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County’s unemployment rate increases to 3.8 percent

The unemployment rate for Archuleta County rose to 3.8 percent in February, with 6,316 people in the labor force and 237 of those claiming unemployment. In January, there were 6,147…

BoCC, Starr respond to ethics complaints

A local resident has filed complaints with the Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) against the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the county attorney. Complaints have been filed against…

Search and rescue mission in Piedra Valley successful

On Saturday evening, March 19, a search and rescue operation began in the Piedra Valley area. According to Mike Le Roux, deputy of Archuleta County Emergency Operations, emergency management received…

Bivens, McKain receive state emergency management awards

Bivens, McKain receive state emergency management awards

Two area residents received awards for their contributions to the community during the Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA) conference on March 7. Les Bivens, chairman for Upper San Juan Search…

Southwest Colorado Index Transportation report released

By Paige Elliott Special to The SUN Transportation, the fourth report of the 2016 edition of the Southwest Colorado Index, is now available. This report provides an update on the…

Spring prescribed burns planned in April for Pagosa Ranger District

By Ann Bond Special to The SUN The San Juan National Forest plans to conduct prescribed burning in April in two areas of the Pagosa Ranger District. The burn operations…

Public Meetings

The following meetings are subject to change. Thursday, March 24 Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd. Tuesday, March 29 Archuleta County…

Snowpack drops below average in early spring

By Leah Ballard Staff Writer Snowpack in the San Juan Basin didn’t fall below average until the end of February, according to data from the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).…

Fire department responds to multiple fires

Fire department responds to multiple fires

On Monday, March 21, members of the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) were dispatched to the Aspen Springs area to respond to a fire. According to firefighter Kelly Robertson, who…

January sales tax 1.62 percent ahead of 2015

The total sales tax collection in January for Archuleta County was $630,441.77, according to a report issued on Thursday, March 8, by Archuleta County Finance Director Larry Walton, with the…