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Valley Gardening: Enjoy waves of petunias and Splashland

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
I've been telling you about Peyton Sanchez for a few weeks now. He continues with his experimental drugs that will hopefully shrink his brain stem tumor. Keep this young man in your thoughts and prayers!!
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It Seems to Me: The limited power of positive thinking

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
I grew up during the time of positive thinking. Norman Vincent Peale's book, "The Power of Positive Thinking," was published a few years before I was born, and by the time I was old enough to think about it, the philosophy had become a major movement in the United States.
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Still Waters: There’s no ‘Normal’ here

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
This is one of those here and there kind of columns, or as Ruthie Brown tells us her column should be called, "Valley Gardening and Other Important Stuff," only I don't garden, unless you count petunias in spray-painted tires (don't knock it til you
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Native Writes: Making memories

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
As one grows older, things seem to change, especially memories.
I have become more and more grateful for old friends and the ability to remember things that have been shared.
While I was on one of my nostalgia trips, by best friend, someone I have known since 1970, reminded me of something else.
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Movin' On With Nellie: Customer service makes and breaks any business

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
I don't know about you, but I REALLY appreciate good customer service! This weekend a friend took me out for Saturday lunch.
Our first stop was a well-known café in Del Norte. We were seated with menus and a promise to return for our order. After not receiving water or being asked for our drink choices, we noticed that
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Alamosa Trees: Limited water tree care

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
In Alamosa we are not experiencing severe drought this year as are Southern California and many places in Washington State. However, drought is relative. We're very dry and have had several drought years recently.
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Letter to the editor: 2015 Ski-Hi Stampede thanks parade sponsors

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
The Stampede Parade Committee wishes to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations. This financial help and support from the community makes it possible to continue the tradition of Stampede parades in downtown Monte Vista.
A Tech Inc.
Absolute Shine
Alpine Veterinary Hospital
Alta Fuels
Aspen Produce
Victor & Laura Ast
Bristol Designs
Glen Burnham
CIA Leavitt
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Horses sense

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
This summer horses have been coming down the streets in parades followed by street sweepers in parades at Saguache, Creede, and Manassa, Monte Vista, Del Norte, and San Luis. I myself love watching parades, provided that I myself don't have to march or ride on one of the horses or in a wagon without springs.
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Still a joke

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
Remember a couple of years ago when Donald Trump said he might be thinking about a presidential run? Remember how funny it was then?
He was, then, thought to be too much of celebrity, too much of a character, someone that couldn't really be taken seriously. He was a reality TV host with a business brand behind him.
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Valley Gardening: Worms and other political topics

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
The good news is that Peyton Sanchez has been able to spend this past week with his family here in Alamosa. He and his dad, Charlie will leave for Houston Children's Hospital on Sunday and then a scan will be done on Monday to see if the experimental drug is working. Please keep this wonderful family in your thoughts and
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Still Waters: And the answers are …

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Christine and Mary Sisneros asked us to share the answers to the Colorado town quizzes, and I couldn't find the papers my older sister and I filled out, but my mother graciously shared her answers. If you have different answers, that doesn't mean they're wrong. Some of these are our best guesses.
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It Seems to Me: It started as a good idea

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
The evolution of bureaucracies is frustrating at best. They typically begin with good intent, a problem or a need is identified, and then a solution is offered. Unfortunately, all too often they end up leading us away from the solution.
Some of us recognize a problem, but others don't see it. We may even have a solution, but how do
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Native Writes: Sometimes, I just have to shake my head

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Sometimes, I just have to shake my head. That's SMH in text.
The foolishness of politics has just hit a fever pitch and late night commentators are having a heyday.
No matter what happens between now and November 2016, it's gonna be fun!
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Letter to the editor: A rose by any other name

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
Had a birthday about two weeks ago. My dear Presbyterian friend told me: "Keep being a pain in the butt." My instant reply: "I've already promised that!"?  
I consider myself an environmentalist but now approaching seven decades in life, I believe I have other things to worry about than plastic bags! One of my mother's too well used mantras was:
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Food mysteries

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
We consumers usually eat the food that is most readily available and affordable at grocery stores or is provided in subsidized programs, perhaps even donated free to soup kitchens and food banks
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Letter to the editor: Something stinks, and it isn’t just skunks

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
After four weeks of NOTHING from the agencies representing the city of Alamosa, I realized that I was not going to get any assistance from any of them, so I decided to give up trying to get anyone to help me. HOWEVER, I am not going to go away quietly.
This is what I have observed about the politics
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