Driving through the mountains of Colorado, some significant differences from Arizona are easily noted. The creeks and streams have water in them and even though there has been a drought, there is lots of green. Colorado is beautiful. It is a bit warm -- actually hot. I was hoping for some nice cool days. I chose the slow route, driving through Durango, Montrose and Salida. Salida is a beautiful place surrounded by rolling grassy hills that could pass for Switzerland. I expected to see herds of sheep guided by working border collies up in the hills, with a herdsman resting under a tree. I did see a pronghorn sheep. He was beautiful.
These mountain passes are amazingly beautiful but driving them is a bit of a challenge, especially in my heavy RV. I cannot imagine driving one of those really big rigs. I wonder how many cars fall over the edge as they do on Highway 87 south of Pine. It is a long way down.
The most amazing sight is the number of bicyclists on these steep, winding roads. I was wondering if my Roadtrek would make it over some of those passes and here were these bikers, pedaling away. I give them credit for their efforts. I also pronounce them insane.
Autumn Phillips has been the editor of the Payson Roundup for the past two years. Jerry Thebado was before her and I really liked working for him, but he moved back to his roots on the East Coast. Autumn has been a delight to work for and so tolerant. She is moving back to her roots and the love of her life. I will certainly miss her. I wish for her, the very best.
And now we will have Tom. I have not met him, but I hear he is great to work for. Life goes on. Editors move on, and I move on. Tomorrow, I will be in Greeley, where my dogs and I will be part of an International Canine Musical Freestyle and Canine Dressage Conference and Competition. My dogs and I are not prepared, as we should be, but it will be fun and a great and interesting learning experience.
There is an important water meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center for all Pine/Strawberry residents concerned over the water problems. The meeting is being called by a group of concerned citizens. If you are paying the water transportation fees in Pine or if you have run out of water, you know of the problems. If you have not run out of water, you could. A solution is needed. And there are some real problems with the proposed K2 well site.
The purpose of this meeting is to address the water situation and an action plan. All residents of Pine and Strawberry are urged to attend. Hopefully, this meeting will bring together the various opinions and sides on this complex water issue and form a plan to move forward rather than spinning wheels, spending money, arguing and getting nowhere. This meeting is extremely important. Please be there and tell all your neighbors and friends about it.
The menu for the Senior Dining Room for the week of July 23 to 28 is Monday -- Crispy baked chicken, potato and vegetable; Tuesday -- Quiche; Wednesday -- BBQ sandwich, potato and vegetable; Thursday -- Meat loaf, potato and vegetable; Friday -- Fish, potato or rice and vegetable. Salad bar is included with all lunches. Full meal, including beverage, is $5. Salad bar alone is $3. Call (928) 476-2151 for reservations one day ahead.
Movie Madness at the Pine Library continues with "Savannah Smiles" at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26. All children, visitors included, are invited to attend the movies. Bring a pillow. Refreshments will be provided by the library.
Two sessions remain of the Summer Reading Program at the Pine Library for children 5 through 12. Visitors and grandchildren are also welcome to attend the fun activities planned for Tuesday, July 24, and July 31 at 10 a.m. The theme is "Get a Clue."
SOS -- Sense of Survival is a valuable program which is being offered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Pine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. A free lunch and babysitting is included. There will be classes on CPR, first aid, home safety, crime prevention, nutritional survival and evacuation preparation. For more information, call Edie Miller (928) 476-4871 or Nelda Larson, (928) 476-4781.
The next Pine Strawberry Community Blood Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at the First Baptist Church in Pine. Bring your ID, as you cannot donate without it. United Blood Services recommends drinking plenty of water beforehand to make your donation experience the best it can be. Please eat a hearty, low-fat meal before donating. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win a 2007 Saturn Aura. Free cholesterol testing for all. Be a Hero. Donate Blood.