Weather – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Wolf Creek Ski Area opens for the season http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-ski-area-opens-for-the-season/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:59:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190123 Ski season in Pagosa Country has begun.
Wolf Creek Ski Area opened today, making the ski area one of the first in the U.S. to open for the season.
As of Wednesday morning, the ski area had received 17 inches so far this season, including 5 inches earlier this week.
The ski area reported summit and midway depths of 7 inches as of Wednesday.
The ski area opened today with the Nova Lift and Magic Carpet, giving access to four of the area’s 133 named runs.
The ski area’s website lists the current conditions as powder, packed powder and man-made snow with early season conditions and obstacles.
According to the ski area’s opening announcement, lift tickets will be $31 for ages 6 and older. Lift tickets for children 5 years and younger will be $6.
Ski school, including the Wolf Pups Program, will be available during opening weekend, the announcement states.
And, since the area is opening for the season on Halloween, some spooky fun is planned.
“To celebrate Halloween, Wolf Creek will be open until dusk on October 31st for guests wanting to ride the Lynx Lift up to the haunted house!! Be sure to wear your costumes to help celebrate! The haunted House will also open its doors on November 1st,” the ski area’s Oct. 25 announcement states.
Wolf Creek will then reopen weekends until Mother Nature allows otherwise.

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Changing of the seasons http://www.pagosasun.com/changing-of-the-seasons/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:54:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190108

Photo courtesy Kristi Smith

Pagosa Country changes from its stunning colors of fall to its winter whites this past week.

Photo courtesy George Hunyadi

Photo courtesy George Hunyadi

SUN photo/Terri House

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Four lake levels drop marginally, water production down 1.27 million gallons http://www.pagosasun.com/four-lake-levels-drop-marginally-water-production-down-1-27-million-gallons/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189792 Four of the five local lakes with recorded levels have seen a drop since last week, according to a press release from Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Manager Justin Ramsey.

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Heating safety and efficiency tips http://www.pagosasun.com/heating-safety-and-efficiency-tips/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189036 By Carly West
Special to The SUN
Across Colorado, families are waking up to a nip in the air and snow in the forecast. Fall is officially here and cooler temperatures are upon us. As we pull jackets from the closet and visit the coffee shop for a favorite seasonal hot beverage, it is also time to think about how to get your home ready for the season.
“Taking a few steps today before winter arrives will save your family money and provide peace of mind when temperatures dip,” said Black Hills Energy Colorado Vice President Susan Bailey.
The following safety and efficiency tips are recommended.
Ways to stay safe
• Natural gas smells like rotten eggs for a reason. If your nose picks up this scent, immediately leave the area and call 911 once you’re away from the site.
• Wait for emergency personnel to arrive before re-entering the building. Emergency personnel will let you know when it’s safe to return.
• Never use a mobile phone, touch a light switch or start an engine while near a suspected gas leak.
• Ensure your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, and never use gas ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
Ways to reduce energy costs
• Prevent heat loss. Cut heat loss by caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows.
• You can save as much as 10 percent a year on your heating bill by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours.
• Clean your furnace filter monthly and follow any other routine maintenance procedures described in the owner’s manual. Dirty filters make your furnace run much harder and circulate dirty air through your house.
• It’s recommended to have your furnace inspected by a professional once a year.
To access Colorado’s utility assistance program, call United Way’s 2-1-1 or visit www.211.org to be connected to a specialist for assistance.
Additionally, heat assistance is available to income-qualified Colorado residents through the Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP. LEAP applications open on Nov. 1 for the 2019/2020 heating season. Learn more at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/leap.

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Above-normal temperatures expected for Archuleta County in coming months http://www.pagosasun.com/above-normal-temperatures-expected-for-archuleta-county-in-coming-months/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178648 According to both one- and three-month outlook maps, Archuleta County is forecast to have above-normal temperatures.

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Western portion of county categorized as ‘abnormally dry’ http://www.pagosasun.com/western-portion-of-county-categorized-as-abnormally-dry/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177604 Per the U.S. Drought Monitor, part of Archuleta County has been categorized as “abnormally dry,” according to a map released on Sept. 5.

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Tuesday Downpour http://www.pagosasun.com/tuesday-downpour/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:53:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174797

Photo courtesy Clarance Espinosa

Downtown sidewalks disappear during a downpour Tuesday. Area rainfall amounts ranged from .02 inches to .77 inches. Mud, rocks and debris were left for road crews to clean up following the rain event.

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Summer scenes around Pagosa Country http://www.pagosasun.com/summer-scenes-around-pagosa-country/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:00:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173351

Photos courtesy George Hunyadi and SUN photo/Terri House

Summer in Pagosa Country brings a variety of scenes, including fishing, elk babies, stunning wildflowers, dramatic lightning and smoke from a lightning-strike fire.

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San Juan River flows under 2,000 cfs this week http://www.pagosasun.com/san-juan-river-flows-under-2000-cfs-this-week/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172233 The San Juan River has stayed under 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) once again this week, with reported flows coming in at 1,800 cfs as of July 2.

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San Juan River flows drop below 2,000 cfs http://www.pagosasun.com/san-juan-river-flows-drop-below-2000-cfs/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171556 As of June 26, the San Juan River was once again flowing above average, with reported flows of 1,840 cubic feet per second (cfs).

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