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Native Writes: All we need is a credit card number

Posted: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016
Somehow, I have gotten on a ton of telephone call lists.
For a long time, cell phone numbers weren't available to the public, but that has changed.
Whenever the land line rings, I can see who is calling because the information appears at the top of the TV screen, and my cell also shares that info.
It has also led
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Amarah's Corner: Waiting for the prodigal parent to come home

Modified: Thursday, Jun 30th, 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." And, in Matthew 18:10 KJV, Jesus said, "Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones;
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Alamosa Flowers: Flower gardening myths

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
I looked at my single beautiful red peony and wondered why I don't do as well with peonies as do others. Some folks say you need to have ants on the buds to help open them up. Being curious, I decided to do some research. Turns out this is a myth or "old wives' tale" as are some others
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Notes of Gratitude: Creatures of habit and always will be

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
Have you ever found yourself turning down a certain street after-hours or on the weekend, not because you want to, but simply because you turn down that road every other day of the week for work or school or to take your kids to school or activities, and thought, "Boy, I'm such a creature of habit?"
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Kit Carson, the guide

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
Kit Carson's frontier had provided all the adventure that a teenager could hope for when he set out from Missouri in the 1820s. In the following years, he had learned firsthand the trails of a vast amount of the West and now, approaching his middle years, he was about to become a guide, although he got his start accidentally.
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Valley Gardening: Operation Pride Club going strong

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
Don't you just love it when the clouds roll in in the afternoon? I'm about to die with this heat. Brings back the olden days when I used to bet Mickey Widhalm how hot it would get every year. The bet ended Labor Day weekend--because we thought August was usually the hottest. The bet was worth a twelve pack of
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After the fact: A penny saved….

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
Would you believe, I came out of WalMart with three bags of goodies, and the total tab was $36! I had to look twice to be sure I'd not left something in the basket. I've had that happen and, take my word for it, you DON'T want to repeat my experience…
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Movin' on with Nellie: How much is that Thundershirt in the window?

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
Remember the tune? How much is that doggie in the window/ the one with the wag-gilly tail?
Now it's, "How much is that ThunderShirt (TM) in the Window? The one for trembling huuuumahns?"
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It Seems to Me: Well-rounded characters

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
Writers are nosy. We are constantly watching people and wondering what is going on in their lives. If we can't see what's going on, we like to make things up.
That's partly because we are interested in people, and partly because we want to make the characters in the stories w
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Still Waters: Don’t ask Loretta Lynn about Hillary

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
"A new study estimates that 9.6 million adults in the United States are highly myopic, or severely nearsighted," the email began from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
I must be one of them. I had just clicked on another email that I thought said "Loretta Lynn Stunned Everyone With This Admission About Hillary's FBI Investigation." I wondered how or why
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Letter to the editor: Dell’s Insurance thanks VHL supporters

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
Everyone at Dell's Insurance would like to thank the Valley Courier, KGIW, KSLV, KSPK, SLV Junction and the entire community for their generous donations and contributions toward our
11th annual Dell's Insurance Benefit. At this year's yard sale we had three dogs adopted to new loving homes and we raised $4,034.75 for the Valley Humane League.
We
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Native Writes: Analyzing boogers

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
As I grow older, life's reality becomes more apparent than the wrinkles and sagging body parts that appear daily.
Following the debate about sexual self-identification, how one sees oneself, I know I have never had that problem, even when I was dangling from the branch of a tree where my grandmother swore only boys would dare to go.
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Amarah's Corner: Every kid has a special gift

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
Hi! My name is Amarah. Kids are important to me, and they are important to Jesus, too. Teaching kids about God and his Word is so important God told parents in Deuteronomy 6:7 KJV to "…teach them diligently unto thy children, and talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when
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Letter to the editor: Potato industry thanks supporters

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and the Colorado potato industry at large, would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of our Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament:
Holmes Enviro/Hyper Galaxy, 1st Southwest Bank, Monte Vista Potato Growers, Frontier Bank, Compost Technologies, Alamosa State Bank, Stone's Farm Supply, Town & Country, CIA Leavitt Insurance Agency, Aspen Produce,
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Notes of Gratitude: The key to happiness

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
To be grateful, is to find blessings in all that surrounds us. A truly thankful heart will bring light into our lives and peace to our souls. If we wake up every morning and find something for which to be grateful before we get out of bed, our day just might be happier and more peaceful, even if things fall
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Rainy days and Mondays...

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
. . . always get me down.
Thank you Richard and Karen Carpenter for those lyrics that fit what I'm going through right now.
It's been a rough week. Found out in the past five days that three of my closest friends in the world are all battling life-threatening illnesses between strokes and kidney disease.
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Letter to the editor: Ed Vigil's choice is Alonzo Payne for HD62

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
It has been an honor to serve your for the past eight years as your State Representative. As many of you know I am term limited, and will be unable to serve another term as your State Representative.
I want to know that whoever is our next State Representative, has the skills and knowledge to be an effective Representative. This
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The young Kit Carson

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
Controversy exists about whether we should or should not honor Kit Carson. Popular dime novels once made him a hero, but some revisionists today have reduced him from Indian fighter to Indian killer. Ardent Indian sympathizers even initiated an effort not long ago to replace the name of the 14,171-footer Kit Carson Peak with something they might like better.
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Letter to the editor: Highway cleanup volunteers thanked

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
The Ft. Garland Revitalization Committee (FGRC) would like to thank Costilla County, CDOT, and Sierra Grande student Iava Williams for aid in cleaning four miles of Highway 159 on June 17. Students who participate in these events are eligible to earn educational community service hours. Our next FGRC highway cleanup is currently scheduled for September.
If you would like
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Valley Gardening: Thorns and roses

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
What a week! It started last Saturday when I received an anonymous message on Facebook. Actually…it wasn't anonymous…it was from someone in Texas, with a business in Texas--I saw no ties to Alamosa and/or to me. The message asked me to take down my "Stop the Meth and Heroin" sign that is on my billboard in front of the store.
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After the Fact: Want fries with that?

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
Periodically, I get a little "full of myself," and think I just might be better, in some way, than almost anyone I've ever known. That usually happens minutes before I fall flat on my face, literally or figuratively.
While it's not a faux pas to have your underwear showing nowadays, there was a time when even the lace
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Letter to the editor: Not politically correct

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
As of my last birthday, I turned 87 years old, born February 18, 1929. My old dad with a jab in my ribs said, "Lindy, you brought us on the great depression. My patent answer was I didn't choose to be born that year nor any other time. There was so many kids in the house, my dear old mother
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It Seems to Me: Another tragedy

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
I watched in shock as the news about the mass shootings in Orlando started coming in. A part of me wanted to turn off the TV -- to turn away from another tragic and unnecessary loss of life. But I couldn't bring myself to do it. I was trapped by a story that has become much too familiar.

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Still Waters: Looking up to daddy

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
I always wanted to be like daddy.
Looking up to him has always been easy. He's well over 6 feet tall.
More than that, I've always admired and adored him. When I was younger, I think I even idolized him. He was pretty much perfect in my eyes, the visible form of Jesus in my world.
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Letter to the editor: Alonzo Payne best choice for House District 62

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
San Luis Valley voters,
I know both candidates in the Democratic Primary for HD 62 and I know that the best choice to represent the San Luis Valley and all of HD 62 is the only lifelong Democrat on the ballot Alonzo Olivas Payne.
Alonzo has deep connections to House District 62 and Colorado Democrat politics. He is one of
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