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Thursday, August 8, 2013 — The Pagosa Springs SUN — A5

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Keep Colorado a land of opportunity Summer’s winding up with the start of back-to-school sales. Delicious Western Slope produce is showing up at the grocery stores and roadside stands. The last wave of summer visitors is cramming in as much fun as they can before heading home. All of this reminds me of the many hard-working people in southwest Colorado for whom summer’s not as much a time for play, but a time to earn their bread and butter to get through the leaner months ahead. For those who work in retail, agriculture, construction, public safety and the hospitality industry, summer’s a very busy time indeed, and they make our area what it is for many others. I’ve spent much time this summer in meetings, large and small, getting input from my constituents about how things are going for them. There’s a general sense of economic improvement, but still

considerable concern about what the future holds. I share that concern. There are many changes passed at the state legislature last Sen. Roberts’ year that will Report have financial impacts on the average individual and family. While I welcome being wrong, I don’t see the promised savings materializing to balance the new costs as Obamacare is implemented. People in my district already struggle to see a doctor or other provider, period. Access to healthcare is much more than carrying an insurance card in your wallet and, if you doubt that, ask those already on Medicaid,

Medicare or Tricare who can’t find a doctor. Funding healthcare reform by reducing provider reimbursements is going to exacerbate that problem, not fix it. We’ve got work to do. New laws and regulations with costs are going to start making themselves known to the small businesses in my district, at a time when our economy is struggling to keep its (our) head above water. Around here, business owners are your friends and neighbors. Feedback tells me that employers are very worried about increasing costs for utilities, health insurance and other bottom line expenses, afraid that the next step could be layoffs or reducing employees’ hours just to keep the businesses open. I don’t mean to be depressing, but am urging that it’s really important for you to be aware and involved with those you elect, at all governmental levels. I can’t promise sunshine and roses each time you are in touch with those in government, but suc-

cessful representative democracy requires engagement from the electorate as well as from the elected. If those elected fail to listen, remember and vote accordingly at the next election. In the late 1800s, my greatgrandparents traveled westward by wagon and homesteaded in northeastern Colorado. Tough environmental conditions for raising sheep made their effort unsuccessful and they returned east to farm there. Nearly a century later, I arrived in Colorado at the optimistic age of 21, with literally nothing more than a duffel bag, hiking boots and a willingness to work hard, so I could stay here. I’ve worked many jobs along the way and I don’t want Colorado government, at the city, county, state or federal level, to become the new barrier driving people out of our state. We need to remember the contributions made by all in our communities, young and older, and make sure that we don’t turn Colorado into a place where only the already-wealthy can stay.

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Larry Ash, Sue Walan. • Response to PAWSD letter. • Strategic plan. • Southern Ute Tribe. • Marketing plan — request for proposals. • Response to USFS. • Land acquisition — agreement with Western Land Group, Inc. 5. Update on water rights cases. 6. Consideration of district bylaws. 7. Consideration of appointment of officers. 8. Financial statements. 9. Other business. Adjourn.

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-

Southwest Colorado eSchool accepting students By Lisa Barrett Special to The SUN

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.

dard ruler, highlighters (multiple colors), markers (thin and fat), glue sticks, pink erasers, pencil sharpeners with lid, spiral notebooks (onesubject wide ruled, three-subject wide ruled) one-subject college ruled, three-subject college ruled), composition notebooks, plastic pocket folders, pocket folders with three holes for binders, tabbed dividers, notebook paper, wide ruled notebook paper, college ruled graph paper, three-ringed binders (1.5 inch only), flash drives and backpacks. Marked barrels for your school supply donations will be available in the churches, Family Dollar, Dollar General and Alco stores. You can sponsor a child by providing $35 to cover the cost of school materials. Cash donations can be left with your local church office personnel. Families in need of supplies should go the Human Services Office to complete a request form so their needs can be filled. The Human Services Office is located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd. (telephone 264-2182). Parental signups: Human Services or the Methodist Thrift Store. Marked Back To School Supply Drive barrels will be available Monday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 18. Cash and supply donations can also be dropped off during the campaign drive at the Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. (phone 264-5508). Distribution of the school supplies will be conducted in the Parish Hall on Friday, Aug. 23, 1-5:30 p.m.

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Don Ytterberg, Colorado Republican Party vice chairman, will speak at the Aug. 13 Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. His topic will be “What are the changes the Colorado GOP is going to make to help Republicans be successful in the 2014 midterm elections?� The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Nello’s Bistro. All are welcome. Ytterberg was first elected Colorado Republican Party vice chairman in March 2011 and was reelected in 2013. He has served as

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San Juan Water Conservancy District board to meet Aug. 12 Don Ytterberg, featured The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Water Conservancy District has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the district’s administrative office located at 46 Eaton Drive, Suite 5. Following is the agenda. 1. Call to order. 2. Approval of June 10, 2013 minutes. 3. Recognition of Director Jack DeLange. 4. Discussion and consideration of Dry Gulch Reservoir Project. • Update reports from Rod Proffitt,

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