September 09, 2004 


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One killed in Stevens Field

takeoff crash

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

An Arizona pilot was killed when his single-engine airplane crashed and caught fire at Stevens Field on Labor Day.

According to Archuleta County Sheriff's Department reports, Murray Vincent Dolan, 76, of Lake Havasu City, died in the crash. He was the plane's only occupant.

Sgt. Bob Brammer said the accident occurred shortly after 10:10 a.m. during takeoff. The plane apparently bounced a couple of times, veered off the runway, hit an obstruction and flipped over, landing upside down. It then caught fire.

Airport personnel attempted to squelch the blaze with fire extinguishers as emergency personnel were dispatched. Firefighters arrived on scene at 10:19 a.m.

Pagosa Fire Protection District Chief Warren Grams said the plane was fully-involved when the first trucks arrived.

"There was no opportunity to perform a rescue," he said. The fire was extinguished quickly using water and foam. Because of the recent rains and the construction surrounding the crash site, Grams said, the trucks could not be staged above the plane, meaning water, a small amount of fuel and foam ran back toward the trucks. To keep contaminates away from the emergency vehicles and retain the integrity of the crash site, firefighters remained on scene with shovels to divert the water.

An investigation into the exact cause of the crash will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board with results possible in three to six months.

Airport Manager Ken Fox said representatives from the NTSB arrived on scene Monday afternoon. For safety reasons and to allow the investigators to complete their initial field investigation, the airport was closed from 10:45 a.m. Monday until about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, Fox said, activity at the county airport had returned to normal. The remains of the airplane will be removed for further analysis.

An autopsy on Dolan was performed Tuesday. Coroner Carl Macht said the specific cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries as a direct result of the crash. Dolan was apparently headed to Durango to park the airplane. His wife, Pat, expected to follow him there in a car.

Several people at the airport, including Dolan's wife, witnessed the tragedy. Scott Bramble, critical incident stress debriefing coordinator for the sheriff's department, said in the weeks to come those people and any others who responded to the scene could experience emotional aftershocks. These may include physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral stress reactions. Just a few of the many symptoms include: chills, rapid heart rate, poor concentration, headaches, nightmares, emotional outbursts, a loss of emotional control, a change in communication with others or increased alcohol consumption.

It is important, Bramble said, that people recognize these reactions and others related to traumatic stress and contact a physician or mental health care provider if necessary.

Across the board, local officials commended the emergency response agencies for their professional job.

"I thought the professionalism and compassion of the firefighters was exemplary," Macht said.

Fox agreed that all agencies involved did an outstanding job in a difficult situation.


Road work targeted in Ranch LID

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

A local improvement district within the Ranch Community is one step closer to reality after this week's meeting of the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners.

The board's actions Tuesday were the latest in a series of steps taken to address upgrades aimed at Hackamore Place.

Approved were a resolution authorizing improvements to Hackamore, as well as an agreement with Strohecker Asphalt and Paving Inc., the firm which will perform the improvements.

The fiscal responsibility for the upgrades falls to the Ranch Community/Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Associations, which have secured enough money to cover the cost of the Hackamore upgrade, estimated at $38,630.96.

Sponsors of the effort, who have contributed the amount necessary to cover project costs, include Edward and Lynn Funk, Gerald Sawatsky, Alvin and Martha Bledsoe, David Swindells and Patrick and Carroll Keigher.

Since Hackamore is a non-maintained county road, the county will serve as the project's administrator while ensuring work is done according to county specifications, but will not contribute funds toward the reconstruction effort.

Additional funding for the projects will eventually be supplied by Ranch Community residents - barring any snags, persons owning property on Hackamore will be required to pay a share of the improvement cost.

The cost breakdown is a current estimate of about $3,219 per lot for 12 lots in the Hackamore plan. Lot owners will have the option to pay their portion in one lump sum or in up to five annual installments.

The project has been in the works since last April, when Kathy Holthus, assistant county administrator, first informed the commissioners of the PLPOA's intent to upgrade the roadway.

Work is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall, weather permitting.


County joins ranks with methane drilling foes

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Proposed development of coal-bed methane wells in sensitive areas of the HD Mountains will not have the support of the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners.

Citing the potential for numerous threats to the area's ecology and the economies of surrounding communities, the commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday opposing "drilling within one and a half miles of the Fruitland Formation Outcrop and ... in the Roadless Area of the HD Mountains."

The resolution is similar to measures recently adopted by La Plata County and the town of Bayfield and was presented in concept to the board last month by four members of the "Yellowjacket Outcrop Group," who expressed concern with the findings of a U.S. Forest Service draft environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding proposed gas production in the Northern San Juan Basin.

The potential for water depletion from drilling procedures, as well as possible pollution and contamination from methane seeps were a few of the issues outlined by the Yellowjacket group.

Other issues, which were echoed Tuesday by Bayfield Mayor Jim Harrmann and Amber Clark of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, include the potential threats of coal fires, erosion and vegetation loss and damage to historic and cultural sites resulting from methane production in the HDs.

The draft EIS prepared by the Forest Service analyzes a proposal from six gas companies to develop nearly 300 new coal-bed methane wells on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and private lands in a study area encompassing 125,000 acres north of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in La Plata and Archuleta counties.

The EIS covers seven alternatives that study different development scenarios and mitigation measures and discusses numerous relevant issues, including the physical, social, and biological impacts from development of leases.

One of the alternatives, proposed by the gas companies involved - BP America, Pure Resources, XTO Energy, Elmridge Resources, Petrox Resources and Exok - suggests creating 273 well pads and 118 miles of roads in the study area, which would affect an estimated 1,113 acres.

The Forest Service's preferred alternative scales back that proposal, recommending the creation of 211 well pads, up to 283 bores and 94 miles of roads, a plan that would potentially affect about 965 acres.

While the EIS indicates the majority of wells are proposed in La Plata County, the Forest Service's preferred alternative currently calls for 86 wells in the portion of the HDs that stretches into the western edge of Archuleta County, with most development targeted at federal lands.

The total coal-bed methane reserve in the Northern San Juan Basin analysis area, including production to date, is estimated at about 2.5 trillion cubic feet, which could result in about $7.5 billion in gross revenues.

According to statistics provided by the Forest Service, federal mineral revenues generated $211,112 last year in Archuleta County, with $105,556 dispersed to the state of Colorado.

To that effect, Commissioner Bill Downey acknowledged the county may be "turning down" a portion of what could prove to be a viable source of revenue by adopting the resolution.

However, "I do believe that the other side of the coin ... the detrimental effects of drilling there would, in my opinion, outweigh the income that would be generated from those sources."

Mamie Lynch, board chair, agreed with that notion and the resolution was adopted unanimously minutes later.

On a related note, the comment period for the draft EIS has recently been extended.

Written public comments on the EIS findings must be postmarked no later than Nov. 30, 2004, and mailed to Northern San Juan Basin CBM EIS, USDA FS Content Analysis Team, P.O. Box 221150, Salt Lake City, UT 84122. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to:

Compact-disc copies of the draft EIS are available at the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, 247-4874, or the Columbine Public Lands Office, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, 884-2512. Because the draft EIS is very large, limited copies are available.

The document is also available on the Web at or


Seven-year sewer cost tiff resumes

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

Seven years. Seven lots. One sewer line and a debate over fair payment. That was the heart of a discussion at the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting Tuesday night.

The district board, made up of members of the Pagosa Springs Town Council, heard testimony from four property owners in Piedra Estates unable to settle a dispute over reimbursement for a sewer line extension completed in 1997.

On one side, the three property owners who paid for the $36,000 extension, including one who tied on in 2001, argue the original agreement was for each of the seven property owners to pay an equal share of the line extension.

Reuben Mesa, who owns the property closest to the start of the extension, has taken the position that reimbursement should be based on the length of the sewer line to his property, a distance less than 1/7th the overall length, requiring payment of less than an equal share. Mesa is currently attempting to tie into the line.

He said back in 1997 he was initially told his cost would be between $1,600 and $1,800 to bring the line the 150-170 feet to his house. He agreed and then backed out when he received a contract requesting between $8,000 and $9,000 payment.

This year, he again intended to hook into the town's sewer system. Initially, he said, he was told he would owe $2,100. Then, the story changed. The figure went up to $5,000 to cover his portion of the cost of the 1997 extension. He refused. For the last two and half months, he said, he's been waiting, with portions of a sewer line exposed, for some paperwork proving his obligation to pay a 1/7th share of the extension.

Back in 1997, Tracy Bunning and Jim Kelley, two other property owners, went ahead with an agreement with the district for the extension. Under the agreement, the town secured a low-interest loan for $36,000 to fund the project - giving the property owners seven years for repayment. The debt has since been cleared. However, Bunning and Kelley contend that the agreement also included an understanding that as other property owners tapped into the extension, they would pay their share, reimbursing those who made the original payments.

"This wasn't designed as a money-maker," Bunning said. "We're not asking for interest or anything. We've even been asked by property owners farther up if there's an expectation of reimbursement if that line was extended even farther. Our response was no."

The problem is, paperwork covering the intent for reimbursement has not been located.

Town Attorney Bob Cole said a review of 1997 meeting minutes, the district resolution, the revenue note and district rules and regulations revealed no helpful clues as to the allocation of costs between property owners or future reimbursement.

"Unfortunately, this is not one of those easy cut and dried issues." He did suggest the board give staff and the attorneys more time to research the issue, including any minutes from 2001 when a third property owner hooked into the line, paying $12,000 as a fair share.

Mayor Ross Aragon set a workshop for noon, Sept. 21, for more discussion.

In a meeting just prior to the sanitation discussion, the Pagosa Springs Town Council approved a $43,000 land purchase contract for 2.63 acres at 4th and Juanita streets for eventual development as affordable housing.

The council also directed Town Manager Mark Garcia to move forward with continued negotiations on another six acres along Trujillo Road for the same purpose.

In initial discussions, council members agreed it is important to secure some land for affordable housing as Pagosa Springs continues to grow. However, their intent stopped short of developing or running the units.





 Inside The Sun

County considers courthouse for historic designation

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

The Archuleta County Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday the county courthouse is a candidate for inclusion into a proposed historic preservation district.

According to Tamra Allen, planner and historic preservation officer for the town of Pagosa Springs, the courthouse is one of several buildings targeted for designation as components of a "Historic Business District."

The concept of creating the district, said Allen, is an initiative being pursued the town's Historic Preservation Board, an entity created in 2001.

In order for a historic district to be created, said Allen, the town must receive written approval for designation from 51 percent of the owners of properties located within the pending boundaries.

Proposed district boundaries are both sides of Lewis Street between 4th and 5th streets, and Pagosa Street from 4th Street to the alley between Lewis and Pagosa.

Summarizing a memo addressed to the board, Allen said the goals of the historic district would be to "preserve the integrity" of historic buildings in the downtown area while providing tax incentives and other benefits related to economic growth, education, tourism and business recruitment.

For example, buildings that meet historic landmark requirements, said Allen, may be eligible for federal income tax credits of 10 percent and state rehabilitation income tax credits of 20 percent.

In response to question from Commissioner Bill Downey regarding the potential "down side" of considering the courthouse for historic designation, Allen stated the future "authority of the building" would be handled by a review of the town's preservation board.

"It's really the visual aspects," added Allen, indicating the functionality and internal workings of the building are irrelevant to such reviews.

If the commissioners opt to designate the courthouse as a possible historic landmark, a complete application will have to be submitted to the town council and historic preservation board for evaluation.

Allen said the process, which also includes at least one public hearing, generally takes about six weeks.

The commissioners agreed to reach a decision on the proposal by the town's deadline date of Sept. 17.

A related, tax-credit workshop is scheduled tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall for interested parties.

In other business this week, the board:

- scheduled a work session regarding the county development code timeline and related public survey for Sept. 14, 2 p.m;

- tabled a resolution ratifying a 2003 motion to abandon Regester Loop;

- at the request of the San Juan Mountains Association, agreed to waive landfill fees and provide free Dumpsters to coincide with the association's annual hunter information program;

- approved a request from Bob Burchett, county finance director, to present county airport funds as enterprise funds in accordance with GASB 34, beginning with fiscal year 2003;

- approved an intergovernmental agreement with the town regarding the confidential exchange of state sales tax data;

- adopted a county personnel manual and associated policies;

- approved special events permits for TARA Historical Society and Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program.


Employer seminar slated in Pagosa Sept. 16

A free employer seminar will be held in Pagosa Springs Thursday, Sept. 16, as part of a statewide initiative launched by the governor's office.

Planned in the Pagosa Springs Community Center with a 7:30-8 a.m. welcome and program following until 3 p.m., the event will feature four key speakers.

First, 8-9:30 a.m., will be Patricia McMahon, representing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with an overview of EEO laws and the charge processing procedure.

A question-and-answer session will follow before Joseph Herrera of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment talks 10:15 a.m.-noon on an overview of state labor laws.

During the same hours, Richard Habura of the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment will be presenting an overview of federal labor laws.

After another question-and-answer period a lunch will be served 12:30-1:30 p.m. for $10.

That will be followed 1:30-2:30 p.m. by a presentation by Steven Krichbaum, economist and statistical analyst for Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Labor Market Division on the topic "Labor Market and Occupational Wages - How to access on the Web."

Those planning to attend should RSVP Martha Garcia at 264-4133, Ext. 22 or by e-mail at by Sept. 10.

Calling Colorado's economic recovery now on solid footing, preparing for the future is one of Gov. Bill Owens' major initiatives for his second administration.

"Our economy is rebounding and the time is right to begin building for the future," the governor said. "As job growth increases, workers will have increasing opportunities in a wide variety of occupations. Start-up businesses are being launched and business owners will need to recognize and rebuild in order to adjust to and thrive in the highly competitive world of the 21st century."

To draw attention to the opportunities and challenges lying ahead, the governor has issued an honorary proclamation declaring September Workforce Development Month.

During the month, Workforce Centers throughout the state, led by Colorado Workforce Development Council, are teaming up with the Department of Labor and Employment to provide information and services that unite the needs of both workers and employers across Colorado.

It's a changing economy, one that is fueled by a wide variety of industries. Information technology and telecommunications, hospitality and tourism, transportation and healthcare all contribute significantly, the governor said.

In addition, emerging industries such as aerospace, biotech, homeland defense, nanotechnology and alternative energy continue to gain momentum in the state. That diverse economic base keeps the state from being dependent on any single sector and positions Colorado to be among the most competitive in the nation - but only if business and the state's workforce are prepared.

Preparing Colorado for the future is among the governor's key initiatives. "We must continue to reinvest in Colorado in order to ensure sustained economic growth," Owens said. "During September, a variety of events and activities will be scheduled throughout Colorado, all designed to focus on the road ahead and get us moving in the right direction."


Fire protection district receives three grants

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

The Pagosa Fire Protection District has received three grants totalling almost $20,000 for communications, training and wildland firefighting equipment.

Chief Warren Grams said the district received word Sept. 3 they received an $11,327 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to be used for communications equipment and a computer simulation program for training firefighters.

This is the fourth year the district has applied for that annual grant and the first it's been awarded.

The grant was received from the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Response Directorate for the year 2004 as part of the assistant to firefighters grant program.

The district was also awarded a $2,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation to purchase wildland firefighting boots.

A $6,000 grant from the Colorado State Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be used for more wildland firefighting equipment and protective clothing.


Name change for local public/private partnership

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

As part of the incorporation process, the Mayor's Council for the Future of Pagosa Springs will undergo a name change.

Angela Atkinson, executive director, said the group needed a name that more specifically encompassed it's comprehensive goal, "to address the planning, marketing and economic needs of our community as growth presents its inevitable challenges as well as offer a vision for the future of Pagosa Springs."

The group will now be know as the Community Vision Council: A public/private partnership. It will be co-chaired by David Brown and Mayor Ross Aragon.

Atkinson said the group continues to work toward a more permanent organizational structure and incorporation as a nonprofit.

Further information on the council and its activities is available via a line with the Pagosa Springs Town Web site at


Friends of local woman raise funds to help in battle with cancer

Pagosan Rachel Howe is again battling cancer, and has no insurance coverage to aid in her fight against the disease.

Howe's breast cancer has spread to her lymphatic system, her spine and hip.

She is currently undergoing oral chemotherapy, with attendant costs reported to be more than $600 per week.

Friends and supporters are raising funds to help Howe with her expenses. An account has been established at Bank of Colorado to receive donations.

Supporters hope to hold a bake sale benefit for Howe in mid October.

To help, or for more information, call Nita Niece at 731-9088.


Father John will leave IHM parish

By Mary Jo Revitte

Special to the SUN

A long time pillar of the community of Pagosa Springs, Father John C. Bowe, C.R. is leaving his beloved parish here to take up residence in San Luis, Colo., where he'll continue work with his brothers in the Theatine Order.

"We think of him as the heart and soul of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish," said parishioner Bill Ide.

IHM Parish will host a farewell party for its pastor 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Deacon Roger Behr, who is heading up the committee organizing the event, said, "The public is invited. It's going to be potluck and our guests are asked to bring a side dish."

Many members of the Pagosa Springs community, as well IHM parishioners, are expected to join in the celebration, honoring the remarkable man known to all as Father John.

From his small rectory on Lewis Street next to the church, Father John has helped hundreds of families and individuals both spiritually and financially. His work extended deep into the town and beyond where he has led efforts to help families and especially the town's youth.

Several years ago he was named "Citizen of the Year" in Pagosa Springs in recognition of his community leadership and service. He has long been a leader in the Pagosa Springs Ministerial Alliance.

Father John is also widely recognized for his musical talent. He celebrates Mass and plays the organ for three Masses each weekend at Immaculate Heart of Mary and often plays the piano at both parish and community events.

He recently recorded a CD with more than an hour of his favorite pieces. It is for sale in Pagosa Springs and benefits IHM's Life Teens.

The oldest of eight children, Father John grew up in Minnesota in a very musically oriented family. Beginning his lessons at age six, he was playing the piano on his own by age ten. On Sunday afternoons before dinner, his family played their instruments together for entertainment with the piano, violin, saxophone, clarinet, and trombone.

In fact, Father John played piano on his own radio program before becoming a priest. He also worked as a social worker, owned a restaurant and served as a staff sergeant in the U. S. Army.

He studied at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. for five years and while working as a social worker, he entered the seminary in 1964. He was ordained a priest in the Theatine Order (Clerics Regular) in 1968. He served as a school teacher and principal and pastor before being assigned to Pagosa Springs.

He was appointed pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in 1976. He continued as pastor until 1984 when he was called upon to serve as Provincial of the Theatines. He returned to IHM as pastor in 1991.

In addition to IHM, its four rural mission churches and their parishioners are also close to Father John's heart.

On alternating weekends for years, he has traveled to St. Francis in Frances; to St. James the Apostle in Trujillo; St. John the Baptist in Pagosa Junction; and the Chromo Mission Station in Chromo to celebrate Mass.


College Fair set Sept. 15 at Pagosa High

The counselors at Pagosa Springs High School invite any interested student and/or parent to attend the Colorado Council College Fair in the Pagosa Springs High School commons area 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Approximately 39 Colorado and out-of-state colleges will participate.

Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about courses of study, admission requirements, sports offerings, dormitory selection, scholarship and financial aid availability and more.

This is a come-and-go event. You are welcome to stay the entire time or not, as you please.


Blood draw Sept. 14 at fire district offices

Giving blood is a form of charity that can't be given with money.

If you would like to be part of that charitable feeling your next chance in Pagosa Springs will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

United Blood Services, the community blood center for the Four Corners area, will conduct a blood draw that date at Pagosa Fire Protection District headquarters, 189 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Current valid identification is required for all donors, most potential donors must be 18 or over, and you can register online at



Calendar's summer is autumn's invitation

By Chuck McGuire

SUN Columnist

By this writing the calendar still says summer, but the early signs of autumn are everywhere.

At first, changes are slight and unassuming enough to go virtually unnoticed, but eventually, as more obvious ones appear, a concerted scan of the surrounding countryside reveals them in aggregate. At once, they tell of an impending transformation that will ultimately bring shorter days, long cold nights, and the heavy snows of winter.

Each year, it seems, as adjacent forests are still a solid green, I am surprised to discover the first scattering of bright-yellow cottonwood leaves strewn over the earthen pathway of my evening walks. Immediately, I think it must signal the failing health of a great tree, for in late August, following barely three months of growth, it is surely too soon to mean seasonal shift. But then, a glance toward the upper reaches of a nearby grove affirms several higher sprigs, their leaves all faintly-tinted with gold.

Only after a few consecutive mornings of awakening to a distinct chill in the room, do I finally notice the days are shorter, and the sun, in its slightly more southerly rise, is a little later in cresting the forested ridge to the east. By then, daybreak thermometer readings have dipped from the 40s to the mid-30s, and even while afternoons are still bright and balmy, direct sunlight appears somewhat softer and a bit less searing. Evenings, that just a couple of weeks ago allowed simple shirt sleeves, now command a sweater or fleece jacket.

At some point, it dawns on me that precipitation patterns have altered, and the once frequent afternoon thunderstorms are now rare and far less powerful. Every summer, in July and much of August, monsoon winds carry warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico to Arizona, where prevailing southwesterly currents push it here. As it cools and condenses over higher terrain, towering cumulonimbus clouds form, producing lightning, heavy rain and, sometimes, hail and high winds. Later in August, as Gulf breezes turn again, the monsoonal flow is cut off, and dryer air comes predominantly from the west or northwest.

Naturally, autumn weather patterns also produce occasional storms, but they're typically the result of colliding warm and cold air masses, or a passing low-pressure system. Such disturbances often generate significant rain (or snow on the peaks), swirling breezes, and some lightning, but they are seldom as violent or potentially dangerous as the thunderstorms of summer.

Even as weather conditions calm down, human activity slows. Children everywhere return to the classroom, summer tourism wanes, and local shop proprietors report quieter weekdays. Traffic in town, and on the highways leading to and from, is appreciably lighter, and pedestrians feel somewhat safer crossing Pagosa Street. Of course, as long as the weather holds, and until the aspen leaves have all turned and fallen, weekends will show flurries of activity, with visitors hoping to find blue skies, moderate temperatures, and mountain valleys inflamed with color.

As subtle as the early signs can be, many are apparent for weeks before I'm able to grasp their full meaning.

For instance, the towering ponderosa pine next to my home is one of only two conifers in a broad clearing with a radius that far exceeds a hundred yards. Thus, resident Red and Abert's squirrels are most often content with confining their activities to the more secure and dense pine- and spruce-covered slope beyond the clearing to the west. But lately, a solitary Red has discovered a varietal bonanza among the cones and seeds in the branches over my roof, and has frenetically dashed across the clearing each of the past several days, risking life and limb, to make full use of this supplemental food source.

Apparently, the late-season value of the rations our tree offers is sufficient to justify the inherent danger in acquiring it, but the little Red has also shown tenacity for defending it against at least one intruder of his own kind. The other day, I watched as he vehemently pursued a trespasser round and round the tree trunk, until I began feeling faint and had to look away. Moments later, I saw the uninvited visitor scampering back across the clearing toward the relative tranquility of the forest.

For more than a month I've been watching a family of coyotes cavorting outside their den near my home. While I never saw more than one adult at a time, there must have been two, because sadly, one was eventually struck and killed on the highway nearby. Within a day or two, another was lying near the burrow entrance, keeping a close watch on three young pups that appeared about half grown.

In the weeks that followed, mornings seemed to be the height of their family activities, and every sighting showed three healthy siblings, notably larger than before. Finally, as I passed by early one day, one of the pups was sitting several yards from the den, and its parent and two littermates were nowhere in sight. I have not seen any of them since, and can only assume the youngsters are now grown enough to hunt with the pack.

The same highway that claimed one of the coyotes runs through several mule deer migratory routes. Although I seldom see any over the winter months, I do see a few in the summer, and they appear virtually everywhere in the spring and fall. Lately, I've seen a number toward twilight, as many are now moving from summer range to more suitable winter habitat.

Occasionally, I see does with a spotted fawn or two, but more frequently, several does and yearling fawns stand poised, apparently considering the safest course from one side of the road to the other. The younger bucks appear in smaller groups, and the larger, more regal bucks generally travel alone or in pairs. By now, antlers are full-grown, and the soft velvet coating will soon be shed, in preparation for the sparring that will earn them a rightful place in the fall rut.

Once the early signs of autumn are evident, more obvious ones seem to come on quickly. Robins and bluebirds are now gathering in flocks for the annual flight south, and gaggles of Canada Geese will soon honk high overhead. Meanwhile, the sumacs and Rocky Mountain maples are taking on a reddish hue deep in the woodland undergrowth, as the streamside willows and Bog Birch are ablaze in dazzling yellows and gold.

Before long, vast groves of Quaking Aspen will stand out in sharp yellow and orange contrast to the broad expanses of evergreens blanketing the mountains. And immediately after, high-country snows will creep ever lower, until those who would leave have all departed, and the glory of the aspens again covers the forest floor.


Celebrate the equinox at Chimney Rock

By Lindsay Morgan

Special to The SUN

Join us early Thursday, Sept. 23, at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area for a special program of the Fall Equinox Sunrise.

This unique event begins at the Sun Tower, a place not visited on regular tours and concludes at the Stone Basin giving participants two locations to view the rising sun.

The fall equinox marks the first day of autumn and is a day with equal amounts of daylight and nighttime. Learn how solar events were observed at Chimney Rock.

This sunrise event includes coffee and muffins at the cabin after the program.

Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Call 883-5359 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Gate opens for this program 5:50-6 a.m. only.

Program starts at 6:30 a.m. with sunrise at 6:57.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is located 17 miles west of Pagosa on U.S. 160 and three miles south on Colo. 151. Follow the signs to the Visitor's Cabin.


Clay target shoot set Sunday

The Upper San Juan Sportsmans Club will host another in a series of sporting clay target shoots at noon Sunday, Sept. 12.

The location for the shoot is 1.2 miles south of the fairgrounds on U.S. 84. There will be a sign on the green gate at the site.

All clay target shooters are invited regardless of skill level.

For further information call J.P. at 731-2295 or Nolan at 264-2660.


Ducks Unlimited banquet, auction slated Sept. 25

The Pagosa Springs Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet and auction on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Pagosa Lodge.

Cocktails will be available at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and the auction at 7:30.

Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer organization that conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.

For ticket information contact Nolan Fulton at 264-2660 or Tracy Bunning at 264-2148.


Firewood permits are now on sale

National Forest and Bureau of Land Management firewood permits are on sale at agency offices and selected retail outlets for the 2004 season.

The permit, which costs $10, is divided into two half-cord tags, so the full cord does not have to be gathered at one time. Permits are good until Dec. 31. Each household may purchase permits to gather up to 10 cords of firewood per year for personal use. Gathering firewood for resale requires a commercial permit.

Permits, which come with a brochure and map, are available at the San Juan Public Lands office in Pagosa Springs.

In Pagosa Ranger District only: You may not cut ponderosa pine snags (standing dead trees) larger than 15" in diameter (four feet in circumference) for use as firewood.

This restriction has been put in place because there is a shortage of large ponderosa snags in this area. Many species of wildlife depend on large pine snags for nesting, feeding, denning, and perching habitat.

Violators may face a maximum fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Updates on National Forest and BLM road conditions may be obtained at local agency offices or on the Web at





Dear Editor:

Mr. Feazel's letter "Assume Worst" is pretty powerful stuff. Also weird, disturbing and misguided.

American dissenters as terrorists seems to be a popular theme these days. Some regular letter writers seem to be saying, "Generations of Americans have fought for your rights and freedoms, including your First Amendment rights to free speech - so shut up."

I believe Mr. Feazel would find himself more comfortable in, say, Stalin's Russia, or Hitler's Germany, anywhere where he could rest assured that anyone who dare dissent or fail to toe the party line would be imprisoned or perhaps, even better yet, executed.

Kerry's Vietnam record is being turned on him by the pit bulls who also cast doubt on John McCain's service in 2000.

Jamie Blechman


Mad and wacky

Dear Editor:

I just finished reading the Sept. 2 Letters to the Editor. Three in particular, dreamed up by messers Feazel, Janowsky and Sawicki, made me wonder if I was reading The SUN or perhaps ... MAD Magazine.

Thanks for the wacky entertainment!


DC Duncan


Light in the cave

Dear Editor:

This poor Arboles Troglodyte is confused by the erudite letters in The SUN. For example, one preacher tells us which parts of the Bible are true while another tells us that everything in the Bible is true and that there should be only one Christian church, Lutheran presumably.

Hopefully, these gentlemen will continue to write and further explain why there are dozens of Christian denominations and why Christians have and continue to kill each other.

Admittedly, Christians killing Christians has fallen out of favor and presently, killing Muslims is much preferred. Of course, this fad will wan in a few years when the Muslim's oil fields dry up and then Christians can get back to killing off the Asian infidels.

I am also bemused by the attention given to John Kerry's military record rather than to the military record of Bush the younger or to his lackeys, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Delay, Dan Quayle, Rush Limbaugh, et al. I guess draft dodgers and weekend warriors, if they are rich and Republican, are to be preferred to actual decorated veterans.

Could it be that the writers discussing Kerry's military record are biased by their political convictions? Hopefully, no Democrat will question Mr. Feazel's or Mr. Sawicki's military record, as I'm sure these gentlemen would be rightly indignant.

This Troglodyte is secure in my cave and hence fear no evil. I feel sorry for you terrified citizens who are about to be done in by an Arab with a box cutter and I am glad we are spending a half trillion dollars a year so that you can watch the killing from the safety and comfort of your living room.

Keep those edifying letters to The SUN coming, as they are the only source of light in my cave.

Bob Dungan

Cpl., U.S. Army (Ret).

Korean Police Action


Vote by verse

Dear Editor:

No matter how we each cast our vote this election, we'd do well to consider the middle verse of the Bible:

"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118:8.

Dottie Forrest


Heroes, still

Dear Editor:

It has been one year since I wrote to you from the PICU at Children's Hospital. At that time Jim and I were going through the most terrifying time of our life. Our son Casey had been swept away in a flash flood and nearly drowned. Today I am happy to report a happy, healthy 8-year-old boy, a true miracle.

Jim and I have been blessed with the return of our son and the most loving, caring family and friends we could ask for.

So, we would like to say thank you once again to everyone (too many to name) who helped us through. Casey's rescuers, Liz Marchand, Marissa Marchand and Jenny Johnston. All the many EMTs, doctors and nurses, friends and family who took their precious time and came to visit us and bring wonderful food, friends at home who took care of our house, pets, mail, jobs and all the little things of life. You made it possible for us to concentrate solely on Casey's recovery. You are all our heroes and we love you very much.

Denise Mudroch


Ignorance cited

Dear Editor:

"Its failings notwithstanding, there's much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community." ... Oscar Wilde

That being said now let me interject my ignorance with another quote:

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." - Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946, while awaiting the Nuremberg trials.

Leroy Oldham


Who can judge?

Dear Editor:

Who has the right to judge Bush Christian or not? How ironic. He is taking a stand against evil and standing up for Bible-based morals. Why is it when such a leader fights against immorality that so many squeal?

Bush isn't just waging a war against terrorism; it is against an axis of evil. We are talking about radicals who are nothing but tools in the hands of the devil, using and abusing anything and anyone in their path.

There will always be a fight between good and evil. Open your eyes! Bush is aggressively taking action as a moral being who exhibits moral courage to make America and the world better. Christianity and passivity do not mix. Neither do freedom and passivity.

Where in the Bible does it say, succumb to evil and let it work its course? The Bible does speak about fighting evil, standing up and assisting those who are in its grip. Where in the Bible does it say be spineless? God's people are compared to the salt of the earth. The Bible says that once salt has lost its savor what good is it thereof - it will be trodden underfoot.

Education is key to freedom as I witnessed during my overseas stint. What are some of you teaching American children? The rhetoric of bondage, not freedom?

What is this about Christians not fighting wars? Have you forgotten your Old Testament history? What would have happened to God's people after the Exodus if they had not continued fighting, with God's help, for their freedom? How about God's people in the Book of Esther taking up arms to fight for their lives? Let's mention Gideon. Joshua. What about King David? A man of war - yet God still called him a "man after His own heart." These guys were leaders of Israel, a free nation under God, because they were chosen to lead and yes, to fight, to keep Israel free. Israel's bondage was their own doing; they refused to follow God's moral laws. We must fight, as a free nation under God, for freedom and moral positives!

God is a God of freedom and He give us the means by which we can be free. Would you call terror, striking America, a continuance of our freedom? No. If our great nation succumbs to radicalism, it will be our own doing. Are so many people complacent as a past Letter to the Editor discussed?

How many cowards hide behind the face of Christianity? Throughout the Bible God's people have stood for good moral positives - why should we stop?

My "baby" brother is a Marine taking action to protect our American values. Not just him, but numerous others. Look at the world and see those countries that are now free only because of America's helping hand. My lengthy overseas term helped me see this firsthand.

What ever happened to absolute truths? Wrong is still wrong no matter what you mask it with. Right is still right.

Melynda Parker


No to expansion

Dear Editor:

My name is Ian Widmer and I grew up in Pagosa Springs. I just graduated from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs last May and am currently living in Vail for the winter season.

I am writing because I wanted to express my anger and disdain regarding the proposed Wolf Creek Village, an issue I am aware has been the topic of great debate for some time now.

Wolf Creek means so much to those of us who grew up enjoying its hidden treasures, whether it be the incredible amount of snowfall, the fact that you are on a first name basis with many of the employees, or the numerous hot chocolates and sack lunches enjoyed in the base camp lodge. These are the experiences that so many of us love and cherish that will ultimately be destroyed with the expansion of the new village.

As someone who has ridden at Vail for the last four years, and now a resident, I know what it is like living and snowboarding at a resort that is a haven for the tourists and "weekend warriors" of the world. It is not pleasant, and it surely isn't as personable or enjoyable of an experience that can be gained at Wolf Creek.

Wolf Creek, although sometimes insistently busy, still holds that small town, intimate feel that so many resorts state and country wide cannot offer. With the expansion, I am sure that those who visit, as well as call themselves locals, will no longer think of Wolf Creek as a quaint resort.

What about all the entrepreneurs of Pagosa Springs and surrounding towns? How will small town economics survive a hit such as this? With facilities at the top of the mountain, which is too small to handle the expansion, what is the incentive for tourists to continue supporting and stimulating our economy?

As a community these are issues that need to be addressed; we cannot give up the fight against Red McCombs and his developers. Remember fellow Pagosans, if this expansion does occur we must band together to make tourists continue wanting to visit Pagosa Springs, our home.

Ian Thomas-Fallon Widmer



Kate's Calendar

Kate's Calendar

By Kate Terry

SUN Columnist



The Mountain View Homemakers Club will meet with Bobbie Carruth, 800 Prospect. The program will be Ancient Homemakers in Pagosaland, by Jean Carson. Directions: Take U.S. 160 west to Vista Boulevard, go to Bonanza, turn left, go to Prospect, turn right. Last house on left (across from playground).


The Newcomer Club will meet at the European Cafe on Pagosa Street at 6 p.m. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are not necessary. All newcomers are most welcome. The club is sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Welcoming Service. For more information, call Lyn DeLange at 731-2398 or Kim Braselman at 264-6826.

Sept. 11

Pagosa Area Singles will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. at Victoria's Parlor. All singles age 35-plus are welcome.

Sept. 11

Shamrock Festival at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on South Pagosa Boulevard. Scheduled events include breakfast, 8-9 a.m.; chili and nacho lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; an afternoon tea, 2-3:30 p.m.; and a barbecue, with music, 5-7 p.m. Also included is a bake sale, a quilt auction, rummage sale, frozen casseroles and cobblers for sale, and arts and crafts.

Sept. 11

The Pagosa Piecemakers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Mountain Heights Baptist Church. Mary Kurt-Mason will present a program demonstrating the use of specialty rulers used in quilting. Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact June Geisen, 731-5429.

Sept. 12

The monthly meeting of the Archuleta County Genealogical Society will be a tour of the San Juan Historical Society Museum at 2:30 p.m. The museum is located at the corner of 1st and Pagosa streets.

Sept. 16

The Women's Civic Club will meet at 11 a.m. at the Fred Harman Museum. Lunch is to follow at JJ's Upstream Restaurant.

Sept. 16

The League of Women Voters of Archuleta County will meet at 4 p.m. at Pagosa Baking Company. Guest speaker will be Ronnie Zaday, primary election winner for county commissioner. All interested women and men are invited to attend. For more information, call Katherine Cruse, 731-2602.

Sept. 18

Discover Arborglyphs with Peggy Bergon, 9:30 a.m. Meet at the V-Rock Trailhead at the end of Buckles Lake Road (FS 663). Bergon has collected photographs of arborglyphs in the Pagosa area for 25 years. These aspen tree carvings created by Hispanic sheepherders from the late 1800s to the 1950s are often beautiful and humorous or may tell part of a larger story. Enjoy a hike in the woods and discover historical delights. Bring a camera and water. Wear long pants and comfortable hiking shoes.

Sept. 18

Capture the Sunlight on the Mountains with John Taylor, photographer, 3-5 p.m. Meet at the Middle Fork Hunter Camp, at the end of Middle Fork Road (FS 638). Bring a camera, wear comfortable walking shoes and a jacket.

Sept. 17-18

Auditions for the Music Boosters Madrigal Dinner. Friday auditions are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday auditions are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet in the high school band room.

Sept. 18

The Southwest Land Alliance's third annual membership meeting and breakfast gathering at the Hershey Ranch in Pagosa Springs. Breakfast at 9 a.m. and meeting at 11 a.m. From noon on, hikes on the historic ranch. The event is for current and new members. Reservations needed before Sept. 10. Call (970) 264-7779.

Sept. 19

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will have a farewell celebration honoring Father John C. Bowe, C.R. from 3-6 p.m. at the community center. The public is invited. Please bring a side dish. For more information, call Deacon Roger Behr, 731-0409, or the parish office, 264-5702.

Sept. 20

Cub Scout Pack 807 information and registration meeting, 6 p.m. at Parish Hall on Lewis Street. Dinner and fun provided. All current Cub Scouts and any interested boys in first through fifth grade are invited. For more information, contact Cubmaster Lisa Scott, 264-2730 or Pack Leader Carrie Toth, 264-9042.

Sept. 20

Meet Francine Rivers, bestselling Christian author, at the Community United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Rivers, author of the series "Lineage of Grace" and "The Mark of the Lion," as well as other novels, will give an informal talk to the public. Childcare will be provided. An offering will be taken with proceeds going to the Pregnancy Support Center.

Oct. 9

A Four Corners Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter is being formed. Anyone interested is invited to meet at noon at the Cypress Cafe, 725 East 2nd Avenue, in Durango. For more information, please contact Celeste Langdon Nolen, 264-5674.


Community News

Local Chatter

A voice of experience reports on needs in Florida's hurricanes

By Kate Terry

SUN Columnist

This is another plea for money donations for hurricane relief. First there was Hurricane Charlie, then came Hurricane Frances and now, maybe, Hurricane Ivan is on the way.

If you have watched TV and seen the unbelievable destruction left in Florida by those storms, your heart has to go out to the residents.

If you can donate, call the American Red Cross Southwest chapter at 259-5383 or mail to PO Box 2552, Durango, CO 81302.

I lived in Florida for eight years and went though eight hurricane preparations and five actual storms. Preparation includes food, water, candles, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio - and a deck of cards.

Hurricanes didn't have names then. This particular one happened like this. I had just started teaching in Delray Beach, Fla. (1945). School had been going on for a few weeks. A hurricane was playing around in the Atlantic Ocean. It had stopped directly east of Delray, as though it didn't know which direction to go. A group of us were on the beach enjoying the day.

Someone said, "Wouldn't it be funny if it turned left and came into Delray?" Well, guess what? That's exactly what it did and when it came ashore, it split right down Atlantic Avenue, the main street.

I did my visit to the grocery store. Can't remember what I got, but do remember the candles. The only ones left were Halloween candles.

I spent the night in the gymnasium. The custom at the time was to eat the coconuts from the trees but because the storm had come in early, the trees hadn't been trimmed and coconuts were flying every place.

When school resumed, I rode my bicycle through blocks of water to get there. I just loaded my basket with books and school register and took off. I think I enjoyed the challenge.

Anyway, the candles were a problem. They had defects. Our lights didn't come on for two weeks or so and I had to fill out my school register by candlelight. The candles would pop every five or six seconds and I would jump. It was easy to tell when they popped for my pen would jerk and the name being written would show it.

When I moved to Miami to work for the YWCA, another hurricane hit. I caught the last bus out of Coconut Grove where I lived. I can distinctly remember sliding all over the sidewalk and hanging onto the telephone poll while waiting for the bus. I was wearing spectator pumps and didn't know whether to keep wearing them or go barefoot.

So, when I watch the meteorologists reporting Frances and seeing their struggles with the wind, I vicariously swing with them.

But the destruction wasn't anything like that seen with Charlie and Frances.

Fun on the run

Signs your garage needs to be cleaned:

- I don't care what mortgage company you use, they're not going to ask for paycheck stubs from anything earlier than the Eisenhower administration;

- Environmentalists picket in your driveway to save the old-growth cobwebs;

- You have 12 leaf rakes with a total of 19 tines;

- Your missing son emerges 12 years after disappearing, with a tale of being raised by boxes and old exercise equipment;

- Cockroaches won't go in there without 12 pairs of tiny rubber gloves on;

- "Antiques Roadshow" holds a live broadcast from your driveway.


Senior News

National Seniors Spelling Bee readied in Wyoming

By Laura Bedard

SUN Columnist

A great big thank you to the Pagosa Country Club for sponsoring a fund-raiser for us! And another thank you to those of you who participated in playing mini golf on Aug. 28. All proceeds will benefit senior center programs.

BE(E) Part of the Excitement! Join the 2004 National Senior Spelling Bee Sept. 11 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Anyone age 50 or older may compete. Registration is free but required. Prize money will be awarded to top spellers. Visit where you will find preparation tips, previous competition word lists and local lodging information, or call AARP Wyoming at (866) 663-3290.

Fall is the time for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk. When you're walking, think about this: Alzheimer's disease affects more than 4.5 million Americans of every race, gender and culture and costs our nation at least $1 billion a year. Locally our walk will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Town Park. Registration at 10. For more information contact Ernie or Diane at 731-4330.

We need volunteers for our Oktoberfest next month. There are many positions to fill, so please call Susi Cochran at 731-0866 for more information. Right now we need a sign up list for cookies. If you can bring some for our Oktoberfest desserts, please call us at 264-2167 and sign up today.

Are you confined to your home and wishing for company? Are you new to town and wanting to meet more people? We have a Friendly Visitor Program that can benefit you in either situation. To be a Friendly Visitor, come in and talk to Musetta, as we need you to complete a background check. To receive a Friendly Visitor, call Musetta and she'll set you up.

We still need a computer instructor. Sam Matthews has moved to another position in the transportation department and won't be able to teach his classes. Does anyone out there wish to teach a beginning or intermediate computer class for our seniors? If so, call us at 264-2167.

Patty Tillerson will be not be here Friday to take blood pressures; she has rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, but remember the automatic blood pressure machine is available for your use at any time.

The Seniors, Inc. board meeting is Friday at 1 p.m. and all are invited, or you can play pinochle at the same time.

Our Amateur Half Hour will be Tuesday, Sept. 14. Each month people get less shy and more people participate. Last month we had some people just stand up and tell a joke. It starts at 11:30 a.m., so bring your music or instrument and we will make sure you have a time slot to show off your talent.

On Sept. 15, registered dietician Kitty Shildt will provide us with a presentation titled "Color Your Diet." Find out how you can reduce your risk of cancer through diet and get the latest information and recommendations at 1 p.m. in the lounge.

This Friday is our free movie day. We are showing "The Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise, at 1 p.m. in the lounge. It's about a soldier in Japan in the 1800s who learns about honor from the Japanese. But who cares about the plot, we're watching Tom Cruise! As always, popcorn is only 25 cents.


Friday, Sept. 10 - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; senior board meeting, 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 13 - Medicare and drug card counseling, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bridge for Fun, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 - Yoga in Motion, 10 a.m.; Amateur Half Hour, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 - Canasta, 1 p.m.; "Color Your Diet." Reduce Your Risk of Cancer with Kitty Shildt, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17 - Qi Gong, 1 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m. pinochle, 1 p.m.; Movie Day - "The Last Samurai," 1 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 10 - Hot turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, Ambrosia fruit salad and cranberry sauce.

Monday, Sept. 13 - Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic roll and plums.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 - Baked ham, sweet potatoes, spring blend vegetables, roll and vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, Sept. 15 - Sole Almondine, rice walnut salad, carrots, roll and fresh fruit.

Friday, Sept. 17 - Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, biscuit and strawberry fruit whip.


Chamber News

Join the parish in saluting

Father John as he leaves

By Sally Hameister

SUN Columnist

Due to the nature of this short week column-wise, you will forgive me if some of the topics sound rather familiar - that is, as though you just read them in last week's SUN.

That's because you did, and sometimes the challenge of creating all new and different presentations of the same event can be a little too time-consuming in a busy week. So, dear readers, please accept my apologies for the déjà vu all over again and the department of redundancy department.

Father John

It's truly difficult to imagine Pagosa Springs without one of its most beloved residents, Father John Bowe, but it looks like we'll soon be forced to live with that sad reality.

He will depart Pagosa Springs to take up residence in San Luis, Colo., where he will continue to work with his brothers in the Theatine Order.

Please plan to attend a farewell party to be held in his honor 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

IHM parishioners and all members of the community are invited to join this celebration given in honor of this remarkable man who has given so much to Pagosa Springs. Please bring a side dish or dessert and main dish and drinks will be provided.

You are also asked to bring any photos that might be included in a scrapbook for Father John. We hope you will all plan to join us for this opportunity to let Father John know just how much he has meant to us all.

Leading Edge Training

Joe Keck, director of the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College, is looking for a few good entrepreneurs to join him for the Leading Edge Entrepreneurial Training in Pagosa Springs beginning 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

This is an intense 12-week program designed to encourage business expansion in the community. Topics will include planning and research, marketing, managing your money, better business practices and creating business plans.

Tuition for this course is $285 or $395 if you're pursuing college credit. You can give us a call at 264-2360 or Joe Keck in Durango at 247-7009.

Alzheimer's Walk

This Saturday, Sept. 11, marks the first-ever Memory Walk in Town Park sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association with registration beginning at 10 a.m.

The goal of this event is to raise funds for the needed research of this dread disease and to support the caretakers, families and patients who must deal with this unpredictable and sometimes lengthy condition.

Rarely do you meet folks today who haven't dealt with Alzheimer's in some way, either personally or through friends and associates. This horrible disease affects more than 4.5 million Americans every year regardless of race, gender or culture and costs our nation over $1 billion annually. There are promising new drugs and treatments on the horizon, but those things will require funds raised in the Memory Walks held all over the United States.

For information about forming a team, incentives and schedules, please contact Ernie or Diane at 731-4330 or at Call them today and get an early start for your team.

Colorfest Fall Ball

While I was having dinner at one of our outstanding local eateries last night, one of our members approached me and seemed to be confused about the invitation they had just received for our annual Colorfest Wine and Cheese Tasting.

In reviewing the invitation this morning, it occurred to me that we had not specifically named it as the Wine and Cheese Tasting, so allow me to clarify at this point and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Your invitation was definitely for our Wine and Cheese Tasting which this year is themed "Fall Ball - Leaf Your Troubles Behind."

It is the fabulous occasion that kicks off the Colorfest/Balloon Rally weekend, and the one that about 400 of you attend every fall in our Visitor Center parking lot. You receive a commemorative wine glass with your ticket, and our bodacious board directors, spouses and friends graciously serve your wine and cheese and pretend to know all about each and every one.

This year you will be able to purchase more wine glasses for your collection if you choose, as well as beautiful black long-sleeved Henley shirts with this year's stunning Colorfest logo designed by K.K. Paddywhacks.

You can also expect to see very colorful decorations celebrating the imminent arrival of the fall season, and you are welcome to dress in the bright hues of fall or truly anything that strikes your fancy.

Keep in mind that this event also doubles as the reception for our Balloon Rally pilots, so it gives you a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet them and volunteer to crew in exchange for a balloon adventure. Liz and Mike Marchand have done an extraordinary job of building this event over the years and can now boast at least 50 pilots in attendance.

The Wine and Cheese Tasting has become one of the best-attended parties in Pagosa for some very good reasons: at least a dozen varieties of outstanding cheeses from all over the country are meticulously chosen to accompany and complement just the perfect wines selected by Bobbie Miller at Plaza Liquor.

You will also find something ever so sweet to top off your evening provided by Kathy and Kirsten at Pagosa Baking Company. Just when we thought things couldn't get any better, Dan Aupperle at Citizens Bank opted to purchase not one, but two, kegs of Pin Stripe Ale for the occasion this year to accompany the free Citizens mug you will receive with your brew. Even better, Dan and Don Taylor will be there in person to serve you, so it just doesn't get any better than that.

You will be happy to know that we have not raised the price on this event in many years, so you can still gain admittance for only $25 per person presale and $30 at the door. We might also mention that this is an adult party, and you must be 21 or older to attend. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, and tickets are available at the Visitor Center right this very minute.

I am happy to report that we have also wrapped up our plans for the Colorfest Picnic/Concert which will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Extension Building beginning at 5 p.m.

I sat down with Chris Powe and Mike Shaffer of Christine's Cuisine and we selected a terrific picnic menu. Who wouldn't like twice-cooked beef brisket with homemade barbecue sauce, a sour cream and dill potato salad, homemade pinto beans with green chilies and homemade fudge-walnut brownies? Of course, tea, lemonade and coffee will be included.

We are absolutely delighted that Bluegrass Cadillac will be joining us again for the concert portion of the evening because you were all so happy with them last year.

Once again, we have kept our prices the same as last year: $10 for adults and $6 for children ten and under. You will also have the option of buying beer, wine, soda or water to accompany your meal if you choose. These advance tickets are also available at the Visitor Center.

With any cooperation at all from Mother Nature, we will witness yet another magnificent balloon glow at dusk in the fairgrounds arena following the picnic/concert. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the Balloon Glow sponsor for this year, and we always keep our fingers crossed that the weather will give us a hand. The Glow is always such an amazing "oooooh and aaaaaaah" experience for anyone lucky enough to witness the occasion, so we hope for the best every year.

Of course, balloon ascensions will take place Saturday and Sunday mornings, and I'm sure that Liz will be sharing all that information in the weeks to come. We're all looking forward to Colorfest weekend, and especially looking forward to seeing you there.

Healing the Arts

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council and the Colorado Arts Consortium are pleased to announce their annual conference and workshops, "Healing the Arts in Colorado" Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. This conference will include workshops on grant writing, mission vision and planning, board development and capital campaigns.

The keynote speaker will be Russell Willis Taylor, president of the National Arts Strategies, Inc. who will speak about "Challenge of Sustainability: How to frame the big picture in order to develop organizational stability for the future."

Other speakers include Elaine Mariner, executive director for Colorado Council on the Arts, Cheryl-Bezio Gorham, program director for CANPO and Jim Copenhaver, president of Arts for Colorado.

For more information on "Healing the Arts in Colorado" please call Leanne Goebel at 731-1841.

Preparedness Month

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross has designated September as National Preparedness Month and invites you to join them for an Adult CPR Class at the fire station on North Pagosa Boulevard 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

The really great thing about this is that the price for this training is only $5 and includes lunch.

One of our Diplomats commented recently that the class she took a couple of years ago was quite expensive making this quite a deal. Preregistration is required, so call 259-5383 to register or if you would like more information.

Shamrock Festival

"Wow"- I just got an update on the St. Patrick's Episcopal Shamrock Festival to be held 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sept. 11, and let me tell you, this is going to be some party.

Last week I told you that one of the organizers had dubbed it "a bazaar on steroids" and she wasn't just whistling Dixie, I assure you. This is an all-out, all-day, old fashioned church fair that makes me tired just reading about it.

From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. you can expect to find a garage sale with "guy stuff" galore, a book nook with fabulous bargains for the readers out there, a family sale geared to the kids with toys and sports equipment, a craft and quilt raffle, home baked goodies to include breads, pies, cakes, jams and jellies, those fabulous frozen offerings with four different main dishes, four soups and three flavors of frozen cobblers, a silent auction with a great variety of things and many things for the kids to do with face painting, corn shucking contest, a tractor pull and much more.

You can plan to eat all day long if you like, beginning at 8 a.m. with a breakfast of tacos, breakfast sausages, chile con queso and scrambled eggs.

Lunch begins at 11 with hot dogs and a variety of toppings including chili. From 2-3:30 p.m. you can enjoy an afternoon tea replete with finger sandwiches, cookies, shortbread, scones and bundt cake. Melinda Baum, Dave Kreuger and Lisa Hartley will supply the chamber music for this occasion.

At 6 p.m. a barbecue chicken dinner will be served accompanied by instrumental and choral entertainment by the St. Pat's Choir.

Tickets for dinner will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free and tickets can be purchased at the church office.

Charity Corvette show

Once again, Pagosa Springs will host the Annual Pagosa Springs Classic Charity Corvette Car Show noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, during Colorfest weekend.

The great thing about this is that you can take advantage of this show and head right on out to the fairgrounds for the Colorfest Picnic/Concert/Balloon Glow. See how that works?

This event will be held in the Bell Tower Park and proceeds will benefit The Compassionate Friends, a national nonprofit organization that supports families and individuals who have lost children. If you have questions or would like to participate in this event, you can access information and/or a registration form by going online at the site


Even though it's been a short week for the column, I am pleased that we have two new members to introduce and eight renewals. You just can't ask for more than that.

Our first new member is Pat Carey who joins us with The Hitchin' Post, a vacation rental located close to Pagosa Lake. This is a two-bedroom, two-bath home with wood burning stove, washer and dryer and only steps to the lake and fishing. The house is completely furnished, nestled in the aspens and decorated western style. It sleeps eight, plus crib, with linens included and rents at $100 per night with holiday rates. Please contact Pat and Jim Carey at 731-3694 for more information about The Hitchin' Post. We are indebted to Marilyn Hutchins for recruiting the Careys and have sent off a free SunDowner pass with our sincere thanks.

We are delighted that our next new member has rejoined the ranks and welcome back Jenny Lee Hall who brings us Angela's Flower Shoppe located at 117 Navajo Trails, Suite R. Jenny offers a unique variety of plants, flowers and tropical exotics. She can help you out with all special events, weddings and plant maintenance. Angela's Flower Shoppe — "Where flowers become art and plants are forever green!" Please give Jenny a call at 731-1182 to learn more.

Our renewals this week include Pam Shoemig with Be Our Guest, A Bed and Breakfast/Guesthouse; Will Spears with KWUF AM 1400 and FM 106.3; Ann Marie Castor with All Seasons Lake Lodge; Marsha Preuit with Exodus Shipping located at the Spa@ Pagosa Springs; Doug and Jamie Sharp with FireFly Ranch (Llamas); DC and Jaye Duncan with Clean As A Whistle, LLC; and Jim and Rosa Layne with Layne's Shaklee Distributor. Our Associate Member renewal this week is Lisa Scott who has for some time now cheerfully received her very own Chamber mailings.

Veteran's Corner

Sept. 11 illuminates our resolve to rise to challenge

By Andy Fautheree

SUN Columnist

On Sept. 11, 2001, America, as we knew her, changed forever.

Without warning, terrorists shook us from our early morning routine as they violently and indiscriminately took thousands of innocent lives. We will never forget that morning, or the faces of those we lost: our loved ones, our friends, colleagues, and our fellow citizens.

September 11 illuminates Americans' resolve to rise to every challenge and bear every burden.

Men and women of incredible courage and love for humanity, risked - and gave - their lives in uncounted acts of heroism at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the cabin of United Airlines Flight 93. We will never forget their sacrifices.

We endure

America is defined by our will to overcome adversity; and the dust had not yet settled, nor the smoke dissipated, when an American Flag, tattered but true, rose above the debris to remind us that our nation endures - and will never bow to evil.

In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson said, "The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history."

Citizen soldiers

For 228 years, 40 million citizen soldiers defended America's place in history. Their selfless service - and mortal sacrifice - defeated tyrants and secured the rights and liberties we enjoy today. The example set by those veterans penetrates the darkness of 9/11 and illuminates our path to remembrance.

Torch of freedom

Our nation's veterans passed the torch of freedom on to the young uniformed men and women now serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, on the DMZ in Korea and here at home.

Those soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast guardsmen hold that torch high. On the front lines in the war on terror, in the skies, and on the oceans - wherever and whenever peace cries out for a champion - they dedicate their service to that defining day, three years ago, when America rose from the ashes. Here too, at home, and in VA, we will never forget.

God bless our Country

"May God bless our beloved nation, and the men and women who defend her."

- Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is at 400 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite G, Durango, CO 81301. Phone number is 247-2214.

For further information

For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office on the lower floor of the county courthouse. The office number is 264-8375, FAX 264-8376, e-mail is The office is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Friday by appointment. Bring your DD Form 214 (discharge) for registration with the county, application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.


Arts Line

Juried art show entries on display in gallery

By Leanne Goebel

PREVIEW Columnist

Our gallery hours have switched for the fall season until the facility closes for the winter. The gallery is now open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

We would also like to notify you that membership cards are being printed. Many were sent out this week, so check your mailboxes. Please be patient with us, though, if yours does not arrive soon. You are still a member, with or without the card, and you should still receive any mailings we send out. If you have not been receiving our mailings within the past few months, please contact us at the gallery, and we will check your mailing address.

Healing the arts

"Healing the Arts in Colorado," a daylong workshop with keynote address by Russell Willis Taylor, president of National Arts Strategies, Inc., will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 in Pagosa Springs Community Center. Any local artists or advocates can sign up for the additional participant rate of $25 per person.

This special rate includes lunch and an evening reception. The program will include: Elaine Mariner, executive director of the Colorado Council on the Arts; Cheryl Bezio-Gorham, program director for CANPO; Jim Copenhaver, chairman, Arts for Colorado; Jim Morris, consultant for Bristlecone Learning, LLC; and a panel discussion on the do's and don'ts of capital campaigns. Workshops on grant writing; mission, vision, and planning and board development are part of the program.

Who should attend? Anyone who is passionate about art and culture and the impact it can have on a community: leaders of arts and cultural organizations, volunteers, directors, administrators, staff, board members, artists, performers, writers, anyone who wants to help heal the arts in Colorado.

Download registration forms from the CAC Web site at, or Leanne at (970) 731-1841 for more information.

Workshop ideas wanted

The calendar of events is getting shorter which signifies fall's approach. Submit your workshop ideas, proposals, and recommendations to the Pagosa Springs Arts Council and let's fill out our calendar.

Ongoing workshops

Beginning Watercolor with Denny Rose and Virginia Bartlett, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Fairfield Activities Center.

Call 731-8060 to reserve a spot for only $25.

Upcoming workshops

"Poems of the Brush" with Sharri Lou Casey, Sept. 13-17. This is a five-day workshop, in plein air and with studio painting at Blanco Dove. Sharri Lou Casey is a dancer, choreographer and costume designer who retired at age 30 from that career to focus on her desire to paint. She studied at the University of California, NYU, and the University of New Mexico. Through painting she hopes to open the eyes of the viewer to a deeper sense of beauty and spiritual awareness. The cost is $458 and includes meals. Contact Betty Slade at 264-2824 or

"Hidden in the Ordinary, Seen in his Glory," the 2004 Christian Artist and Writer's Retreat, Sept. 24-27, hosted by Blanco Dove Ministries in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and the Southwest Christian Writers Association. Workshops on sketchbook journaling by Sharri Lou Casey, writing by Lauraine Snelling and Jan Jonas (editor of the Albuquerque Tribune), poetry with Connie Peters and special guest speakers: Steve Oelschlaeger, Lynne Cumming, and Betty Lucero.

For more information contact Betty Slade at 264-2824 or e-mail her at Check out the Blanco Dove Web site at

FLC workshops

"Expressive Writing," 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 9 - Will Gray will show you how to venture into a new frontier of creativity in which you will learn to use language, structure and style to express your thoughts and emotions through various forms of writing. The objectives of this interactive seminar are to expand innovation, fluency, and imagination while improving each participant's writing skills, focus, and confidence.

"Discover Your Life's Work - The Career Decision Workshop," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Doc Roberts will guide you through this highly acclaimed one-day workshop through a hands-on process, utilizing time-tested exercises and specialized vocational testing, to enable you to identify and do what you truly love for a living.

"Exploring the Cuisine of India," 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. Learn about the unusual ingredients and spices that make Indian cuisine so intriguing. You will also help prepare a delicious meal from soup to dessert and enjoy it with your fellow chefs.

"Northern Italian Cuisine," 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Northern Italian food is so much more than red sauce and garlic. Create an elegant menu, from hors d'ouevres to dessert for fall entertainment or just to treat the family.

Gallery Gift Shop

The gift shop at the gallery in Town Park is available to local artisans. Please consider consigning your original work in our store. Call 264-5020 for more information.

Artist opportunities

Arts Perspective magazine is looking for artists interested in painting, designing, decorating, or embellishing a newspaper rack. If you visit the Steamworks Brewery in Bayfield, you will find an exciting, original work of art by Tirzah Comacho. In exchange for your talent, Arts Perspective is offering a quarter page ad in an upcoming issue. For more information, contact Heather Leavitt at (970) 739-3200.

Pumas on Parade will use the display of painted life-size pumas to both showcase the work of artists and highlight the importance of careful stewardship of our vulnerable public lands. With seed money from the National Endowment for the Arts and USDA Forest Service Rural Communities Initiative Grant, the project will build strategic partnerships among artists, businesses, communities and public land managers. Timed to help celebrate the San Juan National Forest Centennial in 2005, the painted sculptures will debut in local downtown areas next summer.

Pumas on Parade is open to creative people working in all mediums: from the celebrated to the emerging artist, the professional to the amateur. Youths as well as adults are invited to submit designs.

Artists can go to to download the images and information forms. Or call Felicita Broennan at (970) 533-0241 for more information. Designs must be received by Sept. 30. Sculptures will be delivered to the chosen artists no later than Jan. 1, 2005.


To Sept. 28 - Juried painting and drawing exhibit at PSAC Gallery in Town Park.

To Oct. 2 - Eclectic: DAC members exhibit, Durango Arts Center.

Sept. 11 - Colorado Arts Consortium: Healing the Arts in Colorado annual conference.

Sept. 13-17 - "Poems of the Brush" with Sherry Lou Casey at Blanco Dove.

Sept. 24-27 - "Hidden in the Ordinary: Seen in His Glory" Christian Artist and Writer's Retreat at Blanco Dove.

Sept. 30 - Pumas on Parade design deadline.

Oct. 1-3 - SW Colorado Community Theatre Festival in Pagosa Springs, sponsored by Music Boosters.

Oct. 5 - Trio Exhibit, reception with the artists, Durango Arts Center 5-7 p.m.

Oct. 5-30 - Trio Exhibit: Joycelyn Audette, Katherine Barr, and Lisa Pedolsky at Durango Arts Center.

Nov. 5 - Outsider Art: Visions from the Edge, reception with the artists, Durango Arts Center 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 5-Dec. 10 - Outsider Art: Visions from the Edge at Durango Arts Center.


Museum will stay open until Sept. 17; 'Remembrances' Vol. 9 available now

The San Juan Historical Society board of directors has elected to extend the hours of the museum this summer. The museum will continue to be open through Sept. 17, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are many interesting items to see on display. Recent acquisitions include an organ, a deer, a gorgeous dress and some interesting seed posters.

The museum is featuring a special exhibit this season - an expanded geology exhibit coordinated by Glenn Raby, forest service physical scientist. According to Raby, the exhibit, "Gemstones and Minerals," includes "common rock-forming minerals, the kind of minerals that essentially make up Colorado and the rest of the world.

"Some of the gemstones," said Raby, "are those the pure form of minerals can create and they include the Colorado gemstone, aquamarine, a form of beryl, the same type of gemstone as emerald."

The museum staff has welcomed over 1,500 visitors this season. Numbers are running ahead of the same time as this last year.

"Remembrances" Vol. 9

Members of the society are pleased to announce that Volume 9 of "Remembrances" is now available. It is titled "Voices from the Past."

Most of the stories in this volume come from interviews and research conducted in January 1975 for "The Urban Frontier," a study course at the Colorado Women's College under Professor H.O. Whiteside.

The primary focus of the course was the history of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County from 1900 to 1930. Twelve students conducted 18 interviews with older citizens of Pagosa Springs and carried out local archival research to bolster the recollections of their subjects. Each student worked on specific aspects of our past.

History is lived and remembered by real people. Did you know that there was a spring near town so deadly with typhoid that the Forest Service's analysts claimed it could have killed every person in Archuleta County?

Did you know that one of Pagosa Country's more famous residents spent an afternoon lying atop an airplane in flight, taking Movietone pictures while Walt Disney held onto him with one arm around his neck, cranking the camera with the other?

Did you know that Pagosa Springs figured in crimes that sparked the creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation? Did you know that a local figure called "Guilty Grimes" once outwitted the sheriff who'd come to haul him off to jail, by playing a fiddle during dinner?

Did you know that an obscure religious cult spent years digging a mysterious mine in the East Fork Valley before vanishing? Did you know that one of our citizens was arrested by none other than Bat Masterson?

And, did you know that a Pagosa hotel owner passed up a chance to own the richest mine in the state and marry the girl who bought the Hope Diamond? You'll read about these and other local tales in Vol. 9.

Town Hall exhibit

Museum members have worked in conjunction with the town's Historic Preservation Board to provide exhibits for Town Hall.

These exhibits have been rotated since the opening of the new facility. Currently on exhibit is some of the art of Worthe Crouse. He was a founder of the museum, in addition to working in the school district, serving on the town board, and owning and operating his own business for a number of years. He influenced many people over his lifetime and is fondly remembered. These items will remain on display at the town hall through September.

"Remembrances" Vol. 10

Yes, Vol. 10. Work has begun on the next volume of "Remembrances." As always, the society is seeking stories from you. Current plans are for this volume to highlight some of the women who helped shaped Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County. Stories that you may have on this subject are most welcome, as are any other stories that you are willing to share about our past. Contact the museum at 264-4424 before Sept. 17, or call Shari Pierce at 264-4862 after that to submit your story.

Monthly meetings

The San Juan Historical Society meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings in the summer are held at the museum and in the winter are held at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center. Please join the society and help ensure the future of the museum.


Regular admission charges for the museum are adults $3, children 6-12 $1 and children under age 6 admitted at no charge. Annual memberships are available at a fee of $15 for individuals, $25 for a family, $10 for a senior citizen, $50 for a contributor and $125 for a business. Membership benefits include admission to the museum for the season and a 10-percent discount on items purchased there.


Theatre festival offerings listed

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

A sword fight in the movies can utilize all kinds of special effects to achieve its gory realism. But on the stage, in live action, it's a different matter.

A workshop in martial arts is typical of the highly specialized learning opportunities available to community theatre participants in the annual Southwest Colorado Community Theatre Festival.

This year it will be held in Pagosa Springs for the first time, hosted by our own Music Boosters, on the weekend of Oct. 1-3.

Each group will present a slightly scaled-down version of its biggest hit of this season, which will be open to the public for a small general admission fee.

For instance, the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre will present "Greater Tuna." Paonia's Warehouse Playhouse offers an old-fashioned melodrama. The Montrose Magic Circle Players contribution is "Sylvia." Durango's Act Too Players will present a one-act play entitled "Art." And from the Pagosa Springs Music Boosters, selections from "The Hills Are Alive...!" and a student-produced documentary called "Blue."

As always, there will be seminars and workshops for registered participants. Additional information about the productions, performers, and events will be announced as they become available.


Become a Friend of Pagosa Springs Community Center

By Pauline Benetti

Special to The PREVIEW

Last month, during its second anniversary celebration, the Pagosa Springs Community Center launched a new organization, Friends of the Community Center.

This is a good time, then, to let folks know the purpose of the organization and the reasons why one would want to join.

For two years, the center has provided a focus for community gatherings and sponsored family-centered events for the community's enjoyment.

Some of these events have proven so popular they will become annual - the Christmas Cake Walk, the Fourth of July Sing-along, for example. Also popular were the Harlem Ambassadors and the circus, events which the center will try to repeat.

The objective of the center is to increase the number and variety of events and services it offers the public and to be responsive to the community's interests.

This is where the Friends come in. The organization will have its own working board and officers who will act as advisors to the executive board.

The mission will be to help achieve the center's objective. Friends will do this in different ways. They will represent the community's interests, be the source of new ideas, raise funds to enhance the center's offerings, sponsor events and volunteer to work during those events.

And what do they get in return? Primarily, the satisfaction of being part of an increasingly vital community center - one that is truly at the heart of the community.

In addition, some material benefits are part of the package. For example, Friends will have free use of computers, will receive discounted tickets to the event of their choice during the year and will receive discounts at a number of local businesses.

If this description piques your interest, call the center at 264-4152 and identify yourself. If you have an interest in helping organize the Friends, identify yourself. If you are a business and wish to offer a discount to members of the Friends, let us know who you are.

Yearly membership dues are as follows: individuals, $15; families, $25; businesses, $50.

Founding members are Shanti Johnson, Roger and Sandra Behr and Behr Enterprises - Amsoil Synthesis, Bill and Glenda Clark, Helen Hoff and Will James, Ron and Cindy Gustafson, Jackie Schick, Judy and John Cramer, Harold and Joan Slavinski, Emilie Wood, Bill Korsgren.

To this list add this year's volunteers: Beverly Arrendell, Lorri Bayger, Ron Buck, Ann Conkey, Sally Radigan, Ashley Walkup, Wanda King, Ann Rasich and members of the Teen Center board - Mike and Pam Ferrell, Leigh Gozigian, Jessie Morris and Kelli Ford.

This is a good start on a growing and vital organization.

Call 264-4152 if you have any questions.


Fall Shamrock Festival puts the

entertainment light on St. Patrick's

By Christelle Troell

Special to the PREVIEW

Looking for a day of fun, food and music for the whole family?

St. Patrick's Shamrock Festival Saturday is just the ticket. The busy folks at St. Patrick's have gone overboard this year with a day packed with events, music and good food.

Early birds can find breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. Ken Jones, Bill Newell and Scott Woodall will be cooking up tacos, breakfast sausages, pancakes, chile con queso and scrambled eggs.

Events for the entire family are scheduled 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You might want to start with the Men's Fellowship giant garage sale crammed with slightly used tools, furniture, household items and piles of who-knows-what.

Family Fun 2 will offer a great sale of used toys, games and sports equipment sure to delight the youngsters in your family.

Come prepared to take home enough books to see you through the long winter nights. Esther Orr's Book Nook is bursting at the seams with gently read books. You will find your favorite author, best sellers and many categories including reference books, cookbooks, children's books, etc. Easily the bargain of the day, hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks $1.

Linda Warren and her team of crafty ladies will again offer popular arts and crafts featuring a variety of handmade items which make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Need a break from cooking? Topsy Woodson and her team of cooks are offering four types of frozen casseroles, four flavors of frozen soups and three kinds of frozen cobblers for those busy days. B. Ann Luffel and her crew have thoughtfully prepared a variety of desserts and homemade baked goods to round off the meal.

Be sure to bring your youngsters along. There is plenty for them to do while you are browsing. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. there will be supervised activities to keep the kids busy. For a fee of $2.50, your child can participate in six activities, be treated to a hot dog and lemonade and go home with a balloon. Activities include face painting, a bounce house, tractor pull ride, crafts and a fishing well.

The tractor pull ride is donated by Southwest Ag in Durango, and Carolyn and Dave Brown have graciously donated the bounce house.

During the day, you will be able to take a chance on a handmade quilt and place a bid in the silent auction. Stitchers from St. Patrick's have sewn a queen/king quilt in shades of blue and off-white, using the flying geese pattern. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the church office.

Meg and Dick Boblit and Becky Dorian have assembled some awesome items for the silent auction. These include estate jewelry, a handmade wooden shelf and coat rack; handmade holiday decorations, snowshoes and a toboggan, a Stetson hat, quilt wall hangings, and a Seth Thomas regulator clock, to name just a few.

Services to be auctioned include a wildflower walk in the spring led by Katherine Cruse; a fly fishing lesson with Ken Jones; a bagpipe performance by Jim Dorian; and a lasagna dinner by Carrie Toth.

Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and includes hot dogs with a variety of toppings including chili.

A very special event takes place 2-3:30 p.m. Jan Nanus and Ruth Newlander have organized an afternoon tea with a variety of teas served with finger sandwiches, cookies, shortbread, scones and cake. Entertainment in the form of chamber music will be provided by Melinda Baum, Dave Krueger and Lisa Hartley. Tickets may be purchased that day.

The best is yet to come between 5-7:30 p.m. You are invited to BYOB at 5 p.m. Relax and catch the final bidding in the silent auction which closes at 5:45 p.m. This will be followed by the drawing for the handmade quilt. You do not have to be present to win.

At 6 p.m. a barbecue chicken dinner catered by Joanne Irons will be served along with some very special entertainment. The complete dinner includes a baked potato, roast corn-on-the-cob, spring mix salad, brownies and ice cream. Tickets, available at the church, are $7 for adults, $4 for children (ages 5-12); children 4 years and under eat free.

Special entertainment before and during the dinner will be provided by the Jazz Ensemble Vocalists which is part of the Pagosa Springs Chorale Society and include Pam Spitler, Kim Logg, Sue Anderson, Jeannie Dold, Judy Patton, Bill Norton, John Weller, Joe Davis, Larry Elginer and Tim Schreier, accompanied by Rada Neal.

A jazz ensemble instrumental group (as yet unnamed) will also perform along with a duet.

Next on the program are St. Patrick's instrumentalists Deb Aspen, Dawn Hollenbeck and Scott Woodall, along with the St. Pat's choir which will entertain with lighthearted folk music.

For tickets or information, contact the church office, 731-5801. The church is at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. next to the Mary Fisher Clinic. Some of the proceeds from the festival will go toward St. Patrick's many community outreach programs.


AWANA begins Sept. 12

AWANA, an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed - found in II Timothy 2:15 - will begin Sunday Sept. 12.

Register between 4:30 and 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church. AWANA will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

AWANA is for everyone age 3 ( by Sept. 1) through eighth grade.

The theme for the evening will be Drawkcab Ytrap (Backward Party).

Come ready to enjoy the fun. Snack will be provided. Pick kids up inside the building at 7:25 p.m.

Call Dori Blauert for information or questions 731-9458.


Rotary Night Live ready to audition acts for the show

Live from Pagosa Springs, it's Saturday Night!

The classic live comedy show will be held Pagosa-style in Rotary Night Live, coming to you from the Pagosa Vista Clubhouse.

Acts will be auditioned 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Those wishing to share their talents on stage will find an audition sign-up sheet on the community center bulletin board.

If you can sing, dance or share a comic commentary on current events, Rotary welcomes your participation. Acts should be two to five minutes in a family format. Crude acts need not apply.

Proceeds will benefit several of Rotary's community projects such as the scholarship fund, dictionary program, school supply drive, teacher mini grants and Rotary Park.

Rotary Night Live will take place in two showings Saturday, Nov. 6. Tickets will be available at a future date and seating will be limited.

Questions can be directed to JoAnn Laird at 946-9700.


Unitarians plan special service on meditation

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a special service Sunday, Sept. 12, in which Tess Challis, a serious practitioner of meditation for the past 12 years, will lead a mantra meditation, as well as a guided visualization.

She offers the opportunity to "realign with your inner nature of love and harmony" while you enjoy a morning of rejuvenation and tranquility.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit 15, Greenbriar Plaza. Unit 15 is on the east (back) side of the commercial plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa by the fire station, then left into the parking lot and look for the big new sign. All are welcome.


Food for Thought

Brillat-Savarin in a Druid's robe

By Karl Isberg

SUN Columnist

I'm inspired, on the cusp of a momentous transformation.

I can see it all very clearly.

Picture this, if you will.

I sit on my replica ancient Egyptian throne - it's ergonomically perfect design leaves me without a trace of physical discomfort.

Acutely aware of the approaching change of seasons, (I am in harmony with the planet and its cycles) I wear a pair of loose-fitting hemp trousers and my Autumn Festival shirt. The shirt bears a highly stylized solar symbol in honor of Mabon, the Celtic festival of the autumnal equinox and second harvest. I am resplendent in my spiffy getup with its wide sleeves and sequined and beaded tie-dyed panels, its adjustable lacing at the shoulders, its four trailing ribbons and the "radiant sun and moon front panel," which discreetly reveals a forest of chest hair. I've been promised my shirt will make me the hit of the next Morris dance - whatever that is.

I take a couple cleansing breaths and slowly scan my environment. I take my time, because the new me, sans coffee or other stimulants, is calm and wise. I'm a paradigm shifter.

There, on a hook in the hallway, hangs my Druid's robe. It's made of simulated crushed velvet and I have been assured that crushed velvet will allow me to make an "unforgettable entrance from Stonehenge to Galstonbury." Should I ever need to enter at Stonehenge or Glastonbury, this will be a plus. My robe is "fully hooded," for "ritual splendor." You can't have enough ritual splendor, you know.

I'm wearing rings on all my fingers. Lots of rings. Each ring contains a mystic stone. I've got onyx to balance polarities and, as a "collector of solidified light" I'm carting around a wad of amber on each of my digits. Throw in some moonstones with a couple chunks of white opal (for chakra resonance) and amethyst (healing power) and I give a whole new meaning to the term stoned.

My gaze falls on the flame flickering in my citrine cluster (everyone's got to have a citrine cluster) and any remaining tension in my universe is dissipated by the soothing sounds of bubbling water and brass bells emanating from my molded styrene water bell basin.

My Mists of Serenity bowl (with modern stand and ultrasonic generator) emits mist from its base. The mist changes colors providing me "constantly changing clouds of contemplation." Considering I'm usually in a cloud when I contemplate something, this just enhances the process. I've added peppermint oil to the water in the machine to provide an aromatherapy edge to the experience.

Can you see it? I am, in a phrase, a New Age spiritually-fulfilled guy.

And to think, up to this point, my spiritual life consisted of attempts to 1) find scientific evidence to prove shrimp and lobster have fins and gills and are not covered under the dietary restrictions prescribed in Leviticus and, 2) to conduct ground-breaking research to support my claim that swine do indeed chew the cud (in Iowa, at least).

I've changed. I'm no longer a seeker. I'm a finder. And I done found the Mother Lode.

I've accomplished my proposed transformation, at least in my imagination, with the help of a catalogue Kathy received in the mail. It is the holiday edition of a catalog of "personal growth and exploration," and it contains a wealth of glorious and goofy goods.

I don't know what mailing list Kathy got on to receive this catalog. She does not fit the profile: She was raised in the Church of the Nazarene - the hard-core division. Sitting in a theater and viewing a movie was a passport to Hell. Merely touching a pack of cards spelled doom, as did even a tic or spasm that resembled dancing. Suddenly, she's receiving mail advertising the magic power of "faeries."

Kathy brought the catalog home from the mailbox and I spied her depositing it in the trash.

"Whoa," I said. "Do I see a Merkabah Crystal?"

I snatched the catalog and, sure enough, there's a photo of the Merkabah Crystal ("from the ancient Egyptian M(e)r ('place of ascending') Ka ('spirit') Ba ('light' the 'vehicle of vehicles'").

Whooweee, this turns my world upside down: I was led by my father to believe the Mercedes Benz 300 SL was the vehicle of vehicles. But, no, it's the Merkabah Crystal, with its power to "open consciousness to other dimensions."

Now, tell me, who wouldn't want that? After all, this dimension is getting frightfully tedious, don't you think? As far as I can tell, the only interesting thing left in this dimension is high school girls' volleyball. Beyond that, there's nothing to recommend it.

I take the catalog and I read it, every single word. I pause to appreciate every photo.

Again, I imagine myself as I'll be, this time bathed in the light from Wiccan tapers, clad in my Solar Fire garment, relaxing on my Mind of Ages power mat. My Solar Fire garment adds "a touch of the cosmos" to my appearance since it is "designed to radiate energy whenever it is worn." My dog, Arnie, is particularly susceptible to radiated energy and he begins to scratch himself frantically.

I look to the wall to gaze upon my framed "Anything is Possible" print then turn to gently caress my polished marble sphere that sits in a base decorated with three gilded brass dragons. The dragons make me feel strong, manly.

I've got faeries everywhere, I got 'em hanging on filaments; I got 'em prancing around my coffee table. The mist is flowing at a phenomenal rate: red, blue, green, puce. In my attempt to emulate the troubadours of Eire and Cymru, I practice a simple piece on my replica Celtic lap harp, It's slow going, but it's worth it. Spiritually.

I'm saving my money to purchase a Magic Portal frieze that I can put over the front door of the house, so a quartet of aerial faerie dancers can welcome my guests. I'll greet my guests wearing my Dragons Deluxe belted robe. Colorwise I think I'll opt for the merlot over the chrome, since reddish tones compliment my now glowing complexion.

I intend to invite lots of folks over once I'm in touch with other dimensions. I'll play the harp and they can pound away on one of the many dhols I'll have around the house. For centuries, the celebrated drum has inspired residents of the mountains of Armenia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India with its astounding range of tones. My guests will be no different.

My feng shui candles will blend scents mirroring the elements, finishing off a perfect setting in which everyone's chakras will be humming at max rpm. You get chakras in sync and Katie bar the door.

This catalog has made one thing clear: It's the no-struggle, boy-howdy-that's-some-kinda-faerie spiritual life for me. Who needs guilt? Who needs the cumbersome burden of behavioral mandates and the nasty worry that comes of bad choices?

I am undergoing a transformation ( with the help of crystals) and becoming an instantly enlightened, multi-dimensional being. Why bother with the tedium of practice and devotion when you can own a machine that fills your living room with colored mists?

If my change is to be complete I need also to change my menu.

I ask myself: What would a New Age, fully-realized guy like me eat? What would a Druid do?

Well, that's easy: I go to the Internet.

What I find is disconcerting.

As in bird food.

Apparently, an enlightened person eats like a wood thrush.

I find a recipe for Shepherd's Pie. At first, I'm thrilled. Who doesn't like a hearty melange of beef or lamb, vegetables and aromatics baked beneath a crust of potato?

As it turns out, the enlightened version has no meat.

Lentils, folks.


A mess of lentils is cooked slowly with water, tomatoes in juice, tomato paste, red wine, various spices, carrots, celery, onion and garlic until the lentils are tender. The gunk is put in a casserole covered first with a layer of kernels of organic sweet corn then with a layer of mashed potatoes made with a butter substitute and soy milk. The whole kit and kaboodle is baked for an hour.


How about curried mock duck?

Braised gluten.

Not a chance.

I spot a recipe for ginger garlic bean curd that looks halfway palatable. You gotta have organic firm tofu which you cube and fry in hot oil until lightly browned. In goes sliced garlic and finely chopped ginger. After a couple minutes at medium heat, in goes some tamari and the mix gets cooked a few minute longer over low heat.

Things are going along well until we're asked to sprinkle the mix with nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast?

Why bother? Why not eat the tofu and drink a bottle of beer?

I press forward with my Web search and, bingo, I hit on a New Age recipe for a "fajita" burrito,

I get excited momentarily.

There's no meat in the recipe.

How can you have fajitas without meat? I don't care what dimension you inhabit, there is no such thing as a meatless fajita.

Unless you're enlightened. Then, apparently, you substitute black beans for the meat and bulk up the little burro with rice and kernels of (organic) corn.

This is just plain wrong.

I'm depressed. Things were going along so well - then this culinary setback.

It's difficult to turn the spiritual corner when the favored menu is a barren wasteland.

I realize, however, I can't be deterred. According to my catalog, spiritual depth is easy to achieve with the right goods. If I had my "Inspiration Orb", my "portal to a wealth of intuitive riches and insights," a way to "tap into the universal wisdom of the ages," I could resolve my dilemma.

Then, silly me, I realize I am connected to a fount of universal wisdom at all times, wherever I might be. (Actually, I read this on pg. 34 of the catalog). It comes to me: there's no need to mope; I can take the initiative and reform the New Age diet.

I'll be the Brillat-Savarin of New Age cuisine.

Let's see, it needs to be organic and full of energy.

It has to have a veneer of profundity, embody meaning beyond mere nourishment.

I wonder if you need to marinate a faerie before you grill it?


Cruising with Cruse

No sense in voting? Read this example

By Katherine Cruse

SUN Columnist

Imagine what it would be like if you had no vote. If you lived in a country where you were not allowed to vote. If you had absolutely no say in what government did or didn't do.

What if you were a peasant in Saudi Arabia? Or living in any dictatorship? How about if you were a woman in Afghanistan?

In countries like those, when there's a change and people are finally allowed to vote, they line up to register. And they line up to vote. They spend all night in lines, or they stand for hours under broiling sun, just for the chance to make their voice heard.

So what's wrong with the picture here in Archuleta County? Only 21 percent of the voters bothered to show up for the last primary election. Did they think that the contests for county commissioner didn't matter? Did they assume their voices didn't count? Didn't they care?

Is that young man quoted in The SUN right, when he says this low voter turnout is a good thing, because it shows that people are waking up to the fact that they have no power?

Well, mister, I'll tell you one thing. If you don't even cast a ballot, you sure don't have any power. That's a given. If you don't want to even try to pick who gets to spend the tax money, if you just don't care, then don't vote. But don't say that it's because the people have no power.

Voting matters. And the people who know that most clearly are the ones who aren't allowed to vote.

There is currently an HBO movie being aired about the struggles some women in this country went through to try and win the right to vote. Since I don't have a television, I won't see it. But I've read about the women and the incident it depicts.

In 1917 these women, maybe 15 of them, members of the militant National Woman's Party (NWP), started picketing in front of the White House. They stood there silently with their signs, which probably said something pretty mild, like "give women the right to vote." They were ignored, until this country entered into World War I. Then their signs probably changed a bit, to say something like "we oppose this war, since we didn't get to vote on it." And they chained themselves to the fence.

That angered the authorities. The women were arrested for "obstructing sidewalk traffic." They were sentenced and hauled to the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, where the warden ordered his guards to teach them a lesson for daring to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

According to the movie, they were beaten by guards wielding clubs, and thrown (literally) into cells.

In the workhouse, the women decided not to work, arguing that they were political prisoners. The Occoquan Workhouse sounds hideous. Poor women, sick women, with open sores that wouldn't heal, orphans, disease, filth. For over three weeks the suffragists insisted they were political prisoners, and then one of them, Alice Paul, went on a hunger strike. They put her in the psychiatric ward. Once a day guards came to feed her. They held her down and forced a large tube down her throat and poured soup into it.

She was not the only one. As another of the women, Rose Winslow, wrote in a journal, "Alice Paul dreaded forcible feeding frightfully, and I hate to think how she must be feeling ... I had a nervous time of it, gasping a long time afterward, and my stomach rejecting during the process. I spent a bad, restless night, but otherwise I am all right ... I heard myself making the most hideous sounds ... One feels so forsaken when one lies prone and people shove a pipe down one's stomach. We think of the coming feeding all day. It is horrible."

Winslow also wrote, "I am waiting to see what happens when the president realizes that brutal bullying isn't quite a statesmanlike method for settling a demand for justice at home. All the officers here know we are making this hunger strike that women fighting for liberty may be considered political prisoners; we have told them. God knows we don't want other women ever to have to do this over again."

That's how important voting was for some people who weren't allowed to vote.

Granted, this movie should really galvanize women. Women who are complacent about voting might consider what earlier women went through, for them. For us.

The right to vote is only one of the personal freedoms we have take for granted in this country. But it's the most basic, because without voting we are voiceless.

So why do some of us throw away our birthright? What kept all these people in Archuleta County, for example, from voting? The polls are open from early to late, so they can't have been working at the job all that time. Absentee ballots are pretty easy to get, so travel can't be the excuse. Do people really think their votes don't matter? If they don't vote, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It's easy to say, "I'm not voting because my vote doesn't matter." It's harder to vote. And it's a lot harder to pay attention, to try to understand issues, and to vote for people who will deal with issues the way you'd like.

It's a lot easier to just turn on the tube. Chill. Drop out.

HBO's movie is called "Iron Jawed Angels." I urge you to watch for it, and to watch it. And then try to say that voting doesn't matter.


Extension Viewpoints

Three keys to an active life for Americans with diabetes

By Bill Nobles

SUN Columnist

Monday, Sept. 13 -- Pagosa Peaks, Extension office, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 - Rocky Mountain Riders, Extension office, 6 p.m.

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States, with an estimated 17 million Americans living with this disease. Each day, another 2,700 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.

For people with diabetes, nutrition, exercise and the maintenance of optimum blood glucose levels are critical for living a longer, more vigorous life. In fact, nutrition and exercise are proving to be the insulin builder that actually lowers blood sugar levels.


To help Americans with diabetes plan a proper diet, a committee of the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association created "The Exchange List" meal planning system. The foods on the list are divided into six groups: starches/bread, meat, vegetable, fruit, milk and fat. Each list contains the same amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fat and calories to maintain a healthy diet.

In addition, it has been determined that a diet abundant in fish, borax and flax seeds is associated with lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. An increase in those foods decreases insulin resistance and lowers the risk of Type II diabetes.


Aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching can help lower blood sugar levels. Aerobic exercise is recommended for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Aerobic exercises include walking, jogging, dancing, biking, swimming, skating, and competitive sports such as tennis, basketball and handball. Strength training doesn't necessarily mean heavy lifting. Even lighter weights for a home workout will help build stronger bones to fight osteoporosis and burn more calories. To complement strength training, stretching helps keep joints flexible and helps prevent injury during workouts.

Proper nutrition, exercise and blood level maintenance will help people lead active, rewarding lives in spite of the challenges of diabetes.

Obesity: "A Widening Problem"

Obesity is receiving increasing attention as a crisis. It was even the cover story, "Why are Americans so fat?" for the August 2004 issue of National Geographic magazine. Here are some excerpts from this article:

- For all the Americans who've blamed bulging bellies on a slow metabolism, the jig is up. A report earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally confirms what many of us didn't want to admit: we're fat because we eat a lot - a whole lot more than we used to - and most of the increase comes from carbohydrates. Adult women are now eating 335 more calories per day than they did in 1971, while adult men have upped their daily intake by 168 calories ... we each ate 1,775 pounds of food in 2000, up from 1,497 pounds in 1970.

- In a historical first, there are now as many overnourished people as undernourished around the world. Here's the recipe for obesity on such a global scale: Take technology - cars, washing machines, elevators - that reduces physical exertion. Increase calorie consumption, courtesy of increasing prosperity. Add television and video games. Stir in the intensive marketing of candy and fast food, and you have the makings of an epidemic.

In countries where the food supply has been unstable, people are getting fat despite far less abundance than in the United States. The implication? Newly industrialized nations in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America may develop even higher rates of obesity-related health problems than in the U.S.

Obesity has reached red alert levels among children and adolescents, almost tripling since 1980 - and small wonder. Suburban sprawl and lack of pedestrian friendly streets have kids being driven instead of walking to school.


Pagosa Lakes News

Beautiful downpour, artistic triumph for folk festival

By Ming Steen

SUN Columnist

I spent Labor Day weekend up on Reservoir Hill enjoying the music and ambience of the Four Corners Folk Festival.

In fair weather I preferred parking my folding chair out in the meadow - away from the intensity under the tent. However, with all the precipitation of the weekend, I sat under the tent, all of 28 inches from the speakers. My thanks to the able folks who brought an interesting lineup of talent.

The loud music (made even louder by proximity to the speakers) has rearranged the molecules in my body. The mud packed between the toes for long stretches of time now leaves my feet soft and supple. And the rain, such a beautiful downpour, was so refreshing. All is well.

I remember when Dan Appenzeller and Crista Munro talked to the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club in 1995 about their vision to bring a music festival to our community. I've been delighted every year, since 1996, into realizing their vision has become a reality. In fact, it has been absorbed in the Pagosa community self-portrait.

Pagosa Samurai Academy will be offering koryo gum do classes at the recreation center starting in October. Koryo gum do is a Korean fighting art that utilizes wooden, bamboo and foam swords. The first two sword types are used in forms and drills and only foam swords will be used in sparring and body impact scenarios. A free demonstration and opportunity to talk to instructors will be made available 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6.

There will be a Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association meeting 7 p.m. today in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

The meeting is open to all members and observers. Public comments are heard at the beginning of the meeting.

The following agenda was approved by PLPOA:

- call to order;

- approval of agenda;

- approval of minutes of Aug. 12 board meeting;

- general manager's report;

- public comments;

- treasurer's report;

- committee reports: Lakes and Fisheries meeting of Sept. 8; ECC report from Ray Finney, board liaison.

Old business

- recurring business: continued discussion of Property Owners Involvement and Input Initiative.

New business:

a. placement of Village Lake buoy line;

b. discussion of reactivation of the Association Road Advisory Committee;

c. request for insurance replacement cost increase for recreation center;

d. discussion of issues broached by property owners at annual meeting, excluding roads, but including "allowance for doubtful account" explanation, accumulation of litter along roadways, enforcement of trash covenants, security patrol return recommendation, Piedra Road trail plans; speeding throughout the area;

- correspondence;

- adjournment.




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Frank Caldon

A memorial service for Frank Caldon will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mr. Caldon, son of long-time Pagosa Springs resident Tinnie Lattin, was born and raised in Pagosa and passed away March 8, 2004, in California.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations are requested to be sent to Marian Hospice, 506 E. Plaza Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454; phone (805) 739-3830.

Ruth M. Driesens

Ruth M. Driesens, 82, a resident of Phoenix, Ariz., since 1960, entered into rest Aug. 2, 2004.

She is survived by her husband of 57-plus years, Gerald N. Driesens; a son, Jerry (Joan) Driesens of Pagosa Springs; daughters Janet (David) Stravers of Illinois and Marilyn (John) Brush of Washington; sister, Margaret Natte of Michigan; and eight grandchildren: James, Andy and Julie Stravers; Marrie, Molly and Heidi Driesens; and Jack and Max Fletcher.

Ruth was born to Simon and Jane Zoet Olthof in Muskegon, Mich., on Sept. 20, 1921. The family moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where Ruth graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and Lucid Private Secretary School. She worked for General Motors organized union workers and later assisted two opthalmologists.

She married Gerald in November 1946, and the family moved to Phoenix in 1960. Ruth worked over 20 years for the Phoenix Union High School District as a secretary.

Viewing was Saturday, Aug. 7, in Phoenix Reformed Church where services were held the same day. Interment was in Phoenix Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix , AZ 85014; The Bible League, PO Box 28000, Chicago, IL 60628; or Phoenix Reformed Church, 2638 E. Earll Dr., Phoenix AZ 80516.



Business News

Biz Beat

Country Center City Market

Rusty Hector, center right, store manager at the newly expanded Country Center City Market, is with company president Phyllis Norris, director of retail operations Tom Bell and district manager Rick Bamford at last week's Grand Re-Opening of the facility.

The store now features more than 50,000 square feet of space with new floral and photo departments. Selections in grocery, general merchandise and health and beauty care have nearly doubled. The produce department features 150 organic items and the store is stocking 200 varieties of gourmet and imported cheeses in the Deli.

A new Deli Chef program features fresh, ready-to-eat entrees and salads, and the store has expanded its natural meats selection and added a fresh sushi case. There is a gourmet dessert case in the bakery and the pharmacy has added a pickup window to expedite drop-off and pick-up of prescriptions.

There are also new U-Scan express checkouts at the front of the store. Most important, said Hector, the store has increased its staff of associates to help serve its customers.


Lone Pine Custom Millworks LLC

Geoffrey and Madeleine Beserra own and operate Lone Pine Custom Millworks LLC. They specialize in doors, cabinets, countertops and millwork.

Lone Pine is a custom order mill shop that has been in operation in Pagosa Springs for eight years. The Beserras recently relocated to a new shop offering a show room displaying their products and services, which include custom cabinetry, custom doors, hardware, hardwoods, trim molding and carpentry supplies. They also offer a variety of custom countertops. Their newest product addition is "Gladiator Garage Work Systems."

Lone Pine Custom Millworks LLC, 81 Greenbriar Drive, Unit A. Office hours are Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call 731-4912



Preview Profile


Jaymie Edmondson

Assistant to the Archuleta County Clerk


Where were you born?

"La Jolla, California."


Where did you go to school?

"Pagosa Springs, Colorado."


When did you arrive in Pagosa Springs?



What did you do before you arrived here?

"I was lying on the beach"


What are your job responsibilities?

"I record all real estate transactions."


What are the most enjoyable and least enjoyable aspects of your job?

"The most enjoyable thing about my job is the people. I love the people I work with. The least enjoyable thing is that it is always so cold here."


What is your family background?

"I live here in Pagosa with my two kids and fiance."


What do you like best about the community?

"I like everything. I like that it's a small town."


What are your other interests?

"I like to camp, fish, and hike. I like to be outdoors."


Cards of Thanks


Salute to dentists

The Area Agency on Aging and Old Age Pension Dental program wishes to thank the dentists in Southwest Colorado who make the dental assistance program a success.

The dentists in the Four Corners area who have donated time and reduced their fees make it possible for many seniors to receive dentures and dental care otherwise unaffordable

For the year ending June 30, 2004, 39 seniors received over $11,300 in financial assistance. The following Pagosa Springs dentists participated in this much needed service:

- Dr. Glenn Rutherford;

- Dr. Gerlinde Ehni.

County seniors in need of dental assistance can call Sally Johnson, OAP coordinator at 259-1967 in Durango.


EMS praise

Our sincere thanks to the EMS crew of Carrie, Tommy and Larry, and the staff and doctors at the emergency center for their prompt, professional and compassionate care when my husband collapsed at the condo at 4049 Pines on July 27.

Your expertise is responsible for him living to make the helicopter flight to Durango. Against all odds he is recovering and moving on to a rehab hospital. We will always be grateful.

Jeanne Beach,

Midland, Texas





Emily Nelwyn Howe of Foothill Ranch, Calif., daughter of Cmdr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Howe, USN (Ret.) of Pagosa Springs and Brian David Dicely of Anaheim, Calif., son of Mrs. Mary Dicely of Anaheim, were married at 5:30 p.m. July 3, 2004 at the Red Rock Chateau, Silverado Canyon, Calif., with the Rev. Mark Feldmeir of Santa Margarita United Methodist Church officiating. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Mrs. Kristin McGonigle of New York, N.Y. Bridesmaids were Dr. Alison Marsh of Dallas, Texas and Marian Jackson of San Francisco, Calif. Flower attendants were Ella Howe, niece of the bride, and Mrs. Dawn Howe of Corpus Christi, Texas, sister-in-law of the bride. Best man was Clint Dicely of Anaheim, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Paul Donahue of Downey, Calif., and Mike Falatico of Cypress, Calif. Ushers were Ensign Daniel B. Howe II of Corpus Christi, brother of the bride, and Gordon Stamant of Anaheim. The couple will make their home in Anaheim Hills, Calif.




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Sports Page

Harriers battle elements, teams at home meet

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

"Some people run to get in out of the rain. These guys run to get out in the rain."

That's how Pirate cross country coach Scott Anderson summed up the team's efforts at the first meet of the season - the Pagosa Invitational.

Set to start with the junior high races at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the meet featured rain, rain and more rain. In fact, the downpour stopped only briefly for the last race.

Still, Anderson said, he never even considered canceling the meet.

"I thought about potentially moving the site because that is one of the drawbacks of that site," he said. "In fact I was up almost all night thinking about it. I set 7 a.m. as drop-dead time when I had to make the decision."

He looked over the new course, a figure-eight laid out in the Ranch Community open space and things were "amazingly firm." Then at 8, the "skies let loose," and continued to do so for the rest of the morning while temperatures hovered somewhere in the 50s.

"It's cross country," Anderson said. "We tell the kids whatever obstacles are placed in front of us you just make the best of it and deal with it, just like you do in life."

In the end, eight boys varsity teams and six girls varsity teams competed.

Pirate Emilie Schur swept a combined junior varsity and varsity girls' competition, finishing ahead of the pack in 23 minutes and 55 seconds. Pagosa's next three runners crossed the finish back-to-back-to-back in seventh through ninth place.

Sophomore Laurel Reinhardt was the first of the trio to cross the finish in 25:57. Classmate Elise McDonald finished one second later in her cross country debut, and junior Heather Dahm claimed ninth in 26:05. Sophomore Jen Shearston was the final member of the varsity team. She finished in 14th place with a time of 27:22 in her first cross country effort.

As a team, Pagosa finished second to Bayfield. Sophomore Jessica Lynch, a state-qualifier last year, was sidelined with an injury. Anderson said she may sit out one more week.

"In no way was this a true indicator of where we are," Anderson said. "Those kinds of conditions can allow anything to happen." Still, he was proud of the team's efforts.

On the boys' side, Pagosa finished fourth as a team. Sophomore Riley Lynch lead the Pagosa pack, crossing the finish in 14th with a time of 23:25. Junior Turner, a senior, was the next Pirate finisher, claiming 17th in 23:42. Senior Otis Rand and junior Orion Sandoval claimed 21st and 22nd respectively with times of 24:12 and 24:16. Freshman Isaiah Warren claimed 42nd with a time of 27:49.

"I was pleased to see a solid core of kids running relatively close together," Anderson said of the Pirates. "Later on in the year that's going to bode well for our team performance."

Jeremy Newland, of Aztec, won the boys' varsity race, finishing in 20:14.

This week, the Pirateswill split up, with varsity traveling to Pueblo and the junior varsity making a trip to Aztec - both Sept. 11.

Anderson said the trip to Pueblo will be a "state-like experience," featuring a large number of teams running over a fast course.

"We will meet several 4A and 5A teams which we should not be afraid of at all," he said. "It should be a truer test of how we're doing."


Pirates outgun Cowboys, beat Gunnison 43-20

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

It may have started an hour late, but it couldn't have ended soon enough for Gunnison.

After heavy rains and lightning pushed the kickoff of Friday night's Gunnison-Pagosa Springs gridiron clash to 8 p.m., Head Coach Sean O'Donnell's Pirate crew had little trouble posting 43 unanswered points en route to a 43-20 win over the Cowboys.

Due to the incessant showers that lingered throughout the pregame delay, many fans huddled inside soggy Golden Peaks stadium probably expected to see a low-scoring, grind-it-out type of contest.

Instead, the Pirates produced an offensive deluge that began just two plays after Pirate junior Craig Schutz recovered a fumble at the Gunnison 16 on the Cowboys first play from scrimmage.

On second and six from the 12-yard line, Pirate senior quarterback Paul Armijo hit junior wideout Paul Przybylski on a quick-out pattern and Pagosa took a 6-0 lead one minute into the contest as Przybylski juked inside and sped to paydirt.

The point-after attempt failed, but after the teams traded punts Pagosa began its second scoring drive of the game after heavy pressure on Cowboy quarterback Brian Bollig from Pirate junior linebacker Bubba Martinez forced a fumble that was recovered by Pagosa inside the Gunnison 40.

A screen pass to Pirate junior running back Daniel Aupperle and strong running inside from fellow back Josh Hoffman set Pagosa up with first and goal at the 8, and Armijo soon connected with senior flanker Daren Hockett on a slant to give the Pirates a 12-0 advantage with 5:12 to play in the first.

Aupperle's extra-point attempt failed, but senior teammate Richard Lafferty ended a late-quarter threat from Gunnison with a sack to force a punt on the Cowboys next possession and the second quarter began with Pagosa driving inside the Gunnison 30.

An interception by Gunnison's Marcus Elich stalled the drive, but Pirate senior linebacker Manuel Madrid immediately put the Pirates back in business with a fumble recovery on the 20 and Aupperle soon had Pagosa up 15-0 after a 32-yard field goal with 10 minutes to play in the half.

The Cowboys were forced backward on their next possession via tackles for loss from Madrid, Martinez and Richard Lafferty, and Pagosa took over inside the Gunnison 20 after Pirate sophomore linebacker Jordan Shaffer smothered a muffed punt on fourth and long.

Pagosa's second field-goal attempt of the game missed the mark, but after a quick three and out from the Cowboys the Pirates took possession at the Gunnison 43.

Carries by Armijo and Aupperle moved the ball inside the 5, Hoffman finished the drive with a 1-yard jaunt and Pagosa owned a 21-0 lead with 2:08 remaining after Aupperle's point-after kick was deflected wide right.

The Cowboys set up at their own 26 on the ensuing possession, but were again forced to punt and the half ended with the Pirates in front 21-0 after Armijo took a knee with 14 seconds to play.

Any scent of a Gunnison comeback faded permanently on the opening possession of the second half as Aupperle converted a quick screen into an 80-yard touchdown dash, then booted the point after to put Pagosa up 28-0 with 20 seconds burned.

A third-down sack by Shaffer had the Cowboys punting from their 24 on the ensuing series, and Hockett capped the resulting, 69-yard scoring drive by hauling in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Armijo to make it 34-0 with 9 minutes left in the third.

Aupperle's extra-point kick widened the lead to 35-0, and Shaffer, Madrid and Jake Cammack gave possession back to the Pirates near midfield with a sack on Gunnison's fourth-down attempt from the Pagosa 27.

But neither team converted in the final minutes of the third, and the final quarter began with Gunnison set to attempt a punt from inside their 35.

Cammack tackled the Cowboy punter at the 22, however, and Pirate sophomore running back Corbin Mellete reached the end zone from 11 yards out two minutes later to stretch the lead to 41-0.

With Aupperle sidelined due to an aggravated hamstring, the Pirates opted for a two-point conversion attempt and soon led 43-0 after a successful quarterback keeper from Shaffer.

With gutsy assistance from Gunnison running backs Chris Garcia and David Vader, Bollig engineered three late scoring drives, but the books closed with Pagosa on top 43-20.

Armijo accounted for the majority of Pagosa's offense, rushing for 86 yards and completing 6 of 13 passes for 149 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

Aupperle hauled in three passes for 120 yards and logged 29 on the ground, while Mellette and Hoffman rushed for an additional 52 and 34 yards, respectively.

Pirate junior Ky Smith led the defensive charge, recording a total of 12 tackles; Shaffer added eight, Madrid seven and Aupperle six.

During a postgame interview, O'Donnell lauded his team's play on both sides of the ball.

"I'm excited about the way things worked out - our kids were able to battle through the elements and performed real well; I'm real proud of them," said O'Donnell.

"And as pleased as I am with the offense, I think I'm even more excited about our defensive effort," O'Donnell added. "We had kids flying around and being really aggressive, our linebackers made a lot of plays; it was fun to watch tonight."

And it looks as if the Pirates will need to sustain that kind of defensive tenacity.

With respect to Friday night's home contest against Montezuma-Cortez, "It's going to be tough, this year's Cortez team is a lot stronger than people are used to seeing," said O'Donnell.

"They like to spread things out, we like to spread things out, so I think it will be real exciting to watch if you're a fan who likes to see a lot of offense," concluded O'Donnell.

Game time in Golden Peaks Stadium is 7 p.m.


Gunnison 0 0 0 20-20

Pagosa 12 6 14 11-43

First Quarter

Pag - Przybylski 12 pass from Armijo

(kick failed)

Pag - Hockett 8 pass from Armijo (Aupperle


Second Quarter

Pag - Aupperle 32 FG

Pag - Hoffman 1 run (Aupperle kick)

Third Quarter

Pag - Aupperle 80 pass from Armijo

(Aupperle kick)

Pag - Hockett 2 pass from Armijo

(Aupperle kick)

Fourth Quarter

Pag - Mellette 11 run (Shaffer run for 2)

Gun - Coffey 7 pass from Bollig (kick failed)

Gun - Bollig 5 run (Haase pass from Bollig

for 2)

Gun - Vader 15 run (kick failed) 


Pirates fall to Cortez 3-1 but show 'moxie'

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

You lose two starters with ankle injuries in the first half.

You lose your key defensive player to a red card early in the second half and, in accord with CHSAA rules, have to play a man short the rest of the game.

Add those keys and you expect your team to have a losing day on the soccer field.

You'd be right, but the outstanding play of Pirate keeper Caleb Forrest turned what might have been a Cortez runaway Tuesday into a nail-biter on the Panthers' home field.

In fact, Pagosa had the score tied against the Class 4A Cortez squad until finally running out of steam late in the game.

First, the injuries.

Junior striker Moe Webb and junior right wing Chris Baum each went down with ankle injuries and were to have X-rays Wednesday. Senior all-conference sweeper Levi Gill drew the red card just four minutes into the second half, forcing the squad to play a man short thereafter.

Prior to all that action, however, the Pirates gave the Panthers everything they had and had them reeling.

Pagosa opened with as fine a 10-minute performance as you could ask for on a foreign field - crisp passing, well-planned formations, and sudden bursts of speed.

Right off the bat, Caleb Ormonde caught the Cortez keeper looking into the sun and drilled one high right that was tipped out at the last second.

Pagosa kept the pressure on and Panther keeper Garry Fowler made two additional stops in close.

A Pirate midfield turnover on a botched outlet kick gave Cortez its first opportunity at 4:01, but Anthony Presnell's ensuing shot was over the nets.

Moments later, following a midfield steal by Pagosa's Kevin Blue, Pirate midfielder Keegan Smith was also over the top on a drive from 25 yards.

Then began the Caleb Forrest show or, Goalkeeping 101.

Panther Garret Greer, on a breakaway, was the first to sense frustration. His blast low left seemed destined for the corner but the 6-8 Forrest extended flat out to snare it.

Forrest's outlet kick leading Gill was just a step too long for the wide-open sweeper but Pagosa retained possession in the attack zone and worked into the middle where Jesse Morris' header was stopped by Fowler.

Cortez drove the right wing and a crossing pass to Mikey Schmidlap looked like a sure shot on goal - until Gill flew from 10 yards away to block it. Cortez retained possession, but Presnell's shot attempt was blocked by Baum.

Chris Durnik recovered the loose ball for Cortez but was the next to be stymied by Forrest who hauled in his header from the right wing.

After Gill stopped another shot with a header, Forrest made consecutive saves against Kiauni Piawai-Bloch and Patrick Mangan before perhaps his most brilliant save of the half, hauling down Bresnell's drive on a breakaway with a leap high to his right.

Moe Webb was stopped twice in the next two minutes on fine plays by Fowler before Greer again was stopped by Forrest and Mangan's rebound was high over the net.

The scoreless tie was broken at 30:57 when Schmidlap's perfect crossing lead to Bresnell and his shot to Forrest's low left gave Cortez a 1-0 lead.

Forrest made four additional saves in the balance of the half as first Baum and then Webb went down and the Pirates seemed to lose some of their early intensity.

At halftime, Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason urged his charges to reawaken. "You are all defenders, all of the time. Nobody plays just offense and then stands around," he warned.

"No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter. We have to work harder, show a desire to be a team and establish position and determination," he concluded.

It didn't immediately work, as Cortez, with the sun now at their backs, swarmed the offensive zone. Forrest made three diving saves and one tip over the top.

Freshman striker Shon Web was turned away by Fowler and Schmidlap was stopped by Forrest moments before the red card call of Gill.

Down to 10 players, the Pirates seemed to respond to the challenge, filling the gaps, seeing the field, and working for the offensive opening.

Jesse Morris, normally a defender, found an open lane and forced Fowler to make a fine stop and after another thwarting of Presnell by Forrest, the Pirates evened the score.

It came on a penalty call against Cortez off a Muirhead to Webb pass-and-go play.

Webb took the PK at 53:40 and drilled to Fowler's right so hard the keeper could not react.

Pagosa tried hard to keep on the attack, with first Ormonde and then Smith stopped before Forrest again made a pair of saves.

Mangan broke the tie at 59:12, scoring unassisted against Forrest on a breakaway after two Pirate defenders fell.

On the next Cortez possession, Presnell hit the crossbar, Forrest made another save on Schmidlap and Pagosa freshman Thomas Martinez stopped a penalty kick by Presnell before it could get to Forrest.

Cortez kept possession but Bresnell was over the top with the next shot and Pagosa roared to the attack only to see Blue's 18-yarder also sail over the net.

The Panthers' Ryan Taylor missed a header off a corner kick on the next possession and then Forrest turned in sparking stops against both Matt Cox and Greer and twice stopped scoring bids by Sam Percy.

The final score, by Schmidlap at 73:33 came after a Pirate giveaway inside the defensive zone that caught Forrest, for the first time all day, out of position for a low drive to his right.

Pagosa was then treated to six more stops by Forrest as the clock wound down while the exhausted Pirates could muster only one more scoring drive, a shot by Ormonde from 20 yards that sailed high right.

Kurt-Mason was not discouraged after the game. "We showed moxie when shorthanded," he said. "We kept them on their heels most of the second half with our wounded starters out."

Things won't get any easier for the Pirates.

They go on the road this weekend for a pair of games, meeting Roaring Fork at 6 p.m. Friday in Carbondale and then taking on always highly-regarded Basalt at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Aspen suburb.


Shots on goal: C-26, P-17; Saves, P-Forrest, 23; C-Fowler, 12; Scoring, 30:57, C-Bresnell (assist Schmidlap); 53:40, P-Shon Webb on penalty kick from 20 yards; 59:12, C-Mangan, unassisted; 73:33, C-Schmidlap, unassisted. Cards: P-Gill, red.


Pirate youth get a lesson in soccer patience from visiting Manitou Springs

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

No one said it would be an easy task to replace nine seniors and Pagosa Pirate soccer coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason would have been at the top of that list.

His youthful 2004 squad proved the maxim, in his mind, Saturday with a number of youthful mistakes that turned an early 1-0 lead over visiting Manitou Springs into a 5-1 defeat.

The loss, on a soggy, rain-soaked Golden Peaks Stadium field, like the football game at the same venue the previous night, was stopped for over 30 minutes by lightning which preceded an afternoon-long deluge.

Asked his take on the game afterward, Kurt-Mason was brief, to the point:

"Youth, youthful mistakes and failure to adjust."

The opponents, making their first venture to southwest Colorado, went home with a pair of wins, having defeated Bayfield 10-0 the night before, also in driving rain.

And, while the Manitou squad has 12 seniors in action, it was a freshman, Matt Marvin, who did in both Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, netting four goals in each contest.

And, it was a freshman who gave Pagosa a lead at 15:06, a margin which lasted over 11 minutes.

That score, a drive from the left wing by Thomas Martinez, came off a centering lead from junior Moe Webb to senior Keegan Smith. His cross caught Martinez in stride and Manitou's senior keeper, Alex Hand, had no chance.

That score capped a first half defensive effort keyed by sweeper Levi Gill that had the visitors wondering how to get their attack unsheathed.

The Mustangs from the Front Range Tri Peaks League had the first six shots, five of them stopped by Gill before they could get to Pirate keeper Josh Stuckwish.

The sixth shot, an indirect kick following an interference call on Pagosa, was hauled in by Stuckwish. Just one minute before the Martinez goal, Stuckwish had his second save, diving left to stop a goal bid by Manitou senior Zack Inteman.

From the goal forward, however, it became evident the Pirates would need a Herculean effort because Manitou was continually in the attack zone and Pagosa was unable to generate consistent offense.

In the 11-minute period after the Pagosa goal, Marvin was stopped twice by Stuckwish and was high to the left on a breakaway.

He was stopped again by Keith Pitcher and then by Chris Baum before Stuckwish hauled in another drive.

Manitou got a great chance at the 24-minute mark when Inteman found Ian Juraq open on the wing but his effort was tackled aside on a great open field move by Baum. Forty seconds later, Baum again blunted a Mustang drive with a block-takeaway on Gentry Copelin's attack at the top of the circle.

Stuckwish had a pair of saves, the first routine on half-hit roller by Inteman and the second a fine diving stop on a drive by Marvin.

At 26:14, however, he slipped down as Marvin took a crossing pass to his right and the shot knotted the score.

Inteman made it a 2-1 Mustang lead at 29:42 scoring on a breakaway from midfield with an errant Pirate outlet kick. He drove the middle until the last eight yards and when Stuckwish did not come out, he drilled it into the right corner.

Twice more in the half, Stuckwish made fine saves on Mustang drives but the play of the period came from another Pirate veteran.

Paul Muirhead came from literally nowhere to catch Martin on the right wing, battled him for possession and captured it to blunt a three-on-one Mustang attack.

Caleb Ormande had a chance to put the Pirates back in the contest early in the second half, but his shot up the middle hooked just outside the right post.

Following a pair of saves by Stuckwish after defensive breakdowns in front of him, Martin scored unassisted at 46:26 to hike the margin to 3-1.

Gill had another block and Jesse Morris foiled an indirect penalty kick by Inteman but Pagosa drew another penalty, a yellow card to Keegan Smith.

Kevin Blue blocked a Mustang attack in Smith's absence, but Martin scored again at 56:59 from the right wing on a reverse cross from Copelin, making the score 4-1.

After Stuckwish made another save, officials halted the game because of lightning just to the west and the field was emptied, fans and players going to cars, buses and into the high school Commons Area to avoid the deluge.

A 39-minute halt seemed to have briefly inspired the Pirates and they attacked as a unit with first Moe Webb and then Martinez blanked by Hand.

Then, at 69:09, Inteman's blast off a drop lead from Ryan Whitt caromed off the crossbar and out of play.

At 71:45, however , Marvin made it 5-1 for Manitou with a breakaway and uncontested attack as two Pirate defenders fell.

An ensuing yellow card to Moe Webb was the only highlight of the last seven minutes. Manitou played possession ball and Pagosa was unable to muster any offense.

"We have a lot of room for improvement," said Kurt-Mason. "We have to learn to settle the ball, not make one pass and then kick downfield. That invariably costs possession and you can't score without the ball."


Shots on goal: M-19, PS-7; Saves, M-Hand, 3; PS-Stuckwish, 9; Goals: P-Martinez, 15:06, assist M. Webb, K. Smith; M-Marvin, 26:14, assist Inteman; M-Inteman, 29:42, unassisted; M-Marvin, 46:26, unassisted; M-Marvin, 56:59, assist Copelin; M-Marvin, 71:45, unassisted. Penalties, K. Smith and M. Webb, P-yellow cards; M-Nate Foorman, yellow for foul language.


Pirates lose to Cortez in season opener, face Palmer here tomorrow

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

While many 3A volleyball programs begin their seasons with soft schedules, taking on teams from lower classifications or attending relatively easy first-of-season tournaments, the Pirates choose to start each new year by climbing a long, steep hill .

Why not test yourselves at the outset? It can pay big dividends as the season draws to a close.

A test is just what the Pirates got Sept. 2 when they traveled to Cortez to meet the Panthers, one of the more successful 4A teams in the state the last five or six years, and one of the best teams in the region.

The Pirates dropped the match in three games and the tale turns on two facts: the Pirates played without two starters - seniors Caitlyn Jewell and Courtney Steen - and they could not stop the Panthers' outside attack, in particular when it was delivered by senior Jessie Pickens.

The evening began on a somewhat bright note as the Pirates pushed the Panthers to the limit, leading at several junctures before falling 22-25.

Pagosa went behind early, 8-3, but clawed back into contention, getting points in the middle from Bri Scott and Lori Walkup. The team trailed 13-10 before Pickens put two points on the board.

Caitlin Forrest produced two points in a three-point Pirate run, but the Panthers answered with two points of their own.

With the Panthers ahead 18-15, Forrest, a junior, started a run of four unanswered points with a kill. Three Cortez hitting errors put Pagosa in front for the first time, 19-18.

The home team went back in front 20-19 with a kill inside the Pirate block and a Pagosa hitting error, but the Panthers surrendered the lead with two errors on their side of the net. A Pagosa setting error tied the game at 21.

Kim Canty put a ball to the floor to give the Pirates the lead, and the last point the team would score in the match. Pickens killed again from outside and three consecutive Pagosa hitting errors gave the Panthers the game.

Then the problems began. The Panthers seemed to put their game into gear, throwing an imposing triple block at any Pirate attack from the middle. The Pirates began to fail at the net and in the backcourt. Cortez was steady on defense and on offense the home team took advantage of many poorly-set Pagosa blocks and a porous backcourt defense and serve receive.

The Pirates never got close.

Cortez led 8-3, continued to crush kills inside the Pirate blocks and scored two aces on the way to a 17-5 advantage. Liza Kelley scored for Pagosa with a tip over the block and Walkup killed from the outside but Cortez continued to forge ahead, building the lead to 22-8.

Pagosa then had its only run of the game, nailing six unanswered points. Scott killed twice during the run and Forrest nailed an errant Panther pass for a point. Cortez then put together five points to win 25-15.

The teams stayed close in the opening phases of the third game, tying at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5. The Pirates got points from Walkup and Scott and stuffed a Panther attack for a point. Cortez pulled ahead 7-5 then committed two errors and the game was tied for the last time, 7-7. The Panthers continued to blast through, off and around Pirate blocks and scored with two ace serves. Pagosa got earned points by Walkup and Forrest but the Panthers closed out the game and the match, 25-15.

"It was a frustrating evening," said coach Penné Hamilton. "The first game was all right; we stayed with them, got to our blocks better and we were in a position to win."

But, said Hamilton, there was no way to overcome some basic problems that, against a team like Cortez, will come back to bite you. "We had very poor back-row defense," she said, "and very poor serve-receive passing."

As a bright spot, Hamilton noted the effective offense by Forrest. "Caitlin did a good job for us, hitting from outside. She had eight kills in 17 attacks. That's 47 percent - a very good percentage.

There's a lot of work to be done before the next match, said Hamilton. "We need to concentrate on improving our fundamentals if we want to win."

The work needs to be done by tomorrow, Sept. 10. With some intensity at practice and the possible return of Jewell to the lineup, anther test awaits.

Not only did the Pirates opt to begin the season with a difficult opponent, the team will step back into the fray tomorrow when they meet 5A William Palmer, from Colorado Springs. The 5A Terrors squeaked out a five-game victory here last season, and return with several players who could make the team a factor in the Colorado Springs league. Among others, Palmer features 5-6 senior outside hitter Maggie Jackson and one of the best setters in the state, 5-10 senior Jessica May.

The varsity match against Palmer is set for 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a junior varsity contest.


Kills: Forrest 8, Walkup 6, Scott 5.

Assists: Canty 8, Kelly 7

Solo blocks: Forrest 2, Walkup and Scott one each


Pirate golfers hit the road with mixed success

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

A long road trip for two tournaments and a shorter road trip to one which had been rescheduled without notice had Pagosa Springs High School golfers on the move Friday through Tuesday.

And even the opening road trip turned out to be a reversal of what the schedule showed.

The Pirates were to have played in the Cedaredge Invitational Thursday and the Delta Invitational Friday but the two matchups were reversed.

Coach Mark Faber's Pirates were paced at Delta by senior Darin Prokop who fired an 88, Joey Bergman with a 91 and Tim Kamolz at 96. Ben DeVoti had a 107 and Tye Fehrenbacher was in at 121.

Taking the three lowest individual scores for team totals, the Pirates finished at 275 in 18th place with 23 teams competing.

Montrose fired a team 223 for the team title and had the medalist at 71, one under on the par 72 course.

"It was a great day on a great course," said Faber, "but with 23 teams playing it took six hours to complete and the kids were really tired at the end."

The following day at Cedaredge, "was really ugly" the coach said. "We just didn't play well."

The Pirates finished with a 306, in 10th place among 12 teams competing.

Prokop again led the Pirates, carding a 95 and Bergman was right behind at 96. DeVoti had a 115, Fehrenbacher a 119 and Kamolz was in at 122.

"None of us had ever seen or played the course before," Faber said. "The front nine was fairly normal, but the back nine was really hard. It was a different type layout and you couldn't tell where to hit from the tee box."

The Pirates were then scheduled to play the Monte Vista Invitational Tuesday, but on arrival found out the playing date had been changed to Wednesday.

"Two other teams who didn't get the word were also there," Faber said, "so we sort of scrimmaged each other to get the feel of the course for the following day."

He was unable to go with the team yesterday, however and entrusted the squad to assistant coach Tom Riedberger.

"He took a different bunch of players," Faber said, "because we didn't want the same ones absent from classes so many days in a row."

Next up for Pagosa is the Rye Invitational Sept. 14 on the Holly Dot course often used for regional playoff action.


Lady golfers adapt well to 'eenie meenie'

By Lynne Allison

Special to The SUN

An "eenie meenie" format was featured by Pagosa Women's Golf Association for its Aug. 24 League Day.

The players were to add their best gross scores from one par three, two par fours and one par-five hole over the Meadows/Ponderosa courses.

Players with the lowest gross scores for these four holes were the winners: Lynne Allison first with 15, Bev Hudson second with 16 and in a three-way tie for third, at 17, Jan Kilgore, Barbara Sanborn and Josie Hummel.

The association featured a scramble for its league day Aug. 31 playing the Meadows/Pinon courses with a par 72.

Kilgore, Loretta Campuzano, Rosie Hatchett and Benny Lohman captured first place with an even par round. Second, at 73, was the team of Barbara Sanborn, Nancy McComber, Sheila Rogers and Sharon Utz. Immediately following play the ladies enjoyed a luncheon and general meeting at the home of Doe Stringer.

The association sent eight of its low handicappers to Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango Sept. 2 for team play and garnered 38 1/2 points in some challenging and closely contested matches against Riverview Golf Club.

Representing Pagosa were Kilgore, Sanborn, Sho Jen Lee, Julie Pressley, Allison, Stringer, Audrey Johnson and Campuzano.

Pagosa is currently in fourth place in the eight-team league with two matches to play. The next will be Sept. 16 at Pinon Hill Golf Club against the host team.


Parks & Rec

Learn the Ten Commandments for Parents of Athletes

By Joe Lister Jr.

SUN Columnist

The ninth annual Four Corner Folk Festival was a great success. Pagosa residents had the pleasure of coming and going as they pleased; it is one of the great benefits of living in Pagosa Springs.

We had world-class entertainment, thanks to the consistency and hard work of the Folk West volunteers. The setting at Reservoir Hill Park, and the whole town opening its arms to our visitors, makes one proud.

We have yet to see what damage was done to the hill, but all the crews will have a pow wow to figure out how we can repair it, and prepare for festivals in the future. Planting grass and irrigation from the river, are a couple items on the agenda to make Reservoir Hill Park the finest venue in the southwest corner of the state.

Foundation dignitaries

Mrs. Terese T. Hershey, board of trustees member of the Nation Recreation Foundation, and Tony A. Mobley, executive director from Bloomington, Ind., met recently with me, David Hamilton (high school athletic director) and Julie Jessen (town special projects coordinator).

The meeting was to get acquainted, as well as to show the NRF members some of the great projects going on in Pagosa Springs.

Mrs. Hershey has a ranch at the end of Snowball Road that she opens up for school field trips and learning adventures. Each year, as a trustee, she can sponsor a project, or grant.

Last year she sponsored a grant which we wrote to furnish the refurbished high school track with equipment to host our first sanctioned track meet ever.

That inaugural meet also featured the "Jake Hershey Mile" in honor of Mrs. Hershey's late husband who was a track and field miler in college. Having the ability to attract youth and adults to the low-cost life sports of walking and running really means a lot to Mrs. Hershey.

Pagosa Springs High School was presented $15,000 to help purchase equipment, and to provide seed money to get the ball rolling for the grand opening of the new track facility. The home team Pirates took home the individual honors in the men's and women's races.

Thank you NFR for all your support, we have started a legacy that future runners will enjoy.

Ten Commandments for Parents of Athletes 

1. Try not to relive your athletic life through your children in a way that creates pressure; you fumbled, too, you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times, you were not always heroic. Don't pressure them because of your lost pride.

2. Don't compete with the coach. If the coach becomes an authority figure, it will run from enchantment to disenchantment, etc., with your athlete.

3. Make sure your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without a fear of failure. Be the person in their life they can look to for constant positive enforcement.

4. Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic capability, their competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.

5. Be helpful, but don't coach them on the way to the rink, pool, or field, or on the way back, or at breakfast and so on. Its tough not to, but its a lot tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks and often critical instruction.

6. Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be out there trying, to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them to develop the feel for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.

7. Don't compare the skill, courage, or attitudes of your children with other members of the team, at least within his or her hearing.

8. Get to know the coach so you can be assured that the philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under this leadership.

9. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before overreacting.

10. Make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains and are afraid to fight. Some of us will fight, but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort. The job of the parent of an athletic child is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do it well. It is worth all the effort when you hear your youngster say, "My parents really helped, I was lucky, in this."

Youth soccer

Sign-ups for the 2004 Youth Soccer League season have ended. Teams have been formed and games have begun. We are excited to begin our leagues with over 340 children participating from ages 5 to 13.

We also continue to look for business sponsorships for youth soccer. The sponsorship is $150 which includes: plaque with team picture, signage and designation in the newspaper. Plus, the sponsorship is tax deductible.

Call Myles Gabel at 264-4151, Ext. 232 if interested.

Fall volleyball leagues

Fall volleyball leagues are right around the corner. Start putting your teams together now for the upcoming season.

Managers' meeting for four-person-coed and women's volleyball has been changed to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Town Hall in order to give managers more time to put four-person-coed teams together. Play will begin in early October.

Post softball meeting

The goal of the recreation department is to meet the wellness needs of our community. To this end, we would like to schedule a meeting of anyone who would like to have input into our adult softball leagues in the future.

Please put in writing any item that you would like to see added to an agenda, bring to Town Hall or send by e-mail to: We will compile these agenda items and schedule a general meeting for all to attend in the near future. It is our hope that we will be able to present a softball program that everyone has a part in helping to make enjoyable and successful.

Parents, We still need your help.

Thanks to everyone who has made the effort to return their children's team uniforms from this past basketball and baseball/T-ball season.

Unfortunately, there are still many uniforms that have not been returned. If we must purchase new jerseys next year, our fees will have to be increased for your children's programs. If your children still have their basketball or baseball jerseys/pants, please return them to the recreation department as soon as possible.




Praise for workers

The Labor Day holiday is one of Pagosa Country's most active weekends. Despite some rough weather this year, roadways buzzed with traffic, stores welcomed customers, the lodging industry dealt with a good number of clients.

The Four Corners Folk Festival was a success as a large crowd of music enthusiasts flocked to the top of Reservoir Hill to enjoy three days of world-class entertainment. This event is a prototype that fits the area like a glove, bringing a significant number of people to town; people enjoy themselves, they spend money, they leave. Most decide to return next year. We now have several events like this held during the year and they are all good for the area.

Numerous visitors arrived for high school sports events, with football, cross country and soccer teams in town. While weather conditions ranged from dismal to miserable, many of the athletes and their families spent a night here.

Motorcyclists roared through town going to and from the rally in La Plata County and many of them stopped, shopped, ate and enjoyed Pagosa Country.

But we need to remember the holiday is about more than recreation and entertainment; we can easily lose sight of the reason for the annual holiday.

It is Labor Day. An extra day of rest, a time to honor those who work.

To determine whom the holiday should honor, we advance a maxim: The real work done is inversely proportional to the self-congratulatory rhetoric spewing from the worker. Labor Day should celebrate those among us whose work is indispensable yet conducted quietly, without self-glorification. It should celebrate those who show up every workday and put in a full day's work - often with little thanks and barely enough pay to get by - the legion of workers who perform the basic tasks that keep our community on course.

It is the working stiffs we need to salute, those who live week-to-week, paycheck to paycheck, performing duties absolutely essential if we are to flourish and survive. Pagosa Country is home to and beholding to so many of them. Our economy depends on several industries that, in turn, rely on these workers.

An article in last week's SUN used census date to illuminate who they are.

They are construction workers, tradesmen, laborers; the people who build the houses and commercial buildings in the community.

Tourism is our lifeblood and there are numerous laborers who are the foundation of the industry: the people who clean motel rooms; the desk clerks at lodging establishments; the cooks, waitresses, waiters, hostesses and bus persons at restaurants; the clerks in shops. The list is long.

Then there are those who care for and educate our children, and those who work for governmental entities and utility companies, dealing with the daily problems and processes involved with the services most of us take for granted. There are those who repair our cars and trucks, who make sure we have food on the store shelves and run the checkstands, who operate the service stations, greet us in offices and answer telephones, who mow lawns and plow snow.

On the basis of the 2000 Census it is safe to assume we now have as many as 5,000 people in the local work force. The vast majority of these 5,000 souls don't own businesses, they aren't the boss. They work. They raise kids. They worry about health care and many struggle along without insurance. They're concerned about retirement and paying for their children's college education. Many worry about losing their jobs if the economy goes south. But, make note: they were back to work Tuesday. And they'll be back, most of them, every day they have a job.

Our hats are off to them. Without them, we are lost.

Karl Isberg


Pacing Pagosa

Time steals on and on and on

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

"... the days grow short when you reach September."

The closing to the first stanza of Maxwell Anderson's "September Song" from "Knickerbocker Holiday" puts us perilously close to the change of time from daylight saving back to standard and closer still to the Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."

It seems unreal. We already are into the ninth month of the year; those juniors we watched escorting seniors down the aisle just 12 weeks ago are now seniors themselves, reading the college catalogues and the scholarship application brochures.

It is just another reminder of how fleeting time can be.

Datewise, we're just two months from the election of a president, a county commissioner and a variety of other state and federal officeholders.

Labor Day is here, the first holiday of the new school year and for many the signal to begin the last harvest of summer gardens and prepare the soil for a new growing season six icy months ahead.

Before long we'll see and drive in snow and begin watching the sales for that perfect Christmas gift; waiting with breathless anticipation for the sigh of satisfaction we're sure it will elicit from the intended recipient.

Movies and songs help us dream about the thrills lying ahead in the calendar of life.

But what of the realities?

Daily we're bombarded with threats of civilization's demise. The terrorists, we're told, already have targeted our infrastructure and just last week the nation was told its veteran health care facilities could be the next targets.

Then there is the threat of disease. Last Thursday the nation was told there is the very real threat of a flu pandemic this winter.

The following day we were told at least half of the flu vaccine already produced by a single manufacturer in Britain may be tainted and its delivery to America has been put on hold.

Now there's a suspect timing of news events if I've ever seen it. If it is pandemic, meaning extremely widespread, it could equal one in 1918 which claimed 20-40 million lives worldwide.

No one would accuse a prestigious medical manufacturer of helping create the scare to raise the price and profit, would they?

Then, we were told the number of Americans living in poverty is increasing at an alarming rate and that the number of those not insured is increasing at almost the same pace.

What a surprise. If you fall into the poverty category, how can anyone keep insurance? It's hard enough to do so when gainfully employed. And talk about timing: within hours of the poverty-insurance announcement candidates on both sides of the political aisle were vowing to overcome the new stigma on the nation.

Oh yeah, the time passes quickly when you're having fun ... or trying to stay alive when faced with the exigencies of survival.

Get ready for two months of rhetorical garbage flowing from your political media outlet and don't forget - Jan. 1, less than four months away - will give the signal to start the paranoia all over again. My, how time flies!





90 years ago

Taken from Pagosa Springs New Era files of Sept. 4, 1914

The taxpayer pays the high cost of drinking. According to the investigations of the Committee of Fifty, 25 percent of poverty and 37 percent of pauperism is due directly to drink, as well as 45.8 percent of child relief and 50 percent of crime. According to Dr. Rosanoff, of Clark University, 25 percent or about 50,000 of the insane in America are insane directly or indirectly because of drink. United States government reports show that about 20 percent of divorce has a similar cause.

Everyone knows that the people who are paying for the "wet" advertisement in the local and state papers are not in favor of "local option" or any other kind of effective liquor legislation.


75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 13, 1929

The window at Hersch's store was filled with an exhibit of old-time things, during the meeting of the San Juan Pioneer Association, and brought to mind many incidents long since forgotten. In history we learned that in 1668 Escalante, a Spanish explorer, made an extensive trip through our southwest, and while he was on what we now call the Montezuma Mesa, he lost from his outfit an old copper communal plate, now in the possession of W.E. Colton of Pagosa Springs.

An old tin-type of a young boy, we were told, was the photograph of the same young man who, when he was twenty years of age, set out from the old Kansas home to seek his fortune in the West - Judge F.A. Byrne. This young man was our first stage driver.


50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 10, 1954

The fourth annual Archuleta County Fair is history now and many exhibitors are already making plans for the fair next year. The fair was voted one of the most successful ever and drew large crowds to view the exhibits, livestock and the junior rodeo. The SUN junior showmanship cup was awarded to Judy Decker, the first time this award has been won by a girl.

The town board held two meetings this past week with one for the final inspection and approval of the new water system and the other, the regular September meeting. Acceptance of the water works improvement project was given and authorization made to pay the contractor. The final figures showed that the project cost about $114,000.


25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Sept. 13, 1979

It was a stormy session of the school board Tuesday night of this week with about 70 citizens in attendance. The meeting lasted until after midnight, the first time that this has happened in many years. Points of controversy were proposals to require athletes to buy their own uniforms, meals and lodging, and for the board to establish a censorship committee for any and all material used in the school.

Excavation and ground leveling for a new shopping center started this week in the west part of town. A new shopping center is being constructed by Wm. Seielstad and will house Circle Super and Citizens Bank, along with some small businesses. Completion is scheduled by the start of next summer.




90 years in Pagosa Country

By Tess Noel Baker

Staff Writer

On Sept. 16, 1914, Harold Selby left his ranch in the Bayles School District outside Pagosa Springs to fetch Dr. Mary Winter Fisher.

The doctor followed in a horse and buggy, arriving to deliver a healthy baby girl - Virginia Lee.

Virginia (Selby) Decker ate homemade ice cream for birthdays with a passel of family from neighboring ranches, imagined herself in the movies on a stage in an old woodshed with her sisters and brother, milked cows, threshed hay, graduated from Pagosa Springs High School, married Paul Decker, spent a couple winters in a one-room shack on Wolf Creek Pass, volunteered at everything, raised two children, helped run a feed store for 39 years, and painted in her spare time. Still does.

"I've never done anything spectacular," Decker said, "but I've always been busy."

In seven days, she will celebrate her 90th birthday - as a Pagosan still living in the home she and her husband, Paul, built in 1939 before running water. Or plumbing. And added on to again. And again. Until there were "about" 13 rooms with huge windows letting in lots of light in all directions.

"I'm not a traveler," she said. "I like my house. I like where I live. I'm a family person. The family is and always has been my life."

Decker grew up working hard on a ranch in the Sunetha area. Oh, one year her father moved the family to Durango where he and their mother, Lucy, purchased a rooming house - the Rochester Hotel. But it didn't last long. The children missed the ranch, even with the work involved.

"We had a big herd of milk cows, range cattle, riding horses, besides teams of work horses, hogs and all kids of poultry," Decker wrote in a letter about her life, "raised hay, grain, which we threshed and sold for flour - also feed for the animals. We had our own smokehouse for hams and sausage, raised our own garden produce which was canned and preserved."

Neighboring farmers, many of whom were family, helped each fall to harvest and thresh the grain.

"We purchased a second ranch, called the 'Hall' place where we raised great amounts of grain, and also used it for pasture. This was on the lower Stolsteimer."

Decker said her father generally went to work at 4 a.m. and remained in the fields until 9 or 10 at night, working by lantern light. And the girls worked too.

"We girls did all of the milking and ranching," Decker said. "We put up hay, helped harvest the grain, we threshed in the fall and then had the grain ground in Durango for winter flour."

Not to mention the canning and preserving.

"We canned all summer," Decker said, giving sauerkraut as one example. The cabbage was sliced and placed in a 10 gallon earthenware crock and salted. The crock was covered with a big plate and a rock and left in a warm place until the cabbage fermented.

"After it was ready, we canned it and ate it all winter," she said.

The water came from wells, or springs, depending on what it was used for, and had to be hauled to the house and barns each day. Rain water and snow were also used when handy.

In the winter, Decker said, "We never shoveled snow, we just packed it down. We walked on top of the snow and made our own trails."

They also made their own fun for the most part. Every once in a while when Harold Selby had the time to drive - a trip to the movies or a passing Chautauqua - was possible. Church was in the schoolhouse each Sunday.

"We kids liked to be on stage," Decker said. "We built our own stage in a woodhouse with curtains and everything. We'd get together and be in movies and we played school a lot. I liked to be the teacher."

Sunday dinners almost always meant fried chicken, angel food cake, ice cream, "and of course all kinds of vegetables."

The ice cream was hand-cranked, of course, using ice sawed out of the frozen river the winter before and stored in an ice house covered in sawdust in the heat of the summer.

"You put the ice in a gunnysack and you took an axe and beat the gunnysack until it was about like corn."

The ice cream ingredients were packed in with layers of ice and salt, "and then you turned it and turned it until you couldn't turn the crank anymore and then it was ice cream," Decker said.

When her older brother and sisters were ready for high school, the Selbys bought a house in town. Lucy Lee and the children spent their weekdays there and their weekends on the ranch.

"They never got to go to school much," Decker said, "but they wanted their children to get an education."

Then tragedy struck. On one of the weekdays when the children were in town, and everyone else was out irrigating in the fields, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. They lost everything, except an upright piano.

"One of the neighbors passing by saw the house burning and instead of getting out the things we could use, they went in and got the piano," she said. "I still have it."

Once a new house was constructed, the whole family moved again - this time to a ranch about two miles east of Pagosa Springs - selling the old ranch back to Noble Snow. Two miles was close enough for the children to walk to school.

And walking to school is where Virginia would meet her future husband, Paul Decker, who lived on a neighboring ranch. She was in eighth grade. He was in seventh.

"We walked to school together, went to plays off and on and eventually got married," she said. That was in 1936.

Virginia graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1932. Because of the Depression, there wasn't the money to send her to college to be a teacher, so she stayed home and helped on the ranch. In fact, she was married in the Selby home and honeymooned in Durango at the Rochester Hotel - the same place her parents had once owned.

The young couple continued to help out on the family ranches for a while and then decided to strike out on their own. Paul took a job with Archuleta County Road and Bridge and went to work on the road over Wolf Creek Pass. After one season, he was able to secure a one-room cabin on the pass and Virginia joined him.

"While he was gone plowing snow, I was crocheting and looking out the window, waiting until he came home at meal times. That was about the only time I saw him." That and the few days off he got when they would make the run to Pagosa Springs.

To help, Virginia would go assist another woman with the cooking, and sometimes that meant cooking for some unexpected guests.

"A lot of times people got caught on the pass and couldn't go up or down," Decker said. "They've have to come to the camp and people would sleep where ever they could, on floors, on couches until they could get out again."

Eventually, the Deckers moved their little one-room house back to the ranch, and, in 1939, when Virginia was expecting their first child, built their own home, the same one she still lives in although it's seen more than one addition.

The Decker's daughter, Judith (Decker) James, was born on the ranch and weighed in at a whopping nine and a half pounds.

"I remember thinking, 'How can there be so many people in the world when it's so hard?' after that," Virginia said. Their son, Ronald Warren Decker, was born on March 22, 1942, at home.

Virginia said her water broke about 9 a.m. with her son. She immediately called the doctor who told her to get up and walk all around the house. Minutes later, the doctor, who Virginia said was "marvelous," called back.

"He told me, 'Go to bed and don't breathe,'" she said. The doctor, apparently, had to go deliver another baby in Lumberton and didn't get back to Pagosa Springs until 9 p.m. that night. Decker was doing exactly what he told her to do. Ronald was born at 9:30.

Eventually, the family got out of ranching - sort of. The Selby Ranch sold to the Lavertys and the Decker Ranch sold to the Formwalts except for the acre where Virginia still lives and paints and gardens. In the early 1950s, the Deckers got into the feed supply business, eventually owning and operating the San Juan Supply for 39 years before Paul's death in the 1980s.

In all that time, even without the milking and the ranching, Virginia managed to stay busy. The list of her involvements takes almost a full page longhand in a notebook.

In her spare time, she was one of the founders of Head Start which, at that time, operated out of the Parish Hall; helped start the Home Nursing Visitation program and Well Baby Clinic; served as Room Mother and a leader for a troop of Brownies; taught Sunday school; was a band mother; participated in metal scrap drives and sewing efforts during World War II; belonged to the school's Parent Teacher Association; taught school as a substitute for grades one through 12; and was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi. Of course, she was also a member of the Civic Club, the Cow Belles and the Archuleta County Grain Board at one time or another.

And then there was the San Juan Historical Museum. She served as the board treasurer for 15 years.

"When we first started getting together I think we had $7," she said. Finding a suitable building was the first priority and quite a challenge. Eventually, Virginia, her husband, Worthe Crouse and a few other volunteers took a apart a Job Corps building brick by brick and block by block and moved it to a site at 1st and Pagosa streets where it still houses the museum collection today.

Decker's hobbies included: sewing, gardening., crocheting, painting, cooking and talking to her grandchildren on the phone.

It's been a busy 90 years, and perhaps that's her secret, but Virginia isn't the only one of her clan celebrating special birthdays. Her youngest sister turned 80 earlier this summer. And just recently, she received an invitation to her brother's 100th birthday in California next month.

Still, she said, she doesn't know why she's lived so long.

"I ask myself that question a lot," she said, although she gave some of the credit to family. And some to keeping busy, which she does even though she's given up driving.

"I still do all my own housework and take care of myself," she said. She doesn't like to ask for help. She still wants to "cobble" things together as her brother used to tease her. Still paints and gets out whenever she can.

"One thing that keeps you young is keeping up with your children and little children," she said. In fact, in the corner by the front door is a whole pile of toys just waiting to be explored by little hands.

As far as the changes she's seen in 90 years, there's the obvious. Running water. Plumbing. Electricity. The first rotary plow on Wolf Creek to push the snow off the edge instead of piling it on the road. An incredible increase in traffic and speed which is one of the things that keeps her from driving. And, she said, a loss of freedom.

"We used to be free," she said. "We used to go where we wanted to and there were no restrictions. You could travel the whole country, go up in the hills, wherever you wanted to and there were no 'Keep Out' signs, or 'No trespassing,' signs. If you wanted a load of sand you just went down to the river and got it. This was ours. This country was ours and it belonged to us. We could do and go and now there are too many stipulations and no nos." Altogether too much change.

Decker has asked for a small party this year. Nothing big. Just family, and dinner. Maybe even some ice cream. Just the way she likes it.


Pagosa's Past


A look at settlement of Abiquiu

the gateway to Pagosa Country

By John M. Motter

SUN Columnist

 Last week we mentioned Abiquiu as a wonderful place to visit for anyone interested in Southwest and Pagosa Country history. It might be well to include a short survey of Abiquiu history.

Many of the first Pagosa Country explorers came through Abiquiu on their journeys to southwestern Colorado, Utah, the northern Rocky Mountain trapping areas and even California.

Where in the world is Abiquiu and when did it get started?

Abiquiu is on U.S. 84 about 23 miles north of Española, the cradle of Hispanic settlement in New Mexico. Española is located at the junction of the Chama and Rio Grande rivers. From earliest settlement times, explorers, traders, and trappers bound for the San Juans followed the Chama River Valley north.

As we mentioned, the first Hispanic settlements, before Santa Fe and Albuquerque, were in the vicinity of the San Juan Pueblo, still located in Española. The beginning date for the settlements, founded by Juan de Oñate, was 1598. Before there was Española, there was a cluster of small villages with names like San Gabriel, Santa Cruz, San José, Hernandez, Chamita, Chili, Chimayo, Alcalde and others. If you make the effort, you can still find the old places in and around what has become the Española metroplex.

The settlements started in 1598 were wiped out by a 1680 revolt involving most of the Pueblo Indians and maybe Utes and Apaches as well. All Hispanics were driven from New Mexico at that time. Successful resettlement in New Mexico was accomplished in 1692 by Don Diego de Vargas.

Prior to 1750, several attempts had been made to settle along the lower Chama River Valley, each attempt thwarted by raiding Utes, Comanches, and Navajos. In 1750, settlement was again attempted, this time at La Puente. Almost every Hispanic in Pagosa Country can trace ancestry not only to the 1850 settlers, but to the 1692 companions of de Vargas. It might be well to discuss the nature of these first settlers, particularly in the Abiquiu area.

To settle Abiquiu, New Mexico Governor Vélez Cachupín used 34 Genízaro families. Abiquiu thus became the location of a social experiment unique in New Mexico, promoting formal cultural change for persons born into hunting-gathering societies. To understand, we need to know about Genízaros.

According to Frances Leon Quintana in her book "Pobladores," Genízaros were "detribalized Christian Indians living under control of colonial authorities. The term primarily applied to Indians of various tribes not native to New Mexico who were ransomed from captivity among the nomadic tribes and placed as servants in settler households. In practice, some Genízaros were Pueblo Indians who had been expelled from the home village for marrying a non-Pueblo or for being overly adaptive to Hispanic culture. They asked for and received rights on Genízaro grants."

Likely to be Genízaros were former members of various tribes including Comanches, Kiowas, Apaches, Pawnees, Otos and others who had been captured during childhood by other Indians and sold to settlers to serve out the cost of their ransom. At the insistence of missionaries, these captives had been baptized and given rudimentary instruction in the Catholic faith. By the mid-eighteenth century, many Genízaros were grown, married and restless for an independent life of their own.

Fray Miguel de Menchero described Genízaro settlements he saw south of Albuquerque in 1744 in the following words:

"The Indians are of the various nations that have been taken captive by the Comanche Apaches (?), a nation so bellicose and so brave that it dominates all of the interior territory. They sell people of all nations to the Spaniards of the kingdom, by whom they are held in servitude, the adults being instructed by the Fathers and the children baptized."

The above quote is also from Quintana. It should also be noted that Genízaros often took on the names of their owners, ultimately gained freedom, and often eventually occupied positions equal to their Hispanic neighbors.

More next week on the settlement of Abiquiu, a gateway to Pagosa Country.




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Patchy clouds, mild temps in weekend forecast

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

When do two days equal one month in Pagosa Country?

When you get September rainfall measurements in a 48-hour span that exceed the entire rain total for the month of August.

Such was the case for much of southwest Colorado over Labor Day weekend as a low-pressure system crept across the Four Corners region between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Heavy rains fell throughout most of Friday night and nearly all day Saturday as high temperatures struggled to hit 50.

By the time clouds cleared Saturday night, 1.38 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Pagosa Springs, pushing flows in the San Juan River to 600 cubic feet per second.

In comparison, August rainfall totals amounted to only 1.12 inches, well shy of the month's historical average of about 2.73 inches.

But rain wasn't the only form of precipitation easily measured by Sunday morning.

Intermittent snow showers were the norm at elevations above 9,000 feet, and weekend measurements ranged anywhere from 1-16 inches across the San Juan Mountains.

However, the latest forecasts for the region indicate an encore of wet weather is not likely this weekend.

According to weather reports provided by the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction, conditions today should remain partly cloudy and cool, with highs in the 70s and lows around 40.

The forecast for Friday calls for occasional clouds, highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 40s.

Saturday and Sunday call for patchy clouds, a 30-percent chance for light rain showers, highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 30s.

Monday's forecast includes a 10-percent chance for afternoon showers, highs in the 75-85 range and lows in the 40s.

A 20-percent chance for rain is included in the forecasts for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with highs predicted around 70 and lows in the upper 30s.

The average high temperature recorded last week in Pagosa Springs was 68 degrees. The average low was 39. Moisture totals for the week amounted to 1.38 inches.

The Pagosa Ranger District rates the area fire danger as "moderate."

For updates on current fire danger and federal fire restrictions, call the Pagosa Ranger District office at 264-2268.

San Juan River flow through town ranged from an average of about 20 cubic feet per second to a high of approximately 600 cubic feet per second last week.

The river's historic median flow for the week of Sept. 9 is roughly 90 cubic feet per second.

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