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Cards of Thanks


Ruby Sisson librarians Kristine MacNeill, youth services, and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, adult services, would like to express our sincere thanks to the Pagosa community for a phenomenal summer reading program. We had nearly 400 participants of all ages take part in the six-week experience.

This program would not have been possible without the support of the library staff — Jackie, Shirley, Dave, Kathy, Nancy, Susan and Zoe — and we are grateful for your assistance, encouragement and endurance.

We would also like to thank the following folks who made our culmination celebration on Friday, July 16, possible: Director Jackie Welch, board members Jennifer Hedrick and Lynne Stinchfield, volunteers Mable Barber, Josie Snow and Zoë Fulco, PAWSD staff Sheila Berger and Mat deGraaf, BJ Jones and his landscaping staff, and our spouses Brian MacNeill and Brett Schmidt.

Lastly, our reading raffle would not have been filled with as much anticipation and glee without the generous support and donations of the following local businesses and organizations: PAWSD, The Hub Bicycle Shop, The Pagosa Baking Company, Slices of Nature, the Outfitter, River Pointe Cafe, Summit Ski Shop, Studio 160, Pagosa Game Space and Moonlight Books.


Thanks to over 150 not-so-average participants that showed up and made both the Bloody Mary Showdown and the Cruise-a-thong a super fun and successful event — again! These events are brought to this community by the Friends of the Upper San Juan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the river experience in Pagosa Springs through education, recreation and environmental awareness. As well, thanks to our fantastic local businesses that supported this event. If you have a chance to patronize these businesses, please do: Pagosa Baking Company, The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Liquor, The Overlook, Switchback, The Hub, Pagosa Pubworks, Pagosa Ice Cream, Summit Ski and Sport, Pedal and Powder, First Southwest Bank and Pagosa Feed and Nursery. Special thanks to the Town Tourism Committee, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Higher Grounds and Pagosa Outside who, year after year, go above and beyond to support this event.

And thanks to all those the volunteers (especially Alison Rohwer, Nicki Alley and Ben Witting) that time and again make this event happen. We could not put on this event without your help — and, of course, it would not be as much fun without you. We are already looking forward to 2011.


Thank you all who made my 80th birthday the most special birthday of my life. So many to thank — the decorators, the cake makers, everyone who helped set up and clean up, the dancing ladies who gave new meaning to the song, “Happy Birthday” and to Ed for his wonderful toast. Most of all, thanks to friends and neighbors for coming out to share my special day. I will never forget it.

Dick Potticary


The family of Hank Rivas would like to thank the community for all the love and support we received during our time of sorrow.

A special thank you to Father Alvarez for his guidance and service; White’s funeral home for their compassion and knowledge; to the Banditos Biker Club for the funeral motorcade; to sister LaLa Willingham and the Guadalupanas for the lovely meal; to the band, Mitotitos, for music at the meal; to June Marcus, Lou Jean Espinosa and Beatrice Espinosa, for the music in church; to Beatrice Espinosa for the rosary; to Joseph Rivas Jr. for all the pictures and memorial tapes; to all the Rivas brothers for constant companionship and monetary help; to the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department for traffic control; to Squeaky and Dennis Martinez for all the flower arrangements; to John Myer and the Knights of Columbus for their services at the funeral; to Sky Ute Casino for rooms and services; to the intensive care staff at Mercy Hospital — Nurse Ingrid, Dr. Quayle; to everyone that made Hank so happy in his short life; to Johnney Valdez of the Southern Ute Tribe for all his help; to all those who worked behind the scenes that we may have forgotten or failed to see.

And a very special thank you to Danny and Rosemary Salas, Tio Lester and Aunt LaLa Rivas. What can we say to someone who was our rock in the very end of Hank’s life? Thank you for being with us at the end and for all the meals you provided every day for our house. We truly thank you for your love and outpouring of generosity for our family. We love you always.

To Tony Rivas, thank you for continuing to be the shoulder we lean on, for all the 3 a.m. talks, for being the voice of reason. No thank you could ever repay the things you do for our family.

And last, but not least, the Rivas children. Please remember that our link is broken, but one by one, it will be complete again as we all enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us continue to pray for one another for peace and healing.

The Rivas family


Jim and I want to thank a young man, Jason, for helping us when we had our accident last Thursday morning and the young man who was there to see that we were okay, taking care of us until the EMTs arrived.

Thank you to everyone who helped: The EMTs, the highway patrolman and the ER here in Pagosa.

Thanks be to God for keeping us safe and able to walk away from the accident.

Jim and Shirley Stone


Once again, the Michael Valdez Memorial Bow Shoot was a great success.

Thanks to all of the support of the businesses in town that donated to the cause. Thank you all for honoring our son’s memory and helping us further someone’s education.

Also, thank you to the public participation of their generosity. God bless you all.

The Valdez, House and Garcia families