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Alamosa Flowers: Famous flower paintings

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
Today, as I write, is a November day as depicted in Thomas Hood's poem November. Two lines come to mind, "No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, … No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds!"
We had a wonderfully long, still, and warm fall. My last garden flowers bent their brown heads last week. Already, I miss beautiful
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Piece of Mind: Shape your generosity

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
This past Saturday over 600 families received a box containing all the ingredients for a thanksgiving feast! The box contained canned vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin filling, a pie crust, fresh produce -- and of course a turkey (or hen). Thanks to Mary Ellen Huss' (the Food Bank Network Director) strong relationships with all the local grocery stores and her
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Letter to the editor: How much more can we take?

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
I just wish the State Engineer Office and Rio Grande Water Conservation District would stop bending the laws and engineering to promote the subdistrict concept.
It has come to my attention that the SEO has approved an inclusion into Subdisrtict #1 land from La Garita Creek including the water. I have been waiting for this moment for two years to
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Letter to the editor: Justice your honor?

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
About five months ago a man in Rio Grande County had a trial for the charge of DUI after being involved in an injury accident. He had five prior convictions for this offense and was found guilty of this and two other charges by a jury of his peers. He was sentenced to one year in jail.
Last week
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Letter to the editor: Thank you for your support

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
I just wanted to write a thank you note to say how much I appreciate all the support I received during the election process. There are many people that helped me out with everything from the great letters to the editor, helping put signs and banners up, letting me put signs on their property, walking and handing out candy
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Native Writes: Time for thanks

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
t's time to give thanks.
Whether one believes in the holiday or not, it's good to take inventory once in a while.
A couple of nights ago, I awakened at 2 a.m., my mind running a mile a minute and visions running through my head.
I was stone cold sober, maybe the victim of too much coffee, and the visions
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The squash problem

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
A seldom-heard request at a Thanksgiving feast is "May I, please, have some more quash?" Holiday or not, winter squash deserves more respect, so I hope that your dinner will have some.
Unfortunately, summer squashes and zucchinis usurp gardens and persist in giving and giving until long after they have outworn their welcome. But, fortunately, the winter varieties are now
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Letter to the editor: Rethink cell tower decision

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
I am writing about the November 14 article, "Alamosa Proposes Cell Tower Regulation." I want to thank Councilmen Jan Vigil and Charles Griego for asking about the issues that I had raised during the public comment portion of the November 5 city council meeting regarding telecommunication towers.
The city's new ordinance includes a restriction that creates a 100-foot buffer
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Letter to the editor: A heartfelt thank you for the Faith Hinkley Veterans Memorial Park dedication

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
The Ron Martinez and David Hinkley families would like to express their sincere thank you to the numerous and generous donors, the City of Monte Vista and the Public Works crew, individuals and organizations who donated their time, effort and hard work, Bob Bryning for all his running around, phone calls, coordinating things and making sure everything would
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Valley Gardening: Thankful

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Life is good in the neighborhood!! After all we have been thru this summer with thefts and robberies I still have to look back and just be thankful. The burglary could have been at gunpoint. And they could have destroyed my store. The shoplifter has been arrested and I can follow him thru the court system. The last little thief
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Remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
On what may be the single most important issue of the current time, some action has been taken.
As disappointing as the first sentence is, its meaning is monumental. Congress and President Obama have bickered over immigration reform since Obama took office in 2008. Until this week nearly nothing had been accomplished.
With a renewed sense of urgency, the White
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for helping the kids

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
For the last two years Costilla County Department of Social Services has organized a school drive to help reduce the cost of returning to school for parents. It is because of the generosity of our community that we were able to serve more than 200 students in Costilla County this last August.
We hope that this becomes a tradition
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Letter to the editor: It’s time for development

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Just eating breakfast and reading the articles both pro and con of the decision in favor of the Wolf Creek village. I was happy to see the decision after 27 years. That's as fast as these things work.
As a native whose family lost a huge chunk of land for a duck pond east of town, I feel we
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It Seems to Me: Chasing a dream

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
"You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how are you gonna have a dream come true?" The lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific have often played in my mind when I've stood on the cusp of making life-changing decisions.
Chasing dreams can be terrifying. They are born in a quiet place in
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Still Waters: Bless those who don’t keep office hours

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
I am grateful for folks who don't keep regular 8-5 hours. I'm one of them, but I don't know how to unlock car doors when someone's left her keys inside or tow a vehicle with a blown tire. Both of those situations happened to me recently, and I am so grateful for the people who were working after 5 and
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Native Writes: Reality

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
While everyone in other parts of the nation, even the state, have been having terrible weather, the San Luis Valley floor has somehow escaped. Knock on wood. My head's available. I hope it lasts.
I want lots of snow in the mountains, good skiing and healthy snowpack, but it can stay off my front walk, thank you very much.
I
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Letter to the editor: Volunteers make Sober House beautiful

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
I started managing the Alamosa Sober House, which is run by ascension counseling, on April of 2013, and I had a lot of big dreams and ideas on how I thought a sober living halfway house should be for the residents. I wanted a place where people new to recovery; would be comfortable, feel safe with their surroundings, and a
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Piece of Mind: Get vaccinated!

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
"Refusing to vaccinate your child not only puts your child at risk but puts susceptible children at risk. We immunize ourselves and our children for the good of the community. By keeping those immunization rates high, we protect the vulnerable people out there," says Sean O'Leary, an infectious disease fellow at Children's Hospital in Denver.
In the past few years,
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Letter to the editor: The loss of democracy

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
In the last couple of years our US Supreme Court has issued some decisions which had a major impact on the recently held elections. The court has determined both that money and free speech were one and the same, and that corporations had the same rights as individuals. Forget that our Declaration of Independence begins with, "We the People", not
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Letter to the editor: Welsh is asset to Center

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
I was lucky enough to have taught at Center Schools under George Welsh from 2011-2014. The only reason I am not currently teaching in Center is that the leadership provided from Mr. Welsh compelled and prepared me to be accepted and subsequently funded in pursuit of a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in Educational Leadership and Policy. Someday, I
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Letter to the editor: Politics, money and greed

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
I am terribly disappointed in the discussion reported in the Courier that occurred at the October Rio Grande Water Conservation meeting.
Little business took place but a terrible amount of undeserved criticism did. Three board members had lunch with Gary Boyce as they wanted to know what his latest scheme concerning the San Luis Valley amounted to. Mr. Off,
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Talking turkey

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
For starters, the Wild Turkeys I saw in the Sangre de Cristos while riding the train to La Veta in late September did not look like the ones that U.S. Presidents have been ceremoniously pardoning at Thanksgiving time. At the White House the birds are white. In the mountains, they aren't.
If you spied Wild Turkeys this fall in the
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Letter to the editor: Don't stick veterans behind tractors in the parade

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
My dad, Isaac Martinez,WW11 veteran with two Purple Hearts and numerous medals was again invited to the annual Veteran's Rotary luncheon. Then November 11 at the Veterans Day Parade in Alamosa he was honored to sit at the grandstands. That evening I took him to Sargent for the Veteran's Program. Thank you again Joni Hemmerling for such an awesome
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Letter to the editor: City should address cell tower concerns

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
I am writing about the November 14 article, "Alamosa Proposes Cell Tower Regulation." I want to thank Councilmen Jan Vigil and Charles Griego asking about the issues that I had raised during the public comment portion of the November 5 city council meeting regarding telecommunication towers.
The city's new ordinance includes a restriction that creates a 100-foot buffer from
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Valley Gardening: Ladybugs are on order

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
This fall has been and continues to be absolutely beautiful! I texted my family in Minnesota the other day and told them we would be getting up to 55 degrees that day. And they snottily responded that their high was 19! And to be the warmest spot in Colorado is just wild! I guess we should just enjoy it while
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Look toward the future

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Just a couple of days ago the Philae spacecraft landed on the surface of a comet orbiting in our solar system. Launched in 2004, Philae spent the last 10 years circling the solar system to gather speed. Then, this year Philae began to approach the comet.
This week Philae caught the comet and began its landing. For the first time
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Letter to the editor: Community responds to ski troopers in big way

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
The San Juan Nordic Club recently held a hugely successful community event, the showing of the Warren Miller film, Climb to Glory: Legacy of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers. The club hoped to educate the community about the heroic endeavors of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers in Italy during World War II and to increase the community's
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It Seems to Me: Keeping it local

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
C. Douglas McMillon will probably be fine if I don't shop in his stores. As the CEO of the fourth largest company in the world, based on annual revenue, McMillon will probably be fine. And since his company's employees are already among the lowest-paid wage earners in the country, they probably won't be hurt if I take my business elsewhere.
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Still Waters: Card carrying believer

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
I've never been happier to have my credit crd declined.
It meant somebody was paying attention.
Trying to make an on-line order for a special delivery, I received the unwelcome email that my credit card had been declined for the transaction.
Seriously?
I pay my bill every month on time. Well, truth be told, my little sister pays my
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Letter to the editor: Stop delaying America’s mail

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
The Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people -- cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.
On January 5 the USPS is slated to lower "service standards" to virtually eliminate overnight delivery -- including first class mail from one address to another
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for your support

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
We here at Rainbow's End in Alamosa are taking this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the Blow-Out Sale and Fashion Show on Nov. 8 in support of the local food bank's Thanksgiving food drive. We were able to raise $1,000 towards the food bank's goal of providing Thanksgiving dinners for San Luis Valley families who wouldn't otherwise have one.
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Letter to the editor: Veterans Day program was special

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
I want to thank the North Conejos schools for the meaningful Veterans Day Salute performed Tuesday night at the school. The three bands did an excellent job of playing the many patriotic songs.
The names of veteran friends and relatives of the students were continually shown on a screen while the veterans in attendance were acknowledged by name. This
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