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Cards of Thanks


We would like to thank everyone who organized, helped out and donated their time, energy and money to the recent fund-raiser to help with our medical costs not covered by insurance. It was a great success and a fun evening. This is an amazing community to be a part of and we are very grateful for your kindness and generosity.

In gratitude,

Susan and Mike Neder and family


I would like to thank all those who participated in the recent school supplies drive.

Thanks to retailers Alco, Family Dollar and Dollar General, and to the Department of Human Services in Pagosa. Thank you to the members of Community United Methodist Church, John Paul II Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Centerpoint Church, Grace Evangelical Free Church and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Thanks also for the donations from the Pagosa Women’s Club and Women Helping Women in Pagosa Springs. Thank you to all those community members who donated cash or supplies. The time given by many volunteers who helped with collection and distribution is also greatly appreciated.

We were able to supply 210 students with materials needed for a successful school year. I moved to Pagosa in 2007 and every year I continue to be amazed by the generosity of this wonderful community. Thank you, again.

Susan Yalom


Sonny and I would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, friends and family who helped put on the Fun Day Rodeos throughout the summer. We would especially like to thank everyone for their support in raising the money for the second annual scholarship in memory of our nephew, Michael Maestas. See you next summer!

Lori Lucero

Fair board

I am writing to give special thanks to a few businesses in the community that donated to the Archuleta County Fair and were left off our sponsor list. Several local businesses had their windows painted to help advertise the fair and the Methodist Thrift Store allowed us to create a window display at their store.

We on the fair board are very grateful to The Pagosa Springs SUN for giving us two preview covers to promote the fair this year. The SUN’s staff members were extremely helpful and answered tons of questions about creating advertisements and submitting promotional articles.

The fairgrounds would not have stayed clean if it wasn’t for the trash receptacles that At Your Disposal donated for use during the fair. We had a lot of new activities throughout the fairgrounds this year and it was great to have trash cans at each spot.

The Archuleta County Fair cannot be successful without all of the community support that we receive through the sponsors and volunteers. We are sorry that we failed to recognize some of our sponsors and we’re extremely grateful to the community for its help prior to and during the fair.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the 2012 Archuleta County Fair and we look forward to another great year in 2013.

Shelly Cox

Archuleta County Fair Board


It’s not often that I’ve felt compelled to write to offer compliments and praises for services provided. However, my recent experiences beginning with emergency dispatch and concluding with hospital discharge and follow up visits now give me cause to do so. On Saturday, Aug. 12, at approximately 6 p.m., I tripped over a garden hose in my backyard and took a header down a 30-foot embankment where my right side encountered a large landscaping rock. In considerable pain and a bit of shock, I lay there for some time and then, as I was the only one home at the time, I crawled back to the house and managed to sit on the couch thinking the pain might subside. It didn’t, and finally around 4 a.m. Sunday after I began having unbearable back spasms and fearing I may have punctured a lung, I called 911. The dispatcher, Lacy, was extremely professional, proficient and sympathetic while calling EMS and staying on the line with me until their arrival at my house within 15 minutes. I must use the same adjectives — professional, proficient and sympathetic — to describe the EMS personnel, Debbie and Jon. From the time they entered the house until getting me to the emergency room, they demonstrated that they truly cared about my well being. At the hospital, it was quickly determined that I had four and possibly five broken ribs, pain medication was administered, and I was admitted and stayed for the next six days. During this period, I met a wonderful staff of doctors and nurses who constantly made sure I was as comfortable as could be expected under the circumstances, who immediately responded each time I called a nurse, and who all demonstrated a compassionate and understanding attitude. Doctors Rees Holt, Brown, Mathers and Galloway, nurses Kathy, Heather, Megan, Suzie, Tara, Diane and Brenda and x-ray technicians Carey and Tim (and if I’ve omitted anyone, my apologies) ... you were all wonderful, and I thank you so much. We are most fortunate as a community to have these services and such dedicated and qualified personnel available to us.

Bill Hudgins

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