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Letters to the Editor: March 23

Dear Editor,
The article, A Place of Miracles, Part 1, The Restoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was excellent. For supporting our Film Collection of the San Luis Valley, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you and other members of Questa Del Rio News. I am looking forward to seeing Parts 2-5 in upcoming editions.


Sincerely Rick Vigil
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Antonito, CO
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Dear Questa Del Rio News,
After experiencing what could have been a disaster, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the many people in Questa, who came to my rescue when my hot water heater went out during severe winter weather. A big “thank-you” to “Ricky from Pendleton Propane, who diagnosed the problem and directed the right people to replace the unit in a timely manner.Thanks to Andy Martinez who helped remove the tank panel. I am truly grateful to Antonio from the Questa Village Offices for speedily turning off the main water line to the house when the tank and water lines “exploded,” flooding the yard and rooms in my house.


Next, after the relevant call for more volunteers for firefighters and EMT, highlighted in February’s Questa del Rio News, it was a crew of these wonderful Samaritans, who arrived quickly and checked for any gas leaks from the unit. They calmed my fears about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning from the gas line. I can’t stress enough how important they are to the life of our community.They are true heroes. Kudos for your expertise in closely and caringly, checking out the possible dangers!
And certainly, a great big “Thank-You” to Bobby Cisneros, his son Josh, and grandson Martín who went over and above, replacing the tank, and components in frigid and icy conditions over two days.Thank you for never giving up!


Not to be left out, “Thank you, Lou McCall,” for your relentless energy providing an open forum in the Questa del Rio News, keeping us in touch with neighbors spread out over a large area. Your efforts have been so important, making us residents feel that we are “sisters and brothers of the Greater Family.” May you enjoy your new endeavors, and remember how important you have been to us in Questa! We have been so blessed to have such a caring community of hard-working and loving souls, exemplifying the best of humanity!


Betty Richter
Questa, NM

Thank you, Betty, for acknowledging these true heroes in our community. It is indeed a great privilege to call Questa home, truly a blessing for all of us. And thank you, Betty. You have been a tireless advocate here in the community. And thank you for your support of Questa Del Rio News (and for me, personally)!
Ms. Lou McCall


Editor-in-Chief
Questa Del Rio News,


Mea culpa.
First I would like to express my deepest regret for how the Agricultural Co-op Discovery Meeting turned out on Feb. 9. Instead of jumping in right away and outlining my proposal, I spent too much time trying to explain “why we need this project.” I am sorry for my misuse of valuable time and any misunderstandings.


I also want to thank the community members for attending the meeting to express their interest! It’s clear the community has a strong desire and the motivation to come together to support sustainable agriculture in our area.


The community could form a consumer cooperative, like the Taos Food Co-op. So we could have accessibility and availability of fresh local foods and have the purchasing power, with for example, United Foods distributors. The co-op members would decide what products to carry. People could also buy in bulk at wholesale prices. Consumer co-op members would volunteer to manage the retail operation. All members would have one vote.


With the artistic flair of our community, the building could enhance the look and feel of “downtown” Questa. I am excited to see how the community grows in its agricultural endeavors.


In Active Faith,
Lisa Fox

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