Business – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:49:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Business – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 LPEA to host virtual town hall meeting in October on future power supply options http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-to-host-virtual-town-hall-meeting-in-october-on-future-power-supply-options/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:00:35 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211773 By Hillary Knox
La Plata Electric Association

In recognition of National Cooperative Month, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will host a series of virtual town hall meetings in October to connect with its membership and discuss future power supply options.

For several years, LPEA has been exploring how to best source affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity to power its communities. The meetings will feature a short presentation on the paths being explored, where LPEA is in the process and next steps. It will also include an open Q&A session for members to address questions directly to LPEA directors and staff.

“It’s been a challenging year for direct member engagement,” said LPEA Board President Britt Bassett. “Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our member appreciation lunches and the business portion of our annual meeting. We still hold our monthly board and committee meetings virtually, but we wanted to host these special meetings to engage with our membership in a more open and casual way. We look forward to discussing this important issue with everyone.”

Members are encouraged to register in advance for the meeting in their district. After registering, they will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. All participants will be entered to win door prizes supporting local businesses.

To register for the District 1 virtual Town Hall meeting (Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties): Oct. 26, 7 p.m., visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_adtTysrgQ4a5ao4yHyJc2Q.

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Small businesses encouraged to apply to the Energize Colorado Gap Fund financial support http://www.pagosasun.com/small-businesses-encouraged-to-apply-to-the-energize-colorado-gap-fund-financial-support/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211775 Gov. Jared Polis’ office

Gov. Jared Polis announced that the state will be allocating $6 million to the Energize Gap Fund. The second round of applications is open and it will be supporting even more Colorado businesses. The deadline to apply is Oct. 26.

“The fund is a bold, ambitious proposal that truly represents a holistic effort by both Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature and beyond coming together and putting differences aside to provide much-needed relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the state that are reeling from the pandemic,” Polis said. 

The fund will provide more than $31 million in loans and grants. They will be specifically targeted toward businesses and nonprofits that have been hardest hit by the statewide shutdown and that have limited access or no access altogether to other means of financing through federal, state or local programs. 

The gap fund is designed to meet this pressing need. It provides up to $15,000 in grant funds and up to $20,000 in low-interest loans to entities with fewer than 25 full-time employees. This represents a possible combined total of $35,000 in total relief.

In the first round, we saw 6,000 applications submitted, requesting $79 million in grants and $56 million in loans. More than 50 percent of applicants were from women-owned entities, more than a quarter were rural entities, 12 percent were from Latino-owned enterprises and 10 percent were from black-owned enterprises. 

To apply for Energize Colorado, visit https://energizecolorado.com/.

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Health department proposes 2021 budget http://www.pagosasun.com/health-department-proposes-2021-budget/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211792 By Clayton Chaney
Staff Writer

On Oct. 5, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) held a meeting with La Plata and Archuleta county commissioners in which SJBPH Executive Director Liane Jollon presented a proposed 2021 budget.

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Major investment in affordable housing in town finalized http://www.pagosasun.com/major-investment-in-affordable-housing-in-town-finalized/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211818

Rendering courtesy HGF Architects Inc.
When complete, a Hot Springs Boulevard construction project will include 34 townhome units with one, two or three bedrooms in seven buildings and a new building for the Archuleta County Department of Human Services.

By Jim Garrett
Special to The SUN

An investment transaction that will fund the construction of affordable housing on Hot Springs Boulevard in downtown Pagosa Springs under the auspices of the Archuleta County Housing Authority closed on Sept. 30.

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Town council approves changes to municipal code for marijuana business establishments http://www.pagosasun.com/town-council-approves-changes-to-municipal-code-for-marijuana-business-establishments/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211786 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

At a regular meeting on Oct. 6, the Pagosa Springs Town Council approved an ordinance on second reading that made changes to the town’s municipal code regarding marijuana business establishments.

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River Rock Estates development improvement agreement approved by town council http://www.pagosasun.com/river-rock-estates-development-improvement-agreement-approved-by-town-council/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211816 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

A development improvement agreement with River Rock Estates was approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a meeting on Oct. 6.

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Unemployment in Pagosa Springs still at high levels http://www.pagosasun.com/unemployment-in-pagosa-springs-still-at-high-levels/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211771 By Mary Jo Coulehan
Pagosa Springs Area
Chamber of Commerce

Unemployment was at all-time highs, in both Pagosa Springs and nationally, this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the orders to shut businesses, unemployment rates skyrocketed. The state and Pagosa Springs hit a high during the month of April 2020 with state unemployment numbers at 12.2 percent and Archuleta County coming in at 16.4 percent. 

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-243/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211812 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 19

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Zoom meeting. Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83398449146 with meeting ID: 833 9844 9146.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board work session and regular meeting. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. meeting. See town website for participation information.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Archuleta County Planning Commission meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St., and possible Zoom meeting.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Town continues looking into realtor/broker services http://www.pagosasun.com/town-continues-looking-into-realtor-broker-services/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211777 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

The award of a contract for town realtor and/or broker services on an as-needed basis was discussed and then subsequently tabled for more information by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a regular meeting on Oct. 6.

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Town formalizes school resource officer agreement http://www.pagosasun.com/town-formalizes-school-resource-officer-agreement/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211810 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

An addendum to an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding school resource officer (SRO) services between the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta School District (ASD) was approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a regular meeting on Oct. 6.

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