40 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, Nov. 24, 1972 Larry and Marilyn Pleasant, Editors

Treasures left by earlier inhabitants over the past 10,000 years or more in the southwestern part of Colorado may still be saved for future generations, in a recent proposal by the Bureau of Land Management is approved. The first step in preserving artifacts dating farther back than the basketmakers who lived before the birth of Christ, was taken recently by Dale R. Andrus, Colorado State Director of the Bureau of Land Management, with the proposed withdrawal of some 4,000 acres of natural resource land in Montezuma County. Located in Sand Canyon, these remnants of cliff dwelling, lookout towers, weapons, clothing and utensils which Andrus hopes to protect with his withdrawal proposal may provide even better records of early civilization according to a study by the Archaeological Research Center of the University of Colorado.

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Dr. E. G. Merritt of Dolores has been honored recently by being elected to the International College of Surgeons membership. For a doctor to receive this honor, he has to have a certain number of years of post-graduate training plus a series of case histories for 100 surgical cases to be submitted to the board for examination.

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A meeting will be held in the community room of the Dolores State Bank in Dolores to discuss a proposed weed control district in the Dolores River Watershed. Personnel from Colorado State University will be present to offer broad guidelines and answer questions. Landowners in the East end of Dolores County and on the East and West Fork of the Dolores river are urged to attend.

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Corky’s Plumbing and Heating have just completed moving their office into their new addition.

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Mr. and Mrs. Chip Smith and daughter returned to their home in Little Rock, Ark. on Saturday.

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Mr. and Mrs. Glen Rust and Donny of Cortez visited with Hazel Smith on Sunday afternoon.

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Weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Green last weekend were Betty Taggart, Bev Haney, Terry Taggart, and Mrs. Green’s grandmother, Edna Schaus, from Indian Hills, Colo. Mrs. Greens’ grandmother stayed over and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schaus, also of Indian Hills, are now here to spend the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Edward Merritt, son of Dr. and Mrs. E. G. Merritt of Dolores, arrived on Wednesday evening, along with Dr. and Mrs. Dean Hammond and daughter, Sheryl, of Ogden Utah, to spend the Thanksgiving holidays at the home of his parents.

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The Harmony Club in Lakeview had a potluck supper and enjoyed having Mary Baker show the slides of her trip to Italy and other European countries recently.

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Jimmy Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Williams, has been transferred from the Durango Community Hospital to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez where he is now in traction for his back.

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Mr. and Mrs. Claude Carter from Houston, Texas has been here this past week visiting with Ed Akin and family and Mary Akin.

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Mr. and Mrs. Moss Atkin, son and Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCall were snowmobiling in the Hay Camp area Saturday and Sunday. They reported the snow just fair.

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Paula Beetem spent the weekend at Stoner with Teresa Sturdevant. The girls enjoyed snowmobiling and hiking on the ranch in the snow.

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Dr. J. D. Hathaway, James Sturman and George Green left on Sunday evening for Colorado Springs to attend a State School Board Meeting. They are expected to return home on Tuesday.

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Rene Hayes celebrated her birthday on Monday, Nov. 20 and had a girl friend, Sherry Barnes spend the night with her to help her celebrate.

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