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Native Writes: Visit Colorado, Chris

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
Okay, let me put down my bong pipe and get someone to hold my stash can. I have something to say.
First off, I want to know if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ever been to Colorado.
My first sentence was in jest, the rest of this column isn't.
Recently, Christie rejected any efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, rejecting
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Letter to the editor: Rio Grande Healthy Living Park is a great opportunity for our Valley community

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
Do you remember the Save Our Splashland fundraiser back in the late 80's?
We almost lost our community swimming pool, but the entire San Luis Valley came together and pitched in to save one of the San Luis Valley's treasures. We ran the pool for almost 20 years as a non-profit community pool.
We saved the pool for our children
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Movin' On With Nellie: Just a spoonful helps the medicine go down

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
My sister and I used to sit on top of the bedspread and challenge each other to a giggle-not game. One of us would start with a slow VW Bug sort of giggle engine, not too noticeable, not too loud. Then we'd move the giggle to second gear, and then third gear. By the fourth belly-full of humor gear,
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Letter to the editor: Open Enrollment in Colorado's exchange

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
Many of your readers might be interested in the results of the first six months of Open Enrollment in Colorado's marketplace (i.e. Exchange) as it pertains to the six SLV counties. In the state of Colorado, as of April 15th, there have been over 127,000 individuals that created accounts and enrolled in private health insurance. Of those, 27 percent were
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Letter to the editor: It’s a small world

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
My nephew, who lives in the Denver area, went skiing at Keystone in mid March. He boarded a ski lift occupied by a woman and proceeded to engage her in conversation. She stated that she commuted to teach at Centennial School in San Luis.
All this was particularly interesting to my nephew, whose mother was born and raised
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Letter to the editor: Russia acting fishy

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
Current news on CNN reported this morning (April 14) that a Russian plane "buzzed" one of the United States ships in the Mediterranean Sea, 12 times, Saturday, April 12.
I worry and wonder, with the fighting in congress and the power of this great country being delivered up to the 1 percent for their benefit stored in off shore accounts,
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Letter to the editor: Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
The Valley Humane League would like to thank the Alamosa County Commissioners and City of Alamosa for their financial support to re-open the Valley Humane League in Alamosa. The Valley Humane League plays a critical role in taking care of stray and unwanted dogs in the city and county. Their support has been invaluable and we are happy to provide
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Viva la musica!

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
There are songs we still love to sing and hum long after we first heard them, whether they are "De Colores" or "Red River Valley." They are part of our heritage, whether Hispanic, English, or some other, which universities and museums collectively call "folk culture."
Here in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, we just call Hispanic music "normal," without
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Piece of Mind: What kind of a name is that?

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
During summer as a kid, I used to sit with my sister in her bedroom and we would flip through her J. Crew and Delias clothing catalogues. Though J. Crew was a bit too sophisticated, let alone pricey, for me at the time, they have the absolute best color names. Here are a few examples of color names from their
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Letter: Update - a child’s cry for help

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
A few weeks ago I wrote about our family's journey to find the necessary medical help for our grandson Daniel. In February 2014 Daniel was diagnosed with Chiari 1 (kee ari) Brain Malformation after years of pain and no diagnosis.
I thought it was important to write this because so many people have come forward to support Daniel
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A vote for transparency

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014

Before the Colorado General Assembly adjourns next month it will debate House Bill-1092. HB-1092 is a measure drawn from Amendment 66, which would force transparency on public schools' spending.
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It Seems To Me: The high cost of higher education

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Not everyone wants or needs a college degree, but the decision should be based on desire and ability, not income. Unfortunately, cuts in funding for higher education, as well as the gradual shift of financial aid opportunities from scholarships and grants to student loans, have created an alarming situation that affects us all.
More than 60 percent of students going
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Still Waters: Retraction

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
OBITUARY:
Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died on Friday outside Jerusalem. He was executed by crucifixion for crimes against church and state.
He was born in Bethlehem, the son of Mary, and raised by Joseph of Nazareth.
Most of his life he lived in Nazareth, and in his early years he worked in his father's carpenter shop. During the
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Letter to the editor: I see bald people

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
I was rushing around late for work (as usual) listening to the morning news as I rushed. Suddenly I heard the newscaster say something to the effect of, girl kicked out of school for shaving her head. I turned and looked at the TV. They showed a picture of two little girls who were both bald on a play ground
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Letter to the editor: Cast your vote

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
My wife and I recently attended our first political party State Assembly. All in all, it was fun and a very interesting experience. There was a very patriotic atmosphere. Impassioned speeches were made by the candidates. Campaign personnel handed out bumper stickers and other materials. To some extent, it was like a giant pep rally. The main aim of the
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Native Writes: Our most precious resource

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
Whether we like it or not, the Valley -- yea, the entire state -- is in a drought.
What does that mean?
For me, it means that I need to budget a bit and xeriscape my yard. I was threatening to do it when Jake was still here, and he sort of dragged his feet. He wanted a hedge and
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Alamosa Trees: It’s almost time to plant trees

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
It's definitely spring in the San Luis Valley, too much real estate blowing around interspersed with some moisture and clear, crisp, still days. Too early to do too much in the flower garden, but definitely time to think about trees. I've been writing this column for five years now and I find that questions regarding new trees still come down
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Movin' On With Nellie: Is it a poem or a Facebook Post?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Have you written a poem lately? I mean did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
Poetry does not always have to rhyme or use punctuation like a grammarian, nor does it have to have a specific cadence (beat), nor does it have to use onomatopoeia (sounds that imitate the word itself). Poems can be narrative, or much
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Keeping heritage strong

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Many people in the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico treasure their heritage and endeavor to preserve its traditions, binding people of different generations and cultures together. A program at the Rio Grande County Museum on April 4 was about the Hispanic heritage, which is very much alive in our region.
That event, organized by Hilos Culturales ("Threads of
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Piece of Mind: Just one word

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
"I just want to say one word to you. Just one word….," says Mr. McGuire in The Graduate. "Plastics."
If only Mr. McGuire really knew what he was saying.
In 2010, more than 300 million tons of plastic was produced worldwide. If you think that sounds like a lot, get a load of this: the amount of plastic manufactured
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Letter to the editor: Disappointed for the community

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
As I continue to follow the Community Garden/RV Park saga, I become more and more disappointed for the community. If KPP prevails and makes the land purchase, at least Dan Russell will be able to recover some of his expenses. That is a good thing.
If they are not successful in raising funds and cannot purchase the property, I
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Letter to the editor: Respecting personal choice

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
I am writing to voice my appreciation for the thoughtful nature on the difficult conversation of abortion in recent Courier editions. The article on author Abby Johnson and subsequent op-eds have been substantive and candid remarks on a controversial subject.
Yet these voices do not represent the only view on the subject. Too often, the very same demographics that want
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Letter: Instead of suffering

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
We want to thank Mr. Stanley Perkins, Oil and Gas LTE dated March 20, 2014, for giving us the opportunity to respond and provide the readership with facts regarding all the land protection and sustainable economic development we have accomplished and will continue to grow here in the San Luis Valley (SLV).
Probably a good place to start
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Letter: Thoughts on parks and horses

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Being known as a strong supporter of KPP, I vociferously lodge my most ardent objection to the banner headline of the April 5th edition of the Courier. I should hope very much that the author of the article did not choose the headline as it did seem disingenuous to the article's content.
Actually the headline is true but not the
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Letter: Such joy

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Today Walmart came to my rescue and provided and mended a pair of eyeglasses. The therapists at the Care Center (San Luis) participated in an exciting celebration to show their pleasure in finding just the right place and timing to give me what I needed most: the right properties for my eyeglasses so that I could use them again. Thank
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Letter: Never had a conversation

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
In a recent Valley Courier article, the District Attorney, David Mahonee mentioned my name as a supporter of his position regarding the enforcement of 2 hour parking in downtown Alamosa. To my knowledge, I have never had a conversation with Mr. Mahonee on that topic, and was disappointed to see my name used to support a position I do
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Letter: A success

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
A special thanks to all that made the fund-raiser for Liam a success and also a special thanks to Ruth Heide for publishing it in the paper.

Sandy Pascoe
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Smorgasbord: One darn thing after another

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
FORT COLLINS -- I read newspapers thoroughly each day, starting with the comics section. If the funnies aren't funny, that gets my day off on a sour note, because then I'm going to sing off key while trying to find my own jokes to tell.
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