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Piece of Mind: Support local theatre

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
This past Sunday, the Old Spanish Trail Theatre Company premiered "The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid" at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte. The 4-man play is set in a one room shack at the turn of the last century. It features Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid. While alone one night, Ash Upson, the man
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Fungus fascination

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
Alamosa is celebrating good news about the mushroom farm that will provide much-needed jobs in the area. This achievement reflects the combined efforts of private investment, local funding and banking, county commissioners, the state's development and trade office, and the work of the SLV Development Resources Group to enable this asset.
It would be nice if developments like this could
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Letter to the editor: Here we go again

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
Once again the politicians in Washington and those who run the Federal Reserve are at it again. For starters the Fed met about a month ago in Jackson Hole Wyoming for their annual meeting. The big discussion was the decision to stop all purchasing of stocks by the end of October or the first part of November.
At
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Letter to the editor: Robert Jackson a good choice

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
I am not quite sure if it's just me or does the world seem to be a bit angrier, meaner and more negative. We elect our leaders in the" House" and on the "Hill" to do their very best for our country. When they get elected, the partisan bickering starts and it is no longer about what is
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Mary Cleo Trujillo

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Alamosa resident Mary Cleo Trujillo, 65, passed away September 24, 2014 at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo.
Mary was born in Manzano, New Mexico on February 1, 1949 to Antonio B. and Celina Serna Sedillo. She married Manuel Florentino Trujillo, Sr. on December 23, 1988 in Border, Texas and he preceded her in death on August
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Valley Gardening: Weed 'n feed can and will hurt your trees

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
What a beautiful fall we have had! There hasn't even been a killing frost yet which sure is different. The frost will be coming soon...... and I have to admit that I am ready for it. I always tell my sisters in California that they don't really know how to garden because they don't have the harsh reality of
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President's Message: State needs to hear from the SLV on importance of higher education

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Adams State University has been able to count on support from the communities of the San Luis Valley ever since its inception, nearly 90 years ago. I don't need to preach to the choir about the advantages Adams State brings our region:
* quality, affordable, accessible higher education
* cultural development
* economic impact (equal to tourism's contribution)
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Beating back the oppressor

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
The activity required students to take on the role of their assigned US legislator. The task was to work with a fellow "legislator" to pass legislations.
Of all the lessons I engaged in during my high school days, this is the most enduring.
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Still Waters: Love the spuds!

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Autumn is that time of year we enjoy colors changing, warm sunshine on crisp September days, earlier evenings, back to school, Halloween candy -- and potatoes.
While it might be maple syrup or apple-picking time in other parts of the country, it's potato harvest time here. The fields host a constant line of harvesters. The spuds roll down the county
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It Seems to Me: Don’t read that book!

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
This is Banned Books Week, which is promoted each year by the American Library Association in order to "celebrate our freedom to read." It was begun in 1982 in response to a surge in attempts to ban books from public and school libraries.
This year has been challenging for me. I've been lecturing to my students about how we all
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Native Writes: Political confusion

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
There's a new political bad word out there.
It once was communist or Nazi, but that went away quickly when the tar never really left the brush.
Later, it was liberal or conservative. Either one was evil, depending upon the speaker, advertiser or commentator.
Unable to sleep well, I awakened in the wee hours and switched on the TV. During
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Letter to the editor: A word of thanks

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
Last week, the oversight of Juniper Village changed hands. Juniper Communities passed the baton to Dakavia.
Juniper has been part of the Monte Vista community for more than 20 years. In that time, we have seen many changes not only in our local environment but in the needs of the people we serve. Our mission, to nurture the spirit of
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Alamosa Trees: Trees need fall care

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
It's officially fall and I'm thinking about what I need to do for my trees to help them with their transition to winter dormancy. Going dormant is the way most temperate perennial plants (this include trees) survive the cold of winter.
"You can compare dormancy to an extended period of "rest" for plants, when their metabolic processes, such
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Letter to the editor: New Homecoming tradition was awesome

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
When you think of Homecoming, you think of tradition. A "new" tradition was born today. With the first Annual Alumni Homecoming Event under our belts, we are already dreaming of next year's bigger and better Second Annual Alumni Homecoming Event. Our little town and our wonderful alumni have an inspiring energy! Our first event has inspired us to move forward
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Letter to the editor: Beware of the snakes

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Earlier this summer, Suzanne and I lost our beautiful 14 yr. old Labrador companion which was bitten by a large rattlesnake.  In spite of modern medicine, it did not survive 24 hrs. The snake disappeared, but, as a future precaution to visitors, Suzanne posted our place with signs that said, "BEWARE--RATTLESNAKES ABOUT."
In a seemingly unrelated event, I have been
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Letter to the editor: Endorsing Jim McCloskey

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
This letter is to endorse Jimmy McCloskey for the position of sheriff of Alamosa County.
My name is Darryll Huntsman. I was a deputy for the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office from 2000 to 2004. During that time I worked for Jimmy McCloskey in the Patrol Division. I found that Jimmy was more than a supervisor, he was more a father
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Letter to the editor: Hot springs is favorite spot

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
I am somewhat (in)famous for long op-eds, but I just wanted to write in to support the Orient Land Trust - known to many as "Valley View Hot Springs." This is just about my favorite place in the world and I bring guests from out of the state who frequently remark at its natural beauty, tranquility, and stress-soaking qualities. If
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Movin' On With Nellie: Still, gulf waters froth

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
I return again and again to
the sand, the rushing white foam
along Galveston's shoreline
where Aunt Leona and I waltzed
with seagulls in search of just that
one shell, the angel shells, the clams,
the walking sand crabs and lost
seaweed with tacks of oil smudges
creasing silicon grains and fueling climate
change. It was a nasty
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Piece of Mind: Language of busyness

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
Are you busy? Are you crazy busy? Are you soo busy you don't know how to get it all done? Well, good for you. That means you are somebody, right? Important people are busy. Important people have a hard time juggling all their responsibilities. If you want to be "anybody," you have to be over-extended, right?
Well, I think that
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: A great idea

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
We have the potential for something great here in the Valley, thanks to the Southern Colorado Film Festival. I look forward to seeing it continue in future years.
Okay, so some products by budding filmmakers may be a long way geographically and aesthetically from Sundance's independent film festival and its upscale audiences, but we have an opportunity here in the
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Letter to the editor: Support McCloskey for sheriff

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
My name is Robert Sims. I am writing in regards to Alamosa County's Nov. 4th election for sheriff's office, the importance of your vote to this community, and the importance of change to the San Luis Valley and why I feel the independent candidate James McCloskey is the right man for the position of sheriff and why he has our
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Letter to the editor: Vote for High Valley

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
High Valley Community Center will have a ballot issue this fall with questions 5A and 5B to voters regarding forming a special district and a request for 3 mils to sustain programming and create the opportunity for more grants. A YES vote will express community support of all that High Valley does to partner with parents and community in
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Valley Gardening: How to keep a geranium happy

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
Life is good in the neighborhood--even tho' the criminals are still running free! I went to City Court this week so that I could look "our shoplifter" in the eye...but no surprise...he didn't show up. A warrant was issued for his arrest. I will still have my day in court but it will be in District Court because of the
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Center’s success proves Welsh’s worth

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
Sometimes a change in leadership is required to make improvements. Sometimes consistency in leadership is needed to maintain improving trends.
Currently airing on PBS, Ken Burns' documentary The Roosevelts details the political careers of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Teddy Roosevelt was a force, a brute man that championed the Republican Party. Had he decided
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Still Waters: One year ago

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
A year ago yesterday I was undergoing surgery in a Denver hospital where most of my colon was removed due to cancer being found in some of the prolific polyps detected earlier in the year through routine and follow-up colonoscopies. The cancer was caught very early, thanks to those colonoscopies. I probably wouldn't have had my first colonoscopy last year
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It Seems to Me: Lifting each other

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
"Why do so many people feel they have to put one group down in order to raise another up?" Joslyn, one of my former students asked recently. I had been thinking about the many different excuses we use to mistreat one another, and perhaps part of the answer lies in her question.
It's easier to point our finger at others
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Native Writes: Moose Nation: It’s the people

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
The school year is well under way, bringing with it an abundance of memories.
Alamosa High School is near and dear to my heart and, with homecoming almost here, it's a time of recollection. I am a proud alumna and member of "Moose Nation."
Someone recently asked what I remember most about my years at AHS and I replied, "the
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Letter to the editor: A letter to Mr. Sanchez regarding Center Schools Superintendent George Welsh

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
I am appalled by your recent call for Mr. Welsh's resignation. You have absolutely no grounds for this action. You say you are for the kids but your actions indicate just the opposite. I don't know whose agenda you are following, but to say that Mr. Welsh has been about underachieving is as far as possible from the truth. Funny
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Letter to the editor: OLT is family friendly

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
After reading the Friday, September 12, 2014 article regarding Orient Land Trust I am compelled to offer a differing opinion of the atmosphere and activities at the hot springs.
I have been visiting OLT for better than 20 years, and now enjoy taking my child to soak with me. We love the fireflies!
My experiences have been
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Letter to the editor: Sanchez calls for super's resignation

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
I have had time to look over the ACT scores for the Center School District 26-JT.
With a heavy heart I feel great concern for our graduating students. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our students will have a difficult time obtaining a passing grade while in college. Center students scored a 16.6 composite score on the
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