A Trail of Thoughts: Too early to give?

Before I begin, let me be very clear that I will never apologize for what I believe. With that said, I will move on to other matters.

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Amarah's Corner: Opioids keep taking lives

Kids like me are kids and adults of all ages whose parents are, or were, drug addicts and alcoholics, kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse and neglect (trauma) on multiple levels, and kids who are victims of bullying.

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Native Writes: Old photos, happy times

I came home recently to find my 15-year-old grandson going through my “this n that” drawer.

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A Trail of Thoughts: Why facts really matter

In this day and age of instant news access, narratives come from every direction.

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A Trail of Thoughts: Art and stories

Usually, I am not a big art person.

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Native Writes: The value of a veteran

Just what is “Stolen valor?”  I recently encountered it as I watched a man claim to have served in war, but reality said he didn’t. He accepted a medal and wore it. No needed to check his record.

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Amarah's Corner: A mom’s story: in her own words

Amarah shares mom’s story in Alamosa County Jail

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Amarah's Corner: My Dear Friend, Miss Ruth Heide continued — Part 2

Three wishes: (1) “Always enough moisture for the Valley farms and ranches to prosper, but not flood;

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After the Fact: I’m B-A-A-A-A-CK!!

Relatively speaking, this Valley has better health care facilities and services than nearly anywhere else in the state.

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Movin on with Nellie: Sometimes

Sometimes I want to flip back the calendar

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Alamosa Landscapes: Planting wildflower seeds in the San Luis Valley

Our garden is essentially a cottage garden.

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Ruth Heide update

Dear Valley residents and friends,

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Jose (Joe) Gonzales

ALAMOSA - Alamosa resident Jose (Joe) Agapito Gonzales passed away on September 19, 2019 at his home in Alamosa surrounded by his loving family.

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Movin on with Nellie: Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency —Guterres

Mother Earth’s defrosting glaciers, fuming fires, and crumbling crops point out the growing peril to peace on earth.

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Native Writes: Elusive history

Digging through history is a complicated process, especially when the subject is one kept hidden for more than 100 years.

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Amarah's Corner: A message from Deputy Evan Dick

“Kids like me” are kids and adults of all ages whose parents are, or were, drug addicts, and alcoholics; kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse and neglect on multiple levels; and kids who are victims of bullying.

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Land, Water and People: Mixed conifer—Our most diverse forests

Variety is a good word to describe the mixed conifer forests that grow part way up on the slopes of the mountain surrounding the San Luis Valley.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Keep Portland weird

Tomorrow marks an end for an era at IFC. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s “Portlandia” will air its 77th and final episode that night.

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Valley Gardening: Watering reminders

Life is good in the neighborhood! The weather continues to be nice—warm, dry, a little wind (sometimes a lot) and did I mention DRY?

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Movin' On with Nelda: Kerplunk — I’ve fallen — now what?

A couple weeks ago I was being pretty silly when I thought I could step up on a chair and hang miniature LED lights in my front window.

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After the Fact: Like sands through the hourglass

More than just the people who live in them, houses and clothes have much in common.

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Being Beautiful: Weather forecast—Stormy with increasing clouds

Word of the day—desensitize: “to make less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence, or suffering by overexposure to such images.”

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Still Waters: Irish women who make me proud

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, let me share the stories of just a few of the Irish women who make me proud of my Irish heritage.

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Amarah's Corner: The story of Molly Parks

“Kids like me” are kids and adults of all ages whose parents are, or were, drug addicts, and alcoholics; kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse and neglect on multiple levels; and kids who are victims of bullying.

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Native Writes: Birthdays and wearing green

Today is my oldest son’s 56th birthday. That means I am older, as well.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Don't throw away your shot

After two years of waiting the moment finally arrived. On Saturday I saw “Hamilton: An American Musical,” arguably the hottest show of the century, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

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Alamosa Trees: Gimme a (wind) break! Part 2

This column will address windbreaks in relation to urban yards. As discussed previously, living windbreaks are more effect than wall since they actually absorb the wind as well as deflect it.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Natural and unnatural infrastructure

It’s easy to see that Ma Nature created canyons where streams could be impounded, whether the work was to be done by rock slides and beavers or by investors in irrigation projects.

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After the Fact: Don’t I know you?

Shopping in the coloring book section of Dollar Tree, I eavesdropped as the lady next to me asked a clerk (there’s always someone available to help in that store!) about pencils vs. crayons.

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Valey Gardening: It starts with the soil

Well….Alamosa and the San Luis Valley were put on the national and international map this week!

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David Creel: I want the Waltons to be real again

“I reckon I don’t have much to give but my stories,” Grandma said to John Boy as she sat on the bed beside him and wished for a better gift to give her eldest grandson.

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Still Waters: Aloha and mahalo

My folks had planned to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a trip to Kauai, Hawaii, the “garden isle.”

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Native Writes: Women’s Day brings thought

Today, Thursday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

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Amarah's Corner: My friend Erwin shares thoughts about ‘kids like me’

Teaching kids about God and His Words (the Bible) is so important God told parents in Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV), “Impress them on your children.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Jack me in

We are in the middle of a cyberpunk resurgence and I am immensely thankful for it.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Early infrastructure

Bridge and road projects in the 1800s depended on private investors to fund them, whereas in the 1900s we depended on federal and state governments, counties or towns to build and maintain them.

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Land, Water and People: The value of public lands grazing

As many readers of this column know, national forests are managed for multiple uses.

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Movin’ On With Nellie: March is Traumatic Brain Injury Month

TBI can be caused by football injuries, motor vehicle wrecks, falls, explosives, gun shot wounds and other violence.

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After the Fact: Frivolous ways

It’s been a long while since I went to a movie theater.

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Valley Gardening: Very important stuff

You know how everyone says not to go shopping when you are hungry?

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Still Waters: More weird items to occupy your brain

Listen up! March is Listening Awareness Month.

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Being Beautiful: On the outside looking in

The church was as majestic as I expected with massive, exquisite windows through which generations have looked in and looked out.

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Native Writes: Kids today

Following my middle granddaughter’s 17th birthday celebration, I began to think about teenagers.

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Amarah's Corner: ‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’

I read a post by Anthony Breznican who noted that 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He told about his chance-meeting with Mr. Rogers.

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Alamosa Trees: Gimme a (wind) break! Part 1

Recently, I attended an excellent Conservation Seedling Workshop hosted by the Alamosa district office of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS).

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Who should win, will win the Oscars

The 90th Oscars are just around the corner, so you know what that means.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Women’s right to vote

In the 1870s, when the new Centennial State was writing its constitution, the former territorial governor, the incoming state governor, and some delegates, but not enough of them, supported enfranchisement for women in Colorado’s state elections.

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Movin' On with Nellie: Be kind to all God’s creatures

One of the legacies I cherish that my Mom handed down to us girls was to be kind to animals, to stray cats, dogs, and birds.

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Valley Gardening: RV park will help local economy

Well….I went to the meeting last Friday evening concerning the proposed Rio Bravo RV Resort.

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After the Fact: If, at first, you don’t succeed

“If you haven’t got time to do it right, when are you going to have time to do it over?”

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Being Beautiful: Butterflies and bullets just don’t mix

I sat there with tears in the corners of my eyes, first from the joy of looking into their innocent, expectant faces. Then as time went on, the tears took on a very different meaning as I became outraged and terribly afraid.

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Still Waters: 'Tail' with a happy ending

I like stories with happy endings. Unfortunately, sometimes they start with pretty awful villains, so awful even Disney wouldn’t cast them as villains in their movies.

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Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares message from Matthew

“Kids like me” are kids, and adults, of all ages, whose parents are drug addicts, and alcoholics; kids who have suffered, or who are suffering, abuse and neglect on multiple levels; and kids who are victims of bullying.

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Native Writes: Keep the guns, learn the lessons

Once again, people everywhere in our nation are faced with the question of gun control.

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Land, Water and People: Embracing the diversity of environmental values

“The elk and trout were here first; they’re native,” said the high school boy. “The rancher needs to move the cattle off of the allotment.”

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Tell me a story

Sports are about the stories. It has always been and always will be.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Pike’s suffering men (Continued)

At the start of the Southwestern Expedition, both its leader Lt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike at age 28 and its surgeon Dr. John Robinson at age 26, were mature men who endured the journey as well as possible.

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Valley Gardening: Regarding poinsettias and plums

Still no winter to speak of, grateful that Wolf Creek is at a 66” snow depth at the summit.

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After the Fact: Leaving on a jet plane

It was illegal as all get-out, but it was a very small school district in Northern NM where everyone knew everyone else and half of them were related.

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Still Waters: Thank you Reagan

I needed a doggie fix pretty badly.

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Being Beautiful: And the gold medal goes to…

Since I was a little boy, the spins on the ice mesmerized me.

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Editorial: 'Build it and they will come'

This famous quote from the popular 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Brown, applies to many future dreams for the San Luis Valley.

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Amarah shares 'Delany's Poem' again

We’ve had more comments on ‘Delaney’s Poem’ than any other. I want to share it again today because it reveals the heartbreaking reality of addiction and what it does to sons and daughters, innocent babies and children as well as to parents, grandparents, and families

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Native Writes: Love is commitment

Have you ever awakened with a blank slate as a mind?

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Geiger's Culture Counter: What to watch, play on Valentine’s Day

Ah Valentine’s Day, the polarizing holiday people love to love or love to hate based on relationship status and opinion on capitalism.

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Alamosa Trees: Proposed RV resort near golf course raises concerns

I’m closely watching updates regarding the proposed 500-space RV park near the Alamosa golf course.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Pike’s suffering men

Considering the ordeals that Lieutenant Zebulon Pike’s Southwest Expedition endured, it seems important to say more about the personnel who suffered terribly during the events.

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Valley Gardening: Reminders of how short life is

What a week…starting last Saturday with our “Helping Paws, with Peyton” Bake Sale! Words can’t even begin to express how wonderful the day was! I

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After the Fact: E=MC2 and H2O

My ex always accused me of wanting to build my bridges so far ahead that, by the time I arrived, the river would have dried up.

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Movin' On with Nellie: What the world needs now is love

In the 60s, Petula Clark sang “My Love is brighter than the brightest sunshine.” Jackie DeShannon sang “What the World Needs Now.”

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Being Beautiful: Not an angel, but my angel

She came to me, not like an angel, but as my angel, her embrace just as I remember.

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Still Waters: Making a spectacle of myself

Forty years ago when I was in high school my folks bought contact lenses for me.

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Native Writes: The big conspiracy

It’s becoming more difficult to separate fact from fiction as we live each day.

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Amarah's Corner: Hope offered for pregnant addicts, babies

We have a message from a special friend, Mary Lambert (I love Miss Mary - five-years ago, she was my baby sister’s teacher here in Alamosa).

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Land, Water and People: Piñon-juniper woodlands—Life zone of many uses

Some of my favorite areas to hike are in the piñon and juniper woodlands that ring the San Luis Valley.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: The death of hype

Sunday evening something unexpected and monumental happened, and I'm not talking about the Eagles beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The mysterious Dr. Robinson

As always at this time of year, I write something about the expedition of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, and this year I have chosen to consider Pike’s companion, the mysterious Dr. John Hamilton Robinson, the expedition’s surgeon.

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Valley Gardening: Support Peyton's bake sale today

Is this weather ever going to get cold again? I know we have had nice winters before, but I don’t know that we have ever had it so nice for so long…like really long.

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Movin' On with Nellie: #MeToo is about bullying

Let’s just say it: The #MeToo movement bringing light to sexual harassment is also therefore about bullying, i.e., workplace bullying.

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After the Fact: Thanks for the memories

You may not think your life has been exciting enough, different enough or filled with enough wisdom to justify writing a “memoir.”

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Still Waters: Bottoms up!

Important periods of local history are not always the kind that result in police tape around crime scenes and murder suspects in court.

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Being Beautiful: Have you visited memory lane lately?

I wish we could go back to the moments in life that seem to stand still in our minds. Like Cher says, “If I could turn back time…”

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Amarah's Corner: 'D' shares her story

My name starts with a ‘D’ and I grew up in a small town outside of San Luis, CO. My father was an alcoholic and abusive with my mom.

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Native Writes: Getting straight info

I fell asleep during the State of The Nation speech and am currently trying to piece together what was said.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Butterfly in the sky

Facebook reminded me last week that I started Robert Jordan’s “Knife of Dreams” a year ago without completing it. That's not exactly a good pace for a 782-page book.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Holding our breaths

While I was remembering children’s stories lately, it was impossible for me not to think about some of the legends that grownups tell.

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Movin' On With Nellie: Alcoholism takes its toll on brains and families

If the reader has ever caught Dr. Phil in the afternoons, then she knows that this statement is true to the cell level.

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After the Fact: Pants on fire

If there was one cardinal sin in my mom’s book, it was telling a lie.

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Valley Gardening: Shop local please

Wow! I just had a phone call from _____________, telling me that I had said something nice in his defense, while talking to someone at City Market.

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Being Beautiful: The enduring love of a gentle giant, kisses and all

I have often wondered what goes through her mind when she curls herself into a big ball on the sofa and sleeps, and she does this a lot.

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Still Waters: Good night, sweet Ebony

Ebony went to sleep on Tuesday evening. She was 13 years old, older than any dog I had ever had.

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Guest Opinion: Medicaid dental benefit is working

The 2018 Colorado General Assembly started recently, with opening day speeches from Republican and Democrat leaders outlining their priorities for the session.

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Amarah's Corner: A message to my stepdad

I‘m sick and tired of holding this stuff in. All of my life I’ve held it in but no more.

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Native Writes: Watching people is my joy

Anyone who knows me already knows I love watching people. This column is for them, as well as those who would like to know what rings my bell.

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Alamosa Flowers: Dream Garden

REMINDER: The 2018 Seed Exchange is Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Adam State’s Nielsen Library.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: The never-ending fad of faces

Like a lot of people I spent the other weekend staring at my phone’s camera infatuated with a newly discovered application.

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Land, Water and People: A drive up Pinos Creek Road

One of my favorite summer and autumn drives is up County Road 14, Pinos Creek Road, which heads southwest from U.S. Highway 160 at the western edge of Del Norte.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Tell me a cuento

Once a month children come to the Alamosa Public Library for story time.

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After the Fact: The sweet smell of success

“Blue Waltz” was a high dollar perfume, displayed in a heart-shaped bottle and sold in fine stores everywhere.

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Valley Gardening: Plant flags in Centennial Park

I moved to the Valley in July 1973 from Luverne, MN. What I missed most that first summer was the thunderstorms that used to roll through the Midwest. And now, I am missing the snowstorms!

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Still Waters: Hug a bowl of popcorn

National Popcorn Day is today (January 19), and the 32nd Annual National Hugging Day is Sunday, January 21. I’m in.

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Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares emotions, message for 'Sarah'

Hey, kids like me, I thought I would talk about emotions today because that’s what I’ve been thinking about lately.

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Native Writes: Power in unity

I attended a meeting this week which awakened my belief that people united hold immense power.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Colorado comes out on 'Top Chef'

I love cooking shows. I love Colorado. So when I heard that Colorado was going to be the location of season 15 of “Top Chef” I was extremely excited and intrigued.

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Guest Opinion: A productive year ahead

It is an honor to represent the people of Colorado’s Third Congressional District, and with the second session of the 115th Congress underway I am focused on continuing to advance legislation to build economic opportunities for hardworking Colorado families, protect our nation’s public lands, and guarantee safe and healthy communities.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: No Spanish land grants here

Let’s try repeating this statement 10 times, just to help remember it. There were no Spanish land grants in the San Luis Valley.

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Valley Gardening: Fishing weather?

And…it continues to be dry….and pretty dang warm!

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After the Fact: Breakfast of champions

Oatmeal is still not high on my list of favorite breakfast foods, regardless how healthy if’s supposed to be.

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Still Waters: Thank you for the music

Last year my brother-in-law Kevin asked if I would be interested in a musical instrument.

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Native Writes: The ‘50s weren’t that bad

I was recently asked if I would like to return to the 1950s.

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Amarah's Corner: Grown-up ‘kid like me’, Delia, shares her story: Part 2

Delia. Part 2 What I swore for years that I would never do - I ended up doing. Heroin destroyed my life growing up and there I was putting my kids through the same thing my mom put me through.

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Alamosa Flowers: Winter watering decisions

What crazy winter-weather conditions! Last year we had record snowfalls on two days during the first week of January.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Pray for snow

It’s 10 days into 2018 and I have yet to go skiing.

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Land, Water and People: The health benefits of nature

I count myself lucky to have grown up in rural southern New Hampshire. Our house sat on a small one and a half acre lot next to a northern hardwood forest.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Roof over their heads

For more than 30 years La Puente Home has been offering a roof and food for people who needed them desperately.

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After the Fact: Wedding bells

By the time we were in our 40’s, my friend Sarah had been married seven times.

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Valley Gardening: In dry winter it's OK to water a little

Wow…where did 2017 go? And where in the heck is winter? Next Tuesday it is supposed to be 54 degrees and the following Tuesday it is supposed to be 54 degrees!

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Still Waters: Bailey for Christmas

He was the first Christmas present of the weekend, which we were celebrating a week late with my family.

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Being Beautiful: Remember the lessons of history in 2018

With the New Year’s Eve Champagne barely behind us, 2018 unfolds full of promise and challenge.

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Amarah's Corner: Grown-up ‘kid like me,’ Delia, shares her story: Part 1

Hey, kids like me! I’m happy to tell you we were able to help about 140 kids like me in the San Luis Valley (SLV) have a better Christmas, 2017.

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Native Writes: Changing the unremarkable

The new year had a slow start for me. I managed to stay awake until midnight and was glad I did. Neil Diamond led a huge crowd singing “Sweet Caroline” and that led to sweet dreams.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: We are what they grow beyond

It took 34 years to move away from the colossal shadow of the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Efficient weight loss

If we lived in Southeast Asia, Africa, or many other places, we would not have to make the nation’s No. 1 Resolution on January 1 to lose weight, as we do here. There, many people stay trim by starving to death.

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Valley Gardening: I am thankful for …

As we end this year, I have to be thankful!

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After the Fact: Another New Year’s Eve

It’s been eons since I stayed up on a New Year’s eve long enough to watch the crystal ball drop in Times Square.

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Still Waters: People who touched my life in 2017

While the nation had no lack of national chaos and scandal in 2017, we plunged and plodded through our ordinary lives in this high mountain valley.

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Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares special column from 2017

Today’s column is the last one for the year, 2017, and I want to re-share a special column that spoke volumes to me from July of this year.

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Native Writes: Entering 2018 as an old woman

When I was 18, I couldn’t imagine going into the year 2018 or 2000, for that matter.

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Land, Water and People: Icescapes abound when there is little snow

It’s mid-December as I write this and the snowpack is a bit on the light side.

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Alamosa Flowers: Berries for wildlife

Happy New Year! It seems we have a lot of birds in Alamosa this winter.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: An ode to the internet

Earlier this month the Federal Communications Commission voted to strip away protections preventing broadband providers from throttling, blocking or otherwise restricting websites and content.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Read a great book

I have just read a fascinating new book about wolves that is sure to be popular among many of the Valley’s recreational enthusiasts, environmentalists, biology students, farmers and rancher, and wildlife managers.

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Valley Gardening: Support for cancer fund is amazing

Life is good in the neighborhood! Our fifth annual Memories and Reflections celebration was held on this past Tuesday.

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After the Fact: A Christmas carol

Father Brown (of the BBC mystery series) was chided by the bishop for a poor performance by the children in the Christmas pageant the previous year.

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Still Waters: Is the door locked?

“We should have locked the door,” I heard from the other room as I rang the bell at the front office of the homeless shelter’s outreach office around 4 p.m. one day last week.

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Being Beautiful: High kicks and modest kisses in a winter wonderland

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, even though technically I have already had one.

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Guest Opinion: Giving rural Colorado the same opportunity for financial success

There are many challenges facing hard-working families trying to maintain their way of life in rural America, but one of their greatest obstacles may be lack of access to a physical bank or credit union.

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Native Writes: Message of the muff

After talking with a friend yesterday, there was temptation to stop on Main Street, roll down a car window and listen.

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Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares the Christmas story

Hey kids like me, today I want to share the true Christmas Story (Luke 2:1, 3-20, KJV) about the birth of Baby Jesus.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Games

‘Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things. For this final part in the series I recommend six video games and one board game that came out in 2017.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Christmas togetherness

Activities have been building up to Christmas with joy-aplenty.

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Valley Gardening: A night for Dad

Well…winter was here on Thursday…and now it’s gone again.

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After the Fact: Progress isn’t always

My grandfather was the world’s fastest typist, or so I thought when I’d watch him banging out a story on his old upright Royal typewriter, just before deadline at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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Still Waters: The story of ‘Ann’

I’ll call her Ann.

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Being Beautiful: Twelve days of springtime

It was a few weeks before Christmas in 1981 and all the halls of Richton Elementary School came alive with handmade Santa Clauses made from construction paper, scissors and glitter.

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Help make Christmas better for ‘kids like me’

Hey, kids like me! Where are you? I am looking for YOU! Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, foster parents, caretakers of kids like me - we have some good things for kids like me this Christmas!

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Native Writes: Fighting the big bug

Somehow, I allowed myself to catch a bug. It’s either the “thing that’s going around” or something different.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Movies

‘Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things.

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Land, Water and People: Public comments vary about the draft forest plan

As many readers know, the Rio Grande National Forest released its draft land management plan and environmental impact statement at the end of September.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Put Mother Earth on your gift list

Mother Earth needs the gift of our care.

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Valley Gardening: Like people, Zygos offer winter blooms under right conditions

Life is good in the neighborhood! I am a year older, and I think I just might start acting my age—not really!

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After the Fact: Oldies but goodies

Patience, the newly minted 10 year-old, asked, “Grandma (though I’m actually “Great-grandmother”), when were you born?”

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Being Beautiful: Of miniature marshmallows and times gone by

Just last night while lying in bed with my Great Dane, flannel pajamas and the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Carol” playing, I sipped hot chocolate from my favorite Rudolph mug, the one with the chip on it.

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Still Waters: In His hands

God’s hand was in it from the beginning, although it probably did not seem like it when mamma was throwing up for so many hours the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares application for ‘kids like me’

Please, help me help kids like me have Christmas this year! Do you know a kid like me who needs help for Christmas

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Native Writes: Generations of love

A friend just posted photos of a newborn girl – his first grandchild -- on social media. What a wonderful gift to the world!

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Alamosa Flowers: Winter container gardening

In Alamosa, I move several plant containers indoors over the winter months.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books

‘Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The countdown

Of the many ways to count down to Christmas, the most popular one is marking off the days until Santa and his reindeer lift off from the North Pole.

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Valley Gardening: Time to pray for snow

Where has the month of November gone? And where is the snow?

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After the Fact: Closing the gate

You’ve heard the expression about closing the barn door after the horse has bolted?

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Being Beautiful: Friends beat out toys and tractors as Christmas gifts

My Christmas list to Santa reads quite differently than the one I penned under the supervision of my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Jeffcoats, all those years ago.

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Still Waters: Laughter in the neighborhood

I heard laughter outside in the street, children’s laughter. It was a good sound.

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Amarah's Corner: Grandma cares for grandkids whose parents are addicts

Hey, kids like me! I received a letter from a grandmother who is raising her grandchildren who are kids like me and I wanted to share it with you.

272     0

Native Writes: Love doesn't die

Someone once observed that one always remembers, even with a special affection, the neighborhood children one once played with.

226     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Comics

For the next month my column will be devoted to giving you my picks on what 2017 has to offer. First up are some of this year's best comic books.

509     0

Land, Water and People: Are you up for the black and white challenge?

I stepped out of my truck at a pullout within the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Natural Area.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Tomorrow’s junque

The president returned to the White House from China with the gift of a valuable gold table runner. With his penchant for gilt in his residences, a gold table runner should be just the thing.

237     0

Valley Gardening: Taking care of puppies and business

Another beautiful week! Loved being able to take my 3-week old puppies outside on Thanksgiving.

294     0

After the Fact: Trial and many, many errors

Buying anything that’s not manufactured in the USA requires knowledge of a foreign language or two, or three.

268     0

Being Beautiful: Star of wonder, star of light

“Look at lights! Look at lights!”

256     0

Native Writes: Look on the bright side

The time has come for all of us to give thanks.

267     0

Amarah's Corner: Kids Like Me toy, food, clothing drive underway

Hey, kids like me! I can hardly believe it’s that time of year, again! What time is that? It’s time for our annual Kids Like Me Toy/Food/Warm Clothing Drive!

227     0

Still Waters: Cherish every moment

During this holiday season — and forever — cherish time with those you love.

277     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Putting the humor into the hero

Comics used to be silly. As a child I spent my Saturdays watching the imaginative and outlandish animated adventures of the X-Men, Batman and the Teen Titans.

240     0

Alamosa Trees: Trees are included in revamped zoning code

I am so glad that the City of Alamosa is revamping the zoning code.

244     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Before American turkey dinners

Before supermarkets sold frozen turkey and aluminum roasting pans, the Mayans of Central America were domesticating wild turkeys.

246     0

Valley Gardening: Of plants and Peytons

It continues to be a beautiful fall with next week temperatures in the 50’s and the nights in the balmy 20’s. So nice!

303     0

After the Fact: Thanksgiving

Dinner with the in-laws was always preceded by a lot of heavy-duty, Southern Baptist, down-home blessing and Amen-ing.

240     0

Still Waters: Thankfully speaking

Entering the Thanksgiving holiday, I share some thoughts from folks more profound than I am to remind us to always keep a grateful perspective.

257     0

Being Beautiful: Does anyone have any extra fairy dust?

There are so many things I miss about Thanksgiving now that the light in my little stone cottage on Dykes Chapel Road has dimmed.

246     0

Amarah's Corner: Judge's words provide dose of reality

I found a dose-of-reality for a ‘kids-like-me’ dad a few months ago and I believe it should be shared again.

268     0

Native Writes: Run, women, run

If reincarnation exists, I know I lived in the Victorian and Late Victorian eras, when too much was not enough.

233     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: It had a name and it made joy

Last week marked the end of an era for Colorado’s music scene. After 11 years of performing wondrous melodies, Paper Bird announced their farewell tour.

274     0

Land, Water and People: Rediscovering the Needles

It was quiet. Really, really quiet.

232     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Navajo neighbors

Readers might have noticed a recent newspaper item about The Navajo Nation’s purchase of Wolf Springs Ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley, across the Sangre de Cristo Range from our San Luis Valley.

266     0

Valley Gardening: Hemp, hemp hooray

Life is good in the neighborhood! You all know how much I love Peyton Sanchez. He’s my absolute hero!

252     0

After the Fact: Veterans’ Day

Today is Veterans’ Day. So far, I’ve started writing this column about four times.

265     0

Still Waters: Honoring a hero

It’s just a little spot by the highway at the edge of a small town with a gas station on one side of the road and a post office on the other.

248     0

Being Beautiful: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend…”

Well, that’s according to Groucho Marks. This much I know: the books we read while children stay with us our whole lives.

223     0

Amarah's Corner: Pianist shares personal journey

My friend, Mr. Randy Macy, is the most awesome pianist, ever. I met him when I sang in the off Broadway play, “Opening Night” written by another special friend, Corliss Taylor Dunn!

252     0

Native Writes: Gun control is a family matter

We send our children to school believing it is a safe place and then we go to worship in a church, which also must be safe, right?

224     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: It isn't trivial

If you’ve read this column at least once before then it should come as no surprise that I’m a big nerd.

204     0

Alamosa Trees: Have you ever barked up the wrong tree?

As I write it is very windy outside so I wandered my mind, rather than outdoors Alamosa, looking for a column idea.

269     0

Guest Opinion: A proactive approach to forest management

This summer, scenes of catastrophic wildfires in the West dominated the news. While wildfires are not new to those of us living in Western states, these recent fires have once more triggered important conversations about the federal government’s response to these disasters and its overall forest management strategy, or lack thereof.

259     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Japanese settlement

At present, the San Luis Valley’s diverse cultural traditions are receiving increasing appreciation, thanks to this region’s Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

296     0

Valley Gardening: Gardening in November

Every Thursday afternoon, for about two years now (if my memory serves me right), Jenny Kroschel has come to the Green Spot to hang out, and sometimes we even get some work done.

252     0

After the Fact: Home grown

Boys eat a lot. Boys eat prodigious amounts of food from dawn ‘til past dark.

244     0

Being Beautiful: Jesus loves me, and so did she

Birthdays are the best!

231     0

Still Waters: Drive through etiquette

It had been a long, tough week, I had been struggling with a cold, and a strawberry smoothie from McDonald’s sounded good to me.

226     0

Amarah's Corner: Randy Macy shares why music is important

Hey, kids like me! My friend, Mr. Randy Macy, is the most awesome pianist, ever!

241     0

Native Writes: My peaceful place

I was gratified to see that there will be a new office – with restrooms – at the Alamosa Cemetery.

211     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Murder on the mind

As a genre, true crime has been around for at least a century. Yet within the past few years there has been a surge of the gruesome and grotesque tales across all media.

273     0

Land, Water and People: Deciphering the draft forest plan

The Rio Grande National Forest released its draft land management plan and environmental impact statement at the end of September.

237     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Playing safe

When the World Series started this year, I was off base.

291     0

Valley Gardening: B&B is not bed and breakfast for trees

What’s great about this small town is the people!

221     0

After the Fact: Untimely ends

They say there are four seasons in the San Luis Valley: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction.

313     0

Being Beautiful: Bubble Gum and Tootsie Rolls for Wonder Woman and the Wolf Man

My mind is a cauldron of memories bubbling over, especially appropriate for Halloween.

240     0

Still Waters: Letter from Clem

(Ya mite wanna reed this won owt lowd.)

278     0

Amarah's Corner: Pianist Randy Macy—Music nurtures the spirit

Hey, kids like me! My friend, Mr. Randy Macy, is the most awesome pianist, ever, and I met him when I got to sing in the off Broadway play, “Opening Night” written by another special friend, Corliss Taylor Dunn!

244     0

Native Writes: Conspiracies and facts

Seeking information about a particular “hot button” item, I received an introduction on how conspiracy theories are created.

282     0

Alamosa Trees: Do trees sleep and hibernates?

We’re entering into the darker and colder time of the year in Alamosa. I know I’ve started pulling out warmer clothing and want to linger longer in bed in the morning greyness.

252     0

Spooky on the small screen

Christmas has the classic flicks, Thanksgiving has football and Halloween has horror movies. Yet why limit yourself next week to only watching theatrical releases?

234     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: La Veta Pass

The first time I crossed La Veta Pass in 1959, I was riding on a bus that wheezed to a stop at a rustic, two-story bus station-restroom-café on top of the pass before continuing down Sangre de Cristo Creek to the San Luis Valley.

261     0

Valley Gardening: If I could vote on these ballot issues …

I’m a little nervous this week, maybe even a LOT nervous. I’m going to write about a couple of the election items for Alamosa.

260     0

After the Fact: On my way to the forum

Over coffee the other morning at the Alamosa Sr. Center, the Golden Girls were discussing writing their “memoirs.”

224     0

Still Waters: Reputations: Fragile, handle with care

A reputation can be a lifetime in the making and a few moments in the breaking.

224     0

Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

My daddy was the eldest of 13 siblings born far in the backwoods of Mississippi with a hard life to navigate from his earliest days.

257     0

Amarah's Corner: Symposium provided great information

Hey, kids like me! I attended the 2017 Neonatal Substance Exposure Awareness Symposium IV in Alamosa last Thursday and Friday.

254     0

Native Writes: The truth will keep us free

Someone recently asked me what I would do if the government subpoenaed my emails.

288     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Abolish the ceiling

The Harvey Weinstein news is only the latest scandal to highlight the long history of toxic masculinity and gender inequality in entertainment.

245     0

Land, Water and People: Fall colors—New England versus Colorado

The reflection of the brilliant ruby red maple and wooden covered bridge shimmered in the smooth, slow moving river glide.

309     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Sangre de Cristo Pass

After writing about Robidoux/Mosca Pass last week, I’ll move south today to Sangre de Cristo Pass on the eastern flank of the Blanca Peak massif.

248     0

Valley Gardening: 'Hops' to it and get involved

Last week I mentioned that we would be having a small bake sale, spaghetti dinner (Jaiden Rogers) ticket sales and free coffee and apple cider today from 10 to 2.

283     0

After the Fact: The joys of childhood

My young friend, Teri Leep, just had her tonsils removed.

262     0

Still Waters: Thank you, Calvary Bible Chapel ‘girls’

Thirty years. That’s how long the ladies at Calvary Bible Chapel have been hosting women’s conferences in their Alamosa church.

259     0

Being Beautiful: How are you today? I really want to know…

We need more simple acts of random kindness.

265     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom wishes she could turn clock back

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction. Today is the 10th story.

346     0

Native Writes: Awakening memories

Who’s the oldest “old timer?”

289     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Time is fleeting

As an introvert who is content with staying in and reading all day I sometimes struggle a little with making social plans.

404     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Mosca Pass or Robidoux Pass? Part II

Throughout the 1830s and in the early 1840s, travel increased through this pass. What Spanish-speaking settlers had long called “Mosca,” but traders and trappers began to call it “Robidoux Pass” as they were using it to access Fort Uncompahgre and others places farther west.

271     0

Valley Gardening: Plants and people benefit from being outside

What a beautiful fall! I’m still working on planting shrubs into Mom’s Garden and also at Society Hall, so the moisture has been absolutely wonderful.

306     0

After the Fact: Good old golden school days

Spell-check, that computer generated censor of words it doesn’t recognize, consistently tells me that “serendipitously” is NOT a word.

300     0

Being Beautiful: With liberty and justice for all

“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave…”

318     0

Still Waters: Sweet dreams, Boca Burger

I had already told my coworker Julia I would take the male dog she had rescued from an abusive situation but could not keep because her grandson, who lived with her, was allergic.

284     0

Native Writes: Thanks for the memories

As I grow older, I cherish more the times spent in the Alamosa schools, first with my sons and now with my grandchildren.

335     0

Amarah's Corner: Please attend drug awareness symposium

Today would have been the 10th story with Christina, but something really important is happening in a couple of weeks and I wanted to tell you about it ahead of time in hopes you will attend!

302     0

Land, Water and People: A cold night in the mountains

“Geez, this is heavy! What do you have in your pack Miiiike?” asked my friend with his southern drawl.

271     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Twitter doesn’t understand itself

Last week Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey revealed that their service would unshackle itself from the iconic 140-character message limit to 280 characters.

264     0

Alamosa Flowers: Where do florist flowers come from?

Our recent low temperatures and high winds have mostly wiped out the flowers in my yard.

304     0

Native Writes: Mosca Pass or Robidoux Pass? Part 1

Some historians have suggested that Mosca Pass’s Spanish name honors an explorer in Texas, Luis de Moscoso Alvarado of the 1500s.

294     0

Valley Gardening: Keep the blooms, not the bugs

Where should I start? I guess I need to talk a little bit about the budget meeting the City of Alamosa held on this past Wednesday.

315     0

After the Fact: Flight plans

My grandmother was a world-class backseat driver.

343     0

Still Waters: Jamie and Joleen lead the way

Jamie Dominguez was fed up with the drug use in his community, so he did something about it.

298     0

Being Beautiful: Tales of Ferris wheels, funnel cakes, and first cousins galore

The fair is coming to town!

284     0

Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares Kendra's story

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction.

274     0

Native Writes: The NFL protest isn't worth a war

I love watching football, not just any football, but the Broncos, Maroons and all SLV grid teams, along with the ASU Grizzlies.

265     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Fall TV doesn’t need to be good

35, 52 and 36. Those are the respective scores for television shows “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Me, Myself and I,” and “The Orville” on Metacritic, which averages a bevy of critic’s reviews and places them on a 100-point scale.

251     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Crossing Marshall Pass

With National Public Lands Day coming up on September 29, this weekend will be a good time to pause and appreciate our national forests along with our other public lands.

288     0

Valley Gardening: Spray weeds now for a better spring

Well…the Raise the Roof Celebration last Saturday at Society Hall was wonderful, absolutely great and fun, and well organized—if I do say so myself.

273     0

After the Fact: On the back of the milk carton

With little to no interest in genealogy, I attempted an artistic interpretation of my family tree for my infant (then) daughter’s baby book.

335     0

Still Waters: Family, friends and neighbors

I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to go to Denver last weekend to be with my two sisters.

300     0

Being Beautiful: Tethering hot air balloons, loosely

There has always been more than a little bit of Peter Pan in me.

303     0

Native Writes: Organizing by the book

Sometimes it’s best to remain ignorant.

248     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom: I pray my kids learn from my mistakes

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction. Today is the 8th story:

292     0

Land, Water and People: Savoring the journey

Clusters of vibrant red berries contrasted boldly with yellowing leaves below a skeletal ceiling of spruce branches.

291     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: How the realest TV show features a cartoon horse

This has been the fourth summer in a row where I’ve watched a cartoon about a horse that for roughly six hours sends me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Each season I brace for melancholic impact and by the end I’m glad I took the journey.

332     0

Alamosa Trees: Forest bathing

I had never heard the term ‘forest bathing’ until I stood in the old growth forest in MacMillan Park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada last month.

308     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Harvest time

Several years ago in Jordan I saw a man winnowing grain as people did in ancient times.

283     0

After the Fact: Abracadabra

It was advertised as “Non-Hypnotic Past-Life Regression.”

297     0

Valley Gardening: Grateful for changing seasons

Fall is definitely coming—YAHOO! I can’t even imagine living in an area where it never freezes.

272     0

Being Beautiful: To persist or to aggravate?

Southerners know it all too well, the lush green vine that coils, winds, and climbs over everything in its path from trees to houses--Kudzu.

293     0

Native Writes: Life’s lessons

My life is a process of constant education. I learn something new every day and sometimes two or three times a day.

346     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom: Addiction hurts everyone

I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction. Today is the 7th story:

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Geiger's Culture Counter: 13 down, 41 to go

Since graduating high school I’ve tried to summit at least one 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado, also known as a 14er, once per summer.

302     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Ag education

Although I have always been a town-dweller, I learn a lot by reading articles in the Courier about urban gardening projects in our local schools and communities and also the interesting articles written by our extension agents.

260     0

After the Fact: Observing holidays

When there are younger brothers or sisters in a family, you get to practice essential parenting skills long before you actually become a parent.

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Valley Gardening: Tough plants — and people — always come back

Wow! How did we ever even live without the Internet? And no phone service?

331     0

Being Beautiful: Heaven must surely have a special place for dogs

All dogs go to Heaven, and you will never convince me otherwise.

312     0

Still Waters: Prayer for my sister

Please bless my big sister Beth today on her birthday.

302     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom shares dreams of a better life

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction.

330     0

Native Writes: God save us all

I was fairly young when the Korean War took place; in fact, I was unaware until I became a college student that the war really never ended.

317     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: The gang’s all here

Nostalgia-fueled executives are creating reboots, remakes and reunion shows left and right.

337     0

Land, Water and People: Kudos to the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee

Finally! Finally, the stars aligned, the moon passed in front of the sun, and the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee met to recommend a half million dollars’ worth of projects that will benefit the Rio Grande, San Juan and San Isabel National Forests.

295     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: After Labor Day

After the summer fun, it’s time to get back to school or to get back to work. Or to try to find a job

298     0

Valley Gardening: Plants outwitting people & vice versa

Life is good in the neighborhood! I had a customer come in this week looking for a concrete angel.

293     0

After the Fact: Unconventional wisdom

Good writing is like great art: there are some masterpieces that simply take your breath away. It resonates with something that’s personal to you and may be entirely lost on someone else.

336     0

Still Waters: Chevy Prizm, RIP

I am the stereotypical woman when it comes to cars.

370     0

Being Beautiful: Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes

The peacock rests in shards of broken glass.

361     0

Native Writes: Good people everywhere

In the course of nearly 50 years in journalism, I have seen and covered so many instances of humans’ inhumanity to fellow humans, my ability to trust has been damaged, at best.

305     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom shares painful story

I was privileged to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail about their struggle with addiction.

349     0

'Half-Life' is dead, long live 'Half-Life'

A decade of waiting is finally over.

338     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Natural events

Last week when eclipse-chasers were zooming down the highway, I hoped that a few slowed down long enough to notice the wildflowers.

378     0

Valley Gardening: Great time of year to spray weeds

Life is good! Be thankful for what you have, stop what you are doing and sit on the floor with your grandchild, or go see an older neighbor, or go out to the nursing home—no doubt you will know someone who would appreciate a visit. Just do it!

341     0

After the Fact: Getting around to it

“When I retire, I’m going to” (fill in the blanks here). We spend more time planning for the future than actually doing anything with it when it arrives.

354     0

Still Waters: Too many rocks

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone …” (John 8:7, NIV) There seem to be a lot of people in this country right now with rocks in their pockets.

357     0

Amarah's Corner: Janee shares story of struggle, hope

I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail because of their struggle with addiction. Today is the fifth story:

288     0

Native Writes: Finding myself

The young woman was sitting in a yoga position on a mountain rock as I approached.

323     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Don’t be afraid to condemn

Recently Trump was hesitant to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. However, the president shouldn’t have to second-guess if he should say that Nazis aren’t good, neo- or otherwise.

374     0

Land, Water and People: The art of strolling

The pullout at the Crater Lake trailhead was full, so I drove on, turned around at a wide spot and drove back past the trailhead to another parking area near Elwood Cabin.

331     0

Guest Opinion: Legislator Valdez welcomes state fair

With less than one week to the opening of the 145th Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, we look forward to the tourists that are attracted to our city, not only from within our state but, from all over the US to participate in the agricultural and cultural events and programs.

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Guest Opinion: County jail conditions are shocking

It is often said that you can judge a society by how it treats its prisoners. We are failing that test in Alamosa County, despite the concerted efforts of Sheriff Robert Jackson and county leaders.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Sheep in national forest

In times gone by, when I was hiking or 4-wheeling near the Continental Divide, I sometimes saw flocks of sheep with herders and dogs or a horseman bringing supplies up to a camp.

321     0

K.C. at Bat: Must see for small businesses

Every small business owner in the San Luis Valley needs to see Creede Repertory Theatre’s latest production “General Store.”

327     0

Valley Gardening: Low EIQ is good for gardens

Where in the heck has this summer gone? Before we turn around, it will be Labor Day and the hundreds of cars for the Early Iron show will be cruising through town—less than two weeks away!

318     0

After the Fact: To sea food or to not sea food

Have I lately mentioned my granddaughter, Jordyn the Gypsy?

367     0

Movin' On with Nellie: It’s national soft ice cream day, today

According to the Internet it is national soft ice cream day today.

293     0

Being Beautiful: Turn up the radio and turn down memory lane

What has the magic power to transport us through space and time back to a moment, whether happy or sad?

341     0

Still Waters: Happy 65th anniversary, Mamma and Daddy

She was invited to a welcome home party for a college kid she didn’t know. Since she didn’t have other plans that night, Teresa Arlene Pointer went to the surprise party

343     0

Guest Opinion: Celebrating World Breastfeeding Month—One woman's heartfelt story

A breastfeeding journey brings many unforeseen circumstances.

341     0

Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares Renee's story of addiction

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers who are in Alamosa County Jail because of their struggle with addiction.

303     0

Native Writes: It's not a matter of black and white

I am constantly amazed at the attempts of well-meaning persons to revise history.

368     0

Alamosa Trees: How to kill a tree

Usually, we don’t set out to kill a tree unless we need it removed for a specific reason.

425     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: We need less streaming sites, not more

It’s not news that many people my age prefer streaming shows and movies to watching live television.

321     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Counting sheep

Looking at some of today’s communities, it’s hard to imagine the influence that sheep once had on their economies a century ago.

368     0

Valley Gardening: Good night, gentle soul

Life is good…and so fragile.

369     0

After the Fact: The last place you look

Dr. Grigsby is a terrific cardiologist at San Luis Valley Health, even if he seldom agrees with my own diagnoses.

396     0

Still Waters: Local couple change immigrant’s life

I will share more of Maria Matias’ story when I have time to do it justice, but today I want to acknowledge the influence a local couple had on her life.

335     0

Being Beautiful: My fountain of youth has run dry

Mark Twain might have said it best: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Well, Mark, lately it’s beginning to matter.

390     0

Native Writes: Using up the roll

The death of Glen Campbell from Alzheimer’s brought a message of mortality for many people who are aging.

411     0

Amarah's Corner: Mom in jail shares her story, advice

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers who are in Alamosa County Jail because of their struggle with addiction. Today is the third story:

377     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Why I'm thankful for the wacky and weird

Not everything needs to be a prestige television show like “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad.” Not everything should be. I may lose my sanity if that was the case.

379     0

Land, Water and People: The perpetual spruce budworm outbreak

It’s hard to miss the impacts of the feeding frenzy currently occurring on many of the coniferous trees in the mid-elevations of the Rio Grande National Forest.

343     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Storing railcars

While some rail fans were visiting this summer, they asked me about a long string of railroad cars they had passed along U.S. 160 in Rio Grande County. I had to admit that I knew little about them, although I frequently pass them, so I’ll share a little o

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Guest opinion: Mom brings awareness to sepsis threat

My name is Shawna Manzanares. With school just around the corner, and September being the official month for “Sepsis Awareness,” I would like to bring a bit of knowledge and awareness to the community about sepsis and what devastation it can and does caus

405     0

Valley Gardening: Lift up 4-H 'pool,' take down weeds

Life is good in the neighborhood! Mom’s Garden continues to take shape.

377     0

After the Fact: Hi-Yo, sister, away!

According to some studies, people in a group or in a family will accept roles either ascribed to them or fitting into a situational experience.

439     0

Still Waters: ‘Strange inheritance’ might reveal treasure – or not

My big sister and her husband turned me on to “Strange Inheritance,” a television show focusing on exactly what it says, “strange inheritances.”

392     0

Being Beautiful: Homes are where the heart is

I have always heard you can never go home again. Well, that’s simply not true, although I do understand the more subtle meaning.

366     0

Native Writes: A little old lady

A photo taken at a very happy reunion recently taught me that I may be in line for a new career.

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Amarah's Corner: Jail inmate shares her story

Two of my favorite quotes are from French author Alexandre Dumas, 1844, in The Count of Monte Cristo

359     0

Alamosa Flowers: Herb harvesting

The late July rain has made our yard green and lush. I’m spending little time watering and more time weeding! But weeding isn’t the only happening. It’s herb harvest time.

374     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Farewell Adobe Flash

Last week software company Adobe announced that they’d be killing off their famous animation product Flash. While I’m glad to no longer see that annoying red square asked to be updated when it was just updated, Flash had an enormous impact on internet cul

421     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Governor McIntire

It’s Colorado Day and what better time is there to learn something about one of our state’s governors with a link to the San Luis Valley.

367     0

Valley Gardening: It's looking good in Mom's Garden

Already the end of July—Yikes! Where has this summer gone?

343     0

After the Fact: Kindergarten was better

It wouldn’t have the same barb it once had to be told “Your momma wears Army boots!”

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Movin' On with Nellie: A glance at ADA Service Animal requirements

Strangers and friends sometimes stop me with my service animal/dog and ask how one trains and gets a service animal certified.

382     0

Still Waters: Inventions of the bizarre nature

I really shouldn’t be saying anything, because the news is embargoed until Wednesday, August 2, but I’m going to let the salt out of the shaker

401     0

Being Beautiful: The past is never dead; it isn’t even past

When I was a little boy, Mama told me stories of sights and wonders she had seen.

378     0

Native Writes: A demanding relationship

I just discovered I am in a long-term relationship created online.

427     0

Amarah's Corner: Amarah shares story from inmate with addiction

Hey, kids like me! I had the privilege to ask questions of some mothers in Alamosa County Jail who are there because of their struggle with addiction. Today

349     0

Land, Water and People: High Country Journal 2017—Backpacking Canyon Verde

The flash of lightning penetrated the walls of my tent and closed eyelids followed by a loud clap of thunder that rolled on and on echoing between the canyon walls. Then the rain started.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Teaching with television

Educational television has existed long before I was born.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Nearby Chimney Rock National Monument

Several years ago, some friends in Alamosa and I enjoyed a one-day outing over and back across Wolf Creek Pass to visit Chimney Rock.

378     0

Valley Gardening: Beware of loopers and looters

Life is good in the neighborhood! Our tire planters are looking great—and they don’t even break if someone backs into them

391     0

After the Fact: Campaign promises

My life is filled with controversy: should I have my oatmeal with or without the banana on top this morning?

417     0

Still Waters: Need a new name?

“Do I have to put my real last name?” the young man asked as I came to him in the row of children whose names I was taking down for a photo.

409     0

Being Beautiful: Remembering screen doors left unlatched

It’s hot as Hades in Mississippi and that’s even in the shade with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade.

323     0

Native Writes: Saving the memories

Talking with an old friend recently, I was reminded of the many unique places in our San Luis Valley and I had to admit I have probably been to most of them, but revisited few.

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Amarah's Corner: Poem shared about heroin addiction

Hey kids like me, I found this story about the heartbreaking reality of addiction and wanted to share it with you, today. It says everything:

365     0

Alamosa Trees: Trees and shrubs for birds

“A common thread that runs through the fabric of America is our love for wildlife,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF).

333     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Comics have a universe problem

Though I haven’t seen it yet, the critical consensus of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is that it’s another blockbuster for Marvel.

369     0

Letter to the editor: Ice cream truck runs over dog twice and keeps going

Sunday, July 11, around 7 p.m. our beloved Shitzu dog, Oscar, slipped out of the back yard and wandered a half a block down First Street and onto State Street where he was struck twice by the Alamosa ice cream truck.

345     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Fish stories

When hordes of miners and new towns appeared in Colorado Territory, the supply of native fish quickly diminished because of fouling and diverting water for prospecting and mining, town building, farming, dynamiting fish out of pools and many other events

370     0

Valley Gardening: Pizza and Portulaca

Everything is better in the neighborhood! I’m not feeling so stupid this week for leaving a door open and being robbed on the Fourth of July.

384     0

After the Fact: Climbing the ladder

“Only 32 percent of adult employees in the U.S. are motivated at and interested in their jobs.”

408     0

Still Waters: Like a secret language

Someone sitting next to me in a meeting might look over at my shorthand notes and make a comment like, “My grandmother used to do that. I haven’t seen that in years.”

357     0

Being Beautiful: Where have all the dragons gone?

It’s hard to argue with a fire-breathing dragon.

382     0

K.C. at Bat: Gaining a sixth daughter

And then there were six.

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Amarah's Corner: Son of alcoholic shares his story

My friend, Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, says:

349     0

Native Writes: The Congressional soap opera

It would be nice if one could declare everything he or she didn’t like “false” and have it be so.

359     0

Land, Water and People: July is peak wildflower month in the high country

I was met with a rainbow of colors as soon as I stepped onto the trail leading to Hunters Lake.

377     0

Gieger's Culture Counter: When four wheels beats two legs

I’ve never been a car guy. However, it’s hard to deny the thrill of recreating a Jeep commercial by blasting Cat Stevens while driving over Stony Pass towards Silverton.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: D&RGW

Ahead for the valiant “Baby Road,” as it was popularly called, lay receiverships and bankruptcies during the half century after its arrival at Alamosa in 1878.

440     0

Valley Gardening: Better to wilt than rot

Life is good in the neighborhood—kind of! I did something pretty stupid on the Fourth of July.

432     0

After the Fact: Bullwinkle

After a not-exceedingly pleasant experience with a man out of his element in the floral department at a local grocery store, my daughter asked, “What has happened to common courtesy?”

435     0

Still Waters: Vacationing at home

Last weekend was a mini vacation for me with two of my best friends, my older sister Beth and her husband Kevin, who has been part of our family for probably four decades now, even before they got married.

382     0

Being Beautiful: Equal parts sugar and patience, a winning recipe

Summer and homemade ice cream seem to go perfectly together.

336     0

Native Writes: The warfare on our minds is winning

Whenever someone declares that it was difficult to celebrate Independence Day this year because of real and perceived threats to our nation, I remember people in our country who still aren’t independent.

376     0

Amarah's Corner: A teacher’s point of view

Hey kids like me! I’m sharing a letter today from a retired music teacher who knows what she’s talking about! One of my goals is to stop kids from being kicked out of band/music/sports in school because, “their grades aren’t good enough,” especially if th

361     0

Alamosa Flowers: Water smart shrubs and trees

Two weeks ago I addressed some challenges of creating a sustainable landscape in Alamosa while reducing water consumption and maintenance costs.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Ten years of tapping, pinching, swiping

Last week was the 10th anniversary of Apple’ iPhone. The 3.5-inch multi-touch screen changed the world of mobile phones and the way we communicate forever.

390     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Fourth of July, 1878

When the first train officially crossed the Rio Grande River into Alamosa on the Fourth of July, the new town was ready.

381     0

Guest Opinion: Famous song takes on new meaning

Linda Morrison had the kind of son of which any mother would be proud.

401     0

Valley Gardening: The sodful truth

As I write, the clouds have rolled in, and it feels wonderful You would think coming from Minnesota I would have coping skills for the heat but I don’t.

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After the Fact: It seemed like a good idea

One of our neighbors, a gentleman well over 6’ tall, donned a hot pink terrycloth rabbit costume for the country club’s Easter party and egg hunt.

558     0

Still Waters: Don’t take Fido to the fireworks

I love fireworks. There’s something magical about the sparkling colors in the sky at fireworks shows like our local display at the fairgrounds.

424     0

Being Beautiful: Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now

I awoke this morning to the unmistakable aroma of sausage frying.

405     0

Native Writes: Redesigning Ken and Barbie

Thinking about last week’s column on Mattel’s Ken and Barbie, I wondered why the pair must forever be young and never age, so I began my own design line.

457     0

Amarah's Corner: Amarah offers free Bible correspondence course

Did you know Jesus told us to, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15, KJV)? You may be thinking, “But, I’m just a kid!” Well, I’m a kid, too, but I found a way to do it! (Thank you, Brother Erwin)!

377     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: A tale of two seasons

Media doesn’t exist in a context-less vacuum and the television show “Queen Sugar,” based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 book of the same name, is no different.

402     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: D&RG to the mines

When mines began to open in the San Juan Mountains, the narrow-gauge Denver & Rio Grande Railway was between a rock and a hard place.

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Valley Gardening: Special brew helps plants survive summer

It is so dang hot! My favorite part of the last few days is when the clouds cover the sun—even if only for a few minutes.

452     0

After the Fact: Gourmet dining

We are all guilty, at one time or another, of saying (or writing) something really stupid, foot-in-mouth events that we live to regret.

441     0

Movin' On with Nellie: Two poems about Alzheimer’s

In recognition of June as Alzheimer’s Month, I share two poems

386     0

Still Waters: A ‘forever stamp’ to hold on to

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a postage stamp before and not this excited about the official release of anything since the Sand Dunes quarter.

422     0

Being Beautiful: Roll over, Beethoven

There are not many things that stir the soul quite like hearing the one you love play familiar gospel hymns on his new (well, actually used and very old) baby grand piano

463     0

Native Writes: The changing complexion of play

Today’s Associated Press reports the effort by Mattel toy maker to redesign Barbie’s 56-year-old “boyfriend,” Ken.

421     0

Amarah's Corner: Father shares heartbreaking story

Hey kids like me! Today, I’m sharing a heartfelt letter from a dear grandfather:

424     0

Alamosa Flowers: The challenge of a beautiful yard in the heat

The last two weeks of June and the first three weeks of July tend to be the hottest days in Alamosa.

419     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Know when to quit

Whenever I watch a new show I give it three episodes to hook me. A show’s pilot is designed to be engaging so I give it two more chances to see if the momentum can keep up

427     0

Guest Opinion: Creating an all-of-the-above energy future

For too long, the U.S. has operated with no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable increased demand for energy created by both traditional and renewable resources.

441     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Honoring San Luis

The name of the San Luis Valley and Colorado’s first permanent plaza might seem to be a puzzler.

459     0

From a mom: Lessons for my best friend

An ultrasound a little over 10 years ago wasn’t enough to convince me that I would finally have a little girl sidekick.

530     0

Valley Gardening: Grasshoppers and columnist jump all over the place

Man…it’s hot in the neighborhood! Years and years ago Mickey Widhalm and I would place bets on how hot it was going to be during the summer.

427     0

After the Fact: Dear ol’ dad

“Unit comes complete with 473 screws and (snickering in the background) 471 nuts.” Have you ever tried to assemble one of those prefabricated pieces of furniture they sell at WalMart?

456     0

Getting lost and getting found through friendship

I have always heard that friends are the family you choose. Virginia Woolf said it best: “Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.”

448     0

Daddy, the fix it man

Even though my daddy is now well into his 80’s with some vision and hearing issues, he still is a pretty good handyman.

477     0

Native Writes: Tourists in your own hometown

It’s amazing how a couple of little things can change one’s perspective on the moment at hand.

464     0

Amarah's Corner: Music makes the soul happier, brain stronger

Hey kids like me! I want to share an awesome note I received about something that means a whole lot to me:

434     0

Land, Water & People: Remembering the Million Fire

June 19th will mark the 15th anniversary of the start of the Million Fire near South Fork.

457     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Summer beers to sip

With the train for Rails and Ales pulling out of the station this weekend now is the perfect time to ready one’s taste buds to sip glasses of sudsy beer.

438     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Honoring San Juan

In the San Luis Valley, we have few place names honoring San Juan, whether the mountains or the saint.

459     0

Valley Gardening: Gardening … and other advice

All is good in the neighborhood! Peyton Sanchez, and his family, and his customers raised over $2,000 for the Jerry Reed Scholarship Fund. Way to go Peyton—I am guessing that you slept really well for the past week.

447     0

Movin' On with Nellie: The missing shoes: An Alzheimer’s story

(In recognition of June as Alzheimer’s Month, I write this story.) Aunt Leona was 79 years old when she became 3 again.

473     0

After the Fact: Singing in the shower

While my mom was a fan of all things cultural (and a really good artist who gave up what could have been a fabulous career in favor of raising a whole bunch of wild street urchins, otherwise known as my brothers and sisters), dad couldn’t tell a Picasso f

491     0

Tips and drips from an interior decorating dropout

I doubt HGTV will be giving me my own home improvement show anytime soon, unless it would be for comic relief.

473     0

Even mama's boys should remember dad now and then

Most folks who know me would declare I am always five or ten minutes late. I have heard it said that I will probably be late for my own funeral, but if so, at least that day, I won’t get fussed at about it.

448     0

Kids Like Me: Columnist celebrates one year anniversary, thankful for answered prayers

It wasn’t that long ago when my whole world was darkness with no light at all except the hope I had that my grandma would find me and my baby sister Ava and take us home with her.

415     0

Native Writes: The real deal

Whatever happened to the good old belly laugh? You know, the one that brings tears to the eyes?

530     0

Alamosa Flowers: Roots are the problem and nyctinasty

Increasingly I have perennials (plants that live for more than two years) and shrubs (a woody plant smaller than a tree, usually having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground) in my flower beds.

443     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: It’s time to join the clone club

This weekend the fifth and final season of “Orphan Black” premieres on BBC America.

471     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Off to summer camp

Campfires and singing “Down in the Valley,” story time, awards ceremonies, marshmallows on sticks, poison ivy — anyone who ever attended a summer camp will have indelible memories.

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Movin' On with Nellie: Erik Mestas is a stucco artisan

Valley born and raised, Erik Mestas is an artisan of grand standards and his medium is stucco.

447     0

Valley Gardening: Lemonade and ‘Butters’

As I write, it is Friday late afternoon, and the rain is coming down! This is all so wonderful…unless you are down in Cole Park for the Summerfest on the Ri

500     0

After the Fact: Liar, liar, pants on fire

Telling lies used to be cause for some pretty serious punishment.

475     0

Still Waters: Go outside and play

No one can legitimately complain that there’s nothing to do in the San Luis Valley, especially in the summertime.

527     0

Being Beautiful: All dolled up and everywhere to go

If you squinch your eyes just a little, open your imagination as far as it will go, and add a sprinkle of pixie dust if you have it handy, it’s not that hard to make them “real.”

472     0

Native Writes: Accidents present a puzzle

There have been a number of bad vehicle accidents on our roads recently and the dinner table conversation surrounded the question: Why?

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Amarah's Corner: True stories of hope shared

Corliss Taylor-Dunn is back this week and shares two true stories of the lives of children who successfully came out on top in spite of rough beginnings.

503     0

'Master of None' is the show of my generation

If you read a random selection of headlines it looks like us millennials are the scourge of the earth. We’re killing malls, grocery stores, restaurants, vacations, the diamond industry and we can’t buy houses because of our avocado toast fetish. We’re bei

514     0

Land, Water and People: Summer is when the magic happens

Managing the 1.8 million acre Rio Grande National Forest is a monumental task. Hundreds of thousands of people visit every year using the Forest’s campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing docks, parking areas, and extensive road and trail system.

501     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Smoke gets in your eyes

Full disclosure: I have never tried marijuana, so I cannot testify personally about the weed’s effects on relaxation, pain, or detachment from reality.

498     0

Valley Gardening: Just do it!

Life is good in the neighborhood! Peyton and Landon Sanchez, with their dad Charlie in tow, came by for lunch yesterday. What a wonderful family!

562     0

After the Fact: Will you still need me when I’m 64?

Our high school yearbook, with photos that would do a passport proud, featured a print version of the angst-worn teenage popularity contest.

518     0

Still Waters: Moments of sacrifice

It was only one battle but a decisive one.

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Being Beautiful: A Kodak moment shared with my Daddy

I wished that moment would last forever.

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Amarah's Corner: Part 2: One mom to another

This week we have Part 2 of the thoughts and feelings of a young mother regarding the fate of her friend who was recently arrested on drug charges:

502     0

Native Writes: Three generations of Maroons

The end of May is a time of new beginnings. Baby calves cry for their mothers while older calves head for new homes, bird eggs develop life in nests and children excitedly pass to a higher grade, some in brand new schools.

525     0

Alamosa Flowers: Time to divide – perennials that is

It’s time to divide some garden perennials.

525     0

Geiger's Cultuer Counter: Duality of HBO

Sundays are historically the best night in television.

502     0

K.C. at Bat: I fish, therefore I am

Great friends don’t grow on trees. And yet, like a tree, if you don’t nurture friendships they won’t grow. I’ve only known a few friendships like that as most of us probably have.

551     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Happy days, sad days

We need holidays and vacations to help us refresh and get through the realities of life that await around the next corner, so it’s little wonder that next weekend will bring an outburst of relaxation and summer fun.

564     0

Valley Gardening: Roll the dice and plant anyway

The weather this week certainly explains why I call gardening and farming, legalized gambling! I even had to move a few of my flowers at the store inside—not all of them, but things like Coleus, Impatiens, Portulaca and some of the herbs, like Basil.

570     0

After the Fact: Believe it or not

In that I will believe anything that agrees with what I already believe, I am no different than the next dozen people you’ll meet.

570     0

Being Beautiful: With all due respect to cats and hamsters, dogs rule at my house

I remember the days leading up to when she would be ours. We said a hundred names aloud to try them out in full sentences. "Mildred, welcome to your new home." "Good girl, Mabel. Good girl." "Loretta wants a treat?"

564     0

Still Waters: To the mattresses!

No, I don’t plan on going to war with the mafia, but I did “go to the mattresses” in a more literal sense this week.

589     0

Amarah's Corner: Part 1: One mom to another

This week we have Part 1 of the thoughts and feelings of a young mother regarding the fate of her friend who was recently arrested on drug charges:

564     0

Native Writes: My rebellion for the day

From time to time, I have entertained the idea of running for office. My inner “critters” have held their own “roast” each time.

593     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: The Olympics of singing

Every May the world witnesses something great. I’m not talking about epic season finales, the coming of a beautiful summer, or hardworking students graduating. I’m talking about the international reality phenomenon Eurovision, aka the Olympics of singing.

591     0

Land, Water and People: Hard Tread: The impacts of illegal mountain bike trails

My first mountain bike was tank heavy, but my favorite means of traversing the vales of the Yampa Valley. Since that time I have bounced (and sometimes crashed) down miles of back road and single track

603     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Celebrating National Egg Month

Some people may have a hard time deciding whether they want scrambles, once-over-lightlies, soft-boils, hard-boils, omelets, whatever.

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After the Fact: Happy Mothers’ Day

Mothers. We all have one.

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Valley Gardening: Always a good time to sow seeds of kindness

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! My mom passed away seven years ago, (right after Mother’s Day) and I miss her every day.

580     0

Movin' On with Nellie: Mom

We posed for the formal photograph when I was in third grade.

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Still Waters: Because of her

My mother raised four children, three daughters and a son. The three sisters have always been close and supportive of each other.

662     0

Being Beautiful: Musings on bridges built with love by women forged of steel

My mind is saturated with unforgettable mothers, I suppose because Mother’s Day marks our calendars once again.

577     0

Native Writes: Remembering mom

As we look forward to Sunday, Mother’s Day, thoughts turn to the women who have been responsible for populating the planet. Even test tube babies need mothers.

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Amarah's Corner: Doctor shares effects of alcohol, opiates on babies

Hey kids like me, Dr. Svetlana Bresnitz is back today with very important information about the harmful effects of alcohol and opiates on babies when a pregnant mom drinks alcohol and or uses opiates.

671     0

Alamosa Flowers: Spring blooms and plants for birds

Taking a deep breath in the garden I smell rain and the scent of spring flowers.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: ‘The Dark Tower’ doesn’t excite

I’ve spent the last few weeks glued to Youtube watching a variety of trailers on my computer.

638     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Conservation on a landscape scale

Contrary to what we might suppose from reading gossip magazines and political news, there really are some wealthy people who value things such as science and the environment.

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Guest Opinion: Legislation will help rural hospitals

As the 2017 session winds down it appears that Colorado lawmakers are close to reaching a bi-partisan agreement on SB17-267, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado,” allowing us to avoid major cuts and closures to rural hospitals by creating the Colorado healt

628     0

Valley Gardening: Hardening off plants and people

Everything is good in my neighborhood! By that I mean, I am gardening, the grand kids are healthy and life is good

699     0

After the Fact: Keeping up with the Joneses

In the very middle of winter when there’s 20” of snow covering my sidewalk and driveway, dust accumulates.

627     0

Movin' On with Nellie: Compassion should be heart of all health care

I met Dr. Kelsey Walker at Rio Grande Hospital Clinic, Del Norte; she has experience with complicated humans, like me.

602     0

Being Beautiful: Sometimes hope is all we have

This is a story of hope.

651     0

Still Waters: Friendly fire casaulties in the war on drugs

We have a drug problem in our country and in our neighborhoods. No one denies that. It is visible in spent syringes and spent lives. It crowds our court systems and our jails. It destroys bodies, families and souls.

645     0

Amarah's Corner: The awful, stinking reality of smoking cigarettes

Memories of my beautiful mother include nasty, stinking cigarettes. I can still see her with a cigarette in her mouth and exhaling the nasty smelling smoke. I still smell the awful stench and I remember being caught in the seemingly inescapable, suffocati

685     0

Native Writes: Heroes and women

I recently commented that my heroes were being claimed by death at an accelerated pace.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: The comfort of the familiar

Humans are creatures of habit. If we have an outfit we enjoy, we’ll wear it a lot. We return to a favorite restaurant to order our usual dish and drink. If a classroom doesn’t have assigned seating, we still end up sitting in the same spots class after cl

656     0

Land, Water and People: Take a break from your spring chores

Spring is a time when many people are consumed with an assortment of chores around the house. The to-do list is often long and one’s mind is often stressfully thinking about the next item on the list while working on the current chore.

685     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: Unearthing Summitville

It was obvious from the standing-room-only crowd at the Rio Grande County Museum on April 22 that Summitville played an important part in the life of the San Luis Valley.

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After the Fact: John 11:35

Some of my best friends are Catholic. Quite a few are Jewish. There’s a smattering of Greek Orthodox and dozens of assorted Protestants.

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Movin' On with Nellie: Patrons of Caton’s love the customer service

I’d been through the automatic car wash many times with my small car; however, I was aghast, as say, Jessica on Murder She Wrote might be, when I saw parts fly and the hood swing in the wind. The operators shut the fan off and I checked the damage with th

699     0

Valley Gardening: Plant now, regret later

Farming and gardening, are just other words for legalized gambling.

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Being Beautiful: Memories, like flowers, bloom brightly in all seasons

What is it about flowers that we love so much?

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Still Waters: Scenes of quiet heroism

A small selfless act can be heroic, like giving up a seat on the train or paying for someone’s groceries at the checkout counter. It can be more noticeable and affect more people, like comforting others at the scene of a horrific vehicle crash when you ju

692     0

Native Writes: What if I die?

Recent events have moved me into another realm of thought: What if I die?

744     0

Amarah's Corner: Don't give up on your dreams

In spite of the hurtful things our parents who are addicts say and do to us, they don’t seem to realize we still love them.

674     0

Geiger's Culture Counter: Remembering Reed’s room

I didn’t send any words of encouragement. I didn’t want any message to be my “last” message.

670     0

Alamosa Flowers: Alamosa Arbor Week and early blooms

There’s still time to help plant trees during Alamosa Arbor Week!

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Editorial: Overdue to brand the SLV as ONE

Over the course of two years, 55-plus meetings, 2,000 volunteer hours, at least 5,000 miles of in-valley travel and 25 gallons of coffee, leaders of the San Luis Valley may be just hours away from branding the area as ONE.

702     0

Rabbitbrush Rambler: ah-CHOO

In Del Norte, not far from the San Juans, every morning I’ll find that my car has a blanket of dust, blown from the Four Corners. In Alamosa, Monte Vista, Center, Mosca, and Hooper, people will close their windows while the wind blows across the Valley.

767     0

Just the Facts: Meteorite or meteor-wrong?

The oldest thing in Colorado is more ancient than Earth itself. It’s a meteorite.

758     0

After the Fact: Smarty pants

My mom was somewhere barely short of brilliant: she had the answers to all of my questions and she read stories to me every night before I fell asleep

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Valley Gardening: Low water landscaping doesn't have to be ugly

Life is good in the neighborhood—and it is almost warm enough for me to unload the flowers and vegetables out of my truck.

752     0

Still Waters: This is how it’s done

I’m so proud of our Alamosa city staff, city council and local residents for developing an ordinance amendment regarding feral cats that I think (most) everyone can live with, especially the cats.

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Being Beautiful: Revision, reunion, and the joy of second chances

My favorite prefix is “re.”

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Native Writes: Love lives on

When I was in college, I took a course called Thanatology, which dealt with death and dying. In fact, the instructor, James Douglass, attempted to deal with it in writing as his own death neared. I treasure a long note he wrote explaining his decision.

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Amarah's Corner: Loving an addict

Kathy Suazo, Child Protection Supervisor, Alamosa County DHS, is my guest this month.

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Movin' On with Nellie: Fight cancer with memories

My cousin Jerry is fighting liver cancer. Like so many families today, our loved ones have fought some tough battles with cancer. I wish that it could be different.

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Land, Water and People: Desert Journal 2017—Photographing Factory Butte

Blue-grey ridged slopes curved 1,600 feet upward, increasing in steepness the higher they went, ending with a golden, vertical sandstone cap. From my perspective, the geologic sculpture looked like an accordion lampshade.

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Guest Column: You are loved

In his eulogy for his brother Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy said, “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and

804     0

Valley Gardening: ‘Tracing’ minerals

I think it is finally spring, and you can start planting some of your seeds and plants.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Moving water through acequias

It’s a short growing season for crops like corn and squash – only about 90 days or even less. Prayer and good luck might help.

767     0

Movin' On with Nellie: A lesson for every story

There’s a lesson for every movie & story we watch and read.

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After the Fact: Observing holidays

When there are younger brothers or sisters in a family, you get to practice essential parenting skills long before you actually become a parent

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Being Beautiful: Far across the distance and spaces between us…

I grew up with brothers, three of them, not a single girl child in our house when we were children.

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Editorial: Quaff more economic growth

We believe that within the next year, the SLV will also become a target for lovers of craft beer.

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Still Waters: Flawless

At the beginning of the music video, nothing is white except the lead singer’s teeth as he begins to sing the words:

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Native Writes: Snow on Easter

This Easter looks to be a better one than the past, though fellow old timers have a way of reminding me that Mother Nature is, if nothing else, deceptive.

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Amarah's Corner: 'Kids like me' recieve a 'terrible gift'

In Matthew 18:10 (KJV), Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Geiger's Culture Counter: ‘Attack on Titan’ reintroduced me to anime

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of animated television shows. I’ve written about “Voltron,” “Samurai Jack,” “Steven Universe,” “Rick and Morty” and other shows in this column. However, my love for anime is a bit more reserved

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Alamosa Flowers: Tree plantings, pruning, and species worldwide

Arbor Week and Earth Day are coming up. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to plant trees and shrubs at the Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP). There will be a breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by planting and kids’ activities at 10 a.m. You will also have a chance to le

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Turning the other cheek

It’s time for another of my columns usually called “Going to the Movies.” The film I’ve chosen this time is “42: The Jackie Robinson Story.”

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Editorial: Some growing pains with new website

The Valley Courier is excited to announce a brand new look and a whole new functionality for our website, which changes the way our readers can interact with us.

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After the Fact: It’s a small world

There aren’t too many things that, between the daughter and I, cannot be managed in the arena of household maintenance and repair.

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Valley Gardening: Peas could be planted

If you weren’t at the SLVCRF concert at Society Hall last week, you missed a really beautiful evening!

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Still Waters: Renewed vision

“Give light to my eyes.” Psalm 13:3.

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Being Beautiful: From Air Supply to ZZ Top and Ricky Schroeder to John Stamos

Some of the things I did as a youngster make me laugh now.

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Amarah's Corner: April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

In Matthew 18:10 (KJV), Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Native Writes: Atmosphere impeding progress

These are highly charged times and I am convinced one must choose a side and adhere stubbornly to it or risk being boiled in oil.

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Land, Water and People: The challenge of managing a travel system

I think most people reading this column know people can’t ride their motorized vehicles anywhere they want on the national forest.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Rounding up a gaggle of fools

I don’t use the internet on the first day of April as a safety precaution. If you followed suit, here are the highlights of what you missed.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Cat food

A widely circulated report says that from 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion wild birds are killed annually by cats in the U.S., although an esteemed ornithologist, David Sibley, estimated a few years ago that the figure is around 500 million. At any rate statist

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Valley Gardening: Grow naturally

I, and many other supporters, am VERY thankful this week! After a long, brutal YEAR of various treatments, setbacks, and more treatments Casey Kanen Martinez is cancer FREE!! It’s been almost exactly a year since Casey was diagnosed. So many of you readin

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Movin' On with Nellie: Ears, we all have them

I’ve been thinking about ears lately. It started when I watched Charlie Rose’s Monday interview with Sally Fields. Her ears looked like a nautilus shell flattened like an appendage to the head. Ears offer us a lot in terms of communication and elegance.

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After the Fact: No two snowflakes

My nephew David taught my grandson how to swim. They were “fooling around,” as it was later explained, by the swimming hole at the ranch. Zan, 3 years old at the time, told David he wanted to swim. So David threw him in. And Zan swam for shore like his li

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Still Waters: Fool among the angels

I am so grateful that God suffers fools on April Fools Day and every other day.

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Being Beautiful: Food for the body and food for the soul

Why are we so nostalgic?

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Amarah's Corner: Mom in community corrections shares advice

In Matthew 18:10 (KJV), Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Native Writes: Googling myself

A good friend asked me if I knew everything about myself.

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Alamosa Trees: Trees for our parks

Twenty-two new trees will be planted in Alamosa parks and the cemetery this spring. We’ll plant many of the trees – and we hope with your help – during Alamosa Arbor Week, April 22 -28.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Jordan Peele changed the horror genre

I don’t watch horror movies often, whether on my home screen or the big screen. I rarely see them in theaters because they’re almost never worth the price of admission. The last one I saw in a cinema was “Paranormal Activity 4” in 2012. Yet I knew I had t

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Fish facts

Even during the icy months fishermen were trying their luck at Mountain Home and Big Meadow Reservoir. And this summer, who wouldn’t love to get out and catch a nice trout from one of our streams?

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After the Fact: Proper planning prevents work

“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” Dr.Thomas Sowell is a retired professor of economics at Stanford University and undoubtedly knows whereof he speaks.

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Movin' On with Nellie: Trump-y needs Dr. Phil for Whitehouse call

This week I learned that Trump-y has some serious behavioral health (aka mental health) issues. These behaviors are manifested with his 3 a.m. tweets that are riddled with lies, fake news, and threats to build a wall.

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Valley Gardening: With our compliments

I am so thankful for a day like today—Friday! The moisture is so appreciated—unless you live in San Luis or Ft. Garland because they got between 8 and 18 inches of snow—YIKES. If the weather forecasters are on their game we should get more moisture next w

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Still Waters: More weird emails

Julianne Kaufman was so kind to reach out to me today. “We’ve been out of touch for a while,” she emailed. Out of touch? We’re so “out of touch,” Julianne, I don’t even know who you are.

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Being Beautiful: What ever happened to Baby Jane?

Imagine with me if you can saving up your spare coins for a long time, heading off to an anniversary or birthday dinner at The Brown Derby, one of old Hollywood’s most celebrated restaurants.

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Amarah's Corner: Pediatrictian addressess marijuana effects

In Matthew 18:10 KJV, Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Just the Facts: Colorado's mass extinctions

Colorado’s full of rocks. Some bear gold, diamonds or silver. Others burble oil, gas, and water. A rare few record death itself.

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Native Writes: Why then and why now?

It was a sunny afternoon when I sat watching little dust particles drifting through the air. They do that when sunbeams yield the spotlight.

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Land, Water and People: Protecting our investment-Knowing when to turn around

stepped out of the car into the unseasonably warm sun. The shhhh of the breeze moving through the branches of piñon pine and juniper trees dominated the soundscape. Nearby a male bluebird blended into the sky as it flitted from one tree to another. Spring

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Geiger's Culture Counter: The case for utopian entertainment

If I had to choose of favorite genre of fiction, I’d probably pick dystopian. It’s not the most uplifting media to consume, but the thought of how bad life could be refreshes my perspective of my current circumstances.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Food for thought

Some of us have never been desperately hungry. Not even during the Great Depression was I ever hungry. Bored perhaps because, during my childhood in New England, we had too many Wheaties for breakfast and too much salt cod on toast for supper.

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After the Fact: School supplies

Expectations for graduating from high school today seem significantly different than when I was a student, or maybe they just go about it in a different way.

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Valley Gardening: Where there's a Willie Wade, there's a way

Life is good in the neighborhood! Is not this weather so wonderful? And so warm? Maybe too warm?

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Still Waters: Emerald Isle heritage

Thanks to some expert research on the part of my maternal uncle, I now can claim Irish ancestry on both sides. We were never sure about my maternal grandmother’s heritage since she was basically left on a doorstep as a baby.

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Being Beautiful: Spreading sparkles from china cabinets to petting zoos

I was just a little boy with his mama, and we had driven up Dykes Chapel Road to Miss Jessy Jean’s house, Perry County’s own petting zoo because she had at least one of every living thing created by God and known to man.

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Amarah's Corner: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Part 2

In Matthew 18:10 KJV, Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Native Writes: Thissa and thatta

My old editor, F.G. "Doc" Kirby called columns like this "thissa and thatta." They are observations from passing along the road we call life.

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Alamosa Flowers: First blooms of the season

Hurray for purple Crocus (Crocus). It’s the first plant to bloom in our garden this year and is displaying four lovely blossoms. I spied the blossoms poking their heads out above the mulch in our protected, south facing garden.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: 'Samurai Jack' is back, bleak, and beautiful

This weekend I went back in time to the early 2000s. I was in my basement surrounded by my LEGOs, “Star Wars” action figures and had no care in the world. How and why did this happen? Because “Samurai Jack” was back on the air.

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Bear Dance

While cranes are making it clear that the seasons are changing, another kind of rebirth is happening, but not so readily seen by most of us. Bears are emerging from their dens after their hibernation, usually in March.

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After the Fact: Tragedies of Shakespearean dimension

My sister Micki had an assortment of friends about on a par with the Whitman’s Sampler box of candy, except hers was heavier on the nuts. Knot-head Mixon lived a couple of doors down and she was a typical over-indulged, spoiled only child of older parents

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Valley Gardening: DE—not just for plants

Okay…before I start writing this week, I am feeling like I need to write a disclaimer. Like…what I have to say may hurt you, may cause diarrhea, may save you money, may cause suicidal thoughts, may make you want to throw up, etc.

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Being Beautiful: Of Willie Vee, Victoria Ivy, and their unbroken circle of love

Let me be guilty of many things, but never of ingratitude.

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Still Waters: American and proud

Saturday night provided an inspiring lesson in democracy. I attended the Lincoln Day Dinner, which was held at Adams State University’s student union building. A number of protestors gathered at the entrances with messages for the Republican leaders who a

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Amarah's Corner: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Part 1

In Matthew 18:10 KJV, Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Native Writes: The pot lifestyle

The current debate over marijuana brought back some interesting memories of The Courier newsroom in the 1970s.

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Land, Water and People: Insect populations on the decline

The 2016 forest health survey results were released a month ago and showed a decline in activity of the three forest insects that have been most noticeably impacting the Rio Grande National Forest: The spruce beetle, spruce budworm and western tent caterp

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Geiger’s Culture Counter: Can you separate art from artist?

Before the best picture envelope snafu, the most controversial moment at the 89th Academy Awards was Casey Affleck beating Denzel Washington for best actor. Washington delivered what some call his best performance ever in “Fences” while Affleck moved audi

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Return of the cranes

Migrating Sandhill Cranes started to arrive a month ago and now are here en masse. They have been arriving earlier each year lately to herald the news that the parade is ready to begin in the Valley, and some will be staying for a month or so.

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After the Fact: Olly-olly-ox-in-free

Do you remember ever, on a summer’s day, saying, “I’m bored.” Neither do I. Growing up as the “leading edge” of the Boomer generation, we didn’t have television and our telephones were firmly attached to the wall, or to a cord that ran in through the wall

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Valley Gardening: Ruthie get your gun

Let’s see…. I have not been able to find my little criminals—that’s what happens when you work for a living—you can’t just park in the neighborhood and look for them. I did find out that the same ones that stole from me more than likely also stole from a

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Being Beautiful: And the greatest of these is love

“Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

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Still Waters: Blessings from Bill's basket

Every Sabbath morning right after the offering is collected during the worship service at my church, Bill passes another basket, this one to provide rather than collect.

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Amarah's Corner: Music is important to self esteem

In Matthew 18:10 KJV, Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not (hurt or be mean to) one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Native Writes: Learning respect

I need to wean myself from Facebook.

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Geiger's Culture Counter: Gaming on the go

I'm sitting at a ski shop as my dad is getting fitted for new boots. The entire process takes roughly an hour and I've killed as much time as possible by browsing the store's other wares. I pull out my phone and load up a game.

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