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Valley Gardening: Welcome sweet potatoes, sweet people

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Yahoo--the sweet potato slips are here--and gardeners galore have risen to the challenge to give it a try. Out of 500 slips, more than 100 have already been spoken for. All monies raised in the sale are being donated to the Society Hall.
We received three varieties of sweet potatoes--Beauregard, Georgia Jet and Vardaman. The Vardaman is a
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Letterman’s final farewell

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
It's not often that we knowingly observe something or someone who changed our social fabric. But, as David Letterman aired his last Late Show this week, those of us watching, and it was a lot of us, saw an icon slide out of our purview for the last time.
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Letter to the editor: Hello all you Valley asparagus “pickers”!

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
It is once again wild asparagus picking season-and the ongoing discussion of how to harvest those delectable treats rages on between the "snappers" and the "cutters", "low! or high!" on the stem...
So I decided to do the only "responsible thing" and "Googled it"...
After watching a few U-tube videos and reading a few blogs and informative articles on the
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It Seems to Me: To dream

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
I've been thinking a lot about dreams lately. Perhaps it's because we reached the end of the Spring Semester at Adams State. For a final lecture, I always give my "Phil's Famous Final Words Speech," which my students seem to enjoy. I talk about defining success, and explain to them that many people never find success because they aren't sure
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Still Waters: Memories of years gone by

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
My mother called on a Tuesday night, which was unusual, since we usually have our weekly talks on Sunday mornings. She was giving me heads up that a couple we had known in Oklahoma was passing through Alamosa and wanted to get in touch with me.
Oklahoma was so many years ago! I was in seventh and eighth grade
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Movin' On With Nellie: A brigade of angels to the rescue

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
I was tootling back home from dropping off my vacuum cleaner for repair when I heard a loud sound like an airplane engine come to earth, or something.
I thought, "What the heck is that?" A few seconds splashed ahead and I realized, "Oh my God, it's my tire!"
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Thanks for cleaning up Homelake

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
I would like to thank Tarry Maxsom, Ron Kern, Jane and James Rhett, Cathy and Jack Dancoe and Glen Getz for their help with the clean up at the east side of Homelake. It was a great morning, got lots cleaned up and the weather was good also. Again thank you all.
Sue Getz
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Native Writes: A day to remember

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
With Memorial Day just around the corner, many residents are getting ready for solemn observances. Part of Military Appreciation Month, Memorial Day is the final holiday in the month-long tribute to those who served as well as those who died
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Piece of Mind: Burlap: A love affair

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Occasionally Tim and I will run into an eclectic-looking teenage girl while shopping at Safeway. He will invariably ask, "That was you in high school, wasn't it?" She is typically wearing multiple layers, including something homemade, and will be sporting jewelry that could have only come from her Grandma or some dusty box at a thrift store. Yes, I was
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Staff of life

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
After writing about brewing last week, I'm turning to bread this time, a real necessity of life for most of us. Brewing beverages uses nearly half of all the barley that is grown, while a full half of the total crops goes to feeding livestock, leaving only two percent for food that we actually eat.
Although I love soup with
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Movin' On With Nellie: Angels abound – where least expected

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
The day was beautiful, not much wind with a lot of sunshine. My service dog and I unhooked a shopping cart and were off through Wal-Mart!
My store haunts are usually the allergy medicine aisle, the lotion notions, electronics, and lots of time in the dog and cat food pantry. So I was moving slowly through when I was sidetracked
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Valley Gardening: To the roots and beyond!

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
When I bring my plants to town, I talk to them...and say "welcome to the Valley--this is where you are going to live. We are known as the "Land of Cool Sunshine." BUT, it certainly has been a cooler than normal spring--either that or as I get older I don't remember what last year was like. Who am I kidding--I
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Still Waters: Modern martyrs not forgotten

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
I knew San Luis had a memorial to the Mexican Martyrs. What I didn't know until this week was the story behind them.
Richard Olivas, one of the Penitentes members who will be leading out in the Stations of the Cross ceremony today to celebrate the stations' 25th anniversary, told me a little bit about these martyrs who are
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It Seems to Me: Efficient or effective?

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
"I wonder why trains are so much more popular in Europe than they are in America." I was chatting with a fellow railroad enthusiast who had just published an article about scenic railroads, and I really didn't expect an answer.
But Tom had one. "We chose efficiency over effectiveness," he said. "The railroads in Europe were being built to last.
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Letter to the editor: The real deficit

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
There has been much talk about how the trillion dollar annual deficits of our glorious congress are now a thing of the past. And how congress with the Republicans at the helm are now getting the fiscal nonsense under control and bringing the government juggernaut into compliance. Indeed the published figures do show that the yearly overspending of congress (or
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Native Writes: The gift faux pas

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
This year, I received one of the very best additions to my moose collection, and I suspect neither its creator nor its giver noticed the message it sent.
Since I am always on the lookout for unusual moose depictions, I was thrilled to open the box.
So cute! Two moose sitting on a rustic bench sharing a kiss.
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Piece of Mind: Privatization of risk

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Income inequality has been measured in the United States on a scale from zero to one for nearly one hundred years. This scale is known as the Gini index. If all income in the world were earned by one person and everyone else earned nothing, the Gini index would be one. If everyone earned the same amount, the Gini index
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