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Becoming a translator of Cowboy talk

I was very young when I married my high school sweetheart. I was living in a smaller Southern California city, my father was on the city council and a Los Angeles County Sheriff, and my boyfriend was from the "wrong" side of town. So, as most young women do, I knew he was the One. The issues between us were huge: respect for the law was a big one and the fact that his family refused to speak English was the other. I found my younger self face to face with a genuine language barrier. I worked hard...I studied Spanish...I practiced speaking Spanish in the mirror...and I learned Spanish so well that I spoke with his family better than he did.

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Likes new school board

Dear Editor,
I read with great pleasure in the Plaindealer about the appointment of Heather Yeowell and Cindy Lystad to the Ridgway School Board. With their experience serving on other Boards and their commitment to the Ridgway community, they will help keep the Ridgway District as one of the top performing districts in Colorado. The Board's first action electing Greg Lawler as Board President is a wise move that will pay immediate dividends through his proven leadership and professionalism. These three members along with incumbents Colin Lacy and Tim Taplin will be an effective, dedicated Board. Lastly, Supt. Steve Smith, with his strong administrative team, will continue to provide insightful vision and collaborative decision-making that will maintain the excellence Ridgway staff, parents and students have come to
expect. The RSD is in "good hands.”

Steve Larivee
Reno, Nevada

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Feb
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A time for stuffing stockings…and taking stock

As the end of 2017 fast approaches, it’s a natural time to look back, but it’s also a time to look ahead. Optimists are inclined always to look ahead. Pessimists are just the opposite. History is replete with wars and natural disasters and wrong turns.
Optimists tend to dislike and dismiss pessimists as dour and depressing. Expect the worst and it will happen. See the best in people and good things will happen.
Pessimists believe optimists are naïve and “in denial” about everything from human nature and social justice to the prospects for peace on earth and the seesawing price of gas at the pump.
Where you sit on the pessimism-optimism scale at any given time likely reflects where you stand on the political spectrum. Thus, the overwhelming majority of President Trump’s supporters are giddy optimists. And why not? The stock market is hitting historic highs!

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09
Feb
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The final turnstile: Tribute to a fallen matriarch

"Sooner or later you come back for that which (is) stored away, and sometimes it isn't there."  

~ Off Ramp, Hank Stuever...Adventures and heartache in the American elsewhere.

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09
Feb
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ROCC members voluteer in other areas

Dear Editor,

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09
Feb
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Back country rangers needed

Dear Editor:
I am writing to address a concern that I have for our backcountry resource.
With the increased 4-wheel drive and ATV visitors to the San Juan Mountains, it would appear that additional back country rangers would be a necessity.
I have spoken with many of my friends and acquaintances who use the back country. They have all stated that during the summer, the mountain roads are busier than rush hour traffic in the cities they are from. Yet, we have ONE back ranger to patrol these mountain passes. In my excursions into our majestic mountains, I have seen signs that clearly state “No Motorized Vehicles” with tire tracks scarring the meadows beyond.
We need more back county rangers.
To protect this precious asset for ourselves and future visitors.
People become more mindful of their speed, safety and where they are driving, when they know there is someone there to enforce the regulations.

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09
Feb
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What a city, Ouray!

What a city!
Last week I had a late night and lost a piece of clothing in the process.
Oh, you're thinking sure, Alan, you're going to tell us you were at the Coachlight Tavern and things got out of hand, right?
Not exactly.
I went to the Ice Park Committee meeting.
And it was quite the blur, so much so that the next day I looked all around for the new black fleece pullover my mother-in-law bought me and couldn't find it anywhere.
I searched the house, the office and even 6th Avenue where I had parked. I texted someone at the city and stopped by the police department to check on lost and found.
Nothing.
The next morning I was dropping Beecher off at City Hall and looked across the street. There on a railing was a black piece of clothing. I walked across and, lo and behold, there was my fleece.

Fri
09
Feb
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No longer annoying

It has been four months since I bought MY new colt and the call finally came to go and pick him up. Receiving that call brought a level of excitement that I hadn't felt in quite some time. I was giddy like a little girl anticipating the arrival of a new toy.
We had few days to prepare, two to be exact, and it was too long to wait. I ran to the tack shop and bought a new weanling halter and lead rope. I felt like a new mom buying the "come home" outfit for a newborn.
I swept out the horse trailer, prepped his water tank and I snapped at Steve, my husband, to pick up some "good hay" for MY new colt. Steve placed his hand on my shoulder and quietly said to me, "Slow Down…you will have a more harmonious outcome."
That was annoying.
The morning arrived and the truck had a full tank of gas. I filled our coffee cups, grabbed the halter and lead rope and piled into the truck for a two hour drive to pick up MY new colt.

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09
Feb
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Apologies for vandalism

Dear Editor,
I am the case manager for Ouray County Juvenile Services. I am currently working with the three kids who vandalized the skate park in Ridgway and I am writing today to ask if you would be willing to publish the apology letters they wrote to the community. I have included them below. As they are juveniles, we have omitted the youths' names. 

Dear Town of Ridgway,
I am so very sorry for vandalizing the skate park. I so grateful for the opportunity that we even have a skate park in our little town. I give a really big apology to the people that go to the skate park and the people that go on walks. I’m committed to cleaning it up and I will not do anything like it again.

Dear Town,
I am sorry for spray painting the skate park. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and hope to fix it. I will never spray paint the skate park again because it made members of our community sad, angry, and un-wanted. Thank you for your time.

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09
Feb
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Column intent was disguised

Dear Editor,
 
On Nov. 30, 2017, The Plaindealer published an advertisement by Scott Tipton, disguised as an article. This advertisement espoused lies and omission of information about the Tax Plan that the government can't get passed fast enough, to the extent that many members haven't even read the whole thing: The Tax Plan is 429 pages long, and those voting on it were given just five days to read it prior to voting. Even they know it's not a good plan, but they are so determined to have something by Trump Christmas that they will pass anything through, even if it hurts the people.
Don't be fooled by an advertisement that was disguised as a news article. This tax plan hurts the people.

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