March 1 marks the third anniversary of my life-saving surgery and as I reflect on the last three years I am so grateful for the wonderful special times I have been here to share with my family and friends:?welcoming a new granddaughter into the family, my grandsons wedding last May, the birth of my great-grandson Keegan and my soon-to-be-born great-grandson Kash. What a wondrous gift God has given me, to be here with all of you. I wanted to take this time to thank the wonderful people who have been on this journey with me:
Thank you to Tammy and Jerry of Sinclair?s for their generosity of time and spirit, for telling my husband to put the job out of his mind and concentrate on taking care of me and for all the advice and love they showed me.
Thank you to the crew at J and J?s for keeping it all going smoothly so their boss could concentrate on what he needed to do.
Thank you to Bart Anderson for all the love and support he showed me and my family through all of this and for pointing me in the right direction. His friendship and generosity of spirit has truly been a gift for us during that difficult time, but also for all the years since. He is always available when we need him
Thank you to all the wonderful nurses and my surgeon in St. George for being the best team I could ask for.
Thank you to my grandson Robert who always knew I?d be okay.
Thank you to my granddaughter JadeLynn who in her senior year gave up track and the play to be home after school to take care of things around the house while I was away. And for being okay with me missing her 18th birthday.
Thank you to Kaylie, wonderful Kaylie, who by taking care of my fur babies so well I could just concentrate on my recovery and know that they were more than okay.
Thank you to Jennifer, just because I love her.
Thank you to my new granddaughter Brittni for the beautiful gift she gave me when she and her two sweet boys joined our family.
Thank you to my special great grandson Keegan for coming into my life and reminding me how lucky I am to have this life.
Thank you to my Dad for spending the three weeks with us at the hospital so my poor husband could have an occasional break.
Thank you to my wonderful daughter Gina, who was with us every step of the way and in spite of some personal stuff she had to deal with made my homecoming a truly joyous day.
Thank you to Jody for being there for me and more importantly for my daughter, when I couldn?t be.
And last, but certainly not least, my remarkable husband, who never left my side, day or night and when I was too weak to fight was strong and fought for me. I would not be here today if not for his strength and love.
And most importantly, thank you to God, with Him all things are possible and all life has value and I will do my best not to squander the gift he has given me.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who prayed for me and my family in our time of need. That part of the journey may be over, but I know I can count on all of you for any future journeys life may hold for me. To all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart and I love you all.
Rita Ivie, Caliente
Hello, my name is Genine Aiello and I?m a resident of Hiko. The reason I?m writing you is there?s been a lot of talk about the water, minerals, and oil/gas in our area but not a lot about the people, the environment, the history, the art, and the dangers we could face.
What we have in Lincoln County is rare, the majority of the people here care about the land, and have lived on it for generations. We as a community have a strong history of ranching/farming and want to see that way of life continue. But some don?t want to keep it that way. They would be happy to deplete the water, drill/frack the land and destroy the rich history and unique natural resources our desert holds.
However, there is another way that would ensure our way of life and the beautiful home that we all share is protected. Senator Harry Reid has proposed a bill in Congress, the Garden Valley Withdrawal Act (SB 196). This bill calls for protections for existing ranching and water rights while prohibiting any mining, drilling or fracking in Garden and Coal Valleys.
I hope that we as a community can come together and recognize the dangers we face if we don?t support protecting Garden and Coal Valleys. Please stand with me and say yes to preserving our history while looking forward to the future so that all may be able to enjoy the beautiful desert we call home.