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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Kids’ growing season

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Summertime, and the kids are sprouting. Many grownups have been trying hard to give the sprouts good growth in the Valley's fertile soil with a variety of wonderful activities.
Some are primarily for fun, although they can be good learning experiences too. On the popular fishing days, for instance, there were staff personnel, Friends, community members, and parents, giving their

Valley Gardening: Everything is good in the neighborhood—kind of

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Everything is good in the neighborhood--kind of. On Thursday I discovered that a young man who has been coming into the store fairly often was actually stealing from me. When you are raised to trust everyone, this is pretty devastating. Especially when he came in with his little girl and would buy her a six-pack of flowers--how can anyone who

Smorgasbord: I’m a traveling man, made a lot of stops

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
FORT COLLINS -- Those are the words of a song by one of my favorite singers, Ricky Nelson, but unlike Ricky who "traveled all over the world" and "had a girl" in every stop, I have no such thing.
However, I do have friends at every stop, and, unlike Ricky, I'm still alive -- and he is not, dying in

Denver Human Services leads the way

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Few stories arising from the US-Mexico border crisis have been positive. For a few weeks now news stories have shed light on the mass amount of unaccompanied children crossing from Mexico to the US, some who have died trying to find refuge.
In Texas, Arizona, and California children and families trying to flee the chaos of their home countries have

It Seems to Me: The power of choice

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
When my ex-wife asked for a divorce, she said she wanted it because she was tired of pretending to be someone she wasn't.
We were married for 10 years, and we've been divorced for 20, so I've pretty well gotten past most of the emotion that goes along with it, but that one statement sticks in my mind.
I've always

Still Waters: Words worth repeating

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
"Editor & Publisher" e-mails always include a quote at the top. Sometimes they make me smile. Sometimes they make me think.

I've collected some of my favorites, and hopefully they will make you smile or think, too.
• "We must be free, not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." -- William Faulkner
• "He who would

Letter to the editor: Cumbres & Toltec is moving forward, rapidly and successfully

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
I am pleased to report to you on behalf of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad the positive news on where we are this season to date. Our reservations are up 8 percent and our revenue is up 22 percent. We had a banner year in 2013 with a 19 percent increase in ridership. We had 34,525 riders

Letter to the editor: Less is more

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
The French would say "Je suis en retard" as to publicly thanking Dr. Brinton and his wife for their kind gesture in saving the Polston property for viable life and soul sustaining use and thereby keeping it from detrimental ungodly avaristic (sic) use of commercial greed.
For more than two decades of one health crisis to the next, Dr. B

Native Writes: Remembering Josie

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
It's time for serious thought.
Reading the obituary of Josie Lujan in Wednesday's Courier, I was overwhelmed with thoughts and memories.
Josie was one of the bravest women I ever met. 
While many of the young mothers of children in ill-funded schools shook their heads in dismay, Josie shook her legal fist.
I supported her wholeheartedly in her school finance

Alamosa Flowers: The evolving garden

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
I've been gardening at the same address for a long time. Early on I interspersed annuals among perennials and shrubs. There was plenty of room as the plants were small. As the garden filled in over the years I planted fewer annuals in the beds and found they weren't faring as well as they did early on.
At first, I

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Our Valley’s artists

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
Whether they live on the Left Bank or Right Bank, how do we happen to have so many good artists in the San Luis Valley? In today's column, in order to keep its length manageable, I'll not include applied arts, like graphic arts or decorative arts, and will stick to the visual arts that we usually think of as fine

Valley Gardening: Meet me at the Bistro this Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Is it really already July 12th? My giant pumpkins had better kick in or I am going to be an embarrassment! I didn't plant my seedlings until June 20th. And then they were whipped by the wind over and over and over again. The seedlings I took home were the last of our contest offerings and they weren't looking real

To lend a helping hand

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
I was walking home from work, talking on the phone as I normally do. The people on the streets are generally the same -- homeless, jobless, after school kids, other workers headed home. Most people I don't really notice. You become uninvolved after seeing the same people day after day.
I've noticed many things since moving to Denver a few

Letter to the editor: Who do you think pays the bills, Ms. Grey?

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Regarding the following excerpt from the letter written by Rosalie Grey: "I just could not imagine 300 (?) big diesel RV's rolling around our town, the accidents from traffic congestion and the money for the merchants?"
Ms. Grey, the "big diesel RV's" are and will be "rolling through our town" whether there is an RV park here or not. They are stopping and

It Seems To Me: Forty year reunion

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
The Centauri Class of 1974 will be holding our 40 year reunion at Cole Park in Alamosa at 5:30 p.m. on July 25. In some ways, it's hard to believe that it has been 40 years since we graduated from high school, but when I think about all that has happened since then, it does seem like a long time

Still Waters: Pretty as a petunia

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Not to discount Mary Poppins, but petunias are practically perfect in every way. They are such a cheerful flower, and they come in so many colors. They bloom for a long time, and most importantly in my world, they are hardy.
That is vital in the desolation that is my front yard. I have about as much of a green

Guest Opinion: Valley must unite to face water challenges

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
The only thing worse than a drought is a river full of water you can't divert.
This is a declaration that our moment of self determination has arrived.
We are blessed to live in our Valley home. The Creator has endowed this land with a wealth of natural resources. Since the time of the earliest inhabitants of

Native Writes: Back to the Bill of Rights

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
I follow the national news, which has become woefully predictable.
What amazes me is that different people can take individual constitutional amendments, interpret them to suit their own beliefs and convince people to follow.
They do the same with Scriptures.
Maybe it's a sign of the times and a lot of it is our own fault.
Personally, I was raised

Letter to the editor: The people won one

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
I am so pleased KPP succeeded in one heck of an overwhelming task to purchase the Polston School property to create a very large park where some in our community can continue their gardens, others can continue to walk, and now even many more activities are on the horizon and available to the people of Alamosa and the San Luis

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