest, please send me a letter to 65 Cortez Court, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Ann Willis


 Community News
Pagosa Lakes News

'Is there a purpose or design

in life?' Julie had the answer

By Ming Steen

SUN Columnist

On Sunday night we lost Julie Bissell. Over the last year, as her family and friends rallied around her, she fought and endured nobly the cancer that claimed her body. Julie believed in her mortality, the sense that we are eventually going to crack up and be extinguished like the flame of a candle.

I say it is OK. It makes us sober; it makes us sad; and many of us, it makes poetic. But above it all, it makes it possible for us to make up our mind and arrange to live sensibly, truthfully and always with a sense of our own limitations.

It gives peace, also, because true peace of mind comes from accepting the worst.

On one of our snowboarding outings, after having completed one exhilarating run after another, I asked Julie, "Is there a purpose or design in life?"

Without puzzlement, she answered easily and quickly, "I'm enjoying life - this gift of living."

How well I remember that morning. Suddenly, the sky seemed bluer, the snow purer, the air crisper and we were both very alive and very happy. At that frozen moment in time, we understood the charm of living, we loved life heartily, but loved it with restraint.

Julie worked fruitfully creating beautiful landscapes; she lived happily with her husband, Nick and son, Rory. She accepted her role as wife and mother with reverence and clarity. She enjoyed her friendships with simplicity and toward the end, it was the simple acts of love that helped her endure. In her death, she left contented and grateful for having enjoyed this short, but precious gift of life.

Good, bad, or indifferent, big or small, Julie's influences continue. The things she's done and the words she's said live after her in the huge stream of life, which goes on forever.


Senior News

Thanks, Dawnie, for 24 years of delicious meals

By Janet Copeland

SUN Columnist

Happy 24th anniversary, Dawnie. Dawnie Silva has been feeding our seniors for 24 years, and we really appreciate her dedication and delicious meals.

We are so sorry to learn that Judy Ulatowski passed away. She was a faithful member and volunteer at our Center. Please check the paper for service place and time.

Thanks to Rep. Kay Alexander and her assistant Betty Medford, who joined us Friday for a very meaningful question and answer session regarding needs in this area and how she, as a state legislator, can help.

Issues addressed included the need for a hospital here and more doctors, the need for more low-income housing, lower grocery prices, nutritional needs, doctors opting out of Medicare and funding for the senior program.

Kay is campaigning for the state Senate representing our district, and comes to us with many years of experience, both in government and in agriculture, working with children and families, working with seniors and health care.

We also thank Chuck Allen of the Pagosa Springs Police Department for his presentation to our volunteers who will be serving beer to customers at the Oktoberfest. He gave us a lot of good advice, which should be very helpful for all events where beer is served.

Thanks to David Hopkins, who taught the beginning bridge classes. There will be no more classes in the near future but, hopefully, they can be resumed if someone will volunteer to teach them.

Remember, the Archuleta Senior Citizens Inc. will sponsor an Oktoberfest fund-raiser for our seniors, which will take place in the multipurpose room of the new Community Center Oct. 19. There will be German music, German food, German beer, sodas, tea and coffee. Please notice our blue/black posters around town, and everyone mark your calendars for Oct. 19.

The T-shirts imprinted with our Silver Foxes Den logo have arrived. Contact Musetta or Laura if you wish to purchase one. Cost is $10 each.

We were happy to have Paul and Laurie Carpino visit as guests of Fran Shelton Monday. Paul and Laurie are interested in getting a group together to play cribbage. If you would like to join them, please advise Musetta or Laura at the Senior Center.

A big welcome to the following guests and returning members: Glenda Cloward, Mamie Lynch, Ben Horseman, Patrish and John Diehl (from Arboles), Sandra Million (daughter-in-law of our Dorothy Million), Ludmila Matuska, Charlotte Archuleta, Anna Boston (from Wyoming), Millie Johnson, Viriginia Sheets, Martha Thomas, Ruth Engwall, Chuck and Kathy Guisinger, Rose and Johnny Sosa (Adalina Lobato's sister and brother-in-law) and Carol Tindell.

Today the Area Agency on Aging will conduct its bimonthly meeting in our new "den." We welcome Sally Johnson, the agency director, and the dedicated volunteers who oversee the financial operation of area senior centers and help us with operational issues.

Don Hurt needs someone to teach the AARP 55 Alive Drivers Education Class. Contact Don at 264-2337 if you are willing to help out.

Upcoming events

Mondays: Chair Exercise led by Dru Sewell, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. with Glenda Gloward; Bridge for Fun at 1 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should sign up in advance at the center.

Tuesdays: Yoga by Richard Harris at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesdays: Computer class with Sam Matthews at 10:30 a.m.

Fridays: Qi Gong with Vasuke at 10 a.m. and Medicare counseling at 12:30 p.m. with Jim Hanson.


Veterans Corner

Plans for Oct. 3 forum are taking shape

Plans for the Community Veteran's Forum are shaping up well as we approach Oct. 3. It will be held at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds Building starting at 6:30 p.m.

I have received acknowledgments from quite a few representatives of various VA benefits and service areas. Several guests will be on hand from the Albuquerque VA Medical Center, in particular Clinic Operations, to explain about VA Health Care and the new Durango VA contract outpatient clinic. Of particular interest will be how they plan to integrate and transfer veterans from existing enrollment and health care, into the new clinic.

Guest panelists will also be on hand to represent Homelake and Walsenburg VA nursing homes and the services they offer. Representatives from the state and regional VA centers will be on hand to explain VA compensation, pension and other claims benefits.

Representatives of Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Sen. Wayne Allard, Rep. Scott McInnis, and State Sen. Jim Isgar have indicated they will be on hand to update our veterans on current state and national veteran's legislation. It is also hoped there will be representative attending from the Santa Fe VA cemetery. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask general questions from the floor to any of the guest panelist.

Following this portion of the program we will break for refreshments. Time allowing, individuals may also have the opportunity to discuss specific or individual related questions to the panelists. We will also be able to fill out VA Health Care applications for the Durango and Chama clinics.

The Durango clinic is now taking phone calls and applications for veteran enrollment at the new clinic. It is expected the first level of veterans to be seen at the Durango Clinic will be those who are already enrolled in VA Health Care, and are being seen at the Farmington VA Clinic. This clinic has been "frozen" to new applicants since late last year. Farmington should open up again to new patients with the transfer of many southern Colorado veterans to Durango.

The second level of veterans who will be seen at the Durango clinic are those already enrolled in VA Health Care with the Albuquerque VA medical system, but not yet receiving attention from a primary health care provider.

A third level that ultimately will be seen at Durango is new applicants. There could be a substantial amount of time before the transitions and transfers can be completed. It is anticipated about four new VA patients a day will be added to the Durango patient load. This would add up to about 1,400 VA patients in the first year of operation.

I urge all veterans with scheduled appointments at other VA health care facilities to keep those appointments. Do not cancel your current appointments. The wait and scheduling to be seen at the Durango clinic is uncertain at this time.

The Durango Clinic is located at 3575 North Main Ave. This is at the north end of town, on the left, just past the old City Market. The phone number for Durango is 247-2214. Veterans may also obtain information about VA Health Care by calling the Albuquerque VA Medical Center at (800) 465-8262 (Ext. 2844 or 2660), the Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000, or contact the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, as indicated below.

For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Veterans Service Office located on the lower floor of the Archuleta County Courthouse. The office number is 264-2304, the fax number is 264-5949, and e-mail is The office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Friday by appointment. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for registration with the county, application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.


Arts Line

Exhibit opens two-artist reception tonight

By Pamela Bomkamp

Tonight there will be an exhibit opening reception for two of our local artists - "Mised" Soledad Estrada-Leo and Clara Estrada Barber.

Soledad Estrada-Leo will show her portraits and landscapes as well as her delicate, hand painted watercolor eggs. Clara Estrada Barber will show her portraits and animals in pastel and pencil. Come see this wonderful exhibit at the gallery in Town Park tonight from 5-7 p.m. If you cannot make it tonight, be sure to stop by before Oct. 16. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ballet fund-raisers

The San Juan Festival Ballet Company, a division of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, will produce several fund-raisers for its Christmas performance in "A Holiday Gala" and featuring excerpts from "The Nutcracker Ballet."

A multiple family garage sale - the first of two fund-raising events - will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 218 Spring Court. You can call 731-3308 for more information and directions. If you have any items you would like to donate, call Stephanie at 264-5068.

The second event is the Sleeping Beauty Sleepover. Children 5 and up will play games, dance in a creative dance class, and watch the ballet, "Sleeping Beauty." Dinner will consist of spaghetti, mixed green salad, a drink and dessert. Breakfast will be oatmeal, fruit and juice. This event will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and end at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Cost for the sleepover is $35 for the entire event, or $20 for Friday from 6-9 p.m. Call Stephanie to reserve your child's space.

Photo workshops

The Historic Saddleback Ranch will be the first destination in a series of photography workshops offered by the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Photography Club.

Nature and science photographer Jim Steinberg will be the guest mentor. His experience has taken him on assignments around the world, providing fascinating photography for all types of publications. He has shown his work in may galleries including his own in Steamboat Springs. Locally, his work is on display at Pagosa Photography Studio.

Those who want to participate should meet at the gallery in Town Park at 8 a.m. Oct. 5. They will then caravan to Saddleback Ranch just 10 miles east of town. Lunch will be provided and served at 11 a.m. at the ranch. Workshop fee will be $75 for Arts Council members and $85 for nonmembers. This workshop is limited, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Photography Club. For more information contact Jeff Laydon at 264-3686.

Pretenders production

Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater's next production, "Escape on Broadway," is scheduled for Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. The four shows will be performed at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Directing the performances is Sabine Elge. Pagosa Pretenders Theater encourages family involvement in the theater and its past productions include "Wizard of Oz," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Arabian Nights."

For more information and to become involved with the organization call Sabine at 731-3506.

Volunteers needed

Anyone interested in volunteering time at the gallery in Town Park, or at Arts Council functions like our occasional snack booths, call Joanne at 264-5020.

The "Petroglyph," our quarterly newsletter, is looking for businesses interested in inserting a flyer into the center of the newsletter. Interested business owners should contact Stephanie at 264-5068.

Other news

Stop by the Town Park gallery for your copies of volumes 1 and 2 of the CD sampler "A Local Gathering."

If anyone has Pagosa Springs art related information that we could use for the Arts Line column, call Joanne at the gallery or email it to

City Market/Krogers will donate funds to the Arts Council at no cost to the customer. Our City Markets will donate a small percent of your purchase to the Pagosa Springs Arts Council each time you shop at the market and use your City Market value card. All you need to do is come in to the gallery at Town Park and sign up. It is a great way to support the arts in our community without a lot of effort. You can call Joanne for more information at 264-5020.

Our gallery is located in Town Park, at 314 Hermosa St. For information, phone 264-5020 or check out the Web site


Chamber News

Color Colorfest a volunteers' triumph

By Sally Hameister

PREVIEW Columnist

From where I was standing, it was a near-perfect Colorfest weekend, and we sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. The perfect fall weather was about as good as it gets in Colorado, and we are eternally grateful for that, as well as thankful for the multitude of helping hands that made it possible.

As always, we get by only with the help of our friends, and we never take that for granted, I assure you. Allow me to thank the following folks for their invaluable contribution to such a wonderful weekend: Ron and Sheila Hunkin, Mark, Erica, Ben and Josh DeVoti, Ken, Jan, daughters and friend, Marti Capling, Joe and Lillian Steele, Robert Soniat, Bonnie Master, Dick Babillis, Angie and Mark Dahm, Nan Rowe, Will and Christie Spears, Sally Theesfeld and Walter Hovatter, Steven Potter and daughters, Ken and Angie Gayhart, Sara Scott, Sue Gast, Don and Mary McKeehan, Nathan Trowbridge, Dalas and Carrie Weisz, Vicki Appenzeller, Julia Donoho, Bob Hemenger and Toby and Renae Karlquist.

Special thanks to the Evil One, Betty Johann, for her help and for creating our wild and crazy jungle costumes. One has to wonder about the well from which these costumes spring, hmmmm? She is one clever devil that's for sure.

Thanks to Bill Hudson for the stage loan, to Chuck Allen for showing up at the Wine and Cheese Tasting to oversee the evening, and to the Dale family, Jerry, Eddie, Darla, Kathy and Tom for providing those fabulous South African wines to a most appreciative audience. They were exceptional. We appreciate George and Marcia at Copper Coin for providing the lovely wines in addition to the South African selections. I confess that the White Merlot is my absolute favorite.

Kathy and Kirsten at Pagosa Baking Company came up with four of the best blasted desserts I've ever tasted, which is why we ran out of the little jewels. How nice that you can go by their place of business and buy all you like of any one of them. Dan Aupperle once again provided the keg for the non-wine drinkers and certainly garnered some big fans in that department. Charlie and Emily Rogers provided our shelter with their great tents, and Bill Nobles was so generous with tables and chairs from the Extension building. Rio Jazz kept everyone happy with their wonderful music while the crowd enjoyed the fabulous meal provided by Vince Sencich and the gang at Enzo's Catering. The food was wonderful and Vince was as organized as anyone I've ever seen.

Last but far from least I want to thank two couples who worked their fingers to the bone this weekend and for many weeks prior. Liz and Mike Marchand have actually been working for many years to create this spectacular event which seems to get better every year. This year we had about 50 pilots and crew, and the Marchands did a masterful job of organization to get them all housed, fed and happy. If you missed "the glow" out at the fairgrounds, you missed one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Doug and Morna Trowbridge here at the Chamber have pretty much been working on this event since this time last year. I honestly don't know that anyone can imagine the work involved in pulling off a weekend loaded with so many events that require fastidious attention to detail, massive organization and prodigious physical demands. These two never stopped and anticipated each and every move. Somehow they even found time to crew for one of the balloons which makes me tired just thinking about it. Once again I will remind everyone of how fortunate we are that this dedicated family works for the Chamber.

SunDowner sponsorship

Please remember to show up at the Visitor Center Tuesday morning if you would like to sponsor a SunDowner in 2003. You will have to appear or send a representative to claim your month. Keep in mind that there are only 10 dates available because the Chamber sponsors the Mardi Gras in January and Colorfest in September leaving only ten months for business sponsorship. Traditionally businesses are partial to the summer months because they like to have the party outside.

Just in case you aren't familiar with this amazingly popular Chamber-sponsored event, we do indeed have a business/social function once a month from 5-7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at a host business. The sponsoring business is responsible for all the food served and the Chamber brings all the libations to include wine, beer, sodas and water. The obvious benefit of hosting this monthly affair is the opportunity to showcase your business and familiarize the 100-150 people who attend with what you do and where to find you. These SunDowners have become enormously popular as witnessed by the over 200 in attendance at the recent Arts Council SunDowner.

If you have any questions, just give us a call at 264-2360. Otherwise, just show up at the Visitor Center Oct. 1. I will caution you that since the SunDowners are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, you may want to consider arriving rather early to claim the month of your choice. The classic year was when one business sent a representative who arrived at 4:30 a.m. with a lounge chair, newspapers and coffee to assure their first-come status which, of course, they did. I don't recommend coming at 4:30, but you would do well to come before 8.

Escape on Broadway

A heads-up on the latest Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater production that will be forthcoming Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at the high school auditorium. "Escape on Broadway" is an original play, a madcap romp down Broadway with insert scenes from many favorite Broadway productions. Directing will be Sabine Elge, a recent arrival from the New York-New Jersey area where she gained a broad musical, art and theatrical background. Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater encourages family involvement in the theater process and in the past has presented "Wizard of Oz", "1001 Arabian Knights," "2002 A Space Oddity" and "Sleeping Beauty." If you would like more information about "Escape on Broadway" please give Sabine a call at 731-3506.

Autumn bridal showcase

The Western Colorado Wedding Guide presents the largest wedding show in the Four Corners area Sept. 29, from noon-4 p.m. at the Ridgewood Events Center, Blue Lake Ranch, in Hesperus. This informative day features seminars addressing honeymoon destinations, tips on receptions, registries, flowers and photos. Caterers will provide samples of their reception food and cake selections, photographers will be happy to take pictures of the future bride and groom and there will be a display of the latest fashions in bridal gowns. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded to include a free wedding gown from Bridal Mart, a free wedding night suite at The Lodge at Tamarron, Cascade Village or the Strater Hotel, a free Carnival Cruise from Bridal Mart, a wedding decoration package from Alli's Accents or a giant basket from Dillard's Department Store. Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 online at or call (970) 884-6001. Local exhibiting vendors at this show include Canyon Crest Lodge, The Ridge at Pagosa and Charlie and Emily Rogers with A&P Tents.

Car show

The folks at The Springs are proud to announce their first-ever car show this weekend featuring street rods, classic, custom, antique, four-wheelers, muscle and pick-ups. God forbid I should sound sexist, but it sounds like "Guy Heaven" to me.

All entries are welcome and will receive a complimentary Hot Springs pass and a dash plaque. There is no entry fee, no gate fee and live music. A raffle for a '69 Camaro will take place, and a photographer with T-shirt screening will be on site. Prizes and award will be given away, and entries from all over the Four Corners area are expected to participate.

Please join The Springs gang Sept. 28, at 165 Hot Springs Boulevard from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for what sounds like a great party. For more information, please give Rick a call at 264-2284. No preregistration is required and all are welcome to come on down.

Open house

The Archuleta County Education Center board of Directors invites you to attend an open house Oct. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Center located at Lewis and 4th streets in downtown Pagosa Springs. The mission of the "Ed Center" in their 13 years has been "to foster responsible citizenship through programs of literacy, education, vocation and life skills that meet the needs of our community."

Please plan to attend and meet new and old members of their well-qualified and dedicated faculty, staff and volunteers. It will also give you an opportunity to check out the myriad of programs offered and perhaps find one that will fit your needs. If you have questions, please call 264-2835 or just plan to show up Oct. 2 for refreshments, fun and information.

Merchant seminar

Don't forget to register for this very important seminar created especially for merchants or anyone in the community who works with checks or credit cards. The Pagosa Springs Police Department is presenting this program as a public service to help all of us detect bad checks and credit cards when they come our way. Local police investigator Carl Smith informs us that unfortunately more and more local businesses are losing money as a result of not checking properly for identification when presented with an out-of-town check or credit card.

Carl has 23 years experience as a criminal investigator and has become far too familiar with calls about theft, forgery, check fraud and embezzlement. He has some great tips for protecting your hard-earned profits, which he will share at the seminar to be held Oct. 2 at the Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Please plan to attend this one-hour presentation for which you can RSVP at 264-2360 or just drop off the registration form provided in the current Chamber newsletter.


We're happy to introduce three new members this week and 16 renewals. September is an awesome membership month, and we enjoy the heck out of it. Thanks to you all for making our month.

David Grad joins us this week with DIG Enterprises, LLC, with offices located in his home. David offers professional bookkeeping services as well as business management and invites you to give him a call at 264-1243 or on his cell at (970) 946-3618. We're delighted to welcome David to our Chamber family.

Sharon Moore joins us next with her rental property, Mariposa, a home managed locally by Pagosa Central Reservations. This three-bedroom, two-bath house on the San Juan River boasts many amenities. It comes fully furnished with a wood burning stove, washer/dryer, satellite/VCR and dishwasher. All paper, soap/washing and kitchen products are supplied. For more information, please call 731-9228.

Our old friend, Katherine Cruse, is our third new member this week, and most of you are probably familiar with Katherine through her weekly column in The SUN. She shares her humorous and informative accounts of life not only in The SUN column, but also in a recently published book, "A Year in Pagosa Springs." Katherine recently had a reading/book-signing at Moonlight Books that I sadly missed due to another commitment. I'm sure it was as delightful as she is. Welcome, Katherine.

Our renewals this week include the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs, District 5470 now meeting weekly Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center; Curt Johnson (former board director) with Custom Homes by Curt Johnson, Inc.; Byron and Karen Greco with Rock House Haven vacation rental; Sherry Waner, vice president, Bank of Colorado; Cindy Gustafson, treasurer, Aspen Springs Property Owners Association; Russ Lee with LaPlata Electric Association; Shellie Hogue with Hogue's Glass of Pagosa; Daniel Park (that Pagosa Hot Strings guy) with Alpen Haus Ski Center; Michael Barr with Affordable Kitchens; Darlene Danko with the Riverbend Resort in South Fork; Katrina Schultz, president, Uncle Zack's, Inc.; James Huang with Hunan Chinese Restaurant; Chris Pierce with Arborilogical West/Chris Pierce; Summer Phillips/Goldsmith; Roy and Robin Bell with Abracadabra Property Management and Maintenance Services and Mark (a.k.a. Mr. Smokin' Deal) and Michelle Mesker with Paint Connection. Thank you all for your continued support and loyalty. We love ya.


Library News

Master formulas for serious bakers

By Lenore Bright

PREVIEW Columnist

"Crust & Crumb," by Peter Reinhart gives master formulas for serious bread bakers. Peter is a full-time baking instructor at the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco. He founded "Brother Juniper's Bakery," in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The 50 formulas in this book enable bakers to create countless variations. It also includes adaptations of prize-winning recipes from the Bread Bakers Guild of America.

Water quality

The Department of Interior sent a brochure concerning what happens to nutrients in off stream reservoirs. While the particular brochure is about the South Platte River, the information of what happens relates to most reservoirs and is quite interesting. It explains the growth of algae and how that can adversely affect the recreational use of reservoirs.

Audubon newsletter

The San Juan Audubon Society sent a copy of their newsletter, "The Fledging." There is a lot of information in it about Web sites on Chronic Wasting Disease and West Nile Virus. Ask for a copy.

Arthritis information

A group from the Colorado Arthritis Foundation dropped by and brought several different items for our patrons. They brought a drug guide that covers the many different medications for arthritis and osteoporosis. It discusses brand names, dosages, possible side effects and cautions.

For over 50 years, the Foundation has been a source of information for those with rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis is a term that means, "Joint inflammation." Nearly 43 million Americans have some form of arthritis.

The Foundation gives out free information. One of the brochures is entitled, "51 Ways to be Good to Your Joints." It has some surprisingly good advice. Ask for copies of the information at the desk. We also have some in Spanish.

Pick up a card to send away for pamphlets on a variety of treatments that can change your life.

State Web sites

Want to do business in Colorado? Ask for our handout on Colorado Business and Economic Information. Any statistics needed can be found from the Demography Information Services and State Data Center. There are many other Web sites concerning business in Colorado.

The State also sent handouts on multi-cultural educational resources that can be found on the Web.

More and more government information is now on the Internet, and less print items will be available in the future. We'll be glad to make copies of these handouts for you.

College guide

The state sent out a belated consumer guide to Colorado's public higher education institutions. It might be of some interest to parents and or students who may be thinking about college next year. They sent us four copies for distribution.

The state library also sent a distressing statistic telling that half of all the Colorado school library books are more than 15 years old, and spending on library books is down more than 25 percent since 1994. Just think of it, in 1984, Colorado schools spent $17.36 per student on library books. In 2001, they only spent $12.55 per student.

Statewide, in 2001, school libraries had 26 books per student; but middle and high schools averaged only 21 to 22. And the largest schools averaged only 8 to 11 books per student.


Financial help came from Marcia Marquez. Materials came from Lynn Constan, Bev Pruitt, Larry Blue and Lory Thompson.


Steve and Kimberly Laverty are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Louise Laverty. Amelia was born July 1, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches tall. Amelia was welcomed home by brothers Travis, Wesley, Keaton and Carson and sister Katie. Her grandparents are Bill and Peggy Laverty of Pagosa Springs and Gaylon and Betty Hicks of Graham, Texas. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Willie Hicks of Abilene, Texas, and Travis and Reba Beall of Boyd, Texas. Kate Terry of Pagosa Springs is her great-aunt.

Laurie and Hilario Echavarria are proud to announce the birth of their daughters Rosa Angelica, left, and Stefani Nicole Echavarria. The identical twin girls were born at Mercy Medical Center in Durango May 1, 2002. Rosa weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long. Stefani weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces and was 17 inches. The babies were welcomed by maternal grandparents Rosemary and Danny Salas of Pagosa Springs and paternal grandparents Julia de Echavarria and Oscar Echavarria of Chihuahua, Mexico; aunts and uncles Romonsita Salas, Lupe, Mary and Pedro Echavarria, Danny Salas and Monica Rodriquez. The twins are great-granddaughters of Lester and Lala Rivas of Pagosa Springs.


 Business News

Lori Madsen owns and operates the Bocce Bar and opened the facility adjacent to her Loredana's Restaurant at 68 Bastille Drive three months ago.

The Bocce Bar features a special bar menu with food service from the restaurant. There is a 55-inch wide-screen television, free hot dogs during Monday night football games and 25-cent hot wings on Sunday game days.

Open mic night is Tuesday. Karaoke night is Thursday. There is a Happy Hour every day, 4-6 p.m.

The Bocce Bar is open 11 a.m. to "when people go away," or 2 a.m. - whichever comes first - Monday through Saturday. Hours on Sunday are 11 a.m.-midnight.



John and Carol Frakes

John and Carol Frakes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow. The couple, both born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis., were married Sept. 27, 1952. They have three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They moved to Pagosa Springs in 1982 following John's retirement from Mellon National Bank after 30 years in finance.


Tracing the life and legends of Dutch Henry Born

By John M. Motter

PREVIEW Columnist

Dutch Henry Born. This man who spent the last years of his life as a respectable citizen of Pagosa Springs had a much different younger life. Dutch Henry was regarded as one of the "most successful horse thieves, escape artists, and all around outlaws in the West." His fame approached that of Jesse James and the Younger brothers back east.

Thus did the authors of "Great Gunfighters of the Kansas Cowtowns, 1867-1886," describe Dutch Henry Born, one of Pagosa Country's most enigmatic pioneers.

We're in the middle of a series of articles about Dutch Henry. He was an enigma because tales of his fearsome reputation as an outlaw during his younger life were such a contradiction to the community-minded family man folks in Pagosa Country knew.

Historians puzzle over how bad Henry really was. The true answer may never be known. A comment made by Dutch may be the nearest approach to truth. In 1879 while Henry was ensconced in the Dodge City hoosegow, a newspaperman interviewed him and wrote " his character as a horse-thief is greatly overestimated, and it has become the custom of all the thieves in the county to saddle their crimes upon him. Says he never stole a white man's horse in his life. Says there are many old-timers here who have known him heretofore and who he thinks will not believe all the stories told about him. For those parties he seems to have a warm regard and says he has saved Dodge from ashes a number of times, when some of his associates wanted to burn the town to get revenge for treatment from some of the citizens During a recent visit home, where he remained several months, he frequently received papers from the west, containing accounts of horse-stealing, etc., which were all charged to Dutch Henry, while in reality he was a thousand miles away."

What are some of Dutch Henry's alleged escapades? We can't reprint them all, but we can describe enough to give a picture of Dutch Henry's reputation at that time.

One early account talks of a first person meeting with Dutch Henry during 1875. "Dutch Henry was a notorious outlaw who had been suspected of many murders, countless robberies, and untold midnight forages on the border of Kansas and the Indian Territory for more than a dozen years. Time and again he had been incarcerated in the jails by civil authorities. He had been driven from one retreat to another by the United States soldiers from the sundry military establishments in the territory. But by sheer good luck or by clever contrivance he had invariably escaped without ever being brought on trial for his manifold crimes. Some months before the time of which I speak he had escaped from the officers of Kansas and he had been making things hum at Silver City, N.M., and the exposed settlements of Kansas and Indian Territory. Everyone was in mortal dread of Dutch Henry and his followers."

The reporter goes on to tell of an attack by Dutch Henry and his band while the reporter is traveling with an Army wagon train moving from Fort Elliott to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. According to the report, while preparing for dinner, six men shooting, halooing and waving red blankets drove into the middle of the Army mule herd. The marauders got away from the Army camp with the mules, but lost their way while crossing the Llano Estacada of West Texas. An Army unit found them there on the Staked Plains, almost starved. In their weakened condition, the outlaw band was easy to capture. Dutch Henry was held at Fort Elliott for awhile, then sent to Kansas, convicted and "sent to prison for a long time."

Another story about Dutch Henry has him as a scout taking part in Custer's raid on a Cheyenne village on the Washita River during November of 1868. According to the story, the senseless attack sickened Dutch Henry and he quit working for Custer. The same story credited Dutch Henry with establishing a huge organization for stealing and disposing of stolen horseflesh, with stations from Colorado to Mexico.

In summary, the writer claimed: "He first struck at Fort Hays, Kansas, where a large band or horses and mules were driven off. The raiders then appeared at Fort Elliott, Texas, and stole a number of valuable saddle horses. The soldiers were still searching for the outlaws when the wily Dutchman and his men raided in the vicinity of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Still another raid followed at Fort Sedgewick, located on the Overland Trail hundreds of miles from Las Vegas."

Henry also raided the corrals of ranchers and business people, the article said, until no man's horses were safe, becoming such a menace that everyone was crying for his scalp.

His first defeat came on Lower Sweetwater Creek when one of his lieutenants and eight of his men were compelled to shoot it out with a detachment of soldiers. The nine men were hanged from cottonwood trees.

Later, a cowboy noticed Dutch Henry and 28 of his men camped between Dodge City and Hays. The cowboy rushed into town where a hastily assembled posse set out to capture the outlaw once and for all. Although he was hit (by gunfire) six times, Dutch Henry managed to escape into Texas.

Silver City, Trinidad and Cimarron were listed as favorite hideouts for Dutch Henry.

Dutch Henry is supposed to have escaped from the law or jail in Norton County, Kan.; in Kearney, Neb.; and is credited with three jail escapes in one year, according to one account. Various accounts say he served time in the prison of Hanging Judge Parker in Fort Smith, Ark. Some say he escaped from that prison, as well.

Next week, we'll talk about Dutch Henry's arrest in Trinidad by Bat Masterson, at that time a lawman of Dodge City, Kan. Masterson had a year-old bench warrant charging Dutch Henry with the theft of some mules from a rancher in Ford County, Kan.

Readers should note that many of the early reports concerning Dutch Henry's activities do not carry the stamp of absolute historical verification. Newspapermen were prone to write almost anything reported to them, even by a stranger in town. Dutch Henry's notoriety made them even more prone to write the story.

At the same time Dutch Henry Born was building his reputation, a second Dutch Henry Born was grabbing headlines. The second Dutch Henry was interviewed by the Glenwood Springs newspaper. Because he claimed to have been born in Germany and described his arrival in this country, historians tend to believe this was not the same Dutch Henry who settled in Pagosa Country. Having two Dutch Henrys confused things considerably for lawmen and confuses things today for historians. How many of the crimes committed by Dutch Henry No. 1 were actually committed by Dutch Henry No. 2?

Many of the events occurring to Dutch Henry Born, such as a sentence from Judge Parker and time in Parker's jail should be susceptible to verification by someone with the time and inclination.

In any case, next week we'll look at the arrest of Dutch Henry Born by Bat Masterson. In future articles, we hope to look at Dutch Henry's participation in the Battle of Adobe Walls and at his life in Pagosa Springs.


Road to Recovery Wheels are in motion to provide transportation for cancer patients

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

"On the Road Again," could be their theme song. Cancer support and respite are their goals, and they are perhaps more intimately familiar with road construction than most everyone else in town.

They are the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program volunteer drivers and they've been driving cancer patients to Durango for treatment for about the last four years.

"It's a feel-good kind of thing," co-coordinator Patricia Waters said. "There's a real sense of community involved, knowing people really need this, and that you can offer some help during a hard time for people and their families."

The program, started nationally in the 1960s, came to Archuleta County in the 1990s, started here by Lee and Patty Sterling, who formed their own impromptu driving program when they both had cancer. After their treatment, they decided to make the program permanent and quickly got connected with the American Cancer Society office in Durango. In no time, they had signed on 35 volunteers. Since then, the Road to Recovery program has grown to include about 50 who donate their time, money and mileage to helping others.

It seems like a lot, co-coordinator Gerda Witkamp said, but some are husband and wife teams who only drive together, others are here only part of the year and drivers are needed almost constantly.

"The best situation, of course, is having no patients at all," Witkamp said. It's pretty rare, however, even in someplace as small as Pagosa. Right now, drivers are transporting one person five days a week for treatments and one other person sporadically. Currently, three other cancer patients in town are being transported by family members.

Patients are referred to the American Cancer Society and all its programs either through word-of-mouth or by their doctors, the coordinators said. Once a patient has contacted the Society and their information is recorded, Jean Bruscia, American Cancer Society area director for southwest and south central Colorado, contacts the local Road to Recovery coordinators. From there, the scheduling begins.

Drivers are asked to call the patient the night before to set times, meeting places, receive directions if necessary and make sure everything is a go.

Whenever possible, Witkamp said, they ask people to meet the drivers at the Chamber of Commerce or Alco parking lots to make things easier for everyone, "but you try to accommodate somebody whenever you can." If needed, they will transport from individual homes. From there, driver and patient head to Durango, a trip that takes about an hour and a half with the current construction.

Some people are real chatty along the way, the coordinators said. Others say very little.

"The big thing is to keep people comfortable," Waters said.

How long they stay in Durango depends on the treatment. Radiation treatment is short, lasting just about 20 minutes. Medical oncology or chemotherapy takes several hours.

Bruscia said volunteers are encouraged to take a book or plan some errands to complete while they wait. Then comes the trip back home and their job is done.

All the details are covered in the hour and half training the drivers complete before ever hitting the pavement. All drivers in the program must have a valid driver's license, up to date insurance and be willing to follow a few simple rules, Bruscia said. Drivers must agree to keep everything discussed on the rides too and from Durango about the cancer treatments confidential. They are cautioned not to give medical advice and to stay away from negative stories about cancer.

"We need to listen, not give advice, and keep the negative stories to ourselves," Bruscia said. Drivers are asked to carry a few simple items, such as hard candy, paper towels and a bucket, to make the patient as comfortable as possible in case they feel ill at any point.

It's a rarity when those things happen, Bruscia said, but having certain items on hand can help immensely with what can be an embarrassing situation.

A cancer diagnosis, she said, can be both debilitating and isolating. Giving the patient contact with others and an outlet for their families members who may feel overwhelmed by the situation is a way of supporting their fight.

Many times these patients are older. They may not have family in the area and their spouse may also be ill. In these cases, when treatment is an hour or more away, the drivers can mean the difference between making an appointment and missing it.

"We want these people to get the treatment they need," Bruscia said. Road to Recovery makes that happen.

"This service really comes from the heart," she said. "I can't say enough about the drivers."

Hardly any of them ever take advantage of the tax breaks they are eligible for through the Internal Revenue Service, she said. They just seem to keep giving and giving, always ready to get back on the road.


 It's still dry

With recent rain, often heavy rain, fresh in the memory, it is all too easy to forget the reality of our situation regarding water. Granted, when the rains fell last week, a San Juan River with a flow of 6 cubic feet per second was charged and ran up to 250 cfs as it made its way through town. It seemed as if the familiar San Juan was back. To think about the rushing water was to chance falling prey to the idea our water worries were over.

Far from it. While the moisture was wonderful, and long overdue, it was far from a drought-buster. Many experts say it will take a year of substantial moisture to free us from the grip of one of the worst droughts in decades. We are not out of the woods.

Today, as the San Juan returns to lower levels, we are confronted with the same two problems we had a month ago: water conservation and storage.

The simple truth might be, given the semi-arid nature of our environment here, that we have outgrown the ability of this part of the world to provide us with luxurious amounts of water, year in and year out. Without a "normal" winter this year, one with heavy snowfall, in particular in the spring, we stand a good chance of finishing the next summer season with scant if any water at all for domestic purposes.

It is clear conservation must continue to be our top priority if we are to hedge our bets against a water emergency. It is a situation we can all deal with, if we are mindful and persistent. We must monitor our domestic water use, taking care to save whenever possible.

When ample water finally returns, we must be able to store it. Additional water storage is absolutely necessary not, as some would have it, to promote continued growth, but rather to sustain the population and activities we have at present.

There are three entities that can conceivably provide additional water storage for Pagosa Country.

First is Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, which is responsible for the domestic water needs of residents living within district boundaries. It is the largest water provider in the county. The district is seeking approval of a $10.5 million bond from taxpayers in November. If the bond issue passes, some of that money will be used to improve the capacity at one of the district's reservoirs. Other of the money is proposed to fund work on Dutton Ditch and guarantee more efficient water delivery to the system.

This is not enough.

San Juan Water Conservancy District intends to work on a cloud seeding program this winter in hope of providing a healthier snowfall. This district, a taxing entity, can also work on developing additional reservoir sites in the county — though it fights the problem of increasingly expensive private land.

The third entity is the least likely to provide help: the federal government. The possibility of water storage developed on public forest lands is remote. Policy changes of a significant order would need to be made at the highest levels of government, and resistance from some environmental groups would be certain.

It will be heartening to learn that all paths to increased water storage are being walked, that plans are being made.

This winter, residents of the county should take extra steps to conserve water. Even if water is again abundant, the efforts should continue; it is an ethical way to treat a precious resource.

We urge the leaders of the various entities in a position to increase our water storage capacity to remain active, on a positive track.

And we can pray the drought is broken this winter because, if there is less than 5 cfs in the San Juan next year, we will face a dire scenario.

Karl Isberg


90 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 27, 1912

While Saturday's morning's train to Pagosa Junction was rounding Dead Man's curve at the head of Cat Creek one of the loaded box cars suddenly left the rails and after plunging over the right of way ripped up the scenery for a hundred feet or so. Nobody hurt - cause unknown.

Thomas Hamor of the Durango hatchery placed 45,000 young trout in the Upper Piedra and Sand Creek last week.

For Sale. A whole farming outfit including stock, chickens, implements, valuable improvements and this year's crop. Land will be relinquished. See Furrow or the Bank.

Wanted - Tie choppers and haulers. - The Pagosa Lumber Company.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 30, 1927

We were this week presented with some of the finest potatoes we have ever seen or eaten. They were raised by Al Packer in South Pagosa, and are Burbank Russets. He also raised a considerable quantity of Beauty Hebrons, another splendid variety that does well in this climate and altitude.

Orville Houser returned yesterday from Denver, where he took the big Coleman truck to be equipped with pneumatic tires and to have repairs made. He leaves tomorrow with the truck for McPhee to begin hauling in the log camps of the McPhee & McGinnity Lumber Company.

Dr. B.F. Jackson will next week move his offices from the McGirr building to the Hersch block, into the front rooms adjoining the Atty. J.H. Galbreath offices.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 26, 1952

Farmers are trying to get the rest of their harvesting done as well as fall plowing and planting. Housewives are in the midst of their canning. As usual, there is the "hurry-scurry" rushing around in preparation for hunting season.

Ted Rivera was a happy fisherman when he pulled a big catfish out of the Piedra River under the bridge. Ah, the luck of some fishermen.

On Monday morning plenty of snow could be seen on all the high mountains. The snow followed several days of good soaking rain and the ground should be in fine shape to receive the moisture from fall storms. Leaves have started to turn on all the high points and a few cold nights this week will make the fall colors at their best.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 22, 1977

Local hunting seasons of one kind or another are attracting some hunters, although not as many as in other years. Hunting is reported as good and game is in good shape.

A killing frost hit the area Sunday morning with 27 degrees being registered at the U.S. Weather Observation Station. Practically all gardens and flowers were killed by the frost. Since that time the temperatures have warmed and the area is enjoying some very beautiful weather at the present time.

The Piedra River, from U.S. 160 north, has been found as eligible for inclusion under the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Recommendations will be forthcoming for management plans. Final action must be by Congress.