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“A wild-bear chace, did never see?” asks the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in his poem “The Bear Hunt,” and continues musing, “Then hast thou lived in vain. When first my father settled here, ‘twas then the frontier line: the panther’s scream, filled night with fear and bears preyed on the swine.” Though not romanticizing over the Colorado landscape, the essence of what Lincoln writes can be ascribed to the current situation of bears in Pagosa Country. When Lincoln wrote this poem in the mid-19th century, it was an earlier time when the bear roamed free in the land, a time before people moved into prime bear country. Now, the fear of bears is often absent. Many people have moved into more of what was once a wilderness setting, whether for the views or the outdoor recreation. Around Pagosa Springs, much of the wilderness is also prime bear country, and was prime bear country before human development crept in. Now, it is not uncommon in Pagosa Country to hear people n!"##!$#%&'!()
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County to quit-claim Alpha Drive interest B" Randi )ierce Staff Writer
After taking an official position in favor of the Town of Pagosa Springs’ efforts to bring Wal-Mart to town (see related article), the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 to quitclaim deed any interest in Alpha Road to the town. Alpha Road, of which ownership is a question still officially unanswered, is slated to be the primary entrance to Wal-Mart’s proposed site in Aspen Village. In considering a quit-claim deed during Tuesday’s meeting, County Attorney Todd Starr said he believed the county owned the road and presented four basic options to the commissioners, highlighting pluses and minuses of each option. The first option, Starr said, was the isolation option, or taking no
action. Pluses, Starr said, include avoiding tough political questions and recognizing that facts may change as the project progresses. Minuses highlighted by Starr include that the county has no reason to keep the road, the decision to do nothing would likely result in costly litigation, and that facts may change. The second option given by Starr was to ask for a declaratory judgement through the courts. That option would get a firm answer, Starr indicated, but he added the negatives of the county potentially not liking the answer, the cost of litigation (having affected property owners served in the suit), having to show proof, and that the answer given may not be limited to the question asked n!"##!(-,0%!() SUN photo/ Randi Pierce
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With a 2-1 vote, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners decided to support the Town of Pagosa Springs in its efforts to bring a Wal-Mart to Pagosa Springs. The vote, and a vote to quitclaim deed Alpha Road to the Town of Pagosa Springs (see related story) came at the end of a fourhour meeting Tuesday afternoon. In a reversal from what the agenda stated, the Wal-Mart issue was considered first at the request of Michael Whiting, who later noted that a possible quit-claim deed for Alpha Road was a “tacit endorsement” of Wal-Mart, and a position on Wal-Mart should be considered first. To begin the discussion with the commissioners, the BoCC flipped a coin to determine if Steve Wadley or Michael Whiting would speak first, with Wadley winning and deferring to Whiting. In response to Chair Clifford Lucero’s request at agenda review for each commissioner to draft a motion on the topic, Whiting said he had drafted a resolution he believed was appropriate. Wadley said he hoped to stay out of the Wal-Mart issue, which he described as emotional and polarizing. Wadley noted that he had never had any private meetings with any Wal-Mart representative and spoke of his belief in private property rights. Wadley also stated he didn’t believe the same reaction would result if a different large chain proposed moving to Pagosa Springs. Without offering comments of his own, Lucero opened the floor to public comment before any motions were made, stating he hoped to move forward with a decision at the meeting. Fourteen audience members made their way to the microphone to chime in on the topic. The first of those, Vivian Rader, noted that there are two Wal-Marts — the business and the project — saying the store had the right to locate in Pagosa, but should receive n!"##!1%-23%&*!()
A 7-stoplight town B" Randi )ierce Staff Writer
In the coming weeks, Pagosa Springs will be a seven-stoplight town after Colorado Department of Transportation workers install a signal at the intersection of U.S. 160 and Eighth Street. According to information provided during a meeting between CDOT staff, Archuleta County staff and the board of county commissioners, the project has been awarded to a contractor and is waiting on a notice to proceed. A list of current and upcoming projects provided during the meeting shows an estimated budget for the project of $830,000, funded through FASTER, which raised
vehicle registration fees to have increased funding for roads in Colorado. The project is slated for completion by mid October, according to the document. Other projects on the list include the replacement of a failing culvert near milepost 142 on U.S. 160, west of 10th Street in Pagosa Springs. The work, with an estimated cost of $693,000, is set to begin in September and be completed by November. A project slated to be advertised next summer, in 2013, includes improvements to intersections in Aspen Springs. “This project includes intersecn!"##!"*+,-./0*!()
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Who is paying for the noise?
Is $4 million adequate to fix 6.2 miles of Piedra Road?
Each week the decibel level rises and, soon, the din will be unbearable. The noise? Campaign advertising. With the November election just around the corner, we are being assailed with an ever-greater amount of television advertising and, soon, flyers will arrive in the mail like snowflakes falling on Wolf Creek Pass during a winter storm. Here in Pagosa Country, ears and eyes will be savaged by ads for national and state candidates. If 2008 and 2010 elections are an example, groups other than the candidates’ campaign committees — the committees he or she can claim they control — will pay for a good portion of ads. So, who’s paying the bills? It’s hard to know in many cases, and that’s a problem. With the proliferation of Super Pacs, 527s and so-called “social welfare” or “dark money” groups (501c6), access to vital information is blocked. Some of the riches spent by these groups will, no doubt, affect races as seemingly insignificant (in the sense of national prominence) as those for the state legislature. We need to know who supplies the funds. It’s not that candidates can’t raise money on their own. A glance at recent campaign financing for the two major candidates in the race for U.S. Rep. for District 3 —Scott Tipton (R) and Sal Pace (D) —shows Tipton raising $1,624,103 and Pace $1,181,252. We encounter the trouble when we consider the role of advocacy groups like Super Pacs, 527s and “dark money” organizations will be felt sharply this fall. The 527s are particularly interesting. These “groups” are permitted under a section of the Internal Revenue Code, and other law allows them to attempt to influence election campaigns so long as they do not use certain language (phrases like “vote for”), do not directly subsidize campaigns and are not under the direct control of a candidate’s campaign organization. They are allowed to collect and spend soft money — unlimited donations from corporations, unions and wealthy individuals. Republicans and Democrats alike are supported by 527s. Likewise, 501c6 “dark money” organizations, given their non-profit status, are not required to reveal donors and, with few restrictions, will step into the advertising mix with force this fall. These groups, along with Super Pacs (which also raise and spend unlimited amounts of money so long as they don’t “coordinate” with candidates) are main sources of candidate-bashing advertising in all mediums. Why is it a worry? After all, isn’t it a matter of free speech? The problem is lack of disclosure. Shouldn’t we know who is paying for the trash that arrives in our mailboxes and assaults us from our TV sets? We can identify only some contributors to Super Pacs, 527s and 501c6 groups, but it is an arduous task. Second: do we allow an ever-smaller number of powerful interests to dominate the political landscape? Are American voters being cut from the mix if money is the sole determining factor in our elections? We must demand of candidates that they reveal all details relative to campaign finances, including all contributors and candidates’ true links to 527s and Super Pacs. We should demand from candidates a pledge that, if elected at either the state or national level, they will work to close loopholes that allow 527s and “dark money” groups that engage in campaign politics to exist, and will work diligently, in non-partisan fashion, to reform campaign finance law, perhaps creating law that limits the duration of campaigns and creates a system of public funding. Lacking this, voters must deal with the prospect of a constitutional amendment that will end the campaign finance mess we are in. We must stop the noise and clean our house, or the American voter will be forever in the dark. Karl Isberg
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Taken from SUN files of August 11, 1922 The archaeological expedition from the State Historical and Natural History Society and the University of Denver, which is working in the prehistoric ruins twenty-two miles west of this city, reports the finding of a rare piece of pottery in the form of a mountain sheep. This is an extremely valuable object, because of the fact that animal figures made from pottery have been found in only one or two cases in the prehistoric ruins of the Southwest. The piece of pottery, which was undoubtedly for ceremonial use, stands eight and one-quarter inches high from the bottom of the front feet to the top of the head. It is a replica of the mountain sheep down to the minutest detail and is of a grayish white color with stripes of black painted around the legs and body.
Taken from SUN files of August 13, 1937 The highway department is busy this week regraveling and getting the street of Pagosa ready for oiling. The city has made arrangements for the State to oil the entire street that consists of the portion of highway 160 that passes through town. This much needed improvement will add much to the looks as well as the elimination of dust to the business houses and residences along the street. Jim Moorehead is building a new concrete building on the site west of the light office, which will be the home of a new filling station. Bob Bucanan of Durango has the contract on the building and expects to have the building completed in about six weeks.
Taken from SUN files of August 9, 1962 This summer has seen many more campers in the Town Park than usual. It has also seen some nights when there could have been more had the space been available. Many days see tourists stop and find no place for a picnic in the park. Local residents have also found that often they cannot find a place for a picnic. The town owns a large acreage on Reservoir Hill and this could certainly be used to advantage to help attract, and keep, larger numbers of tourists here during the summer months. The Reservoir Hill area has a wonderful potential for a Town Park and recreation site. It would require some money to accomplish many of the things that need doing. The area is close to town and it could be used for many things besides the accomodation of tourists.
Taken from SUN files of August 6, 1987 Appeals relating to the proposed Wolf Creek Valley Ski Area have been suspended for 90 days. The suspension is the result of Regional Forester Gary Cargill’s concern about the financial ability of Westfork Investment, Ltd., the proponent, to carry out the project. Cargill has therefore directed John Kirkpatrick, supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to obtain “a current and comprehensive update of technical and financial qualifications” of Westfork Investment to determine their standing as a proponent. “If Westfork Investment, Ltd. no longer qualifies as a proponent, then the resource issues addressed in the various appeals would likely become moot,” Cargill said in a letter to Kirkpatrick dated July 30, 1987.
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Letters Read Dear Editor: Both parties write frequently about ObamaCare. I’m sure they have read it, but for those of you that have not, let me give you an example of ObamaCare. As you’ve heard, it is a multi-thousand page bill, so I just “searched” for what it said about giving extra money to states recovering from major disasters, bribing them to vote for ObamaCare (like Louisiana and hurricane Katrina). Here are the words: “Sec. 2006. Special adjustment to FMAP determination for certain States recovering from a major disaster. Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.1396d), as amended by sections 2001(a)(3) and 2001(b)(2), is amended — (1) in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking ‘subsection (y) and inserting ‘subsections (y) and (aa); and (2) by adding at the end the following new sub11 section: (aa)(1) Notwithstanding subsection (b), beginning January 1, 2011, the Federal medical assistance percentage for a fiscal year for a disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State shall be equal to the following: (A) In the case of the first fiscal year (or part of a fiscal year) for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), increased by 50 percent of the number of percentage points by which the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this sub section and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year after the application of only subsection (a) of section 5001 of Public Law 111–5 (if applicable to the preceding fiscal year) and without regard to this subsection, subsection (y), and subsections (b) and (c) of section 5001 of Public Law 111–5. (2) In this subsection, the term disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State means a State that is one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, for which, at any time during the preceding 7 fiscal years, the President has declared a major disaster under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act…” FMAP is “Federal medical assistance percentage.” Now you understand why Pelosi voted for it without reading it, and we understand why Obama had difficulty explaining it. I don’t know why they did not just project Sec. 2006 up on the teleprompter. Within ObamaCare there are more than 2,500 references to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they “shall” do something and more than 200 times when they “may” take at their sole discretion some form of regulatory action. On 139 occasions, the law mentions that the “Secretary determines.” In essence one person, appointed by and reporting to the president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans if ObamaCare is fully operational in 2014. Harris Bynum
have no rights of involvement to changes in the primary exit/entrance to their area since they are not able to vote in town matters. This resulting taxation without representation should be a matter of serious concern to the Board of County Commissioners. Ralph Goulds
Right Dear Editor: Now for the ones screaming for gun control: where are the screams for his parents to be punished? They raised the child and since he had problems, they knew of them. The parents are the ones truly responsible for this loss of life in the movie theater, for if they would have taken him out behind the wood shed and taught him right from wrong as our Christian Bible tells us to do, then maybe he would have had respect for others and their lives and their freedoms. I think its time for all Christians to stand up and let’s let God and the rule book for life (the Bible) start deciding what is right for this country, for that is what it was founded on. And why has no one pushed for Jim Sawicki as a write-in candidate for sheriff? He seems to be the only true American with enough backbone and common sense to stand up for what’s right. Gary D. Gray Bangs, Texas
Dear Editor: The most intelligent approach to the Wal-Mart situation appeared to me in a letter in The SUN by Muriel Eason. A Community Benefits Agreement to be drawn up and signed by Wal-Mart and the Town Council should include the several items listed: No sales tax rebates. No infrastructure taxpayer assistance. No property tax breaks. No help in financing Wal-Mart. Cleanup of wastewater from parking lot. If they fail, their building becomes the property of the town, etc. I might add: locate in a commercial area away from a residential development. There are some points I would not agree with, such as Wal-Mart contributing to other businesses, and promises on number of employees. After all, Wal-Mart is a big and prosperous company. Why would they need any assistance? If they are bringing any benefit to the community, they will succeed. If not, they will fail, just like any enterprise. Let them prove it one way or another. It is unacceptable to me that government at any level should provide “corporate welfare.” There is nothing new about the “big box” concept. Businesses do get replaced. Companies like City Market replaced the small grocery store; Ace Hardware replaced the small hardware store, etc. The Pagosa SUN is a good publication, and its owner and editor should be commended on a great job. Compared to some of the local Denver metro papers, in my opinion, it is of superior quality. Clive Lamprell Golden, Colo.
Dear Editor: I have watched with interest the ongoing dialogue about ownership of Alpha Drive. I was the founding chairman of the Alpha/ Rockridge Metro District which was established some 20 years ago. The district has been maintaining that road with Highway User Tax Funds (HUTF) from the county and mill levy since the inception of the district. As a consequence of the Fairfield Settlement, the road was completely reconstructed to county standards with the approval of the county. Alpha Drive has been the primary entrance to the district as evidenced by the recent addition of the traffic light and associated internal routing of traffic. This was all done long before any public knowledge of proposed establishment of a Wal-Mart. After 20 years of defacto ownership by the metro district, it is interesting that the district has never been approached or consulted with respect to the changes that the town has effected within the area. It appears the county has indicated a willingness to quit-claim the ownership of Alpha Drive to the Town of Pagosa. This would result in the disenfranchment of all the residents of the district who are taxpayers to the county, but would
Dear Editor: Amigo Karl: What is happening in the greatest nation on earth? Our most beautiful America can become sad and broken hearted in a matter of a few seconds. The mass shooting of innocent people by cowards with machine guns is occurring much too often. I am a disabled Vietnam veteran for about a year now, since I got my award for disabilities that happened some 45 years ago. Those of you who watch ABC news know that Robin Roberts is challenged by a blood disorder and is on sick leave. I can relate to her illness. I am challenged not by one, but by two blood disorders every single day. Hello, Agent Orange chemical warfare. I have never received a penny from the Department of Defense for Agent Orange, but the VA does provide me with free health care. This is not about me. Amigo, Karl, I want to address this note to the many wonderful people who acknowledged our group of Veterans for Veterans entry in the Fourth of July parade. From both sidelines of the parade route, we were overwhelmed with cheers, applause of gratitude and kindness; it could have brought tears to our eyes, but grumpy old
men and women veterans do not cry. Just don’t ask me how many times I cried in Vietnam. If someone wants to know those stories, call in a request. I’ll write a story about the life of a combat mission gone to hell. We did not rate a single picture or a complimentary word in the newspaper about our float. We understand, we are young, a new group of community oriented service to Pagosa Country. Adios, good day God give to you, Sevedeo Martinez
Fiber Festival Dear Editor: In the 13 years our family has enjoyed a part-time home here in Pagosa Springs, we have often noted, with considerable perplexity, various opportunities for economic development that tend to go unrealized here. Pagosa Springs possesses an amazing diversity of resources on which to base a vibrant and unified local economy and culture. When opportunities go untouched, inevitably, less desirable economic solutions may be forced upon the community out of necessity (let’s say no more about Wal-Mart). In this vein, I would like to draw attention to the excellent short article by Pauline Benetti (PREVIEW, July 26), describing the nature and purpose of Pagosa Fiber Festival (PFF). To this I would like to add that PFF is a wonderful example of the sort of engine that drives economic activity of a very beneficial kind. Most festival attendees go home after PFF, having made a rather large economic transaction
!"#$%&'()&*#+(,#&-./0$+,1 with our community in return for education and fun, but certain key participants, the local animal raisers and fiber artists promoted by the festival remain here, conducting activities and creating products that help to make this community an interesting place to live. Over the long term, PFF enhances Pagosa Springs’ reputation as a locale focused on sustainable agriculture, history, the outdoors and creative pursuits — and such a reputation is the foundation on which Pagosa can build economic success of a sort on which we can (I hope) all agree. PFF can grow and it needs volunteers in order to continue. Please, Pagosa, don’t let the economic opportunity represented by PFF die for lack of support. Kitty Milliken
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Budget season begins for Archuleta County government By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
The days are still warm and the grass still green, but budget season is underway for Archuleta County government. Last Thursday, elected officials and county department heads were given budget instructions, budget preparation guidelines and a budget calendar. And early instructions indicate that the county is looking to reduce its overall budget. Included in a budget guidelines memo from Greg Schulte, county administrator and budget officer,
is a statement noting, “Operating budgets submitted for 2013 should include a 5% reduction from the authorized 2012 operating budget.” Staffing levels, however, are currently authorized to be at the same level as 2012 (total payroll and benefits for the county are slated to total $7,999,544 in 2012 across all departments, according to Schulte). “The economic condition of Archuleta County continues to be fragile,” Schulte wrote in the guidelines memo. “We must continue to budget conservatively.” Also included in the budget are
Tipton to hold town hall meeting today Congressman Scott Tipton will hold a town hall meeting in Pagosa Springs today, Aug. 9, to answer questions and provide a legislative update for constituents. This event is open to the public and constituents are invited to attend. The meeting will take place 6-7 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
instructions related to internal controls and performance measures. Departments are to update narratives for the 2013 budget document, including the department’s mission statement as developed in each department’s Internal Control Policy, description of core services, and 2013 goals and 2012 accomplishments. Another task is for all departments to identify three performance indicators (with one being customer feedback) that are aligned with the department or elected office’s desired results. The instructions note that the indicators should include data collection and reporting methodologies. Key dates on the 2013 Budget Calendar are as follows: • Aug. 25 — State statute deadline for the, “Assessor to certify to all taxing entities and to the Division of Local Government the total new assessed and actual values,” for real and personal property. • Sept. 7 — Budget narrative and 2013 goals due to finance department from department heads and elected officials. • Oct. 11 — State statute deadline to publish a notice of when the proposed budget is to be considered for adoption, where the
proposed budget is available for inspection by the public, and where objections to the proposed budget may be filed before the final adoption. Oct. 11 is scheduled for the public hearing and presentation of the 2013 proposed budget to the Board of County Commissioners. • Nov. 1 — State statute deadline for submitting applications to the Division for an increased levy pursuant to state statute, and deadline for applications for exclusion of assessed valuation attributable to new primary oil or gas production from the 5.5 percent limit pursuant to statute. • Oct. 22-Nov. 9 — Budget hearings with the Board of County Commissioners. • Dec. 10 — Statute deadline for the assessor to make changes in assessed valuation. • Dec. 13 — Public hearing on the adoption of the budget, adoption of the 2013 fee schedule and certification of mill levies for Archuleta County. The budget must be adopted by Dec. 15, as per statute. • Dec. 31 — Archuleta County 2013 Budget ready for distribution and posting on the county’s website. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Edward Day Charles Edward Day, Lt. Col., Retired USAF, of Pagosa Springs,
Timothy C. Day and his wife Beth, son Tim, daughters Catherine and Anna, all of Littleton, Colo. He is also survived by two brothers, Alan Day, Missoula, Mont., and Dick Day, Platte City, Mo., and two sisters, Cindy Kamat, Odessa, Fla., and Dorothy McCullough, Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is predeceased by father, mother and sister, Marion Shannon. Ed (Eagle Scout) was active in Boy Scouts with his sons and very proud each gained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was especially proud when grandson Tim recently became an Eagle Scout also. Little Anna said,“Grandpa is now with Willy (his beloved dog) in Heaven.” He will be greatly missed by wife, sons and grandchildren, who remember the fun of golfing, fishing and, as Amanda
wrote,“The smell of coffee and pancakes he always made for us and his unconditional patience and love.” “We love you, rest peacefully, grandpa dearest with long, luxurious hair.” Austin, Alyssa and Amanda, “We were so blessed to have our grandpa for more than 20 years.” A memorial at a later date will be planned to place Ed’s and Willy’s ashes together on the mountains they loved. Memorial contributions can be sent to Wounded Warriors.
Dick DeVore Richard (Dick) DeVore passed away Monday evening, Aug. 6, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. A complete obituary will follow in a future edition of The Pagosa Springs SUN.
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the private sector and no thanks to our republican governor who has axed public jobs to the bone). With your healthcare legislation, my husband, who was formerly not insurable due to a pre-existing condition, can now obtain health insurance — at a reasonable cost to boot. You promised to deliver Osama bin Laden’s head to a grieving country and you did just that. You are working to balance the budget with help from Warren Buffet who recognizes that he should be paying his fair share of taxes. Reagan’s “trickle down economics” doesn’t work. Hurray! Our troops are mostly out of Iraq — a ridiculous war based on lies told by, “he who must not be named.” Thank you also for thinking about our children’s future on this planet by raising MPG standards and looking toward green energy solutions while reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. The other guys want to frac our way to prosperity and to hell with clean water or the EPA. Not only that, but you can sing. I know you are fighting against the super pacs that are intentionally confusing the issues for gullible people who get their news from Fox. You’re fighting those, even worse than my ex-friend who told me he wouldn’t ever vote for a (expletive deleted). At least he was being honest. It’s hard to believe that people are still so unevolved this long after the civil rights movement. Anyway, I am out here rooting for you to win. The alternative is unimaginable. Does Romney think he can carry the election or the weight of the country’s woes? He can’t even carry a tune! Robin Nelson
Defense Dear Editor: Ya, we’re overdue fer a heartta-heart chitchat alright — real “critical analysis.” Despite Obama’s frightening image of military weapons on America’s streets, it’s pretty darn hard to seriously argue that a ban on “assault weapons” would reduce crime in the United States. As a matter-o-fact, even research done for the Clinton administration didn’t find that the federal as-
sault-weapons ban reduced crime. Actually, banning guns on the basis of how they look, and not how they operate, shouldn’t be expected to make any difference. And there are no published academic studies by economists or criminologists that find that the original federal assault-weapons ban to have reduced murder or violent crime generally. There is no evidence that the state assault-weapons ban reduced murder or violent-crime rates either. Indeed, it appears that crime has dropped because the ban no longer exists. Since the federal ban expired in Sept. 2004, murder and overall violent-crime rates have actually fallen. In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the U.S. murder rate was 5.7 per 100,000 people. Preliminary numbers for 2011 show that the murder rate has fallen to 4.7 per 100,000 people. In fact, murder rates fell immediately after Sept. 2004, and they fell more in the states without assault-weapons bans than in the states with them. Correlation is not causation, of course, but these results also are consistent with logic and intuition. If law-abiding people have more access to guns, makes sense ta me that this makes life more difficult for criminals. They really don’t wanna mess with any “Doritostained finger” Americans. Let’s look at rural Arizona; given the upsurge in border violence, it’s likely that residents feel the need to defend themselves against drug predators, coyote gunmen or others. Yes, they can use semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, protected by the Second Amendment and unlikely to be banned by local law, but women generally don’t care to put in the training needed to master them. Nor can the elderly handle them adeptly. For them, the Glock with a 33-round magazine is the weapon of maximum utility. You can load it on Sunday and shoot it all month (nobody wants to reload a gun while being shot at). It’s light and easy to control. You don’t have to carry it or conceal it; it’s under the bed or in the drawer until needed. When the question arises of who needs an extended magazine, the answer is: the most
defenseless of the defenseless. BTW … If the liberal clowns think that so-called “assault weapons” can hold larger magazines than hunting rifles you are mistaken. Any gun that can hold a magazine can hold one of any size. And that’s true for handguns as well as rifles. A magazine, which is basically a metal box with a spring, is also trivially easy to make and virtually impossible to stop criminals from obtaining. So, what are ya sanctimonious liberals gonna do now? Suggestion: Liberals should turn all their pistols (you might have an extended magazine) over to the cops, cause they’ll protect you. They can git there in time — and good luck. Cause yer definitely gonna need it! Jim Sawicki
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Waste Dear Editor: It looks like the elected officials of Pagosa Springs are about to move forward with taking Alpha Drive after years of denying ownership and responsibility of the road. After all, Wal-Mart needs the access, and Pagosa needs Wal-Mart, right? But before the town eventually gets dragged into court and spends more tax dollars to defend another bad decision, let’s think about turning a past bad decision into something useful. Remember that $41,000 boondoggle of buying an obsolete ski lift? The ski lift with all the chairs rusting away until the town finally figures out there’s no support (or money) for a Reservoir Hill amusement park? Here’s what we do: brush off the rust and paint a few of those hard steel chairs. Get ‘em looking real nice and new. Then we roll all the comfy padded chairs out of the council chamber and perma-
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Rae Lynne Chornenky featured speaker at ACRW meeting By Sandy Artzberger Special to The SUN
August 14 marks an important date in the history of the Archuleta County Republican Women’s group. Rae Lynne Chornenky from Washington D.C., president of the National Federation of Republican Women, will be the featured speaker at the ARCW meeting held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant from noon to 1:30 p.m. Officers from the Colorado State Federation of Republican Women will also be present. This is both an honor and humbling experience, because the ACRW group is the only Republican Women’s group in Colorado where Chornenky will be speaking. Members of our local club have also gained recognition on the national and state level, as club president Marilyn Harris was recently elected second vice president of the Colorado State Federation of Republican Women. Club vice president Mary Ann Smith has been asked to travel the state, giving speeches on behalf of Republican Women. Chornenky’s stay will be a pleasant and memorable experience because of the generosity of R.D. Whittington of The Springs EcoLuxe Resort and Spa, provid-
ing accommodations. We are most grateful to him. In 2012, Rae Lynne Chomenky of Arizona was elected NFRW president and took office in January. Previously she served as first, second and fourth vice president of the NFRW. Her involvement with NFRW since joining in 1994 has also included serving on the NFRW board of directors, membership committee, program and achievement awards committees, served as vice chair of the NFRW Bylaws Committee and as NFRW state presidents coordinator. Chornenky earned a bachelor’s degree (graduating magna cum laude), master’s degree in counseling and juris doctorate, all from Arizona State University. She has practiced law for 28 years and currently owns her own business, making her sensitive to the issues of running a corporation. In 1995, Chornenky retired from the superior court bench and went on to serve as a legislative attorney for an Arizona cabinet-level agency, drafting extensive legislation and successfully lobbying state budget issues, laws and regulatory acts. She has appeared in television, radio and print media, as well. All are welcome to come and hear this distinguished NFRW president speak.
Ellen Roberts receives Friend of Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award By Lori Brown
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The Colorado Farm Bureau has awarded State Sen. Ellen Roberts with the Friend of Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award for her leadership and support of Colorado’s agricultural community during the 2012 legislative session. “It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from the Colorado Farm Bureau,” said Roberts. “Colorado’s agricultural commu-
nity plays an important role in our state’s economy, employing over 100,000 people across the state. I remain committed to supporting our farmers and ranchers throughout Colorado.” The Friend of Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a legislator. The award is given to legislators who have demonstrated great support of the industry and have an exemplary voting record on legislation that is vital to the agricultural community.
Search for missing man called off By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
A search and rescue mission to find a man reported missing last Friday Photo courtesy was unsuccessACSO ful and was ter- David Bruce minated Mon- Ritchie day night. A missing persons report was filed Saturday for David Bruce Ritchie, of Bayfield, last seen Friday in the Beaver Meadows area near the Archuleta and La Plata county line, where he exited a vehicle and entered the woods. By Monday, Archuleta County, Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Mounted Search and Rescue, and La Plata County Search and Rescue, as well as numerous others, were on the lookout for Ritchie. The search proved unsuccess-
ful and was terminated Monday night. “He was missing of his own free will and we did everything we could to try to locate him in the immediate area and surrounding area,” said Archuleta County Undersheriff Jim Saunders. Additionally, Saunders said the search didn’t fit the normal criteria for search and rescue (SAR), which primarily deals with those lost, including juveniles, not by free will, and those who are injured. SAR, Saunders pointed out, is made up entirely of volunteers, many of whom have regular jobs. “If they (the missing) don’t want to be found, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find them,” Saunders said. Ritchie is 59 years old, 5-7, approximately 175 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to call law enforcement. email@example.com
New Introduction to Chimney Rock Program By Nadia Werby Special to The SUN
Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is offering a new program this season titled, “Introduction to Chimney Rock.” This program will take place Sunday, Aug. 19, and will consist of an educational presentation by Charles Martinez, a local Native American musician. Charles will discuss music in ancestral and modern Native American culture, especially drums. Guests will have the opportunity to do some drumming and learn about other traditional instruments. The program is free of charge and is appropriate for any age. The whole family is encouraged to attend — children, parents and grandparents. This program was developed in order to provide an experience for those who do not choose to do the hiking tour due to physical limitations or time constraints and for anyone who wants to learn more about Chimney Rock. Guests for this event will arrive at 4:30 p.m. and drive to the upper parking area, which is paved and
has restrooms. There is some seating available, but guests can also bring chairs. The program will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Though this program is free of charge, donations are greatly appreciated. Call 883-5339 for more information or to make a reservation for this informative and fun event. Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is an Ancestral Puebloan site located in the San Juan National Forest, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs. The area hosts many events during the season from May 15 to Sept. 30. The public activities are conducted by the staff and volunteers of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization under the direction of the San Juan National Forest. Tours of the site are conducted daily in addition to special events such as the Full Moon Program, Night Sky Program and the upcoming Fall Solstice Program. Sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn., Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Visit the website at www.chimneyrockco.org.
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The first reading of Ordinance number 776, which would allow for the addition of three new sections concerning the use of cargo containers to the Pagosa Springs Land Use Development Code, was tabled by Mayor Ross Aragon at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting and a committee comprising trustees Don Volger and Darrel Cotten was appointed to review the ordinance and report back to a work session. “I just have a problem,” explained Aragon, “that we are acting on something we haven’t talked about.” Town Manager David Mitchem then asked if committee members from the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission who have already worked on this ordinance should be included in the new committee. Aragon agreed. The first of the three recommended additions contained in Ordinance 776 is LUDC section 4.3.4.D.5, which deals with where cargo containers are allowed to exist. “Cargo Containers shall be prohibited in all zoning districts
except as allowed under LUDC section 4.3.4.D.5,” and it then elaborates that “Cargo Containers are allowed in Light Industrial (LI) Zoned Areas.” It also states that cargo containers can be no larger than 800 square feet, and goes on to specify that, “Cargo Containers must be screened and painted or sided to match the existing structure and/ or surrounding environment,” and that “Cargo Containers shall be used as accessory to a primary structure and the use of such shall be directly associated with the primary structure use.” As an added precaution, the section also specifies that the approval and permitting process must be completed before the use of a cargo container is allowed: “Site placement and painting/screening colors of Cargo Containers within Light Industrial (LI) zoning district, shall be approved at a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Public Hearing by the Planning Commission.” The proposed section finishes up by stating, “Cargo Containers in place in any zoning district at the time of this code amendment, August 2012, are considered non-
conforming and shall comply with LUDC Article 9.” LUDC Article 9 states, “While nonconformities may continue, the provisions of this chapter are designed to curtail substantial investment in nonconformities to bring about their eventual elimination in order to preserve the integrity of this Land Use Code and the goals of the Town of Pagosa Springs.” The planning commission requested that town staff draft and send a letter to all property owners who have cargo containers within town boundaries to make them aware of these upcoming changes. The next proposed addition, LUDC section 4.4.2.G, allows for the temporary use of cargo containers. “Cargo Containers can be allowed for temporary use in areas zoned Commercial (C), Mixed Use Corridor (MU-C) and Mixed Use Town Center (MU-TC) for a maximum of 180 days.” It allows for an extension. “One additional 180 day extension period may be requested and administratively approved by the Planning Director, if the extension is requested and approved prior to the expiration of the first 180 day
period.” It also specifies the same requirements for these temporary cargo containers as the permanent ones in light industrial zones. In other words, the painting/siding, allowable use, site placement and permitting requirements are the same. When asked for clarification, Mitchem confirmed that the Aspen Village Subdivision, the proposed site for the new Wal-Mart store, is zoned as commercial. “(Cargo containers) was an issue that was brought up early during the WalMart dialogue, and Wal-Mart has agreed that they will not have such containers on their property.” This topic was mentioned at Monday night’s meeting of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation, during a discussion of a Community Benefits Agreement. Several speakers expressed a concern that promises made by Wal-Mart need to be put in writing and made legally binding, especially if they are not covered by town codes. The final proposed addition, LUDC section 4.4.2.H, allows for the temporary use of a cargo con-
Move underway to give control of geothermal resources to local government By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
Pagosa Springs Town Manager David Mitchem reports that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Archuleta County have asked the Town of Pagosa Springs to help develop model 1041 regulations, which will put control over local geothermal resources in the hands of local government instead of state agencies. According to the DOLA website, “These 1041 powers allow local governments to identify, designate and regulate areas and activities of state interest through a local permitting process. The general intention of these powers is to allow for local governments to maintain their control over particular development projects even where the development project has statewide impacts.” At the June 28 meeting of the Colorado Geothermal Working Group, Archuleta County attorney Todd Starr presented the case for establishing 1041 regulations here in Pagosa Country. According to Colorado Revised Statutes 24-65.1-10, “Local governments shall be en-
couraged to designate areas and activities of state interest and, after such designation, shall administer such areas and activities of state interest and promulgate guidelines for the administration thereof.” The statute goes on to state, “Appropriate state agencies shall assist local governments to identify, designate and adopt guidelines for administration of matters of state interest.” Among the areas of state interest listed in the statute is, “the use of geothermal resources for the commercial production of electricity.” “If a local jurisdiction wants to go down this road,” explained Mitchem, “there is a requirement that the jurisdiction develop guidelines, and they also may develop more detailed regulations. The essence here is local jurisdictions controlling their own destiny.” He went on to reveal that vendors wanting to develop geothermal resources in Colorado have complained, “the state regulations are cumbersome and sometimes unforgivable.” Starr gave several reasons for developing 1041 regulations. For example, “local communities are better-suited to address environmental
impacts of land use.” He also explained, “1041 regulations are rarely preempted.” He cited cases where local zoning laws did not stand up to projects funded by or authorized by special districts, colleges and municipalities, whereas 1041 regulations apply even to state agencies and on federal land. Mitchem announced that DOLA has agreed to provide a 50/50 matching grant to help the town develop model regulations. The cost to the town will be somewhere between $2,500 and $3,300 and will come from the Capital Reserve Fund. Originally, town staff had requested the money come from the Geothermal Fund, but that was changed to the Capital Reserve Fund because, “With some construction, river water diversion, that’s going to happen this fall,” Mitchem explained. “We’re going to hit the Geothermal Fund pretty hard.” Chafee, Ouray and Dolores counties are also participating in the development of 1041 geothermal regulations. The Pagosa Springs Town Council agreed to also participate. firstname.lastname@example.org
County purchases equipment, allocates funds By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
Archuleta County approved the purchase of equipment Tuesday afternoon that will help the county replace a portion of the Road and Bridge Department’s aging fleet. The first purchase approved Tuesday was for attachments for a multiuse truck purchased in June. The purchase will be made via a sole-source contract with O.J. Watson, from whom the truck was purchased, so the equipment will fit the new truck and be interchangeable with a multiuse truck purchased in 2010. The purchase price for the
equipment is $145,037. The second purchase was for a 2012 Ford F550 crew cab with dump body and 10-foot snow plow from Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield, Colo. The county will pay $55,579 (under the budgeted amount of $65,000) for the truck under the state bid amount, which Road and Bridge Superintendent Dave Guilliams said in agenda review on July 31 was less expensive than what the county could purchase the truck for when bidding it out on its own. In other news at the meeting, the board: • Approved distributing the 2012 Forest Payment the county will
receive in 2013. Under the 2012 Federal Forest Payment and Secure Rural School and Community Self Determination Action Election, the county is required to either elect a federal forest share of 25 percent, which would provide the county with $40,355, or select a full payment amount, which would produce $482,802. With the full payment amount, the county must allocate certain amounts to Title II and Title III uses, with the remainder allocated to Title I for public roads and public schools. Of that Title I portion, the county must give a minimum of 25 per-
BoCC deals with seniors issues By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
The senior center was again at the forefront at a board of county commissioners meeting Tuesday, when a bevy of seniors spoke about the center’s director during the meeting’s first public comment section. Many of the comments dealt with a situation reported previously in The SUN where Ed Bennett received a letter from county staff after he told center Director Mussetta Wollenweber to, “bite me.” Since that time, a number of seniors who attend the center have purchased shirts with the phrase on them (the shirts referring to fishing, with a fly fishing lure on them). Beverly Arrendell referred to the shirt during her public comment on the matter, noting that Wollenweber has uttered the same phrase many times and calling the letter received by Bennett a “mockery” with vile language that made it difficult to respect those in authority who OK’d the letter. Lymon Allen noted the indistinct meaning of the phrase in question, with the phrase uttered on TV shows, with various meanings. He then added that county staff found the worst possible meaning of the phrase, calling Bennett a, “decent, honest and fine man.” Maureen Monroe, too, stated that Bennett was a “fine man” and said she found the letter disgusting. “I think you should apologize to him,” Monroe said. Dave Pettus, like many of the others, urged the county to correct its “mistake,” siding with several calling for the letter to be expunged. Ed Bennett then spoke on his own behalf, offering clarification of the incident, during which he said that Wollenweber berated and harassed him. When Bennett claimed the phrase was dirty not
in his mind, but in the mind of those who drafted the letter, Commissioner Clifford Lucero stated that he wouldn’t stand for derogatory comments being directed toward county staff. Bennett urged the county to either expunge or retract the letter, or prosecute for the incident, with Lucero responding that the county attorney would advise the board on the matter. “That means ‘no,’ and you will hear from me again,” Bennett said. Before the issue was laid to rest at the meeting, Cecilia Hopper said she, too, was harassed by Wollenweber when taking an emergency call in the center. “We, the seniors, don’t care for Mussetta,” Hopper said before vowing to not return to the center. Following the public comment session, Bennett urged those in attendance for his issue to leave. In other news relating to senior issues, the board awarded a contract to replace the roof at the Casa de los Arcos facility to Durango Roofing Company. The contract was awarded after two iterations of a request for bid to replace the roof with $125,000 in grant money awarded to Archuleta County by the state. The first quest for bids ended with one bid received in an amount over that budgeted. When the state declined to give more money to the project, a request for bids was reissued with a slightly different scope of work. That request, Jodi Starr, housing director, said, garnered five bids, two of which were acceptable and one of which fell within budget. Engineering firm Reynolds and Associates looked at the bids to determine that materials used were sufficient, Starr indicated. The winning bid is in the amount of $123,733. email@example.com
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tainer in any zoned area, if it is used during the construction process of a building. “A Cargo Container shall not be placed on the premises until a Building Permit is issued by the Town of Pagosa Springs Building Department. The Cargo Container shall be removed from the premises, prior to a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) or Certificate of Completion (CC) can be issued to occupy the premises or building addition.” This section goes on to specify that, “the Cargo Container use must be relative to the construction project the building permit is issued for,” and that “site placement of the container shall comply with property line set back distances.” The topic of cargo containers dates back to Nov. 8, 2011, when the planning commission decided that the LUDC does not sufficiently address for accessory uses of cargo containers, and decided formed a committee to create amendments that clarify appropriate uses based on what other communities have done and the needs of the local community. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Town considers impact fee changes before ‘the elephant’ enters the room By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
The Pagosa Springs Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss refining the structure of the town’s impact fees schedule so that money generated can be used for a broader set of purposes, including construction of new trails, restrooms, picnic tables, park benches, bicycle racks, an amphitheater and so on. As it stands now, money generated from certain impact fees can only be used for a recreation center or a county administration building. “We have collected approximately $63,000 that’s dedicated currently, we believe, specifically to a county administration building,” explained Town Planner James Dickhoff, “and just under $26,000 that appears to be dedicated specifically to a recreation center. Those are the fees we are looking at returning within ten years.” After the meeting Town Manager David Mitchem clarified that, since those fees were collected specifically for those projects, if those projects are not completed within 10 years, the money must be refunded. Additionally, he explained that plans to build a recreation center are not moving forward because it is not economically viable at this time. “We do have some big projects that are coming up,” Dickhoff said, “that we could see substantial impact fee collections. One of them could be over a half million dollars, for example, so we want to ensure that those monies be collected and will be utilized. Those (projects) are coming down pretty soon, so I think it is something we should talk about very soon and not miss out on these upcoming opportunities.” The Archuleta County/Pagosa Springs Joint Impact Fee Analysis, published in 2010 by Economic
Planning Systems, Inc., recommended that, “the proposed (impact) fee is subject to periodic update based on changes in developable land, cost estimates, or outside funding sources.” At that time, due to difficult economic conditions, the Pagosa Springs Town Council and the Archuleta County commissioners elected not to modify their respective impact fees. Some of the changes that EPS suggests the town and county analyze when they conduct periodic reviews of the impact fee are, “changes in the required facilities listed in the study, changes in the cost to update and/or administer the fee, changes in costs greater than inflation, changes in assumed land use, and changes in other funding sources.” EPS also recommends that, “any changes to the fee based on the periodic update will be presented to the elected boards of the County and Town for approval prior to an increase or decrease in the fee. These boards also may specify during a periodic update which improvements should receive funding from the Impact Fee Program before other improvements.” While town staff did not make recommendations to the council concerning whether to raise or lower impact fees, they did recommend changing the types of recreational projects the impact fee money should go towards. Council member David Schanzenbaker asked Dickhoff for some clarification: “So, James, looking at the fee schedule, there’s an item for regional public building impact fee. Is that split into two parts?” “No,” Dickhoff replied. “That’s the county administration building.” “Then regional recreational facilities?” Schanzenbaker asked. “Is that the rec center?”
“Correct,” Dickhoff said. “Okay, so that’s for residential only?” Schanzenbaker asked. “There’s different breakdowns for each category,” Dickhoff said. “Lodging, retail, residential.” As he looked closely at the papers in front of him, Schanzenbaker observed, “It doesn’t look like that item, that impact fee, gets applied to non-residential development.” “That’s correct,” Dickhoff conceded. As it stands now, according to the Town of Pagosa Springs Municipal Code, which was adopted in 2005, and the Per Diem and Fee Schedule, which was updated in 2009, impact fees that would go toward regional recreation facilities, schools, parks and trails are only charged for residential buildings; fees for public buildings and emergency services are assessed on both residential and non-residential buildings, at slightly different rates; and only road impact fees are assessed on buildings at varying rates, depending on whether they are used for retail, office/industrial, single-family residences or multifamily residences and lodges. According to this same code, the owner of a residential building pays $859 per dwelling unit for a “regional recreation facilities impact fee,” $368 per dwelling unit for a “park impact fee,” and $464 per dwelling unit for a “trail impact fee.” The owner of a non-residential building doesn’t have to pay any of these fees. This is what officials believe must be changed in order for the town to be able to charge a development like the proposed Wal-Mart these fees. Such developments do, however, have to pay $741 for every 1,000 square feet of building size for an “emergency service provider impact fee” (while residential building
Eleven tips for taxpayers who owe money to the IRS Most taxpayers get a refund from the Internal Revenue Service when they file their tax returns. For those who don’t get a refund, the IRS offers several options to pay their tax bill. Here are eleven tips for taxpayers who owe money to the IRS. 1. Tax bill payments. If you get a bill from the IRS this summer that shows you owe late taxes, you are expected to promptly pay the tax owed including any penalties and interest. If you are unable to pay the amount due, it may be better for you to get a loan to pay the bill in full rather than to make installment payments to the IRS. That’s because the interest rate and penalties the IRS must charge by law are often higher than what lending institutions may be offering. 2. Electronic Funds Transfer. You can pay your tax bill by electronic funds transfer, check, money order, cashier’s check or cash. To pay using electronic funds transfer, use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System by either calling (800) 555-4477 or using the online access at www.eftps.gov. 3. Credit card payments. You can pay your bill with a credit card. Again, the interest rate on a credit card may be lower than the combination of interest and penalties the IRS must charge. To pay by credit card contact one of the following processing companies: • WorldPay US, Inc. at (888) 9PAYTAX or www.payUSAtax.com. • Official Payments Corporation at (888) UPAY-TAX or www.officialpayments.com/fed. • Link2Gov Corporation at (888)
PAY-1040 or www.pay1040.com. 4. Additional time to pay. Based on your circumstances, you may be granted a short additional time to pay your tax in full. A brief additional amount of time to pay can be requested through the Online Payment Agreement application at IRS.gov or by calling (800) 829-1040. There generally is no set up fee for a short-term agreement. 5. Installment agreement. You may request an installment agreement if you cannot pay the total tax you owe in full. This is an agreement between you and the IRS to pay the amount due in monthly installment payments. You must first file all required returns and be current with estimated tax payments. 6. Apply Using Form 9465. You can complete and mail an IRS Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, along with your bill using the envelope you received from the IRS. The IRS will inform you (usually within 30 days) whether your request is approved, denied, or if additional information is needed. 7. Apply Using Online Payment Agreement. If you owe $50,000 or less in combined tax, penalties and interest, you can request an installment agreement using the Online Payment Agreement application at IRS.gov. You may still qualify for an installment agreement if you owe more than $50,000, but you are required to complete a Form 433F, Collection Information Statement, before the IRS will consider an installment agreement. 8. User fees. If an installment agreement is approved, a one-time user fee will be charged. The user fee
for a new agreement is $105 or $52 for agreements where payments are deducted directly from your bank account. For eligible individuals with lower incomes, the fee can be reduced to $43. 9. Offer in Compromise. IRS is now offering more flexible terms with its Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) Program. An OIC is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s tax debt for less than the full amount owed. An OIC is generally accepted only if the IRS believes, after assessing the taxpayer’s financial situation, that the tax debt can’t be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement. 10. Check withholding. Taxpayers who have a balance due may want to consider changing their Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, with their employer. 11. Fresh Start. The IRS has a program to help struggling taxpayers get a fresh start. Through the Fresh Start program, individuals and small businesses may be able to pay the taxes they owe without facing additional or unnecessary burden. For more information about payment options or IRS’s Fresh Start program, visit IRS.gov. IRS Publications 594, The IRS Collection Process, and 966, Electronic Choices to Pay All Your Federal Taxes, also provide additional information regarding your payment options. These publications and Forms 9465 and W-4 can be obtained from IRS.gov or by calling (800) 829-3676.
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county, and the allocation of the remaining 50 percent to be decided on by the group mentioned above. Eight percent, or $38,624, will be retained by the Forest Service as Title II funding, as required. Seven percent, or $33,796, will be reserved by the county for qualifying Title III projects. Only the Title III amount will be deducted from the county’s PILT payment. Audience member Bill Hudson suggested that, by maximizing the amount received by the county from the federal government, the federal government will further affect its financial situation, which will be left for the kids and grandkids of those in power now to fix.
Hudson also suggested that the school district provide information as to how the Title I funding has been spent — a suggestion Commissioner Clifford Lucero agreed with. • Approved the name of Railroad Court for a nonexclusive road easement that is approximately .486 miles long that intersects County Road 988 about .27 miles south of Colo. 151 and .71 miles north of County Road 977. • Approved reclassifying the Accounting Clerk II position to Accountant within the Department of Human Resources. The change was in response to a suggestion in the county’s audit that the previous setup, with the clerk and county’s contracts and procurement officer teaming up
to handle the accounting, could potentially pose a problem in the future. • Approved the Amended Service Plan for the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District. The BoCC previously requested an amended service plan from the district. • Granted a conditional use permit to Mountain Landing Guest Quarters to develop an RV park on the property. • Approved the final plat for the Rock Ridge duplexes, to be located at Rock Ridge Country Estates. • Approved several lot consolidations. The next regular meeting of the BoCC is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July 21. email@example.com
owners pay $574 per dwelling unit), $564 per 1,000 square feet for a “regional public building impact fee” (residential building owners pay $450 per dwelling unit), and a “road impact fee” that varies depending on what type of residential or non-residential building it is. A retail business, for example, pays the largest “road impact fee,” at $3,669 for every 1,000 square feet of building size. Schanzenbaker raised a question concerning the tight timeline for completing any changes to the fee structure. “If we change the structure of these fees, would an ongoing development application be grandfathered into the previous schedule? Do you know when the cutoff date is for an application?” Dickhoff replied, “We have some flexibility when we actually collect those fees. Typically, it’s at the time they submit their (building) permit, because it is calculated on the square footage.” Schanzenbaker clarified, “So, it sounds like the fee schedule in effect at building permit time will be …” He paused, then said, “I guess I’m asking because of the elephant in the room. We have a large format retailer that’s going through development process now. If we change our impact fee regulations, would they be subject to the previous (schedule)?” Mitchem jumped in to clarify: “The answer is: If council takes action on the impact fee matter before that (building permit) application comes in, then the council’s modifications to the impact fees would apply going forward. They would not be grandfathered into the older verbiage.” Council member Darrel Cotton got in the last word on the discussion by saying, “I personally have a problem with impact fees.” He explained, “I’m not sure that there’s any fairness to it. The new guy pays and the old guy skates.” He suggested a board work session to get some direction on where to go with the question of impact fees. It was determined that two council members designated to study a cargo container issue would also deal with the topic of impact fees and would report back to the council. firstname.lastname@example.org
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no special treatment. Rader also stated that the project’s effect on private property should be mitigated and that the BoCC should table the issue until more research could be done, pointing out that Wal-Mart violates the town’s comprehensive plan section on big box retailers. The youngest commenter, Michelle Church, was next, stating that Wal-Mart would not take away from the small-town feel of Pagosa, but would add another grocery store to compete with City Market, price-wise. Church also spoke of jobs, both at the store and during its construction, and noted it was “just another” job option and amenity that would bring revenue to the area. Marlene Minors stated her concern that county residents are the most-affected by the Wal-Mart, but had no say in the town’s vote to allow big box retailers.
Dennis Spence said he wanted personal rights respected, but not at the cost of killing the community. Monte Lane said he felt the good of the project outweighed the bad and the ugly, citing personal property rights and the potential for additional money in the community. Susie Kleckner asked what evidence and studies the board was relying on for taking a position, noting that prior boards has passed resolutions applicable to the situation. Lucero responded, saying the BoCC’s hand has been forced to take a position and that the board had been asked to take a position. Mike Church was next up, stating that people will always live close to commercial development, and that the site Wal-Mart intends to build on has been zoned commercial for 20 years. He also noted that other chain retailers in Pagosa Springs built square boxes with poor landscaping, but that WalMart was trying to design a nice
building. He also noted the small number of people at the meeting in which Aspen Village was approved (the subdivision where Wal-Mart plans to locate) and with Family Dollar, which is located closer to homes than Wal-Mart would be. Bill Hudson suggested that the commissioners schedule public hearings before taking a stance on the matter. Tom Olsen stated his belief that the store would be good for the community, especially for young families. He also noted it would provide summer jobs for youth in the community and would benefit the older citizens. Gary Williams was next up, stating that he believes the commissioners had already made up their minds, but urged the board to be deliberate, noting that Wal-Mart’s adjustments to the building design came from conflict over the matter. Dan Sanders spoke in favor of the store, citing that it would
struction taking place in 2014. In addition to discussing those projects at the meeting, County Administrator Greg Schulte urged CDOT staff to be “creative” and help process paperwork in an expedited manner to allow the county to access the $3.5 million awarded to the county last week for the reconstruction of Piedra Road (CDOT is currently set to administer the grant funds). “Our aim here is to try to get this so we’re doing the construction in thirteen,” Schulte said. CDOT Region 5 Director Kerrie Neet said she believed the county’s award of $3.5 million was the region’s second largest federal grant, second to last year’s $4.6 million for work on the interchange at Mesa Verde. Neet also noted that the Public Lands Highway funding (from which the $3.5 million came) is going away. Neet vowed to do what she could
to help, adding that she needed to figure out the flow of the money. Neet also stated that, since the project is on a federal forest highway and not a CDOT road, the U.S. Forest Service could oversee the project. County Public Works Director Ken Feyen noted that the county has done everything possible before getting the contract and was ready. “I think you’ve been bold,” Transportation Commissioner Steve Parker said, noting that he knows the county has been looking for funding for Piedra Road for at least 11 years. “I think you’re in good shape, in all honesty,” Neet said. The two entities also discussed the 2011 CDOT Annual Report at the meeting, which includes breakdowns of the revenues and expenditures of CDOT on statewide and regional levels. email@example.com
which we have,” Starr said. Commissioner Michael Whiting noted that all options included potential litigation, asking who would be sued and who would be suing, with Starr responding that there had been no threats of litigation, but that area resident Vivian Rader had stopped just short of a threat (a claim Rader later denied). Whiting noted that, at the time of the agreement with the town to annex the road (2006), the county must have thought it owned the road. Starr said the quit-claim deed would release the county from that obligation, though the results would not be the same — the annexation would leave ownership (and presumably maintenance) with the county, while the quitclaim deed would transfer ownership. Starr also denied a claim that the county did not want to find the owner of the road, stating that, based on the MoU with the town and other evidence, he believes the county owned the road. Whiting then questioned the value of the road as an asset to the county, later clarifying that the county could use the road as leverage in the situation, specifically to be heard as the process moves forward. Starr said he would be hardpressed to put a monetary value on the road, later adding that using it as leverage would be a policy decision. Whiting was then given the opportunity to make a motion. He responded, saying, “I’ll make a motion, but you won’t like it.” Wadley then made a motion to quit-claim any county ownership or interest to the town and Commissioner Clifford Lucero seconded the motion, opening the floor to public comment.
Mark Weiler was the first up, suggesting that no litigation would be worth the result. Rader was the second up, denying any threats of litigation and stating that during a meeting she had with county staff, a fifth option of two commissioners taking a stance that the county owned the road was mentioned. She also noted that it had been decided the road had no value without public input and that, if the county owned the road, the ownership would have to be recorded per state statute. Muriel Eason said the road was the only leverage the county had to give it input and protect county residents, who are the most affected by the Wal-Mart. Udgar Parsons pointed to a prior statement by Starr in which Starr expressed the opinion that the county did not own the road and had suggested that a title search be completed to determine ownership. Parsons added there was still no clarity concerning ownership of the road. Gary Williams asked why the same effort was not being given to the road as has been given to determining lodging rentals that were not paying the proper taxes. With no further public comment, Lucero asked Wadley to reread the motion. Whiting then suggested that the Mal-Mart issue is like rocket fuel — expensive and dangerous — with the need to check every detail. “To move forward on this is a mistake,” Whiting said. Lucero pointed out that the town has said it would take the road, which the county doesn’t need or want. With that, Lucero called for a vote, with he and Wadley in favor and Whiting against. firstname.lastname@example.org
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tion improvements at Hurt and Badger Drives along US 160,” the project list states. CDOT staff said at Tuesday’s meeting that the project will also include some sight improvements through grading, a 300-foot-long, nine-foot-high retaining wall, and improvements to the Turkey Springs intersection. At the meeting, the commissioners showed interest in seeing aestheic options for the wall, which CDOT said could be done. Additionally, the road is expected to be resurfaced from the newlyresurfaced area near West Cat Creek (where bridge construction is taking place) to the area near Happy Camper, which was resurfaced in recent years. CDOT staff said the project will be advertised in June 2013, with some construction likely taking place that year, but with the majority of con-
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in the suit. “A bad settlement is always better than a good trial,” Starr noted. The third option given by Starr was to let someone else file a suit. Starr mentioned no pluses for the option, but again noted that the county has, “no business” owning the road. He said the county would have to defend itself in any suits brought forward (creating a monetary risk), and noted that a Memorandum of Understanding exists between the county and the town determining that the county would file a petition of annexation to include the road in the town. Starr noted that, while the county enjoys governmental immunity, it would still be open to liability in the case of a lawsuit brought by a third party. The fourth option presented was the quit-claim deed, which Starr said would rid the county of the road, would not require an official position and, should litigation arise, the county would have the opportunity to file a disclaimer citing the quit-claim deed. Starr noted that a quit-claim deed does not depend on ownership of the road and does not ask the county to admit or deny ownership, but simply gives whatever ownership or interest the county may have to the town. As an example, Starr said he could technically quit-claim deed Commissioner Steve Wadley’s house to County Administrator Greg Schulte, despite the fact he has no ownership of Wadley’s house and may not be giving anything. Wadley added that, in the event that someone does claim ownership of the road, none of that owner’s interest would have been transferred to the town. “We’re only giving away that
provide needed grocery shopping, and urged that local leaders not banter and decide what companies could locate here, but allow free enterprise. Julie Church stated that Pagosa was lucky Wal-Mart plans to build a store in Pagosa in light of the economic downturn and said that, “nobody wants to come here.” Church added that Wal-Mart would be competition for City Market and that denying Wal-Mart the right to build would be, “shooting ourselves in the foot” for future business. Muriel Eason, too, said she felt the commissioners had made up their minds, but said she didn’t feel there had been enough time to provide comment to the BoCC and that a Community Benefit Agreement could help make it a win-win situation. Last up during public comment was Udgar Parsons, who noted that the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation had elected to remain neutral on the topic (see related article). Lucero then turned the meeting back to the commissioners, asking for a motion, with Wadley again deferring to Whiting. Whiting stated that the, “issue has torn me up as a decision maker,” adding that he believes in free market and that there was no reason for the county to weigh in on the issue.
Whiting continued to question facts stated throughout the WalMart process, such as employment estimates, and stated it would take time to know the facts. With that, Whiting read his drafted resolution, which included the assertion that the BoCC has held no public meetings to obtain input on the project, has not reviewed the project and its impacts, has not had access to information to assess the project, has no legal right and has not been asked by the town to participate in any meetings regarding the project. The resolution asked that the board maintain a neutral position, but might in the future take a position when adequate information is provided and the public has been given the option to weigh in. Lucero seconded the motion for the purpose of discussion, with Wadley then stating that any BoCC participation would be symbolic, and that the county had been asked to take a position, with the project becoming a county-related item in a limited way (possible ownership of Alpha Road). Lucero said he seconded Whiting’s motion to accept the resolution out of respect, then called for a vote in which he and Wadley voted against Whiting’s resolution. With that, Wadley made a motion to take a position in support of the town in its effort to bring
Wal-Mart to Pagosa Springs. Lucero then read from a prepared statement. “We have been asked by many members in the community to take a position on the proposed coming of Wal-Mart to Pagosa Springs,” Lucero began. “As is commonly the case with any large shocks to the economic system, the coming of a new Wal-Mart to a given community is accompanied by a multitude of different impacts on different individuals and on the local government.” Lucero then spoke of the financial struggles of Archuleta County claiming that, while Wal-Mart may not solve those problems, it would create a significant revenue stream. He continued, asserting that facts from various experts could be pitted against each other, but that the key variable in any situation is community. Lucero also encouraged the town to attempt to mitigate impacts consistent with the values of the community. Whiting said he agreed with many of Lucero’s comments, but said that the county has no legal standing in the matter and making a decision so soon, on such a large project, with so little input solicited, was “gratuitous.” After Lucero had Wadley reread his motion, it was passed 2-1, with Whiting as the dissenting vote. email@example.com
were in close quarters in the park. Many photographs from the ’50s and ’60s show bears coming up to cars, putting their head in the window to be fed. Between 19311969 there was an annual average of 48 bear-inflicted human injuries at Yellowstone. The lesson, of course, is: bears are wild animals meant to be wild. Lewandowski explained that this time of year through November, people can expect to spot more bears. It’s eating season, and the bears are eating around the clock, around 20,000 calories a day, to prepare for hibernation. “They need a lot of food. They need to eat, and if there’s easy pickings, just like any other critter or human, they’ll go for the easy meal,” Lewandowski said, adding, “We want them to go out to the wild to find food.” Since bears have a very keen sense of smell, more so than dogs, when they smell food, they will go for it, even if it involves scurrying through a pet door or climbing through an open window. Lewandowski recommends various proactive steps residents can take to help keep bears away from their homes and encourage the bears to go back to the forest to forage for food. • Take down bird feeders. “They know what bird feeders are, and they provide a big reward. They will see it, destroy it and, unfortunately,
a lot of bears will get into trouble and have to put down,” Lewandowski said. He suggests hanging flowers or putting out a bird bath if one wishes to attract birds. • When cooking and eating strong smelling foods, especially meat, take the trash (skin, bones and whatever will not be eaten) and instead of throwing it in the garbage can, stick it in a bag and put it in the freezer. The morning of trash pickup, stick it in the garbage can. • Keep garbage cans in a garage, shed or some secure location until the morning of pickup. “Bears figure out what day trash day is,” Lewandowski said, adding that he recommends people periodically wipe their garbage cans out with some pneumonia. • Make sure the garage door is closed. Because the garage is often where the trash, pet food and freezer is, it’s a desirable place for a bear to enter. It is also not too hard for a bear to enter a house through the garage. • Keep bottom floor windows of the house closed, especially when cooking. • If you have plum or apple trees, pick the fruit before ripe and take fallen fruit from the ground. In the case of bear contacts, problem bears in a neighborhood or with information concerning people feeding bears, call the Parks and Wildlife area office at 247-0855. firstname.lastname@example.org
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speak of a neighborhood bear, to hear of a bear sighting upon getting to work. Stories abound of seeing a bear in the front yard or garage. Some people might even share the story of walking in on a bear eating their birthday cake. However, this lack of fear and respect for the bear is not healthy for either bear or human. Joe Lewandowski, public information specialist for the Southwest Region of the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, reported that during the month of July four bears were killed after being struck by vehicles. During this same time, another four bears in the Pagosa area had to be captured and relocated. If people are encouraging bears to come around to be photographed, or for some other reason, Lewandowski has a message for them. “If someone knows of someone intentionally feeding bears, call us, because it is illegal and it is very dangerous,” Lewandowski said, adding, “You are setting a bear up to be euthanized.” The history of the grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park is a prime example of what can happen when the gap between people and bears disappears. Though Yellowstone park management officially prohibited handfeeding bears in 1902, bears and humans
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Lee Riley purchashed this year’s Grand Champion Turkey at the Archuleta County Fair. The bird was raised by Brendon Maxwell.
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Kalie Ray raised this year’s Grand Champion Swine. BS Ranch, represented here by Brenda Paris, bought the animal at the Archuleta County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Saturday.
PAWSD deals with water quality, proposes project By Lindsey Bright Staff Writer
It was at the end of last month that some people started to notice something in the water from Lake Hatcher provided by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District water system. There was a smell, and a taste some described as “moldy” or “musty.” According to PAWSD Special Projects Manager Renee Lewis, in late July, Lake Hatcher experienced an, “excessive algae growth event.” She noted that this is not an algae bloom, but a much less severe event. Lewis explained that, during summer months, typically starting in the beginning of June depending on weather, PAWSD begins to test algae levels in Lake Hatcher. Throughout the summer, PAWSD continues to test the levels once a week. During this particular incident, the water algal level was tested on the second Friday in July and was reported at 50 cells per milliliter. That following Monday, the water was tested again and the levels of algae were at 500 cells per milliliter. The reason for this exponential jump in algae, Lewis explained, was the abnormally low level of water at Lake Hatcher, lack of circulation in the lake and the hot and sunny weather being experienced during that time. In addition, Lewis explained that, due to monsoonal rains, runoff from yards in the area increased the nutrients and nitrates in the reservoir.
Once PAWSD staff discovered the higher levels of algae, they mechanically distributed a, “minute amount of copper sulfate into the reservoir,” Lewis said. She clarified that the amount of copper sulfate was less than the industry standard, so the application would not stress the fish in the lake. “It’s a fine balance, managing a reservoir. It is its own ecosystem,” Lewis said. The way the copper sulfate works is by attaching itself to the algae and then the algae settles out. After this, the water is filtered through the PALL filtration system at the Lake Hatcher Water Filtration Plant. The water, she adds, is and has been safe to drink. Lewis stated that, on some level, an excessive algae growth event occurs nearly every year, and it is not unusual for such an occurrence to happen in reservoirs. PAWSD, Lewis stated, has plans for overall changes to infrastructure composition that would, “include fairly consistent feed of fresh water through all the lakes,” and would decrease the chances of excessive algae growth. The first step will be an upgrade to the San Juan Water Treatment plant that will allow the facility to treat water from Lake Forest. “That will then pull water through all the lakes to produce fresh water infusement to all the lakes,” Lewis said. Next, there are plans to convert the current Snowball plant to a pump station for pumping water
from the San Juan River to Village Lake, thereby adding increased fresh water to the reservoir system. A pipeline will be constructed to take the water from the station to the lake. After this is accomplished, the San Juan Water Treatment Plant will be the primary treatment facility in the district and Lake Hatcher water levels could remain higher than at present. Right now, these upgrades are planned to be finished in the next three to four years. In a letter to the editor printed last week, Lisa Kelly expressed concerns regarding the state of PAWSD drinking water. She cited a U.S. Geological Survey report on a study on Midwestern lakes in which lead scientist on the study, Dr. Jennifer Graham, states that, “While tasteand-odor compounds are not toxic, these pungent compounds were always found with cyanotoxins.” In the report, it should be noted, Graham’s quote continues to specify that this was the case, “in the blooms sampled.” Lewis addressed this concern by pointing to the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program issued in an article titled, “Algal Blooms Consistently Produce Complex Mixtures of Cyanotoxins and Co-Occur with Taste-and-Odor Causing Compounds in 23 Midwestern Lakes: Frequently Asked Questions.” That article describes cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae, as a, “natural part of aquatic ecosystems” that commonly occurs at low abundances. The report continues to
Contest set to name county park By Randi Pierce Staff Writer
Archuleta County is holding a contest to name its 120-acre open space park located near the airport. The contest is being held at the suggestion of the county’s Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST ) commitee and comes as the county prepares to build a road to and parking lot at the site this fall. The park space is intended to be a 120-acre open-space park and will neighbor Renewable Forest Energy’s biomass gasification power plant. For the contest, interested parties can suggest names online, via letter or in person. The names will be judged by PROST members and the top three options (with entrants kept anonymous) given to county commissioners, who will pick a winner. The winning name will be announced at the Sept. 18 BoCC meeting. The person submitting the name chosen for the park will win $100 (contributed personally by the commissioners and County Adminitrator Greg Schulte), as well as a night’s stay at Mountain Landing Guest Quarters (in either a one-bedroom or two-bedroom unit) and a $50 gift certificate to Ski and Bow Rack. The latter two prizes were donated to the cause during public
comment on the item at Tuesday’s BoCC meeting. “We are totally grateful,” Schulte said of the added prizes in a later interview. Schulte said the county wanted the contest to be open to everyone, and decided to keep it anonymous in lieu of restricting county employee participation. Also concerning the park, the board approved rules at Tuesday’s meeting concerning upcoming public use of the site. The rules were drafted by PROST using rules from the town and other parks as templates. The approved rules of the park are as follows: • The park is open from dawn to dusk. • Pack out any trash packed in. • Pets must be leashed. • No overnight camping. • No hunting. • No motorized vehicles or travel. • No open fires, campfires, charcoal or propane grills, or fireworks. • No firewood harvesting. • No discharging of firearms. • No alcohol. While Schulte joked about the park being a “no fun” park, he noted that rules may change as the park is further developed — such as allowing propane grills when picnic tables and the like are installed. Commissioner Michael Whiting said that, while the rules might seem Draconian now, they are fit-
ting for the park in its current state and could be changed later. Audience member Dennis Spence questioned the number of restrictions on the property, stating that he wasn’t sure he would drive to the site to simply park and sit. Schulte said PROST members had thought of several appropriate uses for the park, including hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and noted that the parking lot would accommodate horse trailers. Schulte added that he believes the park, which is heavily wooded — in conjunction with the countyowned 95 acres located adjacent to U.S. 84 (tentatively planned to be more intensly developed) — would provide a broad spectrum of options for county park users. email@example.com
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CDC considers, hears comments on proposed Wal-Mart Community Benefits Agreement By Ed Fincher Staff Writer
At Monday night’s meeting of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation every seat was full and, when it was all over, board member Mark Weiler commented, “This was the most people we’ve ever had!” To start the meeting, Muriel Eason, one of the new CDC board members, asked who was there because the five o’clock start time was more convenient, and who was there because of the upcoming negotiations with Wal-Mart concerning a Community Benefits Agreement. She also jokingly asked who was there for the food and reception afterwards; and while there was laughter and a few hands went up, it was obvious why so many people were there. Wal-Mart and a CBA. Udgar Parsons, the other new board member, was unable to attend the meeting due to out-oftown travel, and Eason reminded everyone the CDC still needs to fill three board positions. She then quickly moved on to the main business. “I just want to express my appreciation for Mark Weiler,” Eason began, “who was moved to think that this was an important thing to talk about as a community … It’s a controversial issue in general, but this is a way to bring the community together to actually talk.” She went on to say, “I do think the CDC is the right organization to remain a neutral party on this matter, to listen to all sides of the issue, and to do something reasonable for the community.” Weiler then began by explaining that he and Wal-Mart Representative Josh Phair had not yet set a date for a meeting, but they did plan on the CDC meeting with Wal-Mart representatives before the Aug. 21 design review meeting, to discuss, “what the community can expect with Wal-Mart as a partner.” He then opened the meeting up to thoughts from the community, with the stipulation that everyone be polite. Gary Williams was the first audience member to speak. “I know there has been some debate in the community about the benefits versus the costs of having a Wal-Mart come to town, and my professional experience has been that big projects like this often overpromise what the benefits are.” He did not specify what his professional experience entailed, but Williams did say that his suggestions for things to include in the CBA, “are within the context of: I think Pagosa would be better off if (Wal-Mart) didn’t come.” Several people, including Williams, provided concrete suggestions concerning what should be included in a CBA, while others were sidetracked by their personal opinions concerning Wal-Mart in general. Simon Fuger was the first to question the board’s motives. “Frankly, there are three board members here that have stated publicly they are going to do everything they possibly can to make sure Wal-Mart doesn’t come here.” Fuger questioned the process and the intent of the CDC board in presenting to Wal-Mart a CBA in the form of a laundry list of demands, saying, “If, in the end, the bar is raised so high that it is not economically feasible to put this store here, then certain elements within the community will have won their battle.”
Eason’s reply was, “Our com- stance and read a statement he tect the community from having mitment as the CDC is to remain planned to present to the Board of a blighted, closed store is to have neutral and to be something of County Commissioners the next a guarantee that Wal-Mart would an arbitrator for the community day explaining why he believed the lease it back to the community with Wal-Mart, to take input on BoCC should remain neutral on from the time they vacate it to the what people anticipate the effects the topic of Wal-Mart. (See related time they sell it.” to be, and what would be reason- article in this week’s SUN.) Vickerstaff asked, in the last 10 able commitments that Wal-Mart Vivian Rader expressed con- years, how many Wal-Mart stores could make to the community, cerns that Wal-Mart has made have been opened in communities but it has to be a balance. It can’t all sorts of promises, but there is of less than 20,000 people and then be such a high threshold that they nothing in writing, and said; “I have failed. walk away.” don’t think we live in an age anyWeiler said that based on his Another concern Fuger had more where a handshake is really (admittedly quick) research there was, “Do we reach a point, then, meaningful and protective enough were, out of 16,000 total stores, 106 where anybody that comes into for the community.” Wal-Mart “dark stores” in the U.S. town is going to be subject to this Whiting commented, “Two of in 2011. “I don’t want to look out process, or are we just discrimi- the most important components my window and see a dark store,” nating against Wal-Mart in he said (Weiler’s business, this particular case? My fear Parelli’s, is adjacent to the “Do we reach a point, then, is that we are setting up a proposed location of Walprecedent here that could Mart). where anybody that comes into potentially kill economic Another point Williams town is going to be subject to development in this town.” made concerned the night B o a rd m e m b e r Mo rsky. “It would be prudent this process, or are we just gan Murri assured Fuger for our community leaders, discriminating against that, “Wal-Mart does this CDC and others, to ask WalWal-Mart in this particular as pretty much standard Mart that they respect our operating procedure,” and special setting here and turn case? My fear is that we are he explained, “We’ve been in all of their lights off at eleven setting up a precedent here that dialogue with Durango about o’clock at night so the night could potentially kill economic what they did.” sky is protected.” Weiler explained what Some of the specific development in this town.” happened in Durango’s situpromises Rader asked for Simon Fuger ation. “In order for them are that Wal-Mart not store (Wal-Mart) to build where bagged garden materials outthey needed to build, they doors uncovered, and that needed an extension of sewthey not use cargo containers er and water, and annexation of of any agreement are reasonable for storage (see related article). She the property, so there was leverage enforceability, and that it gets done also agreed with the issue of light to use.” before the deal closes, because any pollution in the night sky and menWhen Fuger asked Eason in deal that happens after the deal tioned the effect it has on animals particular if she was comfortable closes is a handshake. It doesn’t as well as people. taking this stance of neutrality, make any difference at all.” Another idea Williams proshe replied, “I think for the purHe also expressed this concern posed, given the ambience of the poses of the CDC, that we have about Wal-Mart: “It’s a 285 billion town, was for Wal-Mart to, “help to be neutral, because otherwise dollar company, and we are not a us not be as car-dependant, and we would defeat the purposes of 285 billion dollar town, so I would help us put in bike paths, bike having this discussion. So, yes, all suggest that we are out-gunned in racks, and things that would allow of us on the board have agreed to terms of lawyers.” people to shop there without using be neutral.” LaVonne Wilson said, “They’ll an automobile.” At this point Jerry Smith, a small only do what the community “What they were asked for in business owner and new member makes them (Wal-Mart) do,” and Durango was pretty similar to what of the CDC, expressed his confu- stressed that it is important to pin we are asking for: a visually acceptsion over the neutral stance held them down, even this early in the able store that compliments the by the board, and said, “I’m as- process. community,” Weiler said. He also suming that the role of the board In the end, people were able to explained that Wal-Mart donated is to reflect and advocate for the set aside, or at least work around, all of the riverfront property behind good of the small businesses in the their personal opinions about Wal- its Durango store and paid for the community.” Mart and offer some constructive bike trail that was built there. He Eason explained that while it and concrete suggestions about continued, “Their recreation center is the role of the CDC to advocate what should be included in a CBA. is a result of Wal-Mart. That was the for small business, the group also What follows are the suggestions, community partnership.” needs to advocate for the entire organized by topic instead of by Coulehan wanted to know what community, to which Weiler added, when they occurred in the con- it would take to finish the local “Let’s make sure that we under- versation. trail system. “My recommendation stand what our role here is. Our role Williams suggested, “The lit- would be to find out from different is to support businesses that are erature on Wal-Mart shows that people who are involved in the here, and economic development in some communities you lose community and to get some solid of our community.” 1.4 jobs for every job created, so numbers.” He went on to spell it out in no this idea that Wal-Mart is bringing The final issue Williams raised uncertain terms: “At the end of the jobs to town, it seems like we might concerns 60 residential lots in the day, we are pro-development of want to ensure that the benefits ac- Aspen Village Subdivision that he our community, whether that starts tually occur, that we ask Wal-Mart alleged have been purchased by with one person and a computer to set up a system to maximize local Wal-Mart or an entity associated at their kitchen table, or a bigger hiring.” with Wal-Mart. “I can’t imagine entity.” Another suggestion also dealt why they would want 60 townSmith’s reply was, “If what with economic benefits. Williams house lots; unless it was to control you’re saying is, ‘all growth is good said, “We might want to ask them to what they thought might have growth,’ then I’m still a little con- assure us that local contractors will been a homeowners association cerned.” He then continued to ex- be used for a significant portion of there.” press his concern by saying, “What this project.” He suggested, however, that I’m hearing is an assessment that Chamber of Commerce Direc- Wal-Mart be asked to donate a cerWal-Mart is a done deal, so let’s get tor Mary Jo Coulehan agreed that tain number of those lots each year on with it.” there is a need for hard numbers to a group like Colorado Housing or Weiler assured Smith that it on how many people would be Habitat for Humanity. was not an accurate assumption, hired locally and how many local “I can tell you what the official and Murri added, “This is about if contractors would be involved in they come ... what are we doing to the construction. prepare ourselves?” She explained that, “businesses Ken Vickerstaff, a small busi- can dance around the issues. When ness owner and new member of we were advocating for best hiring the CDC, said he subscribes to the practices for the Village at Wolf notion, “failure to plan is planning Creek, it was very easy for them to to fail,” and added, “I appreciate say, ‘We’ll do the best that we can.’ the neutral activity of the CDC. I That should not be an acceptable think that’s absolutely correct, and answer to us, and we stand by that it represents, overall, businesses in at the Chamber of Commerce.” this community, big or small.” Given the possibility that WalArchuleta County Commis- Mart might not do as well as prosioner Michael Whiting saluted the jected and end up closing the store, board for maintaining a neutral Williams suggested, “A way to pro-
registration of that property is,” Vickerstaff interjected, stating that the son of the owner of Wal-Mart, “is the one that is officially on that document. The Wal-Mart Corporation is not.” Susan Granias admitted that Wal-Mart, “would be good for the town, because we would get the sales tax and we need the money,” but then went on to question the proposed location, citing guarantees allegedly made to neighboring property owners that only small businesses would be allowed in that area. She went on to express concerns for the wetlands, and suggested that there are better locations to build a Wal-Mart. It was well after 6 p.m. when Eason brought the public comment session to a close. There were other items on the agenda that needed to be addressed, and the food for the reception was getting cold. “But I don’t want to shut anyone down,” she assured the crowd. “I want input from everybody, and some forms were passed out that you can mail in. I think if you go to the CDC’s website there’s an e-mail address on the form for ‘contact us.’” email@example.com
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Monday is youth soccer deadline By Tom Carosello SUN Columnist
The deadline for this year’s youth soccer registration for children ages 5-12 is Monday at 5 p.m. Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and 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 year’s age divisions will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. 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 for each division are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media
articles. For more information call 2644151, Ext. 231 or 232.
This year’s youth baseball photo packages are ready for pick up at Pagosa Photography. Parents who ordered photos can stop by the studio at 480 San Juan St. in downtown Pagosa Springs or contact Jeff Laydon at 264-3686. Sponsors will be provided with their commemorative plaques as soon as team photos become available.
Adult softball tournament schedules are available at the recreation office. Due to the possibility of rainouts resulting in frequent schedule changes, the brackets will not be posted online. Please contact Darren Lewis, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231, for updates regarding this year’s tournaments.
The Town of Pagosa Springs is accepting tax-deductible donations to be used for the maintenance and extended operation of the pump for Pinon Lake Foun-
tain. Donations in any amount will be accepted at the front desk in Town Hall; checks and money orders can be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs with “fountain” on the subject line. For those interested in mailing a contribution, donations should be addressed “Attention: Fountain” and mailed to P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. If you would like to make a cash donation, please do so in person at the front desk in Town Hall. For more information, please call 264-4151, Ext. 232.
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Sports hotline General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301, or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link. All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis. For any questions, concerns or additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.
Middle school sports practice schedule By Jennifer Pitcher Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Springs Middle School 2012/2013 athletic season is about to begin. School sports participation begins in seventh grade. We encourage all incoming seventhand eighth-grade students to get involved. Sports packets are available in
the middle school office; office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All participants must have a current physical in order to practice and athletes must have nine practices before they can participate in fall sport competitions. Football — Practice begins Monday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants will meet in the lower middle school gym. Girls volleyball — Practice
will begin Monday, Aug. 13, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the lower middle school gym. Cross country — Practice will begin Monday, Aug. 20, from 6:30-8 a.m. at the high school track.
Remember to get your sports physical before the first practice session for any school sport. Physicals are good for one calendar year.
Michael Maestas Memorial Rodeo set for Saturday By Lori Lucero
Special to The SUN
The second annual Michael Maestas Memorial Rodeo will be held Saturday at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds, beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend and watch kids of all ages and abilities compete in timed events such as barrel racing and pole bending, as well as roping events. There is no charge for admission, and a concession stand will provide homemade food. This rodeo is held in memory of Michael (Mikie) Maestas, who passed away in 2007, as a result of a car
accident. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, rodeo and the sport of wrestling. The rodeo raises funds for a scholarship that is awarded to a high school senior each year. Donations are sincerely appreciated.
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