August 18, 2005

Front Page

Trujillo Heights project means homes for 415

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

A public hearing for a 52-acre development on Trujillo Road will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

If the project goes through as planned, town planner Tamra Allen said, it could potentially double the neighborhood populations of south Pagosa.

In an anticipated impact report by Davis Engineering, a 10-year projection estimates the development will increase the volume of cars on Trujillo Road by more than 2,000 cars per day. The current traffic volume for Trujillo road is 1,000 cars per day.

Under the proposal, 52 acres of the Pagosa Springs South Addition, which was annexed by the town in 1981, will be subdivided with the development of 134 single-family homes, 34 duplexes, and six apartments planned. With typical averages of 2.5 people per single family home, and 2 people per duplex or apartment, this translates to housing for approximately 415 people.

The property is located near the bend where Trujillo road turns south, directly west of the high school. The property is currently being used for horse pasture.

The site includes an area of wetlands, of which 1.65 acres is planned as open space.

To be called Trujillo Heights, the development proposal comes from Trujillo Partners, LLC, which is a joint venture between two limited liability companies managed by Tracy Reynolds and Pat Alley respectively, according to Reynolds. Reynolds said the property was purchased 6-8 weeks ago.

After the public hearing for the development, the Town Planning Commission will provide an approval or denial recommendation.

The Town Council will review the commission's recommendation at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 6.


Four area burglaries appear work of one

By Sarah Smith

SUN Intern

A string of burglaries that hit Pagosa Country earlier this week was most likely connected, according to officials.

Detective Scott Maxwell, Pagosa Springs Police Department, said the four burglaries were probably commited by the same suspect. He also said all the burglaries were commited sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Four different buildings were burgled; two under county jurisdiction, and two under municipal.

The Pagosa Springs Police Department received the first report Monday around 6:20 a.m. that the Coldwell Banker building, 2383 W. U.S. 160, had been broken into. Officer Tony Kop responded. The perpetrator reportedly entered the building and broke into the safe, stealing an undisclosed amount of money.

Officer Kop then responded to the The Mud Shaver Car Wash, 950 Rosita Street, at 8:55 a.m. An undisclosed amount of cash was reportedly taken from a change machine.

The two burglaries under county jurisdiction were also reported Monday morning. Deputy Tony Bybee responded to the calls.

Bybee responded to the Dental Hygiene Clinic, 68 Bastille Drive, at 7:05 a.m. The suspect alledgedly broke in through the door, creating about $600 worth of damage. Five dollars worth of gel applicator tips were taken from the building.

Sandy's Car Wash, 67 Navajo Trail, reported the door was pried open. Deputy Bybee responded at 8 a.m., but at the moment, the Sheriff's Department is unaware of any loss.

The Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department are working "hand in glove" to find the perpetrator, according to Lieutenant Eugene Reilly of theSheriff's Department. The case is still under investigation.


Long-delayed school support building faces

old woes, spiraling cost

By Sarah Smith

SUN Intern

After opening the bids for the construction of the new maintenance and transportation facility nearly one year ago, construction is still delayed.

In a presentation Tuesday during the meeting of the board of education for Archuleta School District 50 Joint, the district's maintenance director Steve Walston cited some reasons for the delays, including faulty soil analyses and an unstable civil design plan.

Walston said construction can not begin until they have "stable soil results and a static unchanging civil design."

When the bids were opened Aug. 19, 2004, Jaynes Corporation was the lowest bidder with an estimated price of $1,577,893.

The board then decided to put the project on hold and investigate other options. Since the delays, the original bid price has gone up, due to inflation of construction materials and gasoline.

Jaynes Corporation is currently working to resubmit the bid figures to reflect today's construction prices.

Superintendent Duane Noggle asked for the board's authorization to continue what he called "delicate negotiations" with Jaynes Corporation, and eventually enter into contract with Jaynes Corporation "if reasonable."

Director Mike Haynes, board president, was sympathetic to the inflation.

"With my business I understand, and Jon (Forrest), too, as builders, we know that many prices have gone up in the past year," Haynes said.

Even so, Haynes was hesitant to enter into contract until a "reasonable" price is defined more clearly.

Business Manager Nancy Schutz stated that although there is no firm number yet, the figure they are working with is still within the budget allocated for the new facility.

Board members agreed that reopening bidding would do no good, since all bids, including the one from Jaynes, would come back much higher.

One board member likened reopening the bids to "shooting ourselves in the foot."

Vice president Clifford Lucero said he thought continuing negotiation with Jaynes would be the best course of action.

Noggle reaffirmed that Jaynes is willing to work with them to make sure the price hike would not be too steep. "It's called trust," he said.

In the end, the motion was passed, and negotiations with the Jaynes Corporation will continue.

Walston said they're still uncertain as to when construction on the MaT building will commence.

Petrox thwarted in gas compressor

site plan for HDs

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

The Archuleta County Planning Commission has thwarted initial efforts by the energy company Petrox Resources Inc. to install a natural gas compressor facility in Archuleta County.

The facility, if ultimately approved, would be about six miles southwest of the intersection of U.S. 160 and Colo. 151 and near the base of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.

The decision came Aug. 10 following presentations by Archuleta County Senior Planner Ross Easterling and Brad Kaski, a representative and spokesperson for Petrox. Included in the discussion was a forum for public comments.

Easterling said the current Petrox proposal failed to fully address fundamental county concerns such as visual impacts, noise impacts, the presence of hazardous chemicals, fire hazards and potential impacts to Stollsteimer Creek which lies 600 feet from the site.

Easterling expressed particular concern about two facets of the proposal, the first being the presence of triethylene glycol at the site. He stated the chemical is a highly combustible ether that if leaked or spilled could pose serious threats to fire personnel, nearby residents and the Stollsteimer fishery. He said inhalation of the chemical could cause chemical pneumonia and added that the project's fire prevention plan did not discuss the presence or hazards of the chemical in a fire situation nor did the project application address spill prevention measures.

Triethylene glycol is used as drying agent to remove water from the natural gas before it is compressed and put into the pipeline system.

Easterling's second chief area of concern was the potential for noise pollution generated by the site. As proposed, the compression facility would run five compressors powered by internal combustion engines, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Neither Easterling nor Kaski had estimates on the decibel level produced by compression equipment at such a facility.

Kaski said a building would be constructed to enclose the compressors, but that he could not comment on the noise level because, "We don't have specific equipment for the site yet."

Easterling said although the current Petrox proposal does discuss a building to house the equipment, the plan does not address building insulation or other noise suppression measures.

Speaking to the commission, Easterling said, "The applicant really doesn't address any of these issues. I'm not sure how we are going to get the compliance we need."

Kaski expressed confidence in the project and said the facility would meet all the necessary requirements, including Archuleta County Land Use Regulations and those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He said he is not concerned about triethylene glycol spills and added that area fire departments would be notified of the presence of the chemical at the site. To mitigate the visual impacts of the facility, Kaski said the site would be fenced and camouflaged to match the surrounding landscape but made no mention of a noise suppression plan.

Nearby landowners urged the commission to consider the ramifications of approving such a site in what they said is a biologically and culturally important area.

"This is an industrial site in a culturally, agriculturally, environmentally and biologically important area," said Larry Garcia, who owns property about a half mile from the proposed site.

Garcia said the area provides important habitat for deer, elk, bald eagles and golden eagles and that the project threatens Stollsteimer Creek, a fishery Garcia said he has been working vigorously to restore.

Garcia said the compressor site is just one part of a much greater plan for energy development in Archuleta County and the HD Mountains.

Garcia is chair of the county's planning commission, but recused himself from the debate to speak against the proposal as a private citizen and concerned landowner.

Landowner Larry Vaughn also spoke against the project. He said his property is adjacent to the proposed site and that he would be seriously affected by noise generated at the compressor station. He said he is concerned about the project's impact on nearby wildlife habitat and said the area is an important migration corridor for deer and elk and a vital habitat for many species of birds.

Garcia urged the planning commission to consult the Forest Service prior to approving the project.

After hearing the presentations, commissioner Bob Huff asked, "Why is this important; why do we have to have this in the county; who does it benefit?"

Huff also speculated on Petrox's selection of the site and questioned whether the company had researched multiple locations or simply chose the cheapest and most convenient location.

"I've got a funny feeling this is the cheapest site," Huff said.

Commissioner Ron Chacey agreed with Huff and said, "I find it incomprehensible that there is only one site." Chacey asked the commission to consider having the applicant provide alternate site locations for the project.

Blair Leist, director of county development, urged caution, "This is a new facility this county has not faced before."

Chacey concurred, "I don't feel comfortable being pushed on this."

With the concerns stated and following guidance from the county's legal counsel, the planning commission voted to table the proposal for roughly 30 days, thereby giving the applicant time to produce a more thorough plan that addresses the planning commission's concerns, including alternate site locations, noise mitigation plans and further exploration of potential environmental impacts.

"This places the onus on the applicant to give us much more thorough information," Huff said.

The proposal will be heard again during the planning commission's September meeting.

Petrox Resources Inc. is one of three energy companies involved in energy development in the roadless areas of the HD Mountains in Archuleta and La Plata counties.


Two named suspects, jailed in theft spree

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

Following a collaborative investigation involving the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department and the Pagosa Springs Police Department, Jason Snow, 19, was arrested Aug. 11 for his alleged role in a series of burglaries that took place the night of Aug. 7. A second suspect, Abel Lister, of Pagosa Springs was arrested on a charge of probation violation.

Two of the burglaries were in the county and two were in town. The businesses targeted were the Coldwell Banker office on U.S. 160, a dental hygiene clinic on Bastille Drive and two car washes - one on Rosita Street in downtown Pagosa Springs, the other on Navajo Trail Drive in the county. Detective Scott Maxwell of the police department said, "We haven't seen a string of burglaries like that for a while."

Snow is charged with seven felony offenses, ranging from money laundering, a class 3 offense, to conspiracy, a class 6 offense - and including three counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, and a count of possession of burglary tools.

The money laundering charge relates to an offender knowingly or intentionally transferring anything of value for the purpose of committing a drug offense. In this case, methamphetamine is suspected, according to Maxwell.

Video surveillance cameras at one of the car washes helped identify the suspects, said Lt. T.J. Fitzwater of the sheriff's department. He said town police officer Tony Kop picked up Lister on the probation violation charge. Lister later confessed to Maxwell and Fitzwater that he assisted Snow in the burglaries.

The two agencies share an interconnected computer system with the "Sleuth" program, which allows instantaneous sharing of information. When the burglaries occurred, the two departments were able to connect the burglaries and know the chances were good the same offender was involved, said Fitzwater.

Maxwell said, "We're able to work really well with the county and we're always happy to have their assistance. That's how we get a lot of these things solved." He also added that security measures at some of the businesses had minimized loss from damage and helped apprehend the suspects.

Snow is currently in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, and is set for advisement in Archuleta County Court today.


County home rule backers retreat; table ballot initiative until 2006

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

A committee advocating home rule government in Archuleta County announced it will postpone efforts at pushing the home rule initiative to ballot until the 2006 election season.

In earlier discussions and presentations, members of the group said they had hoped to bring the initiative to ballot this November, but in a press release dated Aug. 16 the group stated that, although they believe the concept of a home rule county government enjoys broad support, the initiative would be best pursued during the 2006 election season.

Educating the public on the concept and potential benefits of a county home rule government has been one of the group's greatest challenges, and the press release says the upcoming months will be used for a more extensive education campaign, including additional public forums and the distribution of literature.

Home rule county government is permitted by state statute and allows for citizens to draft a home rule charter that would make structural changes to the county government.

"The committee believes that the adoption of a home rule charter in Archuleta County would result in greater efficiencies in the operation of county government, while enabling county officials to focus more directly on the particular need and circumstances of our county," the press release states.

One restructuring model the group has advocated is the reorganization of the county government based on a corporate model, with a clear chain of command and a strong county manager as a point person with the county commissioners acting as a board of directors.

Among the issues a home rule charter could tackle are: designating which officials are hired and which officials are elected, the number of commissioners who would best represent the county and determining salaries of both elected and appointed officials.

The release was from Ben Douglas and Bob Moomaw.


Trujillo Heights plans draw packed house

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

Concerned local residents packed the town council chambers during Tuesday's planning commission meeting to voice their concerns on a subdivision proposal slated for a development in south Pagosa Springs.

The proposed development, called Trujillo Heights, lies on a 52-acre parcel near the bend where Trujillo Road turns south, directly west of the high school.

The project, as presented by Tracy Reynolds of the architectural firm of Reynolds Knight Anderson Architecture Engineering, would include 165 residential lots on the site, 130 of which would be used for single family units, 34 lots would be used for duplexes and one lot for a six to eight plex unit.

The project proposal came from Trujillo Heights LLC, a joint venture between two limited liability companies managed by Tracy Reynolds and Pat Alley, respectively.

As proposed, Reynolds said the development would add 543 people to the town of Pagosa Springs and he admitted the project is not without impacts to roads, the sewer system and wetlands, but said they are fully prepared to deal with the challenges.

Reynolds said the town's impact fees on development will help mitigate some of the costs and that the developers will, "do whatever we need to do to meet traffic concerns."

Reynolds explained the project is designed as a "family friendly" project to be built in an architectural style that would complement the town.

He said 10 percent of the homes in the subdivision would be deed-restricted to meet affordable housing guidelines. Affordable housing in Reynold's current proposal is calculated at about $200,000.

Ben Witting said, "I don't know anyone in south Pagosa that can buy a $200,000 house. I'd like to see a lot more than 10 percent dedicated to affordable housing."

Nearby resident Ron Maez cautioned Reynolds on attempting to build in an area with substantial wetlands and large amounts of sandstone.

"That's throwing good money after bad, messing with that rock," Maez said. Maez also argued the proposal is too dense for such an area and expressed concern over maintenance and safety issues on Trujillo Road.

According to the plan, Trujillo Road will provide principal access to the subdivision.

Elizabeth Martinez said the plan looks overcrowded for the parcel size and said it could put undue pressure on the sewer system and roads. She suggested the developer consider three-acre lots.

Martinez said when people move to the area, "Their dream isn't to come from the suburbs of Los Angeles to the suburbs of Pagosa."

Many in the audience echoed Martinez and advocated more open space and less density.

Todd Shelton spoke in favor of the project and said, "You could do a lot worse with this site. We're dealing with a developer that we know, we know his product and his quality."

In closing comments, planning commission chair Tracy Bunning said, "This is a sketch plan review. This is not necessarily what you'll see in the final equation. Rest assured this is not the end of it. There will be many more meetings to attend."

With that, the sketch plan for Trujillo Heights was approved in a unanimous decision.


 Inside The Sun

'Heat is on' patrols begin 6 p.m. Friday

A national crackdown on impaired drivers starts on Friday night and continues through the Labor Day weekend, reports the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

In Colorado "The Heat Is On," as the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and 60 police and sheriff's departments receiving DUI enforcement grants from CDOT will participate with stepped-up enforcement across the state.

"Historically, alcohol-related traffic deaths are highest in the summer months in Colorado and last year half of the Labor Day weekend traffic deaths involved alcohol," said Tom Norton, CDOT's executive director. "With more people expected to be on our highways, enjoying the last weeks of summer vacations and the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers will be working overtime DUI enforcement statewide."

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, through midnight on Monday, Sept. 5, law enforcement agencies will conduct increased DUI patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to take intoxicated drivers off the road.

This is the third national DUI enforcement effort during summer. In 2003, a similar enforcement period around the July Fourth weekend resulted in 1,059 DUI arrests in Colorado. Last year, the national DUI enforcement period took place around the Labor Day weekend and Colorado law enforcement agencies made 1,188 DUI arrests.

"Law enforcement agencies have been working together since Memorial Day weekend to increase DUI enforcement and protect citizens from this deadly crime," said Col. Mark Trostel, Chief of the CSP. "If you drive impaired, law enforcement officers will be out in full force to make arrests. We encourage anyone planning on drinking alcohol to use designated drivers or other safe, sober transportation."

The CSP and 34 grant agencies have filed their enforcement plans with CDOT as of today. The plans include 32 sobriety checkpoints over the next three weekends. The following agencies will conduct roving and traditional sobriety checkpoints. During roving checkpoints, agencies set up sobriety checkpoints at multiple locations during one night

A roving checkpoint will take place Aug. 21, conducted by the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office and Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Enforcement plans also show that 25 agencies plan 19 saturation patrols and 18 increased patrols. The CSP will conduct saturation patrols statewide and assist local agencies with their DUI enforcement operations.

Since Memorial Day weekend, the CSP and CDOT's grant agencies have participated in "DUI Checkpoint Colorado." According to preliminary reports, 12,180 motorists were stopped at 103 sobriety checkpoints. Officers made 181 DUI arrests and found the following other violations:

- Suspended licenses - 46

- Drugs - 7

- Outstanding warrants - 4

- Child abuse - 4

- Weapons - 1

- Other violations - 9

DUI Checkpoint Colorado is in its third year. In 2003, the program conducted 89 sobriety checkpoints and, in 2004, agencies conducted 102 sobriety checkpoints. Prior to DUI Checkpoint Colorado, 1999 saw the highest number of sobriety checkpoints, with 19 in the state.

During the 2004 Labor Day weekend, eight people lost their lives in traffic crashes on Colorado highways. Four of the eight deaths were alcohol-related. Seven of the victims were drivers and passengers, and six did not use seat belts. One victim was a motorcyclist without a helmet. The fatalities occurred in Chaffee, Denver, Lincoln, Pueblo, Rio Grande, San Miguel, Washington and Weld counties.

In the last 26 years, the Labor Day weekend in 2003 was the only one where none of the traffic deaths involved alcohol. The worst Labor Day weekend in Colorado was 1977. There were 18 crashes resulting in 24 fatalities. Eleven of the 18 crashes (61 percent) involved alcohol.

Radio spots paid for with federal highway safety funds have been running in Colorado to remind drivers, especially young men ages 18 to 34, that DUI checkpoints and enforcement have increased this summer.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report, more than 1.4 million people nationwide were arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence. In Colorado in 2003, 31,077 people were arrested for impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 14,600 people died in traffic crashes in 2003 involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BOC) of .08 or higher.


Yard, bake sale set by auxiliary

American Legion Auxiliary Post 108 is planning a yard and bake sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at the post building on Hermosa Street, next to Town Park.

Donations will be received from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Pregnancy center gets site gift; fund planning starts

Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center recently received an anonymous gift of three lots located at 8th and Apache streets in downtown Pagosa Springs, according to Dennis Yerton, center board member.

The center has a conditional use variance request and has begun a capital improvement project for a new building, said Yerton.

The group will hold its annual banquet Oct. 7 to raise funds for the new building.

The Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center offers pregnancy and post-abortion counseling and materials assistance to women of all ages.


Lake Forest trail plan tabled for new grant bid

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

George Easterly led a group of Lake Forest residents to a meeting of the board of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Thursday demanding something to show for the Fairfield settlement funds set aside for Lake Forest.

His appearance before the board of directors came after an association bid for a Colorado GoCo Grant for a trail project was turned down. The funds from the settlement were to be seed money for the grant.

To set it in perspective, two years or more ago there were confirmed reports of surveying errors in Lake Forest. Some residents wanted the money used to correct those errors, but when the errors were determined to be relatively minor (mostly in inches) the subdivision delegation decided instead it would like the funds used for building a trail along Lake Forest Circle to the point where North Pagosa Boulevard begins.

Still, the board of directors decided to seek bids this year for a matter of comparison. The lowest bid, for a gravel trail, exceeded available funding by about $80,000. For a paved trail, the difference was closer to $100,000.

Still, Esterly demanded Thursday, "We want something done."

Director David Bohl, board president, asked, "Why start and end nowhere? Why not again use the funding for seed money for a GoCo grant? We were only two spots away from success this year."

Esterly was not satisfied, but that was the apparent action awaiting after the meeting.

In other action the board:

- Agreed, after counsel's review, that a home planned in Twin Creek Village is not a prefabricated home and therefore not in violation of the amended declarations of the subdivision. Apparently, exterior walls only are prefabricated, not the entire structure. Everything else is stick built.

- Adopted and agreed to send a letter of endorsement supporting a letter submitted to county commissioners by the newly formed Committee for Better Roads.

- Heard Walt Lukasik, general manager, report he still has not received a final report from Postmaster Jim Fait regarding the final number of 16-unit cluster boxes Pagosa Lakes neighborhoods will receive. Lukasik told the board he had received an "emergency" call asking for an immediate decision on 300 clusters. "We're still waiting to find out how many, when and where they will go," he told the board.

- Learned the sheriff's department animal control for the month of July shows 16 reports taken, 10 dogs impounded, 1 cruelty case, eight dogs returned to owners, 10 verbal warnings issued, two written warnings given, 65 miscellaneous citizen contacts, four summons issued and 64 calls from central dispatch to animal control officer for service.


Children's Chorales will meet directors

The Pagosa Springs Children's Chorales are now being formed and will begin regular rehearsals in September.

Sue Anderson will direct the new Youth Chorale, made up of girls ages 12 to 16, and Rada Neal will direct the foundational Children's Chorale of boys and girls ages 6 to 12.

In addition to vocal performance skills, music reading and interpretation and some choreography will be taught by these experienced music educators.

To schedule an appointment to meet the directors Saturday, Aug. 20, call 264-0244. More specific information will be shared with parents while children meet the directors.


Recall petition effort denied by county clerk

James Robinson

Staff Writer

A petition to recall Archuleta County Commissioner Robin Schiro failed to meet approval by the Archuleta County Clerk's office following a dispute over the validity of the three sponsoring signatories.

The petition arrived in the clerk's office last Friday and, after initial review, was approved by Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid Monday.

Madrid said approval of the petition was revoked Tuesday following a conversation with one of the listed, sponsoring signatories, Kathleen Grams.

In the conversation, Madrid said, Grams stated her name was added as a sponsoring signatory without her knowledge or approval. With that testimony, Madrid said approval of the petition was pulled.

For a recall petition to move forward, clerk's office staff said state statute requires that three individuals must be listed and verified as sponsors and representatives of the petition.

On Tuesday, Madrid said no further application for petition had been brought forth, and, at press time, this remained the case.


Three jailed for Lake Pagosa Park meth lab links

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

Three people have been arrested in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab located in Lake Pagosa Park.

Remnants of a meth lab in a residence on Radiant Court in the Lake Pagosa Park Subdivision were discovered Aug. 3, and the arrests of John Frost, 26, and William Roeder, 21, were made the following day, said Sgt. Bob Brammer of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department.

Ken Jones, 53, previously owned the residence, according to Lt. T.J. Fitzwater of the sheriff's department. Jones was already in custody and was then charged due to his alleged connection to the lab, said Brammer, who noted the suspects are in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

The arrests were made after concerned citizens in the neighborhood identified suspicious activity and notified the sheriff's department.

"Kudos to them," said Brammer. "None of this could have been possible without the care and vigilance of citizens who care about our community."

Based on the descriptions given by the citizens, Lt. Eugene Reilly, Detective George Daniels made the arrests.

There is a Crime Stopper reward pending for the citizens who provided the information.


Presidential campaign helps 'average Joe' discuss his ideas

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

He made bids with negligible results for president in 2000 and 2004, but Joe Schriner is still on the campaign trail.

He admits he probably wouldn't draw too many votes in Archuleta County with some of his platform positions.

But, billing himself as "Your Average Joe," he's still on the trail and has declared for 2008.

He and his family have traveled 75,000 miles and camped "just about everywhere" in the last seven years.


Conviction they are right.

"My wife and I are vitally concerned about our country, but about more ... how it and its people respond to the poor and dying of the world," he said in a Tuesday interview at The SUN.

A native Ohioan and former journalist on several small daily newspapers, Schriner said there are many keys to their campaign: "Mounting pollution continually ignored by the administration; the proliferation of sex in the media; violence on our streets; and we're pro-life, which means we oppose interference with the fetus in the womb," were topics he reeled off.

The candidate said he put himself in this position, building a grassroots national organization one voter at a time, because "I stand in common sense, unfettered by big business or special interests, and see what's happening to this world.

"We feel it would be refreshing to have someone like that in Washington, D.C.," he said.

"And we're doing it as a write-in - no major party backing - building support all over the country. We believe we can get on the ballot in some states in the next election," he said.

He and his family - wife and three children - spend eight months a year on the campaign trail. "When we get home," he said, "I research, create and file position papers."

Isn't that hard of the kids?, he was asked.

"No, we're all together through everything. We interact and work together as a cohesive family unit. I work on the overall campaign four hours a day and the rest is set aside as focused family time," he said.

He said he and his supporters see a big problem in America today with the breakdown of nuclear family - "there's no time for interacting, exchanging feelings, learning meanings of life experiences."

When kids grow angry like they do in America today, he said, violence becomes the norm and society, while recognizing the problem on the surface, ignores the symptoms and the chances to progress by pushing the downed family even farther down.

"We need, in some ways, a return to the America of the past," he said. "Days when you had college students who cared about others, civic groups stumping on street corners, banners and flags, all small things that once drew our people together."

Noting people are angry about fuel costs in all sections of the nation, he said, "I'll probably make them even angrier.

"I believe," he said, "that global warming is a reality. I'd ask the public to do as much individually as possible to cut back on waste - walk, bike, swim - turn the heat knob down."

Schriner said he vigorously opposed Bush not signing the Kyoto protocols on global warning.

"Our response as a family was to create in our home Kyoto protocol zones," he said. " We cut the thermostat to 60 degrees, eliminated air conditioning, bicycled almost everywhere we went, used an old-fashioned blade lawn mower ... if people are opposed to something, they can show how to overcome it ... the grass roots can impact big government on its own."

It helps the environment, conserves questionable levels of energy, and puts people outside, meeting their neighbors, making friends, acting to improve mankind, he argued.

He believes we need to go back, also, to neighborhood and area dependency. Crops grown for barter, a farmer-merchant society reborn to help the needy help themselves.

Too many people today don't even know their neighbor next door, he said, let alone anyone knowing a widow two blocks away who needs help.

He calls the scooping up of American open lands today a cancer in the land. With the economic conditions seen almost nationwide, "if it isn't low income housing, it is the beginning of urban sprawl. More homes will be built by those who can't afford to live in them and a few will become wealthy off the efforts of many."

Part of the problem, he said, is opening our collective eyes and recognizing need, not just in our own land but in other nations ... places like Uganda where people are dying of AIDS while living in poverty, Many have no roof over their heads, no food and sleep on dirt floors.

"Think how you'd feel," he said.

The Third World nations are the targets for uprising and dismal failures, he said. They house the pestilence that can eliminate entire races, greed which keeps supplies from reaching them - and world seemingly blind to their travail ... it's over there, people say ... and then three people in a flophouse on the waterfront of a major American city come down with a debilitating disease.

"Who didn't act fast enough?" is the question for all. "What if we'd set a different lifestyle? If we stopped making frivolous purchases? What if we actually went there and showed we care?"

He said it is his vision, as a Catholic, that "religion in America is a national failure. There are no hard, impactful messages in support of the worlds' ailing. There may be aid through special services in some communities ... but entire tribes of people are falling to diseases we known how to control for years. Where is the progress in that?"

He said, "I'd ask the people of Pagosa Springs to consider forgoing some of their 'paradise' here in exchange for saving the lives of children in American and foreign urban areas who are dying from drugs, hunger and bullets."

Like he said, his "campaign will shake up some people but it may cause them to think of more than themselves, to work for mankind and not just man."

Schriner's Web site can be found at


Bipolar group will share aids to life quality

Come explore and share together what individuals with bipolar disorder have found effective for quality of life, medication, relationships and employment.

The group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month 6-7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 496 Florida Road, Durango. Call 385-4675 for additional information.

Sponsored by Southwest Center for Independence, helping individuals with disabilities achieve their maximum level of independence in all areas of life since 1990.


Auction for Animals lines up some premier items for you bidders

By Cristina Woodall

Special to The SUN

Join the community in supporting the homeless dogs and cats of Archuleta County.

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs' 11th annual Auction for the Animals is coming 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The festivities will be held at the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

Participate in a fun evening of socializing over gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine (with wine admission ticket) while perusing and placing your bids on the myriad of items both large and small.

A dramatic black-and-white horse portrait, "Watching," was donated to the auction by local veterinarian Dr. Kitzel Farrah. The beautiful mezzotint print was created by artist Christine L. Ford, Peralta, N.M.

Stop by the Humane Society Thrift Store to preview a unique collection of hand-crafted furniture, hand painted by artist Ilse Allen, formerly of Pagosa Springs.

The items to be auctioned off include a magnificent six-foot honey-pine dresser with nine drawers, decorative hardware and hand-painted edging. A dining table with matching bench and two chairs feature coordinating southwest designs and Indian motifs. Vibrant colors will catch your eye on an L-shaped computer desk with bench and computer stand. A handsome coffee table and four wooden porch rockers are also available for viewing now and will be sold at the auction.

In addition to lots of fine art, a hot-air balloon ride, jewelry, celebrity merchandise, books and music, three special getaway packages will be available for bidding.

The Durango Getaway includes a train ride for two on the scenic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a two-night stay at the historic General Palmer Hotel, and a selection of dinners at choice Durango restaurants.

Bid on the Pagosa Springs getaway for your chance at two-nights at the Coyote Hill Lodge located north on Piedra Road. Enjoy 235 acres of spectacular views, privacy, and quiet relaxation. The getaway package also includes two passes for a soothing soak at The Springs and dinners at fine local restaurants.

For those of you who want to travel a bit further out of town - how about Taos? At the auction you will have the opportunity to bid on a package that includes two nights at La Fonda de Taos, two nights of dinner-for-two at Joseph's Table, plus a welcome basket with pastries and a bottle of champagne.

The Auction for the Animals starts with the silent auction. Shortly after the close of the silent auction, the live auction begins! An exciting crew has been recruited to get the live auction bidding going.

Aristotle Karas is the auctioneer. Debbie McAlister will be hosting. And don't miss the entertaining antics of the spotters: Mark Crain, Mike Branch and John Porter.

Advance tickets are available at WolfTracks Bookstore and Café, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Moonlight Books and our Humane Society Thrift Store. Ticket prices will be $25 in advance/$30 at the door for wine and beer, including a commemorative wine glass or beer stein. Tickets without wine and beer tasting will be $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

For more information, call the Humane Society administration office at 264-5549. Don't miss the Auction for the Animals, the event of the year.


"An Elementary Adventure" for grade school parents

Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host a special evening Aug. 25 that will include free food, fun and games - but the purpose is serious.

That's because parents will be among the honored guests, along with their children, and the organizers want them to have the opportunity to learn more about what goes on in the elementary school. They also hope this event will encourage parents to volunteer throughout the school year.

Amid the fun and games, parents will have the opportunity to spend time with their children, teachers and administrators on this special back-to-school occasion, which takes place 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the elementary school and courtyard.

Called "An Elementary Adventure," the evening will include a scavenger hunt, door prizes and a school information fair. A free dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings will be served to everyone.

"Giving parents the opportunity to get to know people who have a shared interest in their child's education is a wonderful way to start the school year," said Ronnie Doctor, one of several mothers coordinating the event. "Even the games will have a purpose - to help parents learn more about the facilities and programs in the school."

For example, the scavenger hunt will take parents and their children throughout the school where they will view various areas such as the art, music and physical education rooms, including the new rock climbing wall. Prizes of gift certificates from restaurants and other local businesses will be awarded.

Another purpose of the event is to encourage parents to get more involved in the elementary school by volunteering in their child's classroom or by working with Partners in Education, the School Accountability Committee, the Book Fair or Book Swap, or other activities.

Please note that because of the very limited parking available at the elementary school, it will be reserved for staff and volunteers. Parents and their children are asked to park at the high school. They will be bused from there to the elementary school, with a guide on the bus providing helpful information along the way.


Thrill of school often dulled by lack of tools

By Liz Wantusiak

Department of Human Services

Imagine the first day of school.

It's a beautiful, sunny morning and you're out in the schoolyard running and playing. You get to see friends, some of whom you haven't seen all summer. You want to meet your new teacher. You hear she's really nice.

The bell rings ... time to head to home room. You get a lump in your throat, a knot in your stomach. Your parents are having another tough year. They just weren't able to buy all the supplies that you need for school. You know your friends will share. But, still, you wish you had your own pencils and folders and markers.

This is what the first day of school could be like for some Pagosa students.

As the Life Skills Worker at the Department of Human Services, I've seen first hand the struggle some families face. They save up a little each month, as they can, barring any unforeseen situations. Yet many times it's not enough to get all the kids the supplies they need. The book bags themselves can be quite expensive.

However, a local group is trying to change the above scenario.

Operation Helping Hand, a group of dedicated citizens, has been assisting those in need for more than fifteen years now. They are currently in the process of collecting donations of school supplies for area children. You can help OHH make someone's first day of school (and in fact the entire school year) a brighter one by contributing some supplies.

Below is a list of items being collected by Operation Helping Hand. It was compiled using supply lists provided by local schools. You can drop off your donations at the Pagosa SUN or Jackisch Drug Store, both located on Pagosa Street. Please consider the excitement and happiness you could bring to a child on the first day of school.


No. 2 pencils

8-count crayons

16-count crayons

24-count crayons

4 oz. bottles of glue

Small pointed scissors

12-count colored pencils

24-count colored pencils

Family-size box of Kleenex

Gallon-size zip lock bags

Quart-size zip lock bags

Supply box

Fiskars scissors

8-count markers

Large pink erasers

One-inch hard cover 3-ring binder

Pencil top erasers

Glue sticks

Loose leaf wide rule notebook paper

Loose leaf college rule notebook paper

Scientific calculator

Pencil pouch


7-subject dividers

Spiral notebooks

White out

Ruler with standard and metric scale

Erasable pens

Index cards

8-count classic, watercolor markers

Pocket portfolios, pockets on bottom

Red lead pencils

40-page spiral notebooks

Thin-tipped markers


Four dry erase markers

Basic calculator

Pad lock or combination lock

No. 3 pencils

Small pencil sharpener with shavings holder

Wide rule composition notebooks

Elmer's glue

Paper towels

Large scissors

Clear ruler with standard and metric scale

Medium size pencil box

Graph spiral notebooks

Pocket folders with brads

Small dixie cups

Small, rounded scissors

Those who wish to make monetary donations to the drive may send them to Operation Helping Hand, Wells Fargo Bank, account number 6240417424, or Bank of the San Juans, account number 20014379.


Builders' executive completes 5-day national seminar

Michelle Huck, of Pagosa springs, recently attended a five-day educational seminar in Big Sky, Mont., given by the National Association of Home Builders' Executive Officers Council.

The council's members consist of the staff executives who manage the 800-plus state and local home builders associations that comprise the National Association of Home Builders.

The annual seminar attracts more than 450 participants, including over 3,000 executive officers, state and local association staff and their guests. Attendees participate in over 70 educational programs exploring new methods, techniques, and technologies to be more productive, increase revenue, and enhance membership services at their association. The EOC Seminar is the premiere educational event for building association executives.

The Builders Association of Pagosa Springs represents more than 75 home builders and their associates in the housing industry throughout the Pagosa Springs area.

Huck has been with the local association for a year and a half. She has a background in bookkeeping and accounting. This was her first national seminar experience but has attended other state functions.

"It was a great experience to meet other executive officers across the country, I am looking forward to putting the education I learned into practice," said Huck. "Thank you for supporting the Builders Association of Pagosa Springs, you truly are what is great about working for the industry."


Cole, Goebel vie for LPEA District 1 seat

The 2005 Annual Meeting of the members of La Plata Electric Association, Inc. will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. at Pagosa Springs High School.

Registration will begin 9 a.m. with the business meeting at 10:30 a.m. A complimentary lunch will immediately follow the meeting.

The principle items of business will be the election of one director from each district and the presentation of LPEA finances and business goals.

The following candidates were nominated by petition for three year terms:

District No. 1:

Harry M. Cole

Richard W. Goebel

District No. 2:

Election cancelled due to only one nominee for the position. Davin Montoya, incumbent, is declared the winner.

District No. 3:

Vijay Bastawade

Jeffrey A. Berman

David L. Rice

District No. 4:

Election cancelled due to only one nominee for the position. Ed Zink, incumbent, is declared the winner.

Annual reports were included in the May 2005 issue of "Colorado Country Life," LPEA's monthly magazine. Copies will also be available at the annual meeting. Presentations by the LPEA chief executive officer and board president will update LPEA's financial condition through July 31, 2005.

District 1

Harry M. Cole

Harry M. Cole of 3025 County Road 988, Arboles, is the incumbent candidate from District 1. Cole was born in Dulce, N. M. and attended school in Pagosa Springs.

Cole operated his own grocery store in Pagosa Springs for 12 years, he was a Citizens State Bank vice president for eight years, and he worked as a bus driver for the Pagosa Springs School district. He is past master of the Pagosa Springs Masonic Lodge, an IOOF member and past president of the Pagosa Springs Lions Club.

Cole has served on the LPEA board 20 years and is a member of the System's Operation and Planning Committee and the Western Energy Services of Durango, Inc. Board of Directors.

"I hope to serve one final term," he said, "to ensure that the projects the board has put in place continue to benefit LPEA members."

Richard W. Goebel

Richard W. Goebel, of 107 Redwood Drive, Pagosa Springs, is a new candidate for District 1.

Richard was born in Denver, and holds bachelor's degrees in theology and human resource management. He is a retired railroad engineer.

He served on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado and was a participant in the 2005 Sustainable Resources Symposium at Adams State College. He is a Pagosa Springs parks and recreation youth baseball coach and vice-chair of the Archuleta County Democratic Central Committee.

Goebel received the Archuleta School District Outstanding Volunteer recognition in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also was recognized for Outstanding Contribution to the 2001 Pikes Peak Challenge.

"My desire," said Goebel, "is to keep pace with growth, provide renewable energy alternatives and keep costs down to meet our future rural energy needs."


Heart unit plans CPR class Friday

An American Heart Association adult CPR class will be held 5-9 p.m., Friday in Pagosa Springs.

Participants will learn to recognize and treat stroke, heart attack, cardiac arrest and foreign body airway obstruction.

Registration fee is $35 and space is limited. Call (970) 769-2335 to register.


A stellar career set to end for Pagosa Native

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

After 21 years in the service, Roosevelt Martinez is retiring from the U.S. Army.

Roosevelt, a Pagosa native, graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1984, where he was an all-around athlete, lettering in varsity football and playing on the basketball, track and baseball teams.

After finishing high school, Martinez joined the Army, originally intending to serve for only four years. In 1987, on a tour-of-duty in Germany, he met his wife, Barbara, who was serving as an Army specialist, and together they decided to continue with the army life. In Fort Hood, Texas, they had their first child, David, who is now 16 years old.

As a member of the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), Martinez's military career has taken him all over the world. He participated in the 1989 military operation in Panama, dubbed the "Just Cause," which resulted in the surrender of Noriega, and he spent six months in Kuwait City during Desert Storm in 1991.

After Kuwait, Martinez took his family to Panama for a three-year tour of duty, and that is where his daughter, Amber, was born. He then returned to the U.S. for a stint at Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he was promoted to staff sergeant.

He served nine months in Afghanistan in 2003 after the initial invasion, where his duties as a military policeman included escorting military personnel working on humanitarian projects. He said it was "fairly calm" though he recalls "a couple of rocket attacks" and a Humvee which was blown up by a land mine, but resulted in no casualties. He said it was a rewarding time, providing security, clothes, food and water to the villages, in addition to helping rebuild the Kandahar airport. He said, "We were able to do a lot of good things toward bringing the local people back to where they were before the Taliban took over."

In 2004 Martinez was deployed as platoon sergeant for a "short tour" of a year in Iraq, where his company was responsible for maintaining 65 kilometers of road south of Baghdad on the main road from Kuwait. He said there were frequent mortar attacks that made him "nervous about it because you didn't know when the next round may hit." Once, during a 20-minute barrage of 23 mortar rounds, his tent was destroyed and, while he huddled in a bunker with 10 other soldiers, a mortar hit the entrance, immediately killing three of his companions in the deafening blast, and injuring the rest, including him. Local medical personnel were able to attend to a shrapnel wound on his back. Martinez received a Purple Heart after the incident.

Martinez said his 21 years in the Army have "gone by a lot quicker" than he expected.

After retirement, he plans to settle in Stratford, Conn., with his wife and two children. He plans to return yearly to Pagosa to visit his parents, Arthur and Dora Martinez. When asked if he would ever return to Pagosa with his family permanently, he responded with a smile and said, "maybe sometime."


Pagosa couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

Arthur and Dora Martinez met in the early 1930s, and it has been love ever since.

They met at a dance in Trujillo where Arthur "picked her (Dora) up for a spin," and it was love at first sight. They danced three times.

Because he was working 15 hours a day, seven days a week on the ranches in Chromo, it was a tough trip to Trujillo. Leaving work at 6 p.m., Arthur would hike to Trujillo, arriving at 8:30 p.m. in time for the dance, then leave at 11 p.m. and make it back to Chromo by 3 a.m. in time for a few hours of sleep before the next day's work.

He didn't see Dora again for a year. Then, after a few years of long distance love, seeing each other only occasionally, they "shared resumés," and agreed to be together. They married June 29, 1935.

"We have a lot of fun," said Dora, to which Arthur added, "We go for a ride, take a lunch, make funny faces at people."

When asked the secret of the long commitment, Arthur paraphrased the fifth chapter of Ecclesiastes, "When you promise, you comply with it."

Ecclesiastes 5:4 - "And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised."



Fire restrictions lifted on San Juan public lands

Fire restrictions on the San Juan National Forest and San Juan Field Office-Bureau of Land Management lands in southwest Colorado were lifted Aug. 15 thanks to widespread rains over the past week.

"We were really pleased that we only had to put restrictions on a such a small portion of our public lands this year and also that we are able to take them off so quickly," said Mark Lauer, fire management officer for the Forest Service and BLM.

This year's fire restrictions, which went into effect on July 16, applied only to an area south of U.S. 160 from Colo. 151 on the east over to Cortez and then to all public lands from Colo. 491 west to the Utah border.

Firefighters have responded to over 250 fires this year, of which 81 were human caused. Natural starts suppressed have burned approximately 2,700 acres, while human-caused fires burned 334.

Wildland fire use fires, which are naturally caused fires that are allowed to burn to meet resource objectives, have burned about 1,200 acres.

"When things dry out again, we will undoubtedly see some additional fires, because most of the grasses have cured out," said Lauer. Fire officials urge visitors to the backcountry to be cognizant of their surroundings and use fire with caution, especially in areas laden with grass and/or dead trees.

The following safety tips are encouraged:

- Always put out campfires completely every time you leave camp. Pour water on the ashes and stir until there is no smoke and ashes are cool to the touch.

- Dispose of cigarette butts in an ashtray or other appropriate container.

-Make sure chainsaws have working spark arresters; carry water, shovel, and fire extinguisher when cutting firewood.

-Park your vehicle in areas cleared of vegetation, not over dry grasses.

The moister conditions will allow fire managers to look at the use of fire to aid in hazardous fuels reduction opportunities. "We will once again be looking at all lightning-caused starts for possibilities as wildland fire use fires," said Lauer.

Fire managers will also be watching for opportunities to continue with prescribed burning. About 7,550 acres of hazardous fuels have been burned through prescribed burning this year, while a little over 4,000 acres have been treated by mechanical means.

Other interagency cooperators (Mesa Verde National Park, Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute) have lifted their fire restrictions and La Plata and Montezuma Counties may be easing their restrictions next week.

For more information, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874 or the Forest Service/BLM office in Pagosa Springs.


Catch and Release

Fishing as friends is enough

James Robinson

Staff Writer

My father and I have a bizarre relationship. Seemingly important dates such as Father's Day or his birthday often pass without a card or phone call. Most of the time I can't remember the dates those days fall on but this doesn't seem to harm our relationship. For some, this oversight might do damage, but there are many, far more important details of my father's life that I know well.

I know my father religiously fishes a double taper, super slick, 5-weight line, Orvis fly line. I know he doesn't normally get caught up in brand names, but he says this line is magic in his hands. I know my father is a one-fly fisherman. In fact, he'll only fish a dry-dropper or two-nymph rig if I can convince him it's the only way, under the conditions, to catch trout. Even then, he does so reluctantly, and when I turn my back, he's back to one.

I know he rarely fishes with one eye keen for a hatch. You won't find him turning over stones, looking at willows or scanning the skies. Don't expect him to explain the life cycle of the mayfly. He picks flies from his box according to what looks right, what he will be able to see on the water and, sometimes, simply by what looks nice. He fishes with his gut.

He rarely fishes with a tapered leader and doesn't walk around with rolls of tippet dangling from his vest. He uses six-pound test monofilament, ties it on in one long strand and hopes for the best. The habits of an old spin caster die hard.

There are details of my father life that many might think I ought to know and remember - birthdays, Father's Day and all that. But I remember the things that are important - how he fishes, what he fishes with and we chronicle the passage of time not by arbitrary dates, but on time spent fishing together. These are the dates that stick in my mind, and one stands out in particular - our first trip together.

I was probably six, perhaps seven at the most, and it was a typical cloudy, Pacific Northwest day. A fine, misty drizzle lingered through the morning like the smell of wet Labrador on your fingers and there was subterfuge in the air.

The salmon were running, and they were making their annual journey from the Pacific Ocean into the Puget Sound and points beyond. They would pass through a narrow channel, under a bridge, into the waters of Capital Lake and then to mountain streams to spawn. The prospect of fishing for running salmon is hard for a fisherman, even one who is six, to resist.

I remember something said to my mother about going grocery shopping and doing other errands, and I remember my father's quick dash to the garage for a tackle box and a fishing rod, then a duck and run to the car to stash the goods. We pulled out of the driveway smug in our deception and headed downtown.

The prime fishing location for the run was under the bridge that crossed over a channel connecting Capital Lake to the sound and the ocean beyond. The bridge traversed the channel next to a Kentucky Fried Chicken and stood like giant sculpted slabs of pate de campagne- - grey and marbled, arched and textured with large white agate stones.

We parked at the restaurant and walked the familiar route to the water down through the barnacle covered boulders along the shoreline.

We crept down below the bridge, lined up, and my father hurled a cast into the middle of the channel. A slow, jerky retrieve followed, although without a strike, and he began the process again. Some kids would get bored watching their father fish, but I was an attack dog, net in hand, watching intently for a strike.

A few casts later, my father let out a yell and I turned to watch the rod bend and listened to the most beautiful music a fisherman could ever hope to hear - reel music. The reel howled with delight as the salmon ran for deeper water. The fish slashed and cut, trying to spit the hook, but it held fast and my father patiently worked the fish to shore. I ran back and forth along the boulders, trying not to slip on seaweed, all the while watching the great game being played between my father and the fish.

My father was winning and soon he had the fish near netting distance and that's where my job came in. Yet, as the fish neared the shore, we realized this was no ordinary salmon and therefore no ordinary netting task.

The fish was at least 36 inches long and seemed as tall as me. I knew netting the monster would be a challenge, and as my father worked him closer to shore, my resolve weakened and I knew I had only one choice. I tackled the salmon.

The impact plowed us both into the gravel and sand of the beach. We grappled in the surfline and I wrestled the fish onto the beach and clobbered it again. We both hit the ground with a thud, the fish writhing beneath my weight. I grabbed it in a bear hug, hanging on to one of it's lateral fins determined not to let go. We rolled around among the boulders and I became coated with fine black sand, my father laughing so hard, he nearly forgot to help.

Between the two of us, we soon subdued the fish and I remember a faded photograph taken at the event, my father holding a salmon by the jaw and me standing next to fish that equalled my height and girth.

Much has happened since that first fishing trip, our lives have changed and at some point we became less like father and son and more like friends. We forget dates that others remember, we miss phone calls, and don't always communicate, but under the circumstances these transgressions are acceptable, because we keep track of the important things, like making time to fish. And it's often these times that we remember most.

My father and I recently spent a month together, fly fishing for trout in Pagosa Country, and some may find this sort of relationship strange, but it seems we decided long ago to fish together as friends, and for us, that is enough.



Puma point parry

Thank you for covering the pumas on parade project last week.

A few clarifications: The sculptures weigh not four tons, but only 325 pounds. The number of sculptures to be auctioned is 25, not 26.

Ms. Goebel states "No one thought about hiring a public relations expert." In fact, we would have loved to hire a public relations expert. However, if we are having trouble making payroll and paying our artists, we are unable to afford a public relations expert.

It took about a day to choose the animal, not a lot of time, as could be interpreted from the following paragraph.

I need to mention the artists have been incredibly patient waiting for their stipend of $500. Additionally, they are entitled to 20 percent of proceeds over $8,000 of earned income from the final auction price.

We were originally going to hold a gala in November to auction the art pieces, but our need to recover funding for artists and the organization led to the decision to hold an on-line auction much sooner, which everyone agrees will allow worldwide access to the pieces.

Goebel also wrote I "would raise funds for something more appealing than the stewardship of public lands," which was taken somewhat out of context. I have been fund-raising for stewardship of public lands for a year and a half and would do it the rest of my life.

While difficult because of the perception that our tax dollars pay for such things, anyone who lives in the U.S. and has seen the sad state of ecological damage on public lands, realizes that more citizen engagement and financial support is required to sustain its health and vitality. The need is infinite at this point, and I am proud that SJMA staff and volunteers do so much to support and protect San Juan Public Lands.

One final correction: Dick and Connie Imig are unrelated to Durango Coca Cola. The Imigs came forth after our Fourth of July debut (attended by over 2,000 people), and were overwhelmed by the art produced for this project. They offered to pay half the $10,000 required to sponsor a puma permanently and asked if we would find the match.

Don Maple and Meredith Maple of Durango Coca Cola stepped up immediately, meeting the challenge and giving the City of Durango a beautiful sculpture to add to its permanent public art collection.

Again, thanks to Ms. Goebel for the analysis of the project. On a much more positive note, I would add the pumas are garnering attention and one Telluride resident offered us $40,000 for the puma now on display at their library. A project of this scope is bound to create pressures and a book of lessons learned, especially when a small, bold organization takes such a large risk. However, thanks to artists who have produced world-class art, four of whom were from Pagosa Springs, I remain confident SJMA and the artists will see a positive financial outcome.

I urge everyone to see them for themselves and learn a bit more about mountain lions in the process!

Felicity Broennan

Editor's note: The mistake concerning the weight of the sculptures was not made by Leanne Goebel. It was an error made during the edit process at The SUN.


Did not sign

Concerning the recall petition of County Commissioner Robin Schiro — I did not sign or read the above-named petition.

My name was placed on same without my knowledge or permission.

Kay Grams


Where are they?

Dear Editor:

This is in response to Mr. Ebeling's letter in the Aug. 11 SUN regarding the big box issue.

The town board, or rather James, Cotton and Whitbred, mention constituents, but never came up with names or faces. I have attended several meetings and in most cases the only people who lived in town and were present supported the ordinance.

The townspeople should be present and express the opinion that they do not like to be told what to do. Where are they?

And, according to one board member, they certainly don't want it built in town. Why not? Just take down some more historical homes and put "ma and pa" businesses out and build it right in town!

Anyone could have been on the task force; where were the townspeople? Just waiting to be asked?

Cindy Gustafson


Missing something?

Dear Editor:

A few weeks ago Pam Hopkins, a member and president of the Upper San Juan Health Service District board, sent a request to the people of Pagosa Springs for donations in the name of three valiant people who died in a medical helicopter crash several weeks ago.

It was an honorable, thoughtful thing to do. Helping their families during this terrible time is definitely merited.

But I would like to bring the attention, now, to our own back yard. I'd like to ask Pam if she gave a thought to the EMTs who are no longer employed by the district, the hardships they and their families have gone through, the loss of their careers and even their homes. Of the several people, our own people, who have been hurt in the line of duty, fighting to save others, that will bear the pain and burden of their injuries for the rest of their lives. The ones that you and your board chose to remove from your organization, who are trying to survive, jobless now themselves.

What about them?

Again, I would like to thank you for your charitable thoughts and actions that are deeply needed by those families at this terrible time in their lives. I encourage our beautiful town to give to this cause, to help the families of these courageous people who work hard daily to make sure our lives remain safe.

But I ask you, Pam, and this community, aren't you missing something here?

Larry Little


George II elsewhere

Dear Editor:

The editor must have printed Jim Sawicki's Aug. 11 letter as bait. Okay, I'll bite. Mr. S. might want to look at George the Second's record for vacation time as of January this year:

"He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, "according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency" (Washington Post.)

But surely, his selfless devotion to war has won peace!

There are currently 39 military armed conflicts. Terrorist attacks tripled last year:

Financial costs are at 1,486 American citizens have died, and the U.S. guvamint reports a "mere" 13,877 wounded ( "Wounded" in this war most often means missing limbs or minds or both. There have been 23-26 thousand Iraqi civilians killed ( as the U.S. sets out to "win the hearts and minds" of the Iraqi people. Oh, that'll work!

Revenue from Iraqi oil sales that the CPA could not account for, according to a 2005 audit: $8,800,000,000 (Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.) Nearly nine billion dollars worth of "carelessness" or outright theft isn't likely to endear the U.S. to the populace, either.

An Iraqi citizen now is 58 times more likely to die of violence than before the U.S. invasion. (Les Roberts, Johns Hopkins University.)

But of course the administration has the outstanding success of its mission to bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan as a basis for optimism in Iraq. In Afghanistan, 3 percent of the citizenry is currently registered to vote, and 10 percent of that 3 percent is women. Opium now accounts for 39 percent of the GDP in Afghanistan, whereas before the U.S. invasion it was 0.

What do Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, those fortunate beneficiaries of U.S. good will, have in common? Depleted uranium (DU) is abundant in the bodies of those who live there and on their soil. DU has a half-life of more than 4 billion years. Doug Rokke, the health physicist for the U.S. Army, has himself fallen ill, as have 90,000 U.S. troops since the first Gulf War.

Symptoms include respiratory, liver and kidney dysfunction, memory loss, headaches, fever, low blood pressure. There are numerous grotesque birth defects among the newborn children of Iraqis, Bosnians, Afghans, and U.S. personnel.

Ah, yes, Mr. Sawicki, who could ask for more evidence to prove your assertion that "It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world?"

Forget about denigrating these statistics as being compiled by "peaceniks" and "terrorist sympathizers" instead of the guvamint. Official U.S. stats informed us last week that gas at the pump costs less now than it did six months ago.

George Orwell spoke the mind of the "Sawickis" in 1949:

War is peace;

Freedom in slavery

Ignorance is strength

Wendy Wallace


I'll continue fight

Dear Editor:

I am not sure that I can say anything that hasn't been said before, and probably more eloquently, against the Big Box ordinance, but it has come to the point that I must say something, or feel that I've done nothing at all.

I attended the last town council meeting and took great exception as to the perplexing outcome.

Mr. Cotton lectured that "Wal-Mart doesn't cause growth, growth causes Wal-Mart," an interesting comment, but perhaps Mr. Cotton misunderstood.

The concerned crowd wasn't against growth; we understand that without it a town becomes stagnant and ultimately dies. Our town has a chance to grow in a healthy, productive and independent way. Right now we have the enviable chance to shape that growth.

Why should we hand it over for the benefit of growth to a corporation that doesn't need or appreciate it? Why should we dig up our green meadows for a superstore that doesn't have the decency to pay health insurance to its employees? How does that better serve our community?

Most of the retailers in our town, I being one of them, are not afraid of competition; we learn from it and ultimately become better business people for it. But it's ludicrous to expect a sole proprietorship to take on the buying power of a big box store, or even a mid-box store.

So, although I fight for an ordinance as a concerned citizen, I do so passionately as a business person. I love what I do for a living, and call each customer friend. It will sadden me greatly to lose this battle and become just another town that Wal-mart conquered, be another business they swallowed up, but in the meantime, I'll continue to fight.

Mr. Cotton believes "the retailers in this town will be just fine," should a big box come in. Really? Are you willing to bank on it? You're asking us to.

Lvonne Wilson


Garbage slingers

Dear Editor:

May those that do not litter and there are, I would guess, probably 99 percent of the 10,000 or so people in Archuleta County who do not, take pride in your ethic. Your conscious and subconscious efforts to keep the roadsides clean are just one of the reasons, along with our blessed beauty, that we have clean verges (British for road shoulders).

The other reason is that there are those very well meaning people who will stop and pick up after others; a nasty chore but enlightening as it lets you know, for instance, that along CR 359 there is a propensity for Bud Light and Lord Calvert drinkers to have a crass disregard for other people's property. A few DUIs are in order.

Then there are the fastidious ones who carefully put their long-necks back in the six-pack, the six-pack back in the plastic bag, and then sling it out the window. So much for their lack of upbringing, or maybe they truly are an aberration of nature and just appeared.

What of those denizens of the sty? I guess you have to assume a good many of them are illiterate because the signs imploring them not to litter or threatening them with fines, go unheeded. But, then again, if you are a low-life bottom-dweller, I guess even if you could read there would be no fruitful message imparted. So why even write a letter to the editor about it? Maybe it will get some of you good people to lean a little harder on the bad people and besides, it helps me to vent my spleen.

A few figures with a statistician's license: Statistics are like bikinis, what they reveal is interesting, but what they cover up is essential. If we are to assume that Archuleta County has a population of about 12,600, then the 126 items picked up along a two-mile stretch of 359, both sides, would represent one piece of litter from about 1 percent of the population. This detritus was deposited over roughly 90 days and weighed about twenty pounds, not the one hundred plus pounds that was picked up earlier in the year on the same stretch and represented many months, if not years, of jettisoning.

By extension, that twenty pounds represents about eighty pounds a year. Call it fifty allowing for a diminished traffic flow in the winter. That's one road folks!

Does CR 359 attract all the garbage slingers in the county. I don't think so. There must be at least ten other roads with the same or more amount of bottom dwellers' prize possessions that are being thrown out the window and the sad thing is that it ain't primarily from tourists. Don't for a minute blame them. They come here to see our beauty, not our garbage. It is our own residents who are polluting. Wouldn't it be nice if we could gather it all up and dump it back on the doorsteps of the perpetrators? No, not really, because they probably wouldn't notice any difference.

Glory be to those of you who have an environmental ethic; the other one percent, please leave.

R. Wood


Community News

Pagosa bassoonist calls music universal language

By Paul Roberts

Special to The PREVIEW

"I really believe music is the universal language," said Valley Lowrance. "It doesn't need to have words to bring joy and pleasure to people, it's a language all by itself."

Lowrance will re-create music from the ancient world when she plays her bassoon at the American Roots Music Festival, 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

The program, entitled "From the Old World to the New," also features violinist Chris Baum and multi-instrumentalists Paul and Carla Roberts.

"Music is something you can take with you all your life," said Lowrance. "The things I enjoy most have to do with music. I can't even imagine the world without music."

Lowrance grew up in a very musical family. She recalls, "Music and harmonizing were always important in my family. I was the youngest of 10 children and we all sang and played instruments."

She began playing piano at an early age. "It was a player piano that my mother had converted to a regular piano so the kids could play it. It had a nice, soft touch. There were so many kids that we never got a chance to play individually, so one of us would play the top hand and another would play the bottom hand.

"We had really strong music programs in the little town I came from in Montana. There were very good band and voice teachers in the elementary, junior high and high schools.

"In the third grade I wanted to play the trombone, but I was too little, so I started on the clarinet. I had two older sisters who played the bassoon, so when I came along I just thought I was supposed to play the bassoon, too."

In high school, Lowrance switched from clarinet to bassoon.

After graduating, she continued her devotion to the piano but set down the bassoon, until she and her husband, Ed Lowrance, moved to Pagosa a few years ago.

After coming to Pagosa, Lowrance was inspired to play bassoon again, after over 30 years.

"I think it's because of the strong training I had when I was younger that made me feel I could take it up in my retirement years, and do it again," she said.

Lucky for Pagosa; it's a real cultural asset to have a member of our community, who plays so beautifully on this rare and wonderful instrument.

The rich sonic timbres produced by the bassoon give a player enormous possibilities for musical exploration and expression. It is a low-pitched, double reed wind instrument that has a captivating and pleasing tone. The modern bassoon has more keys on it than any other woodwind instrument, making it very difficult to play. It is used primarily as an orchestral instrument.

The bassoon is the descendent of an ancient wind instrument often seen in the hands of angels, in early paintings. In Western music its history goes back to the shawman of medieval and renaissance times. In Eastern music, related instruments go back at least several thousand of years.

Lowrance's bassoon is made of ringed maple, and it dates back to the 1940's. "I was lucky enough to find one of the good, old ones that has a pretty tone," she said.

Some of her musical activities in Pagosa include playing with a chamber group, singing in the community choir and playing with the new community band. Besides bassoon and piano, she also plays alto recorder and hammer dulcimer.

About playing music from ancient cultures, which she will be performing at the Roots fest, Lowrance said, "This is a very different experience for me, much less structured than classical music. It gives me a chance to improvise, which I really enjoy."

Lowrance said her goals are to continue developing her musical abilities and to enjoy her retirement, playing music in Pagosa. She said, "I hope so much that musical opportunities can continue to grow in this town. It's such a wonderful tool."

For an evening of variety and musical intrigue, come to the concert performance of "From the Old World to the New," the next episode of American Roots Music Festival, with Valley Lowrance on bassoon; Chris Baum on violin; and Paul and Carla Roberts, with their rare collection of instruments from around the world.

American Roots Music Festival takes place at Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 230 Port Avenue in the Vista subdivision of Pagosa Lakes. Take 160 to Vista Blvd. Turn north on Vista and left on Port.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $12 for families. Children are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door. If you would like to bring a dessert to share, it would be appreciated.

American Roots Music Festival is produced by Elation Center for the Arts.

For further information, call 731-3117.


Ruthie Foster returns to Fest by popular demand

By Crista Munro

Special to The PREVIEW

Music with soul -- the Four Corners Folk Festival oozes with it - but perhaps the most soulful musician to ever grace the stage atop Reservoir Hill is Ruthie Foster, who will be back by overwhelming demand for her second appearance at this year's event.

Ruthie's songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion. Her simply amazing vocal abilities have critics comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Ruthie's passionate songs and scintillating live performances attract both the young and old for an uplifting experience of dancing, listening, laughing and even some crying; especially when Ruthie rounds out the joyous occasion with her versions of show-stopping gospel standards.

Ruthie's performance highlights include PBS-syndicated Austin City Limits; a 2004 tour of UK theaters with Eric Bibb; The Strawberry Music Festival in California, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Willie Nelson Picnic, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folks Fest in Lyons, Colo., Bass Concert Hall, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Oregon, the Tonder Festival in Denmark, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, and, of course, the Four Corners Folk Festival where she made her debut in 2003.

Dynamic singer and soulful iconoclast in his own right, seasoned performer John Cowan was deeply moved and impressed when he heard Ruthie sing for the first time ever at the festival that year. It was a highlight of the show when the two then shared the stage and the festival audience has been requesting Ruthie back ever since.

While on tour, Ruthie's band sells an average of 100 CDs a night. "We spend a lot of time chasing down the Fed Ex truck while on tour trying to get our merchandise. It's a good problem to have," laughs the good natured Ruthie.

While touring the Canadian Folk Festival circuit in the summer of 2002, Ruthie sold 1,000 CDs in one day, breaking a long-time record held by Ani DiFranco.

Raised in Gause, Texas, a small town 180 miles southeast of Dallas, Ruthie grew up surrounded by the rich, soulful sounds of gospel and blues. Her outstanding voice and superb original music come from many influences including Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and Lightnin' Hopkins, although perhaps no one has influenced Ruthie like her mother, Shirley Jones, who urged her to "Open your mouth and sing, girl!"

Foster's musical journey has taken her from McClennan Community College in Waco, Texas and a degree in commercial music to a four-year tour with the U. S. Navy Band, Pride, to New York City and a contract with Atlantic Records. During her stay in New York, Ruthie appeared at many of the top venues in town opening and performing with artists such as Josh White, Jr., Matt "Guitar" Murphy, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Paul Schaffer.

Ruthie Foster will perform 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept.3 on the main stage at the Four Corners Folk Festival. Vocal enthusiasts will also want to catch Ruthie and Mollie O'Brien at their joint vocal workshop 1 p.m. Saturday.

Newcomers to the Four Corners Folk Festival, Crooked Still, redefines traditional music. With the unusual instrumentation of cello, banjo, bass, and voice, this neo-bluegrass outfit shatters preconceptions without sacrificing authenticity. Their unique combination of driving, earthy grooves and soaring, heavenly vocals has led the Boston Globe to call Crooked Still "the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since the early '60's."

Drawing from bluegrass, old-time and contemporary folk traditions, Aoife O'Donovan (vocals), Rushad Eggleston (cello), Greg Liszt (banjo), and Corey DiMario (double-bass) put out a low lonesome sound that is simultaneously virtuosic and heartfelt.

Aoife O'Donovan has been dubbed the "voice of the new tradition" by Performer magazine. Merging American, Irish, klezmer and jazz styles, Aoife's angelic voice brings mature expressivity to traditional songs. In addition to Crooked Still, Aoife is a member of the group The Wayfaring Strangers and is featured on their latest release, This Train (Rounder). She has also performed with Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and Darol Anger. In 2003, Aoife graduated from the New England Conservatory.

Rushad Eggleston is a master of improvisation; his keen, inventive skill at adapting driving fiddle styles for the cello is nothing short of revolutionary. He performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers 4 as well as Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. Rushad also leads his Wild Band of Snee, performing songs and instrumentals that are truly out of this world. Moreover, Rushad was the first string student admitted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship.

Gregory Liszt's futuristic banjo style incorporates a novel four-fingered picking technique that turns the banjo into a funky rhythm instrument as well as a smooth soloing tool. Greg is currently working on his Ph. D. in Biology at MIT, where he researches the molecular and cellular basis of aging. Greg also performs with the Wayfaring Strangers and the Jake Armerding Band, and he has been featured in Banjo Newsletter as well as MIT's Technology Review. He has recently attained notoriety for his unique style of banjo rapping.

Double-bassist Corey DiMario provides rock solid, driving low-end accompaniment. He has performed at jazz and folk venues across the eastern seaboard, including the Kennedy Center, the Knitting Factory and Symphony Hall. He has recorded with Laura Cortese and Hanneke Cassel and is a member of the Lissa Schneckenburger Band. Additionally, he has performed with Liz Carroll, John Whelan, Russ Barenburg, and the Wayfaring Strangers.

Crooked Still will perform 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 on the main stage.

The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported by a grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts. The Colorado Council on the Arts and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Children 12 and under are admitted free at the event, and a free children's program provides a variety of activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. The merchant expo at the festival contains a wonderful variety of clothing, jewelry, instruments and handmade goods, and the festival food court offers delicious fare to suit any palate. A beer and wine garden is also on site.

Tickets to the 10th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival, to be held September 2-4 on Reservoir Hill, are available at Southwest Sound in Durango and Moonlight Books or Wolftracks Coffee and Books in Pagosa Springs. Additional information and tickets are also available online at or by calling 877-472-4672.


Thrill of school often dulled by lack of tools

By Liz Wantusiak

Department of Human Services

Imagine the first day of school ...

It's a beautiful, sunny morning and you're out in the schoolyard running and playing. You get to see friends, some of whom you haven't seen all summer. You want to meet your new teacher. You hear she's really nice.

The bell rings..., time to head to home room. You get a lump in your throat, a knot in your stomach. Your parents are having another tough year. They just weren't able to buy all the supplies that you need for school. You know your friends will share. But still, you wish you had your own pencils and folders and markers ...

This is what the first day of school could look like for some Pagosa students.

As the Life Skills Worker at the Department of Human Services I've seen firsthand the struggle some families face. They save up a little each month, as they can, barring any unforeseen situations. Yet, many times it's not enough to get all the kids the supplies they need. The bookbags themselves can be quite expensive.

However, a local group is trying to change the above scenario.

Operation Helping Hand, a group of dedicated citizens, has been assisting those in need for more than fifteen years now. They are currently in the process of collecting donations of school supplies for area children. You can help OHH make someone's first day of school (and in fact the entire school year) a brighter one by contributing some supplies.

Below is a list of items being collected by Operation Helping Hand. It was compiled using supply lists provided by local schools. You can drop off your donations at the Pagosa SUN or Jackisch Drug Store, both located on Pagosa Street. Please consider the excitement and happiness you could bring to a child on the first day of school!


No. 2 pencils

8-count crayons

16-count crayons

24-count crayons

4 oz. bottles of glue

Small pointed scissors

12-count colored pencils

24-count colored pencils

Family-size box of Kleenex

Gallon-size zip lock bags

Quart-size zip lock bags

Supply box

Fiskars scissors

8-count markers

Large pink erasers

One-inch hard cover 3-ring binder

Pencil top erasers

Glue sticks

Loose leaf wide rule notebook paper

Loose leaf college rule notebook paper

Scientific calculator

Pencil pouch


7-subject dividers

Spiral notebooks

White out

Ruler with standard and metric scale

Erasable pens

Index cards

8-count classic, watercolor markers

Pocket portfolios, pockets on bottom

Red lead pencils

40-page spiral notebooks

Thin-tipped markers


Four dry erase markers

Basic calculator

Pad lock or combination lock

No. 3 pencils

Small pencil sharpener with shavings holder

Wide rule composition notebooks

Elmer's glue

Paper towels

Large scissors

Clear ruler with standard and metric scale

Medium size pencil box

Graph spiral notebooks

Pocket folders with brads

Small dixie cups

Small, rounded scissors

Those who wish to make monetary donations to the drive may send them to Operation Helping Hand, Wells Fargo Bank, account number 6240417424, or Bank of the San Juans, account number 20014379.


Children's Chorale adds new youth chorale unit; sets auditions, rehearsals

By Anna Harbison

Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale announces the opening of its third year and the debut of a new youth choir.

Our directors provide our singers with more than 50 years combined classroom experience in music education. The Children's Chorale, under the direction of Rada Neal, will include boys and girls, 7-12 years of age, and the new Youth Chorale, under the direction of Sue Anderson, will initially be open only to girls, 12-16 years of age.

Rehearsals/auditions: Both choirs will hold weekly, concurrent rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas season beginning 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street.

Private auditions are required for membership in both choirs and will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Methodist Church. Morning and afternoon appointments with the directors are available. Prospective singers are encouraged to call 264-0244 to schedule your time slot. Current members are not required to audition but are asked to call if they wish to sing in either chorale this fall.

Performance venues: In addition to our spring and Christmas concerts, we will again perform in March 2006 at "Imagination Celebration" in Colorado Springs in a choir of 200 young voices from all across Colorado. Our recent local venues have included Pine Ridge Care Center, Music in the Mountains Family Festivo and the Archuleta County Fair. Many new outings are being planned for our singers throughout this concert season.

Fees: Minimal, refundable material fees, and a small monthly fee per singer is expected. Family discounts, private study discounts, and scholarships are also available for those who qualify.


Music in the Mountains sets attendance records

By Carole Howard

Special to The PREVIEW

As Pagosa's fourth Music in the Mountains season came to an end this week, audiences, organizers and musicians alike agreed it was the most successful local classical music festival ever to take place in our town. It also was the largest, with six events taking place.

Highlights included the first-ever performance in Pagosa of the full festival orchestra and a new, much larger tent seating 350 for the performances.

Opening event for this season was an elegant benefit with a reception and piano concert hosted by David and Carol Brown at BootJack Ranch in their fabulous glass-roofed Aquatic Center on June 25. Funds raised help support classical concerts as well as children's scholarships and musical events in Pagosa Springs.

Concerts at Ranch

Next came three extraordinary concerts under the tent at BootJack Ranch, each featuring world-class artists who have made their names performing and recording in venues all over the world.

The event July 22 featured internationally famous violinist Vadim Gluzman, as well as a group of eight string musicians and a trio on the oboe, horn and piano. On July 30 pianist Aviram Reichert performed with the full festival orchestra. On August 5 Antonio Pompa-Baldi brought his piano mastery back to Pagosa. He was joined by a trio on the violin, viola and cello.

Music in the Mountains provided free tickets to the concerts to some of Pagosa's top music students as recommended by the school's music department so that they were able to experience these special occasions first-hand.

Meanwhile, in response to popular demand after last summer's successful event, Music in the Mountains hosted a free outdoor community concert at Town Park July 28. About 600 "kids of all ages" and their families enjoyed a performance of "Peter and the Wolf," featuring local children in all the roles, backed by members of the festival orchestra.

An unexpected encore took place August 8 when David and Carol Brown joined Stanley and Elaine Levine in hosting several hundred Music in the Mountains supporters including major donors, volunteers, advertisers and others who have assisted the festival here in Pagosa. The special thank-you event included a concert featuring a Spanish guitarist and two pianists as well as a post-concert reception.

"This has been an extraordinary season with sell-out crowds at every concert," said Jan Clinkenbeard, chairman of the committee organizing these local events. "It's obvious that Pagosa music enthusiasts recognize how lucky we are to have first-class musicians who have performed to rave reviews around the world come here to play for us. Thanks to the Browns, we enjoyed this music in a spectacular mountain setting at the foot of Wolf Creek Pass."

Looking to 2006

Clinkenbeard said planning already is underway for next year's season by her local volunteer steering committee composed of Melinda Baum, Mary Jo Coulehan, Lauri Heraty, Carole Howard, Crystal Howe, Teresa Huft and Lisa Scott. "We know we have an incredible act to follow after this season," she said with a laugh, "and we are determined to meet that challenge."

She pointed out that ticket prices pay for only a small portion of the cost of the concerts. "That is why our benefit fund-raiser and the contributions we receive from individual donors, businesses and other larger organizations are so crucial to our Pagosa festival," she said.

"We're especially grateful to our major sponsors, including BootJack Ranch, Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship, Coleman Vision, Avjet Corporation, Bob Hart - Hart Construction and Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat, Bank of the San Juans, The Source for Pagosa Real Estate, the Town of Pagosa Springs, LPEA, Wells Fargo Bank and the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs."

Save as reminder

Clinkenbeard suggested part-time residents and out-of-town visitors to Pagosa who were unable to purchases tickets to this summer's concerts before they sold out save this article as a reminder for next year. Tickets for next season's concerts go on sale April 1.

If you are unable to visit the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce to purchase tickets, you can call the Chamber at 800-252-2204 or 970-264-2360. Tickets also are available on line at or at Music in the Mountains

To get advance notice of Pagosa concerts and other Music in the Mountains events, call 970-385-6820 in Durango and specify that you want to be on the Pagosa Springs mailing list. Next year's concert dates will be announced in the November newsletter.


Auction for the Animals is slated Friday, Aug. 26

By Cristina Woodall

Special to THE PREVIEW

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Humane Society of Pagosa Springs Auction for the Animals.

The festivities begin 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 26 in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. This is the premier fundraiser for the homeless dogs and cats of Archuleta County. Come share in the fun.

Advance tickets are available at Wolftracks Bookstore and Café, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Moonlight Books and our Humane Society Thrift Store. Ticket prices for this extravaganza will be $25 in advance or $30 at the door for wine and beer, including a commemorative wine glass or beer stein. Tickets without wine and beer tasting will be $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Items large and small will be available for you to bid on. From first-edition, signed books, such as "Islands", by Anne Rivers Siddons, to a complete camping set with fireplace grill, portable table set for four, wheeled cooler, deck chairs, and two-person inflatable boat.

A gorgeous, handcrafted necklace has been custom designed and created for the Auction by Summer Phillips, Goldsmith, as she has done in past years. The elegant setting offers a 3.02ct cushion-cut peridot accented by a 0.21ct VS diamond. The 14K gold pendant is on a shimmering 18" 14K snake chain. You must come and see this incredible one-of-a-kind beauty.

For all you fly fishermen and women, check out the Orvis Superfine Tight Loop Rod, a four-piece rod perfect for traveling to demanding trout waters. It packs to 26". The rod is combined with the Orvis CFO II Reel for line weights 2-4. This rod would be great for both the experienced and the novice angler.

Thank you to all the local businesses and supporters who have donated items and services to auction off. Cute teddy bears, fine paintings and offers for services are coming in daily. The collection is amazing. Thank you also to the donors who have given financial help. It is greatly appreciated!

It's not too late to bring in other donations. To offer your donation, contact the Humane Society Administration Office located above the Humane Society Thrift Store or call at 970-264-5549. Bringing your item by in the next few days helps in getting your name listed in the Auction program.

Thank you to all of you who so kindly support the Humane Society. Come to the Auction for the Animals Friday, August 26.


Grace Evangelical will host Interstate chairman Sunday

Grace Evangelical Free Church will welcome Norm Miller, chairman of the board of Interstate Batteries this coming Sunday.

Teaming up with Joe Gibbs, Interstate is the official sponsor of NASCAR superstar Bobby LaBonte and the Interstate racecar.

In an era of corporate scandals and bad press for executives, Norm Miller is a breath of fresh air, modeling compassionate capitalism which stems from his deep commitment to Christ.

Chuck Colson, founder and president of Prison Fellowship Ministries, says, "America would be a better nation if there were more CEOs like Norm Miller. His deep faith in God is not only the handbook for his personal life, but it permeates every phase of his company, which is operated on Biblical principles."

Join Grace Evangelical Free Church 10 a.m. Sunday, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard as Norm shares his personal commitment for spiritual development that drives his life and his company.

As a bonus, everyone will receive a free copy of Norm's autobiography Beyond the Norm. Childcare will be available, and as always, all are welcome.


84-year-old Shinagle a 'shoes winner

By Mark Bergon

Special to THE PREVIEW

The 2005 version of the Archuleta County Fair Horseshoe Pitching Championship was full of surprises.

The first came in the form of Gerald Shinagel. His arrival from Cottonwood, Ariz., with his loving wife, Dagmar, was completely unexpected.

Two years ago after winning the contest he sadly reported it would probably be their last time in Pagosa Springs. The 84-year-old Shinagel not only showed up again, but also captured the crown once more by defeating the toughest field of competitors ever assembled at the fairgrounds.

Sheldon "on again" Donagon of Durango proved himself a hard man to beat taking second place. Jim Squires from Bayfield had a good day placing third, while Ignacio ace, Gene Gurule earned the 4th spot with a strong showing.

The other surprise was the play of local Andrew Book who defeated the powerful Randy Crumbaugh of Bayfield. Book also teamed up with Ian Weerstra to defeat the defending doubles champions, Sheldon Donagon and Doug "no mercy" Neuwald.

First place in doubles went to the battling Bayfield team of Jim Squires and Randy Crumbaugh. The Ignacio contingent of Gene Gurule and his nephew, Josh Gomez took second place. And the local team of Art Holloman and Mark Bergon captured third.

Thanks go to the sponsors, Silver Dollar Liquor, Copper Coin Liquor, Pagosa Liquor, Mountain Spirits, Plaza Liquor and the Spa Motel for their fine prizes and continued support.


Unitarians plan mantra meditation

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

Since the Unitarian Universalist tradition draws from many sources, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's weekly services reflect a rather eclectic program schedule.

For instance, in the month of August, it will range from a picnic in the park, wherein members are invited to share a poem, reading, or musical offering; a video presentation of the UU General Assembly worship service in Fort Worth last June; to a guest speaker exploring humor in religion.

However, one service each month is dedicated to those who wish to experience the relaxation and rejuvenation of guided meditation.

This Sunday, Tess Challis will lead the congregation in a mantra meditation and creative visualization exercise. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall is Unit 15, Greenbrier Plaza. Turn east on Greenbrier Drive off of North Pagosa by the Fire Station, then left into the parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.


Local Chatter

Civil War memories are their staff of life

By Kate Terry

PREVIEW Columnist

Last summer Jim Davenport, the commander of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Thomas Bowman Camp in Durango, presented a program for the Archuleta County Genealogical Society.

By popular demand he's coming back this summer for the Aug. 13 meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Family History Library of the LDS Church. His subject will be "How to Gather Information About Your Civil War Ancestors".

He will be wearing a Civil War uniform.

Davenport is also a grave registration officer and collects photos and other information about Civil War veterans' graves for a national data base. He is always looking for contributions.

One of the most successful documentary series in recent years was filmmaker Ken Burns epic series "The Civil War." Shelby Foote was the narrator who talked 89 times in the six-hour documentary. Burns said Foote was "the presiding spirit" of the series.

Foote was a writer who authored 20 novels and a 3-volume history on the Civil War entitled "The Civil War: A Narrative" that is currently ranked 15 on Modern Library's list of the 20th century's "100 best nonfiction books written in English." This publication, that Foote had thought would take five years to write, took 20 years.

Shelby Foote died in July. He was 88 years old. Many stories are told about him. This is one.

He was born in Greenville, Miss. His great-great grandfather was a confederate officer. Each April, Foote would trace up to the Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee on the Tennessee-Mississippi border and camp a few days. Each morning he would rise early and run screaming into the morning the Rebel Yell as he believed it was done at Pittsburg Landing April 6-7, 1862.

I'm indebted for this story to Bob Watkins who writes the syndicated column "Sports in Ky."

About Foote, Watkins says, "he wrapped velvet around his prose - a man of spontaneous elegance who used language crisply, straightforward and with economy."

For those interested in what Foote's favorite book was, he read Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" seven times.

Fun on the run ...

Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post on Aug. 16, 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known. Enjoy the following:

1. Never slap man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman - neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

8. If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

9. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

10. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


Community Center News

Creative Speaker Series opens busy center week

By Mercy Korsgren

PREVIEW Columnist

CVC Arts and Culture Committee presents Creative Spaces Speaker Series 6-8 p.m today, Monday and Thursday.

In this event guest speakers will talk about Creative Spaces: The Interplay of Art and Civic Life. Tonight, Mark Childs will talk about Public Art and Civic Spaces: Fundamental to a Civil Society.

Childs is an Associate Professor of Architecture, at University of New Mexico and regarded one of the leading experts in the country on the design of public spaces and the social aspects of urban design. As director of Design and Planning Assistance Center he works with communities to restore life to town squares and central places.

Harold Stalf, director of the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority will talk Aug. 15 about Successful Public Art Programs: Perspective from Two Colorado Towns.

Stalf once served as assistant city manager in Aspen and as town manager of Milton, Wis., and Crested Butte, Colo. He is also the former executive director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado's Ocean Journey, the Denver Film Society and the Denver International Film Festival.

The last of the three presentations will be about Creating a Vision for Downtown: Weaving Public Art, Urban Design and Streetscape into Livable Community with Nore Winter and Joe Napoleon as presenters.

Winter is an urban design and planning consultant for more than 25 years specializing in services to communities with special amenities, distinctive natural settings and traditional neighborhoods that seek to protect their heritage.

Napoleon on the other hand is planning director for the City of Woodland Park and staff liaison between the city and the Downtown Development Authority. He currently serves on the Board of Director for the Colorado Community Revitalization Association and is involved in the Colorado Festival of World Theatre.

This series offers much valuable information and ideas that may help us prepare and decide what we need to do to address with our fast growing community. Please come out and be active with what is happening in Pagosa. Thanks to the organizer, CVC Arts and Culture Committee, for their endless effort and hard work.

Advisory and update

Thanks to Mary Jo Coulehan and Jan Brookshier for their willingness to stay on. Our new recruit is Kayla Douglas who will represent the Arts Council. A committee of seven to nine would be ideal, hence, I am still trying to recruit more. This group will help in the decision making on what programs and special events to have for the community and what fund-raising efforts to conduct for the Community Center. Committee members will also provide assistance during these events. We need new people with lots of ideas. Please call me at 264-4152, Ext. 22.

Computer lab news

The seniors' class focused last week on files - specifically on these topics: What is a file? a folder? a directory? a tree structure for file organization? We discussed the decision everyone needs to make concerning whether or not to accept the default file-saving locations which come with Windows. If you choose to go off on your own, how do you decide where to save what? Several people also asked about file extensions - what they are and how to see them. We now have a handout, by the way, which lists some common types of files and their corresponding extensions. It also explains how to make file extensions visible on your computer. Stop by the Community Center if you would like a copy.

Once you are familiar with files and how to move them around, you can tackle downloading and installing software programs. Again, class members have asked specifically for this information. It is necessary to understand this process if you are running anti-spyware and anti-virus software, since those programs require regular updating of your malware definitions. If definitions aren't kept up-to-date, you won't be protected against the latest spyware and viruses.

If you know someone who is getting ready to go off to college, you might log into the PC Magazine Web site ( and search for the recent article on questions to ask your college IT department. There is also an excellent article on buying a PC for a college student.

Upcoming events

A Cooking Class by Edith Blake will start Sept. 8 and run every Thursday through Oct. 27.

The class is limited to 20, so, sign up early. This class is for everyone. Edith loves to cook and would like to share her favorite Italian recipes. To add to her expertise, she is now vacationing in Sicily. Edith wrote, "I am not a professional, but love to cook, especially Italian food. Having grown up in a very close Sicilian family, where the dinner table was a special and fun gathering place, I've always found mealtimes to be an important part of family living. In the fall of 2006 I'll be traveling to Italy to take some cooking lessons in Tuscany, something I've always wanted to do."

The class is free but members will be asked to share the cost of the ingredients. Call 264-4152, Ext 21 if you're planning to attend the class.

Pat Wissler, a part time Pagosa resident writes poetry and short stories. She would like to share this talent with the community. Watch for further details as to what day and time this program will be available to all. Thanks, Pat for responding to the Center's needs for free programs.

Activities needed

Do you have a special talent or hobby that you would like to share - singing, dancing, arts and crafts, cooking, foreign language conversation group, coffee mornings, sports, etc.? We're looking for volunteers interested in forming any of this interest group. Someone even asked me about the possibility of starting an Irish/Scottish dancing group for fun. Call Mercy, 264-4152.

Activities this week:

Today - 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Realtors' Association Orientation Class for new members; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Basic II Watercolor Workshop; 6-8 p.m. CVC creative places speakers series

Friday, Aug. 12 - 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Basic II Watercolor Workshop; 11:15-11:35 a.m, Senior Walking Program

Saturday, Aug. 13 - 11a.m.-1p.m., Wildflower HOA meeting

Sunday, Aug. 14 - 9 a.m.-noon, Church of Christ Sunday Service; 9 a.m.-noon, Grace Evangelical Free Church Service; 2-4 p.m., United Pentecostal Church Service.

Monday, Aug. 15 - 11:15-11:35 a.m., Senior Walking Program; 12:30-4 p.m., Senior Bridge Club; 4:30-5:30 p.m., Building Blocks 4 Health; 6-8:30 p.m. CVC Creative Spaces Speaker Series.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 - 10 a.m.-noon, Senior Computer Class; 11:15-11:35 a.m., Senior Walking Program; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. , information session: Get a Masters Degree from UC on Weekends in Durango; 1-4 p.m. Computer Q&A w/ Becky

Wednesday, Aug. 17 - 10: a.m.-3 p.m., Watercolor Club Painting Session; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday Bridge Club; 5:30-7 p.m., Photo Club meeting; 6-8 p.m., Arthritis Class; 7-8 p.m., Church of Christ Bible Study; 7-9 p.m., Grace EV music practice

Thursday, Aug. 18 - 8:30 a.m.-noon, Writers' Workshop; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Senate Bill 94 Planning Committee meeting.

The gym is open 8 am.-noon every day, Monday to Friday, for walking and open basketball except when reserved for special events. Call 264-4152 for information and to reserve a room. The Center needs your input on other programs and activities you would like to see happening here. If you have ideas, tell us about them.

The Center is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Pagosa Springs Public Facilities Coalition (PSPFC) and managed by the Town of Pagosa Springs. It provides spaces for the Archuleta County Seniors Program, Pagosa Springs Arts Council, Teen Center and other groups and organizations in the community. Rooms are available for rent to anyone or any group on first come first served basis. There is a nominal charge to rent a room and monies collected pay for the utility bills and other operating costs.

Have your party or meeting here. We have very affordable rooms for small, mid-size and large group. A catering kitchen is also available. Tables, chairs, a portable stage, a dance floor and audio visual equipment are available too. The Center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Call 264-4152.

Lost and Found. Please check at the front desk if you're missing something that might have been left at the Center. We'll hold lost and found items for a month, and then all unclaimed items will be donated to the local thrift stores. Call 264-4152.


Senior News

Senior bus service routes extended

By Musetta Wollenweber

SUN Columnist

I am very pleased to announce our senior bus service will now be rolling it's wheels even further into the county. We are now servicing the Turkey Springs Trading Post area as well as the San Juan River Village and the Echo Lake Area.

For a suggested donation of just one dollar, for folks age 60+, we will provide a chauffeured ride from your door in to town to run your errands; and by golly if you are hungry, we'll bring you by The Den for a yummy meal and great company. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service please call me at 264-2167 for details and eligibility.

Grand Canyon

Charly Heavenrich, from Boulder, first rafted the Grand Canyon in 1978 and it changed his life. Since then he has been sharing the experience of the canyon as a speaker, author, coach, photographer, and professional raft guide. Charly will be offering a presentation on the "Spirit of the Canyon" at the "Den" 1 p.m. Friday Aug. 12. Don't miss this inspiring and uplifting journey as he takes you down the Colorado River on a virtual tour through the Grand Canyon.

Mystery trip

Here's a hint for next month's trip

Nearby we will take a trip, about a one hour drive to take a dip, chocolates and sweets we do like, maybe even a little hike. Thursday, August 25, meet at The Den at 9 a.m. Thursday Aug. 25, and return around 3:30 p.m. Maximum participants is 15 and lunch is provided. The cost is $5 with annual $3 membership required to Archuleta Seniors, Inc. Call the Den for further information at 264-2167.

Computer lab news

The seniors' class focused on files last Tuesday - specifically on these topics: What is a file? A folder? A directory? A tree structure for file organization?

We discussed the decision everyone needs to make concerning whether or not to accept the default file-saving locations which come with Windows. If you choose to go off on your own, how do you decide where to save what? Several people also asked about file extensions - what they are and how to see them. We now have a handout which lists some common types of files and their corresponding extensions. It also explains how to make file extensions visible on your computer. Stop by the Community Center if you would like a copy.

Next week: Once you are familiar with files and how to move them around, you can tackle downloading and installing software programs. Again, class members have asked specifically for this information. It is necessary to understand this process if you are running anti-spyware and anti-virus software, since those programs require regular updating of your malware definitions. If definitions aren't kept up-to-date, you won't be protected against the latest spyware and viruses.

If you know someone who is getting ready to go off to college, you might log into the PC Magazine Web site ( and search for the recent article on questions to ask your college IT department. There is another excellent article on buying a PC for a college student.

Calling All Writers

If you are a writer and would like to meet with other writers in the area, well it's time to get the Writer's Club started. Dr. Alvin Franzmeier is an author with three novels under his belt. For more information contact Al at 731-9766. Learn more about Al at


No, that's not my age, but it's not too far off. This is a domino game that Asa and Denise Spencer are just dying to teach you to play. Hurry on in and learn how to play this fun game, they promise you'll have fun.

Yoga class

We normally meet every Wednesday at 10, but our instructor has a commitment on the third Wednesday of every month. Anyone willing to volunteer their time on a third Wednesday of the month to teach this class?

Sky Ute Casino

Are you ready for some fun? Join our folks from the Den and head on down to the Sky Ute Casino on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The free Casino shuttle will depart the Den at 1 p.m. and return around 6 p.m. Sign up quick, seating is limited.

White Cane Society

Gail from the Southwest Center for Independence will host this support group for folks with low vision 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Find out how you and your love ones can better deal with the challenges of low vision.

Pie eating contest

When is the last time you participated in a pie eating contest? Relive those fun moments with us by participating in ours. With the help of the great kitchen staff we'll be serving up individual size pies for you to gobble up lickety split! We'll also be having a toga party this same day which is also our last picnic in the park for the season. Your toga will serve as your huge napkin! We'll have prizes and lot's of fun guaranteed Friday, Aug. 26 at noon in Town Park. Please let us know that you'll be participating in the pie eating contest by the Aug. 17 so we'll be sure to make enough pies. Yum!

Forest Service

Glenn Raby, from the Forest Service, will be here once again to share with you more of his great knowledge. Come join us for lunch and then relax and enjoy Glen's power point presentation on geology 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.17.

Bar D Ranch outing

Yee haw, it's time to head out to the Bar D Chuckwagon Ranch again. The cost of the evening adventure and entertainment is $17 and you'll have your choice of a roast beef or chicken dinner. You'll have the opportunity to wander and visit the blacksmith shop, the artisan shop, leather shop and even a chocolate factory! Along with the price of your meal is also a great western stage show, what an evening of fun! We are providing transportation for a fee, seating is limited so get signed up today for this fun evening on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Flower Fairy

The Flower Fairy struck again! Thank you to this anonymous person who ordered a beautiful bouquet of flowers for each of our home-delivered recipients and the volunteers who delivered the flowers. This person had just enjoyed a trip out to Williams Lake and enjoyed the wildflowers there so much, that this individual felt our home delivered folks should enjoy flowers too. What a wonderful gift and thank you.

Free movie, popcorn

This month our free movie is "Big Fish" (rated PG). This humorous and touching movie is about a son who tries to learn more about the life of his dying father by piecing together facts out of the various fantastic tales and legends he's been told over the years. Join us in the lounge 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 for this free movie and popcorn.

Don't pay

What do you do when you receive merchandise you didn't order? According to the Federal Trade Commission, you don't have to pay for it. Federal laws prohibit mailing unordered merchandise to consumers and then demanding payment.

Unordered merchandise - What You Should Know!

Here are some questions and answers about dealing with the topic.

Q. Am I obligated to return or pay for merchandise I never ordered?

A. No. If you receive merchandise you didn't order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

Q. Must I notify the seller if I keep unordered merchandise without paying for it?

A. You have no legal obligation to notify the seller. However, it is a good idea to write a letter to the company stating that you didn't order the item and, therefore, you have a legal right to keep it for free. This may discourage the seller from sending you bills or notices, or it may help clear up an honest error.

Send your letter by certified mail. Keep the return receipt and a copy of the letter for your records. You may need it later.

Q. Is there any merchandise that may be sent legally without my consent?

A. Yes. You may receive samples that are clearly marked free, and merchandise from charitable organizations asking for contributions. You may keep such shipments as free gifts.

Call AARP ElderWatch for any additional information. Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse!

Call 1-800-222-4444

Activities at a Glance

Friday, Aug. 12 - Qi Gong 10 a.m.; Blood pressure check up, 11-12 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Senior board meeting (local council on aging), 1 p.m.; Journey through the Grand Canyon with professional photographer, Charly Heavenrich, 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15 - Medicare counseling, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Bridge 4 Fun, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Basic computer, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Canasta, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino trip 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 17- Yoga in Motion, 10 a.m.; Pinochle, 1 p.m.;

Friday, Aug. 19 - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Bridge 4 Fun, 1 p.m.; Free Movie, "Big Fish", 1 p.m.


(subject to change)

Suggested donation $2.50 for ages 60+, all others $4.50

Salad Bar everyday - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 12 - Beef stew and veggie, citrus cup and biscuit.

Monday, Aug.15 - Baked fish fillet, parsleyed potatoes, spinach, mandarin oranges and whole wheat roll.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, beets and melon cup.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 - Chicken cacciatore, parsley noodles, asparagus, peaches.

Thursday, Aug. 18 - meal served in Arboles, please call for menu and reservations.

Friday, Aug. 19 - Baked potato with cheesy broccoli, green beans, whole wheat roll and mixed fruit.


Veteran's Corner

VA ID cards will be available in Durango

By Andy Fautheree

PREVIEW Columnist

I have been informed the equipment to make official Department of Veterans Affairs ID cards will be available in Durango in August and September.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain this important VA card in our local area. Veterans usually have to travel to Albuquerque VA Medical Center to obtain the card. It is recommended you replace any old VA ID cards with the new version that has a photo ID and does not show your social security number.

National Guard Armory

The ID card making equipment will be at the Durango National Guard Armory, 283 Girard St. No. 1 (across the street from the Chocolate Factory). This location is in the Bodo Park center just east of town. Coming from Pagosa area you can turn left at the main traffic light at the Mall, then turn left along the frontage road, and then the first right at Girard Street.

Service hours

The service will be available at this location 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It is recommended you call 247-4167, Ext. 1, and make a reservation to have your card made. Bring a copy of your DD214 discharge paper. I understand they will have a VA computer system for those of you enrolled in VA health care. But, I would bring a copy of your DD214 just in case. If you do not have your DD214 stop by and see me and we will send off for an official copy.

Retirees, dependents

ID cards can also be made for all current and retired military personnel, and authorized dependents.


Don't forget to call or stop by my office with your VA health care appointments for the Share-A-Ride (SAR) program. Help a fellow veteran who may be going in the same direction to the same VA facility. Give me a call if you can provide transportation or need transportation. I will keep a calendar of who is going where to coordinate this important program.

VSO vacation

The Veterans Service Office will be closed while I am on vacation Aug. 15-23. If you need to schedule the VSO VAHC transportation vehicles during the period I am away you may call the Archuleta County Commissioners' office at 264-8300. Please see me when I return for VA benefit claims and applications.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is at 400 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite G, Durango, CO 81301 (next to Big 5 Sports). Phone number is 247-2214. Albuquerque VAMC phone number is (800) 465-8262.

More 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 is 264-8376, e-mail 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.


Library News

We need library style buddy

poppies to finish funding library

By Christine Eleanor Anderson

My Dad was a radar gunner in World War II. He went into France after D-Day.

I never heard him talk about anything except the time when he was stationed in Greenland (or was it Iceland?) before the invasion. He and his tent mates went into town to buy huge, brown paper bags full of wonderful, buttery pastries which they brought back and ate in cold tents. Once he mentioned a great young colonel who went into France and didn't come out. That was all.

Come Memorial Day though, Dad always took me down to the dark, old wooden VFW hall where we picked up little brown sacks of "poppies" to sell. These poppies were stiff, enlarged, red 4-leaf clover like affairs, with a vivid green pea in the center. I had no idea they were the symbols of the poppies of Flanders Field, the blood bath of World War I, and the sacrifice of our soldiers dying overseas.

This was my earliest experience with fund raising. (Not counting, of course, personal fund raising, pulling my little red wagon behind me, scavenging for pop bottles to turn in for deposits.) I loved walking with Dad from house to house, seeing the nickels and dimes and quarters-and sometimes even dollars-go into the jar.

I later realized that much of what is good in America is funded by philanthropy. Our incredible public institutions - the ones that enriched and enabled my life, and the lives of my brothers and sisters - were created and dependent upon the generosity of large donors, as well as those giving nickels and dimes and quarters.

Every other week in the summer, Mom took my sisters and me to the little Carnegie library to get stacks of books. Most of us were incredibly lucky to be able to get into the great state institutions, University of Illinois, Florida, Oregon, Idaho, that educate the children of the middle class with tax money from all citizens, and additional riches from private donors.

Yes, there are big donors, like the Krannerts, who gave the wonderful theater to University of Illinois, where I still remember being stunned by the power of my first Othello. And, there are small donors, like Gram and her friends, who opened the clasps on their modest pocketbooks and gave to the DAR for my tuition scholarship of $242 each semester. This gift let me go to school having only to work for my dirt cheap, co-op housing and my $7 a week food allowance. My brothers and sisters and I wouldn't have made it through to our PhDs and law degrees and master's degrees without the support of enormous public generosity. We all understand what makes a great democracy: a committed, caring citizenry.

Lenore told me she spent three years writing grant applications. She raised a stunning amount of money to renovate the library, almost $800,000. A lot of the money came via big grants from foundations: Boettcher, Gates, El Pomar. And a lot of other money, smaller amounts, but very important, came from local sources: The Friends of the Library, The Womens' Civic Club, other caring organizations and many private donors who have given and given.

Joan Rohwer, Chairperson of the Library Board, stepped in later and, with her dedication and determination, got an additional Energy Impact Grant from the State of Colorado. The library staff has worked with these groups and helped also. The annual book sale is coming up Sept. 3, at the Visitor's Center, and all hands are on deck.

In any building project, the unforeseen happens: foundations are deficient, the old parking lot turns out to be fragile and unable to bear the stress of construction machines, a new librarian walks in and insists on more telcom and data wiring for future growth and flexibility.

So, unexpectedly, I'm at bat, in the bottom of the ninth. We need to raise $100,000 to finish this community treasure. We are not talking about money for fripperies. We can sit on orange crates for a while. We can't do without telcom and data wiring. It has to go in now in order to let the library blossom and grow later. Nor can we do without a functional parking lot.

When I think of this $100,000, I see the nickels and dimes and quarters and dollars like the ones Dad and I collected for selling poppies. I think if every person in this county gave $8, we'd be home. But I do know how much $8 means to some people. I can still remember how badly I felt when I had to call home to borrow $7 from Dad for materials for my tailoring class at the university.

We are looking for more grants, we are investigating raffles, we are looking at a Kids' Kampaign, where the handprint of every kid in the county goes on a piece of art, or rock or wall, for a contribution. Maybe we can have an "adopt-a-kid's hand" program to help kids who can't afford a contribution to still take part.

Imagine the adult coming back from college, or the Army, later, looking at their own child-sized hand print, in the library where they loved the summer reading program. My brother-in-law Stefan just e-mailed a picture of the new Denver Art Museum. He was delighted to tell that his big paw was permanently celebrated on the wall there, in exchange for his donation. Suggestions are solicited!

Some people and institutions in this community have given and given and given. At the last Board meeting a $500 check from one citizen was passed around, almost reverently. Letters went out this week asking previous donors if they can and will give again.

Maybe some of you reading this haven't had time to volunteer for the library and haven't given in the past. Maybe you will pull out your checkbook now, knowing how important that contribution is to keeping democracy alive, to keeping public libraries the vibrant guardians of information they must be.

And, if you are one of the community curmudgeons who doesn't believe in contributing or volunteering, you believe you made your own way in the world, without benefit of being part of a great nation that has thrived on the selfless giving of so many, well, at least smile and wave when I walk by, dogs in tow, pulling my little red wagon around town, collecting bottles for refunds to fund the library!


Arts Line

Two key exhibits are underway at same time

By Kayla Douglass

PREVIEW Columnist

Seven members of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club are exhibiting their prints through Aug. 31 in the Pagosa Springs Arts Council building.

Club members committed to the exhibit are Scott Allen, Bruce Andersen, Jan Brookshier, Barbara Conkey, Al Olson, Jim Struck and Bill Woggon. Each participant will show three of his or her fine art prints.

The exhibit will also feature handmade jewelry by local artist Cynthia Harrison. She uses a lost wax fabrication method for jewelry made of sterling silver, fine silver and 14-karat gold, as well as stone insets. This show will feature her horse-theme jewelry.

The opening reception for the show will be 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Regular gallery hours to view the show are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

PSAC juried show

The PSAC-sponsored second annual Juried Art Exhibit opened last week at the Wild Spirit Art Gallery.

Exhibits are usually held at the Arts Council Gallery in Town Park, but this month we are sponsoring two exhibits (see above).

The Juried Art Exhibit features fine art in water media, oil, pastels and drawings and PSAC awarded prizes totaling $1,800.

The first-place award of $1,000 was given to Pat Erickson for her watercolor titled "Input Overload." Second place, and $500, was awarded to Eric Cundy, for his colored pencil titled "Desert Hallucination." Lynn Cluck won the third-place award of $200 for her pastel titled "Left Over."

Two honorable mentions were also awarded - to Patricia Black for her watercolor "Indian Corn VI," and to Darlene Cotton for her acrylic and gouache piece "Colorado Bear Country."

Other artists in the exhibit include Sandy Applegate, David Guthrie, Julian Ralph, Maryellen Morrow, Lynne Toepfer, Verna Marie Campbell and Sabine Baeckmann Elge. The People's Choice Award of $100 will be presented at the end of the exhibit.

Pagosa artist Carole Cooke was the juror. Carole is known for her evocative plein aire landscapes. She is a participant in such prestigious annual exhibitions as the Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles; the Western Visions Exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and the Colorado Governor's Invitational Show at the Loveland Museum of Art in Colorado. Carole has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and was recently profiled again in the May/June 2005 issue of Art of the West Magazine.

Please be sure to stop by the Wild Spirit Gallery this month to vote for your favorite.

A special thank you goes to Wild Spirit Art Gallery for hosting this exhibit and to Herman Riggs Realty fora generous donation toward the award's prize.

Creative Spaces

The Community Vision Committee Arts and Culture Committee is proud to present a series of three talks in August.

Each evening begins with a reception in the community center 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will take place at 6:30 . The first talk will be Aug. 11 and is titled "Public Art and Civic Spaces: Fundamental to a Civil Society." It features speaker Mark Childs, associate professor of architecture at the University of New Mexico. Childs is one of the leading experts in the country on the design of public spaces and the social aspects of urban design. As director of design of the Planning Assistance Center, he works with communities to restore life to town squares and central plazas.

The subject for Aug. 15 is "Successful Public Art Programs: Perspectives from Two Colorado Towns" with Harold Stalf and Joe Napoleon. Stalf is the director of the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority, and has served as assistant city manager in Aspen and as town manager for Milton, Wisc. and Crested Butte. Stalf is the former executive director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado's Ocean Journey, the Denver Film Society and the Denver International Film Festival. Napoleon is planning director for the City of Woodland Park and staff liaison between the city and the Downtown Development Authority. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Community Revitalization Association and is involved in the Colorado Festival of World Theatre.

The final evening in the series is Aug. 25 - "Creating a Vision for Downtown: Weaving Public Art, Urban Design and Streetscape into a Livable Community" with Nore Winter, an urban design and planning consultant for more than 25 years. Winter specializes in services to communities with special amenities, distinctive natural settings and traditional neighborhoods that seek to protect their heritage.

For more information contact Angela Atkinson at 731-9897.

Business of Fiction

The Business of Fiction workshop with Marcia K. Preston will offer an overview of the creative and the business side of writing fiction for publication.

Topics for discussion include techniques for plotting, writing dialogue and structuring scenes, as well as advice on marketing and publishing.

Preston grew up on a wheat farm in central Oklahoma, near a town not too different from the setting of her mystery series featuring Chantalene Morrell, daughter of a Gypsy mother and a redneck father. "Song of the Bones," the second title in the series, won the 2004 Mary Higgins Clark Award for suspense fiction and the Oklahoma Book Award in fiction. The first book in the series, "Perhaps She'll Die," was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and for Macavity and Barry awards in the Best First Mystery division. Marcia's first general fiction, "The Butterfly House," was released in January 2005 and has become popular with book clubs and reading groups. Her next novel, scheduled for release in April 2006, deals with the ripple effects of a heart transplant.

Since 1986, Marcia has edited and published ByLine, a monthly magazine for aspiring writers ( As a freelancer, Marcia's work has appeared in a long list of national magazines, including Delta SKY, Southwest Art, Wildlife Art, Woman's Day, Flower and Garden, and Highways. She lives in Edmond, Okla., with her husband, Paul, where they garden and dodge tornadoes. Marcia is the sister of Pagosa's own Jan Brookshier.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 18, at the community center. Cost of the workshop is $25. Call PSAC at 264-5020 to register now. Space is limited.

Calendar available

This is the first year for a Pagosa Springs Arts Council calendar produced by local artists, the content reflecting Pagosa Country.

This 14-page, full-color calendar features images for the 12 months of the year as well as a cover image.

Works featured are from local artists Bruce Anderson, J. D. Kurz, Jan Brookshier, Sabine Baeckman-Elge, Jeanine Malaney, Jeff Laydon, Ginnie Bartlett, Claire Goldrick, Barbara Rosner and Tom Lockhart. Artwork includes photography, oil, fabric art, watercolor and mixed media.

The 2006 calendars are available through the Arts Council at a price of $9.95 plus tax for nonmembers and $8.95 plus tax for PSAC members. This is the first season for what will be and annual Pagosa Country Scenic calendar - stop by and pick up yours now. Don't forget, they make great Christmas gifts.

Joye Moon workshop

Joye Moon will once again conduct a four-day watercolor workshop for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. She will present a Plein Aire (painting outdoors) workshop Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

This fast-paced class will take us to a new location each day, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m . The community center will serve as our back-up studio space in case of inclement weather. You will learn the ins and outs of painting outdoors. The class will deal with how to create textures found in nature, perspective, and how to easily paint mountains, rock, creeks, grasses and beautiful skies. Joye will demonstrate techniques at each location several times during the day and prides herself in giving each student individual attention. There will be a gentle yet informative critique at the end of each day.

Don't miss this one-time opportunity to paint en plein aire with Joye Moon. Cost for the four days is $200 for PSAC members and $225 for nonmembers. Cost per day is $55 for members, $60 for nonmembers. Space is limited.

PSAC Watercolor Club

The club was formed in the winter of 2003. Since that time, Pagosa watercolorists have met at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the arts and craft space at the community center. The rooms are available to us for the day and we each contribute $5 for the use of the space. The venue for the day varies as watercolorists get together to draw and paint. We sometimes have a demonstration of technique from a professional watercolorist or framer. Other times, a few people bring still lifes or photos or projects they want to complete.

Come join us, bring your lunch and your watercolor supplies for a fun day. The next meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Call for entries

Pagosa Springs is home to many woodworkers who design and construct a wide range of products including furniture, turned bowls, carvings etc.

PSAC will again sponsor an exhibit in which Pagosa's finest woodworkers can show their newest wares. The Fine Woodworking Exhibit starts Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 31.

The Arts Council is requesting applications from area woodworkers. Selection will emphasize a balance between art and craftsmanship.

For more information, contact the gallery at 264-5020, e-mail, contact David Smith at 264-6647 or e-mail him at

 PSAC events

All PSAC classes and workshops are held in the arts and craft space, Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

All exhibits are shown in the PSAC Gallery at Town Park, unless otherwise noted.

Through Aug. 31 - 2005 Juried Art Exhibit, Wild Spirit Gallery.

Through Aug. 31 - Photo Club Exhibit, Town Park Gallery.

Aug. 20 - Drawing with Randall Davis, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet at community center.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1 - Joye Moon plein aire watercolor workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., community center.

September - Celebrities Cook for the Arts and art auction.

Sept. 12-14 - Intermediate Watercolor Workshop with Denny and Ginnie, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., community center.

Sept. 14 - Photo club meeting, 5:30 p.m., community center.

Sept. 1-29 - Watercolor club exhibit.

Sept. 1-28 - Juried art exhibit.

Sept. 29 - Oct. 31 - Fine woodworking and Betty Slade student oil painters exhibit.

October - Artist studio tour.

November - 2005 gallery tour.

December - Possible Festival of Trees in conjunction with the community center.

Artsline is a communication vehicle of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. For inclusion in Artsline, send information to PSAC by e-mail We would love to hear from you regarding suggestions for Artsline. Events in surrounding areas will be included when deemed of interest to our readers.


Food for Thought

Flame is our friend - with some exceptions

By Karl Isberg

PREVIEW Columnist



Since that first big-browed bozo threw a deer carcass in the flames of a lightning-struck tree and said "Mmmm, hair burn off ... this good ... no more venison tartare," the conjunction of fire and food has been a welcome tradition.

There are pitfalls, of course.

Occasionally, the joining of fire and food produces a terrifying culinary experience; edibles get charred, a bit black around the edges, and the enjoyment index tails off dramatically.

This happens most often at the typical backyard barbecue.

Especially when sausages hit the grill.

It takes a maestro to walk the tightrope when a batch of bratwurst begins to explode and drain.

My friend Jack is just such a master - a sensei of sausage. When Jack works a grill loaded with grease-leaking brats, the plump beauties spit their volatile fuel on the heat source below and the fire storm that results is so intense it creates its own weather system. But somehow Jack emerges from the cloud of dense, oily smoke with a platter full of oh-so-right links, a huge smile creasing his smudged mug. Jack is from South Dakota. He understands pork; he is undeterred by a grease fire.

Some folks don't have the nerve to tread a path where the introduction of wildfire threatens not only the meal but homes and neighborhoods as well. I have no respect for these people.

I see plenty of them in food magazines.

I like to peruse cooking magazines. I don't have subscriptions. I don't buy these publications. I scan the salutes to pretense at the grocery store, attempting to gather as much info as possible before I notice the store manager at the end of the aisle, arms crossed, a scowl on his face.

Each issue presents at least one feature where a posse of beautiful people gather at someone's spacious digs to eat a meal that took at least seven hours to prepare at a cost somewhere in the range of $1,000 for a party of eight. These people are unwrinkled, they propose grandiose toasts, and they smile big, theatrical "I've spent a fortune at the dentist" smiles. There is no spinach stuck between teeth, and there is never a report of an unmanageable fire at the site of the party. No one suffers grease burns. No one is from South Dakota.

If you ever meet one of these effete, flameless geeks, punch him or her, for me.

Their parties are very unlike a party I once attended where fire was the headline act; where there was nerve, where there was flair, where there was derring-do. Fire and food met, and fire won.

It was the "Greatest Fondue Party in History."

The party was organized by my friend, Fred. Freddie had emerged from the army the year before and had thrown himself headlong into the task of producing events that united disparate elements of society.

Freddie worked his cross-cultural magic with food. He threw frequent dinners to which he invited friends from his oh-so-Italian/American childhood (most of whom dressed in black), jazz musicians, hippies (when and if they were able to successfully follow directions to the site of the party), political extremists from both ends of the spectrum, artists and writers, and people who carried guns under the seats in their cars.

Feasts took place at Fred's family "compound" in Lakewood with guests gathering in the huge back yard in temperate weather, or in a large open room in the basement: the party room.

Generally, the fare was something close to Fred's heart and genes - something Italian, something simmered for hours. Sauces. Pasta, and plenty of it. Wine from a family-owned liquor distributorship. Meats from grandpa's market. Fish from a company owned by a cousin.

Then, the fondue craze hit America. Open flame made the scene.

Prior to that time, you had to take a trip to an obscure Swiss village or spend an evening at a bizarre little boite in a ski town to experience fondue. Suddenly, there were fondue pots and sterno cookers on the shelves of every department store in the U.S. Some moron in the marketing biz did a good job, cracked the consumer whip, and middle America lined up to purchase gallons of cheap cooking oil.

Freddie was not immune. He was a slave to fashion.

The fondue party was to be held in the party room. It would be the ultimate with-it gathering.

Hoo boy, the party room was a sight: the room was full of round tables, each table surrounded by chairs, each table draped with a checked tablecloth, each table sporting two fondue pots (avocado, gold, copper, yellow or red), one pot full of oil and the other full of molten cheese, each pot sitting above a blazing heat source. The lights in the room were turned down and the glow from the sterno-fueled burners beckoned an otherworldly blue welcome to the diners.

Guests took their seats. Contrary to Freddie's universalist intent, each social group captured its own table.

One table was occupied by guys dressed in black and women with lots of jewelry and very large hair.

At another table sat the jazz musicians; they wore dark glasses and tapped rhythms on the edge of the table to accompany the melodies that ran through their heads. (The odd thing is, they all appeared to hear the same melody!)

A couple of the hippies had their noggins down on their table - resting, meditating, doing whatever they did during those refreshing little breaks in their journey down the stream of consciousness.

The artists and writers sat around their table and pouted and griped because none of them produced anything marketable and they were "misunderstood."

Politicos argued once they were seated, the turmoil peaking when an SDS organizer made fun of a Young Republican's wingtips.

Freddie brought out platters loaded with cubed meats, chopped veggies, and hunks of bread, and he urged everyone to pick up long fondue forks and begin deep frying their dinners.

Everything went well, for a while.

Until Wanda lost control.

Wanda was one of the hippies and she was a striking sight: Wanda's body mass was (how shall we say this delicately?) ... oddly distributed ... so she wrapped herself in billowing bright-colored clothes and various long and exotically decorated scarves. She arrived at the party with her boyfriend, Gordon, seated in the passenger seat of a rattletrap MG-TC, the scarves flagging out behind the puttering British monster, Wanda a not-yet strangled and poorly balanced Isadora Duncan, the queen of the Monarch butterflies.

Once in the party room Wanda found her mates attempting to put pieces of, like, you know man, vegetables and bread (no meat, please) on these weird looking far out long things with, like, sharp things on the end. It was so cool, man. It was so freaky. They were sticking the stuff down in these, like, hot things on the table, man. Wow.

So, Wanda, followed suit.

Or tried.

She successfully loaded a huge amount of vegetable matter on her fork, but she was mildly disoriented and failed to establish a solid physical base to compensate for her balance problem. She aimed her weird looking far out thing with, like, sharp things on the end, at the fondue pot full of hot oil, man. Had she managed to connect, this would have produced the tastiest morsel of the evening.

Wanda did not connect.

The reason Wanda did not connect? It was 1967, for pete's sake! For many people in the '60s, including Wanda, accurate spatial perception was the last thing necessary for a satisfying life. Couple that with the aforementioned unique distribution of body mass and ...

Wanda missed the fondue pot by five inches. Her weird looking far out thing with, like, sharp things on the end, plunged past the receptacle and caught the fashionable checked tablecloth with one of those far out sharp things, man. Propelled by some serious momentum, Wanda skidded across the top of the table, carrying the fashionable checked tablecloth with her, upsetting the pot of oil.

And the blazing sterno burner.

Wow, man.



Wanda scurried to safety as the inferno worked its way across the surface of the table. A couple of her pals sat immobile, transfixed by the incredible colors in the flames.

Far out.

Others at the party did not react as well.

Being high-strung by nature, the politicos leaped as one to their feet, upsetting the table and starting a blaze on the floor. Each loudly accused the others of responsibility for the fire.

Several of the gals with huge hair started screaming and ran to the periphery of the room, clutching their temples with long-nailed fingers, chased by disgruntled and angry black-clad Mediterranean paramours, the developing crisis producing quarts of adrenalin and inspiring thoughts of violence.

Artists and writers pondered the irony of a premature end to life - before an insensitive world could awaken and acknowledge their enormous talents.

The jazz musicians upped the tempo as the fire began to produce significant smoke.

Freddie ran from the kitchen with a pan full of water.

Freddie learned something about physics that night: specifically, that water poured on burning oil does not always extinguish the flame - it spreads the burning fat more efficiently.

He should have used the molten cheese.

Members of the Lakewood fire department understood the principle.

A few of us stayed outside the building as the firemen did their work. We watched the MG sputter down the driveway, Wanda's scarves fluttering in the air behind it.

We accompanied Freddie to the basement when we got the all-clear. There was quite a bit of water on the floor, with little bits of fruit and veggies bobbing on the surface. It was pathetic.

The smoke damage was less than expected - some of the bullfight posters were lost for sure, but a thorough cleaning, a new carpet and a fresh coat of paint would return the party room to fighting prime.

But there would be no returning Freddie to his glory. The event squelched his desire to entertain; he gave up his "hands across the sea" sociological experiment. He retired as the Toots Shore of the underground to devote his energies to running a "bill collection agency" for his uncle, Big Ralph, and it wasn't until 1978 that he hosted another dinner party.

You can be sure of two things: Wanda was not invited, and there was no open flame.

But, don't be deterred when it comes to joining food and fire. Just steer clear of strangely-shaped hippies and fondue pots. There is room for a pyromaniacal soul in cooking; on occasion, great food actually involves setting something on fire.

This happens when spirits are used and flame quickly exhausts the alcohol, leaving the flavor of the spirit behind.

There are, for example, several notable desserts to which flame is applied. The essence of a schlocky restaurant is a mess of Cherries Jubilee set ablaze tableside by an inept waiter. It's more fun than the carnival.

In the kitchen, a piece of nearly cooked meat and a bit of stock are sometimes doused with a small measure of spirits and the mix is set ablaze. The meat is removed and the liquid in the pan is reduced and poured over the meat just before serving or used as the base for a sauce.

Here's one to try,

Get yourself a nice hunk of beef tenderloin - half a pound per person is good. Go for a fairly thin medallion, 1 1/2 inches at the most. Pound it out a bit thinner than that.

Rub the meat with coarse-ground black pepper and some crushed garlic and let it sit for a while.

Sauté thinly sliced onion in olive oil in a heavy pan, over medium-low heat, until golden. Remove the onions to a bowl and cover.

Wipe the pan and put on high heat. Add a small amount of olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

When the oil begins to smoke add the meat and sear quickly - perhaps two minutes. Turn and sear the other side of the steak.

Deglaze the pan thoroughly with a small amount of beef stock. When the stock is reduced, add half a jigger or so of cognac and set the liquid in the pan on fire. Take care with your eyebrows.

Whooweee. Freak out on the intense colors in the flames. The last time I did this, I saw the images of Janis Joplin and Hitler in the flames.

Remove the meat to a plate and tent with foil.

Add more beef stock, so there is approximately 1 1/2 cups of liquid in the pan. If you have some veal demi-glace, add a tablespoon or so to the stock (you do have the demi-glace, don't you?). Reduce over high heat by more than two-thirds. Add three or four cloves minced garlic and mix in a tablespoon or so of stone ground mustard. Turn the heat to medium low.

Add the onions (and any juices from meat left on the plate). Simmer covered for a few moments.

At the last minute, add some heavy cream and a pat of butter. When the butter melts, top the meat with a bit of onion and sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped parsley and the remaining sauce on the side.

Just in case there is trouble, keep a pot of molten cheese handy. If the flames get out of hand, man, like wow, you know what to do.


Extension Viewpoints

Homemade ice cream's great, but a salmonella threat

By Bill Nobles

PREVIEW Columnist

Homemade ice cream is a special summertime treat. However, for hundreds of consumers each year it can also become a threat as they suffer the effects of salmonellosis. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1996 and 2000, 17 outbreaks in the U.S. involving more than 500 people were traced to Salmonella bacteria in homemade ice cream. Even commercially-prepared ice cream can become plagued with Salmonella, as evidenced by the recent nationwide recall of "Cake Batter" ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery stores in the U.S.

The Cold Stone Creamery outbreak was discovered when multiple cases of Salmonella Typhimurium infection were reported in Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Ohio with the common pattern of consuming "Cake Batter" ice cream shortly before onset of illness. In homemade ice cream, Salmonella Enteritidis, which can be transmitted from the hen to the egg yolk before the shell forms, is the more common culprit. Because of this, it's no longer safe to assume that a clean, uncracked raw egg is safe to eat.

Salmonella infection is characterized by fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps usually beginning 12 to 72 hours after eating or drinking a contaminated food item and lasting up to a week. Although most people require no medical treatment, it can be life threatening for those at high risk for foodborne illness, including infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

While commercially manufactured ice cream is typically made with pasteurized eggs or egg products, recipes for homemade ice cream often use raw eggs in the base mixture. Here are some suggestions for safe alternatives to using raw eggs in your homemade ice cream:

- Find a recipe that is eggless. It's easy and tastes just as good.

- Use pasteurized shell eggs or pasteurized egg substitutes in recipes calling for raw eggs. They can be found in the dairy case near the regular eggs. The FDA requires that pasteurized shell eggs be individually marked or specially packaged to prevent intermingling with unpasteurized eggs. Although pasteurized eggs may cost a few cents more, the pasteurization process destroys the Salmonella bacteria.

- Use a recipe that contains a cooked custard base. The custard base must reach 160º F measured with a food thermometer, in order to kill the Salmonella Enteritidis. This is also the point at which the mixture will coat a metal spoon. Resist the temptation to taste-test the mixture during preparation when the custard isn't fully cooked. After cooking, chill the custard thoroughly before freezing.

Even when using pasteurized products, the FDA and the USDA advise consumers to start with a cooked base for optimal safety, especially if serving people at high risk for foodborne illness. Additionally, use only pasteurized milk and cream when making homemade ice cream. A recipe for homemade ice cream using a cooked egg base is available on the American Egg Board's Web site,, along with recipes for other foods traditionally made with raw or undercooked eggs, such as mayonnaise, Caesar salad dressing, and eggnog. The University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension also offers an eggless ice cream recipe at



Jubilee Joy Collins

Austin and Kate Collins are delighted to announce the birth of their third daughter, Jubilee Joy Collins, born June 13, 2005, weighing in at 6 pounds 10 ounces and measuring 19 1/2 inches. Excited big sisters are Elizabeth Esther, 3, and Emmanuel Jael, 18 months. Proud grandparents are Bill and Sheri Collins of Durango and Randy and Nancy Schauwecker of Iron River, Mich. Great-grandparents are Doris Grundahl of Lakewood, Colo., and Lee Schauwecker of Avon, Ind.


Jaydn Lane Miller

Jaydn Lane Miller was born Saturday, June 11, in Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., The young man weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 1/4 inches long. He is the son of Beth Wike of Galena, Mo., and Jacob Miller of Pagosa Springs. Proud grandparents are Dave and Sandy Wike of Galena, David and Melinda Verett of Farmersville, La., and Craig Miller of Pagosa. Great-grandparents are Bob Hayes of Riverside, Calif., Esterina Wike of Galena and Naomi Cathy of Toronto, Kan. Jaydn is also welcomed by his cousin, Kiera Wike, uncles Jason Wike, Jason, Jared and Josh Miller, Chris and Kody Verett, Aunt Megan Page and many more family, friends and loved ones.




Paige Wickham

After successfully overcoming years of disabling migraines and two severe episodes of Steven Johnsons Syndrome, Paige Michelle Wickham, beloved daughter of Roger M. and Sandy J. Wickham, and sister of Nikki Almeda Marie Shifter, passed away peacefully in her sleep due to the failure of a significantly enlarged heart.

Paige was a lighting designer with Levrans then Foothills Lighting, both in Denver, before her medical conditions forced her retirement from her profession. Indeed, Paige's many friends described her in terms of light: sunny, ray of sunshine, her presence lit up a room. With loyalty, devotion and love she cared for her constant companion, Samson.

For a brief while Paige was a member of the Telluride Rotary Club and enthusiastically garnered donations from the Denver area for that club's charity golf tournament and enjoyed working the event itself.

Paige's light dimmed, and then went out August 6, 2005.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Paige's name may be sent to Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation, 4105 Youngfield Service Road, Golden, CO 80401,


Loraine N. Morris

Loraine Nana Morris passed from this life Aug. 3, 2005 in Pagosa Springs.

She loved crafts and traveling and she and her husband were campground hosts in Pagosa Springs for the past 15 years. The mountains were her true love.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, J. Lewis Morris; a sister, Louise Boothe of Anton, Texas; three daughters, La Jean Moore and husband Al of San Antonio, Sherry and husband Billy Eaton of Santa Fe; and Nanette Lindsey of Abilene, Texas; a son, Lewis Morris and wife Laura of Pagosa Springs; 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and close friends Kay and Lewis McCormack.

Visitation was at La Quey Funeral Home in Pagosa Springs on Aug. 5, after which she was taken to Littlefield, Texas for services and burial in Anton Cemetery, Anton, Texas.


 Business News

Chamber News

Special events could crowd lodging, eateries; prepare for these dates

By Mary Jo Coulehan

SUN Columnist

There are particular weekends or holidays when there are multiple events happening in town and people visiting can't find a place to stay or a restaurant to eat in, and they say "what is going on around here to make it so busy?"

I'm here to help our local businesses, help you plan for staffing, and give you a "heads up" on some events coming in our community this month and next.

First, from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship will host its annual Savvy Days conference. This event typically draws over 1,000 people to the area. Most of them need a place to stay and places to eat during their time here. We are trying to locate lodging facilities that still have space available during this weekend.

If you are a lodger and have space or come up with cancellations, give us a call so we can refer visitors to your place. And restaurants - be aware there will be lots of people eating out this particular weekend. Staff appropriately. Saturday, Sept. 10, the Parelli group will host a BBQ, so dining facilities may not be as crowded that night. Otherwise, don't shoot yourself in the foot and lose business - be prepared.

Thursday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct 1, the Colorado Municipal Judges Association will have one of its state meetings here in Pagosa Springs. They have not met in this area since 1997. Close to 80 participants and potentially that many spouses will visit Pagosa with the Hot Springs being a huge draw this time.

There will be "on your own" lunches and dinners Thursday and Friday, and potentially Saturday, as many may want to stay over and head back home Sunday. Don't wait for large groups to descend on your place of business and then ask "What is going on in Pagosa?"

In addition, if you would like your business to be noticed, we are always replacing items in our racks, calling businesses and trying to track down brochures or business cards to put in the Visitor Center lobby area. Lodgers - we need brochures. Restaurants - get us a tri-fold or 1/3 page of an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet with your menu items and other pertinent information. If we don't have the information, we can't promote you. It is embarrassing to have a lot of empty spaces where "takeout" or informational menus could be placed.

Most of the lodgers and restaurants are in the lodging and dining guides the Chamber publishes every year. However, there is additional space here at the Chamber to promote your business even further. Although it would be nice, we don't produce your brochures, but we will display them. If we call you and tell you that we are low on your brochures or businesses cards, try to find the time to drop some off here at the Chamber. It's your business: Give us the tools to help us work better for you.

Sidewalk sale

As most businesses know, when the Labor Day holiday rolls around, it's time to clear out some merchandise and get ready for new items. It is at this time of the year that people look for sales, and the Chamber is here to help the local and visiting clientele "Shop Pagosa First."

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Chamber of Commerce will again be promoting the annual Sidewalk Sale, this being the ninth year for retailers to join together from the east side of town to the west.

This year we will be adding a little twist to the sale. We would like to promote the sale starting Thursday, Sept. 1, and run it until Labor Day. This is a little bit of an extension from the typical Saturday Sale. With the extension of sale days, we are hoping to draw business from the Four Corners Folk Festival and Ironhorse Rally people as they mill about town. Numerous businesses will be participating in a folk festival special and those attendees showing their wristbands will get a "special" gift or discount.

If I was unable to connect with you and you want to participate in a special offer, please do so. We'll have even more coverage next year. Just remember, we are trying to get more business into the great shops and restaurants in Pagosa. There are lots of activities happening that week, and if we can catch the attention of visitors, we hope to drive some business into your store! As a business, you can certainly participate for any of the days that you choose to. From our standpoint, we are going to promote the sale to reach the greatest amount of people. If you should have any questions, please give me a call.

Newsletter inserts

Don't forget, if you would like to put a business insert into the quarterly Chamber newsletter that will be coming out at the beginning of September, now is the time. We need 750 inserts, which are flat 8 1/2 x 11 pages, by Friday, Aug. 26. The cost to put your business information into the newsletter is $40. This is another great way to contact a lot of people all at one time. Call Maryla in our office if you need any further information.

Difficult conversations

Have you ever had a problem with a co-worker, boss, business, or a personal friend where you had to wander through the land mine of communication? Not an easy task to accomplish. Luckily, local facilitator Jim Morris has been developing and teaching the principles of conducting difficult conversations for years and now brings his expertise to Pagosa residents.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Jim will conduct a workshop on this topic at the community center. He has worked with community, business and civic leaders as well as high school students to improve their ability to work through difficult issues. He will facilitate a workshop that will be highly interactive and experiential and will attempt to teach skills that will help you resolve conflict, learn to listen better and effectively talk about those things that are deeply important and deeply divisive.

Cost of the class is a $25 donation which will then be given to Seeds of Learning and Pagosa Outreach Connection. The class is limited to 40 people, so don't wait to reserve your spot. You may do this by getting a reservation from the Chamber of Commerce or the community center. At this time in our world when there is so much confusion, we move too fast to listen well, or we get angry over something we thought someone said, there is no better time to attend this workshop and take time for yourself.

It's a rodeo

Come on out to the Red Ryder Rodeo Grounds Friday through Sunday and watch young cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash and prizes totaling over $20,000 in the Four Corners Little Britches Rodeo. This 54-year-old national organization will come to Pagosa for the first time. Currently there are entries from five states.

Youngsters will be participating in calf roping, saddle bronc and bareback riding, bull riding, barrels, pole bending, team roping and more. Contestants will range from 5 to 18 years old. Remember last week I mentioned that Pagosa's own Ryan Montroy won the "Rookie of the Year" at the National Little Britches Rodeo in Pueblo last month. Pretty big honor!

Come out and see the athleticism of these dedicated young people. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There will also be a Chuck Wagon BBQ 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the BBQ will be $8 for adults and $6 for kids 13 and under. Afterward there will be open team roping for anyone interested in participating. Have some fun and come out and support our local and regional rodeo contestants.

United Way golf

Golfers will tee off 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, for United Way.

This year's tournament promises to be even more exciting and fun-filled than ever before. There will be three flight contests: Open, Couples, and "Let's Just Have Fun," as well as other contests and giveaways, a golf-related silent auction and, of course, golfing.

Entrance fees are $65 per person and include green fees, cart, lunch and fun. If you are a Pagosa Golf Club member, admission fee is only $30. To register yourself or your team, call the golf shop at 731-4755. This annual tournament is a great opportunity to have some fun while helping to support a United Way agency here in Archuleta County. Everyone is welcome to participate, so go on out and try to get a hole in one or come see me to buy a mulligan.

LASSO benefit

Speaking of benefits, the LASSO group or Large Animal Support Southwest Organization will having one - a "Hay Raiser" - Sunday, Aug. 28. This benefit is a little more my speed of golf - miniature golf.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bogey's Golf players will vie for prizes and have fun in the meantime. Entrance fees for the benefit are $20 per person and this fee also includes the golf game, prizes and free food. LASSO has been instrumental in this area for large animal rescue, assisting with animal neglect and educating the public. While LASSO has great supporters, this "Hay Raiser" is exactly that - raising money to purchase hay and other supplies for the rescued animals.

Whichever type of golf you choose, have some fun while supporting some great organizations.


A few new members and lots of renewals grace our doors this week.

Let's start off with Tom Dill Masonry. Tom does all facets of masonry: brick, block, stone, stone patios and floors, outdoor fireplaces and barbecues, pizza ovens, water features and more. He works on new construction, renovations or repair work in either a commercial or residential setting. He strives to provide timely service and quality work. This kind of quality tradesman is hard to find, so give Tom Dill Masonry a call at 731-9337 or keep that number on hand when you're ready for stonework.

We have another lodging facility joining this week: Pagosa Riviera, the new townhomes on South 6th Street. This luxurious condo unit is just blocks from downtown, overlooking the river. It has two bedrooms, is fully furnished, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer and a garage! The rates are seasonal and vary depending on the length of stay, so call 264-0506 or view their Web site at We are happy to have these two new members join the Chamber.

Renewals include Let It Fly, McDonald's, Larry Johnson and Johnson Builders, Pagosa Candy Co., Fireside Cabins, Rocky Mountain Paraflight, Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, N.M., Rio Grande Savings & Loan Association and Jim Smith Realty.

I usually end with last but not least, and this is certainly true this time. Associate members Gene and Joan Cortright thankfully renew. When Joan no longer is a Diplomat, what shall we do? Joan has been a volunteer here at the Visitor Center for over 20 years. You will see these wonderful, involved people either volunteering or sometimes even enjoying many a Chamber or community event. They too are great supporters of the town. We thank them for their dedication to our business and to Pagosa.

We have many great establishments in Pagosa. Log onto our Web site, when you are looking for a particular business and see which are Chamber members and what services they have to offer. These businesses are a great support system for the business and economic community. Thank you to all and get ready for fall (and all the many activities)!


Biz Beat

Daisy Valentine's

Don Ricky is the owner and Lauri Patane the manager of Daisy Valentine's, a family-owned and operated gallery located in the heart of historic downtown Pagosa Springs, 250 Pagosa St.

Daisy Valentine's is named after Daisy Valentine Ricky, born Feb. 14, 1894 - a wonderful, courageous, intelligent and loving woman who the family is happy to honor in this way. Daisy Valentine's offers handcrafted jewelry, mineral and gem specimens, antiques, original oil paintings, beautiful photographs of local scenery, vintage collectibles, Indian artifacts, western memorabilia and unique art glass.

The gallery also provides visitors with warm and courteous customer service, a friendly atmosphere and distinctive items for the discriminating buyer.

Daisy Valentine's is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phone 264-9269. Visit the Web site,, to obtain a 10-percent off coupon.



Cards of Thanks



I inadvertently forgot to include the names of Ron and Cindy Gustafson in the American Cancer Society thank you ad. The antique oak chair you donated last year for this year's Chair Event was very much appreciated. The Colorado Kids 4-H Club did a great job painting lavender flowers on it, too. Thank you!

Paula Bain,

Coordinator of The Chair Event


Special offering

Seeds of Learning would like to thank Restoration Fellowship for allowing them to do a presentation on the childcare crisis in Archuleta County and for the generous special offering Seeds received.

We would also like to thank Ron Hitti from Commercial Rock for donating a big load of sand. The children of Archuleta County thank you from the bottom of their hearts.


Frankie's Place

This is to confirm my retirement as owner of Frankie's Place Ristorante. My last day will be Sept. 30.

To all of you who have become my very good friends and customers over the last 4 1/2 years, "Bon Voyage," and at the same time, I would like to thank the Pagosa Springs community for its support and contribution to our success.

I have been presented with wonderful opportunity, which will allow me to be involved in the raising of my new grandson Vicenzo (Vincent).

I am looking forward to the changes that await me.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the great and wonderful experience of Frankie's Place.




Kind cooks

We would like to thank Stephen Paris and his son Randall for spending so much of their own time and money to help us with our Chuck Wagon. They drove all the way from their ranch - BS Ranch in Carrizo, Texas to cook not only our brisket but also our baked beans. They did this out of the kindness of their hearts - they have no relatives in the Archuleta County 4-H program. So that makes what they have done for us even more special.

Thank you also goes to our financial sponsors - Wells Fargo, Bank of Colorado, First Southwest Bank, Kid and Kaboodle, Check into Cash and Wrap It Up. Your donation to our event is greatly appreciated.


2005 Chuck Wagon

Planning Committee




Steven and Delores Butler wish to announce the marriage of their grandson, Luke Laydon, to Nicole Rodriguez. The wedding was held May 21 at United Methodist Church of Denver. Reception, dinner and dancing followed at the Brown Palace Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Both are graduates of Colorado State University and are residing in Denver.




A wedding is a ceremony

Where vows of love are spoken

For Gene and Debbie Tautges

Those vows remain unbroken.


Thirty years have passed

But their love has only grown

And through these years that they have shared

A true marriage they have sewn.


Eventually their household grew

And their lives were filled with bliss

Along came Heather, Holly, and Amy,

And of course their son named Chris.


Through thick and thin and good and bad

And sun and stormy weather

The love that Gene and Debbie had

Held their family together.


Many changes have occurred

For Debbie and for Gene

But every ounce of love and friendship

Never goes unseen.


With kids now gone, their life moves on,

Things are going great,

After all these years together

It is time to celebrate!


Happy 30th anniversary!

Heather, Corbin, Holly, Tucker, Chris and Amy



Jessica Lynch was Rotary's nominee to leadership event

The 13th annual Rotary District 5470 Western Youth Leadership Conference (RYLA) for high school students was held last month at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo.

One of Rotary Club's many initiatives is to help high-potential students learn how to improve and recognize their own leadership abilities. Rotary uses these RYLA seminars to point young people toward leadership opportunities in their own schools and communities.

Young people learn to observe and ask leadership questions when they are in school and social situations. Leadership framing questions include: Who is setting the agenda here? Is this group headed in a direction that is consistent with my values? How could I positively influence this situation and maybe change its direction to one that is more positive?

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Lynch, an incoming junior at Pagosa Springs High School, was selected by the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club to participate in this year's three-day event.

Jessica attended training focused on developing specific leadership attributes. She learned leadership methods, techniques and skills from a professional staff of educators and business people led by facilitators from MASTER Teacher, Inc., a Manhattan, Kan., based firm. The staff members treated the students like business executives who are being prepared to manage their own companies.

According to Lynch, the best part of the training was "the chance to meet and learn from other students around the state and to become aware that there are opportunities to lead in most day-to-day situations at school and in sports."


Sports Page

Cross country girls strong, boys could be a surprise

By John Middendorf

Staff writer

Pagosa Springs High School's cross country runners are warming up with expectations of a good season ahead.

With the largest team yet, with 20 boys and 15 girls in the running, Coach Scott Anderson reckons, "There's something for everyone."

The girls team is steadily progressing toward becoming the state champion, with the battle cry "Six-Four-Two-...," referring to their sixth-place finish three years ago, a fourth-place finish two years ago, and a second-place finish in the state championships last year.

Anderson is hopeful for the girls and adds, "we're going to surprise a lot of people with our guys." Anderson is a passionate runner and enjoys coaching because "it motivates me trying to keep up" with his athletes. He has been coaching the high school team for six years.

The cross country club was recently awarded a check for $738 from Fred Uehling, representing the Pagosa Lakes Property owners Association, to help reimburse costs for a recent training camp at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The money was part of the funds collected at the 13th annual Pagosa Hi Tri Triathlon and was delivered through the Pagosa Springs High School Cross Country Booster's Club.

Upcoming this season are nine Saturday meets; the first one is at Bayfield Sept. 9, followed by Lake City and Shiprock on the following weekends. On Sept. 24 the team will compete at home, followed by trips to Mancos and Aspen. The Eric Wolfe invitational will be held Oct. 15, followed by this year's regional meet in Pagosa Oct. 22. The state championships will be held Oct. 29 in Colorado Springs.


Pagosa Bow Club prepared for the hunt shoot

The Pagosa Bow Club (PBC) will be holding the last 3D shoot of the summer season Sunday, at the club range on U.S. 160, one mile east of the U.S. 84 intersection, across from the Pagosa Riverside campground.

Shooting starts 9 a.m. with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. This is the annual Prepare For the Hunt Shoot, in which a special range finder class has been added.

PBC members will be competing for a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant to obtain the shooters' vote for best target setup.

Competition entry fees are $15 single (age 13-plus), $20 couple or $25 family with a 50 percent payback for adults and trophies for youth. Non-competition entry fee is $10 per person. Cubs (12 and under) are free but must accompanied by an adult.

There will also be vendors on site for traditional and compound archery/hunting equipment. This is a great opportunity to make sure everything is just right for the upcoming archery hunting season and/or to have a great time of camaraderie and admire the creativity of club members in the process.


Ducks Unlimited sets Oct. 1 banquet

The Pagosa Springs Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet and auction Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Pagosa Lodge.

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

For additional information contact Nolan Fulton at 264 2660, Tracy Bunning at 264 2128, or Dan Aupperle at 264-2235.


Soccer coach sees strong defense, holes on offense

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Having lost premier defenders Levi Gill, Keegan Smith and Caleb Forrest to graduation, you'd think Lindsey Kurt-Mason would be leery of the early defensive play of his Pagosa Springs High School soccer squad this year.

Add to the grads the loss of center-mid Chris Baum, who has opted to focus on musical and dramatic skills this year, and the shoulder injury to veteran back-up keeper Josh Stuckwish.

"Who, me worry?" might seem to be Kurt-Mason's reaction.

Asked to evaluate his squad as it opened practice for the 2005 season Monday, Kurt-Mason said, "We'll have speed, height and a strong defense."

What about the offense, which has three of last year's four top scorers returning?

"We'll have scoring power," Kurt-Mason said, "but the primary losses from last year that have to be replaced are in the support offensive positions."

Vying to take the keeper job, he said, will be a transfer student from Ohio, Mike Schmidt, and freshman center-mid John Jewell.

The guts of the offense, obviously, will be Shan Webb, No. 4 scorer in the state last year, backed by Keith Pitcher, Derek Monks and Max Smith.

Offensive midfielders with experience and talent to score in an organized offense include sophomore Thomas Martinez, junior Caleb Ormonde and sophomore Kevin Blue - the player many believe could be a secret weapon for the Pirates this year.

Twenty-six athletes signed for the team and several more are expected when classes begin. Kurt-Mason said he's been told six exchange students may be joining the squad but he has no idea where they are from, or their skill level.

In all the discussion of who may switch positions, the most surprising and perhaps move for the defense could be moving senior veteran midfielder Paul Muirhead to the key sweeper position.

In a league which seems to change often - the Southwest Mountain League - Kurt-Mason believes Crested Butte is probably the team to beat. "They're always tough, and though the four-year veteran keeper is gone, they have a deep pool of veterans to draw upon."

And don't write off any youngster you see the coach send on the field. He has a knack for finding gems in a block of coal.

Basically, the coach said, "I see us needing to fill three offensive positions to be a contender. The names are probably on the list, but they have to prove themselves first.

As for the rest of the league, Bayfield, he said, will be much stronger and looks to have better numbers than before.

Telluride, of course, is always tough, had a young team last year, and appears set for a new winning tradition.

Ridgway, he feels, may be the sleeper, a team that in the past found a way to beat itself but is much more experienced now.

And Center. "Who knows, other than that they will have speed, are drilled extensively, and could lose up to half the team on any given game date because of harvesting duties in the San Luis Valley."

Pagosa will open with its traditional overnight doubleheader in the Colorado Springs area, meeting Fountain Valley at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 20, and Manitou Springs in Manitou at 11 a.m. the next day.

Cortez and Crested Butte come here for 4:15 games Sept. 6 and 9 and then the Pirates have three consecutive road games, Sept. 10 in Ridgway, Sept. 15 at Center and Sept. 17 in Telluride; they host Basalt Sept. 24 and Bayfield Sept. 30; go to Crested Butte Oct. 1, then have four in a row at home - Oct. 4 against Durango, Oct. 8 against Ridgway, Oct. 13 against Center and Oct. 15 against Telluride and close the regular season at Bayfield Oct. 18.


Golfers open prep season in Alamosa

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

"Every year it sneaks up on you. You think you're prepared and suddenly your short practice season is upon you."

That's Mark Faber speaking, the varsity golf coach for the Pagosa Springs High School Pirates.

Last week he got his schedule and met his campaigners, meeting many of the 26 trying out for the team for the first time.

And almost immediately, he has to pick a starting four and feed them to the wolfpack of prep teams awaiting local fodder.

Traditionally, golf is the first varsity high school sport to take the field and this year will be no exception. It happens, like almost now.

The squad opens the season Friday in the Alamosa Invitational, hosts the Pirate Invitational (the lone home match of the year) Tuesday, travels to the Cortez tournament Wednesday and then closes the first week of competition Thursday at Durango Hillcrest.

"It gives the coaches very little time to evaluate, especially the players we have not seen before - and you never know when you'll find a gem in the rough, a talent just waiting to be polished," Faber said.

And that brief time to judge the skills and character makes it nearly impossible to name a starting lineup. Golfers were going through tough workouts today as the final elimination process continued.

At press time, we do not know which golfers will be on the field for Pagosa to open the season.

The Pirate Invitational, set for a 9 a.m. tee-off Tuesday, has been a primary event on the prep calendar since its inception, with normally at least a dozen teams in competition.

After the early spate of matches, the Pirates finish with another quick series of matches and as quickly as it started, the season will be over.

Following the Aug. 25 appearance in Durango, the team participates in the Montrose tournaments at Cobble Creek Aug. 29 and at Black Canyon Aug. 30; the Delta tournament the following day; and a Cedaredge tournament Sept. 2. The team goes to Monte Vista Sept. 7 and to Canon City Sept. 12 before closing the regular season Sept. 13 on the Holly Dot course in Colorado City where the regional tournament will be played Sept. 22. State playoffs are Oct. 3-4 at Welshire in Denver.


Pagosa, Rio Grande Golf Clubs locked in challenge match final

The third annual challenge cup match between Pagosa Springs Golf Club and Rio Grande Golf Club is being concluded today at Rio Grande.

The confrontation opened Wednesday at Pagosa Golf Club where head pro Alan Schutz led 11 Pagosa amateurs in quest of the Wolf Creek Cup for another year.

Rio Grande won it in the first year of competition.

The format is Ryder Cup-type points, with individual matches combined with a team match. The team with the high point total afer the two days holds the cup for another year.

Representing Pagosa are Truett Forrest, Ross Hatfield, Dennis Yerton, Don Ford, Bill Curtiss, Jim Miner, David Lynch, Jim Horky, Tom Bish, Jack Hummell and Ray Henslee.


Hatfield low gross; Jones first net in Men's Golf League

By Bill Curtiss

Special to The SUN

Playing a low gross/low net format Aug. 10, Pagosa Springs Men's Golf League saw Russ Hatfield shoot a first-place gross 70.

Trailing him in second-place gross was Truett Forrest with 75 and Jim Miner was third with 77.

Bob Jones captured first-place net with a 64, with Ray Henslee a stroke behind at 65. Carl Carman and Rick Tayor finished in a tie for third at 66.

All interested players are invited to join the Men's League which plays at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.


Picker-upper plucks up golf goodies

By Lynne Allison

Special to The SUN

Dr. Pepper, "the friendly picker-upper," was the format for the Women's Golf League Aug. 9.

The women played the Meadows/Ponderosa courses and counted only the net total for Meadows No. 2, No. 4 and Ponderosa No. 1 holes (10th hole). Par for these holes is 12.

Barb Lange and Sheila Roberts tied for first, each scoring 9. Lynne Allison and Robyn Alspach tied for second, each scoring 10.

The Pagosa Springs Women's Team will compete today in the fifth match play of the Southwest Golf League session at Dalton Ranch vs. Kirtland Riverview.


Pirates face familiar foes in volleyball action

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

The Pirate volleyball team returns to the court this season following a 2004 schedule that saw the squad post a 19-9 overall record and advance, again, to the Colorado Class 3A state tournament.

Last year's return to the Denver event at season's end occurred after a two-year absence and, with three starters back from last year's state tourney team and several players returning with significant varsity playing time, chances are good the 2005 Pirates can find themselves on the courts at the Denver Coliseum come Nov. 12.


If a cast of newcomers can gel and develop a competitive fire under the tutelage of their new head coach, Andy Rice.

If the team can manage to avoid a pitfall encountered by last year's team - namely, a letdown against lesser teams, and an inconsistency of play against better squads.

If the Pirates can continue to dominate their Intermountain League opponents.

If the team can post a successful record against some tough 5A and 4A teams, honing skills and building confidence in the process.

If this version of the Pirates can rise to the heights so many of their predecessors have reached as they made the school's program one of the best in Colorado.

The schedule gives the squad ample opportunity to define its character, with some true heavy hitters taking the court against the Pirates.

The season begins with a traditional rivalry as Cortez rolls into town Sept. 1. The Panthers have become a perennial Class 4A state contender - a team characterized by a powerful outside attack and great backcourt play. The rivalry with the Panthers began in the mid '90s and Pagosa dominated action for the first five or six years. Cortez turned the tables and has had the best of the action the second half of the series. The match should get the season off to a hot start.

Other nonleague teams the Pirates face this season are 5A Durango, in a rivalry that, like that with Cortez, has developed to the point that each year's match is eagerly anticipated by fans and players alike. Last season, the Pirates defeated the Demons in five games at Durango, and the Demons will seek to return the favor in Pagosa Oct. 4.

Piedra Vista is the New Mexico equivalent of a 5A team and the Pirates entertain their Farmington, N.M., opponents Oct. 8.

The Pirates motor to Kirtland, N.M. to face the Kirtland Central Broncos Oct. 13. Last season, the Pirates beat Kirtland in three games in Pagosa and hope to manage a victory this year in one of the toughest sport environments in New Mexico.

New Mexico's Bloomfield High School brings its team to Pagosa Sept. 12. The Pirates and Bloomfield have met many times since the mid '90s with the Pirates holding a decisive winning edge.

Montrose and Pagosa have played a match each year for the last five years and this season the 4A Indians must come to Pagosa Springs. Montrose took advantage of a depleted Pagosa roster to eke out a five-game win in Montrose last season and this year is get-even time for the Pirates against a vastly improved Southwestern League program.

Another tradition - one which began in 1997 - is a midseason trip to the Fowler tournament. Fowler is one of the state's 2A powers and promises to put a strong team on the court this year. A 3A rival - Lamar - attends the tourney each year and the Pirates and Savages have played some ferocious matches over the years. The tournament, in this mecca of volleyball on the eastern plains, takes place Oct. 1.

Last season in the IML the Pirates had slight competition, with only one match going five games. League competition begins this season when the Pirates go to the San Luis Valley Sept. 9. to meet Monte Vista - a program that has made steady progress the last two seasons. Monte comes to town for the second game of the league series Oct. 14.

Ignacio visits Pagosa Sept. 15, with the Pirates going to the Bobcats' den Oct. 6. The Bobcats gave the Pirates fits in one regular season match and a district tournament match last year, taking Pagosa to four games each time.

Centauri comes across the pass Sept. 17 for the first of two league games against Pagosa and the Pirates motor to La Jara Oct. 15. Last season, the Falcons came close to beating Pagosa, stretching the Pirates to five game in the PSHS gym.

Games against Bayfield are set in Pagosa Sept. 24 and in Bayfield Oct. 22.

If Pagosa happens to finish fourth or fifth in league play, the district pigtail game is scheduled for Oct. 25.

The top four teams in the IML compete in the district tournament at Monte Vista Oct. 28 and 29. Regional tournament action is Nov. 5-6 and the state tournament takes place in Denver Nov. 12-13.


Pirate football season opens Sept. 2

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

They went 7-3 last season, advancing to the first round of the Class 2A football playoffs before losing by a scant two points to Roosevelt.

They finished the Intermountain League season as undisputed champs, nailing a 4-0 record in the process and giving up only seven points total to IML foes.

With many of last year's players back - several in skill positions, several with heft in the trenches - Coach Sean O'Donnell is at the helm of a Pirate football team that could be poised for a successful season.

The trek to another league title and a trip to the 2A playoffs begins for the Pirates Sept. 2 at Gunnison. The 2A Cowboys are one of five nonleague programs the Pirates will battle this season. Last year, the Pirates went to Gunnison and defeated the Cowboys 43-20.

Game two of the 2005 lineup is Sept. 9, also on the road. This time the opponent is 3A Cortez, in what is quickly becoming a Four Corners rivalry. Cortez was one of two teams that beat the Pirates last year during the regular season, taking a 35-19 victory on its home field.

Yet another 3A foe appears Sept. 16. The Montrose Indians make the trip to Golden Peaks Stadium as the Pirates play for the first time this year before the hometown fans. The Indians will come to town seeking revenge for a 20-10 defeat at the hands of Pagosa last year.

Taos - a New Mexico equivalent of a 4A school- comes to Pagosa Sept. 23 for a rematch of last season's battle in Taos, won by the Pirates 22-12.

In the IML there are but four opponents, and the contests are critical to any post-season hopes. The first of those battles comes on the road, against the Bayfield Wolverines. Bayfield came to Golden peaks Stadium last year and left on the end of a sound 48-7 thumping.

If there has been an IML football twosome that has delighted the crowds with close play the past few years it is Pagosa and Monte Vista. The game in Monte Vista last year was a thriller, with Pagosa getting away with a 6-0 win. Monte comes across Wolf Creek Pass this year for the IML contest on Oct. 7.

One final nonleague opponent remains at this point and it is a tough one - the generally powerful Alamosa Maroons. The 3A team comes to Golden peaks Stadium Oct. 14 and Pagosa hopes to rebound from a 41-19 loss in 2004.

The final two games of the regular season are against IML teams.

Pagosa goes to Ignacio to meet the Bobcats Oct. 21 ( last year's contest was no contest, with the Pirates smashing the Bobcats 57-0) then entertains the Centauri Falcons Oct. 28. Last year, the Pirates downed the Falcons 28-0.

The Gunnison game starts at 3:30 p.m. - all other regular season games this season begin at 7 p.m.


Advisory board meets today on town parks development

By Joe Lister Jr.

SUN Columnist

Angela Atkinson and the Community Vision Council volunteers will make a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 5 p.m. today. The purpose is to get input from our advisory board on history and the needs that have come across the desk of every board member.

Atkinson is also working on an updated survey to help try to establish needs of the parks and recreation department in order to establish a capital improvement master plan, as well as assess the need for a recreation center in Pagosa Springs.

From the survey we will try to figure out ways of paying for such improvements, and predict the types of uses we can expect from the public.

South Pagosa Park

A push to get the BMX track removed, re-landscaped, and made into a more versatile and usable park is in the works.

A rendering of a proposal will be presented to the at today's meeting. We have been in contact with Richard Manley and Lynne Bridges of the Seeds of Learning building committee to try to work out the amount of property needed for their facility. We have also commissioned Walker Christiansen, of DHM Design, to plan a functional use for the area that is now the site of the BMX park.

As of today, we have received no public comment concerning the revitalization of the park. Anyone wishing to comment should call me at 264-4151, Ext. 231, or come to the meeting tonight.

Vandalism at the park has been a frustrating part of our 2005 summer - broken toilets, graffiti, trash - and one group of vandals was even bold enough to sit and write out notes to the crew, wishing them luck and questioning how long it might take to clean up the park after their latest mess.

The parks crew and Pagosa Springs Police Department have the go-ahead to issue tickets, and to even close the park. We have also been very lenient about enforcing the rules for closing time, helmet rules, etc., hoping the user group would help police itself, but that has not worked. One of our only options now is to enforce all park rules and/or close the park earlier.

Durango is in the construction phase of a new park, but it took many years and tough rules to get to this stage. Rules there include taking skateboards away, even suspensions of park privileges if a person breaks the rules. Please pass on the seriousness of this issue to fellow users, and help so we do not have to take away everyone's privilege of free park use.

Sports complex

Today is also the day bid documents for final grade, irrigation and completion of the new Sports Complex are due.

We expect to work off the bids, then determine items that the town crews can do to help save money on costs. We expect to have the final grade, topsoil placement and drainage complete by mid-September. The recent rains have not helped much, but we plan on hitting it hard as soon as we can.


Pagosa Springs Recreation

Soccer parents have to learn the game, too

By Myles Gabel

SUN Columnist

As we start our youth soccer programs next week, understand that your 5, 6, 7 and 8-year-old children will quickly understand that soccer is a game played with a ball.

They will more slowly learn they cannot touch the ball with their hands, become more proficient at the skills you have tried to teach them, and run around the field with great enthusiasm.

However, they will be much slower to learn the tactical concepts of the game. They are just not developmentally ready for this lesson yet. So go easy on your coaches and your kids or, better yet, don't be afraid to get out there and help out!

Soccer, although played with a ball, is really a game of space and movement without the ball. Unlike some other sports, (baseball, for instance), soccer does not really have distinct positions. Rather, players have differing responsibilities which change as the ball and the other players move about the field. In a strict sense, only the goal keeper really has a "position" to play.

In your first game, you will observe that all the players will chase madly after the ball in a pack. Occasionally, a stronger player will get a foot on the ball and it will pop out of the pack. Instantly, the pack scurries after the ball and ingests it, the ball disappearing within a forest of little churning legs. As the season progresses and the players develop their skills, we try to teach them some tactical awareness, but don't get frustrated when you discover that they learn these principles very slowly.

Once the players have developed some skill and comfort with simple passing, we will try to introduce the concept of movement. A successful pass is made not so much by the player who delivers the ball but, by the player who makes a run to get open. At the young age level, a good run is any movement which takes the player away from the pack which surrounds the ball. After years of listening to coaches plaintive pleas of "Don't bunch up," soccer coaches have become convinced that most kindergarten, first and second grade players have great difficulty internalizing the concept that sometimes you chase the ball and sometimes you don't.

Except for the truly exceptional youngest sister or brother of a huge family of soccer players (see Pagosa's own Searles and Smiths), most young players either chase the ball all the time (whether they have a prayer of getting it or not) or never go after it (soccer as an on-the-field spectator sport). Ideally, one player will go after the ball and the other teammates will spread out, looking to get open for a pass. Hopefully by the end of the season you will see a few players on your team who appear to understand this concept of space and movement on the field. They will move away from the "pack" and yell "Pass me the ball!"

Well, new soccer parents, there you have it. You can yell, "Don't bunch up!" or "Separate!" as much as you want as long as you don't get frustrated when they don't listen. Relax, though - space and movement are 9-year-old concepts.

Reference: "Tactics and Young Children," by Curt Brand, "D" Licensed Coach

Shin guard shop

Tired of buying another pair of cleats or shin guards?

Then come to the "Cleat and Shin Guard Swap" 4 p.m. Monday on the soccer fields at the elementary school.

How does this work, you wonder? First, clean as best you can all unwanted cleats and shin guards and place them inside a bag along with your name and phone number. Take this bag to a drop location between today and Sunday. Place in drop box and you will be "credited" for the number of pairs you drop.

On swap day, you will be allowed to shop for the same number of items you donated. There will be a $2.50 charge for taking a pair over your "credited" amount and/or a $2.50 "credit" for taking less then you donated.

Drop locations: Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street or Shell Gas Station - U.S. 160 and North Pagosa Boulevard. If you have additional questions concerning the "Cleat and Shin Guard Swap," call Carrie, 264-9042, Lisa, 264-2730, or the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department.

Junior High soccer

We will hold a meeting for all interested seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls interested in forming a Junior High Youth Soccer league for 2005. This meeting will be at Pagosa Springs Junior High School immediately after school Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the downstairs gymnasium. If you have questions concerning this league, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Adult volleyball

Anyone interested in playing four-person coed adult indoor volleyball should attend an informational meeting 6 p.m. today at Town Hall in the upstairs board room.

Soccer referees

If you have a background in soccer as a player or coach, we need you! The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is hiring referees for the 2005 season. High School students through adults are welcome and training is provided. Pay is $10- $25 depending on experience and level of the games you officiate. Contact the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department at 264-4151, Ext. 232, if interested.

Sports Hotline

Information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department may be found by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-6658 or logging on to and going to the Parks and Recreation link. All schedules and upcoming events are updated every Monday morning.

For additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, contact me at 264-4151, Ext. 232.



Get over it and move on

Once the dust settles following the town council action concern-ing denial of proposed big box regulations, chances are that progress can still be made. If those who do not understand town politics and the processes that distinguish a public hearing from a reading of a proposed ordinance calm themselves, and if elected officials sit back and reflect on their decisions, we can still move forward. There are lessons here that, if digested properly, can help achieve a satisfactory compromise, and instruct us how to deal with similar issues in Pagosa Country.

The first thing we understand is the door to big box regulation is not closed. The vote against this particular set of regulations produced great confusion and dismay for some, but the question of control of development is still open.

First, let's ask a question of both council and task force: "How many times did the two bodies meet in work sessions during the past year?" Not many? When a volunteer body labors to provide recommendations to elected officials, the officials must monitor and direct the activities of the volunteer group. There are few surprises this way. Did this happen? We do not elect volunteers to make our decisions; we elect officials to guide the committee process from beginning to end. Why did this not occur?

There is something here for other officials to ponder. Pagosa Country has long teemed with groups and individuals certain they have the answer to a variety of problems. These individuals, of course, do not run for office and most could not be elected to office, but they are ready to grace government with their wisdom. If they are allowed to proceed, government must provide direction. Too many problems can arise when a group operates at a distance from those we elect to make decisions.

Those who support the rejected big box controls should step back and more accurately assess political realities in town - not be swept away by their enthusiasm and ideology. Perhaps the naiveté of some proponents clouded their perception of the political climate (how many of the members of the task force are residents of town?). And, with zeal, there is often a lack of patience with what could be a prolonged process. Implementation of regulation might have to take place incrementally, beginning with an upgrade of current controls. The child must walk before it can run.

We need upgraded regulation, so the walk must begin. The town, though ahead of the county, does not have a full tool chest to use in dealing with development. It seems to us the current town council, regardless of its stand on this issue, owes it to future councils to provide the regulatory muscle to direct development - and to say "no" if the need arises, to big boxes or anything else. In little time, the character of the council and the town can change. If we look at the development picture in Pagosa Country, we perceive a number of problems that could have been avoided had elected officials years ago provided the means to their successors to deal with the situations.

Lastly, proponents of big box controls or of any other point of view, need to do their homework rather than wailing about their frustrations. Politics is the art of compromise and compromise is not oiled by attacks, misunderstandings of the process, or by crying when you do not get what you want. When you do not agree with elected officials, there are political avenues open. If proponents are unwilling to engage in a long process to institute controls, the town charter provides another route. Go to the voters. Circulate a petition and have a referendum put on the ballot. That, and not the "right" to speak at a first reading of a proposed ordinance, is democracy.

Karl Isberg

Editor's note: this editorial was written to run Aug. 11. Due to an in-house problem, the Aug. 4 editorial was repeated Aug. 11.


Pacing Pagosa

How do you make an icon?

By Richard Walter

SUN Columnist

Today, class, our lesson involves first a tried and true, verifiable American icon - the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Who among us has not at some time, as soon as arriving home from school, headed for the kitchen and the construction of this downhome delight?

There are many ways to make a treat of such note. Many first-timers just grab a slice of bread, get down the peanut butter jar (be sure to pick the one mom already has open) and slather a pile of goober goo in the middle. Fold it over and you have something worth a Yankee YaHoo.

Older students are more cognizant of the finer arts involved. Many (even most) opt for two slices of bread, carefully spreading the peanut butter side to side. They don't do it more daintily than their younger siblings. But they seem to give the effort just a little more pizazz.

Mom and Dad are no strangers to the treat. Both can often be found late at night, a television movie over, or a business report finished, sidling into the kitchen for their own version of one of these memories of America's past.

Now the jelly part. Where'd it come from? Who decided to meld the two favorite tastes of youngsters into a veritable "moment of satisfaction" which can't be copied?

The steps, according to no less an august publication as The Christian Science Monitor, were many, beginning with the basic "sliced bread." Seems in the old days if you wanted a slice of bread from a bakery, you had to cut it yourself. To overcome that handicap, an Iowa salesman and inventor built a mechanical slicer, but the loaves were sloppy-looking and did not sell. But, in November, 1928, St. Louis baker Gustab Papendick put the sliced loaves in cardboard boxes to support them as they were wrapped. The bread industry was revolutionized.

Then came step two. It is widely believed a St. Louis doctor developed it in 1890 as a protein-rich food his elderly patients without teeth could eat. An enterprising merchant ground the peanut butter and sold the surplus for 6 cents a pound.

Fruit spreads were already popular and matching the two up was apparently just a matter of time.

But when did they become popular, a real "fare of the day." You can get many arguments. But I remember my uncles in the U.S. military in World War II raving about them.

And leave it to the Peanut Advisory Board (every nut should have a board). The Peanut group says the sandwiches were on U.S. Army ration menus and returning GIs made sales of the ingredients soar.

When did you have your own PB&J? What's your favorite jelly flavor? Should the peanut butter be smooth or chunky? Might try asking your grandparents those questions.

Some say grape makes the best PB&J. Others swear by cherry or raspberry. White bread seems most popular but nearly all forms, even rye, can be used.

My favorite is two slices of white, a touch of butter, a mix of grape jelly on one slice, cherry on the other - carefully folded together -  and my dentures already in.




90 years ago

Taken from SUN files of August 20, 1915

The management of the Gem Theatre is now making arrangements to put on some of the finest pictures ever shown in motion-picture-dom. No picture is selected without due thought given the special field in which it is shown. This, together with the wide, comfortable seats, the splendid music and courteous treatment, has made the Gem an ideal place to go to spend an entertaining and instructive evening for both children and parents.

The town has closed the deal for Lots 1 and 2, Block 25, with Mrs. Fannie Waldeck for the erection of a steam pumping plant for the water works.

E.K. Caldwell and A. Thomson have ordered wire fencing and gates for the Odd Fellow's burying ground at Hilltop.


75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of August 22, 1930

Pagosa friends will be pleased to learn that Miss Marie Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Nelson of Pagosa Springs, who was last year successful in obtaining one of the Bonfils scholarships for attendance at Denver University, has done such excellent work at the institution that she was recommended and received another scholarship for the ensuing term. At Denver she makes her home with Mrs. Bessie Mullins Hughes, formerly of this city.

Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Macht, suffered an attack of acute appendicitis early Monday morning and was at once taken to a Durango hospital for an operation. He was accompanied by his parents and Dr. A.J. Nossaman, and withstood the ordeal nicely.


50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of August 18, 1955

Vandalism is one of the things that most people look on with disgust. It is generally prevalent around vacant buildings and parks. This year it has been practically non-existent in these places but Ben Lynch reports that it has been heavy in the drug store. Booths have been slashed and other damage done to the furniture. It has been heavy enough that he states he is seriously considering discontinuing the soda fountain in his store. It is a shame that anyone would maliciously destroy property to the extent it makes part of a business a losing proposition. It is a pleasant place for teenagers to congregate. We hope that Mr. Lynch will not find it necessary to close his fountain and that the persons who are committing the acts of vandalism will either stop or get their neck in the wringer.


25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of August 21, 1980

The chief of police and the police sergeant have tendered their resignations effective September 1. This leaves the town with a two person police force and it has asked that Sheriff Neal Smith administer the law enforcement in town until permanent arrangements can be made.

A large brawl and fight last Friday night resulted in two police officers being injured and it took a shotgun blast into the air by Police Officer Parsons to break up the donnybrook. Charges have been filed against two persons. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be filed in connection with the incident.

Chokecherries are ripe, fly fishing is good, school is set to open and this generally marks the end of summer here.



Is it Manitou's last chance again?

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

You have worked nearly 20 years for a company and you were reliable, professional, a leader and one of the company's best.

At the peak of your career, your luck changed. You lost an eye. You were not down, but it's clear you could not work like you used to. The company recognized your worth and kept you on, adjusting your responsibilities in light of your disability.

Two years later, in a freak accident, you injured your legs and could barely stand or walk on your own. You needed medical care and physical therapy, but the truth was, your usefulness had expired. Your career was over.

You took an early retirement - you had no choice. You hoped Social Security or disability would help ease your passage into old age. As a human, you had hope and options, but as a horse your plight would look grim - the auction house and an uncertain fate, or death by bullet or lethal injection.

This is the story of Manitou, a 27-year-old golden palomino, Missouri Foxtrotter who was saved once from such a fate, but whose future looks uncertain again.

Manitou worked for 19 years as a range management horse for the U.S. Forest Service in the Rio Grande National Forest and most recently in the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest.

"He served the Forest Service well," said Ron Decker, a recreation staff member on the Pagosa Ranger District.

With a gleam in his eye and a smile creeping slowly over his face, as though remembering a ride with Manitou from long ago, Decker reminisced about the horse's tenure with the district.

He said he remembers Manitou's incredible gait, limitless energy and the big horse charging through the Gambels oak.

"He was high energy, he could put you across the country pretty good," Decker said.

And that, said Decker was the signature of Manitou's service, even following the infection that forced the removal of Manitou's left eye.

"We still used him with one eye, and he did pretty well," said Decker. That was in 2000.

But two years later, Manitou faced another stroke of bad luck.

"Manitou ended up in a cattle guard," Decker said.

Decker explained that Forest Service personnel had gone out to one of the agency's pastures to round up horses for a work project. The horses chosen shared a pasture with Manitou, and they were rounded up and loaded into a trailer, but Manitou was left behind. Decker said he didn't know the exact circumstances of the incident, but said it was probably because of Manitou's sight problem that kept him from being taken along. Decker said when the trailer left, Manitou decided, trailer or not, he was going too.

"For whatever reason, Manitou decided he wanted to go along," Decker said.

Manitou followed the trailer, and when it crossed the cattle guard, so did he, ending up with four stuck and seriously injured legs. Luckily, none of his legs were broken, but the soft tissue damage was severe.

Following the incident, Manitou's condition deteriorated, and the once strong Missouri Foxtrotter, nicknamed Dozer for his strength and determination, had shrunken to a shell of his former self.

That left the Forest Service with a decision.

"Horses for years were considered a tool, like chainsaw, a shovel, or like a car or truck," Decker said.

When looked at from this perspective, Decker said, every tool has a useful life. And in the summer of 2002, it looked like Manitou had reached the end of his.

Decker said when a working horse reaches the point Manitou did, whether they are a Forest Service horse or ranch horse, they are often either sold at auction or euthanized.

But Decker said the Forest Service realizes when a horse, a horse such as Manitou, is different.

"These horses that are still valuable, we try to auction them in such a way that they'll go somewhere where they'll be taken care of," Decker said.

And that is when Yoli Parker stepped in.

Parker said she had heard of Manitou before his injuries and, because of his reputation, had made plans to buy him when the Forest Service decided he was due for retirement. Following the cattle guard incident it was clear Manitou's tenure was up, and Parker said the Forest Service contacted her to see if she was still interested.

She said she went to see the horse and that Manitou was a sorry sight.

"He was a disaster," Parker said.

She said Manitou could hardly stand on his own, and with one eye missing he wasn't exactly a prize.

"No one bid on him; he wasn't sound. He was just a rack of bones," Parker said.

Despite Manitou's condition, Parker felt compelled to adopt him. She said he hadn't been given time to heal and she knew that nursing him back to health would be a project, but she felt Manitou was special. She said he had been a solid horse for the Forest Service and that he deserved a chance and a future.

Fifty dollars later, Manitou arrived at Parker's Last Dance Ranch. Once there, she spent the next two months treating Manitou's injured legs, massaging them and working to remove fluid buildup that, if left untreated, would turn hard and fibrous and would prohibit blood circulation in Manitou's lower legs. She spent a month, wrapping his legs three times a day in plastic wrap - a treatment method called "sweating out" an injury - to help eliminate the fluid.

Despite her efforts, she said it still took eight month's before Manitou was strong enough to stand on three legs to have his hooves trimmed. And now, after months of care, Manitou has a new lease on life.

She said Manitou now stands on his own for regular hoof trimmings. But his recovery has gone far beyond that. She said Manitou makes numerous daily trips from the lower pasture to the upper corral and that the trip involves crossing a creek and traveling up a steep grade. Parker said she thinks this daily routine coupled with good feed has helped his recovery and the return of his coat and muscle tone.

While stroking his neck and feeding him carrots, Parker said, "Look at him, he's all doppled up. He's pretty fit; I can't say anything bad about him."

After three years at the Last Dance, Parker said Manitou has settled in well with the new location and the other horses. She said Manitou is even getting frisky with his female pasture mates, especially the mare, Miss J.

Manitou's life, after all he's been through, seems grand, but his fortune has changed for the worse - again.

Parker explained that in order for her to maintain the agricultural status of her property she must maintain a herd that produces foals for sale and the ranch must prove a profit to the county. With limited acreage, a small herd and three more young ones on the way, Parker said the Last Dance will soon be a very crowded place. Without enough winter pasture to shelter and separate the mares and their foals from the geldings she said something has got to give, and under these circumstances she she can't keep Manitou.

Parker said she has looked for a home for Manitou locally and out of state - including a ranch in Texas that specializes in adopting injured or abandoned animals. So far she hasn't had any luck.

She fears for Manitou's future and is afraid, because of his size and strength, he will be bought and then sold for meat. Parker said Manitou deserves better.

"He's given 19 years of service, and he deserves a retirement," Parker said.

For information on adopting Manitou, contact Parker at 264-6720.


Blood draws slated today and Aug. 25

United Blood services, the community blood center for the Four Corners area, has scheduled two additional draws in Pagosa Springs this month.

Current identification is required for all potential donors, and you may now sign up on line at

The blood draws will be 1-5 p.m. today at Pagosa Fire Protection District, 189 N. Pagosa Blvd.; and 1-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St.

UBS urges all potential donors to become involved, saying "We all need the support of each other."


Drainage work volunteers needed

Sunday on Fourmile

The San Juan Mountains Association in partnership with San Juan Public Lands is seeking volunteers from the Pagosa Springs and Durango areas Saturday to help install and maintain rock water-bars and other drainage features along the first mile of the Fourmile Falls trail.

Group size is limited, to register visit or contact the San Juan Mountains Association at 385-1242.


Planning commission sets new meeting date

The Archuleta County Planning Commission will not meet as regularly scheduled Aug. 24.

The planning commission is scheduled to meet next Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.


Pagosa's Past

Great war seemed to be imminent for Four Corners

By John M. Motter

PREVIEW Columnist

There was a time when residents of the Four Corners Area were afraid to close their eyes at night.

A great war seemed imminent. This war was in their back yards, not far away across a vast ocean. Angry Utes, heavily armed, threatened the settlements. Entire families, dads, moms and children, were in peril.

Alarm was justified. Some of the frontier military believed the Utes were the most formidable of all Indian adversaries. The Utes and Nez Percés were regarded as especially dangerous and competent enemies by Army regulars, according to Don Rickey Jr., writing about the western Indian wars in "Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay."

"During the 1879 Ute campaign," wrote Rickey. "A macabre soldier joke revealed something of the regular's opinion of the hostiles' abilities. Two soldiers were talking:

"'Got a comb and brush?

"'No, when we get over and have a brush with the Indians (Utes), they'll fix your hair for you!'

"Sergeant John B. Charlton, who fought seven pitched battles and many skirmishes with Indians, from 1870 to 1880, ranked the Utes as the best armed and most dangerous foe he had encountered," according to Rickey.

Utes could be anywhere in the mountainous west of Colorado. In late September of 1879, White River Utes destroyed their agency at Meeker, killing a number of whites in the process.

Would the Southern Utes do the same to their agency in Ignacio? From Utah to the San Luis Valley, including Pagosa Country, anxious fathers armed with the best weapons they owned peered from their rude cabins into the night. Mothers bit their lips, wondering where the children might be hidden should warring Utes arrive. Many of the settlers gathered in groups in the most defensible buildings available.

Army units marched from New Mexico into the Four Corners. Other units invaded northwest Colorado. In the south, Ignacio, born half Ute/half Jicarilla Apache and a leader of the Tabaguache band located near Montrose most of the time, eventually held the southern Weminuche, Capote and Muache bands in check. Ignacio spoke Ute, English, Spanish and Jicarilla, at least, and exerted considerable influence over the bands of the south.

Nevertheless, the Utes were restless, peering down on scattered white communities from the safety of a thousand timbered hills, or so it seemed. And frankly, no one knew for sure if Ignacio could hold the line.

Just such an occasion as the Ute unrest was the reason for establishing Fort Lewis at Pagosa Springs. It should be noted that no permanent settlement took place at the locale of the present town until it appeared to some civilians that the fort would be placed near the already well-known hot springs. It could be argued that a major reason for founding Pagosa Springs on its present site was the perceived construction of the fort.

And so, what did the Army see that made them value Pagosa Springs as a fort location? Among the information available to Army brass and Congress back east was a report prepared by C.A.H. McCauley of the 3rd Cavalry dated January 27, 1879. McCauley visited the fledgling post in late 1878. The report was submitted to G.W. McCrary, Secretary of War in Washington D.C. with the endorsements of John Pope, Brevet Major General, Commanding; Lieut. General P.H. Sheridan, Chicago, Ill., Headquarters, Military Division of the Missouri; and Adjutant General E.D. Townsend. McCrary forwarded the report to Congress and President Rutherford B. Hayes.

It goes without saying that Pagosa Springs, if not a household word (no television) was at least well-known nationally at that time in history. Indian unrest in the West was a major national issue. Custer's 1876 debacle at Little Big Horn was still at the front of people's minds and the Meeker Massacre was only a few weeks old. Battles were fought with the Crow, Sioux, Comanche, Apaches, Bannock and Shoshone, and on and on. Suffice it to say, settlers were concerned about that the Indians might do. Not concerned enough to remain in the safety of the East, but concerned.


Pagosa Sky Watch

Full Sturgeon (and blue) Moon Friday

James Robinson

Staff Writer

Moon: On Aug. 19 in Pagosa Country, a full moon will dominate the night sky.

For thousands of years, full moons have played a prominent role in human culture. For early peoples, the regular and predictable full moon cycles provided a means of marking time and the passage of the seasons. To help organize seasons or events, they created names to chronicle the lunar cycles. As a result of their efforts, this month's full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon.

The name, Full Sturgeon Moon, is attributed to the Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region. It is said the name came about because sturgeon, a large fish inhabiting the lakes, was most readily caught during this month.

The lunar names were then passed on to the European settlers, who often adopted them. In many cases, the names persist through today.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, this month's full moon is also sometimes called a Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

In addition to the name, Full Sturgeon Moon, this month's full moon is also called a blue moon. While the name Full Sturgeon Moon has a long history, the name blue moon is contemporary.

Today, the most common, and most recent definition of a blue moon is that it is the second full moon occurring in a calendar month with two full moons. The average interval between full moons is 29.5 days, therefore this sort of moon would most likely occur during months with 31 days and about once every two and half years. This weekend's full moon does not meet the above criteria, but is still a blue moon, according to a second, and somewhat older definition.

In the second definition, a blue moon is the third full moon of a four, full moon season. A season in this definition is described as the period between a solstice and an equinox. In this case, the Aug. 19 moon is the third full moon between the June solstice and the September equinox.

According to the calculations of Bruce McLure, the Aug. 19 blue moon, by the seasonal definition, will not occur again until 2024. So, if someone tells you, "Once in a blue moon," it might mean once every 19 years, or once every two and a half years, depending on which definition you use.

While the moon has played an important role in helping us mark the passage of time and the seasons; constellations and the movement of the stars have played no lesser a role.

It is already mid-August, school has begun, and there is a definite chill in the morning and evening air. The seasons are undoubtedly changing and with it, so is the stellar landscape in the night sky.

The arrival of the constellation Pegasus heralds the onset of fall. By 9 p.m. Aug. 18 in the eastern sky, star gazers can observe the constellation in its entirety. It will continue to hold a prominent position in the night sky from now through the first part of winter.

Pegasus is the famous winged horse of Greek mythology, born from the blood of the snake-headed Medusa after she was killed by Perseus. The outline of the constellation depicts the head and torso of the horse with its legs outstretched. There are a number of key stars that outline the constellation, one of which is Enif or, epsilon Pegasi. Enif is a magnitude 2.4 orange supergiant and the name is derived from the Arabic word for nose. In this case, the star depicts the nose of the winged steed. In addition to Enif, perhaps the most famous grouping of stars in the constellation is the asterism known as the Great Square.

The Great Square outlines the body of the horse with four main stars, Markab (alpha Pegasi); Scheat (beta Pegasi); Alpheratz (delta Pegasi, but was recently assigned to Andromeda rather than Pegasus); and Algenib (gamma Pegasi).

Aside from Enif, and the constellation's main stars, Pegasus holds another interesting object as well - 51 Pegasi. In 1995, astronomers discovered this object to be the first star, aside from our sun, to have a planet. Astronomers estimate the planet to be about half the mass of Jupiter.

Finally, not to rush the seasons, but Orion, the king of the winter sky, will be visible in its entirety at around 4 a.m. Aug. 19. As fall changes to winter, Orion will gradually move to greater prominence in the night sky.



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The rain may ease, but it hasn't ended

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

"The moat! The moat!"

"Tattoo, what are you so agitated about?"

"The moat, master, the moat!"

"What's wrong with the moat?"

"The castle manager says it's filled and we have no place to put more water unless it's in the grand ballroom."

With apologies to Herve Villachez and his role in Fantasy Island, had we a castle - and a moat - it might well be filled today after 2.57 inches of rain so far this month.

There is a chance, however, that it would get to settle a little this weekend, giving the alligators a break before the next round of storms.

First, let's set the scene:

- Since the arrival of monsoonal flow about two weeks ago, daily downpours have been the norm rather than the exception.

- There has been no typical time of day for rain, though local observers will say the fastest moving, heaviest saturations come at about the dinner hour.

- On the other hand, one of the heavier storms of the past week was a gully-washer which lasted only about 45 minutes Tuesday morning.

- Another sign of the continuing flow of saturated clouds is the dropping average temperature. From the 80s and 90s just two weeks ago, daytime highs have fallen substantially. Highest reading recorded in the last week, for example, was 75.6 degrees at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The coldest in that same time period was 42.1 at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

- Winds, for the most part, have not been a factor, with the highest reading in the past week 21 mph at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where are we headed weatherwise?

National Weather Bureau forecasters in Grand Junction see decreasing amounts of rain, though no stoppage, with a possible exception to the trend Sunday.

Today holds a slight (20 percent) chance of thundershowers with a high of 77 and a low of 50 tonight.

Friday holds promise of a 30-percent chance of thundershowers with a daytime high of 74 before some of the clouds begin to move out and the low for the night holds at 51.

Saturday, they say, will be partly cloudy and clearing as the day goes on, with a high of 82 and a clear night with a low of 52.

And that might lead the way to a great Sunday, despite the castle manager's fears.

The Lord's day is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high of 82 and the night partly cloudy, with a low of 50 before at least partially rainy conditions begin to reappear.

Monday's forecast goes back to "chance of thundershowers, mostly cloudy, with a high of 75; Monday night looks much the same, mostly cloudy with thundershowers and a low of 50."

Tuesday, last day of the long forecast, calls for partly cloudy skies (no mention of rain) and a high of 76.

Regional river flow guides are in process of recalibrating and no data are available. At Navajo Lake, the last available reading for our southern border moat showed a surface water elevation of 6,074.86 feet, content of 1,549,217 acre feet of water, inflow of 1,010 cubic feet per second and outflow of 504 cfs.

Tell Ricardo Montalban not to send Tattoo home yet ... they may need him to call for a boat.