Annual car show a month away

In just one month, summer events will burst onto the Pagosa scene beginning with the Car Show at Pagosa.

On Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, more than 100 classic cars will shine in Town Park and on Lewis Street.

Friday evening’s event consists of car registration, a barbecue and a concert — all at the athletic field adjacent to Town Park, beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday, more cars will arrive as Lewis Street hosts the Show and Shine, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be classic cars and more “modern” classics lining the street and vying for various awards including the Participants’ and People’s Choice awards. Both activities during the weekend will feature delicious food from several vendors and restaurants and specialty beer from Pagosa Brewing.

There will be raffle tickets available for a chance to win a car. This will be the second year for the raffle and more details on the car will be forthcoming. The difference this year is that the car will not be raffled off until Sept. 21, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the Bands, Brews event. So, there is still plenty of time to purchase a ticket, but remember, only a limited number will be printed.

We know there are quite a few show cars here in Pagosa Springs and we encourage local owners to show off their vehicles. Registration forms are available online at the Chamber website,, or in hard copy at the Chamber offices.

Weminuche Wilderness management

Spanning almost 500,000 acres, the Weminuche Wilderness is considered by Pagosans as their backyard and it is the largest designated Wilderness Area in Colorado. However, monitoring over the past 14 years indicates adverse impacts from recreational activities in some portions of the Weminuche are reaching or exceeding thresholds established by the 1998 San Juan-Rio Grande National Forests Wilderness Management Direction.

Beginning in 2014, the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests will begin requiring recreationists to register prior to entering the Weminuche Wilderness. Outdoor enthusiasts will need to fill out the form, deposit one part into a secure box at the trailhead and keep the other part while in the Wilderness. While the registration is an action that has already been approved, the implementation details are not yet finalized and therefore, the public is invited to provide suggestions for implementation.

The way the public can assist is by first attending one of the community meetings that are planned. The meeting in Pagosa Springs will be held Thursday, May 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Registration will be required for day use and multi-day camping trips. Registration will consist of a short two-part form that will be available online, at agency offices and major trailheads. Wilderness visitors will be required to fill out the form and carry it in a visible manner. Carrying the proper form will be enforced by forest officers spring through fall in 2014.

By monitoring these forms, the Forest Service will be able to better identify Wilderness use patterns, threshold maxims, and they can communicate with users on how to reduce their impact upon the natural resources. We have a plethora of wilderness users in our community, therefore, we recommend that you attend the meeting on May 2. Encourage members of your outdoor group to attend, learn the details and have your suggestions heard. To find out more about the Wilderness Management Direction and other information, go to under Quick Links.


There is still time to register for the Marketing for Smarties Challenge presented by the SBDC at Fort Lewis College.

This interactive class begins on Thursday, April 25, and continues on May 23 and June 6. Classes will be held at the Chamber of Commerce from 6-9 p.m. The cost of the class is $149 and scholarships are available. Space is limited, so register now by calling the SBDC offices at 247-7009. Local business owner and marketing coach Marcy Mitchell will be the class facilitator.

Product placement

Do you have a clever design for that perfect purse, jewelry or clothing creation?

If it’s so popular among your friends, why can’t you seem to get the big department stores to order hundreds of your creations?

On Thursday, May 2, Sarah Shaw will host a workshop in Durango at the Smiley Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shaw is the creator of a successful purse line called Sarah Shaw Handbags. However, after 9/11, her business failed. But she has created other successful products since then. Sarah will coach future entrepreneurs on how to contact the right people and what to say, on strategies to get buyers and will provide many more tips. The workshop is $99 and proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center.

Sarah will also be one of the guest speakers here in Pagosa at the second of three workshops in the Chamber’s Women’s Conference Series. She will be in Pagosa on Wednesday, June 19. But don’t wait until then if you want to get started on selling your products. To register for the class, go online to


Don’t forget that this month’s SunDowner will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at Higher Grounds, beginning at 5 p.m.

Then, on Monday, April 29, this month’s Maximizing Your Membership will be held at the Chamber from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free lunch is provided, along with mounds of useful information. Make the most of your Chamber membership and attend this class. Please R.S.V.P. so we can make sure that enough food is ordered.

We have two new businesses this week to welcome as Chamber members.

The first business is Mulbery Home Services with David Mulbery. Mulbery Home Services is an insured home inspection and caretaking service for absentee homeowners. Their team is available round the clock to address virtually any safety or maintenance issue that may arise. They take care of your home as if it were their own. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact David at 946-7708.

The other new member this week is Leon Stroman and Mountain Massage. Leon offers deep tissue, therapeutic and/or medical grade massage that restores ease of movement and increases flexibility. He also offers a variety of gentle massage therapies for relaxation and restoration. Swedish, hot stone and La Stone are offered along with energy based Reiki. On call or mobile massage services are available to clients desiring massage in the comfort of their home or guest accommodations. To schedule an appointment, call Mountain Massage at 507-0772.

Our renewing members this week include Bank of the San Juans, Farrago Market Cafe and Back Room Wine Bar, Old Town Market, Pagosa Land Company, and Claudia Matzdorf and Southwest Silver Gallery. Our non-profit agencies this week include Restoration Fellowship and the Western Heritage Event Center.

A big thank you to all who attended and supported the Rural Philanthropy Days meeting on Monday. We will be vying to host this event in 2014 and our efforts will need to be communitywide. I will keep you updated on the outcome.

This story was posted on April 18, 2013.