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Cards of Thanks


The other day, I was in the office supply store, inquiring about the cost to laminate a large number of vocabulary cards for students to use next school year, when a lovely lady named Connie, who was standing near, said, “Bless you for teaching children. I bet you’ve spent a lot of your own money on school, haven’t you?”

“Yep,” I replied. “If I had the thousands of dollars I’ve spent, I could go on a vacation trip!”

Well, Connie had opened her purse and pulled out her own cash, handing it to me saying, “Maybe this can help with the cost of that laminating.”

Thank you, Connie, for your generous and heartfelt donation. Not in all my 24 years of teaching has anyone done that. Only in Pagosa will you find folks like Connie.

Chris Terrell


The family of Billie and Farris Breedlove gathered together in Pagosa Springs on July 4 to honor the memory of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The family scattered the Breedloves’ ashes and dedicated a bench in memory of Billie at the intermediate/middle school, where she taught for many years.

Attending were Marilyn and Win Alme; Marka and Harvey Catchpole; Bev Kreek; the Doug Almes; the Zack Almes; Catherine, Canessa, and Kenzie Swanson; Jerilyn Cook and Walter Bond; the Brian Jobes; and Elizabeth and Ella Quick. The family thanks Harvey and Marka Catchpole for obtaining and installing the bench.


Many of you, hopefully, have noticed the beginning of the beautification progress on Lewis Street, starting near the intersection of Lewis Street and U.S. 160. This hasn’t happened by accident. There have been hours of planning and preparation that has gone into the Bell Tower planter on U.S. 160 and the four planters at the end of Lewis Street. The town of Pagosa, under the supervision of Parks Superintendent Jim Miller, has amended soil, placed decorative rocks, provided some of the initial plants, and oversees some of the watering. Karin Freeman, landscape designer, donated time by drawing up the plans for foliage placement and made suggestions for plants that would be most appropriate for the planter areas. She’s also been out there digging and pulling weeds with the rest of us during her lunch time and after work. ”The rest of us” are members of the Mountain High Gardeners Club who have volunteered many hours, during the week and on weekends, planting, pulling weeds, and watering.

Because the town of Pagosa is not able to provide more funding to finish the remaining planters on Lewis Street, garden club members and a few interested local folks have provided money from their own pockets to help purchase flowers and shrubs. We thank our club members for their continuing support, Pagosa Feed and Nursery for their expertise and discounts on some of the plants and materials, Paul Hansen, “The Mulch Guy,” for providing the mulch for the initial planters. We also wish to thank Teri Schaff at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Pastor Don Ford at the Community United Methodist Church for their continuing commitment to help with planters in their area.

It is also appropriate at this time to thank Ron Chacey, another Mountain High Gardeners Club member, for all of the work he and other club members have been putting in on the Senior Center Garden during the past year or so. We do this work, not for the thanks, but because we love it and are passionate about it. However, an occasional “thank you,” wouldn’t be such a bad thing when you see the gardeners out and about doing “their thing,” for all of us to enjoy!


Mary Webb


The “Meshuggah-Nuns” have put their habits to rest for awhile, their cruise is complete, and their new found friend “Howard” continues his portrayal of “Tevye” on yet another ship. The Pagosa Springs Music Boosters would like to thank so many for a successful production: PSHS, Dan Burch, David Hamilton, PS Chamber, The Paint Connection, Ponderosa Lumber, Jim Eckhardt, Rick Brunson, Old West Press, Pagosa Daily Post, The Spa at Pagosa Springs, Mary Jo Coulehan, Jeff Hester, Don McKeehan, Econo Lodge, KWUF, KSUT, Sally Neel, Philip Martinez, Tom and Ellen Beavers, Ken and Linda Morrison, our families, our chiropractors, our hundreds of volunteers and most of all, our audience and community support. Additionally, we would like to thank our community and visitors for a great start to our “Bucks for Boosters” project, a scholarship fund-raiser.


Acknowledging Dylan. October 10, 1991-July 20, 2008.

So very many of you have reached out, in and over this past year, thank you. So very many beautiful memories, sharings, poems, drawings, cards and much, much more. Dylan has been especially close to our hearts in these few months as he would’ve graduated from high school and as the year of his absence is coming to a close. We wanted to share and connect with you in the only way we can at this time. As we reflect on (and sometimes don’t really care to) this past year and especially this time last year, we so recall so much love and concern and support and hugs and smiles and tears. We are so very, very appreciative of all of you who have reached out to us in our time of loss. I also especially recall those who delivered the news of Dylan and those that surrounded me for hours and hours afterward. In these memories, once again, just feeling so much gratitude and love — thank you, thank you, thank you.

Margaret Burkesmith

Cowboy Ministries

Greetings from Pagosa Cowboy Ministries. I would like to thank everyone who came out to hear Sandra Dee and Charlie Mahone a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time!

This coming Sunday I would like to invite everyone to come hear Allen Frizzell and Family, starting at 10:15 a.m. out at the Red Ryder Rodeo grounds grandstand. Some of you probably remember Allen’s brother, Lefty Frizzell, of country music hall of fame. Allen and two of his kids will play and sing this Sunday. So if you can, please come on out and enjoy. Afterward we will be serving hamburgers with all the fixins. Everyone is welcome. A love offering will be taken to help support the Frizzell’s ministry. Thanks!

Betsy Burnett