Jessie O’Brien

Position: Special to the Times

Ignacio schools superintendent: Test scores do not represent the full picture

The Ignacio School District has been ranked near the bottom of state assessments over the past decade due to test scores. But Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto said state tests do not consider Native...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Couple threatened at book-signing respond with compassion

At a March 9 book-signing at The Pine River Library, Rev. Alaric and Andrew Hutchinson, a married couple who own and operate The Zen Cowboy , were threatened by two individuals who said they will...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio rebrands to recognize history and growing diversity

In early 2018, the town, Chamber of Commerce, Ignacio Community Library and community members came together to rebrand Ignacio and select new wayfinding signage. The group settled on the tagline...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Pediatric Partner’s Bayfield clinic brings child care services closer to home

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest opened a clinic in Bayfield on Nov. 12. The new location provides child care closer to home for the Bayfield, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs communities. Pediatric...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio Early Learning Program offers much-needed preschool services

Walking into the new Ignacio Early Learning Program is like entering a miniature world where everything is knee-high and comes with nap time and a snack. Its residents are bed-head, fresh-face...

DATE: March 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio community members launch first LGBTQ+ organization in the area

While many are becoming more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, youth suicide rates are around three to six times more likely to occur with those who identify as a sexual minority. This is one of...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio police chief: New student resource officer a ‘major deterrent’

At the beginning of the school year, a school resource officer, 20-year veteran officer Preston Rea, was designated to patrol Ignacio schools. Ignacio Police Chief Kirk Phillips said there hasn’t...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield High cheer squad competes on the big stage

The Bayfield High School cheer squad placed 14 out of 21 teams in the USA Spirit Nationals in the co-ed intermediate division in Anaheim, California, on Friday. Only the top seven advanced to the...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

The Zen Cowboy rides into Bayfield

The Zen Cowboy, a new spiritual center at 498 S. Church St. in Bayfield, transforms into The Church of Dunisha for Sunday gatherings. Attendees take their shoes off at the front door and fold-out...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Billy Goat Saloon logo has reached celebrity status

The Billy Goat Saloon logo is the other unofficial Bayfield uniform, second to purple and gold Wolverines gear. “Its punk rock meets backwoods,” said Laura Boyher, who has been a Bayfield...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Death Café provides venue to discuss a taboo subject

Death is taboo in Western culture, but the Death Café discussion group creates a space for a conversation on the feared and avoided topic. The gathering started in Europe about 10 years ago and...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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