Clubs – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:41:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bird of the Week Sun, 15 Dec 2019 12:00:13 +0000

Photo courtesy Charles Martinez

This week’s Bird of the Week, compliments of the Weminuche Audubon Society and Audubon Rockies, is the red crossbill.
You can spot these finches at the tops of firs, pines and spruces. They scramble over tree cones and hang upside down from them. Chattering and singing, in pairs and small flocks, they forage for seeds using a distinctive adaptation. The tips of their upper and lower beaks are crossed. They pry open cone scales and remove seeds with their strong tongues. They can harvest 3,000 seeds in a day. These specialized feeders reside year-round in mature coniferous forests.
Crossbills are about 5 1/4 to 6 1/2 inches long. Males are a dull red color. Females are olive-yellow. Each has dark, solid-colored wings. Immature birds are streaked and brown. Crossbills are stocky, with short, notched tails and long, pointed wings. Eleven different types reside in North America. Their appearance and vocalizations vary based on their preferred conifer species.
Crossbills may breed year-round, even in winter, if seed supplies are available. Pairs generally form for life. Females build cup-shaped nests and lay three eggs that incubate for 12 to 16 days. When the young hatch, their bills are not crossed. Both parents feed their young as the bills develop. The young are able to extract seeds independently when they are about 45 days old.
Since 1970, the red crossbill population has decreased by about 12 percent. Forest fires and beetle infestations may have influenced their decline by reducing their habitat.
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Democratic Party to hold committee meeting Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:00:44 +0000 By Becky Herman
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County Democratic Party will hold a committee meeting at noon on Dec. 16 in the Visitor Center’s meeting room.
There will be a report on the recent state party’s executive and central committee meetings in Colorado Springs.
All Democratic party events are open to the public. Call Becky Herman at 264-2171 for more information.

Last chance to join the Christmas Bird Count Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:00:15 +0000 By Jean Zirnhelt
Special to The SUN
This Saturday, Dec. 14, members of our community will participate in Audubon’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.
We will join in teams to census birds in one of the eight count zones that is part of a 15-mile diameter area of Archuleta County being documented.
Please join us in this fun, important contribution to scientific data used to understand and predict trends in bird populations. It is the longest-running bird census in the world, and we need your help to make it a success.
This evening, Dec. 12, we will meet at the Methodist Church on Lewis St. at 6 p.m. for our final bird identification class. You may sign up for a count team at this meeting. All are welcome. Audubon membership is not required, just a willingness to help us spot and identify birds.
On Saturday, participants will gather in the evening for a chili dinner and to compile our findings. For more information or to be added to a team, contact Keith Bruno at or call Jean Zirnhelt at 731-2985.

Bird of the Week Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:00:51 +0000

Photo courtesy Charles Martinez

This week’s Bird of the Week, compliments of the Weminuche Audubon Society, Audubon Rockies and Kelle Bruno’s Pagosa Peak Open School second-graders, is the golden eagle.
Known as “King of the Birds,” the golden eagle is well-respected for its ability to hunt a wide range of prey, including animals as large as young deer and bighorn sheep. Primary prey include mice, rabbits and snakes. These birds are also rather opportunistic and know to scavenge heavily.
With a wingspan known to exceed 7 feet, this species has a remarkable capacity for soaring. Despite their size, they have been clocked at speeds nearing 200 mph when pursuing prey. Their eye structure, complete with two retinas and a complex array of cones and rods, allows them to see a mouse’s whiskers twitch at nearly 2 miles away.
Golden eagles live in open and semi-open rangeland across the northern hemisphere. They oftentimes nest in unseen places, such as tall trees, cliffs and steep escarpments. Nesting sites, known as aeries, are large (5-6 feet wide), cup-shaped structures, built of large branches and lined with grasses and leaves. Adults attempt one clutch per year, as young take up to two months to fledge from the nest.
Comprising 59 different species across the world and in all continents aside from Antarctica, eagles are a diverse group of birds. We only have two species in North America.
How do you differentiate golden eagles from bald eagles? First, golden eagles have a characteristic golden “casting” on their neck and head feathers. When viewed from underneath, the white patches on a young golden eagle’s wings and base of tail tend to look much tidier and consolidated than when compared to a juvenile bald eagle, which appears “messy” until 3 to 4 years of age. Second, golden eagles have feathering all the way down the leg and have a smaller bill than that of the “baldy.” Lastly, these two eagles tend to be specialists of different habitat types: bald eagles tend towards access to water; golden eagles prefer open rangeland.
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Mountain View Homemakers presents donations to five Archuleta County nonprofits Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:00:42 +0000

Photo courtesy Mountain View Homemakers
The Mountain View Homemakers presented donations to five Archuleta County nonprofits during the group’s Nov. 14 Day of Thanksgiving luncheon meeting.

By Tozi Rubin
Special to The PREVIEW
Five Archuleta County nonprofit organizations ­— which benefit the county’s men, women and children — received donations from the Mountain View Homemakers during their 2019 Day of Thanksgiving luncheon meeting, held Nov. 14 at the Community United Methodist Church.
Cathy Ashford, 2019 charity chair, introduced each Mountain View Homemakers Board of Directors presenter. Kathy Pfister, board member, presented a club donation to Loaves and Fishes of Archuleta County, represented by Gwen Bartley; Lorna Fox, vice president, congratulated donation recipient Southwest Colorado Respite Resources, represented by Musetta Wollenweber; Tozi Rubin, publicity chair, presented Thingamajig Theatre Company’s donation to Laura Moore and Amy Harper; Renee Gentry, co-president, congratulated Upper San Juan Search and Rescue and its representatives Donna Wynn and Mike Le Roux; and Jane Baker, treasurer, presented a donation to Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County, represented by Tom Zilhaver and Larry Jelinek.
Funds for these donations were raised throughout the year from the club’s activities, and donation recipients were selected by membership vote at the September meeting.
Mountain View Homemakers congratulates this year’s donation recipients and is thankful for the many contributions of all of our county’s nonprofit organizations to our communities.

Nordic ski trails are open for the season Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:00:58 +0000

Photo courtesy Pagosa Nordic Club
With the fresh snow received during the Thanksgiving snowstorm, the Pagosa Nordic Club is pleased to announce that three Nordic trails are currently groomed: Alberta Park, West Fork and Cloman Park. Trails have been groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.

Special to The SUN
With the fresh snow received during the Thanksgiving snowstorm, the Pagosa Nordic Club (PNC) is pleased to announce that three Nordic trails are currently groomed.
Alberta Park has been groomed by Wolf Creek Ski Area, and the West Fork and Cloman Park have been groomed by PNC. Trails have been groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing, and conditions are surprisingly good.
Nordic ski trails are groomed specifically for Nordic skiing use. Fat tire biking, snowshoeing and walking can damage groomed Nordic ski trails, thus, the following multiuse trails are recommended for these uses: Wolf Creek Road, Lobo Overlook, East Fork, Jackson Mountain, Reservoir Hill and the Turkey Springs recreation areas.
PNC is hosting a number of events this season including:
Jan.11, 2020, is the first race of the Southwest Nordic Race Series. This 20 km freestyle Nordic race will be held at Cloman Park with the following races at Chama, Durango and Telluride. Additional races this day will include a 5 km freestyle, 3 km youth freestyle, 5 km classic, 3 km youth classic and a KidK race.
On Jan. 26, 2020, PNC will host the WinterFest Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon, a local favorite ski race for all ages and abilities. A 16 km competitive, 4 km citizens and KidK course will be available with races starting at 9:30 a.m. downtown in Yamaguchi Park.
The first Learn to Cross-Country Ski Clinic of the season is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2020. This is an excellent clinic for never-evers, beginners and intermediate classic and skate skiers. Some of Pagosa’s best Nordic skiers will be teaching skate skiing and classic cross-country skiing techniques that will improve your skiing and make these activities even more enjoyable. The next clinic dates are Jan. 25, and Feb. 8. Registration is required and attendees are asked to show up at 9:30 a.m. to register and gear up to be ready for the 10 a.m. clinic start time.
Moon Rise Ski Socials are planned for Jan. 10, 2020, and Feb. 7, 2020, at sunset at Cloman Park.
Check out for event registration and details.
PNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 100 percent volunteer organization with a mission “To enhance winter recreational opportunities in Pagosa Springs by maintaining accessible groomed winter trails for skate skiing and classic cross-country skiing for all ability levels and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.”
PNC serves as the local advocate for groomed cross-country ski trails, and you can find current cross-country ski trail grooming reports, trail maps, activity and event schedules at PNC relies on annual club memberships and sponsorships to cover expenses associated with providing groomed Nordic ski trails.

Masonic Lodge invites public to installation of officers Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:00:34 +0000 By Briana Stewart
and Richard Wholf
Special to The PREVIEW
The installation of the Masonic lodge officers for the 2020 year will be held at 227 Lewis St. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., and a special invitation is extended to the public as well as all Masons residing or visiting Pagosa Springs.
Masons are men who profess a faith in God, and they use the tools of moral and ethical truths to serve mankind. Freemasonry is not a religion, rather it is a wonderful moral system that’s veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.
Freemasonry is a human institution and is set up to inspire and assist its members to live the life of a gentleman. It is a brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural and educational differences. Each Mason recognizes his responsibility for justice, truth, charity, enlightenment, freedom, liberty, honesty, civility, tolerance, patience and integrity in all aspects of human endeavor. A Mason is all this and more.
Pagosa Springs Masonic Lodge, A.F. and A.M. No. 114 was established in 1902 and will be celebrating its 118th year in our community. Over the years, many prominent members of the community have served as worshipful master and in other offices. Many of our nation’s early patriots were Freemasons, as well as 13 signers of the Constitution, and 14 American presidents have been Masons, beginning with George Washington.
Refreshments will be served following the installation.
If you plan to attend, please call Drake Stewart at 946-0511.
Stewart is worshipful master for Pagosa Springs Masonic Lodge, A.F. and A.M. No. 114 for the 2020 year.

Support local children’s education programs on Colorado Gives Day Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:00:24 +0000 By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN
What is Colorado Gives Day and how can you continue to help support Chimney Rock Interpretive Association’s (CRIA) and Sonlight Christian Camp’s missions?
Colorado Gives Day is more than just a day. It’s a movement that inspires and unites thousands of donors to give where they live and support Colorado nonprofits.
CRIA and Sonlight Christian Camp have joined forces with 70 other nonprofits in southwest Colorado to highlight our region on the statewide giving day of Dec. 10. These two Archuleta County nonprofits share the common goal of creating educational programs that benefit future generations.
For over 20 years, CRIA and its volunteers have shared the story of the ancestral Puebloan people with thousands of visitors through tours and special programs at Chimney Rock National Monument. Historic places like Chimney Rock reflect the past while enriching our future, but without public support, CRIA would be unable to provide the interpretive program that keeps Chimney Rock’s history alive for future generations.
Chimney Rock offers free programs that were developed for families. In 2017, CRIA introduced “School Week at Chimney Rock” in which students from across the Four Corners and beyond enjoy hands-on cultural activities and a tour of Chimney Rock preseason, at no cost. In 2019, CRIA provided this free program to 14 classroom groups, totaling 475 students.
CRIA’s Education Committee, a group of experienced educators, has developed special projects and an outreach mobile classroom kit.
Life at Chimney Rock is a free two-day festival where families can shop at a Native American marketplace and participate in cultural interactive activities that give them a glimpse of the daily life of the ancestral Puebloans 1,000 years ago. Both of these programs enhance the experience for these young people so that they may value sites such as Chimney Rock and preserve cultural heritage for future generations.
To support the free programs at Chimney Rock, CRIA is participating in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Please help CRIA reach its goal of $3,000 this year on Colorado’s largest day of giving.
For more information about CRIA and Chimney Rock National Monument, please go to
Sonlight Camp
For 40 years, Sonlight Camp has provided summer resident camps, backpack trips and retreat space for southwest Colorado groups. Sonlight Camp offers mountains, programming that intentionally creates community and a place for kids to be who God created them to be.
The camp is supported financially in three ways: Camp and retreat fees provide the operating budget. Donations allow Sonlight to provide scholarships to make camp affordable to all, and to go above and beyond its operating budget to keep programs and program equipment relevant and well maintained. Sonlight also maintains an endowment to ensure that the camp will be available to future generations.
One comment received from a 2019 camper parent: “Your excellent training and your desire to help young people know the love of God is what made my son’s week so special and successful. You all should be so very proud about the work you do at Sonlight.”
Sonlight Camp participates in Colorado Gives Day to support all three of these areas: camp scholarships, program excellence and the future of Sonlight Camp. Join Sonlight and Give Sonlight to Kids Today (scholarships and program excellence) or Give Sonlight to the Next Generation (the endowment).
These are some of the reasons why is it important that the greater community support these local nonprofits with donations. Give where you live and support local Archuleta County nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day by going to Gifts can be scheduled now for Dec. 10.
You can find more information about Sonlight Christian Camp by visiting its website at

WOLF to host ‘Winterland’ at Liberty Theatre today Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:34:04 +0000 By Darcy DeGuise
Special to The PREVIEW
For the past five years, the Winter Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF) has been busy fostering outdoor awareness among the youth of southwestern Colorado.
Most of WOLF’s involvement has been in the form of providing scholarships for Avalanche 1 and Wilderness First Aid courses; in fact, this nonprofit has awarded more than 25 scholarships since its inception. Many of its board members spend the winter months as ski patrollers, making sure that Wolf Creek Ski Area is safe for all winter enthusiasts. They know the importance of being knowledgeable and prepared in the snowy backcountry and want to pass that along to our community.
They also enjoy all the outdoor recreation that skiing has to offer. That’s why this Thursday, Dec. 5, WOLF will host a fundraiser at the Liberty Theatre. It will be showing Teton Gravity Research’s film, “Winterland,” a new film celebrating the culture of skiing and snowboarding from its humble beginnings to its modern day pioneers. Filmed in British Columbia, Austria, Norway, Alaska and Wyoming, these breathtaking terrains are “crushed” by today’s winter athletes.
The doors to the Liberty Theatre open at 6 p.m. and the viewing begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and beer from Riff Raff Brewing Company will be available for purchase, as well. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit WOLF scholarship recipients.
For more information, check out WOLF at Like WOLF on Facebook or follow WOLF on Instagram.

Archuleta County Genealogical Society to remember Pearl Harbor Day Tue, 03 Dec 2019 12:00:39 +0000 By Carolyn Paschal
Special to The PREVIEW
On Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday morning, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service executed a surprise preemptive military strike upon the United States (a neutral country at the time) against the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack led to the United States’ formal entry into World War II the next day.
The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. Also sank or damaged were three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.
The lack of a declaration of war by the Japanese led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Dec. 7, 1941, as “a date which will live in infamy.”
The Archuleta County Genealogical Society will meet on Dec. 7 with the purpose of remembering this historical day. The meeting will focus on a “show and tell” for attendees to share family stories about Pearl Harbor or World War II with their photographs and heirlooms. Visitors are encouraged to attend and participate. Treats provided by the members will kick-off the holiday season.
The Archuleta County Genealogical Society meets at 11 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St., in the Fellowship Hall.