The recreation center has been bombarded with timeshare owners who are here to enjoy their spring vacations. The crowding of the facility and parking lot is temporary — just for the rest of this month.

During the day, there is still plenty of room. It’s mostly in the evening, after our visitors come off the ski slopes, that we feel the pressure. We are encouraging our local users to work their schedule around this temporary period of business boom.

The Pagosa Lakes Porpoises are training Monday through Thursday from 4:15-5 p.m., and on Friday, when school is out early, they train from 2:15-3:45 p.m. The hot tub and kiddy pool, during these swim team times, will remain open. The abbreviated training schedule from Monday through Thursday will apply only for the rest of this month — while we try to fit all the different user groups into the facility. In April, Monday through Thursday, training will run from 4:15-5:45 p.m. And, also in April, the crowding will ease off awhile at the recreation center.

The PLPOA monthly board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Members and observers are encouraged to attend. Public comments are heard at the beginning of the meeting.

The directors of our homeowners association have conducted meetings in a positive and constructive atmosphere — and they will continue to do so. They appreciate the support and thoughtful input received from owners and non-owners alike. Honest and respectful treatment from homeowners goes a long way.

The PLPOA board of directors recently signed a proclamation of shop Pagosa Country. This proclamation is an appeal asking members of the association to patronize and support our local businesses, their employees and their families. A vibrant business community is vital to the economic growth and progress of Pagosa and the board is committed to the continued betterment of the Pagosa Springs area.

The nationwide economic crisis has negatively hurt businesses in our community. Let’s help out our local businesses by shopping locally, and returning the goodwill that our business community has shown to the many civic activities, causes and programs over the years.

Late last summer, the fountain in Pinon Lake operated sporadically and with shortened hours. Now, due to the current financial climate, the Town of Pagosa Springs can no longer provide all of the funding for this project. In order for it to work this summer, operating funds of $3,600-$4,000 are needed. Gary Gray, president of the PLPOA board of directors, is helping to raise the money, and if you are interested in contributing (and may have questions), please feel free to contact Gary at 731-0739.