January 12, 2006
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Road map, plan set for action

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

If last summer's county road meetings were bar room brawls, then Tuesday's county road meeting was high tea.

The issue in both events was the creation of a county road map and a county road maintenance plan, yet Tuesday's meeting marked a drastic change in tenor from summer's events when hundreds of irate and cantankerous citizens packed into the Extension Building at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds and lambasted county commissioners and then Public Works Director Dick McKee.

Conversely, while the issue remained the same, Tuesday's event drew a civil crowd of about 40 who were not without concerns, but engaged in discourse rather than diatribe.

During the session, interim County Administrator Bob Jasper touched briefly on the history of Archuleta County roads and their maintenance, but the thrust of the presentation laid out staff's recommendation for roads to be included in the county's primary road system and suggested a maintenance plan based on that system.

"Our past practices were erratic. We allowed roads to be built that didn't meet standards and in some cases, we didn't even have standards," Jasper said.

Jasper added that a clear maintenance plan coupled with recently-adopted revised road and bridge design standards, additional staff, equipment and funding and the future use of impact fees could help the county avoid repeating past mistakes. But Jasper said a clear definition of the county road system and a maintenance plan was a critical piece of the puzzle.

According to Jasper's presentation, a county road is a public road that has been placed in the county system. Those roads are then divided into two tiers , primary roads and secondary roads, and together, these roads constitute the county road system which must, per state statute, be mapped.

In the presentation, Jasper said maintenance has nothing to do with designating a county road system, yet he said it is generally agreed that those roads listed as primary roads be maintained by the county.

Primary roads, Jasper said, are key to moving people, goods and services around and across the county and they are placed into categories, namely, minor arterials, major collectors, minor collectors, local access roads, rural access roads and recreational access roads.

Jasper said the secondary road system is made up of all other public roads for which the county takes responsibility, such as neighborhood roads. Jasper said under staff's recommendation the primary road system would receive full maintenance while the secondary roads would be maintained at the discretion of the board of county commissioners.

Jasper said although secondary road maintenance would be at the discretion of the county, he encouraged the board to adopt a plan that focuses on maintaining the primary system and that the secondary system should be maintained by special taxing districts such as a metro district, local improvement district or a public improvement district.

He said if the board attempts to provide maintenance on all roads in the county system it will result in more shoddy road work, further road bed deterioration and is a "band-aid, Mickey Mouse" solution.

"There is no free lunch and there's no cheap way to do this. We've tried the cheap way and it's not working," Jasper said.

Jasper added that the county was not abandoning secondary roads and that they would pursue Highway Users Tax Funds for every road mile possible.

"We're gonna fight for every nickel we can get," Jasper said.

And once finances or use patterns change, Jasper said secondary roads could be added into the primary system.

Jasper said the board is essentially faced with two options: continue the status quo with haphazard "Mickey Mouse maintenance that doesn't work in the long term," or create a maintenance plan based on the primary road system that is systematic, equitable and that the county can afford to do well with secondary roads being funded by special taxing districts or a county-wide vote to increase taxes for roads.

Equity, in the county-wide vote option, Jasper said, remains a huge issue.

During the meeting, the commissioners listened to public comment and much of the concern centered on why a particular road was listed in the primary system and why others weren't.

Commissioner Mamie Lynch said she was not ready to adopt the plan exactly as presented, and she would take the public's comments into consideration before making a final decision.

"I am in the information gathering stage," Lynch said.

Other commenters questioned the cost and the process of forming special taxing districts and Jasper said the county would help citizens create the most appropriate entity for their needs.

Residents of Fosset Gulch Road brought up the issue of county maintenance of United States Forest Service roads and Jasper and Commissioner Ronnie Zaday said the county was working toward a solution with the Forest Service, yet the issue remained to be resolved.

Many of the commenters commended the board for attempting to tackle the road problem.

After Jasper's presentation, Fred Ebeling encouraged the board to, "Go for it."

And Bill Downey said, "I commend you, you are generally on the right track, but do the three of you, as commissioners, have the political will to do it, to take the heat, because you will get some."

That political will will be put to the test Tuesday, Jan 17, at 1:30 p.m. when the board of commissioners will move to either approve or deny the map and the plan as put forth Tuesday by county staff.

Citizens interested in viewing the proposed map and those wishing to obtain a listing of roads recommended for the primary system can visit the Archuleta County Public Works Facility at 1122 South U.S. 84. The building is about one mile south of the intersection of U.S. 84 and U.S. 160.

Suspect arrested after manhunt

SUN Staff report

An Ohio man, Gary Jay Hauk, 44, was arrested by local law enforcement officials Jan. 9 following an alleged sexual assault and a manhunt southeast of Pagosa Springs.

The incident began when Archuleta County Sheriff Deputy Tim Walter responded to a report of a sexual assault.

Walter contacted the alleged victim at a convenience store on the east side of Pagosa Springs. The victim told the deputy she had been sexually assaulted while at a house in the San Juan River Village subdivision, on U.S. 160, east of town.

Deputy Rick Ervin, dispatched to the residence to secure the premises while a search warrant was obtained, noticed a suspicious vehicle. That vehicle entered a dead-end circle in the subdivision; the driver left the vehicle and fled into the nearby woods.

Sheriff deputies, officers from the Pagosa Springs Police Department, State Patrol troopers and a Colorado Division of Wildlife officer responded to the scene. A roadblock was set up on U.S. 160 and a search of residences in the vicinity commenced. Ervin and DOW officer Justin Krall began to track the suspect. Thermal imaging and night-vision devices were brought to the scene as night fell.

The suspect's track was lost near a business on the west side of the subdivision, but the area was kept under surveillance. The suspect returned to the subdivision on foot and was spotted at 9:50 p.m. walking on a road by a Pagosa Springs police officer, Floyd Capistrant, and was arrested.

Hauk has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Ohio for sexual assault with a weapon. The vehicle involved in the incident was determined stolen in Ohio.

Hauk is being held without bond on the Ohio warrant. An investigation continues, with ongoing interviews. The vehicle is sealed, awaiting a search for additional evidence by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and other agencies. Hauk is likely to be charged with sexual assault (Class 3 felony), felony menacing (Class 5 felony), second-degree kidnapping (Class 2 felony), third-degree assault (Class 1 misdemeanor) and aggravated motor vehicle theft (Class 4 felony) and burglary.


School district analyzes, sets goals for new year

By Chuck McGuire

Staff Writer

Over the course of a three-hour Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, the evaluation of predetermined yearly goals, recognized levels of achievement, and debate over the establishment of new goals for the next school year captured the lion's share of attention.

Leading the dialogue, board president Mike Haynes reviewed eight different goals, (or domains), for the 2005-2006 year, including their elements of priority, respective rubric indicators, and overall levels of achievement. The board then considered whether each domain should remain as one of next year's goals, and if so, how it might be modified to reflect changing conditions, or better meet expectations.

In a recent summary of the current year status of the 50 Joint District, various levels of achievement were described as: Distinguished (exceeding board expectations); Proficient (meeting board expectations); Basic (more could be done); and Goal Not Achieved (falls below board expectations, with additional effort necessary).

The first domain dealt with the "Organization for the Administration of the District," with the intent to plan a successful board election in November 2005. Pre-election forums, the election and the induction of newly elected (or appointed) board members were all carried out successfully and, because board elections are held every other year, the board agreed not to continue it next year.

The next domain, referred to as "Curriculum and Instruction," set out to "provide a program of instruction based on and designed to enable all students to meet or exceed federal, state and district content standards of student performance." Most areas were considered proficient or distinguished, but with a gain of only 1-percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in a majority of areas assessed by CSAP (Colorado State Assessment Program) over the year before, the level of achievement was considered basic, with more attention necessary. As a result, suggested modifications will be mulled in subsequent meetings.

A third domain entitled, "Responsiveness to Each Learner's Needs and Aspirations," essentially sought to reduce the apparent achievement gap between students of disparate ethnicity, while improving overall attendance and graduation rates, alternative programs and intervention plans for individual learners. While recent results appear mixed, progress has been made, and a great deal of attention is ongoing.

The fourth domain involved improving, and in some cases establishing, open lines of communication between the board, administration and staff, and encouraging district employees to take greater participation in the decision-making process. Most everyone on the school board acknowledged success here in recent years, yet all agreed communication is never perfect, and can always improve.

With respect to personnel, the board has reportedly staffed each school in the district with highly qualified teachers and administrators. A proficient program effecting instructional coordination between grade levels and schools has been accomplished, yet more work is needed in writing adequate job descriptions and performing employee evaluations.

Another domain addresses the utilization of school facilities. While few physical changes to local schools are anticipated (or considered financially feasible) at this time, a firm timeline has been established for the relocation of the Maintenance and Transportation Facility, and work continues on revising the facility use policy.

In terms of managing business, finance and community relations, the district has apparently achieved high levels of proficiency. Recent revenues have reportedly exceeded expenditures, and cooperative agreements with other community agencies, such as town and county governments, family service agencies and local law enforcement, have led to increased understanding and support. For instance, the district and town are now finalizing a detailed arrangement providing for the shared use of school and town sports-related venues.

All in all, while Archuleta School District 50 Joint has identified several areas for further improving student and staff performance, the board and administration continue to meet requirements set forth in federal, state and district standards of student performance.

County ready for land use plan review

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

The Archuleta County Land Use Code Project continues to move forward with county planners marking a project milestone with the recent publication of the first draft of the forthcoming document.

According to Archuleta County Director of County Development Blair Leist and Archuleta County Associate Planner Jason Peasley, the draft reflects the ideas and intentions of the Archuleta County Community Plan drafted in 2001, weaves in elements of traditional zoning and performance based zoning and lays the groundwork for the future incorporation of various smart growth concepts and techniques.

At its simplest, performance based zoning is analogous to the county's current practice of using the conditional use permit review process as a land-use oversight tool.

Leist said that although the draft needed fine tuning, it was fit for presentation to the public and the Archuleta County Planning Commission. He said the commission would formally review the document on Jan. 18 and during the review work session, the planning commissioners would take public comment.

Following the January work session, Leist said the commissioners would hold a second round of review and public input on Feb. 1 with a public open house scheduled for early March.

The Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 meeting s will be held at 6 p.m. in the county commissioners' meeting room.

An electronic version of the draft will be available for citizen review on the county's web site Jan.19.

Peasley said January and February are critical months for private citizens and interest groups to get involved and to present their ideas and concerns to the county.

"We can't force people to come to these meetings, but we're trying to give everyone the opportunity to participate," Peasley said.

To that end, Peasley said, in addition to providing input at the meetings, citizens can submit comments via telephone, email or regular mail.

He said the comment period during the planning commission meetings would be limited to three minutes, but organized groups can schedule a longer session with county staff on Jan. 18 and 19 to formally present their ideas.

Once completed, Peasley said, the land use code will serve as a method to accomplish the goals established by the county's community plan while providing an update to the county's existing land use code.

Some of the issues the final document will address are: view corridors, wildlife migration corridors, agricultural use lands, development patterns, mining and mineral extraction, and issues pertaining to oil and gas development.

"We're working with our oil and gas consultant Mike Matheson to put us on par with La Plata County," Leist said.

With the county facing unprecedented growth pressures, Leist said one of the primary goals of the Land Use Code Project is to create "a land use system that will bring predictability to growth in Archuleta County."

"Growth is going to happen," Leist said, " and you can't slam the door shut, but right now it's too haphazard, right now it's all over the charts."

The Archuleta County Land Use Project is scheduled for completion and adoption by the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners in June.

For more information on the project or to schedule a meeting on Jan 18 or 19, call 731-3877.

To submit telephone comments call 731-3878. E-mail comments should be sent to landusecomments@archuletacounty .org


 Inside The Sun

Ice climber injured at Treasure Falls

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

Michael McGuinn, 31, of Flagstaff, Ariz., fell and was injured while ice climbing Treasure Falls Monday.

McGuinn was attempting to lead climb the technically difficult frozen waterfall. The frozen Treasure Falls is rated WI4 or WI4+, depending on conditions (WI stands for "water ice," and the rating scale traditionally ranged from WI1 to WI5, with WI5 considered extreme. In recent years, the scale has been pushed to WI8, involving overhanging ice climbing on tenuously attached icicles).

According to McGuinn, who was interviewed by telephone while recovering at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, he was leading the route, and paused near the top in preparation for tackling the final vertical ice step, with only "a few more moves to the top."

With his feet a few feet above the last ice screw (a threaded hollow tubular anchor ice climbers place into the ice for protection in case of a fall), "both tools pulled," said McGuinn, referring to the ice axes he held in each hand.

What should have been a short fall, arrested by the nearby ice screw turned into an estimated 70-foot fall. Apparently the initial ice screw held momentarily, orienting McGuinn into a sitting position, then pulled out of the ice.

McGuinn continued falling in a sitting position, and prior to his fall being fully arrested by another ice screw, he impacted the sloping "cauliflower" section of ice on the lower half of the climb, injuring his back. McGuinn said his belayer holding the rope was "right on it," but after the initial ice screw had pulled, the long fall was unavoidable.

McGuinn said the ice was "starting to get warm" as the sun hit the ice in the afternoon, which could have contributed to the unexpected failure of the ice axes in the softening ice.

Members of EMS were the first responders to arrive on scene. Jill Young, a paramedic, and Angela Meyers, an EMT, packaged McGuinn into a litter. With the help of firefighters from Pagosa Fire Protection District and members of McGuinn's group, McGuinn was carried to the highway where a Careflight helicopter landed and transported McGuinn to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

At the hospital, McGuinn was diagnosed with an L2 compression fracture in his lower back, and he underwent an operation that fused his L1, L2, and L3 vertebrae together. McGuinn said he expects a "full recovery" from his accident.


Local Marines set organizational meeting

There will be a meeting of Pagosa Marines Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 1900 hours (7 p.m. civilian time) for the purpose of organizing a Marine Corps League Detachment to benefit the Marines of Archuleta County, Pagosa Springs and vicinity.

The meeting will be conducted at the American Legion building at 287 Hermosa St.

Once a Marine always a Marine. If you have served as a U.S. Marine for more than 90 days and, if discharged, are in receipt of an honorable discharge, you are eligible for membership and are cordially invited to attend.

United Way raises funds for local programs

By Stacia Kemp

Special to The SUN

United Way in Archuleta County is pushing to raise the final dollars needed to reach this year's $66,000 campaign goal.

The money raised in Archuleta County for United Way helps fund 17 programs that are operated by 15 local organizations serving the people of Archuleta County. Programs supported by United Way work day in and day out to rebuild lives, keep people safe, give them a hand when they need it most, prepare for the unexpected, shape youth, assist the elderly, and build community.

National and international catastrophes have diverted both charitable dollars and governmental funding streams away from agencies that address the ongoing needs of the local community. In addition, raising money from local donors has become increasingly competitive as more and more worthy local organizations strive to raise the funds they need.

At the same time, many of the local programs continue to note increased need for services. The money raised by the United Way campaign is needed to help sustain these local programs and will directly impact the community by helping to address some of the county's most pressing needs.

"Now, more than ever, this community needs your support," said Susan Neder, co-chairman of this year's United Way campaign in Archuleta County. "Catastrophes elsewhere repeatedly remind us of how important it is to be able to connect people to services after some event or circumstance shakes their world. Connecting people to resources is what United Way does every day here in this county. The individual stories of the people they help may not reach the media in the same way as those involved in a catastrophic event do, but for the folks involved, helping one family or one life is as dramatic as rebuilding thousands."

United Way raises funds in Archuleta County through special events, workplace giving, corporate/business gifts and individual donations. One of United Way's corporate supporters in Archuleta County is the Wolf Creek Ski Area, which will donate $11 of each lift ticket sold for the reduced price of $34 on United Way Ski Day which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Funds from this year's campaign will go to 17 programs operated by 15 organizations that serve the citizens of Archuleta County, including: American Red Cross, Archuleta County Education Center, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Community Connections, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Housing Solutions of the Southwest, Pagosa Outreach Connection, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, Seeds of Learning Family Center, Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Southwest Youth Corps and Southwest Safehouse.

A volunteer local advisory council ensures that the funds that are raised locally are wisely invested in the community and they determine how the funds are allocated to each program. The Archuleta County United Way Advisory Council includes Dick Babillis, Sam Conti, Mary Jo Coulehan, Gene Crabtree, Bob Eggleston, Cherlyn Gwinn, Carmen Hubbs, Bonnie Masters, Mary McKeehan, Don McKeehan, Lisa Scott and Don Thompson.

Donations to United Way are tax-deductible and can be mailed to: United Way-Archuleta County, P.O. Box 4274, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. For more information about United Way in Archuleta County, contact Stacia Kemp at 264-3230 or staciak@unitedway-swco.org.

ACHS to sponsor nonprofit grants

The Education Center and Archuleta County High School will sponsor grants for the nonprofit sector again this year, with the assistance of the El Pomar Youth In Community Services (EPYCS) program.

EPYCS was created in 1991 to introduce high school students to the importance of leadership, service, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.

The program began in the Pikes Peak region with nine high schools and has expanded over the years to reach 18 regions and 138 high schools. This is the eighth year in which ACHS has been involved with the El Pomar foundation through participation in EPYCS. While in the program, students are given the opportunity to participate in philanthropic activities. Each EPYCS school, after completing the $500 fund-raising challenge, receives a $7,500 grant to distribute to nonprofit and school organizations that fit the EYPCS club mission statement.

Since 1991, participating high school students have raised more than $450,000. With the El Pomar Foundation's matching contribution, the EPYCS program has awarded more than 5,500 grants totaling more than $8 million to improve the quality of life in communities throughout Colorado. During the 2004-2005 school year, EPYCS students awarded more than $1 million to help their respective Colorado communities. This year, EPYCS grants will again total more than $1 million.

Last year, ACHS students awarded over $8,000, in amounts ranging from $800 to $2500, to Whimspire, San Juan Basin Health, The Powerhouse, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Cub Scouts, Casa de Los Arcos and the Pagosa Springs High School library. Archuleta County High School students will again award over $8,000 to local non-profits. Nonprofits that received grants last year will not be eligible to apply this year.

Grant applications must be submitted by Jan. 31. The applications are currently available for nonprofits which have 501(c)(3) status and for programs in the local school district. Applications are available on the El Pomar Web site at www.elpomar.org by clicking on EPYCS and Non Profits. Nonprofit directors can contact Doug Bowen or Danielle Sullivan at the Archuleta County Education Center for assistance with the grant application process.


No blue sky for development proposal

By James Robinson

Staff Writer

Skies aren't so blue over the Blue Sky Village development proposal following the Pagosa Springs Town Council's decision to table sketch plan approval for the project until completion of the town's Comprehensive Plan in March.

During Tuesday's hearing, project developers, represented by Carl Valldejuli, touted the development as a low density, environmentally responsible project, but their proposal did not convince attendees nor the Town Council.

As presented by Valldejuli, the project, located on U.S. 84 just south of the Archuleta County Fairgrounds, would include: 67 quarter acre, single family lots on 17 acres; 60 multi-family or town home lots on 18 acres; 25 acres of open space and 17.6 acres for commercial use.

The commercial use component drew much of the council's scrutiny.

The applicant said that while the commercial component comprised 17.6 acres, only 141,000 square feet of the total acreage would be allotted for commercial use.

Town Planner Tamra Allen said 17 acres was equivalent to about 740,000 square feet and with a one to one ratio between building square footage and parking square footage, for a total of 280,000 square feet, their was still a 460,000 square foot discrepancy between the square footage in the developer's proposal and the square footage on the ground.

Allen said the question remained: What did the developer intend to do with the remaining 460,000 square feet?

The second area of concern cited by council members was that commercial lots on the site would be sold unimproved, and even with a square footage cap set at 14,000 square feet, council members weren't clear on what commercial enterprises would end up on the site.

Valldejuli said Conditions Covenants and Restrictions dictated, to a degree, what would be allowed. For instance, Valldejuli said a gas station is prohibited, yet he also said at a previous planning commission meeting that a commercial entity could buy multiple contiguous parcels and that they would be selling the lots and providing infrastructure.

"We're not builders," Valldejuli said.

The myriad commercial possibilities left council members, Stan Holt, Tony Simmons and Darrel Cotton uneasy.

Simmons cautioned against sprawl and said, "What you're proposing is rather dramatic, with the Comprehensive Plan not yet completed."

The second chief area of concern was project density.

Stephen Clay, a planner and landscape architect for the developer, said the overall gross density of the project came in at 2.5 units per acre. He said, considering other density allowances in town, which, in certain locations, allow up to 16 units per acre his project had "pretty low density compared to other areas in town."

"Considering where this is, this is pretty low," Clay said.

But Allen begged to differ. She cited the 2001 Archuleta County Community Plan, which is a standing planning document, as designating the area as "very low density residential" with parcels of 35 acres or more.

The public also took issue with the proposed density, and Kelly Fisher spoke for many in the audience when she called the proposal "a Fairfield project."

"I'm opposed to this because of density," she said, "67 quarter acre lots is a Fairfield project. I know why they're trying to do this, it's because of profit margin."

Valdejulli denied Fisher's assertion.

After Fisher, many in the packed council chambers spoke out against the project and most of the speakers said they lived on U.S. 84 near the project area.

Kelly Day said water for the project was a huge concern, with surface water issues and negotiations with Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District yet to be determined. And she urged visionary leadership from the council and encouraged them to consider the long term impact of a high density residential and commercial project along the U.S. 84 corridor.

Michael Whiting echoed Day's concerns when he said, "I think we can do better than this as a community."

Following public input the council deliberated and Allen presented two options: The council could adhere to the Archuleta County Community Plan's designation of the area as very-low density residential, or the developer could wait until March when the Comprehensive Plan is completed.

The property is currently within county boundaries, yet it also falls within the planning sphere of the Comprehensive Plan. This makes the property a strong candidate for future annexation by the town, and due to these factors the town and county agreed to allow the town oversight of the project.

A forthcoming intergovernmental agreement between the two agencies will formalize this relationship.

With the options put forth by Allen, the council voted to table any further review until the Comprehensive Plan is completed in March.

Valdejulli said, "We've been in limbo for a year."

With the council's decision, the project will be in limbo until spring.


Free 'Healing Code' session in Pagosa Springs

There will be a free training on "The Healing Codes" 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Extension office conference room (Archuleta County Fairgrounds).

The Healing Codes is a physical mechanism built into the body which when activated can help to remove stress from the body. When stress is removed, the immune system can better use its innate intelligence to assist in healing whatever is wrong in the body.

A more thorough explanation on how The Healing Codes work is given on an introductory conference call, which all who attend the training are asked to listen to prior to the seminar. This introductory call gives attendees the proper foundation for the training on Saturday, which will focus on the nuts and bolts of The Healing Codes. This recorded call can be heard any time online at www.thehealingcod4e.com/sp.html (you'll see the link on the left side of the page).

If you are unable to listen to this message, call Victoria White at 264-9987 to get an audio tape of the recorded conference call.

Register with Victoria at 264-9987 to get an audio tape of the recorded conference call and for the Saturday session. Bring pen and paper for taking notes. There will be a short lunch break so bring a sack lunch.



PathFinders to hold first meeting of year

The PathFinders are holding their first meeting of the year, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre.

This will be an introductory meeting for anyone interested in the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge and for those interested in participating in the PathFinders Shooting Club. There is no charge for the meeting and everyone is welcome. Youth interested in participating are encouraged to bring their parents or guardians.

There will be an introductory video on the YHEC events and questions and answers to follow. The PathFinders will conduct a business meeting and elect new directors and officers for 2006 following the introductory portion of the meeting.

YHEC and the PathFinders are open to all youth ages 8-18 who have a valid Hunter Safety Card or who intend to get one this spring prior to the May regional competition.

The PathFinders are a local group of youth shooting enthusiasts who practice and compete in the regional, state and international YHEC events. They have had numerous regional, state and international award winners. The YHEC events include orienteering, wildlife ID, 3-D archery, muzzleloading, .22 rifle, shotgun, hunter responsibility and hunter safety events.

For more information, contact Mike or Lisa Kraetsch, 264-4747, Boyd Anderson or Mack Trout.


High Country Reflections

A winter hike, then back to civilization

By Chuck McGuire

Staff Writer

The calendar says early January, but that seems improbable.

The lingering drought, sustained by unyielding high pressure and a far northerly jet stream, has allowed little snow and cold in the southern mountains this season. Days remain mostly sunny and unseasonably warm, with high temperatures in the 40s and even low 50s. Nighttime lows, meanwhile, have seldom dipped below the upper teens or 20s. It's almost as if we somehow skipped over winter this year, and have now inexplicably settled into April.

The other morning, as Jackie and I shared breakfast in our kitchen, a half-dozen robins fluttered about in the junipers outside the windows. We were surprised to see them, as they fed frenetically on the rich berry-like cones that hung in clumps from the outermost branches. In their blissful foraging, they appeared jubilant and free, and for a moment, we mistook their presence as an early sign of spring.

Just the week before, a pair of western bluebirds picked their way through the same trees and the pines that surround them. Wherever one flew, the other quickly followed, as if springtime romance was in the air.

By now, a reasonable mantle of snow would ordinarily cover much of the surrounding landscape, but to date, only the highest terrain has received enough to measure in feet. Meanwhile, over the lower mountain valleys, the shaded areas and north-facing slopes hold what amounts to little more than a few inches. In areas partially-exposed to the sun, a few hours of afternoon thaw softens the top layer of ground frost, turning the mixed clay and sandy soil to mud for a time. And on the south-facing hills, where the earth is mostly dry and dusty, the sparse vegetation is parched and frail.

It is the time of year when backcountry outings typically involve snowshoes or skinny skis. But last Friday, with nominal snowpack and a growing urge to venture forth from all civilization, I thought to simply hike a favorite trail into the woods.

Of course, accessing the path meant driving the two miles of a primitive forest road south of town. The road, which meanders through heavy timber (on the shaded side of a mountain), is typically closed for the season by now, but again, with such dry conditions, I thought it possible the gate might still be open. It was.

As expected, five or six inches of light powder covered the road and much of the sheltered forest floor. Because others had driven in on preceding visits, steering in their tracks made the going easy enough, but to be safe, I shifted the Jeep into four-wheel-drive. With my window rolled down, I motored cautiously up the lane, hoping to glimpse some of the many elk responsible for the multitude of prints left recently in the shallow roadside drifts. But, no such luck.

Within minutes, I reached a locked gate at a campground entrance, and effectively, the end of the road. Somewhat to my surprise, and much to my delight, no one else was there.

I parked alongside a snowbound circular turnaround and quickly assembled a fanny pack, complete with binoculars, extra clothing, ample water, and lunch. I changed from shoes to waterproof boots, slipped on a pair of knee-high gaiters, grabbed my camera, and at 1 p.m., set out on a northeasterly path, paralleling the Blanco and leading uphill.

With open views across the valley, and the adjoining topography rising sharply to the south, my trail led mostly through tall trees, broken sunlight, long shadows, and soft snow. In the beginning, sparse stands of aspen stood in stark contrast to the giant old-growth ponderosas, but as I steadily gained elevation, both were eventually supplanted with bountiful blue spruce and the ornate Douglas fir. All along, the air remained dead still, with the silence almost deafening. Only the faint songs of tiny chickadees, or the distant shriek of a Steller's jay, disturbed the otherwise total calm.

As I walked, the sun filtering through the trees cast long golden rays upon the patchy snow-covered turf, where miniature ice crystals glistened in its light like precious gems. By comparison, the south-facing slope on the far side of the draw was nearly devoid of snow, and lacking much color in its semi-arid state, appeared almost lifeless, save the stately evergreens. Periodically, as the trail ascended, then leveled off, views of Squaretop Mountain and other precipitous peaks loomed on the far horizon ahead.

The picturesque pathway stretched more than a mile before cresting a knoll, then dropping into a broad rolling meadow and the site of an old homestead. Again, under the bright afternoon sun, the countryside lay in a patchwork of snowy and snow-free terrain. A careful look around failed to reveal the whereabouts of any land-based wildlife, though a red-tailed hawk soared high overhead, and ample tracks and other sign confirmed the recent and recurrent appearances of elk, deer, coyotes, and smaller game.

The homestead, now known as Murray Place, was initially settled by the Provancher family sometime around the turn of the last century. As a shining example of life in the old west, only a series of weathered corrals and battered fencing, a collapsed log barn, and a rickety log home remain. The U.S. Forest Service plans to restore the original dwelling at some point, but even now, it's considered a valuable piece of historic preservation, and should be left undisturbed.

I walked around the old house, stopping briefly to peek through an open window, then slowly wandered several yards north to the top of a wide bluff. There, in the shadow of a lone windblown ponderosa, I stretched out on a hardened gray log and paused for some lunch. As food and drink slowly renewed me, the warm afternoon sun had me shedding jacket and vest. I lay there in relative comfort, concerned about the lack of moisture and what the summer might bring if some didn't arrive soon.

But then, my thoughts turned to what life must have been like in such remote surroundings a hundred years past. I imagined the isolation with living so far from town, and how total self-reliance meant continued survival. I wondered how early settlers coped with serious illness or injury, and severe winters with intense cold and heavy snow. Of course, I knew the answers: many times they didn't.

Yet, in my mind, there were also the warm bountiful summers with times of plenty. Work was entirely physical, self-serving, and deeply fulfilling. Nights were quiet and free of artificial light, overhead aircraft, and other human distractions. Like most at one time or another, I envisioned a simpler world without cell phones, freeways, or oil and gas refineries. It's true to a point, our lives are made easier through the onslaught of modern innovation, but everything has its price.

As the afternoon waned, I ambled off the hillside and followed a nearby watershed north to the Blanco River. Largely sheltered from the sun, the narrow gorge held thick vegetation and half-a-foot of snow. A primitive game trail meanders from one side of the frozen creek to the other, and fresh tracks showed heavy elk traffic since the last storm. At one point, several clumps of rabbit fur and a discoloration of snow suggested the recent end of one life for the perpetuation of another.

When I arrived at the frozen Blanco, the sun dangled just over the western horizon. With little more than a mile to walk, I turned and headed downstream toward the Jeep. Along the way, I waded through shallow snow and crossed the icy flow several times. In the process, I came upon another series of fresh elk tracks leading through a long stand of dense blue spruce. With the heavy scent of wapiti still lingering, I followed, figuring they couldn't be far ahead. I picked up my pace, again hoping for a glimpse, but again, was denied.

I made it back to the Jeep in the evening twilight and casually shed jacket, gaiters, and boots. The temperature had dropped significantly, and once on the road, the hardened snow crunched audibly beneath my tires. While slowly driving through the forest gloom, with the cold and snow, and the many animal tracks about, I regained a sense of winter. But once back to the highway and the civilized world beyond, I quickly recalled how desperately dry this season has been so far.

I hope it snows soon.




Anti Village

Dear Editor:

We, the board of supervisors of the San Juan Conservation District, with this document, do hereby voice our concerned opposition to the Village at Wolf Creek Development being proposed by the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture.

Our Conservation District is a statutory, locally led, land use organization that plans for the future stability of designated areas and communities through conservation and wise multiple uses of our natural resource base. It is our aim to maintain the existing customs and culture of our area, as well as the maintenance of a healthy economic base for our citizens.

The Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture plans for the proposed Village at Wolf Creek development is a threat to and an antithesis of the very basis of our Conservation District tenets. We urge you to use your skills and office to halt and cease further creation of this development fostered by the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture.

The Village at Wolf Creek development proposal presents a real and imposing threat to our citizens' water use and to their water rights. The trans-mountain diversions potentially involve one from Wolf Creek, one on the West Fork of the San Juan, two on the East Fork of the Piedra, the Williams Creek-Squaw Pass diversions, and the Pine River- Weminuche Pass diversions which all wind up in the Rio Grande River basin.

In order for the Leavelle-McCombs Joint Venture to provide adequate water supplies for their proposed Village at Wolf Creek development, they must secure water supplies through water exchanges, water use changes and water augmentation plans. All of these proposals must be carefully monitored and administered by Water Divisions 3 and 7, else non-decreed uses of trans-mountain diversions from our district can occur; something that we strongly oppose.

We understand that water uses can be transferred from areas where water surpluses exist to areas where water supply deficits exist. Our concerns involve our belief that these trans-mountain diversions were all originally made for seasonal agricultural uses, something that we support, to annual water uses that we believe are environmentally degrading. This could cause a depletion of water supplies in our area, damaging our wildlife, wetlands, watersheds and interstate water deliveries. We are concerned that the complicated exchanges and augmentation procedures required may result in non-decreed use of trans-mountain waters from our district. We have concerns about the accuracy of the procedures involved in changing these trans-mountain water uses from those for agriculture to the many other uses which require much less water. We are concerned that these proposed changes in the use of trans-mountain waters set a dangerous precedence for remote water rights purchases and transfers, as well as non-decreed uses of such waters. We are also concerned that the proposed Village at Wolf Creek development will significantly increase the demands for housing development and services within our district. This increased demand will have disastrous impact on the district environment that we are charged with supervising.

We, the San Juan Conservation Board of Supervisors, request that you do whatever is within your personal and legislative powers to halt and ultimately cease the creation of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.


R.D. Hott

John Taylor

Randy Eoff

Charlie King

Cynthia Sharp

George Martinez

Heidi Keshet


In limbo

Dear Editor:

Dave Blake's letter in The SUN was quite good, I thought, as far as it went, because in it he clearly pointed out two very important, but seldom considered facts of our lives.

The first had to do with the extreme politicization that religion makes in our way of looking at ourselves and other people. While secularism and neo-paganism try to persuade us with lukewarm platitudes that all religions contain the kernels of universal truth and all are, therefore, worthy and relevant, when it comes to an ours-or-theirs situation, it becomes us-against-them and we will appeal to our own particular higher authority to confirm our right. A thousand years ago, an army crossed the English Channel under a papal banner which sanctified the right of the Norman duke to take that island and its people. Six hundred years later, armies faced each other in France, on one side shouting "For England and St. George," answered from the other wide by "For France and St. Denis," those saints in heaven supposedly justifying the upcoming slaughter.

In our own time, we have seen the belt buckles of German soldiers in two world wars inscribed "Gott mit uns," and for our own assurance Irving Berlin wrote "God Bless America," which lately has become a phrase corrupted by pseudo-patriots who plaster it everywhere to justify any action for whatever reason our forces are ordered to undertake. Thus, in the end, as Blake pointed out, religion definitely becomes part of what pits us against them and tells us that we are right and they are wrong.

The second point he mentioned is that the need for security overrides the human need for freedom. I would argue that this is not always so. True, during our own Revolutionary War, though they won, it was only a very small minority that stood for freedom, and Francis Scott Key even wrote a troubled line into the "Star Spangled Banner" concerning the decision a free man would need to make if he found himself placed between "his loved home and the war's desolation." Benjamin Franklin's remark that the man who chooses security over freedom deserves neither certainly demands consideration in our present situation.

But having identified these two facts of our lives, where are we to go with them? He didn't say. Do we set aside our freedoms which have characterized our nation and made it the envy of the rest of the world for safety, which no government (or wall) in history has ever been able to guarantee? Are we to follow the extreme radical voices that urge us to wipe every Moslem from the face of the earth or should we back off, admit our mistake and pull out of Iraq, leaving a people in chaos who previously in fear buckled under a tyrant for security? Or somehow should this so-called Christian country really embrace the heretofore impractical judeo-Christian ethic of love for all people as it is being promoted lately by people like Jim Wallis and Desmond Tutu?

America is truly in limbo.

Henry Buslepp



Dear Editor:

To so many friends and supporters:

I sincerely appreciate the encouragement to again represent the people of Archuleta County by announcing my candidacy for the position of county commissioner.

I've thought very seriously about your trust, and have decided to forgo the opportunity at this time.

Yes, the challenges are very real within this county. I have, however, chosen to help with tomorrow's issues in our county in many different ways.

At this time, I want also to enjoy some of what I came here intending to do. I love the out-of-doors, you, my neighbors, and my electric trains.

You have flattered me by placing your confidence in me to help our county. I am still here to help.

Thank you.

Gene Crabtree


Community News

Hot Strings schedule Durango

concert appearance

The Hot Strings are scheduled to return to the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall stage Friday, Jan. 13, for what will surely be a great night of entertainment for all ages.

The group has notably grown both as musicians and as entertainers since last they played the Concert Hall in January 2005.

With the release of their latest CD, "Uncharted," in April 2005, the Hot Strings continue to define their direction as young musicians with new, original, material which will prove to make for an exciting night of music.

Opening for the Hot Strings Friday will be the Durango-based bluegrass band Rock and Rye.

There will also be an appearance during the intermission by the well-known a cappella group The Pearls, also based out of Durango.

The night of entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are general admission at $10.



Arts and business topic at SHY

RABBIT legal workshops

By Denise Coffee

Special to The PREVIEW

SHY RABBIT invites you to attend Colorado Lawyers for the Arts, COLA workshops, Arts Business - Act I & Act II, presented by Chris Beall, on Jan. 15. Sessions run 9 a.m. - noon and 1-4 p.m. Cost is $15 per session.

Arts Business - Act I, 9 a.m. -noon.

A set of three, one-hour lectures covering legally-related basic business issues most often encountered by artists. The focus is on issues related to business entity formation, licenses and contracts. These presentations concentrate on establishment of a business entity, formation and regulation of not-for-profit corporations, and on what an artist needs to know about contracts, terms and use of licenses to protect an artist's creative work.

Arts Business - Act II, 1 p.m. -4 p.m.

A second set of three, one-hour lectures that goes beyond the basics presented in Act I. Act II focuses on the commercial heartbeat of the arts world: intellectual property. An artist's work is known as intellectual property (IP), and this unique property is at the intersection of work using the tools of trademark (branding their art, and assuring they are not violating anyone else's trademark) and copyrights (protecting their artistic creation, whether visual art, written materials or music). Also included in this series are the ever-evolving issues surrounding the Internet and its impact on the artist.

The information presented is designed to address a broad scope of issues for artists of all disciplines while also giving new information to attorneys who practice in areas of law that relate to the arts community. CLE credits can be earned by attorneys for attendance.

Class sizes are limited and will fill quickly, so sign up early. Registration fees are nonrefundable.

Call 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com for more information or to register. The workshops will take place at The Space @ SHY RABBIT, 333 Bastille Drive, Unit B-4.



Places left in Intuitive Book Art workshop

By Denise Coffee

Special to The PREVIEW

SHY RABBIT invites you to attend Intuitive Book Art: A Workshop with Susan Andersen, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $45.

Susan Andersen is known by most as the talented and energetic Exhibits Director for the Durango Arts Center. What is little known is that she is also a highly accomplished artist, selling her work internationally under the name of MarSan. Her soft sculptured "Spiritual Warriors" are made from indigenous primitive materials from around the world, some of which are over 100 years old. Susan also creates unique wood sculptures, abstract paintings, and jewelry.

"I work in abstract because it unveils a story, and often times, reveals a path," said Andersen. "My belief about art is that it either creates, or captures what is past."

Reveal directional pathways and unlock unanswered questions from past experiences or dreams. In the Intuitive Book Art workshop, you can create a very personal, one-of-a-kind book that will forever hold intrinsic value for its maker.

The creative process of intuitive book making exposes a greater understanding of who we are, what path we were created for, and what messages or elements we are missing in our life.

Each book will reflect the individual maker or artisan. Common and uncommon materials are integrated together to create a unique piece of art that will be cherished for more than its esthetic value. The tools needed to create the books will be posted and sent out several weeks before class. Any artist/individual who would like to participate should come to class with one question, dream, relationship or vision that, as of now, has not yet been revealed, answered or understood. The workshop is fun, exciting, revealing and surprising - especially for those with inquiring minds.

Class size is limited and will fill quickly, so sign up early. Registration fee is nonrefundable.

Call 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com for more information or to register. The workshop will take place at The Space @ SHY RABBIT, 333 Bastille Drive, Unit B-4.


Next SHY RABBIT workshop Jan. 21 with Jules Masterjohn

By Denise Coffee

Special to The PREVIEW

SHY RABBIT invites you to attend Artist's Statements: Writing about One's Creative Work, with Jules Masterjohn, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 21. Cost is $35.

The Artist's Statements Workshop is the first in a series from Masterjohn's professional development workshops: From the Inside Out.

As the programs and exhibits director for the Durango Arts Center from 1999-2004, Masterjohn was responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the educational programs for artists and the gallery education/docent programs presented within the gallery. She was also in charge of conceiving, organizing and installing 10 exhibits annually, as well as working with volunteers and interns for program support.

Masterjohn also worked as the education and outreach coordinator for the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Ore., from 1998-1999. She holds a B.A. in fine arts, cum laude, from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., along with a M.F.A. in ceramics, from California State University, Long Beach.

Bring a finished piece of work from which to craft an artist's statement. This workshop will explore the uses for an artist's statement, as well as its format and flavor. Examples of artist's statements will be given as resource materials.

Through the use of slides and discussion, an introduction to the visual vocabulary (line, shape, color, etc.,) design principles (balance, rhythm, etc.) and basic styles or "isms" of art (realism, abstraction, nonobjective, etc.) will be presented. This introduction offers workshop participants a common vocabulary through which to understand and, thus, to communicate about their work.

Each participant will receive personalized attention while writing his or her statement. At the workshop's end, participants will have all the tools necessary to fully craft their artist's statement.

Class size is limited to 20 and will fill quickly, so sign up early. Registration fees are nonrefundable. Call 731-2766 or e-mail shyrabbit01@aol.com for more information or to register. The workshops will take place at The Space @ SHY RABBIT, 333 Bastille Drive, Unit B-4.

Future professional development workshops include Keeping it Together: Organizational Skills for Artists. Workshop date to be announced.

Stressing the importance of having professional documentation at one's fingertips, this workshop will present various options for archiving and presenting their professional work through the creation of an artist's portfolio. This record is an excellent way to chronicle one's creative life as well as a necessary tool for presenting oneself to a prospective client or gallery.

The workshop will deal with an introduction to resume writing, archiving media coverage, slide organization and slide tracking systems.



Music in the Mountains announces six Pagosa summer events

By Carole Howard

Special to The PREVIEW

Now that everyone has 2006 calendars, Music in the Mountains wants you to save the dates for this summer's six musical events which will bring world-class musicians to Pagosa Springs, include a free outdoor family community concert, and provide the most varied and exciting performances in honor of the festival's fifth season in our town.

July 8 - The first event will be something totally new for our festival - a gala benefit concert featuring soprano Lisa Vroman, best known for her starring role as Christine in "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and with the cast that had a record-setting run in San Francisco. In addition to solo performances with major orchestras, Vroman has performed starring roles in "Oklahoma," "Les Miserables," "Aspects of Love" and many other musicals. She will sing her Broadway favorites in the concert tent in the spectacular mountain setting of BootJack Ranch on Saturday, July 8. This special benefit concert and reception will include sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and libations beginning at 6 p.m. Attendance is limited. Cost is $175 per person, $105 of which is tax-deductible as a donation. Proceeds from this extraordinary evening will support children's musical events, music scholarships and school music programs in Pagosa Springs.

Last week Vroman joined her castmates at a special performance of "Phantom of the Opera" in New York City when this amazing show became the longest-running musical in Broadway history. For her Pagosa concert, she promises a mixture of Broadway standards including Gershwin, Irving Berlin and other classic show tunes — plus some great stories to go along with the music.

More classical concerts

Four classical concerts will take place in July and August, also at BootJack Ranch at the foot of Wolf Creek Pass.

1. July 19 - The season opens at 7 p.m. with the outstanding Adkins Family Quintet on strings and piano. All the Adkins musicians are famous in their own right as leaders in major orchestras, popular soloists and ensemble players extraordinaire. So when five members of the family take to our stage together, the audience will see a remarkable powerhouse of musical talent. Tickets are $40.

2. July 21 - Dueling violinists Vadim Gluzman and Philippe Quint will provide an incomparable opportunity to see two of the world's finest violinists on stage together, accompanied by Gluzman's wife, Angela Yoffe, on piano, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this concert are $40.

3. July 29 - The full orchestra will perform with Bruce Hangen, principal guest conductor of the Boston Pops, and Van Cliburn medalist Aviram Reichert on piano. Tickets for this concert are $50. It starts at 6 p.m. (note different time).

4. Aug. 4 - The full orchestra returns at 7 p.m. under the baton of Boris Brott, an internationally recognized Canadian conductor. World-famous classical guitarist Sir Angel Romero will be the featured soloist. This is the first time Pagosa will host a second full orchestra concert in the same season, the addition coming as a result of the highly positive response to our first full orchestra event last summer. Tickets for this concert are $50.

Free family concert

In addition, Music in the Mountains will present the premiere performance of a totally new musical version of the Grimms' fairy tale "Bremen Town Musicians" at a free Family Festivo outdoor community concert for "kids of all ages" and their families at Town Park on Thursday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Each character in the story will be acted by local children dressed in costumes by Michael DeWinter. This is the third year of Family Festivo in Pagosa Springs. Some 600 people attended each of the first two events, enjoying the music as well as free food and games for the kids.

To be added to the invitation list for the gala Broadway benefit concert, please contact co-chair Teresa Huft by phone at (970) 731-1978 or e-mail at teresa@lazy8.net. Tickets for the other paid concerts will be available April 1 at the Chamber of Commerce.

To be put on the mailing list for information about future Pagosa Music in the Mountain events, call (970) 385-6820 in Durango and specify that you want to be on the Pagosa Springs mailing list.

Chairman of the Pagosa committee organizing these local festival events is Jan Clinkenbeard. "We're incredibly lucky to have first-class musicians who have performed to rave reviews around the world come to Pagosa to play for us," she said.

Volunteers, donors crucial

Clinkenbeard pointed out that ticket prices cover less than one third of the cost of putting on these concerts. "Pagosa audiences greatly enjoy the many soloists we attract summer after summer, as well as our fabulous festival orchestra. That is why the contributions we receive from individual donors, businesses and other larger organizations are so crucial to our Pagosa festival," she said.

As well, all of the planning and organizational work is done by Clinkenbeard and her local volunteer steering committee composed of Melinda Baum, Mary Jo Coulehan, Lauri Heraty, Carole Howard, Crystal Howe, Teresa Huft and Lisa Scott.

Various promotion opportunities are available to program advertisers and major donors. For more information, contact Clinkenbeard at (970) 264-5918.


Farmington's Dave Taylor named as photo contest judge

By Joan Rohwer

Special to The PREVIEW

The photography contest committee is challenged every year to find a judge whose background in the field of photography brings new insight for local photographers. Committee member Lili Pearson looked to Farmington this year, and found a gem.

We are looking forward to Dave Taylor's point of view and his judge's eye when awarding ribbons.

The judge's seminar this year will have something for everyone. Bring your questions and interest and join Dave 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 4.

Dave started in photography while in junior high school. He entered the Army in 1969, and received his formal photography training, advancing into aerial and intelligence photography. He was drawn to the medical and research photography field to further his ability with highly technical equipment and precision images under extreme conditions. As a research photographer for the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab, he worked with cutting edge technology on projects for NASA and the Aerospace industry.

Moving his family to Farmington in 1978 Dave attended San Juan College and went on to the Farmington Police Department as a photographer. He opened Farmington's first "One Hour Photo Lab," and moved into taking 360-degree panoramic photographs after selling his photo lab and studio. Dave used his creative abilities and technical skills as a computer graphic artist for several years, keeping abreast of the latest technical innovations in photography/computer digital integration.

Dave currently co-owns Elegant Images and creates fine portraiture, wedding and commercial photography. He has taught classes at San Juan College in photography, Photoshop and digital photography.

As a founding member and current vice-president of the Four Corners Photographic Society, Dave has given seminars and presentations on Photoshop and digital photography to numerous organizations and societies. He continues his digital education through seminars and training classes with membership in Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and National Association of Photoshop Users. He's continuing to make photos around the country during his many travels with his wife, Marilyn.

Remember to sign-up for the Feb. 4 judge's seminar when you deliver your contest entries. And visit with Dave at the Saturday evening opening, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Moonlight Books.


High school drama club names cast for upcoming competition

By Dale Morris

Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Springs High School Drama Club has announced the cast list for its entry into this year's Intermountain League One-Act Competition, "The Strength of Our Spirit, The Vision of Anne Frank," by Cynthia Mercati.

The drama club has earned top honors for the past four years, and is known for selecting plays that not only deal with difficult subjects but also offer provocative interpretations of the chosen material.

The cast includes Joe Quick, Ben Owens, Anna Hershey, Veronica Zeiler, Becca Stephens, Michael Spitler, Ben DeVoti, Darran Garcia, Hilary Matzdorf and Shanti Johnson.

Student Director Alex Silver and Director Dale Morris wish to thank all students who auditioned and look forward to another exciting, challenging one-act experience.



Get entries ready for annual photo contest

By Joan Rohwer

Special to The PREVIEW

Have you been preparing for this year's Photography Contest?

Are your new and exciting photographs matted or framed and ready to hang?

Don't wait until the last minute!

Once again the annual Photography Contest will take place in February at Moonlight Books. Guidelines are available at the bookstore or at Mountain Snapshots.

Deadline date for entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Remember to read the guidelines thoroughly to avoid any problems when entering your prize-winning photos. Entry forms must be attached to the back of the entry. Carefully choose from the following categories when filling out the entry form:

- Domestic Animals;

- General Landscape;

- Architecture;

- Patterns/Textures;

- Autumn Scenic;

- Sports;

- Flora;

- People;

- Up Close;

- Winter Scenic;

- Black & White;

- Wild Animals;

- Sunrise/Sunset;

- Special Techniques;

- Open.


Concert pays tribute to local music teachers

By Paul Robert

Special to The PREVIEW

The Winds of the West classical music concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

The concert pays tribute to the music teachers of Pagosa - those musicians who encourage others to find music and rhythm in their lives.

Winds of the West showcases a delightful variety of collaborative performances, sure to charm and engage the audience.

A flute quartet, consisting of Joy Redmon, Lisa Hartley, Dave Kruger and Melinda Baum performs "Minuet of the Dance of the Blessed Spirits" by CW von Gluck; "La Caccia" by Telemann; "Andante Con Moto" by Felix Mendelssohn; and "Londonderry Air" arranged by Ricky Lombardo.

Violinist Chris Baum performs the Bruch "Concerto in G Minor," accompanied by Melinda Baum on piano.

Pianist Harvey Schwartz performs solo Spanish piano pieces from "Suite Espanola" by Isaac Albéniz and an etude by Frederic Chopin.

Trumpeter Larry Elginer performs "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" by Leroy Anderson; "The Magic Trumpet" by James Burke; "Portrait of a Trumpet" by Sammy Nestico; and "Bugler's Holiday" by Leroy Anderson. Elginer will accompanied on piano by Melinda Baum.

Harpist Natalie Tyson performs Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D" in duet with Chris Baum. Tyson will also perform a duet with Joy Redmon in which the flute plays Gounod's "Ave Maria," while the harp plays "Prelude" by J.S. Bach.

A woodwind trio, consisting of Valley Lowrance (bassoon), Tim Bristow (clarinet) and Joy Redmon (flute), performs "Divertimento Nr. 4," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Variations in F," by Renee A. Higgins.

Carla Roberts and Paul Roberts perform "To the Sea" and other original contemporary works for guitar and recorders.

Local luminary, John Graves, is master of ceremonies for the concert.

"When you find a community where you're just amazed how many wonderful, talented people there are," says Graves, "it's usually because there are a few key music teachers." Nearly all the musicians for this concert are music teachers as well as performers.

Lisa Hartley is music teacher at Pagosa Springs High School. "Lisa's incredible ability, her gift for relating to kids - inspiring and motivating them and just being there for them - is really phenomenal," Graves says. "Kids love her because she loves them. We're blessed to have a music teacher with so much dedication and talent as Lisa Hartley."

Joy Redmon has a bachelor's degree in flute performance from California State University, Fresno. She was a member of the University resident woodwind quintet and also performed in the Fresno Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras and taught flute lessons. Redmon performed in the Madison Civic Symphony and Opera orchestra and taught flute at the Waunakee School of Music, when she lived in Madison, Wisconsin.

"I've dreamed of living in the mountains since I was a child," says Redmon. "I was delighted to find a welcoming community of very talented musicians when I moved to Pagosa. I have kept busy playing chamber music, musicals and other events for the past year."

Larry Elginer has performed in many top-flight jazz and classical ensembles. Besides conducting and performing in concert bands, orchestras and jazz bands, he is also highly regarded as a choral director. Elginer has the astounding ability to teach all orchestra and band instruments, and he directed one of the nation's best school music programs for 38 years on the West Coast. Elginer is the director of the Pagosa Jazz Choir and is co-director of the Pagosa Community Choir. He is a frequent performer for Elation Center concerts and has been involved with a variety of other community music and theater productions.

Elginer sings the praises of another influential Pagosa musician, Melinda Baum. "When I moved to Pagosa," Elginer says, "I had no idea as to the local talent to be found in this great city. Among the many talented musicians, artists and actors there was a real gem to be discovered. This gem is Melinda Baum. I have been in many settings with her and have become a fan. She brings so much professionalism and caring to everyone. Her contributions to the school district, church and community are overwhelming. She is an outstanding performer and educator. It is a pleasure to be in the same community with her."

Join John Graves, Dave Krueger, Chris Baum, Harvey Schwartz, Larry Elginer, Joy Redmon, Valley Lowrance, Tim Bristow, Lisa Hartley, Melinda Baum, Natalie Tyson, Carla Roberts and Paul Roberts for Winds of the West Saturday at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave. in the Vista subdivision of Pagosa Lakes. Take U.S. 160 to Vista Boulevard, turn north on Vista and left on Port.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children under 18.

Please bring a dessert to share, if you wish. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, cleanup and refreshments.

Winds of the West is produced by Elation Center for the Arts, a local nonprofit. Through community concerts, recording, touring and educational programs, Elation Center for the Arts strives to serve the people of Pagosa Springs through artistic excellence.

Call 731-3117 for more information.


Grace Evangelical welcomes new Pastor of Families

This Sunday, Jan. 15, Grace Evangelical Free Church will welcome Todd Shulda as their new Pastor of Family Ministries.

As Pastor of Family Ministries, Todd will be responsible for a fresh and holistic approach to connecting the generations in the church. His ministry will include both youth and adult discipleship.

Todd is the husband to his best friend and sweetheart, Leana. He is also the father to two wonderful children: daughter Jordyn ,11 years old, and son Brayden, 6 years old.

Todd has passionately served in ministry to families and students for the past 15 years. He loves to connect with people and care for their needs. He also loves to see intentional cross/generational ministry within the church. Shulda has a degree in communications/public address from Liberty University and is currently working on his master's degree from Denver Seminary.

"I am very excited about Todd's ministry here at Grace. He brings a passion for holistic discipleship where we see older men teaching younger men, and older ladies teaching younger ladies. This approach seeks to affirm our young adults as being part of the church, not just an appendage. In my experience, most churches want a youth ministry; however, they just don't want to see it. I believe Todd's approach will bring us closer to what scripture teaches about healthy families and healthy churches," said Pastor Jeff Daley.

Shulda will officially launch his ministry at Grace Sunday, at which time he will be preaching from Psalm 78 on "Some Timeless Truths About Authentic Community."

Immediately following the service, the Shuldas' arrival will be celebrated with a potluck meal and time of fellowship.

Youth discipleship will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.

Grace currently meets in the Pagosa Springs Community Center gymnasium, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Sunday school classes begin at 9 a.m. and the celebration service begins at 10 p.m. All are welcome.


Pagosan to present UU service

On Sunday, Jan. 15, The Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a service entitled "Embattled 21st Century Liberalism: Struggling for Definition and Strategies."

The speaker will be Pagosa resident Ed Funk, a retired teacher and journalist. His presentation will explore some of the projects and goals championed by contemporary liberals. Questions and comments from members of the congregation will be welcomed.

The annual meeting of the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be held following the service. Friends and members are invited to participate in discussion of the issues raised, though only members may vote. A potluck luncheon will follow the meeting.

The service and children's program begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit 15, Greenbriar 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.


High school musical auditions set

By Dale Morris

Special to The PREVIEW

Pagosa Springs High School Musical Director Lisa Hartley and staff are excited to announce auditions for the upcoming spring musical, "Seussical," by Stephen Flaherty, to be performed in early April.

A show for audiences of all ages, the play is open for auditions to all high school-age students. Auditions will be held Jan. 11, 12 and 13 after school in the band room. Please come ready to sing one verse of a prepared song, preferably a show tune of your choice. An accompanist will be provided.

To sign up for an audition spot, contact Hartley at the high school, 264 - 2231, Ext. 239.


Precept Bible study on Exodus to begin

Restoration Fellowship will host a new Precept upon Precept Bible Study beginning 9 a.m. Jan. 19.

The study will be on the book of Exodus. Exodus is a wonderfully practical study of God's Word that contains foundational truths about deliverance, redemption, the Law and the Tabernacle.

Walk with Moses out of Egypt and gain insights for leadership. Observe the judgments of God while delivering His people. Understand the Old Covenant of the Law and how it was given to Israel to help in our understanding of the New Testament. Examine the contents and structure of the Tabernacle of God among His people and catch a glimpse of His holiness. Learn powerful truths about who God is and what His ways are like.

The cost is $21. Contact class teacher Kathy Koy at 731-4568 to register or for more information.


Pagosa Pretenders featured at library Family Story Hour

By Barb Draper

Special to the PREVIEW

The Pagosa Pretenders Family Theatre will help kick off the 2006 Family Story Hour at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sisson Library.

Family Story Hour will be held the second Saturday of every month and a variety of stories and activities will be offered that will appeal to children of all age groups. This initial program will feature cast members of the Pagosa Pretenders, who will dramatize stories by author Chris Van Allsburg. For this month's event the Pretenders are hoping that many Pagosa area youth in the fifth- through eighth-grade range will be in the audience and willing to participate in the presentation.

The Pretenders, directed by Susan Garman, have generously made plans to entertain families at the library throughout the year. In addition to the readings, a variety of games, crafts, puzzles or other follow-up activities will be available for all age groups.

The entire community is welcome to attend and participate in these monthly activities. If asked to define the age range, the answer is that "one is never to young or too old to enjoy a good story." The library staff does ask that an adult remain in the library and enjoy the activities with their young children. This is not intended as a drop-off program for the little ones. It is estimated that the activities will last about an hour, but you may come and go as your weekend schedule dictates.


Local Chatter

Paul and Carla Roberts, ECA, up the musical ante

By Kate Terry

PREVIEW Columnist

The music scene in Pagosa Springs is broad and Paul and Carla Roberts are an integral part. They have helped to bring that scene to a higher level with what they do and how they do it.

Their mission in life is to encourage community cultural development, and they do this through their nonprofit program - Elation Center for the Arts.

The program is twofold: working with schools to bring them quality arts programs, and to putting together concerts that showcase top musicians in town (and there are many in Pagosa).

"Winds of the West" is the upcoming concert. It will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

An aside here: The clubhouse is fine for the concerts but with all the many small (80- to 100-person) events in town, a cultural arts center would be nice. The Roberts back the idea and there are those in town who are doing something about it (because they think this way) and they have formed the Pagosa Springs Arts Alliance.

About the Roberts:

Both have classical music backgrounds, the foundation for most serious musicians. And both have always been interested in the music and musical instruments of other lands and cultures.

Consequently, the Roberts have a fantastic collection of instruments, and they can play them all. Paul went to India to learn to play the sitar. Paul has a B.A. degree in sociology from Brandeis University. While he was there, he did an independent study based on his work in music therapy. After college, he worked for five years at mental hospitals as a music therapist. He has taught, performed in concerts and been a musical therapist.

Carla's background includes four years of classical ballet, American and ethnic folk dance, and two years of modern dance. And she has studied costume design. Her costume collection (some of which she has made) is used in the ECA residency performances.

Carla teaches dance, clogging and international dances. She writes much of the music for their video-DVC's. Paul composes some of his music.

The Roberts have traveled for 20 years, visiting schools and doing concerts. They believe that music and art in the schools is very important. They have worked in the intermediate school with Leeann Skogland in her sixth-grade ancient cultures program making history come alive.

Pagosa Springs is fortunate to have Paul and Carla Roberts in the community.

Fun on the Run

Why some countries can't go metric.

If the metric system did ever take over, we'd have to change our thinking to the following:

- A miss is as good as 1.6 kilometers.

- Put your best 0.3 of a meter forward.

- Spare the 5.03 meters and spoil the child.

- Twenty-eight grams of prevention is worth 453 grams of cure.

- Give a man 2.5 centimeters and he'll take 1.609 kilometers.

- Peter Piper picked 8.8 liters of pickled peppers.


Community Center News

Do some yoga, limber up for the next dance

By Becky Herman

PREVIEW Columnist

Yoga has often been referred to as a tree, a living entity with a trunk, branches, leaves and fruit.

Hatha yoga is one branch; the others are raja, karma, bhakti, jnana and tantra yoga. Each branch has its own unique characteristics and its own approach to life.

Some may find that one branch appeals more to them than the others. However, involvement with one of the branches does not preclude activity in any of the others. In truth, the branches overlap and often complement each other.

Plan to attend one of the free weekly yoga classes at the community center, conducted by Richard Harris. The group meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. Bring a towel or yoga mat and dress in comfortable clothes.

Call 264-4152 for more information.


Welcome back to the community center-sponsored scrapbooking group led by Melissa Bailey. Their next meeting date is Jan. 14. Thereafter, they will meet the second Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call the center at 264-4152 or Melissa at 731-1574 for information.

Aus-Ger Club

This group of Pagosans interested in all things German and Austrian met at the community center for a brunch Thursday, Jan. 5. Seven new members were welcomed with wonderful food and lively conversation.

At President Roger Behr's request, each person explained something about his or her background, education, personal connection to Germany or Austria, and when and how he or she came to Pagosa Springs. It was a joyful morning of learning.

The next meeting well be held at noon Feb. 2 at the Buffalo Inn. An Austrian lunch will be served. Call Behr at 731-0409 for more information.

Pre-Valentine's Day dance

Mark your calendars for the next adult dance sponsored by the community center. The pre-Valentine's Day dance will be held Friday, Feb. 10. Watch this column for details about the food, decorations, and ticket sales.

The music will be country, provided by Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge. Tim is a popular singer-songwriter from Durango who has performed at Fort Lewis College and the Wild Horse Saloon in Durango and at the Archuleta County Fair in Pagosa Springs.

Computer Lab news

Now that the holidays are past, it's not too early to think about spring and your vacation plans.

There is no more up-to-date resource in the world for travel planning than the Internet. In fact, you might find the amount of information intimidating. However, with a little thought, you can sort through the maze of sites and find what you need. Probably the best place to start is a Google search on the destinations you're thinking about.

Let's say that you're interested in visiting the Galapagos Islands. A Google search on Galapagos will yield hundreds of hits with information on everything from tours to maps to history. Sorting through a few screens may take some time, but it should be fairly easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. You'll come away with information that you can't readily find elsewhere.

If you are planning to visit one of our 50 states, you should visit that state's official tourism website. The Federal government has made this easier with a site that has links to all 50 states - firstgov.gov/citizen/topics/travel_tourism/state_tourism.shtml. Most cities also have Web sites. Other sources of information are the Web sites of the major travel guidebook publishers, such as fodors.com, frommers.com, and lonelyplanet.com. Of these, Frommer's seems the most complete and appears to be virtually identical to their guidebooks. One convenience of these sites is their links to hotel, tour, and restaurant Web sites. So, if you see a hotel that appeals to you, you can just click on the link to get more info and book a reservation.

You can read articles that have been published in the outstanding New York Times travel section by going to their site (nytimes.com.) Not every location is covered, but if yours is, the article will undoubtedly be useful. If you are planning to visit a National Park, be sure to check nps.gov, which has a link to every National Park Service location in the nation. Finally, to get a map of your destination, the new Google Maps (maps.google.com) is especially easy to use and gives both standard maps and aerial photos, as well as driving directions.

OK, you've settled on a place to visit and you need to secure airline tickets, a hotel, and a rental car. Your first stops should be the Web site for the airline, hotel chain and rental car chain you are considering. In addition to the hotel chain Web sites, many independent hotels have websites that can often be found through links on the local chamber of commerce website. Some hotel sites actually guarantee that you won't find lower rates on any other site. You should also check the major booking Web sites, travelocity.com, expedia.com, and orbitz.com. I particularly like Orbitz.

For airfares, you enter your origin, destination, and dates. You will get back a matrix of the various airlines that serve these destinations, their fares, and whether flights are non-stop or not. This is a good place to see what might be available. Then visit the airlines' sites to see how fares compare. Be aware that Southwest Airlines doesn't participate in any booking sites, so in order to check that airline, you will have to visit southwest.com. For hotels, hotels.com often has the best rates. However, to confirm a reservation, they will charge your credit card immediately and also charge a small booking fee. You can cancel, but a fee will be charged.

Two interesting sites are sidestep.com and travelaxe.com. These sites actually check (all at once) the airfares and hotel rates being quoted on most of the various suppliers' sites and the major booking sites. These sites have links for actual booking, once you determine the cheapest fares. You will have to download and install free software to use these sites. Before you select airline seats, go to seatguru.com. This site shows seating charts for all major airlines and aircraft types and shows which seats are the best - especially helpful if you need extra leg room. You will need to know what type of aircraft you will be on (737, A320, Dash8, etc.); but this information is usually listed along with flight numbers. Finally, to check on the status of your flight in real time, or if you are picking someone up at an airport, try flytecomm.com and flightview.com.

Have a great trip! If you find another travel Web site that you think is particularly useful or interesting, let me know.

Questions about computer use? Call me at 264-4152.

Center's hours

During the winter months, the center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 -4.

Program s/activities needed. Do you have a special talent, hobby, or interest that you would like to share - singing, dancing, arts and crafts, cooking, foreign language conversation group, sports, etc.? We're looking for volunteers interested in forming interest groups. Call Mercy with your ideas, 264-4152, Ext. 22.

Activities this week

Today - Beginning yoga with Richard Harris, 11 a.m.-noon; C Team basketball practice, 3:45-5:30 p.m.; Teen Center open (poker), 4-8 p.m.; Youth basketball, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 - Colo. Dept. of Education meeting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Seniors' walking program, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; Open basketball, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; Seniors' bridge club, 12:30-4 p.m.; Teen Center open (pool and darts), 2-8 p.m.; C Team basketball practice, 3:45-5:30 p.m.; Mage Knight, 3-6 p.m.; Wolf Creek Backcountry avalanche awareness training, 5:30-9 p.m.

Jan. 14 - Wolf Creek Backcountry avalanche awareness training, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Youth basketball, 9 a.m.-noon; scrapbooking with Melissa Bailey, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Teen Center open (dodgeball), 12-4 p.m.; Grace Evangelical ladies' tea, 2-4 p.m.

Jan. 15 - Church of Christ Sunday service, 9 a.m. -noon; Grace Evangelical Free Church service, 10 a.m.-noon; United Pentecostal Church service, 2-4 p.m.

Jan. 16 - Seniors' walking program, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; scrapbooking with Beth Hostettler, 1-8 p.m.; C Team basketball practice, 3:45-5:30 p.m.; Teen Center open (board games), 4-8 p.m.; Youth basketball, 5:30 -8:30 p.m.; Red Cross meeting, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Jan. 17 - Beginning Computing, 10 a.m.-noon; Seniors' walking program, 11:15-11:35 a.m.; Computer Q & A with Becky, 1-4 p.m.; PSCCAB meeting, 3:30-5 p.m.


Senior News

Adopt a program for change

By Jeni Wiskofske

SUN Columnist

A New Year's resolution: Change can do you good!

Change might come easier to some people than others. But experts agree that making major behavior changes - quitting smoking, losing weight, trading the couch for the treadmill - take time.

And these changes don't often stick on the first try. Change takes patience and persistence. In fact, researchers have discovered that, like life, change is a process that happens in stages. Using physical activity as an example of changing your behavior for a healthier lifestyle, let's walk through the stages of change that will transform you from a couch potato to someone who is healthier, looks and feels good, and has lots more energy:

Stage One - Precontemplation: Physical activity isn't even on your radar screen. Your couch is your favorite place to be. You don't even think about being active.

Stage Two - Contemplation: You start to think being active would be better than staying inert. You want to feel better, have more energy, and stop gaining weight.

Stage Three - Preparation: You make plans to get active next month. You move closer to taking action.

Stage Four - Action: You actually begin to make changes. You bike, jog, walk, swim, or are otherwise physically active, but you have been at it for fewer than six months.

Stage Five - Maintenance: You've stayed physically active for at least six months. You feel and look good and you want to stay that way.

Maintaining your healthy behavior is your goal - and your challenge. It's not always easy. Here are some ways to keep the change when you're tempted not to:

1) Cut yourself some slack. Remind yourself that change takes time.

2) Have a plan. Identify your roadblocks and find ways around them. For instance, your fitness routine easily could run afoul with holidays and vacations. Include a walking tour of scenic or historic places in your vacation and holiday plans.

3) Review your goals. If you start to feel it's just not worth it, think about why you decided to change in the first place. Maybe you wanted to lose weight and being active helped you do it. Perhaps you've lowered your blood pressure or are beginning to control your diabetes. Reminding yourself of the goals you've realized and the ones you're still striving for will help you push ahead.

4) Mobilize your support system. Call on friends or family members who can encourage you to stick with it. Maybe you've formed or joined a support group. Don't hesitate to connect with others who are working on the same change.

5) Have confidence. Believe in yourself and don't question your ability to change. If you fail once, try again. Try something else. And learn from your mistakes. With patience and determination, you can change your life.

Sky Ute Casino

Step into the action and play to have fun during our monthly trip to Sky Ute Casino Tuesday, Jan. 17. Free transportation provided by Sky Ute leaves The Den at 1 p.m. returning approximately 5:45. A $5 coupon for a meal and a $2 coupon to play the slots also provided by the casino makes it a hard bargain to pass up.

White Cane Society

The monthly meeting for folks with low vision and their supporters, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Gail, from the SW Center for Independence, leads this informative and helpful support group. For more information, call Gail at 259-1672.

The viola

Kate Kelly, (our very own Ginger Kelly's daughter-in-law), is a talented musician. Kate has been playing the viola for more than 20 years and is a music instructor here in Pagosa. Kate will join us at The Den at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the dining room to entertain us and share the lovely music of the viola.


On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m. The Den is making a trip to Victoria's Parlor for lunch located in downtown Pagosa. Join us for an outing close to home to enjoy the delicious food and delightful atmosphere of Victoria's. The cost is $10 per person. Please sign up with The Den office by Tuesday, Jan. 17, to participate in this luncheon outing in our own hometown. Join your friends for good conversation, good food and lots of fun as we visit our local restaurant of the month.

Free monthly movie

Our movie at The Den, 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, is "Two Weeks Notice," rated PG-13. Millionaire real estate developer George Wade (Hugh Grant) doesn't make a move without Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) his multitasking chief counsel. Now, after a year of calling the shots - on everything from George's clothes to his divorce settlements - Lucy is giving her two weeks' notice. Finally free of George and his 24-hour requests, Lucy is ready to change course or is she? Join us in the lounge for free popcorn and this heartfelt romantic comedy.

Price changes

The Den has raised the suggested donation prices for both transportation and lunches, effective January 2006.

Transportation on our new handicap accessible bus in our service area will be a suggested donation of $2. Lunches for the congregate meals (including the salad bar) at The Den and the home-delivered meals, will be a suggested donation of $3. It has been a long time since we have raised the suggested donation, and we hope with the increase in prices in fuel and food over the last few years, that you will understand the necessity of our suggested donation increase. Thank you for your support and your understanding.

Seniors Inc.

Beginning in January, Seniors Inc. memberships for folks age 55 and over will be sold at The Den. The 2006 memberships can be purchased for $5 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. No memberships will be sold Thursdays.

Your Seniors Inc. membership entitles you to a variety of great discounts from participating merchants in our area. For qualifying members, it provides scholarships to assist with the costs for eye glasses, hearing aids, dental expenses, and prescription and medical equipment. Your Seniors Inc. membership will also cover $20 of the transportation fee for medical shuttles to Durango. The Den's Monthly Mystery trips to fascinating destinations are sponsored by Seniors Inc., so these cool trips in the warmer months are open to all members. As you can see, the benefits of a Seniors Inc. membership are endless, so stop in at The Den during the scheduled hours to renew or purchase your first annual membership. Please remember you do not need to be a Seniors Inc. member to join us at The Den. Everyone is welcome to be a part of our extended family.

Computer classes

Computer classes for beginners commence this month with a new day and time. The Den's computer classes will be Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon with Becky Herman as the instructor. The Wednesday basic computer classes will be held in the computer lab located in the community center. Conquer your fear of computers or increase your skill level. Surf the Internet or e-mail your grandchildren. Whatever your goal is, Becky is an excellent instructor and source of knowledge for all.

Medicare appointments

Have questions regarding the new Medicare Drug Insurance plans? The Den can help. Medicare Drug Insurance appointments can be scheduled at The Den with the director, Musetta Wollenweber. Walk-ins without appointments will not be accepted. Call The Den at 264-2167 for an appointment to answer your questions and help you choose a plan that best fits your needs.

Durango medical shuttles

Senior Services will now be handling the medical shuttles to Durango. The transportation fee for the med shuttle is $40. If you are a member of Seniors Inc., the transportation cost is $20 because Seniors Inc. will pay half of your medical shuttle fees. Our medical shuttles provide door-to-door service for your doctor appointments in Durango, Monday through Friday. Emergency shuttle services are not available.

Please try to schedule your medical shuttle at least one week in advance. This will be greatly appreciated since it is a volunteer program. Medical shuttles scheduled less than 48 hours in advanced will not be accommodated.

Postage stamps

Just a reminder that the price of stamps increased by two cents Jan. 8.

And here is a little postal trivia: Benjamin Franklin was an author, a scientist, an inventor and a patriot. He embodies American democracy. But did you know he was the first American U.S. Postmaster? In a fitting tribute, Benjamin Franklin was featured on America's first postage stamp, the 1847 Franklin.

Activities at a glance

Friday, Jan. 13 - Spirit Day, wear your Silver Foxes Den shirts. Qi gong, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Seniors Inc. board meeting, 1 p.m.; Bridge 4 fun, 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 16 - Closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Yoga in motion, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11:30 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino, 1 p.m.; final day to sign up for Victoria's Parlor luncheon.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Basic computer class, 10 a.m.; White Cane Society support group, 11 a.m.; Kate Kelly on the viola, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19 - Lunch in Arboles at noon, (reservations required by Tuesday, Jan. 17); $1 birthday lunch celebrations.

Friday, Jan. 20 - Spirit Day, wear your Silver Foxes Den shirts. Qi gong, 10 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Bridge 4 fun, 1 p.m.; free movie, "Two Weeks Notice" rated PG-13, with popcorn in the lounge, 1 p.m.; final day to sign up for cross country skiing and library tour.


Suggested donation $3 for ages 60-plus, all others $5.

Salad bar every day - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 13 - Beef stew with veggies, corn cobbets and biscuit.

Monday, Jan. 16 - Closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Swedish meatballs, whipped potatoes with gravy, spinach and mixed fruit.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Baked fish fillet, rice pilaf, green beans with mushrooms and fruit salad.

Thursday, Jan. 19 - Lunch in Arboles; $1 birthday lunch celebrations with reservations required. Pasta with meatballs, tossed salad, garlic roll and birthday cake.

Friday, Jan. 20 - Spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, mixed fruit and orange juice.


Veteran's Corner

Be patient, take your time with clinic calls

By Andy Fautheree

PREVIEW Columnist

It seems like lately I have been getting a high number of complaints that no one answers the phones at the Durango VA Clinic, or that a call goes to the answering machine.

I discussed this problem with the clinic nurse manager last week and she gave me some very reasonable answers and solutions.

Two phone lines

I was told they have only two phone lines to cover both incoming and outgoing calls to and from the clinic. So, for instance, if someone is calling in and someone is calling out, both lines are tied up and any incoming calls will automatically go to the answering machine. And, the number of incoming phone calls is increasing rapidly as the patient load increases.

The nurse manager said they are hoping to get a better system soon, that will include sub menus that a person can click on such as, for example: No. 1 - Prescriptions, No. 2 - Appointments, etc. But, for the time being, two lines are all they have to work with.

Prescription renewals

Many of the calls are for prescription renewals. I was told it would be very helpful if the caller would leave their name, the last four digits of their Social Security number and just name the prescription. Do not try to leave a prescription number. She said the prescriptions will be renewed and no call back is necessary. In other words, it will be taken care of unless there is a problem and in that case the clinic will call the patient back.

Messages clearly, slowly

Patient phone numbers are extremely important for any call back.

Be sure and speak your full name, last four SS numbers, and the phone number very slowly and clearly. I know from personal experience that, many times, callers leave a very quickly spoken phone number that is hard to hear and write down at the same time. Speak the information slower than normal. An important return call to the patient could be severely delayed if clinic staff cannot decipher the spoken phone number and has to look it up in the patient's file. And worse yet, the phone number or information in the file may not be current, resulting in even more delays and frustration.

Excellent service

The Durango Clinic is giving excellent service. I can speak for that personally. I am a patient at the Clinic just like hundreds of other of our veterans, and I get very good health care service from the doctors and the staff. I couldn't ask for anything better, in my estimation.

Be patient

So, be a little patient (is that a play on words?) and be sure and leave a message. Don't hang up in frustration because you get the answering machine.

If necessary, someone from the clinic will call you back. Clinic staff tries to return calls by the end of the same day. But, if you don't leave a clear message on your needs, you certainly won't get a call back.

New office

By the time you read this, I will be in my new office located at the old Bank of Southwest (some say Wells Fargo Bank) behind the City Market on the west side of town. Official address and phone numbers are shown below. I'm no longer in the basement of the courthouse.

Transportation vehicles

At this time the Veterans Transportation vehicles will also be kept at the new location. The keys will still be picked up and dropped off at the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office.


Don't forget to call or stop by my office with your VA health care appointments for the Share-A-Ride 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.

Durango VA Clinic

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

Further information

For information on these and other veterans' benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 7 (behind City Market). The office number is 731-3837, the fax number is 731-3879, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.


Library News

Volunteers needed, volunteers appreciated

By Christine Eleanor Anderson

PREVIEW Columnist

OK, I know, I've been slow to get organized, and hordes of anxious volunteers are wondering if their services are still needed, and whether there are going to be any fun volunteer events (with lots of food and even some where the husbands get to come and socialize with other husbands over more food).

Yes, my ears have been burning! I know I have been slow as molasses in winter on this matter. But yes, you are very much needed.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m., the library will host a volunteer orientation.

Old and new volunteers are encouraged to attend. And, at 3 p.m., we will "feed those who came" (to paraphrase Mo Covell). There will be a social hour with goodies and time for renewing of old acquaintances and chatting with new ones.

During the first part of the meeting we will discuss general matters such as volunteer sign-in procedures and library protocols. Then we will break into special interest groups for discussions of work in particular areas of the library.

Those interested in working with Barb Draper in the Children's Room will go with her where she will talk about needs for volunteer help within the monthly and annual calendar of children's events and shelving of children's books. Volunteers who want to help Nancy Cole with cataloging will go with her for an orientation and discussion of hours of availability. Shirley Iverson will lead the group of workers who want to volunteer to shelve books, label books for the shelves and order new books. Computer literate volunteers who might want to be on-call for research work or various computer projects will break off with Jackie Welch. Volunteers who might be interested in working with Peggy Bergon on organizing various aspects of archival materials will go with her.

As the library is reorganized and the stacks are rearranged, we will certainly need sporadic help with moving books and relabeling them. We will periodically need volunteers to review the videos, audiotapes and DVDs to see if they are in good condition and can continue their life as part of the collection or need to be retired. We have one volunteer who comes in and shelf reads and we might be able to use others in this capacity. At some point we will inventory the collection again (the last time was 2004) and we will need volunteers for this work.

Beyond this lies more specialized work. There will be sign-up sheets for volunteers who have experience, and wish to be on-call to help with fund-raising, grant writing, outreach programs, teaching, lecturing, writing thank you letters and working with gifts, creating exhibits, gardening, marketing, collection development list-checking, working with the librarian on special projects/programs such as the upcoming Pagosa Reads One Book, public relations work and other projects that come to light as the year goes by.

This library is intensely dependent upon volunteer labor. Some of our volunteers have been doing the same work for 10 years or more. Kate Terry and Donna Geiger certainly fall into this category. They know the library and go about their business with no training (indeed, they've been training me!). Mo Covell has performed in many volunteer and Friends capacities and continues to move on her own terms, knowing what we need and what she is willing to contribute. Cindy Gustafson is in constantly, reading the shelves, as she has done for four or five years.

Because I wanted to get to know each person who volunteered for the library before they started working, I delayed volunteer orientation. My workload has precluded this approach. I will have to get to know each of you as the year progresses. When I've had time get to know volunteers individually, I have found rich talents and backgrounds. Usually I find there are many things each of you could do for the library in capacities other than the original volunteer assignment.

We realize that volunteers come to the library wanting to help, wanting the social experience of like-minded companionship, and wanting to just enjoy being in the atmosphere of a small community library. We are delighted that this is the case.

We do, however, have very little staff to work with and direct volunteers, and so we must try to make sure that volunteers understand the library milieu, understand the work they perform, understand that staff members are busy and must attend to their own work, understand the necessity of respecting patron privacy, understand the protocol and delicacy of dealing with patrons. These are important matters in any library setting. In a small library they are crucial.

Please, come and volunteer to be part of the library. The library needs you. The community needs you. And, I believe that I can also say, you need the library. Being part of a library community enriches the life of any human being. Libraries are the lifeblood of community and democracy. Libraries are an important piece of civilization and we are all in this together united we stand, indeed.

Arts Line

Full PSAC winter workshop schedule

By Kayla Douglass

PREVIEW Columnis

There's something for everyone in the annual Pagosa Springs Arts Council photo contest: cute kittens, a fun family photo or the grand landscape.

Opening Reception at Moonlight Books will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, with photography on display from Feb. 4-25.

The mission: To act as an outreach program encouraging broad, local participation and to provide viewers with a fresh, new show each year.

A generous list of categories ensures that you, too, have a photo to submit to this annual contest. Categories are: domestic animals, architecture, autumn scenic, general landscape, patterns/textures, sports, flora, people, up close, winter scenic, black and white, wild animals, sunrise/sunset, special techniques (any type of manipulation), and open (any picture that doesn't fit other categories).

Dozens of local shutterbugs get involved each year, and any photo has a chance for a ribbon. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a simple, matted print or a high-end framing job on a big enlargement. Judges tend to look at the overall impact of the photo. Each exhibitor may submit a total of three photos, but no more than two in any single category.

The annual photo contest is a highlight of Pagosa's art scene. And, the opening reception has turned into quite a social event! Put the date on your calendar now. Attend the opening reception and vote for the People's Choice Award. Read an article in this PREVIEW to learn about the judge's seminar.

A complete list of contest rules and applications can be picked up at Moonlight Books, or downloaded from the pagosa-arts.com Web site.

Pretenders at library

Pagosa Pretenders Family Theatre, a division of PSAC, will be "Pretending Books and Stories" at the Ruby Sisson Library at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

This month's focus will be the books of Chris Van Allsburg. Van Allsburg is a Caldecott Medal winner for his beautiful and intriguing illustrations that trademark his picture books. He is the author of many modern classics including "The Polar Express" and "Jumanji." Pretenders will be sharing some of his lesser-known stories and will be asking for help from the audience to create new stories during the presentation. So come a few minutes early to get settled and enjoy the magic of his books.

It is a goal of the Pretenders to make monthly presentations at our newly remodeled public library to promote reading and creativity. To achieve this goal, the group needs the support of volunteers and organizers who would be interested in participating. Call Susan Garman, 731-2485, to choose a month that best fits your schedule.

Watercolor workshops

Beginners II, with Denny and Ginnie, is scheduled Jan. 25-27 and Intermediate I is scheduled Feb. 8-10.

Beginner's II is for those who have a basic knowledge of watercolor and would like to increase their artistic ability. New painting projects and techniques are designed to further increase the watercolorist's talent. For additional information on the content of the workshop you can call Ginnie at 731-2489 or Denny at 731-6113. Class size is limited so sign up early at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council building in Town Park or call them at 264-5020. Don't forget the PSAC gallery is on winter hours, with limited personnel only there on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. So leave a phone message if no one answers and we'll get back with you as soon as possible. Materials list will be available when you register.

Two Slade workshops

Children know the secret to living and enjoying life. It's like the first snow of winter when excited children joyfully play. They forget cold fingers and toes, insisting on climbing the highest hill in their backyard, only to slide down screaming in terror, throwing snowballs at their little brother, knowing hot chocolate is waiting inside.

You too are invited to discover the small child within you. Climb high hills, throw away caution, forget and leave behind the baggage you have carried with you. Betty Slade will hold your brush in hand, wipe away the perspiration from your brow as you scream, "I can't do it."

Yes, you can! You can learn to paint. With instructions in technique, drawing, design and color you can express yourself through painting with oils. You will be surprised at what you can do.

"Let the little child in you come out and play," said Betty. "Forget what your fourth grade teacher said about you. I promise you - no fatalities, no snowball throwing. Only a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, a warm room with great lighting, encouragement and lots of warm friendship along with a great experience in learning how to think and paint like an artist."

Betty Slade has painted over 40 years, and has learned from the best. If you have said, "I'd like to learn to paint someday," probably that same passion that lives in true artists is in you.

This beginning oil painting workshop will arrive just as cabin fever sets in. Mark 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 and 3 on your calendar. Details and supply list will be available at the PSAC. Cost of the three-day workshop is $120 for PSAC members and $145 for nonmembers. Call 264-5020 to make your reservation now.

Seeds of potential have been hidden in your heart as you continue to strive through practice and acquisition of knowledge to become an artist.

The 2006 intermediate watercolor workshop with Betty Slade will help you take your creative desires to a new level of growth. The "Everything that Grows" workshop will water and nurture those tender young plants that are blooming in you. New seeds will also be planted with the promise of a great harvest.

Betty show you techniques and skills that will draw out the garden of your soul. You will learn how to reflect your thoughts and moods when you touch your paintbrush to paper. The most important discovery will be your own growth as you learn how to push colors, direct the viewer's eye by creating a path of light to the focal point. You will begin to paint art, not subjects.

"Everything that grows," from flowers and trees to people, will be part of this workshop experience. You will learn how to keep a sketchbook, describe details, express emotions, thereby turning your thoughts into great paintings.

Winter brings the promise of spring, as snow melts and waters the ground, bearing new growth in the earth. "For lo, the winter has past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing is come and the voice of the turtle doves are heard in the land Arise, and come away.""

The song that you carry in your heart will be heard as you paint the music of your soul. Come away and grow in your gift as an artist.

Details and supply list will be at the PSAC. The workshop is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1-3. Cost of the three-day workshop is $120 for PSAC members and $145 for nonmembers. Call 264-5020 to make your reservation now.

Pierre Mion workshop

An internationally-known artist and illustrator, Pierre Mion worked with Norman Rockwell for 12 years and will teach a winter watercolor workshop beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18.

There will be an outdoor photo class 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students will meet, carpool to Pierre's favorite winter scene photo locations throughout the day, and break for a group lunch at a nearby restaurant. Photos will be developed and the students will meet for indoor painting classes at the community center, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23.

The price of the workshop is $240.00 for PSAC members and $265.00 for nonmembers. The extra $25 will give you a one-year PSAC membership.

The first day, participants will meet at the ALCO parking lot at 9 a.m. and go out to shoot photos of snow scenes around the area. We break for lunch at a local restaurant at noon, then continue photographing in the afternoon. The rest of the classes will be held in the arts and crafts room at the community center where we will paint from your and/or Pierre's photos. Bring your lunch.

An optional fifth session - Friday, Feb. 24 - will be available for $60 per person, minimum four students.

All levels of students are welcome, and they will receive a lot of individual attention and assistance. We have a lot of fun in these workshops; ask anyone who has taken one. Sign up early because the primary workshop is limited to 10 students. Call PSAC at 264-5020. For further information on supplies, etc. call Pierre at 731-9781.

Drawing with Davis

There will not be a January drawing class, but Randall Davis will teach this popular Saturday drawing class again in February. So, mark your calendar for the third Saturday of the month, Feb. 28.

PSAC exhibits program

Applications are available to artists wanting to participate in the Pagosa Springs Arts Council's 2006 Exhibits Program.

From April through October, we present different exhibits for public viewing at the PSAC gallery in Town Park. Past exhibits have varied - from the high school art students, to jewelry, bronze, woodworking, photography, watercolor, oil painting, fabric art and a juried art exhibit.

Our exhibits committee will review portfolios by artists working in any medium. Selected artists will be scheduled for exhibits in the Town Park gallery in 2006. If you are interested or have further questions, contact PSAC at 264-5020 or download the exhibit forms from our Web site at Pagosa-arts.com. Hurry ... the calendar is rapidly filling up for the 2006 season.

Winter hours

The Pagosa Springs Arts Council Gallery in Town Park is now on its winter schedule. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Voice mail and e-mail are checked regularly, so please leave a message if no one is available in the office.

PSAC calendar

All PSAC classes and workshops are held in the arts and craft space at the community center, unless otherwise noted.

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

Jan. 14 - Pagosa Pretenders at Sisson Library, 11 a.m.

Jan. 18 - Watercolor club meeting, 10 a.m., community center.

Jan. 25-27 - Beginner's II watercolor, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., community center.

Feb. 1-3 - Beginner oil painting with Betty Slade, community center.

Feb. 4 - Opening reception, photography contest, 5-7 p.m., Moonlight Books.

Feb. 4 - 25 - Photography contest exhibit, Moonlight Books.

Feb. 8-10 - Intermediate watercolor, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., community center.

Feb. 15, 21, 22 and 23 - Winter watercolor workshop with Pierre Mion, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Feb. 18 - Drawing with Randall Davis.

March 1-3, - Intermediate watercolor with Betty Slade, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., community center.

Artsline is a communication vehicle of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. For inclusion in Artsline, send information to PSAC by e-mail (psac@centurytel.net). 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.


Extension Viewpoints

Indoor air quality problems: causes and remedies

By Bill Nobles

PREVIEW Columnist

Jan. 13 - 4-H Friday Session No.1 at CUMC, 2-4 p.m.

Jan.13 - Colorado Kids Club meeting, 2 p.m.

Jan. 16 - Office closed.

Jan. 16 - Entomology-Group 2, 4 p.m.

Jan. 17 - 4-H Council Meeting, 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 - Entomology-Group 1, 4 p.m.

Indoor air quailty

Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air. Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke and other sources. Effects range from minor annoyances to major health risks. Remedies include ventilation, cleaning, moisture control, inspections, and following manufacturers' directions when using appliances and products. Research has shown that the quality of indoor air can be worse than that of outdoor air. Many homes are built or remodeled more tightly, without regard to the factors that assure fresh and healthy indoor air. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality.

Signs of indoor air quality problems include unusual and noticeable odors, stale or stuffy air, noticeable lack of air movement, dirty or faulty central heating or air conditioning equipment, damaged flue pipes or chimneys, unvented combustion air sources for fossil fuel appliances, excessive humidity, presence of molds and mildew, health reaction after remodeling, weatherizing, using new furniture, using household and hobby products or moving into a new home and of course, feeling noticeably healthier outside.

Common sources

Poor indoor air can arise from many sources. At least some of the following contaminants can be found in almost any home:

Moisture and biological pollutants such as molds, mildew, dust mites, animal dander and cockroaches from high humidity levels, inadequate ventilation, and poorly maintained humidifiers and air conditioners.

Combustion products, including carbon monoxide, from unvented fossil fuel space heaters, unvented gas stoves and ovens, and backdrafting from furnaces and water heaters. Formaldehyde from durable press draperies and other textiles, particle board products such as cabinets and furniture framing, and adhesives.

Radon, a radioactive gas from soil and rock beneath and around the home's foundation, groundwater wells and some building materials. Household products and furnishings such as paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, aerosol sprays, adhesives, and fabric additives used in carpet and furniture which can release volatile organic compounds. Asbestos found in most homes more than 20 years old. Sources include deteriorating, damaged or disturbed pipe insulation, fire retardant, acoustical material and floor tiles. Lead from lead-based paint dust created when removing paint by sanding, scraping or burning. Particulates from dust and pollen, fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters and unvented gas space heaters. Tobacco smoke, combustion products and formaldehyde.


Paneling, pressed-wood furniture and cabinetry. These products may release formaldehyde gas. Remedy: Ask about formaldehyde content before buying furniture or cabinets. Some pressed-wood products, such as those with phenol resin, emit less formaldehyde. Products coated with polyurethane or laminates may reduce these emissions. After installation, open windows, maintain moderate temperature and humidity.

Carpet. Biological pollutants can grow on water-damaged carpet. New carpet can release organic gases. Remedy: Promptly clean and dry water-damaged carpet, or remove it altogether. If adhesives are needed, ask for low-emitting ones. During installation, open doors and windows, and use window fans or room air conditioners. Vacuum regularly. Consider area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet. Rugs are easier to remove and clean, and the floor underneath also can be cleaned.

Floor tiles. Some contain asbestos. Remedy: Periodically inspect for damage or deterioration. Do not cut, rip, sand or remove any asbestos-containing materials. If you plan to make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if materials are more than slightly damaged, contact a professional for repair or removal.

Moisture. Moisture encourages biological pollutants, including allergens such as mold, mildew, dust mites and cockroaches. Remedy: If possible, eliminate moisture sources. Install and use exhaust fans. Use a dehumidifier if necessary. Remove molds and mildew by cleaning with a solution of chlorine bleach (1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water). Maintain good fresh air with natural and mechanical air circulation.

Fireplace. Your fireplace can be a source of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Open the flue when using the fireplace. Have the flue and chimney inspected annually for exhaust back drafting, flue obstructions or cracks, excess creosote or other damage. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Air conditioner. This can be a source of biological allergens. Remedy: If there is a water tray, empty and clean it often. Follow all service and maintenance procedures, including changing the filter.

Gas or kerosene space heater. These devices can release carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Never use unvented kerosene or gas space heaters. In the room where the heater is located, provide fresh air by opening a door to the rest of the house, turning on an exhaust fan and slightly opening a window.

Tobacco smoke. Smoke contains harmful combustion and particulate pollutants, including carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Do not smoke in your home or permit others to do so, especially near children. If smoking cannot be avoided indoors, open windows or use exhaust fans.

Draperies. New draperies may be treated with a formaldehyde-based finish and emit odors for a short time. Remedy: Before hanging, air draperies to ventilate odors. After hanging, ventilate the area. Maintain moderate temperature and humidity.

Lead-based paint. Paint manufactured before l978 may contain lead. Remedy: Leave lead-based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition. Before removing paint, test for lead. Do-it-yourself lead test kits are available from hardware or building supply stores. Do not sand, burn off or remove lead-based paint yourself; hire a person with special training to correct lead-based paint problems. For more information, call 1-800-LEAD-FYI.

Animals. Many animals leave allergens, such as dander, hair, feathers or skin, in the air. Remedy: Keep pets outdoors as often as possible. Clean the entire house regularly. Deep clean areas where pets are permitted. Clean pets regularly.

House dust mites. Biological allergens can trigger asthma. Remedy: Clean and vacuum regularly. Wash bedding in hot water above 130 degrees F. Use more hard-surface finishes; they are less likely to attract and hold dust mites.


Household cleaners. Unhealthy or irritating vapors may be released from chemicals in products. Remedy: Select nonaerosol and nontoxic products. Use, apply, store and dispose of them according to manufacturers' directions. If products are concentrated, label the storage container with dilution instructions. Completely use up a product.

Pressed-wood cabinets. These can be a source of formaldehyde vapor. Remedy: Maintain moderate temperatures (80 degrees maximum) and humidity (about 45 percent). When purchasing new cabinets, select solid wood or metal cabinets or those made with phenol resin; they emit less formaldehyde. Ventilate well after installation.

Unvented gas stove and range. These are a source of carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Keep appliance burners clean. Periodically have burners adjusted (blue flame tip, not yellow). Install and use an exhaust fan. Never use a gas range to heat your home.


Personal care products. Organic gases are released from chemicals in some products, such as deodorant and hair sprays, shampoos, toners, nail polish and perfumes. Remedy: Select odor-free or low odor-producing products. Select nonaerosol varieties. Open a window, or use an exhaust fan. Follow manufacturers' directions when using the product and disposing of containers.

Air freshener. These products can release organic gases. Remedy: Open a window or use the exhaust fan instead. If you use these, follow manufacturers' directions. Select natural products.


Humidifier/vaporizer. Cold mist vaporizers can encourage biological allergens, including mold, mildew and cockroaches, that can trigger asthma and encourage viruses and bacteria. Remedy: Use and clean them according to manufacturers' directions. Refill daily with fresh water.

Moth repellents. These often contain the pesticide paradichlorobenzene. Remedy: Avoid breathing vapors. Place them in tightly sealed trunks or other containers. Store separately, away from living areas.

Dry-cleaned goods. Chemicals used in the cleaning process release organic gases. Remedy: Bring odors to the attention of your dry cleaner. Try to air out dry-cleaned goods before bringing them indoors. Seek alternatives to dry cleaning, such as hand washing items.

Utility room

Unvented clothes dryer. Gas dryers produce carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts and can be a fire hazard. Remedy: Regularly dispose of lint around and under the dryer. Provide air for gas units. Vent the dryer directly to the outside. Clean vent and ductwork regularly.

Gas or oil furnace/boiler and gas water heater. Air quality problems include backdrafting of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Have your heating system and water heater, including gas piping and venting, inspected every year.

Asbestos pipe wrap and furnace insulation. These can release asbestos fibers into the air. Remedy: Periodically look for damage or deterioration. Do not cut, rip, sand or remove any asbestos-containing materials. If you plan to make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if materials are more than slightly damaged, contact a professional for repair or removal.


Ground moisture. Moisture encourages biological allergens like mold and mildew. Remedy: Inspect for condensation on walls, standing water on the floor, or sewage leaks. To keep basement dry, prevent outside water from entering by installing roof gutters and downspouts, not watering close to the foundation, grading soil away from the home, and applying waterproofing sealants to basement interior walls. For standing water, consider installing a sump pump. If sewage is the source, have drains professionally cleaned. If moisture has no obvious source, install an exhaust fan controlled by humidity levels. Remove mold and mildew. Regularly clean and disinfect the basement floor drain.

Radon. This invisible, radioactive gas poses a lung cancer risk. Remedy: Test your home for radon. Do-it-yourself kits are easy and inexpensive. Have an experienced radon contractor fix your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. For more information, contact the Colorado state radon office at (303) 331-4812 or call 1-800-SOS-RADON.

Hobby products. Chemicals in products such as solvents, paint, glue and epoxy release organic gases. Remedy: Follow manufacturers' directions for use, ventilation, application, clean-up, and container storage and disposal. Use outdoors when possible. Indoors, open a window, or use an exhaust fan. Reseal containers well. Clean tools outside or in a well-ventilated area.


Car and small engine exhaust. These are sources of carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Never leave vehicles, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, etc., running in the garage. Paint, solvent and cleaning supplies. These products may release harmful vapors. Remedy: Provide ventilation when using them. Follow manufacturers' directions. Buy only as much as you need. If the products contain methylene chloride, such as paint strippers, use them outdoors. Reseal containers well. Keep products in their original, labeled containers. Clean brushes and other materials outside.

Pesticides and fertilizers. Yard and Garden chemicals may be toxic. Remedy: Use nonchemical methods when possible. Follow manufacturers' directions for mixing, applying, storing and using protective clothing. Mix or dilute them outdoors. Provide ventilation when using them indoors. Store them outside of the home in their original, labeled containers. After using the product, remove your shoes and clean your hands and clothing to avoid bringing the chemicals into your home. Call the EPA at 1-800-858-PEST for more information.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Install a smoke detector in each bedroom or in the adjacent hallway. If you have gas or other fossil fuel appliances in the house, install carbon monoxide detectors in these locations. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available. Check the batteries frequently.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.


Pagosa Lakes News

Get ready for first perch tourney of the year

By Ming Steen

SUN Columnist

The first Pagosa Lakes Winter Perch Tournament of the season has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at Lake Pagosa.

The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 2:30 p.m. The entry fee this year is $10 pre-purchase and $12 at the lake on tournament day. Money generated from the entry fee will be used for cash prizes to be awarded at the end of the tournament for the placing winners in two categories; most perch caught and largest perch caught (by weight). Children 15 and under will fish for free at the tournament and will compete for some great fishing related prizes in three different age categories.

This is the fourth year for these Pagosa Lakes tournament events and they seem to be growing in size and popularity every year. Last year we had over 130 contestants in both winter tournaments and over 2,000 perch were caught. This helps us keep yellow perch numbers under control and at the same time provides for a good excuse to have a fun, ice fishing competition that attracts not only locals but folks as far away as Albuquerque.

The Lake Pagosa tournament event is being sponsored by Terry's Ace Hardware. Terry has offered to help promote the event, assist us on tournament day and donate the prizes for the youth categories including new fishing poles, reels, jigs and lures as well as other fun fishing related prizes. We would like to thank Terry for this generous community spirited offer of support and sponsorship.

Please keep in mind that we want to keep the tournaments safe above all, and we will be evaluating ice conditions closely over the next week. The ice is good over most of the lake right now - about 10 to 12 inches thick with some normal open water areas around the aerators. The past couple of weeks have ushered in warmer temperatures which have not done much to increase ice thickness. If we determine that ice conditions are not good at Lake Pagosa we will move the tournament up to Hatcher Lake. We will try to notify folks ahead of time as best as possible if we do make that determination and we will also post signs and a couple of volunteers at Lake Pagosa to steer folks up to Hatcher Lake. Either way, it's going to be a fun day of fishing and competition. If you have any questions or want to check a day or two ahead of the tournament, call the Pagosa Lakes offices at 731-5635 and we will be able to give you the latest information.

We are also planning a second Winter Perch Tournament this year at Hatcher Lake, Saturday, Feb. 4. Please be on the lookout for more information on that tournament over the next few weeks. The second tournament will be held in conjunction with the Winterfest activities slated for that weekend and we will work closely with the Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce on that event. Tickets for the first tournament, Jan. 21, are available at Terry's Ace Hardware, Ponderosa Do-It-Best, the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center and the Pagosa Lakes Administration office in Vista.

The Pagosa Lake Property Owners Association board of directors meets at 7 p.m. tonight, in the PLPOA Clubhouse on Port Avenue.




Earl Hoover

Earl Hoover, longtime resident of Pagosa Springs, died peacefully on January 5, 2006.

Earl was born October 22, 1925, in Quincy, Illinois, and attended Quincy College and the University of Iowa Law School. He was elected Clay County District Attorney and had a professional practice in Spencer, Iowa for many years before moving to Pagosa Springs in 1975. He was a Municipal Judge in Pagosa Springs and practiced law, representing both the Town of Pagosa Springs and the School Dist. 50 until he retired several years ago.

Earl always had a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humor. He loved practicing law, playing golf, watching football, and an occasional gin on the rocks with a twist of lemon. He will be greatly missed by his family and close friends.

Earl is survived by his devoted wife, Bonnie Hoover, of Pagosa Springs; son John Hoover, son David Cammack and his wife Mary Helen, daughter Anne Ducharme-Jones and her husband, David, and daughter Barbara Hoover. He has seven grandchildren: Lucas Eichmann-Hoover, Jake and Dan Cammack, Taylor Ducharme-Jones, Amanda Rice, and Dorrie and Perrie Dennison.

There will be no service at his request, but family would appreciate any cards and letters be sent to Box 720, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 to support memories. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Pagosa Springs Athletic Boosters Club or to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library in his honor. The Athletic Boosters Club treasurer is Cathy Fulmer, Box 4103, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The Sisson Library address is Box 849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


Wyoma Richards

Wyoma Jean Richards passed away peacefully at her home on January 9, 2006.

Wyoma was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Read, Colo., to Jack and Mabel Randall. She is survived by her siblings: Wes Randall, Charlene Bryan, Bud Randall, Tommy Randall, Jackie Randall, Carol Morgan and Grada Randall, and their families; her parents and sister, Mary Francis.

Wyoma married William (Tom) Richards on June 16, 1957.

Tom and Wyoma had three children, Mary and William (Bill), and Jackie, who preceded her in death. Wyoma was also blessed with four grandchildren: Craig, Lacee, Cody and Nicole.

Wyoma was a loving and dedicated wife to Tom and supported him during his many years in law enforcement. Wyoma was a very loving mother and grandmother.

She was a friend to so many, and those of us who were touched by her love and presence will cherish her memory.

Services will be held at the Episcopal Church at 225 South Pagosa Blvd. on Jan. 13, 2006, with interment immediately following at the Bayfield Cemetery.


Joe Huckaby

Joe Marion Huckaby, 71, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, in Fort Worth.

Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Joe and his wife Joan were summertime residents of Pagosa Springs, with their summer place being at the Lazy Crutch Park, past Sportsman's Campground on Piedra Road. He also attended first Baptist Church of Pagosa Springs.

Joe was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Fort Worth. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved the Lord. Joe received his bachelor's degree from TCU in 1957. He worked for General Dynamics, now Lockheed-Martin, for 37 years. He retired in 1993. He loved to be outdoors and was an avid fisherman. Joe also loved music and singing. Most of all, he loved to pray the scriptures from the Bible and share them with everyone. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Joan Huckaby; son Stan Huckaby of Aledo; daughter, Gina Young and her husband, Joe, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Daniel, Rebekah and Caleb; sister, Helen Carroll of Austin; stepbrother, Jimmy Caswell and his wife, Linda, of Fort Worth; and numerous family members and friends.

Joan's address in Fort Worth is: 5821 Kimberly Kay Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76133.


Velma Wood

Velma A. Wood, a lifelong resident of Pagosa Springs, died in her home early Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006. She was 97.

Mrs. Wood was born Aug. 29, 1908, in Pagosa Springs, to George and Josie Kingsley. She was the fourth of ten children raised by the Kingsleys in Archuleta County. She graduated from the Pagosa Springs School District in 1924 and married Lynn Lewis in 1931. She walked several miles daily to attend the Echo Country School near the present location of Echo Lake.

Mrs. Wood spent time working at Jan's Cafe, Jackisch Drugstore and behind the soda fountain at Mr. Petry's movie theater, all in Pagosa Springs.

After the death of her husband, Lynn, in 1942, Velma married Charles Wood of Pagosa Springs in 1946.

Her husband, Charles, daughter Charlotte Freienmuth, and granddaughter Bobbie Eaklor, precede her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Cleda (Kenneth) Campbell, of Pagosa Springs; a sister, Dopha Levac, of Grand Coulee, Washington; grandsons, Jack Eaklor of Pagosa Springs, Karl Freienmuth of Peoria, Ariz. and David Freienmuth of Durango; granddaughter Cindy Eaklor of Ruidoso, New Mexico; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, Lorie, Nicholas, Kevin, Henry and Derek; two great-great-grandchildren, May and Cutter; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 9, at the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs, and she was laid to rest at Hilltop Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be sent to the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, Star and Cross Lighting Fund, PO Box 685, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


Jacob Rotureau

Jacob Bennett Rotureau, Jr., 83, died at home in Pagosa Springs Sunday Jan. 8, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jane.

Jacob was a Navy veteran. He owned and operated an electric motor company in Colorado Springs. Jacob and Barbara moved to Pagosa Springs this summer. There will be no local services.


Crystal Mae Wakefield

Crystal Wakefield passed away at her home in Pagosa Springs on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. She was 95 years of age.

A funeral service for Crystal was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the Crawford Community United Methodist Church in Crawford, Colo. Burial followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford.

Crystal Mae Curnutte was born on Nov. 16, 1910, in Vaughn, West Virginia to the late Robert Lee and Mary Elizabeth (Stratton) Curnutte. She spent her childhood and attended school in Breece, N.M.

On April 20, 1927, in Bernalillo, N.M., Crystal married Sherrill Wakefield. He preceded her in death in 2001 in Crawford, Colo.

Crystal was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, gardening and was an avid reader. She was a member of Eastern Star and the Union of Methodist Women.

Those grateful to have shared in her life are her son Robert W. Wakefield and his wife Dellie of San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Cleo Wilborn and husband Gerald, Nedra Banton, both of Pagosa Springs, and Velva Rancourt and husband Jean of Fort Pierce, Fla. Crystal was further survived by a sister, Alpha Scott, of Albuquerque, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Crystal was preceded in death by her parents, son Warren Wakefield, four brothers, Weyman Curnutte, Don Curnutte, Boyd Curnutte and Robert Jr. Curnutte, and three sisters, Alice Wilder, Iva Koenig and Betty Curnutte.

View the Internet memorial and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.



 Business News

Chamber News

Annual meeting, Winterfest on horizon

By Mary Jo Coulehan

SUN Columnist

Shine up your boots or pull out that party dress, and get ready for the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and Western party to be held Saturday, Jan. 21.

Starting at 6 p.m. the community center will come alive with this year's Western theme.

Of course, you must attend to find out who will be the recipients of the 2005 Volunteer and Citizen of the Year awards as well as the Pagosa Pride awards. However, this year's event will also offer four to five food stations, fun diversions for you to meet new people or catch up on what's been happening with old friends, and chances to win prizes including a yearly Chamber membership.

The Bar D Wranglers will provide the evening's main entertainment, and we will extend the evening fun for those who wish to stay and dance to the rockin' sounds of Hart Productions. There will also be a cash wine and beer bar available. We are expecting to have lots of fun, hear lots of music, and enjoy lots of laughter (and maybe a few tears) throughout the entire evening.

Another important aspect of the evening is - if you have not yet voted for up to three candidates from the slate for the new chamber board members - this event will give you the opportunity to do your chamber voting. You can vote until the meeting starts.

Tickets are available at the Chamber for $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and we're pleased to see members already coming in to pick up their passes. This theme is a whole new gig for us, and you know how I like a party! So mark your calendars for an evening of music, fun and friendship and plan to attend the 2005-2006 Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Board of directors

This is a very hard time for me, and I don't know how Sally did it all these years: we are going to lose three Chamber board members and welcome three newbees. The three departing board members - Toby Karlquist, Angie Gayhart and Scott Asay - each have a distinct personality and awesome qualities.

Just when I think you can't get anyone better than the members going off the board, three new ones come on board with equal qualifications and talents. I suppose it is the constant state of flux that keeps this organization fresh, current and challenged to meet the needs of the community.

It is now the responsibility of the Chamber community to elect three of six candidates to serve on the board for the next three years.

Here are the candidates for 2006: Jan Brookshier with Brookshier Photography and Framing; Eric Hagman with Fairfield Properties; Briana Jacobson with The Real Choice Real Estate, Elsa Lucero with Bank of the San Juans, Michele Mesker with Paint Connection Plus; and Walt Moore with Moore Chiropractic. There are bios on all the candidates available at the Chamber should you need help with your decision and need to find out more about their involvement with the community. If you are not able to attend the annual meeting, stop by the Visitor Center and cast your vote. Remember, there is only one vote per membership and we do keep track! We will not announce the winners the night of the meeting as we like to notify the candidates first. This voting process is your right as a Chamber member, exercise it!

Upcoming events

We know of a number of events taking place in January and I want to notify you of some changes for February.

There will be an intuitive Book Art Workshop with Susan Andersen at SHY RABBIT on Bastille Drive 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. You must make reservations for this class, as the size is limited. Participants will actually be making a book with common and uncommon materials. Call 731-2766 to see if any openings are still available.

Then, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 15, there will be a set of three, one-hour lectures at SHY RABBIT covering legal and business issues often encountered by artists - licenses, contracts, business entity formation, etc. From 1-4 p.m. the second set of three, one-hour lectures will focus on the commercial heartbeat of the art world: intellectual property. This term covers aspects of the artist's world such as trademarks, copyrights, branding and more. Included in this series will be conversation about the ever-evolving issues surrounding the Internet and its impact on the artist. Lawyers: CLE credits can be earned. Once again, class size is limited, so call for space availability.

Plan to attend the first of the year's informative sessions sponsored by the Archuleta County League of Women Voters. The session will cover exactly how Colorado's Caucus System works. Panel members will include Bob Moomaw, Ben Douglas and June Madrid. With the 2006 caucuses in March and the assembly in April, understanding how the system works is the first step to getting involved. The caucus system is an important aspect of the political process. The forum will be held at the Extension Building at the county fairgrounds Thursday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center in conjunction with local leaders Bart Mitchell of AEDA and Lauren Huddleston, business consultant, will spearhead a 12-session intensive training program designed to encourage business expansion in communities. The course will focus on teaching the art of better business practices while producing a comprehensive business plan. The classes will start Jan. 12 and will be held at the community center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There may be slots still open for the 12-week seminar and the cost is $285. For those who cannot make all 12 sessions, classes are offered for $50 per session. Business owners, remember, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and put some money into your personal development in order to get more out of your business. This seminar is a great addition to this community and we are lucky to have two qualified local trainers teaching the classes. Call 731-1443 for more information or show up at the community center, South Conference Room. If you have been looking at a way to grow your business or start a new one, don't miss this Leading Edge class.

Winterfest activities

Here is one big change for us this year as a community and a head's up for businesses: Winterfest this year will be held the first weekend of February.

We have moved some of the events around to spur attendance and work all the events in. Here are some noteworthy changes:

- The Pagosa Lakes Winter Perch Tournament (ice fishing contest) will be held Saturday, Feb. 4. The Tournament will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can purchase advance tickets for $10 here at the Chamber, Ponderosa Do-It-Best, the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center and the PLPOA administration office. Children under 15 are free. There will be lots of prizes and the tournament will be held at Hatcher Lake.

- We have moved the "Anything Goes Downhill Sled Race" to Saturday, Feb. 4. Registration will start at noon with the races starting at 1 p.m. Best Value High Country Lodge will again be our sponsor for this howlingly fun event. There will be cash and other prizes offered and entry fees are $15 preregistration and $25 the day of the event. Even if you don't participate, this is a great spectator event and free food and drink will be offered by our generous host after the races. So start working on those homemade sleds, and remember, you do need a braking system!

- On Sunday, Feb. 5, we will host the Winterfest Triathlon up at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. We are so pleased at all the sponsorships this year, allowing for the resurrection of this event. We would also like to thank the folks at the ski area for their participation in the triathlon. Athletes: You can enter individually or as a team. The triathlon will consist of a cross-country leg, a snowshoe leg, and a downhill ski or snowboard leg. Entry fees are $30 for an individual or $60 for a team. Prizes will be given out to winners in the men's, women's and children's categories. For more information, contact Kimberley at the Chamber at 264-2360.

We will be talking more about the festivities in the weeks to come. February will be here before we know it.

Calendar of events

Please send us your event information as soon as you can. We are constantly updating the events calendar both on our Web site and in print. Do you know that I need to have events for some on-line publications months in advance? I have already placed ads in several magazines that are touted as "keeper" editions for the spring and summer events of 2006. I know this concept is hard for some people to grasp, but we work very far in advance. The sooner I know about your event, the more exposure I can give you, not only locally, but on our Web site and in state and regional guides to visitors who are trying to plan their vacations. Business owners should remember they can pull up the calendar of events on our Web site and view it for a week at a time. They can then print the calendar and have it available to clients in your establishment. Now isn't that a nice customer service touch? You and your staff also stay informed not only to the events but to the demands the events may make on your business.

Need to know

It's the first of the year, so we have a slew of renewals this week. First off, though, I neglected to mention a new member who joined last year.

We would like to welcome R&R Custom Carpentry owned by Robert Rosenberg. Robert specializes in custom cabinetry work. His repertoire of custom carpentry includes closets, additions, trim work, libraries, built-ins, finished basements and much more. He prides himself in giving each project a unique look to enhance your home. Should you need more information, please call R&R Custom Carpentry at 749-8462.

Another pseudo-new member is Cutting Edge Glass and Mirror, formerly Hogue Glass. We welcome Jami Willis as the new owner. Cutting Edge carries Marvin and Sierra Pacific windows and doors. They also provide shower and tub enclosures, auto glass repairs, mirrors and all kinds of glass needs. The shop is located on Putt Hill on Great West Ave., and you can also give Cutting Edge a call at 264-3000 for product information or to schedule an appointment.

Let's start off the renewals this week with longtime friend and supporter, Moonlight Books and owners Joan and Jerry Rohwer.

We welcome back Mr. "I Sell Pagosa" himself, Lee Riley, associated with Jann Pitcher Real Estate.

Past Chamber board member and auditor extraordinaire Mike Branch is our next renewal.

Renewing again this year is John Ranson and Priority One Pagosa.

At Your Service Travel and Carole Walters renews a membership.

We welcome back Enterprise Rent-a-Car and manager Carolyn Church.

Also, welcome back to The Getaway Restaurant.

As they gear up for another Relay for Life while meeting the daily needs of our community, we welcome the renewal of the American Cancer Society.

Returning to the fold after a brief hiatus is associate member, Maryjane Knight. This delightful local personality is a great supporter not only of the Chamber but of the community.

Last, but certainly not least on the renewal list are Rev. Don and Nancy Strait - each a model contributor to this community.

Lots in store for our community this year. Stay tuned to this column and learn of many more "mark your calendar" events.


Cards of Thanks


Thank you to all of our friends for the expressions of sympathy in the death of our loved one, June Lynch. We appreciate all the cards, flowers and donations in our time of grief. We are very blessed to live in such a caring community!

Thanks to all.

The Lynch Family


Marine Corps

Thank you from the San Juan Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League to all of the generous Pagosans who donated toys to the 2005 Toys-for-Tots campaign. You made a lot of needy children very happy on Christmas morning.

Special thanks to those businesses who allowed us to place collection boxes in your establishments: Alco, the community center, Jackisch Drugs, Joy's Health Foods, Junction Family Restaurant, Moonlight Books, Navajo Trails Laundry, Ponderosa Do-It-Best and Speedy Lube. Special thanks also to Grace Evangelical Free Church for wrapping the toys and the Pagosa Fire Protection District for making deliveries.

Robert E. Dobbins



Karen Lusby and Kris Andrews, the parents of Sarah Andrews, along with Donna Wagle and Jim Mathison, the parents of Ross Wagle, want to announce the marriage of their children in June of 2006. Ross Wagle attended Pagosa Springs High School from 1998 to 2002 and will graduate from Colorado School of Mines in May 2006.


Sports Page

Pirates start slow, rebound for third at Rocky

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

A Pirate wrestling fan who left Saturday's Rocky Mountain Tournament after the early rounds would have gone home discouraged.

The host team, Pagosa, started the Rocky in sluggish fashion, perhaps due to the fact many of the wrestlers had battled through four dual meets in two days prior. After the first couple go-rounds at the Rocky, the Pirates were slightly below the mid point in the team standings.

Thus, it would have surprised the fan to know the Pirates caught a serious wind in the sails and sailed through the rest of the day to third place, behind the winner, Alamosa, and second place Monte Vista.

The Pirates also ended the day with one tourney champ - Bubba Martinez, at 215 pounds.

The senior, last year's third-place finisher in Class 3A at the weight, came into the tournament following a tough loss Friday night to Manuel Tafoya, of Taos, N.M. Undeterred, the Pirate followed a first-round bye at the Rocky with a 6-4 decision over Alamosa's David Gurule.

Advancing to the championship semifinal, Martinez looked across the mat at a familiar face - Tafoya, of Taos.

While Martinez wrestled a cautious match, his patience paid off. The wrestlers were knotted at 1-1 as regulation time wound down, each scoring on an escape. With approximately 15 seconds left, Martinez got the takedown and two points, and went on to win 3-1.

In the final, Martinez dominated Kreig Adair, of Monticello, Utah. Martinez had Adair on his back in each of the three periods, but couldn't pin him. No problem: Martinez earned the title with a 17-4 technical fall, and Adair earned his and Coach Dan Janowsky's respect.

"That kid was tough as nails," said Janowsky of Adair. "He would not yield. But, Bubba headlocked him in the second and third periods and it was no contest. Bubba had a very good tournament. With that championship win and the points from the tech fall, he provided us a lot of what it took to put us over and into third place. He and Joe (Romine, the Pirate 275-pounder) put us there. Bubba started slowly, but by the end of the day, he'd made his comeback."

Ky Smith took third place at 145. Smith had a first-round bye then took it to Monte Vista's Omar Gonzales, controlling the match until he pinned Gonzales in the third period.

In the semifinal, Smith met an old nemesis - Jacob Appenzeller, of Ignacio. The seesaw battle made its way into the third period when Appenzeller nailed the headlock. Smith fought back but ended up on the losing end of an 11-8 score.

Vance Aspass of Kirtland Central was next up for Smith in the battle for third place, and the Pirate dispatched him with a third-period fall to win the medal.

Three Pirate seniors took fifth place in their respective weight classes: Matt Nobles at 160, Dale August at 171, and Romine at 275.

Nobles began with a first-period pin of Ethan Hasty of Monte Vista.

A loss to Jared Jones, of Ignacio, threw Nobles into the consolation bracket where he pinned Centauri's Alan Cash at 3:24.

LaCoy Jack, of Kirtland, was a difficult opponent, but Nobles managed a 4-2 decision. Fifth place came to Nobles with a dramatic 5-4 decision, won with an escape in a second overtime.

August lost his first tourney match to Elijah Bancroft, of Piedra Vista. The Pirate came back strong, however, pinning an unaffiliated wrestler, Ryan Gomez, a mere 27 seconds into the match.

Kyle Steed, of Durango, was next up for August and the Pirate pinned him at 3:40.

August would move to fifth place with two more pins - at 2:01 over Shawn Carr, of Kirtland and at 1:17 over Rico Garcia, of Ignacio.

Romine began his day pinning Casey Cashaw of Bloomfield at 1:14.

The Pirate's only loss in three days came at the hands of Centauri's Daniel Montoya, a loss that threw Romine into the consolation bracket.

There, he began a three-victory run to fifth place, pinning Coy Yazzie of Piedra Vista 41 seconds into their match. Justin Harrison of Bayfield was the next victim, his shoulders hitting the mat at 2:41. Romine completed the run with a 5-3 win over Eddie Tonita, of Durango.

Two freshmen earned critical points for their team with sixth-place finishes.

Steven Smith went 3-2 at 103 to take sixth. Smith pinned Mitch Rosette of Taos at 3:15, pinned Ramiro Ponce of Espanola at 1:44 and beat Garrett McKee of Bloomfield 2-0.

Joe DuCharme also went 3-2 for sixth at 130. DuCharme decisioned Trevor St. Clair of Monticello 6-3, got a 10-0 major decision over Byron Davis of Kirtland and pinned Carlos Padilla of Piedra Vista at 2:58.

Orion Sandoval captured seventh for Pagosa with a 3-2 record at 125. Mike Smith was seventh at 135 at 2-2. Paul Hostetter took eighth at 140, going 1-3. And Reynaldo Palmer, at 2-3, was eighth at 189.

"We had a slow start," said Janowsky, "some of that attributable to byes in the first round. We didn't score a lot of points in the first and second rounds and we were way down in the team standings. I didn't think we were wrestling up to our capabilities. But, I saw our guys learning from things in a loss and carrying that into the next match. We went on to put together a good string of wins."

Then, according to Janowsky, came crucial wins in the semifinals and the championship. "By day's end," he said, "I felt better. You have to remember, a lot of our guys wrestled seven to nine times in three days. That's a lot of wrestling and we ended positively."

There is very little time to rest. Monte Vista comes to town tonight, for an Intermountain League dual. Then, the Pirates travel Saturday to the always-difficult Alamosa Invitational.

"We need to figure out how to get ready for a tough team Thursday night and for a rough tournament Saturday," said the coach. "We can't lay off. We need to make progress with technique."

The action tonight at the PSHS gym begins with junior varsity matches at 6 p.m. "Monte Vista is going to be favored on paper," said Janowsky. "That's the fun of it, in a way; we have to turn some matches around. Nothing's more satisfying for an athlete or a coach than to wrestle above your head and beat someone who figures to beat you. Win or lose, this match will be a good preview of what lies ahead at the regional tournament."

Saturday's tournament at Alamosa promises to be another difficult test. The hosts and the Pirates will be joined by some serious wrestling powers, including Montrose, Delta, Pueblo East, Douglas County, Broomfield, Aztec, Fountain-Fort Carson and Rock Canyon.

"I expect us to do well," said the coach.

Matches at Alamosa start at 9 a.m.


Pirate grapplers beat Ignacio, log first IML win

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

Put the Pirates at 1-0 in the race for the Intermountain League wrestling title following their Jan. 5 dual meet win, 51-27, over the Ignacio Bobcats.

For all intents and purposes, Pagosa had a 30-0 lead before the match began, with the Bobcats giving away six forfeits.

Ignacio got on the scoreboard in the first match wrestled as Class 3A's leading contender for the state championship at 119 pounds, Cody Haga, fashioned a second-period 16-0 technical fall over Caleb Pringle.

Another in a set of excellent Bobcat grapplers, Travis Darling, continued the trend at 130 as he took advantage of Pagosan Joe DuCharme's inexperience, pinning the Pirate freshman 3 minutes, 21 seconds into the bout.

Then, it was Pagosa's turn. Mike Smith dominated Raudel Lucero at 135, going ahead 5-2 on two takedowns and an escape before pinning Lucero at 1:36.

Another of Ignacio's seasoned state-level performers, Jacob Appenzeller, fought at 140 and pinned Pagosa's Paul Hostetter at 3:15.

Ky Smith responded for the Pirates. The senior faced Ignacio's Ken Guffey and went ahead 2-0 in the first period with a takedown. Starting down in the second period, Smith reversed Guffey, scored a three-point near fall then pinned the Bobcat at 3:52. Pagosa had a 42-17 lead in the match.

Justin Moore took the mat for Pagosa at 152 and went out to a fast, first-period lead, taking his man down and nailing three back points. The Bobcat escaped and the Pirate took him down again. The battle continued on a fairly even keel through the remaining two periods, the wrestlers exchanging takedowns, escapes and reversals. At the final buzzer, it was Moore who got the win, 17-11.

Matt Nobles squared off at 160 against a familiar opponent, Jared Jones. Last season, the two faced each other three times, with Jones having the best of it, 2-1. The Bobcat started the current series with a 15-7 decision over Nobles.

Dale August made his season's debut for the Pirates at 171, despite having suffered a hand injury during the week. August showed he could be a factor in IML, regional and state matches this year as he worked Rico Garcia with a takedown and three back points in the first period of their match. August started down in the second period, escaped, took Garcia down and pinned him at 3:27.

In the final match of the dual, at 189, Matt Olguin, another certifiable state-quality wrestler, beat Pagosa's Reynaldo Palmer with a fall at 2:39.

The win put Pagosa in the race for the IML title - one determined on the basis of dual matches against each of four league opponents.

"I thought we were rusty," said Coach Dan Janowksy of his Pirates as they returned to the mat for the first time since taking off for holiday break. "We wrestled decent, but I could see things that concerned me, things I took for granted and didn't take care of in practice. Our top work was sloppy and, in general, so was our work on our feet. We had two and a half days of practice last week, and we emphasized bottom work and conditioning."

Though his team won, the coach was concerned about Friday's dual matches with three New Mexico schools and Saturday's Rocky MountainTournament, at the PSHS gym. "I was worried about Friday and Saturday," he said, "about how we would get up to speed. As it turned out, our guys wrestled their way through a lot of the problems. Each team takes on a personality, and I like the one this team is forming. They're pretty resilient.


Pirate wrestlers win three dual meets against New Mexico teams

By Karl Isberg

Staff Writer

You're just back from holiday break.

Maybe you're not in the best condition.

Oh, and you've chosen to compete in what is arguably the toughest of high school sports - wrestling.

So, why not start out with three straight days of competition, with as many as nine matches per competitor?

What doesn't kill you will serve to make you stronger.

Such was the situation when Pirate wrestlers hosted teams from Taos, Espanola and Bloomfield Friday night - one night after a dual meet with Ignacio and the night before the annual Rocky Mountain Tournament.

It was a tough way to spend a Friday night, but Pagosa emerged victorious, winning all three dual meets with the New Mexico opponents.

First up was Espanola, and it was a forfeit fest. Five Pirates won matches to help their team to a 48-27 win.

Steven Smith, a freshman, got a win at 103 pounds. Smith earned a 20-5 technical fall over his opponent.

Senior Orion Sandoval earned team points at 125, with an 11-5 decision.

Joe DuCharme fought at 130. The freshman put six more points on the scoreboard with a third-period pin.

Ky Smith continued his winning ways at 145, crafting a fall in the second period.

Next up was Taos, and a 56-19 Pirate victory.

Again, forfeits gave the winning team most of its points.

Three Pirates earned points in competition.

Steven Smith got his second win of the evening at 103 with a 17-4 major decision.

Sandoval also fought to a 16-5 major decision over his man at 125.

Reynaldo Palmer got the third major decision for the Pirates, winning at 189 by a score of 12-0, another major decision.

Bloomfield finished the night and the Pirates left the building with a 42-30 win.

Caleb Pringle scored six points for the home team with a third-period pin at 119.

DuCharme got his second fall of the night at 130, pinning his man in the first period.

Mike Smith kept the trend going, getting the first-period pin at 135.

Ky Smith joined the Pirate pin parade, putting his 145-pound opponent's shoulders down in the second period.

Matt Nobles pinned his man at 160, scoring six points with a third-period fall.

Bubba Martinez scored with a first-period pin at 189.

Joe Romine completed the Pirate tally with a pin in the first period at 275.

Coach Dan Janowsky was pleased with the three dual meet victories but still had concerns - ones that reflected his concerns following the previous night's meet with Ignacio.

"In a way," he said, "it was more of the same: we were rusty. But, on the other hand, we showed some signs of life. Our guys wrestled hard, but our technique wasn't what I hoped for.

"I'm glad we won; our kids earned wins by working hard, sometimes having to fight out of trouble to get their chances."


Second Fun Race held at Wolf Creek

Forty-five skiers competed in last week's Fun Race, the second of the season at Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Kelly Motes, of Las Cruces, N.M., won the Girls' 6-8 race with a time of 1 minute, 28 seconds.

Girls' 9-11 winner was Sierra Bourne, of Flagstaff, Ariz. Her time was 41.7 seconds.

In Girls' 12-14 competition, Bonnie Prewitt, of Del Norte, was first at 50.2; Breann Warman, of Del Norte, was second at 52; Chelcey Motes, of Las Cruces, finished third at 57.

Kim Nanken, of Lubbock, Texas, won the Girl's 18-20 race with a time of 44.2.

Top finisher in Women 26-30 was Andrea Ulrich, of North Carolina, at 39.6.

Kazie Hayes, of South Fork, got the medal in Women 36-40. Her time was 51.5.

In Boys' 6-8, the gold medal went to Michael Schmidt, of Pagosa (1:56).

Boys' 9-11 was won by Presley Motes, of Las Cruces, at 46.4. In second, was Luis Baca, of Mexico, at 58.

Ben Armstrong, of Monte Vista, topped the competitors in Boys' 12-14 with a time of 45.8 Shaun Warman, of Del Norte, was second at 47.2, Josh Stigel, of Arkansas, took third at 49.4.

In Boys' 18-20 Peter Warren, of California (44.4), was followed by Andrew Ulrich, of Wichita, Kan. at 53.8.

Jared Huddleston, of Lubbock, Texas, won the Men's 21-25 with a time of 45.4.

Dan Blaugrun, of New Mexico, topped the list in Men's 26-30 at 48.9, followed by Rick James, of Pagosa, at 59.7.

In Men's 31-35, gold went to Mike Jones, of Pagosa, at 41.8. Silver went to Tracey Leonard, of Pagosa, 44.5. Bronze went to Joshua Stephens, of Fort Worth, Texas, for his time of 49.

In Men's 36-40, Bruce Bourne, of Flagstaff, took first at 40.3 and Aaron Motes, of Las Cruces, was second at 48.3.

Pagosa's Dean Sell was first in Men's 41-50, with a time of 39.8, followed by Mike Black, of Key Largo, Fla., (42.1) and Chris Schmidt, of Pagosa (44.8).

In Men's 51-60 the finish order was Chris Phillips of Pagosa (38.2), Duncan Cullman of South Fork (41.4) and Bob Stephens, of Sedona, Ariz. (48.4).

Pagosa's Ron Chacey was first in Men's 60-plus (37.72) followed by Sonny Parrish, of Pagosa (41.89), and Bryant Lemon, of Pagosa (43.9).


Pirates rally past Cortez 51-46

By Randy Johnson

Staff Writer

What a way to start the new year and a three-game home stand!

The Pagosa Springs High School varsity basketball Pirates survived a slow first half to rally past the 4A Cortez Panthers Monday night, 51-46, in the first outing of 2006.

The Pirates came out rusty, then recovered in the second half to win a close one against a good Cortez team. After all, Pagosa had not been on the hardwood in almost three weeks and had only five days of practice to prepare. Cortez had a leg up with a game Jan. 6 in a match-up with Piedra Vista of Farmington to get their kinks out.

The Pirates improved to 5-3 while the Panthers dropped to 6-5.

It was nip and tuck all the way. The lead changed hands throughout the first three quarters but neither team could go up by more than five points. The Pirates led by two at the end of the first half and it was tied at the end of three.

The key plays of the game for Pagosa occurred with less than two minutes to play in the contest and the Panthers up by 1. The first was by junior Derek Harper. Playing in his best game so far, he pumped in a long trey from the top of the arch to put Pagosa up for good at 48-46. The second came when senior Craig Schutz and junior Caleb Ormonde both grabbed offensive rebounds on missed free throws to keep possession of the basketball and preserve the win.

Coach Jim Shaffer was proud of the way his team played, especially after the long layoff. He said "this was a great win against a very good Cortez team that plays excellent match-up basketball. We started out slow, but were able to battle back, keep our poise, get a big win. I liked the way Harper stepped up and made the three at the end and those offensive rebounds by Craig (Schutz) and Caleb (Ormonde)."

The coach went on to say "my two biggest concerns right now are with our defensive rebounding and free throw shooting. We let them have too many second chances. If we hit free throws, the score wouldn't have been as close." The Pirates shot a dismal 61 percent on 14 of 23 from the charity stripe.

Senior Casey Schutz, ending a scoring slump, led the Pirates with 15 points. Craig Schutz, still scoring in double figures, was held to 12. Harper and junior Jordan Shaffer followed with seven each while Ormonde put up five. Junior Keri Joe Hilsabeck added three points and senior Paul Przybylski, who left the game in the third period with an injury, rounded out the scoring with two points. Craig Schutz grabbed eight rebounds and Hilsabeck managed the floor with five assists.

The Panthers' Kyle Perkins, a senior, was seemingly unstoppable and led all scoring with 24 points. The rest of the Cortez points were spread throughout the lineup with junior Lucas Pickens with five, junior Ian Anderson tallying four, junior Jake Archibeque three, senior Bryson McCabe three and senior Corey Schmitt banking two.

The scoring opened in the first period when Shaffer put up an old-fashioned three to give Pagosa an early lead. Both teams seemed slow and out of sync, but the Panthers would go up by four on buckets by Schmitt and Perkins, plus a trey by McCabe with 2:36 on the clock. Harper and the Schutz brothers rallied the Pirates to put them up by two at the horn.

Both teams traded buckets to start the second when Craig Schutz and Perkins both found their range. Cortez would take a four point lead again, but Casey Schutz answered to tie the game with 1:25 until intermission. Hilsabeck had a breakaway steal and easy layup with no time showing to put the Pirates up again by two at the end of the half on a 9-9 quarter.

The third quarter opened like the first, but this time it was Craig Schutz to pop a trey from the baseline. The Pirates went up by five on a jumper by Shaffer with 6:30 left. Perkins then took over the game for the Panthers with a 10-point quarter to tie the game at 30. With 42 seconds left, Przybylski had a breakaway, but was banged hard to the floor and had to leave the game with a cut. Casey Schutz hit both free throws (in Przybylski's place) and Anderson a deuce for the Panthers to end the third at 32 apiece.

The Pirates took an early five-point lead again to start the final stanza on three from Ormonde and a deuce by Casey Schutz. Perkins would answer with four and Pickens with a long trey to give the Panthers the lead by one. The lead changed hands twice until Schmitt was fouled on a putback to give Cortez a one-point lead with under two minutes to go. Harper then stepped up with his trey, Hilsabeck and Casey Schutz scored from the line and the offensive rebounds preserved the win for the Buccaneers.

The action continues tomorrow night when the New Mexico 4A Kirtland Broncos visit Pagosa for another good matchup. The Broncos currently sit at 6-7 with two additional games before coming to Colorado. The interesting part of their record is a win against Cortez by three in overtime in "The Gym" back in December. Look for another outstanding basketball game that follows the Lady Pirate rematch with the Lady Broncos. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Saturday night will be the finale of this three-game homestand when the New Mexico 4A Farmington Scorpions (7-7) come in for a much-anticipated rematch and another exciting game. The Scorpions were able to outscore Pagosa in the fourth quarter to win a close one in Farmington Dec. 19. This will be another excellent learning experience for the Pirates as they head into Intermountain League (IML) action Jan. 20 at Bayfield. Start time is also set at 7 p.m.

In other IML action last week, Bayfield (9-0), a team that is playing very well, remains unbeaten after a win over previously unbeaten Mancos. Ignacio (6-4) lost to Taos and beat Bloomfield. Centauri (5-5) took a game against Del Norte and lost at Buena Vista. Monte Vista (1-6) lost to Salida.


Cortez - 9, 9, 14, 14-46

Pagosa Springs - 11, 9, 12, 19-51

Scoring: Shaffer, 3-5,0-1,1-3,7; Hilsabeck, 1-2,0-0,1-3,3; Przybylski, 1-3,0-0,0-0,2; Harper, 2-3,1-1,0-0,7; Casey Schutz, 1-4,1-4,10-11,15; Ormonde, 2-3,0-0,1-3,5; Craig Schutz, 4-10,1-2,1-3,12. Rebounds: Shaffer 4, Hilsabeck 2, Przybylski 2, Harper 2, Casey Schutz 2, Ormonde 4, Craig Schutz 8.


Lady Pirates win easily at Bloomfield,


By Randy Johnson

Staff Writer

Coach Bob Lynch could not have asked for a better basketball game for the varsity Lady Pirates after a long holiday break.

In a game that was more like a good practice under game conditions, the Lady Pirates (5-2) ran away from the New Mexico 3A Bloomfield Lady Bobcats (0-12) easily in Bloomfield last Saturday night by a lopsided score of 56-20.

The Pirates used a balanced scoring attack on offense and a defense that stymied the Bobcats on their home floor. Bloomfield could muster only three points in the first quarter and totaled 10 at halftime to go in at intermission down by 22. The second half wasn't any better as they could only match their first half output. Coach Lynch substituted freely in the final stanza to end the game.

Senior Emily Buikema led all scoring with 14 points. Seniors Liza Kelley and Kari Beth Faber each had 10 points followed by senior Caitlin Forrest with seven. Junior Jessica Lynch tallied six points for the starters. Juniors Lyndsey Mackey, Kim Canty and Kristen DuCharme all saw plenty of action. Juniors Samantha Harris, Emily Martinez and sophomores Tamara Gayhart and Camille Rand had double duty playing in both the junior varsity and varsity games. Rand scored her first varsity points.

Forrest led the Pirates with nine rebounds followed by Faber with seven and Buikema with six. Kelley and Lynch had six and five assists respectively.

Bobcats' coach Ann Stewart started with seniors Deidra Brown, Charmayne Chapman, Valerie Frausto and Ashley Zufelt, plus junior Maria Garcia. Zufelt and junior Lindsay Candelaria led Bloomfield with four points each followed by Brown and Frausto with three.

Coach Lynch said, "this was a good game to have after a long break. We started out a little slow but eventually got things going. We had the opportunity to run up and down the floor a lot and do some things we had been working on."

The coach added, "things get tougher from here on out, (especially with Kirtland coming to town on Friday), so I was glad to have a game like this to build confidence going into this weekend."

The game started slow in the first quarter but Buikema single-handedly took control on offense by scoring six unanswered points to give Pagosa an early lead they would never relinquish. It appeared there was a lid on the bucket, so the Pirates' defense took over to keep the Bobcats in check. Kelley, DuCharme and Mackey finally found the bottom of the net and put the Lady Pirates up by 10 after one.

Pagosa used a 13-2 run in the second period to put the game out of reach. This time it was Forrest, Faber and Lynch who combined for nine of the 13 points. The Bobcats could contribute only seven in the quarter on a bucket by Zufelt and 5 points from the charity stripe. The Pirates' hand checking would put the Bobcats in a double bonus situation with two minutes remaining until intermission.

The third period ended up being the closest in a game that was already a blowout. Both teams came out of the locker room cold from the field. Finally, Buikema and Forrest broke the ice with buckets for the Pirates and Brown answered for the Bobcats. Deuces by Lynch and Kelley followed by the only trey of the game by Candelaria ended an 11-8 quarter for the visitors.

Faber came out strong in the final stanza putting up six on the board, two on a rebound and putback, to lead another Pirate 13-2 run. A steal and lay-up by Kelley, a free throw by DuCharme and another lay-up by Rand put the stamp on the game. Pagosa's defense held the Lady Bobcats to two points in the quarter.

Tomorrow night brings the showdown rematch with the New Mexico 4A Kirtland Lady Broncos, who handed the Lady Pirates one of the only two losses so far this season. The Pirates will be out for revenge and hopefully another check in the win column. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. in a doubleheader with the boys. This is a game Pagosa should win on the home floor.

On Saturday night, the Lady Pirates will travel to Aztec for the final pre-league game against the Lady Tigers. Pagosa outscored the Tigers 51-41 in the Wolf Creek Classic held here last December. This should be a good final tune-up before Intermountain League play begins at Bayfield Jan. 20. The start time for this one will be 7 p.m.

In other IML action last week, Centauri remained unbeaten with wins over Del Norte and Buena Vista. Bayfield had wins over Dolores and Mancos, while Monte Vista lost to Salida and Sangre De Cristo.


Pagosa Springs - 13, 19, 11, 13-56

Bloomfield - 3, 7, 8, 2-20

Scoring: Lynch, 3-5,0-1,0-0,6; Mackey, 0-2,0-0,2-6,2; Kelley, 5-12,0-1,0-0,10; Harris, 1-2,0-0,0-0,2; Canty, 0-0,0-0,0-0,0; Faber, 4-6,0-0,2-3,10; Buikema, 5-7,0-0,4-4,14; Gayhart, 0-0,0-0,0-0,0; Rand, 1-1,0-0,0-0,2; DuCharme, 0-2,0-0,3-4,3; Forrest, 1-4,0-0,5-6,7. Rebounds: Lynch 3, Mackey 2, Kelley 3, Harris 2, Canty 2, Faber 7, Buikema 6, Gayhart 1, DuCharme 5, Forrest 9.


Pagosa Springs Recreation

Make summer park reservations now

By Jim Miller

SUN Columnist

On this frosty morning, all is peaceful along the river walk.

In many spots between Town Park and 6th Street, steam from geothermal features obscures the view of the ice-choked current. Mergansers dabble and dip, apparently oblivious to the cold.

There is little trash to remove today, other than ubiquitous cigarette butts. A large segment of the smoking public seems not to regard these as garbage.

Perhaps by regularly picking them up we're contributing to the illusion that these discarded, fibrous cylinders are biodegradable. We'll keep disposing of them anyway.

On such a quiet winter morning, it's easy to forget how busy the parks get during the warmer months.

This summer promises to be no exception. We've begun taking reservations for the various venues people require for the diverse private and public events that crowd our schedule.

Please contact the parks department at 264-4151, Ext. 233, at your earliest convenience with reservation requests. Our calendar is filling up quickly.

Adult basketball

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is now accepting team registrations for the 2006 adult men's and women's basketball leagues.

Registration forms are available at the department office in Town Hall; deadline for registering teams in this year's leagues is Feb. 17. Team registration fees are $250, plus a $25 fee per player. There will be a team managers' meeting in late February, and the leagues are tentatively scheduled to begin in early March.

Youth basketball

The 9- and 10-year-old youth basketball schedule for the coming week includes the following:

- Tonight at the community center - Kings vs. Pacers at 5:30 p.m. and Sixers vs. Jazz at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday at the community center - Celtics vs. Kings at 1 p.m., Jazz vs. Knicks at 2 p.m., Pacers vs. Sixers at 3 p.m. and Nuggets vs. Cavs at 4 p.m. Also, all 9- and 10-year-old teams except the Spurs will have individual and team photos taken Saturday, so please make arrangements for players to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to game times.

- Jan. 17 at Pagosa Springs Junior High School, upper gym - Knicks vs. Pacers at 5:30 p.m., Spurs vs. Jazz at 6:30 p.m. and Sixers vs. Celtics at 7:30 p.m.

This week's 11- and 12-year-old youth schedule includes:

- Saturday at the community center - Lakers vs. Timberwolves at 9 a.m., Jazz vs. Spurs at 10 a.m. and Bulls vs. Nuggets at 11 a.m.

- Jan. 16 at the community center - Nuggets vs. Timberwolves at 5:30 p.m., Jazz vs. Lakers at 6:30 p.m. and Cavs vs. Bulls at 7:30 p.m.

- Jan. 18 at the community center - Spurs vs. Pacers at 5:30 p.m. and Lakers vs. Nuggets at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas tree recycling

To assist with the proper disposal of this year's crop of Christmas trees, the town is once again conducting a tree recycling program. The program will run through the end of this month. Please bring trees, stripped of all ornaments, to the posted area in South Pagosa Park on South 8th Street.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-6658 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link. All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a weekly basis. For additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.



Important election

To describe the spring election in the town of Pagosa Springs as a "watershed election" is to understate the matter. It is arguably the most important vote in recent history in a town on the cusp of huge change, its leadership critical in shaping the way the town responds to pressures and trends.

The growth in Pagosa Country during the past five years or so is, we believe, only a foreshadowing of what will occur soon, barring disaster elsewhere in the economy and culture. People with significant financial resources are eager to move here, develop land, start businesses. Look at last summer as an example: an out-of-state company bought a large number of lots, doubled and tripled prices, aggressively marketed the lots, then sold enough in a few months time to close the local office and move out. Not convinced? Check out the construction going on around you, the land being prepared for construction.

The initial choice for a newly elected leadership is whether or not Pagosa Springs is going to accommodate the growth, and to what extent. And, if not, whether the town can afford to see that growth, with attendant prosperity and problems, shift to the unincorporated part of the county. There is no room for a naïve, heel-dragging approach to the problem - one that seeks to maintain a mythical status quo. Regardless of the decision, things will change.

A second problem is how to shape growth and mitigate negative impacts. Leaders must be on board who understand the need for effective tools to manage growth that could occur on a major scale. We see that possibility now, with large projects planned, and developers posturing to annex major parcels of land.

A Downtown Master Plan is in the works. The plan centers on the core area and deals with, among other things, the business district, open space, trails, parks, parking, historic preservation, pedestrian corridors and, perhaps most important, design guidelines.

There is a Comprehensive Plan on tap, being considered in cooperation with the county, taking in a greater area, including land now beyond town boundaries but likely to be proposed for annexation. This plan deals with Master Plan issues on a larger scale.

Once these plans are ready, will the elected political leadership have the foresight and political will to adopt and implement them?

A greater and more sophisticated level of intergovernmental cooperation will be required between town and county. Is the council prepared?

A decision looms concerning the regulation of so-called "big box" development.

A new sewer plant must be constructed and paid for.

Residents must first make up their minds how they want the town to grow, then understand the upcoming election is their opportunity to make a very real imprint on the future - as candidates or, at least, with their votes.

The voter cannot stop the change that is going to occur. The voter, through the choice of council members, can mitigate that change, maximize the benefit to the greatest number of residents and minimize harm to those who cannot protect themselves. Three members of the board will be elected in an at-large vote, with winners representing each of the recently created voting districts. A mayor will be elected as well - a seat on the council with equal voting power to other members.

It is time to think realistically about this town's future, to avoid the clichés and empty sentiment, to ask candidates hard questions as the election nears. If it is not done, only the powerful will benefit from the lack of clarity and resolve. And those most defenseless, those worst off among us, are most likely to suffer.

Karl Isberg



90 years ago

Taken from SUN files of January 14, 1916

Bob Coryell, who usually hibernates for the winter up in the Weminuche country, is in town. He has shaved off his mustache and dyed his hair, and is now prepared to consider leap year offerings. He wishes us to state that he will carefully consider all such in their turn. The only conditions he imposes are that the applicants for his hand must be young, slim and good looking. An incumbrance in the way of a substantial income will not be objectionable.

After our few days cold snap, it has grown warmer and more snow is falling as we go to press.

The SUN prints and circulates 775 copies a week. Some circulation for a country paper, eh? Advertisers will please take notice.

 75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of January 16, 1931

The fine Italian weather of this section has already superseded that of last winter, when the first real snow storm took place on January 5th. Aside from the light snow in November, we have to date experienced no real storm this winter and no extreme cold spells.

At the annual meeting of the directors of the Citizens Bank, held at the office of the institution Tuesday evening, Ernest Smith was formally elected cashier and Mrs. Hattie Day was retained as clerk.

The most profitless thing to manufacture is excuses.

We understand that there are several cases of chicken-pox in this city and vicinity.

 50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of January 12, 1956

More spring-like weather this week with it being almost summer like on Tuesday when the maximum reached 61 degrees. There is still no moisture in prospect and the snow is settling fast in the high country.

On Monday night of this week the Town Board held their first official meeting of the New Year with six board members and the mayor present. This is the first time in over a year that the full strength of the board was present at a meeting. The board voted to buy a used maintainer for use on the city streets and alleys. The machine has just been traded by Archuleta County to the equipment firm from which it was purchased and is represented as being in top-notch mechanical condition.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of January 15, 1981

Dr. Ironstone, who recently purchased the Pagosa Hot Spring and surrounding acreage, told about 100 interested citizens Tuesday night that he does have plans to develop the property, it is being studied for that purpose, and that improvement plans for the main business area are essential to a well planned growth.

Dry and warm weather is hanging in there and this is one of the most open winters in many, many years. Despite the fact that there has been no snow in town for more than a month, and very little on Wolf Creek Pass, skiing at Wolf Creek Ski Area remains very good. Crowds have been moderate and the snow is holding up very well, according to officials of the ski area.



Young Pagosans find their key

By Kate Collins

Staff Writer

"It's incredible what these children can do once they find that sound," said Sue Anderson, founder and director of the Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale. "It's so fun to see the light bulb come on. It's great to pass on to the younger generations something that has brought me so much joy. It's going to be with them forever."

"I love to sing," said Megan Davey, a 10-year-old member of Dolce Cantare. "I wish the new season would start sooner."

Anderson developed the children's choir in January 2004 after friends encouraged her to do so. "I'm very active in the community choir, and we were all thinking how great it would be if there was a kids' choir. And everyone said, 'You're just the one to do it!'" Anderson mustered her decades of public school teaching experiences and set out to form the Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale.

Anderson earned her degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University, and began teaching upon graduation. In 1996, Anderson became the choir director of the Pagosa Springs Junior High School, then assumed responsibility of the intermediate general music program. After leaving the public school system in 2001, she began teaching private voice and piano lessons.

"For music, there needs to be continuity," stated Anderson, and public school scheduling usually poses an obstacle, due to time constraints. "I just love working with kids - they're so fun. They're so teachable."

Anderson's enthusiasm was well received by the community, and 30 children formed the initial Chorale. "The younger you start [learning music], the better. So many skills are best learned as children. Their minds are like sponges!"

The Children's Chorale movement began in earnest in Colorado in the 1970s. Anderson drew upon the national successes, especially that enjoyed by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and the Colorado Children's Chorale of Denver, in putting together the pieces necessary to begin a choir in Pagosa Springs.

The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale maintains a traveling children's choir that tours the state of Colorado, and Pagosa Springs is on the route set for the spring of 2006. "We're really lucky to have them coming again," said Anderson. "I would encourage everyone to come and hear them perform. They inspire us to become the best we can be!"

The Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale is made up of two groups of children: Prima Bel Canto and Dolce Cantare. The names were inspired by the Italian for "first beautiful voices" and "to sing sweetly," respectively.

Children ages 6 years and older are welcome to sing in Prima Bel Canto. The only requirements are that children can read, have age-appropriate social skills and can focus on a task for at least 20 minutes. Prima Bel Canto is open to all children, and auditions are not required, "although we do have expectations as to behavior and singing ability," explained Anderson.

"I like the actions and the singing the most," said Madelyn Davey, 9-year-old member of Prima Bel Canto. "I like singing new songs, and I'm going to try for Cantare this year."

Dolce Cantare is an audition-only group based on singing ability and maturity rather than age. Dolce Cantare is currently made up entirely of females, but "we're looking for boys who love to sing for our younger group," said Anderson. "Sadly, at this time, we cannot keep boys with us after their voices change."

Auditions for Dolce Cantare will be held Jan. 23 and 25. The auditions are constructed to test rhythm and melodic memory. Anderson will observe each child to see how well he or she "holds a part," singing within the music designated by the range of their voice. Basic music reading skills will be taught prior to the auditions, and sight singing will be taught throughout the season.

Children in Bel Canto are given basic instruction in interpreting musical notation in order to comfortably audition for Cantare when ready. "We cannot expect children to pass an audition without first being given an opportunity to learn the skills. Each new Cantare prospect will be required to attend at least two classes to help with their auditions.

"I'm trying to create a choir of readers," said Anderson. "Music reading is becoming a lost art. I want to be sure that our young people have the opportunity to learn it - it's a language that opens another world to them."

"This is my first time singing with a choir," said Johanna Patterson, 16-year-old member of Dolce Cantare. "Learning to read music together and make the whole thing work in three-part harmony is really fun." Patterson has had formal and informal singing instruction throughout her life. "I just have to give the glory to God. [Music] is a tool given for ministry. Sue Anderson has done a great job; I've learned a lot from her."

Anderson is acutely aware of the challenges children face in organizing their busy after-school schedules. She is hopeful that children and parents will be able to find a balance, "providing a variety of experiences for children to participate in. I would like to see greater cooperation between all adults who sponsor after-school activities - to share this time for the benefit of the children.

"The nice thing about musical activities for children, as opposed to being competitive, is that being in choir is being part of a team that works together without having to win. We compete with ourselves to become better musicians."

The Children's Chorale has two major performances each year in the form of Christmas and spring concerts. The Chorale was also welcomed this Christmas season at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce tree lighting ceremony, by the Pagosa Springs Builders Association, by the Rotary Club and at the Pine Ridge Extended Care Center. The group also made a guest appearance this summer prior to the performance of Music in the Mountains' "Peter and the Wolf."

"We'd love to get out more in the community," said Anderson. "People are just beginning to realize we're here."

Anderson also plans to escort the group to Denver in May for the Music in the Parks festival. Children's choirs from across the region, including Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska come to display their talents each year. The children are housed in hotels, perform for a panel of highly accomplished judges and are then awarded a trip to Elitch's amusement park. Parental involvement is essential to the success of the Chorale. "All parents are encouraged to be involved in some aspect," said Anderson. "Without our parents, we can't function. We have a wonderful group of dedicated parents."

The Chorale is carefully seeking volunteers as well. "It takes a special combination of skills to work with children," explained Anderson. "We're hoping to start an all-boys choir very soon, too, but I need help."

Rada Neal, a Pagosa Springs pianist and retired teacher, recently stepped down from working with the Prima Bel Canto group "to devote more of her energy to composing and performing" on a solo basis, said Anderson. "She will be greatly missed.

"I really believe that music is a gift from God. It sprinkles down to everyone. He gives everyone a voice," said Anderson. "I want each kid to discover their gift."

Any children or parents interested in the Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale can contact Sue Anderson before Jan. 20, at 264-0244.

Pagosa's Past

An 1880 journey through Pagosa Country

By John M. Motter

PREVIEW Columnist

We resume our account of the November 1880 journey from Animas City to Chama through Pagosa Springs as reported by a Silverton newspaper editor.

Big things are happening for pioneer residents of San Juan country. The Denver & Rio Grande railroad, with plans to connect Denver and the Front Range with Durango and the San Juan Mountain mining boom, has reached a point just above Chama and will, within a year, reach the yet-to-be-formed city of Durango. Our editor wants to give folks a description of this route across Cumbres Pass and on to the Animas River Valley.

At the end of the first day, our travelers, journeying in company with a freight team, spent the night a few miles east of Animas City. They spent the second night with Colonel Stollsteimer 13 miles west of Pagosa Springs. A cold third night was spent on the Blanco River southeast of Pagosa Springs. We resume the journey as our travelers leave the Blanco with the plan of reaching Chama on this, the fourth day.

"A drive of 14 miles which is made by half past 11 a.m. brings us to the toll gate on the Navajo, twenty-four miles from Pagosa and here we take dinner, and in the afternoon we make a start to climb the continental divide, which is between the Navajo and the Chama. This is accomplished without difficulty over a good road and a remarkably easy grade, the continental divide is seven miles from the Navajo toll gate and nine miles from the present railroad camp on the Chama."

Motter's note: Since they started at 6:15 a.m., they are moving at a little less than three miles an hour. I am not certain if the road they are following from the Blanco River is the same route we would follow today through Halfway Canyon, across the eastern edge of Coyote Park, down Confar Hill and on to Chromo. I am certain the toll gate, manned by a man named Nutter according to the 1880 census, was just across Price Bridge. At that time, the road to Chama crossed the Continental Divide leaving the Navajo River some eight or 10 miles upstream from today's Chromo and entering Chama along the west branch of the Chama River. The route crossed today's Sargent Wildlife Area and has only been closed within the last few decades. The route of U.S. 160 south through Chromo and Spring Creek and on to its junction with U.S. 64 on its way to Dulce was not opened until the 1930s. I don't know which route was used by the Army troops at Fort Lewis when they traveled south. They could have used either route already mentioned, or they could have used a route further west starting from Tierra Amarilla and winding past Horse Lake on the (now) Apache Reservation and through Edith. Meanwhile, back to the 1880 account we are repeating.

"We reached the Chama at 6 p.m. and here the great crowd of railroad people monopolizes the accommodation which there is for man and stock and it is difficult to get accommodation. The writer accidentally fell in with Mister Mason, an old timer in the San Juan country and through the kindness characteristic of those who were early at the door of the now celebrated San Juan, he furnished us a good bed, and at his brother-in-laws, Mr. Wm. Cowleys, we obtained supper and breakfast."

More next week from 1880 an eyewitness account of Pagosa Country.





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It may or may not snow, but there's lots to know

By John Middendorf

Staff Writer

By the time you read this, clouds loaded with Pacific moisture should have passed through Colorado Wednesday night, and a sprinkling of new snow on the ground should surround you.

Yes? No? If not, the Northern Rockies have probably been pounded by snow once again, squeezing all the moisture out of the system, leaving only the remnant snowless clouds to pass our way once again.

Another, larger storm system is expected to move in on Sunday, with a similar pattern. Whether we receive any moisture after it passes over our northern neighbors is still a matter of conjecture.

Next week, we should get some of the first big dumps of the year, by Wednesday at the latest. I can feel it in my bones. Plus there's some hint of high pressure moving out of the area at that time.

Last week, we had temperatures in the 50s on Friday and Saturday, when lows were in the mid-teens. Since then, there's been a cooling trend that should stabilize for the next couple days, with highs in the 30s or low 40s, and lows dipping into the single digits, before cooling further for the latter part of the weekend.

When the snow finally hits, it will be time once again to praise the miracle of snowflakes. There are three general shapes of snowflakes: the flat and branched stellar dendrites and plates, the long and slender prism-shaped columns and needles, and irregular snowflakes (often being clumps of individual snowflakes).

Stellar crystals and plates are similar in that they are both are flat and have six arms emanating from a central crystal. Dendrites (referring to the six branching, fernlike arms) are the classic and most beautiful shapes; plates also have six symmetrical arms, but each arm is generally a single shape, rather than a fernlike branch.

The snowflake creation process begins when water vapor crystallizes on a dust particle inside a cloud. The ultimate shape of the snowflake is completely dependent on the cloud's temperature and level of supersaturation (humidity level above 100 percent).

Stellar dendrites and plates tend to form in two ranges of conditions: when the temperatures in the cloud are just below freezing with low to medium supersaturation levels; and when the temperature is between -10 and -20 degrees C. with higher levels of supersaturation. At other ranges of temperature and supersaturation, the more columnar snowflakes tend to develop. No one really knows why the different discrete ranges of conditions form different snowflakes.

Once the initial six-sided crystal is formed, the symmetrical side branches of plates and stellar crystals form as additional water vapor condenses on each corner of the crystal's facets. The best explanation on how each arm grows identically to each of its five brethren is that as the snowflake is blown around the inside of the cloud, each arm experiences the exact same change in conditions, thus each additional water vapor molecule attaches to the arm in a like manner. No scientific explanation has been given for any cosmic awareness of a snowflake.

Why is every snowflake different? It has to do with the different molecular bonding properties of isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen that are found in water vapor molecules. One hydrogen atom out of every 5,000 is actually deuterium (creating the "heavy water" sought after by nuclear fusion scientists), and one oxygen atom of every 500 is 0-18 rather than the more typical 0-16 (both refer to the number of neutrons present in the atom). Thus, in a typical snow crystal, which is comprised of 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 water molecules (10 to the 18th power), 10,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 15th power) are different from the rest. The unusual water molecules scattered about the snowflake affect the design, influencing its unique design. It has been calculated that even with 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 24th power) snowflakes falling every year, the chance of two snowflakes being exactly the same in the lifetime of the universe is virtually nil.