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Cards of Thanks


I would like to give a big “shout out” to our Pagosa Mountain Hospital. In the continuing saga of my extreme diet program (losing weight by removing body part), I had the opportunity to use the services of our local hospital. From start to finish, I received wonderful care! Dr. Shaeffer and all the staff were not only very professional and efficient, but also caring and fun. It’s great not to have to drive 60 miles, and still get first-rate care! Thanks to all of you at Pagosa Mountain Hospital!


Truett Forrest

P.S. You can keep my gallbladder — I won’t be needing it any more!

Festival of Trees

We would like to thank all our volunteers (we could not have had such a successful event without you), tree donors and decorators and a special thank you goes to everyone who dug deep into their pockets to help support our local nonprofits at the Ross Aragon Community Center’s sixth annual Festival of Trees.

Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday

Lorrie Church, Lisl Keuning, Nancy Strait, Cheryl Bowdridge, Laurie Salas and Cristin Robertson


I have written this letter over and over in my mind the last couple of weeks. Every time, it just didn’t seem adequate. How do you say “Thank you” to a whole community that has come alongside your family during a very difficult time? On July 17 our lives changed. Bob and I received a call from my dear friend Liz Moran to say that our son, Karl, had been in a horrific motorcycle accident. We needed to get to the hospital in Durango as fast as we could. At that point, the surgeon who had examined Karl did not have much hope for him. Through a series of miracles, Karl was sent to San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington instead of Denver. We’ve been told since then that he would not have made the flight to Denver. After 3 1/2 weeks in ICU, Karl and I were flown to Craig Rehab Hospital in Denver. We spent nine weeks there and watched the miracles continue. We were able to bring Karl home five weeks earlier than the doctor anticipated. He is doing amazing. All his doctors and therapists are very happy with his progress. We were able to visit his doctors and nurses in Farmington and many were speechless when they saw him. A full recovery is nothing short of a miracle. That’s where you all come in.

Back to my original question: How do you say thank you? How do you show how much you’ve appreciated the prayers and support that has been given you for the last five months? Does anyone know how? I asked a friend this and he said, “Vicki, it’s all the good seed you and Bob have sown for the last 25 years.” Well, if that’s what it is, then know that we will continue to do that. All we can do is, “pay it forward” so that others can recieve the blessings we have been given. We do want to recognize Dennis Ford and all the town employees who have contributed their time to Karl to help him financially. Amazing! To the RiverPointe crew, the Heratys and my coworkers at the elementary school (you all know how you have helped me), thank you. For Don Ford and his crew being so flexible and helping Bob to have as much time to spend with Karl during those long weeks, thank you. For all the prayer warriors at Pagosa Bible, Centerpoint, Grace, Crossroad, Restoration and any other church I may have forgotten, may God bless you richly. To all the guys that have stuck by Karl through this — yup, your awesome. To all my sweet “sisters” in ladies Bible study, I love yas! And to all our friends who continue to help and support us through this, we love you, thank you and we can’t express enough how you have blessed us. I’m sorry if I have left anyone out, but know whatever you have done has been greatly appreciated. Thanks, Pagosa Springs, you are an awesome community.

Vicki, Bob, Karl,

Ryan and Derek Hujus

Turkey Trot

We had the most beautiful day for the turkey trot, and families came out in droves. Not only did we have a big crowd supporting “The Girls on the Run” organization, but we had families from near and far participating in the run and walk/run. Lots of smiling faces, laughter, and fast pumping hearts were gathered together to show that Turkey Day does not have to be all about cooking, couch warming and eating.

A special thanks goes to our sponsors: Art and Framing Center of Pagosa, Riverbend Engineering, Terry’s Ace Hardware, The Pagosa Baking Company, Toner Mountain Copiers, Pagosa Chiropractic, Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center, Briliam Engineering, Pagosa Inn and Suites, Hill Side Inn, Sandie’s Car Wash, ProLine Supply, RS Electric, Home Again, Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, Selph’s Propane, The Durango Running Store, Bank of the San Juans, Subway East and Subway West, Boss Hogg’s, the Jones family, the Irons family, the Acevedo family, the Pitcher family, Ponderosa, The Pagosa Springs SUN, KSUT, KWUF and Higher Grounds. Please keep an eye open for our fashionable shirts around town designed by none other than Design a Sign.

With many events, you have those few individuals you can count on to volunteer their services and time. Here are some who stand out: Sandie Hansen, Lisa Raymond, Trish Sanchez, Margaret Pajak, Sabra Miller, Andie Miller, Katie Armbrecht, Susanne Russell, J.D. Kurz, Scott Anderson, Kelsea Anderson and Keanan Anderson. Without these volunteers and the sponsors generous donations both the Pagosa Lakes Porpoise Swim Team and Pirate cross country team would be unable to keep their programs strong and viable. Please recognize these businesses that continually show support and help keep our community strong.

Lastly, I need to give a warm thank you to those families that came out and helped make Thanksgiving Day 2011 a memorable event. No couch potatoes in this crowd! It was a joy to share the day with so many wonderful people. Thank yoiu, Pagosa Springs.

Carol Anderson

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