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County may submit variance request to state

By John Finefrock Staff Writer On Tuesday, the Archuleta County commissioners discussed possibly submitting a variance request to the state to have some local businesses reopen earlier, and with less…

PAWSD approves its half of intergovernmental agreement with town sanitation district

By Chris Mannara Staff Writer At a regular meeting on May 14, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) Board of Directors approved its half of an intergovernmental agreement…

Council faces potential shortfall in service organization funding

By Chris Mannara Staff Writer How to make decisions on funding service organizations was discussed by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a special meeting on May 13. According to…

How soon is too soon? Town council addresses tourism recovery plan, possible reopening date

By Chris Mannara Staff Writer Town Tourism Director Jennifer Green outlined for the Pagosa Springs Town Council on May 13 what the tourism recovery plan will look like when the…

County opposes state recommendation to suspend tax exemption for seniors and disabled veterans

By John Finefrock Staff Writer The Archuleta County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday that publicly opposes a state budget committee recommendation to suspend the Senior Citizens and Disabled Veterans Real…

Schools look ahead to ‘uncertain’ budgets

By Randi Pierce Staff Writer “The big takeaway from tonight is that there is a lot of uncertainty,” Archuleta School District (ASD) Finance Director Mike Hodgson told the district’s Board…

Short-term rental owners hit hard by governor’s orders

By John Finefrock Staff Writer Short-term rentals (STRs) haven’t been permitted to operate in Colorado since mid-March and it has taken a financial toll on owners. The SUN spoke with…

Legislature: Legislators prepared to make tough budget decisions

By Representative McLachlan Special to the SUN Colorado’s general fund is taking a pounding during the pandemic. Unless Washington steps in with more aid to state and local governments, legislators…

PPOS amends current school year calendar

By Randi Pierce Staff Writer Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) will now end its school year on June 26 due to distance learning requirements set out by the state. The…

Hot springs not yet allowed to open per state order Ski area won’t reopen this season

By John Finefrock Staff Writer The hot springs facilities in town can’t yet open their pools to the public or to hotel guests, according to Pagosa Springs Town Manager Andrea…