News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:18:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Fire district offers back-to-school safety tips http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/15/fire-district-offers-back-to-school-safety-tips/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177588 By Pagosa Fire
Protection District
Special to The SUN
The first hints of fall are in the air in the Pagosa Springs area and school is back in session for area youth. Please use the following tips to ensure the safety of both students and adults.
Bus stop safety
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.
Teach children to stand only in designated bus stops at a safe distance from traffic flows. Always slow down when driving along bus routes, anticipating children may be nearby.
Never pass a bus with flashing lights; yellow lights warn of impending stops, while red lights indicate children are loading or unloading from bus.
School zone congestion
Vehicle congestion in school zones can be hazardous if both pedestrians and drivers aren’t paying attention to the task at hand. Drivers should eliminate all distractions (cellphones, loud music, disruptive conversations) while traveling through school zones. Pedestrians should do the same, paying attention to all activity in the area.
Bikes, scooters and skateboards
School-goers often take advantage of pleasant fall weather to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards to school. While fun, these modes of transportation have their own set of risks. Children can easily ride through parked vehicles emerging into traffic flows with very little warning to drivers. Drivers must remain vigilant and prepared to stop quickly if needed.
Ensure riders have proper protective equipment (helmets, knee/elbow pads, proper footwear) before every trip.

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Update on prescribed burns http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/14/update-on-prescribed-burns/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:18:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177872 According to Public Information Officer Linda R. Parker, prescribed burning operations are complete for the day on the Columbine and Pagosa Districts of the San Juan National Forest.

The Pagosa Ranger District completed ignitions on just under 500 acres in the Brockover Prescribed Fire near Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area. Prescribed burning is now complete in all units. Crews will conduct mop-up operations tomorrow.   Smoke will remain visible from Pagosa Springs and along U.S. 160, and will settle into low lying areas overnight.

The Pargin Prescribed Fire in the Pargin Mountain/Fosset Gulch area of the Columbine District has now completed about 1,320 acres of blacklining. Aerial ignitions are expected to continue tomorrow (Sunday) in this 6,000 acre unit. Smoke will likely continue to be visible from areas east of  Bayfield and along U.S. 160, and will settle into low lying areas tonight.
For more information please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6288/

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Archuleta Democratic Club to meet Sept. 17 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/14/archuleta-democratic-club-to-meet-sept-17/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177570 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Pagosa Brewing Company. The featured speaker will be Donald Valdez, who is running in the primary to unseat Rep. Scott Tipton to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Valdez has represented House District 62 in the state Legislature since 2016.
Valdez focuses on rural issues and agriculture. He has stated, “I see a need for fighting for water, to make sure it stays within our communities in southern Colorado.”
He is vice chair of the Rural Affairs and Agricultural Committee and is a member of several other committees. He has a BA in sports and exercise management and a BS in business administration and management. He works as a soil conservation technician for the Department of Agriculture and is a family farmer.
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 ppagosa@gmail.com or at 946-2684 so that we can provide a count to the restaurant. All people are welcome at the lunch.

 

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Prescribed burns to continue tomorrow http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/13/prescribed-burns-to-continue-tomorrow/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 03:21:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177859 According to Public Information Officer Linda Parker, both prescribed burns on the San Juan National Forest went very well today.

On the Pagosa Ranger District, ignitions were completed in four additional units on the Brockover Prescribed Fire, located in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area. Approximately 900 acres of this 1,500-acre unit are now completed. Additional ignitions are planned for tomorrow.

On the Columbine Ranger District, fire managers accomplished 200 acres of blackline on the Pargin Prescribed fire, east of Bayfield in the Pargin Mountain/Fosset Gulch area. Aerial ignitions are planned for tomorrow.

For additional information on these prescribed burns please visit InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6288/.

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Prescribed burns to resume today http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/13/prescribed-burns-to-resume-today/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:49:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177689 Prescribed fire activity on the San Juan National Forest will resume today and continue over the weekend.

On the Pagosa District, ignitions on the Brockover Prescribed Fire paused for a couple days to allow fuels to dry after receiving a half inch of rain. Weather and fuel conditions permitting, ignitions will resume today (Friday) and will likely continue through the weekend while the weather is favorable. Smoke may be visible from U.S.  160, the Town of Pagosa Springs, Aspen Springs and the upper Piedra area.

The Pargin Prescribed Burn in the Pargin Mountain/Fosset Gulch area of the Columbine District is expected to begin today (Friday). Ignitions are expected to occur over several days in this 6,000-acre unit. Aerial ignitions are planned over the weekend. This unit is located east of Bayfield. Smoke may be visible at times from Bayfield and along U.S. 160.

For more information on these prescribed burns please visit InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6288/

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Graduate Students from Kyushu University in Japan http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/13/graduate-students-from-kyushu-university-in-japan/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177666

Photo courtesy Jerome Smith

Seventeen graduate students from Kyushu University in Japan received a tour of geothermal Pagosa Springs last Friday, Sept. 6. Dr. Masami Nakagawa (far left) of Kyushu and Colorado School of Mines is leading the students in studies of the geology of Colorado. Sally High (far right), of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP), lead the tour of Pagosa’s geothermal features, ending with GGP’s Education Dome in Centennial Park.

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SJBPH warns of retail food license scam http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/13/sjbph-warns-of-retail-food-license-scam/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177559 San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is warning that imposters are posing as SJBPH staff, calling local businesses and saying they need to pay for their retail food license over the phone.
“SJBPH has recently become aware that individuals have been contacting retail food license holders in our area posing as our staff and informing them that they must pay for their retail food license over the phone. SJBPH does not solicit payments or renew licenses over the phone. Please do not provide any information, or make payments over the phone,” a statement on SJBPH’s website reads.
“We don’t ever share renewal information that way; we always do it in a letter,” said SJBPH Director of Communications Claire Ninde in a phone call.
Ninde explained other areas in Colorado have faced similar scams and that the perpetrators are usually not from the location where they’re soliciting money.
And while Ninde explained SJBPH does accept payments over the phone, she said, “We would not solicit, though, payments over the phone. That’s the difference.”

 

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Human case of West Nile virus in La Plata County http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/human-case-of-west-nile-virus-in-la-plata-county/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:56:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177649 By Claire Ninde
Special to The SUN
The first human case of West Nile virus in La Plata County has been reported to San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH).
SJBPH reminds people that preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness.
“When the virus is present, people are at risk,” said Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. “Use an effective insect repellent, wear protective clothing or stay indoors when mosquitoes are active and mosquito-proof your home.”
Most human West Nile virus cases are reported in August and September.
SJBPH reminds residents to use the 4 Ds to protect against the West Nile virus:
• Use insect repellent containing deet.
• Drain standing water around your house.
• Be especially careful when doing outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
• Dress in long sleeves and pants where mosquitoes are active.
Bats
While bats play an important role in nature by pollinating plants and eating insects, bats can carry rabies, which is a fatal disease. Most bats do not have rabies, but contact with all bats should be avoided.
Bat surveillance is ongoing throughout our region, with 26 bats tested in La Plata and Archuleta counties during the spring and summer seasons. One bat has tested positive for rabies. The only way to determine if a bat has rabies is through a laboratory test.
If you have bats around your home, take steps to avoid them entering your living space. See https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/management/index.html for more information on how to keep bats out of your house.
If a bat enters your home and you are not sure if the bat has been in contact with people or pets, please safely capture the bat and have it tested. See http://sjbpublichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Zoonotic-16-x-20.pdf for information on how to safely trap a bat.
For additional questions, please contact SJBPH at 247-5702.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/public-meetings-188/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177608 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Sept. 16
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Exploratory Subcommittee meeting. 3 p.m., Pagosa Fire Protection District Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
River Center neighborhood meeting. 5 p.m., meet behind the Malt Shoppe or at Sushi Fushion in the event of inclement weather.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 1 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Sept. 20
Meet and Greet: new county development director. 9 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District community open house. 5:15 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 9 a.m., administration office, 309 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Archuleta County Planning Commission policy meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
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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Planning commission tables decision to rezone Crowley Ranch Reserve tract http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/planning-commission-tables-decision-to-rezone-crowley-ranch-reserve-tract/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177561 On Aug. 28, the Archuleta County Planning Commission voted to table a decision regarding the proposed rezoning of a tract of land off U.S. 84 in the Crowley Ranch Reserve subdivision.

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