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Nearly two years after West Fork fires, region receives tourism recovery grant

Archuleta County is one of four counties that will benefit from grant funds designed to help the area tourism industry recover after the West Fork Fire Complex of two summers…

Progress continues toward downtown grocery store

Several years ago, when City Market closed its doors on the corner of 8th and San Juan streets and rumors began to circulate that Walmart was interested in building a…

Pirate plans to play in Australia

Pagosa Springs Pirate boys’ basketball player L.J. Smith has been invited to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments, which will be played this summer on the Gold Coast of…

Unemployment rate down .4 percent in March

The March unemployment rate for Archuleta County fell by four tenths of a percentage point over the month, according to a report issued this week by the Colorado Department of…

Lady Pirates sink Vikings, 4-1

Lady Pirates sink Vikings, 4-1

The Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates chalked up one more soccer victory this week, sinking the Center Vikings by a score of 4-1. “We played like we were just on spring…

Funding timeline for geothermal exploration cut short

The board of directors for the Pagosa Area Geothermal Water and Power Authority had some bad news to digest at its meeting Monday night. Before jumping into an explanation of…

Smart meter debate continues

Smart meter debate continues

As a result of SUN coverage of a recent public-input meeting hosted by the La Plata Electric Association for its Archuleta County customers, readers have requested more information on the…

Sales tax shows significant increase for February

The local sales tax collections received by Archuleta County last week for the month of February continue to show skewed results, with the Colorado Department of Revenue crediting the local…

Town applies for grant to repair historic bridge and waterworks

The stone arch bridge located behind the Pagosa Springs History Museum on 1st Street became a topic of serious concern for the Pagosa Springs town council recently. “This property is…

Town sanitation district discusses charging dormant fee

People who own vacant property within the Pagosa Springs Sanitation and General Improvement District (PSSGID) have traditionally paid the flat rate of $37.50 per month, even if no one was…