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Letter to the editor: Get Fort Garland off the “pot” map

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
To the Costilla County Commissioners,
Put yourselves in the shoes of the people who will be directly affected by the proposed pot shop in the historic Hoagland's store. Would you like your mother, children, grandchildren, niece, to wake up and the first thing you see out your front window is a pot shop?
And then, there's the Fort Garland Museum.
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Letter to the editor: Say no to Center recall

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
I would like to offer a few counter points to the mostly one-sided debate put forth in the Center School's recall election.
First, a simple truth: the recall started at the school to remove Sanchez/Varoz. It did not start at the Head Start, period. Mr. Welsh gives lectures about lying and fills the same page with assumptions used as facts
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Chowder time

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
Whether you are hoping that a Lenten fast will make you holier or whether you just like healthy nutrition, this is a good time to be thinking seriously about what you are doing with your life and what you are consuming to sustain it. A simple option, besides dieting, is to eat less meat and more fish.
The adage "Less
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Movin on With Nellie: Who you gonna call? Pizza Hut, Geico and Layton’s!

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
I parallel parked outside my son's apartment just where the deer make a nightly trek to the cottonwoods along the Rio Grande.
My service dog Schroeder and I ambled up the walk avoiding iced over snow. Inside I watched as my son turned this knob and that one and inserted the lighter into the door to light
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Valley Gardening: Snow is welcome; aphids are not

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
We have gone from Spring back to Winter--and that sure feels good. I know, I know...the spring like weather in January and early February was pretty awesome...but we all knew that moisture was desperately needed in our Valley. It's still needed. If it snows now and gets cold, we know that it is all down hill, with March arriving on
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Still Waters: The Smiths bless and inspire

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful couple this week at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake. Shirleen and Harland Smith are a treasure.
Both are outstanding artists, just with different mediums. Harland paints, primarily with watercolors, and Shirleen creates needlepoint art from scratch. I couldn't even do needlepoint with a pattern, but Shirleen creates her scenes as
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it Seems to Me: Confronting truth

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
We were studying the history of Colorado when I first realized there was something wrong with the story I was being told. According to the textbook we were using, "the territory now known as Colorado" was discovered in 1806 when Zebulon Pike discovered the mountain named after him.
Never mind that the purpose behind Pike's expedition was to map out
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Letter to the editor: Rare square February not so rare

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
On Tuesday, you published an article to your website entitled "It's A Rare Square February." The article claimed that a "square February" like this year's happens once every 823 years.
In fact, it is not rare at all. The last "square February" -- starting on Sunday and having 28 days -- happened in 2009, and the next one will be
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Letter to the editor: It’s time to invoke Article 5

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
No matter the number of letters we write, calls we make, town halls we attend, groups we organize, or people we elect, we have a government together with its representatives that are out of control in regards to spending, monetizing of the yearly debt, boarders, Obama Care, etc. "Give us greater numbers" the politicians say, so the American people respond,
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Native Writes: Hard to say so long

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
As I drive by the soon-to-be-demolished building on the corner of Sixth Street and State Avenue, I find it hard to say goodbye.
Growing up, I remember it always being there and almost always being a bar.
My dad, a part-time cop, forbade me to go there. I never knew why.
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Piece of Mind: The lies that scar

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
I have told three lies in my life that I will never forget. Well, four, but the last one was stupid.
The most memorable lie I've told happened in high school. I was hanging out with my friends Dave and Nick and we decided to explore the "secret tunnel" that ran from the convent into the city park. To be
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Letter to the editor: Thanks everyone!!  

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
I appreciate all the fuss over me. Even though I do not require a pat on the back it makes a person feel good hearing all the thank you's, honks, waves, and chats when I'm on the Highway 160 and at Summit Grocery.  This is just me and now I've made my mark in Colorado and will continue!! Who knows what I will
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Letter to the editor: Lawrence, do the right thing

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
Dear Lawrence Pacheco, Costilla County Commissioner, Dist. 1:
We voted for you to represent us when you ran for commissioner.
I feel that on important issues, like on marijuana, you should have held a meeting at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center during evening hours so everyone interested could attend. Many people work during the day and are unable to attend
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Alamosa Trees: Alamosa receives CTC grant and fruit tree pruning

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) grant: Alamosa received another CTC grant through the efforts of the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Tree Board. Yahoo! A tree inventory of park trees and street trees (those between sidewalks and curbs) will be conducted with the grant money. Funds from the City of Alamosa will provide more than enough to match the
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Letter to the editor: Message to Costilla County commissioners

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Hoagland's Store in Fort Garland was entered in the State Register of Historic Properties on Sept. 9, 1996, and it is located a little over 100 feet north of the Fort Garland Museum.
Costilla County Medical and Retail Marijuana and Business Licensing Regulations, Article 14: Retail Marijuana Store License Caps. states that "Additionally, the authority may consider the availability of
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Letter to the editor: Concert for cancer relief a success

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses that helped make the 4th Annual Concert for Cancer Relief a success. We raised enough money that night to help another 70 Valley cancer patients with a $200 stipend. Thanks to those businesses who contributed: Alamosa Home; Alamosa Safeway Store; Alta Fuels; Automotive Concepts, Inc.; Colorado Sports; Green Spot
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Sheep to shorn. Part III

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Raising sheep for meat and wool, an important part of the Valley's economy at one time, provided subsistence for many of the early colonizers, while, for many others, sheep were a means to accrue wealth. Within a short generation after the first settlements, sheep were grazing, from hundreds of small farms to the grassy sump occupied by Lafayette Head's herd,
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Mr. Paine goes to Denver

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
In the 1939 film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" a senior senator, Mr. Paine, attempts to corrupt a newly appointed senator, Mr. Smith. As the plot develops, it's learned that the Senator Paine, although he may appear friendly, is using his friendship with Mr. Smith to skew the system.
A classic story portraying Washington-style politics, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
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Valley Gardening: Every seed, every life is precious

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
We have a pretty good chance of receiving some snow/rain this weekend. Let's all hope that we get slammed! Maybe I'll get to use some of that wood that has been stockpiled.
Last Sunday I flew to Santa Cruz, California--family emergency--still waiting for outcomes as my sister literally battles for her life. A person soon realizes how fragile life can
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Letter to the editor: Thanks, Karla and Barbara

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
Thank you, Karla Shriver, for that letter to the editor about Barbara Miller.  I have seen her numerous times on HWY 160 between Monte Vista and Alamosa and I've been curious about her. What a beautiful gift she is giving to the community! And I've noticed that she bends over for every piece of trash she collects -- an interesting way
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Letter to the editor: Well, let’s tell it like it is

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
Roughly 20 articles have been published on the overall Rio Grande Basin Water Plan. Previous contributors like P. Alspaugh, K. Sowards and V. Sutherland haven't been given proper recognition.
Subdistrict formation is an effort to address present and past damage done to the aquifer systems. This involved the reported retirement of over 100,000 acres. This is over 156 sections. The
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It Seems to Me: Affront to truth

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
In a world that promotes simple solutions, easy achievement, and the fantasy of perfection, it takes a lot of courage to risk making a mistake. Perhaps that is why wisdom is such a rare quality in today's world. And perhaps the fear of being wrong is why there is so much hostility in our public exchanges. It's much easier to
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Still Waters: I like my ‘nut burger’

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Five years ago this month a little cow dog entered my life. Julia, who worked here at the time and has since moved to more exotic states, rescued the little guy east of Alamosa where she lived. He had been abused pretty badly when she rescued him, and she paid to have him fixed up. He was later "fixed" as
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Letter to the editor: Valentines for Vets appreciated

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
The residents and staff of the Colorado State Veterans Center would sincerely like to thank each of you for remembering and supporting our veterans with Valentines, donations to the Occupant Benefits Fund, and visits.
This year the response for Valentines for Vets was overwhelming. Schools, churches, volunteers, veteran groups and individuals contributed during this holiday in many ways. Special presentations,
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Letter to the editor: An apology

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
I am writing this letter with a humble and saddened heart to apologize to the "Panther Pee-Wee Wrestling Club" from Blanca/Ft. Garland. I betrayed your trust by stealing all the money each child and parent worked so hard to accumulate in order for the young boys and girls to participate and practice in wrestling, for which I am truly sorry.
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Native Writes: Humans are not predictable

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
It's my theory that, when God created the Earth, He first placed living creatures, but no humans at all, on the giant orb, but soon got bored with the inter-species conflict among animals He did put there, so it was time to expand.
He made man in His own image. At least, that's what the creation sections of the Bible
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Letter to the editor: Thank you from the Conejos County Gifts of Giving

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
The Conejos County Gifts of Giving would like to thank all the committee members who donated their time in planning and coordinating services in the community ; Cheyanne Crowther, FCCLA student, who provided assistance with e-mails and attended planning meetings as the student liaison; the Conejos County businesses who were very generous with their donations; the churches in Conejos
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