Updates – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Sat, 14 Sep 2019 03:21:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Prescribed burns to continue tomorrow http://www.pagosasun.com/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/.

Partial Riverwalk trail closures announced due to flooding http://www.pagosasun.com/partial-riverwalk-trail-closures-announced-due-to-flooding/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:48:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=170367

The Town of Pagosa Springs is asking the public to avoid low sections of the Riverwalk trail due to minor flooding.

The trail at River Center Park (by the fishing ponds) and a section of the trail to the south of the 6th Street bridge are temporarily closed for public safety. With high water flows from the San Juan River in recent days, the town is asking the public to avoid those areas. Water, mud and debris has flowed over the trails in those sections.

The town will continue to monitor the weather and river reports and make adjustments as needed. The town wishes to thank the community for their awareness in these areas.

NORAD to conduct air defense exercise today http://www.pagosasun.com/norad-to-conduct-air-defense-exercise-today/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:12:59 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=169481 North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct air defense exercise flights along the Pacific coast and over the states of Colorado and Nebraska between 9:00 a.m. and noon Pacific today.

NORAD F-15s, F-16s, a United States Air Force C-17 and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 will participate in the exercise and will fly no lower than 10,000 feet above ground level. The exercise flights should not affect the public.

To test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD routinely conducts exercises using a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

The defense of Canada and the U.S. is NORAD’s top priority. NORAD forces are on alert around the clock, every day. For more than 60 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of the command’s aerospace warning and aerospace control missions; and maintain a watchful eye over our maritime approaches in the execution of its maritime warning mission.

Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to the military response following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and applies to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. NORAD is a bi-national command focused on the defense of both the U.S. and Canada, the response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations, and draws on forces from both countries.

Rotary withdraws from involvement in 4th of July Parade http://www.pagosasun.com/rotary-withdraws-from-involvement-in-4th-of-july-parade/ Thu, 30 May 2019 22:32:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=169294 This article has been updated to include information from Town Manager Andrea Phillips and the Pagosa Springs Town Council.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs announced Thursday afternoon that it is withdrawing its involvement in the annual 4th of July Parade.

Rotary has been involved with the parade for over 30 years.

“After much consternation and consideration, the Rotary Board has decided to withdraw involvement, this year, in the 4th of July Parade,” an email statement from Parade Director JoAnn Laird to local public officials states.

But that doesn’t mean the parade is off the schedule for this summer, with Town Manager Andrea Phillips indicating that the Town of Pagosa Springs is looking into the logistics of taking over liability and hiring for traffic and crowd control, and the Pagosa Springs Town Council briefly discussing the matter at a Thursday evening work session.

The parade is set to be on the council’s Tuesday evening agenda, with that meeting slated to begin at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Rotary’s statement notes that, while the club wanted to continue the event, liability, safety and manpower have become issues.

“This decision was not made cavalierly, as the club wanted to continue this community service project that is not only the largest attended annual event in Archuleta County but a project that has been near and dear our heart for over thirty years,” the statement reads.

“We so appreciate everything that Rotary has done through the years,” Phillips said.

The statement describes that the parade has grown to 85-100 entries, with crowds and traffic increasing to a point that an outside firm is needed to barricade sidewalks and manage the crowds.

Phillips noted, “We’re kind of a victim of our own success,” with holding the parade on U.S. 160 complicating matters.

“The parade has grown to the point that it cannot be treated as a small town parade any longer,” the statement reads. “We rival any bigger city on the western slope. Durango, as an example, has had barricades for their parade and Snow Down for years.”

Phillips explained the town is looking into outsourcing traffic and crowd control, as well as possibly changing the route in future years to move it off the highway.

The statement commends Pagosa Springs Police Chief Bill Rockensock’s work on the parade each year before delving into the club’s liability issues.

The statement concludes by stating that if liability issues are relieved, the Rotarians will help with the parade in the future.

“Rotary knows there is no question that everyone wants the parade to continue and the financial and personal harm this can do to the community,” it reads. “We just can’t be liable for any risk the day of the parade. This has been discussed for months. If released of liability, the club would be thrilled to volunteer all the manpower it takes leading up to the parade five weeks before-hand, until the thank you to the sponsors, winners, volunteers and public are announced the week following the parade. We want this event to continue and are happy to join forces with you next year. Just turn us loose, without liability or day-of manpower for traffic and crowd control.”

For more information, see next week’s issue of The SUN.

Pirate baseball to resume Tuesday afternoon at home http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-baseball-to-resume-tuesday-afternoon-at-home/ Tue, 14 May 2019 15:42:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168069 The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team will again take on the Centauri Falcons at home this afternoon, with action beginning at 2 p.m.
The Pirates welcomed the Falcons for a doubleheader Monday afternoon, defeating their visitors 12-6 in the first game.
However, the second game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to weather, with Centauri leading Pagosa 7-1 at the time. This afternoon’s action will pick up where that game left off.
Due to the suspended game being finished, the Pirates’ game at Salida that was originally scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled due to Tuesday being the final day of the regular season.

Pirate doubleheader against Centauri postponed to Monday http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-doubleheader-against-centauri-postponed-to-monday/ Sat, 11 May 2019 01:24:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=167895 Saturday’s league doubleheader between the Pagosa Springs High School Pirates and Centauri High School has been postponed to Monday afternoon.

The games are now scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. Monday on the Pirates’ home field.

Times changed for Tuesday’s home baseball games http://www.pagosasun.com/times-changed-for-tuesdays-home-baseball-games/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:09:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=166002 Due to anticipated inclement weather, Tuesday’s Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball games against Durango have been moved up one hour.

Varsity action will now begin at 2 p.m. at the field near Pagosa Springs High School, while the JV game is now slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Pagosa Peak Open School to reopen Friday http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-peak-open-school-to-reopen-friday/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 22:59:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=165853 The staff of Pagosa Peak Open School announced Thursday that the school will reopen Friday — earlier than anticipated.

The school closed Tuesday, April 9, after School Director James Lewicki discovered a carbon monoxide leak due to a broken boiler located within the building.

The staff announced Thursday that repair crews worked all night to repair the boiler and Pagosa Fire Protection District personnel cleared the building.

Due to the accelerated repair, school will reopen Friday, April 12, with a normal Friday schedule.

Pagosa Peak Open School closes school through weekend due to carbon monoxide leak http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-peak-open-school-closes-school-through-weekend-due-to-carbon-monoxide-leak/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:22:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=165686 Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) will remain closed through the weekend as the school continues to try to fix a carbon monoxide leak from a boiler located within the school.

On April 9, PPOS School Director James Lewicki identified the leak upon entering the school that morning.

Lewicki explained in an interview on April 9 that the leak was identified as coming from the boiler.

In addition to the boiler leak, the school also had leaks within its gas pipes.

As of April 10, the leak within the boiler system is still there, Lewicki noted.

The gas leaks within the pipes were, however, solved, he noted.

The school had no traces of carbon monoxide in it, but there are still levels of carbon monoxide within the warehouse where the boiler is located, he explained.

“The boiler system still has a carbon monoxide leak. Until I get a zero in that system, we’re not opening,” Lewicki said.

Lewicki could not pinpoint an exact reason as to why the boiler was leaking in the first place.

“I don’t know enough about boilers. It’s not just, is there a hole in something that’s leaking? That’s certainly an issue, but is it running the way it should be running?” he said.

Lewicki opted to cancel school today, April 11, and Friday, April 12, because once the leak is reportedly fixed, Lewicki noted he wants the entire system to run for five hours.

“And then we’ll come in and go through every single nook and cranny with the monitors,” he explained further.

Pagosa Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Karn Macht explained that the fire district was not sure what was going on with the boiler, just that it was still producing carbon monoxide.

Macht also noted that running the system for five hours is the protocol in a situation like this because children will be in the building at some point when school reopens.

“We want to make sure that it’s running full capacity and not producing any CO [carbon monoxide] that will give anybody any problems,” he said.


Local authorities recover missing Louisiana teen, one adult in custody http://www.pagosasun.com/local-authorities-recover-missing-louisiana-teen-one-adult-in-custody/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:44:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=165525 By Archuleta County Undersheriff Derek Woodman

On Friday April 5, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office were advised, via dispatch, of a potential kidnapping suspect believed to be in the general area of Pagosa Springs.
Deputies were provided a vehicle description that the suspect may have been driving, a silver 2003 Honda Civic, bearing Louisiana license plates.
Deputies were provided information that identified the suspect as Cory Shane Disotell, 47, from Port Barre, LA. Deputies did confirm that an active arrest warrant, issued out of Louisiana, did exist for Disotell.
At approximately 12:50 p.m., Deputies did observe the 2003 Honda Civic heading westbound on U.S. 160 within the town limits of Pagosa Springs. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female. The vehicle was followed approximately half a mile into a parking lot. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and ordered the male occupant out of the vehicle.
The male party, identified as Disotell, was taken into custody without incident. Disotell was not personally armed at the time of arrest. The female party was identified a missing juvenile from Louisiana.
Disotell was transported to the La Plata County detention center and booked on the outstanding arrest warrant. He was held without bond. The victim was transported to the Archuleta County Department of Human Services and placed into protective custody. The vehicle was sealed and towed pending a search warrant.