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Cards of Thanks


The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter of Pagosa Springs High School would like to thank the many contributors to our successful benefit dinner and silent auction night held April 15. On this night, we raised much needed funds towards our fund-raising efforts to offset costs of traveling to the National HOSA Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this June for 12 qualifying students. Along with generous donations from individuals and civic groups, we have met our goal.

The following businesses and individuals supported our April 15 event: Earthsense, Pat Parelli, Shelley Low and Darlene Peterson with Xocai chocolate, Ace Hardware, The Wildflower Floral and Gift Gallery, The Club, Joy’s Natural Foods, Rebecca Cortez with Ancient Wisdom Massage, Moore Chiropractic Wellness Center, Candace and John Newman at The Oil Lady, Day Spring Chiropractic, Pedal and Powder, Becky McCranie-massage therapist, Gerlinde Ehni, D.D.S.-Dental Arts a Work of Hearts; Amber Wisniewski-Healing Waters Resort and Spa, San Juan Veterinary Hospital-Dr. Kitzell Farrah, King Campbell, D.D.S.-Family Dentistry; William Thornell, D.D.S.; Scott Anderson, DC-Pagosa Chiropractic, Riverside Health Practices-Susan Kuhns, CNP; Ears 2 U-Scott Ericson, Eagle Mountain Mercantile, Elk Park Animal Hospital, Critter Outfitter, Mountain Home Sound and Security, Pagosa Brewing Co., Wolf Creek Ski Area, Studio 160-Jason Laydon, Bank of the San Juans and City Market.

We thank you. HOSA’s final travel plans and competitive event preparations have begun, thanks to our community support.


There is a person in this community who has become such an asset to a lot of us, my family included, that I thought I would take a moment to commend her.

Joanne Irons has not only greatly given her time, efforts and money to numerous nonprofits, countless programs, boards, families and individuals, but she has done so with grace and dignity, kindness and sincerity, and with her whole heart. If there’s a need, she’s on it. She’s amazing — tireless and strong; tried and true. For me and Christopher, she’s become a lifeline; a friend so dear, a smile so close, the thank yous endless. And on top of it all, she’s backed by the most wholesome of families! How blessed we all are!

So, kudos to you, my friend. This community is, as I am, very grateful to you.

Patty Brown


To Shelley Low, whose hours of planning and decorating resulted in a beautiful and peaceful setting; David Guthrie and Rick Wriston who assisted; our three sisters/ aunts who contributed; all the relatives and friends who came from near and far — we thank you for making Pat’s celebration of life a heartwarming occasion.

Diana and Wendy Baird


The Montoya family would like to express their deepest thanks to all their family, friends, co-workers, friends of friends, friends of family, strangers and all who prayed, donated and just simply cared about the current situation and medical needs of our son, Dustin Montoya.

These have been difficult months for Dustin and the rest of our family, and were it not for the giant hearts in our community, we might not have made it through it all. We are truly blessed with the family and friends that surround us.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the teachers and students of the elementary and middle schools for all of their help, support and friendship. What an incredible gift you all are!

Many, many thanks, Pagosa. May God bless you all.

Our greatest gratitude,

The Montoya family

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