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USA Women’s Rafting Team, calendar, have local connections

Local photographer Kierstan Correnti was asked by the USA Women’s Rafting Team to photograph their first annual “Lovely Ladies of the River” fund-raising calendar.

The captain of the team, Jessica Mason, is married to Seth Kurt-Mason — a former Pagosa resident and graduate of Pagosa Springs High School — who is on the Men’s USA Rafting Team. The Kurt-Mason family is well known in Pagosa for their love of rafting.

The team is sponsored by Teva, but with the rising costs of travel and equipment, the ladies felt the need to raise more money to help fund their competitions, one of which just recently took place in Costa Rica last month for the World Rafting Championship. The women’s team finshed seventh, but they were proud of their endurance and dedication.

The calendar idea took shape after seeing last year’s infamous “Vail Undressed” calendar, which benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The “Lovely Ladies of the River” calendar features all the women on the team in various states of undress, using the natural beauty of the river and strategically placed rafting items.

To purchase a calendar to help the team continue to represent the USA, stop by the Silver Dollar Liquor Store on the east side of town, or call Kierstan Correnti at (970) 314-3432.

For more information on the USA Rafting Teams, go to http://usaraft.org/.

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