I was one of the search and rescue responders to the semi incident on the Overlook. First, thank you to all the responders. Many people in the area may not realize that most of the people up there are volunteers working alongside our wonderful fire crew and highway patrol who make it safe for us to work. Many thanks to the folks at the uptown Subway for preparing all those breakfast sandwiches and coffee and to Thad McKain and his folks at Plaza Grille for the box lunches. We had been up there since the wee hours and to receive tasty, hardy food was quite a relief and the energy boost we needed to continue with the job. There are so many people that work together on an incident such as this that they can’t be named individually. They know who they are and I’m honored to work with them each and every time.
A special thanks to Lee and Laurie Riley for the use of their red convertible so several WWII veterans could ride in the July 4 parade and be part of the honor guard.
The Pagosa Springs Special Olympics athletes would like to thank our sponsors for their contributions to our 2011 Fourth of July parade float. Cedar Creek Homes loaned us their trailer. Ponderosa Lumber donated all of the lumber to build the float. Sherwin Williams donated the paint. Ski and Bow Rack donated a pair of skis and Koli Kazarinoff lent us his truck and his time in driving it for us. Red Tail Property Care donated their time, talents and inspiration in constructing the float.
The athletes had great fun designing and making the float, and obvious to all onlookers at the parade, they had a tremendous time being a part of this year’s parade.
Thank you to all of you who helped make this possible.
The Fred Harman Art Museum Board of Directors would like to acknowlege and thank all who made our High Roller Concert and the the first annual Western Heritage Days such a great success. Our entertainers were incredible. Jim Dorian played the pipes for our ribbon cutting and the following were there over the three day event: Phil Janowski, Cowboy Dusty Worcester, DJ, Glenn Martin and his brother Richard Martin singer/song writers from New Mexico, Blue Grass Cadillac, Pamela Novack, Jack Ellis and company, Dan Fitzpatrick, the San Juan Shootists, Diamond Hitch Stables, our local square dancers and the Humane Society, sharing of their lovely critters. Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and donors as well. While there was a lot of work to be accomplished, we still had a good time. Our thanks go to Emily Jones, Mary Ryals, Robyn Love, Chamber of Commerce, Linda Carter, Tony and Abby, Bob Hite, Doug Ricky, Marilyn Harris, Ginny Bartlett, Joyce and John Ryberg, Medray Carpenter, Marcia and Terry Baker and Nathan, Tim Collins, all our vendors, especially Bobby and Honey for the great eats, Southwest Beverage in Durango, the Breckenridge Brewing Co. and our very own Pagosa Brewing Co. Our next concert will be on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Until we meet again.
I would like to thank each and every person that came and all those who were unable to come, but were here in spirit to celebrate the 94th birthday of mother Amanda Stollstimer Rivas. I want to give a special thanks to the bands, Variety Express and Los Mitotitos, for entertaining us throughout the party and to those who helped set up and clean.
Lala and Jim Willilngham