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Movin' On with Nellie: The Woman Card!

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
The woman card! That's the reason I'm a democrat and proud of it!
After politicians like Trump skewed the "woman's card"--a slant at Hillary's talking points--a columnist came out with a witty response and an actual plastic card was not far behind. We saw this on the late night shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Valley Gardening: Ready to plant, once it quits snowing

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Okay, okay…enough moisture already! It's almost May 1 and it is time to plant. Most things anyway. I left some of my cold crop 6 packs out in the snow--guess I will find out tomorrow whether or not they survived. My feeling is they are loving it. I did bring in a tray of petunias and salvias that I mistakenly
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After the Fact: Lost and found

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
In my disorganized fashion, I simply put things in cabinets where they "fit" with a slight nod to having "like things" next to or near one another. Canned spinach by the canned corn, pineapple slices adjacent to fruit cocktail and so on. I was astonished to find, when re-arranging the pantry, that I had 7 (SEVEN) large cans of black
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It Seems to Me: The nature of the beast

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
We like to believe that America is still the land of opportunity -- that if we are good people, work hard, and are responsible, we will be successful. Unfortunately, the reality is that more and more good, hard-working people are struggling just to get by, and stories of success seem to be more of an exception than the rule.
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Still Waters: What is the nature of your emergency?

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
"Vital signs are stable, patient conscious and breathing, pain level 6 out of 10, ETA 15 minutes, any questions or orders?"
"No, we'll see you when you get here."
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Letter to the editor: Marijuana businesses could help local economy

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
I am a concerned citizen who is looking out for the rights of those who want safe access to marijuana in this county. I am in the process of getting a Citizen Initiated Petition started so that we can gather the required number of signatures to get these questions about recreational sales, MIPS Kitchens and Cultivation Grow Centers put on
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Native Writes: Memories of a wonderful friend

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
I recently spent a night thinking of my friend, Maria "Cookie" Schmitz, who had passed away.
I had known of her battle with cancer since last May, but she swore me to secrecy, so I shared the knowledge with no one.
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Letter to the editor: Consider mental effects of abortion

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
When most hear the term "abortion" images of small under-developed babies often come to mind. To many, the most prominent concern is for the undeveloped child's life.
It seems, however, there is a larger concern to be considered. This concern is for a mother's post-abortion wellbeing. There are many factors that play a role in how abortion affects women
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Letter to the editor: Ride the river with

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
I first met Steve Vandiver in the fall of 2006. He was seated across the table from me. When he looked at me, he had a stern and bullet-hard expression on his face. I couldn't tell if he was intentionally trying to intimidate me, or, if the hardened expression naturally capped-off his six-foot-three-inch, massive shoulders, bulldogger-type frame. He was a
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The Valley’s early Ute Indians

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
First, let's explain what Proto Ute Indian means. These are Ute Indians who lived in the period between prehistoric time and historic time which was recorded in writing. In this case, Spaniards first did the recording.
Ute Indians belong to a linguistic group called Uto-Aztecan.
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The pitter-patter of Earth Day projects

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
It's no secret that I love cocker spaniels and I have three of the best ever. I am celebrating Earth Day as I write with my cockers running in and out of the doggie door! Wait, there's Nikki looking for me. She's blind. Wait a minute; I need to make sure she knows I'm here.
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After the Fact: Tilting at windmills

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
It was a race more exciting than the Kentucky Derby; it wasn't on national TV and the winner came in last. "Notinrwildestdreamz," great, great-granddaughter of Secretariat, made what will probably be her only appearance on the track at Belmont, but her accomplishment in just finishing the race at all is a testament to true love and total faith.
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Valley Gardening: Digging into spring

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
Wow, wasn't the snow just wonderful? So wet, so mushy, so filled with moisture that is so greatly appreciated. And now…the weekend looks like it is going to be beautiful.
I have been watching my hops vine in front of the store.
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Letter to the editor: How to get local weather

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
A few months ago this freelance reporter gave himself a New Year's present and got an HD cable television package with several more sports channels than before. Sure, the price was higher than before, but the reception was better on these HD channels (try seeing a puck on standard definition broadcasting), and now I was not going to miss a
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It Seems to Me: The gift of compassion

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Getting caught up in our own problems and challenges robs us of our ability to feel compassion for others. Even worse, if we are not careful, we can turn it into a competition of suffering.
"You think you've got it bad! You should see what I'm going through!" we'll say. Or when we see someone in need, we'll ask, "Why
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Still Waters: Earth Day anecdotes & antidotes

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Happy Earth Day. Celebrate responsibly.
Please don't give up your daily shower to conserve water. You may want to save the planet, but the rest of us have to live with you while you're doing it. If you're really worried about using too much water, take a shower with a friend. Black labs love water.
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Native Writes: Awful April

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
Mulling over two tragic deaths just this week and writing this on April 20, I recall a trend of this spring month, which is supposed to bring forth May flowers.
According to CBS Miami, an odd historical phenomenon that happens around this time is April.
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Letter to the editor: What’s really happening Part 2

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
I have written often about the difficult times that we will most certainly face as a country. And regardless of who wins in November I do not believe that what is coming can be reversed. Not because it is impossible to reverse it, but because we no longer have the will to reverse it.
Last week several alarming
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Alamosa Trees: Planting schedule, pruning responsibilities, and tree planning time

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016
Four Alamosa tree plantings are coming up. Friday is Earth Day and next week is Alamosa's Arbor Week. Please join us if you can! We will have shovels on hand.
1) Friday is Earth Day and Adams State University's EARTH Group will plant two Spring Snow Crabapples south of McDaniel Hall at 10 a.m. This is on the west side
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Letter to the editor: Malice is not the issue

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016
Reporting the news is not malice. Holding public officials to a standard of conduct is not malicious as Robin Crites asserts in the April 12 letter published in the Valley Courier, defending Saguache County attorney Ben Gibbons.
Crites goes on to remark in his letter: "a conflict of interest in the Valley is unavoidable." What the Colorado Supreme
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Letter to the editor: Marijuana discussions imperative

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016
This week the Colorado Secretary of State will hold the second hearing to discuss the Marijuana Initiative. Issues to be discussed are the potency, child proofing, labeling of potency of marijuana, and others.
When we ask two questions: What will happen if these marijuana products are unregulated and what may happen if they are regulated?
We see the answer
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Archaic time in the Valley

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
Agriculture and even some wine-making had begun in the Middle East by the time that Folsom people migrated into the San Luis Valley following "Bison antiquus." Paleolithic hunters in the Western Hemisphere would have a lot of cultural catching-up to do.
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