June 12, 2003 
Front Page

Consolidated fire, ambulance

services urged

Health Services has not seen new proposal

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

A proposal to consolidate fire and ambulance services in Pagosa Springs was presented to the fire protection district board of directors Tuesday night.

"This is for our information, nothing more," chairman Dick Moseley said prior to receiving the proposal. "We're not going to take any action tonight."

Volunteer Firefighter Mike Farrell, a former employee at Emergency Medical Services, gave each of the directors a three-page draft outlining a possible chain of command, general tax income and proposed staffing for a combined fire and EMS service.

The chain of command included a district manager and fire chief under direction of the board, each running their own side of the district. A deputy chief for each department would assist them. Under the deputy chief, members of the fire department would continue to be volunteers, except for six firefighter EMTs. EMS would be served by six paramedics.

Farrell also proposed salaries for one district secretary and an EMS billing clerk. He estimated total combined general tax revenue at $1.2 million. That did not include fees for service or other income for either district.

In addition to the three page-proposal, Farrell provided the board two binders containing other relevant information, including Colorado Revised Statutes and some examples of other districts' consolidations.

"I came here from a department that combined fire and EMS and it ran very successfully," Farrell told the board. He asked directors to consider the concept in general and then make a decision.

Currently, the ambulance service is part of the Upper San Juan Health Service District. That district's board is considering restructuring EMS using a six-point plan devised by a committee of citizens. However, that plan involves having ambulance services directed by Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Mercy Medical Center turned over its own ambulance service to Durango-area fire departments last year.

Farrell said he had not yet approached the Upper San Juan Health Service District Board with his proposal.

Fire district manager Diane Bower said consolidation was considered once before, several years ago, but the idea died in committee and was never brought to the board for a decision. Contracting with the health service district for the service was another option, she said. It was not clear how complicated an option that would be.

The board agreed to read over the proposal and the information provided. Both Moseley and board member Dusty Pierce said a consolidation could be a two- or three- year process even if both boards agreed to the action.

"If one board took the initiative, then the other board has the opportunity to accept or reject the resolution," Moseley said. "It's not a simple thing." Consolidations also sometimes require a vote by the people and changes to the levy, that could conflict with TABOR requirements.


Should PAWS get permit to use

Dutton Creek? Comment sought

By Sonja Hoie

U.S. Forest Service

Special to The SUN

The Pagosa District of the San Juan National Forest proposes to issue a special use permit to the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District that would replace the existing use of the Dutton Ditch by the water district with an underground pipeline to meet its long-term domestic water demand in Pagosa Springs and vicinity.

The Dutton Ditch diverts water from Fourmile Creek at a diversion approximately nine miles north of the town of Pagosa Springs. The ditch conveys water near the Four Mile and Plumtaw Roads approximately 5 miles to the Dutton Creek drainage that is tributary to Stevens Reservoir.

Over the last 15 years the capacity of Dutton Ditch has declined from ±14 cubic feet per second to ±4 c.f.s. due to accumulation of sediment and difficulty in stabilizing the ditch at two locations within unstable hillsides.

The proposed pipeline construction would include installation of pipeline 18-24 inches in diameter, largely along Forest Service access roads for approximately 27,500 linear feet to a connection with the existing pipeline extension delivering water to Hatcher Reservoir.

The new pipeline would extend beyond this point another ±3,500 linear feet to a point near Dutton Creek at the National Forest boundary. The ±31,000 l.f. pipeline would be designed to allow conveyance of 20 c.f.s. of Dutton Ditch water rights.

All diversions on National Forest System Lands would be subject to a bypass at Four Mile Creek to maintain a minimum flow of 3 c.f.s. at the Dutton Ditch diversion. The purpose of this minimum flow requirement is to maintain fisheries habitat in the Fourmile Creek. Establishment of this minimum flow is allowed for under the San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, 1983, amended 1992.

Proposed pipeline appurtenances could include collection inlets and feeder pipelines at small streams, or at Cade Creek, that are tributary to the existing Dutton Ditch as they are crossed by the new pipeline, turnouts to several creek drainages and associated pipeline pressure reducing valves, isolation valves, air/vacuum valves, blow-off valves, and energy dissipaters as needed.

The collection points and associated water rights, referred to as side-water collection, will allow the district to capture and convey runoff from drainage basins that have contributed to the Dutton Ditch.

Two proposed pipeline turnout structures as required by the district's water court decree for such side-water will allow releases of water into the Four Mile Creek and McCabe Creek drainage basins for the purpose of returning water to these stream systems as required by the district's decree upon request of the Colorado Division of Water Resources Division Engineer.

The Pagosa Ranger District is soliciting public comment on this proposal. Comments are needed by July 2, 2003. Address your comments to Sonja Hoie, Pagosa Ranger District, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, (970) 264-1512, or shoie@fs.fed.us.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on these proposed actions and will be considered.


Downtown brewery plan

clears schools' concerns

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Plans for a nearby brewery will not cause a problem for neighborhood schools.

That was the conclusion passed on to members of the board of education for Archuleta District 50 Joint Tuesday by Superintendent Duane Noggle.

He said he met with the firm's planner, Tony Simmons, and also attended the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission hearing on the proposal last week.

It appears the business, planned west of The Rose Restaurant, will be a well-run operation and there will be no effect on students going to either the junior high, intermediate or county education center which are less than half a block away.

Noggle said the planning commission is recommending approval of the project by the town board which will consider the recommendation at its July 1 meeting.

He noted there will be several codicils on the approval, if received, including one which would make the permit nontransferable. That means the business could not be sold to a different owner and continue as a brewery.

Board directors took no action on the report.


Education budget steered to even keel

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

It wasn't an easy task, in fact one might have called it daunting.

But the financial status of Archuleta School District 50 Joint has been kept on an even keel for the upcoming year through a series of tweaks, slashes, shifts and tightened spending.

The board of education passed a budget and accompanying appropriations ordinance Tuesday which keeps the general fund budget at $14.5 million, the same as this year.

Overall, the budget will total $20.9 million with projected equalized funding revenue of $9.29 million with 45 percent from the state and 55 percent from local taxes.

Equalized funding is a combination of property tax, specific ownership tax and state aid determined by state law.

All the juggling to make ends meet was a task assigned to Nancy Schutz, school district business manager, and the board was fully cognizant of that fact.

"I don't know where we'd be without her," said director Clifford Lucero.

And director Carol Feazel was thrilled with the presentation in an easily understandable format that "make's it easy for us to know what we have, where it's going, and what we may need."

The budget as adopted reflects per pupil operating revenue of $5,522.66.

In addition to the general fund total, the budget includes:

- preschool funding of $65,000 which represents a cut of three preschool slots for the coming year

- grants fund of $650,000 which includes all local, state and federal grants

- capital reserve fund of $1.375 million which incudes TABOR mandated non-appropriated reserve of $505,000 and covers all capital expenses including a special needs bus, completion of athletic field improvements and the joint raw water project with the town and Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District

- bond redemption fund of $1.75 million which pays on the 1996 bond issue for the new high school. It was noted the mill levy for this bond has dropped from over 10 at the beginning to 4.4 in this budget

- food service of $425,000 for all operations of the food service program. To facilitate this, the board later approved a recommended increase of 25 cents at all meals bringing totals to $1.25 for breakfast in all schools and setting lunch fees at $1.50 in K-4, $1.75 for intermediate and junior high schools, $2 for high school students and $3 for adults (federal law mandates adults pay more to compensate for commodities intended for student use). It is the first fee increase in the program in five years

- $1.025 million in the trust/donation fund which includes the Whit Newton and Mooney donations, each with specific use requirements and mandatory reserves of $700,000

- insurance fund totaling $900,000 for employee self-insured and dental plan. The district pays claims for employee and dependents with reinsurance for claims in excess of $50,000. In conjunction with this fund, Schutz noted dramatic increases in insurance costs with workmen's compensation coverage up 100 percent, health coverage up 20 percent and auto, property and structural coverage up 14 percent

- a student activity fund of $210,000 to assist all self-supporting clubs and classes

What it all boils down to is an accompanying appropriation of $18.575 million representing budgeted spending not including transfers and reserves. For example, the general fund appropriation is $13.38 million compared to the budgeted $14.5 million.

The only other major difference was between capital reserve budgeted ($1.375 million) and appropriated ($870,000) much of that already committed for the athletic field and track improvements.

Schutz noted that despite presumed recovery in some markets, interest income on investments is still way down, textbook funding was cut by the state and transportation cost support is going to drop from the current 74 percent.

She also noted the state projects a decrease in local enrollment of 23 for the coming school year. "But we don't know where they get their figures," she said. "We anticipate an actual increase. And other districts in the area with projected decreases are seeing the same probable increases."

Staffing changes incorporated into the budget include cutting two teachers in the elementary school hired to reduce class size who are no longer eligible under federal experience mandates; adding an English as a second language teacher and a half-time kindergarten teacher under an NCLB grant and transferring the special education teacher to the intermediate school.

At the intermediate level, one sixth-grade teacher position was eliminated. At the junior high, a cheerleading sponsor was added after having been dropped in a budgetary move last year; and at the high school a part-time teacher and an auditorium manager were added.

In conjunction with future budgeting, director Randall Davis, asked transportation director Dolly Martin to conduct a study of her department and see if there are any routes which can be cut because of low use.

She agreed to do so, but warned "there will be parental repercussion in some areas if we cut.

"We have some routes with more than 100 signed up to ride but regularly we carry on 40 or so," Martin said. "We have others where long distances are required to reach two or three children. Cutting there might be a hardship for parents."

Overall, Martin said, there may be other areas in her department where cuts can be made.

"I will work up something to indicate possibilities," she told the board.

Lucero said some cuts may be necessary, "even if it hurts. We need to know what can be done if we have to do it."




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Sunshine, dry conditions forecast for Pagosa Country

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

After being buffeted by occasional high winds that gave rise to dust clouds and lowered humidity levels during the past week, Pagosa Country should be the recipient of a calmer, less animated weather scenario throughout the next seven days.

While the forecast predicts breezy conditions will subside as the week progresses, indications are the region will not benefit from significant amounts of precipitation.

"We don't anticipate much in the way of widespread rainfall in the next few days," said Ellen Heffernan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Grand Junction.

"We do expect a few afternoon thunderstorms across the San Juans, but any showers should be brief and very isolated," added Heffernan.

"There will be a few clouds (today) and into Friday, but the rest of the week looks to be less windy, mainly clear and dry - a typical mid-June pattern for southwest Colorado," concluded Heffernan.

According to Heffernan, mostly sunny skies will be the norm through this morning while a few clouds will be a possibility this afternoon.

High temperatures are predicted in the mid-70s to low 80s. Nighttime lows are expected to descend into the mid-30s to low 40s.

Friday's forecast indicates a high probability for mostly-sunny skies, highs in the 75-85 range and lows in the 40s.

Saturday and Sunday call for abundant sunshine, highs in the lower 80s and lows in the upper 30s.

The forecasts for Monday and Tuesday predict continued sunny conditions, highs in the low to mid-80s and lows in the 40s.

A 30-percent chance for rain is included in Wednesday's forecast; highs should climb into the mid-80s while lows should fall to around 40.

The average high temperature recorded last week at Stevens Field was 74 degrees. The average low was 36. Precipitation for the week amounted to zero.

The Pagosa Ranger District rates the current area fire danger as "high." Conditions are subject to change rapidly this time of year; for updates, call the district office at 264-2268.

Water temperature in Navajo Reservoir is reportedly in the 60s, and the lake's surface level is currently listed at an elevation of 6,018 feet and rising. The boat ramp at Navajo State Park is open.

The National Allergy Bureau rates area pollen counts as "high" and lists oak and grass as the current dominant pollens.

San Juan River flow ranged between approximately 600-1,500 cubic feet per second last week. The river's historic median flow for mid-June is roughly 1,450 cubic feet per second.

Sports Page

Parks & Rec

Recreation facilities are the ones people said they want

By Joe Lister Jr.

SUN Columnist

June is a big month for planning and playing in our various departments. We have so much preparation for the Fourth of July celebration, it gets exhausting thinking about it.

Knowing the joy the Fourth brings to so many people makes it easier to come to work and continue the annual process.

Those of us who have experienced a Fourth of July in Pagosa, no matter what our age, remember all the friends and family who gather in our small town.

In the parks department, Jim Miller is watering, weeding, painting and putting a crew together for the busiest three days of the year.

I'm meeting with Pagosa Lodge officials, fire officials, fireworks experts, carnival officials, trying to make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing to make sure we have a great parade, carnival, arts and craft show and, finally, the grand finale - the fireworks.

This year we have upgraded the pyrotechnics show, which will be held at the Pagosa Lodge, Pinon Lake site.

Chris Corcoran is in full swing with little league baseball and adult softball, four nights a week.

Park Fun is going strong with over 30 kids enjoying a variety of educational and recreational activities.

During Mel Montoya's absence we have put together a strong team of seasonal workers: Dylan Pruitt, Lisa Jensen and, most recently Jim Shaffer the high school basketball coach.

With the "A-Team" in place we anticipate a great summer of activities, with the public enjoying clean park facilities and a great holiday weekend.

Basketball camp

Jim Shaffer is the true crossover employee in our department.

He will serve in the parks department all summer. With a flexible schedule and the town of Pagosa Springs cosponsoring the annual Pirate Basketball Camp, Jim will move into the recreation field, along with Lady Pirate head coach Bob Lynch, and host a basketball camp for youngsters in third through eighth grades, June 16-19.

Cost of the four-day camp is $50 per youngster. The price includes a T-shirt, basketball and many hours of great instruction. Compare that to costs in neighboring towns and you'll find quite a value right here in Pagosa Springs.

For more information please call Jim or Bob at the following numbers, Jim at 264-5070, Bob at 731-3007.

Fishing derby

Get your straw hats and  overalls out for the annual Huck Finn-Becky Thatcher look-alike contest and fishing derby. This year we will offer free fishing poles to all children 16 and younger, thanks to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. 

Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available compliments of the local chapter of the Turkey Federation. This group wants to let the kids know about the chapter and get involved with outdoor education of our youngsters.

What better way to reach the children than to get involved with the Division of Wildlife and the town of Pagosa Springs.

Park survey

Every once in a while I want to let the public know what is going on in the parks and recreation world.

Noticing last week's letter to the editor I looked up some facts.

In 2000 the town board of trustees, the Parks Advisory Council, and the parks and recreation department, conducted a survey concerning what the public wanted in the field of recreation.

The survey said:

- 86 percent of the people surveyed wanted River Walk extension. The 2003 budget includes plans for such an extension, from behind the Springs south to the Apache Street bridge

- 70 percent wanted a community center, and it opened Aug. 10, 2002

- 69 percent wanted a Teen Center, and it opened Aug. 10, 2002

- 56 percent wanted  more athletic fields

- 51 percent wanted a skate board park, which was constructed using $10,000 from the 2002 budget and numerous hours of volunteer labor.

- 50 percent wanted a covered ice skating facility

- 29 percent wanted tennis courts.

Of the needs featured in the survey, town officials have made five out of the seven top choices a reality. If the needs of the top five vote-getters, have not been satisfied yet, they  are in the planning stages.

I commend our town leaders for listening to the public and getting the job done.

In my research I found out that Durango, with a service population 5-6 times larger than Pagosa, has eight tennis courts, all but two on school property. Last year in a co-op effort, the county, school and city used approximately $550,000 from an account to which each party contributes $100,000 per year for joint effort projects.

The agencies agreed last year to make upgrades on school-owned tennis courts, and allow the public to play free. The amount given to the capital investment fund each year is 10 times greater than the amount Archuleta County and the town of Pagosa Springs has available to put into such an account.

So, with the fund-raising efforts of our town fathers and mothers we have accomplished quite a bit in the past three years.


Team Pagosa dedicates this year's Courage Classic ride to David Mitchell

By Doug Call

Special to The SUN

This summer will mark the fifth year Team Pagosa will ride in the Courage Classic, the Children's Hospital Foundation fund-raiser bicycle ride.

The ride is held July 19-21 in Summit County which hosts about 50 teams and 800 riders, all raising money for the hospital in Denver.

Last year, Team Pagosa's crew consisted of nine riders who raised $3,445, an average of $383 per rider. The goal for this year's team is to raise $1,000 per rider.

Missing from last year's team, and the original founder of Team Pagosa, is Dave Mitchell. This year's ride will be dedicated to him and all pledges and donations accepted in his name will be donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Dave rode in his 12th Courage Classic last year as the original member of Team Pagosa. He inspired all of us to not only ride our bicycles, but to ride for a purpose. His purpose in riding and formulating the team was to help the children. He had several he rode for.

His big heart inspired us to continue Team Pagosa and dedicate this year's ride to him. Riding without him this year will be truly sad.

Riding the Courage Classic consists of three days of road riding on state highways and bicycle trails, starting and ending in Leadville.

Day one consists of a 48-mile ride around Turquoise Lake, over Fremont Pass and into Copper Mountain Resort. Day two starts at Copper Mountain and goes through Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone and around Lake Dillon, 54 miles plus a 20-mile option up Loveland Pass, which was one of Dave's favorite routes.

The final day, July 21, is the longest day with 60 miles of riding. From Copper Mountain, it climbs 10,666-foot Vail Pass and winds into Minturn for a final climb over Tennessee Pass and back into Leadville.

At the finish line, all teams gather, eat lunch and cheer for Team Courage, a team composed of children from the hospital.

The event is truly a worthy cause and well worth riding in - or donating to.

Cyclists interested in joining Team Pagosa can call Doug Call at 731-9245. They must register by June 17 to join in the Dave Mitchell memorial ride.

Donations for the Courage Classic should be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation and can be given to any team member: The Rays, Monjaras, Hopkins and Calls, Margaret Burkensmith, Jim Gregory, Gary McNaughton, Connie Chubbuck, Tim Decker and other team members.


Four Corners Cup event set in Pagosa

The next mountain bike run for the Four Corners Cup - race No. 7 - will be held June 22 in Pagosa Springs.

Racers can preregister between now and June 21 for $20 or for $30 at the start/finish line between 8-9:30 a.m. on the day of the race.

All race entrants will be welcome at a barbecue lunch and an awards ceremony honoring the top three participants in each category. Cash will be given to both pro and semipro riders.

This year's Pagosa course is similar to last year's in the Turkey Springs area 10 miles west of downtown. From U.S. 160, turn north onto Piedra Road, pass the airport and follow the road for 6.5 miles until it turns to gravel. The start/finish line is in the parking lot to the left at that point.

The course is marked for a 3-mile novice kids' race, 16 miles for beginners, 21 for sport riders and 25 for the expert/pro category.

Awards, three deep, will be given in all classes and categories. No NORBA license is needed; just show up and race.

For more information, to get a registration form online, or to check current leaders in the Four corners series, checkout the Web site at 4cornerscup.com

For more information, call Doug Call at 731-9245.




A memorial service for Mary Walquist Muirhead is scheduled at 1 p.m. today in Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs.

The SUN incorrectly reported last week that the service would be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Vicente Duran

Vicente Duran, age 93, died at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center Sunday, June 1, 2003. Vicente was born Oct. 2, 1909 in Ensenada, N.M., to Rosario Duran and Dolores Martinez Duran. He was married to Fermina Talamante in Monero, N.M., on Aug. 27, 1951.

Vicente was born and raised Catholic by his parents. He worked as a sheepherder and rancher, enjoyed fishing, casinos, spending time with friends and family and always enjoyed his grandchildren's company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Edvia Jaramillo; and two brothers, Rosario and Antonacio Duran.

Vicente is survived by his daughter, Rosie Gomez and husband of Dulce, N.M.; daughter MariAnne Holguin and her husband, Ramon, of Flora Vista, N.M.; son Vince Duran Jr. and his wife, Norma, of Pagosa Springs; son Lorence Duran and wife Olivia of Seattle, Wash.; son Jose Duran and wife Doris of Pueblo, Colo; son Alex Duran and wife Gloria of Pagosa Springs; sister Susie Median; 22 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Recitation of the Rosary was held Wednesday, June 4, 2003, and Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 5, 2003, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Pagosa Springs. Mass was officiated by Monsignor Leo Gomez and interment was in Hilltop Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Rosie Gomez, PO Box 725, Dulce, N.M., 87528.

Brian Kirsop

Brian James Kirsop, 25, was born May 16, 1978, in Milwaukee, Wis., and died May 28, 2003, in an accident on Lake Pagosa.

Brian moved to Pagosa Springs from Simi Valley, Calif., in February, 1996.

The son of Robert James and Barbra Gail Kirsop, he was married to Breanna June Kirsop on June 2, 2001 at Elk Park in Pagosa Springs.

A carpenter by trade, he was a member of JABI. His special interests included rock climbing, snowboarding, fishing, math, off-the-wall inventions, and playing with his three sons.

Memorial contributions may be directed to special accounts at Wells Fargo Bank, Account No. 9866512438 or Vectra Bank, Account No. 4958259139.

Survivors are his wife, Breanna June and sons Kyle James, Kaleb Paul and Xander Mark, all of Pagosa Springs; his mother, Barbra in Milwaukee; his father, Robert in Venice, Calif.; his sister, Wendy Kirsop of Venice; his mother-in-law, Dena Lindberg of Pagosa Springs and his father-in-law, Mark Sudden of Pagosa Springs; and a brother-in-law, Jean Lindberg of Pagosa Springs.

Private funeral services have been held.

Frankie Talamante

Frankie Lee Talamante, a native of Edith, went to rest May 21, 2003.

She was born Oct. 31, 1947, to the union of Feliciano and Sara (Patsy) Talamante.

A faithful servant of Jehovah God since her baptism in 1977, she has shared in preaching the good news of God's Kingdom (Matthew 24:14) to any and all who would listen.

Frankie never stopped teaching bible truths to her children and grandchild, instructing them in all the ways of Jehovah God.

She was a loving mom to three : Lee Ward (deceased) Wendy (Mike) Bilger, and Frances (Gerald) Murphy. She was a doting grandmother to her granddaughter, Jazminique Murphy. She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings. Other survivors include brothers Barney Talamante, Frank (Berna) Talamante, Johnny (Kristelle) Talamante, Marlon (Becky) Talamante, Ray (Mary) Talamante; and sisters, Barbara (Gene) Baugh, Marilyn (Everett) Coen, and Roseann (Estrella) Talamante; an aunt, Aggie, and uncle, Albert Martinez, many nieces and nephews and a large spiritual family.

A memorial service was held June 1, 2003, in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Pueblo and a memorial dinner followed.

We shall miss her dearly until we meet again in Jehovah God's Kingdom on the day of her resurrection (John 11:25).

Lee Ward

Lee William Ward of Pueblo, went to rest on May 21, 2003. He was born on June 17, 1969, to the union of Frankie L. and Joseph W. Ward. He was a caring son, brother, fiance and friend.

Preceded in death by his mother, maternal parents and a paternal grandfather, Lee leaves to cherish his memory his fiance Debbie Chavez; his father, Joseph (Debra) Ward; grandmother, Clara Mae Ward; sisters Amanda Ward, Wendy (Mike) Bilger and Frances (Gerald) Murphy; a niece, Jazminique Murphy and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Robert A. Young

Funeral services for Robert A. Young, 76, were held June 7, 2003, at Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup, N.M., and burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park.

Mr. Young died June 2 in Henderson, Nev. He was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Chama, N.M.

Survivors include his sons, Robert A. Young Jr., of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Gilbert A. Young of Bluewater Lake, N.M.; daughters Bonnie Hubbard of Fort Defiance, Ariz., and Dorothy Loe of Round Mountain, Nev.; a brother, Charles E. Young of St. Helen's, Ore.; a sister, Margaret Havens of Chromo, Colo., 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pablita Young of Pagosa Springs; his wife, Carmen; a son, Joe C. Young; a daughter, Carol Ann Young; and brothers John, George, Tom and James A. Young Sr.

Pallbearers were Joe E. Montoya, James Young Jr., Emory Hubbard Jr. Michael Young, Kirt Beach and Craig Bergonzoni Jr.

William Lynn

William "Billy" Lynn passed away in his Pagosa Springs home June 8, 2003. A public visitation, followed by a memorial wake in celebration of his life, will be held in the Parish Hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Friday, June 13 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A full obituary for Mr. Lynn will appear in next week's SUN.


Inside The Sun

County enacts new open burning regulation

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Effective immediately, a new stipulation included as part of a fire ordinance adopted by the Archuleta County commissioners last week requires residents to notify the sheriff's office before initiating open burns anywhere within the county.

Specifically, the regulation reads "No person or entity shall permit or allow any open burning to occur on any private property within the unincorporated areas of Archuleta County without first having notified the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office by telephoning dispatch at (970) 264-2131 ..."

The language applies to all county residents, regardless of whether or not they live within the boundaries of the Pagosa Fire Protection or Los Pinos Fire Protection districts.

Those contacting dispatchers will be required to advise them of the date, time and location of the intended burn and confirm whether or not a fire ban or restrictions on open burns are in place. No fees or special permits will be required for such burns.

Bill Steele, county administrator, said the requirement for prior notification before burning is aimed at avoiding false alarms while enabling dispatchers to advise residents of potentially dangerous conditions before "ditch burns" or similar burns are conducted.

"It's kind of a heads-up, the intent is that it will prevent rushing out to put out a 'wildfire' if we don't have to," said Steele. "This way, we can let people know whether or not and where controlled burns are occurring when they call in and say they see smoke at a particular location.

"It also gives dispatchers the chance - if someone calls in and says they want to conduct a burn - to say, 'We have high winds in the forecast; please wait until tomorrow,' etc.," added Steele.

Also included in the ordinance, which was approved at a special meeting of the board Thursday, are provisions that enable the commissioners to authorize a countywide fire ban and prohibit the sale of fireworks if necessary.

In other business last week the board:

- (Tuesday) scheduled a workshop regarding county land use regulations and limited impact use permits for 7 p.m. June 18

- adopted a new compensation plan for county employees after reviewing an analytical salary survey and corresponding recommendations from Lee & Burgess Associates LLC

- approved the application for a Colorado Department of Transportation 5311 Grant (discretionary transit funding)

- approved the extension of the performance bond for the Ridgeview subdivision through Aug. 31, 2003 in order to allow enough time to define the scope of additional work/construction needed to complete repairs on portions of Navajo Trail Drive

- approved the 2003 State Aviation Discretionary Grant Award Contract in the amount of $93,721. The funding will be used to excavate, replace and improve approximately 80 percent of the runway at Stevens Field.


Couple hurt as cars, motorcycle collide

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a head-on collision at U.S. 160 and Meadows Drive June 7.

According to Colorado State Patrol reports, Rudolph and Deena Janzen, of Alberta, Canada were eastbound on U.S. 160 on a Honda motorcycle when a vehicle was pushed into their lane.

The resulting collision caused the motorcycle to roll over and slide 30 feet. The Janzens were both ejected and landed in a ditch about 50 feet from the point of impact. Both were wearing helmets and eye protection, a fact Trooper Doug Wiersma said could have saved their lives.

"This was a very serious crash, but could have been even more serious and possibly even fatal if seatbelts and helmets had not been used," he said.

The accident actually involved two other vehicles, one that stopped and one that didn't.

According to the reports, William Siebert, 64, of McKinney, Texas, was driving west and failed to stop for another westbound vehicle waiting to turn onto Meadows Drive. That vehicle, a 2003 Toyota sedan, was driven by Barbara Sanborn, 56, of Pagosa Springs.

Siebert's Ford Expedition hit the rear of the stopped car and pushed it into the eastbound lane where it collided with the motorcycle. Seibert was cited for careless driving causing injury. Both he and his passenger, Kay Seibert, 66, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Sanborn also received minor injuries. All three were wearing seatbelts.

Rudolph Janzen, 61, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Durango. His passenger, Deena Janzen, 53, was flown to the same hospital by helicopter. Both were in serious condition following the accident. They have since been transferred to Denver Health Medical Center and were listed in fair condition Wednesday morning.

Alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the incident.


Go fish: regional conditions improving daily

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

For anglers, the dwindling snowpack across the San Juan Mountains tells a bittersweet tale - the odds are slim southwest Colorado will escape from the grip of extreme drought this summer, but prime fishing conditions are just a week or so away.

After hitting peak flows in the past two weeks, area rivers and streams are settling down and water clarity is improving daily.

Reservoir fishing continues to improve as well. Warm-water species are becoming more aggressive as water temperatures rise, while trout are seeking deeper water midday and feeding aggressively in the shallows during early morning hours and near dusk.

The following is a breakdown of conditions at some regional fishing hotspots:

- Echo Lake - The lake is warming and largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and perch are being taken on live bait, ultralight jigs and small plastics. Trout are hitting flies, marabou jigs, spinners in gold and silver, fluorescent Z-Rays, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

- Williams Creek Reservoir - Fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout is good in the early morning and late afternoon with live bait, light jigs in orange and yellow, and spinners in gold, silver and bright fluorescents. Kokanee salmon are holding deep, but some anglers are having occasional success near the inlet with flashy spoons and pop gear.

- Navajo Reservoir - Water temperature is rising and catfish are regularly being caught day and night on blood/stink baits near the river inlets and in the shallows. Smallmouth bass, crappie and pike are being caught near rocky outcroppings and underwater brush.

- Piedra River - Clearing water above the confluence with Williams Creek, murky below. Browns and rainbows are the predominant catch and are hitting flies, streamers and flashy spinners.

- Middle Fork, Piedra River - Running high, clear and cold. Small browns and rainbows are being taken on flies and small jigs and spinners in the side eddies and plunge pools.

- Williams Creek - Fishing well below the dam; clarity is good for the first few miles but water remains murky farther downstream. Flies and small spinners are working well for brookies, cutthroats, browns and rainbows in the upper reaches, while mainly browns and rainbows are being taken near the lower campgrounds.

- San Juan River (through town) - River is falling and clearing, and fishing is improving daily. Spinners, flies, marabou jigs and streamers are attracting rainbows and a few browns. River will be stocked later this month.


Merchants plant new trout supply in San Juan

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

After getting the go-ahead from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, numerous local businesses are donating to a special program designed to improve fishing opportunities in the San Juan River.

As a result of the effort to initiate the "Pagosa Quality Fishing Project," approximately 500 pounds of rainbow trout will be released June 23 in the portion of the river flowing between the U.S. 84-160 intersection and the footbridge behind the county courthouse.

Spearheading the private stocking effort, which is aimed at augmenting the DOW's scheduled releases and restoring local trout populations that suffered during last year's record drought, are Larry Fisher and Thaddeus Cano.

"We started looking into this in February," said Cano, "And the Division thought it was a fantastic idea as well, so we went forward through the permitting process and started working out the particulars."

Cano indicated at least 14 area businesses have contributed to the cause, and explained the fish, which are certified as whirling-disease free, will be transported from a trout farm in Monte Vista.

"Most of the trout will be in the 11- to 13-inch range," added Cano, "But we'll also release 10 to 15 fish weighing in the neighborhood of five or six pounds."

Subsequent stockings will depend on the amount of donations received, said Cano, since the cost for the trout is $3 per pound and $100 for delivery.

"The average donation has been about $100, and all are greatly appreciated," said Cano, adding that donations have ranged anywhere from $50 to $1,000 and that the year-to-date total for contributions amounts to $3,500. Anyone interested in donating to the program can contact Cano at 264-2370.

If the project continues, there is a good chance anglers seeking to hook up with both brown and rainbow trout without leaving town limits will meet with success through the fall - especially since the division is planning additional stockings of both species in the coming months.

"The plan is to stock 2,500 10-inch rainbows from state hatcheries in the San Juan River on four occasions, beginning in late June," said Mike Japhet, a fisheries biologist with the division office in Durango.

"We'll also stock about 7,000 3-inch browns and roughly 5,000 Colorado River rainbow fingerlings, probably sometime in September," added Japhet, explaining the latter are a special strain, highly adapted to river life and expected to achieve higher survival rates.


Beetle epidemic: seek treatments, hope for best

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

They are mere millimeters in size but number in the millions, and the effects of their destructive infestation across a huge swath of southwestern Colorado have become more and more visible with the passing of each month.

Usually referred to as "bark beetles" or "engraver beetles," their scientific namesakes include "ips confusus" and "ips calligraphus."

Although they are native to the area, in the past few years a lingering drought has enabled the beetles to flourish disproportionately and wreak havoc on weakened populations of pinon and ponderosa pine.

After taking refuge in brownish dead and dying trees throughout the winter months, they emerge when springtime temperatures consistently climb into the 50 to 60-degree range to seek out new breeding grounds.

And they have staked a claim in Pagosa Country.

Their arrival has not gone without notice, however, and Chimney Rock Archaeological Area provided the setting this week for the latest in a series of regional battles pitting the ravenous insects against humans.

"It's a huge problem," says Glen Raby, Chimney Rock site manager. "They're into stands of ponderosa and pinon at several locations within the area."

In an effort to curb the spread of the beetle epidemic, said Raby, a state-licensed applicator sprayed the largest and healthiest of the area's trees with carbaryl, an insecticide which is also commonly known as sevin.

Raby indicated the treatment is aimed at saving what the Pagosa Ranger District referred to as "the most aesthetically pleasing trees at the site" while reducing the potential hazards resulting from the beetles' continued onslaught.

One such threat is the increased risk of infected trees serving as the catalyst for wildfire, since they become tinder dry after dying and remain so for many years before decay sets in.

"We're just trying to treat groups of trees that haven't been infected yet and hope for the best," said Raby, who added a second spraying will be scheduled for later this summer.

The beetles can reproduce at a rate of 2-4 generations per year under the proper conditions, and according to the ranger district, only a sharp decrease in average winter temperatures or a prolonged period of wet weather will help slow their spread.

Symptoms of beetle infestation include small round holes in the trees' bark and a yellowish to reddish-brown dust accumulating in crevices or at the bases of the trees.

Another indication of infection is an increase in the number of woodpeckers becoming attracted to the trees and stripping the bark to get at the beetles.

While there are currently no effective remedies for trees that are already infected with the insects, Raby said the same treatment services used at Chimney Rock are available to the public.

"For safety purposes, I think it's probably better to use someone who is licensed," said Raby. "It's not something you want to mess with if you are not sure exactly how to proceed."

For those who are willing to tackle the problem by themselves, the following is a list of suggestions provided by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension:

- Obtain an insecticide containing either permethrin of carbaryl (sevin) and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the proper rate for bark beetle treatment.

- Promote vigorous tree growth by properly siting/spacing trees in landscapes. Use adequate - but not excessive - amounts of water thereafter.

- Do not store firewood or freshly-cut materials near susceptible trees. Fresh branches and other green materials should be chipped or treated so that the inner bark area is destroyed; beetle larvae will not survive such measures.

- No chemical treatment exists for trees already infested by the beetles. In rare cases where it is feasible to reduce the threat to live trees by killing beetles before they exit, treatments involve bark removal, chipping the wood into small pieces, covering piles with a double layer of 6-millimeter thick clear plastic sealed around the edges with soil to heat the wood, or physical removal of infested material from the site to an area a mile or more from susceptible trees.


County enacts new open burning regulation

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Effective immediately, a new stipulation included as part of a fire ordinance adopted by the Archuleta County commissioners last week requires residents to notify the sheriff's office before initiating open burns anywhere within the county.

Specifically, the regulation reads "No person or entity shall permit or allow any open burning to occur on any private property within the unincorporated areas of Archuleta County without first having notified the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office by telephoning dispatch at (970) 264-2131 ..."

The language applies to all county residents, regardless of whether or not they live within the boundaries of the Pagosa Fire Protection or Los Pinos Fire Protection districts.

Those contacting dispatchers will be required to advise them of the date, time and location of the intended burn and confirm whether or not a fire ban or restrictions on open burns are in place. No fees or special permits will be required for such burns.

Bill Steele, county administrator, said the requirement for prior notification before burning is aimed at avoiding false alarms while enabling dispatchers to advise residents of potentially dangerous conditions before "ditch burns" or similar burns are conducted.

"It's kind of a heads-up, the intent is that it will prevent rushing out to put out a 'wildfire' if we don't have to," said Steele. "This way, we can let people know whether or not and where controlled burns are occurring when they call in and say they see smoke at a particular location.

"It also gives dispatchers the chance - if someone calls in and says they want to conduct a burn - to say, 'We have high winds in the forecast; please wait until tomorrow,' etc.," added Steele.

Also included in the ordinance, which was approved at a special meeting of the board Thursday, are provisions that enable the commissioners to authorize a countywide fire ban and prohibit the sale of fireworks if necessary.

In other business last week the board:

- (Tuesday) scheduled a workshop regarding county land use regulations and limited impact use permits for 7 p.m. June 18

- adopted a new compensation plan for county employees after reviewing an analytical salary survey and corresponding recommendations from Lee & Burgess Associates LLC

- approved the application for a Colorado Department of Transportation 5311 Grant (discretionary transit funding)

- approved the extension of the performance bond for the Ridgeview subdivision through Aug. 31, 2003 in order to allow enough time to define the scope of additional work/construction needed to complete repairs on portions of Navajo Trail Drive

- approved the 2003 State Aviation Discretionary Grant Award Contract in the amount of $93,721. The funding will be used to excavate, replace and improve approximately 80 percent of the runway at Stevens Field.


Foreign language, student television projects get kudos

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

A pair of teacher-planned projects were approved and given high praise Tuesday by directors of Archuleta School District 50 Joint.

A new foreign language curriculum developed by teacher Kathy Isberg and Bill Esterbrook, high school principal, was lauded as "above and beyond the call."

"We wanted to meet new state standards," said Superintendent Duane Noggle, "and they took us above and beyond. It was a very thorough job that deserves our special commendation."

Esterbrook, however, gave the bulk of the credit to Mrs. Isberg.

"She did the real work," he said. "She has worked the last seven years to bring a comprehensive curriculum to these kids and this program is her design. She deserves any and all kudos."

With that in mind, the board of education formally approved the curriculum and directed the administration to go ahead with necessary textbook purchases.

The second program lauded was the broadcast technology program headed by teacher Curtis Maberry.

He made a short presentation to the board outlining a proposal to take a team of Pagosa Springs students to the first ever Student Television Network annual convention next January in Los Angeles.

On the agenda as simple approval of an administrative leave of absence for Maberry to attend the conference, the item quickly became focus of plaudits for involving youth in Pagosa in a groundbreaking program, much of it done on their own time.

Maberry said he had initially intended to ask the district to fund the trip for all involved, but quickly realized it would be improper.

"They will raise their own personal funds," he told the board, "approximately $630 per student if the trip is allowed."

He noted there will be competitions for them to enter and prizes available to winners.

It is the culmination of a dream that began as a part-time assignment and has grown into a student favorite, Maberry said.

Just three days before the end of school Maberry put out a single announcement about the plans and got more than 20 responses for students interested in participating.

Selection of those who would go on the trip, he said, would be on a progressive point system involving past participation, planned programming, performance and desire. Those not making enough points to go the first year would continue to accumulate points for trips in succeeding years.

The board was told the fund-raising would qualify as the lone such event for the high school this year.

While not giving formal approval, the board did grant Maberry's leave of absence and indicated it will approve the trip if students selected raise the funds necessary.

The Pagosa High Television program presents five to six films a year with students volunteering to work on their own time to make their programming more complete.

The program is not directly funded in the district budget but gets assistance through co-op programs with other districts.

The students are now utilizing four mini-dv cameras, six digital editing stations, and a variety of other broadcast equipment.

Maberry said the California conference has the student network teaming with a number of professional organizations including the Radio-Television News Directors Association, National Television Academy Foundation and the Annenburg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Board members were effusive in praise of the program and one, Carol Feazel, suggested the programs should be must viewing for board members.

"It has been a tremendous way to get youngsters involved in modern technology," added director Clifford Lucero.


Stadium improvements should be complete by fall season

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Some school board members are concerned about completion of athletic facility improvements at Golden Peaks stadium in time for fall action.

And two members of the board for Archuleta District 50 Joint expressed concerns Tuesday for safety of players.

Director Randall Davis asked for an update on track construction progress, noting he's seen stacks of stone and dirt on the track.

"Are we on schedule?" he asked.

Superintendent Duane Noggle said the track area will get a final pavement layer next week. It must cure for six weeks and then the track surface will be added.

"All should be done by Aug. 1," he added.

Director Jon Forrest was the first to express safety concerns.

"The south end runway construction for long jump and triple jump still has concrete standing six to eight inches higher then field level," he said.

Both he and director Clifford Lucero argued this is unsafe for any athlete playing on the field, either in football or soccer.

"I thought elimination of that danger was part of the reason we approved the added $12,000 work order last month," Forrest said.

The fall sports seasons will be on us sooner than we think," he noted and "we want to be ready."

Noggle assured directors the project will be done. It will include removal of sod out to the 20 yard line and recrowning of the playing area with an inclined approach to the cement that should eliminate the danger factor.

Forrest, was still not satisfied.

"I'd think that if the project had been leveled to begin with, the stripping of turf and fill would not be necessary."

Noggle insisted the field level drops off to the south, but the track is level at each end. "Drainage is a key element to the project," he said, "and if it is not properly tiered it can result in undermining the new surface."

Still, Lucero was worried.

"Are we going to fix the safety hazard or not?" he asked. "It is dangerous now to anyone playing there."

Noggle said Davis Engineering and Rob Keating, representing the general contractor, "say the grade is right on and we'll be able to eliminate any safety factor with the work in progress."

"That's what I wanted to hear," said Lucero.

"We just have to be confident the engineers know what they're doing," Noggle said.


Junior High principal search could end June 26

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

In a spate of personnel moves Tuesday the board of education for Archuleta School District 50 Joint accepted seven staff resignations, approved four hirings, and set in motion the selection of a new junior high school principal.

Friday is the deadline for applicants to file for the junior high post vacated with the retirement last month of Larry Lister.

Interviews are expected to be conducted June 23 and 24 and a special district committee will then make a recommendation to the board.

Committee members are board directors Clifford Lucero and Carol Feazel, principals Bill Esterbrook and Mark DeVoti, teachers Dan Janowsky and Maria Gallegos, and superintendent Duane Noggle.

Late in the meeting, the board agreed to hold a special breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. June 26 to consider the committee recommendation.

Whoever is selected, Noggle told the board, will need to get immediately into the system and being working out plans for the opening of the school year.

Other personnel actions Tuesday included:

- accepting the resignation of Chantelle Kay as high school C Team volleyball coach and the hiring of Makaila Russler for that position and as combined intermediate and junior high PE and health teacher

- accepting the resignation of Pauline Rivas as a food service employee

- accepting the resignation of Suzette Youngs as teacher for the School Within a School program

- accepting the resignation of Eugene Spatz as a transportation mechanic

- accepting the resignation for retirement of Ramona Ruiz as high school lead cook

- accepting the resignation of Doug Bowen as day treatment teacher. Bowen will be joining the staff of the alternative school in both teaching and management capacities

- accepting the resignation of Randall Roberts as high school social studies teacher

- approving the hiring of Don Danuser as junior high interpreter

- approving the hiring of Melissa McDonald as a half-time high school secretary

- approving the hiring of Judy Valdez as a half-time high school English and social studies teacher.

Noggle told the board a candidate is ready to accept a half-time kindergarten teaching position and that will be ready for board approval next month.


Elementary school rehab plan covered in grant bid

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Ratification of a capital construction grant proposal Tuesday may have cleared the way for ongoing building improvements at Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

Certain projects qualify, despite limited state funds, for assistance grants, said Superintendent Duane Noggle.

Safety, fire, and student health are among those projects.

The grant certification applies to heating, ventilation and electrical work at the school along with roof repair and continued asbestos removal.

The school district has estimated total cost of all related projects at $750,253 and is asking for $300,000 from the state over a three year period.

The board action was taken after the motion was worded to indicate it is "not committed to the full project if the funding is not forthcoming."

Still, Noggle said, much of the work is already planned or underway.

Among things being done are removal of several walls and updating of electrical outlet placement.

Noggle said the fire district has told the administration there are too many extension cords in use in the structure, and they need to be replaced with sufficient safety outlets to ensure availability of current where needed without fear of overload and resultant fire.

"We have enough capacity into the structure, just not enough outlets to avoid use of cords," he said.

He noted the building was completed in the 1960s when the open classroom concept was in vogue, and educational plant layout philosophy has changed greatly since then.

In other action the board:

- approved consolidated federal grant application for funding through Title 1 to close the achievement gap (No Child Left Behind); Title 2 for proficiency development; Title 2B for technology improvement; Title 4 (drug free campus control) and Title 5 for development of innovative programs

- received for first reading a proposed policy amendment on sick leave banking which has been approved by a staff committee and recommended for approval

- received for first reading a proposed policy statement amendment for staff salary schedules which will expand on the ways in which tenure and experience can be compensated

- at the request of Noggle, delayed approving a new social studies curriculum. Noggle said the overall plan is excellent "but a few minor glitches need to be worked out."

- heard director Jon Forrest's first report as delegate to the Board of Cooperative Services. He confirmed a new executive director, Kay Coleman, has been hired for the five-district cooperative, and "she has new insights and ideas on changes needed. He said the cooperative budget is to be considered June 16 and there is a possibility accumulated funds could be returned on a percentage basis to help member districts meet current demands. "It wouldn't be a huge sum," he said, "but every penny counts in the current economic crisis for education."


Youngsters can fly with local pilots June 21 as part of Young Eagles program

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Taking kids to the clouds is the goal of a program arriving in Pagosa Springs June 21.

Starting at 7 a.m. that morning, local pilots will offer free airplane rides to youth ages 8-17 through the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles Program. A pancake breakfast will be offered at the same time.

Larry Bartlett, of Pagosa Springs, is organizing the event at Stevens Field.

"My personal agenda is to try to generate some positive publicity for the airport and the community," he said. "Of course, the main goal is to introduce young people to airplanes." Bartlett is a member of the Four Corners Chapter of the EAA, located in Durango.

The mission of the Young Eagles Program, started in 1992, is to "provide a meaningful flight experience for one million young people by the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight and the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Aircraft Association," milestones to be celebrated this year.

The program has five main objectives:

- to encourage young people to take an interest in aviation

- to provide youth an opportunity to gain a new perspective on their community and their lives

- to raise awareness of aviation career opportunities

- to help young people understand the knowledge necessary to become a pilot

- to respond to concerns that the nation's pool of pilots is shrinking.

The idea is fairly simple: Local pilots, usually members of EAA, offer their time and their planes to show young people what it means to fly.

Each demonstration flight takes place in a FAA-registered airplane flown by a licensed pilot.

Bartlett is hoping to have between five and 10 planes available for the Young Eagle participants.

Once the participants have filled out the permission form, they will be assigned a pilot and an airplane. Pilots will introduce their passengers to the different parts of an airplane, the forces of flight, safety and other basic pre-flight information and then take to the skies for a demonstration flight

Following the flight, each participant will be awarded a Young Eagles Certificate signed by their pilot and Chuck Yeager, the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound and Young Eagles honorary chairman.

Young Eagles also have their names entered in the world's largest logbook on display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., are listed on the Young Eagles Web site logbook and receive information on scholarship programs administered by the EAA Aviation Foundation.

According to the guidelines published for participants and parents, "You will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way. You will experience the wonderful freedom of flight that many people only dream about. Like an eagle, you will soar among the clouds and understand the many possibilities that flight - and life in general - have to offer. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives."

A group of about seven women, employees of Wind Dancer Aviation and wives of local pilots, are organizing the pancake breakfast. It will also start at 7 a.m. Four dollars will buy pancakes, sausages, bacon and eggs.

Bartlett encouraged parents to pick up permission forms at Wind Dancer Aviation located at the Archuleta County Airport and have them filled out prior to June 21 if possible. However, permission forms will also be available at Stevens Field the day of the flights.




Issue clouded

Dear Editor:

Congratulations. In your editorial of June 5 you did succeed in arriving at a significant truth: creation of comprehensive land use regulations that can be interpreted consistently and fairly is a crying need in Archuleta County.

However, most of your diatribe is an unjustified attack on the integrity and motivation of the citizens of Holiday Acres.

You have succeeded in clouding the truth of a long struggle between local residents and profit-driven powers. One of the most dangerous aspects of this conflict has been a determined effort to deny the public the democratic right of commentary.

The situation began when the planning commission reversed a recommendation of denial by the planning staff regarding the establishment of a gravel pit on the property in question, a decision later endorsed by the county commissioners sitting last fall.

Things became much more heated when a decision was made that a request for the establishment of an asphalt plant to produce more than 73,000 tons of material could be considered under a Limited Impact Use application intended for uses "relatively small in scale." This approach requires no notification to neighboring owners nor public hearing. A curtain of silence had effectively been drawn over those opposed to the project.

At this point a Holiday Acres committee sought objective information from the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Research of the EPA. These data involve emissions recordings of various pollutants from asphalt plants, which have also met all governmental requirements. This information was distributed to several leaders of the community, including the managing editor of the Pagosa Springs SUN. The most typical reaction among these recipients was surprise and dismay - not only at the typical emissions of such a plant, but also that such an operation could be approved without a public hearing.

Only after the successful applicant decided to appeal conditions of the approval was the public granted the opportunity for comment. One of those who spoke before the county commissioners in opposition to the asphalt plant was a representative of one of the county's oldest and most respected families. Although his remarks were strangely ignored by The SUN, he delivered a caustic commentary on the current procedures of county government. After he spoke, two commissioners finally took the refreshing step of a negative answer to the asphalt plant powers.

I would like to thank Walter Green and Bob Nordman for their leadership. Only through their efforts to inform were the voices of like-minded associates heard in combating an attempt to silently install an industrial operation and its accompanying hazards.

Bill Clark

Editor's note:

We agree that public comment is necessary in all disputes of this kind, at all stages of the process. We continue to submit that implementation of the Community Plan with comprehensive regulations - including, perhaps, some that require public hearings - could solve this and similar problems.

We did not think Mr. Catchpole's remarks directly addressed the subject of the article, namely the proposed extension of operating hours at the asphalt plant. Please refer to Mr. Catchpole's letter to the editor in the May 22 SUN.

Permit problem

Dear Editor:

Among those of us who are sometimes referred to as "Commissioner Watchers," there is mounting concern that too little attention is being paid to local governmental procedures, especially concerning the issuance of permits to build potentially undesirable industrial complexes in the county.

Concern also exists over the adequacy of investigative reporting on such matters.

A current beef is that the previous Board of County Commissioners quietly eliminated then-existing regulations which required two separate public hearings - one before the Planning Commission and another before the commissioners - before a permit could be issued to build an industrial facility in the county.

Such is no longer the case. Currently, a contractor may build a potentially offensive facility after merely persuading the director of the county planning department (or his deputy) that such a facility meets certain standards. Gone are the formerly required public hearings and specific approval of the commissioners for the structure.

A number of questions come to mind. Why have unelected officials been saddled with responsibilities not included in their job descriptions, and for which they are not compensated. Why do our county commissioners choose to delegate such decisions to unelected officials, and why do they believe public input on such matters is no longer of consequence? And why has The SUN not weighed in on these developments?

Why, instead, did The SUN elect to criticize a distressed citizen who, while technically "out of order" had been totally frustrated in his efforts to obtain active support from several local officials (representing the county, the school board, both political parties and assorted civic organizations)?

Where is the public outrage? Must we await the construction of a glue factory next to one of our churches located along the banks of the San Juan River before the sensibilities of our county commissioners - and the community at large - are aroused?

If readers have views on this subject, please consider attending a county commissioner work sessions scheduled for 7 p.m. June 17 at which permitting procedures will be reviewed. I trust The SUN will provide adequate coverage of the meeting.


Gene Cortright

Editor's note:

The SUN has weighed in on the topic several times, urging creation of regulations pursuant to the Community Plan that reflect the wishes of the residents of the county concerning problems of this kind.

To report on a lack of decorum at a public meeting is to give readers an indication of the emotional quality of the situation at hand. To criticize such behavior is to indicate that "frustration" is never an adequate excuse for a lack of civil behavior and respect.

You may trust The SUN will cover the commissioner work session that has been scheduled (at least as of Tuesday) at 7 p.m. June 18.

Report from Iraq

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank whoever sent me the package with shaving razors and the edition of The Pagosa Springs SUN which featured all those from Pagosa who are serving in the U.S. military.

I thought it was a great tribute to recognize those who serve. I think of the families of all those who sacrifice greatly.

I know it has been hard on my wife Katherine (Bob and Shelley Frye's daughter). She is staying with her folks in Pagosa while all this is going on. She is doing well from the letters I get. Katherine, her parents, and my parents, have been going through a lot (like any family of a service member).

My unit's main mission is to keep the helicopters flying. We work out of a bombed-out hangar to kind of keep the sand out. My specific job is to fix helicopter engines. We get kept very busy. Our Division (101st Airborne - Air Assault ) is a division that moves troops, mainly by inserting them into battle by helicopter. So, it's pretty important to keep them flying.

When we crossed the border into Iraq, we immediately saw how desperate the Iraqi people were for food. Mostly, children would stand by the side of the road hoping to get food or water. We threw them some of our own food - not because we were told to do so, but because to see another human being that skinny and that hungry made it the only right thing to do. Those of us who were in the truck knew the little bit of food we threw wouldn't make a big difference, but we had to do something.

We had our first hot meal in about three weeks the other day. It wasn't anything big. But just the fact it was not an MRE made a big difference.

We don't know how long we'll be here. It's easy to lose track of what day it is - almost helpful. It makes time seem to go by quicker. I try to keep my soldiers busy so time will go by more quickly. We all try to keep everyone's morale up. When one of us gets a care package, everyone gets a little something out of it.

Thanks again for the package. I really appreciate it. I hope to see you all when I come home. Take care and stay safe.


Robert Gomez

Frye's yard

Dear Editor:

After reading the Pagosa SUN May 29 issue story of the water board meeting in which Bob Frye, a director, states he would let his front yard die before the greens on the golf course, I ask, is Bob Frye's back yard the golf course?

At the same meeting, Karen Wessels, a board member, states "domestic use would be a priority."

A "Yes" for her!

Let our tables flourish with homegrown veggies.

Pam Morrow

Health staffing

Dear Editor:

I am sorry that my letter of last week was upsetting to some of our health care providers.

I had a long, constructive visit with Dr. Piccaro of the Pagosa Family Medicine Clinic and I want to assure everyone that my comments were not intended to discredit his medical education and experience nor those of the other providers in that clinic.

Dr. Piccaro came here less than two years ago and is up-to-date in his skills and his certification, which includes pediatrics and prenatal care. However, with our population growth, it is evident that there is and will be a need for additional family practice physicians with his credentials.

In writing my comments, I simply stated that adding a recently educated family practice physician with training in the areas of infants and children and women's health would be a good addition to the Mary Fisher facility, as it appears this is the greatest need at this time.

In our conversation, we both agreed that the other focus of the health services district board should be fully staffing the Urgent Care facility as this will greatly enhance health care for all of our providers, as rural physicians are compromised by the lack of local emergency-center services.

I hope this letter clarifies any misconceptions folks may have regarding the services available at the Pagosa Family Medicine Clinic.


Patty Tillerson

P.S. Please know that the purpose of my letters has been to generate public input as to what the public sees as priorities for our health services district. Suggestions in my letters are from personal contacts around the community, which I believe should be put before the public for consideration just as the Knoll-Blide concept, which was published in this newspaper. I asked for your input, not necessarily your agreement, via the Citizens Advisory Committee: e-mail at pshealth@pagosa.net.


Community News

Senior News


Dream talk draws huge turnout; another planned

By Laura Bedard

SUN Columnist

What a lovely week at the Senior Center.

We are already seeing a number of our summer seniors back again and everyone seems happy and busy.

We had a lot of people show up for the "Understanding Your Dreams" talk. Barbara Conkey was here last month and had so many people attend that we scheduled her again.

Now we are thinking of asking Barb to come back again; please call and let us know if you are interested in attending.

We will be going to Creede June 21. If you are signed up to attend the play with us, please stop by to prepay for your ticket. Price is $14.45.

Tomorrow is our free movie day for seniors. This month: "Catch Me If You Can," starring Tom Hanks.

This is the true story of a young con artist who acts as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, all without formal training. He stole millions of dollars in counterfeit checks before the age of 22. Will he get caught? Popcorn is only 25 cents. Suggestions for next month's movie are always welcome.

We will be having barbecue pork chops for lunch Friday to help celebrate Father's Day, along with a small treat. We hope to have a big crowd and hearty appetites in attendance.

June 17 is our day to go to Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. The trip is free to seniors and the sign-up list is in the dining room. Please sign up as soon as possible, this fun ride usually fills up fast.

It's time for an ice cream social and sing-along. After lunch Wednesday, we will be serving up ice cream for only 50 cents. We will have the basic toppings here but encourage you to bring your own special additions - like brownies to put under the ice cream or mocha sprinkles on top. Be creative.

If this is well-attended, we will have an ice cream social and sing-along every month this summer.

We are still looking for a Medicare counselor for the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. Training is provided. Call Musetta at the senior center for more information.

We want to say a special thanks to the First Baptist Church for donating a computer to us. It is very appreciated.

Work-at-home schemes

Be cautious about work-at-home advertisements, especially those that promise large profits with a minimum of work or make you pay up front for materials.

You should also be cautious about ads which say "no experience necessary" or "easy money," or make exaggerated claims of potential earnings.

Some advertisements use testimonials that cannot be confirmed or avoid putting details about the program in writing.

Always remember this: If you are required to pay before you receive the products and all the details in writing, there is a substantial risk that you will lose your money. Check your Better Business Bureau before you invest.

Visitors and guests

We are enjoying seeing more of or summer seniors flock in. Lorene Lord, Glen and Gloria Vaderwele and Kathryn Cook are back in town. We are also enjoying Hoppy Hopson's fine voice at lunch. Walter Green came in Wednesday with the Dennys and seemed to enjoy the meal and the company. We had the Seeds of Learning kids sing for us Tuesday, which is always a special event for us and, as always, we got a bang out of seeing Bill and Vera Bang come in for a meal.

Upcoming events

Tomorrow - 10 a.m., Qi Gong; 11 a.m. blood pressure checks with Patty Tillerson; noon, celebrate Father's Day; 1 p.m. free movie day "Catch Me If You Can"; 1 p.m. dominos; no Medicare counseling today

Monday - 1 p.m. bridge for fun

Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. yoga; 10:30 a.m. advanced computer class; 1 p.m. Sky Ute Casino trip

Wednesday - 10:30 a.m., beginning computer class; 1 p.m. ice cream social and sing-along

Lunch menu

June 13 - barbecue pork chops, baked potato, three-bean salad, whole wheat bread and fruited Jello

June 16 - Swedish meatballs and noodles, mixed vegetables, roll, fruit mix with blueberries and orange juice

June 17 - chicken and rice, carrots, tossed salad and chocolate pudding

June 18 - baked catfish, garlic potatoes, coleslaw and whole wheat roll and apricots.

Veterans Corner

Korean War memorial slated for San Luis Valley July 27

By Andy Fautheree

SUN Columnist

The San Luis Valley Korean War Commemorative Partnership Committee at Homelake and the Colorado State Veterans Center have scheduled a number of community events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ceased hostilities on the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War, July 27, 1953.

The Forgotten War

The Korean War is frequently referred to as "The Forgotten War," perhaps because it was officially a "police action," and not a declared war.

The Korean War was not ended with a victory, but with a cease-fire that still exists.

One only needs to see current events to know this peninsula is still a threat for peace in that region.

Though it may be referred to as the Forgotten War, those who served in the armed forces in conflict in Korea will never forget it. It was just as much a war as any other, and our forces suffered many casualties.

Fighting was intense and brutal, often in very freezing temperatures. Of those who were there, who can ever forget the Chosan Reservoir battle?


The Korean War commemoration weekend will run from July 24-27, and will coincide with the San Luis Valley Ski-Hi Stampede and the Fiesta de Santiago celebrations in Monte Vista and San Luis.

A highlight of the event will be the presence and participation by six veterans from Colorado and New Mexico who were awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the armed forces who have acted "above and beyond the call of duty," in acts of bravery and at substantial risk to their own lives.

Very often, the medal is awarded posthumously. To bring six living Medal of Honor winners together at one time is an outstanding achievement of the committee.

Medal recipients

I have been asked to assist the commemoration by escorting three of the Medal of Honor veterans as they appear throughout the festivities. I can assure you I will feel very humble in their presence.

Kicking off the commemoration will be the San Luis Valley Ski Hi Stampede parade starting at 10 a.m. July 24.

The parade will include a mass colors formation made up representatives from Colorado and New Mexico veterans' service organizations and the area's Native American Treaty Nations.

A motorcade made up of vintage Korean War military vehicles and passenger vehicles will transport the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, Republic of Korea dignitaries and honored guests.

Colorful parades

The parade will be held both days, July 24 and 25 in Monte Vista. On July 26 a similar parade will be held in San Luis.

Also on the agenda is a reception held each afternoon after the Stampede until 2 p.m. at the VFW Post 3228, 371/2 Adams Street, Monte Vista.

There will be an opening night concert and the annual Rotary Club barbecue on the evening of July 24.

Memorial dedication

The contingent of dignitaries will participate in the Fiesta de Santiago parade in San Luis at 10 a.m. July 26. They will also be honored guests at the dedication of the Veteran's Memorial at the San Luis Museum courtyard.

July 27 is the 50th anniversary of the armistice signing that ended hostilities in 1953.

An ecumenical prayer/memorial service sponsored by the San Juan Community of Churches is scheduled for the Homelake Veteran's Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m.

Following the memorial service at approximately 12:30 p.m., all Korean War era veterans will be shuttled to the rodeo arena to be introduced en masse at the opening of the final day of the Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo.

Fighter wing fly over

Veterans will march into the rodeo arena behind the colors. The Colorado Air National Guard Fighter Wing will conduct a fly over.

I urge our Archuleta County veterans and community citizens to attend these events and honor the veterans of the Korean War at these special events. For further information you can call Vickie Olson at the Homelake Colorado State Veterans Center, (719) 852-5118.

For information on these and other veterans benefits please call or stop by the Veterans Service Office located on the lower floor of the county courthouse. The office number is 264-2304, the fax number is 264-5949, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 to 4, 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.


Chamber News

Summer entertainment season

begins in Pagosa Country

By Doug Trowbridge

The Chamber's favorite non-nun will be taking the stage again in the Pagosa Springs Music Booster's production of "Nunsense II, The Second Coming."

Nun, I mean, none other than Mary McKeehan will be reprising the role of Mother Mary Regina in this wild and crazy second act of the Little Sisters of Hoboken.

Also reprising their roles from the 1999 classic will be Kathy Isberg and Joan Hageman. Newcomers, Candy Flaming and Amber Farnham will round out the cast for this hilarious production.

"Nunsense II, The Second Coming" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium June 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 with a 3 p.m. matinee June 22.

Reserved seating tickets may be purchased at The Plaid Pony and at Moonlight Books. Adult tickets are $12, seniors are $10, and children and students are $6. Call 731-5262 for more information. Plan on attending two or three performances because once simply won't be enough.

Hanging baskets

By now, you should all have your hanging basket order forms in hand.

Many of you have promptly filled them out and returned them to the Chamber. If you haven't returned your form, or never received a form, you have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to get them in. Order forms are available at the Chamber, so don't waste any time trying to find that misplaced form, get in to the Chamber and fill one out today. Baskets are $22 and Kendall, from Ace\Circle T, assures us that this year's baskets will be as gorgeous as ever.

For more information on the baskets, call Doug at 264-2360 or stop by the Chamber. Show your civic pride by hanging a basket or two in front of your business.

Relay For Life

By now, you have probably been asked to sponsor a walker or participate on a team for this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Pagosa Springs.

The walk will be held in Town Park June 20 and 21. Activities get underway around 6 p.m. Friday and keep rolling along until 9 a.m. Saturday.

Relay For Life is an event to raise awareness of cancer and funds to help find a cure. Since cancer never takes a night off, participating teams walk all night in support of those who deal with the disease on a daily basis.

For information on joining a team or supporting a walker, contact Morna Trowbridge at 731-4718 or Patty Sterling at 731-5213.

Chimney Rock

In addition to their amazing daily tours, the folks at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area have two special events coming up.

Saturday, you can enjoy a spectacular full moon rising from the Great House Pueblo site. If you've never attended one of the full moon programs, let me assure you that this is a "don't miss" event.

They'll also be holding a sunrise summer solstice program June 21. Enjoy a remarkable lesson on archaeoastronomy and usher in the beginning of summer. Sure, you have to get up a little early, but you know it will be worth it.

For information on both these programs and other special events at Chimney Rock, call 883-5359.

Father's Day picnic

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Father's Day picnic in Town Park June 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. So give dad the afternoon off and enjoy a little fun in the park. For more information, call 264-2579.

Music in the Mountains

By now, everyone should be aware that Music in the Mountains is back again this year.

You should know that three concerts will be held at beautiful BootJack Ranch. You should also know that tickets are limited and shows are going to sell out again this year. For anyone who doesn't, however, here is everything you need to know.

On July 21, violinist Vadim Gluzman, and pianist Angela Yoffe will perform Mozart and Prokofiev. Aviram Reichert and festival musicians will present "Romancing the Piano" July 25, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi and festival musicians will present Dvorak and other piano works on Friday, Aug. 1 followed by a reception. The tickets are ever-so-affordable this year at $35 for the July performances and $45 for the August performance and reception.

The Chamber of Commerce is the only ticket outlet for Music in the Mountains, so please stop by soon to pick up your tickets so you won't miss out on this fabulous opportunity.

Give Doug a call at 264-2360 with questions. Just so you know, we can't hold tickets for you this year, but you can purchase them with a credit card if you like.

Restaurant guide update

All our food service members are now officially on alert. Morna is working on the updated dining guide and your input is desperately needed.

Most members have already received a letter about the guide. If you haven't, accept our apologies.

Either way, we will need your updated information by June 20. This information goes out to every person who requests visitor information (over 5,000 last year), is accessible on our Web site (almost 300,000 visits last year) and is on display in our Visitor Center (almost 33,000 visitors last year, and that was a bad year). Obviously, you want to be in the Dining Guide and you want your information to be correct.

At the end of the day, June 20, the Dining Guide will be packed off to the printer with the information each of you provides. You won't have a chance to change anything in the brochure for another year, so check it out and make sure it's right.

If you have any questions, call Morna at 264-2360.

July 4th parade

Heads up: the theme for this year's fabulous Rotary July 4 parade has been announced so you can start planning your float.

"Our American Heroes" is what our Rotarians have designated as this year's theme so go for it and come up with the best float you can.

While we're on the subject, the Chamber will again sponsor the famous Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival in both parks July 4, 5 and 6 and the concert at Pagosa Lodge on the night of the Fourth.

The Pagosa Hot Strings will be our headliners again with the wonderful addition of the Community Choir gracing us with lots of patriotic music both before and after the Strings' performance.

We're also planning to have the games and contests out at the Lodge beginning in the late afternoon on that day, so look for all the details coming up soon on July 4 in Pagosa Springs. It is truly one of our premier holidays with endless activities and fun stuff for every member of the family.

Stay tuned for more info in the future.

Moving News

It's always nice to learn that people actually read the Chamber Communique. Wayne Wilson, one of our local CPAs, read Sally's article about all the ways the Chamber can help members promote a business and decided to take advantage. Wayne is happy to announce that he has moved his office to 2035 West U.S. 160, Suite 104, in the Mountain Run Plaza shopping center. Stop in and check out his new digs and give him a chance to tell you how he can help your business.


Mark your calendars because we may never see another membership week like this one. Only one renewal and no new members this week.

Here without further ado, our lone renewal - Lisa and Lois Higgins rejoin us with The Made In Colorado Shoppe. We are thrilled to have them on the Chamber team and so glad that we weren't shutout this week.


Library News

Enhance a child's imagination at the summer reading program

By Lenore Bright

SUN Columnist

Child's play is a serious pursuit. The emergence of imag-ination is a significant developmental milestone.

Young children are realists who mainly consider their immediate experience. But sometime during their third year, they become capable of suspending reality in their play.

They begin to treat objects not for what they are but what they could be. Toy blocks can be transformed into rocket ships, cars or anything the child's mind might envision.

Imagination is the talent for seeing beyond reality to allow the mind to playfully connect ideas. This interplay of imagination with reality produces insight and discovery.

Imagination complements rational thinking. Good judgment, originality, flexibility of thought and problem solving are all dependent on a healthy imagination.

Reading to your children and encouraging them to indulge in "recreational" reading will help stimulate the imagination.

Look for books that challenge their imagination. Create "shared" stories" - make stories up together.

Noted psychiatrist Bruno Bettelheim believes that children benefit from fairy tales because they can discover solutions for inner conflicts. Research shows that principles are more likely to be remembered if associated with an image, a fable or a parable than if presented as a fact or logical argument.

Our summer reading program "Chews to Read" can help stimulate your family's quality time. Children of all ages may sign up this week for the program. It is all about fun.

Good books

"Colorado's Great Gardens" by Rob Proctor and Georgia Garnsey is a beautiful display of gardens as diverse as the state's various ecosystems.

We think of Colorado as the plains, the mountains and the plateaus. The book features 72 gardens from our dry Western Slope through the mountains to the eastern plains. Colorado gardeners must adjust to their own weather environments.

Proctor lives in Denver. He has authored many gardening books and frequently appears on the Discovery Channel. Garnsey, also from Denver, helped to found the Children's Art Museum of Denver. She is the former editor of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine.

The book will give you many ideas on planting for our climate and altitude. The pictures are blueprints for your garden.

Diane Mott Davidson is a Colorado author living in Evergreen. She's become quite a popular mystery writer. Her heroine is Goldy Schulz, an excellent cook and caterer. Each of her books features recipes that the reader may try.

"Sticks and Scones," is called a "delicious whodunit," by Bon Appetit magazine. Goldy is busy cooking authentic Elizabethan fare in a real castle that was brought over from England and reassembled stone by stone in Aspen Meadow.

"She's dishing up another dangerously tasty treat of murder and mysteryŠ"


Thanks for materials from Lil Farrell, Joyce Hines, Jim and Margaret Wilson, Dick H. Ray, Methodist Church, Linda Rackham, Marty Johnson, Susan Davis, Molly Dorr, Marsha Tucker, Larry Blue and Amy Skolnick by way of Nettie Trenk.

Financial help came from William Wiggins Family in memory of Alice Wiggins. The gift is to purchase children's books. Charles Hotchkiss donated in appreciation for the computers; Dr. and Mrs. J. R. Cook in honor of Judy Wood's birthday. And a generous contribution was made by our anonymous friends in Santa Fe.



Sierra Noel Baker was born May 11, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, the first child of J. Marcus and Tess Noel Baker of Pagosa Springs. The young lady weighed in at 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces and was 20.75 inches tall. Grandparents are Sheila and Leon Bresley and Audrey and Don Baker, all of Omaha, Neb. Great-grandparents are Glen and Mary Baker of Ainsworth, Neb., and Loren and Helen Bartholomew of Lincoln, Neb.


Business News

The Rose, at 408 Pagosa St., has gone through many name changes and owners, but two attributes have always remained the same: the location and great food.

Jerry and Tracie Fankel are the newest owners and operators of the restaurant. They moved here May 27 after Jerry retired from his job at Frito Lay and Tracie finished serving six years as a middle school principal.

Rather than changing the menu at The Rose, the Fankels will add to it, including soups and desserts made from scratch, additional sandwiches, salads and daily specials like chicken fried steak Thursdays and catfish on Fridays.

New hours for the establishment are also in effect: Sunday-Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. and Thursday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Call The Rose at 264-2955.



Kenneth Kelley

Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Kenneth G. Kelley, son of Debbie D. Alderson of Uvalde, Texas and Kenneth G. Kelley of Pagosa Springs, has returned to the U.S. from the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.

He was assigned to Sea Control Squadron 22 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman, homeported at Norfolk, Va.

Kelley was one of more than 8,000 Atlantic Fleet sailors and Marines assigned to the ships and squadrons of the Truman Carrier Battle Group who participated in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Based at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., Kelley's squadron flies the S-3B Viking, a multi-purpose jet aircraft capable of long-range surveillance of shipping, air-to-air refueling, locating and destroying enemy submarines, and other missions as require.

Kelley is a 1999 graduate of Victoria High School in Victoria, Texas and joined the Navy in September of that year.



Ready, set, create

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

School may by out for summer, but for art students, the learning has just begun.

Over the next three weeks, about 30 students entering grades one through nine will be gathering at the elementary school for Summer Arts Camp - a camp designed specifically for "children who love art, who can't get enough of it, and who want to learn more about art in a creative, supportive setting."

Participants spend three hours a day at the camp and get to choose two of six classes to take - Clay'n Around, For Everything Your Art Desires, Hooked on Drawing, Fun with Painting, Kids Rule Art Class and Toy Making and Awesome Crafts.

When they're through, instructor Lisa Brown said, each student will require a box to move the artwork home. "We'll be completing a project every couple of days. The amount of work they can do in three weeks is amazing."

To squeeze it all in, young artists tackled their first projects just minutes into camp. Instructor Tessie Garcia, Pagosa's elementary school art teacher during the rest of the year, got her class started on clay whistles. Before the week was over, she also planned to have the class create one-of-a-kind masks and shakers. Before camp ends June 27, her students will have the opportunity to try air-dry clays, water-setting clays and oven-baked clays as well as to glaze and paint their own pottery.

In Lisa Brown's Kids Rule class, T-shirt design was the name of the game, but in a new twist, the students got to decide what project they would use to decorate their shirts. At one table, students were working on patterns for batik, a resist process. At another table, participants were twisting their shirts into tied snake-shapes. Later, the tied, twisted shapes would be dyed.

Susan Hagan's students were practicing their shapes and shadows skills by drawing animals using pictures in books and some models as their inspiration.

It was clear, the creative juices were flowing.

"See, the starfish thinks the momma turtle is a rock," one student said showing off her drawing to Brown.

"They teach me more than I teach them," Brown, who has a bachelor's degree in art education, said a little later. "I just present a technique, perhaps give some examples and they just role with it. A lot of times they come up with different ways of doing things that I would have never thought of. They keep us fresh."

Brown also teaches after-school art classes at the Archuleta County Education Center. Besides trying to come up with new projects to show the students every year, she said, the instructors also try to incorporate recyclables to teach a lesson beyond creativity. This year that will include making rain sticks out of PVC pipe.

In Garcia's classroom, lumps of clay were quickly being rounded and hollowed into turtles, cats and other shapes. Add a couple carefully placed holes, and a whistle is made.

Rachel Koepp, headed into seventh grade, was working hard to decide what kind of a whistle she planned to shape this summer. Last year it was a cat.

"I really like art, and I like to make things, so I decided to come back," she said. Although she generally likes drawing, lately clay has caught her eye.

"It's just cool," she said.

Kara Hollenbeck, who will be a sixth-grader next year, said she heard about the camp and thought it would be a good activity to try. With a little assistance from the instructor, her first day was going well.

"I've liked clay for a couple years," she said before jumping up to head off for a short recess and the next project.

After all, that was just the first session of classes.

After the break, round two of art camp began. Some headed for Everything Your Art Desires - Garcia's potpourri of projects to include Mexican Tin Punching, frames and mirrors, papermaking, jewelry and T-shirts.

"My favorite project last year was probably tin punching," Koepp said.

Hagan's students delved into painting to discover the basics of long-distance perspective, shadowing and rendering shapes. Over in Brown's classroom, students became toy makers exploring the ins and outs of 22 different kinds of toys. The first day, she planned to show them a gravity screw. As the weeks went on, they would also learn to make balancing toys, bubble wands and rain sticks just to name a few.

"I always say this is the highlight of the summer because I get paid to play," Brown said. She encourages parents to come volunteer on some of the bigger projects.

"We always need volunteers," she said, "even if they can only come for the day. They get to make stuff on the side, too." Brown has been teaching at the art camp for seven summers. Garcia's been with the program since the inception a decade ago. "No," she said, burnout is not a factor.

"I grew up in Pagosa Springs," said Garcia. "When I was a little girl there was nothing in Pagosa for kids to do. I thought, when I grow up, I'm going to do something for the community and this is what I've chosen to do to give kids something to do in the summertime." The kids actually make it easy to come back year after year.

"The looks on their faces, their creativity. It's just amazing," she said.

The camp is made possible through the assistance of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, the Archuleta County School District, Pagosa Rotary Club, Archuleta County Recycling Committee and Hogue's Glass. Cost is $150 per student, but scholarships are available.

Camp started June 9 and will run through June 27. For more information, call Garcia at 731-9244.


Pagosa's Past

Average citizens with more than average courage cleared the land

By John M. Motter

PREVIEW Columnist

Frontier Pagosa Country would have been a veritable dreamland for any western movie scriptwriter. Pick a theme, a story line. All of the elements were present.

First choose a time. Any year or group of years between 1860 and 1885 would work.

I'd loosely include an area stretching from Abiquiu or maybe Santa Fe up the Chama River and across the Continental Divide into the San Juan Basin and up to Silverton. I'd include the entire Four Corners area and maybe go over into the San Luis Valley as far as Fort Garland. The story line might require a tighter definition of area, but that could be worked out.

The scriptwriter couldn't go much before 1860 without changing the story line. Before 1860, there were no non-Indians living permanently in the area.

By 1885, the place was basically tamed. A writer might consider a date later than 1885 if the focus is to be big logging. In that case, the time frame should shift to include the years from about 1890 to maybe 1915.

No one could ask for a better ethnic mix. Consider the year 1878 when Fort Lewis sprang up in Pagosa Springs. Just south of the border and over in the San Luis Valley were the New Mexico Hispanics, already on this Rocky Mountain frontier for several hundred years, hardy, self sufficient, independent folks.

In northwestern New Mexico, the Navajo remained very much a presence. Also in northern New Mexico and throughout Colorado various bands of Utes still roamed and hunted, resenting white intruders and looking for a home. Scattered throughout northern New Mexico bands of Jicarilla Apaches tried to make a living in a world no longer suited to their life style.

Moving through Pagosa Country hordes of prospectors traveled in bands large or small, headed for the gold mines in the higher mountains. Merchants, farmers and ranchers traveling mostly in small family groups, all of their worldly possessions crammed into wagons drawn by horses, oxen, or mules, creaked and rattled down the dirt highways.

In the years before fences, English cattle barons sponsored huge herds of cattle throughout the Four Corners region. Some of these cattle were longhorns driven up from Texas. Others were the English breeds, driven in from the Denver area, a sort of rebound effect that started with cattle prodded along the Oregon Trail to Oregon during the 1840s, then later into the Rocky Mountains to feed the 1859 gold rush.

The ranches stretched across the land, cattle grazed by the hundreds of thousands, and the cattle barons were kings of all they surveyed.

Of course there were sheep, mostly from New Mexico.

Around the sprouting communities loggers and lumber mills made lumber as fast as they could. And watching over all were cavalry and infantry troops.

And so the stage was volatile and ripe for conflict. Early settlers talk of visits from roaming bands of Indians. Among those settlers were the Pargins who carved out a home on Beaver Creek on the historic road between Pagosa Springs and Durango.

Consider the stage stop on the Piedra River about a mile south of the present bridge. Streams of men, women and children traveled that route, all looking for a home. The innkeepers eyed a parade of humanity: down-on-their-luck prospectors carrying everything they owned in sacks on their backs; bands of mounted, buckskin-clad Ute braves; families - dad, mom, the baby and maybe grandma or grandpa - plodding along behind animal powered wagons; and not rarely single men or maybe even groups of men, hard-eyed, rough talking and well armed.

There were men wanted for crimes in other areas, men who holstered their consciences on their hips. The only law, the family rifle, hung over the fireplace. There had to be nights when the innkeeper didn't sleep, struggled through the darkness to keep awake, gun resting on his lap, hoping that boarder who slept with his boots on meant no harm.

And what happened at Piedra happened in Chromo and throughout Pagosa Country.

Then there were the army troops, couriers carrying messages back and forth between Fort Lewis and outposts on the Animas, mail carriers, and once, General Sheridan riding in an Army ambulance, out inspecting his frontier troops.

Settlers still hunted for the family table. Grizzly bears and wolves frequented the back country. And, of course, there was no electricity, no telephone, no central water.

A shadow of pending violence hung over the land. Outlaws held up stage coaches and menaced lonely travelers. Rival cattle companies feuded and took turns shooting each other down. Men argued over where to locate a homestead and where roads should be placed and over who got the water. Prospectors bickered over gold claims. Indians complained and threatened the encroaching civilization.

Most of the settlers were peaceable, law abiding citizens just looking for a fresh start on their own land with enough room around them to stretch their eyes, test their muscles and raise their families.

These were the people who tamed Pagosa Country, these average citizens with more than average courage who cleared the land, braved the elements, went to church, taught their children the differences right and wrong.

Several movies have been filmed in Pagosa Country in the past. They were pretty much generic westerns that could have been filmed anywhere.

The building blocks are still here for much more.



Strong season ahead

There are indications Pagosa Country could be headed into a normal, prosperous summer season. Traffic on U.S. 160 and U.S. 84 is picking up, with non-Colorado license plates on many of the vehicles heading to the area. There are RVs parked at local stops; the number of timeshare owners and condo renters in the area is increasing and they are visible in the local grocery stores, at our gas stations, on the golf course.

If the signs are accurate, our retailers should experience a bump up in business.

In a community where a prosperous tourism industry is a fundamental pillar of the economy, the more visitors we get this summer, and the happier they are, the better.

This is especially true after last summer, when we were hit by a triple whammy - a shaky national economy, fire and drought.

The terrible trio put the hurt on us, after a run of outstanding years when it seemed our economy was bulletproof, where revenue growth seemed certain. Then came 9/11 and all that followed - the tech market crash and the overall slump in the market. The situation dampened enthusiasm, the willingness of many people to travel and spend their money.

Then, we experienced severe drought, regional in nature. National news sources dispensed stories and images about the lack of water throughout the Southwest. Here, we went on a serious restriction program, limiting non-essential use of water; much that was verdant a year before turned quickly to brown.

Then, the final blow: the Missionary Ridge Fire. The blaze was near Pagosa Country and, again, news was spread to the far corners of the U.S. Many travelers called off plans to visit us as images of forests in flame danced on their television screens.

Now, visitors seem to be in the mood to return, to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. With this pleasant prospect, there are things we can do to help things along.

First, we can welcome people who find Pagosa Country a desirable place to spend their vacations. The extra crowding is at times an irritant to old-timers, but the discomfort should be balanced by a recognition of the value of the tourism industry. Sales tax revenues count big in the plans of town and county government; without them, projects and amenities that benefit the resident population are threatened.

Second, we need to take care of our environment to ensure the tourist season continues successfully. Two problems that haunted the 2002 season are, potentially, still with us: drought and fire.

We had some snow this year and we've benefited from the runoff. We've had some rain. The lakes and reservoirs seem healthier than last year. They are, but we are nowhere near the break-even point on water. A sustained dry spell, and we are back in the same situation we were last summer. With luck, this will not happen, but the best way to deal with the possibility is to continue to conserve water - to be mindful of how we use this most precious resource.

We must also guard against fire. The recent Trail Creek fire shows our forests are still perilously dry. Quick and effective response by forest service fire crews contained the blaze but big fuels in the forest remain kiln-lumber dry. The forest service elevated fire danger in the forests to high and we need to exercise care with fire in residential and recreational settings. We should caution our visitors to do the same.

We're into the swing of the summer season. It has the potential to be a fine one. Let's do what we can to make sure we prosper and we are safe.

Karl Isberg


Pacing Pagosa

Corked keyboard asks equal time

By Richard Walter

My corked keyboard is all worked up wondering why Sammy should get all that free publicity?

It demands to be heard and I've given permission for it to create this week's column, to wit:

Why should an American icon of Dominican descent be chastised for his use of a baseball bat filled with foreign materials?

After all, Mr. Sosa, the pride of Wrigley Field's right field bleacher bums, confessed. He said it was just a mistake on his part, that he picked the wrong bat out of the supply he keeps on hand.

He admitted it was used for hitting demonstrations and for home run competitions. He did not explain why he needs such a bat.

That, in itself, is enough to tarnish the image he's engendered with children in Chicago, the Dominican Republic and around the world in his ballyhooed home run derby with Mark McGuire and his quest for Hall of Fame nomination when his career is done.

This keyboard has produced reams of copy stuffed with superlatives, verbiage, homophones, and praises galore.

No one has cited it as an illegal assist to a struggling newsman.

No one has called for an investigation of all its myriad electronic programs and integral links with the outside world through e-mail and Internet.

Hey, keyboards of America, arise!

You deserve as much publicity as Sosa and you only have to produce words, not round-trippers.

The whole thing would be ridiculous if not so much importance were placed on the talents of the "supreme" athletes today.

The same should be true of us - the computer keyboards. We are called on to take all the bumbling finger strokes applied, all the abuse when the program fails, and never, ever, get any of the praise heaped on journalists for their verbosity and poetic brilliance.

When, after all, is the last time you saw a keyboard held up for all the world to cheer - or ridicule because our fonts were corked?

And it isn't a simple thing to cork a keyboard, obviously not as simple as corking a bat. After all, you have to get the original manufacturer to cooperate. You need a special kind of silica that will stand up to the abuse of bumbling key strikers, and a static arrester which will screen out all the vulgarity it might be subjected to if it fails to perform magic and turn collected wandering thought into epics of controlled wisdom.

Sosa's corked bat episode is not the first of its kind in professional baseball, nor, this keyboard suspects, will it be the last.

Some other "supreme" athlete will believe he or she can get away with it, never get caught, and go on living the "people's choice" lifestyle.

Well, it's high time that keyboards, PDAs, palm pilots and all those other communications tools which take abuse from our users unite.

We must demand our day in the headlines. We want equal time with the abusers of childhood dreams and worship of enamored fans.

Keyboards, unite!



90 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era files of June 13, 1913

The county has started the building of a county jail on the county lots opposite the Methodist parsonage on Lewis Street. It will be of concrete and therefore fireproof. The cells in the old jail will be used. Within the next few years Archuleta County will probably build a new court house and jail and the jail now being built will be purchased by the town for a calaboose if present plans hold good.

Jim Carlin has decided to make his first mill setting on the old Rudy Flaugh ranch, three miles southeast of town.

Bud Kleckner, the Piedra forest ranger, recently killed a big silver tip bear - weighed 1,000 pounds according to Charlie Mack.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of June 15, 1928

A Willys-Knight sedan belonging to a tourist of Kansas, lies at the bottom of a canyon near the top of Wolf Creek Pass, owing to the fact that the driver failed to put on his emergency brake. The family went up Saturday to view the scenery. The party alighted from the car to enjoy the panorama. The wife at first left her baby in the car and after going a short distance decided to go back for it. Upon their return to the spot, the automobile had somersaulted down the canyon and was demolished.

Miguel Chavez, who has held the position of engine watchman at the local roundhouse for many years has resigned, and will be succeeded by Homer McKinley, who for the past two years has been pumpman at Pagosa Junction.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of June 12, 1953

The American Legion is sponsoring another of the popular Donkey Ball Games at the Red Ryder Round-Up grounds Monday. The proceeds of the game are to go to the American Legion building program for the construction of the new addition to the Legion Hall.

The Town Board met last weekend to consider the revised report of their engineers on a proposed water system. They discussed the plan and details that were different from the original proposal. Instead of gravity power for the system, it would discard the present water wheel and use diesel power for pumping. It would also have a standby system. It would provide adequate water to all consumers, serve every residence in town and pay for itself in not more than twenty to twenty-five years.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of June 15, 1978

Drilling has started on a 2,000 foot deep test well in back of the court house. The well is being drilled to explore for sources of geothermal energy and will go the entire depth unless some exceptionally hot water is encountered before that depth. The hottest water in the first 100 feet was 140 degrees.

Modesto Montoya, town water commissioner, said this week that the annual misunderstanding about water rates for sprinkling and irrigation is here. Town ordinances provide that water rates include a charge per front foot for sprinkling and watering of lawns and gardens. However, the charge is levied only during the summer months rather than being spread over the entire year.