I would like to thank our county clerk, June Madrid, her office staff and all the election judges and other volunteers for the excellent job they did during the recent election. It was a several month task to verify registrations, get out the mail-in ballots, test all the equipment, provide training for all the volunteers, run early voting, receive and record the mail-in and e-mail ballots, set up the Vote Centers, run the election, collect the ballots, count and recount everything, and provide the results in a timely manner.
June’s office staff and the large group of volunteers (a collection of registered Unaffiliated, Democrat, and Republican voters) worked many long days to ensure that we were able to enjoy a well organized, efficiently run, fair, honest and open election here in Archuleta County — as opposed to the way the election was run in many places that we are now hearing about.
The following activities were conducted by the citizens of Archuleta to whom we owe our collective thanks for this well-run election: Staff Operations — June Madrid, Nana Bishop, Gabe Cersonsky (IT for County); Early Voting Board — Angel Stahr, Mary Lou Sprowle, Rebecca Herman; Mail-In Ballot Board — Jan Clinkenbeard, Denice Stacey, Margaret Pickett, Annette Uehling, Denyce McPeek; Vote Center 1 — Mary Ryals, Josiane Gonzalve-Hummel, John Hummel, John Bozek, Doris Lattin, Pat Everett; Vote Center 2 — Irene Muller, J.R. Ford, Debra Roddy, Robert Formwalt, Loretta Church, Natalie Woodruff (close and balance); Vote Center 3 — Marilyn Harris, Pam Levonius, Ron Levonius, Dorothy George, Suzanne Gates: Counting Board — Marsha Preuit, Peggy Cotton, Noreen Griego; Miscellaneous other boards — Eleanor Shelton, Cheree Henderson, Annette DeGraaf, Melanie Kristy Arzu, Sally Alling, Robert Alling (set up and took down DRE’s and laptops); and Canvass Board — June Madrid, Noreen Griego, Nana Bishop, Rebecca Herman, David Butcher, Marsha Preuit, and Marilyn Harris.
This is the first time I have observed, or been involved in, the actual mechanics of running an election, and I have been impressed by the dedication and sustained efforts of all involved to make this election successful.
The ladies of Mountain View Homemakers want to thank everyone who helped make the annual Holiday Bazaar held on Nov. 3 a huge success. You, the community, came out by the hundreds to shop the booths, to see old friends, and to enjoy the festive atmosphere. The artists who rented booth spaces, the teens from the Youth Center who provided delicious food, the morning Kiwanis who delivered, set up and tore down the spaces, and everyone who supported the club’s bake sale and silent auction all made it possible for us to raise over $3,500 to donate to local nonprofit groups. And we all had a wonderful time! We truly appreciate each of you.
The Imagine Downtown committee extends its appreciation to residents, business owners, town council members, town staff, county commissioners, representatives of nonprofit groups and all who attended focus groups and the draft presentation during the Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) community assessment on Nov. 13 and 14. Your input will assist the DCI team in preparing a plan tailored to our community to make our downtown more vibrant.
The staff at G.O.A.L Academy would like to thank the following businesses for making our first annual “Trunk or Treat” event a huge success: Pagosa Pics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CT’s Automotive, the Chamber of Commerce, the Pagosa Springs Fire Department, The Buck Stops Here, Mountain Spirits. DSP Pizza, Friends of the Skate Pavilion, The Nurturing Center, the uptown Subway, ReSport, H&R Block, Wyndham Resort Properties, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department, Cherry Cement, The Hub Bike Shop and Photos By Griz. This pre-Halloween event provided a safe and fun “trick-or-treat” opportunity for the children of our community. We would especially like to thank Morgan Murri for supporting this event and for encouraging neighboring businesses to participate.
We extend our gratitude to Alley House, Farrago, Backroom Wine Bar and Pagosa Baking Company for providing meals, and to Healing Waters Resort and Spa and The Springs Resort and Spa for graciously providing accommodations for the assessment team from DCI.
We invite everyone to stay involved in efforts to advance our community. The committee is currently exploring ways to move this initiative forward, and will be sending an invitation to all who signed in at a focus group with an e-mail address.
The power point presentation from the Wednesday meeting is available on the PSCDC website at http://www.pagosaspringscdc.org/downtown-colorado-inc/.