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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Omnivore or locavore

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Going down my shopping list at the store, between coffee from Colombia, peanut butter from Georgia, orange juice from Florida, olive oil from Italy, tuna from the Pacific Ocean, eggs, meat and chicken from who knows where and neatly wrapped in plastic, I was feeling extremely grateful for the food from all around the nation and the globe, for the
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Piece of Mind: More education does not necessarily mean more money

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
I'm at the age that my friends are starting to get married, have children, buy houses, and, well, go to graduate school, assuming they haven't already finished their second degree. I admit to getting a little self-conscious about this last one. I like school and learning and being challenged and the idea of reprinting my business card to accommodate more
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Letter to the editor: Is so much force necessary?

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The repeated news reports of protests in Ferguson, Missouri have raised viewer attention to the highly aggressive military-type action by police to quell the real and perceived violence. Police view of demonstrators is that they are just as dangerous as those outsiders bringing violence to a peaceful demonstration. The result is that all public gatherings voicing displeasure or condemnation are
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Letter to the editor: Jarosa or Jaroso?

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
I appreciated reading about Jaroso in an article about the artists' studio tour and thought that it might be interesting to have a little more info, so here is this letter.
Jarosa or Jaroso
Settlement began along the Rio Costilla in 1847 and extended west along the stream, providing water for their contiguous acequias and fields. The original settlers called
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for helping move in

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
On Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22nd, members of many churches in the area came together for the Strong Back Brigade, which provided breakfast food and assistance moving in to the freshman class at ASU.  
Thanks to Alamosa Christian Reformed, Alamosa Presbyterian, Anabaptist Fellowship, ASU Catholic Campus Ministry and Newman Group, Christian Challenge, First United Methodist, Sacred Heart
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Valley Gardening: Mushrooms, grubs and other crooks

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
As I write this column it is such a beautiful, rainy, cloudy, grey fall day! I love it. I know that everyone isn't happy--those with hay down, or potatoes to begin harvesting, but who can feel bad about MOISTURE. Wouldn't it be great if every commercial or government building turned off their sprinklers for a day or two. Can you
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This is about life

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
The airplane slightly shook a few times as we flew towards the mountains just west of Longmont. The clear plastic sliding door offered those of us close enough to it a bird's eye view of the earth as we continued to climb from it.
Sitting on two benches, the first-time skydivers were mostly silent. As though our lives' end were
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Letter to the editor: The community deserves better

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Where's the integrity? Where is the transparency? Why is the university stonewalling? Where is the much needed and vital communication with the people of the Valley?
There have been serious accusations made against the leadership of Adams State University. Why is there only silence from the school?
The community deserves better.
The head basketball coach is accused of verbally threatening
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It Seems to Me: Learning how to teach

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
I spent the last couple of days in a workshop with other writing teachers. In other words, I've just enjoyed two days with people I admire and respect talking about two things that are important to me: teaching and writing.
Sometimes I wish people could see what goes on behind the scenes as we prepare for another school year. At
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Still Waters: Two billion seconds together

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
My parents celebrate 22,630 days of marriage this weekend, not counting leap years. That's 45,260 sunrises and just as many sunsets. That's 543,120 hours (without those leap years), 32.5 million minutes and 1.9 billion seconds.
Mamma was just a teenager and daddy in college when they began their lifelong love affair. They would marry when mamma was just 18 and
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Letter to the Editor: Thanks for making SUDS for SAR a success

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Alamosa volunteer Search And Rescue (AVSAR) would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who participated in our SUDS for SAR fundraiser. It was all of you, and the community that made it a great success. The fundraiser brought in close to $2,100. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing
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Native Writes: Happy to be home

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
This is a message to anyone who lives in the San Luis Valley, but claims to hate the place.
Would you rather be in Ferguson, Mo., where anger and unhappiness has gotten out of hand?
How about places that have been hit hard by nature, with fires, floods, rockslides, hurricanes, tornadoes and damaging winds?
Would you like to be in
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Letter to the editor: What about Gardner's out-of-state campaign contributions?

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
In his letter to the editor about the recent local fund-raiser for Congressman Cory Gardner, Mike Mitchell failed to mention that $5,000,000 has already been spent in Gardner's behalf, and this amount is expected to go to $15,000,000 before the election. This money has come from outside the state (read Koch Bros., Karl Rove) and is legal according to the
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Movin' on with Nellie: Hands up, don’t shoot!

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Sometimes events call for stillness;
others beg our hearts for calm.
Most of all, our souls know that harboring
the tiniest bit of bigotry toward a
teen or adult can pull even those
sworn to serve to slay in zealousness.
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Letter to the editor: Life changing event

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
It is rare that funeral-goers depart the ceremony feeling they have just experienced a life-changing event that fortifies them to "keep going," as Mike Bloom would say. That is what many attendees had to say of the celebration of Mike's life this past Saturday.
Mike Bloom lived a heroic life in many respects, always working toward peace, equality,
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Piece of Mind: Before the next famous person dies …

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Last Monday, Nick came running in late for rehearsal at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte. He took out his earbuds and asked me, "Did you hear Robin Williams committed suicide?"
"What?!" I said. "No!"
Our small group gathered, preparing to rehearse for the next upcoming production of the Old Spanish Trail Theatre Company, and, to our director's
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Business of art

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
A month ago, while I was writing a column about artists in the Valley and how much I enjoy their art, I began to think also about the economics. So, this column will be about some cold realities that artists cannot ignore.
Working as an artist for a living means being in business. It's about money and
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Letter to the editor: Isn't it funny?

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
What takes up a half page of the August 12th edition of the Valley Courier. City Councilors and City Planning Commission must have had a very slow day and couldn't find anything else to discuss but a new cell tower that Viaero would like to install on the south end of Alamosa. I am sure Viaero didn't pick the spot
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Letter to the editor: ASD thoughts on TCAP scores

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
The Alamosa School District leadership team is taking time to review the varied aspects of our TCAP data. This is done so that we can analyze the results and make informed decisions about the best course of action for the upcoming school year.
There are several areas that we can celebrate thanks to the hard work and dedication of
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The powerful play goes on

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
"You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I'll guarantee you win."
-- "Patch Adams," 1998
Sometimes life, like a great book, foreshadows the future. We don't always recognize what the story is telling us, but when we reach the reveal, we always recognize the mechanism.
In 1998, Robin Williams starred in "Patch Adams." Portraying a
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Valley Gardening: Don’t let vines — or crime — take over

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Last week I was pretty excited that "our burglar" was apprehended. I thought that justice might prevail--hurray. But, after talking to the DA's office, I can only hope. It just seems like our justice system now protects the criminal and their rights, versus my rights. It is indeed a sad state of affairs.
Don't you just have to wonder how
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Still Waters: Live like Samoans

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Samoans.
It finally came to me.
All night long I couldn't remember the name for the group of people my folks fell in love with in Hawaii. Every time I woke up that night I tried to remember and even started going through the alphabet hoping one of the letters would strike me. I must have fallen asleep again
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It Seems to Me: Out of hiding

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Warning: This column is going to be difficult for me to write, and it may be difficult for some of you to read. Robin Williams's recent death has touched a lot of us in different ways, and it has opened the door for some serious discussions about depression. If you are tired of reading and hearing about it, or if
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