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The Pagosa Springs
PAGOSA SPRINGS, ARCHULETA COUNTY, COLORADO 81147
VOLUME 105 — NO. 45, THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
DeVoti resigns from school district post
No charges filed in attempted murder case By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against a New Mexico man for the alleged attempted murder of a woman in July. According to Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe, no charges have been filed and there are no plans to file charges against Anthony Germo Chavez, 54, of Kirtland, N.M. “Based upon the case as presented, there’s no reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Lowe said, declining to give further details. Chavez was released from the Archuleta County Detention Center last week, Lowe said. The case was dismissed without prejudice, Lowe said, meaning that,
By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
if additional evidence surfaces, the DA’s office could again review the case for charges. For Chavez, the incident will show up on his record as an arrest with the case dismissed, Lowe explained. The incident that resulted in the initial arrest of Chavez occurred on July 6. According to the incident report, the victim stated that she and Chavez had come to Chavez’ family farm together. While the pair were sitting near the river visiting and drinking vodka, the report states that Chavez began pouring gasoline on the woman from the waist down, then began lighting matches and thrown See Charges A8
SUN photo/Ed Fincher
It’s not every day you see a tortoise with a wheel. These youngsters gathered around “Stumpy” at the Archuleta County Fair Saturday, marveling at what was one of the more unique “livestock” attractions at this year’s event.
Town considers eminent domain in pipeline conflict By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
After last month’s meeting of the Pagosa Springs Sanitation and General Improvement District, where board member David Schanzenbaker confronted Mayor Ross Aragon and admonished his fellow board members for vilifying someone who was not present to defend himself, Steve Graham finally had the opportunity this week to speak on his own behalf. However, his attempt to defend himself may have come too late, and apparently fell on deaf ears, because, in the end, the board elected to stop negotiating with Graham and instructed staff to begin preparing for a court battle. The board plans to ask a judge to condemn Graham’s property and establish eminent domain for the pipeline that will transfer sewage n See Conflict A8
Index Opinion A2 Letters A3 Obituary A4 David Medina Business A6 Special event money available for organizations Sports A11 High school sport practices to begin, mandatory meeting Outdoors A15 Seeds Gone Wild with GECKO Public Notices A16-A17 PREVIEW Live Performers 2 Crossword 18 SUDOKU 24 Classifieds 29
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This is the place. If you were headed to the Archuleta County Fair Saturday, there was no mistaking the site: the rainbow showed the way. Fairgoers made the trip to the fairgrounds for four days of fun, food, entertainment and education. The annual county fair is one of the most anticipated events of the season and a bit of rain invariably falls.
PAWSD moves forward with rate change process By Melissa Stedman Staff Writer
The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) needs more revenue, and board members have unanimously decided to have Fernando Aranda, consultant for MWI Business Solutions, move forward in developing one of the options that is part of the 2012-13 rate study. The options included in Aranda’s original presentation to the PAWSD board and considered by the directors included: 1. An across-the-board increase that would result in 50 percent of bills seeing an increase of $1.13 or less in each tier.
2. A service charge of $20 to ratepayers in all existing tiers. 3. A service charge of $20 to customers in tier one. 4. A service charge of $23.50, with an allowance of 2,000 gallons of water included in one tier. 5. A service charge of $23.50 with 2,000 gallons of water included in the base rate, using existing tiers. At this time, the base rate indistrict service charge is $14.50 for all tiers. The additional first-tier charge is $4.50 per thousand gallons from 1-8,000 gallons of water of residential use. Once a household goes over the 8,000-gallon limit, it moves to the second tier, with rates of $9 per 1,000 gallons of water for n See PAWSD A8
At a special meeting held last night in the maintenance and transportation building near Pagosa Springs High School, the Archuleta School District Board of Education had one unexpected addition to its routine discussion of personnel matters — the resignation of superintendent Mark DeVoti. DeVoti provided SUN staff with a copy of his resignation letter before the meeting. “Please accept my resignation as superintendent of Archuleta School District 50 JT, effective September 30, 2013,” DeVoti ‘s letter began. “After 16 years as a Pagosa Springs Educator, the last 12 with the school district, I have accepted a leadership position with the Colorado Association of School Boards, beginning October 1. CASB offered a position that sought me out, for which I did not apply, as I had no intention of leaving our district at this time.” A press release issued earlier yesterday from CASB stated, “Mark DeVoti, superintendent of Archuleta School District 50 Joint in Pagosa Springs, has been named Associate Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). His primary responsibilities will include overseeing CASB’s Superintendent Search service and school board training and development.” DeVoti’s letter continued, “I am proud of the work we have done over the past six plus years together to benefit our students, staff, and community, and you are well positioned to go farther. “Our work together has helped the district weather a significant loss of funding from the state, adjusted to a declining student enrollment from a lack of jobs for parents in our local economy, and has seen the beginning of a turnaround on the condition of some of our aging facilities.” In an earlier phone interview, DeVoti assured SUN staff that he loved the Pagosa Springs community and his decision to resign had nothing to do with local politics or the pressures of his current job. While he is excited to move to Denver, and hopes to be able to find an apartment close to the capitol building, he will miss this place, and regrets having to move so far n See DeVoti A8 SUN photo/ Terri House
This beautiful bloom radiates a blend of colors as it and other ﬂowers soak up the moisture that has brought the plants to life in Pagosa Country. The area forecast through the weekend calls for a chance for thunderstorms each day and cool weather, with highs in the 70s.
A2 — The Pagosa Springs SUN — Thursday, August 8, 2013
The bus needs new drivers
With fire bans lifted, will you change outdoor recreation plans?
It’s time to take the hands off the wheel, move to a seat in the bus and let someone younger steer it. Everything comes to an end. Those of a “certain age” who had the desire and energy had his or her crack at driving the bus — in an occupation, in politics. There comes a time to move aside and give others a chance. It is a wise person who knows when the time is right. This is a serious matter for a growing number of Americans, and the suggestion herein will anger many. The idea is worthy of consideration, despite the blow to the ego. A major element in our economic and social future is a growing number of Americans entering the final phases of the ride. Boomers have moved through American life like a puppy through a python and are emerging to find fewer places to utilize skills, fewer venues in which their participation is sought and valued, fewer chances for employment. Their skills, in fact, are often outdated, their place in the march forward moving farther back in the pack. The intuitive reaction is to double down, to amp up participation, to seek employment and, too often, political office. As the most pampered, entitled generation in human history leaves the workplace, a significant number of Boomers cannot accept the fact they are not driving the bus, that they are not in charge and admired by all. They cannot give up the illusion of importance, of power. Most Boomers have labored for years, made their contributions, benefited from remuneration for the same. To suddenly stop, to attempt to find ways to fill leisure time that, perhaps, once seemed desirable but now weighs heavy and boring, is more than some can handle. And “some” is growing, the numbers of retires increasing daily. Soon, the entire puppy will exit the python and many Boomers will be unable to find comfort in their new lives. Counter to the intuitive response, one thing they shouldn’t do is compete for jobs in a difficult market — a market in which wage earners with families struggle to survive — or, perhaps worse, run for public office and, in particular, public office that pays. Here is our opinion: Don’t. It is time for retired folks to stay retired. It is time for employers and voters to send a message: Yes, you have skills; yes, you have done good work. Yes, you have experience but, no, you don’t get the job. Volunteer — there are plenty of options for this kind of work. Offer counsel when asked. Keep abreast of happenings and vote. But, get out of the way when it comes to jobs and politics. It’s a tough pill to swallow. But, for many of us, it is time to get out of the way and let the folks who will shoulder the burden take the jobs and elected offices. In Pagosa Country, we’ll enter a round of elections next year and the older generation needs to exhibit some wisdom and bow out of contention. More important, though, it is time for the next generation to fill the voids. If you are 30-50 years old, it is your bus. You, your children and grandchildren will live with what is put in place during the next 20 years, and you must be responsible for it. The younger residents of Pagosa Country must begin to step up and, rather than impeding them, rather than competing with them, the Boomers should assist them. If we care about the future of the community, we need to shed our egos and move back in the bus. Karl Isberg
Poll results (118 Votes)
“No, because, living here, you’re already in the recreational area. Where I live is like camping.”
“Yes, we can have a fire in the cabin in the mountains.”
“Yes, definitely. Healthwise, I am way better.”
Yes, I will take more outings — 33 percent Nothing new, but planned outings will be better — 56 percent The bans didn’t matter; I don’t go outside — 11 percent
This week online: Should PAWSD raise its base rates for water? Vote at www.pagosasun.com
LOOKING BACK From the March 22, 1962 Pagosa Springs SUN. The eighth grade team from Pagosa Springs is shown here. Left to right, back row: Dick Hammond, Frank Hughes, Johnny Jackson, Jack Adams and Chan Edmonds. Front row, left to right: Dennis Schutz, Eddie Madrid, Terry Pat Alley, Lanny Cawthorn and Coach Dan Preuit. Not present, Gerald Walker.
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Taken from SUN files of August 10, 1923 Homer McKinley has found trace of his lost cub bear, it having been caught and kept in seclusion by parties near town. It will no doubt soon be returned to its proper owner, by legal procedure if necessary. Louis R. Montroy is now considering the matter of completing the rooms in the second story of his new brick building for hotel purposes. He will also drill a hot water well for bath houses and heating purposes. S.H. Dickerson shipped a bear, which dressed 183 pounds, to a Denver market this morning. The brute had been getting away with the hogs of M.O. Archuleta from his ranch on Blue mountain on the Blanco divide and was caught in the act Wednesday.
Taken from SUN files of August 12, 1938 Julian Samora, a member of the Pagosa Springs High School graduating class of 1938, has been awarded one of the Bonfil scholarships according to announcement by the Denver Post. These scholarships are awarded for one year but are renewable for each year until a four-year college course is completed. They provide for all costs of a college education save living and traveling expenses. This scholarship is a very great honor to Julian and one of which he may well be proud. It is also an honor to the schools of Pagosa Springs, in which Julian has spent all twelve years of his school life. The honor seems greater when we know that there were 582 applicants for scholarships and only 29 who received scholarships.
Taken from SUN files of August 8, 1963 The Fire Department has been kept fairly busy the past couple of weeks with small fires. They also responded to a call when a pile of boards caught on fire at San Juan Lumber Co. The men went to the mill, but were unable to take the fire truck out of the city limits because of state law. The firemen have had a pretty busy year to date, answering numerous fire calls, emergency calls with resuscitator, first aid calls and have also had their regular training sessions. Construction work on the rebuilding of U.S. 84 is going ahead rapidly and one can see how the new stretch will eliminate some very bad curves along that road. Completion of the contract is scheduled for November, weather permitting.
Taken from SUN files of August 4, 1988 According to the organizers of the first annual Pagosa Springs Aviation Fair, and to all the spectators who attended the Fair last Saturday at Stevens Field, the event was a resounding success. This year’s Aviation Fair was built around the dedication of the new 6,500-foot runway at the field. In a speech prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, Archuleta County Commissioner Chris Chavez acknowledged the “civic heroes” who made Stevens Field a reality. Chavez said those gathered at the dedication ceremony should express their “profound appreciation to these men and women ... and pray that those of us who follow in their footsteps will have their wisdom and commitment to the public good and to the future.”
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Letters A mess Dear Editor: This note is regarding Cat Creek Rd. (CR 700). The county road and bridge department needs to do more work on the hill approaching the new bridge. They put some kind of crushed sandstone base on top of bedrock. This material will not tolerate much traffic; it will only decompose more, becoming terrible in the mud. There are no fines to lock the material together. Some of this road, such as about MM 10 by the big green tank, has never had material placed on it since Iâ€™ve lived here (nine years). Itâ€™s a mess in the mud. Lisa Cowell
Nuclear Dear Editor: I realize my letters on nuclear matters are boring and, even worse, I am beginning to sound like a shill for the power companies. I share Mr. Bruvoldâ€™s concerns for the safety of nuclear generated electricity. I also have a concern regarding the cost of solar power. I am no stranger to the Anti-nukes, they paraded outside Sandia Base for all the years I was there. I never did see a WW II vet among them. Spain is a country that has opted for solar energy and is now in virtual bankruptcy with an unemployment rate of about twenty five percent, the same as the USA in the great depression. France opted for nuclear energy. France obtains roughly eighty percent of its electricity from nuclear power. Japan is restarting its nuclear reactors, as the cost of importing fossil fuels is leading to bankruptcy. A Japanese energy official states, â€œI do not think we can survive without nuclear.â€? China has seventeen nuclear plants in operation and 28 more under construction. China will soon be the worldâ€™s leader in reactor design. And then there is Russia, with nuclear energy supplying about 20 percent of Russiaâ€™s electric power. Further, Russia has floating nuclear power plants under consideration, perhaps construction. Nuclear power is here, with more coming, although not in the USA. The USA is generously blessed (cursed?) with Climate Change Deniers, Anti-nukes and Greenies, all who want to dictate national energy policy. The Climate Change Deniers and Anti-nukes want to do nothing, the Greenies want to shut down the grid entirely. Quoting a Greenie regarding the coal-fired New England Brayton Point power station: â€œWhat do we do after we shut it down tomorrow? Someone else will have to figure that out ... we have to shut it down.â€? I doubt if Americans can develop a rational energy policy. I donâ€™t expect much from a country that is number 27 in math and science and number one in piffle. Bob Dungan Arboles
Neither is success. It is time to push through the negativity, bring people together to define the desired future and make our community better, stronger and more prosperous. Economic development will either be done by us, or done to us. Decisions have consequences, but so do non-decisions. Letâ€™s proactively define our own unique path to prosperity. As you suggested, I looked to past community efforts. Lots of the community was involved a few years ago in creating a vision. But those who resisted change ultimately succeeded in suppressing forward momentum, so the work was shelved and has been gathering dust since. Worse yet, those who contributed so much left frustrated, disappointed and hurt. So what were some of the conclusions? â€˘ Archuleta County treasures and preserves its past, its heritage and the uniqueness. â€˘ The community is noted for its connection and appreciation for the natural, healing, creative, healthful, social and spiritual. â€˘ We appreciate open space, big views, wildlife, outdoor recreation and the pristine natural environment. â€˘ We are proud of the work/life/ play balance that our community offers. â€˘ We strive for a cohesive community that, while we may have differences, can come together for the good of the whole community. â€˘ We seek cooperation between
our local governmental, educational and business entities to move our community forward. Economic development begins with strong town/county leadership. â€˘ We seek to honor the past while moving forward to the future. We seek to balance our traditional ideals with modern values. Together, letâ€™s build on the past to create our own unique, prosperous future. Muriel Eason
Young Dear Editor: In June, I had the opportunity and pleasure of touring businesses that are members of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce. I was thrilled with the young owners. I am so proud of these young people, their entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for our beloved Pagosa. Marilyn McCann
Coup Dear Editor: There are times when I have to wonder why so many people do not connect Obama to anything happening in the country. Until very recently, he escaped attachment to the economy, or any of his policies â€” even Obama care, which is named after him. Though the American people express total disagreement with the agenda, and utter disapproval of the nationâ€™s direction, they do not associate Obama with any of it. I bet you wonâ€™t find a memo from Obama to Lois Lerner saying,
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Together Dear Editor: Your editorial of last week, â€œGot Plans? Check the history,â€? resonated with me. According to the editorial, â€œTo resist change is futile; there is no way, and no reason, to do it. To shape change is desirable, but hard to do.â€? Ultimately, as you said, â€œPagosa Country will be left to our descendants and, more particularly, to relative newcomers.â€? Change is very difficult for some â€” those who have power and influence want to keep it and many view the past through sentimental lenses and desire to go back in time. Some just cannot imagine a bright vision for the future, so they cling to the past. But regardless, change is inevitable. You suggest we remember our communityâ€™s history and authentic character when we contemplate the future. You go on to lament, â€œthe area is being swept into a new era â€” one that unfortunately mirrors a too-common suburban model â€” a model that is counter to the history here.â€? I couldnâ€™t agree more. The new, young families and other â€œnewcomersâ€? did not choose to come here to see Pagosa become more like the urban communities they left behind. They came because of Pagosaâ€™s uniqueness â€” our small town character, laidback lifestyle, authentic people and natural recreation and beauty and, yes, our history. Will we drift aimlessly along and allow change to just happen to us? Or do we make a future community of our own choosing? Prosperity is not an accident.
â€œTarget the Tea Party.â€? He didnâ€™t have to give her orders. He wanted her in that particular role based on who he is, and who she is. Obama knew she had a history of using government to target conservatives. After all, under her leadership in the 1990s, the FCC sued the Christian Coalition (which, after she put them through the wringer, was completely cleared of any wrong doing). So Lerner needed no instructions to glean what obummer wanted from her. And Obama knew full well what he could expect from her. She showed up hating conservatives, despising the Tea Party. She arrived wanting to punish them. Thatâ€™s why she was put there. Obama positioned all such people â€” Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, you name them â€” to do his bidding. Everyone at the IRS is doing what they know will please the messiah. They are Obama. He has hired people he knows to be fellow travelers, he has encouraged them â€” and, after any malfeasance is discovered, he has not fired a single one of them. In fact, in virtually every instance, he has promoted them and given them bonuses! So the message is still being sent loud and clear throughout the Obama administration. Go after my enemies. You will not be punished. You will be protected, and you will be rewarded. This is the context for the assertion that essentially whatâ€™s taking place in the United States
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A4 â€” The Pagosa Springs SUN â€” Thursday, August 8, 2013
County moves to acquire property for bridge replacement By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow County Attorney Todd Starr to begin eminent domain proceedings for property located south of Pagosa Springs needed for a bridge replacement. The project will replace the Rio Blanco Bridge located on County Road 337, south of Pagosa Springs, off of U.S. 84. According to Starr at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, SEH, contractor for the bridge replacement, hired another firm for right-of-way negotiation for the project. While other rights of way were secured, the firm has been unable to locate owners of one piece of property (not the entire lot) needed for the road work, Starr explained. That piece of property, called the Carrico property, was valued at less than $5,000 in March, Starr added. But, no living owner of the property has been found. An offer to acquire the property that was sent by certified mail was returned, and the county has worked through a New Mexico probate court in an effort to contact the heirs to the property, with those efforts unsuccessful, Starr continued. Those heirs are Lanora Linton and Hughey McKinney. No owner is associated with the property in Archuleta County records, Starr said. Starr said the county will seek quiet title to
the property and an order of immediate possession to allow for construction of the bridge in 2014. In the meantime, money will be given to a receiver appointed to the case in the event that owners of the property can be found. Anyone with information about Linton and McKinney is asked to call the county attorneyâ€™s office at 264-8401. Also at the meeting, the board: â€˘ Approved the submission for an Emergency Management and Performance Grant through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The grant, according to agenda documentation, is an ongoing grant that helps local governments defer the costs of emergency management. At the meeting, Drew Petersen, director of emergency management for Archuleta County, said the county is seeking money left over from 2012 through the grant program to increase the capabilities of the countyâ€™s Emergency Operations Center. The grant, Petersen said, is a 50-50 cost share, with the county having already spent its match in an acceptable manner. To be more competitive, Petersen said the county is also pledging an in-kind match of 74 hours of installation time, which would be completed by EOC staff and volunteers. â€˘ Approved two letters of support for the Town of Pagosa Springs to seek grant funding
from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). One of those letters is for a grant request for funds to purchase property located at 140 South 6th Street as part of the Riverwalk trail system. The second letter is supporting a grant application to construct a 6th Street pedestrian bridge as part of the Riverwalk. â€˘ The board approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the county and Sheriffâ€™s Office to more clearly identify roles and responsibilities of each entity as they relate to the use of Stevenâ€™s Field, the Archuleta County Airport. The MOU is part of an ongoing process to ensure safe and secure operations at the airport. â€˘ The board approved hiring within two county departments and offices to fill vacant positions. The first position is a part-time clerk for the Treasurerâ€™s Office, with the other being a kitchen supervisor in the Senior Centerâ€™s dining hall. Agenda items seeking to fill two other positions within the county were pulled from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting by County Administrator Jesse Smith. â€˘ The board ratified a decision made last week by sheriffâ€™s proclamation to lift the fire restrictions for unincorporated lands within Archuleta County. The next regular meeting of the BoCC is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 and is the boardâ€™s quarterly evening meeting. email@example.com
While the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership raises the money to build a botanic greenhouse park for Pagosa, weâ€™ve embraced our educational mission and produced the inaugural Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan. The Film Fest brought quality documentary films to our community and we appreciate the support of all who volunteered, viewed films and joined our discussions. Thank you to the following Pagosa merchants who helped us welcome film fans:
Liberty Theatre, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Town of Pagosa Springs Tourism Committee, Back Room Wine Bar, Riff Raff Brewery, Lantern Dancer, Red Humpy Design, 2B Jewelry, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pagosa Verde LLC, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, Pagosa Ranger Districtâ€“San Juan National Forest, Home Again, Overlook Hot Springs, Pagosa Outside, Hodge Podge, Rocky Mountain Knives, Satori, Memory Lane, Ski and Bow Rack, French Made Bakery, Goodmanâ€™s, Next Door DĂŠcor, Humane
Society, Old Town Market, Wildflower, Joyâ€™s Natural Foods, Plaza Grill, Pagosa Brewing Company, Two Chicks and a Hippie, Boss Hoggâ€™s and Pagosa Peak Deli. We appreciate your support. Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership
Smith/High To the Pagosa Springs Community: The 2013 Pagosa Verde Symposium, â€œColoradoâ€™s Moment,â€? focused on explaining the Pagosa Verde Model of non-consumptive,
Letters n Continued from A3
right now is a coup â€” not violent, not militaristic; but nevertheless a takeover of a government by the Obama administration and his thugs. Many folks envision a coup d etat as a bunch of rebels driving beat-up Jeeps around and firing machine guns. But this is a peaceful coup, where the administration is transforming the nation into something it was not founded to be. You know it and I know it. This is what animates me. This is why the Tea Party exists. America was founded on certain principles, and theyâ€™re under assault. Chief among them, the freedoms and rights protected by the Constitution concerning speech, religion, arms and privacy (â€œthe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effectsâ€?). So â€Ś in the midst of learning that weâ€™re under drone surveillance, and that secret government agencies are hovering, vacuuming every call, e-mail, communication, keystroke, weâ€™re told: â€œCalm down.â€? Nothing whatsoever to worry about. Cause in the midst of a peaceful coup, donâ€™t be afraid to name it. And then repel it. By voting out the miscreants! Jim Sawicki
Need? Dear Editor: So, now itâ€™s an indoor â€œrec centerâ€? ... again, just what is this all about? Some say our young folks and tourists need it. Hmmmm.
Well, some of us believe itâ€™s more about money, â€œourâ€? money. Of course, it takes money to make money. Do we really need another swimming pool in town ... yeah, â€œanother one?â€? We already have a nice affordable swimming pool across the street from the hot springs and for those who wish something more â€œposh,â€? we have the hot springs â€” two facilities, the one by the river and the one atop a building where the view is awesome.All three are supplied by our unique natural â€œhealing waters.â€? Such an indoor facility will require a supply from our valuable domestic water supply. Do we really â€œneedâ€? this? Oh, but it will have a water slide! Oh my, we have nature-made slides all over the place during our winters and when they melt away, we enjoy other
outdoor activities that are available free of charge. Is this simply to keep up with the Joneses? Do we really want to be like the Joneses? Do our tourists really miss what they have at home when they come here? If so, then why do so many come? And why do so many return year after year? They come because we are different, our community and surroundings are â€œrefreshing,â€? a true â€œgetaway.â€? Again, I ask, what in the world is wrong about being different? Pagosa Springs is one of the most blessed places on earth because of our surroundings and the quality of our people. Donâ€™t let the money idea fool you. Is this the way you want to spend your money and our precious water supply? Patty Tillerson
Event planned to honor McKeehanâ€™s service to community By Joanne Irons Special to The SUN
Come join us in saying thank you to Don and Mary McKeehan for their years of volunteer and business service to our community. Recently, Don and Mary made the decision to sell their business, Old West Press, and prepare for their next adventure. Stop by Nelloâ€™s Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for some
nibbles and cash bar and to say â€œThanksâ€? for their generosity to our community. The years volunteering with Pagosa Springs Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Music Boosters (Curtains Up Pagosa!) and all the other nonprofits that have benefited from their service, will be celebrated and we will wish them well. Please join us. For information, contact Joanne Irons, 946-7545.
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Help provide school supplies to local students By Mercedes Leist Special to The SUN
Local churches and merchants have again joined the Community United Methodist Church and the Archuleta County Human Services Office in an effort to help families prepare their K-12 children for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year with needed school supply donations. School materials for the students include: No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, blue, black and red pens, pencil bags, supply boxes, metric/stan-
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The Southwest Colorado eSchool, an accredited regional, diploma granting online high school serving the communities of southwest Colorado, is currently accepting new students in grades seven-12 for the fall of 2013. Students can be full time, part time or supplemental. Check out the website at www. southwestcoloradoeschool.org or contact Lisa Barrett, student services coordinator, at 946-2070 for more information.
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Special event money available for organizations By Mary Jo Coulehan SUN Columnist
Part of the 2013 tourism budget presented to the county commissioners for expenditures from the lodging tax dollars collected was an amount that was to be used for special events. The commissioners approved $10,000 to be distributed to non-profit organizations that are producing a special event that will attract visitors to the area or improve the community experience of the visitor through the event. The funds can also be used for a nonprofit to develop a tourism attraction and with this funding improve the facility or create an activity to attract or enhance the experience of the visitor. The non-profit organization can apply the special event funding to marketing efforts to attract visitors to our area, with an emphasis to their facility or event. Applications must be submitted and there are restrictions: the amount of funding for any particular group cannot exceed $1,000; the organization cannot have requested and received funding from the Town Tourism Committee for that particular event. As stated in the application, the organization must be specific on use of the funds and present a budget along with the application. A group of five community members who are not involved in a non-profit volunteer position or sitting on the board of a nonprofit involved in the grant process will be chosen to review the applications.
The application will be available on Monday, Aug. 12, and can be obtained online at www.pagosaspringschamber.com under the â€œStay Connectedâ€? tab or in hard copy at the Chamber offices. The application must be completed and returned to the Chamber by Friday, Aug. 30. Reviews will be set for early September. If your event or marketing efforts have already been established for 2013, you can still apply for funding as a reimbursement, provided you follow the guidelines. Questions can be directed to Mary Jo Coulehan at 264-2360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Potentially, a minimum of 10 organizations could receive some funding assistance. The Chamber board and the county commissioners look forward to investing lodging tax dollars in the community on behalf of tourism efforts by our many great organizations.
Mark your calendar August is filled with weekend events for the family to enjoy. The 15th annual United Way Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. and the $80 registration fee includes green fee, cart, range balls and lunch. Proceeds from the event benefit local United Way programs that support education, self-reliance and health. Enjoy a day out on the golf course while helping numerous non-profit agencies here in Archuleta County. The ever popular, annual Auc-
tion for the Animals, organized by the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, will take place on Friday, Aug. 23. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Scrumptious hors dâ€™oeuvres, microbrews and wines will be available in abundance that evening, along with fantastic silent and live auction items. Proceeds from this event will benefit the animals at the Humane Society shelter. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The Mountain Chile Cha Cha will be held Saturday, Aug. 24. The day begins with a childrenâ€™s 1K fun run followed by the adult 5K, 10K and half marathon race. There will be some new trails for this race and they will be more challenging, but just as beautiful as in years past. Town Park will be full of Cha Cha festivities beginning around 10 a.m. This year, the park will be the site of childrenâ€™s activities, food, a beer garden and live music. The race and green chile awards will also take place in Town Park. The bands Faculty X and Manzanares will perform. The Patty Aragon Green Chili Classic cookoff will be held beginning at around 12:30 p.m. Purchase your tasting tickets, then vote for your favorite green chile entry. Enjoy a family outing at Town Park and squirrel away some roasted green chiles to tide you over for the winter. For more information, visit www.joingecko. org. Donâ€™t forget there are theater performances and an art show continuing until September. â€™â€œThe Full Montyâ€? and â€œSpama-
Association of Realtors holds fund-raiser tonight By Peggy Andrews Special to The SUN
While working hard to help individuals buy or sell property in southwest Colorado, Pagosa Springs Realtors have been quietly supporting their local community. For 15 years, the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors (PSAAR) has raised funds for Bucks for Bikes, a program started by local real estate brokers. Bucks for Bikes takes donated funds and purchases brand new bikes to give to disadvantaged local children for Christmas. In 2012, Bucks for Bikes provided 17 new bikes locally as gifts. Another program partially funded by PSAAR membersâ€™ donations is Archuleta Scholarships in Escrow. Participating brokers donate automatically to this fund out of each closing check. Funds are accumulated and credited to Pagosa Springs High School graduates based on an academic point system. Funds earned in high school are available to the student to pay for college expenses for up to five years after graduation. Archuleta Scholarships
in Escrow began in 1990. During the last three years, PSAAR members have contributed $17,500 directly to A.S.E. A new initiative of PSAAR is the Pagosa Springs Realtors Community Outreach (PSRCOR). This program was created to raise funds for local organizations that rely on donations to operate. PSRCOR has selected the Pagosa Youth Center, Pagosa Outreach Connection and Bucks for Bikes as the initial recipients. The Pagosa Youth Center is a place for local youth and teens ages 12-19 to gather after school in a drugfree environment until their parents can pick them up after work. The center has a basketball court, game room, computer room, and provides meals and healthy snacks. The Youth Center also has a summer day camp program for children ages 5-12. Pagosa Outreach Connection is a community-based organization that helps locals with assistance for many needs including rent, utilities, medical expenses and other necessities. PSRCOR is holding a fund-raising event tonight, Aug. 8, at the
Diamond Hitch Stables, 2404 Piedra Road from 5 to 10 p.m. The Cowboy Campfire Fund-raiser will be a great night of fun and entertainment including a barbecue dinner, live country music, hayrides, horse rides, a scavenger hunt for kids, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets are available at the PSAAR office (731-4015), Wyndham and at the door. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the above-mentioned organizations.
conditions and guiding adaptive management techniques for communities that live within the wildfire-prone region of the headwaters of the San Juan River. For more information about joining this action-oriented group, contact Aaron Kimple at the Mountain Studies Institute at 382-6908. Our renewals this week include Fireside Inn Cabins, Hartland Ranch, Aspen Moose, Wolf Creek Anglers and the Bar D Wranglers. With October fast approaching, there will be some changes being announced soon concerning the monthly SunDowners or Business After Hours functions. The Chamber is looking to make the application process easier for our businesses. We also are looking to add some new amenities to the functions. If you are a business owner who is interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2014, stay tuned for news about the enhancements.
lotâ€? continue at the Pagosa Center for the Arts this weekend, playing to rave reviews. Beginning on Friday, Aug. 16, the play â€œGood Peopleâ€? will be staged at the Pagosa Center for the Arts. This is a â€œmature audienceâ€? play and it will be performed until Sept. 1. Print International 4 is still being shown at the SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts on Bastille Drive. The facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists from 27 states and several countries, including Iceland and Canada, were selected to show their work. The exhibit continues until Sept. 7. Donâ€™t forget that fresh fruits and vegetables are available at the Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ponderosa Lumber off of Eagle Drive, just east of Piedra Road.
Membership We have two new businesses to welcome as Chamber members this week. Cobalt Mortgage, with Sarah Taylor, joins the Chamber with years of mortgage experience. Founded in Washington state in 2001, this company has survived the mortgage crisis and has become a flexible lender and leader in the mortgage industry. If you are interested in refinancing your home or financing a new home, contact Sarah at 264-2002. We also welcome the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership. The members of this group are individuals and groups representing business interests, conservation organizations, local, state and federal government agencies, recreational interests, ranchers, property owners associations, scientists and interested citizens. The group is interested in sharing and strengthening an understanding of appropriate methods of maintaining and increasing forest health resiliency, broadening knowledge of current
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from the town’s current lagoon site to the Vista wastewater treatment facility owned by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District. At the Tuesday night meeting, Graham was not allowed a spot on the agenda to argue his case. Instead, he was forced to use the public comment portion of the meeting, which has a three-minute limit. He began by reading a prepared statement: “There are a lot of snakes that live down Trujillo Road. Folks frequently have trouble differentiating between species. I was reminded of this as I was driving to town the other day, when I saw a big bull snake sunning itself on the pavement. “My family and I pulled over to look at it and take pictures. It was big; almost six feet long. As we were standing there a woman drove up to us at a really high rate of speed and stopped beside us. She said, ‘Wow! What’s that?’ “We told her it was a bull snake; we have a lot of them here, but they are a very necessary part of the ecosystem. We would have a lot more problems without their help. We went on to say that while they
may bite, it is a rarity, and they are not venomous, so you won’t die. “Without pause she said, ‘So you mean I shouldn’t run over it?’ “Things are not always what they seem, and occasionally go against the markings on the surface. Despite certain claims, I do not consider myself a rattlesnake, nor am I anyone’s pet. In fact, I believe I am owed an apology for some of the harsh words uttered in this room.” At this point, Graham paused and stared at former council member Mark Weiler, who was sitting at the table next to him. Weiler said nothing and continued to stare straight ahead. Graham was referring to comments that were made at the PSSGID’s July 18 meeting, where several members of the board characterized Graham as someone who would go back on his word and a handshake, and Weiler referred to Graham as a “pet rattlesnake.” “My family and I have been here for some time, doing what we do and trying to help where we can. I do not believe we deserve the lack of respect that has been shown to us thus far. We have never tried to hold the town ‘over the barrel.’ We believe that a lifetime of residence
in this community and the caliber of the situation should earn the neighborly professionalism of the decision makers and the powers that be. “The fact that the new pipeline plans reflect the line in the wrong spot, and with more lines than we initially agreed to, has prompted us to contact legal counsel, a move that we have resisted. We do not believe that town council or the sanitation board should reach for the attorney before effective dialogue has been had. The dialogue we have had with staff was rendered null when the drawings were finally produced and the errors displayed. “Again, I respectfully ask, please do not pursue the installation of this line as currently drawn. To do so would not be fair or just.” Before the meeting, Graham sent a nine-page letter to each board member, outlining what had happened so far and explaining his side of the story. “The process of easement acquisition for the new sewer pipeline has been the most frustrating, difficult, and demeaning experience as local citizens my wife and I have ever been through,” Graham’s letter began. “We are amazed by what has occurred and could never
cable and, after deciding to not tie it to his car, directed the woman to stand on a chair while he was holding the loop of the rope open. According to the report, Chavez stated if she did not die while hanging, he would beat her to death with a piece of wood. Allegedly, when the woman refused to place the rope around her
neck, Chavez began beating her with a tire iron. She also reported being beat with a sock full of rocks. Following the initial investigation, Chavez was located nearby in his car and was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and harassment. email@example.com
capable hands, which is important to us at CASB.” “Our work together has taken our education message and story to state, national and international platforms,” DeVoti wrote, “and has put this community on the map regarding Colorado K-12 education. But don’t ask me if that’s so! Ask the commissioner of education, ask the Colorado Legacy Foundation, ask the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but most importantly, ask the students who have gone on into the world from a Pagosa Springs public school education. In 2011 The Colorado Association of School Boards recognized you as one of three ‘Boards of Distinction’ out of 178 in the state, and for good reason! With you, the district is in good hands.” DeVoti, whose background is in special education, helped establish the alternative high school at the Archuleta County Education Center, which he then directed for four years. Moving to the ASD, DeVoti served as principal at the interme-
diate school from 2001-2007 before being named superintendent. He then helped the district establish the Pirate Achievement Center, an in-district alternative education program serving high school students. The district also created FAMA: Fine Arts Magnet Academy, a pathway focused on arts education. “In addition to his school district work,” the CASB news release concluded, “DeVoti was appointed in 2012 by Colorado Education Commissioner Robert Hammond to the Global Education Leader’s Program (GELP), a six-member team collaborating globally to transform education. He has served on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council since 2011.” At the meeting, DeVoti recommended assistant superintendent Linda Reed as his replacement, and offered to remain in the district until the end of September to help with the transition. firstname.lastname@example.org
a goal for the future. With the single rate structure, the base rate would increase exponentially. The directors decided that the fairest way to distribute the cost of running water and sanitation at present is through the three-tiered system. According to Renee Lewis, special project manager for PAWSD, “It’s how much money we need to run the place, then we have to decide how to charge everyone.” “I concur with what director Walsh said,” director Roy Vega explained. “We could go to a single tier, but right now I do not think that a single tier is beneficial for our ratepayers, especially the payers who are on a fixed income. I think the tiered structure is the better structure for the time being, so I will favor option five, as well.” “If we decide option five, when can we revisit?” asked director Burt Adams. “It’s at the board’s direction,” business manager Shellie Peterson said. “I mean, we can revisit it every year. Typically, you look at the cost to do so and you make that judgement. Has enough time gone by for your customers to absorb what you’ve already done and change their behavior to where the data makes any sense to revisit it?” “So, realistically, a couple of years?” Adams asked. “Two is pretty short,” Peterson said. “I was looking at it with Walsh and the one-tiered system,” Adams
said, “but the numbers indicate that at least for the next couple years to look at (option) five, and I reluctantly say that, but that is what the numbers show.” “I am also reluctant, but I will have to go along with that, as well. I really wanted to strive for a single tier, but circumstances say that we may just have to put that off for a little bit. People are used to the tiered structure,” said director Allan Bunch. “I’m OK with telling folks who own second homes here that it’s an expensive water system for you to use when you come two weeks a year,” Walsh said, “And I hope you come ten weeks and decide to move here, but the fact that you may pay a little more to me does not seem unfair rather than the folks who live and work and try to survive here so you can visit it and enjoy it.” The directors approved the motion to move forward and present the fifth option to Aranda for completion before it is submitted as a final report. At this time, the board has not formally said that this is the new rate structure. The next step in the rate study is to have Aranda draft the final presentation, including option five, and present it to the board. A vote will then take place to accept a rate study option, and changes in the rate structure will be implemented. Melissa.Stedman@pagosasun. com
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ing them at her. After several failed attempts at lighting the woman on fire, the report states she was then told to go rinse off in the river. Following her rinsing off, the woman reported that Chavez struck her in the face, then got a rope and tied a knot. He then reportedly placed the rope over a
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away from his two sons, who are currently either working for or going to school at Fort Lewis College in Durango. “As a district under your oversight we not only had the financial savvy to remain current with staff salaries,” the letter detailed, “bettering over 95% of Colorado, and keeping our quality educators from leaving, but our value of education increased programming in all subject areas. We were recognized as one of only several Innovation Districts in Colorado. When other districts cut opportunities, we added them.” “We are thrilled that Mark has agreed to join our team,” said CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay. “His strong track record as a leader in the Archuleta School District, as well as statewide, will greatly benefit our work with school boards and superintendents across Colorado. In addition, he leaves his district in a position of strength and in
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use of 8,001 to 20,000 gallons. The third-tier rate charges users $11.30 per 1,000 gallons for water use over the 20,000 gallons. In this structure, the more water a household uses, the more that household pays. Option five increases the base rate for water service to $23.50 for every tier and retains the three-tier structure, while decreasing the addition charge for each tier to $4.22 for the first tier, $8.44 for the second tier and $10.60 for the third tier. With these base rates, there will be an allowance of 2,000 gallons of water per EU/per month before the user enters the tier structure. Users will not enter into tiers until they have surpassed the 2,000 gallons of water allowance. Under this plan, users will pay the base rate, regardless of water use and regardless of whether they are permanent residents or parttime residents. “Option five, providing two thousand gallons per EU to commercial property owners is, I think, it’s not my ideological favorite,” director Glenn Walsh explained, “But I think for the district and this economy and the people who try to live and work there who don’t just come visit here once or twice a year, well, I think it’s the fairest.” The PAWSD board had hoped to move away from the three-tiered system to a single-tiered rate structure, however, weren’t able to make that change at this time. It remains
have imagined the sequence of events which has brought us to our current situation.” The letter went on to describe promises made to him by Gregg Mayo, the engineer from PAWSD who is in charge of the pipeline construction project. These promises included moving the pipeline so it would be underneath an existing roadway, thereby minimizing the damage to Graham’s property caused by construction, and installing an additional lift station to allow Graham and his neighbors along Trujillo Road access to the new sewer system. Graham’s letter described how Mayo attempted to deceive him by claiming the easement agreement he was signing was only a rough draft and would not be filed with the county until a final agreement was worked out, including the relocation of the line and the additional lift station described above. However, claimed Graham, Mayo failed to mention these promises to the PSSGID board, failed to produce a final draft of the easement, crossed off the notes he and Graham had made on the document, and filed it with the county anyway, as if it were the final agreement. However, Graham’s wife, who is also a legal owner of the property, had not signed it, rendering it not legally binding. That’s when town manager David Mitchem got involved. Graham’s letter claims it was Mitchem who informed him it was too late to install the additional lift station or to include Graham and his neighbors in the system, but that other compensation could be worked out, such as waiving the plant investment fees for other properties Graham owns. However, when Mitchem presented the situation to the PSSGID board, he characterized Graham as backing out of his previous agreement and demanding six sewer taps as compensation. “I had to defend myself as though I had intentionally perpetrated a fraud, to snare unwitting staff in a boondoggle for personal, financial gain,” Graham wrote. “Again our goodwill was slighted.” At that meeting Graham verbally agreed to sign, and have his wife sign, a final easement agreement in exchange for six, free sewer taps. However, it took the town nearly six weeks to provide the new easement agreement which, as it turned out, did not include any of the concessions concerning the blasting used to create the ditch or any maps or plans to show where the pipeline would be placed. After more dispute between Graham and Mitchem, the final drawings were produced, and, to Graham’s dismay, they showed the pipeline in its original position, which would require the destruction of trees and the demolition of his garage. According to Graham, this controversy has nothing to do with financial compensation and everything to do with trying to protect his property from an overzealous
project engineer and town manager. “I am writing to each of you directly and personally hoping that the complete truth will be heard, without manipulation, and that effective dialogue may still ensue,” Graham’s letter stated. However, after the board returned from its executive session, it became obvious that Graham’s hope was fruitless and a court battle was looming. The board had moved into executive session to consult, via telephone, with town attorney Bob Cole, and after an hour reconvened the regular meeting, where four motions were immediately made without any summary of what had been discussed behind closed doors. “Based on our discussion and based on information received from legal counsel,” board member
Don Volger stated, “I would move that we direct staff, with assistance from legal counsel, to draft and send a letter to Mr. Graham advising him that all of the previous offers made to acquire an easement are currently removed from the table, and to also direct staff to discontinue any types of negotiations in this manner.” Board member Darrel Cotton seconded the motion and every council member but Schanzenbaker voted, “Yes”. Further motions were made in quick succession: to hire someone to assess the value of Graham’s property, to make one final offer to Graham for an easement in exchange for fair market value based on that assessment, and, if Graham refuses the final offer, to proceed with the eminent domain lawsuit. email@example.com
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Move underway to start caregiver support group By Musetta Wollenweber SUN Columnist
Those of us involved in caregiving know the challenges at hand. Days and moments might be bright and cheery â€” other times can be flat, not so great and frustrating. At times, it is helpful to have the opportunity to be able to chat with others who are in similar situations. You might find suggestions on how to handle certain situations, gather information or just find it helpful to be able to vent. There are many facets to caregiving ... donâ€™t let it get you down. I am in the midst of gathering suggestions concerning formation of a caregiver support group, but I need to hear from you to make it work. Please give me a call at 2642167, Ext. 28, and let me know what day of the week and time is best for you. Without your input, I cannot put a group together. I look forward to hearing from you.
Understand the ďŹ ne print Many products advertise â€œrisk freeâ€? and â€œmoney-back guaranteeâ€? free trial offers. However, some â€œfreeâ€? trial offers end up being traps that lock consumers into automatic plans that charge recurring fees. Many times a free trial offer will require you to provide your payment information for a nominal activation or shipping fee. However, once you accept the free trial offer and the company has your payment information, you may find youâ€™re being charged for products you never wanted. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from â€œfreeâ€? trial offers: Keep track of time: mark your calendar to make sure you cancel before the end of the free trial period so you donâ€™t get stuck with unwanted products and recurring charges. Understand the terms and conditions: if you canâ€™t find the terms and conditions for the offer, or donâ€™t understand them, donâ€™t sign up or agree to the offer. Monitor your financial statements: if you see charges you didnâ€™t agree to, contact the free trial company directly to make sure you cancel any future charges. You can also work with your
financial institution to dispute future charges. The bottom line is that you shouldnâ€™t sign up for random services or products you donâ€™t need just because theyâ€™re â€œfree.â€? If you are considering an offer, find, read, and understand the fine print before making a decision. If the free trial company used deceptive or misleading tactics, you should file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney. (From AARP ElderWatch â€” a program with the Colorado Attorney General.)
Volunteers needed We are currently looking for volunteers interested in participating in training to teach fall prevention classes. This outof-town training is provided at no cost. Call 264-2167 for more information.
AARP driver safety class A class will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Cost for AARP members is $12, non-members $14. For further information, and to register, call Lois Oâ€™Dell at 2595589.
Stitchinâ€™ Join in the fun of Stitchin in the Kitchen on Fridays at 10 a.m. for an hour of creativity, recreational lies, coffee sipping and a treat eating good time. I swear Iâ€™ll get that crocheted football hat done for my grandsonâ€™s first birthday and in time for kickoff.
Great deal Did you know thereâ€™s a sweet deal at Cafe Fox? Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday you can partake in a fabulous lunch; the salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main meal at noon. Join a friend, bring a friend, or make a new one and have a great time while enjoying the gorgeous view of the San Juan Mountains and the old-time decorations of yesteryear. Just make your reservation by 9 a.m. and come in. Great food and company, all for a suggested donation of $4. We look forward to you joining us soon.
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Catch our door-to-door bus and get out in the community while we do the driving. Get to where you need to go: grocery store, doctorâ€™s office, pharmacy, hardware store, visit a friend, lunch at Cafe Fox or â€Ś? The service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.
Delivered meals Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? If so, Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.
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salad, red grapes. Tuesday, Aug. 13 â€” Cheeseburger, French fries, baked beans, peaches. Wednesday, Aug 14 â€” Red beans and rice, cornbread, banana, orange wedge, peach cobbler. Thursday, Aug. 15 â€” Closed. Friday, Aug. 16 â€” Grilled ham and Swiss, homemade tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices in a splash of orange juice. Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments and at the Senior Center. Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $4, guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.
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Update on e-book friction between libraries and publishers By Carole Howard SUN columnist, and the Library Staff
In past columns, we have explored the friction between libraries and publishers over e-books â€” particularly around publishers refusing to offer their e-book titles through libraries, dramatically raising prices or imposing other restrictions. The good news is that there has been some progress. All of the â€œBig Sixâ€? publishers are now engaged in library elending pilot programs or provide at least some of their titles for purchase by libraries. (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House and Simon & Shuster are called the â€œBig Sixâ€? because they control about two thirds of the U.S. consumer book publishing market. With proposed mergers in the works, the number of publishing houses could drop to four.) While any progress is welcome, there still are too many restrictions. For example, Simon & Schuster still denies to libraries their popular e-book titles such as â€œTeam of Rivalsâ€? by Doris Kearns Goodwin and â€œBruce,â€? the biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Other examples: Macmillan wonâ€™t allow libraries to buy â€œKilling Kennedyâ€? by Bill Oâ€™Reilly, and Penguin has a one-year expiration date on e-books like â€œThe Helpâ€? by Kathryn Stockett. Hachette will now offer all its e-book titles to libraries â€” but at three times the highest price of any edition than in print. HarperCollins and Random House let their e-book titles circulate only 26 times before the license expires. These are complex and contentious issues. Libraries argue that they play a vital role in advancing literacy in a society where bookstores disappear every day, while the number of books available to read has grown dramatically. At the heart of the struggle is whether libraries
increase book sales or cannibalize them. Publishers say that library e-books hurt their sales because it is so easy and inexpensive (read: free) to borrow them from libraries. They say e-books donâ€™t wear out and patrons can even borrow them without visiting the physical library. Libraries counter that sometimes they buy duds and, unlike Amazon and bookstores, they pay up front and are not permitted to return such mistakes. They say that while bestsellers probably are cannibalized, libraries help the sales of new authors and older titles, thus benefiting unknown authors, publishers and library patrons. Clearly, e-books present new and difficult issues for both libraries and publishers. We hope the situation can be resolved to everyoneâ€™s benefit. But at least some progress is being made.
Book sale next weekend The Friends of the Libraryâ€™s annual book sale takes place Aug. 16 and 17 at Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive, in the Aspen Village Center south of U.S. 160 (note new location). Friday, Aug. 16, is the Friends of the Library short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6-9 p.m. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m.1 p.m. This event is a great deal for you and for the library: You get hard cover and paperback books, videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fund-raising event for us. We hope youâ€™ll take this opportunity to join the Friends of the Library, which you can do at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.
Free tech programs Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon
Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance registration are Auto Repair Online Resources on Monday, Aug. 12, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. about free resources to help you repair a troublesome motor in a lawn mower, snowmobile or ATV; and Facebook Basics for Individuals (not businesses) on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and Monday, Aug. 19, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Free teen programs Every Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (Xbox, Wii, board games) and Card Battles, starting with Pokemon Card Battles, but you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.
Adult trivia time Test your knowledge against other adults and win prizes at this free, fun session next Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.
Wise traditions Zoe Groulx hosts Wise Traditions on the second Saturday of every month, with lectures and discussions on dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more. The next session is this Saturday, Aug. 10, from 3-4:30 p.m.
Help with math We have seven new books to help hone your math skills: â€œPre-Calculus for Dummies/ second editionâ€? by Yang Kuang and Elleyne Kase, â€œCalculus for Dummiesâ€? by Mark Ryan, â€œAlgebra I for Dummiesâ€? and â€œAlgebra II for Dummiesâ€? by Mary Jane Sterling, â€œCollege Algebra Demystified/second editionâ€? by Rhonda Huettenmueller, â€œTrigonometry Demystified/second editionâ€? by Stan Gibilisco and â€œTrigonometry for Dummiesâ€? by Mary Jane Sterling.
Large print â€œThe Horsesâ€? by Bill Brooks is a
western featuring Jim Glass. â€œSmarty Bonesâ€? by Carolyn Haines is a Sarah Booth Delaney mystery. â€œWhen Hell Came to Texasâ€? is a western by Robert Vaughan. â€œButch Cassidy: The Lost Yearsâ€? is a western by William W. and J.A. Johnstone.
Books on CD â€œHunting Eveâ€? by Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. â€œBeautiful Dayâ€? by Elin Hilderbrand explores the troubles and complexities of a family at a wedding. â€œBomb Shellâ€? by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI series featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock.
Black. â€œLittle Miss Sunshineâ€? is about an endearing fractured family. â€œ42â€? is the life story of Jackie Robinson. â€œThe Never Listâ€? by Koethi Zan is about the aftermath of a gruesome kidnapping.
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Mysteries and thrillers â€œThe Widowâ€™s Strikeâ€? by Brad Taylor is the fourth book in the Pike Logan thriller series. â€œThe English Girlâ€? by Daniel Silva is the latest in the mystery series featuring Gabriel Allon. â€œThe Curiosityâ€? by Stephen P. Kiernan is a thriller about a man buried deep in Arctic ice found and brought back to life. â€œPlease Donâ€™t Tellâ€? by Elizabeth Adler follows a mysterious stranger who may or may not be a serial killer. â€œStrandedâ€? by Alex Kava is the latest thriller featuring special agent Maggie Oâ€™Dell.
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Meetings The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs: American Legion Post 108: Second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., 287 Hermosa Street.
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High school sport practices to begin, mandatory meeting By Robyn Bennett Special to The SUN
Fall sports at Pagosa Springs High School are just around the corner and prospective athletes should be aware of start dates and requirements that must be met prior to participation. The high school golf team began practice Monday, Aug. 5. Pirate football, volleyball, cross country and cheerleading squads begin their practice schedules on Monday, Aug. 12. Athletes in each of these sports begin practice at 7 a.m. at the high school. The boysâ€™ soccer team will begin practice at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the high school.
Before an athlete can participate, he or she must have a current physical and a completed â€œBlue Cardâ€? packet on file with the school office. Blue Card packets will be available for pickup in the front office at the high school starting on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Parents are asked to plan ahead, so student athletes do not miss any practice time. Pagosa Springs Medical Center will conduct a Sports Physical Day on Friday, Aug. 9, from 1-5 p.m. Physicals are $25 and no appointment is necessary. All high school student athletes and their parents/guardians are required to attend an information meeting regarding Pagosa Springs
High School athletics. The fall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the high school auditorium. Student athletes will not be allowed to participate in any competitions until they and their parent/guardian have attended the required meeting. All fall sports schedules for Pagosa Springs High School teams can be found at www.intermountainleagueconference.org. Once on the Pagosa Springs site, click on the â€œnotify meâ€? icon and sign up for automatic e-mail notifications concerning any and all schedule changes. Contact the high school office at 264-2231 with any questions.
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The annual summer cheer clinic hosted by the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate Cheerleaders will be held today and tomorrow, Aug. 8-9. The clinic is held at the high school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Beginner to intermediate cheerleading techniques will be taught. Learn a dance, new cheers and chants, plus jumps and stunts. Guys and girls are welcome. Itâ€™s not too late: $20 for both days or $10 per day. Kindergarten and first graders attend 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; second-eighth grades, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., both days. There will be two days of cheerleading fun, which includes lunch (hot dog, chips, drink, dessert) for $20. Girls need to wear their hair up, no jewelry, and everyone should dress comfortably to be active. Registration is each day 8:45-10 a.m. at the high school. For more information, call Coach Mable Barber, 264-5448.
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Register for Summer Crush softball tourney By Tom Carosello SUN Columnist
Registration continues for the inaugural Summer Crush Coed Softball Tournament, which will be held Aug. 17-18 at the high school ball fields and Yamaguchi Park. Registrations are available at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The tournament is open to players ages 16 and older. Team registration is $250 per team for early registration and $275 per team after Friday. The tournament will include a free-admission attraction Aug. 17 in Yamaguchi Park; festivities will begin at 4 p.m. This event will include kidsâ€™ activities, live music, food and a beer garden. For more information, call the community center at 264-4152.
The season will begin after Labor Day and run through early October. Games will be played Monday-Thursday. If necessary, games which are rained out will be made up on Saturdays. When player assessment dates have been determined, all participants who register to play in the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will be contacted with the dates, times and location. Coaches and team sponsors
Soccer Youth soccer registration for children ages 5-12 will run through Aug. 14. Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall are also available online in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com. Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same family who participates. This yearâ€™s age divisions will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
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Center to host a night at the park By Traci Bishop SUN Columnist
Join us for a night at Yamaguchi Park on Aug. 17, from 4-10 p.m. There will be kidsâ€™ activities, food, live music and a beer garden at the park. This is part of the first Summer Crush Co-ed Softball Tournament. The gathering at the park and the tournament are great ways to get friends and family together and have some fun before the end of the summer. Call the Ross Aragon Community Center for more information or if you would like to help volunteer, 264-4152. All proceeds from both events will benefit the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Summer Crush Early registration is due for this eight-team minimum coed softball tournament. It is open to anyone and everyone age 16 years-plus. Team registration is $250 early registration until Aug. 9. After that it will be $275 per team.
Mini health fair The Promotora of San Juan Basin Health along with the Ross Aragon Community Center would like to invite you to a mini health fair on Aug. 15. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m., you can undergo screening for diabetes, hypertension and oxygen saturation just by walking in. If you are interested in getting your cholesterol or your triglycerides checked,call (970) 335-2062 to make an appointment. You will need to fast overnight before these screenings. All of the screenings are free to the public and will focus on the Spanish-speaking community.
Gym closure The gym will be closed Aug. 1215 for some light construction. All
classes that take place in the gym will be canceled during this time. Please check our website or our calendar for classes, or call us with any questions.
Rummage sale applications Itâ€™s that time again to start to clean out those closets, basements, garages and attics before winter hits. The centerâ€™s rummage sale will be held Sept. 27-28. Applications are being taken now, and spaces are filling up fast. If you are interested in reserving a 10x10 spot for $35 for both days, call us at the center, 264-4152, or stop by and see us. Donâ€™t forget to look at our website, http://racc.co, for upcoming events at the center or â€œlikeâ€? our Facebook page for updates on current events and activities happening at the center.
Free programs Pickleball: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-11 a.m. If you would like to learn the game of pickleball, or just need a pickleball fix, join us to learn this fun and exciting game. Loaner paddles are available. Advanced players, please come in on Mondays from 10-11 a.m. Contact Fran if you have any questions, 884-3184. Hoopsters: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Hoopsters are a great group of guys getting out there twice a week for a good oldfashioned game of basketball. If interested, just drop in and check it out. Qigong: This is one of the oldest known health systems dating from 700 BC. Lynnis Steinert is a Tai Chi master and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for 14 years. She started studying Tai Chi and Qigong 20 years ago with several teachers and masters of this ancient Chinese exercise. The purpose of Qigong is to maintain
and improve health, improve strength and balance and encourage stillness in both mind and body. The goal in this class is to open and stretch every joint and muscle group in the entire body. The exercise opens the energetic pathways to facilitate good health. The exercises are gentle, but over time have a very positive effect on the body. Stop by the center on Mondays to join in on this program. Call the center for more information. Hand drum class: Learn to play the hand drum in a free class, Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. Local percussionist Carla Roberts will offer â€œThe Ancient Art of Hand Drumming,â€? a study of the goblet-shaped hand drum called the doumbek, popular in the dance world. Roberts has played the doumbek professionally for the last 25 years and incorporates a variety of techniques and learning styles to make this free class accessible to beginners, as well as experienced drummers. If you have been curious about drumming and all its benefits, come and experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. No previous experience is required and experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. Drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one. For more information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478. Mah Jongg: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 12:30-4:30 p.m. Call the center with any questions, 264-4152. Tai Chi: Join instructors Pam Kircher and Anna Oâ€™Reilly every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. for an hour of Tai Chi. This is a slow, gentle exercise that improves balance, strength, flexibility and lung capacity, while reducing stress and increasing an overall sense of well-being. Come
Scott Spoede takes helm of football program By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
The Pagosa Springs Pirate high school football team is gearing up this month for a fresh season with a new head coach who has some innovative ideas about student leadership and the direction he would like to take the team. â€œMy whole plan with this program is to raise up their character and integrity,â€? Scott Spoede explained. â€œThatâ€™s my plan with these guys, and I want to win some football along the way. Donâ€™t get me wrong; thatâ€™s still a big part of it, but football games come and go. The life lessons we pull from it are what stays with us forever, so when these boys graduate from high school what I want them to have is more depth of character and a sense of integrity that will guide
Gray Wolf memberships due by Aug. 30 By David Lopez Special to The SUN
The Gray Wolf Ski Club reminds all current members and prospective members 50 years and older that membership forms, with dues for the 2013-2014 ski season, must be received no later than Aug. 30, 2013, in order to receive the Wolf Creek Ski Area season pass discount. Membership forms can be downloaded from the Gray Wolf Ski Club website at http://graywolfskiclub.com/join_ski_club.php.
their lifestyle and choices.â€? Spoede has been in Pagosa Springs for two years and was an assistant coach last year under head coach Olin Garrison. He has taught seventh-grade math at the middle school and coached the football program there. He was the defensive coordinator for the high schoolâ€™s varsity team last year, and this year he will be the offensive coordinator as well as the head coach. Spoede moved here two years ago from Houston, Texas, where he taught math and coached football, so this will only be his fourth year as both a teacher and a coach â€” a rather quick rise to the head coach position. â€œA couple of the guys will be familiar faces,â€? Spoede said as he described his new coaching staff. â€œMy defensive coordinator is Mike Kelly, and then Todd Shulda will be the JVâ€™s offensive coach. He volunteered last year, and then we hired him on this year. Then we got a new guy in town named Zach Wood. Heâ€™ll be the JV defensive coach, but all of us will be coaching on both sides of the ball.â€? The team just wrapped up its summer camp last week, which included a scrimmage against Monte Vista. The camp included participation by approximately 25 to 30 boys, who got a good taste for what they will be doing this year. â€œI think I was pretty fortunate as far as when I got to step into the program,â€? Spoede confessed. â€œLast year, we graduated two seniors, so we had essentially all sophomores and juniors playing last year. Iâ€™ve got a lot of experience coming back, so I feel like I am inheriting a pretty strong team.â€? The team has been without a coach for nearly six months, since
Garrison retired last year, after a fairly dismal season that included only one win and eight losses. It was only his second year as the Piratesâ€™ head coach. During the six months since Garrisonâ€™s retirement, a number of the players moved or decided not to play football. Now, however, things are changing. â€œYou can tell this group of seniors is pretty focused and motivated,â€? Spoede said. â€œThey have been in the weight room all summer. We have been going down to the field after our weight room time and just going over some drills and stuff. They want to get in the reps. Thatâ€™s something I didnâ€™t really see last year; the student leadership just wasnâ€™t really pushing it. This year, it doesnâ€™t seem like we have to pull any strings; theyâ€™re self-motivated. I think I fell into a great spot, into something pretty sweet.â€? Spoede also coached wrestling at the middle school last year, so he already has a good relationship with students moving up to the high school and has been able to recruit a fairly strong team. â€œIâ€™ve got some new guys coming up this year that havenâ€™t played since middle school or have never played before,â€? the coach explained, â€œso Iâ€™m trying to get a picture of how they will do. Itâ€™s hard to get a feel for how your team is going to do at this point. I will know a little bit more after two-a-days.â€? Two-a-day practices will start Aug. 12. All high school athletes are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Aug. 15. Then the regular season kicks off with an away game against Centauri on Aug. 31. email@example.com
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recreation initiatives. Individuals interested in applying for a seat on the commission should be knowledgeable about the townâ€™s current recreation programming, be keenly interested in town development issues and have applicable experience. The commission typically meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall, but meets more frequently if required. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to the Town of Pagosa Springs Recre-
ation Department no later than Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. Letters may be sent via mail to PO Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Letters can also be sent to tcarosello@ centurytel.net. For more information, contact Tom Carosello at 264-4151, Ext. 232.
Horseshoes Horseshoe pitching will continue through the summer at South Pagosa Park. Players of all abilities (ages 12 and up) are welcome. This activity is for anyone wanting to
on down with a bottle of water and some flat-soled shoes. Class is open to anyone and no experience is necessary. Duplicate Bridge: Tuesday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, noon- 5 p.m. Call Stan, 731-2217, or e-mail Stan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this game. Pagosa Bridge 4 Fun: Mondays, 12:30-4 p.m. For more information, contact the community center, 264-4152. Yoga: Tuesdays 9-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Come rejuvenate with us. Please bring a mat or towel. Call the center with questions, 264-4152. Belly dancing: A pleasant aerobic exercise, dancing brings wellknown benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, weight control and more. Belly dance helps to develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms and body, conditioning from head to toe. Join Carla Roberts on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Call the center for information, 264-4152.
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Calendar Thursday, Aug. 8: Hoopsters, 8-9 a.m.; Yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Rubber Stamping Class, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9: Pickleball, 8 a.m.11:00 a.m.; Tia Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; duplicate bridge, noon-5 p.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10: Scrapbooking Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-noon; Church of Christ, 10 a.m.-noon. Monday, Aug. 12: Gym Closed All Day; Qigong, 10 a.m.-noon; Paogsa Bridge for Fun, 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Gym closed all day; yoga, 9-10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 1-3 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14: Gym closed all day; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon; Dulcimer, 2-3:30 p.m.; belly dancing, 3:30-4:45 p.m.; drum class, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15: Gym closed all day; mini health fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; yoga, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sozo Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Ross Aragon Community Center has the space you are looking for. We have reasonably priced rooms to meet your event needs. The community center hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. The center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Phone (970) 2644152, e-mail: communitycenter@ centurytel.net.
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learn the game and how to pitch, as well as anyone who already knows and wants to improve. Physical requirements are minimal. There is plenty of room so, if players desire, they can practice by themselves until comfortable. If anyone would like instruction, veteran players are usually present to provide advice. The fun begins each Wednesday at 4 p.m. Horseshoes will be provided. There is no cost involved. For more information, call Mark Bergon at 264-2838.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 â€”The Pagosa Springs SUN â€” A13
Resources to help create a wildfire-defensible zone By Roberta Tolan SUN Columnist
In July, there were three articles highlighting the importance of creating a wildfire-defensible zone around your home and structures to maximize the chances that they will survive a wildfire. Three defensible zones were outlined and the specific activities that each zone requires were detailed. The creation of each zone requires the removal of ignitable materials such as pine needles, wood mulch, slash piles, and some trees and shrubs. The following workshop and rebate program are available to help county residents get started with creating their wildfire-defensible zones and chipping the slash created through mitigation efforts.
Free workshop FireWise of Southwest Colorado and Colorado State University Extension Archuleta County are sponsoring a free Home Ignition Zone and Defensible Space Workshop for the public on Friday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Loma Linda Subdivision, on U.S. 84 south of Pagosa Springs. Attendees will see how a wildfire safety home inspection is done and how to develop a defensible space around their home using Colorado State Forest Service guidelines. Anyone concerned about how to protect their home from the risk of wildfire is encouraged to attend. For more information on this workshop, contact Bill Trimarco at email@example.com or 264-0430.
Chipper rental rebate FireWise of Southwest Colorado is offering residents a rebate to help offset the cost of chipping slash from wildfire mitigation work conducted on private property in Archuleta County. Residents will be reimbursed for the lesser of $100 per day or 50 percent of the cost to rent a
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Monica Wamsley, center, represents Pagosa Land Co. and receives the 4-H Livestock Auction cake from Fair Queen Maranda Chavez, left, Junior Princess Kiera Torrez and Princess Jade Hart, right. Proceeds from the sale of the cake at the annual auction support the 4-H Livestock Program.
chipper or to utilize a company for chipper services used to chip slash created during wildfire mitigation work on any privately owned property. Rebates will be processed on a first-received basis and are valid from May 1 through Sept. 30, 2013, or until funds are expended. The following rules apply: â€˘ A receipt for contract work or chipper rental is required. Rebates will not be given without documentation of chipper expense. â€˘ At least two photos of the project area and chipping taking place should be included with this application. â€˘ Only one rebate per property/property owner and per receipt, not to exceed $500. â€˘ The work must be completed
and/or receipt dated between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2013. â€˘ Subdivisions or homeowner associations renting a chipper for members can apply for this rebate. One refund will be sent to the HOA for distribution, not to each individual resident. For more information on this rebate program, application information and additional fire mitigation information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 264-0430. For detailed information on creating a wildfire-defensible zone around your home, visit the following web sites: â€˘ Colorado State Forest Service: www.csfs.colostate.edu. â€˘ Colorado State University Extension: www.ext.colostate. edu/fire/.
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â€˘ FireWise of Southwest Colorado: www.southwestcoloradofires.org. Colorado State University Extension provides science-based information on youth development (4-H), agriculture and natural resources, horticulture, family and consumer sciences and community development. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.
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