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Pagosa Perks Raffle returns for second year

What do Jeff Laydon, Lou Jean Espinosa and Bill Kinsley have in common?

They were the winners of last year’s inaugural Pagosa Perks Raffle.

For a second year, the Chamber will host the Pagosa Perks raffle, awarding the first-place winner $1,000 in local Pagosa Perks dollars. The second-place winner will be awarded $500 and the third-place winner will receive $250.

Pagosa Perks are local currency that can be spent just about anywhere in our community. The checks can be used just like a cashier’s check; they are guaranteed and are intended to be spent in Pagosa to support local shopping.

The raffle will begin at ColorFest and will run until the Dec. 19 SunDowner at The Springs Resort. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The raffle will be complete just in time for the holidays, rewarding the winner with a little extra spending money.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber, from Chamber staff or from any Chamber board member. Don’t miss your opportunity to win some nice spending bucks.

National Christmas Tree

Every year, a tree from Forest Service lands is chosen from somewhere in the U.S. and sent to Washington, D.C. to be christened the Capitol’s National Christmas Tree.

This year, the tree will be from Colorado and the White River National Forest in the Meeker area. The tree will be transported approximately 3,000 miles in the course of 23 days and will come through Pagosa Springs on Friday, Nov. 9.

Once in D.C. the tree will be decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.”

Festivities are planned all along the route to celebrate Colorado’s gift and to show off the different areas the tree travels through. We encourage all to come out for an evening of song, celebration and honor on Nov. 9. We plan on engaging our youth, veterans and community. Activities are planned at the “mother spring” by The Springs Resort and also celebrate Pagosa’s designation as having the deepest hot spring in the world.

For more information, or to engage your organization, contact Stacy Kirby, events coordinator, at 264-2360. You can also find out more about this project at


In articles in The PREVIEW, you’ll find all the information you need for this year’s ColorFest activities on Sept. 6-9, including the wine dinners at Nello’s and Bacci’s Thursday, the Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival Friday, Kiddie Karaoke and Bands, Brews, Etc. on Saturday, along with the balloon glow in the evening and the hot air balloon mass ascensions on Saturday and Sunday mornings. To purchase tickets online or find out more details, visit the Chamber website at

The Saturday Pagosa Farmers Market will continue until Sept. 29. The market is located in the Ponderosa Lumber parking lot on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mark your calendars and attend the 10th anniversary celebration at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, Sept. 14, from 6-11 p.m. There will be music and dancing, food and beverages, and door prizes. Relive the history and experience the future. The event is free.

Chimney Rock will host another Night Sky Archaeoastronomy program on Saturday, Sept. 15. If you have not had the chance to attend one of these programs, you are missing a unique opportunity. The opening program is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. and night sky viewing from 7:30-9. There will be naked eye viewing and there will telescopes available. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling the Chimney Rock Visitor Center at 883-5359.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, there will be two notable local events. The first is Wheels 4 Meals with the R.I.P. girls (Roller Girls in Pagosa). The event will be held at Town Park and will include a food drive, roller derby mash up and lots of fun. The Devil Mountain Ultra, hosted by GECKO, will also take place that day, with an ultra marathon, 50k and half marathon. For more information, visit the GECKO website at

Business news

We have a new member to welcome to the Chamber this week. Congratulations to John Roy and Linda Saunders, new owners of Coyote Moon Bar and Grill on Piedra Road. Coyote Moon is open for evening meals and entertainment with fantastic food and lively music. Coyote Moon will be at the Passport to Pagosa, so come out and sample some of their food. There is plenty of room at Coyote Moon to dance, have dinner and enjoy the outdoor courtyard with games for the kids. Reasonable prices and a family-friendly atmosphere makes Coyote Moon a new hot spot in Pagosa. Welcome John and Linda.

Our renewals this week include The Rose Restaurant and Southwest Elegance Gallery and Gifts. From out of the area, we have Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, and Action Insurance, of Albuquerque. We are pleased we have these renewals this week and encourage all members to attend our monthly Maximizing Your Membership free lunch class to best understand membership benefits. The next class will be held on Sept. 24 at the Chamber. Call and reserve your space now.

Welcome all hot air balloon pilots and visitors to ColorFest, and thank you for coming to Pagosa Springs for our 27th year of hot air! We also welcome all the Parelli Savvy attendees. You will be wowed and will fall in love with our community. Thank you for visiting Pagosa Springs. Have a great weekend.

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