Top Stories – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:09:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Top Stories – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Suspect sought following Monday incident http://www.pagosasun.com/suspect-sought-following-monday-incident-2/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211988

Shahan

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Preliminary information has been released regarding a Monday incident that resulted in an officer discharging his firearm and a wanted suspect.

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Pirates take the field http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-take-the-field/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:59:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211992

SUN photo/Randi Pierce

The Pagosa Springs Pirates take the field for their first home game of the season last Thursday. The Pirates played to a 46-6 win over the Alamosa Mean Moose.

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August sales tax revenues up 18.7 percent from last year http://www.pagosasun.com/august-sales-tax-revenues-up-18-7-percent-from-last-year/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:58:35 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211996 By Clayton Chaney
Staff Writer

Archuleta County recently received the August 2020 sales tax revenue report from the state, with data showing that sales tax revenues were up more than 20 percent compared to last year.

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Local low fuel moisture levels mean greater fire risk http://www.pagosasun.com/local-low-fuel-moisture-levels-mean-greater-fire-risk/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:57:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211998

Map courtesy Durango Interagency Dispatch
Shown are the upper and lower fire danger rating areas with both categorized “very high.” The area remains in an extended drought.

By Simone Mounsamy
Staff Writer

While waiting for precipitation to bring back some moisture to the area, local fuels moisture levels are raising concerns.

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April Hessman named Colorado Clerk of the Year http://www.pagosasun.com/april-hessman-named-colorado-clerk-of-the-year/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:56:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=212004

Hessman

By Simone Mounsamy
Staff Writer

The municipal clerk is the oldest of local government officials serving the public, with the exception of the tax collector, dating back to before biblical times.

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‘Running is like breathing’: Paul Hughes keeps breaking records at 63 http://www.pagosasun.com/running-is-like-breathing-paul-hughes-keeps-breaking-records-at-63/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:54:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=212009

Photo courtesy Paul Hughes
Pagosa’s Paul Hughes runs in the 2019 ‘Oasis Rock n’ Roll Montreal Marathon’ in Canada. Hughes recently set a Colorado marathon record and placed first in his age division in the virtual London Marathon.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Paul Hughes marked several accomplishments when he crossed the finish line of the Long View Marathon in Loveland on Oct. 4.

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Wildlife on the move: Fall brings an increase of wildlife-vehicle collisions http://www.pagosasun.com/wildlife-on-the-move-fall-brings-an-increase-of-wildlife-vehicle-collisions/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211862 Colorado Department of Transportation

As spring and summer fade into fall and winter, the migration of wildlife can lead to an increase of wildlife-vehicle collisions. 

Motorists should be aware that wildlife can cross roads without warning at any time of day or night, but drivers should pay particularly close attention in early morning and evening hours. A majority of wildlife-vehicle collisions occur from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and unfortunately more difficult to see.

The following precautions are advised to travelers: 

 • Slow down. Traveling at high speeds increases the danger of a crash. Moderate speeds maintain a driver’s reaction time and allow an appropriate response to animals on or near roads.

• Stay alert. Pay close attention to the roadway, particularly while driving between dusk and dawn. This is when deer and other common wildlife are most active and more likely to be crossing roadways. Flickering headlights from oncoming cars or tail lights of the vehicles in front of you may indicate an animal crossing the road.

• Scan ahead. Watch for movement and shining eyes along roadsides. If you see one animal, you should expect it will be accompanied by others.

• Obey traffic signs. Many highways have wildlife warning signs intended to alert motorists of known wildlife movement areas. Though incidents can happen anywhere, transportation authorities attempt to reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions by posting signage and lowering speeds in areas where wildlife are active.

• Give warning. When animals are seen on or near the road, slow down or stop (if no other cars are behind you), honk the horn and flash headlights. This warns the animal to avoid the road and alerts other drivers in oncoming vehicles to the potential hazard.

• Always wear seat belts. Unfortunately, not every collision is avoidable, and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration states that the risk of serious injury and death in a crash is reduced by half when seat belts are worn.

Drivers involved in a wildlife-vehicle collision should report the accident to the Colorado State Patrol by calling *CSP (star key and 277). Should a crash with wildlife occur, remember to slow down and concentrate on retaining control of the vehicle, be aware of your surroundings, especially other vehicles, and move your vehicle to a safe position off the road.

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Literary Ladies will discuss Michelle Obama’s book http://www.pagosasun.com/literary-ladies-will-discuss-michelle-obamas-book/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211875 By Marilyn Stroud
Literary Ladies

Michelle Obama’s autobiography, “Becoming,” will be reviewed by the Literary Ladies book club on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse from 10 a.m. to noon.

In “Becoming,”Obama discusses her growing up in a cramped apartment on the south side of Chicago with her parents and brother. She was encouraged by her parents to excel, work hard, laugh and was a recipient of an academic scholarship to Princeton and Harvard University, where she majored in law. Upon graduation from Harvard, she worked for an attorney, where she met her husband, Barack Obama. Professionally in Chicago, she worked in the mayor’s office, the University of Chicago and also the medical center of the university.

In “Becoming,” she reveals her experiences living in the White House, raising her daughters and international travel as the wife of the president. The book is available at our Pagosa library.

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we would appreciate your notifying the club secretary via email as to your attending this interesting discussion about Michelle Obama’s life. Please email Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com by Monday, Oct. 19.

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More than 15,000 Colorado crashes involved distracted drivers in 2019 http://www.pagosasun.com/more-than-15000-colorado-crashes-involved-distracted-drivers-in-2019/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211864 Despite the risks, 92 percent of surveyed drivers still admit to driving distracted

Colorado Department of Transportation

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on Colorado roads. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), distracted drivers were involved in 15,143 crashes on Colorado roads in 2019, resulting in 4,361 injuries and 28 fatalities. As people hit the road for fall foliage and winter activities, CDOT reminds drivers to drop the distraction and focus on the road ahead.

“Distracted driving continues to be a prevalent issue on Colorado roads, but is easy to fix,” said Darrell Lingk, CDOT director of the Office of Transportation Safety. “Every time you are tempted to reach for your phone or take your eyes off the road, stop and think about the lives at risk and make a safer decision.” 

Despite the notable risks of a crash, Colorado drivers continue to succumb to distracted driving on a regular basis. According to CDOT’s 2020 driving behavior survey, 92 percent of respondents reported driving distracted in the past seven days. The most common distractions included eating or drinking, selecting entertainment on a device, talking on a hands-free cellphone, and reading or sending a message on a cellphone.

“Colorado drivers continue to engage in distracting activities while driving,” said Lingk. “With fall in full swing and winter sports and holidays on the horizon, we encourage people to stay focused on the road and put distractions aside.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Distracted Driving Awareness Month led by the National Safety Council (NSC) was rescheduled from April to October this year. CDOT is partnering with NSC this month to raise awareness for this critical nationwide issue as Coloradans hit the road to enjoy the changing seasons. As you plan your next outing, CDOT suggests the following tips to help you stay focused on the road:

• Turn your phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode before you start moving to minimize distractions.

• If you have a passenger, assign them to be your “designated texter” to respond to calls or messages while on the move.

• Plan stops along your route to pull over and park your car to safely enjoy a snack, stay hydrated and check your cellphone notifications.

• Select your entertainment settings and GPS options before you start your car so you don’t have to worry about making changes while in motion.

• Enjoy a break from multitasking and use your drive time to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty — you just might notice something you’ve never seen before.

For more information about distracted driving in Colorado, visit: distraction.codot.gov.

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Suspect sought following Monday incident http://www.pagosasun.com/suspect-sought-following-monday-incident/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:59:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211958 By Randi Pierce

Staff Writer

Preliminary information has been released regarding a Monday incident that resulted in an officer discharging his firearm and a wanted suspect.

According to a Tuesday press release from the Pagosa Springs Police Department (PSPD), at approximately 7:48 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, a PSPD officer was involved in a shooting near the 200 block of Great West Avenue following a vehicle pursuit.

That pursuit began minutes earlier, the press release indicates.

At approximately 7:43 p.m., the release explains, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on U.S. 160 near Pagosa Boulevard.

The suspect driving that vehicle was identified by ACSO deputies as 27-year-old Danny Shahan, of Chromo. 

The document notes that Shahan failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit.

“As the suspect vehicle advanced toward the Pagosa Springs police officer and his vehicle, the officer discharged his service weapon,” the release states. 

The release reports the vehicle continued to elude law enforcement and was later located unoccupied.

Shahan is currently wanted, the press release notes, and is described as being a 5-foot-8-inch white male with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Archuleta County Combined Dispatch at 731-2160.

The press release also explains that the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per policy while the incident is under external and administrative investigation.

“Members of the 6th Judicial District Critical Incident team and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are conducting the officer involved shooting investigation. Consistent with protocol, the Pagosa Springs Police Department will not participate in this external, independent investigation,” it states.

The press release later states, “We ask for the public’s patience and understanding during this critical time. A comprehensive investigation takes time, as we are committed to getting this right for everyone involved.”

randi@pagosasun.com

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