Letters to the Editor
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I would like to thank all of the people that made our July 12 Dessert Contest such a special event again this year. Thank you to our apron sponsors! Thank you to our judges! A very special thank you to our servers!

These ladies work very hard for four to five hours in a very hot building. This is the only recognition they receive. They are the greatest!

Just to let you know: the judges have no idea as to the baker of any dessert. It is a blind tasting. If a server has an entry, she/he is not allowed to touch her/his own entry, or even pass the table the dessert is entered on if a judge is present. A family member is not permitted to judge or serve that entrant's dessert.

We strive to make this contest as fair as possible. Judges do rotate each year. We do have returning judges. The first year is more of a learning experience for them.

Thank you to all the people for entering!

– Katie Alexander, superintendent, San Miguel Basin Fair Dessert Contest


The recent wild fire outside the Norwood community has uncovered a side of San Miguel and Montrose Counties that needs to be brought to light. When the cry of fire went out and the call for help that followed this past week, there was a demonstration of Western living not often seen and rarely recognized. Volunteers came to fight the fire from all quarters and from all walks of life. They came as housewives, farmers, ranchers, church members, grocers, chefs, professionals, and laborers; bringing water, bread, fresh fruit, pocket snacks, meals and sandwich fixings from Paradox, Nucla, Naturita, Redvale, Norwood, Placerville, Telluride, Mountain Village and Montrose.

We opened the Redvale Church (San Miguel Basin Christian Fellowship) at 3 p.m. but had no idea what we would serve or how much we would need. We made a quick trip to the local grocery to get a few supplies, but that was the last trip that we would need to make. Feeding the needs of the local and distant fire fighters that ultimately came to help save our local communities was met by many gifts and sacrifices. 

Before the professional fire fighters could arrive and help, it was our local citizens and officials that did battle with the ugly beast called wildfire. This army, like all others, marched on the food and water that was at hand, and these assets came from local refrigerators, cupboards and warehouses. At 2 a.m. on the early morning of the first 12 hours of the fight the Montrose County Sheriff, the San Miguel County Undersheriff and staff at the Redvale Church made sandwiches that the sheriff and undersheriff delivered to the fire line to keep our defenders nourished and on the line. That humble act set the stage for our communities, churches, agencies, and citizens to step to the table and in a massive joint effort, put that fire out. Three days later the Fed's came in and finished the job that our weary volunteers were doing and we were grateful. 

In the afterglow of the fight a beautiful realization rose from the ashes. Our community and its citizens gave their all so that we could stay in our homes and businesses (none were lost) at great personal time and sacrifice.

It is more than appropriate that we take this space and time to say thank you, and recognize one of the often forgotten or under recognized blessings of living in this part of the West. I could not list here all who gave, helped, and stepped up at the disappointment of forgetting someone, or some agency. I would like to say that the help came from every quarter of our community and businesses. From my front row seat, we all need to feel proud and glad that we are living in a place where the phrase "love thy neighbor" is a verb not a noun!

– Pastor Clint Perry

Pastor of S.M.B.C.F. and Dir. of Canyon Chapel Ministries

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