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Candidates slate set for Chamber board election

With no petitions submitted from the general Chamber membership, the final slate of candidates for the 2011 Chamber board election is set.

The 2011 candidates are: Aurora Wright — Mud Shavers Car Wash; Todd Stevens — Alley House Grille and Farrago Market Cafe; Bob Moomaw — Friend of the Chamber; Mark Monaco — Liberty Theatre; Jennifer Burck — Wind Wranglers Balloon Company; and Pam Barsanti — Prudential Triple S Realty.

We are very pleased with the nominees as they represent the gamut of businesses in our community including small business, real estate and restaurant experience. This diversity is one of the reasons the Chamber board continues to stay fresh and focused on the business needs of the community.

Please see the insert in the most recent Chamber newsletter for each candidate’s bio.

Voting begins at the Chamber on Dec. 13 and continues until the annual membership meeting and celebration on Saturday, Jan. 22. Each member business is allowed one vote. Please stop by the Chamber and vote early.

Congratulations to all our nominees — they are all strong candidates and already winners in the business industry.

Ribbon cuttings

We love ribbon cutting ceremonies!

This is a perfect opportunity for the Chamber to welcome new businesses or those that have changed location or expanded their services. As we have mentioned in our article about the Parade of Stores, we’ve had at least 10 new or relocated businesses in the past year. The introduction is something to celebrate.

Come out on Friday, Dec. 3 to the new and enlarged location of the Alpen Haus Ski Center, now located in the Aspen Village Center next door to Sears. Congratulations to Don and Juanalee Park for their move. Alpen Haus no longer resides at the golf course clubhouse, but at their new digs on Cornerstone Drive. Come out at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, celebrate this new location and check out the improved facility.

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, we will celebrate the expansion of the Raymond Rent-a-Nerd business. The copier portion of the business is now called Toner Mountain Copiers and Kurt Raymond has relocated his business to Eagle Drive next to Old West Press. Come out at noon and check out the new equipment and services that Raymond and Toner might be able to offer your business.

We also have some additional ribbon cuttings scheduled in the near future: Boulder Coffee Cafe, Wildflower Floral and Gift, and Estudio y Galeria. We’ll keep you updated on dates and times.

Fund-raiser

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Wild Spirit Gallery and Pagosa Animal Advocates will have a special one-night showing of the work of Paula Jo Miller. There are various priced tickets including Benefactor Tickets and Patron Tickets. Benefactor Tickets allow you a private showing with the featured artist and other local artists prior to the gallery opening. These tickets are $45. Patron Tickets are $25 and include admission to the gallery opening. All attendees will be treated to beer and wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres, music and auction packages. Proceeds go to Pagosa Animal advocates. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit www.wildspiritgallery.com and go to Paula Miller’s artist page.

Membership news

We welcome two new businesses to the Chamber this week.

First is Indian Head Lodge, under the direction of Matt Poma. Located 26 miles north of Pagosa Springs off of Piedra Road in the beautiful Weminuche, Indian Head Lodge offers cabins, meals, and activities just one mile from Williams Lake Reservoir. For reservations for dinner or lodging call 731-4822.

We also have Visiting Angels homecare services joining the Chamber. Visiting Angels is a non-medical licensed homecare service offering up to 24-hour care, meal preparation, errands and shopping, hygiene assistance, and respite for family caregivers. They have affordable hourly rates on a temporary or long-term basis. Contact Chris Smith or April Holthaus at 264-5991 for more information. Congratulations to our new businesses.

Renewing this week are: Galles Properties; MTECH Internet Marketing with Marcy Mitchell; The Art and Framing Center; and David Grad with DIG Enterprises 80, Inc. Our non-profit organizations this week are Immaculate Heart of Mary/John Paul II Catholic Churches; and the American Avalanche Association with Mark Mueller.

Rounding out the renewals is the Mountain Express Public Transit system. Check out their bus schedule on the Archuleta County website or pick up a schedule at the Chamber.

Please come out this weekend and support our local retail merchants during the Parade of Stores and at all the events that introduce the holiday season. Christmas in Pagosa weekend activities are listed in an article in this week’s PREVIEW along with information about how you can participate in the Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza. Shop Pagosa first!