40 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, April 6, 1973 Larry and Marilyn Pleasant, Editors

Mayor pro tem V. T. Boyd conducted the town board meeting Tuesday at which town attorney George Buck Submitted his letter of resignation due to having been named District Attorney which will occupy his full time. Val Truelsen reported on the purchase of lots from the county and the board discussed possibly of having a buried gasoline tank and making bulk purchase of motor fuel. Bill Wagner resigned as gas inspector after having served the town in that capacity for the past 16 years.

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Plans for a major motel development here were revealed this week by Tom and Mary LaFrance who recently moved here from Del Rio, Texas and are now living in the old Berry home on North Ninth Street. The new motel will be called "El Benando" or "the buck deer" which was selected because LaFrance killed a very large buck in House Canyon here in 1960. He has been hunting here for many years and the couple said they are very fond of this area. A large office and living space will be built facing the highway on the corner of Seventh street and Highway 145. Behind this and to the northeast will be a 10-unit building to start with. They hope to have this expanded before summer is over and eventually may build as much as 30 to 40 units.

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County Commissioners gave approval for a gas line to be attached under the Ritter Hill bridge to Peoples Natural Gas Co. at their Monday meeting. In other business they discussed a contract with Jack Raley of Nielsons Inc. for construction of about a mile of new road near Arriola.

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Dolores-Montezuma County Farmers Union will hold a meeting on Tuesday evening at the Yellow Jacket Grange Hall.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dale Johnson enjoyed dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Umberger in Lebanon on Sunday.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bowden and daughter Betty, attended the OES Grand Visit in Durango Saturday evening.

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Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Hill visited with Joe and Irene Tibbits in Cortez on Tuesday afternoon.

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Cortez Chapter OES will be holding their Friendship Night and their meeting on Tuesday, April 10. All Dolores Eastern Star members are invited.

Mrs. Alex Vigil was released from Southwest Memorial Hospital over the weekend and Mr. Vigil was admitted to the hospital on Monday evening.

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Margaret Nielson, Lee Stephens and Prudy McHenry attended OES Grand Visitation in Durango Saturday evening.

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Willis and Dorothy Willbanks enjoyed dinner with Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Hill on Sunday.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Findley, Mr. and Mrs. Aryol Brumley, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gustin and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Berry attended the dance at the Elks Club in Cortez on Saturday evening.

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Loava Bartholomew attended a birthday party held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Black in Lewis on Sunday. Four birthdays in the family that fall in the first week of April were honored.

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Gene and Hedy McClain are returning to Dolores this week to make their home in a new house they have built on N. 9th Street. They are moving from San Luis Obispo, Calif. Hedy is a sister of Joe Lawson.

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