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Valley Gardening: What to keep out and what to embrace

Posted: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
Life in the neighborhood is kind of weird. When I talk neighborhood, I am talking LODA, a/k/a Lower Downtown Alamosa, or south of the tracks! Driving down State Street this week I noticed two No TRESPASSING signs nailed to the trees in front of a CHURCH! This is between 9th and 10th Street on the east side of the street.
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Movin' On with Nellie: Reminders of Bavaria’s Black Forest, Berchesgaden and Salzburg!

Posted: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
Germany is my distant family's motherland; and when my Dad was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, we visited the mountains in lower Germany. I think that might be the second place that I fell in love with mountains that seemed to touch the sky.
Berchesgaden is a small mountain town near the German and Austria borders.
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Letter to the editor: A letter to school constituents

Posted: Saturday, Aug 27th, 2016
Alamosa School District students, parents, staff, and constituents,
As we begin the 2016-2017 school year, the following is an overview of the endeavors and key areas the district will focus upon this school year.
First and foremost, the Alamosa School District has some of the hardest working students and best instructional staff in the State of Colorado---we welcome all
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Still Waters: Bedroom chats

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
It's familiar and comforting to wake up to the sound of my parents talking in a bedroom down the hall. Even now when I go to visit them, I feel more reassured that some things are still "right with the world" when I hear them talking in the morning.
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Letter to the editor: Maroon Pride thanks supporters

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
We would like to thank the following individuals, families and businesses for their participation in the Alamosa High School Booster Club: Maroon Pride. We were able to raise money through our membership and sponsorship fees along with sales from the concession stand and apparel, to give over $4,000 to many of the individual sports and athletic trainer. We
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Letter to the editor: Pining for Universal Health Care

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
When it comes to health insurance and health care, I am Canadian first! Living in the United States, I get so angry about the state of our health coverage in a wealthy, first world country. We've somehow managed to fail to deliver the quality of health care that should be a right for every American.
The issue of health care
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Native Writes: Our bell tolls on

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
The nature of people includes the ability to mourn, and I watched it unfold last week.
I knew two of the people who died and so many who were left behind to express shock and sorrow. Both died unexpectedly.
All death is sudden, one just stops breathing and it's only expected in some cases, but it's still a shock.
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Amarah's Corner: Jerry Moe shares 7 C’s for ‘kids like me’

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
Hi! My name is Amarah. Kids are important to me, and they are important to Jesus, too.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 KJV, "Whatever you've done unto the least of these (kids), you've done it unto me."
"Kids like me" are kids whose parents are drug addicts, and alcoholics; kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse
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Land, Water, People: Time to sharpen the saw

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
The early blooming flowers have gone to seed; the mid-summer blooming flowers have faded; and the late summer bloomers are showing off in all their glory.
Soon the first few aspen leaves will turn yellow and some will say, "It's going to be an early autumn this year!" And others will begin predicting a long, hard winter based on
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Geiger's Culture Counter: Kickstarter is not a store

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
If you've been paying attention to the quality of photos in the Valley Courier, you may have noticed that I got a new camera. And getting a new gadget, at least for me, means getting a slew of new accessories. Of course after the shopping spree one must get another accessory to hold all their accessories.
Researching camera bags gave
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Notes of Gratitude: The spirit of compassion

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. 
My husband and I have made friends with a couple through Facebook who have, over the span of nearly a year, become more than just Facebook friends.
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Alamosa Trees: Alamosa to host Community Forestry conference

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
"Adding Value to Communities" is the title of the September 9 Western Colorado Community Forestry conference to be held at Adams State University. According to the brochure, "The 2016 conference will focus on tree values, funding needs and costs associated with community forestry programs. In addition to community tree finances, we will also look at urban trees from the perspective
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Letter to the editor: Let’s separate the apples from the oranges

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
I feel I should express my gratitude to Elijah Zane Sexton. The response really put the spotlight on even more misinformation and gives me the opportunity to correct it.
If it helps, go ahead and visualize that I am using a crayon to draw a simple picture explaining your concerns about elk and bighorn. National monument designation is done by
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Letter to the editor: Educator opposed to increased availability of recreational marijuana in city and county of Alamosa

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
As an educator in the Alamosa Schools, I, like many other current public school educators in the country, have observed the stresses placed on children of parents who use and/or abuse drugs. These children often suffer from a variety of problems that range from physical neglect, social and emotional dysfunction, and cognitive impairments. In the Alamosa Schools, we
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Gift from the gods

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Columbus discovered more than the New World. On his return trip to the New World, he brought maize--corn as we call it--and potatoes, which I'll be talking about later.
Although a lot of the delicious corn that is sold in our grocery stores comes from the Olathe and Brighton areas, I see a few backyard vegetable gardens in the San
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Valley Gardening: A window to theft

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
Life is not always good in the neighborhood. This week on Facebook I saw a pH meter for sale. It was kind of weird, because the price tag on the box looked EXACTLY like a meter I had at my store. This was last Saturday evening, so I only responded that I would buy the item, and I would call
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Movin' On with Nelllie: Camping out: A life along the Rhein

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
The adventure of a lifetime began between fourth and fifth grade when my family moved to Wiesbaden, Germany. It was my first experience with camping; and the backdrop was the Rheine.
Our journey took us from the castle-rich country of Spain through France and to the Rheine. In France, we camped out in a small town that I imagined
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After the Fact: Dropping eggs and dangling participles

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
My chickens came home to roost, as I should have known would happen when I "opened my big mouth" and made a comment about the inaccurate punctuation used in a form letter from a school. Now, I'll admit that I don't understand the process of how my copy gets translated into newspaper column form, who does it or if anyone
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Still Waters: You gotta have these — or not

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
And now for another installment of … wonderful products we can't live without: (Italicized snide comments are mine.)
• If you want healthy snacks to send with your children to school this year, try Gaea's Olive Snack Packs in three delicious flavors: Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili and Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon and Oregano, and
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Letter to the editor: Stop sign disobedience is neighborhood threat

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
With the warm weather it has become tradition for my family and I to sit outside on the front porch, enjoying every possible second of the beautiful evenings. Every day I think how lucky we are to live in the Valley and in such a quiet neighborhood.
I live on the 100 block of 10th street. The cross street
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Letter to the editor: Re: presidential candidates

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
The presidential campaign is at a fever pitch and features two polar opposites in belief and behavior.
On one side of the presidential coin is Donald Trump, the RNC's candidate. He is so brash and assuming in his belief of his ability to solve any problem that it is borderline arrogant. This reminds me of a mythical character that has
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Native Writes: Safety back in the day

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
Talking about the "old days" in Alamosa, I began to think about those times.
I think kids felt safer when I was in grade school; I know I did until the time a young boy was hit by a car and suffered broken bones. His name was Brady.
I never did know whether it was the driver's fault or the
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Thank you for reading and sharing

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
When I started this column, I wondered how people would respond when they read it. Today, I want you to know that people are responding from coast to coast and I'm amazed and thankful for the responses I have received. One amazing thing is that I've heard from adults who were kids like me when they were little, but said
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Notes of Gratitude: Be kind

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
I have never seen the word "hate" used as much as it is these days. It is so casually being thrown around as if it had no impact at all, especially on social media. However, it seems as if the more we use the word, the more our society reflects qualities of hate. Energy from the emotions around that word
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Geiger's Culture Counter: Rest in Peace Hulu

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
Remember Hulu? Remember the Super Bowl commercials featuring Alec Baldwin almost a decade ago? Hulu promised to be your one stop shop for free television programs and started the cord-cutting craze. Unfortunately that dream is now dead.
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Letter to the editor: Drug habit robbed innocent victims

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
"Change," the big issue for eight years, has seen one major change in drugs and marijuana usage. Which happened with cocaine, opium and heroin usage in the 1850's, as a miracle drug, used by many.
At the end of the 20th Century, marijuana was illegal. I had never heard of cannabis. Also, I had paid an insurance agent several thousand
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Letter to the editor: In response to Jim Bagwell

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
This letter is in response to Jim Bagwell's letter about the proposed monument expansion. I've noticed many letters from him on this issue and just wanted to offer one opposing view.
When you're talking about the fate of that land being even worse than the loss of your grazing rights … i.e. a private sale in lieu of the national
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SLV’s national monuments

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
Things change. Even national monuments change.
Local readers may be surprised to learn that Great Sand Dunes National Monument (now National Park and Preserve) was not the San Luis Valley's first national monument. That honor belongs to Wheeler National Monument, which came into being in 1908 by presidential proclamation.
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