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Cards of Thanks


We would like to say a big thank you to Don Volger for offering his patience, his expertise, and most of all his time to take Calvin on his first turkey hunt.


Calvin and Cheryl Stewart

St. Francis Wildlife

St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation in Arboles would like to thank Jeff Schweikart and Dianne Evenson for their recent and generous donation to the Sanctuary. After reading about us in The Pagosa SUN and researching our website the couple donated five doors with hardware for our waterfowl enclosure, three rolls of small gauge hardware cloth, newspapers, towels, bleach, and items for our Recycle for Raptors Program (recycling used ink jet cartridges, old cell phones, Palm Pilots, digital cameras and iPods). We sincerely appreciate their outreach with items we truly needed, especially with bird season upon us.

Relay team

Relay for Life Team CenturyLink would like to thank the following for their generous donations and help in making this year’s horseshoe tournament a success: Bear Creek, Buffalo Inn, CenturyLink, Coca-Cola, Dogwood Cafe, Goodman’s Dept. Store, Illuminating Ideas, Jackisch Drugs, Monograms Plus, Pablo’s Cafe, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, Ray’s Hair Care, Rich and Cindy Winn of Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co., Pat of Schwan’s, Serious Texas BBQ, Shang Hai Restaurant and The Rose Restaurant. Captain Connie Prunty would also like to thank team members Sue Jones, MariAnne Hall, Steve Mozingo, Charlie Richmond, Tracey DeMarco, Jean Dehtan, Steve Prunty, Chris Borne, Shane Prunty and Lucas Jones for their hard work in this year’s event.

Ed center

The staff and Board of Directors of the Archuleta County Education Center would like to thank John Graves for providing the music for our high school and GED graduation. This was the second year that Mr. Graves served in this capacity. His willingness to volunteer his time and talent to serve our students is most appreciated and adds a touch of class to our ceremony. We would also like to thank Randy Barlow for his inspirational message as the keynote speaker and to the Colorado Mounted Rangers for providing security. The wonderful volunteers in our community allow the Education Center to better serve many educational needs in our community.


We would like to thank all of those who attended our benefit Saturday night. It is so wonderful to live in a community that cares so much. We were amazed at the turnout and the donations that were received. It was a special evening and we were touched by everyone’s generousity. Thank you to all involved that went above and beyond with their time and efforts. Special thanks to the Ken Beck family for the live auction, and to the Starr, McSweeney, Nelson, Wells, Larkin, Porter, and Hiatt families for organizing the benefit. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to support us through this difficult time and we really appreciate all of the contributions.

Donnie and Wendy Espinosa, and family


Wow, I didn’t know my 75th birthday was so special, but we celebrated on May 12 (the actual date was the 21st), and continues on through the 23rd. Here I was with family at my favorite pizza spot in Kansas City and I was opening cards from friends in Pagosa Springs. How much fun is that? This surprise was carried out by Ron and my daughter, Kristi. The fun continues here at home with wonderful greetings from my precious friends who continue to nurture me and make me strong. This is called “love,” and I thank every last one of you.

Cindy Gustafson

Book fair

The fall book fair, “Book Fair Diner! — All You Can Read!” held at Pagosa Springs Elementary School during the end of April was an outstanding success. Gross sales were $6,988.03 and the corresponding profit will primarily be used to purchase an interactive SMART Board for the school library through Scholastic Books. Additional cash profits will contribute to the purchase of new pieces of playground equipment.

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, relatives and friends who shopped at the book fair and for all the excitement about the event. It would be impossible to put on this two-week event without all of our willing and able volunteers. Huge gratitude goes to 34 individuals who decorated, unpacked and packed boxes, sorted books and staffed the cash register: Ben Bailey Sr., Cheryl Bowdridge, Kendra Bridges, Stacy Castro, Ronnie Doctor, Stacy Foster, Holly Fulbright, Jean Garcia, Lisa Heitz, Lindsey Hoover, Lisl Keuning, Lara Khung, Linda Lattin, Kim Laverty, Stacey Lewis, Jan Lewis, Jennifer Lindberg, Butch Mackey, Debbie Mackey, Jode McKee, Felicia Meyer, Irene Mueller, Carol Nasralla, Margaret Pajak, Sonja Peterson, Karen Ross, Kristen Roth, Lisa Scott, Todd Shulda, Lucille Stretton, Cathy Strohecker, Becky Thompson, Keely Whittington and Michelle Zeigler.

As always, we’d like to thank the school custodians — Jim Sellers, Jack Constant and Raymond Taylor — for their assistance outside of their regular duties.

Additionally, the school library received $450 worth of new books and $150 of resource materials. By hosting two book fairs in one school year, the library is entitled to an additional $700 of books that can be taken from the inventory at the fall fair in November. Thanks to everyone for making this school event so successful!

Lisa Scott and Kimberly Laverty, parent co-chairs

Debbie Mackey, school media specialist