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Valley Gardening: Backwards and forwards

Posted: Saturday, Mar 28th, 2015
I need to apologize to a few people who came in for the seed planting workshop last Saturday. I was in a meeting for the new "Society Hall" and it didn't even dawn on me that I had scheduled a class. If you were one of the folks that came in--come back and bug me and I will give you
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These are not proud times

Posted: Saturday, Mar 28th, 2015
"This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb," Rep. Gordon Klingenscmitt said. "And, part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our women are ripped open."
Klingenschmitt won election to the Colorado House of Representatives upon the conservative wave that swept through Colorado
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It Seems to Me: Be a helper

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
Fred Rogers (better known as "Mr. Rogers), once said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping'."
As scary and frustrating as the world gets, it's comforting to see how many rush to offer aid when
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Still Waters: It's time to look at the map

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
Colors of pain blotched the map my mother laid out on the kitchen table last weekend when I was visiting with my family. It was a map of the world with various countries highlighted on their respective continents. Some countries were colored in dark blood red, reflecting heartbreak few of us could imagine in the Western world. Some were highlighted
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Letter to the editor: Eclipse goes home!

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
"Eclipse," the dog who was left behind when her owner had to go to a battered women's shelter, finally was able to go home to Virginia. Eclipse met up with his family last Thursday, March 19th. Both dog and children were ecstatic to see each other. He is now safe and loved by his family.
Thank you, people
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Letter to the editor: In response to Gosar letter regarding the Village

Modified: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
This letter is in response to the March 12 missive by Greg Gosar. I agree with Mr. Gosar that the Village at Wolf Creek is a bad idea. I must take particular exception, however, to many of the statements that he presented as facts because they are simply not true. I do not know Mr. Gosar, and am therefore unwilling
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Native Writes: Life behind the wheel

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
Having been a licensed driver since age 16, a date many teenagers consider the day life begins, I thought I knew almost everything.
A driving course and tests would be a piece of cake. No way.
A huge learning experience was having to take a defensive driving course due to a speeding ticket.
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Letters to the editor: Sargent students respond to weevils

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
Dear Editor,
My name is Christopher Brandt and I am a sixth grade student at Sargent Elementary School. I know Sargent has a bad rap for bugs in the soup, but all in all Sargent is a great school.
Our teachers are amazing; in fact our sixth grade teacher participated in a teacher "Fear Factor" we had at Sargent,
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Alamosa Trees: Getting new trees to market is not easy: part 2

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
NOTICE: Alamosa Arbor Week will be April 14, 20 this year. Once the Park Tree Inventory, funded by a Colorado Tree Coalition grant, is completed, we'll determine where to plant 17 trees funded by Alamosa Parks and Recreation.
In Part 1, I discussed the process of bringing new trees to market. In this column I'll discuss some trees I learned
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Letter to the editor: Build a covered rink and keep the existing rink

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Kudos to the people, hockey programs and City of Alamosa for expressing such positive energy in support for building a new covered ice rink/multi use pavilion.
When thinking about where to build a covered rink, we should take a page out of Gunnison's playbook;
Gunnison's hockey program started with an uncovered rink similar to the Carroll Park Ice Rink. In
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Letter to the editor: Choose water commissioner for skill, not language

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
I am writing to express the fact that Mr. Jose Martinez does not speak for all of us. We do not share Mr. Martinez's confidence in the school teacher or need a commissioner that speaks Spanish. We are in the USA not Latin America. We are all fluent in English, the language of our country.
I found the water commissioners,
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Total emersion

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
It's Spring Break, and many kiddies from the public schools and the college are having fun, but I shudder to think exactly what some are doing. Still, this free time can be beneficial for themselves and for others if they are using it to perform volunteer service.
Hardly a day goes by without my reading in this
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Letter to the editor: Is pumping a moral act?

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Several weeks ago as I was contemplating the water situation here in the Valley, I found myself in the middle of a rant about how pumping water is a moral issue. I normally have these rants in the privacy of my tractor cab gazing over at the Sangres, but this time it was right in the middle of the annual
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Guest Opinion: Lenten meditation

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
Last Sunday my large gray-faced ewe gave birth to twins: one large white male, one small female with black markings. She has had single lambs in past years, but she cleaned both lambs and let them nurse. Later the same day she chose a favorite and shoved the smaller lamb away.
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It Seems to Me: Stand up

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
"That's just the way it is," one of my students said. "We can't do anything about it, so why worry about it?"
We were talking about privacy issues. I had mentioned that there are many new search engines on the internet that promise not to "track your searches," and I wanted to make a point about why that matters.
The
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Still Waters: What would the mortician write?

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
If we were to die today, how would our obituaries read? Would they say we made a difference in the world while we were in it? Would they say that we would be missed? Or would the unwritten words between the lines reveal a life shallow and soon forgotten?
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Native Writes: Seeing yesterday in today’s Alamosa

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
I told someone just recently that if reincarnation exists, I know I lived before in Alamosa.
Sometimes it happens in my waking hours, but mostly it happens while I'm asleep. The train whistles in and well-dressed men and woman walk down the stairs and sidewalk, headed for the Victoria Hotel.
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Piece of Mind: The chemistry of conversation

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
Politics. Religion. Work. All of these are typically off limits conversation topics at the brew pub or a dinner party. Depending on the group, I might also add "Shopping at Walmart" and "Processed Food Consumption" to the list.
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Wearing of the green

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 17th, 2015
When you show up for work or shopping today, you might be greeted by a shamrock plant on a counter and people of any nationality or heritage wearing something, anything green. St. Patrick's Day and the wearing of the green seem like a tradition that you do because everyone else is doing it, but no one knows exactly why.
Overlooking
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