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Letters to Editor


“Even the smallest considerate gestures one makes each day can seem to be significant acts of kindness to those in need.”

To all who made our lives a little brighter, the Huff family thanks you.

During the long illness and final passing of Robert (Bob) Huff, so many people helped in large and small ways to make our family feel the love and concern of the Pagosa Springs community. From meals and poems, hugs and sincere words, caring nursing and gentle hands, so many people helped make this emotional time a little less painful.

Thank you to the Hospice of Mercy staff: Jennifer for her compassion and patience; Kim for her positive guidance; Marissa and Chris for their tender touch; Katherine for her understanding.

All those behind the scenes who gave their support.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs: Terri for keeping in touch; Kim and Carrie for their warm meals and even warmer embraces; Mary and Don for their generous communications; Harold and Joan for being there to lean on; the Rotarian poets who penned some dubious verses.

Thank you to Jim for making sure the road and driveway was continually plowed so that people could come and go easily.

Thank you to all our friends who made time to stop and give a hug in the grocery store, in the Post Office, at the Chamber of Commerce and on the street. Thank you to all who called and wrote cards of encouragement.

Words cannot express the difference your kindness has made in our lives — you are so appreciated.

Hospice of Mercy

A heartfelt thank you to all those who supported the Festival of Tree fund-raiser that raised money for Hospice of Mercy. A special thank you to Lois and Allan Higgins from the Made In Colorado Shoppe and Grass Roots Meats, Jean Hietala, Made In Colorado Shoppe and Candy Hemphill for the angel tree topper. We appreciate your support and helping make a difference in the lives of our hospice patients.

Tina Gallegos


I want to thank Pastor Don Ford for his help with the Christmas party the WHIPS (Women Helping in Pagosa Springs) enjoyed. Many, many thanks to Jim Stone at the Buffalo Inn for preparing the turkeys for us, and he sent that along with delicious dressing. Jim and Linda Rigny offered their beautiful home to us for the second year; and, lastly, I want to thank the women who believe in what we are doing and who get together the last Tuesday of each month. How much they nurture me with their attendance and enthusiasm. This is not a club, just a grand time to make new friends. If anyone would like more information about WHIPS, please contact me at 731-2105.

Cindy Gustafson


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the annual Southwest Organization for Sustainability fund-raiser and membership drive in November a success. Special thanks to Nello’s Bistro for the generous use of their facilities. Thank you, too, to all the volunteers, as well as the generous contributions of silent auction items to many to mention here.


Thanks to Aspen Moose, Austin’s BBQ, Grass Roots Meats, Old Town Market, Pagosa Baking Company and Plaza Grille for all of your generous food donations for the sixth annual Festival of Trees.

Thank you to everyone who donated silent auction items, cookies and other items to make the event a very successful one.

Community center staff

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, speakers, films and book donations to the library.

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