Thanks for the love

Dear friends in the community,

Zack Miller, Pavita Decorah’s son, and Sandia Belgrade would like to thank the many people who expressed their love for Pavita. Many stopped by with flowers, prayers, food and stories. We especially want to thank the beautiful and giving people of the  Crestone End of Life Project and the stable of riders and horses who included her horse Ski Ski in the celebration of her life. We cannot name all of you but in particular we would like to thank Julia, Tilly, Scott, Q, Michael Onewing, Janet, Kizzen, Findley, Renee, Sam, Barry, Josh, Treat, Kimberly, Nancy, Jo Anne Kiser and Savitri House, Stephanie and McGregor Gaines who gave us strength and kept us going. It is a blessing to be held in this loving community.

—Zack Miller and Sandia Belgrade

The parking lot angel

Dear Editor,

Friday Aug. 7 I attended the Crestone Music Festival, parking at the east end of the driving range. I had my Aventa debit card in my pocket and inadvertently pulled it out with my cell phone. It dropped to the ground unbeknownst to me. A righteous person picked up the card and turned it in to Robin Blankenship at the entrance booth. I am forever grateful to this honest person for your act of kindness. Thank you so much! I am sending much love, light and blessings your way!

Janie Thomas

Please vote

Dear Editor,

I was elected to the Baca Grande POA Board of Directors last year. I believe I was fulfilling the final year of Russell Schreiber’s term.  That’s appropriate, as he was my inspiration in even considering running for the board.

This past year has been challenging and gratifying and so I am choosing to run again for a full three-year term.  As it turns out there are only two vacant seats and only two candidates.  The results may be a given but we still need your votes to meet the requirement of a quorum.

In announcing my candidacy, I can only say that this past year has deepened my commitment to serve.

Thank you.

Joanna Theriault

Why spay & neuter?

“If I stated that I had just returned from a  country that manufactured 20,000 “widgets” a day, even though they had hundreds of thousands of widgets sitting unused in warehouses, and then also daily destroyed 16,000 widgets because there was no more room to store them, you would think I had visited a nation of backwards morons.  That is exactly what is happening in this country every day, except the “widgets” are living beings who often suffer horribly before having their lives prematurely ended.”      —Kris King

The Humane Society of the United States says that four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.

Many cats and dogs who die as a result of pet overpopulation could have made wonderful pets. Between six and eight million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every year; far too many to all find homes.

A solution is possible and starts with each of us taking one small step: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html getting our own pets fixed. To help stop pet overpopulation further, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/adopt/tips/adopting_from_shelter_rescue.html.  Consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter.