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Cards of Thanks


It is with great pleasure that we thank so many people for making the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Independence Parade the success that it was.

Our committee was responsible, committed and first-hand problem-solvers and it was indeed a pleasure working with every one of you. From starting the planning six weeks prior to the day of the event, to cleaning up the high school parking lot after the last float and animal left, once again, we can say we are proud to be a Rotarian.

The Chamber of Commerce and The SUN did an outstanding job of getting application forms to entries. Our appreciation also goes to Will Speers and KWUF for supplying the sound equipment and providing public service announcements prior to the parade.

Chief Rockensock and the Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Mounted Rangers did a great job of redirecting traffic and manning crucial spots in and around the parade route. Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

What a privilege it was to honor Jack and Katie Threet as the Grand Marshals. For decades, these two part-time residents have supported our nonprofit groups to the nth degree and are a true pleasure to know. The entire community has benefited from being the Threet’s second home. A special thank you goes to Denny Barber and Matt Poma who chauffeured the Threets in style in Denny’s beautiful horsedrawn carriage.

Our judges, who were visitors at Elk Meadows Campground and RV Park, did an outstanding job and judged with no bias. Lovely gifts for those judges were supplied by Rainbow Gifts, Slices of Nature, Pagosa Candy and Home Again.

It takes a town to build a parade. Day Lumber donated the use of the flatbed for the announcer and judge’s stand and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church donated the use of the tables and chairs. Archuleta School District 50 Joint allowed us to use the high school parking lot as a staging area.

The pilots of the San Juan Squadron, aka Pagosa Angels, wowed everyone on the ground with the two flyovers they did to start the parade. Please thank Jim Lane, Ray Laird, Tom Broadbent, Dave Peart and Mike Rice when you next see them.

From the proud flagbearers of the American Legion leading the parade, to the 79th entry, the parade celebrated the freedom of our country and exhibited the diversity of our community. Thank you all for helping us celebrate this year’s theme, “We Are America.” See you next year.

JoAnn Laird


In the past month, I had the opportunity to travel to a remote mountain village in Honduras with a nonprofit organization called Principio de Esperanza — beginning of hope.

I want to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible. This trip would have never been possible without the help of family, friends, the community and local businesses. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the bake sales and the car wash, those who participated in the dodge ball tournament, and those who donated time to this cause. I would like to especially thank City Market for letting me use their facilities for a bake sale, Pagosa Glass for letting me use their parking lot for a car wash, and local businesses who donated prizes for the dodge ball tournament. The support I felt was very strong and with your help, I was able to raise enough money to cover my traveling expense and had almost $600 to donate to the organization. With the extra money that was raised, I was able to buy a horse for a family, who before had to walk hours daily to reach the next village. If you would like to know more about the Principio de Esperanza mission, visit May God bless all of you for your giving hearts.


Shelby Stretton


On Thursday, May 8, there was a bicycle/truck accident at Meadows and U.S. 160. Many people stopped to help that I would like to thank: the gentleman from the sheriff’s department who reported the accident so the police officers could respond quickly; Merissa, a nurse, with her blood pressure kit; Sherri, from Your Wig; Jennifer from The Choke Cherry Tree; the Southern Ute office; State Patrol Trooper Talbot and all the others who offered to help. Thank you for your kindness.

Donna Blackney


Another wonderful Independence Day celebration has come and gone. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who worked tirelessly to make this year one of the best, including the Pagosa Springs Rotary, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Mounted Rangers, the Town of Pagosa Springs Streets Department, the Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department, the Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department, and all the community volunteers.

Thank you,

William Rockensock

Chief of Police


To Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum, 2R/ Ranch and the board and volunteers of the 2010 Red Ryder Roundup:

We wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the great rodeo. Our son, Monte, loves to ride in the Mutton Bustin’ — but this is his first-ever buckle — and it was so greatly appreciated by all in our family. He is very proud of his buckle and went to sleep with it last night. I hope you all have a wonderful year and know that our family and others like it sure appreciate what you all do to keep ranching and agricultural traditions alive and well.


The Faulkner Family: Shane, Sage, Bayler, Monte and Keelin