Fire District – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Meeting to address Los Pinos Fire District mill levy election http://www.pagosasun.com/meeting-to-address-los-pinos-fire-district-mill-levy-election/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197393 By Larry Corman
Special to The SUN
An informational meeting regarding the upcoming mill levy election in May will be held at the Mt. Allison Grange hall on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
For more information regarding the election, please visit lospinosfire.com/election/ or contact Larry or Trish Corman at 884-4762 for further information.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-209/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197420 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation public broadband forum. 6 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Feb. 21
Los Pinos Fire Protection District community meeting regarding upcoming mill levy election. 7 p.m., Mt. Allison Grange, 2622 County Road 329.
Monday, Feb. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners lunch and meeting with Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. 11 a.m. (includes travel time), tribal administration building, 356 Ouray Drive, Ignacio.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
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, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Feb. 26-28
Archuleta School District Board of Education notice of gathering. Three or more school board members will be traveling to Denver for the Colorado Association of School Boards Winter Legislative Conference.
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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PFPD responds to structure fire in Lake Hatcher area http://www.pagosasun.com/pfpd-responds-to-structure-fire-in-lake-hatcher-area/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196906 By Pagosa Fire
Protection District
Special to The SUN
On Feb. 3 at approximately 11:55 a.m., an active structure fire was reported on Arbor Drive in the Lake Hatcher area.
Upon arrival, the Pagosa Fire Protection District’s (PFPD) first due engine completed a scene size up, noting a residential structure with smoke and flame showing from the roof area. First, arriving units established a transitional fire attack, then converted to an interior attack as additional resources arrived on scene. The fire was contained to the area surrounding the point of origin.
The PFPD responded with four engines, one brush engine, one chief car, one utility vehicle, 11 paid staff members and nine volunteers. One engine from Upper Pine River Fire responded per standing mutual aid agreement; they staged at Station 1 for any additional incoming calls.
The PFPD was on scene for approximately two hours.
The residence was occupied by one adult who exited on their own and was transported via ambulance to Pagosa Springs Medical Center for evaluation. One firefighter sustained minor injuries, was evaluated and returned to duty following the incident. The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-208/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196904 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session: town attorney interviews. 8:30 a.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting regarding town attorney. 4 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation pubic broadband forum. 6 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

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Dog saved in ice rescue on Lake Pagosa http://www.pagosasun.com/dog-saved-in-ice-rescue-on-lake-pagosa/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196380

Photo courtesy Firefighter Peterson
A dog is successfully saved from the frigid water of Lake Pagosa last week. Pagosa Fire Protection District reminds everyone to stay clear of potential ice hazards. If an animal or person falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Call 911 immediately for assistance. When rescue personnel arrive on scene, provide detailed information about the location of individual or animal.

By Pagosa Fire
Protection District
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) was called to respond to a dog near an aerator opening on Lake Pagosa at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-207/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196344 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 3
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Archuleta School District Board of Education high school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S. 8th St.
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.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Feb. 26-28
Archuleta School District Board of Education notice of gathering. Three or more school board members will be traveling to Denver for the Colorado Association of School Boards Winter Legislative Conference.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
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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Fire board approves chief’s contract, discusses $50,000 donation http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-board-approves-chiefs-contract-discusses-50000-donation-2/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195905 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer

At its meeting on Jan. 14, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) Board of Directors approved a new contract for its chief and discussed a $50,000 donation made to the district in memory of Electra Churchill, who passed away in a structure fire on Oct. 11.
PFPD Chief Randy Larson had been negotiating his contract for months and insisted that negotiations be made in the public portions of the PFPD board meetings instead of in private during executive session.
Larson requested that his contract include a stipulation that his health care be covered for about six months after he vacated his post, should he resign, and the PFPD board spent the last few months finding a way to address Larson’s request.
Larson explained in an interview Tuesday that he and the board came to a “compromise” in which the board passed a policy regarding paying out sick leave that now applies to all qualified PFPD employees.
The policy states that any full-time employee who has worked at the department for at least 10 years “will be eligible to receive a lump sum payment for their accrued sick time, not to exceed 240 hours (30 days)” according to PFPD’s policies manual.
Larson’s salary is now $96,305, about $3,000 more than what he earned previously.
PFPD staff noted this is a cost of living increase only and prior to this raise Larson received a performance-based pay increase in January 2019 for the first time since becoming fire chief.
Larson began his post as fire chief in 2016.
The contract does not specify a certain length of time for Larson’s employment, but can be terminated by him or the PFPD board upon 30 days written notice to the other party.
$50,000 donation
At the same meeting,Larson reported to the board that PFPD received a donation of $50,000 from Churchill’s family.
Larson reported that the donation would be used to buy a new fire prevention vehicle and that, with the family’s permission, PFPD will inscribe it with “In memory of Electra Churchill.”
Fred Phillips, Churchill’s life partner, submitted a statement to The SUN on Tuesday.
“I lost my best friend and the love of my life of 25 years,” Phillips wrote. “I was so proud when I heard my son Cassidy Phillips and [his] wife Carin Phillips had made a substantial donation to the Archuleta Fire Department. I am delighted that the fire department has considered buying a new fire truck and dedicating it to the honor of Electra Churchill. Electra was a special person and Pagosa Springs was absolutely her favorite place in the world. As for me, my recovery has been amazing and I look forward to getting back to Pagosa. I thank each and every one of you for the efforts you made to save Electra and for granting me the opportunity to live my life for her each and every day.”
Fred Phillips was seriously injured in the Oct. 11 fire.
The next PFPD Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Station 1, located at 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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Fire board approves chief’s contract, discusses $50,000 donation http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-board-approves-chiefs-contract-discusses-50000-donation/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:57:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195886 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
At its meeting on Jan. 14, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) Board of Directors approved a new contract for its chief and discussed a $50,000 donation made to the district in memory of Electra Churchill, who passed away in a structure fire on Oct. 11.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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