News – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.S. Marine Corps birthday celebration Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:54 +0000

Photos courtesy Karla Robinson and Maria MacNamee

Scene … celebrating the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on Sunday, Nov. 10. Marines and others celebrated the birthday with dinner, the traditional cake-cutting ceremony and a short program.

Iacino to speak at Democratic Club luncheon Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:38 +0000 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta Democratic Club will hold its monthly luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at Pagosa Brewing Company. The featured speaker will be James Iacino, a new candidate running in the Democratic primary to unseat Rep. Scott Tipton to represent the Third U.S. Congressional District.
Iacino is a third-generation Coloradoan who now resides in Montrose. He recently resigned as CEO of Seattle Fish Company, a firm started by his grandfather over 100 years ago in Denver. The company is one of the largest seafood wholesalers in the nation with facilities in Denver and Montrose.
For his success as CEO, he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, a global program to recognize leaders. He was also Colorado State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade. He serves on the Cooking Matters Colorado Leadership Council, which “helps parents and caregivers struggling with limited food budgets to learn how to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals.” His main issues are sustainable jobs at decent wages and the protection of our natural resources. He is married and has two young sons.
The intent of the Archuleta Democratic Club is to provide an opportunity for dialogue on progressive ideas in an informal social setting, as well as providing an update on party activities, local, state and national. We will begin gathering at 11:30 a.m. to allow some time for socializing, with lunch beginning at noon. There is no admission fee, but all participants will be asked to order lunch.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to John Porco, first vice chair of the Archuleta County Democratic Party, at or at 946-2684 so that we can provide a count to the restaurant. All people are welcome at the lunch.


Youth basketball, arts and crafts, and more offered Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:15 +0000 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist
The Recreation Department is currently accepting registration through Dec. 20 for youth basketball ages 9-12.
The cost is $35 and registration may be completed online or at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Practice will start mid-January, with games beginning in February.
Winter recreation arts and crafts class
Registrations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for an arts and crafts class held at the Community Center.
Registration can be completed at the Community Center.
The class is for ages 9-13 and class size is limited. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. This class is a three-week session running from Dec. 3 through Dec. 19.
The cost of the class is $25 for the three-week session.
Time 4 Tots registration
Time 4 Tots is a new program offering toddlers ages 2-3 time to socialize and participate in fun hands-on activities. Parents or guardians must be present and involved. We will have singing, music, reading, crafts and plenty of free play.
Classes are available Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon or Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday classes will run Jan. 6, 2020, through Feb. 10, 2020. Tuesday classes will run Jan. 7, 2020, through Feb. 4, 2020. The cost is $20 for the class.
After the Bell program
This is a new after-school program designed for kids ages 9-12 to come to the Community Center gym and participate in different physical educational games. We will be burning off some energy after a long week of school.
The program runs Jan. 10, 2020, through Feb. 7, 2020. The program will be held every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center.
Also, if interested, bus 17 stops at the Community Center for those elementary students participating in the program.
The cost is $20 for all five Fridays involved. Deadline for registering for this program is Jan. 8, 2020.
Open Gymnastic Gym Time
Open Gymnastic Gym Time is to practice those special skills you are determined to learn or just get in some extra practice time. We will play some fun games and top it off with a handstand contest. There will be supervision, but this is not a structured class.
The open gym is for ages 5 and older. Younger children are allowed with parents.
Open gym will be held Fridays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 13 in the Pagosa Springs Middle School mat room.
The gym is open to children ages 5 and older, with younger children allowed with parent.
Registration/waiver is taken by the instructor at class time. The cost is $5 per session.
Fitness room
The fitness room is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $2 per day, $10 per month or $80 per year.
Please call with any questions, 264-4151, ext. 232 or 233.

Colorado is growing, Census 2020 gearing up to count them all Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:00:35 +0000 By John C. Shepard
Special to The SUN
More people moved into Colorado last year than moved out, continuing the state’s trend of population growth. In 2018, approximately 239,000 people were attracted to Colorado and just over 203,000 people left, for a net gain of about 36,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) estimates released Oct. 31.
In April 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be making its once-a-decade count of all residents, including these newcomers. Efforts are already underway in Colorado to help ensure a complete count. Region 9 Economic Development District and the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments are coordinating efforts with the Colorado State Demographer’s Office.
Locally, the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing the Archuleta County Complete Count Committee. Its first meeting is Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Chamber offices, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
The large number of people moving into and out of Colorado will be a challenge for the Census. In Pagosa Springs, Texas license plates aren’t unusual to see in traffic across southwest Colorado, but statewide, the largest number of new residents moved from California. Over 28,000 people left the Golden State for the Centennial State in 2018, with almost 27,000 making the move from the Lone Star State. Florida contributed about 14,000, followed by over 11,000 from New Mexico and more than 9,000 from Virginia.
The road does go both ways. Texas gained more than 21,000 former Colorado residents in 2018, with close to 19,000 moving to California and close to 16,000 moving to Florida. Arizona attracted more than 11,000, followed by the state of Washington.
The following chart shows Colorado residents who moved to another state in 2018 as “Out Migrants” and those moving to Colorado from that state as “In Migrants.”
In Migrants Out Migrants
California 28,288 18,755
Texas 26,930 21,509
Florida 14,017 15,746
New Mexico 11,444 4,877
Virginia 9,260 4,557
Arizona 7,987 11,517
Washington 6,686 10,122
This information was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey one-year migration flows.

Veterans Day breakfast Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:00:30 +0000

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Marking the 19th year for the event, Pagosa Springs Middle School eighth-graders hosted the annual Veterans Day breakfast for our local heroes Monday. The event was a time for the youth of the community to talk with veterans and hear stories of their experiences.

Cotton’s Hole Park open house planned for public comments Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:00:46 +0000 By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
The Town of Pagosa Springs invites the community to provide comments on future Cotton’s Hole Park improvements.
In 2018, the town purchased lands to begin acquiring the area known as Cotton’s Hole as a formal public town park. This park is located at the east end of Hermosa Street along the river and had historically been used by the public as a park area and to access the San Juan River. However, the area was predominantly private property.
The town has also recently received a State Trails grant to extend the Riverwalk from Town Park heading east along Hermosa Street and through Cotton’s Hole Park. This trail is expected to be constructed next year in 2020.
The town is seeking public input on traffic circulation options for accessing the park area and potential park improvements.
A public comment open house will be hosted on Tuesday, Nov. 19, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall, located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd. The open house format will allow you to arrive anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and view display boards, speak with staff and provide your comments. Please plan on joining us to provide your comments on these future pubic park improvements.

Charter school removes member from board, discusses board recruitment Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:51 +0000 The Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) Board of Directors voted to terminate the board membership of John Daffron at a regular meeting on Nov. 12.

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LPEA member satisfaction survey scheduled to begin Nov. 12 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:49 +0000 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
To help determine members’ opinions and electricity practices, plus better serve its members in the future, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has contracted with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Market Research Services to survey a sampling of households in Archuleta County. The telephone and online surveys are scheduled to begin Nov. 12.

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Dispatch board tweaks budget, talks E-911 surcharge and possible move Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:45 +0000 At its meeting on Nov. 4, the Dispatch Executive Management Board voted to tweak its budget and continued to debate options for moving the dispatch center next year, among other things.

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School district to research grant options for HVAC upgrades Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:45 +0000 Looking to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment at two of its local schools, the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education (BOE) has elected to gather more information about possibly going for one or two grants to cover a portion of the potential costs.

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