Up: arry Guffey has beaten the odds. Only 36 percent of heart transplant recipients live 20 years or more. Guffey now is one of them, and says that receiving the heart has allowed him to do things he otherwise would not be able to do. Please consider becoming an organ donor.
Down: San Juan County's federal payment-in-lieu-of-taxes receipts will fall this year to just over $2 million. The payment was reduced 2.5 percent due to sequestration's automatic spending cuts. Using prudent foresight in planning, San Juan County planned for the cut in their budgeting process.
Up: Bloomfield's sixth annual San Juan River Balloon Rally was held last weekend. While the balloon glow on Saturday night was canceled due to weather, the event surely uplifted the spirits of those in attendance. Congratulations on a great event.
Down: The hot, dry weather continues in the Four Corners area. Citing the drought as a key to attendance, the director of New Mexico's 35 state parks says visits declined more than 40 percent over the Memorial Day weekend. If you know a good rain dance, now is the time to bring it out.
Down: The latest oil and gas production numbers released by the New Mexico Conservation Division did not bode well for the San Juan Basin. For the first three months of 2013, gas production fell 15.8 percent and oil dropped by 12.3 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.
Up: The Farmington Vet Center has expanded with the goal of serving more veterans with readjustment counseling services. With its increased capacity we hope that all veterans in need of assistance will take advantage of the care available.
Up: Sandstone Productions' summer musical "Grease" runs now through August 3 at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater. Support the local theater group in an enjoyable outdoor setting. We are sure that the performance will leave audience members with a song in their heads and a skip in their step.
Up: A multitude of New Mexico and Colorado groups are working to enhance the opportunities on local rivers through The Four Corners Paddle Trail Project. The project would allow for short excursions and longer multi-day trips from Durango to Farmington. Improved river access, campsite and signage would encourage tourism and increase recreational activities for residents and tourists.