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Bessie Montoya: Still going strong after 83 years

Bessie Montoya: Still going strong after 83 years

Bessie Montoya has had a blessed life; born in 1932, she married, raised her family, worked hard and watched the changes taking place in Pagosa Springs. “I have lived here…

School record broken at state track meet

  All the hard work the Pagosa Springs High School Pirates put in during the 2015 track season was put to the test during the 2015 Colorado high school track…

Bank, Community Development Corporation apply for JOBS grant

The Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC), with assistance from the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, is finally back in a position to resume its normal operations,…

Road and campground openings

The following Forest Service roads joined the list of roads open as of May 13: • Buckles Lake — No. 663. • Blue Creek   — No. 012. • Big…

Comments sought on reopening gravel pits, expansion

In a public notice giving citizens an opportunity to comment, the Pagosa Ranger District is proposing to re-enter the existing Gordon Creek and Chub Draw gravel pits to provide a…

Snowpack down, water outlook less than favorable

While April is historically the peak month for snowpack, this year was different, according to a press release from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with the snowpack melted…

A trapper’s wild, untamed world

A trapper’s wild, untamed world

Lloyd Joseph Anderson’s world was beautiful, wild, untamed, filled with danger and he loved it. He spent over four decades in the backcountry, high above Pagosa Springs, traversing switchbacks, exploring…

Fourteen Pirates qualify for state track meet

Fourteen Pirates qualify for state track meet

Last Saturday’s Monte Vista Track Meet was the last chance the Pagosa Springs High School Pirates had to qualify for the state track meet, but, rather than being daunted, the…

Medical foundation elects officers and sets meeting schedules

The newly appointed board of the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation (DMFMF) met on April 28 and discussed ratification of the bylaws, set meeting times and elected officers for the…

Forest Service road openings

The following Forest Service roads are listed as open as of May 4: • Castle Creek to Opal Lake (trailhead) -— No. 660. • Devil Mountain — No. 626. •…

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