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40 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, Jan. 26, 1973 Larry and Marilyn Pleasant, Editors

Burglars entered Taylor Hardware sometime Monday night and made off with a large amount of merchandise valued at over $1,000. Officers are still investigating some clues found in the snow outside.

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The Cub Scouts of Dolores will hold their annual Pinewood Derby at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, 1973 at the Baptist Church in Dolores.

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The School Board at their regular monthly meeting held last Thursday night, gave their approval to the establishment of an elementary school library. The library will be set up in the old elementary school music room and already has 2,700 books available to stock its shelves. By next fall it is hoped to have 3,700 books available for those younger students.

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Yes, frozen water lines can cause house fires. At least four home fires and numerous cases of burned out electrical wiring have been reported to Empire Electric in the past week and were caused by amateur efforts to thaw frozen water pipes with welders.

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County commissioners Monday discussed a recent meeting with State Health Department personnel concerning the county's hotmix plant that was cited last summer for smoke pollution. The commissioners will join with Cortez town board members to discuss a proposal for a joint city-county jail facility and police building.

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gonzales attended an open house at the new home of MR. and Mrs. Avon Kirks near Totten Lake Saturday night. Others attending were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Walters, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bauer and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McComb.

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Mrs. Dorothy Roth has returned home to Durango after being in Southwest Memorial Hospital recently for surgery.

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Bill Swank has been released from the hospital in Denver and he and his wife, Emma, returned to their home east of Dolores on Saturday evening. Their daughter, Karen Newell, from San Jose, Calif. is here and will remain for about two weeks to help them.

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Callie Lofquist entertained her bridge club on Friday evening with two tables to play. Those present were: Homa Louise cline who won 1st, Lenore Lee who won 2nd, MIldred Denby winning bingo, Margaret Nielson, Dianna Steel, Rowena Porter and Emmy Froede.

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Almost everyone in Dolores is either down with the flu, just getting over it, or staying home trying not to catch it, according to all reports

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Mrs. Lois Rash arrived by plane Sunday from New Orleans where she had spent the holidays with her daughters and their families, the Paul Abadies and the Lloyd LeBlancs. She was gone a month and enjoyed a very wonderful time, and saw many interesting things. She also saw the fire and parts of the terrible fighting between the sniper and the policemen and firemen at the Howard Johnson hotel, where the sniper killed many people and wounded others. It was something not to be forgotten soon, and to be thankful to know one lives in a country where tragedies like this do not happen.

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Mr. and Mrs. Glen Willbanks from Cortez were Sunday evening visitors of the L. V. Hills this last weekend.

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Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Willbanks were the lucky recipients of a four day vacation trip to Orlando, Florida this last week. The trip was won through the Co-op.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sanders plan to leave Dolores on Feb. 1 to move to Anchorage, Alaska to make their home.

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Mrs. Mildred Denby substituted for Mrs. Daly at the Dolores School 2 or 3 days this past week.

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Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fox enjoyed a two week long vacation trip to Arkansas where they visited with their parents and to Texas where they visited with their children in Orange and Houston. They returned home on Jan. 8.

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