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Valley Gardening: Support SLV Cancer Relief Fund

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
About that SLV Cancer Relief Fund...they need our help! Last year this organization of great people helped 59 families. This year their total (so far) is 95 families. The need is so great!
What makes this group so special is that we (all of us) are helping people in the SLV. The money we donate goes 100 percent to folks
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Season to remember

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
"Damn, I lost my phone again!"
This phrase or phrase like "I broke my phone" is a routine part of my life. Cell phones are such commonplace now that when your break or lose your phone a part of your identity fades away.
I know this all too well.
A few weeks ago I lost my relatively new iPhone 5s.
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Letter to the editor: Extreme measures required to save lives

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
CIA officers, contractors, or anyone else who use enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from Islamic extremists must never face judicial retribution for their actions. If EITs were applied to Mohamed Atta or Khalid Sheik Mohamed on September 10, 2001, it is arguable the 3,000 Americans killed the next day would still be alive. Families of those dead Americans would probably agree
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Letter to the editor: Local shops support local causes

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
It has been said that every dollar spent in our valley is multiplied approximately seven times. When you think about it, the benefits are substantially more than that. As the coordinator of the McKinney Vento Grant, Project Help/Proyecto Ayuda, I have seen the generosity of community businesses in action. Not only was our program a recipient of goods collected by
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It Seems to Me: Yes, Virginia, there is still hope

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
Over a century ago, the 8-year-old daughter of a coroner's assistant wrote a letter to the editors of a prominent New York newspaper. Francis Pharcellus Church, the editor who answered the letter, had been a war correspondent during the American Civil War.
Both the girl's father and the editor who responded had seen enough violence and hatred in their
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Still Waters: 'For unto us a child is born …'

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
"For unto us …"
Adam and Eve received the promise first and perhaps needed it most.
The Israelites were chosen for a unique purpose and given a special promise.
But the promised Gift, when He came, was for all of us.
No nationality is exempt, no soul too lost, no heart too broken.
He said "I,
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Piece of Mind: Pass the dessert please

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
For the last month or so I've been running an experiment on my body. I've been trying to determine what the consequence is of sitting sedentary while eating sugary foods. I make note in my log if I was wearing a holiday sweater or not to determine if eating while in a Christmas aura affects overall metabolism. I haven't been
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Letter to the editor: Contemptible

Posted: Friday, Dec 19th, 2014
There are no words that can adequately describe what is now going on within the halls of the congress of the United States (or none that can be published here). What took place just a few days ago represents for all practical purposes yet another nail in the coffin that is the Republican establishment. With the capitulation of
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Native Writes: Christmas from a courtroom

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Covering a double homicide trial at Christmas time has brought a new perspective to the holiday at least for me.
At this point in my life, I feel fortunate, but I look around at the other people in the courtroom and my heart weeps at their loss.
I think of grandchildren who will never laugh with their grandfather again and
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Letter to the editor: Tell me it’s not true!

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
That was my reaction when I learned that the majority of property owners in the Del Norte Fire District chose not to support minimal funding for the High Valley Community Center. With the NO vote, they not only were saying no new taxes, they were also saying that they do not value a place that provides a safe, nurturing, educational,
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Letter to the editor: Thank you for support of the Wreaths Across America 2014

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the most awesome and generous individuals and active organizations that donated toward the purchases of wreaths to honor and remember our VETERANS. I would also like to thank all those hardy volunteers who came out on the very cool morning of December 17th to lay wreaths on approximately 331
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Letter to the editor: Torture is not an American value

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Let me just start by saying that I believe former Vice President Dick Cheney is an evil old man. There is no point in attacking him. I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables so I can be sure to outlive him. He is definitely getting coal in his stocking this year.
What is worth attacking is the ideology he and
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Time to relocate Santa’s workshop?

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Considering the problems that polar bears, walruses, and seals are having with melting ice in the Arctic, I am wondering about Santa's workshop, too. Does someone have a nice piece of land for sale with room for a house, workshop, toolshed, the elves' dormitory, a barn for the sleigh, and pastures and a corral for the reindeer?
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Letter to the editor: AHS wrestling raffle winners announced

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
We would like to thank members of the community for purchasing our raffle tickets this year.
Winners are:
1st prize $300 Tandi Bolt
2nd prize $200 Dave Barrows
3rd prize $ 50 Paul Melgares
Thanks to our winners who generously donated their cash prize winnings back to the wrestling program. We appreciate you and your support.
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Letter to the editor: Thank you Colorado Water Conservation Board!

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
This week marks the beginning of another chapter in Colorado's storied history of water use and management. A draft State Water Plan was presented to Governor John Hickenlooper by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) earlier this week, and it describes a collaborative approach that will guide meaningful progress towards sustainable water use across the state.
The CWCB deserves
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Valley Gardening: Check it out — locally

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Life is good in the neighborhood! I loved the letter in the paper on Thursday from the Scherzers. Their letter stressed the importance of shopping local, and I want to stress this AGAIN. You might think I am sounding like a broken record and I only say this because I am a local business. Kind of true but I am
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It’s time for change

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Earlier this week the Valley Courier published an article about the baffling weather conditions in Colorado. Accurately portrayed, Colorado weather has been unseasonably warm this late into fall. However, any person who hasn't lived under a rock would recognize this trend has been anything but baffling.
Each year at about this time media outlets begin releasing year in reviews features.
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Letter to the editor: To the Alamosa PD and citizens:

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
I want to thank the Alamosa Police Department and helpful citizens for all of their help in recovering most of my stolen items.
My house was broken into and robbed, as were two others on my block. Most of the possessions were recovered. I'm still missing a gun and diamond ring.
We all need to watch out for ourselves and
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Letter to the editor: Thanks to all for helping Ginger

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
We would like to thank all those who were involved in the benefit for Ginger Brown. So many people came together and donated items, money and time to make the dinner and auction a success. We want to thank those who bought items as well as attended the dinner. It was a blessing to have all this support and we are
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Letter to the editor: Langley clarifies position

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Thank you for covering this rare time when our Rio Grande Basin Roundtable meeting was a bit stormy. Nicely done!
You were quite fair in the two-story reporting of the stormy session at the December 9 meeting of the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, but I would like to clarify one thing: I was never rude or disrespectful to the applicants
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It Seems to Me: An apology

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
To the gentleman in the restaurant:
You have a very pleasant family. Your children were well-mannered, and the love they have for you was clear in the way they hung on to every word you said. I may have even smiled when I realized that you were stopping for brunch after attending church together for what seemed to be a
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Still Waters: Someone’s going to get the shaft

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
As Saguache area rancher Ed Nielsen said the other day (and I paraphrase), there were winners and losers as the San Luis Valley's aquifers went down, and there will be winners and losers as it goes back up again.
We're past hoping it will go back up again on its own at this point. We HAVE to restore the
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Native Writes: Looking at life

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
This column is generally my observations about life.
Some people may disagree with them and that's okay.
Looking back at the events of the past week or so, I am reminded of the fact that, no matter how much we want to, we cannot change the past.
Believing as I do in the First Amendment, the rights to peacefully protest,
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Piece of Mind: Give an angel its wings

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
"Strange, isn't it?" says Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life. "Each man's life touches so many others. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
This past Friday night was a celebration of what can happen when one man, one woman, one business owner, one organizational leader, one committed community member… all come together with a vision
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Letter to the editor: Keep dollars local

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
We have been watching with horror as one small business after another closes its doors in our Valley/Community. It's like watching a train wreck. All the owners of small businesses here are struggling. The road construction and forest fires have not helped our economy any in the past few years.
Someone called our store to check the price of a
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for supporting The Friends

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
The Friends of the Alamosa Public Library wishes to thank the GFWC Women's Citizenship Club of Alamosa for providing refreshments and publicity for our recent reception/reading of the sixth edition of Messages from the Hidden Lake. This is the library's literary and art collection that features creative writing and photography by library patrons of all ages.
It was especially nice
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Alamosa Trees: Possible trees for Alamosa?

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
Last week I attended the Western Slope Tree Care Workshop in Grand Junction (GJ). While the presenters focused on trees suitable for Grand Junction, there were some that might be appropriate for Alamosa. Alamosa is much colder and higher than GJ. I consider our United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone to be 3 since many of our record
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Passing on the gifts

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
Today, Colorado Gives Day, is a good opportunity to remember to share as generously as we can. During the holidays especially, when charities receive about one fourth of their donations, we are reminded to help others.
In the San Luis Valley I am in awe of the compassion shown by people and the ways they meet the needs and opportunities
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Letter to the editor: The economy stupid

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
Why our elected elite continue on their current path is unknown to me. Why they persist in spending us into oblivion with ever larger budgets is unknown to me. Why they are not addressing the enormous amount of monopoly money being printed to buy our debt and now to pay its interest is unknown to me. And why they will
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Letter to the editor: Congratulations Patrick Sullivan!

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
On Tuesday December 1, I again had the privilege to witness another milestone for Rio Grande County. This is the second year in a row where an administrator from Rio Grande County has received recognition for their hard work by their peers from all across the State at the Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) annual meeting.
Last year Suzanne Benton
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