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Letter to the editor: Youth cautions others about traffic offenses

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
Today I'm writing this letter to inform young drivers about some traffic offenses that they might not know about and could get in trouble with the law for. You may ask how do I know about these offenses? My answer to that is I know because I violated some of these traffic offenses. In this letter, I'm going to explain
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Letter to the editor: Our lawmakers can help save our lives

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
I support HR 2820 and our representative should get on board, too.
Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer or another life-threatening blood disorder.
In 1987, congress created a national registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match, to facilitate bone marrow and cord blood transplants for these patients. Often, a transplant is
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Anza — warrior, explorer, governor

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Juan Bautista de Anza is well known in the Southwest where he is surely not forgotten, but I forgot to write about him in August, and he is ignored by many of us. He should be better remembered here.
Since his expedition came through the San Luis Valley in that month, most people now agree that the name originated on
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Our best friends

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
National Dog Day visited us a few days ago. Like most dog lovers online, I celebrated by sharing on Facebook and Twitter a couple of photos of my two favorite dogs explaining my feelings for both.
In my short life, I've known many dogs.
My first real experience with a dog began in 2002 when my brother coerced my
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Valley Gardening: Making progress on Mom’s Garden

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Last week I told you about the upcoming John Denver Tribute Concert to be held at the Society Hall on September 17th. Chris Collins, from the Conejos Canyon area, will be the performer extraordinaire. In just a couple of days over 75 tickets have been sold! Do not put off getting your ticket purchased--because they will be gone soon.
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Letter to the editor: ASU police chief thanks mock drill participants

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our campus' students, faculty and staff who were involved in the August 12 Mock Incident Drill held on the campus of Adams State University. I'd like to also thank our campus neighbors and the greater Alamosa Community for tolerating the lights and sirens of emergency responders on that early summer
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Still Waters: Raspberries in Wyoming

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Gleaning a few remaining raspberries off the vines at my folks' place during a recent visit, I recalled the happy and sweet memory of eating fresh raspberries at my grandparents' home in Wyoming when I was young.
We didn't see much of my maternal grandparents, because we always lived in other states, and I never knew my Irish grandmother on
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It Seems to Me: Wishing I could stop time

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
I'm not certain when it happened, but somewhere along the way, I've grown content with my age. When I was younger, I always wanted to be older. Time seemed to drag on beyond the furthest reaches of my vision. Each day seemed to last forever.
Then people started telling me there were things that I was "too old" to do.
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Letter to the editor: What’s really happening

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
There has been much said about the recent stock market decline in this country, as well as China's economic issues and recent deflation of its own currency. Unfortunately much of what has been communicated to the general public through the media is wrong!
Regarding the latest decline of our stock market, what is really happening and most likely will continue
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Letter to the editor: Seniors appreciate business support

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
On behalf of the Alamosa seniors, I would like to say thank you to the following businesses: Steve, manager at City Market; Mark, manager at Safeway; Junior, owner of Atencio's; and Butch, owner of Valley Meat.
Each business donated for our fund-raiser last weekend. Without the donations from the local merchants we would not be able to do the things
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Piece of Mind: Choosing cotton underwear

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
There is a great scene in High Fidelity, the 2000 comedy with John Cusack, about cotton underwear. I saw it in high school and thought it was the most romantic and sensible explanation of love and how we make decisions. Watching it again, my thoughts haven't changed much.
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Native Writes: The little book that didn’t

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
After my throwback visit to Alamosa last week, I found myself reading the book for girls that had rested so long in the memory box.
Following a couple of chapters describing in some detail how one would "become a woman," obviously written by manufacturers of sanitary napkins, the reader was told to guard her womanhood.
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Alamosa Flowers: Flowers that 'die well'

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
The main blooming season in my garden has passed. Under the weird skies (due to wild fires west of us), I contemplate what to do next. There are many perennials that need tending to, but what to do? Should I cut them back, and to where? Leave the seed heads to adorn the fall/winter garden?
Scott and Lauren Ogden in
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Swallowing hard

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Governor Hickenlooper might have been more prudent to wait for verifiable facts before gulping a sample of Animas River water only six days after the Gold King Mine spill. In the midst of the trauma at Silverton and Durango, his denial was the quickest and easiest response but perhaps not the wisest one.
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Letter to the editor: AVSAR thanks supporters, donors

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
We would like to extend a special thanks to the community for all the support we received for our 2015 SUDS for SAR Fundraiser to raise money for the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue. You have again out done yourselves and helped us to raise money to help pay for much needed equipment and training.
Special thanks go out to
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Valley Gardening: Grow (and throw) flowers — not rocks

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Life is good in the neighborhood--despite a number of vehicles getting their tires slashed on the south side. I keep thinking if I ever caught someone doing this kind of stuff, I would be the one that was put in jail.
Kind of like a few years ago, when I tried to stop a bike rider on the sidewalk--a guy
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What we really need

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
The entire political landscape is showered in Clinton, Trump, and Bush. Hillary Clinton has long been considered the Democratic front runner, Jeb Bush for the Republicans, now Trump steals the polls and most of the headlines.
From the left there's a yearning for Bernie Sanders to pull ahead of Clinton. From the right, there's hope that the anti-Obama will rise,
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Movin' On with Nellie: Let’s make a deal!

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Sometimes in the afternoons, I pull up Let's Make a Deal with Wayne Brady using CBS All Access. The deals, zonks or true wins, keep a broad smile on my face for the full hour.
Who wouldn't be smiling for the winner whose second key opens the lock for a beautiful new Chevrolet Cruze or the winner
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Letter to the editor: Alamosans help stranded travelers

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Last week we were driving from our home in New Mexico to the Contin-Tail Gem and Mineral Show in Buena Vista where we were vendors. We were hauling a 5th wheel and blew a tire on the 5th wheel near San Antonio Mountain in New Mexico on Hwy 285. This is a somewhat remote area.
Roadside assistance was a
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Letter to the editor: EPA caused disaster

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Political and bureaucratic blame games are very active over the huge release of mine water near Silverton. These will continue for some time.
We should not try to minimize the environmental damage done by the plume of toxic metallic water that affected Animas River water quality and eventually the San Juan River. Only time will tell if the Colorado River
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Letter to the editor: Local businesses need to be competitive

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Why is our local SLV-OPEC holding up all the fuel customers in the Valley? We keep being encouraged to spend our dollars locally, but it doesn't make any difference if we drive to Taos, Pueblo, Albuquerque, etc., where fuel prices are up to 50 cents less per gallon than in the Valley.
We would love to shop in the
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It Seems to Me: A simple answer

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
How many of us have said something like, "Well, we've pretty much solved all the world's problems. Now if we could just get people to listen to us"?
If only life were as simple as we'd like it to be.
I spend a lot of time in meetings. Sometimes I'm covering them for the newspaper, sometimes I'm there
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Still Waters: Staying together, ‘for better, for worse’

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
My folks will celebrate 63 years together next week. Since they're preparing for a major yard sale later in the week, I doubt they will do much celebrating on the actual day. However, they have a trip planned later this fall to Yellowstone as part of a tour/workshop on creationism, a topic my father is pretty much an expert on
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Letter to the editor: La Jara mayor thanks Glory Days supporters

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
The La Jara Glory Days Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported this year's event and made it a success.
The date of this year's event was moved up about eight weeks from prior event dates. Despite that change, we had what we felt was a very successful, fun day which
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