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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Adventures in weaving Part II

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Usually around January 27 I write about the arrival of our famous explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike in the San Luis Valley in 1807, but this week I'll return to my story about weaving. Pike's expedition, at any rate, did find him returning to the United States via Santa Fe, where he and his ragged companions hopefully acquired much-needed trousers and
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Letter to the editor: Board opposes marijuana facility

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Costilla County Commissioners,
The undersigned members of the Board of Directors of the Blanca/Fort Garland Metropolitan District (Community Center) are opposed to the Board of Costilla County Commissioners issuing a special use permit for a grow/retail/medical marijuana facility across County Road Gg.5 from the Fort Garland Museum and adjacent to the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Station.
These are Fort Garland's
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The work continues

Posted: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
Monday I marched with 30,000 other citizens in the Denver Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade (parade and march). Although I have attended various MLK Day events in the past, this was the first time I marched. As one might expect, it was a wonderful and sobering experience.
As we marched from City Park (about a mile east of Downtown Denver)
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Valley Gardening: Think about plants and cancer benefit for Valentine’s Day

Posted: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
Before we know it Valentine's Day will be here! It's pretty amazing to be in the middle of January and be outside in shirt sleeves! We certainly need snow, but I am okay if it happens in March and April--nice and wet and sloppy snow--right before spring.
As you start looking for Valentine's Day presents and maybe you are looking
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Letter to the editor: Well said, Mr. Howard

Posted: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
An open letter to the editor, Steven Howard and all those who come under my influence for better or for worse:
Mr. Howard, sir, my name at the end of a letter to the editor is not unfamiliar to our community! I had just sent a txt to my pastor lamenting a lack of humility in my life of late
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Letter to the editor: Administrator clarifies Costilla County hearings

Posted: Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015
I am writing today to correct a series of misrepresentations in the article from the January 21 edition of the Valley Courier, "Fort Garland Shop stirs up the pot."
To begin with, the Costilla County Board of Commissioners held two separate and distinct Public Hearings on Tuesday 1/20/15. At 1 p.m. the board held a hearing to
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It Seems to Me: Making connections

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Sometimes I'm asked how I come up with ideas for my weekly column, and I'm never quite sure how to answer. There are times when I find myself staring at a blank computer screen hoping that words will magically appear, and there are times when they seem to. And then there are days like today when my mind is filled
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Still Waters: You’re the next contestant …

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
One of my weaknesses, if I were stuck in bed with unlimited television channels at my disposal, would be game shows. I don't know why I am drawn to them. Perhaps I am more competitive in nature than I would like to think. Or perhaps I want to see someone "win it big." Or maybe I want to compare my
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Letter to the editor: Save Hoagland Store from ‘pot’ential fate

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
Thank you so much to you and to the Valley Courier for taking time to come out and give both sides some fair coverage.
Just wanted to let you know that there were actually two items on the agenda both concerning marijuana.
One was for the communities surrounding the San Luis area whose water is supplied by Costilla County. The
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Piece of Mind: Shifting baselines — Shifting expectations

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
Life in the US during World War II baffles me. The government encouraged families to plant "Victory Gardens" as a means of national defense. US car manufacturing came to a halt for nearly three years. The auto industry retooled to manufacture tanks, trucks, jeeps, airplanes, bombs, torpedoes, steel helmets, and ammunition--all under government contract. Rosie the Riveter became a
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Native Writes: Tijerina’s message lives on

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The recent death of Reis Lopez Tijerina pulled my mind and memory into days long gone by.
A popular book and movie, "The Milagro Beanfield War," could have defined his life, except that his battle -- and that of many others back in the day -- was for land rights.
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Letter to the editor: In death, as in life, choice is important

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
I am writing this letter in response to the editorial "Suicide is never painless" written by Kathryn Lopez which appeared in the January 17 issue of the Valley Courier. Indeed, death by any means is usually not painless. Choosing to shorten pain and suffering for a person who is very near the end of their life is not choosing death
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Letter to the editor: Eliminating tax benefits for rich is positive step

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
With Christmas behind us, we can look back with laughter at the small part of the population we were able to convince, that Santa comes down the chimney with gifts. I look with much less joy at the much larger portion of the population which still believes that material wealth trickles down from corporations and the rich. It has been
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Alamosa Flowers: Does your garden welcome local wildlife?

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
A frequent visitor to our yard this winter is a red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus). We don't put out bird food and I wonder what it is eating and where it spends the night. In fact, I've been surprised how many birds I've seen in our neighborhood this winter. Maybe I'm noticing them because I'm around more this winter.
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Letter to the editor: The human element

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
I have been asked repeatedly about the approaching economic bankruptcy of this country. Interestingly in replying to these questions I am reminded of a recurring theme found throughout the Bible of all books. When I was younger I was educated about the various biblical characters such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph etc. And I often learned songs about
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Dr. Svaldi responds to Hostetter

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
It is heartening to know that many share my revulsion over the academic fraud committed against Adams State University that is detailed in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. However, I must correct some statements made by Valley Courier columnist Lance Hostetter.
He wrongly assumes that Adams State's student information was hacked.
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Adventures in weaving. Part I

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
Winter can bring cabin fever even if the weather has not yet been severe. Regardless, I have been making the most of the chilly days to indulge in a favorite pastime, weaving.
This hobby began far from here in Saudi Arabia nearly 40 years ago. But before living there, I had done some jobs here in the San Luis Valley
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Letter to the editor: Don’t take away the freedom to choose

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
After reading "Suicide is never painless" by Kathryn Lopez, let me say, I respectfully disagree.
Let me begin by saying that I don't know the particulars of Goelieva De Troyer, and whether she was "influenced" by the ideology of the doctor who assisted her in suicide, but it sounds like the son is angry that she had the final
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Letter to the editor: Park entrance should be free

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
Question: What is the difference between a National Park and a National Monument?
Answer: A National Park can only be called into being by an act of Congress whereas National Monuments are usually set aside by presidential proclamation.
After sending my last letter to the editor, some of my friends reminded me that entrance fees have been charged at the
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ASU issues need exact action

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
"As he directed more of his business to Adams State, Mr. White says, he sought to build connections on the inside."
The article from the Chronicle on Higher Education paints an ugly image for Adams State University, really ugly.
The article outlines the work of "Mr. White" who helps student-athletes meet academic requirements in order to remain eligible for
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It Seems to Me: Going to extremes

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
There is too much frustration in the world today, too much anger and bitterness. We see the world as being "either/or" when it is much more complex than that. Most of the time, we are comfortable somewhere in the middle, but if we aren't careful, we will find ourselves indulging in making judgments based on extreme thinking.
We'll cheerfully be
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Still Waters: Taking a 21st Century self portrait

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
Technically, I am part of the Baby Boomer generation, which covers quite a post-World War II span from 1946-1964. I was born towards the end of that span but not quite fitting in the Generation X group, characterized as those born from 1965 to 1985. Generation Y follows, with those born through 1990, and Generation Z hits "youngsters" born in
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for the honor

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
To the citizens of Alamosa County:
Thank you for the privilege and honor of serving you as your sheriff for the past 20 years. It has been an honor!
Dave Stong
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Piece of Mind: Je suis Charlie!

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
When I first started this column in 2009, my friend Ken told me "I mean, the articles are well written and all, but you never really make a statement. You never really take a stand. You're sort of always in the middle."
At the time I took this as a complement. I thought he must mean I am thoroughly thinking
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Native Writes: My new adventure

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
At my age, one would think there would be no new adventures, especially in Alamosa, where I have lived most of my life.
During the past weekend, as well as the first of this week, I was faced with a problem I had never seen before.
I came to the realization that my vehicle, a 1995 Mitsubishi, was becoming a
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Letter to the editor: To the Costilla County Commissioners

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
Yes, we know marijuana is legal in Colorado, but did all common sense go out the window when it became legal (marijuana is a narcotic that dulls the senses). When I was the school nurse at Sierra Grande we called people who sold drugs for money drug dealers not businessmen.
I'd like to quote Dr. David Williams' article "The Normalization
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Letter to the editor: To the Costilla County Commissioners

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
Fort Garland people care about improving our small, unincorporated community. Volunteers have planted trees and flowers, maintained a beautiful park for kids of all ages -- local and visitors. We were able to obtain the old port-of-entry building and made a visitor's center out of it where we welcome people from all over the world. We started a Scholarship Fund
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Letter to the editor: Notice of thanks

Posted: Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015
I hope everyone in Monte Vista reads and takes heed to this letter.
There is an individual among us who knows no fear and doesn't mind tackling any and all community projects.
He has promoted the successful "Rally in the Valley." He attends all city council meetings with input to better our community.
He has promoted and engineered the Faith
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