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Cards of Thanks


The list is long, so many wonderful giving people will not be personally mentioned in this thank you. If you gave LASSO hay or a donation toward hay purchase, this hay will be used to assist large animal owners in need throughout the winter months. Thank you so much for your gifts. We know your heart and hope you enjoyed the “thank you play day. ”Many folks helped make the first annual LASSO hay-raiser a great success! The ”thank you” event was the culmination of efforts inspired by Pagosa Feed and Nursery, particularly Beverly Compton. Bev, you inspire us all and we really appreciate all you do for LASSO. Special thanks to Darren and Nancy Haines, owners of the nursery, who always put unwanted animals as a priority at their business! Rescues and animal welfare only works because of people like you! Petra Christensen, and all the other proficient natural horsewomen, many thanks for making everyone’s experience at LASSO really fun and informative. A special visit from members of the Humane Society of the United States and Linda and Pat Parelli also delighted the group. Thanks to everyone! Thanks for your efforts. Happy Tails!


DiAnn Hitchcox


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Annual SOS Fundraiser and Membership Drive on Aug. 29 a success! Special thanks to DJ’s Italian Grill for the generous use of their facilities. Thank you, too, to all the volunteers, as well as the generous contributions of silent auction items from Aikido of the San Juans, Cowboy Ranch Crafts, DJ’s Italian Grill, East Nemo, Eco-Safe Septic LLC, Floured Apron Bakery, FolkWest, Grass Roots, Hairitage, Humane Society, La Plata Electric Association, Leaning Pine Ranch, Lisa Jensen, Moonlight Books, Nellos, Pagosa Baking Company, Pauline Benetti, Queen Bee, Rebecca Koppen, Salon Visage, Satori Boutique, Upscale Resale, Visiondesign.

Funds from this event will help SOS to continue to support and/or sponsor environmental activities such as the Pagosa Springs Farmers Market, Earth Day workshops, and book donations to the library.

Back-to-school night

The elementary school back-to-school night was a huge success. The Student Leadership team, with Principal Kate Lister, presented a short program about school programs and volunteer opportunities. For students and their families, the remainder of the evening was spent having dinner, touring the school and visiting with classroom teachers.

Hosting over 475 students and their families could not have been possible without the great help from volunteers from community organizations. While parent volunteers organize the event, volunteers from the community allow these parents to actually attend the event with their children.

Kiwanis Club members staffed the kitchen, beverage station and buffet line. Those club members included Father Carlos Alvarez, Carolyn Church, Daryl Coster, Chilly Fearon and his freshman son Tyler, Mardell Gallegos, Ron Gustfason, Amy Hodgkinn, Blake Holleman, Dan Howe, Kurt Raymond and Nick Tallent.

Parent volunteers included Cheryl Bowdridge, Natalie Carpenter, Mary Cocke, Ronnie Doctor, Carmen Hubbs, Lara Khung, Karen Ross and Liz Starks. The homemade meal was prepared by food service staff Pauline Martinez and her daughter Linda. Our faithful custodians Jack Constant and Barbara Martinez contributed to set-up and cleanup and School Counselor Linda Stanger rehearsed with the Student Leadership Team.

Providing the setup, cooking, serving, staffing during the event and clean-up, are all huge jobs for an event like this! Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Elementary Adventure!


Kate Lister, Linda Stenger, Lisa Scott